Herbal Healing Hunt(ing)

A reader recently reached out and asked:

What are your top recommendations for purchasing herbs/teas? (In-store & Online)

This spawned some heavy research on my part, as I already knew of a solid number of places in mind that I readily go to (mostly online) in the event that I need an herbal blend/tonic/fix and/or tea medleys.

Upon mulling over the first thoughts I had, I realized that there are several of us out here who prefer to deal with this type of science at hand – person to person, tangible exchange to tangible exchange. There are many bonuses in purchasing herbs, roots and teas in-store and meeting an herbalist face-to-face to discuss personal ailments, issues and curiosities.

With SO much done on-line these days, how do we stay in tune with our Humanity?

Thankfully, many of the herbalists that we can meet face-to-face are just as willing to part and share knowledge with us by phone and email, so even the healthiest busy bees can seek out and find wisdom for their needs – especially when all that time allows is a few quick clicks of a mouse.

Still, though, I could not think of supplying an answer to the initial question without thinking of an avenue for my beloved people who are more apt to make in-store purchases over online purchases. And while I know that this article may be touched by folks across the continent (and the seas!), I had to make a narrowed list – what with my own busy bee schedule.


Should your city not be listed and you struggle in finding a local “hot spot” for your herbal healing needs, please feel free to reach out to me. I will do my best in helping you find someone close to home or knowledgeable enough to make you feel at peace about making a purchase online.


In(ner)-Store

To Bless (and Rep!) My Hometown Kansas City, all Hail + Love to:
Phoenix Herb Company phoenixherb.com – if you don’t know them by now, you shall surely know them from this point on! They host a wealth of herbs/blends/tonics/supplements/spices… you name it, they have it! Make Google your friend and type them in your search box. Everything they have in their store, they seem to have online. The best part? They are ridiculously affordable AND they ship to most all states in the U.S.!

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Georgians Unite in ATLThe Herb Shop of Vinings appears to be quite the “hotspot” for locals to fully enjoy a variety of herbs + roots + teas. While reviews site that it’s *pretty* expensive, the owner appears to be helpfully knowledgeable, so this *may* make for a significant bonus. Website is *not* user-friendly, so only the locals can feast on this one!
Location: 3248 Cobb Parkway Ste 116 Atlanta, GA 30339

Hung-Ren Gingseng + Herbs – offers Chinese herbalism/acupuncture and free on-site consultations. Online store to come soon, so just the locals get to hone in on this awesome spot!
Location: 5095 Buford Hwy NE #C Atlanta, GA 30340

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From Miami to Orlando, there’s many a place the Herbal Healer can Go!

Florida Herb House – Miami-based – There is an online shop available selling mostly Organic/Wild-Harvested herbs, which makes it a bit pricey… but there are randomly decent prices on some great roots (like Burdock <– blood cleanser)!

Leaves & Roots – Orlando-based – Offers Flat Rate Shipping sent as Priority Mail – With a long list of available herbs/roots/teas for Online Shopping, these locale is priced best for loose leaf herbs purchases!

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Now, we’re in New York. New York! New York!!

The Herb Shoppe (Brooklyn-Bound) – may carry hard to find blends/herbs – www.theherbshoppebrooklyn.com [not so great website but all around great reviews] –> according to frequent shoppers, carry a WIDE variety of herbs, tonics, tinctures + more at affordable prices
Location: 394 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217

Remedies Herb Shop (Brooklyn-Built) remediesherbshop.com (FULL list of availabilities online – Bonus! They ship *everywhere* in America imaginable – by weight) Very well designed website; bet its a beauty to visit in person!
Flower Power Herbs + Roots (flowerpower.net)  *City-Catch* <–definitely should check out the site to see if what you’re looking for is available before making the trek. As there were pretty mixed reviews on friendly/helpful staff and the prices appearing to be relatively steep according to reviews, I recommend hitting this place up *only* if you’re close by and can’t get to Remedies Herb Shop or The Herb Shoppe in Brooklyn.
Location: 406 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

Serengeti Teas + Spices
(www.serengetiteasandspices.com)<–Pretty steep prices to shop online, but the reviews are *Fantastic* for the ambiance of this place. Sounds like it may be well worth a visit if you’re in the Harlem area! More of a sit and sip tea shop, than a grab and go shop.
Location: 2292 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY 10027

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California Looooove

**As one of my favorite go-to havens, I couldn’t leave these beautiful Los Angeles locals hanging!**

Dragon Herbs – Informative website on what’s available and accessible *in-store only*. The L.A. shop looks very roomy and welcoming, but one that the locals can happily partake in more so than any onlookers from outside the area.
TWO L.A. County Locations: 460 S Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 + Santa Monica: 315 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90041
Herbs of Mexico – Incredibly extensive list of herbal blends / tinctures / teas and so on and on. The site is fantastic [https://herbsofmexico.com] and allows you to do Online Shopping in the event that you cannot get to the store (or are not located in LA!). Quite a haven of “name it, you’ll likely find it!” with a minimum purchase of 1/4 pound – 1 pound varieties available. Very affordable on a whole level. For those in the L.A. area, I recommend going in person.
Location: East Los Angeles – 3903 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90023
Create Your Health Teas (of Los Angeles County) [www.createyourhealth.com] ~ online *only* but there is a Tea Room (unsure of its accessibility)! West Coast Prices for teas and blends, and the shipping costs… I would contact to see if they offer any type of bundled shipping options!


On-Line Options
Bulk Herb Storewww.bulkherbstore.com – Flat Rate Standard Shipping @ $6.50 for orders <$99, free for orders >$99. Most herbs sold in 1/2 Pound increments, with some remarkably low pricing – BEST online Prices I’ve seen. *Highly Recommended*
PureFormulas.com<–provides FREE shipping on ALL orders (NO minimum); offers very low prices on a number of hard to find varieties. *Recommended*
Shop.KhannaPakana.com – sells spices, herbs and healthy foods. There is a live chat feature where you can talk to someone about any questions you may have about their products. Most of their products are *not* certified organic (like the spices + herbs), but when you place Mind over Matter… all is good. They *do* make an effort to avoid GMO products, which is a bonus. *Recommended with Caution*
 And who could forget..!
Ebay.com – You can bid or you can buy on most anything you want. What is there not to like?

And there you have it! Dear Herbal Healing Hunters.

I know there are likely many more availabilities to choose amongst –
But these are the highlights of my findings
In Affordability
In Variety
In Good Spirit


Delight in the Achievement of Health
that brings about True Wealth!

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Combat with the “Common” Cold

In this day and age it is a pretty well-known fact that it can be difficult in finding the Tried and True – whether it be in break-ups to make-up, long-lasting products built without the factor of planned obsolescence or something as seemingly simple as a cure for what ever ails us. This can be most frustrating when dealing with frequent and recurring ailments, such as the “common” cold.

How is it *common* yet there is no *common* cure?

I run the risk of asking this question, knowing that there are a plethora of responses like: “let it run its course” and “drink lots of fluids” and many more I opt to overlook. To me, those are not cures or solutions, as it can take a “common” cold a ridiculous amount of days to “run its course.” And when you’re not well enough to consider doing much of anything, how does running to the bathroom every hour or so (give or take 30 minutes) from “drinking lots of fluids” encourage a quick recovery?

I have come to realize that there is one simple cure/solution for combating the “common” cold.

Listen to Your Body!

It is not unforeseen that the body alerts you when it has come to recognize the changes in season, the steady drop in temperature and how it chooses to deal with these effects. You can feel the difference almost instantaneously in your bones, your muscles, sometimes even your nerves. And due to our inclination to always be on the move, we generally ignore these signals and push our bodies to a breaking point…

Then we wonder: “How did I get sick?

We bundled up every day we went out, we made sure to wear hats, gloves and thick socks (most of the time) and we ate lots of warm foods. However, we never stopped to consider that it may be best to expose ourselves a bit less to freezing (and below) temperatures and stay indoors bundled up with an array of blankets and a few cups of hot tea (no, not joe). We didn’t factor in that spending a bit more “ME” time with the self and spoiling the body with such things as sleep, hot foot baths and gentle massages would allow and provide for great circulation, relaxation and much needed stimulation.

While we have a tendency to take a few of those “personal sick days” off from work in the warm summer months, we ought to reconsider switching things up and relishing in that time during the winter season. It can really pay off in the end, most notably by ensuring a healthier, happier body that can ultimately stay “on the move.”


As I mentioned curling up with a few cups of hot tea, consider this Tried and True Tea Blend Recipe shared by the Vegetarian Health Institute:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dried echinacea leaves
  • 1/4 cup dried peppermint leaves
  • 1/4 cup dried lemon balm leaves
  • 3 Tbsp dried elder berries OR 1/4 cup dried elder flowers

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a glass jar and shake gently to combine. Seal jar tightly. Store your Cold and Flu Tea away from heat and light for up to a year. This blend will make approximately 24 cups of tea.

To Make One Cup of Tea:

  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 2 tsp Cold and Flu Tea blend
  • Green stevia for sweetener, if desired

Add tea blend to tea infuser or tea ball. Bring water to a boil, remove from heat. Pour water into mug and add tea. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Add green stevia (if using) and stir until dissolved. Drink up to 3 cups of tea per day as needed.

When the season first hits (which may be the case for the mid and east coasts right now!) I recommend having 2-3 cups of this blend daily for at least one week. You can supplement for other equally effective herbs [like Coriander, Garlic, Ginger, Goldenseal, Lemon+Honey, Mullein or Sage] or use the ones listed above singularly throughout the next week or two utilizing the same dosage. Continue alternating throughout the entire season.

Also, consider a foot bath (you can purchase a large bucket for under $3 from most dollar stores) with a nice portion of epsom salts. Make sure it’s hot enough to handle and soak for at least 20 minutes. Castor oil up afterward to encourage that much needed circulation, and make sure it’s not diluted. Lastly, be mindful of how and what you eat. Don’t be concerned about “fattening” up for the winter; focus on lots of Greens, Fruits and Vegetables. If you can home-make your dishes, I highly recommend doing so; it helps to better monitor what you’re eating. The key: The Fresher, The Better!

Combating the “common” cold starts with Listening to Your Body… if your body is down, you are down, so focus on staying Up.

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The Blood Type Diet

While researching a personally recurring ailment, I stumbled upon an ad within the article I was reading that stated something to the effect of: “What foods to avoid for Your Blood Type.” The brief line alone piqued my interest greatly, and I wish I had clicked on the offered link at the time. I’ve since re-visited this information page many times, but that same ad is no longer lingering on the page, unfortunately. Rather than be discouraged, I placed this topic on my “To Learn More” list and have been doing periodic research on it ever since.

Admittedly, there is great curiosity and excitement in the idea of creating an *agreeable* diet centered around one’s biological genetic information that makes you YOU. How many of us have actually considered that what we eat can adversely and/or beneficially affect our blood and de/increase its level of efficacy for [un]healthiness? I know for myself, despite being a hard-core advocate for True Vegetarianism (no lacto, no ovo, no in-betweens – just *straight* real vegetarianism), I didn’t even connect this as a consideration. As our energy and consciousness grows and becomes more definitive, we are exposed to higher sources of knowledge and power, and I don’t doubt that my eye catching the attention of that ad was coincidental. Whether to re-affirm or disregard the “importance” of eating for one’s genetic design, I think it best to investigate so as to make an independent judgment according to one’s own attributions towards health.

Certainly, there is a slight “craze” revolving around the concept of a Blood Type Diet, regarded as genius to some and ridiculous to others. The modern day pioneer for blood type dieting is advocated in large part by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, who hosts several websites catering to his studies and findings relative to the topic. Honestly, his theories have NOT won me over by far, but I do think he may be on to something all in all. He encourages certain blood types to eat animals, which is something I cannot and will not support, as the Animal Kingdom is not a segment of the Human “Kingdom.” Animals were not made from humans and humans were not made from animals, so we are not (co)dependent upon each other for sustenance for our bodies [eating insects such as bees has no nutritional value for humans].

I noticed that there is a significant push for O Blood Types to eat meat in high doses, which was described as bringing a number of these “types” to severe discomfort and unease with their energy and ability levels by different people of this type. The slight Saving Grace for Dr. D’Adamo is that he boldly states:

“If you’re a bread-eating Type O and you’re happy with your state of health and life is wonderful, you shouldn’t even be in the nutrition aisle in the bookstore; I write books for people for whom those other things don’t work.”

In a way it seems like another gimmick to drive us to try out the new “fad” in managing health and wellness in an increasingly careless society regarding true health and wellness. This makes it more difficult to present any actual Facts about dieting for your specific blood type. For instance, my sister is O+ and she thrives off of meat and [artificially] acidic liquids, while my significant other is O- and thrives off of a True Vegetarian diet consisting of grains and fresh fruit and vegetables. They are both O’s, but they eat completely differently and couldn’t imagine eating as the other does (short or long-term).

While Health and Wellness go hand in hand in reality, they are quite distanced in the world of science and education. This is most notable in the required courses for doctors (even specialists) to “prepare” for *practicing* on people. Nutrition studies are placed low in significance to health and wellness, despite this being one of the most crucial aspects of how we maintain our livelihood. The use of chemicals and lab creations are deemed as the necessary “go-to” where foods, herbs and liquids are stripped of their natural nutritional value (make-up) and formulated into an experimental tonic. These are just facts, easily found in *practice* throughout western society.

According to Dr. D’Adamo, three out of four people (in his studies) benefit from eating his recommended diet for their Blood Type, so while the odds are high, there is still plenty of wiggle room for detriment to arise. Considering that there is no distinction between dieting for a positive or negative Blood Type, I think this leaves the window open – so to speak – for independent trials and error (as is the case between my sister and my mate) where the dieter makes the final decision by listening to the body.

There are a number of [re]sources available to those who are curious about what should be eaten and what should be avoided, including the many sites from Dr. D’Adamo. In short, I will list the main points sited time and again by Blood Type Diet[ing] advocates in a sort of “series” starting with A+ and A-:

Type A: “flourish on a vegetarian diet – if you are accustomed to eating meat, you will lose weight and have more energy once you eliminate the toxic foods from your diet. Pure, Fresh and Organic foods can supercharge the immune system and potentially short circuit the development of life threatening diseases.” Chew food completely to ensure proper digestion, as Type As typically have low levels of stomach acid to aid in breaking down more complex foods.

Having heightened cortisol levels – limiting the body’s ability to effectively (and naturally) deal with and recover from stress –  makes incorporating calming exercises a requirement for Type As. Dr. D’Adamo recommends, Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation and Deep Breathing Exercises.

For specifics on particular foods, start here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/466981-blood-type-a-grocery-list-of-very-beneficial-foods/


Ultimately, I recommend listening to your bodyregardless of blood type. Learn and Know your body, and you will all-ways be the Best Judge.

To Heal one must become Whole.
To Know one must Learn.
To Be one must Live.

So Be the best Knower of your Whole Self in order to Live in Health.

Therein lies Wealth.