**This article originally published in Prime Magazine July 2008**
Herbal Information Specialist /Business Representative for the Herbarium
Special to PRIME
I am taking local honey daily to try and get rid of my allergies. How long should I continue? Arthur
The idea of using honey gets mixed reviews. Some folks get results and some do not. The idea is to desensitize yourself to the effects of the pollens. Many people will mix a few grains of local bee pollen with the honey. Needless to say, this is a matter of individual choice. Some people are extremely sensitive and should not try this. There are other approaches to getting through allergy season.
I read your article on erectile dysfunction in last months' PRIME magazine .I am a diabetic and wondered if you could recommend which herb you talked about is best for me.
Thanks for reading the column and PRIME. Actually the article was meant to shed some light on the 'male enhancement' product industry, but as a side issue, most of the herbs have ED uses. In your case, I would try Ginkgo biloba (stay away from the stuff that Larry King advertises) A good Ginkgo in liquid or capsule form helps to promote circulation off the trunk. Basically, anything that protrudes could benefit from using Ginkgo (head, hands, feet . you get the picture) Because Diabetes affects circulation, Ginkgo could have many other benefits for you, other than working on ED. Most of our diabetic customers use Ginkgo and have experienced excellent results, especially for foot problems, of which I am sure you are aware. Before trying any of the Rainforest herbal remedies, I would start with Ginkgo.
We just returned from a vacation in Maine, and I have to say the Bugzaway we bought at the Herbarium really lived up to its claims. Our friends were using regular insect repellent and spent their time swatting the bugs. I sprayed on the Bugzaway and presto no bugs! Thanks for a great product. Bill
I will pass your letter on to my wife. Kathy created the Bugzaway many years ago to protect the children, and just kept tweaking the formula, adding different oils to repel different insects. We have received reports from all over the country and around the world on how well it works. The reason is rather simple, but profound. A chemical spray is going to be the same, time after time. The formula never changes. Bugs can build up an immunity to the compound. Bugzaway uses only pure essential oils from the plants. Every batch of oil is going to be different because of growing conditions, sunlight rain, etc. The chemicals in the essential oils will vary slightly each time, and the insects cannot develop an immunity to them. Isn't Mother Nature grand?
I use Hawthorn berry for my heart, and I just read that I should stop using it after three months. Is there a danger to using it for a long time? David
I do not know where you read this information, but do not even worry about it. Perhaps the writer was using an old rule that says herbs should be discontinued after certain times because the body may become to accustomed to it. My mother used Hawthorn for many years and her heart doctors had no problem with her using it even when she was in hospital. One of our customers has been using Hawthorn daily for more than 23 years and would not dream of being without it. I can't tell you the details of his case, but even his doctors can't explain why he is still with us considering his condition, without paying proper respect to the effects of Hawthorn berry. Hawthorn berry is one of the most benign remedies you can use. There is no known toxic level, and it is the first cardio tonic anyone should consider. Noted cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra uses Hawthorn in his practice. The only problem related to using Hawthorn is in conjunction with Digitalis. Always consult your Cardiologist before using herbal products.
One of my customers has a great use for garlic. He told us he melts down a jar of Vaseline, adds a garlic tincture and mixes it up and lets it solidify. He slathers it onto his lure and fishing line and the bass go crazy! He says it works better than any commercial preparation he has ever used.