Today I would like to share some information about healing herbs.  In my opinion, we have moved dangerously away from some basic healthy habits which include healthy herbs.

To begin with let’s talk about burdock. If you have a piece of property that is in the country you might be thinking, burdock, that fast spreading, weed looking plant, what good could it do?  Well let me tell you it packs a powerful healing punch.

Burdock leaves can be used directly on the skin for healing but you need to boil water and run the leaf through the boiling water before use.  As well if you use a natural healing salve of some sort you can apply the healing salve onto the burdock leaf, then onto the wound and apply a gauze dressing on top of the leaf, it won’t stick to the skin when you have to redress the wound.

As for the roots of the burdock plant they have been used for many years alone or in combination with other herbs in healing teas.  Burdock roots have medicinal properties in purifying the blood, aiding the immune system, not to mention cleansing the liver and bile system of the body.  Thus whenever you deal with the liver, your skin will be affected positively as well.  Burdock root is one of 4 main herbs in a combination called Essiac tea.  Essiac is Caisse spelt backwards.  Rene Caisse was a nurse in the early 1920’s who was given the right to practice medicine by the premier of Ontario.  She would care for those not only dying of cancer but that those who medical doctors felt only had days to live. She had permission to give them a Native American herbal tea and many lived.  I am not making this up.  I have read her book and seen the photo copies of the Bill from parliament as well as the documentation from her patients.

Let’s consider the herb garlic next.  “Detoxifies the body, protects against infection by enhancing immune function. Lowers blood pressure and improves circulation. Lowers blood lipid levels. Aids in treatment of arteriosclerosis, arthritis, asthma, cancer, circulatory problems, colds and flu, digestive problems, heart disorders, insomnia, liver disease, sinusitis, ulcers and yeast infection.  Good for virtually any disease or infection.”Prescription for nutritional healing, James F Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A Balch, C.N.C..  In my opinion if we all ate raw garlic we would all be a lot healthier and nobody would care if they smelt of garlic because we would all smell of garlic. As soon as I have a tickle in my throat I boil some water, cut up some garlic, squeeze a lemon and put some good honey in a mug and drink several of them.  Garlic is a natural antibacterial agent.

What most people don’t realize is that pharmaceutical medicine is based on taking the healing properties of nature either herbs, plants, animals or minerals and synthesizes them. In other words trying to duplicate the properties of nature and make it into a pharmaceutical component and thus that pharmaceutical company can then have a patent or rights on that medicine. Nature as it is cannot be patented.

Ginger is another very common, powerful and multipurpose herb.  I had forgotten it is useful for hot flashes but will remember that for my patients.  Ginger is very good for digestive issues, including but not limited to bowel disorders of all natures, nausea and including morning sickness as well as vomiting.

Don’t limit yourself to the above mentioned healing herbs; check out cat’s claw, one of my favorites with my patients.  As well red clover, parsley, milk thistle, licorice root is another one of my favorites. Mother Nature  waits to aid in your healthy habits and ultimate healing.  I say Mother Nature awaits to aid you as I believe the only one that can heal you is you!

Diane Elms D.H.M.H.S., CCI, CCII, Homeopath, Specialist in Drugless Cancer Care, 2006 Iridologist of the Year.  If you have any health related questions contact Diane, or 905 768 0848.