Herbs and Spices

The natural remedies on this website are never intended as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

There are over 180 million people infected with the Hepatitis C virus worldwide.  With this amount of people, Hep C has become an epidemic along with HIV.  Even with all the research into finding a cure for hepatitis C, the result is only partially successful, at best.  That’s right, for those that have access to conventional treatment, approximately 20 – 50% of them do not respond to the available treatment.  I had genotype 1, which is supposed to be the most difficult to cure.

Although, a number of antiviral drugs have been developed, each one only addresses a specific type of virus.  This means that a virus can adapt and become immune to the drug.  As the virus adapts, you have to use stronger drugs and higher doses, which can be detrimental to the body.   It makes sense therefore that we should turn to our Mother Earth for a natural remedy.   There are several herbs that have antiviral properties. Natural antiviral herbs are full spectrum, which means that they address all types of virus.  Since the remedy is a full spectrum the viruses do not develop resistance to them. Natural herbs work with the body to fight the virus and therefore have fewer side effects than antiviral drugs.

Natural antiviral herbs include:  garlic, oregano, Astragalus Root, Cat’s Claw, Cranberry, Elderberry, Ginger, Lemon Balm, Licorice Root, Turmeric, to name just a few.  Antiviral properties can also be found in the essential oil of various herbs, such as orange oil, basil oil, lemon oil, sandalwood oil, eucalyptus oil and their constituents.  Several of the listed herbs/spices we use in cooking can help your body survive the Hep C infection.

In laboratory studies Garlic (Allium sativum) has been proven to have antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, especially when eaten raw.  Add it to baked potatoes, sandwiches, salads and fermented vegetables.  Pesto is also a common and delicious way to eat more garlic.

Oregano (Origanum Vulgare) is high in antioxidant activity, due to a high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids and is one of the best antiviral herbs available.  Additionally, it has demonstrated antimicrobial activity against food-borne pathogens.  It is strongly sedative and should not be taken in large doses.  Only high quality oregano essential oil should ever be taken internally. Always consult a naturopathic physician prior to taking any essential oil internally.  Although a mild oregano tea has a soothing effect and aid restful sleep.  If using oregano essential oil topically, use a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation.

Turmeric has been proven to be an antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antibacterial, and immune system stimulant.  It promotes the production and flow of bile, reduces cholesterol, relieves arthritis, and protects against liver damage.  One teaspoon is a good serving size, which can be blended into smoothies or even just stirred into a glass of water.  Curry is a delicious way to add more turmeric to your diet.

According to scientific studies, Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a modulator of the immune system.  This means, if the immune system is overactive, licorice calms it down; if it is under-active, licorice pumps it up.  It increases the number and aggressiveness of white blood cells, stimulates interferon production, and enhances antibody formation.  An antiviral and antibacterial, licorice is commonly used for gastric ulcers as it kills H. pylori that causes ulcers without upsetting the stomach. Steep these antiviral herbs as a tea and drink by itself or blended with other herbal teas. Licorice also has anti-tumor and anti-ulcer benefits and has a long history of use for colds, coughs, and ulcers.  AVOID during pregnancy.

Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus) is one of the antiviral herbs that works by boosting the immune system. This root is known to increase your body’s defense against viruses and can be taken internally as either a capsule, tincture or by adding it to soup.  Astragalus root is best used as prevention so take it before you get sick.  AVOID it if you already have a fever.

Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is a known antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, and is also known for boosting the immune system to protect your body against illness. Take Cat’s Claw as a tea, tincture, or capsule.  AVOID during pregnancy.

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is a potent defense against urinary tract infections due to its ability to make the bladder lining too “slippery” to adhere to. It is full of antioxidants, has antiviral properties and prevents plaque formation on teeth.  It can be taken in a capsule or as juice (get unsweetened).

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is used as a remedy for viral infections like the flu and common cold.  Elder stimulates the circulation, causing sweating and cleansing the body.  Take 1-3 tablespoons of Elderberry syrup per day during infection.  Leaves, roots, seeds, and berries of the raw plant contain cyanide-producing compounds and should not be consumed without cooking properly.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties and is used to prevent and decrease the duration of the common cold.  Ginger can be taken as a tea, in capsule form or added to meals.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) contains an important volatile oil with antiviral properties.  Lemon balm leaf makes a tasty tea that can also relieve upset stomach and promote calm.  It may be unsafe to consume during pregnancy.

At one point I used an antiviral regimen from a Naturopathic Physician’s office that lasted between 80 – 90 days.  It took a lot of discipline and persistence to keep it up consistently.  Consistency is a must if you go into a 3 month regimen.  The Antiviral regimen I used came from An Apple A Day with Dr. Jack Tipps.  Although I did not consult the doctor, the regimen was a standard antiviral regimen promoted at his website in the late 1990’s, which is when I did it.

To your greatest success! ~

Shari

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Bragg’s and Iodine

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Everything we take into our body goes through the kidneys and liver.  These organs are part of our energy centers.  The nutrients are extracted by the liver and waste products are expelled through the Kidneys.  The thing is that we put so many toxins into our bodies that the liver and kidney sometimes cannot keep up, especially if your body is compromised by having Hepatitis C.  When this happens the liver and kidneys start having toxin build-up and their efficiency drops.  Or if the toxins get too overwhelming for the liver and kidneys, it could stop them from functioning all together!

I was born with an atrophied kidney, so I have to be really careful with my one working kidney and having Hepatitis C on top of that.  Magnesium is needed by the body, but too much Magnesium can cause the kidneys to stop, malfunction and can even put a person into a coma.  A couple of years ago I took too much Magnesium and as a result my kidneys began hurting.  I couldn’t even bend over without pain.  It was hard to get up from a chair because my kidneys hurt each time I moved.

I was at a loss of what to do and having Hepatitis C didn’t help the situation.  Then I remembered an old remedy that helps clear the kidneys of toxins.  I pulled out my Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, took one tablespoon with a fruit juice chaser, because the taste of ACV is Horrible!  Within ONE hour, my kidneys had stopped hurting.  It truly seems like a miracle, that little tablespoon of Bragg’s.

Our liver and kidneys can become overwhelmed even when we think we are eating healthily. The fact that this happens at all is due to the way our food has been modified and stripped of nutrients.  How much fast food we eat also plays a part in how unhealthy our liver and kidneys become.  Genetically Modified food is also contributing to making us sick.  Our salt has very little usable Iodine these days and most of our Thyroids are Iodine deficient.   Don’t trust the usual Thyroid panel your doctor gives you as it doesn’t tell the whole story.  If you have the “less used” Thyroid test done, you may find different results.

A long time ago Iodine was sold over-the-counter but it was so potent and caused unintentional poisonings, so was removed from the shelves.  Then a couple of years ago I went to a Sprouts Farmer’s Market and found there a diluted tincture of Iodine with Kelp.  The suggested dosage was 1 drop in a shot glass of water each day and there were over 14,000 drops in the bottle.   This tincture, taken daily, will cleanse the toxins out of the liver and kidneys, while giving the Thyroid the Iodine needed to give your body energy.  Energy is at a premium for someone who has Hepatitis C, which drains you of energy the further along it progresses.

To your greatest success!~

Shari

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Lymphatic Drainage Treatment

The natural remedies on this website are never intended as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

There are some physical indicators when your liver is cirrhotic or not functioning well. In this blog I’ll also include what you can do to help your liver function better.  One is sort of gross, but basically shows that the liver is failing to process the nutrients you are putting into your body.  The color of your feces will be light tan when this happens.

Another indicator could apply to anyone who is having trouble with their liver, but doesn’t necessarily have Hep C.  This indicator is the releasing of gas (farting) that really has a rotten smell.  I experienced this after my liver had regenerated after the Hep C was killed.  I started farting, at first just a little bit, and these farts really smelled rotten.  Then as the days went by I noticed that I was farting more and more often.

Around this time I went to Lymphatic Drainage Therapy III training as my continuing education for my Massage Therapy license.  LDT III is a class where you learn to drain the lymph of the internal organs.  During one of the demonstrations given by the instructor, she pointed out that my liver lymphatic flow was stagnant and I needed several Lymphatic Drainage Treatments to my liver to get it to flowing correctly again.

During class I noticed that my smelly farts became fewer.  Then about a week after I finished the course I started having more farts, more often.  So I scheduled my first appointment with a Massage Therapist who has been trained in LDT.  She spent 30 minutes on my liver, kidneys and adrenal glands.  My smelly farts stopped for about a month.

Then the smelly farts started again and happened often.  I went back to her and this time scheduled my appointment for 45 minutes.  For 3 months there were very, very few farts and they usually are not smelly.   Now a few are starting to return, so I’ll schedule another appointment for Lymphatic Drainage Treatment.  LDT is taught using the Bruno Chikly method.  The lymph system of the body is a fluid system. In this method, as the therapist you follow the lymph flow and it redirects itself.  It’s very gentle work.

Doctors and other medical personal know relatively little about the lymphatic system of the body.  The lymphatic system was discovered and described by Thomas Bartholin in the mid 1600’s.  Since then the lymph system has been mostly ignored because of its subtlety and complexity.  The lymphatic system is now being studied more and more as we learn more about disease.

To your greatest success!

Shari

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Castor Oil Pack

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Castor Oil increases circulation, improves lymphatic flow and increases lymphocyte production and activity.  A castor oil pack over the liver is effective for reducing inflammation and for relief of liver pain. It relieves chronic fluid retention in the liver, and congestion in the gallbladder and liver. Castor oil can be effective in preventing the growth of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds.

For a Castor Oil pack use a cotton or wool flannel cloth 18 inches by 40 inches.  Make 5 folds, 8 inches each – keep the 18 inches unfolded. Saturate the cloth with a good quality, cold-pressed Castor oil.   Apply this pack over the liver. Put Clingwrap plastic over the pack to keep the oil from dripping and to secure the pack to your body.

Castor Oil Pack

Castor Oil Pack

Then for more protection, wrap an old towel around your body.  If you can get a large enough towel to go around your body, you can then use safety pins to keep it around you.   A hot water bottle placed over the pack will increase the effectiveness of the treatment. It can be left in place as long as all night.

Because of the antimicrobial properties of the oil, the same pack can be used over again many times before discarding.

To your greatest success,

Shari

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Aids for Master Cleanser Diet Effectiveness

The natural remedies on this website are never intended as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

During the Master Cleanser Diet no food is eaten and you can drink from six to twelve glasses of the diet if you get hungry during the first few days. I recently did the Master Cleanser Diet again for 10 days and the first few days were pretty intense.  If you just remember to drink more of the diet drink when you feel hunger looming, you will succeed.

If your system feels upset during the diet, it is because you are not having sufficient elimination and this is easily remedied using these aids. During the diet you should have two, three or even more bowel movements during each day.  You might think that it is unnecessary since you are not eating solid food, but it is nature’s way of eliminating the waste it has loosened up from various cells and organs in the body while drinking the diet.  These wastes must leave the body some way.  Imagine if you are trying to remove dirt from your house.  If you sweep it around and around the room, it never leaves your house but is just stirred up.  So you must sweep it out the door, eliminating it.

The same thing happens with your body, you must eliminate the wastes stirred up in the body by the Master Cleanser Diet.  The better the elimination, the more rapid will be the results.  A laxative herb tea is the best helper for most people and now-a-days a laxative tea is easy to find at Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmers Market, or other health stores in your area.  The laxative tea is taken the last thing at night and first thing in the morning and are best taken in liquid form.

 Another cleansing aid called Internal Salt Water Bathing

Just like it is necessary to bathe the outside of our body, it is necessary to bathe the inside of our body during the cleansing diet.  Do not take enemas or colonics at any time during the cleansing diet or afterward. They are unnecessary and could be harmful.  There is a superior method of cleansing the colonic tract without the harmful effects ofr customary colonics and enemas.  This method will cleanse the entire digestive tract while the colonics and enemas will only reach the colon or a small part of it.  Colonics can also be expensive, while this method is not.

Directions:   Prepare a full quart of luke-warm water and add 2 level (rounded for the Canadian quart) teaspoons of un-Iodized sea salt.  Do not use ordinary iodized salt as it will not work properly.  Drink the entire quart of salt and water first thing in the morning.  This must be taken on an empty stomach.  The salt and water will not separate but will stay intact and quickly and thoroughly wash the entire digestive tract in about one hour.  Several eliminations will likely occur.

The salt water has the same specific gravity as the bold, hence the kidneys cannot pick up the water and the blood cannot pick up the salt. This may be taken as often as needed for proper washing of the entire digestive system.  If the salt water does not work the first time, try adding a little more or less salt until the proper balance is found, or possibly take extra water with or without salt.  This often increases the activity.  Remember, it can do no harm at any time.  The colon needs a good washing, but do it the natural way – the salt water way.

Some people find it most beneficial to take the herb laxative tea at night to loosen, then the salt water each morning to wash it out.  If for some reason the salt water cannot be taken in the morning then the herb laxative tea must be taken night and morning.

To your greatest success!

Shari

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