Happy holidays to you and your family
from milagro herbs
It seems appropriate at this time of year to talk about all things pungent/spicy particularly in the Land of Enchantment or Land of Chile! What has fascinated me for years are the wild chiles, a distant cousin of our common cultivar. Chiltepins, as they are called by desert natives, are small round chile peppers that grow on bushes in south-central Arizona, south Texas and deep into northern Mexico. Our senses know it as hot on the tongue but the sensory experience also signals a much deeper log of information about chiltepins, or its near cousin Cayenne.
Native desert people such as the Tahono Odham of southwest Arizona often eat spicy native peppers to assist in digestion, relieve arthritis pain, and to ward off witchcraft. It is known as a counter-irritant topically, helping to bring blood and circulation to sore muscles and damaged nerves.
We all know that a good plate of green chile enchiladas will have us sweating at the table, that same diaphoretic action helps us to detoxify via the skin and cool us down quicker than a swamp cooler. In the hot, summer desert people found it invaluable as a food and preservative of food, when eaten the release of water through the skin provides much needed relief from sweltering temperatures.
The main isolated constituent know as capsaicin is similar in chemistry to vanillin, and is widely used in products that relieve congested pain such as creams and lotions for stiff joints. Dr. Christopher, the well known herbalist from Utah swore by cayenne as a reliable remedy for heart congestion and during heart attacks, taken as a half teaspoon in warm water. We are still finding practical and novel uses for capsaicin in chiles due to its high levels of vitamin A and B, beta carotene, magnesium, iron, and calcium. Some of the ones I have documented so far are:
- Anti-aging in creams to stimulate collagen and elastin growth for skin regeneration, moisturizing, and cellular metabolism.
- Acne control in topicals to reduce breakouts and repair blemishes.
- Detoxification as it removes metabolic wastes via the liver and through the skin via perspiration, It boosts nutrient uptake in the skin and improves oxygen distribution as it moves blood evenly throughout the whole body.
- It is widely used in cellulite removing products as it moves oxygen and removes waste products while boosting metabolism at the cellular level.
- As a pain reliever it is highly regarded for its ability to reduce the signals to the brain known as substance P which helps to relieve nervous system distress.
- To treat psoriasis it has qualities to reduce skin inflammation and encourage cell renewal.
At Milagro Herbs we formulate products with fresh cayenne extracts such as Miracle Muscle Balm with Arnica, Hot Lava Balm for sore muscles, and our classic Immune System formulation to boost white blood cell counts and fight bacterial infections. These 3 items are now on sale this December!
SPECIALS FOR DECEMBER
Miracle Muscle Balm 4 oz. – $13.99 / bottle
Hot Lava Balm – $15.99 / 1 ounce jar
Immune System Tonic - $10.99/1 oz
Last minute idea for your christmas list.
come by the store and we will help with completing your list.
Staying Bright during the Darker Months: Uplifting Herbs for Winter - Jan. 7th, 10-noon.
It's always helpful to have some calming and uplifting herbs around, whether they’re in the form of your favorite aromatic tea, a tincture in your backpack, or a nourishing winter soup. We will focus primarily on two categories of herbs: nervines and adaptogens. $25. Instructor: Emily Rose
Herbal Allies for Bladder Infections - Jan. 14th, 10-noon.
In this class we will look at herbs that are commonly used to ease bladder infections. We will talk about when it is appropriate to use home remedies, and when it is important to seek proper medical attention. We will talk about herbal actions and energetics (hot, cold, dry, damp) and how these concepts fit into creating an effective formula for bladder infection relief. $25. Instructor: Emily Rose
To register contact Milagro Herbs (505) 820-6321 or email Emily at emilyrose.deck @gmail.com
When I founded Milagro Herbs in 1990 as a budding herbalist in Gila, New Mexico my vision was to blend the rich traditions of herbal medicine in the Southwest with the best of pure, natural ingredients now available from reliable sources. I spent many years gathering wild medicinal plants and formulating products such as face creams and lotions from them. The idea was to use what we have in our backyards in producing highly effective products for a wide variety of health conditions. We do not support vivisection in any way. That is, we are against the use of animals for scientific experiments and product development, particularly in the cosmetic trade. We do not use animal-based ingredients in Milagro Herbs formulations. We strive to use local plants and natural ingredients that are not harmful to humans and the environment. I think you will notice the difference from many mass produced herbal and cosmetic products; many people say they feel the difference and are relieved to know who produced their herbal products and the sources.
We have fresh Osha root, Osha tincture, Osha Honey, and Cherry Osha Cough Syrup. If you stock up now you won't have to go out in the cold.
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