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Niacin aka Vitamin B3 for Cholesterol Control

I was mentioning to a friend the other day that the best way to regulate cholesterol in your blood is through Niacin, aka Vitamin B3.

Your body needs Cholesterol, but as with all things in life, sometimes too much is a bad thing.  Niacin regulates cholesterol.  That’s what it does. That’s its job.  Niacin raises the HDL (Good) cholesterol and reduces the LDL (Bad) Cholesterol.  Fat free regulated diets are not the answer to controlling your blood cholesterol levels.

You need good cholesterol for proper brain function. It also helps protect you from stroke, heart disease and nerve damage. Good cholesterol is also necessary for proper metabolic function.  One of the side effects of Niacin is a strong is a warm, tingling flushed feeling in the face, neck and ears.  Try Timed Release Niacin Capsules to help bring down your LDL for about 4 -6 weeks. The timed-release helps prevent those hot flashes or body flushing. 

If you need further supplementation, I recommend that you take one of the following daily:  1 tsp Cinnamon (In your tea/ coffee, on toast, etc.); Garlic (with parsley) as tolerated; or Apple Cider Vinegar (1 shot glass a day mixed with juice or water is fine). These natural, healthful ingredients included in your daily routine will help reduce problems surrounding High Blood Cholesterol levels and the diseases they can bring about.  Another natural alternative is to include Flax seeds in your daily diet, (I take mine as 1 TBSP Flax Seeds with yogurt every day for lunch).  Flax seeds are loaded with Lecithin, Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids and will drop your bad cholesterol over time.  Flax Seeds/Flax Oil and Cultured Yogurt also helps to maintain healthy intestinal flora and good digestive health.  So they will do double duty for you if included in your everyday regimen.

Little subtle changes in the daily diet can make a big difference for you to get the hell off those nasty Statin Drugs.  For more info read the following article by Keri Knox, RN.

The TinMan

belfirebotanicals@yahoo.com

*article reprinted with permission of Ms. Knox*

Niacin Increases Good Cholesterol

by Kerri Knox, RN, citizen journalist (Natural News)

In the past decade doctors have declared an all out war on the high cholesterol levels by prescribing cholesterol lowering ‘statin’ drugs that have dubious safety records. What’s not talked about very much, though, is that humans actually NEED cholesterol for good health. Interestingly, there are different types of cholesterol: ‘bad’ cholesterol that may be an overall contributor to the arterial plaque that doctors are so concerned about, and ‘good’ cholesterol that is an overall contributor to good health. What’s talked about even LESS is the fact that niacin, one of the B complex vitamins, is well known as THE most effective way to improve cholesterol levels by INCREASING cholesterol levels- in a good way.

High Density Lipoproteins, known as HDL’s, are the healthy cholesterol particles that are measured as a part of the total cholesterol level. While doctors generally say that high cholesterol levels are ‘bad’, nearly all health professionals and cholesterol researchers agree that high levels of HDL’s are actually quite good and tend to be protective against heart disease, stroke and other chronic illnesses. This fact is not discussed much by the media or by doctors, however, because there is no financial incentive to educate people about HDL cholesterol when the only good ways to raise levels is with diet, exercise- and niacin.

Niacin, also called nicotinic acid and Vitamin B3, is an extremely common and inexpensive over-the-counter B vitamin that is present in small amounts in nearly all multivitamin preparations. In higher doses, however, niacin has been shown to be a formidable weapon in the war to RAISE the right kind of cholesterol. It’s so effective that, in a rare harmony of opinion about a natural substance, the Mayo Clinic, the ‘New England Journal of Medicine’ and the ‘Atherosclerosis Journal’ all agree that niacin is, “the most effective drug available for raising HDL cholesterol.”

That isn’t niacin’s only health benefit; it’s also been shown to reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol, thin the blood and improve blood flow to the heart: each of which independently has been shown to be an important part of preventing and even treating heart disease. The short acting over-the-counter supplemental niacin, however, has one significant flaw- while extremely safe, it creates an uncomfortable, but harmless and temporary problem of skin flushing and itching. In answer to this inherent problem with niacin, Big Pharma created a long-acting niacin preparation called Niaspan that, while greatly decreasing the flushing that occurs, actually increases the incidence of liver problems. With a slap in the face to the supplement industry, the less safe drug Niaspan is allowed to make a ‘Qualified Health Claim’ for reducing cholesterol while the supplement industry is NOT allowed to make the same claim about safer over-the-counter niacin! In any case, even though your doctor isn’t likely to tell you about it, niacin is an incredibly safe over-the-counter supplement that has an amazing ability to increase the good HDL cholesterol levels that we all need for good health- just watch out for the flushing.

Resources

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ni…
http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content…
http://www.side-effects-site.com/ni…
http://www.atherosclerosis-journal….

About the author

Kerri Knox, RN is a Registered Nurse and Functional Medicine Practitioner.
With over 14 years of experience in health care, she has the unique perspective of being solidly grounded in Conventional Medicine and being well versed in Alternative Medicine.
She can help you to to find and repair the UNDERLYING CAUSES of illness using cutting edge in home lab testing that finds nutritional deficiencies, hidden infections and chemical and metal toxicities that contribute to ill health.
She can be reached through her websites at:
Easy Immune System Health.com
Side Effects Site

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Transdermal Magnesium Therapy

The use of Magnesium to stabilize and control Blood Pressure

08/13/10

I just completed a medical experiment on myself.  The results were so dramatic that I had to share them with you.

I plan to do this once a day, every day, for a week to determine if this is just a fluke or if I really may be on to something here.

Those of you who know me personally know I’m dealing with some issues over my blood pressure spiking randomly, seemingly without precursor or cause.  I’ve asked my doctor about this and all he said was, “He didn’t know”.  So, again, I find myself looking for answers that the experts either don’t care to know, don’t know, or both.  The experts whose interests only seem to revolve around supplying me with pharmaceuticals to correct an unknown problem, of unknown origin, expecting unknown results.

Blood Pressure.  We all have it, and sometimes it seems to get a little out of control for our own good. Lately mine has been elevated.  My doctor has prescribed medication for me, an ACE inhibitor (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme). This type of medication inhibits my body from producing this enzyme, causing vasoconstriction.  This makes sense, so I’m taking it.  The drug is Benazapril Hydrochochloride 40Mg. QD (once a day).  My doctor also recommends that I take a Beta Blocker, which decreases heart muscle contractions allowing the heart to work less as it slows and eases the beat.  It also helps with fluid retention.

This combination has not worked well……..

I complained to my Doctor that it wasn’t working, as my BP is still elevated and now occasionally spiking into a red zone that could be dangerous if prolonged.  It’s also kicking my ass. I feel fatigued, no energy, wiped out by mid-day, experiencing brain fog.  So, I complained to my Doctor.  I didn’t feel the Beta Blocker was doing anything positive, as my BP was still elevated and I feel like a wrung out wash cloth.  My doctor increased my dosages (Doubled) and now wants to add another diuretic to relieve additional fluid from the body.  He recommends Hydrochlorothiazide, which acts directly on the kidneys and pushes fluids through me like a five year old at a water park.  No, thank you.  I refused a thiazide diuretic for a couple of reasons.  Thiazide drains fluids so rapidly, it tends to pull much needed electrolytes right out of the body along with the fluids.  Electrolytes such as Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, etc.  When Thiazide is used even short term, supplementation of these trace elements becomes imperative.

I decided to take a natural diuretic, an extract of Dandelion Root (I make myself).  Dandelion Roots cause the exact same diuretic effect, but don’t just work on the kidneys.  Dandelion isn’t as stressful on the kidneys as the Thiazide.  Dandelion root works on a cellular level controlling fluids in the entire system, not just the kidneys, (and in my humble opinion, is extremely effective).  Also, Dandelion is super rich in trace elements, including Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium.  So no supplementation is necessary.  Supplementation is automatic.

Not many people realize that Magnesium is the mineral that actually controls dilation and constriction of blood vessels.  Many of us are Magnesium deficient and don’t even know it. Blood tests don’t reveal the true levels of Magnesium in the body.  Oral supplementation of Magnesium is also a poor way to absorb this mineral as most of it is destroyed in the stomach and lower intestine. Approximately only 20% is actually absorbed when taken as part of the diet or through oral supplementation.  Under normal well conditions, this may be sufficient.

As an Herbalist I know that absorption can actually be obtained “Transdermally,” through the skin. As an herbalist, I have often used foot baths as a delivery system of herbal preparations, for example,  my liver cleanse is actually a foot bath of detoxifying herbs and is not taken orally. Application and absorption of essential oils is very effective through the soles or bottom of the feet, including trace elements and minerals.  Knowing this, I theorize I can absorb enough magnesium transdermally by foot bath to defeat a deficiency.

Now for my medical experiment, initially done on 8/13/10:

Epsom Salt is nothing more than Magnesium Sulfate…. period.  That’s all, just 100% Magnesium sulfate.

I took my Blood Pressure tonight and again it was elevated.  167/ 97 .  I put 1/2 cup of Magnesium Sulfate, (Epsom Salt) in a basin and dissolved it in hot water.  I started to soak my feet in the bath.  I left the BP cuff attached to my arm and took my BP every 5 minutes for 20 minutes during the entire procedure.

The results are as follows, at 5 min intervals

  • 167/ 97
  • 165/ 87
  • 138/ 87
  • 160/ 82
  • 110/ 81

This little test concludes, (for the moment), that the trace element Magnesium can be absorbed “transdermally” through the feet and work to effect a vasodilation of the blood vessels, thus lowering the blood pressure in a safe, gentle, and enjoyable way.

At present, I’m looking forward to my next foot bath.

Experiment UPDATE 08/20/10:

I realized after performing one therapy foot soak, that a complete bath might be in order and increased the amount of Magnesium Sulfate to 1 cup per bath as I soaked my whole body.  I continued to do this daily for the next 4 days.  Each day the results were the same, “a dramatic drop in Blood pressure over a 20 minute period.  In fact, over a 20 minute bath period, my BP had dropped by half. That’s a 50% reduction and a good maintenance level.  However, I noticed after the first transdermal application, (the Epsom Salt bath), that my blood pressure started to climb within an hour after my bath. I was thinking the good results I was getting were not long lasting, but I continued to do this every day.  And as I did, the results lasted longer and longer so that by the end of the week, my blood pressure was remaining at healthy levels throughout the day and evening.  

Today, after five consecutive days of this TMT (Transdermal Magnesium Therapy) bath, my BP results were as follows:

  • 168/ 139      P 89    upon awaking in the AM
  • 165/ 120      P 71    upon entering the Epsom Salt(magnesium) bath
  • 155/ 94        P 85    then in 5 minute intervals
  • 143/ 96        P 77
  • 142/ 101      P 77
  • 133/ 83        P 78

This is representative of the results on a daily basis.  I am sure that the transdermal absorption of Magnesium is successful using this methodology.  It appears that the increase of Magnesium available to my body is successfully dilating the blood vessels to a healthier , safer level.  And this treatment leaves me feeling fresh, invigorated and not mentally and physically fatigued.  I feel good after my magnesium soak.

I continue to take one daily dose of the ACE inhibitor and an Herbal Calcium Channel Blocker in extract form.  I’m also including a daily Transdermal Magnesium Therapy soak. This combination seems to have stabilized my blood pressure with no ill effects or side effects.

Any comments? Questions?  Please feel free to contact me through the blog or my email at belfirebotanicals@yahoo.com

Thank you,

TinMan

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Growing Herbs for Good Health

I received a letter today from friend expressing an interest in growing his own herbs for health.  It is an interest that I encourage everyone to share.  What most people don’t realize is that most of the herbs used in healing grow wild….and I know how to find and harvest many of them, an art called “wildcrafting.”    In response to his query for information I sent him a list of herbs that everyone should be growing for their health, you can find this list at the end of the article.

My friend stated that he has concerns regarding infections and fighting them.  I have some absolutely remarkable herbal antibiotics in my cabinet.  One of which is Thieves Oil, an absolutely remarkable combination of essential oils that basically stops the flu in its tracks.  Another is Colloidal Silver.  Colloidal Silver is the only broad spectrum antibiotic allowed by NASA on the space station and shuttle flights.  I make my own using a small generator that I made myself.  The battery powered Ionic generator along with distilled water and silver rods make a Colloid Suspension.  I have also brought back some old timey (pre-pharmaceutical) antibiotics of herbal origins.  Like Extract of Olive Leaf and Desert Parsley.  These are remarkably effective in treating infections.

Right now the big worry globally is with MRSA (Methycillin Resistant Staph Aureas).  It has been running rampant in hospitals, schools and prisons.  There is not a true cure for MRSA as the Bacterium has become resistant to most antibiotics and the IV antibiotics that will treat it are very toxic to your system, especially kidneys and liver.  MRSA will kill you if left untreated.   However, I have a treatment that has been very effective.   A daily dose (1 shot glass full) of Colloidal Silver with 2 DROPS of Oil of Oregano added.  Yes, Essential Oil of Oregano is that powerful.

I have also recently developed a treatment for my own arthritis and lower back pain.  I have some herbs for acute pain that will knock you on your ass….and they’re all legal, all Non Narcotic.  Chronic pain, however, is different from acute pain and it requires other treatments besides Pain Killers.  Chronic Pain is mostly caused by inflammation or damaged tissues.  I primarily treat the inflammation and the pain will most often literally disappear.  I have occasional lower back and sciatic pain, especially at night and it keeps me awake, which is how I have come to develop these teas and treatments.

I have also developed an anti-inflammatory balm that when I massage it into my lower back, the Sciatic pain disappears in 15 minutes.  This works by treating the problem (inflammation) and not the symptom (pain).  This anti-inflammatory balm also works on sore, swollen knees, feet, torn rotator cuffs, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and most connective tissue damaged joints.  Take away the inflammation and the pain recedes or is eliminated.  Right now, using this concept, I am working on a treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy.

Herbal, natural medicines and treatments have been used for thousands of years by ancient man, Native Americans and the first settlers in this country.  These old timey remedies, folk lore and information should not and cannot go by the wayside.  This natural way of healing must be brought back to the fore front as in Eastern/Chinese medicine.  The Medical establishment here in the USA is not telling you full truths.  This medical establishment has a defined agenda…money.  Their primary concern is NOT your well being or your disease being cured.  With Western medicine, it’s about managed health care.  Someone else is managing YOUR health.  Someone to tell you what, where, when and how to do everything in relation to your health and wellbeing.  Whose main focus is in keeping you coming back for more treatments (often unnecessary) and or more dangerous drugs.

There are alternatives to popping pills just to alleviate symptoms.  Diseases can be cured.  And not by taking pills that just quell the symptoms and complaints.  Disease happens for a reason and that reason can often be defined and treated successfully, naturally. I  don’t have all the answers, but I have a lot of them.  Can I help you?

TinMan

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A small list of Healing Herbs to have in your garden: This list is by no means the extent of what you might consider growing….in fact it is a very minimal list.  There are quite a few others that could be added and we may discuss those in the future, especially the wildcrafted ones.  For now, this is a good start to your own healing garden.  Please be sure that when you are searching for seeds for your garden that you look for Heirloom seeds or seeds that are Organic and not genetically modified, for the best results.

Arnica Montana (Arnica) used throughout Europe and North America since the 1500’s as a cream or ointment, effective for soothing muscles, reducing inflammation and healing wounds. When brewed as a tea, this amazing herb has been used for stress, sleeping problems, emotional trauma making it an excellent “meltdown herb.”

Actaea Racemosa (Black Cohosh) a traditional Native American discovery from the root of the cohosh plant known for relieving menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, irritability, mood swings and sleep disturbances. The root of cohosh is an excellent remedy to provide comfort during times of hormonal changes and menstrual periods. It has sedative effects, making it useful for calming nerves, and has been used for assistance during childbirth, which is a particularly high-energy, depleting and traumatic time for the body.

Eupatorium Perfoliatum (Joe Pye Weed, Boneset) an herb traditionally used by Native Americans, who called it “Ague Weed,” now commonly called “boneset.” It’s a great remedy for treating the symptoms of influenza, and helpful for treating aches and pains and fever. Occasional use of boneset leaves brewed as tea helps detoxify the body, removing excess uric acid. It also acts as to expulse other toxins. In a survival instance, this herb can mean the difference between life and death in high fever or poisoning.

Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) is one of the most widely used herbs for relieving an upset stomach, ulcers, menstrual cramps and is known for having anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial effects.  The most helpful use of calendula is as a tincture made from leaves or flowers, used as soak for poultices to help heal wounds. It is a great, natural antibacterial agent.

Nepeta Cataria (Catnip) has a long history of being used as a digestive aid. It’s a natural sedative that also helps to ease digestion, colic and diarrhea. Dehydration caused by diarrhea, and high body temperatures caused by fevers can be life-threatening. A tea brewed from its leaves may help alleviate these symptoms. Catmint is also a mild sedative that naturally helps calm the nerves during stressful situations.

Capsicum Annuum (Red Pepper) is a powerful pain reliever when applied topically, and is used to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and shingles. Use this pepper to help with everything from seasickness to a fever. It is easy to grow, and versatile in use, which means it should be a staple of your survival medicine cabinet.

Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) one of the oldest and favorites in any herb garden for its soothing power and calming effect is also known to prevent nightmares. Use a tea brewed from the leaves and flowers of chamomile to help ease stress–including anxiety and panic attacks. The detoxifying and anti-anxiety benefits make this easy-to-grow herb a must-have. It promotes overall health and strength.

Cichorium Intybus (Chicory Root) was traditionally used as an additive to coffee, or as a substitute for coffee. It’s a natural sedative and anti-inflammatory that treats jaundice, helps the body resist gallstones and liver stones, and aids in reducing the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood. This herb is particularly useful to rid the body of parasites, which are held mostly at bay by modern medicine.  The flowers, used as a poultice, help with wound healing.

Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) a great first aid for external treatment for wounds and to reduce inflammation associated with sprains and broken bones. Keep this herb growing in the garden so it is readily available for external salves and poultices to help broken bones heal faster. (The plant can also be tilled back into the soil as a natural fertilizer, as it contains high levels of nitrogen in its tissue.)

Echinacea Purpurea (Purple Coneflower) is one of the most popular herbal medicines today. It has been used for more than 400 years to treat infections, wounds, even malaria, blood poisoning and diphtheria. Drinking tea from Echinacea helps the body regain strength, and helps rid the body of the common cold up to three times faster than doing nothing. Growing your own is a perfect alternative to paying for expensive over-the-counter remedies.

Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) is great for eczema, dermatitis and skin allergies.  It can also reduce inflammations, ease bloating of menstrual discomfort, and strengthens liver functions. One of the most interesting uses of evening primrose is to help alleviate symptoms of multiple sclerosis and other nerve disorders.  It is one of the few herbs that can help with nerve problems.

Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) used by the Chinese for centuries to treat hernia, indigestion and abdominal pain.  Adding fennel to tea or to a recipe that could cause digestive upset can prevent the digestive upset. Tea brewed from the fennel plant alleviates chronic coughs.  It can also act as a cough syrup and an expectorant to help clear mucus from the lungs.  Oil of fennel can be used as an external pain reliever for sore muscles.

Tanacetum Parthenium (Feverfew) native to southeastern Europe, feverfew is now widespread throughout Europe, North America, and Australia.  The migraine-relieving activity of feverfew is believed to be due to parthenolide, an active compound that helps relieve smooth muscle spasms. In particular, it helps prevent the constriction of blood vessels in the brain (one of the leading causes of migraine headaches). Medicinally use the feverfew leaves, but all parts of the plant that grow above ground may also be used for medicinal purposes.

Hyssopus Officinalis (Hyssop) mentioned in the Bible, is an excellent expectorant and stimulant. It is also frequently used for relief of muscular rheumatism, for bruises and contusions. Tea made from the flowers of this herb is good to have on hand for people needing assistance with breathing problems.  It has positive affects on the lungs, and can be helpful for asthmatics.

Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) is popular in soaps, shampoos and fragrances, but is also a natural remedy for insomnia, anxiety, depression and is known for its soothing effect. Never use lavender on an open wound, but otherwise it is an excellent and soothing herb. It is one of the few herbs that helps combat hair loss. Essentials from the lavender plant have natural anti-depressant properties when used aromatically.

Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) a member of the mint family, is used to help treat sleep disorders when brewed as a tea. Potentially, the most useful application of lemon balm in the realm of the home is that oils from the lemon plant are a natural mosquito repellant. It can be rubbed on the body as a repellent. This helps aid in comfort, but also helps to repel mosquitoes that carry infectious disease.

Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) the root of this plant traditionally used to treat asthma, bronchitis, sore throat, cough and even the common cold. It aids in production of milk for breast mothers who breast feed. In emergency situations, this plant has medicinal properties that help dissolve kidney stones and improve kidney functions, when a tea made by boiling the root is consumed. The roots, when boiled with onions, are also an emergency food source.

Valarian Officinalis (Valerian) has been used as far back as the 2nd century A.D. to treat insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, seizures and epilepsy. Valerian is a natural anti-anxiety remedy.  It is also useful for treating headaches, even migraines.  A definite must for the herbal remedy garden.

Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) named after Achilles who had used this medicinal to stop the bleeding wounds of his soldiers.  Used today to treat minor bleeding, inflammation fever and infection. Use this herb topically to ease discomfort of hemorrhoids, stop bleeding, as an anti-inflammatory to ease swelling.  Tea brewed from the flowers and leaves will help stop diarrhea, and its potential disastrous dehydrating effects, and helps purge the body of bacterial infections.

Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) used for indigestion, to treat muscle pain and arthritis, and to improve circulation. Tea brewed from the leaves and taken internally can slow brain degeneration due to Alzheimer’s disease.  It can also counteract nerve degeneration due to Lou Gehrig’s disease.

This list is compiled from http://www.survivalherbbank.com/

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Clove and it’s Theraputic Values

Here are some of my notes on the use of Clove buds. A common kitchen spice but with some very under used, undervalued therapeutic qualities.   *Please note the addendum on ‘Depression”.

 

Off. Name: Eugenia Caryophylatta
Aromatic, Analgesic, Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-viral, vermifuge.
Although prized as a cooking spice and even burned for incense for centuries because of its highly aromatic and cleansing qualities.

Some pertinent side notes on the therapeutic uses of Cloves.
Clove is the unopened buds of a large tropical evergreen tree, primarily from Madagascar, Zanzibar but now, the Philippines, Asia and So America.
The essential oil from clove buds has been used for centuries as an remedy for toothache because the oil, (Eugenol) is highly analgesic when it comes in contact with the mucosa (membrane lining) causing numbness to the affected area, thus diminishing tooth/ gum pain. Also In folklore, Keeping 2 clove buds between tongue and cheek then sucking on the two clove buds will reduce cravings, ie: alcohol, tobacco.
In Chinese Medicine Clove has historically been used to treat Diarrhea, ringworm, athletes foot for it’s anti-fungal qualities.

Although the primary therapeutic uses of clove is usually as an adjunct to other herbal preparations. Clove is one of those herbs that are synergistic in nature allowing other herbs to work well. Traditional uses include placing one or two buds of Clove to steep in a tea or glass of warm water as an effective Digestive aid, reduce Nausea and stop vomiting. Because Clove being a Both Gram Negative AND Gram Positive anti-bacterial, it has a high capacity of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and even anti-viral uses as a medicinal adjunct.

 Clove Oil, (Eugenol) has been used by dentists, (until recently) for root canal and dental surgury. Essential oil of Clove placed one drop at a time on a cavity, tooth ache, even tooth or gum abcess is highly effective in reducing pain immediately and controling gum infection. (This application really works when you can’t get to a dentist right away) The effects are immediate.

 Clove’s anti-fungal, vermifugal abilities also have been used to kill and dispel worms and parasites from the digestive tract by killing the eggs of the parasite when used as a hot infusion/ tea.

A single Clove bud dropped into a hot/ warm infusion of a regular cup of tea provides a stimulating/ warming uplifting feeling, settling stomach complaints, aiding nausea. Studies have shown that Clove can be as effective as St. Johns wort in the treatment of Depression. I use Clove  as one of the primary ingredients in an herbal tincture specifically for the natural treatment of Depression.

Also:  I have a quick fix for Sinus infection, Bronchial cough and expectorant for congested lungs, using Clove. 

 Place in a small glass or ceramic bowl:

 6 oz. warm tap water

1/4 tsp of Cinnamon

1/4 tsp of ground Clove or 5 Clove Buds

1/4 tsp of fresh Grated (preferred) or powdered Ginger

1/2 tsp Thyme herb (Also a powerful anti-septic)

 Heat in the Microwave for two minutes.  Place on table, next to a chair.

 ** Add 2 drops of essential oil of Eucalyptus.  Immediately sit with face over the bowl and cover head with a towel. Breathe vapors deep.

 This will trigger an immediate cough response as the vapors will break break up sinus and bronchial congestion.

 Breathe the vapors deep and repeat as necessary.

 (I will cover the bowl or place in a sealed jar and place in the refrigerator. Can be reheated and used for another day or two) Just add another drop of the eucalyptus as this is lost in the vapor.

Immediate and remarkable relief

 Comments?  Questions?

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More on Rosemary Extract/ tea

I’d like to discuss just a bit further the topic of using Rosemary tea and it’s extracts for theraputic purposes. Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs, ancient in it’s use, wonderfully fragrant, useful in the kitchen as a flavoring AND a preservative.

Over the centuries, Rosemary’s properties have been well documented as an analgesic pain killer, anti-septic, anti-biotic, anti-viral. It is a remarkable Nervine and anti-inflammatory.

My focus today is on some of these theraputic values as an herbal medicine. I primarily use Rosemary tea to treat headaches in people, specifically Migraines. Rosemary when served as a warm infusion, (tea), relaxes and dilates the smooth muscle tissue in the arteries and veins causing a vaso-dilation. Thus relieving tension type headaches. Heart muscle, (Myocardium) is also smooth muscle. Rosemary relaxes the heart and the cardio-vascular matrix of veins and arteries (also the nervous system). Because of this feature, rosemary is a helpful, pleasant and gentle way to treat blood pressure and heart disease.

In Medieval times Rosemary was thought to enhance memory and treat “general weaknesses of the brain”.

From the ancient “Grete” Herbal”:

‘ROSEMARY. – For weyknesse of ye brayne. Against weyknesse of the brayne and coldenesse thereof, sethe rosemaria in wyne and lete the pacyent receye the smoke at his nose and keep his heed warme

Presently in Europe, Rosemary extracts are showing promise in treating Alzheimers disease.

Rosemary since Biblical times has been looked to for treatment of all ailments. French hospitals and sick chambers from as early as the dark ages burned Rosemary leaves and wood as an incense to ward off disease. This use is Not far fetched as the simple smoke from burning Rosemary would carry the rosmarinic acid into the air and kill all airborne bacteria and viruses. This has been proven in recent studies done at Weber State University. Their study showed that some plant sterols including Oil of Rosemary can effectively kill 99% of all airborne bacteria and viruses. This is the reason I use Essential Oil of Rosemary as one of the anti-viral ingredients in my Thieves Oil, anti-flu herbal preparation.

Because of the actions of another constituant in Rosemary extract, Carnosic Acid, it has shown to reduce or restrict growth in cancer tumors, specifically breast cancer. Also Carnosic acid is now being shown as to regenerate, rebuild damaged nerves.

Rosemary extract, including Oil of Rosemary is a very powerful tool in any herbal first aid kit. The amazing thing is, you probably have some sitting in your kitchen spice rack.

If you’d like to know more on Rosemary and it’s remarkable health benefits, contact The TinMan at Belfire Botanicals.

TinMan

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Rosemary Herbal Tea

I had been reading an recent article on “Rosemary Herbal tea” and its ability to reduce stress levels through the active component Carnosic acid. Rosemary contains many healthful constituants, including a powerful “Rosmarinic Acid compound”. Rosmarinic acid is known to effect the viability of HIV virus.

Rosemary is also Anti-Biotic, Anti-Viral, Anti-Fungal.

Through following links on two medical reports on Rosemary Extracts, I came across this notation from two University studies. Rosemary has the ability to promote nerve growth in damaged nerve disorders and injuries. I automatically thought of Parkinson’s sufferer’s , stroke victims, where nerve damage resuted from cerebral bleeding and traumatic injuries where nerve damage resuts from nerve impingements, degenerative disk disease and trauma to spinal column.

Rosemary extract may be a possible alternative for relief.

The TinMan

Any thoughts?

below is a quick paragraph on this study:

Neuroreport. 2008 Aug 27;19(13):1301-4.

Beneficial effects of carnosic acid on dieldrin-induced dopaminergic neuronal cell death.

Department of Biotechnology (BK21 Program), College of Dentistry (BK21 Program), Chosun University, 375 Seosuk-dong, Gwangju, Republic of Korea.

Abstract
Carnosic acid (CA) is one of the bioactive polyphenols present in extracts of the herb rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). In this study, we examined possible protective effects of CA on neurotoxicity induced by dieldrin, an organochlorine pesticide implicated in sporadic Parkinson’s disease, in cultured dopaminergic cells (SN4741). CA (5-10 muM) pretreatment showed potent protective effects in a concentration-related manner and prevented dieldrin (10 muM)-induced caspase-3 activation, Jun N-terminal kinase phosphorylation, and caspase-12 activation. Furthermore, dieldrin-induced downregulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor production was significantly attenuated by CA. These results suggest that CA may safeguard dopaminergic neuronal cells from environmental neurotoxins by enhancing brain-derived neurotrophic factor and repressing apoptotic molecules.

 

 

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