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February 26, 2011

Herbs of Kedem

Judean Desert Herbs

The ancient Hebrew medicine was practiced in the Land of Israel at least until the second century B.C., as attested by contemporary historians who described the export of ointments from the Judean Desert region.  Its approach included: the maceration of plants in oil (installations for such a process were recently discovered in Ein-Bokek, near the Dead Sea);

Emphasis on total change of an existing condition, as exemplified by symbol of snake on bar (current symbol of pharmacies), which Moses received: stick converted to snake and back.  Immediately upon receiving this symbol, he
performed an act of healing on himself: converting healthy hand to hand with leprosy, and healing it again.  This total transformation was typically performed with hormones-rich plants.
The Hebrew term Kedem means “antiquity” but also “forward”- and the idea of the name is that ancient remedies will be the basis for the remedies of the future.
Herbs of Kedem’s researcher, Isabelle Haim, a biotechnologist,  has succeeded to combine Dead Sea minerals with antiseptic local plants to create powerful anti-aging creams without any synthetic stabilizers or preservatives.  These creams bear biblical names related to their purpose:
KARMEL– following the name of the place where this rich anti-aging cream is made, and which means in Hebrew “God’s
Vineyard”, referring to the goodness o local crops on the desert’s verge.
MESHI– a rich facial serum for dry skin, meaning Silk in Hebrew, and indeed a silky texture is created by it
TSUKIM– a rich anti-wrinkle balm, applies the astringent features of desert shrubs to create anamazung Botox-like
natural lifting of wrinkled skin.  It means “cliffs” in Hebrew.
TISHREI is a gentle scrub for aging skin, containing rapidly absorbed oils and shredded jojoba seeds, rich in nourishing
proteins.  A weekly scrub with it creates wonderful results.  (In Hebrew, Tishrei is the first month of the year- a symbol
of skin regeneration).
AVIV, “spring” in Hebrew, is a cleanser for the skin, and BOKER, “morning” in  Hebrew, helps tone aging skin right after
the skin becomes loose at night.
The skin & body therapy line includes:
MACCABIM oil, meaning the ancient heroes that saved the Holy Land from Syrian invasion. Treatment for scars, hematomas, bruises, keloids, sprains, pigmentation, burns, eczemas, atopic dermatitis.  7 times more powerful than Aloe-Vera, and a first-aid must for any home.
REGALIM, meaning “legs” and festivals of pilgrimage to Jerusalem, is a balm for feet, nails & cuticles, using the powerful ingredients of MACCABIM.
MAZOR, meaning relief and healing  for chapped feet, athlete foot, jock itch, and together with MEDBAR oil (meaning desert), it treats psoriasis.
TOVA, meaning the good salve, supplements MACCABIM for eczema-affected skin.
SEPHORRIS, stemming from Nail in Hebrew, applied powerful Hyssop species to treat nail fungus.
BARKAN, stemming from Knee in Hebrew, provides relief for arthritis of joints, and helps improve motion of joints and slow down deformation.
Nikuz Organic Herbal Detoxification Tea
Importance of liver and kidneys for detox: “liver” in Hebrew means also “heavy, respectful”; “kidneys” in Hebrew mean also “totality”.
In our family we use many of the Kedem products. We know it is safe for our kids and grandkids.

October 14, 2010

Joint pain

Joint pain

Barkan ointmant

A mixture of herbal extracts & essential oils

Herbs of Kedem is proud to notify you of the most recent exciting news – our top product for muscle and joint pain – BARKAN – was authorized by Health Canada as a Natural Health Product, which means, it’s effectivness is now proven!
Below you will find an interesting article regarding the side effects of Codeine, a common pain killer, which apperantly is dangerous that we thought it is.
Chose the natural solution for your pain, with no side effects whatsoever.

Canadian medical journal warns codeine can kill

4 Ontario deaths
Fast metabolism can provoke morphine overdose

By SHARON KIRKEY, Postmedia News October 5, 2010

Codeine can be lethally toxic even in normal doses, and now Canada’s leading medical journal says it’s time to seriously consider phasing out the popular painkiller.
The Canadian Medical Association Journal says codeine -a drug that has been in use since the 1800s -has never been subjected to the safety testing now mandatory for modern-day drugs, and that a person’s genetic makeup can leave them vulnerable to life-threatening or fatal reactions.

“Health professionals and the public generally believe that codeine, used responsibly, is safe, a perception fostered by the availability of codeine-containing products for purchase over the counter in many countries,” the journal says in an editorial published this week.

“However, recent advances in our understanding of pharmacogenetics raise serious concerns about the safety of codeine, including emerging evidence that the narcotic can cause death even at conventional doses.”

The liver converts codeine to morphine. But some people are ultrarapid metabolizers, meaning their bodies break codeine down far faster than most, leading to a toxic accumulation of morphine that can be deadly.

Researchers from Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children were the first to report the case of a healthy, 12-day-old breastfed baby who died from a morphine overdose five years ago. The baby’s mother had been prescribed codeine for postpartum pain. Lab tests revealed she carried the genetic variations that made her an ultrarapid metabolizer of codeine, which led to high levels of morphine in her baby’s blood, although she was taking less than the recommended dose.

Last year, the Sick Kids team warned using codeine after tonsil surgery could be fatal for toddlers after reviewing a coroner’s case involving an otherwise healthy 2-year-old who was sent home with a prescribed dose of codeine and acetaminophen syrup after a tonsillectomy. He died two days later. Genetic tests revealed he was a hyper converter of morphine. He died of a morphine overdose.

The researchers know of two more cases involving Ontario toddlers -one of whom died.
The chance of being an ultrarapid metabolizer varies among populations. Health Canada estimates it to be one per 100 people for those of Chinese, Japanese and Hispanic descent, and one to 10 per 100 for Caucasians. North African, Ethiopian and Arab populations have the highest prevalence, at 16 to 28 per 100 people.

August 12, 2010

What is Acupressure?

Benefits of acupressure

Healing touch

Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers and other parts of the body to skillfully press key points, which stimulate the body’s natural self-curing abilities. When these trigger points are pressed, they release muscular tension, and promote circulation of blood, and the body’s life force energy (Qi or Chi or Prana) to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same pressure points and meridians, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses gentle to firm pressure and integrates bodywork therapies, therapeutic touch, somatic work, healing imagery, energy psychology, and massage therapy techniques.

The Chinese scriptures which date back more than 4000 years tell us about treatments with nails to balance body and mind. No one knows for sure when the bed of nails was first used to heal the body and raise consciousness. An approximate estimate is at least several thousand years

Channeling Ki or Chi or Reiki energy through the acupressure points can enable you to tap into Traditional Chinese or Indian Medicine’s tremendous wealth of ancient healing knowledge – that’s point specific.

Advantages of Using Acupressure include relieving pain, balancing the body, and maintaining good health. Acupressure’s healing touch reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, acupressure therapy strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness.  Learn self-acupressure point formulas for various energy imbalances and healing applications.

Acupressure mat

Shakti acupressure mat

Our modern day acupressure spike mat is designed to relieve pain and stress, and produce relaxation through acupressure therapy. Lying on the 6,200 plastic spikes assembled on the Shakti Mat helps increase blood flow and stimulate nerve endings. The result is an effective tool to resolve tension, relieve pain and provide deep relaxation.

If you haven’t already seen one, tried one, or at least heard about the Shakti mat – be prepared. This mat sold 300.000 pieces last year in Sweden alone. And now the inventor is ready for a world-wide launch.

The Shakti Mat’s distinctive design is reminiscent of the Indian bed of nails, an ancient healing practice used by mystics to achieve deep meditative states. Our Shakti mat combines thousands of years of Indian tradition with modern technology to aid in the healing process and help release emotional, physical and mental blockages.

When you lie on the Shakti Mat, it prompts the body to produce good hormones such as endorphins and oxytocin. Endorphins are normally released during physical movement and exercise, and help support body against pain. Oxytocin helps you relax and allows you to fall asleep more easily.

Hurt Hands? Use Herbs

Author: DeadSeaLife
June 5, 2008

natural healing herbs

Herbal remedies have gained popularity as a natural approach to other arthritis treatments. Herbs are the basis for many traditional medicines. Keep in mind some natural healing herbs are often questioned about their efficacy and safety. Ironically, however, many people will use commercial remedies that have chemicals and could worsen your condition.

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