Monday, June 12, 2017

Best Daily Tonic Herbs (That can be easily grown in your garden!)


There are three specific herbs I have come to love and value over the years as I've studied medicinal herbs and health and disease. These three herbs are known to be the "elixir of life" and are able to protect us from many types of viruses and bacteria and one of them is even known to balance our energy systems!

These three herbs are:


Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a type of mint. It's latin name is Melissa officinalis. You know the popular (and super expensive) Melissa Essential oil that's known to be one of the most powerful anti-viral essential oils in existence? THIS is the plant it comes from! Research conducted over the past decade has demonstrated impressive results using lemon balm as an antiviral herb - especially for the Herpes Simplex Virus. 

But not only does lemon balm have some impressive antiviral properties - it's a calming herb that helps relieve stress and anxiety. Chronic stress is the NUMBER ONE cause of deteriorating health. If we're taking an herb that's acting as a mild sedative - calming our nerves, re-setting our autonomic nervous system and relieving nervous tension, our health will take a BIG step in the right direction. 

This herb is used to treat the flu, colds, and coughs. It's perfect as a daily tonic not only because of the benefits I just listed but also because it helps improve memory, it improves moods, and it supports the immune system. 

Stevia

Stevia isn't just one of the healthiest substitutes for sugar known to man - did you know that Stevia contains phytonutrients which contain antimicrobial properties that work against many pathogens? One recent popular study has shown that the phytonutrients in the stevia plant, when taken in tincture form, has the ability to reduce the biofilm of the Borrelia Burgdorferi bacteria 40% more effectively than three antibiotics it was tested against. That's a profound percentage - especially when considering how difficult it is to get through that blasted biofilm!

Stevia has been proven to lower blood pressure, stimulate the immune system, and it has been found to inhibit Rotaviruses. (1) Stevia is known to help lower blood sugar levels, and has a long list of health benefits including improving energy levels, inhibiting candida, preventing bacterial infections, and improving skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, and eczema. And let's not forget that it tastes amazing and is a welcome addition to any herbal tea!

Holy Basil

Holy basil is known in India as an herb that contains the best medicinal and spiritual properties. Holy basil, also called Tulsi, is regarded as the holiest of all plants by Hindus and is known as "The Incomparable One", "The Queen of Herbs" and is considered an "elixir of life" and a potent adaptogen that promotes longevity. (An adaptogen is a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes.)

Dr. Aviva Romm explains that holy basil calms the mind and spirit and promotes longevity. Holy basil is known to improve energy and relieve fatigue. It elevates mood, provides relief from anxiety and mild depression. It improves mental clarity, and increases motivation to make healthy lifestyle and mindset changes. This herb is known to balance all chakra systems in the body! 

Holy basil's anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant actions may protect the liver from stress and inflammation-related damage. It lowers blood glucose, triglycerides, and cholesterol, and improves immunity to common colds and bronchitis. 


How to Use These Three Herbs

All three of these herbs are incredibly easy to grow in the garden or in an outdoor pot. You can either pluck a leaf from each of these plants and eat them together once or twice a day. Or make a tea using the leaves. 

Tea Using Fresh Leaves = 2 tsp.'s chopped leaves per cup of boiled water
Tea Using Dried Leaves = 1 tsp of chopped leaves per cup of boiled water

Simple tea making instructions are:

Bring water to boil. 
Add in leaves to pot / cup. 
Cover (to keep those powerfully medicinal essential oils from escaping).
Allow to steep for 10-20 minutes. 

Drink 2-3 times a day.  

One Extra Herb

There is one extra herb I LOVE to add to this already beautiful, tasty, and medicinally powerful combination of herbs. That herb is ... licorice root! 


There have been numerous studies proving that licorice root is antiviral and anti-inflammatory and that it contains a wide variety of immunomodulating effects - which means that is has the ability to adjust the immune response to a desired level. If you're immune system is too active / sensitive - licorice root will help calm it down and level it out OR if you're immune system is sluggish, licorice root helps stimulate it and bring it back into balance.

Licorice root has been shown to inhibit Epstein Barr (which, I believe is an underlying re-occurring health issue most people with chronic illnesses seem to struggle with). Licorice root has been proven to contain anti-infectious potential seeing as how it has the ability to prevent H. Pylori from adhering to the digestive lining. 

Note: Licorice root should not be taken if you have high blood pressure. 

Summary

So between these four amazing herbs, they have the ability to kill off viruses and protect us from them (especially H. Pylori and Epstein Barr - which are a rather nasty threat), they balance our chakras, protect us from unwanted bacteria, balance our immune system, help us adapt to stress, they normalize our body processes, reduce inflammation, and, of course, provide us with some great nutrients. 

It's a beautiful combination that, in my opinion, creates one of THE BEST daily tonic teas we could take! 

Herbal Ratios

When making a tea, I don't use equal parts of each of these herbs (you can if you'd like) but here's what I do:

2 Parts Holy Basil
2 Parts Lemon Balm
1 Part Stevia
1/2 Part Licorice Root

You can adjust your recipe as you'd like. :)

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Purchase fresh herbs from your local nurseries (call before you go). Seeds for these plants can be purchased from StrictlyMedicinalSeeds.com

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As always, I hope this information will be a blessing to you and your family, 

~Claudia


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Early Bird Prices have been Extended to June 10th!




I'm excited to announce an online event John and I have been working extra hard to make available to you called Health Preparedness Symposium

This event is one of biggest online events of the year! We spent three months traveling across the U.S. recording presentations from 20 amazing health experts who are taught about important information and skills that will bring your health self-reliance to a whole new level! 

These health experts range from Medical Doctors, Holistic Doctors, Chiropractors, Dentists, Pediatricians, Herbalists, Midwives, Authors, Nurses, Combat Medics, Surgeons, and more! 


These health experts will teach you subjects such as treating common illnesses in babies and children, healing chronic health issues, making potent medicines for flu's and coughs, healing wounds, addressing medical emergencies, healing the teeth, and so much more!
Remember, early bird registration prices end June 10th! Learn more at this link>>



Don't Forget!

We're also giving away THREE Giveaways that are each a collection products and services donated by each of the presenters. Each one of these is an AMAZING giveaway. 





Thursday, April 13, 2017

Should We Still Prepare?


The major predicted time frames for the "end of times" have passed. I find it a relief and I do so not because I'm glad it didn't happen but because I never felt like it would occur in these predicted time frames and, most of all, because it's nice to see everyone settled back down to a more balanced state - less fear, less panic, less frantic energy.

So now what? Do we continue preparing? Or do we let it all go? And if we do prepare, what are we preparing for? It's rather nice to sit back and relax after all that fuss but how relaxed should we allow ourselves to get?

I don't care about predicted time frames for the Lord's coming but I do care about what the spirit is teaching me. I do care about discerning between the spirit and the adversary. The adversary is so, incredibly tricky. The adversary teaches us to panic; to be frantic; to believe in time frames that aren't true about Christ's coming; and he'll have us obsess about those preparations (having us think we're doing a good thing when, in fact, we're missing the mark). But the Lord - what a wonderful difference!

When we turn to the Lord - truly and humbly turn our hearts and minds to the Lord and calmly ask, "What do you need me to do Lord?" He will tell you. He will speak to you. And when we take that one step further and calmly and genuinely tell the Lord, "I am here. Use me." He will use you.

The Lord needs more people to come to him and genuinely proclaim, "Use me". He needs more people whose hearts are fully turned to him - whose time and attention aren't constantly distracted by the things of the world and who understand (in a calm and steady way) that Christ is indeed coming. That the Lord does need our help in preparing others for his coming.

The answers that will come from the Lord when we humbly proclaim those two simple, yet powerful words, "Use me" will be different for everyone. The most critical thing we need to prepare for - is the willingness to be stretched. When we give ourselves to the Lord, He will ask things of us that we feel we cannot possibly do. Along with that, Satan will be upset and we will face his wrath.

Yet, miracles will occur. 

This process takes time - sometimes years to unfold - similar to how the preparation and timing of the coming of the Savior takes time. But the Lord will be pleased with our efforts. He is in great need of people who will give their will to him.

Sacrifices will be required. Yet miracles will unfold.


As always, I hope the messages shared in this post will be a blessing to you and your family,

~Claudia

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Announcing the Health Preparedness Symposium - Online Event!




I'm excited to announce an online event John and I have been working extra hard to make available to you called Health Preparedness Symposium

This event will be one of the biggest online events of the year! We've been traveling across the U.S. recording presentations from 20 experienced health experts who are teaching important information and skills that will bring your health self-reliance to a whole new level! 

These health experts range from Medical Doctors, Holistic Doctors, Chiropractors, Dentists, Pediatricians, Herbalists, Midwives, Authors, Nurses, Combat Medics, Surgeons, and more! 

These health experts will teach you subjects such as birthing a baby, healing chronic health issues, making potent medicines, healing wounds, addressing medical emergencies, healing the teeth, and so much more!

We're also doing a Grand Gift Giveaway that is a collection of products and services donated by each of the presenters. This is an AMAZING giveaway - you can enter to win the giveaway (and register for the event) at the link below. 

Early bird registration prices end May 11th!





Friday, April 7, 2017

Real Solutions for the Flu


Are we helpless against the flu?

Every now and then I realize how helpless people seem to think they are once it comes to preventing or treating illnesses - especially the flu. I hear stories or read articles where people beg the "government" to do something about the presence of these illnesses and that they do something about our body's ability to defend itself against them.

The wonderful thing about our society today is that the number of people interested in becoming "health self-reliant" is growing! People are recognizing that there are steps we can take to prevent acute and chronic illnesses from developing and there are solutions we can turn to, within the walls of our own home (or health food store), for illnesses such as the flu.

So what are some options for the flu that I personally turn to or use?

Preventative Options for the Flu:

  • Nutrition (obviously) - Eat lots of fruits and veggies, less bad fats, less sugar, raw dairy, if possible.
  • Vitamin D3 - It has been proven that D3 decreases the chance of getting the flu by up to 50%! In many cases, that's more effective than flu vaccinations. 5,000IU once a day - or 10,000IU during winter time. Decrease by half for children - or see Dr. Mercola's guide.
  • There are two excellent homeopathic remedies that help you be less susceptible to getting the flu by building up your immune response to the flu. One clinic in our city has their doctors use Influenzinum during the flu season and they say that they've never had a doctor catch the flu in all the years that they've run their clinic. These two homeopathic remedies are:
    • Influenzinum & Thymuline
      • Influenzinum - 3-5 pellets, under the tongue, once a week
      • Thymuline - place 3-5 pellets, under the tongue, once a week
  • (Optional) - Elderberry - drink tea or take as capsules, daily when the flu is going around. 

Solutions for an Active Case of the Flu:
  • 50,000IU to 100,000IU vitamin D3, for an adult, once a day for a couple of days, when sickness hits. This is a large amount - no doubt. This was recommended to me by a doctor. It gives a huge boost to the immune system and because you're not taking that amount for long periods of time, you won't run into the negative side affects that comes with taking too much vitamin D. (Half of that dose or less can be given to children.)
  • Umka Cold and Flu homeopathic remedy. Take according to instructions on package OR you can take Oscillococcinum pellets. Either of these can be found in most grocery stores and health food stores - or can be found online. 
  • Extra vitamin C and extra Zinc
  • Dr. Kyle Christensen's Immune Tincture - he shares this recipe in his herbal book.  
  • Or, instead of taking Dr. Christensen's Immune Tincture, you can take the garden tonic called "Fire Cider" (recipe can be found in my book, Beyond Wheat and Weeds, or do a quick online search for a similar recipe). 
  • Lypo-C - Super potent form of vitamin C that our body is able to readily utilize. 3-5 packets per day, as needed. Watch my video about Lypo-C here. 
  • Gua Sha - A technique where you massage the back in a specific way to help get rid of stagnant blood flow and boost the immune system. It's quite easy to do and the benefits are almost immediate.
  • And, of course, lots of rest and fluids.  
Note: I would do all of the above solutions if the flu hit. 


One other hard-hitting option I'd consider for the flu is a mixture of essential oils (yes, Thieves might be a good one here too) but the mixture I'm thinking of consists specifically of thyme, clove and oregano. I've heard many people say great things about the efficacy of this remedy. 

Final Thought

There are so many wonderful options we can turn to for the flu. One thing is clear - we aren't helpless once it comes to preventing or eliminating the flu from our system and we don't need the government to do it for us.

As always, I hope this information will be a blessing to you and your family,

~Claudia

The contents of this post are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice; the Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Options for Alzheimer's Disease - Hearts (and Minds) Failing Us


Alzheimer's disease - along with many other chronic health conditions - are dramatically on the rise. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. It's the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. In 2017, Alzheimer's disease will cost the nation $259 billion. And it's estimated that by 2025 it'll cost the nation close to $1.1 trillion! 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer's or dementia. Since 2000, deaths from Alzheimer's has increased by 89%!

To say the least, Alzheimer's is a growing problem that we should at least know some solutions to - whether we have someone in our life who has Alzheimer's disease or not (yet). In the scriptures we are told that in the last days, "men's hearts shall fail them" - I think it's safe to say that their minds will fail them as well.

I recently had a friend of a friend reach out to me asking me what she could do to help her mother with Alzheimer's. Her mom was only 41 years old when an aggressive form of Alzheimer's hit her. She's now 45 and all she's capable of doing on her own is eating and walking.

My grandpa had severe Alzheimer's and I know I'm susceptible to it as well. Because of this, I've kept my eye on articles and studies about preventing, reversing or halting the progression of Alzheimer's for many years now.

What Causes Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's is caused by brain cell death. It is a neurodegenerative disease, which means there is progressive brain cell death that happens over a course of time. The total brain size shrinks with Alzheimer's - the tissue has progressively fewer nerve cells and connections. Scientists do not yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer's disease in most people.

Whenever scientists have not been able to pinpoint the cause of a chronic health issue - that tells me that this condition, more than likely, isn't caused by just one issue. It's probably a mix of things that are causing the issue such as a lack of important nutrients, heavy metals, pathogens, etc.

My question is - what other things might be causing the deterioration of the brain aside from its unknown causes? My brother-in-law lost his father to an aggressive form of Alzheimer's at a young age. It started with confusion and quickly deteriorated to his death only 8 months later. This does not tell me that it is a simple genetic disposition to this disease. This tells me that there was an aggressive pathogen or absence of essential nutrients causing/keeping his brain from deteriorating at such a rapid pace.

My research has led me to believe that there are a hand full of causes for Alzheimer's / Dementia and they are as follows:

- A lack of adequate blood flow to the brain.
- A lack of good fats (Omega 3's) saturating the brain
- A lack of essential nutrients to strengthen and fortify the brain (Vitamin B12, Iodine, Silica, Vitamin D & A, etc)
- Pathogens causing the deterioration (bacteria, viruses, or fungi)
- Heavy Metals in brain - damaging brain and causing its deterioration.


What Can We Do For Alzheimer's?

After doing some research, I've formulated what I'd do for someone with Alzheimer's. Each of the supplements / remedies listed below address the possible causes of Alzheimer's disease listed above and are options that have worked miracles for many. Here are the supplements I'd give a person with Alzheimer's / Dementia to help halt / reverse the condition:
  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (3-6 T, 3 x per day) (Costco carries it as well as do health food stores)
  • High Doses of Vitamin B12  2-3 x day - under the tongue or spray/drops might be easiest to take.
  • Niacinamide (time-release 1500mg, 2 x day) Note: I'd start slower, at 500mg, 2xday instead of 1500mg, 2xday)
  • Mycellized Vitamin A (start at 5,000 IU/day)
  • HypoRedox - A non-toxic solution that would eradicate all underlying bacterial infections that could be contributing to or even causing the problem. 
  • Nattokinase - an enzyme that will help break down and remove the plague. (Take according to directions on bottle, or more, if you feel it's necessary.)
  • A good, high quality multi-vitamin taken with meals - 2 x day. 
  • Vitamin D3 - 5,000 - 10,000 IU, 1 x day
  • Drink bentonite clay water - to draw out heavy metals from the body and re-introduce silica into the body which is known to reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer's. (1 tsp of clay in glass of water, stir, allow sediment to settle, drink water off top. Or make a pitcher of the clay water by placing 1/4 cup in large pitcher, stir until well combined, allow to settle, drink water off top, no refrigeration is necessary.) Note: ONLY drink if NOT taking any prescription medications. It will reduce the efficacy of prescription medications - especially blood thinners. You can try to take it 2-3 hours away from other prescription medications so it won't pull that out of the body.) Buy 24 oz to try here. Or buy 6lb tub here. 
  • Iodine - 1-2 pills, once a day.

I realize this may seem like a bit much but one thing to keep in mind is that sometimes just ONE of these works the miracles! I'd start with all and then cut back on one or two to see the progress of the person or you can start with one and see if it's helping at all. The first options I'd try are the top four listed above.

Please keep in mind to take the vitamins with food (or some fats) so the fats in the food help the body break down and use the vitamins. (This isn't necessary for water soluble vitamins like vitmain B's and vitamin C.)

Make sure to purchase all products from a reputable or local health store - not places like Walmart. I've given some recommendations as to where you can purchase most of these but please know that there are many great options for each of these.

I would also consider these three options:

- Omega 3's (in the form of flaxseed oil or krill oil)
- Pure fish oil
- Alpha Lipoic Acid


Links to Articles About These Supplements

https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/alzheimers-disease-dementia-treatment-editors-choice.html

https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/alzheimers-disease-dementia-treatment.html

http://dailydosevitaminh.com/protection-against-alzheimers/?inf_contact_key=fcd5661cb46487ca6e7d2d3b6749ea7b2e47b33b9eb72183d4a8d22c783a354c

Study on why vitamin A helps with dementia: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22221326

Vitamin B and how it keeps the brain from shrinking: http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/are-you-getting-enough-b12-to-keep-your-brain-from-shrinking

How Vitamin A has been used to help treat different health issues: http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/vitamin-a/dosing/hrb-20060201 



As always, I hope this information will be a blessing to you and your family,

~Claudia

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Partial Obedience to the Word of Wisdom



In my religion we do something called paying tithing. Paying tithing is where we pay 10% of our income to the church. I know, through experience, that blessings come when we pay tithing. I also believe that blessings come from keeping the 10 commandments. I have seen and learned from those who choose to create their own set of “commandments” while ignoring the ten God gave us. I clearly see the difference in the general outcome, especially as those choices ripen over time, between those who follows God’s ten laws and those who don’t.

Paying tithing and following the 10 commandments produces blessings that are fairly easy to spot. But what about the Word of Wisdom? What if we followed ALL of the Word of Wisdom? Not just refraining from drinking alcoholic beverages, coffee or doing drugs - but by doing the REST of the Word of Wisdom as well - more specifically in relation to the food we eat? What magnificent, yet subtle, blessings will we see there? And how much more visible will these blessings – these protections – become as time goes on and the world becomes more bleak?

Where Are We Headed?

It's estimated that by 2025, 49% of American's will have a chronic illness. This percentage only includes medical diagnosed chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. What about Lyme disease, Lupus, Hashimoto’s, Fibromyalgia, CFS, etc.? If those plague-like chronic illnesses were also included in the aforementioned percentage, what would that bring the percentage of Americans suffering with chronic illnesses by 2025 up to? 75%? 80%? Could it be that 10 or less years from now, nearly everyone will be suffering with some type of chronic illness? Statistics sure say so. 

Could it be possible that the Word of Wisdom, when fully obeyed, similar to the beautiful and undeniable blessings that come when we fully pay our tithing or when we fully obey the commandments, will bless and protect us in more ways that we realize - especially as the world around us unravels and health, as a whole, deteriorates? 

Is a Partial Effort Enough?

What if we paid our tithing only in part? What if we followed only half of the commandments? How does this affect the blessings we receive? Are there blessings we're missing out on by only partially following the Word of Wisdom? When we follow a commandment, in part, the Lord does not, and cannot, bless us in full.

The Lord needs a Zion people who fully follow the Word of Wisdom so we can, more fully, be the people the Lord needs us to be especially as we prepare the world for His coming. 

Word of Wisdom-Friendly Recipe


Once again, here's another Word of Wisdom-Friendly recipe we had for dinner tonight - Whole Grain- Meatless Hamburger's with a side of Cabbage-Apple-Berry salad.




As always, I hope this information is a blessing to you and your family,

~Claudia