5 Traditional Home Remedies for Skin Tags, Moles and Warts

lemon-906141_1920 generic herbal medicineOne of the most frequent questions that I get asked as a holistic health practitioner, is how to get rid of moles, skin tags and warts. I have found in my practice that the same thing does not work for everyone. But, here are the most common ways that have been successful for most of my clients.

      1. Apple Cider Vinegar.

This traditional remedy is successful for most people about 80% of the time. Here is what you do: Saturate a small gauze pad, piece of cotton ball , tissue with raw apple cider vinegar. Apply on wart, skin tag or mole. Repeat two or three times a day for 2 weeks. If this remedy is going to work, you will notice that the unwanted growth starts to get red and then eventually it will darken and fall off. Many people report this is effective within just a couple of days.

      2. Essential Oils.

The best choices of oils include: Oregano, Tea Tree/Melaleuca, Frankincense, Thyme,

Wild Orange, Lemon, Clove, Rosemary. The oils that I have seen with the best results

include Oregano and Frankincense. Just like the apple cider vinegar, apply these two or  three times daily for a period of two weeks..

      3. Caster Oil, Baking Soda and Lemon Oil Paste.

Similar to the other ideas, this mixture is applied a couple of times a day and continued for two weeks.

      4. Lime or Lemon Juice.

This method is used when the problem is less chronic and is addressed when the skin issues first appear. If you have had the problem for some time, try another method first.

      5. Turmeric Root Paste with Lime Juice.

Grate a portion of the fresh root, add fresh lime juice. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes. Apply to skin when it is not too warm to the touch. Reapply in 2-3 hours. Do this daily until it is gone.

 

FERMENTED VEGETABLE RECIPES

Cauliflower with Sweet Cicely & Star Anise

fermented anise cauliflowerFermented vegetables are loaded with good bacteria that we need to stay healthy. The cultured vegetables contain live enzymes and also enhance the nutrients. One little bite contains millions, maybe even billions of probiotics.

This recipe is a simple and delicious way to incorporate wild edibles into your cultivated fermented vegetables. If you like licorice, you will love this combination. Sweet Cicely is a perennial pant that grows in the woods and thickets. To add to the licorice flavor, Star Anise is used. This lovely herb is both beautiful and medicinal. This recipe calls for using cauliflower, but you can use any vegetable such as carrots, turnips, rutabagas, etc.

Ingredients (makes one quart)
  • ½ head cauliflower, cut or broken is bite size pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, whole
  • ¼ cup onion, cut in chunks
  • Star Anise, 1-2
  • Sweet Cicely leaves, stems or root
  • ¼ whey from organic yogurt (optional) or cultured vegetable starter (optional)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Celtic sea salt
  • Filtered water
Instructions
  1. Place the garlic and onion in the bottom of the jar.
  2. Add cauliflower, star anise, and sweet cicely to quart jar, placing so they have a nice appearance. Leave a one-inch empty space at the top of the jar.
  3. Add salt and whey.
  4. Add filtered water to jar, leaving one inch from top.
  5. Cover tightly and let sit on counter at room temperature for about one week, or until fermented.
  6. Store jar in refrigerator or root cellar. This is best if eaten within 3 to 4 months.

About the “Medicinal” Herbs Used in this Recipe…

Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza longistylis):

The leaves, roots, and green seed pods are a traditional remedy for digestive ailments including indigestion, gas and other stomach ailments.  This herb is also known to stimulate appetite. In addition it has been used as an expectorant, to help cough up phlegm and for stuck mucus.

Star Anise (Illicium verum):star anise

Star Anise has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant qualities. Besides being known for its culinary purposes, this herb is used in Chinese Medicine. It also is said to boosts the immune systems. Herbalist Matthew Wood says it is a useful remedy for support the healing of sinus infections.

DIY Anti-Fungal Salve

salveThis recipe is a nice one to use for a variety of skin problems. Not only do the herbs in it contain anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, but some also support and promote cell regeneration for fast healing.

How to Make Anti-Fungal Herbal Salve

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Echinacea root
  • 1 tablespoon Calendula flowers
  • 2 tablespoons Comfrey leaf
  • 2 tablespoons Plantain leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Yarrow flowers and leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Rosemary leaf
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 30 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • Vitamin E oil to preserve (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Infuse the herbs into the olive oil. There are two methods for this procedure. You can either combine the herbs and the olive oil in a jar with an airtight lid and leave for 4 weeks, shaking the jar every day. The other method is quicker. Simply heat the herbs and olive oil over a very low heat in a double boiler for about 3 hours until the oil is completely infused with the herbs. It will change color to take on a stronger green.
  2. Strain the herbs out of the oil by pouring the mixture through cheesecloth. Let all the oil drip out and then tightly squeeze the herbs to get the remaining oil separated from the plant material.
  3. Discard the herbs and save the infused oil.
  4. Melt the beeswax in a pan with low heat. After the beeswax is completely melted, add in the infused oil and gentle heat just until the wax and oil combine.                                      If desired, add vitamin E.
  5. Add the Grapefruit essential oil to the warmed oil and beeswax.
  6. Pour into small glass jars, let cool and cover. Label salve. Use topically on wounds, diaper rash, or other skin issues.

Note: To keep the salve fresh longer, store in refrigerator and it will keep up to one year. If not refrigerated, the salve should be used within 6 months.

Four Thieves Vinegar Recipe

 

Rosemary, Sage, Thyme and Lavender:    Four Helpful Herbs

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This is a very simple recipe that will help your body to fight off cold and flu. Take it by the spoonful or use it as a base for salad dressings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlicgarlic-618400_1920
  • ¼ c. Rosemary leaves
  • ¼ c. Lavender Flowers
  • ¼ c. Sage leaves
  • ¼ c. Thyme Leaves
  • Raw apple cider vinegar

Instructions:

Place herbs in a pint jar and fill to the top with gently warmed apple cider vinegar. Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Let jar sit for 4 weeks in a sunny location to infuse. Strain off herbs and keep in a glass bottle. Keeps up to one year. Take 1-2 tablespoons daily to ward off sickness.

Six Simple Steps to Ward Off Cold and Flu

thermometer-833085_1920Are you dreading cold and flu season? You can avoid catching germs by naturally boosting your immune system with some simple tactics. Germs are around us all the time, but the difference of whether or not we get sick lies in our immune system strength.  Remember 80% of your immune system is within the digestive tract.

Here are my suggestions to add to your daily regime to stay healthy as winter approaches.

 

  1. Take Elderberry Tincture or Syrup.

    Here’s my protocol for Elderberry tincture from The Lamb Shoppe: For a preventative, take 1 drop under the tongue daily. If you have been highly exposed to germs, take 1-3 drops twice a day in the morning and at night. If you are sick take 3 drops every 2 hours.

  2. Take Vitamin D and K2 or Cod Liver Oil.

    I recommend taking 5000 IU of vitamin D daily during cold and flu season. It is important to know your vitamin D levels from blood tests. The optimal level is 50-70 ng/ml. If you are below 50 ng/ml, many health experts agree that you are deficient in vitamin D. Stop in at The Lamb Shoppe to find which source of vitamin D is best for you as we will individualize your needs.

  3. Take Probiotics Daily or Eat Fermented Foods with Each Meal.

    The Lamb Shoppe has a superb selection of therapeutic level probiotic supplements. We will help you select which one is best for you. If you prefer to eat you probiotics as foods, be sure to register and attend the upcoming class on making fermented vegetables on Thursday, October 29th.

  4. Drink Herbal Teas.

    The Lamb Shoppe offers a special blend called Super Immunity Tea which is designed especially to boost vitamin C levels and it is made with immune boosting herbs including: Astragalus Root, Lemon Balm, Linden Flowers, Elderberries, Rosehips, Peppermint and Hibiscus Flowers. Make a big batch at at time, store it in the refrigerator and drink it warm or cold. Take it along to work with you to give you a boost throughout the whole day.

  5. Consider Bee Propolis.

    Propolis is a resinous substance that is collected by honeybees from tree buds, sap flows and other plants. Bees instinctively mix this substance with beeswax and amino acids and use it to form structures within the hive, much like cement. Bees protect themselves from disease with propolis. As the bees travel through the hive, they rub against the propolis and receive the benefits of the natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiviral properties from their building materials. Human use of propolis as a healing agent goes far back to ancient times. At The Lamb Shoppe, we have propolis capsules and it is also in a convenient tincture form.

  6. Enhance your Immune System with Essential Oils.

    A number of essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. Come into the shoppe and let us show you which ones are most beneficial for you. Some really good choices may be Thieves, Protective Blend (On Guard), Oregano, Lemon, Frankincense and Thyme.

How to Alleviate Autumn Allergies

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A surge in allergy problems happens both in the spring and the fall with the many airborne substances that can act as allergens. Whether you blame it on the ragweed, goldenrod, or just unknowns spores and molds in the air, it can be miserable for suffers of allergy symptoms. Common symptoms include watery eyes, red itchy eyes, runny nose, clogged nose, wheezing, sneezing, sinus headache, foggy head, fatigue, breathing issues, joint pain, stress and/ or anxiety. The bottom line is any of these indicators can make you feel awful.

Here are some tips you can use to avoid or improve autumn allergies.

1. Use natural antihistamine herbs.

Typically these herbs contain natural quercetin that the body uses to modulate the allergens. Try Nettle, Chickweed, Wild Cherry, Elderflower & Peppermint. All of these herbs work to normalize the histamines that your body releases in response to the allergens. Teas and tinctures are ideal ways to consume these herbs.

2. If your symptoms include leaky, drippy and runny nose and eyes, you may need astringent herbs.

Among the best herbs in this category are Raspberry, White Oak, Sumac, Peach, Nettle,  and believe it or not Goldenrod and Ragweed! You may be shocked to hear that Goldenrod and Ragweed actually are herbal remedies for seasonal allergies or hayfever, but they work wonders.

3. For clogged or stock mucus, use herbs that act as expectorants.

Some really good examples of expectorant herbs would be Fenugreek, Creeping Charlie, Elecampane, Ginger, Cayenne, Horseradish, and Garlic.

4. If you have dry, itchy and scratchy symptoms, consider herbs that are mucilaginous.

Herbs in this category my include Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm, Licorice and Fenugreek.

5. Since allergies are ultimately an autoimmune condition, you will need to boost your immune system.

Here are some herbs that will help nourish and restore your immunity. Elderberry, Astragalus, Reshi, Boneset, Turmeric Root, and Propolis. Teas or tinctures can be really beneficial methods of consuming the herbs.

 

To help select which herb works best for you, a consultation with your health professional can be very beneficial. Additionally, there are a number of supplements, nutritional and other strategies that can be used to minimize seasonal allergies. To set up an appointment with Connie, please call 320-587-6094.

The Power of Purslane

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If you are looking for a power packed food that is absolutely free for the taking, just take a look in your backyard. Purslane may be just the answer for you. This plant tops the list of plants high in vitamin E and an essential omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

Did you know that Purslane provides six times more vitamin E than spinach and seven times more beta carotene than carrots and 15 times more ALA than iceberg lettuce? So what are you waiting for, go find some Purslane and start eating it!

About Purslane:

Considered by most to be a pesky weed, this succulent herb contains more omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant.  Purslane is a creeping, sun-loving plant that has paddle-shaped leaves with reddish stems. The flowers are tiny and pale yellow with 5 petals.

Parts Used:

Stems, leaves and seeds.

Stems and Leaves:

Purslane is an incredible source of protein, vitamin E, vitamin C, and the best source of Omega 3 fatty acids of any leafy plant.  Its flavor is a mix of cucumber and okra.  Its texture is crunchy on the outside, but has a strong mucilaginous effect inside rather like flax seeds. The thick jade-like leaves and pink stems look pretty in any dish. An easy way to add it to your diet is to just toss a few raw, washed leaves into your salad. It can also be stir-fried, or added to soups, stews and sauces. Additionally, the tender fat stems may be pickled in apple cider vinegar with garlic and peppercorns. Check out this easy salad recipe.

The tiny black seeds are about the size of grains of salt. If you look very carefully, you may be able to find them pouring out of tiny seed heads. Purslane seeds may be used in place of poppy seeds, added to cereals, ground into flour and used with whole grain flours.

 

TIPS FOR HARVESTING:

Purslane sometimes may have a tangy taste, especially when the weather has been dry; it contains malic acid, the component that makes apples sour. It forms the acid overnight and metabolizes it throughout the day, so plants picked in the morning are tangy, while by late afternoon they are bland.

 

Note: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice from your professional healthcare provider. Please consult your qualified healthcare provider for treatment of medical problems.

 

Simple Purslane Salad

Ingredients
  • 2 cups purslane, coarsely chopped Purslane Summer Salad
  • 2 organic Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 3/4 cup organic cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
Dressing
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt
Directions

1. Add purslane, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions together. Mix gently.

2. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar together. Briskly whisk until emulsified. Add salt and pepper, continue to whisk. Serve chilled.

BPA: The Unleashed Monster

bottles-60479_1280By now, many consumers have heard of Bisphenol A, or BPA. But just why are so many concerned about BPA toxicity?

In a nutshell, chemicals found in plastic food containers leach into the food or water that they hold. Among the most harmful of these chemicals is BPA and phthalate – both of these are hormone disruptors and cause infertility, sexual and gender identity problems, diabetes, and even cancer.

BPA is commonly found in two forms: polycarbonate and epoxy resins. The polycarbonates are common in food and drink containers, baby bottles, eye glass lenses, medical equipment, household appliances, sports safety equipment, airplanes, and automobiles, CDs and DVDs.

Epoxy coating is used to line billions of food and beverage cans, adhesives, automotive primers, industrial protective coatings, dental sealants, flame retardant pajamas and a multitude of other commonly consumed products.

Additional source of BPA include thermal printer receipts and paper currency that is stored next to the receipts. Recycled paper products, like toilet paper and napkins, are also high in BPA due to recycling of the paper receipts.

Clearly, we are surrounded by damaging chemicals everywhere in our environment. So what can we do to combat this toxic chemical?

Tips to reduce BPA chemical toxicity:

  • Only use glass for drinking and eating. Avoid plastic food and drink containers.
  • Use glass containers or glass mason jars to store food.
  • Bring drinking water from home in glass water bottles, instead of buying bottled water.
  • Use reusable shopping bags for groceries.
  • Avoid canned foods and sodas. Choose fresh and/or frozen vegetables instead of canned.
  • Don’t heat plastic in the microwave or dishwasher or use plastic utensils for cooking or eating. Better yet, get rid of your microwave all together.
  • Ask your dentist about the type of dental sealant that is used.
  • Say no to cash register receipts. Studies have shown BPA transfers from the paper and through your skin. If you need a receipt, put it in an envelope instead of your wallet.
  • Beware of BPA-free claims. A common BPA replacement is BPS, which also has hormone-disrupting qualities, so do your research.

Supplements to help detoxify from BPA:

1. Calcium-D-Glucarate. Aids in the removal of heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, excess estrogen, and metabolic byproducts.

2. Chlorella. This form of blue green algae binds to toxins and help remove them from your body. Chlorella cann be purchased at The Lamb Shoppe

3. Probiotics and Fermented Foods. Beneficial bacteria assist the body to remove this from the body so load up on these.

4. Regular Liver Detoxification. Since the liver is the body’s mechanism for removal of toxins, you want to make sure it is working to its optimal ability. The Designs for Health 21-day or 14-day PaleoCleanse Plus is a great way to help accomplish this because it works on both phase I and phase II detoxification pathways.

 

5 Reasons to Grow Cayenne

Cayenne is easy to grow and has many remarkable healing properties. Whether you grow it in a pot on your terrace or in your garden, there are so many uses for this plant. Cayenne has both culinary and medicinal purposes. These starter plants are currently available at The Lamb Shoppe. But hurry, they will be gone soon.

Capsaicin is the active ingredient in this plant. Cayenne is known as a supreme herb for warming and circulating. Remember a small amount goes a long way.

Here are some medicinal uses:

1. Relieves Muscle Pain.

An excellent analgesic (relieves pain), Cayenne is great to use topically on sore muscles. It is really simple to make a tincture from Cayenne. Just pick the red peppers, cut them up and loosely fill a jar, cover with vodka, let sit for 6 weeks and strain off plant material. That’s all there’s to it. Store this herbal extraction in a dark bottle and it will keep for years.

2. Normalizes Blood Pressure

Research has shown capsaicin to be an effective antihypertensive (blood pressure reducing) agent. You can either take a few drops of the tincture under your tongue to help normalize your blood pressure, or you could use the dried form. If you are using the dried form, add 1 teaspoon cayenne powder to 1 cup hot water. Mix and drink.

3. Soothes Ulcers.

Many people can get some relief from the pain of stomach ulcers by mixing a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water and drinking.

4. Help for Arthritis and Rheumatism.

Because capsaicin is an anti-inflammatory, it is often used as a traditional remedy for arthritis. A widespread recipe for this is to add 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to 1 cup raw apple cider vinegar. Mix together and apply to affected area. Many people find relief to inflamed joints by using this home remedy.

5. Sore Throats or Laryngitis.

The antibacterial properties of cayenne are useful for to help sore throats. Use 5-10 drops of the tincture or 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne powder to 4 ounces of warm water and gargle. This may need to be repeated a few times to alleviate the condition.

 

Learn more about Cayenne Pepper.

 

Note: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice from your professional healthcare provider. Please consult your qualified healthcare provider for treatment of medical problems.