Fighting Infection Without Antibiotics – Part 2

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.

Fighting Infection without Antibiotics – Part 1

Almost everyone has had to deal with kidney or urinary tract infections, impacted teeth with abscesses, strep throat (streptococcus bacteria), and sinus, yeast, and ear infections.  What most people don’t know is that you don’t have to visit the doctor, pay a copay, and pick up a prescription for antibiotics to get rid of it.  Antibiotics do way more damage than help in the end, and after continuous use over time they become ineffective as your body adapts to their ingestion.  This causes you to need more and stronger versions in order to fight the infection.  If use is continued beyond this point your body will become dependent on them to fight infection for it, thus rendering your immune system almost useless.  This is because antibiotics do not promote immune system function they simply enter your body and kill all bacteria, whether it is good bacteria that normally live in the body and assist in normal everyday functions, or the bad bacteria that invade from our external environment and work to take over your cells for their own purposes.

A normal, strong, and healthy immune system can typically fight off most infections without any assistance.  People struggle with this thought and typically freak out when they develop a fever and other symptoms of an infection.  They know they have been invaded and want to destroy the invader as fast as possible.  So they go get antibiotics before giving their immune system a chance to do its job.

Which has worked just fine for the Homo sapien for thousands of years, up until the early 1900s when the first antibiotic, penicillin, was developed from the penicillium mold.  Up until then natural plant extracts were utilized to fight bacterial and viral infections and scientists truely believed they could find a better way to kill bodily invaders without dealing with the uncomfortable symptoms of infection.  With this development plant extracts were tossed aside and forgotten, deemed useless by scientific discovery, even though they had been effective since Homo habilis first stood on two legs over 2 million years ago.  Even horses know of the benefit of herbs for pain.  If you observe an older horse with decaying teeth you will see it selectively chew horsetail fern, which is a great natural tooth pain reliever.  This is how the first people learned about healing herbs, by observing animals.  Over hundreds of thousands of years they tested on themselves and developed an extensive knowledge of plant based remedies that was verbally passed down for thousands of generations.

So I would like to bring that knowledge back to the forefront of human health because we are only poisoning ourselves with our chemical developments.  We’ve all seen the commercials for new drugs that are guaranteed to stop the problem the drug is designed for, but not without an extensive list of often debilitating side effects.  The side effects are caused by the chemical compounds incompatibility with the body.  Most of these drugs only go through minimal trials that only span a year or two, at the most, and often negative results are downplayed because the pharmaceutical companies themselves are funding the trials. What about 20 years from now? What happens to you after consuming these man-made chemicals for most of your life?  What happens to the child in the womb when its mother is taking anti-depressants while pregnant? Most commonly heart problems and death in infancy.  But what about the children that survive into adulthood after being poisoned during gestation. What health problems appear then? Are we really so concerned about feeling better now, without doing anything but taking a pill, that we would endanger the lives of our offspring and weaken future generations?

Alright, enough of voicing my opinions.  I will describe the remedies I have developed to assist my own body in fighting infection.  These remedies do not kill the bacteria for you they simply provide the immune system with what it needs to fight the bacteria or viruses off by itself.  None of these remedies are toxic, even in high doses, and can be given to children and infants at any time.

The first and most effective, all encompassing, remedy for any infection that I have found is Usnea.  In the south it is known as Old Man’s Beard, and it hangs in long yellow-green streamers from trees in shaded moist areas.  I have even found it growing in the forests north of Central City here in Colorado, especially after the wet, rainy season.

You can find an antibiotic glycerite and tea blend at Mother Gaia’s Remedies.

Or you can make your own tea, syrup, and tincture below.

The easiest preparation is a simple tea.  All you need is 1/2 cup of dried Usnea, 1tbsp of honey (or sugar if giving it to a child under 2 years old), and 2 cups of water.  Boil the Usnea for at least a half an hour, its fibers are very tough and must be softened and broken down.  Then pour the entire mass, after it has cooled, into a blender, food processor, or Magic Bullet.  I love my Magic Bullet, it will even grind up dried Ginseng root, if anyone has ever tried this they know it is one of the toughest roots that can destroy almost any grinder.  Grind it up the best you can and then strain out the left over fibers with a tea strainer, coffee filter, cheesecloth, or paper towel into a clean glass jar.  Pour in the honey or sugar, close the lid, and shake vigorously.  Store in the refrigerator for up to six weeks. For adults, take 2 tablespoons 3 times a day, for 14 days.

For children 2 and up, give 2 teaspoons twice a day for 14 days.

For infants under two, dip your finger in the honey free mixture and rub it on their gums three times a day for 7 days.  Then observe them for a day or two to be sure the fever and symptoms do not return.

If the individual being treated has issues with a chronic infection like Chrohn’s Disease or Lupus they can continue to take this remedy every day and indefinitely without side effects or toxicity symptoms.

For a longer lasting remedy that can be stored for years use 1 ounce of dried Usnea; 6 ounces of Vodka, Everclear, or Grain Alcohol; 4 ounces filter water; a 12-16 ounce glass jar with tightly sealing lid; and a 1 or 2 ounce colored glass dropper bottle.  Place the Usnea in the jar and cover with alcohol and water, seal the lid, and shake vigorously.  Then place jar in a sunny place for 8 days until it is a dark, golden-green color, strain back into the jar and store in cool dark place for years.  Pour some into the colored glass dropper bottle and give in dropper sized doses.

For adults, 2 dropperfuls 3 times a day for 14 days.

For children 2 and up, 1 dropperful 3 times a day for 14 days.

For infants under 2, a few drops on the finger rubbed on their gums 2 times a day for 7 days, and observe after treatment for returning symptoms.

NOTE: Alcohol tinctures do contain alcohol and do affect blood sugar levels. Mother Gaia recommends vegetable glycerin based tinctures called ‘glycerites’ instead. They do not raise blood sugar and do provide a simple delivery system for certain remedies. Please remember glycerites and tinctures should always be taken with a full glass of water.

I will continue this information on the next blog.

Preventing the Flu without Vaccines

Many, many people blindly follow their Doctor’s advice and get the Flu vaccine. What they don’t do is find out what the flu vaccine actually contains, how long it is expected to work, and which flu virus strains it’s supposed to defend against. The vaccine itself may not be toxic but the chemicals, including mercury, utilized in extracting and combining the essential components of the vaccine are. Also the vaccine itself is only guaranteed to work for six weeks after injection, flu season lasts 3 months, at least. Every year they create a new vaccine for new strains of the flu without considering what that does to the virus itself. Every new strain evolved because of the modified vaccine, now there are many strains that the vaccine does not protect the individual from. Many occupations require that you have the flu vaccine as a part of employment. These people are forced to be inoculated even when the prevention results are not guaranteed.

Over sanitation is one cause of the spread of the virus in children and adults. If we kill all the bacteria on/in ourselves and on the surfaces of our homes then we directly affect our immune system’s ability to defend us. Our immunity is dependent on bacteria to function properly, these bacteria live within and around us for a reason. When we indiscriminately kill all the bacteria, we kill what we need as well.

Alcohol based hand sanitizers and air diffusers are the leading cause of this problem. Also the companies that produce these products cannot guarantee their effectiveness because the products strength decreases the longer it sits on store shelves or in back-stock warehouses. This is especially true of the sanitizing wipes. They have been tested and proven to be completely ineffective after only 6 months of storage. So how long do they sit it warehouses before placed on a shelf for you to purchase? At least 3 months, sometimes more with companies like Walmart that purchase huge amounts of product at once to gain a discount.

Now that we’ve covered that let’s take a look at what we can do to prevent the flu in ourselves and our homes without these man-made, chemical based vaccines and sanitizers.

The absolutely best mixture I have found for sanitizing safely and effectively is Witch Hazel and Tea Tree essential oil. Tea Tree essential oil is an amazing leaf extract from Australia that strengthens the bodies immunity by supporting the ‘good’ bacteria and promoting proper immune function. It is also amazingly effective at destroying every type of invader that can make you sick by compromising your immunity, from viruses to fungi, and everything in between.

Mother Gaia also makes a great all-natural hand sanitizer and sanitizing spray that include tea tree.

Visit Mother Gaia’s to buy your own.

Alleviating Allergies Without Histamine Blockers

Most, if not all, of us have some allergic reactions to pollens, weeds, dust, pet dander, smoke, and mold. Therefore many turn to over-the-counter anti-histamines for relief of allergy symptoms. Many of these chemical compounds create more side effects than actual relief. So I will discuss what I have discovered to be of great benefit for allergy sufferers without side effects like drowsiness, dizziness, and a foggy mind. I worked diligently to find a remedy for my 9 year old, whose allergies are awful for her. We originally started her on basic, over-the-counter anti-histamines but they often made her tired and unable to focus at school. So I began to research herbal remedies for her.

The first thing I discovered was Quercitin, a natural plant extract that works with the body to reduce the amount of histamine released. This only came in pill form, which she could not swallow, so we ground it up for her to swallow the powder but it tasted awful to her and she didn’t want to take it. This pill can be found at any health foods store and I would greatly recommend for adults with allergies that can swallow pills. It did actually help her a lot when I could convince her to take it.

Due to the awful taste I searched some more for a more pallet pleasing remedy that is safe for children.

This is when I discovered that Stinging Nettles, a plant similar to spinach with stinging hairs all over it. The Quercitin content of Nettles is very high and it is the most likely source of extracted Quercitin products.

So I developed a low-sugar tincture using vegetable glycerin and nettles. This blend has worked wonders for me and my family. No more allergies and no more antihistamine side effects!

To purchase your own, visit Mother Gaia’s Store.

For kids I recommend 1 or 2 dropperfuls per day as a dose. If their allergies are really bad give 2 dropperfuls twice a day. Always taking with a cup of water. They can have more if need be, there will be no side effects or toxicity reactions, no matter how much you give. Adults should take 2 to 4 dropperfuls up to 2 times a day for relief of any type of allergy symptoms. This remedy is also recommended for assisting with food allergies.

After starting my daughter on this remedy on a daily basis her allergies have almost vanished. Every now and then she still has a sneezing fit and we just give her another dropperful to help alleviate that.

As a side note, many allergies, especially in children, are due to the fact that we tend to over-sanitize our home environments, leaving kids susceptible to outdoor allergies even more. If our indoor environment is too clean then our bodies are unable to deal appropriately with outdoor allergens or even with recycled air in office buildings and schools. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes are not the cure all we need. What we need is the opportunity to build up an immunity to our environment, like allowing our children to get sick and be sick so their immune system can adapt and build the ability to fight off illness and disease in adulthood and old age.

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