Loquat Leaves Body Scrub/Rub

Loquat leave hot water

I moved to the house where I live now in 1985.
When I moved, I noticed right away my next neighbor, the older couple, Joe and Virginia, had a big beautiful loquat tree ( I think it was about 20 feet) in their back yard.

I just moved and I did not know them yet, but I had to give my compliment to them about their loquat tree. Joe and Virginia did not know much about loquat except it produce fruits. I told them leaves have health benefits in Japan and Asia. 

The loquat trees that I see here in the Santa Monica area produce smaller and little sour fruit than those I saw and tasted in Japan.  But I am grateful to see loquat trees are here.

I got loquat leaves from Virginia and made tea and extract for wound and skin inflammation like my mother made in Japan. Later, I got a seedling of a loquat tree from the next neighbor and started to grow my own loquat tree in my garden. It took time to grow, but it has been growing well and I have been using their leaves for making medicinal teas, skin compresses, medicinal hot water for body scrub/rub, and moxibustion treatment.

Loquat tree in my garden

Photo: Loquat tree in my garden with morning sunlight

* Loquat (<i>Eriobotrya japonica</i> Lindl.) is a subtropical fruit tree with high medicinal value native to China. Different organs of loquat have been used historically as folk medicines and this has been recorded in Chinese history for thousands of years.

** Also, Loquat leaves are listed for their health benefits in Japanese Pharmacopoeia (Nippon Yakkyoku-hō,) the official record of approved medicinal herbs, published by the Government of Japan since 1886.

* sauce from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5187783/

** sauce from https://wawaza.com/pages/how-to-make-loquat-leaves-tea-biwa-cha-japanese-way/

 

Loquat flowers are modest-looking and the color is very pale cream.  It is the season right now to bloom here.

Loquat flower bud spread

Photo: Loquat flower buds

Loquat flowers

Photo: Loquat’s blossoms

Loquat flower finished

Photo: When loquat flowers completed

Most people here in America don’t know much about loquat leaves benefits so I want to introduce what I use for it every day as body/rub today here. I will write about loquat tea some other time.

Generally, in macrobiotics practice, we recommend body scrub/rub.
The body scrub/rub helps activate circulation and better energy flow through the entire body. It helps to discharge excess fat accumulated under the skin and open pores to promote smooth and regular elimination of any toxins. It also promotes clean, clear skin.
The body scrub/rub can be done once or twice daily, in the morning and/or at night, before or after a shower or bath, but apart from it.

I add loquat leaves because in Japan, where I grew up using loquat leaves as a traditional cure for preventing and treating respiratory ailments and have many benefit of preventing and treating respiratory ailments.
Also, loquat leaves contain compounds demonstrated to lower blood lipid and sugar levels and alleviate inflammatory skin conditions, including atopic dermatitis (eczema.)

I love the earthy greenish  (when you use fresh leaves) aroma of loquat leaves when I apply scrub/rub to my face and body every morning. 

I did it when I was taking chemotherapy, when I broke my legs, when I was going through PTSD, when I was feeling “shit” and sad, and loquat leaves body scrub/rub always have helped me and lift me up to start my day.

If you are going through your hands/fingers or legs with side effects from chemotherapy (neuropathy, nerve pain, numbness, or weakness) like I did or/and other medications,  you soak your hands and legs in loquat leaves hot water (it should be very hot, but not too hot to get burn yourself) and rub/massage them inside the hot water.

Doctors don’t know this kind of holistic healing method so if you ask them, they might not recommend it. You are taking medication so you have to do this for yourself with commitment.  It works for me so I do this every day. I hope you try it for at least three months and get the benefit.

Loquat pot

Photo: This is my pot to make loquat leaves hot water. It has changed the color and shows a loquat presence.

Here is how to make and apply medicinal loquat leaves hot water for body scrub/rub:

  1. Add two heaping tablespoons of loquat leaves (dried or fresh) to 4 cups of cold water in a stainless pot.
  2. Heat to a full, rolling boil.
  3. Turn heat down and let simmer for 15~20 minutes.
  4. Strain the leaves and put medicinal liquid in a bowl of glass or stainless  (not plastic).

    Loquat leave hot water

    Photo: My loquat tree leaves and its medicinal warm water is ready for body scrub/rub with organic hemp fabric washcloth that I have been using for many years.

  5. When you can put your hands in, then dip your organic washcloth (cotton or hemp), squeeze or wring out excess liquid and start scrub/rub your whole body one section at a time and dip the cloth and squeeze or wring out the liquid again. 
  6. If it gets cold, must heat it.
  7. I start from my face, ears, neck, shoulders, chest, arms, hands, fingers, belly, back (you might need a longer cloth if you want to do it all by yourself), thighs, legs, feet, toes, and I go back up and also do the area I have pain, pressure, or discomfort. 
  8. The skin should become pink or slightly red. This result may take a few days to achieve if the skin is clogged with accumulated fats.

 

For your animal family:

When you apply loquat leaves scrub/rub for animals (puppies/dogs & kittens/cats) make medicinal hot water shorter simmering time of 5 ~ 10 minutes to make it less intense and make sure to cool it down so it is not too hot for them. If they taste or drink it, there is no harm, but if they are especially puppies and kittens, I will not encourage them to drink because it might be too stimulating. After all, their digestive system is too venerable.

It is beneficial if your animal has skin issues and fleas’ itchiness. It will soothe their skin and help and preventing fleas if you apply every day.

Especially, puppies and kittens up till 1-year-old at least are fragile and fleas love their skin. I would never recommend any chemical flea treatments and flea shampoo to puppies and kittens so instead, I gave them gentle scrub/rub using this loquat leaves warm water for them after I comb with a  flea comb. I will write about this subject another time that how much these chemical is harming our beloved animal family.

Below is Lani, who is four months old, getting loquat leaves body scrub/rub and he enjoyed it so much and was getting sleepy. You can see the liquid I made for him is much lighter than the one I use for me above photo.

Lani is receiving body scrub

Photo: Lani is receiving body scrub/rub and so relaxed

I do this for myself every morning, almost no matter what.
I also recommend and offer it for my family including animal family, friends, and my clients, whenever I can.

If you do not have loquat leaves, you can scrub/rub your body with sea salt hot water: 4 cups hot water with one tablespoon sea salt. For animals, use one teaspoon sea salt.

If you do not have sea salt then just do with hot /warm water.

I know that scrub/rub helps my skin and my bloodstream move smoothly and purify and activate my blood. Also, help my animal family getting benefits for their health.

I hope this blog helps you and your animal family’s health.

Love,

Sanae ❤️

Natural Animal Care Zoom Class – Life with Healthy Happy Pooch

HHP & food

Since I was a child I was interested in various things and I felt that I was connected with animals, plants, and nature.  As I grew up some of my passion and interest changed, but I have not changed love for dogs, cats, nature, and plants.

I have been living with multiple dogs and cats family for over 30 years. My passion for them is to raise them a healthy and happy life and offer them safe environments.

I have raised 15 dogs, six cats, and three service dogs so far.

I had ovarian cancer and was not able to get pregnant. After I healed ovarian cancer in 1993 with holistic ways and plant-based food. When my oldest dog, Sakura that time got arthritis and skin issues and did not get better with western medicines I found it logical to apply holistic healing and natural foods to her. She was 12 years old and we did not think she was going to walk again, but using holistic medicine and natural home-made food helped her. She started to walk again and recovered from her skin problem. When I saw her health got better, she really taught me that natural healing food and holistic modalities work for dogs too. So I started to make home-made natural food for my other dog and cat family.  Sakura continued to walk and was able to enjoy her short hiking,  lived till 16 years old, and passed in her sleep peacefully. 

I took natural animal nutrition classes and animal behavior classes to learn about them. Also, have learned animal communication, Animal reiki and Bach Flower for animals, etc.

My dog and cat family have been eating homemade food since 1995. The food is organic, natural plant-based food (cats eat fish combinations), and they all have thrived and live a healthy happy life.

I have been practicing what I have learned for my own animal kids and my dogs have lived 12~16 years old and they have passed peacefully in their sleep.

My cats, Key-chain lived till 20 years old and Mai lived till 19 years old.

When they got old and have had health conditions, I have apply always holistic medicine and natural remedy first which most of the condition got better and change foods to be more healing foods.

I also apply animal reiki, massage, communication, moxibustion, and Bach Flower Remedy to help them during healing time to recover.

I have been offering my knowledge and experiences for rescued animals at the “A Purposeful Rescue” group as a volunteer.  

I am offering Natural Animal Care, Healthy Happy Pooch Zoom class on Aug. 2, 2020.

at 8 am (Pacific time) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3706191853

at 11 am (Pacific time) Www.youtube.com/c/ChefAJ

If you missed these times, you can watch them on Youtube

This class will focus on homemade natural dog-nutritious food and treats from one of my books, Healthy Happy Pooch, to help dogs to live a healthy happy life and thrive. 

I also will talk about healing modalities that help animals (not only dogs) and people. 

Here the recipes I am going to demo at my Zoom class:

Homemade dog meal (for adult dog 60 lbs)

3 1/2 cup Well-cooked Bean (pinto, black beans or lentil)

1/5 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup Well-cooked Brown rice

1/2 cup squash, cubes

1/2 cup kale, chopped 

6 dried shiitake mushrooms

1 cup vegetable broth

2 tsp alfalfa leaves or powder 

1/2 g kelp powder

1,500 mg Vitamin C powder

1 tsp flax seeds powder

1 tsp hemp seeds powder

18 g Vegedog supplement

2 1/4 tsp nutritional yeast

250 mg Choline

500 mg Methionine

 

Macronutrient distribution as a percentage of calories:

Protein 19.4%

Carbohydrates 70.1%

Fat 10.6%

Calories per kg = 1100

Calories per cup = 248

Dog cookies

Photo: Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Cookies

 

Sweet Potato Cookies

 (Makes about 70 cookies using 2 1/4 inch x 1-inch cookie cutter)

1 organic sweet potato (about 12oz)

1/4 cup organic unsweetened applesauce

2 1/2 cup organic whole-wheat flour

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Peel sweet potato, sliced in 1/2 inch pieces and steam or 15~20 minutes.
  3. Mash the sweet potato with a fork or potato masher and transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Mix together whole wheat flour and applesauce into the large bowl and then add the sweet potato and blend until dough forms. Place dough on a well-floured surface and roll out until about 1/2-inch thick. Cut out shales using cookies cutter or cut dough into squares with a knife. Place cookies on an undressed backing sheet.
  5. Bake until crisp, 35~45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing and continued cooling completely on a wire rack.

Chia Seed Pudding

 (Makes 2 tablespoons) 

2 tablespoon organic chia seed

1 cup purified water or 1/2 cup purified water and 1/2 cup apple juice or almond milk (if your dog has weight issues then just use purified water)

  1. In a bowl, add the chia seeds to the liquid, and whisk them with a fork or whisk.
  2. After a few minutes, you will need to whisk the gel again to make sure seeds don’t clump together at the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Let stand for 10~15 minutes, allowing the seeds to absorb the liquid. Now the chia seed pudding is ready.
  4. Let your dog lick from the spoon, or add the pudding to a meal.

 

Love, Sanae ❤️