National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opiate drugs not only in the Unites States but around the world. This does not only include prescription drugs but illegal drugs like heroin. Opiate withdrawal time line is very short opiates change the normal brain, heart, and respiratory receptors function. The drug delivers a pleasant feeling as the drug is increased by disrupting the pleasure center in the brain and providing that calm “high”. The body starts to depend so much on that pleasant feeling due to the brain chemistry being changed that the body will not feel normal when drug is not used. Symptoms of short acting opioids start within 6-12 hours of last dose, long acting within 30hrs and peak within 72hrs and last up to a week at times., to mention a few (Tearing up, Muscle aches, Agitation, etc.). Depending on how long the patient had been using the withdrawal symptoms from the drug can last even longer. (“Opiate Withdrawal Timelines, Symptoms and Treatment,” n.d.)(“OPIATE WITHDRAWAL TIMELINE,” n.d.)(“Breaking Down the Opiate Withdrawal Timeline,” n.d.)
Chronic pain and opioid use has been an alarming issue in the military for many years. A recent study by JAMA quantified the impact of recent wars and narcotic use among soldiers a concerning of chronic pain (44.0%) and opioid use (15.1%). Our country depends on soldier that are fit and ready for any conflict chronic pain and use of opioids impairs our force. These numbers are more concerning than the general public (26% and 4%, respectively).The majority of the soldiers where found to have chronic pain associated with age 25 and over, rank, injuries during combat, combat intensity, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder (MDD) and alcohol misuse. The pain was also related to being married or having been married previously.The critical number have become a high priority for National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and became part of their Third Strategic Plan: 2011–2015 on research on how to improve pain management. (Briggs, 2014)(“NCCAM Third Strategic Plan: 2011–2015,” 2017)(Toblin, Quartana, & Riviere, 2014)
Passion flower has been proven to have monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors harmaline and harmine and several other flavonoids that are MAO inhibitors, including apigenin, kaempferol, and quercetin. Due to the opioid withdrawal affecting the brain and its moods this plant can help the following mood-boosting chemicals in the brain: Serotonin, Norepinephrine, Epinephrine and Dopamine. There is no shock on why passionflower has been used for so many centuries, the Aztecs are known to first introduce passionflower to the Spanish conquistadors as a sedative for nervousness and insomnia. In Germany during the early 1900’s they used passionflower as a component in all sedatives and still today in the United States it still used alone or as component to treat pain, insomnia, and neurasthenia. (Finch, 2015)(Traub, n.d.)
In this double blinded study, it was proven that detoxification with clonidine has its limitations, including that it did not have much effect on mental symptoms. The study did show that adding Passiflora incarnata extract in the management of anxiety was effective. 65 addicts were selected and given the clonidine and passion flower and or placebo. The two had great outcomes when it came to the treatment of physical symptoms of withdrawal but the patients who received the clonidine and passionflower did far superior when it came to mental symptom management. (S et al., 2001)
Uses: A powder or tea can be made from any of the above materials for athlete’s foot and general fungal infections. This disinfecting wash or powder is wonderful for mild infections, stings, bites, sores, and scrapes. The leaves and pods can be made into an eye wash for eye inflammations of all kinds including pinkeye/conjunctivitis. Diarrhea, dysentery, stomach ulcers, dyspepsia, and most G. I. tract inflammations are soothed and astringed by the leaves, roots, and bark. The white inner bark is used as an intestinal antispasmodic. Being cooling and drying (astringent) the bark is also useful in stopping excessive menstrual bleeding and reducing fevers. The powdered leaves at one time were sprinkled on a newborns umbilical stump to prevent infections. Poultice, the leaves were used topically for headaches. The young shoots, ground and toasted, were used to dissolve kidney stones. (Kane, 2000, para. 1)
The mesquite gum or resin is warmer in nature. It is soothing and tonifying, and provides much of its healing qualities through its natural mucilage content. Dissolved in water it is used as a G.I. tonic to rehabilitate impaired and abused intestines. It greatly assists intestinal healing after surgery. After bouts of dysentery, diarrhea, stomach/intestinal distress, and food poisoning, it is used as a restorative. It also is a wonderful soother to stomach/intestinal pain, ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, sore throats, painful teeth and gums, and mouth sores. Externally it is equally effective on burned, chapped, and raw skin. Like the other parts of mesquite the resin is also an eye soother and at one time was used internally for respiratory problems. (Kane, 2000, para. 2)
Some modern uses for mesquite are:
Lowering blood sugar levels. In spite of its sweet taste, similar to molasses, mesquite has a low glycemic index and a high content of fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar levels in people with hyperglycemia and diabetes.
Promoting vascular health. Research have shown that mesquite may play a role in improving blood pressure.
Treating gastrointestinal problems. Mesquite has proven effective for relieving diarrhea, constipation, and other stomach ailments.
Nutritional Facts of Mesquite.
Mesquite seeds and pods are rich in protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, and zinc, all essential nutrients that contribute to the human overall health.
A generous amount of dietary fiber in mesquite powder helps regulate bowel movements and promotes smooth digestion. Additionally, this soluble fiber forms a gel that slows down nutrient absorption, preventing blood sugar spikes after meals heavy in carbohydrates.
Mesquite also provides lysine, which is one of the nine essential amino acids that the human body require for growth and tissue repair.
Herbal Remedies & Supplements and Suggested Dosage:
Liquid extract. The dried seed pods and wood are used to extract the main compounds of mesquite. 30-50 drops can be diluted in a glass of water or juice and taken 2-4 times daily, between meals, in order to relieve gastrointestinal problems, such as indigestion, diarrhea, and constipation.
Tincture. This is an alcohol-based preparation that also concentrates the medicinal properties of mesquite and needs to be diluted before consumption.
Capsules. Mesquite powder also can be found in supplemental form, as a convenient way to reap the benefits of mesquite in standardized, daily doses.
Contraindications: Mesquite doesn’t have many side effects. However, it is not widely consumed so not many side effects are known. It is also not recommended taking mesquite in medicinal doses or for extended periods of time, since its impact in higher concentrations is unknown.
Disclaimer: These statements has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
“Prescription opioids are often used to treat chronic and acute pain. However, serious risks are associated with their use, and it is important to carefully consider the risks of using prescription opioids as a first line solution. These risks include misuse, opioid use disorder (addiction), overdoses, and death(Prescription Opioid Data | Drug Overdose | Cdc Injury Center, 2020, p. 1).” Since the 1990s, the number of opioids prescribed to patients has grown, the number of overdoses and deaths has also increased. Studies have reported that the number of opioids prescribed and sold for pain has increased, yet Americans have not reported any changes in pain scale(Overview | Drug Overdose | Cdc Injury Center, 2020). There is the option to use over the counter medications but in the long-term use can cause side effects.
Lactuca sativa L. also known as Acrid Lettuce, Allubbyne, Bitter Lettuce, German Lactucarium, Green Endive, Lactucarium, Laitue Amère, Laitue à Opium, Laitue Sauvage, Laitue Scariole, Laitue Serriole, Laitue Vireuse, Lechuga Silvestre, Lettuce Opium, Poison Lettuce, Strong-Scented Lettuce, Wilder lattich(Wild Lettuce (Lactuca Virosa), n.d., para. 2). Wild Lettuce has shown in studies some opioid like pain killing properties. (Gonzálex-lima et al., 1986) Wild lettuce proved also to have a chemical with depressant effects in extracts of the stem. The chemical has sedative effects on motor activity and limp like paralysis resulted after administration of high doses. The experiments further suggest that the depressant L. sativa component acts by interference with basic excitatory processes common to muscular and neural tissues (Gonzálex-lima et al., 1986).
In a sleep behavior study an “HPLC analysis showed that RE contains lactucopicrin (0.02±0.01 mg/g extract), chlorogenic acid (4.05±0.03 mg/g extract), caffeic acid (2.38±0.03 mg/g extract), and chicoric acid (7.02±0.32 mg/g extract) as main phenolic compounds. The mixture of romaine lettuce leaves extract (RE), skullcap root extract (SE) mixture was shown to bind to a gamma-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA)-benzodiazepine (BZD) receptor stronger than RE or SE single extract (Hong et al., 2018).” This study proves that Lettuce family has a sedative effect on the body, though it works even better with skullcap. “In a hot plate test with mice that have been given Lactuca virosa were evaluated for analgesic effects at doses of 15 and 30 mg/kg. This test proved that Lactuca virosa has sedative properties in the spontaneous locomotor activity test compared to standard drug ibuprofen, at a dose of 30 mg/kg. The analgesic activities of the compounds at a dose of 30 mg/kg in the tail-flick test were comparable to that of ibuprofen given at a dose of 60 mg/kg (Wesołowska et al., 2006a).”
Lactucarium is obtained from L. virosa or L. sativa and used like opium in customary medicine and different formulations form these species were listed in pharmacopoeias of several countries up to the early twentieth century. Smoked dried leaves of the plant can also serve as marijuana alternative. Despite the long history of its use, not much is known about its chemical constituents. “Crystalline lactucin was isolated in pure form by Schenk and Graf in 1936 and its bicyclic lactone structure, related to that of the bitter principle of absinthe, was established independently in the laboratories of Barton and of Šorm in 1958. Apart from the (user-)reported narcotic-euphoric effects resulting in recreational use, there is scant contemporary information on the (psycho)-pharmacological properties of either the latex or its pure ingredients (Scielo – Saúde Pública – Psychoactive Natural Products: Overview of Recent Developments Psychoactive Natural Products: Overview of Recent Developments, 2013).”
Every review has shown that Lactucarium contains lactucin and lactucopicrin, milky substances that act on the central nervous system to produce pain-relieving and sedative effects and also provides a legal high. With that said there are still not enough human studies and the studies in animals are few. There is plenty of evidence that wild lettuce has been used for its opioid like effects on pain since ancient time but there it just not have enough scientific value (Kuballa, 2018). At this time we use wild lettuce in my practice to help with:
Wild lettuce was customarily used by herbalists and general practitioners for bronchitis, irritable coughs, and insomnia now modern herbalists use the herb for respiratory illness, urinary tract disorders, and liver disease. In recent years, there has been a rekindled interest in wild lettuce as a natural pain reliever or for its frivolous use as a mild hypnotic “legal high.”(Wild Lettuce Monograph, n.d.). “Lactucarium, as well as tinctures, extracts, and syrups prepared from wild lettuce, were widely used in official medicine during the 19th century. It is not clear what exactly drove Dr. Koxe to start his experiments, but it is possible that physicians were seeking opium alternatives (Wild Lettuce Monograph, n.d.).”
The alternative Pain Treatment Directory published an article 19 December 2019 on “Three plants that could replace opioids in pain treatment” the article listed Cannabis, Kratom and Wild Lettuce. “Wild lettuce contains two active compounds, lactucopicrin and lactucin, which bind to opioid receptors and produce pain relief. These compounds are used by drug manufacturers to produce medications to treat asthma, urinary tract disorders, painful menstruation and joint pain (Three Plants That Could Replace Opioids in Pain Treatment – Alternative Pain Treatment Directory, 2019).”
People in different cultures traditionally have used wild lettuce in folkloric medicine orally as an alternative option for insomnia, restlessness, excitability in children, painful menses, muscle, or joint pains, and as an opium substitute in cough preparations. Topically, wild lettuce latex is used as an antiseptic.Wild lettuce is used for a recreational “high” for its hallucinogenic effect (Wild Lettuce (Lactuca Virosa), n.d.). In a 2017 study scientist proved that wild lettuce contained high levels of lactucin which promoted pentobarbital-induced sleep. They also learned that the herb contains antioxidant phenolics that protect from the oxidant stress caused by sleep disturbance.(Kim et al., 2017) The parts used of wild lettuce are the latex and leaf because they contain lactucin and lactupicrin. The milky latex, in Wild lettuce is believed to have mild sedative, analgesic, and hypnotic or tranquilizing effects. Lactucin, lactupicrin, and hyoscyamine have all been proposed responsible for the sedative activity, but the active constituent(s) has not been identified. Low concentrations (nanogram amounts) of morphine have been found in Lactuca species and are believed too low to have a pharmacological effect (Wild Lettuce (Lactuca Virosa), n.d.).
“In the herbal materia medica most of the strong-acting analgesics have now been turned into pharmaceuticals (Opium Poppy =>opiates, Coca =>cocaine), other herbs are illegal in most states like Cannabis. Herbalists are left with milder-acting analgesics that are less effective. Botanicals surpass is in supporting specific types of pain. We focus on where the pain occurs and the type of pain. This allows the herbalist to target and manage the pain with milder, less heroic modalities while improving efficacy. In addition, in herbal traditions throughout the world, the use of single herbs is almost unknown. The norm is a compound formula that fit the person being cared for. Combination of herbs creates a synergy of activity and the combined use of analgesics, antinociceptives, anti-inflammatories, nervines and antispasmodics strengthens the therapeutic effects and improves outcomes (Winston, 2018).”
We prepare functional teas for the clients need and have had nothing but great reviews. We ensure to complete medication and herbal reconciliation by using our safety references to ensure there is no adverse reactions. We have a wild lettuce roll on that is used for headaches and migraines by applying on temples and for nerve pain by applying affected site. We are not scientist, but we can see how wild lettuce can be a substitute for opioid in our practice. There is talk in the herbalist world that wild lettuce will soon become illegal, I wonder if big pharmacy is getting scared.
(adapted from Communing With the Divine by Barbara Martin and Dimitri Moraitis)
To begin, choose a quiet place to do the meditation. You’ll want a place away from noise and any distractions.
Reflect upon what it is you are requesting from the Divine (in this case, protection).
Begin by sitting in a chair or on a sofa with your feet flat on the floor and your back straight.In this type of meditation, it’s not recommended to have your legs crossed. The energy will be coming down from your Higher Self above your head and flowing through you so you don’t want to inhibit the flow of energy in any way.
Try to relax, yet remain alert and awake.
Take a few deep clearing breaths in and out.
Gently close your eyes.
Imagine the Divine showering you with beautiful protective light.
Now put your attention on your Higher Self point (some refer to this as the 8th chakra) about 2 ft. above your head.
See this point as a radiant golden sun comprised of all the colors of the rainbow.
As you place your attention on your Higher Self point, let go of all your earthly worries and concerns. You’re in a sacred space now and you want to feel completely connected with the divine.
As you place attention on your Higher Self point, feel it pulsating with light and power.
Herbs have been essential to spiritual beliefs and practices throughout time and history. From Christian Scripture to Hindu observances, Jewish ritual to early Islamic literature, Native American traditions to Buddhist symbolism, plants are seen as a blessing from God and a way to remain in harmony with Spirit.·
Agrimony Herb Rub the Agrimony herb onto a white image candle or white jumbo candle. Burn 1 inch each day to break any spells or hex that has been placed on you.·
Alfalfa Herb To protect yourself from poverty mix Alfalfa with our Money Drawing incense & burn the mixture in your home.·
All Spice Herb To a track luck burn this herb with our Fast Luck incense every day. To attract success and prosperity, mix Allspice with our Success Incense and burn everyday.·
Aloe Powder If your loved one is away burn the Aloe powder with your favorite incense every day to protect that person and to bring him/her back safely. Mix with our Copal incense and burn the mixture to attract a lover or hang the Aloe powder in a green bag over your front door or in your window to bring good luck to your home.·
Dragon’s Blood Resin A chunk of Dragon’s Blood Resin carried in a Red Bag is the best charm to attract good luck. Add a piece of Alum Rock to it for added strength.·
Angelica Root Sprinkle the Angelica Root (also known as Archangel) in the four corners of your house, at the entryways and on the window panes to ward off evil. You may also add Angelica to your bath to remove any hexes or curses that have been placed on you.·
Anise Seed Mix the Anise Seed with Camphor and burn to help make you more clairvoyant or to improve your psychic abilities.· Anise StarBrew the Anise Star into a tea and bathe in it to bring your love back to you. Anise Star can also be burned as an incense to achieve similar results.·
Basil Herb To enhance your love life sprinkle the basil leaves on your lover’s food. Also you can sprinkle Basil in your bath to draw a new refreshing love to come into your life or to wash an old love out of your life. No evil can stay where the Basil herb is placed. If you suspect there is an evil presence in your home or business spread the basil leaves on the floor throughout the premises.·
Bay Leaves Burn Bay leaves with our Sandalwood incense to break hexes and ward off evil spirits.·
Bayberry Bark Burn our 7 Day White Candle and sprinkle some of our Bayberry bark on top of it. As it burns it will help attract money and good fortune to your home. Keep the Bayberry herb somewhere on your person to attract financial gain and good luck in all endeavors.·
Black Cohosh Root Use the Black Cohosh herb for protection by boiling the root and adding the strained contents to your bath water. Also you may brew it into a tea and sprinkle it all around your home to remove evil spirits.·
Black Walnut Leaves Use the Black Walnut leaves to hex your enemies. Write your intent on a piece of our Sheepskin Parchment Paper with our Dragon’s Blood Ink. Roll the parchment and Walnut leaves into a ball and throw it into your enemies yard.·
Blackberry Leaves Blackberry leaves are used to remove evil spirits, demons or any other types of evil. For returning evil back to a person doing you harm carve the name of your enemy into a Black Image Candle. Place the candle on a piece of red handkerchief, pour some black salt over it and wrap it up with some Blackberry leaves. Hit it with a hammer a few times then call out the person’s name and what you want to return back to them.·
Bladderwrack Make the Bladderwrack into a tea and mop the floors, wash the windows and sprinkle in the doorway of a business to attract customers.·
Blessed Thistle Herb Boil the Blessed Thistle leaves and add to your bath water for healing and spiritual cleansing.·
Blood root Burn or carry a piece of the blood root in a red flannel bag to aid in protecting against hexes. Additionally burn as an incense or carry the root with you if someone is trying to take your husband or lover. This root can also be carried to attract a new lover.·
Blue Cohash Root If someone has jinxed your car, wash it thoroughly, then make a tea of Blue Cohash root in a gallon of water and rinse the car to wash the evil away.·
Violet Leaves A powerful plant for love. Mix the Blue Violet Leaves with Lavender flowers, make a tea and add to your bath to create a fantastic love drawing bath.·
Boneset Herb Boneset herb is frequently used in exorcisms. Rub the Boneset leaves on the body of the possessed and then burn the leaves outside.·
Borage Leaves Make the Borage leaves into a tea and sprinkle around your house for peace and tranquility. Also you can carry the Borage leaves with you to increase courage and confidence in any situation.·
Lucky Hand Root Wear or carry the Lucky Hand Root for good luck and success in all endeavors. The Lucky Hand Root may be dressed with our Fast Luck Oil and carried on its own or the root can be placed in a Mojo Bag to enhance it’s strength. Great for Gambling.·
Buckthorn Bark To have one wish granted, brew the buckthorn into a tea and sprinkle in a small circle during a full moon. Dance inside the circle and concentrate on your desire.·
Rose of Jericho Place the Rose of Jericho in a bowl of water & watch the dry plant miraculously come to life and turn into a beautiful green flower. Take some coins and some gold and silver glitter and sprinkle them around the plant. The water is then said to have mystical qualities and can be sprinkled around the house to erase negative influences, bring peace, harmony and abundance.·
Burdock Root Boil the Burdock Root in water and let cool. Use the liquid as a floor wash for purifying areas where rituals are to be held. Sprinkle in all four corners of the room during rituals. Also you can carry the Burdock Root in a White Bag for spiritual protection.·
Butcher’s Broom Herb Make the Butcher’s Broom into a tea and sprinkle inside and outside your home to keep evil away. Very good for cleansing, put the Butcher’s Broom into a White Handkerchief and rub everyday on your body.·
Calamus Root Calamus is a powerful controlling root. It is popular in Voodoo because of its strength. Add power to any hexing, controlling or dominating spell by burning it as an incense during rituals.·
Calendula Flowers Sprinkle the Calendula flowers under your bed to protect against nightmares and to make all of your dreams come true.·
Caraway Seed To protect against illness, harm or hexes of any kind place the Caraway seeds along with some Rosemary leaves in a red bag, anoint it with our Patchouli Oil and carry it with you every day.·
Cascara Sagrada Bark Make an tea with the Cascara Sagrada and sprinkle it around your home before going to court to receive a favorable verdict. To have the judge look upon your evidence favorably, place this herb along with our Success Powder in the briefcase containing your court documents.·
Cedar Chips Wrap a piece of Cedar Chips in with your wallet to attract money. To attract customers to your business mix Cedar Chips with our Better Business Incense and burn all day at the entrance to your business.·
Cayenne Pepper Cayenne Pepper is a very powerful element when added to any jinxing or separation spell.·
Catnip Herb Add the catnip to love potions to calm down a rocky relationship. Mix the Catnip with Rose Petals to create a love sachet to spice up your love life.·
Chamomile Flowers Protect your children from any kind of harm by making the Chamomile Flowers into a tea and adding it to your child’s bath water. If you are trying to get your mate to propose, mix the Chamomile Flowers with our Marriage Oil and sprinkle onto the sheets of your bed prior to making love.·
Chickweed Herb To attract a new romance or maintain a relationship, mix the Chickweed herb with Rose Petals and Damiana and add to your bath water. Bring peace to your home by sprinkling tea brewed from the Chickweed Herb throughout the house.·
Celery Seed Burn the Celery Seeds with Orris Root Powder as an incense to help bring on deep concentration and prophecies.·
Cinnamon Sticks For the strongest protection from evil intentions aimed at you or your home, mix the Cinnamon Powder with Frankincense, Myrrh & Sandalwood Incense and burn everyday in your home.·
Cleavers Herb Cleavers Herb can be added to any spell pertaining to love, but is also known for it’s healing properties.·
Cloves Chewing a piece of Clove while thinking of your lover is said to make them do your every bidding. Rub some Cloves on our 7 Day Green Candle and burn it to attract wealth and riches. To stop gossip and remove negative vibrations burn Cloves as an incense while burning a 7 Day Red Candle.·
Coltsfoot Leaves Burn a hand full of Coltsfoot Leaves to help you see the future.·
Comfrey Leaves To make a business trip profitable, brew Comfrey Leaves into a tea and sprinkle it on your luggage before departure. A great addition to Mojo bags. Rub some Comfrey on your wallet to help you hold on to your money.·
Coriander Seed Add to love spells to draw love to you. Carry some of the Coriander Seeds in a Yellow Bag with the name of the person you wish to attract.·
Cornsilk A very powerful ingredient when added to love spells. Cornsilk is designed to attract the person you desire.·
Cubeb Berry Known as the “love berry”. Use in your bath water or carry in a Red Bag. Makes a lover more amorous or a prospective lover more willing.·
Cumin Seeds Mix Cumin Seed with Black Salt and sprinkle around your home or business to keep away evil spirits and bad luck.·
Damiana Leaves Damiana is THE love herb and a potent aphrodisiac. Makes men ready and increase their nature. Also use Damiana in your love bath.·
Dandelion Leaves Place the Dandelion herb is a Red Bag and wear it around your neck to make wishes come true.·
Devil’s Shoestring Whole Carry the Devil’s Shoestring Root in a White Bag with our Protection Sachet Powder for protection against evil, harm or gossip. Carry in a Green Bag for good luck.·
Dill Seed Dill seed is good for love. To help you get the person you desire place the Dill Seeds in a Red Bag along with a pair of Red Lodestones.·
Dill Weed Dill Weed is used when you believe that you have been crossed or jinxed in a love affair. Make a tea with the Dill Weed and add a pinch of Ginger Root. After you have taken a bath rub this tea over your body and let it dry. Good for men who have had their nature taken away.·
Dog Grass Root The Dog Grass Root is used to draw or break-up lovers.· Dulce Herb Bring peace and tranquility back into a troubled home by sprinkling the Dulce Herb throughout the premises.·
Echinacea Herb Burned by the Indians as an offering to the spirits when seeking spiritual assistance.·
Elder Flowers Put some Elder Flowers in a White Bag and hang above your front and back door for protection from witchcraft, hexing and brujeria.·
Elecampagne Herb Mix the Elecampagne Herb with Vervain and Mistletoe in a Mojo Bag and carry it with you to attract love.·
Epazote Herb Epazote is a powerful herb for spiritual cleansing. Make a tea with the Epazote and add it to your bath water.·
Eucalyptus Leaves Use the Eucalyptus Leaves to stuff a Voodoo doll or use in a cleansing bath.·
Eyebright Powder Burn Eyebright in a bedroom before going to sleep. Said to make all dreams come true in seven days.·
Fennel Seed Carry the Fennel Seed for protection against the law.·
Fenugreek Seed Add the Fenugreek Seeds to your mop water to help bring money into the home. Carry the seeds in your purse to help attract riches.·
Feverfew Herb Carry the Feverfew Herb in your pockets for protection from accidents.·
Five Finger Grass To remove stubborn curses that have been place upon you. Take a bath in the 5 Finger Grass tea for 9 consecutive days. Also place the Five Finger Grass Herb in a Red Bag for prosperity and good luck.·
Flax Seed To attract money, place a few Flax Seeds in your wallet and keep it with you. It is said that a few of the Flax Seeds placed in your shoe will keep you from going broke.·
Galangal Root-Chewing John To reverse the effect of a hex and cause harm to the one who cursed you, chew on a piece of Chewing John while concentrating on your wish or desire, then spit it out.·
Gentian Root Gentian root is a bitter plant used for good luck in all love endeavors. Place a sprinkle of gentian root in a red mojo bag for love and attraction.·
Ginger Root Ginger Root is used very often in love spells to enhance their power and bring quicker results. Ginger Root can also be added to food or burned in incense.·
Goldenseal Root Brew into tea and sprinkle in each corner of your business establishment. It helps increase profits and bring customers to your door. To attract abundance and wealth, burn the Goldenseal Root with our Money Drawing Incense.·
Gotu Kola Leaves Mix the Gotu Kola leaves with Saint Clara incense and burn for clearance and concentration.·
Hawthorne Berry When someone is trying to steal your mate, put the Hawthorne Berry in their path to stop them.·
Hibiscus Flower Hibiscus flowers can be used with our Love Incense or carried for love drawing. Carry in a Red Bag with the picture of the person you want.·
Hops Flowers Stuff a pillow with Hops to help ward off nightmares and ensure a sound and peaceful slumber.·
Horehound Herb Carry the Horehound Herb is a White Bag to ward off jealous and envious people.·
Horsetail Herb Keep horsetail leaves under an infants crib or bed for protection against harm, evil and the evil eye.·
Hydrangea Root Mix the Hydrangea Root with our Just Judge Incense and burn. Used to help get a loved one released from jail.·
Hyssop Herb All participants in any ritual ceremony should add this tea to their bathwater to purify, cleanse and remove all negativity prior to beginning spiritual work.·
Irish Moss Place the Irish Moss in your place of business under a rug and carry in the pocket to increase a steady flow of money.·
Jasmine Flowers Jasmine flowers can be a powerful aid in love spells and can be burned as incense. Mix with Orris Root and Rose Petals for a very potent love bath. Mix with Lovers Incense and burn along with a 7 Day Pink Candle to attract a lover or make a relationship stronger.·
Kelp Granules Use the Kelp Granules in a floor wash to increase business and to bring general good luck in all affairs.·
Knot Grass Knot Grass is used for casting extremely evil spells on an enemy who has really caused you harm. Use only at night and only with a black candle.·
Lavender Flowers Mix the Lavender Flowers with Rose Petals for a love drawing bath or relaxation and tranquility bath. To attract luck in finance, place the Lavender flowers in a green Bag, add a penny, a nickel, a quarter and a dollar bill. Carry it with you and the money will multiply.·
Lemongrass For a potentially wild sexual encounter, make an infusion of Lemon Grass, and rub it on your private parts before going out.·
Lemon Verbena Lemon Verbena is a powerful herbs in rituals of protection and love. Make into a tea and add to your bath water for spiritual cleansing.·
Licorice Root Used to gain power over others. Use a piece of tin foil 8 inch square and on top of it put one piece of licorice and some Controlling powder, write the person’s name on a piece of Sheepskin Parchment Paper 7 times with Dove’s Blood Ink. Fold the tin foil and bury on the person’s property or near their place of employment.·
Life Everlasting Flowers This is a potent charm against diseases and even minor illnesses. Said to prolong life when brewed as a tea and sipped with meals.·
Linden Flowers-Tilo Grind the Linden Flowers into a powder and rub it on your chest in the evening before bed. It is said to keep a lover true to you always.·
Lovage Root Lovage Root is an excellent herb for success in court. 6 days prior to appearing in court place the Lovage Root and 2 quarts of water into a jar. Place your court papers under the jar for 3 days. Pour part of this water into your bath each day for 3 days preceding your scheduled date, you should receive the outcome you are hoping for.·
Lungwort Leaves For help in all love situations, cook the Lungwort into your lover’s food.· Mace Herb In the old days Mace was a very powerful love herb. Women mixed a pinch of the Mace herb with vinegar and used it as a love douche. Once she took the man to bed he was in her control.·
Mandrake Root Take a piece of Mandrake Root and carve the name of the person you want into the root. As you do this, tell it what you want to be done. Add Red Clover & Rose Buds (sold separately) and wrap all of the ingredients together in a red handkerchief (sold separately) and place it under your pillow. The Mandrake Root also is used for protection when carried in a Red Bag.·
Marigold Flowers Add the Marigold Flowers to your bathwater to gain the respect of others and have greater influence over anyone in your presence. The morning that you go to court add the Marigold Flowers to your bathwater to help obtain a favorable outcome. Also carry the Marigold in your pocket while going to court.·
Marjoram Leaves Place a bit of the Marjoram leaves in each room of the house or business. Marjoram protects the home or business from evil influences or jinx.·
Marshmallow Leaves Brew the Marshmallow leaves into a tea and add it to your bathwater to protect against all harm. It is especially good for protecting small children.·
Mistletoe Leaves Mistletoe is one of the true love powders. Also a very good love bath. Use for luck when hunting for a mate. If your lover has a wandering eye, burn the Mistletoe leaves with our Commanding Incense to keep your mate from staying.·
Motherwort Leaves If your family is in danger, make a strong tea with the Motherwort leaves and add it to their bathwater. You can also wash your clothes with this liquid. You may also place a jar of this tea by your family pictures to help keep them safe.·
Mugwort Leaves Make the Mugwort leaves into a tea to wash your crystals. This will remove any jinx the crystal has picked up and will add strength to it. Can also be burned on top of charcoal before crystal gazing. Place the Mugwort herb in your shoes to produce energy and vitality.·
Mullein Leaves Mullein is a very powerful herb when used as an incense in black magic spells. Mix the mullein herb with the Graveyard Dirt and burn to cross your enemies.·
Myrtle Leaves Myrtle is a powerful herb for love and attraction. Wear the Myrtle leaves to encourage sexuality. Toss a piece of the Myrtle leaves into the path of someone you desire and they will soon be yours alone.·
Nettle Leaves The Nettle leaves are excellent for removing curses or hexes. Mix the Nettle with our Jinx Removing powder and draw a solid unbroken line across your front doorway with the mixture.·
Nutmeg Herb For a powerful money drawing lucky charm for gamblers follow these instructions. Make a hole in the Nutmeg, fill the hole with Quicksilver and seal it with wax from a Green candle. Carry the talisman with 3 silver coins in a red flannel bag while gambling.·
Pansy Leaves Use Pansy flower petals in magical potpourri for spells regarding: divination, love, weather magic.·
Parsley Leaves Mix the Parsley Leaves with Jasmine Flowers and wear the mixture in your shoe to make you more attractive to the opposite sex.·
Passion Flower For luck in love, carry the Passion Flowers in a Red Bag with an Adam & Eve Root and anoint the bag with our Attraction Oil.·
Pennyroyal Herb Said to be of use for spells of purification, Pennyroyal is known for its uses in spells of protection and exorcism as well.·
Peppermint Leaves Peppermint Leaves are a favorite for healing and cleansing spells. Rub the furniture and walls throughout your home to cleanse it from evil.·
Periwinkle Leaves The Periwinkle leaves are carried to attract money and to dispell evil eye or evil spirits. Combine with our Love Incense and burn in the bedroom to increase sexual passions.·
Plantain Leaves Hang the Plantain Leaves in a Blue Bag inside of your car to protect it from envious people who might have evil intent.·
Poke Root To remove a jinx and protect a business mix the Poke Root with Spearmint Leaves and make into a tea. Sprinkle the tea throughout the store. If you believe a curse has been placed on you add the tea to your bathwater to dispel the jinx.·
Poppy Seeds When seeking to confuse an enemy, first inscribe their name on a Brown Pull Out Candle. Mix the Poppy Seeds with our Confusion Oil and rub onto the candle during the full moon, while saying a prayer to dominate your enemy.·
Quassia Chips/Abre CaminoThe Quassia Chips are used in rituals of prosperity and road opening. Boil the chips and use the tea to mop your home from front to back to bring in good luck and prosperity.·
Queen of the Meadow Leaves The Queen of the Meadow leaves are excellent when used for winning at Bingo and other types of gambling. Add 4 ounces to a gallon of water, let it stand for 7 days, then use a pint a day in your bathwater.·
Rattlesnake Root Mix the Rattlesnake Root with our Love Incense and burn the mixture daily. This is said to attract the right lover and prevent the wrong and unhappy choice. Also use to wash your clothing for protection against evil.·
Red Clover Tops Keep away evil by adding an infusion of Red Clover herb to your bath water.·
Red Sandalwood Chips One of the 3 holy incenses. Burn the Sandalwood Chips on top of charcoal to help make wishes come true. Sandalwood also provides protection and has great healing powers. Carry the Sandalwood in a Yellow Bag to guard against the dreaded evil eye.·
Rhubarb Root Cook the Rhubarb root in with other food and feed to your lover to stop infidelity.·
Rompe Saraguey-Mate Herb To guard against infidelity put 2 tablespoons of Rompe Saraguey-Mate into your lover’s food once a day.·
Rosemary Leaves Rosemary leaves are a very good addition to cleansing baths. Add with other herbs such as Rue, Basil, and Lavender and make into a tea. Use daily for cleansing the home and bathing for spiritual protection. Anytime you do a hexing or jinxing spell be sure to wash your hands with Rosemary afterwards.·
Rose Hips Carry the Rose Hips in a Red Bag and it is said that love will soon surround you.·
Rose Buds & Petals Known as a love herb. To keep your relationship strong, place a picture of your lover in a bowl of Rose Petals. Boil the Rose Petals and use the liquid in your bath to attract love.·
Sage Leaves Carry some Sage Leaves in a Yellow Bag to guard against the dreaded evil eye. Burn the Sage leaves on top of charcoal to cleanse your home of evil spirits and negativity.·
Sarsaparilla Root Drink a tea made of the Sarsaparilla Root to make you more sexually sensual and excite passions.·
Sassafras Root Sassafras root is long believed to stave away evil and negativity. Place a sprinkle of sassafras root in a red mojo bag and place it in your bedroom drawer.·
Scullcap Herb If you feel like your man is being unfaithful, put some scullcap herb in a White Bag along with a pair of White Lodestones and sew to your husband’s pillow. He will only have eyes for you.·
Senna Leaves When someone doesn’t know that you want them, write their name on Sheepskin Parchment Paper with Dove’s Blood Ink and place it in a Yellow Bag with the Senna Leaves and carry with you.·
Senna Pods Make a tea from the Senna Pods and use to anoint your mate while they are sleeping to stop infidelity.·
Sesame Seeds It is said that when you eat sesame seeds you will increase your sexual desire. The seeds can also be carried to attract abundance.·
Shepard’s Purse Shepard’s purse is used throughout the world for both food and folk medicine, and is generally considered useful in stopping internal and external bleeding.·
Slippery Elm Bark Powder Use the Slippery Elm herb to stop vicious gossip. Burn the powder and the odor will seal the lips of the one who is slandering you.·
Solomon Seal Root Believed to be potent when used in the creation of magical seals and binding spirits, Solomon’s Seal Root is also used as an aphrodisiac, and in love spells·
Spearmint Leaves Mix with our Go Away Evil Incense and burn it to rid your home of demons, ghosts or evil spirits.·
Spikenard Root Brew the Spikenard Root into a tea and use to moisten a picture of your loved one and they will never leave you.·
Tansy Herb A bit of Tansy placed in your shoes helps to keep the law away.·
Thyme Leaves Place the Thyme Leaves in a jar and keep it in the house for good luck. You may also burn the Thyme Leaves on top of charcoal to spiritually cleanse your home.·
Tonka Beans The sweet smelling Tonka Bean is used in many love spells and rituals. Carry in your pocket or in a red flannel bag to promote love & attraction.·
Uva Ursi Leaves Carry the Uva Ursi Leaves with you to increase your psychic powers.·
Valerian Root Wrap the Valerian Root and a picture of your mate in tin foil to stop quarreling or fighting. Carry for 3 days and then throw into running water. To cause an enemy to wreck or have bad luck with his car, simply hide a Valerian Root in the glove compartment. Bring peace to your home by brewing this root as a tea and sprinkling around the premises. Drink the tea to soothe your nerves.·
Vervain Leaves Bathe your children in the Vervain Herb to help them with their school work.·
Wild Cherry Herb Soak the Wild Cherry Herb in our Peace Water for 9 days and then sprinkle it all around the home. Brings happiness and harmony to the household.·
White Oak Bark White Oak Bark is know for its cleansing properties. Make a tea with this bark and mop the house from back to front for spiritual cleansing.·
White Sage Leaves White Sage is burned in the home to cleanse and purify your surroundings and to remove all evil and negativity.·
Witchgrass Herb Take a bath in Witchgrass to help you attract a new lover or sprinkle Witchgrass on your lover’s clothes to keep him/her from wandering.·
Wood Betony Herb Wood Betony is an herb for love. Boil it and make a tea which you can add to you bath water for attraction.·
Woodruff-Master of Woods HerbWoodruff herb is very good for victory in any circumstance. Great for people who play sports, place some in your left shoe before a game so your team will be victorious.·
Wormwood Herb Burn the Wormwood herb in your home over charcoal to remove any hexes or curses.·
Yarrow Flowers To overcome anxiety, write your concerns on a piece of Sheepskin Parchment Paper and put it inside a Yellow Bag with some Yarrrow Flowers. Carry the bag with you to overcome your fears.·
Yellow Dock Root Steep the Yellow Dock Root into a tea. Use the liquid to wash the floor of your business to attract customers.·
Yerba Mate Leaves To guard against infidelity put the Yerba Mate Herb into your lover’s food once a day.·
Yerba Santa Leaves Yerba Santa is used for spiritual strength and to increase psychic awareness.
Sound healing is the use of chanting, music, and other types of noises to stimulate the body to repair itself. The power of this modality lies within sound, which is transmitted as vibrations of energy through matter in the air at a particular wavelength. Within the worldview of sound healing, everything in the universe is recognized to be in a state of vibration, and thus giving out sounds. According to proponents of this practice, when a person is sick, they are considered to be “out of tune.” In sound healing, musical instruments and the human voice are two of the most frequently used tools to bring a sick person back “in to tune.”
In contemporary times, sound healing is used in a variety of therapeutic settings, such as birthing centers, detoxification clinics, and hospices. The sound may occur in the form of soothing music, but it also might include other noises, such as chanting or banging on gongs. Sound healing is sometimes also used in conjunction with other modalities. For instance, music may be played in the course of a therapeutic massage or during a session of acupuncture.Also known as: Vibration Healing.
People Use This For
Sound healing has been used for a variety of emotional, mental, and physical diseases and disorders.
Administration / Application
The primary tool in sound healing is the instrument used to produce sound. Such instruments include gongs, metal bowls, crystal bowls, didgeridoos (a wind instrument created by Australian Aboriginals from wood eaten by termites), and Western-style instruments such as a violin. Sound healing might also be invoked by singing or chanting. In some cases, sound healing is said to occur by playing pre-recorded media created by artists or practitioners of sound music for this purpose.
There is no one way that sound healing sessions are conducted. Their form and duration vary. Many sound healing sessions are integrated with other complementary and alternative medicine modalities.
Sound healing may be practiced individually or in groups. In a group setting, a patient may sit passively and simply listen to the sounds in a session, or he may contribute to the process of creating the therapeutic environment for everyone involved. A group may gather together to help each other heal, or they may gather with the intent of healing a single person in the group. Some patients choose to orchestrate their own sound healing sessions by producing music or noise with the intent to heal themselves.
Theory / Mechanism of Action
Sound healing functions on the philosophy that all atoms exist at a particular vibration. Theoretically, when the body is unhealthy, the vibration of its atoms is abnormal. In other words, illnesses occur when the body is not “in tune” with the vibratory frequency of the surrounding healthy environment and a state of health.
Theoretically, a healthy body may succumb to illness when it is surrounded by unhealthy environmental frequencies, including noises or fields of energy. An unhealthy environment that is “out of tune” with a state of good health may cause the people in that environment to also be “out of tune.” As a result, the patient’s body may begin to resonate at an unhealthy frequency and, illness results.
Vibrations from instruments, noise makers, and human voices are hypothesized to shift the body’s energy to a healthy vibration. Proponents of sound therapy believe that these frequencies help a person heal from a variety of conditions.
Despite its name, Rose of Jericho is not a rose at all. It is a small green plant, usually sold in a dried, compact ball. When it is soaked in water, it opens up its feathery, fern-like leaves and becomes green again. If it dries out, it goes back to its dry state. Since it can seemingly die and be reborn again, it is also called the “resurrection plant.” This ability is also the source of its powerful spiritual and magical properties. It is a must-have plant for practitioners of hoodoo, Santeria, Espiritismo, Brujeria, and other paths. In Santeria and Yoruba traditions, it is sometimes considered sacred to the Orisha Shango.
Awakening Rose of Jericho
After buying the Rose of Jericho plant, it needs to be watered and “woken up” again. If you are planning on using it for spiritual purposes, there is a special way to do this. First, buy a bowl large enough to hold the plant once it opens up. (Glass bowls are best, but make sure whatever bowl you choose is sealed or glazed with non-toxic material.) The bowl should be washed with Holy Water, dried, then filled with fresh, clean water. Next, hold the dried plant in your hands. When you do this, feel the energy of the plant. Meditate, say prayers, chant, picture it filling with golden light, or do whatever other spiritual practices feel right to you. When the plant feels ready, place it in the water. Replace the water with clean water every few days.When you are working with the Rose of Jericho, light a candle beside the plant. Be careful not to let the flame get too close to the leaves!
Rose of Jericho Water for Wealth
The water used to revive Rose of Jericho is often used to increase wealth. It can be sprinkled on counters, tables, or cash registers to bring in more business, or added to floor washes for good fortune. Many hoodoo practitioners keep a Rose of Jericho plant in water by their front door, with a couple of coins added to the water. This water is used to wash the front door, to help keep money flowing into the home.
Rose of Jericho for Protection
Because it is a holy plant, Rose of Jericho can be used to protect, too. Use it to wash protective jewelry, amulets, or medals. Dip your fingers into the water, and draw a cross on the back of your front door to keep evil out. The water can also be used as Holy Water, or as a base for making spiritual waters.
Removing the Evil Eye with Rose of Jericho Water
If you are the subject of envy or the evil eye, Rose of Jericho water can remove it. On a Tuesday or Friday morning, place an Azabache Hand on top of the Rose of Jericho plant, and place a white candle or candle against the evil eye in front of the plant’s bowl. Every day for three days, light the candle and meditate in front of it. On the third day, sprinkle your home, yard, windows, and doors with the water. While you do this, ask your spirit guides and the spirit of the Rose of Jericho plant to remove the evil eye from you.
Rose of Jericho Good Luck Candle Spell
Start this ritual when the moon is waxing (increasing in size). For this, you will need a gold candle, some Rose of Jericho water, and Rose of Jericho oil. Hold the candle in your hands, and imagine it filling with the energy of good luck and prosperity. If you have any specific things you need luck with, carve the word or symbol for them into the wax. Next, wash the candle with the Rose of Jericho water. Allow it to air dry, then dress it with the oil. Set it in a safe place. Once a day, light the candle, sit quietly, and pray or meditate on the good luck coming your way. When you are done, snuff and thank the candle. Repeat every day for seven days leading up to the full moon.Even without flowers, the Rose of Jericho is a beautiful, special, sacred plant. Its water is a gift, filled with potent spiritual energy. Save the water, and use it on yourself, your belongings, and your home to bring in prosperity, keep away evil and envy, and protect you from misfortune.
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In 2011, it was reported by Everyday Health that 43% of women and 31% of men suffered from low libido. It is common for women to have low desire, but studies have also found out that men over the age of forty experience sexual dysfunction along with low libido. Low libido can present at any time and has many root causes:
Due to the many root causes, it is hard to resolve. Many who suffer from this dysfunction turn to medications that will stimulate their sex drive, yet have many side effects.(Suszynski, Pearson, McArdle, & Kilroy, 2011)
The Webster’s dictionary describes aphrodisiac as a food, drink, or thing that stimulates the sexual desire, drive, or causes excitement (“Aphrodisiac: Definition of aphrodisiac by Lexico“).
Aphrodisiacs can be classified into three types: “Those that increase libido, potency, or sexual pleasure.” (“Exploring scientifically proven herbal aphrodisiacs”, 2013). Countless aphrodisiac herbs have been used in different cultures to increase and add more potency to sexual pleasure and improve sexual function.
“Low libido is a term used to describe a decrease in sex drive that can interfere with sexual activity.” (“Causes and Treatment of Low Sex Drive in Men”, 2019).
Since we are descussing aphrodisiac herbs and how to properly use them, the root cause of the dysfunction should be identified first and managed. Medications should be reviewed by a medical professional and/or trained herbalist before starting any herbal regiment. (“Causes and Treatment of Low Sex Drive in Men”, 2019).
This review will cover the specific actions, mechanisms, and safety of each individual herb and how they affect the body. I will discuss aphrodisiac herbs that benefit both males and female’s libido and the goal is to identify the best herb or combination of herbs to maintain a healthy sex life.
Maca is a plant cultivated in the Andean Mountains that is conventionally used for fertility and sexual enhancing purposes for more than 2,000 years. Some animal studies have confirmed enhancement in sexual behaviors like increased desire to mate. There is some evidence that supports the use of the herb in human studies, but the few controlled clinical trials performed were mostly on males. During the studies, maca did show an increase in sperm count and sperm motility. It also increased sexual desire. However, the mechanism by which maca employs its supposed aphrodisiac and fertility-enhancing properties is still unclear. (“A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial of Maca Root as Treatment for Antidepressant-Induced Sexual Dysfunction in Women”, 2015).
In early studies with postmenopausal, women treated with maca root proved to effectively treat antidepressant induced sexual dysfunction. The data is still limited and inconclusive on how maca helps sex drive when it has no hormonal impact compared to placebo, but maca did lead to a significant improvement. (Dording, et al., 2015) (“Is Maca Root The Viagra For Menopausal Women?”).
“Native to India, the role of TribulusTerrestris in Eastern European folk medicine for muscle strength and sexual potency.” According to some studies done in India, Tribulus seems to encourage the production and reception of androgens including testosterone, which increases libido (“TribulusTribulusterrestris,”). Several individual studies done in Brazil with women who complained of low libido in different stages of their lives reported significantly greater desire, stress-free arousal, lubrication, comfortable intercourse, increased orgasms, and enhanced sexual satisfaction. One study in Iranian with 60 women reported similar results (Castleman, 2018). One study showed that tribulus works by elevating the levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) or follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). This stimulates the creation of testosterone in men and estrogen in women and increases greater sexual desire (“The Benefits Of TribulusTerrestris“, 2019).
Tribulus on the other hand is less effective in men sex problems. A study was done on men with erectile dysfunction but the study was too short to provide effective evidence. In a longer study, there was some significant enhancement when it came to sexual desire, satisfaction, and stronger erections. When tribulus dose is increased, it has proven to improve sperm motility and quality.
Tribulus might increase some hormone levels, but though some take it for enhancing athletic performance, it does not increase testosterone in males. In reality, what makes tribulus work as a muscle enhancer is the existence of saponins—steroidal saponin protodioscin to be exact. In a study, athletes taking 625mg of a 40% saponin that contained tribulus extract three times a day for a period of 20 days noted an increase in circulating testosterone after 10 days of the study (“Tribulus: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning”) (“The Benefits Of TribulusTerrestris“, 2019).
Fenugreek is not just for your curry dishes anymore! Fenugreek has been used since ancient times in Egypt, Greece. and Rome. Fenugreek seeds were good for everything and was traditionally used to treat low libido (“Fenugreek Trigonellafoenum–graecum“). Fenugreek contains furostanolic saponins, which has shown in several studies to improve testosterone levels and low libido (Kubala, 2019). In a 2012 study, 80 menstruating women of different ages took 600mg of fenugreek compared to the group who was taking a placebo had higher levels of the hormone estradiol and free testosterone and an increase in sexual desire and activity. Due to estradiol increase, the women had higher vaginal lubrication and blood flow which increased sexual arousal after eight weeks (“Fenugreek extract boosts libido in women”).
“In a male study that lasted for six weeks there was evidence of fenugreek boosting libido in 82% of men. 63% of the men reported improvement in the quality of sexual performance and 67% of men reported enhancement of their sexual recovery time. In addition, 82% of the men taking the fenugreek also reported higher levels of general energy.” (“Fenugreek Is The Spice That Can Spice Up Your Sex Life”, 2017).
One of the active ingredients found in ashwagandha is withanolides. These phytochemicals have a steroid like effect, which means that they ultimately increase activity of steroidal hormones like testosterone and progesterone, the hormone that effects sex drive. In a small pilot study in 2015, it was reported that ashwagandha along with counseling improved women’s orgasms, satisfaction, lubrication, and arousal with the administration of 300mg twice a day for 8 weeks. The study did identify that counseling alone without the herb had no improvement (“Ashwagandha“).
Ashwagandha has proven to improve sex in two ways. It raises testosterone levels in men which starts decreasing after the age of thirty. When testosterone levels are increased, sexual hormones increase, and sex is revitalized. The second way it improves libido is by increasing the production of nitric oxide which results in an increase of blood through vessels that carry blood to the genitals, therefor increasing sexual desire. Ashwagandha has also proven to increase sperm count, endurance lowering cortisol levels, which left the men less stressed which equals to increased libido (2019).
Panax ginseng has been traditional used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years due to its overall traits. Ginseng has proven to boosts the immune system, improves heart health, increases energy, decreases stress, and increase libido. In a recent study, ginseng was used to treat female sexual dysfunction in a group of women with the average age of fifty-three. The study was double blinded and 500mg of panax ginseng was randomly administered for four weeks. After the study was completed, scientist reported that sexual function (desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain) was increased and significantly higher than the group who received a placebo (“Ginseng may alleviate sexual dysfunction in menopausal women”, 2020).
Taking panax ginseng, 1400 to 2700mg, has been used daily orally to improve sexual function in men with erectile dysfunction (“Panax Ginseng”). In a 2009 study, panax ginseng was administered twice a day for eight weeks to male patients with low libido and erectile dysfunction. There was 143 patients and only 83 received the actual herb. After eight weeks, the patients reported erectile function and overall satisfaction was significantly higher than the placebo group. The study concluded that panax ginseng could be utilized for improving erectile function in male patients, which increases libido (Kim, et al., 2009).
While yohimbe herb has been traditionally used for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction, many don’t realize that it is also effective in women. Yohimbe increases blood flow to the genitals on both males and females, providing women genitalia an improved sensation and engorgement. The effect is facilitated through both increased penile blood flow and increased central sympathetic excitatory impulses to the genital tissue. In women, it is a nitric oxide enhanced form of yohimbe, which improves vaginal blood flow by dilating the vessels and improving sexual pleasure and arousal (Yohimbe).
“Yohimbe has been related with severe adverse effects including cardiac arrhythmia, agitation, myocardial infarction, seizure, and others. Due to potentially serious safety concerns, yohimbe should not be used without medical supervision. American Urological Association guidelines recommend not to use yohimbe. It appears the incidence of adverse effects may be dose-dependent.” (“Erectile Dysfunction: AUA Guideline (2018)”) (Yohimbe).
Usage, Dose, Reported Effects
Due to the multiple adverse effects of yohimbe and potentially serious concerns, review was terminated. I provided usage, dosage and effect so there is a comparison. Before starting any herbal treatments the client should be evaluated for any physical or psychological issues that may be affecting their libido. It is very easy to start an herbal regiment but, underlying issue will continue to be there if not identified or managed.
Tribulus received 1st place as the best aphrodisiac herb. Research has found that tribulus increases libido by increasing sexual desire, orgasm, satisfaction, lubrication, and also solving erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and postmenopausal symptom. This herb is perfect by itself and should be recommended to patients who do not take diabetic or hypotension medications. Test have shown results after 12 weeks with a significant improvement (“TribulusTribulusterrestris“).
Ashwagadha came in at a close 2nd with its multiple benefits. Ashwagadha reduces anxiety, increases orgasms, satisfaction, lubrication, desire, and eliminates sexual pain there for resolving sexual disfunction. Patients using Ashwagadha will need to be educated on dose usage since it does cause GI issues. Patients who are taking diabetic or hypotension medications should not use this herb. Ashwagadha has shown effect between 4 to 8 weeks.
Maca is the 3rd best aphrodisiac herb. Maca has increased libido on both men and women in at least six weeks by increasing sexual desire and decreasing depression, anxiety, and stress. This herb should be recommended for patients with antidepressant induced sexual dysfunction. Maca also has no reported herbal interactions or side effects which makes it a safe choice. The herb showed effectiveness after six weeks (Link, 2019).
Panax ginseng and fenugreek were not as effective as the other herbs and the list of side effects was much larger. The two-increase sexual function, but out of the two, panax ginseng had the most benefits by decreasing erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and increasing desire and satisfaction. These two herbs would be a last choice to treat libido. Effects can be seen in six weeks after starting them.
DREH does not provide medical diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any herbs, supplement, diet, exercise or other health-related programs.
Sexual satisfaction: “Sexual satisfaction relates more to the presence of positive aspects of sexual experience than to the absence of negative aspects”. (Shelton, 2015).
Sexual desire: a yearning for sexual intimacy. (“Sexual desire – Dictionary Definition”).
Sexual dysfunction: a problem occurring during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction from the sexual activity. (“Sexual Dysfunction & Disorders: Treatment, Symptoms & Diagnosis”).
Dording, C. M., Schettler, P. J., Dalton, E. D., Parkin, S. R., Walker, R. S. W., Fehling, K. B., … Mischoulon, D. (2015). A double-blind placebo-controlled trial of maca root as treatment for antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction in women. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25954318
I learned about optimal hydration in Army basic training Class of 90, Fort Dix! DRINK WATER!!! Every time I heard my Drill Sargent scream “Drink Water” I wanted to shove my canteen down his throat. Little did I know that this girl will get dehydrated really quickly?! Those guys kept us hydrated to the point that I thought I was a fish.
So where do we start? Let’s start with research:
“Research on over 40,000 people shows that on average we absorb less than 10% of the water we drink and at least 94% of us are dehydrated.” You don’t say so! Yes they do say so.
So what is Optimal Hydration you as? It is a balance of both fluids and electrolytes. Can you believe that water is the most common deficiency among Americans today? A drop of 10% water causes some significant problems with cardiovascular, digestive, muscular and immune system, just to mention a few but being real any loss of water over 10% can cause death and that is not a joke.
As many years as I have been working in the medical field I never knew that our bodies actually produce 8% of its daily water needs through metabolic process. All of the sudden I feel like I’m in an episode of Dune. If you don’t remember:
“A still suit is a full body suit worn in the open desert of the planet Arrakis that was designed to preserve the body’s moisture. It consisted of various layers that would absorb the body’s moisture through sweating and urination, and then filter the impurities so that drinkable water would be circulated to catch pockets. The individual could then drink the reclaimed water from a tube attached to the neck. A still suit, kept in working order and maintained properly, permitted the wearer to survive for weeks in the open desert.”
Totally geeked out!
So let’s dive in to how to reach our Optimal Hydration in a few easy steps:
Drink filtered water
Yes, Yes, Yes drinking pure, clean living water. If you decide to drink tap water always get it tested and then add a filter. There are many affordable ones in the market and believe me it is cheaper than bottle water. (Little secret I drink bubbly snob water, I like how it feels on my noseJ) Also I just learned that some people tend to drink distilled water (Why, IDK?) but if you decide to joint them, remember that distilled water has no electrolytes. Your body will need to use its own minerals or electrolytes to properly absorb the water. This process can leave you with multiple mineral deficiencies.
Diuretic and/or caffeinated beverages
As I tell everyone “Don’t Judge me!” I had a liquid substance, what do you mean I am not hydrating? Did you know you have to replace the fluids your body loses when you partake on drinking diuretic and/or caffeinated beverages? So if you drink 8oz of wine you have to drink 12 to 16 ounces of pure, clean water on top of your daily intake in ounces. I see a long, long nigh ahead visiting the porcelain thrown. Here is a short list of what to be careful with (they sneak up on you like crazy new kittens):
Packaged Fruit Juices
Drink 8-16oz water within the first 20 min of waking up (Boost metabolism (by a huge 24% for 90 minutes)
Yes I want you to drink water with stinky breath. You will be fine, well maybe? Did you brush your teeth before going to bed or do you still have a piece of cow in your bicuspid? So you ask, why do you want me to drink so early, I’m barely awake. The reason is because studies have shown that water starts up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins and gives your brain fuel, for some it may even make you eat less. What do you have to lose?
Aim for 32oz of water before eating anything
It aids with digestion, acts as a natural appetite suppressant. Try not to eat anything for the next 30 minutes. Magic word is try, there is some days I drink my water and I start eating baby carrots to stop the angry monster in my belly!
Don’t like water! Flavor with stevia drops (No calories, no chemicals), keep fresh mint to place a leaf in your water and fruits or vegetables.
I’ll be the first to confess, water bores me and I struggle to drink as much as I need. That is why I like my snob water. I went as far as purchasing a soda machine from Walmart and all we make is water with a hit of lime or lemon. On the days we get fancy we add sliced lemons and strawberries or cucumbers and mint! One of my close friends always makes a huge jug of mint water and to tell you the truth it is a great idea.
Think water first before a snack! Drink at least 8 to 16oz of water when you feel hungry.
Believe it or not usually when you feel hungry between meals, you’re actually just thirsty. Once you are done drinking wait 20 minutes, if you still hungry go for a healthy quick snack. I like to freeze my grapes and I bag them in small zip lock bags, snack on the go. I would say baby carrots but my child was a rabbit in her other life. A bag of carrots last three days if I hide them. Fruits and veggies are actually good sources of water as well so by eating them you’ll be adding extra hydration to your body.
Out of sight out of mind.
Get in the habit of carrying a water bottle with you. With all the new gadgets people have in their craft room you can have them make you an awesome bottle! I tend to lose mine all the time, or is it my child using them? Anyhow, dollar general is my friend their options on cups with lids and water bottle are great and I don’t feel so bad when I find the dog in the backyard destroying another cup. We always keep our cups on the counter and they get filled through the day, I’m lucky to have a child that loves water and drink it before any juice or soda (I’m blessed!)
Use quality salts: Sea salt, Himalayan salt, etc
I’m a big Himalayan pink sea salt kind of girl, and the reason is because it is so great for your body. I mean it contains over 84 minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron, so it does more than just make your food taste better. The best part about is that when you are trying to stay hydrated the salt helps you. Himalayan sea salt contains sodium as well as other electrolytes, it has a direct effect on the pH of your blood. Did someone say electrolytes!
WARNING! Is there such thing as too much water? Water intoxication!
YES! “Drinking too much water can result in water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia, causing the inside of cells to flood due to abnormally low sodium levels in your bloodstream. In severe cases, water intoxication can lead to debilitating health problems such as seizures, coma, and even death.”
We want to ensure we are well hydrated but not to the point you end up swimming with the fish! (Get it you murder yourself by drinking too much water!) I won’t quit my day job, I promise.
“Your kidneys can eliminate about 5.3-7.4 gallons (20-28 liters) of water a day, but they can’t get rid of more than 27-33 ounces (0.8-1.0 liters) per hour (14, 15). Therefore, in order to avoid hyponatremia symptoms, you should not drink more than 27-33 ounces (0.8-1.0 liters) of water per hour, on average.”
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Your body is home for your breath, your mind, your soul—how can you treat it like the sacred vessel that it is?
As a mother and wife I have always put my wellness on the back burner, my husband and kids are always first. Through my journey of completing my Masters in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, I have learned that to take care of my family I need to take care of myself “First”.
You are probably thinking how, when, why? Well, we need to take a holistic approach to take care of our body, mind and spirit. There is a few probably thinking, girl, that boat has sailed my body is what it is. I am here to tell you that it can be done! We have stages, Maiden, Mother and Crown. Support and treat that stage you are in and begin the healing from inside out and from the outside in.
Let’s start with the easy stuff:
Drink water = optimal hydration
(Put that fancy diet drink down, walk away, walk away. Gatorade contains 50 calories. Powerade and All-Sport contain 70 calories. Coca-Cola contains 103 calories. )
“In fact, one study found that diet soda drinkers had a higher risk of stroke and dementia than regular soda drinkers.”
“New study, published in Pediatric Obesity, shows kids and teenagers who drank Diet Coke and other diet beverages ate an extra 200 calories a day.”
Check out this awsome article:
Cut the Cola: 10 Healthy (and Delicious) Soda Substitutes
Eating healthy foods = happy, lessen symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, and helps us sleep better at night (Eating out is not always healthy! Yes, we love Subway….but can you skip the chips and soda? Lets not forget the yummy cookie :-))
Cook at home, prep your meals, use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate!? Yes this is a great way to practice portion control.
You should aim to consume whole foods at least 80-90% of the time. Whole foods are those with only one ingredient, what it comes to is if it looks like a machine put it together, then walk away!
Increase your vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and experiment with new recipes. Now, you can always have a cheat day or date 😉 take the kids out for ice-cream cake or husband can take you out to a fancy pizza dinner for two. The only thing to remember is that we are not eating for two and there is always a healthy option on the menu.
The easiest way to do this (Yes, I preach what I practice) open the pantry and purge all sugar-based products, trans fats, refined sugars, vegetable oils, processed low fat products and donate them to the food bank.
This is not about being on a diet or losing weight is about being healthy. The best trick also is shopping with a list. Get you a nice shopping basket and make believe you are on the streets in Paris shopping at the food market for the amazing meals this week.
Implementing healing herbs to support through all stages of womanhood
I will go in to the herbs on my next article. All I need you to do is look inside and identify what needs to be lanced or supported.
Moving our bodies = increase serotonin(happy hormone), ease symptoms of depression, boost creativity, increase our lifespans, and add enthusiasm, fun, and richness to those added years.
Many of my clients think that when I say move your body I expect them to run a marathon. Nope, I gave up my running days when I left the Army! Walk the dog, swim, do some house chores at the beat of music! If that doesn’t make you sweat and give you boost of endorphins then get on the bicycle Santa brought you!
I love foraging for herbs and seeds by the river. I lose my self in nature and three hours later I have walked 10 miles. Crazy but true. I have told people to go walk the mall eight times and do some window shopping or catch up on the town’s gossip J
Join a Yoga class, no I don’t mean the one with skinny girls who need to eat a pizza. Join a mature class, ask for a class with people that look like you!? Palate’s, Tai-chi and or dancing class! Is all about moving.
Spend Time in Nature = Spending time in nature is best represented in a practice known as grounding.
“Studies have shown that time in nature — is an antidote for stress: It can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduce nervous system arousal, enhance immune system function, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and improve mood.”
“How long does it take to get a dose of nature high enough to make people say they feel healthy and have a strong sense of well-being? Precisely 120 minutes.”
If nature was a drug then take me in because I am addicted!!! Have you ever gone on a short hike, found a small patch of grass and laid on it until you fell asleep with not worry in the world? I have, it is like an out of body experience. Once I wake to some bird calling out or a leaf falling on my face….all I can say the therapeutic experience is magical.
You can do it yourself or with the family! Collect rocks, acorns, sticks, leafs and then take a break and take it all in. When you get home it is crafting time, you will make a memory each time!
Read the below article: Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health
This is coming from someone who sleeps with two German Shepard’s and a Pit bull in her bed! We sleep like babies knowing we are safe 😉 To learn more about sleep hygiene visit the below link. Everyone is different so take a peek at what’s out there for you.
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