Dear Earth Clinic Member,
In our shared quest for a lifetime of optimal health we need to explore a wide variety of supplements and remedies. Our bodies are marvels for taking care of themselves, but they need the right sort of help from us along the way, and s single remedy won't suit all needs.
Many of us have found great success with one remedy or another that has cured us of a disease, boosted our energy, or otherwise improved our lives. Occasionally that remedy will become a regular part of our lives. Maybe apple cider vinegar is such a panacea for you. More often, different stages of our lives will require different home remedies as our bodies and the environments around them slowly change.
Toward that goal of building a substantial library of potential home remedies, this week we are making a bittersweet addition to our remedy cabinet-the juniper berry.
Ted and Bill each step in to offer some home health care advice from our Top Contributors, and we highlight a couple of ECer contributions on a miraculous pet care cure and some hope in treating Morgellon's Disease!
Evergreens rarely contribute to our foodstuffs, but juniper bucks the trend thanks to its small, blue berries. As a potent diuretic with antifungal and specific cleansing effects on the body, juniper berries provide a more intensely therapeutic natural medicine than some of our other home remedies. In their effects, juniper berries are potent and stimulating (for your own juniper home remedies, start with small and always diluted doses).
Juniper berries are not only the principle flavoring for gin but also used as a berry sauce on meats, in pickling recipes, and as flavoring for several other foods. Furthermore, it has been used medicinally for ages and across continents. Medicinally, the essential oils of the juniper berry are typically distilled for use, rather than direct ingestion of the berry.
Juniper Nutrition: Juniper berries contain vitamin C as well as a number of flavonoids and tannins. Yet it is better respected for its volatile oils, which include limonene, thujone, myrcene, and pinene. Those volatile oils lend juniper antifungal properties in addition to its other health benefits.
Natural Juniper Home Remedies: First and foremost, juniper is considered a purifying remedy. It is a diuretic that stimulates elimination of wastes from the body and is considered a detoxifying agent even beyond that basic function. This is particularly true for arthritis and gout, where juniper can be taken internally to reduce uric acid build-up.
However, it is in that diuretic role that it is most often used as a therapeutic agent for the kidneys. Additionally, juniper oil can be rubbed into the chest for congestion or a cough. It is similarly used as a massage oil to reduce the pain of gout or arthritis. In both cases, be sure to mix with a gentle carrier oil to prevent irritation.
Kidney and Bladder Issues: Those with a kidney or urinary tract infection can use juniper berries or juniper extract initially in very small doses as a natural remedy for their health condition. This natural remedy is particularly advised in the case of a weak or prolapsed bladder. However, it isNOT to be used as a home remedy by those with generally poor kidney function or blocked urinary tracts.
Preparation and Dosage: Only the juniper berries can be used medicinally (technically not a berry but the scales of the plant's evergreen cones). They can be used fresh, dried, or distilled into an essential oil. Use sparingly and for not more than a month at a time! Less than 10g of dried berries should be taken each day, and several days break from the remedy is often advised if used regularly.
You can also try a juniper tea using a teaspoon of juniper berries. Steep for 8-10 minutes and then strain before drinking.
Juniper remedies should not be used by those who are pregnant or hoping to become so. This home remedy can also exacerbate a kidney issue if you are having trouble urinating, so use with caution in that case and ideally under a naturopath or aromatherapist's care.
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Because we couldn't find any charcoal, my boyfriend bought Active Carbon, which is supposedly the same thing as Charcoal, from Walmart in the Aquarium Section! It is used to clean fish tanks. It cost him 4 dollars. We bought some Gatorade and made a mixture of Gatorade, Water, and Charcoal, and used a syringe to get him to swallow this at first. Within a half an hour, his appetite was in full force, and so was his energy level. We continued to feed him this gatorade, water, charcoal mix throughout the night, and today - Tuesday - he is nearly 100%. While he is still laying down relaxing more than he typically would, he is wide awake, fully alert, and eating anything and everything we will let him (we are going easy as he hadn't ate in so long and don't want to upset his stomach). He is chasing the cat, playing, and running around like a lunatic (like he normally does).
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05/03/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippinesreplies: "Hi Cindy... For coenzyme Cq-10 I take Debittered Brewer's Yeast (DBY) as my source -- one or more tablespoons with water a day with food. DBY also provides the full range of B vitamins (except perhaps cobolamine), Selenium, fibre, ribose with reasonable amounts of copper, magnesium, zinc, chromium and manganese.
I also take 4 tablets of desiccated liver (DL) at mealtimes. I simply crunch them and chase them down with water. Taking DL on a daily basis provides my baseline for vitamins, minerals and amino acids in one of the cheapest and most bio-available forms for our bodies.
Doing the above provides my baseline equivalent of multi-vits and is much more effective.
On top of this I take extra nutrients in their proper orthomolecular amounts such as higher dose Vitamin C (at least 3 grams a day as Sodium Ascorbate), Magnesium Chloride or Mag Citrate (usually 800 mg) and Lugol's Iodine with water. I usually always alkalize now on a daily basis using Ted's Alkalizing Remedies depending on how I'm feeling. I also supplement VCO [virgin coconut oil] on a regular basis.
I further protect my liver and kidneys by taking ALA, Selenium, Milk Thistle and Chanca piedra.
My own preventative strategy or philosophy against illness is based strongly on just protecting the intestines, liver and kidneys. That way you ensure proper and healthy nutrient absorption pathways, blood purity is assured leading to healthier, balanced hormone levels and a stronger immune system wherein all the excretory pathways are also strongly protected. Then all you have to do is ensure that you eat proper and healthy non-processed foods. This is the difficult part for most people I think because a lifetime of bad eating habits can be very difficult to change."
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