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January_Issue Title-2020
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Happy New Year!  We have reached 2020, some  say it's the end of an old decade, some say one more year, I'm not sure what I believe ha!

We have many things to look forward to this year,  I believe this is a 4 year or maybe even a 22 year,  I guess it depends if your a Numerologist LOL!   At any rate it feels like the start of something new,  I'm all for it.

So if you noticed we've changed the layout of our newsletter and even added another page!  We feel we need to be up for change, and innovation.

Bare in mind, please this is still the middle of winter, and colds, flu, virus's are still about,  We have many wonderful things naturally to help.

Thank you for a wonderful 2019 and we look forward to spending 2020 with you!

The Editor

Herb for january Title
St John's Wort
Also known as- Hypericum perforatum, Perforated bush, Hypericum, and Klamath weed.

Who doesn't know all about St. John's wort? This lanky herbaceous plant with yellow flowers filled with 50 to 60 stamens is the best selling medicinal herb in the United States and much of the rest of the world. The original uses of this versatile plant, however, were treating bedwetting, rheumatism, and gout. A St. John's wort oil made with the blossoms and olive, sunflower, or, preferably, wheat germ oil has been used for centuries for treating wounds and burns.

Hypericin and related compounds, rutin, bitters, and tannins.

Parts Used
The dried flowering tops and leaf.

Typical Preparations
Traditionally used as a tea, sometimes available in tea bags; also used to make a red St. John's oil for use in liniments and lotions, but only from fresh material. May also be administered as a capsule or extract for convenience.

A large volume of scientific research suggests that only a standardized extract delivering a rather high dose of the hypericin found in St. John's wort treats depression"so how can the successful use of the much milder traditional teas of St. John's wort to treat depression be explained?
St. John's wort as a whole herb gives the body "just enough medicine" to overcome the physical aches and pains and mild viral infections that keep the brain from recovering from depression. Nineteenth century Eclectic physicians in the United States used St. John's wort to relieve pain caused by injuries to the spine and puncture wounds in the hands and feet. The herb was noted for its ability to slow frequent urination, and treat "throbbing pains" of any origin.

St. John's wort extracts may increase sensitivity to sunlight and risk of sunburn, but this is extremely rare when the whole herb is used. Not to be used with a MAO or Protease inhibitor.

Health Benefits of St. John's Wort

Health benefits of this amazing herb include its anti-depressant qualities, skin care, and many more.
Anti-depressant Qualities
Perhaps the most well-known effect of St. John's wort is its anti-depressant nature. It has been widely used to relieve symptoms of depression for generations and is now a popular natural solution that doctors and psychiatrists often prescribe to their patients. It contains a rare combination of antidepressant chemicals that inhibit or delay the reuptake of certain neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.

Relieves Anxiety
The health benefits of St. John's wort extend beyond depression, as they help people suffering from anxiety and mood swings as well. By helping to regulate the hormonal balance in the body, St. John's wort is able to get the metabolism and internal clock back in line, providing help for sleeplessness, irritability, and chronic fatigue. Eliminating chronic stress hormones from the body can also improve overall health and cognitive function, as excess stress hormones can affect various organs.

Reduces Mood Swings
There are two distinct periods of feminine sexual health that can be challenging in terms of mood swings: pre-menstrual syndrome and menopause. St. John's wort is widely recommended for women in both these periods, as its chemical constituents have been shown to reduce mood swings and anxiety in menopausal women. Moreover, they reduce the severity of cramping and pre-menstrual irritation and depression.

Eases Withdrawal Symptoms
Early indications show that the use of St. John's wort can be very helpful in easing cravings and withdrawal symptoms after quitting cigarettes, alcohol or other addictive substances. This could prove very useful, as recovery from addiction is challenging. However, additional research on this particular benefit is still ongoing.

Antiviral Agent
New research has recently come to light saying that St. John's wort has certain antiviral capabilities, which reduce the risk of AIDS, hepatitis, and other serious viral conditions. The only problem with this is that very high doses of it are required for this sort of antiviral effect, which would also cause a range of unpleasant side effects.

Restores Hormonal Balance
As we already know about the antidepressant effects of St. John's wort, the active ingredients also have strong effects on hormone regulation in the body. Hypothyroidism is one of the most common thyroid disorders and this herb has been shown to reduce its symptoms and help the thyroid gland release normal levels of hormones again.

Anti-inflammatory Agent
The soothing nature of St. John's wort and the rich concentration of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds make it perfect for easing the pain of arthritis, gout, joint discomfort, and muscle ache. Just as it helps to ease inflammation on the skin and in the gut, St. John's wort also lowers inflammation in the cardiovascular system, thereby helping lower blood pressure and decrease stress on the heart.

Skin Care
If you use St. John's wort for topical application in the form of a salve or tincture, it can speed the healing process of burns, bruises, and scrapes by stimulating circulation of oxygenated blood to damaged skin cells.

Reduces Pregnancy Pains
During pregnancy, hemorrhoids and other stretched out areas of the body can become very painful. Although it is not recommended to take oral supplements throughout the pregnancy, topical application of St. John's wort salves and paste are highly recommended for women suffering from these pregnancy-related conditions.

Anticancer Potential
Cancer research has recently begun putting more faith in the role that St. John's wort could play. Laboratory research conducted by Susan J. Murch and Praveen K. Saxena, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada has also shown a definite correlation between the prevention and treatment of leukemia with consistent use of St. John's Wort supplements.  According to the study, melatonin-rich germplasm line of St John's wort may ease fundamental studies on melatonin biosynthesis, metabolism and new developments in natural products for treatment of cancer.

Word of Caution: The most common negative effects of St. John's wort are dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and confusion. These effects generally occur in people with diagnosed bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. St. John's wort can also be a dangerous mix with a variety of medications. It is essential to discuss your current conditions with a physician before adding this herb to your supplement regimen.
Working with St. Johns Wort- title
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St. John's Wort Oil: A favorite in our house is to make St. John's Wort oil for bumps and bruises. Simply allow the moisture of the plant to dry off for a day by leaving the flowers to dry on the counter, place in a jar and add enough olive oil to cover, and leave in a warm place. The warmth will help the flowers release their properties into the oil. Make sure the flowers are completely submerged to avoid mold, and remove lid periodically to wipe out any condensation arising from excess moisture in the plant. After 4 weeks, strain the flowers out using cheese cloth, and store the filtered oil in a cool dark place. To use: As a first aid oil, apply topically to skin.

St. John's Wort Tincture: Cover fresh flowers with 95 proof vodka, we used grain-free traditional potato vodka and a 1:2 fresh herb ratio. Shake every day, and let sit for 4 weeks, then strain out the flowers and cap tightly. To use: Take 15 - 20 drops 3 times daily.

St. John's Wort Tea: Fresh St. John's Wort tea is delicious, it has a delightful light lemony flavor. Steep 2 - 3 teaspoons of fresh flowers in hot water for 4 minutes, and then strain the flowers out.

St. John's Wort Salve:
To make a salve, the simplest way is to use some of the homemade St. John's Wort oil and add beeswax. Use 4 oz of oil to 1/2 oz of beeswax, optionally you can also add a few drops of vitamin E to help preserve the oil. Melt in a double boiler or small crock pot on low until beeswax is dissolved. While still warm, pour into a jar, let it set and then seal. If you want to make a salve without waiting for the oil to steep, you can also start with the fresh flowers by infusing them into oil using low heat. Start by letting moisture dry out of the herb for a day by leaving it out on a counter for a day, excess moisture in the salve can create mold so this step is important. Put the flowers in a crock pot or double boiler, and cover by at least one inch of oil. Keep warm at a low temperature for at least 8 hours, up to 24 maximum. Strain the flowers out, and add the beeswax in the ratio of 4 oz oil to 1/2 oz of beeswax. To use: Apply topically as a first aid salve.

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Monthly horoscope title- Jan-2020
Aries: Your month and year begin with an exciting moon in your bold, assertive sign on January 1. There's no sitting back waiting for things to happen now. You're ready to get started with your resolutions for the new year, and you aren't likely to stop until you reach your goals!

Taurus:  The emotional moon spends time in your patient sign starting on January 4, allowing you time to settle into a new routine for the year. Be gentle with and accepting of yourself, Taurus, as you learn to navigate the waters of the new year. No one else as it all figured out yet either!

Gemini:  There's so much to learn when the moon passes through your sign, starting on January 6. You're curious about everything and view every experience as a chance to grow. Things to put on your to-do list now? Doing research, having more conversations with intellectuals, and visiting interesting places.

Cancer: The emotional moon enters your caring sign on January 9, then is full while still there on the tenth. And to make matters more complicated, a lunar eclipse occurs at the same time, which is a lot going on for you with the moon as your moody ruler. With the balance of the Capricorn sun, you should be able to create the harmony you've been missing lately before moving on to bigger and better things.

Leo: When talkative Mercury conjoins unrestrained Jupiter on January 2, the possibilities are endless. You can't help but feel optimistic when you think about all the potential new connections you'll be able to make. If you're like most Leos, you already have an outgoing personality, and this transit only increases your willingness to be social.

Virgo: When the brilliant sun conjoins your home planet Mercury in driven Capricorn on January 10, you get things done. Communication is on track, allowing you to focus on other more important things. Your main objective should be efficiency.

Libra: The full moon and lunar eclipse in sensitive Cancer on January 10 make you want to create the most safe and secure world possible, especially for your loves ones. This is the perfect time to plan a get-together where you provide a home-cooked meal and connect with loved ones.

Scorpio:  Your powerful home planet Mars pairs up with energetic Sagittarius on January 3, encouraging you to explore and expand your world. If you've been wanting to travel, this is a good time to do it. If you don't have any vacation time yet, start planning for later in the year. It's fun to have something to look forward to that will satisfy your wanderlust!

Sagittarius:  It might not be the perfect pairing, but driven and assertive Mars is still happy to move into fiery Sagittarius on January 3. This combination brings a certain energy that can help you push ahead toward your goals, especially if you have adventure in mind.

Capricorn: When expansive Jupiter enters your ambitious sign on December 2, you work hard to get what you want. Luck plays a role, but you can't (or don't) count on it. You'd rather put in the effort and make sure something happens than sit back and wish upon a star.

Aquarius: There's a full moon in calm, nurturing Cancer to look forward to on January 10. The coinciding lunar eclipse can bring a range of emotions, but controlling them will be difficult. Try to enjoy the roller coaster for the next couple days.

Pisces: The calming effect of the full moon and lunar eclipse in loving Cancer on January 10 reaches into the depths of your soul and promises to help you sort out your biggest worries. And even better news? You can use the lingering effect of this lunation all month long to create a sense of love and security in your own little circle of friends and loved ones.
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