Nutritional Programs Table of Contents Acne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 2-3 Allergies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Anxiety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Arthritis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Bacterial Infections . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Bladder Infections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. . . . . . . .8 Blisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Bruises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .. . . 10 Burns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Canker Sores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Cold Sores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Constipation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Coughs and Congestion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Cuts and Abrasions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 16 Dandruff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 17 Diarrhea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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Nutritional ProgramsTable of Contents

Acne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 2-3Allergies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Anxiety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5Arthritis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Bacterial Infections . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Bladder Infections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. . . . . . . .8Blisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Bruises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .. . . 10Burns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11Canker Sores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12Cold Sores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Constipation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14Coughs and Congestion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Cuts and Abrasions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 16Dandruff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 17Diarrhea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Ear Ache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Eczema . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Flatulence (gas) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21Fevers/Chills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Flu and Cold (Viral Infections) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24

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Gum Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25Headaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27Head Lice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28Hives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29Immune Building Strategies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31Insect Bites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 32Insomnia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33Irritable bowel Syndrome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34Menopause . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35Motion Sickness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36Muscle Aches/cramps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37Pink Eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 38Pneumonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39-40Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41Seasonal Affective Disorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42Sore Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 43Stomach Flu – Vomiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44


Acne can be caused by several factors. One is a change in keratin, a protein produced by the skin cells. Excess keratin can clump together to block the oil ducts within hair follicles. Bacteria that inhabit tiny hair follicles can also play a role, especially in teen age acne. Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle may also contribute.

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General Recommendations: Aggressive and frequent washing aggravates the

condition Wash gently with a mild cleanser,

morning and evening. Consider a colon and/or liver cleanse

Dietary recommendations: Eliminate dairy products, fried foods, chemicals and sugar

Use high quality oils (flax, borage, olive, grapeseed)

Essential oils: Tea Tree (Melaleuca) (5-15% dilution of the oil to problem area – repeat

twice daily) Lavender oil – dot on individual blemishes with a

cotton swab Oregano and garlic oil mixed with diluting oil - to

problem areas

Herbs: Burdock – 4 cups of tea per day (1 TB dried root in 2 cups water)

Herbal blends to clean the lymphatics Female hormone balancing formulas for women Consider anti-fungal program Complexion Clear (Solutions IE Formula) 4 sprays 3 times

per day

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Anti-inflammatory face wash

1 tsp dried calendula flowers or 1 TB chamomile flowers steeped in 1 cup hot water for 5-10 minutes. Strain, let cools and apply to face with cotton ball or clean cloth.

Antibacterial Face Wash:

2 TB dried Oregon graperoot or goldenseal root2 cups water

Simmer all ingredients for 10-15 minutes. Strain and cool; use to wash face or soak a clean cloth and use as a compress.

Antibacterial paste:

1 tsp powdered Oregon graperoot or goldenseal root1 few drops water5 drops lavender oil

Mix all ingredients. Apply to pimples; let dry. Rinse or gently wash off.


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Allergies result when the body responds inappropriately to a normal substance. Many environmental allergies can be controlled by eliminated the most common food allergens: (milk/dairy, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, cashews, shellfish, strawberries, beef, pork, corn, and chocolate.)

Modern wheat hybrids are more allergenic than the original wheat grain. Many people experience great results with allergies by simply eliminating all wheat and gluten products from the diet.

Wash out nose with salt water, with or without herbs. (1/2 tsp salt or baking soda to 1 cup warm water)

Supplements: Lobelia tincture at the first signs of allergic reaction (1-10 dropperfuls, start with one then give more every 30 seconds as needed) – too much lobelia can cause vomiting

Allergy Season Plus (Solutions IE formula) Eye Nourish (Solutions IE Formula) Vitamin C Digestive enzymes Bee Pollen Multi-vitamin with de-tox emphasis Pro-biotics to replenish healthy flora Stomach-Liver-Colon support

Diet: Well-balanced dietSupplements if necessary to get a good balance of vitamins and mineralsAvoid combining proteins with starches and sugars at mealsEliminate food allergens (milk, wheat, soy, peanuts)

Essential Oils: Lavender, Roman chamomile Valerie (Fierra’s)

Professional Guidance: Phenolics (homeopathic remedies that act to Stimulate the body’s ability to gradually desensitize itself from the sensitivity)

Cleansing programs: Heavy metal, yeast, fungus Strengthen the bowel if Leaky-gut syndrome is present


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Anxiety may have a physical or biochemical basis. Frequent or chronic anxiety will cause adrenal exhaustion. Adrenal exhaustion then results in fatigue, decreased ability to handle stress and increased susceptibility to disease of all kinds.

General Recommendations: Exercise stimulates the brain to produce its own calming

chemicals. Warm bath Meditation with quiet music Counseling and Solution-oriented thinking may help to

resolveThe issues causing anxiety

Clear unresolved emotions

Diet: Extra emphasis on the B vitamins, Vitamins C and E,Foods high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium,Emphasis on omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acidsAvoid caffeine and alcoholAvoid refined sugars Identify food allergies

Herbal Teas: 1 cup every two hours. Use 1-2 tsp seeds or dried herbs in 1 cup hot water

and steep for 10 minutes. Oats (green to yellow colored seeds)

Chamomile Vervain SkullcapPassionflower

Essential oils: Lavender – applied to skin, inhale and put in bath water Peace and Calming (YL) or Native Spirit and Heart’s Desire

(Fierra’s) Valor (YL) or Valerie (Fierra’s)

Herbal blends: Adrenal Formula Nerve formulas Neuro V (Solutions IE Formula)

Bach flowers: Rescue remedy, Rock Rose, Mimulus

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Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes swelling and pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common. Rheumatoid arthritis is believed to be caused by an inappropriate immune reaction. Pathogens (fungus, virus, bacteria, parasites, heavy metals) can be a significant factor in arthritis. Spinal misalignment can also be a factor causing additional stress on the joints. Other causes include poor nutrition, an overactive immune system, and food or environmental allergies.

General Recommendations: Soak bath: 1 ½ cups – 2 cups apple cider vinegar in tub

of Water or 2 cups Epsom salts in tub of waterAlkalize your body (use 1 tsp apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp

honey in Glass of water)

A vegetable juice or water fast can help reduce joint pain

Diet: Recommended foods include fresh fruits and vegetables with the majority raw Vegetable greens and raw vegetable juices are excellent Goat milk if you like the taste Whole grains such as millet or oats Legumes Small portions of protein Fresh seeds (sunflower, sesame, pumpkin) Eat up to ½ lb fresh cherries per day Extra virgin olive oil or grape seed oil, flax oil Eat High sulfur foods including asparagus, cabbage, garlic, or onion Drink plenty of waterAvoid excess protein, cow’s milk, processed meats, breads, junk and refined

foods, Oranges, orange juice, partially hydrogenated oils, fried foods,

Eggplants, tomatoes, tobacco, green and red peppers

Herbs: Devil’s Claw, Alfalfa, and Yucca to reduce swelling and stiffness Herbal blends to clear out pathogens Cayenne cream applied to affected area Ginger tea (pour boiling water over grated root and drink)

Nutritional Supplements: Enzymes between meals (bromelain, protease enzyme roducts)

Vitamin A and EFlax oil, Evening primrose oil, black currant, or borage oilGlucosamine sulfate with chondroitin (Vegan form)MSM (2,000-8,000 mg daily)Joint Health V (Solutions IE formula)

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Essential Oils: Birch with helichrysum, Anastasia (Fierra’s), PanAway (YL)

Bacterial Infections

Determining whether an infection is viral or bacterial can be difficult. Some general guidelines are given below but it should be used only as a guide. Many recommendations are the same for both viral and bacterial infections.

Viral BacterialGeneralized symptoms Localized symptomsLower metabolic rate Increase metabolic rateBody temperature runs cool Body temperature runs warmSensitivity to cold Increase in perspirationGeneral aches and pains Localized pain and swellingAlkaline urine pH is common Acid urine pH is commonHypoglycemia HyperglycemiaLowered white blood count Increase in white blood countFatigue, general weakness Mucous congestion

At first signs of sore throat: Rub diluted oregano or spice traders oil on neck

10 sprays colloidal silver on back of throat Salt water gargle with 2 drops melaleuca oil

Supplements: See immune building program Acidophilus (if antibiotics have been used – take higher doses of

probiotics for one month – take first thing in the morning on an

empty stomach) Herbs: Golden Seal, Echinacea, Garlic, Yarrow, Leptotoenia Herbal blends: Anti-bacterial formulas (available through

professionals) Red Raspberry Leaf Tea (one gallon in 24 hours) Balance formula for area of body effected (Lung, Kidney, Liver . . .

) Calcium (can be helpful in lowering fevers) Vitamin B complex Vitamin C Iron (wait until infection has cleared – the body will naturally

lower iron levels in the blood to retard bacterial growth during an

infection – but iron stores are depleted rapidly during an infection and

may need to be supplemented)

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Take anti-infective formulas for 7-10 days after symptoms are gone

Cold-Sheet Treatment: See Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Home Health Care Book

Essential Oils: Oregano, thyme, frankincense, melaleuca Blends: Spice Traders, Purify, Fortify (Fierra’s)

Bladder Infections

Symptoms of a bladder infection include burning or stinging on urination, the area above the pubic bone aches and so does the lower back. Bladder infections left untreated can be dangerous as they can travel to the kidneys and cause permanent damage.

General Recommendations: Drink lots of fluids, at least 8 glasses per day to prevent.

Urinate often and always empty the bladder to help prevent

Wear cotton underwear to help prevent A hot compress is very soothing to an irritated urinary

tract.Place the compress on the lower abdomen

Diet: Wholesome meals made with basic foodsNatural diuretics include watermelon, celery or parsleyAdd garlic to clear soups or other mealsAvoid all refined sugars, including alcoholAvoid salty, spicy, processed, or refined foods, as well as caffeineIdentify food allergies and avoid these foodsAvoid soda pop

Herbs: Cranberry can help prevent and may also help cure Drink 1 ¼ cups unsweetened cranberry juice per day during an

infectionUva Ursi – up to 9 400- to 500-milligram capsules per day Or ½ cup strong tea three times per day (soak 1/3 oz dried leaves in

4 cups Cold water for 24 hours, remove leaves and simmer down to 2

cups) Goldenrod – 2-3 cups per day (steep 1 tsp dried herb in 1 cup hot water for 10 min) Oregon graperoot – 1 tsp of tincture 3 times per day Echinacea – up to 9 300- to 400- mg capsules per day Thyme - (1 tsp thyme per cup water)

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Herbal Blends: Kidney formulas with anti-bacterial or immune building formulas

Nutrition Supplements: Vitamin C, Vitamin A Probiotics to replace good bacteria (at least 4 billion organisms


Essential Oils: Oregano, Melaleuca


Blisters result from physical trauma to the skin. Your body creates a little “cushion” of fluid to protect the damaged skin. The collected fluid and the raw, red underlying skin contain specialized cells that the body has rushed to the area to limit the injury and begin the process of healing. For this reason, it’s usually best to leave a blister intact so the inflamed underlying skin can heal.

General Recommendations: Clean the area by soaking it in warm water, or apply a

small amount of hydrogen pyroxide solution. Pat dry. If you need to drain the blister, pierce it with a sterilized needle, allow the fluid to drain, and pay dry. Do not remove the protective covering of skin until it begins to dry and peel on

its own. Apply a small amount of herbal salve or cream to a bandage or soft pieces of gauze and gently cover the blister. Repeat cleaning and application of herb cream and dressing two or three times per day until the blister is healed.

Essential oils: Melaleuca, Lavender, Purification (YL), Purify (Fierra’s) Dilute oils by adding five times as much of a neutral vegetable oil

Herbs: Vulnerary herbs promote healing and speed generation of new skin Other herbs help cool and heal inflammation and fight bacteria

Comfrey – stimulates cell proliferation – use a comfrey salve on blister Calendula – wound healing and anti-inflammatory. Found in first aid creams Chamomile tea – dampen a tea bag in warm water and hold against the


Blister Balm½ oz dried calendula blossoms½ oz dried comfrey root

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2 cups almond, olive, or other vegetable oil½ cup finely chopped beeswax10 drops lavender essential oil10 drops tea tree (melaleuca) oil

Combine herbs and vegetable oil in crock pot. Turn to lowest setting, cover and allow to heat gently two to four hours, checking and stirring frequently to prevent burning. When the oil is yellow in color and has an “herby” smell, it’s done. Strain through a coffee filter or piece of clean cloth in to a large measuring cup. This is now an infused oil.To each cup of infused oil, and ¼ cup beeswax. Heat the oil and beeswax together over very low heat until the beeswax is completely melted. Do not allow to boil or burn. The balm should be the consistency of an easily spreadable paste. Remove from the heat. Quickly add the essential oils. Pour into clean glass containers and cover tightly. Cool to room temperature.


Injury to soft tissues of skin and muscle causes most bruises. Habitual bruising without injury can be a sign of illness and you should see your doctor.

General Recommendations: Application of cold right after injury can help reduce

swellingElevate injured part and keep it cold for 10-15 minutesRepeat 3-4 times per day the first day of the injury

Diet: Vitamin C will help keep capillaries strong Vitamin C foods include peppers, guavas, parsley, dark green leafy

vegetables, broccoli, cabbage, citrus fruits and strawberries

Herbs: Arnica – relieves pain, anti-inflammatory, speeds the disappearance of bruise

Many gels, creams, ointments and salves contain arnica Compress can be made by steeping 2 tsp arnica flowers in 1 cup hot

water, strain and cool. Wet a clean cloth with the solution and apply to

the injured area for about half an hour three times per day. (or use 1 dropperful arnica tincture to 1 cup of water)

Calendula – applied externally in the form of a compress, gel, cream or salve

Comfrey – make a poultice by wrapping wet comfrey leaves in a clean cloth

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Or steep ¼ cup dried roots or leaves in 2 cups water for 15 minutes, cool

and strain, and moisten a cloth with this solution. Apply for about an hour

at a timeCayenne creams can be used to reduce painParsley – leaves can be crushed and applied repeatedly to a bruisePotato – spud slices, raw and cool, are an old home remedy for bruises

Essential Oils: Helichrysum or lavender with cypress Mix 2 drop lavender, 3 drops rosemary, and 1 drop geranium.

Mix together in water and saturate wash cloth and apply as

compress over area.


Skin damage in burns in measured by degrees. A first-degree burn involves only the surface skin. Second-degree burns extends to deeper skin layers to produce darker redness along with swelling, pain and blisters. A third-degree burn destroys all layers of skin. The burned skin appears white or charred.

General Recommendations: First degree – immediately immerse area in cold water

or apply cold compress. Don’t apply ice directly on the skin. For chemical burns,

rinse the skin with cool water for 20-30 minutes. Do not apply ointments, oils,

or butters. Second-degree burns should be taken immediately to the doctor. Cut

away overlying clothing, unless it has adhered to the burn. Loosely cover with


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dressing. Do not apply anything else, not even water. To prevent swelling,

elevate burned extremities.

Herbs: Aloe – reduces inflammations and soothes burn pain, fight bacteria, and

speeds healingCalendula – in many over-the-counter burn products

Make a tea from dried flowers (2 tsp in 1 cup hot water for 10 min, strain

and cool) Apply with a clean cloth as often as neededComfrey – Look for commercial products or make a tea or poultice

Tea – 1 tsp dried herb in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutesPoultice – mash about a cup of fresh leaves, wrap the mash in thin

clothPlantain – crush a fresh leaf and apply the juice directly to the burn

Essential Oils: Lavender – relieves pain and enhances healingApply undiluted directly to the skin

Nutritional Supplements: Colloidal Silver – spray directly on burn

Canker Sores

Mouth ulcers, or canker sores, are extremely uncomfortable. Experts disagree on what causes them. Studies suggest the following culprits: food allergies, immune dysfunction, viral infections and nutritional deficiencies (esp. B12, folic acid or iron)

General Recommendations: Maintain proper pH balanceAvoid toothpaste with sodium lauryl sulfate – this causes the mucus


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to dry out and leaves them vulnerable to the acids in food

Diet: Alfalfa sproutsEat salad with raw onions, yogurt, buttermilk, soured productsAvoid sugar, citrus fruits, processed and refined foodsAvoid fish and meat for two weeks to reduce body acidity

Herbs: Gotu Kola – heal wounds and promote connective tissue growth1 cup tea daily (steep 1 tsp dried herb in 1 cup hot water for 10

minutes)Echinacea – tinctures produce a numbing sensation – if sore is large, the

alcohol inthe tincture may cause it to sting so use a glycerin extract

instead.Use 20-40 drops in a few oz of water up to 4 times a day – swish

around the mouth

Licorice – esp. if there is a viral connection. Open capsule and put a pinch of

powder right on the soreChamomile – up to 4 cups tea per day, taken internally or used as a

mouthwash(steep 1-2 tsp dried herb in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutes)

Goldenseal – 20-50 drops of tincture, dissolves in a little water and swished in


Essential Oils: Sage with clove or lavender Thieves (YL) or Spice Traders (Fierra’s) with sage Peppermint or wintergreen oil

Canker sore swab1 tsp Echinacea tincture1 tsp goldenseal tincture1 tsp calendula tincture1 tsp grapefruit seed extract1 TB aloe vera gel

Mix all ingredients in a small jar with a tight seal. Place a pea-size amount of the gel on a clean piece of gauze; hold in the mouth against the sore

Cold Sores

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Cluster of small, painful blisters on the lip. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus The virus remains dormant in the body and is triggered by fever, cold, virus, exposure to sun, wind, stress, menstruation, or depressed immune system

General Recommendations: Protect yourself from the sunWhen you feel a lesion coming on, moisten a tea bag or some used coffee grounds and put directly on the cold sore. If it occurs frequently, check for low thyroid function

Diet: Eat plenty of raw vegetables, yogurt and soured products

Herbs: Lemon Balm- use a commercial lemon balm cream or make a compress or poultice from its leaves (steep 1-2 tsp dried leaves in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutes)

Licorice – Use a cream contain licorice extract or make a compress or poultice

Mullein – 6-8 cups of tea per day or make a compress(tea made from 2 tsp dried flowers and leaves in 1 cup hot water

for 10 min)Echinacea – use as a tea, poultice, or compressGarlic – include plenty of garlic in dietStevia – apply directly to lip sores

Herbal Blends: Anti-viral herbal products

Essential Oils: Clove Lavender with peppermint or melaleuca Purification (YL) or Purify (Fierra’s)

Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin CZinc – (zinc sulfate gel)Quercetin - plant pigment found in onions, garlic and other

foodsL-Lycine 500 mg twice a dayCold Sore Relieve (Solutions IE Formula)

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A healthy bowel will move its contents at least once a day. Two to three times a day is preferred. If you experience a bowel movement less than once per day, you will benefit from a nutritional program to overcome constipation.

Prevention is the best medicine. Eat a proper diet with fresh vegetables and fruits and whole grains. Chew food thoroughly. Eat slowly and use meats sparingly. Juices such as prune juice help the lower bowel. Tobacco, caffeine and alcohol tend to increase constipation. It may be necessary to go wheat and dairy free until the problem is cleared up.

Dehydration is the most common cause of constipation. Drinking plenty of water and daily exercise will help. Do not “resist the call”. Go to the bathroom when you need to.

Laxatives are not the best answer for constipation. It is better to use a bowel tonic or colon formula to strengthen the colon as a tissue. Enemas are rarely necessary. A change in diet is usually enough. A colon cleanse may be very beneficial.

Life Style Changes: Drink more fluids (Milk constipates some people)Fiber-rich mealsExercise

Supplements: Aloe Vera internallyIncrease friendly flora with probioticsEssential fatty acids – Borage, flax, fish, olive, pumpkin oilsBalance formulas for the colon will strengthen the colon

As a tissue to improve bowel functionKid-e-Reg (Dr. Christopher’s) for childrenMagnesium has a laxative effect

Essential Oils: Ginger and anise seed oilTummy Rub (Fierra’s aromatics)

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Coughs and Congestion

Always look for the underlying cause. Coughing in and of itself is just a symptom. A productive cough (produces mucus) that persists for months is characteristic of chronic bronchitis. Constipation is typically a problem and needs to be corrected as part of the remedy.

General Recommendations: Hot vapor or steam bath followed by a cold shower or


Herbs: Comfrey, mullein, and lobelia Blends: Balanced formulas for the Lung Lobelia tincture can be used to relax the throat and bronchi rapidly Lymphatic cleansers (available from professionals) Pulmo V (Solutions IE Formula)

Onion Cough Syrup: 2 large onions Place in pan and cover with raw honey Cook on low heat (double boiler) for several hours Strain and press out the liquid Strain and add the juice of one lemon

To increase effectiveness: For every pint of liquid honey used, add

one ounce of licorice root powder, horehound herb or wild cherry bark. Any of

these three herbs is a fine expectorant and is used to aid in breaking up phlegm

and discharging it.

Use liquid as a cough syrup. Can use 1 tsp. every fifteen minutes or half hour, as

needed. Hold the syrup in the mouth and let it trickle down the throat.

Essential Oils: Mix Aura (Fierra’s), Frankincense and lemon for congestion – add to a

mixing oil and rub on chest and back Peppermint removes mucus Myrrh is effective on phlegm Myrtle is good for chronic coughs Oils can be rubbed on throat and chest, put in a steam vaporizer


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added to a hot bath (add oils to bath gel before putting in water)

Diet: Avoid milk, cheese, bread, processed foods Eat lightly Fiber to clear the bowel (flaxseed and/or psyllium seed added to low-heated


Cuts and Abrasions

These are wounds to the skin. Cuts that are deep and wide may need immediate attention by a doctor to prevent scarring. If bleeding does not stop, you should seek medical attention immediately.

For minor wounds: Wash your own hands, then clean the skin around the wound with soap

and water. Wash the skin away from the wound, not towards it.

Flush the wound thoroughly with water and gently pat it dry. Apply Herbal anti-septic wash to the wound, followed by Complete Tissue Repair ointment

Cover wound with sterile gauze, held in place with adhesive tape

Watch carefully for signs of infection (red, hot, painful area; red streaks radiating from the wound, swelling around the wound). At first signs of infection give Immune boost formula (1 dropperful, 4-5 times per day) and apply a plantain poultice over the site of the wound.

Use good send and judgment as to when you need to seek professional help.

Herbs: Comfrey (fresh, dry, leaf, or powdered) to stop bleeding – this can be put right

into the wound. Keep adding additional amounts as needed. Cover with

gauze and bandage lightly to hold comfrey in place but so the area can

breathe.Complete Tissue Formula (Dr. Christopher’s)Drink one cup hot water with 1 tsp cayenne pepper to help stop bleedingComplete Tissue Repair ointment (Western Botanicals)Herbal anti-septic wash (Western Botanicals)

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Supplements: Colloidal Silver sprayed on the wound will help prevent infection

Homeopathic: Arnica Montana

Essential Oils: First aid spray – 5 drops lavender, 3 drops melaleuca, 2 drops cypress In 8 oz distilled water. Put in sterile spray bottle.

Shake well before using. Lavender (very mild and may be used neat on children) Roman chamomile is also mild and acts as a pain reliever Melaleuca (strong antibacterial properties)

Dandruff And other Fungal skin infections

Dandruff refers to flaking pieces of skin on the scalp. It is the result of skin inflammation which is typically seen on the head but can also be seen on the face, back, stomach and folds of the body. Nobody knows exactly what causes dandruff, but many believe that it is related to a fungal infection similar to the one that causes athlete’s foot.

General Recommendations: Keep skin clean and dry. Do not share combs, brushes, hats, towels, clothes, or

shoes with others. Change socks if feet become

sweaty. Vinegar is a simple anti-fungal treatment. Apply distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar with a

cotton ball or clean cloth to affected area.

Consider internal fungal-cleanse

Diet: Plant-based diet with high quality oils Avoid dairy products, esp. ice cream Avoid refined sugars and refined CHO It may be necessary to avoid fruits and fruit juices until the fungus is under control Alkalizing diet – monitor pH (try to keep urine pH between 7-8)

Shampoo: Use all natural shampoos without any sodium lauryl sulfate or ammonium

laury sulfate Lavender or Lemon Sage Shampoo (Young Living)

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Dr. Christopher’s BF&C Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair and Scalp Massage

Herbs: Evening Primrose – 8-12 capsules per day or rub oil directly into scalp Flaxseed – 1 tsp per day internally or rub oil into scalp Melaleuca – add a few drops to the above oils before rubbing into scalp Grapefruit Seed Extract – apply liquid concentrate to the skin 3 times a

day Anti-fungal herbal blends Pau d’arco

Essential Oils: Cedarwood, lavender, rosemary, sage Garlic or oregano oil diluted in 1-2 tsp olive oil Cinnamon and clove- diluted in 1-2 tsp olive oil

Healthy Scalp Rinse 2 cups apple cider vinegar¼ cup sage, rosemary, or thyme leaves or any combination

Heat the vinegar to the boiling point. Remove from heat and add the herbs. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain; discard the herbs. Pour into empty shampoo bottle and label. Use about ¼ cup in 2 cups water as a rinse after shampooing.

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Diarrhea is defined as having 2-3 times the number of bowel movements that are customary for an individual. Stools can be soft or watery. Diarrhea is usually self-limiting and lasts 2-3 days. An acute onset of diarrhea suggests exposure to E.coli or shigellosis, or salmonella. Chronic diarrhea with malabsorption and gas indicates that Giardia may be present. The major concern with diarrhea is the amount of fluid loss or dehydration.

General Recommendations:

Replace fluid and electrolytes. Most important. Most sport drinks should not be used because their sugar content is too high. Gatorade can be used if diluted half strength with water. Find a good non-sugar electrolyte drink or make the following.

Oral Rehydration Solution: 1 tsp sea salt 4 tsp cream of tartar

½ tsp baking soda 4 TB sugar 1 quart of water

Or 8 oz fruit juice with ½ tsp honey and a pinch of salt Followed by 8 oz water with ½ tsp baking soda.

Adults drink 4-6 quarts of solution in the first four to six hours. Children

can be given eight ounces every hour. (from Herbal First Aid and Health Care by Kyle


Avoid solid foods for first 12-24 hours. If diarrhea isn’t severe avoid only whole grain cereals, raw fruits and vegetables. Rice, bananas, potatoes are good to be eaten to supplement rehydration. Strictly avoid fats, dairy products, caffeine and alcohol. Avoid drinking full strength juices. The sugar can make the diarrhea worse.

A colon detox formula may be helpful. Slippery Elm Gruel can be used to slow down motility (2 tsp slippery elm to 6 oz liquid) If fever is present, treat as would an infection with immune boosting herbs (Echinacea, garlic, goldenseal, cat’s claw, pau d’arco, immune boosting blends)

Essential Oils: Peppermint, Idaho Tansy Tummy Rub (Fierra’s) Rub over the stomach around and navel and on the colon Vita

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flex points on the bottom of the feet

Ear Ache

Always treat both ears, even if only one aches. The following simple, old-fashioned aids can give relief:

General Recommendations: Prevent cold air from blowing against the earUse warm packs against the ear and put in warm herbal

ear oil (use moist heat like a hot water bottle – do not use a

heating pad)Drink plenty of water

Onion: Lightly bake a large onion, cut in half while warm, bind

one half over each ear. Hold bandage on with a nightcap

and leave on all night.

Application of oils: Mix 1-2 drops of selected oil in 1 tsp warm olive oil. Apply in the ear with finger or cotton swab and around the dear and down the Eustachian tubes (externally). You can also put 2-3 drops of selected oil on a cotton ball and insert carefully into the ear as a plug. Then lay a warm hot pack over the ear area to ease the pain. CAUTION: Do not drop oil directly on the eardrum. First place oil on cotton swab or put on finger and then place into ear.

Garlic: Drop four to six drops of oil of garlic into each ear and plug with warm

cotton. Mullein: Use three to six drops of mullein oil in both ears several times

a day. Plug the ears with cotton. This oil may also be massaged under

the ear to relieve pressure in the Eustachian tube.

Lobelia: Place a few drops of warm tincture of lobelia into each ear and plug

with cotton.

Supplements: Anti-viral or anti-bacterial formulas as necessary Immune boost formula hourly Red Raspberry or Yarrow tea

Antibiotic eardrop or irrigation solution: ¼ cup white vinegar¼ cup rubbing alcohol

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With one of the following: 2-3 drops grapefruit seed extract3 drops garlic tincture3-5 drops Echinacea tincture

Sterilize a 4 oz bottle by immersing it in boiling water for 10 minutes. Mix all ingredients in the bottle. Cap tightly; store out of light. To use, put a few drops into the ear with a sterile eyedropper. Allow to run out of the ear.


There are many steroid based medications that drive the problem deeper back into the body. As with most skin conditions, this is a toxicity or cleansing issue. If the body cannot eliminate toxins through the normal channels (bowel, lung, liver, kidney) then it will come out through the skin causing irritation, blistering, itching, etc. Eczema is not an infection but if the blisters or rash is scratched it can become infected.

General Recommendations: Cleanse the colon; Cleanse the liver Make sure you have 2-3 bowel movements daily Renew lotion from Melaleuca has worked very well

with eczema

Herbs: Complete Tissue Repair ointment (Western Botanicals) applied to the area

Colon Detox or Immune Boost poultice (Western Botanicals) at night – esp. if blisters are weepy

Slippery elm gruelComfrey tea to continue cleansingRash Relief (Solutions IE Formula)

Essential Oils: Lavender, Myrrh

Diet: Food allergies/sensitivies are a major cause of skin conditions such as eczema. Avoid dairy, gluten (esp. wheat) and other suspect foods

Include Essential Fatty Acids in supplement program (Borage oil, Flax oil)

Drink fruit juices or eat fruit to encourage cleansingDrink distilled water temporarily to encourage cleansing

Modified Cold Sheet Treatment will encourage toxins to surface more rapidly:

Place child in warm/hot tub

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Drink Red Raspberry or Yarrow TeaTake the child out of the tub and sponge with cold waterPut pajamas on without drying the child – the dampness keeps the

poisons coming to the surface

In the morning – sponge off with warm apple cider vinegar and distilled water,

mixed half and half. Give him some clean clothes and clean bed linins

Flatulence (gas)

When food is poorly digested in can ferment and become sour causing gas anywhere along the digestive tract. Often the cause is as simple as eating too fast, overeating, or eating unhealthy foods. Improper food combining or lack of digestive enzymes may also contribute to the problem

Supplements: Digestive enzymes with mealsReplenish healthy flora with probioticsHerbs: fennel, cinnamon, peppermint, chlorophyllGoldenseal with myrrh (equal parts)

Pain management: Hot water bottle for gas pains and cramping

Diet: Avoid carbonated beveragesEat raw vegetables with every mealAvoid eating heavy proteins and heavy carbohydrates in the same

mealAvoid sugarVinegar in water to acidify an overly alkaline bowelChew fennel seeds after a meal

Herbs: Peppermint (candy or tea) Chamomile (3-4 cups tea per day – 1 tsp dried flowers to 1 cup hot

water, steep for 10 minutes)

Anise Seed (up to 3 cups tea per day) Ginger Fennel seeds (chew on seeds or 1 cup tea per day)

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Essential Oils: Peppermint, tarragon, anise seed and fennel Tummy Rub (Fierra’s)


Fever is not a disease, but an elevation in body temperature and may indicate the presence of a disease. As the fever increases, the white blood cell activity or immune response increases. Therefore, supporting a fever during an infection, instead of trying to eliminate it is important. The most important thing to remember during a fever is to keep the person well hydrated. Constipation and congestion will keep a fever up. As long as the fever doesn’t run too high (103-104 F) then some say to let it run its course. The natural health practitioner will work with the fever, not fight against it. The body fevers in an attempt to draw healing aids from the body towards the malfunctioning area and also to discard or burn up unwanted material.

General Recommendations: Check the bowels for constipation Use bowel formulas until bowels start to move freely Avoid solid foods. Drink plenty of fluids (at least 1 cup per hour) Sip potato broth or chicken noodle soup broth

Perform Cold Sheet Treatment (See Dr. Christopher’s

manual) Soak in a hot Ginger bath (1/2 cup powdered ginger

in tub) Cool water enemas can help remove poisons from

the system

Herbs: Immune Boost Formula (Dr. Christopher’s or Western Botanicals)

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Lobelia Tincture (1-3 TB until it produces vomiting) if necessary Yarrow, Elderflower or Peppermint Tincture: 10-15 drops/ 3 times a

dayTo promote sweating

To aid sleeping: Tea with equal parts catnip, peppermint and spearmint

sweetened with honey To promote sweating: Yarrow tea General healing: Red Raspberry leaf tea Calcium can help bring down a fever (esp. when a child is teething)

Essential Oils: Lavender with peppermint, clove or sandalwood Mix 5 drops each of lemon and peppermint – diffuse or inhale Drink 1-2 drops of lemon or peppermint in 8 oz water and sip


Modified Cold Sheet Treatment: Warm bath (as hot as you can without burning –

½ hour) Warm herbal teas (drink 6-8 full cups while in

the tub) Immune boost formula

For the full impact and benefit, use the full procedure, but this simpler procedure

Can be used effectively at the onset of an illness to help the healing process)

Flu and Cold (Viral infections)

The time to act is at the first signs of illness. Many colds and infections can be “nipped in the bud” by recognizing the signs and acting quickly. The old phrase from Hippocrates can be applied “If you feed a cold, you will have to starve a fever.” Hippocrates warns that feeding an infection is not wise. The body is simply doing a bit of housecleaning, trying to dispose of excess metabolic waste. Fasting or eating light will light the load on the liver and digestive organs and speed recovery.

General Recommendations: Drink plenty of pure water, herbal teas and diluted fruit and vegetable juice Take a warm/hot bath and drink hot herbal teas for at least 20 minutes until you break

into a sweat. Chicken and vegetable soups (non-milk based, without meat, or butter) are a

source of quick energy and are easy to digest. Chicken soup will increase

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the flow of mucus to help relieve congestion. Garlic and onion can be used for anti-infective qualities Warm Barley drink can be combined with herbs for a warm soothing beverage Fresh vegetable juices (carrot and spinach; carrot, celery, spinach and parsley) Foods to avoid: proteins and fats that are hard to digest, meat, fish, cheese,

milk, eggs, fried foods, large amounts of starches, artificial foods, processed foods, and heavy meals

AVOID SUGAR AND SWEETS: Sugar suppresses immune function. The effects

are within 30 minutes of eating sugar and can last up to five hours.

Supplements: Herbal Anti-viral formulas (available through professionals) Flu and Cold Spray (Solutions IE – 6 sprays three times a day) Echinacea, Leptotoenia, Pau D’arco, Astragalus Kid-e-well for children (Dr. Christopher’s) Immune System Formula (Dr. Christopher’s) Herbal tea made from elderberry flowers and peppermint For sore throats: herbal tea made from fenugreek, sage, or

licorice As a diuretic: Herbal tea from goldenrod, horsetail, or parsley Red raspberry leaf tea (one gallon in 24 hours) Vitamin C, D and Zinc High quality silver supplement (safe for internal use)

Homeopathics: Gelsemium and Bryonia

Essential Oils: Lavender, basil, oregano, frankincense, melaleuca Aura (Fierra’s) for congestion Spice Traders (Fierra’s) to boost immunity

Flu and Cold – Recipes

Basic Flu and Cold Tea: ¼ cup dried peppermint leaves ¼ cup dried lemon balm leavens ¼ cup dried elder flowers ¼ cup dried yarrow flowers

Store blend in an airtight jar away from heat and light for up to 1 year

To make 1 cup of tea: 1 cup water1-2 tsp tea blend½-1 tsp fresh grated ginger (optional)Lemon juice (optional)

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Bring water to a boil, then remove from heat. Add tea and ginger if using

ginger (ginger helps chase away that chilled feeling and adds a sweet/hot

taste to the tea. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain; add honey and/or lemon if


Herbal Steam and Bath Tea: 4 cups water3 TB eucalyptus leaves2 TB thyme leaves1 TB rosemary leaves1 TB peppermint leaves

In a large saucepan, bring water to boil. Remove from heat and add the herbs; allow to steep, covered for 3-5 minutes. Carefully pour the water into a heat resistant bowl and place on a sturdy table. Put a towel over your head and hold your face at least 12 inches away from steam. Take an experimental breath. It the steam feels good, drape a towel around your head and breathe deeply – through your nose if you have a sinus infection, through your mouth if you have a cough. After you’re finished inhaling the steam, strain out the herbs and pour the solution into the bath.

Cold and Flu Brew: 2 ¼ tsp Echinacea leaf2 ¼ tsp elder flowers2 ¼ yarrow leaves and flowers1 ½ tsp peppermint3 cups water

Place all but peppermint leaves in the water and simmer, covered for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and add the peppermint. Steep, covered for 10 more minutes. Strain herbs and discard. Drink up to 3 cups of tea per day as needed. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is 2nd only to the common cold as the most prevalent infectious disease in the US. The symptoms of gum disease include red, puffy or bleeding gums. It is estimated that 3 out of 4 people over age 20 have some form of gum disease. Gingivitis is the earliest and most treatable form of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by food particles and bacteria getting trapped in the space between the teeth and gums. It forms plaque, which hardens into tartar. Over time, the gums lose their natural pink color and turn red and puffy.

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General Recommendations: Brush and floss regularly See a dental hygienist periodically to remove

plaque pH balance Change toothbrushes every month Massage gums with fingers to increase circulation Rinse gums with mixture of equal parts baking soda

and 3% hydrogen peroxide

Herbs: Echinacea (use as a mouth rinse or swab onto gums) Or internally – up to 9 300- to 400- milligram capsules per day Goldenseal – up to 6 500- to 600- milligram capsules per day Calendula – apply tincture to the affected area up to three times per

day Aloe – Swab paste onto sore gums Bilberry – mix powdered version of herb with water to make a paste Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Tooth and Gum Powder Dentarome Toothpaste from Young Living

Nutrition Supplements: Colloidal Silver – spray on gums after brushing Vitamin C, bioflavanoids, calcium, folic acid, niacin,


Essential Oils: Clove, Helichrysum, Mountain savory

Diet: Plant based diet – with whole foods and limited processingAvoid refined sugars, CHO and esp. soda popEmphasize foods containing Vitamin C

Bacteria-fighting gum rinse5 drops goldenseal tincture5 drops myrrh tincture2 cloves crushed garlic1 dash cayenne2 cups water

Combine all ingredients. Swish in the mouth for 2-3 minutes, three or four times a day.


Headaches are a symptom of multiple causes. Determining the cause of the headaches is important to find the most effective remedy. According to oriental medicine, the location of the headache helps reveal the source of the problem:

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Frontal lobe: Digestion issueRight side: Liver issueLeft side: Pancreas, blood sugar issueRear: Stress or structural issue

General recommendations: Ice pack to head while feet are placed in hot water

Balance pH Lemon juice in water

Diet: Avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, chocolate, tea, alcohol, MSG, nitrates and nitrites. The most common foods to evoke a headache are: wheat, oranges, milk, cheese, eggs, beef, corn, peanuts, figs, brown bananas or avocados, canned or packages foods, frozen dinners, sauces and salad dressings

The following remedies can be applied to different types of headaches:

Tension headache: Massage back of scalp, neck and upper back. Ice pack on back

of neck.Relaxing herbs: chamomile, valerian, kava kavaEssential oils: Peppermint, lavender, or Anastasia (Fierra’s)

into the temples – be careful not to get into the eyes

Dehydration headache: Early sign of dehydration. Rest and drink 1-2 quarts of

rehydration solution

Migraine Headache: Headache formula (Western Botanicals) Feverfew (4-5 dropperful every hour)

Cayenne, chamomile, peppermint Essential oils: Lavender with clary sage, fennel, or

geranium Consider neck alignment as an issue – See NUCCA

Chiropractor Homeopathic remedies for headaches Multi-vitamin with De-tox focus

Caffeine Headache: Take in a small amount of caffeine then begin to taper off

caffeine completely.

Fever headache: Treat illness. Ice packs over the site of pain

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Menstrual headache: Caused by fluctuating estrogen levels Female balancing formulas

Chemical Headache: Heavy metal cleanse Essential oils: Focus (Fierra’s), Helichrysum, Rosemary Multi-vitamin with a de-tox focus

Hypoglycemic Migraine: Essential oils – lavender, Cloves and Limes (Fierra’s)

Focus (Fierra’s) Normalize blood sugar – Balance formulas for

pancreas High protein breakfast and lunch. Avoid combining

proteins and carbohydrates in the same meal

Muscle-related or structural headache: Essential oils – Lavender, peppermint,

basil, birchEssential oil blends: Anastasia (Fierra’s)

Complete Tissue and Bone oil or ointment on base of neck

Chiropractic – consider NUCCA

Sinus headaches: Essential oils – Rosemary, melaleuca, lavender Multi-vitamin with a de-tox focus Herbal lymphatic cleansers

Cleansing Headaches: Result of an herbal cleansing program. Reduce the amount

of herbal formulas you are taking to encourage a gentler cleanse

Possible causes of various headaches

If headache occurs: On awakening: Tension headache. Allergies or sinusitis Affecting jaw muscles: TMJ Afternoon or evening with sore neck and shoulders: Tension

headache On one side of head : Migraine headache After exposure to chemicals: Chemical headache With fever, runny nose, sore throat: Sinusitis, flu With runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing: Allergies

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On morning when you drink less caffeine than usual: Caffeine withdrawl

During menstrual cycle: Menstrual problems With new medication: Drug allergy With severe eye pain: Acute glaucoma. See doctor now! Severe pain in children with trauma: Possible brain tumor, if pain does

not resolve

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Head Lice

Many over-the-counter shampoos and pesticide are becoming increasingly less effective as the population of lice are adapting to these poisons. If you choose to use a medicated shampoo, be sure to protect the liver by taking Milk Thistle seed and boost the immune system with Echinacea.

General Recommendations: Cover head for 2-3 hours with mayonnaise. Cover

head with a shower cap to hold all of the goopy mayonnaise on.

This will suffocate the lice.Comb hair with a fine comb to remove nits. Lice cannot live for more than 24 hours without human contact.

Quarantine bedrooms where lice may be fore 24 hours.

Supplements: Milk Thistle Seed can be used to protect the liver if you choose to use a medicated shampoo Echinacea will boost the immune system

Essential Oils: Eucalyptus with lavender, peppermint, geranium, anise, ylang ylang

Coconut oil makes a nice mixing oil base. Other mixing oils can be

used as well

Scalp treatment: Mix 1 tsp. mixing oil base with 2 drops eucalyptus, 1 drop lavender and 1 drop geranium. Massage into scalp and leave for ½ hour. Shampoo and rinse well.

Antiseptic rinse: 2 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops Geranium, ½ oz. vinegar, 8 oz water. Pour over hair making

sure every hair is rinsed. Dry naturally. Repeat daily until lice and eggs are gone.

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Hives are raised patches on the skin that are somewhat circular. They can be white, pink, or red and they itch! They may also burn or sting. They are basically an allergic skin reaction. Hives are an indicator that your body has detected a toxin and is trying to eliminate it. They are typically caused by certain medications, foods, insect bites, and exposure to cold. Hives can become an emergency situation if you experience wheezing or difficulty breathing along with swelling of lips, tongue and throat. Recurrent hives may be caused by stress. They may also be a symptom of more serious conditions like parasites, hepatitis, cancer, hyperthyroidism, and rare blood disorders.

General Recommendations: For chronic or recurring hives, consider the function of the digestive system. The skin may be throwing off toxins that are normally excreted by the intestines.

Follow a detoxification program with a 3-Day juice fast, with a focus on green drinks. An oatmeal bath can reduce itching. Add 1 cup oatmeal powder to a

warm bath or put oatmeal into a cheesecloth bag and tie it with string, hand it under the faucet or float in in the tub. Saok for 5-15 minutes. Pat skin

dry to keep a film of oatmeal on the skin. Baking soda bath – 1 lb baking soda or 1 tub ov very warm water

Diet: Buy food in its natural state and prepare it yourself when possibleHigh fiber diet to improve elimination from intestinesEmphasize high quality essential fatty acidsAvoid dairy productsDrink a glass of clean water every two waking hoursAvoid food allergiesAvoid processed, junk and refined foodsAvoid alcohol and caffeineAvoid meat, fried foods, or food high in saturated fat

Herbs: Licorice (similar to cortisol action) up to six 400- to 500- mg capsules per day

Or 20-30 drops tincture three times a day, or 2 cups tea per dayThe tea can be cooled and applied directly to the hives

Chamomile – 3-4 cups tea per day or cool tea and moisten cloth to apply to hives

Yarrow – 3-4 cups tea per day or cool tea and moisten cloth to apply to hives

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Burdock – up to 3 cups tea per dayStinging Nettle – steam and eat as vegetable or 1-2 cups tea per dayAloe – apply inner gel of plant on hivesGinger – up to 2 cups tea per day (may increase heat of skin)

Immune Building Strategies

Immunity is defined as the protection from or resistance to disease. Several organs work together to make up the immune system including the thymus, spleen, liver, lungs. The endocrine, nervous, blood and lymphatic systems also contribute. The early signs of immune deficiency are fatigue, loss of stamina, or frequent infections.

Proper attitude, good diet, ample rest and moderate exercise are essential elements in an immune building program. In addition, the following supplements can help bolster a tired immune system. A balance pH is also important to the immune system

Supplements: Balance formulas for the lung, spleen and thymus gland Immune system formula (Dr. Christopher’s) Flu and Cold Spray (Solutions IE) Cold Season Formula (Dr. Christopher’s) Kid-e-mune – for children (Dr. Christopher’s) Vitamin C Vitamin E Zinc (dietary sources include pumpkin and sunflower seeds, eggs,

meat, whole grains, corn, beets, peas, spinach, and sea vegetables)

Essential Oils: Frankincense, thyme, oregano, lavender, melaleuca, myrrh, grapefruit, lemon

Blends: Spice Traders, Purify, or Fortify (Fierra’s)

Professional Guidance: The following conditions should be ruled out by a health care professional before beginning an immune building program:

CandidaEpstein Barr VirusCytomegalovirusParasitesHypoadrenal or hypothyroid conditionHeavy Metal toxicity

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Immune Building“an ounce of prevention . . . “

Tips on how to prevent a cold or infection:

Get sufficient rest Eat lightly. Stop before you are full. Live life with enthusiasm Keep the bowels open. Eliminate at least daily Maintain pH balance Avoid foods you may be allergic to Reduce stress levels Eat a nutritious, balanced diet full of enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.

Include organic fruits, vegetables and whole grains Remember to breathe deeply Take a sauna or steam bath once a week, or perspire weekly Enjoy natural sunlight in moderation Exercise regularly, but cut back to conserve energy at first signs of

infection Dress warmly Gargle with salt water at signs of sore or scratchy throat (add two drops

melaleuca oil if you have some) Stay at home when ill (one day off as prevention may save three to four

days later) Take supplements when needed Do not smoke. Avoid second hand smoke Avoid prolonged exposure to cold or wet weather Avoid alcohol. It may lower one’s resistance Avoid simple and hidden sugars Wash hands regularly Diffuse essential oils to kill air-borne pathogens (Purify, Aura, lemon,


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Insect Bites

An allergic reaction to bites can be serious. Begin treating with immune boost and allergy syrup (1 dropperful every 10 minutes) as you rush them to a hospital emergency room. Lobelia tincture will help with breathing (5-20 drops every 10 minutes) Immune boost and allergy syrup available from Western Botanicals)

General Recommendations: Paste made with baking soda and water can be placed over bite. Sliced or grated onion on the bite is effective. Apply ice or cold water to bee stings to decrease pain and inflammation. Bee venom is acidic and can be neutralized by baking soda and water made into a pasteWasp venom is alkaline and is treated well with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Herbs: Have herbs on hand for emergencies (skullcap, black cohosh, wood betony or

Valerian, comfrey, elder flower leaves – have dry herbs on hand and soak

in a little distilled water) Fresh plantain leaves (bruised and made into a pasty form before putting

on the sting) or plantain in an ointment – very effectiveColon detox powder (Western Botannicals) made into a poultice with

plantain tincture will quickly draw out toxins from skin

Lobelia tinctureAloe veraImmune boost (Western botanicals) applied directly to eruptions to take

itch away

Essential oils: Purify (Fierra’s) and Melrose with 1-2 drops lavender Continue to apply lavender oil 2-3 times a day until redness


Insect Repellent: 2 oz vegetable oil

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¼ tsp citronella essential oil1/8 tsp cedar, rose geranium, or lemongrass essential oilOther oils that can be added: eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, Peppermint, lemon, or lemon thyme

Other essential oils for insect repellent: Diffuse oils in a room to keep insects out.

Peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, lime, lavender, melaleuca, cedarwood, geranium, citronella, lemongrass, thyme, Purify, Spice Traders (Fierra’s)Lemon and peppermint repel mosquitoesPatchouly is used as a moth repellentIdaho tansy floral water


The main cause of temporary insomnia is psychological stress. Other culprits include consuming caffeinated beverages or other stimulants before bedtime. Herbal sleep aids have fewer side effects than drugs. They can be taken internally or used topically as bath teas or essential oils. The herbs are listed in order from strongest to mildest.

General Recommendations: Make sure room is completely dark – no night lights,

darken windows to avoid street lights coming into roomGet into a sleep routine – same time, same relaxation techniquesInvest in a good mattressExercise during the day, but avoid exercise within two hours of going to

bedPractice relaxation and stress-relief techniques

Diet: Cut out salt from diet after mid-dayReduce protein and eat primarily CHO at evening mealEmphasize leafy greens, sesame and sunflower seeds, oats, almonds and

walnuts to increase calcium and magnesium in dietB vitamins are also essential for good sleepMonitor caffeine intake strenuously. Avoid all caffeine for 8 hours before

sleep` Avoid sugary foods after lunch time

Herbs: Valerian – one 150- to 300- mg capsule or ½ - 1 tsp tincture in water California poppy – up to 4 cups tea per day or 30-40 drops tincture 2-3

times a Day

Lemon balm – 1-2 cups tea per day or 1-2 300- to 400- mg capsules

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Passionflower – 1 cup tea before bedtimes or 20-40 drops tincture twice a day.

Do not take passionflower with MAO antidepressantsKava-Kava – take one hour before bedtime (20-30 drops tincture or 1-2

capsules)Chamomile – 1-2 cups tea before bedtimesSkullcap – 1 cup tea at bedtime or 20-40 drops tincture at bedtimeCatnip – 1 cup tea at bedtimes

Essential Oils: Lavender with Roman chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Valerian, marjoram Peace and Calming (YL) or Serenity (Fierra’s) Add to bath or put a few drops on your pillow

Herbal Blends: Pituitary formulas Adrenal formulas Pure Energy Plus (Solutions IE formula)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

General Recommendations: Check for parasitesAddress Emotional issuesCheck for food allergies

Diet: Avoid all sources of gluten (wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt) for 1-2 weeks to see

if this makes a differenceIncrease fiber in the diet (organic psyllium or organic flax seed) a few TB

each day

Supplement: Boost healthy bacteria with a high quality probiotic supplement

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Menopause occurs when the ovaries production of estrogen and progesterone greatly decrease. The dwindling hormone supply can occur suddenly or it can take several months. The first phase is called perimenopause. Common symptoms include erratic periods, breast tenderness, headaches, food cravings, irritability, forgetfulness, and mood swings. Some women describe it as a bad case of PMS.

General Recommendations: Exercise and proper nutrition Become a master of your pH – maintain urine pH between 6.5 and 7.5

Diet: Emphasize vegetables from cruciferous family (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, rutabagas, turnips)

Emphasize whole grains, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, garlic, flaxseed oil, dates, pomegranates

Include many legumes in your diet (adzuki, black, fava, great Northern, kidney, lima, mung, red and yellow lentils, and black-eyed peas) as they are high in isoflavones

Avoid rich dairy products, sugar, fried foods, red meats, caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, nicotine

Nutrition Supplements: Vitamin E - reduce hot flashes, calm anxiety, ease vaginal drynessVitamin C and bioflavanoids - reduce leg cramps, bruising, and hot flashesCalcium/magnesium – prevent osteoporosis and ease anxietyB-complex - reduce water retention, combat fatigue and prevent nervous disordersSelenium - helps maintain normal hormone functionsAcidophilus - prevent vaginitis, yeast infections and cystitisEvening Primrose oil -contributes to estrogen products, sedative, diuretic, helps

control hot flashesBorage/Flax and fish oilsPumpkin Seed Oil

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Herbal blends for PMS and General Female FunctionHerbal blends for Pituitary, Thyroid and Adrenal glands should also be consideredHerbal blends to strengthen the Liver

Herbal Products: Black Cohosh – mimics estrogen in the body (up to 3 -500 mg capsules per dayDang Gui – acts

as a phytoestrogen (up to 6 500- 600- mg capsules per dayVitex – acts on Pituitary to stabilize hormone fluctuation (up to 3 200- mg capsulesRed raspberry – strengthens uterus, stops hemorrhages, relieves painful

menstruation (up to 1-2 cups of tea per day)Licorice Root – control water retention, breast tenderness, CHO cravings (take up

to six 400- to 500- mg capsules per day Avoid licorice if you are pregnant, nursing, have high blood pressure, heart rhythm irregularities or kidney disease, or if taking digitalis-based drugs)

Saw Palmetto – One 320 mg capsule per daySt. John’s Wort – helps boost brain function and fight anxiety and depression

Up to three 300- mg capsules per day (do not take in combination with anti-depressants)

Essential Oils: Basil, clary sage, ylang ylang; Sage, fennel, bergamot, yarrow or orange Dragon Time (YL) or Bear With Me (Fierra’s)

Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is the result of your eyes perceiving one type of movement while your brain is processing another. It can affect anyone.

General Recommendations: Avoid alcohol during and before a tripIf one a boat, stay in the middleIf small, sit on a cushion to see straight ahead and focus on distant

pointsDon’t sit on a seat that faces backwardsWear headphones and listen to soothing musicDon’t take supplements on an empty stomachAvoid reading or activities that cause you to put your head downTry an acupressure wrist bandAvoid heavy meals with a high fat content, but don’t travel on

empty stomach either

Keep your area well ventilated

Herbs: Ginger – strong gas expeller and settles the stomach, keep some in the

glove compartment on your car. May be more effective when taken 4

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10-20 drops of tincture three times per day; or ½ to 1 tsp fresh ground

root perday)Peppermint – helps prevent vomiting and quiets stomach spasms (drink a

small amount of tincture in water, use a strong peppermint candy such

as Altoids or 1 cup of tea as needed

Fennel – seeds are regarded as gentle digestive aids and antispasmodics (up to

20 raw seeds, chewed well, or up to three 400- to 500- mg capsules per

day or 1 cup tea – 2-3 tsp crushed seed stepped in 1 cup hot water)

Essential Oils: Lavender with peppermint or ginger Lavender with Di-Tone (YL) or Tummy Rub (Fierra’s)

Muscle Aches/Cramps

Muscle stiffness and aches can arise from chronic inflammatory disorders. Non-traumatic muscle aches that are more acute could be due to overuse (exercise) or possibly infection. If a fever is present, suspect an infection. It is also good to check the body for ticks if a cause cannot be determined)

Remember the acronym RICE for acute muscle injury (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate). Use ice or cold water on the injury initially. Do not freeze the injury – generally 10-20 minutes of ice each hour is sufficient. Rest, elevation and the use of an elastic bandage should be used for the first 24-48 hours.

There are 3 essential keys for healing any type of injury. They are circulation, nutrition and elimination. Injury typically results with inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms and pain. The area becomes congested resulting in poor circulation. Good blood flow is essential to healing.

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First 24-72 hours: Ice – calm the inflammation. 10-20 minutes every hour

Continued healing: Hot and cold hydrotherapy. The cold will drive the blood away from the painful area, the heat will bring nutrient rich blood back to the area. By alternating hot and cold, you literally bring blood in and out of the area – this brings in the nutrients and carries away the waste products to speed up healing. In the shower or using a hand held shower wand – run hot water over the affected area for 30-60 seconds. Turn the water all the way to cold for 30-60 seconds. Alternate back and forth with the hot and cold for 15 minutes. Do this 7-10 times a day. If shower experience in unacceptable the next best therapy is to alternate ice packs with a heating path. 5-8 minutes of ice, followed by 5-8 minutes of heat. Alternate for 30 minutes.

Third step: Use herbs or ointments below

Herbs: Complete Tissue and Bone Formula (Dr. Christopher’s) – make fomentation –

soaked clothDeep Heat Ointment (Western Botanicals)Pain Relief Formula (Western Botanicals)Complete Tissue Repair Ointment and Syrup (Western Botanicals)Homeopathic: Arnica Montana

Essential Oils: Birch, basil, helichrysum, melaleuca, peppermint Blends: Anastasia (Fierra’s)

Pink Eye

Pink eye is also known as conjunctivitis. Part of the eye appears pink or red, one or both eyes water and may burn and itch. Viruses most often cause pinkeye, it often comes with cold symptoms. If it accompanies a cold sore, check with a physician to rule out the herpes virus.

If bacteria infection is involved, you’ll probably notice a copious yellow-green discharge and the white part of your eye will turn an angry red. Infectious pink eye usually begins in one eye but may spread to the other and to other people as well. Mild bacterial and viral eye infections usually go away in several days without treatment.

General Recommendations: Wash hands after touching eyesMake sure other people do not use your towel or washclothTry not to touch your eyes as all

Eyewash and Compresses (How-to’s)

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Eyewash - Sterilize an eyecup by immersing it in boiling water for 10 minutes

Boil 1 cup of water for 10 minutes – steep 1 tsp herbs of choice for 10 minutes

Strain through a coffee filterPour this solution into sterilized eye cup (warm for infection, cool for

allergies)Lower your eye to rim of eye cup. Look left and right and blink in the eye

cup for 1 minute)

Sterilize the eye cup again before using it with the other eyeDO NOT PUT HERBAL EXTRACTS DIRECTLY INTO YOUR EYES

Compress – steep 1 tsp of dried herbs as directed aboveStrain and cool the tea then use it to moisten a clean, soft clothApply to closed eyes for 10 minutes at a time as often as is needed.

Herbs: Eyebright – astringent, soothing and antibacterial Yarrow – astringent, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory Mullein – anti-viral, healing and soothing Tea – moisten a tea bag with warm water and apply to closed eyes for

several minutes

Berberine-containing herbs (goldenseal, Oregon graperoot, goldenseal barberry, gold thread)

Herbal blends to build immune system against virus or bacteria

Nutrition Supplements: Colloidal Silver or Eye Nourish (Solutions IE)Vitamin CZincVitamin A


It starts out like a bad cold, but when the symptoms get worse. Common symptoms include a cough that produces ugly, green mucus, exhaustion, fever, shortness of breath and chest pain. This in an infection of the alveoli. Bacteria, virus, or fungus can be involved. Pneumonia is more serious than other lung infections such as bronchitis. Some patients has to be hospitalized.

General Recommendations: Good nutrition, a healthy diet, and general physical and

emotional support are especially important

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Get plenty of restHave a support person with you to help cook, purchase and prepare medicinesEat lightly – using fresh vegetables, fruits, soups, and juicesStay away from sugar which suppresses the immune systemWarm baths or showers will help you feel betterDrink plenty of fluids to keep respiratory fluids thin and to flush toxinsA warm bath with warm herbal teas will naturally raise body temperature to kill

the pathogens

If you do not feel better in a few days – see your doctor

Nutrition Supplements: Vitamin C, E, ZincAcidophilus – especially after use of antibioticsCalcium – the body uses calcium to fight infection, it also helps lower fevers

Herbs: Echinacea – boost immune system (3-5 cups tea per day, ¼ - 1 tsp tincture per

day or 500- to 1000- mg capsules three to five times per day) Goldenseal or Oregon graperoot – kill a wide range of bacteria and fungi (3-5

cups of tea per day, ¼ - 1 tsp tincture three to five times per day, or 500- to 1000- mg capsules divided into three or four doses per day)

Garlic – Eat several raw cloves per day (try thinly slicing or pressing the garlic; then

marinate in a combination of equal parts honey and lemon juice to cover; store in refrigerator, for up to two days. Eat 1-2 tsp three or four times

per day

Mullein – tones the respirator tract. Fights inflammation, soothes and heals irritated tissues and helps ease coughs (2-3 cups tea per day or 1/8 to 1

tsp tincture up to three times per day)

Licorice – anti-inflammatory and soothing, and eases coughs (2-3 cups of tea per

day; 1/8 to ½ tsp two to three times per day) Avoid this herb if you have high blood pressure or are on heart medications, or have liver, kidney or thyroid disease. Do not take if pregnant or nursing)

Horehound – promotes mucus production and expectoration; relaxes smooth bronchial muscles to help breathe easier. (2-4 cups tea per day, 1/8 to ½ tsp tincture three to four times per day)

Hyssop – cough suppressant and antispasmodic, antiviral (3-4 cups of tea per day;

1/8 – ¼ tsp tincture three or four times per dayMashmallow root and Slippery elm bark – decrease coughing by coating and

protecting irritated tissues. Both work best if taken as a tea (2-4 cups of tea

per day – simmer 1-2 tsp chopped root or bark in 1 cup water for 10 minutes)Herbal Blends: Lung and Respirator formulas

Anti-bacterial herbal blends

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Immune boosting herbal blends Thymus blends to build immune system OXOX or ATAK (Systemic Formulas) for deep cleansing of tissues

Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, oregano, frankincense, ravensara, sandalwoodLavender with lemon, ginger, fennel, closePurification (YL) or Purify (Fierra’s) or Immupower (YL) or Fortify (Fierra’s)RC (YL) or Aura (Fierra’s)

Steam inhalation is most effective – place hot water in bowl on a table, add a few drops of

oil, put a towel over your head and bowl, keep face at least 12 inches away form steam. Inhale deeply through the mouth and nose until you can no longer smell the oils. Repeat three times per day

Chest rub – apply directly to chest, diluting with olive, almond or castor oilHeat pack – moisten a thick piece of cotton or wool flannel with vegetable oil. Warm the

cloth in a low temperature oven. Add 10-20 drops of oil to the cloth and gently rub

them in to disperse them. Apply the pack to your chest. Put apiece of plastic over

the top of the pack to protect your bedding and top it with a hot water bottle if desired. Leave the pack on for 20-30 minutes. Repeat up to three times per

dayCastor oil – increases blood supply and stimulates the immune system. Simply massage

castor oil into the chest area (front and back) once or twice a day)

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Old-fashioned plaster

Mix one-half ounce by weight of: dried powdered mustard ginger or garlic

With one-half ounce of: powdered slippery elm or marshmallow root.

Add water, 1 TB at a time, until the mixture forms a thick paste.

Spread a thin layer of paste on a piece of thin cloth. Apply the plaster, cloth side down, on your chest or back and leave it on 15-30 minutes. Lift the plaster frequently to make sure the skin is not burning from the heat of the herbs. Do not reuse plaster.

Expectorant Cough Syrup

½ cup water½ cup raw honey1-2 tsp mullein leaves1-2 tsp dried horehound herb1-2 tsp dried rosemary leaves1-2 tsp powdered or chopped cinnamon bark1-2 tsp dried chopped ginger1 pinch cayenne

Combine all ingredients in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat. Simmer, uncovered, until the mixture has reduced by about one-half. Remove from the heat and strain. Cool to room temperature. Take ½ - 1 tsp as often as ever two hours. Store in refrigerator.

Substitute any of the herbs listed above in this recipe

Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac

Home care begins with removing the powerfully irritating resin of the poison plants as soon as possible after exposure. Flush your skin with lots of water, then wash with soap. Also wash clothes, shoes, gloves, pets, gardening tools, and anything else that might have been in contact with the plant. You can spread these resins easily by touch.

General Recommendations: Goal is to reduce inflammation and dry the skin (Use anti-inflammatory herbs and astringent herbs, but avoid ointments and heavy creams that trap moisture)

Herbs: Grindelia (gumweed) Mix a tincture of grindelia with an equal amount of cool

water. Moisten a cloth with this solution and apply as a compress

Jewelweed: apply either the crushed fresh leaves or a compress made from tea.

To make tea – steep 1 heaping tsp of dried leaves or 2 tsp fresh leaves in

1 cup hot water for 10 minutes. Plantain – a common lawn weed contain allantoin which is anti-


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antimicrobial, and speeds wound healing. Pick a few leaves, wash them,

mash them, and apply as a poultice to the rashAloe – soothing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and hastens healing.

Slice a leaf, scoop out gel and apply as needed

Witch hazel - soothing, cooling and drying – perfect for weepy rashes. Buy the

fluid extract in most drugstores. Apply as needed to rash. Saturate a

clean washcloth and drape over rash.Cucumber – apply slices directly to rash or puree in blender and apply

mash to skin. Cover with a loosely woven cloth.

Oats – add to cool bath. Put ½ to 1 cup in cheesecloth or clean athletic sock, tie

sock and use as a wash cloth. Add 3-5 drops peppermint oil to oatmeal

bath for extra cooling touch.Tea – moisten tea bag and apply it to the skin.

Itch relievers: Take a bicarb bath - put ½ cup baking soda in a tepid bath – avoid hot

waterMake a paste or baking soda and water and paint it on affected areasMix water and green clay powder to draw resin away from skinTemporary relief can be found with an ice or cold pack

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Fall and winter are the SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) seasons. During these months of the year depressing thoughts can overwhelm us due to darker days. It is especially difficult to experience sadness or depression when we are expected to be and act jovial amidst holiday activities. Winter months are especially notorious for their gloomy gray skies, cold drizzling rainfall, and occasional dismal snowfall. Seasonal Affective Disorder, also called Winter Depression, affects approximately 10 million people in the United States alone. Women are three times more likely than men to suffer

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from this disorder. People who live in colder climates have a higher incidence of SAD than do those who live in warm, sunny locations. It has also been documented that suicide rates are higher in places of increased light deprivation.

General Recommendations: Learn stress management techniquesWalking and aerobic exercise – outdoors to receive natural light if

possibleSpend 30 minutes each day in the fresh air – in the sunlight if weather

permits – close to noon to maximize natural lightLight therapy – natural or artificialWarm colors of yellow, red, and orange in lighting, room décor and

clothingUse high quality full spectrum light bulbs (not incandescent, but

fluorescent)Laughing stimulates endorphins to help us feel better – watch a


Diet: Lox fat, without too much animal proteinEliminate caffeineCut out excessive carbohydrates – especially refined CHO like sugar,

white flourFocus on raw foods with green vegetables and healthy oils

Nutrition Supplements: Magnesium, B-complex and mineralsFish oil (or flax-seed, evening primrose oil and codliver oil) - Omega 3

oils or essential fatty acids are beneficial in many cases of depression – look

for high quality oil in capsules

Herbs: Saint John’s Wort - improvements in anxiety, depression, and sleep distubances.

Use organic, whole herb extracts. Do not use if taking prescription anti-


Flower essences: Mustard

Essential Oils: Jasmine, Lemon    

Sore Throat

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Sore throats can be causes by many things: hay fever, postnasal drip, smoky air, a too-hot beverage, mouth-breathing while sleeping, shouting, and infections by viruses and bacteria. The most common comes with viral infections. They typically last 3-4 days and go away without medical treatment. Herbs can soothe the symptoms, boost immune function and fend off viruses.

General Recommendations: Check for viral or bacterial involvement and use herbal blends to assist with removing pathogen

Spray colloidal silver on back of throatGargle with salt water or water with a drop of melaleuca oil in it

Herbs: Echinacea – anti-inflammatory and boosts the immune system. It can also numb

inflamed throat tissues. Do not rely on this alone for strep. But it can be used in

combination with antibiotics for strep. (Take up to nine 300- to 400- mg

capsules per day) Discontinue when symptoms are goneLicorice – reduces inflammation, soothes the throats, stimulates the immune system,

and increases body’s production of the antiviral substance interferon. Take up to

3 cups of tea per day or up to six 400- to 500- mg capsules per day. Do not

take longer than six weeks. Avoid licorice if you have high blood pressure,

diabetes, or diseases of the thyroid, kidney, liver or heart. Marshmallow – soothes inflamed mucous membranes. Take up to six 400- to 500- mg

capsules per day or 3 cups of tea per dayMullein – fights flu virus. Take up to 6 cups of tea per dayPlantain – soothes tissues. Take up to 4 cups of tea per day or 3-6 grams in capsules

per daySlippery elm – soothing to sore throats. Take 2-3 cups of tea per day. You can also

find lozenges made with slippery elmEucalyptus – the aromatic oils are antiseptic and cooling and helps to shrink swollen

tissues. Take up to 3 cups tea per day or find throat lozenges made with


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Garlic – Take up to three 500- to 600- mg capsules per day or 1-2 raw cloves per day

Minced and mixed into food. Oregon graperoot, goldenseal, gold thread, or barberry – take 60 drops tincture three

times per day or up to six 500- to 600- mg capsules per dayLemon balm – Works against a variety of viruses and bacteria including strep. Works

well as a tea or gargle. Take up to 3-4 cups of tea per day (1 tsp dried leaves in

1 cup hot water) or gargle with tea as needed

Essential Oils: Lavender, Melaleuca, Thieves (YL) or Spice Traders (Fierra’s), WO (Systemic


Stomach Flu - Vomiting

General Recommendations : Give the stomach complete rest for 3 hours after vomiting episode.After 3 hours – slowly sip water, rehydration solution, or low-sugar

electrolyte drink. If sipping liquid is tolerated for 2 hours, slowly add easily

digested foods

Replace fluid and electrolytes. Most important. Most sport drinks should not be used because their sugar content is too high. Gatorade can be used if diluted half strength with water. Find a good non-sugar electrolyte drink or make the following.

Oral Rehydration Solution: 1 tsp sea salt 4 tsp cream of tartar

½ tsp baking soda 4 TB sugar 1 quart of water

Or 8 oz fruit juice with ½ tsp honey and a pinch of salt Followed by 8 oz water with ½ tsp baking soda.

Adults drink 4-6 quarts of solution in the first four to six hours. Children

can be given eight ounces every hour. (from Herbal First Aid and Health Care by Kyle


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Nutritional Supplements: Take massive amounts of High quality probiotics after sipping liquids is tolerated. For example: Take 6-8 capsules every 30-60 minutes until feeling better

Herbs: Ginger – strong gas expeller and settles the stomach, keep some in

the glove compartment on your car. May be more effective when taken 4

hours before a car or boat ride (Up to eight 500- to 600- mg capsules

per day; 10-20 drops of tincture three times per day; or ½ to 1 tsp

fresh ground root per day)

Peppermint – helps prevent vomiting and quiets stomach spasms (drink a small

amount of tincture in water, use a strong peppermint candy such as

Altoids or 1 cup of tea as neededFennel – seeds are regarded as gentle digestive aids and

antispasmodics (up to 20 raw seeds, chewed well, or up to three 400- to 500- mg

capsules per day or 1 cup tea – 2-3 tsp crushed seed stepped in 1 cup hot

water)Slippery Elm Gruel - can be used to slow down motility (2 tsp slippery

elm to 6 oz liquid) If fever is present, treat as would an infection with

immune boosting herbs (Echinacea, garlic, goldenseal, cat’s claw, pau d’arco,

immune boosting blends)