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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Herbs That Interact With Other Medications

Here is a partially listing of herbs that react to certain medications. Make sure you check out the herb remedies that you are wanting to try to ensure they will not react or effect the medicines that you may currently be taking.

Herb Interaction
Bearberry Reduce absorption of drugs
BilberryCounteract short-acting blood thinners
Thrombocytic aggregation inhibitors
Buckthorn barkAntiarrythmic agents
Cardiac glycosides
Increase action of Licorice root
Thiazide diuretics
Cascara Sagrada barkAntiarrythmic agents
Cardiac glycosides
Increase action of Licorice root
Thiazide diuretics
Chaste Tree fruitDopamine-receptor antagonists
Cola nutCaffeine-containing beverages
Psychoanaleptic drugs
EchinaceaCounteract immuno-suppressive drugs
EphedraCardiac glycosides
MAO inhibitors
Secale alkaloid derivatives
Exacerbate other stimulants
FlaxseedMay delay absorption of drug if taken at same time
GarlicMay increase action of blood thinning drugs
Ginkgo BilobaMay increase action of blood thinning drugs
GinsengIncrease working of other stimulants
GoldensealCounteract short-acting blood thinners
Green TeaReduce absorption of drugs
Kava Kava rootAlcohol
Psychopharmacological agents
Licorice rootChronic use can cause potassium loss
Digitalis glycosides
Thiazide diuretics
Oak barkAlkaline drugs
Psyllium husksMay delay absorption of drug if taken at same time
Raspberry leavesReduce absorption of drugs
Senna leafAntiarrythmic agents
Cardiac glycosides
Increase action of Licorice root
Thiazide diuretics
Senna podAntiarrythmic agents
Cardiac glycosides
Increase action of Licorice root
Thiazide diuretics
St John's WortIncrease effects of antidepressants and narcotics
Uva Ursi leafUrine-acidifying agents
ValerianIncrease effect of sedatives
Witch hazelReduce absorption of drugs
Yeast, Brewer'sMAO inhibitors

As we progress through this journey to health and knowledge, I will add more to this list as the information is obtained. Until then, stay safe, stay healthy.


Homemade Natural Face Cream

Here is an excellent home recipe for face cream.

Equipment Needed:

Small pan or skillet
Measuring cup and spoons
Wooden spoon
Rubber spatula
Amber storage jar

Ingredients Needed:

2/3 cup rosewater, orangewater or distilled water (don't use tap water)
1/3 cup aloe vera gel (can substitute with comfrey root tea)
Essential oil (such as coriander)
Vitamin A or E (if desired)

Oils Needed:

3/4 cup apricot or almond oil
1/3 cup cocoa butter
1 teaspoon anhydrous lanolin
2 tablespoons liquid lecithin
1/2 oz. grated beeswax


Without burning, melt the wax and oils together. Set aside and allow to cool. Cut and peel the aloe vera until you have 1/3 cup, then whip this in the blender. Add the rosewater, orangewater, or distilled water that you decided to use to the whipped aloe and then blend.

Pour the oil mixture into the measuring cup and turn on the blender to its highest setting. Slowly drizzle the oil mixture into the top of the blender. The consistency will change quickly. It will thicken suddenly and you should hear a "glug, glug" sound. This indicates it is done. Spoon the mixture into the amber glass jar and you are finished.

Fill out and apply the lable to the jar with the date and what is in the jar for later indentification.

Note: If you add any herbs to this mixture you should add 5 drops of Benzoin tincture as a preservative or keep the cream refrigerated.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Emergency Replacement For Antibiotics

In this post I felt the need to discuss alternatives to antibiotics. With the current economic fears and the drastic changes occurring within the United States and other global concerns, as well as possible pandemics, the availability of antibiotics many not be readily available.

If a pandemic or other catastrophe were to force the wide spread shut down of the power grid, financial system, or the like, resulting in several months with no power or chaos- the likelihood that the supply of antibiotics would slowly dwindle away.

What do you do then when you or a family member develops a serious infection? If you planned ahead and did have a small supply of antibiotics like inject able penicillin, how long do you think it will last if you cannot keep it cold due to power outages or having to quickly leave your home for some unforeseen reason.

I have listed three alternatives that can be used as emergency antibiotics. These items can be purchased readymade with a long shelf life and should be put in your emergency home medical kit.

These items can be made under emergency conditions at home, but I recommend buying them readymade so that you know you are using the proper dosages. If you plan on learning to make them yourself, I suggest you do a lot of research and make good notes that can be followed when the time comes to make them.

Here are the three alternative remedies for antibiotics:

1. Cat's Claw Extract or Uña de Gato (Uncaria tomentosa)- has antioxidant, antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties and may be helpful in the treatment of, arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, bursitis, genital herpes, herpes zoster, ulcers, candidiasis, chronic fatigue syndrome, PMS, menstrual irregularities, gastric ulcers, gonorrhea, hemorrhoids, gastritis, colitis,
diverticulitis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and stimulating immune function.

Dosage: 7-10 drops, 3 times day. For chronic use may increase to 15 drops, 5 times a day.

2. Venus Fly-Trap Extract- (Dionaea Muscipula) is a species of carnivorous plants that contains a powerful immune modulator "naphthoquinone plumbagin". Published scientific research indicates that plumbagins used in low doses are potent stimulators of macrophage activity, anti-mutagenic, elevates HDL, the good cholesterol, and prevented bacterial resistance to antibiotics in animal studies. Metabolic effects: - increases or normalizes body temperature (anecdotal reports).

Dosage: (Shake well before using) Mix 15-30 drops in warm water and take this tea 1-3times daily

3. Colloidal Silver liquid. (The natural alternative to antibiotics.) Colloidal silver is micro-sized particles of pure 99.99% silver suspended in a distilled water solution. Colloidal Silver can be made at home using Colloidal Silver generators.

Basically this consists of running a current of electricity through two 99.99% pure silver wires which cause micro silver particles to be suspended within the water.

Colloidal silver must be used sparingly. If you use too much over a long period of time, or use solution where the silver particles are larger than they are supposed to be, you could develop what is called "Argyria". This is where your skin turns bluish or grayish, but is not usually fatal.

There are many critics in favor of colloidal silver and many against. Do your research and decide what the benefits are for you. Cayenne pepper remedies are sometimes used in conjunction with colloidal silver for treatment of the really tough stuff.

The testimonies I have read of people in favor of colloidal silver were overwhelming.

Dosage: 1 teaspoon 2 to 3 times a day sublingually. For acute situations take 1 teaspoon 4 times per day.

May be applied to minor cuts, rashes, athlete's foot, sunburn and other skin conditions. The reference dose, published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 1991, which recommends the estimated daily exposure which is unlikely to incur an appreciable risk of deleterious effects during a lifetime, is 5 µg/kg/d; meaning 5 microgram of silver per kilo of weight per person each day – about 1 liter of 10 ppm colloidal silver per month for a 66 kg person.