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Before I go into the specific top herbs that beautify your skin in 30 days, there is an idea I want to express to you that is more important than any 1 herb: This idea is that:

Herbs are essential for one’s health. Period.

Even a most wholesome organic modern western diet will skimp on the herbs, or have herbs in small doses for flavoring only. You can take whatever nutritional path you are on, and just ADD HERBS IN! Herbs should have a BIG section in your food pyramid.

The herbs to ‘go to first’ are the tonic herbs which are adaptogenic herbs that tonify the body, are safe for daily use with no side effects, and can be used ongoingly for a lifetime of cumulative benefits.

Fresh schisandra berries galore!

1. Schisandra Berry

Schisandra Berry (Schisandra chinensis), also Schizandra, the “5-flavor berry,” is the most well-rounded-in-effect herb ever. Those 5 flavors (sour/astringent, sweet, bitter, salty, spicy/pungent,) correspond to a wide range of nutrients and effects on the organs of the body. Schisandra’s dominant sour and astringent flavor boosts liver cleansing and thus skin radiance because they are so closely related. Astringency locks in moisture for the skin and helps your body assimilate all other nutrition consumed with schisandra. A richly-red high antioxidant food and herb to be taken daily for beauty through the ages.

 

2. Horsetail

Horsetail (Equisetum arvenseEquisetum telmateia, and some other species of the Equisetum genus) is one of the highest bio-available-silica substances ever. And, silica is THE BEAUTY AND YOUTH MINERAL. An extract of a young horsetail plant gives the body the free silica it needs to regenerate tissue and make it soft, supple and strong. Silica is the main co-factor nutrient required in bone growth. The more organic silica you can get in your body the more your skin will be baby soft.


Dried goji berries

3. Goji Berry

A handful of delicious red-orange goji berries (Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense) or a couple doses of goji berry extract a day is a tradition going back eons to create a youthening effect in the partaker.  A super-antioxidant, carotenoid-rich, polysaccharide-laden, flavonoid-dense superfood, goji does wonders for your inner and outer body. It’s not “just a berry.” Try them daily and experience the glow.

 

4. Eucommia

Eucommia (Eucommia ulmoides) bark is rich in a rubber/latex substance. An extract of this tissue, joint and skeletal repairing material promotes inner health and beauty and helps youthen the skin. An active constituent in Eucommia, aucubin, has been shown to protect the skin against UV radiation and helps prevent photo-aging.

 

The above 4 herbs + 54 of the other world’s greatest tonic herb concentrates are synergized in my new beautifying product, Longevity in a Bottle. I invite you to pre-order yourself a bottle TODAY!

CLICK HERE for Part 2. 

 

One of my favorite herbs ever is the red asparagus root (Asparagus cochinchinensis) also known in Chinese tonic herbalism as Tian men dong.

To be perfectly clear, this is not garden asparagus (Asparagus officinalis), nor the ayurvedic herb Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), although shatavari is a very prized herb with different effects.

Dried Red Asparagus ROot

Tian men dong is often considered the flying herb or levitation herb, because is induces a light state. So prized was it that many monks have used it heavily in Asia for generations to induce a profoundly spiritually lifted state and a widened, wiser perspective.

It’s a really fun herb to take because of this lift (with no crash whatsoever), but it’s the long term cumulative effect of taking this herb daily where the real magic is.

Tian men dong is a tonic herb, meaning it is safe for daily use with no side effects. Think of it as a very intelligent superfood.

Tian men dong growing in medicinal garden

First let’s go through the legend and lore of Chinese medicine, then I’ll break it down to the science of it. This 5 out of 5-star herb opens the heart, prolongs life and tonifies the sexual functions of both men and women. Not only a keynote aphrodesiac, it tonifies the lungs, nourishes the heart and kidneys, and moistens and beautifies the skin.

The herb is cooling. It’s name suggests so (Tian men dong, or lush winter aerial plant). In Chinese medicine there is a life energy called Shen (your spiritual health), which must be uplifted daily or else it is reduced by stress. This herb dramatically nourishes Shen.

After 2000+ years of traditional use, now we have science to back up the lore:

Sweet and bitter in flavor, and oh so full of adaptogenic (health modulating) molecules. Studies show that consumption of Tian men dong increases interferon (immune system proteins) in humans (a very good thing for immune system response). It possesses anti-tumor functions and is currently being studied for the treatment of lung cancer. It is rich in polysaccharides (immune system food), quercetin, and a huge array of phytonutrients which help your body assimilate more vitamins.

Contraindications: People who run cool or get cold easily should combine this herb with warming foods and herbs like maca and Panax ginseng.

Levity 300g Bottle Pic

UPDATE JUNE 2013: I love this herb so much that I created a delicious product out of it: LEVITY 100% Pure Red Asparagus Root Extract Powder.

I also put my potent elite-quality extract of red asparagus in my product Longevity in a Bottle.

 

Recipe: Check out my Butterscotch Flavored Levity Elixir Recipe over at LongevityPower.com!

 

 

My best,

-Christian

Thank you to all who supported my Longevity in a Bottle crowdfunding campaign which succesfully closed on Saturday August 11th, 2012. I will be launching our website ASAP: http://LongevityPower.com.

In the mean time, enjoy my crowdfunding video and funding project description:

 

When I was 15, I lost 50 excess pounds in 6 months by biking every weekend, eating fewer of my favorite sourdough baguettes, and introducing a handful of key superfoods into my life.

I learned at a young age that a few small actions done well can have profound results for my health and wellness. I wanted everyone to experience this firsthand!

Fast forward to 2006 (age 21). With the help of my friends I created the WildBar (http://WildBar.info), the first organic, raw, superfood-infused meal replacement bar. Tens of thousands of people like you loved its taste and bliss-enducing potency.

Today (I’m 27) I need your help with my next product launch: Longevity in a Bottle, created by my fresh company Longevity Power Inc.

Longevity in a Bottle is the first synergistic blend of humanity’s greatest 58 organic superfood and herbal extracts that for thousands of years have promoted vitality, immunity, and long-lasting energy.

Many of these herbs built your ancestor’s DNA which led to you!

Nowhere in history have these herbs been combined in one place so that you can take full advantage of the immortal traditions of Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic herbalism, Pacific coastal and island medicinal traditions, European folk herbalism, and North and South American shamanism.

And no time in history has humanity desperately needed access to the health and vigor that our ancestor’s once knew, than now! All ingredients in Longevity in a Bottle are adaptogens which promote vitality and immunity by nourishing the body’s ability to adapt to toxic and stressful environments, something we can all relate to.

We acquire and blend our elite quality ingredients while setting the organic and green standard in the wellness industry. Longevity in a Bottle is a vegan product freshly sealed in completely recyclebable amber glass bottles with metal caps, and contains no fillers or flowing agents, and is comprised only of 58 of the world’s greatest organic, wild, non-GMO and pesticide-free superfoods and herbs including extracts of:

LONGEVITY AND CELLULAR REVITALIZATION:

American and Panax Ginseng;

Pine pollen;

Shilajit;

Eucommia bark;

Rehmannia root;

Goji berry;

Mucuna;

Noni;

Red sage root;

Jujube fruit;

Amla berry;

IMMUNE SYSTEM ENHANCEMENT:

Reishi mushroom fruitbody, spores and mycelium;

Wildrafted Chaga mushroom fruitbody and mycelium;

Agaricus blazei fruitbody and mycelium;

Turkey Tail fruitbody and mycelium;

Maitake fruitbody and mycelium;

and 20 other rare medicinal mushrooms;

Mangosteen rind;

Pau d’arco bark;

PEAK MENTAL AND ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE AND LIBIDO ENHANCEMENT:

Rhodiola;

Maca root juice;

Eleuthero root;

Cistanche;

Ashwagandha;

FOR ADAPTATION AND STRESS REDUCTION:

Gynostemma leaf;

He Shou Wu;

Holy Basil;

Red Asparagus root;

Polygalaroot;

Schisandra berry;

Morinda root;

White Atractylodes;

and more!

Longevity in a Bottle in 3 sizes:

Small size bottle: 20 grams; 4 full servings

Medium size bottle: 75 grams; 15 full servings

Large size bottle: 300 grams; 60 full servings

 

The 2 teaspoon full serving (beginners start with a 1/2 teaspoon and gradually increase over a month) of this rich brown powder stirred into water, shaken into a nut milk, or blended into a smoothie (imparts a coffee-like flavor) once a day is all it takes to accelerate your health results that lead to positive transformation. I know you love to accelerate your health results and the way you feel every single day!

Longevity in a Bottle is the culmination of my ten years work in the organic food world. Listen closely, as I need YOUR help right now to get Longevity in a Bottle manufactured, labeled and sent directly to your body.

Pre-order your Longevity in a Bottle through my RocketHub project site. This is not an investment or charity. It is an exchange: funds from fans for rewards from me. It’s an All & More funding mechanism: if I don’t reach my financial goal I get to keep what I raise. But if I do reah my goal, I get access to RocketHub’s exciting opportunities.

If you help me surpass my goal of raising $56,800 (fingers crossed!), the additional funds will go to launching Longevity in a Bottle’s hot sister product:Immortal Aphrosidiac.

UPDATED TENTATIVE TIMELINE:

-August: RocketHub campaign ends; ingredients ordered; label designing starts.

-September: Label designing complete, online pre-launch campaign commenced.

-October: Longevity in a Bottle manufactured; rewards shipped to contributors; company launched.

The Bigger Picture: The immediate embrace of this business makes me believe that people are ready to uplevel their health and enjoy a richer life where they have more energy to pursue their passions and more happiness in their heart to live a life of love with their friends and family.

Seeing people of every age light up when they take my products, and transform from rags to riches with regard to their health and quality of life, makes me feel like I am doing my part to make life that much better… and to me, THAT is success!

 

To your greatest health,

Christian Bates

Founder, Longevity Power Inc.


You can’t eat – or herbalize – your way to happiness. True happiness requires driving forces of: congruence between your mission (your inner calling) and your actions, heartfelt contribution, good doses of challenge, creative expression, connection with others, and lots of love.

BUT! With the amount of toxins and stress in the human experience these days and a dietary history that seriously lacked the building blocks for a thriving nervous system, healthy glands and vital organs, a “happy” immune system, and a beaming healthy heart, sometimes sustained happiness just isn’t chemically available.

It’s no wonder there is such a huge preponderance of the antidepressant SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) that medicate the population. Antidepressants have side effects, are addictive, never treat the actual base problem, and ultimately suck the sense of personal power and happiness right out of someone.

I digress. Your ancestors took pride in a rich life rich in herbs and took part in traditional herbal medicine of their corresponding successful human cultures. It is our birthright to get back to the basics – the top herbal basics that set your biochemstry up for happiness and make us more stress resistant.

Mucuna

The following top 5 herbs for happiness have evidence of thousands of years of usage in human history (I have also personally used them for years):

Mucuna

A top pick out of the multi-thousand-herb Ayurvedic system, the traditional bean pod extract of Mucuna pruriens contains serotonin, 5-HTP, and a whopping dose of the neurotransmitter precursor L-Dopa. L-Dopa converts to dopamine, which is required for proper brain function and is easily depleted by stress, drugs and alcohol. Best news: an extract usually tastes really good, like peanut powder with a kick.

Reishi mushrooms

Reishi

Reishi is the queen of mushrooms. After inoculating a log or dead plant matter, reishi produces a shiny red fruitbody. All parts of reishi (fruitbody, spores and mycelium) are rich in polysaccarides which plug into the receptor sites of your immune system and train it to be more intelligent. Read more about how reishi does that HERE.

Reishi has a particularly calming effect in the millions of subjects who take it daily. It makes for a very happy nervous system and seems to “work on you” cumulatively over months and years of taking it. It is the perfect spiritual growth tool. Reishi fruitbody tea and tincture are great, but the best bang is to get fruitbody extract powder and cracked-cell spores and take daily.

Like reishi, all medicinal mushrooms do wonders for the body. There are dozens but the next 2 to add in to your life after reishi to support happiness are wildcrafted chaga mushroom and wildcrafted poria mushroom.

Noni fruit

Noni

Noni fruit (Morinda citrifolia) is the top superfood of the Pacific coastal and island traditions. Noni contains many trace elements and a large amount of polysaccharides which are immune system food. Noni imparts vigor and will in those who consume it.

Fresh noni is best. But when you are away from the tropics where it grows a cold-extracted powder is awesome (and doesn’t have quite the sulfur taste as the fresh stuff)).

Dried goji berries

Goji Berry

Goji berry ain’t a raisin (no offense to grapes.) This orange gem is rich in carotenoids, polysacarides, all essential amino acids, trace minerals and vitamins. A handful of high quality dried but soft goji berries always impart a lift in mood in those that comply. To get more out of goji without the natural sugar content, an extract powder goes well with everything.

Ginseng

Ginseng

Ginseng is the most popular eastern herb in the west. But did you know that there are many kinds of ginseng? The main 2: Panax ginseng originates in Asia and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) grows wild in many places in North America. Ginseng’s phytochemicals are complex and after thousands of years of usage and thousands of scientific studies, it has been proven that it’s not one chemical that provides benefit, but all the chemicals of ginseng combined in a full-spectrum extract that provide bliss-enducing energy, immune system enhancement, and libido boosting power.

Here’s 5 more:

Polygala root – Known as the will-builder in taoist tonic herbalism. It relaxes the mind, calms the emotions, aids the sleep process, and all while boosting sexual vitality.

Red Asparagus root – Known as the “levitation herb,” this cooling substance tonifies the reproductive ability and makes one feel very light and serene.

St. John’s Wort – More than 30 double-blind studies show St. John’s Wort to be as effective as the prescription antidepressants Zoloft and Prozac but with far fewer side effects.

Kava – Bliss out all day safely with this herb. Decrease muscle tension and reduce stress and anxiety without lowering your mental faculties. Kava is fun.

Holy Basil – The green leafy adaptogen tonic is very antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. A top ayurvedic herb, this herb is always associated with yogic bliss.

All the great tonic herbs and superfoods from around the world boost your body’s ability to sustain happiness and to feel a deep sense of energy and nourishment. The few great ones above truly embody happiness.

How to take these herbs

Have fun with these herbs – they are safe and best taken daily for life-long cumulative effects. Try top quality powders and tinctures from the various raw food vendors online.

I love combining these herbs into one elixir or smoothie. In fact, I have mastered doing this. I want to share my formula with you – the perfectly balanced herbal and superfood extract blend rich in most of the herbs mentioned above (and even more synergizing organic herbs not mentioned) – Longevity in a Bottle. Watch my video on it and pre-order your stash today to help me bring Longevity in a Bottle to market.

 

Click HERE for Top 2 Immune Boosting Herbs Part 1.

There is a category of nutrients that is NOT represented in a government’s Recommended Dietary Allowance: the polysaccharides.

Polysaccharides (multi-carbohydrate) aren’t just fiber, many of these “essential healing sugars” have complex structures that fit into the receptor sites of your immune system and train the immune system to do a better job. Countless studies have demonstrated that polysaccharides and herb extracts and superfood extracts high in polysaccharides promote a revitalizing amount of immune system support to humans and animals, help fight off mutagens and disease, and promote a healthy homeostasis within the body.

Reishi mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms (Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, Shiitake, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, etc.) are the quintessential source of polysaccharides. Reishi and Chaga are considered the world’s greatest mushrooms. Therefore, anyone interested  in the immunological and revitalizing benefits of polysaccharides should go to extracts of these two mushrooms first and consume them everyday.

What really makes these herbs over the top is that they are truly tonics: you can take them every day with no negative side effects. They work immediately and cumulatively over a lifetime.

Reishi is the Queen of mushrooms and Chaga is King. Both are considered the mushrooms of immortality within the legend and lore of Traditional Chinese Medicine, specifically Taoist Tonic Herbalism.

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), after inoculating a tree or medium of dead plant matter with its mycelial growth, produces a beautiful shiny red fruitbody. The fruitbody (literally the fungi’s reproductive organ) and the spores it secretes are LOADED with polysaccarides and rare myco-chemicals that feed the immune system. Did you feed your immune system today? The subjective effect of reishi is particularly calming while deeply energizing. That isn’t a oxy-moronic statement. The best foods and herbs in the world should make you feel that way: deeply energized (without feeling stimulated) and mentally nourished and relaxed.

Chaga mushroom growing on a birch tree ready to harvest

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) prefers to inoculate living trees, usually birch, in a mostly symbiotic (not parasitic or decomposing) relationship. Chaga is rich in polysaccarides and has countless Russian scientific studies to back its effects. Chaga is darkly pigmented with an ORAC (antioxidant scale) off the charts. It is perhaps the highest antioxidant herb ever. Both mushrooms are polypores, a variety of mushrooms which have tiny holes (or poly-pores) on their underside (instead of gills) which secrete spores. Polypores are considered very evolved and intelligent mushrooms (compared to mildews and yeasts).

ALL MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS FIGHT CANDIDA (despite the fallacies you’ve heard)! In order for a mushroom to survive in the wild and claim a tree for itself, it must have antifungal properties to compete with the other fungi. A pure extract of reishi and chaga has nothing in it to feed candida overgrowth or other fungal infections – it can only fend off such overgrowths in the body.

It’s ideal for everyone to consume reishi and chaga everyday for a robust immune system, long life, mental calm and clarity, and peak physical performance. Speaking of such benefits, I’d like to share my Longevity in a Bottle project with you (because I need your help!)

Longevity in a Bottle is the culmination of my last 10 years in the conscious organic food industry… it’s an epic new organic superfood product that contains 58 of the world’s greatest adaptogenic herbs and superfoods including organic reishi fruitbody extract, spores and mycelium, and wildcrafted chaga fruitbody extract and mycelium! Let my exciting video explain further: http://LongevityPower.com.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational use only. I don’t give medical advice, advise treatment or claim any cure for immune system related diseases, nor shall content be construed as medical advice because that would be illegal. You assume all risks for the use, non-use, and mis-use of the materials above. Your healing powers are alive within you. Thank you.

We often think of our body as a unit which needs certain minimums of macronutrients and micronutrients. But, it is a whole unit made up of interconnected parts: each part thrives on notable nutrients, many of which nutrients are not listed in a governments’ Recommended Dietary Allowance.

I'm a white blood cell, hear me roar... or peep?

It’s strange: Many of these body parts and systems are just not talked about with regard to our daily diet. Each system of your body has spent a lifetime malnourished due to the modern westernized diet which lacks variety, trace minerals, medicinal substances, and is loaded with toxins.

Let’s get right up close to the most important system in your body today: your immune system (Well, it’s tied in first place with your endocrine (hormones) system.)

This complex army needs to be fed daily to fulfill its lifelong double-sided challenge:

1. How to neutralize pathogens: because to not means the body is in a HYPO-immunoogical state, susceptible to colds, flues, candida overgrowth and more severe disease-causing pathogens.

AND

2. How to rid the body of (while remaining “cool”) toxins and allergens: because to not means the body is in a HYPER-immune state, causing inflammation and autoimmune takeover.

Every moment your body has a new micro-terrain of pathogens, allergens, and toxins to deal with, so your immune system must be able to fulfill both ends of the spectrum (Do: attack foreign invaders; Do not attack human self) without going out of balance (hypo and hyper).

Cool, we’ll just take some immuno-stimulating drugs and some immuno-suppressants, and we’ll be balanced, right? NO! Thank goddess nature found a way: We must consume natural substances which have a DOUBLE-DIRECTIONAL effect on the immune system. Did you feed your immune system today?

Chaga mushroom growing on a birch tree ready to harvest

ENTER: Medicinal mushrooms and adaptogenic herbs – most notable the top dogs of the fungi kingdom Reishi mushroom and Chaga mushroom. Hundreds upon hundreds of scientific studies, thousands of years and millions of people’s multi-generational use has placed these mushrooms as the most successful immune system. enhancements of humanity.

In PART 2 I will be discussing why everyone should be consuming reishi and chaga everyday for a robust immune system, long life, mental calm and clarity, and peak physical performance. As you patiently wait, I’d like to share my Longevity in a Bottle project with you (because I need your help!)

Reishi mushrooms

Longevity in a Bottle is the culmination of my last 10 years in the conscious organic food industry… it’s an epic new organic superfood product that contains 58 of the world’s greatest adaptogenic herbs and superfoods including reishi and chaga! Let my exciting video explain further: http://LongevityPower.com.

~~~ CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE TO PART 2 ~~~

Disclaimer: This article is for informational use only. I don’t give medical advice, advise treatment or claim any cure for immune system related diseases, nor shall content be construed as medical advice because that would be illegal. You assume all risks for the use, non-use, and mis-use of the materials above. Your healing powers are alive within you. Thank you. 

 

Remember when kombucha had just a tiny little corner in the refrigerated drink section of a natural food store? Fast forward 10 years, and today most stores now have multiple big end caps  of kombucha with many competing companies. It’s almost cliché to make a kombucha reference in a yoga studio these days.

Here’s the insight: Bottled water kefir (a somewhat different ferment from kombucha) currently has just a tiny little refrigerated corner. Trust me, water kefirs are the next kombucha. Specifically, coconut water and fruit juice kefirs. They work for more people because there is no residual caffeine, nor a significant sugar content left because unprocessed sugars (from the coconut water and fruit) get eaten up by probiotic kefir bacteria more completely than sugar cane and honey.

But, you don’t have to wait for a big selection at the store – you can make it at home right now (and it only takes a couple days to ferment!).

 

Coconut Water Kefir

Coconut Water + Watermelon Juice transforming into the Ultimate Summer Kefir Elixir

Pour 1 big size bottle of coconut water (not from concentrate) into a clean half gallon mason jar (it’s okay if it is pasteurized coconut water because it will become a living food).

OPTIONAL: Add freshly juiced organic watermelon or your favorite organic fruit juice

Add fresh organic water kefir grains (available from eBay) OR a dash (at least 1 tablespoon) of coconut water kefir (there are a few brands at many natural food stores including Kevita and Tonix).

Cover jar with a clean hand towel (allow air to be able to go into jar as this is an aerobic ferment which needs oxygen) and let sit for 24 hours during warm weather or 2-6 days if cool or cold weather.

Kefir is done when effervescent, not sugary sweet anymore, and tangy (due to the lactic acid produced by our friends – the probiotic bacteria – in the kefir culture). When kefir tastes done, refrigerate immediately to stop the kefir from producing an excessive amount of lactic acid. If your kefir grows kefir grains (looks like cooked white rice globules) (kefir does not always create grains: sometimes the kefir culture remains dissipated throughout the whole kefir) you should strain them out and continue to feed them by starting another batch of coconut/fruit-based kefir.

Want more immuno-enhancing, digestion-boosting water kefir recipes?! You’ll love the kefir elixirs in my book Superfood Beauty Elixirs.

 

2 HUGE Announcements:

1. Speaking of elixirs this summer, please go to http://LongevityPower.com and “pre-order” your stash of Longevity in a Bottle, my newest product, the world’s most comprehensive organic herbal superfood formula. Enjoy my exciting video all about it HERE.

2. For my greater San Francisco Bay Area readers, please join my new meetup, Bay Area Spring Water, Wild Food, and Vitality Meetup Group: http://www.meetup.com/BayAreaSpringWater/

 

To the your greatest vision of your life,

Christian

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