Ready for Spring?

DRINK YOUR SUPER FOOD FOR SUPPORT THIS SEASON

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I barely want to say it in fear of jinxing it, but…the snow has seemed to melt for the last time, days are not so grey, and I don’t have to pile on a million layers before going outside anymore. FINALLY, a glimpse of spring! And I am ready for it! Just like nature prepares to change seasons, so do our physical bodies, making necessary adjustments. As a practicing Foot Reflexologist, I inevitably observe the areas within the body that require additional care. As summer moves to fall and winter to spring, the need for seasonal support shows up year after year like clockwork. This got me thinking…as an herbalist, with 95 bulk herbs on hand; perhaps herbal infusions made specifically for each season would be in order. Hello!!!

Similar to my thinking, it is well known in traditional Chinese medicine that it is important to focus on organ systems by season. With this idea in mind, I began making herbal tea blends targeted to support the organs most vulnerable in the different months of the year. Spring is a time when the liver and gallbladder need support. During winter we tend to be less active and crave warming and usually richer, comforting foods. You know what I’m talking about- that creamy mac and cheese you want to eat while lying in bed, watching a movie? Yup, that’s your body syncing with what is happening around us. The digestive system seems to slow down as we hibernate and require more rest and down time. Everything in nature dies back too. We are not separate from this and can take our queues by following the earth’s rhythm and our natural instincts.

So when we consider springtime, everything is emerging and coming to life. Our bodies want to do that too. The liver, being the organ of focus for spring, performs over 500 functions, many of which include digestion and elimination. One can imagine why it may need some perking up! For this, I like to focus on fresh seasonal foods and herbs to achieve optimum results. Some examples would include leafy greens, asparagus and artichokes. There are many wild weeds that support us as well, like dandelion greens, chickweed and violet leaves. The liver and gallbladder love bitter flavors to get things moving. All that’s needed is a mouthful everyday to perk up and make the cells dance! What would be easier than putting all those helpful herbs together in your favorite cup of tea? In our Spring Herbal Tea, herbs such as red clover blossoms, nettle leaf and burdock root are used, all of which gently cleanse the blood. This allows the liver to become more efficient in doing its job of eliminating toxic overload. Basically, it’s the perfect way to cleanse your body this spring season, by drinking the super foods your body needs most right now.

As spring approached (and I waited..and waited…and waited), I introduced the Spring Blend to my routine by alternating with the Winter Blend a few days a week. I’ve discovered through experience, that drinking the tea 2-3 weeks prior to and throughout the season helps the body to adjust more efficiently. Another huge benefit and maybe most importantly, is that after consuming a blend for 5-6 weeks, a tonic or long lasting effect can be experienced. The uptake of vitamins and minerals that are quickly absorbed by the body, as well as the specific herbs focusing on specific results, makes this a very effective healing choice. This is why I like to think of the herbal infusions as a super food that is economical and enjoyable to consume.

Drinking an herbal blend on a daily basis has become my family’s go-to ritual. You may not see results immediately, but over time, the results are undeniable. You just feel the difference every time. There are even visual differences you can notice in your hair, nails, and skin. Your body will thank you, so give it a try! There’s nothing to lose and only to gain. Enjoy!

Light & Love,

Kimberly

Not Your Average Medicine Chest

Traditional Remedies for Home and Travel

All my life I’ve gathered essential oils for everyday use. Over the years, I developed a habit of carrying them with me in a pouch in case I needed them. This became the inspiration for a kit – 5 essential oils, complete with their descriptions and application instructions, all in one place. Together the oils in this kit are a remedy to more than 50 ailments, a perfect on the go “medicine chest”, ready to come to the rescue.

Also included in the Medicine Chest is a quick reference guide listed in alphabetical order for treating each ailment with the oils. This provides a handy self-help tool for home and travel use. What I love is that the kit includes a few uncommon oils you don’t see everywhere. Those who have experience using essential oils will recognize and appreciate these exceptional blends. At the same time, thanks to the informative and concise reference guide even the inexperienced user will quickly and easily learn more about these remedies. It’s a great way to be introduced to essential oils and to learn how to use them to actually obtain results.


Sneak Peek into the Medicine Chest

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  • Lavender Mailette: for all-purpose use

  • Eucalyptus Radiata: to protect and heal viral and bacterial infections

  • African Sage: an excellent antifungal and antiseptic skin cleanser

  • Helichrysum:  for traumas, bruises, sprains and strains

  • Blend of Ravensara/Thyme Linalool: anti-infectious, immune stimulant, expectorant and anti-viral/bacterial

(We are only scratching the surface, but you get the idea.)


With such a broad variety of uses, the kit makes an excellent gift to yourself or others. For the best use of the potential that lies within these oils, familiarize yourself with the content cards, so you have a go-to when needed.  It’s really like having your own personal, new and improved medicine chest, with everything you need, at all times….and it fits in your purse. If you run out, the oils can also be refilled upon request as usage varies.

Be empowered and don’t leave home without it!

Light & Love,

Kimberly

Why Nettle Works as a Treatment for Seasonal Allergies

Nettle (Urtica Dioica) has been used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms, particularly hayfever which is the most common allergy problem. It contains biologically active compounds that reduce inflammation. Dr. Andrew Wiel M.D. author of Natural Health/ Natural Medicine says he knows of nothing more effective than nettle for allergy relief. And his statement is backed up by studies at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Stinging Nettle really does sting, until heated.

Decongestants, antihistamines, allergy shots and even prescription medications such as Allegra and Claritin treat only the symptoms of allergies and tend to lose effectiveness over a period of time. They can also cause drowsiness, dry sinuses, insomnia and high blood pressure. Nettle has none of these side effects. It can be used on a regular basis and has an impressive number of other benefits most notably as a treatment for prostate enlargement.

Nettle’s aerial parts may reduce the amount of histamine that is produced by the body in response to an allergen. An allergen is a substance such as pollen that may provoke an exaggerated immune response in individuals who are sensitive to it. Through this potential action, the aerial parts of nettle may help to reduce allergy symptoms. Results from one human study are promising, but more research is needed to be conclusive.

Spring Herbnal Blend

This herb should be used for a minimum of 30 days for full effects.*  The Nettle in our Spring Herbal Blend is organically grown.

Nettle Herb Notes

Latin Names: Uritca dioica, Uritca galeopsifolia

Common Names: Nettle, Big String Nettle, Common Nettle, Stinging Nettle, Gerrais, Isirgan, Kazink, Nabat Al Nar, Ortiga, Grande Ortie, Ortie, Urtiga, Chichicaste, Brennessel, Gross d?Ortie, Racine d?Ortie, Grote Brandnetel, Ortiga Mayor, Devils Leaf

Properties: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-anaphylactic,anti-rheumatic, anti-asthmatic, anti-convulsant, anti-dandruff, anti-histamine, astringent, decongestant, depurative, diuretic, hemostatic, hypoglycaemic, hypotensive, galactagogue, immunomodulator, prostate tonic, stimulating tonic

Indicated for: Seasonal allergies, arthritis, bronchitis, bursitis, gingivitis, laryngitis, prostatitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, tendinitis, BPH, rheumatism and other inflammatory conditions. High blood pressure, hair loss, anaemia, excessive menstruation, hemorrhoids, eczema, gout, sciatica, neuralgia, hemorrhoids. Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, bladder infections, hives, kidney stones, multiple sclerosis, PMS, prostate enlargement and sciatica

Side Effects: Nettle may lower blood pressure and heart rate. It may also lower blood sugar. Whilst this may be beneficial, if you are on a set dosage of diabetic medication you may find your blood sugar ends up too low with the combined effect of both your medication AND nettle lowering blood sugar.*

Thanks to herbwisdom.com
*Information on this website is based on research from the internet, books, articles and studies and/or companies selling herbs online. Statements in this website have not necessarily been evaluated and should not be considered as medical advice. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. for diagnosis or treatment consult your physician.

Let’s Be Prepared—Tried and True Assistance for the Cold and Flu Season

It’s not too late to stock up the medicine chest for cold and flu season. We find the best medicine is to stay rested and well nourished, plus balanced emotionally and spiritually. Of course easier said then done sometimes, so lets be prepared!

I’m a practical type who loves having the tools on hand. This being said, the medicine woman in me cannot resist having things available when the iron is hot. The best way to stave off a common cold or flu is to hit it head on from the onset. Dose, dose, dose, is my mantra. Where people go wrong in my opinion is at this stage. So when you initially feel off, reach for the remedy of choice.  A quick and easy go to, which is so effective, is Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic over the counter gem by Boiron. In fact, keep a tube in your purse or glove box. You only need one dose every 5-6 hours.

Another thing I would not be without is, Sovereign Silver. This is a bio-active silver hydrosol for immune support. I like the spray bottle application where I can spray 30 spritzes under my tongue and hold there for 30 seconds—so easy. For acute situations, use every 3 hours, up to 7 times daily. For immune building, use 3 times daily, and for maintenance 1 time daily. This does the trick if you need bacterial or viral support. I have avoided antibiotics every time using this jewel. In fact, I have avoided antibiotics all together with my daughter who is now 15. Of course there’s always a time and place for everything.

Now here is another thing I love! The anti-oxidant of choice for preventative and acute care in my repertoire is, Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C. Nano-ShperesThis is a state of the art absorption method for maximizing bio-availability delivered via “smart” Lyposomal Nano-Spheres. Ah what does this mean?? This is from the source….

 

Here’s yet another care formula we like a lot. Umcka ColdCare by Nature’s Way is excellent for shortening the duration and reducing the severity of coughs, congestion, sore throat, nasal and bronchial irritations. It is a soothing and tasty syrup that helps especially at the onset. There are several in the line, so look for the one in the green package which is mint flavored.

For treating the miserable symptoms when a cold has set in, try Naturade’s Herbal Expect. It really clears the nasal passages and keeps things moving so you can breathe and sleep better. We also like Koflet herbal lozenges from Himalaya Herbal Healthcare. It’s a potent herbal formula, which assists the normal function of bronchial muscles and mucous membrane. They also help to boost the immune system function.

Now, here are some things Turtle Moon can offer, and I will gladly share them with you. There are several essential oils that arrest bacteria and virus in their tracks. I combine a blend of cinnamon, clove flower, eucalyptus, rosemary and green lemon, which is a take on an ancient formula used by thieves who robbed the dead when the plague broke out in the 14th century. I really like our version, and offer it in a concentrate or spray version. It’s referred to as “Essential Protection”. Essential ProtectionWe use the spray around the body or in the air. When people are sick around me, I will spray directly on doorknobs, faucet and toilet handles, plus on my hands as a sanitizer when I’m unable to wash them. People frequently keep this close by to use while traveling, in hospitals, classrooms, or any time when in crowded places. I sound like a germ phobic right? Well I believe prevention is where it’s at, and find this to be so effective against the spread of viral and bacterial infections. I wouldn’t leave home without it!

I also put together a Medicine Chest with 5 essential oils for treating everyday ailments. There’s an index card that lists 58 common ailments alphabetically, along with suggested oils for that purpose. The longer descriptions for why and how to apply each of the 5 oils is on the flipside. The kit is packaged in a quality pouch so you can easily carry it with you. I recommend you get familiar with the contents up front, so you know what’s available when something needs treating. Available by special request—please use the contact form. Medicine Chest

Oh yes, I got so excited talking about the kit, that I almost forgot why I mentioned it here. 2 of the oils that I include which are helpful for the season would be: Eucalyptus Radiata and Lavender Mailette. Both are gentle and effective as preventatives or while illness is full blown.   The Eucalyptus is soothing for sinus, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs and sore throats. Use as an inhalation, or massage over chest, back and ribcage. Lavender is a must have, multi-purpose oil if you should choose to only have 1 oil around. It works both medicinally and psychologically. Use as an antiseptic to protect from infectious disease, for burns, headaches, restlessness, bruises and to calm a nervous stomach. Use for emotional extremes such as anger, anxiety, nervousness and depression. It’s gentle enough for use during pregnancy and is safe for children. Apply 1-2 drops directly on affected area. Rub on feet for soothing and to induce relaxation or sleep. Place on wrist points and inhale for emotional support.

Last but not least, would be to drink our herbal tea blends.Winter Tea Drinking the seasonal offerings helps to keep the organs toned and strengthened over time. The nutrient value of the teas improves immunity and general good health. I make a cold/flu formula that is not yet offered in our store but can be custom blended—order here. It is best used at the onset coupled with a hot Epsom salt bath. Drink while in the tub, and get right into bed. It will make you perspire creating a “diaphoretic effect” that will push it out of the body by daybreak. This works!

So here’s a convenient list of what’s highlighted if you should want to stock up:

~Boiron Oscillococcinum

~ Sovereign Silver

~ Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C

~ Umcka ColdCare

~ Naturade Herbal Expect

~ Koflet Herbal Lozenges

~ Turtle Moon’s Essential Protection

~ Turtle Moon’s Healing Herbal Teas

~ Turtle Moon’s Medicine Chest, or individual bottles of Essential oils of

Eucalyptus Radiata and Lavender Mailette

It is my hope, you glean from this some excellent ideas for your health needs during this upcoming season, which can often times seem vulnerable. Empowering others, based on my own experience, is an honor and a great pleasure to share. If something here helps you and your family, please pass it along…

In Health and Harmony,

Kimberly