Maca

Maca

Did you know maca is a root that belongs to the radish family?  It’s also known as Peruvian ginseng. This is one of those herbs where there is no known side effects but I always recommend starting in low doses and building yourself up. I like to add the powder to warm beverages and smoothies. Try starting with 1/2 a tsp and work your way up to 1 tbsp. You don’t want to throw your hormones out of whack! Rich in B vitamins, C and E as well as providing loads of calcium (better than a glass of milk) and don’t forget the zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and much needed amino acids.  Maca is great for sexual function, mostly beneficial for the ladies and overlooked by men but it’s great for them too. Boosting libido and stamina not to mention endurance is great for everyone involved. It also has fantastic hormone balancing properties and is said to aid in fertility.  Having menstrual issues? Grab some maca powder. It’s known for its ability to reduce cramps, body pain, the dreaded hot flashes, mood swings (your husband, friends and co-workers will thank you for taking this) anxiety and depression. Did I mention mood swings? I figured I needed to mention that again.  I personally enjoy the boost of energy I get when I add it to my powerhouse latte, no coffee added. For you gym buffs out there who want a better recovery time, try adding maca to your shake. It aids in keeping your bone and teeth healthy but also helps wounds heal faster. It also aids in stamina and when added to your...
Ho Shou Wu

Ho Shou Wu

Ho Shou Wu is an herb derived from the tuberous roots of the plant. Commonly used in TCM for it’s ability to prevent and perhaps even reduce grey hair as well as having some benefit in treating alopecia. Recent research into the potential use in prevention of neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimers) has created a need for further research into it’s therapeutic actions. Known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, similar to the properties of resveratrol found in red wine This herb is regarded as safe, with little toxicity so prolonged use is fine. It’s a good source of iron (perhaps not so great for the suffering from hashimoto’s) but for others it’s great. According to CMT it has the ability to tonight and nourish the blood, it is not a stimulant but is a fantastic energy tonic. figure that one out folks. Because of it’s mild sedative effect, it helps to calm the nervous system. How crazy is that? It’s both energizing and calming at the same time. It’s a great tonic for the endocrine system, it improves health, stamina and prevents disease.  Due to the lecithin it has cholesterol reducing properties. It’s been used for bloody stools, hypoglycemia, diabetes, night sweats, chronic bronchitis, head injuries, importance, schizophrenia, epilepsy, ringworm, cuts and getting rid of intestinal parasites.  It aids in immune function. It has been linked to cancer fighting properties although more studies are needed. Great for your adrenals as it is very supportive of your adrenals and improve their function. For all you science geeks out there, check this out:  To date they have found He Shou...
Schisandra (schizandra)

Schisandra (schizandra)

These little berries magically hit all 5 of the flavour receptors- sweet, salty, sour, bitter and pungent, it’ really quite a feet. They are incredibly high in antioxidants and are said to be liver cleansing, by protecting the liver from harmful toxins, radiation and unwanted exposures are nicely escorted out of the body. You want to have the fountain of youth? Well perhaps not quite, but it does boost vitality. It’s fantastic for inflammation and helps support cellular function. Brain fog? This berry has you covered. It gives a boost of energy by stimulating the central nervous system helping you to focus. It’s been said to improve focus and memory which means increasing productivity at work! Adrenal supporting and hormone balancing properties mean it’s great for menopause. It also happens to be an adaptogen, so since pretty much all of us are stressed this should be in everyone’s diet. Its my secret to coping with stress, it helped me greatly when dealing with severe adrenal fatigue years ago.  It’s good for the immune system. I just mentioned stress, which also affects the ability of our immune system to fight off disease, well certain ingredients in this berry allow your body to better cope with stress, depression and anxieties that  you may have encountered leaving you better able to fight off viruses that may come your way. Sex is better with this herb, no seriously it is. It increases your libido and the “fluid” required for a woman to get all hot and heavy. It does the same thing for those little swimmers men. Not to mention it increases your drive.  What about...