While I could never use this understanding as a sort of diagnosis, I do believe it could be true, and if it is, then there are many ways to reignite the fire and reestablish that connection. One of the biggest ways to do that is to take a good, long and hard look at our lifestyles, because we are living like aliens on our own planet. It’s easy to lose yourself in the chaos of the everyday to-do list of responsibilities, but without proper time spent with ourselves, with the correct point-of-view, then we become fractured, and for me, the only thing that’s fit all the pieces of modern life’s uncertainties is this truth.
In working with herbal medicines, I’ve had the astounding pleasure to help others who have tried countless modern medications loaded with side effects, surgeries and other unintended yet still harmful procedures, and where many have found no help, and have often made their conditions worse. Quality of life is the goal, but in the medical industry, some of the more nobler objectives get lost and it becomes a business. The problem for many is the harmful side effects. I remember I was diagnosed with ADHD and was given a non-stimulant and it had the exact opposite effect of what the doctor was intending; it had me sick, weak, tired like death, and sweating and shivering for the first couple of hours and yet had no effect on my ability to focus during work.
Modern medicine has been around for around 200 years, while herbal medicine has been around since the dawn of time itself. Truth is, many of our modern medications started from herbs, roots, barks, and flowers. For example, the active ingredient found in Aspirin comes from the bark of the willow tree, and you can indeed drink a tea made of that bark, or create a topical salve that can act as relief for pain. It is in herbal medicine where you can find a myriad of medicinal properties that can help a myriad of ailments. And sure, that’s the most important detail here, but the runner up to that is that herbal medicines tend to be much gentler, sometimes not as concentrated and powerful, but can often achieve the same healing effects, often better, without all of the horrible side effects of modern medications that tend to be worse than the originally intended issue.
Ginseng is renown for its aromatic taste, rich flavor and medicinal health benefits, and while it can be used for its culinary pallet, it is best known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can lower blood sugar, and has been shown to benefit brain function and help erectile dysfunction, while boosting the immune system and energy levels, and can potentially fight cancer; and that’s not all.
I reached out to Dairyland Management to test American Ginseng for use as a herbal remedy, and they were kind enough to send a bag of roots and a bag of powdered root, and after much playing around I created a topical recipe that can be used as a facial balm which can be rubbed into the skin and left in overnight, without the trouble of having to wash it off. Ginseng has anti-aging properties on the skin, which helps to tone and brighten the skin, which is why its such a prized ingredient for high end natural face care products. I hope you have fun with this recipe and will continue to research, test and try out other herbal remedies, too.
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-3oz of American Ginseng infused oil.
-1oz of Beeswax
-Essential oils: Lavender (20 drops), Frankincense (10 drops), Rose Hips Seed (5 drops).
- Infused American Ginseng root (chopped/ground) in organic Avocado oil. For additional skin benefits, pour a little extra oil of Argan, Jojoba and Tamanu, if you have it. Using a double boiler, infuse for 1-2 hours until oil has turned a dark color and the aroma has increased. Then, let cool, strain with cheesecloth.
- Combine oil and wax ingredients in a clean double boiler. Heat on medium heat until wax has melted into oil. Remove from heat, let cool for one minute, then stir in essential oils. Pour mixture into glass jar or metal tin with tight fitting lid. Recipe volume is 4oz total.
*This article is for entertainment use, and should not replace the diagnoses of any disease or the subscribing of any medication. Always consult with your doctor or a medical professional for any and all health-related advice.
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