Herbal Infusions and there benefit for Wellness
Through my studies of Herbs and Healing diets as part of my syllabus of Natural Medicine I came across Herbal Infusions. I would like to share with you the four most essential Herbal Infusions that have made a tremendous difference in my health!
Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense)
Red Clover is considered to be one of the richest sources of iso -flavones, which are water-soluble chemicals that act like estroge
( known as phytoestrogens)
Red Clover is therefore used for hot flashes/flushes, PMS, breast health as well as lowering cholesterol, improves circulation of the blood.
Red Clover is also a source of many nutrients including calcium,chromium,niacin,phosphorus,potassium,thiamine,and vitamin C.
It is important to add that you should infuse the herbs in order to retain all of these vital nutrients a tea bag just won’t do.
Oat Straw (Avena sativa) is rich in calcium and magnesium. It can be used for both physical and nervous fatigue and is helpful for depression.
Oat straw contains B-complex vitamins, silica, calcium, flavones, saponins,and Vitamin A.
Excellent toner for the whole body. Softens and soothes damaged surfaces such as gastric mucous membranes, strengthens the nervous system.
I find it very calming. It’s important to remember that the benefits are greater when you replace the stimulants and sugar and incorporate these infusions into your daily routine
Stinging Nettle ( Urtica dioica) One of my favorites because it cures what I need! Nettle builds energy for those days when you just feel like your not going to get through. strengthens the adrenal to reduce the stress factor. one cup of nettle provides 500 milligrams of calcium.
excellent source of vitamins, A,D, E, and K. For flexible bone and heart health, thick hair, and beautiful skin.
My hair was thinning due to stress and In a matter of weeks of drinking nettle infusion the difference was revealed in the shower when my hair wasn’t coming out in globs! Much better now thanks to all these incredible herbs!
Pearl Barley (Hordeum Vulgare)
This jewel was introduce to me when I was researching how to treat brown spots on Asian skin. My good friend she is from Japan came to me with her concerns. That was the day that I was introduce to this wonderful plant that is yummy in all forms but for the skin it is most beneficial. For as I have written before it is important to nourish the inner cellular of the body for optimal results to be the reflection you desire for healthy skin hair and nails. in Japan it is used as tea.
The list of benefits is long. I will share an outline with you.
Barley is a complete protein (or whole protein)which is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine essential amino acids necessary for our dietary needs.
Excellent source of fiber keeps the body toxin free. The phosphorous an copper contained in barley grass juice is 11x greater than calcium contained in milk.
Contains magnesium we need this for normal bone production. It contains twice the amount of Vitamin C that is found in oranges.
For the skin Barley is rich in selenium which preserves the elasticity thereby protecting it against free radical damage.
It truly is one of the most essential foods to incorporate into your daily diet.
In my next post I will continue the conversation of these 4 incredible herbs and grasses and show you step by step how to infuse and recipes with Pearl Barley grass.
May your day be filled with Joy and happiness ! One body One Mind One soul . Take care of it. You are worth it!
-Christina T Diaz
WATER – the Element of life and the effects it has on your skin and overall health.
The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is a living, breathing structure that needs to be nourished and hydrated from within.
Dehydration plays a big role in the signs of aging and wellness. Let’s began with some research. Studies have shown that 75% of Americans are dehydrated.
Statistics show that for every 16 oz. of water consumed, Americans consume 64 oz. of soda.
A mere 2% decrease in water about 3 cups causes early signs of dehydration.
Symptoms that occur in the early stages of dehydration are;
- waves of fatigue
- flashes of irritability
These are just a short list of symptoms that can occur as they do have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror after an argument or a stressful day at work you face/ skin is the reflection of whatever is going on inside. My approach to this is to treat the whole system.
Water is the environment of cells both extra-cellular and intro-cellular this is one of the main reasons why it’s so important to keep hydrated when you are dehydrated it becomes difficult for the cells to work in transferring the nutrients throughout the system.
Winter months are upon us and our skin can become very dry and irritated from the cold. I have some tips for the body in the next post.
What I would like to share with you is suggestions on how to start drinking more fluids on a daily basis
First if you are not a water drinker per say it’s important that you get creative with your intake.
Second it’s important to understand to measure out your water for the first week.
The correct amount of Fluids is measure by your current weight divided by half this is the total amount of water you should consume.
When I began on this journey it took me a week to consume half my body weight in water and even today I must remind myself of all the benefits hydrating my system.
Example: if you weigh 130 lbs. The consumption of liquids should be no less than. (75 oz a day). This may seem like a alot at first and it is!
but trust me with commitment and creativity it will be worth it. I felt the results of being hydrated with more energy, my cravings were reduced and I feel great!
Take a glass container mason jars work great. Add strawberries and mint, or perhaps pineapple and orange with mint or ginger.
To sweeten I add locally harvested honey or organic Agave.
My husband doesn’t drink enough water as most of us. When he found out how much he really needed to consume he wasn’t going to participate. (Does this sound familiar?)
So, I went into the kitchen and created the pineapple – orange infusion water and he loves it. Be creative and have fun!
Believe it or not most people are walking around dehydrated!
Water helps not only cells to function , but also helps enzymes.
Mint- Cucumber -lime
strawberry- lemon -basil
watermelon – mint
strawberry – chocolate mint
Don’t forget Herbal teas and Juices they are wonderful
My favorites are – Lavender tea, Kava, Dandelion, and Oatstraw.
Cleanser- Organic Milk powder, Lentils, comfrey, with Lemon and Basil and sandlewood EO, Turmeric ,Haritaki , nutmeg.
Facial Oil- Sweet Almond oil, organic essential oils; Lemon, Geranium, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, and vitaminE
Mask- Benzonite infused with Rose water , rose E.O and Orange E.O
Cleanser- Organic Milk powder, Lentils, Aloe vera, neem, orange peel, sandalwood, lavender, licorice, manjistha
Facial oil- Sweet Almond oil, Organic E.O. of lemon, geranium rose, rosemary, sandalwood,jasmine,ylang ylang, and vitamin E
Mask- Sandalwood Infused Mud, orange and ylang ylang mineral mud, Manjistha, Turmeric, Organic rose water
Cleanser- Organic Milk powder, Lentils, coriander, lemon peel, red sandalwood, Shikakai, Fenugreek, Ritha.
Facial Oil – Sweet Almond oil, Safflower oil, Organic E.O. of Sage, Lavender, Rosemary, Mint, and vitamin E.
Mask- Dead Sea Mud, Neem extract, Organic E.O. of Lavender,and Rosemary.
It is essential before you let go of anything you must first be able to identify who you are and shift the paradigm and all that that encompasses.
Identify and realize that the most effective belief to have about your self is that you are truly beautiful from within!
You are filled with great wisdom to detach from the patterns- habits that do not serve you.
Below is a quote from Nelson Mandela who we all remember spent 27 years in a South African prison for his fight against apartheid.
He was able to let go of all prejudice and anger and became a great leader and guide for many.
I want to share with you a excerpt from his Inaugural Speech I hope it inspires you to know that you are worth it and take the leap of faith and go against all those beliefs that create a sabotage.
I say to my son almost daily because he struggles with great anxiety that you must take control of your thoughts, your brain is a great tool that can create great things but first you must understand that the you control your thoughts, they do not control you.
Take back the control and outcome of your life and see it for the beautiful gift it truly is.
Now the speech:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fears is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light , not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,gorgeous,talented, and fabulous? Actually,who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so, that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us all.
It’s not just some of us, it’s in everyone, and as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Nelson Mandela –
What is Zen Yoga?
Zen Yoga is a different form of yoga. It is a combined with different philosophies of traditions from eastern region.
The philosophy of Zen helps you be mindfully aware in the present moment by improving your concentration.
Where did Zen Yoga come from?
Yoga originated in India and was practiced by Buddha.
Zen Yoga was founded by Aaron Hoopes- The basic principle of Zen Yoga is that simple breathing, movement and stretching exercises are available to anyone regardless of age, fitness, or health.
Its is a perfect combination of philosophies from qigong, shanti yoga, and tai-chi.
What does Zen Yoga include?
Zen flow yoga consists of simple breathing, movement and stretching exercises.
This can be done by individuals of any age , fitness levels, or health.
This also includes mediation that strengthens your mind, body ,and spirit.
Zen Yoga is completely safe as it has gentle and simple exercises.
- The exercises and movements in Zen yoga are inspired from tai chi, popular Chinese martial art.
- Zen yoga has slow and controlled movements
- The chi kung or qigong breathing technique helps to stimulate and balance your body.
- Qi is the important energy requires for your body. Gong is gain power and control that helps in achieving your goals.
- Shanti yoga techniques are also in the Zen yoga practice. This type of yoga has movements that work against the gravity.
- They are simple and slow movements, but very beneficial. This increase good body function, decrease pain,and lowers stress levels.
- This method can be best for people suffering from chronic pain.
- Zen yoga uses mediation as a technique to relax the mind and spirit.
- Zen yoga is also helpful in controlling anger or negative reactions.
This method of yoga can be practiced by everyone!
Through mindful breathwork instruction, in combination with gentle stretching and movement techniques, Zen Yoga can reduce stress, release toxicity, raise metabolism, improve circulation, relieve chronic pain and tension, leading to better health, vigor and longevity.
Each part of the body receives sufficient energy and exercise to build strength and flexibility, improves function and create lightness.
It is suitable for all body types and ages.
Zen Yoga simply meets you where you are, regardless of physical limitations or fitness level.
It’s not about what you can’t do it’s about what is possible!
Zen Yoga encourages stretching, moving and breathing at your own pace and will give you immediate and positive results.
Zen Yoga is an energizing non fatiguing practice.
It contributes positively to energy levels, mental and emotional stability.
Preparing your skin for the Fall is the first step towards Rejuvenation and Renewal of the skin. The health benefits of Therapeutic body treatments are abundant.
When you are preparing for a cleanse which is recommended for this time of the season. Your skin can breathe and renew a lot faster and the elimination is more efficient.
Fleur De Luna combines Dead Sea Mineral mud enhanced with certified organic ylang-ylang essential oil will help remove toxins and improve skin clarity and elasticity.
Fortified with natural extracts of papaya and green tea, your skin is sure to show improved clarity and natural glow after one treatment.
The black mud harvested from the banks of the Dead Sea is in fact alluvial silt washed down from the surrounding mountains and deposited on the shores of this inland salt sea. Layer upon layer of fine silt deposits have evolved over thousands of years to form a rich Dead Sea mud containing particularly high levels of magnesium, calcium, potassium, strontium, boron and iron. The resulting mineral-rich Dead Sea mud is a natural raw material that can be used by the body as a source of essential minerals for all its basic needs.
Pink Rose Body Mud contains pink clay from France to help exfoliate dead skin cells and give the skin a smooth satiny sheen. Infused with Damask Rose, it provides intense moisturizing, and clarifies tired complexions.
Pink French Clay- considered to be the mildest of all clay’s works well for normal, sensitive and mature skin types.
Shea Butter- known for it’s moisturizing and emollient properties.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids- it will contain a wide variety of residual natural substances, such as cellulose,carbohydrates,proteins, water soluble vitamins and minerals.
Damask Rose oil – an exotic aphrodisiac which helps in soothing and harmonizing the mind as well as helps overcoming anger depression grief nervous tension and fear.
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