Overdose from Kidney Cleanses?

So, I’m on day 5 of my parsley tea regimen and I’m feeling much better, though the pain is more localized now (movement of another stone?). So, I went to Google and am just wondering if I could overdue it with cleanses. I actually found some Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar on sale, so I’ve started that also (just downed a Tablespoon in some water, then added 2 Tablespoons to 8 cups water and that will replace my water for the next few days). via http://www.examiner.com/article/apple-cider-vinegar-kidney-stone-remedy

Then I see this (which I have a lot of celery seed):


And this (which I don’t have a lot of watermelon seeds but good to know I can save them for something like this):


So, if I started another one, it would be the celery seed tea. Does anyone know if that would be overdoing it?

Basic Liver Tonic

Well, today is day 4 of my parsley tea and it’s working!  I feel much better (and think it may be a small kidney stone … sure hurts and moves like one).  So, I can’t do much moving around.  I’ve decided to finally finish cleaning up my website and found this little tidbit hiding amongst the huge numbers of text files I have stored on my server.  I do not know who originally shared it nor who wrote it (if you do, please let me know).

Liver Tonic

* 2 T Wild Yam root
* 2 T Milk Thistle Globes
* 2 T Oregon Grape root
* 2 T Dandelion root
* 2 T Chicory root
* 2 T Goldenseal Root (optional)

Simmer in water 20 min, Golden seal may lower blood sugar and may be deleted from this remedy.

How Anyone Can Be More Self Sufficient

I have always felt this way. As much as I dream about it, you don’t have to live completely off-grid and make all of your own items, to be self sufficient (or live a sustainable life). Just do whatever you can to not HAVE to rely so much on the outside world.


Homemade Healing & Antibacterial Cream: Like Homemade Neosporin®

Although this one calls for more ingredients, this one I’m “drawn to”. Due to my slightly impaired immune system (type 2 diabetes), EVERYTHING gets infected if I don’t immediately clean/treat it. It’s irritating! Well, I have just discovered what I’ve done wrong with ointments. It is lack of stirring. I’ve been sitting here for 30 minutes, stirring continuously, and it’s finally looking like ointment. My patience is limited, so I’ll have to choose wisely and not make too many of these! 🙂


1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup dried lavender (where to buy)
1/3 cup dried calendula (where to buy)
4 TB beeswax (where to buy) equals 2-3 oz. if using bars
1 TB raw honey
10 drops tea tree oil (where to buy)
5 drops lavender essential oil (where to buy)
glass jars (I use these)

How to Make an Herbal Raw Honey Ointment: For the Treatment of Burns and Wounds

I have come to realize that I truly hate blogs that just post links to other blogs and that’s what I’ve turned into! LOL! I just find so much out there that is cool and from people who are much more knowledgeable (and creative) than me. The recipes I’ve been sharing on my Atkins/Keto blog, I include the link with list of ingredients, so at least you can see by the ingredients if you are even interested or not prior to clicking on the link. I’ll try to do that here, either including pictures or ingredients with the link. You will have to go to the blog post or website for instructions. I will tell you this: I have not had good luck at making ointments/anything thick like this. I was thinking that it might be due to lack of stirring, so I’m going to re-melt one and sit here, at my desk, and continuously stir to see if that is what I did wrong.


“we use it for the treatment of:

-1st or 2nd degree skin burns
-Minor wounds
-Chapped skin and lips

The Recipe


-1/4 ounce of each dried comfrey, marshmallow root, wormwood, and witch hazel bark*
-1 1/4 cup olive oil
-4 ounces raw honey*
-1-2 ounces beeswax*
*All measurements are by weight and use of a simple kitchen scale.”

From Mouth Care to Bloating

These last few medicinal recipes from my website do not warrant individual pages, so here they are! Rose Hip Tea to mouth washes to a tonic for bloating and osteoporosis herbs, they are here! 🙂


Herbs for Oral Hygiene

page 143 The New Age Herbalist. (1988 edition) Richard Mabey ed.

Herbs for Oral Hygiene

Many herbs have cleansing and antiseptic properties that make them suitable for oral hygiene. The most important herbs for oral hygiene are:

* sage (astringent)
* cloves
* peppermint
* thyme (antiseptics)
* parsley
* marjoram
* bramble and blackcurrant leaves
* juniper berries.

Chewing juniper berries, peppermint, or parsley will kill the odors of onion, garlic, or alcohol; rubbing the teeth with sage will clean them and sweeten the breath. Strawberries will whiten and clean the teeth, and remove plaque. You can make an effective mouthwash with a normal infusion of sage, mint, thyme, or marjoram. Another useful herb for the mouth comes from the tree Salvadora persica. Its stems are traditionally used in Africa, India, and the Middle East to clean the teeth and gums. Some of the herbs used for oral hygiene should not used under certain circumstances.

Leaf Mouthwash

Source: page 147 The New Age Herbalist. (1988 edition) Richard Mabey ed.

* One large handful of blackcurrant or bramble leaves
* 1 pt (1/2 litre) water
* 2 teaspoons lemon juice.

Pick the leaves when they are young and fresh, taking the bramble leaves from the tops of the stems. Put the leaves and water into an open saucepan and boil until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the lemon juice, strain, and use immediately.


Herbal combinations for bones, teeth, and calcium deficiency

From Today’s Herbal Health (2nd Edition) By Louise Tenney

* No. 1 Comfrey, Horsetail, Oat Straw, and Lobelia
* No. 2 Comfrey, Alfalfa, Oat Straw, Irish Moss, and Lobelia
* No. 3 White Oak, comfrey, Mullien, Black Walnut, Marshmallow, Queen of the Meadow,
Wormwood, Lobelia, and Scullcap

I don’t know where it came from, but we have used Horsetail, Yellow Dock, and Rose hips in a capsule against gum disease. Worked well, too.




From: sonshine
Date: Sun Jan 2, 2000 0:50am

Melana: you are correct, diet has much to do with our general health. And Henrietta is 100% correct, one cannot give general “one size fits all” recommendation via email based on very general data. And there is a belief that milk or increased calcium will “build strong bones” which is not really the case. For an interesting article on the subject of calcium see http://www.notmilk.com/deb/092098.html

Below are some quotes from the referenced webpage:

Society stresses the importance of calcium, but rarely magnesium. Yet, magnesium is vital to enzymatic activity. In addition to insuring proper absorption of calcium, magnesium is critical to proper neural and muscular function and to maintaining proper pH balance in the body. Magnesium, along with vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), helps to dissolve calcium phosphate stones which often accumulate from excesses of dairy intake. Good sources of magnesium include beans, green leafy vegetables like kale and collards, whole grains and orange juice. Non-dairy sources of calcium include green leafy vegetables, almonds, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, oats, beans, parsley, sesame seeds and tofu.

Osteoporosis is NOT a problem that should be associated with lack of calcium intake. Osteoporosis results from calcium loss. The massive amounts of protein in milk result in a 50 percent loss of calcium in the urine. In other words, by doubling your protein intake there will be a loss of 1-1.5 percent in skeletal mass per year in postmenopausal women. The calcium contained in leafy green vegetables is more easily absorbed than the calcium in milk, and plant proteins do not result in calcium loss the same way as do animal proteins. If a postmenopausal woman loses 1-1.5 percent bone mass per year, what will be the effect after 20 years? When osteoporosis occurs levels of calcium (being excreted from the bones)in the blood are high. Milk only adds to these high levels of calcium which is excreted or used by the body to add to damaging atherosclerosis, gout, kidney stones, etc.



Rosehip Tea

I gather and use rosehips all the time. However, the best time I have found to gather them is after a frost (if you live up north that is).

I dry them (they should be hard when gathered and turned to either a brown or red color.

You can then make a tea with them that is one of the best sources of vitamin C. We try to drink at least one cup a day during the winter months and have not had a cold for years. You just crush up about 1 teaspoon full (I use wild rose hips, from the multiflora rose, so it would be hard to say by the number count of rose hips) Put them in a pot on the stove and boil gently for about 5 minutes. It can also be stored for a day or so in the refrigerator if you like making more at a time.

God bless and be well,



Sunburn Spray

Quick Sunburn Spray recipe—it’s quite soothing:

* 20 drops lavender essential oil
* 20 drops geranium essential oil
* 2 drops rose essential oil (expensive; can also use tea tree oil)
* 4 ounces aloe vera juice

Add the oils to the aloe in a spritzer bottle. Shake before using. Other optional oil, peppermint.


Water Tonic to reduce bloating

* 2 T fresh parsley leaves
* 2 T dandelion leaves
* 2 T chicory leaves
* 2 t corn silk from fresh corn

Steep for 15 min in 2 C of boiled water and drink 1 C daily.

St. John’s Wort Oil and Tincture

St. John’s Wort Oil

Morning Pam,

The shelf life when in olive oil, which has a long shelf life itself, if airtight and kept in a cupboard out of light is years. I’m still using a bottle of it that I made 2 years ago.

The recipe is not exact measurements, but proportions of. Ingredients are chopped if fresh, crumbled if dry.

* 2/3’s St Johns Wort flowers & leaves of top 4″
* 1/3 Feverfew flowers & leaves
* 2 small Mullein leaves
* 2 big pinches of dry Chamomile flowers.

Cover herbs until submerged with olive oil, gently heat without allowing it to simmer. If necessary, turn flame off and let oil cool a bit, turn heat on.

Again…repeat this to keep the oil warm for an hour. Let oil cool, strain out herbs, add 10 drops of Lavender EO to each 1 cup of oil. Store in and air tight bottle or jar, and keep out of light (oil will be a red brown from the herb combination).

CA zone 8a


Melana, you are so lucky to have tons of St. John’s… I suggest infusing some in olive oil and tincturing what’s left. The infused oil can be used for: massage for sciatic pain or any nerve pain in a large body area (pinched nerve in the back); incorporating into a combination salve with plantain and/or marigold for skin ailments from chapped skin to eczema; mixing a little with your mullein or chamomile oil for earache. The tincture is effective for depression, but even if you don’t suffer from that, it’s good to have because it’s effective for nerve pain (fingertip caught in a drawer, stubbed toe, sciatica – I use St. John’s orally and topically for that). Need instructions for making the preparations? I can post them to the list, if you want. However, most of the modern herbals carry detailed instructions: David Hoffman, Rosemary Gladstar, Susan Weed, Penelope Ody are the first author’s names that come to mind.

For herbal education and lots of fun, search for Henriette Kress’s Herbal Homepage, the best on the Net.




St. John’s Wort Tincture

To Make St. John’s Wort Tincture

You will need:

* 8 oz. 100 proof Vodka
* Pint Jar with lid.
* 2-3 oz. Dried St. John’s Wort Tops or Whole Herb fresh or dried (enough to fill jar)

Stuff jar with dried herb, cover with vodka. When using fresh plants as opposed to died, it is probably best to use a higher proof alcohol. Put the lid on tight and give it a good shaking. Shake jar every day for two weeks. Strain liquid.

Using a press is a very effective method to get the most tincture out of your herbs, and with the price of alcohol, pays for itself in only a few batches!

Store in bottles and use same dropperful doses as you would tincture from the Health Food Store. This method works for a variety of wild herbs, and is the best way to preserve the potency of the herbs. You can get dropper bottles from your local pharmacist.

Recommended dosage of tincture is two droppers full 3 times a day. When to take it depends on the person, some may find it better to take with meals to avoid upset stomach.

To test the strength of hypericin in a capsule against my home made tincture, I put 1 tbs. vodka in one small glass bottle, to another I put in 1 tbs. of my tincture. I opened two store bought capsules of St. John’s Wort and poured them into the plain vodka, covered it and shook it for a few seconds. The first thing I noticed was the capsules contained a lot of residue of some kind, as that mixture was a cloudy, brownish red compared to the ruby red of my home made mixture. So I remain convinced that the home made product is superior, also I like knowing that I chose these herbs myself as ones I would take for myself as well as give to friends and family.


All-Purpose Salve

These reciepts are Rosemary Gladstar’s work:

All Purpose Salve:

* 1 part Golden Seal
* 1 part Myrrh
* 1 part Echinacea
* Olive oil
* Beeswax.

Excellent for wounds, cuts, burns and rashes.

Please if using Golden seal, obtain it from a source that grows and harvests it ethically and with respect, as it is an endangered species in the wild.

As always,


Burn Salve

From: Ela Younger
Date: Sun Jan 16, 2000 0:56pm

This reciept is Rosemary Gladstar’s work:

Burn salve:

* 1 part St. John’s Wort
* 1 part Calendula Flowers
* 1 part Comfrey
* Olive oil
* Beeswax
* *optional: 10,000 I.U. Vitamin E per cup of salve
* 1/8 part Aloe Vera Powder (not fresh aloe)

Prepare as directed for basic salve recipe. Pour in glass jars and store in shaded area. Excellent for all first and second degree burns, sunburns, diaper rash, cuts, and wounds.

(When I make the above I do not use the Aloe vera powder because it is not an easily gotten ingredient for me and I also use a bit of the Essential Oil of Lavender in it as well).


Chickweed Salve


I use chickweed infused olive oil to make a nice salve and also to make a hand cream for my hands when they are badly chapped. No real measurements,though.

I drop a tablespoon of beeswax in a pan and let it warm on a medium stove setting until melted, then I lower the heat or turn it off and pop in a spoon full of shea butter, a few drops of lavendar or tea tree oil if it’s for wounds. Let that all melt, remove from heat and add the strained infused oil a bit at a time as it cools. When it is nearly cooled completely, I check the consistency, adding more oil if needed.

If you want a stronger more medicinal salve, then you’d want to measure carefully and add the maximum amount of eo per ounce of salve, I suppose. The hand cream is a bit more complicated because it has water added.. LOL did that help at all?



Throw In The Kitchen Sink Salve

Having received a good amount of very nasty blackfly bites this weekend I set out to make a ‘ Throw in the kitchen sink salve’ last night.

In a double boiler, I put a handful of plantain, comfrey (wilted and chopped), dried calendula blossoms, and on very low heat kept it on the stove for about 3 hours. Than added some SAW oils, EOM’s of helichrysum, chamomile, lavender and tea tree.

It took the swelling down right away and curbs the urge to itch. But the itch returns regardless find it amazing how easy we forget every year how nasty those buggers are and darn it, every year I get zapped before I learn to put stuff on myself before I go out, so I won’t have to deal with it afterwards.

I keep a pot with wormwood right by my back door and when going out, pick a few leaves, rub them with my hands and swish them over the exposed parts of my body and hair, but only learn that lesson after I had a few good bites.

Also make a 4 thieves vinegar that works pretty well, when misting on every so often while in the woods. Best on my bursitis.

On Lake MIchigan in summer we get very nasty flies, that look like houseflies and bite our ankles.They bite right through the shoelace holes of your sneakers and have on my body an affinity for the top of my hands, ankles and top of my head. They like to live close to the beach and if you see someone beachcombing wearing a goofy hat, leather gloves and plastic breadbags over their ankles, that’s me! Good thing is that when applying the 4 thieves vinegar the bites about vanish in their itching capacity.

Bugs, they need to be there to become food for the birds…but they surely are a nuisance.



Healing Herb Salve

* 1 oz dried comfrey leaves
* 1 oz dried calendula flowers
* 2 cups olive oil
* 1 oz pure beeswax
* 4 drops tea tree
* 4 drops lavender essential oils
* 1 400 vit E

Heat herbs in olive oil over low heat for about 5 hours. Do not let the oil boil or bubble. A Crock-Pot or the lowest temperature setting on a range should be suitable for heating this mixture. (If the lowest setting is too hot, turn off the heat once it has warmed the oil…it should keep warm for at least and hour….then repeat the process twice.) After cooking, strain out the herbs while oil is still warm. Place 1 1/4 cups of the herb oil in a pan, add beeswax and heat just enough to melt the wax. Add essential oil and stir. Finally, pour the salve into wide mouthed jars. Store at room temperature. Use for minor scrapes and cuts, to protect and promote healing.



Roxanne’s Salve

* 1/2 oz beeswax
* 1/2 oz emu oil
* 3 oz double infused comfrey oil
* 1 oz calendula oil
* 1 oz plantain oil (I used sunflower for the three above)
* 10 d vitamin E oil
* 20 d vitamin C serum
* 2 Tbl honey
* 10 d lavender eo
* 1 tsp tea tree eo
* 5 CoQ10 caps squeezed out.

The vitamin C and CoQ10 are optional.