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Herbs & Teas

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa

What is Herbal Tea and natural oil Healing?
Herbal or "botanical" extracts  contain plant constituents, or active ingredients, which assist the human body in healing.

The information here should not be considered medical advice, and you should always consult a physician before beginning any herbal tea therapy.

Health benefits of vitamin and mineral supplements

Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients that serve a specific purpose and benefit the body in a unique way. For example, vitamin A supports vision and bone growth, whereas vitamin E strengthens the immune system and helps repair DNA. Vitamin and mineral deficiency can impair the body’s ability to heal and protect itself.

Taking vitamins does not make up for an unhealthy diet, and vitamins are an insufficient substitute for nutrients from fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. However, a general multivitamin and mineral supplement can be a good safeguard against periodic vitamin shortfalls in your diet.

Health benefits of ingredients put into herbal teas

  • Turmeric is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories availableIt’s, inexpensive, mild in taste, and benefits every system in the body.Adding this powerful plant to your diet is one of the best things you can do for long term health
  • Chamomile: Soothes the stomach, Calms the nerves, Induces sleep, Eases cold symptoms.
  • Cinnamon: Improves circulation, Eases cold symptoms, Relieves stomach upsets, Reduces menstrual cramps, Regulates blood sugar and insulin.
  • Feverfew: Anti-pyretic
  • Ginger: Improves circulation, Relieves cold and flu symptoms, Eases stomach cramps and nausea, Reduces menstrual cramps, Regulates blood sugar.
  • Horehound: severe congestion, as it promotes mucous production and soothes the muscles of the bronchus.
  • Mint: Eases many stomach and digestive problems, Helps relieve headaches, Relaxing.
  • Raspberry: Antioxidant, Eases diarrhea, High in many vitamins and minerals, Menstrual aid.
  • Rosehips: Source of vitamin C, Antioxidant, Prevents bladder infections, Eases headaches.
  • Stinging Nettle: Cleanses the blood, High in vitamins A and C, Improves liver and kidney functions, Eases coughs and other respiratory problems, Relieves diarrhea and constipation.
  • Strawberry Leaves: Relieves diarrhea, Soothes the stomach, Helps ease arthritis and rheumatism.
  • Tyme: Improves immune system, Promotes perspiration, Eases sore throats and coughs, Antiseptic.
  • Goji Berries:  Protect the liver,help eyesight,strengthen the legs, boost immune function, improve circulation, promote longevity.    

Restful Herbs:

Catnip: Make a tea from the leaves to reduce anxiety and tension, and to calm a troubled stomach.
Chamomile: Brew a soothing and anti-inflammatory tea from its blossoms.
Lavender: Tuck handfuls of dried lavender flowers into a small pillow and place it near your head to ensure restful sleep. Dried hops flowers can also be added.
Lemon Balm, Make a tea from fresh leaves to promote relaxation.
Rose: Add handfuls of fragrant petals to bathwater for a relaxing experience.
Valerian: Pour boiling water over chopped, dried, roots to make a restful tea; sweeten as needed.

Caution: If pregnant, consult with your health care practitioner about using any herbs.

Restful Oils:
St. John's Wort  Oil, the bright flowering tops of St. John's wort have been used for centuries in herbal traditions. Now essential oil is known for having beneficial powers including soothing the skin and supporting circulation.
A few drops of St. John's Wort oil  mixed with Marula or Tamanu oil makes an excellent salve for mild skin ailments
Add several drops to your diffuser to brighten your mood.

Ginseng: The famous herbal remedy called the ginseng currently has a well deserved reputation as an effective herb for the treatment of many different disorders affecting the human body. Many cultures have utilized the ginseng for centuries in the continent of Asia, particularly the east Asian cultures of China - where it is most widely used - Japan and Korea, many peoples in the Asian part of Russia towards the far east or the Asian parts of the former Soviet Union also made use of this herb - the ginseng root is used as a virtual wonder herbal remedy or even as a miracle panacea in these parts. One reason for this tradition of multiple uses of the herb may lie in the morphology of the ginseng root, according to the ancient herbal "Doctrine of Signatures" a plant that resembles some part of the body was typically thought to be useful in treating that part of the body, the root of the ginseng has a strange and manlike form, which may be one reason it is considered so useful in the treatment of "man's afflictions"- the thinking being, as it resembles a man, it can treat every disease in a man. At the same time, the actual way in which ginseng is used in Asia has been investigated by Farnsworth, he noted that the ginseng is not seen as a curative herb at all and is not in almost universal use as a herbal medication due to a prophylactic or therapeutic benefit, but for its main role as a supportive herb for the maintenance of health in people - the herb is not used to cure any particular disease and its use is thus as a general immune system booster. Aside from the fact that ginseng is believed to be mildly aphrodisiacal in its effects and is said to boost sexual functioning, the herb largely performs a role similar to and analogous to the role performed by the ubiquitous vitamin tablets used in supplementary treatments in the western world.

 Red clover Benefits: Red clover is considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones (water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants). It is used for hot flashes/flushes, PMS, lowering cholesterol, breast enhancement and breast health, improving urine production and improving circulation of the blood. It is also used to help prevent osteoporosis, reduce the possibility of blood clots and arterial plaques and limiting the development of benign prostate hyperplasia.

Red clover is a source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is also considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones (water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants).

Several studies of a proprietary extract of red clover isoflavones suggest that it may significantly reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. Also, menopause increases a woman's risk for developing osteoporosis (significant bone loss) and some studies suggest that a proprietary extract of red clover isoflavones may slow bone loss and even boost bone mineral density in pre and peri-menopausal women. The estrogen-like effect of red clover isoflavones may be involved, and red clover also may have a direct effect by preventing the breakdown of existing bone.

However, this possible bone-strengthening effect has not been seen in men and post-menopausal women.

Because it contains chemicals called isoflavones, which belong to a larger class of plant chemicals known as phyto (plant-derived) estrogens, red clover is often taken to relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Isoflavones are similar in shape to the female hormone, estrogen. Therefore, they may attach to estrogen receptors throughout the body particularly in the bladder, blood vessels, bones, and heart.

Gotu kola Benefits: Gotu Kola is a rejuvenative nervine recommended for nervous disorders, epilepsy, senility and premature aging. As a brain tonic, it is said to aid intelligence and memory. It strengthens the adrenal glands and cleanses the blood to treat skin impurities. It is said to combat stress and depression, increase libido and improve reflexes. It has also been indicated for chronic venous insufficiency, minor burns, scars, scleroderma, skin ulcers, varicose veins, wound healing, rheumatism, blood diseases, congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections, venereal diseases, hepatitis and high blood pressure.

In India, Gotu kola is regarded as perhaps the most spiritual of all herbs. Growing in some areas of the Himalayas, gotu kola is used by yogis to improve meditation. It is said to develop the crown chakra, the energy center at the top of the head and to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain, which the leaf is said to resemble. It is regarded as one of the most important rejuvenative herbs in Ayurvedic Medicine. Sri Lankans noticed that elephants, renowned for their longevity, munched on the leaves of the plant. Thus the leaves became known as a promoter of long life. It is said to fortify the immune system, both cleansing and feeding it and to strengthen the adrenals. It has been used as a pure blood tonic and for skin health. It has also been used to promote restful sleep. Gotu kola is often confused with kola nut. Due to this confusion, some people assume the rejuvenating properties of gotu kola are due to the stimulating effects of caffeine contained in kola nut. In fact, gotu kola is not related to kola nut and contains no caffeine.

Gotu Kola is a rejuvenative nervine recommended for nervous disorders, including epilepsy, senility and premature aging. As a brain tonic, it is said to aid intelligence and memory. It strengthens the adrenal glands while cleansing the blood to treat skin impurities. It is said to combat stress and depression, energize flagging mental powers, increase libido, ward off a nervous breakdown and improve reflexes. It energizes the central nervous system and rebuilds energy reserves.

Gotu Kola can relieve high blood pressure and helps the body defend against various toxins. It is used to treat rheumatism, blood diseases, congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections, venereal diseases, hepatitis and high blood pressure. It is a mild diuretic that can help shrink swollen membranes and aid in the elimination of excess fluids. It hastens the healing of wounds.

Gotu kola has a positive effect on the circulatory system. It improves the flow of blood while strengthening the veins and capillaries. It has been used successfully to treat phlebitis, leg cramps, and abnormal tingling of the extremities. It soothes and minimizes varicose veins and helps to minimize scarring.

It reduces scarring when applied during inflammatory period of the wound. It was found effective when applied on patients with third degree burns, when the treatment commenced immediately after the accident. Daily local application to the affected area along with intramuscular injections, limited the shrinking of the skin as it healed. It is known to prevent infection and inhibit scar formation. It is also useful in repairing skin and connective tissues and smoothing out cellulite.

 What Are the Health Benefits of Noni Juice ? Although all parts of the Noni plant are used by the Polynesians, its best known and most widely used benefits in the modern world are derived from the Noni Juice which is extracted from the Noni fruit.

The world's authority on Noni, Dr Neil Solomon, has spent a decade studying the Noni Juice. In the four books which he has published, he details all the enormous range of benefits of Noni Juice. In particular, he refers to high blood pressure, cancer, arthritis and chronic pain being the most common and debilitating conditions known to man and how Noni Juice cures or contributes significantly to curing these ailments.

He also describes the extensive modern day research on Noni Juice and provides countless testimonials regarding the health benefits of Noni Juice. For example, he reports on a survey conducted on more than 25,000 Noni Juice drinkers which was collected from 1,227 doctors and health professionals. The benefits listed included, but were not restricted to, cures for allergy, arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, cholesterol, fibromyalgia, depression,1 & 2, digestions, enlarged prostrate, heart disease, high blood pressure, immune system, kidney disease, pain, respiratory problems, skin disorders, sleeplessness, stress, Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis and even assisting people to give up smoking.

The leaves of the Noni plant are known to relieve gout pain and act as a tonic and as a healer of wounds and ulcers. Doctors in ancient India used all parts of the Noni plant for medicinal purposes and it is well known for the same beneficial effects in countries as far flung as Burma, Fiji and Australia (especially amongst the Aborigines). In Africa, the benefits include being used to cure malaria, fever, jaundice, yellow fever and dysentery.

 Essential Oils 

Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens) is an aromatic tree endemic to the Galapagos Islands. It grows in northern Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, and the coastal dry forests of Ecuador. Palo Santo means “holy wood,” or “sacred tree.” Botanically, Palo Santo is a member of Burseraceae family; it is a close relative of the Elephant Tree (Bursera microphylla), an aromatic tree that grows in the desert of the southwestern U.S. and Baja California, and a more distant relative of frankincense trees (Boswelia).

Palo Santo is one of the most important trees used in traditional ethno-botanical medicine of South America. It is widely used as an incense for repelling mosquitoes. The wood is cooked into decoction and taken for fevers, infections, and skin diseases. It is still widely used by shamans of the Andes in curing ceremonies.

Although the oil is present in young trees and saplings, the highest quality is distilled from the aged heartwood. Palo Santo oil is golden yellow, with a fresh and intense citrus aroma. Under the lemon top notes are subtle resinous wood notes and a slight medicinal pungency, which give the oil an intriguing complexity.

Analysis of Palo Santo oil reveals that it contains high levels of limonene, a monoterpene compound that has been found to have chemo-preventive and chemo-therapeutic effects against several types of cancer. In medical aromatherapy the oil can be used as an anxiolytic agent that counteracts panic attacks and anxiety, a respiratory remedy for cough, colds, and asthma, for headaches and migraines, and in massage therapy for pain and inflammation of the muscles and joints. In spiritual aromatherapy it can be beneficial for meditation, concentration, and for enhancing creativity and learning.

Self Heal (Prunella)

Prunella is famous for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, is also a diuretic, liver stimulant, astringent and antispasmodic. The plant is an effective bitter tonic and immune stimulant.

Health Benefits
Along with some culinary usage (for salads as every other plant) Prunella is used internally and externally for different medical purposes.

Internally Prunella is used in capsules, tinctures and teas mainly due to its diuretic and anti-tumor properties for the following conditions and ailments:

-   for fever

-   in case of sore throat, laryngitis or diphtheria

-   for wounds and injury

-   colic, spasms and convulsions

-   for acne

-   for liver disorders and liver weakness

-   for jaundice

-   for hepatitis

-   for lymphatic congestion

-   for treating high blood pressure

-   in case of limited internal bleeding

-   for diarrhea, flatulence, gastritis and gout

-   in treating vertigo

-   in case of parasites

-   in case of food poisoning (especially after eating too many fried foods)

-   for Grave's disease (mainly together with Bugleweed)

Some other internal uses are connected with its antioxidant and stimulant properties, and is used mainly for boosting the immune system or as a bitter tonic.

Externally the herb is used due to its anti-viral and anti-microbial properties for the following conditions:

-  for bruises, cuts, wounds (applied topically)

-   for burns or some allergic reactions (such as rash)

-   in case of mouth infection and gum problems (mouth sores, sore throat and thrush)

-  for hemorrhoids

-   for gingivitis

-    is also used as eyewash for conjunctivitis

It is used mainly in form of poultice, wash, salve or other different preparations.

Some researches have shown that Prunella is very effective in treating herpes simplex virus in oral herpes and genital herpes.

Consult a physician before using any of the above herbs.

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