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Inflammation and Acid pH Balance

By Joan McDaniel                                                        November 7, 2018

I have come a long way since being so sick.  Almost 6 years ago (2012) I didn’t have enough energy to get out of bed or even catch my breath.

In Just Ten Years What happened to me?

I am a LPN nurse.  I’m not an expert or professional in the health industry but I have spent hours on the internet asking questions, reading books, researching, scanning, search, and anything else you can do to learn a subject on your own. I wanted to learn how to make myself well again by the food I ate. I guess this subject I was studying would be called Alternate Nutrition and Alternate Health.  What I have learned this month hasn’t changed any of the conclusions or truths I have reached but It has given me enormous insight.  If I had known this before,  I could have increased my speed of recovery much sooner and detoxed much faster.

From the condition I was in at the start of 2012 to now, I have improved my health and energy. It took me several years, but I decided it was time to do a controlled detox or cleanse.  I had been slowly detoxing since beginning the healthy diet but was still feeling the effects of buried toxins. I felt I was now strong enough

I Started a Detox and Cleansing Program

So in September I began.  I took my vacation a whole 3 weeks and began  using suggestion from John Douillard’s web-site on Detoxing. I’m doing it myself without enema’s. Detoxing started well I could feel toxins draining from me.  I had major pain but could see signs that the detox was working,  but one day I was in a store when suddenly  I JUST COULDN’T BREATH.  All over again the illness of 2012 had returned.  It is called Air Hunger

Are You Fermenting?

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Just like it was 2012 I couldn’t catch my breath and I was hyper-ventilating or runners high all over again.  But I was healthy  a minute ago I thought. What happened? This was not mind over matter I COULD NOT BREATH PERIOD. I knew going to ER would do me no good because the last time ER did nothing for me except put me on oxygen.  I knew there had to be a better way!!!!

I got to my friend who’s daughter is a homeopathic specialist what ever that is and for some reason I asked what food can you take to turn your pH back to Alkaline.  I don’t know why I said pH maybe it was something I had just read I don’t remember you are a little hampered when you can’t breath.  The answer came back take a lemon.

I happen to have met my friend in a Irish Pub, the bar keep gave me a Lemon wedge just a small slice and instantly, magically  I COULD BREATH!!! My lungs were working fine I could take a deep breath.  There is something else wrong.

When I got home, I started a massive research into pH.  The Lemon which I replaced with Citric Acid.  What is citric acid?

The first thing I learned was my cherished coffee was one of the worst foods or drink to take for it is almost all acid.  I had to give up coffee at least for a while so I started drinking my herbal teas.  Also I learned you should not drink coffee when detoxing. Detoxing will make you acid because that is what all those toxins are – Acid. Coffee and caffeine will not help they will just make you more acid.  Coffee is the king of acid.

Why I Wrote this Article

Now in the hope to be brief I have written this short overview of what food to eat in case of an emergency path of maintaining an Alkaline or basic balance.

What foods not to eat like Coffee and what food to eat like Lemons.  Remember you need a 60% to 40% ratio of Basic to Acid.  You need a balance. You need them both.

I will also present a quick look at Signs and Symptoms of having an acid balance.

What is Ph?

I had previously researched pH and wrote

What does pH Balance and the “Energizer Bunny” have in Common?

This article has a great deal of further information on Ph and is worth another read.  I am amazed how much I included in it and had completely forgotten about it when deciding what foods to eat.

From the article I wrote;

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What is pH?  pH Balance

The alkaline battery is a perfect example of how the scientific and universally accepted pH measurement scale is used.  pH is a vital measurement which is used across the chemical, beverage and food industries, pharmaceutical, scientific , and yes, in the world of medicine. Your local farmer is deeply involved with the pH of his soil to determine which crops grow best and where. Corporations are involved with pH to determine how long their products will stay fresh.

Your body automatically fights to keep the pH of Blood levels balanced. pH is a measurement that determines acidity, neutrality or balance.  Our bodies use it as a chemical process that keeps us alive, healthy and strong.  If the body is out of balance it is in a state of acidosis or Alkalosis

Acidosis/Alkalosis/Basic – Is an increased acidity in the blood and/or other body fluid.  It is an increase of hydrogen and a decrease of oxygen.  pH balance below 7.

Metabolic Acidosis – Is a condition when the body fluid pH balance is acid or below 7.  Another term used for it is dehydrated.

pH  is an acronym for “potential of hydrogen” is a value that indicates the acidity or alkalinity of a liquid. The measurement of the hydrogen ion concentrate in a liquid determines the pH value.

pH balance

Every food and liquid has a pH value which falls on a scale between 0 and 14, with 7 being neutral.  A pH value less than 7 is acidic; values greater than 7 indicate alkalinity.

Just as your body maintains temperature your body is also regulated and controlled by the pH balance.  Basic or alkaline grows in an Alkaline ph balance. Acid grows in an Acid pH balance.  It is a system that either feeds the body or destroys it.  Oxygen thrives in a basic environment and gets burned faster in an acid balance.  Your body when in a acid balance also burn minerals like magnesium, potassium and calcium.

The concept of pH is complex but simple.  Complex because your body is controlled by it.  Your body doesn’t have much say about its balance because you’re the one stuffing food into your mouth.

Ph balance is only determined by your intake of food, liquids, medicines and anything else you take in.  You feed it acid it becomes acid then develops illnesses.  You feed it a balance of alkaline and basic you body builds on that and stores energy and destroys illness.

As I said, I am just an uneducated student learning along with you. There are many very dedicated people who have done much more research and know a lot more.  I strongly recommend that if you care for the health of your body to continue the research on pH after you read this my story.


I have collected a list of foods and some personal insight but I strongly suggest you do further research on this very important and unwelcome in the modern medical world the world of pH science.

Click this link for one good article.

Alkalize First

Posted by rawnut.

Acid eats away and Alkaline builds.

As I have said often in this blog the Average Standard American diet has an Acid Balance.  It is loaded with sugars and sugar is 100% acid so is all processed foods.  This creates not just decreased energy but inflammation all over the body.  It is my opinion, the major population is plagued with chronic diseases.  The reason is they’re pH balance is Acid.  Acid slowly destroys oxygen and health for every cell needs oxygen to produce energy. If your sick, if you have illness –  you have an acid balance.

The problem with pH balance is how to test it?

You can test your saliva, urine using kits that you can buy to use at home and your doctor can measure your blood pH.

Using the home kit test strips to test the only two fluids left urine and saliva don’t seem to be very reliable let alone result in a number.  The test strips turn a color that may be like a color on the pH chart or close to one of several colors sort of yellow yet sort of green.

Modern Medicine management of pH in Humans

Modern Medicine isn’t into pH very much. They proudly claim “pH of blood cannot be changed” Which is true.  Your body will not allow the pH of the blood to vary from 7.3 to 7.4 to maintain your being alive.  So modern medicine is correct.  They can measure blood pH by doing a blood gas test.  But unless your very sick close to the end your blood pH will always be 7.3 to 7.4.

In my opinion, the only pH the medical world is interested in is getting their PhD.

The pH I am talking about is the fluid around the cells.  Your several organ systems have their own pH.  The stomach should operate with an acid pH that is how it starts digestion of food.  The colon should be more alkaline the further it gets away from the stomach.  Depending on what you have eaten the bladder and mouth balance can be acid or alkaline.  Lungs also have a pH balance.  Since acids hate O2 the lungs should be alkaline and help the body stay alkaline by ridding the body of CO2.  Remember the pH we are talking about is called body fluids or the fluids that surround the cells also call intercellular fluid.  This is controlled by what you eat. But modern medicine doesn’t say that.  They let it be assumed there is only blood pH and that cannot be changed.

Modern medicine can measure blood pH, and use home testing kits to test saliva and urine but that’s it.  They can’t test it, nor control it so they don’t really get very excited about it.  My added thoughts are —It isn’t very profitable or justified spending time with.


So the best way to determine if you have an acid balance is: 

Signs your body may be too acidic

•You feel fatigued, or have chronic fatigue and low energy even when you’ve had enough sleep.

•You feel depressed or have a hard time enjoying things that you used to.

•You find yourself especially irritable for no discernible reason.

•Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and reduction in oxygen

•    Heart problems, arrhythmias, increased heart rate

•You feel like you cannot focus or have “brain fog” often.

•Premature aging

•Immune deficiency – You frequently develop infections, colds and flu’s.

•Your skin is dry, even in the warmer months.

•You have acne or other skin problems.

•Allergies, Acne

•You have hormonal imbalance issues.

•You frequently develop yeast infections or Yeast fugal overgrowth

•Bladder and kidney infections

•You feel like your digestion is sluggish, or frequently experience constipation or diarrhea.

•Weight gain, obesity, and diabetes

•Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

•You find yourself with Respiratory problems like becoming short of breath, and/or coughing often.

•You frequently experience joint pain, aching muscles, and lactic acid buildup

•You often experience confusion, headaches and sleepiness

•You experience chronic allergies or sinus pain.

•You suffer from chronic pain that is not due to an injury or a medical condition.

•Osteoporosis, weak, brittle bones, hip fractures, bone spurs

•Your neck often feels stiff or sore.

• You have Sciatica, and/or lumbago pain.

•You have inflamed sensitive gums and teeth.

How to improve your alkalinity

1. Drink plenty of water (alkaline water (Water with lemon)when possible)

2. Remove a majority of acidic foods

3. Replace a traditional lunch with a large green salad.

4. Replace the flour bread or wrap with lettuce leaves like collard greens.

5. Try not to consume processed foods or reduce as many as you can

6. Eliminate soda, sugars, and coffee. Replace them with herbal tea, caffeine free, herbal coffee, and green drinks

7. Replace dairy milk with coconut or almond milk

What you eat matters

Though attempting to change the overall pH levels of your body is not something that can be directly changed, supporting your body through nutritious whole foods that lean towards a more alkaline state can help you feel more energetic and vibrant.

There is no question about it, what you eat has a direct impact on your overall health. It was Ann Wigmore, founder of the renowned Hippocrates Health Institute who said, “The food you eat can be either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”


A Brief Look 

If you’re in a crises like I was there is are emergency foods you can eat to temporarily restore an Alkaline balance

For Emergencies

Alkaline Water – is simple lemons or citric acid and water

Baking Soda – or Sodium Bicarbonate Can also add 2 Tbs lemon juice with 1/2 tsp baking soda for an instant alkaline cocktail.  Allow bubbling to settle and add 8 oz. water.  Drink at once.  You can substitute ACV for lemon juice

Banana – If you feel like you’re becoming Acid eat a small ripe banana.  It traps the toxins

Cream of Tartar – In cases of extreme emergency when you need to get alkaline fast.  Mix 1/2 tsp cream of tartar in 8 oz. water and drink immediately

Lemons – a small slice of lemon or Apple Cider Vinegar

Minerals – Acid foods strip your body of minerals, therefore increase you intake of Calcium, magnesium, Potassium, Sea Salt (Himalayan Sea Salt 84 minerals), Vitamin C as soon as possible

Peppermint – Fresh or Essential Oil helps pain and breathing

Pineapple – Fresh helps belching and bloating

Seeds – Caraway, Celery, Cumin, Fennel, Sesame suck or chew on seeds.

Strawberry – Fresh

I will provide once I finish it a complete list of Alkaline-forming foods

General Alkaline foods

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Diluted start with 1 tsp and 8 ounces of water to 1 tablespoon

Anything that would stain your shirt.

like cherries, turmeric, beets and beet juice

Anything that is slimy like Okra,

Most Fruits and Vegetables

Dark Green leafy vegetables arugula, collard greens, kale, spinach, and Swiss chard along with beets, carrots, lemons, turnips, Cayenne Peppers, and Garlic

For Your Information:

Acid-Yielding Foods

Alcohol – Don’t drink

Animal proteins

Cereals, all



Chloride found in tap water.  Filter your tap water

Coffee – is extremely Acid you’ll have to give up on it for a little while I loved my Coffee but you can do it

Lunch Meat, and canned meat



Processed Foods

Sugar all Forms


White Flour, White Rice, Whole Wheat Flour and/or rice


If you’re making a healthy drink you cannot forget lemon. High in vitamin C, full of antioxidants and minerals which hydrate and detoxify your body. Lemons boost your metabolism and cleanse your body. The benefits of lemons are seen on your biggest organ – your skin.

So there’s your list of ingredients: the superfoods that will go into this super drink. If you read the whole way through you’ll see they were each chosen for pH-balancing properties but they also all have agents that help cleanse and regenerate your skin. So your insides will be working properly and your skin will be showing it off.

Worth The Squeeze

Serves: 1 tall glass


•1 lemon, juiced

•1 tsp of aloe vera

•1 tsp of apple cider vinegar

•1-2 cups of water (room temperature or hot, based on what you want)

•1 tsp real honey

•A few mint and fresh basil leaves.

To get Started on approaching an alkaline diet, make a pitcher of this, and drink it every morning on an empty stomach to get all the benefits, or before going to bed are best.  Drink this for 5 days and you should notice you’re waking up more rested and with more energy.  You should have fewer digestive problems.  That is if you also stop eating processed foods, including sugar and soft drinks and coffee.

Just in Passing

I’m Ok now, It took about a week to get back to my old level of action and energy.  I still carry an emergency kit with me incase I suddenly turn acid. But I’m sure I have enough minerals in reserve now but — With the detoxing and cleaning still going on I do feel better.  But did I get a major scare.  This has taught me a real lesson and I have developed a real insight as to how my very complex body really works and what I can do to help it. Your body doesn’t ask a great deal just stop feeding it stuff that makes it sick.  Now I have a new enemy it isn’t just sugar and other processed foods it foods that have an acid balance.  Do remember you must have both you need a balance.  Your body loves things in balance. 60% alkaline to 40% acid.Your body wants one thing that is understand its cycles and balances.  It isn’t that hard or expensive.

Till Next Time,


The Flu and Me

The Flu and Me

By Joan L. McDaniel                                    October 10.2018

One Day I woke Up with the Flu


For the past 6 years I have taken the responsibility of my own  health. I have spent that time with the following inspiration;

“Hippocrates is considered to be the founder of medicine as a “rational science.” said the famous quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. I have successfully regained my health without my old medication and using good old American Common Sense and Homeopathic tradition teachings.  I have spent most of the time researching the Internet and other modern alternate medicine doctors writings.

My body and I have been on quite a journey.  I have also seen the body’s defense system at work and its powerful healing energy.

It was early in the spring of 2016 about 2 1/2 years ago, I woke up with chills and a fever.  For someone who never had a temperature above 97.7 because of a under-active thyroid condition, I was a little worried.  This time I’m sick and I don’t use doctors I said. Two days ago I had a sore throat which turned into laryngitis.  I felt fine and went to work.  Unfortunately my replacement called in and I had to work a double.  By time I got off I grabbed a bite and fell into bed.  Only to wake up with fever of 102.2 and a very dry cough and speaking in a whisper.  I was coughing so much it began to hurt.

I broke the fever by taking the original form of Aspirin (Willow Bark). First Wonder Drug Came From a Tree. I referenced my herbal books,  wrote down a list of herbs. I had some of them on hand and had to go get the others, I could speak a little better, had a little more energy, and was hungry.  Better but I still had the cough.  A dry hacking cough which made everything else hurt.

I went to my local Irish Pub but was afraid to stay because all I could do is cough that includes doing much talking.  I ordered something to go and the waitress gave me a glass of ice water to sip on. As I sat there I noticed the more water I drank the less I coughed. I felt so good I ate the meal there.

I left the restaurant with a glass of ice in a paper cup, went to the health food store to get the herbs then back home and bed.

I was hopping to find a better solution than water.  It was working but I had to get back to work in a few days and I didn’t feel very well.

I had been diagnosed with my original illness in 2012 with COPD so my breathing was compromised with the years of smoking.  What mucus I could cough up was as thick as cement.  It looked like the image on the top.

What is COPD?

“According to modern medicine Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non-reversible) asthma. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.

COPD is a progressive and (currently) incurable disease, but with the right diagnosis and treatment, there are many things you can do to manage your COPD and breathe better. People can live for many years with COPD and enjoy life.”

Did I Finally Meet My Match?

This flu/cold (or whatever) was bad.  I was worried that I had finally found my match and would have to resort to calling the doctor with my tail between my legs and demand an antibiotic. I as a nurse, had been lead to believe over the past 35 years to expect instant magic.  Only one problem, I didn’t have a doctor anymore, and ER would gladly bill me big money for one, and all the Flu, cold and COPD Big Parma used as standard medicines.  I had to keep searching.

Homeopathic,  or Home Remedies for the Cold or Flu

We all have or have heard of remedies for the common cold and this isn’t to add to that.  This article is about how I found to thin mucus to help cough out the toxins and return to health.

What is Mucus?

It finally dawned on me, my problem was thick gooey mucus that had grown to be as hard as rocks.

Increased mucus production is the body’s way of flushing out irritants, and toxins out of the body.  The mucus doesn’t necessary increase. Instead it becomes thicker, more annoying, and more adhesive.  The purpose is to attract the toxin, attach it to the thickened mucus and make it annoying so you will cough and sneeze to expel it out.

You need mucus, it lines and protects the body’s cavities opened to the outside and prevents irritation to the cavity. It serves as a filter for air on inhalation.

You normally don’t even know you have mucus until you have caught a cold.  Depending on how bad the cold is, you not only know about mucus it will become a major problem dealing with it. Like how to not have to wear pull-ups. It is tough being old.

Spit is produced by the saliva glands in the throat at the first approach to food.  It is the first step in digestion.  Mucus is thicker and slim.  When you spit saliva, it does not contain mucus.  Mucus is thicker, heavier and cannot be coughed up in its clear state.

Where is Mucus

You have mucus from inside your head to your anus.  Mucus in your head, lungs, mouth, nose, sinuses, throat, intestines, and inside most organs. Mucus helps humidity the air we breathe and to prevent irritation to the cavity. It serves as a filter for air on inhalation, and to keep things moving in the tubes.  You need mucus.

This Article isn’t A How To Or About  A Cure

This article isn’t a how to: How to cure any illness.  How to use herbal medicine vs Modern medicine.  It is a story of what I learned finding out how to thin mucus to help my body recover from inflammation by using Coughing, sneezing and other methods of expelling the toxin from the body. I don’t recommend any one or any thing except maybe a neti-pot. This article isn’t about how to cure anything.  The


My head wasn’t very clear yet and my thinking a little foggy.  I knew the importance of water and mucus.  Without water you are considered dehydrated and the mucus will be hard and dry.  The human body needs water especially a head full of mucus in the form of rocks.  I increased my water intake and I felt cooled, my throat felt better, and the cough became more productive. But this wasn’t enough, the water was helping but I needed to do something more and I did not want to return to immune system destructive antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all bacteria both the good and the bad.

What I needed, was a better way to help thin the mucus and I hadn’t found it yet.   My body isn’t very good at cough up rocks.

By the way the common cold is a virus and antibiotics do not do anything against a virus. Anti fungal natural remedies can work better.  See My definitions.

Then I found the Neti-Pot

Driven with the deep concern to learn the truth I couldn’t think of anything else. Eat, work, I think I drove everyone around me crazy.  Thanking the Gods around me for the Internet, I kept researching and reading.  I was driven with a madness of turning any stone I found in my way.

I first heard of an inhaler that was filled with Sea Salt and one filled with Eucalyptus oil.  Use it to help receive these herbs where they were most needed – in the lungs.  Then I found the neti-pot.  I  could use it to do the same thing using warm water in the nose. This little Aladdin’s lamp even helped my COPD.  I may have times after exercise in feeling Short of Breath (SOB).  But with the ability to reduce or thin mucus I am still going and going. See my article What does pH Balance and the “Energizer Bunny” have in Common?

I am including pictures showing the body’s mucus cavities.  I needed it to understand what I was feeling and why.  I have always been able to understand better with pictures.  I approach the problem by looking for suggestions and applying ideas and see what works.  I would know it works because I was the object and could feel the improvement or set back or whatever.

I used the Hunt and Peck and flying by the seat of my pants as the old saying goes.

Mucus Membrans

To manage an illness you need to better understand how your body works and what you can do to help it.

These following pictures show what we call body cavities that are lined with Mucus Membranes

Note the Colon is lined with mucus but is not shown


Mucus membranes



Frontal picture


Your body still tries to rid itself of the toxins by changing the character of the mucus. It thickens and becomes very irritating.  This results in it becoming very itchy and the skin around it very red.  It may even start to break out.  It wants you to feel it and maybe you’ll do something to help.

According to WebMd, It generally takes a bad cold, or contact with something irritating — like a plate of nuclear-hot Buffalo wings — to throw your body’s mucus production into overdrive.

For instance, during an allergic response to an offending trigger, such as pollen or ragweed, mast cells in your body squeeze out a substance called  histamine, which triggers sneezing, itching, and nasal stuffiness. The tissue of the mucus membranes starts leaking fluid, and your nose begins to run. Note the body will stop producing these things when the toxin and mucus plug is gone.

What Color is Mucus?

Mucus can be clear, brown, green, Pink, Red-Colored or White.  Coughing up yellow or green mucus usually means inflammation or infection that has been isolated.  Mucus collects foreign material and when there is an infection, mucus changes color to yellow or even green as a result of trapped bacteria, fungus or other toxin. This is a result of WBC and the Immune Systems function.  This will create what is called congestion.  Mucus thickens sending a signal to the body to cough and expel out the toxin.  Mucus can also be White which indicates a dry cough without an infection.  Any color like Pink, Pink Red or Brown indicates the coughing is hard and has cause a slight drama.  Try to drink more water.

Garlic, Water, Licorice Root, Marshmallow Root, Mullen leaf, Slippery Elm,  other de-mucus herbs and a Neti-Pot I used to thin my mucus and get well

I used the above and doubled up on the Garlic and Vitamin C.  Taking Garlic raw as my article Garlic Ancient and Powerful said.  I used the most of the herbs taken as a tea. The Teas were effective, I also took them in capsule form.

I did use guaifenesin an over the counter medicine only to feel the toxins like red dye and fructose corn syrup.  I would have to make my own. I found Wild Cherry Syrup. In about a week, my mucus was almost back to thin and clear.

The Neti-Pot Became Extremely Helpful

It took a little while to get the hang of it but I got it. I was driven with the deep concern to learn the truth I couldn’t think of anything else. Eat, work, I think I drove everyone around me nuts.  I could see it in their faces “There she goes again” I Thank the Gods around me for the Internet, I kept researching and reading. The Internet never said “No” or I’m busy or “You Again?” I was driven with a madness of turning over any  stone I found in my way.

Neti Pot Has Been Used Since the Ancient Times

Is an alternative of saline mouth, throat and nasal irrigation to remove mucus with nasal irrigation. The mucus is holding toxins and irritants causing inflammation as part of the immune system.  The mucus acts like glue and toxins adhere to it rather than circulate freely in the Blood causes more serious illness.

The concept of getting rid of irritants by thinning mucus originated with our ancestors.  The Ayurvedic natural medical tradition used a “jala net” which is now called a Neti Pot is used

to gently flush away irritants that cause these symptoms and infections. Note one method of Ayurvedic is “Be Gentle”.  Neti-Pot is very effective and non-dependent on modern Big Rx and Big Pharma with its antibiotics, antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays, or surgical interventions which rarely work and do little to treat the underlying cause or even attempt to attempt a cure. Using the Neti pot to pour the mixture into one nostril then the other to cleanse the nasal passages. This procedure will also help the common cold.

What type of salt?

I found Himalayan Salt to be very useful during my recovery of 6 years ago. Himalayan sea salt contains 84 minerals but it doesn’t contain Iodine which is recommended for use in gargling and the Neti-Pot.


Himalayan salt is mined from the Khewra Salt Mines in Pakistan, situated at the foothills of the Himalayas. It is the second-largest salt mine in the world, and official records of the Khewra mine date back to the 13th century. The salt obtained from Khewra includes transparent, white, pink, red and dark red salts. Today the mine includes nearly 25 miles of tunnels stretched across 11 levels, and runs almost a half mile into the mountains.

How to Use Neti Pot Videos

Neti Pot


This Video Warning shows spit up thick mucus

Modern Medicines approach to the Common Cold. How Can I Get Rid of Mucus?

Modern Medicine treats seasonal allergies, hay fever, chronic sinusitis, nasal inflammation, coughs, colds, and other nasal or sinus inflammation.  In fact, there is a famous quote saying,  “there isn’t a cure for the common cold.”

According to Web-MD, ”People with chronic sinus problems who are constantly blowing their noses understandably want the goo gone. Modern medicine treats it as an allergy with antihistamines, and bacterial infections with antibiotics.  They rarely use antifungal.  Steroids, allergy shots are also used.

See Terms for definitions 

Some Natural Remedies for Coughs and Thinning Mucus

I did a great deal of research and compiled a list of Natural Remedies available many of which I successfully used.  In the future, when you’re feeling better you need to look into strengthening you immune system: Eliminate or limit sugars and processed foods from your diet.  There are many natropathic or homeopathic nutritional diets one is Dr. Mercola’s nutrition plan and his book Take Control of Your Health.

Methods I used:

Gargle, Herbs in Capsules, Neti pot cleansing, Steaming, drinking certain herbal Teas, herbal teas, herbal oils to clear up the mucus overload.

But first I included a section of definitions for further clarity.

Terms used==================

Antihistamines block or limit the action of histamines, those substances triggered by allergic reactions that cause the tissue in the nose to swell up and release more, thinner mucus (a runny nose). The main side effect of older antihistamines is drowsiness. They also can cause dry mouth, dizziness, and headache.

Capsules – 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.  Capsule making machines available read my article Using a capsule making machine. Manufacturing has greatly improved and have paid attention to the demand for a pure product. If you do buy your capsules READ THE LABELS and see what’s in it.  I don’t trust anyone. But buying an herb in capsule form certainly is better than not having the herb at all.

Common Cold – It is one of the 200 types of viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract that primarily affects the nose (rhino) The most common one is called the rhinovirus. It is also call influence. A cold affects larynx, nose, throat, and sinuses. Signs and symptoms include coughing, headache, fatigue, fever, muscle aches, runny nose, sore throat, and sneezing.

Decoction – (Latin for ‘boil down’) The liquid resulting from concentrating the essence of a substance like a tea or plant roots by heating or boiling, especially a medicinal preparation made from a plant.

decongestantscause the blood vessels in the lining of the nose to narrow, reducing blood flow to the area, so you’re less congested and you produce less mucus. Decongestants don’t work with thick mucus they just dry you out more.   I often call it a cement wall. So you take more decongestants and get more congested. You may very well feel some of the decongestants side effects which include dizziness, high blood pressure, and nervousness. Used in Modern Medicine.  They never work for me.

demulcent – substance that lubricates, relieves and lines the irritated mucous membranes.  It is a healthy antioxidant and mucilaginous or an adhesive solution which allows it to protect the membranes lining

Expectorant – a medicine that thins mucus, phlegm and/or sputum and makes it easier for the body to secret. It is used especially to treat coughs.  Once the mucus is thinner, the body can easily expel it by its normal exits. Note an expectorant also needs increased water intake

You can also thin out the mucus with guaifenesin, a type of medicine called an expectorant.

Common Flu – According to the CDC, “No one seems to know the difference from the common cold vs the common flu.  They are caused by different viruses but with very similar symptoms.  In general, the flu is considered worse than a cold.  I guess i’d call it a serious cold.  Symptoms are more intense and worst than the common cold.

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, Lemon grass oil, and Tea Tree Oil. By mixing a small amount of concentrated Essential oil like Lemongrass apply a few drops to Calendula oil and a larger amount of something like Coconut Oil.

Sinus – a recess, cavity, or channel, such as one in bone or a dilated channel for venous blood. An abnormal channel or fistula, permitting escape of toxins in mucus or pus.



Steam inhalation

An excellent home remedy to loosen throat mucus and clear your nasal passage is steam inhalation. The benefits of using steam to get rid of too much mucus in the throat can be boosted by adding essential oils that reduce inflammation, kill germs, and relieve congestion.

For example, tea tree oil has antimicrobial compounds that can help treat throat and upper respiratory tract infections. Also menthol (peppermint) oil is well-known for its ability to relieve congestion and treat the symptoms of sinus infections and asthma.

All you need to do is add a few drops of tea tree oil or menthol oil to a large bowl of boiling water. Place you head over the bowl and cover your head with a towel. Breathe deeply for 10 minutes to allow the steam and essential oils clear your airways and get rid of mucus. Repeat the steam inhalation 2-3 times a day until your symptoms clear and you no longer have any infection in your airways.  Don’t burn yourself.

Plant based 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 toxins including fungus and Mold overgrowth.  Using natures plant growth as treatments makes a great deal of sense.

Virus – Are infectious agent that can only thrive and reproduce inside the host body. It is smaller than bacteria.

End Definitions=====================


Useful Herb’s for thinning mucus

Anise, Aimalayan, Coltsfoot, Eucalyptus, Echinacea, Honey, Licorice Root Marshmallow Root, Mullein, Peppermint, Salt Water, Slippery Elm Root, and Thyme.

Once I finally understood the power of the herbs in tea form, I realized I had found what I was looking for.  It works and whenever I have used them again they still work.


The herbs I call anti-mucus performs what modern medicine calls an  expectorant which makes the mucus easier to cough up.

Herbs used for Tea 

There is a long list of herbs, oils, and products all completely from the World of Nature and her wonders.  I have found these teas both concentrated and regular to be of extreme help.  In fact I have been using them not only to get rid of my last cold I had about 2 1/2 years ago and never saw again.  But they have been the center of my detoxing with amazing results.  I used What I call anti-mucus capsules which I made myself and anti-mucus teas these were easier for clearing mucus of the respiratory tract. The Decoction is very concentrated I am using that form more for detoxing than for a cold.

Making Teas

Tea Making Tips

I cannot stress the importance of covering your tea while it steeps. Not only does it keep it piping hot, it traps all the steam and any of the volatile oils in the steam (and their benefits) in the cup for you to inhale when you uncover it.

Need instructions on how to make tea’s

The one I recommend I call anti mucus tea for short.

Mucus Thinning Tea *

1/3 Tablespoon chopped licorice (leaf or root)

1/3 Tablespoon chopped slippery elm bark

1/3 Tablespoon chopped marshmallow root

1 cup water


To make the tea, take all 3 herbs and steep this mixture in hot water until it becomes tea strength

Drink 3-6 cups a day for 1 – 2 months, or as needed for maintenance.

I also buy the herbs in powdered form and combine it into capsules and take them often.

* John Douillard from LifeSpa including his book Eat Wheat

Remember to Increase your intake of Natural Vitamin C.  The best form is fresh citrus like an orange, and lemon.

Other Herbs

Here are other herbs.  You can make concentrated or normal 1 cup teas. Concentrated teas take up to 4 cups with the loose tea and boil down to 1 cup.  It is strained in a mental filter for a stronger for of tea.

Cough syrups or lozenges like Wild Cherry Syrup, Peppermint, Slippery Elm are also made and very effective

Thayer’s Slippery Elm Lozenges, Wild Cherry inner bark lozenges or syrup and many other herbs are available.

Useful Expectorant and Demulcent Herbs



Anise in the treatment of respiratory conditions such as cough, bronchitis and asthma. Anise contains a compound called anethole, which is very effective in boosting the health of the bronchial cells. It is a powerful expectorant and is able to bring about the expulsion of accumulated mucous from the respiratory tract. Anise is also a very powerful anti-spasmodic agent. However, medical experts recommend that you avoid making use of this herb if you are already consuming anticoagulant medicines as this can result in adverse side effects. You must also make sure to consult your doctor regarding the correct dosage of this herb. I have not used this herb.

Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus Oil is mainly used for healing mucus membranes.  It is also useful for body pains, colds, fever, and sinus congestion.  You can apply a drop on a cotton ball and sniff it several times a day.  You can add it to water and use in a nebulizer or in steam therapy or in bath water.

Honey – is very effective except you can’t find real honey.  Most of what you find in the store is FAKE hear that Fake.  You can use up to 1 Teaspoon of honey a day if you get it from the Farmer who maintains the actual bee hive.


Garlic has strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties that make

Garlic – Eat it Raw and Eat it Daily

Garlic is antibacterial, antibiotic, anticancer, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiviral, anti-yeast, lowers blood pressure, thins blood, restores bowel ecology, prevents platelet clumping, helps detox the cells, helps digestion, boost immune system and helps fight many diseases, fights food poising bacteria, help insulin resistance and diabetes, once eaten repeals mosquitos, Cardiac protection from heart disease, brings oxygen to the cells or oxidizes the cells. It has been called “Russian Penicillin” because it is so effective with wounds and skin disorders.

Chopping and Crushing Garlic activates its healthy and powerful enzymes. The enzyme is called allicin a sulfur-containing molecule that gives garlic’s its pungent smell. When preparing garlic wait at least 5 minutes after crushing or cutting to allow allicin to form and mix with oxygen.

Please note to get the full power of Garlic DO NOT COOK IT use it raw. Research has found heating garlic all health benefits is lost. Cut a clove of garlic into small pieces that can be swallowed. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes to bring out its health-promoting benefits. You can mix it with juice or liquid but swallow them whole. The ancients added garlic to their wine. You can also add crushed or chopped garlic at the end of your foods cooking process. DO NOT CHEW Raw — Once chewed garlic can turn HOT – HOT !! Once down it isn’t too hot to handle. Not all garlic is hot but YOU NEVER KNOW.

Licorice Root

Marshmallow Root



Mullein is an herb that possesses expectorant and suppressant properties, thereby making it effective in the treatment of chronic cough as well as sore throat. Mullein is usually consumed in the form of tea to treat chronic coughs. You can easily purchase mullein tea from any health store. In the herbal world Mullein grows wild along local highways and to extreme length like 15 feet. It is considered a very large weed. Just soak the leaves in a

large mason jar in hot water over night.  Cool, stain and drink in the morning. Note: when handling Mullein you might want to wear a nasal mask. The left over leaves cling to everything – no wonder it softens things so well.

Peppermint – contains menthol, which works as a decongestants.  Which loosens the mucus or phlegm present in the throat or lungs.

Salt – is used to gargle, and as use as a nasal saline rinse.  It is a demulcent in that it helps your system expel or cough up the thick colored mucus.  Salt also acts as an antimicrobial agent and does help reduce the thickness of the mucus, but is not considered a demulcent agent.

Colloidal Silver – is a natural substance made by suspending microscopic particles of silver in liquid. It has been used throughout history; it prevents the growth of algae, bacteria and other unwanted organism in additional to its many medicinal uses.  It has been replaced with chemical antibiotics, however it is still given to newborns to prevent eye infection during childbirth and used in hospitals and other treatment centers for cuts and burns.

Pathogens do not become resistant to silver as they do with man made chemical antibiotics.  According to records, “There is no known disease-causing organism that can live in the presence of even minute traces of simple metallic silver.”

From our past our eating utensils were made of pure silver and silver coated,  as a result it was called Silver Ware.  Silver isn’t a hard substance and it easily chips.  Our ancestors were getting small traces with every bite using their silver ware.

Slippery Elm

Wild Cherry Syrup

Till next time


John Douillard from LifeSpa including his book Eat Wheat

Get Rid of Throat Mucus Faster With These Home Treatments

By Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher

Drink Water Warm Not Cold

By Joan McDaniel                     April 28 ,2018

We Know You Should Drink More Water, Right?

But, Are Bottled Water Companies Behind the Push to Drink More Water?

In todays commercial world, where everyone is trying to sell you something – I wouldn’t put it past them but

Water is a vital requirement for our bodies. 

Water is Vital to Our Health 

We cannot live without it. We need water and oxygen to stay alive. Your body is 70 percent water. Your body needs hydration to keep everything lubricated and flowing. Just as your car and any motor engine needs oil, the human body needs water. Human blood is more than 80 percent water. Water helps deliver nutrition and minerals to the body and flush out acids, toxins and wastes from the body.

Modern day experts, Traditional Medicine like India’s Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM recommend drink at least 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

I have read other recommendations, I can’t tell you how much water you should drink on a daily basis. You should be the judge, for drinking too much water is also not good for you.  Later in this article, I list some ways your body is asking for more water. You just have to learn how to listen.

What is water?  

Water is a Life Force. Water is life.

Where does Water Come From?

Most say it comes from the sky as part of the water cycle. Others like Dr. Masaru Emoto say it comes from outer space and returns to outer space.

The purpose of todays article Is:

Which is Better – Drinking Cold, Hot  or Room Warm Water?

I’m sure we will all answer Cold Water, but is drinking cold water really that good for you?

Ever Heard of Brain Freeze?

Brian Freeze


On a Hot Day, eating ice cream or drinking ice water too fast may cause what is called brain freeze.  You may a major headache and not feel very good but your brain isn’t frozen. Your body maintains temperature automatically and will return you to homeostatic almost immediately.

The pain you feel is your body and brain trying to tell you stop and let me try to figure out what to do about all that icy cold stuff you just swallowed.  Your body immediately constructs blood vessels and slows down.  If your hot, you’ll just get hotter.  This is the same reaction if you pour cold water all over you.  You feel the icy chill but then you will just get hotter.

The Temperature of Food and Water You Eat Is Important

Our bodies maintains an internal body temperature is 37.0 °C or 98.6 °F.  The average room temperature of water is about 70 °F.  The temperature of ice is around freezing 32 °F.

Why Is Cold Water Bad For You?

When you body temperature is lowered it constricts to keep warmth.  Constrict means gets smaller.  Cold water shrinks blood vessels, slows hydration and digestion.  It causes pain, increases blood pressure, reduces available oxygen, reduces the immune system’s function making it easier to get sick and catch something like a cold.  Ever have a summer cold?

Drinking cold water after a meal creates excess and thickened mucus and your nose starts running and you start to sneeze or at least I do.  If your were stressed before, you certainly will be stressed after.

You may Think cold or cool water will relax you, but it doesn’t.  It does  just the opposite you feel tight and constricted.  Your circulation declines and you don’t feel so good.

Warm water opens your pores and makes your skin feel relaxed and loose.  You can rehydrate easier with open pores then with closed restrict ones.

Drink Hot, Warm or Room Temperature Water

If you tell the people around you don’t drink cold water I’m sure they will look at you like you’re a kooook.  They may just start to wonder if you belong in the Funny Farm. I’m sure they say, “Oh, that’s just one of  her funny ideas.”


The Great Salt Flats USA

Drink Warm Water

While doing research for this article, I was talking to an ex-marine friend of mine,  “I have been stationed , in most of the hottest places on the Planet “, he said ,”and was always told DO NOT DRINK COLD WATER”.  He continued, “You cannot drink cold ice water and expect to continue to function you have to drink room temperature to survive. You may pass out right then and there.”

Drink Water Not——-


Fruit Juice

Soda sugar or sugar-free


Energy Drinks

I don’t mean stop drinking these things, you can still drink your herbal teas and in my case I still drink my coffee and herbal teas but not as much.  I take sips on pure warm water most of the day.  These do not help hydrate as good as water does.

Are We Addicted to ICE?

As I talked to people, they would say they can’t drink anything but ice water.  They insist the glass be packed with ice.  I then asked

What did people do in the 1800’s and early 1900 without refrigeration?

Some History of Ice Makers 


That was over 200 years ago. In 1805, an American inventory, Oliver Evans, designed the first refrigeration machine.  In 1844, John Gorrie, built a refrigerator based on Oliver Evans design.  Oliver Evans refrigerator was made to cool the air and lower the temperature of his yellow fever patients.  Carl von Linden patented the basic refrigeration technology of liquefying gas in 1876.

With the ice box people got their ice from ice houses and sold by the “ice man”. Blocks of ice were cut from lakes and rivers and stored in a hole in the ground under straw in ice houses.  Now we have the cooler a lightweight go anywhere container.


Ice Man Delivery


Ice Box



Ice Cub Tray

The first flexible stainless steel, all-metal ice tray was created by Guy L. Tinkham in 1933. The tray bent sideways to remove the ice cubes. At the time he was the CEO of a company that sold and produced household products.

History of The Refrigerator

General Electric (GE) In 1911 released a household refrigerator that was powered by gas.  In 1927 GE released the Monitor top which ran on electricity.  Frigidaire,  a competitor of GE’s synthesized Freon which led to the successful light weight lower price home refrigerator.

Ice machines followed including in 1965 the ice machine available inside the door of the refrigerator First Ice Maker in the Door of a Refrigerator

In Today’s push button world, Ice is so available we can’t even think of drinking anything without it.  Hot coffee and tea excluded.

The human race has existed for thousands and thousand of years and only has had ice for the last 50.

Refrigeration and Ice Is A Major Health Benefit

Don’t get me wrong the invention of refrigeration has brought about major health benefits.  Ice has saved many lives.

Use of Ice 

  • Reduces fever
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Help preserve Food and Medicine and anything else that must be kept cold
  • Helps relieve pain
  • reduces swelling
  • Moistens the Skin
  • Helps the burn of Sunburn
  • Reduces a Toothache
  • And Much More

What Kind of Water Bottled or Tap?

Drink enough pure water: Bottle water isn’t labeled you don’t know where it comes from.  It may make it look like it comes from an underground spring but It may be just pasteurized tab water. According to several sources and Natural News; all bottled waters are purified before being sold.

Tap Water Is Best

Tap Water is provided by your town it is called municipal water.  It is subjected to year test and even though the water is open to the air and it pollutants it is the safest water you can get.  I just got this mailing and I’ll pass it on to you.

Enter Your Zip Code Here To Find Out What’s Really In Your Tap Water

By Arjun Walia

Collective Evolution

April 28, 2018

Tap water should be filtered (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).

Labels Not Required

Manufactures selling liquid in bottles are not required by the government to provide a list of contents.  This include sellers of alcohol.   Bottle water mostly contains pasteurized Water no bugs good or bad.  It is stripped of everything it is 100% sterile.  You need bacteria. You are bacteria  –  you’re not sterile if you were you would be a machine and machines are not ALIVE.

“Water is a Life Force. Water is life.”

Water helps deliver nutrition and minerals to the body and flush out acids, toxins and wastes from the body.

Minerals in Water

We drink water to prevent dehydration but what we also need from water is its minerals. Water is cleansing, healing and keeps us in touch with nature. Groundwater as it passes slowly through rocks and sediment of the Earth’s crust, accumulates various dissolved minerals. Groundwater mineral content increases the deeper it is in the Earth. Older waters can be highly mineralized. The most common minerals in water include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, salts, sodium, sulfur compounds, zinc and countless others depending on where water has been.”

Tap Water is Real.  It is real Ground Water. It is not processed (pasteurized)

Tap Water needs to be filter and a Charcoal Filter is best.  

Two of the most damaging chemicals found in Municipal Water is Chlorine and Fluoride.  You need to call your water company to find if Fluoride has been  added.  There are many water filters available on the market expensive and not so expensive.  A charcoal water filter is best.

When is the best time to increase your water intake

  • When you first get up in the morning.  It clears the cob webs so to speak
  • Keep a glass of water by the bed
  • Exercise – Increase the bodies core temperature and to cool itself down it uses the sweating mechanism.  You need to replenish the lost water.
  • Elevated Temperature – Increase water intake.  You may use ice cubes directly on the body but not in it.
  • Helps stimulate digestion like first thing in the morning
  • When you are Detoxing, it helps cleans the body of released toxins. You may also want to add cleaning helpers like cucumber slice, fresh mint, apple slice, cinnamon stick, lemon and other natural flavor to you water.

Drink additional water when your Body Tells You – Like When you

  • Feel Hot
  • Feel constipated or have slow bowel movements like less than one a day.
  • have diarrhea or loose stools to replace lost water
  • Feel Dehydrated feel thirsty
  • Don’t Feel Well
  • Have Pain
  • Have Indigestion
  • Dry Dull Skin
  • sweating to replace lost water
  • swollen tongue
  • Urine color isn’t a light yellow



  • Dry Mouth
  • Bad Breath
  • Can’t Think Straight

Other Times to Drink Extra Water

During a detox you may want to add some cleansing additions to your water. Try adding some cucumber slices and fresh mint or slices of apple and a cinnamon stick (find here how to easily make your own flavored water for detox and weight loss).

Drink Warm or hot water when feeling pain or illness because warm water helps stimulate blood flow to the tissues which increase oxygen which why you’re having the pain in the first place.  Lack of Oxygen to the Area.

Drink Warm or hot water when constipated or your digestion is slowed.  The main cause of digestion and constipation is dehydration and increased fluids are essential.

Till Next Time


Using a Capsule Making Machine

By Joan L. McDaniel                               April 15, 2018


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 


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; 


The freshness and quality of ingredients

Personal need mix and match your own herb selection

Avoid costly additives or fillers

 Typical Plant Anatomy


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


Capsule Machine for Making Herbal Capsules

Pictures How to Make Capsules 


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. 


  • 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.



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


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.


“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.



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.


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?

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?


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:



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



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

jock itch

nail fungus

oral thrush

pathogenic bacteria



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 —————


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.

Scurvy Disease



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


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


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.


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.

Dietary Fiber


Dietary Fiber


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 


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.


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.


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

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


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?


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.

Dog shake


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



“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.


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.



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.


Cat-nip truck 

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.

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 


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.


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.

Till Next Time