Welcome to Leslie Taylor's New Blog


Hello!

My name is Leslie Taylor and I am the founder of Raintree Nutrition, Inc., a company that was a leader in creating a world-wide market for the important medicinal plants of the Amazon Rainforest since 1995. More information about me can be found on the Raintree website and in the introduction to my book.

I have authored two books on rainforest medicinal plants: Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest and The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs. I am also the author of the extensive Tropical Plant Database that has been online since 1996.

I am currently writing the 2nd edition of The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs and have started this blog to share more information about these wonderful and powerful medicinal plants and the herbal remedies I've created with them.

 UPDATE! 1/23/19  My focus has shifted on this blog and my book, don't miss this new update!


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  1. How wonderful! I've always been fascinated with the healing power of plants ever since I was young. To this day, I always prefer a home/natural remedy over anything else! Good for you for creating a better world out there.

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  2. America and the world have missed your genius, knowledge, wit and bright, bubbly writing perhaps more than you know. Welcome back and godspeed in everything you do.

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    1. Thank you so much! It feels great to be back!

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  3. Hello Leslie,

    I have been attempting to contact you regarding your work on Raintree herbs and the book you wrote. I used to be an avid buyer of your products up until the site came down.

    I have been doing some really groundbreaking work and am collaborated with a pioneer in this new paradigm. We have been meaning to get a hold of you with questions regarding your work and site years ago. If it is possible to get a contact email sent to my email (tim-perry-03@hotmail.com) so we can elaborate more on our work and your connection to it that would be of great assistance.

    Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you.

    Tim

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    1. Hi Tim,
      I send you an email in response.

      Best wishes,
      Leslie

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  4. Hi Leslie
    I am a big fan of your writings and articles on the Rain forest treasure. Specially your approach about Cat's Claw. You have presented the clear and correct picture of the Cats Claws. Do you have resarch on Otoba Parvifolia? I have a few questions to be asked to you regarding Otoba. I am a lecturer in business school.
    Regards

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    1. I'm sorry but I don't have the information you are looking for on otoba. It is on my list to go into my online plant database, and based on the research and documentation available on it, it may be a new plant that goes into the second edition of my book. I just haven't had the time yet to get to this particular plant. Stay tuned, I'll get there!

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    2. Thanks Leslie
      I will be looking forward to see your view. As we need a description from a neutral source such as you.
      Best regards
      Bilal Lodhi
      ACMA, CGMA

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    3. You are quite welcome Bilal! I'll get to it as soon as I can. You are about the 10th person asking me for this information and I am curious to find out if there is enough research to justify the marketing claims, so it will get done.
      Take care,
      Leslie

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  5. Otoba bark certainly has become a big gun in recent and contemporary nutritional approaches to Lyme disease and other bacterial infections. I , too, Bilal, look forward to Leslie's research, opinions and input. How fortunate we are that she is back after a long sabbatical with, as they say, bells on!

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    1. Well, Dario, if you read my earlier post from today, you'll see that you'll get my Lyme's Disease protocol a lot sooner than I initially thought. I'll have to research otoba and see why it's being used for Lyme's and what the results are so far before I can finalize on my own Lyme's protocol. Do you have any personal experience using otoba for Lyme's that you can share?

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  6. Hi Leslie, I have searched far and wide for a way to contact you and was happy to find this blog! I work in Bolivia supporting an association of traditional curanderas and I am putting together a formal monograph for them on Marcela. Everywhere I look I see a note that the information from your monograph cannot be copied so I am wondering if you would give permission for me to use them as one of the sources in the monograph. Hoping to hear from you. If you want to write me at chelsey berendse at gmail dot com or respond back here I will be happy to hear from you. Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Chelsey,
      Based on how you describe you want to use it, it shouldn't be a problem if the copyright credit is done properly. If you are just printing out the monograph as is to give to people in the association, you automatically have permission. General permission on my copyrighted stuff on the website, including for educational use, is on the raintree website at http://rain-tree.com/images.htm There is also an email address there to use if you want to use copyrighted text or images in a different manner than described.
      Best wishes,
      Leslie

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  7. Hi Leslie,
    Thank you for creating and sharing such a wonderful resource of information on important medicinal plants of the Amazon Rainforest.
    I would like some clarification on your Tropical Plant Database regarding dosages for treating various ailments. For example, in the Tropical Pant Database;
    PAU D'ARCO
    Standard Dosage
    Bark, Heartwood
    Decoction: 1/2 cup 2-4 times daily
    *What quantity of bark or how many grams is required to make this decoction?
    Tincture: 2-3 ml 2-3 times daily
    *What quantity of bark or how many grams is required to make this tincture?
    QUININE
    For informational purposes what is the traditional dosage to treat malaria and how long is it taken? Is the same dosage and quantity used for digestive issues?
    Please clarify if treating specific diseases is the same quantity of herb used for all decoctions?
    Are larger quantities of herbs used based on body mass off person being treated?
    Are quantities changed based on the ailment?
    Would love for this to be clarified in the Tropical Plant Database and in The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs second edition.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and information to the world.
    Best wishes,
    Thomas

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    1. Hi Thomas,
      If you look in my book or website you'll see I give instructions on how to prepared standard decoctions, infusions, and tinctures. These instructions give the information of how much herb to use for these preparations. In the text on each plant, I give the standard amount of decoctions/tinctures/etc. to use daily. When I first wrote this text, my company was still operating and I was selling these plants and I wasn't allowed to provide a "prescription" or dosage based on a disease or condition. Now that I no longer sell any herbal products, the 2nd edition of the book I'm working on will actually provide more specific information on the specific dosages to treat different diseases and conditions for the top 5 or so conditions the plant is best used for. The instruction on preparing these herbal remedies are on my website at http://rain-tree.com/prepmethod.htm
      Best wishes,
      Leslie

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    2. Thank you so much Leslie. I have purchased the first edition of your book and I am looking forward to your second edition of your book and will purchase that also.
      I find it helpful to be able to look up via the disease or condition (rather than by herb) and have a protocol of herb (or combined herbs) and quantities to treat that condition. I really appreciate your information and the time you've taken to help out and reply.
      Best wishes,
      Thomas

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  8. You are most welcome and thank you again!

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  9. Hi Leslie

    I am writing to thank you for the wonderful information you have provided through your website, and for the books. The wide number of different phytochemicals in those Amazon species is amazing, which I guess explains how useful and important those species are to us human folk.

    I have had a number of personal health crises over the last 20 years. And the plants readily available worldwide as a result of your work have been indispensible for my recovery. Two in particular have been incredibly helpful for my health and well-being - mullaca and simarouba.

    In Australia I am amazed how species closely related to physalis angulata have taken off commercially. For example physalis Peruvians is sold as the Inca Berry in most health food shops and some supermarkets.

    But my main health benefits have been from using simarouba glauca powder as a decoction. Drinking the tea for two weeks twice a year is a regular habit, with most benefit forw taken in spring as the weather heats up in Queensland. As a result my mind and body feel rejuvenated, my body loses 5 to 10 kg. It's unfortunate that worldwide supply of this wonderful herb is uncertain, especially given the fires in the Amazon in recent months and the trade wars focussing on the USA.

    If you don'tnt mind, I have a few questions.

    In your opinion, are S glauca and S amara interchangeable as herbs? Suppliers use both, and I notice subtle differences that could be attributable to either the species used, the age of the batch, or how the batch was prepared.

    Second question. Are you aware that Simarouba was once on the British Pharmacopeia? General Practitioners of Australia had an active link on their website:
    http://www.gp.org.au/London_Pharmacopoeia_1791.html

    Third question. Have you looked at the possibility of benefits of modifying how these herbs are taken, say by using techniques adopted by Ayurveda? For example I sometimes add half a teaspoon of olive or similar when preparing my decoction of simarouba on a low simmer. The reasoning is that natural oils from the herb, instead of escaping in steam, may get captured in the heavier oil. I understand this has the potential to improve the efficacy when taken orally. The idea came from a book by Dr Vasant Lad on adding ghee to improve the efficacy of herbal decoctions.

    As well I once tried putting the herb powder in a stovetop coffee percolator. But the smell of the decoction put me off trying to taste ..lol

    Thank you for continuing to share the knowledge you have collected 🙂

    Ross Anderson
    Brisbane, Australia

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    1. Hi Ross,
      Thanks for your nice comments and you are most welcome! Concerning your questions:
      S. glauca and S/ amara are used interchangeably in herbal medicine and for the same things. Phytochemically, they are very similar and contain many of the same natural compounds, but can be found in different levels/amounts.

      Yes, I knew about the British Pharmacopeia! Pretty cool, huh?

      And no, I have not studied or practiced aryuveda, so can't advise you there. I am very knowledgeable about plant extraction methods however, probably reading 10,000 or more studies how how extraction methods extract various classes of plant chemicals. Interesting that never once have I seen researchers, chemists, and scientists actually extracting plant in any kind of oil in all this research. I wonder if they are missing something or, plants don't extract well in oil, but maybe an extract of a plant can be absorbed or assimilated in the body more easily if suspended in oil! Heck, I dunno! I wish I had the time to study lots of things!
      Best wishes,
      Leslie

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  10. Hello Leslie,
    I have been using your database to reference South American herbs for years and I am so delighted to have the honor of purchasing your new book! Thank you with the deepest gratitude for walking your journey and publishing your database and experiences with rainforest plants! Your work is incredibly valuable and so significant! Our relationship with nature, and the rainforest, is so vital at this time! We have so many opportunities to activate a healing relationship with our environment! May we embrace our ties to the earth lovingly and immediately.
    Thank you for your work.
    Donda Hartsfield

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  11. You are very welcome! Thanks for taking the time to share!
    Best wishes,
    Leslie

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