Cholesterol Protocol

Cholesterol is a fatty material made by the liver. It is one of the basic building blocks of the cells in your body. It is a vital component of the cell membrane that helps protect the cell and maintain its integrity and viability. Cholesterol is also important for the production of certain vitamins, such as Vitamins A, D, E, K (called fat–soluble vitamins). It is also needed for hormone production; this includes cortisol and sex-related hormones. We not only produce cholesterol in our bodies, but we also obtain it from the foods that we eat.

When taking a holistic view of cholesterol, there are three different aspects that need to be considered:

  • Recognizing the different types of cholesterol
  • Understanding the nature of the cholesterol molecule itself: is the molecule small and dense (increased inflammation risk) or light and fluffy (negligible inflammation risk)
  • Recognizing that cholesterol can exist in an oxidized state or a natural/reduced state

If taking a blood panel test, the numbers do not tell the whole story when it comes to cholesterol levels and determining their risk for heart and vascular disease. If you look at LDL, for example, there can be small dense particles which are thought to be more of a risk for the formation of a plaque or atherosclerosis in comparison to the larger fluffy and light particles which are non-inflammatory.

Inflammation also refers to whether the cholesterol is in a natural or “reduced” state or “oxidized” or inflammatory state. Be aware that all of the cells in our body exist in a natural or reduced state. In the setting of chronic inflammation, the cells become oxidized. This generates the formation of free radicals. This also changes the nature of the cholesterol in the cells, particularly the blood vessels, and causes them to be more inflammatory and hence, more likely to form a cholesterol plaque.

 

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Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Broccoli, Peanut Sprouts

“Nutritional values of buckwheat reach maximum on day 8 sprouting by solid-phase cultivation (BSSC). The precious nutrients surveyed included linolenic acid, total polyphenolics, rutin, quercetin, l-ascorbic acid and gamma-aminobutyric acid. To investigate whether a change of cultivation method could improve the nutritional status, we performed aquaculture. By performing chemical, biochemical and animal experiments, we found that maximization of nutrient levels in aquacultured buckwheat sprouts (BSAQ) occurred 2 days earlier than those from BSSC. Simultaneously, their bioactivities were much enhanced, being superior to BSSC regarding antioxidative, free radical scavenging, anti-low-density lipoprotein lipoperoxidative capabilities and hypolipidemic bioactivity with respect to serum total cholesterol and triglyceride in Syrian hamsters. In addition, serum low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) and high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) levels and the ratios LDL-C/HDL-C and total cholesterol/HDL-C were all more efficiently suppressed by BSAQ diets. In conclusion, aquaculture is more efficient than the solid-phase cultivation with regard to acceleration and maximization of precious nutrient levels in buckwheat sprouts.”

Int J Food Sci Nutr.
2009 Jun 30:1-14.
Aqua-culture improved buckwheat sprouts with more abundant precious nutrients and hypolipidemic activity.
Peng CC, Chen KC, Yang YL, Lin LY, Peng RY. School of Physical Therapy.

Nutrient levels in buckwheats that were maximized in day 8 sprouts (D8SP) included total phenolics, quercetin, and l-ascorbic acid, whereas those of oxalic, malic, tartaric, and citric acids, rutin, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) were found to reach maximum levels on day 10. Ethanolic extract of D8SP (2.5 mg/mL) revealed potent free-radical scavenging (FRS) and antioxidative (ANO) capabilities. However, its Fe (2+)-chelating capability was only moderate. To further study the hypolipidemic activity of D8SP, 36 Syrian hamsters were grouped into six groups and fed for 28 days, respectively, with (i) control meal, (ii) high fat plus high cholesterol meal, (iii) high fat plus high cholesterol plus 2.5% of buckwheat seeds, (iv) high fat plus high cholesterol plus 25% of buckwheat seeds, (v) high fat plus high cholesterol plus 2.5% of D8SP, and (vi) high fat plus high cholesterol plus 25% of D8SP. High seed meal prominently enhanced body weight gain, whereas high sprout meal exhibited the highest feed efficiency. Ratios of liver/body weight (L/B) were significantly lowered by all BS meals. Although low seed meal reduced serum total cholesterol (TC) levels ( p < 0.05), its effect was still inferior to the high seed and sprout meals ( p < 0.01). In contrast, serum triglyceride (TG) levels were lowered only by the high seed and sprout meals ( p < 0.05). Alternatively, levels of serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) were significantly suppressed by all buckwheat meals ( p < 0.01). Serum high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels were increased, however, insignificantly. Nutraceutically more meaningful is that both LDL-C/HDL-C and TC/HDL-C ratios were significantly lowered. ( p < 0.01). Apparently, hepatic TC levels were significantly reduced, whereas hepatic TG levels were totally unaffected. Conclusively, sprouting triggers a variety of nutritional changes in buckwheats. Day 8 sprouts, consisting of high polyphenolic and moderate quercetin contents, are nutraceutically maximized when hypocholesterolemic, hypotriglyceridemic, and antioxidative activities are concerned.”

J Agric Food Chem.
2008 Jan 24
Optimization of Bioactive Compounds in Buckwheat Sprouts and Their Effect on Blood Cholesterol in Hamsters.
Lin LY, Peng CC, Yang YL, Peng RY.

“Sixty female Sprague-Dawley rats (8 weeks old) were fed with peanut sprouts as a dietary supplement for 18 weeks. The rats were divided into five groups and fed with different daily supplements, namely 0 g (control), 16.5, 10 or 6 g of sprouts or 2.4 g of kernels. Aflatoxin contents of the sprouts (n = 24) were less than 1 µg kg-1. Body weights of all rats increased with feeding time, and final body weights differed insignificantly among test groups (P > 0.05). Weights of liver, kidney and spleen and organ/body weight ratios varied insignificantly among test groups (P > 0.05). All serum and blood cell determinations differed insignificantly (P > 0.05) among test groups, apart from the observation of a significant lowering of serum triacylglycerol (TG) level in the 10 g sprout group (P < 0.05).

CONCLUSION: In general, no obvious growth hazard or health toxicity was detected. For nutraceutical development, the lowering of serum TG level achieved by appropriate intake of peanut sprouts is noteworthy.”

Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Volume 88, Issue 12, Date: September 2008, Pages: 2201-2207
Toxicological and nutraceutical assessments of peanut sprouts as daily supplements to feed Sprague-Dawley rats for 18 weeks
Bo-Si Lin et al.

“Twelve healthy subjects (6 males and 6 females) consumed fresh broccoli sprouts (100 g/day) for 1 week for a phase 1 study. Before and after the treatment, biochemical examination was conducted and natural killer cell activity, plasma amino acids, plasma PCOOH (phosphatidylcholine hydroperoxide), the serum coenzyme Q_{10}, urinary 8-isoprostane, and urinary 8-OHdG (8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine) were measured. With treatment, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol decreased, and HDL cholesterol increased significantly. Plasma cystine decreased significantly. All subjects showed reduced PCOOH, 8-isoprostane and 8-OHdG, and increased CoQ_{10}H_{2}/CoQ_{10} ratio. Only one week intake of broccoli sprouts improved cholesterol metabolism and decreased oxidative stress markers.”

BioFactors
V 22, N 1-4/2004, p 271-275
Phase 1 study of multiple biomarkers for metabolism and oxidative stress after one-week intake of broccoli sprouts
Megumi Murashima, Shaw Watanabe, Xing-Gang Zhuo, Mariko Uehara, Atsushi Kurashige
http://iospress.metapress.com/content/jfh1vkjbyyckvwnm/
Crude dietary fiber samples were prepared from [sprouts of] beet, cabbage, Japanese radish, onion, and mung bean sprouts (BF, CF, RF, OF, and MF, respectively). These samples contained total dietary fiber at the levels of 814, 699, 760, 693 and 666 g/kg, respectively. To examine the effect of the dietary fibre sources on the plasma cholesterol concentration, male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed on a fiber-free (FF) diet or on an FF diet supplemented with 5% or 10% dietary fiber. Dietary fiber extracted from vegetables, wood cellulose (CL), pectin (PE) and guar gum (GG) were used as the fiber sources. Compared with the rats fed on the FF diet, a significant reduction in the plasma cholesterol concentration was observed in the rats fed on BF, CF, RF, MF, PE or GG after a 21-d feeding period. Cecal acetate, n-butyrate and total short-chain fatty acids were significantly higher in the rats fed on these dietary fibers, except for CF, than in those fed on the FF diet. A negative correlation was apparent between the total dietary fiber content, hemicellulose content and pectin content of each dietary fiber source and the plasma cholesterol concentration. These results suggest that some vegetable fibers exert a plasma cholesterol-lowering effect through cecal fermentation of these fibers.

Biosci Biotechnol Biochem
2000 Dec;64(12):2543-51
Plasma cholesterol-lowering effect on rats of dietary fiber extracted from immature plants.
Nishimura N, Taniguchi Y, Kiriyama S.

“Since alfalfa meal prevents hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis in rabbits and alfalfa saponins prevent the expected rise in cholesterolemia induced by dietary cholesterol in monkeys, the experiments being reported here were performed to determine whether alfalfa saponins affect atherogenesis in rabbits. In addition, the effects of alfalfa seeds were studied. Cholesterol-feb rabbits were randomly assigned to 3 groups: (a) control animals (N = 18); (b) animals maintained on a diet containing 1.0 to 1.2% alfalfa saponins (N = 18); and (c) animals maintained on a diet containing 40% alfalfa seeds (N = 17). Results after a 4-month observation period demonstrated that alfalfa saponins and alfalfa seeds reduce hypercholesterolemia, aortic sudanophilia, and the concentration of cholesterol in aortic intima-plus-media and in the liver, but do not induce changes in the hematocrit.”

Atherosclerosis.
1980 Nov;37(3):433-8.
Alfalfa saponins and alfalfa seeds. Dietary effects in cholesterol-fed rabbits.
Malinow MR, McLaughlin P, Stafford C, Livingston AL, Kohler GO

 

  1. Garlic: This is excellent for helping to maintain the cholesterol in the natural or “reduced” state. It decreases the inflammation of “cholesterol plaque.” Aged garlic extract can be taken in capsule form starting at 400-600 mg a day. As garlic is a natural blood thinner, be careful if you are on prescription blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, Plavix, or Coumadin.
  2. Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone): Replacement of this antioxidant is necessary to help improve blood vessel health. This is vital to take, especially if you have been prescribed a statin based medication. When starting, begin with small doses at 50-100 mg daily and increase to twice a day after several weeks. Smaller doses taken during the day maximizes its absorption. Monitor your blood pressure closely. If you have diabetes, this nutrient can also help lower your blood glucose levels so they need to be monitored as well.
  3. Fiber: If your diet is low in fiber, a fiber-based supplement is recommended. Remember that fiber can bind the cholesterol in the intestine and prevent its absorption. Examples of commonly used fiber supplements can include a psyllium-based fiber supplement like Metamucil or more of a soluble-based fiber like Glucomannan fiber.
  4. Turmeric is a great anti-oxidant to lower cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation. It can be taken as a 400 mg capsule daily or simply by sprinkling a little Turmeric powder on each meal. It does have a blood thinning effect so be aware if you are on other blood-thinning medications as mentioned above.
  5. Phytosterols: These are plant-based compounds that can be used in the treatment of high cholesterol. They can be taken independently or can be part of other formulations as well. An example of a plant-based sterol is beta-sitosterol. This can be taken once to twice daily, depending on the formulation chosen. They have the ability to block cholesterol absorption.
  6. Red Yeast Rice: This is a natural form of the statin medication, and is used by many in the treatment of high cholesterol. There are several caveats when taking this supplement you need to be aware of: Do not take prescription statins if you are taking this supplement. As with the statin medications, liver tests (blood work) need to be monitored and myalgias can occur with this supplement as well. It is recommended to begin at a dose of 600 mg daily and slowly increase over the course of several weeks to a maximum dose of 1200 mg twice a day. You should be under the care of a health care provider when taking this supplement.
  7. Avoid excessive food intake and maintain an active lifestyle by exercising regularly. Physical activity can help raise HDL levels and thereby lower cholesterol level.
  8. Eat a healthy diet low in saturated fats and trans fats. This can be achieved by:
    – Using low fat dairy products
    – Trimming meat purchased from shops of any visible fats
    – Try to limit the amount of trans fats. There is no safe level of trans fats in the diet.
    – Include the consumption of foods high in soluble fibre (e.g. whole grains, kidney beans, barley, oatmeal and fruits such as apples and pears). Soluble fibre lowers the bad LDL cholesterol without lowering the good HDL cholesterol. 5-10 grams of soluble fibre a day decreases LDL cholesterol by about 5%.
    – Limit sugar intake by avoiding sweetened beverages (soft drinks, some juices, tea/coffee with sugar added).
    Limit excessive intake of alcohol.
  9. Omega 3 fish oil: Omega 3 fish oil can not only help in lowering triglycerides, it is important for maintaining the health and pliability of the blood vessels as well as tremendous for reducing inflammation. You can start at 2000 mg a day and increase slowly to a maximum of 4-5 grams a day. Be aware that Omega 3 fish oil can thin the blood, so you may need to decrease your dosage if you are taking any blood thinners.Studies suggest that eating just 6 oz per week of fatty (dark meat) fish (e.g. salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, or sardines) may be enough to reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by 36%.
  10. Moderate consumption of nuts rich in fibre, phyto-nutrients and antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium will help lower the bad LDL cholesterol.

Immune Anti-Inflammatory Elixir

This recipe is amazing to boost the immune, decrease inflammation

We will be using apple cider vinegar to extract the beneficial compounds from onions, garlic, horseradish, turmeric and cayenne.  Onions contain quercetin, which is an antioxidant compound.  It protects our DNA from damage, stabilizes mast cells, and can prevent viral replication.  Garlic contains allicin, which stimulates the production of immune cells to fight viruses and also may directly damage viral cells.  Turmeric contains many different compounds that have antioxidant effects and modulate the function of our immune system.  Horseradish and cayenne stimulate blood flow to promote the circulation of our immune cells.  Together, these ingredients have a synergistic immune boosting effect.

Hot ELIXIR
INGREDIENTS
  • apple cider vinegar
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP fresh grated horseradish
  • 2 TBSP turmeric powder or 1/2 cup of fresh turmeric (chopped)
  • 1 tsp cayenne powdered or 4 large peppers
  • Infused Liquorice Root (tea – 12 hour prep) optional
  • honey to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Combine onion, garlic, horseradish, turmeric, and cayenne in a blender.
  • Add enough apple cider vinegar to cover the ingredients and blend
  • Please is a glass jar
  • Cover jar with cloth and let sit in a warm place for 2 weeks
  • Strain and reserve liquid
  • Add honey to taste
  • Store in the refrigerator
DOSING
  • Take 1 tsp daily to prevent colds and 1 tbsp daily for inflammation
  • At first sign of a cold, take 2 TBSP and then take 1 tsp every 3 hours until symptoms resolve
NOTES
  • Measurements of ingredients do not need to be precise and you can use more or less ingredients to suit the size of your jar.
  • Use organic apple cider vinegar with the mother. This contains more nutrients than filtered apple cider vinegar.
  • Use raw local honey.

 

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Wild, Wild Lettuce Nature’s Pain Remedy

Lactuca virosa is wild lettuce and sometimes known as opium lettuce and while some report as having  psychoactive effects, it contains no opium.  Regardless,  it definitely does cool the nerves and deafen pain..  Perhaps its’ sedative properties cause some hypnotic states (dream states) for some too?

This plant grows all over the world.  It often appears in my gardens and I let her rise into a mature plant.  But, be careful, she will, like lettuce, produce many seeds that will multiple hundred fold.  Regardless, I adore this prickly weed and respect her medicinal gifts.

Humans didn’t always rely on pharmaceutical painkillers, but in the past several years, some reports indicate that 4 out of 5 people relied on a prescription narcotic to help alleviate pain. The several billion-dollar industry has boosted the percentage of people taking painkillers that are even stronger than morphine. These include include such drugs as fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone, and oxycodone. The numbers grew from 17% in 1999 to 37% in 2012, according to one study. Use of strong painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin are higher now, too. Sales of these drugs have more than quadrupled in recent years.   All these chemically produced drugs have terrible side effects some being very addictive too.

Before these drugs appear, people used willow, poppy, and wild lettuce were for pain killing.   Wild Lettuce is not only is it a pain-killer, it is also a natural sleep aid remedy, reduces inflammation and is a stress reliever.  This makes it quite a perfect ally in the world needing relief.   Here are a few of the more common pain-control uses for wild lettuce:

  • arthritis
  • painful menstrual cycles in women
  • headaches and migraines
  • pain from bruises/broken bones/cuts
  • even hangovers

Here are some other benefits:

  • Mild Diuretic: Wild opium lettuce can increase a person’s urinary flow. That’s why it is commonly used to treat urinary tract infections and edema.
  • Sleep and Insomnia Issues: Having trouble falling asleep? Wild lettuce has got you covered. This natural drug has powerful sedative properties. After a dose or two, you’ll relax which will help you slip straight into a dreamless slumber.
  • Anxiety and Restlessness Wild  lettuce has some significant anxiety reducing and relaxing properties. The mild sedation calms the nerves and eases tension in the body and mind.
  • Coughs and Asthma  If you have a chronic cough or asthma trouble, this lettuce plant can help ease your discomfort.  It helps to loosen and expel phlegm from the respiratory tract. Making it easier and more comfortable to breathe.

The main compound at work in Wild Lettuce is called lactucin, and its derivative lactucopicrin. It is found in the white milky sap of the plant.  It also contains sesquiterpene lactones.  All lettuces actually contain sesquiterpene lactones, but wild lettuce contains them in higher quantities. If you find a plant, gently cut the stalk and watch the white milk sap ooze.   This milk is what acts upon the system and is responsible for reducing stress and inflammation in the body.  Actually, Wild Lettuce gets it’s very name from the Latin word for milk, lactuca.  It is sometimes called Lettuce opium although it is not a poppy nor does it contain morphine. The more bitter the lettuce is, the more of these active compounds are present.  This might be a great reason to eat those other bitter lettuces.

These two compounds have a pain killing and anti-inflammatory effect on the immune system, because they inhibit the NF-κB protein. This protein controls the cyclooxygenase-2 enzyme, also known as COX-2, an enzyme responsible for pain and inflammation. Other pain killers such as ibuprofen work in the same or similar fashion.

Wild Lettuce is an analgesic much like acetaminophen the active chemical in Tylenol.   A recent study reported that analgesics could reduce the stress associated with social rejection. Social rejection stress, is an emotional pain felt when one feels left out or during a relationship breakdown. Social rejection stress can causes stomach aches, headaches, and have other effects like sleepless nights. The study was looking at the effects of Acetaminophen, It showed that it not only reduced physical pain, but emotional pain as well.  I think it is safe to assume an Analgesic would have a similar effect as analgesics generally dull the body (physical and emotional).    This effect can be viewed as a lessening how much one gives a damn…which is kind of at the heart of stress reduction.   While this study was not done on Wild Lettuce, we can conclude logically, as an analgesic, it can offer the same benefit.

In 1909, Beatrix Potter published The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. The story begins with the following words: It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is “soporific.” I have never felt sleepy after eating lettuces; but then I am not a rabbit. They certainly had a very soporific effect upon the Flopsy Bunnies!   In the story, the bunnies eat the sprouted lettuce in the garden and fall fast asleep. The word “soporific” does do a good job of describing the effect. It comes from the Latin word for drowsy or sleep inducing, soporus. The Greeks and Romans referred to wild lettuce as such, as well as noting its usefulness against fevers and colds.

Medical research confirms this. We can take one example of a study of the efficacy of lettuce seed oil in treating insomnia. In a study published in 2011, 72% of participants with insomnia showed a very much or much improved quality of sleep from taking 1000mg of lettuce seed oil before bed. The tradition of lettuce seed oil as a medicine goes all the way back to ancient Egypt. It is said that it was also used for mummification.

Another study in 2005 expounded upon the specific neurochemistry involved in the analgesic and sedative properties of the active compounds found in wild lettuce. This study was specifically done in mice, but the chemistry is the same. Mice were given lactucin and its derivatives, and were then tested for their slowed responses. The results showed sedative effects for up to 90 minutes after being administered the lactucin.

The biochemical effects of sequiterpene lactones on the human body are well known. They produce sedative and relaxing effects by inhibiting the COX-2 enzyme, an enzyme responsible for stress and inflammation. The ancients knew long ago that sprouted lettuce, or wild lettuce, was soporific. That’s why it has been used as a natural calmative throughout history.

The recommended dose varies, but approximately 1.5 grams of opium lettuce sap is typically infused in a tea to be sipped for pain-killing effect.  The leaves of Lactuca virosa may be boiled in water to make a tea that has slightly sedative effects. However, it is the plant’s “milk-juice” that contains the largest concentration of active compounds.

Wild lettuce may be prepared and consumed in several ways: tea, tincture of making “balls” from the sap.

Here is one method to harvest the sap:

  1. Put leaves of the lettuce into a blender and lightly blend them (not too much).
  2. Once the leaves are blended, place them in a pot of water and bring it to a boil.
  3. After the water has turned a dark green, almost brown colour take it off the stove.
  4. Next, strain the leaves from the water by pouring the mixture into another pot through a mesh strainer. Make sure as little of the actual leaf gets through the strainer as possible.
  5. Squeeze the leftover wild lettuce extract all the water that’s still within.
  6. Put the dark green water (now empty of leaves) back on the stove and let it simmer. Let all the water boil off until there is only a paste left. This paste is concentrated wild lettuce extract.
  7. You can pour it into a small medical vial and store it in your bug out bag, medical cabinet, or elsewhere for later use.

I have created a wild lettuce tincture CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Comfrey the Bone Protocol (Pain and Repair)

Careful where you toss Comfrey. It will sprout a new patch wherever it hits the ground.

Comfrey – also commonly known as Bruise Wort and  Knitbone (the later for good reason) – is like a mythical monster and, in some ways like Horseradish –  the smallest bit of comfrey root will sprout a whole new plant.   I like to put comfrey under newly planted trees.  She provides a shade covering helping the soil retain moisture and her leaves will compost into very nutritious root food.   This fact gives good evidence to it’s benefits to the human body too.

Comfrey is truly the plant that keeps on giving. You can chop comfrey to the ground and it will come back, enough to be harvested three or four times a year.   And, no matter where you live, Comfrey will live there too.

For many generations in old Europe, comfrey was one of the plants that almost everyone kept right outside their doorsteps where it became more of a domesticated plant than a weed able to treat a variety of ailments.  Until just recently, comfrey was an official medicine, one of a handful of the most respected medicine plants that merited “officinale” in their Latin names. Another member of the royal dispensary of official is dandelion (Taraxicum officinale).

Today, most doctors don’t just discount comfrey, they warn against using it. Comfrey has been declared unsafe by the USA FDA for internal use. If comfrey has been used for centuries, why is it now considered toxic and too dangerous to be used medicinally? The FDA’s declaration was based on a study in which the pyrrolizidine alkaloids were extracted from the roots of comfrey and injected in large doses into rats. Researchers found that this caused pre-cancerous liver changes in the rats, which somehow became translated as “comfrey causes cancer.”

Now, injecting oneself with a drug made in a lab from the roots is very different than drinking a cup of tea or applying a poultice. Many herbalists have called this study into question for several reasons: one, it makes a big difference when one compound is isolated from the rest of the constituents that make up the chemistry and magic of the plant; two, you would have to drink dozens if not hundreds of cups of comfrey to consume the amount of alkaloids each rat was given; three humans and rats don’t necessarily respond to alkaloids the same way, and there have been no clinical studies done with humans as far as I know.

Comfrey has been used thousands of years of use by millions of people, only two reports of hepatotoxicity (liver cell toxicity) have been documented in humans.  And in both these cases, poor nutrition, pre-existing illness, and use of liver-toxic drugs were contributing factors.

Nevertheless, this article focuses primarily on using comfrey externally. Of course, the safety issues only apply to taking comfrey internally; for many ailments comfrey can be used externally instead. In addition, the leaves, which have much lower concentrations of these alkaloids, can be used instead of the roots (making a tea and gargling for a sore throat)

Comfrey is high in Silica. Another aid to healing with Comfrey is the component Allantoin, which is a cell-proliferant. A cell-proliferant encourages the cells of the body to grow again: bone growth, skin repair, and hair and nail growth are all affected beneficially by the Allantoin in Comfrey, as well as its abundant silica. And Comfrey has a lot of mucilage, a slimy material which helps healing. This means that Comfrey, with its Allantoin and Silica, and Mucilage, and Vitamins, is truly a ‘wonderful healer. Comfrey can heal just about anything:

  • Fractures (even festering) bones.
  • Growths on the bones, hands and feet
  • Varicose veins, veins that are open,
  • Neck pain
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Thinning of bone tissue
  • Pain in the arms and legs after fractures
    Pain in the lower part of the spine and vertebrae damage
  • Pain in the shoulders, elbows and knees, problems due to osteoporosis,
  • Numbness of the legs of the soles of the feet to the hip
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Rheumatic thickening of the muscle, gouts, arthritis, circulatory disorders .
  • All types of injuries, bites, bruises, wounds, blood clotting

Comfrey is the wound-healer plant but there is one warning to be mindful about. If only the tissues close to the surface are in contact with the comfrey, it can actually cause the skin to close over, trapping infection inside. For deep wounds, a plant such as Plantain (Plantago lanceolata or P. major) would be more appropriate. I like to add DSMO to my poultice to ensure the medicine travels into the deep tissues.

Comfrey is irreplaceable in inflammation of tendons, arthritis (joint inflammation), distortion (dislocation, sprain), contusion (charge, contusion), hematoma (bruising), thrombophlebitis (inflammation of the veins) and other.  And, itoccupies a place of honour in cosmetics for the face and hands. One of the properties of this tincture is that renews and regenerates loose and wrinkled skin (especially wrinkles around the eyes).  After long use of  a tincture on the skin of the face and hands, they get completely regenerated.   As far as I know, there is no better remedy than the comfrey root tincture for external use against gout, which should be lightly rubbed in severe gout.

The recipe of a Poultice

Harvest and clean the leaves
Grind up the leaves with warm water in a food chopper, or blender.
Add enough water to get everything flowing nicely in the blender.
Mix in flour by hand to form mixture into the thick paste (I used wheat, but rice flour or other types of flour should work just as well)
Spread the mixture between layers of cloth or gauze in the size that you want your poultice to be

You can store poultices in freezer between layers of waxed paper if not using immediately

The recipe for the comfrey tincture of comfrey:

Put 100 grams of comfrey root in 700 ml of strong brandy or alcohol into the bottle and lay horizontally that ‘it must be aged’ in a dark place for 14 days.
Shake it every third day.
After 14 days, strain and keep it in a dark glass bottle in a cool place.
Lubricate the affected area with this tincture, three times a day.

* Pure alcohol instead of brandy leaves the tincture odorless. Comfrey with brandy has a very unpleasant smell. This tincture is very sticky.

The Recipe for Comfrey Oil

Harvest the comfrey leaves in the afternoon, after the sun has dried off the morning dew. Wet plant materials will make moldy oils, so it is best to wait at least 36 hours after the last rain before harvesting.

In a warm, dry, well-ventilated place (such as an attic, an oven with a pilot light, or even your car!), wilt the whole fresh leaves for 12 hours or until the edges are crispy.  You can also do this in a dehydrator.

Fill a jar completely full of the whole wilted leaves, leaving a little headroom at the top. Add olive oil until the jar is full to the brim.

Tightly seal the jar. Label it with the plant name and date harvested. Put it in a dish on the counter (herbal oils always seem to leak).

Tend it a few times a week by poking the plant material down to release air bubbles and topping it off so the level of the oil is above the level of the leaves.

After six weeks, strain out the plant material, and your infused oil is ready to use!

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Touch Me Not – Shy, Sensitive, Humble – Plant

Touch me not” as I will react, retract. I am sensitive. I am shy. I am humble.  And, I have little tiny claws that will sting you.. Talking about stings, I am snake bite venom, contain the “God molecule”, will alleviate your depression and anxiety, balance your sexual energy, and then put you to sleep.   And, oh, look, I have mystical pink pom pom flowers that cheerlead life.  I am considered a toxic weed but I will clean your soil.   I maybe a small little plant, but I come with a powerhouse of teachings.  And, so beautiful to look at and so mysterious to touch.       

Mimosa Pudica, the humble sensitive plant, seems to hold a very pertinent lesson for us in today’s world.   It speaks volumes in it’s tender smallness and yet arcs a lesson for us human’s that we just do not understand it all and perhaps cannot with our mind, alone.  Humility will spawn electrical looking pink circles (pom poms) perhaps a symbol for power in the plant world (cats claw also has the same flowers) 

I recently came across this plant in a local garden with my (almost) 2 year old grand-daughter, Kaya.  She made me sit..  She gently touched the leaves beaming with delight as they retracted.   “You do it”  she exclaimed!   WOW!  Crazy, she said.   Of course I laughed and felt the same intrigue she did.  I collected a root cutting and seeds.

Mimosa Pudica, you are a perfect plant for today’s world affairs.  And, as plant signatures and names of plants often give away their uses, you whisper a wisdom well beyond your size.    Her leaves are fine acacia like.  She spreads in waste areas..   Her flowers, well, they are pink pom poms!  And, touch her and she’ll react. Poof!

The name Pudica in latin means shy, bashful or shrinking. Well,  when you touch the leaves she responds by closing each leaf nodule in a sequential folding.    It is the coolest thing ever and it leaves the observer in a sorta pleasant glee.    It is also known as the “sensitive” plant.   My, with a name like that I think all empaths should meet this plant as it insinuates we have a psychological treasure in this plant that crosses thresholds to eclectic understanding/wisdom.  Any plant with this name must be a friend of all empaths.  I wonder if it is a medicine for the empaths, especially the shy sensitive ones?

In the Amazon the plant is known as Chami  Chami, which means pure, bright, beautiful, fresh, everything’s gonna be alright sorta thing. It is made into a tea for treating sleep disorders. I suppose things are alright in dream world.  Women soak the leaves in the juice pressed from the roots and smear the resulting juice between their breasts and on the soles of their feet. They claim that this gives them “increased sexual power”.  Considering this, it is no wonder that it is also use as snake bite venom.  A water extract of the roots has shown significant neutralizing effects on the lethality of the venom of the cobra.   

In Quechuan, it is know as Punyo-Sisa (Sisa I found out is  slang for “yes”) and its’ leaves are placed in the pillows of elders and children, again, as a sedative and sleeping agent. In Brazil, the plant is called Jurema and is used as an ingredient in the initiatory drink of ceremony.  It is claimed to contains 5-Methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT; also known as ‘5-MeO-DMT) which is the same compound found in’ ‘Toad’ medicine (Bufo-alvarius toad venom).    While DMT is the Spirit Molecule, 5-MeO-DMT is considered ‘The God Molecule’. Psychoactive, snakes and toads, oh my!   

In the Philippines, Mimosa pudica is regarded as an aphrodisiac for frigid women and men.. For women, they pick and boil the leaves. Apparently, just as the leaves fold together when picked, they open up again when boiled and the opened leaf is a symbol for the vagina when it is open for sexual activity.  

In India, the leaves are chewed and the resulting mush is spread unto the fresh wounds to stop bleeding.  In Nicaragua it is used for stomach aches, ‘cleaning the womb’, to stop menstruation and for gonorrhea. In Mexico is it know as: “Dormilona” and translated means “Sleepy head”. The root is used as a temporary birth control.    

Mimosa is known by a lot of names.

And, finally, Mimosa pudica has shown to produce an antidepressant-like profile similar to two tricyclic antidepressants:  clomipramine and desipramine    Depression and anxiety are among the world’s greatest public health problems.   Perhaps this is the connection to the sensitive empaths?

It seems this little shy, bashful, sensitive, pure, bright, beautiful fresh smiling plant is traditionally a very important herb having many important pharmacological activities…. analgesic,  antidiarrhoeal,  anti-inflammatory,  anticonvulsant,  antimicrobial, hepatoprotective activity,  antiasthmatic, anti-ulcer, antioxidant properties with emphasis on antidepressant and anxiolytic activity and it contains the “God Molecule”.  WHEW! 

But, the good news doesn’t stop!  From a gardening point of view, this shy plant is a nitrogen fixer.which is a vital element for plant growth and reproduction. It has also been tested in phyto-remediation of arsenic polluted soils.  Mimosa pudica significantly extracted and bioaccumulated the pollutant out of the soil and into its leaves.  It will also extract heavy metals such as copper, lead, tin, and zinc from polluted soils. This allows for the soil to gradually return to less toxic compositions.   

Although this little plant is loaded with medicine for human and nature alike, what intrigues me the most lies in the concept that plants don’t have brains, however, this little plant has a learning and memory capacity.  A study done with drops of water dropping on the plant showed that over time, it learned the water did not harm and therefore it stopped retracting its’ leaves.   And, this memory stayed (was not forgotten). (link) Somehow the plant also transferred this “information” to other plants who did not have the experience so neighbours understood too..  My question is isn’t memory and learning a cognitive process and intelligence can be described as the ability to solve problems?    So, this plant has movement, learning abilities and the ability to communicate.   It is theorized this retraction of the leaves is a transfer of minerals…a flash capacity….a charge of minerals.  That intrigues me even more!   The electrical universe has a lot to reveal to us humans!

There is still a mystery surrounding where and how our human memories are stored.  Could it be the same kind of machinery or energy that the Mimosa is utilizing?   Is it an invisible electric energy with intelligence?   And, as the “lesson” (being water isn’t harmful) was transferred to other plants, is it possible that there is an disembodied intelligence and the presence of a spirit we have yet to fully comprehend?

I agree that humans are special in regards to the fact as we are able to discern and debate.about intelligence. But it’s the quantity, not the quality of intelligence that sets us apart. We do exist on a continuum with the Mimosa, the radish, and the bacterium. 

This little shy plant shares with us that intelligence is a property of life,  I believe there is plant intelligence. It’s not like animal intelligence.  It is not like artificial intelligence. In fact, I feel like it’s more like a hive or swarm mentality  in that each cell or individual part of the plant contributes to the overall intelligence.  I believe it is electrical and magnetic.   Which is why you can so easily clone plants; the part that was separated has its own “mind” after separation and can grow into a new identical plant.    I meet Mimosa Pudica and the mystery just proves to be more  amazing.

For one little plant with tiny little pink pom poms to create such a stir as to the questions of what is intelligence and cognitive ability, is it possible that the sensitive mimosa is the perfect plant for empaths? Perhaps the most troublesome and troubling query for all humans is in the “thinking” about life  and what is “consciousness.”    We tend to define consciousness as an inward awareness of oneself experiencing reality—“the feeling of what happens”.   If so, then we can (probably) safely conclude that plants don’t possess it.   But if we define the term “consciousness” simply as the state of being awake and aware of one’s environment—“online,” as the neuroscientists say—then Mimosa Pudica may qualify as conscious beings.  And, that changes everything.

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
Welcome to my garden Shy Sensitive Plant!

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Turmeric Paste

This golden-hued rhizome has long been used in ancient traditional healing practices and cuisine, and prized for its extreme anti-inflammatory properties.

Today, turmeric highlights teas, juices, smoothies, and is used to treat nearly any complaint, ranging from simple colds or the flu to fighting the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. It can reduce inflammation when taken orally and topically, protect against liver damage and radiation damage, ease stress, improve mood, prevent cancer, be used as a pain killer, is antimicrobial, helps to lower cholesterol, and boosts brain health. However, as more and more studies continue to be conducted to expand our understanding of how turmeric actually works and the extent of its range of benefits, we are finding there are right and wrong ways to consume it.

The main compound responsible for the majority of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory benefits, curcumin, is actually very quickly metabolized and not well absorbed by the body at all. Traditionally, turmeric was consumed in stews, stir fries, and teas, along with other warming spices and fats. Today we are realizing these unassuming methods of consuming turmeric greatly aid in boosting the absorption power and bioavailability of curcumin. Bio-Piperine, the compound responsible for the heat of black pepper, when consumed with turmeric, helps to slow the liver from metabolizing curcumin too quickly. Coconut oil or other fats also help to slow down this process and help more curcumin be utilized by the body.

This is where the recent trending golden pastes come in. Not only is it easy to make and use, it is versatile and extremely effective. Once made, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months and added to savory and sweet recipes, soups, stews, juices, smoothies, teas and golden milks.

Golden Paste

INGREDIENTS

1 cup purified water
1/2 cup organic turmeric powder or 1 cup of fresh turmeric (blended with the water)
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil or other fat such as ghee or extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp finely ground black pepper

METHOD

Add powdered turmeric to a pan with water and reduce on low to medium-low heat until it begins to form a thick paste.

Add in ground pepper and fat of choices and combine well, adjusting the water or turmeric qualities as needed.

You may also choose to add in approximately 1-2 tablespoons of raw honey and about 1-2 teaspoons of other warming spices that pair well with turmeric such as nutmeg, curry powder, cinnamon, cardamom, or salt, if you wish.

Once your paste is the consistency you desire, store in a glass jar with tight fitting lid in the refrigerator for 1-2 months.

Dilute and consume 1-2 teaspoons of your paste a day in warm water, juices, smoothies, teas, golden milks, nut butters and snacks, stir fries, stews, dressings and other savory items.

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Kalanchoe – The Plant of Many Names

It continues to amaze me how many wonderful medicine are in my garden that I yet have to learn about.   Many appear as a weed; invasive and troublesome.  However, I take my time to discover.   One very noxious plant is a succulent that seems to grow everywhere.  In fact I have about 4 different varieties.    I was doing some research for a friend with breast cancer and came across an old article of the Spanish Missionaries travelling South America.  One particular missionary had tongue cancer.  An indigenous healer gave him a tea made from this weed and he was cured of the tongue cancer in one month.

This plant is in my garden!  This plant used to be in my house in Canada adorning as pretty house plant that apparently ate CO2 at night time purifying the air.

Pakipanga is its name.  It is known as Kalanchoe pinnata and Kalanchoe Serrate) and s referred to as a “miracle plant”.  There are over actually 125 different varieties of Kalanchoe and it goes by many different names. Some may know it as the Air Plant, others may have heard of it as the Life Plant or Miracle Leaf. Still other names for this plant are Katakataka, Pather Chat, and Paan-futti. It is called the Maternity Plant or the Mother of Thousands as baby plants rise up all around it.  It is even known as the Goethe Plant, named after the writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who in addition to being a writer was also a part-time naturalist. He adored the plant; he was amazed at its ability to reproduce in the most strained conditions  They say that Goethe used their healing properties – he ate one tablespoon of “baby plants” of these species everyday for body rejuvenation.    Finally, this plant is also known as the Wonder of the World—and that is due to its many medicinal uses.

Kalanchoe is widely used in folk medicine for a variety of ailments in Mexico, South America, Asia and Africa and has stories echoing cancer fighting abilities.Before there was scientific research, the peoples of South America already knew the benefits of the Kalanchoe Pinnata plant from treating cancer and inflammation to treating boils and skin ulcers, epilepsy, earaches, and even helping with childbirth.  It seems as though there is nothing that this plant cannot assist with.

The healing substances provided by kalanchoe reside in the leaf and its medicinally potent juice. This botanical kills bacteria, viruses and fungi, making it a formidable foe to many sources of disease. The juice effectively knocks out Staphylococcus and E. coli. Kalanchoe blocks histamine, relieves pain, suppresses coughs, relaxes muscles and reduces inflammation. Studies support kalanchoe’s reputation as a useful agent for dealing with stomach ulcers.

The tincture is made as a bitter tonic  from the leaves. It is an astringent, analgesic and carminative and relieves flatulence.

The biochemical composition of the kalanchoe’s herbage is not fully examined yet. Scientists still have a lot to be done to explain the succus healing effect on the human body.  The fleshy leaves and stems have up to 94% of moisture.Moreover, the succus contains the following compounds:

  • flavonoids (quercetine, kaempferol);
  • organic (malic, acetic, citric and oxalic) acids;
  • tannins;
  • polysaccharides;
  • some enzymes (e.g. malic dehydrogenase, oxalic carboxylase);
  • vitamins (including C and P);
  • mineral salts, micro- and macroelements (aluminium, ferrum, magnesium, calcium, copper, silicon, manganese).

Now, it seems that scientists are finding out the truth behind this herbal remedy and are also encouraged by their findings.    The flavonoid glycosides have P-vitaminic activity. It means that they exert bactericidal and choleretic effects and help to eliminate toxic and radioactive agents from the body.  Tannins give to the plant binding, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory and hemostatic properties. Enzymes are essential participants of metabolism, acting in it as the catalysts. Vitamin C also plays an important role in the metabolic process, particularly in the oxidation process, at the cellular level; and increases anti-infective resistance.Vitamin P (rutin) strengthens vessel walls.

Before there was scientific research, the peoples of South America already knew the benefits of the Kalanchoe Pinnata plant. From treating cancer and inflammation to treating boils and skin ulcers, epilepsy, earaches, and even helping with childbirth, it seems as though there is nothing that this plant cannot assist with.

Now science is studying this plant,  One study done that shows the plant’s ability to reduce histamines. This study targeted mast cells and the key role they play in an allergic asthma attack. These mast cells were hindered by properties from the plant and did not allow degranulation. The anti-inflammatory, antiedematogenic, and antinociceptive ( ability to reduce sensitivity to pain) ability in the plant have been described as a ‘major breakthrough’. The list seems to be endless and filled with good news.

In my research, there is evidence that shows the plant is:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti parasitic
  • anti- bacterial
  • anti-cancer
  • anti-depressantIt

Is used for treating diarrhea, vomiting, earache, abscesses, gastric ulcers, burns and insect bites. It may be effective in dissolving gallstones.  It has been used to treat smallpox, otitis (inflammation or infection in the inner ear), asthma, palpitations, cough, headache, general debility and convulsion. It is also found to be useful in treating edema of the legs.One many use a leaf on his painful eye styes. He heated and placed on the eye and the stye disappeared in a matter of days.

It should be noted that one member of this family of plants called Bryophyllum pinnata is said can cause cardiac poisoning in grazing animals. However, this plant is also used in traditional medicine.    The recommended dose is 1/100 of the lethal dose.

What makes this plant so very amazing is its ability to grow anywhere. If you pick a leaf of the plant and place it on the ground, in a few days it sprouts.   There is no prepping or planting to do. It is a do-it-yourself plant. No wonder Goethe was so fond of gifting his friends with this plant.

So kalanchoe equals the hopes that are centered on it with the honour name “home-grown doctor.”

Some reference and articles

Gnostic Teachings

https://cancerending.blogspot.com/2014/07/kalanchoe-bad-weed-that-cures-cancer.html

Medicinal use of Patharchatta or Kalanchoe Pinnata

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Why Do Some Herbs Work and Some Do Not?

Have you ever talked with someone who thought that herbs didn’t work because they did little for them despite all their hype? Or have you ever taken (or given) an herb and you (or the person) not only didn’t improve but got worse?  I have some friends who refused to take herbal advice because herbs “do not work for them”.

Herbs do work!  In fact, they are the basis of medicine and the creative force for healing.  The reason for the bad or unresolved experiences may actually be simple – the energy of the herb was not matched to that of the person or the condition experienced and so it wasn’t effective.

However, herbs can also not work.   When a “fad” is going around (like a flu virus) everyone seems to catch it.   It doesn’t work that way!

The energy of herbs is extremely important to consider when choosing herbs. Some herbs are cooling, others warming; some are drying, others moistening. Some drain while others build.

Like plants, people have energetic constitutions, too. Some folks have coldness, or heat; others dryness or dampness. Some have an excess state (too much of something – think about how you feel after eating too big of a meal for example). Other people are weak, deficient, or depleted.   These should be primary considerations when choosing personalized herbs for healing.

Herbs you choose depends not only on its own energies but also that of the person taking the herb. If the person has a condition of coldness, for instance, they need herbs with a heating energy. If they are dry, they need moistening herbs. And if they’re weak, they need herbs that build strength, immunity, or blood. If herbs are not energetically matched to the person in this way, either they’ll have no results or else problems can arise.

For example, when I mention the herb, turmeric, what first comes to mind? That it’s great for pain and inflammation?    That is true, but for some it actually might make you dizzy instead. How about  maca? Think it’s mainly great for hormones? Think again. It may help some but others might experience no benefit at all. And how about feverfew? Use it for headaches? It might work, but it only treats one type of headache. Since there are as many as five or more causes for headaches, each requires a different herbal energy and feverfew may not match that.  If someone is weak, tired, or perhaps even anemic, you wouldn’t want to give them elimination therapies as those would only weaken them further.

We need to be careful with herbs because sometimes it can be like be like adding more cars to rush hour traffic.

I learned the importance of the energy of herbs very early when I first started using herbs. Like many beginner herbalists, I began with the typical allopathic approach, that is, “this herb is good for that condition.”    We call this looking at the “actions” of the herbs.  This is a good study, but it is only a small part of true herbal healing.

One day I got a very bad flu. Someone recommended garlic, so I took garlic. I got much worse. I was curious why and soon learned that my flu was a condition of heat (high fever, sweating, feeling hot) and garlic itself is a heating herb. Taking garlic meant I only got hotter and my symptoms intensified.

Let’s take turmeric again as another example since it’s such a popular herb today. Because it’s the best anti-inflammatory available to forestall heart and brain problems and to treat pain, many people consume it regularly.   Turmeric helps some folks, others actually have reactions they don’t even realize occurred because of the turmeric. This is because turmeric is warming and drying in energy. That means it’s perfect for folks who have pain and swelling from heat and dampness such as heavy, swollen joints, yellowish and smelly diarrhea, urinary tract infections with pain and even bleeding, herpes, or yellow leukorrhea for example. But those who have dryness, anemia, with such symptoms as dry cough, stools, skin, mouth or nails, dizziness, blurry vision, night sweats or heat flushes, can get worse since the cooling, drying turmeric only depletes these substances more. If taken for extended periods or overdosed, it can lead to insomnia, burning in the hands and feet, hypertension, or heart palpitations, for starters.

Note: Turmeric tubers cooling while turmeric rhizome is heating. Both promote the Blood flow, but  the rhizome treats painful obstruction (arthritic conditions) while the tuber does not. Both herbs relieve gall bladder jaundice, but the tuber is stronger than the rhizome. Turmeric found in the grocery store is probably the rhizome.

Each herb has specific energies that determine its true use.

Start observing the energy of herbs and the conditions they treat rather than using one herb for a specific condition. Giving herbs allopathically and based on on “actions” of herbs regardless of the energy of the herb or the person taking it is what causes others to believe that herbs don’t work. Even worse, it gives herbs a bad rap. Learn to use herbs energetically and you’ll more efficiently and effectively experience the wonder of herbs and their healing powers.

I have created a simple way to formulate herbs and create a synergistic formula that corresponds to the person and the energies.

Creating Personalized Forumulas

To benefit and feel the healing properties from herbs is so much more intricate than just taking a herb for a condition.  It is an art!   This art is combining harmony “notes” to create a song or “colours” to create a perfect picture that matches you, your body, emotions and characteristics.   However, like a musician creating beautiful music, creating a herbal formula that sings perfectly for you takes some investigation and enquiry.

The “action” of the herb is only one component of understanding herb’s potential. There are elements, qualities, tastes and what we call “Doshas” both in the “person” and in the “plants”.  It is not an easy process to find herbs that truly match you and your ailment and perhaps this is why many people say “herbs don’t work for me” .  Herbs do work!   And, it requires a synergistic blending.

I have created an effective and relatively easy formula you can use in conjunction with this website to match YOU synergistically with herb(s).  First, though, creating formulas is a deeply intuitive process that strengthens the more you know yourself and the herbs you are working with.

This website lists all our our herbs by Body Systems, 3 Doshas, 5 tastes and the herbal actions as seen in the tabs below.  You will be referring to there tabs in your artistic, investigative creation.   Have fun!

Assignments for Herbs

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So, let’s get started on how to formulate your perfect healing tincture…

To start, please get a blank piece of paper and make 6 columns as follows

1                         2                                    3                4             5
My Ailment       Description       Dosha        Taste       Herbs

Column 1 My Ailment

Here you will record what is ailing you; what body organ, system or tissues do you wish to effect?

We will work on ONE ailment at at time. (Blends can be made for multiple ailments, but we suggest you start with ONE for the first time).  Use the  Tab A ( above)  to help you assign a body system.     Sometimes two body systems are involved.   If you are familiar with Herbal Actions, you can review Column C tab above.

OVER to Column 5 Herbs

You going write at least 8 (or more) herbs listed in the “body system” category you choose and reviewed (Tab A).    Each body system lists all the herbs available at the end of the article.      At this point, just choose the herbs that resonate with you.  You do not need to read about the herb at this point…and it is probably better you do not do so.     This is mostly intuitive.  There is no need for perfection at this point,     If you are familiar with “actions” you can also choose herbs from these categories too but it is not that important.

Column 2  Elemental Description

In column 2, we identify the “core element” of your ailment.  These are “basic” descriptive terms as listed below.  For example, if you have congestion in the lungs, you might describe it as hot, wet, heavy and loose.  Choose your descriptions from ONLY from this list below.

Dry   or  Wet/Oily, Moist
Cold   or  Hot/Warm
Heavy/Oily  or Light
Sharp or Dull
Constrictive or Loose

Column 3 DOSHA

Now we are going to identify the Dosha with the Element in Column 2.  The list is below.   For example, if you identified “Hot” as an element, you would write “Pitta” in column 3.   A sample is shown below.

Dry, Light, Cold, Sharp = VATA
Hot, Sharp/Warm, Light, Constrictive = PITTA
Cold, Heavy, Wet, Oily, Loose, Dull = KAPHA

We have identified the ailment with its’ elements and Dosha qualities. Last column to complete is the Tastes

Column 4 Tastes

In column 4, you will identify the “tastes” based on the Dosha identified in column 3 (these tastes pacify/decrease the dosha).   So, next to Vata, you will write Sw, Sr St in column 4.

Vata =  Sweet  Sour  Salty  (Sw, Sr, St)
Pitta =  Sweet  Bitter  Astringent (Sw, B, A)
Kapha =  Pungent  Bitter  Astringent  (P, B, A)

Now add up the “tastes” you have recorded like in this sample and put the totals of each taste at the bottom of the column.:

The tastes have been identified, listed and added up

This gives you a good overview of the herbal “taste” you require.  The top 2 are the most important to you and your “ailment”.

Back To Column 5

This is a list of the original herbs you recorded at the beginning and added to your “Wishlist” and in Column 5.

Now armed with the information you have recorded in the other columns, you have a good idea of what works for YOUR ailment in regards to tastes, elements and actions.  Now lets do our research.

Read about your original herbs listed in Column 5 by going to your “Wishlist” and clicking on the herbs..   All of our herbs on this website have been assigned elements, Doshas, tastes.    Next to each herb, put a check for every “marker” found corresponding to your chart attributes.

Another way:   You can do a search (box is top sidebar) on the “elements”, “doshas” and “tastes” you have recorded.  In this search, if the herb in your list appears, put a marker next to it.    For example, type “hot” or “pungent” or “Pitta” into the search box and see if your herbs in column 5 are recored in the list.

The top 4 to 5 herbs (the ones with the most markers) will make a wonderful remedy for your ailment.

You have created your perfect, synergistic herbal formula.

The Formulation identified in for this sample is Cayenne, Lemon Grass, Strawberry Leaf and Calendula. The markers were added after reading the herbs attributes that matched the chart.

Obtaining your Formula.

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Fennel and Comfrey Eye Wash Formulation

Fennel and Comfrey are abundant in the gardens of Ecuador as well as most places on the earth.

A simple combination of Fennel seed and Comfrey root is more effective than most recommended for sty eye or eye stress or any eye irritation (including welding flash or scratched eye ball).  This is wonderful for puffy eyes.

The eye wash needs to be made fresh as the decoction will start to grow bacteria after 3 days or so, but it is easy to make as required and needed.

Make a decoction by simply taking 1 tsp of Fennel seeds and 1 tsp of cut & sifted Comfrey root and put into a small pot with ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes, turn off heat and cool.   Strain through silk or tight muslin making sure all “bits” are removed.  Sometimes a coffee filter is the best.

Wash the eyes using an eyecup 2-3 times a day.

Store excess in refrigerator.  Replace with new decoction every 3 days. [this is a living herbal formula and will grow bacteria, so make it, use it, replace it, every 3 days].

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I Am A Garden Anarchist ~ A Rebel For The Plants!

I know the gardens hold a secret to our survival…at culinary, medicinal, emotional, organization and psychological levels.   If we look to nature to discover how to “operate”, I think we will have perfect and commonsensical answers.   So, I began this article by searching “plants power” assuming those plants that thrive despite human eco-destructive ways might be good teachers.   In this search, the results of the “images” showed ALL  “power plant” pictures of the industrial world.  My gosh, how far down the rabbit hole have we gone?   The machine is grand!

Recently, I was invited into an apparent “good” opportunity to have increased “clinical” prestige in regards to the “work I do”.  These offers always make we stop and think. What is IT I am doing?   And, once again, my decision was clear…. to stay in the garden.   It is not always the most “accepted” approach as “the profits” monetary are small and tiny, the “idea” is lost or hidden from many’s views and it almost appears “unreasonable” in a power and successful hungry world.    But, I stayed true to my heart and belief that healing arts always and forevermore starts in the garden and should always have that connection.  It should never, ever be about money.   And, taking a personal stand for the true “value” and essence of healing is one way  I know, deep within, we can and will survive the machines of mankind that have almost suffocated our rational minds.

This amounts too “I have an anarchist approach and my garden approves”.

My current medicine garden here in Ecuador appears like a council of varying countries.  The circle is quite eclectic and represents many cultures and countries.    I’ve harnessed and nurtured the creative spirits from my past living spaces and I have surrounded myself with these old friends. The garden holds the wonky northerners, the crazy singing easterners and the wild westerners who dance with the southerner’s sultry growths.   The green house holds the “royal herbs” who require a little extra attention and tendering.   I have taken great measures to make sure they are all happy, healthy and feel welcomed.

And, in return, the give back!   The magic of alchemy is one answer to locating and harnessing a “freedom” well beyond the current concept we have of “natural” and “wholistic” medicine.    Acutally, “natural” medicine is not really that “natural” anymore.

Let me explain ….just as with every plant in the garden, every tincture jar I make holds a story.  Each  plant, medicine jar tell stories of the dying ecosystems and places gone forever.  The plants with a little help and care have very self-resistance-voices and speak out against the  our concept of “natural health”.  If you give it a chance and a little encouragement, the plants are our allies.

For people not lucky enough to roam throughout the wilds or have time, energy or interest in creating a productive garden you can purchase herbal preparations such as tinctures and teas that cradle the healing properties echoed at length in plant healing.    But too many have lost interest in going deeper than “a purchase” for their health.  Actually there are far more who “pretend” to be nature lovers…or would like to see themselves as such.   I have an uncanny and empathic gift to see right through these people.   Sometimes it feels more like a curse, but it is also the energy that drives me to “speak out”.    Too many are concerned about their social status: see my pretty garden?  Some are more concerned about the small town gossip..”.I will hang out at the social hub more often than my garden”.   And, a common view is “money is the tool towards healing”.   This last concept has infiltrated all our avenues and ways of living.   I will tell you loudly and boldly: my time spent in the garden and in the kitchen alchemizing is worth a trillion times itself to the future of our children.  I hold that with honour I will not (ever, ever) buy in to the industrial, machine way.

We all know we are in a consumerist society and have been manipulated to accept certain “ways” a “dealing”  It is easy to ignore the connections between a bottle on a shelf and a living, growing plant out in the garden. It can be hard to know if that bottle contains plants that grow a mile away or on another continent. It is difficult to marry the relationship of the soil, bugs, air and water within that bottle of medicine.

For me, this is far more about educating ourselves about the plants we use to nourish and heal.   If you have a bottle of medicine, you should be able to visit the plant in that container.  That relationship needs to be desperately re- awoken.

In this connection, we ARE able to build a whole new system of healing that isn’t about regulations and retardations.   It is one that can support our movement away from the corporate power structure that medicine has become and back to the garden where it all begins.A medicine cabinet should always be next to the garden.    Anyone in the business of healing and who sees money as the primary force (maybe even the need) should take a good hard look at themselves.  They are not natural beings and their integrity to true healing is misguided.

The development of a new medical system, or the recovery of ancient models, is a future link in our safety net when industrialism fails. Rest assured, it will and is failing.  However, at this time,  those who “get this” and choose another way will be seen as the rebels…the rebels of the future medicine.  It is not an easy path as it requires you oppose the current system and in some ways, go underground for the time-being.

On the flip side, we all have access to industrial medicine and many will excuse their participation/use of this form of “fake” medicine because it offers a fast, temporary relief.  However, as I see over and over, the results are a feedback loop that actually causes more problems.   The real work (natural way) is not so immediate in relief..and it does mean that suffering is part of the healing process.  You are forced to look at all levels of healing in that suffering.   The result is it will re-establish our connection to the real medicine that is a direct line from the Earth and the Mamma who feeds us.

This goes for all so called “natural medicines” too.  Herbal medicine that is popular these days is presented to us by the media, so-called green capitalists, profiteers and lawmakers.  It really has brought with it very little true and deep healing.   Ultimately it is a failure….and is crumbling before our eyes.   The plants and herbs are reduced to capsule form or worse, to their “active ingredients”.    They become just a tool to work with in the same body-machine that industrial medicine sees people as being. They become no different than pharmaceutical drugs or a scalpel blade.  that messes around with the parts. They are ultimately less effective because the herbs have been taken out of the system of healing (garden) in which they have their strength.

Sometimes and sadly when the marketers of herbal products get their hands on a new “miracle cure,” it can mean extinction for the plant. This is especially sad when so many living creatures go into useless products or are wasted on conditions that they don’t treat. (eg: have you heard of Echinacea shampoo?) Many herbs I wildcrafted 20 years ago are now close to extinction in the wild.  I fear this will happen to “chaga” in the near future too.

There is also the “fads” of miracle herbs and we tend to believe everything we read and hear online without looking at or researching the “qualities” of the plant.   A great example is Frankincense essential oil.   The healing properties and amazing compounds of Frankincense are found in the resin acids and make up the heavier resin portion of the oleo gum resins.  In distillation, these resins are left behind.   For this reason, it is not physically possible for there to be anything but trace amounts of Boswellic acids in the essential oil of Frankincense no matter what the company reps tell you!    It is safe to say that all the literature and information that claims Boswellic acids are found in the essential oil of Frankincense are written and disseminated by essential oil companies who seek to boost their sales of Frankincense essential oils.   We need to know and research our medicine like it was to be our best friend.

I believe there is an alternative to the so-called  “alternative medicine.”  Michael Moore, herbalist and author said it best in one of his lectures: “… the herb business mostly revolves around recently marketed substances with new research, and it comes from them to us. Whereas we’re trying to establish as much as possible (in this “lower level” if you will) the fact that we need to create a practice and a model that’s impervious to faddism. We’re trying to practice in a way that derives from practice rather than from marketing. Not from above to below but from below around….Keep it local. No centralization because centralization kills everything.”

So, indeed, we need to localize.   I also feel we need to rid ourselves of the concepts of “clinical settings” and “proper” set ups.    A healers home and garden is the scene for the healing.   Healing is most ancient model on earth to date. We knew it before we were people. Animals know how to use plants to medicate themselves.  Plants play the same game.  We are far too afraid to be in wonder in the natural setting.  We have full resources available at our fingertips.   There are millions/trillions of books.   We have people who “know” how are eager to teach, mentor and train.  A herbalists garden is far more healing than an “office”.

This Ol’ n New way of  healing needs to be subtle and requires a lot of self-knowledge, or at least self-awareness. It uses intuition as a diagnostic tool. It uses the senses and plants as guides.  It beckons us into relationship from the garden alchemized medicine.   When we take herbal medicine (or food for that matter) we are taking in part of the plant’s growing environment; everything it ate and drank and experienced has formed the medicine you’re depending on.

When we are healed by plants, we owe it to them to look out for their kind and the places where they live. Traditional plant-gatherers often have a prayer they recite before they take anything from the wild or they return gifts in a form of gratitude (tobacco being a favourite)   Personally I say “OK, plant. You heal me and I’ll look out for you. I got your back because I know you got mine.   No one’s gonna build over you, or log you, or pick too much while I’m around and I will ensure you have all power to grow stronger and better and bigger” So this true herbal healing system has at its heart a deep environmentalism and a commitment to the Earth.  It is a conversation.

The bioregional concept is important to this model of healing. Plants’ actions in our bodies are really quite limited by the chemicals they can produce from sunlight and soil. For every big-name herb on the market cut from the rainforest or dug from the mountains, there is most likely a plant with a similar action growing in your watershed. Some of the best medicines to maintain good health grow in vacant lots and neglected gardens around the world.

I intend and I am creating a little village of people who are responsible for their own health.    We gather or grow our own medicines and food and is a primary “rule” of the village purpose. These days we are far too dependent on the power structure of industrial health care – the secret society of the doctors, the white-male-dominated medical schools, the corporate decision makers with their toxic pharmaceuticals and heartless greed and labs full of tortured beings.   That dependence is one more thing keeping us tied down and bound to the “state” and “system”.   . With a new system of healing, based on self-knowledge and herbal wisdom, we will be that much more free.

People who have some background in herbal healing can be a great help to those of us just learning. Healers who are working to form this new model, whether collectively or through their individual practices, should keep in mind that commitment to the Earth and a decentralized form of operations are central to truly revolutionary medicine.    It is hard to resist the machine…it will allure you with false promise.   But, truly, money is a fake medicine.

In these times of change, everything is being examined and either destroyed, rebuilt, or created from our hearts. Industrialism has affected every aspect of our lives – we are just starting to realize how much has been lost. Medicine is just one part of the machine that we have to take back and re-create into a form that works for the society we will become. Every herb, pill, and procedure should be judged on its sustainability and accessibility to small groups of people.  People really need to get back to the garden.  We can start with ourselves, within our communities and circles, but should never stop expanding outwards until industrial medicine rusts in a forgotten grave, a victim of its own imbalances.    It takes integrity to take a real good look at true healing.

I am honoured to have known and live with the special plants in my garden and to have studied their uses as medicine.  I am honoured to have them within this new land and space.   And, I see myself as one of many guardians re-developing a new system on ancient ways in a corrupt environment for future benefit.  I am a garden anarchist.

You are welcome to visit my garden!

Water Lily/Lotus

Lily Lotus
You rise with the sun and set with the sun
presenting an aphrodisiac or a “party drug” wonder.
Regardless, you’ve become a spiritual-religious tool
from the land of the Lotus-eater,
who live on a food that comes from every kind of flower.
  Surely, if your beauty is removed,
the hardened will weep with a type of withdrawal symptoms
From the mud you rise as most of us should!

In our garden, we have two large fish ponds that are deliciously decorated with the different varieties of the water lily.   To meditate on the lily is auspicious and delivers an authentic boost to the shadow and light or the living experience.    Her story is quite poetic in the history of man.   Priests would deliver her in wine for a euphoric experience.   As she rises from the mud, one has to realize her magical potential even if science is not there yet.

Sacred Water Lilly

(excerpt from the upcoming herbal apothecary manual)

Sweet Annie

Sweet, sweet Annie.

A plant we all could use for protection

from forces unseen In today’s world,

She is keen.

She portrays a delicate fern that whispers gently

But, don’t be fooled!!!

She has a punch that is pretty cool

We need wart protectors

And to dispel the snakes and serpents

They cause the tummy to gurgle

She is our digestive bitter

And, she cools Takes off the heat.

Annie is a ferny, soft plant growing in our gardens adding an aura of delicateness.  But, she is not actually that delicate and her pungent bitterness is enough to ward off the most hungry snakes and serpents.   Sweet Annie likes to reset gurgling tummies and expels worms and even malaria critters.   She is a bit of tomboy of the plant world although she is very pretty in the garden.

Sweet Annie is available from Seeds Of Wellness Gardens as a dried plant and a tincture and is often blended with digestives, liver tonics and parasite cleanse alchemies.

 

Sweet Annie, The Delicate Tomboy

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Keeping the Internal Critters At Bay – Detoxification

“Worms have been living inside the human body since Homo sapiens have been around. About half the world’s population (over 3 billion people) are in infected with at least one of the three worms forming what Columbia University parasitologist Dickson Despommier calls the “unholy trinity”—large roundworm, hookworm and whipworm.” From the February 2009 issue of Scientific American (Worms “N” Us).

How many humans have PARASITES — the organisms that live in and feed off of their human host? No one knows for sure, but suffice it to say that the number is probably far greater than we think. I have seen peer-reviewed studies suggesting that the majority (over 50%) of all Americans are carrying some sort of parasite at any given moment.

When it comes to giving out advice on dealing with these parasites, you find every end of the spectrum, from the late Hulda Clark (The Cure for All Diseases) who believed that virtually all disease could be tied back to occult (hidden) parasites, to Mark Crislip of Science Based Medicine who wrote, “I get a sinking feeling when I see that diagnosis [parasites] on the schedule, as it rarely means a real parasite. The great Pacific NW is mostly parasite free, so either it is a traveler or someone with delusions of parasitism.”     Who can we trust? As is usually the case, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE PARASITES
There are numerous signs and symptoms of parasitosis (the condition of having parasites). However, many of them are fairly vague and seen in wide numbers of other chronic health problems. Just remember that the more symptoms (particularly “unexplained” symptoms) , the greater chance that those symptoms have something to to with parasites. Some of the more common signs and symptoms include….

  1. IBS-LIKE SYMPTOMS: People with IBS tend to bounce back and forth between diarrhea and
  2. CONSTIPATION. They also tend to have lots of bloating, foul-smelling gas, abdominal pain, and even blood in the stool. This also happens to describe people who have parasites.
  3. SKIN CONDITIONS: SKIN CONDITIONS can be in the form of unexplained rashes, eczema, hives, rosacea, etc, etc. Itching is another common sign of parasites — particularly around the nether regions such as the rectum / anus (now you know why your dog periodically drags his hind end along the ground in a semi-sitting position). Be aware that you get some of these same symptoms with Candida.
  4. ALLERGIES: People with parasites often have all sorts of ALLERGIES and sensitivities — particularly to foods. This is thought to be brought on by the toxins they release, as much as it is the parasites themselves.
  5. UNEXPLAINED JOINT PAIN: Although there are a million and one reasons people can get joint pain, they always come back to to having either some sort of mechanical dysfunction (not likely in cases of “ALL-OVER” pain) or SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION.
  6. YOU ARE WORN OUT AND DEPRESSED: If you are exhausted, fatigued, chronically tired, or mentally washed out (“brain fog”), you may have parasites.
  7. YOU HAVE ANEMIA: This is what happens when worms suck your blood, and particularly true with Iron-Deficiency Anemia — the most common form of ANEMIA in America.
  8. SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION / FEMALE PROBLEMS: This covers a lot of territory.
  9. SUGAR OR CARB CRAVING / ADDICTION.
    CONSTANTLY HUNGRY: Remember the old Three Stooges jokes about ‘feeding’ their tapeworms? When parasites are chowing (robbing you of) all your nutrients, you will constantly feel hungry. Although the stereotypical person with parasites (particularly the ‘proverbial’ tapeworm) is rail thin, the truth is that many, if not most Americans who have parasites are OBESE.
  10. OTHERS: There are a bunch. Some of the more common include insomnia, teeth grinding at night, bad breath, body odor, chronic low-grade fever, a weak immune system, a history of international travel, ANTIBIOTIC use, or heath problems that seemed to start after a serious bout of ‘food poisoning’.

HOW DO I DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT I HAVE PARASITES,
AND WHAT CAN I DO TO GET RID OF THEM?

Determining whether or not you have parasites is probably the easiest part of the whole process. Although it is not so common to see parasites in your stool, there are any number of labs that provide comprehensive evaluation of stool samples. Blood work can also be of benefit as there are certain markers seen in people with parasitosis.

You need to be aware that the two sorts of parasites we are mostly discussing here today are the worms (tapeworms, roundworms, etc) and protazoa (single celled organisms). The worms attach themselves to the intestinal lining, both draining nutrients and releasing toxins that affect your whole body. The protazoa (Girardia is probably the most common in America) are different, but can cause equally distressing symptoms.

Although there are any number of anti-parasitic drugs on the market (each class of parasite has many different drugs associated with it), these can be exceedingly harsh, as they all work on the principal of being toxic enough to kill the bugs, but not toxic enough to kill you. For most people, parasites can be effectively dealt with via nutrition and natural methods.

Dietary Changes: When you begin to make healthy changes in your diet, you begin to starve the excess critters that have been hanging around gobbling up the extra sugars and nutrition in your blood. When there is not enough fuel for these yeasts, they begin to die off.

I am going to list off the things that I am most familiar with and that are effective.

  • BLACK WALNUT HULLS / WORMWOOD: Almost every anti-parasitic remedy I have ever seen, involves these two as its foundation.
  • GARLIC: What isn’t Garlic good for? Other than the fact that other people might not be able to tolerate being around you, Garlic is one of the true “miracle” plants when it comes to health. Yes, it helps kill parasites.
  • BERBERE / CIRCUMIN / TUMERIC: All of these are extremely anti-inflammatory.
  • CINNAMON / CLOVES: Excellent against parasites — particularly their eggs. Many people use alternating courses of Wormwood / Walnut Hull, and Cinnamon / Cloves to alternatively kill off the adult parasites and the worms.
  • CAYENNE PEPPER / HOT PEPPERS: Fabulous stuff as long as you are not one of those people with a Nightshade Sensitivity.
  • PUMPKIN SEEDS: We have eaten roasted pumpkin seeds in the Fall of the year forever. Not only are they delicious, but the oil has anti-parasitic properties.
  • PINEAPPLE AND PAPAYA: These contain bromelain and papain respectively — proteolytic enzymes. Make sure to crush the papaya seeds and eat them as well.
  • LEMON & SPEARMINT: Great stuff. Make sure to crush or chew the lemon seeds.
  • CARROTS / RAW COCONUT: I also see people substituting (or using simultaneously) sweet potatoes and BEETS (not pickled).
  • INTESTINAL CLEANSING: There are about a million ways to go about this, but most seem to involve copious amounts of fiber. Although there are all sorts of forms, I like ground flax seed.
  • OIL OF OREGENO / OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT: Although there are many that swear by these for their anti-parasitic properties, I tend to think of both in terms of anti-fungal (anti-yeast).
  • DIATOMACEOUS EARTH: You can even use this on your garden as a natural pesticide. It absolutely works. The drawback is that I find that it also kills your earthworms so this troubles me.
  • RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Not sure what Raw (unpasteurized / unfiltered) Apple Cider Vinegar is not good for, but that list would be rather short. This sort of vinegar tastes good, and provides a number of health benefits.
  • WORK ON YOUR GUT: As is the case with virtually every form of sickness there is, you will never go wrong dealing with your GUT HEALTH.

One quick warning about a parasite cleanse; the more intensely you go about it, the more possibility you will end up having a HERXHEIMER REACTION. As you kill parasites, they release a lot of toxicity into your system. You may wind up with a headache, malaise, or even feeling sick. This won’t last long.  I discuss more about this below.

CONCLUSION
Not only do I feel that getting rid of parasites naturally to be the best method of doing so, there are many health benefits to using the methods seen above — most having to do with the fact that they could be easily and effectively incorporated into virtually any sort of ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PALEO-LIKE DIET. The bottom line is that as long as you are not pregnant or nursing (got my disclaimer in), there is really no downside to these sorts of protocols, but the upside is tremendous.

Parasite, fungal, bacteria and virus die off symptoms are different for every person.  It depends upon the individual’s overall constitution and the health of the body’s terrain.

The term “Herxheimer reaction” refers to the “die off”, and is also sometimes called the “healing crisis” although healing crisis is also a term used to describe “Herrings Law of Cure”, a reversal of previous symptoms.   In “die off” you might feel worse instead of better for a a period of time because the critters are dying.  It is similar to an ant colony that is struggling.  The ants become overactive, frantic to stay alive.

This reaction should be swift and short term.   For some it lasts a day or two, others can experience die off symptoms for up to a week. And still others, who may be dealing with a more exacerbated immune deficiency may experience these unpleasant symptoms whenever a new dietary change is made toward reducing the amount of food available for the yeasts to thrive (more on that farther down the page).

The important thing to note is that worsening symptoms do not indicate failure of the treatment — it usually means that the treatment protocol is indeed working, maybe a little too well.

When  “die off” happens in large quantities, it results in an immune reaction to the endotoxins released by those organisms as they die, causing an increase in symptoms we may have already been experiencing, and/or sometimes producing a new set of symptoms  As the body works to detoxify, you may experience symptoms including dizziness, headache, “foggy” headedness, eye floaters (the little blurs in vision which can be detected when the eyeball moves back and forth), depression, anxiety, heightened anger reactions, gas & bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, joint pain, muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, exhaustion, need for more sleep, sweating, chills, nausea, skin breakouts, or other symptoms.  I know, it reads like label warning on pharmaceutical drug; a bunch of symptoms from one of those commercials that ends with “side effects may include…”   The truth is that die off symptoms are caused by real biological occurrences resulting in your body experiencing these reactions.

The two main factors which cause the unpleasant (and at times even debilitating) symptoms of die off are dietary changes and antifungal treatments.

What Else Can I Do To Treat Die Off Symptoms?

Try an epsom salt bath, or a baking soda bath, to help draw out toxins.
If you have access to natural hot sulfur springs in your area, by all means have a soak!
Saunas and steam baths are great for sweating out excess toxins.
Follow a good sweat with a revitalizing, rehydrating drink.
A coffee enema will do wonders for an overstressed liver, and help immensely in flushing out excess toxins.
Castor Oil Packs also help relieve some of the discomfort.

To assist with the cleaning process, we suggest the following Tea made with local herbs.

colon cleansing teaColon Cleansing Tea

Most colon cleanse teas on the market contains either senna or cascara sagrada, both of which stimulate the action of the lower intestines and colon.

These herbs are no joke. They’re used in some popular herbal tea blends to help alleviate constipation. If you’ve not used them before, they really do work. Start with a gentle dose.

Senna can cause painful intestinal spasms in some people, so you may want to look for a tea made with cascara sagrada. It supports normal function of the bowel, while stimulating digestive secretions in the liver, gall bladder, pancreas and stomach.

If you decide to use a senna tea start with a mild dose the first time, and see if you get the desired effect. Drink it at night before bed time, by the next morning after being up and about for a while you’ll know whether you need a stronger dose or not.

Our local Tea Blend

Aloe Vera Leaf – also supports normal bowel function, cleanses the blood, and is a liver/gall bladder tonic
Plantain leaf – helps break up mucoid plaque while also soothing to the intestines
Ginger root – relieves gas, bloating and upset stomach
Fennel seeds – relieves instestinal cramping and gas
Fenugreek seed – soothing to the intestines and promotes regularity
Peppermint leaf – stimulates liver and gall bladder, good for colon cleansing, digestion
Dandelion root – supports liver function, stimulates bile flow, help release toxins and also helps carry them safely out of the body.

This tea can be ordered from Seeds Of Wellness.   A 20 cup blend is $8.   This blend is also available in a 50ml tincture for $10.

For my clients, friends and family, here I present three Trusted Parasite Protocol Cleanse Protocols (downloadable pdf)

To order this tea or any of the herbs reported in the protocol please contact me.

 

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Real Food or a Pill?

About 80% of clients initially report taking a daily vitamin or mineral supplementation. When I announce that I’d rather they find nutrition in real foods, most clients raise an eyebrow with “Really, but that is hard work!”.   In my opinion, anything short of the whole plant always, guaranteed, misses the mark. When did humans stop relying upon Nature to provide our nutrition? How can we assume the incredible, creative force of Nature is less than a man-made pill? It absolutely baffles me!

Clients will often tell me that they experience an increase in energy and an apparent and sometimes quick relief from health challenges due to their supplementation. So, this topic can be very confusing. I will suggest that although there appears to be relief, most often what one is occuring is a shift of symptoms, satiation and/or compromised nutrition. It is not a true healing, homeostatis or the peace of true health. Getting rid of symptoms does not necessarily translate to true health (and happiness). It often means one is trading in one set of symptoms for another and they not addressing the underlying cause.

Nutrition, despite our technological advances, is actually still a very young science. We can not, not do I think should we try to duplicate the brillant, balance of nutrients found in whole, fresh plants. It is estimated that we may only be aware of 10% of the nutrients and phytonutrients (plant) in nature. Wow! We have a lot to learn. Nature packages nutrients in a precise combination that work together as cofactors. How can removing the cofactors through extraction and refining produce less than optimal results? In my opinion it can’t. It is a fragmented approach and we are not addressing why our body is lacking the nutrient in the first place.

For example, most women over 50 are concerned about calcium levels. And, as such, seek supplementation. They do not consider the foods or habits that create a loss or interference of calcium or calcium uptake. They often do not consider possible adverse effects of taking too much calcium or the bioavailabilty of one form of calcium over another. However, more importantly, they do not question taking a mineral in an isolated form. Calcium in nature comes “packaged” in a perfect blend. How can humans intelligently claim that a specific nutrient is the answer? We can’t!

Health educator T.C.Fry said “many drugs, diets, and supplements are sold with a admonition to “consult your physician” before consuming them. But is there is value in looking inot the medical profession for nutritional advice?” I find this statement ammusing and troubling. It was only in 2004 that it became mandatory for US medical schools to have a single course on nutrition. An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study that challenged doctors against their patiencts in a test of basic nutrition. The patients won! (source: Micehal Gregor, Atkins facts). We have to educate ourselves further. This is the only way we will find true healing.

It is important to familiarize yourself with the elements of nature and to understand that we can not duplicate or even come close to the healing power of whole, organic, raw foods. At this point in history when most diseases stem from the realization we are eating ourselves to death, this topic is very, very important to the health and well-being of mankind. We are at a critical and important time in human history. I think it is time we all started to love ourselves in a great capacity and nourish our bodies with foods that love us back. Let’s embrace “Biophillia” – the love of nature!

Discovering The Garden

In this age of information, words have taken over the experience of learning and discovering a garden.   It is increasingly obvious there is a disconnect.   There is a longing, though!   Most people know something is “off”.

There is a first step…and a step most do not take.  You can “know”  all the “information” on a plant but, that sometimes is a hindrance to experiencing it.  Take that knowledge and neatly put it away, tuck it under yourself and, quite frankly, forget it.    This actually works when you want to meet Nature and Natural.

Many who love herbs and herbal medicines discover a deep connection to the plants.    It is not chemistry or biology or plantology.   It is not a component of chemistry or a part of a plant that causes and contains the magic.   There is a deep, prayerful and connective relationship.    The Spirit of the plant is the essence.

For those who love gardening, who gather plants in the wild and walk with them home to their kitchens…for those who learn to identify the local weeds plant communication eventually happens.   For some, it comes as a surprise and others feel strangely uncomfortable in this imagination space.    But, plants only wish to help and offer a lot more than a chemical they have produced.  They do find a way to talk to us and will keep trying until we eventually hear them.

There are some really wonderful teachers today who are teaching plant spirit medicine, how to connect with that plant spirit.  Many courses give you the “details” of each plants and we are blessed with some amazing websites to gather the information.   For me, though, the woods, fields and water ways are the place to learn.   The reading is a symbiotic experience with all our senses.   I ask and invite guests to the Magical Forest to  sit with a plant and just listen.   Do nothing other than observe.   When you develop a relationship with a plant a kind of sacred plant medicine happens without making or taking any medicine.   It happens Just by working with them, they begin to speak to you and you begin to hear them.   Whatever they share it is ALWAYS powerful.

It happens when you garden. You know, when people go into the garden, they transform. That’s why so many people love to garden.    A magic exists in the most mundane act of weeding.    We go into the gardens and  begin to feel things and be different, and in a way that’s plant spirit medicine at its finest.  I, myself, I am addicted to this connection although I often have a hard time getting out of my head.   The plants are teaching me with enormous patience.

And, when you gather a plant to make a suave or oil or tincture or tea, it becomes magical kitchen medicine.  You can not get this out of a pill (natural or otherwise).   This is special!

Most people do not realize that they are able and capable of making and creating their own medicines.   And, they often hold back and wonder if the natural supplement would be better.   I say the medicine WE create is the most powerful.   It contains the sacredness that ONLY can happen through relationship.  And, relationship only happens when you give and share intention and attention.  Our ancestors did it this way and it worked.  And, its so potent. And people always get it. They never not get it. It’s so amazing to see.   However, until they experience it, they seem to hesitate.

That’s why I do what I do and I have not gotten bored yet.   I have been into herbs for over 25 years and gathered much “knowledge”.  Yet, when I am in the gardens, I know the Sacred Medicine of meeting, greeting and being with plant is the most powerful medic ine ever.      And, when I see it transforming people’s lives, it feeds my spirit deeply.    And, I know they will pass it on too…that’s how it’s always been done over and over for many generations!

MSM

(Disclaimer:   If it is suspected you have a Sulphur or Mercury (heavy metal for that matter) intoxication, please DO NOT use MSM.  It can be very dangerous!  Persons with kidney problems or recurrent kidney stones may not want to take MSM. Certain renal tubular defects can make a person susceptible to recurrent kidney stones. Other kidney defects include errors of metabolism in which processing of sulphur amino acids is altered . Again, such persons may wish to avoid MSM)

Within this earth’s water cycle is a special little mineral called MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) that evaporates from the ocean water to display as the “whiteness” in the clouds. This white compound rains down to earth and penetrates into all living things. The earthly journey of MSM is a beautiful amplification of its function and ability inside the human body Just as it penetrates the earthly living structures, MSM also provides the permeability for the internal cells the human body allowing for the penetration of goodness in and toxins out. Not actually a superfood, it’s powers are just as magical.

Quite simply, MSM is probably the most significant discovery since Vitamin C. It’s pretty much a miracle substance. It’s good for preventing muscle aches and sprains, general health, and a whole lot more:
MSM is an organic form of sulfur and it is as pure as spring water. It is apparently the only form of sulfur the body can assimilate. (Why garlic is so healthy: Its high sulfur content.) Sulfur is a component of bones, teeth and collagen (connective tissue). Collagen can’t be made in the body unless sulfur is present, so this means your joint cartilage can’t be repaired without sulfur. Sulfur is the 4th most plentiful mineral in the body, and so essential to life that it is found in every cell of virtually every animal and plant

So, taking an MSM is like getting back to a healthy raw foods diet.

As MSM is present in the water cycle, it should be present in all the produce we consume, unless of course the produce is grown in greenhouses. In fact, if you water your garden with rainwater, MSM will be present in the produce of your garden. If you water your garden with water from only your faucet, then no MSM will be present in your produce. However, it is easily destroyed by any heat, or processing of foods or water treatment plants. Therefore finding MSM in our readily available foods is getting harder to do. But when it is present, it is readily absorbed and utilized by our bodies.

MSM is like an escort in the human body that promotes beautification. Our bodies are constantly making new cells to replace old cells. In fact, the trillions of cells in our body are replaced entirely every 7 years. As new cells are created, the MSM is incorporated into the polypeptide bonds that make up the cells walls. The result is the creation of cell walls that are far more permeable to nutrients and goodness. It is like comparing a piece of tightly wound nylon material to a loose cheesecloth. Cells walls without MSM will be very impermeable to nutrients while cells walls with adequate MSM will be very permeable to nutrients. Obviously, permeable cells have a far great opportunity to move nutrients in and toxins out with greater ease. With more goodness escorted in and more badness thrown out, the cells are softer, kinder, happier and more at ease with their function.

When our diet lacks MSM, the cells become rigid and lose the ability to flex back. Stiff and inflexible cells are associated with aging. It is the sulfur within MSM is responsible for the flexibility and elasticity of skin. Based on this information, MSM has been used to enhance skin wellness, improve scar formation and to assist in skin health in teens prone to acne. It softens leathery internal tissues by rebuilding connective tissue with elastic sulfur bonds. This is how MSM lives up to its reputation of building collagen and maintaining healthy joints. This is also why MSM increases flexibility and helps relieve arthritis and other joint and muscle pain and is excellent for recovery from injuries.

Why take MSM?

It’s used in the formation of collagen — the “lattice” framework the cells fit in. Because of that, it’s required in large quantities. It’s a “macro mineral”, not a trace mineral. (Vitamin C is a “macro vitamin”, for the same reason.)

It creates the flexible bonds between cells, instead of the stiff cross-linked bonds.

That means it’s good for flexibility and prevents wrinkles.

I suspect that also helps ameliorate age-induced near-sightedness, which is essentially a stiffening of the cornea over time.

It’s very helpful for arthritis.

It produces strong, healthy nails, hair, and skin.

It promotes healing with flexible tissue. (Otherwise, scar tissue forms, which tears rather than stretches — the typical cause of re-injury.)

On the surface, wounds heal with healthy skin instead of scar tissue. Inside, muscles and tendons heal with flexible tissue instead of easily torn scar tissue.

Because recovery from a workout is essentially a building process, MSM users report “no soreness after workouts”.

How good is it? They’ve been giving it to multi-million dollar racehorses for decades to prevent sore legs and promote muscle recovery.

MSM is also an antioxidant, and it helps flush toxins.

Because the toxin flushing occurs through the skin via sweat, it’s good for the liver. (Reduces strain on the liver, promotes healing.)

Apparently, it “paints” the insides of your stomach and intestines, in such a way that it effectively prevents food allergies.

Sulfur is also a major part of insulin. So MSM improves energy levels.

I’m not sure if it’s due to its insulin activity or to its intestinal activity, but MSM appears reduce sweet tooth cravings. Could be that it is promoting the good intestinal flora. (Sugar promotes the bad ones.)
Probably because it heals the mylein sheaths around the nerves, it promotes inner calm. (Alcohol wears away those nerve coverings which produces, quite literally, “raw nerves”, irritability, anxiety, and anger.)
Perhaps more importantly, MSM is the escort for many nutrients. Co-enzyme Q10 locks with MSM, which means that in order for the body to fully utilize this nutrient, it must have MSM with it. Pantothenic acid, Vitamins A, D, and E, inter-enzymes, amino acids, selenium, calcium, germanium, collagnol and dismuzyme are just some of the things we know the body does not utilize properly unless it has MSM as an escort. A lot of the vitamins we take go through the body without being fully used. With more MSM in the body, vitamins can be utilized more effectively and therefore become much more beneficial.

There is a joke that North Americans have the most expensive urine in the world because of all the vitamins that go down the drain. Vitamin C does a lot of healing by itself, but without MSM to lock with, it doesn’t toughen capillary walls. When MSM is added to the diet and taken with Vitamin C, chronic nosebleeds, easy bruising and varicose veins may be relieved. Vitamin C and MSM work synergistically together.. Without enough MSM, the body can’t do its job properly.

The MSM source as a powdered form is often lignin from pine trees. Lignin is a molecule in plants that is part of a plant’s cell wall. Lignin oxidation in oak wine barrels results in the vanilla flavors of wines. The pine tree lignin is an ideal source.

MSM is both safe and effective but every body is different, so you would need to find what dosage works for you. One thousand (approximately 2 tsp) to four thousand milligrams per day is a typical dosage range, but some people take well above that amount. It is best to start with one thousand mg and work your way up. As MSM does detox the body, watch for signs of rash, sweating or headaches. It may mean you are detoxing too quickly. If this happens, reduce the dose and wait one week before increasing it again.

If you are taking MSM in powder, here is the proper way to consume MSM, to avoid the bitter taste. Take a large spoonful of the bulk MSM and place it on the tip of your tongue. Now quickly consume a large amount liquid. Water can be used and is how I consumed bulk MSM. However juices will mask any small taste, especially Cranberry Juice. MSM, when place on the tip of your tongue is tasteless. It is when it dissolves that the taste is so very bitter. Consuming MSM in this manner will allow nearly all of the MSM to dissolve in your stomach, far on the other side of your taste buds! Some of the excess MSM you consume will flush out of your body in about 12 hours, taking with it many toxins. (Therefore supplementation with MSM should be repeated both morning and again in the evening.)

On the minus side, taking MSM does seem to promote indigestion, even though the long term affect should be help prevent it! It’s sort of like exercise. It may hurt, but it makes you stronger. The thing is, if it hurts too much, it’s because you’re doing more damage than you can handle. So watch how you feel, and build up to the amount you need. (If you have problems, cut the amount in half. Keep cutting until you don’t have problems. Then build up by adding 10% a week until you’re where you want to be.)

MSM can be taken in capsule avoid the bitter taste, but capsules are much more expensive and as you increase your dose, you may find it that you have to take too many pills. Many people who have unsuccessfully tried MSM were not taking enough MSM.

Finally, you can also use MSM in your bathwater and it will leave your skin getting smoother and smoother — and even help eliminate minor rashes, infections and skin conditions. Use about 1 cup full of MSM in a full bathtub for a long soaking (20 minutes) bath — and don’t worry about getting it in your eyes or mouth. No problem. I have also add MSM to my hot tub.

From the cell walls of pine trees to the cells of the human body, a good MSM can contribute to good health and help beautify you from the inside out.

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Wise Words

“To ignore the experience of people trained in the science of their day, or simply expert in the practical application of folk medicine, is both culturally bigoted and unscientific. We cannot presume that conventional modern science knows everything. Folk tradition includes many more layers of nuanced experience, including information drawn from the imagination, intuition, observation of animals, bedside experience, taste and smell, that the inherently limited boundaries of modern science cannot include. These layers of knowledge enrich, rather than deduct from scientific endeavour.”
–Matthew Wood (Traditional Western Herbalist)

“We were created out of the earth there. Well, we’re part of the earth, and that’s what we’ve got to go back to the earth to get something to keep this body a-ticking. Just like the tree, of course, and the herbs here, they’ve got sap in em, and we’ve got blood.”
–Tommie Bass (Appalachian Folk Herbalist

Apothecary

From the garden, all good things will come!   And, they do!  Currently, there are 120 different medicines and healing allies in the garden .  We can make tinctures, herbal teas, cacao morsels of any one or combination of herb.

Herbal medicine is people’s medicine. Herbal medicine is the primary medicine of most people on this planet, right now. It’s not something old and dusty. It’s not a bunch of doctors and chemists figuring out how to use herbs like drugs. Herbal medicine is a little girl picking plantain and putting it on a skinned knee or an insect bite.  It is an elder chewing on a weed.  Herbal medicine is the medicine of women and children. It is the medicine of the earth. It’s a free gift from nature. It’s not something that must be studied before it can help you (although I have the formal study and accreditation).  However, nothing compares to the knowledge one receives when visiting the garden daily and working with nature on a path of healing.

For our clients, all the plants/medicines in the garden have been categorized and assigned healing properties that will be noted in your protocols.   Once we determine the body’s weakness and deficiencies in the terrain, we can determine what herbs and plants are most useful.  (I strongly recommend a visit to the gardens to meet your medicine).

I also am making what I refer to as modern spaygic tinctures…which is basically the separation of a plant into different forms (tincture, infusion, hydrosol, essential oil, homeopathic and “tissue salt” (burning of the plant matter) and a re-blending of the plant forms to create a magical blend.

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