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

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

Have a great month!

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!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Herbs For Colds & Flu Season

Western Botanicals Flu and Virus Formula    I had a customer call recently to say that they were sick and that the Infection Formula wasn’t working. I asked how much they were taking and they said 2 capsules a day. Two capsules of any of the following: Dr. Christopher's  Infection Formula, Immune System Formula, Western Botanicals Immune Boost Formula, Immu-Defense Formula or Goldenseal Combination would work great to boost your immune system and fight bacteria or virus if you have been exposed to sick people. A great dosage when you feel you have something coming on is at least 2 capsules three or more times a day of any of the above formulas, and I have taken them as often as every half hour when things were really bad.  Note that the Flu & Virus Formula is now called Goldenseal Combination - it is a great formula to fight both bacteria and virus bugs and is available in liquid as well as capsules.

    A few days ago I felt a little drainage at the back of the sinus before it drains into my throat.  My throat thankfully wasn't red but I could tell that things were headed the wrong way. I like to hit things hard to get rid of them fast and not let it develop into anything worse so I took 2 Infection Formula, 2 Immu-Defense capsules and 2 Immune System Formula.  I took this three times on the first day as well as the second day. On the third day it felt perfect, but to be safe I took one more dose of all three formulas. It has been quite a few days and I continue to be healthy.

    The three days I took the herbs cost a total of $7.00 which is really a small price to pay to not get sick.  Years ago I would be sick six weeks every winter and hardly able to take care of my family.  Learning the principles of health and making the diet changes, and adding the herbs into our routine has been priceless to our family.

    Recently I saw the Dr. Oz show. He asked people if they ask their doctor for an anti-biotic and if the doctor gave it to them.  Quite a few doctors did and Dr. Oz told the audience that antibiotics don’t work for illness caused by a virus. People wanted help and that is why they went to the doctor.  Here at Herbs First we have the products to help you get well. We hope that you will order them to have on hand so that you can keep your family healthy.
Feel free to email me, or call me with any questions 1-801-228-1901.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cold and Flu fighters and Immune System Builders

    Many years ago I would be sick for Christmas and into the new year, usually for a total of six weeks. That was back when I was a sugar queen and didn't follow the mucusless diet. Dr. Christopher taught that if you ate right you didn't have to worry about plagues and I'm happy to say that with following the diet and being off of sugar I rarely get sick.

Dr. Christophers Super Garlic Immune Formula-Anti PlagueThe top formula for colds and flu is Super Garlic Immune Formula and we used to go through lots of it at my house. Anti-Plague is about the worst tasting thing I have ever tasted, but is oh so good for you. I could feel myself getting better when I ate this. I take a tablespoon every 15 mintues to half an hour when things are really bad. It has powerful and amazing healing qualities. Buy Christopher's Super Garlic Immune formula in 4 oz and 16 oz sizes, or Western Botanicals version  Immu-Defense Syrup in 4, 8 and 16 oz or capsules. The capsules are great to have around for people that can't handle the strong garlic taste of the liquid, but I know lots of people that love the taste too!

Both Dr. Christopher’s and Western Botanicals have some great formulas to choose from when it comes to treating infants, children and adults. Since we are in the midst of winter and more and more people are getting sick, now would be a good time to order some formulas to keep everyone healthy. Western Botanicals Immune Boost Syrup

I take something at the first sign of sickness such as sniffles, sore throat, fever, or just being exposed to sick people such as at school, church, work or shopping. Western Botanicals Immune Boost Syrup works to boost the immune system as well as kill bugs, and it so great tasting and easy to get kids to take.  Immune Boost is available in alcohol extract, great tasting syrup and capsules.

Dr. Christophers Infection FormulaDr. Christopher's Infection Formula helps move the toxins out of the blood stream and is a great infection fighter. I like to switch off the formulas I take so that my body doesn't get used to it. The Infection Formula has always been one of the top formula choices to have on hand. Order  Infection formula capsules.

Dr. Christopher's Lung and Bronchial FormulaI am still working on weak lungs from years of bronchitus in the past due to a steel mill that used to be in our community. It was a happy day when they closed it down and dismantled it.  I continue to take Dr. Christopher's Lung and Bronchial Formula during the winter months to keep my lungs strong. It is great formula for people with asthma, etc. and I can attest to the fact that it really does a great job of keeping the lungs nice and open. Lung and Bronchial Formula is available in capsules and extract.

Western Botanicals Herbal Ear DropsA must have formula for any family is Western Botanicals Herbal Ear Drops. A 1 oz. bottle will last most families at least a year. My kids would get ear infections late at night and I would put a few drops in each ear and put a cotton ball in their ear to help hold the oil in. Usually with in 15 minutes they would quiet down and get a good night’s sleep. I keep it refrigerated and warm the bottle it in a glass of hot water. I recommend getting a new bottle every 2 years to keep it fresh. Order Herbal Ear Drops.

Cold Tonic is the recipe that was given out when I was going to The School of Natural Healing. Purchase all the ingredients fresh from the Grocery Store, it take two weeks to make, and is another great infection fighter to have on hand.

Cold Tonic

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
1 part fresh chopped Garlic Cloves
1 part fresh chopped White Onion
1 part fresh grated Ginger Root
1 part fresh grated Horseradish Root

1 part fresh chopped Cayenne Peppers or the hottest peppers available, i.e. habanero, African Bird, etc.

Fill a glass jar 3/4 of the way full w/equal parts by volume (i.e. a cup of each) of the above fresh chopped and grated herbs. Then fill jar to the top with raw apple cider vinegar. Close and shake vigorously and then top off the vinegar if necessary.

Shake at least once a day for two weeks, then filter the mixture through cheesecloth and bottle and label. When you make this tonic shake it every time you walk by it, at least once per day but the more the better. All the herbs and vegetables should be fresh and organically grown if possible.

This tonic is extremely powerful, 1 tsp for kids and 1 tbsp for adults. Gargle if you have a sore throat and swallow. Do not dilute, take it straight.

Feel free to email me, or call me with any questions 1-801-228-1901.

Have a great month!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Let's Get Healthy in 2015

    Are you still trying to figure out that diet thing again?  Year after year it’s the same problem after the holidays, are you tired of it yet?  Dr. Christopher’s healing plans for any health condition always starts with the Three Day Cleanse, and following his Mucusless Diet.

    Eat any whole, live, raw or steamed foods - fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and if desired a small amount of fresh fish or organic chicken. People that eat this way are able to maintain a healthy body weight as well as staying healthy.  No counting calories or points, and you lose the cravings for bad foods when you eat real food, because your body is satisfied.  Change is hard but so worth it.

    There are many websites with great recipes to help you on your journey.  Herbal Legacy, Dr. Fuhrman, Dr. Hyman, Food Matters, and the list goes on.  There are plenty of people eating this way. Let this be the year that you make the change for the better. You will be happy that you did!

Dr Christophers Appetite Formula    Dr. Christopher's Appetite Formula is for people that need a little extra help getting the appetite under control. It is renowned for its unique ability to maintain metabolism and lessen the appetite. This formula acts as a blood purifier, aids kidneys in relieving excess fluids, feeds the body for relief from nervous tension generally caused by diets, appeases the appetite, feeds the thyroid and other malfunctioning glands and thus gains a healthier state for holding weight control.  Order Appetite Formula capsules.

Feel free to email me, or call me with any questions 1-801-228-1901.

Have a great month!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Great Gifts to make with Garden Essence Oils

DIY hand sanitizerDIY Hand Sanitizer    I love when a do-it-yourself project is so easy to do and so much better than what you can buy! This is the case with home-made hand sanitizer!  We have Hollie to thank for this little recipe that is so quick and easy to make, and so much nicer on your hands than store bought sanitizer.  We have empty bottles and other do-it-yourself items at Herbs First.

Hand Sanitizer - in a spray bottle fill half way with Aloe Vera Gel then fill with distilled water and add 25-30 drops of X-Plague oil blend per ounce of liquid.  My husband and I love this, and the aloe is so nice on the hands.

Air Freshener Spray  - fill bottle with distilled water and add oil of choice.  1 oz. spray bottle, use up to 5 drops of essential oil, 4 oz size use up to 20 drops of oil of choice.  I love the Citrus Blend, Christmas Joy, Alpine, South Seas, Pine, Spruce, etc.  Purchase oil blends or single oils.

Poo Spray
    5 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
    5 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
    5 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
    4 ounces of water
    4 oz. glass spray bottle

Fill the spray bottle with distilled water, add Essential Oils, and shake.  Before “nature calls”, shake the bottle and spray Poo Spray into the toilet bowl. Approximately 3 or 4 sprays should do it. Then do your “business”. The oils disperse over the water creating a barrier which traps stinky odors!

roller bottlesRoller bottles make a nice little gift.  Fill with a blend of your favorites.  15 ml. size - fill bottle with a carrier oil, I like to use the Nature's Way liquid coconut oil.  Add 10 drops of blend of choice. 

1 oz. size, fill bottle with carrier oil and add 20 to 30 drops of essential oil of choice.

X-Plague – great to have on hand this time of year with so many germs around. 

Strength – this is the ADD blend, helps with energy

No-Mo-Pain – for headaches and pain

Nite Cap – great little sleep aid, so easy to use from the roller bottle

Digestion – this is such a lifesaver! Love this blend, people will thank you!

Blue – use the 1 oz. size, fill with carrier oil and 30 drops of Blue Blend, great muscle relaxant and for muscle pain relief. 

Bath Salt Crystals

    1 cup epson salt 
    1 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
    20 drops - essential oil of choice mixed into the glycerine

Slowly add the liquids to the salt and shake well until thoroughly absorbed – package in pretty bottle or cute bag. Use the entire contents in one bath.

Suggested oils:

Before Bed Blend
  - 5 drops Ylang Ylang, 15 drop Lavender

Energizing Blend – 12 drops Peppermint, 8 drops Lemongrass

Joggers Foot Bath Blend – 10 drops Rosemary, 6 drops Peppermint, 8 drops Lavender - use a few spoonfuls in a foot tub of water.

Order empty bottles, liquid coconut oilAloe Vera and other do-it-yourself items, single essentail oils and oil blends from Herbs First. I hope you enjoy making these great gifts as much as I do!

Have a great month!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cayenne to warm you up!

Dr. Christopher Cayenne capsules    When the cold weather hit a few weeks ago I was amazed at how cold I was. My husband mentioned that he was feeling cold too and we both are chalking it up to getting older.  I started trying a few things, like wearing thermal underwear under my clothes and putting the flannel sheets on the bed, but it just wasn’t enough, I felt chilled to the bone.  I have taken Cayenne off and on but have never been consistent with it, so decided that I would see if it would make a difference.  I tried 1 capsule twice a day for a week and that didn’t help, so then I bumped it up to 2 capsules twice a day and that flipped the switch in my body.  I am astounded at the difference that something so small can do to change your body temperature.

Maintaining Healthy body Systems    A few weeks ago I was listening to the Maintaining Healthy Body System’s CD’s and David Christopher told a story about his daughter being on a trip to the beach with a group of friends.  One of the girls got so cold swimming in the ocean that she was going into hyperthermia.  David’s daughter wanted to give the girl some cayenne but everyone freaked out and they headed to the hospital.  The girl insisted that she wanted to take the cayenne, so they let her. She heated up and was just fine after that. That was cheaper and quicker than a trip to the Emergency Room.

    Cayenne will stop a stroke, a heart attack, and bleeding from gunshot wounds.  People have used cayenne when they had gangrene and the doctors wanted to amputate and it was able to bring back the circulation and save limbs.  The list goes on and on.  Read more about cayenne here.

Dr Christophers Hot Cayenne    Cayenne is available in Dr. Christopher’s extract in both 40,000 hu and 180,000 hu and Western Botanicals extract in 200,000 hu either alcohol or alcohol free.  We also have cayenne in bulk powder 4, 8 and 16 oz sizes in 40,000 hu, 90,000 hu and 160,000 hu.  Dr. Christopher taught that 40,000 hu was just right for medicinal use but many people enjoy using the hotter cayenne.  Cayenne is also avaiable in Dr. Christopher capsules and Western Botanicals capsules.

Feel free to call me with any questions or to place an order. 801-228-1901.