Monday, August 31, 2015

Three Anti-Viral Herbs

We now have index pages to all of the products on the Herbs First home page. Click on the icons on the home page to access the index. We hope you enjoy the bulk herb index which will make it easy to find the herbs you need to order.

Astragalus root, is a powerful antiviral herb that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Its main use is to boost the body’s immune system making it useful in fighting the common cold and the flu. This is a mild tasting herb and the powder could easily be added to a smoothie or even in water for easy ingestion. Available in bulk, extract and capsules.

Elder Berry has a history of fighting infections including influenza, herpes, viral infections and bacterial infections. Use it to make a great tasting extract that everyone in your family will love. Extracts are easy to make and alcohol extracts last indefinitely if stored in a cool dark place. Available in bulk, extract and capsules.

Echinacea is one of the top-selling herbs of all time because it is beneficial for immune support and overall health. The phytochemicals in echinacea reduce viral infections.  Echinacea inhibits bacteria and viruses from penetrating healthy cells, which reduces the chance of contracting infections. I like to make a glycerine extract making it kid-friendly and easy for everyone in the family to ingest. I always have Echinacea on hand. Available in bulk, extract and capsules.

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Have a great month!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Do you prefer Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil?

    The species name of Tea Tree oil is Melaleuca alternifolia, so that was a trick question – they are one in the same!

Garden Essence Tea Tree OIl    We have a niece and her friend visiting with us, they came out for a church sponsored youth week. We picked them up from the event on Saturday and Jessie (not her real name) asked me if we had a doctor or nurse in our church. I asked why and she said showed me the worst infected zit I have ever seen. It was sitting under her glasses at the side of her nose, so luckily the glasses did a good job of hiding it!

    She had gone to the nurse the night before who had put a glob of Neosporin on it, and from the looks I could tell that it was quite painful. I mentioned that I would use Tea Tree oil on it in which my niece replied that they use that all the time at home. I had taught them about it quite a few years ago when my brother-in-law ended up in the hospital for a few days when a bug bite went haywire, turning into blood poisoning running up his leg!

    When we got back to the house I gave Jessie the Tea Tree oil to put on the zit. By morning it was much improved, the swelling was at least half way down and was no longer oozing pus. Today, Monday it was scabbing over and the swelling another halfway down from the day before. I should think by the time Saturday rolls around and they head back home that it will be completely healed.

    Tea Tree oil is anti-fungal, antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-microbial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory – what a list and what a great oil! I bought the 2 oz. bottle back in 2011 and we are on the last little bit of it. We have really gotten our monies worth out of it over the years, and in looking at the issues that other people have dealt with and the costs involved, the few dollars spent on a bottle is well worth it!

    My niece has some acne, so I made her a roller bottle with Tea Tree Oil, Lavender and Frankincense, mixed with Nature's Way Liquid Coconut Oil. Tea Tree oil helps the pours to stay clean due to all of its properties. Lavender reduces redness and helps blemishes recover faster. Frankincense helps to reduce the appearance of scars, controls sebum production, and tones skin. I’m excited to hear how it works for her.

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

Have a great month!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Do It Yourself, Insect Repellant Spray and Sunburn Spray

Garden Essence Oils, Pest-Away    I woke up in the middle of the night with an itch and realized it is bug bite season! In the morning I was able to rub my trusty roller bottle of Pest Away on it and that took care of the itch. I have put it on a throughout the day and the bump is going down. Pest Away is a nice little oil blend to have around. 

    To make a great insect repellant spray fill a bottle ½ with distilled water, the other ½ with vodka. Add 10 drops of Pest Away per ounce – the 1 oz. spray bottle will take 10 drops of Pest Away, the 4 oz. spray bottle will need 40 drops. This makes a great all-natural insect spray repellant. Spray liberally as needed.

    Make a roller bottle filled with fractionated coconut oil and 10 drops of Pest Away. Use it on the bites to help the itch and bump go away. Buy the spray bottles and roller bottles at this link.

    I use coconut oil on my body and it is has natural sun screen properties. If I end up getting slightly burned I rub more oil on my skin it tends to take the burn turn to a tan overnight. I don’t rely solely on this if I am going out swimming, but it works fine for just puttering around the yard and going on walks.

For a great sun burn spray mostly fill the 4 oz. spray bottle with Aloe Vera Gel, then add 15 drops Lavender Oil, 5 drops Peppermint oil, and open a vitamin E gel cap and drop in the oil.  Shake it up and leave it in the refrigerator. The coldness will help cool the burn, as will the Peppermint, and the Lavender is very healing. Use liberally!

FREE Roller Bottle, with $50.00 order. 
Put in "RollerBottle" as the coupon code.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Garden Essence Oils, affordable and easy to use!

Garden Essence Oils Tea Tree Oil    When I first heard about Tea Tree Oil in the 70’s it was like the miracle cure for everything. You could buy it everywhere and could use it to take care of so many problems, the big ones being infections and fungus. In the past few years we are hearing of so many people getting an infection and going into the hospital, and when they aren’t able to get things under control with medications then they end up losing their limbs. I’m pretty tired of hearing about this happening when likely if they had treated the problem at home with Tea Tree Oil, aka Melaleuca, they would be whole today.

    Sometimes I will cut my thumb when I prepare vegetables for our meals. I nicked it the other night, it bled a little bit, I washed it and kept making dinner. A few hours later after getting the dishes done it was hurting, so I put a drop of Tea Tree oil on it. It immediately stopped hurting and I put some Complete Tissue and Bone ointment on it and went to bed. In the morning it looked and felt great, I only had to trim a small piece of dried skin and it has healed just fine.

    With all of the companies that are selling essential oils people are getting more curious about them. We have great pricing on the Garden Essence Oils and since they are not network marketed you are only paying for the oils and not multiple levels of people involved in the network.

    Essential oils are affordable, have a long shelf life and are easy to use. Essential oils should always be used with a carrier oil, so a small bottle may seem expensive, but when you use only 10 drops in a 10 ml roller bottle filled with carrier oil you can see how the bottle of pure oil will last a long time. Use 30 drops in the 1 oz. roller bottles, or if you re-use the essential oil bottles, a 15 ml bottle would need 15 drops of pure oil.  More tips on using oils.

Advanced Therapy Diffuser    Diffusing is a great way to use essential oils to treat the whole family. In the winter we diffuse X-Plague blend which contains oils that are very highly anti-viral and antiseptic, and smell so good too. Diffuse Orange oil when the kids come home from school. Orange is antiseptic & bactericidal which will help keep them healthy, and is also anti-depressant so I call it the happy oil, which is helpful when it is time for homework and chores.

    If you are new to oils just buy a few bottles and start using them. My favorite carrier oil is the fractionated coconut oil, the Nature’s Way 20 oz bottle is our best deal. Buy a six-pack of 10 ml. roller bottles and 2 pack of one ounce bottles and look through the oils and see what would be helpful to your family. Start using them and start stocking up so you have what you need. It is very empowering to be able to take care of yourself and your family.

FREE Roller Bottle, with $50.00 order. 
Put in "RollerBottle" as the coupon code.

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

Have a great month!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Candida and Leaky Gut Syndrome

Are you aware that Candida causes Leaky Gut Syndrome? Most doctors don’t understand the cause, so people are unable to heal from the problem. I had Candida for years and it would keep coming back on me as thrush in my mouth. After a very long time of dealing with this I finally got it under control.  Candida will always be in our body, but the key is to keep it in balance. You can read the protocol on the Herbal Legacy website, or the shortened version below.

Lets talk about diet first – DO NOT eat any sugar or alcohol in any form.  This includes all dairy, grains, and fruit because they will feed the candida.  Eat vegetable, nuts, seeds, sprouted legumes and if you choose to eat meat, eat grass fed clean meat.

Dr. Christopher’s Intestinal Sweep Formula#1 On the first two days drink 2 quarts of Black Walnut and Pau D’Arco tea. This is prepared by simmering the herbs in water for twenty minutes at the rate of one tablespoon of the combined herbs (equal parts) per cup of water.  Or an alternative would be to take five capsules five times a day of Dr. Christopher’s Intestinal Sweep Formula.  To avoid nausea during the killing off phase take digestive enzymes along with Dr. Christopher’s Lower Bowel formula to flush the Candida out of the system.

Dr. Christopher’s Soothing Digestion formula#2 For the next 14 day to coat, soothe and heal the lesions in the intestinal wall, take 5 capsules 5 times a day of Dr. Christopher’s Soothing Digestion formula, or one tablespoon of slippery elm gruel five times a day.  I mixed the slippery elm in a cup of water using a stick blender and drank it down before it thickend.

#3 – repeat step #1 for two days.

#4 – women take one Primadophils Optima for Women, men take three Primadophils Optima in the morning on an empty stomach to re-establish the flora in the gut. Do this for at least one week. I continue to take the Primadophils Optima for Women daily just to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

I had the candida for so many years that I had to do this program for five months to get it totally cleared up. I am happy to say that it has been over a year since I did my intensive program and it has not come back! 

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Have a great month!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Garden Essence Oils for Pain Relief

Garden Essence Oils    I like to have different remedies on hand because you never know when you are going to need them. A few weeks ago I bumped my thumb, and the joint between the thumb and wrist really started bothering me.  I woke up one day and my left hand was barely functional due to the pain in that joint. The least little movement was so bad I had to find something to stop the pain right now!

Pain Oil Blend     I sorted through my growing pile of Garden Essence Oils to see what I had on hand that might work. I found that I had two oil blends that would be good, so I put 5 drops of each together in a little roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil as the base. I applied it and was amazed at how quickly the pain went away. I applied the oil often on the first day and a couple times a day the next few days after. It has been a few weeks now and there is absolutely no pain in that joint. Here is what I used:

    No-Mo-Pain: Birch, Helichrysum, Clove and Peppermint. Birch has aspirin-like properties and the other oils are powerful anti-inflammatories. This blend helps to reduce pain, headaches, swelling, and stimulates the area and is used for quicker healing.
    Pain Anti-inflammatory: Spruce, Black Pepper, Hyssop, Peppermint, Helichrysum.  This blend helps to calm nerves and soothe muscles and joints.

    These Garden Essence Oil blends worked very well together. The past few days I have been using it on a spot on my back with the same great results.  I will definitely keep a roller bottle with these two in it and use it where I feel pain. A quick and easy way to treat an area for immediate relief!

Note that for the "little" roller bottle, which is 10 ml in size use a total of 10 drops essential oil filled with carrier oil. For the larger 1 oz. roller bottle use a total of 30 drops of essential oil of choice.

HCG ezTrim    HCG ezTrim is still available at Herbs First.  Instructions on the diet are included with the bottle, no information will be posted on the site.

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

Have a great month!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Get more for your money with Garden Essence Oils

Garden Essence Essential Oils    Garden Essence Essential Oils are always on sale at Herbs First and people are finding the quality to be the same as the big names without the high cost. When my son was in junior high he asked me to get him a bottle of lemon oil. He loved the smell and would carry it around with him and smell it throughout the day.  Lemon is a great mood lifter and aids people with depression. The perfect oil for a junior high aged child! 

    I like to get a few oils  I haven't tried when we have the extra sale. With hay fever in the air I decided to get a few blends that may help with the symptoms.  Garden Essence Alpine contains Juniper, pine, peppermint and niaouli. This blend helps to relieve headiness and nasal congestion.  I’m excited to try it.

    Garden Essence Respiratory Congestion contains Eucalyptus (4 kinds), Myrtle, Marjoram, Pine, Cypress, Lavender, Spruce, Peppermint and it will be fun to compare how it works vs. the Alpine.  These two blends have a similar use, but have very different oils in them.

    I am also getting Garden Essence Healing that contains Tea Tree, Niaouli, Rosemary and Clove. The oils in this blend make it excellent for cleansing and healing cuts, bruises, insect bites, cold sores, canker sores, tissue regeneration, and candida.  Sounds like a good one to have around!

    Being that summer is around the corner I am also getting the Garden Essence Cellulite blend which  contains Grapefruit, Cypress, Lavender, Juniper and Basil. Make a massage oil using 30 drops per ounce of carrier oil and massage into the desired area to aid in breaking up cellulite.

    Trying new oils is how we learn to use them.  Get more for your money with Garden Essence Oils.  Order oils online or by phone 801-228-1901.

Have a great month!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Quality Is Everything

 The news reported a few weeks ago about many of the cheap store brands of herbs had none of the herbs in them that were listed on the label. Our last newsletter was Christopher’s Quality Statement and Dr. Christopher’s products have always sold well because people know they work.  The same thing goes for Western Botanicals products, you can trust that they are what is labeled.  I have been amazed at how much we sell of their product line, people use it and they come back for more! I have used many of the formulas and single herbs and can attest to the fact that they are what they say they are.  Western Botanicals Formulas are 20% off through 11:00 am March 31st.

Western Botanicals Quality Statement

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    We are a company of health minded individuals and licensed healthcare professionals. Proper health is not a mystery that only your doctor understands. Getting over an illness does not have to be complicated. Nature has provided what is
needed to get and stay healthy, but not everyone is trained to read natures instructions.

    Natural herbs are whole foods that build health rather than a chemicals designed to simply suppress symptoms. Herbs have been discovered to be a natural way to restore and build a healthy body. Obtaining results with herbs is exciting, but making your own herbal remedies is empowering. For this reason we have built our business with the home herbalist in mind.

    Many herbal products sold to consumers are designed for profitability of the manufacturer. The ingredients in these products are often inferior in quality. We purchase the highest quality organic and wildcrafted herbs available to insure pesticide and herbicide free products. We all want products that we can trust that are effective without paying excessive prices. By purchasing herbs in large quantities we can pass savings on to you.

    We honor the inborn potential of everyone to be truly healthy. We desire to help the newborn, the aged and those without hope. We choose to help (with herbs), the person with the disease, not the disease. With herbs we can assist rather than intrude: to free rather than control. Herbs seek to correct the cause, not its effect. We know doctors do not heal, only the body can heal itself. We want to make a difference and with herbal medicine, everyday we get to witness miracles.

In Vigorous Health,
Randy Giboney, President, Herbalist

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dr. Christopher's Mission and Quality Statement

    I’m sure you have been hearing the reports in the news this past week that many store brands of herbs do not contain the herb they profess to be on the label.  I find it pretty sad when you can’t trust a label.  At Herbs First we sell products from reputable companies. This week we give you Dr. Christopher’s Quality Statement about their product line.

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Quality Products for You!

Our Mission is to provide natural whole food dietary supplements according to the Dr. John R. Christopher ND, MH philosophy at fair prices with excellent service. Dr. Christopher's Original Formulas are time-tested & have been manufactured since 1945 & trusted by millions of people because they work.

Time & time again, we hear from customers that they tried another brand but did not experience the same results as with Dr. Christopher's Formulas. To this, we reply it's because the quality & experience that is put into every bottle we make. From the fields that harvest our herbs, through the state of art manufacturing processes, down to the finish product that our customers take daily.

Dr. John R. Christopher was a pioneer of natural supplements that are very common today. Far ahead of his time, John began formulating when no one sold wholesale herbs, so he had to find ingredients & create his own formulas. Over the years he created more than 66 formulas that are still used by millions today. Dr. Christopher's fame grew rapidly & In 1953 he set up the School of Natural Healing that is still operating today & many founders of other herbal businesses have studied & learned from his philosophy. He wrote 5 books that continue to be great sellers. He gave more than 120 lectures & seminars internationally & in the United States. Dr. Christopher's legacy continues in the lives he touched & in his herbal formulas will aid through generations to come.

We only use Whole Herb/Plant products, not standardized. Today the process of extracting "leading active ingredients" is common place & is called "Standardization." It's all the rage throughout the chemical & natural food industry. The theory is that if one dose of a "suspected" key ingredient is good, a large dose all at once of that ingredients is better. Not so! Those leading active ingredients are properly placed, by Nature, in proportions mixed with other ingredients to keep the herb in perfect balance synergistically. When taken in whole form, they present to your body a balanced solution.

Dr Christopher strongly demanded his company only manufacture herbal products using the Whole herb, never extracting a single ingredient. He understood the necessity of using herbs the way nature had intended them, in their whole state.

We only accept non-treated or steam treated Organic & Wildcrafted herbs when available (reasons for unavailability: endangered, out of season, failed crops etc.), & all ingredients are listed on our product label. We are 100% Pure. We do not use chemicals or chemical clones, added fillers/flow agents, or genetically modified ingredients that many companies use to cheapen their product for profit. As the saying goes "You get what you pay for". If you start with a cheap raw material, there is nothing you can do in the manufacturing process to improve quality. Sourcing high-quality ingredients for our formulas is key. Often we will receive a sample from a supplier & test results show that it does not contain active constituents in proper ratios so it is rejected & the sourcing process continues until the high quality expectations are met. Unfortunately, there are many that do not share the same high standards in the marketplace today & as is always the case we get what we pay for. We can't expect a cheap car to out perform & have the luxuries of a top-of-the-line vehicle, just as we shouldn't expect a cheaply made herbal product to benefit our body the same way the highest-quality supplements will.

Our vegetarian caps are manufactured with state-of-the-art technology, & made from a vegetable derived raw material. Our hard shell vegetable capsules are produced with Hydroxipropylmethylcellulose (HPMC), derived from wood and cotton fibers, which is certified as Kosher for year round & passover use by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America & meets all requirements of current USP and FCC (Food Chemical Codex). HPMC. They are considered Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by FDA, are non-ionic & sulfate free. Finally there now is a real alternative for vegetarians & consumers who are restricted by religion from taking capsules made from beef or pork by products.

Dr Christopher Extracts are a 4:1 ratio (4 part herb to 1 part vegetable glycerin or pure grain alcohol). We use a Cold Percolation Process to ensure that no enzymes are destroyed. This extraction process preserves the natural occuring enzymes in the plant product. Unfortunately it's all too common for other manufacturers to use a heating process which destroys many of the vital nutrients & enzymes in the plant. Our glycerin is tested for DEG contamination and is DEG free, kosher, & derived from palm.

We do not rely on CofA's (Certificates of Analysis) from any source as we validate the identity of each plant & finished product through High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography to ensure their quality. Many competitors use IR (Infrared) to verify the identity of each plant. This method is cheaper, less accurate & does not have the ability to detect contaminates, such as pesiticides in the herb. We do Organoleptic testing & a full spectrum of Microbiological Testing on each plant & those tests include TVC (Total Viable Count), Yeast & Mold Counts, Coliform Counts, E-coli & Salmonella. Other quality assurance tests performed on our Raw Materials include High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography & Heavy Metal ICP-MS test.

Our raw materials & finished products go through more testing than many of our competitors to ensure our customers all over the world get consistently high-quality products.

We meet & exceed current government GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) quality standards. Our state of the art production & raw materials storage facilities includes a climate-controlled warehouse & cutting-edge laboratory equipment. Our company receives regular in house audits as well as FDA audits.

The Staff at Wholistic Botanicals L.L.C has years of experience of making natural products that yield results. We have & will continue keeping the highest standards set by the late Dr. John R. Christopher in producing his time-tested formulations. We seek the best in nature, produce the very best & strive to build trusting relationships with our customers. Our commitment to quality & control in every aspect of testing along the manufacturing process reflects our commitment, you can be sure you are getting the highest-quality, best-formulated products available. What we do here is important but the way we do it matters most.


Robert Scott

    At Herbs First Christopher Products are always 25% off.  Order online, or phone in your order. 801-228-1901.

Have a great month!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How to make an Herbal Extract

Western Botanicals Bulk Herbs    I have been waiting for this sale because I was out of just about everything that I add to my morning green drink!! I have found that to be an easy way to take the herbs if they are mild tasting.

    I also like to make an alcohol extract out of many of the herbs that we use, which preserves them pretty much indefinitely if stored correctly.

How to make an Alcohol Extract

    Herbal Preparations and Natural Therapies, Debra Nuzzi St. Claire recommends using 100 proof vodka, which is readily available and is equal to the required solution of 50 percent alcohol and 50 percent water. Use four ounces of herb to one pint of alcohol. The herb should be finely cut or powdered, placed in a clean glass jar. 

    After pouring the alcohol over the herb, the jar is tightly covered. Shake the jar for a minute or two each day. At the end of two weeks, strain the tincture through cheesecloth, a jelly bag, or a coffee filter. If you happen to have a wine press, you could use that. "It is best to put up one's tincture on the new moon and strain it off on the full moon so that the drawing power of the waxing moon will help extract the herbal properties". Store herbal tinctures in dark glass bottles away from heat and light.

    At Herbs First we have bulk herbs from Acai to Yucca root and almost everything in between.  Ordering online is very safe on our secure server, or you can phone in your order. 801-228-1901.

Have a great month!