Monday, August 31, 2009

Skin Cancer week 2

Week 2 of using Creosote Oil. Not much difference... however it may be changing shape.. and color. Not sure if it is actually changing but it looks as though it may be changing. We are going to keep on applying the Creosote Oil 3x a day for now and will keep you posted.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rosemary Gladstars Cleansing Grains

A beautiful recipe from an beautiful herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar.

white clay
poppy seeds
honey or water or both.

The girls and I are having a "spa day"... no date set yet but I got so excited about it that I already made a batch of this wonderful cleansing scrub!

Friday, August 28, 2009

herb experiment on skin cancer

Living and working under the Arizona (any)sun can wreak havoc to peoples skin. Arizona has a lot of it going around and my boyfriend is one of the ones to get it. about a year ago he had a good size chunk taken out of his arm and we have been watching these two areas on his face for a few months.

The cancer on his arm was red and flaky( not unlike the ones on his face), something that had been there awhile but was ignored until I found it and caused alarm. they cut it out, he has about an inch scar.. they had to cut pretty deep too.

This spots on his face are quite a bit smaller than the one that was on his arm and the dermatologist suggested a pharmaceutical cream to be applied to the two spots and for us to keep an eye on them, if they were to remain after the use of the cream then we were to return and they would be burnt off and then watched again.

The cream didn't do anything and my boyfriend has volunteered to do an herbal experiment and we thought that we would share it on my blog.

We tried a tincture of red clover in a cream and applied that for several weeks, it looked as though it may have reduced the redness in color but they still remain with hardly any change. That could be due to the inconsistency of the application...

We are now trying a creosote oil, not an essential oil but creosote that has been infused in olive oil. I will be helping remind him to apply this more consistently then he had been applying the red clover cream. We will keep you posted every other week or so.

wish us and the herbs luck!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Results to the hair and scalp oil

On the 21st I posted a nourishing hair and scalp oil recipe... I love it!
It worked wonderfully, It has been 7 days and my hair is still soft and shiny. I tried it on my daughter and she got the same results... I give it a BIG thumbs up!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

infused oils

I am sun infusing, straining and decanting herbal oils for salve making in an upcoming work shop that I am planning for in the near future.

I love the golden color of the calendula and jojoba oil!
It can be a fun but tedious process if you grind the herb down as finely as I do but in doing so, it produces a much stronger herbal oil due to the break down of the surface area in the herbs which will allow the extraction of its healing constituents to absorb into the oil at a higher level.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Nourish your scalp and hair

One of my favorite magazines is "natural health", I may not agree or like everything in the magazine but definitely find a lot of good information in there.
Today I am putting one to the test.
I have really thick hair.. I have dry scalp and a lot of damage from using dyes, bleaches and flat or curling irons. I saw this hair oil that is supposed to nourish your hair and just happened to have the ingredients in my kitchen so I am putting it to the test.
I took two tablespoons each of castor oil, organic coconut oil, organic jojoba oil and mixed well. I then drizzled it on to my entire scalp while massaging it in well. I worked it out to the ends of my hair and then placed a steamy hot towel over my head and wrapped that in a plastic shopping bag. I am a bit concerned about it all coming out in time for class tonight and would really dislike showing up with a head full of oil... none the less, I am pleased that it feels quite nice and will let you know how easy it was to remove and how different it made my hair.

The recipe is from the september 2009 issue of "Natural Health" magazine.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mercury mouth

I have hated the thought that I had all this mercury in my mouth. I have had it since I was a young thing and until recently didn't realize how horrible it was for me.
I didn't hear about how the mercury leaches into your body and may cause dementia or Alzheimer's among other things. The mercury leeches out and deposits in the brain and small intestines, the liver and kidneys and lungs are also repositories for the mercury. YUCK! But, really.. is this all true?

So, I rushed out and had my mercury fillings removed. (2 of 4 anyway) during this process the dentist drilled,his assistant rinsed and sucked... he made silly jokes that I didn't care to hear and my mind started to drift.... I started to think about what I was actually having done.

Yes, I know that removal of mercury fillings is dangerous... you will end up ingesting a lot of what is being drilled out... I had my tincture of cilantro and my spiralina, chlorella and chloraphyl at home to help rid my body of heavy metal toxins but what I didn't realize until it was too late was that in the process of removing all that heavy metal from my mouth, he was adding other toxins!

What the hell is that smell? it smells like paint! it tastes like what I think paint would taste like, aaak, and then the composite and the resin and more drilling of the new cap... what had I done?

I asked the doc to let me see what he was spraying in my mouth, he showed me and I quickly searched the spray can for the ingredients to see what I had just been breathing in and swallowing down... but there wasn't any ingredients. He told me it was basically paint, and that it helps the camera take better pictures of my teeth. LOVELY... I was huffing at the dentist and didn't even have say in the matter!

I do everything backwards, I went home and did a little web research about the removal of amalgams and now don't know if removing those fillings did me any good or not. I do know that I am much poorer now then I was before I had the fillings removed. I pretty much screwed either way. I also know that some people have more of a toxic reaction to the composite.

I am not so sure if I will have the other fillings removed. I haven't decided if it is even worth the cost and the time sitting in a chair with some strangers fists mixing "toxic waste" in my mouth.
I do know that my teeth are prettier, my pocket book is emptier and that I am a whole lot more confused about the right thing to do when it comes to my mercury mouth.

Friday, August 7, 2009

these are from susan weeds website..

Recipe Box

My favorite herbs for making nourishing infusions are

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) for lots of energy.

Red clover blossoms (Trifolium pratense) to forstall cancer.

Oatstraw (Avena sativa) to be very, very sexy.

Comfrey leaves (Smyphytum uplandica x) to help the memory.

Linden blossoms (Tillia species) to counter inflammation.

Chickweed (Stellaria media) to lose weight.

Hawthorn blossoms (Crataegus oxycantha) for older hearts.

Raspberry leaves (Rubus species) for uterine health.

To brew a nourishing herbal infusion

Place one ounce (30 grams) of dried herb by weight in a quart (liter) jar.

Fill jar to the top with boiling water.

Cap tightly and steep for at least four hours; overnight is fine.

After brewing, strain the liquid from the herbs.

Squeeze the herbs to get all the goodness out.

Refrigerate the liquid, which needs to be consumed with a day or two.

Drink your nourishing herbal infusion over ice or heated up, with honey or not.

I drink 2-4 cups of infusion a day.

You can mix nourishing herbal infusions with fruit juice or soda water; you can add whiskey or miso, honey or ginger to them, or flavor them in any way that appeals to you.