May 2020

Rhodiola is a very hardy plant and grows at an altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level under conditions of low oxygen content and lower temperatures. Rhodiola is a medicinal plant that helps protect cells from oxidative damage caused by environmental and chemical stressors and not surprisingly, it heals the body in a hardy way. Rhodiola is one of the most healing herbs and is beneficial for the heart, weight loss, altitude sickness, blood sugar levels, liver protection, thyroid function, adrenal function, and improving sexual functions in both men and women. Rhodiola helps to combat fatigue and restore energy. Rhodiola seems to work by influencing key central nervous system chemicals and neurotransmitters such as dopamine and Serotonin. By increasing serotonin precursors, Rhodiola reduces the stress hormone, cortisol, and in turn, promotes a positive mood and better mental balance. Unbalanced brain chemicals can cause anxiety, depression, and fatigue. By strengthening the nervous system, Rhodiola increases overall mood and vitality. Also, Rhodiola normalizes and balances monoamines in the body which helps with symptoms of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a mental state for those deprived of adequate sun over prolonged periods of months. Rhodiola helps ease chronic fatigue syndrome. Rhodiola helps to counter the exhaustion from working the body too hard, either physically or mentally. Rhodiola can help with sleep deprivation headaches, or appetite changes related to fatigue or exhaustion. Rhodiola also helps with recovery from an intense work schedule with it’s apparent energy-boosting capacity. Rhodiola helps the body stay healthy and perform at top-notch condition despite physical exhaustion or environmental stresses, such as high heat or pollutants in the air and water. It also helps with functions that include, smooth muscle contraction, temperature regulation, appetite, pain perception, behavior, blood pressure and respiration. When balanced, it imparts a sense of contentment and mental ease. Rhodiola can protect the liver from medication damage and is also known for its effects on the body’s immune system. The herb works by stimulating and maintaining the immune system’s proper balance and increases the cells that ward off harmful pathogens. Rhodiola helps rebalance and stabilize the body to handle acute stress and the damage it can do to the body. Rhodiola aids in weight reduction. It activates the lipolytic processes (fat breakdown) and mobilizes lipids from adipose tissue to a natural fat burning system for weight reduction. Rhodiola helps reduce stress induced binge eating. It also enhances thyroid function

In ancient times, St. John’s Wort was used as a sedative or to treat malaria. It was also popular as a balm for wounds, burns and insect bites. The impressive health benefits of St. John’s Wort include its ability to help with depression, improve mood swings, relieve anxiety, reduce the severity of pre-menstrual symptoms, ease addictive tendencies, regulate hormonal activity, protect against viral infections, reduce inflammation, and soothe the nervous system. St. John’s Wort herb is a very good restorative tonic for the nervous system and is perhaps most well-known for its anti-depressant nature. For generations, it has been widely used to relieve symptoms of depression and is a popular natural solution. It contains antidepressant chemicals that inhibit or delay the reuptake of certain neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. St. John’s Wort helps improve the mood for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that occurs during the winter months because of lack of sunlight. St. John's Wort helps with other emotional disorders such as anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), menopausal mood swings, and premenstrual syndrome. St. John’s Wort is widely recommended for women who suffer from feminine sexual health such as mood swings, pre-menstrual syndrome and menopause. St. John’s Wort can help reduce mood swings and anxiety in menopausal women and reduce the severity of cramping and pre-menstrual irritation and depression. St. John’s works to restore hormonal balance, its active ingredients also have a strong effects on hormone regulation in the body. It also helps reduce of symptoms of hypothyroidism and helps the thyroid gland release normal levels of hormones again.​Today, St. John’s Wort is used for anxiety, and some sleep disorders due to depression, sadness, decreased energy, fatigue, restlessness, insomnia, irritability or melancholy. St. John’s Wort acts in harmony with the brain’s sleep-inducing mechanism, enhancing its action instead of overriding it. St. John’s Wort is a natural sedative and pain reliever. It can be used for sciatica or rheumatic pain. St. John’s Wort helps relieve excessive pain by removing the effects of shock giving the mind and body a feeling of vigor and well being. This is valuable for post-surgical pain or helping to relieve fibromyalgia pain. The soothing nature of St. John’s Wort and the rich concentration of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds make it perfect for easing pain of arthritis, gout, joint discomfort, and muscle ache. Just as it helps to ease inflammation on the skin and in the gut, St. John’s Wort