15 May

wise words from a fellow practitioner

I am sharing these words from a fellow practitioner because I have done the same work for the same time frame, and still going strong today. Please take time to consider the options you have when you feel there are none. There are always options.

quoted from Andrea Beaman:

The work I do is essential to the health of my clients and for the world at large. First and foremost, I’m in the business of preventative healthcare and natural healing, and I’ve been doing this work for over two decades. I provide preventative and healing methods for a wide variety of diseases and conditions. Some examples include:

Heart Disease (over 15 million deaths per year!)
Cancer Prevention
Brain Health/Alzheimer’s
Digestion
Liver Detox/Cleansing
Kidney Support
Bone Health
Thyroid Disease

My job as a wellness practitioner is to understand the illness, including Covid-19, from an alternative and preventative perspective and provide natural ways to rebalance the body and heal using diet, lifestyle, and consciousness.

This knowledge is essential for a variety of reasons, many of which became abundantly clear during this coronavirus outbreak:

*People on lockdown couldn’t get out to visit a doctor, go for a blood test, or even get access to a hospital as many were overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases.
*For a wide variety of Covid-19 symptoms (poor immunity, dry cough, sore throat, loss of taste, and smell) people have access to medicine in their kitchen and don’t even know it.
*Beyond Covid-19, people are struggling with many other conditions and need support and guidance on how to manage them from home.

As a health coach and wellness practitioner, I provide service to clients. I care for their needs as they seek support for a variety of symptoms related to Covid-19 and other conditions.

My service is essential to the health and well being of people during this crisis and beyond.

Doctors and healthcare workers are doing work that is essential.
People preparing food are doing work that is essential.
Grocery store workers are doing work that is essential.
Delivery services are doing work that is essential.
Police and fire departments are doing work that is essential. Transportation workers are doing work that is essential.

Those people are getting paid for their service without any shame attached to it.

The work that preventative and alternative healthcare workers like myself and you, and many other wellness practitioners, do is also essential.

We are providing a service to PREVENT and HEAL, and take the burden OFF an overwhelmed healthcare system.

As we’ve clearly witnessed, our healthcare system CANNOT handle the amount of stress that this virus presented to society as a whole.

So, whether it’s this virus or the next disease that overtakes the population, wellness practitioners of all kinds are providing essential service to help people make it through with their health, their life, and their sanity, intact. There is no shame in that.

I encourage you too, to get back to doing this essential work – you are needed in the world now more than ever.

end quote

Jeana Anderson, C.N.H.P., MMT, CEIM, CBS
Natural Helping Hands, LLC
www.naturalhelp.net
jeana@besmiley.com
501-690-3306 (I-phone)

28 Apr

Are you ready?

I want you all to be thinking of this. I have taught the following class, with the following outline many times. Please make sure you read after the outline for a supply list that I highly recommend you put together; I have had one my entire life, and it is well worth the effort. Each year, I make sure all things are still in good condition and have not expired. Each year my kids were schooling, they were required to read a new survival or first aid book to keep it all current in their heads. It is vital that we all know how to help ourselves and others at any given time.

Outline Safety Class 101 😊

  • Recognize emergencies—adults and children
  • Deciding to act
  • Be prepared
  • Preparing for emergencies
  • Taking action—emergency action steps (check, call, care)
    • What happens when you call 911 or EMS
  • Checking the victim
    • Checking the conscience and unconscious victim
  • When seconds count—adult and child life threatening emergencies
    • Breathing emergencies
    • If a person has trouble breathing
    • If a person is choking
    • If a person is not breathing
    • Signals of heart trouble, chain of survival, CPR
  • Injures
    • Cause of injury
    • Reducing your risk
    • Cuts, scrapes, bruises
      • Dressings, bandages, soft tissue injuries
      • Special situations
    • Shock—very vital information, personal stories
  • Burns-care
  • Injury to muscles, bones, joints
  • Sudden illnesses—recognize and care
  • Poisoning
    • Household and outdoor
    • Bites, stings
    • Prevention
  • Battling the elements
    • Outdoor safety
    • Heat-related illness
    • Cold-related illness
    • Weather related emergencies
    • Lightning
  • ANATOMY OF A FIRST AID KIT
  • ANATOMY OF A SURVIVAL BAG
  • HEATH AND NUTRITION
    • Natural, holistic vs physicians views (general)
    • Know your options
    • Food and liquid play an important role in your survival skills and safety
      • Why? How? Comments.

PREVENTTION! PREVENTION!  PREVENTION!

  • After asking “what is an emergency” and “what is safety”
  • After practicing what is in your first aid books and your FEMA/RED Cross packets
  • After you know how to recognize an emergency using your senses and awareness
  • After learning all about how to ACT in an emergency and what you, and what a kid, CAN DO
    • Stay calm, check the scene, do not put yourself in danger, CALL, and do no harm—assume the worst)
  • After you PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, for PREVENTION, PREVENTION, PREVENTION…

For

  • Beach, bugs, insects, bites, poison, blisters, bloody nose, burns, sun burns, chemical burns, choking, cuts, scrapes, bruises, ears, eyes, cold issues, poison plants, food poisoning, splinters, sprains
  • Auto safety, water safety, darkness safety, electricity safety, playground safety, street safety, sports safety, sever weather safety, outdoor safety, survival safety, heat-related safety, dehydration
  • People, stranger, public, body, home, buddy, power, personal, SAFETY
  • Safety outside your normal, every day surroundings and circumstances, vacation, zoo, museums, events, etc.

WHAT NEXT?

PRACTICE IT ALL AGAIN!

CLICK HERE FOR A FAMILY SUPPLY LIST, (the Kids’ready kit)

THEN CHECK OUT ALL THE OTHER GREAT THINGS IN THE WEB SITE

23 Apr

disinfectant/healing

How to Make Herbal Liniment by Jethro Kloss July 1, 2010/

in Remedies & Recipes /by Kimberly Gallagher

Rosemary Gladstar’s book the Family Herbal: A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health, and Vitality

this recipe is one of our family favorites and we are very excited to have this opportunity to talk with her and share her herbal wisdom with all of you. She describes this remedy, Jethro Kloss’s Liniment, as “a very old, very strong recipe & useful for reducing inflammation of the muscles, cleansing wounds, and soothing insect bites.” This liniment was first concocted by a famous old herbalist named Dr. Jethro Kloss, hence its name. The herbs in this liniment by Jethro Kloss have antiseptic, warming, stimulating, and anti-inflammatory properties. They will also help increase circulation in areas where muscles are sore. We haven’t made a liniment in a while, and wanted to update our supply, since we definitely find that it is a great addition to our herbal family medicine chest. I used our liniment a lot for sore back muscles during my first pregnancy and found this one by Jethro Kloss to be very effective, and it is very simple to make. Herbal Liniment by Jethro Kloss What you’ll need… 1 ounce echinacea powder 1 ounce organically grown goldenseal powder (I do want to emphasize the organically grown part of this description. This plant is endangered in the wild from over-harvesting, so be sure and get it from a healthy, cultivated source. If you can ‘t find that, Rosemary suggests substituting chaparral or Oregon grape root) 1 ounce myrrh powder 1/4 ounce cayenne powder 1 pint rubbing alcohol Need organic herbs or supplies? Get them here! Ok, start by weighing out the powders and putting them in a pint jar. Pour the rubbing alcohol over the powders, leaving a good 2-inch margin above the herbs. Stir and put a lid on the jar. Place the mixture in a warm location and let it sit for 4 weeks. (2 weeks is also fine). Strain and rebottle.

Label the bottle clearly FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY (rubbing alcohol should not be taken internally). We’ve found that bottling our liniments in a spray bottle is very handy. It’s easy to spray it onto areas with sore muscles or onto wounds that need cleaning.

Enjoy this wonderful addition to your family medicine chest from Jethro Kloss. About the Author – Kimberly Gallagher Kimberly Gallagher, M.Ed., CCH is author of the Herb Fairies book series and creator of the Wildcraft! board game. She is also co-founder of LearningHerbs. Kimberly is passionate about sustainable living, cultural transformation, healthy cooking, parenting, and storytelling. Read more about Kimberly »


Text from https://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/jethro-kloss/
Copyright © 2020 LearningHerbs.

22 Apr

Liver, Stress, allergies, and…

This all can pertain to the virus we are dealing with also! seriously, from personal experience, this stuff works. Watch for another post about virus and illness.

TONING THE LIVER IS ESSENTIAL:

“…Cellular wastes in the returning blood will circulate around the body longer before the liver can break them down. This pollutes the Mother Ocean a bit, weakens the more delicate tissue, and excites those tissues responsible for defenses, scavenging and immunity. Mostly white blood cells, they are triggered into over activity whenever there is a build up in the blood of protein wastes (it might be an infection… they don’t know). When excited, these cells induce inflammation and send chemical messages to other defense cells in the body. These chemicals are proteins also, and with the liver deficient, they circulate too long and set up a chronic, unnecessary reaction that underlies all allergies and hypersensitivities…” Michael Moore.

An imbalanced liver goes berserk overreacting to normal protein stimuli and actually attacking its own organism. The kidneys also play an important role in the prevention and cure of asthma/allergies/hayfever. As the master filters of the body they are responsible for discharging metabolic wastes as well as environmental toxins. If not properly functioning, these wastes continue to circulate in the blood stimulating cellular hyperactivity of the liver. Though symptoms for allergies, hayfever, and asthma vary somewhat, I treat them similarly. A basic treatment plan (modified somewhat for each) includes:

  1. Hydrotherapy: Take hot/cold showers daily, alternating between the hot and cold water several times until both feel comfortable. This is a simple way to build general constitution and to improve circulation.
  2. Follow General Guidelines for a Healthy Liver (See Lesson 2) for three to four months. An excellent time to begin this toning treatment is in the fall but any season will do. Drink alteratives daily, follow dietary guidelines, drink liver flush once daily, etc.
  3.  Take ginger/garlic syrup, one teaspoon three times daily. See recipe in this lesson.
  4. Take Vitamin A 25,000 units daily, preferably emulsified.
  5.  Bee Pollen and Local Unpasteurized Honey Local pollen and honey have proven to be very helpful for many people who have hayfever. Take 1/4 teaspoon of pollen grains daily. Use local honey in your teas.

After three to four months of concentrating on building, toning and cleansing the liver, you should notice an obvious improvement in energy, digestion, and skin tone. The next organ to tone is the Kidneys. Follow guidelines for healthy kidneys and continue to do so for at least 3 months. You will marvel at how well and vital you begin to feel as your major organ systems return to balance, revitalized by the good attention and habits you are forming. When the cycle of hayfever/allergies/asthma return, your system will be so much better equipped to handle the stress. Even within the first year you should notice a marked difference in the degree of symptoms. Since so many of the imbalances lodge in the lungs, throat, and sinuses, when symptoms do occur treatment usually is focused on the respiratory system. Follow those treatments listed above under the Respiratory System that are applicable to the particular symptoms manifesting. Each year your symptoms should become fewer and fewer as you work on your entire inner ecology, building and recreating positive change. I’ve included an informative article on allergies and hay fever that was written by a highly skilled herbalist and friend from Sonoma County. A loved an respected teacher, Bhavani died a few years ago o cancer. Her healing work and her teachings continue to affect others. This article is reprinted from The Well Being Community Calendar

HOW NOT TO GET HAY FEVER THIS YEAR

by Bhavani Worden

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to substances (foreign proteins) in pollen that enter the blood through the mucous membranes by breathing. This unpleasant reaction indicates a breakdown of function within any or all of four systems in the body. By working on these areas in advance, you can be free of hay fever reactions this same year.

The areas involved are

  1. The adrenals these two tiny glands above the kidneys have as one of their jobs the production of hormones which render foreign proteins harmless.
  2. The liver the healthy liver detoxifies the body, preventing a harmful reaction.
  3. The digestive system efficient digestion is necessary to avoid build-up of protein substances in the bloodstream, which cause symptoms.
  4. The mucous membranes healthy mucous membranes do not allow foreign proteins to enter the bloodstream.

THE ADRENALS AND STRESS

Since hay fever is an allergic response, it has in common with other allergies a failure of defense mechanisms in the face of stress, and a resultant flooding of the body with toxins. A healthy body can neutralize toxins. The adrenal cortex should release natural cortisone to destroy white blood cells and thus inhibit inflammation, and a hormone called aldosterone to fight stress and prevent fatigue. Certain nutrients are required in order for the adrenals to produce hormones. When these nutrients are undersupplied for a long time, the adrenals atrophy and must be rebuilt. Protein is very important in overcoming hay fever. Vegetarians can increase their daily consumption of protein by combining foods to make whole proteins, using the charts in Diet for a Small Planet. It is also important to be aware of the many nutrients that enhance the utilization of protein in the body.

 Among them are:

  • Potassium, (also good for strengthening adrenals)good sources are apples, potatoes and bananas as well as green leafy vegetables Mullen leaf and licorice root are high potassium herbs.
  • Magnesium; abundant in raw wheat germ, molasses, almonds and many fruits and vegetables, but often deficient without an amino acid calcium-magnesium supplement.
  • Zinc (carried out of the system by the physic acid in the germ of whole grains, thus often undersupplied in a grain-based diet) is present in seaweeds, nuts, seeds and meat, but often needed as a supplement; again, best absorbed if amino acid chelated. (White spots on fingernails indicate a zinc deficiency.)
  • Vitamins B2 and B6 taken preferably as part of a balanced B vitamin supplement program, but even taken alone will help temporarily with protein breakdown.
  • B vitamins – are essential for the general health of the adrenals, and can effectively guard against allergic reactions. The B vitamin pantothenic acid is directly related to the production of natural cortisone. A deficiency of pantothenic acid can be inherited, which is why people with hay fever often have at least one child with hay fever or other allergies. Any kind of stress, including rapid growth, illness or exposure to toxins (including pollens, etc.) can suddenly increase the requirement for pantothenic acid. Because this B vitamin is necessary for producing hormones needed to change sugars and fats into energy, a deficiency makes one very susceptible to low blood sugar, which in its extreme manifestation is know as hypoglycemia. Although brewers or nutritional yeast is an excellent source of both B vitamins and protein, it is deficient in pantothenic acid. As a result, taking yeast may make hay fever worse, or hasten the onset of symptoms as the season approaches. If you take a complex supplement, it should contain equal pans of B1, B2 and B6, but twenty times as much pantothenic acid (e.g., for every 10 mg. B 1, you need 200 mg. pantothenic acid). This will avoid creating a deficiency. Since this proportion is virtually impossible to buy in one pill, hay fever sufferers can supplement the complex with a high quality sustained release pantothenic acid tablet.

A FORMULA TO USE IN HIGH STRESS MOMENTS

  • As an allergic or hay fever attack is beginning to occur: take 1 gram (1,000mg.) high quality Vitamin C (ascorbic acid with bioflavanoids), 300-600 mg, sustained release pantothenic acid, 1 amino acid chelated calcium-magnesium with 200 mg. calcium, 100 mg. magnesium. This combination gives immediate support to the adrenals in their attempt to produce cortisone, and to the entire system in its detoxification effort. If the system is already slowed down by the time you get around to taking this formula i.e., the allergic reaction has begun, the mucous membranes are inflamed, the digestion has slowed, the blood sugar level has dropped, and fatigue, irritability, headache or depression have set in then it would be wise to crush the tablets and mix them with yogurt to ensure their efficient digestion.
  • Don’t use pantothenic acid without balance of other B vitamins too often when it’s not really needed. After you overcome the initial deficiency, excess pantothenic acid will create deficiencies of other B vitamins in this case especially B1.Some symptoms of a B1 deficiency are constipation, intestinal griping, insomnia, fatigue, and numbness of feet and hands. If you already have these signs, then build up with a balanced B-complex, adding the extra pantothenic acid instead of taking any B vitamins alone. Only use the stress formula in cases of emergency. It will work. If it doesn’t maybe you have an ineffective brand of C or of pantothenic acid. Don’t buy the cheapest.
  • Linoleic Acid, an essential fatty acid found in unrefined vegetable oils such as soy, sesame and safflower (but not olive), is needed to produce adrenal hormones, as well as to synthesize pantothenic acid in the intestines.A deficiency of vitamin B6 will make it difficult to utilize linoleic acid; a deficiency of linoleic acid will make it possible for cholesterol to build up dangerously. Three teaspoons daily of raw unrefined oil will cover this area in the diet. You can include mayonnaise if you make it with these oils; unhydrogenated peanut butter or sesame butter. You can sprinkle sesame oil on steamed vegetables, use oils to make your own salad dressings, and add oil to butter in a blender or with a fork (1 cup safflower oil to 1 pound butter).
  • Iodine is necessary to produce thyroid hormone, which keeps up the rate of metabolism, controlling the speed of body activities.An undersupply of thyroid hormone results in exhaustion, a feeling of coldness, and susceptibility to colds. Seaweed, sea salt, or iodized salt (which contains added chlorine and sometimes sugar) are the only reliable vegetarian sources of iodine. The herb sarsaparilla contains some iodine. A teaspoon of kelp powder supplies a day’s need of iodine, as well as many other needed nutrients. Kelp tablets are not as good to take, as they are overly concentrated. Including seaweeds, especially kelp and dulse, in the daily diet is better.The Sodium-Potassium balance is of great importance in treating hay fever. Aldosterone is another adrenal cortex hormone which is produced by healthy adrenals under stress. It causes the body to retain more sodium than usual thus increasing the blood pressure, and forcing nutrients into the tissues to meet the demands of stress. When the adrenals are undernourished, aldosterone is not produced and fatigue and exhaustion accompany every stress. Because insufficient sodium is retained, too much water gets into the cells, resulting in a stuffy nose, watery eyes and swollen tissues.
  • Salt overuse is in the background of many hay fever sufferers.Too much salt produces inflammation of the mucous membranes, weakening them and diminishing their ability to protect against invasion by foreign particles. Overuse of salt also overstimulates the adrenals, contributing to their eventual exhaustion and inability to produce hormones. When aldosterone production ceases, there is no internal regulator of the sodiumpotassium balance.
  • Learning to balance sodium and potassium in the diet is one of the most interesting aspects of nutrition, but too long to go into in this article.It is the study of yin and yang, and covers the principles upon which traditional macrobiotics is based. But for the present, and in relation to hay fever, we should concentrate on organic forms of sodium, such as in zucchini, celery, carrots, beets and seaweed. Some herbs which are high in sodium are fennel seed, meadowsweet and nettles. Meat-eaters get plenty of sodium from meat. Nourishing the adrenals as outlined above will insure an adequate production of aldosterone, whose job is to regulate the sodium-potassium balance.
  • In summary, then, the important things to do to insure production of adrenal hormones are:Increase protein intake and utilization. Fortify the body with B vitamins (now) and prepare the stress formula for hay fever onset (later). Make sure enough raw oils are included in every day eating. Add iodine to your diet and cut out excessive salt intake while adding natural forms of sodium.

These changes are not easy, and may not be possible for everyone to accomplish quickly, but they will change your life totally, adding much enjoyment and good health in unexpected ways.

THE LIVER AND TOXICITY

When a foreign protein (in this case pollen) gets into the bloodstream, the body, if it has any resistance at all, produces antibodies to denature it. The interaction between these antibodies and the protein produces a byproduct, histamine, which is toxic to the tissues. Histamine produces blood vessel dilation resulting in flushing; contraction of air passages in the lungs, causing wheezing; and tissue swelling in the nose, lungs and around the eyes. Histamine makes capillary walls more permeable, allowing waste material from the blood to enter the cells and cause toxicity, resulting in allergic reactions.

It is the job of the liver to deactivate poisonous substances, even when they are produced in the body itself. The healthy liver produces an enzyme called histaminase which serves as a natural antihistamine. If the liver is clogged with fats or accumulated toxins, it cannot produce histaminase. Cleansing the liver is another lengthy subject, but there are many good tips in Dr. Beiler’s book, Food is Your Best Medicine.

The main thing to concentrate on in this context is eating clean. Avoid any additives, such as M.S.G., nitrates, artificial food colors or flavors, chemically grown or sprayed foods (including grains), processed oils or refined flower. Stay away from sugar, coffee and alcohol, as well as spices, all of which overstimulate the adrenals, lower resistance and increase fatigue and mucus by acidifying the blood. Eat antacid foods such as sprouts, honey, yogurt, millet and buckwheat. Avoid drinking while you eat. Breathe deeply whenever you remember to. All these things prevent acidity. Use whole grains, vegetables and tofu or aduki beans as a base for your diet, adding seaweed, fish or meat, organic fruit, raw dairy products and honey in small quantities.

Minimize environmental toxins as much as you possibly can by using propane or any gas as little as possible, opening windows to keep the air fresh, by fixing exhaust leaks in your car to minimize fumes, by cutting down on canned foods packed in tin and sealed with lead, by avoiding commercially prepared cosmetics, and any other ways you can think of.

In regard to histamine as a toxin, red wine is naturally high in histamine, so you may want to avoid it altogether, or at least test it to see if it provokes an allergic reaction in you. Pantothenic acid, vitamin C and vitamin E have all been shown to reduce the production of histamine under stress, in some cases by up to 50%. Taking the strain of continual detoxification off the tired liver will help it to cleanse itself, and thus make it more likely to come through when needed to help you during hay fever season.

PROTEIN AND THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

 Many people who suffer from hay fever have been found to have a poor capacity to digest starch and protein. Many hay fever sufferers find that grasses in food affect them as negatively as grass pollens inhaled. Examples of foods from grasses which may trigger allergic reactions are wheat and hard liquor, both of which have been shown to be related to depression and extreme fatigue. Undigested protein and starch produce putrefactive bacteria in the intestines. These bacteria change the amino acid histidine into histamine, thus triggering the toxic reaction. The only food I know of that is very high in histidine is the radish, which, I suppose, is why so many people find it indigestible. Another side effect of undigested protein is that parts of it make their way into the bloodstream, where they act as foreign proteins just as effectively as does pollen.

Increasing the intake of B vitamins will help this digestive problem greatly, especially if B-complex deficiency symptoms are making themselves known – e.g., low energy, irritability, troubles with health of hair, skin, eyes or mouth, ridges on fingernails, etc. It is often necessary to add digestive enzymes to the regime if the deficiency is severe and/or long-standing.

Taking a tablespoon or two of plain acidophilus yogurt after each meal aids the digestion; so does eating alfalfa sprouts, miso soup and seaweed. Chewing food thoroughly and avoiding drinking with meals will also help

MUCOUS MEMBRANES AND CELL MEMBRANES

Hay fever is defined as inflammation of the nasal mucosa. It usually develops only after the sinus and nasal mucous membranes have atrophied. Healthy mucous protects all the organ linings from invasion by bacteria; when this healthy mucous is not being produced, the membranes are vulnerable to irritation by friction and by germs, and this irritation results in an uncontrolled increase of mucous flow.

Because the cells of the mucous membranes are completely renewed every thirty days, there is a fine opportunity to have some real effect on this system. With a few months head start, your nasal mucous membranes can be completely rebuilt by hay fever season!

The membranes surrounding the cells in the rest of the body also deserve consideration. Their function is to discriminate very finely between different substances, and to hold firm in their decisions as to what should enter the cell and what should go out of the cell. The healthy cell membrane has just the right degree of permeability to prevent toxins from entering, to let nutrients in, and to let all waste products (toxins also) out. If the membranes weaken and leak, nutrients such as protein and B vitamins will never reach the interior of the cell where they are needed, waste products of metabolism will remain to poison the cell, and foreign proteins such as pollen will gain easy access to the heart of the cell where they can do much damage and trigger symptoms.

The same three vitamins are implicated in these two areas, rebuilding mucous membranes and strengthening cell membranes. Vitamin A is used to strengthen mucous membranes, to increase cell membrane permeability, to digest protein, and to aid hormone production. During this season, 10,000 to 25,000 I.U.’s should be taken daily with vitamin D included. Some people have had unpleasant symptoms of vitamin A overdose it can be toxic, especially if there is liver damage but any toxicity is immediately canceled out by taking more vitamin C (a 1,000 ma. or 1 gram dose when symptoms first occur and again if they show any sign of returning). Some of these symptoms are loss of appetite, nosebleed, headache and painful joints.

Vitamin A cannot be stored in the body without destruction unless there is sufficient vitamin E; some hay fever sufferers found that if they took A and C daily from January to April (without changing anything else in their diet, etc.), they were almost completely symptom free later in the year. Vitamin E is needed for the utilization of linoleic acid, for cell membrane permeability, and for the oxygenation of red blood cells. It has been shown to have antihistaminic properties and to put a stop to allergic reactions such as hay fever. It is more effective when taken before irritation than after symptoms begin. Try taking 800 I.U.’s mixed tocopherol daily, after a meal, before hay fever season begins. If you’ve ever had heart damage (e.g., a murmur) or high blood pressure, start slow on vitamin E. Make sure it’s mixed tocopherol, not alpha with mixed, and take 100 I.U. a day for a few weeks, then build up slowly 100 at a time.

Vitamin C is important for many, many functions relating to allergy and hay fever. Perhaps the most crucial is that it binds foreign proteins and, in its capacity as a diuretic, carries them out of the body. It can bind any toxin, even the toxins produced by incomplete digestion of food, which would otherwise cause gas. So the higher the level of toxin load, the more C will be needed. It cannot be stored in the body, so the really heavy doses will be needed later when the pollens begin to be a problem.

Additionally, vitamin C is necessary for the production of cortisone and histaminase, as well as for cell membrane permeability. It stimulates the growth of the benign bacteria which produce B vitamins in the intestines. Any kind of bleeding, including bruising or bleeding gums, is usually the first sign of vitamin C deficiency. Excessive urination is the first sign of tissue saturation, but this excretion of C can be avoided if a small dose of calcium-magnesium (preferably amino acid chelate) is taken with the vitamin C. Take as much C as you can without excreting it; if you ignore the first sign, excessive urination, it will be followed by diarrhea, which will cause the loss of many more nutrients, so beware. Excessive urination will also cause your B vitamins to be excreted. Take at least 2,000 ma. (2 grams) of C every day with bioflavanoids, and more during hay fever season. When under any stress, increase the number of doses during the day.

There are many herbs which can help to tonify the mucous membranes and thus help you to avoid hay fever. Mullein leaf and flower are especially useful, even more so if they grow around you. The minerals potassium, sulphur and calcium phosphate are all contained in mullein, and can all be used against hay fever. Mullein has been used to strengthen mucous membranes, glands, bowels and inflamed nerves. It is very good combined with comfrey root.

Many people have found that eating one fresh raw comfrey leaf every day is sufficient to keep them from ever having hay fever again. Comfrey is a very powerful herb, and is high in calcium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins A and C and many trace minerals. It is healing to almost any part of the body if taken regularly, but seems most effective against hay fever if eaten raw.

Calendula (marigold) is a good herb to build up the mucous membranes, as is slippery elm. Golden seal is used to balance mucous secretions and ginger is added to other herbs to aid in eliminating excess mucous e,g., plantain for the head and sanicle for the throat.

information in this article is taken from my lessons with Rosemary Gladstar

21 Apr

OPTIONS

Use this time to get your immune up in as many ways as possible. Create new and better habits, learn to garden, learn survival skills, get your apothecary up to par with creations remedies, eat better, exercise, and exercise breathing.
Find a way to keep the stress and fear off as much as possible; stress alone puts one in a 20 percent or more drop in immune system. You can do this!
If you would like to set a Zoom meeting or Facetime for me to show you self-techniques for massage, please do. I have figured out many for myself, and I have done this for other clients as well; although it is not as effective as full therapy, it is better than nothing. I am here for you.
• Let me know how I can help you, even if it is a phone call each week just so you can TALK 😊 to someone. You are all why I do what I do. Here are some other options:
online stress management with the biofeedback device subspace (yes, it works 😊), online or phone consultation sessions for wellness coaching. So many options without being in office! Let’s still meet.

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19 Apr

Need vegan supplements?

I have some great ones that have worked for me since having a mammal allergy and needing to stay on certain things that my body needed for thyroid. I had superb results with Trace Elements for years, the lab I use for Hair Mineral Analysis, but I had to switch because many of them were not vegan (no animal products). Hope this helps you all in need of good things with not huge amounts of cost (if ordered online). I have each thing linked to Amazon because it seems to be comparable and quick to receive the stuff, even in this time of craziness.

these can be ordered through a family professional herbalist at https://www.facebook.com/VAofCC/ or from the maker herself 🙂 denmarkdiana@hotmail.com
Christopher’s Thyroid Maintenance, Christopher’s Adrenal Formula, Grapefruit Seed Extract (the only company that has this product), Holy Basil Extract
Vitamin E Deva,…Vege Life Iron plus C,Vitamin A 25,000 iu
L-Lysine, for anyone with Lyme, or other autoimmune, and cold sores or Herpes, this is superb
Solaray Licorice, Curamin Tumeric, White Willow, Oregacillin (this stuff is amazing in the virus arena and and bacteria
Charcoal. most companies have animal products but this one is safe and the most potent I have ever used. I have always had this in my survival bag and natural medicine drawer, for its power on any allergic reaction immediately. I have given this to young children in honey (we call it fun black honey) and it reversed the reaction of a wasp swelling in 10-15 minutes! I take it for all stomach or contamination issues. I take it with every reaction i have ever had along with Chlorophyll and Lobelia, to stop an allergic reaction to my mammal allergy, never taking Benedryl or other stuff.
Trace Minerals Power Pak, this has no added sugar like EmergenC does. It is more powerful in the Electrolytes also.
GSE, this is the only company that sells this product, making it far surpassed for quality. I have used this for over 30 years for all sickness and virus related issues, scratchy throats, etc.
Young Living Cough Drops, these are amazing.
this is my go bag, taking it everywhere I go. I have more than this but these are my use often ones. Tyme is superb on the current virus, surpassing most other remedies, and is one of the top oils for cleaners and sanitizer. I put it in my soaps, cleaner, and more.

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30 Mar

Virus Flu Pnemonia Anthrax

Nothing New Under the Sun

Does this sound familiar? past? current? all of the above? 

VIRUS   FLU        PNEMONIA        ANTHRAX

Anthrax is caused by bacteria Bacillus anthracis and is one of the oldest and deadliest diseases known.  There are three predominant types: the external form acquired from contact with infected animal carcasses, and internal form contracted by eating meat from an infected animal, and the deadly type which comes from breathing airborne anthrax spores.  One fatal internal version is battlefield anthrax, which is most lethal variety.  It has been bioengineered as a biological weapon. When airborne anthrax bacteria invade the lungs, it is 90 percent fatal unless antibiotics are administered at the very beginning of the infection.  Often anthrax goes undiagnosed until it is too late for antibiotics. External varieties of anthrax may be contracted by exposure to animal hides and wool.  While vaccination and antibiotics have stemmed anthrax infection in recent years, new strains have developed that are resistant to all counter measures.  According to Dr. Jean Valnet, MD, thyme oil is extremely effective in killing the anthrax bacillus.  Two highly antimicrobial phenols in thyme essential oil, carvacrol and thymol, are responsible for this action. Clinical herbalists all around the world back up this information also.  DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?  CURRENT? YES!

Anti-microbial, Anti-viral, blends of Essential OILS: the glands of plants

The following blends have been known and used for very long time and work affirmative!

Anti-Microbial Blend (this one is superb for the current Covid virus)

30 drops rosemary

25 drops lemongrass

10 drops thyme

3 drops cinnamon bark oil

Topical usage:

Dilute 20 (blend) -80 (olive, coconut, or other oil or aloe vera), on hands and exposed skin areas.

Inhalation:

Diffuser 5 minutes, 4-5 times per day to purify air

Pneumonia

Pneumonia Blend

10 drops rosemary

8 drops Ravensara

8 drops frankincense

2 drops oregano

2 drops peppermint

Anti-viral blend

20 drops sandalwood

12 drops peppermint

8 drops tsuga

8 drops thyme

8 drops Ravensara

8 drops tea tree (Melaleuca)

4 drops clove

Other Single oils useful: golden rod, Ledum, Tea Tree, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Savory, Clove, Anise, Fennel, Wintergreen, Hyssop, Spearmint

Viruses and Bacteria

There are a number of growing concern about the threat of chemical warfare. Also there is an increasing number of drugs on the market with side effects that cause other health challenges.  Build your immune system and learn alternative healing modalities that will aid in strengthening you!  Cleanse your liver.  

Anthrax blend (and any current Virus)

1 drop oregano

1 drop savory

2 drops thyme

Pneumonia blend Open lungs:

1 drop oregano

2-3 drops Eucalyptus

1 tsp base oil (olive, coconut, other)

Put in a syringe and use as a rectal implant or put on rectum directly.

Pneumonia blend

1 drop myrtle

1 drop pine

1 drop Eucalyptus

1 drop Ravensara

Put on feet or chest or both

Pneumonia (infection in lungs)

2 drops Sage

4 drops Myrrh

5 drops Clove

6 drops Ravensara

15 drops Frankincense

Apply over lungs

Ebola (or similar virus)

10 drops rosemary CT cineol

10 drops geranium

10 drops lemon

½ raw lemon juice

2 tsp- 1 Tbs Agave syrup

Mix in 8 oz warm water. Drink every 2 hrs. Every hour take a dose of herbal liver cleanse capsules, Drink a mixture of ½ c sauerkraut juice, ½ c tomato juice, and 2 Tbs olive oil.

Radiation Damage

Melaleuca

Melrose

Dilute with base oil. Place on location of radiation, along with Vitamin A, E, D oils.

Use Vitamin C powder, Omegas and Vitamin A, E, and D internally also

Dysentery

10 drops Oregano

10 drops Lemon

5 drops Savory

Infection

8 drops Melissa

8 drops (one drop each of olive, calamus, cinnamon, myrrh, black spruce, hyssop, Frankincense, vetiver) 

20 Mar

What NOW?

You have support from my fellow COMMUNITY OF HEALTH EXPERTS

I want you to have all you can have to get through this time of uncertainty, gain strength, and become empowered. The following article is from my fellow experts. YES, we are all experts when we share what we know and serve a need.

March 19, 2020

During times of crisis, it’s more important than ever to understand how to take care of ourselves on every level: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. These aspects of primary food – all that nourishes you off your plate – become crucial elements of day to day life when navigating the unknown.

There’s so much we don’t know right now, and that’s enough to keep us living in fear. But we do know some things, such as how important it is to be feeding our bodies well; getting adequate sleep; practicing breathwork; and keeping our social connections (even if they’re virtual). All of these things keep us grounded in the present, give us opportunities to think on our greater purpose and learn from what it means to take a step back from normal life.

Knowing and practicing what will keep us feel safe, contained, and as anxiety-free as possible, is bio-individual. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to coping through times of extreme stress, so we’ve gathered free resources from some incredible experts in the IIN community, including Visiting Teachers, conference speakers, and more, to help you in whatever way you need right now. 

How to support yourself physically 
Food 

Eating nourishing, immune-supporting foods is important no matter what you may be going through. The obesity epidemic and lifestyle-related diseases are still contributing to hundreds of thousands of deaths every year.

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, board-certified specialist in preventive medicine and public health, speaks on The Upgrade podcast with Mark Bittman, New York Times bestselling author, about food science and the diets that can actually contribute to greater health. Dr. David Katz is also a guest on the Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg podcast, discussing why being healthy isn’t a fad, especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frank Lipman, MD, integrative and functional medicine pioneer, founder of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City and Chief Medical Officer of The Well, has always approached food as medicine and considers the refrigerator your “edible medicine cabinet.” Check out his article on 30 ways to boost immunity right now, which includes way more than just food to support your health and immune system. 

Exercise
Moving in a way that’s right for you and your body is key, especially during times of stress. When your body is in a constant state of stress, your cortisol levels are going to be higher. High intensity exercise can certainly have a cathartic and endorphin-producing effect, but sometimes it can have a compounding effect on stress, keeping your cortisol high. Ultimately, it’s up to you to determine what movement feels right and how it makes you feel, which should be calmer and more focused.

Patricia Moreno, the trailblazing founder of spiritual fitness and a speaker at our most recent IIN Live, is hosting free virtual workouts in addition to free conversations to connect with people all over the world.  

Melissa Wood, founder of Melissa Wood Health and recent IINConversation guest, is hosting daily live workouts and partnering with others in the wellness space for free live meditations on Instagram. 

Sleep
Sleep is crucial for your immune system to function properly. It’s when your body can properly assimilate and detox what you’ve consumed during the day and re-charge for the next. Lack of sleep impacts your hormones, your gut, your brain – there’s literally no system in the body that goes unharmed. If you could call this a silver lining, being forced to slow down and stay inside can do wonders for your sleep and your health. Frank Lipman, MD, offers lots of content around sleep, as does Mark Hyman, MD

How to support yourself emotionally

As humans, we crave physical contact and a sense of closeness. “Social distancing,” while very important to implement for the health and safety of the greater public, is already proving detrimental to our emotional health. It’s imperative that we find ways to satisfy these cravings for connection while also adhering to guidelines that keep us physically healthy.

The Well, the New York City-based wellness club founded by IIN grad Sarrah Hollock, wrote this powerful piece about normalizing our feelings of loneliness, nervousness, and fear, and how to maximize feelings of connectedness during this difficult time. 

Lissa Rankin, MD, physician, speaker, and founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, has been sharing her thoughts on her blog and on her Facebook about how she’s working through these difficult times. 

How to support yourself mentally
Learning how to manage stress will be a challenge for us all right now, but it’s doable if we take each day as it comes.

Andrew Weil, MD, integrative medicine pioneer, focuses on a holistic body, mind, and spirit approach to health and wellbeing. Breathwork has been proven to relieve stress and anxiety, and Dr. Weil shares these three breathing exercises that you can return to every day, night, or whenever you need.

Deepak Chopra, MD, world leader in mind-body medicine, shares his take on what is happening around the globe and offers a glimpse into how we can find ways to be happy. He also has many video resources on his site such as tips for managing stressthe health benefits of meditation, and 7 days to peaceful sleep.

Speaking of meditation, this practice can greatly support your mental health during trying times, relieving stress and anxiety, and even helping manage depression and pain. Robyn Youkilis, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, speaker and gut health expert, shares meditations with her audience on Instagram, oftentimes with her young daughter, showing you that yes, it can be done with children! 

How to support yourself spiritually

Spirituality can mean anything you want it to; it doesn’t have to be religious. Spirituality is the celebration of being connected to one another and everything around us. The practice of spirituality can be grounding and help provide a sense of meaning and belonging. It’s exactly what we need right now.

Gabby Bernstein, international speaker and Spirit Junkie, offers her 7 spiritual tools to relieve anxiety, including guided meditations and anxiety-relieving tools you can use right now. Sahara Rose, host of Highest Self Podcast and teacher of Ayurveda and its practices, is using her Instagram platform to share free daily content to help you get out of your body and mind, even if just for minutes a day. 

IIN is always here to support you 
We’re dedicated to helping our community thrive, no matter the circumstance. Everyone’s priorities look different right now and that’s OK. You may be caring for an older relative or loved one; you have children at home to look after and keep busy; you have clients who need your guidance; you’re navigating unchartered territory to keep your small business running. Maybe you’re doing all of these things, while also trying to maintain calm and healthy yourself. It’s not easy, so don’t be too hard on yourself as you take each day as it comes.

Our content on the blog has always been free because we believe knowledge is power. Knowledge is also health, wisdom, strength, and support. Here are some further resources to look to, and know that we will continue to provide meaningful content to continue coming back to: 

Taking care of your immunity & overall wellbeing: 

Practicing Self-Care in the Digital Age (especially when your world just became totally virtual) 

Five Herbs to Relieve Anxiety 

Natural Remedies to Boost Immunity 

The Health Benefits of Gratitude 

How to Get Better Sleep (sleep is key for keeping your immune system healthy) 

How to Start Meditating 

If you’re at home with kids: 

Meal-Prepping with Kids 

Practicing Self-Care with Your Children

NOTE: If you choose to use this time that you have to sign on to take courses with IIN, please shine that love back to me as your referral, and use this link to sign up so that they know what alumni sent you, and so that I know I have a fellow coach to add to my team of connections.

12 Mar

Clinical Herbalist Immune Support for COVID-19

As referenced in Guido’s Week 6 class, here are the recommendations he discussed concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Immune Support NOTES:

We know very little about this virus, its seasonality, and its transmission. It does seem to be more contagious than the flu, and does affect those over age 60 with heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes more significantly. There is no evidence that any of the classic herbs we use for cold and flu “treat” the virus. Instead of treatment, we have been focusing on good hygiene and prevention by strengthening immune function.

PLEASE take care of yourself: good food, good hydration, and most importantly GOOD sleep. If stress around all of this is an issue, consider adaptogens like American ginseng (if available organic) or Eleuthero (“Siberian” ginseng). IF you suspect infection (dry cough and fever are the most common symptoms, with little nasal congestion), CALL your doctor/Emergency room and ask for directions on how to proceed.

  1. Astragalus and medicinal mushrooms, esp. Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum/tsugae/oregonensis). Relatively high amounts: 1 tsp. Astragalus tincture 2x/d, 7-12 g Astragalus total in caps/powder/decoction daily. 2 mL mushroom extract and/or blends, or 3-4 g mushroom extract powder, or 4-5 g mushrooms decocted daily.

2. Lung support herbs include Pleurisy root (Asclepias tuberosa), Licorice root (caution w/ high blood pressure), Mullein leaf, Elecampane root, Balloon Flower root (Platycodon grandiflorum), Usnea spp.

3. Warming aromatic diaphoretics are theoretically a good idea: Ginger, Angelica, Lomatium, Ligusticum (Osha – caution – endangered)

4. CONSIDER AVOIDING Elderberry for those at greater risk to reduce the risk of over-stimulation of an immune reaction. Elderberry lectins, not present in other berries, ramp up immune function and inflammatory cytokine production, which is THEORETICALLY a concern as the cause of death is connected to sepsis and cytokine storm in vulnerable folks (See this paper from China as reference).

Treatment NOTE: Needs to be in consultation / coordination with the healthcare establishment. DO NOT “go it alone” on this one, especially with higher-risk populations. The virus can cause symptoms to progress into a danger zone quickly. Don’t delay asking for support. Key Symptoms are dry cough and fever, though this can vary. CALL your healthcare provider(s). FOLLOW their directions.

1. One formula (Shuang Huang Lian) is receiving attention for herbal TREATMENT of the virus, but keep in mind it is often used as an injection. It is Baikal Skullcap root (Scutellaria baikalensis), Forsythia fruit, and Honeysuckle flower (Lonicera japonica). We know nothing about other herbs for treatment. Get help, and once you have a plan, consider options

2, 3 and 4 listed above if practical and safe to do so.

Hand & Surface Sanitizer (2 options)

NOTE: Hand washing with regular soap and water for 20-30 seconds is BEST. Sanitizers are an OK alternative, and also a way to clean doorknobs, surfaces, etc.

Option #1 – Alcohol-based (basic recipe) • 2 parts Alcohol (*see below) • 1 part Aloe Vera gel • 5-10 drops your choice of essential oil per ounce of sanitizer (optional, to improve odor). Dispense into squirt bottles. Squirt a pea-sized amount on your hands, rub in, and allow to dry. *Key consideration: The alcohol you use can be rubbing (isopropyl) or “regular” (ethyl, or ethanol), but must be at least 90% (180 proof). Concentrations are listed on the bottle (eg. at the drugstore, rubbing alcohol should say “91% isopropyl alcohol”). Don’t use 60% isopropyl or anything lower than 90%. Alcohol-based sanitizers need to be at least 60-70% alcohol.

Option #2 – Alcohol-free (Thymox) FDA/EPA have approved “Thymox” (a solution of 0.25% thymol) as a coronaviruseffective disinfectant. We can recreate a 0.25% thymol solution using these ingredients: • Water, 29 mL (about 1 fluid ounce). Using distilled water is best, but any clean, fresh water will do. • Gum Arabic, a dispersant, 300 mg • Benchmark Thyme essential oil, 0.8 mL (Consistently high thymol concentration, which is assayed. See this link for more information and additional distributors.) Add the essential oil to the Gum Arabic and mix thoroughly. Add the paste to the water and shake well. Pour into a spray bottle and dispense by spraying. Rub into the hands and allow to dry.