Introducing my newest book RECLAIMING WELLNESS: Ancient Wisdom for Your Healthy, Happy, and Beautiful Life, which explores today’s most effective wellness practices — and their multicultural sources — and makes them easy to implement for all, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, income, or social status.
The following video will answer some of the questions I get asked about the book:
Reclaiming Wellness speaks to everyone, with an emphasis on the people of color who struggle disproportionately with preventable diseases, to offer:
- practical, affordable, and even fun ways to incorporate plant-based whole foods into even the most time-crunched routine
- lazy-proof means of movement that feel more like self-love than the dreaded “exercise”
- techniques of mindfulness, meditation, and visualization that make them meaningful everyday tools
- ways to experience nature, music, and community to heal and connect
Let me know what you think in the comments below the video!
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The use of medicinal plants is increasingly widespread in society. They are used seemingly for anything: from weight loss, to sleep, to stress management.
In short, to feel better. But we must always ask ourselves the following question: Is natural always safe? Today’s video will try to answer this question.
Medicinal plants are an important therapeutic arsenal that nature offers us. They have been the first medicines of Humanity and have served as a model for the subsequent development of most industrial medicines.
They are generally safe and are widely used to treat mild ailments but, since they are products that have a clear pharmacological activity, it is essential to take into account that they do not interact with other drugs that we are taking or that they may be counterproductive for other diseases that we suffer.
People who take anticoagulant drugs, for example, have to be especially careful since they are using very complicated treatments that interact with a multitude of medicinal plants, such as green anise, common chamomile. People with high blood pressure may need to be careful about using licorice as it tends to raise it.
People with thyroid problems should also be especially careful, for example, with seaweed-based preparations, as they can provide an extra amount of iodine that can affect their pathology.
Pregnant and lactating women should also be especially careful not to take any medicinal plant without first consulting their doctor or pharmacist; this is the case of the use of aloe vera to treat constipation in pregnant women (it is a laxative of the so-called irritants that can cause contractions, so it should not be used).
These are just some examples, but the recommendation we give you is the convenience of always asking a healthcare professional about whether a certain product can be used together with the specific medication and diseases of each person.
So, the morale of the story is: do not try medicinal plants without researching them first and preferably only after going to your registered herbalist for advice and choose the most appropriate for you.
Aches and pains due to muscle or joint issues? This remedy blend is super fast and easy to make, can be made cold (no need to heat the oils) and the result seems good to me. It is effective, fast and very simple to do. Also, everyone who doesn’t like the feel of oily and sticky creams loves this spray too.
Check out the video here and the ingredients and written instructions below
2 ounces of 70% + alcohol pharmacy alcohol.
1 oz of menthol crystals.
1.5 oz of camphor crystals.
35 drops of turpentine essential oil
35 drops of wintergreen essential oil
5 drops chamomile essential oil
- Weigh the menthol and camphor crystals using a scale.
- In a clean, dry, wide-mouth glass jar, add the rubbing alcohol and then the crystals.
- Shake well until the crystals have dissolved in the alcohol. The crystals should dissolve perfectly at room temperature.
- Now add the drops of essential oil, close and shake again. I
- Package in a dark glass container with spray, very clean and dry.
- Store it in the cupboard or bathroom cabinet, away from light, heat, and moisture. And away from children.
Ways of use and precautions
- First and foremost, they cannot use it: pregnant women, during lactation, small children under 8 years old. We must be very careful with people who are asthmatic or sensitive to aromas.
- We must be careful with the mucous membranes (eyes, nose and mouth) and we must not apply it to open wounds.
- It is applied as a normal spray on the area where we feel pain, for example, a sore ankle, a sprain, a contracture, etc. The ideal is to apply it and cover it with a gauze or bandage and let it act. It can even be used before or after a massage, depending on what we see.
- We can use it one to two times a day safely, for several days in a row.
Digestion is a complex process that involves many organs in our body. Correct digestion, among other things, is essential for the body to assimilate the necessary nutrients to carry out its vital functions.
Stress, a heavier than normal meal, ultra-processed foods, changes in routine, excess cold or heat … All these things can influence your digestion and when faced with the discomfort of poor digestion, plants may be your allies.
The ideal is to take it after a large meal, to facilitate the digestive process and reduce the effects of heavy digestion (bloating, gas, heartburn, general discomfort). To aid digestion after a heavy meal you can take a digestive infusion made with three very special herbs. Check the video and directions below:
- Mint 50%
- Licorice 25%
- Fennel Seeds 25%
Mix all the ingredients following the indicated proportions and add to a glass jar, mixing thoroughly. When ready, use a single level tablespoon of herbal tea for every 250 ml (8 oz) of hot water. Avoid scalding hot or boiling water.
During the warm season you can also have this infusion cold and enjoy it as a flavored drink to finish your meals and dinners.
People often ask me how seasonal foods and medicinal plants can be an ally to increase their defenses. According to the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) the vitamins and other micronutrients contained in certain foods can contribute to the proper functioning of the immune system.
Other studies show that malnourished people are more exposed to infections and diseases due to the lack of nutrients.
Despite the fact that a person who follows a healthy life will hardly have a lack of vitamins or mineral salts, it is possible that, at times, their immune defenses may be more exposed to attacks by viruses and bacteria.
The change of seasons are usually key moments for our immune system. In addition, stress and bad habits like smoking poor sleep and excessive alcohol intake are other factors that can affect the functioning of your defenses and weaken our immune system.
That’s where some of the amazing botanicals I love the most come to play! These are plants that, when used in combination with a whole foods plant-based diet, exercising and resting correctly are amazing tools that could make a difference in your ability to stave off disease. Check them out here:
1. Echinacea. It is probably one of the most used plants in natural preparations against flu and colds. Echinacea root extracts have been shown to have immunomodulatory effects (stimulate or depress the immune system) in in vitro and in vivo experiments.
2. Thyme. It is rich in flavonoids and tannins, substances that help to strengthen the defenses, and essential oils with bactericidal properties. Using thyme in the kitchen is a very good idea not only to strengthen our defenses, but to improve digestion.
3. Rose Hip. It contains above all vitamin C and flavonoids, important antioxidants that strengthen our defenses and help prevent colds and flu.
4. Garlic. It is a great ally of health and should not be missing in our kitchens. It is renowned for its protective properties of the circulatory system and for being an antioxidant. In addition, garlic extracts have shown antiviral activity, among others.
5. Sea buckthorn. The fruit of this plant has traditionally been used as a topical healing and anti-inflammatory.
Before I started researching medicinal plants and studying herbal medicine, I used to drink infusions in ready-made sachets. There are amazing brands and blends on the market, to meet all tastes and needs. However, over time I have moved to buying herbal blends in bulk and avoiding the use of tea bags and herbal teas. Why?
For several reasons:
Taste: The aroma and flavor of an infusion prepared with loose or fresh plants are usually better than that of infusions in a sachet.
Process: The preparation of an infusion for me is a ritual, I enjoy every detail, the aroma, the colors, the calm … Dedicating a few quality minutes each day to take care of ourselves either with an infusion, a little exercise or reading a book, it should be imperative. Do not you think?
Savings: Infusions in sachets tend to be more expensive compared to bulk plants.
Quality: The raw material contained in the bags and stored for a long time can lose its properties. The same happens with loose plants, but if they are acquired in a trustworthy place and stored correctly, they last longer and keep the active principles unchanged.
Safety: Acquiring infusions in bulk in trusted establishments is synonymous with security. We can ask about the origin and date of production of the plant. The material used to produce the sachets often contains plastic and other toxic products. So it is appropriate to read the packaging or ask the manufacturer. If you want to know more about this point, I suggest you read this article on Living without plastic.
This doesn’t mean there aren’t amazing advantages of using tea in little bags.
First and foremost, in this form they are easier to take to the office or when you go on a trip. But also:
Blend Variety: The blends, or blends, are created to provide a tasty infusion. There are them with mixtures of very varied herbs and spices for all palates.
Easy to Get: They are found in any supermarket, herbalist, or health food store.
In short, if you want to enjoy a good infusion and let the process become part of your ritual, very pleasant and relaxing… AND if you dare to create your own mixes it will be even more entertaining to savor the final result in a cup.
If you don’t want to give up a good infusion when you travel or at work, infusions and tea bags are perfect in these situations. You just have to choose the ones that best suit your needs and tastes.
So tell me: do you prefer infusions and tea in bulk or in bags? I wait for you in the comments!
Do you know the difference between aromatic and medicinal plants? Do not worry, it is a fairly frequent question since, despite the different definitions of medicinal and aromatic plants, many times the same plant can fit into the two categories.
What is the difference between aromatic and medicinal plants?
Both medicinal and aromatic plants have been present in our culture since ancient times. First, let’s review the definition of aromatic and medicinal plants:
Aromatic plants, also known as aromatic herbs or fine herbs, are characterized by their perfume and flavor. Its green leaves are usually the edible and nutrient-rich part and for this reason they are used for cooking.
Medicinal plants are those that contain in one or more parts active compounds that are beneficial for the health of humans and animals. If you want to know more about this topic, you can read the post “Medicinal plants: history, types, uses”.
The difference between the two concepts is in the plant’s use. While the former are used above all for culinary use, so they are edible; the latter have healing properties, but not all of them can be ingested.
Here are some examples of aromatic plants with medicinal properties.
1. Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
It is a very aromatic and common herb of Mediterranean cuisine that is also curative.
Its active principles promote digestion and stimulate the appetite.
2. Rosemary (Rosmarinus)
It is another herb very commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine.
Its essential oils and chemical compounds have a carminative (reduces gas) and hepatoprotective effect. Scientific studies are also investigating the antioxidant properties of this aromatic and medicinal plant.
A plant with a delicate and unique aroma, ideal for flavoring all kinds of dishes. It is also traditionally used for its antifungal and antibacterial properties to relieve and prevent inflammation of the oral cavity.
It is a plant with a very intense and balsamic aroma. The European Medicines Agency validates the use of this plant for the relief of flu states and coughs based on the traditional use of this plant. Find out more about thyme here.
The fresh and intense aroma of this plant is unmistakable and that is why it is used in many sectors, from the pharmaceutical industry, to perfumery and food. The leaves of this aromatic herb are rich in essential oils and other compounds that alleviate disorders related to poor digestion.
Do you take advantage of the medicinal properties of any aromatic plant? Let me know in the comments below.
Eating fruit is a healthy habit, so it is important to include it in your daily diet.
Are you one of those who consumes fruit every day and you like to try different flavors, tastes and types? If so you’re in luck! In today’s video you will find some varieties of tropical fruit and their medicinal properties. Check them out!
Why are fruit good for ya?
Mineral salts, vitamins, simple sugars, fiber … these are just some of the beneficial nutrients for our well-being that tropical fruits provide us. Therefore, they are considered a fundamental element in the diet to prevent diseases and stay in shape.
The World Health Organization in its recommendations on diet, physical activity and health, highlights some interesting facts about the habit of eating fruits every day and some data that makes its importance very clear: On average, almost two million lives could be saved each year thanks to a regular consumption of fruit and vegetables.
Beyond the nutrients and fiber that fruits provide us, some have active principles that can improve people’s quality of life. Let’s discover the ones from just my favorite 5!
It is a tropical fruit that, due to its properties and flavor, has also become very popular in less warm areas. It is rich in vitamins of group A, B, C and vegetable fiber. In addition to being characterized by its low caloric intake, it is appreciated for its digestive properties.
Pineapple is rich in bromelain, an enzyme that promotes digestion. In addition, due to its high fiber content, it is slightly laxative and produces a feeling of satiety.
Coconut water has rehydrating properties. The oil from the coconut is used as food and is potentially good for people with nutrient absorption problems. For its emollient and moisturizing properties, it is also highly valued by the cosmetic industry. It is traditionally used as a natural anti-asthmatic remedy. The pulp is rich in fatty acids, proteins and vitamin D.
Papaya is a fruit rich in fiber, which improves intestinal transit and helps relieve the feeling of constipation. In addition, it contains mineral salts, beta-carotene and vitamins.
Its nutritional properties are very valuable, but the active medicinal principles in this case are found in the latex extracted from green fruits. This substance is rich in papain, a protein with more than 200 amino acids that have digestive, antiulcer and anthelmintic properties.
Mango stands out for its nutritional properties:
It is rich in mineral salts such as magnesium, which protects the nervous system and muscles.
It contains high percentages of fiber that helps improve intestinal transit. It provides good amounts of vitamin A, C, E and K and other valuable nutrients that strengthen our immune system and give us energy.
Rich in vitamins of group A, C and K. It also has valuable mineral salts such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and copper and has a high-water content. Thanks to its nutrients, it is an ideal tropical fruit to rehydrate the body and recommended for its antioxidant properties.
Vegetable oils are precious allies for our health since they have nutritional, antioxidant and protective properties, especially against the elements.
Summer is here, which for many is synonymous with vacations, beach, sun and fun, it is even more important to take care of and pamper our skin.
The harmful rays of the sun, the wind and high temperatures make our defenses have to work harder to fight against dehydration, burns or early aging.
Obviously, you should always avoid direct exposure during the hottest hours, drink plenty of water and consume fruits and vegetables in season, are the guidelines recommended by experts each year. In addition, you can take advantage of the benefits of pure oils to prevent or alleviate the most typical summer discomforts.
These 5 vegetable oils for the skin will surprise you with their properties and will help you protect and take care of your beauty and well-being during the fun summer days.
1 Argan oil
The thorny Argania is a tree that grows in semi-desert areas of Morocco and Algeria.
Argan oil is extracted from the fruit of the tree and has been for centuries as food and cosmetics. It has 80% essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) and vitamin E. Known to relieve the discomfort caused by sunburns and skin irritations; it is an antioxidant (reduces wrinkles and scars); hydrates and regenerates and provide elasticity to the skin and shine to the hair.
2 Jojoba oil
Jojoba is a plant that grows in the deserts of Mexico and California. The oil is extracted from its fruits, well known and widely used in the cosmetic sector. It is rich in ceramides, vitamin E, essential fatty acids and proteins. It is an effective protector against UVA rays, nourishing and softening, antioxidant and skin regenerator and it’s also used against dry skin and scalp problems (protects from aggressive products such as dyes, relieves itching and flaking).
3 Avocado oil
The fruit of the avocado tree comes from North and Central America and its oil is rich in beta-carotenes, vitamins of group B, E and K. It is used for problems of eczema, wrinkles and wounds. It is an effective sun protector.
4 Sesame oil
This plant is native to India and Africa. The high content of unsaturated fatty acids (omega 6 and 9) and of vitamins of group B and E make it especially suitable for massages. It has nourishing power for the skin and protects from the sun’s rays.
5 Rose Hip oil
A plant native to Chile, is known for its excellent oil. The oil coming from the roses contains 80% polyunsaturated fatty acids that offer a powerful regenerative action. It is used for its anti-wrinkle properties, but it is also effective in treating skin blemishes (due to the sun), eczema and wounds.
Now tell me, which of these oils would you use to begin with? Let me know if the comments below!
Video No 3 of the 3-video series on how to control your sugar cravings is here!
Today we will talk about 4 herbs that are believed to help you metabolize sugar and eliminate the toxic-by products of heavily sweet and processed foods. Let’s check them out here!
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1 Milk Thistle:
This is the most recommended herb of all for liver ailments and/or protecting a normal liver from daily toxins. Milk thistle is available in capsules or extracts, sometimes it’s called silymarin, which is the active ingredient that’s in the seeds.
Milk thistle is a flowering plant of the daisy family indigenous to Europe, North Africa, and the Mid-East. It has been clinically proven to improve liver function and repair liver damage. Standardized 80 percent silymarin is recommended in either pill or extract form with dosage amounts ranging from 100 to 1,000 mg.
It’s common for people with liver issues to take 300 mg three times daily. Whether the liver needs healing or protection, milk thistle can be used for as long as someone wants. It’s best to use milk thistle seeds for DIY tinctures.
Is another safe liver herb sometimes mixed with milk thistle in capsules, an excellent combination. Some prefer extracts or even teas made from dandelion. Those weird looking weeds with small yellow flowers that many complain about when they pop up in their lawns are dandelions.
In addition to being a good source of most major vitamins, the plant provides iron, potassium, and zinc. Its most cherished function is stimulating the production of bile and its flow between the gall bladder and liver to improve liver function and overall health.
3 Burdock root:
Also purchased as rough cut root chunks that can be easily made into teas. This is a favorite blood purifier among Ayurvedic medicine doctors.
It also stimulates bile flow while helping a weakened liver by purifying the blood and restoring damaged cells. Small burdock root chunks are ideal for DIY tinctures. Allow for swelling during the soaking process.
This is the most clinically tested and written about herb for any and all inflammation. Since most liver ailments are inflammatory, it’s wise to include it in a liver healing protocol.
Curcumin capsules are readily available. But to ensure maximum absorption, get those that include piperine, an active ingredient from black pepper that helps extract nutrients from foods considerably.
Video No 2 of the 3-video series on how to control your sugar cravings is here!
Today we will talk about 4 herbs that may help reduce blood sugar, cleanse and detox your elimination system and eventually help you control your sugar cravings. Let’s check them out here!
Interested in learning more about how to control your sugar cravings? Check Out The Get Off Sugar Program Here!
Ginger has a strong cleansing effect on the body, and one of the best features is that it helps the body absorb the nutrients and minerals taken in by eating. One thing that is often overlooked by those trying to detox the body is that it’s not just about getting rid of the toxins, but replacing them with the things your body does need. Using a spice like ginger can go a long way in assisting your body in absorbing the things it needs most. Ginger is also really great for the digestive system, and can help reduce the symptoms that come from detoxing, including flatulence and bloating.
2. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is used to heat up a dish, but it’s also good at helping the body cleanse itself. It’s often cited as helping to lose weight, as it’s said to speed up the metabolism, making it easier to lose weight without really trying. As far as detoxification goes, it’s going to help your digestion, which has a trickle down effect on the rest of your body and especially in how you feel. A backed up digestion will trap toxins in a sort of holding pattern in your body, and can lead to feelings of malaise and lethargy. Taking herbs and spices like cayenne pepper helps to get things moving again and helps the body properly eliminate these toxic substances.
This is a popular spice used in Indian cuisine, and can go a long way if you’re trying to detox the body. Cardamom goes to work on harmful bacteria in the body, without destroying the beneficial bacteria that you want in there. When used in conjunction with other spices that help the digestion you’ve got a powerful one-two punch that can kill off these bacteria, and then whisk them out of the body. One side benefit of using more cardamom is that it acts as a natural antidepressant. Even if you’re not depressed it will help boost your mood, making it a great spice to introduce into your diet.
This is a popular spice often seen used in baked goods. Unfortunately when it’s used in sweet pastries it isn’t going to have much of a detoxifying effect. It needs to be consumed either by itself or with other wholesome and natural ingredients if it’s going to provide any sort of detox benefits. The best way to consume cinnamon for detox is to add it to a detox beverage, such as a shake, smoothie, or detox water. This gives you the most direct benefit and will yield the best results.
Welcome to the 3-video series on how to control your sugar cravings! Today we will talk about how amazing apple cider vinegar is for you! Here are the top 4 ways in which it can help you control your sugar cravings:
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1. Weight Loss:
Many people drink apple cider vinegar to help with weight management. Consuming it daily is thought to:
- help reduce bad cholesterol
- fight off cravings
- reduce abdominal fat
Overall, it seems like apple cider vinegar is useful as a weight loss aid, mainly by promoting satiety and lowering blood sugar and insulin levels.
2. Reduce fasting blood sugar
A small study in people with diabetes reported that consuming 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime reduced fasting blood sugar by 4% the following morning (9). Numerous other studies in humans show that vinegar can improve insulin function and lower blood sugar levels after meals
3. May help manage blood sugar levels and even fight diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar levels, either because of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin.
However, high blood sugar can also be a problem in people who don’t have diabetes. It is believed to be a major cause of aging and various chronic diseases.
4. Can Reduce Candida
Candida is a naturally occurring bacteria in the body, often associated with yeast infections and negative bacterial overgrowth. The natural enzymes in apple cider vinegar can help the body get rid of yeasts associated with candida overgrowth in humans. Candida excess symptoms include foggy brain, excessive tiredness, poor memory, sugar cravings and others.