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Advantageous Adaptogens

For Immediate Release—February 6, 2011

For more information contact: Jacquie Beveridge, 541-997-8311

Advantageous Adaptogens

The first medicines were herbs and, despite the increase in use and availability of pharmaceuticals, people all over the world still rely on herbal remedies to maintain health, fight disease and treat mental illness. Adaptogens are herbs with properties known to enhance physical and mental functioning by protecting the body from various stressors. Adaptogenic herbs provide immune support; and help the brain and body cope with and recover from stressors such as fatigue, exertion, aging and disease.

 

While the term adaptogen may be new to you they’ve always been around.  The term was first used by Lazarev, a Russian pharmacologist, in 1947. He defined “adaptogens” as agents which help an organism to counteract any adverse effects of a physical, chemical or biological stressor by generating nonspecific resistance.

At the regular monthly meeting of the Florence Herb Enthusiasts, Nome McBride, the ever popular ethno-botanical herbalist from Eugene, will cover what adaptogens are and why they are good to take. Nome said, “We will taste and learn about a few different adaptogens’ basic uses and how to incorporate them into your life.”

 

Florence Herb Enthusiasts co-founder, Jacquie Beveridge said, “We are so fortunate to have Nome come to our club and speak.  People pay to hear him at Northwest herbal fairs, conferences, and as a guest teacher in many reputable herbal schools and naturopathic universities. He is respected in the herbal community for his knowledge and concise and relevant approach to herbal healthcare.”

The Florence Herb Enthusiasts meet the third Thursday of the month (except July, November and December) at 10 am at the Florence Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on the NW corner of Heceta Beach Road and Hwy 101.

To learn more about adaptogenic herbs and their benefit for you join us Thursday, February 16th at 10 am. For more information call Jacquie Beveridge at 541-997-8311 or visit our website www.florenceherbenthusiasts.com. Whether you are a novice, professional or in between join us to expand your knowledge of herbs.

Japan Nuclear Radiation Update: Tulsi Basil Protects Against Radiation

Holy Basil, also called Tulsi, has come into the spotlight again ever since the devastating 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan. Over the past couple of years, news reports and scientific studies showed that Tulsi basil offers protection against Swine Flu and other types of illnesses.

Most recently, studies suggest that Tulsi can protect and defend the immune system and organs against radiation poisoning. That’s good news to residents of Japan and all other countries affected by the nuclear disaster and radioactive fallout spreading from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Residents of California, Oregon and Washington have watched in fear of radiation plumes traveling from Japan across the jet stream. While many experts say the radiation is too dispersed to cause any harm, many negative health effects of radiation take years to develop.

By taking tulsi basil tinctures and making teas from bulk tulsi herbs, you can head off those effects and boost your immune system now, while you’re still in top health. It can never hurt to be prepared.

Read more about Tulsi by clicking here to visit our facts page.

In order to bring the healing power and protection Tulsi offers to as many people as possible, we are offering 20% off all Tulsi products through our web store.

A recent LIVEStrong article on the benefits of Tulsi Basil reports,

“The University of Maryland Medical Center specifically recommends it to fight stress related to post traumatic stress disorder, bulimia and hypoglycemia. It may also help protect the body against the ravages of radiation treatment, according to UMMC.”

 

The Wikipedia Page for Tulsi Basil references a study showing that, “Tulsi also shows some promise for protection from radiation poisoning.”

Our wishes and blessings go out to the people of Japan and everyone in the wake of the radioactive pollution spreading outward from the Fukushima Nuclear plant.

Tulsi offers a natural shield against the radiation’s harmful effects. Use it to mitigate any possible damages that may be coming our way down the line.

Again, we’re offering 20% off all Tulsi Products for the next couple of months to help people cope with the higher radiation levels. Stay safe, be well, and be herby! Get your Tulsi while we still have some in stock!

20% off all winter wellness herbs

Visit the Pharmacopia Herbals online store to get 20% off on select winter wellness herbal tinctures and fine, organic and ethically wildcrafted dried roots and herbs.

Check out the sale by clicking here.

We look forward to sharing our powerful harvest with you. See you soon. :)

-PH herbs.

July 23-25, 2010 – Northwest Herb Fest

Nome, the founder of Pharmacopia Herbals, will conduct herb walks and answer questions at the Pharmacopia Herbals booth from July 23-25.

The Northwest Herb Fest takes place at Wise Acres Farm in Pleasant Hill, OR. Stop by the Pharmacopia Herbals booth for organic tinctures and herbal medicines. Click Here for more information.

Nome McBride lives in Pleasant Hill with his wife and son where he enjoys gardening his food and the mountain views.  He is the Co-Founder of the Pharmacopia Herbals, Under the Yew Botanicals, The Northwest Sustainable Wildcrafter’s Guild, and The Institute of Contemporary Ethnobotany.  Nome is a graduate of the Columbine’s School of Botanical Studies and The Academy of Scottish Herbalism.  Nome’s passion is cultivating an herbal way of life in our society by weaving traditional knowledge with the ethnobotany of today.Classes: Bittersweet Herb Walk: Focusing on bitters, Herb Walk

From the website:

This is the one herbal event you do not want to miss this year. Come for a life enriching transformation.Your life & your friends’ lives will be enhanced by your newly gained wisdom & skills gleaned from twelve renowned herbalists & physicians. Beginning & advanced classes will take place simultaneously. The grand event will include herbal classes, herb walks and a variety of seasoned herbal teachers. Wise Acres Farm has more than 200 different species of herbs to meet & experience in person. Classes will be a mix of lecture and demonstration depending on the specific class you choose to go to. Saturday evening will be filled with music, singing and dancing. Bring your instrument! There will be something for everyone at this event.

Breitenbush Herbal Conference 2010

2010 brings us the 24th Breitenbush Herbal Conference. The theme for this year’s conference, “The History and Mystery of Herbal Medicine” explores a wide array of topics.

Topics include: Healing with Flower Essences, Pathway from Addiction with Herbs and Supplements, Hydrotherapy Magic at Home, Maya Abdominal Therapy, Moxa Magic, Foods as Medicine, Tree Medicine- Tree Magic, Herbal Facials, Street Herbalism, Physical Assessment of Herbal Clients, Combining Medications & Herbs, Helpful Herbs in the Treatment of Lyme Disease, Maya Spiritual Healing & Herb Walks.

Workshops, demonstrations, herb walks and merriment, will appeal to all levels of students. The healing waters and ancient forests of Breitenbush provide an incredible setting for this gathering. Professional Continuing Education Credits and Children’s Programs are available.

Each year some of the finest herbalists share their knowledge and wisdom. The 2010 teachers include: Cascade Anderson Geller, Rosita Arvigo, Jane Bothwell, Howie Brounstein, Candis Cantin, Robin DiPasquale, Charles Garcia, Jo Jenner, Dee Keller, Scott Kloos, Seth McLaughlin, Bob Quinn and Nome McBride of Pharmacopia Herbals.

http://www.breitenbushherbalconference.com/
info@breitenbushherbalconference.com

http://www.breitenbush.com/

Anyone interested in workstudy, please contact Catherine at catherine@breitenbushherbalconference.com

If you would like to support the Breitenbush Herbal Conference by becoming a sponsor, advertiser or a generous donor please email Cassandra at cassandra@breitenbushherbalconference.com

Start Time:
Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 4:00pm
End Time:
Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 12:00pm
Location:
Breitenbush Hot Springs Detroit, OR

Plants for the People: A local Materia Medica…Nome McBride in Florence!

From the PR Desk at

American Herbal Dispensary, Inc.

PO Box 1791

Eugene, OR 97440

877-AHD-HERB, 541-844-0515

877-AHD-FAX8 (fax)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Marlena Armstrong at 902-8393

At the April 15th meeting of the Florence Herb Enthusiasts, Nome McBride, cofounder of Eugene based American Herbal Dispensary Inc. (Pharmacopia Herbals), will give a presentation he calls “Plants for the People: A local Materia Medica.” McBride was unavailable to give this presentation in January,so it has been rescheduled for this April 15th meeting. McBride, an Ethno-Botanical Herbalist, has a long tradition in his family of both agriculture and medical practice. Through his herbal products company he bridges those two worlds together. His company organically farms over 15 acres and wild harvests hundreds of herbs a year from the National Forests of the Pacific NW. He lives in Pleasant Hill with his wife and son and enjoys the beauty found in life wherever he goes.

“All are welcome to learn time-tested practical skills for increasing health with plants that are already amongst us. By learning the concepts of basic herbalism, participants will learn not just when to use certain herbs for certain ailments, but the actions, the reasons why the herbs work and how to identify those qualities in a given herb,” explained   McBride. He is known in the herbal community for his concise and relevant approach to herbal healthcare. He teaches extensively in the Northwest at herbal fairs, conferences and as a guest teacher at many reputable herbal schools and naturopathic universities.

To learn when, why and how to use native plants and common garden herbs for health and nutrition, come join the Florence Herb Enthusiasts who meet every third Thursday of the month at 10 AM at the FUUF on the corner of Heceta Beach Road and Hwy 101. Everyone is welcome.

Whether you are a novice, professional or an in between, come explore the wonderful world of herbs. For more information call Marlena Armstrong at 902-8393 or visit www.florenceherbenthusiasts.com.

Nome McBride at The Herb Shoppe in Portland 4/21/2010

From the PR Desk at

American Herbal Dispensary, Inc.

PO Box 1791

Eugene, OR 97440

877-AHD-HERB, 541-844-0515

877-AHD-FAX8 (fax)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: The Herb Shoppe, 503-234-7801  ● 3327 SE Hawthorne

At the Wednesday Night Herbal Lecture series on April 21st, Nome McBride, cofounder of Eugene based American Herbal Dispensary Inc. (Pharmacopia Herbals), will give a presentation he calls “Plants for the People: A local Materia Medica.”  The class teaches a conceptual approach to herbalism that will immediately increase the breadth of knowledge you already have. By understanding the basics of herbal concepts we can use herbs we already know for much more than first realized.  Instead of teaching what specific herbs will do Nome will focus on herbal actions and what they do, and how to tell if an herb would have this action. Experiencing the tastes and smells of the herbs will be an important part of the class and there will plenty of time for questions.

“All are welcome to learn time-tested practical skills for increasing health with plants that are already amongst us. By learning the concepts of basic herbalism, participants will learn not just when to use certain herbs for certain ailments, but the actions, the reasons why the herbs work and how to identify those qualities in a given herb,” explained   McBride.

McBride, an Ethno-Botanical Herbalist, has a long tradition in his family of both agriculture and medical practice. Through his herbal products company he bridges those two worlds together. His company organically farms over 15 acres and wild harvests hundreds of herbs a year from the National Forests of the Pacific NW. He is known in the herbal community for his concise and relevant approach to herbal healthcare. He teaches extensively in the Northwest at herbal fairs, conferences and as a guest teacher at many reputable herbal schools and naturopathic universities.  He lives in Pleasant Hill with his wife and son and enjoys the beauty found in life wherever he goes.

Whether you are a novice, professional or an in-between, come explore the wonderful world of herbs with us.  For more information call The Herb Shoppe at 503-234-7801 or visit us at www.theHerbShoppe.net

February Fury Sale!

February Fury Sale!

Click on the pic to visit Pharmacopia Herbals for 35% off everything! Yay!

Common Spice Fights Diabetes and Weight Gain

An article published in the Escience News highlighted the potential healing properties of a common household spice: Turmeric. The spice is reported to have beneficial effects for patients with diabetes, as well as people who want to halt weight gain and trim down. A recent scientific study revealed that turmeric provided powerful health benefits to mice with diabetes.

Turmeric

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“Turmeric, an Asian spice found in many curries, has a long history of use in reducing inflammation, healing wounds and relieving pain…

“Drew Tortoriello, M.D., an endocrinologist and research scientist at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center, working with pediatric resident Stuart Weisberg, M.D., Ph.D., and Rudolph Leibel, M.D., fellow endocrinologist and the co-director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, discovered that turmeric-treated mice were less susceptible to developing Type 2 diabetes, based on their blood glucose levels, and glucose and insulin tolerance tests. They also discovered that turmeric-fed obese mice showed significantly reduced inflammation in fat tissue and liver compared to controls. They speculate that curcumin, the anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant ingredient in turmeric, lessens insulin resistance and prevents Type 2 diabetes in these mouse models by dampening the inflammatory response provoked by obesity.

“Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has no known dose-limiting toxicities in doses of up to at least 12 grams daily in humans.

“Researchers hypothesized that by suppressing the number and activity of these cells, with turmeric or a drug with similar actions, it may be possible to reduce some of the adverse consequences of obesity.

“Curcumin administration was also associated with a small but significant decline in body weight and fat content, despite level or higher calorie consumption, suggesting that curcumin beneficially influences body composition.

“Dr. Tortoriello said. “Although the daily intake of curcumin one might have to consume as a primary diabetes treatment is likely impractical, it is entirely possible that lower dosages of curcumin could nicely complement our traditional therapies as a natural and safe treatment.”

“For now, the conclusion that Dr. Tortoriello and his colleagues have reached is that turmeric – and its active anti-oxidant ingredient, curcumin – reverses many of the inflammatory and metabolic problems associated with obesity and improves blood-sugar control in mouse models of Type 2 diabetes.”

Read the whole article by clicking here.

Stay Happy, Healthy, and Herby!

-Pharmacopia Herbals

Warm Up Your Fingers and Toes, Improve Circulation with Warmth Tonic

Warmth Tonic™

Ingredients:
Elder berry (Sambucus cerulea), Ginkgo leaf (Ginkgo biloba), Hawthorne leaf, flower & fruit (Crataegus monogyna), Hyssop leaf & flower (Hyssopus officinalis), Linden flower & bract (Tilia cordata), Rosemary shoots (Rosmarinus officinalis), Tulsi leaf & flower (Ocimum sanctum), Yarrow flowering tops (Achillea millefolium), and Cayenne fruit with seeds (Capsicum frutescens).

Structure/Function Claim:
Supports Healthy Function of Circulatory System* (click here to read our disclaimer)

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This circulation enhancing tonic is in high demand as the winter sets in and people wish to keep their limbs warm and heating costs down. Great for seasonally or chronically cold people, Warmth Tonic™ not only stimulates circulation but promotes toned blood vessels and the healthy, normal flow of blood throughout the body. It is also a great product to use along with Heart-Alive™ and/or Blood Builder™ as part of a comprehensive plan for general vascular deficiency prevention or treatment by a physician.* Warmth Tonic™ can be used year round to help maintain healthy, normal circulation and thereby prevent winter from nipping at your fingertips and toes when it does roll around. As many of the herbs in the product have known vaso-tonic effects, this formula is great for any type of healthcare plan for bruising, spider veins, atherosclerosis, and even glaucoma when combined with our Eyes-Alive™ formula.*

The product is a proprietary blend of individually prepared extracts, each carefully made to include a PHYTO-Synergized spectrum of active constituents; Elderberry, Ginkgo leaf, Hawthorne leaf, flower & fruit, Hyssop leaf & flower, Linden flower & bract, Rosemary shoots, Tulsi leaf & flower, Yarrow flowering tops, and of course Cayenne fruit with seeds. The herbs dilate deep and superficial vascular pathways, reduce lipid buildup in the vascular system, tone and strengthen veins and artery walls, act as powerful anti-oxidants in the bloodstream, strengthen the force of heart contractions, increase metabolism and performance of overall organ function, move blood throughout the entire body thus oxygenating and making it more effective for cells when it is pumped through the cold limbs where it is needed, ignite neurological receptors for pain, heat, and sensation, and act as an overall anti-inflammatory in joints and any other areas of physical/neurological blood flow congestion that result in mild pain from lack of circulation.* Incorporating some of science’s most studied and historically useful herbs, patients and consumers can “warm up” to it very easily. Everyone deserves to be comfortable in their own body and having an oxygenated, living supply of blood pumping in your body is the first step!

Contents: Certified organic alcohol (45-55%), pure Oregon water, kosher vegetable glycerin, and herbal extractives from our proprietary blend.

Dose: Take 15-60 drops 3-5 times daily in a small glass of warm water.

Warnings/Restrictions: Consult physician before using this product if taking blood thinners or other cardiac prescriptions.

Weight to Volume Ratio (Strength): 1:3

Adjunct Supplements: Heart-Alive™Blood Builder™Eyes-Alive™Brain-Alive™ Green Tea, Rutin (flavonoid supplement), Skullcap.