Volume 1, Issue 4: Monday, August 23, 1999

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Complementary First Aid, Part III – Herbology

As we said in the Part II, self-sufficiency will be the hallmark of the Year 2000 in most aspects of our lives, but especially healthcare. On or before January 1st, access to healthcare facilities and practitioners may be interrupted. This will be due to likely disruptions in the conventional healthcare system, or lower-probability infrastructure failures – transportation or communications – restricting access to all healthcare practitioners, supplies and services.

Complementary First Aid goes beyond basic First Aid to include remedies such as Acupressure and Aromatherapy (see our archives), Bodywork, Herbology, Homeopathy and Reflexology (see our online book). This issue features Herbology – another exceptional healing system that goes well beyond Echinacea. –KJ

Herbology has been used since primitive man first observed animals eating certain plants when not feeling well. Trial and error testing, and now scientific research, have refined herbal medicine into a significant part of complementary healthcare. Herbs are the basis of most drugs, which are often synthetic forms of the herbs. Throughout recorded history, herbs have played a strong part in healing and healthcare. With minimal side-effects and powerful results, herbal medicines can be a strong part of your wellness program, including first aid for you and your family.

The following list is representative of the many conditions that herbs effect and the many herbal medicines that can be very effective.

Some notes are in order to set the stage properly (source shown in parenthesis):

  • Take all tinctures – concentrated extracts in an alcohol medium – in a little warm water (about 2 inches in bottom of glass) to help absorption and to dilute the strong medicinal taste. (JFH)
  • If alcohol intake is not desired – it is minimal for each dose – squeeze the dropper dose into a little just- boiled water and let it stand for 20 minutes. Most of the alcohol will evaporate. (You will have less than in mouth wash.) If one may not ingest any alcohol at all, these tinctures should not be taken. (JFH)
  • In serious situations, consult the nearest and best-qualified healthcare professional, as available. (RMC)
  • Child’s Dosages: divide the weight of a child by 150 to get approximate fraction of adult dose. Example: 50 lb child / 150 = 1/3rd the adult dose. (RMC)

Information Sources/Suppliers (Reference Abbreviations in parenthesis)

Suppliers

The format for this listing is:

Condition – Remedy (Information Source)

Adult Remedy Application
Comments/Cautions

Examples of Conditions and Herbal Remedies follow.

The complete list in a separate article at our eJournal site – check Current Article first.

Abrasions – Echinacea (RMC)

Wash well, apply Echinacea drops to area.
Those allergic to pollen of other members of the aster family, such as ragweed, may also be allergic to Echinacea. May not be appropriate if you have an impaired immune system response, including tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis and HIV infection.

Anxiety, tension – A combination of: Passion Flower, Valerian Rhizome (JFH)

May use the herbs individually, though not as effective. Take 1-3 ml tincture of Passion Flower and Valerian Rhizome 3x/day in water. May mix with a little Ginger to protect stomach.
Valerian normally smells like dirty socks. Do not use this formula with any other sleeping medication. Do not use in pregnancy (Passion Flower is a uterine stimulant). Both are medium-strength herbs. If used continuously on own, take a few day’s break every 2 weeks. May cause nausea/vomiting.

Bite, insect – Echinacea, Aloe Vera, Tea Tree, Plantain

Pull stinger out with tweezers; apply available pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory remedy, such as a split raw Aloe Vera leaf, few drops Tea Tree oil, chewed/mashed Plantain; bandage; 30 dropsEchinacea under tongue.

Bite, insect, poisonous – Echinacea

Follow non-poisonous application; 30 drops Echinacea under tongue, every 15 minutes for 4-8 hours.

Bladder infection (cystitis) – Yarrow Herb (JFH)

Take 2-4 ml tincture of Yarrow Herb stem and flowers; take 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea with 1-2 tsp of dried herb; steep in just boiled water 10-15 minutes; strain; drink 3 cups or more a day.

Bleeding, passive: nose bleeds, blood in stools or urine – Yarrow Herb (JFH)

Take 2-4 ml tincture of Yarrow Herb stem and flowers; take 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea with 1-2 tsp of dried herb; steep in just boiled water 10-15 minutes; strain; drink 3 cups or more a day.

Bleeding, heavy – Cayenne (RMC)

Drink 10 drops Cayenne diluted in 2 oz water; apply a few drops of extract to bleeding area.

Bronchitis – Licorice (JFH)

Take 1-3 ml tincture of Licorice root 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea of 1 tsp dried Licorice root to 1 cup water; boil then simmer 10-15 min; strain; drink 3 cups daily.
May cause reversible high blood pressure, potassium loss, and sodium and water retention IF taken regularly (more that 3 grams a day for more than 6 weeks). This is unlikely when taken in recommended dosage. To be on safe side, do not use in cases of high blood pressure renal failure or current use of digitalis preparations.

Bruise – Arnica (RMC)

Apply Arnica immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day.

Burn: fire, sun, wind – Echinacea, Aloe Vera, Plantain

Echinacea to cool; split Aloe Vera leaf or chewed/mashed Plantain often if second degree.

Cold, flu – Astragalus (SF)

Make tea with 1-5 tsp Astragalus root in one cup hot water; take three times daily. Chinese tradition is to take the large dosage and simmer for several hours.

Cold, flu – Echinacea (JFH)

Take 2-4 ml tincture of Echinacea root every 2 hours for acute condition. Or for long term use, take 2-4 ml, 3x/day. Take tincture in a little water for better absorption. Use for 6 weeks on, 1 week off and repeat if necessary.
Do not use as a long term immune enhancer; there are better herbs for this such as Ginseng root, Astragalus root or Reishi mushroom. If nausea occurs, mix with a little Ginger or Peppermint or discontinue.

Constipation – Cascara segrada (SF)

Take 10 drops (1ml) of fluid extract.
Follow label instructions. Only use aged bark. For chronic constipation, see your healthcare professional to avoid laxative dependency.

Cough – Licorice (JFH)

Take 1-3 ml tincture of Licorice root 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea of 1 tsp dried Licorice root to 1 cup water; boil then simmer 10-15 min; strain; drink 3 cups daily.
May cause reversible high blood pressure, potassium loss, and sodium and water retention IF taken regularly (more that 3 grams a day for more than 6 weeks). This is unlikely when taken in recommended dosage. To be on safe side, do not use in cases of high blood pressure renal failure or current use of digitalis preparations.

Cough, wheezing – A combination of: Passion Flower, Valerian Rhizome (JFH)

May use the herbs individually, though not as effective. Take 1-3 ml tincture of Passion Flower and Valerian Rhizome 3x/day in water. May mix with a little Ginger to protect stomach.
Valerian normally smells like dirty socks. Do not use this formula with any other sleeping medication. Do not use in pregnancy (Passion Flower is a uterine stimulant). Both are medium-strength herbs. If used continuously on own, take a few day’s break every 2 weeks. May cause nausea/vomiting.

Cut – Calendula (SM)

If jagged, vlean with mild soap and water; apply 22% Calendula extract or ointment to wound; bandage; dab with extract or ointment to keep it moist; if serious, take to healthcare professional.
See Homeopathy hints in Notes.

Depression, mild to moderate – St John’s wort (JFH)

Take 1-4 ml tincture of St John’s wort 3x/day in a little water with food. Or make an infusion (tea) 2 tsp dried herb to 1 cup boiling water; steep 10 to 15 minutes and strain; drink 1 cup 3x/day.
May cause mild gastric upset. Possible sensitivity to sun and other UV light in fair-haired individuals. Avoid exposure to strong sunlight if using doses beyond those stated for long periods of time. Do not take with them if on Prozac, Zoloft or other anti-depressants, wean off slowly as you gradually increase your intake of St John’s wort. May take 3-4 weeks to have an effect.

Diarrhea – Meadowsweet, Agrimony, Red Raspberry (BF)

Make a tea with any or all of herbs Meadowsweet, Agrimony or Red Raspberry leaf; place 3 tsp of dried herbs in 2 cups of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and sip a cup every hour or until digestion is normal; sweeten with honey; can add ginger; drink lots of water (herbal teas are good for this). Two tablespoons of carob powder stirred into 1 cup of applesauce (pectin) or potato peel broth will help solidify stools.
Diarrhea in children under three can be serious – children dehydrate consult your healthcare practitioner if diarrhea lasts more than a day.

Diarrhea – Quassia (RMC)

Take 3-5 dropperfuls of Quassia every 6 hours.

Earache – Garlic (BF)

Macerate garlic in olive oil to make an ear oil. Or gently heat 1/8 cup olive oil; add 3 crushed garlic cloves; strain; add 2 tbsp St John’s wort oil.
Refrigerate and even then, discard after 3-4 days.

Earache – Tea Tree Oil (RMC)

Dilute Tea Tree Oil 1-2 times w/ vegetable oil and insert 3-6 drops in ear.

Feet, sore – Arnica (RMC)

Massage with Arnica immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day.

Fever – Echinacea (RMC)

60-100 drops Echinacea every hour.

Fever – Yarrow Herb (JFH)

Take 2-4 ml tincture of Yarrow Herb stem and flowers; take 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea with 1-2 tsp of dried herb; steep in just boiled water 10-15 minutes; strain; drink 3 cups or more a day.; combine with ginger, cayenne or peppermint to cause sweating.

Fingers or toes, crushed – Arnica (RMC)

Apply Arnica freely if skin not broken; dilute to drink every 15 minutes until pain and shock subside.

Frostbite – Cayenne (RMC)

5-10 drops Cayenne diluted in 2 oz water.

Gastritis, chronic – Ginger (JFH)

Take 2 ml tincture of Ginger Rhizome 3x/day in a little water. Or use fresh ginger root; grate 1 tbsp and steep in a tea for 20 minutes and strain.
Do not use if fever is present.

Headache – Echinacea, Valerian (RMC)

30 drops Echinacea; 30-45 drops Valerian.

Immune system – Osha Root (RMC)

Chew Osha Root as a strengthener.

Immune system, depressed – Echinacea (JFH)

Take 2-4 ml tincture of Echinacea root every 2 hours for acute condition. Or for long term use, take 2-4 ml, 3x/day. Take tincture in a little water for better absorption. Use for 6 weeks on, 1 week off and repeat if necessary.
Do not use as a long term immune enhancer; there are better herbs for this such as Ginseng root, Astragalus root or Reishi mushroom. If nausea occurs, mix with a little Ginger or Peppermint or discontinue.

Indigestion, nausea, – Chamomile (SF)

Make tea of 1/2-1 tsp of dried Chamomile flower per cup hot water; drink one cup 3-4 times daily. Or take 10-40 drops Chamomile tincture three times daily.
Those allergic to pollen of other members of the aster family, such as ragweed, may also be allergic to Chamomile.

Infection – Garlic (JFH)

Crush raw cloves; eat or swallow 3 cloves. For acute conditions, eat up to 8 cloves a day. Or make tincture of 1/2 to 2 ml garlic bulb; take 3x/day in water.
For best effects, make sure allicin is not removed. Commercial product should have 4,000 micrograms of allicin per daily dose. This is equal to 1 clove of fresh garlic.

Infection, bacterial and viral – Echinacea (JFH)

Take 2-4 ml tincture of Echinacea root every 2 hours for acute condition. Or for long term use, take 2-4 ml, 3x/day. Take tincture in a little water for better absorption. Use for 6 weeks on, 1 week off and repeat if necessary.
Do not use as a long term immune enhancer; there are better herbs for this such as Ginseng root, Astragalus root or Reishi mushroom. If nausea occurs, mix with a little Ginger or Peppermint or discontinue.

The complete list is in a separate article at our eJournal site – see the “All Issues” Section.

Infection, minor – Astragalus (SF)

Make tea with 1-5 tsp Astragalus root in one cup hot water; take three times daily. Chinese tradition is to take the large dosage and simmer for several hours.

Insect repellent – Tea Tree Oil (RMC)

Use Tea Tree Oil sparingly.

Insomnia – A combination of: Passion Flower, Valerian Rhizome (JFH)

May use the herbs individually, though not as effective. Take 1-3 ml tincture of Passion Flower and Valerian Rhizome 3x/day in water. May mix with a little Ginger to protect stomach.
Valerian normally smells like dirty socks. Do not use this formula with any other sleeping medication. Do not use in pregnancy (Passion Flower is a uterine stimulant). Both are medium-strength herbs. If used continuously on own, take a few day’s break every 2 weeks. May cause nausea/vomiting.

Insomnia – Chamomile (SF)

Make tea of 1/2-1 tsp of dried Chamomile flower per cup hot water; drink one cup 3-4 times daily. Or take 10-40 drops Chamomile tincture three times daily.
Those allergic to pollen of other members of the aster family, such as ragweed, may also be allergic to Chamomile.

Ligaments, torn – Arnica, Valerian (RMC)

Massage with Arnica immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day; take Valerian.

Morning sickness, in normal pregnancies – Ginger (JFH)

Take 2 ml tincture of Ginger Rhizome 3x/day in a little water. Or use fresh ginger root; grate 1 tbsp and steep in a tea for 20 minutes and strain.
Do not use if fever is present.

Muscle spasms – A combination of: Passion Flower, Valerian Rhizome (JFH)

May use the herbs individually, though not as effective. Take 1-3 ml tincture of Passion Flower and Valerian Rhizome 3x/day in water. May mix with a little Ginger to protect stomach.
Valerian normally smells like dirty socks. Do not use this formula with any other sleeping medication. Do not use in pregnancy (Passion Flower is a uterine stimulant). Both are medium-strength herbs. If used continuously on own, take a few day’s break every 2 weeks. May cause nausea/vomiting.

Muscle, cramps, sore – Arnica (RMC)

Massage Arnica in immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day.

Nausea – Ginger (BF)

Grate one teaspoon fresh Ginger into 8 oz boiling water, simmering 10 minutes then strain; sip throughout day.. Or combine two 500 mg capsules Ginger.

Nose, bleeding – Cayenne (RMC)

Insert tampon into nostril; 5-10 drops Cayenne diluted in water. Or tilt head back and pinch nostrils.

Pain – A combination of: Passion Flower, Valerian Rhizome (JFH)

May use the herbs individually, though not as effective. Take 1-3 ml tincture of Passion Flower and Valerian Rhizome 3x/day in water. May mix with a little Ginger to protect stomach.
Valerian normally smells like dirty socks. Do not use this formula with any other sleeping medication. Do not use in pregnancy (Passion Flower is a uterine stimulant). Both are medium-strength herbs. If used continuously on own, take a few day’s break every 2 weeks. May cause nausea/vomiting.

Pain – Arnica, Valerian (RMC)

Apply Arnica immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day; take 30-60 drops Valerian.

Pain – Cayenne (SF)

Use freely as a spice. Make tea with 1/2-1 tsp powdered Cayenne fruit in cup of water.
Cayenne’s pungent principle, capsaicin, is not water soluble and is a highly toxic irritant, so it is difficult to wash off and may cause burning skin irritation. Use under healthcare professional’s direction.

PMS – Licorice (JFH)

Take 1-3 ml tincture of Licorice root 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea of 1 tsp dried Licorice root to 1 cup water; boil then simmer 10-15 min; strain; drink 3 cups daily.
May cause reversible high blood pressure, potassium loss, and sodium and water retention IF taken regularly (more that 3 grams a day for more than 6 weeks). This is unlikely when taken in recommended dosage. To be on safe side, do not use in cases of high blood pressure renal failure or current use of digitalis preparations.

PMS, menopause, menstrual bleeding, heavy – Yarrow Herb (JFH)

Take 2-4 ml tincture of Yarrow Herb stem and flowers; take 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea with 1-2 tsp of dried herb; steep in just boiled water 10-15 minutes; strain; drink 3 cups or more a day.

Poisoning, food – Ipecac Syrup, Echinacea (RMC)

Take Ipecac Syrup to vomit; 30 drops Echinacea as often as needed; take 2 Slippery Elm capsules to absorb toxins.

Scratches – Calendula (SM)

Wash gently with mild soap and water; apply 22% Calendula extract or ointment on dressing to wound; bandage; dab with extract or ointment to keep it moist.
Do not apply substances such as iodine which burn skin and delay healing. See Homeopathic Medicine hints in Notes.

Shock – Cayenne (RMC)

Put Cayenne under tongue until relieved.

Skin infections, fugal – Tea Tree Oil (RMC)

Apply Tea Tree oil full-strength or diluted w/ vegetable oil to skin surface.

Sprains, Strains – Arnica, Valerian (RMC)

Massage with Arnica immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day; take Valerian.

Stomach upset – Ginger, Slippery Elm (JFH, RMC)

Take 2 ml tincture of Ginger Rhizome 3x/day in a little water. Or use fresh Ginger root; grate 1 tbsp and steep in a tea for 20 minutes and strain. Or Take 2 Slippery Elm capsules.
Do not use if fever is present.

Swelling – Arnica (RMC)

Apply Arnica immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day.

Teething pain – Osha Root (RMC)

Chew Osha Root.

Throat, sore – Osha Root (RMC)

Chew Osha Root.

Toothache – Echinacea, Valerian, Osha Root (RMC)

Massage sore gums/tooth w/ Echinacea; 30 drops Valerian; chew Osha Root.

Trauma – Cayenne (RMC)

Put Cayenne under tongue until relieved.

Ulcers – Licorice (JFH)

Take 1-3 ml tincture of Licorice root 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea of 1 tsp dried Licorice root to 1 cup water; boil then simmer 10-15 min; strain; drink 3 cups daily.
May cause reversible high blood pressure, potassium loss, and sodium and water retention IF taken regularly (more that 3 grams a day for more than 6 weeks). . This is unlikely when taken in recommended dosage. To be on safe side, do not use in cases of high blood pressure renal failure or current use of digitalis preparations.

Detoxifying Food – Parcells Oxygen Soak
from Live Better Longer, Joseph Dispenza, via Well Being Journal

The Parcells Oxygen Soak can revive foods, remove pesticides, toxins, chemicals, and fungi and bacteria from food, as well as help preserve food in your refrigerator for much longer. Around the world, it is the essential means of sanitizing food in out-of-the-way places. Foods include:

  • Eggs (the porous shells can absorb pesticides and salmonella)
  • Meats (which can be a heavy carrier of toxic materials: growth hormones, antibiotics and poisons in the foods that animals consume)
  • Fruits and vegetables, including sprouts and herbs

The benefits of this oxygen food treatment are:

  • Fruits, herbs and vegetables will keep longer
  • The wilted will return to a fresh crispness
  • Colors will restore (unless soaked longer than recommended times)
  • Flavor and texture will be enhanced
  • Meat, fish and foul will be tenderized
  • Dangerous additives will have been removed.

Application

Add 1 teaspoon of Clorox® bleach to 1 gallon of water. Separate foods into the following groups and soak for indicated time (make a fresh soak for each group):

  • Leafy vegetables- 5-10 minutes
  • Root and heavy-fiber vegetables- 10-15 minutes
  • Fruits, thin-skinned fruits (berries)- 5 minutes
  • Fruits, medium-skinned (peaches, apricots)- 10 minutes
  • Fruits, thick-skinned (apples, citrus)- 10-15 minutes
  • Eggs- 20-30 minutes
  • Meat/poultry/fish, thawed- 10 minutes per lb
  • Meat/poultry/fish, frozen- 15-20 minutes per lb

Frozen meats/poultry/fish – except ground meats – will not lose any juices in the soak, and they can remain in the soak until thawed.

After the soak, place food in a fresh water rinse for 5-10 minutes. The fresh water introduces new oxygen into the food. Let the food drain well before refrigerating.

*Cautions: Do not use more bleach than recommended and do not soak longer than times given.
We are researching Clorox’s new PLUS bleach to see if it is safe for this procedure.

Background

In the 1950s at Sierra States University in California, Hazel Parcells, ND conducted an experiment with shriveled, discolored lemons meant for the compost pile. She placed them into a sink full of water into which she put a small amount of bleach. Within one-half hour the lemons had taken on a fresh appearance and the room smelled of fragrant lemon. Parcells portioned them out and placed them in a freezer. For the next three years they were tested for freshness and nutritional value in every class she taught. Through the third year they retained their freshness, moisture, tartness and rivaled the fresh lemons even in nutritional value.

The sodium hypochlorite – the only chlorine part of “chlorine” bleach – is an oxygenator and interacts with the natural chemicals in the lemons originally used by Dr. Parcells. Testing showed that the bleach actually cleaned the lemons, eliminating fungi, bacteria and other foreign material on them that might have contributed to earlier than normal deterioration.

Parcells found that Clorox bleach worked the best of all bleaches because of the manufacturer’s high quality procedures and filtration. She spent the next few years experimenting and refining her methods with different foods. She used the bleach soak for forty years, with nary a complaint, and lived to be 104 years, passing in 1996.

The Parcells Oxygen Soak is registered with the Smithsonian Institution under “Simplified Kitchen Chemistry,” and is used around the world with great success, having been adopted by health departments of many governments.

You can find out more about the late Hazel Parcells, see her center’s site: www.ParcellsCenter.com.

Source: Live Better Longer, by Joseph Dispenza, HarperCollins, New York, Copyright © 1997, Reprinted with Permission, via Well Being Journal, North Bend WA, Nov/Dec 1998.

The Parcells article also appears on the eJournal site – see the “All Issues” Section

News

News report summaries on Healthcare and Y2K follow. We have most of the articles on file in case you look for the web references after they are cleared.

Lunch Bites from”Lunch Bites,” John Hopkins’ InteliHealth Health News.”To make eating healthfully, … [stock your ] refrigerator with cartons of yogurt, fresh fruit, salad fixings, and low-fat dressings. With these foods ready to go, all you have to worry about is [your main entre].” To keep your fruits and vegetables as long as possible – at home, the office or in your car cooler, use the Parcells Oxygen Soakdescribed above.

The Drug Industry Cautions Against Stockpiling (Reuters – paid registration required).”[The drug] industry is grappling with the possibility that panicky consumers could cause shortages of products as the Year 2000 nears. The Pharmaceutical Alliance for Y2K Readiness, a consortium of trade organizations, will launch a website this month providing Y2K information for consumers and advising against stockpiling. ‘If everyone were to get an extra [month's worth of medications], it would throw [the system] out of whack,’ said Mark Grayson, spokesman for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), which is also part of the alliance. A spokeswoman for AmeriSource Health Corp., the fourth-largest US wholesale pharmaceutical distributor, said that the company expects pharmacies to obtain about an extra week’s worth of stock near the end of the year and has started to build its own inventory in preparation.”

Agreed, however, stockpiling a month’s medications is what many preparedness groups and lists are recommending, but will not really be possible due to insurance, conventional medical system restrictions, as well as available supplies. Therefore, we have to look at complementary medicinals and methods to supplement or replace conventional medications and treatments. We need to start now, working in conjunction with our primary healthcare practitioners. – KJ

Announcements (Send press releases to Kenton H. Johnson)

Bringing yourself to peak wellness is very important to meet the challenges of 2000. A couple of the opportunities follow – more to come.

Complementary Healthcare for Year 2000, Central/Mountain US, October. An international conference is being planned to be held in a mid-North American city with an international airport and an active populace (such as we have in Denver Metro). JP Thomas of www.Y2Kids.net, in Massachusetts, is a successful conference organizer and is collaborating with us. Please email your suggestions as well as preferred weekends in October, including any conferences already planned.

Parcells Healing Weekend, Albuquerque NM, October 22-24. Ten lucky students will learn the powerful healing techniques of Dr Hazel Parcells for only $395 (plus your travel expenses). Learn new ways of looking at chronic health issues, evaluating supplements, dealing with environmental pollutants, and much more. Email Terry Kast of the Parcells Center or call (505)293-3771.

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