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April 2007 Ageless herbal newsletter

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Botanical Name: Stellaria media

Chickweed is a very common plant, found in most gardens all over the world. As the name suggests, it is considered a weed. It is called “Chick” weed because birds, especially caged birds, love to eat it.

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There are many different plants called chickweed, such as the mouse ear chickweeds, but the name chickweed applies mainly to the Stellaria media plant.

It is a spreading annual with a slender taproot with diffuse brittle branches and ovate leaves with small white star-shaped flowers.

An interesting fact about chickweed is that it goes into a state of “sleep” at night, where the upper surfaces of the leaves fold over the buds of the new shoots. The leaves on the ends of the branches of the plant close around the tip, protecting the tip of the shoot.

The young leaves can be boiled and are a very nourishing alternative to spinach and can be eaten raw in a salad.

Pigs, rabbits, cows, horses and birds enjoy eating chickweed, but goats refuse to touch it.

Medicinal uses of chickweed chickweed heal wounds acne psoriasis eczema meditation relax concentration frankincense essential oil heal skin rejuvenate skin

The whole herb, excluding the roots, is used medicinally.

Internal use

Chickweed is used for rheumatism as well as chest infections. In homeopathy, it is used against joint inflammation as well as rheumatism. When liquidized, it is included with other herbs and vegetables as a tonic juice. Chickweed is also boiled in water as a tea and used as a cure for obesity, but this remedy is considered to be an old wives tale.

External use

It is a superb herb to use for pruritus and itchy skin, as well as eczema, acne, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, psoriasis, inflammation, ulcers, vaginitis, urticaria, boils, abscesses, allergies and other skin problems. The vulnerary properties of the herb are also most useful in treating wounds. It also has cell-proliferating properties, useful in speeding-up the healing process. Although the anti-itching and healing effect of this herb are sometimes attributed to the saponins contained, the actual mechanism is unknown but can possibly be a corticomimetic activity. Although this herb is not often used, its excellent healing action makes it a must in any healing cream.

Safety precautions and warnings

Excess consumption of this herb can cause vomiting and diarrhea and the internal use of this herb is contraindicated during pregnancy.

This herb is contained in our Ageless Healing Cream. For more information about this excellent cream please visit:

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The word “meditation” immediately makes one think of an ancient guru sitting cross-legged on the top of a mountain. One has to battle across various obstacles to reach him, and on reaching him, ask the question: “what is the meaning of life?” - to which he replies: “search for the answer inside yourself!” – this makes one wonder if the arduous journey to reach him was worth the while!

Meditation actually describes an attitude of inward reflection, or concentration on some thought or understanding, and has been a major component in most Eastern religions for thousands of years. Monks and nuns in the Catholic Church have also practice meditation or “contemplation” since the founding of the church. The practice has become more popular in Western culture since the 1960’s, when the hippy movement occurred, changing conventional thought on religious and social practices.

Meditation is employed to improve mental activity, personal development or to focus the mind on God or a higher consciousness (or an aspect thereof). Meditation is usually used as an aid to relaxation or to achieve a feeling of peace and balance. It is also used in conjunction with physical yoga to become healthier. Many psychologists believe that meditation can induce an altered state of consciousness, and the method they use during hypnotism relates very strongly to the exercises employed when meditating, although hypnotism is done under strictly controlled conditions.

The English word “meditation” comes from the Latin "meditatio", which referred to the practice of every type of physical or intellectual exercise. In its modern sense, meditation refers to a practice of reflection on an idea or subject, such as “meditation on the sufferings of Christ” or Descartes’ “meditation on the First Philosophy,” a set of six exercises to examine the nature of reality.

Nevertheless, meditation as a relaxing, invigorating, cleansing and positively creative exercise can be practiced by anyone, and is considered to be a great aid to the health and to calm and balance the mind.

We have included a simple meditation exercise below, if you wish to try it out:

Find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted. Lie flat on your back on the floor with your arms next to you and your legs uncrossed. Close your eyes and imagine that you are seeing your body.

Start relaxing your entire body from your feet upward - feel how the tension moves out of your toes, bridges of your feet, your calves, upper legs, buns, abdomen, chest, upper and lower arms, neck, face and scalp.

It might take some time to get your whole body relaxed, and some people fall into a very light sleep in the beginning. As you practice this more, you will be able to relax totally without falling asleep.

While doing the exercise ensure that you breathe deeply and evenly - fill your entire lungs - not just the top part of the lungs, as we are so inclined to sometimes do.

Next, see your entire body bathed in a bright white light, which is warming your body and calming it. Stay like this for a couple of minutes and enjoy the relaxed weightless feeling.

Now start to visualize your body the way in which you would like to see it - more erect, slimmer, healthier and more vibrant. Imagine every detail - from your well groomed fingers to your well kept hair and your vibrant energized body.

Then reflect on all the things that worry you, be that conflict at work or at home, financial troubles or health problems – if you wish to pray, this is also a very good time to do so.

Form or picture an image in which all these problems are resolved and enclose them in a bubble of bright light – send them out into the universe and release them to God or a higher consciousness with the belief that all your problems will be resolved as pictured.

The saying of "where the mind goes the body will follow" is very true, and this exercise will help you train your mind to visualize yourself, your relationships and your surroundings as perfect, which will positively influence your life.

While doing this exercise, do not feel a sense of urgency to achieve the desired result - your body and actions will follow your mind at the right time. Do however feel that you are in control of your surroundings and body.

After you have let the image fade from your mind, start consciously feeling your body as it is lying on the floor, and feel the energy washing over you from your feet to your scalp - in the same way that you did when you relaxed.

When your body feels totally energized, you can get up. Get up slowly and enjoy the relaxed way you are now feeling.

Many people have benefited from visualizing and concentration - give it a try and see what you can achieve. You should do these exercises at least once a day.


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frankinsence essential oil

Frankincense essential oil – used in churches and since ancient times as an aid to relaxation and meditation and to achieve a higher state of consciousness.

Frankincense essential oil is extracted from resin from the Boswellia carteri tree, of the Burseraceae family and is also known as Olibanum and gum thus.

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The tree is found in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman, and is also known as Boswellia sacra, Boswellia serrata, and Boswellia thurifera. The reported therapeutic properties and aroma are much the same in these species, but the Boswellia carteri specie was reported to naturally occur in Somalia.

It is one of the firm favorites in aromatherapy. This essential oil has a wonderfully calming effect on the mind and helps to create inner peace, while helping to soothe the respiratory and urinary tract and relieve pain associated with rheumatism and muscular aches, while having a rejuvenating, balancing and healing action on the skin.

Oil properties

Frankincense oil has a woody, spicy, haunting smell, a little bit camphoric, but very pleasant. It is pale yellow-green in color.

Origin of frankincense oil chickweed heal wounds acne psoriasis eczema meditation relax concentration frankincense essential oil heal skin rejuvenate skin

It originates from the Middle East and Northern Africa, with abundant pinnacle leaves and has white or pale pink flowers. Deep incisions are made in the tree trunk and the bark peels off in narrow strips. Over weeks a milky juice exudes and hardens on contact with the air, resulting in an oleo gum resin, from which the oil is extracted by steam distillation.

The hardened resin can be burned, but for most modern purposes it is processed into oil. The resin can also be dissolved into high grade alcohol, which is highly prized for use in the perfume industry as a fixative and because it evaporates slowly.

The word is from the French word 'Franc' meaning 'luxuriant' or 'real incense' and together with Myrrh, it was the first gum to be used as incense.

Also known as Olibanum, frankincense was used by the ancient Egyptians as an offering to the gods and as part of a rejuvenating face mask. It was also used to fumigate the sick, in order to banish evil spirits. The Hebrews valued Frankincense highly, it was one of the gifts offered to the baby Jesus. It is a little known fact that the Frankincense and Myrrh presented to the baby was worth more per ounce than the Gold was!

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Frankincense oil is non-toxic and non-irritant and can be used by most people.


Frankincense oil soothes and calms the mind, slowing down and deepening breathing and is excellent for use when meditating. It also helps to calm anxiety and obsessive states linked to the past.

On the respiratory tract, it clears the lungs and helps with shortness of breath, asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis, coughs and colds.

It can be useful to ease heavy periods, is a general tonic to the uterus and has a calming effect during labor. It is also most helpful for rheumatism and has a positive impact on the urinary tract.

Frankincense oil is said to help rejuvenate an ageing skin, is a skin tonic and is effective with sores, carbuncles, wounds, scars and skin inflammation.


Frankincense is one of the oils that can really calm and soothe the whole body and mind. It helps ease all aches and pains, clearing the lungs and acting as a skin tonic.

Different Methods of Use

Burners and vaporizers

In vapor therapy, frankincense can be used for bronchitis, colds, coughs and voice loss, as well as to calm the mind, reduce anxiety and cultivating internal peace and placing past obsessive states into perspective – an excellent oil to use during meditation.

Blended massage oil or in the bath

It can be used in a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath for colds, coughs, bronchitis, rheumatism, chilliness, poor circulation, exhaustion, nightmares, heavy periods, respiratory problems and mucus congestion. It also has a good astringent effect on the skin and perks up older more mature skin and helps wounds, sores and ulcers heal properly.

Creams and lotions

Added to a base cream or lotion it will help with general skin tone and condition while reducing oily skin, rejuvenating more mature skin, while at the same time helping wounds, ulcers and sores heal better.

Wash or use as a compress

To promote healing and prevent ugly scarring on wounds, add a few drops to the water when washing the wound. For cracked skin and bed sores, apply gently (suitably diluted) directly on to affected areas or use as a compress.

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  • 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.

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