Sea Buckthorn

 

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Nutrient Fact File Sea Buckthorn

We have seen from historical records, the Chinese were the first to document use of Sea Buckthorn for its medicinal properties. More than a thousand years ago Sea Buckthorn was added to a classical Tibetan medical book.  In 1977, after numerous studies, it was also added to the Chinese Pharmacologia. For a full history into the studies and findings of Sea Buckthorn see here . Also to see a full list of its nutritional constituents please see here.

Sea Buckthorn is a bush sized plant which yields bright yellow berries.   The berry is considered one of the world’s most balanced fruits, providing powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds with a lot of essential fats. The benefits are easy to come by as the plant is not overly processed and grows without the need of too much interference from the farmer. The ‘magic’ of this food is in the mix of its nutrients. It is high in a great mix of healthy fats whilst also packed with necessary bioavailable (which means the body can use them immediately) nutrients needed in so many cases of chronic inflammation and conditions.

This cherished “super fruit” is rich in antioxidants, essential amino acids, vitamin E, rare Omega 7 and 190 other bioactive nutrients. Rich in beta-carotene, flavonoids and vitamins C, D, E and K, sea buckthorn also contains a substantial complex of B vitamins and 20 minerals. Moreover, it supplies between 4-100 times more vitamin C than any other fruit or vegetable. It is a real natural powerhouse.

It grows in very dry desert like soil and loves the direct sunlight all day. Sea-buckthorn berries are edible and nutritious, though astringent, oily and unpleasant to eat raw. However they can be frosted (freeze dried) which reduces the astringency and/or mixed as a drink with sweeter substances such as apple juice (I would love to see what it is like in water Kefir!). 

The leaves, flowers, and fruits are also used as natural medicine. When the berries are pressed, the resulting sea-buckthorn juice separates into three layers: on top is a thick, orange cream; in the middle, a layer containing sea-buckthorn characteristic and uniquely high content of saturated and polyunsaturated fats (Omega 3,6,7 and 9); and the bottom layer is  then the sediment and juice. The fat sources are then largely used for cosmetic purposes, but the upper two layers can also be processed for skin creams, whereas the bottom sediment layer is normally processed into edible products like syrup. 

Forms

 

The oil may be consumed either internally or externally, but it is recommended to combine doing both. By taking sea buckthorn oil internally, you will provide your body with bioavailable nutrients. Using it externally can also protect and nurture existing skin cells. It is also amazing rubbed into your gums to eliminate any infection or swelling, or just as a way of preventing cavities and gum disease.

The nutrients make Sea Buckthorn very anti-aging often also found in many cosmetics as . Some people apply sea buckthorn berries, berry concentrate, and berry or seed oil directly to the skin.  If used topically, the sea buckthorn oils and supplements are known for strengthening the epidermis (skin top layer) and can penetrate to the cell membranes. In this way it can be useful for preventing sunburn; for treating radiation damage from x-rays; for healing wounds including burns, and cuts; for acne,dermatitis, dry skin, eczema and other skin conditions including age spots.  

The fruit also contains dense contents of carotenoids, the precursor to Vitamin A; This vitamin plays a very important role in healthy dental care. Our tooth enamel contains keratin, and vitamin A allows keratin to be used for teeth rather than prioritising it for storage in cells.  Also, vitamin A is key in protecting mucus membranes (that cover our digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems). Plus carotenoids are hugely anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.

The berries also include Vitamin D which is essential for healthy tooth tissue and bone strength and density. It is also key in collagen formation, which is responsible for strength and solidity of the organ cells (such as teeth and bones, for example) which helps to repair and strengthen all of the body’s systems and also contributes to brain health and development

The fruit of the plant has a high vitamin C content and is about 15 times greater than oranges. Vitamin C also greatly influences the synthesis of collagen, therefore aiding in strengthening teeth, bones, connective tissue, mucous membranes and muscle mass. It is also key in energy production, protecting the cells from oxidative damage and moderating the immune system. Adding to this, vitamin c may also help to prevent tooth decay by balancing bacteria levels. 

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Nutrient and phytochemical constituents of sea-buckthorn berries are undergoing basic research in inflammatory disorders, cancer mechanisms or positive effect on bone marrow after chemotherapy and other health claims, although no specific health benefits have yet been proven by clinical research in humans.  However anecdotal evidence is rich in its benefits and uses. Personally, over the years, it has helped me in many ways. To support, regulate and moderate my menstrual cycle (has reduced period pain and pms), it has helped me to reduce my systemic inflammation (especially in the digestive system), has played a role in my change of body shape and helps me to moderate my mood and motivation.

Few other healthy fats have such a combination of benefits and nutrients. This powerhouse has such an amazing combination of treats for the body.

Main actions are;

    • Cell membrane integrity and structure; which helps develop strong and healthy cells throughout the body.
    • Gastrointestinal and liver health; by using the above point to repair and also protect the mucous membranes
    • Dental and gum health as it is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant also the fats help to develop strong healthy tooth material. 
    • Moderating a healthy inflammation (immune system) response
    • Muscle/energy production
    • Brain health; also helps to protect messages from the brain to the rest of the body

Historically has been used in the following conditions with some effect;

  • Sea Buckthorn uses

And a review published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology states:

“Sea buckthorn has been scientifically analyzed and many of its traditional uses have been established using several biochemical and pharmacological studies. Various pharmacological activities such as cytoprotective (protects cells-ed), anti-stress, immunomodulatory (moderates the immune system-ed), radioprotective, anti-atherogenic (supports heart health-ed), anti-tumor, anti-microbial and tissue regeneration have been reported.” 

 

 

Resources; 

 http://oilypedia.com/natural-oral-care-sea-buckthorn-oil-for-healthy-teeth/#ixzz37biE7ttA

Dr. Oz Deems Sea Buckthorn New “Miracle Berry”

http://www.seabuckthorninsider.com/health-benefits/concerned-about-cancer-inflammation-memory-loss-or-diabetes-holy-fruit-of-the-himalayas-can-help/

 http://seabuckthorn.com/files/Seabuckthorn%20and%20Medicine.pdf

http://www.itmonline.org/arts/seabuckthorn.htm

 

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How do I naturally boost the immune system?

Naturally Boost Your Immune System Loula NAtural

How do I naturally boost the immune system?

Inflammation is key to healing and the immune system- it is the way the body puts up barriers to shield off the area needing repair. By allowing the inflammation, heat (fever), pain and swelling to be like a no go area (like when resurfacing a road) you are allowing that area to get what it needs. By ignoring these symptoms and surpressing them with anti-histamines, anti-inflammatories, pain killers, steroids, antibiotics and so many other methods you are prolonging the area the time and resources it needs to heal and return to optimum health. By using natural methods to boost the immune system, you can promote healing and repair of the whole body.

Look to nutrients which support the immune system and all the jobs it needs to do- central to this, of course, are bacteria. Fermented foods are the easiest way to get the body balanced. A man named Antoine Bechamp (who worked alongside Louis Pasteur) discovered tiny organisms he called “microzymas” which are present in all things – animal, vegetable, and mineral, whether living or dead. Depending upon the condition of the host, these microzymas could assume various forms. Bad bacteria and viruses were simply the forms assumed by the microzymas when there was a condition of disease. In a diseased body, the microzymas became pathological bacteria and viruses all in the name of survival. In a healthy body, microzymas formed healthy cells. Fermented foods have a balanced ratio of these microzyma’s which can morph, adapt and transform into what the body needs to regain balance. 

Also read this great article from Lynn Margulis about how Kefir forms in the same manner. There is also this one on multicellularity;

“Single celled micro-organisms are constantly interacting with their neighbours, from individuals of the same species to cells from different domains of life, forming complex biofilm patterns, complex nutritional symbioses, and complex clumps.” (source)

Here is Kefir under the microscope;

kefirmicroscopy

 Sometimes this may mean the body’s inflammatory response will turn on to set up a healing area so that the body is able to find energy, strength and motivation. A common thing I hear is that ‘fermented foods do not agree with me”. This is not true- the body has to sometimes go through upheaval to achieve balance. We are 10-20 times more bacterial cells than human cells. Fermented foods are essential for every age to boost the immune system.

Every human on the planet needs fermented foods in their daily diet. Regardless of age.

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Firstly REDUCE the IMPACT of Stress

Excessive stress (whether mental, physical or emotional) is detrimental to your immune system and therefore your overall health. Stress affects you by drawing away your life blood from the organs to supply the skeletal muscles in the fight or flight mode. Whether you perceive stress or not, stress is a reaction to stimulus, whether that be walking down the road in a city with everything going on around you, to being overworked and underfed in a job situation, to constantly worrying about anything and everything.

Even watching TV is a stressful situation as the constant flicker and movement is incredibly stimulating. In fight or flight (the opposite being the Relaxation response) mode the blood supply is diverted away from your organs to the skeletal muscles. By diverting the blood supply you are taking away nutrients, oxygen and life source away from the cells in your vital organs disrupting the essential environment and processes for cellular health. Any stagnation, mental, physical and emotional will also contribute to this. To boost the immune system we need to have times in the day to return to rest and recovery mode.

Use Breathing techniques (here is my Rainbow Breathing and Simple Meditation from Real Fit Mama)

Visualisation techniques

Gentle exercise like hiking and yoga

Get into nature- grounding

meditation

Massage

Bach Flower Remedies

EFT

Aromatherapy (essential oils)

Get back to REST and RECOVERY everyday for at least 1-5 minutes. Tiny changes can make huge differences.

Nutrients needed to boost the immune system then also help the bacterial levels in your body or will help the body through the various stages of inflammation (heat, swelling, pain and redness (blood circulation).

Immune Boosting Foods

Nutrients that help can naturally help balance bacteria;

Fermented foods (see my book Culture Your Life)

Elderberry

Lavender

Onions,

Garlic,

Raw honey  

Calendula

Super Greens

Spices; Cinnamon, cloves, star anise

Coconut (oil, meat, water)

Jerusalam artichokes

Ginger

Herbs; thyme, rosemary, oregano, coriander, parsley and basil

Protecting nutrients (allow the body to do its job);

Anti-Oxidants (berries, greens, hibiscus, Rose hips, elderberries)

Viamin A

Vitamin C (including citrus fruits)

Hormone Balancers (like blood-sugar balancers-Holy Basil, cinnamon)

Vitamin D

Fats (butter/ghee, coconut oil, nuts/seeds, avocado’s and eggs)

Protein (including gelatin)

Magnesium

Zinc

Ginger (helps to raise the body temperature)

Bone Broths

Herbs; thyme, rosemary, oregano, coriander, parsley and basil

Nutrients that also clean up and restore the area back to normal

Chamomile

Anti-inflammatories (see a whole list here)

Fermented Foods (see my book Culture Your Life)

Epsom salts

Oats

Aloe Vera

Turmeric

Elderberry

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More Information:

culture your life

5 Reasons to make Kefir

Kefir FAQ

5 Reasons to Brew Kombucha

Spring into HEalth

Inflammation

Heal From Inflammation

Anti-Inflammatory Nutrients

Naturopaths First Aid Kit

What to do when your kids get sick

What to do when you get sick- fever

5 ways Nutrition can change your life

Recipes

Honey and Onion Immune Elixir

Sunshine Shot

Elderberry Cordial

Immune boosting pumpkin pie spices

Lemon, Honey and Ginger Tea

Hibiscus Tea

Orange Peel Powder

How to make your own bone broth

Coconut and ginger chicken soup

Coconut Milk

Lemon, Orange and ginger curd

Healing Body Butter

 Ultimate Kefir Bath Soak

See here also for my fermenting Inspiration Pinterest Board; 

Follow Loula Natural’s board +Loula Natural’s Fermenting Inspiration+ on Pinterest.

check out this post;

How does the Immune System Work Loula Natural

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How does the Immune System work?

How does the Immune System Work Loula Natural 

How does the Immune System work?

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The Immune system is a complex balancing act. The body is constantly reacting to changes in the internal and external environment, constantly morphing and adapting to maintain optimal health. Boosting the immune system is simple using natural methods and also extremely effective. Prolonged disease is an effect of the immune system either being interrupted by external forces (which can make the situation worse) or will not switch off (due to stress, digestive weakness, lack of bacteria, lack of key nutrients like fats and so on). 

The body has several inbuilt innate responses primarily designed to keep the body safe and alive. The Fight or Flight mode is paired with the Rest and Recovery mode exactly for this. When there is a perceived threat to the body, the fight and flight mode is switched on to divert all resources to the muscles to do what they have to do. All other healing, nourishing, developing jobs are switched off for the time being to best use energy resources to do what is necessary- fight or flight (run like the wind). Rest and recovery takes over when the situation is safe and all the healing and repairing and growing can then take place again. 

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However in today’s society what we do not appreciate is that the brain does not distinguish between actual threat and subconscious threat. For example driving in your car- even without traffic and road rage is actually quite stressful for the subconscious- you are in a tin can travelling at speed with things also travelling at speed around you. This is perceived by the subconscious mind even if the conscious mind is singing along to the radio. This is also true of public transport- living in a block of flats above ground level, air travel, being in close proximity to strangers either in a shopping mall or even just walking along the street. 

What we also choose to ignore is the way we speak to ourselves also gives signals to the brain about perceived threat-

sounds of stress

These examples will promote a fight or flight response. So on an emotional level ensuring that you take some time in your day to feel safe, to feel calm and free from obligation, to really focus our minds of restoring blood flow and repairing the body through visualisation or focus on breath is such a simple way to bring back the rest and recover mode. This is the first and most important thing we need to do for optimal health and our immune system.

Rest and Recovery Loula Natural

Rest and Recovery is the only time the immune system can kick in and do some very necessary repair work. It is why we always get sick after a long period of stress or when on holiday. Being sick (inflammation, heat, pain and swelling) is the body’s method of healing. When we are on holiday we have time to rest and do the big work we have been putting off. It is not an ideal situation and is always considered such a pain but really by promoting these functions in the body we can speed up the healing process rather than suppressing it to enjoy yourself on holiday or to just get through the holiday. Consider that by making small changes in your daily life can make a holiday more enjoyable as there is not as much healing the body needs to do as you have taken the time each day to catch up with any healing that needs to be done.

Inflammation what do we need to know Loula Natural

Inflammation is key to healing and the immune system- it is the way the body puts up barriers to shield off the area needing repair. By allowing the inflammation, heat (fever), pain and swelling to be like a no go area (like when resurfacing a road) you are allowing that area to get what it needs. By ignoring these symptoms and suppressing them with anti-histamines, anti-inflammatories, pain killers, steroids, antibiotics and so many other methods you are prolonging the area the time and resources it needs to heal and return to optimum health

See my Post here about what to do about boosting the immune system

More Information:

Read my book Culture Your Life about Kefir and Kombucha. It includes recipes for food, drinks, cosmetics and household cleaners that can really boost and change your body for longer than a probiotic powder.

culture your life

5 Reasons to make Kefir

Kefir FAQ

5 Reasons to Brew Kombucha

Spring into Health

Inflammation

The Power of Breathing

Heal From Inflammation

Anti-Inflammatory Nutrients

Naturopaths First Aid Kit

What to do when your kids get sick

What to do when you get sick- fever

5 ways Nutrition can change your life

Recipes

Honey and Onion Immune Elixir

Sunshine Shot

Elderberry Cordial

Immune boosting pumpkin pie spices

Lemon, Honey and Ginger Tea

Hibiscus Tea

Orange Peel Powder

How to make your own bone broth

Coconut and ginger chicken soup

Coconut Milk

Lemon, Orange and ginger curd

Healing Body Butter

 Ultimate Kefir Bath Soak

See here also for my fermenting Inspiration Pinterest Board; 

Follow Loula Natural’s board +Loula Natural’s Fermenting Inspiration+ on Pinterest.

How does the Immune System Work Loula Natural pin

Spicy Chai Tea Concentrate

Spicey Rooibos Chai Tea Loula Natural

Spicy Chai Tea Concentrate

I love chai tea warming in winter and cooling in summer. I love a nice warm cup of chai when I feel a cold coming on, iced chai tea with almond milk or coconut milk, Chai ice cream made from coconut yoghurt, chai Kombucha with orange (also as kombucha gummies!) and chai latte jello. All are super easy to make with this chai tea concentrate. 

Chai is traditionally served to help support the body’s healing process. It is no real surprise the ingredients are natural powerhouses such as cinnamon, pepper, ginger, gloves, cardamom together with the antioxidants in the tea. Served warm and sweet it is a delicious concoction of spicy, pungent, stress relieving and healing nutrients. 

Caffeine Free Rooibos tea

rooibos tea

Here is my take on Chai with a few extra ingredients from the original recipe. Firstly I have used Rooibos tea. Black tea is traditionally used in chai tea. I do not do well on caffeine and I love the amazing anti-oxidants and natural sweetness from the Rooibos tea. It also goes lovely with the almond milk I like to add. I have also added turmeric root, star anise, dried orange peel and vanilla as they pack extra immune-boosting punches to all the other ingredients.

The other main difference is that I use a cold brew process. I am aware that heating spices allows them to open up their healing properties (as based on ayurvedic tradition). However I love to preserve enzymes and so I like a cold brew- especially if I am going to be using this for cold drinks. I also find that leaving a cold brew overnight also get a more concentrated liquid which means I can use less to get more flavour- this results in my ‘cordial’ lasting longer! That is reason enough for me!

Spicy Rooibos Chai Tea Concentrate
A twist on the original recipe. Making this basic recipe into a concentrate results in a delicious cold or hot chai tea (easy to use in many other recipes like gummies, ice-cream and Kombucha too)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 (about 5-6 cups) filtered water
  2. 8-9 tbs loose leaf rooibos tea (or 8-9 tea bags)
  3. 1 large cinnamon stick
  4. 1/2 vanilla pod
  5. 1tsp ground cardamon
  6. Knuckle size piece of ginger root sliced
  7. 1/2 knuckle size of turmeric root sliced
  8. 1-2 star anise (I use one as I am not a huge aniseed fan)
  9. 5-10 cloves (I use 5 as I am not a huge clove fan
  10. 1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg(freshly ground if possible)
  11. 5-10 peppercorns (the whole ones are nice I added 10 as I like the spiciness)
  12. 3-4 tbs of coconut sugar (this is a concentrate so the sugar adds to the nutrients- you can then sweeten your resulting drink to taste)
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients together in a bowl, jar or jug.
  2. Cover and leave overnight
  3. Next morning strain through a nut bag or tea strainer as rooibos tea can sneak through a regular strainer.
  4. Store in a glass container in the fridge.
  5. When you want to make your drink (hot or cold) add a little to milk or water and heat or cool if necessary. Sweeten to taste. You will get use to how much you need to add to your taste but start with about 1tbs of concentrate to a cup of milk and adjust if necessary.
Adapted from Chai Tea
Adapted from Chai Tea
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Hope you enjoy it- it can be had at any time of day and is a great caffeine switchout. 

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Some other delicious Chai Tea recipes;

Chai Spiced Molasses Custard from The Nourished Kitchen

Chai Coconut Ice-cream from The Nourished Kitchen

Antidote to stress; Chai Tea from Healthy Living How to

Chai Tea Concentrate from The Elliot Homestead

Stress relieving chai tea with adaptogenic herbs from 20 Something Allergies

 

 

What do you do when you get sick- Fever

What do you do when you get sick?

Fever

I am a Naturopath (see here for What is a Naturopath) and Nutritional therapist so I feel comfortable treating myself, family members and clients using only natural methods. If you or a family member feel ill then you should do what makes you feel comfortable. Contact your health professional who can make suggestions based on your own individual circumstances and symptoms.

Fever is the fundamental way for your body to deal with any imbalance- bacterial, viral and so one. It is not something to fear. Virus’ and bacteria all serve a necessary function in the body. Only when they are out of balance does the body needs to address it. Changing your body temperature is one way the body can do this.

I have experienced full on fevers a few times in my life (see my mastitis experience). Each time I have felt cold to my bones. Last night for example I had 3 cashmere jumpers on, 2 pairs of socks, scarf, trousers, I was under the duvet and then 2 blankets and I was still cold. Just to put this into context we are experiencing a super warm spring here in the tropics and it was 25 degrees and the rest of my family were in t shirts! I had no interest in eating or drinking I just wanted to be very still to warm up.

I was drinking my Elderberry Kefir all day and had also had some of my Roobios Kombucha. I had a cough and got my period a couple of days before but no other symptoms- no sore throat, no congestion- no real reason to have a fever. However yesterday was the anniversary of my mum’s death (2 years) and also my son had decided to take away the last feed he was on. Effectively weaning himself I had some guilt and fear about that also.

Change is all around us at the moment, my husband had some shocking work news, I had a load of cancellations and so  on top of everything else I may have been in a state of shock. I am a big believer that things happen for a reason and like to find the positive in everything. But fear and guilt are two emotions I feel acutely and I am learning to let go of them.

Besides rest and various immune boosting nutrients (like here and here) I also use my homeopathic first aid kit and try and use the one remedy that best fits the picture and allow it a least an hour to see if it makes a change. I took 3 different remedies over the 2 days (one dose of each). What worked for me doesn’t necessarily mean it will fit your picture- I took Phosphorous (30c)first for my cold then Belladona (200c) to bring on the fever then Gelsinium (30c).

I also consciously spent the time breathing in positive energy and out negativity, I said to myself- “I release fear, I welcome change and abundance” I know it may sound bonkers to some- but without at least acknowledging that side of things I believed I would find it harder to get calm and go to sleep. It certainly didnt hurt to try and couldn’t make things worse!

Going to the toilet helps to manage body temperature as does keeping hydrated and sweating- all should be encouraged- so when you are thirsty you should drink. There comes a point in a fever when you suddenly feel warm again, then hot! I try to allow my body to stay warm for as long as possible! I ensure hydration but there comes a time where you then start throwing off the covers and taking off the layers! Sleep is also very important- last night I slept from 7.30-7.30 waking only shed the layers and to have another drink!

Today I am stuffed up, but feel much better. Convalescence is very important so I made sure I kept warm and rested- close to home and with little stress. Luckily for us we have several public holidays for Chinese New Year!

What do you do for a fever?

Incidentally I would not (and do not) change this for children either) I monitor more than body temp- strength, lucidity, ability to eat/drink, colour and bodily fluids (incidentally I do not have a thermometer and nor do I feel the need for one).     

Dont believe me? Read here

Here are some of my other posts on natural health

Natural First Aid Kit

What Do I take when Travelling

What do you do when our kids get sick

Immune Health  and here

This from a fellow blogger- may try this next time!

http://cheerfullyimperfect.com/2013/12/05/wet-sock-treatment/

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