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SANTALUM ALBUM
Commonly known as Sandalwood, a small tropical evergreen tree with leathery leaves and clusters of tiny purple flowers; it is semi-parasitic, the roots penertrate to neighbouring plants especially bamboo and palms. Sandalwood oil is found in the roots and heartwood of mature trees of between 20-50 years old. The bark of the roots and trunk and the outer sapwood and branches are removed. The heartwood is sawn into logs then dried and stored afterwhich the oil is extracted by steam distillation. The oil is a yellowish, slightly sticky liquid which has a sweet aroma of woody and balsamic with a musky undertone, Sandalwood is very relaxing, soothing and sensual, unlike many oils the scent of sandalwood improves with age.
Sandalwood is beneficial to suffrers of depression, anxiety, respiratory ailments and skin care, it is also used as a prized ingredient in perfumes and aromatherapy blends.


By: Lesley-Ann Sales - Utah, United States
VITAMIN A or Retinol (Afaxin)
Retinol (Afaxin) is the animal form of vitamin A, a fat-soluble. It occurs naturally in animal foods such as cod liver oil, liver, kidneys, with lesser amounts in butter, full-fat dairy products, eggs, margarine and oily fish. Vitamin A is an antioxidant vitamin successful in strengthening vision and bone growth. It belongs to the family of chemical compounds known as retinoids. Vitamin A can also be obtained from conversion of the carotenoid beta-carotene in richly-coloured vegetables, such as carrots, spinach, cantaloupe melons, watercress and sweet potatoes. Vitamin A is vital for a healthy immune system because its presence in cell walls makes them stronger and more resistant to disease. It promotes growth, strong bones, healthy hair, skin, teeth and gums. Some say that it even helps slow down the ageing process.

By: Lesley-Ann Sales - Utah, United States
REPUTATION AS A BLOOD PURIFIER
Three of the nine species of Echinacea - Echinacea Purpurea, Echinacea Angustifolia and Echinacea Pallida are used medicinally for healing wounds, septic cores, boils, abscesses and even snake bites. The American Pharmacognosy Pioneer - John Uri Lloyd (1849-1936) made the first pharmaceutical preparation of the root which was used for serious conditions such as gangrene, TB and diphtheria. Research has shown that Echinacea stimulates the production of white blood cells which fight infection and have antiviral properties. Many herbalists recommend Echinacea to boost the immune system which can help fight off colds and the flu and there has been considerable success in using this herb to treat many other infections, such as sore throats, laryngitis and tonsillitis. Echinacea has also been used with holistic healing programmes for post-viral fatigue syndrome and for treating overgrowth Candida and alleviating various allergies.

By: Lesley-Ann Sales - Utah, United States
FOR INSOMNIA

Dietary advice
 Take vitamin B1, present in wholegrain foods
 Eat aniseed and plenty of vegetables
 Drink warm milk be fore going to bed (If you suffer from lactose intolerance do not drink milk)
 Eating Cherries may help ease mental fatigue and stress.
 Drink a cup of sweetened tomato juice with nutmeg about 1-2 hours before dinner this will help you sleep well.

LIFE STYLE CHANGES
 Stick to a daily routine
 Regular exercise
 Meditate lying in bed
 Follow Ayurvedic breathing exercise (breathe slowly and deeply)
 Yoga Asanas (Cobra and Corpse)

TRREATMENTS
Ayurvedic body massages with appropriate warm oils (coconut for Pitta, sesame for Vata or mustard for Kapha)

HELPFUL HERBS
Brahmi (Bacopa Monrnera); Vacha (Acorus Calamus); Amla.

HOME REMEDIES
Apply a fine paste made of nutmeg powder mixed with an equal amount of ghee around your eyes and on your forehead before bed to help you fall asleep.
Before getting into bed, massage your scalp and feet for a few minutes with sesame oil, ghee, or olive oil, or cow’s milk (Add camphor during summer days) then wipe off with a cool cloth.
Take the following herbs with water or milk thrice daily: Brahmi (Bacopa Monrnera) 500mg, Vacha 500mg, Amala 1m


By: Herbal Ayur - London, UK
Eat seasonally. Choose locally grown produce in season and small amounts of organic meats. Prepare simply. Consult a Chinese medicine practitioner for advice on which foods are most helpful for your condition.

By: Laura Christensen LAc - Iowa City, IA, USA

 


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