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Wondrous Roots Radio Notes - Trace mineral Lithium - why we need it - Sept 9, 2017


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 – Talking about lithium deficiency today!  Lithium is a trace mineral we only need in trace amounts, but lithium is missing from our soils and water supplies.  How you can supplement with low-dose lithium to protect your brain, improve your mood, etc.  THEN… herb in the spotlight – Sweet Leaf (NOT Stevia!) – Monarda fistulosa also known as purple bee balm and wild bergamot – WHOA! – this is one wee plant with amazing properties that contribute to health and take care of some tough problems, such as yeast overgrowth, bladder disorders, tinnitus, vertigo, and more.  


LITHIUM – another nutrient deficiency with serious health impact

Lithium promotes longevity, mood, and love
Lithium is a brain food, with extraordinary
properties, even in small amounts

“The biggest problem with lithium treatment is people’s perception of it. Since its most well known use is for bi-polar disorder, lithium sometimes encounters the same stigma as mental illness itself.


I’ve been taking a lithium supplement every day for several years. When I tell people about it, they sometimes get funny looks on their faces and start eyeing the corners of the room for straight jackets. These reactions don’t surprise me, since, as I said, lithium is usually associated with mental illness. But I’ve never suffered from a mental disorder (although certain mainstream medical doctors and possibly a federal agency or two might disagree). Treating manic-depressive (bi-polar) illness is lithium’s most widely known use–but it isn’t an anti-psychotic drug, as many people believe. In fact, lithium isn’t a drug at all. It’s actually a mineral-part of the same family of minerals that includes sodium and potassium.”  Jonathan V. Wright, MD  – See the full article here – Lithium, the Misunderstood Mineral – Part 1

Herb in the spotlight!


Monarda fistulosa - Sweet Leaf

Common names:  Sweet leaf, wild bergamot, purple or red bee balm

Too good to be true? - I was amazed by what I learned and can't wait to try it!

The simple action description?  "Draws out fire..." 

Draws fire from the skin

Draws fire from the internal organs

Draws fire from the urinary tract

An excellent remedy for yeast infection

Calms and tones the nerves

A great medicine for Meniere's and tinnitus

"Dr. Jim Duke noted that, based on its chemistry, Monarda fistulosa should be one of the best candidates as a remedy for Alzheimer's disease."


Read Matthew Wood's chapter on this plant online!