The Science of Physical Health

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Can We Live Forever? Maybe!

Throughout history, human beings have attempted to prolong their longevity, increase their stamina, and improve their quality of life, by growing their understanding and innovating on the physical world around them. This includes every type of person from every walk of life. Every living soul seeks to improve themselves. 

Over the years, science has expanded beyond rockets, bunsen burners, and mathematics to include the majesty of the human mind, body, heart, and wholeness. It’s only within these past 30 years that nutrition moved from fringe to center stage. These types of advances are helping us to understand exactly how food, diet, fitness regimens, clarity of mind & heart, and technology directly impact the quality and flow of our day-to-day lives. 

The flood of this category of information can be overwhelming. New diets and supplements are continually being released. Among these are new products and tech that will not only make our lives easier, they might just help us live longer. Although each one of these things plays a vital role in our personal growth and physical health, it can be difficult to distinguish between hype, fact, and fiction. 

If you’re hankering for a hunk of health, the perfect place to start is your diet. 

Diet and Nutrition

For those of us who aim to be health-conscious, food shopping can be stressful and expensive. The prices of regular foods have tripled. Package for the trendiest products has become incredibly competitive and expensive. And we’re the ones who foot the bill. 

Meanwhile, there’s all of the back-and-forth confusion! Science tells us to stop eating eggs, then start eating eggs, then only eat egg whites, but wait – not the yolks! It seems that every year a new study emerges that tells us the most latest and most safe and nutritious ways to prepare breakfast. Bacon, yes, bacon, no, bacon light, bacon doughnuts. What are we supposed to do?! I say, BACON, YES! At least during the holidays.

The reality of diets is that they continually change and evolve. These innovations are not only born from science, they stem from media biases (and payoffs), political influence, cultural imperatives, societal trends, fantasies, illusions, religions, guilt, and guesswork. 

Pass The Mayo!

Heck, even the guys at Just Mayo, the adorable little company that made a simple egg-alternative mayonnaise, got reamed by federal and corporate jackoffs hoping to clarify for us that the word “Mayo” could never refer to a non-egg alternative. Really? Mayo isn’t just a spread? Does every person on planet earth know there are eggs in mayo? Guess what, not all mayo has real eggs – and Just Mayo is more delicious and healthier than traditional mayonnaise. Go figure.

Ahhhh, eggs – that cute little industry that kills a billion male chicks every year – in a f*cking shreader. The last thing we need in this world are more evil, dark, disgusting, dishonest, overpaid lobbyists. They cloud judgment and reality at alarming rates. And these twat-waffles influence our diets. Crazy, right?

With all the noise, hype, lies, and corporate influence, it can be difficult to understand how to separate the wheat from the chaff – and land on quality modalities and habits that will truly uplift and improve our health and lives. 

Given how complex and unique we all are, the success of a specific diet is also subjective and dependent upon a wide variety of factors, everything from ancestry, blood glucose levels, and blood pressure to allergies, exercise, and heart arrhythmia.

Diet-Science

As science illuminates itself, our diets will continue to change – and we’ll adapt accordingly. We might love someone so much, we want to live longer, so we’ll  bow to the most aggressively marketed plan for macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats). It might be completely wrong for our body type and habits, but we’ll jump into it like lemmings on conveyor belts, and we’ll leap off the ledge together. 

It’s become extremely difficult to choose the wisest dietary paths. 

For most of us, we only consider dietary and nutritional changes when we don’t love the shape and sizes of our pudgy bodies. We might try to cut carbs and sugar using a popular Atkins or Ketogenic diet. Some of us might attempt eating a super-clean diet, full of organic foods and pea protein. 

Truth be told, there are benefits and warnings for every diet. If you’re thinking about changing or innovating on your diet, do the research! Don’t just follow the crowd, be proactive. Check in with a traditional nutritionist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and your very own limited and naive western medical doctor. Ask lots of questions, challenge these folks, and work hard to arrive at the most compelling and healthful diet possible.

Wait, Me Needy, Want Me Some Snacks!

If you’ve tried dieting, you know how difficult it can be during the usual snack times. It’s not that all snacks are bad, it’s that some of them are REALLY bad and some of them are not so bad. And a few of them are actually good for you! Choose wisely. Give yourself a chance to be a kid once in a while. Eat something unhealthy and laugh your ass off. Then get back to the business of taking care of your health. 

Whether you’re trying to eat your weight in veggies or Captain Crunch, there are a few things you can do to tip the scales (and blood tests) in your favor:

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  • Refrain from eating a large meal after 6pm. 
  • Instead of a big lunch and dinner, try 4 smaller meals at intervals. 
  • Less screen time, more prayerful and mindful eating. 
  • Meet with professionals
  • Pick the most dangerous snack and give yourself a gift once in a while
  • Meditate and breathe before and after meals
  • Plan your meals with joy and the deepest intention to add light to your body
  • Plan your meals with friends and family, even if it’s via zoom
  • Create a plan to eat at the same time every day

Eating at different times every morning leaves the body confused and can even make you feel hungrier. The same thing goes for dinner. After a long day, you don’t want to eat a massive meal quickly and collapse – like the ever-popular post-turkey coma! Take your time, choose smaller portions, and relax during the meal. This will inspire your body to breathe on every level, helping with digestion, the release of toxins, and helping you absorb oxygen.

Can I Eat A Cheeseburger At Midnight?

Studies show that eating right before you sleep can be unhealthy for you. Instead of grabbing a snack before bed, opt for a glass of water. When you wake up, you won’t feel as sluggish. While eating meals on a regular schedule and not before bed is one way to manage your diet, many of us struggle with portion control.

Most diets require limited caloric intake during various intervals throughout the course of a day, but keeping track of these things and writing furiously in a meal journal can be exhausting (and a bit weird!) 

There are only three general rules to follow if you are struggling with overeating:

  1.       Eat slower
  2.     Eat a small-portioned meal (not until you’re stuffed)
  3.     Stop eating after your first burp (or fart).

It’s that simple. 

 

When you sit down for a meal, make it an event. Take time to put down your utensils or sandwiches, and talk to the folks across from you – or the little person on the zoom screen. Seek to truly enjoy the company of others around the table. 

Many overeat because they eat too fast or they eat out of loneliness or depression. It takes time for our brains to realize our fuel tank is full. When we only stop eating when our stomach feels full, it’s too late. Slow down. Relax. If you eat slowly, your body can catch up to you – and tell you you’re full and to stop eating. 

While controlling your diet can be a great way to harness your life, it’s no secret that abstaining, or fasting can be truly beneficial.

 

Heartfelt conversations with loved ones are more nutritious than your salad or broccoli. With loving thoughts, you can improve your body’s ability to process food and benefit from it.

 

Fasting Without Passing Out

Many religious leaders practice fasting regularly. It’s considered a wonderful and effective way to purify the mind and spirit. When we fast, we improve our vibrations, bring ourselves closer to our natures, help us feel more connected to the world around us, and receive many health benefits along the way. 

There is a misconception that we’ll all die if we don’t have three square meals a day. Sadly, our modern-day meal plans are very different from and not necessarily as healthful as the diets of our ancestors and great great grand-relatives. 

In the past, humans didn’t always have access to food. They couldn’t stuff 3 lbs of chicken roast and 12 pounds of veggies in their refrigerator. There were no skinless, boneless, organic, grass-fed beef briskets at the market. During these times, folks would go days without a proper meal, sometimes weeks without meat or fresh vegetables. Heck, for months on end, their only beverage might only be water or coffee. 

Ma, I’m Hungry, Can I Eats Ure Twinkie?!

When we fast or cleanse, we give our bodies time to remove the junk and toxic elements that have accumulated in our systems over time. The amount of time you fast can vary from long, extended fasts that span days or weeks to smaller, regular stints called intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is just that, intermittent – occasional. 

There are many ways to break up the fast, but it’s up to you to choose which one works best. Some choose to stop eating for 24 hours, often opting to fast after dinner, skipping lunch and breakfast the next day. Others choose to eat in small windows each day. The idea is the same. Whenever we stop eating for extended periods of time our body is forced to shift metabolic pathways.

Without new food to digest, we start using stored energy and fat instead of what is in our stomachs. The result is a drop in insulin resistance followed by a morning full of energy.

Fasting is a great way to refocus. Sometimes the best way to get control is to just reset. Yet, regardless of what we eat or don’t eat, there are some micronutrients that many people struggle to find in their diet.

I once fasted on lemon water for 24 days. I lost 30 pounds and nearly passed out every time I stood up. Don’t do that. It’s dangerous. When my fast ended, I could smell cooked meat from 5 miles away. 

Herbs and Supplements

On every food product label, we see long lists of information about carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and sugar. In some cases, we can’t even pronounce the ingredients. 

While we might not pay attention to the tiny vitamins and minerals that make up the rest of our diet, we couldn’t live very long if we didn’t have them on a regular basis. These might include:

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The list goes on, but many of our health problems today are caused by a lack of one or more of these vital vitamins. The good news is there are tons of supplements you can buy (over-the-counter) to help you replenish these minerals.

If you don’t like the idea of swallowing a pill, you’re not alone. Many people worry about taking too many supplements or pills, but scientists have been studying micronutrition for years. Long before the invention of pills, we turned to plants in nature to solve our problems. 

While you might not fancy growing your own herbs and cold-pressing your pills, you might consider some of the wonderful multivitamins out there today. Garden of Life, New Chapter, Now, and others provide wonderful products along these lines. 

If you are looking at supplementing with herbs you can usually find them in the same aisle as other vitamins. They can be bought from the store, though fresher is generally better. Whether it’s your weak liver, kidneys, or thyroid, there’s an herb out there that will help you. You might also look into desiccated organs of pigs and cows. These can also be incredibly healing and nutritious. 

Just remember, plants and naturally derived products are stronger than they seem. Be sure to only use recommended quantities, consulting a doctor if you have any questions.

We don’t need to ingest herbs to be healed by them. There are many detoxifying herbs that you can burn, which will help you relax and heal. Herbs like sage, rosemary, sweetgrass, and clove can improve your mood, attitude, and emotional states. Their heavy scents can waft through your home, mind, and heart, and bring peace to every aspect they touch. As the herbs smolder, the smoke detoxifies us, reduces fungus, and removes negative energy.

But don’t just be a wacky, mermaid-loving hippie. When burning herbs, please be safe and honor President Clinton: don’t inhale. 

Onward And Upward Light-Beings!

When it comes to fast-moving  and corporate-influenced scientific discovery, look no further than the advanced machines tucked into hospitals. Things like Bio-Printers have made it possible to print living cells. This means that we’ll soon be able to go to Fedex-Kinkos, print an ear, and grow it in the back of our heads. Bring it on!

Scientists and doctors are continuing to innovate around advanced prosthetics that can attach to a patient’s nervous system and be controlled by their own minds. It’s amazing what’s being developed right now. By 2030, many areas of medical science (and thousands of patients) will advance in ways we cannot imagine. 

The medical marvels being developed are impressive, but technology doesn’t have to be physically attached or plugged-in to you to make a difference in your life. During the COVID era, technology is making quarantine easier for many people throughout the world. 

Video conferencing is the new norm for many businessmen/women. Social distancing is difficult for individuals for a variety of reasons. Loneliness and depression can creep into isolated workers and software like Zoom, Google, and Skype have made it possible for companies and individuals to connect with one another.   

The new exciting tech is easy to get swept up in, but some new innovations have their drawbacks. It is impossible to say what the fifth generation (5G) cellular networks will bring, but scientists have studied the higher electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and the effect they have on our body, and environment. 

Thankfully, there are several different ways to counteract the effects of 5G. Just like fasting, it can be beneficial to remove unwanted junk from time to time. Turn off your phone, computer, and television. Go take a walk outside and allow yourself to live in the arms of nature.

With so many ways to cleanse your body and spirit it’s hard to pick just one. Moderation is key. Whether you’re adjusting your diet, trying to fast, or implementing some new tech into your life, try experimenting and note how you feel. Not every diet may be for you but taking control of that aspect of your life will give you a sense of accomplishment, elevate your vibrations, and leave you feeling brighter than before.

Your Vibration Is Most Important!

In all, stay positive, forgive others, honor your heart over your mind, take time to reflect, write in your journal, express your emotions, release the past, and live in this very precious moment as often as possible. 

You that are the embodiment of light and love! 

Remember this and you’ll always want to improve yourself. 

YES! YOU DESERVE IT!

Health Benefits of Garlic That Can Improve Your Life

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Garlic is a common flavoring agent for cooking. So much so, that you may even have some in your home already. But did you know that it’s also good for improving your overall health and well-being? From boosting your immune system and heart health to its antioxidant nature, garlic seems to do a little bit of everything.

So, what makes garlic so good for you in the first place? What benefits can you expect to see? See if the following benefits convince you to overcome that garlic breath smell and elevate your health.

What Makes Garlic Medicinal?

Garlic has been used for thousands of years to heal and treat a variety of conditions. Why is it so special?

The power of garlic comes largely from compounds found in the vegetable. The whole cloves already contain the compound alliin, but the magic happens when you actually crush, slice, chew, or otherwise grind the garlic. This converts the alliin to allicin, a compound that’s responsible for garlic’s distinctive taste and smell.

It’s no surprise then that allicin is the main active ingredient in garlic.

This unstable compound transforms into other, more stable compounds that contain Sulphur. These are largely believed to be the reason behind garlic’s medicinal qualities and there are many studies that back this up.

What positive changes could garlic add to your life?

Boosting Your Immune System

Cold and flu season comes around every year so it’s important to keep your body as prepared as possible to fight back. It’s even more imperative right now with the pandemic going on to ensure your body is ready to take on these pesky viruses.

 In fact, if you’re interested in learning other ways to prepare your body for a pandemic or potential emergencies, there are a lot of ways to do just that (don’t worry, garlic is on the list!).

It’s no secret that viruses are behind the ill effects of both colds and the flu. That’s why it’s helpful to boost the number of T Cells found in your bloodstream, something that garlic can help with. T Cells are an integral piece of the immune system that fights viruses, so more T Cells means more defense.

 A study published by nutrition scientists in 2012 found that participants taking aged garlic extract not only experienced less severity when it came to cold and flu symptoms, but that those symptoms were also quicker to leave when compared to the people not using the garlic.

This superfood can also help your immune system by reducing stress levels. Whether it’s bills, work, or an unexpected mishap, life can be stressful. But constantly living under the burden of it can and will lower your ability to fight off viruses. And the last thing you want to deal with when you’re already under other stress is the idea of getting sick.

 Don’t worry though, garlic can help you here too!

It can fight off that stress and fatigued feeling by affecting your adrenal glands. It turns out that eating garlic alters your adrenal glands’ stress response. They’ll produce less stress hormones and that means you’ll start feeling less lethargic. Your immune system will be able to go back to fighting off viruses and bacteria in no time.

Anti-Cancer Properties

You read that right, garlic has even been found to have properties that aid in cancer prevention. That’s one of the reasons why it’s often included on lists of beneficial superfoods.

Garlic is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and contains natural antioxidants. And while the role of garlic in cancer treatments is still being researched to find the scope of its effectiveness, its healing properties have already provided positive results in many studies.

For example, garlic has already proven its ability to assist in gene repair. This is especially important to note when discussing cancer, since it mutates important genes. By boosting DNA repair we’re able to combat some of that damage as it occurs.

A study as recent as 2018 shows that garlic enhanced the expression of tumor suppressor genes over the course of the experiment. It can change the cancerous cell’s behavior and lead to slowed growth and metastasis of the tumors.

Unfortunately, not all cancers will be affected by increasing your garlic intake, but you can potentially reduce your risk for:

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  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Glioblastoma
  • Rectal cancer
  • Lung cancer

Heart Health

Increasing the amount of garlic in your diet also promotes a healthy heart. Research has found garlic to perform better than placebos at lowering total cholesterol levels and blood pressure, both of which are risk factors for heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks.

There’s also evidence that garlic supplements have the ability to reduce the thickness of your blood and lower platelet aggregation (a fancy way of talking about blood cells sticking together). People with hypercoagulability, a condition where a person’s blood is thicker and stickier than normal, can be prone to excess blood clots. Garlic’s capacity to both thin blood and reduce the number of sticky cells means they’ll experience lower risk for the dangerous clots.

 

 

Garlic also has a significant stabilizing effect on arrhythmias in animal studies. While it hasn’t been confirmed in humans yet, we know that there are many diseases related to irregular heartbeats that could stand to benefit from these results. Less stress on the heart can mean a longer, more fulfilling life.

Clear Skin & Combat Acne

Remember allicin, the stinky but delicious main ingredient of garlic? Thanks to its antibacterial properties, it can help fight off the bacteria that causes acne. It can also help the skin receive nutrients more easily by improving blood circulation, leading to a clear complexion. Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the appearance of blemishes, too.

There are also other vitamins and minerals found in garlic that’s good for healthy skin, like Vitamin B-6 and C, copper, zinc, and selenium.

At this point you’re probably thinking that you don’t want smelly garlic all over your face, even if it means clear skin. The good news is that you can get a lot of the benefits just from ingesting it. But if you want to get rid of a particularly annoying pimple, there are also topical treatments that incorporate garlic.

If you do go the topical spot treatment route, make sure to test it out on a small non-obvious area first to ensure there are no adverse effects. If it starts burning or stinging, wash the area immediately.

Clear Skin & Combat Acne

As we age, some areas of the brain connected to cognitive functions like planning, learning, and memory may shrink. Narrowing arteries can lower the amount of blood flowing to the brain. Inflammation and free radical damage can also take a toll on our brain over the years.

Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties help to increase memory and cognitive functions by tackling these problems. It can prevent or slow decline due to Alzheimer’s Disease, another well-known memory loss illness.

We’ve already looked at garlic’s cancer prevention capabilities, but it’s worth noting that a 2013 study demonstrated its ability to protect against glioblastoma—the most aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer. A compound in garlic called dilly trisulfide (DATS) is not only effective at preventing tumor growth but also causes apoptosis (cell death) in active glioblastoma. As an added bonus it doesn’t have any adverse effects on liver function either, a potential side effect of other treatments.

Warning/Risks

Any time you’re looking to introduce a new supplement into your diet you should be mindful of interactions it might have with other supplements and medications you’re already taking. Consult with a doctor before adding garlic to your health regimen to make sure you’re taking proper doses and that it won’t have negative interactions with any health issues you have.

Excessive garlic consumption can cause side effects, with bad breath and body odor being the most common (good for maintaining that six feet of social distancing, but not all that great for your loved ones!). Eating raw cloves, especially on an empty stomach, can cause gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, acid reflux, and heartburn.

If you’re going into surgery, be mindful of garlic’s blood thinning properties as it may increase bleeding during the operation. Stop using the supplement at least a full week before the procedure and follow up with your doctor if you feel unsure.  

Summary

Garlic is more than just a smelly vegetable that makes food delicious. It’s been used as a medicinal supplement across the world for thousands of years. Its benefits have drawn enough attention that hundreds of studies have been done, solidifying its healing properties in science.

It contains important vitamins and minerals and provides health benefits for nearly every part of your body. Compounds inside like allicin and DATS are proven to assist and reduce the risk of many life-threatening illnesses.

The exact preparation and dose recommended differs from treatment to treatment. There’s ongoing research that is trying to discover the best way to maximize garlic’s healing properties.

Overall it’s an easy, inexpensive way to boost your physical health and defend against many viruses and diseases.

Meditation, prayer, laughing, and a good snuggle session are also great ways to heal—physically, emotionally, and spiritually!

 

The Herb Purslane Is A Nutritional Powerhouse

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The lovely, moist succulent known as Purslane, is 93% water, features dark magenta stems, and rich green, rounded leaves. Also known as Portulaca oleracea, this nutritious, edible weed has collected some colorful nicknames over the years, including little hogweed, pigweed, and fatweed. A 1st-century historian named “Pliny the Elder” suggested that 1st century Romans used Purslane as the primary vegetable during dinners and as a crunchy addition to salads. Some 18th-century French farmers were known to hate the plant, saying “it’s a mischievous weed meant for pigs.” The herb can be found in Africa, North America, Asia, and Australia. 

“I have made a satisfactory dinner on several accounts, simply off a dish of purslane, which I gathered in my cornfield, boiled, and salted.”

— Henry Thoreau

Some say that Europe is Purslane’s native home, but given its succulence, it most likely originated nearer to deserts. The plant has been native to India, Greece, and Persia for centuries, but may have first appeared in North Africa some 4,000 years ago. Some archeologists suggest the plant is prehistoric. Slightly sour and infused with nuanced flavors akin to watercress and spinach, the fleshy Purslane is loved by millions throughout the world. 

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This jade-like plant can be sautéed, juiced, boiled, pickled, drenched in butter, or featured in a delicious salad with oil, salt, and vinegar. It’s a versatile weed that can be grabbed from the Earth and immediately consumed. As it’s often found in plentiful heaps strewn across the countryside, the plant is easy to grow and has provided helpful sustenance throughout the ages, especially during times of famine.

Backed by a colorful and fruitful history, Purslane promises a long list of wonderful health benefits. It’s remarkable that this one plant can provide so much for us!

  • Helpful in preventing lung and other cancers
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Improves and protects cardiovascular health
  • Strengthens bones against osteoporosis
  • Reduces eye inflammation
  • Reduces inflammation on or near stings, bites, and cuts
  • Improves vision and reduces cataracts
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Heals some digestive tract diseases
  • Helps to prevent anemia
  • Helpful in losing weight
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes
  • Reduces occurrences of heart attacks and strokes
  • Reduces effects of childhood disorders like autism and ADHD
  • Helpful to the liver
  • A natural diuretic
  • Reduces occurrences of psoriasis
  • Treats headaches
  • Helpful in treating diseases related to the intestine, liver, stomach, cough, shortness of breath, and arthritis
  • Chock-full of antioxidants, which can neutralize free radicals

Purslane is wonderful for our health in a variety of situations, but it’s also a superfood. This leafy green vegetable is action-packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and a variety of helpful minerals. In addition to the value derived from its unique pigments, Purslane is truly one of the most generous and nutritive foods on planet Earth. 

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  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Glutathione
  • Calcium
  • Vitamins A, E, and C
  • Highest levels of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid

Many scientific studies focused on Purslane have shown that it’s of better nutritional quality than most of the world’s major cultivated vegetables. It’s also popular in Chinese medicine for the treatment of hypertension.  

While all the good news might make you want to run out and harvest baskets full of Purslane, the herb should only be consumed in modest portions. Infused with 1.7% oxalic acid, it can do more than just agitate folks with digestive disorders and kidney stones. Since oxalates can inhibit the body’s ability to absorb minerals, for some, the herb can be problematic. If you love Purslane and refuse to give up the obsession, you can combine the weed with yogurt or kefir, which will decrease the herb’s levels of oxalate. 

Yummy Purslane Recipes

Here are a few simple ways to enjoy Purslane:

  1. Purslane Salad: Chop your purslane leaves with some radishes, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Add splashes of apple cider vinegar and olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Purslane Spinach Sauté: Heat some oil, butter, and garlic in a pan, throw in a few cups of lightly chopped spinach and purslane. Cook for no longer than 2 minutes. Add a bit of honey and salt to taste.
  3. Stuffed Purslane Avocados: Cut (4) avocados in half, scoop out the avocado meat (save the 8 half-shells), and mix in a bowl with lightly chopped purslane. Add a little chili pepper, some lemon juice, olive oil, and walnuts. When your concoction is well-mixed, scoop it back into your avocado shells. 
  4. Purslane & Your Favorite Meats: Purslane is a delicious companion to duck, lamb, and fish. After cooking your meat with garlic, marjoram, curry, and/or salt, add a cup or two of freshly chopped purslane. 
  5. Peaches & Purslane: Chop together a few peaches and a cup of purslane and you’ll enjoy a nicely balanced flavor of sweet and sour. Add an ounce or two of freshly squeezed orange juice. Some might also add a sprinkle of salt or spice.

Vegetarians And Futurists Unite!

Because Purslane is such a significant source of omega-3 oils, it can be a vital contributor to the health of vegetarians, who tend to avoid fish-derived oils. With uncommon nutritional value, Purslane will most likely emerge as one of the most important foods in our Earth’s future. It’s quick to grow, easy to harvest, and doesn’t require a host of fertilizers. With more than 500 known species, Purslane is available throughout the world. 

The Wonderful Benefits Of Japanese Knotweed

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While the anti-cancer and brain-healing Resveratrol is found in grapes, blueberries, peanuts, cashews. cocoa powder, and wine, this powerful antioxidant is wildly abundant (more than grapes) in Japanese Knotweed. Resveratrol is unusually powerful and a natural phenol, found in a unique group of micronutrients with antioxidant properties. This puts Knotweed in an elite class of supremely healing and helpful herbs. In recent years, it’s become a vital medicinal, culinary, and ceremonial herb throughout Korea, China, and Japan, and within several spiritual communities in the United States and Europe. 

This beautiful green and white plant is also as fertile as a mule. When planted among other vegetation, Japanese Knotweed becomes invasive and ravages the land, often consuming neighboring crops. Because it’s also difficult to eradicate, some folks consider this herb an enemy. Japanese Knotweed is also known as Itadori tea. The Japanese word itadori can be translated as “remove pain.” It’s used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine. Meanwhile, when foraged in the wild, its young stems are edible, albeit sour, with a flavor reminiscent of rhubarb. The plant can be found in 39 of the 50 United States.

Japanese Knotweed Is A Natural Laxative

Infused within its cells is a bowel regulator known as Emodin, which makes Japanese Knotweed an excellent, natural laxative. Emodin also turns the weed into an effective healer of stomach ailments, cramps, and bloating, and gastrointestinal issues, like constipation. Unfortunately, many herbalists and distributors of the herb use processes that maximize the Resveratrol, while reducing the amount of Emodin in the final product. 

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Let’s Get To The Full List of Benefits!

Japanese Knotweed has a variety of reported benefits, including:

  • Cancer Management: Given the immense immune effects of Resveratrol, and because Japanese Knotweed is proving itself powerful, separate from Resveratrol, many studies are reporting how powerful and effective the weed is when administered to cancer patients and those with autoimmune disorders. Even the NIH has reported that Japanese Knotweed has clear positive biological effects on human cells. 
  • Improves brain health and memory: The plant-derived polyphenol Resveratrol has been reported to help the brain heal and experience a degree of age-reversal. 
  • Improves cognitive performance: Regular consumption of Japanese Knotweed can enhance cerebrovascular function. In other words, it can help you be more clear, focused, and productive. 
  • Improves mood: if you’d like to take a slight edge off of your personality, this powerful weed can improve your mood, attitude, and mindset.
  • Neutralizes free radicals: Free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage cells, which can cause or trigger disease and aging. When free redials overwhelm our bodies, our systems can fail and we can experience oxidative stress. Japanese Knotweed can help reduce the effects of free radicals and improve the human body’s ability to heal itself.
  • Modulates blood pressure: Japanese Knotweed has a positive impact on your arteries and blood flow. With less strain and blockages, our cardiac health improves. When these things improve, other aspects of the body improve as well. The weed also helps to prevent blood clots.
  • Reduces constipation, bloating, and cramps: Because of the Emodin in Japanese Knotweeds, it can help to ease most challenges occurring in your stomach.
  • Helps to heal respiratory infections: indigenous peoples have been using Japanese Knotweed to treat many ailments, including respiratory, lung, and other infections.
  • Regulates insulin levels: Because it moderates and balances insulin levels in the blood, Japanese Knotweed can promote healthy blood sugar levels.
  • Improved absorption of Vitamins A and C. Japanese Knotweed also contains potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and manganese.
  • Potentially increases testosterone
  • Improvers estrogen metabolism and may reduce the risk of breast cancer
  • Reduces reactions to hay fever
  • Reduces acne and improves skin health
  • Reduces inflammation
  • It has a positive effect on blood fats
  • Shows potential in fights against viruses and bacteria

Additionally, Japanese Knotweed helps to slow the processes related to aging, and to establish healthy blood vessel function, improved nerve and liver function, and improved cardiovascular and heart health.

Warning To Knotweed Lovers

As with every delicious indulgence in our lives, Japanese Knotweed comes with a few alarms. If you consume too much of it, you could easily experience negative reactions. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

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  • If you’re anemic, Japanese Knotweed might not be safe for you.
  • It might interact (that’s not a good thing) with a few prescription drugs and popular supplements. 
  • High doses can be harmful. Even small doses can be harmful to certain people. 
  • The long-term effects related to consuming Japanese Knotweed are unknown. 

If you’re excited about diving into Japanese Knotweed, consult with a nutritionist, Ayurvedic practitioner, or herbal remedy consultant. 

If you’re into foraging for herbs in the nearby wilderness, keep in mind that Japanese Knotweed has a few doppelgängers, including Bindweed, Himalayan Balsam (Knotweed and Honeysuckle too!), Bamboo, Broad-leaved Dock, Russian Vine, and Lilac. When hunting for nutritional herbs, it’s always best to have a slew of images of the herb so you can be certain when bringing your collected herbs home.

As with all things found in the forest, be careful to remove clinging vines and flowers that attach themselves to your favorite herbs. You’ll also want to clean your herbs before creating your tinctures and teas. You can submerge them in warm water with a little apple cider vinegar for an hour or so – then they’re good to go!

It’s always a great time to explore what our beautiful planet is growing for us. Making tinctures, salves, and teas is relatively simple, and it feels so good to work with the Earth’s gifts to heal ourselves and our loved ones. Wishing you all good health, happy hearts, and expanded spirits!

How Sage And Similar Herbs Help Us Extinguish Toxins And Heal

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Sage can help cleanse your home and body. A Shutterstock Licensed Image.

Nature has given us an abundance of healing plants and minerals, more than we’ll ever need. The Earth, which also sources life from its sister realms, is flush with life. We have yet to discover some of its most unique lifeforms. If we’re conscious and proactive, we can continue to benefit from the ancient plant knowledge that is still accessible to us. In this article, you will know how herbs help us extinguish toxins and heal.

The premise is simple: we can restore ourselves using tinctures, herbs, and supplements born from the Earth’s wildlife. Whether it’s to remove toxins, treat organs, extinguish tumors, or find a more profound peacefulness, the trees, plants, flowers, and shrubs nearest to you might hold the secrets to your recovery and detoxification. At the very least, they might expunge some of the toxins that negatively impact our minds, hearts, and immune systems.

Living on Earth is not easy. Society has developed in such a way that it has become a complex contradiction. It builds infrastructures that support living, but it rarely nurtures or promotes life. To counterbalance this, we can foster a symbiotic connection with nature, not only to extract medicinal value but to create mindful bridges. You might consider caressing your favorite plant, cleaning her leaves with love, and verbally telling her how much you love her. Also, when you see a little creature flying in the sky, pour your heart toward his soul.

“There’s an herb for every system, every organ, every gland, and every tissue of your body. Mother nature has put medicine in our food.” — Bob Marley

While we might be limited in a variety of ways, all lifeforms can find power by uniting, protecting, and feeding each other. It’s in this way that the herbs growing on our planet are reaching out to us. They are the embodiment of life’s desire to expand and connect. They rise toward the sun with one mission: serve all life and give all living-Beings what they need to live, thrive, heal, and survive.

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Here are some of the most potent and nutritious herbs, in various forms, that can help you relax, extinguish toxins, and heal what ails you:

Detoxifying Herbs To Burn

By burning specific herbs, we can cleanse our home, clear our chakras, and reach out to the heavens in prayer. We can also use the burning of plants to remove harmful bacteria and other antagonists from our bodies and environments. Here is a list of some of the most potent, burnable herbs for detoxing:

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  • Sage, White Sage, and Desert Sage/Rose
  • Cedar, Pine, Aspen, and Blue Spruce
  • Mugwort
  • Rosemary
  • Clove
  • Lilac
  • Frankincense
  • Lemongrass
  • Eucalyptus
  • Bay Leaf
  • Usnea (also known as Old Man’s Beard)
  • You might also consider burning Lavender, Peppermint, Spearmint, Calendula, and Palo Santo.

Many cultures use these herbs to clean their homes, places of work, physical and spiritual bodies, and chakras. They are regularly used during individual and communal prayers, rituals, pujas, and other divinely inspired rites. Native Americans and Pagans use Sage, Cedar, and Pine for spiritual purification, inclusion in medicine bundles and amulets, and to invite divine-Beings to participate in sacred ceremonies.

Scientists have observed that when burned, Sage disinfects the air by killing a significant amount of airborne bacterias. It also releases negative ions, which remove pollen, mold spores, bacteria, viruses, and other allergies from the air. Negative ions have another powerful benefit: they increase our levels of serotonin, which is proven to reduce depression, stress, and feelings of detachment from others. Seratonin also boosts energy levels, improves workflow, and increases creativity.

To safely burn these herbs, consider using an Abalone shell. These former homes of sea snakes and mollusks are the perfect containers for burning small amounts of herbs for any occasion.

A Prayer When Smudging Your Home

When burning sage and using the smoke to heal your home and body, you might recite this prayer:

Gentle and beautiful Sage

Infused with light and healing properties

Born from the original love

We ask that you purify our hearts, bodies, and home

Please dissolve all negativity and extinguish all toxins

Let your smoke and scent rise to the heavens

And be calling to all light-Beings

May they bless our home and the hearts of all who enter

Mitakuye Oyoasin, for all our relations

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Detoxifying Herbs As Food

We’re lucky to have access to a variety of spices and foods that can have anti-inflammatory effects and expunge the body of toxins. When consumed properly, the items on this partial list can help you with detoxification and healing in a variety of ways:

  • Turmeric and Curcumin
  • Dandelion root – also potent as a supplement
  • Cilantro
  • Wood ear mushrooms
  • Garlic – also useful as a supplement
  • Blueberries, Apples, and Lemons
  • Spirulina, Chlorella, and Wheatgrass
  • Beets
  • Ginger
  • Green, Rose, Peppermint, Chamomile, Lavender, and Red Clover Teas

You can add these foods and spices to salads, smoothies, and other meals, and combine them for miraculous effects. As with all things that you venture to consume, do the proper research, start with small quantities, and be aware of how each item affects you. Pay attention to potential allergic reactions along the way.

Detoxifying Herbs As Supplements, Tinctures, and Essential Oils

These cleansing herbs open the heart, invite peacefulness, and help us release toxins. This list is specific to supplements, tinctures, and essential oils, which you can also make at home.

  • Rose
  • Clove
  • Lemongrass
  • Cinnamon
  • Ashwagandha
  • Gotu Kola
  • Nettle
  • Red Clover
  • St. John’s Wart
  • Valerian
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Schisandra (also known as Magnolia Berry and Five-Flavor Berry)
  • You might also consider researching the benefits of Kava, California Poppy, Burdock, Lavender, and Passionflower.
  • Milk Thistle, Marshmallow Root, Parsley, Beetroot, and Ginger are potent herbs that can detox your liver.

Because of their individual and combined potency, be very careful with how and when you take these herbs, knowing their potential side effects. When seeking to do deep cleanses, always consult a doctor, Nurse Practitioner, or certified nutritionist.

To make herbalist supplements in pill and powder forms, copy the ingredients from popular brands. You can buy inexpensive measuring and production tools for home use that won’t break your budget. It’s incredible how simple it is to make capsules. For tinctures, soak your herbs for a few weeks in a jar full of alcohol or vinegar. This process releases the plant’s active compounds and its most beneficial nutrients. You can then pour the results into small tincture bottles and heal yourself a few drops at a time.

While the above are partial lists, they’re a good start in the pursuit of a cleanser for your home, body, and spirit. You’ll notice that Lavender shows up on all the lists – it’s because our bodies respond quickly and peacefully to Lavender.

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It’s one of the only herbs whose smell immediately calms our nervous systems into beautiful stillness and well-being. This type of relaxation has immense health benefits that can improve our immune systems, lymphatic system, and digestive system while creating unsuitable environments for toxins, harmful bacteria, free radicals, and viruses.

Keep in mind that evil corporations and government entities seek to block our rights to Earth’s bounty. As such, there is always a chance we could lose at least partial access to what constitutes our divine right. If we educate ourselves along the way, we can learn to grow, cook, and activate herbs to heal ourselves, and our families, friends, society, and Earth.

As you lovingly wander this planet, learning about its magnificence, endeavor to love and defend all of Earth’s creatures, plants, minerals, soils, waters, and other lifeforms. They are you, and you are them. There is no “other.”

How Bach Flower Remedies Invite Healing And Transformation

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Bach Flower Remedies can be wonderfully healing and transformative. A Shutterstock Licensed Image.

Each of us is a profound, electric-Being, continually infused with energy from multiple realms. We receive energy into our physical and subtle bodies from the earth, and our hearts, minds, ancestors, and relations in the spirit, mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms. Admittedly, we are profound creatures with unlimited potential in any direction.

Sadly, regardless of these positive aspects, we often disrespect or give-up on ourselves. We might stop taking supplements or refrain from exercising. We might enter into or continue to sustain unhealthy relationships. And certainly, we can ignore the modalities that can serve our happiness and expansion. Doing so, we might also misinterpret our poor health and disruptive emotions and choose non-action. Paralyzed by too much information or too many symptoms, we can remain tired, confused, anxious, lost, or disconnected. These types of things can happen to each of us.

Bach Flower Remedies are a unique and powerful set of tinctures that were created from flowers to serve and heal our emotions and subtle bodies. They were built from nature and are infused with the life and life found in the earth and its elements.

“There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind, and inner happiness.”

— Edward Bach

What Is A Subtle Body?

In Sanskrit, your subtle body is termed, “Ssūkṣma śarīra,” and comprised of the etheric bodies of the mind, heart, and other vital energies. Some refer to our subtle body as the entire mystical or divine body, or the totality of our spirit and energy bodies that work to support all of your systems, channels, chakras, planes of existence, and spiritual aspects.

Your subtle body or series of subtle bodies are chained to your physical body and feed all aspects of your life. Your Prana (or breath), activates and energizes your subtle bodies. It nurtures and sustains all aspects of your physical, emotional, and spiritual forms, in all the realms. It’s through the subtle bodies that we achieve superhuman skills and awareness, a broadening of our spirits, and eventually, our liberation.

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Bach Flower Remedies are among the few types of tinctures and supplements that directly affect your subtle bodies. Bach created them to specifically treat the nuances of your feelings, attitudes, intentions, thoughts, attachments, and personalities (both temporary and eternal). With Bach Flower Remedies, you can heal the fissures in your temporary self-identities, and open pathways to eternal light and love. In doing so, you can alleviate some of your chronic issues and improve your energy levels and health.

“Healing with the clean, pure, beautiful agents of nature is surely the one method of all which appeals to most of us.”

— Edward Bach

What Is The Origin Of Bach Flower Remedies?

Bach Flower Remedies were created by the British homeopath, doctor, bacteriologist, and mystic, Edward Bach (1886-1936). He believed that the energetic properties of plants could heal us. His processes included placing specific flowers in water for particular periods and then preserving the fragrant liquid in brandy, to be used to heal people of emotional, personality, and spiritual afflictions.

While western medicine and traditional testing have not produced definable results or definitive proof, thousands of people use Bach Flower Remedies to improve their self-esteem and help them with emotional challenges, including grief, anger, anxiety, shyness, and feelings of disconnectedness.

Dr. Bach said that his work was based on the four elements, including:

  • Earth, as the primary, maternal nurturer of the plants
  • Air, as the source of life and energy for the plants
  • Sun, as the fire to activate the plant’s healing abilities
  • Water, to collect and be infused with the plants powerful healing attributes

 

“Disease is, in essence, the result of conflict between the Soul and Mind, and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental effort.”
— Edward Bach

The Primary Reasons To Use Bach Flower Remedies

Many sensitive people in the world have difficulty finding supplements and methods that help them feel loving, whole, healed, and alive. This is certainly the case with empaths, healers, shamans, artists, therapists, social workers, and those who lead their lives from their subtle bodies and hearts.

Also, some people are not fully aware that they are sensitive, having ventured down paths and into relationships that keep them detached from their natures and spiritual cores. In these cases, healing products and processes like Bach Flower Remedies can be miraculously transformative.

While the most famous Bach remedy is Rescue (a combination of Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, and Cherry Plum), there are 38 specific Bach Flower Remedies; each one focused on specific emotions, temporary personality traits, and states-of-mind.

In all things related to our health and well-being, it’s essential to research the most appealing pathways as much as possible. When it comes to Bach Flower Remedies, you must choose remedies that speak to you or nurture you in some way. Choosing our most beneficial remedies can be very personal and requires periods of reflection.

Here are a few examples of specific Bach remedies that have the power to improve your attitude, emotions, and life flow.

Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Anxious behavior often arises out of an individual’s inability to have empathy and compassion for themselves. Try Impatiens, White Chestnut, Cherry Plum, Agrimony, Chestnut Bud, Red Chestnut, and Beech.

Depression, Loss of Passion, Motivation
If you’re feeling sad, empty, tearful, agitated, fatigued, hateful of life or self, or if you’re having difficulty sleeping, you might try Mustard, Elm, Pine, Gentian, Cherry Plum, Larch, Holly, Olive, Hornbeam, White Chestnut, and Aspen.

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Grief
If you’re experiencing constant grief or feelings of guilt or worry, you might consider researching these remedies: Star of Bethlehem, Pine, Water Violet, Sweet Chestnut, Red Chestnut, and Wild Rose.

Low Self-Esteem, Courage, Confidence
Given how complex our lives can become, we can easily lose respect for ourselves and experience a loss of confidence or self-esteem. If you’re experiencing something similar, you might try Willow, Pine, Agrimony, Larch, Mimulus, Olive, and Gentian.

Anger, Hatred, Resentment
When we’ve been betrayed or harmed by someone, we can feel hateful or vengeful, which can extinguish our ability to remain open-hearted and attract positive aspects into our lives. In these cases, we might consider taking Cherry Plum, Holly, Willow, Heather, or Beech.

Traumatized
During stressful and traumatic situations, we might feel that we are unable to regain composure and positivity. In these cases, you might consider taking Aspen, Cherry Plum, Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose, Mimulus, Gorse, Sweet Chestnut, Oak, and Pine.

Lack of Focus, Daydreaming, Inattention, Confusion
We can quickly lose our focus and connection to the details of our lives for a variety of reasons. In these cases, we might consider Clematis, Chestnut Bud, Walnut, Gentian, Vervain, Impatiens, Elm, and Larch.

Some find it easy to dismiss spiritual-, magnetic-, and energetics-based healing modalities for a variety of reasons, and without ever having experimented with them. They might even claim that these methods are under-researched or under-approved, but the real-world evidence is often to the contrary, and overwhelmingly positive. This is undoubtedly the case with Bach Flower Remedies.

As you explore this profound healing path, embody patience, and take your time. You might consider visiting a store and holding specific remedies in your hand so that you can feel if you have a connection to its benefits.

You might also meditate on the aspects of your chosen remedies and explore the feelings that emerge. With a little reflection, each of us has the power to source the most beneficial modalities and methods to heal our most disruptive health and spiritual challenges. I am wishing you lots of love, light, and clarity in your pursuit of wholeness and happiness!

The Big Powder Healers: Wheatgrass, Barley Grass, Spirulina & Moringa

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Wheatgrass, Barley Grass, Spirulina, and Moringa – truly transformative! A Shutterstock Licensed Image.

In the 1960s and 70s, one type of grass was prevalent. While possession of even a tiny amount may have landed you in jail, your stash was vital to your social status, romantic entanglements, and personal well-being. Luckily, there are several types of grass and algae today that are equally or far more nutritious. These robust plants can remove toxins from your system, drastically reduce or eradicate inflammation, and improve your physical and emotional health. Whether consumed in shakes, shots, pills, or tinctures, wheatgrass, barley grass, spirulina, and moringa might be your new best grass buddies.

“Although few people have ever heard of it today, Moringa could soon become one of the world’s most valuable plants, at least in humanitarian terms.” — Noel Vietmeyer, US National Academy of Sciences

Wheatgrass

While it might taste like your front lawn, wheatgrass can be a powerful ally against inflammation, stress, and high cholesterol. It has 17 amino acids, eight of which are considered essential. And like all green plants, the chlorophyll in wheatgrass can boost your health in a variety of ways. With one of the highest levels of chlorophyll found in nature, wheatgrass has an insane arsenal of abilities:

  • Removes fungus
  • Detoxifies your blood
  • Energizes your immune system
  • Cleans your upper and lower intestines
  • Heals your skin
  • Reduces the incidence of liver and stomach tumors
  • Provides symptomatic relief for arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Helps you lose weight
  • Treats hemoglobin disorders, such as anemia and thalassemia
  • Prevents and slows cancer growth
  • As a natural deodorant, makes you a little less stinky

Other good sources of chlorophyll include green beans, parsley, spinach, mustard greens, alfalfa, spirulina, arugula, peas, and matcha green tea.

Barley Grass

The fiber in barley grass makes it a dominant player against high cholesterol. It also contains minerals like calcium (11x more than milk), iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper, which can improve bone health and production.

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Infused with a variety of B vitamins, like B1, B3, B6, and B12, barley grass can enhance your body’s resistance to diseases and infections, drastically lower stress levels, and significantly improve your health. This grass also contains phytochemicals such as flavonoids and folate, which can protect your cells from carcinogens.

Barley grass also has bioactive compounds that include superoxide dismutase and bioflavonoids. These ingredients help barley grass remove free radicals from your body, which will help you reduce inflammation that can cause a variety of diseases, including arthritis, gout, and cancer.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” ― Ann Wigmore.

Spirulina

Spirulina is a cyanobacterium, a unique type of bacteria, most often called blue-green algae, the super-power behind many popular super-food powders. From one tablespoon of spirulina powder, your body will receive 4 grams of protein plus healthy doses of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, along with equally beneficial amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.

This nutritious algae also has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. When our bodies endure oxidative stress and damage, our DNA and cells can experience degradation. Because it has phycocyanin, an active antioxidant, it can fight free radicals and reduce or extinguish your body’s inflammation. By taking small amounts of spirulina every day (4-8 grams), you can increase your antioxidant enzymes, and reduce oxidative damage, while reducing your chances of heart disease.

Spirulina also lowers your LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides, while elevating your HDL (good) cholesterol.

“Gram for gram, spirulina could be the most nutritious and well-rounded food on the planet, which stores almost indefinitely.” — Gabriel Cousens

Moringa – The Miracle Tree

It is often referred to as Moringa oleifera and is known as the drumstick, horseradish, and ben oil tree. The leaves of this precious friend are highly nutritious and wonderfully healing for your digestive tract. Native to the Himalayan mountains, and passed down through many lineages of healers, shamans, women, cooks, and doctors in India and Africa, this tree has fed and helped millions of people.

Traditionally, moringa lovers have added the plant’s pods of fleshy meat to tinctures, teas, soups, stews, and rice dishes. The leaves and seeds can also be added to salads to add flavor and nutrition. They can also be used as a spice or as a vegetable in place of spinach, green beans, and mustard greens. Every part of the plant is safe and consumable, including its stems, leaves, pods, seeds, flowers, and roots.

Recent years have brought to life a new trend where moringa powder is regularly added to smoothies and shakes. Some people swear by its healing abilities and will toss a tablespoon into a glass of water and throw it back. It has the same bite that you might find in a shot of whiskey, although without the drunk-like, numbing, or euphoric effects.

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With beautiful bright green stems and leaves, and remotely related to broccoli, kale, and cabbage, moringa is a superhero shrub. It contains vitamins A and C, along with iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

The tree’s leaves contain phytochemicals and antioxidants, which, as noted above, provide anti-cancer, anti-arthritis, anti-inflammation, and other remarkable and healing attributes. Moringa has been used to cure everything from liver tumors to typhus and undernourished animals to toothaches.

Wheatgrass, barley grass, and moringa might comprise the powder-trinity that can finally improve your health and increase your life-force. These substances can be found online and in almost any plentiful food or supplement store.

While western medicine might snicker at nutritive powders, they are too busy to research the benefits properly. Only you can know what heals you. In many areas of health, nutrition, and medicine, it’s permissible, even preferable, to trust yourself.

Improving your health doesn’t have to be expensive. You don’t have to purchase trendy packages or combo-supplements from influencers at 10x the cost. You can ignore the hype and fancy logos and find your unique, personal path to wellness. While pharmaceutical companies might offer temporary relief of your symptoms, they also steal from rain forests and resell natural substances at 10,000x their value. It’s a scam.

With a little research and focus, you can build a personalized healing profile. You can empower yourself with knowledge and personal trials. While this might take a little time, many of the ailments we all tend to endure are curable through our own exploratory efforts. In the meantime, stay healthy and feed your body and spirit the light-filled foods they deserve!

The Best Supplements & Herbs to Nurture Your Liver & Kidneys

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Nurture and help your Liver and Kidneys. A Shutterstock Licensed Image.

You’ve finally decided to nurture your liver and kidneys. You might be looking for the best liver detox or how to successfully flush your kidneys and liver. You might be wondering, “What does the liver do?” or “What are the best herbs for kidney health?” This article will answer those questions and more.

Let’s Start With Your Liver

At around 3 lbs, your lovely liver is a large, meaty organ, almost the size of a football. This dark brown and reddish beast is protected by your rib cage and sits on the upper right side of your stomach. It lives just beneath your diaphragm and above your tummy. When you feel pain in your liver, it most likely comes from your upper right abdomen, mid-to-upper back, or within your right shoulder blade.

Your liver has a few adjacent relatives. Cousin Gallbladder sits directly under the liver, where you’ll also find parts of Aunt Pancreas and Uncle Intestines. This little system works hard to digest your food, absorb nutrients, and filter the blood that comes from your digestive tract.

While the liver regulates and detoxifies the chemicals going through your body, and metabolizes the drugs in your system, it secretes bile, which breaks down fats and carries waste to your intestines. All of this happens during digestion. When you eat, your liver goes to work.

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Your liver produces proteins that are important in blood clotting, and it breaks down old and damaged blood cells. It metabolites carbohydrates and ensures your blood sugar levels remain constant. Your liver also stores vitamins and minerals and releases them when you need them most.

The liver is one of those organs that people tend to take for granted. We sometimes assume that it can handle anything. While this is almost true, we forget that the liver is a catch-all for everything we put into and experience within our bodies, including emotions. Even though it’s usually reliable, and our primary line of defense, the liver has limits.

Liver disease is severe and can stem from a variety of causes, including:

  • Hepatitis
  • Genetics
  • Cancer and other growths
  • Alcoholism
  • Injecting drugs
  • Tattoos
  • Exposure to other people’s fluids
  • Exposure to chemicals and toxins
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

How To Improve Liver Function

Sometimes healing our livers is as simple as dramatically reducing our consumption of alcohol and drugs, avoiding risky sexual behavior, removing aerosols and toxic soaps from our homes, meditating, crying, forgiving others, protecting our skin, and eating natural, organic, whole foods.

If you’re serious about improving your liver function, you might consider taking some of these herbs, each of which has unique healing properties:

  • Milk Thistle
  • NAC N-acetylcysteine (NAC)
  • Artichoke Leaf
  • Marshmallow Root
  • Parsley
  • Chana Piedra
  • Yarrow
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Dandelion Root
  • Yellow Dock Root
  • Choline
  • Molybdenum
  • Tocotrienols (a type of vitamin E)
  • Zinc
  • Selenium

Ayurvedic medicine has also been successful in healing the liver, doing so for thousands of years. While it’s best to consult a physician or Ayurvedic practitioner before consuming these herbs, here is the list of Ayurvedic herbs often prescribed to cleanse the liver: Bhumyamalaki, Barberry, Kutki, Amla, Turmeric, Guduchi, and Amalaki.

Tell Me About My Kidneys and How to Heal Them Naturally

Your two kidneys are bean-shaped warriors who continuously protect you. How do they do it? They filter your blood, removing waste, drugs, acid, and excess water to produce urine. They help your body maintain a healthy balance of water, salt, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium in your blood. They also produce an active form of vitamin D, which feeds your bones.

With a million functional units called nephrons, your kidneys keep your nerves, muscles, and other tissues functioning correctly. They regulate plasma, extracellular fluid, ion concentrations, pH, toxins, and hormones. Your kidneys allow your body to control your blood pressure and make healthy red blood cells, and they filter your blood before its journey into the heart. Your kidneys play a significant role in your health.

Chronic kidney diseases can cause or stem from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, weak bones, high blood pressure, anemia, nerve damage, Glomerulonephritis, cysts, urinary tract infections, congenital disorders, drugs, and toxins. While not every kidney story has a happy ending, most kidney diseases can be treated successfully.

Herbs for Kidney Health

To keep your kidneys happy and healthy, you might consider adding some of these herbs, berries, roots, and supplements into your daily regiment. Be careful when ingesting these things as they can be toxic in any quantity. Consult a doctor the moment you believe your kidneys to be in jeopardy.

  • Milk Thistle
  • Parsley
  • Juniper Berries
  • Golden Rod
  • Dandelion Root
  • Gravel Root
  • Corn Silk
  • Marshmallow Root
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Omega-3s
  • Potassium Citrate
  • Gynostemma
  • Grapes, peanuts, berries w/ resveratrol
  • Cranberries
  • Lemon, orange, beet, and melon juices
  • Seaweed
  • Teas: Fenugreek, Ginger, Mint, Nettle, Hydrangea, Tumeric, Sambong

When cleaning or healing your kidneys, Ayurvedic medicine suggests the following herbs: Brahmi or Gotu Kola (Bacopa monnieri), Shilajit, Punarnava, Manjishtha, and Varuna. When cleansing your kidneys, consider consuming lots of watermelons, leafy greens, roots, and teas with the herbs as mentioned above.

Liver and Kidney Flushes and Diets

What is the best drink to flush your kidneys and liver? What cleanses will bring my vital organs back to full strength? There are several natural liver and kidney cleanses and diets that will help improve the functionality of these critical organs. Here are a few suggestions:

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  • For 2-3 days, begin each day with a glass of water infused with a tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • Enjoy a morning smoothie that includes one or more of the following: beetroot, apples, cucumber, spinach, banana, lemon juice, and grated ginger. You might follow-up your smoothie with a cup of green tea.
  • For lunch, enjoy proteins like organic chicken and tofu, and veggies like red onion, green beans, and carrots. Add a little Greek yogurt, grapes, and some brown rice. Keep the meals trim and simple.
  • For dinner, create a meal that includes a few of the following: a cup of coconut water, blueberries, kale, a small portion of tofu, sweet potatoes, celery, tomatoes, kidney beans, parsley, and garlic.
  • Throughout each day of your cleanse, enjoy concocting your own teas with Dandelion root, Marshmallow root, Turmeric, and Ginger. Or select a few favorites from the liver and kidney herb lists above.
  • As you come out of the cleanse, consider changing your daily routine to include some of the ideas in this list, mixed with things like Milk Thistle, Omega-3s, and other supplements mentioned above.

No matter how healthy you are, consider adjusting your diet to include kidney- and liver-friendly foods. You might focus on berries, citrus fruits, vegetables, brown rice, lean meats, including chicken and seafood. You might also consider avoiding processed foods, refined carbohydrates, sugar, artificial sweeteners, foods high in sodium, beef, pork, alcohol, and caffeine.

Be aware that the FDA has not announced its approval for the ideas in this article. Some people reported that they became sicker when ingesting some of the items on the above lists. It’s always essential to consult a nutritionist or doctor when drastically changing your diet or beginning to consume new herbs and supplements. As you research on behalf of your health, seek clinically studied and tested ingredients, and only take clinically recommended doses.

Wishing you lots of healing as you begin to nurture your liver and kidneys!

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The Wonders of Tea Tree Oil, a.k.a. Melaleuca Tree Oil

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Tea Tree Oil is healing and nutritive. A Shutterstock Licensed Image.

Even though it’s been used by healers, shamans, and native cultures for thousands of years, it’s only over the past decade or two that Tea Tree Oil has skyrocketed in popularity. While at first glance, it might appear to be a life-saving cure-all, some medical professionals are concerned about the hype. Meanwhile, lovers of this Oil say that it provides a panacea for everything related to skin, hair, feet, mouths, wounds, veggies, fruits, and homes. While the science is sketchy, Tea Tree’s fanbase is huge.

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“Some of the most powerful antiseptic essential oils include lavender oil, tea tree oil, and clove oil.” ― Essential Oils for Beginners by Althea Press

What Is Tea Tree Oil?

Derived from the Tea Tree or Melaleuca Tree, this medicinal oil is known by many names, including Melaleuca Oil, Melaleuca Essential Oil, and Ti Tree oil. The fauna is known by several Latin names, including Melaleuca alternifolia, armillaris, styphelioides, leucadendra, acuminata, ericifolia, quinqenervia, linarifolia, and dissitiflora. The tree is extremely durable and can be found in New Zealand, Australia, Tunisia, Egypt, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the United States.

Tea Tree Oil Benefits And Studies

While there has been no long-term, controlled studies involving Melaleuca Tree Oil, the limited studies have shown:

  • The oil can kill some common bacteria and viruses, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae, and H. influenzae
  • When adding Melaleuca Tree Oil to hand soap, studies have shown that it boosts effectiveness against E. coli
  • Mixed with coconut oil, this Oil can work as an antiseptic to minor cuts and scrapes and reduce dandruff severity and itchiness
  • This Oil reduces inflammation and has shown significant clinical improvement in cases of athlete’s foot, although some studies show that it’s not as effective at eradicating the fungus
  • Melaleuca Tree Oil might be effective against eczema, and more potent than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate creams
  • Tea Tree Oil fights acne, as effective as benzoyl peroxide
  • Mixed with apple cider vinegar, Melaleuca Tree Oil works great as an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner

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Tea Tree Oil Uses

What is this Oil good for? Here’s a list of the most common uses:

  • Reduce facial and body blemishes like pimples
  • Use as a natural insect repellant
  • Use as a natural deodorant
  • Reduce skin inflammation by using a tea tree oil spray
  • Relieve Psoriasis
  • Sooth your dry skin
  • Reduce or control dandruff
  • Reduce the spread and severity of athlete’s foot
  • Kill head lice eggs
  • Clean your house
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables
  • If you love the smell, try Tea Tree Oil aromatherapy
  • While this is not proven or recommended, some people enjoy and receive benefit from Tea Tree Oil mouthwash

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“The Healing Power of Essential Oils Many essential oils act as adaptogens, which are natural balancers. Adaptogens promote a balancing reaction in the body, which in turn can affect a multitude of the body’s systems, including blood pressure, the autonomic nervous system, the endocrine system, and digestion.”
― Essential Oils for Beginners by Althea Press

Use Tea Tree Oil Safety

While each person has unique sensitivities, Tea Tree Oil is known to be generally safe when used topically. That said, some people have reported the following reactions when using the oil:

  • Skin irritation
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Dry and itchy
  • Peeling and scaling
  • Allergic reactions in the form of skin rash

Is Tea Tree Oil Toxic?

In some cases, science points to ‘yes.’ While it’s been a popular folk medicine since the beginning of time, it has never been approved by the FDA, and many believe it to be poisonous when taken internally.
Here are additional Tea Tree Oil side effects and symptoms that can stem from consumption by mouth:

  • Weakness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Lack of muscle control/coordination
  • Decreasing levels of consciousness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Allergies
  • Dermatitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Rashes
  • Hallucinations
  • Coma
  • Lethal at high doses to rats, cats, and dogs
  • One study suggests that repeated use of Lavender Oil and Tea Tea Oil can cause the swelling of breast tissue in young boys

How To Use Tea Tree Oil And How To Apply It

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You might be curious about how to apply and dilute Tea Tree Oil. While there are many different formulas for this, consider that this is a powerful oil. While the packaging might look pretty and benign, the oil that results from steaming Tea Tree leaves can be both healing and vicious at the same time. Also, most Tea Tree tinctures are extremely potent, so you’ll want to use them sparingly, especially when mixing with other oils like lavender and coconut.

You can apply the oil as a diluted spray, in a handcrafted lotion, or as an addition to your liquid gel or soap. Be careful to use enough water or base before applying to your body.

For stubborn acne, you might benefit from applying a drop or two directly onto the blemish, but be aware that it might sting. When using the oil to reduce dandruff or improve the antibacterial nature of your hand soap, begin with smaller amounts rather than the other way around. When using Tea Tree Oil, always consider safety first.

Where Can I Buy Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil can be purchased online and from a long list of national chain stores. There are Multilevel Marketing companies (MLMs) that tote their version of the product as if it were akin to the birth of an Enlightened Master. Don’t buy into the hype.
Membership in an MLM is not required for the purchase of this wonderful oil. In most cases, you’ll find non-MLM pricing to be much lower, less expensive to ship, more accessible, and of equal or greater quality than their MLM competition’s products.

What About Purity?

Like any medicinal oil, there are levels of purity to consider. Because most companies are transparent about their processes, it’s difficult to determine which brand is producing the highest quality oils.

There’s also the marketing hype to consider. You’ll see ads for Melaleuca Tree Essential Oil, Organic Tea Tree Oil, and Pure Tea Tree Oil.

You’ll see companies touting their “seed to tincture” manufacturing processes, and how they source their herbs solely from farms that they own. Some companies, especially the MLM essential oil companies, will tout how their scientists have proven that their company’s oils were birthed from the loins of Gods. Don’t believe any of it.

If you’re skeptical, try a few different brands. Mix them with coconut oil or lavender oil and test them out. In most cases, I believe you’ll find that the best Melaleuca Tree Oil is the one that works for you.