$145 Adaptogenic Herbal Instant Beverage Giveaway from Four Sigma

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Several months ago I discovered Four Sigma Foods, a company based in Europe that has been spreading the message of how awesome medicinal mushrooms and other superfoods are to a person’s health. My wife and I ordered a few boxes of their instant superfoods including chaga, reishi, and cordyceps and our energy levels have greatly improved. Read on about what their superfoods can do for you, how you can receive 15% off your order with our special code, AND ENTER THE GIVEAWAY to become one of two winners of their Royal Flush Prize pack worth $145!!!

Adaptogenic Herbs

Adaptogenics, like the reishi mushroom, cordyceps and many others, increase the body’s natural resistance. The multitude of negative outside ‘forces’ like chemicals (think pesticides or Hexafluorosilicic acid aka fluoride) or overexposure to free-radical damage inhibit the body’s natural ability to fight disease. Chinese herbalists believe Ataptogenics are a fundamental part of having and maintaining radiant health.

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The Reishi Mushroom

This is one of the oldest and strongest healers in the history of Chinese Herbalism. Known for not only stimulating the immune system but regulating it, Reishi can help your body combat auto-immune disease by slowing down your overstimulated system. It’s also known for it’s antiaging properties due to the high levels of antioxidants. In Japan, it has been a safe and effect remedy for Chemo side effects as well as stimulating and rebuilding that immune system. Other uses include strengthening the nerves and reducing stress, increasing memory, fighting allergies, lowering LDL – bad cholesterol and preventing many heart disease symptoms like hardening of the arteries. Its a good bet that if you need immune system support, this is the solution. It’s called the Supreme Protector for a reason!

Consistency is Key

Now the best thing you can do for yourself when taking Chinese herbs, or any herbs or natural remedies, is to stay consistent with your doses. Taking a handful of pills one day and missing out on the next three days, then trying to make up for it with another massive handful, is just a waste of money. But, Four Sigma has created the best solution for those of us on the go and who don’t want ANOTHER PILL TO TAKE! They’ve created individual packets that you can take on the go.

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Suggestions for Drinking

Perfect for work, class, or stopped at a red light – just rip open a packet and tap the contents into a cup of water, coffee, tea, whatever you’ve got near you! I’ve added a cordyceps packet to my coffee and had delicious results. I now add Reishi and Chaga to my vegan protein drinks. The cordyceps (and all the others) are good enough to add to plain water. They have the perfect amount of Stevia to make the drink tasty but not overpoweringly Stevia-ish – unlike other healthy powders and teas that are laden with the natural sweetener. I pour the packet into warm water to help dissolve the crystals and add my cold water and ice afterwards.

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Four Sigma is an amazing company in all respects. Run by a group of health-loving Finns that travel the world, they’re committed to spreading the word about superfoods above anything else. They are offering you, the Holistic Dad readers, 15% off your entire order until August 15. Just enter the code “HolisticDad” at the check out to receive your savings. Soon you’ll be drinking your way to better health!

And Now… For the GIVEAWAY!

Four Sigma Foods are offering NOT 1 BUT 2 ROYAL FLUSH PRIZE PACKS .. 2 LUCKY WINNERS will each receive the 6-Box bundle! So sign up, share with friends everyday via tweeting and facebook sharing (cause you’ll earn more points when you do) and good luck!

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Introductory Herbal Course is live and I’ve got a discount for you ( plus one reader wins FREE admission!)



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Introducing the latest course from the Herbal Academy of New England

Over the past year, hundreds of readers have enrolled  in the Herbal Academy of New England’s Intermediate herbalism course. My wife and I joined them and have been soaking up all the information and raving about the school to our friends and family. What we love most about the HANE is how user friendly and design savvy there courses are. You can print the units or read them directly on your screen or mobile device. They have stunning illustrations too.

HANE has now just launched the Introductory Herbal Course to help those of you who are curious about herbalism but may not be ready to jump into the intermediate course. To celebrate they are kindly offering readers 10% off the Introductory Herbal Course using the coupon code HOLISTIC when you enroll. This coupon will be good for the entire month of June! Click here to enroll now. 

In the Introductory Herbal Course, you will discover: 

  • 6 in-depth units
  • Content-rich lessons
  • Printable handouts and charts
  • Recipes throughout every unit
  • Over 50 herbal monographs
  • Educational video demonstrations
  • Multiple choice quizzes!
  • Easy access to course instructors

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Labels for your herbal tinctures and salves, provided in the course


The Six Units:

Unit 1: Herbal Basics Choosing Herbs; Storing Herbs; Herbal Teas and Tinctures; Syrups and Topical Applications; Herbal Actions; Anatomy Overview

Unit 2: Common Discomforts
The Immune System; Prevention; Detoxifying and Cleansing; Colds and Flu; Respiratory System; Herbs for Kids; Materia Medica

Unit 3: Kitchen Remedies
What’s In Your Cupboard; Spices; Kitchen Materia Medica; Making Kitchen Remedies; Wildcrafting and Foraging;

Unit 4: Nervous System

Overview of the Nervous System; Stress; Headaches and Migraines; Essential Oils; Sleep and Insomnia

Unit 5: Body Care
Introduction to the Skin; Body Care Recipes; External Health, Internal Health; Salves, Balms, and Butters; Topical Oils; Scrubs; Cleansers; Herbal Baths; Moisturizers; Toners; Hair Care

Unit 6: The Holistic Approach
History; Conventional Medicine; The Holistic Model; The Holistic Body; Herbalism Is More Than Just Herbs; Placebo Response; Case Studies; Holistic Approaches: Massage, Body Work, TCM, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Naturopathic, and others

The Introductory Herbal Course is a brand new, multimedia program consisting of six in-depth units, interactive ebooks, printable charts and handouts, demonstrations, and many herbal recipes. This course will get you started on your herbal journey, covering all of the basics including common discomforts, herbal actions, dosing, and herbal remedies! By the end of this course, you will know why herbs work and how to make your own body care products, teas, tinctures and more. Build your apothecary, start your materia medica and get to know the Holistic Approach! You will walk away more inspired to pursue your herbal studies at the intermediate level and beyond.  

About the Herbal Academy of New England

With roots in greater Boston, The Herbal Academy of New England is an educational resource offering online programs, local workshops, and herbal clinics. The academy is committed to researching and gathering information and tools to help support a lifestyle of self-awareness and whole body care. It is the Herbal Academy of New England’s desire to encourage individuals and society to make sustainable and meaningful changes so as to use earth’s resources with greater wisdom and respect. Herbalism includes stewardship of the earth. 

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I mentioned a giveaway right? Yep, just like when they launched their Intermediate course, HANE is giving one lucky reader FREE admission to the Introductory Herbal Course. Entry is easy and fast, scroll down to enter! Or you can go ahead and enroll using coupon code HOLISTIC for 10 % off. This coupon will be good for the entire month of June! Click here to enroll now. 


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Herbalism on the rise, as health insurance costs skyrocket

Holistic Dad’s thoughts: It’s inevitable that when people are suffering and Western medicine costs are too high, they will look elsewhere. It’s great that herbalism is growing in popularity, and yet sad that giving birth can cost upwards of 30,000USD in the States. 

Daily Record/Sunday News Updated:   03/12/2012 04:19:19 PM EDT

Six women separated garlic and sliced onions while sitting at a table in Forsight Vision Center’s kitchen in Spring Garden Township.

They put the garlic and onions into mason jars, covered the mixture in honey, and sealed the jars with lids. As they worked, they talked about the health benefits of each ingredient.

Lesa Metz of Freeland, Md., led the White Rose Herbal Study Group in its monthly meeting. She said a spoonful of the concoction would counter sore throats, colds, the flu, lung congestion and sinus problems.

Metz, originally from Stewartstown, started the group in 2008 and said she’s been taking online healing classes to become a natural herbalist. The group has about 10 to 20 members and discusses medicinal and Dozens of herbs, oils and extracts are stored in a cabinet in Lesa Metz s basement at her home in Freeland, Md. The ingredients for Metz s homemade herbal remedies many of which she picks and gathers keep better in a cool, dark environment. (FOR THE DAILY RECORD / SUNDAY NEWS JEFF LAUTENBERGER ) culinary uses for herbs, and gardening.

She said most of the members are interested in the health benefits of herbs, as a result of a growing trend in people turning back to nature.

According to a National Health Statistics Report, 38.3 percent of adults – four in 10 – used some form of complementary and alternative medicine in 2007.

“They’re tired of taking chemicals,” Metz said.”They want to be able to heal themselves with the things God gave them.”

They’re also turning to herbal medicine because of the rising cost of health care, said Casey Brown, staff assistant at New Visions Books & Gifts in Springettsbury Township.

According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average premium for family insurance coverage through an employer reached $15,073 in 2011, a 9 percent increase from 2010.

About 50 million Americans don’t have health insurance and pay for health care out of pocket.

Metz is one of those 50 million people. She said she sometimes worries about the cost of getting injured. In October, a whipped cream can exploded in a fire in her backyard and cut her arm. She went to the emergency room. Her medical bills cost about $1,000.

At one point, her arm became infected, and her doctor advised that she take antibiotics. Instead, she said she soaked it in calendula, comfrey, tea tree oil and lavender, and her arm healed.

“If you have a major problem, go to a medical doctor,” Metz said.

Metz said she started learning about herbs four years ago after repeatedly having strep throat and using antibiotics. Now, she treats herself with fermentations made with mullein and garlic.

“With these herbs, you don’t have a side effect,” Metz said.

Cat Frederick, 45, of Windsor, who met Metz at a campground in Lower Chanceford Township, said she used to have adverse reactions to many medications.

She experienced memory loss after taking neurontin and hostile behavior after using Chantix to quit smoking.

Three years ago, Frederick got a cold, and she asked Metz for advice. Metz said to cut up garlic and eat it on a piece of toast with butter.

Frederick said she broke out in a sweat, and the garlic cleared her right up.

“I stunk, but it was awesome,” Lesa Metz pours an herb-infused olive oil mixture into a glass container on a hot plate to prepare an herbal healing salve in her basement workshop in Freeland, Md. Metz, formerly of Stewartstown, has been making herbal healing remedies for about four years. (FOR THE DAILY RECORD / SUNDAY NEWS JEFF LAUTENBERGER) she said.

Brown recently started teaching Magical Herbalism 101 at New Visions after patrons inquired about a possible class focusing on herbs.

She said the class of 11 people – which consists of two levels – sold out, so the store scheduled another. There are no openings, but more classes will be scheduled. She said there’s been a resurgence in therapies that have been used in the past.

Brown praised the advancements of modern medicine, but said people shouldn’t discard the work of their ancestors.

“We don’t depend on the earth today the way our forebearers did,” she said.”Our forebearers survived very well.”

Some doctors have begun infusing herbal medicine into their practices.

Dr. Kirankumar Viramgama, a Gettysburg pulmonologist, started incorporating 5,000-year-old traditional medicine into his standard medical practice eight years ago. He integrated ayurveda, a science that uses herbs, purgatives and rubbing oils to treat diseases.

He said a few of his patients were desperate to get better, and one suggested that he look into Indian medicine. He treats people with lung and sleep disorders, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

“A lot of physicians are kind of open to this,” Viramgama said.

He said no two patients get the same treatment. He considers genetics and what medications the person is taking before prescribing herbs.

Viramgama noted a limitation of herbal medicine: Herbs take six to 12 months to go deep into the tissue.

“There is no particular medical science that is perfect in its own,” he said.”Every medical science has its own benefits and limitations.”

Herbs and healing properties

The following are some herbs and their potential healing properties.

Mullein: Its leaves and flowers contain mucilage, which is soothing to irritated membranes, and saponins, which make coughs more productive.

Cayenne pepper: It can help heal colds, improve poor circulation and strengthen weak digestion. Externally, it can be used to treat arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, shingles and sore muscles.

Plantain: The plant hastens the healing of wounds, burns and bruises.

Comfrey: It can be used externally to treat bruises, bone fractures, sprains and swelling.

Calendula: The flower is used to prevent muscle spasms, start menstrual periods and reduce fevers. It can also be used to treat sore throats, menstrual cramps, cancer, and stomach and duodenal ulcers. It can be applied to the skin to reduce pain and swelling, and to treat poorly healing wounds and leg ulcers.

– www.nlm.nih.gov, www.naturalherbsguide.com, www.cancer.org

If you go

What: White Rose Herbal Study Group

When: 7 to 9 p.m. every third Thursday of the month

Where: Forsight Vision Center, 1380 Spahn Ave. in Spring Garden Township

Why: To learn about medicinal and culinary uses of herbs through discussions, trips and crafts

Details: Call 717-332-3669 or email whiteroseherbalstudy@gmail.com

Garlic honey

Lesa Metz, leader of the White Rose Herbal Study Group, recommended this garlic, honey and onion mixture to fight sore throats, colds, the flu, lung congestion and sinus problems.

1. Use a 4-to-8-ounce jar with a tight lid. Fill the jar with unpeeled garlic cloves, and one-half chopped onion.

2. Cover onions and garlic with honey.

3. The combination creates an elixir. You may remove or leave in garlic and onions.

Spring tonic

Casey Brown, who teaches Magical Herbalism 101 at New Visions Books & Gifts in Springettsbury Township, provided her grandmother’s recipe for spring tonic, a mixture used to cleanse the body.

“It helps tone up the system… and get rid of the winter blahs,” Brown said.

Ingredients: 4 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 4 tomatoes, ½ cup fresh spinach, ¼ cup fresh parsley.

Combine ingredients in an old-fashioned food grinder, and transfer to a pot. Cook over low heat until mixture is soft. Strain the mixture, tightly bottle the liquid, and refrigerate. Take 2 teaspoons each day.

Lesa Metz pours a healing salve in hot liquid form into a glass container to cool and solidify in her basement workshop. She made the salve from comfrey, lavender, calendula, olive oil and beeswax.


Health Experts 2.0


Just as quickly as Eastern and herbal medicine was swept away by Western MDs, it’s making a strong and permanent comeback; the new and real health experts are following ancient systems of medicine, designed to heal the patient, and not just treat the symptoms of their dis-ease. From 5000 year old Ayurveda to cutting edge herbalism, doctors such as Dr. Partap Chauhan are showing how what we eat and how we treat our bodies and minds on a daily basis will show us what kind of health we will have.

I became familiar with Dr. Chauhan’s work after my wife studied at his clinic, Jiva. The entire Chauhan family work together to disseminate the Ayurvedic way of living to the world, on TV, online, through his books, courses, and in his clinic. They tour the world spreading tips on wellbeing and stress reduction; companies have taken a strong interest in incorporating their methods into the workplace, to help employs become happier and more productive.

As the popularity of wellness coaching rises, coaches are popping up everywhere to meet the demand. Instead of following a fixed strategy, they are flexible and have our own ways of treating disease and helping one live in happiness and health. Gretchen at Total Wellness Mentor is one of those coaches, treating clients in person and online. She helps families and individuals plan their meals and move towards a plant based diet, loaded in Phytochemicals.

Nutrition researched Mike Adams, aka the Health Ranger, runs the invaluable site Natural News, which gives hard to find studies to the public, as well as research found on natural medicine. What I love most about the site is that it sheds light into the corruption in mainstream medicine and the pharmaceutical industry, while providing precious information on natural cures.

Dr. Eric Braverman is the ‘doctor’s doctor’. He has worked at the Princeton Bio Center and now is the founder of PATH. his must have book, The Edge Effect, expounds upon the importance of amino acids and diet in slow down aging, treating illness, and balancing one’s mental state. His Rainbow Diet integrates lots of veggies and fruits, as well as herbal teas and spices such as turmeric.

One of our friends and mentors in Juan Pablo Girardi of the University of Healing Arts and Brain Optimization. He has an MA in Psychology and MS in Engineering, and teaches students about nutrition and amino acids, and the importance of meditation. He also is a life coach and transpersonal psychologist.

Who are your favorite Health Experts?