October 14th, 2014Oats: Avena sativa

Jo Francks, M.H.

 

Oats; we often overlook this common food as an effective medicine. Oats are a good source of magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and are also high in silica.

Different parts of the plant are used at different stages of growth. Oat straw is used for its high amounts of calcium and silica. This is used in Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Calcium formula.

The green tops can also be used as a tonic for the nervous system. A tincture or a tea of the green oats is recommended for nervous strain. They have been used for heart trouble and depression. It is also taken as an antidote for drug addiction and alcoholism.

Oats are exceptional for skin care. Used in the bath they help with itchy skin and help to soften and sooth the skin. Use 1 cup blended dry oatmeal in a tub of water. Another way to use it in the tub is to make a gallon of tea from the oat straw and add that to the tub. Blended oatmeal is also used as a scrub. Mix 1/2 cup blended oatmeal with 1/4 cup shavings of natural soap and 1/2 cup ground apricot pits or almonds. Put 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a reusable muslin tea bag. Get the bag wet and use as a facial scrub or a body scrub. Hang to dry and reuse 3 or 4 times.

In his book Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss referred to oatmeal as “one of the finest foods we have to prevent disease” and that it is “the ideal basic food for children during the winter months to prevent infection from all zymotic diseases.” Oats are also especially helpful when recovering from an illness.

Whether it is being used for food or medicinal purposes, oats provide many qualities worth looking in to. Try using oat straw tea to calm your nerves or have a nice warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold morning to get your day started. Or for a raw breakfast soak some oat groats in distilled water overnight, strain and blend with fresh berries and a sweetener of your choice and enjoy.

 

Jo Francks is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She is also a Holistic Iridologist and Quantum Touch practitioner. 


October 14th, 2014Giving Your Skin Breath…

Tonya Judd M.H.

Our skin is our largest organ and is often referred to as our 3rd kidney. Our skin receives 1/3 of the blood circulated in the body and 25% of the bodies toxins are released through our skin each day. That’s 1/4 of the body’s detoxification that occurs through the skin!  Adults eliminate over 1 pound of waste acids each day through sweat glands, yet the skin is the last organ we think of giving nutrients to and is the first to show signs of imbalance. Some signs of imbalance in the skin include: acne, cracked skin, dry skin, cellulite, brown spots, etc. Our skin needs to breathe and it needs nutrients. If our skin is clogged with dead skin cells, the elimination that should occur there is forced upon the kidneys and liver.

There is an easy yet amazing measure you can take to help your skin breathe, it is dry skin brushing. The benefits of dry skin brushing are numerous and essential for beautiful glowing skin. Dry skin brushing helps the skin to breathe by removing dead skin cells and opening clogged pores.

 

Dry skin brushing is best done once a day in the morning before showering. There is an order and direction in which you should brush. Please watch these videos for detailed instruction;

(for your body)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZfMhXsjXeQ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QpQZyze3Yk

(for your face)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHCsmPzs4Ds  

This process should take approximately 10-15 minutes each morning. Also, use a good natural soap without chemicals and perfumes. If you find that you need to use a moisturizer try almond oil, coconut oil or other natural oil that will feed your skin and your body. Remember whatever you place on your skin is absorbed directly into the blood stream, so be wise in your choice of what you are “feeding” your skin and your body. Once you have been skin brushing for a few weeks you should start to notice the lessened need for moisturizers. You can get a brush almost anywhere just make sure it has natural fiber bristles.

Some of the amazing benefits you will see include:

-smooth glowing skin

-encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic waste so the body is able to run more effectively

-helps ingrown hairs

-moves lymph

-stimulates nerve endings

-stimulates hormone glands

-tones muscles

-tightens skin

-stimulates circulation

-reduces cellulite

-stimulates oil glands and helps the skin produce protective and moisturizing oils

-strengthens the immune system

-diminishes stretch marks considerably

-opens the pores and allows your body to easily release toxins through sweating

 

Tonya Judd is a Master Herbalist graduate of the School of Natural Healing and an Emotional Release Practitioner.


June 30th, 2014Melasma

Tara Pierce H.

 

Melasma is a skin condition of hyperpigmentation. It is most commonly found in women, in fact 90% of cases belong to us hormone laden females. It is usually associated with estrogen and progesterone levels and can become more severe as these hormones rise and fall in excess, such as during pregnancy (Chloasma; mask of pregnancy), while taking birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapy during menopause or following a hysterectomy. Other less common causes are cosmetics, especially those with perfumes, stress, adrenal disorders, and some medications including some antibiotics, antiarrhythmics, and antimalarial drugs. Sun exposure will cause the patches to become darker making them much more noticeable during summer months and seem to fade in the winter months.

Medical treatments include Hydroquinone, Tretinoin, corticosteroids, azelaic acid or kojic acid to lighten the skin, usually found in cream, lotion, gel or liquid form. If the problem is severe and the creams do not give the desired result doctors may recommend a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or dermabrasion. Of course these treatments can have serious side effects causing even more health problems in the long run. Hydroquinone alone has been linked to leukemia, thyroid problems and liver damage.

To treat this condition naturally I would recommend using Dr. Christopher’s Lower Bowel and Liver and Gallbladder formulas to support the liver in processing and eliminating excess estrogen in the body. To help in the removal of excess estrogen I would consume 1-3 Tbls of fresh ground flax and sunflower seeds daily, along with Dr. Christopher’s Hormonal Changese Formula to give the body what it needs to produce the correct levels of needed hormones. The seeds can be added to smoothies, raw cookies, granola bars or sprinkled over your whole grain cereal and salads. If you suspect struggling adrenals, I would also add Dr. Christopher’s Adrenal Formula and a good quality vitamin B supplement.

Externally, I have found that daily, gentle, exfoliation as well as a mask made from organic plain yogurt with fresh lime or lemon juice will lighten the patches effectively. Apply the mask 3-4 times per week for 20-30 minutes. Additionally I would watch your sun exposure. Avoid the hours between 10 and 2 when the sun’s rays are the harshest, and if you know you are going to be spending a lot of time in the sun this summer, a good natural sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat are essential.

 

Tara Pierce is a Master Herbalist student at The School of Natural Healing.


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August 10th, 2011The Grey Area

Jo Francks M.H.

There are many herbs that have been used as hair rinses.  I think the herbal rinse people have been most interested in (from the classes I have taught), is the one to cover/get rid of gray hair. Dr. Christopher promised that if you rinse your hair with yarrow tea two or three times a week, within a year you would have your natural hair color back. That’s quite a promise, so I decided to put it to the test.

In February I started using yarrow tea to rinse my hair.  I make a quart of the tea by boiling a quart of distilled water and adding 2 handfuls of dried yarrow leaf then cover and let it steep for 30 minutes.  The tea is stored in a quart jar in the fridge and will keep for about a week.  It takes about a half cup of tea to rinse the hair after it has been washed and the tea is not rinsed out.  A plastic bottle with a squirt lid works well for applying the tea.  Squirt it on the head and massage it in to the scalp.  I have been using it every day and so far I can tell that I have less gray hair now than I did when I started. The progress has been slow, but it’s the comments from other people that are the biggest clue that it is working.  I see my hair every day and so does my family so the change is not as obvious to us.  Some of the comments I have heard are “Your hair is getting darker,” and “You’re looking younger and younger all the time.”  The best one was when the hair dresser was cutting my hair and said, “Jo you’re really lucky that you don’t have much gray in your hair.”  This is enough incentive to keep it up and I even have my husband using it.  I’ve also noticed that I’m not losing as much hair.

Not only do herbal teas help to get rid of gray hair, they can also be used to bring out natural highlights:

  • Chamomile - used to bring out the highlights of blond hair.
  • Sage - used for darker shades and henna for auburn hair.
  • Rosemary - good for dark hair and it stimulates the roots to prevent hair falling out and to stimulate new growth/also used to prevent dandruff.
  • Nettle - also excellent hair tonic and will bring back the natural color of the hair.

“Use as the last rinse when shampooing.  Make a cup of the tea by steeping a teaspoonful in a cup of boiling water for thirty minutes.  Dip the fingers in and thoroughly massage the scalp.  This will cure dandruff.  It is well to boil the leaves in vinegar for this purpose.” (Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss, Pg 161).


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