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Episode-2125- Getting Started with Herbalism

When I mentioned this show in passing a few weeks ago I figured it might have some interest, it turned out to have a LOT of interest so today we will take a dive into this subject.   Let’s start out with something that should be self evident.  Man has been using herbs safely for thousands of years, for as long as recorded history for that matter.

Now there have always been “doctors”, “shamans”, etc with specialized higher knowledge.  At times genuine and at times not so much.  The key is though while there have always been some with specialized knowledge relying on them was the exception rather than the rule.

Up until about 100 years ago every society from the early hunter gatherers up to the average American had knowledge of and used herbs in their daily life.

Why?  Simple really…

  • They work
  • They are generally safe
  • They are readily available
  • They cost little to nothing

And so it was until man created refined medications, shaped them into pills and capsules and put them in bottles on shelves in stores.  Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of medications I am grateful that we have access to, but that doesn’t mean herbs stopped working on humans.

My point is though that modern society has taught us to fear anything we do not fully understand and think only special people can be trusted with it.  Take teaching, do you really think it requires a 4 year university degree to teach first grade?  Of course you don’t.

Well guess what you don’t need to be a M.H. (master herbalist) to make up a salve for a scrape on your arm or a tea that helps you relax either.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • To start out, just what is herbalism anyway
  • Why should you develop knowledge in herbalism
  • Lets look at the culinary herb oregano and see what it can do
    • Anti Viral & Anti Fungal (carvacrol and thymol)
    • Eases Upset Stomach
    • Antiseptic
    • Antioxident
    • Reduces insect bite itch
    • More
  • So if oregano can do all of that why doesn’t anyone seem to know about it
  • My suggestions for becoming skilled and knowledgeable with herbs
    • Knowledge – 1 herb a week, 10 minutes a day 5 days a week, for one year
      • Day one what does it do
      • Day two in what forms should it be used
      • Day three where do you get it, how to grow it, etc
      • Day four and five – learn about two “unknowns”
    • Application – minimum two new applications a month, some to consider are
      • Start by adding fresh herbs to your cooking as often as possible
      • Make simple culinary herbal oils
      • Make an herbal salve (the oil has you half way there)
      • Use an essential oil diffuser
      • Use an essential oil with another oil
      • Make a tincture
      • Develop a tea or an “herbal water” (that’s an infusion btw)
      • Purchase an herbal product to complicated to make yourself
      • Make a decoction (its just a tea you boil for 10-15 minutes)
      • Find herbs that grow wild where you live
    • Why I really recommend The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook
    • Why you should consider starting to teach others right away
    • Final thoughts

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Episode-1570- Dr. Steven and Janet Lewis on the Link Between Soil and Human Health

Dr. and Janet Lewis of drsnutrition.org

Dr. and Janet Lewis of drsnutrition.org

Doctor Lewis and his wife Janet received great feedback from our audience from their first appearance. They return today for a deeper look at nutrition and the current issues with toxins in our food supply along with the lack of nutrients our food has as well.

The professional staff at Doctor’s Nutrition relies on facts about your health needs based on low cost detailed lab work. Instead of you guessing at what is missing with your nutritional needs, and selecting vitamins or minerals over the counter that may or may not work.

Doctor’s Nutrition delivers free consultations based on lab work results to help get your health back to optimal. They do this with pharmaceutical grade vitamins and minerals sold only to doctor’s. What that means to you, is that their products are generally 3 to 4 times stronger than anything you can buy over the counter.

Their products are actually strong enough to move the numbers on lab work just like prescription medications without the side effects. They use LabCorp for their lab testing because it is the gold standard of labs and they have labs available throughout the United States, so there is generally one local to you in any state. So, if you are ti red of “Guessing” at why don’t I feel good, let us answer that question for you and get you back to health so you can have a life worth living.

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the Week

Halls Hardy Almond – This almond is adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9.

The Hall’s Hardy Almond tree both a beautiful ornamental and a productive edible at the same time. This attractive tree yields large crops of crunchy almonds in fall, and it has showy pink flowers that make it a landscape standout in spring.

It will pretty much grow wherever peaches thrive. Bears in 2-3 years. Matures to be 15-20′ tall. Ripens in late September and is Self-pollinating.

Bob Wells Nursery specializes in edible landscape plants and trees including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Vine Fruit, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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Episode-1252- Doctor Steven Lewis and Janet Lewis on Supplemental Support

Dr. and Janet Lewis of drsnutrition.org

Dr. and Janet Lewis of drsnutrition.org

The professional staff at Doctor’s Nutrition relies on facts about your health needs based on low cost detailed lab work. Instead of you guessing at what is missing with your nutritional needs, and selecting vitamins or minerals over the counter that may or may not work.

Doctor’s Nutrition delivers free consultations based on lab work results to help get your health back to optimal. They do this with pharmaceutical grade vitamins and minerals sold only to doctor’s. What that means to you, is that their products are generally 3 to 4 times stronger than anything you can buy over the counter.

Their products are actually strong enough to move the numbers on lab work just like prescription medications without the side effects. They use LabCorp for their lab testing because it is the gold standard of labs and they have labs available throughout the United States, so there is generally one local to you in any state. So, if you are ti red of “Guessing” at why don’t I feel good, let us answer that question for you and get you back to health so you can have a life worth living.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1151- Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on The Survival Medicine Handbook

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Nurse Amy is a certified nurse midwife as well, and an expert on herbal remedies and essential oils. Her tilapia pond is teeming with activity and new babies. She has also written articles on survival gardening and natural remedies for Survivalist and Backwoods Home Magazine.

Dr. Bones is a contributor to Survivalist Magazine, Backwoods Home, Self Reliance Illustrated, and Survival Quarterly, and has written a chapter on Basics of Medical Survival for Doctor Prepper’s latest edition of “Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook.”  He is a member of Mensa and collects 19th century medical books to gain insight on off-grid medical strategies.

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy have just released the revised and expanded second edition of “The Survival Medicine Handbook,” a guide to staying healthy is situations where help is NOT on the way. The first edition occupied the #1 Amazon Bestseller spot numerous times in the Survival Skills and the Safety and First Aid categories since it was published.

The new edition is a hugely expanced version that goes into many hard core components of survival medicine.  It is full of new illustrations that make these complex medical concepts easier to understand for the layman.

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-960- Keith Pendlebury on Alternative Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Could the Answer be this Simple?

Could the Answer be this Simple?

Keith Pendlebury lives in British Columbia, Canada and has lived, with his wife and 6 week old daughter in Yukon, over 70 miles from the nearest town. Keith panned for gold, hunted moose and caribou and lived close to wolves, grizzly bears and black bears.

With the coming of more children, he moved to civilization while trying to keep the principles of self reliance and independence. Keith has been a small publisher and printer for many years and has focused on learning all he could through health and nutrition research for 40 years with a particular emphasis on what causes and helps your body cure cancer.

When his father died in extreme agony from radiation used to treat cancer in 2001, 90 days after his first radiation treatment, Keith swore he would find something that could cure cancer that wouldn’t risk death or cause extreme suffering.

Keith has published an eBook he feels is too valuable to sell so he is giving it away on his website onecancercure.com

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Episode-689- Dr. Kyle Christensen on Herbal and Alternative Remedies

Join me today as I welcome Dr. Kyle Christensen who is one of the people behind our sponsor Western Botanicals.  Kyle is a Doctor of Chriopractic (D.C.), a Master Herbalist (M.H.) and a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.).

Today we will be discussing treating common and acute problems with herbal and natural remedies.  We will also discuss abuses in modern medicine and by the FDA along with our individual responsibilities to care for ourselves and demand more from our conventional doctors.

Dr. Christensen created Western Botanicals with a sincere desire to establish “an herbalist in every home”.   Western Botanicals assist’s people in this effort through the workshops, herbal formulas and remedies they manufacture and the Herb Kits.

Self-reliance and interdependence is the goal at Western Botanicals which is why I so enjoy the opportunity to share this interview with the audience.

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Episode-685- Dr. Eric Wilke on Survival Medicine

Dr. Eric Wilke,  is  a residency trained emergency medicine physician in practice for 12+ years.  He also direct the local fire department and the tactical medics for the SWAT team in his area. He has traveled to Africa to deliver medical care in austere environments and with very limited resources.  Today he joins us to discuss some common diseases with potential to kill and how they can be recognized and treated.

Join us today as we discuss…

  • The top global killers world wide
  • Prevention of illness in harsh conditions
  • Making water safe to drink
  • Improving hydration
  • Treatment of bacterial and viral infections
  • How to properly store medications
  • Military research into the storage life of medications
  • Thoughts on the current nuclear issues in Japan
  • Common sense alternative medicine
  • Ways to maintain your current health
  • Building a first aid emergency medicine kit

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Episode-594- Herbal Actions Part 4

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Today we wrap up the four part series on Herbal Actions.   An herbal action is the specific effects any herb has on a body.  Most herbal guides list these actions and understanding them will improve your effectiveness with herbs.

On this episode of The Survival Podcast we will review 10 more of 40 primary herbal actions which will wrap up our 4-part series.

Today we cover the following ten herbal actions alterative, anticatarrhal, anti-oxidant, astringent, demulcent, emollient, febrifuge, glactagogue, hypnotic and stomachic.

Join Me As We Discuss the Follow Actions and Corresponding Herbs

  • Alterative – Gradually restores health and vitality to the body by helping the body assimilate nutrients, eliminate waste and restore proper function.
    • Some alterative herbs – Nettle, Garlic and Chickweed
  • Anticatarrhal – Counteracts the build-up of excess mucus and inflammation in the sinus and other upper respiratory parts.
    • Red Clover, Elderberry, Wild Cherry, Ginger, Garlic
  • Anti-oxidant – Protects the body against free radical damage.  Free radicals are highly reactive compounds that bind to and destroy other molecules.
    • Goji (Wolf) Berry, Sage, Black Pepper, Oregano and many more
  • Astringent – Contracts, firms and strengthens body tissues by precipitating proteins and an reduce excess secretions and discharge.
    • Calendula, Plantain, Sea Buckthorn
  • Demulcent – Mucilaginous herbs which relax, soothe and protect tissue.
    • Comfrey, Marshmallow, Slippery Elm, Sea Buckthorn
  • Emollient – Applied to the skin to soften, soothe and protect
    • Almond, Violet, Sea Buckthorn, Chamomile
  • Febrifuge – Assists the body to reduce fever
    • White Willow, Peppermint, Dandelion
  • Galactagogue – Increases the flow of mothers milk
    • Basil, Dill and Garlic
  • Hypnotic – Has a powerful relaxant and sedative action and helps to to induce sleep.
    • California Poppy, Chamomile, Passion Flower
  • Stomachic – Stimulative tonic to the stomach
    • Basil, Lemon Balm and Rose

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Episode-590- Herbal Actions- Part Three

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Today we will be doing the third of a four part series on “herbal actions”.  An herbal action is the specific effects any herb has on a body.  Most herbal guides list these actions and understanding them will improve your effectiveness with herbs.

On this episode of The Survival Podcast we will review 10 more of 40 primary herbal actions which will take us 75% through the series.

Today we cover the following ten herbal actions adaptogen, antacid, anti-microbial, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, lymphatic, rubefacient and styptic.

Join in today to learn about these actions and corresponding herbs…

  • Adaptogen – Increase the body’s resistance and endurance to a wide variety of adverse influences from physical, chemical and biological stressors, assisting the body’s ability to cope and adapt.
    • Some adaptogen herbs – Ginseng (American and Asian), Reishi Mushroom, Valerian
  • Antacid – Neutralizes excess acid in the stomach and intestinal tract.
    • Some antacid herbs – Dandelion, Fennel, Catnip
  • Anti-microbial (aka anti-bacterial or anti viral) – Helps the body’s immune system destroy or resist the proliferation of pathogenic micro-organisms.
    • Some anti-microbial herbs – Parsley, Thyme, Oregano, Basil and Garlic
  • Antiseptic – Prevents or eliminates sepsis (infectious destructive condition of tissue)
    • Some antiseptic herbs – Calendula, Sage, St. John’s Wort and Comfrey
  • Cholagogue – Promotes the discharge and flow of bile from the gallbladder (gogue means to “flow”)
    • Some cholagogue herbs – Dandelion, Tumeric, Rosemary
  • Diaphoretic – Induces increased perspiration, dilates capillaries, increasing elimination of toxins through the skin.
    • Some diaphoretic herbs – Chamomile, Lavender and Lemon Balm
  • Diuretic – Increases the flow of urine
    • Some diuretic herbs – Hibiscus, Lovage, Black Pepper
  • Lymphatic – Support the health and activity of the lymphatic system
    • Some lymphatic herbs – Red Clover, Echinacea, Plantain
  • Rubefacient – Generates a localized increase in blood flow when applied to the skin.   Often used to warm the skin and ease the pain and swelling of joints.
    • Some rubefacient herbs Oils of Peppermint, Spearmint, Pine
  • Styptic – Reduces or stops external bleeding by astringent action.
    • Some styptic herbs – Plantain, Blackberry, St. John’s Wort (oil)

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Episode-585- Herbal Actions – Part Two

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Today we will be doing the second of a four part series on “herbal actions”.  An herbal action is the specific effects any herb has on a body.  Most herbal guides list these actions and understanding them will improve your effectiveness with herbs.

Today we will review 10 more of 40 primary herbal actions which will take us half way through the series.

Today we cover the following ten herbal actions antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, bitter, hypotensive, hepatic, immune stimulant, refrigerant, sedative, stimulant and tonic.

Join in today to learn about these actions and corresponding herbs…

  • Antidepressant – Helps relieve or prevent depressed states of mind
    • Some antidepressant herbs – St. John’s Wort, Saffron and Basil
  • Anti-inflammatory – Combats excessive or overly painful inflammation
    • Some anti-inflammatory herbs – Chamomile, Calendula and Rose
  • Bitter – Stimulates the normal secretion of digestive fluids to aid digestion.  Also stimulates liver activity and can help to improve depression.
    • Dandelion, Mugwort and Rue
  • Hypotensive – Reduces elevated blood pressure
    • Garlic, Lavender and Lemon Balm
  • Hepatic – Tonifies and strengthens the liver.
    • Rosemary, Turmeric and Chicory
  • Immune stimulant – Helps stimulate immune response and fight infections.
    • Echinacea, Ginseng and Pomegranate
  • Refrigerant – Cooling agents which lower body temperature and relieve thirst.
    • Peppermint, Tarragon and Plantain
  • Sedative – Calms the nervous system by reducing stress and nervous irritation throughout the body
    • Chamomile, Lavender and Hops
  • Stimulant – Warms the body, quickens circulation, breaks up obstructions and congestion.
    • Black Pepper, Coffee and Garlic
  • Tonic – Increases tone and vitality of skin, other organs or body systems.  Improves nutrient absorption.
    • Dandelion, Goji Berry, Garlic and Anise

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