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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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.

The Water Well

Not too long back, I ran across an article that greatly sparked my interest and prompted me to further my research on the topic.

It is entirely centered on Water
How It is “Sourced
And how It is Distributed (mostly in the form of a plastic bottle)

The initial article I stumbled on was written by a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, entitled “The Truth About Plastic Water Bottles.” The key in this article is the doctor’s clear distinction that there is absolutely NO difference between the plastic used to bottle water or soda pop or fruit/vegetable juices. All of these plastic bottles are made with chemicals known as plasticizers, with the “ability” to make plastic strong and flexible.

The most common plasticizers used are PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) and Polycarbonate plastics, both actively known to cause disturbance amongst the natural function of human hormones. These plasticizers are used to store water, juices, and soda pop alike, without discrimination and are chalk full of phthalates and bisphenol-A (better known as BPA). The transparent numbers placed within the Recycle Emblem are a great indicator of the precise chemical make-up used to form the plastic bottle for commercial use.

A concise list is available for printable use in the article here: http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/the-truth-about-plastic-water-bottles#.Ux38gVqGy8w.google_plusone_share and can be found below:

#1 PETE or PET (polyethylene terephthalate) – used for most water and soda bottles. The ingredients include resins made from methane, xylene and ethylene combined with the chemical ethylene glycol and other chemicals. These have flame retardants and UV stabilizers added.

#2 HDPE (high density polyethylene) – used for cloudy milk and water jugs and opaque food bottles. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned these release formaldehyde and dioxin if chlorine was used during manufacturing.

#3 PVC or V (Polyvinyl chloride)- used in some cling wrap, soft beverage bottles, plastic containers, plumbing pipes, children’s toys, vinyl windows, shower curtains, shades and blinds and many other items. They create toxic by-products when burned such as PCB’s and dioxins. Made from petroleum resins and have flame retardants added.

#4 LDPE (low density polyethylene) – used in plastic grocery bags, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, and flexible lids. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned these release formaldehyde and dioxin if chlorine was used during manufacturing.

#5 PP (polypropylene)- used in yogurt cups, some baby bottles, screw-on caps, toys, drinking straws. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned these release formaldehyde and dioxin if chlorine was used during manufacturing.

#6 PS (polystyrene)- used in egg cartons, foam meat rays, clear take out containers, plastic cutlery, toys, cups, CD containers. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned they release styrene and polyaromatic hydrocarbons.

#7 Other (usually polycarbonate) – used in 5 gallon water bottles, some baby bottles, and lining of metal food cans. They create toxic by-products when burned such as PCB’s and dioxins. Made from petroleum resins and have flame retardants added.

Now, begs the question: What type of bottle should be used to drink liquids – water,  juice and soda pop included?

Well, the good Doctor reports that glass and metal are the best options, and I encourage the same, as well as drinking as much from a natural fresh source of “spring” or well water. Even still, it is all a grave concern due to the increase and frequency of air pollution … that inevitably reaches the world’s natural water sources and supplies. One must also consider that most bottled water sources are largely unknown due to manufacturer resistance to transparency regarding the Purity of their waters (http://www.ewg.org/research/ewg-bottled-water-scorecard-2011/summary-findings).

The most important factor is Utilizing the Mind to Obtain Knowledge. Avoiding the Truth only promotes Ignorance, which is Useless.

Make a Conscious Effort to Be Aware
Make a Conscious Effort to Be Informed
Make a Conscious Effort to Be Healthy

~Always Be On a Journey to Seek Wealth Through Healthy Habits~

Painting the Organs with Acrylamide

Most recently I’ve grown increasingly aware of and concerned about this little known chemical compound referred to as Acrylamide. In my discussions with my small circle of Vegan Foodist friends, I’ve come to learn that most of us are completely oblivious to this toxicity we are unknowingly ingesting on a pretty regular basis.

The first question and response that comes to mind is generally something to the effect: “Is it something found in processed foods? Cuz I only eat processed foods sparingly.” Great question, great thought. But it’s nearly inescapable for us all – whether carnivorous or herbivorous – simply due to Acrylamide’s chemical make-up.

So what is it? What foods is it found to be present?

As simply put as possible, I shall quote the authorities responsible for the management of food inspection and food safety: the FDA. “Acrylamide is a chemical that can form in some foods during high-temperature cooking processes, such as frying, roasting, and baking…Acrylamide is found mainly in foods made from plants, such as potato products, grain products, or coffee. Acrylamide does not form, or forms at lower levels, in dairy, meat, and fish products. Generally, acrylamide is more likely to accumulate when cooking is done for longer periods or at higher temperatures.”

So stop baking, frying and roasting my plant foods, right?

According to the FDA, that is not advisable, despite the logic in eliminating baking/frying/roasting as a cooking regimen. In fact, the FDA’s “best” advice  is to follow that which is mapped out in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2010.asp). In turn, it stirs the question:

Should I be *cooking* food at all?

Considering that Acrylamide caused cancer in animals in studies where animals were exposed to acrylamide at very high doses and has been viewed as a significant human health concern for the past 4 years, I lean toward that being a *very* valid question! And if you’re already a vegan, exactly how hard would it be to transcend to a RAW vegan lifestyle?

It important to note that the Governmental Administrator for Food states that “food packaging is not a source of formed acrylamide,” to later advise that “Acrylamide is produced industrially for use in products such as plastics, grouts, water treatment products, and cosmetics. Acrylamide is also found in cigarette smoke.” I find that to be rather contradictory, as food packaging in America is *primarily* encased with Plastic… Just pay close attention at your next grocery shopping visit, and you will discover the truth in my statement!

Now I know and recognize the array of questions this chemical compound coined as Acrylamide brings to the surface of light. If you’re wondering what is being done to remedy the exposure of acrylamide in our foods in America, I can tell you that the government isn’t doing much at all. There are some manufacturers who are seeking ways to reduce acrylamide in their products, but it appears research has remained stagnated on that topic for more than 7 years.

My best personal advice is to do the following:

  • Start limiting your intake of baked, fried and roasted foods in general, to of course include potatoes (including chips), fruits, and grain (products).
  • Avoid “browning” foods – keep potatoes golden in color, as well as work on just warming bread rather than “toasting” it.
  • Eat all cooked foods in moderation.
  • Transition to Yerba Mate in place of coffee. It’s cheaper, anyhow!
  • Gradually transcend to a fully RAW Vegan Lifestyle.

Cooking at temperatures exceeding 120 degrees Celsius (248 degrees Fahrenheit), will likely result in exposure to Acrylamide at a dose that’s just unacceptable if you’re proactively avoiding putting yourself at risk of accumulating Cancerous cells within the body.

For more info, I highly recommend visiting: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2009-08-26/html/E9-20495.htm AND http://www.fda.gov/food/foodborneillnesscontaminants/chemicalcontaminants/ucm053569.htm
Doing an independent search is crucial to keep yourself as well informed as possible.

Paint the Organs with Life
Not Acrylamide.
Work to Transcend to a Raw Vegan Lifestyle
And Allways Be on The Journey to

Achieve Health As Wealth!

Queenie’s Creamy Dreamy Asparagus Pasta

Creating & Cooking

Is My

Heaven on Earth.


~It allows for me to provide fuel support to my loved ones (when I can share, hehehe) so that they may put their best foot forward in sharing their *loving* energy.
~It boosts my energy to make positive and conscious efforts to make sustainable choices – in my food selection and purchasing any other “goods.”
~It allows for me to be fully aware of what I am putting into my body – particularly in Creation Mode.
~It provides total happiness to my Heart which always enjoys a warm embrace.


Mind Inspired
to Prove that there Is

Wealth in Healthy Eating.

Pray Tell: What is a GMO?

What Is a GMO? Courtesy of Nutiva.


This video is pretty doggone Genius! Thank you to Nutiva for caring and sharing!


It’s just over 2 minutes and *definitely* worth a watch.

Knowledge is Power.
Exercise Your Right to Know
and
Discover Truth.


If not NOW –
WHEN?


Journey To the Wealth of Health.

 

The Dirty Dozen vs. The Clean Fifteen

Clean 15 vs. Dirty Dozen – Revelation Revealed

Generally, I am constantly seeking New Knowledge, and my interest is highly piqued by discovering and uncovering myths and truths regarding Health and Wealth. Very recently, I ran across a brochure at a local grocery store, supplying a surprisingly wealthy amount of information about “Eating Well Organically.” This particular grocer has embarked on a phenomenal journey to incorporate organic produce, alternative “milks,” and a small section of the store is completely dedicated to Organic/Non-GMO/”Natural” foods. Their efforts are truly commendable, as they’re smack dab in the middle of suburbia and East Kansas City where BBQ is King (and Queen).


As we passed by the Health Market area – dedicated to conscious fooders – this “Organic” brochure caught my eye. Both myself and the Lover had to take a gander and were truly awed by our findings. This is what we’ve discovered:


Comparison of  Conventional / Natural / Organic Foods            
             
Processing Type   Conventional   Natural   Organic
             
Artificial Colors   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Flavors   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Preservatives   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Fertilizers   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Synthetic Pesticides   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Irradiation   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Genetic Modification (GMO)   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
             

While we were ensnared by the array of “experts” and “Environmental Groups” (Environmental Working Group, included) stating that there are at least 15 (fifteen) different foods people can purchase conventionally, we were pretty astounded to stumble on this New Knowledge.

Who’d-a-thunk that Natural isn’t truly Natural?

In fact, “Natural Foods” can be genetically modifiedmuch like conventional foods… of course, at the discretion of the producer/manufacturer. Interestingly enough, the brochure made special note to mention that “Natural Food is NOT Organic.


In short, I strongly encourage and support Organic Onlyfood purchases – particularly for Produce / Nuts / Seeds. When visiting your Local Farmers’ Market embrace the confidence to Ask…

What Methods do You Use in Growing Your Food(s)?

It’s as simple as that! Here in BBQ King City, our farmers tend to be pretty honest b.u.t. you DO have to Ask. Try to find encouragement in the fact that a farmer informs you that s/he does use processing of some kind… this just allows you to journey onto the next farmer and discover some of their secrets! 😉 It’s a win-win situation. Because now you have taken ownership of the Power of Choice!


Organic Is the Way…
To The Wealth of Health!