Astro Herbalism

Most of us know what are our zodiac sign is, some of us know what our birth stone is, but have you ever wondered what herbs or roots would benefit you best according to your zodiac sign?
Each of the twelve zodiac signs can benefit from the properties of certain natural herbs and roots, which help heal, soothe, repair, inspire and create balance within us.

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From the north to the south and the east to the west, the link between the cosmos and herbs goes back to the beginning of time. The integration of Astrology and herbalism has been a common practice for thousands of years in India, Tibet and in the Western Medical Esoteric and magical traditions. It was a standard practice in the Renaissance era for all physicians and herbalists to have knowledge of the stars and planets to effectively practice their healing arts.

Also known as Medical Astrology, it can fundamentally enhance our practice of Holistic Herbalism. The use of medicinal herbs is as old as Astrology itself.

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It is the branch of holistic medicine that deals with healing of ailments by astrological measures. This is basically a fusion of Ayurveda/TCM and Astrology. As a fundamental principle Ayurveda or TCM, it was presumed that the planets, stars and other celestial bodies have specific effects on the human body and hence can influence health & disease. Whatever elements sustain the universe, also exist in the human body and vice versa. Whatever shifts in the universe is likely to affect the human body either positively or negatively. The positive effects of stars and planets bring well-being and prosperity while their negative effects cause malady and stagnation. If the cosmos can negatively affect our health to cause illness, then there must be a remedy for sustaining our health from these deficiencies. This idea made the medical practitioners of Astromedicine aspire to new frontiers in healing.

Inside the tomb of the pharaoh Ramses was found a celestial chart showing the astral influences on all the organs of the human body.

Most herbalists in ancient times were also astrologers and they gained insight into the secrets of herbalism by reviewing the different planetary positions. This practice reached its apex in Europe in the late medieval era (1450+ AD) and early modern periods (1700 AD). This was the era of the Europeans “wake-up” call to expand and create. During this period, (Early Modern era) medical practitioners regarded the different signs of the zodiac and planets as having influence over different parts of the body, as controlling different ailments and as affecting the benefits and advantages of the plant kingdom.

The consciousness that human health is in some way linked to the stars, is found in many remote societies. The Babylonians and Ancient Egyptians were famous for

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their astronomical knowledge and used it to predict and diagnose disease and influenced some Greek and Roman healers from 100 BCE onwards.

Galen of Pergamum preferred a celestial explanation for illness, but his discussion of critical days allowed his successors in Late Antiquity to include the influence of the stars in their calculations. Astromedicine was developed by the Arabs and taken over in the learned medicine of Western Europe from 1200 CE. Objections were raised in the Renaissance era and by 1600, medical astrology had fallen out of praxis among the “elite physicians”. The patrons, however, still flocked to medical astrologers. Arabic astromedicine also spread eastwards to India and Tibet, although Chinese astromedicine developed differently. From Egypt and Babylonia predicting diseases by the stars entered Greek medicine around 250 BCE.20180206_234801

Astromedicine achieved virtue and respectability in Late Antiquity and was further advanced in the Islamic world. From the Islamic world Astromedicine passed to Western Europe as part of the new University of Medical Education. In the Renaissance era, some doctors strongly attacked Astromedicine, which by 1650 was seen as a questionable practice, even if many patients believed in it. Indian and particularly Traditional Chinese Medicine included Astromedicine as a significant part of their ongoing medical traditions.

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Astro Herbalism influences affect your health through your physiology, psychology, emotions and they impact your specific constitution. The ability to find your unique predispositions for organ weaknesses, potentials for illness and how to effectively use herbs as a preventative measure to stay vital and healthy.

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Using these synergistic herbs are particularly beneficial, as herbs are able to touch us on an energetic level as well as a physical level to clear out psychic debris and increase oxygen and detoxification.

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Aloe Arborescens from Sicily

Aloe, a plant belonging to the species of perennial fat plants, is commonly used in various countries around the world for medical properties that have been attributed to them for centuries. There are over 300 different varieties of Aloe, all belonging to the same family of Liliacea: only thirty of these varieties possess significant therapeutic properties. According to the botanical classification, the correct term to indicate the most famous and effective variety is ” Aloe arborescens”.

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Aloe is a xerophytic plant, so called because it can retain water in its interior, adapting itself to survive even for long periods of drought. This plant can reach an average height of 60 to 90 cm and reaches a full maturation (referring to its nutritional potential) over four years. From the ground directly grow long green and fleshy leaves surrounded by sharp spiral spines. Aloe’s leaves are covered by a triple protective membrane, which encloses inside the precious colorless gel, which boasts many known virtues known for centuries.

In the autumn or in the spring the Aloe blossoms: from the center of the plant there are high stems without leaves, on which flowers sparkling from the color ranging from white to green to red, yellowish to orange. The healing benefits of the gelatinous substance contained within the Aloe leaves are known from a long time ago.

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The first testimonies date back to 4000 BC: on the walls of Egyptian temples, Aloe arborescens plant designs and descriptive depictions of its use were found, demonstrating that this ancient and mysterious people knew their healing properties. The extraordinary curative powers of the plant had such an impact on Egyptian culture to create a myriad of myths and legends: the plant and its magical effects were revered as a god. It is no coincidence that the Egyptians called the Aloe arborescens “the plant of the ‘immortality’ and used it in the mysterious embalming processes of the pharaohs, who wished revival. The legends say that Queen Cleopatra, idolized for her extraordinary beauty, was used to diving into a bath of Aloe juice and mixing the precious gelatinous element with beauty creams.

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It is not possible to accurately pinpoint the origins of Aloe’s therapeutic use, nor even to establish a specific geographical place where this may have happened, but ancient medical science has passed on numerous written testimonies. One of the first detailed documents to which we you can refer to the “Papyrus Ebers”, an Egyptian script dating from 1550 BC, which describes a number of formulas and mixtures on the use of Aloe for the treatment of various body disorders.
The first detailed reference to the use of Aloe is contained in the “Greek Herbarium” of Dioscoride, dating back to 68 dC. In the text, the Greek doctor gives a detailed description of the Aloe plant and the use of the particular substance for the treatment of multiple disorders and diseases such as burns, skin irritations, itching of the skin, stopping the bleeding and curing the bruises caused by injuries, and many other maladies.
The knowledge of Dioscoride was confirmed and extended by Pliny the Elder in his work “Historia Naturalis”.

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In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the use of medicinal Aloe spread throughout the world, even in cold-hot lands where the plant did not grow spontaneously or even cultivated. The precious remedies prepared with the juice of this plant have been handed down from generation to generation until today; however, over the centuries the use of this substance has been reduced considerably since it was clouded by false beliefs and erroneous beliefs.Only since the 1930s, thanks to the support of scientific documentation and medical attestations on Aloe treatments, the many Aloe properties and virtues have been rediscovered and confirmed.

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The precious gel contained in the Aloe arborescens leaves is particularly rich in nutritional components such as: MINERAL SALTS,VITAMINS, MONOSACCARIDES AND POLISHACCARIDES. ESSENTIAL AMINOACIDES and MINERAL SALTS. Within the Aloe leaves, twenty minerals have been found, each of which is of importance to the health of the body, including:
Calcium and phosphorus: essential for the growth of bone structures and teeth. Potassium: regulator of blood flow and muscle tissue.
Zinc: Propulsion of the immune system.
Sodium: regulator of liquids and body fluids also contributes to the transport of glucose and amino acids in the cells of the body.
Copper: contributes to the formation of blood fluid.
Iron: Oxygen conveying element in red and essential globules as a body’s resistance structure to infections.
Magnesium and manganese: support elements of the nervous system and muscles.
Chromium: a regulator of blood sugar levels, also contributes to the balance of glucose and circulatory system.
Choline: as a component of lecithin, it is necessary for the metabolism of the body.

VITAMINS

VITAMIN A: beta carotene, important to the sight, bones the skin, as an antianemic factor.
VITAMINE B1: thiamine, essential for body tissue growth and physical energy.
VITAMINE B2: Riboflavin, combined with vitamin B6, produces blood cells.
VITAMIN B3: Nicotinamide, a regulator of metabolism.
VITAMIN B6: pyridoxine, effects combined with vitamin B2.
VITAMINE B12: cobalamin, essential as an antianemic factor and other neuropathic disorders. It is important to emphasize that such vitamin is present mostly in meat, milk and its derivatives but is very rarely found in plants. For this reason, taking Aloe juice can be beneficial for vegetarians, for those who have intolerance to milk and derivatives, and for those who do not succeed in nutrition to make the right contribution of that vitamin.
VITAMIN C: ascorbic acid, prevents and hampers infections, enhancing the immune system.
VITAMIN E: Tocopherol, in conjunction with vitamin C, combats infections and accelerates the healing process.
FOLIC ACID IN UNION WITH VITAMINE B: contributes to the formation of blood.

MONOSACCARIDES AND POLISHACCARIDES

The long list of mono and polysaccharides contained in the Aloe plant are the components that
most contributing to talk about Aloe’s magic and therapeutic properties.
They can be summarized as follows:
CELLULOSE, GLUCOSE, MANNOSIUM, ALDONETOSIO.
URONIC ACID, LIPASI, ALINASI.
Acemannan.
ALOERIDE: A powerful immunostimulator.
L – RAMNOSIO.

ESSENTIAL AMINOACIDES

Amino acids represent the constituent tissue of the human body. One must distinguish between “essential amino acids”, that is, they are not spontaneously produced by the body and must be taken from the outside, and “non-essential amino acids” that the body produces itself.

Aloe arborescens contains seven of the eight amino acids classified as “essential”:

Isoleucine
Leucine
Phenylalanine
METHIONINE
LISINA
THREONINE
Valine

Aloe also contains eleven of the fourteen amino acids classified as “non-essential”:

ASPARTIC ACID
GLUTAMIC ACID
ALANINA
l-Arginine
CISTINA
GLYCINE
HISTIDINE
HYDROXYPROLINE
PROLINE
SERINA
TIROSINA

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SAW PALMETTO

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Although people sometimes assume that all homeopathic remedies are highly diluted and therefore unlikely to be effective, some products labeled as homeopathic can contain substantial amounts of active ingredients and therefore could cause beneficial improvements. Saw Palmetto extract is taken from the deep purple berries of the Saw Palmetto, which is known as Serenoa repens. Saw Palmetto is a fan palm that grows as a tree or shrub and has lush, green leaves that fan out from its thorn stem. It can reach heights of 10 feet in warm climates, with leaf clusters that can reach two feet or more. The plant is a native of West Indies and in the United States. saw palmetto grows in the warm climates of the southeast coast, from South Carolina to throughout Florida. Serenoa repens is autotrophic. This means that it is “self feeding.” Like most plants, it does not eat animals or other organisms.
Saw palmetto is used in several forms of traditional herbal medicine. American Indians used the fruit for food and to treat a variety of urinary and reproductive system problems. The Mayans drank it as a tonic and the Seminoles used the berries as an expectorant and antiseptic. Saw palmetto extract was used by European/American medical practitioners for at least 200 years for various conditions. Its active ingredients include fatty acids, plant sterols and flavonoids. The berries also contain high molecular weight polysaccharides (sugars), which may reduce inflammation that’s at the root of most diseases and strengthen the immune system, thus adding immune system booster to the list of saw palmetto benefits. Including asthenia (weakness), recovery from major illness and urogenital problems.

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Today, Saw Palmetto supplements or tinctures are one of the most commonly consumed supplements by men with prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Infact, in 2011, over $18 million in Saw Palmetto was sold in the United States, ranking it third among herbal dietary supplements. It aids as an expectorant and controls irritation of mucous tissues. It has proved useful in irritative cough, chronic bronchial coughs, whooping cough, laryngitis, acute and chronic, acute catarrh, asthma, tubercular laryngitis and in the cough of phthisis pulmonalis. Upon the digestive organs it acts kindly, improving the appetite, digestion and assimilation. However, its most pronounced effects appear to be those exerted upon the urino-genital tracts of both male and female and upon all the organs concerned in reproduction. It is said to enlarge wasted organs, as the breasts, ovaries, and testicles, while the paradoxical claim is also made that it reduces hypertrophy of the prostate. Possibly this may be explained by claiming that it tends toward the production of a normal condition, reducing parts when unhealthily enlarged and increasing them when debilitated. Research shows Saw Palmetto extract has been claimed to be a herbal treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia, a common condition in older men. Saw palmetto extracts and supplements work as hair loss remedies because they keep testosterone levels balanced. As men and women age, the testosterone hormone is diminished and the hormone called 5α-Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) increases. The cause of hair loss is due to the hair follicles’ sensitivity to DHT, which is a male androgen hormone that causes follicles to shrink, resulting in a shorter life span and decrease of hair production. Using saw palmetto can slow the rate of hair loss and improve hair thickness. The fatty acids in question have the ability to block an enzyme that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the latter of which is a more androgenic form and can cause hair loss in the genetically susceptible. Saw palmetto is a remarkable herb for both men and women and is used by holistic health practitioners to treat a variety of ailments. It is also used to strengthen the thyroid gland, balance the metabolism, stimulate appetite and aid digestion. This wonderful herb is becoming famous for its uses in hair restoration, prostate health, sexual vigour, breast enhancement and as a nutritive tonic.

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In women it may reduce effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome. This is an endocrine system condition that affects a woman’s hormones. It causes excess facial and body hair, trouble losing unwanted weight, irregular menstruation and infertility. Testosterone imbalance is associated to this condition. Saw palmetto may help reduce the effects of these symptoms mainly because of its hormonal effects and it also treats menopausal symptoms: During menopause, estrogen and progesterone levels drop, while the testosterone levels remain steady. Saw palmetto helps prevent weakening of the vaginal and uterine tissues, an uncomfortable side-effect menopausal women experience.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Saw palmetto is likely unsafe when used during pregnancy or breast-feeding. It acts like a hormone so it is not recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding.
Surgery: Saw palmetto might slow blood clotting. There is some concern that it might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using saw palmetto at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. A balanced diet is always essential in conjunction with holistic supplements.

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