Monday, December 19, 2011

Acai Green Tea - The Green Superfood of 2012 Is Here!

Get about 110-120 single teaspoon servings in this one pound bag! If you have ever thought about trying a cup of hot acai green tea then this herbal blend is a must try. We have taken our organic grown acai berries and our finest Sencha green tea and blended them to perfection using equal amounts of each, resulting in our Acai Green Tea drink mix. If you are looking to reap the true health benefits of these two amazing herbs then there is no better blend around. Our Acai Green Tea herbal blend is 100% pure and unrefined. We add nothing; no fillers, no sweeteners, no additives - Nothing! Simply pure and powerful freeze dried acai berry powder blended with our wildharvested Sencha Green tea powder. Forget about those so called Acai Green Tea capsules and tablets. You would need dozens of them to equal one serving of our pure Acai Green Tea drink mix!

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Directions: Mix 1-2 teaspoons of our Acai Green Tea powder with 4-6 oz of juice or water or smoothie. Take up to two times daily.

Acai Green Tea may help support:

- Brain Function
- Memory & Focus
- Bone & Teeth Health
- Heart Health
- Digestion
- Anti Aging
- Free Radical Neutralizer
- Fat Burning
- Energy Levels
- Better Sleep
- Pain Reduction

Acai Berries

The acai berry grows in the Amazon Rainforest on acai palm trees and looks like a purple marble or purple grape. The Acai berry (fruit) is 90% seed pit and 10% acai pulp and must be carefully handled before it can be consumed. During the process the acai berries with water are put into a machine and are agitated against one another. This process separates the acai pulp from the seed to produce a thick acai fruit pulp puree.

Acai berry has a unique tropical fruit flavor and provides a high level nutritional benefits. The acai berry contains high levels of antioxidants also known as anthocyanins. It also contains Omega Fatty Acids (healthy fats), Amino Acids, Fiber, Iron, along with many other vitamins and minerals.

Sencha Green Tea

Our premium picked Sencha green tea is made up of powerful antioxidants. that protect cells against damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants work by stabilizing free radicals before they cause harm. The antioxidants in green tea help to maintain healthy cells and tissues in the body. This is why green tea is so frequently used in antiaging & skincare products today. Green tea also contains Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a major catechin found in green tea. EGCG is thought to interact with enzyme systems in the body, inhibiting destructive chemical reactions in our bodies that lead to disease. EGCG has been shown to protect DNA from ultraviolet damage.

What vitamins are found in green tea? Green tea contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2, and B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Vitamins provide essential nutrients that sustain good health. Consuming the vitamins in green tea contributes to healthy bones and cells, and helps to prevent infections. Green tea contains theanine an amino acid said to promote relaxation without drowsiness. Theanine has been reported to directly stimulate the production of alpha brain waves, which are linked with deep states of relaxation and enhanced mental clarity.

Green tea does contain caffeine, but considerably less than a regular cup of brewed coffee. The caffeine content of an 8 ounce (240mls) cup of green tea is approximately 30mg, compared to approximately 100mg in a brewed cup of coffee of the same quantity. This means you can drink more green tea, without the side effects of too much caffeine, such as anxiety and nervousness. It is a commonly known that caffeine stimulates the nervous system, boosting alertness and relieving fatigue.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pomegranate Juice Powder - A Healthy Boost To Your Diet

Buy our all natural pomegranate juice powder in stock and on sale at and Get about 15-20 single teaspoon servings in a two ounce supply of our super pomegranate juice powder. Whether you choose our premium dried pomegranate fruit powder (made from dried pomegranate fruits) or our premium pomegranate juice powder (made from freeze dried pomegranate juice), they will both provide a wealth of phyto-nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Pomegranate is one of our best selling nutrient dense superfruit powders.

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The pomegranate fruit ranges in size from an orange to a large grapefruit. It has a leathery skin that must be peeled to reveal the hundreds of tiny red seeds. The seeds are entirely edible, crunchy, sweet and berry-like in flavor. Makes wonderful syrups, sauces and juice, or may be combined with other fresh fruits for exciting compotes. Rich in potassium.

Every pomegranate is composed of exactly 840 seeds, each surrounded by a sac of sweet-tart juice contained by a thin skin. The seeds are compacted in a layer resembling honeycomb around the core. The layers of seeds are separated by paper-thin white membranes which are bitter to the tongue. The inner membranes and rind are not generally eaten due to high acid content, but they are useful as a skin wash.

Pomegranates have very high content of punicalagins, a potent anti-oxidant component found to be responsible for its superior health benefits. Past research has indicated that the capacity of anti-oxidant in this fruit is two or three times higher than that of red wine and green tea. The level of anti-oxidant is even higher than those of other fruits known to have high-levels of anti-oxidant, including blueberries, cranberries and oranges. This was attributed to the very high polyphenol content in the fruit.

Pomegranates are also a good source of vitamin B (riboflavin, thiamin and niacin), vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus. These combination and other minerals in pomegranates cause a powerful synergy that prevents and reverses many diseases.

Caution - If you are on any medication, consult with your doctor before you start consuming pomegranate juice regularly. There is some concern that the juice may affect the metabolism of some prescribed medications.

Suggested Use: Mix 1-2 teaspoons pomegranate fruit or juice powder with juice, water or smoothie. Use up to twice daily for maximum health benefits.

Phyto Green - Green Superfood Powder - Compare to Kyo Green

A one pound supply of this exciting green superfood drink mix contains about 160 single teaspoon servings. Compare our Phyto Green superfood drink powder to Kyo Green and you will see why this is a top selling drink blend. Phyto Green combines equal portions of our four most popular green superfood powders: Chlorella, Kelp, Barleygrass & Wheatgrass! Phyto Green is packed with over 1000 live enzymes, 25 vitamins, natural chelated minerals, lots of chlorophyll, antioxidants, phyto-nutrients and so much more.

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Directions: Mix 1-2 teaspoons of Phyto Green superfood powder with 4-6 oz of juice or water or smoothie. Take up to two times daily.

- Phyto Green contains the ultimate superfood blend of land and sea superfoods!

- Florida Herb House organic grown barleygrass contains as much as seven times more vitamin C than oranges. Florida Herb House barleygrass contains as much as seven times more vitamin A (beta carotene) than spinach!

- Phyto Green contains Omega-3 essential fatty acids in the form of DHA - one of the most favorable and beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids!

- Florida Herb House organic harvested kelp contains natural calcium, vitamin D, folic acid and vitamin B12! Great for those aging bones and bone loss!

- Phyto Green is an all powerful immune booster, blood purifier and complete body detox drink powder!

- Florida Herb House all natural chlorella contains more protein than beef and fish (58 grams of protein in a 100 gram serving) and is rich in healthy chlorophyll, vitamins A, C, E, B12, and dozens of minerals!

- Phyto Green is great for vegans who often don't get enough vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin D and folic acid in their diet!

- Florida Herb House all organic grown wheatgrass helps keep an alkaline body pH and is one of the most nutrient dense and balanced foods on the planet!

- Take the Phyto Green 2+2 challenge: Take 2 teaspoons of Phyto Green superfood drink powder once per day for 2 weeks and feel the difference or send it back for a refund!

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The benefits of using Phyto Green daily include but are not limited to; supporting an alkaline body pH, heavy metal and toxin removal, complete immune system rejuvenation, increased energy levels, increased mental clarity and balance, enhanced digestive function, better sleep quality, healthy skin support, anti-inflammatory, healthy bowel function & overall support for healthy organ function.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bridging the Nutrient Gap

May 17, 2011, Daytona Beach, FL

“You are what you eat!” These words are more important then ever in our nutrient dead world. If there
is one thing that we need to control in our life, which plays a vital role in our overall health, it is our diet. It seems inevitable that the words "heart disease" and "cancer" will be around for decades to come, so eating healthy and choosing smart food is now more important than ever. Why is this so? What have we done to ourselves? Let's start by going back about one hundred years. Here was a world that was many times less
threatening to our health. There wasn’t a need for organic grown foods because all the foods we ate
were just that - organic. Foods back then were grown without pesticides and chemicals because there
was no such thing. Crops were grown in soil that was many times more fertile and nutrient dense than
today's nutrient depleted farmlands. There was no such thing as Genetically Modified Organism foods (GMO's), high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated oils (Trans Fats). Our children were not nearly as obese, and fast food restaurants were nothing but a fantasy. Back then, we had plenty of healthy foods to go around but lacked the nutritional knowledge that we now have. Today, we have the knowledge to stay healthy but our environment is littered with obstacles; free radicals, pollution, pesticides, chemicals, ozone,
etc., that hinder this goal.

Today’s environment is in agony compared to the "good ole days." With global population continuing to soar, and to keep up with the growing demand, we are faced with mass produced foods that are processed more than ever. Top this with a never ending barrage of pesticide laden crops, unhealthy meats, dairy products filled with antibiotics and hormones, poultry products that may be causing young girls to reach puberty as young as six years old, and you have a formula for metabolic disaster. No, this is not just rhetoric babbling going on here. These are hard cold facts about our society and the future health of our children. It all started with the ending of WW II when the war chemical companies decided that our crops needed only three things to grow; nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Therefore, a fertilizer was created for farmers called NPK. Little did they know that this would mark the beginning of natural disaster. These fertilizers quietly depleted the soil of vital minerals that the plants thrived on. As a result, the plants suffered and could no longer produce their own internal pesticide compounds. Crops suffered from pest infiltration and the farm industry needed help. This led to the invention of pesticides - the rest is history! Our nation spills over three billion pounds of pesticides every year on crops. The levels of pesticide build up in the average person is many times higher than those levels of fifty years ago. Enough said!

Next up, the invention of the TV dinner fad back in the 1970's. What could be better? A ready made
dinner you say, complete with crispy chicken, healthy mashed potatoes, and cherry cobbler pie? These TV
dinners paved the way to an obese nation. Filled with preservatives, fat, and cholesterol, these little
poison boxes filled our freezers. Lions and tigers and Hungryman chicken dinners, oh my! From there we started to see the widespread use of artificial flavors and colors in our foods. Just to let everyone know, many artificial colors, such as red #40, are derived from "coal tar." Yes, COAL TAR! Do you really feel comfortable feeding your children food that powers a train? Then it was high fructose corn syrup and trans fats, both which result in the storage of fat in our body. Then all of a sudden, “Bang!, our candy bars doubled in size and contained four peanut butter cups instead of the once plenty satisfying two cups. Way to go guys, help keep our kids fat. Our nation, now hooked on sugar and fat, has grown out of control. More than half of our children are overweight and many of those are obese, being thirty or more pounds overweight.

Fear not though, there are a few very easy things you can do right now to protect your family and encourage good health for each one of them. For starters, it is best to limit red meat consumption to once a week. Once a month is more like it and cutting it off completely is even a wiser decision. Purchase organic red meat. This will assure that the meat is not filled with antibiotics and hormones, and that the animals were allowed to roam and graze while being raised. Free range animals yield leaner, healthier cuts of meat. Opt for organic poultry and choose fish, such as wild caught salmon and tilapia for your protein needs. If you want to take it one step further, add a tablespoon of chlorella and spirulina powder to your diet every day. Chlorella, a super food plant algae, is 60% protein and almost as complete as any animal protein, not to mention dozens of other healthy nutrients in every tablespoon. Use this same practice on your dairy products also. Non organic milk is one of the unhealthiest foods one can have. Choose organic milk for you and your family. Once again this will assure that the milk is free of antibiotics, hormones, and other harmful chemicals. Also remember that it is smart to drink milk alone and without anything else. Milk hinders the absorption of any other nutrient inside the body. The milk curdle surrounds other foods and prevents gastric acids from breaking down the food particles and therefore should be consumed by itself.

Next is a multivitamin. Take one per day, every day. Get a high quality potency vitamin (Centrum is a
good brand), and take one every day with one of your meals. Even better, opt for a natural whole food
vitamin. This will give your body a reserve of much needed essential nutrients just in case your diet
is lacking a bit. Because some vitamins such as A,D,E, and K are fat soluble, you must take your
vitamin with some food. These fat soluble vitamins must mix with a drop of fat to be successfully
absorbed by the body. Without any fat, the small intestine will be unable to process these vitamins.
Even with this said, the bioavailability of vitamin supplements is very small and only a fraction of the vitamin's ingredients will be absorbed. Supplement companies are only required to put the chemical equivalent to the ingredient on the label. Therefore, if the vitamin label says "Vitamin B12 - 100 mcg," don't think that your body will be enjoying 100 mcg of B12. The average absorption rate of B12 is only around 3%. Absorption rates vary per substance and do depend on other factors, such as supplement quality, bioavailability, etc. Bottom line is that you must choose healthy foods and a healthy lifestyle to keep the synergy of a healthy
body in check.

Next is yogurt, yes yogurt, get to know it, get to love it. Sorry to be so frank here but just one cup of natural yogurt per day will supply your body with a billion or more of healthy good bacteria, otherwise known as probiotics. These healthy bacteria keeps your digestive system in sync and makes absorption of nutrients more efficient. Not all yogurt will provide these benefits though. Choose only natural yogurt that lists "LAC" on the label -Live Active Cultures. Avoid any yogurt that has artificial flavors or colors. Check the ingredients and you will see which ones are good for you.

Next are fruits and veggies. Do your best to have 5-7 servings per day. We know this sounds like a lot, and to be honest, it is a lot, but just give it a shot. Choose frozen vegetables over canned ones for the highest nutrition yield and lowest preservatives/additives per serving. Wash fruits and veggies thoroughly before eating them. It would be wise to use a vegetable scrub to wash your fruits and veggies before eating. This will help wash away any wax and pesticides that have accumulated on them. Some companies actually spray their produce with a layer of wax to keep them shiny and protect the outer layer. It is best to avoid thin skinned fruits such as grapes, apples, strawberries, blueberries, unless they are organic. Pesticides sprayed on these thin skins absorb easily into the fruit. The best veggies to eat are the dark green ones such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, collard greens, green beans, and peas. These contain plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for a healthy immune system. Cosmetically perfect fruits and veggies should be avoided. These likely have had the most pesticides applied to them. Remember, bugs have feelings too. They will choose a pesticide free apple to reside compared to the unhealthier option. A bug in your food
will not kill you; but a pound of pesticide filled grapes eaten daily can though! Other than this, please,
keep your kids and loved ones away from any foods that list high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated
oil on the ingredient label. We could write hundreds of pages alone on the dangers of these two
ingredients. Bottom line, they are bad for you, and even worse for your children. They were invented by
major food chains to lower costs and increase food production. Stay away from them! The label may be
sneaky and list PARTIALLY hydrogenated oil, but this is just as bad. Any ingredient listed as
"hydrogenated" is otherwise known as a trans fat. High fructose corn syrup is another cost saving
technique for the major food companies to cut costs at the expense of our health. High fructose corn
syrup promotes the storage of fat and is an ingredient to avoid. Drink plenty of healthy pure water too. If your tap water is healthy, then choose tap over bottled water. It not only is better for you, but also will help conserve our planet's natural resources. Are you starting to see the "greener" side of things? It is recommended that a person drink one half their weight in water, in ounces of course. For example, if you weigh 100 pounds, then you should ideally drink approximately 50 ounces of quality water per day. Add a reverse osmosis system to your house. It will pay for itself in the long run and assure healthy water for you and your family. Be smart when it comes to snacks and desserts. Swap some homemade trail mix for those cookies and chips. Choose almonds and sunflower seeds over that candy bar. If you do get the urge to eat some bad food, make sure you do it in moderation. Never eat or snack while watching TV or reading a book. Choose natural eco-friendly foods whenever possible and help keep our planet safe for our children and their children. The previous tips will help you and your family completes the nutrition gap to what it once
was - organic and safe.

If you want to top off your new revived health plan, then opt for a health shake a few times per week or every day for optimum nutrient support. All of us here at Florida Herb House try to have a daily health drink that consists of:

4 oz - Aloe Juice
2 oz - Purified Water
1 tsp. - Wheatgrass Powder
1 tsp. - Spinach Powder
1 tsp. - Chlorella Powder
1 tsp. - Spirulina Powder
2 Tsp. - Flax Seeds
Handful of Frozen Fruits
Ice Cubes

Blend on High for 30 seconds.
(On weekends add a scoop of natural ice cream! )

Choose your herbs as you wish but keep in mind that any of the green super foods (wheatgrass, barley
grass, chlorella, spirulina, spinach, etc.) contain the most nutrient dense goodness per serving. This
drink supplies the ultimate compliment of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, chlorophyll, EFA's, and
over 20 phytonutrients to help support a healthy body and immune system. Ask your local food store to
stock more organic food items and do your part to help create a greener, safer environment for our children and their children. And, remember to incorporate exercise into your health regimen. Thirty minutes per day is all it takes to keep your body's cells rejuvenated. For more information about eating right in the millennium, please e-mail Lee Sharp at or visit

Lee Sharp
Florida Herb House
S. Daytona Beach, FL 32119

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Break a Wall - Live Longer!

No, it has nothing to do with the Berlin Wall or any manmade wall for that matter. This wall and the contents behind it may be better than any showcase showdown on the Price Is Right. This wall and the stuff inside it can help battle cancerous cells, destroy free radicals, increase one's immune system, improve wound healing, aid in digestion, slow aging, stimulate bowel function, detoxify the body, fight bad breath and odor, and provide a wealth of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and more.

So what in the world kind of walls are we talking about here? It is the intriguing single celled algae plant that we call chlorella. If anyone is interested in a turbo powered boost to their health status then read on. Just one tablespoon per day of this green wondrous algae plant will nourish your body with impressive amounts of vitamin A, C, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, and K. But wait, we are not done yet. Along with the aforementioned vitamins that chlorella delivers in every serving, it is also rich in protein. In fact, chlorella consists of more than 60% protein content and has been compared to that of animal derived proteins. It contains all the eight essential amino acids which makes it perfect for vegetarians who often find themselves deficient in proteins and vitamin B12. If this does not convince you then let's add in the fact that chlorella also contains niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, choline, inositol, and PABA, all vital to good health. Now we're talking right? Well, we are still not done with the nutritional benefits of this little guy. Let's not forget the abundance of minerals that chlorella contains also. Each serving delivers important minerals such as phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, sulphur, iron, calcium, manganese, copper, zinc, iodine, and cobalt. No wonder this plant has been around for over a billion years. Some scientists even claim that chlorella was one of the first plants to survive on earth during its early years. Chlorella is a nutritionist's marvel to explore and a true human super food to eat.

There is a slight downside to this great algae though. While it is true that chlorella is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, it is also one of the toughest to digest by the human body in its natural form. So don't bother running out to that lake in the middle of Montana gathering up a handful of the green goo to eat. Each chlorella cell contains a triple layered wall that is very resilient to foreign invaders. It is this tough wall that makes it hard to digest and results in a substantial loss of nutrient absorption when eaten. Thanks to modern science though, several methods have been developed to break down or "crack" the cell wall of the chlorella cells for better digestion. The most common methods to accomplish this is either by blanching or milling the chlorella. This process makes the chlorella up to 90% more digestible than without the cell wall broken. Most reputable herb and specialty food stores will have broken cell wall chlorella for sale.

What exactly is chlorella you ask? Chlorella is a single celled freshwater algae that can be seen covering the tops of ponds in many regions of the U.S. and abroad. What is fascinating about chlorella is its ability to divide itself four times in as little as sixteen hours. This cell division property makes chlorella easy to produce over a small area. In fact, over forty tons of chlorella can be harvested over a relatively small one acre area of space. In addition to the surplus of nutrients chlorella contains, it is also composed of about fiver percent chlorophyll, more than most plants.Chlorophyll is also utilized by our body to help aid in cold and flu resistance and help guard against other bacteria.

The health benefits of chlorella are endless and it should be considered as an addition to anyone's vitamin cabinet. The most effective way to reap the benefits of chlorella is to buy the pure power. Just a tablespoon per day is all that is needed. Many people enjoy the powder in a daily health shake, add it to salads, or simply mix it in a few ounces of water. We highly recommend avoiding those mass produced tablets, capsules, or liquid chlorella supplements. Many of these are diluted and made with fillers. Also these products have often been sitting on shelves for months or years which can render them practically useless. Buying your chlorella in it purest powdered form will usually guarantee the most potent nutritional content and gives the best bang for one's buck. Make sure to ask if the chlorella you are buying is "broken wall" or "cracked wall". Any reputable herb store should be aware of what this is and most will only carry this type as without the cell wall broken, the nutrients will otherwise be wasted.

Stephen Sharp, the founder of Florida Herb House in Daytona Beach, Florida and a global supplier of pure chlorella powder ( - has shared with us his secret chlorella drink recipe that incorporates chlorella and other green super foods for a blast of healthy goodness. This "drink of life" can be used daily or just a couple times per week to aid in a healthy body. Here is the recipe - enjoy!

Chlorella Drink of Life

4-6 oz - Aloe Juice (or spring water)

4 oz - Frozen Fruits (from freezer aisle of supermarket)

1 tbsp - Broken Wall Chlorella Powder

1 tbsp - Wheatgrass Powder

1 tbsp - Brown Flax Seeds

5-7 Ice Cubes

Directions: Blend on hi for 30 seconds, add an optional scoop of natural ice cream for a sweet treat.

Pour and serve! Equal to over 3 servings of fruits and vegetables.

D. Thomas

Green Life Events

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Olive Leaf - The Superman of Antioxidants!

One word that people from all around the world can relate to is "antioxidant." What is the first thing that you think of when someone says it? Probably a long life, right? An antioxidant is the term given to any substance that opposes oxidation. Just as a shiny piece of metal can be dulled and weakened by oxidation, so can the cells in our body. Antioxidants, such as those found in fruits and vegetables, help protect the cells in our body from oxidation and "free radicals." Many healthy people work hard to fill their diets with leafy green veggies, such as spinach and asparagus, because of their abundance of antioxidants. But modern research has revealed yet another super powerful antioxidant, and it's found in what else.......olive leaf!

Recent studies of olive leaf have revealed some amazing facts. ORAC, or better known as Oxygen Radical Absorbence Capacity, is the standard test given to any substance to measure its ability to absorb free radicals. An example of this would be Goji Berries. When measured using the ORAC scale, Goji Juice yields a rating of 1215 of the ORAC scale. This score reflects a highly potent source of antioxidants and this is one of the reason the Goji berry has become so popular lately. When olive leaves were put through the same ORAC test, the results were staggering! Olive leaf pegged the ORAC meter giving a 7608 score! Olive leaf is one of the strongest antioxidant herbs money can buy. The leaf is loaded with antioxidants such as rutin, catechin, and luteolin and considered an antioxidant super food. While used for thousands of years for medicinal use, its use for antioxidant support has not been documented much until the 21st century.

The olive leaf (Olea europaea) grows on the branches of the olive tree, a delightful evergreen. The leaves are oblong shaped and dark green on the top with shades of silver on the back side of the leaf. The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean area but can be found thriving in many other tropical regions around the world. The branches of the tree can span 35 feet into the sky. We all know about those little green fruits, how they look and what they taste like too! A ripened olive changes from green to black over the course of a few weeks.

For those looking to supplement their diet with this amazing leaf, just one teaspoon serving per day of dried olive leaf powder is all it takes. One teaspoon of pure olive leaf powder provides the antioxidant power of multiple servings of vegetables. All natural or organic olive leaf powder can be found in specialty herb stores in your area or purchased online at reputable herb shops such as Florida Herb House and Starwest Botanicals. Make sure you buy your olive leaf powder from a reputable store to assure the best quality for your dollar. The best way to reap the benefits of this amazing leaf is to make a daily health drink with frozen fruits, aloe juice, and then simply add one teaspoon of your olive leaf powder. Some like to add other healthy goodies like wheat grass and flax seeds for even more goodness. A scoop of ice cream here and there won't kill you either. However you decide to boost your immune system, adding olive leaf to your diet is a great start.


Stephen Sharp

Green People United

Ormond Beach, Florida 32119

(888) 476 - 9414

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Valerian Root - The Natural Choice for Sleep


We all know how good it feels to get a full night of rest after a busy day. We feel energized and ready
to go out and achieve new goals. We are mentally alert and ready for the next challenge that lies
ahead. The fact of the matter is that great results arise out of people who get proper rest.

Now for the bad news, did you know over one third of the population in the United States suffers
from sleep deprivation? Yes those numbers are correct and are staggering! If we do the math it equates
to roughly 100 million people with problems sleeping. There is help around the corner though, and
natural help to boot.

Could a little plant named valerian be the key to our sleep problems? Well one of the leading national herb retailers in Florida, Florida Herb House says "Yes!". Florida Herb House has been quietly enjoying increased annual sales of its organic grown valerian root for the last couple years. The owner of the herb shop, Stephen Sharp, gives credit to an ever increasing awareness by the public into natural remedies. Stephen tells us, "More and more people are trading in their prescriptions and seeking the natural equivalent for many health issues. Having problems sleeping is a perfect example. Instead of choosing any one of several prescriptions for a better night's rest, more and more people are seeking the advice of herbalists and doctors of natural medicine for their problems. Whether it is through an advertisement in a magazine, on tv or online, the once fruitful world of natural healing is coming back in strong forces. You can bet your shirt that if there is a prescription drug out there then there most likely is a herb that can offer similar benefits."

Valerian began to gain popularity back in the 1500's when it was often prescribed by doctors for
digestive disorders and for urinary tract infections.The botanical name "Valerriana" comes from the
Latin derivative "Valeo" which means "strong", probably referring to the plant's dominant healing
properties. In today's world the root of the valerian plant is widely used as a powerful yet natural
sleep aid as well as herbal sedative. Only the roots and underground stems, also called "rhizomes", are
used for these medicinal applications. Valerian has been a common herb prescribed by doctors throughout
Germany for various complaints of anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia. Valerian root works within the
human body by naturally depressing brain activity in the central nervous system and also by helping to
relax the muscles in the bronchial passage ways. The constituents in the root also help relax the
muscles in the colon.

There are several ways one can supplement their body with valerian. Before ones begins any health
program they should seek approval from their health practitioner. Also it is important to remember that
when beginning any natural program using herbs at least 4-6 weeks should be allotted before results
should be evaluated. There are valerian capsules available at most drug and convenience stores but we
recommend against these because of the mass production of these types products. If one is seeking the
best results from a herb then he/she should go direct to a herb store and buy the herbs in bulk
powdered form, organic grown is best. This assures that the herb is fresh dried and high in potency.
Many capsule type products are made in huge lots and they may have been sitting in the warehouse shelf
for many months or even years before they get to someone's pantry. Also to get the benefit of say one
teaspoon of valerian root powder one would have to take maybe 10-20 capsules as an equivalent. The bulk
powder will also digest better compared to the capsule form which has a gelatin or similar type shell
to hold in the herb. One of the most effective ways to reap the sleep support benefits of this herb is
to make a health drink a few hours before bed time. The three herbs the appear to work best for natural
sleep support are valerian root, hawthorn berry powder, and passion flower powder. The simple
directions are to mix 1 teaspoon of each of the powders into a health drink combining fresh spring
water, frozen berries, aloe juice, milk, and a teaspoon of flax seeds and then blend on hi for 30-60
seconds. Drink 2-3 hours before bed time. Special thanks to Betty's Botanical Gardens and Florida Herb
House for contributing to this article.


Green People United
Port Orange, Florida 32128
(888) 476 - 9414