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Blue Vervain for Coughs & Congestion

A couple of weeks ago I wasn’t taking care of myself the way I usually do.  Not eating well, doing too much and stressed more than usual due to our getting a new puppy. Well you probably can guess what came from that. Yes, I got sick with a cold. I haven’t been sick in I can’t remember when and it really was a good lesson to remind me of what I need to do to take care of myself. I loaded up on all my herbs and vitamins including AL-J, Goldenseal, Zinc Lozenges and drank a lot of tea and chicken broth. But one herb besides my favorite herb combo AL-J really made a huge difference in my quick recovery. That herb is Blue Vervain. It’s not an herb people usually know a lot about but it’s a wonderful one to have in your herbal medicine chest. I was beginning to get the obligatory cough so I took 1/4 tsp. of the liquid Blue Vervain in some water twice a day for just one day and it made a huge difference. I took a few more doses for good measure but the cough was gone!  Now I know this stuff works because my clients tell me their stories of healing but when you experience such amazing results yourself it really makes an impression.  So today I wanted to share my experience with you so that if you are having any respiratory issues or are experiencing any of the other things listed below you can try Blue Vervain.

Here are just a few of the things it has been traditionally used for:

  • Relieves congestion and cleans out body toxins.
  • It was used to save lives during the Medieval plagues.
  • In the liquid form, is given to small children to help relieve colds and fever with a relaxing effect.
  • It can help as part of a liver cleanses when there is inflammation and jaundice.
  • Calms coughing including whooping cough and croup
  • Settles stomachs
  • Expels phlegm from throat and lungs.
  • Expels worms.
  • Alleviates upper respiratory conditions.
  • Bronchitis
  • Anemia (it’s high in Iron)
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Insomnia
  • Neuralgia and Neuritis

Contraindications: Should not be used during pregnancy as it may be a uterine stimulant. Should not be taken with antidepressants and sedative drugs.

Have you tried Blue Vervain? What is your favorite herb for colds and coughs?


February 8, 2011 at 9:24 am 2 comments

Detoxify Your Body with Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale – a member of the Sunflower Family

Of course we all know that Dandelion’s are weeds that pop up in our lawns quite frequently and people go to great lengths to remove them but unbeknownst to most is the fact that this is an amazing herb with great medicinal value. An effective health remedy right in our own backyard!

Recently I have noticed that more of my clients have been testing for and needing this herb to help clear liver congestion.  We unfortunately live in a toxic world and our bodies are paying the price. The good news is that we have herbs to help us out and Dandelion works wonderfully for this.

A European folk remedy since the 15th century, the entire plant was used with wine made from the flowers, salads from the young leaves and the leaves & root used as medicine. It has been said that the dandelion never grows where there are no people, so it is a very sociable plant!

Some of the many ways the dandelion can aid the body:

Liver – A great herb for detoxification, the root is particularly effective for treating build up of toxins in the liver by helping to remove waste products and for aiding a sluggish or congested liver. A general tonic, it may help reduce side effects of medication and as it can help improve bile flow & reduce inflammation, it may be useful for hepatitis and cirrhosis.

Kidneys & Urinary Problems – The leaves are also a tonic for the kidneys, as a diuretic to help stimulate urine flow, improving general kidney function. They also stimulate toxin removal, improving health and assisting with skin problems. The leaves are high in vitamin A and potassium and are useful for water retention, kidney stones, edema, lymphatic swellings and bladder infection. If you have problems with fluid or water retention please consult a natural health practitioner before taking dandelion leaves.

Gallbladder – Both the root and leaf are used as a tonic for the gallbladder & spleen and are often used to prevent gallstones. The leaf can dissolve existing gallstones, but again this should be used with the support of your practitioner. If there is a bile duct obstruction, it should not be used at all.

Digestion – Dandelion Root has an excellent effect on the digestive system. It is stimulating and strengthening and is used as a mild laxative for constipation and also for general poor digestion. It helps to cleanse the digestive tract gently from the effects of meat, excessive fats, fried foods, drugs, coffee, and medication. The leaves help to increase  production of saliva, promoting digestive enzyme & stomach acid production. The roots may help stimulate appetite and aid digestion. With ulcers or gastritis, it should be used with care, due to the overproduction of acids.

Blood Cleanser –  A well-known blood cleanser & detoxifier, dandelion can help with ailments such as rashes, psoriasis, eczema, inflammation, boils, infection, abscesses, chicken pox, measles, painful joints, eyes, skin and fever. As a diuretic, it can help treat high blood pressure, increasing the flow of blood to the tissues and improving circulation, as well as being a blood vessel strengthener and cleanser.

Arthritis & Rheumatism – Another traditional remedy for treating rheumatism and arthritis, due mainly to it’s detoxifying properties

Pregnancy and Lactation -Taken in moderation during the second & third trimesters, dandelion is a useful nutritional aid. It is also a galactagogue, used to promote lactation, increasing milk flow and supporting the breastfeeding process. Discuss with your midwife if you have any concerns.

Nutritional Tonic – With an amazing nutritional value, dandelion is high in vitamins A, B, C and D, plus iron, copper, potassium and higher levels of beta carotene than carrots, plus magnesium, zinc, manganese, choline, silicon, calcium and boron. Older leaves are bitter but the young leaves are great raw or cooked.

External Uses – A well-known remedy for warts, the ‘milk’ from the stem and leaves of fresh dandelion can help with treatment, although this can cause an allergic rash in some individuals. This milk can also be used externally to ease the pain of sores & bee stings and for acne, fungal infections and growths.

Do not use dandelion unless recommended by your health professional if taking insulin, diuretics, lithium or any medication which reduces blood sugar levels

Nature’s Sunshine offers excellent quality Dandelion Root and Mountain Rose Herbs offers Dandelion Leaf & Root in bulk.

Thanks for reading!

February 7, 2011 at 9:46 am 3 comments


Gentle Move is a new product from Nature’s Sunshine. My clients are getting excellent results with this combination of herbs plus the magnesium. This is a very gentle blend for those needing some extra colon support and is also good for other things like sinus congestion, joint pain and eye problems.Gentle Move

It contains:

•         Magnesium hydroxide

•         Triphala extract

•         Yellow dock

•         Ginger

•         Slippery elm

•         Marshmallow

The Benefits of Laxative Herbs:

•         Helpful for occasional constipation

•         Great for doing colon cleanses when combined with fiber and other herbs

•         Important aids to parasite cleansing

•         Can be helpful for relieving fevers and acute congestion

•         Stimulate bile flow


•         Spastic bowel conditions

•         Use with caution with pregnancy and nursing

•         Use with caution with inflammatory bowel disorders

•         Not the best choice for extremely weak and depleted people

Magnesium Hydroxide

•         Natural salt of magnesium that attracts and retains fluid in the bowel

•         Magnesium also relaxes muscle spasms and aids cellular energy production


•         Ancient Ayurvedic formula containing three fruits

•         Haritaki — Terminalia chebula

•         Bibhitaki — Terminalia belerica

•         Amalaki or Indian Gooseberry — Embilica officinalis

•         Used in India for thousands of years

•         Gentle laxative and blood purifier with tonic effects

Benefits of Triphala

•         Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

•         Enhances circulation, lowers blood pressure and protects heart

•         Supports adrenal function

•         Improves liver function, hepatoprotective, improves digestion

•         Expectorant action

•         Immune properties: antiviral, antibacterial, anti-allergenic

•         Balanced energy (all the tastes)

Triphala Uses

•         Sinus congestion

•         Joint pain

•         Lethargy

•         Eye problems

•         General toxicity and weakness

•         Constipation

•         Indigestion

•         Flatulence

•         Poor appetite

•         Heavily coated tongue

•         Digestive headaches

Suggested Use

•         Mild dose (2 capsules 1-2 times per day)

•         For more serious problems take 6-9 capsules per day (2-3 capsules 3 times daily)

•         Maintenance dose is 2-4 capsules per day

•         Take with plenty of water

Go to my Nature’s Sunshine web site to purchase and to learn more: Gentle Move

June 19, 2009 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

Cleansing to Create a Healthy Environment Within Webinar

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May 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm Leave a comment

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