Saturday, January 23, 2016

Are you SAD in the winter?

        For years I have struggled with being depressed in the winter and I could never figure out why. I am always fine through December and then on January 1st this black cloud comes over me. I  really struggle getting through the first two months of the year and I learned that there is a real disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as winter depression. It tends to affect people that live far away from the equator and more often women.

Dr. Christopher's Mindtrac    When SAD hits me I take Dr. Christopher’s Mindtrac, which is an amazing herbal formula for anxiety and depression. Herbs aren’t addictive, so it is easy to use them when needed and stop taking them when you don’t. I have used Mindtrac off and on for over eighteen years for anxiety and depression. Anxiety runs in my family and this formula really helps those symptoms as well. I will take both Mindtrac and Relax-Eze when there is a lot of nervousness involved.

    Other things that help me get through the winter months are exercise and walking. In the morning I do about 40 minutes of exercise and it helps me get in a better place and is a great start to my day. I especially like to walk outside when it is sunny, but the sun doesn’t shine all the time in Utah. My husband and I still go out and walk in the cold gloomy weather and that helps lift my mood to just be out in the fresh air.

    I know I am going to get through things this winter. It helps me knowing what SAD is, and when winter depression hits me I have my plan of action to get me through.

Order online at Herbs First, or phone in your order 801-228-1901.

Have a great month!
Kathryn

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New You


Cleanse and Nourish So Your Body Can Heal

Cleanse - The body is like a river which should flow. Dr. Christopher believed that all forms of disease came from some type of blockage in the body. He taught that healing began with cleansing the body first.

Nourish - Once the body is cleansed it will be able to absorb the nutrients found in whole foods and herbs. Dr. Christopher's nourishing products help provide the necessary nutrients which are missing in the average American diet.

Heal - Dr. Christopher taught that the body will heal itself once it is cleansed and nourished properly. His unique herbal formulas stand alone in the world of herbal treatments and remedies, trusted by millions, because they work.

Dr. Christopher's Herbal Cleansing Kit capsulesDr. Christopher’s Herbal Cleansing Kit contains preparations to cleanse various systems of the body for six weeks.

4 - Lower Bowel Formula
4 - Liver & Gall Bladder Formula
2 - Kidney Formula
2 - Blood Stream Formula

Dr. Christopher's Six Week Extended Herbal Cleansing Program, referred to as the 6-week Cleanse or Extended Herbal Cleanse.

When we are dealing with long standing health problems we cannot expect to totally cleanse the body with one or so three-day cleansing routines. Therefore, to rid the body of chronic conditions or to prevent their occurrence, an extended herbal cleanse is an excellent path to follow.

Herbal Product Directions:

1 - Take the following herbal formulas as directed until the capsules are gone.

Dr. Christopher's Herbal Cleansing Kit extractsDr. Christopher's Lower Bowel (4 bottles)
2 capsules upon rising in the morning
2 capsules one hour before lunch
2 capsules before retiring to bed

Dr. Christopher's Liver & Gall Bladder (4 bottles)
2 capsules 20 minutes before each meal

Dr. Christopher's Kidney (2 bottles)
2 capsules mid-morning
2 capsules mid afternoon

The herbal cleansing routine is to be followed 6 days, resting on the 7 day.

After 1 week of using the above formulas, start the Blood Stream Formula and continue taking the other formulas until they are gone. The one week delay in adding the Blood Stream Formula is absolutely essential because of the extreme effectiveness of this formula. In the 1st week we are opening the eliminative channels of the body, allowing a pathway of elimination for the ensuing toxins loosened by the Blood Stream Formula.

Dr. Christopher's Blood Stream Formula (2 bottles)
2 capsules 1 hour after each meal

This routine of taking herbs for 6 days & resting the 7th day would continue for six weeks at which time you should rest the body for one full week and then begin taking capsules again.

2 - Tailor this program to your individual needs.

3 - Drink 8-16 glasses of distilled water a day between meals.

4 - Avoid mucus promoting foods such as dairy products & red meat as much as possible.

5 - Increase your intake of fresh vegetables, grains, seeds & nuts.

If you have any questions or concerns about beginning such an intensive program we recommend that you consult your health care professional.

Dr. Christopher’s Cleansing Kit is available in capsules and extract.

Order online at Herbs First, or phone in your order 801-228-1901.

Have a great month!
Kathryn

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Oils for Cold and Flu Season

Advanced Therapy Essential Oil Diffuser   
    We have had a lot of people over in the past few weeks for family gatherings. Many times people don’t like to miss out on these events and they come with sniffles and other ailments. We don’t want to share their illness, so we always keep our diffuser running. We use the Advanced Therapy Essential Oil Diffuser, this is the one where you can hook up the bottle right to the diffuser. I feel like this is the best kind of diffuser for big areas because it is diffusing the full strength oil into a micro-fine mist that treats the whole room. 

Garden Essence Oils X-Plague    This time of year I diffuse X-Plague because it highly anti-viral and antiseptic to help protect the body from the onset of flu, colds and sore throats. Cloves, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus radiata and Rosemary are the oils that makes it smell like Christmas in our home.

Other Essential Oils for cold and flu season:

Alpine – helps relieve nasal congestion.

Cleansing - Powerful antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and sanitizing properties.

Immuboost - Enhances immune system function. Also Immuboost Extra, and Spice

Immune - for building, strengthening, and protecting the body and supporting its defense mechanism.

Garden Essence Oils Respiratory ProblemsRespiratory Congestion - for Allergies, Colds, Bronchitis, Flu, Cold sores, Sinusitis, Sore throat, Mucus.

Respiratory Problems - pneumonia, upper respiratory problems, and especially useful for viral infections.

3 in 1 - Anti-bacterial and Anti Inflammatory, an excellent blend for strep, bacteria, viruses, etc.

Learn more ways to use essential oils.


Garden Essence Oils are therapeutic grade oils and always affordably priced at Herbs First. Order online or call in your order at 801-228-1901.

I enjoy using Garden Essence Oils and I hope you do too!
Kathryn

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Frankincense and Myrhh, Oils For a King!

Frankincense and Myrrh are considered two of the top essential oils in the world. The Three Wise Men brought Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh to the baby Jesus.  Frankincense and Myrrh are very powerful forms of medicine and just as valued as gold due to their life saving properties.

Frankincense Essential OilFrankincense contains a compound called boswellia which has been shown to reduce inflammation and fight abnormal cell growth, including cancer. 

Frankincense is an immune stimulant and can alleviate colds and flu symptoms.

Frankincense has been used for nervous brain and mind. It treats anxiety, nervous tension, depression, nightmares, and fear of future. It produces a calm mental state and supports brain health. Used successfully for seizures.

Frankincense has been used for skin problems. It rejuvenates and treats anything from acne, balancing skin tone, treating age or liver spots, pimples and scars. It helps to smooth out wrinkles and is a tonic for all skin types.

Myrrh essential oilMyrrh is a very powerful essential oil that contains powerful antiseptic, antimicrobial properties.

Myrrh oil promotes healthy beautiful skin and protects the skin from sun damage because it is a natural sunscreen. 

Myrrh is used in mouth rinses for gum disease and gingivitis, and has been shown to be beneficial against tooth infections. 

I started taking Frankincense internally earlier this year due to its immune stimulating ability. I had a situation in my life that was affecting me emotionally, which ended up with physical symptoms as well. I feel much better now and can feel it when I forget to take it. I take 2 – 3 drops once a day. I put it directly in my mouth rubbing it around using my tongue being sure to get it under my tongue as well as the roof of my mouth, which helps it get quickly into the system. This has truly been a miracle in a bottle for me and considering how long a bottle lasts it has been an incredible value.

Garden Essence Oils are therapeutic grade oils and always affordably priced at
Herbs First.  Order online or phone in your order at 801-669-2380


Have a great month!
Kathryn

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Western Botanicals Liver Detox Tea, not just for the liver!

Western Botanicals Liver Detox Tea    I am always thankful when I can learn something from a customer. I was working on an order for a woman on Friday and she was ordering four 16 oz. bags of Western Botanicals Liver Detox Tea. She said it was for her son and that it has saved his life. He is in the military and took it with him when he was stationed in the middle-eastern countries. She said that it helped him to stay healthy, and he never got sick in spite of all the toxins that he was exposed to. He was sick now because he run out and asked her to get him a lot, because he was sharing it with his buddies and they stayed healthy too.

    Western Botanicals Liver Detox Tea
is a delicious and satisfying herbal beverage, yet has numerous health benefits and is a powerful all-purpose herbal tonic. Liver Detox Tea acts to detoxify the liver, stimulate the entire digestive system, and cleanse the blood, skin, liver and gallbladder! As liver function improves energy will increase. Liver Detox Tea is also an excellent coffee replacement. It is a hot beverage, dark in color, and tastes great!

    The liver is responsible for handling most of our energy needs. It takes raw building blocks from food and breaks it down into basic nutritional components. The liver creates and stores sugars for both immediate and long-term energy use. If the liver is congested or diseased it will not receive or send out enough blood sugar and your energy will drop. Chronic lack of energy, especially after meals, could be the result of a sluggish liver.

    The liver is also vital in detoxifying and neutralizing toxins within the body, particularly as nutrients are absorbed from the digestive tract. Because our environment is full of stressful chemicals, such as food additives, preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, etc., it is vital that we have a healthy functioning liver.

Western Botanicals 16 oz. Liver Detox Tea retails for $42.10 and is on sale for $31.57. Liver Detox Tea  also comes in 5.5 oz. and 8 oz. sizes. Suggested usage is 4 cups per day. Soak 2 tbsp. dried herb in water for 4 to 8 hours, then bring to a slow boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain. Can be drunk hot or cold.

You can order online or call in your order 801-228-1901.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Kathryn

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Are you ready to make some Anti-Plague?

Home made Anti-Plague    The biggest reason I started making my own Anti-Plague was due to the cost of the prepared product. Back when I was buying Anti-Plague I could only afford to get a 4 oz. bottle. This usually wasn’t enough to get me well, so I would end up going back to the herb shop a couple of times to buy more. When I was taking classes at The School of Natural Healing I talked some friends into making a 4 gallon batch of Anti-Plague and splitting it. I was sold after that because ours tasted just as bad as the store bought and worked just as good! This is a big project, but once you do it you realize if you can make Anti-Plague you can make anything!

comfrey plant

     The second reason that I like to make my own extracts and syrup is so that you can use the herbs you want in them. Herb companies are no longer able to produce any internal formulas with comfrey in it and I want my family to have the comfrey because it is an amazing herb! The photo is the comfrey that is growing in my yard.
   
     Dr. Christopher’s Anti-Plague Formula

Using 4 oz. as a part will make a little under a gallon. If you are buying one Anti-Plague kit it uses 4 oz. as a part.  Plan on the following:

8 parts apple cider vinegar - 32 oz.
5 parts glycerine - 20 oz.
5 parts honey - 20 oz.
2 parts garlic juice, fresh - 8 oz
2 parts comfrey root concentrate, use fresh if you have it - 8 oz.
1 part wormwood concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part lobelia leaf concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part marshmallow root concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part white oak bark concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part black walnut bark concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part mullein leaf concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part scullcap leaf concentrate - 4 oz.
1 part uva ursi, hydrangea or gravel root concentrate - 4 oz.

I start on Monday making the garlic/apple cider vinegar and finish up on Saturday with combining everything.

First make the garlic juice. I can get 8 oz. of garlic juice out of a pound of garlic when using my Green Star Juicer.  Other juicers will likely need more garlic to get that much juice. Add garlic juice and pulp to the vinegar and shake 2-3 times a day for 4 - 5 days to get the rest of the goodness out of the pulp. Note that it often turns green looking, I don’t know why but most people tell me this happens.  With all the Anti-Plague I have used over the years it hasn’t killed me!

If you don’t have a juicer use this alternative method: for the example of parts above amount use 2 1/2 lbs. of garlic - peel, blend in blender with vinegar (do not liquify).  Let set for 4 - 5 days, shaking several times per day.

To make the concentrates:

Each concentrate should be made individually. Use only stainless steel or glass pots.  Start by soaking the herb in enough distilled water to cover it for four hours and over night if it is a root. After soaking add more distilled water so that the total added equals 16 oz. water per 4 oz. of herb. Mullein is quite fluffy and you will end up adding a lot more water to it, and after the soaking you may need to add more water to some of the herbs as well, since it will have soaked it up. This is ok, just keep following the directions.

scraping comfrey rootThe recipe calls for fresh comfrey if you have it. My mom taught me to scrape off the black outer root because is quite bitter, so you see me here scraping it off! Just part of the fun!  Still soak it overnight since it is a root.

simmer the herbsSimmer the herbs on very low heat in a covered pan or double boiler for thirty minutes.  Let cool for 30 minutes and then strain the liquid into a clean pan, squeezing all of the liquid out of the herb. I like to use a potato ricer for this.  Next put the liquid into a double boiler or on very low heat uncovered and simmown to one-er it dfourth of the original volume (4 oz.)  Go ahead and add a bit of distilled water if you reduced it too far. 

Only after all the ingredients have been prepared should the liquids be mixed. It takes me 2 days to get the concentrates made. I do some on Thursday and the others on Friday, then I refrigerate the concentrates until they are ready to mix. Be sure they are all the same temperature before combining.

On Saturday I squeeze out the garlic from the vinegar, make sure there is a total of 40 oz., if not then add more apple cider vinegar to make bring it up to 40 oz. combined ACV/garlic juice. Add the honey, glycerine and liquid herbs to the ACV/garlic juice and mix well. Bottle and label and keep in a cool place. I keep mine in the back of the fridge so they are out of the way but at a controlled temperature. Dr. Christopher talks about it being good for ten years or more and I have used ten year old Anti-Plague and it works! Now you know how I make it!

Dr. Christopher's Super Garlic Immune Formula    If this sounds like too much work for you we have Dr. Christopher’s Super Garlic Immune Formula available in 2 oz, 4 oz and 16 oz, or Western Botanicals Immu-Defense available in 4 oz, 8 oz and 16 oz as well as capsules. I have found that when I get sick I need a full 16 oz. bottle to get well. I like to keep at least 2 large bottles per person on hand.

About the herbs in Anti-Plague

Fresh Garlic – Garlic has been used for centuries as a healing herb and is a natural anti-biotic that can be used against infection of any kind. It is an immune strengthening herb that stimulates the lymphatic system to throw off waste materials in the body. It is anti-viral and helps to rid phlegm in the respiratory tract as well as expelling parasites in the bowel and thread worms from the body.  Garlic contains compounds that are active in reversing cancer development and more. There are writings dating back to 500 AD in the using of Garlic in Chinese Medicine.

Black Walnut hull – is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antiseptic. Black Walnut has been used to fight herpes, cold sores, infections, malaria, candida, worms and more. 

Comfrey root – historically used as a healing herb since 400 BC for anything from broken bones, healing wounds, hemorrhaging, bronchial problems and healing the lungs. Known as a bone knitter it is helpful in healing the entire system.

Hydrangea root – traditionally used for urinary stones, gallstones, and gravel associated with infections such as cystitis.

Lobelia – commonly used with other herbs to aid in their action. Beneficial to clearing the bronchioles, is a powerful anti-spasmodic which relaxes and expands the constricted parts of the respiratory system. This little herb has saved the lives of many people suffering from asthma.

Marshmallow root – soothing and healing to any inflamed part of the body, very helpful in healing the mucous membranes in the lungs, digestive tract and bowel. Very soothing for coughs.

Mullein – excellent remedy for toning the mucous membranes of the respiratory system, reducing inflammation and clearing the lungs and relieving spasms. Strengthens the sinuses and allows for free breathing. Used as a bacteriostatic and has been used to treat tuberculosis for centuries. 

Scullcap – used for upper respiratory infections soothes inflamed tissues and helpful for headaches arising from excessive coughing. Calming to the nervous system.

White Oak Bark – was used by Native Americans to treat many conditions. It is astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and has been used to stop bleeding and has a cleansing effect on the mucous membranes.

Wormwood - is very effective in treating worms in the body especially round worms and pinworms. Wormwood can counteract fevers and has antiseptic qualities. It is a bitter and aids in the digestive process and may be helpful for indigestion and is over-all beneficial to the body.

You can order the kit online or call in your order at 801-228-1901    

Have a great month!
Kathryn

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Western Botanicals Immu-Defense Formula, are you ready for the Plague?

Western Botanicals Immu-Defense    Immu-Defense was formerly named Anti-Plague. This is Western Botanicals version of Dr. Christopher’s famous Anti-Plague formula which is available in capsules and syrup. Immu-Defense stimulates the immune system, and is wonderful for clearing up respiratory infections, as well as colds and flus. Western Botanicals Immu-Defense

    My husband was really excited when Western Botanicals made Immu-Defense available in capsules since he can’t handle the taste of the syrup.  The syrup is quite strong and some people love it. I hate the taste, but love what it does for me and have become accustomed to it. The results have been amazing over the years in helping us to get well from bouts of the flu, bronchitis, etc. It has really helped our immune system because we rarely have problems with sickness like we dealt with in the past.


    I have a friend who gives the syrup to her son when he has an asthma attack and it stops it right away! When our son was very young we gave him a daily dose of the Anti-Plague because he was such a sick little guy. After a year he became our healthy one and still is at twenty-six!

    We take a dose of Immu-Defense any time we have been exposed to people that are sick or if we feel we have something coming on. It works well to boost our immune system to help fight off any invaders that are attacking our system. My husband keeps a bottle of the capsules at work because someone is always sick. The capsules are a great alternative to the syrup so that you don't end up with garlic breath, and they are easier to pack around with you.
Dr. Christopher's Super Garlic Immune Formula
Both Western Botanicals Immu-Defense and Dr. Christopher's Super Garlic Immune formula (formerly Anti-Plague) are affordably priced. Order Immu-Defense in capsules or syrup or Dr. Christopher's Super Garlic Immune Formula.

    Next week we will share the Anti-Plague Formula to make your own syrup. This is great for people with more time than money!

You can order online or call in your order at 801-228-1901    
Have a great month!
Kathryn

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Western Botanicals Colon Formulas, which one is right for you?


     Colon Formulas are one of the top selling items at Herbs First. Dr. Christopher stated that it is a known fact that well over ninety percent of all sickness and disease in the human body is caused by a congested (constipated) colon area. Western Botanicals has quite a few formulas available, and especially popular are the larger sized bottles. Which one is best for you?

Colon CleanseWestern Botanicals Colon Cleanse SyrupColon Cleanse formula is the strongest formula that cleanses and strengthens the entire gastrointestinal system. The herbs stimulate healthy movement through the colon while disinfecting and soothing the colon to function better on its own. Use Colon Cleanse to insure a normal 2 - 3 bowel movements each day. This product can be safely used over extended periods of time.  It is available in bottles of 100 or 230 vegicaps, bags of 2500 and 5000 vegicaps and syrup 4, 8 & 16 oz. 
Western Botanicals Colon Detox
Colon Detox is a cleansing soothing formula to be used periodically in conjunction with the Colon Cleanse Formula. It acts as a strong purifier and intestinal vacuum, helping to draw out old fecal matter from the walls of your colon and any bowel pockets. Colon Detox aids in the removal of poisons, toxins, parasites, and heavy metals. Also use to stop diarrhea or to counteract food poisoning.  Colon Detox is available in bottles of 290 vegicaps, 10 oz and 5 lbs powder.

Western Botanicals Turkey Rhubarb FormulaTurkey Rhubarb Formula is a medium strength formula that may be used to cleanse and strengthen the digestive tract. Turkey Rhubarb Formula stimulates the peristaltic action (intestinal muscular movement) of the colon and over time may strengthen the muscles of the large intestines. Turkey Rhubarb Formula may help to disinfect, soothe and heal the mucus membrane lining of the entire digestive system. Included in Turkey Rhubarb Formula are Aloe vera, Barberry, Cascara sagrada, and Senna leaf which are known for their ability to stimulate the bowel. Psyllium seed, which serves as a bulking agent and adds liquid to the stool which makes it easier to eliminate fecal material. Slippery Elm is added to Turkey Rhubarb Formula for its soothing properties. Turkey Rhubarb Formula is more gentle than Colon Cleanse formula and may be used safely over long periods of time. Available in bottles of 100 and 230 vegicaps.

Western Botanicals Happy Colon ClenaseHappy Colon is the most gentle colon formula that may be used to cleanse and strengthen the digestive tract. Happy Colon gently stimulates the peristaltic action (intestinal muscular movement) of the colon and over time may strengthen the muscles of the large intestines. Happy Colon is recommended for those who desire a more gentle cleanse than you would experience from Colon Cleanse. It is the same formula as the Turkey Rhubarb formula, without the cayenne.  Available in bottles of 100 and 230 vegicaps, and bag of 1000 vegicaps.

Western Botanicals Colon Comfort FormulaColon Comfort Formula may be helpful for soothing symptoms of the bowel or colon associated with Colitis or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  It contains Marshmallow root,which is used internally for inflammation and ulceration of the digestive tract. Slippery Elm bark, which soothes and lubricates tissues. Aloe vera, long known for its healing benefits. The polysaccharides in Aloe vera are especially helpful for disorders of the digestive tract.  Available in bottles of 100 and 230 vegicaps.

Healthy and fully-functioning bowels are essential to colon health. Purchase these and other great herbal formulas at Herbs First.

You can order online or call in your order at 801-228-1901    


Have a great month!
Kathryn

Monday, November 2, 2015

Time to Cleanse and Detox your body!

    Last week I was able to watch most of the episodes online of The Truth About Cancer. I always find it interesting that Dr. Christopher was teaching these principles many years ago. People still need to learn this, so it is great that other great doctors are teaching people how to be healthy.

    The most important fact is from Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This might seem pretty obvious, but the majority of the people don’t understand that their food is what is causing their illness. Dr. Christopher taught people to eat a “Mucusless Diet” in order to heal from health problems and stay healthy. 

Dr. Christopher Herbal Cleansing Kit    Second on the list is detoxing or cleansing, and Dr. Christopher taught: Cleanse and Nourish so your body can Heal. Our bodies are in need of cleansing, the toxins that are causing us problems as my husband found out with his kidneys a few months ago. Cleansing cleared up the problem in a month!

    You can read two of Dr. Christopher’s original newsletters online:

    Does Your Colon Feed or Poison You? This newsletter will help you understand why you start cleansing with the colon. Constipation is a first indicator of problems.

    The Blood Stream: "River of Life".  The Blood Stream Formula is a well known cancer fighting formula, and in this newsletter you will learn why it is important to clean your blood stream.  

Dr. Christopher's Herbal Cleansing kit in extract    You can learn about the extended Herbal Cleanse on the order page for the Cleanse Kit, available in capsules or extract.

Order online, or phone in your order. 801-228-1901.

Have a great month!
Kathryn

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Does Herbal Calcium Really Work? Yes it does!

    People have been lead to believe for many years that milk is the best source for calcium. A new study has found that people don't get stronger bones by taking traditional supplements or from eating dairy products. In 1944 Dr. Christopher wrote an article titled The Dairy King about a man that kept breaking his bones in spite of being a very big milk drinker.

Dr. Christopher's Herbal Calcium Formula
   Dr. Christopher taught that our bodies are able to use the calcium when we get it from plant sources. Dr. Christopher's  Herbal Calcium Formula is a wonderful all natural plant source calcium formula. The silica in horsetail grass converts to calcium and the other herbs work in close conjunction with this master calcium herb.
    We need calcium to build strong nerve sheaths, vein and artery walls, bones, teeth, etc. This combination is helpful for cramps, successful pregnancies, healthy bones, teeth, hair, skin and nails, healthy eyes and for all calcium needs in the body. Herbal Calcium is available in capsules, extract and bulk as Calc Tea in both cut and powder.

    A few years ago I had a bone density test and it came back with really high results. The person testing it was amazed because most people that are my age usually show bone loss. I have been taking the Herbal Calcium for many years and will continue to do so, knowing that it really does work!

Order online, or phone in your order. 801-228-1901.

Have a great month!
Kathryn