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Herbs, Plants, and living Holistically

By JorJa J Bennett Owner of Luna's Light Botanicals

Disclaimer
I am not a registered or certified Herbalist, nor am I a medical practitioner or a veterinarian. Since I am not a practitioner of the Medicinal Arts I am not in anyway to diagnose anyone. I am an aspiring Herbalist, and a Horticulture college student, all information in my workshop and on my website is from my own research. Anything I sell in my shop or from my shop is not claimed to work in place of Western Medicine. I am not responsible for anything you decide to ingest or use from my shop, so use responsibly. I will write warnings, and provide as much information I can as possible including ingredients, possible side effects and possible medication interactions on my website. I advise you to do your own research on an herb, plant, or ingredient before you take it, and to talk to your professional medical practitioner, this is your responsibility. In no way, shape or form do I advise you to quit taking a pharmaceutical drug and replace it with an herb, Product, or Energy/lightworking (Reiki, Crystals, Chakra) session; all of these are to work complementary to western medicine not in place of it. Talk to your doctor and please do your research. All information is just my personal research, and "possible" uses of herbs and plants, these products are not approved by the FDA. Always ask your Doctor before ingesting an herb or using a product that you feel may have an effect on your current medications, or condition. I also require that only persons 18 years and older order from my shop. If you are a parent and would like me to do a light/energy/or Divination session or to make a product for your child I ask that you order on your own accord, and if to meet in person for a session that you accompany your minor at the session. If online or over the Phone, please also meet with me over the phone or via Skype and be present for the consultation. If the minor feels more comfortable during the session either in person or online without you in the room that is fine, but I need to know that there is parental consent, and the session and/or product needs to be paid for by the Parent or guardian. This also applies to pets.

What is an herb?
An Herb is--any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume.

What is Herbal therapy?


Herbal therapy -- also called botanical medicine, Complementary medicine, and Herbal medicine, it can be defined under the category of Holistic Medicine or Therapy -refers to using a plant's seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine for thousands of years. It is becoming more mainstream as time goes on and more research is made.

What is Holistic Therapy?


Holistic therapy is taking in consideration the person as a whole, treating the cause of the ailment instead of the symptoms. Holistic medicine treats the mind as well as the body. Holistic Herbal Therapy can be used to help with all kinds of ailments such as: asthma, eczema, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, and cancer, among others.

Herbal Medicine History..


It is thought that before it was even recorded, herbs were used as remedies to everyday ailments, illnesses, and diseases. Ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal uses for plants as early as 3,000 BC. Many other indigenous cultures such as Africans and Native Americans used herbs in their rituals and healing remedies. In india for thousands of years Ayurvedic medicine has been practiced and studied

Herbal Medicine History..


In the early 19th century, when chemical analysis first became available, scientists began to extract and modify the active ingredients from plants. Later, chemists began making their own version of plant compounds and, over time, the use of herbal medicines declined in favor of drugs. Almost one fourth of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from botanicals.

Herbal Therapy Now..


Herbal therapy is continuously growing in popularity as more research is recorded. Recently, the World Health Organization estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care. In Germany, about 600 - 700 plant based medicines are available and are prescribed by some 70% of German physicians.

Common Herbs and their uses...

Lavender-aids in relaxation, meditation, is also antiviral, can be used in a vinegar rinse for the hair to aid in dandruff control,can be brewed into a face wash for acne, is an antifungal, and an antibacterial. Can be used internally, topically, and through aromatherapy Chamomile-aids in sleep, can be used in a vinegar solution for the hair dye it lighter over time, is an Anti-inflammatory, can be brewed with water into a face wash to soothe eczema and psoriasis. Echinacea-aids in immunity, helps prevent illness, and can shorten illness. Can be used as a topical disinfectant and on the skin for eczema and psoriasis. Can also be made into a brewed rinse with water to help recover from gingivitis & other ailments.

Common Herbs and their uses...


Dandelion leaf, root, flower-- You can use Dandelion root and leaves as a tea to Detox your body from impurities, you can use the flowers for mood elevation and to reduce stress in a salad or a wine. When eaten can also provide many important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, B, Potassium, Calcium,and magnesium. Rosemary-relieves headaches and migraines, can be combined with a vinegar solution to make a hair rinse to help darken hair color naturally, can be used through aromatherapy to elevate the mood and improve respiratory health, can be applied topically to relieve pain in muscles. Can be used to detox the liver. Pregnant women should avoid eating too much, as it can

Plant uses you may not have known about..

Citrus- You can use citrus peels and vinegar to create a citrus cleaner, which works as good as any cleaner, especially on grease. (Just try not to use on marble) You can also use citrus peels to deodorize the garbage disposal & trash, and wipe lemon slices over cutting boards to kill any lingering bacteria due to its antibacterial qualities. Lemon juice in water helps to alkalize the body, helping with nausea and aids digestion. Avocado has more uses than just in your tummy! You can use an Avocado on your skin too! It has Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and even Vitamin C all in one to help your skin thrive! It also can be used for helping to condition the hair and repair from damage.

Dandelion flowers- Dandelion flowers can be picked and put in white wine to create Dandelion Wine, which helps to elevate the mood. Ginger-Ginger tea, ginger in honey, helps with throat and nose congestion, nausea. Ginger is also an antiinflammatory and aids in helping to ease aches and pains. Garlic- is an antibiotic, fungicide, Expectorant, high in antioxidants,helps to boost immune system,antiinflammatory You can use garlic in an Olive oil solution to help treat earaches, also you can use garlic oil to aid in healing psoriasis.

Common items good to have on hand...

Vinegar Apple Cider Vinegar Both vinegar and apple cider vinegar are good for using as an alternative to fabric softener, as well as deodorizing your clothes. You can also use vinegar to remove the wax film off of your produce instead of buying a produce wash. You can wash your hair in a diluted vinegar or ACV solution, ACV tends to smell better, this will help to balance the pH of your scalp helping to ward off dandruff. This vinegar solution for the hair can also be infused with herbs to add other nutrients.You can also wipe down the counters with vinegar to help kill germs instead of using harsh cleaners all the time.

Common items good to have on hand...


Coconut oil- this is good for the hair, the skin, the teeth(oil pulling), takes away sun burns, chapped lips, makes a great eye serum for dark circles & anti-aging properties, and is great to cook with. When ingested: Coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Even

more, it also can help to fight off yeast, fungus and


candida.Coconut oil can increase metabolism, energy and endurance.

Common items good to have on hand...


Castile soap-Dr. Bronners--You can almost wash everything with this soap without harming the environment or yourself. From your hair, to your body, to your clothes, to your sink. Castile soap is gentle, effective, and biodegradable.

Essential Tea tree Oil has antiviral and antibacterial properties, thus is able to be used both for sanitizing house items and it can also be used to treat minor wounds, encourage healing, and prevent infection. Tea Tree Oil is also good for things like treating acne, insect bites, dandruff, ringworm, atheletes foot, can be used as a pain reliever (topically). Never Ingest.

Common items good to have on hand...

Honey--Particularly Raw or Local or both, store bought honey that is processed does not have any of the benefits as Raw or Local honey does due to being heated at high temperatures which kill the nutrients, and filtered of its pollen. Raw Local would be best, Raw second. Raw honey is high in antioxidants. Local will help with local allergies, these together make a great team. Honey is great for the skin as well, it can also be used to sooth sore throats during the winter season. One ounce of raw honey contains approximately 20 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 16 minerals, and a ton of antioxidants, as well as plenty of phytonutrients and flavinoids. Raw honey is an antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal substance. Do not give honey to babies or

Common items good to have on hand...

Himalayan salt- Himalayan crystal contains all of the 84 elements found in your body, provides pH balance,

Aids in reducing the common signs of aging, Supports


healthy respiratory function(Himalayan Salt Lamps),

Lowers sinus problems, and promotes over-all sinus


health, Reduces cramps, Increases bone strength, Naturally promotes healthy sleep patterns, & Circulatory support. Regular processed Table salt has

Common items good to have on hand...


Baking Soda can be used as a deodorant, as a tooth whitener, a deodorizer for the fridge, freezer, litter box, or carpet, you can use it as a degreaser for pots and pans, or put some of it on a fresh grease spot on your blouse, it will pull up the grease. You can also use baking soda in the bath to help soothe aches and pains along with some epsom salt. You can use baking soda as an alternative to shampoo, which will wash your hair, balance you scalps pH, and removes the chlorine from your hair, bringing back its vibrance.

Do you know what's in your synthetic household products?


Synthetic products are--products made from chemicals and unnatural resources.
This is what you can find in your shampoo as well as many other beauty and skin products.
Sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate,, Alkyloamides, diethanolamides (DEA), monoethanolamides (MEA), monoisopropanolamides (MIPA), ethoxylated or PEG alkanolamides, Amodimethicone, CA-24 (chloroacetamide), Cocoamide DEA, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Myeth Sulfate, DMDM Hydantoin, Ext. D&C, Ext. D&C Violet #2, Formaldehyde, Glyceryl Stearate S.E., Imidazolidinyl urea (also known as Germall and phenoxyethanol), Irgasan DP 300 ( also named Triclosan), Lauramide DEA, Laureth 1-40, Laurylmyrist-oleamidosulfosuccinate.Linoleamidopropyl ethly dimonium ethosulfate, Methylparaben, Mineral Oil, Propylene Glycol, Quaternary ammonium salts including stearalkonium chloride, quaternary-15 (a fungicide).

Why are synthetic products bad for you and the environment?
The ingredients in most synthetic products we buy are toxic to your body and to the environment. From Motor oil to Formaldehyde synthetic products are thought to be causing an array of illnesses and symptoms. Allergies, Headaches, nausea, cancer, digestion issues, rashes, IBS, respiratory problems, are just a few problems thought to be caused and/or contributed by synthetic products we use on our face, skin, hair, teeth, on the surfaces in our house, in the yard and more. The chemicals in these products are leaching out into our environment as well, which can serve dire consequences from the decline of our preshious bee population to depleating our soil. The use of synthetic products need to decline, before we

What's are some common synthetic products?


Almost all Shampoos, Conditioners, Lotions, Cosmetics, Perfumes, Shaving creams, Deodorants, Body washes,

Air fresheners, Room deodorizers & sprays, Hair Spray,


Bubble bath, Sugar and salt scrubs, Shower cleaners, Bathroom cleaners, Dust cleaners, All purpose cleaners

and basically anything that looks bright, colorful and is


packed decoratively in plastic bottles and plastic wrap that is placed on a department store's shelf, have chemicals in them which causes adverse effects to your body ranging from allergic reactions to cancerous

What are Natural Products?


Natural products are products made from whole natural and/or Organic ingredients, you can understand the words on the ingredients label, there are no artificial ingredients or preservatives. A whole natural ingredient for example would be: Lavender or (Lavandula angustifolia), Peppermint essential oil, benzion gum for preservative, JoJoba oil, and Shea Butter. These ingredients can also have the word Organic in front of them, which is always a plus. Make sure to check ingredients, 2-3

Where can you buy Natural Products?


You can buy natural products at Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Sprouts, The Nugget, Nutrition stores, Health stores, Holistic stores, Online shops, and from my local and online business Lunas Light Botanicals.

Can you make Natural products yourself?


Yes! Most of the time its very simple too! You just need the time, the knowledge(research books and the web), and the ingredients! Here is a simple recipe for your leftover citrus peels:

Citrus cleaner
1 Jar (preferrably large) Jar fill with Oranges or Lemons or both Jar with Vinegar/white or ACV Add Rosemary, peppermint, or lavender to spice it up Wait 2-3 weeks to steep. Use in spray bottle, extraction water and presto! Natural non-toxic citrus cleaner that cuts through grease better than the synthetic stuff. Just be careful on marble counters with the acidity. You can also buy this product from me in the future if you dont feel like making it.

Sources
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