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Defuse Diverticulosis

Diverticulosis is a disease that affects the bowels and mimics Irritable Bowel Syndrome with stomach pain and cramps.  When food debris is left in the colon it causes inflammation, weakens the wall of the colon, and can even cause infection.  This is what causes the stomach pain, cramps, and bloating.

Diverticulosis is linked to a diet of heavily refined foods, low fiber foods, and chronic constipation, according to studies.  And, it affects people over the age of 70 at a higher rate than those who are younger.

What may be more interesting is the fact that most people that have Diverticulosis don’t even have any symptoms…they don’t know they have it until they have some type of test run, like a colonoscopy.  Having said that, I don’t think that you should run out and have tests run just to check to see if you have this condition.  But, I do think that if you know you are eating a diet as described above, that you making a choice to eat differently would be to your best benefit.

If, by chance, you do happen to have symptoms and discomfort associated with Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis, check out these natural remedies:


Diet & Lifestyle
  • Add oat or rice bran to diet.
  • Add fruits and veggies that are high in fiber, like potatoes, yams, broccoli, prunes
  • Eat foods with live culture, like yogurt, kefir, miso; or take Probiotics
  • Eliminate foods that cause constipation, like dairy, fried foods, red meats, sugary foods
  • Drink plenty of fluids, including water, apple juice, and cranberry juice
  • Take an enema twice a week (peppermint, fenugreek, or catnip)
  • Get massage therapy treatments
  • Get active (i.e. walk daily)
  • Apply wet hot ginger compresses to abdomen and lower back
Supplemental Therapy
  • Heal bowel tissue with Evening Primrose Oil
  • Ease gas and bloating with GastroZyme
  • Reduce inflammation with slippery elm tea
  • Control infection with garlic extract caps
  • Reduce undigested food debris with Digest


Strep Throat Solutions

I remember when my daughter was little, she got strep throat quite a bit.  It was absolutely no fun for her or for me.  She would almost hesitate to tell me that her throat hurt because she didn’t want them to “put the stick down [her] throat.”  Gosh, I really wish I had known as much about natural remedies back then as I do now.

Strep throat can be caused by a viral infection, recurring tonsillitis, and the beginning of a cold or flu.  It is interesting because people who have adrenal fatigue and people who consume a diet high in dairy are more likely to get strep throat.

Strep throat is different from a sore throat.  Strep throat comes on very quickly and is accompanied by fever, aches, swollen & tender lymph nodes, pneumonia or ear infections (Ashley had a ton of ear infections), and hoarseness.

Now that you have an idea as to how strep throat starts and the signs and symptoms, here are some ways to soothe an irritated throat and get over all the symptoms quickly:

  • Drink hot water with lemon juice, honey, and a pinch of cayenne pepper every morning.
  • Apply hot compresses of either ginger or parsley to the throat.
  • Take a steamy mineral or epsom salts bath.
  • Take a catnip enema…this will cleanse infection from strep throat.
  • Control infection with garlic capsules (8 daily).
  • Reduce inflammation with EMERGEN-C very few hours.
  • Take zinc lozenges as needed.
  • Soothe the throat with chamomile tea.
  • Get rid of congestion with salt-sage gargle – make 2 cups sage leaf tea, strain, and add 1 tsp sea salt.

Ginger Snap Cookies to Relieve Nausea

Ginger is so great for reducing nausea.  I found this recipe and thought these cookies would be a wonderful way to keep nausea at bay while traveling…just snack on them as needed.

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 Tbsp margarine, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar (plus some extra to roll cookie dough in)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift and combine  flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt in small mixing bowl.  Set aside.

Blend margarine in large mixing bowl.  Stir in sugar and brown sugar.  Add molasses and then egg whites.  Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture.

Roll dough into ¾ inch balls.  Roll cookie balls in sugar to lightly coat each cookie.  Place balls on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.

Recipe from Totally Pregnant

And, here is a super simple Ginger Tea recipe that you may also find beneficial:

  • 4 cups water
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced thin

Optional: honey and lemon slice 

Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan.  Once it is boiling, add the ginger.  Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Strain the tea.  Add honey and lemon to taste.

Motion Sickness Mojo

23491423_sIf you are traveling this summer via air, land, or sea and you get motion sickness, you may not be having as much fun as your family and friends that are traveling with you.  Motion sickness has got to be one of the worst things to experience because once you get it, it is very difficult to get rid of it unless you stop doing whatever it is that caused it (flying, driving, or boating)…and, sometimes it just isn’t that easy.  I know all about this as I, too, suffer from motion sickness.

The main cause of motion sickness is an inner ear imbalance.  However, what I find interesting is that if I’m just riding in a car, looking out the window, I don’t get motion sickness…but, if I try to read or play a game on my iPad, I do get motion sickness.  So, I believe that motion sickness is a combination of inner ear imbalance and vision.  In fact, both the inner ear and the eyes are part of the same system that control balance.

Some signs that you may be suffering from motion sickness are:

  • nausea / vomiting while driving, flying, or boating
  • mood changes from happy to grumpy without cause
  • dizziness
  • heart rate picks up speed
  • loss of appetite while traveling
  • super tired and lethargic 
  • feeling really thirsty / dehydrated

Some things you can do to reduce or eliminate these symptoms are:

  • suck on a lemon or lime
  • smell an orange
  • drink a cup of miso soup with 2 pinches of ginger
  • eat crackers to absorb acids

Some things you can take to prepare your body before a trip:

  • Ginger 4 caps before a trip and 2-4 caps during the trip
  • Ginkgo Biloba extract before and during for inner ear balance
  • Siberian Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) extract before and as needed during the trip
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 500 mg before the trip – acts like Dramamine
  • Vitamin B-complex 100 mg for several weeks before the trip

Because I suffer so badly with motion sickness (particularly car sickness), I keep a box of Bonine in my car.  If at all possible, do the natural remedies first and use Bonine or any other over the counter medication as a last resort.  You’ll most likely get the absolute most sympathy from me on this topic. 😉

Post below what has worked for you…other people who suffer would love to hear any recommendations that they could try.

5 Herbal Compresses to Relieve Back Pain

Did you know that 8 out of 10 people suffer from low back pain at some point during their life?  That’s crazy!  What is even crazier is that $96 million are spent on directly on health care for back pain!!

Back pain can be caused by so many different things including stress, posture, weight, dehydration, blocked arteries, strains when lifting, arthritis or osteoporosis, financial problems, and low levels of calcium.  There are, of course, other causes but these are the main ones that create back problems.

Before you run out and spend a ton of money on doctors, try one (or more) of these 5 herbal compresses to relieve your back pain.  Obviously, if you’ve had an injury that caused the back pain, don’t mess around…consult with your doctor right away to be sure it isn’t something serious.

  1. Castor Oil Pack – Castor Oil has been a well known natural remedy for generations.  Simply apply castor oil directly to area that is bothering you.  Place a clean soft cloth on top of the oil.  Cover the cloth with a piece of plastic wrap.  Apply some type of heat source (i.e. hot water bottle or heating pad) over the pack of oil, cloth, and plastic wrap.  Allow heat to penetrate for 30 minutes to an hour.  Do this for 3 days in a row. 
  2. Tiger Balm Patch – Tiger Balm is a blend of herbal ingredients that are safe and effective for reducing muscle soreness and minor aches and pains.  Apply the patch as directed on the manufacturer’s package.
  3. DMSO with Aloe Gel – DMSO is a powerful antioxidant that fights against free radicals that are found at the site of injury.  Apply as directed on the manufacturer’s package.
  4. B&T Triflora Gel – Commonly used to ease the aches and pains associated with arthritis.  This homeopathic gel is to be used topically to relieve minor aches, pains, and stiffness.  Apply as directed on the manufacturer’s package.
  5. Cayenne-Ginger Heat Pack – Make a compress by soaking a washcloth in a strong herbal tea (click here for the Cayenne-Ginger recipe) and apply it directly to the area that is bothering you.  You’ll want the application to be as hot as possible, without burning.  Allow to soak in until the heat is gone.  Then apply a washcloth (with no herbs) that has been dipped in ice water to the same affected area until it warms up to body temperature.  Repeat several times, ending with the hot compress.

According to Linda Page in her book Healthy Healing, “heat wraps are up to 50% MORE effective than over-the-counter pills at relieving back pain.”  So, give it a try…what have you got to lose?


Cayenne-Ginger Hot Compress

For external use only to relieve minor aches, pains, and stiffness in the back.

  • 1 tsp cayenne, powder
  • 1 tsp ginger, powder
  • 1 tsp lobelia (optional), powder

Add powered herbs to a bowl of very hot water and stir together until blended and dissolved.  Place a clean washcloth in the water so that the herbs soak in.  Lightly wring out excess tea.  Place on area of back that is causing discomfort.  Allow washcloth to set until the heat is gone.

Fill a separate bowl with ice and water.  Dip a clean washcloth in the water.  Wring out excess water and place on same area of back.  Allow washcloth to warm to body temp.

Repeat several times, ending with hot tea compress.