Mar 6, 2017
Did you know that vinegar has many different uses in your home in place of harsh chemicals?
Try some of these great methods:
Remove Pet Odor - Spray some white vinegar onto your pet’s puddle when you’re cleaning it up to remove the odor as well as the stain.
Clean Mineral Deposits - Scrub your shower with vinegar to remove hard water stains, let it stand for an hour, then rinse. Clogged shower head? Tie a plastic baggie filled with vinegar around the head with a rubber band and let sit overnight, remove and rinse.
Absorb Smoke Smells - Vinegar can help to remove cigarette smoke from rooms and surfaces. Add it to your carpet shampoo solution to pull the smell out of carpet, dilute with water and spray/wipe walls, or even stick a bowl full of vinegar in smoky rooms to absorb odors before they set in.
Clean Your Refrigerator - Wipe up spills and stuck-on food with a rag and 1 part vinegar to 1 part warm water. Works like a charm!
Dissolve Kitchen and Bathroom Grime - hard water deposits, soap grime, and food spots are no match for baking soda, vinegar, and a toothbrush! Let the solution sit for 20 mintues to an hour on stubborn spots, then rinse or wipe with a warm damp cloth.
Unclog a Sink - This is an inexpensive way to get a drain moving again. Add 1/3 cup of baking soda and flush with a generous amount of vinegar, followed by hot water to completely flush the baking soda through the pipes.
Feb 21, 2017
Ridgecrest Herbals is thrilled that our PhysiQOL herbal supplement has won the 2017 Taste for Life Essentials Award in the category of Pain Management. This recognition is a tribute to the hard work our company has put into this unique product and the results our customers experience. Designed to help improve quality of life (QOL) during periods of pain or discomfort, we combined homeopathic remedies with herbal products used for centuries to help reduce pain and promote a healthy inflammatory response such as Boswellia, ginger, bromelain, turmeric, and white willow bark. The result is an eclectic, effective product that helps manage the root issues of many common aches and pains. Whether it is tension in the neck or head, inflammation associated with overuse, or menstrual discomfort, PhysiQOL is a natural, safe alternative that is non-habit forming and gentle on the liver. Ridgecrest Herbal’s patented formula contains a variety of the most powerful ingredients for natural pain relief used in Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine (TMC) and Western herbalism. Ingredients in PhysiQOL are fast-acting and have been shown to help reduce discomfort and promote a healthy inflammatory response in the joints, muscles, digestive tract, and respiratory system. In addition to pain management, this formula includes ingredients designed to help bring a sense of calm to help reduce stress for faster recovery, and still others that increase the bioavailability of the product.
The Taste of Life Essentials Award is a great honor, demonstrating the quality and effectiveness of our PhysiQOL product, and places our exclusive solution for natural pain management alongside some of the best products in the industry. Released in 2015, this is PhysiQOL’s first recognition, adding it to our list of other quality, award-winning products including ClearLungs Immune (2016), Anxiety Free (2014, 2016), and Thyroid Thrive (2016).
Feb 14, 2017
by Scott Van Zalinge, Fellow Bearded Brother
Since the beginning of mankind, men have been growing beards. They have been worn for warmth, fashion, or to convey masculinity. For centuries, the ability to grow a beard was accepted as the sign of full-grown manhood, and in many cultures, a long beard has been associated with great wisdom, strength, and social status.
Early man would have had little choice but to wear their beards, since the earliest evidence of hair removal only dates back to the Stone Age. During that time, hair was plucked from the body using two shells (like tweezers), or by use of water and a tool such as a sharpened flint, or shark tooth. Egyptian warriors, followed by Greek and Roman soldiers, would shave their beards to keep them from being grabbed in hand-to-hand combat. The modern straight razor was conceived in Sheffield, England in the 19th century, though daily shaving was not a widespread practice then. The custom of shaving every day began among American men during World War I, when soldiers were required to shave daily so that their gas masks would seal properly.
For me, I feel that having a beard does convey masculinity… and perhaps one does look wiser with a beard, like the many philosophers who’ve worn them in the past. It keeps my neck warm while out on winter hikes, intimidates bears I come across, and I think it’s just plain cool!
Feb 1, 2017
by Matt Warnock, CEO of RidgeCrest Herbals
As a kid, I loved to know how things worked. I would take gadgets apart, and loved to push the buttons, work the levers and trace the wires, trying my best to understand how they worked, or why they had stopped working. My skills in putting those same gadgets back together, however, were not nearly as good. As the oldest of six kids who all shared the same curiosity, I soon learned not to tinker with things that weren't already broken, so that I didn't attract the eyeball-peeling wrath of my exasperated parents. I learned that there were several good reasons for my Dad saying, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it!”
I also learned that you have to be a whole lot smarter to build something, than to take it apart. There is a big difference between a “shade-tree mechanic” who may (or may not) be able to fix a car, and the many hundreds of highly skilled automotive engineers that designed and built the car in the first place. The mechanic has just enough know-how to be dangerous. And destroying that same car? Heck, that can be accomplished with no real brains at all - ask any teenager!
As I got older, I also became fascinated with history. One thing that puzzled me was the vast number of things we used to know, but somehow don't know anymore. We used to know how to build pyramids, obelisks, Greek temples and Peruvian cities, but somehow, the knowledge of exactly how we did those things has disappeared. How were the monoliths transported and arranged at Stonehenge? How did the statues of Easter Island get to their places? Or how did the ancient Greeks design the Antikythera mechanism, a precisely geared brass clockwork instrument that could predict the relative positions of the five known planets, our moon and sun, and even predict solar and lunar eclipses with astonishing accuracy? This knowledge has become lost.
In the 1970s, some Georgia scholars began to document the backwoods knowledge and lifestyle of the Appalachian mountain pioneers, which was slowly going extinct. Basic skills like how to build a cabin, make your own tools, butcher and cure your own meat, and a thousand other things that used to be commonplace, were slowly disappearing as the older generations passed away. The result was an amazing D.I.Y. reference called the Foxfire Book (Vols. 1-5), which can provide some really interesting reading for a rainy afternoon. Read more about the Foxfire project at http://www.foxfirefund.org/.
Utah has always had a really strong do-it-yourself (D.I.Y.) tradition. Because of its early isolation and hard winters, Utah pioneers had to learn to make things themselves, or to do without. Perhaps the first Utah inventor was William Clayton, who invented a “roadometer” to measure the distance traveled by his wagon wheels while on his way to Utah in 1847. His invention, now called an “odometer” is built into every car, nowadays. As time went on, that early D.I.Y. culture became pretty deeply ingrained, and Utah has produced some amazing inventors, including Philo Farnsworth (television), Lester Wire (traffic lights), Robert Browning (repeating rifles, shotguns, and pistols), Nolan Bushnell (video games), Hervey Fletcher (hearing aid), Robert Jarvik (artificial heart), Alan Ashton (WYSIWYG word processing), and Frank Zamboni (ice resurfacing).
A lot of Utah folks still like to do their own thing, and that may explain why there are so many entrepreneurs here on the “Silicon Slopes.” I volunteer with VentureCapital.org, a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs raise capital to make their business dreams happen. It is fun to see entrepreneurs come in with an idea, build a business plan, and make a presentation that can actually attract and keep the interest of potential investors.
But the D.I.Y. trend isn't limited to inventors and entrepreneurs. There is just a certain satisfaction that comes from making something yourself, and everyone can get excited about that. Recently, while visiting my sister (a financial planner), she showed off her new stainless steel kitchen island that she had made from a recycled dresser and some galvanized pipe. It looked (and worked) great! My brother-in-law, who is a doctor and part-time musician, had made some of his own acoustic sound-deadening panels for the room where he keeps his drum kit. Today, finding your own D.I.Y. ideas is so easy. Whether it's fixing your car or building an experimental aircraft in your garage, Google is your friend. Social media like Facebook and Pinterest are also full of ideas and success stories, so there really is no excuse - Go get your D.I.Y. on!
Last, but certainly not least, a lot of people are thinking more about D.I.Y. health. After all, if you don't take care of your health, who will? Herbal medicine is an area of ancient knowledge that is at risk of loss in our modern society, if we don't take active steps to use and preserve it. For thousands of years, our ancestors treated many of their common physical complaints and injuries with common herbs that grew in their gardens, or in the nearby forests, fields, and waste spaces. How much of their herbal wisdom has today been lost, because it wasn't written down, or the writings were not preserved?
Today, modern medicine is very much in the “shade-tree mechanic” stage. Yes, we can take things (and people) apart, and, sometimes, we can even put them back together in some semblance of working order. But design them? Not a chance. That takes a power much higher than ours, and we can't even begin to know what we don't know. While modern medicine may look down its nose at the ancients and sneer at their limited medical knowledge, future generations may well look back at us and think many of the same things. In the meantime, what once worked for your pioneer grandmother may still work today. Here at RidgeCrest Herbals, we believe in eclectic approaches. The more “tools” that you have in your wellness toolbox, the better equipped you’ll be for whatever life throws at you!
Jan 21, 2017
By Brittini Gehring, Master Herbalist - Chief Botanical Officer for RidgeCrest Herbals
My path to becoming an Herbalist has been a series of events laid out before me - one step at a time. I recall many hours spent in the mountains, holding my father's hand as he pointed out different plants and explained their uses to me. I was totally enthralled with this information, but was too young to realize just how much these outings would shape my future. As life continued, fate provided me with a way to apply the the things I had learned in nature and led me on a beautiful path to success, peace, fulfillment and service.
The first stepping stone in my journey was placed long before I really knew what career path I would take. It was nearly 30 years ago, I was just a young girl, and it was the 4th of July. This particular year, my family and I were celebrating in a wilderness park when something colorful next to a boulder caught my eye. Always on the lookout for treasure, I curiously strolled over to the large rock, and beneath it was a pair of the most beautiful beaded moccasins I had ever seen. Something about them made my heart pound, and I looked around to see if there was anyone else nearby to claim them, but there was only my family having a picnic in the distance. Something about them resonated with me, and reminded me of my great, great grandmother, who belonged to the Ute tribe. I pondered what to do, and made the decision to pick them up. It may sound odd, but at that moment, I felt they were placed there just for me, although I had no idea why. Such a profound and clear feeling can be overwhelming to a young girl, so I ran to show my parents, who I was sure would tell me to put them back. They didn't! In fact, they assured me that if I didn't keep them, someone else would, so I took them home and loved them. The beading was immaculate, and the colors were so vibrant. For years, the moccasins sat in a box in my closet, and I would open it periodically to admire them, and sometimes try them on - they always fit. It would be a long time full of learning and growth before I would find out just how valuable they would be.
The next stepping stone arrived 8 years later, on another continent. I had moved to Brazil for two years on a service mission. I came to know a family who after inquiring where I lived, asked me to take some books back to a man in my home state once my mission was over. They informed me that he was an herbalist who had lived in Brazil many years before, and that his father, Dr. John Christopher had founded a school for natural medicine. In that instant, I knew what my future would hold. When I got back to my home state, I couldn't wait to take the books to their owner and discuss my future, which is exactly what I did. Unfortunately, after being gone for two years without any income, I was broke and needed to save money to attend the school. Over the next few years, I got married, and had two children. They became my whole world, and my dream of becoming an herbalist was placed behind the responsibilities of being a wife and mother. One day, I met a girl who told me about her own plans of attending Dr. Christopher's School of Natural Healing. It was one of those, “No way! Me too!” moments, and my desire to pursue my career was reignited. I had some obstacles now, but my biggest one was convincing a controlling spouse that attending school would not interfere with me being a good homemaker, or cost us much money. “If I can find the money on my own, can I do it?” I begged. “Yeah, sure,” he said, as he laughed with a certainty that there was no way I could come up with tuition on my own. I applied for, and received a scholarship that covered half of the cost. I still had to come up with the remaining money, but from where? I exhausted every idea I could think of, but none of them would bring enough cash as fast as I needed it.
Ebay was a new concept at the time, but it was my only remaining hope. I began listing any and every valuable item I had, including antique dolls, jewelry, books, gently used baby items, etc. Then I remembered the moccasins... I pulled them out of the box they had been in for so many years, and I admired them again as I did the first time I saw them. I decided it was time to see if they could somehow help me. I listed them on Ebay, without even considering that Native American artifacts were highly sought-after by collectors. My husband laughed and shook his head when he saw me listing them - but he didn't know that destiny was on my side. As soon as the moccasins were listed, bids started going up and questions about their authenticity flooded my inbox. As luck would have it, an outdoor Native American artifact show was taking place just minutes away from my home that same day, and I hurried down to look for a specialist who could tell me if the moccasins were authentic. I located an expert, who examined them and told me that the laces were real sinew and that the tiny beads were handmade and had been delicately sewn on by hand. The leather was most likely deer hide, also authentic. The material lining the back of the heel was still such a vivid red that he felt it may have been restored at some point, but possibly original. He explained to me that these were burial moccasins, and that they were considered sacred.
I returned home, even more intrigued by how these moccasins came to me. I updated the listing to say that they had been verified by an expert to be authentic, and the bids kept coming. For the last hour of the auction, my husband and I watched in awe as the bids continued to climb, right up until the very last minute, and SOLD! The final amount was the EXACT sum, right down to the penny, that I needed to cover the rest of my tuition. My eyes still fill with tears when I recall this moment of definite purpose and realization of why I found those moccasins so many years ago. The new owner had a lot of questions about them, including how they came into my possession.
I told him the whole story, and he too was intrigued. He asked me to write down the story so he could display it with the moccasins in the gallery they were going to. Full of gratitude, I carefully wrapped them in tissue paper with my story. I held them close to me, whispered thank you, and mailed them off. Letting them go was hard, but I knew it was for a greater purpose. I enrolled in school, and wasted no time sharing my education with friends, family, and clients. The week I graduated, my husband decided to trade in his family for a more “exciting” lifestyle (another unforeseen stepping stone), and we divorced. he moccasins were gone, but they gave me the motivation and courage to pursue a career that would bless me, my family, and others indefinitely, even during hard times. They eventually led me to my current position as the Chief Botanical Officer at RidgeCrest Herbals, Inc., a company that truly cares about quality and helping others. I am approaching my 10 year anniversary with RidgeCrest, and at present, I oversee new formulations and Quality Assurance. Just like with the moccasins, my career with RidgeCrest fits. A photo of the moccasins hangs above my desk to this very day, as a reminder of their role in my path to becoming an herbalist.
Jan 1, 2017
By Heather Warnock, L.M.T.
“To cure disease after it has appeared is like digging a well when one already feels thirsty, or forging weapons after the war has already begun.” -Nei Jung
In the West, we tend to think of ourselves only as physical beings. In actuality, we are energy beings that have attracted matter to give us form. When we think of ourselves this way, it’s easy to understand that disruption in our body’s flow of energy could then cause physical dysfunction. Acupressure, like acupuncture, is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine developed from the belief that Chi (energy) is concentrated along meridians (channels) within the body. Meridians are the fundamental physical pathways through which Chi flows, connecting superficial areas of the body to internal areas. They are named according to the organ or system to which they are most directly connected. Along each meridian are points that are often referred to as “gates”. If a gate is closed, the Chi cannot move freely through the meridian. Conversely, if a gate does not control the flow, the Chi in that area becomes deficient. Through the use of fingers (acupressure) or needles (acupuncture), these gates can be adjusted to promote the smooth flow of Chi throughout the body, thus alleviating and preventing physical symptoms of dysfunction.
How to administer Acupressure:
- Use deep, firm pressure to hold and stimulate each point for approximately 3 minutes. It should hurt a little at first and the pain should gradually diminish.
- When holding acupoints, try to relax in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and breathe deeply.
- Repeat as often as you like; there is no limit to the number of times a day you can perform acupressure.
- It’s important to drink plenty of room-temperature water after performing acupressure, to help clear away any toxic substances in the body.
Here are eight commonly used Acupressure points:
Gallbladder 20 (GB20): Gates of Consciousness
This point is recommended for headache, migraine, eye blurriness or fatigue, ankle pain, side ache, shoulder pain, low energy, and cold/flu symptoms. It is located at the meeting-place of the base of the skull and top of the neck - just lateral to the muscle tendon.
Gallbladder 21 (GB21): Shoulder Well
This point is located by pinching the shoulder muscle with your thumb and middle finger and is commonly used for stress, nervousness, irritability, fatigue, facial pain, headaches, toothaches and neck pain. Use with caution in pregnant women.
Pericardium 3 (PC3): Marsh at the Bend
You can find this point located on the inside of the arm, at the lower edge of the elbow crease when the arm is bent. PC3 is an emotional balancing point, and controls nervousness, anxiety, and irritability. It also helps relieve nausea, wrist pain, elbow pain, and chest discomfort. It moves and cools blood, dispelling stasis.
Pericardium 7 (PC7): Great Hill
This point is located in the middle of the crease of the wrist. PC7 works to calm the mind and clear heat. It is commonly used to treat insomnia, convulsions, too much or too little sweat, hot flashes, and foul breath.
Pericardium 6 (PC6): Inner Gate (Healing Point)
This point is located three finger-widths below the wrist on the inner forearm in between the two tendons. It can help relieve nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, upset stomach, vomiting, hiccups, motion sickness and headaches and is even used for regulation of heart palpitations.
Large Intestine 4 (LI4): Joining the Valley (Gates of Pain)
This point is found in the web of the thumb and index finger and is good for stress, frontal headaches, constipation, depression, analgesic for pain, balances gastrointestinal. However, as a word of precaution, it can induce labor and must never be used during pregnancy. Alternative: Hold index finger.
Spleen 6 (SP6): 3-Yin Crossing
This point is located on the inside of the leg, four finger-widths above the ankle in the depression under the tibia bone. This point can be very helpful for many urological and pelvic disorders. Regulates menstrual cramps, aids in water retention, as well as fatigue and insomnia. Avoid during pregnancy
Liver 3 (LV3): Great Surge (Gates of Pain)
You need to take off your shoe to find this point. It is found in the depression below the web between your big toe and second toe. This is an excellent area to stimulate for stress, low back pain, high blood pressure, limb pain, insomnia and emotional upset.
Congratulations! You’ve activated your body’s own self-healing power! Here’s to better health, balance, and well-being. Caution: If you have a serious or life-threatening illness such as heart disease or cancer, please consult with your physician before practicing Acupressure.
Dec 20, 2016
RidgeCrest Herbals Almanac success leads to a new partnership with WholeFoods Magazine and higher production for 2017.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT December 13, 2016 - RidgeCrest Herbals, maker of the #1 natural herbal lung formula, ClearLungs, is happy to announce they have teamed up with WholeFoods Magazine for the production of the annual 2017 RidgeCrest Herbals Almanac publication.
Nichole Carver, the Retailer Marketing Specialist with Ridgecrest Herbals, states, “We’re excited about our partnership with Whole Foods Magazine. They’ve given us the opportunity to get the Almanac into more hands, and then some. If you subscribe to WholeFoods Magazine, you’ll see a copy bundled with the January Issue. And if not, give us a call to get one!”
In 2016, RidgeCrest Herbals printed the first Almanac with huge success. The reception of the Almanac continued to be a hot topic bringing excitement throughout the year, causing demand to exceed the amount printed. RidgeCrest Herbals Chief Marketing Officer, Will Christensen, reported, “Not only was it another fun year with our team writing articles and adding new store and vendor tools, we were taking hundreds of requests for next years’ edition. So much so that we will be printing twelve times as many for 2017.”
Customers could not get enough of the old fashioned, but up to date, booklet filled with interesting, useful - and some not so useful - tidbits of information. The Almanac provides customers with a planning calendar packed with helpful tips, articles, recipes and beautiful photographs, compliments of RidgeCrest Herbals’ team.
Heather Wainer, WholeFoods Magazine publisher, commented, “When I saw the almanac for the first time last year I caught all of Team RidgeCrest’s excitement. It embodies the personality and integrity of the company while providing the retailer with useful information, all in a fun way. Even though we also do a Planning Calendar, I knew that this would be a great companion piece to what we have been doing for years. I love working with all at RidgeCrest and glad that when they came to me questioning if there was a way more people could see the Almanac I had the answer. And I’m so proud that we can do it together. I know our readers will love it as much as we do.”
The Almanac captures the company's character, personality and culture delightfully. As summarized by RidgeCrest Herbals Chief Eclectics Officer and President, Matt Warnock, “We are a pretty close company, and we feel that moral and spiritual values are important, and we can summarize ours in six key areas. The first three describe how we design and produce our products: Eclectic, Innovative, Effective. The next three describe how we treat other people, especially our customers and each other: Trustworthy, Kind, Fun!”
About RidgeCrest Herbals
RidgeCrest Herbals makes natural remedies for individual health needs, including the top selling ClearLungs, SinusClear, Anxiety Free, Hair ReVive, and more than 20 other formulas. The company’s eclectic approach combines natural methods and ingredients from around the world to deliver the most effective results. To learn more about RidgeCrest Herbals or to order the RidgeCrest Herbals Almanac visit www.rcherbals.com or call 1-800-242-4649.
Aug 2, 2016
Regulatory changes prompt an updated formula named AirwayClear, formerly known as AsthmaClear.
SALT LAKE CITY, June 24, 2016 - RidgeCrest Herbals has released a new product to replace their popular product AsthmaClear. The new product, called AirwayClear, has almost the same herbal formula as the former AsthmaClear product, but does not contain homeopathics. This change was precipitated by recent FDA statements and enforcement activity taking the position that asthma was not appropriate for over-the-counter (OTC) treatment, and specifically warning against homeopathic OTC treatments, a class that apparently included AsthmaClear. The new AirwayClear formula contains no homeopathics, but contains the exact same herbal blend formerly found in AsthmaClear. It also contains AvailaBlend, a patented natural formula for enhancing potency by increasing bioavailability. Because the new AirwayClear product is regulated as a Dietary Supplement, rather than as a homeopathic drug, the name and UPC code were also changed. You can find the new formula at www.rcherbals.com.
“AsthmaClear has been a consistent top seller for us since 1994, so we don’t take these changes lightly. But because homeopathic medicines are not dose-dependent, the actual change in the new formula was about 2% by weight, “ said Matt Warnock, CEO. “I doubt most existing users will notice a difference in the effectiveness of the formula, and some may actually find it more effective, because of the addition of AvailaBlend. But the change was needed to stay within the changing FDA regulatory framework.”
Customer feedback since the update has been generally positive, although the name and formula change has certainly created some uncertainty as consumers braced for adjustments to a product that they have used and enjoyed for so long. Consumers or dealers with questions about the new formula can call the company help line at 1-800-242-4649.
About RidgeCrest Herbals
RidgeCrest Herbals makes natural remedies for individual health needs, including the top selling ClearLungs, SinusClear, Anxiety Free, Hair ReVive, and more than 20 other formulas. The company’s eclectic approach combines natural methods and ingredients from around the world to deliver the most effective results. To learn more about RidgeCrest Herbals visit www.rcherbals.com or call 1-800-242-4649.
Jul 12, 2016
Will Christensen is promoted to Chief Marketing Officer and Brittini Gehring to Chief Botanical Officer to continue upon the success of ClearLungs, the #1 Natural Lung Decongestant.
SALT LAKE CITY, June 24, 2016 - In 2015, RidgeCrest Herbals, maker of the #1 natural herbal lung decongestant ClearLungs, promoted two senior leaders to support the company’s strategic growth and innovation. After ten years of developing customer relationships, Will Christensen will occupy the lead position as Chief Marketing Officer, managing internal relations and promotions for the company. Brittini Gehring, a nine year product researcher and certified master herbalist, takes her seat as the Chief Botanical Officer, overseeing product formulation, development, and relations with manufacturers and suppliers. You can learn more about RidgeCrest Herbals at www.rcherbals.com.
“These are valued and proven team members who have stepped up to new roles,” said Matt Warnock, CEO. “They have consistently delivered in the past, and I am excited to see what they can do with these new responsibilities and opportunities. 2015 was a record year for us, and I only expect that trend to increase with their new ideas and additional direction.”
Will Christensen, Chief Marketing Officer
With a long history as both a natural product retailer and a natural ingredient supplier, Will Christensen is an experienced executive who is passionate about working with retailers to understand their needs and translate those needs into useful tools and solutions.
“I really look forward to getting RidgeCrest Herbals’ story out to our retailers and partners,” said Will Christensen, the new CMO. “We shot right out of the gate ending the 2015 year by launching the 2016 RidgeCrest Herbals Almanac. It was a massive undertaking. The entire company was involved in this effort to develop a closer relationship with our retailers and consumers. I wanted to show everyone what it is like inside the walls of RidgeCrest, but the book ended up being so much more than I planned. It became a way for us to display our passions, not just at work, but also in our personal lives.”
Brittini Gehring, Chief Botanical Officer
As a certified Master Herbalist, Brittini brings a unique blend of knowledge and personality to RidgeCrest Herbals formulations. Her passion for clinically effective, high quality, and natural products is the driving force that stimulates her creative and unique approach to botanical formulations.
“RidgeCrest Herbals has always been a place of learning and growth for both me and my career,” said Brittini, the new CBO, “What excited me most about my new position is that RidgeCrest Herbals has entrusted me with a critical section of the company’s mission to bring trusted and effective products to the market. My new position requires me to stay current on a wide range of laws, industry regulations, practices, ingredients, and trends. I feel very fortunate to be in a career that I find so rewarding, fun, and exciting.”
About RidgeCrest Herbals
RidgeCrest Herbals makes natural remedies for individual health needs, including the top selling ClearLungs, SincusClear, Anxiety Free, Hair ReVive, and more than 20 other formulas. The company’s eclectic approach combines natural methods and ingredients from around the world to deliver the most effective results. To learn more about RidgeCrest Herbals visit www.rcherbals.com or call 1-800-242-4649.
Jun 5, 2014
Thank you Vitamin Retailer!
We are so proud to have won a VITY 2014 Award!
Anxiety Free won for the category called
Anxiety Free Stress Release is a comprehensive formula for combating stress and anxiety naturally and without side effects. It includes full (clinically proven) levels of each of the following ingredients.
Sensoril is a patented ingredient that has been shown to:
- Increase resistance to fatigue, stress and tension
- Promote emotional well-being
- Counteract the negative effects of stress
- Promote mental clarity, concentration and alertness
- Enhance energy levels for physical performance and endurance/li>
L-Theanine is an amino acid that provides a sense of relaxation within 30-40 minutes, through at least two different mechanisms. First, it stimulates the production of alpha brain waves, creating a state of deep relaxation and mental alertness similar to what is achieved through meditation. Secondly, L-theanine is also involved in the formation of GABA (discussed next).
GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that plays an essential role in increasing alpha relaxing/reflecting) brain waves and decreasing beta (alert/working) waves. It influences the levels of two neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin. Human research shows that GABA not only induces relaxation but also reduces anxiety. These three clinically proven ingredients combined with B-vitamins, Eleuthero, Lemon Balm, Holy Basil and others provide complete system support.
Jan 23, 2014
The RidgeCrest Herbals Retailer Program will be introduced at Expo West this year! (Booth #1366)
The RidgeCrest Herbals Summit Retailer program offers a retailer locator, special discounts, staff training and marketing incentives for participating retailers.
Retailers! Register at the booth for a free gift! Come see us at booth #1366 during the show.
Jan 13, 2014
Dec 18, 2013
Dec 15, 2013
The upcoming holiday season is a great time to have fun with family and friends, but it can also bring on stress. Matt Warnock, president of RidgeCrest Herbals, says that while it’s possible to alleviate this stress “with exercise, meditation or even over-indulging in food or alcohol (which can cause a whole new set of issues), our natural supplements can help as well, by combining the best ingredients known to target these specific issues without any side effects.”
Products reviewed: Adrenal Fatigue Fighter, Anxiety Free, Blood Sugar Balance
Nov 21, 2013
Nov 4, 2013
My first post last month, “Tonics 101” defined tonic herbs, specifically how tonics help the body to better adapt to the challenges it faces, and how this approach differs from the symptom-oriented approach common in modern western medicine.
Today, let’s examine adaptogens, one of the best-studied classes of tonic herbs. Adaptogens are tonic herbs that address the immune system and help the body better cope with stress. These herbs are often said to have holistic healing properties that produce a general state of “well being” and balance.
Adaptogens work to boost the immune system and improve the body's resistance to the physical and emotional stressors that can cause illness, depression or stress. Adaptogens don't directly combat the symptoms caused by environmental and lifestyle stressors, but they can enhance and increase the coping mechanisms used by the body to respond to these stressors.
Oct 24, 2013
In herbal medicine, the term “tonic” is often used—mistakenly—to mean an infusion, tea or tincture, or even more simply, an herbal remedy of any kind. In truth, a tonic herbal formula is one that is used to promote, restore or maintain an overall feeling of energy and vitality within the body. These formulas have been used for hundreds of years in many traditions of herbal medicine and healing, including traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic and European traditions.
Tonics are so named because they are intended to tonify, tone or enhance wellness, either for the entire body, or particular parts or systems within the body. This is usually done by supporting and strengthening organs and systems that help to balance and regulate the body.
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Oct 24, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
Thyroid Thrive is the latest product from RidgeCrest Herbals. Containing a natural vitamin and herbal formula, Thyroid Thrive is designed to support and maintain several internal organs and systems including the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands, proper hormone levels, a healthy metabolism and natural energy.
Aug 15, 2013
Aspirin is a non-steroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) similar to ibuprofen. Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) is a derivative of salicylate, which can be found in plants such as willow trees and myrtle, according to MedicalNewsToday.com. The benefits of willow were first discovered in 3,000 B. C. in Mesopotamia. In the following centuries, willow bark was continuously recommended for pain relief throughout the world.
According to MedicalNewsToday.com, more than 40,000 metric tons of the drug are consumed annually. Aspirin is typically used to relieve minor aches and pains, to reduce fever and as an anti-inflammatory drug. It is also commonly used for cardiac health as an antiplatelet to prevent blood clot formation in people at risk for, or who have just had, a heart attack or stroke.
Some side effects of aspirin include stomach bleeding and severe asthma attacks, according to Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, director of the Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Practitioners Network. “Unfortunately, the side effects from aspirin and NSAIDS have been found to be daunting,” said Teitelbaum. “NSAIDS cause more than 30,000 deaths a year, 16,000 from bleeding ulcer deaths, and a doubling to tripling of heart attack and stroke risk.”
Fortunately, there are many natural alternatives that are far more effective, he said. One such remedy is a mix of a highly absorbable form of curcumin (called BCM 95) plus boswellia. This mixture was found to be more effective than Celebrex in treating arthritis in a recent head-on study, according to Teitelbaum. And, going back to the original source, willow bark has been shown in comparison studies with Motrin to be more effective, and also gentler on the stomach.
(see mention of Migraine Relief)
Jul 30, 2013
Will Demo Sample at the Vitamin Shoppe Expo on August 2 in Orlando
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, July 30, 2013 – RidgeCrest Herbals, a creator of eclectic and innovative natural remedies, today announced the “Unleash Your Inner Beast, Naturally!” supplement/sports nutrition promotion for the fitness industry. As part of the promotion, retailers will deliver a product package - including samples of RidgeCrest’s Clear Lungs, Adrenal Fatigue Fighter and Thyroid Thrive - to a neighboring fitness facility to help encourage natural fitness enhancement, build relationships and drive business to their store. RidgeCrest will have these sample boxes available to retailers at the Vitamin Shoppe Expo on August 2 in Orlando.
“The use of supplements in the fitness industry is very common, and people are increasingly searching for natural and safe alternatives to help reach their fitness goals,” said Matt Warnock, president, RidgeCrest Herbals. “The products included in our promotion are all-natural, herbal and nutritional formulas that are safe, clean, and caffeine-free – and targeted at strengthening the organs most needed by any athlete.”
Supplements in the sports sample, include:
- ClearLungs, which nourishes and strengthens lungs and respiratory tissue, improves circulation and oxygenation for enhanced performance.
- Adrenal Fatigue Fighter, which strengthens adrenal glands to provide more natural “on the spot energy” and restores adrenal damage due to stress and caffeine.
- Thyroid Thrive, which restores sluggish thyroid function, improves cellular function, balances hormones necessary for healthy metabolism, weight loss, muscle and bone strength, mood swings and more.
“While these products aren’t specifically designed to increase athletic performance, any athlete or fitness enthusiast can benefit from these natural performance enhancers,” Warnock said. “The competitive athlete can also take them without fear because none of these natural supplements include any steroids or stimulants banned by any international sporting organization.”
As part of the promotion, local retailers should:
- Personally deliver the product package that includes a letter explaining to the facility how the promotion works and box set up instructions.
- Explain that RidgeCrest is offering a free giveaway of these products as well as samples and allow them to establish the rules for the contest and fill them in. (Rules may vary depending on the main focus of each particular gym.)
- Provide a brief training to the person in charge if they are interested in more information and encourage them to direct any product related questions to the retailer.
About RidgeCrest Herbals
RidgeCrest Herbals makes natural remedies for individual health needs, including the top selling ClearLungs, SinusClear, Anxiety Free, Hair ReVive, and more than 20 others. The company’s eclectic approach combines natural methods and ingredients from around the world to deliver the most effective results. For details, visit www.rcherbals.com or call 1-800-242-4649.
Jul 15, 2013
Learning about how environmental toxins and poor diet can affect them, many consumers are turning to detox and cleansing programs as a proactive approach to health.
Detoxification and cleansing has been practiced throughout history by many cultures for physical and spiritual reasons. Many ancient cultures took part in cleansing rituals, while detoxification is a part of traditional Chinese, Native American and ayurvedic medicine.
Further, in many religions, including Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism, fasting is a way of purifying the soul. “It’s a way of resetting one’s moral clock, of starting with a clean slate,” said Michael McCullough, a psychology professor at the University of Miami, in an interview with Newsweek.
Today, the market for detoxification and cleansing products is on the rise. In fact, according to a Mintel study, the number of food and drink products with detoxification claims has increased fourfold since 2003. Part of the reason for this growth is the exposure from experts/television personalities such as Dr. Oz and the influence that they have on their viewers. For instance, Dr. Oz introduced his viewers to a three-day detox to jump start energy on an episode of his show. “Consumers hear and listen to these recommendations— as indicated by the marked sales increases of these supplements in the days following their mentions,” said Zoe Kissam, herbalist and associate brand manager for California-based Traditional Medicinals.
(See quote from Matt Warnock, President, RidgeCrest Herbals and mention of KidneyAid and LiverClean.)
Feb 15, 2013
While some of us may have a sweet tooth, the cells in our bodies definitely do not. Our cells naturally use a certain amount of glucose for fuel, but they’re not so keen on sweet-stuff overload. Consistently high levels of sugar in our bloodstreams make it tough for pancreatic cells to produce enough insulin. In response, the organ overcompensates by creating too much insulin and eventually becomes damaged (1). As blood sugar levels become consistently high, type-2 diabetes may develop.
There’s more bad news. Excess sugar in the bloodstream will injure other parts of the body, too. Its modified form becomes viscous and film-like, coating blood vessels and causing proteins to function poorly (1). For this reason, diabetics often experience other issues like kidney problems, vision loss, poor wound healing and nerve damage (i.e., neuropathy).
Given these issues—and the fact that 25+ million Americans have diabetes—it’s no wonder that the disease costs the country more than $116 billion annually in direct medical costs (1). Retailers should understand how to meet the needs of anyone concerned about healthy blood sugar levels, and be prepared to talk about how supplements and lifestyle choices play a role in glucose health.
If shoppers are looking for natural remedies for diabetes, let them know supplements can't be said to cure or prevent disease. Nonetheless, there are numerous natural ways to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
(see quote from Matt Warnock, President, RidgeCrest Herbals)
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