Planet's Apothecary ~ Nature's Sunshine
My greatest lessons and most fond memories occurred around a heavy, round, oak table in my family’s kitchen. Its heavy clawed feet grounded us. It was the heart center of the entity of the family, the nucleus of sharing.
Our circle, our table, was the central point of preparing meals as well as the daily and seasonal harvest for canning, freezing, pickling and gelling. It was the spot we would lay out the medicinal and culinary herbs for storing when the seasons changed. It was essentially our womb: the safe space to share about our daily experiences. As a child, I would listen to my parent’s share the wisdom from their parents and grandparents regarding how each plant had its season and it’s reason. We learned about the Doctrine of Signatures and the magic of reading every nuance of a plant’s colors, scents, roots, leaves and all it’s characteristics and how to draw correspondences to our personal bodies, organs and health.
Our garden became our pharmacy, our Apothecary. In Europe, when something ails you, you visit the Apotheke, it is a place of cures, mostly holistic & natural, hence the name Apothecary.
This page, featuring my trust in Nature's Sunshine products, offers ease in selecting supplements that support your well being through the brilliant lessons of what each Season offers.
Circles are egalitarian, personal, collaborative and bring together the heartbeat of those who would gather. Circles have no beginning and no end. Ceremony from all cultures embraces the Circle. The Central light of our Universe is a Circle. We are gifted with Solar Cycles: our Seasons and the Lunar Cycles, the microcosms of the seasons and how our bodies heal.
Consider this very small initial offering of seasonal supplemental suggestions distilled through observations of my daily life, that show me that our Planet and it’s inhabitants have remarkable tools at their disposal to reconnect with the origins of their truth and health.
These days, most people could use a bit more energy. Although a major culprit is low thyroid function, there are other reasons for low energy that can be addressed by the use of supplements and exercise.
Sometimes the problem is really that you’re not getting a good night’s sleep. 5HTP is our favorite sleep aid. It is the precursor to tryptophan. Some foods high in natural tryptophan are bananas and turkey. That’s why everyone wants to head off for a nap after Thanksgiving dinner! Once you get a deeper night’s sleep, you should wake up more refreshed with more energy.
This relaxing supplement also has been known to aid weight loss by making you feel less hungry.
Sometimes aches and pains interfere with sleep. Stiff, sore muscles from the workday can also cause less than restful sleep. This is when Kava Kava may help. It has muscle relaxant qualities as well as anti-anxiety properties so it can also help to turn off the stress of the day that often interferes with getting a good night’s rest.
Extra magnesium helps to relieve stiffness as well as regulating the bowels. People often have an extra 7 – 25 pounds of undigested food in their colon! That would make anyone sluggish, don’t you think? We like the Magnesium Complex because it combines various forms of magnesium that get used by different systems in the body making it more helpful on all levels. The only people who don’t need extra magnesium these days live away from big cities and have no electricity in their houses.
Super Algae is a ‘Super Food’ that’s packed with energy producing protein. It's wise to take it earlier in the day so you aren’t up all night cleaning your closet. Bee Pollen is another energy food. What do you think keeps the bees buzzing all day? Another benefit of Bee Pollen is that, taken in gradually increasing amounts over an extended period of time, it can assist in
eliminating seasonal allergies! For an energy boost, choose it alone or kick it up a notch in a combination like Energ-V.
Combinations are often the way to go, combining different components that work synergistically.
Maybe your lack of energy can be attributed to a few spare pounds around the middle. MetaboMax™ EF may help you take off those pounds to lighten your load. Many of the ingredients in it are energizing by themselves and other components decrease your appetite and increase your metabolism.
While you’re at it, take a walk! Exercising is actually calming, helping the body to de-stress and prepare for a good nights sleep.
Let’s start off by saying that warmer weather improves some conditions. People with arthritis tend to have less stiffness, not just because it’s not so cold, but because the warmer weather requires less clothing so the skin can help the kidneys get rid of excess acids that cause irritation. Of course, Hydrangea helps with that too. That’s why they’re in season this time of year.
Try to let a little fresh air in even when the AC is running. Don’t lock the airborne pollutants and toxins in so tightly that you can’t clean them out of your systems. Choose to spray some essential oils like Lemon or Pink Grapefruit, into the ducts for a refreshingly clean air experience!
When you are outdoors, it’s important to use natural sunscreens. Natria™ Sunscreen, SPF 30, and Lip Balm, SPF 15, contain only natural sun protectors and are safe even for children. Also, sun exposure causes us to use up our essential fatty acids more quickly. In fact, that’s the underlying cause of what many people call “swimmer’s ear”, that summer ear infection that plagues many a “water-baby”. Boosting your intake of Super GLAs or Omega EPA oils may decrease sunburn and prevent ear pain.
Of course, we can’t stress often enough that summer heat puts excess strain on the heart. We lose lots of potassium when we perspire and potassium is critical for proper heart rhythm. Choose Combination Potassium every day and take a bit more when you’ve been working in the garden or out for a run. It’s heart insurance!
Remember to keep your enzymes like Proactazyme
handy. In summer, our diet changes and you might need some extra help in digesting your those grilled summer foods. Try some fish on the grill, like salmon or tuna steaks. They’ll help with that extra helping of essential fatty acids. Or grill some veggies like zucchini, artichokes, Portobello mushrooms or squash. They’re just a few of the veggies that taste even better grilled. Brush them with some extra virgin olive oil and you are good to go!
As always, get the proper rest and exercise, eat a diet of some fresh foods every day, and be sure to breathe some fresh air. Open the windows in the house, office, schools, etc. so the fresh air can circulate, sweeping away those anaerobic bugs that are waiting to pounce on you!
Then put your feet up and relax. You’ve plugged the holes and your nutrients will stand guard protecting you from invasion!
With the Holidays right around the corner, we look forward to celebrating with friends and family. But we can undo a year of good health in the last six weeks of the calendar at office parties, family gatherings and special events that conspire to undermine the most health conscious among us.
Rich foods put an extra strain on the liver and gallbladder that are already stressed by medications, household chemicals and estrogen dominance. Estrogens affect both men and women since many common foods contain them. The same risk is true for women on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) since both contain synthetic estrogen.
Don't eat late in the day when these organs are naturally slowing their functions. Gallbladder time is 9 PM when it has to stop and concentrate on rebuilding itself. Liver time is 1AM when the liver has to devote energy to renew itself.
Enzymes, especially lipase to digest fats, really help the liver and gallbladder do their jobs more easily and completely. It is in the digestive process that the nutrients are separated from the toxins. The liver and gallbladder are the gatekeepers that keep the riff raff out and allow the elite through the door. Enzymes help to ensure that the digestive process allows for the easy separation into their appropriate categories.
Hi-Lipase is a must for digesting fatty Holiday fare. Food Enzymes are another choice if you still have your gallbladder and want to keep it! Since Food Enzymes contains bile salts, it would be irritating to someone who has already had their gallbladder removed. In that case, choose Proactazyme as your enzyme supplement to ensure proper digestion.
Silymarin found in Milk Thistle has been shown to renew and soothe liver cells. The Timed Release formula is a great way to feed your liver all day long.
Gallbladder Formula contains 7 herbs and only one bottle to open!
Fresh lemon juice in water makes a terrific daily cleanser and can do wonders for a stressed liver and gallbladder. Add a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil to your shower gel and use over the liver area for a citrus fresh way to start the day!
Respiratory health is a year round concern. More people lose time from their job due to sinus problems than any other single illness.
Spring and Summer are considered allergy season but Fall and Winter pose respiratory challenges as well. In the warmer months, airborne pollens trigger lung and sinus reactions when we’re outdoors. The cooler months cause us to seal in the dust, dander, sprays and pollutants we’ve brought inside and use daily. Heating systems then blow them around, circulating them all through the house and work environments.
The point is that you may benefit from feeding and protecting your lungs, sinuses and nasal passages all year long. The best thing you can do for your respiratory system is drink lots of pure water. Mucous membranes are designed to be wet. When they dry out, it’s like getting a deep tissue massage without the massage oil. The sinuses are a ventilation system for the brain, designed to keep it from overheating. They also allow toxins produced as a by product of brain functions to escape. It’s no wonder the brain goes dull if the sinuses aren’t doing their job! Something as simple as choosing a whiff of Peppermint Essential Oil or the combination Breathe
Free™ may clear the passages and, suddenly, you can think again! (Don’t use on children under 2 years old.)
Thankfully there are lots of herbs that work well to clear the airways. The combination, ALJ® aids the entire respiratory tract to gently cleanse itself and promotes healthy respiratory tissue. It comes in capsules and a great tasting liquid so it may be used for all ages. Colds, allergies, sinusitis, it doesn’t matter what the challenge is; this has been used as a super food just for your respiratory system. It is beneficial to feed your respiratory system every day.
Hista Block™ helps the body adjust to challenges brought on by airborne particles, environmental conditions, etc. Choose to keep this on hand for direct aid when seasonal triggers are causing discomfort or distress.
Chinese Lung Support is a combination of 16 herbs specially formulated to supplement the needs of a weakened respiratory system. Its primary herbs work to boost the immune system, promote moisturizing, build energy and soothe inflamed tissue. Studies on bupleurum have shown it to be as effective as cortisone as an anti-inflammatory without the damage to bones and connective tissue associated with long term steroid treatment.
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Preventive Medicine Chest
Choose to take a few steps now to ensure your health levels are strong enough to protect you from those nasty bugs before they come on.
Nature abhors a vacuum so if there are any nutritional holes in your daily regimen, that’s the place that invaders can get their foot in the door. It’s up to you to cancel their reservation. Here are five proactive steps you may choose to do to protect yourself.
1. Choose to replenish your friendly flora every day. These ‘good bacteria’ stand guard so the ‘bad bacteria’ can't get into your system.
Bifidophilus Flora Force or Probiotic Eleven
every day can assist in rebuilding your army of protection and strengthen your immune system. Chewable l-Reuteri is another friendly flora that does not require refrigeration making it the perfect choice for when you're traveling.
2. Make sure your thymus is strong. It’s the lynchpin of your immune system. THIM-J is a key systems product for the immune system.
Immune Stimulator is another good choice, especially if you're prone to catching every bug and your immune system can use a boost.
Vitamin A&D are also great for strengthening the thymus. They may also alleviate joint pain.
3. People who are slightly anemic are more likely to catch the flu. Sometimes there are few signs or we chalk them off to a hectic lifestyle. Time for a little extra insurance!
Try some additional iron in the form of I X which is better tolerated since it’s in plant form, plus Vitamin B-12 Complete and CoQ10.
4. Vitamin C has a long reputation for preventing and shortening the duration of colds and flu. Would you like to know why?
Because studies have shown that it works! Citrus Bioflavonoids are a great choice or try Rose Hips in capsules.
5. The final step of the prevention plan is
VS-C or Olive Leaf Extract, both of which have anti-viral properties.
Don’t wait until you have symptoms, but rather build up your reserves in advance.
First Aid On The Road
Many of us travel and whether your travel is local or long distance, you often encounter challenges on the road. Researchers have found that Ginger may help settle the stomach during times of occasional nausea, motion sickness and morning sickness.
Whether traveling by car, bus, boat or plane try Ginger before and during the trip. Activated Charcoal is one of those things you can choose to never leave home without! If you eat restaurant food, and food poisoning is the result, Charcoal may neutralize
any effects. It is used to calm an agitated GI tract by magnetically attaching itself to the offender and escorting it out the door! For plain old acid reflux, choose some chewable Stomach Comfort in you pocket or purse.
Speaking of traveling, if you want to decrease jet lag, take CoQ10 capsules during your flight. They help to make up for the lack of oxygen while on the plane. Drink lots of bottled water to stay hydrated. When you arrive at your destination, choose some 5HTP a half hour before you want to sleep to assist in adjusting to a different time zone more easily.
Essential Oils are small and portable as well as potent aids for on-the-road challenges. Many people find that pure Lavender Oil can relieve headaches. Rub a drop on each temple to relax. A few drops of Lavender in the bath can also provide a relaxing after travel de-stresser. Some people like to put a drop on a tissue and tuck it into the hotel pillowcase for a sleep aid. Taking a whiff of Peppermint Oil has been used to clear congested sinuses.
Don’t apply this directly to your skin. You may, however, add a few drops to a dab of cream, mixing them together before application to the skin. Breathe Free is a combination of oils that is also helpful, adding Geranium, Rosemary and Neroli Oils to the Peppermint. (Do not use Peppermint on children under two years of age.
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