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Herbs & Inflammation How the home herbalist can treat chronic inflammation in the kitchen! The Heritage Herb Club July 13, 2014
Marie Totten, Facilitator Geeky software trainer by day Program Chair, Heritage Herb Club Passionate, practicing herbalist Humble student of all things herbal Goals & objectives Heritage Herb Club – “…purpose of learning more about medicinal, floral, and culinary herbs.” April 2014 surveys reveal desire on part of members for more programs about medicinal & therapeutic use of herbs in home health care Please ask questions throughout the program! Herbs & Inflammation
Herbs & Inflammation: Today’s Workshop We’ll Learn: What is inflammation Why take the herbal path Three ways to prepare different herbal treatments at home – easily & inexpensively Safety! Dosages & Contra-indications We’ll Get To: See demonstrations, touch materials & taste preparations! Take knowledge quiz & survey via Keep handouts & job aids Make off with bags of goodies used in workshop Have fun!
Inflammation: Why it’s in the news Chronic inflammation – Root of many ailments that plague us: – Arthritis, joint pain – Skin problems – eczema, acne, psoriasis – Cardiovascular disease – Even cancer – The kitchen herbalist can reduce - even reverse – conditions caused by inflammation
Lots of notoriety… Is it all bad? – Core of body’s healing & immune response When something harmful or irritating affects body – Blood flow increases to that area – Healing proteins & white blood cells Without inflammation, wounds & infections would never heal! Inflammation: What is it?
Diagnosed with chronic, disfiguring acne Constant stomach distress Misdiagnosed with dairy allergy Mysterious rashes, hives Wheat allergy Early onset of arthritis, joint pain “We can do so much to shift the course of our health by just eating an anti-inflammatory diet!” - Julie Daniluk Inflammation: My Story
Immune system’s response – Out of control Cellular & chemical warfare on body Stresses & injures cells – Causes malfunction & aging Triggers disease Chronic Inflammation
We all eat – Primary way to ease chronic inflammation is diet Inexpensive – Materials are all at the market! No prescriptions needed – No doctor visits or surgery Prevention & Healing Most herbs are anti-inflammatory Many herbs are also antimicrobial Inflammation: The Herbal Path
Medical Definitions Contraindication: In medicine, a contraindication is a condition or factor that serves as a reason to withhold a certain medical treatment. There are two types of contraindications: – Relative contraindication means that caution should be used when two drugs or procedures are used together. It is acceptable to do so if the benefits outweigh the risk. – Absolute contraindication means that event or substance could cause a life-threatening situation. A procedure or medication that falls under this category should be avoided. Contraindications
“Any therapy, even herbal, that exerts a biologic effect is, by definition, a drug and can have toxicity.” Remember
Sugar & processed foods – Anything that causes a fast spike in blood sugar levels Stevia & coconut sugar don’t raise blood sugar levels as much Raw honey & maple syrup are good options Chemicals in environment For some, dairy & too much red meat Heavy metals Stress – Aggravated by lack of sleep What Causes Inflammation?
Kale & bitter vegetables – Spinach, radishes, mustard greens, dandelion Brightly colored organic fruits & vegetables – Blueberries, red bell peppers, strawberries Grass-fed beef – Rich in omega-e fatty acids, B vitamins, selenium & zinc What to Eat
Green Tea – Unfermented leaves are high in antioxidants, catechins – EGCC (epigallocatechin gallate) blocks overproduction of pro-inflammatory substances – Reduced risk heart disease & stroke – Lower cholesterol levels – Lower rates of cancer “Drink organic, whole-leaf green tea to get the full benefits!” What to Eat
Mushrooms – Only vegetable source of vitamin D, hormone with key role in immune health – Inhibits chronic inflammatory response Asthma Arthritis Prostate cancer 1 Cup = 400 IU of vitamin D What kind? – Creminis – Shitakes – Oyster – Even humble buttons! What to Eat
Oregano – Contains rosmarinic acid, rich in antioxidants – Particularly effective against infections – Gum disease – Arthritis – Alzheimer’s disease – Fresh is best – Oreganol (oil of oregano) Contraindication: Do not ingest oil of oregano if taking blood thinners or if pregnant What to Eat
Oil of Oregano Found on Amazon, Whole Foods Amazing anti-microbial Helps rid gum disease, inflammation Gum wash Using dropper, place three drops in mouth under tongue. Use saliva to swish around mouth for 1 minute, moving to coat gums thoroughly. Spit out (DO NOT SWALLOW!) and rinse mouth several time with water. If any is swallowed, drink at least eight ounces of water.
Powerful anti-inflammatory agents Get them into diet every day Ginger: Can take powdered ginger in capsules – ideal for those with inflammatory conditions Turmeric: Most exciting medicinal herb being studied today – Anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, reduces risk of Alzheimer’s Indians eat turmeric at every meal “India has the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s disease in the world!” Andrew Weil, M.D. Ginger & Turmeric
Ginger – Bitter herbs, horseradish Contains potent anti-inflammatories – Help prevent manufacture of prostaglandins & leukotrinenes, which trigger inflammation Reduces swelling & pain associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis Contraindication: Less than 1 tspn day if on blood thinners Coming up: turmeric tea with ginger! What to Eat
Turmeric – Inhibits eicosanoids, molecules which play key role in inflammatory response – Active ingredient – curcumin Reduces levels of C-reactive protein, linked to arthritis & cardiovascular disease Another study: inhibits formation of inflammatory plaque associated with early-stage Alzheimer’s – Add to 1 teaspoon turmeric to soups, stews & bean dishes – Supplements: 400 – 600 mg, 3x day recommended Contraindications: – Curcumin: Gallstones, bile duct dysfunction, pregnant – Unlikely to cause side effects if ingested in turmeric form What to Eat “Incorporating turmeric into diet safer than taking curcumin supplements, especially if pregnant” – Dr. Michael Greger, M.D., NutritionFacts.org
Traditional Indian diets: one teaspoon per day dried turmeric, or equivalent of half of whole, fresh turmeric root Naturally anti-inflammatory Natural liver detoxifier Natural antiseptic, anti-bacterial Natural pain killer Aids in fat metabolism, weight loss Soothes upset stomach Helps body digest protein Helps fight flu symptoms More on Turmeric
3 Heaped Teaspoons Turmeric (or 6 one-inch pieces, peeled) 1 Heaped Teaspoon Ground Cloves 2 Teaspoons Ground Cardamom 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon 2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger (or 4 Tspns fresh chopped) 3 pints filtered water (1.5 Liters) – Simmer 10 minutes – Pour through strainer – Add almond milk (or hemp milk, coconut milk, etc.) and raw honey or maple syrup to taste – Enjoy! Turmeric Tea
Inflammation-Fighting Golden Turmeric Smoothie 1 cup unsweetened, plain coconut milk (or almond, hemp or rice milk) 3-4 ice cubes (optional) 1/2 tsp. organic turmeric powder or 1 tsp. fresh grated turmeric root 1 tsp. organic coconut oil Generous dash of vanilla Maple syrup or coconut sugar to taste Dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, cardamom (optional) Directions Place all ingredients in a blender, including ice. Blend on high for 10 — 20 seconds until thoroughly mixed and ice has been crushed. Pour through strainer. Drink immediately or refrigerate for up to three days. Source: MindBodyGreen.com Turmeric Smoothie
Ginger & Turmeric Sources Whole ginger root & whole turmeric root – Best place: India Bazaar – Address: 832 W Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX – – 8 a.m. – 11 p.m., every day of the week! Dried ginger & dried turmeric – Whole Foods, buy in bulk – Indian or Asian markets
Herbs & loose leaf teas – MountainRoseHerbs.com – Amazon Coconut Oil – Organic, cold press – Artisana brand, on Amazon, Whole Foods, Sprouts Go organic with all materials when possible Other Sources
Healing with Whole Foods – Paul Pitchford Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. – Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. – Well-Being Journal Further Reading
Heritage Herb Club Board Members & participants Hippocrates It has been my honor to share this program with you today! Thank You!
Questions? Facilitator Contact Info: Marie Totten See handouts for recipes, source documentation & further reading Please take our knowledge quiz Memory test: Survey upcoming next month