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Using a Capsule Making Machine

By Joan L. McDaniel                               April 15, 2018

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Mountain Rose Herbs

In my last article, “Fungus Among Us”, I discussed several Natural Treatments for Skin fungal infections.  I covered the several forms that natural herbs are available from today’s markets and one method was Making Your own Capsules.

I make a lot of my own capsules, and decided my next article I’ll discuss and illustrate how to Use the Capsule Machine.

I First Got Started making capsules 

I started using dried herbal remedies with a bag of dryer Peppermint Leaves from my local farmer. I had found natural real Peppermint help with the bloating and belching of indigestion caused by Candida Yeast overgrowth.

Slowly I began to regain my energy and strength from what I ate.  Naturally my body started to detox on its own.  Detoxing (getting rid of toxins) sound great but you start experiencing some of the aches and pains you thought you had lost years ago.

I was committed to finding pain relieve from natural remedies and found a long list of herbs and remedies to try.  I wrote the article Putting the Fire Out With Natural Pain Relief

Herbs like Willow Bark which is natural Aspirin, Turmeric,  or Devil’s Claw and others were very effective. I didn’t always have the time to make tea every time I was in pain nor did I trust the ingredients of the ready-made capsules available on the market.

I decided I’d try to learn how to make my own.  Looking around on the Internet and my herbal supplier I found and ordered the Capsule Machine.  Before we get our fingers crossed and our noses full of powder, lets talk a little about what I have learned about ordering Herbs

The Capsule Machine 

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The Capsule Machine

Benefits of making your own Capsules

Making your own capsules isn’t really that hard.  Once you get the hang of it and anticipated your dealing with fine powder it is kind of fun.

Your more in control of things like; 

Costs

The freshness and quality of ingredients

Personal need mix and match your own herb selection

Avoid costly additives or fillers

 Typical Plant Anatomy

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Whole Dandelion Herbal Plant

To most Grass loving Americans the Dandelion is considered a weed.  To a herbalist and a groundhog the Dandelion is considered a food. Herbs are normally recommend not just by the plants name but from the  different sections of the plant;

Flower, Leaves, Roots, Stems and Seeds.

Ordering Herbs 

Our early American indians Medicine man  Medicine man wandered the land, in search for herbs.  They gathered what herbs they could find.  In our modern commercial world we search the on-line internet and get it delivered to our front door.  We are lacking the knowledge and experience of the Medicine man, but the world of herbals is just getting organized.

When ordering dried herbs, you can order by:

  • bulk, from 1 oz to several pounds.
  • whole leaves, seeds
  • or pieces of leaves, hulled and pieces of roots
  • Powdered leaves, seeds and/or roots

These different forms allow to herb to be taken in different forms.  You can also order the herb mixed with oil where it becomes oil of ——.  This form is normally very concentrated.

Powdered vs Pieces.

You can’t gain any benefit from a powdered herb that has been mixed with water, It becomes useless goo called mud.  I learned the powdered form of the herb is used to make capsules and the chopped herb or pieces is used to make tea by infusing it in hot water.

What is a typical additive

In the article Vitamin Supplements Are They Hazardous to Your Health? , I list all the additives put in Supplement.  One of them is called Magnesium Stearate It is a form of hydrogenated fat.  I am of the school Magnesium Stearate is not good but there are several manufactures who swear by them and say they are harmless.  Magnesium stearate is a lubricant which makes Pill making much easier.  Whenever I test a pill that contains Magnesium Stearate it does not dissolve in water and is not absorbed by the body.  You make your own choice.  There are other additives like glue, sand and nail polish to name a few.

How to Make Capsules

I have provided illustrations in 3 forms.

A Video

Hardcopy Pictures

and Hard Copy

It took me some time to get the hang of it.  Now I can do it in about 20 minutes or less.  At the end of the article I provide a recommended list of supplies

First the Video

Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo92dGCt1Rc

Capsule Machine for Making Herbal Capsules

Pictures How to Make Capsules 

instructions

Get 100% of the Real Herb by making your own Capsules. This Capsule Machine helps you fill 24 capsules at a time and includes tamper & stand.

One size “0” capsule holds about 500 mg. One teaspoon will fill about 7 “0” capsules. One size “00” capsule holds about 1,000 mg. Two teaspoons will fill about 7 “00” capsules. Both machines can be used for all types of herb and vitamin powders. 

Verbal

  • Capsule machine and capsules have to be the same size.  Purchase the size and type gelatin or vegetarian of your choice.
  • Gather your equipment, the herb the capsules, the machine parts, a mask, a brush, and pour tray.
  • Gather or Mix your herbs according to your recipe for your chosen supplement.
  • Separate each capsules, then insert the top in the smaller section of the machine and the bottom in the larger half. Only one size will fit.
  • Pour the herb slowly, and spread over the capsules with the green card.
  • Pack down the herb using the presser and repeat until capsule is full.
  • Complete the capsules putting the top on the filled bottom
  • Remove the bottom piece allow the machine to slide
  • Press down
  • Remove the finished capsules and place in glass jars.
  • Place a Silica Gel Packets Desiccant bag in jar and seal with a lid and keep in away from heat, light and moisture.
  • Add another Silica Gel Desiccant bag to the bag containing the dry herb.  Seal tightly I double seal using another plastic bag and a rubber band.  Place in a cool dry storage area.

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Capsules come in different sizes 

As the capsules come in different sizes, so does the capsule making machine.  I have become comfortable using the two sizes “00” and the “0”.  I use the “00” because it is bigger and easier to work with.

Size “00” holds about 750 mg. Size “0” holds 500 mg. The smaller sizes “1” holds 400 mg, 2 holds 350 mg, and size 3 holds 200 mg.  You would use these smaller sizes for children or small adults.

Some other measurements

One teaspoon will fill about 7 “00” capsules, about 5 “0”.  The weight depends on the density and fineness of the powder you are using.

One teaspoon will fill about 7 “0” capsules and about 5 “00” capsules. The only way to make is to check the final weight on a scale accurate to within one-tenth of a gram

There is a Weight scale available

Smart Weigh SWS100 Elite Series Digital Pocket Scale, 100g by 0.01g, Black

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The world of medicine and pills can get complicated and if you are dealing with something other than a general herb I’d turn it over to the experts.  A Weight Scale is available.  You would never know from the price of this scale is used to measure diamonds for it cost only $15.00 It is called a jewelers scale and will measure down to 0.01 or 1/10 of a gram and that is small. Too small for my home spun ideas. Herbalist never took their art that serious

Detailed Capsule Size Data:

Size                                           000     00        0        1      2       3      4

  1. Weight
  2. Average weight in m          163   118       95      75    60    47    38

Note I use my Capsule Machines only for powder not liquid I do not use oils of any kind.

Standard size and price

Empty capsules come in bulk.  I have seen some at 250 capsules up to 5,000.  I am a single user and it takes a long while to finish a bag of capsules. The capsules all seem to be priced at “.01” @ capsule.  Therefore 5,000 would be $5.00.

Capsules are Made either from Gelatin or Cellulose

Due to increased popular demand, capsules are now made from different sources.  Cellulose or Gelatin

I learned about Gelatin by Feeding the Birds

Cellulose capsules are made from popular trees and contain vegetable cellulose. Gelatin is the same thing the popular dessert Jello is made from.  I learned about gelatin while trying to make seed cakes to feed my backyard birds. Seed cakes that won’t melt in the summer sun, yet will let me sit and watch them dance and  peck at their dinner.

The ingredients in the seed cakes contain bird seed, of course, peanut butter brown sugar, and other special treats, but you need something to glue it together.  Normally gelatin and suet are used.  The gelatin and suet come from beef.  Suet is the fat and gelatin is what holds it all together.

I am meat eater.  I don’t have hangups about God’s purpose for the Cow.  My problem with gelatin is how the cow has been raised. I discussed this with my local Grass Feed Cow farmer and even asked her for Suet.  The condition of the gelatin and/or the Suet reflect how the animal was fed.

Most beef that is sold in the grocery store is factory fed on corn.

According to Joel Salatin “… A Cow was made to eat Grass not corn.. First God made Grass then he made the Cow to eat it” Corn puts fat on the cow.  The steak may be juicy greasy but the cow is bloated, fat and un-healthy. The animals in a factory farm exist in horrible conditions. This includes cows, hogs, and chickens.  Something must be done.  I do my part by buying and eating grass-fed beef and cage free chicken including my back yard birds.

Grass fed cows are just that Fed only with grass summer and winter.  You can’t get suet or gelatin from a grass-fed cow they simply don’t have the fat.    My farmer sold me suet from pork bellies or the area of the pig also sold for bacon.

That is why I chose the Vegetarian capsule. The choice is yours.

Empty Capsules Standard size and price

Empty capsules come in bulk.  I have seen some at 250 capsules up to 5,000.  I am a single user and it takes a long while to finish a bag of capsules. The capsules all seem to be priced at “.01” @ capsule.  Therefore 5,000 would be $5.00.

 

Recommended Supplies

  • Plastic Bags to hold loose herbal powder
  • Extra pick up containers to handle the left over powder and any spillage
  • Small soft bristle paint brushes 1/2 inch to 3 inch
  • Desiccant Bag – “Dry & Dry” Premium Pure & Safe Silica Gel Packets Desiccant 1 bag each for capsules, the stored powder, the finished capsules, the capsule machine, everything
  • Face mask to cover nose and mouth from the fine dust
  • Small funnels
  • Marking Labels for jar that hold the capsules
  • Marking Pens
  • Trays to work on

Now you can get the herb powder and capsule machine

The Herb or herb mixture already combined.

The different size capsules and capsule machine

Fill the machine with the capsules first then add the herbal powder.  Believe it or not I can get so organized and have the capsule machine filled only to suddenly realize I forgot to put in the empty capsules.  Talk about a dumb look on my face.

I over time have established a standard routine and have gathered a supply of brushes, pill jars and special utensils that help me make these capsules.  I also get Capsules vegetable

CLEANING The Machine

The Capsule Machine is made of heavy-duty plastic which will melt at 180 degrees and beyond.  Dishwashers get hot I don’t know how hot but I don’t use dishwashers nor do I use microwaves ovens.

I find is best to wash the Capsule machine in hot soapy water.  Some powders like turmeric or red beet will stain the machines surface.  That is also a good sign for the herb.

The machine must be completely dry to function properly.  After I wash the machine, I let it Air Dry until the next day  before re-using it again.

Good Luck, with a little or a lot of patience and some organization you should be able to get the hang of it after the first few tries.

I can now trust what I’m taking.  Knowing what I’m taking, I can see if it is helping.  With Herbal remedies what works for me, may not work for you.  It isn’t a one size fits all.  That’s why there are thousands and thousands of plants each adapting to the harsh nature around them in their own unique way.  Certain things ring true when using herbs, Not one herb will cause any significant side effect.  It either will or not help.  Your bodies reaction will tell you within a few days.  Enjoy Mother Nature.

Till next time.

Sources

https://www.naturalnews.com/039271_vitamins_supplements_magnesium_stearate.html

https://capsuleconnection.com/capsule-sizing-info/

“Fungus Among Us”

Joan L. McDaniel                       April 8, 2018

There is an old saying, “There’s a fungus among us,”. I don’t know If you have heard of it or not.  Some think the phrase doesn’t really meant anything  except it was funny, it rhymes and maybe someone weird is hanging around.

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Fungus amung us

Cat to Cat “Oh My — Look at that? There is fungus among us!!!!

It reflects the view that aliens or strange life forms exist all around.  In a way it

The old saying, “There’s a fungus among us,” contains an element of truth.

This is part of my continuing series on Candida Yeast Overrun which is another name for Fungus.   Articles on the following subjects Are You Fermenting? Antioxidants, Slow Detox, Eating Healthy, and Vinegar and Digestion.

This article will focus on how to manage a fungus infection when it starts showing up on the skin.

What is Fungi?

There are at least 100,000 different fungus species, and members of the fungus kingdom (collectively known as fungi) are found almost everywhere. Fungi, along with some bacteria and other organisms, are the decomposers of our world. They break down the remains of dead plants, animals and other living things and, in the process, obtain the energy they need to grow and reproduce. Fungus is classified as a kingdom containing a group of eukaryotic organisms. These organism are separate from other eukaryotic life kingdoms of animals and plants. Fungus includes microorganisms such as molds, mushroom and yeast.

Fungus to Used Make Things

Humans have made use of fungi for food preparation, preservation, mushroom farming and gathering, and produce large amount of finished products including fermentation ,anti-cancer, and other medical uses.

Mushrooms Are Magically Mysterious

Most people probably don’t think of a mushroom as a fungus but it is.  We are too removed from the principles of life to appreciate and enjoy Mother Nature anymore.

Mushrooms are a form of fungus although sometimes they look and act like plants.  We don’t think twice about the mushroom nowadays because most are grown and harvested out of the wilderness and on farms instead. The mushroom we know is safe.  The mushroom is a fungus and if you watch outside you will see mushroom growing in the wild on sides of trees or in the garden. Mushrooms and fungus feed the earthworm and replenished the soil. We need fungus like we need the dirt in the ground.

Fungus has been around the earth since our prehistoric primordial ocean goo period. Fungus climbed out of the goo with us and is a major part and player in lives and our bodies even today.

We need fungus to further life and to grow. To grow –  things must die we need fungus to clean up the mess so to speak.

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Mushroom

What is Candida Yeast?

If you click the link above it is a great explanation of Candida Yeast.  They are talking about a dog and it is different, but a great description of Candida Yeast Overgrowth.

As everyone who has read this blog, it is about me being sick, hospitalized, sent home and getting well by the food I ate. I had been hospitalized because I couldn’t breath and didn’t have the strength to stand up.  After a week, they found I had something called Candida Yeast Albicans, or Candida Yeast overgrowth.  They gave me an 4 day supply of oral anti-fungal medication and sent me home. They had decided my body was just too old and broken and couldn’t really be repaired.  I had other thoughts.

The Word Candida means “White” In Latin 

Candida Albicans is a fungi Eukaryotic.  It was discovered in 400 BCE, not fully classified until early 20th century.  The name Candida, comes from the latin word for white since when it is first observed it appears as white sores.

The endoscopy team that did my tests, told me I had white patches of white Candida all along my esophagus.  As Fungus does, It had drilled holes and planted fungus mold along with burns from the stomach’s gastric juice.  I not only had white holes in my esophagus, I also had a white tongue, major dandruff, ringing ears, not a lot of oxygen and not enough energy to get out of bed for very long.  I also had major brain fog.

That is an Example of Candida Overrun

Candida yeast and fungus are a normal part of your gut flora,  and live in the digestive tract.  These organisms normally coexist peacefully I was not a typical example of A happy living organism at peace and in balance.  No wonder I could’t sleep or think clearly.

Fungus is around to clean things up

Remember fungus is around to “clean things up” in Nature that is and at the first sign of an imbalance and toxins (or trash) in the immune system the Candida population take over. They rapidly spread taking what oxygen and sugar it can find and demands more.

I don’t know if Candida was waiting around to eat the rest of me or not.  After all does “cleaning up” mean “Leave only the bones”?  I wasn’t going to wait to find out.

Modern Medicine

Modern medicine not only doesn’t seem to understand nutrition, it seems a little fuzzy on recognizing fungus.  Medicine may have a handle on Nail Fungus but illness from wide-ranging Candida Overrun escapes the radar. Modern medicine understands bacteria, and pain mostly.  Fungus isn’t really taken seriously IN MY OPINION.

You are given a week supply of a few traditional creams and/or some antifungal but tend to ignore fungus as anything that needs a major life-style change.  It either doesn’t exist or it will go away on its own they must think.

I’m A Living Example

Take my word for it – fungus is real and I can see it in others all around me.  I work as a nurse and see different stages of Overgrowth (Candida) almost everywhere

Over the years, I focused on eating the Antioxidants provided by eating a plant-based diet. I have been working at getting the genie back into the bottle so to speak as to stopping or slowing the Candida Yeast overrun by increasing the strength of my gut, the immune system and my mitochondria.

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Genie back in her bottle

Getting Candida to go back where it came from.

I’m Not yet 100%,  but gaining.

I have regained control of my muscle, joints, and intestines. My head is now free of clutter but still need more energy and strength but that will come. I’m not running marathons but I am running circles around most 74 year olds.  I experienced so much pain along the way I felt like I had been sealed in plastic it simply hurt to stand-up let alone stretch my oxygen and magnesium deprived muscles.  But I slowly worked it out at getting movement back.  With this in mind,

You should be aware of something call Candida Die Off while detoxing.

What is Candida Die Off?

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When you first get started  detoxing,  and trying to take back control of your system by taming Candida or Fungus, you may experience “Candida Die Off”.  It is also known as the Herxheimer reaction

It is your bodies reaction. When the Candida cell dies or changes its form, it doesn’t just go away, it releases up to 70 to 80 different toxins into the blood stream.

Candida die off is your bodies reaction to being overwhelmed with toxins.  Now this could be worst then when you started and are over loaded with toxins. You may suddenly experience aches and pains you had forgotten about.  These toxins had been buried by your lymph system in your fat cells so you could go on living without pain or hardship. Now they are being released all over again and your body has to fight them all over again.

My Own Die Off

I know, I ran a fever of 102, and went to bed with the chills.  I bundled up in a pile of clothes, blankets and went to bed. Before I went to bed I could hardly handle the pain and simply stand up. Eight hours later I woke up in sweat, sat up put my feet on the floor and stood-up.  I was pain-free !!!

 

I learned to go a little more slowly in my treatment plan.

I heard of several simple natural things I could take to absorb the toxins and escort them out with the trash. You should also make sure your regular with at least 2 to 3 bowel movements a day.

Aids with Candida Die Off and Detoxing.

Things that can be tried:

Activated charcoal tables (Natural)

1 TBS of Whole Psyllium Husks and at least 10 ounces of water

1 TBS of Bernadine Clay Liquid with plenty of water.

1 to 2 TBS of Apple Cider Vinegar in bath water once you can tolerate.

Take 1 hour before meals or 2 hours after.

If you feel constipated drink more water.  Clean filtered Tap Water.

Things like Bernadine Clay, charcoal, Psyllium and other things absorb the unwonted toxins.  Aloe Vera is also good.  See list at end of this article.

Types of Fungal Diseases

The most common fungal skin disease is Ringworm

What is Ringworm?

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Ringworm isn’t a worm, nor is it Lyme Disease. Ringworm is a common skin fungal infection which can appear almost anywhere on or just under the skin.   Ringworm is normally extremely very itchy, red and white, and scaly.  It may only have a white slightly raised pimple or be red and white that can progress to the “halo” stage.

But one thing for sure it will itch and itCH and ITCH and ITCH some more. It’s the itch that drives people to the drug store. It is your way of your body getting attention.

 

Ringworm: The Best Home Remedies

Fungal Diseases 

All areas of the skin can be effected and here is a list of type of Fungal Skin Infections:

Acne

Arthritis

athlete’s foot

back of neck

body odor

bleeding or sensitive gums,

itchy anything on the skin

itchy bottom

foul breath

nasal congestion or runny nose

cough

dandruff

diaper rash

ear infection

eye infection

face beard or under eyes

finger fungus

Fungal pneumonia – infection of the lungs by fungi – hard to treat with a High mortality rate due to immunocompromised patients. Can be treated with anti-fungal drugs. Rx drugs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antifungal

jock itch

nail fungus

oral thrush

pathogenic bacteria

ringworm

sinusitis

sinus infection

skin rash red or white

sore throat

under armpits rash

under breasts rash

Vaginal thrush

Prescription Anti-fungal Drugs

Modern Medicine dose have some anti-fungal drugs call fungicides.  They are not an aggressive treatment like a treatment for a bacteria infection. But they are known to kill good cells and bad. These anti-fungal drugs are called fungicides in the form of topical creams or sprays that have miconazole, or clotrimazole as an active ingredient.  Most are available over the counter but stronger doses need a Doctor’s prescription (Rx), fluconazole is taken orally.

Getting a prescriptions for antifungal is hard, for the medical world doesn’t consider fungus as important of other high-priced diseases. Modern medicine seems more concerned with bacteria then fungus.  If you find a willing doctor get prepared for a battery of blood work and skin tests, before the prescription is issued. A week supply is normally issued but fungus doesn’t go anywhere in a week.  And once its gone, IT COMES BACK when the coast is clear. Then comes the question of the side effects of the medication.

Prescription for serious Candida infections 

These three prescription drugs listed below, need the care of a doctor.  There are times when prescription antifungal are useful, particularly in more serious hospitalized Candida infections.  They are powerful medicines especially the first two on the list. There are also many side effects which do not occur with a natural product. There is evidence that prescription anti-fungals are not as adaptive as Candida is.  The drug is not discriminate and kills both good and bad cells.

For the milder and superficial cases, a combination of natural antifungal and dietary changes tends to offer more flexibility for Candida can be very adaptive.

Diflucan – can be used to combat any kind of fungal infection, most used for serious infection affecting major parts of the body like lungs, mouth, throat and even the blood. It is only obtained with a doctor’s prescription. While Diflucan is effective against fungal infections, it is a powerful drug and has side effects and must be given under the care of a doctor. It might be better to try some of the more natural remedies before asking your doctor for Diflucan as a last resort. It is now becoming easier for doctors to prescribe anti-fungal medication.

Eraxis – Generic Name: (anidulafungin) a doctor prescribed medication for yeast infections in the blood, in the stomach or esophagus. Eraxis is injected into a vein of the body through an IV or as a powder that must be mixed with a liquid (diluent) before using it. Again this is a powerful medication and must be done with the care of a doctor.

Nystatin – is a doctor prescribed drug, most often used by doctors for Candida outbreaks. It is effective against particular yeasts, but has little effect on other microorganisms in the body. Nystatin is available in tablets, lozenges and in liquid form. For external application, Nystatin ointments, powders and creams are also available.

These treatments are available under doctors care, but in my case, I haven’t found these to be  very effective and believe they have some nasty side effects all modern medicine does.  The creams are manufactured or synthetic and not that safe. I found it better to leave the Doctor alone.

Natural Anti-fungal Treatments

Plants came to this Earth before we did.  If it hadn’t been for their photosynthesis, and converting the sun’s light to energy, we would be around at all.  They have their own immune system, just like we do and have over time developed many ways to handle Fungus Overrun and control and prevent mold overgrowth.  Using natures plant growth as treatments makes a great deal of sense.

A Life Style Choice decision

Fungus has been around on the planet since we fell out of that tree.  God’s tree or Darwin’s? Remedies to treat this are many and varied.  There has been a major increase in a fungal infections due to our increase intake of processed food mostly sugar. The Strongest form of anti-fungal treatment is a life style choice.  Stop eating empty calories and start feeding your immune system. Fungus loves sugar stop feeding your fungus and start eating for your health.  You may not feel sick now but you will.  It may be nice to be old and out of it but why not old and with it instead.

It comes faster than you think your body can adjust only so long.

How to Take the different kinds of natural remedies

Adapt by using a different remedies after several days.  Fungus is extremely productive by laying large amounts of parasite eggs. You kill off the first batch, but that doesn’t end unless you also kill the eggs. It  is also extremely crafty and very adaptive.  What worked yesterday, may not work today.

Capsule Form – There are many natural remedies available in capsule form and many manufactures.  You can also make your own that way you know what herb and only what herb is in it.  There is Capsule making machines available. Manufacturing has greatly improved and have paid attention to the demand for a pure product. If you do buy your capsules READ THE LABELS

Apply a compress – Normally the Remedy is made into a compress by soaking it into a wash cloth or cotton ball and applied to the area.  In some cases the compress can be left on for up to 30 minutes or mix the remedy into bath water and soak for 20 minutes. You can also use a cold compress for things like insect bits

Apple Cider Vinegar Douches – Are available in some stores.  Online sites have applicators for both Female Douches and Enema’s.  Use diluted ACV – You can also use a tappan soaked in diluted ACV and leave for several hours.

Essential oils – Many herbs can be applied topically using carrier oils, and essential oils or by mixing a few drops with water. Carrier oils are aloe vera, coconut oil, castor oil, mustard olive, or others.   The essential oils are Calendula Oil, Lavender Oil, Lemongrass oil, and Tea Tree Oil. By mixing a small amount of concentrated Essential oil like Lemongrass apply a few drops to Calendal oil and a larger amount of something like Coconut Oil.

Essential oils and water – mix several essential oils with water and Benidine Clay as a Detox Candida die drink off mixture

Essential oils and  – Many herbs can be applied topically using essential oils and carrier oils.  Carrier oils are aloe vera, coconut oil or other carrier oil.  The essential oils are Calendula Oil, Lavender Oil, Lemongrass oil, and Tea Tree Oil,

Oil Pulling – is good for Oral Thrush and removing toxins from your mouth.  I use Coconut Oil, but other oils can be used.  Take about a tablespoon of either coconut oil, sesame oil or others.  Swish it around in your mouth for over 20 minutes spitting out the remaining.  This pulls the fungus from the mouth for things like Thrush.

Foods and herbs that are antiparasitic

Candida, Fungus and Parasites hate apple cider vinegar, aloe, blackberries, cabbage (raw), coconut oil and coconut products not containing sugar, dandelion, fermented foods, raw garlic, gentian root, ginger, lemons, limes, raw onion, papaya, pineapple, fresh pomegranate, pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds, radish, rutabaga,

The most powerful anti-parasitic herbal ingredients are black walnut, clove essential oil, and wormwood, and they should be taken together.

Note The Most powerful Against Fungus is —————

ACV

Apple Cider Vinegar

This vinegar must have a “mother” or it will not work.  It can not be a pasteurized vinegar.

Vinegars –  Traditionally vinegar are valued products in most societies.  It is important that the condition on the natural “mother” be as natural cloudy and filled with specks as possible. Many Vinegars have the “mother” besides Apple Cider.  In Europe Balsamic vinegar is a special vinegar no Italian would be without with the same important anti-fungal powers.  Now my favorite food is Coconut.  It now has also been made into a powerful and nice tasting anti-fungal great on other things too. Remember the importance of the “Mother”.

There is something important I learned while trying to restart my digestion it is called the Bitter Principle

Bitters are a group of plant constituents linked only by their pronounced bitter taste.  Many compounds can be bitter.  It is often a volatile oil, alkaloid or sesquiterpene ( or some combination).  The most bitter foods we use is the lemon and some vinegar especially with the “mother”  Once the body has been stimulated by the salivary glands and digestive organs with the bitter secretions it can dramatically improve digestion and absorption of nutrients that follow.  The body is thereby nourished and strengthened.  The sensation of bitterness in the body leads to other effects like calming, cooling, drying, restoring energy, restoring clearness and many other examples.

The reason the bitter taste has this effect is because it returns the body to that slightly alkaline state which kills off fungus.  I know it is hard to believe for we think of both the lemon and vinegar as being acid base.  But instead the lemon, lime and vinegar all generate an alkaline base which reduces acid and lowers pH.  Fungus and other acid base foods can not operate in an alkaline pH base and die on the spot.  I used the  Bitter Principle to help relight the fire of my digestive system and start digesting again.

Through out history the Lemon and Lime has found to be life savers especially during the early sailing days in England where the illness Scurvy was killing off England’s sailing fleet.  James Lind brought Limes on brought board ship to save the sailors lives.  That’s why the English sailer is called a Limey.  The life safer was thought to be Vitamin C which it did but the change in the sailors pH stop the fungal damage in its tracks.

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Picture of British Sailor or “Limey”

Use Apple Cider Vinegar 

Introduce using ACV by diluting half and half – half ACV half Water.  Slowly decrease the amount of water until you can feel a burning effect. Note: you still must always dilute ACV for it should not be applied directly to the skin or taken internally without diluting.

Many Other Useful Anti-Fungal Herbs

I have accumulated this list as a way to fight my Candida Overgrowth.  Since Candida changes it form and adjusts to what you fighting it with, you need to have a lot of ammunition.

After ACV and water I have found these herbs are extremely useful for certain things. Tree Tea Oil for the nails, coconut oil, and/or Calendula Oil, Colloidal Silver, (Diatomaceous Earth, Grape fruit seed, Neem (works for parasites like flees for the Kitty), Sea salt one and/or all mixed with a carrier oil like coconut, olive, calendula).  Below is a list of herbs or remedies extremely useful especially when looking for variety when out guessing the flexibility of Candida.

Aloe vera –  is good for the skin including the outer skin of the inner outer layer of the colon.  It is especially effective for the condition of the outer skin and the inner outer layer of the colon. Aloe can be used directly on the patches of itchy, irritated, inflamed fungal infected skin.  Enhance Aloe’s treatment by adding some tea tree oil 2 – 3 drops to 1 TBL of Aloe.

Black Walnut-Nuts & Hull (Juglans nigra) – Black Walnut has been used for its ability to cleanse the blood and the intestines.  It also is used to fight bacteria, fungal, parasites and yeast. It is also a mild laxative to help with the elimination of dead microbes. Only green halls should be used.

Calendula Oil – is made from pot marigold. It has  antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiviral, and astringent properties,  It can also be added to coconut oil, or other carrier oil, to make a natural treatment for ringworm. Its soothing properties can help to reduce the urge to scratch the itchy patch of skin and it can effectively reduce redness.

Caprylic Acid – See Coconut Oil

Chamomile – anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-itch properties which are useful in getting rid of skin rashes.

Cinnamon – is extremely worth its weight in gold as the saying goes.  Cinnamon tastes good and is good for you especially in managing blood sugar levels, and as a form of fiber – it comes from tree bark.  Cinnamon is anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory.

Cloves – Is used to break the parasite’s life-cycles.  Clove oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral.  It is a powerful broad-spectrum antimicrobial. It is used to dissolve parasite eggs found in the intestines that have been left behind by worms.  When used in conjunction with black walnut and wormwood, the trio break the parasite’s life-cycles.

Coconut oil or Caprylic Acid – Has Lauric acid which is a Antibacterial, Anti-fungal, anti anti-yeast. It us best to take a tablespoon a day.  One of the many uses of coconut oil is to apply it topically to treat various skin infections like ringworm. I originally used Coconut Oil for my dandruff, thrush, Ear infection, and just about everything else including my butcher wood block and my wood floors.  Coconut oil is an amazing home treatment by making your insides and outside skin feel moisturized and comfortable. It penetrates deep into layers of the skin to help fight infections and keep the skin free of bacteria and fungi.

Colloidal Silver – is also anti-fungal and is very effective when mixed with a cream and applied topically.  Silver can help with the reddened or infected rash.  I found an excellent Cream Gel made with Colloidal Silver to be very effective.

Coptis Chinensis –  is a species of goldthread native to China. Like Garlic it is a very powerful anti parasitic herb also anti-everything that’s bad for us (bacteria, candida, etc.)

Coriander is a great remedy for rashes because of its antiinflammatory, anti- irritant, and antiseptic properties. It also soothing and has an inviting scent that is both calming and relaxing.  Make a paste of ground coriander using a carrier oil and leave on area for an hour.

Diatomaceous Earth – Food grade diatomaceous earth absorbs drug residues, E. coli, endotoxins, methyl mercury, organophosphate, pesticide residues, toxins, and viruses. Its positive effects include balancing the intestinal flora, killing intestinal parasites, and viruses.  It’s great for intestinal cleanses. The only side effect known is its ability to irritate the lungs if inhaled; it is a very fine powder that clings like clay after all it come from the Earth. Mother nature’s good ol’ dirt.

Garlic – Used for centuries and saved mankind from the Black Plague  of the dark ages it is also famous for its ability to control Vampires as in the movie it eradicates! Need link Garlic can also be used as a powerful medicine.  Garlic is anti-bad-stuff.  Garlic kills off most things that ale you including fungal infections. Garlic is also a very powerful deterrent for blood sucking parasites like fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks. To be effective Garlic needs to be crushed and mixed with a carrier oil.

Ginger – used in traditional medicine to help with a variety of ailments. It is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic. Ginger has been used for centuries to help with digestion, inflammation, immunity, osteoarthritis, nausea, motion and morning sickness, and many more.

Grapefruit Seed extract – has incredible anti-bacteria, and anti-fungal and pro immune system function. It contains high amounts of citrus bioflavonoids that act as powerful antioxidants and antimicrobials.  It was originally used in the agricultural industry to prevent mold growing on foods, and it has now been used to treat a wide variety of ailments including fungus and its many forms.

Lavender oil – An Essential Oil that has a pleasant and relaxing aroma which is traditionally used to assist with a calming effect which assist with sleep.  Lavender is also is a powerful inhibitor of unwanted bacteria, fungus, and Yeast.  Lavender oil has proven activities against fungal infections of the skin and nails including ringworms.

Lemongrass oil – Essential Oil is a powerful anti-fungal that helps reduce the irritating itchy and/or red rash skin infections, caused by ringworm fungus.

Lemon and Lime – Also see Apple Cider Vinegar and the pH balance.  When I was attempting to eat fermented foods but could not yet tolerate the sour taste, I turned to the lemon to help bring my system to an alkaline balance.  It is known as the bitter principle.  Remember the Lemon and/or Lime originally stopped the spread of SKURVY during the Early exploration by sailling days.

Neem – Dubbed “nature’s pharmacy”, the neem tree has long been used for healing in ayurveda. It is also known as Indian lilac and is very useful in several areas like aging, analgesic, antioxidant,anti-inflammatory, antibacterial skin ailments (acne, eczema, psoriasis, and ringworm), rejuvenated skin cells. It is an effective herbal insect repellent, repelling ant, fleas, lice, mites, mosquitoes. Neem not only is effect anti-fungal is keeps the larvae in insects from producing a new generation. Neem along with Diatomaceous Earth are a very effective insecticide but Neem has many moisturizer properties where Diatomaceous Earth kills by drying the skin of the insect and host. To help kill the flees on my cats,  I use the two together. Both or good on the inside or the outside.

Oil of oregano –  Essential oil is infused with extremely high levels of free-radical-crushing antioxidants, and it is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and antiviral. It is a powerful, indiscriminate killer that can reset the microbial environment in the intestines. Studies have shown the effectiveness of oil of oregano with everything from parasitical infections to cancer inclusive MRSA. It is extremely concentrated and a few drops will do it.

Passion Flower – This herb isn’t for fungus it’s for the anxiety relief cause by the fungus and its insecesionable itch.  It helps healing by letting you relax and go to sleep.

Papaya -This tasty fruit contains the enzymes papain and chymopapain, which are known to fight ringworm. To apply papaya on your spots, all you need to do is cut a papaya into several pieces and then rub them on your skin. You can also crush the papaya to create a paste that you can leave on your rashes for around 20 minutes. Wash the spots with warm water afterwards.

Pau D’Arco or (Lapacho) – Used in traditional medicine by indigenous people for centuries.  It has been found to help antibiotic resistance, fungal infection and anti-parasitic.  It comes from the bark of the Pau D’Arco tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest. It also helps with other ailments like anemia, arthritis, circulatory problems, colds, coughs, colitis, fever, fungal infections, malaria, respiratory illness, skin conditions, yeast, and even snakebite. Pau D’Arco help loosen the bowels not enough to cause diarrhea but enough to wash out toxins and Candida colonies in the colon.  This is the favorite treatment of my cat.  He doesn’t like the smell of ACV.

Pot marigolds – See Calendula oil.

Hydrogen Peroxide – ingesting hydrogen peroxide requires some

guidance, so see if you can find someone knowledgable at your local health food store  Secondly, you can ONLY do this with 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide.  Take a small drop like from eye dropper and add it to a glass of water.  You only want to take it sparingly. What you’re essentially doing is giving yourself a hit of super-oxygen.  Too much is no good, but just the right amount is very effective at eradicating a lot of this yeast and fungus that can take hold inside your body.  Try to avoid direct skin contact for it will burn.  It is a minor burn and the skin turns white for a little while but no permanent damage.

Skin Brushing – Your skin is responsible for up to 15% of toxin elimination. Skin brushing enhances this process and improves your circulation too.

Sauna – improves circulation and helps flush out toxins through sweating.

Tea Tree Oil  – is a great remedy for fungus but its best use is for the red inflamed patched of skin.  But it’s most effective applied undiluted to fungal infected toenails (tinea unguium) cleared up the fungal nail infection in 60% of the patients. Tea tree oil can be applied undiluted to very small areas of skin (like a spot or a pimple), but it shouldn’t be applied undiluted to large areas of skin. Therefore, always dilute tea tree oil with coconut oil, or other carrier oil, to help cure ringworm topically.

Wormseed (Clenapodium ambrosides) – Has been investigated to use as a natural bug spray, food preservative and to help prevent intestinal infection in livestock.  It is an anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) – Is an extremely bitter herb, with anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic properties, improves immune function. Wormwood is a powerful remedy for intestinal worms and malaria parasites.

Till Next Time

Sources

Related articles:

1. How to Effectively Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infection

2. How To Get Rid Of Eczema: 13 Natural Remedies Backed By Research

3. Simple and Effective Natural Cures for Toenail Fungus

4. Coconut Oil For Yeast Infection – The Ultimate Guide

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https://www.naturalnews.com/047084_parasites_herbal_remedies_antiparasitic.html

http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/get-rid-of-ringworm/?utm_source=getresponse&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=healthy_natural&utm_content=How+To+Get+Rid+of+Eczema%3A+13+Natural+Remedies+Backed+By+Research+%2B+More+Health+Articles

https://www.thecandidadiet.com

http://drjockers.com/12-herbs-that-beat-parasites-naturally/

https://articles.mercola.com/ringworm/treatment.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=secon&utm_campaign=20180206Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM184747&et_rid=206381781

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http://www.healthcommunities.com/fungal-infections/types.shtml

Fiber Food List

By Joan L. McDaniel                     March 31, 2018

Over the past several months, I have been working on my digestion. I am learning as I go along. I started this blog as a way to document how I learned to used food to get well.  I have published many articles that discuss eating healthy. I stopped eating what I call “empty calories” or “junk food” and started eating food that feeds my body and its immune system.

John Douillard 

Dr John Douillard has spent years perfecting his extensive knowledge of the ancient traditional natural Indian Ayurvedic medicine

I recently have been using Dr. John Douillard’s many web-site articles and his books for an example Eat Wheat. I have been working on restarting my digestive system, I needed to increase my fiber and water intake. But believe it or not, a digestive system may have been so damaged it cannot handle too much fiber. It became very important to provide both soluble and insoluble fiber the help clean the colon to allow absorption of nutrients .

Fiber Food Tables

I couldn’t find any real fiber tables so I prepared my own.  It seemed so useful I decided to publish it. The tables provide not only total fiber but includes soluble and insoluble fiber.

Back to Douillard and Lifespa

I have been using him as a resource for regaining my digestion. I was most impressed by his statement “…most Americans have lost their ability to burn fat as fuel. They burn sugar for energy…” instead. To get back on the road of health, we need to re-train our bodies to burn fat instead of sugar.

Kitchari 

I have used his cleansing, detoxing, healing and digestion  dish called Kitchari

I have been using his recipe and other detoxing herbs on and off since before Christmas of last year.

I am happy to report major improvements both with my digestion and improved lifestyle and at peace with the world around me. I am amazed at my success. I have a long way to go but have come a long way.

I now am experiencing increased confidence, digestion, energy, health, lifestyle, and self-awareness. I’m sleeping better, dreaming better,  thinking on a different level and I am amazed at my inner courage and confidence. I now feel real joy at simply getting up in the morning. It is as if I found my soul again.

Too Much Fiber?

So the topic of today is all about Fiber, or at least what I have learned so far. To help with restarting your digestive system, you need to increase your fiber intake.

You may not believe it, but the walls of your digestive system may have been so damaged it cannot handle too much fiber. I had never gave it much attention to fiber except for thinking I will just eat foods that have the highest fiber count. Until I read an article entitled, Are We Eating too much fiber? This is where I began to understand the two different forms of fiber.

The table I provided may not be 100 % accurate but  I spend days searching the Net.

Two Kinds of Fiber

Fiber is the indigestible portion of food derived from plants.  Fiber doesn’t provide any real nutrition value.  Fiber cleans the skin of the GI  track so you can digest and absorb what you eat and not just burn off sugar. Consuming Fiber helps maintain a healthy colon with regular daily bowel movements. The main components to maintain gut health is a lot of water and at least 50 grams of fiber daily. There are two kinds of Fiber.  To regain a health gut you need more than synthetic laxatives.

  • Soluble fiber which dissolves in water. It is readily fermented in the colon into gases and physiologically active byproducts, and can be prebiotic and/or viscous. Soluble fibers tend to slow the movement of food through the system. Soluble fiber must have extra water, for it will dehydrate the gut.  Just like it does if psyllium is left in the glass.  It will dry out in the glass and dry out the gut causing a sluggish absorption, chronic constipation and/or distended bowel.
  • Insoluble fiber does not dissolve or mix in water. It generally moves through the gut intact, acting as bulk and scrubbing the intentional wall. It speeds up the passage of food through the stomach and intestines, adding bulk to the stool. Too much insoluble fiber without soluble can irritate the gut as excess roughage can inflame a sensitive digestive system. Insoluble fibers ferment in the colon into gases and physiologically active byproducts.

You need both Kinds of Fiber

You need to digest not just one or the other but both kinds of fiber including a good amount of water.  Each kind of fiber plays a unique role in maintaining optimal health.

Fiber binds with fatty acids and bile in the gut, which are generally attached to toxins (biofilm which your system buries in the fat cells).  The fat binds with the fatty acids and sends to be disposed of in the toilet. Soluble fiber slows the absorption of fats and sugars into the blood stream.

Your Daily Dose

Today it is recommended that we eat at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day in a ration of 3:1 insoluble fiber to soluble fiber. It is best to aim for 50 grams a day.

Drink plenty of fluids daily, At least a quart of water for each 60 pounds of body weight.

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Soluble Fiber

Examples of food high in Soluble fiber are: barley, beans, chia seeds, flax Seeds with hull and grounded, hemp seed with hull and grounded, lentils, nuts, oatmeal, oat bran, peas, pectines, psyllium seed husks, seeds, and some Fruits and veggies.

Soluble fiber is soluble or dissolves in water.  It becomes slimy and lubricating in the gut when it mixes with water in the digestive system.

Examples of food high in Insoluble fiber are: beans, cellulose in veggies, seeds, vegetable roughage, and wheat bran.

Illness that Affect Digestion 

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There is a majority of the current American Population that suffers one form or another of bad digestion or indigestion.

Colon diseases or disorders – all chronic bowel disorders are a result of inflammation which is a disruption of oxygen and an overrun of toxins that line the colon wall. Illness such as:

abdominal pain, altered Bowel Ecology syndrome, auto-brewery syndrome, bleeding from the rectum, bloating, Celiac Disease, Crohn’s colitis, Crohn disease, spastic colitis, ulcerative colitis,diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, diverticulitis, intestinal dysbiosis, gas, gastritis, GERD, Gluten Intolerance, hyper motility syndrome, inflammation of the interior layer of the small and large intestine and/or the rectum,  Irritable bowl disease (IBD), and Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Leaky gut syndrome, Yeast syndrome, and many more.

Another Reason for Increased Fiber is BioFilm

Part of this inability to digest is BioFilm. In a weakened Immune system a film like structure accumulates called BioFilm . Biofilm is gunk covered cells. BioFilm is extremely tough.  It is a thin coating containing biologically active agents, which coats the surface of structures such as teeth or the inner surfaces of catheter tubes, or other implanted or indwelling device.

BioFilm contains viable and nonviable microorganism that adhere to the surface trapped within a matrix of organic matter.  This complex structure (bacterial plaque) adhere to surfaces that are regularly in contact with water.  It consists of colonies of bacteria that secrete a mucilaginous protective coating in which they are encased.  BioFilms are resistant to antibiotics, disinfectants. BioFilms corrode the surface preventing anything to break through including oxygen.  If the surface is all covered by gunk the cells they can’t get air, oxygen or any nutrition.  This is a normal function in Mother Nature to handle contaminated soil, industrial waste, and sewage.  This junk is normally prevented to collect by a healthy Immune System.

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Forms of Dietary Fiber

Dietary Fiber –or sometimes roughage and ruffage is the indigestible portion of food derived from plants. There are significant advantages of consuming fiber to maintain a healthy colon. Constipation can occur when there is insufficient fluid in the colon. There are two main components:

  • Soluble fiber dissolves in water. It is readily fermented in the colon into gases and physiologically active byproducts, and can be prebiotic and/or viscous. Soluble fibers tend to slow the movement of food through the system.
  • Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. It can be metabolically inert and provide bulking or prebiotic, metabolically fermenting in the large intestine. Bulking fibers absorb water as they move through the digestive system, easing defecation. Fermentable insoluble fibers mildly promote stool regularity, although not to the extent that bulking fibers do, but they can be readily fermented in the colon into gases and physiologically active byproducts. Insoluble fibers tend to accelerate the movement of food through the system.

White flour is processed and has undergone refinement where most of the nutritious part of the grain has been removed, so the flour essentially becomes a form of sugar.  Whole wheat or rice is unrefined it consists of non-digestible carbohydrates and lignin that are intrinsic and intact in plants.

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Food Sources Overview

The following foods are especially helpful by containing both Soluble and Insoluble Fiber.

Chia seeds, ground un-hulled Flax seeds, and ground un-hulled Hemp seeds are a great sources of soluble fiber. When ground with a blender and mixed with water they produce a  soft and fibrous gel that not only scrubs and cleans intestinal walls as it travels through the body, but it can also ease diarrhea by becoming a bulking agent that improves the consistency of stool.

The Plant Aloe Vera is also a great source for digestion

Aloe Vera belongs to the family of succulent plants known as cacti.  Aloe Vera is a gelatinous plant food, just like chia seeds, and seaweed. It doesn’t provide fiber as such but produces a white gel which is extremely effective for a properly functioning digestive tract including destruction of the BioFilm of GI system. Make sure you ingest only the white gel part of the plant for the green leaf is a very effective diarrhea agent.  The plant uses this as a defense to prevent desert wild life from its destruction.  The critter will remember and leave it alone.  Aloe cleanses and soothes the digestive track. The word succulent means juice or sap.

Eat the Right Fiber

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuAHKJPxIMA

Note about serving size.

Due to the variety of foods, total fiber is difficult to measure for we would never be able to eat a cup of cinnamon for example but could drink a cup of Coconut Water.  A tablespoon of Cinnamon would have to be converted to a cup to understand the total fiber in g.

Fiber Tables

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Soluble Fiber and Insoluble Fiber Foods list with Fiber Grams (g)

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Over-the-counter laxatives for constipation: Use with caution

Until I did this research on natural food sources of fiber, I did make use of what is available from Modern medicine’s Over-the-counter laxatives for constipation:  There are many warnings such as not for long-term or regular use. Overuse can lead to dependency, decreased bowel function and serious side effects such as GI bleed. You must read the label directions carefully and use them only as directed.

The label indicates:

Call your doctor immediately if you have:

  • Bloody stools
  • Constipation that last longer than seven days despite laxative use
  • Severe cramps or pain
  • Dizziness
  • Hard to pass because stools are extremely dry, difficult to pass or extreme straining, and/or extremely small
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Unexplained changes in bowel patterns
  • Weakness or unusual tiredness

Before turning to laxatives try;

•Eat fiber-rich foods, see above

•Drink plenty of fluids daily. At least a quart of water for each 60 pounds of body weight

•Exercise regularly.

How laxatives relieve constipation

There are different laxative types:

Oral bulk formers (benefiber, Citrucel, FiberCon, Metamucil) absorb water to form soft, bulky stool, prompting normal contraction of intestinal muscles.

Oral osmotics (Milk of Magnesia, Miralax) draw water into the colon to allow easier passage of stool.

Oral stool softeners (Colace, Surfak) Add moisture to stool to allow strain-free bowel movements.

Oral stimulants (Dulcolax, Senokot) trigger rhythmic contractions of intestinal muscles to eliminate stool DO NOT TAKE IF RECTAL BLEEDING OCCURS

Rectal suppositories (Dulcolax, Pedia-Lax)Trigger rhythmic contractions of intestinal muscles and soften stool

There are many Side/effects:

Belching, Rectal bleeding with senna, Bloating, increased confusion, constipation if not taken with enough water, cramping, diarrhea, electrolyte imbalance with prolonged use such as Abnormal Heart rhythms, confusion, seizures and weakness, gas, nausea, rectal irritation with Rectal suppositories, seizures, increased thirst, urine discoloration with senna and cascara derivative.

Till next time

Sources

http://commonsensehealth.com/category/tips/

https://www.verywell.com/high-fiber-foods-in-cholesterol-lowering-diet-697899

https://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/how-flaxseed-benefits-digestion.aspx?pos=2&xid=nl_EverydayHealthDietandNutrition_20171015

Keeping Your Stuff Dry

By Joan McDaniel                                     March 29, 2018

Learning How To Eat

This blog tells the story of my regained health from the food I ate and the things I learned. Over time, I slowly recovered, regained my health and strength and kissed my bedridden days good-by.  Along the way, I had to learn not only how to cook but how to eat. I started feeding the wildlife, grow a garden and returned to enjoying life again. I had a long way to go, but could support myself again and was getting stronger a day at a time.

I spent the next several years exploring natural food, natural nutrition and how to preserve it all. The Internets access to homeopathy, and naturalist writing help but so did my remembering what my Grand Parents use to say.  For this type of learning isn’t taught anywhere or at least it wasn’t back in 2012.

Time passed my experience grew from learning how to boil water without a microwave and how to grow and use the foods I grew in my garden or got from the local farmer. Summer passed then came the Winer Harvest.

Winter Harvest

The approaching autumn meant winter was coming. Now Kale is a hardy plant but even it freezes during the winter.  I would have to learn how to eat seasonally.

I had an extremely limited budget. I had some savings and was on sick leave but both were running out.

I bought freezers and cooked up food dishes ahead of time,  I learned how to sprout, and ferment (pickle with brine) food. Canning looked to labor intensive so I avoided it.

The Farmers began to sell winter squash.  Mother Nature provides winter squash also known as the pumpkin as an excellent winter food.  If kept in a cool place the pumpkins and squash will last to the spring.

But my biggest problem was what was I going to do with the Herbs and dry Tea leaves I had accumulated?  I found if you want to restore health you need a good understanding of herbs and spices.

Now What Do I Do With My Herbs and Spices?

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Dried Herbs ad Spices

When most people think of herbs for supplements, they think of a bottle of pills.  But in this modern monopoly world, I don’t trust the finished product and the added ingredients so I had to learn to make my own. Freezing doesn’t really work so I learned to make my own capsules from dry herbs.

Storage of Herbs 

Herbs must be kept fresh and dry, free of milder, moister, and mold.  They will not freeze.  The herb’s cell wall is destroyed when you freeze them, they lose their taste and texture, and become limp and completely tasteless.

Humid East Coast

I live in the East Coast next to the Hudson River.  It is always humid summer, or winter.  My house was built in 1914 and like all things that have weathered time –  it strong but leaky, and extremely humid. Sometimes I think it is more humid inside than it is outside.

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There were days so humid, I thought I could do this also!!!Dehumidifiers

What I needed was a dehumidifier, but my limited budget made an expensive electronic dehumidifier out of the question.  I also doubted their efficiency or if they would even work,  I had to find a better way. I started looking around I realized I didn’t need to treat the whole basement I just needed a small corner with a small table or shelf.

I guess that is why they call it shopping because one day while browsing the hardware store I noticed a product called DampRid.

It is a temporary and inexpensive manual dehumidifier sold at retail outlets and refillable. It works using naturally occurring chemicals in a self-contained unit. There are now several products like DampRid Available

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“DampRid is a room dehumidifier that doesn’t need expensive equipment or electricity.  It is a convenient, all natural way to absorb excess moisture in the air or dehumidify.  Excess moisture in the air can cause stale musty odors, and cause damage to your possessions from mold and mildew.

DampRid uses calcium chloride Crystals which are highly soluble in water.  “It also acts as a desiccant (a hygroscopic substance used as a drying agent) which removes water from the air.”.  The small unit above does an area of about 1,000 square feet.

I Also Used Himalayan Sea Salt Lamps

I also Himalayan sea lamps for the house, and got himalayan sea salt blocks.

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Bag of Peppermint

I got a couple of DampRid’s, my block of Himalayan Sea salt, a big bag of dry peppermint leaves and a small portable table.  Peppermint was very useful with my illness for it help improve digestion, fight fungus, Yeast and parasites.  It also helps reduce anxiety, inflammation and pain. I would take a small amount and add to my daily hot tea.

I took out about a month supply of the peppermint and double bagged the rest, sealed it with a rubber band, and put it in a box on a small table in the basement with the Damp Rid alongside.

After about a month, the herb was still dry and full of fresh smelling mint.  As time passed, I gathered other herbs but them in on the same table.  I used these herbs mostly for tea’s – healing teas.

Then one day I ran into an article about holistic living that talked about a Silicon Gel Pack.

And LOOKEY WHAT I FOUND!!!

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Gell Silica Packs 

I’m sure unless you just fell off a pumpkin truck, or wasn’t born yesterday, you have seen some of these little packets in things you buy.

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They at first reminded me of the prize I would get as kid from a box of Cracker Jacks.

Silicon Gel Packs

The printing on the package when in English simply says, “DESICCANT SILICA GEL THROW AWAY DO NOT EAT”.

The packets looked harmless enough, I never really thought much about them except they seemed to get in the way but they must me in there for some reason and never thought about it again.  The manufacture put them there.  I did get the impression they were very dangerous or toxic.

The Big Surprise 

From my research, I found these little packets are anything but trash.  They are extremely useful and harmless and should never be thrown away.

They have unlimited uses and you can use them just about anywhere with anything.  Except don’t eat it, more about that later.

They can absorb water.  Up to 40 percent of their weight.  Silicon Gel is extremely porous.  They were exactly what my herbs needed to stay dry and fresh free of mold.

DampRid removed large amount of moister from the air and these gel packets would remove the smaller moister from the actual product.  Something a large dehumidifier could never do because the product is so small.

Don’t Throw Them Away 

Rather than throw these packets away, why not keep them handy?  I started tossing them into jars and taping them to lids of things I wanted to keep dry like flour, rice, salt, sugar, and many other things.

Once the packets become saturated or become less efficient they can be restore them by drying them out in the oven (Note remove the paper packaging first) or microwave.

I now use them everywhere.

Now What Exactly is A Silica Gel Packet?

I don’t know why they are called a gel? They don’t look anything like a gel. They are hard and tough little beads. Silica gel is a granular, vitreous, porous form of silicon dioxide made synthetically from sodium silicate.  It is a natural occurring mineral made from silicon dioxide which is better known in its granular form as sand or crystals as quartz. It is purified and processed into granular or beaded form.

Silica is a desiccant (used as a drying agent) and is normally available in a small paper packet.  In this form, it is used to control local humidity to avoid spoilage or degradation of some goods. It can absorb 40% of its weight in water.

Beyond that I don’t quite understand, I’m a little light in chemistry.   The more I try to understand how these little beads work the more confused I get. But all I can say is they really work.!! Let’s talk about what I do understand and that is how extremely useful these packets are.

It’s from material of the Earth

Silicon dioxide is obtained by mining for quartz and/or sand. Quartz sand (silica) is a raw material used for commercial glass production. Chemical processing is required to make a purer or otherwise more suitable (e.g. more reactive or fine-grained) product. Some product have chemicals added to them to absorb odor like Cat Liter, and some have chemicals added to help determine saturation level.

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How Does Silica Gel Work?

Many useful things come from the Earth

I am finding a lot of things from the earth are extremely useful and healing.  Like clay for clay detoxing, diatomaceous earth as an absorbent for liquids, insecticide, anti-bacteria, anti-fungus, and anti-viral (I use it in my garden, on me and on my cats for their flees),  Citric acid which comes from a lemon. Actual citric acid is useful.  Its like having a fresh lemon around all the time.

Citric acid – is found in citric acid fruit like Gooseberry, Grapefruit, lemon, limes, oranges, pineapples. It is mostly found in sour fruits like lemons.  It also is great to help prevent falling asleep while driving.  It has antioxidant properties, it acts as an acid buffer to help regulate acidity in the body. It lowers the pH of food and beverages.  It has a very sour tart flavor. It is a popular food additive to help form jams and jellies, stabilize dairy among other benefits.  It also help put the shine in glass and enhance cleaning. It even helps keep you awake especially while driving.

Back to Silica Gel

Silica gel is a form of the naturally occurring mineral silicon dioxide  better known in its granular form as sand or crystals as quartz. The most important notable trait is its porous meaning it can adsorbs up to 40 percent of its weight in water.

 

  • It’s a natural product (like clay)
  • It comes from the Earth
  • Plant materials that contain silica are important to grazing animals
  • silica is the major constituent of sand and is the primary ingredient in the production of most glass.
  • Silica is a common additive in food and used to make other products production and for human consumption. From Tooth Paste, to diatomaceous earth (used as a natural insecticide)
  • Used in Libraries and museums
  • Used to guard against rust on anything like scissors or razors
  • Reduce tarnishing, mildew, mold and spoilage

The most popular use of Silica Gel is as a desiccant or drying agent.  It comes in the shape of beads wrapped in a permeable packet and normally placed inside a closed container with the product. These tiny beads act as de-humidifier and chemically absorb moisture and stay dry to the touch.

Silica Gel Packets adsorps Moister – A Lot of Moister 

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Adsorption vs Absorption.  

Whats the difference? A D and a B. Absorb means on the surface, Absorb means the molecules of the substance in penetrated in to the interior.

Silica Gel Packets hold the water on the surface not inside.  This makes them easy to reconstitute by simply drying up the water with heat and re-using them all over again.

How to Use these Packets

Place packets and your desired items you want to keep dry in a tightly closed container and things stay dry from surrounding moister.

I find using a re-seal plastic bag an ideal container.

Don’t Throw them away 

I have reused this packets over and over and they haven’t gotten saturated yet.  But here is what you do to reactivate them.

How to Reactivate these Packets

When the beads no longer absorb moister, it means they are probably saturated and need to be reactivated.  To reactivate, remove paper covering and place the loose beads into an oven proof container and bake in the oven for 0.5 to 2 hours at 200-250F, or Microwave for about 10 Minutes at DEFROST. Don’t use over 250F in the Oven. Depending on beads’ condition, they may take shorter than the recommended time.  Don’t let the beads spill, they are a pain to pick up and make walking hazardous.

List of Things You Can Keep Dry or Dry Out.

Ammo, Bags with wet clothing like swim suits, Beef Jerky, Books,  Bottles of medication and pills or vitamins, Cameras, Camera Equipment, Camera Lenses, Canisters, Cat Litter, Clothes, Collectables,  Cookies, Cosmetics,  Decorations, Documents, Electronics, Electronic Equipment, Expensive Equipment, Fertilizers, Food, Sprouting foods like Onions, potatoes, Guns, Gym Bags, Dry Flower arrangements, Dried Food., (like dried beans, jerky, pet food (dry Kibble), Seaweed)), Hand bags, Herbs, Jewelry, Military Equipment and Supplies, New Leather Products, Nuts, Pet Food, Protect Photos, Safes, Seeds, Snacks, Shoes, Spices, Sprouting foods like Onions, potatoes, Tool Boxes, Travel Bags, Valuables, Watches, Foggy Windshields, and Wet cell Phones.

And whatever else you can think of.  I use them in just about everything food or non-food.

Risk Assessment

Now we are at the Don’t Eat Part.

Contrary to the hard-hitting warnings, Silicon gel is an inert nontoxic substance that’s essentially harmless.

Of course, you don’t want to swallow or inhale them and you want to keep them away from babies and any pets but what happens if you do accidentally eat them or something? The best answer is Nothing.  Since these little pearls adsorbs moister, they could cause dehydration but that would have to be a large amount and since they are like eating sand you can’t swallow that much. If they are swallowed they can’t be digested and simply pass through.

Added Chemicals

Watch out for sometimes chemicals have been added to the silica gel.  Sometimes, these things are added intentionally and packaged silica gel might have a bit of fungicide or pesticide added to it. Things like Cat Litter have odor packets added.

Another additive to watch out for is cobalt(II) chloride, which is toxic. This is added to the gel when a visible indication of absorption is needed. The cobalt(II) chloride makes the granules blue when they’re dry and turn pink when they’re saturated.

History

Silica gel isn’t exactly new, it was in existence as early ant the 1640s as a scientific curiosity.  It was used in World War I for the absorption of vapors and gases in mask canisters. In 1918, Walter A. Patrick a chemistry professor at Johns Hopkins University was granted a patent on the synthetic form of silica gel. During World War II, silica gel was used for many things including keeping penicillin dry, protecting military equipment from moister damage, and as part of the production that supported the synthetic rubber program.

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Sources

http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/silica-gel-pack-uses.html#comment-1236361

http://mentalfloss.com/article/19775/what-would-happen-if-you-ate-one-those-silica-gel-packets

http://www.dlgracepet.com/product/60342849962-801725079/_Grace_Pet_Your_own_brand_silica_gel_cat_litter_wholesale.html

http://www.mythirtyspot.com/17-clever-ways-to-use-silica-gel-that-you-never-knew/

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2011/07/what_happens_if_i_eat_silica_gel.html

http://www.mythirtyspot.com/17-clever-ways-to-use-silica-gel-that-you-never-knew/

Eating Healthy

By Joan McDaniel                                      January 23, 2018

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After years of exploitive research, I put together a short list of Eating Healthy Suggestions. The list includes food I ate to regain my own health after being very sick. I have compiled these suggestions from my own research and from several helpful web site’s like the Hearty Soul and Dr. Frank King

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Eating Healthy Suggestions 

Eating healthy doesn’t need to be complicated, nor does it require following a rigid  diet.  I know, I got well from being very sick by what I ate. Once I got on the right road, it didn’t take my body much time to start showing positive effects. I still had a long road of recovery, but I was able to get and stay out of bed for my body started to function again and I could breath again.

Arming my Immune System 

I stopped eating fast burning (fast food) sugar foods and started eating healthy fat, complex carbs, and protein. I started feeding my immune system instead of my brain.  I was giving the immune system ammunition not giving into my brains addiction to sweetness.

Fat is like a log on a fire – It burns slow and lasts longer”.  I started to focus on eating fat more than simple empty carbs. I taught my body to burn more fat and provide energy all day long not just in short spurts. Good limited protein is another key to help slow absorption of sugar and blood sugar balance in the bloodstream.

Immune System and the Gut

Remember the key to health is the condition of your Immune System.   The Immune System resides in your gut and is referred to as the “Second Brain”’  An unhealthy gut means a weak unarmed immune system resulting in sickness including allergies both of the environment and of food. You need an abundance of bacteria provided by antioxidants. Gut bacteria or micro biome is influence by the environment, sleep but mostly by the diet. The diversity and abundance of bacteria in our micro biome are largely within our control.

Note: you need both good and bad bacteria in balance.  Eating an unbalanced diet high in processed food or “bad bugs” can  cause the bad bacteria to crowd out the good. The bad bacteria eats sugar and oxygen and the good bacteria provides energy. You need oxygen to stay strong and healthy.

Steps 

I suggest focusing  on the following steps to get on the right track:

• Eat Fresh food – Focus on fresh food. Get Your food as fresh as you can get.  The further away your food is grown from you the less nutrition.  Food grown in your own back yard or local Farmer is best.  Many recommend organic but I no longer trust the organic label. Too many tricks are being used to allow the use of the label.  You can even find Organic Candy.  Organic doesn’t mean low sugar.

• Consume a balanced diet, which consists of whole foods, high-quality animal and plant proteins, sprouted or whole grains, fermented foods, healing fats, root vegetables, low fructose fruit like berries, raw nuts and seeds.

•     Consume Probiotic especially Salt Brine Fermented Foods like kimchi, kefir, pickled foods, sauerkraut, and yogurt. This is a good way to get a quick bacteria boost. Also take one to three teaspoons a day of Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother load and 8 oz of water to help build and maintain your stomach acid.

• Eliminate inflammatory oils: canola, corn, cottonseed, safflower, soybean, sunflower, or vegetable oil. Note: Olive Oil is Good for Health but not for High Heat Cooking.  Questions have been raised as to how can you tell if the oil in the bottle is really olive?

• Drink enough pure water: If you take your weight in pounds, and divide it in half, this is the amount of water you should be drinking in ounces (150lbs = 75oz). Bottle water isn’t labeled you don’t know where it comes from.  It may be unfiltered tab water.  Filter (using an Activated Charcoal filter) tap water is the best. If not filter boil it or let it stand to remove the chloride (chloride is bleach your water company has  to add bleach to kill bacteria but bleach isn’t very good on your insides you need bacteria to live). You do not know what is in the bottled water you buy.  As with bottle alcohol, the manufacture does not have to provide a list of contents on the label.  Bottle water mostly contains pasteurized Water no bugs good or bad.

• Increase consumption of healthy healing fats: avocado, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, or ghee. Get  a balanced amount of Omega 3 fats and Omega 6.  Sources of balanced Omega 3/6 are things like Grass Fed Beef, Grass Feed and free range Chicken, Free Range Eggs, Fish (wild-caught like Sardines or Salmon), Nuts (Walnuts), and Seeds. Another look at Cooking Oils

• Get in enough fiber: Studies have shown high-fiber diets are good for everything that ails. Ancient humans were found to get 100 grams of fiber a day, we are extremely lucky if we get 20 grams a day. We should try for 50 Grams a Day. Note when increasing fiber increase foods high in soluble fiber like artichokes, avocado, broccoli, brussels sprouts, chia seeds,  golden flax seeds and many more. Soluble fiber is soluble in water. It becomes slimy and lubricating in the gut when it mixes with water in the digestive system. Think of psyllium or Metamucil. Start slow depending on how weak your immune system really is.

• Eliminate refined sugars: brown/white sugar, cane sugar, cane juice, cane juice crystals, beet sugar. Reduce the amount of natural sugars taken also.

• Eliminate or try to avoid – additives, and preservatives and refined flour

Restrict fructose consumption to 20g – 25g Per Day: agave, glucose-fructose (high fructose corn syrup), high glycemic/fructose fruits

• Increase leafy green vegetable consumption: for their magnesium, folate, vitamin C, and B-vitamin content.  Raw or cooked Kale is a good start.

• Include animal-based and plant-based sources for amino acids: raw beets, bone broth, cabbage, collagen, pasture-raised  (grass-fed) chicken & eggs, raw spinach, and parsley.

• Focus on food sources of sulfur: asparagus, broccoli, brussels  sprouts, grass-fed eggs, raw garlic (not heated or cooked),  kale, and onions (raw or cooked) and sprouts.

• Limit or eliminate alcohol: especially when detoxing.

• Last but not Least Listen to Your Body: Your body talks, you just have to learn how to listen.  It does this first with sensations or feelings (gut Feel) then if these sensations are ignored the body will communicate using pain.  It will  tell you if it needs the food your eating.  Listen to your gut or the second brain not the brain that is easily addicted.

Taking these simple steps can have an immediate and lasting effect that supports the immune systems and its microbiome.  It can have immediate and lasting effects on how you feel and your health.  Don’t be surprised if you start to experience a better mood, more energy, and fewer cravings – or if your pants start to feel a little looser.

Till Next Time

How to Tame a Jar of Coconut Oil

By Joan Mc Daniel                 November 28, 2017

Some Helpful Hints

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I have decided to spend a little space and time, talking about the short cuts or helpful hints I have gathered along the way.  The first hint covers my favorite food —- Coconut Oil.

I am so fond of Coconut Oil, I call the site CoconutCreamCare. I list 50 Uses of Coconut Oil and provide the link to  Carolyn Dean’s 1001 Uses for Coconut Oil.

When I began the experiment of eating natural food to regain my health and strength, Coconut Oil was my very first superfood. When I finally tried it, my body screamed back “This is Good, GIVE ME MORE!!”.

I got started by using coconut oil to help me tame my Candida Yeast overgrowth. I had ringing in my ears, a very white tongue and a bad case of dandruff. As time went by, I began to use it on just about everywhere including the cat, furniture and my hard wood floors.  The cat licks it up like it is water.  Her coat is extremely shiny and fresh.

Coconut Oil and Room Temperature

Like most things you love, from your childhood security blanket , or your favorite stuff animal or doll,  there are some drawbacks like a rip or tear, a missing ear, nose or other body part, but it is you constant companion.

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Like the security blanket, Coconut Oil does has some drawbacks — Hear that you coconut oil haters?  See Article from USA Today

In my opinion, Coconut Oil can be beneficial but is one big pain—

How To Get It Out Of A Jar? It is either a waxy or a runny mess.

See Why Does Coconut Oil Change Its Forms?

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Coconut Oil Jar

One of the characteristics of coconut oil is its high melting point.  It melts completely when the temperate is about 74 degrees F (24C).  There is nothing unusual about this for butter and other oils do the same thing.  In the refrigerator butter is solid but with exposed to heat it will turn to soft and become a complete liquid once exposed to serious heat.  Coconut Oil does the same.

Butter is a little easier to handle when solid or liquid, but Coconut oil is a real pain either solid or in liquid form,  Solid it is hard as a waxy rock, liquid it is a thin slippery runny mess.  It often drips down the side of the bottle,  and all over everything. When solidified it is very difficult to get it out of the jar let alone measure.  The good thing is that it is rather easy to wash it off or in my case lick off.

When I first took a look at a jar of Coconut Oil, It was before I became hospitalized.  At that time, I put the jar away in the cupboard saying, “Another time “.  “I don’t eat candle wax?” Once my health was stabilized and I was released, I took the jar back out and suddenly realized, Coconut Oil melts.

I did know a little about cooking, but had a lot to learn along the way.  My cooking consisted of hitting the Microwave buttons.

Thank Goodness, I had an understanding neighbor who let me watch. I also started attending my local Farmers Market. The Farmers are great advice givers.

There Is A Solution

You make Coconut Oil Ice Cubes.

Thanks to Kathleen from Yankee Homestead . Did you know you can tame coconut oil? Click the link for a detail instructions with pictures.

Kathleen and others have come up with putting melted coconut oil into  rubber or silicon ice-cube trays or other type of plastic molds.

Things you need

  • Rubber ice cube trays (Silicon)
  • A Crock Pot I don’t use microwave ovens
  • A glass jar that will fit inside a Crock Pot with the Pots lid on used to melt the Coconut Oil
  • A large spoon unless the coconut oil is already melted
  • A Measuring Cup with a non leaky pour spout
  • A bottle of Coconut Oil
  • and a refrigerator/freezer

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Small Coconut Oil Ice Cubes

I buy my coconut oil in large 64 oz plastic bottles and have to transfer the coconut oil into the separate glass jar. I use the low setting on the cock pot and it takes maybe 10 minutes to melt enough to be poured into the molds. Once in the trays or molds, they can be place in the freezer.  Wait over night or for a few hours for the Coconut Oil to return to a sold state.

Once the coconut oil is solid again it can be removed by “popping out” to another jar or plastic bag and stored back in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter if your room is below 74 degrees.

You now have tamed Coconut Oil.

You can use it when you want it and you know exactly how much you’re using. Good Boy!!!

There are a large variety of molds that can be used.  I found trays that are 1 inch squares that make a perfect tablespoon of coconut oil I found my 1st tray at a Flee Market.  You can find many shapes and sizes on Amazon and other sites.

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Coconut Oil Ice Cubes

Can Use Molds for Many Other Things

You can use ice-cube trays for many other things like Tomato Paste, your favorite herbs, or spices

Homemade Candy

  • Ingredients 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2.5 tablespoons un-sweeten cocoa
  • One Almond or Walnut for each candy piece
  • 1/32 Teaspoon of Stevia or for Taste
  • a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt (Optional) for Taste

Directions:

Soften coconut oil in a crock pot (if not already liquid). Mix all ingredients. Put over heat and stir until cocoa and coconut oil are evenly mixed together.  I use a special miniature caste iron skillet made for candy making or butter melting. Put liquid in a candy mold, ice-cube tray or very small plastic container. Freeze. Candy will “pop out.” Note candy will melt as you hold it or at room temperature so EAT FAST.

This note may help you expand the recipe to more than a few pieces.

Note : 8 equal Tablespoons =  1/2 cup, so 4 equal 1/4 cup, and 2 equal 1/8 cup.

Pumpkin Pie Spice and Winter Squash

Can be mixed with winter squash made as if for a soup but frozen into small individual servings. Mix cooked winter squash and beat till smooth.  Take 2 to 4 cups of smooth winter squash and mix with 1/4 cup of the following Pumpkin Pie Spices.  Pour the resulting mixture into small muffin rubber or silicon molds or any other plastic mold and put in freezer.  Once frozen, put in a plastic bag and keep in the freezer until you need one to add to you dish or sauce.  I add mine to a rice dish or to my mashed potatoes or to my morning eggs.  Whatever!! I often also add a frozen Avocado.  That is part of a future hint for there are all sorts of things you can freeze.

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

All spices are from the whole spice and grounded at time of preparation in a coffee grinder

For example, I have found whole allspice it is round and needs a grinder.

I wait until I’m ready to use the spices before grinding that makes them fresher.

2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon (I prefer true Ceylon cinnamon, not cassia)

1 teaspoon Ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground allspice from the whole spice + a pinch of fresh ground pepper corn

1 teaspoon ground Ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

2 pinches ground cardamom

Using Other “One time use” Plastic containers more than once especially as Molds for freezing.

For an Example

Meow Mix Containers

I save and re-use all sorts of small plastic containers.  I find all sorts of second uses for “one time use” plastic bags and containers. I use them and re-use them until they show signs of wear then I recycle. I don’t use them near heat.

I use and re-use containers like from my cat’s food.  I use the small individual butter containers served in restaurants. I use them as molds to make small seed cakes to feed the birds.  I also have a special sauce of winter squash mixed with a homemade pumpkin spice – freeze it in small one size plastic container molds and use as an additive for a food sauce.  It is like a baby pumpkin pie all ready to be warmed and added for taste.

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Till Next Time and more hints.

Five Spices For Digestion

By Joan McDaniel                        November 14, 2017

There is a world of herbs and spices. There is a large list of spices that aid digestion and many natural remedies.  Dr. John Douillard has recommended a helpful starting point to beneficial digestive spices which he calls “The Five Spices”.

These five are used by Dr. John Douillard in his Kitchari dish see previous my article Digestion and Cleansing Kitchari. This article talks about how I used these spices.  Dr. John Douillard in the article Five Spices to Rock your World and his Book Eat Wheat talks further  about what he calles the Five Spices.

Indigestion 

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There is a confusing array of natural spices and remedies for indigestion or digestion difficulties available. Dr. John Douillard has many also but he has selected these five as a good starting place for help with upper digestive support.

Since, I had major difficulties with digestion, I have, over time used the many helpful remedies but decided to focus of just using these 5 spices for a little while. I have found not only do these spices make things taste good they do just as he suggest.  They are be extremely gentle even to a toughest digestive system but powerful.  For more information please read his book Eat Wheat

and go to his website lifespa

Candida Yeast Overrun

I was basically sick from Candida Yeast overrun and was bloated up like a big balloon. Since I got out of the hospital over 5 years ago, I have tried just about everything and boy am I glad I finally found John’s book’s and writings.

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Candida Yeast isn’t easy to Control

Candida Yeast isn’t easy to control.  Once it has embedded itself in your sinuses, you’ll spend some time getting your sinuses back.  By the way your digestive system is lined with mucus from your head to your rear end.

I had at least 8 of the above thirteen shown systems of indigestion. I had done pretty well on my own but haven’t run into anyone who seemed to focus deeply on digestion before. It has certainly helped me fill in the blanks.

Indigestion is very Common

According to the article by John Douillard, “Up to 74% of Americans (according to a Fox News survey) suffer digestive discomfort, in fact many people have more a pain then just discomfort many times a week.

Common symptoms are abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, gas, indigestion, and general discomfort.  Many people go untreated and dismiss the symptoms or cover them up with anti-gas over the counter medications. Early detection is critical, not sweeping such symptoms under the rug. These symptoms are listed in my article Are You Fermenting?

Note: “Please check with your doctor, if you have any chronic digestive concerns of any kind,” John Douillard. After a doctors consult, John recommends using his five digestive spices to assist in resetting your digestive systems strength and efficiency.

These spices are from the Indian Ayurveda Traditional system. The system has been around for over 5,000 years and these spices have been used to assist digestive discomfort for thousand of years.

The Spices are Cardamom, Coriander, Cumin, Ginger and Fennel. 

It is important to note; these spices are powerful yet gentle.  He has found folks with the most sensitive digestive systems can do well using these five spices. In India you often hear of people chewing a handful of the spices and you’ll often find a bowl of fennel seeds awaiting you as you exit your favorite Indian Restaurant.

According to his advice, when I have a lot of gas and bloating, I suck on a slice of peeled fresh ginger root.

He sells these spices in his new digestive formula called Gentle Digest.  

Powdered Seed Is Easier to Digest

Using the powder form is easier to digest than the actual seeds, for those with very sensitive digestive systems. You can get the capsules. Or get the powder form mix the spices together and sprinkle them on you food.

Being a lone flyer and not trusting most supplements available on the market, I buy the real thing as individual spices (seeds) from my local Indian Grocery Store. I am very involved with spices and a large collection.  I make my own capsules from the powdered herb or grind the seed myself.   Whenever I can, I buy the real thing and grind it down.

Now that the market has some reputable sellers, I may not have to go to all the trouble.

Use The Five Spices Instead of Antacids

Use these Digestive Spices instead of things like anti-acids, bile salts, digestive enzymes supplements, HCI supplements or pain pills.

Digestive Spices help rebuild digestive self-sufficiency in these ways:

  • Increase Bile Flow
  • Increase pancreatic enzyme activity
  • Increase small intestine enzyme activity
  • Decrease boating and gas
  • Increase fat and sugar metabolism
  • Antioxidant free radical scavengers
  • Support gut health
  • Support the growth of good bacteria
  • Decrease H. pylori from adhering to stomach (H. Pylori is a bacterium that causes gastritis and pyloric ulcers)
  • Are digestive stimulants
  • Help transit time in intestines – supporting better elimination.
  • Help reset digestion instead of brewing dependency like anti-acids or pain meds.

What is fascinating about these five spices is they seem to support the body’s natural ability to digest, rather than covering up or treating symptoms of indigestion.  I also have had great results, from my indigestion and gas by sucking on some raw ginger.

Resetting the Digestive Fire in the Stomach

These spices are part of what he calls, “resetting digestion” rather than brewing dependency.  He also recommends these spices to restart the digestive fire in the stomach.

The Five Spices of Digestion:

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Coriander Seed (Coriandrum sativum)  

The leaves are known as cilantro.  The plant and especially the seeds are commonly used in herbal medicine and best known for their digestive properties.  Coriander effective cools excess pitta (heat) in the intestinal tract. Coriander is perhaps the most cooling of the five digestive spices.  The leaves are slightly less cooling than the seeds. Used for occasion gas, and heart burn.  It is a natural carminative, which means it prevents or relieves gas from the intestinal tract, and is beneficial for numerous heat-related pitta conditions. Note: As is most things good for you, it has a bitter, pungent taste.

Cardamom Seed 

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Member of the ginger family, it make foods easier to digest and enhance the taste. In Tea (Indian chai tea) it neutralizes the stimulating effects of caffeine. It boost the digestive process without taxing the nervous system.  It reduces the extreme acidity of many foods including caffeine.  When cooked into food, it reduces excess bloating, gas and mucus. I normally grind it up in a coffee grinder just before use. Note: It has a Pungent sweet taste.

Cumin 

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Cumin has a strong taste and is perhaps the most powerful of the five spices of digestion. It like coriander, cools the digestive system while boosting digestive strength. It supports healthy absorption, the proliferation of good microbes, as well as the detoxification of the intestinal tract. Note: it has a pungent bitter taste.

Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare) 

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Fennel is best known as the tri-doshic digestive spice. Fennel combats bloating and gas but it is one of Ayurveda’s favorite lymph movers. Fennel seeds are considered the most sattvic (promoting purity and balance) of the spices, because of its very balancing effect on vata, kapha and pitta. It is one of the best herbs for digestion, as it strengthens the digestive fire without aggravating pitta, and is beneficial for intestinal cramping, nausea, and dispelling flatulence. Note: Bitter, pungent, sweet taste

Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale)  

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In Ayurveda, ginger is called the universal spice because of its many health benefits. It has a pungent taste. I suck on a slice of ginger for digestive upset like gas and bloating.  It is heating for the upper digestion with its pungent taste, but cooling and soothing for the lower digestion as a result of its sweet after taste. It is considered a balancing herb (tri-doshic). It is the best herb to start the digestive fire in the stomach. Scientific studies have shown that it supports healthy microbes, a healthy intestinal wall, and acts as a digestive stimulant for nutrient assimilation.

I go to my local Indian Store and get individual bags of these spices. I then mix an equal amount into a small mason jar. I keep the jar in a dark cupboard or refrigerate.

Label it “5 Spices” and use a  handful or two whenever I cooking something like rice or soup.  I keep the ginger separate and peal, cut and add.

I keep powdered forms of these spices only to use in making capsules or to sprinkle on the finished cooked dish.  It is most useful in spices like ginger.  I will take a capsule of ginger as a digestive aid.

I mostly use the whole seed or a piece of the root.

Till next time