Frequently Asked Questions
Essential oils are considered to be at least 50 times more potent than the herbs from which they are derived. One drop of essential oil often represents the potency of 1 oz. of raw plant material. More importantly, essential oils contain the plant’s most valuable therapeutic nutritional properties.
The use of essential oils through inhalation or topical application can positively affect the mind and relax and heal the body. When extracted properly (not synthetic but certified pure & therapeutic grade), essential oils are regenerating, oxygenating and immune building.
Essential oils are small in molecular size (easily penetrate skin and blood brain barrier), lipid soluble, contain oxygen molecules and antioxidant properties. Additionally, essential oils may be antibacterial, antifungal, anti- infectious, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic. They are traditionally used for acute health concerns.
Absolutely. The foods we have today are SAD (Standard American Diet). Modern food processing has rendered our food supply deficient (in vitamins and minerals), unbalanced (between nutrients and contaminants) and altered (chemicals, color agents, over processed, and GMO).
In our busy and fast paced society, wholesome food is hard to find and we end up consuming nutrient-void foods. Dietary supplementation may help counteract nutritional deficiencies, support natural body processes to cleanse toxins and promote health.
No. Natural health is a way of living. It’s learning to live a lifestyle that supports and fosters health and wellness (i.e., fresh air, pure water, good rest and sleep, wholesome foods, exercise, good attitude, stress management, etc.).
Joy of life is the foundation of natural health, not fear of sickness. Seek the health professional who understands the importance of lifestyle effects and who is willing to work with you to achieve your health objectives.
Since herbs are food, you can take them as needed. Some are best taken before meals to improve the digestive functions. Others should be taken with food.
Herbs that help you sleep are best taken at night (approximately one hour before sleep). Always drink plenty of water and always follow the instruction on the bottle label.
Herbs are a slow and safe method of helping the body heal itself. Do not quit taking your prescription drugs. Many people have gradually decreased drug dosage and frequency on their own with the use of herbs. We recommend to always check with your doctor before decreasing or quitting any meds.
Herbs always work because they feed the nutrients our body needs. Have you ever heard of apples not working? It’s not that the herb didn’t work…. It’s because your body didn’t need those nutrient to do the healing work you expected at the moment, or the healing process taking place is too slow for you to notice.
Also, poor digestion can affect absorption of nutrients efficiently. Supplement quality can also be a key factor. Remember, it can take years for the body to develop a disease, therefore one should not expect to get better within a short time.
Herbs do not address disease. Herbs have been chosen by mankind, over thousands of years of history, to feed different parts of the body.
For instance, you might eat carrots for better eyesight and broccoli for its immune supporting antioxidant properties. Are carrots and broccoli cures for glaucoma and cancer, respectively? No!
But, wouldn’t you want consume these nourishing foods for these particular body systems during times of affliction? Historic answer is yes!
It is impossible to give a set answer. There are many factors involved. The severity of the problem, genetic disposition, our body’s ability to assimilate and digestive, the appropriateness of the herbal protocol, the stress and attitude of the individual and many other factors.
When using a new herb, begin with the recommended dosage and observe how your body reacts to it. If you do not receive the desired results, increase or decrease the dosage accordingly.
When herbs are used for restoring health, therapeutic dosages will need to be two to five times that which is required for maintaining or preventive measure. Depending on the severity of the ailment, at least 3 months of sustained dosage is usually recommended before the body is restored at the cellular level.
The science of Homeopathy teaches that it takes one month for every year of illness for the person to rebuild the body – Dr. Jack Ritchason, “The Little Herb Encyclopedia.”
No. They nourish, cleanse and build. If the body has the ability to heal, it will use the raw material found in nature to do its own healing work.
Herbs do not heal, they feed.
Herbs do not force the body to maintain and repair itself. They simply support the body in these natural functions.
Herbs are food, not drugs. For example, cooking spices in your kitchen are loaded with herbal nutrients. Unlike drugs, almost all herbs can be taken in sufficient quantities with no harmful side effects.
All drugs are synthetically manufactured isolated compounds while herbs from trusted companies are all natural complex compounds. We do caution when taking herbal supplements to take them at least 2-hour away from pharmaceutical medications.
Most of the herbs on the market today are with little to no-known side effects. However, some people may experience cleansing action on the body when first using herbs.
It is this detoxifying process that helps bring the body into a state of health or balanced homeostasis. I recommend using only high quality supplements from trusted sources.
Herbs are excellent plant sources of foods loaded with nutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and more). Our body uses them to achieve and maintain good health. Herbs nourish, regulate, cleanse, and help the body heal itself. Herbs are powerful natural foods.