Aloe Vera and How to use it

question of the day

Hey everyone, welcome to the question of the day!

BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA

The aloe vera plant boost digestion and may help in promoting weight loss. It has lots of antioxidants in it, so it is very beneficial when taken orally or physically. I use this personally for my face and when I get sunburn. When I started using the gel my acne cleared up. It’s been known to reduce constipation and lower blood sugar and reduce dental plaque. The dental plaque was really a shock for me. Remember always consult with your doctor before changing your diet and I am not a doctor just a future herbalist healing the world.

Aloe tips:

WASH THE YELLOW LIQID FROM THE ALOE

LEAVE THE CUT STEM IN WATER OVERNIGHT TO REMOVE IT

BEWARE IT WILL BE BITTER

DO NOT HAVE ALOE EVERYDAY

DRINK LOTS OF WATER

USES:

Juice

The best way to have aloe in your diet. All you do is remove the thick green outer layer and scoop the gel from it. Blend the gel with a little water and DONE! Again please WASH THE YELLOW LIQID FROM THE ALOE

For a step by step please check out https://www.indianhealthyrecipes.com/aloe-vera-juice/

Ice cubes

When you scoop the gel, mash it! You can fit them in ice cube trays and use for it for smoothies or juice.

Gel

The gel can be used as a salad dressing, face mostiruzer, add it to oil, sunburn and much more. Water-dense leaves, combined with special plant compounds called complex carbohydrates, make it an effective face moisturizer and pain reliever.

Alternative Mouthwash

 Aloe vera extract is said to be a safe and effective alternative to chemical-based mouthwashes. The plant’s natural ingredients, which include a healthy dose of vitamin C, can block plaque. It can also provide relief if you have bleeding or swollen gums.

A Natural Laxative

Aloe vera is considered a natural laxative. A handful of studies have looked into the benefits of the succulent to aid digestion.

Use as a natural lubricant

Just be sure to use an organic, 100 percent aloe vera gel that doesn’t contain any perfumes or additives to avoid potential irritation. For more info check out https://www.prevention.com/sex/g21085349/best-natural-lubricants/

If you have Crohn’s disease, colitis, or hemorrhoids you shouldn’t consume aloe vera. It can cause severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea. You should stop taking aloe vera if you’re taking other medications. It may decrease your body’s ability to absorb the drugs.

Check back tomorrow for Wellness Wednesday

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24795515/

Question Of The Day

Health and Wealth

Hey everyone and welcome back for your question of the day. Today I am going to tell you ways to get your children involved with health & wellness. In our world today food has changed, with more and more families moving away from processed foods and junk food it’s important that we start teaching educate the next generation. I hope this year my blog inspires you to be the best you and to be the change you want to see. 

Eat as a family

With life being busy and with everyone getting back into the swing of things it can be hard, but it is not impossible. According to an extensive study completed by the University of Florida, family meals help family bonds, keep kids from getting obese, and many other positive factors!

Promote Positive Habits

Aim for balance and openness around food and mealtimes. Include your children in meal planning, shopping, and preparation to encourage participation. Provide fair attitudes toward feeding and create a warm and open family environment at mealtimes. The same goes for exercise. Make sure your kids know they are part of the team, and that health and fitness are a family affair. Take turns letting your child pick a family activity.

Don’t Force Feed

As they grow, children’s appetites fluctuate. So, when they’re full, don’t push them to clean their plate. Also, don’t force children to stay at the dinner table until they’ve finished those veggies. Though this might appear to help your kids get the nutrition they need, these behaviors can lead to kids disliking those foods and having negative associations with mealtime.

Do Not Body Shame Them

As I said before children’s body even adult body changes are bound to happen. It is important to encourage your child do/wear what feels right for them while ensuring them that no matter what they are perfect the way they are. It may seem harmless, but words stick with children long into adulthood.

Workout as a family 

Instead of family movie night, plan a fitness night with healthy snacks (like veggies and hummus). From hiking, the playground or even a pool day, getting your children involved will brighten their day. 

Caring for your family’s health with fun, kid-friendly activities that create lifelong habits is an important part of setting up a great future for your children. Don’t forget, family health and wellness include your health and your parents’ health as well.

Help:

 https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/fitness/Pages/Encouraging-Your-Child-to-be-Physically-Active.aspx

https://www.eatingwell.com/gallery/13903/a-month-of-healthy-dinner-ideas-for-kids/?slide=recipeId%3D262252#recipeId=262252

Question Of The Day:

Mini Series

How much caffeine is too much?

Hey everyone, and welcome back to my blog! Today we are going to be starting back up question of the day. For today’s question we are going to be talking about how much caffeine is too much? 

If you are new to my blog, please know that I am not a certified or trained doctor so always consult with your doctor if you feel you have any issues with or in your body.

Jumping right in according to many studies for an average healthy adult you should consume no more than 400 mg of caffeine per day. For teenagers the average that should be consumes is no more than 100 mg. The effect of caffeine takes about 30 to 45 minutes to occur, and they last for eight to 10 hours. The side effects of caffeine at higher doses include restlessness, anxiety, irritability, and insomnia. Withdrawal symptoms from high doses of caffeine can include headache and fatigue.

For every 1 fluid oz (29.6g) there is 12 mg of caffeine. 

Which coffee powder has more caffeine?

Devil Mountain’s Black Label coffee is known as the highest caffeine coffee in the world. Not for the faint of heart, this coffee contains over 1,500 milligrams of caffeine.

Does Instant Coffee have as much caffeine as ground coffee?

Despite taking part in the caffeine rush of real coffee, instant coffee is sometimes less caffeine-containing. The caffeine content of two tablespoons of instant coffee is between 30 and 90 mg.

Caffeine in popular drinks/products

  • 651 milligrams / per 12 fluid ounces. Starbucks Venti Coffee.
  • 415 milligrams / 20 fluid ounce. Dunkin’ Donuts Large Coffee with Turbo Shot.
  • 395 milligrams / 20 fluid ounce. Shock Coffee Triple Latte.
  • 280 milligrams/ per 23.5 ounces. Jolt energy drink.
  • 300 milligrams/per 16 fluid ounces. C4 ultimate energy drink
  • 133 milligrams/per 16 ounces. McDonalds coffee.
  • 200 milligrams/per 1.93 fluid ounces. 5-hour energy.
  • Two Excedrin Migraine tablets: 130 milligrams.

Do coffee grounds lose caffeine?

No. While coffee’s more delicate features such as its flavor will start to degrade within hours of being exposed to the air, caffeine is a much more stable chemical and tends to last for months without making any significant impact on its potency.

Is it bad to drink coffee every day?

Like so many foods and nutrients, too much coffee can cause problems, especially in the digestive tract. But studies have shown that drinking up to four 8-ounce cups of coffee per day is safe.

How many grams are a cup?

Dry Goods

Cups         Grams      Ounces

½ cup       100 g        3.55 oz

2/3 cup     134 g        4.73 oz

¾ cup       150 g        5.3 oz

1 cup        201 g        7.1 oz

If you have any questions, please let me know. If you would like a question researched and answered shoot me an email. Check back tomorrow!

Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5445139/

Juice + Disorders

Health and Wealth

ACNE

Hey everyone, Welcome back for another informative blog post. This year on my mind more than anything is helping others to learn how to heal in the comfort of their own home. From acne to bedwetting to high blood pressure. this year we will learn about many disorders and ways to help you. During this series you will learn about causes, recommendations, dietary modifications, nutrients that help, beneficial juices and more.

If you want to learn more about juicing check out >https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2020/05/15/unprocessed-juice/

> https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2020/05/11/why-should-i-do-a-juice-cleanse/

>https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2020/05/19/juice-cleanses/

To start off this series we will start by discussing acne. Acne is a general term often used to indicate acne vulgaris, which is a chronic inflammatory disease. It causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages. Acne typically appears on your face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders because these areas of skin have the most oil (sebaceous) glands. Hair follicles are connected to oil glands.

Effective acne treatments are available, but acne can be persistent. A wide variety of treatment regimens exist for acne vulgaris including benzoil peroxide, retinoids, isotretinoids, keratolytic soaps, alpha hydroxy acids, azelaic acid, salicilic acid as well as hormonal, anti-androgen or antiseborrheic treatments. However, none of these methods is free of side effects and their exact role in therapy is not clear.

A major cause for acne is hormonal changes, including puberty or menstrual cycles, may also contribute to some acne issues. The hormones, which have been attributed to acne consist of testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone and dihydrotestosterone, as well as insulin-like growth factor. In many adult women underline conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (POS), hirsutism, and endometriosis maybe a causing factor as well.

Testosterone is the male sex hormone that is made in the testicles

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone that your body naturally produces in the adrenal gland. DHEA helps produce other hormones, including testosterone and estrogen.

Dihydrotestosterone is a hormone that stimulates the development of male characteristics (an androgen-group of sex hormones)

Other major factors for acne include dandruff , excess oil production, hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells, bacteria, and inflammation.

It is important to remember that I am NOT a certified dermatologist just a humble herbalist and juicer spreading the knowledge I have learned and lived thru.

Acne signs vary depending on the severity of your condition:

Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)

Blackheads (open plugged pores)

Small red, tender bumps (papules)

Pimples (pustules), which are papules with pus at their tips 

Large, solid, painful lumps under the skin (nodules)

Painful, pus-filled lumps under the skin (cystic lesions)

General Recommendations & Dietary Modifications

Cleanse your face twice a day with a sulfur-containing soap ( Always be sure to wash your face with clean hands)

Avoid using greasy creams and cosmetics and avoid medications that contain bromides and iodides.

Eliminate Sugars- Skin that is glucose intolerant is significantly impaired in acne patients.

(Glucose intolerance is an umbrella term for a group of metabolic conditions that result in higher than normal blood glucose levels)

Eating a high fiber diet may increase your chances with clearing your skin. Foods high in fiber like, whole grain cereals, whole grain breads, crackers, bran and legumes ( beans lentils, and split peas.

Reducing the consumption of fats and junk food may help with the decrease of acne and skin issues. A typical western diet is filled with lots of calories, fat, salt and sugar, and sadly too low in vegetables, fruit and whole grain fiber.

Schedule to do a juice cleanse once a month ( the start of the month is my go-to)

For a DIY Cleanse check out Humble Soul LLC Immune Boosting Box (https://humble-soul-llc-creations.myshopify.com/products/immune-boosting-box)

Always consult with doctor if and when you have series concerns about changes happening to your body.

Another trick I used in high school is cucumber juice, it is said to purify the blood and lymphatic system, resulting in a clearer complexion. Drink 4 to 5 cups per day for a week straight.

Warning; Cucumber juice may help with going to the bathroom! I recommend starting with 1-2 cups a day one in the morning and one in the evening. Make sure to eat a semi healthy diet and avoid FRIED FOODS, JUNK FOOD AND HEAVY PASTAS.

As always, please! , please!! , please!!! consult with a doctor or trusted physician before trying anything new from herbs to juicing etc. If you have a pre-exsiting conditions please also double check with someone certified ( herbalist or physician) if you take over the counter medications.

Nutrients That Help

Vitamin A: Reduces sebum production ; Sebum production – Is produced by sebaceous glands when they disintegrate.The sebaceous glands produce lipids, triglycerides, which are broken down by bacterial enzymes (lipase) in the sebaceous duct to form smaller compounds, free fatty acids.

Fatty Acids: If you have a low-fat diet omega-3 fatty acids maybe helpful. Pure cold-pressed flaxseed oil is a good source (high in estrogen).

Chromium: Improves glucose tolerance levels and enhances insulin sensitivity

Zinc: Is important in wound healing, inflammation control, and tissue regeneration

Beneficial Juices

Carrot, Kale, and Parsley (Sources of beta-carotene )

Kale, Spinach, and Green Pepper (Source of vitamin b6)

Spinach, Kale, and Beet greens (Source of folic acid)

Ginger root, Parsley, and Carrot (Source of Zinc)

Herbs For Acne

Medicinal plants with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties can be used in different ways in the treatment of acne and other infectious diseases. The herbs below can be used alone or in a mix. It is always important to be aware of allergies you may have before trying a new routine and or product.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis ) Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a perennial flower native to the Mediterranean, although it is grown domestically throughout the world. Used for acne creams, soaps or oil are recommended.

Contains flavonoids believed to have antiseptic properties that inhibit the growth of acne causing bacteria.

Calendula oil is believed to be a mildly effective treatment for a variety of superficial skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

DO NOT apply it to an open wound without a doctor’s supervision. People who are allergic to plants in the daisy or aster family, including chrysanthemums and ragweed, may also have an allergic reaction to calendula (usually a skin rash).

(Vitex agnus-castus ) A popular herb which contains 250 species worldwide used for a range of female reproductive conditions such as PMS, infertility, acne and menstrual disorders. The Vitex agnus-castus fruit, also known as chasteberry or monk’s pepper, is about the size of a peppercorn.

Hormone-sensitive conditions such as endometriosis; uterine fibroids; or cancer of the breast, uterus, or ovaries should not use this plant. Pregnant and nursing women should not use this plant.

Vitex agnus-castus can affect hormones and might affect estrogen levels. Don’t use vitex agnus-castus if you have a hormone-sensitive condition.

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) One of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind and member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Chamomile whole plant is used for making herb beers, and also for a lotion, for external application in toothache, earache, neuralgia and in cases of external swelling.

Chamomile has also been used to treat colic, croup, and fevers in children.

Chamomile is often used to treat mild skin irritations, including sunburn, rashes, sores and even eye inflammations.

People sensitive to ragweed and chrysanthemums or other members of the Compositae family are more prone to develop contact allergies to chamomile, especially if they take other drugs that help to trigger the sensitization.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree. A person can treat acne, athlete’s foot, contact dermatitis or head lice using tea tree oil.

The oil possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.

Safe if used diluted in small amounts. (Jojoba and Sweet almond oil are popular for the skin/hair)

Tea tree oil should never be swallowed.

For the next section of learning we dive into myths about acne. For many years I have always heard that the cause of acne was junk food, pms, or stress but what if that was not all true.

Myth #1: Greasy foods cause breakouts

Because acne is caused by an increase in sebum, which is an oily substance, people have long assumed that eating greasy foods makes your skin greasy, leading to an acne eruption. This has never been scientifically proven, so you don’t need to worry about eating fried or greasy foods when it comes to your skin. However, there are plenty of reasons you should still limit these types of foods, especially when it comes to your heart and your waist circumference.

Myth #2 Eating Chocolate causes breakouts

For the most part, this is an old wives’ tale. Researchers haven’t been able to link cocoa to acne reliably. However, milk chocolate has a lot of sugar.When you eat chocolate, choose dark varieties with 70% cocoa or more because they’re much lower in sugar than milk chocolate. 

Myth #3 Wearing makeup makes you breakout

Some types of liquid face makeup can clog your pores, but most cosmetic companies now offer oil-free and non-comedogenic product. Be sure to wash your makeup off each night and clean your makeup brushes weekly to avoid spreading bacteria. 

For our last section of the post I am shouting out a few small businesses that may help you on your journey.

Shoutout to @Huegirlsz (twitter) Relieving problematic dry skin conditions, one butter at a time. https://huegirlszz.com

Shoutout to @tionneskin (twitter)Organic High Quality Handmade Skincare Products for all skin types.https://tionneskin.com

Shoutout to @NavNaturals (twitter) Nav Naturals is a mom owned skincare brand that makes soaps, body butters, scrubs and more for eczema, sensitive/dry skin & children too!https://nav-naturals.square.site

Shoutout to @Oilculture_ (twitter) We formulate skincare & hair care products from scratch with natural ingredients to heal, rejuvenate, exfoliate, soften, brighten & lighten your skin, and hairhttps://oilculture.bumpa.shop

Thank you so much for sticking with me till the end! I pray that this blog was informative and answered any questions you may have. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on my other social media platforms.

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REF: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/ ; https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/symptoms-causes/syc-20368047 ; https://www.verywellhealth.com/benefits-of-tea-tree-oil-89521 ; https://www.wakehealth.edu/Stories/Common-Myths-About-Acne ;

Environmental Wellness

Health and Wealth

Wellness is becoming more aware of the choices you make for a balanced life. Wellness is the pursuit of continued growth and balance in the seven dimensions of wellness. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Today we dive into Environmental Wellness. Environmental Wellness is creating or finding spaces where you live, work, and study that help you feel motivated to reach your goals. Environmental wellness refers to your sense of safety, comfort, and connection with your physical surroundings. Environmental wellness can be enhanced by living more in harmony with the planet and your community.

 Environmental Wellness is 

  • Conserving energy (shutting off unused lights)
  • Recycling paper, cans, and glass as much as possible
  • Enjoying and appreciating time outside in natural settings
  • Not polluting the air, water, or earth
  • Being respectful, inclusive, kind, and supportive to others. 
  • Being aware of risks in your surroundings.
  •  Being aware of the impact of your decisions. 
  • Taking personal responsibility for your actions.

Strategies to Enhance Your Environmental Wellness

Be cautious about your security when drinking and out with friends:

  • Be aware of who is around you and leave with the same people you came with
  • Buy your drinks and keep your drink in sight at all times
  • Keep condoms and other contraception with you when you go out
  • Get tested every 6 to 9 months if you have multiple partners or even in a relationship
  • Always use the buddy system 
  • Make sure your phone is charged before going out

Reduce your allergies:

  • Avoid outdoor allergens whenever possible. If pollen counts are high, stay inside with the windows closed and use the air conditioning.
  • Avoid bringing pollen indoors. If you go outside, wash your hair and clothing when you come inside. Pets can also bring in pollen, so clean them too.
  • Reduce indoor allergens. Keep humidity levels low in the home to keep dust mites and mold under control.
  • Avoid upholstered furniture and carpets because they harbor allergens.
  • Wash your bedding in hot water once a week.
  • Vacuum once a week 

Stay safe during hot weather:

  • Beat the sun and heat with an early morning or evening activity.
  • Use a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, preferably 30, and reapply frequently.
  • Use sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB.
  • Try to stay in the shade when outdoors during peak sunlight.
  • Go to an air-conditioned gym, do water workouts, or use a fitness video at home.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise.
Environmental Wellness Apps:
  • Fill it Forward (iTunes / GooglePlay) – Use this app to track your environmental footprint, contribute to charitable projects, and join community groups.
  • JouleBug – organizes sustainability tips into Actions that you can put into JouleBug to make your everyday habits more sustainable.
  • Oroeco – This app automatically calculates your carbon footprint to track your climate impact.
  •  Recycle Coach – Helps you reduce contamination through reminders, material search, and drop-off information.

The core principle of environmental wellness is respect—respect for all nature and all species living in it. It does not mandate that you join a movement or organization, but it does encourage you to practice habits that promote a healthy environment. When you become environmentally aware, you will be able to realize how your daily habits affect the environment. Improving this dimension of wellness is simple and results in a more balanced lifestyle.

Check on with yourself:

  • Is your room a place that you feel comfortable, safe, and at ease in?
  • Do you have mementos of things that are important to you?
  • Do you find time to explore nature?
  • How often do you clean and sanitize your space?
  • Does my tribe support my health and wellness? 
  • Is my environment truly my own? 
  • Am I living in a dark environment? 
  • Am I in harmony with the earth? 
  • Which local community organization supports the earth?

Check back later this week for another post! I have a lot of exciting things coming up!

Peace and Love

Gabby ❤

Vitamins

Health and Wealth

Hey everyone, welcome back to my space; today, we will be going over three amazing vitamins and a few of their deficiencies. If you have any concerns or questions, drop them in the comment box below or consult with a trusted physician/herbalist. 

 Deficiency: the quality or state of being defective or of lacking some necessary quality or element

Today we are going over Vitamin: A / C / Calcium.

If there is anything you want to know more about or need recipes, please leave a comment below, and I’ll do a post for you. 

Starting with Calcium: 

Calcium is a mineral found in many foods. The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones and to carry out many essential functions. Almost all calcium is stored in bones and teeth, where it supports their structure and hardness.

Herbs and spices are potent sources of nutrition, including calcium. The most effective way to consume calcium is in small doses throughout the day, so emphasizing the use of the following herbs and spices can be better than taking it all in at once or trying to rely on supplements for your daily recommended value (%DV)

(To read more on how much you may need, check out https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-much-calcium-do-you-really-need )

Calcium Deficiency:

Hypocalcemia, also known as a calcium deficiency disease, occurs when the blood has low calcium levels. A long-term calcium deficiency can lead to dental changes, cataracts, alterations in the brain, and osteoporosis, which causes the bones to become brittle. A calcium deficiency may cause no early symptoms.

Calcium Deficiency Symptoms:

  • Confusion or memory loss.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, and face.
  • Depression.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Weak and brittle nails.
  • Easy fracturing of the bones.

Herbs Used For Calcium:

Fresh and Dried Basil 

Dried Savory 

Dried Marjoram

Dried Thyme

Dried Sage

Cinnamon

Stinging Nettle

Dried Rosemary

Dried Dill 

Fruits & Veggies For Calcium:

Spinach 145mg/cup 

Edamame 100 mg/cup

Orange 65 mg/1 orange

Broccoli 60mg/cup

Span Peas 55mg/cup

Tomato 30mg/2 tomatos 

Arugula 30mg/cup

Fig 40mg/2 figs

White Beans 160mg/cup

Soy Beans 175mg/cup

Pumpkin Mashed 40mg/cup 

Cabbage 35mg/cup

Seeds:

 Poppy seeds pack 126mg 

Sesame seeds 126mg 

Nuts:

Almonds 30mg/9 nuts 

Brazil nuts 25mg/3 nuts 

Vitamin A: ( Stored in the liver)

 Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in many foods. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly. Vitamin A can take one of three forms in the human body: retinol, retinal and retinoic acid.

(For a better explanation of how vitamin a works as far as the measurement, check out this post-https://www.nutri-facts.org/en_US/nutrients/vitamins/a/intake-recommendations.html)

Vitamin A Deficiency: 

Xerophthalmia is the term for the expression of vitamin A deficiency. This happens when you don’t consume or enough vitamin A from your diet or properly absorb or convert the vitamin A you consume. 

Vitamin A Deficiency Symptoms: 

  • Alcoholism
  • Gluten-sensitive
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS, Crohn’s, or ulcerative colitis)
  • Pancreatic disorders or a lack of bile from the gallbladder (bile helps break down fat and absorb fat-soluble vitamins)
  • Liver damage or disease
  • Low stomach acid, heartburn, or GERD
  • Severe calorie restriction, potentially tied to an eating disorder

Herbs Used For Vitamin A:

Basil

Spinach 

Parsley 

Thyme 

Sage 

Watercress 

Fruits and Vegetables For Vitamin A:  

100 G / IU ( international units per day) DV ( daily value)

1/2 c of Carrots 459 MCG- 51% of the DV

1 Sweet Potato 1,403 MG – 156% of the DV 

1 c of boiled Black-eyed peas 66 MCG-7% of the DV

1/2 c of Spinach 573 MCG- 64% of the DV

Other significant sources of Vitamin A 

Butternut squash 

Red bell pepper 

Mango 

Tomatoes 

Parsley 

Tuna

Shrimp

Cod liver oil

Eggs 

Goat Cheese 

Vitamin C ( Per 100 G) 

Vitamin C is a vitamin found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement. It is used to prevent and treat scurvy. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in repairing tissue and more.

Vitamin C Deficiency:

Scurvy is the name for a vitamin C deficiency. It can lead to anemia, debility, exhaustion, spontaneous bleeding, pain in the limbs, and especially the legs, swelling in some parts of the body, and sometimes ulceration of the gums and teeth loss.

Vitamin C Deficiency Symptoms:

  • Rough, Bumpy Skin
  • Corkscrew-Shaped Body Hair
  • Bright Red Hair Follicles. 
  • Spoon-Shaped Fingernails With Red Spots or Lines
  • Dry, Damaged Skin
  • Easy Bruising
  • Slowly Healing Wounds
  • Painful, Swollen Joints

Herbs Used For Vitamin C :

Chili Peppers

Thyme 

Parsley 

Basil 

Fruits and Vegetables: 

Green bell peppers 80.4 MG

Pummelo 61 MG

Longan Fruit 84 MG

Guava 228 MG

Strawberry 58.8 MG

Lime 29.1 MG

Lemon 52 MG

Brussels Sprouts 85 MG

Grapefruit 31.2 MG

Sun-dried Tomato 39.2 MG

Questions you may have?

What is the difference between calcium and vitamin C?

Both calcium and vitamin C are important essential nutrients for your body, but they’re nothing alike. Calcium is typically a metal, but when it loses 2 electrons, it becomes a nutritional mineral your body can use to regulate some of its processes. Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a molecule made from multiple atoms of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. It is found in high concentrations in immune cells, and it is a co-factor that allows certain enzymes to do their job. Those are just 2 of the many things it’s good for.

Is It Possible to Have a Vitamin C Overdose?

The maximum recommended amount, or upper limit, is 2,000mg per day for all adults. When a person takes more than the recommended limit of vitamin C, they may experience mild digestive disturbances. These can occur if the vitamin C that the body does not absorb irritates the gastrointestinal tract. In lighter terms, yes. To read more about it, check out this post-https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326249#how-much-is-too-much.

Check back tomorrow for another post.

References:

Office of Dietary Supplements – Vitamin A. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-Consumer/.

Click to access Juicefactsandmyths.pdf

https://www.viridian-nutrition.com/blog/nutrition-news-and-views/what-does-an-iu-measure-in-vitamins

Yoni Steams

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Yoni steam (aka. vaginal steam, v-steam, Bajoor chai-yok) provides gentle and practical support for women’s wellness. Respected by women and holistic healers worldwide, yoni steaming is the ancient practice of allowing the warmth of herbal steam to saturate the exterior of the vagina softly. We already learned about yoni health if you haven’t yet, check it out below.

https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2021/01/31/yoni-health/

Here are many conditions for which yoni steaming is indicated. Women have noticed that it can:

  • Regulate Irregular and Absent Menstrual Cycles
  • Increase Fertility
  • Relieve Chronic Vaginal and Yeast Infections
  • Reduce, and Melt, Fibroids
  • Reduce Ovarian Cysts
  • Relieve Uterine Pain
  • Speed Weightloss Post Birth
  • Assist with the Recovery from Vaginal Tear, Episiotomy, and C-Sections
  • Ease Symptoms of Menopause
  • Relieve Menstrual Pain
  • Increase Sexual Desire and Lubrication
  • Decrease Infection and Odor
  • Detoxify the Womb
  • Released Stored Negative Emotions Trapped in the Uterus
  • Tone the Reproductive System Post-Birth
  • Significantly Reduce Pain and Bloating due to Menstruation

Yoni Steam Recipes:

Cleansing Herbs:

Basil, Milk Thistle, Rose, Calendula, and Motherwort

Limit use if your period is less than 28 days

Blood Building: 

Motherwort, Nettles, Oatstraw, Parsley, and Raspberry Leaf

Hydrating: 

Hibiscus, Lemon Balm, Nettles, Oatstarw, and Red clover

Disinfecting: 

Lavender, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme

Digestion: 

Citrus Peel, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, and Mint

Decrease Bleeding:

Antihemorrhagic

Mugwort/ Yarrow

Uterus Strengthing:

Ashwagandha, Gingsing, Rosemary, and Yarrow 

Painful Period: 28 days or longer

  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 tsp motherwort
  • 2 tsp nettles
  • 1/tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp orange peel

Vaginal Dryness:

  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp lemon balm

Healing:

  • 1 cup red raspberry leaf
  • 1/4 cup lavender
  • 1/4 cup rosemary
  • 1/4 cup lemon balm
  • 1/4 cup yarrow leaves
  • 1/8 cup dried rose petals
  • dash of sea salt

Start By:

-Mix all ingredients to blend

-Pour 8 cups of water into a pot and bring water to a soft boil with lid on

-Add V-steam ingredients to pot and continue to boil for 5 minutes

-Remove from heat and pour into the v-steam pot of choice

-Wave hands over steam to test temperature

-Sit on the seat above the steaming water

-Drape yourself in sheet or other covering from the waist down, ensuring no steam escapes

-Sit for 10-12 minutes until the steam subsides

-Pour contents into the toilet and clean pot for future use

I am not a licensed dietitian, esthetician, or medical doctor. This post aims to share recipes that I use for my personal use and my experience using them. If you need medical attention or advice, please consult a medical professional.

My Favorite Herbs

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Hey everyone, so while I’ve been on vacation, I was asked what my favorite plants are? Well, check them out below with a few facts about them.

Aloe Vera: 

Aloe Vera is edible and is incredibly useful for many afflictions. It’s not native to North America, but it’s been naturalized in many places. 

How to Identify:

Aloe Vera plants have succulent leaves that grow 2 to 3 feet (0.6 meters to 0.9 meters) tall. The plant is stemless or has very short stems. Aloe Vera leaves are thick, fleshy, and filled with gelatinous sap. The leaves grow in clumps, green to grey-green, and may have white flecks on the leaf surfaces. The leaf margins are serrated with small white teeth. Flowers appear in the summer on a tall spike growing from the center of the plant. Flowers range in color from white and yellow to orange and red. 

Edible or no:

Eat aloe vera leaves raw or cooked. The outer green skin can also be eaten but is bitter and harsh. Removing the skin with a sharp knife leaves the meat and gel inside the plant; both are edible. 

Aloe is good poached or otherwise gently cooked. Fully cooked, it loses its slimy texture. Some people enjoy raw aloe as juice or by putting a chunk in their water. 

Medicinal: 

Aloe Vera gel, the gelatinous substance inside the leaf, is used to relieve sunburn, wounds, and other minor skin irritations. 

Other Uses:

  • For external use, split the longleaf ways with a knife and scrape the gel from the leaf’s interior. 
  • Heartburn & IBS: Consuming 1 to 3 ounces of aloe vera gel with each meal reduces the severity of acid reflux and the associated heartburn. It also helps the cramping, abdominal pain, flatulence, and bloating caused by irritable bowel syndrome. 
  • Aloe Vera extract makes a safe and effective mouthwash that reduces swelling, soothes, and provides relief from bleeding or swollen gums. 

Warning: Long term internal use of Aloe Vera is not recommended due to the latex found in Aloe Vera. Please do not use it internally while pregnant. Do not use it if you have hemorrhoids or kidney issues. 

Anise Hyssop:

Anise Hyssop is also known as giant blue hyssop, giant lavender hyssop, elk mint, and licorice mint. It belongs to the Lamiaceae (Mint) Family. It is native to northern and central North America. 

How to Identify: 

Anise hyssop grows from 2 to 5 feet (0.6 to 1.5m) tall, with bright green leaves that are notched at the edge and covered with fine white hairs on the underside. 

Edible or no:

Anise hyssop can be used as a sweetener and to make tea. It can be used as a flavoring or seasoning. The leaves and flowers can be eaten fresh, cooked, or dried. 

Other uses:

  • Drinking Anise Hyssop Tea with meals eases digestion and prevents excessive gas and bloating. 
  • Anise Hyssop has been used to treat colds, flu, and respiratory issues. 
  • Anise Hyssop is also used to relieve pain and treat burns and wounds. Due to its anti-microbial properties, it has historically been used in salves and poultices.
  • Wash the skin in Anise Hyssop Infusion to help relieve the itchiness of poison ivy. 

Tea Bonus:

 Add fresh or dried Anise Hyssop to a jar and cover with boiling water. ( 4-6 tablespoons dried herb or 6-8 tablespoons) fresh herb per quart jar, but you can do whatever works for you. Cover and let steep until cool enough to drink. Strain and drink, or cool and refrigerate to save for iced tea.

Ashwagandha ( I use every day)

Ashwagandha is a member of the nightshade family. It is sometimes called Winter Cherry or Indian Ginseng due to its importance in Ayurvedic medicine. 

How to identify: 

The bush grows to a height of 2 to 3 or more feet (0.6m-0.9m), with dull green leaves. Light green, bell-shaped flowers appear in midsummer and orange to red berries in the fall. Branches grow radially from a center stem. 

Edible or no:

The plant is not generally eaten, but its seeds are used in the production of vegetarian cheeses. The leaves are used to make Ashwagandha Tea. 

Other uses:

  • Ashwagandha has long been used to relieve anxiety, improve mental health, concentration, vitality, and enhance life quality. It also acts as a mood stabilizer and relieves symptoms of depression. 
  • Ashwagandha is particularly beneficial to diabetic patients in reducing blood glucose levels. 
  • Ashwagandha helps improve sexual function. 
  • Ashwagandha helps regulate immune function by reducing the body’s stress hormones, reducing inflammation, increasing the white blood cell count, and increasing immunoglobulin production. 

Warning: The herb is generally believed to be safe and has an extensive history of use. However, no long-term studies on the safety and long-term use may make it more likely that side effects will be experienced while taking. Consult your doctor and watch for side-effects when using ashwagandha over the long term. 

Bottle Gourd:

The bottle gourd is often cultivated for its fruit, known as calabash, white-flowered gourd, and long melon. When harvested young, the fruit is used as a vegetable. When mature, it is dried, and it can be scraped and used as a bottle, container, or pipe. 

How to Identify:

This annual vine grows to be 15 feet (4.5m) long or more. The fruit has a smooth light-green skin and white flesh, and it grows in a variety of shapes and sizes. It has long, densely packed hairs on the stems.

Medicinal: 

It is used to control blood sugar levels and is an anti-inflammatory. 

Other uses:

  • Calabash facilitates easy digestion and movement of food through the bowel until it is excreted from the body. Thus, it helps in relieving indigestion and constipation problems.
  • Bottle gourd tender leaves and tendrils are also edible and contain higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals than its fruit.
  • Bottle gourd acts as a natural sedative and helps facilitate calm sleep. Insomnia, which means lack of sleep, can cause various health problems like cardiovascular problems, irregular heartbeat, increased risk of high blood pressure, etc. 

(Lost Book Of Remedies)

I hope you all enjoy this post; if you have any questions, comment below.

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.