Raw honey is one of nature's super foods and is an antimicrobial and antioxidant. it's packed full of germ fighting properties that can kill viruses and bacteria.
Honey infusions can be added to tea for sweetening or spread on toast in the morning. They can also be used to drizzle on cereals, to add to homemade granola, and for glazes on meats.
Raw honey contains 27 minerals, 22 amino acids and 5,000 live enzymes. It keeps you healthy by helping to fight the Herpes Simplex Virus and boosting your digestive system.
Manuka Honey is best (more powerful), which is a type of evergreen plant grown in Australia and New Zealand, but any raw, wildflower honey will do.
Why wildflower honey? If you can, always choose wildflower honey over Alfalfa or Clover honey found readily available at grocery stores. Alfalfa and Clover crops are often sprayed heavily with pesticides and tend not to have the medicinal properties available in multiple plant honeys. Furthermore, commercial bee keepers may feed their bees sugar water, which dilutes the power of the honey. Here's a tip. Pure wildflower honey has a very unique tastes, it smells a little odd, and will slightly burn or sting at the back of the throat when taken undiluted. These are classic signs of a great honey.
Buy raw honey from a local beekeeper or farmer's market. Decide which herb you want to use. The best herbs for helping to put herpes in remission are Clove, Lemon Balm, Cinnamon, Oregano, Rosemary, and Lavender. You'll need a glass jar to place your honey in. The lid needs to fit tightly.
Fill the jar half way with fresh herbs or a quarter full with dried. Top with honey, stir, and cap it. Place the jar in a sunny window and turn it over once per day for at least one week. During the week, if the herbs swell and rise above the honey, add more honey to cover them.
Strain once you reach the flavor you are seeking and use as a sweetener in your tea, drizzle over fruit, pancakes or toast, desserts, or cereal. You can also use as a sauce or marinade. To strain your honey, you can use a colander. For larger projects, using a bucket top strainer works best. They cost between $5-6. You can also put a colander across the strainer for double straining.
Directions for Use: One daily spoonful in your tea or spread on your toast is all that is needed to reap benefits. Use no more than 1 Tablespoon each day to avoid blood sugar issues.
Honey is considered safe for diabetics when used moderately. It may interest you to know Cinnamon helps to keep blood sugar from spiking as much as it normally would without it, so if you are diabetic adding Cinnamon to your honey infusion would be very beneficial.
TCL's Honey Poultice for Shingles
A honey poultice, especially made from Manuka honey, draws infection out of the body. The honey must be 'raw' honey.
Store bought honey is often poor quality or not even honey at all. Spread a thick layer of it over the area to be treated and cover with leak proof material (plastic wrap will do) for 24 hours.
Repeat as necessary. Always remember to see your doctor for serious or worsening infections.
Note: Infants and toddlers should not eat honey, as they may suffer an allergic reaction.
Also see Herpes Simplex Virus.
Echinacea is in the Daisy (flower) family. It became popular in America in the 1800s and, again, in Germany in the 1920s. It is often used to treat colds and flu. The herb helps to reduce many of the symptoms of cold and flu viruses and some other illnesses, infections and conditions, by supporting the immune system.
There are 9 different species of Echinecea, but 3 are, typically, used in treatments. Echinacea has some antimicrobial properties and is high in antioxidants. While there have been numerous studies on Echinacea, results have been mixed. Some studies have shown it can help to reduce a cold or flu virus by a day or two, while others show it works no better than a placebo. For example, researchers in the U.K. compared it against a placebo and found no difference in control groups after 6 months.
Echinacea has been used for a variety of conditions. However, none of them have been backed by studies.
Echinacea is not an anti-viral. Although it can stimulate the immune system, topical remedies that boast Echinacea's healing power are false.
Echinacea is to be cycled. Generally, I suggest 10 days on and, at least, 7 days off. When taken for long periods of time it can lower white blood cell count. It can also interfere with certain drugs.
Echinacea can be taken in taken as a supplement form or as a beverage (tea).
Children under the age of 12 are more sensitive to Echinacea and should not be given Echinacea, as 7% develop a rash, which could be an allergic reaction.
Some Echineacea products have been found to be tainted with arsenic, lead or selenium.
In my opinion, Echinacea, when added to your regimen can't hurt, but isn't one of my top 5 remedy suggestions for dealing with HSV-1 and HSV-2. While it may help to boost the immune system, there are far better herbs for putting Herpes in remission.
Also see Herpes Simplex Virus.
The photo above is not a photo of a Reishi mushroom, which is actually a rather large, flat, ugly brown shroom. I just found this photo of another species more appealing for my blog.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is a mushroom used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to boost the immune system and to fight of certain viruses, such influenza, including Avian and Swine Flu. It is known to help with other conditions as well, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, insomnia, heart and liver disease.
The parts of the mushroom used for viral defense are the parts above ground and the filaments that connect the mushroom groups. In TCM, Reishi is often used along with the herb, Astragalus, for immune defense. This combination works very well for those with Herpes Simplex Keratitis (a Herpes infection of the eye, which can cause blindness).
Studies show Reishi may inhibit the spread of HSV-1 and HSV-2. It may also help to reduce the pain associated with Post Herpetic Neuralgia, which is pain experienced one healing has taken place after a severe bout of HSV-2 or Shingles.
Reishi can be taken in supplement form (dried or liquid extract) or purchased in powder form.
When used daily for more than 3 months, Reishi can cause dry nasal passages, mouth and throat. Other side effects, such as itchiness, rash, dizziness, headache and upset tummy.
Do not take if you have low blood pressure (or on medications to increase it), have diabetes or an autoimmune disorder.
Reishi can delay blood clotting, so anyone taking Aspirin, Warfarin (Coumadin) or other medications or supplements that alter blood clotting may be at risk. Stop taking immediately if you develop a bloody nose or have bloody stools.
Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Not giving to children under the age of 12 is just good advice.
Because the potential for side effects, Reishi is not one of my top 5 remedy suggestions for putting your Herpes in remission. However, it may be beneficial when used sparingly in conjunction with other remedies. For instance, you could place a bit of Reishi powder in a healthy shake every so often.
Also see Herpes Simplex Virus.
Over stimulation of the senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, or touch) causes over-arousal. A highly sensitive nervous system causes emotions to be expressed and experienced in a more physical way.
Highly Sensitive People suffering from ongoing stress are more apt to experience stressful symptoms and syndromes, such as headache, fatigue, chronic pain, irritable bowel, insomnia, and anxiety disorder. This can make the HSP wish to withdraw from normal daily activities and adapt a lifestyle that is less stressful, more hidden, quiet, and controlled. However, this can lead to under-arousal (not enough stimulation or activity to the senses), which can backfire into episodes of panic, isolation, attracting negative people or beliefs, or neglecting one's body or living spaces. Under-arousal may exist due to boredom, unfulfilled passions, idleness, isolation, feeling a lack of direction or purpose, depression, or fear.
Both, over-arousal and under-arousal are energy draining. They lead to negative emotions and ongoing negative emotions usually precede dis-ease, meaning a state of discomfort, which is really a disturbance in energy levels. Therefore, it is extremely important, especially living in today's world (as compared to 100 years ago) for you, the HSP, to seek balance in life. There are several ways to do this without necessarily seeking therapy, taking medications, spending a fortune, or becoming someone you are not.
You don’t have to be reduced to merely surviving each day just because you are Highly Sensitive. Feeling tired, hurt, anxious or overwhelmed on a daily basis isn't really living, but, rather, simply existing. It is a sign you have lost energy.
Additionally, being a Highly Sensitive Person means you are creative and positively gifted, which means you have what it takes at your disposal to live life on your terms and to fulfill your dreams whatever they may be.
My Highly Sensitive People blogs posts and information throughout The Captains Lady can help you to address and remedy specific aspects of sensitivity naturally.
In the old world if you had diabetes it was called Sugar Disease. Some folks still refer to having diabetes as having the sugars.
Insulin Resistance can mimic sensitivity by causing fatigue, irritability, sadness and hypersensitivity (FISH). It may also be the cause behind some people thinking they are highly sensitive, when they are not, which is why I decided to write on this topic.
Natural sugars come from grains, fruits and vegetables and herbs. Refined sugars are found in breads, donuts, cereals and table sugar. All sugars are converted into glucose by the body to use as energy.
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps to keep blood sugars properly balanced in your body. It also helps your body's cells to use sugar as fuel for energy.
In an effort to remove excess sugar from the blood insulin surges whenever blood sugar does. Insulin Resistance develops when the hormone, insulin, surges too often from eating too many high-carbohydrate foods that trigger an insulin response.
Over time, as a reaction to too many surges, your body tries to adapt by decreasing the number of insulin receptors your cells contain. When this happens insulin can no longer perform its duties. Eventually, this decrease of insulin also prevents sugar (glucose) from getting into your cells, which deprives your cells of energy.
Insulin Resistance causes carbohydrate cravings and fatigue. Excess sugar is stored in the the stomach area and the muscles causing weight gain, as well as the inability to lose weight. Recovery time after exerting yourself or exercising takes longer because your cells are, quite physically, starving for energy,
Symptoms of Insulin Resistance
Sadly, all of this contributes to cravings for more and more carbohydrates (breads, pasta, sugary cereals and snacks, etc.) when our body feels it needs more energy, which leads to even more insulin imbalance. It’s a vicious circle, but one that can be remedied by diet alone if it is caught soon enough.
Here's what to do to curb blood sugar fluctuations in about 10 days.
Meat should be lean and organic (no hormones or antibiotics added), dairy should be organic and low-fat whenever possible. Fish should be eaten at least 3 times each week (tuna, salmon, etc.).
Avoid fast, fried, processed and sugary foods. Eliminate all regular sodas from your diet.
Sparking water and 0 calorie drinks are OK. And, if you are really struggling with your sweet tooth sugar free jellos or puddings can be eaten once in a while, but read your labels. Sugar free doesn't always mean carbohydrate free and some fake sweeteners can be harmful to your health.
Also see Nutrition & Diet for a list of food exchanges and proper portion sizes according to the American Diabetes Association.
Reactive Hypoglycemia (RHG)
Reactive hypoglycemia (RHG) is different from hypoglycemia caused from not eating for long periods of time. Symptoms are much the same as hypoglycemia, such as headache, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, depression, numbness of hands or feet, nervousness, shakiness, heart palpitations or pounding heart, sweating, problems concentrating and sugar cravings start to occur about 2-3 hours after eating a high carbohydrate meal.
These symptoms appear as the result of insulin causing the hormone, adrenaline, to be released to compensate for the excess insulin produced from eating too many carbohydrates. And, this release of adrenaline continues when blood sugar and insulin levels are left uncontrolled. This is what causes Diabetes.
Diabetes is a condition where the pancreas is no longer able to produce the insulin necessary to manage blood sugar levels.
When to See Your Doctor
NOTE: If you are constantly thirsty and urinating often please see your doctor for a glucose test or buy glucose testing strips from your neighborhood pharmacy to check your glucose levels. Normal glucose levels read between 80 and 120. However, anything higher than 130 is a sign of too much sugar in your blood and possible diabetes, which can lead to blindness, neuropathy (pain and numbness in the extremities, especially the feet), heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.
Artwork: Duty by Edmund Blair Leighton
When I first discovered I was a Highly Sensitive Person I was a bit put on edge when I read how we Highly Sensitive People feel more deeply and react more strongly to our internal and external environment more than the general population does. Meaning, we absorb so many different types of energy around us and have to, somehow, process it all as it filters through us or end up suffering from physical symptoms caused by our own emotional reactions to it.
It seemed to me that this new information I had discovered about myself just meant I was going to be cursed forever with trying to figure out how to successfully manage being me while 'vibes' attacked me from every angle as I walked through my life. I found this news overwhelming, to say the least.
Talk about feeling vulnerable. I felt as if I had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. I didn't want to feel this way, but, somehow, even though I was relieved at finding out why I was different than others, the answer had me resisting any acceptance of it, at least until I learned how to reduce my sensitivity enough to begin seeing the perks.
So, what are the perks? I can only speak for myself, but here goes.
The Perks of Being a Highly Sensitive Person
We HSPs are a wonderful group of beings and it's important to remember the positive attributes we share as Highly Sensitive People and contribute to humanity as a whole.
Artwork: May Margaret by Frederick Sandys
Ask any Highly Sensitive Person and they will admit that subtleties in their environment, especially when they live with other people, can drive them a bit nuts at times. Things that others ignore, such as lop-sided venetian blinds, a drooping plant suffering from dehydration, a cat box that should have been cleaned out yesterday, or a book jutting out of place in an otherwise neat little stack can be too difficult for the HSP to simply ignore.
There are other things too. Take the HSP who lives with someone who wears strong perfume or can't cook without burning things, or snores at night. These things can cause relationships difficulties for sure, but that's another subject for another blog-in.
And, it's not just a matter of being a perfectionist as many non-sensitives may think, although HSP perfectionists will be bothered even more by these subtleties. No. It's an inherited sensitivity toward noticing things out of balance or out of place. HSPS simply react and respond from a place of knowing how things should be in a perfect world and anything less is extremely obvious to them.
When my children were small, they were only allowed so many toys in the living room at once. Anything more and I would start to feel 'taken over' by bright colored, flashing, noise-making objects. I didn't know that I was a Highly Sensitive Person at the time. I thought it just made sense to limit toys to the ones that were actually being played with at the time. I was also a perfectionist who did not want our living room cluttered up with toys or any other thing that shouldn't be there, like clothes, shoes, plates, crumbs and half-empty cups.
Looking back I see how I was really trying to tone down the subtleties in my environment. When everything was in it's place I was calmer and happier. The kids rooms were a disaster (normally cluttered) and that was OK. It was their space. I didn't live in there. I didn't have to see it every time I looked up from whatever I was doing.
There were other things that seemed to bother me as well. During the summer, the fan would be going non-stop. One place we lived had an old fridge that made a terrible noise when it came on. In another dwelling there were children screaming and shouting all day long and they ran and played. I often wondered what was wrong with me that I couldn't just tune these things out as others suggested.
I know now that there were other things I reacted to in some of the dwellings I lived and worked in as well, such as microwaves and florescent lights.
And, I don't know about you, but I've felt presences that others could not. Call them ghosts or just negative energies, but I've moved residences because of them.
There are things we can do as HSPs to create healthier, happier spaces for ourselves without making those around us feel like they have to tip-toe around us. Sometimes, living with a Highly Sensitive Person can be a bit disconcerting for non-sensitives who find they have to worry about whether they are going to upset us whenever they aren't careful.
We can learn to organize and raise the energy of our spaces and protect our sensitivities in delightful ways that our friends and family can also enjoy without making them feel uncomfortable along side of us.
There are 7 paths to reducing sensitivity and overwhelm in the Highly Sensitive Person. Each path corresponds to a center of energy, known as a chakra, located along your spine from head to tail, which, together, govern the major organs of your body and are responsible for your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. They are also responsible for spiritual strength and our ability to survive in the material world.
#7. The Spiritual Path, which corresponds to the Crown Chakra, the colors Violet, Gold and White, the essential oil Frankincense, the gemstones Amethyst and Crystal, the food Purple Grapes, and understanding of ourselves and others. Remedies for The Spiritual Path may include introspection, connecting to a higher power, and learning to protect one’s self through ritual.
#6. The Path of Intuition (also related to The Path of Sound), which corresponds to the Brow Chakra, the color Indigo, the essential oil Vervain, the gemstone Lapis lazuli, the food Plums, and extra-sensory perception (the 6th Sense). Remedies for The Path of Intuition may include meditation, an area of study, or turning to unconventional methods of intuiting.
#5. The Path of Sound, which corresponds with the Throat Chakra, the color Blue, the essential oil Vanilla, the gemstone Turquoise, the food Blueberries, and expression. Remedies for The Path of Sound may include using your voice, speaking up, and expressing how you really feel.
#4. The Path of Touch, which corresponds to the Heart Chakra, the colors Green and Pink, the essential oils Lavender and Jasmine, the gemstone Emerald, the food Avocado, and love. Remedies for The Path of Touch involve learning to love yourself and others unconditionally.
#3. The Path of Sight, which corresponds to the Solar Plexus Chakra, the color Yellow, the essential oil Cedar, the gemstone Citrine, the food Yellow Squash, and personal power. Remedies for The Path of Sight may include intellectual stimulation, playfulness, and a healthy support network.
#2. The Path of Taste, which corresponds to the Sacral Chakra, the color Orange, the essential oil Sandalwood, the gemstone Moonstone, the food Pumpkin, and intimacy, as in closeness. Remedies for The Path of Taste may include healing negative emotions associated with the pelvic region, such as surgery, miscarriage, unhappy sexual experiences, or sexual abuse.
#1. The Physical Path (also The Path of Smell), which corresponds to the Root Chakra, the color Red, the essential oil Patchouli, the gemstone Ruby, the food Licorice, and survival of our body on the physical plain. Remedies for the Physical Path may include diet and nutrition modifications, sound sleep, exercise, and work.
Ongoing energy blockages in any of the 7 paths can cause dis-ease. Once you know where these blockages are located, you’ll be able to choose appropriate, therapies to create better balance between your senses, as well as finding balance between your spiritual and physical life, which will help to reduce sensitivity.
I invite you to investigate any possible energy blockages you may be experiencing through taking my FREE Aura Energy Self-Test.
Honey is, both, food and medicine.
Honey is about 82% sugar (approximately 57% fructose and 43% glucose with some maltose and sucrose in it as well), contains antioxidants and various trace vitamins and minerals. it also contains some phenols, enzymes, flavonoids and organic acids. These are derived from the bees regurgitative processes.
The darker the Honey the more antioxidants it contains. Of course, I'm speaking of the natural color of raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, unprocessed and unheated Honey containing no additives. The reason for the darker color is a higher content of natural plant compounds and antioxidants. Buckwheat Honey is known to increase the antioxidant value of the blood.
One particular study showed that when Honey was used in place of dextrose (refined table sugar) insulin sensitivity was increased and blood sugar decreased in those who cut table sugar out of their diets in exchange for Honey. While Honey still elevates blood sugar, it does so much less than refined sugar. The amount used per day in the study was 8.5 ounces of water plus 75 grams (3.5 Tablespoons) of honey per day for 15 days.
Honey lowers LDL cholesterol, tryglyceride levels, inflammation and slightly lowers blood pressure. It raises HDL (the good cholesterol). Honey can, when applied topically, heal burns, hemorrhoids, psoriasis, diabetic foot ulcers, and herpes lesions. It increases better blood flow to the heart and reduces risk of blot clots, heart attack and stroke. It helps to prevent some cancers and promotes eye health.
But, is honey good for everyone?
Children under the age of 1 year old should never have Honey. Honey contains spores of Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which can cause botulism in infants. These spores, found in dirt and dust, can contaminate honey. These bacteria are harmless to more mature digestive systems, but in young babies the digestive system hasn't developed the ability to handle the spores. In infants, the bacteria multiplies and produces a toxin that is poisonous to the infant. In fact, I don't suggest honey to be given to a child under 18 months, unless the child is over 1 year old and already has a healthy diet of a variety of foods.
Even though Honey increases blood sugar levels less than sugar does it still increases it and that's a huge concern when you are diabetic, so it just makes sense to want to avoid using Honey. However, there may be a way around this.
Cinnamon is known to reduce blood sugar levels. Studies show that 3 grams (2.8 grams = 1 Teaspoon) of Cinnamon is taken per day it decreases blood sugar.
So, when taken together Cinnamon may negate some of the effect of honey on blood sugar. Of course, if you are diabetic you will want to consult your care provider before using, either, Honey or Cinnamon in your diet, But, otherwise, you might combine them for use in your tea, as a spread, or glazes on foods. For every 1 Teaspoon of Honey add 1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon.
Rather than mixing Honey and Cinnamon at every time of use it can be easier just to make a small infusion ahead of time, which allows the Cinnamon to infuse into the Honey.
Find a jar with a tight fitting lid. A mason jar will do nicely. For every Teaspoon of Honey add 1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon.
Use one teaspoon per serving not to exceed 3-4 servings per day. This infusion also works well for coughs and irritated throats.
Also see Infusions.
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Plague by definition is considered a disease caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria, which has been with us for centuries and has a high fatality rate. In medieval Europe it was known as the Black Death, which wiped out 60% of the population and left areas of the world blank of footprints.
Yersinia pestis is transmitted by fleas that, typically, feed on infected rodents. Symptoms appear within 2-6 days after the disease is contracted and effect humans in three different ways.
Bubonic (the most common form) ~ Infected lymph nodes (called buboes). Headache, enlarged lymph nodes, chills, fever, and weakness. Over 90% of all people survive as long as antibiotics are given promptly. Without proper treatment it can become the Black Death; the Septicemic form (see directly below).
Septicemic (the second most common and known as the Black Death) ~ And infection of the blood. Fever, chills, abdominal pain, weakness, shock and tissue bleeding (skin tissues appear black from the bleeding). 70-80% off all people survive with proper treatment.
Pneumonic (currently very rare) ~ Lung infection. All the typical signs of pneumonia, such as chills, fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, as well as coughing (sometimes coughing up blood), nausea/vomiting and diarrhea. This forms leads to a quick death without rapid treatment.
So, how do you remedy plague? There are natural remedies, of course, but if you have the means of seeing a medical doctor that should be your first choice. Don't be stupid. Plague is nothing to experiment or toy with.
When it comes to plague a multi-treatment approach based on current symptoms, as well as using treatments to prevent other symptoms from occurring, should go into force. Remedying plagues is a time sensitive issue. Meaning, the sooner you seek treatment the better chance of recovery.
There are certain herbs that are anti-viral and anti-bacterial, such as Oregano, which works as well, if not better, than penicillin. There are also some herbs that work better as essential oils that can help to kill off plague in some instances, but all herbs and oils must be organic and used in proper dosages, so do your homework.
Thieves oil was used in the old world to keep from contracting plague. You can learn more about Thieves oil here.
Mari J. Dionne
AADP Certified Holistic Health Practitioner of Natural Healing
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