You can brew whole dandelion plant, leaves, roots, or stems to make tea. From root to flower, dandelions are highly nutritious plants, loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Dandelion greens can be eaten cooked or raw and serve as an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. They also contain vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins. What’s more, dandelion greens provide a substantial amount of several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. The root of the is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, which is a type of soluble fiber found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of a healthy bacterial flora in your intestinal tract.
Doctors believe that inflammation plays a role in many types of disease. The compounds in this plant could promote better health overall by reducing inflammation.
According to a 2012 study in Nutrition Reviews, dandelion has reduced hyperlipidemia in rats. Hyperlipidemia is an abnormally high level of lipids, which include cholesterol, in the blood. Researchers noted decreases in the levels of both triglycerides and total cholesterol in rats who ate dandelion flower extracts. The theory is that dandelion extract has an inhibitory effect on pancreatic lipase, an enzyme that is key to digesting fat. Restricting this enzyme's activity could alter the way in which the body absorbs fat.
Reducing Liver Damage
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), people have used dandelion in traditional medicine for years, believing that it can treat health problems relating to the liver, gallbladder, and bile duct. According to the Nutrition Reviews study, dandelion root lessens the extent of liver damage in rats. Old School naturopathic practitioners relied on dandelion as a part of all protocols to treat liver disorders and cancer. (Jethro Kloss - Back to Eden)
Dandelion also has a history of use as a natural diuretic, this means the tea encourages both urination and reduced water retention in the body.
In vitro testing has been done to study the effect of dandelion extracts on human influenza virus A. The extracts led to a reduction in virus levels, and there were no harmful effects on healthy cells. Along with potentially with regular use lower your susceptibility to the flu dandelion tea and greens may ease symptoms or help recovery.
Dandelion tea can be found in most health-food stores. It is also available to purchase on line in tea bags or bulk herbs.The root is where the strongest concentration of alkaloids can be found, which are the medicinal component of the plant. Dandelion teas vary in their nutritional content because people use different quantities of plant material to brew them, and some manufacturers add other ingredients to the drink.
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Bentonite Clay an Overview:
I was first introduced to the idea of using clay as a healing agent way back in 1980. I have consistently used it ever since. The healing properties of clay are so numerous and it's actions so positive you could literally write volumes and still not cover all it's potential. My first use of bentonite clay was an infected in-grown toenail. I applied a poultice of clay, wrapped it in gauze and left it on overnight. The next morning all the pus and infection was gone. Later that day I was able to excise the offending ingrown nail portion, it bled a bit and by the following day it was healing and pain free. I was amazed and wanted to learn more. Shortly after that I found the most amazing book on the subject of clay and it's healing properties, "Our Earth, Our Cure" by Raymond Dextreit a prominent French physician, naturopathic and nutritionist, who mainly divulged the natural cure through clay. His definitive book was translated into English by Michel Abehsera. Unfortunately the English version is out of print, but you can occasionally find it on Ebay. I was fortunate many years ago to take have an medicinal herbs course from Michel. An amazing and dedicated healer!
As a Wellness Consultant working with cancer patients and lymes disease sufferers, I have found the detoxifying effects of the clay used in a retention enema to provide much relief from the toxic byproducts of the intense treatment protocols these patients are undertaking. Additional benefits come from the contact of the clay with the blood stream via the intensely rich capillary network of the colon. With autistic children who often suffer from constipation the clay enema alleviates the constipation and provides much needed detoxification of the bowels which are as a general rule deranged and full of unwanted microorganisms and parasites.
Directions for using clay at home:
Getting started: To start using clay add approximately 1/4 cup of clay to a 1 qt. or 24 oz mason jar. It's best to use the wide mouth variety of jar with the plastic lids they sell for these jars. (The metal ring lids will rust quickly and are difficult to take on and off.) I've used a lot of clays over the years and Aztec Healing Clay is my favorite!
I've usedUpon first use you will fill the jar with water, not tap. RO or any other processed for purity water or spring water (best source) is fine. Shake the jar vigorously, then open and stir the contents up a bit more, shake again. Let it sit overnight and in the AM drink the clay'ish water, replenish the jar by refilling with water and shaking it up a bit to pull more of the clay into the water. See note below.
Oral use: I recommend drinking the clayish water that remains in the mason jar (see photos). I drink the clayish water every AM on an empty stomach after I have had my AM tea or other hot beverage one might start the day with. To this I add humic/fulvic acid supplement from Keto Kerri as an additional compliment to detoxification.
Fulvic/Humic acid is a super-nutrient that literally comes from the soil. Eating a little dirt is good for you! These acids are organic compounds found in water and soil that are created through decomposition. Soil is a nutrient source that is extremely important for helping to boost the effectiveness of the immune system, aid digestion, detoxification supporting overall health. Farmers used to reintroduce compost and organic compounds to the soil after a round of crops, in addition to rotating crops to ensure nutrients were getting back into the soil. This is more sustainable, better for the environment, and better for those consuming the crops grown. Commercialized farming does not allow the soil to rest and replenish organic matter, so these nutrients are not present in food grown in over worked soils. Depleted over farmed soils mean that our bodies are lacking the humic and fulvic acids they need for optimal health.
Humic/Fulvic Acid: Provide a good solution supplementing the missing soil nutrients. Additionally humic/fulvic acids are antimicrobial. With the rate of parasitic infections at an all-time high, conventional medicine testing and treatment does not live up to the demand. Truthfully, nearly all of us are living with pathogens and parasites, and even if they’re not causing any destructive symptoms, they could be negatively impacting your health. If pathogens are causing symptoms, like digestive issues, cramping, itching, rashes, or many other possible clues, fulvic acid can be a beneficial addition to your cleansing protocol.
Recent studies have shown that fulvic acid fights pathogens and boosts antioxidants, which are very important in preventing oxidative stress and maintaining a healthy immune system. Studies have found fulvic acid to be useful topically against fungal and bacterial pathogens like staph strains resistant to other drugs. Keto Kerri is my brand of choice! Humic/Fulvic acid can also be added to retention enemas or colonic infusions!
When using for a retention enema: You simply shake up the jar to loosen up the soft clay at the bottom of the jar. the heavier portion of clay will remain in the bottom of the jar, but the watery part will have become much thicker and cloudy. This is the part you will drain off to use for your enema or douche. This liquid clay can also be added to a coffee enema as an add-on for even greater detoxification.
Using clay as a poultice: Use a ceramic bowl, place into as much clay as you will need to create a flat thick pancake like poultice. Gradually add warm water or herbal infusion, mixing with the square end of a chop stick, trust me! Keep working with the balance of water to clay until you get a doughy consistency that you can shape to fit the area for treatment. Amounts used will depend on application area. For a liver poultice you will use about 1/2 cup of clay. For a zit only a tiny bit! Clay is best applied warm, so place the poultice on a large enough piece of soft flannel or old T-shirt knit. Moisten the fabric and microwave for 15 - 20 seconds. If it's too hot, just wait a bit for it to cool then apply making sure the edges of the clay adhere to the skin. You may need to add a bit of water to work the edges down and even wet the surface to get it to stick on. The basic rule of how long to keep the clay on is easy....it will pull away when it's work is done! Poultice applications can be used more than once. Place the used poultice in the sun to dry, then put it back in your clay storage container add water until it softens back up and voi'la it's ready to go back to work!
NOTE: You may occasionally have to stir the settled clay to get it to disperse into the water. Allow it to settle overnight and begin again to drink the water and refill each AM. The plastic lids are not a perfect seal, so always put a cloth over the lid when you are shaking up your clay water to remix.
Humic/Fulvic Minerals and Electrolytes - Keto Kerri
I'm excited to update this post with an exciting new find! Having used bentonite for years for a wide variety of treatments, including poultices which can be quite messy to prepare I was delighted to run across this product, Sore No More. A pure bentonite clay with added herbs; Arnica Montana, Rosemary, Lavender and Lobelia. It's preserved with a completely benign sodium borate.
NOT FOR ORAL USE
This Sore No-More Equine poultice is perfectly suitable for humans! Believe me when I say horses get the primo goods! Clay poultices can be used to reduce edema, swelling, pull out pus from infections, dry out oozing sores. It is excellent applied to the lower abdomen for menstruation difficulties or pelvic inflammation. I recommend anyone with chronic illness of any kind to use it for a liver poultice. It will draw toxins out directly through the skin. I makes a great facial mask, to draw impurities and tighten the facial tissues.
The convenience of not having to mix the clay is wonderful. You can save each poultice after it is used, place in a dish and keep in the sun for a couple of weeks. The sun will dry the clay out completely killing any bacteria that have been drawn out by the clay. Once you've gone through the whole container simply place the dried remains in the bucket and remoisten for future use.
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