Herbs

Lemon Balm: An Often Ignored Healing Herb

Source:  Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

Lemon balm contains within it the virtues of a dozen other plants.
— St. Hildegard of Bingen

Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. The leaves, which have a mild lemon aroma, are used to make medicine. The use of lemon balm goes back thousands of years to the time of the ancient Romans and Greeks. One of its first recorded uses was as a wine infused liniment. Dioscorides a Greek physician, pharmacologist, and botanist practicing in the 1st century in Rome, mentions its use in this way, and it was also employed in this same manner in Ayurvedic medicine. St. Hildegard of Bingen, an herbalist and nun born in 1098 C.E. in present day Germany said, “Lemon balm contains within it the virtues of a dozen other plants.” According to Nicholas Culpepper (a botanist, avid astrologer, physician, herbalist, and author of the Complete Herbal, written in 1653), said dried lemon balm may be made into a fine 'electuary' with honey. He wrote that it was ruled by the planet Jupiter and associated with the zodiac sign of Cancer, therefore having an association with the water element and thus an effect on emotions.

Lemon balm was traditionally used to uplift the spirits. In an ancient text of the Middle East recounting Azerbaijani folk medicine practices called the Tibbname, a bath in lemon balm tea was believed to support heart health and to promote healthy skin. It was a common practice to apply lemon balm externally or to take internally for its relaxing effects.

When Candace did her herbal training many years ago lemon balm was considered to be a nice herb to use in tea but not thought to have many medicinal uses. Her eyes were opened when she read Anthony William’s book Life Changing Foods. He considers lemon balm to be an herb that has many wonderful medicinal qualities especially for calming the nerves — especially those involved indigestion.

Digestive issues can stem from nerve endings that have become hypersensitive around the digestive organs. Nerves play a role in much of the digestive distress we have in our lives. For instance, inflamed phrenic nerves which control the diaphragm and therefore influence the stomach and the vagus nerve which run through the diaphragm and govern the stomach and digestions are sometimes behind digestive sensitivities as are nerves that connect the spine and digestive tract. If your stomach or intestines are irritated for no identifiable reason, it is usually due to sensitive nerves. One common occurrence is that a food (even something that is easy to digest, rubs against the lining of the intestinal tract which causes someone with sensitive nerves to feel discomfort. Nerve sensitivity can also trigger symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, and a sudden urgency to eliminate when nervous.

Lemon balm is a gift from God and Mother Nature to deal with our frazzling world. Lemon balm has soothing properties which come from bioactive phytochemicals such as undiscovered alkaloids that calm the nerve receptors at the digestive tract so that the nerves become less sensitized and inflammation reduces. Lemon balm doesn’t stop there as it is a heal-all herb with high contribution factor to almost every part of the body. Extremely high in tract minerals such as boron, manganese, copper, chromium, molybdenum, selenium and iron. Lemon Balm also has large amounts of micromineral silica. Plus, it’s a B12 conserving herb which means that it monitors your stores of this vitamin and keeps your body from using it all up.

Lemon balm is antiparasitic, antiviral, and antibacterial throughout the body. It fights Epstein Barr virus, shingles and other herpetic viruses such as HHV-6. It is an amazing herb for tonsillitis which is inflammation caused by strep throat. Plus, lemon balm detoxifies the liver, spleen and kidneys and helps reduce bladder inflammation so great for cystitis and urinary tract infections.

It treats the following issues: bladder, kidney and urinary issues, hypertension, Epstein Barr, mono, staph infections, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, ear infections, ear  problems, hiatal hernia, neuropathy, ringworm, adrenal fatigue, migraines, ADHD, strep throat, autism, Lyme, ALS, herpes, rosacea, PCOS and Menières disease. The symptoms it treats are loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, anxiousness, nervous stomach, hot flashes, night sweats, frozen shoulder, gastritis, trace mineral deficiencies, tooth pain, seizures, brain inflammation.

When you are talking about Lemon Balm in the essential oil world, it’s actually bottled as Melissa officinalis. It received the name “Melissa” because of its sweet, fresh, citrus-like fragrance, which was known to attract bees (Melissa is Greek for “honey bee”). As one of doTerra’s rarest and most expensive oils at $153 per 5 millileters, Melissa has a wide range of health benefits and uses. Melissa is used as a flavor in teas and ice cream as well as with some fish dishes. Because of its positive effect on mood, Melissa has long been used to calm feelings of tension and nervousness. Diffusing Melissa at night can help initiate a restful sleep environment and promote emotional well-being. Melissa may also help to support a healthy immune system.

  • Diffuse at night or rub on forehead, shoulders, or chest to help lessen feelings of stress and promote emotional well-being.

  • Diffuse to create a relaxing environment that encourages a restful night’s sleep.

  • Add to moisturizer or a spray bottle with water and spritz on face to rejuvenate skin and refresh the mind.

  • As with many essential oils, there is a possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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The information provided here should in no way, shape or form take the place of medical advice; always seek medical advice from a chosen professional concerning your health prior to making any changes in your diet, lifestyle, supplementation or other similar habits, and from any secondary resources or links found on this site.

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5 Herbs You Should Know About

Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic on recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

by Candace Liccione

I want to talk about five of the popular herbs that you might consider adding to your daily life. Some might be familiar and some you may have never heard about. Most people want a magic pill that works in an hour and you don’t have to make any changes in your life or your diet. It would be nice if it worked that way, but it doesn’t. If you have health issues, you really need to make changes in all parts of your life. You should factor into your healing plan - working on your emotional issues, changing problem areas in your personal life, your work life, your diet, and your lack of exercise.

Herbs are wonderful to soothe many of our health challenges. They say that there is an herb on earth for every health problem. Food and herbs act as a messenger to your genes. Food and herbs are medicine for your body, mind and spirit.  Adding herbs to your life is very healthy! Herbs however, work slowly and take time. Did you know that every major ailment has a specific natural food or herb prescription that can reverse its course. Your body can heal itself if you give it a chance and the right food. It may take 3+ months or more for you to see results as you go herbal, but it is so worth it. Keep in mind that herbs don’t have the side effects like pharmaceuticals do. And herbs are very affordable and you can even grow some herbs at home in your garden.

Emotional healing is also very important as you begin your healing journey. You have to work on all aspects of yourself including the body, mind and spirit. You also need to examine your diet. You are what you eat. You are actually what you eat, digest, absorb and eliminate! So many of us have not been educated to understand that what we put into your body runs our body. So, if you have health issues, your body is not getting what it needs to run properly. Adding herbs to your life and your food has many advantages to give your body the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other natural ingredients that can support you on your healing path.

Cats Claw

First off let me introduce you to cats claw. It’s an herb that most people have never heard of.  Cats claw is an herb that can alleviate almost any symptom from neurological to digestive. Pathogens such as bacteria cannot become resistant to it like they can with antibiotics. It is great for getting rid of parasites, fighting viruses, ridding the body of strep. Good against all kinds of cancer, Lyme, ALS, MS, UTIs, herpes, vitiligo, sleep disorders. Don’t use if pregnant or trying to conceive. Use only non-alcoholic tincture as alcohol cancels out the effects of the herb. Cats claw is a wonderful tea but is available in supplements and as a tincture.

Ginger

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Ginger is an herb most people are familiar with but think it is only for digestive issues. It is the ultimate antispasmodic herb. It calms an upset stomach and relaxes other areas of tension for up to 12 hours. It is reportedly good for stress related illness like adrenal fatigue, acid reflux, sleep apnea, spastic bladder, insomnia.  Also great for tension headaches, is anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-parasitic. It is reportedly good for pancreatitis, gallstones, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disease, eczema, psoriasis, anxiety, all kinds of cancer, celiac, chronic sinusitis, lymphedema, lupus and shingles. Acts as a tonic for muscles and organs telling the body it can let go and that everything is under control. Helps relieve tension headaches, flush excess lactic acid from muscle tissue out of the body and not just from exercise but also from stress. Ginger has 30 amino acids, 60 trace minerals, 500 enzymes and co enzymes. It is great for stress assistance, DNA reconstruction, enhancement of the body’s production of B12. Ginger can be eaten with food and as a tea.

Turmeric

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Turmeric is the herb that is very familiar to most people as it has been the popular herb in the past couple of years. It is good for our entire wellbeing. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for lupus. Note that inflammation in chronic illness is due to the body’s immune response to a foreign presence such as a virus so turmeric is great for anything in the body that is inflamed and causing pain. It is good for increasing blood supply to areas of the body that need enhanced circulation. It is great for the cardiovascular system, lowers bad cholesterol raises good cholesterol, helps inhibit tumors, cysts and helps prevent many cancers especially skin cancer. Take as a spice in your food, as tea, juiced or as a supplement.

Chaga

Another herb that most people have never heard about is Chaga mushroom. I first learned about Chaga through Anthony William Medical Medium. Chaga is not really a mushroom but a pre-mushroom growth. It has immune system enhancing nutrients to battle toxins, viruses and bacteria. It strengthens red blood cells and bone marrow, balances blood platelets, great tonic for entire body, good against all kinds of cancer. Regulates blood sugar and boosts adrenals. Good for autoimmune disease, Lyme, MS, ALS, carpal tunnel, bursitis, fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, psoriasis, eczema, Epstein Barr, migraines, electromagnetic hypersensitivity, celiac and rosacea.  Take as a tea in powder form or add to smoothies.

Nettle

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Another herb that people have probably heard about is nettle. It is usually considered to be a female herb as it is wonderful for women’s reproductive health issues. Low hormone test results often mean that the adrenals are either overactive or underactive. Great for adrenal glands and other members of the endocrine system. But it also is wonderful for stress, is anti-inflammatory for your tired organs, rids the body of excess estrogen that come from plastics and pesticides, is bone building and bone protecting as it is rich in silica. Nettle has 40 trace minerals and is a potent pain reliever. Good for urinary tract issues, reproductive cancers, Epstein Barr virus, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic stress, laryngitis, eczema, psoriasis, depression, auto immune diseases, anxiety & bladder prolapse. Nettle is wonderful as tea.

Disclaimer

Please note that HealingLifeWisdom does NOT provide any medical advice and all content provided is for informational purposes only; this website is in no way a substitute for medical advice from a licensed professional.

The information provided here should in no way, shape or form take the place of medical advice; always seek medical advice from a chosen professional concerning your health prior to making any changes in your diet, lifestyle, supplementation or other similar habits, and from any secondary resources or links found on this site.

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Lavender: Giving This Herb the Respect It Deserves

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by Candace Liccione

Lavender is an herb that usually doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Some people love it and some people hate it but none of them take it seriously. Lavender brings to mind English cottage gardens as it is an integral part of an English garden. Lavender is a must if you have a garden. There are so many uses for your lavender flowers – in cut arrangements, in tea, for hair and skin recipes, in cooking and baking, in bath and body recipes. Lavender is a quiet, sedate plant in your garden. The gray/silver foliage is quiet and doesn’t catch your eye until it begins to bloom. Once the flower stems begin to bloom this quiet plant bursts into its lavender beauty. Lavender flowers are not all lavender and come in white and pink varieties. The scent of lavender will transport you to another time and place.

Lavender flowers are a powerful antidepressant, nervine tonic, good for exhaustion, aids with stress, reduces aches and pains, has a mild sedative effect, good for restlessness, dizziness, headaches, stomach discomfort, nervous intestinal disorders, for insecurities, for insomnia, depression and skin and hair blends. Lavender calms and stabilizes the nervous system and relax muscles so is great as a calming tea or great in the bathtub to calm and relax.

Lavender was used in the 17th century during the Great Plaque when it was suggested that a bunch of lavender fastened to the wrist would protect the wearer against the plague. Lavender is often an ingredient in the current aromatherapy blend Thieves Oil or Medieval blend used against infectious diseases.

Lavender can be used in so many ways – as an herb for tea, a medicinal remedy, as an essential oil for emotional and physical ailments and you can cook with it. Lavender added to lemonade is delicious and lavender in cookies is yummy. Lavender blends well with citrus flavors. Lavender flowers are a wonderful flavor to add to herbal vinegars to use in salads or in marinades.

Time to take this herb seriously and make sure that lavender in all its forms are part of your life and health.

Lavender Bath Blend

1 cup dried lavender flowers

2 cups of oatmeal

½ cup of baking soda

Put all ingredients into a food processor and grind to a smooth fine powder. Place into a muslin bag and use in bath.


Learn about many benefits of lavender essential oil in this Healing Life Wisdom Podcast, featuring doTerra Wellness Advocate, Julianna Jewels Avelar.


Dandelion: Pesky Weed or Medicinal Herb?

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by Candace Liccione

Dandelion is considered by most people to be a really pesky weed but that could not be further from the truth. Dandelion is one of the most nutrient dense and highly medicinal wild weeds. Dandelions have been used by humans for food for much of recorded history. Dandelions are nutritious and very medicinal. Until the mid-1800’s, dandelions were encouraged to grow in people’s backyards so they could be easily harvested for treating a variety of ailments.

After a long winter of no fresh food, the dandelion with its high vitamin and mineral content, was a wonderful spring tonic for the body. Dandelion can strengthen the liver, the gallbladder, helps get rid of gall stones, strengthens bones & teeth, reduce joint stiffness, lowers uric acid and blood cholesterol levels and promotes good digestion. Dandelion is also a diuretic, laxative, a potassium source, liver tonic, general tonic, good for muscular rheumatism and is anti-inflammatory. Dandelions are also good for the bladder, spleen, pancreas, stomach and intestines. It is recommended for stressed out, internally sluggish and sedentary people.

The entire dandelion plant is medicinal. Dandelion leaves are wonderful in salads, soups or sautéed or steamed. They taste like chicory or endive, with an intense heartiness overlying a bitter tinge. The leaves are more nutritious than anything you can buy. They’re higher in beta-carotene than carrots, the iron and calcium content is phenomenal, greater than spinach, loaded with vitamins, biotin, inositol, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc. The flowers contain vitamins A, B12, anti- oxidants and have mild anti-inflammatory properties.

Dandelion leaves are wonderful for the kidneys. They are a gentle but effective diuretic relieving water retention and bloating and toning the kidneys. Dandelion root is also a really great liver tonic. It stimulates the liver and gallbladder to release bile, relieves stagnation, and encourages healthy digestion. There is research going on now with highly preliminary evidence that suggests that dandelion root offers chemotherapy-like effects with a high degree of safety and fewer side effects than conventional drugs. It appears to kill off cancer cells without harming the healthy ones. The leaves and roots are wonderful as a tonic tea or added to other tea blends.

As you learn more about how good dandelions are for what ails you, be more respectful as you see all those dandelions popping up in your yard this spring. Collect dandelion leaves in early spring, when they are the tastiest, before the flowers appear. You can harvest them again in late fall.

Disclaimer

Please note that HealingLifeWisdom does NOT provide any medical advice and all content provided is for informational purposes only; this website is in no way a substitute for medical advice from a licensed professional.

The information provided here should in no way, shape or form take the place of medical advice; always seek medical advice from a chosen professional concerning your health prior to making any changes in your diet, lifestyle, supplementation or other similar habits, and from any secondary resources or links found on this site.

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