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In this Issue:

  • Back to School : Brain Blast
  • Fall Cleanse Back to Health
  • Staying healthy as the Season Changes
  • Fall Equinox
  • Tree Resins and Recipes

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It’s always hard to believe when September rolls around.  The wind is a bit cooler, the kids back to school.  So many good things comes with it; the fall colors, the lighting of the first fires and the beginning of the winter wind down.  For many of us it’s a shift in day to day functioning, summer having been the slower relaxed part of our year.  And as summer ends and fall begins we find we may need a bit of a brain blast to get all cylinders back up and firing.  If you are feeling the need for a brain blast - see the herbs below to help boost your brains muscle power. 
  • Gotu kola is an herb that has high impact on brain functioning.  It balances the brain and helps all aspects of brain functioning, but is best known for its ability to improve blood circulation and memory.
  • Ginkgo contains antioxidants that optimize blood to flow to the brain, supporting cognitive function and memory
  • Rosemary is an excellent memory and brain stimulant that is said to improve to brain function by feeding it with oxygen-rich blood. It also contains compounds that are said to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical that allows the nerve cells responsible for memory and reasoning to communicate with one another.
  • Ashwaghandha is another top herb for the brain. It reduces the effects of overwork and is one of the best for promoting mental clarity and cognitive functioning. It boosts the brain’s memory and is very helpful in supporting the immune system. Ashwaghandha does wonders for nervous exhaustion and protects the brain against brain cell deterioration. 
  • Tulsi oxygenates the brain and improves circulation which improves feelings of well-being and mental cognition.
  • Brain Power - The Herb Shoppe’s combination containing many of these herbs in a well-rounded formula

Essential Oils For The Brain

Essential oils are an excellent way to treat mental fatigue and to boost your mental capacity. Here are three that can be a useful supplement to herbal remedies for times when you need to stimulate your brain.

  1. Rosemary is a bright and sharp essence that improves clarity in the mind and emotions.
  2. Peppermint is stimulating It enlivens the mind and  is one of the best oils to boost energy, creativity and learning.
  3. Mental Clarity is an essential oil blend we carry and it works wonders to rejuvenate you mid-day.  Put 3 drops in the palm of your hand, rub together, cup over your mouth/nose and breath in deeply. 
Improving Your Brain’s Performance

Nourishment is essential to your brain’s functioning. The circulation of your brain and amount of oxygen in the brain are also critical for its functioning.

It is important to realize that your body is an ecological system and naturally, your brain is part of that ecology. So when you think about your lifestyle choices, you can then keep in mind that food in your stomach will affect all parts of you including your brain and mental functioning.

When you understand that your brain is part of your human ecology, then you will naturally consider its needs.

Basic health practices of good food, exercise and rest are necessary for good brain health.  Relaxation techniques like meditation help as well.  However, in our mentally intense modern world it helps to support your brain with herbs and essences that minimize the wear and tear of overwork and stress.

One of the things I see all the time in my practice is the “Change of the season Cold.
I know we never want summer to end, but it does, and with it needs to come some common
sense.  With the cooler mornings and evenings, you need to remember to dress
appropriately even if that means pulling out the scarf and hat.  Keep in mind that in
Chinese medicine the back of the neck is one of the most vulnerable spots for invasion
of cold to attack.  This is why we often feel a stiff neck directly prior to a cold. 
Here are a couple of extra tips on how to stay healthy throughout the entry of fall.

Herbal Immunity or Herbal Vitamin Tea : Both available at The Herb Shoppe and stocked
full of great herbs to keep your immune system strong and your body well nourished.

Vitamin D drops:  I think we all know by now the importance of Vitamin D in relation to
the immune system.

Hydrotherapy: Try it!  While many of my patients often gasp! at the suggestion, a cool
spray at the end of your hot cozy shower does wonders for cold hands and feet, overall
circulation and immunity.

Fall Equinox
 

The autumn equinox is a mysterious time. It marks an essential passage in the spiritual work that is often overlooked, misunderstood, and mistaken as dark and heretical.

The autumn equinox is the time of balance between day and night, before night takes over and brings the coming winter, a time of darkness and death. This duality between light and dark exists within humanity, and in the work of spiritual transformation. All things must die before they can be born, all spiritual ascent requires descent first, and all those who long for light must firstly face their own inner darkness and overcome it.


 

Tree Resins
This summer while camping I decided to hang a clothes line. When I approached the chosen fir trees, I noticed several nails embedded with- in the bark of each tree. From each nail hole oozed a golden sticky stream of sap. This sap is actually an oleo gum resin that is produced by trees such as fir, spruce, pine, frankincense, myrrh and others and it is a major part of the trees immune system. Because of this, tree sap has many medicinal properties. Tree resins are antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, decongestant and wound healing. When humans ingest these resins or apply them topically we are utilizing the molecular components of a trees immune system to boost our own.

Resin Salve
4 oz. Resin
4 oz  Olive oil
½ oz Beeswax
You can use any resin of your choice for this recipe
(Myrrh, Frankincense, Pine, Fir, Spruce etc.)
In a Double boiler melt the resin and small
cut beeswax into the olive oil. Pour into jars to cool.

Antiseptic Wound Powder
A traditional recipe: Mix equal parts powdered resins of frankincense, myrrh, and dried aloe.

~expert from Moonrise Herbs Quarterly Newsletter - Autumn Equinox 2010
September 10, 2012 by JJ Pursell

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