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Back to School with True Botanica: Teacher Must-Haves

Part 3: Teacher Must-Haves

This year, we are excited to kickoff a multi-part Back to School Blog Series! In case you missed our previous posts, check out our Student Survival Guide and Parent Must-Haves

We know how important it is for teachers to stay healthy during the busy school year. Here are a few of our suggestions of Back to School natural Products for teachers to keep you healthy and present this year!

Lung Root:
A full spectrum, completely non-alcoholic product containing high quality pelargonium root. The root of Pelargonium sidoides has been known in traditional medicine, and confirmed by modern research, to be a significant support for the immune system and support the health of the lung and upper respiratory tract. Available in Lemon and Menthol.

Throat Defense:
Contains mouth specific probiotics to support the natural respiratory barrier against airborne microbes. The probiotics, BLIS K12, have a dual function: they discharge bacteria-fighting proteins AND replenish the desirable normal cells in the lining of the mouth, crowding out and making it more difficult for the “outside” invaders to establish themselves. Throat Defense comes in two flavors: Berry and Menthol

Prunus Spinosa 6X
This refreshing restoring tonic provides relief, especially from exhaustion. As with all of our OTC Homeopathic/Anthroposophic products, the Kolisko Validation test has been used to show how the final product is significantly greater than a water control!

Strophanthus Kombe 6X
This product helps provide relief against stress, especially exam anxiety (important not just for students, but for teachers too!)

Hawthorn Plus
This product contains organic Hawthorn berry plus the salts of the hawthorn plant. Hawthorn helps keep the heart strong and healthy and supports a normal blood pressure. It also lessens fatigue by invigorating the cardiovascular system.

Multivitamins Plus:
Like many multivitamins it delivers over 100% of the recommended daily dietary needs for most vitamins and basic mineral – but what makes ours stand out is we also include rhythmically prepared herbs, trace minerals and spices that enhance the absorption and utilization of all nutrients. Plus, we include the energizing herb Guarana.

Vital Mind AM
We know the importance of teachers needing to be on their toes, so stay sharp throughout the year, this ginseng containing formula can help you do just that! Ginseng is known for improving functions like: vitality, concentration, attention accuracy, arithmetic ability, working memory speed and more.

Coffee/Pero Products
The newest addition to the True Botanica product line, we are excited to now offer Fresh Roasted Coffee and Decaf Coffee and Regular and Extra Dark Roast Pero! If coffee/pero is already a part of your morning routine, consider purchasing ours, as the profits directly support anthroposophic medical research!

Hand & Body Cream
This hypoallergenic, natural cream provides a deep lasting most moisturizing and renewing effect that absorbs quickly and won’t leave behind a greasy residue.

 

Back To School With True Botanica: Parent Must-Haves

Part 2: Parent Must-Haves

This year, we are excited to kickoff a multi-part Back to School Blog Series! In case you missed our first post, Student Survival Guide, you can see it here.

Father and Son with Berberine Bottle

We know how busy the school year can be for both students AND parents. Here are a few of our suggestions of Back to School Products for Parents to keep you healthy and alert this year!

Berberine Plus
This is the most full spectrum barberry root formula available. Not only does it contain high amounts of the naturally occurring berberine, it also includes rhythmically prepared ashes and salts derived from the root. This product supports a strong heart function, normal cholesterol levels, a normal sugar level and more.

Hawthorn Plus
This product contains organic Hawthorn berry plus the salts of the hawthorn plant. Hawthorn helps keep the heart strong and healthy and supports a normal blood pressure. It also lessens fatigue by invigorating the cardiovascular system.

Throat Defense:
Contains mouth specific probiotics to support the natural respiratory barrier against airborne microbes. The probiotics, BLIS K12, have a dual function: they discharge bacteria-fighting proteins AND replenish the desirable normal cells in the lining of the mouth, crowding out and making it more difficult for the “outside” invaders to establish themselves. Throat Defense comes in two flavors: Berry and Menthol

Multivitamins Plus:
Like many multivitamins it delivers over 100% of the recommended daily dietary needs for most vitamins and basic mineral – but what makes ours stand out is we also include rhythmically prepared herbs, trace minerals and spices that enhance the absorption and utilization of all nutrients. Plus, we include the energizing herb Guarana.

Vital Mind AM
Parents also need to stay sharp throughout the year, and this ginseng containing formula can help you do just that! Ginseng is known for improving functions like: vitality, concentration, attention accuracy, arithmetic ability, working memory speed and more.

Coffee/Pero Products
The newest addition to the True Botanica product line, we are excited to now offer Fresh Roasted Coffee and Decaf Coffee and Regular and Extra Dark Roast Pero! If coffee/pero is already a part of your morning routine, consider purchasing ours, as the profits directly support anthroposophic medical research!

Back to School with True Botanica: Student Survival Guide

Part 1: Student Survival Guide

It’s that time of the year again – Back to School! This year, we are excited to kickoff a multi-part Back to School Blog Series! Be sure to check back as we continue to post our top suggestions on how to have an A+ school year!

Students with Throat Defense bottles

Let’s start with our Student Survival Guide, a list of products essential for helping your student succeed in and outside of the classroom. 

Throat Defense:
Contains mouth specific probiotics to support the natural respiratory barrier against airborne microbes. The probiotics, BLIS K12, have a dual function: they discharge bacteria-fighting proteins AND replenish the desirable normal cells in the lining of the mouth, crowding out and making it more difficult for the “outside” invaders to establish themselves. Throat Defense comes in two flavors: Berry and Menthol

Lung Root:
A full spectrum, completely non-alcoholic product containing high quality pelargonium root. The root of Pelargonium sidoides has been known in traditional medicine, and confirmed by modern research, to be a significant support for the immune system and support the health of the lung and upper respiratory tract. Available in Lemon and Menthol.

Elderberry Thyme Syrup:
Our formula contains pure, organic elderberry syrup. There’s nothing like it to keep the immune system going and provide a soothing effect in times of temporary coughs and congestions.

Multivitamins Plus:
Like many multivitamins it delivers over 100% of the recommended daily dietary needs for most vitamins and basic mineral – but what makes ours stand out is we also include rhythmically prepared herbs, trace minerals and spices that enhance the absorption and utilization of all nutrients. Plus, we include the energizing herb Guarana.

Berberine Plus
This is the most full spectrum barberry root formula available. Not only does it contain high amounts of the naturally occurring berberine, it also includes rhythmically prepared ashes and salts derived from the root. This product promotes increased workout and exercise effectiveness, an “upbeat mood,” a strong heart and normal sugar level.

Vital Mind AM
Help your student stay sharp this year with this Ginseng containing formula. Ginseng is known for improving functions like: vitality, concentration, attention accuracy, arithmetic ability, working memory speed and more.

For more suggestions, check out our Student Survival Guide brochure!

Nervous Exhaustion

Nervous Exhaustion?

We have been very successful with our
Recovery Tonic.
It contains the root of the Winter Cherry

(also known as Withania, Ashwaganda, Indian Ginseng) 

Helpful in:

  • Recovery Tonic Nervous Exhaustion;
  • Tonic for all ages: from young athletes to the elderly;
  • Recovering from illnesses;
  • Increases resistance to cold stress;
  • Supports the adrenal gland to keep the cortisol level stable;

Our formula has the unique feature of including not just the root extract, but also the native salts of the root;  additional potentized minerals strengthening the adrenal glad; and Bioperine to further improve absoroption.

Click here to learn more and purchase.

True Alerts – Spring Allergy Alert

New over the counter (OTC) remedies (and some herbals) to help you in the Spring.

The spring time allergy season is upon us again.

Even though it was a winter for the history books, with long bitter cold periods, the suffering may still be considerable due to the accumulated moisture, etc.

There are a few spring allergy suggestions that we might make.Histaminum hydrochloricum 30X

  1. Allium cepa 8X –
    for runny nose and watery, itchy eyes (similar to the symptoms you might get when cutting onions)
  2. Arsenicum metallicum 6X –
    if the discharges are accompanied by a burning sensation
  3. Berberis vulgaris 6X –
    if you suffer of swollen, congested nasal passages (especially in the presence of polyps).
  4. Histaminum hydrochloricum 30X –
    lessens the allergic reaction in general and could be combined with any other remedy.
  5. Mercurius 30X –
    whenever there is a lot of mucous production, cough, copious runny nose, etc.

Also: herbal supplements!

In terms of natural ingredients it is surprising how effective the frankincense spice could be!

It is also known as boswellia, and its most active ingredient is the so called AKBA.

Probably breathing in the vapors of frankincense at the altar alone will not do the trick, but properly prepared and taken as a nutritional supplement, it could be a godsend.

Here is some of the evidence that it may help. Research, on both animals and in humans, has shown that boswellia extracts, taken frequently throughout the day, improved the frequency and severity of all those physiological functions that ultimately lead to the well known allergic symptoms: boswellia lowered eosinophilic counts, reduced mast cell degranulation, lessened shortness of breath, and increased pulmonary function, such as an increase in FEV 1 and FVC.

It goes without saying that the organism as a whole can be helped by lowering dairy, gluten and spice intake.

A very interesting attempt can also be made with a new suggestion that we would like to make: drink daily for the duration of the season a sugar free lemonade with quince added!

Lemon and QuinceIt is not just the additional vitamin C that will help, but rather specifically the living forces that are manifested in those fruits: the hard leathery rind and the sour taste indicate that very profound structural forces are inherent in these plants. They counteract the dispersing gesture of the allergy.

Let us know how these suggestions worked for you.

Have a great Spring season!

Your True Botanica Team

True Botanica March Updates

In case you missed any of the exciting March announcements, updates or sales, here’s a quick recap to catch you up to speed:

Spreading out globules

Globule vs. Liquid – What’s the difference?

You may have noticed we now offer our new OTC Homeopathic/Anthroposophic products in both globule and liquid form. Both are tested to have “Verified” Potencies. So while each has its own advantage, there aren’t any disadvantages.

Products You Should Know – Allium Cepa 8X

For temporary relief to allergic symptoms in the eyes, nose and respiratory tract – especially when you experience symptoms similar to what you would experience when cutting an onion: red, watery, itchy eyes, a runny nose or a raspy cough – consider taking first the Allium Cepa 8X or later the 30X if additional dose is requird.Assorted Onions

Note the new 8X potency. Our potentized products are special, among other reasons, since we verify that our potencies are active! No one else does that!

Click here to learn more about Allium Cepa 8X.

Now On Sale – Chamomile Forte CreamChamomile Forte Cream

Our Chamomile Forte Cream is now on sale for a 10% discounted price! Click here to order (for professional, wholesale pricing, please give us a call at 800-315-8783 extension 8).

Limited Time Offer – While Supplies Last

Foot Creamv2

Our Refreshing Foot Cream is still on Sale for 10% off!! Be sure to order yours now, while supplies last. 

Click here to order (for professional, wholesale pricing, please give us a call at 800-315-8783 extension 8).

Don’t Forget to Stay Connected with These Resources

Be sure to sign up for these great resources so you can have updates emailed directly to you!

Clinical Resources – Paulina Medical Clinic website
Anthroposophy, Research, Education & Events – True Botanica Foundation website

Foot Massage ! For Your Health and Tiredness

An Integral Part of Anthroposophic Therapeutics

We have known for centuries that the whole body, with every single organ, is mapped on the soles of the feet. Foot Reflexology, a treatment that pays attention to this detail, has been successfully practiced due to the understanding that all organs are projected on the foot sole. That means our feet are pretty important!Feet

Massaging the foot can have a significantly invigorating effect on the whole body, both for your health and your energy. After a long day, an evening foot massage can restore a lot of the energy that is lost throughout the day. Not only that, it feels great!

Rudolf Steiner recommends foot massages, for example, in headaches as a means of attracting the astral body to the region opposite the head and decongesting the affected area. Who knew the bottom of your feet could affect how the top of your body feels!

In addition, R. Steiner recommends the massage of the heel in thyroid concerns. He gives, of course, innumerable indications for the feet in the practice of eurythmy. Overall the feet may affect the health of the entire body just by how they affect the position and function of the spinal column.

Using just your hands, or perhaps trying our cream, take time out of your day and give the foot massage a try for your health or to overcome tiredness.

We would like to know what you think!

Brain Fog – A New Anthroposophic Way to Help

Brain Fog – A New Anthroposophic Way to Help!

We all know the feeling: the evening comes, we are tired and we have difficulty concentrating; or after the all too big lunch (or any meal) and we can barely keep the head up- let alone have the crisp mind for mental activity.

Even worse this condition can be nearly permanent in some people!

To help with this “state of mind” we need to understand some basic physiology from an anthroposophic point of view first. These insights were given by Rudolf Steiner in a lecture on 3.22.1923.

During eating, the digestive process gets activated and the etheric, life forces in the intestines become stronger. Additionally, an etheric image is generated by the plant product that has just been consumed. (It is similar with eating animal foods.) However, whatever excess activity has been generated in the metabolism is usually neutralized within a day or so.

Very importantly, however, while this is going on in the lower organism a “negative” is also created automatically in the upper organism, in the brain.

That is the rule for regular edible plants. A poisonous plant though has an additional element in this configuration. The poison is of an “astral”, soul like nature, normally seen only in animals but not “appropriate” in herbs and thus of more significant consequence. When we consume such a plant a much stronger form results in the intestine and the form does not get cleared so rapidly. It lingers much longer. The same goes for the “negative” created in the brain. It remains there much longer also. It also adds an additional “astrality”, soul quality, and yes, awakeness in the mind.

If this process is repeated over and over, an overcoming of the “foggy” mind, an overcoming of the mere “vegging”, numb, out of focus feeling, is achieved.

The most characteristic plant that is helpful in this respect is Hyoscyamus niger- black henbane.

Hyoscyamus 6x taken several times a day, throughout a longer period of time is a great remedy in this respect. (The same in a slightly different way can be accomplished with Belladonna.)  

True Botanica Out On the Go

Even while out and about enjoying her favorite outdoor activities, True Botanica coworker Alyssa always makes sure to have these products nearby:

True Life Sea Salt and Pepper by Vegetables

True Life Sea Salt and Pepper are great additions when grilling your favorite vegetables!

True Life Sea Salt and Pepper by Grill

Seasoning my favorite grillables with the True Life Sea Salt & Coarse Pepper.

Foot Cream next to boots

After a day of hiking, the Refreshing Foot Cream helps soothe my tired, aching feet.

Chamomile and Sage Cream on rock

The Chamomile Forte and Sage Cream are my must-haves while camping or a night under the stars.

Sage Cream on rock

Did I mention how much I love the Sage Cream? It’s my go-to product for itchy bug bites!

Want to learn more about these products? Check them out at our online store: True Life Sea Salt, True Life Pepper, Sage Cream, Chamomile Forte Cream and Refreshing Foot Cream.

What are some of your must have products when you are outdoors on the go?