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Melatonin Supplements are Not a Natural Product

Most people believe that the Melatonin they purchase at any given store is “All Natural”. I have even seen ads claiming Melatonin has an “Herbal Supplement”. Mmm?? Given my passion for herbs and learning all I can about them – If Melatonin is a Natural HERB, that’s news to me!

I can see why people can be lead to believe Melatonin is a natural product. If you look at the labels, they try to suggest the word Natural, in one way or another.
melatoninNatrol Melatonin 1mg

My interest about these misleading labels regarding Melatonin, grew to great concern about this subject, when I learned that some parents give their children Melatonin. believing that it is NATURAL.
Here’s some facts for you to consider regarding Melatonin:

  • Melatonin is not an HERB by true definition. Melatonin is a HORMONE found naturally in humans and many plants and certain animals.
  • Most genuine medicinal herbs are NOT recommended for children or pregnant women. This information can be found most anywhere you buy reputable medicinal herbs. There are only very few deemed acceptable for children under twelve years of age, such as Chamomile…
  • The only natural source of Melatonin that can be used in medication comes from the pineal glands of animals.  Buried deep within the brains of cows, sheep, and other diurnal (diurnal is the opposite of nocturnal) animals, pineal glands could be harvested and the melatonin extracted.  Harvesting this gland is not a cost-effective process and since viruses found in the brains of animals can cause disease in humans, natural Melatonin gathered from animal sources is not used anymore.  It is now synthetically produced and does not carry a risk of contamination or the means of transmitting viral diseases .
  • The legal availability of Melatonin varies widely among countries, ranging from being available without prescription (e.g. in most of North America and Finland) to being available only on prescription (e.g. in the European Union, Norway and Australia) or not at all (although its possession and use may not be illegal). **
  • Melatonin cannot be used as food additive because it is not recognized as safe by FDA***
  • Melatonin in its natural state can be found in many foods, such as cherries and bananas.

My personal definition of Natural does not include:  A synthetically made hormone mimicking the chemical compounds of the real substance.

This article is not meant in anyway to be medical advice.  This article is my personal opinion on the subject, my aggravation regarding misleading advertisements and labels of Melatonin and my plea to parents of young children..PLEASE DO NOT GIVE YOUR CHILDREN Melatonin.  There are enough synthetics and toxins in the everyday food bought at the supermarket, which for some are unavoidable to be ingested, that there is no need to add to it with a synthetic compound perceived to be natural.

An alternative child safe herb would be Chamomile. Chamomile is a 100% natural herb, with soothing, calming effects that occur naturally with the balance of the whole plant, not just one component of it.

Please see Herbal Tea Infusions for a tea infusion recipe with chamomile.

If you would like to read more on information I have found on the Natural Balance of the Whole Plant verses Synthetically manufactured pharmaceuticals and the effects on the human brain, please see my post:  Plants and the Human Brain

** Wikipedia Reference link here 

*** Wikipedia Reference link here

 

Smokeable Herbal Blend for Anxiety and Relaxation That Works!

Smoking Natural Herbs has been done since the beginning of time used traditionally for relaxation, ritual and ceremonies.

Smokeable herb blends are becoming more and more popular.   I began getting into medicinal herbs for many reasons and was looking for alternatives to tobacco smoking.   After doing quite a bit of  research on the subject, I put together a blend for my personal use and a couple close friends.

It turns out, the blend was quite pleasant and smooth and so was the effect. It was relaxing and warming at the same time.    Both smoking and non smoking friends, also found this blend to be effective and enjoyable and suggested I market it.

Herbs for Living Life’s Herbal Smoke Blend is:  100% natural, no additives, no chemicals and non-addictive

Also with marijuana not being legal in many states and many people opting to quit smoking tobacco, smokable herbs are an excellent alternative choice.

The ingredients are:

Calamus Herb Anxiety Calamus: has been used since ancient times to relieve tension and pain. A balancing herb is energizes and relaxes at the same time. It is also a powerful nervous system herb.

 Skullcap: has been used for centuries also. In modern herbal medicine, Skullcap is recommended for muscle tension and anxiety, alcohol withdraw and as a sleep aid.

Kava Kava AnxietyKava Kava: Although banned in some countries, Kava Kava has been proven in clinical studies to be just as powerful as any prescription anxiety medicine. It treats depression without the mental clarity loss that comes with some anxiety prescription medicines.

Passion Flower
Passion Flower

Passion Flower:  Long known by herbalist to relieve muscle tension and used for insomnia. It has also been reported to relieve headaches when smoked.

With all of these herbs combined,  it is no wonder, the blend has such a calming effect. So if you are thinking of quitting smoking or looking just for something different, you should give this blend a try.

  • 100% natural
  • non addictive
  • chemical and synthetic free (don’t ever touch that stuff! it’s poison!)
  • Euphoric effect on most users
  • Many customers have inquired about drug tests and this herbal smoke blend.  This products is 100% all organic and natural herbs from the earth.  There is nothing in this blend to show up on a drug test.
Herbs for Living Life Relaxation Smoke Blend
Herbs for Living Life
Relaxation Smoke Blend

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Easiest Way to Prepare Kava Kava Root

Kava Kava preparation can be a little scary for some people.   Traditionally in the Pacific Islands, Kava Kava was chewed then spat into a water mixture and left to set for awhile.  Obviously, not too many of us really want to go with the traditional method.

Kava Kava Dried Root

I have tried many different ways with both powder form and dried root.  This is what I have found from my own experiences in preparing Kava Kava root:

Kava Kava dried root powder is the form most easily prepared in a blender and only needs to be strained once or twice, depending on if you like the frothy foam that is produced.  Some say there are more Kavalactones in the froth.

Dried root powder is excellent for large batches of Kava Kava brews and smoothies requiring a four or five more ingredients.  However, if you are in a hurry and do not let your brew “soak” in all the ingredients, you mixture will not be very potent.  I personally feel the root powder form of Kava Kava is not has potent, has the Kava Kava dried root form.

Kava Kava root dried and cut is the form I prefer.  I feel the potency is stronger and the taste is more earthy.

When I first tried Kava Kava, I steeped the dried root in a tea infuser just like this one                                         25-oz-glass-tea-pot-infuser-with-stainless-steel-basket

with boiling hot water from my tea kettle.  I then mixed in milk and chocolate syrup.  I was quite happy with the results, however, most Kava Kava sites say that water too hot, will kill the Kavalactones quality in the herb.  There are mixed opinions out there.  You will have to experiment and decide for yourself.

After doing that research, I feared I may be destroying some of the medicinal qualities in the traditional “tea” preparation.

My next try involved letting the dried and cut Kava Kava root sit in a mason jar full of milk.  I had wrapped the Kava Kava in cheesecloth, let it sit in the milk, for a few hours.

I then strained and kneaded the root bag several times, as instructed on the web.  Many sites stress the kneading of the Kava Kava is the most important step because repeated kneading of the root powder is what produces a greater potency effect.

I found this method to be time consuming, messing and did not really produce a brew,  more potent than the other mentioned methods.

Note:  I first used milk, even though many Kava Kava sites stress you must purchase soy lecithin, which is said to heighten the Kava Kava qualities.

Soy lecithin is not easily accessible in my area here in Missouri.  Since soy lecithin was not very accessible for me, I decided to try a brew, using soy milk,  in the vanilla flavor.

It is cheap and contains soy lecithin.

So here is the EASIEST and most EFFECTIVE way of preparing Kava Kava Dried Root:

In a large mason jar with a tight fitting lid,  I put two heaping spoonfuls of dried and cut Kava Kava Root and filled the jar with the soy milk.

I let the jar sit in the refrigerator till the next evening.  I strained the mixture once, through a tight meshed strainer, added some cocoa and chocolate syrup.

The results were amazing!  The mixture had a nice smooth texture, the cocoa and chocolate mixed well, and helped tone down the strong flavor of Kava Kava.  kavachocolatemilk

The easiest, cheapest and simplest way, in my opinion, to prepare Kava Kava root and receive all the qualities and benefits intended, is to simply:

let it sit at least 24 hours in a soy based product.

If you want to add natural flavors to the mixture, such as lemon balm leaves,  peppermint leaves or my personal favorites, chocolate, cinnamon and ginger, just add these to your over night mixture. All of the wonderful herbs will mesh together.

Strain the mixture through a tight meshed strainer, cheese cloth, whatever your have into a blender.  Blend with ice for a wonderful cold, frothy shake or heat up slightly (I recommend on the stove, but if you are not concerned with a microwaves possibly of hindering the mixtures qualities, heat for no more than 30 seconds in the microwave) for a warm, cozy evening beverage.

Use one (1) ounce = 2 tablespoons of root powder or dried root per person.

Kava Kava is a wonderful herb from Mother Nature.  Calming and cozy, awesome for sleeplessness and anxiety, Kava Kava is also a great alternative to alcohol and those suffering from alcohol withdrawal. Although there are mixed opinions on the web concerning this topic, I personally feel it is a wonderful aid for those in detox of alcohol and opiates, based on my research.

I hope you give Kava Kava a try.  Decide for yourself. You can find more easy recipes that I have tried here.   If it is not for you, there are hundreds of wonderful herbs out there for energy, relaxation, anxiety, depression.  Natural remedies are designed by nature, so they have a natural balance and no harsh effects as pharmaceutical remedies tend to have.

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Horny Goat Weed and Rhodiola Natural Herbal Blend for Stamina, Blood Flow

Horny Goat Weed and Rhodiola, as an herbal mixture,  has been used by men for centuries as an aphrodisiac and stamina booster.

horny goat weed
Horny Goat Weed not just for Men

Many enhancement herbal supplements at your local gas station, contain both of these herbs, along with laboratory made synthetic compounds. Yuck!

Although Horny Goat is generally thought of has a “male” herb, there are many benefits for women has well including increased libido, relieve fatigue and increase blood flow.

Behind the funny name of Horny Goat Weed stands a time-tested aphrodisiac that increases libido in men and women, and improves erectile function in men. Known also as Epimedium or Yin Yang Huo, Horny Goat Weed was first described in ancient classical Chinese medicinal texts. Today, horny goat weed holds an important place in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is gaining popularity around the world. horngoat

Used by practitioners for over 2,000 years, horny goat weed is several species of epimedium, a leafy plant which grows in the wild, most abundantly at higher altitudes. The leaves of the plant contain a variety of flavonoids, polysaccharides, sterols and an alkaloid called magnaflorine. And while the exact way that horny goat weed works remains unknown, the plant has long been employed to restore sexual fire, boost erectile function, relieve fatigue and alleviate menopausal discomfort.

Horny Goat Weed combined with Rhodiola makes an extremely good combination for vigor, vitality and circulation without any side effects that prescription Viagra or other pharmaceutical lab made drugs do to the body.

I decide to put together a natural herb blend and incorporate these medicinal herbs into my diet.  Horny Goat Tea is not very tasty, but sprinkling Horny Goat and Rhodiola into soups and salads proved to be tasty and highly beneficial.  Just sprinkle on your favorite salads and add towards the end of your soup cooking time.  Simply, easy, beneficial.  Give it a try and I am sure you will be surprised.

Note:  Horny Goat Weed is not recommended for pregnant and nursing women and those individuals with low blood pressure.  Consult your physician with concerns.
Natural Herbs are not regulated by the FDA.  Statements or those of opinion and research and not meant to prevent, diagnosis or cure any disease. (if the FDA did regulate, Big Pharma would be out of their mass millions and they would never let that happen! Think about it)

 

 

Easy Kava Kava Recipes

Kava Kava is a powerful natural herb that produces a euphoric, happy effect, similar to the effects of alcohol.

It’s getting to be Fall weather here in Missouri. Kava Kava drinks are a wonderful adult beverage addition to campfires, night fishing, snuggling up with a good book on cool nights or just to relax and de-stress after a hard day.

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Derived from the roots of the plant Piper methysticum.  Used for centuries,  by native islanders in the Pacific and Hawaii in ceremonies and for recreation.   The active ingredient – kavapyrones (kavalactones) is what gives this herb is intoxicating quality.  Note: Kava Kava is to be used sparingly and not for those under age 18.  If you have liver problems or are taking liver medications, it is not recommended to use Kava Kava herb.  Check with your physician if you have concerns.   Also note that effects of Kava Kava can vary from person to person and are not guaranteed, however, the majority of the population does feel the effects.

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Kava Kava Dried Root

Here are some Easy Kava Kava recipes, that I have tried, that make a great brew with either powdered Kava Kava or Kava Kava root.  If you would like to submit your own Kava Kava recipe, I would be happy to post.  Just go to Contact Me.

Easy Kava Kava Hot Chocolate Recipe

NOTES: The hot cocoa also has sugars and powered milk in it and it will not be hot enough to hurt any of the kavlactones when the two are mixed together

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons Kava Kava Root Powder
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 packet Hot Cocoa Mix (of your choice or make your own organic cocoa mix)

Directions

Step 1
Mix 2 1/2 cups of the water with the Kava, then strain, soak, massage and squeeze to get the most kavalactones out possible.
Step 2 Heat the remaining 1/2 cup of water just enough to dissolve the cocoa mix, which is about 1 minute in a standard microwave
Step 3
Pour the kava and hot cocoa together
kava kava hot chocolate recipe

Kava Kava Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Yields 2
Infusion Time 10 minutes
Precautions Milk, Soy
Medicinal Qualities Vegan, Vegetarian
Misc Serve Cold
This recipe yields about 2 cups of beverage. To make for more people, just increase the amounts - times x2 - for every two people. You can use any milk of your choice. The fat soluble content helps release the Kava Kava qualities. For a super icy treat. Freeze orange juice into ice cubes and freeze banana. For a frozen treat, pour Kava Kava mixture into a plastic cup and freeze.

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons Kava Kava Root Powder
  • 1/4 cup Milk/Coconut Milk/Soy Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 5-6 Ice Cubes

Directions

Step 1 Take one sliced up banana and add to blender
Step 2 Add orange juice, milk and ice to blender
Step 3 Add Kava Kava Root Powder
Step 4 Blend for about 5 minutes - Enjoy

Kava Kava Mint and Cinnamon Drink

Yields 4
Infusion Time 1 minute
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 31 minutes
Precautions Milk, Soy
Medicinal Qualities Vegan, Vegetarian
Misc Freezable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Kava Kava drink recipes are soothing and relaxing hot or cold.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons Kava Kava Root (Use Powdered Root or Shredded Dried Kava Kava Root)
  • 2 cups Water/Distilled/Spring
  • 2 cups Soy/Rice/Coconut Milk (Chocolate is especially tasty)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Dash dash Ginger (Optional according to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons Mint Sprigs

Directions

Step 1 In a blender add Kava Kava, water, milk/soy and cinnamon
Step 2 Turn on blender for a few seconds, then let mixture sit for 30 minutes to soak up the good stuff (Kavalactones)
Step 3 Turn blender on again for about 3 minutes
Step 4 Add mint and cinnamon, if desired and blend just a little more
Step 5 You can either strain mixture into serving cups using tight mesh strainer, cheesecloth and strainer or muslin bag or just leave the kava kava, unstrained to insure no kavalactones are missed. Kavalactone is what gives Kava Kava it's effect.
Step 6 Enjoy! This drink is good hot or cold. You can heat mixture just slightly on stove or in a microwave

Kava Kava and Coconut

Yields 3-4
Infusion Time 20 minutes
Medicinal Qualities Vegan
Therapeutic Uses Beverage
Misc Freezable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Storage Life Casual Party
Materials Needed Oceanian

Ingredients

  • 1-2oz Kava Kava Root Powder (Depending on taste or 1TBSP of Kava Kava Dried Root)
  • 1 can Coconut Milk (For a twist, you can also add one can of coconut juice w/chunks of coconut)
  • 12oz Water (Fill Coconut can with water)

Directions

Step 1 Blend intermittently in short bursts for about 5 minutes.
Step 2 Pour mixture into tight mesh strainer or nylon stocking and wring out into a bowl. There will be a thick, white emulsion, that is believed to have strong compounds of the kava kava, however, the texture can be a little overwhelming to some.
Step 3 Pour mixture into serving mugs or coconut shell (traditional) and serve. Mixture should be consumed right away or you can store in a jar with tight fitting lid. Mixture will keep about a week.

Note

  1. It is believed the longer you blend the Kava Kava pulp, the more kavalactones are released.
  2. The thick, white emulsion produces when straining Kava Kava is believed to hold strong compounds.  It is however, not to everyone's taste.  Some people choose to scrap off this emulsion and discard, others leave it in the mixture.  It is up to you to decide what you prefer.

Kava Kava Cinnamon Honey Recipe

Yields 2-4
Infusion Time 15 minutes
Medicinal Qualities Vegan, Vegetarian
Therapeutic Uses Beverage
Misc Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Materials Needed Oceanian
You can experiment with all of the Kava Kava recipes. There really is no right or wrong way. Kava Kava has a very strong taste. Milk, coconut milk, soy milk, cinnamon, honey, orange juice are all variations. The key to a strong brew is the straining of the mixture.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons Kava Kava Root Powder (Kava Kava Dried Root also be used)
  • 16oz Water
  • 1-2 tablespoon Organic Honey (Use more or less depending on preference.)
  • 1-2 teaspoon Cinnamon, Organic or Ground (Use more or less depending on preference)
  • 4-8 cubes Ice Cubs (Use more of less depending on preference)

Directions

Step 1 Blend Kava Kava and water together. Duration of blending can vary, depending on your tastes and preference. Anywhere from 2 minutes to 5 minutes, in intervals.
Step 2 Strain Kava Kava mixture using tight mesh strainer or nylon stocking. This step can be repeated if preferred.
Step 3 Add the honey, cinnamon and ice cubes to the strained mixture and blend again.
Step 4 You can now pour and enjoy or strain mixture one more time, pour and enjoy