Celiac Disease and What you should know?

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Celiac Disease and what you should know? As someone who suffers from a chronic illness, it’s very important to educate as many as I can. We live in such a small world, and knowing what signs to look for and how to help someone else heal is very important. 

To read more about my story, check out https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2020/07/10/adenomyosis-i-am-not-my-disease/. 

DISCLAIMER: Always seek your doctor or other qualified health professional’s guidance with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition. Never disregard a medical professional’s advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website. Always consult with a doctor before making significant changes. 

What is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease is a severe autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide.

Celiac disease is hereditary, meaning that it runs in families. People with a first-degree relative with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling) have a 1 in 10 risks of developing celiac disease.

Symptoms: 

  • bloating
  • chronic diarrhea
  • constipation
  • gas
Lactose intolerance due to damage to the small intestine
  • loose, greasy, bulky, and bad-smelling stools
  • nausea or vomiting
  • pain in the abdomen

For children with celiac disease, being unable to absorb nutrients at a time when they are so crucial to normal growth and development can lead to

  • damage to the permanent teeth’s enamel
  • delayed puberty 
  • failure to thrive, meaning that an infant or a child weighs less or is gaining less weight than expected for his or her age
  • mood changes or feeling annoyed or impatient
  • slowed growth and short height
  • weight loss

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31408136/ (more info)

How to make dietary changes?  

  • Avoid all products with rye, triticale (a cross between wheat and rye), farina, graham flour, semolina, and any other kind of flour, including self-rising and durum, not labeled gluten-free. 
  • Substitute potato, rice, soy, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, or bean flour for wheat flour. You can also use sorghum, chickpea or Bengal gram, arrowroot, and cornflour, as well as tapioca starch extract. (These act as thickeners and leavening agents.)

Also 

  • Barley
  • Triticale
  • Malt, including malted milk, malt extract, and malt vinegar
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Wheat starch

When checking labels, make sure they say “certified gluten-free” (rather than simply “wheat-free” ):

  • Beer
  • Bread
  • Desserts, like cake, cookies, and pie
  • Cereal
  • Crackers and seasoned potato chips
  • French fries
  • Pasta
  • Processed meat, including hot dogs and lunch meat
  • Salad dressing
  • Sauces
  • Soups

Other Items To Be Aware Of:

  • children’s modeling dough, such as Play-Doh
  • cosmetics
  • lipstick, lip gloss, and lip balm
  • skin and hair products
  • toothpaste and mouthwash
  • communion wafers

Nutritional Deficiencies Common in People With Celiac And Safe Foods to Eat: (Supplements are always an option as well)

Calcium: Dairy, Salmon, Sardines, Kale, Oranges 

Zinc: Alaska king crab, Lobster, Cashews, Mushrooms, Beans, Leafy greens

Iron: Beef, Tofu, Spinach, White beans, Chickpeas

Vitamin D: Dairy, Almond, Salmon, Almond milk, 

B Vitamins: Sunflower seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Lentils 

Supplements & Herbs For Treatment:

Curcumin: Used as an Anti-inflammatory 

Digestive & Probiotics: To help with your digestive system and bowel movements.

Papain supplements: Stimulate the small intestine enzymes to identify gluten, reducing the immune system response properly.

Fish Oil: Acts as a coating for your intestinal lining to keep your small intestines from becoming inflamed.

Herbal Treatments: Goldenseal and olive leaf extracts are commonly used to treat celiac disease because they help regulate and protect the immune system, reducing the small intestine’s autoimmune effects. 

Chamomile is another good herb to reduce digestive inflammation and upset stomachs that are associated with celiac disease.

Valerian helps reduce stress and spasms in the intestines.

 Activated charcoal is primarily used medicinally to absorb ingested poisons. And it also helps to reduce bloating and gas.

Ginger is potent anti-nausea effects and helps with sore stomachs.

Turmeric is a known anti-inflammatory, and many people find it speeds up the healing process. The easiest way to consume (large doses) of turmeric is to pop a pill.

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to alleviate many stomach dilemmas, and gluten ingestion is one of them. (We suggest diluting a tablespoon in one cup of water.)

Horsetail Tea: Reduces the digestive tract’s inflammation and the intestines while also boosting the digestive system’s strength and durability, so your system is less sensitive to gluten.

 Hair loss:

If your celiac disease has gone untreated for a long time, you may be malnourished. Malnutrition can cause hair loss, along with a host of other problems. Alopecia areata occurs when your immune system attacks your hair follicles, causing varying degrees of hair loss.

Case Studies To Check-Out:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23624889/ (study investigated the correlation of hair loss in patients with inflammatory bowel disease)

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27833723/ (Celiac Autoantibodies in Alopecia Areata)

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16498340/ (Reappearance of alopecia areata) 

Foods that help with Hair Loss: 

Spinach is a superfood comprising vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are required for healthy hair growth.

(Oatmeal )The ingredients included in an oatmeal hair mask are aloe vera, olive oil, and milk. Aloe vera has aloesin that promotes the regeneration of new hair follicles.

Curry leaves promote longer and stronger hair. Add only a few drops of the essential oil of curry leaves to your regular hair oil and massage your scalp with it. You can also boil some curry leaves and then use that water to rinse hair.

Flaxseed Gel massage stimulates the hair follicles in the scalp while improving blood circulation. It deals with problems like dandruff, hair breakage, and hair thinning. Flax seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help you avoid a dry, scaly scalp and nourish your hair.

(Avocado) Mix one teaspoon of avocado oil, a teaspoon of olive oil, half a teaspoon of natural honey, and one egg. Vitamins B and E in avocado strengthens hair. Vitamin E repairs the damage on the scalp that is likely to slow or prevent hair growth, while vitamin B is essential for hair growth.

Please, as always, drop any questions you may have below. Feel free to like and share. Remember to consult with your doctor before changing or adding anything to your lifestyle or diet. 

Powder Herbs

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Hey everyone, I hope everyone is having a happy Aloha Saturday! Today we are going to be talking about herbal powders. Well, known herbal powders are basil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Herbal powders can be added to juices, taken in capsules, smoothies, honey, or even milk or water. I prefer capsules or in juice just because it’s quick and easy. Herbal powders can also be used topically mixed with water, oil, or honey to form a paste. Rub the paste on the affected body part and cover it with a cloth.

A good example is Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum) for lower back pain, whether from strain or menstruation. I take Ashwagandha capsules every day to help with my anxiety and stress, and it has helped with cramps. Another good example is organic coconut milk powder, which is good for your skin. It helps softens the skin.

How to Encapsulate Them:

  • To start the encapsulating process, you must first grind up the herb or root. A food processor can be used or a mortar & pestle.
  • Before you make an herbal mix, you must first measure out what you need. Be sure to
  • mix the powder well, so the capsules are of the same concentration.
  • Capsules come in three sizes, 0, 00, and 000. They can be filled by hand or machine. I prefer machines.

A Few Guidelines to Follow:

  • Start with single powders before moving onto blends. When you start something new, you want to be sure of how it affects your body. I recommend keeping a journal.
  • Also, always consult with your doctor if you have any concerns, especially if you have a health condition or breastfeeding. 
  • Dosage varies widely depending on a person’s structure as well as condition. 
  • 1/4 teaspoon – 1 teaspoon (or roughly 1 to 4 grams) 1 to 3 times a day is a relatively standard dose. 
  • Keep your area dry and sanitized at all times. Capsules come in vegan and vegetarian. Research which dosage is best for you or your company

Herbs and how they help:

  • Cinnamon:  A well-known herb dating back to Egyptian times. It’s a warming herb that helps with the digestion system, regulates blood sugar, and improves memory. It helps with cold and flu and is low in calories. 
  • Chili Peppers: In any form, it gives you a nice punch. They also may boost your metabolism and help keep blood vessels healthy. 
  • Cocoa: The critical ingredient in chocolate loved by many all around the world. The bean is filled with antioxidants that boost heart health and may help with lowering blood pressure. 
  • Cumin: Used a lot in Indian dishes; my favorite would be curry goat. Cumin is naturally an iron and used in weight loss.
  • Garlic: The best thing since pickles. Garlic may lower the chances of heart disease. Eating or ingesting garlic daily may help with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. 
  • Rosemary: Rich in antioxidants that prevent cell damage. I grow rosemary in my garden and keep a small bag of it by my bed. Sniffing rosemary has been said to help mental tasks. And has anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. 
  • Ashwagandha: Used in western herbalism and one of my personal favorites. Ashwagandha nourishes the body’s brain and neural pathways while restoring strength after a period of stress or illness. Use for auto-immune disease cases, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, brain fog, insomnia, anxiety, nervous exhaustion, and stress. Perfect for someone who works out and, as we said above, topically. 
  • Moringa: The leaves of the tree are nutrient-dense and a great source of protein. It’s a brain and liver tonic, stress reducer, increases milk supply, antioxidant-rich, and helps with stress. Many studies have been done, and it has been said to help cancer patients. 
  • Nettles: A staple in herbal medicine but not very heard of. It is used to treat arthritis and lower back pain. May reduce inflammation, may lower blood pressure, and may treat enlarged prostate symptoms. 
  • Spirulina: A superfood in the health world, a blueish-green alga that also contains chlorophyll. (Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in plants. Plants use chlorophyll and light to make food.) Spirulina is also a great source of phytonutrients, copper, iron, manganese, potassium, B vitamins, iodine, and Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). 

Face Mask Recipes:

Thyme Face Mask:

Mix ¼ cup oatmeal with a tablespoon, dried lavender leaves, rosemary leaves, and thyme leaves in a food processor. Add a small amount of fresh aloe vera gel. Seal the paste in an airtight container.

To use, mix the mask powder with enough water to moisten to a spreadable consistency, apply to the face (avoiding eye area), and leave it on for 15 minutes for a soothing and invigorating self-care ritual.

  • If you have fresh aloe meaning a plant, get a piece of the aloe and follow the instructions below correctly. If you guys would like a video, please comment below.

Step 1: Remove the base: First, use a sharp knife to cut the base off the leaf off at a slight angle. You may also want to remove the pointed tip and sides. 

Step 2:Drain the inside from the leaf: Let the aloe leaf stand upright in a container or in your sink for about 10 minutes to let the yellow sap drain out. This sap is called aloin, and while it is not toxic, it has a very bitter taste and may cause stomach discomfort, so it is best to dispose of it. 

Step 3: Remove Sharp edges: Use a sharp knife and cut the pointy sides off. 

Step 4: Remove the outer layer: Use a knife or vegetable peeler to remove the leaf’s thin outer layer, revealing the clear jelly-like substance inside. Note: Be careful! The aloe will be very slippery. You can then cut the leaf’s bottom layer or scoop out the inside. 

Step 5: Harvest Gel: Remove any remaining green pieces of the leaf. If you notice any reddish-brown remnants of the aloin sap, you can cut it out of the gel or rinse it off. Cut in 1-inch cubes and store in a tight air jar in the fridge. You can also use aloe in fresh juice or smoothies or by itself. 

Skin Detox Mask: May reduce skin puffiness and lighten skin proteins.

You will need activated charcoal, turmeric, witch hazel, and whole milk yogurt.

Mix ½ teaspoon of each ingredient for one mask. Mix the activated charcoal, turmeric, and yogurt first before slowly adding in the witch hazel. Apply and let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

Lemon Light Mask: Helps with dark spots and old scars.

You will need raw honey and lemon juice.

Combine two tablespoons of raw honey with ½ tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply to the skin and leave on for at least 20 minutes so the lemon juice can exfoliate the skin. The honey will moisturize and soothe the skin as well. To remove, rinse with warm water.

Nutmeg Exfoliating Mask: Has calming antibacterial properties best for sensitive skin and is a gentle exfoliant.

You will need nutmeg and whole milk.

Make a nutmeg face mask by combining 1/2 tablespoon of ground nutmeg with a tablespoon of whole milk. Apply to skin and leave on for up to 10 minutes to soothe healing and sensitive skin before rinsing with warm water.

Spice Blend Recipes:

Fajita: 

2 tbsp paprika

2 tbsp ground cumin

2 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground coriander 

Instructions: Add spices to mixing bowl and stir to combine, store in airtight jar 6 months to a year.

Poultry:

3 tablespoon sage dried

 1/2 tablespoon rosemary dried

1 1/2 tablespoon thyme dried

1 tablespoon marjoram dried

1 teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon smoked paprika optional

1 teaspoon ground coriander optional

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions: Add spices to mixing bowl and stir to combine; grind into powder and store in airtight jar 6 months to a year.

Creole Seasoning:

6 tablespoon paprika

2 tablespoon dried oregano marjoram

2 tablespoon black pepper

2 tablespoon onion powder

2 tablespoon garlic powder

1 1/2 tablespoon sea salt flakes

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 tablespoon dried thyme

½ – 1 tablespoon cayenne

Instructions: Add spices to mixing bowl and stir to combine, store in airtight jar 6 months to a year.

Greek Dry Rub:

3 tablespoon dried oregano or marjoram

2 tablespoon dried basil

2 tablespoon garlic powder

2 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon dill weed

1 tablespoon sea salt flakes

1 tablespoons ground black pepper

1 tablespoons ground thyme

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon optional

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions: Add spices to mixing bowl and stir to combine, store in airtight jar 6 months to a year.

Steak Seasoning:

3 tablespoon salt flakes

3 tablespoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon crushed coriander seeds

1 tablespoon ground black pepper

2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon red chili flakes

Instructions: Add spices to mixing bowl and stir to combine, store in airtight jar 6 months to a year.

Italian Seasoning Blend:

2 tbsp dried basil

2 tbsp dried oregano

2 tbsp dried rosemary

1 tbsp dried thyme

1 tbsp dried marjoram

1/2 tsp dried sage

Instructions: Measure out all the ingredients into a mixing bowl. Next, mix with a dry spatula or whisk.

Then transfer the seasoning into an airtight spice jar or a mason jar (if you make a large quantity).

Tips:

  • How much to use?- Depending on your taste buds, I would start with 1-2 tablespoons serves 4; I will generally use 2-3 tbsp. 
  • How long to store them?– Will store fresh for up to 6 months in an airtight mason jar. After the herbs may start to lose their freshness. Make a new batch once that happens. 

Herb Catalog Pt 2

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Hey everyone, jumping back into our Herb catalog today to see part one; check out our other post. Alway’s remember never to change your diet or try a new regimen without consulting a doctor or herbalist. 

This post will cover herbs for muscles, energy, symptoms of depression/migraines, allergies, digestive system and organ/body function.

Muscles:

Chamomile – Used to heal muscle pain and soreness, helps with insomnia and restlessness. 

Tart Cherries – Used as a muscle relaxer, anti-inflammatory, & antioxidant.

Peppermint – Used as a muscle relaxer for backaches, leg pain, & tension headaches.

Cayenne Pepper – Reduces muscle pain, stiffness, & inflammation.

Epsom Salt: Relaxes the nervous system, removes toxins, & helps with pain and inflammation.

Valerian – Helps with muscle spasms, may help treat insomnia, headaches, and anxiety. 

Arnica – Used as an anti-inflammatory & improves blood circulation.

Lavender – Reduces pain and swelling, helps calm the mind & helps with inflammation.

Passion Flower- Helps with muscle spasms & joint pain. Rich in nutrients and antioxidants, It may always be used for stress, insomnia, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Raspberry Leaf Tea – Used for muscle pain & cramps, also rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Supports healthy menstruation and tones the uterus.

Magnesium oil – Topical for muscle pain & cramps.

Organ/Body Function:

Milk Thistle – Supports liver health, promotes skin health, may improve allergic asthma symptoms, and may reduce cholesterol. (great for hangovers)

Chromium Picolinate – An essential mineral that you absorb from the foods you eat. Some people take a supplement as a complementary and alternative therapy to help a chromium deficiency control blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, or lose weight. 

Dandelion – Supports kidney health, may reduce cholesterol, may lower blood pressure, and may help with weight loss.

Cayenne – May lower blood pressure, help with a metabolism boost, and may lower cholesterol.

Bilberry -Helps if you have diarrhea, eye problems, varicose veins, poor circulation, and even cancer.

Apple Vinegar Cider -Helps lower diabetes, treat cancer, heart health, high cholesterol, and weight loss.

Resveratrol – Protects cells from free radical damage, inhibits the spread of cancer, especially prostate cancer, lowers blood pressure, keeps heart-healthy, and improves elasticity in blood vessels. Normalizes anti-inflammatory response, Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Digestive:

Digestive enzymes – Helps with digestive health and also inflammation.

DGL – Licorice Root Extract that aids digestion and treats stomach complaints, including heartburn and indigestion.

Probiotics – Helps with gut health, has an immune system booster, and a good bacteria. 

Marshmallow root tea – Treats cough and colds. It may act as a pain reliever, aid in digestion, or be used as a diuretic. 

Slippery Elm – Used against diarrhea and an intestinal and rectal coating to eliminate viral and bacterial infections.

Allergies:

Quercetin – Used for natural antihistamine (seasonal allergies and allergic reactions)

Nettle Stinging Leaf (tea) – Used for allergies.

Detox/Antioxidant/Radiation:

Vitamin C – Used as detox and immune system booster and repair. 

DMG (N-Dimethylglycine) – Improves oxygen utilization, detoxification, cell protection, immune system modulation, and physical performance.

Glutathione – Used as a super antioxidant for stress and used for injuries.

King Chlorella – Cleaning out environmental toxins/heavy metals.

Iodine (liquid kelp) – Protection against radiation.

Beet Root – Used as a body detox.

Antioxidant, heart health, anti-aging:

Green Tea – Full of antioxidants, may also reduce bad breath and may help with heart disease. 

Activated Charcoal – Used as full body detox, works through the digestive tract and whitens teeth.

Bentonite Clay – Used as a heavy metal detox, treating oily skin and acne and detoxifying the skin.

Diatomaceous Earth – Used as a heavy metal detox, helps treat constipation and be used as an exfoliator. 

Cilantro -Rids heavy metal in the body, may lower anxiety, lower blood sugar, and help prevent a UTI (Urinary tract infection).

Organic Citrus peels – Rich in fiber, vitamin c, folate, calcium and can be used a metal detox.

Spirulina – A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, may reduce blood pressure and detox heavy metals. 

Oil of oregano -A powerful antioxidant used to purify the blood, detox, & repair the immune system.

Echinacea – A super herb used to purify the blood, detox, & repair the immune system.

Depression/Brain/Migraines:

Vitamin D – May help with mental health, used as an immune booster, used for scar healing, and keeps muscles healthy.

Lithium Orotate –Used as a mood stabilizer, used to help with anxiety and for cluster headaches. 

Vitamin B-6 – May improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression, promote brain health, and treat PMS symptoms. 

Magnesium – May help with migraines, keep blood pressure regularly and keep bones healthy. 

Glutathione -May help with migraines, may reduce stress, and may help fight against autoimmune diseases. 

Molecularly distilled fish oil – May help with symptoms of depression, removing heavy metals and other toxins.

St. John Wort –  May help with symptoms of depression and decreases nervousness and tiredness related to depression.

B2 – May help with migraine symptoms, also helps break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

Energy:

Pantothenic Acid – Filled with (Vitamin B-5) It’s necessary for making blood cells, and it helps you convert the food you eat into energy.

Eleuthero root – Increases energy and reduces fatigue, also may manage menopause.

Sleep:

Melatonin – Used as a sleep aid.

Valerian – Used as a sleep aid, also promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety.

Chamomile -Promotes relaxation and used sleep aide, also so may help with PMS symptoms.

Tart Cherry Juice – Used for sleep help, also used to treat gout and illness prevention.

Water Garden Swag

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Herbs you can grow in the water: my garden is my heart, and one of my passions is teaching others about them. A water garden is a safe and easy way to grow herbs indoors. Plants that grow in water are called hydrophytes or macrophytes. Water plants that can survive in water indefinitely are split into four different categories: deepwater plants, floating plants, marginal plants, and oxygenated plants. The method for growing plants in water is known as hydroponics. 

What you need:

  • Water: Avoid using chlorinated water directly as the bleaching chemical is not exactly friendly to plant tissues. Tap water that has been left to air overnight is adequate, so is stored rainwater.
  • Mason Jars: Roots generally like to grow away from light, so colored bottles, mostly amber-colored ones, are best. You can wrap a piece of paper around the bottle to keep the root zone in the dark. The roots have to breathe, and the mouth of the container should allow free movement of air.
  • Plant Cuttings: For EXAMPLE: If you have some herbs growing in the garden, snip off 6-inch sections from growing tips and put them in the water-filled containers. When they are inserted into the bottles, there shouldn’t be any leaves touching the water. They can rot quickly and spoil the water, as they do in flower vases. 

My Babies that will be planted tomorrow :

Herbs you can grow in water;

SAGE

PEPPERMINT

THYME

SPEARMINT

BASIL

OREGANO

LEMON BALM

CATNIP

FENNEL

STEVIA

TARRAGON

ROSEMARY

Cutting Herbs from the grocery store and making your herb garden. Can you grow them? 

Maybe

With the right strategy, you can potentially take any herb and turn them into a new plant for your home herb garden, but the simplest to grow are the potted herbs from the grocery store.

HOW TO:

  1. Remove all the lower leaves from a cutting, leaving about 3 to 5 inches of bare stem with a handful of leaves at the top. Place the stem of the cutting in water, leaving the leaves above the waterline (regular plastic water bottles work great for this). For rosemary, thyme, and sage, cut the stem’s bottom at a 45-degree angle before placing it in water.
  2. Place the water bottle or mason jar next to a window and replace the water every couple of days. The herb cutting will begin to develop roots after two to four weeks, depending on the type of herb. (Rosemary is slow to produce roots) can take up to two months or a bit longer. Oregano, on the other hand, can produce roots in about a week.) Let the roots develop for about a week before planting.
  3. Transfer the new plant with roots into a pot with soil or plant directly in your garden. Water as necessary to keep your plant healthy.
  4. Harvest your herbs as needed and add them to your favorite recipes.

Breath Work

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Hey everyone, and Happy New Year! I hope everyone has been staying healthy and dancing to their beat. Today, we will talk about something a little different but needed as we start the year 2021. As soon as we are conceived, life slowly starts, and, before we know it, we get our lungs. As babies and young children, we are molded into the people we are to become. It is said that the correct way of breathing is deep breathing—breath deep down into your abdomen. Throughout this post, we will discuss all the key points to inform you of what you need to know.

As children, we learn things like using the bathroom, walking, talking, etc. Sadly, we learn a few other stuff: anxiety, sadness, angry, and almost every emotion. I know by now you’re thinking, well, what about it? Well, as we get older, most adults stop breathing deep down in their abdomen. We call this breathing shallow breathing, which is faster-paced breathing, which delivers less air per breath to our lungs and other organs. We take more frequent breaths, which may constrict blood vessels. A chronic undersupply of oxygen can contribute to fatigue, depression, stress, anxiety, and phobias. It may also cause PMS, cramps, headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, allergies, asthma, and insomnia. Now I know you are now wondering, well, what causes the switch, and no worries, I will explain. Typically, a healthy person will take between 12 to 20 breaths per minute. Tachypnea is identified when the average number of breaths exceeds 20 breaths per minute.

So, what happens when we tense up and start breathing shallowly when under stress, having a panic attack, or even feeling a strong emotion? We start breathing heavy, sweating, all kinds of things: your diaphragm, the internal muscle between the chest and stomach, contracts the airways, which then shrinks the space in your chest. It sounds scary, but these are the facts of life. And of course, we will discuss some ways to help with your breathing and keep yourself calm. It’s important to know that shallow breathing is not the same thing as shortness of breath. Shallow breathing isn’t considered dyspnea if the person is comfortable performing daily tasks. Shallow breathing can become shortness of breath when normal tasks are no longer possible or if feelings of anxiousness start to occur. This post isn’t meant to scare anyone; inform is all.

The perfect example of fantastic breathing is a newborn. They naturally practice deep, or diaphragmatic, breathing by using the diaphragm, a muscle under the lungs, to pull air into the lungs. Visually, you’ll see the belly expand and chest rise as they inhale air through the nose and into the lungs. As they exhale, the belly contracts. Long-term shallow breathing can seriously affect our health. To practice breathing correctly, lie on your back with one hand on your stomach and one hand on your chest. Breathe in profoundly while pushing out your stomach as far as you can. The hand on your stomach will move out, and the hand on your chest will remain still. When you exhale, you will feel your stomach pulling back in. Both your chest and shoulders should stay relaxed and still.

On the other hand, diaphragmatic breathing can lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, relax muscles, decrease stress, and increase energy levels. Deep breathing grounds us as well. If you have diabetes, low blood sugar, or kidney disease, don’t practice any new things without talking to a doctor or trusted physician. 

Causes:

  • Asthma 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).
  • Heart attack
  • Interstitial lung disease

Other ways to learn how to breathe correctly can try meditation, yoga, finding a physical therapist, or a psychotherapist. Youtube and Google have lots of options, as well. 

Books to check out ( Breath by the book, imagine, branch out).

As always, if you have any questions, please ask below. 

Fin:

Ask a herbalist Part 3

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Hey everyone, and welcome back to Ask a herbalist part three. It has been a minute, and I want to thank everyone for their patience. Today we are jumping right back into the questions, so here we go. 

  • How to start a herb collection? 

Your herb collection would depend on what you are trying to achieve. I will list some essential herbs and how they can be used in the kitchen, home, and health. Remember always to keep spices or herbs in a dry, sealed mason jar. Always make sure no water gets inside, or mold might grow. A lot of shops on Etsy have starter kits. Don’t overthink it and start small. These are a few things I always keep on hand. 

  • Peppermint: Now, I have about 3 peppermint plants currently because I love everything about it. As someone who has IBS, I tend to have a lot of stomach issues. Peppermint is good for nausea, headaches, cramps in oil form, upset stomach, gout, and more. Peppermint also relaxes muscles and helps treat diarrhea and IBS. 
  • Dill: Dill is a herb in the celery/carrot family. Dill leaf will help with cramps, muscle spasm and stimulates breast milk. Safe for children, but always consult with a doctor first if you have any concerns. Dill also helps with halitosis (bad breath). If you chew the seeds daily, it can help with a long term problem. 
  • Garlic: Surprise, I am more than sure everyone, well most people have some form of this herb in your household. Garlic is one of the most powerful herbs in the book, from thrust, yeast, and fungal infections to congestion, whooping cough, and high blood pressure.
  • Lavender: Fun fact about lavender is that it is apart of the mint family. Serval parts are edible and can make a lovely tea or be put on a salad. Lavender can kill lice and their nats, aches and pains, UTI’S, and lowering blood pressure. 
  • Lemon balm: Looks similar but is more of a distant cousin. Lemon balm can be used to help with anti-inflammatory, regulates the thyroid, and helps with dementia.

Always remember that I am not a doctor: just a humble juicer and certified herbalist. Before you change your diet or try new things, always consult with your doctor or a trusted physician. 

  • How do you start a garden?

 When creating a garden, it’s important to figure a few things out first for one, what zone you live in. For starters, Hawaii is in zone 11. We get sun all year round, so I usually do not worry about winter or the first frost. Next, start small research soils, types of gardens stuff like that. I grow peppermint, catnip, bittermelon, flowers, and things like that. Other indoor plants that are easy to maintain are aloe, a money tree, a snake plant, or pathos. Research is critical in this. You don’t need much to have a green thumb. Talking to your plants helps, I promise. You can find out what zone you are in by merely asking google. When starting to grow or take an herb, always read up on the side effects. Even when growing different plants, some can be poisonous by touch, so always do your research. 

  • What should you know before starting a garden or herb collection

The main requirement for growing Herbs is growing them in the proper location. Most prefer full sun as long as average summer temperatures don’t rise above 90 degrees. If you have hot summers, consider planting in an area that gets morning sun and afternoon shade in the summertime or a place that receives filtered light (such as under a tree that allows some light to pass through). Check the area several times during the day to ensure that there are at least four hours of sun. (e.g., 8 to 12, 12 to 4, or from 9 to 11 and 2 to 4) 

Planting Herbs:

You need approximately 1 to 4 feet in diameter for each plant for planting Herbs, depending on the plant. Here are some general guidelines for plant sizes:

  • 3-4 feet – Rosemary, Sage, Mints, Oregano, Marjoram 
  • 2 feet – Basils, Thyme, Tarragon, Savory 
  • 1 foot – Cilantro, Chives, Dill, Parsley

This post and thread was just a brief look into the herb and garden life. These next couple of months, I have youtube videos planned, more interactive blog posts, posters, and more. I have been learning that I am moving more into my teacher ways following my mother’s footsteps. (lol) 

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