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Self Heal

Self heal (or heal-all) is a wonderful medicinal flower and herb which as the name suggests has tremendous healing properties. It is often taken as a tea or a tincture for sore throats, fevers, diarrhea, inflammation, and heart and liver problems. Self-heal contains powerful antioxidant and antibiotic properties which has given it a reputation for being excellent for the immune, cardiovascular, and lymphatic system. 

It can help provide relief from tension headaches, edema, bronchitis, infections, viral conditions, vertigo, sensitivity to light, and high blood pressure. It also contains detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, hemostatic, and astringent properties. Self heal has the unique ability to help pull heavy metals out of the body and is particularly beneficial for the liver. 

Originally called “Heart of the Earth”, self-heal is a member of the mint family and has been given great reverence for hundreds of years due to its incredibly vast healing abilities. Self-heal is also excellent as a gargle for sore throats and as a mouthwash for canker sores and bleeding gums. Topically, it can be used as a poultice, salve, or cream to help aid in the healing of cuts, wounds, bee stings, hemorrhoids, conjunctivitis, goiters, lipomas, and varicose veins. 

For women, self-heal is especially beneficial for lymphatic issues such as swollen breasts, fibrocystic cysts, and sore nipples, apply nightly for best results. Self-heal herb, tea, cream, or salve can be found online or at your local health food store. Self-heal is a small, but powerful herb worthy of a spot in your home medicine cabinet.

This item posted: 28-Jul-2015 - Disclaimer

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera leaf is a miraculous healing food that is one of the oldest healing remedies and natural antibiotics in the world. Taken internally, aloe works wonders for assimilation, circulation, and elimination. It is known to purify the blood, reduce inflammation, ease arthritis pain, prevent kidney stones, lower high cholesterol, prevent Candida, boost physical endurance, benefit cardiovascular health, and protect the body from oxidative stress. 

It also soothes ulcers, hemorrhoids, gastritis, diverticulitis, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders. Aloe provides recovery from fatigue and aids in muscle function as well as optimal utilization of several vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It’s alkaline nature, helps to soothe acidosis and alkalinize the whole body. 

Aloe’s clear gel can be applied externally to soothe and relieve pain from sun burn, rashes, bug bites, scratches, and wounds as well as deeply hydrate the skin to prevent wrinkles and aging. It can also be massaged into the hair and scalp to stimulate hair growth and can be used as a toothpaste or mouthwash to keep the mouth healthy, clean, and free from plaque producing bacteria. 

For best results, purchase whole Aloe leaves in the produce section of the grocery store. Cut a 2 inch piece off the leaf and scoop out the clear gel inside. This gel can be blended in water, juice, or smoothies to be taken internally or used externally and applied directly to the skin for quick relief and healing.

This item posted: 01-Jul-2015 - Disclaimer

Apples

Apples are a crunchy, sweet, and satisfying snack that have immune boosting and disease preventing properties. They are a highly alkaline fruit that have the ability to quench both an immediate and cellular-level thirst. Apples are also an amazing detoxifier and contain both malic and tartaric acids that help remove impurities from the liver and gallbladder. 

Eating two apples or more a day can aid in the prevention of colon, liver, breast, prostate, and lung cancer and can also dramatically decrease the risk of a stroke. Apples are a critical food for the liver and have many undiscovered properties that support liver health. To find out more, check out my book, Liver Rescue. Apples are especially rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. They have been shown to be beneficial for neuro-degenerative problems such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well as for bronchial problems such as asthma. 

Apples have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and provide significant results for those suffering with autoimmune disorders such as Addison’s disease, Cardiomyopathy, Celiac disease, Lupus, and Multiple Sclerosis. Apples contain pectin which is a gel-like fiber that can prevent the putrefaction of protein in the digestive tract. Pectin works like an intestinal broom to clean and sweep out debris from the colon. 

This is particularly beneficial for those who suffer from constipation or impactions. Apple pectin has also been shown to bind with radioactive residues and toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury and safely remove them from the body. One more benefit of apple pectin is that it has the ability to limit the amount of fat our adipose cells can absorb by building a barrier that naturally controls the buildup of fat in the body which makes it a great choice for any weight loss program. 

Try making a super quick and easy nutritious applesauce by blending 2 raw apples with 3 dates and a pinch of cinnamon in the food processor. It is a vibrant, healthy treat that both kids and adults will love.

This item posted: 15-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

Roses

Roses are a medicinal flower that have been used since ancient times for their nutritional and healing benefits. Rose petals are rich in vitamins C, A, D, E & B-complex and minerals such as zinc, iron, and selenium. Rose petals contain sedative, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and mood enhancing properties. They are known to soothe sore throats, nervous tension, anxiety, headaches, peptic ulcers, hypertension, fluid retention, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and heart disease. 

Rose petals are also often used for painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea) and for digestion issues such as flatulence, constipation, and diarrhea. Fresh organic rose petals are a wonderful addition to fruit salads, green salads, deserts, and a variety of healthy meals. Rose petal tea is also a soothing and relaxing way to enjoy its benefits. Simply use 1 teaspoon of dried rose petals to 1 cup of hot water and allow to steep for at least 10 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired. 

Rose water can also be made by placing 2-4 cups of rose petals in a pot and pouring just enough water to cover them, Simmer for about 45 minutes and then allow to cool. Strain and store rose water in the fridge, it will be good for 7-10 days. Rose water works as an astringent and as an anti-aging & beautifying tonic for the face and skin. 

Rose petals are also an excellent addition to your bath and can help provide relief for dry, itchy skin, bug bites, sunburn, acne, and eczema. Make sure to always seek out organic or unsprayed roses since conventionally grown rose petals often contain harmful pesticides.

This item posted: 10-Jun-2015 - Disclaimer

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, also known as winter cherry, is a powerful medicinal herb that has incredible adaptogenic properties that can significantly reduce stress related conditions such as adrenal fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, and heart and kidney problems. Ashwagandha is a rich source of minerals including zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, vanadium, and cobalt. 

It is an effective immune boosting herb that has the ability to increase white blood cell count and prepare the body to produce antigens to fight against different infections and allergies. Ashwagandha is also excellent for improving the function of the brain and neurotransmitters which can aid neurological conditions such as brain fog, migraines, tremors, tics & spasms, restless leg syndrome, chronic nerve pain, and shingles . 

Ashwagandha also is beneficial for the thyroid as it helps the body produce thyroid hormones which can increase energy, metabolism, and promote a balanced sleep cycle. Ashwagandha has been shown to improve oxygen flow and usage on a cellular level which is very beneficial for those suffering with breathing problems such as COPD and asthma as well as for athletes looking to increase there endurance and strength while training. 

It is also highly beneficial for depression, anxiety, insomnia, anemia, candida, type 2 diabetes, and autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia, lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Guillain-barre syndrome. Historically, ashwagandha has also been used as a natural infertility treatment

This item posted: 23-May-2015 - Disclaimer

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