Eating Organic on a Budget
We all know that we should eat healthier and there's always room for improvement; but there are hindrances to not only finding good food sources, but affording the extra time and money to obtain them. Given the current environment of threats of food shortages, transportation, and local climate changes affecting growing; we have a daunting task to get and keep our nutritional goals.
If you have local growers, get to know them, who they are and what their practices are. Locally grown is always best as food is grown in a similar environment to your own and the microbiome affects will be complimentary. Produce is also picked when ripe with the fullness of nutrients available. Produce grown and shipped is picked prior to ripening and ripens on the way to you. Many nutrients are lost this way. If you can't get locally grown, the next best thing is to purchase frozen organic in the grocery as those fruits and vegetables will have been picked when they are ripe and frozen immediately for preservation before shipping. Localharvest.org is a great online resource to find organic and grass fed meats in your local area.
Then there's the "ugly food" movement. It has become a thing of the past that slightly bruised and disfigured food is thrown away as not being presentable to shoppers. As there has been a bigger need to provide wholesome food to food shelves and greater numbers of people, the idea of putting perfectly good food into peoples' hands has opened up the idea of no longer throwing the imperfect produce away. As well as there being local organizations that may do this in your area, there are also online sources like Misfits Market (misfitsmarket.com) or Hungry Harvest (hungryharvest.net) that process and mail to your door your orders at up to 40% less depending on time of year and availability. It might also depend on locations. There are others, so explore the internet to find the ones best suited to your needs.
Next options are Thrive Market that carries guaranteed organic for every product on their shelves. They advertise up to 6,000 products including staples, meats, produce and harder to find needs with an entry level fee. This again, can be shipped right to your door. With the prices on gas climbing and despite mailing costs, these may not be such bad ways to obtain good quality food without fuel costs. Butcher Box (butcherbox.com) and Walden Local Meats (waldenlocalmeat.com) are other great sources for mail order meats.
Another new concept in obtaining fresh produce is the "gleaning" movement or food recovery programs, where people go into the fields that have already been harvested, usually by mechanical means, and pick what has been left behind. It helps the farmers clean up their fields and supplies more viable food for food shelves and those willing to take advantage of the excess for their families. Organic farms that store produce over winter will sometimes open their facilities for gleaning overripe or marginal produce.
If you are growing your own food you have an advantage in being able to grow the things that your family loves. For those of you that are beginning this adventure, plan ahead for growing as much as you can and either freezing and/or canning for winter and food shortages in the grocery store. Much like the Victory Gardens of WWII, we can augment, if not fully stock, our larders with good quality food. Here in Vermont where winters can be long, it is a blessing to be able to go into my freezer and bring out fresh frozen green beans in January; or make a blueberry pie with fresh frozen blueberries picked in August.
The following two resource books can help you with practical ways of getting good healthy nutrition, simply as you learn about the pros and cons of food groups and making your own vs purchasing. There are probably more options out there for you than you think so explore with your laptop, your local areas and the mail order options. There are other places like Trader Joes and other food suppliers that carry some organics so read labels and glean from these sources also. Start now to think about sources and plan ahead. Your quality of life may depend on it.
Resources: Food What the Heck Should I Eat? Mark Hyman, MD This is an excellent and down to earth approach to helping people get started eating for optimal health. Dr. Hyman not only gives good nutritional information, but gives practical guidelines about myths and misunderstandings about some food groups. He gives practical information for what to watch for in labeling and nutritional dos and don't as well as good sources similar to the ones above regarding where to get accurate information. He also includes a chapter of meal plans and recipes using simple and straightforward methods for beginners and intermediates.
Nourishing Traditions, The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats Sally Fallon. This is more than a cookbook. It has chapters categorized by product with introductory notes and annecdotal information on every page about where to find the right sources, how to make from scratch, how to substitute with the best foods and myriads of recipes for every lifestyle. She also includes great information on each food group and what to look for and avoid as well as what gives you the most nutritional bang for your buck. Great for beginners as well as the more advanced who want to make their own breads, yogurts, fermented dishes, sourdough and the list goes on. This book has been revised at least 4 times now, but each edition is chock full of great ways of using what is available to you. Used copies will be just as valuable.
Eatwild (eatwild.com) state by state guide or Eat Well Guide (eatwellguide.org)
Cooking Out of Your Backyard
It Springtime!!!!! I'm thinking of all the green sprouts raising their heads and the wild things that will be appearing. There's plenty of medicinals that will be ready to do our spring health cleansing with; but there's more!! There are some wonderful plants to look forward to that have culinary charm and great artisan potential. If you don't pour herbicide on your lawn, and you don't begin to mow too early, you are likely to find john-jump-ups and violet leaves showing themselves early. Both the leaves and the flowers can be added to salads. Take a look at The Herbfarm Cookbook, by Jerry Traunfeld if you get a chance. There are other places to find recipes for wildcrafted herbs, but non as fun and served with such flair as these. The following are some interesting anecdotes and a good spring Nettle soup recipe that will please your eyes as well as your palette.
Scented Geranium leaves
Geraniums come in so many diverse scents now, from cinnamon to rose. Choose your favorite and try this recipe with your kids. They love putting the leaves in the pan. Its a very simple way to add flavor to yellow or white cakes or cupcakes.
Take any scented geranium leaves, rinsed and dried. Place in bottom of cake pan that has been oiled for non stick. Gently pour in basic white or yellow cake recipe or boxed mix over the top of the leaves. (Or in the case of cupcakes you can put the cake mix into the cups and set one leaf gently on top so that the imprint comes out and the leaf can be removed after baking. Bake as directed. When removed from oven and cooled, remove from pan and flip right side up, removing the leaves from the top. The flavor will have infused into the cake and there will be leaf patterns imbedded in the top. Frost or glaze as desired, or try some creative touches with the leaf patterns with sprinkles, confectioners sugar, or drizzling different colored glazes.
Flowers in salads
It's always been a favorite thing for chefs to add edible flowers to salads and as garnish. As spring and summer arrive along with the flowers, or as you contemplate what flowers to grow in your garden, consider some of these for color and unique flavors.
Borage - an intensely blue flower has a mild cucumber flavor
Calendula - orange/yellow flowers for accenting salads or soups
Daylilies - single petals sprinkled, or full buds before opening, stir fried with veggies
Monarda or "Bee Balm" - many colors and interesting petal formation tastes like oregano
Nasturtiums - a favorite of restaurants with a mild radish flavor
Pansies/Violas/Johnny Jump-ups - early season favorites in many colors and sweet flavor
Nettles are an early spring favorite. Though they have oxalic acid in their leaves which cause a skin rash, collecting them with gloves and scissors works fine. If you do get 'stung' a little lavender aromatherapy oil does the trick which you can carry in your pocket. Cooking takes all the sting out of them and they are full of great vitamins, taste like spinach, and break down nicely for soup.
Gather 2 quarts of gently packed leaves
Use tongs to drop them into a large pot of boiling, salted water for 2 minutes
Drain and plunge them into cold water (they won't sting at this point)
Gather leaves into a ball and squeeze out as much water as you can.
Now to prepare your soup:
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium onion, chopped
4 Cups chicken or vegetable broth
8 oz button mushrooms
2 Tbsp long grain white rice
4 oz nettle leaves
1 cup coarsely snipped chives
Optional Garnish: Creme fraiche or sour cream
. Melt butter in medium skillet, add onion and cook until softened
. Add stock, mushrooms, rice and bring to boil
. Reduce heat, cover, simmer until rice very soft, about 30 minutes
. Put half nettles and half chives in blender or food processor, pour half the soup over greens, put lid on and blend on low speed and slowly turn up speed until blended smooth
. Pour blended soup into 2nd saucepan and blend rest of greens and soup
. Stir pureed soup over medium heat until almost a simmer
. Taste and add pepper and salt to taste
. Garnish: Whip fraiche or cream until smooth and drizzle onto top of soup in circular or zigzag pattern
Children love gardens!! If you've ever been around pre-schoolers or young school-aged children, you recognize that they have an innate curiosity for the natural things around them. Be it bugs, animals, flowers or trees, to name a few, they seem to find great joy in the midst of them. Even with all the technology issues that can keep kids inside, the good majority can be pleasantly distracted in natural surroundings. Don't think you can access nature in your small living surroundings? Consider a garden.
Whether container, raised bed, or full-fledged rows of produce, consider the joy you can cultivate in our potentially restricted lifestyles that can make life lighten a whole lot more by bringing the natural in close.
Here are some thoughts:
. Find a sunny spot
. Get some extra dirt, a pail and a shovel and let them stick their hands in it. Some of the best probiotics come from the soil through the skin.
. Use some big pots, terraced shelves, or window boxes for containers
. Make a path
. Assign one of the plantings to each child as their responsibility, as you teach them how to care for it (for really small ones you may need to add a little assistance when they aren't looking)
. Pick easily grown, short germinating varieties and be sure to include something edible, so that when the picking is ready, they can be washed and tasted
. Try some miniature varieties - peppers, carrots, radishes, microgreens…
. Raised beds, short enough for little legs and narrow enough for short arms to reach to the center
. Don't forget some flowers (maybe some that attract butterflies, frogs, or birds)
There are any number of kids gardening kits and ideas on the internet. The point is that we all need a little stress relief. As a parent you might think that this is just another thing to do to entertain your children, but I guarantee that once you get started, this can be just as much of a stress reliever for you and a distraction from the responsibilities we are all under these days. Remember, the goal is not necessarily to provide a whole lot of food for the neighborhood, but to find fun in the midst of chaos. I find that gardening with children is an exercise in the five senses; not just theirs, but yours. It's amazing how watching our children learn about the things around them, can make us smile. At the same time you are teaching them in so many subtle ways, about responsibility, respect for nature, eating good food, "blooming where we are planted", working together, life lessons and so much more.
It's always fun to then turn that food into something yummy. So you are an adventurous mom and don't mind little hands helping in the kitchen, here's a couple of recipes to start you off.
Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf Bites
Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf Bites are perfect for the whole family, but especially for your little one. The best part is they're cooked in mini muffin pans, so they only take 20 minutes to bake. I pack mine with vegetables, and since there's very little salt and no sugary ketchup, I add some cheese which makes every bite taste heavenly. Depending on the age of the child, they may be able to help chop via the processor or at least (with washed hands) help transfer it. It's good for them to see how food gets from the source to the finished product. These are a great substitute for chicken fingers!!
2. Spray a nonstick mini muffin tin with vegetable oil cooking spray or grease with oil.
3. Place the zucchini, onions, bell peppers, carrots, and garlic clove into the food processor and pulse until everything is in tiny pieces.
4. Add the egg, worchestershire sauce, herbs, bread crumbs, cheese, and turkey. Pulse until everything is combined.
5. Place about a tablespoon of the meatloaf mixture in the muffin pans and pack down with a spoon.
6. Bake until the mini turkey loaves are cooked through or an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, about 20 minutes.
There are any number of smoothie recipes that are fun because they blend so quickly and instantly. At my house it's a great way to get extra nutrition in, make them taste good, and they think they're having a kind of milk shake. The following is a suggestion, but let the internet and your family's personal favorites steer the choices.
Half an apple and a medium carrot make a good base
You can add half a banana or half an avocado to make it thick
Other veggies that taste good that can be added: 1" cucumber peeled, half a celery stalk, a handfull of kale, spinach or arugala
If you don't use a banana, blueberries or raspberries but only 2 fruits at most because of the sugar
A cup of coconut or almond milk
You can even add some pea protein powder if you're going for nutrition.
Blend away!! Bon Apetit!
There's always room for a "garden space". Don't underestimate it's influence to transform.
My favorite time of year - looking at seed catalogs and imagining warm spring days and green plants pushing their way out of the ground. And this year, it might be even more important to be doing this early, before the ground is even near ready, than other years. Consider the supply chain woes that are preventing food from being delivered and empty shelves in the grocery stores. As gardeners, we may want to take the old World War II Victory Garden approach where every family was encouraged to grow some of their own food in their backyards. It got the population through the depression years.
So what might we consider for our gardens this year, that we haven't grown in years past? Before we get to that, here are some things to consider:
. Buy seed early - there will be lots of other people considering this and early planning and ordering might just get us ahead of a rush on seed that might leave some folks without.
. Try to buy heirloom seed. Besides being non-GMOed, heirlooms have the ability to reproduce after their own kind. In other words, if you can harvest the seed from your own crop and save them for the following year. That way, if seeds become scarce, you have your own supply.
. Think preserving over the winter and what might have to be processed, frozen or canned, versus some things like squash that can be kept in a cool, dry closet if you lack a cold cellar, without processing.
. Think about what your needs as a family are. Your preferences might be different from someone else.
. And don't forget some medicinals to build up your family first aid needs.
. Choose a garden site and know the size you have to grow in, as this will determine how much you can plant. You will want to figure the soil prep or raised bed costs.
. There is also consideration whether to use a cover or hoop house in locations where weather can be harsh. This can stretch the growing season or protect from storms or hail or stretches of drought or heavy rain that can wipe out crops. There is more ability to control to some extent the growing conditions and protect precious food. Elliot Coleman, in his book Four Season Harvest talks a lot about this very subject.
With long-term in mind, what to buy? In our house green beans are one of our favorite veggies, and they do grown well in our climate. So I plant extra rows in our raised beds. I can plant closer in raised beds because I don't have to leave formal rows and walking spaces as in a traditional garden plot. Two double rows in an eight foot bed produce 5 to 6 gallons of frozen beans which is enough for the two of us to last through winter. And I have the advantage with heirloom seeds to leave a few plants to dry their pods and keep the seeds for the following season. I haven't bought bean seeds in 10 years. Snap peas work the same way with one eight foot row on a fence at the back of the box which are easily freezable and continue to produce well into summer in New England climates. Another consideration in the bean family is dried beans like Cranberry, Black, Great Northern, Cannelini, etc. They are easy to grow in good soil, can be left at the end of the season to dry out and then harvest and shuck. All you need to preserve them when you are done, is put them in a dry jar with a lid on your larder shelves.
Winter squashes are a must in my book. They store well if picked before fungus and dampness are allowed to set in and if kept in a cool, dry place, will last well into late winter. They are full of Vitamin A, important for keeping colds and flu at bay. I planted 2 plants in a raised bed with room to spread outside the box one summer, and the weather was so perfect I had 2 mild crates full of squash for us and our neighbors as well. If you have the room, often a box with a couple inches of sand at the bottom is ideal for absorbing winter dampness and keeping them fresh.
Here in the northeast, root veggies can be kept over winter in a number of ways. First, they can be left in the ground and covered with a tarp and harvested in middle of winter or early spring. They can also be saved in sand in a container, like a trash can, layering sand, then root veggies, sand, veggies……
If you're in a warmer climate, you may be able to grow your greens all year round, especially in a double hoop covering that will keep occasional frost from disturbing them. If not, growing sprouts in a winter box on a sunny window may be your salad fixings.
Canned tomatoes for making sauces can be a great staple for soups, pasta and other dishes.
If your growing medicinals, dry them at picking time to keep some in dry jars over the winter or start your tincturing process as you go.
I hope this gives you some things to think about as you put your spring seed lists together. This may be the year to plan ahead, and think about the needs of family and neighbors. Some neighborhoods can work together to grow specific things and share with one another.
Heirloom seeds can be purchased from any number of companies you can find on the web. We use High Mowing as they are close to us in Vermont, but there are some great companies out there. Try to support your local growers and suppliers. Wherever you get them, do it early and you'll be ready for whatever comes our way.
Welcome to Our House
Happy 2022! The year is new, the potential is great, the needs are before us. What can you and I do as proponents for good health?
"…this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" Phil 3:13-14
Every one of us has a gift, something we are good at, that comes naturally and that pulls at the passions of our hearts. If you're reading this newsletter, it's a sure sign that food, plants, gardening, herbs and taking care of yourselves and your families are some of your passions. Anyone of us can be an encouragement to help people get and stay healthy.
Circumstances in the world at large are not what they used to be but we all have creative ways of overcoming obstacles and challenges. As January is traditionally a time to take stock of our lives and how to make them better, let's consider how Healing Leaves can assist you in moving forward and planning ahead.
We're happy to provide zoom or in person classes for groups of people wanting to learn more about good nutrition for our immune systems and for maintaining good weight. We love to teach people how to make medicinals from plants you raise in your gardens or the wild ones that grow in your neighborhood fields and forests. We intentionally try to stay informed and provide reliable information for good resources to obtain the best quality and integrity in products; food, supplements, or other life needs. It's our goal to help people find solutions for small spaces, limited resources, good recipes, and creative ways to improve your lives without breaking the bank. We are well versed on supplements, where to find good ones, and the difference between good and bad (or unnecessary) ones. You will discover the sky is the limit when you begin to consider what you can learn in an hour session that will give you improvements in small increments. Winter is a great time for learning and if the weather is bad, the internet is still available.
Some of you that have had Covid might be wanting to gain your health back from fatigue. If you're in an area where food is in short supply, how can you stretch, alter, substitute ingredients to keep you family healthy. We're here to help. If you have a group of people in your area or across the country that are interested in learning specific strategies for health, send us an email. If you're not sure if the topic(s) you're interested in are things we can help with, send us an email. With a little brainstorming, you will be amazed at how the answers to seemingly large problems, become small when approached in a group effort and the combinations of our own life experiences become a help to someone else.
Let's put an end to feeling isolated by circumstances created by Covid and begin to create networks of friends solving problems and encouraging those around us. Got a computer? Let's get started.
For more information or to discuss an idea, email Cathy at email@example.com. There is no such thing as an inappropriate question.
May Joy Be Yours in This New Year!
You've heard the expression "you have to pick your battles". The meaning behind it, that sometimes we can win a fight but lose the war. During this holiday time, I hope the meaning of family and friends will mean more to all of us, than the fear of sickness and winning the discussions of political differences. I am not insinuating that sickness is not real, but with wisdom, some creativity, and love this Holiday season; we can still reach out and touch one another heart to heart.
This Hanakkah and Christmas I want to make every gift even more special than ever. In these times when you might hesitate to attend large group gatherings, maybe smaller segments are easier digested. I find getting together with others over coffee or lunch can be much more meaningful; and it doesn't mean you have to spend money to do it. Let's use some creativity here. The world is not the same; and maybe some things will never go back to the way they were; but personal relationships can contribute more to health and worth than a gift in the mail. Here in the Northeast there are a group of women who walk together. We started doing this in the midst of lockdowns last winter. Dressing for the weather, we set times and places every few weeks to walk. We let the group know and whomever can join in does. Each week is a little different. It's a way of getting exercise, catching up, being together and letting down our hair for a couple of hours with those that understand where we are at. We don't care if anyone is vaxed or not and whomever wants to wear a mask can without questions. I have been to outdoor sledding parties with refreshments around a bonfire and backyard parties around a chiminea. There's always the fun of door to door caroling for the singers as well as the recipients. Or how about building a neighborhood snow sculpture, fort, or tower. Folks can distance as they need to and we are still together with one another.
Sometimes we make gifts, knock on a loved ones' door, deliver the gift and even have a short conversation. You would be amazed how that spontaneous act can lead to an unexpected invitation to come in, to share a struggle, to see a smile, to help bear a burden.
The opinions of the "specialists" are many and conflicting. The real results are yet to be seen and understood. In the meantime, do we really want to separate ourselves from those we love and risk losing our heart connections over differences of opinion; or do we want to keep those we love close to us when we need each other most?
Gifts of Food and Health
This year more than ever, I find that useful gifts come in many forms and they don't have to be expensive. Finances are being strained for many of us right now. As much as we want to have the best food and healthcare products, they can strain our budgets. Gifts that exemplify healthy lifestyles can even come in child sizes.
Gift certificates for food or introductory offers can help our loved ones stay on the path to health. A subscription to Thrive Market (an extraordinary company who mail orders totally organic food anywhere in the country right to your door, postage free), Harry & Davids (Fruit connoisseurs), Green Chef (meal in a box), Misfits Market (the imperfect but just as healthy unmarketables), or any of a number of others that you can find on the internet under organic mail order companies. Homemade preserves and other foods from an overflowing harvest can be beautifully presented in a gift basket, bag or creative container.
Gifts of immune boosting herbals, supplement formulas, or luxurious spa and preservative free body care products are a special way to say you are thinking of someone. You can support a worthwhile company while you provide for family and friends. There are some herbal companies like Mountain Rose Herbs, Sage Woman Herbals, Richters, The Grow Network, and others that have developed kits for making tinctures, and a myriad of other health related products that can supply needed nutrition and health while having fun together as family.
If you have gardeners to buy for, an organic seed collection, or amenities to prepare and maintain the garden beds can be just as important, as we begin to make sure we have enough in our own backyards to sustain us as supplies become questionable.
Let's get ourselves out of our boxes of material focused gifting and give gifts of life, health and love in this giving season. Gifts that will last longer than a day or two but contribute to longevity, fun and carry us farther into the future.
What to Do When You Test Positive
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One thing health care providers have not informed us of, in the midst of this current flu epidemic, is what to do if you test positive but are not sick enough to have to go to the hospital. First thing is DON'T PANIC! There are actually a number of options for what you can do at home to help yourself get better. Whether you are vaxed or unvaxed, there is no judgement here; should you test positive, the protocol options are the same.
What is flu virus?
An infective agent that typically consists of a nucleic acid molecule in a protein coat, is too small to be seen by light microscopy, and is able to multiply only within the living cells of a host (Webster's dictionary)
An organism that attacks the body at the cellular level, affecting cell function as it uses the cell as a host. Once your immune system kicks in, it will generally take care of the virus and wear it out or put it out. Some people with compromised immune systems will have more difficulty recovering, even from the regular flu, and in a good number of cases each year (even before this pandemc) deaths could be in the thousands due to compromised health. (see past year CDC & VAERS statistics)
. Generally evolves and resolves within 1 1/2 to 2 years' time as herd immunity and mutations occur, until it regenerates or reappears again in a mutated state over time. Thus the idea that we "need" a new flu vaccine each year.
. Most healthy individuals are better off without a flu vac.
What is a vaccine? Originally a part of the live virus that is introduced in a very small amount in order that the person receiving it will have a normal immune response and develop antibodies that reside for a lifetime or portion of a lifetime; so that the body develops it's own immunity to the virus when exposed to it in future.
Vax additives like formaldehyde, heavy metals - lead, polyethylene glycol, mercury & aluminum (have been introduced in last 20 to 30 years) - trigger immune reactions to "jump start" the antibody response but are toxic and more often lead to heavy metal toxicity and inflammatory responses that may or may not resolve. (i.e. ADHD, autism, fatigue, organ failure and death)
The current injection is NOT a vaccine by definition. The original viral organism was NEVER isolated in order to produce a vaccine from it. It is a synthetically produced mRNA (part of your DNA structure) therapy that changes the function, reaction, and ability of what your body can AND cannot do.
The best prevention is building up your immune system so that it can function the way it was created to; in order to reject, overcome and eliminate sickness and disease. The following list of supplements and foods are some of the major building blocks to doing that. Whether you are vaxed or unvaxed, you would do well to keep your immune system strong in this season.
. N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) Protects and supports the liver to filter toxic substances (including virus out of your blood) Science has proven that this supplement works well against the current flu strain. Take once a day
. Vit C with bioflavinoids (NOT just ascorbic acid) 2500 to 5000 mg per day (over course of the day like 500 or 750 mg caps or time release)
. Vit D 2,000 to 4,000 IU per day
. Zinc - losenges and caps (20-50 mg per day) enters cells to protect from virus invasion, breaks up spike proteins. Losenges used upon symptoms of sore throat can break up spike proteins in the back of the throat before they reach the lungs.
. Quercetin - drives zinc into the cells where it protects them against the virus, by forming a barrier
. Eat alkaline; Good eating habits are extremely under realized. Stay away from sugar, too much caffeine, alcohol, food triggers (see prior blog articles on alkalinity). Good web source www.liveennergized.com Keep hydrated with good water source.
. Hydroxychloroquine - preventive(400 mg per week) & when early onset of symptoms (400 mg/day) . Please note: herbs that are equivalent to hydroxychloroquine (which is a pharmaceutical grade of quinine usually used for malaria) are cryptolepis (Guanian quinine and Wormwood). Scientific monographs for these two herbs can be found online (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2956313/ Ghana Medical Journal "Clinical Efficacy of Cryptolepis Sanguinolenta in the Treatment of Malaria"). If you cannot find them, send a 'comment' to this blog site and we will get it to you. See resource list for Sherri Tenpenny and Thedrardisshow.com below for dosage confirmation.
Treatment upon testing positive
See Dr. Zelenko's Protocol below
. Unless you feel you need to be hospitalized, don't panic, treat as for any other flu (bedrest, fever, cough, cold and ache with appropriate medicinals) as soon as symptoms appear; and let it run it's course forming your own antibodies. (science proves this is the best prevention against further problems) NOTE: Sweden, Denmark & Norway did not vaccinate and they have basically developed herd immunity and no longer have pandemic nor high numbers of cases.
. Ivermectin, which is on the NIH guideline site at link below, needs prescription - (0.2 to 0.6 mg/kg body weight/as a single dose or as once-daily dose for up to 5 days) generally well tolerated (per NIH guidelines at www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov Look for Table 2e. "Characteristics of Antiviral Agents That Are Approved or Under Evaluation for the Treatment of C" - 2nd drug listed after Remdesivir) Protects organs & transmissions. Protects the liver and brings down inflammatory response. DO NOT USE if on blood thinners. Ivermectin paste, used to treat animals is not recommended and should NOT be used internally as the carrier paste will cause extreme gastric distress.
. Zythromax & hydrocychloriquine
. Inhaler & Budesonide with nebulizer (Budesonide.works.com) - Dr. Richard Bartlett - telemedicine
Please Note: New scientific evidence is coming in daily. Tests done in Thailand using a parasitic herb called Green Chiretta (Andrographis) in prisoners as their only course of treatment shows 99% positive results using for 5 days (usual improvement within 3 days) This herb is easy to obtain and is also used effectively for Lyme disease. https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-how-thailand-is-using-a-cheap-and-effective-traditional-herbal-medicine-to-treat-coronavirus-12428157
Hospital & choice - you have the RIGHT to say NO to respirator and to ask for Ivermectin (after all, it's listed on the NIH website) or any other treatment of your choice under HIPPA Health Privacy Act. You also have the RIGHT to call and talk with other doctors (i.e. frontline doctors) in their legal department for advice and legal documentation/paperwork like The Vaccine Bill of Rights
Hospital protocols suggest Remdesivir as the first line treatment. Please refer to the same NIH treatment guidelines mentioned above and consider the numerous side effects listed there before accepting this as your only course of treatment.
C -19 Treatment Protocol
Dr. Vladimir Zelenko
Treat patients based on clinical suspicion as soon as possible, preferably within the first 5 days of symptoms. Perform PCR testing, but do not withhold treatment pending results.
Risk Stratify Patients
Low risk patient - Younger than 45, no comorbidities, and clinically stable
High risk patient - Older than 45, younger than 45 with comorbidities, or clinically unstable
Treatment Options Low risk patients
Supportive care with fluids, fever control, and rest Elemental Zinc 50mg 1 time a day for 7 days
Vitamin C 1000mg 1 time a day for 7 days
Vitamin D3 5000iu 1 time a day for 7 days
Optional over the counter options Quercetin 500mg 2 times a day for 7 days or Epigallocatechin-gallate (EGCG) 400mg 1 time a day for 7 days
Moderate / High risk patients
Elemental Zinc 50-100mg once a day for 7 days
Vitamin C 1000mg 1 time a day for 7 days Vitamin D3 10000iu once a day for 7 days or 50000iu once a day for 1-2 days
Azithromycin 500mg 1 time a day for 5 days or Doxycycline 100mg 2 times a day for 7 days Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) 200mg 2 times a day for 5-7 days and/or Ivermectin 0.4-0.5mg/kg/day for 5-7 days
Either or both HCQ and IVM can be used, and if one only, the second agent may be added after about 2 days of treatment if obvious recovery has not yet been observed etc.
Other treatment options Dexamethasone 6-12mg 1 time a day for 7 days or Prednisone 20mg twice a day for 7 days, taper as needed
Budesonide 1mg/2cc solution via nebulizer twice a day for 7 days
Blood thinners (i.e. Lovenox, Eliquis, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Aspirin) Colchicine 0.6mg 2-3 times a day for 5-7 days
Monoclonal antibodies Home IV fluids and oxygen
TRY TO KEEP PATIENTS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL
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Four Thieves - Clearing the Air You Breath
The history of this aromatherapy formula is during the Black Plague in London, this was a family who worked with distilling and producing aromatherapy oils. They developed this formula in order to go into the city and steal from the abandoned businesses and circumstances available for the taking. Thus the name "Four Thieves".
The way aromatherapy oils work is, as you inhale them the molecules enter your nasal cavity and come into contact with your olfactory nerve, triggering it to send a message to specific immune functions to set up a defense. These molecules also kill germs on contact as they travel through the air around your head and face and up into your sinuses. They are a well-documented and potent way to kill germs on contact to protect us all from inhaling viral and cold organisms.
Be Wise, Stay Well!!
How to Make Four Thieves
You will need a small 1 oz or half oz dropper bottle.
Add olive oil or other oil of choice as a carrier oil to fill the bottle half full
Using the following aromatherapy oils, add them a drop at a time:
. Clove oil 20 drops
. Lemon oil 18 drops
. Cinnamon oil 10 drops
. Eucalyptus 8 drops
. Rosemary 5 drops
Shake before using. Put a drop or 2 on your skin as often as you like or if you are going out into public places. You can also put drops on your clothes like collars or on a kleenex or cotton ball in a breast pocket, etc.
God's Original Therapy - Water
Do you know that you are between 80 & 90% water. The fluid based, transport system of your body distributes nutrients, electrolytes and takes away waste in a continuous stream of activity moment by moment. It also encompasses the heating and cooling system of your body to maintain the right temperature to accomplish its many tasks. So when there is a breakdown or blockage of energy and vitality, water can often be a rejuvenating resource that is often overlooked. Sometimes combined with a few choice herbs, it can be the curative factor that starts you on the road to recovery.
Your body gives off energy and is in turn, affected by energy. Things like microwaves, TV, computers and other electromagnetics can negatively affect your body's energy. When you take a shower, water has the ability to wash the effects of negative energy (in a type of grounding) that helps put your natural body energy back into balance. That's part of why you feel so good after taking a bath or shower. This is why spas and other personal care centers have become so popular; but you can turn your own bath or shower into your personal spa treatment if you understand how it works.
The skin of your body is connected to every organ of your body via the nervous and circulatory systems. By changing temperature with water that is hot or cold, nerve sensations will stimulate or sedate specific areas. You can use local applications (applied to a specific external area) or a whole body submersion. Cold water applications reduce the amount of blood in an area, while warm to hot water applications bring blood flow to the surface. For example, a throbbing headache is caused by inflammation and thus blood accumulation in that local area. Cool or cold water decreases the blood flow and contracts the blood vessels, stabilizing the temperature and returning the area to warmth, relaxation and circulation flow. Cold clothes on forehead, temples and back of the neck can assist in this, as can wrapping the entire head in a cold towel. As the blood vessels contract, removing the cold application and wrapping up in warm robe or blanket, can return the temperature to normal, and the pain eliminated.
Any area that is inflamed or 'hot' like lower back areas due to poor circulation can be relieved with alternating hot and cold packs. It helps to break up congestion. Use warm packs for about 10 minutes and the switch to cool pack for 1 minute; alternating back and forth for about half an hour, finishing with a warm pack. It will bring down swelling, relax tight muscles by passively toning them and bring the area more flexibility. Add a topical herbal like arnica, that will bring oxygen into the area, and you have the recipe for pain relief.
It's a good idea to use a thermometer to check the temperature of a bath. Numerous treatments mentioned below are dependent on specific temperature ranges. Never use extreme temperatures when helping someone elderly or who is experiencing weakness. You will want to keep these temperatures between 80 and 100 degrees. You want to have clean clothing or towels/blankets ready to wrap up in and with a sick person take them straight to bed to lie down. Never let a patient get chilled or overheated so keep your eye on the temperature. Water does not need to be extreme to work. Adding a little mineral salts like Epsom to the bath will help pull toxins out through the skin and is especially helpful in debilitating conditions or cases of low immunity. Salt also has the ability to replace electrolytes on and through the skin.
Following are some general rules for specific temperature ranges and what they can be used for:
. Cold baths or stimulating showers - temperature 40 to 60 degrees
Generally used for strong patients, it helps increase circulation and tonifies the whole body to develop a resistance to disease. Being plunged into cold water can be quite a shock but in a good constitution, can develop great strength and resilience. Consider the Polar Bear Plunges that are popular in winter and early spring. You can do this as you shower by going from a few minutes in warm to cold and back again 2 to 3 times. Ending with cold is most invigorating but ending with warm is allowed. Cold water foot soaks can also work for sprained ankles, swelling & inflammation of the feet, and as a whole body tonic. (All your nerve endings in your feet connect to your entire body's nervous system.) Three minutes at a time, take out and let dry, then dip again 3 or 4 times remembering to wrap and clean, dry towel or cotton socks when done.
NOTE: It is best NOT to do a cold bath or shower on a damp, wet or rainy day as it is harder for the body to warm up under these conditions even when wrapped. Warm water would be better on these days.
. Cool water Therapy - 60 to 70 degrees
Excellent temperature for healing as it stimulates circulation. You should not be in cool bath longer than 3 minutes. Very good way to reduce a fever. It will feel cold to the fever sufferer. When out of the water dry well, wrap in clean gown and put to bed wrapped in warm blankets. You can also do this as a sponge bath if patient will not get into the bath. "cooling" herbs like boneset, catnip, hyssop or peppermint can also be added to the water. Also remember to keep the head cool with a cool cloth to protect the brain from a high fever.
. Warm Baths - 90 to 100 degrees
This is a very good temperature for a person to remain in the water for up to half an hour. It can be used for pain due to poor circulation, fevers and tonic applications for a person's general constitution. Again, add appropriate herbs like those listed below or Epsom salts to pull toxins, treat specific conditions and give strength to a weak constitution.
. Hot Baths - 100 to 105 degrees
These baths are used to warm, relieve pain, relax and draw toxins out of the body. This is a good temperature for salt baths. Drawing herbs for skin eruptions work well here or breaking up extreme congestion with eucalyptus, menthol or other decongesting herbs. This is the right temperature for adding epsom (mineral) salts which will draw toxic substances out through the skin. When you are not sure about what to use medicinally for a debilitating problem, think of hydrotherapy.
Compresses and Poultices.
These are a combination of herbs with water for localized problems. Heat draws, cold constricts. Cool compresses used for insect bites, sprains, bruises and swellings. They can be used to reduce swollen glands like mastitis, inflamed prostate or lymph. They can be used for toothache and big bruises. After the swelling and tenderness has been reduced, warm poultices can soothe and heal. Everyone realizes heat helps sore muscles, as you bring blood flow back into the area. The following are some useful herbs that make good poultices (they can also be used in the bath by crushing a handful or two of dried material and adding to the water):
Echinacea - for disinfecting and pulling toxins
Ginger - for stimulating and warming
Goldenseal - for infections & drawing
Sage - draws, astringent, very healing
Plantain - drawing, drying, insect bites
Yellow Dock leaf/root - Skin eruptions, boils, bee stings, wounds
Chickweed - soothing, excellent for eye irritations
Cabbage - an old time remedy. Cabbage leaf poultice is used for ulcers, varicose veins, shingles
Rosemary - improves circulation, relieves pain & tension
Basil - crushed leaf, mild sedative, soothes nerves, good for treating nervous headaches
Thyme - clears sinus congestion, tones skin
Recipes for compresses or poultices
Here are 3 recipes you can try
Fresh Comfrey Poultice: Comfrey is known for its ability to regenerate skin.
Pick comfrey leaves, rinse and shake dry
Blend with enough distilled water to create a thick mash
Place in some gauze or cheesecloth and apply to area of rash, wound, or burn
Wrap with roll of gauze or muslin to hold in place
Change daily if treating a wound and observe how the skin rejuvenates.
NOTE: Occasionally skin rash develops from irritation of small hairs found on the leaves.
Discontinue use if necessary but a little olive oil smeared on the skin around the area
before placing the gauze may alleviate this.
Marshmallow Fomentation: This helps get immediate relief from pressure of overfull and inflamed breasts
1/2 cup powdered Marshmallow root
1 quart distilled water
Stir marshmallow into water, bring to a boil & reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes, covered
Soak cloth in mixture and apply to affected breast as hot as patient can stand
Cover with plastic wrap to prevent losing the mucilage, then cover with 2 clean towels to retain heat
When cool, soak again and reapply.
Repeat 3 times for each breast
Cooling Peppermint Compress - useful in preventing swelling and reducing fevers. This will stimulate production of white and red blood cells and reduce the pulse rate.
1/2 cup peppermint leaves
1 quart distilled water
Pour boiling water over peppermint, cover and let steep 10 minutes, strain & cool
When lukewarm, place in freezer or add ice cubes to make it really cold.
Soak a cloth in the tea and apply to patient forehead and back of neck
When cloth warms up, soak again and reapply.
Repeat 3 to 5 times adding ice if necessary
Dry area thoroughly when finished
When you are thinking about putting your household first aid needs together; here are some things to think about. What ailments or health circumstances are most common to your family members? For instance do you have an allergy sufferer, one prone to poison ivy, little ones prone to cuts, bruises and scrapes, sinus infections, an athlete or back sufferer………? Your first order of business is to get the items that cover these common problems in your first aid closet so that they are at hand when you need them. After that you can accumulate other things to have on hand for other problems that might arise. In other newsletters we have discussed tinctures and supplements that would be good first aid items. Today, we will talk about salves; how to make them and what to put in them.
A salve is an herb based oil mixed with a semi solid that makes it spreadable but not greasy. It should be easily absorbable, which allows the medicine to enter the body through the skin. In some cases you may want to make a salve that is more like lotion because you need the smoother application for a sensitive area or problem. What circumstances might warrant the use of a topical salve or lotion instead of an oral application? - If someone is unconscious, if it's a child or person who refuses to take something by mouth, if it's an open wound, if the person is so sick they cannot communicate or keep anything down…….
There are a couple of ways to infuse oils. 1. One is to put dried herbs directly into olive, avocado, jojoba or similar good oil (enough oil to just cover the dried material) and allow it to infuse for 2 weeks in a sunny window; straining out the bulk herbs, so that it is ready to use when you need it. Then transfer the oil to a glass container and place in a dark closet. Things to watch out for are any dampness or water in a not totally dried herb material, may lead to rancidity and molding of the oil. This would cause it to not be useable. The other is if you keep the oil over 6 months, you run into a problem with rancidity also. 2. Another way to infuse oil is with the use of low heat such as a crock pot or stainless pot in oven with pilot light. It's especially good when you want to do a salve with a formula of multiple herbs. You never want to heat the oil too hot as it will take away from the viability of the medicinal. I have a mini crock that holds about 4 cups or so of material that works well. Let the oil and herb heat together for 48 hours and then you can add your hardener.
It is possible to use the oil that you have made directly on the area needed, although it will tend to be greasy and get into clothing unless you cover it loosely with a nonstick or cloth bandage. To make your salve, the general proportion of oil to hardener is 2 oz beeswax or shea butter to 1 cup of oil. I like to mix my beeswax and shea butter together for a smoother spreadability. You will need to heat the oil and melt the beeswax/shea butter together into one liquid. (I use a clean plastic yogurt container in a double boiler or pot with water in it so that the container with the oil just begins to float off the bottom of the pan) If you want some scent or added medicinal property of an aromatherapy oil, this would be the time to add it, just before you take it off the heat. To check and make sure the hardness of your resulting salve is not too runny or too hard, take a wooden stick or toothpick dipped into the oil and place a few drops on a piece of wax paper. Give it a few minutes to cool and harden (it will change color to a lighter waxy hue). Place a finger on the drops of hardened oil and the heat from your body should melt it. Try spreading on back of your hand. If it is too hard, add a little more oil, if too soft add a little more wax/shea until it is the consistency you would like. From here you can pour it into salve jars or pour it into a pint canning jar and scoop out what you need when you need it, into a smaller container. Again, place in dark place.
Make sure you label, label, label with date and ingredients!
Should you need something more moisturizing and soothing in a sensitive area, a medicinal lotion might be more appropriate. This is a process of blending an oil with a water or aloe combination. This is another process which we can address in another blog but is something to keep in mind as you evaluate your medicinal needs.
So what kinds of salves would we want for first aid purposes or handy family basics? A combination of Arnica and St. Johns Wort would be a good salve to have for sore muscles and strains with the nerve soothing characteristics of St. Johns Wort and the oxygen inducing, pain reducing characteristics of Arnica. Runners particularly like the effects of Arnica after a training session. Either one can be made into an individual salve. We have a combination of Comfrey, St. Johns Wort and Calendula for a soothing, healing salve for all kinds of cuts, scrapes, minor burns and other miscellaneous bumps and bruises of life. This is a good all around household salve. St. Johns Wort oil is a better solution for hemorrhoids than preparation H for reducing swelling and is excellent for reducing the excruciating pain of shingles until they resolve.
The following is a list of other herbal salve combinations and what they can be used for.
Lung Congestion - comfrey, elecompagne, mullein
Headache - lavender or wintergreen
Premenstrual Tension in abdomen - Crampbark, Motherwort
Neck tension related to stress - Black Cohash, Motherwort
Broken bones - Comfrey
Cooling - peppermint, chickweed
Bug bites - plantain
Swollen & inflamed Breasts during nursing - Marshmallow
Vericose Veins - Witchhazel, comfrey
Drawing out infection, imbedded material - Plantain
Infection - goldenseal, usnea, echinacea
Remember, any herb can be used in salve form and the skin is an excellent organ system to receive good medicine without taking pills. The trick is to have these made ahead of time for when they are needed. Let your needs be your guide.
Over 40 years of Herbal and nutritional experience.