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Gourds and Bombillas April 23, 2012

Filed under: All Other Recipes — Mztykk_Kreation @ 9:35 AM
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Many of you have probably seen these at some point, whether it be in a health store or someone drinking out of one. Usually these gourds are filled with yerba mate tea leaves, and one can simply stick the bombilla (straw made from bamboo or stainless steel) and drink. Mate is a great coffee alternative, as the stimulation does not affect the nervous system. You will get a mineral filled energy “buzz” but will not have a crash or a gittery feeling. Drinking from the bombilla directly allows for ultimate mineral absorption.

imageI do not just limit my gourd use to mate. Since I am very strong on herbal medicine, I will fill my gourd with many different herbal formulations and drink it in the same manor. It is a great way to drink your herbs and get everything they have to offer!!

It is a rather inexpensive way to drink your teas and get the full benefits!

Here are some links where I buy mine. I prefer the stainless steel straws over the bamboo, as they last much longer and tend to not get clogged.

Bombilla

Gourd

Yerba Mate

Here is a tasty high energy tea that you can try for yourself!

-4 tablespoons unsmoked mate

-1 tablespoon crushed cacao nibs

-1 tablespoon goji berries

-Optional: Pinch of fresh vanilla powder

I guarantee you will love drinking from a gourd!

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Celastrus February 29, 2012

Filed under: Super Herbs — Mztykk_Kreation @ 10:41 AM
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Celastrus Seed is one of my new favorite herbs. This brain food is a great herbal tonic, that i use everyday. It can be used in three ways:  brewed as a tea, eaten directly, or by cold pressing the oils and taking this once a day. I have done all three and have obtained three different responses from each, which i will discuss later.

Celastrus has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for enhancement in brain function. Like Bacopa, this herb can be taken daily and has proved an increase in learning, memory, and recollection of information. There are countless studies that have been done and many testimonials that back up these statements. Many students rave about this herb when they are cramming for finals or are trying to learn new subjects. It is often used as a memory loss prevention herb as well, especially those where there may be a possibility of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease. Many individuals also claim that it has helped clear up their depression problems. 

I use this herb everyday and have noticed a big difference. I usually use it in the morning as soon as I wake up before i drink my morning super tea. Within a few minutes you can feel its effects! Its like you become wide awake. I am currently using the oil from the seed, and love the effects it has had.

When first getting into this herb i ordered the seeds. I tried brewing it in a tea and also eating it straight. When i first got them, I chewed about 24 seeds and kept them in the side of my cheek for a few minutes until they began to disintegrate. Within a few minutes i received a huge burst of energy! It was amazing. I then brewed  3 tablespoons in a big big pot of water with some Goji Berries. This added a light sweetness, and i figured adding a smart berry to this tea would be a great idea.  I drank this tea through out the day in place of my water. Through out the entire day i felt even more energized than normal, and felt an even stronger mental clarity.  I definitely suggest trying out this amazing seed! I would suggest either brewing the tea and drinking it throughout the day or using the cold pressed oil. I enjoy adding some drops of the oil to my water as well and drinking that through out the day!

After trying a few different cold pressed oils, i obtained a product from Love Leaf Gardens. This product was one of the most pure i have tried, and i feel the best results from it! They are incredibly fairly priced as well, $12.00 for 30ml! This will allow you to try it for a month or so. I can guarantee that you will feel a difference in your cognitive functioning almost immediately!  Enjoy!

http://www.loveleafgarden.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=317