Alternative Therapies

Insomnia: Beneficial Herbs

Chamomile: German chamomile  (Matricaria recutita) tea bag. Prepare with 1 cup water. Take 1 cup 2-3 hours before bedtime. (Helps calm people under stress.)

Hops: Capsules. Take 500-1000 mg 3 times daily. (Especially useful for insomnia accompanied by indigestion.)

Kava kava: Kavapyrone tablets. Take 60-120 mg daily. (Relaxes the skeletal muscles; sedates the central nervous system.)

Passionflower: Tea bag, prepared with 1 cup water. Take 1 cup 2-3 hours before bedtime. (Induces muscle relaxation and sleepiness without causing next morning drowsiness.)

Rooibos: Tea. Prepare and take as directed on the label. (Induces sleep. Also stops generalized inflammation and pain.)

St. John’s Wort: Capsules. Take 900 mg of total hypericin daily. (Increases the amount of time spent in deep sleep, but not total sleep.)

Valerian: Valepotriate tablets. Take 50-100 mg on an empty stomach, 1 hour before bedtime. (Reduces time required to fall asleep without next morning hangover.)

Balch, P. 2012. Prescription for Herbal Healing. New York, N.Y.: Penguin Group. (p. 368)

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Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

“Prized for centuries as a food, medicine, and magical charm, fennel is mentioned in the ancient writings of Pliny (who recommended it for improving eyesight) and Hippocrates (who believed it stimulated lactation). During the Middle Ages it was used to chase away demons (the seeds were placed in keyholes to keep evil out of the house) and to treat congestive coughs, a use for which it is still prescribed today. In early America, where the newly arrived Puritans were obliged to fast while attending church services for hours at a time, fennel seeds were chewed to quiet grumbling stomachs. Rich in volatile oils that soothe the gastrointestinal tract, fennel is considered a most effective remedy taken internally for flatulence, nausea, and upset stomachs with cramping pain. It can also help curb the appetite and facilitate weight loss. It is available as dried and roasted seeds, fresh and dried leaves, tea, oil, and tincture.” (p. 62)

Siegal, M. & Burke, N. 1999. Herbs for Health and Happiness. Alexandria, V.A.: Time Life Books.

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The Power of Lifestyle Changes & Love — Dr. Dean Ornish

Dr. Dean Ornish is a physician, and president and founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, as well as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ornish is the author of six best-selling books, including his most recent, The Spectrum. His research proved, for the first time, that lifestyle changes can halt and even reverse heart disease and prostate cancer; Medicare is now covering his program. He believes that our need for community and connection is primal. For more information about Dr. Ornish visit http://www.ornish.com

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Natural Health lecture in Los Angeles by Certified Health Nut, Troy Casey

Troy Casey, the Certified Health Nut was asked to speak on Men’s health at the LA Raw Bazaar. This is a lecture on what it takes to be a responsible hu-MAN-kind in the modern world moving through the portal of 2012.

More of Troy’s philosophy of life on Earth, research into ancient wisdom, primordial foods and the peaceful future of mankind can visit: http://certifiedhealthnut.com

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Supermarket Beauty Secrets

“Applying safflower oil topically can boost your skin’s stores of linoleic acid, a natural moisturizer. Only two oils are primarily linoleic acid –olive and safflower– but the problem with olive oil is you smell like a salad.” (p. 264)

Dougherty, E. (2012). A Beautiful Mind. Elle, 28(3), 264.

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