Herbs for Fertility {podcast}

Herbs can bring relief to a body that is ill as well as help to balance the hormone system. In this podcast you can join me as I speak to Jessie Hawkins, master herbalist and founder of Vintage Remedies. We talk about the benefit of herbs and she discusses different herbal options based on diagnosis.

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So that book I wrote? It’s now available!

natural fertility bookIt’s seems unreal to me that I finally have a real live book.

But if you order it today, it’s now shipping.

And if you pre-ordered it – it’ll be coming soon!

I’m so excited to get all this information out there in one nice and neat little package. because as much as I try to make sure posts are easy to find here on the blog, it doesn’t always work.

Now you can bookmark, and underline, and have an easy to read reference!

I’m humbled at the fact that people want to read what I write, and I truly thank you for this experience. Because without all of you this just wouldn’t be possible.

I hope and pray that this book is used to do good works. That the good Lord above can speak through these pages, as my attempts are feeble in comparison. Can you share in this prayer with me?

I tried to cover it all – from nutrition to exercise, from alternative therapies to detox and cleansing, from telling my story to guiding you through your options. Thirteen chapters to help cover it all:

  1. Natural Fertility
  2. Cleansing the Body with Whole Foods
  3. Natural Living
  4. Exercise for Fertility
  5. Natural Family Planning
  6. Real Foods
  7. Super Foods for Fertility
  8. What Not to Eat
  9. The “Perfect” Fertility Diet
  10. Alternative Therapies for Infertility
  11. Stress
  12. Your Fertility Plan
  13. Recipes and Instructions for Real Food and Natural Living

I’ve also got some amazing things lined up over the next couple of months:

  • I’ll be involved in the Vintage Remedies online conference this week, speaking both Thursday and Saturday,
  • The Real Food Summit in July is looking like an amazing experience with a lot of very qualified and inspirational speakers – I’m honored to be one of them, talking about real food and fertility. (big surprise, huh?)
  • Giveaways will grace the blog each weekend for at least the next 6 weeks, with products I love and know you will too.
  • Soon I’ll be posting a few free yoga videos as well as some podcasts with alternative health practitioners,
  • and I also have a couple freebies to post here for you.

Thank you again friends, your support and prayers during this entire process has meant the world to me. Now let’s show the world how awesome being “natural” can be! Join me in sharing this book with them.

 

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What is “Dry Brushing”?

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Our body has many different ways that it natural detoxifys, and there are also some things we can do to help it along. One alternative “detox” method commonly talked about is called dry brushing.

The thought behind this is that you’ll stimulate the lymph system to move faster, while it is normally quite sluggish.

“The lymphoid system is the part of the immune system comprising a network of conduits called lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph (from Latin lympha “water”[1]) unidirectionally toward the heart.” – Wikipedia

This system also carries out toxins from the body, and it moves from the end of our appendages toward the heart. By dry brushing, what you do is take a body brush and starting at the end of your legs or arms, brushing in a circular motion toward the heart, stimulating the system to move faster and thereby helping toxins move more quickly out of the body. (the system empties near the heart) It’s “dry” because you do this before you would take a shower.

But is it effective and does it work?

I was recently asked my thoughts on this as a reader was not wanting to continue to “detox” her body, but enjoyed the dry brushing, and I thought since we talk about detoxification here at NKU every once in a while that I might as well discuss it here.

Awhile back I went to a local seminar on detoxification and cleansing, put on by our health food store and taught by a local naturopath. I was hoping he’d discuss this a bit as I’d tried it for a while but didn’t know if it was quite working. Let’s just say he basically poo-poo’d the whole thing.

I guess since the lymph system moves so slowly, it needs a lot more stimulation than simple dry brushing. He mentioned that it was much more effective if you actually used your hands and “squeegeed” toward your heart. So starting at your feet, you’d wrap your hands around your leg and while using a bit of pressure, you’d pull up and massage toward the heart. Taking extra pulls at joints since that’s where many of the lymphatic glands are.

But he did say that dry brushing was a great exfoliant. And that it was good for stimulating circulation, so it does have its benefits even if it doesn’t do as much detoxification as some would like. Plus it makes for healthier and prettier skin.

So what do you think of dry brushing? Have you done it? Have you noticed a difference in your body at all?

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Fertility Tea Blend {recipe}

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© Donielle

I truly believe that many times the cure for what ails us has already been given by God in the form of plants.

Herbs can be a wonderful addition to a healthy diet to help balance hormones and cleanse the body. Recently I’ve made myself about a quart of tea each day and enjoy drinking it over ice. It’s a fabulously refreshing on our hot and humid days, and I love knowing that it’s nourishing my body as well as hydrating it.

The herbs used can be specific to each woman, adding in others to help with unique health issues, and taking out what’s not needed. But I find that this simple mix offers me what I need for now and I’m not only happy with the changes I see happening, but also with the flavor. There may be other herbs that you enjoy using and the possibilities are endless!

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Fertility Tea Blend {recipe}
Author: 
Recipe type: Beverages
 
Ingredients
  • red clover (harvested and dried myself) – for cleansing the blood, supporting the uterus, helps to alkalize the body and has a high mineral content.
  • dandelion root – purifies and builds the blood, helps increase production of bile, cleansing the liver and keeping digestion moving, is rich in potassium, overall benefits the female organs
  • nettle leaves – a blood purifier, increase the efficiency of the liver and kidneys, may help with the imbalance of the body’s mucous membranes. Also known as a uterine tonic and high in minerals.
  • red raspberry leaf – great for the female reproductive organs, strengthens the uterus, helps to decrease a heavy period, also aids in pregnancy support, and high in minerals.
  • rose hips – a good source of vitamin C, offers immune support, and good for stress.
  • Other herbal option would be something like vitex and/or dong quai – both help to normalize the menstrual cycle, but note that dong quai should not be taken alone and should not be taken during pregnancy.
Method of Preparation
  1. Boil 3½ cups of water and add one heaping teaspoon of each herb to either a french press, or jar to strain later. (if you dry your own red clover, add a handful of blossoms)
  2. Pour the boiling water over the herbs and let sit for 3-4 hours, straining into a jar when finished infusing.
  3. Stir in a small amount of honey if needed and a bit of juice from a lemon. Refrigerate and drink throughout the day.
Notes
Optional Tastiness: I also add in the following on occasion (about 1 teaspoon each) to change up the flavor and include other nutrients: red rooibos tea – contains high levels of antioxidants and minerals, boosts the immune system, helps with nervous tension, and soothes digestive problems. elderberry – immune booster and flu fighter, ease inflammation and pain, and soothe the intestines dried cranberries (sugar and sulphur free)- adds wonderful flavor, digestive aid, helps to prevent urinary tract infections, and contains anti-inflammatory properties.

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What blends of herbs  do you use for fertility support?

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Colorful Spring Salad

colorful spring salad

The change of seasons brings about new menus and new flavors; spring brings lightness to our meals with fresh produce. This salad not only brings a lot of color to your plate, but a variety of nutrients as well – many of them offering cleansing properties to your body.

Colorful Spring Salad
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Recipe type: Salads and Dressings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup red cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 cups shredded carrots (about 3-4)
  • 1 apple sliced thin (green or slightly sour for premium taste)
  • 2-3 stalks of celery, sliced thin
  • 5 Tbsp mixed nuts and seeds (pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
  • Dressing:
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (juice from ½ lemon)
  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • optional - 1-2 tsp grated ginger
Method of Preparation
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and serve immediately, or keep in fridge for up to two days. (may keep longer if you store the dressing in a separate container) This salad is also tasty on top of a bed of greens.

 

*this post is linked to Real Food Wednesday