PUBLISH DATE: November 25th, 2021
REDEFINING HEALTH & ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES
Health & Medicine, Healing Web, On the Topic of Viruses, Understanding Stress and Seeking Remedies, Homeopathy & Cold/Flu Treatments, The Immune System, Food As Medicine, How to Choose, Keeping & Staying Healthy, Natural Medicine Cabinet, Cancer, Wholeness & Collective Healing, Natural Antimicrobial & Antifungal, Antibacterial Herbal Remedies, Healthy Lifestyle Options
Health & Medicine
“Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.” – William Osler
Health is the physical, mental, emotional expression of our spiritual vitality. In many ways, it is our realization and the manifestation of our truth and wholeness. This way of thinking is in stark contrast to the current ‘healthcare’ systems in our world, which encourage dependencies on the system, on pharmaceuticals, followed by disempowerment and choice-less-ness.
The journey to reclaiming Health is multi-faceted. As we become more aware of the fantastic creations that are our bodies, we also become aware of how intricately connected we are to our environments and how Earth has truly supplied us with everything we will ever need. Medicine then transforms from that which masks our ailments to that which returns us to wholeness.
Medicine and remedies extend far beyond pills and prescriptions. In some Native traditions’, stories, dreams, and animals are also considered a medicine, in addition to food, plants, and following nature’s cycles.
This report lists several remedies, medicines, protocols for recovery, and general recommendations for well-being. It is not meant as a prescription; as we are all on the path to reclaiming our health, personal research and understanding are required.
While our health is our responsibility, we are also not alone. If you have a medical doctor you trust who works with you, listens, and empowers you in your care, that is great. Other non-medical options include, but are not limited to:
- Functional Medicine Practitioners
- Osteopaths and Chiropractors
- TCM Practitioners (acupuncture and cupping)
- Ayurvedic doctors
- Medical Intuitive
- Shamans, Medicine-carriers from traditions across the world
Like any journey, the path to reclaiming health has its twists and turns. Most alternative remedies, especially the prevention protocols, are not ‘quick fixes’ and may take some weeks or months to show a visible effect. It is an excellent time to expand awareness and trust within body and mind, to sit in meditation, prayer, or contemplation as we heal ourselves.
We need to remember the definition of health; we need to go back to the root of what health means to us and our futures. Health does not simply mean a clean chart from your doctor; it is more encompassing than that. Health defines all aspects of your being. And being healthy does not just mean eating healthy. Sit with these words, understand what they mean for you, and then walk towards your definition.
- Soundness, especially of body or mind; freedom from disease or abnormality.
- A condition of optimal well-being.
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“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” – Rumi
Pain is looked at very differently from one person to the next, but most of us have a very unhealthy and disconnected relationship to it. Pain is a signal, an alert, a messenger notifying us to something that requires our attention; something in our bodies, minds, or spirit that isn’t functioning optimally. The last thing we should be doing is masking these pains, leaving the root causes behind to be forgotten or get more severe.
It may sound counterintuitive, but pain needs to be focused on intently and wholly to determine its origin and how to heal the underlying issue. This is true for both emotional and physical pain. Next time you stub your toe or burn yourself on that pan, try to focus completely on the pain. You will notice that it doesn’t get worse or amplified, it will not feel great but you will be able to see that this focus will pinpoint the location of the issue thereby making the underlying cause easier to determine. This focus also gives your body an exact location to start healing, your intention guides your body to begin the healing process in the area being focused on. The same goes for emotional pain.
We have all been told that time heals or focusing on something else will take away the pain. While this may be temporarily true, if you never deal with the actual cause of the pain; it will always be there. As these pains, sorrows, and unhealed areas start to accumulate we begin to experience dis-ease. Traumas don’t simply leave the body if we choose not to focus on them; they are always there causing an energetic burden to our bodies (physical, emotional, and spiritual.)
Pain is an extremely useful part of the human body and the human experience if handled correctly. Pain has the capability of being a great teacher, leading the way to optimal health and a relationship between itself and growth, allowing you to determine how much if any pain you are willing to go through to reach a desired goal or outcome. Use your pain as a tool for a greater understanding of yourself. Look at any issues in this world that get masked instead of resolved. They will always come back with a vengeance and require even more attention and energy to deal with. embrace your pain, don’t ignore it.
On the Topic of Viruses
Viruses are a part of life, and we co-exist with them on Earth. Their job, like ours, is to live and thrive. As such, a war on viruses is generally not a recommended approach. One of the critical differences between Alternative Medicines and current Medical/ Pharma practices is that the former isn’t at war with any aspect of life – neither sickness, injury or death. They are often seen as a part of life, and the goal is a healthy, vibrant, responsive system that remembers it is whole and can heal itself. As such, the focus on strong systems in the body – immune, digestive, elimination – to name a few, becomes essential, rather than ridding the body of an isolated idea of ailment.
Several remedies, supplements, and protocols for recovery and immune support are heavily suppressed in mainstream media. As such, on Google searches, you may find that some of these recommendations have negative reviews. We suggest using alternative search engines and looking at later pages on Google searches (pages four and above) to find balanced information; this is also where an alternative medical practitioner’s viewpoint may come in handy or a conversation with your medical doctor.
These are only suggestions, and it is expected that everyone makes the most informed decision for themselves.
Understanding Stress and Seeking Remedies
“Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.” – Steve Maraboli
Stress is the body’s response to stimuli. Stress, in itself, is not a bad thing. Under stress, our brains send a signal to the endocrine system, and stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline are secreted. Our heart thumps faster, and we become more alert, hyper-focused, and can quickly discern risks and act accordingly. The problem occurs when stress becomes a regular, chronic state and the body cannot diffuse the stress hormones fast enough. This normalcy of stress causes a range of damage to our endocrine system, nervous system, and immune systems, in addition to emotional and mental distress.
We highly recommend stress relief in whichever form is healthy and beneficial as a start to your healing process. Stress can eliminate the effectiveness of many remedies and put your body right back into illness. When stressed we are in a mode of fight or flight that does not allow our bodies to heal; instead, it sends our energy to our muscles, which over an extended period of time will lead to its own set of issues including fatigue, soreness, muscle aches, and pain.
Of the thousands of plants and herbs considered medicine to Humans, most are categorized as Nervines and Adaptogens.
Nervines support the nervous system. Nervine tonics (like Oatstraw and Borage) are suggested to nourish the strengthen the system. Nervine Relaxants (like Chamomile, Lavender, or the stronger Valerian) support relaxation. They are not long-term solutions, and some are sedatives, so they must be used on a case-by-case basis. Nervine Stimulants cover Coffee and Green/Black tea, which provide a familiar boost in attention and energy.
Adaptogens help the nervous system “adapt” to stress and help manage it. Most adaptogens are safe to take daily, and some, like Cordyceps (mushroom), are a delicious addition to morning coffee. Others, like Holy Basil and American Ginseng, support overall vitality, while Schisandra Berries are a heart and central nervous system tonic.
“Be still and the Earth will speak to you” – Navajo Proverb
Take note of the area where you live and what grows there for additional inspiration around food and plant medicines, as the lands where we live also provide for us. For example, in the Northern US, Canada, and Scandinavia, where oranges and other citrus fruit do not grow, Vitamin C is found in Cedar and Hemlock trees (Hemlock tree is not to be confused with Water Hemlock the poisonous vine) and is taken in a tea made from young leaves.
A note on self-prescription: It is recommended that you take time to explore and let your body adjust to new medicines and supplements. If you are trying something new – like a homeopathic treatment or a regiment of dandelion tea – give it a few weeks before adding something else.
For women, one moon cycle is a reasonable length of time to see how the body is reacting to something.
Homeopathy and Cold/Flu Treatments
Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine that follows the essence of that which ails you can also cure you. This isn’t always meant to be taken literally, as such a homeopathic practitioner is recommended over self-medication, as preparation involves the complex understanding of potencies.
Homeopathy has been around since the 19th century in Europe. Even today, many Europeans use alternative treatments like this as the first remedy to ailments, as they are readily available in pharmacies.
Some ways in which homeopathic remedies have helped can be found here:
The following is a list of common treatments for colds, flus, and infections:
- Aconite – Take at the first stages of a cold, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, tight chest, and light coughing.
- Allium cepa – second stage cold symptoms, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, tight chest, and light coughing.
- Antimonium tartaricum – colds rattling mucus in the chest
- Arsenicum – more flu that starts like a cold
- Belladonna – colds, earaches, and chest pain (as prescribed by a herbalist. Self-medication is not recommended)
- Bryonia – colds due to dryness, skin, mouth, lips, thirsty, Irritable
- Chamomilla – for earaches
- Eupatorium – Influenza, great weakness, and soreness
- Euphrasia– relieves eye infection, heavy discharge, and irritation; can be steeped, cooled, and used to soothe swelling in and around the eyes.
- Ferrum phosphoricum – colds with an early onset of fever symptoms
- Kali bechromicum – colds with thick nasal discharge
- Mercurius solubilis – sore throat, heavy green mucus, heavy salivation.
- Lycopodium clavatum – bloated abdomen improved by passing gas
- Histaminum hydrochloricum – allergies
The Immune System
The immune system is a fascinating and complex system of organs, cells, and chemicals that fight off attacks and catalogues every microbe that has been expelled from the body. It is a highly intelligent evolving system, constantly learning and responding to the internal constitution and external environment. We may be familiar with red and white blood cells, but the system also includes antibodies, the lymphatic system, the thymus, and bone marrow. The optimal and vital functioning of all these help create a responsive solid immune system.
“Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food” – Hippocrates
Food IS medicine. Along with all the supplements and remedies we may take, the everyday food we consume contributes to or takes away from our health. The lists in this report cover common ailments, but there are many more remedies from different parts of the world. While the enjoyment of food is paramount, it nourishes us and builds our cells in the entire body. Finding foods, diets, eating schedules that work for your body and your environment can be a daunting task. Keep in mind, it isn’t a fad, and the attempt here is to find what works for your body. Here are some helpful suggestions to get you started:
– Benefits to organic foods
– History of the Keto diet
– Fasting and Detox as a way of nourishment, rather than denial of food.
– Plant-Based Diet
Adding to our food choices, we need supplements and occasional boosts or during transitions in physical, mental, or emotional states. Beyond Health is one such website where vitamins and supplements can be purchased. They source their ingredients from all over the world and contain the purest compounds available.
How to Choose
We all want to feel strong, healthy, vibrant as often as possible and as soon as possible (if we are unwell). It is common to feel overwhelmed and unsure as we search through all the possible good foods for us. We may be tempted to buy many things and suddenly change what and how we consume all at once.
Consider that food is an exchange between your external and internal environment. Food, medicine, supplements, and the lifestyle that arises from these choices are deeply personal. What works for our friends or people we follow may not work for us; alternatively, we may be the first person in our circles to branch out and try something new.
Ask yourself what you are trying to change and why, and let that become your North Star (versus a goal), as you can pivot and adjust directions when you know where your North Star is.
If it is naturally easy for you to make significant sudden changes in yourself, then quitting something cold turkey or starting a whole new diet plan may work well. If you tend to fall off well-intentioned plans, consider adding or removing things slowly over days and weeks. Let yourself be in a non-judgemental space, especially when changing something.
An old energy medicine way of choosing is to close your eyes and centre yourself, holding nothing in your hands. After a few deep breaths, you reach out and hold the item of food or supplement you intend to buy. You may want to hold it up to your heart or in your left hand (the receiving side of the body), feel if your whole body leans towards or away from it. Imagine grocery shopping in this way, where instead of old habits, your body gets to choose what it requires every day and every week.
Another example is to choose acceptance over judgment when it comes to eating and lifestyle habits. This is especially helpful when we are struggling with “bad” food choices. Most people are familiar with Dr. Emoto’s experiment that showed the impact of words and music on water molecules – the loving ones forming beautiful crystalline patterns in the water and the unloving, hateful, and judgemental ones’ creation warped molecular patterns resulting in dead and deformed water. Our bodies and most things we consume are made up of water, so it stands to reason that if you intend or think cruel thoughts while consuming food, the food molecules, our bodies, and others eating or present near you will be disadvantaged. Prayers, gratitude expressed, and blessings have been common with food in ancient cultures, perhaps for this very reason. Maybe, one day we can transform our body’s reaction to guilt foods or junk foods so that if we eat them once in a while, it adds to our joy!
An extensive choice we may make is who we choose to walk in our healing journey with. Regardless of the modality, we build trust, knowledge, and connection with our bodies and beings.
Excerpt from Blackfoot Ways of Knowing: The Worldview of the Siksikaitsitapi
“All knowledge and wisdom come through the alliances with insects, animals, and plants. Sometimes, knowledge is spoken, it is revealed through the natural order – such as animals and stars. Healers work with herbs in a wholistic manner that recognizes the alliances of herbs and roots; however, an integral component of healing is a gift from Ihtsipaitapiiyo’pa (Great Mystery that is the source of all knowledge in the Universe). As a result, healers have their own way of diagnosis and knowing whether they can treat ailments and imbalances.
Healing as such is not a given, but it is dependent upon the relationships of gifts given by alliances. These relationships are forever premised on the great mysterious force of the universe (Ihtsipaitapiiyo’pa), and the more one understands the dynamics of this tremendous sacred power, the more effective the work with these alliances.”
Keeping and Staying Healthy
“The best medicine for humans is Love. If it doesn’t work, increase the dose.” – Anonymous
Health isn’t a one-protocol-fits-all state. To truly live in health, vibrance, and heal ourselves in mind, body, soul, and Spirit, we must follow The Guide Within.
These are good to have in any Health & Medicine cabinet; as you research them and try them, notice how they work for you and with you.
Especially recommended if you live in colder or low sun climates between August and April. Not only does Vitamin D support the immune system, but it also supports hormonal balance and is often recommended as a cure for seasonal depression.
All vitamins are essential for the optimal functioning of the human system. Vitamin C is specifically mentioned as it is water-soluble, so it doesn’t get stored in the body. It’s best to get vitamin C from foods such as citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes, watermelon, cabbage, bell peppers, though it can be supplemented as well.
Taken in tablet form, it is excellent for stomach and immune support. When used as part of oral health through oil-pulling, it helps to detox. As well, coconut oil is helpful in thyroid regulation and support.
For digestive and immune support
New Zealand Honey only, BioActive 16 + 100% raw, certified, can be purchased at health food stores.
Irish Sea Moss
It is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin K, calcium, and copper, and a very good source of riboflavin, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and manganese. 92 to 99 minerals of all 102 minerals that our human body requires are said to be found in sea moss/Irish moss.
When combined with sea moss, you get all 102 required minerals.
In Japan, it’s a largely consumed vegetable, typically eaten fresh or cooked, and the young leaves can also be cooked like any other vegetable. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, burdock fruit has been used for thousands of years. It’s typically associated with the lung and stomach meridians, known to cool internal heat, and is commonly used for supporting skin health.
Milk Thistle Seed
Supports liver and gall-bladder function and removes toxins.
Liver and gall-bladder detox and support
Amazon berry plant which is high in vitamin C
Digestive Gold, or any other full-spectrum enzymes supplement
Known as Z-stack by Dr. Zelenko, this combination has been shown to be a valuable virus-fighting cocktail.
Oil of Oregano
A natural antibiotic, taken under the tongue with water.
Are essential to digestive and metabolic health.
Garlic is the ultimate immune booster. If you feel a cold or flu coming on, simply chow down some raw, crushed garlic. If eating raw cloves seems daunting, don’t worry, try making fresh guacamole, salsa, or pesto with lots of fresh garlic instead — and enjoy with rice crackers or organic tortilla chips.
The best detoxifier and digestion helper is lemon. If you are lacking energy, experiencing bloating, or have a hangover, fresh lemon juice squeezed into a tall glass of cool water is just the ticket. With all that vitamin C and fiber, you can’t go wrong. Lemon juice also provides the liver with the raw material to make enzymes — so it’s great for cleaning out junk from the body and encouraging overall health.
A bottle of pure inner-leaf aloe vera gel is an excellent thing to keep in the fridge. A couple of tablespoons taken daily or applied topically will help prevent infections, soothe skin conditions and clean out the gut. This stuff also works as a hair conditioner and breath freshener — who knew?
Try using witch hazel distillate for various conditions such as bug bites, shaving irritation, acne, and sunburn. It has a gentle astringent action and works great as an antiseptic. Try witch hazel first for any type of skin issue.
Tea tree oil
This one has become a go-to remedy in many homes. Proven to fight many microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi, tea tree oil (also known as melaleuca) is the perfect weapon against dandruff, athlete’s foot, cold sores, and candida. It also dries out pimples and discourages head lice. Be sure to purchase a high-quality essential oil since lower-quality tea tree oil is known to cause skin irritation.
Apple cider vinegar
We adore apple cider vinegar (affectionately dubbed ACV). Raw organic varieties are brimming with beneficial probiotic bacteria, which support good digestion and immune function. If a food sensitivity or potential food-borne illness is causing grumbling in your gut, drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
It also makes a great natural hair conditioner and facial toner (diluted with distilled water). Finally, warts can be removed with daily application of apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball attached with some medical tape.
One of the strongest natural anti-inflammatories, fish oil can be used to soothe practically any condition. Most illnesses and pain arise from inflammation, so it never hurts to take a few capsules of fish oil. Make sure the brand you choose is made from wild-caught small species of fish (such as sardines, herring, and salmon) and has been tested for heavy metals.
Got constipation? Castor oil. Stalled labor? Castor oil. Losing hair? Castor oil. We could go on for ages. Suffice to say, this time-honored yet largely forgotten remedy has a lot of uses. Some other uses include boosting immune function and lymphatic flow, nourishing the skin, minimizing signs of aging, and relieving pain, inflammation, and infection.
Cayenne pepper has been said to stop a heart attack in thirty seconds since it is extremely helpful for circulation and the oxygenation of tissues. It also relieves chronic pain, joint inflammation and improves the peristaltic action of the intestines. Peristalsis is the wave-like squeezing movement that pushes food along and prevents constipation. Try keeping a cayenne tincture on hand to help with these common health issues.
Raw honey is such a renowned natural remedy that it is even used in conventional medical facilities to help with wound healing. Raw honey contains enzymes and nutrients that discourage the growth of bacteria, as well as nourish skin and hair. Try using it as a natural shampoo, a treatment for minor skin injuries, or to soothe a sore throat. Raw honey also makes a great scrub for the face, feet, hands, and body when combined with a little coarse sea salt.
Make sure the jar says “raw” or “unpasteurized” to ensure you’re getting the best honey with its active constituents preserved. If you’re able to source a local variety, some say this helps ease seasonal allergies since it contains a neutralized version of the pollens that might be causing the irritation.
Many of us now reach for oregano oil instead of cold medicine or cough syrup. This incredible immune booster has been proven to kill a variety of bacteria and viruses — even those that are resistant to drugs. Try taking two to three drops in an empty capsule to avoid the burning sensation of consuming the oil directly. This provides a potent preventative effect during cold and flu season.
No natural remedies cabinet would be complete without coconut oil. With a multitude of antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, coconut oil can be used as a soothing topical ointment or a vehicle for other remedies which must be consumed (such as oregano oil).
Try applying it to any irritation, such as diaper rash, eczema, or bug bites. It even supports oral health and can be used as a gently antibacterial and whitening toothpaste or mouthwash.
Frankincense essential oil
Frankincense essential oil is made from the steam-distilled sap of the Boswellia tree, which commonly grows in the Middle East. The essential oil is practically a miracle, with amazing anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to regulate cell function.
Skin irregularities such as moles, skin tags, and cystic acne can be helped by frankincense essential oil, as can many different injuries and pains stemming from inflammation. Try mixing a few drops into some coconut oil and applying directly to the site. This same mixture can also be used as a toothpaste to fight gum disease.
Lavender essential oil
Finally, a soothing remedy for many irritations: sunburn, skin injuries, rashes, bug bites, and more can be relieved with a little lavender essential oil. It is also said to help remove scars and persistent marks on the skin.
Try mixing a few drops into coconut oil to make a gentle moisturizing balm. It also makes a great pre-bedtime lotion to prepare for a night of rest and rejuvenation.
A Few More to Keep Around
Charcoal tablets can be taken for a certain period of time, as required. Charcoal pulls out bacteria, gas, and toxins from the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the kidneys. Several oral care products with charcoal have detoxifying and antimicrobial properties. Charcoal filters can be used to purify drinking water.
Bee propolis, Pollen, and Royal Jelly
Propolis is antimicrobial and contains a wide variety of nutrients including flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It is often used in spray form helps with throat infections and allergies, in addition to supporting the immune system.
Royal Jelly is famous for its antimicrobial, anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains healthy sugars, fats, and amino acids.
Bee Pollen is packed with soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), as well as B-complex. It also has antioxidant and anti-aging properties.
Taken, as required, especially before transitioning weather, allergy, or flu seasons can help support the body greatly!
One of the oldest remedies for stomach ailments and cold & flu viruses. It has a warming effect on the digestive and circulatory systems and can help reduce pain caused by inflammation. Often boiled in a tea or used in soups, it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains potassium, magnesium, and zinc, so it nourishes the immune system. It can also be chewed raw or in the form of ginger candies. Ginger supports lung health as it helps clear respiratory tract infections.
Sinus Infections, Pre-Flight Precaution on all airline flights, Natural Nasal Spray is taken every 1/2-hour as needed. (Found in most all health food stores)
Flu-Like Symptoms first line of defense Homeopathic Remedy, 30c, under the tongue every 15 to 30 min,
Multi-Spectrum Natural Antibiotic, PGL International, Only found on the Internet (instructions, Online)
For Chest Congestion/Bronchitis Symptoms (rubbed on the upper chest area), inhaled in steam or added to an essential oil diffuser.
Many people have taken their illness diagnosis and have embarked on a Hero’s Journey, reclaiming their Spirit, bodies, connection and empowerment, and voices. Along the way, their ailments magically disappeared, and they emerged powerfully, beautifully transformed. One such journey is that of Katrina Bos. Read all about it in What if You Could Skip the Cancer?
“This is not a book about alternative medicine vs. conventional medicine. It is about ideas beyond both of these things, why cancer comes to us in the first place and why it runs in our families; about beliefs and patterns that affect our health regardless of what treatment path we taken and what truly helps or harms us.”
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is possibly one of the hardest things to go through, whether it is for yourself or a family member. There is no golden spiral of energy or magic pill that will make this better or make it go away. However, if you are in a place of considering food or lifestyle choices, some helpful articles are:
(W)holeness and Collective Healing
A difficult-to-accept truth is often the realization of how interconnected everything is. As such, while we may change our diet and take some remedies, we may still not enjoy our full energy, health, and vibrance.
A person’s health is also the health of family, community, and nation. So too, is true for the opposite. At some point, it may become essential to look at other life factors – family health, money, environment, levels of daily joy and peace, perceptions, opportunities, relationships, connection to Spirit, emotions we express, and parts of ourselves that we deny – just to name a few.
It is like looking at the bigger picture around the Self to understand, not just the Self, but the relationship with the world.
Blue Zones, for example, are communities that are rooted in years of international anthropological research and data-driven results. The experts at Blue Zones and Blue Zones Project use longevity and happiness secrets gleaned from real places and real people to inspire lifestyle changes with lasting effects.
Another hard truth is how much good medicine is suppressed by the hands of those supposedly in service to humanity. Whether you believe this happens purposefully or by ignorance, it certainly does happen. The benefit of living in a diverse and celebrated world is that there is something for everyone. As such, we must all learn discernment, trust and build strong connections and intuition with our bodies, minds, souls, and spirits so that we can navigate information.
Sometimes, if we have been ill, we continue to identify with it because it was all we ever knew. Sometimes it is even part of your identity – this isn’t specific to bodily ailments, but that of the mind, the soul, the emotions, and our relational world. Our past has made us who we are and brought us to the now-moment; however, it does not define us and can also be a resource at different points in time. This philosophy is well embodied by the word Akan word Sankofa, which means “go back and fetch it,” which applies to many aspects of empowerment in our lives, even our health.
It is sometimes said that one must practice Sankofa before one truly lives and understands Ubuntu, which translates into the interconnected bond between the human collective.
FEW KNOW ABOUT THIS INEXPENSIVE NATURAL ANTIMICROBIAL AND ANTIFUNGAL
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Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) has antibacterial and antifungal properties without side effects. It is derived from crushing the pulp and seeds of grapefruit and is sold in liquid or capsule form. GSE has a high success rate for eliminating Candida, along with the right dietary approach, which would involve avoiding alcohol, sugar, and refined carbohydrates, and starches.
Don’t confuse GSE with grape seed extract. The grapefruit seed extract is less expensive. Capsules are suited for those who can’t tolerate the bitter taste of GSE liquids. One tablet usually equals ten drops of the liquid. However, the liquid form offers many more uses that will be covered later in this article.
Adding strong probiotic foods, beverages, or supplements should be part of the Candida protocol’s foundation as well. Consult with a holistic health practitioner to incorporate the proper diet and select the right probiotic.
After a week on that diet, drinking GSE extract may be added. Begin with ten drops or one capsule between meals twice daily in water or juice. After three days, bump the dosage to 15 drops daily for seven days. Then use a 15 drop dosage three times daily for another two to three weeks.
“According to a study of 297 persons infected with Candida, only 2 failed to achieve satisfactory results after treatment with grapefruit seed extract, with the possibility remaining that maybe their diets were still not up to par.” Details on the Candida protocol are here.
The question of whether or not GSE kills beneficial bacteria has been answered with a “qualified” no. Qualified because it seems it doesn’t, but no testing has been done to confirm this “no” according to a GSE site.
I discovered from a colloidal silver producer, Ben Taylor, whose third-party tested Utopia Silver was considered a very high-quality silver product that colloidal silver kills everything in its path. It has no intelligence to determine the good guys from the bad (paraphrased). I then decided not to trust my belief that no side effects equate to probiotic bacteria are spared. So now, I consume a probiotic one to two hours after orally ingesting silver or GSE. By the way, Ben’s stuff is less expensive than many products not rated as highly as his, and Utopia Silver can be ordered from this site.
Many use GSE for viral infections, colds, bacterial infections, and parasites. So my advice, without a Candida protocol that always demands high probiotic consumption, if you’re ingesting GSE for any purpose, continue taking probiotics.
I say continue because you should already have been dosing probiotics either by homemade fermented foods, milk or water kefir, kombucha, or pre-made supplements if you want to be in good physical and mental health.
Probiotic gut health or intestinal flora balance is ignored or underrated by mainstream medicine. It cannot be overrated. You decide which probiotic source is right for you after some level of research or consultation.
External and Environmental Uses for GSE
Here’s an external application that’s indirectly internal: Purifying dirty or otherwise non-potable water. Water collected from ponds or rivers should first be filtered to remove obvious sediment and other solid matter. Add 10 to 25 drops of GSE, depending on the water source, to each gallon of water. Shake and let it sit for a few minutes.
This GSE water treatment is considered effective for ridding amoebas and other parasites as well as most pathogenic bacteria. So carry a small container of GSE when you go camping or fishing.
Skin irritations can be treated topically with GSE. Treating acne is one of them. First, moisten your face, then put a couple of drops of GSE on your wet hands. This should offer sufficient dilution to avoid irritation. Rub your wet hands with GSE onto your wet face with a circular motion. Let it sit for a moment, then pat dry.
But, never put undiluted GSE extract onto dry skin, and always avoid getting it into your eyes. Other skin conditions can be treated with one to three drops of GSE in one tablespoon of water, depending on the sensitivity of the treated area. Those conditions include dandruff, nail fungus, ringworm, and several others.
This same dilution of GSE can be used as a mouthwash or in neti pots for nasal issues. Expect a tingling sensation to occur in areas where GSE is applied. Using highly diluted GSE as a douche for vaginal yeast infections typically requires GSE extracted by glycerin instead of alcohol.
GSE can be used as a disinfecting vegetable rinse. Add 20 drops into a large container or sink full of cold water and let fruits and vegetables soak for just a short time. Adding 10 to 20 drops into a quart of water with a spray nozzle can be used to disinfect meat and poultry as well as tabletops and cutting boards.
GSE as a handwashing antiseptic to prepare for surgeries in a San Paulo, Brazil hospital was discovered to be more effective than alcohol and special surgical hand soaps. A few drops of GSE in the laundry wash goes a long way toward disinfecting clothes. Check out the sources below for more details on GSE applications, and remember, it’s inexpensive and has a long shelf life.
4 POTENT ANTIBACTERIAL HERBAL REMEDIES TREAT PATHOGENS CAUSING DEADLY INFECTIONS
Posted by JB Bardot
Many different civilizations have used medicinal herbs for thousands of years for their potent healing properties. Alternative medicine is becoming more popular lately as an increasing number of people turn to natural methods to cure various ailments. Certain herbs such as Echinacea and garlic are well-known antibacterial remedies that can safely treat a large number of infectious conditions. As with traditional medicine, herbs can occasionally cause side effects, so consult an herbalist or health practitioner before starting treatment with a new herb.
Chrysanthemum is often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). One of its many uses is helping to rid the blood of harmful toxins. It can also be consumed as tea as a way to provide relief from resulting headaches and fevers. Chrysanthemum’s natural antibiotic properties may also make it an effective weapon against staphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria found in MRSA infections. Chrysanthemum tea is one of the best ways to enjoy this herb’s natural healing properties, and it can be purchased from Asian herbal apothecaries and health food stores. Those allergic to chrysanthemum may experience stomach upset or a rash on the skin, so always discontinue use immediately if you display these symptoms.
Pau D’Arco Tea
Pau d’arco is a well-known South American herb that is commonly used to boost the immune system as well as for a number of other conditions, especially infections. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it may possess antifungal, anti-viral, and antibacterial properties. According to the University of Colorado at Denver, Pau d’arco may be effective against MRSA or staphylococcus aureus. Those using blood thinners and pregnant or nursing women are advised to avoid taking pau d’arco.
One of the active ingredients in garlic known as allicin is known to have medicinal properties and is an effective natural antibiotic. Fresh garlic cloves can be used both internally and externally against infections. It is advisable to always use fresh garlic rather than supplements or dried and powdered versions as they lose much of their potency during the manufacturing process. You can eat garlic cloves raw, add them to salads, or even make a tea from chopped garlic cloves. Garlic is known to thin the blood so contact a doctor before taking it if you are on blood-thinning medication.
Echinacea has been used for centuries to treat conditions such as blood poisoning, syphilitic sores, diphtheria, and skin lesions that can result in MRSA infection. The herb fights infection while strengthening the immune system. Today, it is regularly used as a natural remedy for colds and flu, but it was widely used for its antibacterial properties in the past. Fresh Echinacea is the best and most potent variant, but you can also use the extract as long as you purchase it from a reputable seller.
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Home and Healthy Lifestyle Options
Humans are not islands; our homes, cars, immediate environments can contribute to our peace and well-being or take away from it. We are often used to and familiar with our environments, even when they cause us stress. The list below offers some ideas and inspiration on how to upgrade our living environments so they become our sanctuaries, and represent where we rest, restore and regenerate our bodies, minds, and souls.
– Drinking-Water: purification ideas and products
Retiring plastic food wraps and containers: It is no secret that since the increase in usage of plastics, our bodies and our planet have increased health and pollution concerns. Plastic, when heated in a microwave, breaks down slightly and gets consumed with the food. Consider replacing kitchen plastics with glass or tin food containers, mason jars, and wrap your produce with beeswax wrap. You can make your own with scraps of cloth, beeswax, and the oven, or they are available to purchase.
– Fabrics: Fabric surfaces in the home attract dust and can often collect bacteria. Switching to natural home fabrics and clothing (organic cotton, bamboo, hemp) is recommended as these fabrics are far more breathable, easy to clean, and more challenging for contaminants to breed. For bedding and linens, options like organic cotton towels (fast drying) and bedsheets with silver or copper infused into the fabric lower the microbe count significantly. These are some of our favorite brands, but many excellent companies out there produce ethical, sustainable, quality, and healthy clothing and textiles for the whole home.
– Local: Buying local produce greatly increases the freshness of the food being consumed. It also reduces the risk of spoilage or contamination as produce doesn’t have to travel as far, and large quantities of preservatives are avoided. Where possible, consuming food within 100km of where you live is recommended as it helps the immune system align with the immediate environment and reduces the stress of allergens on the system.
– Air: If you live in an urban setting or an environment with smog or air pollution, the air in your home may require some additional clearing. Air filters and purifiers are available for this purpose. An additional suggestion is using high-grade medicinal essential oils in a diffuser (e.g., mints and eucalyptus for respiratory health, citrus scents for general joy and upliftment). Smells, scents, and aromas trigger memories and are wired into the limbic brain; as such, adjusting fragrances and odors in the home can unlock, heal and uplift emotional distress.
– Household cleaners: Commercial household cleaners often contain carcinogenic compounds. They exist in small quantities and are determined as safe by the FDA, which is why they are so widely used. However, the benefits of switching to more natural cleaners are many: better for the environment, safer when you have toddlers who spend lots of time on floors and tables putting everything in their mouth, better air quality in the home, fewer toxins entering the environment, and if you are interested in making them yourself, they are cost-effective.
White Vinegar, for example, with a few drops of and thieves oil as a cleaning agent for kitchens and bathrooms and is an effective antimicrobial agent.
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Health is a choice that we must make continuously. Like everything else, once it becomes part of you, it will be easier to maintain and implement into every facet of your life. Don’t let illnesses define you. Take control of your health and life with all of your being; redefine who you are without your pain.
Being physically healthy will translate into health in many other aspects of your life, including relationships, emotional, and spiritual health. We can’t see the toll and amount of energy it takes to continue living day in and day out in illness. Give yourself that power back; allow yourself to live your best life with the energy and vibrancy you deserve!