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36 Common Symptoms & The Ultimate Remedy Guide to Healing Them Easily & Naturally at Home

Plants Are My Medicine Presents-

This ultimate guide has been in the back of my mind years. This was first published in 2009 as a small book to keep in the medicine cabinet. Now, I’ve decided to make it public for everyone to utilize and treasure.

I personally practice herbal medicine for myself and my family. I’ve been lucky to introduce herbal remedies to hundreds of others through my classes.  I strive to provide the best remedies that are effective, timely, and convenient to us.

It has happened in more than one instance, when in a hurried panic to stop slight bleeding, relieve a headache, or help a bruise heal more quickly, I somehow forget all my natural sense! The remedies I spent so much time researching and practicing, when in a rush, escape my mind.

I knew that because of this, I would eventually put together this ultimate list to serve my own needs, and here it is. Perhaps you will find it as indispensable as I. Remember to save it on your favorites and share it so you can find it easily when you need to remember how to handle minor daily issues with natural care.

Perhaps you will find these ideas, suggestions, and tidbits as vital as I do.

I’m not by any means a doctor or qualified to give medical advice. I do believe that a person’s health and healing is a spiritual journey as much as a physical one. This ultimate list is to be considered for educational purposes only.

Hippocrates once said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”

Below I have organized a shopping list of what I feel are the most important ingredients to always have on hand. This is merely a suggestion and you should make the decisions for you and your family’s needs.

Remember to always consult your doctor when treating any medical issue.

You will notice that some of these things you will probably already have in your kitchen cabinets and if you don’t have it I list my favorite resource and brand in parenthesis behind it.

Most Important

Apple Cider Vinegar (I like this one.)

Chamomile Tea (I’m never without this brand.)

Powered Licorice Root  (My favorite.)

Vitamin C Rich Foods

Honey (My preference.)

Essential Oil of Lavender (My favorite)

Aloe gel or plant

Vitamin E (What I use.)

Witch Hazel Water (My preferred brand.)

Rescue Remedy Cream (I’m never without this.)

Rescue Remedy Drops (I’m never without this, either.)

Lemons

Olive Oil

Epsom Salts (My favorite.)

Colloidal Silver (My preferred brand.)

Garlic

Cayenne

Ginger

Lemon Balm Dried Herb (What I prefer to use.)

Omega 3’s

Cinnamon

California Poppy (My preferred brand.)

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SYMPTOM LIST

1. ACNE

*Constipation is a leading cause of acne.

*Wet a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and apply directly to problem area. Repeat twice daily until cleared.

*Drink 8 glasses of water daily with a lemon wedge gently squeezed in each glass.

*Apply aloe vera gel or plant directly to problem area.

ACNE MASK RECIPE

Ingredients:

½ Cup Whole Milk Yogurt

1 Tablespoon Honey

1 ½ – 5 Tablespoons Ground Oatmeal

Grind oatmeal in a coffee grinder or grain mill and set aside. Mix together yogurt and honey thoroughly, then add preferable amount of oatmeal to make a paste.

Apply and let sit.

Rinse with warm water.

 

2. ALLERGY

*Eat Vitamin C rich foods.

*Nettle is a good herb for allergies. Use an herbal tea with nettle or can be taken in capsules.

*Angelica is an herbal antihistamine and is good to use in teas.

*Licorice Root is an antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. It is an excellent addition to any tea.

*Eat foods rich in sulfur.

NETTLE TEA RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 ounce of dried nettle leaf

1 pint of boiling water

Boil water over stove (not microwave). After water comes to a rapid boil, remove from heat and add nettles. Let sit, covered, for 15 minutes.

Other herbs and natural sweeteners may be added to taste.

 

3. ARTHRITIS PAIN

*Rub joints with warm olive oil.

*Relieve constipation and follow toxin removal tips below

*Soak in a bath with Epsom salts.

*Take an Omega 3 fatty acid supplement.

*Boswellia is a good herb to add for relief of symptoms.

*Eat Nettle Soup.

NETTLE SOUP

Ingredients:

Olive oil or butter for sautéing

Onion

3-6 cloves of Garlic

3 potatoes

3 stalks of celery

Stock or water

Nettles

Sauté onion, garlic, potatoes and celery in olive oil or preferred fat.

Add water or stock until pot is half full. Once soup mixture is simmering, add as many nettles as you like. (I stuff my pot full!)

Let simmer until potatoes are done and serve!

*TIP: You can add some coconut cream and blend the mixture with an immersion blender for a creamy nettle soup! Add some vegan cheese and you have a kid loving, healthy soup!

 

4. BLADDER INFECTION (UTI)

Please seek medical attention as a continuing bacterial infection can cause irreversible damage to the kidneys. These methods are for prevention!

*Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily with a gently squeezed lemon in each glass to balance pH.

*Avoid sugary, soda, and alcoholic beverages.

*Uva Ursi is an herb that is antibacterial. Supplements are available in health food stores or online.

SOME UTI CAUSES

Urinary Tract Infections can have a bunch of different causes. Scan the most frequent causes to see if you can prevent any further discomfort!

Dehydration is a common and misdiagnosed cause of urinary tract infections!

Bacteria that live in the bowels and near the vaginal openings when spread can enter the urethra and cause infection. Make sure to wipe front to back and teach young children how to properly care for themselves.

Sexual intercourse is another common cause of infection. Urinating before and after intercourse can sometimes prevent an infection.

Pregnancy, diabetes, and menopause are also contributors to frequent UTIs.

 

5. BLEEDING, STOPPING

If bleeding is severe, please seek medical attention ASAP. These methods are for minor injuries only.

*Cayenne applied directly to a small wound will stop bleeding almost immediately. (It will not burn!)

*Yarrow is a good herb that you may apply directly to the wound. Native tribes use yarrow for many reasons, this being a major one.

*To read about cleaning and helping a wound heal, please see below.

IN AN EMERGENCY

CALL 911!

While ambulance is on its way you can CONTROL the bleeding by:

  1. Applying Pressure with gauze or terry cloth to the wound. If the blood soaks through the gauze or terry cloth, ADD another layer!

DO NOT REMOVE FIRST LAYER !

  1. Keep applying pressure and hold wound up higher than heart if possible (with arms, legs, etc).
  2. Treat person for shock. Lay person down flat (if no suspected neck injury) while continuing to elevate injury, applying pressure and keep them warm. Cover with blankets and extra clothing until ambulance arrives.

UNTREATED SHOCK from bleeding can cause death!

6. BLOATING

*Chamomile tea is an excellent source to relieve bloating. Brew according to directions.

*Wormwood and mugwort are herbs that can also relieve uncomfortable bloating. They can be added to teas or taken as capsules.

*Tarragon, a common kitchen herb will also relieve bloating.

ANTI BLOATING FOODS

Look in your refrigerator for a few foods that have been known to help relieve bloating and stimulate digestion:

Fresh Pineapple

Fresh Papaya

Yogurt

Black Pepper

Celery

Peppermint Tea

Chamomile Tea

Asparagus

 

6. BRUISES

*A sliced up raw potato applied directly to the bruise will help heal the bruise within days.

*Fresh parsley chopped up finely, mixed with a little bit of olive oil to make a paste will heal a bruise quickly when applied directly and then covered with cotton gauze (not tightly).

*Dab witch hazel water to the bruise 3-5 times per day with a cotton swab.

Did you know that some medications can prevent your blood from clotting therefore causing bruises to appear?

Antidepressants

Aspirin

Anesthetics

Cortisone

Penicillin

While taking these medications, you may be more likely and susceptible to bruising.

 

7. BURNS

These remedies are for minor burns only. If you are unsure if your burn is minor, please seek medical attention.

*Apply cool water immediately to stop the residual burning effect.

*Apply aloe vera gel or plant to the burn directly.

*Break open a capsule of Vitamin E and apply directly to the burn.

*Apply raw honey to the burn and wrap loosely with cotton gauze.

*Apply witch hazel water with a cotton ball 3-5 times per day as needed.

*Ground mustard applied directly to the burn will relieve pain and help heal the burn more quickly.

Sunburn

*Take an apple cider vinegar bath.

*Yogurt has a cooling and healing affect for sunburns.

*Lavender essential oil is the only oil that can be applied directly to

the skin without irritation.

*Aloe vera gel or plant gel may be applied directly to the burn.

*Sunburn relief recipe listed here.

 

8. CANKER SORES

*Gotu Kola is an excellent herb to treat canker sores. Add 1 ounce to tea.

*Chamomile tea may be enjoyed as a drink and as a mouthwash.

*Licorice Root Powder applied directly to the canker sore will relieve irritation and help heal fast.

*Aloe Gel may be used to brush and soothe the canker sore.

Did you know that most regular toothpastes can cause canker sores?

The foaming agent, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), has been linked to canker sores in those who are sensitive to this ingredient.

Some toothpastes are SLS free:

Breath RX Products

Tom’s of Maine

TheraBreath Products

Oxyfresh

Nutritional deficiency can also be a source of canker sores.

Consider a vitamin supplement like Thiamin (vitamin B1), as deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of canker sores. Other nutrients that have been found to be low in people with recurrent canker sores include riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and iron. A health practitioner can assess nutrient status through a simple blood test.

 

9. COLD SORES

(for Cold please see specific ailment)

*Black Walnut Extract is a great herb to apply directly to cold sores.

*Aloe Vera gel or plant gel may be applied directly to sore.

*Comfrey salve may be applied directly and has a high rate of speedy healing.

Did you know that eating foods rich in Lysine can help prevent cold sore breakouts?

Some Foods Rich in Lysine are:

Fruits & Vegetables

Beets

Brewer’s Yeast

Avocados

Mangos, Apricots, Pears, Apples, Figs

Papaya

Dairy Products

Eggs

Tomatoes

Sprouts

 

10. CONGESTION, LUNG

*Taking a steam shower will help break up congestion by taking deep breaths into the lungs and coughing up the mucous.

*Eucalyptus is an excellent herb to add to the steam shower.

*Inhaling mineral salt with a salt inhaler has proven to clear up congestion and promote mucous discharge.

*Licorice Root added to any herbal teas is a good thing for congestion.

KICK CONGESTION LUNCH

Did you know that chest and lung congestion is another form of sinus infection? Have some onions!

Ingredients:

2 Onions (sliced thinly)

1 Tablespoon Curry

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Saute onions and curry in olive oil and serve over rice, quinoa, or barley

You’ll be breathing easier!

(And those around you will have clear noses, too.)

 

11. CONGESTION, SINUS

*Licorice Root tea is a good immune booster and promotes the discharge of mucous.

*Adding fresh ginger to foods as well as steeping some peeled, sliced ginger in a cup of boiling water for ginger tea will help clear sinus pathways.

*Lemon Balm is a fantastic herb to add to teas that will help clear sinuses.

TOMATO TEA

Ingredients:

Tomato Juice or Vegetable Juice

3-8 cloves of Garlic minced

Lemon halved

Hot Sauce

Heat tomato juice in a pan on the stovetop (do not microwave), adding garlic (the more the better), half a squeezed lemon, and as much hot sauce as one can handle! Simmer together and drink!

 

12. CONSTIPATION

*Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day with a gently squeezed lemon to help balance pH.

*Apple juice in its organic and unfiltered form can be a great reliever of constipation.

*Mangoes are an excellent remedy for constipation along with lots of water.

*Dates and figs are both high in natural fibers and can relieve symptoms.

* ¼ teaspoon of Epsom salt to ½ glass of warm water can help find relief.

*Using a supplement of Omega 3’s are good fats that can relieve symptoms.

*Triphala, an Ayurvedic blend of herbs is a proven source of relief for many who follow Ayurveda.

 

13. COUGH

*In a spoon of honey, pinch a bit of white pepper atop and take 2-3 times per day.

*Grapes act as a natural expectorant by toning up lungs!

*Mix a tablespoon of honey with a glass of grape juice.

*Almond butter is a good remedy for a dry cough. (And Yummy!)

*Add a dropper full of red clover tincture to your tea to stop coughs overnight.

CURB YOUR COUGH TEA

Ingredients:

Organic Lemon

1 ½ teaspoon Sage (dried or fresh)

1 ½ teaspoon Thyme (dried or fresh)

Boiling Water

Squeeze lemon juice and set aside. Slice ½ of lemon rind and place in cup. Add sage and thyme to cup. Pour boiling water over herbs and lemon and cover for 15 minutes.

Strain (or use tea tools). Add ¼ squeezed lemon juice to tea.

Add honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar to sweeten.

 

14. DRY SKIN

*Rub and massage natural oils, like olive oil or coconut oil into your skin every other night.

*Avoid hot showers which will cause cracking of skin.

*Take an Omega 3 fatty acid supplement.

DRY SKIN EXFOLIATING RECIPE

Ingredients:

Mango

1-2 Tablespoons Honey

1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

3-4 Tablespoons of Cornmeal

½ – 1 cup of milk

In a blender, add peeled mango and all ingredients reserving ½ the milk. Blend until it forms a nice paste to the consistency you like. If it is too sticky, add more milk.

Take mixture with you to your warm (not hot) shower and exfoliate.

Follow up with your favorite moisturizer!

 

15. EAR ACHE

*Ear candle both ears as directions indicate.

*A clove of fresh garlic, halved and soaked in olive oil may be dropped directly into the ear via dropper. Heat up oil in a spoon over stove or candle and let cool to body temperature. (Test with dropper on wrist.) Never place anything cold in the ear for an ear ache!

*Cinnamon in olive oil with the same principles as above will work wonders!

*Colloidal Silver is a great resource for ear aches. It can be used by itself (warmed up) or mixed with lavender oil.

There is a lot of controversy over ear candling. Most alternative doctors recommend the practice, while other more Western medicine practitioners strongly discourage it.

I’m not sure whether some practitioners do not understand the concept of candling, as they claim hot wax will drip into one’s ear.

As a user of candles, I don’t see how this is possible. Ear candles should be made of muslin and dipped in wax. When candling, I use a paper plate that catches any wax drippings on the outside.

However, use your best judgment and talk to your physician. While it may not be the best decision for you, ear candling has made a huge difference for my family and me.

 

16. ENERGY BOOST

*Ginseng tea or supplements may be the most popular in Eastern Medicine to boost one’s energy and stamina.

*Ashwagandha, an Ayurvedic herb in tablet or powder form, is by far my personal favorite to boost energy and focus.

*Coconut oil, full of Omega 3 fatty acids, gives a nice boost of energy by adding just a teaspoon to any hot tea beverage.

Have you heard of acupressure that will give you an immediate energy boost?

Traditional Chinese Medicine employs acupuncture which has recently gained much attention and is now considered a complementing therapy to many drug therapies and covered by most insurances.

There are spots located on the head, neck, front and back body that when pressure is applied, it will immediately stimulate an internal energy.

To read more about acupressure and understand the benefits of acupressure and how you can benefit from this needle free version of acupuncture, grab a copy of The Acupressure Atlas.

 

17. FEVER

*Catnip will promote sweating and therefore increase the benefits of a fever.

*Echinacea will help break a fever by boosting immunity.

*Hyssop, licorice root, and thyme make an excellent tea to lower temperature.

*Stay hydrated with filtered water for best absorption benefit.

Did you know that the degree of a temperature is not an indicator of how severe the problem is?

A fever is the body’s way of fighting an infection. By rising the temperature, making the body a deadly host to the virus or bacteria causing the fever, the body creates an environment where a virus or bacteria cannot live.

Most fevers will break in a few days and most fevers are better off left without treatment. However, there are circumstances when you should seek medical attention for you or your child with a fever.

Any newborn with a fever should be seen by a doctor immediately as a young baby cannot regulate their own temperature.

Whenever a fever is accompanied by severe vomiting, lethargy, or confusion, it is necessary to seek medical attention immediately. For a complete list of symptoms and a checklist to help you make a good decision, please contact your family physician.

 

18. FLU

*Colloidal Silver is the most powerful natural tool against viruses. It stops viruses in their tracks.

*Garlic will decrease the growth of a virus and can be taken as a freeze dried capsule or chopped up and steeped in boiling water to make a tea.

*Do not eat while a flu virus is actively growing. Starve the virus.

*Drink plenty of fluids and filtered water.

Did you know that there are techniques that you can employ now to prevent being sick from a flu or cold? Here are my favorites:

Get Enough Sleep

Eat Vitamin and Mineral Rich Foods (Fruits & Vegetables)

Wash Hands Regularly

Avoid Sugar

Drink 8-10 Glasses of Water

Reduce Stress

Use Salt Water Mouth Rinse & Gargle

Detox

Do Not Touch Your Face

Have A Hobby You Love

 

19. GUMS

*Use Bleeding Gum Mouthwash recipe.

*Licorice Root used internally and as a powder directly promotes anti cavity action by reducing plaque. It is also anti-bacterial.

*Amla, an Ayurvedic herb may be used as a mouth rinse and taken orally (1-2 grams) for gum disease.

*Bilberry fruit and hawthorn promote the stabilization of collagen and can be taken as a tea or supplement.

*Herbs that treat joints (tooth sockets are joints) are also very helpful: yellow dock root, alfalfa leaf, cinnamon bark, turmeric root can all be used as a tea or taken as a supplement.

BLEEDING GUM MOUTHWASH

Ingredients:

½ teaspoon sage

½ teaspoon calendula

Pinch of sea salt or mineral salt (NOT table salt)

Glass of warm water

Mix all ingredients in a glass of warm tap water. Rinse and repeat until the mixture is gone.

 

20. HANGOVER

*A tablespoon of honey in a cup of hot water to sip has been an old remedy with bartenders for years.

*Gingko Biloba has been used in other countries as an effective drunkenness preventer and hangover healer. It is said to speed up the metabolism of alcohol.

*Ginseng is another herb that is used for hangover relief in other countries. Ginseng is available in teas and capsules.

Did you know in Ireland it was said to bury the person hung over in moist sand up to their neck?

A Little Humor

A guy goes into a bar and continues to drink until he is really drunk. As he begins to walk home, every two steps he falls flat on his face. 2 steps away from his doorway and he falls inside. Unable to walk, he crawls up the stairs and into his bed.

In the morning his wife gets up before him and says “Were you drinking last night?”

He asks, “How did you know?”

She says, “You left your wheelchair at the bar, again.”

 

21. HEADACHES

*Make sure the headache is not from dehydration. Drink water with lemon to balance pH.

*Take a high quality mineral supplement.

*Take a B complex vitamin supplement.

*Feverfew taken as a tea or as a supplement can prove effective for headaches of all kinds.

*Ginkgo Biloba as a supplement is proven to be a beneficial addition to headache therapy.

Did you know there are 5 types of headaches?

Tension headaches feel like a constant ache or pressure located somewhere on the head.

Cluster headaches are headaches that occur in groups or cycles.

Rebound headaches happen when a person has taken too much over the counter medicine, like aspirin or acetaminophen, which will lead to waking up with a headache the next day.

Migraine headaches come from a neurological disorder that is likely hereditary.

Sinus headaches happen when the sinuses become inflamed. This is usually accompanied by a fever.

 

22. INDIGESTION & Heartburn

*Cinnamon added to any tea can prevent and relieve bloating, gas, and cramping associated with gas.

*Dandelion tea is a great liver tonic and can relieve gas immediately.

*Ginger, either added to food as a preventable measure or taken as a steeped tea after is a very effective remedy.

TIPS TO AVOID HEARTBURN/Indigestion

Do not eat 2 hours before going to bed.

Eat smaller & more frequent meals.

Avoid mint teas & flavorings.

Chew a non-mint gum.

Eat foods rich in fiber.

Avoid smoking & alcohol.

Do not eat on the run.

Relax and allow yourself to enjoy your food.

Do not allow your stomach to become too empty, keep fiber rich fruits & whole grain snacks on hand.

 

23. INSOMNIA

*Chamomile tea is a nice relaxing tea and will soothe one’s physical self as well as emotional.

*St. John’s Wort is an excellent herb to use to help with insomnia due to stress.

*California Poppy has been used as a mild sedative and is quite effective. Be careful not to overuse.

COMMON CAUSES OF INSOMNIA

Stress

Anxiety

Depression

Poor Sleeping Habits

Learned Insomnia (worrying too much about sleep)

Overeating

Medications

Stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, & nicotine)

 

24. MENSTRUAL PAIN

*All of the following herbs can be used to help with menstrual pain in tea form: Black Haw, Angelica, Raspberry, Ginger, Red Clover, and Yarrow.

*Taking a high quality mineral supplement can be very beneficial.

*If on birth control pills, it is important to increase your levels of folate (Vitamin B Complex) in the diet as birth control pills can prevent the absorption of many minerals.

There is no scientific study that I’m aware of to back up what I’m about to share, so please read my personal story and make your own decision.

I have had horrible menstrual cramping for the majority of my life. I used birth control pills to control my periods and cramping for the longest time before the concern of extensive chemical use was more of a concern than cramping. (This decision almost killed me as I later found it increased my personal risk of stroke by 40% because I had an undiagnosed PFO.)

By experimentation, I cut out the use of chemical forms of estrogen that are in our foods and beauty products, disguised as preservatives.

Hormones given to dairy cows have been linked to early puberty and something in me just knows that having bad periods is also linked.

Since I have cut out parabens, sulfates, nitrates, and xenoestrogens, I no longer suffer from cramping.

I encourage every woman to experiment and try natural ways of being. Some natural methods may work better than chemical versions, while some may not. I think we owe it to our health and our daughter’s health to find the healthiest ways of being.

 

25. MUSCLE PAIN

*Eat a banana.

*Soak in a bath of Epsom salts, 2 cups to a hot bath, while drinking a cup of chamomile tea.

*Use a rosemary wash

*Use All Heal Oil topically on your sore muscles and joints

ROSEMARY WASH

Ingredients:

1 ounce Rosemary Leaves

Boiling Water

In a pot, bring 2 pints of water to a boil. After it is boiling rapidly, remove it from heat and add dried or fresh rosemary leaves.

Cover to steep and cool for at least 30 minutes.

Wet washcloth with the rosemary wash and place on sore muscles as needed.

 

26. NAUSEA

*Ginger is a great nausea suppressant; either by fresh ginger cut up and steeped in hot water to drink as tea, or by organic and real ginger ale.

*Make a tea of ginger, cinnamon, chamomile, and lemon balm.

TEA FOR NAUSEA

Making a tea decoction is really a simple endeavor that you will reap rewards from for the rest of your life!

I personally like to cut up fresh pieces of ginger and place them in the bottom of a cup ready for my special ingredients.

For nausea, I add cinnamon, some dried chamomile and lemon balm leaves in a tea strainer. I like about ½ teaspoon of each.

I boil my water and pour through my tea strainer. I cover it, which prevents many of the nutrients and benefits of the herbs from evaporating with the steam.

I like to sweeten with honey or maple syrup. If fructose intake is a concern maybe try some agave nectar which does not raise the glycemic index like honey and syrups do.

With this basic understanding, you can vary herbs to your needs.

 

28. RELAXATION

*Herbs that will help one relax while under stressful situations are: valerian, skullcap, and chamomile. These may be taken as supplements or incorporated into a loose leaf tea.

*Take a bath with sea salts.

*Aromatherapy essential oils of lavender can be placed on pulse points as well as burned over a candle for a larger area.

MEDITATION

Meditation has numerous benefits; pure rest and relaxation are only the beginning on the list!

Some other benefits of meditation are:

Reduced Stress

Lower Levels of Anxiety & Depression

Control over Negative Thinking

Detachment from Irritations

Purposeful Living

Intuitive Development

Increased Creativity

Increased Concentration

Sense of Happiness

Peace of Mind

Meditation has been said to have just as powerful effects on high blood pressure as some medications!

 

30. RUNNY NOSE

*Goldenseal can clear mucous from the throat.

*The following herbs can make an excellent tea to clear up a runny nose: ¼ tsp of cayenne will stimulate circulation, cinnamon (stick or ground), fresh ginger grated.

*The Ayurvedic tool, Neti Pot, is one of my favorite remedies for runny noses and all sinus issues.

BREATHE DEEPLY

Did you know that learning to breathe more effectively could help clear your nose, sinuses and possibly prevent cold viruses from taking home in your body?

Yoga and breath have been linked for centuries and only recently has breathing been seen as a possible tool for the common cold!

With a minor case of the sniffles try this: Breathe deeply and slowly in through your nose, filling up your diaphragm. You should feel your diaphragm expand and your stomach area should physically expand.

If your shoulders move, you are not breathing deeply enough, only allow breath to be sucked in from your stomach area and pushed out through your stomach area.

Release the breath slowly through your nose and repeat.

 

31. SORE THROAT

*Chamomile tea is a great soother of the sore throat.

*Adding grated ginger to any food or to tea will benefit a sore throat.

*Apple cider vinegar is an excellent remedy!

*Adding lemon to water can balance pH and help clear up the source of the sore throat!

*Gargling with warm salt water can soothe an irritated throat for any reason and is a great preventative technique for colds and flu.

SORE THROAT GARGLE

While this gargle has been said to be able to clear up strep throat, I still recommend seeing your physician if a sore throat persists.

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Tablespoon of Cayenne

3 Tablespoons of Honey

Add above ingredients to a large glass of warm water.

Gargle the concoction and then swallow. Repeat until gone.

 

32. SUNBURN

*Adding a cup of apple cider vinegar to a bath is my favorite sunburn remedy! It immediately takes out the sting!

*Yogurt when spread over the burn is a great remedy!

*Lavender essential oil can be rubbed directly onto the skin and is said to have superb healing properties.

*Aloe when used in gel form or from the plant directly is one of the most popular sunburn remedies.

SUNBURN RELIEF

This is a little mixture I keep in my refrigerator throughout the summer months!

Ingredients:

6 ounces of aloe juice

½ teaspoon of lavender essential oil

2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar

4 capsules of Vitamin E (poked and drained)

I keep this in a jar where my kids can grab it at their leisure in my refrigerator. It has brought us relief in an instant!

Make sure to keep it refrigerated.

 

33. TOOTHACHE

*Applying ground cloves or food grade clove oil directly to the tooth causing problems is said to be the most popular toothache remedy!

*Cutting a clove of garlic and placing it upon the aching tooth has been known to help.

INTERESTING TOOTH FACTS

Did you know that your tooth sockets are joints?

Did you know that a sore jaw when combined with chest pain is a sign of a heart attack?

Did you know that dentists recommend keeping your toothbrush at least 6 feet away from a toilet?

Did you know that floss was first made of silk?

Did you know that more than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque?

Did you know that everyone has a unique tongue print, just like a fingerprint?

 

34. TOXIN REMOVAL

Removing toxins on a regular basis has been said to prevent many uncomfortable symptoms and can be viewed as preventative medicine by some people. There are so many diverse ways to remove toxins that I’m going to list my favorites. For more ideas, please visit AlcheMysticArts.com!

*Drink 8-10 glasses of water with a wedge of organic lemon squeezed in each glass.

*Triphala, an Ayurvedic herbal mixture, is known to help detoxify.

*Chamomile tea is one of the greatest detoxification teas in my opinion!

*Sea salt baths are another great resource for detoxification! After soaking, it may be best to rinse off in a quick shower, as the salt seems to draw out toxins and could be reabsorbed into the skin.

*Taking a mineral supplement can help all your organs perform at their best. Trace minerals are not found in a normal diet and should be supplemented.

*Exercise not only trims muscles but aids in the detoxification of muscles and joints! Have you ever noticed an itching feeling after exercising? That is a toxin release and why it is important to shower after exercise to prevent re-absorption.

*Sauna, sauna, sauna! If you are serious about detoxification, a sauna is a must have.

 

35. WART

*Tea tree essential oil applied directly to the wart 2-3 times a day with a cotton swab has been said to be a very effective means of wart removal. It is recorded to be effective within 10 days.

*Protecting the skin and surrounding skin with Vitamin E and preparing a mash of garlic to apply directly after the Vitamin E application is known to cause a blister on the wart which will fall off within a week.

*Calendula & St. John’s Wort tea, brewed strongly is said to be an excellent remedy!

Did you know that warts are a common skin virus caused by the Human Papillomavirus or HPV?

There are over 100 strains of HPV, some that cause genital warts, some that cause hand warts, and some strains cause both!

You can be introduced to the HPV virus by shaking hands, sharing towels, or touching an inanimate object where another wart sufferer has been.

You can prevent the HPV virus from spreading by washing your hands and practicing safe sex.

HPV is more likely to cause warts after it has come into contact with skin that has been scratched or damaged.

 

36. WOUND CLEANING & HEALING

*Turmeric has been said to be a very helpful cleaning and healing herb to apply directing to a wound that does not require medical attention.

*Honey, when applied in a small amount directly to the wound after cleaning, is known to be an effective healing agent. Cover with a cotton bandage after honey application.

*Tea tree oil is a disinfectant and can minimize scar tissue to wounds.

*Oil of lavender kills germs and can increase tissue growth to promote healing when applied directly!

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What the Marijuana Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know: 14 CBD Plants Listed

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The marijuana industry has been known to have the exclusivity of CBD among their high priced products for quite some time. When the endocannabinoid system was discovered in 1992, the surge of medical marijuana happened across the world. They’d like for you to continue to believe that marijuana is exclusive to CBD healing, but that isn’t the truth.

The industry of marijuana has frequently interchanged the words marijuana and hemp, to the point where the two seemed to be the same plant. Most believe the two plants are the same plant, however they are not. Even mainstream reporters for CBS, ABC, and CNN are not painting a clear picture for consumers.

Hemp and marijuana are from the same family of plants, like chihuahuas and dobermans are from the same canine family. However it would be misleading to sell a chihuahua as a doberman just because they are in the same family. This is what is happening with hemp and marijuana. It is extremely misleading to refer to marijuana as harmless hemp, when they are not remotely the same plant. Each plant’s compounds can be compared to each other, however they are not concurrent or produce the same percentages.

Hemp is a plant with high CBD levels and extremely low THC levels. THC is the compound that makes a person feel high. Studies show that large amounts of CBD counteract the high feeling of THC, which is why the super strains of medical marijuana were bred to lower the CBD ratio and increase the THC ratio. The medical marijuana industry’s goal is to create the best high, which is not possible with large amounts of CBD because of the counteractive effects of CBD on THC.

In the last year, the surge of CBD products has skyrocketed with the emergence of hemp. The medical marijuana industry claims they have the only real CBD products while downgrading hemp as not effective. That is also, not true. The hemp industry’s niche is that their CBD products do not have THC, unlike medical marijuana.

What the Marijuana Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

The endocannabinoid system can be activated and maintained by other plants, all of which are perfectly legal. You can purchase CBD products in your health food and grocery stores right now. You don’t need a special license, get a prescription, or jump through hoops to get the benefits of CBD immediately.

Here is the list of plants that can help you achieve the same goal as medical marijuana without the hassle.

1. Hemp. Hemp is the highest source of CBD that communicates with receptors in the endocannabinoid system. However, expensive hemp oil products (although convenient) are not the only method of delivery. Hemp hearts, hemp protein, hemp oil for cooking (should be in the refrigerated section of your health store), and hemp seeds all carry CBD benefits and can be purchased here.

Hemp does have trace amounts of THC, so if you are screened regularly for drug testing, take the same precautions you would as you do with poppy seeds. Poppy seeds have been known to create a false positive on drug screening for opiates. Although it is unlikely that hemp would trigger a false positive, it always best to be safe. There are Pure CBD oil sources with all THC removed. You can purchase them here.

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2. Echinacea. Echinacea contains compounds that feed the endocannabinoid system like a cannabinoid. These compounds are known as NAA’s and interact with the CB2 receptors.

Echinacea can be purchased here and found in any health food store and in most grocery stores as a supplement or tea. Avoid echinacea tincture or extract (unless its alcohol free). Echinacea is most soluble in water based herbal preparations like tea or capsules.

3. Oxeye Plants. Also known as Heliopsis helianthoides, the oxeye plant mimics echinacea with many of the same compounds, interacting with the CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system.

Not to be confused with Ox-Eye Daisies. I couldn’t find a place to purchase a supplement but I did find lots of seeds to purchase and grow your own!

4. Electric Daisy. Also known as the toothache plant, the electric daisy also acts on the CB2 receptors.

Electric Daisy has been known in the herbal world as a natural pain killer and powerful anti-inflammatory.

You can purchase electric daisy here.

5. Helichrysum umbraculigerum. Known to have compounds very similar to CBG, this plant has recently been compared to hemp for its attributes. It has been used in remedies for mood stabilizing and as a natural anti-depressant.

You can purchase helichrysum here. Just a note of caution, please do not use essential oils internally. This is a very dangerous practice and can cause toxicity.

6. Liverwort. Suspected to act on the CB1 receptors, liverwort is non-psychoactive. It has been used for centuries in gallbladder, liver, and bladder herbal remedies.

You can purchase liverwort powder here.

7. Chocolate. Raw cacao has been known by many marijuana smokers to help deliver a stronger, longer high. However, cacao on its own has many benefits. In 1996, a study done in San Diego found that the compounds in chocolate act like cannabinoids and engage all the receptors.

Milk chocolate will not do the trick. This is in reference to dark chocolate, raw cacao, and unsweetened chocolate.

8. Black Pepper. Black pepper contains a large amount of terpenes called BCP. BCP functions a lot like a cannabinoid in that it also engages the CB2 receptor.

Black pepper is easy to purchase and available worldwide.  I like to add black pepper to my Fire Cider Recipe for it’s health boosting power.

9. Maca. Maca enzymes called called N-benzylamines have been shown to tone the endocannabinoid system and provide a boost.

You can purchase Maca here, or look for it in your health food store.

10. Black Truffles. Black truffles have been touted and studied by the Italians as having a large amount of AEA, a compound that effects the CB1 receptor of the endocannabinoid system.

You can purchase Black Truffle products in your specialty grocery store, or online.

11. Rosemary. Rosemary is rich in terpene BCP which engages the CB2 receptors.

Rosemary is readily available throughout the world and can easily be found locally or online. You can purchase high quality rosemary here or grow it yourself!

12. Kava. Kava has a compound called yangonin, which interacts with the CB1 receptor. Kava has been used for anxiety, stress, and pain relief because of its incredible effect on the central nervous system.

You can purchase Kava here, or look for it in your health food store.

13. Flax. Flax seed has recently been reported to produce CBD, just like hemp and marijuana. Unlike hemp, no trace of THC is found.

Flax is found commonly throughout the world. A note of caution, flax oil in stores is rancid. Flax is not a stable oil, which is why it is found in the refrigerated section of the stores. When purchasing flax, buy the whole seed and grind it yourself in a coffee grinder designated for your flax supplements. Even the ground flax is unstable and is usually rancid.

To guarantee your flax is fresh, grow it yourself! It is an easy plant to grow and the flowers are beautiful. The entire plant is medicinal and can be juiced and eaten.

14. Chinese Rhododendron. Chinese Rhododendron contains cannabinoid like compounds called CBCs. CBCs also engage the endocannabinoid system.

I searched everywhere for a Chinese Rhododendron supplement with no luck. If you find one, please let me know.

BONUS: This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention carrots and broccoli. Both vegetables are currently being studied because compounds in both plant families are seemingly engaging the endocannabinoid system, specifically both the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

So perhaps eating your veggies really will make you happy!

References:

https://sensiseeds.com/en/blog/did-you-know-that-other-plants-produce-cannabinoids-too/

https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/cpb/59/11/59_11_1409/_pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22706678

http://herb.co/2016/03/29/non-marijuana-plants-contain-cannabinoids/

http://herb.co/2016/10/12/plants-contain-healing-cannabinoids/

https://medicinal-foods.com/5-edible-plants-containing-cannabinoids/

Scientists Find New Sources of Plant Cannabinoids Other than Medical Marijuana?

Immune Boosting Magic: Fire Cider Recipe

Beauty is power.

This is a traditional herbal remedy used for colds and flu. I always make my fire cider ahead of time to have it one hand, because it takes a bit to set up. Use it as a preventative and double it up if a virus does latch on.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of grated ginger root
1/2 cup of grated horseradish
1 onion, chopped and diced
10 cloves of garlic, crushed or minced
2 cayenne peppers, chopped (or 4 Tablespoons of dried cayenne)
1 lemon (chopped, peel and all)
1 orange (chopped, peel and all)
Springs of fresh rosemary (or 3 Tablespoons dried)
1 inch of fresh turmeric chopped (or 2 Tablespoons dried)
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw Honey

Prepare all of the ingredients and add them to a quart sized jar. Cover the ingredients with apple cider vinegar. (Metal and vinegar do not mix, so cover your metal components with a plastic wrap or parchment, or just use BPA free plastic lids.) Shake daily for a minimum of 2 weeks. I personally like to let mine go for 3-4 weeks.

Use cheesecloth to strain. Sweeten your liquid with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of raw honey. Store, and enjoy!

Sometimes, I also like to change it up and add: Thyme, Rosehips, Ginseng, Grapefruit, Schizandra berries, Astragalus, Fresh Parsley, Burdock, Fresh Oregano, or Peppercorns. Look around in your cupboards and get creative!

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19 Vegetables That Grow in Freezing or Almost Freezing Temperatures

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Growing my own food is one of the most rewarding and satisfying things I’ve ever done. There is nothing like harvesting a yield and feeding the family with what was grown.

Many gardeners stop planting with their Spring & Summer crops, however there are plenty of vegetables that can be grown throughout the winter in the South (and in cold frames in the North).

If this is your first time growing in the Fall, this will help you understand the growing habits of these foods.

1. Beets

An all-time favorite winter hardy plant.  They mature quickly and don’t require much attention.  Very easy to grow.  Although beets grow well during warm weather, the seedlings are established more easily under cool, moist conditions. SHOP all BEET SEEDS

2. Broccoli

Broccoli plants thrive in cool temperatures, they have been known to survive temperatures as low as 28 F. SHOP all BROCCOLI SEEDS

3. Brussels Sprouts

The plant will withstand frost and can be harvested until a hard freeze strikes. The best-quality sprouts are produced during sunny days with light frosts at night. SHOP all BRUSSELS SPROUTS

4. Cabbage

Cabbage can withstand frost down to 20 degrees or even 15 degrees F. SHOP all CABBAGE SEEDS

5. Carrots

Carrots can survive temperatures as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit, but prolonged periods of cold results in long, pale roots. SHOP all CARROT SEEDS

6. Cauliflower

Cauliflower can survive temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. SHOP all CAULIFLOWER SEEDS

7. Celery

Celery tolerates light frost only. SHOP all CELERY SEEDS

8. Collards

Collard greens are the most cold-resistant of any plant in the cold-hardy Brassica family. Collards can withstand winter temps. down to 5 F. and they usually come through the cold even more flavorful. SHOP all COLLARD GREENS SEEDS

9. Green Onions

Onions are as hardy as they come. Frosts, freezing temperatures, and snow will not kill them. SHOP all ONION SEEDS

10. Leafy Lettuces

Frost damage on leafy vegetables doesn’t render the plant inedible like a disease. You can harvest non-damage parts by cutting away brown areas and edges that are frost damaged and save just the leaf parts that are uninjured and your plant will continue to grow.  SHOP all LEAFY GREENS AND LETTUCE SEEDS

11. Kale

Snow can protect plants from the extreme cold so that they stay in the garden longer. Kale is one of these plants! Very cold-hardy. SHOP all KALE SEEDS

12. Leeks

Leeks are very cold-tolerant, most likely to survive plunges to 0 °F. SHOP all LEEK SEEDS

13. Mustard

When spent days under the cover of snow they have been known to emerge in perfect condition once the snow melts.  SHOP all MUSTARD SEEDS

14. Parsnips

Parsnips are generally tolerant to 0 °F and will sweeten in flavor if hit with a light frost or two. SHOP all PARSNIP SEEDS 

15. Radishes

Radishes thrive in the cooler weather when frost can be a threat to other crops. Radishes have a crisp crunch when grown in the Fall and Winter, unlike the woody texture that can happen in the the summer. They can survive hard freezes as well.  SHOP all RADISH SEEDS

16. Rutabagas

When exposed to light frost, rutabagas can actually taste sweeter. To extend the harvest season & protect the crops from heavier frosts, just add a thick layer of straw. SHOP all RUTABAGA SEEDS

17. Spinach

Grows slowly through the winter but will always bounce back in early spring. SHOP all SPINACH SEEDS

18. Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is very cold-tolerant, & can survive dips to 15 °F without any protection. SHOP all SWISS CHARD SEEDS

19. Turnips

Turnips lose much of their spiciness and accumulate sugar when they mature in cold weather. SHOP all TURNIP SEEDS
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Are These 40 Herbs Dangerous? Adverse Effects Reported!

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It is the common misbelief that just because a plant or herb is natural, that it is safe. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Each herb has contraindications and warnings associated with it. Browse this list and understand that not every herb is safe for everyone. If you want to use herbal remedies, enroll in a course that teaches you the synergy and contraindications of herbs.

We want everyone to be safe, happy, and of course healthy. This list is to educate you, not scare you. If you find that you use one of these herbs on a regular basis, ask your herbalist to help you find a plant remedy that is more suitable for your needs. If you are the DIY’er, check my list of recommended reading after the list.

  1. Aconite: Heart palpitations and arrhythmias, hypotension, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, respiratory system paralysis, death.
  2. Aloe Vera: abdominal pain, diarrhea, potentially carcinogenic, with others can potentiate cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmic agents
  3. Areca Nut (Betel Nut): deterioration of psychosis in patients with preexisting psychiatric disorders”; known carcinogen contributing to cancer of the mouth, pharynx, esophagus and stomach when chewed.
  4. Bitter Orange: ‘Fainting, arrhythmia, heart attack, stroke, death.
  5. Broom: Uterotonic properties, nausea vomiting, and diarrhea, contraindicated for pregnancy and breast feeding
  6. Buckthorn Bark and Berry: abdominal pain, diarrhea, potentially carcinogenic, with others can potentiate cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmic agents
  7. Cascara Sagrada Bark: “abdominal pain, diarrhea, potentially carcinogenic, with others can potentiate cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmic agents
  8. Chaparral: Liver damage, kidney problems, Hypotension in cancer patients
  9. Coltsfoot: Liver damage, cancer
  10. Comfrey: Liver damage and cancer
  11. Country Mallow: Heart attack, heart arrhythmia, stroke, death
  12. Dan Shen: Potentiates warfarin activity, leading to excessive anticoagulation and bleeding
  13. Dong Quai: May induce uterine contractions; contraindicated when pregnant or nursing
  14. European Mistletoe: Toxic to cardio and central nervous systems, gastrointestinal bleeding
  15. Ephedra: Agitation and palpitations, “hypertension, irregular heart rate, insomnia, nervousness, tremors and seizures, paranoid psychoses, heart attacks, strokes, and death”, kidney stones
  16. Germander: Liver damage
  17. Ginger: May alter bleeding time
  18. Gingko: Bleeding
  19. American Ginseng: Hypertensive and chronotropic activities, may increase digoxin levels”, diarrhea, itching, insomnia, headaches, nervousness, rapid heartbeat, hypertension or hypotension, breast tenderness, vaginal bleeding. Very rarely Stevens–Johnson syndrome, liver damage, severe allergy has been reported. May lower blood sugar excessively in combination with diabetes medication. Contains a chemical linked to possible birth defects. May worsen hormone sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids. Insomnia.
  20. Goldenseal: Uterotonic
  21. Greater Celandine: Liver damage
  22. Guarana: Agitation and insomnia
  23. Guar Gum: Obstruction of gastrointestinal tract
  24. Gugulipid (myrrh and guggal): Headache, nausea, hiccups, diminished efficacy of other cardiovascular drugs including diltiazem and propranolol.
  25. Hawthorn: Potentiates digitalis activity, increases coronary dilation effects of theophylline, caffeine, papaverine, sodium nitrate, adenosine and epinephrine, increase barbiturate-induced sleeping times.
  26. Horse Chestnut: Liver toxicity, allergic reaction, anaphylaxis
  27. Kava: Potentates CNS sedatives, chronic use might cause a reversible dry skin condition
  28. Khat: Chronic liver dysfunction
  29. Licorice Root: Hypokalemia, hypertension, arrhythmias, edema
  30. Lobelia: Toxicity, rapid heartbeat, hypotension, coma, death
  31. Milk Thistle: Mild laxative, allergy
  32. Pennyroyal: Liver damage
  33. Peony: May slow clotting; contraindicated for people with bleeding disorders and before and after surgery. May induce uterine contractions; contraindicated when pregnant or nursing.
  34. Safrole (sassafras): Liver damage
  35. Saw Palmetto: “rare and mild gastrointestinal upset, headaches, diarrhea, gynecomastia, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, ventricular rupture and death in one patient.
  36. Senna: “abdominal pain, diarrhea, potentially carcinogenic, with others can potentiate cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmic agents”, liver damage.
  37. St. John’s Wort: Photosensitization, GI disturbances, “allergic reactions, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, dry mouth
  38. Valerian: “drowsiness, GI upset, headache, palpitations, insomnia”, oversedation, overstimulation
  39. Vasambu: Vomiting and nausea
  40. Yohimbe: rapid heart rate, hypertension, hypotension, heart problems, death

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My Recommended Reading List:

The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety
The Way of Herbs
Botanical Safety Handbook

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References:

  1.  Talalay, P.; Talalay, P. (2001). “The importance of using scientific principles in the development of medicinal agents from plants”. Academic Medicine76 (3): 238–247. PMID 11242573doi:10.1097/00001888-200103000-00010.
  2.  Eisenberg, D. M. (1997). “Advising patients who seek alternative medical therapies”. Annals of Internal Medicine127 (1): 61–69. PMID 9214254doi:10.7326/0003-4819-127-1-199707010-00010.
  3. Elvin-Lewis, M. (2001). “Should we be concerned about herbal remedies”. Journal of Ethnopharmacology75 (2–3): 141–164. PMID 11297844doi:10.1016/S0378-8741(00)00394-9.
  4.  “Dangerous Supplements: Twelve Supplements You Should Avoid”Consumer Reports Magazine. September 2010.
  5.  Ernst, E. (1998). “Harmless herbs? A review of the recent literature”. The American Journal of Medicine104 (2): 170–178. PMID 9528737doi:10.1016/S0002-9343(97)00397-5.
  6.  “Betel chewing causes cancer”. SciDev.
  7.  “Natural Does Not Mean Safe”. Slate Magazine. 2012.
  8. “Aristolochic Acid: FDA Concerned About Botanical Products, Including Dietary Supplements, Containing Aristolochic Acid”. FDA. 2001.
  9. Daniele, C.; Dahamna, S.; Firuzi, O.; Sekfali, N.; Saso, L.; Mazzanti, G. (2005). “Atractylis gummifera L. Poisoning: An ethnopharmacological review”. Journal of Ethnopharmacology97(2): 175–181. PMID 15707749doi:10.1016/j.jep.2004.11.025.
  10. Saper, RB; Phillips, RS; Sehgal, A; Khouri, N; Davis, RB; Paquin, J; Thuppil, V; Kales, SN (27 August 2008). “Lead, mercury, and arsenic in US- and Indian-manufactured Ayurvedic medicines sold via the Internet”JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association300 (8): 915–23. PMC 2755247Freely accessiblePMID 18728265doi:10.1001/jama.300.8.915.
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  12. Chan, T. Y. (2001). “Interaction between warfarin and danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza)”. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy35 (4): 501–504. PMID 11302416doi:10.1345/aph.19029.
  13. HH, Tsai (2013). “A review of potential harmful interactions between anticoagulant/antiplatelet agents and Chinese herbal medicines”PLoS ONE8 (5): e64255. Bibcode:2013PLoSO…864255TPMC 3650066Freely accessiblePMID 23671711doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064255.
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  19.  “Vasambu”. Tamilnadu.com. 1 April 2013. Archived from the original on 22 May 2016.

The Ultimate 52 Plant Based Proteins for Plant Based Eating

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“Let thy food by thy medicine, and thy medicine by thy food.” ~Hippocrates

After you’ve watched the movie What The Health, (streams on Netflix), you may be inclined to go vegan. Vegan is a great choice for some and not a sustainable choice for everyone.

Regardless of your choice to be fully vegan or not, eating a vegan meal a couple times a week is a healthy choice. But where do you begin? There is a crazy misconception about going vegan that one will not get enough protein. Here are some plant based proteins to give you an idea of just how easy it is to get enough for your daily value.

Beans

Soybeans 29g
Lentils 18g
White Beans 17g
Adzuki Beans 17g
Split Peas 16g
Black Beans 15g
Garbanzo Beans 15g
Kidney Beans 15g
Lima 15g
Black Eye’d Peas 14g
Mung Beans 14g
Pinto Beans 14g

Nuts & Seeds

Chia Seed 12g
Hemp Seed 10g
Flax Seed 8g
Sunflower seed 8g
Almonds 7 g
Pumpkin Seeds 7g
Sesame Seeds 7g
Pistachios 6g
Walnuts 5g
Cashews 4g
Pine Nuts 4g

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Grains

Triticale 25g
Millet 8g
Amaranth 7g
Oats 7g
Wild Rice 7g
Rye 7g
Wheat 6g
Barley 5g
Brown Rice 5g
Quinoa 5g
Spelt 5g

Vegetables

Peas 9g
Potatoes with skin 5g
Mushrooms 5g
Corn 5g
Artichoke 4g
Avocado 4g
Brussel Sprouts 4g
Broccoli 4g
Collard Greens 4g
Fennel 3g
Sweet Potato 3g
Swiss Chard 3g
Kale 2.5g
Asparagus 2g
Beets 2g
Cauliflower 2g
Carrots 2g
Green Beans 2g

As you can see, protein can be easily met without much trying, so can iron and all the other minerals. The only vitamin that should be supplemented when going completely vegan is B12.

When you look at the biggest animals living on Earth, they are all herbivores, eating exclusively plants. They graze at their leisure and they don’t cook their foods to unrecognizable forms. Here are a couple of my favorite cookbooks for vegan meals:

Vegan Cookbook for Beginners
Forks Over Knives
The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook
The No Meat Athlete Cookbook

Whole, plant based food movements are growing quickly. Peruse some of our plant based recipes and learn how easy it is to incorporate plant based eating. (And watch your energy soar!)

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15 Best Herb Titles for Your Home Herbal Library

Books

I am not just a plant addict.
I am a book addict. A big one.

I am that person who you’ll find rummaging through Goodwill and other thrift stores, hoping to find a lost treasure. Especially an herbal lost treasure.

The most common question I am asked is: What is your favorite herb book?

I can tell you it isn’t anything by Rosemary Gladstar. (Sorry Rosemary, you aren’t my cup of tea. I find your methods outdated and overly complicated for no reason.)

Most herb books are just lifeless or so full of stoic, outdated recipes. Rare does the author even seem like they’ve worked with the herb, let alone even touched one. Listed below are my absolute favorite books that I refer to time and time, again. I treasure the authors and I’m happy to introduce them to you.

Healing Wise: (Wise Woman Herbal) by Susan Weed. Susan is probably one of the biggest influences on my own herbal roots besides my Grandmother. Her books are written in a lovely manner, as if you were sitting next to her. The information in every book she’s ever written is just spot on. Anything by her is a lovely addition to your herbal library.

Native American Medicinal Plants by Daniel Moerman. This book is the epitome of herbal history. It is an anthropological treasure of information for anyone who wants to understand how herbs were used in the past to see how they are now used. It is most interesting to witness herbs that we are told are *dangerous* to use were once used often and successfully.

Native American Ethnobotany by Daniel Moerman. The author lists 4000 plants and some 44,000 uses in Native American culture. It is a treasure. Sometimes I just find myself getting lost in it kind of like you get lost on Facebook. Except with this book, you learn something ~and~ avoid drama. (ha!)

Fermentation for Beginners by Drake Press. You may be asking yourself why this is here since it’s not an herb book, but you must understand: Total health begins in the gut. Until you know how to ferment your own foods and reach proper gut health levels, you’ll never have total health.

Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism by Donald Yance. Adaptogens are the magic herbs that are still not fully understood. Knowing and utilizing two or three adaptogenic herbs in your regimen can add incredible health and healing.

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A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions by Alan Gaby. This is probably the book I have used the most. I always double check contraindications before I recommend or even mention an herb to someone in my family or a client. This needs to be in every library. People who teach herbs NEED to teach contraindications or they shouldn’t be teaching. It is irresponsible to leave out such important information.

A Peterson Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Christopher Hobbs. If foraging is something you want to add to your herbal skills, then this is the book you’ll wear out. Take it with you on hikes and identify all the medicine around you. (Here’s the Eastern and Central Version)

Medical Herbalism by David Hoffman. If you ever decide to take a clinical course of herbal medicine, this is one of the text books that you’ll get to know very well. It is an incredible source of information and inspiration.

Herbal Antibiotics by Stephan Buhner. I still have the first edition and use it still today. To help yourself heal through any infection, this is the guide you want.

Herbal Antivirals by Stephan Buhner. I bought this one simply because there aren’t many books based on antivirals. In fact, most people believe there is nothing we can do for viruses, except let them run their course. I’m telling you, that is simply not the case. Get familiar with a few anti-virals (even coconut oil is one), and you’ll have a powerful apothecary.

The Earthwise Herbal Volumes I and II by Matthew Wood. Matthew Wood is an old friend to my library. I have seen him lecture. Every book he has written is a treasure but these two stand out as the best.

Planetary Herbology by Michael Tierra. There is no doubt that Michael and Leslie Tierra are herbal masters (if there were such a thing). They have both dedicated their lives to teaching herbs and this book is a wonderful, wonderful text on energetics of plants. If you ever wonder why plants do what they do, this is the book for you.

And my all time favorite book on plants:
The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins. If you haven’t read this book, it is simply a must read. This book has changed people’s perspective of plants since 1989. It will not disappoint.

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