Have you tried Edible Diatomaceous Earth yourself or given it to your pets?

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:  This post may contain Affiliate Links, thank you in advance for your support!  Renee

Recently an old cat came to visit and never left.  It’s previous own arrived with him and had a particular way of feeding him.  As far as I could tell he was starving and with a younger cat in our home this older one had access to more food.  What I didn’t realize was that the purpose of not feeding the cat was a strategy as he couldn’t digest it properly.  In short order I had a very constipated cat!

It took some time and persistence to get him through this and for his system to start to work easier.  I learned how to give a cat an enema and about Lactulose that a mobile vet clinic had suggested.

As things began to settle down I wondered about the condition of this cat and the possibility of any parasites it may have and passed on to our other cat.  Researching a natural way of ridding them of anything they may have I came across Edible Diatomaceous Earth.  I was drawn to the health benefits that I was reading about and decided to give it a try.  I have added a small bit to their meal and tried it myself.  It is healthy for humans and animals.

The first thing I noticed was a detox effect as it cleaned out my colon and bowel in a way that I have never experienced using any other product!  Would I recommend this as a laxative?  You bet I would!  I used to love Avena’s Herbal Detox as when using it, I would have good results and not be left with any discomfort. It would leave my insides feeling happy.  This is the same experience drinking a glass of Edible Diatomaceous Earth.  The difference was it was immediate and my system became noticeably alkaline.  I am impressed by this product and wish i would have known about it when doing a Mercury Detox some years ago!

What I learned about Edible Diatomaceous Earth

It is ground up fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms, the primary food source for marine life.  Diatoms shells are made up mostly of silica.  Silica is an important trace mineral for our health and has a direct relationship to mineral absorption. For optimal health, the average human body needs to hold about seven grams of silica, a quantity far exceeding the figures for other important minerals such as iron and calcium.

I decided to use it on the cats and then myself when reading that it could eliminate free radicals, viruses, insects, parasites and other harmful organisms.  However I also learned that if  used as a daily treatment, Edible Diatomaceous Earth can ease the potentially deadly risks of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. Silica is a destroyer of bad fat in the body!  It is also an important component of human ligaments, cartilage, and musculature.  I learned that it increases the body’s use of calcium, improves bone mineralization, protects joints and fights the  effects of aging.  Not only is it a highly effective anti-inflammatory and internal cleansing agent for the body it has been known to help with vertigo, headaches, tinnitus, and insomnia.

How much to take:

  • Cats

I give the cats a 1/4 of a teaspoon or less mixed into their food, one meal a day.

  • Myself

I began mixing a tablespoon with water twice a day.  The detox effects where quick and I cut back to once a day so my body could become used to its effects.  It wasn’t painful, I simply found myself on the toilet all day long!  After a week I increased the amount.  

It is a fine and light powder due to its high porosity. It mixes easily into liquids and foods. Most people take a teaspoon or a tablespoon two or three times a day (up to a total of one-quarter cup per day) for best results.

It can be mix it into water, juice, smoothies or other foods.


It has been approved by the FDA and isn’t know to have any dangerous side effects. However, always check with your Doctor if you have any concerns.


It’s other uses:

  • Tooth Whitener – I have added to my natural homemade toothpaste
  • House Cleaning
  • Fleas & Bed Bugs:  Not long ago I worried about the cats and fleas.  Now I have a solution as this powder can be used as a de-flier, and for bed bugs!  

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Sage

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

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Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sage is a herb that is used to flavour recipes, a medicinal, a natural dye for fabric and restoring a darker color for graying hair, smudging and to ward off evil.  It is also a stinky plant to deer!

The recommended active life of a sage plant is two maybe three years, however, I have one that has traveled with me for over six years.  It is the one that I go to for adding sage to Christmas stuffing’s.  It is a tradition.  It is also the one that I have set an intention for protection in the placement of the pot in relationship to my front doors!

Constituents of Sage

Sage leaves contain tannins, estrogen, phenol acids, flavenoids, resin, saponins, silica, thujone and volatile oil.

Medicinal Uses of Sage

The medicinal use of sage are as an antibacterial, antihydrotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, stimulant, styptic, and tonic. 

  • Bacterial and Viral Conditions
  • Cardiovascular
  • Cold Sores
  • Gargle for: laryngitis, sore throat, tonsillitis, ulcerated throat, inflammation of tooth pulp, loose and bleeding teeth, preventing excessive flow of saliva, ulcerated or receding gums, ulcerated gums and mouth
  • Gastrointestinal Conditions
  • Glandular Conditions
  • Liver conditons
  • Menopausal sweating & hot flash’s
  • Mouth Sores
  • Regulates the menstrual cycle
  • Reduces perspiration
  • Salves & Washes for;  dandruff, insect bites, itchy skin, skin eruptions, treating sores, stop bleeding in all cuts
  • Sore Throats
  • Tooth Powder

Sage is used in Cosmetics and as a Hair Dye

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  • antibacterial –  destroys bacteria,  bactericide
  • antihydrotic  – reduces  perspiration
  • antiseptic – inhibits growth of microorganism and destroys pathogenic or putrefactive bacteria
  • antispasmodic – relieves spasms or cramps
  • antiviral – destroys viruses
  • aphrodisiac – arousing or increasing sexual desire or potency
  • astringent  – contracts organic tissue, reducing secretions or discharges
  • carminative  – eases pains, colic and expells gas from the intestines
  • stimulant – quickens the functional activity of the tissues giving more energy
  • styptic – stops bleeding by contracting the blood vessels
  • tonic – tones, strengthens and invigorates organs or the entire organism giving a feeling of well-being

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Bamboo

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:  This post may contain Affiliate Links for your convenience, thank you in advance for your support!  Renee

 

In 2012 my son and I received an offer to come by a clients and dig up some bamboo that was invading their driveway.  After planting it the shoots all died back and I wondered if bamboo would ever grow.  For two years it sat idle and it wasn’t until the third season it began to grow.  It grew quickly and by the fourth it was filling in the spaces between plants. Now it is hardy with a steady growth of new stocks and leaves. It is strong and flexible.

Bamboo is the a fast growing woody plant that is considered a grass in the true grass family Poaceae.  This family has over 10,000 species native to Asia and imported to North America as a decorative plant for landscaping.

Making Tea with Bamboo Leaves

There are a number of different types of bamboo leaves used for commercial  tea processing.  The Indocalamus Longiauritu pictured above is the bamboo that I have growing in my garden.

I have discovered the leaves of the Indocalamus Longiauritu were in a Chinese scientific study that suggests it has comparable components, biological activity and effective qualities to ginkgo leaves. The extract of the leaves was shown to have excellent resistance to radical, anti-oxidation, anti-aging, lowering of blood lipid and micro-circulation of blood cholesterol, dilated capillaries, clearing up, activation of the brain and memory, improve sleep, fight cancer, and had an effect of  beautifying the skin.

These bamboo leaves contain a lot of flavone and lactone, chlorophyll, amino acids, polysaccharides, vitamins, trace elements and other nutrients.  Active ingredients found are flavonoids compounds, biologically active polysaccharides and other phenolic acid derivatives, Anthraquinone compounds, amino acids and terpene Lactone, special active peptides, manganese, zinc, selenium and other trace elements.

They found it could efficiently regulate body fat, and has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, improve immunity function.

In North America the Tea wholesalers suggest that Bamboo Leaf Tea has 10 times the amount of vegetable silica than horsetail.  Horsetail has 5-8% vegetable silica versus the bamboo plant which is made up of 70% silica.  Vegetable silica helps to fix calcium, so that the body can store more of this mineral and then use it to repair bones, collagen and other body tissues.  Silica is water-soluble and so it is highest in the tea.  If the body doesn’t use the silica it flushes it  out of the body.  Therefore drinking tea through the day is recommended.

A high silica content has shown to cut hair loss, increase growth and improve vitality.

Steps for preparing Bamboo leaves for Tea

  1. Pick new bamboo leaves
  2. Wash & drain leaves
  3. Dry fry in a pan until leaves start to turn brown

Preparing Bamboo Tea

  1. Gently bring dried bamboo leaves to a boil
  2. Reduce after a few minutes and steep to taste.

If you don’t have bamboo in your garden, get tea here:

Bamboo Leaf Tea

30 Day Bamboo Leaf Tea Challenge


Bamboo as a Medicinal

Bamboo leaves have been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years and in the Indian Ayurveda.  They have used  the Bamboo leaf extract and tea for detoxification of the body, to aid in digestion, in the treatment of blood diseases and inflammation, for protection against cancer and for improving sleep quality.

Bamboo is considered sweet, cooling, diuretic, febrifuge, expectorant and controls vomiting, stems bleeding and has been used for bacterial infections.


 

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.