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  • How Are Herbal Skin Care Products Any Different?

    There are lots of labels flung at consumers who want a good quality, economical skin care product that will be safe to apply in the long-run.  These labels include “Organic” and “All Natural” and “Herbal” skin care products from lotions, to soaps, wrinkle creams and acne solutions.  What makes herbal skin care products worth buying?

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    Herbal skin care products are not created with any materials that are synthesized, or semisynthetic in research laboratory.  Normally, they’ve ingredients that are about as long as your arm.  What herbal skin care products do contain are botanical extracts, essential oils, minerals, salts, pastes made from natural sources like shea butter from shea nuts, fruit and veggie parts. 

    These synthesized products have only been around for less than 100 years.  They can, in some folks, develop allergies, itching, sores and who knows what else.  It’s suspected that long term use of these skin care products could lead to harm.  Although we do not eat these products, we still absorb them into our bodies through our skin.

    Vegetarian Soaps 

    And if you’re trying to go vegan or vegetarian, you’ll have to use particular soaps.  Did you know that animal fats are commonly used to make soaps?  You would need vegetarian soaps, which are often traded in stores specializing in herbal skin care products.  They use oils like castor, palm, coconut and olive oils with herbs and essential oils.  The binding agents are usually materials like cocoa butter.  And then, they need to be dried for a while.  This causes the soap producing process longer, which means they normally cost more than “carnivorous” soaps. 

    Facial And Body Scrubs

    A really fun way to indulge in herbal skin care is to get an exfoliating product called a “face scrub” or “body scrub.”  It looks kind or like gritty sludge.  You need to make sure the abrasive grit, as well as the cleanser, is produced of natural materials like ground apricot kernels, almond shells, fine sand or silica.  The cleaner (or sludge base) parts usually are made with oatmeal or ground-up almonds.  

    You need to wet your skin first, then implement the scrub and massage away.  This makes your circulatory system a workout and clears away dead skin, dirt and excess oils that mayhap clogging your pores.  Not only that, it feelings good.  You only need to do this a few times a week or less, or you might really dry out your skin.

    Written by mostxxxwanted

    www.therenegadehealthshow.com We just sat down with Brigitte Mars. She’s a master herbalist and explained how to make an herbal tincture at home and the best way to dry your herbs.
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  • What Spices Are Used In Herbal Tea

    There are different spices used in herbal teas. The most common spices are cinnamon, ginger, chamomile, peppermint and marjoram. Chamomile is used in tea for people with sensitive skin. Peppermint is a spice used to aid in the digestive process. Every spice has a health related use. For years, herbal teas and spices have been an alternative way to heal many different health problems. Although the teas are not mean to be a cure for health problems, people continue to drink the herbal teas with spices and have seen positive results with their health related problems.

    Most of the spices used have some soothing, relaxing or calming affect, but the FDA says that herbal teas and spices are not studied enough to say if they are good for you or not. People use teas for a relaxant. Depending on the spice and herb used, the tea can induce sleep. A different herb and spice can help sooth stomach upset. There are different teas for different solutions to health related issues. Marjoram has been used in herbal teas and is said to lower blood pressure and help with respiratory problems. The spice is also effective for relieving headaches. Ginger is good for avoiding motion sickness and adds a sweet taste to the tea.

    Sage Tea is very easy to make and make a nice tasting tea. You would use sage leaves, sugar, lemon rind, lemon juice and boiling water. You simmer the water, then add the ingredients, and simmer for thirty minutes, then strain. The tea is for someone that likes green teas. A summer tea would be Damiana Tea. It has chamomile, damiana leaves, lemongrass, spearmint leaves, jasmine flowers and a orange peel. This tea is soothing and relaxes the body. This tea only takes fifteen minutes to make.

    You can make your own teas with different herbs and spices. You do have to be careful not to mix the wrong ingredients when making homemade tea. Tea is used for different purposes, but it when spices are added it also adds flavor to the drink. The spices can be home grown or brought from a store. You do want to use a quality spice. If the recipe calls for leaves, that is what you need to use and not the ground spice. The leaves will need to boil so that they release the flavor, where as the ground spice will not do this and the tea will not taste right.

    Written by Pamela

  • Best Herbal Teas For Coughs And Colds

    Almost everyone is familiar with the uncomfortable symptoms of a cold. These include coughs and sneezes, headaches, an aching body, runny or congested nose and generally feeling out of sorts. Although there are no known cures for colds, herbal tea remedies have been found to be helpful in helping to reduce cold symptoms. Different remedies can be chosen depending on the symptoms.

    Herbal Teas for Colds

    Ginger is a good home remedy for coughs and colds. It is recommended that the patient drink ginger tea at least three times a day. Allow 1 heaped teaspoon of grated fresh gingerroot to seep for ten minutes in a cup of boiling water before drinking.

    For a herbal tea to help reduce the aches and pains and congestion associated with colds, mix equal amounts of peppermint, yarrow and elder. Add 1 to 2 tsp to a cup of hot water. To help soothe a sore throat, add a llittle honey.

    A great way to get warm after coming in from the cold is to break a cinnamon stick into a mix of ginger. Add a little Cayenne too, to stimulate the circulation.

    To reduce fevers, mix equal amounts of dried Elder Flowers with dried Peppermint Leaves in distilled boiling water. Cover and allow to steep for fifteen minutes. Strain into a saucepan and add a tsp of honey before drinking.

    Try this tangy and tasty herbal tea for coughs and sneezes: Boil 2 slices of fresh ginger root in a pint of water for ten minutes. Add some tangerine peel and continue to boil for five more minutes. Pour into teapot and add a teabag of green tea. Steep for two minutes, then add honey to taste.

    To relieve the general symptoms of a cold, steep 2 teaspoons of dried sage in boiling water. Strain and drink slowly.

    While suffering from coughs and colds, you might benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea. A study published in the journal Antiviral Research in 1995 suggested that green tea contained catechins that are strong inhibitors of the influenza virus. If you’re wondering about the differences between green tea and black tea, although both come from the same plant, Camelia Sinensis, green tea is dried and not fermented. This gives green tea a lighter flavour and keeps all the beneficial qualities unharmed which is why green tea is a very healthy alternative.

    Sources

    “The Doctor’s Book of Herbal Rome Remedies.” The Editors of Prevention health Books. 2000.

    http://www.wellsphere.com/healthy-eating-article/new-reason-to-drink-green-tea-fights-colds-amp-flu/423417

    Written by Carole Somerville
    Professional Writer and Astrologer

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  • Herbal Kitchen – A student’s experience

    First of all, I really admire people who preserve the art of herbal/natural medicine and personal health maintenance. This was my first try at making my own healing salve with the help of a home-study course. It’s one thing to buy and read about herbs and how they work.. Its another to try to make something with them! This could have been a nightmare project without some form of instruction for newbies like me with no herbal healers around to help. I’m still in awe that I was able to do it and am really happy with the results; I’ll definitely keep trying my hands at more projects and who knows.. Maybe tomorrow the world!! :p Thank you for watching my video; I am no expert at making them. I just wanted to share my first-time experience in herbal product making with people like me who wondered if they could actually DO herbal (rather than read about it and envy those who CAN do). Cheers! Tonks
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    Susun Weed shows you how to make comfrey leaf oil – its easy and inexpensive. Use comfrey oil to make salve for skin ailments.Join Susun Weed in the Catskill Mountains near Woodstock NY, view complete schedule of events at www.susunweed.com join the free ezine, register for the free online course Nourishing Herbal Infusions the Wise Woman Way, view the holistic links directory, ask questions at the Wise Woman Forum, join Herbal Healing Email group, visit five weblogs with Women’s Health Q&A database, and so much more…join us at www.herbshealing.com
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  • TOMACH FIREBURNING or MOXA (mugwart) steaming

    ok it’s getting hot!

    Image by Tricia Wang 王圣捷
    Every Chinese Doctor I have been to says that I have cold energy in my stomach. So I am always willing to try anything to get rid of this cold energy. Rather than living a healthy life of constant physical activity, restricted computer use, and all the other modern things that we do to make us unbalanced creatures – I chose to put myself through ancient practices – like STOMACH FIREBURNING or MOXA (mugwart) steaming!!!!

    So the philosophy behind fireburning is that the fire’s heat will warm up your stomach – it will start moving the cold energy out and help you restore your yin energy. After 5 times of lighting a fire and putting the fire out on my stomach – I felt so wonderful. In between each fireburning, the doctor massaged my stomach – it’s the best feeling in the world. It felt as if he was caressing every part of my large and small intestinal track and giving it lots of love and care. And the best part is that in the end- when the fire burning is done correctly – he takes off the saran wrap, medicine cloth, and starts Doggy Paddling down from the top of my stomach to the very bottom of my intestines – you can HEAR A RIVER of activity going on inside! it’s totalllly FREAKY – I could hear a river gurgling – as if he was totally giving me a full plumbing system overhaul!
    he said that when performed with the right type of fire shapes, the doggy paddling takes all the released coldness and moves it out.

    the whole entire time I focused on using qi gong breathing techniques – because I am super sensitive to energy I could feel the cold air flowing out of the bottom of my feet.

    But then for a few min before or after the process – sometimes I feel that I am inadequate as a human being when I do these things because it reminds me of how out of touch I am with my body, the earth, and the stars. So going to the Chinese doctor for me is like a form of rebirth and a bit of self-punishment (for not being healthy when I am living in the states). But then I think – is it only when I travel – when I’m farthest away from everything and everyone that I intimately know – is that the only time I feel that I can take care of myself without feeling guilty? Is it only when I am unreachable that I recover from everyday life in the states – when my family stuff is so far away that it is absolutely out of my control? Then I start thinking that’s stupid tricia – peace is where you are – but sometimes I feel that the only way to really extract myself out of my own life is to leave the country and cross an ocean away. I wonder if this is a pattern of modern life now – middle class people overworking and then leaving for a few months every year or few years to prevent burn out and just to re-balance. It certainly has become a pattern in my life – is the amount of traveling we do equivalent to the amount of stress we have at home? sometimes I think so…

    well anyways this is seriously the best form of self-punishment – when the doctor tells me that my yin-yang isn’t balanced – it actually makes me really excited to become more balanced again. I am always excited for them to say – “ok here your energy is blocked, so that’s why your hair is turning white or that’s why your bowel movements aren’t regular.” When they tell me how unbalanced I am, I start thinking about how I can take better care of myself.

    AFter fireburning, the doctor told me of all the herbs and foods that I should eat to heal my body. for example, I need to eat more lemon peels. This time the doctor told me that my health was pretty good, but my back and neck is messed up from years of sitting in front of a computer. Plus I haven’t been meditating or dancing as much lately 🙁

    So I love this herbal/ancient practice – only in china…only in china. In India I tried going to the medicinal doctor – I actually went to 3 of them because I really wanted to give it a chance – well each on told me that I was too much of a “pita” and they threw my naked body on a slap of hard wood and started dumping herbal oil on me and then the woman rubbed the oil on me forcing my bones into the wood table and I slid around like a dead fish – I tried to grab onto the wood but it was impossible! – may sound wonderful-(hmm hands + oil) BUT NOT!!!!!! it was painful and the worst part was that I didn’t feel more balanced afterwards. SO I’ve decided China is the place for me to go for medicinal care.
    Image by Tricia Wang 王圣捷
    Every Chinese Doctor I have been to says that I have cold energy in my stomach. So I am always willing to try anything to get rid of this cold energy. Rather than living a healthy life of constant physical activity, restricted computer use, and all the other modern things that we do to make us unbalanced creatures – I chose to put myself through ancient practices – like STOMACH FIREBURNING or MOXA (mugwart) steaming!!!!

    So the philosophy behind fireburning is that the fire’s heat will warm up your stomach – it will start moving the cold energy out and help you restore your yin energy. After 5 times of lighting a fire and putting the fire out on my stomach – I felt so wonderful. In between each fireburning, the doctor massaged my stomach – it’s the best feeling in the world. It felt as if he was caressing every part of my large and small intestinal track and giving it lots of love and care. And the best part is that in the end- when the fire burning is done correctly – he takes off the saran wrap, medicine cloth, and starts Doggy Paddling down from the top of my stomach to the very bottom of my intestines – you can HEAR A RIVER of activity going on inside! it’s totalllly FREAKY – I could hear a river gurgling – as if he was totally giving me a full plumbing system overhaul!
    he said that when performed with the right type of fire shapes, the doggy paddling takes all the released coldness and moves it out.

    the whole entire time I focused on using qi gong breathing techniques – because I am super sensitive to energy I could feel the cold air flowing out of the bottom of my feet.

    But then for a few min before or after the process – sometimes I feel that I am inadequate as a human being when I do these things because it reminds me of how out of touch I am with my body, the earth, and the stars. So going to the Chinese doctor for me is like a form of rebirth and a bit of self-punishment (for not being healthy when I am living in the states). But then I think – is it only when I travel – when I’m farthest away from everything and everyone that I intimately know – is that the only time I feel that I can take care of myself without feeling guilty? Is it only when I am unreachable that I recover from everyday life in the states – when my family stuff is so far away that it is absolutely out of my control? Then I start thinking that’s stupid tricia – peace is where you are – but sometimes I feel that the only way to really extract myself out of my own life is to leave the country and cross an ocean away. I wonder if this is a pattern of modern life now – middle class people overworking and then leaving for a few months every year or few years to prevent burn out and just to re-balance. It certainly has become a pattern in my life – is the amount of traveling we do equivalent to the amount of stress we have at home? sometimes I think so…

    well anyways this is seriously the best form of self-punishment – when the doctor tells me that my yin-yang isn’t balanced – it actually makes me really excited to become more balanced again. I am always excited for them to say – “ok here your energy is blocked, so that’s why your hair is turning white or that’s why your bowel movements aren’t regular.” When they tell me how unbalanced I am, I start thinking about how I can take better care of myself.

    AFter fireburning, the doctor told me of all the herbs and foods that I should eat to heal my body. for example, I need to eat more lemon peels. This time the doctor told me that my health was pretty good, but my back and neck is messed up from years of sitting in front of a computer. Plus I haven’t been meditating or dancing as much lately 🙁

    So I love this herbal/ancient practice – only in china…only in china. In India I tried going to the medicinal doctor – I actually went to 3 of them because I really wanted to give it a chance – well each on told me that I was too much of a “pita” and they threw my naked body on a slap of hard wood and started dumping herbal oil on me and then the woman rubbed the oil on me forcing my bones into the wood table and I slid around like a dead fish – I tried to grab onto the wood but it was impossible! – may sound wonderful-(hmm hands + oil) BUT NOT!!!!!! it was painful and the worst part was that I didn’t feel more balanced afterwards. SO I’ve decided China is the place for me to go for medicinal care.

  • Herbal Tea Benefits

    If you want to know why herbal tea is becoming popular by the day, then you would want to read this article. Herbal teas have become the in-thing and not without a reason. With exceptional medicinal properties and several flavors to choose from, they have become the preferred beverage for hundreds and thousands of health conscious people across the world. Let’s see some of the benefits of this wonder drink and why you too should switch over.

    -Herbal tea contains certain herbs which immediately rejuvenates and relaxes the body. So if you come home tired from work, it is all you need to get you alive and kicking.

    -Herbal tea reduces cholesterol and keeps your heart healthy. That’s why, so many cardiologists swear by its benefits.

    -It also contains antioxidants which help protect the body against free radicals, thus fighting the effects of aging.

    -Regular intake of Herbal tea also keeps the metabolism high which helps people in reducing their body fat and slimming down.

    -It also strengthens the immune system and keeps common diseases such as cold and indigestion away.

    -It promotes sound sleep at night, so if you suffer from sleep disorder or usually feel difficult to sleep, it will help you get a good night’s sleep.

    -Unlike regular tea and coffee, this drink is free from caffeine.

    Now you can drink several cups of herbal tea and not worry about the ill-effects of caffeine.

    Unlike most things which are beneficial for health but do not taste good, this tea is available in many exciting flavors and varieties. Some of its popular varieties are Agrimony Tea, Barley Tea, Cardamom Tea and Ginkgo Biloba Tea. These are widely available in retail shops and tea houses.

    There you have it.

    Herbal tea is not only immensely beneficial for health, it also tastes great. Regardless of your state of health, you will reap the rewards for years to come by regular drinking of this healthy tea. Moreover, once you switch over to it, you will never go back to your regular tea or coffee.

    Mike Zambrano is an herb garden expert. His website “Growing Herbs at Home,” gives first hand tips and advice for growing and caring for herbs. He also covers their different uses such as culinary, medicinal, cosmetic, and crafts. Please visit http://www.growing-herbs-at-home.com

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