Uses & Benefits
Activated charcoal is a purifying filter that traps toxins and chemicals that build up inside the body, and allows them to be flushed and not reabsorb. Charcoal is made from a variety of sources, but when used for natural healing - select activated charcoal made from coconut shells or hardwoods. Often used by doctors to treat poisoning and drug overdoses. Research shows that activated charcoal works better than stomach pumping (gastric lavage) in some situations.Available over the counter, in tablet form at most drugstores. Although, buying online gives you better options on price, quantity, and quality.
Most everything has a magnetic charge. Just so happens that bad bacteria, pathogens, and toxins have a neg - and activated charcoal has a negative charge. So does bentonite clay which in common with charcoal when it comes to sponging up and trapping negative-nasty stuff and exporting it from our bodies.
- Put activated charcoal in your homemade toothpowder to clean, polish, and whiten. It balances your mouths pH, preventing cavities, badbreathh, gumdiases, and biofilm buildup.
- Take an activated charcoal capsule (500 mg) to alleviate gas and bloating.
- Take a couple activated charcoal capsule to prevent hangovers or relieve alcohol poisoning. Helps to significantly reduce blood alcohol concentrations.
- Toxic mold in your body causes depression, liver and kidney problems, decreased brain function, heart disease, eye and sinus irritation, headaches, impaired immune system function, respiratory distress, and vomiting. If you or your family experience symptoms including wheezing, rashes, watery eyes, coughing or headaches that aren’t explained in other ways, your home should be evaluated for mold spore levels, even if no visible mold is detected. It can thrive behind drywall, under floors and in ventilation ducts. Activated charcoal bonds to negatively charged mold and moves it out of your body.
- Activated charcoal traps impurities in water including solvents, pesticides, industrial waste and other chemicals, and some fluoride. This is why it’s used in water filtration systems throughout the world. These chemicals wind up in your organs and over-tax your liver. Activated charcoal helps remove them. You still definitely want to invest in a decent filtration system to stop them getting into your body to begin with. Especially, since you should be drinking a gallon of water per day.
- For external treatments, a paste of activated charcoal and some type of fat/oil or aloe vera gel is effective in treating body odor, acne, insect bites, rashes from poisonous plants, and snake bites.
- Activated charcoal aids in a healthy digestive tract by removing toxins that cause allergic reactions, oxidative damage, and poor immune system function. By removing the toxins from your system, you can reduce joint pain, increase energy and increase mental function. We're surrounded and inundated by chemical toxins daily, so it' important to routinely cleanse the digestive tract to support overall health and wellness. To complete a digestive cleanse with activated charcoal, take 10 grams 90 minutes prior to each meal, for two days. Eat only organic produce and grass-fed proteins. Abstain from alcohol and all processed foods. Hydrate! Activated charcoal prevents cellular damage to kidneys and liver, as well as supporting healthy adrenal glands.
- Constant toxic overload contributes to pre-mature aging. Take two capsules per day after exposure to nonorganic foods, heavy meals or after contact with other toxins. This supports better cognitive function, a reduction in brain fog, healthier kidney and liver function, and a healthier digestive tract.
- Studies around the world show that activated charcoal reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol as much as some prescription medications. In one study, total cholesterol decreased by 25 percent, LDL cholesterol decreased by 41 percent, while HDL increased by 8 percent — in just four weeks.
- Activated charcoal should be part of your first aid kit. In the event of an emergency where toxins, drugs or chemicals are ingested - call 911 immediately and ask how much activate charcoal should be administered. Typically it's not suggested where petroleum, lye, acids or other corrosive poisons have been ingested. Depending on the amount of toxins or chemicals ingested and types of toxins, multiple doses may be required.
For the general uses mentioned on this site, activated charcoal is generally deemed safe for most individuals. But, it’s always good to be aware of any medical conditions such as intestinal bleeding or blockages, holes in the intestines, chronic dehydration, slow digestion, or a recent abdominal surgery, as they may affect how activated charcoal reacts in your body.
Additionally, activated charcoal can interfere with the absorption of nutrients, supplements and prescription medications. Don't take activated charcoal within two hours of taking any prescription medication or supplements as it can prevent proper absorption.
Potential adverse interactions with the following drugs can occur...
- Naltrexone (used for alcohol and opioid dependence)
- Morphine Sulfate Liposome
- Mycophenolate Mofetil
- Mycophenolic Acid
- Tricyclic antidepressants
HERE'S A LINK ON HOW TO MAKE ACTIVATED CHARCOAL.
It's a bit involved, but in an emergency (SHTF) situation - is good to know how to do! The only suggestion I'd make is to use a glass bowl for mixing and wooden spoon.
Aloe Vera is considered to be the most biologically active of the Aloe species; astonishingly, more than 75 potentially active components have been identified in the plant, including vitamins, minerals, saccharides, amino acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, lignin, saponins and salicylic acids. It provides 20 of the 22 human-required amino acids and eight of the eight essential amino acids.
- Aloe vera contains antioxidant vitamins A, C and E — plus vitamin B12, folic acid and choline.
- It contains eight enzymes, including aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase and peroxidase.
- Minerals such as calcium, copper, selenium, chromium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc are present in aloe vera.
- It provides 12 anthraquinones — or compounds known as laxatives. Among these are aloin and emodin, which act as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.
- Four fatty acids are present, including cholesterol, campesterol, beta-sisosterol and lupeol — all providing anti-inflammatory results.
- The hormones called auxins and gibberellins are present; they help with healing wounds and have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Aloe vera provides sugars, such as monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides.
The Aloe Vera plant produces two substances used for medicine. - A cooling gel that's obtained from the cells in the center of the leaf, and a latex obtained from the cells just beneath the skin of the leaf. Most people use aloe gel as a remedy for skin conditions, including burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores to name a few. Aloe gel is used for treating osteoarthritis, bowel diseases, fever, worm infestation, colic, itching and inflammation. It’s also a natural remedy for asthma, stomach ulcers, diabetes, and for soothing side effects of radiation treatment. Aloe latex is used to naturally treat depression, constipation, asthma and diabetes.
- Speeds healing of wounds, cuts, scrapes, and burns. Studies show 8 day faster healing of minor wounds than standard dressings. Aloe is antibacterial and contain vitamins and minerals that ease, soothe, and cool skin issues including eczema and psoriasis.
- Eye make up remover.
- Perfect shaving lotion - Nice and slippery allowing for a closer, safer shave + moisturizing. Use plain or try this recipe for homemade shaving lotion.
- Try this nifty hack - Fill and ice cube tray with aloe gel, freeze, unmold and keep in freezer in zip-lock bag. Next time there's a burn, nick or bug bite, poison ivy, or sunburn....apply this frozen treat.
- As a laxative in larger doses.
Easy To Grow!
Plant in wide containers with a well-draining potting mix, such as those made for cacti and succulents. Aloe vera plants are hardy, and can handle some neglect. Most folk lose aloes to root root from improper drainage and over watering.
Keep in indirect sunlight or artificial light.
Water aloe well, but allow the soil to dry out a little between waterings. Water even less often in winter.
The mother plant will produce babies. Slide your aloe vera out of its pot and find where the offsets are attached. Sever them from the mother plant with a knife - making sure there's some rootage for the new plant. Allow the cuts on both babies and mother to callus over for a day or two, before repotting. Wait a week to water and keep the soil on the dry side.
Harvest the outer leaves that are most mature. Keep cut leave in the fridge for future use - or slice up and throw in a smoothie!
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (AVC)
It's not surprising that nearly a hundred different health-promoting substances have been identified in this ancient and most simple remedy. ACV is arguably one of the best all-around detoxifiers for your body's intestinal tract and organs. This is why it's so important to use only raw organic apple cider vinegar - it's the only way to obtain all the life-promoting enzymes and vitamins needed for proper intestinal detoxification. Make sure the label reads "organic", "raw", and "non-GMO". You can also make your own by following this recipe...
Add ACV to your drinking water, and mix into smoothies, juices, and salad dressings.
100 percent sodium bicarbonate can be used as a leavening agent in baked goods. When mixed with an acid, baking soda reacts, making bubbles and giving off carbon dioxide gas, which causes dough to rise. Anecdotal reports throughout history suggest that many civilizations used forms of baking soda when making bread and other foods that required rising.
In its natural form, baking soda is known as nahcolite, which is part of the natural mineral natron. Natron, which contains large amounts of sodium bicarbonate, has been used since ancient times. The Egyptians used natron as a soap for cleansing purposes. However, it wasn't until 1846 that Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight began to manufacture and sell the compound we know as baking soda today. By the 1860s, baking soda was featured in published cookbooks but was still primarily known as a cooking additive. By the 1920s, however, its versatility was expanded on and by the 1930s it was widely advertised as a "proven medical agent."
- Freshen laundry (recipe for laundry soap) and rugs before vacuuming.
- Store in the fridge to remove odors.
- Use alone as a household cleaning product, or boost homemade products for freshness, scouring, and neutralizing. Click here for recipes.
- Clean dishwasher and coffee maker by running baking soda and water through cycle.
- For instant relief of bug bites, sunburn, or poison ivy. Mix into a paste with water and apply directly.
- Use homemade toothpaste/powder preparations (recipes here).
- Condition scalp and clear up dandruff by rubbing baking powder into your scalp and gently massaging. Rinse with cool water.
- Make quick alkaline water by adding 1 tsp of baking soda to a gallon of water.
- pour into a dish and place your pets food dish in center to keep bug away!
- Relieve heartburn, indigestion, and acid stomach by mixing 1/2 tsp into a glass of water and drinking.
- Exfoliate skin.
- Freshen drains.
ORGANIC COCONUT OIL (OCO) - COLD-PROCESSED
If your digestive system isn't working properly, where it's sluggish, gummed up, impacted, or weak...you're not absorbing the necessary nutrients your body needs to function. Even if you're eating a healthy, organic, whole foods diet it's not doing you any good. Weight gain and health issues are the results, and many people will logically make an effort to avoid fats in their diet. Healthy fats are essential to a healthy digestive system.
Coconut oil is fraught with benefits, but nowhere is this more obvious than your gut! A candida yeast overgrowth is responsible for most digestive issues and comes from a diet deficient in probiotics. If you suffer from candida you know how bad it can make you feel, and how difficult it is to get rid of. Coconut oil is a natural antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral food with no harmful side effects.
Coconut oil is one of nature’s richest sources of medium chain triglycerides, or fatty acids (MCTs). These small chain fatty acids absorb easier and quicker in the digestive tract than longer chain acids like vegetable, corn, soy, sunflower, and canola oils - which are "inflammatory" to your digestive system. MCTs soothe your gut and actually aid in the uptake of nutrients. In short, coconut oil heals and nourishes your gut while protecting it from harmful stuff. The benefits extend past eating it and work just as well for hair and skin nourishment and healing. Invest in a gallon and use for cooking, smoothies, baking - melt in your coffee or hot cocoa - rub all over your body and hair - feed to your pets - use in homemade soap and lotions recipes, and even use on wood furniture or leather goods.
Healthy Traditions (was Tropical Traditions) is my favorite supplier of large batch coconut oil. They're a company with lots of integrity and offer 1-gallon and 5-gallon pails - sometimes on sale buy-one-get-one-free! They also have a buyers club so you and friends can get together and save even more. Also, need to mention that their company now also tests all their products to ensure that they are glyphosate free!!! And their oils are HEXANE free! Hexane is a
If you're not already using coconut oil - start out at one tablespoon per day. Simply eat by the spoonful or melt in coffee or tea. Work your way up to 3 tablespoons per day. Bcuz coconut oil and candida do not get along (at all) - you might suffer a healing crisis by consuming too much too fast. Candida die-off has some very NASTY side-effects that can include skin rashes, diarrhea, low-grade fever, anxiety, and if you got yeast in your head......severe migraine headaches.
Note: Dealing with yeast is a lot like dealing with parasites - it's a lot more intelligent than you'd like to believe. At the slightest sign of attack - it will move into hiding until your little detox ex
Eucalyptus essential oil is obtained from fresh leaves of the tall, evergreen eucalyptus tree. The tree, scientifically classified as Eucalyptus Globulus is also known as fever tree, blue gum tree or stringy bark tree, depending on where it is located in the world.
Eucalyptus is native to Australia and has spread in the past few centuries to other parts of the world including India, Europe and South Africa. Though many countries produce eucalyptus oil in small quantities, the prime source of eucalyptus oil for the world is still Australia.
Due to the medicinal uses of eucalyptus oil and the compound eucalyptol which is present in it’s makeup, it is used in a variety of over the counter drugs including rubs, inhalers, liniments, rash creams, and mouthwashes.
- Healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores.
- Effective salve for insect bites and stings.
- Treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis.
- Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant in nature.
- Gargles of eucalyptus oil mixed with warm water are consistently effective in treating sore throats.
- Removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness and rejuvenates the spirits of the sick. It can also be effective in the treatment of stress and mental disorders.
- Increases the blood flow around the body by relaxing the blood vessels and allowing more blood to circulate.
- Massaging eucalyptus oil on the surface of the skin helps to relieve stress and pain. The volatile eucalyptus oil is analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature.
- Recommended to patients suffering from rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments and tendons, stiff muscles, aches, fibrosis and even nerve pain.
- Effective against cavities, dental plaque, gingivitis and other dental infections owing to its germicidal properties.
- Due to its well-known qualities as a bug repellent and natural pesticide, it is frequently used as a natural treatment of lice.
- Eucalyptus oil is a vermifuge and is frequently employed to remove germs in the intestine. Studies have shown that ingesting eucalyptus oil can deter many of the bacterial, microbial, and parasitic conditions that arise in the various parts of the body, particularly susceptible areas like the colon and intestine.
- When ingested, eucalyptus oil can help control blood sugar. Its properties as a vasodilator, mentioned above, mean that the entire body benefits from the increase in blood circulation.
- Eucalyptus oil is also used for treating fever and reducing body temperature. This is why one of the common names of eucalyptus oil is “fever oil”. It works well when combined with peppermint oil and sprayed on the body as a mixture of a deodorant and a temperature reducer.
- The antiseptic and deodorant nature of eucalyptus oil makes it a perfect room freshener for hospitals. It also kills bacteria and germs in the air, keeping the environment of the rooms clean and sterilized.
- Eucalyptus oil is frequently used in soaps, detergents and household cleaners. This is primarily due to its pleasant aroma and effect as a deodorant, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial agent.
- Eucalyptus essential oil has plenty of antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, and when massaged onto the chest and used as a vapor rub or inhalant, it can relieve the signs and symptoms of harmful conditions like tuberculosis by clearing the lungs and reducing inflammation. It is best if applied to both, the chest and the back, over the area of the lungs.
There are some dangers of taking too much eucalyptus oil, because when taken in large quantities, eucalyptus oil can be toxic. It may also interfere with other homeopathic treatments. Also, for certain people with allergic sensitivities, eucalyptus essential oil might be cause airborne contact dermatitis, which can be very uncomfortable, or even dangerous. Before beginning any new intensive alternative medical treatment, consult your doctor for advice, or have an allergy test done.
Lavender has been used for over 2,500 years. Ancient Persians, Greeks, and Romans added the flowers to their bathwater to help wash and purify their skin. In fact, the word "lavender" comes from the Latin word "lavare," which means "to wash."
Phoenicians, Arabians, and Egyptians used lavender as a perfume, as well as for mummification — mummies were wrapped in lavender-dipped garments. In Greece and Rome, it was used as an all-around cure, while in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, it was scattered all over stone castle floors as a natural disinfectant and deodorant.
Lavender oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It also has antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive and sedative effects. Lavender oil is one of the most well-known essential oils in aromatherapy. Lavender oil has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents. This oil is rich in esters, which are aromatic molecules with antispasmodic (suppressing spasms and pain), calming and stimulating properties. It's also antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory.
Lavender oil is known for its calming and relaxing properties, which may aid in alleviating insomnia, anxiety, depression, restlessness, dental anxiety and stress. Due to its wide variety of uses, lavender oil may help with nearly all kinds of ailments, from pain to infections.
Lavender oil is exceptionally useful in fighting antifungal-resistant skin and nail infections. Scientists from the University of Coimbra found that lavender oil is lethal to skin-pathogenic strains known as dermatophytes, as well as various Candida species. They found that lavender oil kills fungi by damaging the cell walls, which might also be promising with bacteria and viruses.
The best part is that this oil does not cause resistance, unlike antibiotics.
•Relieves pain. It can help ease sore or tense muscles, joint pain and rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago. Simply massage lavender oil onto the affected area. Lavender oil may also help lessen pain following needle insertion.
•Treats various skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, eczema and wrinkles. It also helps form scar tissues, which may be essential in healing wounds, cuts and burns. Lavender can also help soothe insect bites and itchy skin.
It's a natural anti-inflammatory, so it helps reduce itching, swelling and redness.
•Keeps hair healthy. It kills lice, lice eggs, and nits. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCB) says that lavender is possibly effective for treating alopecia areata (hair loss), boosting hair growth by up to 44 percent after just seven months of treatment.
•Improves digestion. This oil helps stimulate the mobility of your intestine and stimulates the production of bile and gastric juices, which may help treat stomach pain, indigestion, flatulence, colic, vomiting and diarrhea.
•Relieves respiratory disorders. Lavender oil can help alleviate respiratory problems like colds and flu, throat infections, cough, asthma, whooping cough, sinus congestion, bronchitis, tonsillitis and laryngitis. It can be applied on your neck, chest, or back, or inhaled via steam inhalation or through a vaporizer.
•Stimulates urine production, which helps restore hormonal balance, prevent cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), and relieve cramps and other urinary disorders.
•Improves blood circulation. It helps lower elevated blood pressure levels, and can be used for hypertension.
Lavender oil can help ward off mosquitoes and moths. It is actually used as an ingredient in some mosquito repellents.
Some people may develop an allergic reaction to lavender oil. There are also instances when people experience side effects such as headaches, nausea, vomiting and chills after inhaling or applying the oil topically. Pregnant women and nursing moms should use caution and dilute all essential oils. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) also warns against using lavender oil when taking medications like barbiturates, benzodiazepines and chloral hydrate, as it may increase their sedative effects and cause extreme drowsiness and sleepiness.
Helps Calm Nausea and Vomiting
Clinical studies have proven ginger’s effectiveness at calming nausea and vomiting. Research has also confirmed its potential against chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). The majority of studies found a positive effect against this side effect of aggressive therapies. Ginger may be a powerful option for those suffering from toxic medical procedures like these.
Digestive Tract Protection
Ginger has also been historically used for flatulence, constipation, bloating, and other digestive complaints. In addition to these gastro-protective effects, researchers have found ginger to be effective for stress related ulcers.
Ginger contains compounds that have demonstrated protective effects for the brain. One of them, known as 6-Shogaol, inhibited the release and expression of redness-causing chemicals known to cause damage to neurons in both in vitro and in vivo models. The other, 10-gingerol, when sourced from fresh ginger, similarly impacted production of nitric oxide and other chemicals that lead to redness and swelling in the brain.
In a clinical trial, 100 patients received ginger powder or a drug given to migraine sufferers. The results showed the ginger powder helped reduce migraine related discomfort… without side effects
Protection from UV Rays
Research data has shown ginger possesses UV absorbing capabilities that protect against DNA damage related to UVB (ultraviolet-B) light. Extracts from ginger stimulated antioxidant production, suggesting protective effects against potentially damaging UV light.
Supports Stable Blood Sugar
Ginger has repeatedly demonstrated powerful blood sugar balancing effects. It acts on insulin release and sensitivity, and supports the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids.  In one study, insulin levels noticeably lowered with ginger supplementation.  In addition to its effectiveness as a blood sugar stabilizer, ginger has also demonstrated powerful protective effects against diabetic kidney, eye and liver complications.
Promotes Healthy Blood Pressure
Thai medical practitioners have traditionally used herbs such as ginger to support healthy blood pressure. Extracts from ginger and other herbs used in Thai therapeutic recipes were evaluated for their effectiveness against hypertension. The ginger extract was the most effective.
May Benefit Osteoarthritis
A recent in vitro study tested ginger against drugs used for osteoarthritis — the ginger extract was demonstrated to be as effective. Another study involving 43 osteoarthritis patients found ginger to be as effective and more safe than the NSAIDs.
Helps with Muscle Aches and Discomfort
A recent 2013 study has evaluated ginger for use in relieving muscle discomfort in female athletes. Over the course of this 6-week trial, participants taking ginger reported a significant decrease in muscle soreness as compared to the placebo.
May Benefit Cardiovascular Function
One of the active compounds in ginger, 6-gingerol, has been isolated, tested and determined an active factor in regulating blood pressure and supporting cardiovascular health. Based on the results, researchers are exploring the potentials of ginger as a remedy for cardiovascular problems.
Ginger has an extremely robust flavor which makes consuming it a little bit tricky. It might be too strong to ingest on its own, but as I mentioned, it mixes incredibly well into tea or juice, it can be a great ingredient in a recipe, and you can also find it as an ingredient in some healthy snacks.
RECIPE FOR GINGER BUG
RECIPE FOR GINGER BEER