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March 2020

In a time of unsettled chaos, take time to TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!  But how can you trust your own instincts with so much information being bombarded your way?  Ask yourself these 3 simple questions: 1. Am I paying attention to what my “instincts” are telling me? It’s easy to get yourself in a panic with so much immediate access to information from all over the world.  You’re smart. You can figure things out.  Most of all, pay attention.  You will know what is best for you and your circumstances. 2.  Am I afraid to trust my own “instincts?” NO!  Your instincts are the first place to trust.  It’s easy to use your other 5 senses for information, but your inner self is the one who always has your back.  Sometimes when there’s a lot of outside pressure and it seems like you are standing a lone with what you KNOW is best for you, it can make you start to second guess yourself.  Don’t be afraid and listen. 3.  What’s the next step? Courage.  Simple as that.  Have the courage to actually listen and trust what your instincts are telling you.  That means you may look silly to others or you are making decisions different than what the “crowds” are doing, however, in the long run, that courage will benefit YOU the most. ​How can KuKista help you? ​ Your health is in YOUR hands and KuKista can help the natural way.  We offer 48 beautiful herbal tinctures and believe in a “whole body” approach.  Shop our website and access our natural medicine cabinet for head to toe TOP health products. ​ DISCLAIMERThis information is to be used for educational purposes only and has been solely based on the historic and traditional use of herbs.  This information has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration, nor has it gone through studies required before a particular product can be deemed truly beneficial or potentially dangerous.

How to Extract the Healing Properties of Plants Tinctures are becoming more and more popular today.  In fact, the best way to get the most healing properties out of medicinal plants is in tincture form.  What does that mean?  Tincture is another name for “extract” and that means plants both dried and fresh are soaked in alcohol.  By soaking the herbs in alcohol it extracts everything from the plant which includes all medicinal properties. By taking tinctures, you get to control the dosage.  Usually, tinctures come in UV protected bottles with droppers.  That makes it easy to take only what you really need by adding or subtracting drops. Tinctures are quick and convenient.  They are easy to ingest, easy to travel and easy to store.  A few drops in water or juice or directly on the tongue takes only a second. Finally, tinctures are long lasting.  Using the alcohol extraction helps the healing properties of the plant to stay suspended in the alcohol.  According to the International School of Herbal Arts and Sciences, if stored properly, tinctures have a longer shelf life than tea or decoction extracts.​KuKista has over 44 years of extracting experience.  We understand that the weather, altitude and temperature are important for good extractions.  We have mastered the extraction process and still make small batches for the highest quality of medicinal tinctures. DISCLAIMERThis information is to be used for educational purposes only and has been solely based on the historic and traditional use of herbs.  This information has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration, nor has it gone through studies required before a particular product can be deemed truly beneficial or potentially dangerous.

Generally, Pau d’arco helps with Candida overgrowth, constipation, fibromyalgia, diabetes, lupus, bacterial infections, viral infections, and various parasites. Pau d’arco strengthens the body’s immune system, detoxifies the liver, and promotes overall health. An extremely beautiful flowering tree, but it's the inner bark that has the most medicinal properties. It is used traditionally by indigenous people to treat malaria, respiratory problems, colds, flu, fever, Lupus, infectious diseases, prostate inflammation, boils, ulcers, STDs, poor circulation, anemia, arthritis, rheumatism, and cancer. Pau d’arco detoxes the body by dumping harmful toxic substances including heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives and even residue from chemotherapy. Pau d’arco has a laxative effect, it loosens the bowels, which aids digestion and regularity. It stimulates the digestive system and helps the body rid itself of excess fats and toxins. Pau d’arco helps detox the colon from highly processed, refined or “fake” foods and unhealthy debris. Pau d’arco promotes detox of blood vessels, the lymph system, cells, tissue and organs allowing the body’s systems to function properly and efficiently. Parkinson’s disease is often associated with fatigue. Pau d’arco increases endurance and protects the nerves associated with Parkinson’s. Pau d’arco inhibits the release of specific chemicals that trigger an inflammatory response in the body and blocks inflammatory pain.Pau d’arco helps with osteoarthritis symptoms. Pau d’arco reduces the sensory process that provides the signals that lead to pain. Pau d’arco naturally reduces pain associated with serious health conditions especially cancer of the prostate, liver or breast. Pau d’arco helps relieve arthritic pain by reducing swelling.Pau d’arco is used as an antiviral herb having a wide spectrum, from the common cold to the life-threatening AIDS virus. It actively inhibits, kills or stunts the growth of several dangerous viruses, including herpes, polio, vesicular stomatitis, avian myeloblastosis, leukemia and rous sarcoma virus. Pau d’arco’s antiviral properties help with skin inflammations, fungal infections of the nails and skin, Eczema, Athlete’s foot, and warts. Contraindications: Pau d’arco can delay clotting and interfere with bleeding disorders and it may increase the chances of bruising. Stop using Pau d’arco at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery; also, avoid using blood-clotting medications such as anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs. Do not use Pau d’arco when pregnant or lactating and do not give to children. DISCLAIMERThis information is to be used for educational purposes only and has been solely based on the historic and traditional use of herbs. This information has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Part of KuKista’s

Passion Flower has a sense of divine potency. Most varieties bloom with their unique and glorious flowers for just one day, blooming with a deep and timeless healing energy.​Passion Flower helps alleviate of symptoms of depression, anxiety, obesity, elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol, addiction withdrawal and difficulty sleeping. Passion Flower is used topically for burns, pain or swelling. Passion Flower’s removes unfriendly estrogen from the body. Passion Flower is a mood enhancer and actually reduces the level of stress hormones in the body. Not only does it help prevent stress and depression, but Passion Flower also promotes a feeling of energy and a positive outlook. Passion Flower also relaxes and is calming. It is a gentle stress reducer. Low doses of Passion Flower reduces anxiety, while higher doses produce acts as a sedative. Passion Flower is commonly used to support restful sleep and helps with insomnia. Passion Flower helps with the persistent inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. Passion Flower is generally used to fight nervousness, anxiety, and extreme pressure. It is powerful to use for generalized anxiety disorders. However, Passion Flower doesn’t cause drowsiness, “hangover” symptoms or deterioration of work performance the next day. Passion Flower addresses ADHD, hysteria, irregular heartbeat, palpitations, gastrointestinal problems, menstrual problems and fibromyalgia. Passion Flower is a gentle sedative and tranquilizer. It relaxes twitching and muscle tension without impacting respiratory rate or psychological function. Passion Flower herb is used for nervous disorders and seizures. Passion Flower delays the onset and decreases the duration of involuntary muscle contractions. It also seems to reduce unhappy feelings after involuntary muscle contraction episodes whereas standard treatments tend to increase them. Also, used as a remedy for epilepsy. Passion Flower helps beat addiction to drugs and alcohol. It soothes the symptoms of withdrawal and improves the mood by decreasing anxiety levels. Passion Flower reduces nicotine cravings, it helps address both physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal with no detrimental side effects. Passion Flower also helps fight withdrawal symptoms from opiate medications. Furthermore, Passion Flower helped control psychological withdrawal symptoms, including stress and irritability. For women, Passion Flower helps with difficult mood swings, significant hormonal changes and imbalances, anxiety and even sleep problems due to menopause symptoms. Passion Flower helps the neurotransmitters to balance and promote mood-improving and hormone-regulating GABA to be released into the system. Passion Flower improves depression and other symptoms of menopause, including anger, insomnia and headaches. Passion Flower might provide advantages for menopause

The antiviral properties of Olive Leaf is effective against influenza viruses including the strains (influenza A viruses such as H1N1 and H3N2) responsible for the 2009 swine flu pandemic. In addition, Olive Leaf can also block the replication of cold and flu viruses, interfere with the virus' production of the proteins it needs, inactivates the viruses, preventing migration from infected cells and their connection with cell membranes, and stimulates the human immune system response to destroy the virus.  In short, Olive Leaf blocks a virus' life cycle. Olive Leaf has the ability to fight off infections, including candida infections, meningitis, pneumonia, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, malaria, gonorrhea, shingles and tuberculosis. It also naturally helps ear, dental and urinary tract infections.​ Olive Leaf promotes and improves cardiovascular health.  Oleuropein, the main glycoside present in Olive Leaf, and hydroxytyrosol, the principal product of oleuropein also present in Olive Leaf, is linked to reduction of coronary heart disease and certain cancers.  It helps reverse cardiovascular stress and chronic, disease-causing inflammation. Olive Leaf is often used as a natural treatment for diabetes.  Olive Leaf has hyperglycemic effects, meaning it reduces blood sugar levels in the body.  Olive Leaf also controls blood glucose levels in the body. The polyphenols found in Olive Leaf plays a vital role in delaying the production of sugar, which causes inflammatory diseases like diabetes. Olive Leaf can suppress the elevation in blood glucose after consuming starches. Olive Leaf can reduces the risk of cancer because of its ability to stop the angiogenic process, which stimulates the growth of tumors. Olive Leaf slows the growth of cells associated with breast cancer, urinary bladder cancer and brain cancer. Another benefit of Olive Leaf is its positive effects on brain function. One of the main components in Olive Leaf is its ability to reduce the symptoms or occurrence of age-related disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and improves overall brain function.  Because Olive Leaf is an antioxidant, it helps to combat the damage caused by free radicals and protects the brain from memory loss. Because the Olive Leaf is an anti-inflammatory agent, it works as a natural arthritis remedy.  Olive Leaf cuts down on the chronic pain that is associated with osteoarthritis, and it reduces the production of cytokines and enzymes that are markers for the inflammatory process. Some more Olive Leaf benefits may include, more energy, toothache relief, diminished food cravings, joint pain relief, heartbeat regulation and improved wound healing. ADULT DOSAGES:Health Maintenance: 1-2 dropperful times dailyDisease Prevention: 3 dropperful dailyAcute Illness: 3-5 dropperful daily 12-18 YEARS:Health Maintenance: 1/2 dropperful1-2 times dailyDisease Prevention: 1/2 dropperful 3 times daily Acute Illness: 1/2 dropperful 3 times daily 6-12 YEARS;Health Maintenance: 12 drops 1 -