June 2000 Ageless herbal newsletter
Seeing that most of our northern hemisphere clients in America and Europe are now moving into summer, we decided to spend some time on weight loss and body-beautiful.
During the winter months we seem to go into a state of hibernation - we exercise less, fill our bodies with a selection of unhealthy foods and generally live very sedentary lives, with resultant extra weight being added to our bodies contributing to a sluggish metabolism and less than optimum health.
The less than optimum metabolism not only results in excess weight, but also a build-up of toxic wastes in the body, that could manifest as cellulite forming and the skin having a generally unhealthy look about it.
For years, women thought that they were the only people to suffer from cellulite, but that has been proven as being an incorrect assumption, and although women suffer more from this problem, many men have the same problem - they mostly do not know that it
is cellulite, and simply write it off as fat, and not the toxic build-up that it is.
The herb celery is normally used as a vegetable, but is also used medicinally. The apiol oil that is found in the plant gives it the characteristic strong smell, but celery also contains B-complex vitamins, iron, vitamin A and C - making it a useful antioxidant to have around to fight free radicals.
It is most often used to assist with problems associated with rheumatism, tumors, neuralgia, muscle spasms, arthritis, kidney problems, stomach gas, sciatica, high blood pressure, eyesight, liver ailments (incl. jaundice) and a reduced appetite - making it a wonderful ingredient to add to a sick or post-operative patient's diet.
The plant, as well as the seeds are used, and a tonic tea can be made by adding 2 tablespoons of finely chopped leaves/stems, or 1 teaspoon of celery seed, to 1½ cups of boiling water, let it stand. Drink ½ cup of the liquid 3 times a day ONLY. This tea is a mild diuretic and will also assist in helping to reduce water retention and it also has a mild sedative action.
Celery is a cell and blood restorer. It expels surplus fluid from the body (is a natural diuretic) restores lost muscle tone and drains away acid build-up caused by tension, stress and anxiety.
Being both a relaxant and a stimulant, celery is an important herb in our stress filled world and has the ability to relax those suffering from insomnia.
Celery seeds find their main use in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis where there is an associated mental depression. Their diuretic action is obviously involved in rheumatic conditions, but they are also used as a urinary antiseptic.
Celery should not be used in large amounts during pregnancy.
Ground celery seeds can be used instead of table salt - a useful substitute if you are on a sodium-restricted diet.
Finely chop 4 large celery heads (stalks and leaves), 3 large onions and one clove of garlic.
Cover with enough water and bring to the boil. Add ¼ cup of fresh parsley and cook for another 15 minutes. After the cooking time, allow to cool and liquidize the mixture.
You can either re-heat the soup immediately and serve, or chill in the refrigerator and serve as a chilled soup.
No extra table salt is required and this is a great soup to eat while on a weight loss diet.
This is an objective way of measuring your body weight.
The figure of 20 - 25 is a healthy weight status.
This is not indicative of any fashion standard of ideal weight, but employs your height and weight measurement to determine the optimum ratio.
We unfortunately work in metric terms, so please convert empiric measurements to metric ones.
- 1 inch = 2,54 cm
- 1 pound = 2.2 kg
- If your height is 5 feet 3 inches (63 inches in total) convert as follows
- 63 x 2.54 = 160.02 cm
- = 1.60 m
- 150 pounds = 150 ÷ 2.2 = 68.18 kg
Take your height - lets say 1.75 m ( 175 cm) and multiply it by itself.
- 1.75 x 1.75 = 3.0625
- Your height result is then 3.0625
Next take your weight - lets say 80 kg ( about 176 pounds) and divide it by the result from your height calculation.
- 80 ÷ 3.0625 = 23.836
- Your BMI result is then 23.836
The result of 26.1224 falls above the "normal" range of 20 to 25, and you may need to lose some weight.
Remarks on BMI results
Lower than 20
Weight is lower than normal
20 to 25
Weight is considered within normal parameters
25 to 30
Higher than 30
To lose weight successfully, you simply have to ingest fewer calories in your diet than what you use per day. Although this might sound extremely simple to achieve, it may be problematic for some people, since an under-active metabolism would prevent the ingested food from being "burned" properly and used as fuel to provide energy.
In order to get your body functioning properly again, you might need to look at detoxifying your entire body, flushing toxins from your system and affording your body the chance to get working into first gear again, and moving away from the "idling" that it might be in.
One very successful way in achieving this is to start with a detoxifying diet, and to stay on it, without cheating, for a couple of days.
I know that such detoxifying diets are not always easy to follow in our every day lives, but they are well worth the effort, if you can find the self-discipline to stay on them.
The best way to start such a diet, would be to go on a "water fast" for a day or two, where you simply only take in clear water. Personally, I find this extremely difficult to do, since it can cause havoc with your blood sugar levels.
To start your detoxifying diet, select one type of fruit, and only have this fruit the entire time. You do not need to limit the amount you eat of this fruit - eat as much as required to satisfy your hunger.
After the second or third day you may experience headaches, diminished concentration, irritability and gastrointestinal disturbances, but they are generally just signals from your body to keep you informed that detoxification is in process.
People normally stay on such a fruit diet for 4 - 7 days, depending on the state of their body and their level of self-discipline.
After the period on diet, you should slowly return to your normal diet, to allow your body to get used to your normal way of eating.
If you are not sure if you suffer from cellulite, press the tissue between your thumb and finger, or between the palms of your two hands - if it is "normal" fat, it will appear smooth, with no ripples or bumps - if you have any ripples or bumps - which look like "orange peel" - you have cellulite.
The cellulite tissue may also be sensitive. All muscles in the body are covered with a padding of fatty, connective tissue, which varies in thickness, and is surrounded by a liquid - supplying the connective tissue with nourishment and removing waste products.
This fatty tissue is held in place by a network of fibers, and when the system works well, ALL waste products are removed from the system - resulting in smooth body curves. When the waste removal system starts to fail, waste products start building up, and the connective tissue becomes saturated with liquid, which then thickens and hardens - forming hard pockets that puff up to produce the "orange peel" or "cottage cheese" effect.
Our bodies eliminate waste rather efficiently, but if a problem occurs, cellulite is formed. Our systems are loaded with toxins by excessive indulgence of the following: alcohol, coffee and tea; spices; smoking; crash diets; fat and cream; fried and oily food; medication such as diet, pep or sleeping pills, as well as diuretic pills.
How to fight cellulite
In order to fight cellulite EFFECTIVELY - a person must COMBINE the following in the fight:
- Following a purifying diet and avoiding toxic build-up foods - more information available on what food types to avoid, food preparation tips and diet principles are listed at www.ageless.co.za/cellulite.htm
- Proper deep breathing facilitates oxygenation of the blood and purification of the body.
- Exercise stimulates circulation and speeds up the metabolism, and improves muscle tone and firming of tissue.
- Proper elimination of waste
- Kidneys can be aided by increasing fluid intake and thereby increasing volume of urine, while properly working intestines will prevent constipation.
- The skin should also be encouraged to sweat in order to assist in the elimination of wastes.
- In order to get the entire body working correctly, stress must be reduced - body as well as mind must be in sync.
- With massage, the cellulite areas are targeted to stimulate circulation, especially for areas not very well worked with exercise, such as the inside of the knee and upper thigh.
It is a further boon if the massage is performed with a product such as our Herbal Cellulite Gel, which contains active ingredients to assist in getting rid of cellulite. Our gel does not need to be massaged in - you may simply apply it to the affected area.
Although the active ingredients will assist with the fight against cellulite, because of the exclusive mix of ingredients, it is mild enough, because of the herbal nature, not to cause any discomfort. To get the full picture on cellulite, please visit www.ageless.co.za/cellulite.htm
See our website dedicated to cellulite, which you can visit at www.cellulite.co.za
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lavender oil
- This is the most popular essential oil and with good reason. Lavender oil is a superb product to use on burns, insect bites, sunburn, wounds and other skin complaints and irritations. Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat (not diluted) on the skin, and is great to help with regeneration and rejuvenation of skin cells. Emotionally it has a calming and soothing effect and is an exceptionally pleasant smelling oil.
- Tea tree oil
- Once used, you will always have a bottle of tea tree essential oil handy. It deals effectively with bacteria, fungi and viruses. Our oil surpasses the “Australian Standard” by having less than 15% 1,8 cineole and more than 30% of Terpinen-4-ol. This powerful essential oil is effective in various ways to fight infections and skin problems.
- 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.