-Tara Pierce H

Irish Moss is not actually a moss but a seaweed, strongly alkaline and rich in iodine, calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium. It is a highly nutritious plant which feeds the bones, brain, liver, flesh and lymphatic system. It contains a large amount of mucilage and sulfur compounds making it a great aid in the treatment  of chronic bronchial and intestinal problems. It is soothing in cases of arthritis, irritation of the bladder and kidneys, as well as chronic diarrhea and dysentery. In cases of dropsy it aids in the removal of excess fluid in the tissues and is used for colds as well as relief of dry coughs. Poultices of the moss have been successfully used on abscesses, burns and bruises.

Traditionally it was gathered for both food and medicine. It is still commonly used in cooking and food preparation as thickening and stabilizing agents. You will find it added to dairy products such as ice cream, yogurt and pudding as well as nut and rice milks and as a flavoring agent and clarifier in the brewing of beer. The herb is used as a suspension agent in toothpastes and is used commercially in hand lotions and various creams.


Although carrageenans (molecules extracted from the moss) were introduced on an industrial scale in the 1930’s, they were first used in China around 600 B.C. and in Ireland around 400 A.D. Known in Ireland as Carrageen Moss, it is commonly boiled in milk and strained, before sugar and other flavorings such as vanilla, cinnamon, brandy, or whisky are added. The end-product is a kind of jelly similar to pannacotta, tapioca, or blancmange.


Dr. Christopher included Irish moss in the Thyroid Maintenance Formula due to the organic iodine which is an excellent part of nourishing the thyroid gland. Together with kelp, watercress, mullein, parsley, nettle, marshmallow and sheep sorrel, this combination helps to support a healthy metabolism. Used as a tonic this formula will ease fatigue, muscle weakness, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, and irregular menstrual periods.

Tara Pierce is a Certified Herbalist and Master Herbalist Student at The School of Natural Healing.

November 11th, 2013Pumpkin Panacea

David Christopher M.H.

When Europeans discovered America they found a plethora of new flora. We have mentioned the importance of the discovery of the capsicum family in previous issues, and everyone knows about the discovery of corn and how it has benefited mankind. Another great find was the discovery of the family of squash. Pumpkin is a Native American squash that is so popular that it is now grown on all continents except Antarctica. Many consider it as a super food withwonderful medicinal qualities. Just one cup supplies 245% of the daily required value for Vitamin A. It also contains good amounts of the B complex, Vitamin C, K, and with the seeds it contains the full spectrum of vitamin E (alpha, delta and gama-Tocopherols plus the newly discovered Tocomonoenols). It is also a good source of Copper (14%), Iron (10%), and contains Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Selenium and Zinc. The seeds also contain Zinc at the rate of 10 mg. per 3.5 oz. Just the color of pumpkins would indicate a high Carotene content, having both Carotene A (amounting to 515 mcg.) and Carotene B (3100 mcg.) Other phyto-nutrients include Crypto-xanthin B (2145 mcg.) and Lutein-zeaxanthin (1500mcg.) All excellent for good eyesight, a healthy heart and wrinkle free skin.

Pumpkins are high in nutrients and also high in fiber but low in calories, making them a good food for weight loss. While losing weight with pumpkin one might also notice a reduction in hay fever symptoms, migraines and earaches. The cold mashed up pulp has been used to counter burns and the leaves have been used to reduce the swelling in sprains, lower fevers, cure diarrhea, and ward off cancer.

The seeds are remarkable. The consumption of the seeds reduces prostate enlargement and reduces the possibility of prostate cancer. The seeds have been used for kidney problems, including kidney stones, for gout, edema and even getting rid of tape worms. Another miracle: the seed oil reduces symptoms of female hormone insufficiency.
We would all benefit by eating more of this wonderful squash. Pumpkins aren’t just for carving and smashing.

David Christopher is a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. He also co-hosts the popular radio show “A Healthier You” and is a popular international teacher and lecturer.  

November 11th, 2013Vitalerbs

Mishelle Knuteson MH

I was recently talking with a friend and she was telling me that she was taking iodine tablets and liking the results that she was receiving from them. My concern for her was that these tablets are chemically based and I didn’t want her to suffer any side effects that may result.  I was thinking up an herbal formula that may assist her naturally rather than chemically, when I was reminded of how complete and wonderful Dr. Christopher’s Vitalerbs formula is. It contains just the right blend of vitamins and minerals that are easy to assimilate.


Most whole foods contain a varied list of nutritional and medicinal properties. Listed are just a few benefits the herbs give to the Vitalerbs formula;


Alfalfa ~ a rich reservoir of nutrients and primarily works as a detoxifier of the blood and reducer of inflammation. High in beta-carotene, chlorophyllins, Vitamins A & C.

Dandelion ~ abundance of minerals, commonly used for the liver and as a diuretic because of its bitter properties. High in iron, manganese, phosphorus, and electrolytes sodium and potassium.

Kelp ~ works on the metabolic rate, thyroid activity and detoxifying the body. High in iodine, calcium, magnesium, niacin, potassium, selenium, sodium.

Purple Dulse ~ most mineral rich plant. Alkalizes and cools the blood to help reduce congestion. Contains iodine, amino acids, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, fluorine, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium.

Spirulina ~ also known as blue-green algae. It is a concentrated food source that can act as an appetite suppressant. Good source of protein, manganese, riboflavin, thiamine, iron, chromium, magnesium, zinc.

Irish Moss ~ balances hormonal deficiency especially in the thyroid and metabolism. Very good for the digestive system and source for electrolytes. High in calcium, magnesium, sodium and iodine.

Rose hips ~ great source for bioflavonoids and vitamin C. Strengthens the circulatory system, capillaries and connective tissue. The astringent properties help to reduce inflamed tissue

Beet ~ perfect for cardiovascular health. Rich in Vitamin C, betaine, magnesium, iron, potassium.

Nutritional Yeast ~ complete protein and good source for complex B vitamins. Helps your body to convert food into energy.

Cayenne~ One of the best stimulants for all body systems. Increases blood circulation and perspiration, reduces blood pressure, increases production of digestive fluids and fights infection. High in Vitamin C , Vitamin A, B complex vitamins, flavonoid anti-oxidants.

Blue Violet ~ effective expectorant that works to clear the upper respiratory system, cleanses the blood and calms the nerves. Improves the body’s resistance to disease and infection. High in vitamin A and C.

Oat Straw ~ aids calcium absorption. Helps prevent osteoporosis and assists the urinary tract. Excellent source of the major mineral including magnesium and calcium.

Carrot ~ rich source of carotenes and vitamin A which is a powerful natural anti-oxident. Contains healthy levels of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.

Ginger ~ a very effective digestive stimulant. The phenolic oleo resins and volatile oils in this herb give it amazing antimicrobial properties.

Barley grass juice ~ High in chromium and thiamine which helps the process of metabolizing carbohydrates and produce glucose. High in potassium, the principal catalyst in intracellular fluids and digestive enzyme function.

Wheat grass juice ~ nutrient packed. Enhances the immune system destroys bacteria, and removes toxins. Contains protein forming amino acids that the body needs to digest food.


Vitalerbs are made from whole plants giving you all the healthful benefits without the side effects common with a chemically isolated supplement. They are a great addition to even the healthiest diet.


Mishelle Knuteson is certified in Rapid Eye Technology (RET) an emotional release therapy, teaches classes in The Art of Feminine Presence and a Master Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Mishelle currently works as an Educative Master Herbalist (MH) for The School of Natural Healing and as Office Manager of Christopher Publications.

September 30th, 2013Redmond Clay

Mishelle Knuteson M.H.

I so enjoy when I try an experiment and it works. Now I want to share the news with everyone. A couple of months ago my son had warts on his toes. He tried several of the herbal aids taught by Dr. Christopher in Herbal Home Health Care before he told me about it. We didn’t have any milkweed in the area because our snow had just melted off and he had tried garlic previously without good results. I had recently learned about Redmond Clay and thought we should give it a try.

I made a poultice with the clay by mixing about 2 tablespoons of clay with water and castor oil to the consistency of paste. I then added about 5 drops of frankincense essential oil. I placed this mixture on his warts and wrapped it with gauze to keep it from getting all over everything. When he showered we removed the gauze and let the paste wash away and then we immediately replaced the clay when he was out of the shower. Within the week we saw that the root of the wart was turning black and dying off. We were so amazed! We haven’t seen anything work so fast and so completely.

So what is Redmond Clay? Redmond Clay is from volcanic ash that fell into a prehistoric sea. One such deposit lies near Redmond Utah where it was discovered by farmers in the area, thus its name, Redmond Clay. Redmond Clay is unique because it is high in both calcium and sodium making the clay an unusual combination of both bentonite and montmorillonite clay.
The four key areas that give the clay the ability to influence health are adsorption, absorption, pH level and trace minerals.

Adsorption - Is the ability to help your body rid itself of toxins. Redmond Clay acts like a magnet and the toxins are like little pieces of metal. Once the toxins are attracted to the clay it is easy for the body to dispose of the “magnet” and “metal bits.”

Absorption - Unlike adsorption which functions like a magnet, absorption functions like a sponge, which is a slower and less selective process. This gives Redmond Clay a strong pulling capacity to draw infection and toxins out of the body when applied externally and a swelling capacity which helps bind more effectively to toxins internally.

pH - Redmond Clay is quite alkaline and has proven to help neutralize the body.

Minerals - There are more than 60 trace minerals found in the clay.


Typically, Redmond Clay is hydrated by using two parts water to one part clay. Once the clay is hydrated it will never dry out, separate or go bad if it is stored in an airtight container. Temperature extremes don’t affect the clay so it can be stored wherever it is convenient.

You may want to try an experiment with the clay. I was very happy with the results we had. The recipe below is for a cleanse that one of our master herbalist used with great results.


For more information on ways to use Redmond Clay visit their website at www.redmondclay.com


Mishelle Knuteson is certified in Rapid Eye Technology (RET) an emotional release therapy, teaches classes in The Art of Feminine Presence and a Master Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Mishelle currently works as an Educative Master Herbalist (MH) for The School of Natural Healing and as Office Manager of Christopher Publications.


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