Basic Herbs for Common Ailments

Often as people are healing and detoxing out stored heavy metals and toxic poisons, stored bacteria and/or viruses are released and need to be killed out effectively and efficiently. Using medications with harmful side effects disables and works against the body’s natural immune response and capabilities. Giving the body tools to overcome pathogens and invaders and allowing the God designed immune system to do the job it was amazingly engineered for creates a life-long immunity against pathogens and makes the body stronger for the future, instead of killing all the good microbes with an antibiotic and leaving the immune system crippled and the body even more vulnerable to the next round of invaders always present (and now mutating against all the chemicals, pharma drugs, insecticides, etc. we have created in today’s industrial countries) in the environment. We will never rid the earth of all pathogens, viruses, bacteria (though we sure can get our ecosystems healed and functional to keep them in check!), but what we can do is keep ourselves strong enough for anything and our herbal medicinals on hand. Here is a list of common symptoms and herbs I have used to help:

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  • Ear Infections: Older children/adults – can place a freshly sliced piece of garlic just inside the ear to help kill it out; frankincense eo diluted traced around the outside of the ear for inflammation and pain; Dr. Christopher’s Ear oil – or similar oil infused with garlic and mullein – warmed, dropping several into the ear, allowing to drain inside (can also use colloidal silver alternatively) and placing a cottonball in the ear gently to keep the oil inside to do its job; apply twice daily for about five days.
  • Fevers: Fevers are not the enemy! (Do a search on Dr. Mercola’s website and you’ll find all kinds of helpful articles explaining fevers and pain medication dangers.) They are the body’s natural immune system cranking up the heat to destroy the invaders. Helping to facilitate the fever is helpful; using Feverfew extract for children is useful, cool washclothes, pink salt baths, lots of fluids, Superberry powders (or organic juices) – like acerola cherry, mangosteen, goji, and pomegranate in high amounts aid the body with Vitamin C which gives the immune system weapons for their fight; peppermint eo on the belly button, anti-microbial eo blends on the feet, and probiotics all are useful.
  • Cold/Flu: Different bacteria/viruses are lumped into this category. In general, if you know which one you’re dealing with it is easier to find the solution. Some broad combinations that would cover a vast array of invaders includes: Oregon Grape Root, Goldenseal, Olive Leaf, Yarrow, Garlic, Oregano oil, Elderberry Syrup, and at times Chickweed and EO blends like ProShield (Ameo) or OnGuard (doTerrra) – or make your own blend using similar oils (clove, cinnamon, lemon, rosemary, black pepper) with Florihana pure quality type essential oils. I usually do two doses (morning and night) of the herbs for about seven to ten days. Useful blends also include doing the hot toddy type tea, fire water, hot cider, Dr. Christopher’s Super Garlic Immune, or other Super Immune blends (I make my own extract with 10 different anti-microbial herbs); probiotics, Superberries (as listed above), and avoid sugar as it immobilizes the immune system.

If the symptoms seem to be lingering, it’s great to switch up the herbs used or get an applied kinesiologist to check to see which would be the best for what is going on. That’s my personal favorite thing to do – just muscle test to see what is needed so there’s no wasted time or resources. ¬†Be patient with natural healing and allow the body to run things on its own time. Pray and always seek the guidance of the Ultimate Healer and Heavenly Father who leads us gently to truth and to those who can help us if we are seeking. May God bless your efforts!

*The information contained here is meant to inspire you to make your own health choices, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, or “cure” disease. We operate in a realm of health. For information on disease management and medications, see your medical doctor.

Yeast/Recovery Diet

After successfully killing several bouts of overgrown yeast, I thought I’d post the protocol and diet that is necessary to follow in order to kill out the bad yeast/fungus and allow the good to repopulate and rebalance the entire body. The supplements I recommend I have used either personally for myself or for my family with good results. Depending on how severe your problem is will depend on which one you decide to use. Also, there are recommendations for the ones safest for children or nursing/pregnant mothers. Keep in mind if you’ve dealt with leaky gut or have had lived/been in a mold environment, it is best to do a yeast cleanse; as the chances that the bad have overtaken the good is highly probable in those compromised situations. I really recommend getting a health consult and use muscle response testing with a trusted professional to see exactly what would be best for each individual situation.

This diet is also good for those recovering from any parasitic infection, toxin overload, diabetic (in which case no raw honey), and other illnesses.

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Supplements:

For adults and children: Olive Leaf extract along with Mountain Meadow’s Yeast X V.

For adults and children over 2 (children still at half the adult serving): Can-Sol by Pure Herbs -2 tsp once a day for 15 days. This is the MAIN supplement I use.

If the yeast is from a parasite or of a particular strain, 5 drops of ProShield (ameo) and 2 oregano for 5 days could work.

For nursing/pregnant mothers and children under 2 (children still at 1/2 adult dose, and 1/4 dose if under 2 years): 1 TB of Molecular Silver (not the same as colloidal; please message me for the #, they don’t have a website) – once a day for 15 days. Olive Leaf Extract is also acceptable: (1/4 dropper once a day for 2-4 yrs; 1/2 dropper daily for 4-8 yr) 9 y and up 1 dropper twice daily. Olive leaf will not work for major yeast infections or ones that have been systemic for a long time. I would look into doing the one from Mt Meadow or after a nursing baby is at least 10 months old, I would use the Can Sol.

Garden of Life Probiotics (or BioKult) – work up to 9 capsules a day for 3 months. (GoL also has probiotcs for children as well in a powder form that is awesome.)

Prescripts Assist Probiotics (soil-based) – 1 cap 3x’s daily is a great supplement as well.

Diet (to be done for at least 15 days – up to 3 months longer if you’ve had this problem for a long time):

The No-no’s:

  • SUGAR – of any kind – sugar FEEDS yeast and harmful pathogens – this includes any gluten containing grains and corn as well
  • Canned foods – in aluminum canning
  • Vinegar – including Kombucha **for yeast issues**
  • Packaged meats (like deli meats)
  • No processed or boxed foods
  • No gluten containing grains unless sprouted
  • No cow dairy – not even cheese, trust me you can live without it for just 2 weeks ūüôā – for recovery diet can have goat cheese and raw goat milk
  • No sugar fruits (strawberries, cherries, grapes, oranges, bananas, etc. – look it up for a complete list) *** for yeast issues**
  • No starchy white potatoes, or pumpkin
  • Mushrooms (only for yeast cleanse)
  • peanuts, cashews, pistachios – **yeast issues** otherwise, can use peanuts organically in a nut butter

The Yes Foods:

  • Grass-fed, pastured meats
  • Proteins – pastured eggs, nuts, seeds, avocados, coconuts
  • Good fats – organic butter, olive, sesame, flax, coconut oils, animal fats
  • Sprouted grains – make your own sprouted grain bread, or just avoid breads for a couple weeks
  • Soaked brown rice or oats
  • Low-glycemic fruits – like blueberries, raspberries, goji berries, pears, apples, lemons, grapefruit
  • All veggies – except for carrots unless cooked, not juiced and minimally
  • Yams or sweet potatoes, squashes (like spaghetti or butternut, delicata or acorn)
  • Coconut or almond milk – make your own or get unsweetened without additives
  • Raw honey or stevia – ¬†will not feed yeast – no honey if high blood sugar recovery
  • For a meal replacement protein, you can use goat whey protein.
  • Legums/beans soaked and cooked properly
  • Raw and organic goat milk products (for most cases) – cheese, kefir, raw milk
  • almonds, walnuts, pecans (organic as these are heavily sprayed)

That’s about it. It’s very similar to the GAPS diet. So, if you’ve been on that diet anyways, it’d be good to do a yeast cleanse while you’re there. This is a great detox diet in general for any kind of cleanse – colon, kidney, liver, parasites, heavy metals, etc. If you haven’t done one or all of these cleanses at least once a year, I would really recommend it. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the saying goes. But really, if I could avoid having any dis-ease just by detoxing and “fasting” from certain foods and using the right herbs/oils/supplements, it’s worth so much more in my time and energy, emotional health – not to mention the health of those I am responsible to take care of! God bless you on your journey towards being fully whole!

Natural “Medicine” Cabinet Part 2

Last year I wrote about some of the bare essentials I like to have on hand for emergencies. Since then, I have still been researching, learning about other herbs and trying out different products as various health trials come our way. With natural remedies it is best to remember 2 things: 1) Hit it hard (be consistent Рtaking something every hour or less) and 2) Hit it early (get on the herbal ammo as soon as you feel slightly off).  Here are some more herbal/natural remedies I am thankful for.

Dr. Christopher’s Anti-Plague: The name has changed to Garlic Immune Formula; but it is powerful. On the link is a video of Dr. Christopher himself. You can find many of his talks on youtube and his formulas are readily available. I just purchased the complete 2 volume work he put together of his formulas and herbal syllabus. What an amazing job God had for this man as he revived so much of ancient herbal wisdom.

Cayenne Pepper: This is in my travel emergency bag. The powder form I keep on hand to stop bleeding instantly. It does sting a bit on the skin around the wound, but it’s only for a moment. Using the cayenne in a tincture form will stop a heart attack, open up clogged arteries, and improve circulation. Excellent for use of people with varicose veins and any other circulatory problem. It is also anti-microbial and is in the anti-plague formula.

Cold Tea: These easy to find items make a great stand by at the first sign of a cold/flu.

  • Fresh ginger, chopped or grated
  • Fresh garlic, chopped
  • Fresh horseradish, chopped
  • Raw honey
  • Raw apple cider vinegar
  • Fresh organic lemon, sliced
  • Filtered water

~ Just add as many of the above ingredients as you can find and drink it as a tea all day long. Very effective if used consistently and at the beginning of a sickness.

Stomach Flu Tea:  If someone in your house has caught a stomach bug, making up a gallon of this tea will not only help them get over it faster, but keep everyone else in the house from catching it.

  • 3 parts red raspberry leaf
  • 1 part peppermint leaf

Make into a strong tea and sweeten with raw honey. Drink it all the day long.

Healing Herbs

Comfrey Salve: The amazing “bone-knit” herb has been used in my house on countless times. I use Dr. Christopher’s formula from his “Complete Tissue and Bone Repair”. I made up a large pot of olive oil infused with all the herbs. I then used the oil with some beeswax to make it into a salve. I take with me wherever I go! Great for any structural problem from pulled muscles to broken bones. I use this along with lavender essential oil on many bumps and bruises especially on the toddlers and little ones who are always banging into something. It’s rough being small!

A book I highly recommend for more easy, affordable remedies is “Be Your Own Doctor“. She has lots of testimonials sprinkled throughout the book and the format is very reader friendly. I have gleaned much from her experiences.

I hope these remedies bless your family as they have mine time and time again. Stay tuned – more remedies to come!

 

** Please remember “This information is to be used for educational purposes only and has been solely based on the historic and traditional use of herbs.¬† This information has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration.”

Making Nutrient Dense Tea Easy

I love the benefits of herbal teas, but don’t always feel like brewing up a batch. I have been trying to get in as much red raspberry leaf as possible the past few weeks, because I know how amazingly good for me and baby it is. Last night I decided I didn’t feel like warming up hot water to make a big batch of tea. Instead I filled a half gallon jar with about 7 cups of filtered water, added my herbs, shook it well, and left it on my counter all night. The next day, I strained off the herbs and sweetened the tea with a bit of raw honey. It was just perfect. I left it in the fridge. It was gone by dinner time. The kids love any herbal tea around here. Here are my proportions:

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  • 1 cup red raspberry leaf
  • 1/4 cup peppermint or spearmint leaves
  • 6-7 cups water
  • stevia or raw honey to taste

That was it! I am now making up various teas the night before for the kids, so they will stay out of mine. I try to keep the proportions to about 1 1/2 cups of herbs to  6-7 cups water. Some of my favorite combos so far are:

  • ¬†1 part red raspberry leaf
  • ¬†quarter part hibiscus
  • quarter part rose hips

or

  • 3/4 part chamomile flowers
  • 1/8 part lavender flower
  • 1/8 part fennel seed
  • 1/4 part lemongrass
  • dash hibiscus
  • dash orange peels

Have fun and experiment with what herbs you have on hand. I like to look up tea combinations from my favorite tea suppliers and then copy their recipes to my tastes. If you’re looking to build an herbal cabinet: grow them yourself or order from Mountain Rose Herbs, Azure, Frontier, or the Bulk Herb Store. I started ordering just a small $20 order here and there as I could, Eventually, you’ll build up enough of a stock that you can try many different, healthful combinations. Have fun experimenting and enjoy!

Digestive Issues During Pregnancy

Each pregnancy seems to bring about its own cluster of health challenges. I say challenges, because I have found them to be just that. A difficult time that forces me to do more research, try different ways to heal, pray for answers, and focus on the positives instead of “complaining” to myself and God. This being my 8th pregnancy, I have dealt with all kinds of discomforts – starting with my low thyroid to poor circulation, to pre-diabetic conditions, gallstones to digestive problems. I have with God’s help and grace healed most of the conditions I have faced – through His provisions in nature only. I do have weakened areas that I still have to stay on top of through supplementation (like my thyroid – I take TW from Pure Herbs, an herbal sea vegetable tincture). One day, if God permits, when I am not nursing or pregnant, I plan to do a juice fast and help speed the healing on any other weakened areas. But all in God’s time. Each precious life is well worth the short pains and challenges I have overcome.

With every new adventure, God gives new perspective, and a compassion and empathy for others in similar conditions that I would not have had prior. I do believe that every experience God permits our way is not only for our benefit and betterment, but then to use to help those around us. In this spirit, I would like to share what has worked for me and the symptoms and causes for some digestive issues experienced this pregnancy.

At the beginning of the pregnancy, I attended a WAPF conference in Georgia, where I was first introduced to the Leaky Gut Syndrome. I listened intently to the talk given about gluten, celiac, and this Leaky Gut issue. It impacted me so greatly, and I felt so impressed that this was a major cause of many of our family’s digestive sensitivities and allergies, that I put together a workshop and formed a juice fast for our natural health group. (For more information, please check out the link for the notes.)

I put myself on the GAPS diet for about 2 months, while I also took LOTS of probiotics, food enzymes, and fermented cod liver oil/butter oil. We also juiced several times a day, and had soup as much as possible, from homemade stock. We also prayed and worked on releasing toxic gluten from our systems.

This made a huge difference in my own health and for those in my home; but also for the ones who went on the juice fast in our health group. They all experienced healing and cleansing; feeling great at its completion and looking forward to doing another one.

After experiencing this, God sent me through another trial of indigestion. I couldn’t figure out why I was experiencing such terrible cramping, gassiness, and pains in my stomach area each day in the early evening. After some muscle testing, we found I had h. pylori in the stomach that had done some damage. Getting rid of that with¬†colloidal silver, I now was dealing with low hydrochloric acid (HCL).

HCL is very important to digestion. Without proper levels you can’t absorb minerals and other vital nutrients from the foods that you eat. And even a couple days of little mineral absorption wreaks havoc on all the body systems. For me this showed up in my thyroid weakening again such that I had to triple the amount of supplementation for it. I also started gaining almost a pound a day while we were trying to figure out what was going on! Any extra weight put on during pregnancy just makes it that much more uncomfortable and difficult to get around. I definitely wanted to resolve this!

I had already incorporated taking probiotics each day. This is very helpful in encouraging good stomach digestion. I also started taking a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar in the morning and in the evening. I got some HCL supplements from Nature’s Sunshine (called PDA). I continued taking my food enzymes when needed. I even bought some Swedish bitters to help out. I found a dry mix of the herbs online, and am making my own, which should be ready next week. The herb safflower also helps aid in digestion and the production of HCL. So, I have taken this in capsule form (through Nature’s Sunshine). These all will aid in stomach acid production and healing the stomach lining to produce its own proper amount.

So while I am not out of the woods yet, these steps are greatly helping me to improve and heal the low stomach acid issue. Many pregnant women experience heartburn or low stomach acid. The misinformation that is out there says that it is caused by too much stomach acid, and the remedy is antacids. This only makes the problem worse in the long run. Antacids hinder the stomach lining from producing HCL, which of course will only make the condition worse. The problem is that the pressure from the baby, a pinched nerve, a misalignment in the spinal area, or even the bacteria h. pylori (among other causes like taking birth control pills, antacids, or antibiotics) can cause low stomach acid. It takes prayer and patience to find the root cause, fix it, and then begin healing and repairing; all the meanwhile supplementing until the production is back to normal.

I will continue to post any other helpful methods I experience along my road to maintaining a healthy pregnancy. God has been good! This will be my 4th home birth. I love that God introduced me to natural childbirth through a good friend. It has made all the difference in experiencing the miracle of birth. Children truly are a blessing. I accept God’s timing and planning for our family and its members; knowing that motherhood is the most amazing calling, that all life can only exist from God, Who knows us before we are even conceived. Praying God’s blessing to you and yours.

My Natural “Medicine” Cabinet Essentials

The best time to start an emergency, natural medicine cabinet is during the times of no emergency. I started out with just a few items and as I could afford each month I would order another few things to keep it growing. Thankfully today, I have cabinets full of medicinal herbs, tinctures, supplements, essential oils, salves, and other valuable items. With much researching, reading, praying, and consulting with natural health professionals, we have not used any man made, pharma creation in years. That is not to say we haven’t had any emergencies, or that everyone never gets sick. But each experience God has allowed to come our way, He has also provided an answer for, using His natural means. Please remember that the key to using natural remedies is to hit it hard, immediately when there are symptoms and make sure you’re using the right thing for the right ailment.

Here are some things I have stocked up in our bathroom cabinet for pressing issues (click on the name for more information on uses):

  • Nature Sunshine’s Silver Shield – this is a patented colloidal silver that will not bother the good bacteria in the body. USES: topical infections and internally for viruses and other pathogens in infants and little people who can’t do other remedies yet – will kill most pathogens (yeast, virus, bacteria…) if used consistently and often.
  • Healing Salve – homemade salve with herbs that heal, for topical use on cuts, bruises, bone issues (sprains, broken, or misalignment), muscle problems (tears, pulled, or sore)… I used the basic formula from Dr. Christopher’s Complete Bone and Tissue Repair.
  • Lavender Essential Oil – every time a small one gets a big bump or “owie”, we get the lavender out. I am always amazed how quickly the swelling disappears, and the bruising is either minimal or non-existent after several applications. It is also very calming for them after a traumatic accident. Good for burns, and any other skin ailment – can be used straight, or mixed in a carrier oil first.
  • Activated Charcoal – crucial for¬†poisonous¬†bites, insect bites that are reactive, food poisoning.
  • Bentonite Clay – also good for internal cleansing, toxins/chemical poisoning; weekly facial detox, stomach viruses/bacteria – with symptoms of diarrhea or vomitting
  • Diatomaceous Earth – kills parasites and pathogens in digestive system; more info click here.
  • Harmonic Quad – an amazing instrument that kills any parasite (from viruses, bacteria, fungus, etc.); read more about it here. We have used this successfully for many years. It was one of the best investments we made, especially since it is such a simple solution with NO side effects to use for babies, and when I am pregnant or lactating. Created by Dr. Overman, author of “Overcoming Parasites Naturally.”
  • Black Walnut Hull powder and White Oak Bark tincture – for tooth issues. Though we have never had a cavity or tooth decay, I have not had to use them (remember that tooth decay is another symptom in the body of malnutrition or toxic overload). But I know that they do heal and restore enamel and kill bad bacteria. So, I keep them on hand. I also have an Herbal Tooth Powder by Dr. Christopher should we need it.

I also have therapeutic grade essential oils that I rely on for so many other issues. The Desk Reference by Young Living Oils is a great resource on what oils to use for what ailments. I also refer to oil-testimonials.com for what has worked for others and exactly how they used the oils. Some of my favorites are:

  • Di-Giz – a digestive blend for any digestive complaint; I have used this countless times on colicy babies, upset tummies, to kill pin worms and other parasites.
  • Peppermint – to reduce fevers, for digestion, to kill skin parasites, speed healing; I think I had a list of over 100 uses for this one oil. It’s pretty amazing.
  • Melrose (tea tree and rosemary) – kills fungus (like athlete’s foot, or other nail infections).
  • Purity – antiseptic, toxin cleanser, removes odors out of just about ANYTHING, and also purifies chemicals out of things.
  • Peace and Calming – doesn’t that just say it all?
  • Joy – YL blend that helps balance hormones (I use this during that time of the month, and also with fluctuations in pregnancy and after – it’s been such a blessing!)
  • Thieves – will kill basically any pathogen, kills parasites (even horrible ones like scabies); have used this for so many ailments, I couldn’t even list them all.

I am sure I could come up with a ton more. I love essential oils as my go to resource for natural healing. I have used them and seen them used on my family and friends to successfully treat staph infections, bladder and kidney infections, UTI’s, and countless other problems. They are so potent and work so quickly, I am so thankful that God has given them to us. They have been used dating back to Biblical times and are referenced in Scripture. Just amazing.

I also appreciate homeopathic remedies. I keep just a few on hand, like chamomilia and a teething combo by Hyland’s for the babies; and Cold Calm for serious colds/flu type issues. Homeopaths are great for infants, because they have little taste, dissolve quickly in the mouth, and of course, have NO side effects. ¬†There are many websites explaining which ones to use and for what.

There are so many wonderful natural remedies out there, this is just the tip of it. Many helpful books have been written on the subject. Some of my favorite books on the subject are: Be Your Own Doctor, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, The Green Pharmacy, EO Desk Reference, and here are some more.

My official disclaimer: The information here is for educational purposes, it is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or ailment. Do your own research. Pray for your answers. We are responsible for our own health and those entrusted to us. Do the best you can, with what you have; let God make up the difference. 

May God bless you in your endeavor to take care of your family naturally in all situations.

Dr. Christopher’s Plague Remedy

My mom was telling me about this amazing formula that the late naturopath, Dr. John Christopher created. She is taking an herbalist course with his institution and listening to his tapes. The story he gave was quite remarkable. What would you do if you couldn’t go to a hospital or a doctor for a life-threatening illness? This is a serious question one must ask themselves. It has sparked my desire to learn all I can about how to heal diseases, illnesses, and health problems naturally with ingredients I can have on hand.

Dr. Christopher was asked during a conference to come up with a formula that would save one from a plague, should one come about again. His answer was that though he was a renowned herbalist, he is not able to come up with everything. He prayed and asked God to give him the herbs and formula to make it. His prayer was answered almost instantly, as he gave out the inspired formula to the people in the conference. Years later, this formula was used during a plague like break out. The hospitals were full of infected people and were dying. Someone brought in the remedy to one of the hospitals. Those that were in that hospital survived the plague, where the most of the others did not. This is not an uncommon occurrence, and unfortunately, one scenario that will repeat itself as times get tougher.

I believe it always imperative to be prudent with the tools God gives us now and save them for a time when we will have to use them or help others. The great thing about this remedy is that it will keep in a dark, cool place almost indefinitely. So, if you make it up this week, theoretically, you could still use it years down the road.

Here is a good video tutorial with the ratios that I found online. May God inspire you on your journey of health!