Frequently asked questions

Here are some frequently asked questions that I get about herbs and nutrition. Hope you find this information to be helpful! 

Question:

Are herbs safe?

Answer:

A very large variety of herbs are perfectly safe to use for medicinal reasons. All herbs have a purpose, and they target their healing properties to a specific part of the body. They detoxify, repair, tone tissue, cells and blood and do so without any side effects.

I find it amazing that there are plants growing on this Earth that are capable of healing our heart, kidneys, stomach, reproductive organs, eyes, skin, etc., and that is only on a physical level. Herbs also heal on an emotional, mental and spiritual level as well. Utilizing these gifts are essential to our overall health and well-being.

Question:

Why is organic important?

Answer:

By using pesticides on conventional produce it kills a lot of the good nutrients in the soil.  As a result, tomatoes, apples, oranges, etc., are lacking essential nutrients and flavor. The higher the nutrient content in organic produce the sweeter, spicier or bitter it is.

With conventionally grown produce you have to consume a larger quantity to receive the proper amount of vitamins and minerals. There are also valid concerns about the side effects of pesticide use.

Question:

Why is diet important?

Answer:

Everything we eat and drink affects us on a cellular level. By eating devitalized foods our bodies are forced to pull the very needed nutrients out of our bones, blood, tissue, etc., causing deficiencies.  Over time these vitamin and mineral deficiencies cause serious damage. We start seeing varicose veins, osteoporosis, miscarriages, infertility, prostate problems, depression and headaches just to name a few. When we start feeding our bodies whole foods we sleep better, lose unwanted weight, have more energy and stamina. It is essential to start the healing process from the inside out!

 

Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

Question:

Is there an herbal remedy for congestion?

Answer:

Horseradish is one of the best foods for ridding the body of mucus.  It is powerful enough to clear up sinus infections too. Horseradish root contains antiseptic, antibiotic and  decongestant properties. One of my favorite ways to get horseradish into my system is by taking Dr. Christopher's Sinus Plus formula. This formula also has Marshmallow Root, Goldenseal Root, Cayenne Pepper and Lobelia herb, which are all infection fighting herbs making this an invaluable remedy. Take it as directed on the bottle or more as needed.

Question:

What can I do for aches and pains?

Answer:

Inflammation is a large part of pain resulting from an injury. You never want to shut down the inflammation response as it is an essential bodily function. By healing the affected part of the body the inflammation and pain decreases.

Utilizing herbs such as White Willow Bark, Comfrey Root, Marshmallow Root, Lobelia and/or Cayenne Pepper that have anti inflammatory, pain relieving, and soothing properties are essential for the healing process to take place. In addition you may use Dr. Christopher's Cayenne Heat Massage Oil, Sen Sei Balm and/or Complete Bone and Tissue to help with muscle pain, sprains, broken bones, wounds, headaches, etc. 

Question:

What about babies, are herbs safe for my baby?

Answer:

Yes they are however, it is important to educate yourself on which herbs to stay away from. There are some herbs that I wouldn't use because they are too hot, spicy or bitter. Babies systems are more sensitive than an adults thus mild herbs work best. There are times when stronger herbs are needed such as when an infection is present, but you always want to have a skilled herbalist guiding you. I have been using herbs on my children since birth and I know that is why they are so healthy and strong.

Question:

What is ginger root good for?

Answer:

There are so many ways to use Ginger Root and one of my favorites is in tea. It works wonders on indigestion, gas, bloating, morning sickness, etc.

To make into a tea shave off 3-5 thin slices into a cup of hot water, add raw honey to taste. This is a delicious way to get Ginger's medicinal properties into your system. It may also be taken in capsule or tincture form when you are on the go. 

 

To prevent indigestion consume hot herbs such as Ginger Root or Cayenne Pepper right before eating.

Question:

Should I be taking vitamins?

Answer:

Taking plant based vitamins on a daily basis are essential to good health. The key is finding a high quality brand that contains herbs and no chemicals or fillers such as: Alfalfa, Red Raspberry Leaves, Horsetail Grass, Spirulina, Cayenne pepper, Wheat Grass, Dandelion Root and Kelp plant. 

 

You can also make your own cup of tea out of 3 or 4 of the herbs listed above.  Add some raw honey to taste and drink at least 3 cups a day for optimum health.

Question:

Can I eat meat?

Answer:

Eating meat constipates our bodies on many levels. It raises cholesterol levels, acidifies the blood, paralyzes the peristaltic muscle and is a poor source of protein. Eating meat very sparingly or not at all is a great step towards improved health and well-being.

If you choose to eat meat the following are guidelines for healthier choices.

 

    1. Select organic products

    2. Make sure the animal was grass or grain fed

    3. Wild caught is always best

    4. Salmon, Trout, Chicken, Turkey and Bison are leaner options

Question:

What are the benefits of using cayenne pepper?

Answer:

Cayenne Pepper is one of my favorite herbs. Cayenne is amazing in that it regulates blood flow without raising your heart rate.

Use this herb to stop a bloody nose by drinking about 1-2 droppers full of cayenne tincture in a cup of hot water.  Cayenne is effective in cauterizing and cleaning a wound by packing the herb in the wound itself. I never leave home without Cayenne!

 

Cayenne may be taken in capsule or tincture form and having the powder on hand for emergencies is also useful.

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