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“The Greatest Gift”

‘The Greatest Gift God ever gave’ is the body’s ability to heal itself ‘

Seemingly, Cancer is and has been reaching epidemic proportions everywhere. It seems that Cancer touches someone or has effected someone you know or someone dear to you very frequently. It effects us all. It affects people in all walks of life with out disparity. Cancer has no boundaries. Rich, poor, ethnicity, or gender…..Cancer can touch anyone.

100 years ago, Cancer was a rare disease. Is it our lifestyle? Is it Genetic? Is it Environmental? Is it a combination of factors? What ever the trigger mechanism of this deadly disease, it has crept into our society in a deadly way much too frequently. I don’t want to discuss the validity of all the new and improved Allopathic Medical models presented to us by the AMA and their Minions over in Big Pharma.  I don’t want to discuss the claims of the oh so many alternative treatments heralded by people who claim to be able to  cure Cancer naturally. (Although some are valid). However, I do wish to share with you all how I dealt with my experience with Cancer.  How I dealt with it, how I coped with it and how I survived it. It has been 25 years now since I was diagnosed with Stage 4 terminal throat cancer. The following is a re-post of an article I wrote some years ago on how I dealt with and survived this deadly onslaught of physical and emotional horror. Recently, after meeting some very sincere, physically and emotionally hurting and torn Cancer patients, I decided that I wanted to share with you all again, my experience with Cancer.

This an accounting of how I dealt with and survived Cancer.

This is also a reminder for you all to

“Take charge of your own wellness not to just survive, but to thrive”.

“The Greatest Gift”

The ‘Greatest gift God ever gave’ is the body’s ability to heal itself ‘.

But it is up to us as individuals to create a healthy environment for that to take place. Some may or may not abide by  the ‘Mantra’, “Your Body, your Temple”. But, at least treat your body with respect, understanding and the knowledge of knowing what it needs. Learn to ‘Listen’ to your own body.

I found out I had cancer at the age of 37. I was devastated. I hadn’t even been sick. I’d developed a mild case of Laryngitis after a minor ear infection after swimming in the ocean. My laryngitis seemed to linger after the ‘Swimmers ear’ had long been resolved. Weeks went by and my voice  seemed worse.  I was newly married only one year, physically fit and strong. I was humbled by the news from the doctor. Especially when I also found out my cancer was in it’s 4th and final stage. I hadn’t fully realized the full impact of that situation until later during my post surgical treatments. I was still reeling from trying to understand the diagnosis and consequences of Squamous cell, stage 4 Laryngeal, Tracheal Carcinoma. I had Cancer of the throat, voice box to be more specific and it was spreading down my Trachea, (wind Pipe)  toward my lungs. My prognosis was not good. He’d told me my chance of survival for the next year was less than 1%. I had to face my own mortality.

My surgery was to be a throat tissue biopsy. Then upon confirmation of the malignancy diagnosis I was to undergo a total laryngectomy ASAP. I knew that would leave me with a permanent tracheal Stoma or a hole in the front of my throat to breathe through for the rest of my life. I didn’t know how much longer I would live. But I felt I couldn’t just give up, even though I got the direct impression my doctor already had. He seemed disinterested in my case after the surgery, wanting to just push me out the door after offering pills for pain or whatever. I felt I was just sitting on a ‘Back Burner’ until my time came.

I asked my doctor why he felt a young, strong, otherwise physically fit  man could develop such a deadly cancer at an early age.

He said it was because my immune system had apparently just shut down. My body was not able to fight off the disease. That this type of Squamous cell Cancer usually effected elderly people, it was very aggressive and most always fatal.

I wanted to know Why(?). How could this just happen? What he said next, changed my life forever.

He simply said, “I just don’t know”! In fact he followed with, “I don’t have a clue” as to why your immune system isn’t working. your body just gave up and isn’t able to fight this.

I knew right then if I were to survive this, I needed to take complete charge of my own ‘Wellness’.

My immediate effort was to spend many hours at the library. First reading about the disease itself, how it affects people differently and most importantly, my immune system. I was sure my immune system’s Non-response was the key. If my Immune system couldn’t or wouldn’t fight, I wanted to know why. Could I change that? The more I read, the more I was convinced I could.

The gathering evidence seemed to be leading toward Diet and Nutrition. The old saying, “You are what you eat” became painfully obvious. I needed to find out more of what my Body needed and not just liked.

I think the first critical criteria was a realization that Alkaline blood levels are a must. It seemed that when the body is too acidic, (opposite of Alkaline) that healing was almost impossible. I also concluded that when almost any disease is present, the body is usually slightly acidic. It seemed that acidic bodily conditions foster disease. The alkalinity or acidity of someone is easily determined by using a piece of litmus paper strips obtained at any pharmacy. Place under the tongue to moisten and wait a few seconds for the color to change, (yellow to green). By placing the test strip along side of the color chart on the test strip container will determine where on the PH scale your alkalinity or acidity lies. Mine was pretty much neutral. This is something I could change through my diet, and eating the right foods I could actually become slightly more alkaline. There are certain foods that help create alkalinity, ie Asparagus,, broccoli, cauliflower, green cabbage, Almonds, etc. It is widely known that these ‘Cruciferous’ vegetables have strong anti-Cancer properties. Asparagus and broccoli (especially sprouts) are well known for their tumor reducing abilities. There are plenty of Nutritional books available on alkaline diets.

I found also, It takes a lot of internal energy on the body’s part just to digest red meat, especially when the body really needs to focus on healing. I tried to avoid eating red meat during this time of stress.

I figured I could eat some red meat, just not letting it be a major part of my diet. The tissues in my throat from the surgery, and the successive radiation treatments were still very swollen, I was having trouble swallowing anyway. I relied mostly on a liquid diet just because of the inability to swallow solid food. I also was suffering from severe bouts of Nausea. I realized juicing fresh vegetables would be a big factor. I included Carrot, apple, cabbage, beets (with the tops) Spinach. Kale or swiss chard is good too. (Processed sugar products too are not helpful during this time). I deliberately sacrificed the sweets in my diet

Herb teas and green teas are good,….. in fact, very good due to the high amounts of antioxidants. I drank lots of fresh clean water. I was fortunate enough to be living on my cousins horse farm in Vermont with a wonderful artesian well with high mineral content.

Once I started juicing in one of those infomercial juicers, the results were dramatic. I not only felt better, I finally had the strength to get out of bed.  I was doing more and more daily. I was getting outside finally to enjoy the fall fresh air. With in a week, I felt well enough to go on short walks and was doing light chores around the yard. Not to mention the positive emotional impact of feeling better was a tremendous lift. exercising felt good as long as I could rest when I needed to and didn’t push myself. Take it slow, I thought.

Feeling now that my diet and nutrition was the key. Considering what I’d just been through surgically, it seemed I was on the right track and diligently stuck with feeding my nutritional needs for optimal wellness through juicing and eating proper foods.

The next step was to become aggressive with re-building my immune system. My choice was undertake a regiment of herbal supplements historically known to fight and reduce tumors, to kill cancer cells and strengthen and support my weakened immune response.

The following is the Primary daily herbal regiment I started.

Red Clover tea, W/ Honey (Ginger tea when Nausea was present)

Siberian Ginseng extract (for energy)

Parsley W/ Garlic (According to Louise Tenney, MH, Cancer cells cannot grow in a Parsley medium/ Garlic maintains a healthy Lymph system and helps flush waste from lymph glands). (Usually put through the juicer , But can be taken as capsules). Parsley is a diuretic and able to dispel toxins from the body through the kidney’s and urinary tract

Echinacea  Tincture: to help rebuild a strong Immune system

Golden Seal: to heal the radiation burned/ swollen tissues in my throat and trachea, very healing to mucus membrane lining.

Pau D’Arco (or Una D’Gato/ aka Cats Claw… Similar to Pau D’Arco) for tumor reduction and strengthening the Immune System

Chaparal,  Powerful Cytokine known for it’s ability for tumor reduction and known to kill and destroy Cancer cells.

Chlorella (or Spirulina). Provides all nutritional needs, Known also to be a remarkable detoxifier and blood purifier.

To a lesser degree, I also used in capsule or supplement form:

Burdock root: Blood cleanser

Dandelion Leaf and Dandelion Root, long known as a blood cleanser, detoxifier and liver toner.

Curley dock, aka Yellow dock root (Excellent blood purifier and cleanser)

Licorice root: Hormone/ endocrine balance

Kelp, aka Sea Weed : for the high content of Iodine and Potassium to protect my thyroid. (necessary) Iodine and the ability to absorb iodine, (Uptake) is destroyed during radiation and chemo. Iodine is absolutely essential to the function of the thyroid gland. I can’t stress this fact enough as I eventually lost the functionality of my Thyroid after the extensive 4 month period of radiation treatments.

*** if I had known then, what I know now. I would have also added as primary herbals:

>Black Cumin, aka Black Seed/ Blessed oil for it’s tumor reducing  qualities through T-Cell production, along with its enormous ability to kill cancer cells.

*Aloe Vera Juice taken/ drank daily protects healthy tissues from the harmful radiation. (Aloe is mandatory treatment in China during Cancer treatment) to protect healthy tissue and organs.

* Caution here as Aloe Vera Juice taken internally is somewhat cathartic and will present loose stools. However, Aloe Vera Gel used topically is very helpful to counter the damage of radiation burns. (My doctor suggested applying ‘Lanolin’ on my radiation burns. It was like putting ‘Butter’ on a bad burn. It made the burn worse by holding in heat. I was in agony until I changed to the cooling and healing of the Aloe Vera.

I stayed with this regiment for over 1 year. My monthly visits to the doctors office were successively greeted with surprise and I think ‘Awe’, as I was looking good and feeling stronger every day. My pallor, demeanor and inner spirit were lifted high again and was readily apparent. I regained much of the weight loss.  Even my hair grew back. My doctor and his staff were so surprised, (I think that I was still alive and doing well). At this time also, I was on NO medication.

I did, however continue with (a more lenient) regiment of Herbals and only juiced to maintain the alkalinity of my blood . I also continued my insatiable quest for knowledge and passionately learned everything I could about Therapeutic Herbals and alternative health. I eventually became a certified Herbalist and still practice with the same passion.

I did indeed regain my good health. My wellness is still under my control. I am eternally grateful for God’s greatest gift.

Rod…. aka The TinMan

tinmaniswise@live.com

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Wild Yarrow: Achillea Millefolium

aka: Milfoil, Soldiers woundwort, Nose Bleed Weed, Sanguinary, Devil’s Nettle.

Growing Wild Yarrow:  This plant makes a wonderful addendum to a domestic garden in the Spring. Although now highly cultivated and available everywhere in nurseries, there is still a quaint feeling to include a wild species in a domestic garden for a feel of times past.

I have seen red and yellow varieties as ornamentals, but by far the most common is white. I think the colors are hybrids of the wild white species. Some cautions when planting as Yarrow. It will creep through its root system and will drop seeds readily in late summer, thus becoming very prolific with time.  All varieties of Yarrow have similar qualities medicinally. Choice of colors should be preferential.

It is not commonly kept as a ‘Ground Cover’ and if it should get too thick, just thin it out. But Yarrow deserves a special place in everyone’s garden. It’s a very special plant and should be treated like an old friend.

Yarrow is well known for its blood clotting properties (Hemostatic).  It can be used when used fresh/crushed and applied as a direct poultice on a wound or laceration.  It also promotes healing and new tissue growth of the damaged tissues (a Vulnerary).  Yarrow is mildly antiseptic, even somewhat antibiotic by nature and can be applied directly to a wound. Herbalists in history have used yarrow leaf rolled and inserted into the nostrils to stem bleeding from a nosebleed. Another herbalist claims when a rolled leaf of Milfoil (yarrow) is placed in the nose it promotes bleeding to stem a severe headache and lower blood pressure. So it seems it has been used in history for both reasons.

Yarrow is also an alternative blood cleanser, for example, it can be used if the initial wound was contaminated such as puncture wounds or lacerations.  It may, in fact, prevent blood poisoning from a dirty laceration. Yarrow applied this way reduces pain and swelling, because it acts as an anti-inflammatory to the affected area. Yarrow is a good choice for veterinary first aid uses on animal injuries.

Yarrow’s blood clotting ability is legend.  Throughout history Native Americans, warriors and soldiers, dating back to the Greeks, nearly 3000 years ago.  All have used Yarrow to stem blood loss from wounds and injury, hence the name “soldier’s woundwort”.  Crushed leaves in a tea can stop internal bleeding from ulcers, nasal passages, esophageal, bleeding hemorrhoids, etc.  Yarrow also contains a Digestive “Bitters” quality and is very helpful as a digestive aid, promoting bile flow and preventing Gall stones from re-occurring.  It is also very soothing to the pancreas and endocrine system. It is useful in treating the common cold as it induces sweating by opening pores (diaphoresis), cleanses the blood and reduces fevers readily especially when aspirin is contraindicated.

Yarrow is considered a pretty safe plant and reportedly even used as a wild edible (survival food), but like anything else, take care when using it and monitor its results. When taken internally the active ingredient, Thujone Oi,  produces a slight sedating and diuretic effect. Thujone relaxes smooth muscle in the body which helps prevent cramping (Menstrual and abdominal).  It is very healing to an inflamed liver (Hepatitis, Jaundice conditions) and can be used as an adjunct in liver, gall bladder tonics..

Yarrow is a good choice to include in your garden next year. Because of its delicate presence it looks good as a backdrop growing amongst the other domestic low growing flowers. Yarrow is also indispensible as a wilderness first aid plant in the wild.

Know this plant, and know where to find it in the wild.

Thanks,

The 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

belfire@live.com

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

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