Revealed: The Top 11 Easiest Medicinal Herb Seeds You Can Grow At Home!

Medicinal Herb Seeds

The Top 11 Easiest Medicinal Herb Seeds You Can Grow At Home!

Here’s a list of the “top” 11 easiest medicinal herb seeds that will grow for you easily at home. Within these lines, you can learn much about the plant’s virtues and gain access to a great source for medicinal herb seeds. Of course, you will want to have an extensive variety of cooking spices in your repertoire as a “chef” and subsequently will end up purchase most of them, as was mentioned in an earlier post on culinary cuisines made with the world’s many different spices.
However, growing your own delectable herbal seasonings offers a certain deep satisfaction within “the knowing” that you often easily harvest loads of fresh, organically grown herbs from your very own residential garden. Even if you are lucky to have even a small space for gardening, like your windowsill, you can benefit from the delight of “urban” ingenuity. Bring nature indoors and extend its reach within your home!
Medicinal herb seeds

1. Basil

Powerful antispasmodic, antiviral, anti-infectious, antibacterial, and soothes the stomach.

Basil is planted in the spring and dies at the first fall frost. It can be grown year-round indoors or in a frost-free climate. Basil also needs daytime temperatures over 70° F and nighttime temps over 50° F. Basil thrives in warmer temperatures.  Sow your seeds outdoors in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Choose a sunny, sheltered spot that is protected from wind and other temperature extremes.  Basil needs at least 6-8 hours of full sun each day, so keep that in mind when choosing a location to start your seeds. Try to space your basil plants about 12 inches apart. There are also dwarf varieties that work well in containers.

When growing basil, as soon as you see flowers start to appear, make sure you pinch or snip them off.  This will help the plant stay focused on producing leaves and will encourage the plant to “branch out” as well.  Once your basil plant is about 6 inches tall, start pinching off the tops to encourage branching.

 

A catalyst for other herbs, useful for arthritis and rheumatism (topically and internally), good for colds, flu viruses, sinus infection and sore throat, useful for headache and fever, aids organs (kidneys, heart, lungs, pancreas, spleen, and stomach, increase thermogenesis for weight loss.

Peppers are easily second only to tomatoes as a home gardener favorite. Try spot planting them around the garden for bursts of beautiful color too.  Pepper roots don’t like to be disturbed, so plant them indoors in seed starting pellets two months before your last frost date, usually three or four seeds to a pellet. Peppers love full sun but don’t plant peppers where tomatoes or eggplants grew previously, because all three are members of the nightshade family and are subject to similar diseases. Keep your soil moist and about 75°F. They need at least 5 hours of sunlight a day.

Once the seedlings are 2 to 3 inches tall, thin them by leaving only the strongest plant. When your pepper plant seedlings are 4 to 6 inches tall, harden them off for about a week. To avoid shocking the plants, make sure the soil temperature is at least 60°F before moving them outside; this usually occurs 2 to 3 weeks after the last frost. Harvest peppers during mild and dry weather by cutting them from the stem. Make sure you wear gloves if you are sensitive to the heat.

Most hot peppers will be mature and ready to eat in 70 to 85 days, but some can take as long as 150 days, depending on when you transplanted them. They’re mature when they are firm, good sized, and have thick walls. Handle carefully, because nicks and bruises can cause them to rot faster.

 

3. Garlic

Helps fight infection, detoxifies the body, enhances immunity, lowers blood fats, assists yeast infections, helps asthma, sinusitis, circulatory problems, and heart conditions.
Garlic can be planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked, but fall planting is recommended. Bulbs will grow bigger and more flavorful when you plant them in the fall.  Plant 6 to 8 weeks before your first hard frost.  In southern areas, February or March can be a better time to plant. Most people generally plant garlic somewhere between October-February.
Break apart cloves from bulb but keep the papery husk on each individual clove. Ensure soil is well-drained with plenty of organic matter. Plant in Full Sun … 4 inches apart & 2 inches deep, in their upright position (the wide end down and pointed end facing up).
Come springtime, shoots will begin to emerge.
You’ll know it’s time to harvest your garlic when the tops are yellow and they begin to fall over. Harvest the garlic before the tops are completely dry. Gently lift the bulbs with a spade or garden fork.  When you remove them from the soil, carefully brush off the soil and let them cure in an airy, shady spot for two weeks. Try hanging them upside down on a string.   The key to curing them is making sure that they have good air circulation.
Your garlic will be ready to store when the wrappers are dry and papery and the roots are also very dry. The head of the root should be hard and the cloves should come apart easily. Remote all dirt, roots & leaves. Keep the papery wrapper on—but remove any dirty parts. Bulbs should be stored in a cool (40 degrees F), dark, dry place, for several months. The flavor of your garlic will increase as your bulbs are curing and drying.
Remember! Make sure you save a few cloves of garlic from each head to plant again next year.
Helps stress, anxiety, and insomnia, good for indigestion, useful for colitis and most digestive problems, effective blood cleanser and helps increase liver function and supports the pancreas. Improves bile flow from the liver, it is good for healing of the skin that might come from a blistering chemical agent.
Chamomile is sometimes known as “the plant doctor” because it is thought to help the growth and health of many other plants, especially ones that produce essential oils.  It is also thought to increase the production of those oils, making certain herbs, like mints (spearmint, sage, oregano) and basil stronger in scent and flavor. Chamomile can be taken as a herbal tea, two teaspoons of dried flower per cup of tea, which should be steeped for ten to fifteen minutes while covered to avoid evaporation of the volatile oils. Seed plantings take 90 days to maturity.
Assists with burns, antiseptic, used as a stress reliever, good for depression, aids skin health and beauty.

English Lavender is one of the most beautiful herbs you can plant in your garden. The flower and the oil of lavender are used to make medicine. Lavender oil is used for restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, and depression. It is also used for a variety of digestive complaints, loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, and upset stomach. Some people use lavender for painful conditions including migraine headaches, toothaches, sprains, nerve pain, sores, and joint pain. It is also used for acne and cancer, and to promote menstruation.

Lavender is applied to the skin for hair loss and pain, and to repel mosquitoes and other insects. Some people add lavender to bathwater to treat circulation disorders and improve mental well being. By inhalation, lavender is used as aromatherapy for insomnia, pain, and agitation related to dementia. In foods and beverages, lavender is used as a flavor component. Seed plantings take  85 days to maturity.

6. Marjoram

Anti-infectious, antibacterial, dilates blood vessels, regulates blood pressure, soothes muscles.

Oregano-like in flavor, somewhat, nonetheless great taste … It can be used dried or fresh in many dishes including meats, stews, casseroles, poultry, sausages, and sauces. Marjoram is also known for its healing properties with rheumatoid pain, tension headaches, and minor digestive problems. It can be used in potpourri or added to sachets for linen and clothing cupboards. Easy to grow in a small container and matures in about 90 days.

A powerful antibiotic and has been proven to be more effective in neutralizing germs than some chemical antibiotics. It has been effective against germs like Staphylococcus aureus (a Gram-positive, round-shaped bacterium, that is a member of the Firmicutes, and is a usual member of the microbiota of the body frequently found in the upper respiratory tract and on the skin).
Escherichia coli (a Gram-negative, facultatively anaerobic, rod-shaped, coliform bacterium of the genus Escherichia that is commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms. Forms part of the normal gut flora) is also weakened by oregano, as well as Yersinia enterocolitica (a gram-negative bacillus shaped bacterium that causes a zoonotic disease called yersiniosis (The infection is manifested as acute diarrhea, mesenteric adenitis, terminal ileitis, and pseudoappendicitis), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (a leading Gram-negative opportunistic pathogen at most medical centers, carrying a 40-60% mortality rate).

Oregano is a sun and heat-loving plant that does well in areas prone to drought.  It is a wonderful companion plant for beans, basil, and broccoli. Try growing oregano indoors during the winter months for a fresh, steady supply of this fragrant herb. Oregano plants can safely be set out into the garden once the risk of frost has passed. Plants can be started from seeds, divisions or cuttings. Oregano seeds require light to germinate, so just loosen the soil and place seeds directly on top and mist gently when watering.  There’s no need to cover the seeds with soil when planting.

Grow oregano indoors and transplant when temperatures remain above 45 degrees F. Oregano plants should be cut back to the ground and covered with a layer of mulch for overwintering outdoors.  You can also grow them inside if you wish to be able to harvest oregano year-round. Harvest oregano anytime after they have reached 4-6 inches tall. Harvest oregano leaves in the morning hours as soon as the dew has dried for best flavor.  Once harvested, use fresh or store leaves whole, placed in freezer bags and frozen. They can also be dried in a dark, well-ventilated area and stored in airtight containers until ready to use.

Medicinal herb seeds

8. Rosemary

Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Cleansing and detoxes the body. Supports the liver and combats cirrhosis.

Excellent flavor and extremely fragrant.  Use fresh or dried to flavor meats, soups, and sauces. Can also be used for treating headaches and known to improve circulation. Perfect for container planting.
Reaches a height of 36″ and is perennial.  Matures after about 80-90 days.

9. Sage

Used in anxiety, nervous disorders, as astringent, in abdominal disorders, anti-inflammatory. Sage has a strong aroma and earthy flavor, which is why it’s typically used in small amounts. Sage is also used as a natural cleaning agent, pesticide and ritual object in spiritual sage burning or smudging.

To calm the nervous system and assist with bronchial issues. Mint is said to be the easiest to grow out of all herbs. It’s great for beginning gardeners and grows best in zones 4-9.  Use Mint leaves to add flavoring to a wide array of food and beverages. It also serves as a natural pest deterrent around other vegetables.  Chewing on the leaves will freshen your breath and can calm an upset stomach.

Mint is a hardy perennial that can really be started anytime as long as you’re about 2 months before the first fall frost.  It also grows well indoors, year-round.  Start them inside in late winter, for your Spring planting, or wait until the soil warms up and sow the seeds directly outside in your garden. When sowing the seeds, do not cover them. They need light to germinate properly and will sprout within 10-15 days if the soil stays around 68 to 75°F.

They are ready to transplant into the garden when they have their second set of “real” leaves.   If you’re sowing them directly out into your garden, consider placing a row cover over them until they sprout. Pick the leaves as you need them or harvest a large amount from each mint plant up to three times in one growing season.  Cut the stems 1-2 inches from the ground.   You can take cuttings from the plants you already have and root them in a little bit of water and then plant them indoors for fresh leaves throughout the winter. If you want to dry the leaves, it’s best to harvest them before the plant goes to seed.

11. Thyme

Thyme is one of the oldest herbs on record and is another immunity booster and cognitive aid. Thyme can be grown in many climates.  It makes for an attractive and fragrant ground cover and has fragrant, tiny flowers that the bees love. Grow thyme to attract pollinators for your garden.  Try using fresh thyme in meat dishes, incorporated into sausage, stuffing or your favorite soup recipe.  It also does very well in containers, both inside and outdoors. Plant seeds when the ground temperature has warmed to at least 70 degrees. Loosen the soil and then sprinkle seeds on top.  Mist lightly, being careful not to allow the soil to become soggy.

Thyme requires very little care, and will only need to be watered during dry spells.  If you’re growing it as a perennial, make sure you mulch heavily during harsh winters.   If the weather is too harsh, you can bring the plant indoors and grow it throughout winter there.  Always prune back stems in the spring for the new growth to emerge. Harvest thyme throughout the summer.  Try drying the sprigs in a warm, well-ventilated area and then store them in an airtight container.  Thyme also freezes very well.

 

How To Germinate Seeds Using Seedling Trays

To germinate seeds, start by filling a seed tray with a growing medium made specifically for seeds. Then, lightly press the seeds into the growing medium with your fingers and cover them with a thin layer of the medium. After you’ve sown the seeds, put them in a spot that’s between 60 and 80 °F and lightly water them. See these 3 Ways to germinate seeds … Then watch:

How To Prune Herbs

If you want your urban indoor herb garden to grow into its most luscious, abundant self, then you need to know how to prune. Pruning is essentially snipping off leaves and some parts of stems of your plants, which will prompt them to continue to grow. Doing so, you can control the shape of your garden, as well as its size! Here are some tips on pruning your herbs.

How To Dry Herbs

The herbs from your garden are best when used fresh, but there are always more than you can use in one season. Dried herbs from your garden offer the next best thing to fresh. Air drying is not only the easiest and least expensive way to dry fresh herbs, but this slow drying process can also help retain the essential oils of the herbs, which helps to maintain their flavor. Here are what many consider the 3 Best Ways For Drying Herbs to Preserve Color, Freshness, and Aroma.

REMEMBER: Herbs can be extremely potent and this blog does not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use neither of these nor any other plants. Always seek advice from experts in this profession before consuming anything for medicinal purposes.

Understand Ayurvedic Medicine and 10 Major Herbs Used By Its Elite

Ayurvedic Medicine

The Science of Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic Medicine

Many of us here are complete newbies to the science of Ayurvedic medicine and would like to understand more. In short, the Ayurvedic “medical” practitioner’s goal is to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. The Western herbs of botanical medicine tend to be used absentmindedly due to familiarity with their historical use. Some of us have even dabbled in or are now becoming familiar with the herbs used by practitioners of Eastern medicine, like those we covered in the previous post. But Ayurveda? What’s that all about?

There was a lot brought down in that first introduction to Ayurveda. Perhaps one of the most important takes may be that the intention of our minds before we interact with something, be it food, people. places or things can affect the molecular “vibration” within any and all of them. Their “vibrational frequency” will reflect the energy that you “face” it with. That’s intense!

Here’s another good introduction to understanding Ayurveda’s “medical”  approach in life.

Wisdom for everyday living. Not something you resort to when you are “in trouble”. It is designed to help us to live in the most balanced, harmonious, and holistic way with all that is in our world. All parameters of healthy well-being are to be considered. Practicing Ayurveda is intended to be practical and easy to employ by following basic common sense in connecting with the self.

Want more? Here’s a quick, modernized approach to further understanding the elements in Ayurvedic thought:

So, in a nutshell, what constitutes the totality of our being and the promise of our wellness is the balance of the “five elements” that define being in this world and the smooth transformation of formed substances into other substances.

Ayurvedic lifestyle

As our food is truly our medicine, it behooves us to know how to make use of it in the best way possible to increase vitality. The following lecture discusses this matter as well as informing us more about the different constitutions found in people and their respective qualities.

Ayurvedic Medicine

Different internal capacities to meet stressors and overcome them, or not, are defined by one’s constitution. The goal is to make wise lifestyle choices to reach and maintain harmony between the elements that make up your constitution for maximum resilience to meet stress.

Here’s another even deeper understanding of the main principles of this science on the level of the body-mind relationship:

Ayurvedic Medicine’s Herbal Repertoire

So which of the vast variety of herbs in the world we live in has this science come to revere? Besides the herb spices we think of with Indian cuisines, like cardamom, cumin, turmeric, and black pepper, there are even more “heavyweight” champions outside of the kitchen. Ayurveda is the source for popular adaptogens, like Schisandra and Siberian Eleuthero. In fact, we introduced a couple of them in the post Powerful Herbs That Empower Women. Keep in mind however that as opposed to the Western model of medical involvement in treatment strategies, the Eastern, Ayurvedic point of view is that respect has to be given to the concept of balancing the constitution.

Ayurvedic Medicine's Herbs

Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera): 

Also called Indian Ginseng, is considered an ultimate herb with unlimited reward. It is classified as an “adaptogen” like the herbs we covered in the previous overview of Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs, meaning that it can help your body manage stress. It is said to have been used for over 3,000 years to relieve stress, increase energy levels and improve mental concentration.

One of the reasons the plant is so important to traditional healing modalities (such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine) is that Ashwagandha appears to do a lot for wellness and disease on its very own, without the use of any other herbs to support it! These days, modern scientific research shows that Ashwagandha may be capable of far more than the average herb for the body’s health. You can read more about this in the article, How To Restore The immune System With Ashwagandha.

Brahmi (both Bacopa Monnieri and Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica)):

Although somewhat confusing, both of these herbs are referred to in Ayurvedic medicine as Brahmi and both support brain function. Bacopa is the southern plant while Gotu Kola grows in the north of India. Mental health, clarity, cognitive function, concentration, focus and learning ability are all enhanced by their use. They work particularly well when combined! Their antioxidant chemical constituents are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and manage the free radicals in areas of the brain. Read the article that explains their differences in depth.

In old times, Bacopa was prescribed (along with brain-boosting nutritious foods) for any conditions related to brain function, the nerves, and even mood disorders, emotional problems, and disturbances. A modern review supports this, acknowledging the herb as a potent nootropic, meaning it amplifies brain functions and is a wonder of modern science for the brain. Read more about The Top 12 Benefits of Bacopa.

Guduchi (Amrit, Tinospora Cordifolia):

Amrit means nectar of gods. According to myth, when the ancient gods churned the primordial ocean, ambrosial nectar was created that would grant immortality to any who drank it. The nectar was named Amrit, a Sanskrit word that means “imperishable”. Although modern science hasn’t been able to confirm its immortalizing properties, a growing number of studies support Guduchi’s role as a potent herb that increases the body’s resistance to stress, anxiety, and illness. It is commonly used for:

  • Allergies and symptoms of hay fever
  • Arthritis and inflammation
  • Chronic skin disorders such as psoriasis or eczema
  • Gout and rheumatic disorders
  • Hepatitis and jaundice (helps protect the liver from exposure to toxins)
  • Immune system enhancement
  • Preventing colds and flu
  • Reducing the side effects of chemotherapy drugs

Guduchi is being researched for a variety of health effects, including its effect on diabetes, glucose metabolism, inflammation, immune system support, and neurology. Supplementation improves the ability of macrophages, an immune system cell, to consume their targets, though this effect is not immunostimulatory. Supplementation can also ward off allergies. One study suggests Guduchi is as potent as spirulina as an anti-allergic supplement.

Preliminary evidence suggests Guduchi may provide benefits for people with diabetes. Supplementation of Guduchi can reduce the body’s absorption of sugar-derived carbohydrates, and it may also play a role in reducing the pathologies associated with diabetes, like retinopathy and nephropathy. There is currently no human evidence for these effects. Guduchi is used nowadays in health supplements for its antioxidant properties and its ability to support the liver and the immune system. Guduchi may be slightly constipating if taken for long periods by those prone to sluggish bowels and can cause gastrointestinal upset when taken in large doses for long periods of time.

Guggul (Mukul myrrh, Commiphora Wightii):

Guggul is made from the gum resin of the Commiphora Mukul tree which is native to India. This resin has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and Ayurvedic texts dating back to 600 BC recommend it for treating atherosclerosis. Today guggul gum resin is used for arthritis, lowering high cholesterol, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), acne and other skin diseases, and weight loss.

Be advised: Large amounts of guggul might theoretically increase the side effects of estrogen and might theoretically increase the side effects of birth control pills. Guggul might increase how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking guggul along with some medications that are broken down by the liver can decrease the effectiveness of some medications. Taking guggul along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Talk with your natural health provider before using this substance especially if you are taking any medications that are changed by the liver.

Katuki (Picrorhiza Kurroa):

An herb used in Ayurveda for treating liver ailments. The literal meaning of Katuki in the Sanskrit language is bitter. It is a small, delicate herb, which grows well only in the snow-clad Himalayan mountains. This makes the plant “endangered” as a result since overzealous manufacturers tend to overharvest. See Dunagiri Foundation’s work on saving Katuki from extinction.

There is not a single preparation in Ayurvedic medicines for liver problems which do not contain Katuki. This is nature’s best agent to help the gall bladder as well as helping improve digestion and regulating fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Since the liver is the seat of all metabolism, the action of Katuki leads to the correction of many disorders.

Manjistha (Indian madder, Rubia cordifolia):

Best known as a lymph-mover and blood purifier and is considered one of the best herbs for skin. Many health professionals don’t take into consideration the important role that the lymphatic system plays in the body.

The lymphatic system is the seat of the immune system and has a profound influence on the healthful appearance and function of the skin, which is the body’s largest “organ” for detoxification. It drains the wastes from your body and controls and regulates your immune system. It is activated by being pumped through muscular contractions. Should someone be sedentary, the lymphatic system will eventually become sedentary and begin to leave toxicity in lymphatic related tissues such as the breasts, skin, joints, and muscles.

Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus):

Has been used for centuries in Ayurveda to support the reproductive system, particularly for females, and as a support for the digestive system, especially in cases of excess pitta. Translated as “having one hundred roots” and also referred to as meaning “having one hundred husbands”, Shatavari’s name gives reference to its traditional use as a rejuvenating tonic for the female reproductive system. This support is not only for young women but also for women in their middle and elder years, to help them gracefully transition through their phases of life, including menopause. Men of all ages can also benefit from Shatavari’s cooling properties.

Shatavari is used in Ayurveda to balance Pitta and Vata but can increase Kapha due to its heavy nature.  Its bitter and sweet taste has a cooling effect on the system, and its building nature makes it great support for anyone looking for a nourishing, grounding effect.

Shatavari, as part of the asparagus family, should be avoided by anyone with an allergy to asparagus. Some say that asparagus can have a diuretic effect, and therefore, Shatavari should be used with caution in people taking diuretic drugs. From an Ayurvedic perspective, one should avoid Shatavari in cases of excess Kapha, congestion, and ama.

In the West, as the exact role of phytoestrogens is still unknown, people with estrogen sensitivities, including estrogen-sensitive tumors, are advised to use caution with foods and herbs containing phytoestrogens, which would include Shatavari.  Read more about the benefits of Shatavari. Always consult your health care practitioner if you have questions related to your particular conditions.

Shilajit (Mumijo):

Known in India as “The Destroyer of Weakness”, Shilajit is a rejuvenating, energy tonic obtained oozing from the high Himalayan mountain crevasses. It is a nutrient and mineral-rich biomass loaded with powerful humic and fulvic acids, the main substances responsible for energy production within cells. It supports deep rejuvenation and energy production. In one study, participants took just 200mg of shilajit each day for 15 days and the available energy in their blood after vigorous exercise was equivalent to the levels of available energy before starting exercise.

Recent studies on shilajit show that it delivers energy and nutrients to the cell at astonishing levels. In one study mice underwent strenuous exercise and had their energy (ATP) expenditure measured with and without shilajit. The energy depleted twice as fast in the group that did not take the shilajit. Shilajit is known for its ability to rejuvenate a cell by driving oxygen and nutrients into the cell and supporting the body’s natural antioxidant activity, whereby the body rids itself of free radicals. Read about The Top 10 benefits of Shilajit.

Trikatu (An Ayurvedic blend of equal parts of the fruits of Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), Long Pepper (Piper longum) and the rhizomes of Ginger (Zingiber officinale)):

Used to support normal gastric function and normal circulation. Tri means three, Katu means pungent. Thus, three pungent herbs, Black pepper, Ginger and Long pepper which:

  1. Helps to clear excess Kapha or mucous from the body
  2. Supports respiratory functions
  3. Helps to rekindle Agni, the digestive fire
  4. Supports digestion and Boosts metabolism
  5. It works like scraping action on excess fat tissue. So helps in weight management.
  6. It helps to take out excess impurities or ama from the body

Trikatu is recommended to be used along with other Ayurvedic herbs to support and enhance the bioavailability of those herbs. Read more about the 10 Health Benefits Of Trikatu

Triphala (An Ayurvedic blend of three fruits, Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Bibhitaki, (Terminalia Belerica) and Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)):

Benefits of Triphala:

  • Assists natural internal cleansing
  • Gently maintains regularity
  • Nourishes and rejuvenates the tissues
  • Supports healthy digestion and absorption
  • Natural antioxidant

Triphala is most commonly known for its use as a gentle bowel tonic, being helpful in digestion, and supporting regular bowel movements. The combination of the three fruits has a synergistic effect to bolster many other systems as well. In addition to the GI tract, Ayurveda uses Triphala to support healthy respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, reproductive, and nervous systems.

Triphala has also been shown to be a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. The three fruits involved in making Triphala are each also known for their individual effects:

  • Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis): Has a cooling effect that manages pitta, supporting the natural functions of the liver and the immune system.
  • Bibhitaki (Terminalia Belerica): Is particularly good for Kapha, supporting the respiratory system as well as Kapha accumulations in all systems.
  • Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula): Though having a heating nature, it is still good for all three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). It is also known for removing toxins and helps maintain healthy levels of weight.

Where To Find These Herbs?

You can get many of these herbs from Tattva’s Organic Herb’s! Their farming partners have the largest and most sophisticated C02 extraction facilities in India, where the herbs are also sourced. They excel at the art and science of C02 extraction (an herbal formulation technique maintaining constituent balances most consistent with the original intent of nature). Their herbs contain no harsh solvents or heavy metals and are cruelty-free and safe for vegans. All products are third-party tested, CGMP certified, and FDA compliant. The finished products are superior in terms of both freshness and breadth of active constituents. They deliver the full spectrum of the herb’s potential with a potency that cannot be surpassed.

 

Top Chinese Herbs for Wellness, Energy, and Immune Support.

Chinese Herbs for Longevity

The Longevity Power of Chinese Herbs

The history of herbalism dates back thousands of years. In Asian medicine, the famed, longevity Chinese herbs (called so because they grow in Asia, not because they are Chinese😜) are considered as tonics which help protect and preserve health. Some are taken every day for restoring vitality through harmonizing the opposing energies of the body’s systems.

Paul Bergner put together a nice presentation revealing the “Dark Side of Adaptogens” that is well worth a look-see before we move on. Always keep in mind, too much of anything is exactly that … Too much!

There are over 5,000 herbs in traditional Chinese herbalism with about 300 in common use. Only 60 of these herbs are considered tonics!

Chinese longevity herbs

A tonics is an elite, unique class of herb that works to exert a positive, modifying influence in the body and considered balanced and safe for most people. As such, beginners without a qualified, traditional Chinese medical (TCM) therapist to guide them can experiment using tonics without concern that some form of imbalance will occur.

The whole purpose of the tonic essentially is to help the body achieve homeostasis in the first place.  It should be kept in mind that, as they are “tonics”, they are meant to and should be consumed on a regular basis over an extended length of time in order for them to modulate the systems effectively and lastingly.

With that understanding, let’s take a look at some of the “classics”.  You may already be familiar with a couple of them that were covered in the post 12 Mushrooms for Dealing With Asthma .

Here are some of the most commonly used Chinese herbs to this day. Keep in mind that these are just a small sample:

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) upholds He Shou Wu as one of the most important herbs in the world. Also called fo-ti, this herb of mythical lore was thought to strengthen overall life force. This included both blood and chi, or the “energetic spirit version” of blood in a person. Thus, He Shou Wu was dubbed a powerful blood builder – with blood-building being the most potent key to promoting health and longevity combined.

Here’s How To Increase Longevity With He ShouWu. These are the Top 10 Ways He Shou Wu Can Boost Your Health and another article on How to Benefit Hair Growth using He Shou Wu.

Reishi may be one of the very best Chinese herbs for potentially supporting cancer treatment. It’s not a magic pill that immediately gets rid of the illness or remedies it entirely. But it can support one’s ability to handle it in some ways, which is a benefit recorded from healers. Here are the Top 14 Benefits of Using Reishi Mushroom.

Here’s how you can Use Reishi To Promote Healthy Aging.  Reishi mushroom may also be an amazing ally for stress, restoring calm, and promoting deep and restorative sleep. It could even be a helpful holistic supplement for anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions, in addition to doctor recommendations.

Among people who consumed Gynostemma regularly, there were better chances of living long, healthy lives and fewer encounters with chronic illness or disease. Research shows the herb’s ability to boost longevity is owed to approximately 12 prized and research-supported health benefits of Gynostemma. It should be known too that Gynostemma may help with the relief of pain and help in relieving stress among other things.

Here are some more Ways To Help relieve Nerve Pain.

Often featured alongside Ginseng in Chinese medical texts in many passages, this herb also appeared to hold similar powers, almost as potent as ginseng’s to a degree as a health tonic. In ancient China, it was called Huang chi, or “yellow leader”. no doubt because of its yellow flowers and bright yellow inner root.

As knowledge of its potency spread around the world, including to the United States in the 1920’s, and gaining popularity in the ‘80’s, it became known by the name Astragalus, the name given to it by the Greeks and carried on in the Western world today. Ancient healers for thousands of years have trusted Astragalus for strengthening immunity relying only on the strong evidence -based success achieved by them using it in their own practices and having learned what it can do.

Knowing that Cordyceps is an antioxidant already brings it to a deep cellular level. But that doesn’t mean that’s as deep as it gets. Studies show that cordyceps works even deeper! It could protect mitochondria, basically mini organs or “organelles” that dwell in each cell in the body. These are important for resisting free radical damage, optimizing energy, and cleaning up dead cells.

What’s more, another study shows cordyceps could even aid the process of autophagy, a fancy term for the dead cell “clean up” our mitochondria do. What this means: Cordyceps protects the body even at the most minute level and could even help it age more gracefully. These are the Top 13 Benefits of Cordyceps.

There are 11 species of ginseng, all belonging to the genus Panax of the family Araliaceae. The botanical name Panax, means “all heal” in Greek.

The name “ginseng” is used to refer to both American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng). The true ginseng plant belongs only to the Panax genus, so other species, such as Siberian ginseng and crown prince ginseng, have distinctively different properties.  The unique and beneficial compounds of the Panax species are called ginsenosides, and they’re currently under clinical research to investigate their potential for medical use. Both Asian and American ginseng contain ginsenosides, but they include different types in different amounts.

Research has varied, and some experts aren’t yet convinced that there’s enough data to label the medical capabilities of ginseng. But for centuries people have believed in its beneficial compounds and results.

Here are 8 Proven Benefits of Using Ginseng. Learn more now about Siberian Eleuthero Ginseng’s benefits while you’re at it too. Eleuthero is one of the most exciting and promising adaptogens today for improving energy. In fact, it may actually be the second most powerful adaptogen herb on the planet!

Hіѕtоrісаllу іn TCM, ѕсhіѕаndrа was utilized tо рrоmоtе a bаlаnсе bеtwееn yin аnd уаng. It’ѕ ѕаіd to hеlр “саlm thе hеаrt аnd quіеt thе ѕріrіt” bу dесіdеdlу іnfluеnсіng the brаіn, kіdnеуѕ, lіvеr аnd lungѕ. In traditional Chinese mеdісіnе, Sсhіzаndrа bеrrу іѕ uѕеd аѕ a rеmеdу fоr many аіlmеntѕ: tо rеѕіѕt іnfесtіоnѕ, іnсrеаѕе skin hеаlth, and соmbаt іnѕоmnіа, соughіng, аnd thіrѕt.

Unlіkе саffеіnе, Sсhіzаndrа ѕtіmulаtеѕ thе сеntrаl nеrvоuѕ ѕуѕtеm, by рrоvіding a mеntаl bооѕt wіthоut creating a jittery effect. But that’s not all! The berry possesses a plethora of other hеаlth benefits. Whіlе іt’ѕ bееn uѕеd fоr gеnеrаtіоnѕ ѕаfеlу аnd vіаblу, vеrу fеw humаn trіаlѕ hаvе bееn performed uѕіng ѕсhіѕаndrа. Rесеnt rеѕеаrсh ѕtudіеѕ ѕuggеѕt thаt ѕubѕtаnсеѕ еxtrасtеd frоm Sсhіsаndrа mау help treat lіvеr disorders, lоwеrіng fаttу lіvеr dіѕеаѕе аnd fіghtіng сhrоnіс hераtіtіѕ C vіruѕ. Othеr ѕtudіеѕ dеmоnѕtrаtе thаt it’s a nаturаl ѕtrеѕѕ rеlіеvеr, enhances реrfоrmаnсе оf рѕусhоlоgісаl tаѕkѕ, аnd rеduсеѕ dіgеѕtіvе ѕіdе еffесtѕ аѕѕосіаtеd with lіvеr trаnѕрlаntѕ. Read more about The 5 Powerful Benefits of Schisandra Chinensis Feel like having a Schizandra & Goji Berries Parfait?

Also known as “horny goat weed”, Epimedium contains well over 50 different species, 5 of which that are considered potently medicinal. In the present day, Epimedium has garnered high praise and rigorous study for its benefits to circulation, hormone balance, reproductive health, and as an overall tonic for robust life force and health.

One of the reasons epimedium gives those that eat it such boundless energy is because it’s been shown to literally regenerate and heal nerves. 2010 brought forth a study showing that the herb could literally help nerves grow back, in a process called “neurogenesis.” A couple years later in 2012, another study demonstrated that the icariin in epimedium could help restore movement in the body after a spinal cord injury. And not only that: a 2015 study brought to light that it could also reduce chances of cognitive impairment, potentially making it effective in reducing the chances of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Among those facing onset of aging, this makes epimedium an invaluable herb to have on one’s side when growing older. Read more about How To Restore the Nervous System With Epimedium.

A top-notch yang tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Yang tonics are adaptogenic antioxidants, namely, botanicals that may help restore function to the body’s organs at its most minute levels, especially in terms of energy, immunity, and inflammation. When Cistanche started earning interest through research and studies, the plant’s antioxidant properties became its most recognizable asset. A 2016 pharmacological review of the herb names it a potent antioxidant, able to promote healthy cellular function (especially in mitochondria) and encourage the body’s production of its own natural antioxidant stores, namely, glutathione.

Three years earlier, a 2013 study of Cistanche found that this antioxidant power was so strong, it could actually reverse risks for certain heart diseases.  That same year, another study demonstrated its antioxidants helping regulate blood sugars and fats—making it ripe for further research as an anti-diabetic.

Though research cannot yet prove that Cistanche can fully prevent heart disease or diabetes, nonetheless the studies so far attest to its strength as an antioxidant. Read more about how it provides incredible immune support.

For thousands of years this little berry has been cherished throughout Asia as one of the most nutrient dense foods. Its reputation continues to grow in the West as research develops further.  Goji berries contain 18 amino acids, vitamin A, C, and E, beta carotene, riboflavin and more than 20 other trace minerals and vitamins including zinc, iron and phosphorous. Gram for gram, they contain more vitamin C than oranges and more iron than soybeans and spinach.

. . . And the list can continue.

But that’s all for now. You will serve yourself very well if you immersed your cells with the goodness that the aforementioned alone will provide you with. It is highly recommended that you incorporate some of the recommended herbal formulations referred to in this post into you diet. We believe you’ll surely be happy with the results.

Hey! Maybe you want to try this Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup?  Modify it as you wish:Chinese herbs longevity soupThe following shows the Chinese herbs used:

Chinese Longevity Herbs Chicken Soup ingredientsHow about this PMS Relief Herbal Chicken Soup? PMS relief soup

 

Chinese PMS relief soup ingredients

Activate Your Now! Make It Alive With Promise …

Whatever it is you eventually do, as long as there is no genuine harm that hurts relatives, have fun and enjoy the gifts given to you.

If it interests you, check out these videos for a deeper understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicinal perspective::

This next one is more for people considering a potential professional undertaking:

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Must Have Culinary Spices For Duplicating The World’s Cuisines

Culinary spices

The World’s Culinary Spices

How many of you have seen the spices you use in your foods in the splendor of their natural state before they make it to the stores? Take a look at these photos! Beautiful. Simply beautiful. The intrinsic beauty of nature is impressive. The work of The  Creator, Blessed “It” Be, IS AWESOME! Impeccable is  “Its ” Universe. I get such a wonderful feeling when I really think about my place as part of “Its” creation.  There’s a lot of fun in recognizing with appreciation the  many miracles that happen while being so involved. Of course, the added advantage of being made in “Its” likeness is ridiculously cool, yes? We touched somewhat on this topic in the post Plants May Be Angels.

Be that as it is, there is also a lot of pleasure we get from transforming simple, seemingly small gifts from the Earth into deliciously satisfying treats of so many flavors and character. Each meal we make has the potential for titillating our senses in ways that have us crying out for more. But how often do you ensure this experience?

For theirs as well as our convenience, Kitchn.com has compiled A Quick Guide to Every Herb and Spice You Might Find in the Cupboard.  If they left some out that you think should be listed as well, then please let them know to help them make the list more complete.

We prefer as a rule to use organically grown herbal culinary products rather than allow products which may have been subjected to a wide range of pesticides and other synthetic chemical exposure. I don’t care how many times the FDA and other government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency say that certain amounts of these contaminants are no threat when residues are in the amounts they allow. Here’s their Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program Reports and Data should you be interested in examining some of their summaries.

In the long run, what will we really find out? For some strange reason, I cannot imagine the results to be positive. Better safe than sorry!

Another big concern is that toxic environments and people tend to hold us back from living out the best versions of ourselves … Or at the least make achieving the better version quite a bit more difficult. One needs great resolve and fortitude in maintaining divinity in action despite the onslaught of interference. When we are considering the aspects of wholistic health and more complete well-being, there are factors from all angles that need to be considered.

Now is A Present

If you really want to “spice up your life”, consider the totality of it. From where have you come to where you want to go. Be present, consciously in each NOW. LIVE in color with positive emotion as much as you can! Face the things that you need to “season” with “condiments” like attention and personal responsibility to allow circumstances to serve you positively for better and better. It’s all about feeling titillated by life’s experience 😜 No?

Spice up your life with quality!

Organic spices

Once you have your herbal seasonings in your kitchen and on hand for your use, you should know how to care for them to maintain their freshness. For sure you want the maximum flavor possible every time you use them for the full experience they are intended to offer. Otherwise, what’s the point? Who wants stale ingredients in their food?

Must Have Seasonings

The Chef’s Manual of Must Have Spices For Your Kitchen is a fantastic compilation for your review. You’d be well set and ready for most recipes should you stack up on those magic ingredients to tantalize up your kitchen!

There are eight spice ingredients some consider a kitchen insufficient to play the role of a “factory of foods with healthful flavor”, from an India Indian point of view anyway 😊. Indian cuisine strikes a balance of flavors that is predominantly between a combination of salty, spicy, bitter or pungent, sour, tangy and sweet flavors. The spices that feature so heavily in Indian cooking not only give the dishes their unique flavors but also are shown to protect against some cancers, have anti-inflammatory and other healing properties.

Those that rule the Indian kitchen are:

  1. Tumeric
  2. Coriander
  3. Chili
  4. Mustard seeds
  5. Cumin
  6. Fenugreek leaves
  7. Dried Mango powder
  8. Garam Massala

I imagine some of you might ask,”Whats so special about the India Indian diet?” What’s wrong with the standard American diet and the way I eat? Well, the health benefits of an Indian diet are numerous.  To be sure, learn more from this list of the 20 Indian Cuisine Ingredients That Heal from Within without being “bland”.

But theirs is not the only healthy cuisine in the world. There are many. According to The Culture Trip, Chad and some other African countries tops its list of “The 10 Healthiest Cuisines In The World” for having very healthy diets. Who’d have thunk that? But apparently it’s true. Check their list. Of course that’s only their opinion. Others have Japan leading at the top in a list of Five Countries Who Teach Us Something About Good Eating.

I presently eat mostly a Mediterranean diet. While many people think that this zone is only made up of Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Lebanon and Israel. In actuality it also includes Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt! As a result, the spices and seasonings used to flavor the food from this eclectic area are quite diverse. Here are 9 Mediterranean herbs and spices to store in your pantry or grow in your garden. You also might want to check out Carries Experimental Kitchen for some ideas from her experiments.

As far as Japanese food is concerned, here are the 12 Essential Ingredients For Cooking Japanese Food. The diet is rich in fruits and vegetables which are shown to have cancer-fighting properties. Staples such as yams, green tea, seaweed and shiitake mushrooms are all beneficial being rich in iron, calcium, zinc, copper, omega-3, and antioxidants.What I like the most about their food is the seaweed whose health benefits are many. It’s the oceans “medicinal herb”! Here are 7 Surprising Benefits of Eating Seaweed.

Have you tried Thai?  Their ingredients like coriander, lemongrass, ginger and other herbs have shown that they have very strong antioxidant properties that inhibit cancerous growth. The ingredients use very little meat yet herbs and spices full of medicinal properties are plentiful.

The list can go on … Save some for a different post to come. But you get the point. The flavors and health benefits of the world’s cuisines are at your beck and call as long as you are willing to mix and match them at home … Unless such restaurants are luckily nearby in your neighborhood and you can be lazy about it 🤣.

Cook Healthier

Here are 10 Secrets to Cooking Healthier which should also found the basis of your knowledge regarding healthier meal planning. If you are a beginner at cooking with spices and want to learn some of the most basic tips for their use, then check the following video featuring Gordon Ramsay:

All the best for more savory feasts!

Powerful Herbs That Wonderfully Empower Women

Tranquil women rule!

Women empoweredWe Must Empower Women

Women are awesome. Their supportive presence empowers the basis of our society and of our homes. We even refer to the Earth as our mother, so to speak, for from her we were formed and made. A women empowered can only do us good. Pardon me for a moment, but I think it must be said: None of us want “bitches” running our show! You know what I mean? You know someone who can benefit from this post, lead them to it.

Balanced women as a whole prefer people with cool sanity, resolve and the force of gentle coercion to evoke the outcome they want. As was mentioned in the first post at the beginning of this blog, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right!” You are the one who ultimately decides your capability in everything.

Nevertheless, women have “building” power by nature! Even though men are considered as the rule makers and the rulers of The Kingdom. Though Gd is neither male nor female in truth, the general reference is to “It” as male. The Divine Presence, that aspect of “It”which hovers in and around us is considered feminine. Go figure! Nevertheless, there’s truth to the saying, “behind every great man there’s a great woman”. Right? There is so much we learn from you. There is so much love you give in caring for the future and the strength of our nation. To your service in this mix of life, we thank and appreciate having the experience of you in it

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Empower women!

Hey, do you remember the time when people played music from their album collection of “records” on players like this one? Quite the interesting recollection for me anyway … “A blast from the past”:

Anyway, back to our subject, what the world needs now, as it has for ever, is strong, powerful women. I’m not talking about the “Amazon” type of manly woman. Rather it’s about women of great character and fortitude to handle the tasks at hand before them as heroines. Proudly standing up for their beliefs and instilling them within the family as a foundation for being. The husband is her support. She is the “home” that he returns to successfully after “the hunt” for an income. I’m talking about “old school” living where those who despite hormonal fluctuations manage to remain balanced in their state of mind and “weather” their storm with poise and acceptance. They knew their herbs.

At the least, a woman’s body is designed to evolve and change. To adjust to these changes smoothly, it is highly recommended to maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly. Choose the right pattern of eating for yourself and supplement with herbal formulations according to your needs. The following herbs are among those considered when looking for ways that women can support their hormonal and reproductive wellness. 5 herbs for women’s health. Please be aware and keep in mind that some of these herbs are not intended for use during pregnancy.

Please consult with your knowledgeable health-care professional before using herbs during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.

So, play this in the background:

Imagine sitting in a secret garden in the cosmos and listen (… You are not obligated 😊… Only if it fits your head) while we take a deeper, tough look at the herbs placed here in this spotlight:

  • Black cohosh root
    (Cimicifuga racemosa)

Used since the 1800s to support natural hormonal transitions throughout a woman’s life, this classic herb controls estrogen and helps relieve pain, swelling, and spasms. It is known to alleviate PMS and menopause symptoms and tends to ease the pressure of menstrual cramps. Like dong quai, it has been shown to reduce hot flashes. Read this fact sheet for consumers of black cohosh so you know what to expect from using this root.

  • Dong quai
    (Angelica sinensis)

This Asian wonder as mentioned a moment ago has been shown to reduce hot flashes. It is a member of the Umbelliferae family, a botanical group that also includes carrots, parsley, dill and celery. The Health Benefits of Dong Quai root are numerous and is sometimes called “female ginseng”. It has been used for more than 2,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a tonic against low vitality, fatigue, pelvic pain and irregular menstrual cycles.  It increases circulation, decreases vaginal dryness, and in combination with other herbs in targeted formulas, fights migraines.

  • Motherwort leaves
    (Leonora cardiaca)

Motherwort is an herb in the mint family. It is a good choice should you want to support your cardiac health. Positive results occur in the treatment of conditions caused by stress or high blood pressure and researchers also find that motherwort improves blood flow to the heart.

  • Red clover blossoms
    (Trifolium pratense)

Red clover blossoms area natural source of phyto-estrogena, natural plant hormones, that show signs of helping to prevent bone loss, and, in some cases has been shown to actually increase bone density. An herb in the legume family (which includes peas and beans), it’s a highly nutritive plant containing many beneficial antioxidants that helps with menopause, diabetes, skin problems, and cancer. Encourages healthy detoxification and promotes healthy skin through its support for the body’s lymphatic functions. Here is more important information you should know about using red clover.

  • Red raspberry leaves
    (Rubus idaeus)

Makes a pleasant “tea” (infusion) to relieve stress, encourage sleep, and assist in muscle recovery after delivery. Raspberry leaf benefits by toning the musculature and increasing the viscosity of the reproductive tract with continual use. Clearly ranking as one of the most recommended herbs to drink as an  infusion before and during pregnancy, take a look at what science says. Bulk Herb Store has great organic Bulgarian red raspberry leaf for your collection.

  • Maca root
    (Lepidium meyenii)

A Peruvian root vegetable that resembles a turnip grows in the high Andes, where the Inca warriors used it as a caffeine-free performance enhancer and to enhance the fertility of both humans and animals. The roots grow in 3 basic color groups:

  • White to yellow roots are made into Yellow Maca powder (60% of the annual harvest)
  • Light pink to dark purple roots are made into Red Maca powder (25% of the annual harvest)
  • Light gray to dark gray roots are made into Black Maca powder (15% of the annual harvest)

Scientific research has shown that these colors have somewhat different properties. There are a range of benefits from the use of maca root powder. Maca root powder has become popular due to benefits which are said to include increased energy levels, vitality, endurance, healthy libido, reduced anxiety from stress, healthy brain function and balancing hormone levels – thereby relieving symptoms of menopause. Recent research has shown that IT CAN support natural fertility by helping to maintain normal reproductive hormone levels. Here is a list of 10 Wonders of Maca.

  • Schizandra berries
    (Schisandra chinensis)

The Chinese Magnolia Vine or the Five Flavored Fruit tree, Schisandra composes five distinct flavors in its berry that correspond to the 5 Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Sour (Wood), Bitter (Fire), Sweet (Earth), Acrid (Metal) and Salty (Water). It is used as an “adaptogen” for increasing resistance to disease and stress while increasing energy, physical performance, endurance,  preventing early aging and increasing lifespan, It supports a healthier functioning endocrine system, digestive system, and liver functions. All in all, it is considered a harmonizing “king” tonic in Chinese Medicine because of its well balanced energetic nature. One of the best formulas containing Schizandra also includes the best herbal ingredients for mood and stress relief. Consider it if needed.

  • Ashwagandha
    (Withania somnifera)

One of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic (India Indian) healing, it enhances the endocrine glands and hence maintains the hormonal system. Also tends to prevent anxiety, hot flushes, low energy level, joint pain and mood swings if taken regularly and maintains a healthy and regular menstrual cycle. Read here about more benefits and side effects to be aware with Aswagandha. Find out here: How to Restore the Immune System with Ashwagandha. For your information, Tattva’s Ashwagandha powder is available and of the highest quality, organic and free from contaminants. A great company to work with.

  • Shatavari root
    (Asparagus racemosus)

From the Ayurvedic journals of herbal medicine comes another great herb known to nourish tissues and strengthen the body. Shatavari acts as a rejuvenating supplement and is prescribed for both physical and mental health. Also has served a varied role in fertility and vitality, increasing the lactation power of mothers, acts as a diuretic, antioxidant and even has anti-ageing properties. Tattva’s Shatavari is of unparalleled quality!

  • Cramp bark
    (Viburnum opulus)

As its name reveals, cramp bark tends to be used for relieving cramps, including muscle spasmsmenstrual cramps, and cramps during pregnancy. Cramp bark is said to also be used as a kidney stimulant for urinary conditions that involve pain or spasms. For further study, here are further benefits of Viburnum opulus. Here’s a fomentation recipe combining ginger with the bark that works well not only for major pain but can also help with more common muscle spasms as well.

  • Chasteberry
    (Vitex agnus-castus)

Used since the time of Hippocrates to support gynecological health, particularly during the changing cycles of life. Tradition has it being used to support balanced hormone production. This herb’s berries promote a healthy mind and body throughout the menstrual cycle and during the transition into menopauseLearn more about Vitex Agnus-Castus.

Let it be known that Harmonic Arts of Canada have two fabulous herbal formulations for women, in the form of tinctures, using splendid combinations of some of the aforementioned herbs. Take a look at them and decide which may be right for you. This company is also a purveyor of excellent quality single herb tinctures, many of which are of the herbs referred to here and may have others that you are looking for as well. Check out their store.

For those of you interested in the new emerging consciousness culture, here’s a link to learn about the 7 Ancient Archetypes for Women Leaders Today

All the best women! Stay strong.

3 Major Herbs Partner With Cordyceps And Improve Performance and Fertility

High Performance

Performance

Are you by chance interested in greatly improved overall performance?

Would you be interested in increasing your energy, have more fertility and be chock FULL of stamina?

Increase Bedroom Performance

There are some very important herbs for fertility that most likely won’t be what the doctor orders for you to take in order for the walls to “rock” in your bedroom. The good news is that you won’t need his or her prescription to get them for yourself. This post reveals how you too can access these with ease.

Epimedium, Tongkat Ali, Mucuna Pruriens and the pollen of Pine are together with Cordyceps (which was discussed in the last post), Grape-seed and Black Pepper extract to combat physical dysfunction. What you have, or at least could if you buy it, is 100% pure, natural support for enhanced ability to accomplish any action, task, or function with more energy. Not many want to experience life in any other way. I know I don’t and won’t if I can help it. Especially when I know those aforementioned heavyweight contenders have “got my back”.

But the combat against insufficient potency should go beyond that. While I’m not battling the problem of infertility personally, I believe we should be more concerned with making sure our nutritional intake is how it should be for the needs and strength of our bodies. Your nutrition is as unique as you!

Tailor your nutrition to your genetics.

That’s why we recommend that you take the guesswork out of eating right with a science-based at home test that will allow you to become the best version of you. You will get to know which are the foods most recommended for you to eat and why. This is how you can get to cancel the onset of many difficult issues that may have come up already or will, if you don’t pay attention to what you habitually eat. This is the nature of the practice called preventative “medicine”. By not allowing the body to fall out of balance and providing it with hat it truly needs, you can eliminate the chance of your getting sick.

There are some other simple, natural ways to increase fertility that are worth your knowing about. These involve taking vitamin and mineral supplements as well as eating adequate quantities of fresh fruit, grееn leafy vеgеtаblеѕ and consuming healthy fats on a rеgulаr basis. Hethir Rodriguez shares the information she has in a video about seven fertility super-foods that you can easily find at almost every grocery store. Click that link for her recording.

15 Natural Ways to Boost Testosterone

Do you want to know how to hold onto your feelings of youth, vigor, and have greater confidence without hormone therapy? Follow these guidelines to higher levels of testosterone in your body.

There are also spices that support the increase of  libido that you should know about if you want to flavor up more than just your food! Use your imagination for their use in your recipes.

In the following video, Dr. Berg talks about low testosterone and it’s symptoms, causes and solution. Besides suggesting things that you can do to boost low testosterone (like adding zinc, vitamin D, vitamin A to your supplementation and getting better sleep), in his opinion it is even more important to avoid or lower these 3 things:

1. Insulin (lower this hormone).

2. Estrogen and

3. Cortisol.

Out of these three hormones, estrogen is the most common elevated hormone in men. This is because estrogen, in males anyway, enters our bodies mostly from consuming commercially raised chicken and beef. The soy feed given to these animals is highly estrogenic; not to mention being genetically modified. Plus, adding on top of that, genetically modified corn feed can have the result of really effecting havoc on your hormonal balance.

So, now that you know answers to your questions regarding what to do to increase sexual health and the wellness of your libido, what are your thoughts on  this issue? It is said, “When the student is ready the teacher will be provided”. You’ve come to a site that will have you bursting with knowledge if you learn from it well. Be sure you subscribe to us and be prepared to learn more of the good stuff to come.

Above all, make sure that you live a healthy, vibrant life to the best of your ability. Keep following us to learn more on how.

 

12 Mushrooms and Herbs To Deal With Asthma

Medicinal Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Perhaps the funkiest elements of the “Kingdom” are the mushrooms. Not knowing how to categorize them adds to their mystery. But in actuality, they are fungi, not plants and are amazing.

They are also very good sources of B vitamins, especially niacin and riboflavin. They rank the highest among vegetables for protein content, but because they are low in fat and calories, Western nutritionists once mistakenly considered them as without much food value. But now they are recognized as valuable and trending as a food. (A fresh pound has about 125 calories only). In dried form, fungi have almost as much protein as veal and a significant amount of poly-saccharides. Shiitake’s are perhaps the most delicious of all the fungi mentioned and maybe the most nutritious.

Nutritional value of medicinal mushrooms

A study by Spanish researchers has shown that microwaving and grilling are the best processes to maintain the nutritional profile of culinary mushrooms.

Mushrooms as Medicine

Medicinal Mushrooms
Three of these super healers Support COGNITIVE & MENTAL PERFORMANCE.

Can plants help people access the intelligence in nature or the “mind of nature”?

In the last post, there is a video where Michael Pollan discusses “the plant’s eye view” In it he spoke about how we are quite possibly “puppets” of the botanical kingdom and are doing its will unknowingly If you missed it, you might want to hear what he had to say. Nevertheless, must we learn to understand the mind of nature in order to supersede our ecologically destructive habits? An interesting conference took place in 2014 discussing the medicinal use of hallucinogenic plants, of which some mushrooms are in that category.

While this site is not going to get into those aspects of “magic” in the “Kingdom”, we clearly respect and stand behind the responsible use of them. You can watch the recording of that conference here. For anyone who is interested in understanding more about these types of fungi, this following video recorded what Paul Stamets had to say about his experiences with “magic ‘shrooms”:

But let’s get back to the title of this topic … Dealing with asthma. First, listen to what Chef Marcus Guiliano said he did to get rid of his asthma. He makes mention of some things that you may want to consider in your overall strategy.

Dr. Isaac Eliaz discusses the benefits of medicinal mushrooms and how they can help with a number of conditions by enhancing the bodies’ immune system.

You already know the answer if you clicked the above link and read the article … A resounding yes! And support for a wide range of other chronic conditions also. I don’t know about you, but I hadn’t heard of Chaga mushrooms before researching for this post. But I’m glad I did:

This might interest you as well:

So, What Are You Going To Buy?

Neuro Shroom

Here’s an excellent opportunity for you to benefit personally from medicinal mushrooms! Have you tried the new ‘shroom product that supports cognitive and mental performance?

Designed with the wisdom garnered through loads of research, this formula is a combination of two kingdoms. Besides Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps and cracked Reishi spores representing the kingdom of the fungi, there are extracts of Clubmoss, Bacopa and Black Pepper fruit from the botanical kingdom as well. It’s MIND POWER in a POWDER! Besides activating more energy in the body, many are reporting enhanced memory and lucidity of dreams. Moreover, there is testimony that people are even finding it far more effective and less damaging than ADHD medications! If this is something that you can benefit from, then don’t hesitate to check it out. You might forget to in a few moments, LOL 🤣.

Here’s a sharp way to boost the value of the morning coffee routine. It’s also great mixed into smoothies! Once a day with this stuff and you’re on your way in the direction towards better performance! Watch the video:

 

Amazing 1 Unseen Eye Seeks G-d

An unseen eye

What? Now plants have unseen eyes?

Their amazing eyes ...Unseen Sight?

At least some are beginning to think so. Maybe now you will too … If you can be convinced! Is it possible that we once knew much more than we do now and that selectively some critical memories were erased in order for us to be challenged later by faulty belief systems?

Unseen really means once was seen but now not. For what reason?

Who really knows? Does anybody really know what time it is? History is all too jumbled up to be sure. Maybe “her” story would be more accurate if the time was used to record that instead? Food for thought that.

In any case, a plants  visual capacity apparently is now being discovered … Or re-discovered depending on how to this is considered.

Anyway, continuing somewhat with what I said in the previous post, there are so many miraculous things going on in and around us every moment in our lives. One of the least of them is known as the “Doctrine of Signatures“. In short, it states that herbs resembling various parts of the body are signs that they likely can be used by herbalists to treat ailments of those body parts.

That’s amazing if it is true! Really. What that means is that they grow in a way that causes us to to recognize that they’ve seen us … That they recognized that it is they specifically are the ones we require for “whatever the signature shows”and make us recognize them by their appearance. Of course, I can’t prove this but it is an interesting concept.

Let me take you even further. Have you learned that we are the pinnacle of creation? All of the world was created before we were and only we were made in the likeness of Gd. How about that? The only problem is that we possess a dual nature.  One which wavers between an inclination to represent Gd-ly qualities and another which revels in the opposite. As a result, much of the divine potential inherent in this life is not witnessed. It is apparently part of “The Master’s Plan” that we are embattled with free will.

Being spiritual beings in this human experience is a contention between physicality, which seems more real than the reality, and our spiritual nature. We tend to forget who we really are and get bogged down in this world of desires and fame. There’s much falseness in the ways humans have come to live. Plus, for the most part, many aren’t even living their own lives as much as they live through others by being “glued” to the television for hours on end watching their “idols” in movies or sports! Seriously.

It stands to reason that a being made in Gd’s “image” should likewise be a creator!! Creating their realities … Not allowing someone or something else do that for them. Am I right? Boldly be yourself! Remember, hindsight is 20/20!!

Moving along, why would a plant care about our well-being? What’s in it for them? Is there an advantage to them? Well, maybe this is their way of reincarnation … Or more correctly, incarnation at its beginning. Becoming a part and parcel of the makings of a being who resembles Gd. Their whole desire in life is to seek out a way to be in service to the Creator.

Even though we may fool them into thinking they found the right address by entering our bodies, they nonetheless do serve the purpose for which they were created. And they do it well we eventually come to realize and say. Because we owe our lives to vegetation … salads, stews, soups and dishes spiced the way we love. Of course, let’s not forget their medicinal value in times of imbalance with natural law.

That leads me to another thought. I think that sometimes we can wrongly accuse Gd of either causing something to happen or not intervening when something disastrous does happen. Wrongly because according to scripture, when the creation of the world was complete, Gd ceased at that point and let the natural laws that were built into the creation do what they do. There was no need for any further involvement. The mechanism was set to work on its own.

When you deviate from the right paths of action, you are obviously not heading in a good direction. In other words, too much of anything is not healthy. It’s TOO MUCH! You created an unbalanced situation. Correction is needed. But if you keep that behavior up heedlessly of warning signs … All systems go wack. It’s a shame when it could have been prevented from the start. Prevention is better than cure! It’s a blessing though to have access to good natural remedies.

So be tuned to the signs and signals that are on your way. Pay attention to what the Universe is telling you and cherish the gifts that you get along the way for recognition. The eyes that seek will find sights more stunning than even an imagination can conjure. But, if it does happen that your eyes do in fact need help, Gd forbid though unless there’s great blessing in the existence of  it, you should check out this publication for some good information: Medicinal Plants and Eye Care. Consider learning more about The Best 12 Herbs to Keep Eyes Healthy and Disease Free. Last, but not least, you can learn about more herbs for eye health here.

We must also remember that it’s not just herbs that can be enlisted to help solve eye problems. Be sure to consider super-foods for eyes too.

Foods for Eye Health

 

Angels. What If Plants Might Happily Be 1000’s of Awesome Angels In Disguise?

Gathered angels meet

Angels?

Think about that for a moment. Suddenly we discover another undisclosed secret, at least undisclosed until now. That plants may actually be angels in disguise. Discover angels What is an angel and what role does it play? Can it make sense that plants can behave like angels? In my mind, with the wild imagination I have, an angel is a spiritual “being” designed by “The Source” (Blessed It Be) for a specific, beneficial purpose. They do not necessarily look as they are portrayed in artists pictures and by sculptors statues. From the little that I understand, they are limited to the purpose for which they were created. They don’t have free will to do as they please like us humans.

We get to translate physical experiences through our senses and make decisions that lead up to the actions we eventually take. As I mentioned in the post before this, we are bearers of “holy light” … descendants of the soul that Gd first breathed “The Breath of Life” into, our great,great, great, great, great, great grandfather Adam.  For most human folk, the challenge of the struggle between our spirituality and this physical experience is too tough as the battle it provides embraces pride, fame and reputation. There are multitudes of opportunities to live “realities” imbued with confusion and vast deviation from the path our “Maker” prefers, should there actually be such a concept.

The truth remains though that we were created in Gd’s “likeness”. For all we know, maybe simply for the purpose of allowing us to expand on what was started. That must then mean that our potential is at the least TREMENDOUSLY good … Indeed TRULY BLESSED! “Fill the world and conquer it” has profound meaning for all of us. We must continually “work and guard it” – enhance and improve it.

We were given the herbs of the field and the trees of the forests to be nourished with. Yet inherent in them also is the ability to simultaneously behave with a medicinal force that no pharmaceutical drug can contain nor express. In fact, it wasn’t until the generation of Noah that permission was given to eat meat, since it was thereby hoped that this practice would somehow effect a correction of the evil nature that mankind at that time had developed.

So, when I open my mind to fathom the magical powers inherent in so many plants, I see them as saviors of sorts … Angelic in their interactions with and within us actually. For instance, it’s give and take with the magic of our mutually considerate needs. We shall never underestimate the importance of plants. The plant kingdom absorbs the carbon dioxide we exhale while we happily take in the oxygen they excrete. A fine symbiotic relationship that is only a small part of the balanced and fine-tuned scheme “The Master” planned.

Invite angels into your garden

Gd is in the Universe It created though some may not be able to sense the reality of that. Nonetheless, it is “The Creator’s” imagination at work and “It” is doing it well. While I will ask you to understand that I am not the superstitious type nor do I support witchcraft, you  may be interested in these 23 Sacred Herbs for Health, Prosperity and Spiritual Protection. There you’ll discover “magical” uses that can help you expand spiritually and do practical things like create more success, prosperity and protection from negative influences more creatively.

So whether as angelic beings sent disguised as “wonder” plants or merely living botanical vessels infused with magical constituents, it’s become quite clear that plants do us good and help fuel wellness. With what they have to offer, our bodies are by far the most impressive laboratories in the world!

Now go eat some angels.