Category Archives: Herbs

Menstruation and Moon Cycle: 101

Interestingly, many women cycle with the moon. We all know about ‘syncing’ up with people that you are close with and live with. This is something I would like to do more research on. But one thing, that many people don’t know, is the frequency in which women’s cycle sync with the moon.

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Mystic Mamma, cites in her article, Moontime~ Sacred time for Women

“Traditionally, the Moontime is the sacred time of woman when she is honored as a Mother of the Creative Force. During this time she is allowed to release the old energy her body has carried and prepare for reconnection to the Earth Mother’s fertility that she will carry in the next Moon or month. Our Ancestors understood the importance of allowing each woman to have her Sacred Space during this time of reconnection, because women were the carriers of abundance and fertility…”

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One thing I’ve come to learn in my own experience is how frequently our moon time LITERALLY syncs up with the MOON. That is, the frequency in which women have their period BEGIN with the FULL or the NEW moon. This is fascinating to me, and any supporting research surrounding this is of great interest.

This study explores female menstruation and it’s relationship to the moon cycles, The regulation of menstrual cycle and its relationship to the moon.

Here is a great article from Cycle Harmony that discusses the different moon cycles, and goddesses associated, The Moon Cycle and The Menstrual Cycle

For the sake of brevity we will discuss the history of two cycles (though many women may have their cycles during waxing and waning phases of the moon as well) .

Moonsong has a great article, Menstrual Lunar Asynchrony here is a brief synopsis:

A woman who ovulates during the new moon and menstruates on the full moon is part of the Red Moon Cycle. This cycle represented a woman that was not using her sexual energies for conception, but rather for self expression. Women who had their cycles during this time were looked at as the ‘evil woman’,  witches, seductresses, wise woman, medicine women because they represented women that were not using their sexual forces for only conception. It showed orientation away from the energies of procreation. Energies associated with this cycle: outward, world nourishing, learning to transform energy, turn rage into creative action. Creativity and sexuality may be more pronounced during this cycle.

The goddess associated is Ishtar.

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A woman who ovulates during the full moon and menstruates on the new moon is part of the White Moon Cycle. This cycle was thought to create the best conditions for conception and was often seen for being the ‘good mother’, the only aspect of womanhood acceptable to the patriarchal society. Energies associated with this cycle: inward, healing, self-nourishing. Cleansing and purification may be more pronounced during this cycle.

The goddess associated is Hecate.

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Often times we can cycle more towards one moon time or another, so we are not fixed in these energies but rather it’s a fluid dance of womanhood to vacillate between the two.

This infographic shows how our cycle is often observed.

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Tracking your cycle can be fun and empowering. MyDays is a good app that allows you to put in your period times so you can become more self-aware! Regardless of where your period falls, our period is a good time to care for ourselves and provide self-love and relief.

Here is an article that discusses good yoga poses for menstruation, Yoga for Menstruation.

Some teas and herbal remedies for menstruation, Herbal Remedies for Menstruation

Check out this article, Can Essential Oils Relieve My Menstrual Cramps?

And Wellness Mamas article, Essential Oils for Hormone Balance

Please comment with any knowledge/experience/research surrounding menstruation!

 

KISSES <3

 

Vetiver: Travel, Magical Indian Grass and Supporting Research

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When I first smelled vetiver, it blew me away. There was something so specific  about it… so, familiar. My co-worker was putting some on one morning (we are yoga teachers and work in inner-city public schools, so it was no surprise that she was loading herself up with protective essential oils to face the potential brutality of the day).

She asked if I wanted to armor up, and I immediately fell in LOVE with this smell, I couldn’t stop sniffing my sleeve where it’s magical droplets had found themselves. It permeated my skin, my car, and right when my mom hugged me several hours later, it was the first thing she noticed and mentioned.

Different countries have plants native to them. They may have a plant so ingrained in their culture it is like apples and bananas to us. Some magical and mysterious herbs and spices and scents that we had no idea existed, exist. Vetiver, I have come to find, is one of them. How fun would it be to travel and explore the smells of different lands…

Vetiver is native to India, but has exploded all over Asia and Africa. In Sri Lanka it is known as the “oil of tranquility”, because it is known for it’s COOLING properties; thus, tropical places use it to cool down in hot summer months. It is built into thatch walls to freshen up a room.

Positive Health Wellness dives into the value of travel for health, check out this great article:

8 Reasons Why Traveling Is Good for Your Health

Surprisingly, there has been quite a bit of research done on the effects of Vetiver:

-Skin problems (Biological activity of vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) essential oil in human dermal fibroblasts)

-Soothe feelings of anxiety and nervousness (Anxiety-like behaviour and c-fos expression in rats that inhaled vetiver essential oil)

-Treat symptoms of ADHD and ADD (ADHD Research by Dr. Terry Friedmann )

-Antioxidant Properties (Evaluation of antioxidant activity of vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides L.) oil and identification of its antioxidant constituents) (Vetiver oil (Java) attenuates cisplatin-induced oxidative stress, nephrotoxicity and myelosuppression in Swiss albino mice.)

-Improve Sleep (Modification of sleep-waking and electroencephalogram induced by vetiver essential oil inhalation.) ; (Odors enhance slow-wave activity in non-rapid eye movement sleep.)

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Aromatherapy: In Hospitals, and Suggested Uses.

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Take for yourself spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, spices with pure frankincense; there shall be an equal part of each. “With it you shall make incense, a perfume, the work of a perfumer, salted, pure, and holy. “You shall beat some of it very fine, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I will meet with you; it shall be most holy to you” [Exodus 30:34-38]

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“Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aroma compounds for improving psychological or physical well-being. [Wikipedia]

It is even making it’s way into hospitals… 

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“Studies already have found that inhaled Mentha piperita reduces the need for Zofran in chemo-induced nausea, she said. Also, the M technique, with or without essential oils such as frankincense or lavender, can be effective in reducing terminal agitation at the end of life, Buckle says.”

Fort Worth Hospital Incorporates Aromatherapy, 2008

The following mentioned study had statistically significant results, and evidenced the use of lavender oil to improve the quality of sleep of patients.

Effect of aromatherapy on the quality of sleep in ischemic heart disease patients hospitalized in intensive care units of heart hospitals of the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, 2010

Now, this use of aromatherapy is called “complementary medicine”: “Complementary medicine (CM) or integrative medicine (IM) is when alternative medicine is used together with functional medical treatment, in a belief that it improves the effect of treatments.” [Wikipedia]

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If done mindfully, and safely, we can experiment with aromatherapy at home. Explored in a controlled and conscious way we can do self-study on its effects. Here are some common ailments, and the suggested essential oils said to provide relief:

Agitation: Chamomile, Lavendar, Mandarin, Sandalwood

Anxiety/ Fear: Bergamot, Chamomile, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavendar, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood

Aphrodisiac: Clary Sage, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang

Fatigue: Basil, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood

Isolation: Chamomile, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Rose

Memory Boosters: Basil, Cypress, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary

Sadness/Grief: Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Self Esteem: Bergamot, Cypress, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Orange, Rosemary

Stress Relief: Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Patchouli, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang

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Historical Use of Lavender Essential Oil

“Lavender essential oil holds a special place in the world of herbs and has long been regarded for its wonderful healing properties. Its history goes back some 2,500 years to the ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians who used it for healing, embalming, and perfume. The Romans were known to use lavender for its medicinal and cleansing properties, scenting baths, as an insect repellent, and even for smoking!

During the times of the Black Death in England, lavender was used for protection against the plague. People actually fastened stalks of lavender to their wrists and ankles to protect them against the disease, not understanding the exact reason for that protection. Now we know why it worked… lavender repels the fleas that carried the plague!

In times of war when medicines and antibiotics were not readily available, soldiers were often given lavender oil to ease the pain of injuries and to kill any bacteria in their wounds.

We have now discovered hundreds more uses for lavender. It is known to be calming and relaxing to the nervous system, it eases depression, and improves cognitive performance. Lavender essential oil heals burns, eases allergy symptoms, kills bacteria, neutralizes the itch of insect bites, is a natural antiseptic and antifungal, and so much more.”

-Marnie Clark , “Lavender Essential Oil Uses and its Benefits for Cancer Patients”

Read the full article, here.

 

Copaiba

One of my new favorite things.

“Considered to be one of the most anti-inflammatory substances on earth”

So Young Living is a brand that carries very high-grade essential oil. I have been enjoying using some of their essential oils to flavor my water. I recently learned about Copaiba, and it’s taste is unparalleled.

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It is said to:

  • reduce pain
  • eliminate inflammation
  • protect against infection (Disinfectant)
  • heal the skin (astringent) (add a few drops to a cotton ball or add to moisturizer)
  • prevent fungal growth
  • boost respiratory health
  • improve health of skin and hair
  • improve bladder control
  •  speed healing (Cicatrizant)
  • tighten skin (Astringent)
  • lower blood pressure
  • treat varicose veins
  • moisturizer (Emollient)
  • aids in expelling phlegm (Expectorant)

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Parasite Cleanse- Sacred Herbs

 

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I am in the midst of a parasite cleanse. The cleanse supports the use of three different herbal tincture blends (from cayenne, to lemon, to ashwaganda…) that have an ancient sacred history of being known to kill parasites.

Recently, I had my blood observed under a microscope (this microscope is now BANNED in the US, but there are some people who privately and secretly use it to help people see in real-time what their blood looks like, for more information contact me)  itwas discovered that there were little parasites in my blood. Instead of my blood cells being perfect healthy little circles, they were congealed and sickly, and had bugs on them.

The feeling that I have parasites only grew when I recently went to Chile, and had terrible symptoms. I am in the midst of this cleanse and will start the cycle over again once I finish this round and the until the product is all gone. With the first batch of herbs I noticed that I felt very sick from it (and what I imagine is the killing of the parasites). I do feel different in that I’m not completely clear-headed and feel like there are some herbs at work that are not necessarily aligned with a completely sober state. Either way, I am going to finish it out. Please contact me if you have any questions or want to learn about how it’s been going for me.

Here are some directions, as to how to administer the product.

Purchase them here.

Red Raspberry Leaf [Rubus idaeus]

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Red Raspberry Leaf is, that’s right, you guessed it… The leaf of a red raspberry! This powerful deciduous plant is packed with nutrients that have medicinal properties.

Though there are many benefits to utilizing the potent power of red raspberry leaf, here are the three it’s most known for:

ONE. A woman tonic, assisting women, and pregnant women (in second or third trimester). Aiding the female reproductive system. RRL eases symptoms of PMS. Strengthening the Uterus and Pelvic Floor Muscles, and helps with labor and healthy births.  It helps to prevent hemorrhaging. It can also help to tone the bladder from frequent urination.

Some research shows:

“the raspberry leaf herb can be consumed by women during their pregnancy for the purpose for which it is taken, that is, to shorten labour with no identified side effects for the women or their babies. The findings also suggest ingestion of the drug might decrease the likelihood of pre and post-term gestation. An unexpected finding in this study seems to indicate that women who ingest raspberry leaf might be less likely to receive an artificial rupture of their membranes, or require a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum birth than the women in the control group.”

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However, a similar study by some of the same researchers in 2001, found no statistical evidence of Red Raspberry Leafs’ benefit on shortening the first stage of labor. They found a slight shortening of labor time of the second stage, and a smaller percentage of the Red Raspberry Drinkers had to  have forcep-assisted birth but nothing statistically significant was found.

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TWO. Sleep Assistance. Soothes internally and externally with a high nutrient content: Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, and B-Vitamins,

THREE. Calms an upset stomach, eases nausea & diarrhea.

Red Raspberry Leaf contains tannins.

tan·nin
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noun
plural noun: tannins
  1. a yellowish or brownish bitter-tasting organic substance present in some galls, barks, and other plant tissues, consisting of derivatives of gallic acid, used in leather production and ink manufacture.
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Tannins are found in many common foods such as wine, chocolate, and blackberries.

Raspberry leaf has tannins that slow the flow of liquid in to the intestines, which allows the body to form a solid stool.

Tannins have also been reported to exert other physiological effects, such as to accelerate blood clotting, reduce blood pressure, decrease the serum lipid level, produce liver necrosis, and modulate immunoresponses.

Science aside, Red Raspberry Leaf has a long history of treating illnesses. 

Marisa Corless from Herbal Legacy explains how raspberry was “used interchangeably with blackberry by the Greeks, Chinese, Ayurvedics, and American Indians to heal complaints such as diarrhea, dysentery, and the healing of wounds.” She goes on to say that Red Raspberry leaf has helped midwives prevent miscarriage and facilitate birth,and that Native Americans and people of the “Old World” used it to prevent hemorrhaging.

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For more information on RRL  and its’ history, go here.

like mama always said.

Do with this information what you will.

Some of my tea blends, Is Be Wonders, Tea

[1] Parsons M1, Simpson M, Ponton T. Raspberry leaf and its effect on labour: safety and efficacy [abstract]. In: Aust Coll Midwives Inc J. 1999

[2] Simpson M1, Parsons M, Greenwood J, Wade K. Raspberry leaf in pregnancy: its safety and efficacy in labor. In: J Midwifery Womens Health. 2001

[3]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tannin

[4] [4]Chung KT1, Wong TY, Wei CI, Huang YW, Lin Y. Tannins and human health: a review. In: Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 1998

 

 

Relaxation Tea

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Blue Lotus & Lavender: Good For Relaxation and Sleep. Also, an aphrodisiac. Cleopatra drank Blue Lotus Wine before going to bed with her lovers each night. It creates a Euphoric and Relaxing Sensation. It’s been said to help with reaching higher levels of consciousness. It has been said to be a Sleep-Aid and help with Anxiety. Lavender is known for its soothing effects and helps to bring about a sense of calm. Together, this blend is perfect for before bed or winding down the night.

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