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Cruciferous Supplement DIM

August 9, 2012

Extensive research has shown that eating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage reduces the risk of various cancers. The unique phytochemical indole-3-carbinol (I3C) is the active constituent found in these vegetables which carries adaptive responses; regulating hormone metabolism and behavior and greatly reduces estrogen exposure as a risk for cancer in both men and women.

An imbalance in estrogen metabolism (good vs. bad) has shown a high prevalence of estrogen related diseases; especially breast cancer in societies consuming a diet low in total vegetable consumption. I3C has no biological activity until it has been activated in the acid environment of the stomach becoming converted into its usable form DIM (Diindolylmethane). When we consider this process and how gastric acid production diminishes as we age, then we can begin to understand why people living in developed nations, but lacking necessary “phytonutrients” suffer from hormone dependent cancers, colon cancer and coronary heart disease.

Supplemental use of DIM adjusts the pathways of estrogen metabolism to favor the production of 2-hydroxy estrogen metabolites “good estrogen” by 75% and decreases 16-hydroxyestrone “bad estrogen” by 50%. DIM is not an estrogen mimic or phytoestrogen and has no estrogenic activity; it only acts to balance the natural response and favors so by adjusting the activity level of cell division, limiting growth promoting signals and reducing activity of the receptor sites. This change greatly promotes the power to reduce “bad” estrogen exposure as a risk for cancer.

Studies support that supplementation of DIM provides an innovative approach to increased safety as an alternative to estrogen replacement therapy for pre and post menopausal women; as well as improving estrogen balance in men, enhancing prostate health.

Metamatix labratories Estronex 2:16 Urine Profile measures six important estrogen metabolites and their ratios to help women, and men assess whether they are at risk of developing estrogen sensitive cancers.



BUG OFF! 100% Natural Insect Repellent

May 28, 2012








BUG OFF! 100% natural, Essential Oil Insect Repellent

If you are seeking a safe alternative to synthetic-chemical based repellents (DEET), Earthrootswildharvest has created a 100% all natural   insect repellent. Features essential oils of Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Lemon Grass to repel insects. This fragrant spray is an all natural force field that wards off pesky bugs and sends them packing. Earthrootswildharvest BUG OFF spray fends off mosquitoes, fleas, lice, ticks, stable flies and more.

• Effective for 3 hours; 100% all natural
• Earthrootswildharvest BUG OFF repellent is safe for use on adults, children, dogs and equine

Aromatherapy Home Use and Actions Information provided by: Julia Lawless (The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils)


Aromatherapy Home Use: (Skin Care) Excessive perspiration, oily skin, insect repellent. *Mixed with cedar wood oil Virginia, it has been a popular remedy against mosquito attacks for many years prior to the appearance of DDT and other modern insecticides.* (Immune System) Cold, flu and minor infections. (Nervous System) Fatigue, headaches, migraines and neuralgia.

Actions: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, deodorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, fungicidal, insecticide, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge


Aromatherapy Home Use: (Skin Care) Athletes foot and other fungal infections (e.g. candida), cuts, dandruff, herpes, insect repellent, scabs, sores and wounds. (Respiratory System) Asthma, laryngitis and soar throat. (Immune System) Colds, fevers, infectious skin conditions such as chicken pox, infectious disease. *The essential oil contained in the leaves appears to have bacteriostatic activity towards staphylococcus aureus; this is due to synergism between the citronella and citronellal present in the oil.*

Actions: Antiseptic, antiviral, bacterial, deodorant, expectorant, fungicidal and insecticide


Aromatherapy Home Use: (Skin Care) Abscesses, acne, allergies, athletes foot, boils, bruises, burns, dandruff, dermatitis, earache, eczema, inflammations, insect bites and stings, insect repellent, psoriasis, ringworm, scabies, sores, spots, all skin types, sun burns and burns. (Circulation, Muscles and Joints) Lumbago, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism and sprains. (Respiratory System) Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, halitosis, laryngitis, throat infections and whooping cough. (Genito-urinary System) Cystitis, dysmenorrhea and leucorrhea. (Immune System) Flu. (Nervous System) Depression, headache, hypertension, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension and stress related conditions, PMT, sciatica, shock and vertigo.

Lemon Grass

Aromatherapy Home Use: (Skin Care)Acne, athlete’s foot, excessive perspiration, insect repellent (fleas, lice, ticks), open pores, pediculosis, scabies, tissue toner. (Circulation, Muscles and Joints) Muscular pain, poor circulation and muscle tone, slack tissue. (Digestive System) Colitis, indigestion, gastroenteritis. (Immune System) Fevers, Infectious disease. (Nervous System) Headaches, nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions.

Actions: Analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, anti-oxidant, antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactagogue, insecticidal, nervine, sedative (nervous), tonic.

General Information

BUG OFF! All natural essential oil insect repellent

Price: $8.00
Size: 4 fl. oz
Directions: Shake well before each use and apply to skin and clothing as needed.

Calming Herbs

April 26, 2012



Used to calm hyperactivity, insomnia, hysteria and convulsions in children. It soothes the nervous system and offers relief of restlessness, agitation and exhaustion. A great replacement for synthetic sleeping medications plus no harmful side effects such as depression or medicated hang overs (next day grogginess).


A herb highly recommended for people who suffer from anxiety or insomnia. This herb is a strong nervine that produces a calming sedative effect. It is commonly prescribed for nervous tension and used in pain-relieving remedies for it’s ability to relax muscle spasms. This herb is usually recommended for short term use.

Kava Kava

Kava Kava produces a feeling of well being. This tonic is calming and helps ward off fatigue. The plant is also found to have anticonvulsant and muscle relaxing properties.


Maintaining Health Naturally

February 7, 2012

I visited with a physician this past week to discuss some recent issues I have been having with my lower back. An MRI revealed that I have degenerative disc changes with a small central, left parcentral disc bulge at L5-S1 with S1 nerve root effacement as a result. Lamens terms I have inflammation, muscle spasms and a lot of pain in my lower back that it is also affecting my sleep and vitality levels daily due to the pain keeping me awake at night. I probably wake up a minimum of 5 times a night from muscle spasms and pain, so I never feel completely rested. The doctor recommended physical therapy, Gabapetin and to revisit him and the subject again in one month to reassess my status and discuss cortisol injection (synthetic hormones). Being that I have been in a great deal of pain lately I did actually humor the thought of filling the prescription and walked down to the pharmacy and asked the pharmacist for a description of the medication. She kindly pulled the disclaimer off the bottle and handed it to me. As I started to unfold this smallish size piece of paper it quickly grew to be the size of a poster front to back with possible side effects of this drug. I then decided to go home and do a little research on the drug because I wanted to make an educated decision and also seek to find a more natural approach if possible. What I found is that Gabapentin has only been FDA approved for treating seizures and nerve damage associated with herpes zoster (shingles). Numerous cases have been brought against the makers of Neurontin (Gabapentin), due to illegal promotion of off-label uses. While it is often prescribed off-label (that is, at the discretion of a physician) for various conditions with out FDA approval it is legal to do so, although marketing of off-label uses of a drug is strictly illegal. In 2004, Pfizer Inc., the worlds largest pharmaceutical company agreed to plead guilty and pay $430 million in fines to settle civil and criminal charges regarding the illegal marketing of Neurontin (Gabapentin) for off-label purposes (fraudulent promotion of unapproved uses). Some of the side effects where quite alarming, suicidal thoughts and actions, abnormal vision, seizures, arthritis, joint stiffness, and cancerous tumors. For more information regarding Gabapentin and a complete list of side effects please click on the links below. And as the disclaimer states, “remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.” I concluded then and there not to take this drug and to look for a more natural approach. For months I had been using my Pain Relief Salve with great results. I had hoped that I had been healed because I had gone months pain free so I l discontinued using my product which was probably my first mistake being that it had truly made such a huge difference. So as part of my new regimen I have started using my Pain Relief Salve again. I apply it two-three times daily to the effected area. I also did some research and found two supplement that works comparably to lessen the pain signals and aid with sleep. The first supplement  found is called (GABA) short for Gamma-aminobutyric acid. GABA an amino acid functions as a neurotransmitter in the brain stabilizing nerve cells by decreasing their tendency to fire excessively. It is also used to treat patients with OCD and ANT’s (automatic negative thoughts) and since my brain is OCD on pain “excessively firing pain signals” day and night, it only seemed fit give GABA a try and see if it helps. I am taking 750 MG per day. I have also started taking 100 MG of 5-HTP which is a building block for serotonin used to help control stress and improve sleep. I am also making a conscious effort to improve my diet by choosing whole foods and eliminating all forms of sugar from my diet. I have also started walking daily and I hope to start running again soon, one of my favorite past times I lost with this injury. I have also lost a lot of core strength so I want to start slow and try to increase my muscle tone because I know the importance of this. I have only been on this regimen for 2 weeks now and within 3 days I could already notice the positive difference it has made. I now only wake up one time per night if at all, so I am pleased with my results thus far. I am willing to go the extra mile and do all of the hard work necessary because I don’t want to be part of the never ending cycle of “dis-ease management”, where all the doctors do is prescribe drugs to mask symptoms and treat my dis-ease and not me, the person in front of them. I want to offer my body  the nutrients and rest it needs to be able to heal and support good health. Hippocrates said it best, “Let food be thy medicine and  medicine be thy food.”

Foods That Support Detoxification

December 14, 2011

Foods that Support Detoxification



 Detoxification can play a significant role in treating ailments in addition to body cleansing. Below is a list of foods I recommend incorporating into your every day diet to help eliminate unwanted toxins, regain your health and increase your energy.



Fruits are loaded with antioxidants, phyto-nutrients and fiber and because of their high liquid content, they are ideal for eliminating toxins from the body.



Green Vegetables

Green vegetables such as blue green algae, barley, spirulina, cilantro, alfalfa, chard, arugula, wheatgrass and kale are high in Chlorophyll which assists in the elimination of environmental toxins such as heavy metals, herbicides and pesticides. Green foods are also beneficial for detoxifying the liver, all the more reason to keep drinking your green smoothies.

Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit and Oranges

Start your day with a glass of warm water and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Citrus flushes toxins from your liver and help alkalize your body. Vitamin C assists the body by transforming toxins into digestible material so that the body may then eliminate them.


Garlic stimulates your immune system and aids in detoxification of the liver by producing detoxifying enzymes that purge out toxic residues from the digestive tract.

Green Tea

Green tea is high in antioxidants, specifically an antioxidant called Catechins which has been shown to increase liver function. Eepigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and flavonoids also antioxidants found in green tea are potent scavengers that detoxify the body and eliminate damage done by free radicals.

Mung Bean

Used by Ayuvedic practitioners for thousand of years, mung beans aid in digestion and absorb toxins from the intestinal walls.


Raw Vegetables

Studies show that raw vegetables containing Sulphurhelp to detoxify the liver of harmful chemicals. Vegetables that are high in naturally occurring sulphur and glutathione include: onions, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, beet, turmeric, and oregano.


Spices such as ginger, turmeric, coriander, fennel and fenugreek help support the flushing of toxins via the skin, urinary tract, colon and liver.

Herbs for Expecting and Nursing Mothers

October 22, 2011
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Proper nutrition, pure water, sleep and relaxation are essential for expecting mothers to be. Raw-organic foods including grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits will provide optimum nutrients needed for both mother and baby. Red raspberry (both tea and capsule form) are safe and effective for strengthening the uterus and decreasing bleeding both during and after the birth. Extra Iron is also important during pregnancy because it supplies oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells, combing iron with Vitamin C (rose hips) with allow for maximum absorption. Green smoothies are a great way to get a large variety of nutrients in a signal serving, this green smoothie recipe includes iron as well as many other bio-available nutrients that you body will love:

Raw apple, pine apple, alfalfa sprouts, wheat grass, (1 tsp each) comfrey and peppermint leaves, ice and water. Add all ingredients in blender and mix until desired consistency is achieved.Vegetables and raw fruits such as apples (apple pectin fiber) are great remedies for anyone that suffers constipation. Yogurt and brewers yeast offers flora needed to maintain a Healthy Colon.

False Labor

Drink catnip tea in small amounts to relieve false contractions. Blue Cohosh is also known to help safely relax the uterus.


Papaya, Comfrey, Aloe Vera and peppermint.


Calcium helps decease insomnia. One product I use is called CALM that can be purchased at your local nutritional store. Herbs that also contain calcium that are helpful for insomnia include: Comfrey, alfalfa, oat straw, Irish moss, horsetail, lobelia and chamomile tea.

Morning Sickness

To help relieve nausea you can make a tea of the following: Ginger, cat nip, peppermint, spearmint, red raspberry.


Red raspberry, cat nip and bayberry tea taken through pregnancy can help prevent miscarriage.  Also a common uterine herbal combination is: wild yam, squaw vine, false unicorn and cramp bark. Capsicum and lobelia ill also relax the uterus.


Cleansing the circulatory system is helpful and one great way to do this is with a green drink. Making a combination of the following is nourishing as well as cleansing: 1.) dandelion, kelp and alfalfa 2.) red beet, yellow dock, strawberry, lobeia, nettle, mullen and burdock. Red meat is best avoided as is any type of sugar or processed foods.

Nursing Mothers

For those that are looking to increase milk production you may find some of these herbs helpful: Brewers yeast (taken daily) will increase production and energy, red raspberry and marshmallow root tea, alfalfa and fennel seed (boiled in water).

Breast Health

At the first sign of infection take 1,000 mg of Vitamin C hourly along with garlic capsules. Green drinks also provide nutrients needed to fight off infection. For chapped irritated nipples honey and almond oil will help sooth and heal.

Balsam Poplar Root

October 15, 2011
Arrow-leaf Balsam Root

Image by Fool-On-The-Hill via Flickr

Acute (Early, dry and Inflamed)

Balsam Poplar

Internal Preparation– Gather leaf buds in early spring (sealed and pointed), best for cough mixture. Process immediately to avoid molding. External Preparation– Gather branch tips heavy with buds (use all). Process Immediately to avoid molding. Stored properly potency will last a couple of years.

Tincture: 1:2 ratio (wet) 60 drops, 1:5 (dry), 15-30 drops. ( 70%  Alcohol), both up to 4 times per day.


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