3 of the Most Powerful Herbal Medicines You’ve Never Heard of.

Via Johnny Bailik on Nov 13, 2014 on Elephant Journal

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Using Nature To Unlock Our Immortality

Immortality has always been a dream of conscious humans. The desire to avoid death and live eternally is universal, profound and God-like. 

Answers to the mystery of immortality have been growing in forests and jungles since the dawn of time.

I believe that it only makes sense that as consciousness in the animal kingdom evolves, so too should consciousness in the plant kingdom. The very same plants that help in the healing of diseases, infections and chronic illnesses can also help us to live longer, more productive and healthier lives.

The most powerful herbal medicines assist the body by unlocking the codes of what your genes can already do. These most effective herbs are known as adaptogens, which assist the body in its natural task of maintaining homeostasis—the delicate state of balance necessary for survival.

A body out of balance is considered to be in negative homeostasis, a condition in which the restorative and degenerative systems of the body may not function properly. If untreated this may eventually lead to symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia and other various sicknesses.

But adaptogens help the body adapt to, and compensate, for change. In a person with high blood sugar, for example, an adaptogenic herb might help to lower glucose levels in the body, whereas, in a person with low blood sugar, the herb would help to raise them.

One of the main things adding to your lifespan is an enzyme called telomerase. Have you ever gone camping and cut a rope, and then burned the end of it with a lighter to keep it from splitting? The telomerase works in the same way. It keeps the ends of your DNA from unraveling.

Unfortunately, every time your cells divide, some of this is lost, meaning you are breaking your body’s ability to regenerate itself every time you grow or heal. Adaptogenic herbs are programmed at finding ways to either rejuvenate telomerase or prevent its loss in the first place. I believe that in nature we can finds ways that could effectively halt or even reverse the aging process.

What are these herbal treasures, you ask? I have spent years researching the best adaptogens and medicinal mushrooms and here are the top three:

Astragalus 

Astragalus and Life Force 

Astragalus and Life Force

Astragalus ranks as one of the most potent health tonics in the world. For over 2,000 years it has been one of the most popular tonic herbs used in Asia. Astragalus is said to strengthen the primary energy of the body and to tonify the three burning spaces, or in other words, to strengthen all metabolic, respiratory and eliminative functions.

As an energizer, Astragalus is famed for its strengthening effects on the outside of the body, in particular to the musculature. It is therefore beneficial in particular to adults who tend to be physically active and require abundant external energy. In China, Astragalus is sometimes considered superior to Ginseng as an energizer for active people. Astragalus is used to strengthen the legs and arms and is commonly used by people who work outdoors, especially in the cold because of its strengthening and warming nature.

Fenugreek

 Fenugreek

Fenugreek and Growth Hormones

Fenugreek seeds contain chemicals known as saponins, which have a wide range of medicinal applications. Fenugreek’s saponins, in particular, are linked to stimulating release of growth hormone from pituitary cells. This gland is located right in the center or the brain, near the hypothalamus at the base of the skull. It’s only about the size of a pea, but it’s incredibly important. It secretes various hormones into the bloodstream to assist in several processes throughout the entire body. This gland is often referred to as the “master gland” because of its various roles in the body. The pituitary gland supports the adrenal glands, thyroid gland, ovaries and testes, which in turn produce other hormones.

Medicinal Mushroom Red Reishi 

 Medicinal Mushroom Red Reishi

Health benefits of Reishi

Perhaps Reishi’s greatest potential medical benefit is its ability to strengthen the body’s immune system. Consumption of Reishi is therefore considered preventive and immune enhancing, rather than treatment for a specific disease. In addition to triterpenes in its fruiting body, Reishi mushroom also contains polysaccharides. These enzymes are found under the spores released under the cap of the mushroom. Reishi polysaccharides affect blood by increasing the white blood cells count, which boosts the immune system’s ability to fight disease.

Among the medicinal plants, Reishi is a potent adaptogen. It may assist the body in adapting to stresses of various kinds; these stressors may be temperature, trauma, sleep deprivation, exposure to toxins, radiation, infection, or psychological stress. Like adaptogens, Reishi shares the properties of causing no side effects with regular consumption; it helps an organism return to a state of equilibrium.

Red Reishi acts as an immune modulator—a substance that regulates, and fine-tunes the immune system. The primary responsibility of the immune system is to detect pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and other microbes that invade the body. Under normal circumstances, an intact immune system is capable of deterring most of these organisms before it causes any damage. However, if the immune system is compromised, viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi can proliferate and cause disease. Consuming Reishi eliminates these problems.

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References:

Astragalus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astragalus

Fenugreek: http://www.livestrong.com/article/513411-fenugreek-benefits-for-men/

Reishi: http://www.naturalnews.com/038287_immortality_herbs_reishi.html

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About Johnny Bailik

Johnny Andrew Gigliotti Bailik is the Founder of Ancient Botanicals with the mission to awaken the public to the ancient healing powers of herbs and plants. Ancient Botanicals is dedicated to bringing about bodily health and spiritual wellness in all acts of the company. Johnny holds a BFA degree in Fine Art & Advertising and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Johnny has been a life-long advocate of herbal plants & natural healing methods. Johnny has worked with Amgen Pharmaceuticals, American Botanical Pharmacy and Deutsch Advertising to name a few companies. He is also an artist, yogi, mountain biker, snowboarder and fitness junkie. Read more on his website.  or onFacebook. Ancient Botanicals is also available on Pinterest.

The Benefits of Suma Root aka Brazilian Ginseng

| By Trent Jonas

The Benefits of Brazilian Suma
Suma is often sold as the ground, dried root of a South American plant. Photo Credit Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images

Suma typically refers to the dried root of Pfaffia paniculata, a plant native to the Amazonian rain forests. According to the American Pharmaceutical Association’s “Practical Guide to Natural Medicines,” the plant’s berries, bark and leaves are also used medicinally. Known throughout the Amazon basin as “para todo,” which translates to “for all,” suma is consumed as an enhancer for general health and well-being. You should consult a physician prior to using suma or any herbal remedy.

How Suma Is Used

Suma is often sold in capsule or tablet form, but it is also available as a dried, often powdered, herb. Suma root was introduced to the United States as “Brazilian ginseng” to capitalize on the popularity of ginseng as a nutritional supplement. The “Practical Guide to Natural Medicines” notes that, in powdered form, suma is consumed two or three times per day in doses of 500 to 1,000 mg each time. Capsules of the dried root are also available, in 500 mg sizes, and are taken in doses of one or two, twice daily.

General Health

According to the American Pharmaceutical Association, herbalists in North America believe suma is an “energizing adaptogen,” which is something that boosts the immune system and combats low energy or fatigue. Herbalists have recommended suma to fight the exhaustion that occurs from viral infections such as Lyme disease and Epstein-Barr disease. It has also been used to by herbalists to control diabetes and hormonal imbalances due to menopause. However, no scientific or medical studies have confirmed the efficacy of such uses in humans. The Mayo Clinic notes that a serum that contains suma improved the appearance of dark circles under the eyes in one study. Check with you doctor before using suma.

Aphrodisiac

Native users in the Amazon and, more recently, sellers of nutritional supplements and Internet retailers, have long touted the aphrodisiac qualities of suma. A 1999 study published in the journal “Psychopharmacology” goes some distance in confirming this use for suma. The study was performed on male rats that were impotent or “sexually sluggish.” Results showed that an extract made from the Pfaffia paniculata plant improved the impotent rats’ ability to perform sexually, supporting “the folk reputation of… Pfaffia paniculata as [a] sexual stimulant.” No human subjects were included in the study, however. Another study, published in a 2003 issue of the “Journal of Reproductive Development,” noted that suma raised progesterone and testosterone levels in lab mice. Ask your doctor about suma and its claimed sexual enhancement qualities.

Cancer

Based on its reputation as an energy-giving enhancer of overall health, suma has been studied as a potential treatment for cancers. The effects of suma on cancers is still largely unproven in humans, but research indicates that suma may have great potential in cancer treatment applications. According to the “Practical Guide to Natural Medicines,” a Japanese study used suma derivatives to inhibit the growth of melanoma tumors in a test tube; the researchers also observed anti-tumor effects of suma in mice. A 2010 study in “Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology” showed that suma controlled the proliferation of cells as well as apoptosis, or cell death, in laboratory mice. Suma has not yet been shown to be effective as a cancer inhibitor in humans. Ask your doctor about the use of suma as a cancer treatment.

Source:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/524386-the-benefits-of-brazilian-suma/

Persimmon Tricks & Treats and Thanksgiving Dinner w/Chef Jillian Love

Persimmon Tricks & Treats and Thanksgiving Dinner 
October Featured Recipe

A Treat that is a Trick – Rich Sweet Delicious with NO Sugar: NO Gluten: NO Dairy: NO Bake

Persimmon Pudding

  • 4 Ripe Persimmons allow to ripen on the counter till soft to the touch
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • ¼ cup coconut oil (warmed till liquid)
*Optional Boost: Add a teaspoon of YogaVeda Synergistic Herbal Formula to superpower this pudding ~ added flavor boost plus energy enhancing and anti-inflammatory power! 

Remove seeds from the persimmon
Blend fruit, vanilla, salt and spices till really smooth like pudding 😉

Add Liquid coconut oil and blend till fully combined and the mixture is thick and creamy
Pour into a cup and top with some chopped pecans

ENJOY!!!!

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4 Persimmon Varieties at Your Farmers Market Now
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The custardy flesh of a Hachiya, soft and squishy as jelly when it is ripe, makes a sweet, candy-like dessert. We must patiently wait until it is soft almost squishy  ripe, and then dig into the gelatinous goo. But woe is you if you try to eat a Hachiya before its time. This is known as an astringent variety, which means it will be bitter and unpleasant unless it is perfectly, squishy-ripe. 

Cinnamon Persimmons are a sub variety of Hachiya, except this kind isn’t astringent, so you can eat it when firm or slightly soft. The outside tends towards pale yellow, and the inside is speckled with cinnamon-colored flecks. 

The crisp Fuyu is also much more forgiving than a Hachiya, since you eat it when it is firm. Think of it like an apple, in that it is crisp, you eat the skin, and all you need remove is the top green leaves and maybe a small center core. I love to dehydrate these in myEXCALIBUR DEHYDRATOR.  One of my fall favorite healthy and delicious snacks.

The Organic Sweet Pumpkin Persimmon is even sweeter than a Fuyu, a bit smaller, and eaten firm and crisp, like an apple. No need to peel the skin, unless you want to. These are gorgeous and delicious.

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THANKSGIVING DINNER

Join Chef Jillian Love this Thanksgiving at Pena Pachamama Restaurant for an evening of fine dining, community, connection and celebration. Enjoy a Seasonally Influenced Abundantly Nourishing and Incredibly Delicious Gourmet Raw Thanksgiving Dinner.

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live music 8pm – 10pm 

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1630 Powell Street  (between Union & Green)  San Francisco, CA 94133

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