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7 years ago

I have all my had Tinnitus, it is worse when I have a cold or it is totally silent. But nowadays it seems to be getting worse. Especially when I go to bed, sometimes I wake up and think my air conditioner is on and it's not, it's the noises in my ears. I would love to know what total silence is like, not this ringing and buzzing in my ears. Do you Chief RunningFox or anybody else know of any natural remedies to help calm this?

7 years ago

Osiyo, I am a retired clinicl psychologist and although I would need to meet and speak to your teenage son it sure sounds like he is displaying some tendacies of ADHD.  As his mother I think you should take him to your health care provider so tests can be made..I recommend you do this before trying to medicate him with anything either over the counter or natural.. 

Tell your son it is against the law for the Dr to tell anyone but his parents what is found as a result of the medical tests..

Your sons anger issues might be as a result of some type of serious medical condition and I believe he should undergo some medical tests to determine if he needs some medical or psychological help..

Anger control
7 years ago

I have a teenage son who is prone to anger outburts.  In addition to learning "self control" tools, I would like to see adding a herbal supplement to his diet that would aid in removing this emotional imbalance.  He refuses to see a Dr. as he feels that taking a "pill" would indicate that he is "retarded".  I am hoping to introduce a "vitamin" in his diet (to his knowledge) that would help reduce or completely rid him of this problem.  I don't know what the best approach is but he can't live his life feeling so angry all the time.  I do believe he also has "attention" issues.  If I can convince him to take this supplement it would be referred to as a vitamin, so to speak and it would have to be something that he would only have to ingest once a day.  As I am sure you can all understand teenage boys are very convinced that they know everything.

7 years ago

Herbal Remedies for Cold bulletCayenne (Capsicum minimum): a favorite North American Indian remedy: use 1.25 ml (1/4 tsp) of the powder to really stimulate the circulation.bulletCinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): use a cinnamon stick, and break it into the mixture of herbs, for a gentle, warming and sweat-inducing effect.bulletGinger (Zingiber officinalis): grate a small piece of fresh root ginger into the mixture for extra heat.

Taken at the first sign of symptoms, echinacea can reduce a cold's intensity and duration, often even preventing it from becoming a full-fledged infection.

Goldensealhelps clear mucus from the throat. It also contains the natural antibiotic berberine, which can help prevent bacterial infections that often follow colds.

One of the Best Cold Remedy

For a good "cold tea," combine equal parts of elder (Sambucus nigra), peppermint (Mentha piperita), and yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and steep 1 to 2 tsp of the mixture in 1 cup hot water. Take it hot just before going to bed. This will induce a sweat, and if the cold is caught early enough, may stop it altogether. Even if it is too late for this it will still be very useful. This tea can help the body handle fever and reduce achiness, congestion, and inflammation. They may be taken with a pinch of mixed spice and a little honey to soothe a painful throat. 

Other herbs that may be added to the infusion include:

Caution: Peppermint tea may interfere with the beneficial action of homoeopathic remedies.
7 years ago

How to Help Cure a Sinus Infection

If you suffer from sinus infections, you know they can be very uncomfortable and painful. Here are several ways to treat sinus infections and related symptoms.

Difficulty: Moderate
Look out for sinus symptoms, mainly headache and blocked nose. Herbal remedies that use ingredients such as licorice, eucalyptus, ginger and peppermint may help initial stage infections. See Resources for more information.
Try home remedies to cure sinus infections. These remedies include steam therapy, use of heat packs, vitamin supplements and sinus irrigation.
Consume lots of fluids such as herbal tea or lukewarm water.
Visit an herbalist if you want to try herbal medication.
Go to a homeopathic doctor. These medicines are generally devoid of any side effects and can be effective for sinus infections.
Treat common colds immediately. Delaying treatment increases your chances of developing a full-blown sinus infection.
Go for antibiotic treatment if you suffer from acute or chronic sinusitis. The doctor will prescribe antibiotics, a topical decongestant, a topical corticosteroid or nasal washing based on the extent of infection
Stinging Nettle
8 years ago
American Indian women believed drinking nettle tea during pregnancy strengthened the fetus, eased delivery and helped stop bleeding after childbirth. Nursing mothers used nettle tea to increase their milk production.

Today, nettles is recognized as high in vitamin C and a rich source of chlorophyll. Constituents include histamine, formic acid, chlorophyll, glucoquinine, iron and vitamin C. Nettles acts as an astringent, a diuretic and a tonic notes David Hoffmann, author of The Herbal Handbook (Healing Arts Press).

"Nettles are one of the most widely applicable plants we have," he notes. "They strengthen and support the whole body."

In a 1990 randomized, double-blind clinical study reported in Planta Medica: Journal of Medicinal Plant Research, researchers noted that freeze-dried stinging nettles relieved allergy symptoms in over half of the participating patients. Indeed, 58% of the participants taking two 300 mg capsules of freeze-dried Urtica dioica for one week experienced reduced symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis. (Planta Medica 1990 (56):44-47)

James Duke, PhD, author of The Green Pharmacy, says we shouldn't be surprised that nettle does, in fact, help relieve allergy symptoms. For centuries, he notes, cultures around the world have used this herb to treat nasal and respiratory troubles including coughs, runny nose and chest congestion.

Stinging nettle's diuretic activity has been the subject of a number of German studies. One study in the early 80s found that nettle juice had a distinct diuretic effect on patients with heart problems. In 1989, German researchers Wagner et al, reported in the journal Planta Medica that several fractions from nettles root showed anti-inflammatory effects in animal trials and stimulated human lymphocytes in vitro. In Germany, the herb is used in modern phytomedicine for treatment of kidney infections, inflammation of the lower urinary tract and for treatment of renal gravel.

Toxic effects from drinking nettle tea have been recorded. These include: gastric irritation, burning sensation of the skin, edema and urine suppression. And according to Michael Castleman, author of The Healing Herbs (Rodale), nettles stimulates uterine contractions in animal studies, and therefore pregnant women should not use it internally.
8 years ago

Home remedies for insect bite

1.Apply toothpaste on the sting.

2. 1 tsp. lavender essential oil.
1 tbsp. vegetable oil.
Mix the ingredients and apply it directly on the injury. Do not use around eyes.

3. The allergic reaction from a bite or a sting is caused by formic acid which can be neutralized using 1 tsp. of yellow dock leaf tincture and 2 tsp. of baking soda. Mix the ingredients and form a poultice. Apply as needed.

8 years ago

Home Remedies For Heartburn:

Make a juice using raw potatoes. Wash the potato very well do not peel it, smash it into a juice or place it in a blender or juicer, mix it with pineapple juice or apple juice for taste and make into a juice and drink immediately after juicing.

8 years ago

Tips To Stop Snoring

• Get a thorough medical examination to determine the exact cause and severity of your snorning.
• Try changing you sleep positions. For example, sell on your side.
• Use pillows to keep your neck straight and comfortable. Also, elevate your head, which can sometimes help minimize your snoring.
• Elevating your bed to elevate your head and torso may be required.
• Get your allergies under control, as this can help reduce your snoring.
• If you are overweight, lose some excess pounds. Losing excess weight can help to reduce snoring or stop it all together.
• Avoid drinking alcohol before bedtime.
• Check your medicines. Some medicines, like anthihistamines and sedatives can actually increase your snoring.
• Stop smoking, as this aggravates the tissues in the throat that make you snore.
• Don’t’ eat a big meal before going to bed.
• Try avoiding dairy products in the evening, as for some people dairy increases mucus build-up in your throat, which can contribute to the snoring process.
• Try using nasal strips when sleeping. The nasal strips will open up your nasal passages, and may reduce snoring.
• Make an effort to establish a regular sleeping schedule. Sometimes, poor sleep habits contribute to your snoring.
• Get adequate exercise, which helps to keep your nasal passages firm and in good conditioning, and helps with weight management.

8 years ago

                             Home Remedy for Stress

Mix 1 tsp. of valerian rhizome.
       1 tsp. of licorice root.
       1 tsp. of siberian ginseng root.
       1 tsp. of kava root.
Take one teaspoon every 3 or 4 hours.

7 Home Remedies for lowering Cholesterol
8 years ago

Home remedies for cholesterol #1: Mix 1 tsp. of roasted chicory root. 
           1 tsp. of lime flowers. 
           ½ tsp. of fenugreek seeds. 
           ½ tsp. of ginger rhizome. 
           1 quart of water. 
Boil all ingredients, let it cool, strain. Drink 2 cups a day. 

Home remedies for cholesterol #2: Eat Garlic or take 1 capsule twice a day. It lowers LDL cholesterol level in 12% and increases HDLs.

Home remedies for cholesterol #3: Niacin is particularly helpful in lowering cholesterol. However, inositol hexaniacinate is an even better and safer form of niacin. Inositol hexaniacinate is composed of one molecule of inositol and six molecules of niacin. Inositol hexaniacinate has been used in Europe for over thirty years to lower cholesterol levels. Inositol hexaniacinate yields slightly better results than standard niacin and is better tolerated because it is flush free and doesn't have any long-term side effects on the liver or blood sugar control.

Home remedies for cholesterol #4:Chromium is vital in the synthesis of cholesterol, fats and protein. Chromium maintains stable blood sugar levels through proper insulin utilization and can be helpful for people with diabetes and/or hypoglycemia. Studies have shown that low plasma chromium levels can be an indication of coronary artery disease.  Take 400 mcg. a day of chromium picolinate to improve HDL to LDL ratio.

Home remedies for cholesterol #5:Taking Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 4000 mg. a day lowers cholesterol.

Home remedies for cholesterol #6:Ginger reduces cholesterol and thins the blood improving circulation

Home remedies for cholesterol #7:Guggul reduces LDL by 35% increases HDL by 20 % in 12 weeks, prevents arteriosclerosis. It performs better then many drugs in several studies.

Herbal conditioner for dandruff.
8 years ago

1 pint of water.
1 tsp. of burdock root.
1 tsp. of calendula flowers.
1 tsp. of chamomile flowers.
1 tsp. of lavender flowers.
1 tsp. of rosemary leaves.
1 tbs. of vinegar.
6 drops of sage essential oil.
Boil water and pour over herbs. Steep for 20 minutes strain and add vinegar. Apply after shampooing do not rinse out.

8 years ago


Official drugs in the United States are listed in the United States Pharmacopeia (U.S.P.), the National Formulary (NF), and the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia. Do not confuse these resources with the more popular Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) or the Merck Manual.

The United States Pharmacopeia dates from 1820; the National Formulary from 1888. Drugs that are listed must have proven efficacy. Many are natural products we know from food preparation such as oil of wintergreen and cocoa butter

Together, about 220 substances used by Indians have been listed in the USP or NF. Some 41 new substances of American Indian usage have been added as official since 1890.



The chemicals from plants that have medicinal value are called phytochemicals. These are part of a class of chemicals produced by plants that are known as secondary metabolites. They are chemicals not essential to the ordinary life activities of the plant, such as photosynthesis.

Secondary metabolites are probably defensive in nature. Since plants are stationary, they engage in 'chemical warfare' in order to survive. Penicillin, produced by a mold, wards off predators. We have adapted it for medicinal use. Richard Schulteis, the father of modern ethnobotany has said that "plants live by their chemical wits."

The largest groups of phytochemicals are the alkaloids. These include caffeine, nicotine, and cocaine from the coca leaf. Their discovery by aboriginal peoples was probably by trial and error. It was usual for an aboriginal practitioner in the Americas or Australia to be familiar with more than 150 different medicinal plants in his/her realm.

8 years ago

Zeolite; is a unique volcanic mineral that is highly effective at destroying cancer cells. In fact, results have been so impressive, anyone fighting cancer or wishing to prevent cancer should be using zeolite. It comes in two basic forms, a liquid zeolite, and a powdered micronized zeolite.

Part of what zeolite does is to work on a couple of the basic issues in cancer. It is a powerful detoxifier, and improves the alkalinity of your body. More importantly though, zeolite is a cancer killer as it can, when pulled into cancer cells, activate the P21 gene which tells a cancer cell to die, or literally destroy the nucleus of cancerous cells.

Zeolite works exceptionally well at fighting cancer as an informal 14 month study several years ago showed.

65 people with mostly stage 4 cancer, who had a prognosis of about 2 months to live, were given a type of liquid  zeolite. At the end of the study, 51 people were cancer free and six more were alive, but still fighting  cancer. This is a 78% cure rate for terminal cancer, an incredible 89% survival rate.

Zeolite has been very effective for Walelu..Since I started her on Zeolite fifteen drops adminstered in 5 drops in various liquids.. Walelu feels much better I believe due to the zeolite drops she is taking....Walelu  is gaining lots of strength..I highly recommend anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer try liquid zeolite because it may work for you also..It is very economical to purchase..It only costs twenty dollars for about two hundred drops and it is well worth the value because of the positive results..

9 years ago

Information provided byebbie and Marc Neveux<>Herbal Remedies Overview

Herbal remedies are those remedies created from plants and from plant extracts. The recipes for these remedies are past on through tradition and folklore. As such, the practice of using herbal remedies for healing purposes is an ancient one that has been used on all seven of the continents. In fact, some herbal remedy recipes have been depicted in cave paintings that date back as far as 13,000 to 25,000 BC.

Today, the same herbal remedies that have been uses for hundreds or even thousands of years are still in use. According to anthropologists, these remedies have been improved over time through the process of trial and error. As the knowledge surrounding herbs and their uses has grown, so has the practice of using herbal remedies for their healing power. Even herbs commonly used to season our foods have specific healing powers. Garlic, for example, is known by herb alists for its ability to lower cholesterol, to reduce blood pressure, to reduce platelet aggression, and to provide antibacterial properties.

There are three basic forms of herbalism that are followed by most practitioners in the United States. These include:

* Western herbal medicine based on Roman and Greek herbalism
* The practice of Ayurvedic from India
* Chinese medicine, referred to as Chinese herbology

Each of these forms of herbal medicine has an ancient history with millions of loyal followers. In addition, the practice of Ayurvedic remains an important practice in India, with the President of the country even having his own personal Ayurvedic physicians. The same holds true of Chinese medicine, which is still practice by many doctors within the country.

Although each herb used in herbal medicine has its own unique properties, most herbal remedies involve mixing more than one herb together. This helps improve the flavor of the concoction while also improving its potency. One popular mixed herbal remedy is mint leaf, eucalyptus, and juniper berry, which is mixed together to help fend off colds.

When mixing together an herbal remedy, it is best to use dried herbs because most herbal remedies are based on the effects of herbs in this state. Since some the chemical structure of some herbs actually changes when dried, you may not experience the same effect if you use fresh herbs.

There are a couple different ways to ingest herbal remedies. Tea is a popular method, which involves seeping the herbs in hot water for about five minutes before drinking the tea. You may also choose to mix the herbs into your food or to take them in capsule form. For some herbs, the best method of use may be to obtain the essential oils of the plant and use it for aromatherapy purposes.

Herbal remedies have been in use for thousands of years. And, since they continue to prove themselves effective to those that use them, you can expect them to be around for years to come.

Find out more about herbal remedies at

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9 years ago

Herbal Remedies for Depression

Nature has its own magic tricks in making people happy; this even includes those who are depressed. There are certain herbs that can actually give you that mood boost you need. So learn how to be naturally happy by knowing the herbal remedies for depression.

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Herbs are not only used to treat medical conditions like heart ailments, blood pressure disorders and other body system problems. You can actually use herbs to treat depression. A lot of studies have been done on herbal remedies for depression, that's why the use of herbal remedies for depression is totally safe and reliable.

Siberian Ginseng

This herb can improve the balance of important neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotoni n, epinephrine and norepinephrine in your brain. Its various varieties are termed as adaptogen, which is a substance that assists your body by helping you adapt to physical stresses that have an external cause.

Ginseng is alleged to stimulate your immune system, enhance your abstract thinking and improve the aerobic capacity of your body. People with diabetes can also use it, because it helps regulate blood sugar levels.

St. John's Wort

Hypericum, popularly known as St. John's Wort, has hypericin. This special component inhibits a chemical in your body called monoamine oxidase, which is associated with depression. Patients suffering from depression were able to have relief, more interest and motivation in life, increased appetite, and better self-esteem by the help of this herb. It can also help restore your normal sleeping pattern.


Kava, also known as Piper methysticum, has been long used to help reduce anxiety. However, kava is new in treating anxiety that is related to depression. There are European countries that have approved its use for treating nervous disorders, insomnia and depression. In the U.S., you can have Kava in the form of dietary supplements. Kavalactones, which is the special agent of Kava, are found in its dried rhizome.

Ginkgo Biloba

Another one of the herbal remedies for depression is Ginkgo Biloba, which effectively relieves gloominess. This herb is especially recommended for elderly people, who are suffering diminished blood flow to their brains. It is a powerful antioxidant and antidepressant, which can increase blood flow to your brain and other parts of the body. When your blood circulation is improved, you have increased memory, and better cardiovascular health. Just like other herbal remedies for depression, Ginkgo Biloba can help treat other conditions, like Alzheimer's disease. Balm Balm, also known as Melissa, is a member of the mint family. You can use balm leaves and tops while they are green and fresh, to make tea. Balm tea can help stimulate your brain, and help relieve apathy and lethargy.

These are just some of the most common herbal remedies for depression. Now that you know some herbs to fight depression, you have all the liberty to choose what kind of herb you want to use to keep feeling great all day long!

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9 years ago

Home Remedies for Smelly Feet

- During summer, avoid wearing shoes all the time. Try nice airy sandals instead.
- Mix thee tbs salt in a bucket with warm water. Soak your feet.
- Prevent calluses. Use a scrubber to wash your feet regularly.
- Do not wear shoes while your feet are wet. Apply some deodorant powder to your feet before wearing shoes and put some in your shoes.
- Use nailbrush to wash your toe nails regularly.
- Use 2 tea bags, boil them in 3 cups of water. Mix them with 2 ltrs of cool water and soak your feet in it. It will remove bad smell and is a great home remedy for smelly feet.

This post was modified from its original form on 27 Apr, 13:39
9 years ago

Black Cohosh for Menopause

The Algonquin Indians used black cohosh to treat gynecological ills, and it was a key part of Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, sold in the 1870s to treat "female complaints and weaknesses." In a recent German study on menopausal hot flashes, subjects were given estrogen, a Valium-like tranquilizer or black cohosh (Remifemin, two tablets twice a day). The herb, which is an option for women who can't take estrogen, worked best. "The vast majority of studies show benefit," says Mark Blumenthal, executive director of the American Botanical Council.

9 years ago
Natural Remedies for high blood pressure
Statistics show that more American Indians have high blood pressure than any other people..It is estimated more than 75% of all American Indians have elevated blood pressure and the figures would probably be higher if all were checked..High blood pressure often does not have synmptoms and I would not know I had it if I had not joined the army and it was discovered when I had my physical..
I have high blood pressure and I use
Hawthorn berries   565mg capsules twice a day
Cayenne and garlic 530mg twice daily
Omega-3 Fish Oil 1000mg one in the4 morning
GarlicIn a meta-analysis of seven randomized controlled trials of garlic supplements, three trials showed a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure and four in diastolic blood pressure. Researchers concluded that garlic powder supplement may be of clinical use in patients with mild high blood pressure.

Garlic supplements should only be used under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner. Garlic can thin the blood (reduce the ability of blood to clot) similar to aspirin. Garlic may interact with many drugs and supplements such as the prescription "blood-thinners" drugs such as Coumadin (warfarin) or Trental (pentoxifylline), aspirin, vitamin E, gingko. It is usually recommended that people taking garlic stop in the weeks before and after any type of surgery.
The herb hawthorn is often used by traditional herbal practitioners for high blood pressure.

In a randomized controlled trial conducted by researchers in Reading, UK, 79 patients with type 2 diabetes were randomized to receive either 1200 mg of hawthorn extract a day or placebo for 16 weeks. Medication for high blood pressure was used by 71% of the patients.

At the end of the 16 weeks, patients taking the hawthorn supplement had a significant reduction in mean diastolic blood pressure (2.6 mm Hg). No herb-drug interactions were reported.


Fish oil

Preliminary studies suggest that fish oil may have a modest effect on high blood pressure. Although fish oil supplements often contain both DHA (docohexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), there is some evidence that DHA is the ingredient that lowers high blood pressure. Learn more about fish oil.

Folic acid
Folate is a B vitamin necessary for formation of red blood cells. It may help to lower high blood pressure in some people, possibly by reducing elevated homocysteine levels.

Re: [Traveling The Traditional Red Road] Natural medicine and herbal remedies
9 years ago

Greetings Brabara W I also found this for you, i think this is the best Common Herbs Useful for Cancer and Chemotherapy Side Effects. Herbs marked with a * are reported to be very beneficial in the battle against cancer. Agrimony: member of the rose family with tall yellow leaves. It's an astringent herb and is useful in treating diarrhea. Black Walnut: Rich in organic iodine and tannins which contain antiseptic properties; oxygenating abilities burn up excess toxins and fatty materials; helps to regulate blood sugar levels; used for herpes and impetigo; blood, intestines and nerves. contains natural fluoride - removes plaque and restores tooth enamel; externally, heals athletes foot; counteracts hemorrhoid bleeding in colon and kills all parasites in the body, which some feel is related to cancer. Borage: Has a long blooming star shaped blue flowers. Its leaves are used in poultices and an infusion is effective for coughs. *Burdock: Blood purifier therefore, alleviating boils, abscesses, eczema and other skin disorders. Excellent diuretic. Soothing to the kidneys. Excellent for gout and will reduce arthritic swelling and deposits within the joints. Powerful liver tonic. Reported to be very good for cancer and is one of the ingredients in essiac. California Poppy: A common garden flower that is safe to use and has no addictive side effects. Very useful as a sedative and is ideal for sleeplessness in children. Catnip: member of the mint family. Native to Europe and grows well in moist temperate climates, especially in sandy soil. Catnip is known for helping colicky babies and is a soothing sedative. Chamomile: Pleasantly aromatic. Used by the ancient Egyptians and is well known for its medicinal properties. An effective sedative and a favorite for babies suffering from colic and teething. Comfrey: Native to Europe and Asia, also grows well in warm regions of North America. Roots and leaves are of considerable use when applied to sprains, swelling and bruises. Echinacea: Glandular balancer, especially lymphatic and liver areas. Blood purifier, antiseptic and anti infection herb. Good for boils, blood poisoning, pus diseases, snake and spider bites. Also increases the value of other herbs. One of the best immune system stimulants. A strong immune system is very important in the battle against cancer. Eucalyptus: Tropical in origin, it also grows well in temperate climates of North America. Its essential oil is used as a powerful antibacterial. Many parents rub diluted eucalyptus oil directly on the child's chest to help alleviate cough due to cold. Effective when used as an inhalant. Heartsease: Once the favorite ingredient in love potions, the ancient Greeks used it to reduce anger and soothe headaches. Also effective for chest coughs and skin conditions. Hyssop: A valuable respiratory remedy for children. Fresh leaves and dried flowering tops are used for colds, bronchitis and as a gargle for sore throats. Lavender: An effective sedative, it is ideal for headaches and a few drops of its essential oil make a calming bath for children. Lemon Balm: An infusion of its leaves is used for digestive upsets and nervous problems. The essential oil is used in creams and is good for insect bites and keeping mosquitoes at bay. Marigold: Commonly used in creams, it's effective for use in minor skin problems. Marigold is also said to be a good remedy for the pain of a bee or wasp sting. Marshmallow: It's used for chest coughs and digestive orders. A pretty plant with soft pink flowers. Mullein: The leaves and flowers of this plant contain mucilage and are used as a mild sedative as well as for coughs. Sage: As an oil, it's used as an antiseptic and astringent for sore throats and skin troubles. An infusion is a calming drink. *Slippery Elm: Used extensively for inflammation of the lungs, bowels, stomach, heart, diseases of the female organs, kidney and bladder. Will soothe ulcerated or cancerous stomach when nothing else will. Heals all mucus membranes. Reported to be very good for cancer and is one of the ingredients of essiac *Sheep Sorrel: Some say this is a miracle herb curing infections, fevers, poisoning, clears the digestive system, has a purifying effect on the system. Recommended for all urinary or digestive malfunctions, for hemorrhoids, for mouth and throat ulcers, loss of appetite, clears morbid matter from the system. Reported to be very good for cancer and is one of the ingredients in essiac Tea Tree: The essential oil is used in many commercial preparations for its well known antibacterial properties. Proven effective as a rinse for head lice. Thyme: A warm aromatic scent. Antiseptic, especially good for repertory and intestinal ailments. The diluted oil can be applied directly to wounds. *Turkey Rhubarb: Not to be confused with domestic rhubarb. This root cleanses digestive canals and the entire digestive tract. Improves digestion and appetite. Stimulates colon action and glandular secretions. Good for bowel pain. Clears colon blockage, duodenum ulcers and is an excellent stomach tonic. Reported to be very good for cancer and is one of the ingredients in essiac --------------------------------- You rock. That's why Blockbuster's offering you one month of Blockbuster Total Access, No Cost.

9 years ago
Osiyo Barbara  I checked some medical spots I use online and found the following information..I hope this helps :
Herbal tea to help in Dealing with the Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation
For nausea, both ginger and caraway seed can often help. Caraway seed can be used to make a tea to be used after radiation treatment. To prevent nausea, hold a slice of fresh ginger in your mouth while undergoing therapy; if you become nauseous, chew on it. Fennel tea calms the stomach and prevents nausea.

For pain or burning in the stomach, mix one heaping teaspoon of kudzu or arrowroot in six ounces of water or licorice tea. 

Soy Unique is a fermented soy product that can help enhance the immune system and help increase blood counts. It is easily digested and is very nutritious, making it great for those who have trouble eating. It is available at


There is a belief among oncologists that chemotherapy can be rendered
ineffective to varying degrees if the patient ingests antioxidants. They believe this because one of the ways chemotherapy works is by introducing free radicals into
cancerous tissues to destroy them. Accordingly, some cancer doctors tell
their patients NOT to take any antioxidant supplements during treatment. In fact, some doctors refuse to treat patients who are using supplements. There are some researchers that disagree with this and they recommend some supplementation when undergoing chemotherapy including: CoQ10, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and kelp (to provide trace minerals). You should talk to your doctor about this before adding any supplements or herbs to your diet. 

This post was modified from its original form on 04 Apr, 22:26
9 years ago

A dear friend of mine has gall stones and is sometimes in much pain ..

I found this cure online at:

URGENT NOTICE: The gallstones are a sign of something else major being wrong. If you don’t deal with the underlying issues, you are not doing yourself much of a favor by getting rid of the gallstones. YES, it is better than surgery, but you need to address the bigger problems going on that caused the gallstones to be there in the first place. Not sure what the Cause of your lack of health is? Go here.

What you need to do to get rid of the cause of your gallstones is drink more water and add to your health. Not sure how to add to your health go here.

And go here for what to add

How much water should you drink go here.

Natural Gallstone Cure

8 oz of apple juice night and morning only. Malic acid will help soften the gall stones and prevent them from getting stuck. Do this for 30-90 days.


- 1 can (not bottle, glass, etc) Coca Cola Classic (not new taste, not diet, not anything else.)
- 1 lemon (not imitation juice, not anything else)
- 6 oz of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (again, No substitutions, no this is close, no virgin olive oil, must be extra virgin olive oil)
- 10 oz of Citrate of Magnesia – (kruse’s fluid magnesia in Australia) (again, no milk of magnesia, no substitutions, must be citrate of magnesia) – you can get at places like Walgreen’s near the other laxatives and it usually comes in a glass bottle on the top or bottom shelf, and may come in cherry flavor, lime or original. As long as it is citrate of magnesia.

You will need one day when you can hang around at home in the bathroom to do this.

Put 5 oz of the coke in a glass with 6 oz of Olive oil and take half the lemon and squeeze it into the glass. Drink this nasty mess, and you can suck on the other half of the lemon after you are done, (like a shot of tequila) the lemon helps get rid of the gross taste of this concoction. Then go to sleep (wait for 8 hours) and in the morning drink 10 oz of Citrate of Magnesia. Then be very near a bathroom for another 8 hours at least." I.E. I wouldn't be at work, or go out shopping. You will have diarrhea really bad for at least a few hours, up to 8 hours or more.

The citrate of magnesia is a laxative and you will have lots of diarrhea. You will pass little green pea type things which are the gall stones.

Remember, you must get rid of the cause of your gallstones otherwise you will just be treating the symptoms.

9 years ago

Catnip & Chamomile Tea

From Sean Paajanen,

Catnip isn't only for cats, you know. This herbal blend of catnip, chamomile, lemon balm and more will soothe you even after the toughest day at work.
  • 1/2 cup dried catnip
  • 3/4 cup dried chamomile
  • 1 cup dried lemon balm
  • 1/4 cup dried mint
  • 1/4 cup dried lemongrass
Mix the herbs thoroughly, and store in an air tight container. For a cup of tea, use 2 tsp in a cup of boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes and strain out the herbs.
9 years ago

OOPS!! I forgot how much honey to tell you to use-Add this mixture below to about 4oz.honey.

9 years ago

mullien- horehound - echnichia root and/or leaves(root is better)-peppermint-lemon juice- honey

make a tea ( use horehound sparingly for it is VERY bitter)

make a tea using equel amounts of each and less than that of horehound--make a little at a time using a medium pinch for measurment of each herb for tea- cover herbs with about 1 inch water -cover -bring to boil for about a min. reduce to simmer for about 3 more min.-turn off heat and and allow to steep and cool before lifting lid to prevent losing essiential oils strain and add  fresh lemon juice-I use 1/2 of a small lemon-add to organic honey making a syrpy mixture-take a tablespoon every 4 hrs. for severe congestion. Mullien has antibacterial and antiviral properties-also thins mucas if it is heavy and thick-horehound is a natural expectorant. My mother has COPD and will not use nor go to a doctor-she uses this that I make for her and it works for her-I also use this during cold and flu season for kids -works well.-Blessings

P.S. I will be adding Rosehips to this for they are high in vitaminC

9 years ago

Breaking from

Beer Fights Cancer

Researchers are always looking for the magic bullet to kill cancer, and now they may have found it in a surprising place — a glass of beer! (Who knew?) It turns out that hops, which is the flavor component of beer, contains a cancer-fighting compound called xanthohumol.

Xanthohumol turns out to be toxic to several kinds of human cancer, including prostate, ovarian, breast, and colon. Further, it inhibits enzymes that can activate the development of cancer, and also helps detoxify carcinogens. It even seems to slow down tumor growth in the early stages. Scientists are trying to produce hops that contain even more xanthohumol, and the Germans are racing to develop a “health” beer.

But wait — there’s more! Other compounds in hops are potent phytoestrogens which may help with post-menopausal hot flashes and also prevent osteoporosis.

Beers that provide the most benefits contain the most hops, and include strong brews such as ale, stout, and porter. In general, the darker the beer, the better. For those who can’t stand beer, herbal supplements made from hops contain the highest concentrations of beneficial elements.

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9 years ago

here is something I ran across on Manataka site and since it grows wild all around me and across this area I thought it might be of service to many.

      Manataka American Indian Council









Sumac (Rhus glabra)

Other Names: Dwarf Sumac, Mountain Sumac, Scarlet Sumac, Smooth Sumac, Upland Sumac, White Shoemake, Vinegar-tree, Red sumac


Used extensively by Native Americans for food and medicine. Young shoots and roots are peeled and eaten raw. The fruit is also eaten raw, cooked or made into a lemonade-like drink.


A deciduous shrub native to North America found in all 48 mainland states of USA and in southern Canada. Found growing in thickets and waste ground, open fields and roadsides. Cultivation is easy, root cuttings are best long taken in December, it prefers well-drained acid soil and full sun. Sumac is a shrub or small tree from 6 to 15 feet high, with large pinnate leaves, each leaflet is lanceolate, serrate and green on top whitish beneath. In the fall the leaves turn a bright red. Flowers bloom in June and July they are in dense panicles of greenish-red small five petaled flowers. The edible fruit is a large erect cluster of small bright red berries. Gather edible young shoots in spring, roots and berries in fall. Dry for later herb use.

Used extensively by Native Americans for food and medicine. Young shoots and roots are peeled and eaten raw. The fruit is also eaten raw, cooked or made into a lemonade-like drink. The active constituents in Sumac are being studied for use in many diseases some possible applications are in the treatment of TB, diabetes, and some cancers. The plant contains Calcium malate, Dihydrofisetin, Fisetin, Iodine, Gallic-acid-methylester, tannic and gallic acids, Selenium, Tartaric-acid, and many beneficial minerals. An infusion of the bark or roots is alterative, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, galactogogue, haemostatic, rubefacient and tonic. It is used in alternative medicine for the treatment of colds, diarrhea, fevers, general debility, to increase the flow of breast milk, sore mouths and throats, rectal bleeding, inflammation of the bladder and painful urination, retention of urine and dysentery and is applied externally to treat excessive vaginal discharge, burns and skin eruptions.


The powdered bark is made into a good antiseptic salve. An infusion of the leaves is used for asthma, diarrhea and stomatosis. A poultice of the leaves used to treat skin rashes. The leaves also chewed for sore gums and rubbed on sore lips. An infusion of the berries is diuretic, emetic, emmenagogue, purgative and refrigerant. It is used in the treatment of late-onset diabetes, constipated bowel complaints, febrile diseases, dysmenorrhoea (painful or difficult menstruation). The berries have been chewed as a remedy for bed-wetting. An infusion of the blossoms used as an eye wash for sore eyes. The milky latex from the plant is used as a salve on sores. When broken or cut the plant produces a milky substance which forms a solid gum-like body or gall, containing large quantities of tannic and gallic acid. These galls are used in tanning leather. A medicinal wine can also be prepared from them. An oil extracted from the seeds is used in making candles. Brown, red, and black dye are obtained from the berries, said to be excellent for wool.

Believed by some Native American tribes to foretell the weather and the changing of the seasons, for this reason it was held as a sacred plant.

How To Make An Herb Tea
9 years ago

Leaves or berries: The usual method is to use one teaspoon per cup. Add boiling water to the pot and leave to infuse for ten minutes. This is longer than for regular (black) tea. Herbal teas do not 'stew' if left to infuse for a second cup.

Roots or twigs: If you make a tea out of roots or twigs, these need a little more effort to extract the benefit, as they are tougher. The only 'roots or twigs' given in this article, are Licorice and Ginger. These need to be simmered gently for a few minutes to extract the taste and the benefits. You may also want to simmer seeds - such as Aniseed or Caraway for a couple of minutes to get the flavour.

If you want to get hold of a particular tea and can't find it, then it is fine to use a combination tea, which contains the ingredient you want along with a few others.

This post was modified from its original form on 04 Mar, 16:47
Medicinal benefits of sage
9 years ago
People have been using sage for thousands of years: Recipes for sage pancakes have been dated to the 5th century B.C. Like most culinary herbs, sage is thought to be a digestive aid and appetite stimulant. You can use it to reduce gas in the intestines and, as it also is antispasmodic, to relieve abdominal cramps and bloating.

Sage contains phytosterols, reported to have a cooling action. In one study, using an infusion of the leaf reduced sweating by as much as half. Early and modern herbals list sage as a treatment for bright red, abundant uterine bleeding and for cramps that feel worse with heat applications and better with cold applications. You may also use sage to stop breast-milk production when weaning a child from breast-feeding.

The properties that help dry up milk, as well as sage's reported cooling action, also make it useful for treating diarrhea, colds, and excessive perspiration. It may be of value for menopausal hot flashes accompanied by profuse perspiration. Sage can dry up phlegm, and you can gargle with the tea to treat coughs and tonsil or throat infections.

Sage also has been recommended as a hair rinse for dandruff, oily hair, or infections of the scalp. The herb reportedly restores color to gray or white hair.

The essential oil of sage contains alpha- and beta-thujone, camphor, and cineole, which are antioxidant and antimicrobial agents. The volatile oils in sage kill bacteria, making the herb useful for all types of bacterial infections.

Sage Tea
The flavors of the sage and lemon blend nicely. It's a very herbal taste, which would be good for those of you who enjoy green teas.
  • 1/2 oz fresh sage leaves(I have also used dried sage)
  • 1 oz fine sugar
  • 1/4 oz grated lemon rind (I have also used orange rind and lime)
  • Juice from one lemon or orange or lime.. 
  • 1 quart water, boiling
Keep water at a simmer, and add the rest of the ingredients. Steep for 30 minutes. Strain out the herbs and serve hot or iced.
Nutritional benefits of beans and potatoes
9 years ago
An old Cherokee saying goes "When you have beans you have food for your family and when you also have potatoes you have enough food to invite someone to join you".Beans have been proven to be a mojor player in the fight against cancer. Beyond that, they are high in protein,beneficial to those with diabetes, and help lower cholesterol.Beans have a reputation for making excess gas for those who eat them but did you know you can reduce beans causing excess gas?
Just soak them in water over night after mixing a teaspoon of salt in the water..

Potatoes are nutrient-dense, meaning you receive many nutrients for the amount of aloriess they have. The fiber is half soluble, half insoluble, so it helps to keep you regular and helps to lower cholesterol. And slowing down digestion helps to keep you full longer.

 Phytochemicals in potatoes include flavanoids and a recently identified compound called kukoamine that appears to help lower blood pressure.

With the exception of vitamin A , white potatoes have just about every nutrient. Did you know potatoes are full of vitamin C ? However, since we do not eat potatoes raw, most of the vitamin C is lost due to the heat of cooking. In addition, one baked potato offers about 20 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin B6, which is good news for your heart. They are also very high in potassium, beating other potassium-rich foods. They are a good source of iron  and copper , too. In fact, a potato a day is good for your heart , promoting normal blood-pressure levels
Backache, Cold, and Congested Lung Remedy
9 years ago

 Two tablespoons of finely powdered pine rosin, four tablespoons of pure cane sugar, whites of two eggs, one quart Jack Daniels Tennessee green label whisky. Mix and dose a tablespoonful at a time, three times a day, either before or after meals. Also excellent for colds or weak lungs - will stop an irritating cough. Clears mucus from lungs and bronchial tubes.. Keep on hand for medical emergencies..Keep in a secure place away from children's reach..

I knew about this remedy but could not use it because I am alergic to alcohol and could not take it when my lungs were severely congested about three weeks ago..

Herbs for rest and sleep
9 years ago

Numerous plants have sedative action. Plants commonly prescribed as aids in promoting sleep include: passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), hops (Humulus lupulus), valerian (Valeriana officinalis), skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), and chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla).

How Much and When

Unless otherwise specified, for insomnia, take one or two cupfuls of an infusion or decoction in the evening about 30-60 minutes before bedtime. An additional cup can be taken in the night if you wake up. Where a remedy that will not make you drowsy is indicated for conditions associated with insomnia, you can take it three times a day.

Reduce the dosage of herbs taken by mouth by a quarter for children under five years old and by a half for children under twelve. Consult a professional herbalist and your doctor before administering any herbs to children.

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnate)

Passion flower is calming and sleep inducing, relieves pain, and muscular spasms. It is useful for the treatment of general insomnia, insomnia in asthmatics, hysteria, cramps, and nerve pain.

Passionflower was widely used by the Aztecs as a sedative and analgesic. Its constituents include harmine. Harmine was originally known as telepathine because of its peculiar ability to induce a contemplative state and mild euphoria. It was later used by the Germans in World War II as "truth serum." Harmine and related compounds can inhibit the breakdown of serotonin, therefore their use with 5-HTP would have an additive effect.

How to Use: Take 30--60 drops of tincture forty-five minutes before bed.


9 years ago

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian is relaxing and sleep inducing, relieves spasms, calms the digestion, and lowers blood pressure. It is useful for severe insomnia and insomnia accompanied by pain, cramps, intestinal pain, wind, menstrual pain, tension, anxiety, and over-excitability.

Valerian can bring on a restful sleep without morning sleepiness or other side effects or dangers of addiction. Studies have shown that valerian has an extremely beneficial effect among poor or irregular sleepers (particularly women), and in people having difficulty falling asleep.

Valerian has been widely used in folk medicine as a sedative and antihypertensive. Clinical studies have substantiated valerian's ability to improve sleep quality and relieve insomnia. In one study, valerian showed a significant effect compared to the placebo, with forty-four percent reporting perfect sleep and eighty-nine percent reporting improved sleep. In another double-blind study of insomniacs, twenty subjects received either a combination of valerian root extract (160 mg) and Melissa officinalis extract (80 mg), benzodiazepine (triazolam 0.125 mg), or a placebo. In the insomniac group, the valerian/melissa preparation showed an effect comparable to that of the benzodiazepines, as well as an ability to increase deep-sleep stages 3 and 4. The valerian/melissa preparation did not, however, cause any daytime sleepiness, and there was no evidence of diminished concentration or impairment of physical performance.

How To Use: Brew valerian tea (recipe below.) or take about 20 drops of tincture in water at bedtime; experiment to find the dosage that suits you best. 

Valerian, like any sleeping aid, acts as a central nervous system depressant and should not be used every night. Take the tea about forty-five minutes before bedtime.

Caution: Valerian does not suit every one. Can occasionally cause excitement. Do not exceed recommended dosage.

Jamaica Dogwood (Piscidia piscipula)

Jamaica dogwood is calming, eases pain and disturbing persistent thoughts
Jamaica dogwood is good for insomnia caused by nervous tension, pain, or menstrual pain.

Can take this herb orally (by mouth) or in a herbal bath.

Dosage: In decoction, can be combined with hops and valerian.

Caution: This is a powerful remedy; do not exceed the recommended dosage.

Hops (Humulus lupulus)

Hops is relaxing, sleep-inducing, and antiseptic.

It is good for general insomnia, especially tension or anxiety-related, or associated with restlessness, indigestion or headaches.

Hops can be mixed with chamomile in equal parts.

Use by mouth or in bath.

Caution: Do not take if depressed. Do not take during the first three months of pregnancy.

Dandelion Tea
9 years ago

If you´ve got yellow flowers popping up in your lawn, don´t get rid of them! They make a healthy tea.

Pop off the yellow heads, without any of the green parts, and steep around 4 of them in a cup of water for 20 minutes. You can eat the greens as a salad, dig up the roots,dry them out and pound them into a powder and use it as a beneficial coffee substitute..and all are very healthy for you.

Cherokee healers have long used dandelion for liver and digestive problems. 
Modern medical scientists conducting studies of dandelion's beneficial effects on the liver have shown that the herb increases the production and flow of bile (a digestive aid) from the liver and gallbladder, helping to treat such conditions as gallstones, jaundice, and hepatitis. It is thought that the plant's positive effect on various liver functions is probably related to its high content of the B vitamin choline. 

Because it improves liver function, dandelion (in combination with other liver-strengthening nutrients) may be effective for relieving the pain and other symptoms of endometriosis. It also enhances the ability of the liver to remove excess estrogen from the body, thereby helping to restore a healthy balance of hormones in women who are afflicted with these disorders.Dandelion root acts as a mild laxative, so a tea made from it may provide a gentle remedy for constipation. The herb may also enhance the body's ability to absorb iron from either food or supplements, which may help combat some cases of anemia. Some studies also indicate that dandelion may be of value in treating cancer. The Japanese have patented a freeze-dried extract of dandelion root to use against tumors; the Chinese are employing dandelion extracts in fighting breast cancer (a treatment supported by positive effects in animal studies). But additional studies need to be conducted in humans to determine the herb's true effectiveness against specific types of cancer.

As for other medical applications, studies have found that dandelion can lower blood sugar levels in animals, suggesting it may have some role to play in the treatment of diabetes. It may also has some diuretic effects, so it is sometimes given for water retention and bloating.

I have used dandelion tea before but I found the taste not to my liking no matter how much honey I used..I went to the super market and bought some Celestial Seasonings Peppermint and mixed it with the dandelion tea and it made the taste acceptable...

9 years ago
Peppermint&Spearmint Tea
Peppermint and Spearmint are great tasting herbal teas on their own, but they are  especially good with the addition of fennel and lemonbalm. An added bonus is that this blend will ease an upset stomach.
I have a preference to using Celestial Seasonings Peppermint or Spearmint tea which is already premeasured and in tea bags AND MIX lemon balm leaves and fennel seeds with one or two tea bags and sweeten it with clover honey..
  • 8 oz peppermint or spearmint leaves
  • 8 oz lemon balm leaves
  • 8 oz fennel seeds
Catnip Tea
9 years ago
Catnip Tea

Catnip is a favorite Cherokee tea. It's calming effects are safe and effective for even the youngest of child, helping to relieve symptoms of colic, fever, toothache, and diarrhea.A tea  made of the fresh leaves and flowers sweetened with honey will soothe a feverish child and aids sleep.

Catnip is easy to grow from seeds in early spring. It makes a nice border plant that attracts bees as well as cats! It needs well-drained soil and prefers full sun. Dry the leaves by hanging the stems upside down in a well-ventilated place.

My friend Charlotte R who is an active member of care2 and our group only in the months when she is on vacation from being a middle school teacher grows lots of catnip and keeps me well supplied with it..Catnip is excellent for people with lung problems and promotes easier breathing.. Because of wounds received in combat only one of my lungs functions completely and catnip tea helps my lungs stay clear..
Cherokee healing remedy for upset stomach , sore throats, irritable bowel, wounds, burns,and itchy i
9 years ago
Slippery Elm Bark Tea 
The bark is used medicinally as a tea, as a powder mixed in water as a poultice and added to cooking. it a soothing, healing remedy for upset stomach , sore throats, irritable bowel, wounds, burns,and itchy, irritated skin. It is very soothing to the stomach lining and is sometimes made into a gruel and eaten..It can be pounded or ground into a powder then mixed in water as a poultice and the powder can also be added to cooking.

Slippery Elm Food is generally made by mixing a teaspoonful of the powder into a thin and perfectly smooth paste with cold water and then pouring on a pint of boiling water, steadily stirring meanwhile. It can, if desired, be flavored with honey, hickory nuts or black berry juice.

The tea makes an excellent drink in cases of irritation of the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines, and taken at night will help in falling asleep.

Home Remedies For Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
9 years ago
Home Remedies For Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye) 

Home Remedies For Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or redness of the lining of the white part of the eye and the underside of the eyelid (conjunctiva) that can be caused by infection, allergic reaction, or physical agents like infrared or ultraviolet light.
If your eyes are red, watery and itchy, you may have allergies or just some dust in your eye. But if your eyes are VERY itchy, you may have the serious (and extremely contagious) infection known as pinkeye.
Natural home remedies
  • Once every day, make a poultice of grated apple or grated raw red potato and place it on your closed eye. Let it stay that way for a half hour. Within two days-or three at the most-the condition should completely clear up.
  • The juice of the Indian gooseberry, mixed with honey, is useful in conjunctivitis. A cup of this juice should be taken mixed with two teaspoons of honey twice daily in treating this condition.
  • Vitamin C 2-6,000 mg daily in divided doses. Vitamin C promotes healing.
  • Prepare chamomile tea. When it cools, use it as an eyewash twice a day until the conjunctivitis is gone.
  • A decoction prepared with a handful of dried coriander in 60 ml of water is an excellent eye-wash in conjunctivitis. It is said to relieve burning and reduces pain and swelling.
CAUTION: Conjunctivitis is a severe and contagious viral infection. If the condition doesn't show signs of improvement within a day or two, see a health professional.
The Eyes Have It
  • The plant eye bright is particularly effective in the treatment of conjunctivitis. Add 3 drops of tincture of eye bright (available at health food stores) to 1 tablespoon of just-boiled water. When cool enough to use, bathe the eye in the mixture.
    A decoction prepared with a handful of dried coriander in 60 ml of water is an excellent eye-wash in conjunctivitis. It is said to relieve burning and reduces pain and swelling.
Since this condition is a very contagious one, wash the eye cup thoroughly after you've washed one eye, then mix a new batch of eye bright with water before you wash the other eye. Do this three or four times a day until the condition clears up. Or, use the eyewashes listed on pages 79-80.
  • Goat milk yogurt can also help clear up this uncomfortable condition. Apply a yogurt poultice to the infected eye(s) daily.
Also, eat a portion or two of the yogurt each day. The active culture in yogurt can provide you with healthy bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. Goat milk yogurt is available at some health food stores and specialty markets or can be ordered online.
Prevention Conjunctivitis can, in many cases, be prevented, or at least the course of the disease can be shortened by following some simple practices.
  • Frequently wash hands using antiseptic soap, and use single-use towels during the disease to prevent spreading the infection.
  • Avoid chemical irritants and known allergens.
  • If in an area where welding occurs, use the proper protective eye wear and screens to prevent damaging the eyes.
  • Use a clean tissue to remove discharge from eyes, and wash hands to prevent the spread of infection.

Brown Spots Home Remedies
9 years ago
Brown Spots Home Remedies

Brown Spots Home Remedies Brown spots-age spots or liver spots they are sometimes called-are the result of sun exposure. Large, flat brown spots on your face and hands may be called age spots or liver spots. Many fair-skinned people develop them in middle age from an accumulation of pigment (color) in the skin.
The following remedies may not produce instant results. Keep in mind that these brown spots, thought to be caused by sun damage or a nutrition deficiency, took years to form. Give the remedy you use a few months to work. Then, if there's no change, try another remedy. It may take some trial and error to find what works best for you.
Natural home remedies
  • Grate an onion and squeeze it through cheesecloth so that you have 1 teaspoon of onion juice. Mix it with 2 teaspoons of vinegar and massage the brown spots with this liquid. Do it daily-twice a day, if possible-until you no longer see spots in front of your eyes.
  • This Israeli remedy calls for chickpeas. You may know them as garbanzo beans, ceci or arbus. If you don't want to prepare them from scratch, buy canned chickpeas. Mash about 1/3 cup and add a little water. Smear the paste on the brown spots and leave it there until it dries and starts crumbling off. Then wash it off completely. Do this every evening.
  • Once a day, swallow a vitamin E capsule (check with your doctor for amount). In addition, at bedtime, puncture an E capsule, squish out the oil and rub it on the brown spots, leaving it on overnight. Wear white cotton gloves to avoid messing up your sheets.
  • A variation of this remedy is to rub on castor oil and take the vitamin E orally

Fever Relievers~
9 years ago
Fever Relievers
  • Bind sliced onions or peeled garlic cloves to the bottoms of your feet. As we mentioned earlier, don't be surprised if it gives you onion or garlic breath. And don't be surprised if it brings down your temperature.
  • Eat grapes (in season) throughout the day. Also, dilute pure grape juice and sip some of it throughout the day. Drink it at room temperature, never chilled.
  • Boil 4 cups (1 quart) of water with 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Just before you drink each of these cups (four consumed throughout the day), add to each cup 1 teaspoon of honey and 1/4 cup of orange juice. Heat it up just a little and then drink it slowly.
WARNING: Do not give honey to someone who is diabetic or allergic to honey  
What to use for migraines
9 years ago
A mixture of Feverfew ,Milk Thistle and Passiflora incarnata is an herbal treatment for migraines.. There is a company that sales these herbs already mixed for 30 dollars for a two months supply.. You could go to your local GNC and buy these herbs for less and the empty gelatin capsules.. You would then need to fill the capsules your self with an even amount of all the herbs.. If you did this you could make about a years supply for less than thirty dollars..
Here is the URL for the site to buy the mixed herbs in capsule form..
I suffer from migraines and I make capsules of red pepper mixed with ginger and feverfew and it helps me from getting migraines..
Herbal Medicine For Healing and Health
9 years ago
Valued for their aromatic, savory, or medicinal characteristics, herbs come from plants or various parts of plants and possess certain chemical substances that have affects on the body. Herbal medicine, also called Botanical Medicine or Herbalism, is the use of these herbs for medicinal or therapeutic value. Herbal medicine is older than any other type of healthcare. Every culture has taken advantage of herbs and their benefits. Herbal medicine began with primitive cultures using different plants for shelter, clothing, and medicine. Man learned medicinal benefits of plants through trial and error methods in addition to observing animals. Man’s knowledge of herbs and their medicinal uses advanced over time. Herbal pharmacopoeias were developed by different tribes. Even the pharmacopoeia of scientific medicine in the 20th century was developed primarily from native herbal lore. Herbal medicine continues to influence the medicines of today. Up to 25 percent of all prescription drugs in the United States have at least one active ingredient that comes from plant extracts or synthesized plant compounds.

As many as 4 billion people, or 80 percent of the earth’s population, are estimated to use a form of herbal medicine in their health care, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Herbal medicine is a large part of naturopathic, homeopathic, Native American Indian, Ayurvedic, and traditional oriental medicine. Of the 119 plant-derived pharmaceutical drugs, as many as 74 percent are used in the same ways the plants were used by natives. Plants gathered from locations such as the rain forests are being studied for their possible medicinal values by various pharmaceutical companies.

Conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, pain, and heart disease are often treated today with commercial medicines containing plant-based substances. Ephedrine is derived from an herb called ephedra and is used in commercial medicines to relieve respiratory and asthma symptoms. The actual herb ephedra has been used for over two thousand years in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat the same symptoms.

The foxglove plant is an herb that has been used since 1775. Today this herb, also referred to as the cardiac stimulant digitalis, keeps millions of heart patients living all over the world.

Branches of Herbal Medicine include Ayurvedic Herbalism and Traditional Chinese Herbalism. Ayurvedic Herbalism stems from Ayurveda and Western Herbalism and originated in Greece and Rome. Its practice spread throughout Europe and eventually to North and South America. Traditional Chinese Herbalism comes from Traditional Oriental Medicine.

Western Herbalism is now considered folk medicine. Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbalism differ because they have developed over centuries into very advanced forms of treatment and systems of diagnosis.

People in the United States are continually gaining interest in herbs because of an increasing number of success stories. One example is the use of St. John’s Wort to treat forms of depression. People have used this drug to avoid using Prozac, which produces unwanted side effects. Certain Ayurvedic herbs are commonly used to help those with conditions including diabetes and high cholesterol. Herbs such as Ginkgo biloba (ginkgo) and Ginseng continue to increase in popularity because of their helpful effects.

Natural Herbs for
9 years ago
Many people use natural supplements and herbs to help lose weight naturally. This form of weight loss is considered safe and effective. You can improve health by losing weight by not hurting your body in the process. According to the London based Obesity Task Force, an estimated 1.7 billion people are overweight throughout the world. Obesity in the United States is now considered an epidemic with more than 71% of adults classifying as overweight. Only a few decades before, in 1984, this percentage was 56%. Not only adults are suffering from this problem. Between 12% and 14% of children and teenagers are also overweight.

Over 300,000 people die each year from illness linked to weight. Health problems that can develop for overweight people include stroke, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gallbladder disease, and gout. Less severe conditions include osteoarthritis and sleep apnea.

Protect yourself from weight related illness by loosing weight. The risk of health problems increases with the amount you are overweight. Herbal supplements aid in weight reduction while helping lower the health risks of obesity.

According to health experts, there of four factors in weight control: 1. Strength training to help build muscle, 2. Cardiovascular training to increase your metabolism, 3. Good nutrition to manage caloric intake but provide the body with sufficient energy, and 4. Mental strength providing the ability to start and execute a program. Good nutrition often includes the following nutritional herbal and weight loss supplements:

Popular weight loss herbs include the following:

  • Bitter Orange
  • Cayenne
  • Coleus
  • Ephedra
  • Garcinia Cambogia
  • Green Tea
  • Guaraná
  • Guggul
  • Spirulina (Blue-Green Algae)
  • St. John’s Wort
Cinnamon Bark and Powder
9 years ago
Also known as- Cinnamomum cassia, Cinnamomum verum, and the oil is typically Cinnamomum zeylanicumIntroduction

One of the worldÍs most familiar spices is an up and coming treatment for diabetes, weight control, and hypoglycemia. That modern medicine would finally be finding applications for cinnamon isnÍt surprising. Cinnamon has been used as a herbal medicine in China for at least 4,000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine still uses cinnamon as a "warming" agent to fight infections occurring when there is cold or fatigue and to increase the activity of the digestive tract.


Small amounts, that is, between 0.5-4% essential oil containing 60-9=80% cinnamaldehyde, up to 12% eugenol and 4-10% Trans-cinnamic acid; 4-10% phenolic compounds; tannins; catechins; oligomeric proanthocyanidins; other monoterpenes including limonene and alpha-terpineol; sesquiterpenes including pinene; calcium monoterpenoid oxalates; gum; mucilages; resins; starch; complex sugars in amounts to small to affect blood sugars; and traces of coumarin.

Parts Used

Dried bark in sticks, chips or ground.

Typical Preparations

Mostly in foods and beverages including teas, extracts, or tinctures.


The German Commission E recommended cinnamon for treating loss of appetite and stomach upset, and cinnamon teas have been used for centuries to prevent bloating and flatulence and to treat heartburn and nausea. CinnamonÍs beneficial effects on the digestive tract are attributed to its antioxidant catechins, chemical compounds that are also found in tea.
Cinnamon antioxidants may also fight bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections, especially yeast infections of the mouth (oral candidiasis) in people with compromised immune systems. There are some scientific indications that cinnamon relieves the pain of ulcers, and the herb is also very useful in regulating the activity of insulin„so effective, in fact, that diabetics may need to check their sugars more often if they eat large quantities (more than 1 tablespoon) of cinnamon every day. Cinnamon does not stimulate the release of insulin, but it helps insulin work more effectively.




9 years ago
Latin name: Cinnamomum verum

A Remedy For

  • Appetite loss
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Indigestion
  • Sore throat
  • Tendency to infection
Though its effectiveness for other uses is unconfirmed, Cinnamon is prescribed in homeopathic medicine for diarrhea, hemorrhage, and cancerous tumors. Additional Asian uses include heart problems, dental pain, and urinary problems. In folk medicine, Cinnamon is used internally for diarrhea in infants, chills, influenza, and worm infestation, and externally for cleaning wounds.

What It Is; Why It Works
A familiar ingredient in toothpaste, mouthwash, perfume, soap, lipstick, chewing gum, and cola drinks, Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka and southwest India. In the eighteenth century, the Dutch monopolized the Cinnamon trade, refusing to allow commercial farming until 1776 for fear that cultivation would destroy the valuable properties of the spice. Today, virtually all Cinnamon comes from cultivated trees.
   The medicinal value of Cinnamon lies in the oil extracted from the bark and leaves. Substances in it have been shown to kill certain bacteria and fungi and to improve digestion. It is also an insecticide. This "true" form of cinnamon should not be confused with other varieties, such as Chinese cinnamon.

Avoid If...
There are no known medical conditions that preclude the use of Cinnamon.

Special Cautions
Be alert for unwanted effects. Cinnamon can cause a reaction in some individuals.

Possible Drug Interactions
No interactions have been reported.

Special Information If You Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding
Do not use Cinnamon while pregnant.

How To Prepare
You can prepare a tea by pouring boiling water over 0.5 to 1 gram (about one-eighth teaspoonful) of Cinnamon bark and steeping it for 10 minutes.

Typical Dosage
Crushed Cinnamon: 2 to 4 grams (about one-half teaspoonful) daily
Essential oil: 50 to 200 milligrams daily
Tea: 1 cup 2 to 3 times daily with meals
Liquid extract: 0.5 to 1 milliliter 3 times daily
Alcohol solution (tincture): up to 4 milliliters (almost 1 teaspoonful) 3 times daily
   Potency of commercial preparations may vary. Follow the manufacturer's instructions whenever available. Store away from light and moisture in a non-synthetic container.

No information on overdosage is available.

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For centuries, herbal remedies have increased overall health, vitality, and life expectancy. They are used to treat illness and to restore the body to health. The low risks and potential for no side effects make these remedies appealing when compared with commercial drugs. Common herbal remedies include the following:

  • Goldenseal

    This herb is known for its antibiotic properties. Tea: add ½ to 1 teaspoon of powdered root goldenseal for each cup. Steep ten minutes. Use in up to two cups daily.

  • Chamomile

    This herb is known for relieving stomach distress, calming nerves, fighting infection, speeding healing processes, and preventing ulcers. Tea: Add 2 to 3 teaspoons per cup. Steep for 10 to 20 minutes. Use in up to three cups daily.

  • Garlic

    Garlic is a strong natural antibiotic in chopped or chewed form. It helps reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart attacks as it prevents the forming of blood clots. Garlic also contains anti-viral properties. Use in food: season to taste. Tea: for six hours, steep six cloves in a cup of cool water.

  • Slippery Elm Bark

    Buy this herb in throat lozenges, cough drops, or in bulk. Slippery elm bark provides relief for upset stomachs, coughs, and sore throats. Tea: Boil and simmer 1 to 3 teaspoons of powder in a cup. Take in up to three cups daily.

  • Gingseng

    Ginseng is used to increase stamina, provide liver protection from harmful substances, and stimulates the immune system. When tested on animals, sexual activity increased. To use: follow packaging directions for capsules, tinctures, tablets, and teas.

  • Dandelion

    This herb helps alleviate premenstrual bloating and may provide anti-inflammatory results. Tea: Steep ½ ounce dried leaf in each cup for ten minutes. Take up to three cups with dandelion daily.

  • Feverfew

    Feverfew is used to help prevent migraines. Studies are now confirming feverfew’s effects. To use: Take an 85 milligram capsule or pill of leaf material. Tea: add ½ - 1tsp per cup. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Drink in up to 2 cups daily.

  • Raspberry Leaf

    This herb is widely used to treat uterine irritability, morning sickness, and to help prevent miscarriage in pregnancy. Tea: add 1 to 2 teaspoons per cup. Steep for 10 minutes. Drink up to three cups daily.

  • Spearmint and Peppermint

    Provides indigestion relief. Tea: add 2 teaspoons dried or 1 teaspoon of fresh per cup. Steep for 10 minutes. Can be reheated. Drink up to 3 cups daily. Bath: place a few handfuls of fresh or dried leaves in a cloth bag and run it under water for a relaxing bath.

  • Comfrey

    This herb aids in new cell growth and helps heal wounds because it contains allantoin. To use: Cover scrapes or clean cuts with a bruised leaf. Hold in place with a bandage. WARNING: Not for internal use.

  • Senna

    Senna is a strong laxative with a terrible taste. A commercial product or tincture is recommended. Take only as much as the package directs to prevent abdominal distress.

  • Uva Ursi

    This herb is used along with other medical treatments. Uvi Ursi is bitter and provides urinary antiseptic and diuretic results. Tea: Add one teaspoon per cup and boil for ten minutes. Drink up to three cups daily.

  • Ginger

    Ginger may reduce the risk of heart attack by preventing internal blood clots. Also used for motion sickness. To treat motion sickness, 30 minutes before departure take 2 or 3 500 milligram capsules. Tea: add 2 teaspoons of grated or powdered ginger per cup. Steep for 10 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups daily.

  • Chinese Ephedra

    This herb is often used to treat asthma and colds. However, it can cause problems including insomnia and raise blood pressure. WARNING: Do not take Chinese ephedra until consulting with your health care provider, especially if you are nursing or pregnant. Do not give to children under 13 years of age.