Growing and Using Moringa, Comfrey, and Healing Herbs

Learn how to grow and use Moringa Trees, Comfrey, medicinal herbs, adaptogen herbs such as Jiaogulan, and herbal medicine to create vibrant health and an enriched life style. There are a number of herbs you can grown at home which is fun and great for your health. Learn Tips on feeding your pets and livestock naturally with organic greens such as Comfrey, Kudzu, plantain, and Moringa. Get back to your roots in a healthy way.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Research Proof; Moringa Beneficial To Heart and High Blood Pressure



Readers want to know if Moringa can improve blood pressure.  When researching the subject, you will find at least  4 research studies with rats that do show it lowers blood pressure. It is also used in Ayurvedic medicine to do so.  There are not double blind studies with humans on Moringa and blood pressure. However, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for  many years for that purpose and other medical problems. Science has not put the money into double blind human research studies to verify what India doctors use and know works. Doctors in India don't need the studies for they know and see the results in their patients health. They know herbs and Moringa work, so to them, it is not important. Herbs and Moringa are part of their medicine, their healing protocols. .

Why would Moringa work to improve high blood pressure?

Often in high blood pressure and heart problems, there are deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals. There are also problems with the body's utilization of calcium and magnesium through supplements especially tablets. You need a lot of hydrochloric acid to break down tablets in the stomach. As you get older, it becomes harder to utilize supplements.  The Calcium, Magnesium, and other minerals in Moringa leaves are easy to digest and easily utilized by the body. 


Moringa also contains two  'hypotensive carbamate glycosides' which have the effect of lowering blood pressure. Research also shows it is beneficial to improve cholesterol readings.  





Moringa's ability to improve blood pressure would be dependent on why your blood pressure is abnormal, whether you have mineral imbalances, and how sensitive you are to the Moringa.  You must also take enough to be effective and take it for a long enough time period to give it time to work. No magic wands just time.

There is no clear information on how much or how long it takes to achieve results. Most herbal programs take weeks or months.  You would need to have a doctor's supervision to make sure it was working and to make sure you do not get problems if using prescription medications too. Combining herbs, some foods, and Moringa can make a difference in how your medicine works and how it effects your blood pressure. It is extremely important to be monitored while working to lower your blood pressure.

You still need to change the lifestyle factors such as obesity, bad diet, stress, and lack of exercise to be healthy.  I don't believe that Moringa or herbs should be used without changing the negative lifestyle factors that were responsible for undermining your health.   Herbs were meant to be used as a tool to improve health, to prevent disease but not the only tool.  All of our thoughts, attitudes, habits, and diet are a circle that either creates health or disease.  Only you can change the course for your health. You have to make the decision on a daily basis to either improve your health or destroy your health. Which will it be for you?   

My recent blogs show why you should not need to resort to drugs with fatal side effects. Drugs prescribed for one health problem, that create several more health problems that are even more serious.  Between lifestyle changes and herbal support, the majority of people should be able to lower their blood pressure naturally.  Even with genetically high blood pressure, the natural approach is worth trying first. Drugs are always there if natural programs do not work.

NOTICE:

I do not sell Moringa products as of Sept, 2016. I am working on a project that demands an unbiased viewpoint. 

If you want to buy from my favorite herb, vitamins, and supplement companies. visit my store here


Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Herbs Beneficial to Heart Health and Controlling Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is not due to a deficiency of lopressor or any other medication. 

So drugs should be your last choice in therapy, not the first choice. 

Your first steps should be to change the lifestyle factors that led to your high blood pressure.

Why drugs are not the best answer to any problem. Side Effects, Side Effects, and More Side Effects including death..


The main drugs to lower blood pressure are  beta blockers including Acebutolol, Atenolol, Zebeta, Coreg, Brevibloc, Lopressor, Levatol and Inderal to name just a few.  There are 77 million Lisinopril prescriptions filled each year. Guess how much money you are making for the company who manufactures Lisinopril. It is in the billions. This is for a health problem that could be for the most part avoided with changes in lifestyle. There are only a small percentage of people who have genetic high blood pressure. Drugs should be reserved for those cases that do not respond to lifestyle changes such as genetic high blood pressure.

Below are the side effects associated with those drugs: impotence is common among men taking blood pressure medications.  They list it under less serious side effects. I guess that depends on who is stating this. To most men and their partner, impotence is a serious issue. Sleep problems can affect your job and life. Most of the side effects below could impact driving, jobs, relationships, and your way of life.

"Acebutolol can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert."
From Lopressor

"Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: certain types of heart rhythm problems (such as a slow heartbeat, sick sinus syndrome, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block), breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), liver disease, serious allergic reactions, including those needing treatment with epinephrine, blood circulation problems (such as Raynaud's disease, peripheral..."


  • slow or uneven heartbeats;
  • feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
  • swelling of your ankles or feet;
  • nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • depression; or
  • cold feeling in your hands and feet.
Less serious side effects may include:
  • decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • tired feeling; or
  • anxiety, nervousness.
So high blood pressure medicine comes with the high cost of side effects that impact your life in many ways.  There are alternatives to drugs.  High blood pressure is not the result of a deficiency of drugs.  Drugs only treat the symptom, not the main cause. 

Program to lower blood pressure naturally

Lose excess weight, especially weight in the stomach which is hard on the heart. 

Stop Smoking and reduce alcohol intake if excessive.

Add omega 3 fatty acids to your diet. Krill oil is an excellent supplement but make sure it has been tested for PCb's and heavy metals. 

Decrease or eliminate caffeine which does increase blood pressure. 

Add Vitamin D to your diet.

Add Co Enzyme 10 for heart health.

Add calcium and magnesium to your diet. High blood pressure can be a result of these mineral deficiencies.

Consume fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, gouda and edam cheeses, and yogurt which helps the gut to work more effectively.

Use real butter, raw nuts, olive oil, and olives in your diet for adding high quality fats to your diet.

Lower your carbs in your diet.  Eat organic meat if you eat meat.  

Lower your stress level is extremely important.  Find an outlet for your frustration and do it. 


Exercise:  Walking 40 minutes a day, 4 times a week : Resistance exercise,  12 min a day of handgrip exercises: all have been proven to lower blood pressure.


Meditation:  20 min twice a day helps lower your blood pressure readings.

http://www.gaplesinstitute.org/new-science-to-help-lower-your-blood-pressure-naturally/


Herbs that are beneficial for high blood pressure. 

I have included research clips with the original research links
for you to read. There is research to back the use of herbs and they are used by doctors in various countries with success and few side effects.  

Hawthorn Berries: 

Hawthorne is used in traditional Chinese medicine for heart health and blood pressure. This herb is used today in those countries to keep the heart and blood pressure healthy. 

Research Paper in full here
Clip below from above research paper on herbs for high blood pressure,"


"Crataegus pinnatifida(Family: Rosaceae; Common name: Chinese Hawthorn). It has been used in China as a decoction for treatment of HTN for thousands of years. Pharmacological and clinical trials have shown that it lowers BP. 

The two main substances that contribute to hawthorn's beneficial effects on heart are flavonoids and oligomeric procyanidins, which are potent antioxidant agents. Rhynchophylline, an alkaloid in cat's claw, has demonstrated an ability to inhibit platelet aggregation and thrombosis, which suggests that it may be useful in preventing strokes and reducing the risk of heart attack by lowering BP, increasing circulation, and inhibiting both the formation of plaque on arterial walls and formation of blood clots in the brain, heart, and arteries.[] In experiments with anesthetized rabbits, intravenous administration of the extract preparation lowered the BP for up to 3 hours.[

Grataegic acid was identified as the hypotensive principle. Mechanisms of action of Crataegus postulated to date reveal a remedy with potentially broad-based influence on the cardiovascular system. These effects include a hypotensive activity through vasorelaxation resulting from nitrous oxide stimulation,[] significant antioxidant activity, and a tonic action on cardiac myocytes."




Cats Claw:  Another herb used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat hypertension.   It is used to reduce inflammation as well. It is taken by caps or tea. 
"(Family: Rubiaceae; Common name: Cat's Claw herb). In traditional oriental medicine, U. rhynchophylla has been used to lower BP and to relieve various neurological symptoms. 
The hypotensive activity has been attributed to an indole alkaloid called hirsutine, which has been found to act at the Ca2+ channels.[] The effects of hirsutine on cytosolic Ca2+ level ([Ca2+]cyt) were studied by using fura-2- Ca2+ fluorescence in smooth muscle of the isolated rat aorta. Noradrenaline and high K+ solution produced a sustained increase in [Ca2+ ]cyt. Application of hirsutine after the increases in [Ca2+ ]cyt induced by noradrenaline and high K+ notably decreased [Ca2+ ]cyt, suggesting that hirsutine inhibits Ca2+ influx mainly through a voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel. Furthermore, the effect of hirsutine on intracellular Ca2+store was studied by using contractile responses to caffeine under the Ca2+ -free nutrient condition in the rat aorta. When hirsutine was added at 30 μM before caffeine treatment, the agent slightly but significantly reduced the caffeine-induced contraction. When added during Ca2+ loading, hirsutine definitely augmented the contractile response to caffeine. These results suggest that hirsutine inhibits Ca2+ release from the Ca2+store and increases Ca2+ uptake into the Ca2+ store, leading to a reduction of intracellular Ca2+ level. It is concluded that hirsutine reduces intracellular Ca2+ level through its effect on the Ca2+ store as well as through its effect on the voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel.[]
A methanol extract of the hooks of an Uncaria species was found to have a potent and long-lasting hypotensive effect in rats and the activity was different from that of U. rhynchophylla and its analogue. Further studies of the extract resulted in the isolation of 3-indole alkaloid, glycoside, cadambine, dihydrocadambine, and isodihydrocadambine. The latter two were found to be the hypotensive principles, whereas cadambine was inactive.[]"


Hibiscus Tea:  Studies have shown that hibiscus tea reduces blood pressure.  It tastes good as well.  Green tea is also beneficial for reducing your blood pressure readings.  

Research Paper in full here
Clip below from above research paper.
"(Family: Malvaceae; Common name: Roselle). This happens to be one of the most extensively studied plants for antihypertensive properties. The leaves, calyx, and corolla of this plant are used traditionally in many West African countries for various medicinal purposes and as edibles. 
The antihypertensive effect of this plant extract has been variously studied. One study reported the antihypertensive effect of calyx of HS.[] A similar result was independently produced in Lagos, Nigeria by Adegunloye et al.[] An intravenous administration of 20 mg/kg of a water extract of dry HS calyx produced a fall in the BP of experimentally induced hypertensive rats. The antihypertensive effects of the crude extract of the HS have been attributed to mediation through acetylcholine and histamine like dependent mechanism through direct vasorelaxant effects.[] Earlier report showed that the petal crude extract of same plant had a direct relaxant effect on the aortic smooth muscle of rats.[] The chronic administration of aqueous extract of HS has been reported to reverse cardiac hypertrophy in renovascular hypertensive rats.[]

Clinical trials of the plant extract in human being have shown reliable evidence of antihypertensive effects. A standardized dose of HS (9.6 mg per day) given to 39 patients and captopril, 50 mg per day, given to the same number of patients did not show significant difference relative to hypotensive effects, antihypertensive effectiveness and tolerability.[]"
These are just three herbs of many that are beneficial for high blood pressure. Garlic, basil, cinnamon are others to investigate through the links below. 

Read the original research links below to read about more herbs that benefit the reduction of high blood pressure. 

 


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Love Cucumbers? Tainted Ones May Be In Your Salad Right Now? Tainted food coming to you at your local market!

I talk to people all the time on the problems with our food, no matter where it comes from. Now that California cannot grow its crops because of water restrictions, more food is now being imported from countries such as Mexico.  India and China are not the only countries that export tainted foods. Add Mexico to the list as well.  Just  because we are neighbors, does not mean their imported food is safe to eat. Remember the majority of the foods that are imported are not tested nor checked by the FDA. They do not have the time, nor the inspectors to test all of the billions of pounds of produce, meat, and fish that comes through the import process. Only a small percentage of food is tested, the rest just gets a nod and goes on through straight through to the company that sells it. This is the truth. Research it for yourself.  You want to think your food is tested because it makes you feel better when you eat your salad. 

This week's recall is cucumbers from Mexico.

Tainted Cucumbers making people sick this week.  RECALL ordered.

The California company who imported the cucumbers from Mexico is now dealing with a recall of the cucumbers due to salmonella.  One person is dead and 285 others are sick in 27 different U.S. states.  Here is the excerpt from the article here below:

"The company, Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce, said it is recalling all cucumbers sold under the Limited Edition brand label from Aug. 1 through Thursday.
The cucumbers were produced in Baja California, Mexico, and distributed in at least 22 U.S. states, the company said in a statement."
Worry about Moringa but Worry MORE about the other foods you are eating!

More and more produce is coming from foreign countries whose standards are crude with no real way to properly wash their produce. When bathrooms are not readily available in those countries, where do they go? In the fields.  Where do they wash their hands? They don't because there is no way to wash their hands.   These same workers prepare the veggies for shipment to the U.S. company who sells it.  He does not test the shipments of veggies. Inspectors come once a year to make sure his company is adhering to proper procedures. The majority of the year, it is up to the integrity of the owner of that company to do proper safety steps on the veggies they sell. Testing may happen here and there but not on a regular basis.   If he tested every shipment,  you would be paying 5 bucks or more for each head of lettuce.  Testing does not always catch the problem. Testing involves samples taken from a large shipment. The tested samples may prove negative, because only part of the shipment is tainted. 

You write me all the time about Moringa but you don't realize the food you eat from your friendly supermarket is much more dangerous.  You question Moringa, which you should, but you don't question enough the other foods you eat on a regular basis. You eat more salads generally than Moringa.  You eat more antibiotic infused meat and eggs than Moringa. There is pesticide residue in everything. You eat pork that is raised in horrible conditions but you don't think about it.  

You need to start realizing Moringa is important, but all the rest of your diet is much more of a problem.  Modern big farm meat and produce is slowly poisoning us, with antibiotics and pesticide residue.  Those chemicals end up as toxins in the tissues and organs of the body. They cause all sorts of health problems and eventually disease.  It is a huge problem for people living in big cities who have few food choices on where they buy their food.  If you are poor, you cannot afford organic. You may not live near a farmer's market or may work hours that don't allow you to shop them.  It is the elephant in the room, that people don't want to talk about.   

What Can You Do?

Buy Locally when possible at a Farmer's Market.

Buy US grown when possible.  Look at the tags on the produce or ask the produce manager about the origin of the veggie or fruit.

Wash well any fruit or veggies, even it it says they are prewashed. Don't count on that being done properly or safely.

Buy organic if you can, it is worth it despite some of the articles.  Wash them well.

Grow your own veggies if possible in pots or in the ground. There are veggies that are meant to be grown in small plots or in pots. They were developed to take up less room including cucumbers and Take part in a community garden if there is one near you.  It is worth the time to do so.  If you don't have time, enroll your kids in a community project.  It will get them away from their phones.    

This is all for today. Have a great Labor Day Weekend! Kate Freer


NOTICE:

I do not sell Moringa products as of Sept, 2016. I am working on a project that demands an unbiased viewpoint. 

If you want to buy from my favorite herb, vitamins, and supplement companies. visit my store here


Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin





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