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What is Ayurveda?

“Ayurveda is 3,000 to 5,000 years old. It is a system of healing that focuses on establishing and maintaining balance of the subtle energies within us. It is a complete medical system, based on restoring harmony within the individual as well as between the individual and nature. The basic principle of Ayurveda is that we are all at , core, perfectly ourselves. We have a natural, basic, healthy balance to our mind, body, and spirit…This is a critical concept in Ayurveda, the practices of which are designed to bring us home, home into our divine selves…One’s energies can become out of balance, particularly when the body is exposed repeatedly to toxic substances and behaviors. This out-of-balance condition reveals itself in digestion, sleep patterns, immune-response systems, and the look of the skin, hair, eyes, and tongue. Bringing these systems back to balance returns us to our true nature.” (p.37)

Hawk, K. 2012. Yoga and the Twelve-Step Path. Las Vegas, N.V.: Central Recovery Press

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The Essence of Ginger

  • Observed effects like anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antimicrobial and digestive benefit can all result from one principle action – enzyme action. An observed effect, such as an anti-inflammatory one, can also have a variety of principle actions at its root: enzyme, eicosanoid balance and antioxidant.
  • The anti-ulcer effect of ginger is complemented by a host of other important digestive values which include relief of both diarrhea and constipation, liver protection and probiotic support.
  • The anti-nausea effect of ginger is well documented. From nausea resulting from chemotherapy and ocean travel to pregnancy and gynecological surgery, ginger is the natural treatment of choice.
  • The historic observation that ginger is a cold remedy is a result of a combination of principle actions including eicosanoid balance, probiotic support, antitoxic and cytoprotective influences.

Source- Ginger: Common Spice & Wonder Drug by Paul Schulick (p. 101-103)

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Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa)

Properties: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, expectorant, muscle relaxant, promotes sweating

Target Ailments: Menopause, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, nausea, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract infections.

Available Forms: Capsule, cream, dried root, liquid extract, oil, powder, tea, tincture.

Possible Side Effects: Can cause vomiting in large doses.

Precautions: Individuals who are suffering from a hormone-sensitive cancer, such as breast or uterine cancer, should avoid wild yam.


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Properties: Antacid, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, digestive aid, stimulant.

Target Ailments: Canker sores, contact dermatitis, diarrhea, eczema, food poisoning.

Available forms: Capsule, dry herb, liquid extract, tea, tincture.

Possible side effects: In high doses, goldenseal can cause diarrhea and nausea and can irritate the skin, mouth and throat.

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Loving with Ginger

  • An interesting and consistent theme running throughout the historical literature is ginger’s reputed value as an aphrodisiac. From the earliest recorded herbal formulations of India and China to its more modern applications in the Middle East and Cuba, ginger’s millennia-log reputation as an aphrodisiac is impressive.
  • One of the principle reasons cited for the decline of ginger’s widespread use in the late seventeenth century was the transition from “the lusty Elizabethans” giving way to the Puritans and later the Victorians…where the unabashed use of aphrodisiacs became frowned upon.
  • In the Middle East, historians of ancient cultures like Persia wrote that ginger was valued for its properties of clearing the brain. In China, ginger has long been regarded as an agent to stimulate appetite, improve circulation and balance hormonal flow.

Source- Ginger: Common Spice and Wonder Drug by Paul Schulick, p. 24-25, 1996

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Promoting a Healing Environment with Color

Various colors are associated with different types of energy.

Violet: spiritual energy connected to universal power and healing

Indigo: a blend of red and violet, stimulates intuition

Blue: invokes a sense of calm

Green: a healing quality, the color of nature that supports the heart chakra

Yellow: associated with solar energy, power, and intellect

Orange: a nurturing energy related to creation, sunrise, and sunset

Red: invigorating life force in small amounts, can be energetically overwhelming with large or continual exposure.

Source: Invitation to Holistic Health: A Guide to Living a Balanced Life by C. Eliopoulos, 2004, p. 227

Color, Consciousness and Healing: The Healing Effects of Color, Light & Art by Leanne Venier

Leanne Venier, BSME, CP AOBTA, is an international award-winning artist, scientist, engineer and expert on color and light who regularly lectures about the healing effects of color, light frequencies and art at major medical centers, MENSA and elsewhere. She now combines her art with her past careers as a mechanical engineer, acupuncturist and eastern medicine practitioner to teach medical practitioners and lay people about the latest medical research on how to use color and art for healing purposes.

This video includes detailed information on:
* How our bodies absorb and use color and light frequencies;
* Latest scientific research and current medical applications for treating cancer and other illnesses using color and light;
* New studies and technology that support healing of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, and other diseases and disorders;
* The science behind the healing effects of certain types of artwork;
* Why we need all the color frequencies found naturally in sunlight for optimum health;
* What are biophotons and why they are so important to optimal health and wellbeing;
* How color and consciousness are connected;
* Color attributes and how we can use them every day to prevent and heal illness.

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Health Benefits of Dandelion

The following conditions can be helped by using dandelion in the form of a tea, tincture, capsule, or tablet. A general therapeutic dose is one cup of tea, one dropperful of tincture, or two 500 mg capsules or tablets three times daily. Please consult product labels for recommended use.

Dandelion root may help:

  • Acne
  • Anemia
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer prevention
  • Candida (yeast)
  • Cellulite
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Gout (dandelion root helps neutralize uric acid)
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Poison oak and ivy
  • Rashes

Dandelion leaf may help:

  • Allergies
  • Anemia
  • Bronchitis
  • Cancer prevention
  • Candida (yeast)
  • Cellulite
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Premenstrual water retention
  • Sinusitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Urinary Tract Infection

DANDELION FLOWER TEA BENEFITS: Health Benefits | Side Effects

The Benefits of Dandelion Tea: Anyone can make dandelion tea, simple and easy — and most people have them growing in their own yard or around their home. Dandelion tea has many health benefits, and in fact the botanical name: Taraxacum officinale means ‘Official Remedy in the Greek interpretation. These wonderful herbs have been used for centuries as a medicine and health tonic. One of the best and most efficient way to consume these nutritional benefits of dandelion is in a tea form. Easy to make. Easy to Drink!

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Natural treatment for rosacea

  • Eat foods rich in essential fatty acids to help reduce skin inflammation (chia seeds, fish oil, flaxseed oil or hemp seed oil)
  • Eat foods that are high in phytonutrients in order to help soothe redness (spirulina, green vegetables)
  • Green tea calms skin inflammation and is also full of other healing properties.
  • Decrease stress and reduce exposure to sun and wind.
  • Apply sliced raw cucumber to skin for 10 minutes to help improve redness.
  • Cleanse face with 100% jojoba oil. Jojoba oil improves skin health because it contains omega 6 and 9 fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E.

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Health Benefits of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Hunger Control: 1 to 2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar with a glass of warm water 15-20 minutes before meals.
  • Reduces fluid retention
  • Increases metabolism
  • Relieves sore throat: gargle for a minute every hour until your throat starts to feel better.
  • Provides energy due to amino acids and potassium
  • Helps Heartburn: Organic apple cider vinegar mixed with water before meals prevents heartburn and reduces gas and bloating
  • Acne: Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons with 8 ounces of water and apply to skin several times a day
  • Home Cleaning: Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water (can be used to clean kitchen, microwave, bathroom, glass and mirrors)
  • Flea Prevention: In order to keep flea’s away from pet’s skin and furniture, make a spray with 50% apple cider vinegar and 50% water.

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Natural Prescription for Angina

Natural remedies will not preclude the need for the care of a cardiologist. You should follow your doctor’s recommendations concerning your care, and don’t discontinue any medication without consulting your health care provider. The following measures are geared to work in conjunction with a supervised medical program.

  • Coenzyme Q10: 30 to 60 mg three times a day
  • Beta-carotene: in amounts of 10,000 IU daily
  • Vitamin E: 400 IU daily
  • Vitamin C: 1000 mg daily
  • Selenium: 50 mcg daily
  • Magnesium: 250 mg three times a day
  • L-Carnitine: 250 mg three times a day
  • Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil: 1000 mg three times a day
  • One baby aspirin (81 mg) daily

Giller, R. and Matthews, K. 1994. Natural Prescriptions. New York, N.Y.: Random House.

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