Herbs For Health Body-Mind

Not that long ago, the kitchen garden was also the medicine garden. Medicinal plants were part of traditional, working knowledge of Grandmother, passed down to Mom. Plants which were to fussy to grow, were gathered in the surrounding meadows and fields, preserved and placed in the cupboard to heal and sooth illness and pain. Then came the advent the Corporate World with its ever powerful bottom line, focusing on alleviating symptoms and not the core illness. Why? Because by maintaining the disease, the need for suppressing painful symptoms is a better business than illicit drugs on the streets. Combined with Big Corporation Farming, Advertising and Big Medicine's synthesized drugs, the home pharmacy has all but disappeared, and with it the knowledge of simple herbal "cures" for common ailments to degenerative diseases. with the dawning of teh information age, his information is now resurfacing: researched and regenerated by people who want to take an active and independent role in their own health care.

A very necessary part of the grass-roots renaissance is self-education. Starting is easy. Just familiarize yourself with a few key herbs and begin to use them in your daily life. As you see how effective they are it will spark your desire to learn more, and you're on your way!

Costa Rican Kidney Cleansing Herbs

Costa Rican  Kidney Cleansing Herbs

When first starting my kidney cleanse here in Costa Rica I was unable to obtain  a few ingredients that are part of Hulda Regehr Clark’s Kidney Cleanse program, so I started looking around for substitutes. The hydrangea root was easy to find. It is the main ingredient in her formula. So with that as w base I wanted to find substitutes for the Gravel Root and the Marshmallow Root. The search took me to places such as The ARK Herb Farm on the slopes of Poás Volcano, to the open air general market in downtown San Jose. What I found are the herbs below. Guapinol Bark Hymenaea Courbaril  The bark from the Jatoba tree more commonly referred to as Guapinol has been used for kidney cleansing. It’s scientific classification is Hymenaea courbaril. It is a hard thick bark that should be ground before soaking for a mixture to be used. Nisparo Leaves Eriobotryia Japonica Hoja de Nisparo is another herb using the leaf as a kidney stone dissolver. The scientific name is Eriobotryia japonica. In the USA and England it is referred to as Loquat. In Spanish speaking countries such as mine, Costa Rica, it is called Nispero Japonica. The word nispero is a Japanese word meaning “wooly bunch”. The underside of the leaves have a soft white coating. This nisparo tree grows all over Costa Rica naturally in the Sa Jose metropolis area in an altitude of 15,00 meters. Corn Silk  Those fine silky strands on your ears of corn can be used as a tea that, according to naturalistic medicine is good for  dissolving kidney stones. The reason why corn silk is used in the treatment kidney stones is that it is a natural diuretic. The tannins and the saponins that are found in corn silk are the active ingredients. The kidneys are stimulated to produce more urine and this reduces the concentration of salts in the kidneys. The increased amount of urine also drains away small bits of stones that have recently formed in the kidneys or may have broken off from large stone pieces to be released in the bladder and to the urethra. Harvest the herb just before it turns brown on the cob. Clean and dry the herb out if you are going to store it. otherwise use it fresh. Cola Cabillo Equisetum sp. The ancient plant Cola Caballo is in a taxonomical family all by itself  called Equisetaceae. It is a diuretic , astringent and mineralizer. The active ingredient is it’s high amounts of silicon in a bio-available form. Cola de Caballo is used to tone the urinary tract and prostate gland while dissolves kidney stones. Cola de Caballo also helps strengthen connective tissue and is used to treat osteoporosis. It is a flowerless, bushy ground cover distinguished by branched, jointed, hollow and striated stems with scale-like leaves. Cana Agria  Costus spicatus Cana Agria’s scientific name is Costus spicarus. The violet scented roots are useful for cystitis, kidney stones, and urethritis. They grow in the Atlantic as well as the Pacific coastal regions of Costa Rica. You can spot them along the highway leading to these two coastal destinations in the lower wet areas....

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Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root is one of several ingredients recommended by Dr Hulga Clark in a kidney cleansing formula. It is not however one of the ingredients for the actual cleansing as it is for the side effects of the other herbs in the recipe. Both the root and the leaf of the marshmallow plant contain a substance known as mucilage polysaccharides. This mucusy substance that does not dissolve in water. It is what causes marshmallow to swell up and become slippery when wet. This attribute of the marshmallow plant gives it the ability to soothe irritation of the mouth, throat and stomach, as well as to relieve coughing. Originally it was used to make marshmallows. It was mixed with corn syrup, sugar, gelatin, gum arabic, and flavoring and baked. It then was a medicinal candy given to children for colds and...

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Gravel Root | Kidney Root

Gravel Root | Kidney Root

 Gravel Root General Information Gravel Root is a common herb often used in combination with other herbs for kidney cleansing. For example, Dr Hulga Clark uses this herb in her classical formula for eliminating kidney stone. In her formula it is used in combination with: Hydrangea root ½ cup dried Gravel root ½ cup Marshmallow root ½ cup Fresh parsley 4 bunches The Latin name for gravel root is  Eurpatorium purpureum, included in the Compositae family. Other names include Queen of the Meadow, Joe-pye weed , Trumpet weed.  The active ingredient in Gravel root for kidney cleansing is its 0.07% yellow volatile oil flavonoid called euparin....

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WormWood

WormWood

Latin (botanical) name: Artemisia Absinthium Common names: Wormwood, Sweet Annie, Green Ginger, Annual Wormwood, Sweet Sagewort, Sweet Wormwood Plant Description: Wormwood, native to the Mediterranean and central Europe, is now also found in Siberia, Canada, and parts of the northeastern United States. It is generally found growing wild on roadsides and wastelands. Wormwood has a perennial root, and grows from mid-summer to mid-autum. From the root, branched, leafy stems arise covered with fine, silky, grayish-white hairs. Its leaves are dark green, covered also in silky grayish hairs which gives them a downy feel, and about 3 inches long and 1-1/2 inches broad. From July to October, Wormwood blooms with small, greenish-yellow, nearly globular flowers arranged in a leafy panicle. Wormwood shrubs are very coarse, sprawling, and aromatic. Its leaves and flowers are bitter, and the leaves and roots exude a substance that restricts many other plants from growing nearby. Medicinal Properties &Uses: The chief constituent in Wormwood is volatile oil, which contains thujone bitters (absinthum), absinthol, thujyl alcohol, bitter sesquiterpene lactone, flavonoids, and bitter glycosides. The herb also contains the tannin, resin, starch, nitrate of potash, and other salts.   Traditionally, it has been used to expel roundworm and threadworm. It is one of three ingredients in Hulga Clark’s treatment for parasites along with Black Walnut tincture and Clove capsules.   Hulga Clark's Parasite Program 1. Black Walnut Hull Tincture Extra StrengthDay 1:  Take 2 tsp., all together in ¼ cup water. Sip it, don’tgulp it. Get it down within 15 minutes.This dose kills any remaining stages throughout the body,including the bowel contents, a location unreachable byelectric current. The alcohol in the tincture can make youslightly woozy for several minutes. Simply stay seated untilyou are comfortable again. You may put the tincture inlukewarm water to help evaporate some of the alcohol,but do not use hot water because that may damage itsparasiticide power. Then take niacinamide 500 mg tocounteract the toxicity of the alcohol. You could also feela slight nausea for a few minutes. Walk in the fresh air orsimply rest until it passes. You may add more water orhoney or a spice to make it more palatable.For a year: take 2 tsp. Black Walnut Hull Tincture ExtraStrength every week or until your illness is but a hazymemory. This is to kill any parasite stages you pick up fromyour family, friends, or pets.Family members and friends should take 2 tsp. every otherweek to avoid reinfecting you. They may be harboring a fewparasite stages in their intestinal tract without having symptoms.But when these stages are transmitted to a cancer patient, theyimmediately seek out the cancerous organ again. 2. Wormwood capsules (should contain 200-300 mg ofwormwood, see Sources): Day 1: Take 1 capsule before supper (with water). Day 2: Take 1 capsule before supper. Day 3: Take 2 capsules before supper. Day 4: Take 2 capsules before supper. Continue increasing in this way to day 14, whereupon youare up to seven capsules. You take the capsules all in asingle dose (you may take a few at a time until they areall gone). Then you do 2 more days of 7 capsules each.After this, you take 7 capsules once a week forever, as itstates in the Maintenance Parasite Program. Try not toget interrupted before the 6th day, so you know the adultintestinal flukes are dead. After this, you may proceedmore slowly if you wish. Many persons with sensitivestomachs prefer to stay longer on each dose instead ofincreasing according to this schedule. You may choosethe pace after the sixth day. 3. Cloves:Fill size 00 capsules with fresh ground cloves; if this sizeis not available,...

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Uva Ursi Vine

Uva Ursi Vine

 The name “Uva Ursi” comes from the Latin uva, “grape, berry of the vine”, ursi, “bear”, i.e. “bear’s grape”. Its botanical name is Arctostaphylos and it is of the Ericaceae family. This herb is a main ingredient in Hulda Clark’s kidney cleanse treatment. The active ingredient in the bearberry is Arbutin which has antibacterial and astringent characteristics. Arbutin glycoside concentration in the plant is rather high exceeding 10%. In order for the proper bio-chemical reaction to occur, the users urine should be alkaline. Hydroquinone, left after molecule division, will act as a potent microorganism killer, accounting for the plant’s ability to fight urinary organ infections. Besides arbutin, the plant contains ursolic acid, tannic acid, gallic acid, some essential oils and resins, hydroquinones (mainly arbutin, up to 17%), tannins (up to 15%), phenolic glycosides and flavonoids. Uva Ursi works best when the urine is alkaline. Taking small doses of sodium bicarbonate will help assure alkaline urine. Drop 7 grams of baking soda in a cup of water, and drink it, when using the remedy. However, where hypertension is possible or diagnosed, baking soda is not recommended. Capsules or pills based on uva ursi extract which includes 20% arbutin, are used in a quantity of 250 mg on average thrice a day. In the form of a tincture the plant is applied in a dose of 15 drops, thrice a day. If infused in alcohol, the tincture is used in a dose of 5 ml thrice a day. Uva ursi should be taken for a maximal period of two weeks. The antibacterial effect of each dose of Uva Ursi reaches its peak 3 to 4 hours after administration.  The ability of Uva Ursi to promote the excretion of fluids has made it valuable in reducing excess water weight or bloating.  Moreover, it helps to reduce the accumulation of uric acid in the blood and promotes the flushing and elimination of wastes and toxins from the system. This helps to ease rheumatism and other diseases marked by the accumulation of acids and waste products, such as gout, arthritis, nephritis and kidney stones.  There have been reports that Uva Ursi may also help to dissolve kidney stones.  ...

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Liver Herbs

Liver Herbs

The following is simply a general recipe of herbs traditionally used to help the liver function. You can use this drink periodically if not regularly to maintain good liver function. 6 parts comfrey root, Symphytum officinale (also called nipbone root) 6 parts tanner’s oak bark, Quercus alba (white oak bark) 3 parts gravel root, Eupatorium purpureum (queen of the meadow) 3 parts Jacob’s staff, Verbascum thapsus (mullein herb) 2 parts licorice root, Glycyrrhiza glabra 2 parts wild yam root, Dioscorea villosa 2 parts milk thistle herb, Silybum marianum 3 parts walnut bark, Juglans nigra, (black walnut bark) 3 parts marshmallow root, Althea officinalis (white mallow) 1 part lobelia plant, Lobelia inflata (bladder pod) 1 part skullcap, Scutellaria lateriflora (helmet flower) Mix all the herbs. Add ½ cup of the mixture to 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil. Put lid on. Let sit for six hours. Strain and drink 1½ cups per day. Put the strained herbs in the freezer and use them one more...

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