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Introduction

Welcome to the September issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter. Again this month we've included several articles on a variety of topics. Hopefully you'll find something of interest. Remember, we value your feedback and suggestions for future topics so don't be shy and drop us a line or two.

We have also set up an association with Amazon.com and are now featuring a Book Store on our website. The books we have chosen so far are books specific to Alternative medicine, Aromatherapy, Chinese medicine and Herbal medicine. To make selection a little easier, we have indicated the books we personally own with (*) so you know these books are useful and informative. Over time, we will ad more books and hopefully some reviews.

Index of the September Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter:

(You can click on the topics below which will take you to the article of choice on this page, or simply scroll down and read each one)

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Articles:
Herbs to help you sleep

Caring for your skin inside-out
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Herb of the month: Alfalfa

The Science behind juice fasting
(by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, California)

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Herbs to help you sleep

How many time have you gone to bed, feeling tired and sleepy - then, once you're lying in bed, the mind starts to race off and think about all sorts of things... Sleep, ha, not for hours.

Some people on the other hand find that they can get off to sleep without any trouble, but wake up in the middle of the night thinking about what they should or should not have done or a variety of other 'stuff'.

Scientific studies in the UK have shown that if we do not get 8 hours sleep every night, our IQ actually starts to drop. This illustrates just how important it is to get a good night's sleep.

There are a number of good herbs which can be combined and taken in tea form to assist you in getting a good night's sleep.

Individual Herbs and their actions:

Valerian

Sedative; stomachic; antispasmodic; carminative.
Of benefit in the treatment of a wide range of nervous disorders and intestinal colic. Used in combination with other remedies in the treatment of hypertension, insomnia and migraine, nervous exhaustion and anxiety

Hops

Mild sedative; weak diuretic; weak antibiotic; bitter.
Employed alone or in combination with other herbs as a soporific in insomnia and restlessness. Aids nervous indigestion.

Passion Flower

Antispasmodic; sedative; anodyne.
Principally of benefit in the treatment of nervous tachycardia, anxiety and insomnia.

Chamomile

Spasmolytic; sedative; carminative
Used as a sleep inducer and for anxiety, hyperactive children, calms muscular and nervous systems. Also useful for vertigo, hysteria, stress, and hyper-sensitivity

Hawthorn berries

Vasodilator.
Dilates blood vessels and allows more volume to oxygenate. Increases blood supply to tissues. Can normalize blood pressure. Regulates heart action - amphoteric (will relax or stimulate heart according to its needs.)

Linden

Gentle sedative, nervine, and diaphoretic.
Used for sleeplessness, feverish colds, respiratory infections, flu, migraine, palpitations, vertigo, nervous stress or tension, arteriosclerosis (and other affections of the blood vessel walls), high blood pressure, and long-term circulatory diseases.

Spearmint

Carminative.
Used to enhance flavour of tea or herbal mixture.

Orange Blossoms

Medicinal uses include: sedative, insomnia, elevated blood pressure, kidney disorders, and respiratory ailments.

Bilberry

Astringent; antiseptic; tonic.
Fruit used in the treatment of diarrhoea. Leaves have a weak hypoglycaemic action and have been used in combination with other remedies in the treatment of diabetes.
Principally employed as a nutritive, rather tart fruit in conserves and syrups, or eaten raw.

Poppy Flowers (Eschscholzia californica)

Used in the treatment of nervous tension and stress relief, insomnia and other sleep disturbances, and anxiety.

 

Ready mixed teas include:

Sleepy time tea - our personal favourite, which includes many of the herbs discussed above is available from Health Food Stores and even some Supermarkets.

 

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Taking care of your skin from the inside out.

Caring for your skin from the inside out emphasises that beauty is more than just skin deep and requires more than just good quality natural skin care products. The products you use to help your complexion, reduce those unwanted wrinkles and blemishes, are not going to fix underlying health problems affecting your skin. For example, if you are suffering from a condition, say a hormonal imbalance, which is causing you skin problems, you cannot expect even the best and purest skin care product to have a long term effect of improving your skin, unless you are addressing your underlying health problems at the same time.

There are many pathologies (health problems) that can adversely affect your skin, ranging from hormonal imbalances, stress, dehydration, high blood pressure, fever, fungal infections, viral and bacterial infections, allergies, to various organ pathologies such as kidney and liver disease, and the list goes on.

Natural skin care products are not designed to treat systemic disease, they are natural products that are designed to help you retain healthy vibrant skin and help to protect your skin from external and environmental effects. They cannot reduce your stress levels, or adjust your hormonal imbalances, or reduce your high blood pressure – and they are not intended to do those things, even though, when you read some of the adverts in beauty magazines, you would think they could cure death itself.

Herbal extracts and teas, on the other hand, do work on systemic problems such as stress, high blood pressure, circulatory disorders, hormone imbalances, blood impurities, liver function, constipation, diarrhoea, diverticulitis, and so on.

Skin care from the inside out, using herbs, is a great addition to promote healthy, vibrant looking skin. For example, using dandelion tea/coffee is a good approach to promote liver and kidney functions; green tea is a well-known source of anti-oxidants. Echinacea has great immuno-stimulant effects and lavender, chamomile and many other herbs help you to relax and reduce stress.

It’s a simple concept – feel great and you’ll look great.

It is critical that when you aim to achieve better looking skin, you consider looking at your general overall health as well as carefully considering which natural skin care products you choose.

There are many herbal teas available at health food stores and natural therapy outlets that will help you maintain or even regain good health. Below is a list of teas and herbs you can use to beneficially influence your health and in turn promote healthy skin from the inside out.

Stress:
Generally, stress can cause you difficulties with sleep, make you more irritable, elevate your blood pressure and tends to make you frown and frowning leads to those unwanted wrinkles...

Stress is the single most nominated cause of disease and just about every disease can have stress as its cause…

Herbs such as the ones listed below, can have a positive, calming effect and reduce the effects of stress caused by day-to-day 'stuff'.
Chamomile, Lavender, Passionflower, Hops and others, are great first steps to help you calm your nerves and reduce the feelings of agitation often associated with stress.

Insomnia:
Apart from systemic diseases, anxiety (stress) is the number one reason for insomnia; a stress which we can all do without. Insomnia is a very real problem for many people and will in turn cause you more stress – it’s a vicious circle that needs to be broken.

Herbs similar to the ones used to reduce stress are helpful in promoting a good nights sleep. They include:
Chamomile, Lavender, Passionflower, Hops, Valerian, …

Hormonal Imbalances:
Hormonal imbalances, such as Menopause, Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), The Pill etc. can all cause a variety of problems.

Your skin may become blotchy, suddenly develop middle-aged acne, or you may develop dry skin, skin allergies or other symptoms.

You will need to consult a qualified herbalist in order to get the correct herbal treatment to avoid interfering with the pharmaceutical drug you may be taking.

Herbs that may be helpful include:
Dang Gui, Ginseng, Evening primrose, Vitex agnus castus (Chaste tree berry), Black cohosh, and others. However, before you rush out and get some of these herbs, make sure you consult a qualified herbalist. I cannot stress this enough, because more often than not you will need a detailed assessment of your health issues and the herbal prescription you require will be a combination of herbs in specific ratios that are not available on the supermarket shelves.

Remember, that your skin does eliminate toxins, and in some cases, if your kidneys or your liver are not doing their jobs well enough, some of these toxins will be eliminated via the skin. This can cause acne, boils and many other skin problems, which are partly addressed by using good skincare products, but you will not fix the underlying problems or weaknesses. These have to be addressed using either, herbs, diet or orthodox treatments, or maybe a combination of approaches.

Pain:
Most people experience pain at least once in their life and it’s not a nice experience. Pain is often a warning by your body to let you know something is not right and you should heed this warning and find out why you are getting the pain – especially, if it persists for any length of time, or reoccurs on a frequent basis.

For this article, we’ll assume that the pain is of a non-pathological nature. That is, your headaches, back pain, chest pain or stiff neck is caused by stress, bad posture or anything other than a systemic disease.

Herbs that are beneficial in the treatment of pain include: White willow bark (Aspirin was originally made for this herb), Hypericum (St. John’s Wort), and many others, depending on the type of pain and its location.

Treating pain can get very complex and involved, because it can be due to so many different causes. The best approach is to get some professional help if taking White willow bark or Hypericum does not work. One of the most effective treatments for pain is Acupuncture.

The health of your skin is a good indicator of the internal health of your body. As I said earlier - if you feel great, you’ll look great and that is the key.

A word of caution

Herbs are powerful medicinal substances. They have potent, medicinal properties, which can also do you harm if used incorrectly or under the wrong circumstances or dosage.

Before you start to take herbs, I would strongly advise you to consult a professional, qualified herbalist. You will get good advice, the right combination of herbs for your specific needs and therefore much better results. And you’ll save money in the process.

If you are taking any Prescription drugs, make sure you speak with your health care professional to avoid adverse interactions.

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Herb of the month: Alfalfa

Alfalfa
Biological Name: Medicago sativa

Leguminosae; (beans and peas)

Other Names:
Alfalfa, Chilean Clover, Buffalo Grass, Father of All Foods (Al-fal-fa), Buffalo herb, lucerne, purple medic

Parts Used: Leaves

Active Compounds:
Upto 50% protein, has good quantity of beta carotene, chlorophyll and octacosanol. Other ingredients are: saponins, sterols, flavonoids, coumarins, alkaloids, acids, vitamins (A, B1, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid), amino acids, sugars, minerals (Ca, K, P, Mg, Fe, Zn, Cu), trace elements and other nutrients

History:
Chinese used it stimulate appetite and treat digestive problems, particularly ulcers Ancient Indian Ayurvedic physicians used Alfalfa to treat ulcers, arthritis pains and fluid retention Early Americans used alfalfa to treat arthritis, boils, cancer, scurvy, and urinary and bowel problems. Pioneer women used it to aid menstruation.

Traditional Applications in Herbal Medicine:

  • Primarily used as a blood detoxifier and nutritional supplement.
  • Mildly laxative and diuretic.
  • Good for acid stomach, alcoholism, allergies, anemia, appetite stimulant, arthritis, cancer, cholesterol, cramps, diabetes, fatigue, fever, glandular problems, gout, high blood pressure, jaundice, kidney cleanser, improving lactation, radiation damage, ulcers, urinary tract problems, vitamin and mineral deficiency.
  • Used as a bitter digestive remedy; general tonic; antipyretic; alterative; diuretic (weak); for acid conditions in general; and for inflammations; arthritis; rheumatism.
  • Possibly anticholesterolemic (octacosanol) and hypoglycemic (lowering blood sugar due to alkaloids present); antithrombotic (due to coumarins); antispasmodic for smooth muscles (flavonoids).
  • Benefits digestive and blood systems, bladder and prostate.
  • Aids in chemical imbalances.
  • Used as a blood cleanser (i.e. toxemia in pregnancy).
  • Neutralizes uric acid in cases of arthritis and bursitis. Used for arthritis, pain and stiffness
  • Aids in preventing cholesterol buildup in veins.
  • Has beneficial effect on pituitary gland.
  • Used for hyperacidity (reduces gastric acid production); good acid balancer and digestive aid (best with peppermint and taken between meals); taken for stomach ailments and ulcerous conditions.
  • Used for water retention.
  • Used for colds (add chopped mint and some orange or lemon rind to juice.)
  • Useful for protein allergies (sinus, hay fever, milk, eggs, etc.); ulcers; anemia; menopause (weak phyto estrogens).
  • Used for cystitis, bladder inflammations, sluggish appetite, alcoholism (nutrition support); chronic appendicitis; cramps (calcium content); diabetes (lowers sugar); fatigue, fever, glandular problems, gout, hemorrhages, high blood pressure, jaundice, kidney cleanser, lactation (to promote); teeth; urinary tract problems; vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
  • Possibly some anti-cancer activity
  • Reputed to reduce tissue damage of radiation therapy.
  • Some activity shown against gram negative bacteria.
  • Appears to be some antitumor activity
  • Reports of some success in rheumatoid arthritis by taking tablets.
  • Often taken mixed in water combined with cider vinegar for arthritis.
  • Aids in assimilation of protein and calcium; will assist in changing body systems from acid to alkaline.
  • Helps to produce saliva.
  • High in Vitamin K to produce clotting of blood.
  • Saponin content believed to deep clean cells and bind serum cholesterol, radioactive deposits and toxins for elimination.
  • Leaf alkaloids strengthen nervous system; beneficial effect on pituitary gland; relieves pain and inflammation.
  • Taken as infusion, extract or powdered capsule form.
  • Mixes well with vegetable or fruit juices.
  • In Chinese medicine it is known as MU-SU and used by them for ulcers, to stimulate the appetite and strengthen the digestive tract.


Alterative, diuretic, antipyretic, hemostatic
May reduce cholesterol
Help prevent Heart disease
Help prevent some strokes

Studies done at University of California at Davis found that alfalfa extracts with a lot of manganese definitely improved the condition of a diabetic who failed to respond to insulin.

Clinical nutritionists have clearly demonstrated that alfalfa meal helped monkeys, who was fed food rich in cholesterol, from getting atherosclerosis. It was also found to reduce the serum cholesterol levels.

Alfalfa had been used traditionally for treating infections resulting from surgical incisions, bed sores and inner ear problems.

Some Herbalists believe that alfalfa is the "Big Daddy of 'em all" in terms of nutritional value. The plant is so rich in Calcium that the ashes of its leaves are almost 99% pure Calcium.
Dosage: When high cholesterol or diabetes is the problem, take 2 capsules of good quality alfalfa powder with every meal.

For treating infections, make fresh juice from raw alfalfa sprouts whipped un in a blender. Take 4-6 oz of this juice orally or apply to the site of infection.

 

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The Science behind juice fasting

by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, California

Despite the fact that fasting is an ancient practice promoted by religious practitioners through the ages, there also is a solid scientific basis for the practice of fasting. This scientific basis for fasting began to take shape in 1665 when the English scientist Robert Hooke discovered that cork is made of cells. In 1670 living cells (single cell, water dwellers) were described by the Dutch scientist Anton van Leeuwenhoek who invented the microscope.

However, it was not until 1839 that basic cell theory, as we know it today, was formulated. In that year the German botanist Matthias Schlieden and the German zoologist Theodor Schwann proposed that all living organisms, plant and animal, were made of cells and cell products. Thus, the biology of a whole organism could be understood through a study of its cells. The German pathologist Rudolf Virchow completed cell theory nineteen years later by proposing that the entire body is composed of cells and cell products. This led to an understanding of cell division and differentiation.

On a parallel track, a literal explosion of knowledge occurred in physiology in the seventeenth century, beginning with the discovery of circulation of the blood, in 1616, by the English physician William Harvey. This was followed by rapid advances in the understanding of the functions of the various body organs. Knowledge which we take for granted, for example, the purpose of the liver, the kidneys and the pancreas, was unknown before physiologists Marcello Malpighi of Italy and Regnier de Graaf of Holland illuminated the scientific world with their pioneering research. The existence of oxygen and the utility it has for living organisms simply was unknown before the work of John Mayow. The average man on the street today knows more about cellular physiology than the greatest scientist living in the sixteenth century.

Let me refresh your memory and perhaps add some new facts to what you know. The physiology of any living organism — your body, for example — is a dynamic interplay between anabolism (buildup) and catabolism (breakdown). Your body requires constant sources of fuel: oxygen and food. While oxygen is obtained through the lungs and taken in directly, food is broken down into the simple building blocks of life: single molecules of fat, sugar and protein. These simple building blocks are called fatty acids, sugars (also called the -oses — glucose, fructose, maltose, etc.) — and amino acids.

This job is done by your digestive system, which includes your stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver and pancreas. These single molecules enter your body by passing through the single layer of cells which lines your intestinal tract. This single layer of cells is designed to prevent the entry of anything more complex than a single molecule. Even sucrose, a simple combination of two simpler sugars, must be broken into its individual components before entry can be made into your body. The exceptions to these comments are some small polypeptides (two and three amino acids each) and a small amount of emulsified fat, which enter the body without complete breakdown.

Until molecules cross the single layer of cells which line the gut, they are outside your body, even though they are inside your intestinal tract.

Once access is gained to the body, these molecules are whisked around your body through your cardiovascular system by the action of your heart, and through the lymphatic system in the case of incompletely digested fat. The lymphatic system empties into the vascular system at the aorta, the large vessel coming out of the heart. Each living cell in your body is in direct contact with the cardiovascular system by circulation through the capillaries, so that these nutritive molecules can be collected by each cell on an as-need basis.

The real action is happening inside your cells. This is where the process happens which can most accurately be described as "life." Thanks to Schlieden and Schwann, we know that who we are at the biological level is a collection of individual cells. These cells are incredibly different from each other, specialized for particular jobs. However, they all have one thing in common: if they are alive, they are engaged in anabolism and catabolism — they are building up and breaking down — both processes at the same time.

The most important thing to know about a cell is that it wears a coat. This coat is known as the "plasma membrane." The plasma membrane is a continuous double layer of phospholipid molecules 75 to 100 angstroms thick. What makes life possible is that the plasma membrane is selectively permeable. It permits the exchange of molecules and atoms in and out of the cell, but on a selective basis. No molecule can come in or out without permission from the plasma membrane. This allows the cell to regulate its metabolism for its own purposes.

The most amazing thing about any cell in your body is that it works for the good of the entire organism. If it must lay down its life and die, so that the whole organism can live, it will. Your white blood cells are willing kamikaze warriors to combat any threat of infection by invading organisms. This characteristic of cells hints at the presence of an organizing intelligence living in the blood and sinews of your body, a soul.

There is much to be said about cells. I could tell you about the nucleus, the nucleolus, the nuclear envelope, the smooth endoplasmic reticulum, mitochondria, centrioles, Golgi bodies, liposomes, ribosomes and on and on. Perhaps I don't need to. You are cells. Your health depends on how well you take care of your cells.

Here is what you need to know regarding fasting. Catabolism creates waste products. These waste products are mixed into the cell soup, the cytoplasm, of the cell. For life to go on and vital health to happen, these waste products must be transported out of the body. The plasma membrane has the task of allowing these substances — principally carbon dioxide, urea and uric acid — to leave the cell, so that they can be picked up by the circulatory system and transported to the lungs (in the case of carbon dioxide), and to the skin, kidneys and intestines (in the case of urea and uric acid), where they leave the body.

Here resides the problem. The plasma membrane of each cell can somehow sense the concentration of toxic wastes in the circulatory system. If this concentration is above legal limit, the plasma membrane denies an exit visa for toxic wastes inside the cell until conditions outside the cell improve. When we overload our bodies with food, even if we are able to burn it up without gaining weight, we create a chronic condition of low grade toxemia.

Each cell becomes a storage unit for unusable, toxic molecules. This is not what a doctor would call "toxemia," because it is not life-threatening. However, if what you are interested in is the most health and vitality possible for you, this is definitely a chronic condition of low grade toxemia. Only children who are on a health supporting diet are immune from a chronic condition of low grade toxemia. All adults are suffering from this condition in some degree. The result is chronic, intermittent headache (look at the sales figures for over-the-counter headache remedies), or fatigue (take some No Doz, drink some tea or coffee), or arthritis (not natural to old age, but have a drug anyway), or irritability of the nervous system (have a tranquilizer), or insomnia (take a sleeping pill or drink some special herb tea —  more enlightened)...and so on. Each pill you take adds to the total load of toxic wastes your cells must bear, and compounds the problem in the long run. Even people who have regular colon irrigation and eat the right foods can still be full of, well, toxic wastes.

Now the stage is set for fasting, for when we admit to the possibility that we may be in a condition of chronic low grade toxemia, the next question is "What can we do about it?" The answer: fast. Only when this state of knowledge is reached can we rationally consider the benefits of fasting from a scientific point of view.

Notice I said scientific, not medical. The mind set which doctors live in is: treatment of illness, once it is firmly established and obvious. Your doctor is the wrong person to talk to regarding a condition of maximum vitality or even regarding prevention of illness. Blue Cross cannot be billed for that, not yet anyway. Therefore, your physician is unlikely to know anything about the benefits of fasting, and when physicians find themselves not knowing about something (which is intolerable to a doctor's ego), you can be sure they will make up an opinion, usually a negative one.

Fasting creates a condition of low concentration of toxic wastes in the circulatory system. This is sensed by the plasma membrane of each cell and each cell will then let go of its load of toxic wastes. When this happens suddenly, as it does with fasting, the result can be a sudden case of mild systemic toxemia as the system cleanses itself. Those who fast must be prepared for a phase of headache, irritability, insomnia and fatigue. This is a natural part of the healing process and should be welcomed. How long a person should fast is an individual matter. A thorough cleansing will require at least a few days. A week-long fast will get the job done for most people. The fast should not end until the symptomatic phase (headache, fatigue, etc.) is finished by at least two days. Any fast should be supervised by a doctor experienced in fasting. Generally speaking, these doctors practice nutritional medicine.

Any degree of overloading your body with food results in the intracellular collection of waste products. Fasting allows you to tip the scales in the other direction, so that your body can release itself from this condition of autointoxication.

Let me underline one point: the addiction to quantity of food as measured in calories. This is the item which creates the conditions which make fasting a useful tool. Addiction to quantity of food, as measured in calories, is the condition in which we live, it is almost the air we breathe, certainly it is the paradigm with which we unconsciously think about and experience hunger. You may not think you are addicted. You may be slim and exercise regularly, and yet you are addicted to quantity of food as measured in calories. Try making it on 2000 calories per day, and you will discover an awareness of your addiction.

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We hope you've enjoyed this month's issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter

In good health

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