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  1. 1. 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 Ear Ache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Eczema . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Flatulence (gas) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Fevers/Chills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Flu and Cold (Viral Infections) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24 Gum Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Headaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27 Head Lice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Hives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Immune Building Strategies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31 Insect Bites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 32 Insomnia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Irritable bowel Syndrome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Menopause . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Motion Sickness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Muscle Aches/cramps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Pink Eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 38 Pneumonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39-40 Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Seasonal Affective Disorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Sore Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 43 Stomach Flu – Vomiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
  2. 2. Acne 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. 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
  3. 3. 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 root 2 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 root 1 few drops water 5 drops lavender oil Mix all ingredients. Apply to pimples; let dry. Rinse or gently wash off.
  4. 4. Allergies 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 diet Supplements if necessary to get a good balance of vitamins and minerals Avoid combining proteins with starches and sugars at meals Eliminate 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
  5. 5. Anxiety 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 resolve The 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 acids Avoid caffeine and alcohol Avoid 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 Skullcap Passionflower 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
  6. 6. Arthritis 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 water Alkalize 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 water Avoid 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 E Flax oil, Evening primrose oil, black currant, or borage oil Glucosamine sulfate with chondroitin (Vegan form) MSM (2,000-8,000 mg daily) Joint Health V (Solutions IE formula) Essential Oils: Birch with helichrysum, Anastasia (Fierra’s), PanAway (YL)
  7. 7. 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 Bacterial Generalized symptoms Localized symptoms Lower metabolic rate Increase metabolic rate Body temperature runs cool Body temperature runs warm Sensitivity to cold Increase in perspiration General aches and pains Localized pain and swelling Alkaline urine pH is common Acid urine pH is common Hypoglycemia Hyperglycemia Lowered white blood count Increase in white blood count Fatigue, 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) 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)
  8. 8. 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 foods Natural diuretics include watermelon, celery or parsley Add garlic to clear soups or other meals Avoid all refined sugars, including alcohol Avoid salty, spicy, processed, or refined foods, as well as caffeine Identify food allergies and avoid these foods Avoid soda pop Herbs: Cranberry can help prevent and may also help cure Drink 1 ¼ cups unsweetened cranberry juice per day during an infection Uva 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) 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 daily) Essential Oils: Oregano, Melaleuca
  9. 9. Blisters 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 Blister Balm ½ oz dried calendula blossoms ½ oz dried comfrey root 2 cups almond, olive, or other vegetable oil ½ cup finely chopped beeswax 10 drops lavender essential oil 10 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.
  10. 10. Bruises 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 swelling Elevate injured part and keep it cold for 10-15 minutes Repeat 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 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 time Cayenne creams can be used to reduce pain Parsley – leaves can be crushed and applied repeatedly to a bruise Potato – 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.
  11. 11. Burns 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 sterile 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 healing Calendula – 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 needed Comfrey – Look for commercial products or make a tea or poultice Tea – 1 tsp dried herb in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutes Poultice – mash about a cup of fresh leaves, wrap the mash in thin cloth Plantain – crush a fresh leaf and apply the juice directly to the burn Essential Oils: Lavender – relieves pain and enhances healing Apply undiluted directly to the skin Nutritional Supplements: Colloidal Silver – spray directly on burn
  12. 12. 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 balance Avoid toothpaste with sodium lauryl sulfate – this causes the mucus membranes to dry out and leaves them vulnerable to the acids in food Diet: Alfalfa sprouts Eat salad with raw onions, yogurt, buttermilk, soured products Avoid sugar, citrus fruits, processed and refined foods Avoid fish and meat for two weeks to reduce body acidity Herbs: Gotu Kola – heal wounds and promote connective tissue growth 1 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 sore Chamomile – 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 Mouth Essential Oils: Sage with clove or lavender Thieves (YL) or Spice Traders (Fierra’s) with sage Peppermint or wintergreen oil Canker sore swab 1 tsp Echinacea tincture 1 tsp goldenseal tincture 1 tsp calendula tincture 1 tsp grapefruit seed extract 1 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
  13. 13. Cold Sores 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 sun When 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 compress Garlic – include plenty of garlic in diet Stevia – 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 C Zinc – (zinc sulfate gel) Quercetin - plant pigment found in onions, garlic and other foods L-Lycine 500 mg twice a day Cold Sore Relieve (Solutions IE Formula)
  14. 14. Constipation 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 meals Exercise Supplements: Aloe Vera internally Increase friendly flora with probiotics Essential fatty acids – Borage, flax, fish, olive, pumpkin oils Balance formulas for the colon will strengthen the colon As a tissue to improve bowel function Kid-e-Reg (Dr. Christopher’s) for children Magnesium has a laxative effect Essential Oils: Ginger and anise seed oil Tummy Rub (Fierra’s aromatics)
  15. 15. 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 sponging 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 or 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 grains)
  16. 16. 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 bleeding Complete Tissue Repair ointment (Western Botanicals) Herbal anti-septic wash (Western Botanicals) 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)
  17. 17. 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) 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 Heat the vinegar to the boiling point. 2 cups apple cider vinegar Remove from heat and add the herbs. Cover ¼ cup sage, rosemary, or thyme leaves or and steep for 10 minutes. Strain; discard the any combination herbs. Pour into empty shampoo bottle and label. Use about ¼ cup in 2 cups water as a rinse after shampooing.
  18. 18. Diarrhea 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 Christensen) 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 flex points on the bottom of the feet
  19. 19. 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 ear Use 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 vinegar ¼ cup rubbing alcohol With one of the following: 2-3 drops grapefruit seed extract 3 drops garlic tincture 3-5 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.
  20. 20. Eczema 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 gruel Comfrey tea to continue cleansing Rash 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 cleansing Drink distilled water temporarily to encourage cleansing Modified Cold Sheet Treatment will encourage toxins to surface more rapidly: Place child in warm/hot tub Drink Red Raspberry or Yarrow Tea Take the child out of the tub and sponge with cold water Put 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
  21. 21. 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 meals Replenish healthy flora with probiotics Herbs: fennel, cinnamon, peppermint, chlorophyll Goldenseal with myrrh (equal parts) Pain management: Hot water bottle for gas pains and cramping Diet: Avoid carbonated beverages Eat raw vegetables with every meal Avoid eating heavy proteins and heavy carbohydrates in the same meal Avoid sugar Vinegar in water to acidify an overly alkaline bowel Chew 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) Essential Oils: Peppermint, tarragon, anise seed and fennel Tummy Rub (Fierra’s)
  22. 22. Fevers/Chills 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) Lobelia Tincture (1-3 TB until it produces vomiting) if necessary Yarrow, Elderflower or Peppermint Tincture: 10-15 drops/ 3 times a day To 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 slowly 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)
  23. 23. 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 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
  24. 24. 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 water 1-2 tsp tea blend ½-1 tsp fresh grated ginger (optional) Lemon juice (optional) 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 desired. Herbal Steam and Bath Tea: 4 cups water 3 TB eucalyptus leaves 2 TB thyme leaves 1 TB rosemary leaves 1 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 leaf 2 ¼ tsp elder flowers 2 ¼ yarrow leaves and flowers 1 ½ tsp peppermint 3 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.
  25. 25. 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. 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, riboflavin Essential Oils: Clove, Helichrysum, Mountain savory Diet: Plant based diet – with whole foods and limited processing Avoid refined sugars, CHO and esp. soda pop Emphasize foods containing Vitamin C Bacteria-fighting gum rinse 5 drops goldenseal tincture 5 drops myrrh tincture 2 cloves crushed garlic 1 dash cayenne 2 cups water Combine all ingredients. Swish in the mouth for 2-3 minutes, three or four times a day.
  26. 26. Headaches 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: Frontal lobe: Digestion issue Right side: Liver issue Left side: Pancreas, blood sugar issue Rear: 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 kava Essential 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
  27. 27. 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, birch Essential 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 • 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
  28. 28. 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.
  29. 29. Hives 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 possible High fiber diet to improve elimination from intestines Emphasize high quality essential fatty acids Avoid dairy products Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours Avoid food allergies Avoid processed, junk and refined foods Avoid alcohol and caffeine Avoid 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 day The 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 Burdock – up to 3 cups tea per day Stinging Nettle – steam and eat as vegetable or 1-2 cups tea per day Aloe – apply inner gel of plant on hives Ginger – up to 2 cups tea per day (may increase heat of skin)
  30. 30. 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: Candida Epstein Barr Virus Cytomegalovirus Parasites Hypoadrenal or hypothyroid condition Heavy Metal toxicity Allergies
  31. 31. 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, eucalyptus,) Insect Bites
  32. 32. 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 paste Wasp 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 effective Colon detox powder (Western Botannicals) made into a poultice with plantain tincture will quickly draw out toxins from skin Lobelia tincture Aloe vera Immune 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 abates Insect Repellent: 2 oz vegetable oil ¼ tsp citronella essential oil 1/8 tsp cedar, rose geranium, or lemongrass essential oil Other 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 mosquitoes Patchouly is used as a moth repellent Idaho tansy floral water Insomnia
  33. 33. 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 room Get into a sleep routine – same time, same relaxation techniques Invest in a good mattress Exercise during the day, but avoid exercise within two hours of going to bed Practice relaxation and stress-relief techniques Diet: Cut out salt from diet after mid-day Reduce protein and eat primarily CHO at evening meal Emphasize leafy greens, sesame and sunflower seeds, oats, almonds and walnuts to increase calcium and magnesium in diet B vitamins are also essential for good sleep Monitor 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 Passionflower – 1 cup tea before bedtimes or 20-40 drops tincture twice a day. Do not take passionflower with MAO antidepressants Kava-Kava – take one hour before bedtime (20-30 drops tincture or 1-2 capsules) Chamomile – 1-2 cups tea before bedtimes Skullcap – 1 cup tea at bedtime or 20-40 drops tincture at bedtime Catnip – 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
  34. 34. General Recommendations: Check for parasites Address Emotional issues Check for food allergies Diet: Avoid all sources of gluten (wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt) for 1-2 weeks to see if this makes a difference Increase 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 Menopause
  35. 35. 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 dryness Vitamin C and bioflavanoids - reduce leg cramps, bruising, and hot flashes Calcium/magnesium – prevent osteoporosis and ease anxiety B-complex - reduce water retention, combat fatigue and prevent nervous disorders Selenium - helps maintain normal hormone functions Acidophilus - prevent vaginitis, yeast infections and cystitis Evening Primrose oil -contributes to estrogen products, sedative, diuretic, helps control hot flashes Borage/Flax and fish oils Pumpkin Seed Oil Herbal blends for PMS and General Female Function Herbal blends for Pituitary, Thyroid and Adrenal glands should also be considered Herbal blends to strengthen the Liver Herbal Products: Black Cohosh – mimics estrogen in the body (up to 3 -500 mg capsules per day Dang Gui – acts as a phytoestrogen (up to 6 500- 600- mg capsules per day Vitex – acts on Pituitary to stabilize hormone fluctuation (up to 3 200- mg capsules Red 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 day St. 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)
  36. 36. 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 trip If one a boat, stay in the middle If small, sit on a cushion to see straight ahead and focus on distant points Don’t sit on a seat that faces backwards Wear headphones and listen to soothing music Don’t take supplements on an empty stomach Avoid reading or activities that cause you to put your head down Try an acupressure wrist band Avoid 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 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 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)
  37. 37. 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. 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 cloth Deep 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
  38. 38. 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 eyes Make sure other people do not use your towel or washcloth Try not to touch your eyes as all Eyewash and Compresses (How-to’s) 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 filter Pour 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 eye DO NOT PUT HERBAL EXTRACTS DIRECTLY INTO YOUR EYES Compress – steep 1 tsp of dried herbs as directed above Strain and cool the tea then use it to moisten a clean, soft cloth Apply 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 C Zinc Vitamin A
  39. 39. Pneumonia 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 Get plenty of rest Have a support person with you to help cook, purchase and prepare medicines Eat lightly – using fresh vegetables, fruits, soups, and juices Stay away from sugar which suppresses the immune system Warm baths or showers will help you feel better Drink plenty of fluids to keep respiratory fluids thin and to flush toxins A 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, Zinc Acidophilus – especially after use of antibiotics Calcium – 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 day Mashmallow 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
  40. 40. 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 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, sandalwood Lavender with lemon, ginger, fennel, close Purification (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 oil Heat 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 day Castor 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) Old-fashioned plaster Expectorant Cough Syrup Mix one-half ounce by weight of: dried powdered mustard ½ cup water ginger ½ cup raw honey or garlic 1-2 tsp mullein leaves With one-half ounce of: 1-2 tsp dried horehound herb powdered slippery elm or 1-2 tsp dried rosemary leaves marshmallow root. 1-2 tsp powdered or chopped cinnamon Add water, 1 TB at a time, until the mixture bark forms a thick paste. 1-2 tsp dried chopped ginger 1 pinch cayenne Spread a thin layer of paste on a piece of thin cloth. Apply the plaster, cloth side Combine all ingredients in a small pot. down, on your chest or back and leave it on Bring to a boil, then lower the heat. 15-30 minutes. Lift the plaster frequently Simmer, uncovered, until the mixture has to make sure the skin is not burning from reduced by about one-half. Remove from the heat of the herbs. Do not reuse the heat and strain. Cool to room plaster. temperature. Take ½ - 1 tsp as often as ever two hours. Store in refrigerator.
  41. 41. 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-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and speeds wound healing. Pick a few leaves, wash them, mash them, and apply as a poultice to the rash Aloe – 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 water Make a paste or baking soda and water and paint it on affected areas Mix water and green clay powder to draw resin away from skin Temporary relief can be found with an ice or cold pack
  42. 42. 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 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 techniques Walking and aerobic exercise – outdoors to receive natural light if possible Spend 30 minutes each day in the fresh air – in the sunlight if weather permits – close to noon to maximize natural light Light therapy – natural or artificial Warm colors of yellow, red, and orange in lighting, room décor and clothing Use high quality full spectrum light bulbs (not incandescent, but fluorescent) Laughing stimulates endorphins to help us feel better – watch a comedy Diet: Lox fat, without too much animal protein Eliminate caffeine Cut out excessive carbohydrates – especially refined CHO like sugar, white flour Focus on raw foods with green vegetables and healthy oils Nutrition Supplements: Magnesium, B-complex and minerals Fish 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- depressants Flower essences: Mustard Essential Oils: Jasmine, Lemon
  43. 43. Sore Throat 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 throat Gargle 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 gone Licorice – 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 day Mullein – fights flu virus. Take up to 6 cups of tea per day Plantain – soothes tissues. Take up to 4 cups of tea per day or 3-6 grams in capsules per day Slippery elm – soothing to sore throats. Take 2-3 cups of tea per day. You can also find lozenges made with slippery elm Eucalyptus – 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 eucalyptus 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 day Lemon 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
  44. 44. Essential Oils: Lavender, Melaleuca, Thieves (YL) or Spice Traders (Fierra’s), WO (Systemic formulas) 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 Christensen) 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 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)
  45. 45. 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)