Star Anise

Today’s featured supplement is actually a aromatic spice, used for centuries in China, India and parts of Vietnam to add flavor to meals. It grows on a type of evergreen tree native to these countries. The tree produces the star anise fruit, which is green and then turns brown and woody as it ripens. The star shaped fruits are picked before they fully ripen and dried in the sun to harden.

Star Anise

Valued for its sweet, licorice like flavor, star anise also has important health benefits.

Star anise is rich in vitamin C, calcium and iron. It has powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, making star anise great for treating the flu. In fact, this spice contains a compound called shikimic acid that is the main ingredient in the anti-viral drug Tamiflu.

Star anise has strong expectorant properties that help to clear up mucus and congestion in the body. It is used as a digestive aid to relieve gas, bloating, constipation, cramping, heartburn and indigestion. Star anise is also beneficial in treating asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, back pain, shingles, herpes and sinus infections.

Star Anise

In addition, star anise has sedative properties that ensure a good night’s sleep. And it supports female reproductive health and helps to increase the flow of milk in lactating mothers.

As a tea, which is how I primarily use this spice, star anise significantly boosts the immune system and wards off colds and flus. It can be purchased as a capsule or in dried or powder form. As a cream it helps to treat skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.

Star Anise I’m down to pieces of star anise in the bag, instead of the pretty star shaped dried whole flowers. No matter. The tea tastes the same.

I initially purchased dried star anise because of its fragrant, spicy scent. I included it in homemade potpourri. Then I discovered its amazing health benefits. No more letting this valuable spice go up in smoke. I add two teaspoons of the dried fruit, which looks like star shaped pods, to my tea infuser basket, pour boiling water into the cup and cover, letting the tea steep for 15 minutes.

The tea has a delicate and mild licorice flavor with hints of cinnamon and cloves. I’m sipping on a cup now as I write this post, and thinking I need to enjoy star anise tea more often. The dried flowers are also a wonderful addition to hot spiced apple cider in the winter.

I think I might go prepare a second cup of star anise tea!

Star Anise

L-Lysine

This necessary supplement is an essential amino acid, meaning the body does not produce it. L-lysine must be obtained through diet or supplementation and it is an essential component of all proteins.

L-Lysine

I began taking L-lysine while on my initial 28 Day Cleanse, according to the Medical Medium book by Anthony William. This amino acid impairs the ability of the shingles virus cells to move and reproduce. Because I was targeting the shingles virus, which had attacked my sciatic nerves, this supplement was crucial to me.

I continue to take it.

L-lysine also lowers the Epstein Barr Virus load. By inhibiting and reducing the EBV viral load, this amino acid acts as an anti-inflammatory to the entire nervous system, especially the vagus and phrenic nerves, which get targeted by the virus’s neurotoxins.

L-lysine helps to support the immune system by developing antibodies. And its antiviral properties also protect against the herpes virus. L-lysine reduces anxiety, plays an integral part in protein biosynthesis and works with the amino acids glycine and proline to build collagen, improving skin, bones, muscles and connective tissue.

For those on a plant based diet, like me, lysine can be found in lima beans and potatoes. I consume a lot of potatoes, however, it’s good to know I can support my body’s healing by taking L-lysine!

L-Lysine

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Rose Hips

Rose hips are technically a wild food. Because I benefit from them in hot tea form, I am labeling rose hips as a supplement.

Rose Hips

Rose hips contains the most bioavailable form of vitamin C in existence, meaning it’s in the most usable form for the body. And although we know how important vitamin C is, especially when we are combatting a cold, we often don’t think about this crucial supplement on a daily basis. We should. Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory, and the C we receive from rose hips is more anti-inflammatory than from any other source.

Vitamin C helps to increase the blood’s white cell count and boosts the immune system against viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, and other fungus. Rose hips fight against any type of infection. The vitamin C in rose hips has a dissolving effect on biofilm, a jelly-like substance given off by the neurotoxins and dermatoxins secreted by the Epstein Barr virus. This biofilm gunks up major organs, such as the liver, and can break loose into the blood. The sticky residue can get caught in the heart’s mitral valve, causing palpitations, tachycardia, arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation.

Rose Hips

Rose hips aid in alleviating urinary tract infections, skin conditions, dental issues, ear infections, intestinal tract disorders, cold and flu symptoms, strep throat, adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue. They restore a sluggish or stagnant liver and help with all neurological symptoms.

Rose hips can be taken in capsule form. However, I enjoy using dried rose hips, which can be purchased by the ounce, to create a flavorful hot tea. (Link included below.) Add two teaspoons of dried rose hips to a cup, or to a loose tea mesh basket or tea ball, pour boiling water into the cup, cover and steep for at least five minutes. Add a squeeze of lemon and a spoonful of raw honey to enhance the vitamin C.

Rose hips tea is one of the teas I use throughout the week, for afternoon tea time. I drink a different health boosting hot tea every day. When warmer weather arrives, I’m looking forward to trying an iced tea version, from Anthony William, that includes rose hips, steeped and then cooled, combined with half a cup of orange juice. That sounds incredibly refreshing!

Rose Hips

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Barley Grass Juice Powder 2

I first tried this green powder a year ago. I had heard of barley grass as a healthy supplement but I had not yet tried it. At that time, I experienced it by mixing the powder with water and drinking it.

I’ve learned much in the last year. And I am still including barley grass juice powder in my diet, except now it goes into my morning smoothies. This supplement is so crucial that I wanted to feature it in this series of Sunday Supplements.

Barley Grass Juice Powder

It is important to purchase the powder made from the barley grass juice, as the nutrients are condensed and easily absorbed and used by the body. This product is made from tender young barley grass, harvested before the grains are produced.

Barley grass juice powder is rich in vitamins A, B and C, and iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It is also high in absorbable protein and contains 20 necessary amino acids.

Barley Grass Juice Powder

Barley grass juice powder contains micronutrients that feed the nervous system, including brain tissue, neurons and the myelin nerve sheath. This makes the supplement helpful for healing from neurological disorders. It also increases hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which strengthens the adrenal glands. Plus it cleanses the liver, aids in digestion and promotes alkalinity throughout the body.

And this powder draws out heavy metals from the spleen, intestinal tract, pancreas and reproductive system. Barley grass juice powder has specific alkaloids that help prevent the thyroid from atrophying while blocking the Epstein Barr virus from feeding on toxic heavy metals inside the gland.

Barley Grass Juice Powder

I purchase this supplement through Amazon, link provided below, and add it to my detox smoothie or regular fruit smoothie every morning. I can’t taste it at all. Combined with Hawaiian spirulina, which I also include in the detox smoothie, it prepares mercury trapped in the body for complete absorption by the spirulina.

Mercury is a huge health concern. We all have too much of this toxic substance in our bodies. Ancient mercury can even be passed down from parents to their offspring, through many, many generations. It contributes to or directly causes ADHD, brain fog, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, connective tissue disorders, excessive sweating, irritability, trembling hands, twitches and spasms and it triggers and feeds EBV in the thyroid.

I include barley grass juice powder as a daily supplement to increase my health and wellbeing by going after the toxic heavy metals in my body. I add a heaping spoonful or two to the morning smoothies. I am grateful for the incredible healing power found in plants!

Barley Grass Juice Powder

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Burdock Root

The benefits of this root, which can be taken as a supplement, drank as a tea or eaten as a vegetable, are many. Burdock root has a grounding ability that comes from anchoring deeply in the ground. When it comes to rehabilitating the liver, there is nothing better than this root.

Burdock Root

The liver can become filled with viruses such as Epstein Barr, shingles, HHV-6 and cytomegalovirus, and with unproductive bacteria, parasites, fungi or other pathogens. It can also become dense and harden. Burdock root strengthens and revitalizes the liver so that it can fight off pathogens. It also softens a dense stagnant liver.

Phytochemicals in burdock help to reduce the growth of cysts and adhesions in the liver, repair scar tissue and cleanse the lobes. It detoxifies the core of the liver, removing toxicity caused by metals, plastics, herbicides, and fungicides, which allows the liver to breathe.

Burdock Root The burdock plant. It is the root that is most beneficial.

Burdock root has potent antibacterial, antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. It contains almost every known trace mineral plus vitamins A, B, C and K. It is excellent for cleansing the lymphatic system and the blood, and enhancing white blood cells to keep the lymph nodes strong so they can do their work of killing pathogens and cancer cells. Burdock also detoxifies heavy metals.

The root of the burdock can be juiced along with other vegetables, peeled like a carrot and sliced into sticks to eat raw, or chopped and added to soups. The root has a sweet, earthy taste.

Burdock Root

Or the root can be dried and finely chopped and used to make hot tea. Anthony suggests drinking a cup of burdock root tea after a massage, to enhance lymphatic drainage. And to offer burdock root tea to those who might be in need of cleansing from physical or emotional toxins. Burdock root can be taken in capsule form also.

I enjoy burdock root tea. Organic dried root can be purchased by the ounce in health food stores or health conscious grocery stores, or ordered through the links below. I add two teaspoons of the dried root to a cup of boiling water, cover, and let the tea steep for 15 minutes. The soothing tea has a mild, slightly sweet flavor.

This afternoon I paired a cup of hot burdock root tea with a bowl of fresh papaya and strawberries mixed with frozen wild blueberries. What a nourishing tea time. I know my liver thanks me for it!

Burdock Root

The information about burdock root comes primarily from Life Changing Foods by Anthony William. You can purchase the book through the link below.

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Chaga Mushrooms

This supplement is actually considered a wild food. I include it as a supplement, because I use finely ground chaga mushroom powder to make a healing tea. And, although it is called mushroom, chaga is a fungus that grows on birches, primarily, in cool climates. Read on for the amazing health benefits in this odd looking but intriguing plant.

Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga is lumpy and bumpy in appearance, its exterior resembling burnt charcoal. However this super food possesses powerful nutrients and antioxidants that boosts the immune system and increases the production of lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils, basophils and eosinophils so that the body can fight off invaders such as viruses, toxins and bacteria. Chaga strengthens red blood cells, balances blood platelets and calms cytokine storms that result from the body overreacting to pathogens or toxins.

Chaga Mushrooms

The phytochemicals in chaga fight all types of cancers, regulate blood sugar, and support the adrenals while regulating the rest of the endocrine system. They break down and dissolve biofilm, which is a jelly like substance that is a byproduct of certain viruses and fungi. And chaga destroys unproductive fungus in the intestinal tract.

In addition this wild food helps those suffering from autoimmune disorders and virus related diseases. It is anti-inflammatory, easing joint, neck and back pain, headaches and neurological symptoms. And finally, chaga is beneficial to the liver and thyroid.

Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga Mushrooms

I order chaga mushroom powder from Amazon (link below), and enjoy it as one of my afternoon teas. In his book Life Changing Foods, Anthony includes a recipe for chaga tea.

For one cup of tea, add 1 teaspoon of chaga powder to a cup. Pour in hot water and stir to dissolve powder, or use a cloth tea bag or mesh basket or ball and steep. Stir in 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey. Top with a splash of plant based milk and a dash of cinnamon.

I prefer using a mesh basket or ball and letting the tea steep for 5 minutes. Anthony says the raw honey helps to deliver the medicinal properties where they are needed in the body. I use local raw honey because it helps to prevent seasonal allergies. And my favorite plant based milk is unsweetened almond coconut.

Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga tea in the afternoon is wonderfully refreshing. The powder does not have a scent nor does it taste earthy like a mushroom. It doesn’t have much of a flavor of its own. I can primarily taste the honey and cinnamon. For those who don’t enjoy hot tea, the powder can be added to smoothies as well.

I appreciate being introduced to chaga mushrooms. I like knowing that I am sending healing nutrients and powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories into my body with every soothing sip that I take.

Chaga Mushrooms

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Hawaiian Spirulina

Today’s featured supplement was new to me when I began a plant based diet. Spirulina is a spiral shaped microalgae that grows naturally in the wild, in warm, fresh water lakes. Spirulina is also cultivated and harvested in man made reservoirs, such as those established in Hawaii. The algae’s blue green color gives the water in lakes or reservoirs a vivid greenish hue.

Hawaiian Spirulina

Spirulina, preferably from Hawaii, is considered a superfood, high in protein, minerals and vitamins such as B12 and K. This algae contains all the amino acids that are essential for health and it is a naturally rich source of iodine. It is also high in omega 3.

There are many health benefits associated with spirulina including reducing pain sensitivity, supporting the liver, relieving allergy symptoms and boosting energy and the immune system.

Hawaiian Spirulina Spirulina farms in Hawaii.

In his book Thyroid Healing, Anthony William recommends including this supplement because it is an incredible ally in rebuilding the central nervous system and it removes heavy metals such as mercury and toxic copper from the liver, reproductive system, intestinal tract, thyroid and brain. And eliminating these metals gets rid of some of the favorite fuels that the Epstein Barr virus feeds on.

Further, spirulina helps the thyroid by feeding healthy thyroid tissue, which has a restorative affect on the gland. And the algae’s iodine content acts as an antiseptic against EBV in the thyroid, reducing the viral load so it can heal. Spirulina can also reduce the growth of nodules, tumors and cysts on the thyroid, both cancerous and benign.

Hawaiian spirulina is available in capsule or powder form. I’ve taken both. However, I find the powdered form easy to include in my morning smoothies or smoothie bowls. I add a heaping teaspoon of the powder. It is virtually tasteless in my smoothie and because I also include wild blueberries with spirulina, the dark color doesn’t turn my drink green. The powder can be added to juices or stirred into water and consumed that way. There are intriguing recipes on Pinterest that show healthy treats such as spirulina coconut pie or ice cream.

However you prefer to take spirulina, include it daily to bring its amazing healing and protective properties into your life.

Hawaiian Spirulina

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Nettle Leaf

I first became aware of this plant as a youth. Brushing bare arms or legs against it could result in a temporary stinging sensation. Stinging nettles were something I learned to avoid. However, long before I switched to a plant based lifestyle, I discovered the surprising benefits of drinking nettle tea.

Nettle Leaf

This adaptogenic herb provides support for our bodies during times of stress. The leaves contain vast amounts of phytochemicals, anti-inflammatories and alkaloids. Nettle leaf is also full of bone building and bone protecting silica, 40+ trace minerals, and it contains a potent natural pain reliever.

This wild food, that many consider a weed, provides amazing support for the adrenal glands and the endocrine system that are often overburdened, overworked and fatigued. Adrenal fatigue can severely affect women in particular, causing reproductive system symptoms such as hormonal imbalance, infertility and perimenopause. The problem can be that the adrenals need help, rather than the reproductive system. Nettle helps to address multiple sources of hormone disruption.

Nettle Leaf

Nettle leaf eases infections in the urinary tract, bladder and kidneys, and fights against cystitis and reproductive cancers. It’s a powerful ally against viruses such as Epstein Barr and shingles, and helps the body to recover from rheumatoid arthritis, post traumatic stress disorders, autoimmune diseases, anxiety, depression and mood swings.

For the greatest benefit from this centering herb, use it in dried form to create tea. I buy dried nettle leaf by the ounce. It’s available in health food stores and health conscious grocery stores. Add a couple of teaspoons of dried nettle to a tea ball or mesh basket and drop into a tea cup or mug. Fill cup with boiling water, cover and steep for at least five minutes. Other dried herbs can be combined with nettle leaf, for unique blends. Raw organic honey or a squeeze of lemon can be added as well.

Nettle Leaf

I have gone from avoiding the plant to regularly drinking a cup of nettle tea during my afternoon tea time. The hot tea brings comfort and a sense of settling and centering to my busy mind.

Nettle brings that same sense of wellbeing to my body as it provides healing and restoration. When I’ve had a stressful day this is my go to herbal tea. I am extremely grateful for this incredible plant.

Nettle Leaf

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American Skullcap

Today’s featured supplement was unfamiliar to me, until recently. When my health mentor, Anthony William, shared a post about its benefits, I was eager to try it.

American Skullcap

American Skullcap is a hardy perennial herb, in the mint family. Scutellaria lateriflora, known as blue skullcap, mad dog skullcap, or simply skullcap, is native to North America. There is also a Chinese Skullcap, that has different properties. Be sure to purchase the American variety, for the health benefits discussed here.

This medicinal herb is helpful for relieving stress, depression, anxiety, headaches and exhaustion. It is healing to the central nervous system, and is especially beneficial in easing nerve pain, nervous tension, muscle spasms, twitches, tics and cramping muscles.

American Skullcap

Skullcap is helpful for those dealing with Parkinson’s, shingles, neuralgia, sciatica, migraines, PMS and menopause. It’s anti inflammatory properties help to stop histamine production, which can cause swelling and pain for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic sinusitis, asthma and fibromyalgia.

In addition, Skullcap helps to lower blood pressure, supports the cardiovascular system and promotes a good night’s sleep by easing insomnia.

American Skullcap can be taken as a capsule, tincture or in tea form. I take a capsule daily. This supplement is available in health food stores or you can click the link below and order it through Amazon.

This herb has been a blessing in my life. I have experienced a great deal of nerve pain and suffered with chronic sciatica for 22 years. There was a time when I walked with difficulty, due to inflamed sciatic nerves. I couldn’t even touch the backs of my legs without causing further pain. Following Anthony’s health protocol eliminated the shingles virus causing the sciatica, ending years of discomfort.

I will happily take American Skullcap to bring continued healing and restoration to those nerves, and health and wellness to my body.

American Skullcap

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Elderberry

I began taking this supplement 18 months ago, as I headed into my first fall season after switching to a plant based diet. All my life I suffered with seasonal allergies. October and November were my worst months, with March and April following closely behind. My nose would clog up causing sinus pressure and headaches and then drainage, congestion built up in my lungs, and my eyes would become so itchy and irritated that I often couldn’t wear contact lenses. Many times I went into bronchitis as a result of the allergies. I was miserable.

As my body healed from viruses and toxic heavy metal buildup, and my immune system strengthened, chronic pain eased and many other health issues and symptoms cleared up. Would my lifetime battle with allergies rage on or come to an end?

Sunday Supplement Elderberry

As the time for allergy season approached, I listened to a radio show by Anthony William on seasonal allergies. He explained that a healthy body doesn’t react as strongly to allergens. But a body already under siege by viruses and poisoned by toxins can’t handle anything else. Allergens set off massive reactions in the body as it struggles to fight off these new invaders.

In the past I have taken Mucinex, allergy meds, sinus meds, used eye drops…and still felt miserable. With my body in a healthier state of being, I opted to follow Anthony’s recommendations for supporting my immune system: lots of water and herbal teas, Ester C supplement, a spoonful of raw honey locally produced and a spoonful of elderberry syrup, all taken daily.

For the first time in my life, I did not suffer from seasonal allergies that fall, nor have I experienced it since.

Sunday Supplement Elderberry

Elderberry is an effective way to boost and support the immune system. In addition, it fights against cold, flu and sinus congestion, eases and helps to prevent allergies, lowers blood sugar, is a natural diuretic and laxative, improves the skin, alleviates inflammation and nerve pain, and may help to prevent cancer.

Taken within the first 48 hours of cold or flu symptoms, elderberry can shorten the duration of symptoms. And taking this herb 10 days before air travel helps prevent catching respiratory illnesses en route.

Elderberry can be taken in many forms, including capsules, tinctures, juice, wine, syrup or tea. I take a tablespoon of elderberry syrup a day. It has a pleasant fruity taste. I want to try the tea. And I am very interested in learning to make my own syrup. I have a recipe saved, to try.

As we head into spring, I love knowing my body is healthy and ready to combat, with ease, any allergens nature wants to launch at me!

Sunday Supplement Elderberry

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