"Tis the season for renewal. Lots of folks are planning a cleanse of one type or another. As an herbalist, I have always had mixed feelings about the idea of “doing a cleanse.” My concerns come from the rather puritan idea circulating within the holistic community that the body can be “purged” of impurities of one type or another. This desire is commonly channeled into taking a “kit” of herbal formulas designed to cleanse the colon, lymph, blood, etc., often in an all-at-once approach or in a numbered system.
Next, I like to keep it simple. Without being able to assess each person reading this, I would like to recommend a few easy changes that may make a profound difference in your health. I will focus on the digestive system, as that is where nutrients need to be absorbed. It is also a system where inflammation often begins. And finally, it is a system which may be burdened by either deficiency or excess. In this article, I will focus on the following Formulas and herbs: Warming Bitters Blend, Original Bitters Blend, digestive enzymes, Slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), Blackberry leaf (Rubus fruticosus). Keep reading for the good stuff…
We at Sage Consulting & Apothecary are deeply concerned about the implications of a mandatory product registry for dietary supplements. The FDA already has regulatory powers over herb and supplement stores to stop them from selling unapproved drugs as dietary supplements
Have you heard of this amazing probiotic? L. Reuteri has lots of research behind it, showing benefits for the immune system, dental health, reducing skin wrinkles, accelerated wound healing, and a lot more. It even makes its own antibiotic! But once common, L. reuteri has nearly disappeared from the human microbiome over the past few decades. It is still found in indigenous people, but only 4 percent of us are fortunate enough to have L. reuteri in their intestines. But now there is a way to bring this amazing probiotic back into your system.
Stevia rebaudiana, the "sweet leaf" plant, has many medicinal benefits that are not found in the common low-calorie food and drinks. On a recent trip to Barcelona I learned the impact Stevia can have on high glucose, high blood pressure, inflamation, anxiety, and more from an incredible herbalist and organic farmer, Josep Pamies.