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Natural Healing–Jengibre

Ginger (zingiber officinale) is reported to have arrived in Mexico first in Cuernavaca with the Spanish in the 1500s. Cultivation commenced and ginger exports back to Europe began shortly thereafter. Mexico remains one of the top 30 ginger exporters in the world. Ginger is known as jengibre in my area of Mexico but it is also called ajenjibre in other areas and has a variant spelling of jenjibre. 

Jengibre is most often used for gastrointestinal complaints in Mexico. A pinch of powdered root in your cup of yerba buena (spearmint) or manzanilla (chamomile) will help with nausea. This anti-queasy effect occurs because ginger’s active principles work directly on the intestinal tract by stimulating saliva production, digestion activity and food absorption thereby relieving nausea, constipation and flatulence. Along the same lines, ginger improves kidney function and lowers blood glucose

Ginger is also effective as an anti-inflammatory compound, a warming agent, a pain remedy, antidepressant and useful in lowering cholesterol. Ginger has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It works as a warming agent by improving blood circulation through stimulating the heart muscle and diluting the blood. It is also effective in treating migraine headaches

When we all had a particularly bad case of a dry cough that lingered earlier this year, we found that ginger works well as a natural cough suppressant. That anti-inflammatory action mentioned earlier relaxes membranes in the airways, reducing the cough reflex. To brew yourself some ginger tea, add 20 to 40 grams of fresh ginger root slices to hot water and sweeten with honey (another natural cough suppressant). 

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Natural Healing–Lavanda

I love the scent of lavender (la lavanda). Although I can find the plants readily enough at the viveria (plant nursery), I was surprised at how little it is used in traditional Mexican remedies. 

Lavandula angustifolia is native to the Middle East and India. It was brought to Spain by the Arabs in the seventh century. The Spanish brought it to Mexico in the 1500s along with a host of other medicinal herbs. 

There are several lavender fields that are open to the public in Mexico. One is not so very far from where I live in Mineral de Pozos, Guanajuato and the other is in Rancho San Martín, Puebla. Since we are heading to San Miguel de Allende later this year, we’ll have to see if we can stop and smell the lavender on the trip. 

The properties of lavender are fairly well known. It is antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and antispasmodic. Used as a wash on wounds, it can reduce the chances of infection. Applied as a rub, it is useful in the treatment of headaches, muscle pain, and cramps. Mixed with vegetable oil, lavender essential oil makes an excellent natural bug repellent.

In Mexico, the leaves are brewed in a tea for indigestion.  Lavender scent has been shown to increase appetite and ingesting lavender has properties that protect against the development of gastric ulcers

The soothing scent has been shown to reduce tension and elevate mood. It improves sleep quality and reduces chronic pain. Massaging the scalp with a combination of thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood has been helpful in the treatment of alopecia areata

I have to admit that I’m not overly fond of lavender tea because it tastes too astringent to me. That is until I had the most delightful natural tea mix. It contained jamaica (Hibiscus sabdariffa), Flor de Azahar (citrus Aurantium), Flor de Tila (Ternstoemia lineata), Flor de Manita (Chiranthodendron pentadactylon), Hojas de Naranjo (Citrus aurantium), Melisa (Cedronella Mexicana), Manzanilla (Matricaria chamomilla) Pasiflora, (Passiflora Ciliata), Limon, (citrus medica), Yoloxochitl (Talauna Mexicana), Rosa de Castilla (Rosa centifolia) and Lavanda (Lavandula angustifolia). It was absolute heaven in a cup of tea!

Some of these herbs, I’ve already done some research about, while others wait to be explored. I’m quite excited about it and hope to be able to source my own tea blend with these herbs in the future. 

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Hot Flashes and Herbs!

I first became interested in Mexican herbalism when I read a study reporting that Maya women in the Yucatan did not experience the drastic hormonal imbalances that plague Western women at menopause because their diet includes regular ingestion of wild yams. Of course, Western practitioners focused on the wild yam aspect and added it to their hormonal supplements for menopausal women not taking into account that these Maya women had been eating wild yam their entire lives. It was not something they started to eat later in their reproductive life, certainly not something that could be ingested in pill form.

My interest in herbs to help during the final reproductive transition period has become more intense since my first hot flash–man, was that a doozy. I can’t say that I’ve found a magic bean just yet, but learning more about herbs and what to expect during menopause has taken some of the shock factor out of this phase of my life. Of course, I’m still completely taken by surprise at each hot flash episode, but I know now that I won’t spontaneously combust, it only feels that way.

Of course, I’m all about helping women at any stage of life, including la tercer edad (the third age) which is fast approaching on my own horizon. So I am pleased to say that fine folks at Ultimate Bundles have done it again with their latest batch of courses, ebooks, workbooks and seminars.

I’ve already signed up for and completed the Preparing Your Garden for the Golden Years course and have started diligently using the Menopause Symptoms Tracking Journal in the hope I can get a handle on this natural, but rough, phase of life. I plan on making the most of the years I have remaining! How about you?

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Since I’m on the subject of hormones and herbs, I also wanted to mention that the Herbal Academy has a new intensive out. The Herbal Aphrodisiacs Intensive provides a basic overview of sexuality and how herbal aphrodisiacs can be called upon to offer support in various ways. Ooh-la-la! It’s available at a discounted rate until February 16. You can find more information HERE if you’d like to be herbally hot-to-trot for Valentine’s Day.

So many options! Why not get them all?

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