Posts tagged ‘herbs’

December 2, 2013

Herbs for Hair Loss

Typically more men lose their hair, but it does affect some women although usually it is less severe. Although male pattern baldness is considered a genetic condition there are some herbs that are beneficial. These types of herbs work by preventing the conversion of the male sex hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is a hormone that kills off hair follicles. The DHT hormone is a substance that also plays a roll in prostate enlargement in men. There seems to be a correlation with the kidney bladder prostate system and male hair loss so it would be beneficial to take herbs as a preventative method.
Synthetic testosterone is different than herbal versions and I would never recommend that kind of juicing to anyone.

Nutrition also plays a role and mineral deficiency is a prominent factor.
Nutrition is always important and it would be beneficial to add kelp, bladder wrack sea weeds in the diet or add beneficial supplementation like liquid trace minerals, liquid iodine.

Herbs for Hair Loss Prevention

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens)
This herb prevents the conversion of the hormone testosterone to DHT. It is a number one choice to take for treatment and prevention of benign prostate enlargement.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice also prevents the conversion of testoterone to DHT. Use either internal in a formula or external in a shampoo in a tea or tincture form.

Horsetail ( Equisetum spp.)
Horsetail contains silica which is important for hair and nail health and has other nutrients like silicon and selenium.

It is also beneficial to rub the scalp in small circular motions to increase blood flow circulation and stimulate the hair follicles with or without essential oils and carrier oils. Essential oils may also be added to shampoo.

Essential oils for Hair Loss:
Cedar wood
Clary sage
Sage
Cypress
Rosemary
Marjarom
Spike lavender
Niaouli nerolidol

Carrier Oils
Coconut
Jojoba
Black currant oil
Borage oil

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December 7, 2012

DIY American Ginseng Tincture

Classed under yin tonics because of its ability to tonify lung yin, American ginseng treats dry cough, inflammation, irritation and insomnia. Asian ginseng is considered a yang tonic in Chinese pharmacopia. Modern research has found Oriental varieties have a higher proportion of glycosides, the exception is Japanese ginseng which is closer to American ginseng. American Ginseng is more expensive than Asian ginseng.

Used for centuries by the Native Americans American ginseng went largely unnoticed by early settlers because its long-term restorative qualities were lost among the short-term instant eliminating purging type herbs.

Ginsengs are adaptogens meaning they help the body adapt with any stressors. It is an long term immune tonic and not a short term immune stimulant like echinacea, although this variety treats dry cough and cold symptoms.

Make your own American ginseng tincture, it is cheaper and healthier than herbal pills.

DIY Asian Ginseng Tincture http://earthelixir.ca/2012/12/07/diy-asian-ginseng-tincture/

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Common Name  American Ginseng root
Latin Name  Panax quinquefolius
Family Araliaceae (Ginseng)
Parts Used Perennial- older root +5 year old picked in the Fall
Target Organs endocrine, adrenals, immune, nervous, lungs, digestion, stomach, reproductive systems
Common Uses Endocrine tonic: for fatigue, stress, malabsorption,

Nervous system tonic:  debility, exhaustion, insomnia, convalescence

Immune: tonic, boost nourish,

Digestion: stomach upset

Liver: cleanser and protector

High cholesterol and diabetes support.

 Lowers blood fats, lowers sugar levels

Heart: protects and nourishes

Properties restores and strengthens, Adaptogen, adrenal tonic, immune tonic, male/ female reproductive tonic, antiallergenic, antihepatotoxic, anti-inflammatory, aperient, cardiac , hypertensive, hypolipidemic, nervine, anxiolytic, relaxant, anti-toxic, stomachic, pancreatic, diaphoretic, antineoplastic, vasodilator, warming carminative, blood pressure normalizer
Constituents Essential Oil 3%: saponin glycosides: ginsenoside, panaxosides 5-7%;  camphor substance, arabinose, starch, glucose, panaxin, panacic acid, panacene, panaquilin, ginsenin, sapogenin, sitosterols, mucilage, polysaccharides, 18 amino acids, resin, trace minerals: copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, manganese
Cautions Do not use with high fever or damp cold indigestion
Dosage Tincture: 1-4ml                Decoction: 3-10g   3 x a day empty stomach –

3 weeks take 1 week off cycle

October 26, 2011

Basil Herb Pesto Recipe

Basil is a must grow in my herb garden! Even though it is an annual and must be planted every year, it is worth it to eat it fresh. Basil is easy to grow from seeds, which is good because I like to eat alot of it! I love making all kinds of pesto. If I grow too much, which is unlikely, I make pesto and put the leftovers in ice cube trays to freeze them, and then pop them out and store them in the freezer for later use.

Here is a basic PESTO recipe: Serves four

2-3 cloves of garlic
1-2 cups of basil

(You can add 1 cup spinach, dandelion leaves, garlic mustard greens or any kind of greens you can sneak in there) 1 cup spinach or greens

1/2 cup of parsley
1/3 cup of pine nuts or walnut pieces or nuts of your choice
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of olive oil

squeeze of lemon juice (optional for lemon basil pesto and use lemon basil)
sea salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor

Add to pasta, toast, potatoes, roasted vegetables, sandwiches

Tastes like summer! YUMMY!@!

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