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Our Organic Herbal Tooth Powder is a refreshing alternative to conventional toothpaste. Made without fluoride, its a gentle way to maintain oral hygiene. Featuring antiseptic and anti-microbial properties, it has an alkalinity that creates a healthy oral environment. Thanks to the silica of horsetail, a key herbal ingredient, it strengthens and whitens teeth naturally. It also features astringency that helps tighten gums and prevent disease. Convenient for travel, Organic Herbal Tooth Powder is available in Spring Mint and comes in kid-friendly one-ounce bottles for $4.95 each (2 or more, $4.50 each). Refills are available in three-ounce amber bottles for $13.00 each.

Direction : Apply on a wet or dry toothbrush and brush. Rinse with water.

Ingredients:
Organic Horsetail, Yucca Root, Myrrh Gum. White Oak Bark, Peppermint, Echinacea, Goldenseal & Baking Soda.



~ Hi Kim, I've been using your tooth powder, mixed in with a bit of mine. I just saw the dentist and she said I didn't have much tartar! I think the tooth powder is helping, it's very exciting.
Iris Weaver
Herbalist & Inspirational Speaker



AFFILIATE PROGRAMS

Herbs for our well-being

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin


Our physical bodies are the vehicles that will carry us through the end of our journeys in life on this plane. We are light beings having human experiences. In order to ensure the physical component of our journey in life goes smoothly without much interruption, we need to honour and love the vehicles we are given. We need to nourish our bodies with good wholesome food that will support our well-beings. Herbs are Mother's nature gift to humans...they are wonderful tonics, anti-depressants, anti-inflammatories, anti-microbials, anti-oxidants, anti-septics, blood cleansers, nervine sedatives and much more.


There are various ways to enjoy the goodness of herbs, among some are :

Infusion
Pour boiling water (approx. 8oz) to a teaspoon (2 tsp for stronger tea) of dried herb (a heapful teaspoon or two of wet herb) in a glass. Cover and steep for at least 15 mins. The water will be infused with the plant constituents. A lid would prevent any volatile oils from escaping. This method is great for plant parts such as leaves or flowers. Longer steeping time is needed for hardier parts such as barks, roots, berries or seeds.

Decoction
This method is great for plant parts such as barks, roots, berries or seeds. However, if the parts contain high concentration of volatile oils eg. Valerian and Linden , infusion would be a better choice.
Place herbs (generally a formulation) in a tight fitting pot with some water. A general guideline is two to three tablespoon to 1 quart of water. Bring to boil and simmer slowly for at least 30 mins. Medicinal decoctions require longer hours to get a thorough extraction. Roots may be decocted a few times before throwing them out.

Infused and decocted tea can be kept in refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Sun Tea
This is a fun way to make your tea by imbuing it with the sun nectar.
Get a clear opaque bottle or glass jug and fill with 1 quart of spring water. You can add crystals of your choice to charge your tea with the vibrations and energies that you want (refer to "Crystal for Healing and Beauty" below). The best plant parts to use are the flowers or leaves. The constituents from the aerial parts which can be destroyed by high heat are gently diffused into the water by the sun action and therefore, retain their integrity. Use double the amount of herbs you would use in regular infusions. Put the jug or bottle under strong sunlight. Shake the bottle or stir the water in the jug well every 15-20mins. Your Sun Tea will be ready after 2-4 hours (the length of time depends on the sun intensity). Enjoy!

Herb Butter
Fresh herbs are preferred here although dried herbs can be used too. Get a stick of butter and soften it. Chop up fresh herbs such as sage or mint and mix with the softened butter. Shape into a ball or log and let harden. Store in refridgerator until use.

Herb Salt
Dried herbs are preferred here to avoid any moisture. Mix the chopped dried herbs of your choice eg. rosemary, sage, mint, basil etc.. with sea-salt in a jar. Allow the jar to sit at place with plenty of sunshine or a bright spot for 2 weeks or longer. Use herbal salt in cooking or to add flavour to your dishes.

Herb Honey
Prepare herbs in honey as 'herb salt'. Dried or wet herbs can be used here. Let sit in a cool place and enjoy. Honey has natural anti-microbial action so the herb honey will be not have microbial contamination.

Herbal Soup
Use your herbs generously in soups. Throw in some nettle, burdock or dandelion when you cook soups. They will enhance the flavour of your soups as well as add nutrients to them.


Healing power of some commonly known herbs are:

  • Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria)
    - is a tonic; tones and strengthens the digestive system and liver; treat indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea, food allergies, astringent; cleanses wounds or cuts, and can be used as an eyewash for inflammed or sore eyes;

  • Burdock (Arctium lappa)
    - blood cleanser; a great digestive tonic (treats loss of appetite) ; treats chronic cystitis, rheumatism, gout, liver and skin problems such as acne, spots, boils, psoriasis;

  • Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
    - expectorant, carminative, relaxes peripheral blood vessels, promotes sweating, anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal, antispasmodic. Its active constituents are volatile oil, flavonoids, tannins and bitter substance (marrubin). A strong tea made from the leaves and flowering tops is used in lung, nose and throat congestion and catarrhal complaints, and externally it can be applied to bruises, to reduce the swelling and discolouration. Brew hyssop tea in a closed vessel to retain the essential oil. Japanese research published in 2003 in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology suggests that hyssop teas can help lower the sharp increase in blood sugars after eating common to people who have or who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. (J. Nutr. Sci. Vitalminol. 2003 49(5) pp. 346-349; Inhibitory effects of Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) extracts on intestinal alpha-glucosidase activity and post-prandial hyperglycemia.

  • Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris)
    - astringent, tones and strengthens the womb, prevents menstrual cramps or PMS, treats thrush or other vaginal discharges; traditional treatment for infertility in women;

  • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
    - is an expectorant and is great for lung inflammation or infections and cough; mild laxative and adrenal tonic (stimulates the kidneys and bowel movement); treats food poisoning from Salmonella; raises blood pressure (a treatment for low blood pressure);

  • Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
    - lifts the spirit; antiseptic and antifungal as wash, cream or compress for boils, spots, rashes, grazes, cuts, inflamed wounds, painful varicose veins, leg ulcers, sore eyes; a gargle for sore throats and tonsilitis; treats fever, digestive colic, stomach and duodenal ulcers, speeds post-operative healing and reduces adhesions; douches or bath for thrush and vaginal infections;

  • St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
    - soothes stomach ache, colic, intestinal disorders; the oil treats joint pains, wounds, burns, eczema or other skin problems (can be used in massages),

  • Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
    - antiseptic (can be used to wash cuts/wounds); astringent (as a facial toner/wash); control diarrhea, soothes swellings, reduces inflammation and bleeding internally and externally; promotes healing of bruises, sprains, and bleeding hemorrhoids;

  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium )
    - balances emotional upsets, soothes menstrual cramps or hot flushes, treats varicose veins, hemorrhoids, headaches; has healing effects on mucous membranes, eases diarrhea and improves blood clotting; treats depression, insomnia, uterine cramping and menstrual problems;

    I will be adding more herbs from time to time so do check back for more.

    The best way to enjoy and utilize the goodness of herbs is to use organic, untreated, pesticide- and chemical- free herbs. I have been ordering my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs and the quality of their herbs/spices and other products proven to be satisfactory. It is always better to drink fresh herbal tea rather than from tea-bags bought from shops or stores. Click on the banner to order your herbs.


    Note : the information above is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure on mitigate disease, nor is it intended to prescribe herbs, supplements or make recommendations regarding any medications you may currently be taking. The ideas, information and suggestions written are not intended to replace the care of a licensed health care practitioner. Readers are requested to research for themselves any information shared herein, and speak with your healthcare provider before proceeding with an herb and/or supplement program.

    Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c




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    Crystals for healing and beauty

    Chakras that are overly closed or opened tend to create imbalances in our well-being. Opening and subduing the imbalanced chakras are keys to balancing our subtle energy for a harmonious life.

    Crystals are elements from the earth that allow us to harmonize with the universe. Each crystal holds special vibrational energies that allow healing to occur on spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels.

    Listed below are examples of crystals that can be used to balance our chakras:
    1st chakra - Root
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    Too closed : Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet, Tiger Eye

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  • Mar - Aquamarine
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  • May - Emerald
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  • Jul - Ruby
  • Aug - Peridot
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