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Monday, July 28, 2014

Natural Herbal Remedies Product of the Week! Whole Food Farmacy Snack Packs!

I love convenience!  Don't we all, right!  Well, as I am an advocate of health and wellness, when you combine convenience with my passion, then I am all in - Tell me more!!  What if I were to tell you, there are foods you can purchase that are not only good for the environment, they are also good for you, too, would you believe me?  Well, let me tell you about ...

Whole Food Snack Packs!!!  These foods are raw, organic, nutrient dense foods that are truly convenient and ready for all of us who are always on the go!  Blueberry PHI is a variation of PHI+ that is loaded with antioxidants. It is a synergistic combination of all natural, whole food ingredients.

Blueberry PHI is a delicious and nutritious variation of PHI+ that is loaded with antioxidants. It is a synergistic combination of all natural, whole food ingredients including nuts, seeds, grains, fruits, vegetables, berries, herbs, oils, and spices. Blueberries, which are very rich in antioxidants, can help to boost your immune system and prevent disease.

WAIT!  There's more!  That's right more great snack packs filled with wholesome nutritious ingredients that are sure to please the entire family.  Take these foods with you on the road so you will not have to worry if you will be able to find healthy foods you can eat!  Try these snacks for yourself and taste Wholefood Farmacy foods to 'eat' what you're missing!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Menstrual Cramps are Addressed with Natural Herbal Remedies

Menstrual Cramps

I only started suffering cramps when I had my children.  While in my teens and early twenties, I did not even have PMS let alone cramps.  Well, aside from the physical changes that a woman goes through when she has a child, the hormones after pregnancy often change in the woman as well.

So, during that time of the month what is a woman to do - naturally??  My sisterfriend came to visit with her daughter and we truly enjoyed each other during their visit.  One day my sisterfriend decided to take her grandson to the zoo for his birthday and invited me to come along, I was so excited because it had not been  a long time since I was at the zoo.

Before leaving for the zoo her daughter complained of really painful menstrual cramping.  So, I asked her if she would be willing to take some herbal extracts and she replied, 'I will take anything right now!'  So, I gave her cayenne and Lobelia (Indian Tobacco).  Dr. John Christopher referred to Lobelia as the 'thinking herb' as it will do in the body what is needed. 

Lobelia is specifically for abdominal cramping which is why it is so effective for menstrual cramping.  Well, while we stopped to eat, my sisterfriend asked her daughter how she was feeling and she remarked that the herbal extracts tasted awful and she could still taste them, however, she was feeling better and not nearly as bad as before we left for the zoo.

I always tell my clients that herbs are bitter and most of the time never sweet.  So, the taste is most of the time not very pleasant.  Yet, they are very effective and do work well as an aid to help the body heal itself.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How Natural Herbal Remedies Address Sunburn

Barbie Stayed in the Sun Too Long!!

I know of people that have experienced sunburn and it can be quite painful!  For some the skin reacts similar to when it has been burned by fire from a stove.  Well, here is one remedy that will help to heal the burn and ease the pain.

Recipe for Sunburn:
  • Aloe Vera Gel - scraped from inside the plant 
  • Arnica Extract 
  • Directions:  Mix both the gel and the extract together and place on the burned area
When the burn takes place immediately place the Aloe and Arnica on the area and let it sit.  Re-apply when necessary.  Arnica is specifically for burns it is also a pain reliever by removing physical trauma.  Aloe Vera is not only good for the digestive system, yet, it can also cool the skin and as a skin emollient aid the healing process by smoothing out the skin.

Have fun in the sun just do not stay outside there too long! Oh, by the way, do not forget the sunscreen!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Autoimmune Dis-orders and Natural Herbal Remedies

Autoimmunity Can Make You Crazy!!!
 There is talk by traditional medical experts about the rise of autoimmune disorders today.  Though there is clinical studies and scientific evidence to support their claim, this dis-order was around when those in the medical establishment denied its existence.  However, with the help of scientific research more information has come to light regarding possible causes, as well as, there are more options now available to address these dis-orders.

The possible causes to most, if not all, autoimmune dis-orders, can be narrowed down to the following:
  • The body's inability to throw off waste and toxins which can coat the cells in the body causing the immune system to misidentify healthy cells as foreign invaders.
  • Foods we eat contain proteins that have similar cell structure as those in the body, however, if one is susceptible to food allergens, then these foods will be foreign invaders to the body.  Overtime, the immune system will then attack those cells in the body that have similar cell structure as those food allergens, again, misidentifying healthy cells in the body as foreign invaders.
  • Healthy bacteria in the gut also can have similar cell structure to those proteins found in foods that we eat.  However, if we have an overgrowth of even a healthy bacteria, because of the foods we eat, this can trigger an autoimmune response in the body.  One example of such bacteria is Candida Albicans, which is a healthy and necessary bacteria, yet, if there is an overgrowth because one has eaten too much sugar and alcohol, this will cause dis-orders in the body.
Now, if your immune system does not defend against food triggers you can help the immunity get stronger  so as to defend you better, here's how: 
  • Eat foods found in your local area.  Eating foods from the areas in which you live can help curb symptoms against food allergies.   
  • Eliminate food triggers, use herbs such as Una De Gato to build immunity, then if you like add those foods slowly back into your eating habits.
  •  If consuming wheat, make sure the grains have been sprouted and unprocessed.
  • Balance your good bacteria by eating your friendly flora.  Buckthorn or Yucca, as well as, raw fresh organic fruits and vegetables are excellent herbs to take to build friendly flora back into the gut wall.

Is Clay a Good Natural Herbal Remedy for the Skin?

I have used clay before on my skin as an cleanser and found it to be very helpful at controlling my acne.  I did find that it can be very drying for my skin as I already have dry skin, yet, when I toned with Witch Hazel and moisturized with Shea Butter my skin retained its moisture longer!  Please know, that if you have dry skin and you are using clay you can add moisturizing agents like aloe vera gel so as not to over dry the skin during application.

There are various clays out there to put on your skin, yet, my favorite is Bentonite clay.  Bentonite is found in volcanic ash and contains a host of beneficial minerals that is good for the body especially the skin.  Though I have found information that suggests ingesting clay, I would not recommend it, only because the beneficial minerals and bacteria our insides need you can get from plant based supplements that are much easier to consume.

Externally, however, Bentonite clay is not only good for cleansing the skin and keeping acne at bay, yet, it is also good for the following;
  • Damage to bones or muscles
  • Soft tissue injuries, like Carpal Tunnel
  • Skin rashes and conditions like eczema and psoriasis
Bentonite clay is an excellent cleaner of foreign bacteria that can cause infection and encourages the growth of beneficial flora.

Blogger's Note:
Special Thanks to Natural News for aiding me in my research for this post!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Product of the Week - Herbal Probiotic is Yucca

Yucca Schidigeria
I love herbs because they are what we need to help the body heal itself from dis-ease and dis-order.  One of my many favorites is Yucca.  I took Yucca for over a year along with Alfalfa to address the issues of joint pain.  Yes, believe it or not I had joint pain and after taking Yucca and Alfalfa for a year I no longer experienced that pain in my knees.

Well, what is Yucca really good for, you ask?  I am glad you did, Yucca is good for the following:
  • Lubricates joints
  • Returns elasticity to the skin
  • Neutralizes poisons given off by unfriendly colon bacteria
  • Promotes growth of friendly flora which helps to manufacture healthy cartilage that provides lubrication for the joints
When you have healthy friendly flora in your gut your food digests better and it boosts your immunity to bacteria and viruses.  In addition, if you have RA - Rheumatoid Arthritis this herb is an excellent addition to healthy changes you make to your lifestyle to reduce your symptoms.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Recipe of the Week! All Natural "Kool-Aid"!

Healthy Fruit Drinks For Your Family

Who did not love Kool-Aid when they were growing up?  Yet, despite the stereotypes, black families were not the 'only' families that drank it either!  Everybody loves it and it does not matter the season because people drink it all year 'round!

Well, because people have begun to become more aware of what they eat, we want alternatives to those childhood treats that will not cause dis-order in the body.  There are ways to have those same childhood treats that are more in line with what comes from mother earth.  One example is a fruit drink that is filled with fresh ingredients.  A fruit drink that has ingredients which are fresh, they are not a paragraph long and you know what they are because they are easy to understand.

These ingredients are all natural and easy to find in the grocery store.  What I love about this is you can combine the ingredients in so many different ways that variety is a 'requirement' when making this drink!  So, take the foundation of this recipe and make it your own, then share what you have created with the rest of us!

Any fruit that you like, the ingredients I will list is what my family and I like.
2 cups of fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2  - 1 cup of Raw organic cane sugar
62 ounces of filtered water
NOTE: This recipe makes 1/2 to 1 gallon of juice

Combine your ingredients in a blender and make sure there is enough water in the blender to make a liquid as you do not want this to be like a shake or a smoothie.  Once the ingredients have been liquified pour over ice and enjoy!  See, isn't that simple?  And the possibilities are endless, plus, if your family loves fruit then it will be easy to come up with your own favorite combinations.  Feel free to substitute the cane sugar for any all natural sweetener you prefer or eliminate it all together.