Holistic Herbal Solutions

“Take Control of Your Health Naturally”

Holistic herbal solutions can also be defined as or simply called natural home remedies. There are more ways than you can possible think of to help yourself be naturally healthy or healthier. I am not saying that you should totally dismiss you primary care physician but I am saying that you can possibly visit him MUCH less. Taking care of yourself naturally is a lifestyle but once you make those changes it will be well worth the efforts as you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner! Holistic herbal solutions can be incorporated into you life little by little as you find out what works for you. Soon your world will be a much calmer, happier, healthier place to be!

Medicinal Solutions

Aching Feet

  • Pour boiling water over basil leaves and soak feet to relieve foot pain

Bad Breath

  • Chewing parsley neutralizes mouth odors.
  • Chew on mint leaves.
  • Gargle with a small cup of lemon juice to kill order causing bacteria. Then eat a serving of plain unsweetened yogurt. This has lactobacillus bacteria which replaces the smelly bacteria. Together they neutralize the odor which lasts 12 to 24 hours

Bad Mood

  • Eat 3 oz of white Albacore tuna. It contains 800 mg of omega-3′s which have been known to help treat depression.

Burns

  • Apply aloe vera gel to the burn as needed. You can use juice directly from the plant as well.
  • Apply extra virgin olive oil to skin after sunbathing to help prevent skin cancer.

Chapped Lips

  • Use olive oil as moisturizer for your lips. It will serve as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant as well as a lubricant to heal your lips.

Cold Sores

  • Use lemon balm for healing and preventing cold sores.
  • Put toothpaste on area as soon as you feel burning sensation. Let it dry and wear overnight.

Common Cold

  • Drink tea made from lemon thyme to treat colds before bed. (Don’t use thyme when pregnant.)
  • Drink a hot toddy Ingredients: juice from half a lemon, teaspoon of organic raw honey and half shot of brandy

Cough

  • Mix two teaspoons of honey along with 500 mg of Ester C 30 minutes before bed.
  • Eat one or two squares of dark chocolate. Yes, dark chocolate. The chocolate’s theobromine compound helps suppress that persistent cough without the side effects of drowsiness and constipation.

Decongestant

  • Place a handful of mint leaves in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Lean over it draping a towel over your head and breathe in the steam.

Detox

  • Drink lemon thyme tea as an antioxidant. (Don’t use thyme while pregnant)

Dry Skin

  • Soak in an oatmeal bath. Place whole oats in a sock, sealing the end with a rubber band. Drop the sock in a hot bath. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

Fatigue

  • Drink a bottle of water with a packet of Emergen-C. Vitamin C’s ability to combat oxidative stress helps provide energy, and the vitamin plays a key role in metabolizing iron, which helps your body move energizing oxygen through your bloodstream.

Fever

  • For fever above 102 degrees F take a cool sponge bath to lower temperature
  • Drink linden flower tea. Drink 3 – 4 cups a day. Linden tea stimulates the hypothalamus and dilates the blood vessels inducing sweating.

Foot Oder

  • Take a daily foot bath in strong black tea for 30 minutes. Tea’s tannins kill bacteria and close the pores in your feet. Bacteria grows better in moist environments and your feet do not sweat as much with closed pores.
  • Soak your feet in a foot bath of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. This will eliminate bacteria causing odors.

Hair Growth

  • Try applying peppermint essential oil topically to hair follicles to encourage hair growth.

Hangover

  • Drink water and take a B-50 Complex supplement before you go to bed to help break down the alcohol in your body.
  • · Drink water and take activated charcoal before you go to bed to help remove the toxins in your body.

Headache

  • Rub crushed basil leaves on your temples for headache relief.
  • Try relaxing magnesium (200 to 400 mg) to reduce the muscle tension and spasms. Make sure the supplement contains at least 200 mg of active elemental magnesium. This is more a preventative measure so if you know when you usually get headaches you can take this the day before.
  • The 37 g of carbs in a medium potato can ease a tension headache by upping serotonin levels, as long as you keep the fat and protein below 2 g

Heartburn

  • Chamomile Tea: Steep 2 teaspoons of the Chamomile in 10 ounces of very hot water for 20 minutes, covering the cup to keep the essential oils in the water.

Hemorrhoids

  • The 3 g of fiber in four dried figs helps create soft, regular stools that will keep hemorrhoids from returning.
  • Two capsules of activated charcoal will help create soft, regular stools that will keep hemorrhoids from returning

Hiccups

  • Simply submerge a few sprigs of mint in an eight ounce glass of water and drink up.

High Cholesterol

  • One medium pear has 5 g of dietary fiber, much of it in the form of pectin, which helps flush out bad cholesterol, a risk factor in heart disease.

Immune-System Booster

  • Eat one tablespoon of chopped parsley daily.

Indigestion

  • Drink a soothing cup of peppermint tea after your meal. Mint helps with muscles spasms.
  • Use minced fresh basil in sauces or salads to help kill troublesome bacteria that causes nausea and digestion issues.

Insomnia

  • Before bed eat a handful of cherries which are full of melatonin.
  • Take a hot relaxing shower before bed
  • Aromatherapy with lavender essential oil.
  • Eat a 3-ounce serving of turkey 30 minutes before you go to bed to help your body produce serotonin and melatonin which are hormones that regulate sleep.

Intestinal Gas

  • One and a half cups of live-culture yogurt helps food travel more efficiently through the gastrointestinal tract thus producing less gas.
  • Use minced fresh basil in sauces or salads to help kill troublesome bacteria that causes nausea and digestion issues.

Kidney Stones

  • Four dried apricot have 2 g of fiber, only 3 mg of sodium, and 325 mg of potassium. These three items help keep minerals from accumulating in urine which form the most common type of kidney stones.

Memory Booster

  • Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil in your aromatherapy or boil crushed leaves in a pot of water and let the scent linger through the house.

Menstrual Cramps

  • Take ½ to 1 teaspoon of cramp bark tincture every 2 hours on the days of your worst cramps.

Nausea

  • Drink mint tea to sooth nausea.
  • Infuse fresh ginger in hot water. Strain and freeze in ice cube trays. Crush the cubes and eat throughout the day for a steady calming effect.
  • Drink Ginger Tea.
  • Use minced fresh basil in sauces or salads to help kill troublesome bacteria that causes nausea and digestion issues.

Poison Ivy

  • Apply cold mint tea bags to infected area for a soothing cooling effect.
  • Apply a solution of water and peppermint essential oil or a cloth soaked in peppermint tea to infected area for a soothing cooling effect.

Puffy Eyes

  • Apply cool damp black tea bags as a compress to closed eyes for 10 minutes.

Repelling Mosquitoes

  • Bush mint essential oil is very effective on keeping mosquitoes from landing on your skin.

Sore Throat

  • Gargle twice a day with a solution of six pressed garlic cloves mixed into a glass of warm water.
  • Gargle twice a day with a solution of salt mixed into a glass of warm water.

Sprains

  • Contrast hydrotherapy – a quick blast of hot, then a quick blast of cold to get the blood pumping through the muscle tissues again. 30 seconds hot, 20 seconds colds. Alternate three times ending with cold.

Stained Teeth

  • Crush a few fresh strawberries into mush and mix with a pinch of stain-removing baking soda and enough water to make a paste. Apply the mixture to a soft-bristled toothbrush and polish for a few minutes once every 3 or 4 months. More than that could remove enamel.
  • Rinse mouth with hydrogen peroxide. Be careful as to not swallow any. Your mouth will keep foaming. Keep spitting it out. Then brush teeth as usual. Do this once every 3 to 4 months. More than that could remove enamel.

Stress/Anxiety

  • Eat a banana. A banana contains 30% of the day’s vitamin b6 which helps the brain produce serotonin.

Ulcers

  • Eat Cabbage: sulforaphane, a powerful compound in cabbage, kills the bacteria that causes gastric and peptic ulcers before it can get to your stomach and may even help inhibit the growth of gastric tumors.

Yeast infection

  • Garlic contains essential oils that can inhibit the growth of the fungus which is the culprit in the pain, itch, and vaginal discharge of yeast infections. Include garlic in sauces, salad dressings, and marinades.
  • Thyme, cloves, and even the essential oils from oranges are also effective fungicides. Include these in sauces, salads dressings, and marinades.


The Mustard Seed Vs The Kidney Stone

Earlier this summer I spent a lovely time discovering what a Kidney Stone episode is. I am so very grateful for the kind and compassionate care from my husband, BFF and clinical staff at our local ER. I am happy to say I came out of an excruciatingly painful situation wearing a smile. (sounds like my divorce) I even received a deep “AH HA”, please indulge me for a moment.

Mustard Seed vs. Kidney Stone

Ladies and Gentleman welcome to the main event.

In this corner, defending her title as the most powerful molecule, also known as “Faith Incarnate”, we have the infamous Mustard Seed…

“Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of various mustard plants. The seeds are usually about 1 to 2 millimeters (0.039 to 0.079 in) in diameter and may be colored from yellowish white to black.” -Wikipedia-

The mustard seed has been used by the Christian faith to depict how teeny tiny our faith (love) needs to be to create miracles in our life and the lives of others. “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – NIV Mathew 17:20-

… And in this corner we have bile in crystal form, known for bringing men to their knees, Kidney Stone…

“The smaller the kidney stone, the more likely it will pass on its own. If it is smaller than 5 mm (1/5 inch), there is a 90% chance it will pass without further intervention. If the stone is between 5 mm and 10 mm, the odds are 50%.” -Wikipedia-

Kidney Stones, according to Messages from the Body by Michael J. Lincoln, Ph.D., are “Angry despair.” “There is a large store of unshed tears, fears and sadness arising from old issues that should have been released but have been instead held onto. They are also storing resentments and holding grudges in such a manner as to result in crystallizations of their rage in the form of stones.”

All silliness aside, we are talking millimeters here! Molecules of Emotional Energy powerful enough to move a mountain or take down the biggest, strongest and/or most centered person you can think of. As my soul sister put it “until the day that she is able to levitate and no longer requires food to live, the only way she knows out of a Kidney Stone episode is super strong IV pain medication”.

Faith’s (love) vibration when put to use can change a person’s life in the utmost powerful way. Let me add here, that this same vibration of love can change our outer world.

Anger’s (fear) vibration when unchecked can change a person’s life in the most devastatingly powerful way. Equally so, fear can destroy our outer world.

It is our choice, a 2 mm seed of Love or 2 mm seed of Fear? Today I’m going to shed the tears that need to be loosed and let go of fears and sadness from old issues and go out and plant my seeds of love. Won’t you join me?

I wrote this tidbit at the beginning of Summer 2017. Today August 21, 2017, I realized that our country and world are experiencing a major kidney stone episode. An episode of “Angry Despair”. It’s time to lose the resentments and grudges, and step into love for our fellow man. As a wise man once said, “Turn off the news and love your neighbor”