Boneset Herb

Boneset herb (Eupatoria perfoliatum) is a perennial native of northeastern America and was commonly used by the Native Americans living there. It likes to ‘keep its feet wet’ by growing in the margins of swamps, marshlands and streams. The leaves are slightly rough and serrated and grow alternately, joining at the stem as if one leaf. It can grow up to 5 feet and then has clumps of small bone-white flowers that are coveted by bees.   The leaves and tops are used and gathered at the beginning of flowering. If harvested earlier or later, then only the leaves are gathered. European settlers were taught by Native Americans, how to use boneset for influenza with strong chills and aching bones. It became widely popular as treatment for malaria and was brought back to Northern Europe where it naturalized.   Boneset may have gotten its common name from being able to relieve “bone-breaking” fever (that which causes severe bone-pain), but it has also been traditionally used to help set and heal broken bones. As a bitter, it is also used to heal intestinal lining and appetite, post illness. I like to keep some on-hand during the winter months to add to a tonic tea when there is the first sign of chill that could be due to cold of flu. As a diaphoretic, it will help to increase heat and move it to the periphery of the body, helping to drive the pathogen out. Drinking it in a warm tea with other diaphoretic herbs like elderflower, yarrow and ginger can help ward off potential illness. If one does come down with feverish...

Cranberry

Cranberry grows in the cold, northern wetlands of Europe and America. Though the larger American variety (V. macrocarpon) has stolen the culinary show and is most widely available commercially, wild cranberries have been eaten by Arctic peoples for millennia and are still a very popular fruit for wild-harvesting in Scandanavia and Russia. Traditional Native American use of these sour, astringent berries was to incorporate them into “emmican cakes” along with dried deer meat and fat. Cranberries were also used as a dye, and for medicine that reduced fever, addressed urinary complaints and as a poultice to draw poisons out of arrow wounds. Early American colonists, who dubbed the berries “craneberry” (perhaps because cranes like to eat them) cooked them with maple syrup and ate this sauce with meat. They are highly nutritious as a regular food and juice, as well as a medicine. Cranberry fruits and juices contain large amounts of vitamin C, along with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, E & K, plus potassium, phosphorus, calcium, manganese, magnesium, sodium, sulphur, selenium, zinc, iron and copper. Not forgetting the other pharmacological bio-active antioxidants known as proanthocyanidins/anthocyanidins and beneficial organic acids: ellagic, citric, malic, quinic, benzoic, chlorogenic, eugenol, ferrulic; also beta carotene, lutein and quercetin. In the 1920’s cranberry juice was widely used to prevent chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs) as it still is today. UTIs are usually caused by E. coli, that, like many bacteria have a hairy exterior which sticks to cells and allows the pathogen to take up residence there. This sticking is required for infection, so anything that prevents the sticking thus prevents infection...
Fukushima FALLout

Fukushima FALLout

Fukushima FALLout . . . The unimpeded outflow of radioactive material from 5 nuclear power plants has not abated, so if you have stopped thinking about it – it’s time to think again as contaminated debris and marine life is pervading the Pacific west coast. Step-up your cellular protection in the following ways: Avoid foods/drinks/products from Japan and Eastern China.  Stop eating tuna, pacific cod and taper off fish consumption in general (especially true for children). Drink carbon-filtered water or a combination of reverse osmosis-carbon filtered water (note that many bottled waters are NOT filtered and clean). Wash vegetables in water with a pinch of borax powder.  Consider growing veggies in covered greenhouses using filtered water that you can recycle. Most fallout arrives as rain/fog/dew. Reduce or cut out dairy products, especially cows as bioaccumulation from rainwater continues to raise cesium levels. Eat naturally occurring antioxidant-rich plants: fresh berries of all kinds, raw fresh vegetables, sprouted/naturally fermented foods and super-greens like grasses (oat, alfalfa, barley, wheat), spirulina, chlorella etc. Use adaptogenic herb that contain Nrf- stimulating phyto-chemicals on a daily basis (see What’s Hot below). Do seasonal bowel cleansing with substances that are known to draw out radioactive elements: clay, charcoal, and apple pectin. Eat sweeping fibers like flax, apples, chia, okra and some seaweed daily. Send out positive healing energy to the ocean and the earth and your body everyday.  Bless your food/drinks with your intention to heal yourself before you consume it.  Connect with nature in gratitude and listen for natural intelligence to guide you Here’s some more information . .  http://www.change.org/petitions/west-coast-senators-investigate-the-ongoing-danger-from-the-fukushima-nuclear-reactors http://www.wakawfarmersmarket.org/0-24809-radiation-in-the-food-supply-still-a-serious-threat.html and http://www.themindunleashed.org/2013/08/at-very-least-your-days-of-eating.html For more...

July means . . .it’s summer!

July means . . .it’s summer!. . . in the northern hemisphere where long days of sun bring us some of our hottest temperatures. If you live where it’s sweltering, you may also be living where air-conditioning is the primary way to stay cool.  In the interest of reducing greenhouse gases and avoiding the unhealthy transition from hot to cold and back, there are natural ways to stay cooler without missing the benefits (yes benefits!) of hot weather.  Heat that brings on a sweat can: cleanse the pores of your skin, burn fat and detox substances held in fat, increase overall circulation, relax muscles and help them stretch further, make it easy to eat more raw food, which is enzyme rich and strengthens digestion.  Cool off naturally by . . . Planning your outdoor activities in the early morning/early evening hours when it’s cooler.  Take short rests in shade if you are out mid-day.   Wetting your hair under your hat or helmet  if your are biking or hiking.  You can also wet your T-shirt or a thin cotton scarf that your wring out and wear around your neck.  Keeping head and neck cool is the most important.  Cooling the feet (standing in cold water) helps cool the entire body down.  Keep a hydrosol (distilled plant water) of rose or lavender in your refrigerator to spay on sunkissed skin. Drinking more cold water and adding electrolytes like lemon, lime, apple cider vinegar, Celtic or unprocessed sea salt. By adding hydrating plants to your water so your intestines can more readily absorb it.  These would include: chia seed, aloe vera...

Theta Healing

Tap into the power of theta brain waves to facilitate spontaneous healing.  If you are familiar with lingering in those precious moments between waking and sleeping – that is the theta brain state. Our brain produces electrical frequencies, which change according to the state we are in. In deep sleep, our brain produces very slow delta waves, while in another sleep state and the time between waking and sleeping the brain produces theta waves. During meditation and deep relaxation, the brain broadcasts alpha waves and when we are in full activity, focusing on our tasks, beta waves. Our ability to easily shift from one brain state to another ultimately means mental flexibility and good functioning capacity in all aspects of life.  Children under 13 who exercise their imagination and creativity spend lots of time in theta state, as do those practicing or receiving shamanic healing or energy healing, or when losing sense of time (“zoning out”) on a long distance drive or engaged in a task. This ‘waking dream’ state (you can still hear/ have a physical awareness) coupled with the belief/faith in a universal loving power has been the root of countless spontaneous healings for centuries, but now folks are consciously learning to apply it to themselves.  If we over-stimulate our brains with caffeine, sugar and stress, we get locked into the beta brain state.  While this state facilitates intensive learning, it also causes rigidity in behavior and reduces our ability to heal.  Taking some time out for day-dreaming, relaxing the mind in play, listening to music and chants (drumbeats) that move your mind to a deeper state...