Jul 28, 2014

From Calming to Cleaning: the endless benefits of essential oils

Distilled from an enormous amount of plant leaves, stems and flowers, essential oils are valuable and beautiful gifts from nature. A single drop can go a long way. These oils are taken into the body by inhaling, through the skin and sometimes ingested. There are a wide range of health benefits such as calming the nervous system, congestion relief, and even household cleaning. Whatever the application, diluting with a carrier oil is almost always required to prevent the potent oils from damaging the body or with water to prevent surface damage when used as cleaners.  

We are excited to offer 12 of the most requested and most commonly used, organic essential oils! After a lengthy search and quality testing, we are confident the oils we are offering are among the purest available. They will meet or exceed your expectations of a high quality, undiluted product that you can depend on.

Eucalyptus: Respiratory support as an inhalant. Using diluted as a vapor rub applied to the chest may soothe the respiratory system. 

Overall this oil is a tonic, as it is thought to boost and tone most of the body systems. Good for uterine health, stress management and digestive health.

Lemon: Aids with digestion and is an anti inflammatory. Lemon also has antibacterial properties, its a great choice for making your own household cleaning agent. 

Lemongrass: A great bug repellant including flies and mosquitoes. Also can soothe a headache and contains anti inflammatory properties. 

Lavender: Helps you relax and calms anxiety, known for its skin healing properties. Repels  insects including mosquitoes. Disinfectant, can be used for cleaning. 

Myrrh: Skin healing properties and can be used on cuts and scrapes and all around skin health. Also supports the immune system and may ease the common cold. May ease allergies.

Nutmeg: Packed with antioxidants, promotes good circulation and may soothe sore muscles. 

Oregano: Natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, supports the respiratory and immune systems.

Peppermint: Soothes the digestive system and eases nausea. Powerful insecticide as well. Peppermint can help cool the body temperature, as well as soothe a headache. 

Tea Tree: Stimulates the immune system and may ease the common cold or fever. Rich in antibacterial anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Tea Tree also has skin soothing properties that help soothe bites and stings. 

Thyme: Excellent respiratory support as an inhalant and a natural, chemical free vapor rub. 

Wintergreen: Soothes sore muscles, aches and pains, potent inflammation relieving properties. 

Jul 17, 2014

Get the most from your iron supplement

  • Iron is very soluble in the stomach thanks to it’s acidic environment, but in the small intestine the free iron ions look for a partner. Organic acids such as the fructose found in honey, Vitamin C, and amino acids derived from proteins form chelates to help with absorption.  
  • To naturally address an iron deficiency you need to get the most from an iron supplement as well as from your diet. Try taking iron between meals or before breakfast with a Vitamin C source such as tomatoes, or citrus fruits.
  • Add foods rich in bio-available iron. Chicken are great sources, as are dark, leafy greens such as spinach and collard greens. Red beets, beet juice, wheat grass juice, raisins, and prunes, are high in iron, and may be useful in alleviating anemia.

  • Avoiding tannic acids, fiber, and the phosphates found in egg yolks, milk, and cheese for a few hours before and after taking an iron supplement can make a difference in how well the supplement is absorbed.
  • Coffee, black tea, and non-decaffeinated green tea are high in tannic acids and can reduce iron absorption by 50%.  
  • Other minerals compete with iron for absorption sites. A high intake of calcium, magnesium, and copper can interfere with your body benefiting from an iron supplement. It is best to take these at a different time.  

Jul 10, 2014

Words of wisdom: MMH founder Kathy Garber

Our bodies are designed to survive on healthy foods and to heal with the help of plant matter. Chemically engineered drugs and synthetic supplements have little place in the human body and often come with damaging side effects. Whenever discomfort and poor health are part of our experience, we get to choose our response to what is happening. It can be easy to think in terms of a “quick fix” or look for the “magic pill” that will make it all better.

While an inexpensive drug may offer immediate relief, it’s wise to think about the long term effects on the body. Thinking in terms of what is the cause of an illness or chronic condition rather than just how can I get rid of the symptoms, then addressing it naturally without harming the body, is a sensible response.                       

Lifestyle including diet, stress levels, and how active we are, all play into our health. Changes here can be powerful in the pursuit of feeling better. This does not mean a trip to the doctor is never needed. Acute situations and those that do not respond to natural treatment certainly call for medical intervention. The lives saved by modern medicine deserves our respect. However, what the amazing world of herbal remedies and dietary supplements has to offer for chronic issues and improved well being should not be ignored or sacrificed to create the profits of patented drugs. 

More than once I have gotten the “snake oil” response to being asked what it is that I do. The conversation usually takes on a very different tone rather quickly when I tell the story of saving our young son from years of dialysis by using simple herbal remedies and dietary supplements. Personal experience involving a child is hard to argue with.

It continues to be a pleasure to formulate potent herbal remedies for the company (MMH) that was birthed out of an unexpected difficulty. My prayer is that you will experience the benefits of natures God given gifts in every bottle of liquid golden extracts you use. Much care is given to making these remedies on a daily basis, and I continue to be deeply honored by your trust.   

                                                                                        -Kathy Garber

Kathy Garber began to study and apply the traditional uses of herbs and nutrition out of desperation, as her young son was suffering from severe kidney damage due to an undetected rare birth defect. Kathy's knowledge in Herbology increased along with the need for highly specialized formulas for her son. She began to make her own herbal extracts and combine them resulting in powerful remedies, giving birth to Mountain Meadow Herbs. 

Jul 1, 2014

Hello July, Hello Summer!

July is most certainly one of Montana's loveliest months. The June rains are over, leaving behind sparkling mountain streams and clear blue skies. Many of the fields in our valley are bright yellow as the canola bursts into bloom.  From a high vantage point, the valley floor turns into a patchwork quilt of yellows and greens, stitched together by the blue rivers that flow through it.  Winter is long forgotten in summer’s stunning beauty!

The canola fields in Montana turn a vibrant yellow in July.

This month’s sale offers savings on basic health formulas, including our best-selling liver formulas. Many natural healing experts consider stimulating the liver with herbs to nourish, protect, and cleanse the bile ducts, an important part of our overall well-being. With an abundance of liver friendly, fresh from the garden foods, summer is a perfect time to support this important part of your body.  LiverGlow, LiverGlow II, and the convenient Liver Flush Package are all 10% off through July 31st.

Stay tuned throughout the month as we discuss the foundational aspects of health, from proper liver function, to getting enough iron. 

Jun 26, 2014

Simple Ways to Help Your Liver

 · Eat garlic or take a garlic supplement. Just a small amount can activate liver enzymes that help flush out toxins.

· Have grapefruit often: it’s fresh juice boosts natural liver cleansing action.

· Avoid alcohol and over the counter medications: These are difficult for the liver to process and many are damaging or decrease liver function.

· Walnuts are liver friendly. Holding high amounts of the amino acid arginine, walnuts help the liver detoxify ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids. These support normal liver cleansing actions. Make sure you chew the nuts well before swallowing.

· Limit exposure to viruses, bacteria and parasites by washing your hands thoroughly and frequently. Fresh fruits and veggies should get the same treatment before you eat them.

· Take Vitamin C: a University of Michigan  study indicates doses as low as 500mgs a day can help prevent fatty build up in the liver.

· Do regular parasite cleanses: Infestations can spread to the liver and become deeply embedded, clogging bile duct drainage

· Leafy greens: powerful in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked, or juiced. High in plant chlorophylls, greens neutralize toxins, heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides in the blood stream. Try adding dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory into your diet. This will help increase the production and flow of bile in the liver.

· Citrus fruit: is high in Vitamin C and very stimulating to the liver.