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What’s YOUR Passion?

What is your passion? Really, think about it?
What makes you feel complete while your in the middle of it all? What makes you smile in your heart and wants you running back for more?

This is what our life journey is about. Finding your passion and following it…and eventually living it everyday.

Herbs have been a passion of mine since college. It has taken me many years to find the correct path to follow.  How can I help people with herbs and optimize there health through food, exercise and herbs? I mean, I went to college and studied Graphic Arts and Advertising, I am suppose to follow that path, right?

Well, for now I am (I have bills to pay), but my goal is to help others full-time and focus on my passion. I give it 2 years, yes I have set a timeline. Gutsy, I know, I may not reach it, but I will sure try. If I don’t try, I will never know and that I cannot live with. I would rather try and fail, but I know I won’t! Life’s circumstances have made my time moving forward even more challenging, so with this I fight and push even harder.

The pic below is me vending at my 1st Florida Herbal Conference. This was a BIG deal for me, just getting my feet wet in the herbal community. Now, almost 3 years later and we will be going back again, and I am just as excited and honored to be a part of it! My product line has almost doubled since and I am feeling more confident and educated as ever.

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Now, after studying under Joanna Helms and falling deeper in love with herbs since, I have found something that is a part of me. Joanna has laid a foundation in me that can only grow.
She has given me the courage and vitality to follow it, follow my passion.

What’s your passion? Do you follow it?

Bright Orange Medicine Flower…Calendula

The Calendula Flower, better known as the Marigold is an herbal gem. This herb is so powerful yet so gentle at the same time. As I continue to study this brightly colored flower, I discover how this can help my husband. He recently cut the top of his finger off while working and has been slowly healing the last couple of weeks. I had no idea the benefits Calendula had that can help speed his healing process up and even help reduce scarring! Read on for some great information that could possibly help you or a family member.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis), the pot marigold, is a great herb for skin care, and has perhaps the longest history of use of any herb in skin care.

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Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed  skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. Plus, it stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and assist with stretch marks. This versatile botanical can be incorporated into baths, creams, compresses, washes, salves, ointments, massage oils, baths, facial steams, tinctures, and teas. It is also gentle enough to use for babies, children, or animals. Internally, gargling with Calendula infused water may ease a sore throat, sores in the mouth, and inflammations in the mouth and throat.

Not only is Calendula a wonderful healing and medicinal herb, but it is also a lovely and useful plant in the garden!  Calendula repels many common garden pests including aphids, eelworms, asparagus beetles, and tomato hornworms, and is a companion plant for potatoes, beans, and lettuce. Plus, it grows quickly and is easy to cultivate from seed.

Calendula is safe for children and animals. It is wonderfully gentle and powerful. If I am dealing with a skin issue, calendula is one of my go-to herbs.

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Dry Skin

Calendula is an emollient and can help to moisturize dry skin. It also contains carotenoids which nourish the skin.

Scars and Varicose Veins

A calendula wash is used for healing scars, thread veins and soothing varicose veins. Thread veins are tiny, broken veins on the face.

To make a wash: steep leaves in water for 20 minutes to 3 hours. Strain. Pat on face, keep on for at least 20 minutes and gently wash off.

An alternative to this (and potentially easier and more enjoyable way) is to make a strong tea of 1 tablespoon per cup of water, strain and add the tea to a bath. Soak in the bath for a 20 to 30 minutes minimum.

Calendula as Antiseptic

It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it useful for salves and balms for cuts, wounds and for healing piercings. Any other lacerations, hang nails, bedsores, irritated rashes will benefit from using calendula.

Prevention of Dermatitis

Calendula ointment has also been used to decrease dermatitis following skin irradiation for breast cancer. To use for protection from environmental stressors, apply a calendula salve before and after the stress. Harness the uses of calendula for skin by making your own salve.

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Wound Healing Activity of Calendula for Skin

Calendula is probably best used for chapped and otherwise irritated skin. The oil soluble components including the essential oil seem especially good at stimulating wound healing. Scientific studies find that extracts of calendula can speed the healing of skin wounds and burns. Perhaps the most common and therapeutic uses of calendula for skin is for healing wounds.

Using calendula increases both wound closure (very important in wound healing) and protein metabolism (forming new skin). For healing wounds, a daily application of calendula extract or calendula cream is used.

For slowly healing wounds and amputation stumps, one study showed that wound granulation appeared within several days of initiating treatment and secondary skin developed within 10 to 14 days. Using calendula ointment also reduced discomfort during dressing changes. For slowly healing wounds, apply calendula salve twice daily.

Calendula speeds up cell proliferation which quickens healing. It also keeps wounds from hardening and forming scars. It would be beneficial to use for healing the perineum after childbirth.

It helps to heal burns (including sunburn), bruises and inflammatory diseases of the skin.

Do you have Calendal/Marigold growing in your yard? Have you ever used Calendula to help you? How?

 

Obviously Calendula Oil is a powerful yet gentle treasure!
Wildroot Naturals is in the midst of creating it’s new Baby Product Line that will most certainly contain Calendula. Stay Tuned!
In the mean time check out our store for All Natural Organic skin care and household products!

 

Resources:
http://www.mountainroseblog.com
http://www.wildly-natural-skin-care.com
http://www.personalcaretruth.com

Plantain: A yard weed or medicinal herb?

Common Plantain, Plantago major

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Yes, Plantain is a common lawn and garden weed, however it has many medicinal properties.  The leaves themselves can be applied directly to the skin, but for ease of use and long-term storage, it can be infused into an oil or salve. The leaves are actually edible and somewhat similar to spinach, though slightly more bitter. They can be used in salads or other culinary uses. 

The leaves can also be made into a tea or tincture, and this is said to help with indigestion, heartburn and ulcers when taking internally.

Externally, Plantain has been used for insect and snake bites, and as a remedy for rashes and cuts. The natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of plantain leaf make it great for healing wounds, and for itching or pain associated with skin problems. Wildroot Naturals sells a very soothing No-Itch Stick that will get rid of any itch. Great for camping, hiking or any outdoor adventure!

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When bitten by mosquitos, stung by bees, or come in contact with spiders or other insects, we use the No-Itch Stick containing plantain leaf to help ease the reaction.The No-Itch Stick made with plantain also greatly eases the itch of poison ivy, oak, or sumac and I keep it on hand for this reason.

Plantain, one of the most widespread “weeds” in the world, is a first-choice remedy for many skin ailments. It is safe and effective, for not only bee stings, but also for bleeding, cuts, bruises, bug bites, hemorrhoids, and itchy skin. Its ability to draw out infection – as well as splinters and even glass shards – is especially remarkable.

What do you use on your bug bites? to relieve itching?

Article Resources:
http://wellnessmama.com/
http://www.susunweed.com/

Passionflower…a hidden treasure.

Passionflower…just the name sounds beautiful. Doesn’t it? The flower itself is stunning and exotic. So what can this beautiful flower do for us? More than you think.

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The ancient Aztecs reportedly used passionflower as a sedative and pain reliever. Today herbalists also recommend it as a sedative and antispasmodic agent.

Passionflower has been used for anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, epilepsy, and other conditions of hyperactivity, as well as high blood pressure. Passionflower also is included in many pain formulas when discomfort is caused by muscle tension and emotional turmoil.

In Europe the flowers are added to numerous pharmaceuticals to treat nerve disorders, heart palpitations, anxiety, and high blood pressure. Unlike most sedative drugs, passionflower has been shown to be nonaddictive, although it is not a strong pain reliever. It is also used for sleep problems (insomnia), gastrointestinal (GI) upset related to anxiety or nervousness, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and relieving symptoms related to narcotic drug withdrawal.

Passionflower can also be used to treat seizures, hysteria, asthma, symptoms of menopause, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), nervousness and excitability, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and pain relief.

Some people apply passionflower to the skin for hemorrhoids, burns, and pain and swelling (inflammation). Wildroot Naturals will have a Muscle/Cramp Rub  containing Passionflower coming soon, stay tuned!

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Precautions & Warnings:

• Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t take passionflower if you are pregnant. It is UNSAFE. There are some chemicals in passionflower that might cause the uterus to contract. Not enough is known about the safety of taking passionflower during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and don’t use it.

• Surgery: Passionflower can affect the central nervous system. It might increase the effects of anesthesia and other medications on the brain during and after surgery. Stop taking passionflower at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

• Passionflower is LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth in amounts normally found in food. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken short-term (less than two months) as medicine or tea. It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in large amounts.

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:

  • For generalized anxiety disorder (GAD):
    • 45 drops of passionflower liquid extract daily.
    • A specific tablet formulation 90 mg/day has also been used.
  • For reducing symptoms associated with narcotic drug withdrawal: 60 drops of passionflower liquid extract in combination with 0.8 mg of clonidine.

 

Have you ever use Passionflower for pain relief? If so, what are your thoughts? 

 

 

Article Resources:
http://health.howstuffworks.com
http://www.nlm.nih.gov
http://www.webmd.com

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