Monday, January 28, 2013

The Master Cleanse Free Book

FREE BOOK     The Original Edition!

images (1).jpgxxxxxxxxxxxxStanley Burroughs published The Master Cleanser in 1976. Since then thousands and thousands of people have used it to cleanse their way to better health and slimmer, trimmer bodies. His book was one of the first books to popularize a detox diet. In addition to the cleanse, sometimes referred to as the Lemonade Diet, Burroughs included his philosophy of disease and home remedies for various ailments such as ring worm, dandruff, fungus growths on the hands or feet, athlete’s foot, indigestion, gas and more. He also includes vegetarian recipes and menus. It has been a classic for decades. The Mater Cleanse, also called the Lemonade Diet has been around for decades. It was created by Stanley Burroughs who was an early advocate of natural health, and believed in the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The results people have experienced by going on this diet have been nothing short of amazing. Chronic health problems people have suffered with for years vanish in as little as 10 days on this amazing diet. You can still find Stanley Burroughs book at most health food store, or online. It's a small 50 page paperback book that has not changed much since it was first published around 50 years ago. That's a good thing, it means the Master Cleanse has stood the test of time, but there have been many developments in the natural health field since the time the Master Cleanse was first introduced, and they can defiantly enhance your experience with the Cleanse.

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Instructional Video on The Master Cleanse (Lemonade Diet)

Here's the video it's about 9 1/2 minutes long. If you like these videos I would be happy to make a few of my own in the future.

 

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  • You'll cleanse your body of toxic internal waste - Over time your body can store 20 pounds or more of this waste, using the lemonade diet you can safely eliminate this waste and feel lighter and more energetic
  • Reduce or even cure chronic pain, even if you've suffered with it for years - If you have arthritis, sore joints, or other body aches the lemonade diet can help you
  • Lose fat, and raise your metabolism - When your body is cleansed and healthy it will burn more fat. The lemonade diet can also help break even the worst junk food addiction in 10 days or less
  • Look younger and rejuvenate your appearance - wrinkles, dark spots, acne, and other skin conditions vanish when your body is cleansed and healthy
  • Restore your vigor and lust for life! - If you're feeling tired and sluggish the Lemonade Diet can recharge your batteries

Master Cleanse Ingredients

images (1).jpgzzzzzzzzzThe Master Cleanse is powerful in its simplicity. Although very few ingredients are required, the quality of the ingredients is important. Every one of The Master Cleanse Ingredients should be:
  • Whole
  • Organic grade
  • Unrefined with no preservatives
The point is to remove chemicals from your system, to eliminate toxins. Your common sense should tell you that canned lemon juice does not have the same nutritional content as fresh squeezed. It should also tell you that organic is free from chemicals and pesticides. The maple syrup will need to be full of nutrients too, and this means no Aunt Je-my-god-this-is-so-refined-sugary-crap maple syrup. Get whole foods. Unrefined foods.

The Master Cleanse Ingredients

download (1).jpgzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz The diet itself is also simple and requires only five ingredients. You will want to make sure you have at least several days worth of supplies. I have been caught without maple syrup before and have had to make a dash for a whole foods retailer late one night. This is your nourishment, and simply, if you don’t have it you can’t eat, so be prepared. I shop for a whole week. That can be up to 20 lemons, and 1 liter of maple syrup. In a few months, we will be offering a starter kit that will include all items except the lemons.
 
 
  • Organic Lemons
  • Organic Grade B Maple Syrup
  • Organic Cayenne Pepper
  • Organic unrefined Sea Salt
  • Purified Water

Lemons for the Lemonade Diet

 
Lemons_for_the_Lemonade_dietWhen digested, the lemon alkalizes the body. Lemon is a natural cleansing agent for the body, as it brakes and loosens mucus to be eliminated.
Lemon also contains:
  • many minerals and vitamins – C, B-5, B-6
  • digestive enzymes
These help us to brake down unhealthy tissues and cells to be recycled and regenerated. To learn more about this Lemonade diet ingredient, go to our Organic Lemons page.

How many lemons will I need for 10 days of Lemonade diet?

If you buy 50 lemons in advance, as most people do, store 40 in the fridge at a time and take the 10 most ripe lemons out for your first day or two.
NOTE : Store your lemons on the counter to ripen, NOT in the fridge. Enzymes are dormant in the fridge. You want those enzymes.
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Maple Syrup for the Lemonade Diet

  • images (1).jpgzzzzzzzzzzzzThis is the ingredient in the Master Cleanse that will provide you with the calories and the energy to to fuel your body during the cleanse.
  • Maple Syrup was chosen by Stanley Burroughs for specific reasons (as was every other ingredient –Fresh Lemon Juice, Cayenne Pepper and Pure Water). It was chosen because it is a very high quality, concentrated source of energy when consumed in its purest state (as close to right-from-the-tree as possible) and is packed full of: nutrients, minerals and vitamins. For the list of all the specific nutrients, please go to our Maple Syrup Page.  
  • THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT : There are generally 4 grades of Maple syrup. You can also see this grading expressed in the different colors of Maple syrup available on the market. Grade B is actually the highest quality of syrup for the Master Cleanse, and the best choice possible. If it is not available for you, get the darkest grade you can.

Maple syrup provides nutrients, calories and energy

1 Tablespoon of Maple Syrup provides about 55 calories. Since we aim to average 8 glasses of Lemonade each day, we will consume 880 calories each day alone from Maple Syrup (8 glasses x 2 Tablespoons x 55 calories). There are 4 calories in each Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice. That provides a daily calorie intake of 944 calories.

Alternatives to Maple Syrup

Inevitably someone always asks what an acceptable substitute might be. I will list the most common ones, but let me be clear: RICH MAPLE SYRUP IS BEST :)
  1. Sorghum SyrupStanley Burroughs approved
  2. Sugar CaneStanley Burroughs approved
  3. Blackstrap Molasses – An alternative For Diabetics.
  4. Coconut Nectar – The newest addition to this list. It is 100 % raw, vegan, low glycemic, low fructose, very nutritious as well as has neutral PH.
 

Cayenne Pepper for the Lemonade Diet

images (1).jpgzCayenne Pepper is so critical to The Master Cleanse and Lemonade Diet that it is sometimes called the Cayenne Pepper Diet. Cayenne Pepper is a Super Food. Cayenne Pepper is a vegetable and we get our powder for The Lemonade Diet from grinding up a dried specific type of red pepper. Still, many refer to cayenne pepper as an herb. In fact, herbologist and herbalists say that Cayenne Pepper is The Master Herb. Perhaps this is where Stanley Burroughs came up with the name “The Master Cleanser.”

Why Cayenne Pepper is The Master of The Master Cleanse Ingredients

Cayenne Pepper has many wonderful properties:
  1. It is a stimulant which raises the metabolism (something that is important when not digesting food).
  2. It increases circulation, which is very helpful when cleansing because one often feels slightly cool, likely due to the low metabolism which results from not digesting food.
  3. Cayenne Pepper also acts as a blood thinner and purifier, which can help with digestion.
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Pure Water for the Lemonade Diet

water_filter_Master_CleanseThe quality of your water during the Master Cleanse is the key to great results.You probably know that your body uses water to flush and transport toxins to the organs of elimination ( The colon, bladder, lungs, skin and so on…) to discharge them. Latest scientific research shows that many health problems can be significantly improved, or completely eliminated, with just an adequate consumption of good water. To learn more about the healing power of water, We recommend 3 ways to ensure your water is pure and appropriate for the Cleanse:
  1. You can use a Water Ionizer
  2. Install good Water Filter for your tap water
  3. Or check your local health-food store for Purified Bottled Water

What about distilled water?

Stanley Burroughs – The Master Cleanse founder, did not recommend using distilled water. He called it was “cooked” - completely stripped of natural minerals found in water.It is also slightly acidic.

Equipment

Amazon ImageTo complete the diet, very little in terms of equipment or apparatus is required. All items are small, taking up very little space in your cupboard and counter. They are all simple and easy to clean, and should not provide you with any excuses for not starting. To prepare the Master Cleanse Ingredients for your Lemonade you will need:
  • 12″ Cutting Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Hand Juicer
  • Tablespoon Measure
  • 3 – 1 Liter Chug-gables

Here is a video showing exactly what ingredients to buy and how to make the lemonade. 

 

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Medicine And The Magic Of The Rose

Medicinal Properties of “The Rose”

Medicinal and Magical Properties of “The Rose”

Written and Edited By Charlie Farricielli

Wild roses of many species (Oginiminaga wunj rose berries, in Ojibwe) are abundant on the western prairies, especially when water is anywhere nearby. They like sun. The ones I’ve seen in North and South Dakota all have pinkish blossoms, like this drawing, but I’ve heard there are white, yellowish, and pale reddish-brown ones also. These roses, blossoming on thorny briar tangles, flower through June and begin to set their haws, hips or berries, which are ripe by early fall.aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Rose hips have been an important food for all Native tribes where any kind of roses can be found. They are extremely high in vitamin C, much more so than oranges, for example. Dried, they keep well, and will always be available in winter. Most health food co-ops sell them (for $25/lb or so, another economic opportunity for tribal youth in late summers).
Dried rose hips need to be boiled about 10 minutes to make a tea of them; just pouring hot water over them results in a fairly tasteless brew. Use 2 tablespoons per pint of water, boil covered. The hips must expand, split, and let the water get at the soft seeds within. The resulting tea may be pinkish, depending on the type of roses whose berries are used. The hot tea is acid-tasting, but not as sharp as lemon juice. Some like it sweetened. A half-teaspoon of dried mint may be added to give it a different flavor. Purchased rosehips for tea you’ll find only the hardened dried shell of the berry. Boil that 15 minutes for your tea.
Native women didn’t brew a tea and throw away the cooked berries. These were used in soups and stews. The “leftovers” cooked out in a largish batch of rose-hip tea (the berries expand a lot) are a good dinner vegetable, with butter and salt. There is still a lot of remaining food value in the cooked berries. At $25/lb who wants to throw them away?
During World War II, when the government urged householders to grow food in victory gardens as part of the war effort, rose hips were stressed as a high-C food. At that time, there were plenty of recipes around for eating the actual berries, as “dinner vegetables” and as various kinds of preserves and jams. But they have gone out of fashion now, and the government would prefer you to buy ascorbic acid, for the quite inadequate C that it states as minimum daily requirement. (The body uses or excretes vitamin C; it is not stored. It is water-soluble, and no harm is done by “overdosing” if there is such a thing. All kinds of stresses appareently increase the need. Mega-amounts seem to promote good health and fight many diseases and effects of aging in a great variety of ways.)

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It is now known that rose hips contain biologically valuable bioflavinoids. Citrus fruits — usually cited as the best natural source of vitamin C — have them too, but in the bitter white under-peel that is usually not eaten. Of course, you can buy bioflavinoid pills. A curious thing — when I was reading and researching for these plant pages, I looked at both “balanced nutritious meals, not pills” nutritionists’ books and at books by the kind of dieticians who want you to swallow $100-worth of vitamin and mineral diet supplements every day. Both types give long (meals) or short (pills) food lists for foods that are good sources for various dietary requirements. Nobody mentioned rose hips.
Yet they are quite popular among yuppie health co-op food buyers. By hanging around the big herb area at the neighborhood co-op I belong to and questioning people, I found that rose hips among these people are used only for tea — no one considered eating the berries! They were quite surprised when I mentioned it could be done.
Recently, I pulled the following table from the powerful AGIS ethnobotanical database of Native traditional plant food phytochemicals. It’s a chemical analysis, and doesn’t directly compare with USDA food nutrient analyses — no real way to compare the parts-peer-million reported with minimum daily requirements of vitamins and minerals in a certain amount of rose hip tea or cooked rose hips. Too, I think the analysis is old. The table generator does not pull a great manu minerals and compounds that nutritionists have found are important — and that are retrieved for other plants in this database.
What the table below shows is that rosehips are extremely high in vitamin C (ascorbic acid), have some beta carotene (plant form of Vitamin A), bioflavinoids, and considerable pectin — soluble form of fiber, which helps to prevent intestinal cancers. lowers saturated fats and triglycerides, helps to control blood pressure and good for the heart. But this table does not state the biochemical analysis in a way that is readily translatable into human nutrition. Disappointingly, it appears the fantastic phytochemicals database has been prepared more with the needs of the medical/chemical industry — looking for new sources for salable drugs and food supplements — in mind than of people (such as Native groups) interested in these plants for non-technical practical uses.

More Studies and Properties of the Magical Rose Hip


aaThe rose has always been valued for its beauty and fragrance. Cultivated for thousands of years, roses are an ancient symbol of love and beauty. The ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with their goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus. Today, pink and red roses are commonly given as expressions of love and admiration. Rose cultivation took off in Europe in the 1800′s with the introduction of roses from China that had an amazing ability to bloom repeatedly throughout the summer and into late autumn. Rose bushes have become one of the most popular garden shrubs bearing flowers in a variety of colors -red, white, pink, yellow, orange, and burgundy. Currently, there are thousands of rose varieties and hybrids that have been developed for their bloom shape and color, size, fragrance, and some even for their lack of thorns.

Perfumes

Since earliest times roses were important

in hand lotions, cosmetics, and perfumes. Today, almost all women’s perfumes and 40 percent of men’s fragrances contain rose oil. Rose perfumes are made by steam-distilling the crushed rose petals. About 60,000 flowers are required to produce 30 grams (1 oz) of rose oil, a yellowish-grey liquid. Damask roses are typically used, and the main fragrant constituents of rose oil are the terpenoids, geraniol and citronellol. Today, about 70 to 80% of rose oil comes from Bulgaria, while the balance is mainly from Iran and Germany.

In the perfume industry in France, the variety of rose used is Rosa. x centifolia. The oil is popular in aromatherapy and is said to have mild sedative activity and is used to treat anxiety and depression. Rose oil also predominates in the anointing oil used in the coronation of British monarchs. Rose water, made from rose oil, is used to flavor candy, desserts, and syrups, and is also used to treat eye irritations.

In addition to producing oil, rose petals are commonly used in potpourris, and can be added to salads, jellies and jams. The dried petals of the rose varieties, Rosa gallica and R. x centifolia, which are rich in astringent tannins, are used in mouth rinses to treat mild inflammations.

Culinary Uses


aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaRose hips are the berry-like fruits of the rose bush left behind after the bloom has died. They are typically red or orange, but may also be dark purple to black in some species. Although nearly all rose bushes produce rose hips, the tastiest for eating purposes come from the Rugusa Rose. Rose hips have a tangy, fruity flavor similar to that of cranberries. The fruits are best harvested after the first frost, which makes them turn bright red and slightly soft.

There are many culinary uses for rose hips. They can be used fresh, dried, or preserved. Rose hips can be used in apple sauce, soups and stews, syrups, puddings, marmalade, tarts, breads, and pie, or made into a jam or jelly. Each hip comprises an outer fleshy layer which may contain up to 150 seeds embedded in a matrix of fine hairs. The irritating hairs should be removed before using the rose hips in a recipe

Rich in Vitamin C

Rose hips of some species, especially the Dog Rose (Rosa canina) and Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa), are a rich source of vitamin C. With one to two percent vitamin C, by dry weight, rose hips have a higher content than citrus fruit. During World War II when imports of citrus products to Great Britain were limited, tons of rose hips were harvested there from the wild to make rose hip syrup as a vitamin C supplement for children.

Medicinal Properties

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaIn addition to their culinary uses, roses were also valued for their medicinal properties. In AD 77 the Roman writer Pliny recorded 32 disorders that responded to treatment with rose preparations. Medieval herbals contained many entries that tell of the restorative properties of rose preparations.

The anti-inflammatory properties of rose hips have recently been shown to be useful in the treatment of patients suffering from knee or hip osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease affecting over 20 million Americans. It is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage in the joint, allowing bones to rub against each other, causing pain and loss of movement.

Scientists in Denmark reported that patients who daily consumed standardized rose hip powder (made from dog rose) experienced significantly less joint stiffness and pain, and an improved general well-being and mood after 3 to 4 months of treatment. The use of rose hip powder also enabled the patients to considerably reduce their standard pain medication. Rosehips contain high levels of antioxidant flavonoids with known anti-inflammatory properties.

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Rose hips also contain carotenoid pigments, plant sterols, tocotrienols and a very high level of anthocyanins, catechins and other polyphenolics, known phytochemicals to protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD). They also contain up to 5 % by weight of pectin, a soluble fiber that protects against CVD. In clinical trials, rose hips were seen to reduce C-reactive protein levels, associated with a lower risk of CVD.

The rose hips of Dog Rose are a traditional diuretic and laxative. The rose hips are useful in the treatment of influenza-like infections, diarrhea, and various urinary tract disorders. No side effects are known when rose hips are used in the normal designated amounts.

Herbal Tea

Rosehips are also commonly used to make herbal teas, by boiling the dried or crushed rose hips for10 minutes. About 2 tablespoons of berries are used per pint of water. A half-teaspoon of dried mint may be added to give a different flavor, or the acid-tasting tea may be sweetened. Rose hip tea may also be improved by blending with hibiscus flowers.

        images (1).jpgxxxx  The rose hips or fruits of different species of the rose plant have always had a significant place in natural medicine, as they are very rich in vitamin C content. The color of these rose hips varies from dark red to bright scarlet and their shapes differ too. While some of the rose hips may be ovoid in appearance, there are others that are pear-shaped. Basically, the rose hips are collected from the variety of rose plant called the dog rose or Rosa canina. However, herbalists prefer the larger rose hips of the Japanese rose called R. rugosa. Even other varieties of the rose plant, including R acicularis as well as R. cinnamomea, are also valued greatly. Incidentally, all these different varieties of rose plants belong to the Rosaceae family.

As mentioned earlier, the rose hips or the fruits of the different varieties of the rose plants enclose high quantity of vitamin C and hence are of great value to the practitioners of herbal medicine. In fact, the rose hips are used to prepare teas, purees, extracts, marmalades and even soups and all these are consumed as nourishments as they contain lots of vitamin C. Extracts from the rose hips are generally included in several natural vitamin mixtures like tablets, capsules, syrups and many other similar things. Interestingly, manufacturers of most such vitamin amalgams are always careful about never mentioning the proportion of vitamin obtained from rose hips and from artificial ascorbic acid. The rose hips are known to possess properties that help in preventing as well as healing scurvy (a disease caused by vitamin deficiency). In addition, the rose hips also have gentle laxative and diuretic effects which help in the movement of bowels and increasing the urine outflow from the body respectively.

      images (1).jpgxxxxxxxxxxx  Chemical analysis of the rose hips has shown that they contain 0.5 to 1.7 per cent vitamin C. However, the real content of vitamin C in the commercially available dried rose fruits varies depending on the accurate botanical source of the plant from which the rose hips have been acquired. For instance, the quantity of vitamin C present in these commercially available dried rose hips is influenced by factors like the place where the rose plant was grown, the time of harvesting the rose hips, the manner in which the fruits were dried, where and how the dehydrated rose hips were stored and other things like these. It has been often found that many commercial varieties of the rose plant material contain little or no traces of vitamin C at all. Even though we may take it for granted that the commercial varieties of the rose hips available in the market possess approximately one per cent of vitamin C on an average and the entire vitamin is available in the end product, at least one proposal does not seem to be convincing. As the present cost of vitamin C acquired from the rose hips is at least 25 times more than the artificial product, it is not feasible for the manufacturers to add enough of the natural substance in their products.

In addition to substantial proportions of vitamin C, the rose hips possess several other chemical amalgams which comprise 11 per cent of pectin and three per cent of a blend of malic and citric acids. Researchers are of the view that the presence of malic acid and citric acid contributes to the rose hips’ laxative and diuretic effects. As a consequence, physicians frequently recommend the use of rose hips or preparations with it to treat constipation and urinary problems.

 aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa   Over the centuries, gardeners across the globe have admired and loved the rose flowers that are undoubtedly elegant as well as aromatic. At the same time, the gardeners have also held the hips or the fruits of the rose plant in high esteem for its numerous medicinal benefits. The rose hips vary from oval to round to pear-shape in appearance and they appear either in the latter part of summer or during the fall. Interestingly, in reality, the rose hips are not fruits, but receptacles or containers that enclose the actual fruits of the rose plant. The actual rose fruit is known as ‘seeds’ or ‘achenes’.
Long ago, people thought the rose hips to be sacred. This is corroborated from the fact that during the middle Ages, the rosary of the Catholics was made from rose hips and hence they were called rosary. These rosaries were used to count the prayers as they were also being said. Even today, the beads of the rosary used by the Catholics resemble the rose hips and like the fruits of different species of the rose plant, these modern-day beads are also smooth and elongated in appearance.

     Here is an important point to note. Compared to the hybrids, it is generally easier to take care of the different original species of the rose plant. In addition, the original species of the rose also generate more tender and fleshy hips that are best for consumption. If you intend to use the rose for culinary as well as decorative purposes, you should go for the original species of the rose and cultivate them in your garden. On the other hand, if you fancy the climbing variety of the rose and also want them to fruit generously, never ever trim or prune the plants soon after their blossoming season in summer.

It may be mentioned here that if not harvested, the rose hips generally remain on the plant all through the early part of the winter or till the birds, rabbits and field rodents have either eaten them up or stored them somewhere for future use. Owing to the high intensity of ascorbic acid present in them, the rose hips stimulating tart taste that is very much fruit-like. In fact, fresh rose hips enclose as much as 60 times the quantity of vitamin C contained in the oranges and the rugosa roses. The rugosa rose bears comparatively large round shaped fruits and are known to contain rich proportions of vitamin C.

In addition to being a beautiful and aromatic flower, the rose is also beneficial as remedies for several disorders. The leaves as well as the petals of the rose plant provide a comforting effect and if ingested as a tea, can diminish body temperature during high fevers. The tea prepared with rose petals and leaves is also effective in cleansing toxins and heat from the body, particularly when they give rise to rashes on the skin and inflammatory (swelling and irritation) problems. Several researched have shown that the rose also possesses properties that increases the body’s immunity and helps to restrict all kinds of infections from becoming larger problems. This is possible owing to the rose’s cleansing or purification properties.

 redsingle (1)Infusion prepared with rose petals may be used to alleviate cold and flu symptoms. At the same time, the infusion is effective in treating sore throats, runny nose as well as congested bronchial tracts. On the other hand, infusion or syrup prepared with rose hips is beneficial in reinforcing the lungs to combat all kinds of infections and is especially useful for those who suffer from chest problems. At the same time, roses are also effective in combating infections in the digestive system and restoring the normal and essential bacteria in the intestines. The petals and seeds of the rose have a diuretic effect and are beneficial in relieving excessive fluids from the urinary bladder. This way, they also help in getting rid of the waste and toxic substances in the body through the kidneys. Hence, rose is also considered to be an effective cleanser and purifier.

Like the rose hips, the petals of the rose flowers also have numerous remedial uses. For instance, the rose petals are effective in relieving congestion in the female reproductive system. In addition, the rose petals may also be used to treat the excessive accumulation of fluid in the urinary tract and thereby alleviate pains and, in women, heavy periods. Physicians also recommend the use of rose petals to treat erratic menstrual periods, infertility as well as to perk up sexual desire in individuals.

Infusion prepared from the rose petals acts as a useful astringent and is effective for treating diarrhea, enteritis and dysentery. It may be noted here that tea prepared from rose petals may be used as a laxative to clear bowel movement. At the same time, the rose petal tea is also an effective medication for the liver and enhances flow of bile, invigorates as well as purifies the liver and the gallbladder. It also helps in alleviating problems related with lethargic liver like headaches and constipation.
Rose hips as well as the petals of the rose flowers possess inspiring as well as reconditioning affects on the nervous system. They are also capable of alleviating the problems of insomnia, do away with depression, drive out fatigue and also offer comfort in conditions such as tetchiness.

APPLICATIONS

aaaDifferent parts of the rose plant are useful for different purposes and hence they have different applications. The rose hips or fruits of the rose plant, flowers and even the petals are beneficial in some way or the other and used by people as tincture, syrup, essential oil, cream, lotion, rosewater, massage oil, gargle and decoction.

rose hips – R. canina:The rose hips (R.canina) or the fruits of the plant are used as tincture as well as syrup to treat different ailments.

TINCTURE: The tincture prepared from rose hips (R. canina) are ingested as an astringent (a medicine the draws affected tissues closer) to treat diarrhea, alleviate colic or stomach pains and is also blended with cough medicines

SYRUP: The syrup prepared from the rose hips (R. canina) is used to provide flavor to other medicines, mostly the bitter and bland ones. The syrup is also blended in cough mixtures or may be ingested as a rich source of vitamin C.
Rose hips – R. laevigata:

Medications prepared with rose hips (R. laevigata) are normally ingested to treat stomach disorders. They may be applied as decoction.

DECOCTION

images (1).jpgaaaaaaaaaaaaA decoction prepared with rose hips (R. laevigata) may be blended with other herbs like dang shen, bai zhu and Shan Yao and ingested to treat insistent diarrhea that is accompanied with stomach flaw.
The essential oil (R. centifolia / R. damascene) extracted from the rose hips or the fruits of the rose plant are basically beneficial to treat skin and stomach conditions. This oil is normally used externally and applied as a cream, lotion, oil and massage oil.

CREAM: A few drops of the oil extracted from rose hips may be added to creams to heal parched or irritating skin.

LOTION: One ml of the tincture prepared with another herb lady’s mantle may be blended with 10 ml of rosewater to treat itching in the vagina. Use the same blend to prepare a cream by following a standard base. Blend the rosewater with equivalent proportion of purified witch hazel and use it as a comforting and moisturizing lotion to treat skin that is inclined to be affected by pimples or acne.

rose-hipsOIL: Bathe with water containing two drops of the oil extracted from the rose hips to get relief from depression or melancholy, grief and/ or insomnia.

MASSAGE OIL: To avail relief from anxiety and fatigue add approximately two ml of rose oil to 20 ml of almond or wheat germ oil and massage the same on the forehead and other parts of the body. The same blend may be used to alleviate lethargic digestion.
Flowers – R. rugosa:
The rose flowers (R. rugosa) are helpful for treating menstrual and liver disorders and may be ingested as a decoction.The petals of the rose flower (R. gallica) are beneficial in treating menstruation and stomach disorders. A tincture prepared with them may be used as a gargle for throat infections.

GARGLE: When the tincture prepared with rose petals is diluted with warm water, it may be used as a gargle to heal aching throats. The tincture may also be blended with another herb sage for similar application.

ROSE BOWL

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4 cups bone-dry rose petals
• 2 cups dried rose leaves
• 2 Tbs. ground cinnamon
• 3 cups dried lavender buds
• 1/3 cup orris root powder
• 2 Tbs. ground all-spice
• 1/4 cup ground cloves
• 2 ground tonka beans
• 6 drops oil of roses
• 3 drops oil of lavender

Combine all the dry ingredients, mix well, and add the oils, a drop at a time, mixing as you work. Seal into a jar, and cure for 6 weeks in a dry, dark, warm place that is well ventilated. Shake the jar daily. When cured, turn the potpourri into a decorative container with a tightly stopper lid. Open only when the potpourri is in use.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Green Food Healing Miracle! Algae

The Algae's!

Miracle Healing Gift Of The Earth!

Algae and the History of the World

 

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa    Three and one-half billion years ago, the Earth’s atmosphere was nearly devoid of oxygen and, instead, rich in the greenhouse gases that have become so infamous today, such as methane, carbon dioxide, and sulfurous gases. Then, something magical happened. Simple single-celled organisms known as cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) appeared in the primordial sea that had the ability to photosynthesize. Through this miraculous process, these organisms used the sunlight, along with minerals from the ocean and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, to produce all the complex molecules of life: proteins, carbohydrates (starches and sugars), lipids (fats), nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), vitamins, phytonutrients, chlorophyll, and many other pigments.

This miraculous process continues to this day. All our modern green plants have since duplicated algae’s historic feat of photosynthesis, but algae are still by far the most efficient photosynthesizers on the planet, using light approximately three times more efficiently than higher plants. Fortunately for us humans, oxygen is released as a waste product in the process of photosynthesis. Animals need an oxygen-rich atmosphere, as well as all the complex molecules that algae produce in order to exist. Algae are found in every drop of water and every inch of fertile soil, transforming the minerals, gases, and sunlight of our environment into the foods which fuel all other species of life. Algae stands at the base of the food chain and is, in a very real sense, the ancient biological foundation upon which most of life on Earth now depends.

aaaaaaaaaaaaOrganic blue-green algae is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Two varieties, spirulina and Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, are the most consumed forms of blue green algae; which has superfood status due to high concentrations of proteins, vitamins and nutrients. [1]

How is Blue-Green Algae Cultivated?

Most blue-green algae products contain Aphanizomenon flos-aquae harvested from Upper Klamath Lake in southern Oregon. Harvesting is done during the summertime, June to November. The algae is filtered to preserve the most vibrant blooms and then further purified by centrifugation. The AFA is then chilled and sold frozen or dried at low temperatures and sold as a powder.

Natural Compounds in Organic Blue-Green Algae

Blue-green algae is 70% vegetable protein and has higher levels of beta-carotene than broccoli. The one-two punch potency of blue-green algae is that it contains a high concentration of nutrients- over 65 vitamins, minerals and enzymes and the complete spectrum of eight essential amino acids and ten nonessential amino acids… and they are all easily absorbed by the body. In fact up to 97% of the beneficial vitamins, minerals and enzymes found in blue-green algae are easily absorbed (some supplements are as low as 5-25% absorbable). AFA also contains the most biologically active chlorophyll of any known food.

Antioxidant Activity of Blue-Green Algae

Aphanizomenon flos-aquae is rich in compounds that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A measurement called the “oxygen radical absorbance capacity” (ORAC) is used to determine free radical scavenging capacity of foods and other substances purported to contain antioxidants. Italy’s University of Urbino Carlo Bo applied the ORAC method to edible AFA. The outcome was positive in favor of researchers supporting the use of AFA as a dietary antioxidant supplement to relieve oxidative stress. [2]

The University of Urbino Carlo B conducted another study designed to evaluate the ability of AFA to provide defense against oxidative damage to normal human red blood cells and plasma. Results suggested AFA lowered oxidative damage in both. Furthermore, AFA delayed the depletion of enzymes that are beneficial to the body. [3]

A Japanese study found that a product containing blue-green algae from lake Klamath exhibited considerable antioxidant activity and was an effective adaptogenic; that is, a substance that helps the body adapt to protect against stressors. [4]

Blue-Green Algae and B12

There is some controversy over whether or not AFA is an effective source of vitamin B12. Many natural sources of vitamin B12 have been shown to be biologically inadequate. However, preliminary research conducted by Italy’s Department of Neurorehabilitation at Villa Salus Hospital evaluated the vitamin B12 levels of 15 vegan subjects who had supplemented with an algae product from Lake Klamath and found their B12 levels increased over a control group. Although not absolutely conclusive, researchers believed the preliminary research supported the argument that AFA is a reliable source of vitamin B12. [5]

Blue-Green Algae and Stem Cells

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaIn adults, stem cells have the function of repairing damaged cells. Unfortunately, as we age, stem cells have a reduced restorative ability and are more vulnerable to oxidative stress. This results in the body being less able to repair itself. Based on previous studies that showed blue-green algae can modulate immune function in animals, the Department of Neurosurgery at USF investigated the effects of AFA on cultured human stem cells. Researchers noted that preliminary results suggested an ethanol extract of AFA may promote human stem cell proliferation.

Potential Concerns about Blue Green Algae

Although blue-green algae is commonly consumed in the United States, Canada, and Europe, some concern has been voiced about the potential for presence of microcystin, a toxic byproduct of blue-green algae. In response, the Oregon Health Division and the Oregon Department of Agriculture have established regulatory limits on microcystin content in BGA products. [7] As with most products, if you’re pregnant or nursing, it’s a good idea to first consult your health care provider before supplementing with blue-green algae.

You should only consume AFA and Spirulina from trusted and reputable suppliers.

I personally use and recommend Chlorella Manna™ , which is harvested from Lake Klamath. E3 is a stand-up company I trust because of their solid ethical foundation and practices. If you choose to supplement with blue-green algae, you won’t be disappointed in the quality of their product.

Edible Micro-Algae are Essential for Health

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaThere are three types of single-celled micro-algae (cellular size typically ranging from two to eight microns) that are commonly consumed by humans as food sources (e.g., chlorella, spirulina, and Klamath Lake Algae (“KLA”)). The primitive nature of the cellular organization in these micro-algae contains minimal indigestible structures, allowing practically the entire organism to be nutritionally useful. As a result, these micro-algae are the most nutrient rich foods on the planet.

  • 50 to 70% highly digestible protein containing all essential amino acids – far more assailable and produces far less uric acid than any animal protein.
  • A source of the important omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, including GLA, EPA, and DHA. These fats are structural components of all cell membranes and are crucial for proper brain function, immune, and cardiovascular health. Unlike seafood and fish oils, the oils in these micro-algae are cholesterol and toxin free.
  • The richest known sources of chlorophyll, which serves to oxygenate our blood. This increases energy production in all our cells, and boosts our immune system with oxygen’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.*
  • Rich in nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), providing the building blocks for repair of our genetic material. This stimulates regeneration in all our cells, making these algaes excellent anti-aging and anti-radiation foods.
  • Rich in all the B vitamins.
  • Contains all the macro minerals such as calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and iron, as well as many trace minerals.
  • Exceptionally rich in beta-carotene, providing both the cis and trans forms of this important nutrient. Also rich in many lesser known carotenoids such as xanthophyll and zeaxanthin, as well as many other antioxidant compounds.
  • Contains thousands of healing phytonutrients, both known and unknown.

Since algae are the foundational foods at the base of the food chain, producing the building blocks for all the complex molecules of life, we can be assured that these micro-algae contain all the known and unknown nutrients required by our bodies for health, in concentrations unmatched elsewhere in nature. These foods are literally the antidote for us overfed but undernourished modern humans. It is important to note, however, that these micro-algae are foods, not supplements. As such, they must be consumed in appropriate quantities to be effective. You can’t expect to consume just a few tablets and feel better. Recommended servings are more in the 5 to 10 grams per day range.

The Health Force Edge

  • 100% TruGanically™ Grown: TruGanic™ is a purist, hard-core, quality standard for sourcing and production significantly beyond organic. TruGanic™ products must pass actual tests to verify they are 100% free of pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, irradiation, and GMO free. TruGanic™ also includes high level standards for production: electromagnetic radiation mitigation, measures to improve air quality, and use of non-toxic cleaning agents.
  • EcoFresh Nutrient Lock™.  Our dark glass with unique metal lid and oxygen absorber protects 100% of nutrients (creates a vacuum). Glass is recycled/recyclable, does not outgass (see Note below) and is non-toxic to melt down. Plastic bottles and metal/foil pouches (worst and not recyclable) dramatically degrade nutrient levels. Plastic outgasses and is highly toxic to melt down.

Note:  All plastic containers (more so in soft plastic) release gases during the aging and degradation of a material. The volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from plastic negatively affect our health.

  • Energenesis™ Energetic Enhancements: • Homeopathic • Magnetic • Vibrational+
  • All ingredients are optimally dried for maximum life force.

CHLORELLA MANNA™

Chlorella Manna™ History and Facts

Chlorella is a single-celled, freshwater green algae whose eukaryotic cell ancestors first emerged on the planet around two billion years ago. Although it lacks phycocyanin (the compound that produces the characteristic blue pigment in blue-green algae), chlorella is one of the richest sources of chlorophyll known, which is responsible for its deep green color. Unlike cyanobacteria (blue-green algae like spirulina and KLA), which lacks a nucleus and has thick, gelatinous, easily digestible cell walls, chlorella has a tough cellulose cell wall (20%), and a well-defined nucleus rich in nutrients (80%). Since humans do not produce the enzymes required to brehfn-healthforce-nutritionals-chlorella-mannaak down cellulose, the cell walls of Chlorella Manna™ are “cracked” to make the nutrients inside the cells bioavailable. This process happens under very specific conditions which eliminate light and heat in order to preserve nutrient integrity.

Although chlorella grows naturally in fresh water, chlorella destined for human consumption is typically cultivated outdoors in mineral-rich, freshwater ponds under direct sunlight. Chlorella Manna™ is grown on pristine Hainan Island, off the southern coast of China. Hainan Island is designated a “Special Economic Zone” to promote sustainable industry and tourism. All industries on Hainan Island are required to be pollution free, with no damage to the environment. This fact, along with HealthForce TruGanic™ testing, ensures that Chlorella Manna™ is a pollution-free product.

Detoxification Benefits of Chlorella

Like the other algae's, chlorella is one of the richest sources of nutrients on the planet, but chlorella truly shines in its ability to promote detoxification. The high chlorophyll content of chlorella stimulates oxygenation of our blood and consequent energy production in all our cells, allowing cells to release toxins more effectively. In addition, chlorella’s fibrous cell wall binds with heavy metals, radioactive isotopes, pesticides such as PCBs and DDT, and other toxins to effectively carry them out of the body. Chlorella is especially good at removing heavy metals from the body, having over 20 known mechanisms by which it binds to these metals.

Chlorella Growth Factor

healthforce-spirulina-aztecaPerhaps the most important nutritional aspect of chlorella stems from the presence of a phytonutrient known as Chlorella Growth Factor (“CGF”). CGF is found in the nucleus of chlorella and contains amino acids, polysaccharides, beta glucans, vitamins, and an abundance of nucleic acids (RNA and DNA). This water-soluble compound is only found in chlorella and is responsible for the remarkable ability of this plant to quadruple itself every 20 to 24 hours under favorable conditions. Experiments with microorganisms and young animals and children have shown that CGF consumption promotes faster than normal growth without adverse side effects. In adults, CGF appears to enhance the RNA/DNA functions responsible for production of proteins, enzymes, and energy at the cellular level, thereby stimulating a number of beneficial activities in the body:

  • Repair and regeneration of all damaged and/or diseased cells, including nerve tissue.
  • Stimulates cellular detoxification.
  • Builds and modulates the immune system.
  • Increases growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria by 400%.
  • Combats damaging effects of free radicals and exposure to radioactive isotopes.
  • Mitigates some side effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment for cancer.
  • Dramatically boosts oxygen utilization efficiency in cells, and thus improves exercise performance and stamina.

How to Consume

Powder: Start with one teaspoon per day and increase gradually over two weeks to suggested use of one (or more) tablespoons per day, either all at once or divided. Chlorella is a food and can be taken in any quantity desired. Add to smoothies, salad dressings, juice/water, seed/nut milks, or any other food.

Tablets: Start with 8 tablets per day and increase gradually over two weeks to suggested use of 25 tablets (or more) per day, either all at once or divided. Consume with any liquid such as water or juice to wash down tablets. Tablets may be chewed as well — try adding to olives, mulberries, or any dried fruit for a crunchy treat.