As I begin to type this out, my mind goes back to when this all began over a year ago. It started out with some simple edema in my feet. I thought little of it because I know many people my age get a little edema. Some friends I have known have even suffered a little from it when they were younger. That sort of brushed past my mind as I picked up some lettuce extract and stirred it into a cup of water. I’ve heard it said by some, “If you ever get a touch of edema just reach for lettuce extract. The extract always helped in these situations. But there was something amiss, something I could not explain.
Days later the symptoms came to light. I began to experience dark urine and orange yellow like pigment of my skin. I tried different things, like drinking more water and going out in the sun more. My husband noticed the strange yellow pigmentation on my skin. He cracked a joke and said, “You look like an Oompa Loompa on Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.” He stopped suddenly and said, “No, there is certainly something very wrong. I’m taking you to your PCP (Primary Care Physician). This is beyond the both of us and this is something a bottle of coke and a recipe out of Bisquick isn’t going to fix. And so, the theatrics started and off to the cancer races I went.
I look back at all the hubbub my cancer caused and just chuckle at times. To think I stirred up all that commotion—-just lil’ ole me shook up the family and grew on the doctor’s nerves—-actually they were handsome sweethearts. I learned a lot about life very quickly. Lessons that I wish all my friends and family could or would learn. Life is far more that houses, boats and planes. Life is leaving a trail of love and hope for others, yet it is a shame that we all stack our poker chips on one square most of the time, the square of materialism. If I ever saw the meanest grouchiest and most careless people in my life, it is those with a materialistic view on life.
I also learned something else—–kyolic garlic endive escarole, watercress and dandelion can sure soothe the kidneys, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. They sound like a horrid wild salad to palate, but they work. Some people I know claim that large amounts of dandelion tea can help a kidney stone pass or even dissolve. Now don’t that beat all. What’s more this salad concoction is known to help and even cure hepatitis. Yes, I suppose God gave us all these little garden gifts for reasons, and these are good reasons to try it out anyhow. There was this Canadian nurse called Rene Caisse who created Essiac tea is a blend of different herbs, including burdock root, slippery elm, sheep sorrel and Indian rhubarb. In addition to its purported anticancer properties, Essiac tea is also believed to enhance detoxification, boost immune function and reduce inflammation. I like it. The brew seems to help. I call it Rene’s little Caesar salad.
You ever heard of green porridge? I haven’t either, but I have eaten split pea soup and it comes close to looking like a green stew, especially if you throw in a healthy ham bone. I bet you readers have heard about chlorophyll though, now haven’t you? Yep, When I look at Chlorophyll, I can’t help but see an ocean of dark green liquids churning with algae and soft green leaves, the very essence of a plants life, that God gave us as a gift that brings healing and health to our own bodies—-the green stew. Chlorophyll, this green-like soup can certainly enrich our health which enriches our lives.
Chlorophyll was not really on the top of my essentials list, but when this pancreatic cancer kicked in, I use it for soothing the liver, pancreas and helping with bowel activity, but it goes further that that. Besides aiding in the peristaltic movement of the bowel and promoting regularity, it also cures hoof and mouth disease. Well…I like to call it that, but what I am referring to is pyorrhea of the mouth and trench mouth. These are nasty smelling mouths, and if you have it, quick get chlorophyll. Last thing you want to do is take out your sweetheart and kiss her with a trench mouth….eeek, blah.
Good-ole chlorophyll is great for pain relief as well. I guess when all else fails and you have some green porridge handy, try it you just might like it.
Oak that scrubs not just for scrubbing
Here in the big forest of the ponderosa pines, near Prescott, Arizona, we have what we call scrub oak. Now these oaks do not look tall big and handsome. They are just like they sound—-scrubby. But, they do carry a punch to them. That is not to say they slap you around; their bark is very good for the colon and the liver and the pancreas.
What you do is pull off a piece of bark from the tree and then you file it or grind it down into a powdery form. Then you can either stir it into a glass of water or one of your favorite beverages and drink it down. I like to steep it into a tea. This bark has been known to cure colon inflammation, as well as small intestinal inflammation. It is good for the stomach and it is great for regularity. I guess this is what they mean by scrub oak. It scrubs your heinous, so you don’t have to, well…. something like that. The only problem with scrub oak is that it is hard to come by. Scrub oak grows all around where I live, but I am not acquainted with very many people that even know the advantages of its tea. It is just plain difficult to find. Maybe I ought to go into the scrub oak business. However, there is oak bark tea (White Oak Bark Tea).
Sage Away the DAY
Who of you out there in the audience has ever heard the words “anxiety” and “stress” mentioned once or twice in your life, or should I say close to a million times? Would you be surprised to know that almost 13 percent of the entire population of the United States is taking a pill of one form or another for stress and anxiety? We live in modern times and with this age comes new challenges, new medicine, new methods to keep us healthy. Yet what the heck is it that creates all the anxiety and stress that we see and hear about or possibly even experience ourselves? Well if I tried to compose answers to this question, the pages would probably allude to a 400-page dissertation. I don’t really want to go there, and I have a sneaking hunch you don’t want me to either. I do know what helps me and it is natural. I practice breathing and imagery techniques, but those subjects are for another post.
With all the madness of the world going on around us, let’s focus on sage for a bit. Sage is a plant that is native the Mediterranean, Southwestern United States. It is also found in Northwestern Mexico and in some Southern European countries.
Sage is a herb from the mint family. It has a sweet savory flavor. If you rub it in your hands it gives off a menthol like smell. At one time it was considered a herbal cure all. All you cannabis lovers will appreciate knowing that the body reacts to sage like it does cannabis. Sage calms the body, relieves allergies, relieves pain, decreases anxiety and stress and is being studied as a possible breakthrough in Alzheimer’s Disease. Sage can be eaten, smudged (allowing smoke from sage to fill a room for spiritual ceremonial reasons) or smoked. I would never smoke sage, but I do like eating it. I appreciate how sage gives flavor to certain meats and vegetables.
Sage contains a chemical called Thujone, a powerful antioxidant that fights cancer by ridding the body of free radicals. Free radicals are those ions I spoke about in prior posts. They are lethal to our normal healthy cells and can lead to cancer. So, make sure you are ingesting plenty of antioxidants to purge yourself of free radicals. Keep in mind, too that all things should be done in moderation. If you smoke or ingest too much Thujone via sage, you could leave yourself open to nervousness, restlessness, and possible seizures. However, in all my life, I have never heard of, or met anyone that experienced any of these symptoms. Of course, sage is not a popular herb. Maybe time will change this when people begin to finally realize its benefits.
Here are some more reasons to like sage:
- High in Several Nutrients. Sage packs a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.
- Loaded With Antioxidants.
- May Support Oral Health.
- May Ease Menopause Symptoms.
- May Reduce Blood Sugar Levels.
- May Support Memory and Brain Health.
- May Lower ‘Bad’ LDL Cholesterol.
- May Protect Against Certain Cancers.
- May be used to fight Alzhiemer’s Disease.
- Relieves anxiety and stress.
- Can lead to better quality of sleep.
As I think of the above material, I have just written to you, I get this wonderful feeling inside. Oh, and by the way, all my pages and posts are love letters to you all. If I can lead someone to health—-even just one person, then, by golly, I have succeeded here on this website and in life.
I partake of the herbs and extracts, plants and chemicals I spoke of here. They have proven themselves to me. There are times when I get indigestion, and the chlorophyll helps. I am taking lettuce extract for mild edema. It works.
I am trying to like dandelion, but it is so bitter to me. Okay, so there are some herbs and plants that I do not exactly like, but I will do my best to ingest, because they are so good to me. Oh, and guess what—-I live in Southwestern United States, so I can pick all the wild sage I want. You know? I think I will talk more about this majestic herb. It deserves far more recognition that it’s getting at present. I think I’ll change that.
To smudge is to engage in a ritual for purification purposes. What you do is lite a shuck (small bundle of sage leaves or sticks) and then put the fire out quickly. The smoke is allowed to fill the ceremonial room. This smoke is inhaled by all participants in the room. The sage smoke is supposed to purify the body and bring one in balance with themselves and nature. I have been told that this does lead to a feeling of peace and tranquility. Also, as the smoke rises, our prayers rise to the Spirit World where the Grandfathers and our Creator reside. Negative energy, feelings, and emotions are lifted away.
You can buy smudge kits. I think I might actually try doing this one day. I don’t think it could hurt. However, before I get too crazy, I think I’ll just sage the day away.
Lots of Love