Herbal Living

As metaphysically minded people, we need to be very aware of the impact and importance that herbs and plants have, not only spiritually, but physically. The Herbal Healing Perspective will strive to provide you with safe non-toxic alternatives. Living well is a life long journey.

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Tammye McDuff

Tammye McDuff

Tammye McDuff is Editor-in-Chief for Bellflower Bulletin; Senior Journalist & Copywriter for Homes & Living eZine, and iSocial Media developer. Among past credentials include the Festival of Films; L.A. Examiner; Perils of Cyber Dating; and The Boston Globe Contributing articles to Pagan Pages; Spirit One Magazine and Sage Woman while serving as Senior Journalist for Downey Connect Magazine. Summer 2013, you can find her on HubPages; as a guest blogger and creating content for Your Wellness Guide eZine and Demand Media Studios

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Clear & Clean in 2014

Happy 2014! So many people make the resolution to 'get healthy' with the coming year. Instead of trying to put yourself on some fad diet or harsh exercise, get clear and clean first. 

Your body is an amazing vessel. Most of us cram it full of junk and toxins. Most everyone is born with organs that innately know how to detox and keep excess toxins at bay. Although detox is not a new concept, the truth is that some of us, because of genetics, don't have a strong defense against toxins. This can manifest as weight gain & control; skin problems of all sorts; infertility; fatigue or inflammation and infections. Each one of us is dealing with one or more of these problems. As I was cruising my Facebook this morning, I found a link to a favorite page, Young and Raw. The company discusses the benefits of healing and cleansing with raw or whole foods.  They provide 21 day and 90 day cleanses with meal plans and recipe books for a healthier living. I have used a 21 day cleanse and the results for my body and energy level were amazing!

They have put together a list of 15 foods and herbs that will help your body detox and build up immunities, some of the herbs I have discussed in this blog.

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Happy, Happy October!

The most best-est favorite time of year!! Yes I am quite aware that is improper grammar, but October is our time. There is so much to do, rituals to plan, parties to attend; decorating and cooking, that we can sometime wear ourselves down, compromise our immune system and catch a virus. This month Herbal Living will focus on three of my favorite herbs: Basil, Eucalyptus and Ginger.  If you carry nothing more in your magickal cabinet ~ you must have these. Come by my Pinterest Page and take a sneak peak at what I have planned for you! http://www.pinterest.com/YourWellnessGuide/herbal-living/

Take a stroll in Magikal Martha's garden and sit for a spell.

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Chickweed

I recently spent sometime learning how to scour the California country side for medicinal plants and herbs. One plant that was a surprise to me was the abundance of a weed known for its fascinating health benefits and tasting remotely like fresh picked corn.

The botanical name ~ Stellaria media ~ meaning ‘little stars’, or commonly known as Chickweed, can affect your physical and psychic health, by opening up cosmic energies and giving the strength handle these energies. Chickweed has been used in folk medicine for skin conditions, indigestion rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, stomach ulcers and as a "blood cleanser". When chickweed is consumed, it increases the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, especially minerals. It can also dissolve and break down unwanted matter, including disease-causing bacteria, cysts, benign tumors, thickened mucus in the respiratory and digestive systems, and excess fat cells. Yes, you heard me correctly; drinking chickweed infusion can eliminate fat cells.

The appearance of chickweed seems to be very fragile; however it is quite a hardy herb.  The normal growing season begins in the fall and is capable of enduring harsh winter storms. Its seeds usually produce by the spring, although the plant can begin to bloom when the ground is still frozen. The strength and vigor of this herb is so robust that it blossoms, in most areas of the country, every single month of the year.

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A Wytch's Garden

Herbal Living was created to familiarize or reintroduce you to the benefits of living a holistic lifestyle. There is so much to share;  I wouldn't have the time to tell you everything. In an effort to give you all of the information that I have collected over the years, I have begun a new Pinterest board just for this column.

http://pinterest.com/YourWellnessGuide/herbal-living/

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Natures Finest Medicine - Wheatgrass

While visiting the local Farmers Market today, I noticed a great addition to the growing easy ups. This new vendor just sold freshly grown hers.  You can buy the herb picked or planted,  I was particularly drawn to the Wheatgrass display.  It looked so fresh and healthy I decided to share some of the interesting benefits shared by the vendor.

Wheatgrass is one of the most potently healthy substances on earth. Yet for some reason it is still not mainstream – even though there are thousands of wheatgrass benefits that are so clear and felt so quickly. A few of the benefits really caught my attention. Did you know that Wheatgrass can cause gray hairs to vanish; clear Rosacea; and get rid of bad breath?

During the early 1900's a man named Edmund Bordeaux Szekely discovered an ancient biblical manuscript which he subsequently translated.  It was a remarkable discovery and Szekely was so enthralled with the translation that he formed a society he called the Biogenic Society to promulgate the teaching of this new (old) way of eating.  The main teaching of the Society was “Don't kill your food by cooking it.” and also that “… all grasses are good for man and wheatgrass is the perfect food for man. “ In 1925 Dr. Charles Schnabel began to bring wheatgrass mainstream to scientist, medical doctors and health practitioners. Remember the story of Nebuchadnezzar in the Bible?   He got a little to cocky for his own good so God sent him out to eat grass.  After that he was completely healed and went on to rule a huge kingdom.  

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  • Paola Suarez
    Paola Suarez says #
    Shared this post on my Goddess Spiral Health Coaching FB page (http://www.facebook.com/GoddessSpiralhc). Thank you for providing a
  • Tammye McDuff
    Tammye McDuff says #
    Thank you very much for sharing Paola!
  • SophiaDawn
    SophiaDawn says #
    Thanks for the great info. I recently started growing wheat grass and selling the juice shots at my shop. It has been a learning

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Lughnasadh ~ Sky High

We will be celebrating Lughnasadh high in the sky at The Great Park in Irvine, CA!

Fly by Your Wellness Guide Pinterest Page for festival inspiration for the wheat harvest.

Modern Guide Robin Rice; the Lammas ecoVillage in Pembrokeshire - Wales; Wheat WytchKrafts; an Urban Beehive; Relieve Your Stress w/Janet Boyer; the latest in Goddess wear and great loaf recipes from #EatIn!

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Olive Leaf: Your Secret Weapon on Immunity

Being one to reach for a holistic cure, before dowsing myself with all sorts of medications, I also attempt to do the same for my four-legged-furry family. I am here to extol the amazing healing properties of Olive Leaf. Recently all of my babies contracted Feline calicivirus, a cat upper respiratory illness, commonly known as the cat flu.

Those of us who own animals understand that sharing space with them is like living with a continual three year old, well I have five of them … all sick at the same time. When speaking to the veterinarian, he basically told me there is no specific treatment for FCV. Antibiotics could be are used for secondary bacterial infections, and immune modulators, but not much else can be done. I went back to nature.

A year or so ago I had given my Rottweiler olive leaf pills for a skin condition and it worked very well. However, giving pills to a cat is a ridiculous endeavor and what works for a 125 lb dog may not work for a 13 lb cat. After speaking with the vet [making sure each animal could handle olive leaf, some breeds cannot], I took a trip to my local herb store in search of a liquid Olive Leaf complex.

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  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you thank you thank you! Off to my local apothecary!
  • Tammye McDuff
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    Anytime dear lady. If you need further assistance - feel free to contact me .....

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Dreaming of a large garden with an acre or two for herbs and flowers and botanical beauties is my favorite past time. Meanwhile, I am happy to discover those bits and pieces that I can actually add to my sanctuary. Come sit and swing on my patio, roam one of my gardens or dig your hands into the dirt in my little plot of paradise ...

I would like to share with you, my favorite board on Pinterest ~ My Heaven~
http://pinterest.com/YourWellnessGuide/my-heaven

 

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Arnica: The Homeopathic First Aid

A few years ago, I attempted a really foolish thing.  While trying to coax my cat from the top of our roof; standing on a rickety wooden ladder; barefooted; saucer of milk in my right hand and reaching for the cat with my left … I took a serious fall.  I had the cat in one hand and not wanting to crush my kitty,  managed to twist my body so that I would not land on her or hit my head on the saltillo tile in our atrium.  In doing this magnificent feat I landed hard on my right side, twisting my right leg, ankle and foot.  I could feel nothing for the first couple of hours and then the pain came!!!!  I couldn’t tell if I had broken anything or not.

Surprisingly I broke nothing, but I was told I would be on crutches for weeks and be badly bruised and swollen.  After returning home from the hospital, I had remembered that my Grandmother had a “magic” cream for twisted limbs and bruises, Arnica.

Ask any homeopath what to do for traumatic injuries – sprains, muscle strains, bruises, fractures, surgical incision and you are likely to hear Arnica ointments extolled.  The active chemicals in this plant reduce swelling, decrease pain, and act as antibiotics.  It’s believed that the plant contains derivatives of thymol, which seem to have anti-inflammatory effect. An article from the New York Times: “The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Arnica for Pain Relief” by Anahad O’Conner states,

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    Lizann Bassham says #
    I use arnica all the time, but never took time to learn about it's history, or even see how beautiful it is when it grows. Thank
  • Paola Suarez
    Paola Suarez says #
    Thank you Tammye for the reminder to keep Arnica in the house! I will put it on my list. Do you have a particular brand you would
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    Good Morning Paola! I purchase Bioron Arnicare from my local Natureway Food Store. But any natural food store will carry it. You

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ArtichokesI’ll never forget the first time this Southern girl had an artichoke. I was in Junior High and my Mother decided it was time for us to upgrade our palettes. She steamed them and showed my sister and I how to peel the leaves, dip them in sauce, and eat them. For my Mother and sister, it was love at first bite! For me on the other hand – it left a bit to be desired. However, as I grew and became a Mother myself, teaching my children to try new and interesting foods, I found myself choking down an artichoke or two. Thanks to the American Botanical Council’s Herb Clip news service, I have discovered that artichokes are more than just a ‘tasty’ vegetable. In fact, artichokes have impressive medical benefits.

Way back in the 4th century B.C., the noted naturalist Theophrastus first described artichokes [Cynara Scolymus] botanically and noted that they help calm an upset stomach. The old boy was right: Modern research has shown that artichokes stimulate bile flow. Bile helps digest fats. Several clinical trials have shown that artichoke leaf extract soothes indigestion and helps relieve flatulence, nausea, and irritable bowel symptoms. In a few studies 87 to 98 percent of people who took artichoke extract [now that I could handle] said it worked as well as or better than other medicine they had taken for their gastrointestinal symptoms.

Artichoke also lowers cholesterol by speeding its elimination, in one recent European study, 44 people with a total cholesterol count above 220 mg /dl were given either artichoke leaf extract or a placebo. Those taking the herb enjoyed a significant cholesterol reduction, and the higher their cholesterol was at the beginning of the study, the greater the subsequent reduction.

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  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    I can't wait to eat my next artichoke and use that lovely meditation!
  • Tammye McDuff
    Tammye McDuff says #
    LOVE Front Porch Spirit LizAnn!
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    Emily Mills says #
    I had no idea that they were so beneficial, or related to milk thistle! I also love that they help cholesterol levels, since they

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