Friday, July 13, 2018

Soursop Leaves

Soursop or Graviola has many health properties. Luckily I have five of these trees in my back yard. Sometimes when you have so much one can forget how beneficial these amazing trees are. There are positive studies  claiming that the tea can of  the leaves may be able to fight or even kill cancer cells . The tea may also improve the immune system as well as boost circulation.

The leaves have anti microbial , anti inflammatory, anti diabetic and anti viral properties.



As with anything the tea may have adverse reactions to other medications so please consult your doctor.



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Monday, June 25, 2018

Treasure Beach


Driving through St. Elizabeth

Don't mind me , just an amateur filmmaker driving through the countryside with a friend, Ignore my leg lol

Herbs for Natural Pain Management

Pain is indicative to inflammation or injury. Herbs that I will share in this post are some that one may use as an alternative to ibuprofen. So I am talking about a headache or muscle ache etc. Anyone suffering from major pain should consult their doctor. 

I look for alternatives because over the counter tablets may cause long term damage to the liver, and intestines. So I am sharing herbs that I have used for minor headaches, cramps or joint pain. I am not suggesting that you should avoid your doctors orders.

Turmeric is my all time favorite from joint pain to headaches this herb has worked for me especially in the form of a tea.

Capsaicin or peppers. I had a headache so bad once with no aspirin in sight, I ate a piece of a scotch bonnet pepper and my headache subsided .

Ginger is also very good for pain . When combined with turmeric its a very powerful pain reliever especially for those suffering from arthritis.

These herbs can work but will work even better with a good diet .


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Argan Oil

I am so excited that people are finally discovering. I suggested argan oil to a few people over the years and they have seen results in hair restoration.
Argan oil is a plant oil from the kernels of the argan tree. The tree is endemic to Morocco.
Argan oil contains fatty acids ,oleic,omega 3 fatty acids, linoleic acids, caffeic acid and more.


Use it on your face as a mosturizer to fight wrinkles and blemishes. But also use in your hair to promote new hair growth.

Luckily a few health food stores in Kingston sell this luscious oil. Give it a try and tell me what you think.




Wednesday, June 20, 2018

CBD Oil

 CBD is one of  the many compounds, known as cannabinoids, that are found in the cannabis plant.

Marijuana is made of both CBD and THC( tetrahydrocannabinol ). THC is what gives the user the high . CBD is not psychoactive . CBD oil can relieve pain,reduce anxiety and depression . CBD may also be able to treat insomnia and PTSD.

CBD apparently has similar effects to anti depressants .  CBD is being studied for its affect on cancer related symptoms ( nausea, pain etc).  It also may help to lower blood pressure . 

As with anything please consult your doctor, CBD can react with other medication.
This brand as well as a few others can be found in pharmacies across the island. 






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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cascara Sagrada

Cascara Sagrada is sold in most pharmacies in Jamaica.  The name means sacred bark in Spanish. This herb is primarily used as a laxative for those suffering from constipation. The elements in the herb induces peristalsis (contraction of the large intestines thereby producing a bowel movement.
Cascara is a very strong herb when used in tea form. When preparing the tea I suggest adding a piece of ginger. The ginger may ease the griping that may occur. It works well when taken before bedtime. If you are not used to it drink a few teaspoons at first.

Cascara Sagrada may help to tone and help with the flow of secretions from pancreas, liver and stomach.

Always start with a low dose and avoid indulging in it too often. A diet loaded with fiber can counter constipation. But if there is an issue drink a little Cascara Sagrada tea.

Make sure to stay hydrated.
Please consult your physician before using.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Liver Health

The liver is the regulator of the human body. This organ breaks down fats and produces energy. The liver filters the blood from the digestive tract.  I know someone right now who's suffering from various inflammatory issues that stem from  very poor eating habits that have basically damaged her liver. I'm going to share some herbs and foods that may balance or maintain your liver health.

Fruits / vegetables for liver health
Grapefruit
Garlic
Carrots
Beets
Mustard greens
Broccoli
Green tea
Water
Spinach

Herbs for a healthy liver
Turmeric
Milk thistle
Cinnamon
Chicory
Cumin

Please stop or cut down on processed foods in your diet.

Stop using vegetable oil.
Sugar is damaging your liver limit your intake.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Burdock Root Powder

Burdock root powder is used in folk medicine as a blood purifier and a diuretic. The root may stimulate bile production as well as regenerate liver cells.

Burdock root may fight certain cancers. Burdock root has antifungal antibiotic properties. 

The root can improve the overall health of the skin, can stimulate hair growth treat dandruff. As well as improving kidney function by removing waste and extra water it also has anticancer an anti-tumor properties. This powder may actually fight arthritis due to his anti-inflammatory properties. 

A word of caution though pregnant or nursing women should not indulge.  


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Herbs for Stress Relief

Sometimes a lovely cup of tea is just the remedy you may need to alleviate anxiety and release stress.

Chamomile tea is rich in antioxidants . The tea helps to relax and promote sleep.

Valerian tea is one of my favorites. Valerian is very calming, apparently the herb works by lowering cortisol

As with all herbs consult your doctor especially if you are already on medication.

Managing Stress in 2018 and beyond !!!

Welcome to 2018 !!! This year we are going to focus on ways that we can alleviate , release or remove stress from our lives. We are going to share coping tips, diets, retreats, anything that will help to manage stress.

Self -care is vital , take time out to relax. It is important and taking time out for yourself will be beneficial to your overall health. In all things balance is key.


If you would like to share tips feel free !!!




Sunday, December 24, 2017

Billberry

Billberry leaf tea is good for many things. Billberry is a shrub from the blueberry family. The tea is good for maintaining eye health by strengthening blood vessels in the eye. The leaf has been used to treat diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels and may lower cholesterol.
Consult your doctor before using.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Coconut Oil Kills - Ultra Spiritual Life episode 66







This is so funny and spot on .I will continue to use Coconut oil. Do Not Eat vegetable oil!!!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Hawthorn Heart Tonic

Hawthorn may improve cardiovascular health in many people , It worked by increasing blood supply and oxygen to the heart so that circulation is improved .  Hawthorn can help with the recovery of heart attacks other ailments .  It can benefits high blood pressure, high cholesterol  heart disease. Drinking the tea daily can strengthen arteries and reduce inflammation.


Another use of this tea is to calm tension and ease anxiety. The herb may also help menopausal women with hot flashes .

Hawthorn may interact with prescription drugs .

I suggested this to a young lady who suffers from palpitations and sometimes tightness in her chest , so far there has been improvement . Hawthorn is available at Life Essentials Herbal Store in Portmore and Kingston.  I bought a pack of the powder for about $150 JAD.



Please consult your doctor before trying this remedy,






Friday, March 10, 2017

Turmeric Moisturizer

If you know me you know I love Turmeric. I love finding  ways to get this herb  into my bloodstream. I initially made this Turmeric Moisturizer  for a friend's uncle   who suffered from extremely dry skin due to Diabetes.  After 2 weeks his skin is much healthier . So he ordered a 8 oz container . The ingredients for this moisturizer include Powdered Turmeric, Turmeric root, Shea butter  coconut oil, echinacea, ginkgo oil, and a little Castor oil .



Vegan Skin Care

I am working on a natural skincare line.  So I am sharing some of my samples with you guys. This packaging is just for the samples .






This one is a Cool Cranberry Mask - I combined cranberries, coconut oil, oatmeal , cane juice and Ginkgo Biloba oil. This is chuck full of antioxidants, Vitamins A & C and hopefully is anti-aging  :)






I made the Ginkgo Bilboa oil myself . I used coconut oil as the base oil . Ginkgo Bilboa is a natural cleanser and although research is fairly new it may have anti aging properties . It smells great and so far my clients love the way it makes their skin feel . I suggest keeping it refrigerated, then use generously all over the face and neck and leave on for 20 minutes ,


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Herbs to Build a Strong Pancreas

The pancreas is responsible is important to the digestive system as well as the endocrine process. The pancreas makes insulin which controls blood sugar and aids in the digestion of protein and fat.

We tend to ignore this organ until it starts giving trouble . Here are some foods and herbs that may aid in keeping this very important organ healthy.

Lemon- drink a glass of lemon water  in the morning 

Calendula tea 

Goldenseal

Oregano 

Bill Berry tea 

Horsetail- can help an already damaged pancreas by aiding in rebuilding cells due to its silica content 

Garlic  

dandelion tea 


Ways to damage the pancreas , if you are doing any of these things  regularly, congratulations you are playing yourself.:
  •  Animal fats are damaging to the health of the pancreas. 
  • Junk food with preservatives, colorings, additives, etc. and refined products (sugar, flour, etc.) block many vital body functions, and damage the functions of the pancreas.
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Anger, frustration and stress  are emotions that influence the malfunction of the pancreas.

Take control of your health!!!