From my hippie drawer

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I have a hippie drawer in my kitchen. Or rather “our” kitchen, but it’s totally my weirdo drawer. It’s full of teas, herbal tablets, tinctures, rice wrapped up and tied in a cloth that I use as a heating pad and well… a my belief that the best medicine is found in food and plants.

When I went off birth control, I wanted to flush out all those excess hormones and well…balance mine. According to Chinese Medicine your kidney is the organ that regulates your hormones. So… when I start feeling overly sensitive or just altogether hormonal. I take the following. I’m not a scientist or a doctor but I think these things help.

Alfalfa – Good for: the digestive tract, bladder, prostate, water retention, purifying kidneys, arthritis and asthma. (I prefer the capsule form)

Nettle Leaf – many woman drink this late in their pregnancy to prepare their bodies for labor. It cleanses the kidneys, improves bladder function and reduces inflammation of the prostate. (I like the tea)

Maca Root – balances female hormones, increases energy, blood flow, fertility, stamina and therefore sex drive. (I prefer the capsules)

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For cleaning up my skin and general detoxification, I like:

Dandelion Root – this in particular clears my skin up after two days of taking it. It also prevents urinary tract infections, helps with loss of appetite, gas, constipation, arthritis etc. (tea or capsule)

Burdock Root- antifungal, antibacterial, cleanses your liver, clears skin, increases circulation to the skin and lowers blood sugar for diabetics.

When I need more greens in my life and just plain ole want to clean out intestines, I take the following. Again, it seems to do the trick. Every time.

Spirulina– It’s a green sea plant that is full of protein. Basically it does everything that a lean protein would do but in the form of a green leafy vegetable. We should probably be eating this everyday. I just take a capsule when it occurs to me. Usually when I feel like I’ve eaten too much sugar, cheese or carbs…

Chlorophyll– is actually the molecule that gives plants their green color. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Remember Billy Madison? Chlorophyll? More like borifill! Anyway, it cleans your blood and oxygen, extracts toxins, heavy metals, rejuvenates your cellular walls and well… cleans out your bowels.

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Stress, stress manifests itself as a chemical in your body called cortisol. Cortisol causes you to retain weight around your belly, it lowers your sex drive and causes you to break out. Good times… These are some of the top herbs I take or feed to my husband when he seems stressed (now you know what I’m feeding you honey).

Holy Basil, also called Tulsi, is known in India as the “elixir of anti-aging”.  Preliminary studies suggest that it can help you fight fatigue and stress, boost your immune system, and regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and hormone levels.

Ashwaganda is often referred to as Indian ginseng. Often used in Ayurvedic medicine, ashwaganda regulates the immune system and eases anxiety.  Ashwaganda has been used in eastern medicine for over 2,500 years and has immuno-modulating effects that boost your immune system and aid the body in lower cortisol levels.

Astragalus root is used in Chinese medicine. It boosts immunity and buffers the effects of stress.  It increases the amount of anti-stress compounds our bodies use to repair and prevent stress-related damage. It may also reduce the ability of stress hormones like cortisol to bind to receptors.

Licorice root can increase energy and endurance, boost the immune system and protect the thymus from being damaged by cortisol but its use requires professional supervision because of how it may affect blood pressure.

Rhodiola (rhodiola rosea), or golden root, is a potent adaptogen that has been the focus of much research. Rhodiola provides a buffer to stress-related mental and physical fatigue. According to Whiticomb, Rhodiola was used by Russian cosmonauts, athletes and military personnel and years of study have begun to uncover the very mechanisms by which it acts as an adaptogen.

Rhodiola contains a phytochemical known as salisdroside. This component helps combat anxiety and aging. Rhodiola suppresses the production of cortisol and increases levels of stress-resistant proteins. Studies have found that it restores normal patterns of eating and sleeping after stress, combats mental and physical fatigue, protects against oxidative stress, heat stress, radiation and exposure to toxic chemicals. Rhodiola protects the heart and liver, increases use of oxygen, improves memory and may extend longevity.  Also, new research proves it is also effective in weight loss.

Via 7 Adaptogen Herbs to Lower Cortisol

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My cold weather remedies:

Odorless garlic tablets – I swear by these. If you are around kids, sick people, or you eat crap. Take these, you won’t get sick. (I’m not a doctor, but…I don’t sick) The garlic kills the virus in your stomach which is where colds start. It also is wildly beneficial for a number of other ailments.

Acidophilus– micro organisms of good bacteria that kills the bad bacteria in your intestines. Aids in digestion and well… getting that flu bug out of your body.

Traditional Medicinal Throat Coat Tea – when I get a sore throat I have to have this stuff. It literally soothes and treats your throat instantly. I’ve drank 3-5 cups of this a day for 2 days and cured my own strep throat.

Honey- especially local honey is a natural antibiotic.

Sleep- Your body goes into healing mode when you sleep. Laying around watching TV isn’t sleep, I recently learned this… 🙂 Oops!

If you have a runny, stuffy nose- avoid dairy, sugar and carbs. The dairy is actually forming more mucus, gross. The carbs and sugar, break down much like water to flour and clog your body with yeast. No bueno.

Orange juice- is loaded with sugar. One glass of OJ has 7-8 oranges in it and unfortunately, the sugar is killing the vitamin C benefits.

If it’s Winter and you keep slipping into depression- get some vitamin D tablets. It will change your mood significantly.

Okay, that’s it, now you know everything that it took me the last several years to figure out. 🙂 Again, I’m not a doctor. This stuff just works for me and has made a difference in my life. I push garlic on all my favorite people. I’m a garlic pusher.

A hippie kind of love to you,

A

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