Category Archives: Herbalism

Prevention Beats the Cure

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How do I keep my babies well while people contract virus after virus and infection after infection? Blackseed oil and bilberry syrup. The key is the ability of this concoction to reduce mucus and inflammation which is the root of most disease. I mix a tablespoon of bilberry syrup with a teaspoon of blackseed oil and I have an amazing healing potion that I give to my babies daily. You can take it too. Simply increase the dose to a tablespoon of bilberry syrup.

To make bilberry syrup, simply boil a handful of dried bilberries in two cups of clean water for 15 mins, strain, and add raw honey to taste. If you can’t find bilberries, elderberries work and they are much more affordable. Some people mix the blackseed oil with the bilberry syrup once it cools off. I like to keep them separate.

Store your healing magic in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It’s easy as pie. Thank me later!

P.S. Children under the age of 1 cannot consume honey due to the potential threat of botulism.

Klip Dagga – Better than a Massage!

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As you all know, I’m an herbal enthusiast and when I discover something amazing, I tell the world about it. Not too long ago, I was that quintessential career woman who uncorked an amazing bottle of red wine at least twice per week. It was my way to relax after working with people all day long. Since that time, I’ve incorporated energy work into my lifestyle yet, I still missed that relaxing feeling from an amazing glass of Chianti so I decided to try Klip Dagga.

Most people smoke this lovely flower as an alternative to marijuana. I’m not into the whole smoking thing and definitely not into “getting high,” so I decided to make an infusion. Within minutes, I felt a relaxation that words can’t describe. I was mellow and chill yet quite functional. Almost how you feel after a good relaxing massage while you’re on a cleanse but even better. Many of the other herbs that bring about this effect make me want to sleep. Not this one. It was relaxing and amazing. Now, I enjoy a mason jar full whenever I want to “chill out.” I was also glad to learn about the physical benefits of this herb. It’s an antihistamine, antispasmodic, great for headaches, and so much more. I’ve found that it’s great for that meditative time, as well.

I still love my Chianti as an occasional treat. In fact, I found a great red blend called 1448 when I went to Wine and Vibe at Lindsey’s Door 7. An amazing healing experience led by the amazing Satori Seals. Maybe next time, I’ll take some Klip Dagga infusion. I bet they would all get a kick out of that. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy that treat from time to time with my hubby.

If you are a lover of the daggas, I’d love to hear about your experiences. Love and light!

Magnificient Mugwort!

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Mugwort is the universal herb for protection and prophecy in the dream world.  It’s a visionary herb, so it’s often used for divination and ritual practices. While it’s great for infusions, some people mix it with damiana and mullein for smoking blends. I’ve even burned it along with or in place of sage when we sit by the fire outside at night for protection and clearing. It’s a nice herb to burn for meditation practice, as well.  Magnificient mugwort also relaxes the uterus to bring on late menstural cycles. This herb is an abortifacient so don’t consume it if you’re expecting a bundle of joy.

Sugar – The Eye Killa!

Several years ago, I decided to start a journey to heal my eyes. From 1990-2011, my visual acuity had declined each year. My prescription for eye glasses and contacts was getting stronger and stronger. Then in 2012 and 2013, my visual acuity remained steady. In 2014, something miraculous happened, my vision actually improved. What did I do? I significantly reduced my intake of sugary foods.

Typically, a change in your vision is one of the first indicators of insulin resistance or diabetes. But what they don’t tell you is that these conditions doesn’t start overnight. As we eat sugar, especially the white, refined sugar many of us love, our bodies become acidic and full of mucus, the blood and lymph thicken, and our internal organs, including our eyes, begin a slow decaying process. If you want to get old quickly, eat more sugar. I started eating candy, cakes, and cookies like they were going out of style as a young child. Then when I became an adult, I added wine and fruity cocktails to the equation. Of course, all of those foods were full of sugar. In my book, Body by Reeci, I share the gory details of my sugar addiction and the steps I took to overcome it. In fact, the book includes a plan that can help you if you experience this life challenge, too. If you’re experiencing a steady decline in your vision, you just might have too much sugar in your diet. Here are a few tips to consider incorporating into your eating lifestyle to help curb your cravings for for the white demon.

1. Drink gymnema sylvestre herbal tea. This amazing herb decreases the absorption of sugar in the intestine, promotes regeneration of insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas, positively impacts cholesterol levels, helps increase insulin levels, reduces physical cravings for sugar and literally masks it’s taste. In fact, it makes any sugary treat taste rather gross if you drink it prior to (within two hours) ingesting it. Check out a blog post I wrote of this topic to learn more – Gymnema Sylvestre – Sugar Destroyer.

2. Drink oolong tea. This tea has been proven to contribute to reduction of blood sugar. While oolong is a caffeinated tea, it doesn’t seem to have the same addictive qualities of caffeine in coffee.

3. Eat fenugreek seeds. Eating a handful of fenugreek seeds and chasing them down with water is a good practice to reduce cravings in general. It specifically reduces the cravings for sugar. If you enjoy being outside in the summer months, be prepared to share some space with the honey bees. The maple syrup smell of the fenugreek has been known to attract bees. If you’d like to enlist the guidance of a health coach to overcome the sugar blues, I encourage you to visit my website to learn more about the products and services I offer – http://awakenedvitality.com. Peace and blessings.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this blog is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease, as the information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Herbs and pharmaceutical medicine do not mix so please consult your medical professional before incorporating any of the suggested herbs into your diet.

G Juice! Green Juice Redefined

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Several years ago, Queen Mama Moon introduced a group of us to the concept of an internal deodorizer called gorilla juice. The juice contained three ingredients, chlorella, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and stevia. The concept is that chlorella is one of the most potent sources of chlorophyll, which is an internal deodorizer and lemon juice helps clean out the liver. This green drink has been a blessing to my life and I’ve “freaked it” to make it my own. Here’s my customized blend.

  • 32 ounces spring water
  • 1 tablespoon chlorella powder
  • 1 tablespoon spirulina powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • A few pinches of stevia (or more if you’d like)

The students in my herbal certification class have created a plethora of variations. Some have added moringa, kelp, or Klamuth blue green algae. No matter which way you slice it, this beverage is the truth. I consume this drink several times a day and have noticed tremendous benefits and here’s why.

Both chlorella and spirulina are amazing alkaline and nutrient dense super food that promote the production of new red blood cells. A higher red blood cell count increases the amount of oxygen in your blood, thus giving you an amazing boost of energy. All of the Gorilla Juice ingredients have detoxifying effects that help to regenerate the skin. Rumor has it that cancer patients who have no adverse reactions to the drink thrive and recover faster when consuming it. In fact, anyone suffering from a degenerative disease or seeking to boost their already great health should do their research and determine whether our not this drink is for you. Here’s some additional information about Gorilla Juice ingredients.

Chlorella is a type of single-celled, fresh water algae that has antiviral and antibacterial properties. It’s rich in plant-based, easily digested essential fatty acids, chlorophyll, beta-carotene (more than carrots), and protein (one of the highest sources). Also, this algae is famous for removing heavy metals from the body.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that could end world hunger with one exception. It doesn’t have enough carbohydrates for survival over an extended period of time. Despite this fact, it’s one of the most nutrient dense foods you can ever consume. Some believe it can prevent cancer, common colds, and lower high blood pressure.

Lemons are full of dietary vitamin C and have antibiotic and anti-carcinogenic properties. They are great detoxifiers and promote great dental/oral health. Lemons can prevent constipation and may even relieve the pain of peptic ulcers.

Stevia is a plant with a naturally sweet taste. While that taste can be bitter, it happens to blend great with this drink. I believe it has something to do with how well it mixes with the lime juice. It’s a zero calorie sweetener that will not harm your body so it’s great for those who are watching their weight or experiencing diabetes or candida. This herb helps with heartburn, indigestion, and high blood pressure.

I encourage you to research this drink to determine whether or not it’s for you. Make it at home as you cannot ensure what has been added to those store bought brands. Here’s a toast to you and your awesome health. Cheers!

CAUTION: Research the source of your chlorella and spirulina to ensure purity and lack of contamination. Also, if you are allergic to seaweed or have been diagnosed with kidney disease, this drink is not for you.

Gymnema Sylvestre – “Sugar Destroyer”

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Working as a health coach has allowed me to see the danger of sugar in many people’s lives. Sometimes, we need help to overcome this addiction. I suggest turning to gymenema sylvestre. This amazing herb decreases the absorption of sugar in the intestine, promotes regeneration of insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas, positively impacts cholesterol levels, helps increase insulin levels, reduces physical cravings for sugar and literally masks it’s taste. In fact, it makes any sugary treat taste rather gross if you drink it prior to (within two hours) ingesting it. It’s a great option for those trying to balance candida levels, release weight, or balance blood sugar levels.

While this herb doesn’t have pain killing power, many of my clients who have used it have reported that they no longer experience joint pain. Since most joint pain is caused by mucus and inflammation prone to acid body environments and sugar is a primary cause of this condition, I believe the pain relief claims are possible. The reduction in sugar in the diet as a result of consuming this herb along with the herbs ability to help the body eliminate sugar from the blood in a productive manner are just two of the reasons their pain might be going away. Body builders may find a friend in this herb because when taken with a high-carbohydrate meal or with a meal high in sugar, it passes through sugars and makes carbs available for burning and prevents them from turning into fat stores. This promotes lean muscle mass.

This herb can be ingested as  tea or one can simply chew on the leaves. It should be taken with food as it could upset the stomach. Also, drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day when consuming this herb. In fact, make sure that you drink room temperature or warm lemon water when you wake up in the morning. This will help your liver to excrete the excess sugar. The herb should not be used as a way to eat all the sweets your heart desires. Instead, use it in conjunction with a clean diet.

Love and light.

Kick Butt To Eradicate Hemorrhoid Pain

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How many of you are suffering from hemorrhoids? I had the pleasure of experiencing the pain of hemorrhoids during my first pregnancy. I was amazed to find out how common this health complaint is for both men and women. Not being conscious, I used an over the counter product my dad purchased for me at the drug store. It worked for a while however, since I didn’t deal with the real issue, they came back. I later found out that the iron supplements I was taking caused me to be constipated and led to the hemorrhoidal situation. That’s why I’m passionate about natural sources of iron from spirulina, moringa, and yellow dock just to name a few options. I was led to write this blog to share some information that has blessed me over the years the few times the situation rose again.

What are hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids are swollen and/or inflamed veins in your anus and/or rectum. They can be internal or external. I was surprised to learn that they are actually a form of varicose veins.

What are the physical causes of hemorrhoids?

1. Chronic constipation

2. Excessive straining while defecating

3. Hormonal changes during pregnancy

4. Chronic diarrhea

5. Consistently sitting for long periods of time

What are the spiritual causes of hemorrhoids?

1. Holding on to things or attitudes that are not for your greater good

2. Staying in a situation too long once it’s time to move on

3. Stress from the fear of deadlines

What can I do to eliminate hemorrhoids?

1. Apply extra virgin coconut oil to the impacted areas. For an extra boost of power, add 2-3 dropper full of horse-chestnut seed extract to the coconut oil. You can make suppositories and insert them at night for cooling relief.

2. Take an herbal sitz bath with soothing, healing herbs like comfrey root and lavender.

3. Determine which spiritual issue applies to you and deal with it.

4. Add more foods with dietary fiber, health saturated fats, and purified water to your diet.

5. If you’re constipated, check out this blog post – Overcoming Chronic Constipation.

6. Consider a colon cleanse to help you stop straining during bowel movements.

Let’s kick butt and eradicate hemorrhoids!