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by Nelson, Dr. Christopher’s Herb Shop
Everyone loves excellent health, and being able to achieve it with simplicity. Most people today have a routine they follow for their health (taking supplements, prescriptions, exercise, superfoods, etc.) When using herb-talk, the herbs that may be taken for extended periods of time without building up toxicity or causing side effects are called ‘tonic’ herbs. These are the best family to draw from for general maintenance and well being.
If you decide that you would like to use herbs regularly, be aware that some may cause side effects if used over an extended period of time. Licorice root, for instance, is a phenomenal anti-viral, soothing plant that is an excellent food for the adrenals. It gives a very noticeable energy boost and tastes wonderful, so people are quite fond of it. If it is taken in dosages of 2-3 grams over a period of six weeks, it can cause high blood pressure by interfering with the body’s ability to regulate sodium and potassium.
The simple solution is to take a week off every month and a half, then resume. Actually, that is taught in Vitalist (herbal) schools for all herbs, just because the body’s receptors get tired of uptaking the same chemical over and over, and become inefficient after a while. Dr. Christopher wondered why those students most diligent in taking their formulas healed slower than those who missed an occasional day or week, and then discovered this wonderful fact. So he counseled to take the formulas six days a week for six weeks, with a week of rest. Over extended periods of time, he taught to take 1 month off for every six months, and a year for every six years in chronic conditions. This also explained to him why every 7th year of his life, he found himself in a wheelchair or using a cane with severe rheumatoid arthritis when he was able to walk fine before.
I had a friend who was quite depressed because his level of health massively dropped within a few weeks. He didn’t know why and felt bad because he thought he was doing so well. I asked him ‘Are you in your seventh year?’ He stopped and thought for a moment, and then said ‘I am. This makes a lot of sense now.’ I told him I had just hit my seventh year, and a few weeks after my birthday I was bedridden with health problems I thought I had resolved a while back. Fortunately it gets less and less severe as time goes on if you take care of yourself.
So here are some wonderful herbal tonics that may be made into large batches of tea, mixing powders with fluid, or taken as is for general health.
- Parsley: Kidney health
- Dandelion: Liver cleanser (therefore a possible mood lifter), blood builder, nutritive.
- Red Raspberry: Calcium, Iron, Hormone health
- Cayenne Pepper: Cleanser, digestive health, circulatory health.
- Nettle, Alfalfa or wheatgrass: Plant multivitamin
- Vitalerbs: Herbal blend designed to be a whole food multivitamin
- Peppermint: Respiratory and digestive tonic
- Kelp: Iodine, thyroid health
- Echinacea: Blood purifier, immune system booster
- Garlic: King of herbs. Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, heavy metal detox, immune system booster
- Coriander: Heavy metal detoxer
Herbs and formulas available at http://www.drchristophersherbshop.com/
Friday, August 6, 2010
by Nelson, Dr. Christopher’s Herb Shop
Another common issue people seem to be struggling with nowadays is baldness. This is probably one problem that has some of the widest varieties of remedies for, but most seem to have a very low success rate. Yes, there are many herbs and supplements that encourage hair growth, but none of them will work if you don’t get circulation to the scalp.
Dr. Christopher suggested that in addition to the usage of certain herbs, that it was important to massage the scalp. He suggested using the three oil massage and the Desert Herb Combination.
“To help restimulate hair growth, for two evenings massage scalp deeply with warm castor oil, apply hot, wet towel over head thirty minutes or more. Leave oil on all night. Next morning wash hair with pine tar soap or a good biodegradable soap and rinse. Wash again and rinse with tea made from this combination which contains equal parts of sagebrush, chaparral and yarrow. Massage well and leave tea in hair. The next two evenings do same procedure but use olive oil instead of castor oil and the next two evenings use wheat germ oil. Rest one night and repeat six days a week as needed. Use shoulder stands. Take one or two tablespoons of wheat germ oil morning and night, and also drink a cup of this tea made from distilled water, two times a day” [School of Natural Healing, pg.546].
This should be enough to achieve results on its own. If you would like additional support, the mineral silica is the ultimate beauty mineral for hair, skin, teeth and nails. The herbs horsetail and oatstraw are the richest natural sources of this mineral, and are both found in abundance in the Herbal Calcium Formula.
If you are incredibly brave, before retiring to bed you may apply cayenne pepper over bald spots, as an ointment or a paste, preferably made with carrier oil such as olive oil. You will definitely want to cover the scalp with a swimmers cap, skullcap or plastic to prevent the cayenne from staining any sheets or getting in your eyes. The mere presence of the cayenne pepper on the skin will draw circulation to the area the entire night. Carefully rinse the scalp in the morning, taking special care not to get any cayenne in the mucous membranes.
The three oil massage is a very powerful remedy. The castor oil is used as a cleanser. It draws unneeded or harmful material through the skin. Warm castor oil fomentations have proved very useful for herbalists for many ailments, as it is a very mild yet potent way of approaching harmful diseases, such as an inflamed liver.
The olive oil is a perfect food for many of the bodies needs. Dr. Christopher was fond of quoting a case where a young man had his jaw blown off in an accident, and was kept alive for years by having olive oil massaged over his skin from head to toe. We have several such cases as this. Needless to say, it provides good nutrition for hair as well.
Wheat germ oil is a perfect food for skin. It is particularly valuable for its content of vitamin E and phytosterols. Many women can also attest to the state of vibrancy it has provided them in overcoming heavy cramps, bleeding or hormonal disorders. It is truly one of the best maintenance foods in existence.
This three oil massage may be used to provide relief for many complaints, or as a general beautifying routine. I have personally had women cheerfully report clearer complexion after following this advice of using the three oil massage 6 days a week.