Thursday, February 10, 2011

Herbs for cancer treatment

I don't understand why there isn't more research being done on treating cancer with herbs. There has been study after study that's shown that certain herbs can shrink tumors, stop cancer cell growth, and even kill cancer cells. But it seems like every time they reach that conclusion, they stop researching. Keep going!

I have a 7 year old niece that has multiple tumors growing in her heart and brain. Conventional medicine hasn't helped. Maybe herbs could. I mean, just look at this list!

Black Cohosh
Cascarsa Sagrada



Celery Seed




Red Clover

Every single one of these herbs has been shown to have some kind of tumor shrinking or cancer fighting abilities. Any one of them could potentially be "the cure". But, until someone figures out that these herbs are killing cancer cells because they are meant to kill cancer, we'll just have to sit around and watch more people die.

Sorry. I didn't mean to go on a rampage, but......

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chamomile: A healing herb

As a healing herb, chamomile is invaluable. I drink chamomile tea every night to help me sleep and, in the past, I've used chamomile oil as an antiseptic to prevent infection on a burn. Those are just two things on a very long list of health benefits of chamomile.

Since the time of ancient Egyptions, chamomile has been a very effective treatment for many ailments. Right now chamomile is listed as a treatment for over 100 different health conditions. Of course very few studies have been done on chamomile, so the only proof we have to rely on is the fact that it's been used for thousands of years.

Recent studies have shown that chamomile could be useful in preventing and treating cancer. One study showed that women who increased their intake of the flavones and flavonols found in chamomile could lower their risk of getting breast cancer. Another study showed that chamomile extracts slowed the growth of cancer cells and promoted cancer cell death while leaving healthy cells untouched. The same study showed that our body's natural digestive process converts the active ingredient in chamomile into a powerful cancer fighter.

Chamomile can also help with normal everyday health conditions like acne, dandruff, menstrual cramps and headaches. It's safe to use at home and has very few side effects. The only precaution I've heard of is not to use it if you're pregnant or nursing.

If you would like to learn more about the many uses of chamomile, please read Natural Remedies using Chamomile. It explains the difference between chamomile German and chamomile Roman and details what each is used for. Plus there are some great herbal recipes!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Healing with Herbs and Oils

I've always been fascinated with the healing powers of herbs and oils. As a child, I would eat dandelions leaves because I just knew they couldn't be all bad (I was right!). As a teenager, I would take long walks in the woods and just stare at all the different plants, wondering which plant could heal which ailment. But it wasn't until I became an adult that I indulged my curiosity. I'll never forget what happened the first time I used essential oils to heal.

It was May of 2004. I was outside playing with my son when I heard my step-daughter scream. Upon running into the house, the first thing I saw was a big red mark on her face. A closer examination revealed it to be a pretty nasty carpet burn (that's it's very own story!). I'd never seen a carpet burn like this one so I took her to her doctor. But the doctor wouldn't even give her a salve or anything! That's when I decided to take matters into my own hands. We went home and I immediately started pouring over all my herb and oil books.
Eventually I decided to use Lavender and Chamomile German. I chose Lavender because of it's ability to promote healing and prevent scars. I chose Chamomile German because of it's antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. I added 5 drops of each to a pint of warm water and used a cotton ball to apply it to her face. We did this 3-4 times a day and three weeks later, she was all healed! I was amazed because she didn't even have the faintest trace of that horrible rug burn left on her face.

So, then I was hooked! Ever since then, I've used essential oils and herbs whenever I could. As with any amateur, I've had my share of successes and failures (but I've learned from them all). I'm going to use this blog to track my herbal journey. Care to join me?