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Self-Care with Aromatherapy

In today’s tumultuous world, it’s easy to overwork, overplay, and over stress! When you find yourself caught in the wheel of overdoing things, it’s time to remember self-care! Take a day to unplug and unwind. Let go of those pent-up emotions and the aches and pains that come from holding stress in the body. Block out a day or at least a few hours in your calendar to be sure you honor this commitment to self-care!

One of our favorite ways to destress from the hectic holidays is a long, warm, soothing bath with aromatherapy bath salts. Enhanced with the principles of aromatherapy, this time can be a time of self-healing. It will leave you relaxed and ready for what life brings next. There are many aromatherapy-based mineral bath blends available on our websites (visit and our sister site,!). Check out the high-quality Aura Cacia products!

Or, better yet, do it yourself! Blending bath salts for yourself allows you to control exactly what ingredients are used. Also, making these blends in small batches allows you to change the essential oil blends you use when you want!

One of the simplest bases for quality bath salts is 4 parts Epsom salts (helps with those sore muscles!), 2 parts coarse sea or kosher salt, and 1 part baking soda. This blend will help with sore muscles, soothe eczema, and may also help calm inflammation. Add an essential oil or blend, and you’ve got a bath that heals both physically and emotionally.

Try this simple recipe:

1 cup Epsom Salts
1 / 2 cup coarse grain salt (sea or kosher work well)
1 / 4 cup baking soda

Mix together in a bowl, then add

1 / 4 cup dried lavender or rose petals, if you have them
5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil or blend (lavender, Ylang Ylang, bergamot, sandalwood are all good choices!)

Mix well and store in an airtight jar. Add ? to ? cup to your bath as the water fills the tub, light a candle and dim the electric lights. Slip into this warm bath and relax!

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Many companies integrate essential oils into their products so that we can benefit from the therapeutic effects of these oils. PlantLife does aromatherapy in soaps right!

Originally a home-based business with a desire for products made with pure essential oils and raw ingredients, PlantLife began in 1994! They manufacture all natural, aromatherapy products that are pleasing to your senses and bring you the health benefits of aromatherapy.

If you believe in the healing qualities of raw, unrefined ingredients these products are for you! PlantLife uses fresh organic herbs, 100% pure essential oils, raw plant oils, and other natural ingredients that soothe and heal your skin and support your body.

PlantLife products are made in the USA, and are cruelty and chemical free! All their products are vegan (except their lip balm), gluten free, non GMO, and contain no artificial colors, fragrances, or synthetics. They are gentle and non-irritation, and are manufactured in small batches with careful quality control! With PlantLife, you get fresh, high quality products.

Herbs Can Cleanse ( carries many PlantLife products, including body wash, bar soaps, foam soaps, and bath salts. We also carry their herbal insect repellent, their essential oils, and fun things for children. Their bath scrubbies and animal bath mitts are kid tested and parent approved!

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Colon Health

Many of us are squeamish when it comes to discussing our colon and our body’s rhythms of elimination with our healthcare professional. But, this topic is important! For example, the average American may be carrying as much as 10-25 pounds of impacted fecal matter in their colon. Toxins wedged in the digestive tract are absorbed by the bloodstream, and result in your body having difficulty assimilating the nutrition from the food you eat! Feeling lethargic or suffering from bloating, constipation, and gas? It may be your colon.

While opinions vary, many say that a healthy colon will produce two to three bowel movements per day. Your body’s rhythm may vary, but many find these come shortly after each meal. If you have difficulty eliminating your body’s waste, this is a sign the colon’s function is impacted. The stool your body produces should be light brown, long and large, and should float on top of the water. Of course, this will vary based on what you ate in recent meals, but overall look for these signs of a healthy colon.

Support your colon in the following ways:
1. Up your fiber. We all know fiber is important! Oatmeal for breakfast; cooked and chilled lentils in your lunchtime salad, berries for snacks (the darker the better), and a plate that is three quarters lightly steamed or stir-fried veggies for dinner will get you very close to the goal of 40 grams of fiber (soluble and insoluble combined) a day.
2. Control your diet. Eliminate processed foods, sugar, white flour, alcohol, and caffeine. Also avoid products with additives, colorings, and preservatives. Read the labels of the food you buy! If the ingredients all sound like chemical names, it’s a product best avoided.
3. Drink plenty of water! Start with 8-10 glasses of pure, filtered water each day, most of it in the morning.
4. Move! Exercise! This speeds up bowel action and encourages healthy elimination.
5. Use a supplement, especially if you feel you may be carrying extra weight in your colon. Digestive enzymes after each meal help your body get the most nutrition out of what you eat.

It’s also a good idea to do an occasional cleanse. Discuss what’s right for your health with your healthcare practitioner, and try some of the high-quality supplements offered by the Herbs Can Cleanse family of sites.


Your Skin

“Is your epidermis showing?” Remember that old joke from childhood? Your epidermis is the outer part of your skin, and your skin is your body’s largest and fastest-growing organ! With a total area of about 20 square feet, our skin protects us in many ways.

How can our skin be an organ? Well, an organ is a collection of different tissues which have a particular organization and perform one (or perhaps several) common function(s). Your skin is an organized part of you that protects you, helps regulate heat, provides sensory input, allows excretion through perspiration.

Because our skin interfaces between the rest of our body and the outside world, it serves a very important function, fighting off so much. Do you ever have skin rash, dermatitis, eczema? How about abscesses, pimples, or other skin disturbances? It makes sense to see this evidence of your skin doing its job. We can help our skin protect us by protecting our skin! How? Here are some suggestions.

When you wash, treat your skin gently. For example, limit bath time. Hot water and long showers/baths remove important oils from your skin. Use comfortably warm water rather than hot.

Avoid strong soaps or soaps with detergents. These also strip protective, moisturizing oils from your skin.

If you shave, do so carefully. To help prevent ingrown hairs, shave in the direction the hair grows. Use quality shaving products to protect and lubricate your skin as you shave.

Pat your skin dry, don’t rub.

Use a quality moisturizer.

At Herbs Can Cleanse, we carry high quality soaps, gentle enough to use with everyone in your family! Choose from four different scents (lavender, lemongrass, vanilla orange, or patchouli) to add aromatherapy to bath time. But most of all, treat your skin well and it will take good care of you!



If you’re like most of us, you know it is important to detoxify your body. Even if you eat a great diet and exercise, your body is assaulted on a daily basis by all the pollutants in the air and water, not to mention in most of the foods we can buy!

Many turn to a detox to boost energy, kickstart weight loss, and reset your system to a healthy baseline. But, how should you approach your detox? How can you make it the most healthy and successful detox possible? There are many things to consider, and you can support the detox supplements you choose with other important strategies.

Here are some tips to help you regain your health using a detox program.

First, consider your overall diet. Supplements alone aren’t enough! Consider loading up on organic greens like kale, and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.). Increase antioxidants buy eating deeply colored fruits and vegetables. Use your detox to branch out into things you might not ordinarily eat.

Make sure you include clean protein! Juicing is great, of course, but you need amino acids as well. These come from eating protein, even plant-based proteins like beans nuts, and seeds. Also consider chicken and fish (from good sources and in moderation).

Try to avoid foods that stress the liver. Keep away from processed sugar, gluten, corn, alcohol, and caffeine. Saturated fats from dairy and red meat are also hard on the liver.

Up your water intake! While you detox, your body will release poisons and waste. Plenty of water will help flush these bad guys out.

Along with your detox supplement, be sure to include B vitamins! Since they are water soluble, your body doesn’t store them. As you increase your water intake, you may need more B complex to support healthy energy and mental clarity.

When you choose a detox supplement, look for herbs that have a long history of use in supporting overall body cleansing. Peppermint leaf, mullein leaf, fenugreek, dandelion, golden seal root, milk thistle, echinacea, black cohosh all have been used over time and may support your body’s natural ability to release toxins.

At Herbs Can Cleanse we feature products by the Pure Body Institute! For body detox, try the Whole Body Program and the Colon Program. These gentle, but effective, cleansing formulas can help your body regain health and vitality! Visit our product pages, ask us questions, and start your own journey to better health.


Vendor Spotlight HEALTH PLUS – A Gateway to Better Health

We’re very pleased with the products we carry from Health Plus! This company has been around for over 30 years, producing high quality supplements.

The family started with three health food stores in Southern California in 1983. Their desire to provide customers with high quality health products led them to begin their own product line in a back room in one of their stores.

This first product used psyllium husk and was inspired by the ancient Ayurvedic health care system in India, was an instant success! This product (their original formula Colon Cleanse) helped establish colon cleanse products in the United States market.

Today, their formula has evolved into a great product, called Super Colon Cleanse. This product is designed with the philosophy that your colon should be thoroughly cleansed every few months. Many things (our poor diet, exposure to environmental toxins, drinking alcohol, and others) limit your body’s ability to manage waste and absorb nutrients effectively. Super Colon Cleanse utilizes a blend of nine different herbs that nourish and cleanse your system together with good bacteria to help support overall digestion!

Among the important ingredients in Super Colon Cleanse are:

Senna Leaf, which stimulates the contractions throughout the colon. This helps to move waste through your system. If these contractions (called peristalsis) don’t occur naturally (often because of poor diet), a build-up of fecal matter and constipation can occur. Super Colon Cleanse, with Senna leaf, may encourage these contractions and help you be free of this build-up!

Psyllium husk, which provides soluble dietary fiber. This fiber absorbs water in the intestine, creating a gel-like substance which helps stool pass smoothly and also may help remove build-up. The FDA reports that the fiber in Psyllium Husk has a positive effect on the health of your heart, especially as a part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Good bacteria, not generally found in colon cleanse programs, makes Super Colon Cleanse a front runner in the colon cleanse category. Acidophilus may help replenish your digestive tract and plays a significant role in digestion.

Take a look in our store for Super Colon Cleanse as well as other high-quality Health Plus products! Herbs Can Cleanse has some of the best prices you’ll find, as well as personal customer service.


Bone Broth

If you follow natural health, there is no doubt you’ve been seeing an increased mention of bone broth! Perhaps your grandmother saved the chicken or turkey carcass to make broth. Or, if you grew up in a rural area, your parents or grandparents may have used pig’s feet or chicken feet to make broth.

These preparations were generally simple and arose from the frugality people developed in the Great Depression. Families needed to get as much as they could out of their food dollar, so nothing went to waste. We know today, from scientific studies, that collagen and gelatin (both found in spades in these bone broths) are essential for health skin, joints, and bones. We also know that the protein from the broth is easily digested and utilized in our bodies. Our grandparents knew this from direct experience.

Here are more reasons to love your bone broth:

Some of the amino acids in bone broth (arginine, glutamine, and cysteine) have been shown to boost immunity.

Other amino acids (cystine, histidine, and glycine) help reduce inflammation, and l-glutamine specifically reduces gut inflammation.

Bone broth can strengthen your bones and teeth because contains the minerals necessary for your body to maintain the skeletal system. We need an adequate supply of calcium, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, and other minerals and vitamins found in broth.

Even if you don’t have the time to make your own bone broth, or if you are not a cook, you can gain benefits from bone broth! One of our favorite supplies, Jarrow Formulas has a wonderful powdered mix that makes it easy to include bone broth in your diet. Jarrow Formulas has taken care to ensure that you donÕt ingest hormones or antibiotics when you use their bone broth powder. There are no artificial flavors or sweeteners present, and the mix provides a savory drink with significant amounts of nutrients such as collagen and minerals.

Head on over to our Jarrow Formulas page and see what we have!


Adrenal Fatigue

Do you experience a lack of enthusiasm, mild depression, or anxiety? Maybe a lack of energy? Or do you sometimes overreact to the stress in your life? Do you find yourself having multiple food allergies? If you answer yes to any of these, learning about your adrenals is important!

The adrenals are on the top of each kidney. They produce hromones that helop the body control blood sugar, utilize protein and fat for energy, respond to major illness or injury, and help regulate blood pressure. Two of the most important adrenal hormones are cortisol and aldosterone.

All of those conditions listed above can indicate something we call adrenal fatigue. This term is applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms, such as those above, but is not an accepted medical diagnosis. We believe that it is an important point, at which we can impact and improve our health before we experience a major disorder. As always, it’s important to work with an experienced and trusted medical professional to rule out adrenal insufficiency or an underlying disease! Please don’t self-diagnose.

Whether you call it adrenal fatigue or chronic stress, if your lifestyle is affecting your body’s ability to recuperate from physical, mental, or emotional stress there are things you can do to heal!

Certain herbs have been long associated with support of our body’s ability to manage and respond to stress. Now, we know that the glands responsible for this (and supported by these herbs) are the adrenals.

Asian ginseng and black pepper may help with your fatigue and fight everyday stress.

Ashwagnada root (an important herb in Ayurvedic medicine) may help decrease anxiety you may feel that is related to all your daily obligations.

Astragulas (also important in Ayurvedic medicine) may help support your immune system.

Amla berry and astaxanthin (together with Asian ginseng and black pepper) provide antioxidants to help fight free radicals.

Health Plus, Inc. is a company committed to developing and manufacturing high quality supplements. Their adrenal support formula contains these herbs in a balanced formula designed to support your body’s response to stress! That’s why Herbs Can Cleanse has chosen to carry this formula (as well as some of Health Plus’s other high-quality products). Need some help handling the stress today’s life brings? Click here to try this formula: !


Detox Your Kidneys!

Your kidneys filter out toxins and waste from your bloodstream. Because toxins can affect your entire body, supporting your kidneys is crucial, and can help keep you in good health. Without a planned approach to cleansing your body systems, toxins can build up and affect the function of your kidneys and liver, as well as the neighboring organs.

Toxins can come from either outside or inside our bodies. Exogenous toxins (i.e., coming from outside your body) are poisons or pollutants introduced into the body through air, food, water, or another outside source. Endogenous toxins (those originating within your body systems) consist of byproducts of metabolizing natural bacteria and yeast. We all encounter toxins in our day to day lives, so it’s important to cleanse!

Your kidneys are important organs, so consider building a healthy foundation for them to do their job! Just drinking plenty of purified water is a first step toward an effective flush. What else can you do?

Some simple, at-home approaches include:

Cranberry juice. Research shows that cranberries can help fight against urinary tract infections, and my also be helpful in cleansing the kidneys of excess calcium oxalate (one of the main contributors to kidney stones).

Beet Juice. Betain, a very beneficial phytochemical in beet juice, has antioxidant qualities and can help clear calcium phosphate buildup.

Lemon Juice. Naturally acidic lemon juice has been shown to increase citrate levels in urine, a factor that discourages kidney stones from forming.

These easy to use at home solutions will definitely help. But, if you need more of a cleanse, consider adding a specially formulated supplement. Herbs Can Cleanse carries a range of internal cleanse solutions, including high-quality formulas from the Pure Body Institute. Try Kidney Rescue, with its proprietary blend of cinnamon, borage, cedar leaves, lycci, cloves, fenugreek, and other cleansing herbs. You’ll notice a difference!