Healing Broken Bones With Herbs
This is from a student at the School of Natural Healing. Just shows what is really possible using herbal remedies:
It has now been three weeks since my daughter broke her collarbone, and if I hadn't seen her healing with my own eyes I wouldn't believe it. The medical profession says a collarbone typically takes 4 to 6 weeks to heal. My daughter’s took two. Many of you, like my wife, won't be surprised by this, but having not come from an herbalist's background, things like this still amaze me. My wife has been studying herbs and natural healing for quite a while, so as she saw this healing occur her reaction was simply “Well yeah, that's the way it works.”
On a Monday morning my 4-year-old little girl fell off the couch and landed just right to break her collarbone. She immediately began screaming in pain, and not just the kind of screaming when a kid falls down and gets bumped. This was the type of screaming where you immediately know something is definitely wrong. All you parents know exactly what I'm talking about. She couldn't be touched, she couldn't be consoled, and she wouldn't calm down.
Suspecting that something might be broken, we quickly went to the doctor's office to get x-rays. The x-ray confirmed our suspicions and clearly showed her broken clavicle. While very nice and professional, the only thing the doctor suggested was a sling and gave her a prescription for Tylenol3. We thanked him very much, didn't bother to fill the prescription, and went home. Now that we knew it was a broken bone, we knew exactly where to start working.
We immediately started giving her Comfrey tea with Willow to drink. Comfrey is a bone and tissue healer while Willow helps to relieve pain (Aspirin was actually derived from Willow). We put a Complete Tissue And Bone (formerly known as Bone Flesh and Cartilage or BF&C formula) fomentation on her collarbone and kept it there for the rest of the day. We also gave her homeopathic Arnica dissolved in water frequently. Arnica has been used since the 1500s for treating injuries such as sprains, breaks and bruises.
Our routine over the next several days included 5 to 6 cups of Comfrey tea with Willow in it, fomentations most of the day and at night, Complete Tissue And Bone powder added to our green drinks in the morning, Complete Tissue And Bone oil rubbed on her clavicle, and homeopathic Arnica dissolved in water 3 or 4 times during the day.
So what were the results?
On Tuesday, the day after the accident, her collarbone was very painful, and she needed help with everything including going to the bathroom. She couldn't color, and she spent the day watching movies, which kept her still. Wednesday she had a lot less pain and was generally moving around a lot more. Thursday her cousins came over and she played with them for several hours. She wore a sling for a few hours that day to remind her not to move her arm too much. Friday she went to see a ballet, took the sling off because it was annoying her, and was active all day. By Sunday she was happy and playing, carrying her baby dolls, dressing up, and even running, though her collarbone hurt slightly while running.
Over the following week she kept getting better and better. We kept the routine of giving her Comfrey tea with Willow, rubbing oil on her clavicle during the day, and putting fomentations on at night, though we reduced the frequency. By the following Tuesday, now two weeks since the break, she was acting as if it had never happened. In fact she even went swimming and was later bragging that she was able to do all of her strokes: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and even butterfly. Later in the week she was even crawling.
It has now been three weeks and we still rub Complete Tissue And Bone oil on her collarbone and she has at least one cup of Comfrey tea each day. We also still add Complete Tissue And Bone powder to our green drinks in the morning. She is acting like our active 4-year-old little girl again and, if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I would never even guess that she ever broke her collarbone.
Garlic - Cold and Flu Fighter
We’re coming up on winter time again, and for many that means more colds, flus, coughs, sniffles and other annoying ills. What natural remedy helps to keep you healthy during this time? The answer is probably sitting in your kitchen cupboard. It’s garlic.
Garlic has been touted as a health booster for a long time, that’s nothing new. Anecdotal evidence, old wive’s tales, and folk medicine are full of uses for the herb. Turns out though, that they are actually pretty accurate.
A study done at the University of Alabama at Birmingham sheds some light on exactly why garlic is such a powerful herb. In the study researchers extracted juice from supermarket garlic and added small amounts to human red blood cells. The scientists discovered that the cells immediately began emitting hydrogen sulfide (HS2) which acts a cell messenger.
Interestingly, hydrogen sulfide is actually poisonous at high concentrations. It is, in fact, the same smelly byproduct of the oil refining process that smells like rotting eggs. But our bodies also make our own supply of hydrogen sulfide, which acts as an antioxidant in the body and transmits cellular signals that relax blood vessels and increase blood flow.
During the cold and flu season this natural antioxidant booster helps us stay healthy, fending off oncoming illness causing germs. The fact that it also relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow also plays a key role in keeping us healthy. Increased blood flow improves our immune system, it allows the body to operate more efficiently, sending white blood cells wherever they need to be in the body to ward off any unwanted invaders.
While fending off colds and flus is a definite plus, the benefits of garlic go far beyond that. Boosting hydrogen sulfide also helps to protect against many cancers, including breast, prostate,and colon cancers. The increase in hydrogen sulfide also appears to help protect the heart. And improving blood flow and relaxing blood vessels certainly will help lower the risk of heart disease, the number one killer in the U.S.
How much garlic does it take? The amounts used in the research were equal to about 2 cloves of garlic per day. If you are not used to eating garlic that may seem like a lot, but in reality it isn’t. In countries such as Italy, Korea, and China where the traditional diet uses lots of garlic in foods, per capita consumption averages 10 cloves per day. If you simply start adding a bit of garlic to your favorite recipes, it is very easy to increase your garlic intake and benefit your health.
One thing to note though, rather than mince the garlic and toss it into your recipe to be cooked with the other ingredients, it is more beneficial to crush it and let it sit for about 15 minutes while you prepare the rest of the recipe. This activates enzymes that boost the healthy compounds of the herb. Add the crushed garlic to your dish right at the very end so that it gets warm, but does not cook.