Prepping 101

100 Prepping Tasks You Can Do In 5 Minutes or Less

100 Prepping Tasks You Can Do In 5 Minutes or Less by Karen Morris – The Organic Prepper

We are all busy people.  Despite all of our time-saving gadgets, our days fill to overflowing so quickly.  We all want to keep up with our prepping tasks, but there are aspects to preparedness that just take time, and there’s no way around them.

If you are going to pressure can meat, you’re going to have to have at least a two-hour chunk of time that you can be in or near enough to your kitchen to keep an eye on the weight of your pressure canner. If you want to install a clothesline, it’s going to take several hours of hard work digging holes for the posts, mixing and pouring the concrete, setting up the lines once the concrete has hardened. If you want to start a garden, you either have to build raised beds or fill the ground.  Both of those take TIME.

I think that is where preppers sometimes get hung up.  They think that any and all preparedness activities take that much time, but they don’t.  Today, I’m giving you a list of 100 prepping tasks that you can do in 5 minutes or less (or maybe just SLIGHTLY more, but not much).

Print out the list.  Cross off the one time items that you’ve already done, like teaching your children their phone number – if you have done that.  Then use this list to do at least ONE thing toward your preparedness efforts every day.  Then on those days that you do have more time, head out and tackle some of those more time-consuming items off your list.

Prepping in the Kitchen

  • Print out CPR Directions and post them inside a cupboard.
  • Plan a meal from your pantry.
  • Find a new food storage recipe.
  • Declutter one shelf in your pantry.
  • Jot down an inventory of your pantry.
  • Create a menu using mostly items already in your pantry.
  • Write down as many breakfast ideas as you can come up with.  Involve your family.  If you need suggestions you could find somehere and here.
  • Write down as many lunch ideas as you can come up with.  Need some suggestions?  I have some here.
  • Write down as many dinner ideas as you can come up with.   You can find dinner suggestions here.
  • On each list, put a star by the meals that make good food storage meals.
  • Copy these onto another piece of paper.  This is the basis for your short-term food storage.
  • List out the ingredients for one meal at a time in five-minute segments.
  • Once you list out the ingredients for each meal, in five minutes at a time, compile the ingredients into one list.
  •  Add one flat of ONE of the compiled ingredients to your cart each time you go to the store.  For example, if one ingredient you need 36 cans of black beans for ALL of your menu items, make sure you pick up at least one flat or 12 cans one time you go to the grocery store.  The next time, either pick up 12 more cans of black beans or maybe pick up a flat of chunked pineapple for another meal you plan to make.
  • Organize your pantry.
  • Declutter your spices.
  • Declutter your kitchen gadget drawer.
  • Make your own shelf stable whipped cream.
  • Choose a second new food storage recipe.
  • Swap a planned meal for a food storage meal.

Prepping in the House

  • Declutter 1 shelf in your garage.
  • Declutter 1 movie from your stash.
  • Declutter 1 stained, soiled, or torn outfit to the trash.
  • List one item that you no longer wear for sale on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist.
  • List one video game that you no longer wear for sale on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist.
  • Distribute any preparedness items you’ve purchased, but haven’t put them in their place yet.
  • Organize your tools.
  • Declutter your bookshelves.

With the Family

  • Print out family phone numbers for kids.  Post them inside a cupboard.
  • Help your young child learn their phone number.
  • Help your young child learn their address.
  • Help your young child learn their mom’s name.
  • Help your young child learn their dad’s name.
  • Run a fire drill with your kids.
  • Run a tornado drill with your kids.
  • Plan for a bug-out drill.  Make a list of items that HAVE to come with you if you need to bug out.
  • As much as possible, put these items into easily grabbed totes.
  • Assign each item to a child(ren) as appropriate.
  • Assign buddies for the bug out drill.  Each buddy must make sure that their buddy is in the vehicle.
  • Run the bug-out drill.
  • Run it again.  Try to improve your time.
  • Take pictures of each of your children and print them out.  Keep them in your Preparedness binder.
  • On the back of the printed pictures of your children tape a strand of their hair and write any identifying marks they have.
  • Write out a series of questions to ask an older family member or friend who has lived through a time without today’s modern conveniences.

In the Garden

Physical Fitness Prepping

  • Take a short walk.
  • Do 20 jumping jacks.
  • Do 20 squats.
  • Do 10 push-ups, modified push-ups, or wall push-ups.

Preparedness Planning

  • Determine how much water your family would need for three days, a week, and Month.  Here’s a worksheet to help you figure your water plan out.
  • Decide how you’ll provide your family with three days of water.
  • …a week of water.
  • …a month of water (attach family water plan worksheet).

Educational Prepping

Prepping the Cell Phone

  • Download the pl@ntnet app to your phone.  It’s a plant identification app.
  • Download the Useful Knots app to your phone.
  • Download the Red Cross First Aid app to your phone.
  • Download the MyNature Tracks Lite app to your phone.
  • Download the US Army Survival Guide to your phone.
  • Take 5 minutes to peruse each app to know for what all they can be used.

Prepping Activities

  • Save broken crayons to make fire starters.
  • Peel the paper off broken crayons to make fire starters.
  • Save dryer lint to make fire starters
  • Make your own fire starters.
  • Find a route out of town which doesn’t involve using a highway or a road from which you can enter/exit a highway.
  • Pull up your home on Google Maps and look for the nearest river or body of water.  It might be closer than you think!
  • Search for a preparedness book in your local library’s online card catalog.
  • Do an online search for period homes/towns/plantations that you can visit and learn how people used to live hundreds of years ago.
  • Start a fire using steel wool and a 9-volt battery.
  • Start a fire using a magnifying glass.
  • Start a fire using a baggie and water.
  • Learn how to tie two basic knots and why you would use them.
  • Practice hand sewing a button.
  • Practice hand sewing a seam.
  • Walk through your house and find two ways out of each room.  If one of those ways is a second story window, make sure that you purchase a ladder for that specific purpose.
  • Check and/or change the batteries in a smoke detector.
  • Declutter your vehicle.
  • Inventory the preparedness items that you keep in your car.  Keep a list of their locations in your vehicle in an app on your phone.  I use the list feature on my Cozi app.
  • Create a wish list of items for preparedness.
  • Order your wish list in order of most important to least important.
  • Discuss the list with your significant other and get their input.
  • Create a plan for purchasing the items on your wish list.

What About You?

What other five-minute preparedness activities do you do?  Can you think of other items that should be added to this list?  What do you think should be removed?  I’d love to hear!  Leave a comment section below.

Source Link – The Organic Prepper

Karen Morris

Karen Morris has survived some life-changing events, like the Ferguson riots, an armed standoff with a knife-wielding man during my family’s time at a local homeschool chess club, and an F-4 tornado, Each of these events taught her a new level of self-sufficiency and preparedness. From there, her journey to self-sufficiency started with food storage and grew beyond her wildest imaginings. Find out more about Karen Morris: Her books:  A Year Without the Grocery Store and A Year Without the Grocery Store Companion WorkbookHer website:


The Benefits of Stinging Nettles

 Healing Allergy Inflammation With Stinging Nettle

Many of us look forward to Spring. The weather warms up.  We start spending more time outdoors. Plants are growing, and flowers are blooming everywhere. When spring is in the air, so is pollen. For those of us with seasonal allergies, spring is not as lovely. Fortunately, nature has a way with timing and can really help us out if we pay attention.

In the spring, just as all those flowers, grasses and trees are blooming and releasing clouds of pollen, stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) are popping up in full force, ready to come to the rescue.  Not only are they an amazing superfood and an all around useful medicinal plant, nettles work wonders for reducing inflammation.

This is an important thing to know because inflammation doesn’t stop with our sinuses and seasonal respiratory allergies. Food allergies and associated digestive inflammation are a huge problem for many people, and most of the over-the-counter treatments only make the situation worse.

Nettles are a safe, soothing treatment for inflammation, offering the added benefits of vitamins, minerals, and immune-boosting properties.  It’s time to make friends with the stinging nettle, folks. You won’t regret it.

Nettles and Seasonal Allergies

Stinging nettles have been used for centuries as a natural treatment for seasonal allergies,  hay fever, asthma, and hives. Research has shown that consuming nettles in freeze dried capsules effectively reduces histamine levels in the body, thus reducing inflammation of affected tissues. Even a simple nettle tea consumed daily throughout the pollen and allergy season will alleviate allergy symptoms.

Common symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, runny noses, and stuffed up sinuses  are treated as effectively, if not more so, by stinging nettle than over the counter allergy medications. It has been suggested that nettles actually desensitize the body to allergens and decrease our reaction to the allergens over time. Nettles will also spare you the side effects that come with allergy medications, like drowsiness or irritation and ulcers of the digestive tract, which leads to a whole other set of inflammation issues you don’t want.

With high levels of iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, sulphur, chromium, cobalt, magnesium, silicon, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K,  iron, and chlorophyll,  they will leave you feeling energized while assisting your immune system in overcoming the allergy response.

Nettles and Digestive Inflammation

Inflammation of the digestive tract has become a common reality that many of us deal with, and this isn’t really surprising when you look at the variety of culprits  and how common they are in our modern lives.  Food allergies, Candida imbalance, NSAID medications (ibuprofin, aspirin, etc.), chronic stress, sugars, highly processed foods, and environmental toxins are all potential sources of digestive inflammation and daily struggles for a lot of folks out there.

The most common go-to treatment tends to be over-the-counter NSAID medications that target pain and swelling, but they, in fact, contribute to the irritation and inflammation of the digestive tract, creating a vicious cycle that is difficult to break. Here is where the anti-inflammatory benefits of nettles come into play.

When the leaves and stems of stinging nettle are digested, either in the form of a tea, tincture, capsule, or culinary green, the chemical constituents interfere with the body’s production of prostaglandins, resulting in an anti-inflammatory response. Nettles also interfere with pain signals in the body, clean out the intestinal tract, and boost the immune system, providing relief and healing for issues of the digestive system.

Given these healing properties, nettles are beneficial in healing leaky gut syndrome and are listed as a therapeutic ingredient in the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet. Nettle tea has been noted as a successful treatment for individuals dealing with gluten intolerance and Celiac disease to reduce gastrointestinal inflammation and discomfort.

Ulcerative colitis and ulcers in other areas of the digestive tract can also benefit from nettles, as they stop internal bleeding  and re-build  the blood with their high iron content and aided absorption.

Nettles for Pet Allergy Care

Allergies are not only an issue for people; their canine companions suffer from them as well. Dog owners may associate the springtime with treating “itchy dog syndrome” along with their pet’s eye discharge, ear infections, and overall discomfort. Stinging nettle is a natural anti-inflammatory for dogs to reduce levels of histamines, detox their system, and help desensitize their body to allergens. By giving dogs regular nettle supplements during allergy season, their allergies have been shown to actually go away over time. Nettles can be administered to dogs by adding it in freeze dried form to their food or through supplementation.

Where to Find Nettles

If you are interested in wildcrafting your own nettles, you can find them growing in moist soils at the edge of forests, streams, marshy areas, and pastures. You may even find them growing in your own backyard. They are one of the first plants to come up in the spring. They are very distinct with square shaped stems and opposite, serrated leaves tapered to a point, so they are fairly easy to find. With a good plant ID guide and advice from local foragers, you can venture out and gather your own nettles all through the spring months.

You can also establish a nettle patch at home in your garden either with nettle seeds from an heirloom seed company or by transplanting rhizomes from wild nettle patches. If you are working with fresh nettles, be sure to wear gloves while picking and handling them in the kitchen. The prickly hairs on the skin contain formic acid and can cause an irritation to the skin, which is a nuisance but not harmful. Cooking, drying, and grinding will break down the hairs so they are no longer an issue.

Nettles are very easy to dry and use throughout the rest of the year when they aren’t found growing outside. For those of us who may not have access to foraging areas or garden space, you can always purchase dried nettle leaf and a variety of nettle supplements. Sometimes grocery stores will even carry fresh wildcrafted nettles in the spring.

Anti-Inflammatory Nettle Tea Recipe

  • 3 fresh nettle tops (three leaf nodes down the plant) or 3 Tbsp dried nettle leaf
  • 1 Tbsp dried marshmallow root
  • 2 slices fresh ginger root

Boil 4 cups water, and pour over herbs. Steep for 7 minutes, covered. I prefer using a quart mason jar with a lid.

Hay Fever Relief Nettle Tea Recipe

  • 3 fresh nettle tops (three leaf nodes down the plant) or 3 Tbsp dried nettle leaf
  • 1 Tbsp dried elder flower
  • 1 Tbsp dried chamomile

Boil 4 cups water, and pour over herbs. Steep for 7 minutes covered. I prefer using a quart mason jar with a lid.



Native Herbal Cures

Natural Cures Once Ruled the Land In the US Before Big Pharma Took Over

Dec 18

(GreenMed TVSlate just reported on this amazing map of ‘Herbal Cures’ from 1932 of the medicinal plants in common use among pharmacists and the public back then. The map itself states under the heading ‘The Service of Pharmacy’:

“It is important that the public does not lose sight of the fact that the professions of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Dentistry, each give an essential service, which must not be impaired or destroyed by commercial trends. The public and the professions whill suffer equally if these services are allowed to deteriorate. In pharmacy the public should understand something of the breadth of knowledge required of the pharmacist. Few people realize the extent to which plants and minerals enter into the practice of pharmacy, and how vital they are to the maintenance of the public health. It has been stated that upwards of 70 percent of all medicines employed are plant products.”

Flash forward 80 years and we have a medical system which relies almost entirely on patented chemicals and/or biologicals that are far removed from anything resembling the ‘back yard farmacy’ of yesteryear. The FDA’s very definition of a drug now precludes the use of natural substances, and drug-based medicine has become a form of human sacrifice, on a scale that may exceed previous civilizations sacrifice of their population for ostensibly religious reasons. This map should be shared far and wide and hopefully will shed light on the massive, emergent database of natural substances (there are about 1700 indexed on our website alone) that can be used to treat a staggeringly wide range of health conditions (over 3,000 indexed on our site alone).

Note: Amazingly, you will find the much demonized Cannabis Sativa listed as a medicinal plant used on the Druggist’s map! Consider that in modern times this plant alone has been used to incarcerate hundreds of thousands of citizens simply for possessing, using and/or trading it as a commodity! (Source: GreenMed TV)LgMedicinalPlants-2

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Nourishing The Chakras

7 Sacred Herbs for Activating and Harmonizing the Chakras

7 Sacred Herbs for Activating and Harmonizing the Chakras

15th February 2016

By Justin Faerman

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

While the chakras themselves are energetic/etheric in nature, they each have corresponding physical organs, glands and systems in the body that can, and do, have an effect on their functioning. When the associated organ/gland/system is weak or out of balance, the relevant chakra will be under active; and when the associated organ/system is balanced and healthy, the chakra will generally be in harmony.

This interconnectivity of the physical and etheric bodies goes the other way as well—if there is an energetic imbalance in a chakra, for example, as a result of emotional disturbances, then this can also cause the associated physical elements to become weak as well. As such, it is important to not only address physical imbalances with herbs and lifestyle adjustments, but also on an energetic level as well with breathwork, meditation, kriya/tantric yoga, qigong or whatever your preferred flavor of energetic medicine.

It is interesting to note that in the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine each organ corresponds to specific emotional states. This is an important distinction because, as mentioned, emotional patterns also have an effect on chakra function in the sense that negative emotions tend to disturb chakra function and positive emotional states tend to improve it. By using herbs to balance the underlying organs, glands and systems of the body, and hence the chakras themselves, it has the added benefit of helping us to work through the associated emotional patterns that may be also negatively impacting the chakras as well.

There are many different practices—both energetic and otherwise (as outlined earlier)—with the end goal of healing and balancing the chakras that are effective to varying degrees, but, like putting water into a bucket with holes in it, if the corresponding organs, glands or bodily systems are weak for whatever reason, simply charging the area with Qi or Prana will not necessarily be as effective as simultaneously working to heal any underlying imbalances in the physical body itself. Besides general lifestyle adjustments, there are few methods as powerful and effective as the proper use of herbal medicines to bring the various aspects of the body back into balance.

In a general sense, you will get the most benefit by using the following herbs as an adjunct to the energetic/etheric practices outlined above. With that being said, I recommend two ways of taking these herbs for maximum benefit and to avoid imbalances in the bodies—etheric and physical. The first is slightly more sophisticated and requires you to understand what chakras or organs/glands/systems may be weak in your body. If you have this awareness and knowledge then you will generally want to take specific herbs from the list below to treat that specific imbalance. On the other hand if you are not sure what is in or out of balance then I would recommend taking a blend of a small portion of each of the herbs outlined below in order to maintain systemic balance and harmony so as not to overactivate or neglect any specific chakra or part of the body.

1. Root Chakra (Mooladhara): Perineal Gland and Urogental System

Recommended Herb: Shilajit

Although not an herb in the traditional sense, Shilajit is the byproduct of thousands of different herbs because it is the solidified resin of prehistoric forests compacted under the weight of the Himalayas for eons of time. As such it is very grounding, building and rejuvenating, rich in minerals and other compounds that literally restore the body at a foundational level. In that sense, the root chakra is also foundational in the chakric system and helps us stay grounded energetically. Shilajit also works on a number of other systems, organs and glands in the body and has many other remarkable benefits that you can learn about in the in-depth article I’ve written on it here: as there is simply too much to go into for the scope of this article.

2. Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana): Sexual Organs and Kidneys

Recommended Herb: Schizandra Berries

7 Sacred Herbs for Activating and Harmonizing the Chakras - Berries

Schizandra is an incredible herb with many positive effects in the body, but it is particularly well known for strengthening and tonifying the sexual organs in both men and women. As a mild diuretic, it is also cleansing of the various energetic pathways that run through this area of the body and is particularly nourishing to the kidneys, making it an excellent herb for the sacral chakra and healing any underlying imbalances therein.

3. Solar Plexus (Manipura): Digestive Tract, Intestines and Adrenal Glands

Recommended Herb: Pine Pollen

Manipura is in many ways the seat of power in the body both etherically and physically—our digestive system is responsible for turning the food we eat into the vital energy that runs our body. When the digestive system is weak, everything suffers. The third chakra is also the etheric-emotional seat of our self-confidence and sense of personal power. Correspondingly, when it is weak or there are imbalances in this area, it manifests as fear, worry and anxiety, as these emotions arise when we lack self-confidence. Thermal bio-scans of thousands of people in large-scale research studies at major universities have found these emotions (fear, worry and anxiety) are concentrated and most often experienced in the third chakra area.

In that sense, few herbs strengthen the body quite like Pine Pollen. One of nature’s most treasured herbal medicines, Pine Pollen is rich in DHEA, the body’s master hormonal precursor, which nourishes the adrenal glands directly and balances the entire endocrine/glandular system, which is foundational to our sense of personal power and self. Pine Pollen is also phenomenally rich in rare and important nutrients and nourishes the body at deep levels, supplementing weak digestion, which is remarkably common, and giving us added energetic support, no matter what phase of life we are in. There are few things which energetically strengthen the body like Pine Pollen, making it a perfect corresponding herb for the third chakra.

4. Heart Chakra (Anahata): Heart and Lungs

Recommended Herb: Reishi Mushroom

7 Sacred Herbs for Activating and Harmonizing the Chakras - Reishi Mushrooms

In the Daoist tradition, Reishi is considered a supreme heart Qi tonic, meaning that it increases the flow of vital energy to the heart and strengthens it directly as a result. It is also calming and balancing to the nervous system, which helps with our overall emotional balance, of which the heart is the center in the body in many ways. Reishi is also a supreme ‘Shen’ tonic, which translates to herb that nourishes the spirit. As the Anahata chakra is the ‘gateway chakra’ to higher consciousness and the heart itself is one of the key intuitive centers of the body, Reishi is particularly nourishing and relevant as a tonic for this area. Reishi also increases blood flow to the heart and lungs, further supporting the organ systems underlying the heart chakra.

5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddhi): Thyroid Complex

Recommended Herb: Kelp/Seaweed

While there are many factors that influence thyroid health, perhaps the most pertinent is the supply of bioavailable iodine in the body. And there are few better sources of iodine than seaweeds. Rich in iodine and other important trace minerals, seaweeds supply the body with abundant raw nutritional materials that are hard to get and conspicuously lacking in modern western diets, even for those who eat quite healthfully. Iodine and the minerals in seaweed also strengthen the entire endocrine/glandular system as a whole, making it a great dietary addition for anyone doing regular energy or healing work.

6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna): Pineal Gland, Brain

Recommended Herb: Gotu Kola

One of the premier herbs in the ancient Indian Ayurvedic system of holistic medicine is Gotu Kola, a powerful herb for the brain and related glands and systems. Gotu Kola enhances oxygen uptake to the brain specifically and to the body’s cells in general and has been shown to actually increase intelligence in long-term users. It has also been shown to enhance and harmonize trans-hemispheric communication in the brain, which is likely why it has been traditionally used by meditators. Brain hemisphere synchronization produces measurable changes in brainwave state into the alpha, gamma and theta spectrum, which are associated with expanded states of consciousness. Gotu Kola is also said to act directly on the pineal gland in part through the above mechanisms and due to the fact that it is a vasodilator, causing both increased blood and oxygen flow to key areas and glands within the brain and body.

7 Sacred Herbs for Activating and Harmonizing the Chakras - Gotu kola

The Hindus also consider it to be a powerful herb for balancing the pituitary gland and the crown chakra, essentially killing two birds with one stone. In that sense, the plant acts as a sort of ‘shortcut’ to help one access higher states of consciousness and awareness and is a key herb for harmonizing the brain and higher chakras.

7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara): Pituitary Gland

Recommended Herb: Sage

I’m going to make a non-traditional recommendation here. Most know sage as the premier smudging herb, but it can also be taken internally and works in much the same way—to clear the etheric body and physical body of energetic blockages and imbalances, as well as destructive influences. As the crown chakra is the gateway between the higher non-physical planes/energies and the body, it is fitting to suggest an herb that is energetically cleansing and harmonizing rather than deeply physical in its effects, although sage certainly has those properties as well. Recently discovered in some fascinating studies is sage’s ability to increase perceptual awareness, intelligence, brain function and memory; and those intuitively tuned into the deeper effects of the herb will notice it also enhances sensitivity to subtle energies, which further cements its appropriateness as a tonic for this chakra. Taken in tandem with Gotu Kola, all of the physical organs, glands and systems correlated with the crown chakra are are addressed, strengthened and balanced.

As always with herbs, seek organic, wildcrafted/harvested or biodynamic whenever possible and choose those with minimal, low-temperature processing to preserve active constituents and enhance potency. Start slow and work your way up in dosage to what intuitively feels right for your body as you acclimate to their effects, and be sure to take a few days’ break from the herbs now and then to let your body rest and integrate the changes.


Herbology: Heal All

‘Heal All’ Herb Used For Centuries For About Every Ailment Known To Man

Prunella Vulgaris has a long history of medicinal use. It shows antiviral and antibacterial properties, and in China it is used as an anti-cancer drug. It can also be used for the prevention and treatment of cognitive impairments associated with Alzheimer’s disease or schizophrenia.

Purple flower of selfheal

Prunella vulgaris var. lilacina Nakai (Labiatae) is commonly known as the ‘self-heal’ herb or heal-all. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America.

Daily consumption of extracts from Prunella vulgaris var. lilacina may enhance cognitive function in lab mice, says a new study from South Korea. It is often found growing in waste ground, grassland, woodland edges, usually on basic and neutral soils.Once proclaimed to be a Holy herb and thought to be sent by God to cure all ailments of man or beast, and said to drive away the devil, which lead to the belief that Heal-All was grown in the Witches garden as a disguise. The root was used to make a tea to drink in ceremonies before going hunting by one Native American tribe to sharpened the powers of observation.

Heal-All is edible and medicinal, can be used in salads, soups, stews, or boiled as a pot herb. Used as an alternative medicine for centuries on just about every continent in the world, and for just about every ailment known to man.

Prior to World War II, it was used to staunch bleeding and for treating heart disease. A decoction of the leaves was used to treat sore throats and internal bleeding. Although in western medicine it is used externally for treating minor injuries, sores, burns, bruises, it has far more powerful applications therapeutically.

The plants most useful constituents are Betulinic-acid, D-Camphor, Delphinidin, Hyperoside, Manganese, Oleanolic-acid, Rosmarinic-acid, Rutin, Ursolic-acid, and Tannins. The whole plant is medicinal as alterative, antibacterial, antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, stomachic, styptic, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary.

A cold water infusion of the freshly chopped or dried and powdered leaves is a very tasty and refreshing beverage, weak infusion of the plant is an excellent medicinal eye wash for sties and pinkeye.

It is taken internally as a medicinal tea in the treatment of fevers, diarrhoea, sore mouth and throat, internal bleeding, and weaknesses of the liver and heart. Clinical analysis shows it to have an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of pseudomonas, Bacillus typhi, E. coli, Mycobacterium tuberculi, which supports its use as an alternative medicine internally and externally as an antibiotic and for hard to heal wounds and diseases. It is showing promise in research for cancer, AIDS, diabetes, and many other maladies.

Cognitive Enhancements

New data from scientists from Kyung Hee University and CJ Foods R&D indicated that two weeks of intake of the ‘heal-all’ extract was found to directly or indirectly activate the NMDA receptor in nerve cells, which is linked to synaptic plasticity changes.

“The results of present study demonstrate that the sub-chronic administration of [the standardized ethanolic extract of Prunella vulgaris var. lilacina] EEPV enhanced cognitive performance in the passive avoidance task in normal naive mice,” they wrote in Phytotherapy Research .

“To our knowledge, the present study marks the first report of the role of EEPV in cognitive improvement resulting from adult hippocampal neurogenesis and the activation of various signaling cascades.”

Commenting on the potential bio-actives, the researchers point to rosmarinic acid as the key mediator of cognitive improvement.


Some Medicinal Plants

17 Of The Most Underrated Medicinal Plants In The World

| August 6, 2015 

17 Of The Most Underrated Medicinal Plants In The World

by Mae Chan,

Many people are finally becoming acquainted with how plants such as cannabis are effective medicinally. Others are very familiar with the healing abilities of garlic, spinach, ginger and of course echinacea. However, there are so many others whose medicinal potential are rarely if ever mentioned and yet rival and even exceed those mentioned above in many areas.

Medicinal plants contain a wide array of chemical compounds. They have a distinct order to their perfection. Natural selection pressures push these plants to “try out” variations on molecules to enhance the plant’s odds of surviving stressful environments. So, often, one molecule is present in the greatest amount and has the most dramatic effect in a human body — but along with it are variations of that molecule in the same plant.

Human beings and plants have co-evolved for millions of years, so it makes perfect sense that our complex bodies would be adapted to absorb needed, beneficial compounds from many varieties of complex plants and ignore the rest. However, no plant should be ignored when it comes to advancing human health.

1. Dandelion
They’re edible flowering plants which widely grow in South America. Dandelions are used to make recipes and drinks. Flowers, leafs and roots of dandelion are used to make food items for medicinal purposes. The act as a cleaning tonic for blood vessels while effectively increasing the functionality of the liver. They balance blood sugar and cholesterol levels. They also prevent gallstones and improve the functioning of the pancreas.

2. California Poppy
The brilliant blooms of the California Poppy make this opioid plant an iconic one. The plant is an effective nervine (anxiety reliever) and is safe for use on agitated children. Can be made into a a tea for quick relief of nervousness and tension. A stronger decoction will offer pain relief. (A decoction is made by “stewing” all safe plant parts, including stems and roots if possible, in water for several hours and, ideally, soaking overnight.)

3. Marigold
Marigold is a flowering plant which grows in wide rage of soils. They are used to cook and add color to many summer dishes. This plant can also cure many skin problems and can effectively reduce skin blemishes. It’s one of the best choices for instant relief from fever. It can reduce swelling to any body parts within short periods. Marigold is also one of the best herbs for headaches and tooth aches. Its anti-inflammatory properties help cure allergies, prevent tumors and also optimize the growth of new blood vessels.

4. Tansy
If you’ve decided to backpack through Europe instead of the mountains of Mexico (but why?), you’ll want to know about a few helpful medicinal plants. Tansy is an old-world aster and remedy, used for flavoring beer and stews as well as repelling insects. Rubbing the leaves on the skin provides an effective bug repellent, but tansy can also be used to treat worms. It is said to be poisonous when extracted, but a few leaves are not harmful if ingested.

5. Lady Ferns
Lady ferns are long light green plants native to the northern hemisphere and one of the oldest plants on Earth. They also heal a number of diseases in naturally. It is a recommended herb for fevers and coughs, prevention against worms and defending against asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis. They are also effective for cuts and sunburns.

6. Alfalfa
Alfalfa is fodder for livestock for a reason: it’s incredibly rich in minerals and health-promoting nutrients and compounds. With roots that grow 20 to 30 feet deep, alfalfa is considered the “father of all plants”. (It also contains a high amount of protein for a green.) Alfalfa originally grew in the Mediterranean and Middle East but has now spread to most of Europe and the Americans. It can treat morning sickness, nausea, kidney stones, kidney pain and urinary discomfort. It is a powerful diuretic and has a bit of stimulant power, helping to energize after a bout with illness. It’s a liver and bowel cleanser and long-term can help reduce cholesterol. You can purchase seeds and sprouts, but it’s fine to eat the leaves straight from the earth.

7. Tea Tree
Tea tree is one of the most powerful plants effective against dangerous bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. It effectively prevents insects and can cure insects bites almost instantly. Tea tree oil is one of the best solutions to keep fungus at bay and also prevent against head lice. It gives quick relief from cuts and burns and also is one of the fastest ways to remove dandruff. Tea tree also effective for headaches and colds.

8. Catnip
The cannabis of the cat kingdom. Famous for making cats deliriously crazy, catnip has health properties that are great for humans, too. Catnip can relieve cold symptoms (helpful if you’re on a camping trip and don’t have access to Nyquil). It’s useful in breaking a fever as it promotes sweating. Catnip also helps stop excessive bleeding and swelling when applied rather than ingested. This mint plant (yep, another one) is also reportedly helpful in treating gas, stomach aches, and migraines. Catnip can stimulate uterine contractions, so it should not be consumed by pregnant women. It grows in the Northern Hemisphere.

9. Thyme
Thyme is widely used as an aromatic plant, as well as an edible one. It effectively prevents small insects and provides many many health benefits mainly for lung problems such as shortness in breath. It provides better prevention against foodborne bacterial infections than any medication and keeps blood pressure level. It reduces the risk of colon cancer and is also a remedy for skin problems such as dryness, redness and swelling. It acts as a relaxing herb by calming down the nervous system.

10. Sage
Sage is an incredibly useful herb, widely considered to be perhaps the most valuable herb. It is anti-flammatory, anti-oxidant, and antifungal. In fact, according to a noted resource World’s Healthiest Foods, “Its reputation as a panacea is even represented in its scientific name, Salvia officinalis, derived from the Latin word, salvere, which means ‘to be saved’.” It was used as a preservative for meat before the advent of refrigeration (eminently useful: you never know when you’ll be forced to hunt in the wild). Sage aids digestion, relieves cramps, reduces diarrhea, dries up phlegm, fights colds, reduces inflammation and swelling, acts as a salve for cuts and burns, and kills bacteria. Sage apparently even brings color back to gray hair. A definite concern when lost in the woods.

11. Brucea Javanica
Beyond limited empirical observations, not all medicinal plants have established scientific studies to support their effectiveness. However, in the case of Brucea javanica, it is one of those plants in which scientific investigations have provided enough evidence to prove that it has an impressive efficacy for the treatment of cervical, bladder and pancreatic cancers. Its selective toxicity has also been found to kill 70% of breast cancer cells. Brucea javanica (Brucea javanica (L.) Merr) is one of those plants that needs far more recognition in this catergory for its incredible ability to selectively kill cancer cells.

12. Navajo Tea
Also called greenthread, Plains Tea or Coyote Plant, this plant has been used for centuries by Native Americans to quickly relieve that most brutal and irritating of infections: the UTI (urinary tract infection). Best when made into a tea or decoction.

13. Red Clover
Native to Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia, red clover is now ubiquitous worldwide. The plant’s reddish pink blossoms can be used for coughs and colds, but they are an excellent detoxifier and blood cleanser as well.

14. Sweet Marjoram
Marjoram and oregano are often used interchangeably, but the aromatic sweet marjoram is slightly different. The Greeks called it the “Joy of the Mountain” and it was revered throughout the Mediterranean for its fragrance, flavor and medicinal value. The famous French herbs de provence and Middle Eastern za’atar both use sweet marjoram. Marjoram has many uses (it’s a famous digestive aid) but it is effective as an antifungal, antibacterial and disinfectant treatment in a pinch.

15. Feverfew
Feverfew is a plant that has well-known and documented health properties and medicinal benefits, yet it’s barely ever mentioned in health circles. This anti-inflammatory can treat rheumatism, arthritis and, most famously, migraine headaches and tension headaches. It’s also good for alleviating tension and general anxiety (it is a natural serotonin inhibitor). It also helps to reduce swelling and bruising. Though feverfew is most effective when taken daily, it can be a helpful pain reliever when no Advil is on hand.

16. Sweet Violet
Native to Europe and Asia, sweet violet is cultivated around the world and is a pleasant, delicate purple color. When brewed into a syrup the plant is effective as a treatment for colds, flu and coughs or sore throat. However, when made as a tea, it is wonderfully effective for relieving headaches and muscle and body pain.

17. Winter Savory
Winter savory is your savior against insect bites and stings. One of the most effective natural plant treatments for bug bites is originally from Europe and the Mediterranean but often shows up elsewhere thanks to global trade. In addition to being an antiseptic, it is delicious — used for flavoring meats and stews — and all parts are edible.

About the author:
Mae Chan holds degrees in both physiology and nutritional sciences. She is also blogger and and technology enthusiast with a passion for disseminating information about health.


Detox & Cleanse – 23 Options

23 Ways To Painlessly Cleanse Your Entire Body

Aug 4 • by DREW CANOLE

A lot of people hear the word “detox” or “cleanse” and immediately have images of starvation and painful detox symptoms. In reality, there are a lot of things you can do on a daily basis to gently cleanse and nourish your body! In the long run, these habits can be more effective than intense short-term detox plans and for many, much more realistic.

1) Water

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. It is vital to every cell, organ, system and function that goes on in your body. It is especially important for the lymphatic system because it is what flushes your body of toxins and unneeded substances. Without the consistent flow of water coming in and out, your body will become like a stagnant puddle of water – yuck!

Start off your morning with a warm glass of fresh squeezed lemon water and – if you’re daring – add some baking soda. Both lemon and baking soda will normalize the pH of your body, are anti-carcinogenic, anti fungal, antibacterial and will pull toxins from your bloodstream. What better way to start off your morning?

For more info on lemon water check out this article on the benefits of lemon.

2) Meditation

Cleansing the mind is just as important – if not more so – than cleansing the body. Meditation gives you a space to breath and let go of racing thoughts and emotions. You can take five minutes to meditate, or 60 – whatever you feel you need. There are a lot of meditation aids online such as Alpha Waves, which plays music specifically formulated to help the mind relax and focus



3) Juicing with dandelion greens

Juicing is one of the most powerful ways to flood your tired body with micronutrients and flush out all the bad guys. Dandelions are a natural diuretic that help the kidneys filter through excess water and salt. They also cleanse the liver (one of your hardest working detox organs), are loaded with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins and act as an anti-inflammatory. We highly recommend adding dandelion greens to your juice or smoothies! Don’t have time to juice? Try our superfood-packed green drink powder Organifi.


4) Your Lymph System, Using Dry Brushing and Rebounding

The Lymphatic System is an intricate network of nodes, ducts and vessels throughout your body that moves lymph from the body tissue to the bloodstream. Since it’s circulating through your body and is key to cleaning out toxins and waste, it’s an important point of focus when it comes to detoxification. A popular way to smooth out the flow of your lymph system is called dry brushing, which is the process of running a brush in specific, continuous, circular motions across your skin, upwards towards your heart. To ensure cleansing, add in some rebounding (physical aerobic activity) to your days to make your brushing efforts worthwhile (plus rebounding is fun!).



5) Hydrotherapy

After dry brushing, hop in the shower and alternate between 1-2 minutes of hot water and 30 seconds of cold. You can do this 3-5 times during your shower. If the cold is too unbearable at first, try lukewarm and work your way to cold. This type of hydrotherapy increases circulation and lymphatic flow, as well as boosts your immune system and metabolism. Once you get used to it, these shower cycles should actually feel pretty good!


6) Workout (qi gong)

Qi = life force and vital energy. Gong = accomplishment or skill. Qi Gong = Cultivating energy. It is an ancient Chinese health care system that uses physical postures, specific breathing techniques and mental focus to help cleanse the body and stimulate energy flow. It is one of the best ways to find relief from anxiety and cultivate inner peace. Even taking 10 minutes out of your day to do qi gong or a similar exercise will boost your productivity and mental performance.

Try it for yourself! Here’s how.


7) Stretching

We are always so busy going about our days tending to our responsibilities and obligations, that it’s easy to forget to stop and stretch out our body. Taking the time to stretch gives you the chance to ease out your tensed up muscles and keep your body functioning at a top-notch level. I’m sure you’ve noticed on occasion that while you’re sitting at a table or desk, your shoulders are hunched up. This causes all sorts of problems. Stretching is also a great way to rejuvenate your body and cleanse it through slow, steady motions and movements. These movements help increase the circulation throughout your body and stimulate the release of toxins.New-Picture11


8) Bone Broth In The AM

Bone broth is something your grandmother probably believed in (and she’s a smart lady!). This is an affordable, nutrient and mineral dense addition to anyone’s diet. It is particularly high in magnesium, calcium, amino acids and phosphorus and is believed to help reduce cellulite. You can use bones from beef, lamb, bison, fish, and birds. This is an immune boosting drink for when you’re sick and is also great for the digestive system.charliescrib-wordpress-com-bone-broth-infographic


9) Turn Off The News

CNN = Constant Negative News. The news is a money-making industry just like any other. Depressing and/or shocking news sells more than happy and uplifting news. Turn off the TV to cleanse your mind and clear your time for something more uplifting, like a walk outdoors or time with loved ones. If you are looking for drastic changes in your mental and physical health, try taking an entire week to do a media and electronics fast.


10) Sound Therapy

Because we are constantly surrounded by noise and disturbances, our ears start to become desensitized towards the higher pitched sound frequencies. This sort of therapy is designed to help restore that sensitivity again. When our sensitivity to sound frequencies grows dull, it also begins to decrease our energy, increases our irritability to sound and can be a contributor to other health issues. Here is an example of sound therapy for you to enjoy.


11) Listen to Uplifting Music

We are constantly bombarded by frequencies from the media and environment, a lot of which are “low” or “negative” and may contribute to various health issues. Listening to uplifting music is one of the best ways to combat this negativity. To your mind, it is like drinking fresh spring water instead of pond water. Find something that you LOVE to listen to and do it often (for me, it’s 80’s music and movie soundtracks!).apm-music-therapy-infographic-lg


12) Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is a phenomenal way to ease stress and cleanse your body at an emotional level. Pets are energy sensitive and have a way of knowing when people are uptight or depressed. With their constant temperaments and love for affection, they have been known to lower heart rates, calm reeling thought processes and ease fatigue. They are capable of bringing smiles to people’s faces who haven’t laughed in years and have an unparalleled way of teaching people how to love and trust again. Even just 10 – 15 minutes of petting and playing with a pet can have a remarkable effect on a person’s whole demeanor. Pets make wonderful companions and can give you a sort of cleansing that you won’t find possible with anything else in this world.


13) Steam Therapy

One major way our body gets rid of junk and waste that we inhale and breathe in all day is done through the sinuses. When these get clogged or if you get sick, your sinuses have trouble processing correctly. One of the oldest and most efficient ways to clear your sinuses out and move the detox process along is through steam therapy. You can purchase humidifiers for this, or even just breathe the steam from a hot shower, both accomplish the same goal. But the top suggestion that is the easiest and costs you nothing is just using your stove. All you do is boil some water, pour it into a bowl and then cover both your head and that bowl with a towel and simply breathe in the steam. Done at least twice a day, this method has been known to show quick and relieving results.


14) Herbs For Cleansing

Herbs are by far some of the most powerful plants on the planet when it comes to restoring our health. The synchronicity of the Universe is amazing – for almost every human disease there is a healing counterpart that can be found in the plant kingdom. Some that are particularly potent cleansers include Borotutu Bark, Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Peppermint and Garlic.herbs-that-heal


15) Wake-Up And Don’t Eat

Our body goes through natural cycles throughout a day where it focuses respectively on these three processes: Elimination, Appropriation and Assimilation. In the morning we are typically in elimination mode and our body is focusing on releasing toxins and cleansing. Waking up and eating a heavy breakfast can be counterproductive to your body’s attempts to cleanse. Instead of cereal or waffles, drink warm lemon water and then a little later drink fresh green juice or a smoothie. These are full of raw, living foods that will continue to cleanse and replenish your body in the best way possible.6afa60a02b3b23839e52a57e3fb7f85c-721x1024


16) Aromatherapy

Aromatic compounds from plants can have a powerful influence on one’s mental, emotional and physical well being. Many cultures around the globe use aromatherapy for healing and rejuvenating purposes. An everyday use may include rubbing peppermint oil in your hands and cupping them around your face to breath deeply- this is known to help with focus and feeling more awake.aromatherapy-infographic_5057744c4423d


17) Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is a simple yet effective way to cleanse your mouth and gums. You do it by swishing a teaspoon of oil (sesame, sunflower or coconut) in your mouth for about 20 minutes (you can find a more in-depth article here on the whole process). The reason it’s called oil pulling is because the oil literally “pulls” out toxins, waste and debris from where it resides in your mouth. Your mouth is a very popular place for bacteria and toxins to gather, so not only will Oil Pulling help whiten your teeth, it will help cleanse your body and improve your lymphatic system. WE USE COCONUT OIL.benefits-of-oil-pulling


18) Foam Rolling

Often our lifestyle may contribute to stiff, overused/underused muscles. This can happen because of stress, bad posture, a sedentary job, or health issues. Foam rolling helps to release toxic buildup and lactic acid in muscle tissue, as well as increase circulation to various areas of the body. This can help our body to heal and stay balanced.Foam-Rolling-Infographic


19) Foot Massage

Your feet are some of the quickest receptors to energy and particles put on them through lotion or oils. For that reason, they are also a major point of toxin build up. Massaging your feet gives them the chance to loosen up and release these toxins. There are many methods on how to massage your feet and one that we suggest (which is cheap and easy) is a massage using a lacrosse balltumblr_mp92vi4oYy1qaxovpo1_1280


20) Infrared Heating Therapy

The far infrared waves in a sauna penetrate deep into the human body and gently elevate the surface temperature. This helps to activate many of the body’s major functions. When you sweat in this type of sauna your sweat will contain about 17% toxins (including heavy metals), compared to the 3% you would sweat out in a traditional sauna or while out in the sun. This type of heat therapy also increases circulation and may boost the immune system.


21) Epsom Salt Bath

Epsom salt is high in magnesium; the second most abundant element in humans cells. It helps to regulate over 325 enzymes and helps with numerous bodily functions. This is one of those tricky minerals to obtain on the standard American diet, which is why a lot of people are deficient (it’s estimated that upwards of 80% of the population are deficient!). Soaking in Epsom salts is an excellent way to get a boost of magnesium and address any connected symptoms.

Detox bath recipe: 1 cup Epsom salt, 1 cup baking soda, splash of apple cider vinegar and 10 drops essential oils (optional – I like lavender for it’s calming effect).7-unexpected-uses-for-epsom-salt.w654


22) Vitamin D Therapy

Don’t be afraid of the sun! We are made to live connected to sunlight and the energy of the earth. Vitamin D deficiency is a rising problem in the United States and contributes to all sorts of health problems. Daily vitamin D supplementation, adequate time in the sun and using vitamin D “lamps,” or UVB tanning beds are all ways to get enough of this important vitamin. Especially in times of winter where it is too cold to be outside, tanning and using “happy lights” may be a good alternative. Dr Mercola addresses concerns people may have with the sun and tanning here and here.


23) Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen is key when wanting to cleanse and detoxify your body. Oxygen is what empowers your cellular network and helps give your body energy. Oxygen therapy – as you’ve probably guessed – is simply the act of breathing in an increased amounts of oxygen. This is something you can go to a professional for who will measure the right amount of oxygen you need and then have you breathe it through a mask, or if you’re more of the naturalist type, simply going outside and doing some deep breathing exercises can accomplish this just fine. Spending just 10 – 20 minutes outside in the fresh air breathing deeply can do wonders for you and your body. Breathing itself helps you clear your mind, calm your heart rate, ease stress and ultimately help detoxify your system. This gives you a fantastic excuse to spend more time in the great outdoors!hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-101-infographic_5448090940641_w1500


So as you can see, there are a ton of different ways you can detox your body each day. It doesn’t have to be hard or painful either!

If you’re really serious about your health (which I believe that you are), then this is a great step to really take your body and your overall health to the next level.

Not only will it help you get the amazing, healthy body that you want and deserve, it will help to get you there much, MUCH faster, without the guesswork of where to begin and how to sustain the incredible results you’ve worked so hard to achieve.

So don’t miss out!
Happy detoxing!



Edible Medicinal Plants

Highly Nutritious and Medicinal Edible Plants That Will Supercharge Your Health

HJ: The list below encompasses some of the most powerful, medicinal and nutritious edible plants on the planet at this time.  As they are medicines, they should be used with care.  The plants clearly labelled to be included in the diet can be used more liberally, however, the more powerfully medicinal plants (which are marked as so), should be treated with respect and intake should be limited.

We recommend using fresh herbs liberally in your cooking and emphasizing the section D plants in your diet regularly as these are the safest and some of the most nutritious of the bunch.  Even then, however, we recommend starting slowly.  It is not that the plants are dangerous, however, they do affect the body powerfully and can cause cleansing at first if that is what your system needs.  This can be uncomfortable if approached with too much vigor and so we recommend easing into it for maximum benefit and increase in happiness without the added cleansing burden.

– Truth

From Esoteric Online

A. Edible Plants and Healing Herbs That Should Be Included in Your Diet & Garden


Known as one of the purest plants, nicknamed holy basil, its ability to purify the blood of toxins, kill bacteria, or to treat skin disorders is very useful. Some of its other wide capabilities include its anticancer and antiviral properties or using its scent which can act as an insect repellent and to deal with stress. The Ancient Romans used it to treat poisonings, such as stings from scorpions, and to stimulate breast milk production. In India it is also used to treat asthma and diabetes.


This is the great “warming” herb, increasing blood flow and circulation. The carnosic acid in rosemary can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and because it can increase circulation in the brain it is often a plant used for memory.


Its ability to remove toxic heavy metals from the blood and tissues has made it a very great purifier. It is antiflammatory, antibacterial, helps with digestion, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol, helps with gas/upset stomachs, helps with nausea, and also contains many nutrients such as iron and magnesium.


This “cure all” has not only been known to kill intestinal parasites but has been known to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and immune system boosting properties. Those living during the bubonic plague of old Europe had eaten it to protect themselves. Not only does it prevent infection internally but can be used externally as well. It is a natural pesticide against mosquito larvae and can help lower blood sugar and blood pressure also. If eaten in a large enough quantity it can ward off bites from fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Some interesting qualities it contains are its ability to brighten the face, drive away envy and jealousy from the heart, and to increase the semen.


To some it is known as the King of plants. Not only is it extremely rich in vitamins, and minerals, it can cure auto-immune disorders, relieve swelling, heal arthritis, lower cholesterol, prevent strokes, cleanse the blood and liver, helps the digestive, urinary, glandular, and skeletal systems, heals arthritis, helps with diabetes, dissolves kidney stones, prevents hair loss, and more. Soak in a bath of alfalfa and it extracts just about everything toxin and infection from the skin.


It was used by the Russian government to help with the Chernobyl disaster because of its ability to remove toxins from the soil. Using its leaves in a tea, it can be used as a diuretic, to reduce fever, and an astringent as well as taken to reduce colds.


Similar to basil, it helps with digestive problems and can be also used to treat wounds. It has antifungal and antiviral properties as well. Similar to mint, can be chewed to clean the mouth. In the past it was used to treat depression, and epilepsy. Because of its antispasmodic properties it can relieve coughing.

Garlic Chives

These can cure ingested poisons, help with fatigue, and control excessive bleeding. Both the bulbs and leaves if used as a salve on insect any cut or bite can heal them and keep them infection free. The liver, kidney, or digestive system can also benefit from this if taken when there is a gastro-intestinal issue. Chive Family: Chives can also be used to treat intestinal parasites, enhance the immune system, and it also helps with digestion. It can treat anemia as well. Other parts of the chive family like onions, scallions, and leeks have flavanols which have anti-tumor effects which can reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is one of the greatest of healers, sections of it even heals itself once sliced from its mother branch (sealing away its own juices so its gel never dries out). It is known to have large quantities of Ormus compared to any other plant. It has been used to treat wounds and also skin infections. Because of its inflammatory properties it is great for reducing pain, redness in the skin and allergic reactions. It has been known to relieve constipation it is known treat heartburn as well.


Famous for cats, it actually has more uses for humans. It can lower fevers through making one sweat, is a mild sedative and helps toothaches if chewed. It is also known as an insect repellent and works 10 times better than DEET.


Peppermint is numbing and can help with arthritis, soothing headaches when placed on temples, skin irritations, aches and pains, nausea, diarrhea and flatulence. It is best known in helping stomach aches by calming the stomach and contributing to digestion. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and can relieve chest congestion. Many chew its leaves to have breath and to kill bacteria in the mouth.


Similar to Sunflowers, can detoxify soil and are also a diuretic. It can remove heavy metals from the blood and as a tea it can regulate blood sugar levels. It can be used to treat eczema, arthritis, and also intestinal disorders.  They also contain potassium, which experts say is lost through excessive urination.


This flower not only has a tranquil and beautiful scent but it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Its relaxing scent helps treat depression, insomnia, headaches, and other stress-induced ailments.


This antiflammatory is known to reduce blood pressure and can also treat psoriasis. Its oils can be used for anticonvulsant and sedative means. It is also capable of treating arthritis, urinary disorders, and hypertension.

Echinacea Purple Cone Flower

Best known to prevent sickness, it can help strengthen the immune system by stimulating the production of T-cells. Its anti-viral and anti-fugal abilities make it great for colds and respiratory infections. It can also be used topically on scratches and cuts. Other uses for it include ear infections, gingivitis, canker sores, bronchitis, yeast infections, enlarged lymph glands, sore throat, urinary infections, and more.


These flowers are known to ward off pests such as rabbits, deer, and even insects! Can be included in gardens to deter small animals because of  their odor, which some claim disguises the smell of the vegetables in garden. There are also some  anti-inflammatory and antibiotic (bacteria, fungi and viruses) properties. Some known treatments used from this plant are for athletes foot and ringworm.


Its bark and leaves can be used to treat eczema if crushed as a liquid, as it is wildly known to treat skin disorders. However it can also be used as an eyewash, to treat bruises, sores, acne, and is also good for diarrhea.

St. John’s Wort

Its blossoms have been known to get rid of depression and lift the spirits, and also to treat other mental disorders. Native Americans have used it to treat wounds, extreme pain, and tubercolosi. It is also a very strong antiviral. If kept in a pot inside or outside it keeps away evil spirits.


Native to the tropical rain forests, is very good at boosting the immune system and destroying a cold. The Native Americans used ginger for female gynecological problems, cardiac and even respiratory disorders. Many women used this during pregnancy to quell the nausea or upset stomachs as it can be used against motion sickness and to help digestion by causing circulation to be stimulated by dilating blood vessels. It also has an anti-tumor compound “aristocholic acid”.

B. The Most Amazing Plants

Cedar Tree

Because of its essential oil, it is known an amazing “cure all” that has many different ways of healing. It has been known to be used against hair loss, acne, tuberculosis, bronchitis, arthritis, anxiety, depression, dandruff, stimulating circulation, alzheimer’s disease (or other forms of senility), and many other diseases. It is both calming and purifying, a cerebral stimulant that has been known to enhance awareness, eliminating disorders such as ADHD, and allow its user to think clearly as it can pass into the brain through inhalation and stimulate blood circulation. It is said the palaces of King David and King Solomon were built of cedar. It is 98% sesquiterpenes, which has been said to delete erase misinformation written in the DNA as a result of trauma, abuse, loss, ancestral or generational, and limiting beliefs Other uses include insect repellant if dabbed on skin or even in clothes drawers, if added to soles of feet can boost the immune system.

Gingko Biloba

Best known as a living fossil, it is the oldest living species of tree because of its 200 million year history. It was present in the time of the dinosaurs. It is considered sacred by Buddhist monks who tended them near their temples and in forests. It is resistant to many environmental pollutants and as a tea can be used to treat Alzheimer’s, improve memory, and can be used for poor circulation in the body and the brain. The Chinese have used it to treat asthma and cerebral disorders.


Turmeric is a powerful plant which has anti-cancer and antioxidant properties as well as reducing inflammation in arthritis. It’s been known to prevent breast cancer if either taken internally or applied on the skin. It is also widely used for beauty in Indian cultures due to its ability to heal skin problems such as infections, boils, or discoloration as it can also bleach and remove tans from the skin.

C.  These are Powerful Plants.  Take Caution, and Care. Do Plenty of Research.


It has been known to refresh the mind, create prophetic dreams, and also help with difficult decisions if placed underneath a pillow. It is said rubbing it into the skin makes it possible to achieve all the hearts desires or to break curses. It was used to predict the future and also lift spells, being used as a plant of prophecy for thousands of years. Its scent removes worries and is calming for sleep. It was also used in love potions or to rekindle a dying passion.

Thorn Apple

It is said to aid in both prophecy and astral projection however no part of this plant should ever be ingested even in low doses. Smelling its flowers can help in getting an insight to difficult decisions but do not keep its scent in a closed room as it is a mild narcotic. This extremely dangerous plant can induce a state of forgetfulness. Anyone who drinks it while under its influence will not be able to remember what was done. It can also be used as an anesthetic, and any pain can be annihilated if its flowers are used on the ache because of its numbing affect.

White Sage

The great purifier, this plant can flush out the body of every toxin in the blood and flesh. It has anti-bacterial properties and can be used on the skin for many ailments or for problems such as gingivitis. Many use it as an incense to drive away negative energy and to purify a place of evil entities. Its smell creates a meditative environment, and can induce lucid dreaming and heighten spiritual senses. Depending on how you take it (warm or cold) its effects differ, as taken warm it can “open up” systems and increases circulation and flow, while taken cold it can “close up” and still the internal systems. It is great for female gynecological issues, and starts and mediates the menstrual flow.


Also known as deadly nightshade, it has been associated with dark spirits. Sumerians used it 5,000 years ago to treat those possessed. The Greeks used it like they used mandrakes. It is associated with beauty and erotic love and used in many love potion. European witches used it as an ointment when attempting to fly on a broom and often applied it when trying to induce any charm or amulet for a darker purpose. Put it underneath a pillow when you fall asleep and it can help prevent a partner from straying (while also giving you erotic dreams).


This plant is famous for bringing longevity in life and is eaten as salads or drinking in tea especially in the Chinese culture. It is used by Koreans to treat depression and vertigo. If you have a fear for heights drinking this will increase ambition and confidence. A rumor is said drinking from a stream that flows between the bushes of this plant can make one immortal.


It is associated with demons and is extremely toxic, if planted outside the home will ward off evil spirits. It was administered to possessed victims as well but also used on tips of arrows to poison people. It blooms in December and is known as the Christmas rose as well even while other plants whither in the snow. It can also cure worms in children. It drives away the feeling of “foreboding” or an unpleasant atmosphere and instead provides a feeling of protection.


It is symbolic of innocence and is known as the plant of purity and light, as well as being associated with children. It leaves cam be used to heal stiffness, back ache, pains, and arthritis. It also reduces swelling and bruises. It was used as protection for children who wore it while walking alone so not to be taken away by faeries.


This flower of love as it represents pure virgin love of the young. It has been used by the Greeks and Romans to make love strong if drunken together by lovers as a tea.  It is also used for beauty to keep the skin youthful and fresh. It has a sweet smell and uplifts ay feelings of unhappiness in the heart. Some have used it for babies and are put underneath their mattresses to keep them happy


Its scent is linked with love, and it can help heal a broken heart if used as an incense or tea. It is used to cure dizziness, and is known as a powerful charm against evil. It can be conducive to meditation especially if focused on purity or love. It was used to treat skin cancers and gypsies currently use it to rid the body of tumors and other purifications.


This Daffodil flower was known to be symbolic of new beginnings and is great for starting new projects or starting a new direction if burning it as incense. It is also capable of numbing pain, and is known to cause lethargy. It is strong enough to induce headaches if the scent of its flowers overcomes a small space. It can be used as an aphrodisiac as well.

The Orange Tree Blossom

Its scent been known to be able to create a meditative state and empty mind as it is symbolic of spiritual innocence and freshness. It is good for indigestion, insomnia, and also making the body relaxed. It is thought to bestow fertility and good fortune.

D. Plants You Should Definitely Eat

Kales: This plant grows in the snow and the heat! It is known to get sweeter when it frosts. Vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, B3 or niacin, Vitamin A, K, E. Minerals are Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Mangenese, Selenium, Calcium, Folate.

Musk Melon: Is drought resistant and can survive in intense heat with little water. Has a lot of vitamin A 100+%, Vitamin C 100+%, Vitamin B, Folica acid, Protein, Potassium. Has a sweet flavor and is a great bulk diet with lots of fiber.

Winter Melon: Very nutritious and grows during the winter season, great for switching out plants out of season. Has protein and a lot of Vitamin C, vitamins A and B and a great bulk item for the diet. They can measure 15 inches in diameter and can weigh in excess of thirty pounds at maturity. They can also keep in a cool place for months. A lot of options when cooking, can be steamed, simmered, braised or parboiled and added to stir-fries or in soups. this rather mild and bland melon with strong spices and herbs. Tastes better if you season.

Silverbeet or Swiss Chard: This plant is capable of growing even in the snow or hot heat. It has high fiber, Vitamins; C, E, A, B6, B1 or thiamine, Potassium, Riboflavin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Manganese, Folate, and Zinc.

Winter Squash (i.e. Butternut Squash): Grows in the winter time. 450+% Vitamin A, a lot of Vitamin C, Iron, calcium, potassium and protein and beta carotene (found in carrots). Bulk item.

Alfalfa Sprouts: Have Vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, B3 or niacin, Vitamin A, K, E. Minerals are Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Mangenese, Selenium, Calcium.

Spinach: A rich source of protein, minerals, vitamins, pigments and phytonutrients. Health benefits of spinach are due to presence of vitamins, pigments, phytonutrients and minerals like potassium, manganese, zinc, magnesium, iron and calcium. Spinach is a source of vitamins like folate, niacin, vitamin A, B6, C and traces of the rest of the vitamins. Other important elements, including thiamine and riboflavin, that are used in various reactions in our body are also found in spinach. Spinach is rich in pigments like beta carotene, lutein and xanthene and chlorophyllin etc.

Yellow Crookneck Squash: A lot of protein, vitamin A, C, Calcium, and Iron, Riboflavin, Niacin. Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, manganese, Selenium.

Micro greens: High levels of Vitamin C, B9,K and Vitamin A, and many other nutrients.

Green Peas: Vitamin A, Vitamin c, Iron, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Manganese, phosphorus, but has sugar.

Leeks: Have Vitamin A, vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, B6, Magnesium, Vitamin K, dietary fiber. Have many other things such phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper selenium, niacin.

Lentils: have a lot of protein, calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B9, Iron, but also has zinc. Copper, Magnesium, Selenium .

E. Alternative Plants:


Neem has been used for treating all sorts of skin problems for centuries. It contains Nimbidol and Gedunin, which have excellent fungicidal properties. The herb proves extremely effective in the treatment of skin disorders, such as warts, scabies, psoriasis, eczema, and dandruff. Neem: Neem has been used for treating all sorts of skin problems for centuries. It contains Nimbidol and Gedunin, which have excellent fungicidal properties. The herb proves extremely effective in the treatment of skin disorders, such as warts, scabies, psoriasis, eczema, and dandruff.


Other people make a tea using the leaves of this plant. The fruit can be used in recipes as a reputed remedy against tuberculosis, arthritis, cancer, rheumatism and the changes of old age. The leaves and bark of the stem can be pounded and strained, resulting in a liquid drunk as a tonic or for urinary disorders, muscle and joint pain. The juice of the fruit is applied to the hair to rid it of head lice.


Perhaps the most potent of the three calming herbs, kava is a central nervous system depressant famous for its sedative effects in the limbic (emotion) system. Used for centuries throughout Asia and the western Pacific, kava and kava extracts have been scientifically proven to reduce short-term anxiety and tensions related to stress when taken occasionally. Due to its potency as a numbing agent and sedative, high dosages over prolonged periods can cause irritation in the liver and can be generally detrimental to health. Traditional Chinese medicine typically associates the root of the kava plant for safe consumption in small quantities—chewing on the root, for instance, is a common method of relieving tongue and throat pain, as it releases a number of numbing agents. For individuals requiring a quick calming effect, take a dropper of kava tincture up to three times a day, up to three days a week, until the symptoms of stress have been eliminated.

Black cumin

Iis a generalist medicinal plant used for diverse ailments such as cough, pulmonary infections, asthma, influenza, allergy, hypertension and stomach ache. The seeds are considered carminative, stimulant, diuretic and galactogogue. It is often taken with honey. Seed powder or oil is externally applied for eruptions of skin


Comfrey contains allantoin used in ointments for psoriasis and other skin problems. It has been known since Greek and Roman antiquity and used primarily externally as a poultice for surface wounds and to form a cast to hold broken bones immobile while they knit. Comfrey is a corruption of the Latin “con firma” implying that the bone is “made firm”. Comfrey is also highly nutritious — being one of the best sources of minerals, especially calcium and magnesium, on the planet.

Lowbush blueberry

The Chippewa Indians used the flowers to treat psychosis. The fruit contains anthocyanosides. These chemical compounds are very powerful antioxidants that are very effective in the prevention of heart disease and cancer.

Hen-and-chicks or Houseleek

The Latin botanical name has an historical reference. Charlemagne (742-814 A.D.) recommended that his subjects plant these hardy prolific plants on the roof of their houses to ward off lightening and fire. The leaves contain tannins and mucilage that are soothing to skin. It is used in the treatment of burns, skin wounds and infections.

Wild Strawberry

America Indians and Europeans found multiple medicinal uses for this plant. The leaves are mildly astringent so that they can be used as a gargle to treat sore throats. The leaves as well as the fruit contain a diuretic.

Wild Indigo

Preparations made from the roots and leaves were used by North American Indians (Mohicans and Penobscots) in poltices to treat bruises, snake bites and superficial lacerations. Such preparations have effective antiseptic properties.

Butterfly Weed or Pleurisy Root

This plant is native to North America. Omaha Indians ate the raw root to treat bronchitis and taught the pioneers to do the same. It is an expectorant; it promotes coughing that raises phlegm. It also contains cardiac glycosides and an estrogen-like substance.


Preparations made from the roots or leaves are used to treat edema, indigestion and to prevent the formation of kidney stones.

Common Mallow

Pliny II, 1st Century A.D. wrote that tea made from the seeds and mixed with wine relieved nausea. In 16th century Italy, it was considered a cure-all. American Indians made poultices from the plant and applied them to sores, insect stings and swollen limbs to relieve pain. Taken internally, it may be useful in treating digestive and urinary tract infections because it contains a large amount of mucilage.

Wrinkled Rose

This plant is indigenous to Asia; it gets its common English name, the wrinkled rose, from the appearance of its leaves. It has naturalized itself in the sand dunes of the New England seacoast. In China, the flowers are used to make tea to improve the circulation and to “soothe a restless fetus”. Tea and Jelly made from the rose hips are a very rich source of Vitamin C. The rose hips of this plant have the highest natural concentration of Vitamin C of any other natural source of Vitamin C, including all of the citrus fruits. For the sufferer of scurvy, the Rosa rugosa is a medicinal plant; for the rest of us, it is a nutritional plant.


American Indians used root tea to treat parasitic infestations such as pinworm. They used it externally to treat snake bits, superficial wounds and earaches.

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Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants Face Extinction

93 Percent of Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants Are Now Facing Extinction

Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants20th July 2014

By April McCarthy

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Ninety three percent of wild medicinal plants used for making ayurvedic medicines are endangered and efforts are being made to relocate them from their usual habitat to protect them. The threat to the plants came to the fore in an assessment exercise in different states carried out by the Botanical Survey of India.

Researchers have recently found that extinction rates are currently 1000 times higher than normal due to deforestation, changes in climate, and the depletion of ocean fisheries.

The assessments were done for a total of 359 prioritized wild medicinal plant species. Out of this, 335 have been assigned Red List status ranging from critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable to near-threatened.

In addition, a total of 15 such species recorded in trade have been found threatened, officials in the health ministry’s Ayush department said.

Some of the rare plants reported to be threatened, have been relocated during the last decade, including Utleria Salicifolia and Hydnocarpus Pentandra in Western Ghats, Gymnocladus Assamicus and Begonia Tessaricarpa from Arunachal Pradesh and Agapetes Smithiana in Sikkim.

The assessments have involved conducting Conservation Assessment and Management Prioritisation using International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List Categories.

The IUCN Global Species Programme working with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) has been assessing the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties, and even selected subpopulations on a global scale for the past 50 years in order to highlight taxa threatened with extinction, and thereby promote their conservation.

The officials said the medicinal plant resources are threatened by over exploitation to meet the demand of herbal industries.

As per the information received from the Ministry of Environment and Forests in India, about 95 percent of such plants are harvested from the wild, primarily from forests.

The National Medicinal Plants Board constituted in November 2000, has been implementing a Central sector scheme for development and cultivation of medicinal plants since 2000-01.

This scheme was revised and renamed as “Central Sector Scheme for Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants” during 2008-09.

States forest departments have been given assistance for protection and propagation of such endangered species, especially used by the herbal industries.

Projects for setting up of 29 Medicinal Plants Conservation Areas (MPCAs) have also been implemented in the states covering mainly the medicinal plants viz Asoka, Guggal and Dashmool varieties.

In addition, a new “Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Mission on Medicinal Plants” with a large outlay has been implemented since 2008-09 by National Medicinal Plants Board. A total of 24 states have been covered under the scheme.

The IUCN Global Species Programme maintains the information behind The IUCN Red List in a centralized database as part of the Species Information Service (SIS).


Natural Immunity Remedies

Naturopathic Protocol for Immune System Health and Health Maintenance

By John Strangis

have compiled this list of items which could be beneficial towards your health. If you are feeling sick, try this naturopathic protocol. If you are not sick, it is still a great idea to include all or at least some of the items below for general health maintenance purposes.

Don’t forget, moderate exercise, both aerobic and anaerobic, is great to practice while following a natural approach for your heath.

1. Garlic – The health benefits of garlic are well known. It possesses antiviral, antibacterial, anti cancer and immune boosting properties. If you are sick, consume raw garlic, it can be mixed in salads or salsas if you feel uncomfortable eating it raw. Consume at least 3-4 cloves with every meal. If you cannot stomach it, cut the garlic into pieces and take with a glass of water just as if you were taking a pill.

2. Kale – Extremely nutritious cruciferous vegetable, good to give your body all it needs to fight infection and more. The easiest and most tastiest way to eat kale would be to make some kale chips. Remove middle stems from the kale and cut the leaves into pieces coat with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and black pepper to taste, then spread on a cooking tray and place in an oven preheated at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes until crisp.

3. Olive leaf – Taking olive leaf extract which you can buy at most health stores is excellent. Olive leaf contains natural antioxidants, it is a potent full spectrum antibiotic and antiviral (it contains a natural reverse transcriptase inhibitor). It naturally strengthens the immune system. If you have access to an olive tree, cut off a few branches, dry the leaves and make a tea with them. Bring water to a boil, turn the heat off and add 1 tbsp of crumbled dry olive leaves. Let steep for 15 minutes, add honey or any other natural sweetener to taste. Drink 3 to 4 cups a day for optimum immune system strengthening.

Feeling sick? Try my cinnamon and honey olive leaf tea.

Olive leaf boosts the immune system, is a full spectrum antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal. High in antioxidants and great for cardiovascular health. It even protects you from radiation!

The combination of honey and cinnamon has been used for centuries in both traditional Chinese and Ayurveda, a system of healing founded 5000 years ago in India. The two ingredients with unique healing abilities have a long history as a home remedy. Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to mankind and honey’s popularity has continued throughout history. Cinnamon’s essential oils and honey’s enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide qualify the two “anti-microbial” foods with the ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi. Both are used not just as a beverage flavoring and medicine, but also as an embalming agent and are used as alternatives to traditional food preservatives due to their effective antimicrobial properties.

For one cup of tea you will need:

1 cup fluoride free filtered water
1 tbsp dried and crushed olive leaves
2 tbsp organic honey
1 tsp organic cinnamon

Bring the water to a boil, add the olive leaves and steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain the leaves from the liquid and add to a cup. Add the honey and cinnamon, stir until the honey has dissolved.

Drink 3 – 4 cups a day for optimal results.

4. Shiitake mushrooms – Contains a natural protease inhibitor, boosts the immune system and is a full spectrum antibiotic. Contains anticancer properties. Add a few into your food.

5. Maitake mushrooms – Great for immune strength, add them into your food just as you would do shiitake mushrooms.

6. Ginger – powerful anti-inflammatory and great for the immune system. Works as a great anti-emetic if you are suffering from nausea or vomiting. Very versatile root and tasty to add into many dishes.

7. Miso – Make some miso soup, very easy to make and full of healthy benefits. Miso is a fermented food and as such, strengthens the immune system by replenishing the supply of beneficial bacteria within your intestinal flora. Strengthens the quality of blood and lymph fluid. Aids in the digestion and assimilation of other foods in the intestines. Contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Full of good antioxidants and even protects you from radiation damage.

Fermented foods such as miso, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut etc and probiotics are essential in restoring or maintaining a healthy gut flora. Include in your diet the fermented or probiotic foods of your choice.

8. Water – This is obvious. Drink plenty of fluids when sick to replenish the fluids your body is losing while fighting infection…water people, not soda.

9. Rest – Good sleep is part of the healing process, try to get the most rest as possible when sick.

10. Cannabis (please be aware of the cannabis laws in your state or country to make sure you are not breaking the law while using this medicine) – The ultimate healing plant. Cannabis can be smoked, consumed in edibles or as a juice. Better yet, if you have the possibility of making some cannabis oil (also known as Rick Simpson Oil, make it and use it according to the guidelines specified by Rick Simpson. For more information, visit Rick Simpson’s page on facebook at or visit

11. Coconut oil – The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, immune deficiency and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties.

12. Omega 3 fatty acids – Get your daily supply of essential fatty acids which are a very powerful antioxidant from krill oil, fish oil or better yet, hemp seed or flax oil.

13. N-Acetyl Cysteine – A precursor for glutathione, the master antioxidant. A very powerful immune system booster and responsible for detoxification and regulation of many important systems within the body.

14. Echinacea – This wonderful flower possesses powerful immune system strengthening properties and many other medicinal benefits. It has also been proven effective against radiation. This herb also provides anti-candida benefits. It supports your immune system in the fight against candida as well as other infections. Purchase it in supplement or tea form, or grow your own and make the medicine yourself.

15. Lysine – An essential amino acid. L-Lysine is a necessary building block for all protein in the body. L-Lysine plays a major role in calcium absorption; building muscle protein; recovering from surgery or sports injuries; and the body’s production of hormones, enzymes, and antibodies. Purchase L-Lysine supplements or choose to include the following foods into your diet.

Catfish, channel, farmed, raw: 9.19% of the protein is lysine.
Chicken, roasting, meat and skin, cooked, roasted: 8.11% of the protein is lysine.

Beef, ground, 90% lean/10% fat, cooked: 8.31% of the protein is lysine.

Winged Bean (aka Goa Bean or Asparagus Pea), mature seeds, raw: 7.20% of the protein is lysine.

Lentil, pink, raw: 6.97% of the protein is lysine.

Lentil, sprouts, raw: 7.95% of the protein is lysine (sprouting increases the lysine content).

Parmesan cheese, grated: 7.75% of the protein is lysine.

Azuki bean (adzuki beans), mature seeds, raw: 7.53% of the protein is lysine.

Milk, non-fat: 7.48% of the protein is lysine.

Egg (food), whole, raw: 7.27% of the protein is lysine.

Pea, split, mature seeds, raw: 7.22% of the protein is lysine.

Kidney Bean, mature seeds, raw: 6.87% of the protein is lysine.

Chickpea, (garbanzo beans, Bengal gram), mature seeds, raw: 6.69% of the protein is lysine.

Navy Bean, mature seeds, raw: 5.73% of the protein is lysine.

Amaranth, grain, uncooked: 5.17% of the protein is lysine.

Quinoa: 5% of the protein is lysine.

16. Umlingo WamaNgcolosi Juice – Umlingo WamaNgcolosi can be used when suffering from any (chronic) disease as it detoxifies the body and restores the biochemistry. Testimonials exist from people who have used this juice to treat or cure themselves of many conditions. Below is the recipe to make Umlingo for 1 day.

Read the testimonials from people who have used this juice

1. Soak 3 average sized non GE/GMO lemons for about 10 minutes in water with some vinegar or plenty of sea salt added. Then scrub each lemon to rid it of whatever the growers have sprayed on it.

2. Cut the lemons with skin and seeds in pieces and put them in a high powered blender.

3. Add 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

4. Add 3 tablespoons of non GE/GMO garlic

5. Add 3 tablespoons of non GE/GMO ginger (double this amount for people with lung problems / asthma)

6. Add 1 teaspoons of cold pressed hemp seed oil (double for epilepsy & nervous diseases)

7. Add 1 teaspoons of cold pressed flax seed oil

8. Add 1 teaspoons of turmeric powder

9. Add 3 tablespoons of aloe vera extract

10. Add 3 tablespoons of a natural multivitamin/ multi mineral supplement

11. Add ¼ teaspoon of stevia powder.

12. Add 3 cups of ozone enriched filtered water or fresh water if ozone enriched is not available.

13. Blend for 3-4 minutes or until smooth

14. Drink 1/3 in the morning, 1/3 after lunch and 1/3 in the evening.

Repeat this for 6 to 24 weeks non stop, depending on when you feel that you have fully recovered. Then you can maintain your health by eating organic and wholesome. You can also use this juice for maintenance by having one bottle twice a month. A high powered blender must be used in order to achieve a smooth consistency.

17. Milk Thistle – Milk thistle has been reported to have protective effects on the liver and to greatly improve its function. It is typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), toxin-induced liver damage including the prevention of severe liver damage from Amanita phalloides (‘death cap’ mushroom poisoning), and gallbladder disorders. Along with milk thistle you may also consider dandelion root and artichoke, they also possess great liver detoxing and repairing properties.

18. Ozone – Ozone or O3 is a highly charged oxygen molecule with increased oxygenating properties. It is often administered intravenously, or by injection, though it can be vaporized and inhaled or taken in through anal and vaginal openings. There is some use of ozone by U.S. dentists and medical doctors to prevent infections during surgical procedures, but the FDA taboo for curing with ozone remains.

Active Oxygen’s therapeutic remedial uses are extensive and growing daily. All bacterial, viral and fungal infections are eliminated by Active Oxygen therapy. Heart disease, angina, arteriosclerosis, gangrene, senile dementia, ulcers, varicose veins, arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, diabetes, all forms of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, immune deficiency, allergies and asthma are just a few of the conditions that are regularly treated with Active Oxygen.

Active Oxygen allegedly reverses AIDS-related opportunist infections including pulmonary infections such as pneumocytis carinii pneumonia, pulmonary toxoplasmosis, bronchopulmonary candidiasis, pulmonary cryptococcosis, pulmonary and disseminated histoplasmosis, mycobacterium avium complex, cytomegaloviru and herpes simplex, pneumonia, tuberculosis, nocardiosis, pyogenic bacterial pneumonia, and lymphoid interstitial pneumonia.

You may purchase ozone generators for your drinking water and for the air in your home or car as well! Purchase one today and start ozonating! Ozonated water has a wonderful side effect associated with it: it speeds the ripening of vegetables and improves shelf life!

19. Naringenin – Naringenin is a flavanone, a type of flavonoid, that is considered to have a bioactive effect on human health as antioxidant, free radical scavenger, anti-inflammatory, carbohydrate metabolism promoter, and immune system modulator. It is the predominant flavanone in grapefruit. Narigenin has been helpful to some people with hepatitis c.

Biological effects
This substance has also been shown to reduce oxidative damage to DNA in vitro. Scientists exposed cells to 80 micromoles of naringenin per liter, for 24 hours, and found that the amount of hydroxyl damage to the DNA was reduced by 24% in that very short period of time.

Naringenin found in grapefruit juice has been shown to have an inhibitory effect on the human cytochrome P450 isoform CYP1A2, which can change pharmacokinetics in a human (or orthologous) host of several popular drugs in an adverse manner, even resulting in carcinogens of otherwise harmless substances.

Naringenin has also been shown to reduce hepatitis C virus production by infected hepatocytes (liver cells) in cell culture. This seem to be secondary to Naringenin ability to inhibit the secretion of very-low-density lipoprotein by the cells. The antiviral effects of naringenin are currently under clinical investigation.

Naringenin seems to protect LDLR-deficient mice from the obesity effects of a high-fat diet.

Naringenin lowers the plasma and hepatic cholesterol concentrations by suppressing HMG-CoA reductase and ACAT in rats fed a high-cholesterol diet.

Sources and bioavailability
It can be found in grapefruits, oranges and tomatoes (skin).
This bioflavonoid is difficult to absorb on oral ingestion. In the best-case scenario, only 15% of ingested naringenin will get absorbed in the human gastrointestinal tract. A full glass of orange juice will supply about enough naringenin to achieve a blood plasma concentration of about 0.5 micromoles per liter.
The naringenin-7-glucoside form seems less bioavailable than the aglycol form.

Grapefruit juice can provide much higher plasma concentrations of naringenin than orange juice.
Also found in grapefruit is the related compound Kaempferol, which has a hydroxyl group next to the ketone group.
Naringenin can be absorbed from cooked tomato paste.

Use naringenin in suppliment form or eat foods which can provide your body with it.

20. Oregano oil – A powerful natural antimicrobial agent. The oil of the wild oregano plant has been shown to kill unwanted bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses. It’s a powerful antihistamine. New research is finding that oil of oregano is as effective against colitis as prescription drugs without the harmful side effects. It is also able to regenerate liver cells.

Here are 36 natural substances which have been studied to help to support our body’s immune system to heal itself.

Manuka honey fights serious infection caused by MRSA

The inhalation of tea catechin appears to suppress MRSA infection in the elderly.

Tea tree topical preparations are superior to standard topical regimen for the clearance ofMRSA colonization.

Garlic and tea have antibacterial activity against Klebsiella, as well as drug resistant strains ofSaphylococci, Enterococci and Psedomonas aeruginosa.

Water extract of garlic has antimicrobical activity against multidrug-resistant bacteria and Candida species, and many other microbials.

The compound found within garlic known as allicin has antibacterial activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Probiotic therapy has therapeutic value in treating Klebsiella infection in children.

Susceptibility to ear disease in children may be a result of deficiencies of zinc and vitamin A.

Topical nanocrystalline silver dressing may provide an alternative treatment for MRSAinfected wounds to oral antimicrobials.

Cranberry may reduce the risk of urinary tract infections by inhibiting biofilms in the bladder.

Probiotic strains from breast milk are superior to antibiotics in the treatment of infectiousmastitis.

Honey may have a therapeutic role in treating refractory chronic rhinosinusitus.

Honeydew and manuka honey has strong antimicrobial activity against multi-drug resistant pathogens.

Cinnamon verum bark has the highest antimicrobial activity, particularly against antibiotic resistant strains, of 13 essential oils tested.

A number of plant oil extracts inhibit multi-resistant strains of bacteria and yeast.

Clove, guava and lemongrass exhibit the highest synergism rate with antimicrobial drugs.

Thyme and Eucalyptus oil have antibacterial activity against MRSA isolates.

Compounds isolated from Bay leaf have anti-MRSA activity.
The essential oil of dill and peppermint enhances the antimicrobial activity of nitrofurantoin against enterobacteria.

Grape seed extract has bactericidal effects on MRSA.

A combination of Citricidal (grapefruit seed extract) and geranium oil showed the greatest anti-bacterial effects against MRSA.

Rosemary has activity against drug-resistant bacterial and fungal pathogens.

Propolis exhibits antimicrobial effects on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus strains resistant to various antibiotics and some microorganisms.

Cumin essential oil exhibits anti-Klebsiella activity.

Green tea exhibits anti-MRSA activity.

Mango seed kernel extract may potentially be useful as an alternative therapeutic agent or an adjunctive therapy along with penicillin G in the treatment of MRSA infections.

Wormwood, tarragon and eucalyptus contain the compound pipertone which reduces antibiotic resistance against Enterobacter cloacae.

Alpinia galanga contains a compound with activity against multi-drug resistant bacteria.

Elecampane (Inula helenium) has potent antisaphylococcal activity, including against MRSA.

Lavender oil has antimicrobial activity against methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG inhibits invasion of cultured human respiratory cells bymacrolide-resistant group A streptococci.

Lime has potent antibacterial activity against multiple drug resistant E. coli.

Nigella sativa has anti-bacterial activity against clinical isolates of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Nutmeg contains a compound with potent anti-biofilm activity against oral bacteria.

Olive leaf extract demonstrates antimicrobial activity against Campylobacter jejuni, Helicobacter pylori and Staphylococcus aureus [including meticillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA)].

Cinnamon and Oregano, containing cinnamaldehyde and carvacrol, respectively, exhibitpowerful antimicrobial activity against antibiotic-resistant strains of Campylobacter jejuni isolates.

John Strangis