Healing Remedies

10 Day Cleanse

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 in Foods & Healing Diet, Healing Remedies | Comments Off

My 10 day cleanse

     As it has been at least 10 years since I have done a fast or cleanse of more

than 3 days I decided that it was time. During a fast or cleanse, the organs

don’t have work on processing food and can instead clean out their storage

of toxins. There is also spiritual reasons to fast, when we stop taking in

nutrition on the physical, we start absorbing energy from the spiritual

levels, and a high spiritual consciousness is attained.

     For the first two days I juiced pineapple and diluted the juice half with

purified water and ate fresh pineapple. I drank water as well. At the end

of the second day the pineapple started to slightly irritate my mouth. There

was only a little hunger that the juice and fruit would mostly assuage.

Days 3 began with 2 cups of water with the juice of one lemon and 1/4 tsp of

sea salt. Days 3 and 4 I only drank orange juice diluted half with water and

ate 3-5 oranges a day. On the night of day 5, I blended 1/3 cup of olive

oil with 12 ounces of orange juice. This was much more palatable to drinking

the olive oil straight which I had once done, and which made me avoid all

olive oil for years afterwards! The olive oil is supposed to contract and

cleanse the gallbladder. Many report myriads of small green stones coming

into the toilet the day after doing this, this happened to me last time, but

not now.

     My consciousness was definitely lifting. I noticed nature as being totally

alive, I could sense all the trees in the neighborhood at once and felt

their suchness or beingness without all the mental chatter that usually

blocks direct perception of reality.

     Day 5 was the most difficult as I just fasted on water and had some hunger

and mostly just rested.

     Days 6 and 7 was just on apple juice diluted half with water and eating

apples, grapes and pears. I also had 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice on most

days of the cleanse.

     Days 8 and 9 were on fresh made carrot juice. I also ate apples and pears.

To the carrot juice I added fresh parsley and the juice of chinese and savoy

cabbage from my garden. After reading books on the lives of stars, I

meditated more deeply than I can remember. I felt the mind of God

penetrating all the galaxies of the universe and felt they were all floating

within me and I within them.

     On day 10 I added steamed greens (chinese cabbage, bok choy and 3 types of

kale) from the garden along with some homemade fermented vegetables. Lunch

was greens in miso soup. In the evening I had some homegrown lettuce, celery

and leeks with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

     I think everyone could use some sort of fast or cleanse. Short ones every

year and longer ones every few years. I feel that breast cancer and prostate

cancer could be prevented with a 10 day cleanse like this one every year.

During this cleanse I also took herbs and homeopathics that open the kidney,

liver, intestines and lymph to detoxify.

     If you ever feel an inner prompting to do a cleanse or fast I would be glad

to make a custom made plan just for your body.

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Skin Brushing

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in Healing Remedies | Comments Off

What is skin brushing? Well, basically, the idea is that you use a bristly brush, made of natural fibers, to brush dry skin in order to boost circulation, rid the body of toxins, and remove dead skin from the surface. The result is healthier skin with more vitality and less toxins in the body.

One of the main benefits of skin brushing is that it stimulates the lymphatic system, which is a network of lymph fluid within the body. The lymph system has a few functions, and its correct working is very important to the health of the body. One of its functions is the protection against invading disease and micro-organisms. Another important function is absorbing fat and fat soluble vitamins from the digestive system and the transport of those nutrients to where they need to go in the body. It`s a great system, with one slight draw back; it doesn`t have its own pump, and so, the movement of the lymph through the lymph system is dependent on good breathing and circulation. This is where skin brushing comes in. Brushing the body with a brush of natural fibers, from the extremities (the legs and arms) towards the heart, boosts what may be an otherwise sluggish flow of lymph. This makes the entire system function so much better.

Having a lymph system which functions well will increase the quality of not only your health, but also your appearance. Cellulite is, in part, caused by a build up of toxins in the blood, which a good lymph system will help to eliminate. Also, skin brushing gets rid of dead cells off the surface of the skin, without removing too much of the natural oils which your skin has. So, it`s a natural way to get healthier skin.

Skin brushing is a cheap and easy technique which won`t take much time out of your day. Make sure you buy a brush with natural fibers, so as not to irritate the skin. Start a ritual of skin brushing before your shower each day. The idea is to brush hard enough to create slightly flushed skin, but not so hard as to cause pain or irritation. Start with your feet, brushing up towards your knees, and traveling on upwards until you`ve done both legs. Then work from the hands, up the arms, towards the heart. Finally, brush the torso, using strokes in the direction of the heart. Within just a week or two you`ll start to notice a difference in the quality of your skin.



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Oil Pulling

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in Healing Remedies | Comments Off

Oil Pulling

 

Oil pulling is said to be a powerful means of maintaining good health as well as an effective cure for a variety of ills. This is an ancient technique, first described in 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic texts. The practice is simple. Soon after waking, before eating or brushing your teeth, swish your mouth with a spoonful of high quality oil in order to “pull” bacteria, parasites and other toxins from your teeth and mucus membranes.

Deepak Chopra promotes the practice in his 2001 book, Perfect Health. Chopra notes that oil pulling is one of many Ayurvedic techniques valuable for purifying and strengthening the body. According to Ayurveda, organ meridians are present in the tongue just as they are in key points such as the hands, feet and ears. That makes the tongue integral for diagnosis, and care of the tongue important in preventing and treating illness.

The ancient practice of oil pulling makes sense in another way. As oil is swished back and forth before being spit out, the mouth`s mucous membranes and large veins on the underside of the tongue are likely to absorb vital nutrients from the oil. Sesame oil, one of the oils traditionally recommended for this practice, has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Plus it offers iron, calcium, magnesium, copper and phosphorus and vitamins A, B and E.

The practice of oil pulling has been shown effective at removing bacteria in the mouth. A two-week study at Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital in Chennai, India found that two weeks of oil pulling caused a significant reduction in Streptococcus mutans count, reduced plaque and modified gingival index scores.

Adherents of oil pulling claim that the practice does more than improve dental health. There`s anecdotal evidence for improvements in joint pain and arthritis, migraines and sinus infections, skin disorders such as eczema and persistent rashes, allergies, digestive problems, and more.



 

Oil Pulling Instructions

 



Soon after waking (before eating, drinking or brushing your teeth) take up to a tablespoon of oil. Tradition prescribes cold pressed sesame or sunflower oil. Many people have found good results with other high quality cold pressed oils such as coconut oil, flaxseed oil, walnut oil, olive oil or grapeseed oil. You may want to experiment to find the right one for you.

Swish the oil back and forth, pulling it through your teeth and around all surfaces of your mouth. Ideally you should do this for 10 to 20 minutes. Chances are good that it will take a few days to adjust to this procedure. You may need to spit the oil out after only a few minutes when you start. The oil will mix with your saliva, becoming thin and white. It`s said that when it becomes white, this is an indicator that it has “pulled” toxins, and you can spit it out.

Don`t swallow the oil. It`s best to avoid spitting the oil in your sink on a regular basis. Flush it down the toilet.

After spitting, some say it`s best to rinse your mouth well with warm salt water, or warm water with ½ tsp of baking soda and ½ tsp of sea salt. Others suggest brushing your teeth with baking soda or natural toothpaste. It`s generally agreed that you need to drink a glass or two of water after clearing your mouth by one or other of these methods.

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Sweet Veggie Drink

Posted by on May 11, 2009 in Healing Remedies | Comments Off

Sweet Vegetable Drink

Sweet vegetables provide a readily available source of complex carbohydrates that can help relieve the symptoms of hypoglycemia, including fatigue, anxiety, the craving for sweets, and a diminishing appetite for sex. They may be eaten regularly in the diet, or taken in the more concentrated form of sweet vegetable drink. This drink is also good for softening tightness caused by heavy animal food consumption and for relaxing the body and muscles.

  1. Use equal amounts of four sweet vegetables, finely chopped (onions, carrots, cabbage and sweet winter squash).
  2. Boil 4 times the amount of water and allow to boil for two to three minutes. Reduce flame to low, cover and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.
  3. You may strain the vegetables from the broth (and use them later in soups, stews, or other dishes) or leave as is.
  4. Drink the broth, either hot or at room temperature.
  5. One or two cups can be taken daily or several times per week depending on the severity of the condition. Sweet vegetable drink may be continued for a month or so or until the symptoms of hypoglycemia improve.

NOTES:
No seasoning is used in this recipe. Sweet vegetable broth may be kept in the refrigerator, but it should be warmed again or allowed to return to room temperature before drinking.

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Kuzu for Winter

Posted by on May 11, 2009 in Healing Remedies | Comments Off

Kuzu: A Home Remedy for Winter

This alkalizing yangizing drink can be used for many conditions. It was originally created as drink for cancer patients to neutralize an acidic blood condition, to be the first food to be taken in the morning. It can balance you out if you have become too yin from excess fruit or sweets or anytime when many would reach for a Tums, Peptobismol, Rolaids or other such digestive symptom remedies. Try it after Thanksgiving dinner! The first thing I would take for signs of a cold or flu, or after vomiting, diarrhea, acid indigestion or stomach upset. (as long as not caused by excess salty foods, in which case hot apple juice and kuzu would be better). It is useful when just need to renew your strength and vitality.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Kukicha (bancha) twigs or kukicha tea bags
  • Kuzu starch Umeboshi plums or plum paste
  • Fresh ginger root

If you have kukicha tea pre-made then take 1 cup of cool kukicha twig tea. Dissolve 1 heaping tsp. kuzu. Add 1/2 tsp. mashed umeboshi plum or paste, a few drops of tamari soy sauce. Grate ginger root and squeeze in a few drops of ginger juice (optional). Heat and stir until thick.

Since kuzu must first be dissolved in a cool liquid, if tea is already hot, add all ingredients except kuzu, and simmer. Dissolve the kuzu in a small amount of cool water, and pour into simmering mixture, will thicken and clear. Drink!

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Ginger Compress

Posted by on May 11, 2009 in Healing Remedies | Comments Off

Ginger Compress

The ginger compress is very easy, safe and effective. It works very quickly and will afford relief to anyone suffering from discomfort and pain. It can be used in any part of the body. Some of the conditions it can be used for include back pain on any part of the spine, congested or weak intestines, ovaries or prostate, arthritis, hepatitis, cystitis, diarrhea/dysentery or kidney pain.

ITEMS REQUIRED

  • Pot with a close-fitting lid. The size depends on your purpose, but for general use a gallon size is best.
  • Cheesecloth, cotton or muslin sack to hold the ginger
  • Grater
  • 4-6 cotton towels about 2 feet square plus 1 bath towel
  • 4 pints water
  • 1 ounce of ginger per quart of water

METHOD

Pour water into pot, cover, place on stove, and bring to a boil. Meanwhile grate the unpeeled ginger and place it in the cotton sack, which is tied off. When the water has come to boil, turn off the heat. Wait until the water has ceased boiling, squeeze the sack of ginger so the juice runs into the water, place the sack in the pot, and replace the lid. It is very important that the ginger is not placed in the pot while the water is boiling, as this will markedly reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. The same water can be used for three or four treatments.

TECHNIQUE

Fold the towels so that they are 4 to 6 inches wide, and immerse them so that the edges are dry and the bulk of the towel is in the ginger water. When thoroughly soaked, remove, squeeze excess liquid back into the pot, and replace the lid.

The area of skin over the organ you wish to treat should be exposed. The person being treated should be lying in a comfortable, relaxed position. The towels are then placed so they cover the area of treatment completely. It is preferable to use two layers of towels. These are then covered with the bath towel, which helps to keep the heat in. The temperature of the hot, soaked towels should e as warm as the person being treated can stand. They should not be so hot that they burn.

Leave the hot towels in place until cool, then repeat the procedure until the skin becomes red. Try to keep the temperature of the skin constant. The treatment should last for approximately half an hour; you will know it is working when the patient’s skin becomes reddened.

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