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March 2000 issue of the Ageless herbal newsletter

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Recipe of the month - Spinach pancakes and cream cheese

Ingredients

  • pancakes
    • quarter pound (100 gram) fresh spinach leaves, 1 cup (100 gram) all-purpose flour, pinch of salt, 1 egg, two-thirds cup milk (150 ml) - lard for frying
  • filling
    • two cups cream cheese (450 gram), sea salt and freshly ground pepper, quarter cup (4 tablespoons) chopped chives.

Wash and drain spinach and process in your juice extractor to obtain about a quarter cup of spinach "juice". If you do not have an extractor, cook spinach in a little water, and press the soft leaves through a strainer (sieve). Sift flour and salt, beat in egg, and add the processed spinach. Allow to stand before baking the pancakes.

Season the cream cheese with the sea salt and freshly ground pepper and add the finely chopped chives.

After baking the pancakes, spoon in filling, roll and serve.

The herb comfrey

This humble herb, comfrey, has been used for centuries as a healing plant and has been recommended in both internal and external treatments. Comfrey has in the past been used for healing wounds by placing the leaves on the wounds.

Comfrey is no longer used in open wound healing and since it can be toxic when ingested, is also no longer indicated for internal use. It was found that it promotes healing so well, that the deeper lying regions of the wound do not always have time to heal, which can cause a whole new set of problems.

Records going back thousands of years show healers of that time using comfrey - and although they might not have had knowledge of the exact contents of the plant, (such as allantoin) they were aware of the healing properties that this plant contains.

To grow comfrey

Comfrey grows in most types of soil, and loves a bit of damp. Sow the seeds in early spring and after flowering, thin out and plant about 12 - 18 inches apart. Divide the roots, this should be done in spring. Doing this can also increase its growth. It is not very successful in containers, since the root system is rather large, and needs plenty of water when fully grown.

Uses

Fresh comfrey leaves can be cooked like spinach and eaten as a vegetable - add a white sauce for extra taste. Fresh comfrey leaves can also be added to green salads, and comfrey fritters make interesting snacking. To make the fritters, dip young fresh leaves in batter, and deep-fry them.

For more information on comfrey, please access the herbal index.

Winter skincare tips

We have been conditioned for so many years to look after our skin in summer, and to cover up to prevent aging sunrays from damaging our skin. Very few of us have however been warned about the dangers faced regarding skincare in winter.

Winter is the time when we can lose a large amount of moisture through our skin and this, coupled with the cold environment, can be detrimental. Although frostbite is a severe form of cold exposure, daily exposure without adequate protection and moisture during the cold winter months can also cause our skin to age more and lose its healthy glow and vitality.

When you have been out in the cold, skiing, ice-skating, or simply walking around, and your skin starts to go patchy white in places surrounded by a bright red area, be aware that you are nearing the pre-frostbite stage.

Even inside your house and office your skin might be having a rough time - climate controlled environments might be comfortable, but may be lacking in moisture and humidity. If you are in a dry, moisture-robbing environment, make sure to feed your skin with high moisture content products.

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Skin care

  • Healing cream
    • To assist in wound healing while soothing skin complaints – such as eczema and psoriasis, acne and piles and moisturizing and protecting the skin. This product has shown its effectiveness over a wide range of problems and judging from sales over more than a decade – it is the trusted healing cream to help with all mishaps, allergic reactions, irritated, burning, itchy and uncomfortable skin conditions.
  • Face wash
    • This face wash will properly clean your face and remove all impurities and environmental pollutants, without drying the skin. It contains eight herbal extracts to help promote a clear, vital and healthy complexion and a younger looking skin.
  • Moisturizing day cream
    • This day cream is formulated to help fight the signs of aging on various fronts. It helps to reduce free radical damage which, if left unchecked, leads to premature aging. The herbal extracts help to promote cell rejuvenation and regeneration and provide moisture and hydration to the skin.
  • Nourishing night cream
    • This nourishing night cream penetrates the skin extremely well and does not make the skin feel oily. It contains a host of herbal extracts to help in the fight against premature aging and has added vitamin E as well. Apart from the moisturizing effect and the anti-aging properties it also softens and smoothes the skin.
  • Eye gel
    • An effective refreshing eye gel to help reduce puffiness and dark rings around the eyes, while fighting wrinkles and lines. This is a very clever combination of herbal extracts and the base formula has its roots in a clinically proven formula.
  • Mud face mask
    • With this skin treatment product we combined a special selection of herbs in a base of thermal mud with oligoelements. This recommended weekly treatment will boost circulation to the skin, help to fight wrinkles and lines, improve firmness while at the same time improving suppleness and elasticity of the skin.

 

Hair care

  • Shampoo with rosemary extract + 7 other herbals
    • Our shampoo is in a class of its own – and granted – it is far more expensive than cheap supermarket shampoos, but no other shampoo has the active ingredients we have in our shampoo. The rosemary will boost the health of the hair and scalp, while the other seven herbal extracts will help strengthen the hair and make it shine, increase the volume and make it manageable.
  • Rosemary hair treatment conditioner
    • We have found that this hair conditioner should really be used as a conditioning treatment. This then removes the need to condition the hair every time you wash – and can be used once a month. It is a superb hair tonic and helps in the control of sebum secretion of the scalp. Although not formulated for dandruff – the ingredients will assist with this as well, while supporting the health of the scalp.

 

Specialized herbal gels and lotions

  • Hand and body lotion
    • When formulating this hand and body lotion we created a rich nourishing, protecting and reviving lotion, which will not leave the skin oily or tacky, but will create a well moisturized, hydrated and supple skin. After applying this lotion it will quickly be absorbed by the skin, leaving it silky soft, smooth and well moisturized.
  • Stretch mark gel
    • Although nothing can remove already formed stretch marks (only surgery can do that) – thousands of satisfied clients confirm that this gel improves the appearance of old stretch marks. The gel will help in PREVENTING stretch marks (a 92% success rate) and is used with great success by expectant mothers and body builders who may form marks when bulking-up. The formula of this gel is based on clinical studies done in France, to which we added other herbal extracts.
  • Cellulite gel
    • Fighting cellulite is easy with this herbal cellulite gel. It contains a patented extract of Bayberry (Myriceline) and nine other plant extracts and essential oils. The gel will help to get rid of cellulite (which has been clinically proven) and will also help to prevent cellulite from forming. So now it is easy to get your soft body contours back again.

 

Herbal supplements

  • Apple cider vinegar (liquid) with Centella asiatica
    • The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are combined with the therapeutic properties of Centella asiatica. This old folk remedy is still used with great effect by thousands of people daily.
  • Digest capsules
    • If your digestive system is under-par and you struggle with constipation or you simply need to boost the health of your digestive system then this capsule is for you. Fenugreek is a general digestive tonic and psyllium is a magical bulking agent that will help proper bowel movements, without using a laxative.
  • Detox capsules
    • Our modern day lifestyle exposes us to many unwanted additive and our diet also places stress on the body. To help the body get rid of toxins and waste materials naturally we combined fennel, basil, celery and parsley to help the body remove these toxins. It peps-up your metabolism and helps the bladder, kidneys and liver to do their work more effectively.
  • Urinary and bladder health capsules
    • Using an all natural approach, our capsules will help the discomfort and burning urine sensation of urinary tract infection and help clear up foul smelling urine. We combined cranberry, dandelion, uva ursi and vitamin C in a single capsule to effectively fight bladder infections and to stop the burning sensation when urinating.
  • Tri- Mushroom blend capsules
    • If you need an immune system boost then have a look at our combination of maitake, reishi and shiitake mushrooms. These mushrooms have showed to be a great help in boosting the immune system – and form a good nutritional supplement support for HIV/Aids patients and people receiving chemotherapy. Any person with even a slightly compromised immune system may benefit from this supplement.
  • Olive leaf extract capsules
    • This natural detoxifier helps with a variety of ailments and people with chronic fatigue syndrome, infections, glandular fever (Epstein Barr), and even candida and herpes have found it of value. Olive leaf extract helps to fight bacteria, viruses, retroviruses, and protozoa and yeast strains. Apart from fighting all of these problems it also helps to improve kidney function and fights free radicals.
  • Sexual supplement (previously known as Vuka Nkuzi)
    • Men normally don’t admit when they have a declining libido although it is a most common problem. We combine in this supplement seven different natural ingredients to boost sexual health – without any side effects often experienced with such medication. After more than a decade, and thousands of regular Vuka Nkuzi clients we still offer this well priced supplement to boost the libido.

 

Other products

  • Jojoba oil
    • This liquid golden ester not only moisturizes and penetrates the skin but also helps to fight wrinkles and lines while promoting a clear and unblemished skin. Jojoba does not clog the pores but helps to restore skin elasticity and smoothness. It will leave the skin supple and velvety soft without any oiliness and can be used neat on the skin.
  • Almond oil
    • This light and deeply moisturizing oil has a softening effect on the skin and can be used on the face and body. Almond oil has excellent emollient properties and helps to balance water and moisture loss in the skin. It can be used neat on the skin and also makes an excellent massage base.

Herbal information

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Different uses of medicinal herbs

Explanation of the therapeutic properties of herbs

List of ailments and herbs that may be useful


Information on individual herbs

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