Are adjectives like crunched, stressed, pressured used to describe your life?

by Joyce Montejo

 

Do you constantly feel like there just aren’t enough hours in a day? I have been guilty of saying that, but when I think about it, it makes me laugh. God knew what he was doing when He designed the day, how many hours, what times were light, and when to sleep, but I cram as many things into that time as I possibly can.

In earlier times, days were controlled by natural light. Now we have the option to accomplish whatever we want to, whenever we want to, and we do. Then we add all of the extra stimulation we get from electronics. There’s the learning aspect, so we stuff our brains full, the social media aspect, knowing what everyone is doing and the pressure we let ourselves feel trying to keep up with that. No wonder so many struggle from depression and anxiety! There really is an overwhelming amount of stuff in our lives, so what do we do?

I try to prioritize, but many times I feel like there is nothing to let go of. Do I stop homeschooling, quit our businesses, don’t eat or sleep? That sounds kind of funny, because those definitely aren’t options!

One of my "light bulb moments" was when I realized I need to prioritize the things that keep me positive and feeling good, and I am better able to accomplish the other things.

Prioritizing my devotion time and knowing that it doesn’t have to look the same way for me as it does for you, is huge in helping me not feel so overwhelmed, even though our schedule is still the same, it totally changes how I feel. Healthy eating and using my herbs, are a huge part of keeping stress levels at bay. Again, this doesn’t have to look the same for all of us. For me it may be Trim Healthy Mama, for you it may be vegetarian. Coming to the place where we don’t feel like we have to be in bondage to a certain thing because it’s popular, or working for others take a lot of pressure off. Find the best eating lifestyle for you. The same goes for exercise. It helps me to feel more energetic, but I had to realize that it has to be  20 minute walk or a short low impact workout video, not a 5K run or an hour high impact video, otherwise it has the opposite effect. If those work for you, great, but if not, implement what does, and don’t feel pressured. Our goal is to decrease stress, and not feel so crunched for time!

I read something this morning that sparked sharing these thoughts with you. It was talking about the Proverbs 31 woman and how we can feel guilty if we don’t accomplish all that she did. Their closing thoughts were that she clearly was energetic and strong, but in order to do all that she did successfully, she had to have been caring for her own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs as well.

My prayer for you and myself too is that we would allow God to arrange our days and help us to know what things to include and what to leave undone, as He gives us a peaceful mind and orders out steps.

How about you? Are there some things you need to work back into your schedule to care for yourself and some things to let go of?

 

 

Share

{ 0 comments }

I Haven’t Done My Part, How Can I Help?

by montejosmemorials on May 28, 2016

I Haven’t Done My Part, How Can I Help?
by Joyce Montejo

There has been something heavy on my heart recently and I am going to share with you and ask for your help. 

There are many different kinds of friends who will be reading this. Some are long time friends, who know me very well, others are new friends, some are internet friends, who felt led to reach out to me in some way, and others are new friends I may have met at events. Some have used essential oils or herbs, and others have heard me share about them and haven’t jumped in yet. 

Those who know me well, know I don’t take lightly what I share, but if it’s something that’s helped me, I can’t be quiet about it. My heart is to help you as you find new ways to achieve mind and body health. 

I have just passed my one year anniversary using Solle Naturals. Some have been on this journey with me and are experiencing huge strides in physical, and emotional health, as their journey continues. Others have sampled or tried for a month, and others are learning and deciding what they want to do. As I was contemplating this time, and how much better I am, there comes a sadness, that everyone I have come in contact with over the last year, isn’t using Solle consistently and faithfully as I am, because they would have experienced strides forward as well. Y0u may wonder why I am so sure, everyone would benefit? We all have stress, physical or emotional, in one form or the other, and Solle helps your body to deal with that stress and balance. In eighteen years of using natural methods, I’ve never seen anything like it! 

I want to help you in the way you need to be helped and meet you where you are within reason, so that’s why I am asking for your feedback. I want you to be able to experience the great benefits! 

If you got some things from Solle, did you take them? Were you consistent? Did you forget what they were for and not use them? What did you feel when you were taking them?  Did you expect something that didn’t happen? Are there financial reasons you didn’t continue? Did you order too many things and give up because you were overwhelmed? 

If you thought about ordering some things to try, why haven’t you?  Finances? Doubt? Want to learn more first? Not sure where to start? 

Let’s figure this out together!  Maybe we should start over! I have learned a lot over the last year, and have way more to share with you!  

For anyone who lives within a few hours from me, Solle has a great new program called "Gifts of Solle."  Here’s how it works; You invite 5 friends to enjoy some fun fellowship, enjoy some great tasting drinks, and learn about balancing your health naturally… Then you earn from $20 to $150 worth of "Gifts of Solle" and you and your friends are forever changed for the better! It can’t get any easier than that! 

If you are unable to do that or are too far away, message me and let me know how I can support you on your journey to health. 

I you started too big and need to back up, we can work from there too. Download the Solle Naturals app, answer the questions, and message me a screenshot of the results. We’ll pick the top 2 or three and work from there. If that’s too much start with Vital. Commit to drinking Vital for one month, and reevaluate. 

Aren’t you worth $1.40 a day?

What will Vital do for you? 

I have blogged about many of the ingredients, and their benefits, so take a look at how powerful this can be! 

This video will tell you more about the balancing category, that Vital is a part of. 

What’s Vital doing for others? 

I would like to share my story with all of you at the request of my mentor and friend, Kerri. My story with SOLLE began on December 31,2015. I have suffered with severe depression and anxiety for many many years, which put me in a very bad state of mind for a long time. I suffered from alcoholism and addiction to hard drugs which also contributed to my mindset. I was introduced to Solle by my loving mama, who has introduced me to many different things in the past, but this time what she said was different. She told me that Solle products are designed to nourish and heal not only the body, but the mind also! Ding, ding, ding! The bells went off, and within an hour I went and met Kerri who sat down with my husband and I and explained all about Solle to us! My results were IMMEDIATE and AMAZING! I started to feel WONDERFUL and that’s just with starting out with Vital and Cinnamate! I had energy that I hadn’t had in so many years, I WANTED to get up in the morning! I WANTED to talk to people instead of avoiding them. I WANTED to face anything and everything that came my way.. smile emoticon I STOPPED having negative thoughts constantly and started having POSITIVE thoughts on a DAILY BASIS! My Dr. has officially taken me off of 3 medications since December for depression and anxiety, and I couldn’t be happier! I have added ADAPTABLE and all 4 of the essential oils to my regimen and any other SOLLE product I can get my hands on! My blood pressure is finally at normal numbers after several years, and my blood sugar is at normal range also.. I am so happy to be a part of the Solle family!  MK – Solle Naturals Experience page

ANOTHER AWESOME TESTIMONY FROM CHELSEA H. "I have Hashimoto’s disease coupled with hypothyroidism. I also have low blood pressure and low iron due to a high ferratin level. I also struggle with mild OCD and depression. Since I have started the Solle Naturals line I have had the energy to workout, work full time, and keep up with my kids. I’m finally off my antidepressant! I love that this line has maca root which is vital to thyroid health and 
ashwaganda." Solle Experience page

 

How do I get mine? 

 If you are already a member and can’t remember how to sign in, go to Solle Naturals, login and reset password. I you want to learn more about becoming a Member or Specialist and receiving $25 OFF of your first purchase, message me. Make sure to answer the questions on the Solle Naturals App, so we’ll know where to start. To browse around at the products, you can do that here. 

I love nothing more than seeing you achieve more balance in your lifestyle, so please don’t pass this off as just another email, It truly is my heart! 

Talk to you soon! 

Love, Joy



 

 

 

Share

{ 0 comments }

Essential Oils Simplified for Those who are Overwhelmed

by montejosmemorials on March 2, 2016

Essential Oils Simplified for Those who are Overwhelmed

by Joyce Montejo


A few years ago I started learning about all of the benefits of essential oils and grew to have quite a collection. Then I got excited and wanted to share with everyone what I had learned so they could benefit too! The biggest problem I ran into was, "It an be overwhelming!" When I’d share the benefits, interest would be piqued, but the learning curve was just too wide for many to dig in to. Over and over again, I’d have friends tell me, it’s just too confusing and there’s too much conflicting advice. 

Last May, when I started using Solle Naturals herbal drink blends, I was slow to try their essential oils. I had already made up my mind that I’d use the herbs, but probably not the oils. I already had a bag full of oils, which included one for everything that could come up, that I’d accumulated trying to keep up with an autoship from another company. When I finally did try Solle’s blends,  I was really surprised. Especially when I realized that four blends could accomplish almost everything I had been using my big bag of oils for. I basically was able to replace the big bag on the left with the small bag on the right, Solle’s four blends. I still have my big bag at home, because essential oils are one of my passions, but I almost always grab one of my four Solle blends when I need something and they are what I always grab to carry in my pocketbook. It’s amazing how many things I can take care of with them alone!

One of my favorite things is that I have quite a few friends who are learning to use these four blends, because of the simplicity! It makes me happy, because they are now making healthier choices! Our kids also always know which oil to grab, since I color coordinated our bottles with the four Solle category’s. We have a set of four roller balls, and four spray bottles. Green is Balancing, like the green plants in nature, red is for Lifting, blue is for Calming, like clear, blue waters, and yellow is Clarifying, like the sun. This is a great bag (the blue and white one in the picture above) that is tall enough for the spray bottles to fit in and close. It also has pockets to hold the bottles in place. You also need to make sure you have a good, reliable reference book. This one is my favorite.

 
Another great benefit is the four Solle blends have saved us a ton of money!!! When properly diluted, my four pack lasts for several months for our family of seven and we use them often!

If you have wanted to learn about essential oils, but it seems like the learning curve is way too big, start here. They’ll be all you need!

Have you stepped into the world of essential oils yet? I’d love to hear about the benefits you’ve received!


Please check out these other great blogs I may have shared with and don’t forget to sign up for our free newsletter.

Share

{ 1 comment }

Natural Laundry Soap Problems Solved

by montejosmemorials on February 17, 2016

Natural Laundry Soap Problems Solved

by Joyce Montejo

 

Since we started on this natural journey 18 years ago, I have used lots of laundry soap! Many were health food store brands, that I have since found had questionable ingredients. I have made laundry soap, powdered and dried, as well as gotten frustrated and used the regular kind. I know, don’t judge, but sometimes this natural journey is tough!

We have hard water, which makes it even more difficult, because many natural soaps just don’t work well and if we’re honest, they’re expensive!  Add that to boys, animals, muddy yard, grease and oil from working on cars, etc. and I had almost given up the search.

Now, I am so glad I didn’t, because I have found something that’s natural, organic, inexpensive, and goes a long way. Is the suspense killing you? Well here it is! Eco Nuts.

"These odd looking "nuts" are actually dried berries from a tree that grows in the Himalayas. When agitated in water, they produce a naturally occuring surfactant called saponin, which gently cleanses laundry – an option for those sensitive to conventional laundry detergents. Simply place 4-5 Eco Nuts in the provided cloth bag and toss in the washer with your clothes – they suds up naturally and act as a natural fabric softener in the rinse cycle. Clothes come out smelling fresh and clean and super soft. Berries can be re-used up to 10 times making them a super-affordable option."

Sounds too good to be true? Well I can promise you it’s not! We are a family of seven at home right now. I got my first box on Dec 21st and am just finishing it. We went through years of everyone complaining because the clothes didn’t smell good, or they didn’t come as clean as I wanted them to, but no more! The flip side was using laundry soap that had strong smells and loads of chemicals, which wasn’t the best option for me.  I also don’t have to worry about them overusing the expensive laundry soap. The only problem we run into is occasionally misplacing the bag of soap nuts. It’s easily found mixed in the clothes.

If this is just too simple for you, they have made a liquid soap from the soap nuts that is still extremely budget friendly.

I also love to add a few drops of my favorite essential oil to these wool dryer balls.

How about you? Do you have a favorite natural laundry option?

Please check out these other great blogs I may have shared with and don’t forget to sign up for our free newsletter.

Share

{ 7 comments }

Detox 411, What is it?

by montejosmemorials on December 31, 2015

Detox 411, What is it?

It’s a place to get more information, encouragement and motivation on living a healthier lifestyle, as we enter the New Year.

We will be sharing more about what detox is, why would you need it, how would you do it, the different kinds of detox, and more!

If you’ve always wanted to jump in, but haven’t really known how to start or maybe you’ve even been a little afraid, join us as we sort through and take steps to become healthier.

DETOX 411

Share

{ 0 comments }

Love Never Fails

by montejosmemorials on December 5, 2015

I have let posting get put on the back burner the last few months with the busyness of life. I always think of something I want to share, but often fail to take the time to do it. I think well, if I share I have to make a graphic, and I’ll do it later. Later doesn’t come. This morning, I’m just sharing my heart, no pictures, no links, but hopefully it will be a word of encouragement.

My connection to music is undeniable. There are musicians in our family, past generations, this generation, and I’m sure in the generations to come, because that’s what happens. It’s contagious and God has been faithful to keep the fire burning.  It only makes sense then, that some of my greatest revelations are in my personal time of worship.

This morning I let the girls sleep in, and my husband was gone with the boys. Wow! A quiet Saturday morning doesn’t happen around here often.

This is so simple and basic, that some may think what I was going to say would be something really big, but it is. Simple, but big at the same time.

Love never fails, but especially God’s love!

This song is awesome! It’s called "Your Love Changes Everything" by United Pursuit

The chorus says:

You’re taking me by the hand again

Giving me strength to dance again

Cuz your love changes everything

Your love changes everything

As I was listening to that chorus this morning, God was reminding me that He is constantly taking us by the hand and guiding us daily, giving us wisdom to make daily choices to peel away the layer, whether it be physical or emotional and as each layer is peeled away, it gives us a new strength, strength that’s a little stronger than before. When we look back, we see the reminders of how far we have come. 

The bridge says:

"You never fail

When I look at you

You never fail

And I trust in you

And you never let go

You never let go of me

You never let go"

The verse says "I choose to believe."

Today, I want to encourage you to take some time out and listen to those "taking me by the hand again" directions that God drops into your spirit and "choose to believe" it’s from Him. It may be a time of devotion or worship, exercise, making a diet change, choosing a day of fasting or cleansing in a time that seems odd, but He works in big ways through these seemingly unimportant prompts.

I recently have been prompted to take make some lifestyle changes that were extremely uncomfortable for me, but God has used them to give me some huge breakthroughs physically. Another layer peeled away! He guides me because He loves me, and THAT LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING!

Buy the United Pursuit Album here.

Share

{ 0 comments }

I Vote Yea to an Armpit Detox

by montejosmemorials on October 26, 2015

I Vote Yea to an Armpit Detox

by Joyce Montejo

Have you read about the dangers of commercial deodorants, tried to use natural ones, but always resorted back to the chemical laden ones, just because you didn’t want to stink? You are going to be so happy to learn about this!!!

I am not going to rewrite about the dangers of deodorant because many have done that so well, but just give an overview. I’m also going to share with you my unscientific reasons to do an armpit detox. It worked for me and has for many others, to reduce sweat, irritation, and odors. I tried it and I’m a believer, so that’s my story.

Several studies have shown that chemicals under the arm, increase the risk of breast cancer, so it only makes sense that reducing those chemicals, may reduce the risk. Collective Evolution lists some of those resources as does Living Traditionally. Deodorants and other products used under the arm contain aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol, and more. These chemicals have been known to imitate estrogen thus increasing the risk of breast cancer.

Because deodorant is applied daily, sometimes more than once, to one of the most sensitive, porous areas of the body, our armpit, and whatever is applied there, is absorbed through the skin into your bloodstream, you need to be aware of what chemicals to avoid. This can be a big deal for prevention and for those already struggling with health issues.

Here are some of the ingredients to look out for.

Aluminum – is a metal, which is used in antiperspirants to help block the sweat from escaping the pores. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer in women and has also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Parabens – are suspected of disrupting the body’s delicate hormonal balance. This can lead to things including early puberty in children and an increased risk of hormonal cancers – including breast cancer. Exposure has also been linked to birth defects as well as organ toxicity.

Propylene Glycol – is a petroleum based chemical that is used to soften cosmetic products. In large quantities, studies have shown that it can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart. It is found in many products and many processed foods.

Fragrance – can legally hide hundreds of chemicals. One of these is phthalates (THAL ates), which have been linked to a variety of health issues. High phthalate blood and urine levels in women of child bearing age have been linked to a higher risk of birth defects. This suggests that phthalates may disrupt hormone receptors as well as increase the likelihood of cell mutation.

Triclosan – is classified as a pesticide by the FDA, and a probable carcinogen by the EPA. No need to add more.

BHT – (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) in addition to causing hyperactivity in children, BHT (and BHA) are considered carcinogens by the US Department of Health and Human Services.  The Skin Deep site rates BHT as having a “high toxic hazard” and says it has been shown to be linked to cancer, developmental toxicity, allergies, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, biochemical or cellular level change.

As noted in the SF Gate, “Chemicals such as Methylparaben and BPA mimic or interfere with the body’s endocrine or hormonal systems.”

You may be wondering where in the world will you find a deodorant without all of these extra ingredients and if so, will it even work? Here’s where we get ours and yes, it works.My favorite is the solid. There are many deodorants that claim to be natural, but make sure to check the ingredients, because surprisingly, harmful ingredients are even in many of the ones that claim to be natural. If I am making my own, I have a 1/2 oz. spray bottle that I add 10 drops of SE Calm and fill with water. It’s actually my favorite go to in a hurry. I tried making the solid’s several times, but just couldn’t get the right combination for me.

The Armpit Detox will help you initially to take out some of those toxins that accumulated before you knew what to look for, and will help you to get past the initial stink that may occur when you leave those chemicals behind. It’s also great to use as part of your detox routine, because this area of the body contains so many lymph nodes. Using an herbal blend that contains lots of chlorophyll to help the body deodorize from the inside out and provide many other benefits, can be helpful as well.

There are many variations of this detox online, and we changed ours up to use the ingredients we had available. (Since I have started using SolleEssentials, I find I rarely need another EO blend.) I buy singles from a few different places, I’ll be glad to share them if you message me.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
  • 4 drops SE Balance essential oil
  • 4 drops SE Clarify essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon bentonite clay

Instructions

  • Mix ACV and the clay in a glass bowl. Add the essential oils. It should look smooth like sour cream.
  • Spread a thin layer of this mixture on your armpit and leave it for a few minutes.
  • Rinse well and repeat daily until odor subsides and your natural deodorant is no longer irritating.
  • Repeat daily as needed. 


Please check out these other great blogs I may have shared with and don’t forget to sign up for our free newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share

{ 0 comments }

Benefits of the Adaptogen Ashwagandha

by montejosmemorials on October 15, 2015



Benefits of the Adaptogen Ashwagandha
by Joyce Montejo


The past few weeks we have been talking about my favorite herbal blend, Vital. We have learned it has three major groups of nutrients in it, the first one being chlorophyll, the next being herbal minerals and the third, adaptogenic herbs. Last week I shared about Burdock, this week we are going to talk about the awesome benefits of the adaptogen Ashwagandha.

First of all, what is an adaptogen?
It’s a special class of herbs that are safe and nontoxic, they have broad health uses, and specifically work to reduce physical and emotional stress. They promote balance, not taking the body too high or low in the area it needs help in.

According to Herb Wisdom

"Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root is a herb of the ages. It is the ‘ginseng’ of Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India and is considered an ‘adaptogen’, a term used to describe herbs that improve physical energy and athletic ability, increase immunity to colds and infections and increase sexual capacity and fertility.

One reason for the reputation of ashwagandha as a general energy-promoting, disease-preventing tonic may be its effect on the immune system. A number of studies have shown significant increases in white blood cell counts and other measures of strengthened immunity in rodents given ashwagandha or certain chemicals extracted from the herb. Ashwagandha may also have a mild sedative effect on the central nervous system and in animal studies it has been shown to be a muscle relaxant. It is commonly used to increase vitality, particularly when recovering from chronic illnesses and pain management for arthritic conditions. Ashwagandha may also help regulate blood sugar which aids in suppressing sugar cravings. Research shows ashwagandha may be a promising alternative for cancer treatment and prevention. Ashwagandha seems to show positive effects on the endocrine, cardiac, and central nervous systems. It is one herb that could help your body produce its own thyroid hormones.

Ashwagandha is used to restore male libido, cure impotence and increase male fertility. It is widely used in southern Asia as a male sexuality tonic.

Preliminary studies indicate that the herb helps to reduce the negative effects of stress, slow tumour growth, treat anxiety and insomnia, and reduce cholesterol in addition to increasing sexual performance."

There have been over 200 studies on the benefits of Ashwagandha.

Some of the results have shown it’s ability to:

Improve thyroid function, heal adrenal fatigue, reduce anxiety and depression, combat effects of stress, increase stamina and endurance, prevent and treat cancer, reduce brain cell degeneration, stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol,  boost immunity

The Medicine Hunter, Chris Kilham, says this about Ashwagandha.
"
The Indian Materia Medica recommends the use of ashwagandha for general debility, impotence, general aphrodisiac purposes, brain fatigue, low sperm count, nervous exhaustion, and in any cases where general vigor must be restored. For men and women, for the old and young, Ashwagandha builds strength from within."

I LOVE adaptogens!!! If this sounds like something you could benefit from, message me or learn more here.

Please check out these other great blogs I may have shared with and don’t forget to sign up for our free newsletter.

“The Indian Materia Medica recommends use of Ashwagandha for general debility, impotence, general aphrodisiac purposes, brain fatigue, low sperm count, nervous exhaustion, and in any cases in which general vigor must be restored. For men and women, for the old and the young, Ashwagandha builds strength from within. ” – Chris Kilham, on Ashwagandha – See more at: http://www.medicinehunter.com/ashwagandha#sthash.U1RiXBWv.dpuf

 

“The Indian Materia Medica recommends use of Ashwagandha for general debility, impotence, general aphrodisiac purposes, brain fatigue, low sperm count, nervous exhaustion, and in any cases in which general vigor must be restored. For men and women, for the old and the young, Ashwagandha builds strength from within. ” – Chris Kilham, on Ashwagandha – See more at: http://www.medicinehunter.com/ashwagandha#sthash.U1RiXBWv.dpuf


“The Indian Materia Medica recommends use of Ashwagandha for general debility, impotence, general aphrodisiac purposes, brain fatigue, low sperm count, nervous exhaustion, and in any cases in which general vigor must be restored. For men and women, for the old and the young, Ashwagandha builds strength from within. ” – Chris Kilham, on Ashwagandha – See more at: http://www.medicinehunter.com/ashwagandha#sthash.U1RiXBWv.dpuf

 

 

 

Share

{ 2 comments }

Burdock ~ Quite a Tonic

by montejosmemorials on October 6, 2015

Burdock ~ Quite a tonic

by Joyce Montejo

The past few weeks we have been talking about my favorite herbal blend, Vital. We have learned it has three major groups of nutrients in it, the first one being chlorophyll, the next being herbal minerals and the third, adaptogenic herbs. We have also talked about the benefits of the different chlorophyll’s, which include, Spinach,
Nettle, Alfalfa, and Mulberry. I started on the adaptogens included, but only got to one, Schizandra, and then went back to the herbal minerals. The first one was, Avena Sativa or Oats, then we talked about that pesky weed many of us are familiar with in our yards, Dandelion, and it’s wealth of benefits! Today I’ll be sharing about the benefits of Burdock. It is considered quite a health tonic. Then we’ll get to back to the rest of the adaptogens.

Here’s what Natural Herbs Guide has to say about burdock.

"Burdock is a root that is found in Europe in Asia. It has many medicinal qualities and has been used in many herbal remedies. The root is sweet to the taste and has a gummy consistency. Traditionally, burdock has been used as a remedy for measles, arthritis, tonsillitis, viruses like colds, throat pain, and as a diuretic. In modern times, burdock is also used in oncology and to treat many other serious health problems.

Historical Uses of Burdock Root


Burdock root has often been used to purify the blood by removing toxins that can build up in blood. It can be taken orally or used topically as a remedy for skin disorders. Also, burdock root can be a diuretic or soothe aching joints. Traditional Chinese healers used burdock root in combination with other plants to make cures for colds, measles, throat pain, and tonsillitis. Burdock root was also popular in Japan as a source of vitamins and other nutrients. In modern times, burdock root has been employed in the treatment of certain cancers. However, this use of burdock root still needs to be systematically tested.



Historically, the seeds of the burdock plants were compressed to make a mixture that was effective in cleansing the bloodstream, easing pain from arthritis, and treating gout, rheumatism, ulcers, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Its cancer-curing properties were also utilized in Russia and India. The Chinese used it as an aphrodisiac, and found it effective in treating barrenness and impotence.



Burdock’s active ingredients are arcigen, calcium, chlorogenic acid, essential oil, flavonoids, iron, inulin, lactone, mucilage, polyacetylenes, potassium, resin, tannin, and taraxosterol. The seeds of the plant contain beneficial fatty acids. The oil from the seeds can be used as a diaphoretic, which leads to increased perspiration, which is essential in cleansing the body of toxins or harmful elements. According to traditional healers, diaphoretics are integral to treating influenza, gallbladder or liver disorders, and to aid the kidneys which purify the blood.



Burdock root is eaten as a vegetable in many places. It has many nutrients like iron, inulin (a carbohydrate), and beneficial oils. Also, burdock can be used as a gentle laxative and help eradicate uric acid. Some of the active ingredients of burdock are polyacetylenes, which are known to be effective antibacterials and antifungals. Burdock enhances the performance of many of the organs which purify the body and eliminate toxins or waste (like the kidneys, liver, colon, etc). This enhances overall health and helps correct disorders.



Burdock is easily obtainable as an ingredient in teas, ointments, or pills. It is a powerful diuretic, and is safe to be taken internally, externally, or as food. However, it is important to make sure that the herb is pure. Some reports have indicated that burdock could have toxic properties, since cases of illness were reported that involved burdock tea. However, further analysis showed that the negative effects were the result of impure burdock root. Some belladonna, which contains atropine, had contaminated the burdock root. It is important to look at the source and purity of burdock root before obtaining it."

That’s one of the great things about Solle, there are no worries about purity! You can read more about their commitment to purity and quality here


I love the benefits of using herbs, because unlike fractionated sources of vitamins, which many are from synthetic sources, the nutrients are a part of the plant and the synergy helps the body to know what to do with it. My body has responded extremely well to this kind of nutrition! I am so happy to know that I ahve this in my toolbox for the coming cold and flu season!

If this sounds like a fit for you, message me or learn more here.

Please check out these other great blogs I may have shared with and don’t forget to sign up for our free newsletter.

 


Share

{ 1 comment }

Hormone Disruptions: Could we be Contributing to those Imbalances?

September 29, 2015

  Hormone Disruptions: Could we be Contributing to those Imbalances? by Joyce Montejo Since we started on our nutritional journey, 17 years ago, I have believed that if you give the body what it needs, it will work how God designed it to and if not, or if you are constantly bombarding it with toxins, […]

Share
Read the full article →