One thing I didn’t bring up previously is that we are a part of the Earth, as we grow in our mothers wombs we are nourished by the food and water she takes from the Earth. As everyone knows plants are from the Earth were specifically designed by Nature to feed, nourish, and heal every creature that walks the Earth. No matter how above and beyond Nature we may feel; we are an animal that walks the Earth.
What I didn’t mention in the previous post is that the Usnea tea (water extraction) or tincture (alcohol extraction) are very useful in fighting off the Streptococcus bacteria, viral infections, and kidney or Urinary Tract infections (UTIs). It can be useful in assisting in the treatment of skin, sinus, and bronchial infections as well, when combined with another treatment. These other treatments are what I will discuss here.
When it comes to Kidney infections and UTIs, often times the pain is unbearable and people turn to antibiotics because of their rapid effects. This is a bad idea because their use often leads to an imbalance of pH in the body, leading to an acidic environment. This, especially in women, leads to the development of yeast infections and loss of natural bacterial flora. As normal bacterial flora is killed by the indiscriminate antibiotic, the digestion and absorption of nutrients and the processing of wastes in the intestines is greatly affected, leading to diarrhea or constipation and malnutrition.
There are also times when the UTI is so bad that blood is excreted with urine. This occurs because the inflammation throughout the urinary tract is so bad that wounds have opened up and lead to internal bleeding. The individual has waited too long to treat the infection and/or the body has been unsucessful at eradicating the infection due to extenuating health and environmental circumstances. This a time when Usnea is beneficial but not completely effective. The individual now needs to utilize Bear Berry leaf (Uva Ursi) and/or Osha Root.The two together are even more effective than alone because they are working in complementary ways that are synergistic with bodily processes. Native Americans chewed fresh Bear Berries when they were urinating blood and found relief.
So in order to save myself retyping everything I will skip the process of making tea and tincture from these heavy, dense plant materials. Bear Berry & Osha Root tea – 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon each dried, ground Bear Berry leaf and Osha Root, 1 tablespoon Honey. For adults, 2 tablespoons 3 times a day for 14 days.
For children ages 6 and up, 1 teaspoon 3 times a day for 14 days.
This remedy is not appropriate for infants and very young children. This remedy should not be taken for more than 14 days at a time and should only be utilized with bad infections that are producing blood. Continued use without infection can cause kidney irritation and dysfunction.
Bear Berry & Osha Root incture – 1/2 ounce each dried, ground Bear Berry leaf and Osha Root; 6 ounces Vodka, Everclear, or Grain Alcohol; 4 ounces filtered water; 12-16 ounce glass jar with lid; and 1 or 2 ounce colored glass dropper bottle. For adults, 2 dropperfuls 3 times a day for 14 days. For children ages 6 and up, 1 dropperful 3 times a day for 14 days. This is not appropriate for infants or young children.
Now I also mentioned Ear Infections, which really aren’t caused by bacterial or viral invasion, but by irritation due to fluid backup from the tubes that drain the ear of fluids down the throat (Eustachian Tubes) or ear canal irritation from external irritants like chlorine pool water. Inflammation of these sensitive tissues can lead to a loss of hearing, if left untreated, because scar tissue forms within the ear drum (Tympanic Membrane), Cochlea (fluid filled organ in the inner ear that transmits sound though the Organ of Corti that connects to nerves), and on the Vestibulocochlear nerve.
For treating this we return to the amazing anti-inflammatory effects of Chamomile, but we will use a vegetable oil based treatment. When I say vegetable oil I don’t mean the one you deep fry foods with; I mean a cold pressed Almond, Sesame, Coconut, Safflower, Sunflower, Grapeseed, or Jojoba Oil.
It’s best to use dried flowers when making an oil emulsion because fresh flowers contain water that can interfere with the emulsion process and cause fermentation of the oil.
See Mother Gaia’s Remedies for fresh Chamomile Infused Oil
So for Chamomile infused oil you need – 1 ounce dried Chamomile flowers, 6 ounces of any one of those cold pressed vegetable oils listed above, 12-16 ounce glass jar with lid, small square cheesecloth or papertowel, rubber band or hemp string, coffee filter or tea strainer, and a 1 or 2 ounce colored glass dropper bottle. To make – place dried Chamomile in glass jar and cover with 6 ounces of vegetable oil, then cover jar mouth with cheesecloth and rubberband or string, and place in sunny window for 14 days. Strain and pour back into glass jar and store in a cool, dark place for years. The emulsion has gone bad when it begins to smell like alcohol.
As for the treatment – pour the emulsion into the colored glass dropper bottle and use as needed. For children and adults, 3 to 5 drops directly into the ear canal and cover the opening with a cotton ball. For infants, 1 or 2 drops in the ear, every 4 hours.
Keep the oil at room temperature, warming it in the hand first can provide easier administration. This treatment can be used several times a day until the inflammation is alleviated.
Another option is to purchase German Chamomile essential oil from a reputable and environmentally conscious supplier. All you need is 1/16 or 1/8 ounce; it can be quite expensive. 5 drops of German Chamomile EO in 1 ounce of vegetable carrier oil in a colored glass dropper bottle and shaken vigorously. Use as needed in the same way described above.
See Mother Gaia’s Remedies for Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer
As for skin infections, like those acquired from injuries and animal scratches, you want to treat it immediately with a disinfectant and then utilize an ameliorative (chemical compound that promotes cell regeneration) for speeding healing and reducing scarring.
The disinfectant – 1 bottle of Witch Hazel and 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil, shake vigorously.
The best oils for promoting healing of injured and inflammed skin are Hazelnut, Coconut, Jojoba, and Rosehip seed. Any one of these oils can be used as is directly on the skin to promoting healing after the scab has formed. Or they can be mixed into a lotion base for a less oily application.
Check out the continuation on the next blog, I will continue to describe natural antibacterial products and how to make an all natural lotion base at home.