Salt is essential for life -- you cannot live without it. However, most people simply don't realize that there are enormous differences between the standard, refined table and cooking salt most of you are accustomed to using and natural health-promoting salt.
Ayahuasca, which is produced from plants growing in the Amazon jungle, as been used extensively for healing and in religious ceremonies for centuries among certain groups native to the Amazon. In recent decades its popularity has been spreading elsewhere in the world and there is a growing interest in using the substance to treat mental disorders like depression, anxiety, PTSD and addiction that plague the Western world. For these treatments to gain traction, people need to be reassured that ayahuasca is safe and has few or no major side effects.
A number of studies conducted over the past few decades have produced evidence that ayahuasca does not harm the people who consume it. A 2012 study conducted by the Hospital Sant Pau in Barcelona drove home the message with scientific rigor.
The research looked at 127 people who had used ayahuasca at least twice a month for 15 years and compared them to a group who had never taken the substance. After undergoing a series of interviews and tests, the study found that there is “no evidence of psychological maladjustment, mental health deterioration or cognitive impairment in the ayahuasca-using group.” Ayahuasca users even scored better in some of the cognitive tests than their counterparts. They also showed lower rates of depression, anxiety, hostility, worry and other negative traits than the control subjects, and higher in self-transcendence and spiritual orientation.
*Full article by Aaron Kase can be found on www.reset.me
Smudging is the name given to the ceremonial and day-to-day act of cleansing and purification using a selection of herbs, which are bundled together using string to form a smudge stick and then ignited. The smoke emitted from the bundle is said to cleanse negative energy, influence or spirits and purify places, people and even objects such as tools.
Much like washing the hands prior to a meal, smudge smoke is used to cleanse a person or space in an energetic bath of scented smoke, perhaps before a powerful ceremony.
Contributing further credibility to the clinical effectiveness of smudging is a 2007 paper titled “Medicinal Smoke Reduces Airborne Bacteria,” also published within the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Researchers analyzed the burning of wood and a mixture of medicinal herbs over a one-hour period in a closed room. A massive 94% reduction in airborne bacteria was detected over this short period and, as the authors detail, “the ability of the smoke to purify and disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room.” A very large list of pathogenic bacteria were found to be absent in an open room after a colossal 30 days following treatment.
Although the traditional use of smudging was not intended to seek and destroy microscopic organisms, it certainly serves that purpose in the modern world- a world facing an increasing array of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and pathogens.
Though our ancestors didn’t view the world through a modern scientific lens, it appears the practice of smudging was forged from the fires of intuition.
*Full article by Luke Sumpter can be found on www.reset.me
Arnica can safely speed healing and reduce symptoms of accidents, bruising and swelling due to diverse injuries: blows, falls, sprains, strains, twists and turns included. Its healing benefits other situations as well, while it is best to use it ASAP, even old injuries that still hurt have found Arnica useful. If taken before and after exercising, Arnica can help the body minimize soreness, strain and pain. In short, Arnica belongs in every home.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It's also comprised of 60%-70% of complete protein that has all the essential amino acids required for ultimate health. It is a type of kelp, so its 100% vegan as well!
This green super-food has so many health benefits it's impossible to list them all :)
Coconut oil has been demonized in the past due to it's high saturated fat levels. What researchers are slowly finding is that not all saturated fats are 'created equal'. Coconut oil contains mostly Medium Chain Triglycerides which are metabolized by the body differently that other saturated fats. Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, caprice acid, and caprylic acid containing antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. Coconut oil has also been used in recipes, topical medicinal treatments, oil-pulling, enemas, and massage (to name a few) for centuries in Ayurveda- India's traditional medical system.
This oil is made in America in New York State from a spectrum of traditional essential oils that are environmentally friendly and contain no chemicals. These components are all natural and mixed to microscopically adjusted proportions to release the full beneficial properties of each individual oil. The formula includes no other substances except what may be found in the following: sweet almond oil, bergamot, chamomile, rosemary, peppermint, lavender, basil, orange, cardamom, clary sage, geranium, eucalyptus and ginger essential oils.
P.S. The man behind this Essential Oil blend is a dear friend!
Aside from its medicinal benefits we love its calming aroma.
An excerpt from the documentary: "The Jungle Prescription: Ayahuasca"
The Jungle Prescription is the tale of two doctors treating their addicted patients with a mysterious Amazonian medicine rumored to reveal one's deepest self. Dr. Gabor Maté has a revolutionary idea: to treat addicts with compassion.
His work as the resident doctor in Vancouver's Portland Hotel - a last-chance destination for lifelong drug abusers - has been courageous, but incredibly frustrating. Maté hears of an ancient medicine beyond his imaginings: one that could provide his patients with a solution.
The New Chapter Zyflamend supplement has become a go-to supplement for years now for Zain and I. Whenever we are feeling sick, sluggish, sore from running, have allergies, or asthma issues (to list a few), we take a few capsules of zyflamend. The capsules contain of a great combination of herbs that work together to halt inflammation while supporting healthy systemic body function. We stand behind this company in their efforts to help increase health through herbal remedies.
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Epsom salt soaking was recently introduced to me by my grandfather. After obtaining a nice sized bucket for him to soak his feet in, I decided I’d give it a try myself. I added 3 drops of lavendar oil to the recommended amount of epsom salt in my warm bucket of water, which ended up being a really great addition. Below is a link to a site listing several health benefits from soaking with epsom salts.
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EPSOM SALT USES & BENEFITS
Some women so frequently get UTI’s they are put on a daily low dosage of an antibiotic to avoid future infections. To me, this should be avoided at all costs. I will list the natural remedies that work for me to help prevent urinary tract infections, and in my case, have cured painful infections for me in the past.
1) Coriander powder in hot water
-2 teaspoons of coriander powder in 1 1/2 cups of hot water
2) MMS-Miracle Mineral Supplement
*Note: There is a lot of controversy surrounding MMS. Do you’re own research and gather many opinions surrounding any concerns.
Excerpt from Herb Wisdom:
"Cat's Claw may help create support for the intestinal and immune systems of the body, and may also creates intestinal support with its ability to cleanse the entire intestinal tract. This cleansing helps create support for people experiencing different stomach and bowel disorders, including: colitis, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and leaky bowel syndrome.
In addition, in one study, human volunteers who took Cat's claw for 8 weeks showed improved DNA repair.
Cat's Claw can often be found combined with other 'immune' herbs with similar healing properties such as Echinacea and may:
Try things out for yourself, one 'size' or system does not fit everyone. It's important to know your own body and mind and pave your own path.
The information provided here is for educational purposes only, and should not be used to diagnose and treat diseases. We are reporting about our own experiences in using certain remedies to aid in certain conditions.
Always take time to research and gather many opinions on possible treatments, especially for serious or life-threatening illnesses.