The Baneful Herb, Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal

The oil is poisonous, even in small doses. Pennyroyal oil is traditionally used to treat digestive problems, but it has been shown to damage the liver and can be fatal in large doses. This herb should never be used internally. It is also dangerous for your pets, as they lick their fur and ingest the Pennyroyal.

Dietary Treatment for Crohn’s Disease

Dietary Treatment for Crohn’s Disease

Inflammation has recently emerged as an important player in the development  of age-related disability and many of our major chronic diseases including heart  disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Now that laboratory tests  such as C-reactive protein have been developed, we can measure the effects  different foods and diets have on inflammatory markers.

Most plant-based foods decrease inflammation. Processing destroys the  anti-inflammatory effects of some (garlic decreases inflammation but garlic  powder does not), but improves these effects in others (tomato juice decreases  inflammation but whole tomatoes do not).

Do these anti-inflammatory plant foods actually have an impact on  inflammatory disease mortality though?  I profile a new study  out of Australia, which followed about 2,500 older adults and their diets for 15  years. In that time, about 200 participants died of inflammatory diseases,  allowing the scientists to calculate the specific aspect of the survivors’ diets  that seemed to help the most. It was nuts! The equivalent of half a walnut a day  appeared to cut the risk of dying from inflammatory disease in nearly half. Fish  consumption, to their surprise, didn’t seem to help, which may be due to pro-inflammatory  industrial pollutants that build up the food chain. This may help explain  why most studies done to date on those eating vegetarian or vegan have found  lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers in their bodies.

However, just because plant-based diets decrease markers of  inflammation doesn’t necessarily mean that plant-based diets can successfully be  used to fight inflammatory disease. To find that out, you’ve got to put it to  the test. The gold standard for evidence in nutritional science is an  interventional trial. You split people into two groups and ask half to go on one  diet, half to go on another, and then stand back and see what happens. That’s  just what researchers recently did for the autoimmune inflammatory bowel  condition known as Crohn’s disease.

Inflammatory bowel disease risk has been tied to arachidonic acid, which may partially explain the  animal protein connection given the levels in chicken and eggs. The anti-inflammatory nature of  plant foods may explain why those eating plant-based diets have less diabetes, fewer allergies, less heart disease, better moods, and fewer chronic diseases in chronic diseases in general.

In health, Michael Greger, M.D.

Daily Feng Shui Tip for Wednesday, May 23rd

The home remedies that I’d like to share on this ‘World Crohn’s and Colitis Day’ all hail from Mother Nature’s pharmacy, but always be sure to see a qualified professional before trying any medicinal protocol. That said, in the case of Crohn’s Disease or colitis, some have alleviated their stomach pain simply by sipping aloe juice, while others swear by drinking coconut milk or extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil. Any or all of these anti-aging drinks can help heal inflammation while also soothing the soreness of intestinal ulcers. Two cups a day of aloe vera juice can do the trick, while a little coconut milk can also help lessen the belly bloat and pain of these diseases. Although dealing with either of these inflammatory illnesses can be a real pain in the butt, trying any of these suggestions can take the pain out of your belly and bring balance back to your body!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

See No Evil Amulet

See No Evil Amulet

This spell keeps other people from seeing you when you are doing something you don’t want anyone else to know about.
 
Best time to make this amulet:
 
During the New Moon
When the Sun or Moon is in Scorpio
On Mondays or Saturdays
 
What you will need:
 
A black pouch
A black ribbon
A piece of smokey quartz
A piece of jet, onyx, or other black gemstone
Heliotrope essential oil
Clippings of your hair and fingernails
 
1. Rub heliotrope oil on the stones, then slip them into the pouch.
 
2. Add your hair and nail clippings to the pouch.
 
3. Tie the black ribbon around the pouch to close it.
 
4. Make nine knots in the ribbon and each time you tie a knot, repeat this incantation:
 
“Whatever I do,
Wherever I go.
No one will see,
No one will know.”
 
5. Carry the pouch in your pocket or wear it around your neck whenever you want to be “invisible.”

Crystal of the Day for July 1 is Bandonyx

Crystal of the Day

Bandonyx

 Bandonyx is the black and white variety of Onyx and is also called Layer stone. This stone contains a good balance in itself and will promote this in its wearer as well. This stone may be used to heal diseases of the liver like yellow fever and hepatitis, but also liver cirrhosis may be treated by wearing this stone. This stone helps its wearer to find the truth and may be worn in court cases where one has the law on his/her side. Bandonyx promotes tolerance and accepting others as they are, which is why this stone can be very useful treating xenophobia.

Gemstone of the Day for April 11 is Jasper

Gemstone of the Day
 
 
Jasper

Chalcedony qtz. Multicolored, solid. Yellow, orange, brown, green. Yellow for stomach, intestines, liver, spleen areas. earthy grounding. Green: Respiratory/Heart Chakra. General tissue regeneration; mineral assimilation; general healing. Darker colors: more grounding. Suggested to be used for elixirs because it will not over-stimulate any part of the body. Considered more effective if it is used for long periods of time because it works slowly. It is a methodical and meticulous worker. Each color of Jasper has additional specific qualities when used alone. Jasper works well in conjunction with Opals. Recommended for executives as an aid to quick thinking. Also helps them endure stress.
Brown Jasper: Helps one find stability and balance. Benefits ailments that result from environmental pollution. Boosts the immune system and assist in extracting pollutants and toxins from the body. Keep in mind that this process takes some time since Jaspers work slowly. Helps one become more ecologically aware. Well suited for use by people who wish to relive past events through regression or analysis.
Green Jasper: Especially suited to tempering aspects of your life that have taken on too great an importance. Works as a gentle daily reminder that the whole is only the result of all the parts. Works best on ailments of the upper torso, digestive tract, and the cleansing organs.
Red Jasper: Much like Bloodstone in its link to the circulatory system. Beneficial in battling diseases of the blood and detoxifying blood-rich organs like the liver. It helps bring problems to light before they are a threat.
Yellow Jasper: Beneficial to the endocrine glands and the cleansing organs. Makes one feel stronger and in better physical condition.