How to Boost our Immune System

An efficient and balanced immune system is the key to maintaining good health. It protects us from diseases, allergies and slows down the aging process. Our immune system is like a team of organs working together mainly made up of the skin, bloodstream, digestive and lymphatic systems. The Lymphatic system is a network made up of lymph nodes and vessels, the spleen and thymus gland that produce lymphocytes which destroy and eliminate invaders.

Unhealthy lifestyles, poor health habits and toxic environmental conditions can compromise and weaken our immune system leaving us susceptible to infection. Immune system enemies are: poor nutrition-low vitamins A & C levels in the body, stressful lifestyles, lack of sleep, smoking, excess alcohol, caffeine, drugs, sugar, food additives, pesticides and pollutions. The signs of low or imbalanced immunity are those that Continue reading

Herbs for Weight Loss

One of our most popular requests is for information on herbs for weight loss.  With the pressure to be thin coming from many sources, we should always keep our focus on achieving and maintaining a weight that optimizes our proper health. There is Continue reading

Catnip

Catnip is one of our traditional remedies for colds & flu and a favorite with cats! Nepeta cataria or Catnip is perennial plant having gray-green leaves with whitish pink flowers in summer. Native to Europe now naturalized in North America, catnip is a common garden plant that is easy to grow, preferring a dryer soil than it’s cousins the mints.  A must for every herb garden,  try growing catnip in hanging baskets for harvesting and some in the ground for the cats, bees and butterflies to enjoy.  Don’t get “Catnip” confused with the perennial “Catmint” Nepeta faassenii with it’s gray leaves and showy blue flowers. Cats are attracted to Continue reading

Himalayan Pink Salt

Himalayan Pink Salt is believed to be the purest form of salt. It is derived from ancient sea deposits and has been hand-mined from the mountainous regions of Pakistan for thousands of years. This exceptional salt is packed with a rich mineral content used in culinary dishes, medicinal remedies and for cosmetics. The color ranges from a light pink with variations of white and red having a long shelf life of 4-5 years if stored in an air tight in a dry, cool place.

Pink Salt has many nutritional and medicinal benefits. Not only does it provides 84 essential minerals, trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron it also balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, normalizes blood pressure, and increases circulation and conductivity. 

Medicinally, Himalayan Salt is used as a brine, dissolved in water often referred to as “energized water”. This brine is used for rheumatism, osteoporosis, gout, kidney and gall bladder stones, skin diseases, psoriasis, and for toxin elimination.  Consume the brine in the morning on an empty stomach, taking one teaspoon of salt with a glass of water, then wait 10 minutes before eating or drinking anything else. Externally, the brine bath is used heal skin diseases, for soothing muscles and joints, to balance the skin’s pH, and for recovery after surgery.

Use Pink Salt in bath recipes, body scrubs, aromatherapy, homemade soap, and for all types of therapeutic and spa applications.  To make a therapeutic salt bath, use 1-2 pounds of salt per bath in water close to body temperature. Soak for 20-30 minutes. Facial steams using salt brine can help to alleviate those with asthma, bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections, and for all acute, chronic, and specific illnesses of the upper and lower respiratory tracts.  Simply boil water, add salt to water, cover your head with a towel to create a “tent”, and inhale the vapors for 10-15 minutes.
Poultices made with the brine can be used to treat open wounds, painful muscles and joints. To make a poultice, soak a cloth with warm brine, apply to the treatment area then wrap the poultice with a dry cloth.

Himalayan pink salt comes in a variety of grinds for different uses. Very fine grain crystals are good for seasoning, grilling or rimming cocktail glasses. Coarser salt can be used in grinders and for spice rubs. You can also buy a slabs or chunks of pink salt that imparts a slightly salty and mineral flavor to food. Large crystals are also used as lamps with an incandescent bulb or candle inside that has an attractive glow suitable for ambient mood lighting. It is thought that the heated crystals’ emission of negative ions into the air gives off a relaxing and healing feeling.

Experience the healing benefits of pink salt. If you are local to the South Hill Puyallup, WA area, visit us Ubiquitous Journey www.UbJourney.com or shop online blog.thepondpad.com

Hydrangea Root

hydrangea rootWe usually think of Hydrangeas as a beautiful summer blooming shrub with it’s large leaves and colorful pom-pom flowers. It may surprise you that the wild species, Hydrangea arborescens, has been used by Native American Indians for hundreds of years for urinary and kidney troubles. Native to the eastern US, Hydrangea was used by the Cherokee as a remedy for kidney and bladder stones.

Currently, western herbal medicine considers hydrangea root a diuretic tonic for the genito-urinary system helpful for cystitis, urethritis, enlarged prostate and prostatitis. Hydrangea root is also used for Continue reading

Senna Uses and Cautions

Senna is one of the most widely known and misused herbs on the market. Also known as Cassia, Senna alexandria is a very efficient and strong laxative used in many cultures for hundreds of years for occasional bouts of constipation. The seed pods are use medicinally as a tea for Irritable Bowel or applied externally to hemorrhoids (shrinks tissue) or other weeping skin eruptions. The leaves as far too strong and are not approved for use by the FDA and the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) warns against long-term use of senna leaf.

My concern with the over use of Senna lies in the rush to loose weight too quickly which pushes some people to misuse laxatives as a dieting tool. Laxatives should be taken for Continue reading

Elder Berry & Flower

Elderberry with Flowers

Elder has more folklore associated with it than most any other European herb. In rural England, it was thought dangerous to cut the branches, as it was believed that the plant was inhabited by the Elder Mother. To avoid her wrath, woodcutters and herbalists would recite a rhyme prior to harvesting to appease the goddess.

The most commonly available species of elder is Sambucus nigra or European Elder. In the PNW, we have two native species, Sambucus cerulea, Blue Elderberry and S. racemosa, Red Elderberry. The Blue Elder species has be used medicinally by native peoples for influenza and arthritis for hundreds of years. The Red Elderberry is considered toxic, especially the fresh berries.

Elderberry and Elder Flower are both used similarly medicinally for Continue reading

10 Reasons to Take Herbs

1. Plants have always been the primary medicine for people. Many herbs are still used today as they were thousands of years ago. Herbs have many advantages over pharmaceuticals and posses attributes that man-made drugs never will.

2. Plants contain hundreds of compounds that work together in a complex synergistic effect destroying pathogens, promoting healing and nourishing the body. The chemistries of herbs are too highly complex to build resistance from pathogens. Drugs are a “silver bullet” or single active chemical, targeting one region and eventually leading to resistance.

3. Herbs are Inexpensive. Compared to pharmaceuticals, herbs are very inexpensive and very readily available. Many can even be grown in containers, in your garden or inside your home.

4.Herbs are generally Safe. The side effects of herbs are of no comparison to the potential harmful effects of pharmaceuticals. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the fourth leading cause of death in America is caused by adverse drug reactions. Properly used herbal medicines cause very few side effects. Exercise caution when taking herbs in combination with pharmaceuticals. Consult with a professional Herbalist or other qualified health care practitioner and your physician whenever needed.

5. Herbs are Food. Herbs can provide us with nutrients like food does, as well as vitamins and minerals. These plant based phytonutrients are absorbed and utilized in our bodies much more efficiently than commercially made vitamins.

6. Herbs can be Taken in Many Forms. You can cook and bake with fresh and dried herbs. Herbs also can be consumed as teas, extracts and in encapsulated formulas. Herbs can be applied to the skin in creams, sprays, washes, oils and in baths. There is always a way to take herbs that fit your lifestyle, time and budget!

7. Herbs are a natural renewable resource. Plants grown using organic methods and limited harsh pesticides don’t cause the severe pollution caused by the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals.

8. Herbal information is practically free. Knowledge is Power, so learn about herbs, and how you can improve and maintain your health for life. Remember to be cautious and smart about the information you read about on the internet. Do not believe all you hear and read, even if the information is from famous Doctors on TV. Anyone paid for endorsements may influence you to buy their products and may not have your best interest in mind.

9. Herbs are readily available. There are local herb stores as well as many internet sources for good quality herbs. Look for products that are local, fair trade and organic.

10.  Right Herb, Right Remedy© blog.thepondpad.com . There is an Herb for Every Remedy and a Remedy for every Herb. Have you wondered why some herbs work for some people and not for others? Herbs have an “energy” to them, they range from warm, neutral to cool. As individuals we also have an energetic tendency based on our body type. We then match up the right herb with the right remedy based on energetics. Our goal is to balance, nourish and feed the body’s systems to prevent and eliminate disease.

We are what we eat, as the old saying goes. Be aware of what you

  • Ingest (eat, consume, drink)
  • Apply (personal care products, clothes you wear)
  • Use (detergents, pesticides, plastics).

Read labels and remember just because a product says it is Natural or Organic doesn’t really mean that is truly is.

Kerri Bailey, C.H.,B .S.

The following article is for educational purposes and not intended for diagnosis.  Always consult your health practitioner when needed

 

 

 

 

Fantastic Fennel

 Fennel is native to the Mediterranean where it was cultivated by the ancient Romans and is now one of the most important herb crops in Europe. It was also well known to the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese for its aromatic fruits and succulent, edible shoots & root. In medieval times, Fennel was used with St. John’s Wort to protect one from witchcraft as bundles were hung over doors on Midsummer’s Eve to warn off evil spirits. The young shoots and root were eaten as a vegetable and the seeds used as a condiment. The tea made from the seed was given for respiratory and digestive complaints and Continue reading

Take the Sting out of Nettles

There are many species of Nettles growing in temperate regions throughout the world. The most popular used-Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)- is a perennial that grows up to 3′ tall found in moist, shaded areas. The stinging hairs found on it’s stems are activated by touch, causing the sting and ironically, the juice of the nettle plant is it’s own remedy.

Nettles have many nutritional and medicianal uses. The young leaves can be eaten as a salad green or cooked as a vegetable. They are rich in vital nutrients including vitamins A, C and D, calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Medicinally, the leaves and root are used for Continue reading