Tonic herbs are plant-based remedies that tone the body and immune system, to help strengthen the body's natural defenses in a way that most conventional medicines do not. Most are non-toxic, and can be taken long-term to restore energy, increase resistance to disease, and boost immunity. Try the following, which are some of my favorites:
Ashwaganda. Good for increasing physical endurance and overall energy, its slightly sedative properties may be helpful for those with anxiety, sleep problems, or irritability.
Eleuthro. It's general restorative effects may help those who feel exhausted, have a heavy work schedule, or need more energy.
Ginseng. The adaptogenic effects of this tonic may benefit those with a chronic illness, low vitality, or those who are aging.
Reishi. The immune-enhancing properties of this mushroom may help those with cancer, HIV or AIDS, compromised immunity, or chronic infection.
Rhodiola. This energy booster can help those experiencing acute stress, as well as those with mild depression.
Talk with your physician before taking any tonics if you are taking prescription medications, to avoid any possible interactions
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You mention catnip for headaches. I have some organically grown catnip in the house for my cats. I also have a wonderful tea ball (for loose tea leaves). I also have a headache - a splitting migraine that's been hammering at me relentlessly for the past two weeks. Can I use my catnip to relieve my migraine? If so, what's the dosage?
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OMG IT REALLY DOES WORK! February 28, 2005 4:48 PM
THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU MIKE!!!
I have been suffering from a debilitating migraine for the past two weeks - non-stop - unable to find any kind of relief.
Thinking, "What the heck? What can it hurt?" I put some catnip into my teaball, boiled some water, and added a dash of honey, and...
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO WEEKS, I AM FINALLY FREE OF MIGRAINE....
Gawwwwd, Mike - you don't know how much I wish I could hug you, right now... I'm practically in tears, right now, because the relief is just so intense...
Thankyou so very, very much.... There aren't enough green stars in the world that can convey my deep appreciation....
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With warmer weather coming our way, now is the time to revel in the beauty and spirituality of the outdoors. If you think of nature as a hostile force that is separate from yourself, you will go through life unnecessarily afraid and cut off from one of the great sources of spiritual nourishment. Whether you connect with nature on wilderness trips or on lunch breaks in a city park, you should take the opportunity to slow down a bit and observe the infinite variety of her ways. Try to make plans to spend an entire day outdoors this month and see how this experience heightens your awareness of nature and her precious resources.
Anti-inflammatory agents have proven to be helpful for many health-related issues, including arthritis, tendonitis, and autoimmune conditions. Several common foods have natural anti-inflammatory properties; start incorporating their benefits into your diet with the following:
Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric accounts for the yellow color of curry and American mustard, and has a distinctive sharp flavor. Take 400 to 600 mg of turmeric extract (available in tablets or capsules) three times per day or as directed on the product label. Look for products standardized for 95 percent curcuminoids.
Ginger: Powdered dry ginger is an excellent anti-inflammatory. Take one to two capsules (500 to 1,000 mg) twice a day with food.
Boswellin: This extract of the herb Boswellia, used in Ayurvedic medicine, is available in capsule form. The usual dosage is two capsules, twice a day.
You may have to take these herbal remedies for up to two months before experiencing their full benefits, but it is worth the wait.
Learn more about natural health remedies for everything from acne to uric acid in the
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Adapted from The Findhorn Book of Connecting with Nature, by John R. Stowe (Findhorn Books, 2003). Special thanks to Barbara B
One of the oldest ways that human beings have sought insight and self-awareness is by turning to the living world. The medicine walk is a simple technique to help you do the same. Traditionally, the medicine walk might last a full day or longer and include fasting from food in order to increase personal clarity. But you can learn the process in a much shorter time--even under an hour--and get satisfying results. And you can always consider doing a more extensive version in the future.
Learn the simple principles of the medicine walk here
1. Place. For your medicine walk, go to a natural area that feels strongly inviting. It’s better to be away from human activity as much as possible, but if that isn’t possible, do what you can. Before you begin, take some time to get centered and aligned both inside yourself and with your surroundings. Focus your intention by following your breath until you feel quiet and ready. Tune in to the energy of the place and ask it--verbally or silently--if it would be willing to help you. The positive feeling you get in response will be your sign to continue. If you have any doubt about the response, choose another place that feels really good.
2. Intention. The most important part of your medicine walk is the clarity of your intention. To set your intention clearly, think of a question around which you’d like insight. IT could relate to any area of your life. The more specific you make your question, the clearer the answer you’ll get. When you’ve chosen your question, turn your attention back to the living environment around you. Either aloud or silently, ask this place and the creatures within it to help you gain insight around your question. Say the question aloud, at least once, to help yourself be as clear as possible.
3. Listen. When you feel ready, start to walk. Take all the time you like. Keeping silent will help you to maintain your focus on the question. As you walk, release any expectations about what you think you should find. Follow your impulses and let them guide you to whatever calls you. When something attracts your attention, sit with it. See what it has to share with you about your question. How do you feel when you’re with it? What insights come to you? The medicine walk draws on your imagination and symbolic awareness. The answers you receive probably won’t come verbally or literally. Instead, approach this communication as you might approach a dream of a painting. Let it speak to the intuitive, nonverbal parts of your awareness. Example: Randy talked about the trees: “The trees all felt so self-contained. None of them seemed to have any question about whether they were doing things right or whether they had a right to be there. I realized I might try to be that way myself and just do what feels right instead of worrying what people say all the time.”
4. Gratitude. When you feel complete with your medicine walk, take a few moments to thank the place for the insights you’ve received. If you like, use a simple, symbolic gesture to communicate your gratitude. This helps to complete your process and lets you return to the rest of your life with greater clarity. Breathe consciously and take a few moments to re-center yourself before you return to normal awareness. If you’ve received answers, write them into your Nature journal. If your experience was less focused, record it anyway. In either case, allow yourself to stay open. Sometimes, the most dramatic insights come to people after they’ve completed their medicine walk--either in dreams or at other times.