Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The first item on my list of course is developing a closer walk and relationship with my GOD!  Most important really!  Getting to know HIM not only Biblically, but on a natural scale as well.  Learning of HIM through HIS creations.  The earth is full!  We just have to take the time to explore!  Everything was created with a purpose in mind.  We were created to be the caretakers and caregivers of this planet.  Right now if you look closely, really focus, you can see where the animal kingdom in part has taken over that duty for us!  Maintaining and keeping a balance where it is crucial.  Slowly but surely, mankind is making a turn towards their purpose!  Hard to see??  Not really!!  Just look around and see!!  There are sustainable living movements all over the world!  Getting back into being self reliant.  Growing your own food, making your own clothing, building smaller footprint homes, solar energy, wind power,organic farming, heirloom seeds, and the list goes on and on.  I want to take part in all of it!! To fulfill GOD's purpose for me in this world.
Not that this is for everyone!  Some are not ready for that type of transition. That is totally understandable. For those who are, they have to pave the way!
Second on my list?
Taking control of my health!  I cannot be a useful vessel if my health is not in check!  There are some things that have been done already!  We no longer buy white sugar!  It was hard to do, and took years to completely stop, but we have cleared that hurdle!  We now use Agave, stevia and Saccharin.  Saccharin is the next to go!  We buy very little meat as opposed to what we used to buy.  Still not a good thing, but better than we were!  We drink more water!  When I was in the hospital, they thought I was a fish!  We have not totally eliminated all the processed foods out of our lives yet, but we have considerably stopped eating them as much! Condiments! Condiments! Condiments!  They are a major issue here in this house! I am already meeting resistance from the household members on that one!!  It is a process!!
The next herb is?   Black Cohash
I have heard about this herb, and have taken it for awhile.  It does actually help with the hot flashes and night sweats in my case.  It must be taken with caution!!!!!  Please before you attempt any herbal therapy please consult your Dr!!

Black Cohosh

Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa ([Latin]), also known as black snakeroot, bugbane, cimicifuga, and squawroot, is an herb that has been proven effective for relief of menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, mood disturbances, palpitations, and vaginal dryness. 

Black cohosh is a popular alternative to estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) in menopausal women. Because it is a phytoestrogen (estrogen found in plants), black cohosh is thought to work by helping to offset the declining amounts of estrogen in the body during menopause. Health officials in both Britain and Germany have recognized this herb for its ability to mimic estrogen in the body. Unlike some synthetic hormone-replacement medications, black cohosh is not known to the risk of breast cancer or other hormone-related cancers. 

Black cohosh helps to relieve other hormone-related symptoms that cause discomfort to both menopausal and premenstrual women, including depression, headache, and cramping. The root of this plant can also fight excess water retention by acting as a diuretic, and help inhibit the growth of painful fibroids in the breast and uterus by reducing the amount of estrogen available to these sites. Black cohosh may prove to be an effective treatment for male infertility in men—one of its components, ferulic acid, protects sperm cells from oxidative damage. 

Recent preliminary research indicates that black cohosh may act as an anti-inflammatory, particularly in the joints. This supports the traditional use of black cohosh to treat arthritis. 

If you’d like to try black cohosh for relief of menopausal or premenstrual symptoms, it is available in capsules, tablets, and tinctures. One of the most popular formulations for treatment of menopause is Remifemin, available over-the-counter as an extract or in capsules. The usual dosage for Remifemin is two 40-milligram capsules once a day, or 40 drops of extract twice a day. 

Women who are pregnant should also avoid this herb, because it may relax the uterine wall and cause a miscarriage—some midwives actually use black cohosh to stimulate labor. Because this herb mimics hormonal activity, it should not be used in girls who have not reached puberty. 

Some women taking black cohosh may experience mild stomach upset, especially if they take it on an empty stomach. Other potential side effects include increased sun-sensitivity and allergic reaction, especially in those allergic to aspirin (black cohosh naturally contains salicylic acid, a substance that is found in aspirin). 

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