Thursday, October 22, 2009

Herbs that should not be taken during pregnancy

There are many herbs that should not be taken during pregnancy.
The list is:
Rosemary in flower
Blue Vervain
False Unicorn
Dong Quai
Cascara Sagrada
Castor oil
Blue or Black Cocosh
Caraway seeds
Celery seed
Cotton root
Flax seed
Gentian root
Fresh Horse radish
Saffron stigmas
Turkey Rhubarb

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Simple herbal help for common ailments

Do you suffer from PMS? Eat cashews or any food rich in magnesium,(like spinach and whole grains)this helps relieve many of the PMS symptoms.
Acne? Peppermint helps all skin irritations and is anti-inflammatory.
Unsweetened Peppermint tea can be used as a skin toner and helps heal acne.
Apply unsweetened peppermint tea to a just washed face,leave on about 10 minutes or so,then rinse off using clean water.
Do you suffer from motion sickness? Then you could use ginger. Ginger is a time honored remedy for nausea. Ginger tea is also helpful in relieving nausea from other conditions as well. Your arthritis bothering you? Use cayenne.Either take it orally (start off with small doses and gradually increase if you are sensitive) or rub a cayenne pepper directly on the pain location. Cayenne has recently been proven to assist in blood pressure issues ,be excellent for the heart,relieve angina,be excellent for poor circulation issues and more.Have Diabetes? Take cinnamon. Cinnamon helps your liver become more sensitive to what is going on regarding your bodies use of insulin.
B complex, B2 (riboflavin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folate), and B12 (cobalamin) are known to help strengthen immunity, the herb Astragulas will also help strengthen your immune system but cannot be used if one has a fever.
10 to 20 minutes in the sun 2 or more times a week (without sunscreen) gives you all the vitamin D requirement your body needs. Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to a list of ailments including breast cancer.
Have chronic indigestion and take antacids regularly? Eat yogurt,papaya helps as well.
Currently there are many yogurt products on the shelf that provide the good stuff that will help your tummy get back in shape. Papaya has bromine a digestive enzyme that helps reduce indigestion.Peppermint,ginger,and chamomile make a wonderful tea that also helps with indigestion.
Do you suffer from constant headaches? Try aromatherapy or Lavender massage oil, or chamomile tea to unwind from stress. Feverfew and vitamin B6 have been known to help those that suffer from Chronic Migraines.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Destressing the stress

Stress is a silent killer.We all know that Stress is not good for us.Staying stressed gives you heart and blood pressure problems, along with lowered immune system response and many other physical problems are made worse by stress.There is no such thing as a stress free life, However how we handle stress makes a huge difference in our quality of life. Learn to recognize when you are stressing. Each one of us has habits that come "on" when we are getting stressed out.By paying attention to how we react we can learn to identify when we are becoming stressed before it gets to a major explosion.
Proper nutrition also plays a key role in how our bodies handle stress. So one can start by making sure our bodies have what the good foods that is required for good health.

How we deal with stressors in our life is determined by our out look on life or our attitude.A famous person once said that life is 10% aptitude an 90% attitude.
We cannot change a lot of what happens in our lives but we can change how we respond to it.By staying grateful and counting our many life blessings we can change much of the stress reaction within our bodies.
There are as many ways to manage stress in our lives as their are people on the planet.The simplest way to begin is by setting a relax down time for your self daily.Make yourself a priority.If people depend upon you for their well being it is vital that you set time aside to rejuvenate yourself.This time should be a time for connecting with yourself not a time of physical activity. An example would be a time for listening to music that inspires you or watching a funny movie,taking a nap meditation and/or prayer works for many.A short slow walk in nature-sitting on your porch watching the birds ,aromatherapy,or a hot soaking bath.These are all good ways to alleviate stress.Take time to daydream and play.Throw away your to do list for at least 24 hrs.once a week.These ideas can get you started.We cannot change many of the things that happen in our lives but we can change how we handle it.Quality of life is determined by the actions we take.

Making a cup of herbal tea.

There are several ways you can make a cup of herbal tea from loose leaf herbs.
One way is with a drip coffeemaker. Place herbs in coffee filter and place water in the coffee maker.Turn the coffee maker on and then enjoy your herbal tea. Since many herbs have essential oils you might want to wash your filter holder and pot after making herbal tea in it.
Another method is to bring your water and herbs of your choice to a boil on the stove.Turn off heat. Let steep for about 5 minutes then strain using a tea strainer or a cheesecloth. Another method is to use hot water (not boiling but stove top heated). Place loose tea in a tea ball.Pour your hot water into a coffeecup or your favorite tea mug place teaball into cup and steep. Use sugar honey or Stevia for sweetener. Stevia is an excellent substitute for diabetics.Then find your favorite chair or your favorite spot and enjoy!