Honey can be used without side effects
                for any kind of dis-eases.

    * Only buy honey that is raw, unheated and unprocessed.
    Heating and processing destroys the enzymes, its health-
    building benefits.

    Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot.
    However,when left in a cool dark place for a long time, it will
    crystalize. When this happens, loosen the lid, boil some water
    and sit the honey container in the hot water. Turn off the heat
    and let it liquify. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil
    honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes.

    Scientists have discovered that honey is an effective
    medicine for many diseases, without producing side effects.
    When used in combination with cinnamon, it becomes potent
    for even more ailments.

    Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if raw,
    unprocessed honey is taken in the right dosage as a
    medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients.

    Weekly World News, a magazine in  Canada, in its issu dated
    January 17,1995, has given the following list of diseases that
    can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by
    western scientists:

    Arthritis patients may take daily one cup of hot water each
    morning and evening with two teaspoons of honey and one
    small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly, even
    chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted
    at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when doctors
    treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon honey
    and half teaspoon cinnamon powder before breakfast, they
    found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated,
    practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within
    a month, nearly
    all of the patients who could not walk or move around
    because of arthritis started walking without pain.

    Many people in South America, first thing in the morning,
    gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder
    mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the

    Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one
    teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water. This drink
    destroys the germs in the bladder.

    Recent research in Japan and  Australia has revealed that
    advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured
    successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer
    should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon
    of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.

    Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon
    mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a high cholesterol
    patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the
    by 10 percent within
    two hours.  As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three
    times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to
    information received in the Journal, pure honey taken with
    food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

    Those suffering from common or severe colds should take
    one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 teaspoon of
    cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure
    most chronic cough, colds and clear the sinuses.

    Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is
    more helpful rather than detrimental to the strength of the
    body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder
    in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has
    done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in
    a glass
    of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder in the morning
    and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., when the vitality of
    the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of  the body
    within a week.

    According to the studies done in  India and Japan , it was
    revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder, the
    stomach is relieved of gas.

    Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken
    in equal parts restores hearing.

    Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder on bread and
    it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the
    arteries and significantly reduces the risk of heart attack,
    relieves shortness of breath and strengthens the heart beat.
    In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated
    patients successfully using honey and cinnamon to revitalize
    clogged arteries and veins.

    Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the
    immune system and protects the body from bacterial and
    viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various
    and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens
    the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral

    Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey
    taken before eating relieves acidity and digests the heaviest
    of meals.

    A scientist in Spain has proven that honey contains a natural
    "ingredient"  which kills influenza germs and protects against
    catching the flu.

    Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken
    regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of
    honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder and three cups of
    water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four
    times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old
    age. Life spans also may increase.

    Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon
    powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before
    sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done
    daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

    Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the
    affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin
    infections. The enzymes in the honey will also naturally
    debride, or eat away, dead tissues, thus speeding the
    healing process.

    Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and
    also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

    Daily, one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach
    and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon
    powder boiled in one cup of water. Honey is an appetite
    suppressant. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even
    the most obese person. Drinking this mixture regularly does
    not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the
    person may eat a high calorie diet.

    You can find good quality natural apple cider
    vinegar at most natural health food stores or
    through various websites. Look for brands that
    are cold pressed, using organically grown
    apples and containing no chemicals or
    preservatives.  Be sure it has not been
    pasteurized, this heating process kills the
    natural enzymes and minerals. Look for those
    with a mild acidic pH level of 5-7.

    Apple Cider Vinegar can also be purchased in
    capsule form if you find the strong sour taste of
    vinegar to be undesirable.

    When the vinegar matures, it contains a dark,
    cloudy bacterial foam called "mother." Natural
    vinegars that contain the mother have enzymes,
    minerals and trace elements such as calcium,
    magnesium, potassium sodium, iron, silicon
    and fluorine.

    Although we have never tried it, many say that
    home brewing apple cider vinegar is easy and
    fun to do. There are various websites that have
    directions on how to do this.
    Apple cider vinegar can be used in any recipe
    that calls for vinegar. It is a main ingredient in
    many condiments and salad dressings.

    It also is a wonderful non-toxic household
    cleaner due to its deodorizing and disinfectant
    qualities. Add a tablespoon to a quart of water
    in a spray bottle and use to make windows and
    glass squeaky clean. Add 1 cup or less to a
    gallon of warm water to mop linoleum and floor

                 HEALTH BENEFITS OF
               APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

    The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are
    many. It has been used for centuries to treat
    many ailments, both for humans and animals.
    Below are a few examples:

    Acne cure
    Age spot prevention
    Alleviates arthritis and gout symptoms
    Athlete's Foot
    Boosts immune system, thus reducing allergies
    Clears sinus infections
    Daily health tonic
    Diabetes: helps control blood sugar levels
    Eliminates constipation
    Digestive aid
    Fights bad breath
    Lowers cholesterol level
    Mosquito deterrent
    Pets: deter fleas and tics
    Prevents bladder stones
    Prevents urinary tract infections
    Reduces cellulite
    Relieves aching muscles
    Relieves insect bites
    Relieves skin conditions
    Remove skunk odors
    Soothes irritated colon
    Soothes sore throat
    Soothes sunburns
    Treats dandruff
    Weight loss


    Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in one cup of olive oil. Let the
    mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant

    Take a warm bath, adding 3 drops of marjoram which is soothing and
    calming, with analgesic and antispasmodic properties. Add 2 drops
    of lemon essential oil which increases circulation and increases
    mental clarity. Add 1 cup of epsom salt, which is magnesium and is
    an excellent muscle relaxant. Add a few drops of lavender essential
    oil for a calming effect.

    Do an herbal liver cleanse.

    Limit sun exposure.

    Avoid rancid nuts.

    Avoid hydrogenated soaps and skin creams.

    Cleanse skin with pure olive oil then rinse with lemon juice and water.

    Cook 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm
    in the, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing
    relief from arthritis pain.

    Dab tea tree oil on the affected area.

    Dust feet with garlic powder.

    Bathe feet daily with ½ vinegar & water; then apply pure,
    unprocessed oil.

    Cover the skin blemish with a dab of honey and place a band-aid
    over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin, sterile, and speeds
    healing. Works overnight.

    To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a
    powerful antiseptic.

    Add ginger or epazote to beans. (We grow our own epazote or you
    can find it in the Mexican spice area of your grocer.)

    Chew well and eat less amounts of food.

    Eat more raw and live foods, they still have active enzymes.

    Walk at least 900 steps after every meal before being sedentary.

    Cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids
    from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

    Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1
    hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds the healing

    DEODERANT  A pinch of baking soda mixed into water is an
    effective all-day deodorant.  

    DRY SKIN  
    Ensure you are drinking adequate amounts of fresh water.

    Add more fats from nuts and seeds to your diet.

    Add a few drops of lavender oil to water and spritz on skin
    Be mindful of soaps and creams – use only those with natural

    After bathing, moisturize skin with oils such as almond, olive,
    coconut or grapeseed.

    Vegetable Glycerin, Vitamin E and Panthenol hold in moisture.

    Use a humidifier or pan of water near radiator or in arid climates.

    Add to your diet either in capsules or herbal teas: cayenne
    pepper, dandelion root, rosemary, blessed thistle, ginger, blackberry,
    raspberry and peppermint.

    Spirulina is high in proteins and stabilizes blood sugar. Pop one or
    two in  between meals for an energy boost.

    Ingest plants with estrogenic properties: soybeans, tofu, flax seeds,
    pomegranates, black cohosh and dates.

    The herb licorice is also useful, but don’t use licorice more than 7
    days in a row.

    Other herbs that may be helpful: blue cohosh, maca, unicorn root,
    false unicorn root, anise, sarsaparilla and wild yam root (yams are
    NOT the same as sweet potatoes).

    Decrease foods that are hot such as: cayenne, chili peppers, raw
    garlic and ginger.

    INSECT REPELLENT  For safe, natural and easy relief from flying
    insects, Try various combinations of the recipe below until you find
    what works best for you. (More info on our Cosmetics Page)

    Essential oils that repel insects: rosemary, citronella, lemon grass
    and citrus oils repel mosquitoes and fleas and ticks. Peppermint
    repels flies and ants.

    Catnip oil with the chemotype "nepetalactone" effectively repels
    mosquitoes, bees and other flying insects. Catnip oil has a sweet
    scent similar to newly mown grass or hay. It blends well with other
    mint oils such as peppermint. It also attracts cats who think you are a
    catnip plant!

    Base spray: In a spray bottle, use water, alcohol, witch hazel, or a
    light oil such as grapeseed. Use in any combination you like.

    Mix 2 to 5 drops of essential oil per 2 oz. of base spray. Use no more
    than 3 oils in combination for best effect, because the oils in
    combination have a synergistic effect. Unless you know a lot about
    blending fragrance, it is best to keep it simple.

    Try placing a few drops of oil in an essential oil diffuser to keep
    insects at bay.

    Take one or two valerian root capsules then immediately drink 2
    glasses of water and more throughout the day to keep yourself

    Chamomile acts like cortisone in relieving pain, take a warm bath
    with epsom salts, you can add a few drops lavender or rosemary
    essential oil.

    Drink red raspberry leaf or comfrey tea.

    Decrease intake of cow's milk products and meats.

    Increase intake of raw, dark, leaf green vegetables.

    Chamomile, hops and rosemary herbal teas help to relax and
    rejuvenate the body.

    Chew on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints.

    Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon
    six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

    Pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the
    dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

    Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine
    mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking
    healthy again.

    Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets in a glass of water and drink it at
    the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary
    tract infections almost instantly.

    Green tea (decaffeinated) regulates insulin levels.

    Chew at least 25 times for eat bite of food.

    Cinnamon is a natural appetite suppressant.
Cartoon of witch's brew.
swami alji in apricot tree.
Did you know that apricots prevent some cancers and
are good for the heart and eyes?

No wonder I never see birds wearing eyeglasses!

       PET CARE

    Add a few drops of Dawn dishwashing detergent to your dog's
    bath and shampoo thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations.

    Massage a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Then
    clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes
    the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

    What is cancer?

    Herman Aihara in his book, Acid & Alkaline, defines cancer as
    "If the condition of our extra-cellular fluids, especially the blood,
    becomes acidic, our physical conditions will first manifest
    tiredness, proneness to catching colds, etc.

    When these fluids become more acidic, our condition then
    manifests pains and suffering such as headaches, chest pains,
    stomach aches, etc.
    According to Keiichi Morishita in his Hidden Truth of Cancer,
    if the blood develops a more acidic condition, then our body
    inevitably deposits these excess acidic substances in some area
    of the body such so that the blood will be able to maintain an
    alkaline condition.

    As this tendency continues, such areas increase in acidity and
    some cells die; then these dead cells themselves turn into acids.
    However, some other cells may adapt in that environment. In
    other words, instead of dying – as normal cells do in an acid
    environment – some cells survive by becoming abnormal cells.

    These abnormal cells are called malignant cells. Malignant cells
    do not correspond with brain function or with our own DNA
    memory code.Therefore, malignant cells grow indefinitely and
    without order.

    This is cancer."

    Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do
    not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few
    billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more
    cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests
    are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not
    reached the detectable size.  

    When the immune system is strong, the body will destroy cancer
    cells preventing them from multiplying and forming tumors. When a
    person has cancer, it indicates the person has multiple nutritional
    deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food
    and lifestyle factors. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies,
    changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune

    Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells
    and also unfortunately, destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the
    bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ
    damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, etc. Radiation, while
    destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy
    cells, tissues and organs.  

    Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce
    tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation
    do not result in more tumor destruction. When the body has too
    much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation, the immune
    system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can
    succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.  

    Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and
    become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause
    cancer cells to spread to other sites.  

    An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not
    feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

                                           SUGAR, MILK AND MEAT  

    Eliminating sugar cuts off an important food supply to cancer cells.
    Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc. are made
    with Aspartame, which is toxic. A better natural substitute would be
    raw, unprocessed honey or blackstrap molasses in very small

    Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-
    intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. Substitute cow milk
    products with unsweetened organic soy milk or almond milk.

    Cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment. A meat-based diet is
    acidic. It is better to eat fish or chicken rather than beef or pork .
    Meat also contains antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites,
    which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.  

    A diet of 80%  fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds,
    nuts and a little fruit helps put the body into an alkaline environment.
    About 20% can be from cooked foods including beans. To obtain
    live enzymes for building healthy cells, drink fresh vegetable juice
    and eat raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Most enzymes are
    destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

    Avoid coffee, tea and chocolate which are loaded with caffeine.
    Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting
    properties. Drink purified or filtered water to avoid known toxins
    and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic and devoid
    of minerals, making it great for car batteries but not for humans.
    Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color, a better
    alternative is Bragg's aminos or unrefined sea salt.  

    Meat protein requires a lot of enzymes to digest properly.
    Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied
    and leads to toxic buildup. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein
    covering. By refraining from or eating less meat, it frees more
    enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the
    body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.  

    Some supplements build up the immune system ( Essiac, anti-
    oxidants, vitamins, minerals, etc.) to enable the body's own killer
    cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are
    known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's
    normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted and unneeded

    Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment.
    Exercising daily and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down
    to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to
    destroy cancer cells.

    Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and
    positive spirit will help the cancer warrior become a survivor. Anger,
    unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic
    environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Relax and
    enjoy life.  

    Cancer and most diseases cannot exist in a body that has an
    alkaline pH level. Read more on our pH page.

    Read about Essiac Tea and Baking Soda in the articles below.


    Important: Pregnant women should consult their physician prior to
    using Essiac Tea.

    Essiac Tea is a blend of herbs that is believed by many to have
    cancer-treating properties. Some people take essiac tea on
    occasion for general health purposes, detoxification, or for healing
    of various ailments other than cancer. Some of these other ailments
    include AIDS, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, immune
    system disorders, liver problems, Lyme disease and lupus

    It was discovered by a Canadian nurse, Rene Caisse, who named
    the blend by spelling her last name backwards. The original formula
    is believed to have its roots in native Canadian Ojibwa medicine
    and contains sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella), burdock root
    (Arctium lappa), slippery elm inner bark (Ulmus rubra, formerly known
    as Ulmus fulva) and Indian or Turkish rhubarb root
    (Rheum palmatum).

    In the 1970s, Caisse provided the formula to Resperin Corporation
    Ltd., with the understanding that Resperin would coordinate a
    scientific trial in humans. Although a study was initiated, it was
    stopped early amidst questions of improper preparation of the
    formula and inadequate study design. This research was never

    Resperin Corporation Ltd., which owned the Essiac name, formally
    went out of business after transferring rights to the Essiac name
    and selling the secret formula to Essiac Products Ltd., which
    currently distributes products through Essiac International.

    The following four herbs are commonly used
    to make Essiac Tea.

    SHEEP SORREL (Rumex acetosella)

    Common names are field sorrel, red top sorrel, sour grass and dog
    eared sorrel. It is a hardy perennial, and is much smaller than either
    French or Garden Sorrel. Is often tinged a deep red hue especially
    towards the end of the summer. It grows to about a foot high. It has
    narrow sharp pointed leaves and spikes of green flowers turning to
    red. Flowers in late spring.

    Sheep sorrel grows wild in most parts of the world except the tropics.
    Abundant in Canada and Britain, it is considered a common weed
    in the U.S. and thrives with little moisture in acidic soils. Do not buy
    or harvest more than a year's supply of Sheep Sorrel, as it loses it
    potency when stored longer. Fresh, dry Sheep Sorrel will be green
    in color and have an aroma of sweet grass. To grow your own
    Sheep Sorrel, there are seed sources on the internet and the seeds
    are inexpensive (200 seeds cost $3.00 or less).

    Sheep Sorrel is high in vitamins A, B complex, C, D, K and E and
    the minerals include significant levels of calcium, iron, silicon,
    magnesium, sulphur, zinc, manganese, iodine and copper. Sheep
    Sorrel also contains beta carotene and chlorophyll; citric, malic,
    oxalic, tannic and tartaric acids and it is rich in potassium oxalate.
    Because of the oxalic acid it contains, Sheep Sorrel is sometimes
    not recommended for people who have a history of kidney stones.

    Young Sheep Sorrel leaves were popular as a cooking dressing and
    as an addition to salads in France several hundred years ago.
    Indians also use Sheep Sorrel leaves as a tasty seasoning for meat
    dishes and also baked it into their breads. In early days it was of use
    against scurvy.

    Sorrel plants have been a folk remedy for cancer for centuries both
    in Europe and Asia, more recently in North America. Alleged to
    break down tumors and alleviate some chronic conditions and
    degenerative diseases, it is an astringent and diuretic. It has been
    anecdotally reported to be a fever reducer, aid digestion, relieve
    stomach hemorrhage and jaundice. There are no scientific studies
    that prove Sheep Sorrel does anything of benefit for any health

    BURDOCK ROOT (Arctium lappa)

    The burdock is a member of the thistle family and is a common
    pasture weed throughout North America that prefers damp soils.
    It grows to more than 3 feet tall and is also called Personata,
    Happy Major, Lappa, Fox's Clote, Thorny Burr, Beggar's Buttons,
    Cockle Buttons and Philanthropium.

    The roots, young stems and seeds of the Burdock plant are edible.
    Young stalks are boiled to be eaten like asparagus, raw stems and
    young leaves are eaten in salads. Parts of the Burdock plant are
    eaten in China, Hawaii and among the Native American cultures of
    this continent.

    It is the root of the Burdock plant that is harvested for folk medicinal
    use. The roots are about an inch wide but up to three feet long. The
    roots should be harvested in the fall of the first year or the spring of
    the second. Later during the second year the plant produces burrs
    such as shown in the picture above.

    Burdock root contains vitamins B complex and E. Trace minerals
    are potassium, phosphorous, chromium, cobalt, iron,
    magnesium, silicon, zinc and sodium. It provides insulin, a
    helpful sugar for diabetics and hypoglycemics because it does
    not elicit rapid insulin production.

    Buy Burdock root only from a reliable supplier. In one documented
    case, belladonna was substituted for burdock, causing atropine
    poisoning (burdock does not contain atropine). Fresh burdock root
    has a distinct aroma.

    Both European and Chinese herbalists have long considered
    burdock root's "lightly warming, moistening effect" an excellent tonic
    for the lungs and liver. It reportedly stimulates toxic waste through
    the skin and urine, improving digestion. The Chinese use Burdock
    Root as an aphrodisiac, tonic and rejuvenator. Some say it is good
    against arthritis and rheumatism.

    The anecdotal beneficial effects of this herb includes increasing
    circulation to the skin, helping to detoxify the epidermal tissues.
    It has been used in treating psoriasis and acne, among other skin
    conditions. Burdock root has been reported to destroy bacteria
    and fungus cultures.

    Anti-tumor properties have also been reported. Burdock is one of
    the finest blood purifiers in the herbal system. It is classified as an
    alterative, diuretic and diaphoretic. It helps the kidneys to filter out
    impurities from the blood very quickly. It clears congestion in
    respiratory, lymphatic, urinary and circulatory systems.

    SLIPPERY ELM (Ulmus fulva)

    This elm tree is part of the Ulmaceae family; other members include
    nettles. It is a stately tree that reaches 60 feet. Its trunk bark is
    brown, but its branch bark is whitish. Its leaves are broad, rough,
    hairy on both sides, toothed, and the leaf buds are covered with a
    dense yellow wool. The flowers are stalkless. This tree is also
    known as red elm, moose elm, or Indian elm. It is a favorite shade
    and ornamental tree. It is found throughout Canada and the U.S.

    The pinkish white inner bark of the tree contains the tree's healing
    properties. Slippery elm bark can be purchased in cut or powdered
    form from an herb supply house. Don't harvesting it yourself because
    Slippery Elm is close to becoming an endangered tree species.

    Slippery elm bark contains, as its primary ingredient, a mucilage,
    as well as quantities of gallic acid, phenols, starches, sugars,
    vitamins A, B complex, C, K and P. It contains large amounts of
    calcium, magnesium, and sodium, as well as lesser amounts
    of chromium and selenium, and trace amounts of iron,
    phosphorous, silicon and zinc. The powder should be light beige.

    According to herbalists, the powdered bark can be used as a
    nutritious drink for those with inflammatory bowel disease, or for
    bronchitis. It is healing and soothing to mucous membranes.
    Slippery elm's calcium content makes it a good calmative medicine
    for those with emotional or nervous problems. As a tonic it is known
    for its ability to soothe and strengthen the organs, tissues and
    mucous membranes, especially the lungs and stomach.

    According to some herbalists, an antibiotic and anti-microbial
    effect has also been reported along with an ability to remove toxins
    from the body; therefore, it promotes faster healing of cuts, burns,
    ulcers and wounds. It is alleged to revitalize the entire body.

    Allergic reactions are possible. Otherwise, the medical literature
    contains no reports of slippery elm causing harm. Again, use only
    reliable sources, it would be best to purchase this herb because the
    novice could kill a tree by stripping off bark carelessly. Note:
    sometimes the powdered commercial product is adulterated with
    flour or other starchy substances which create a gravy-like
    decoction, so beware.

    TURKEY RHUBARB (Rheum palmatum)

    Rhubarb is commonly used for pies, jams and as stewed rhubarb.
    Its red, bittersweet stems are found in supermarket produce shelves
    each spring and many people have it in their backyards. Turkey
    Rhubarb is a member of the rhubarb family with roots which have
    a particularly strong and desirable potency.

    The leaves of the Turkey Rhubarb are somewhat rough. The root is
    thick, of an oval shape, sending off long, tapering branches.
    Externally it is brown, internally a deep yellow color. It has a long
    thick root, brownish on the outside and full of reddish veins inside,
    similar to Garden Rhubarb. It flowers early to midsummer. It is also
    known as East Indian Rhubarb or China Rhubarb and has been
    used in China for more than 2,000 years.

    Turkey Rhubarb must be purchased because its natural habitat is
    in China and Tibet. Rene Caisse preferred this variety to the
    common rhubarb because its medicinal properties were stronger
    and the taste less bitter.

    The Turkey Rhubarb root contains vitamin A, many of the B complex,
    C, and P; calcium, chlorine, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium,
    manganese, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, and

    The rhubarb root exerts a gentle laxative action by stimulating the
    secretion of bile into the intestines. It also stimulates the gall duct to
    expel toxic waste matter, thus purging the body of waste bile and
    food. As a result, it is alleged that the liver is cleansed and chronic
    liver problems are relieved. In small doses, the powdered root is an
    astringent and checks diarrhea, but in larger doses it irritates the
    colon causing the bowels to evacuate (diarrhea).

    If diarrhea or abdominal discomfort develops, contact a qualified
    health practitioner. It may be necessary to either lower the dosage
    until the body adjusts to it, or stop taking it.

    Often other herbs and ingredients are added.

    One formulation for making Essiac Tea uses
    8 herbs in the following percentages.

    Burdock Root        60.5% (by weight)
    Sheep Sorrel         19.5%
    Rhubarb Root          4.8%
    Slippery Elm Bark    4.8%
    Kelp                         4.8%
    Blessed Thistle        2.4%
    Red Clover              2.4%
    Watercress              .33%

    To Purchase Essiac Tea

    Below are some websites where you can find more
    information and purchase Essiac Tea.

    The Beauty of Detoxification and Cleansing
    by Coach Nadine

    Cleansing, detoxifying and assisting the body in the elimination of
    accumulated toxins provides a way for the whole body system to
    regain balance, harmony and alignment. The human body is an
    incredible healing machine and when given the support it needs, will
    heal itself, since all healing comes from within.

    Toxins accumulate from a variety of reasons including but not limited
    to: stress, the use of antibiotics; improper diet including a high intake
    of refined wheat, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, too much of, or
    a lack of protein; and a lack of stomach acid.

    One of the prime functions of stomach acid is to facilitate the
    breakdown of proteins. Low stomach acid may prevent the complete
    breakdown of proteins, preventing them from being fully assimilated
    thus leaving food for bacteria to grow. We can detoxify the body and
    assist it in eliminating those toxins using eliminative herbs that act as
    laxatives, diuretics, diaphoretics and blood purifiers.

    The goals of detoxification and cleansing are to assist the whole
    body system to realign, regain balance and harmony thus promoting
    an overall feeling of health and well-being. Many positive affects can
    be achieved and enjoyed through this process. These might include:
    increased energy levels; improved mental clarity and function;
    improved digestion and elimination; enhanced immune system and
    resistance to infection of illness; and improved blood circulation with
    healthy glowing skin. A person might also achieve an inner spiritual
    awareness, heightened senses, and increased levels of joy and

    There are many formulas available to detoxify and cleanse the body
    ranging from a general point of view to accommodating an
    individual's specific health condition. (i.e. cleansing the liver,
    preventing cancer, removing candida overgrowth, improving bowel
    moments, etc.) The intention of the formula presented here is to
    provide a general detoxification and cleansing opportunity in any
    person desiring to achieve an overall sense of well-being by the
    removal of unwanted toxins.

    Detoxification & Cleansing Herbal Combination

    Intake form: Capsules. This form was chosen for its ease in delivery.

    Mixing Instructions: Fill “00” gelatin or vegetable capsules with a
    well-blended combination of the powders of the following herbs.

    Suggested Intake: Detoxification, purification & cleansing
    programs: 3-4 capsules, 2-3 times per day, with meals. For Routine
    Maintenance: 2-4 capsules daily with meals.

    Choice of Herbs:

    3 parts   Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale)
    3 parts   Yellow Dock root (Rumex Crispus)
    3 parts   Chapparal (Larrea divaricata)
    1 part     Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
    1 part     Burdock root (Arctium lappa)
    1 part     Cascara Sagrada bark (Rhamnus purshiana)
    1 part     Kelp (Laminaria, Macrocystis, Ascophyllym)
    1 part     Echinacea (Echinacea augustifolia)
    1 part     Cayenne (Capsicum annum)

    Validation of each Herb:

    Dandelion root ~ strains and filters toxins and wastes from the
    bloodstream thus primarily acts by purifying the blood. A healthy liver
    is required to provide effective blood detoxification. Dandelion
    stimulates bile production and helps the body get rid of excess water
    produced by the diseased liver. Dandelion extracts are also
    beneficial to the spleen and improve the health of the pancreas.

    Yellow Dock root ~ also primarily affects liver function and the
    health of related organs, increasing their ability to strain and
    purify the blood. Yellow Dock also has antibacterial properties.

    Chaparal ~ NDGA, the primary constituent in Chaparral reduces
    inflammation by increasing ascorbic acid levels in the adrenals and
    inhibits several strains of bacterial, molds and other pathogens. It is
    used here for its antioxidant and anticancer activity as well as for
    healing the skin and bone tissue and in preventing pathogenic
    damage. Though often called creosote bush, Chaparral contains no

    Licorice root ~ stimulates and sustains proper adrenal function in an
    extremely complex manner by adjusting the concentrations of vital
    blood salts. Additionally Licorice root protects the blood supply and
    enhances its purity by protecting the liver from serious diseases.

    Burdock root ~ as an alternative Burdock root improves general
    nutrition and gradually alters the health of the blood. It is also diuretic
    and diaphoretic thus promotes the excretion of wastes in both the
    urine and sweat. This powerful herb thus helps cleanse the body of
    toxins and wastes in three ways. It also has antibiotic and antifungal

    Cascara Sagrada bark ~ is the primary laxative in this herbal
    combination. The laxative in any detoxification blend is meant to aid
    in the removal of consolidated, bacterial-laden waste matter that
    accumulates in the large intestine during periods of illness. Cascara
    eases the passage of this material without producing griping,
    cramping, diarrhea or constipative rebound.

    Kelp ~ is a general nutritive tonic to the blood, supplying essential
    vitamins and mineral salts. It encourages the action of dietary fiber by
    supplying nutrients and normalizing bowel functions. Iodine, the
    primary constituent of Kelp activates and regulates metabolism. Kelp
    is an important adjunct to any cleansing program since it can bind
    radioactive strontium, barium, cadmium and zinc, some of our most
    dangerous pollutants, in the gastrointestinal tract, thus prevents their
    absorption into the body. Kelp is neither carcinogenic nor toxic.

    Echinacea ~ is another classical alternative which increases the
    phagocytic activity of the white blood cells to fight, destroy and eat
    toxic organisms that invade the body. It increases and stabilizes the
    red blood cell count and stimulates the elimination of waste products.
    Echinacea significantly stimulates the body’s own blood cleansing

    Cayenne ~ is used here as a catalyst to stimulate the vital organs to
    greater activity. It promotes cardiovascular activity, lowers overall
    blood pressure, and acts directly as a diaphoretic, stimulating
    excretion of wastes in the sweat.

    Additional suggestions: Detoxification and cleansing can be
    greatly enhanced with dry skin brushing. Brush dry skin immediately
    before showering or bathing, start with the feet and gently brush up
    toward the heart. Brush from the extremities toward the center. Brush
    gently in a circular motion around your abdomen and breast/chest
    area. A proper dry skin brush is made of vegetable bristles that are
    neither too stiff nor too soft. It shouldn’t scratch, but you should feel
    some friction against the skin.


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Below you will find information on two powerful detox drinks, Essiac and Coach Nadine's detox
formula, as well as a collection of information we have gathered through the years.

Ditoh daily drinks chaparral tea, which is known to be an excellent blood detoxifier.

Find out how to make and use this tea by going to our "
Chaparral" page.

    Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
    Medicinal Purposes

    Sodium bicarbonate is a natural occurring mineral salt with
    alkalinizing properties. Baking soda was popularized by Arm &
    Hammer in 1846 as a baking agent.

    Not only is baking soda good as a deoderizing and cleaning
    substance, it also has potent medicinal properties. Taken internally,
    it helps maintain the pH balance in the digestive system and the
    bloodstream. Maintaining the proper pH balance strengthens the
    immune system, assisting the body in staving off organisms that
    can result in ill health.

    Sodium bicarbonate is well known to assist in the treatment of colds
    and flus. What is lesser known is its ability to neutralize the pH of
    individual cells. What this means is that cancer cells, which cannot
    survive in an alkaline environment, can be eliminated in a very short

    See the amazing results of two pioneering doctors who have been
    using sodium bicarbonate and other natural minerals to cure a variety
    of ailments.

    Marc Sircus, Ac., OMD
    Director of International Medicical Veritas Association

    In his book Winning the War on Cancer, Dr. Sircus writes:

    “Sodium bicarbonate is the time honored method to 'speed up' the
    return of the body’s bicarbonate levels to normal. Bicarbonate is
    inorganic, very alkaline and like other mineral type substances,
    supports an extensive list of biological functions.

    Sodium bicarbonate happens to be one of our most useful medicines
    because bicarbonate physiology is fundamental to life and health.”

    Most people who take chemotherapy die as a result of the ingestion
    of the toxins. Dr. Sircus believes it is possible that any improvements
    from chemotherapy may be a result of the sodium bicarbonate in the

    Dr. Simoncini, oncologist (cancer specialist), was ousted from the
    medical community when he refused to use conventional cancer
    treatment methods and elected instead to administer sodium

    This despite the fact that he’s been able to show that 99 percent of
    breast and bladder cancer can heal in just six days, without the use of
    surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.



    Many believe that Arm & Hammer Baking Soda is contaminated
    with aluminum even though the company that makes it claims it does
    not. To be on the safe side, Ditoh and I use Bob's Red Mill Baking
    Soda, which can be found at most local health food stores. Ask your
    local grocer to stock it!


    Health Benefits
    of Bananas

    swami alji goes bananas
    over bennies!

    If you want bananas to ripen quickly, store them at room temperature.
    Do not store unripe bananas in the refrigerator because the cold
    temperature interferes with the ripening process.

    Bananas emit ethylene gas which hastens the ripening of the other
    bananas.You can slow the ripening process by pulling the bunch
    apart at the stems and keeping them separate.

    Placing bananas in the refrigerator slows down the ripening process
    tremendously. Refrigeration will turn the peel brown faster but the fruit
    will remain fresh up to two weeks.

    You can also peel bananas, cut them in chunks, freeze them and eat
    them as a frozen treat.  You can also use the  frozen chunks to make
    a very creamy smoothie using fat free rice milk or soymilk and a little


    Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and
    glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained
    and substantial boost of energy.

    Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy
    for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the
    number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

    But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can
    also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses
    and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

    Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of
    hemoglobin in the blood and that helps in cases of anemia.

    Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in
    potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to regulate blood
    pressure. So much so that the US Food and Drug Administration
    has allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the
    fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

    Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school
    (England ) were helped through their exams one year by eating
    bananas at breakfast, break and lunch in a bid to boost their brain
    power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can
    assist learning by making pupils more alert.

    Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help
    restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem
    without resorting to laxatives.

    Depression: Many people suffering from depression feel much
    better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain
    tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin,
    known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make
    you feel happier.

    Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to
    make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana
    calms the stomach and with the help of the honey, builds up
    depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates
    the body.

    Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if
    you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

    Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to
    keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

    Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try
    rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many
    people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

    Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous

    Overweight: Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found
    pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate
    and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found
    the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The
    report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, control
    blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every
    two hours to keep levels steady.

    PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains
    regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD
    sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

    Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to
    give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the
    potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover
    from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

    Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the
    heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates the body's
    water balance.. When a person is stressed, the metabolic rate rises,
    thereby reducing potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with
    the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

    Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of
    Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk
    of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

    Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a
    "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional
    temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example,
    pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a
    cool temperature.

    Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal
    disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It also
    neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining
    of the stomach.

    Warts: Banana peels gets rid of warts (including plantar's warts)
    due to the amount of potassium they contain. Rub the inside of a
    small piece of a banana peel on the wart every night. You should
    see results within one to two weeks.

    When you compare bananas to an apples, they have four times the
    protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five
    times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and
    minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value
    foods around.

    So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say,
    "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

    Want a quick shine on our shoes? Take the inside of the banana
    peel, rub directly on the shoe then polish with dry cloth.
swami alji sitting on bunches of bananas.

Tape a penny over a hornet or
bee sting for 15 minutes and
watch the copper magically
the toxins!

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