Category Archives: remedies

Happy people can skip this one

Man these are tough times, and just in time for the holidays. Talk about STRESS! Did you see the story today “What happy people don’t do?”   The findings are based on 45,000 Americans over 35 years. I guess some things don’t change.

The conclusion is that TV is a bummer. Who knew? The researchers leave open the chicken/egg issue of I TV and therefore am unhappy or I am miserable, stressed and depressed and therefore I TV. But they were able to connect more TV watching with unemployment.

Uh oh. Looks like we’re going to have millions of us glued to the tube for a while. 

Two things will definitely NOT solve our own personal, national or international money crisis. Nothing gets fixed by being sad, depressed, anxious, or worried. Although being human we’re not immune. Nor does anything get better by staring at the tube. Although screens can be a great relief for a while.

What will help: Do your best to stay MORE active than usual, rather than less. Push yourself. Push yourself out the door and go to a coffee house, a friend’s, bundle up and go for a walk, go to the gym. Just get out.

Limit your news intake. I know it’s hard to kick Obamamania. Confession: I found the happy article because it was on the same page as Obama’s Saturday morning radio address. I never cared what any president said on Saturdays! Anyway, do it. The news ain’t good. We know that. Don’t keep rubbing salt on your wounds.

Get realistic about how you and your loved ones are going to survive — and thrive — through the holidays and whatevet lies ahead. Life still goes on, even in the midst of deep crisis. You can trust me on that one. So does love. So too do all the little exciting, delicious and precious moments that make up a day. Find and savor those.

If you feel like you need help, ask for it. That is not the time to be shy. 

Nurture yourself and stay healthy. The OnePlanet Herb site is devoted to supporting you do that. Go ahead,take a peek.

Keep up your immune system!  I rely on cat’s claw for that. It’s a fabulous immune builder. It won’t change whatever’s coming at you, but it will help you cope with it.Here’s some info on it. 

My holiday gift to you for the rest of 08. Link from here to OnePlanet Herbs.com. Type injoi in the coupon code at checkout and you get cat’s claw at a 15% discount. 

Do you have tips that have helped you? Let me know and I’ll post them.

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One pound of anxiety can ruin your whole day.

A dear friend used to say ‘it’s better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick.’ Hard to argue with. But what about the fear of being sick, the fear of being poor? How bad is that? My answer: Extraordinarily.

Right now I’m an absolute news junkie. I’m promising myself to stop after the election, but for now I’m hearing the daily drip of news and just about every word is scary. It’s almost impossible for me, or probably anyone not on Mars or under a rock, to escape the bad economic news. Happily I have Mellow Monkey to soothe my anxiety when I’m thrown off my game. And I’m glad of it. It’s all natural, has other positive effects and is non-addictive. Plus, I make the stuff, so I know how good it is.

But how else are we cope with this current crisis mentality and its attendant fear and anxiety mongering? I wrote an article on this which I’ll put up soon, but here’s the bottom line: It’s never about what your facing, it’s always about how you face it.  

Speaking of facing it: where do you think we spend most of our time? IN OUR HEAD! Obviously. Whether it’s sex or work or anything else, it’s not what’s happening around us, but in us that makes the difference. It’s that non-stop inner tape that infuses our feelings and our actions. And therefore our judgment and decisions. Yikes! Talk about scary! Unless we know how to handle our self-talk.

My advice for crisis times: listen in more than you listen out. When your repetetive words are negative, substitute them with positives. If that doesn’t do it, stop. Meditate. Listen to a tape, take a bath, go for a run — whatever recharges you. Take Mellow Monkey (or whatever non-addictive herbal remedy you choose) and tap into your inner strength. It’s there. It’s indominatable. It will carry you until your best is back.

Sure a pound of anxiety can go through you like a poison, but an ounce of inner balance is the best antidote!

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Passionflower

During a trip to Brazil I was taken to one of Rio’s fabulous restaurants. When my host learned I hadn’t had tasted maracuja (you may know it in Spanish as maracuya?) he ordered one of the best tasting desserts I had that trip. Actually, like the vine that it is, it climbed right up there with the best evers. I knew it went by the romantic-sounding English name of Passionflower. Hmmmm. Yummm. What I was savoring was the delicious fruit-o-the-vine. 

Passionflower Passiflora incarnata And as you can see, the flower is a real knockout as well. Makes you want to suck on it. Don’t do that though.

As to the romantic English name … sadly the passion refers to that of Christ. Some religious conquistadores (aka missionaries) thought it resembled something from that torture-murder.  Sigh.

The penny that didn’t drop was to connect it all with the passion flower I knew to be a super effective herbal remedy for sleeplessness, nervousness, and anxiety. It’s in just about every herbal sleep formula. Go figure.

The Pflower is no shrinking violet and can reach 10 meters in its native tropical to semi-tropical habitat. Which by the way extends throughout South and into N America — and includes a mere 200 varieties! What a helpful, successful species.  What we use are the vines, leaves and stems, actually mostly leaves. The most prevalent species in the Amazon are Passiflora edulis and P. incarnata. The pic is incarnata.

 For the wonks amongst us, the following is courtesy Rainforest Inc’s awesome plant data base. Which in turn was taken from  The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs by Leslie Taylor, copyrighted © 2005

Main Uses:

  1. for mood disorders (depression, anxiety, stress)
  2. for insomnia and sleep disorders
  3. for headaches, migraines and general pain
  4. for stomach problems (colic, nervous stomach, indigestion, etc.)
  5. to relieve menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Properties/Actions Documented by Research:
analgesic (pain-reliever), anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cough suppressant, aphrodisiac, cough suppressant, central nervous system depressant, diuretic, hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), sedative

Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use:
anticonvulsant, antidepressant, astringent, cardiotonic (tones, balances, strengthens the heart), disinfectant, nervine (balances/calms nerves), neurasthenic (reduces nerve pain), tranquilizer, vermifuge (expels worms)

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