Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Essential Oils are Healing

Garden Essence Oils NutmegSpice Essential oils are uplifting and stimulating, improving circulation and digestion. As a circulatory stimulant they reduce bruising. They detoxify organs and muscle tissues, and are antispasmodic and pain relieving. As a digestive stimulant, they aid in indigestion, nausea and constipation. Spice Oils are strong antiviral and antibacterial and have the ability to boost the immune system. Basil, Black Pepper, Caraway, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Juniper and Nutmeg are spice essential oils.

Garden Essence Oils PeppermintHerb Essential Oils work on the mind to induce deep relaxation. They are excellent for stress related to mental and emotional trauma and are uplifting and stimulating. Oils such as Marjoram, Melissa and Clary Sage are deeply sedating and act as a nerve tonic. Peppermint is warming in winter, and cooling in summer.  Rosemary, Sage and Thyme are excellent for hair growth, dandruff and other hair and scalp disorders. Basil, Clary Sage, Fennel, Hyssop, Marjoram, Melissa, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme are herb essential oils.

Garden Essence Oils NeroiiFlower Essential Oils work on the spirit and are relaxing, soothing and tranquillizing. They are the perfect choice for stress. Neroli and Chamomile (Roman) are perfect for teenagers battling to cope with life. These oils are also aphrodisiacs and are good for imbalances related to the reproductive system.
GeraniumLavender, and Ylang Ylang are also flower essential oils.

Garden Essence Oils OrangeCitrus Essential Oils are antiseptic and excellent for infections, which range from urinary tract to respiratory illness such as colds, flu, bronchitis and  pneumonia. Citrus oils are relaxing and relieve stress and can be used by children and pregnant women. They are cleansing oils, detoxifying the body and reducing weight, while dealing with cellulite as well. They have a cleansing effect on the digestive system and its organs. Good for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and blend well with tree oils for these conditions.
Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Orange and Tangerine are citrus essential oils.

Garden Essence Oils NiaouliTree Essential Oils are high in antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral properties and are ideal for fungal, viral and infection related conditions. From athlete’s foot, candida, ringworm to respiratory infections such as the common cold, influenza and pneumonia. Tree oils are excellent in treating any infection involving other systems of the body such as cystitis or nephritis in the urinary system; meningitis in the nervous system; colitis or pancreatitis in the digestive system. They are good at getting stagnant things moving such as constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, mucus. Good for chronic and acute allergy related conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, hayfever, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc. They are mild pain relievers and blend well with spice oils which are pain relievers as well. Cajeput, Camphor, Cassia, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Niaouli, Petitgrain, Pine, Rosewood, Sandalwood and Tea Tree are tree essential oils.

Garden Essence OIls BenzoinGum Oils come from trees and have the same properties as tree oils being antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral. They are cell rejuvenators and are quite beneficial in the treatment of wrinkles for mature skins. Gum oils blend well with tree and citrus oils in the treatment of respiratory and skin infections or inflammation. Benzoin, Frankincense and Myrrh are gum oils.

Garden Essence Oils LemongrassGrass Oils are insect repellents and tone the skin. These oils blend well with citrus and flower oils to aid in healing stretch marks. They are relaxing, soothing and toning. Citronella, Lemongrass and Palmarosa are grass oils.
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Pure Essential oils are easy to use and have been a great way for us to add another form of natural healing to our home.  I love being able to take care of myself and my family with natural products that are never harmful and always helpful in maintaining the health of my family.  Be sure to purchase roller bottles and spray bottles, they make using the oils so easy.  

Garden Essence Oils are affordably priced therapeutic grade oils. Order online at Herbs First, phone in your order 801-228-1901, or email me with an questions.

Have a great month!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Do It Yourself Summer Remedies

Make your own Summer Remedy Kit and be ready for bites, burns, scrapes, poison ivy, and bugs. It is always nice to be prepared!

Empty 1 oz. roller bottleSunburn Relief

45 drops Lavender
30 drops Myrrh
Fractionated coconut oil
1 oz. Roller Bottle

Add essential oils to roller bottle and top off bottle with your choice of carrier oil. I like liquid (fractionated) coconut oil for its long shelf life.

Apply topically as needed. Lavender heals burns - sunburn included and analgesic properties to help relieve the pain of sunburn. Myrrh is considered a "liquid band-aide" and is a superior healer of skin tissue. For severe burns seek medical attention and consider using this remedy in a spray bottle to avoid painful touch.

empty roller bottleBug Repellent Stick

15 drops Lemongrass
10 drops Lavender
4 drops Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca)
Fractionated coconut oil
10 ml Roller Bottle

Add essential oils to roller bottle and top the bottle off with fractionated coconut oil.

Apply to exposed areas before venturing outside. Roll a bandana with the blend and keep it around your neck, the under side of a hat, etc.

empty roller bottleSore Muscle & Headache Stick

15 drops Peppermint
15 drops Lavender
Fractionated coconut oil
10 ml Roller Bottle

Add essential oils to roller bottle and top off with fractionated coconut oil.

Apply to area of concern after a strenuous hike or workout. For headache, apply topically just behind temples, forehead and back of neck and shoulders as needed.

empty roller bottle
Stomach Ache Stick

30 drops Digestion Blend
10 drops Peppermint
Fractionated coconut oil
10 ml Roller Bottle

Add essential oils to roller bottle and top with fractionated coconut oil.

Summer stomach issues can come from food, splash parks, the ocean or even a drinking fountain. This blend is a year round winner! Apply topically to abdomen as needed.

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"Owie" Stick

10 drops Frankincense
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca)
Fractionated coconut oil
10 ml Roller Bottle

Add essential oils to roller bottle and top off with fractionated coconut oil.

Apply topically to area of concern as needed.  Great for camping or any outdoor activity, an all-purpose healing remedy for burns, bites, scrapes, breakouts, rashes and a makeshift deodorant too!

empty roller bottle
Achy Muscles and Inflamed Tissue Rub

3 drops Peppermint
3 drops Rosemary
2 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Juniper Berry
Fractionated coconut oil
10 ml Roller Bottle

Add essential oils to roller bottle and top off with fractionated coconut oil.

Massage into sore and tender muscles. This essential oil blend accelerates healing times and soothes aching muscles, sprains, and areas that are inflamed or swollen.

Empty Spray BottleSummer Skin Spray

20 drops Frankincense
20 drops Cypress
20 drops Lavender
Distilled Water
4 oz. glass spray bottle

Add essential oils to an empty glass bottle, top with Distilled water.

Topical application to body, face, on scrapes or blemishes as needed. Summer Skin Spray takes the scorch out of summer. Hydrate and heal after a day in the sun in one easy step with a quick spray of anti-aging essential oils. Your sun-drenched skin will benefit from the anti-inflammatory, regenerative, firming and soothing properties of the essential oils.

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

Have a great month!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Western Botanicals Narcotic Free/Addiction Free Pain Relief Formulas

   In the news again is the drug abuse problem with OxyContin. Over 190,000 people have died from this one medication alone. I have never filled a prescription for pain medication even though it has been prescribed after dental treatment and surgeries. I have had great success with herbal formulas which are not addictive, you don't need a presctiption and they are affordable.  We will talk about pain formulas from Western Botanicals in this week’s article.

western-botanicals-pain-relief    Western Botanicals Pain Relief Formula: headaches, back pain, muscle pain, joint inflammation all cause annoying and sometimes debilitating pain. This non-narcotic, natural pain reliever is particularly suited for chronic pain. It relaxes and calms nervous irritation associated with pain.

western-botanicals-turmeric-combo    Western Botanicals Turmeric Combo is effective in dramatically reducing pain and inflammation. The herbs used in the Turmeric Combo are of the safest available, and can be used on a long-term basis without worry of interfering or reacting to other nutrients or drugs.

    Western Botanicals CTR Formula is short for Complete Tissue Repair. This formula assists the body to recover from injury or trauma. We recommend Complete Tissue Repair Syrup or vegicaps for any injury or degenerative bone, muscle or nerve conditions, it aids in the repair as well as easing the pain. Rub in the ointment or oil into the affected area and it will assist in quicker healing and pain relief.

western-botanicals-joint_relief    Western Botanicals Joint Relief Formula is the perfect blend of herbs that help comfort and soothe pain and swelling in the joints. The herbs work to reduce pain, relieve inflammation and repair damaged tissues. This liquid joint formula is in a base of Apple Cider Vinegar which is well known for dissolving calcifications.

western-botanicals-deep-heat-ointment    Western Botanicals Deep Heat Ointment is s a combination of Deep Heat Formula with cayenne and essential oils and the CTR formula. Use for sprains, strains, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis and general aches. Wonderfully soothing for stiff necks and muscle pain.

    Western Botanicals Nerve Reinforcement Formula, formerly Nerve Repair, works well to relieve nerve pain. This formula helps to wake up the nervous system by stimulating the nerves to work better and the healing and repair of damaged nerve tissues. Recommended for anxiety, neuralgia, panic attacks, sciatica, nervous tension and degenerative nervous system conditions.
    Western Botanicals Headache Formula provides relief for migraine headache pain, increasing circulation to the brain. For best results take at the first sign of a migraine. Helpful for all types of headaches.

You can purchase these and other great healing products at Herbs First.

Order online at Herbs First, phone in your order 801-228-1901, or email me with an questions.

Have a great month!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Are you still struggling with health issues?

Dr. Christopher always said “There are no incurable diseases, there are only incurable people” and I find that statement to be very true. I will have people ask me what to do for "name of disease”. The first thing out of my mouth is always about food, and this is where the person almost always holds up their hands and says I don’t want to hear anything about changing my diet. I have watched many of those people die over the years, and it is a sad thing that people won’t give up the processed foods they are eating and will poison their bodies with radiation, chemotherapy and drugs trying to get well. Please invest in yourself and your family by learning about how much food matters. Our health is dependent on the food we eat and if we are eating nothing but garbage, then we need to expect that our bodies will be a product of what we eat. Learn about Dr. Christopher’s Mucusless Diet and view videos at Original Fast Foods  and other websites that teach about all the wonderful foods that will help you have the best health.

Dr. Christopher's Herbal Cleansing KitCleanse. The purpose of cleansing is to prepare the body for natural healing. Cleansing is very helpful even if people don’t want to change their diet. Often when I mention cleansing people say, “I poop, I don’t need to cleanse”. Pooping is good, but there is a lot more to cleansing than the fact that you poop. Do you poop three times a day? If not you need colon cleansing. Do you have bad skin? Likely you need Blood Cleansing and Liver Cleansing. Impurities leave the body via sweat, bowel movements and urination, hence a Kidney Cleanse helps to keep things cleaned up as much as the Bowel Cleanse does. Dr. Christopher said that the blood stream is the river of life, what does your river look like? The Liver filters a huge amount of the toxins out of the body, you clean your furnace filter, shouldn't you clean your liver? We have amazing pricing on the cleanse kits.

Dr. Christopher's VitalerbsDr. Christopher's Jurassic GreenNourish. Once the body is cleansed it will be able to absorb the nutrients found in the whole foods and herbs. Nourishing herbs for everyone include Vitalerbs & Jurassic Green. They are packed full of phyto-nutrients, whole food vitamins, trace minerals, active enzymes, chlorophyll, balanced amino acids and other important nutrients needed by the body. Both Jurassic Green and Vitalerbs help to promote alkalinity of the body. Vitalerbs & Jurassic Green are vitamins and minerals your body can use. Both are available in capsules
and powder.

Dr. Josh Axe, Eat DirtHeal. Healing happens naturally and at its own speed as the body continues to eliminate impurities and strengthen through proper nourishment. One of the signs of healing comes with occasional aches & pains in the areas where the cleaning is most acute. Patience is required as the body goes through these phases. Our bodies were designed to be able to heal themselves and they will heal if we give them the proper nutrients. Herbal Legacy is a great place to learn more about which products to use to treat your ailment. Leaky Gut Syndrome is a good place to start and an issue for many people.  Read Dr. Axe's book, Eat Dirt to learn more in depth about how to heal your leaky gut with more in depth diet directions.

You can purchase these and other great healing products at Herbs First.

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

Have a great month!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Essential Oils For Seasonal Allergies

    My seasonal allergies have been much better over the years but the worst time for me has always been the end of April and into May when all those lovely Lilac bushes are blooming. Unfortunately someone brought a big bouquet of lilacs to church and I was around them for more than three hours. I was doing fine on Sunday but the next day my eyes were really suffering from the itchies and nothing was calming them down.

Garden Essence Oils Peppermint    I happened to be looking on my facebook page and my niece mentioned that she was having seasonal allergy problems and was using equal parts of lemon, lavender  and peppermint essential oils. I had never heard about using oils for allergies, so I looked it up and it looked like it would work. I got out an atomizer bottle and mixed the three oils in it and got the diffuser going. I had it coming on every ten minutes the first day and I would go in and get my nose right over it and breathe it in. After a couple of hours the itchiness in my eyes calmed right down.

Garden Essence OIls Lavender    I have kept the diffuser going for 5 minutes every 20 minutes for the past week and have not had a flare up. I have been amazed to have no allergy problems when I have left my home. I really like the smell of the three oils together, when normally lavender is not one I enjoy. These three essential oils help clear the breathing, calm the inflammatory response and boosts the immune system. I am sold on the effectiveness of using essential oils to fight off allergy symptoms. Basil, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil are also oils that work well for allergies.

Advanced Aromatherapy diffuser    I love the Advanced Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser. I use the oils full strength in the diffuser to get the most medicinal value out of them. I put 30 drops of each of the three oils into the atomizer bottle over a week ago and it is still using them running 24 hours a day.

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

Have a great month!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How Long Do Herbs Last?

Western Botanicals Colon Cleanse    I had a customer call to order some Western Botanicals Colon Cleanse because she just used the last capsule from the bottle that she bought 15 years ago. She stated that the last capsule worked as well as the first capsule did when she had bought them fifteen years ago! I have had people ask if their capsulized herbs were still good after the expiration date and I always said yes, and that I wouldn’t hesitate to use capsulized herbs that were ten years old. Now we know that they are even good after 15 years and I would say beyond that!

    How can the herbs be good after that long? Oxidation is what makes the herbs lose potency. Since they are encapsulated there is very little oxygen present to allow the herbs to oxidize. Capsulized herbs are a good way to store herbs for times of need. I always have a variety of formulas on hand because you want to have them when you need them! So hold on to those out dated bottles, they are still good!

    Herbal extracts that are in an alcohol base also have a much longer shelf life beyond what the label says. This is true as long as it is in alcohol based and stored under good circumstances such as in a cool basement, or in a home cupboard without huge fluctuations in temperature.

   Herbal extracts in glycerine have a much shorter shelf life. I have used them a year or two after the date, but not much more than that. Ointments have a two year life if refrigerated. They are oils and oils go rancid, so be sure to refrigerate them if it isn’t something that you can use up fairly quickly.

    Bulk herbs will lose potency over time. It is best to know how you are going to use your bulk herbs and what the time frame is. Two years would be an average time to use bulk herbs at their highest potency. If you have them beyond that time I would either capsulize them or make an extract/tincture out of them.

    Herbs are my medicine of choice, besides eating healthy food, which is also medicine. Colon Cleanse is Western Botanicals best selling formula!

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

Have a great month!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Herbal Formulas for Seasonal Allergies

    For people that are unfortunate enough to suffer from seasonal allergies Herbs First has some great herbal formulas to ease the symptoms..

Dr. Christopher's ImmucalmDr. Christopher's Immucalm/Kid-e-Soothe has been a great one for us over the years to calm the itchiness that drives you crazy.  It is great for allergy flare-ups, arthritis, allergic reactions, bug bites and stings, etc. Often our immune systems work against us and Immucalm gets right to work calming and soothing the reaction.
Western Botanicals ImmuSoothe

Western Botanicals ImmuSoothe is Western Botanicals version of the above formula with a few more herbs for good measure. Also helpful for asthma, wheezing or respiratory complaints.

Western Botanicals Seasonal Sinus formulaWestern Botanicals Seasonal Sinus is my favorite formula that covers all the symptoms for me.  Formerly named Sinus Allergy this formula works quickly to relieve the symptoms without the side affects, relieves sinus congestion and draining associated with allergies. It is also an immune booster to fight bacterial and viral infections, because sometimes you think it is allergies when it is a cold.
Dr Christopher's Sinus Plus

Sinus Plus works really well to clear up the Sinus congestion, especially when combined with the Sinus & Lung extract. This very powerful formula consists of Brigham tea, Horseradish, and Cayenne and acts like a catalyst to Sinus Plus Formula capsules.

Western Botanicals Herbal Snuff The herbs in Western Botanicals Herbal Snuff can relieve head pressure and clear your sinuses. Herbal Snuff works quickly and effectively. If you need a fast-acting, deep-cleansing simple solution, Herbal Snuff will give you results! If you are brave enough to try it you will love it!

Dr. Christopher's Bee Power Energy
Dr. Christopher's Bee Power Energy - is a synergic blend of bee pollen and herbs designed to strengthen the body and increase energy and vitality.  Perfect for fighting the fatigue from seasonal allergies.

Western Botanicals Gingseng Plus
Western Botanicals Ginseng Plus is a wonderful adrenal tonic that helps to build, strengthen, tone and increase the ability to handle stress while reducing fatigue. Hayfever is stressful and makes you feel tired. Ginseng Plus will feed the adenals and boost energy helping you get through allergy season.

Dr. Christopher's Stings & BitesDr. Christopher's Stings and Bites is the perfect ointment for the pain, swelling and itching caused by insect stings and bites as well as minor cuts and scrapes. One to keep in your first aid kit, take on hikes and family outings.

    Personally I have noticed that with my change in diet I don’t have nearly the problems with seasonal allergies that I used to have, and I have less symptoms every year. I saw the biggest difference when I got off of sugar, so I would highly recommend looking at a diet change if you are tired of dealing with this problem year after year.
Order online at Herbs First, or phone in your order 801-228-1901.

Have a great month!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Advanced Aromatherapy Diffuser

    It is getting more and more common to see diffusers being sold in many stores and I notice that most diffusers are the humidifier type.  If you want to add a nice aroma to your home or office this is a good way to go. If you want to maintain the medicinal value of your oils, then a nebulizing diffuser is best because it doesn’t use heat or water, which dilutes the therapeutic qualities of the oils.
Advanced Therapy diffuser    We gave our niece Hollie the Advanced Aromatherapy Diffuser to use for her medically fragile daughter Elaina. She can’t use herbs or have the oils on her skin, so our hope was that diffusing oils would make a difference in her health.  Hollie put the diffuser in Elaina’s bedroom and ran it 24/7 all winter long and into spring with the X-Plague oil in the atomizer. This has been the first year that Elaina hasn’t missed school and hasn’t ended up sick for several months. Hollie tells me that a 15 ml. bottle lasts three months run for 5 minutes at a time with 20 minutes off, at the lowest output.

 Advanced Aromatherapy diffuser   During Christmas we had a big family party and several of the families had been sick. We were a bit worried, because we try to stay away from sick people, but it is hard during the holidays when people don’t want to miss out on family get-togethers. We ran the Advanced Aromatherapy Diffuser on for 10 off for 10 minutes with the output in the lower range.  This diffuser is a bit noisy so I don’t turn it up very high. We have a pretty big family room/dining room/kitchen area and it does a really good job of getting the therapeutic oils into the air. None of us got sick from people at the party and we were able to enjoy the holidays.

    Advanced Aromatherapy Diffuser is the one you want because is preserves the therapeutic qualities of the oils and is going to last for many years. We have had ours for three years and use it throughout the winter every year and off and on the rest of the year. It is nice to have a diffuser that will treat everyone at the same time, especially when there is illness around.
Order online at Herbs First, or phone in your order 801-228-1901.

Have a great month!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Goldenseal Combination, my new favorite flu remedy!

    On Easter Sunday we had no indication that we were going to be sick. We went to church, had lunch with family and visited throughout the day. We headed home about 5:00 and I noticed that my husband Don’s voice sounded a bit like he was getting a cold. By the time we got home Don had to have a nap and when got up a while later he was feeling a bit worse. He took a hot bath and took Immu-Defense in hopes of burning it off, but by the time he went to bed he was feeling quite sick.

Goldenseal Combiation     Don missed work the next day, and I was feeling a bit of a sore throat so took the Immu-Defense throughout the day.  I was out running errands after work and even though I had a few more things to do felt like I just needed to go home. I could tell something was trying to get me, so I started taking my home-made Anti-Plague syrup (Super Garlic Immune) every 15 minutes. After four hours of this and no change in how I felt I opened our herb cabinet and my hand went directly to Western Botanicals Goldenseal Combination, which was formerly called Flu & Virus. I took a dose, and went to bed where Don had been all day.

    Within a short period of time I could feel the difference in my body from the Goldenseal Combination, so I kept taking it. When Don roused I had him start taking it as well. We both kept taking Goldenseal Combination all night long. I woke up about 10:00 am the next morning and felt so much improved that I was able to work, Don on the other hand still slept half the day since it had settled into his lungs. He added Dr. Christopher's Lung & Bronchial to help clear the lungs.

    I was pretty surprised that the Anti-Plague/Immu-Defense didn’t work for us, because it has been our stand-by for years. Maybe our bodies became a bit too accustomed to the herbs in it and needed something else. I always keep a variety of formulas for illness in the cabinet and rotate them, such as Dr. Christopher's Infection Formula, Immune System Formula, and Western Botanicals Immu-Defense and Immune Boost, etc. This time I’m happy that we had the Goldenseal Combination, and this formula will be one that I will always keep on hand.

    We always find it is best to stay on the formula that is working for a week or two after being sick. This helps us to not relapse and rebuilds the immune system back up.
Order online at Herbs First, or phone in your order 801-228-1901.

Have a great month!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Immu-Defense is Dr. Christopher's Anti Plague formula in capsules

    Immu-Defense is Dr. Christopher’s Anti-Plague formula and as far as I know, Western Botanicals is the only company that makes it in capsule form. This has made it available for all the people that cannot hande the not so pleasant tasting syrup. We always keep a few bottles at home so we have it whenever we are exposed to sick people. Here is an email conversation that I had with the CEO of a company that we own stock in.

Steve: Would you mind if I reschedule our meeting today? I began coming down with flu like symptoms yesterday and I woke up not feeling well. I came to the office and I seem to be getting worse. I can feel a fever coming on and I think I should probably go home to bed since I have a flight in the morning. Can we plan to meet same time next Wednesday?

Kathryn: Next week works. Hey, we have some herbs for that!


Steve: Thanks. Where do I get them? I’ve been taking echinacea and emergenC.

Kathryn: We sell it on our Herbs First website, I have a bottle, are you still there? I could run it over to you.

Steve: Yes, I’ll be here for another 20-30 minutes. Thanks!

    I ran the bottle over and he did look really bad. I told him I would hit it hard with three capsules every half hour for a few hours, then every hour or so the rest of the day and six times the following days until well.  When we went for our meeting the following week he forgot that we had a meeting, so we sat in his office and talked to him on the phone.

    My first question was to ask how he was doing. Steve said the Immu-Defense worked so well, he made his flight the next morning and he was able to enjoy watching his daughter’s hockey tournaments over the next few days. He really didn't even think about the fact that he was so sick when he started taking it, and is sold on the effectiveness of Immu-Defense.
Order Immu-Defense in capsules or syrup and any of the other great prodcuts we carry online at Herbs First, or phone in your order 801-228-1901.

Have a great month!