Don’t be a drain!!

"Be a fountain, not a drain."

~ Rex Hudler

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Keep on What You’ve always done, Keep on What you’ve always got ~ W. L. Bateman, Quote

"If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got."

~ W. L. Bateman

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola


Creeping, Marsh-loving plant.
Native range: China, India and South Pacific
The Chinese believe this herb promotes longevity.
In India the plant is called bramhi, known as the herb of enlightenment or 'greatest of the great'
Gotu Kola is used as Ayurvedic medicine.
It may help with agitation, anxiety, epilepsy, hyperactivity, insomnia, and memory loss.
Known to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and sedative effects.
It has a ton of uses.

Traditionally used: to treat wounds, enhances cell ability to regrow, improve leg circulation, relieve anxiety and promotes sleep.

Great to help improve blood flow in the legs. May help with things like numbness, nighttime cramps, heaviness in legs, distended veins and swelling.

You can usually find Gotu Kola at the health food store in capsule form H. asiatica.
Some people use this herb on a regular basis taking 2-4 400 milligram caps a day.
A stronger variety C. asiatica comes in capsules and extract but it is costly and mostly reserved for more serious things like epilepsy.

There are two possible known side effects. Sedation and skin rash.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Kissing the Earth with Your Feet ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

"Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Hello August

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Welcome August!!!!

Your a HOT MUGGY Southern MAH-MA-JAM-MA, but we can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

HOPE

HopeHOPE:

  •  Learn from yesterday
  • Live for today
  • Hope for tomorrow

Goldenseal

A wildflower of North American forests.  A favorite amongst herbalists.  May be a medicine chest MUST HAVE?

Cherokee medicine men used goldenseal to stop the bleeding and prevent infection when treating arrow wounds. They also applied it to inflamed eyes. Ground root was used by warriors to create yellow face paint.

Traditionally used as a digestive tonic, astringent, soar throats, canker soars, eye irritations, minor skin wounds, infection, stop bleeding, and immune system booster.

Goldenseal has the potential to help:

  • Destroy germs externally and internally
  • Ease a sore throat
  • Relieve red, over stressed eyes
  • Get rid of indigestion
  • Combat diarrhea caused by microorganisms

Goldenseal is generally considered safe for use. However if your going to be taking it internally it’s a good idea to seek practical advice from a doctor who knows about herbs. Do not take while pregnant (may cause uterus contractions,) or if you have high blood pressure.

Goldenseal tea gargle for soar throats steep 1 teaspoon goldenseal in 8 oz boiling water until slightly warm, the gargle, swish, spit and repeat 1-3 times a day until soar throats is history.

Anybody know any other handy uses for goldenseal?

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Ginseng

Ginseng Roots

Ginseng

An age old remedy.  Ginseng may be one of the most researched herbs on earth, yet somehow it’s

 healing powers remain a mystery.  

There are 3 well known varieties.

  1. Panax ginseng (Most Popular, Asian Variety) according to 2,000 year old texts it was used to “quiet the spirit and increase wisdom.”
  2. American ginseng (P. Quinquefolius) 
  3. Eleuthero, or Siberian ginseng cheaper substitute for the real deal.

All 3 are used as a tonic.  Known to balance body functions and strengthen immune system.  Making ginseng helpful for a wide variety of ailments.

It’s human figure shape may lend to it’s reputation as a body cure-all.

Some herbalists argue that ginsengs complexity is what makes it such a great adaptogen.  

Common uses are:

  • Stress reliever
  • Immunity enhancer
  • Increase stamina
  • Blood pressure regulation

Too many times it’s just labeled ginseng with no differention as to what type.  Which causes some confusion because Asian ginseng has warming properties and is generally used to get people back on their feet after a long illness.    Where as American ginseng cools and would benefit someone who is overheated or excited.  Make sure you buy a well known brand, because the roots are so valued, packagers tend to try and substitute cheaper ingriedents or just skimp on putting any ginseng in at all.

There are not many side effects reported from consumption of ginseng.  Risks increase over extended or increased dose.  If you try it go slow and start really low.

Ginseng may be liquid or powdered, capsule or tea.

Do not take while pregnant or nursing unless guided by a proper medical professional. 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

What is happening, Thomas Merton, Quote

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” 

~ Thomas Merton