"HOW TO" INSTRUCTIONS

Here is some basic information for my clients to use, although the instructions may vary this should be helpful information.

HOW TO TAKE A TINCTURE :

 

Tincture bottles come with a dropper. Often a daily dose of a tincture for adults, is 20 drops 3 times per day. Since most clients don’t want to have to remember to take their herbs 3 times a day, I have found a method that works well and is easier.
I recommend putting a full daily dose into your bottle of drinking water and sipping at it all day.
60 drops of tincture = 1 tsp = 5 ml. This will often be the amount of a full daily dose to put into your one liter drinking bottle for the day, and sipped at all day. This allows you to remember to drink enough water in the day as well.
If your tincture is for helping with sleep, you would use the recommended number of drops, typically 5—20 drops in a small amount of water right at bedtime. You can keep your tincture beside the bed in case you need more later in the night. Sleep tinctures generally taste good (unless it has Valerian in it!), so it is fine to put the drops right onto your tongue if you like.


HOW TO TELL IF YOU ARE USING A GOOD MULTI VITAMIN:

I can't tell you how often my clients bring in their multi vitamin for me to check, and YES it has "all" the vitamins and minerals in it, BUT in such small amounts that it is useless. Think of it this way, if you needed to take a pain killer & just broke off a tiny piece of it and took that, would it be doing it's job? You have to take enough milligrams to make it effective. This is the same with your vitamin and mineral supplements. So look at the label of your multi vitamin, and look at the B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, etc) there should be at least 50 mg. of each in there. If not, you are not spending your money wisely. Good multi's do not have to cost a lot either, I can come up with a supplementation program that is right for you.

 

HOW TO MAKE AN INFUSION:

 

Sometimes I will recommend an infusion instead of a tincture. An infusion is like a tea, but made so that the medicinal constituents of the herb do not evaporate. In this case you will be using fresh or dried herbs. You put the recommended amount of the herb into a mason jar. This type of jar won't break when boiling water is poured into it. Fill the jar with boiling water, and put the lid on. Let it sit several hours or overnight. Strain it and refrigerate. The infusion will stay fresh for about 3 days

 

HOW TO USE PSYLLIUM HUSKS:


 

Put about 1 heaping teaspoon of psyllium husks into a glass of apple juice (or water). Let it sit, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes to allow the psyllium to puff up. Then drink it, or, if you don't like the texture of pysllium on its own, add it to your blender with yogurt and fresh or frozen fruit, and more water if needed.

When psyllium is taken without allowing it to puff up first, it can causes blockages in the intestinal tract as it absorbs the water inside the body.

Use this once a day, at any time, but don't use it in conjunction with other supplements in case it blocks absorption of them.

I prefer that my clients use hemp hearts instead of psyllium husks. They not only provide fiber, but also Omega 3's, Omega 6's, and protein, they taste good, and do not have the jelly-like consistency of the psyllium husks.

BASIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR BOWEL CLEANSING DRINK

First thing in the morning, have a glass of warm water with fresh lemon squeezed in it and some :Bentonite clay, use 1/2 tsp. to help absorb toxic substances as they are loosened. Drink this first, then make your shake.

For more information on making shakes see my Shake Page.

Use the following in a shake each morning:

Use psyllium husks daily to increase bulk, and scrape the colon, as described above. Psyllium husks attach to encrusted mucous in the bowel, to soften and help eliminate it. See above instructions on how to add psyllium to your shake.

My clients and I have recently switched from using psyllium to using hemp hearts instead. They are full of fiber, but also have essential fatty acids and protein. For more information on hemp hearts, or to order them, see my article of hemp hearts.

Apple juice is high in pectin to help increase moisture in the bowel.

Apple cider vinegar, add one to two tablespoons to help to relieve mucous conditions and improve digestion.

Beet powder, add 1/2 tsp. It acts as a mild laxative and promotes liver cleansing.

 

Ground flax seed, use at least 1 tbsp. as a fiber.

One teaspoon of slippery elm powder. It tastes really good, slightly nutty. It is useful to soothe and heal the entire digestive tract, coats and soothes the stomach and colon, absorbs mucous in the respiratory tract, neutralizes stomach acidity, and lubricates the bowel.

Mix all of this in the blender and let it sit about 15 minutes (only if you are using the pysllium),

Add some honey or fruit (frozen banana pieces are really good) if desired. See the article on making a meal replacement shake for ideas on how to make your shake taste good and for other supplements you can put into your shake.

Take with pancreatin tablets. These are very effective for dissolving encrusted mucous from the bowel. (I know my clients have had difficulty finding these, so I now carry them in my office, see Local Clients page, and look under Supplements). Take 3 or 4 Alfalfa tablets at the same time.

Use 3 - 4 Alfalfa tablets with each meal, for the same effect. These also help with digestion. Alfalfa tablets cleanse the bowel and disinfect it. The are rich in fiber helping to tone a weakened bowel and eliminate encrusted material.

For more information, see Bernard Jensen's, Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management, the whole book is found online.

ESSENTIAL OIL USAGE:

 

Essential oils can be used in a burner. Simply fill the top of the burner with warm water, and add about 20 drops of essential oil. Light a tea light in the bottom.

Some oils can be used by drenching a cloth in hot water, wring it out, and add 4 or 5 drops of essential oil. Hold close to the face and inhale. Close your eyes, oils like peppermint are hard on the eyes.

Some oils can be added to the bath. Fill the bath with water first, then add the oils, so that they haven't dispersed by the time you get in.

Oils can be added to a spray bottle and misted in a room.

Some oils can be mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed on sore muscles, or on the chest in the case of colds or congestion.

HOW TO DO NASAL RINSING:

 

I have found that nasal rinsing is one of the best ways to clear congested sinuses before they become infected, or to treat infection. Use one teaspoon of non-iodized salt to one cup of warm water, if this amount of salt feels uncomfortable (stings) adding more salt will help. For infection, comfrey infusion can be used instead of water, and add a drop of tea tree oil or one drop of Grapefruit Seed Extract. Using one of the little pots available in health food stores for nasal rinsing (like the neti pot pictured above), or using a syringe used for babies noses, tilt your head on the side and slowly pour the saline solution into the upper nostril until it comes out of the lower nostril This may take several tries if the sinuses and the nose are very congested or full of mucous. This can be done 1 - 3 times per day.

Any information presented here is for informational purposes only and not intended to take the place of diagnosis and treatment by a medical practitioner.


 

 

 

 

 

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