Reducing Radiation Damage With Ginger & Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm and Ginger Protect Against RadiatiopnBy: Dr. Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

The German Medical Association finally just apologized for the profession’s role in the Nazi atrocities, 65 years after 20 physicians stood trial in Nuremberg. During the trial, the Nazi doctors argued that their experiments were not unlike previous studies by researchers in the United States, like Dr. Strong’s injection of prisoners with the plague. Nazi Docs were hung; Dr. Strong, went on to Harvard. And we were just getting started. The few examples the Nazis cited were nothing compared to what the American medical establishment started doing after Nuremburg. After all prisoners are much cheaper than chimpanzees.

Much attention has focused on our cold war radiation experiments, which remained classified for decades. Declassification, the American Energy Commission warned, they would have a very poor effect on the public, because they described experiments performed on human subjects, including the actual injection of plutonium into the body. Subjects like Mr.Cade, a 53 “colored male” who got in a car accident and ended up in the hospital—great! Let’s inject him with plutonium.

Who else is powerless besides patients? How about kids, at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts who were fed radioactive isotopes in their breakfast cereal. Despite the Pentagon’s insistence that these were the “only feasible means” of developing ways to protect people from radiation, researchers have since come up with a few ways that don’t violate the Nuremburg code, which states the only time doctors are allowed to do experiments that may kill or disable people if they themselves are willing to sign up as experimental subjects as well.

One way is to study cells in a petri dish. The protective effect of Zingerone against radiation-induced genetic damage and cell death in human white blood cells. What is zingerone? It’s a phytonutrient found in cooked ginger root. You blast cells with some gamma rays and you get less DNA damage and fewer free radicals when add ginger phytonutrients. They even compared it to the leading drug injected into people to protect them from radiation sickness and found the ginger compound to be 150 times more powerful. And without the serious side effects of the drug itself.

They conclude that it’s an inexpensive natural product that may protect against radiation-induced damage. In fact lots of different plant-products have been found to be protective in vitro against radiation damage by a whole variety of mechanisms. After all, plants have been utilized since time immemorial for curing diseases, so they started screening plants and also found radiation-protective benefits from other plants one can find at grocery stores: garlic, turmeric, goji berries, mint leaves but this is all just on cells in a test tube. None had actually been tested in actual people, until now.

How are you going to find people exposed to radiation you can test stuff on? Well, aside from pilots, another group that suffers inordinate radiation exposure is the hospital workers that run the X-ray machines, who have been found to suffer chromosomal damage as a result, compared to other hospital staff, and higher levels of oxidative stress on their bodies. Although X-rays can damage DNA directly, much of the damage is caused by the free radicals generated by the radiation.

So, they asked radiology staff to drink two cups a day of lemon balm tea a for a month, an herbal tea known to have high levels of antioxidants as I showed in one of my favorite videos, Antioxidants in a Pinch. So what happened? The level of antioxidant enzymes in their bloodstream went up and the level of free radical damage went down, leading to the conclusion that oral administration of lemon balm tea may be helpful for the protection of the radiology staff against radiation-induced oxidative stress and improve antioxidant defense system, especially enzymatic defense, due to its antioxidant properties. And if that’s the reason that practically any plant should fit the bill. So know that as you’re sucking on some crystalized ginger to prevent travel sickness on some airplane, little did you know that you may be protecting yourself from the cosmic radiation at that altitude as well.

Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D.
Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

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Breast Cancer: Guidelines For Buying Safe Supplements and Herbs

Breast Cancer How To Guide For Buying SupplementsBy: Rachel Pappas, Breast Cancer Survivor and Founder of www.1UpOnCancer.com.

If your doctors are trained in conventional medicine, and you ask them about supplements and herbs, they may tell you there isn’t enough research to back that they have health benefits – and may even tell you they are unsafe. But the fact is, there is plenty of research to show that botanical, fungal, pre- and probiotic, and micronutrient-based supplements, have multiple health benefits—from boosting the immune system to fighting cancer-promoting inflammation. Some have even been proven to cause cancer cell death. They come mainly from plant-based foods, and are important, as most of us do not get enough of these nutrients from food.

As far as the safety issue, it is true: there are no guarantees that a supplement is all it is claimed to be, as they are not FDA-approved. Though the supplement and herb industry is becoming a little more regulated. And there are more measures you can take on your own to ensure you are buying a quality product.

First, know that U.S. government regulations require manufacturers to observe good manufacturing practices (GMPs), intended to help ensure there are no unsafe levels of contaminants and overall safety. And there are independent, third-party groups who test for products’ purity, strength and ingredients.

Still, your best guarantee that you are getting a safe, quality product, is to be a smart shopper.

Here are guidelines to follow when looking for supplements and herbs:

  1. Check the product label for the words “Current Good Manufacturing Practices” or “cGMPs.” This “seal” indicates that what is on the label matches what is actually in the bottle as far as ingredients and dose.
  2. Look for pharmaceutical grade. Pharmaceutical grade products have met the most stringent regulatory standards verified by an outside party. A dietician or integrative practitioner should be able to help you determine this level of quality. Or you may be able to confirm on the manufacturer’s website or call the toll-free number on the bottle.
  3. Check the label for one of these four names: ConsumerLab.com, the Natural Products Association, NSF International, and the United States Pharmacopeia.   If the label has the “seal” of one of these organizations, it has passed a stringent certification process—its manufacturing facilities were inspected and the product has been tested and found to comply with specific standards for safety, quality and purity.

Avoiding interactions

Know that some supplements and herbs can interact with each other, and with prescription and over-the-counter medications.

So tell your doctor about any supplements you are taking. But bring all information you have on the supplements with you to appointments, as most medical doctors are limited in their knowledge of natural therapies. A naturopathic doctor, herbalist, some dieticians, and pharmacists will likely be able to guide you in ensuring you are not mixing natural or pharmaceutical ingredients that could have harmful interactions.

Here are more resources to help you make informed choices:

The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements. For free downloadable fact sheets on individual vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements. http://ods.od.nih.gov

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For alerts, advisories, and other actions. http://www.fda.gov/default.htm

Consumer Reports Health’s Dietary Supplements and Natural Health Products Information. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/health/vitamins-and-supplements/index.htm For general information on supplements and herbs, including for some specific conditions. And information on safety.

In summary, here are smart tips:

  1. Examine the label. Look for seal: Current Good Manufacturing Practices or “cGMPs” And make sure it includes the name of a third party inspector (ConsumerLab.com, the Natural Products Association, NSF International, or United States Pharmacopeia.) Do your research and find out which manufacturers subject their products to third-party verification and testing. Only buy these.
  2. Always discuss any supplements you are considering with your doctor.
  3. If your doctor doesn’t know much about supplements (most conventionally trained doctors do not) consider also discussing this topic with a practitioner who is trained in their use.

 

Founder of  1UpOnCancer.Com

Rachel Pappas is breast cancer survivor. She is the founder of www.1UpOnCancer.com. And the author of Hopping Roller Coasters, which tells the story of her and her daughter, both diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

 

How To Grow An Indoor Lavender Potpourri Garden For Breast Cancer Healing

Lavender Indoor Potpourri Garden For Breast CancerBy Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
Lavender is a valuable and beautiful flower for your indoor breast cancer healing garden. Lavender (Lavandula) is such a wonderfully romantic flower that it should be required that every gardener grow it. This amazing plant is a native of the Mediterranean and a lover of sunny, dry, rocky habitats. Learn how to grow, harvest and use the luxurious lavender below.

Some lavender plants can surprise you. Some varieties can explode in growth and grow extremely large in height and width, while others stay incredibly small. We estimated plant sizes of common adult lavender and the approximate spacing you may need and recommend the following for an indoor garden:

Lavandula Angustifolia (True Lavender)
Can grow up to 24” tall x 22” wide (space > 2.5ft.)
Can be used for landscape, low hedges, oil production, fresh cut and dry flowers, sachet, crafting, and as a culinary delight.

Typical Uses For Lavender

  • Aromatherapy: simply stated, this is the practice of using herbs, flowers, and essential oils extracted from them for healing, relaxing, and balancing the mind, spirit, and body. The flowers, leaves, and stems are steamed, releasing the fragrant oils.
  • To scent bath water: add a few drops to the bath to enjoy the relaxing and soothing aromas of this wonderful flower, and delicately scent the skin.
  • To soothe skin irritations: such as sunburn, insect bites, eczema, minor cuts and scrapes.
  • To ease headache and tension: apply a few drops to your temples and rest quietly. Lavender eye pillows are also helpful for this purpose.
  • Lavender sachets: fill your drawers and closets with a fresh clean fragrance. Use lavender as a natural air freshener instead of the chemical-filled products saturating the market today. Sit back and place a lavender eye pillow over your eyes. Pamper yourself by sleeping with a lavender-filled pillow.
  • Lavender aromatherapy: to help reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia and mild depression. It is often referred to as a mood balancing herb that possesses a sedative and calming effect. It can also have an uplifting, refreshing and rejuvenating effect on the psyche.

Planting Lavender For A Breast Cancer Healing GardenHow To Plant Lavender
Lavender can be planted in a variety of containers; old tin cans, wooden boxes, crockery, bowls as well as pottery. Sufficient drainage should be provided to ensure that the soil does not become waterlogged.

How To Care For Lavender
Lavender very easy to care for. Their needs are minimal. Most scented herbs do not have insect problems due to their strong odors.

  1. Light & Air – Find a sunny window, a south or west exposure is best. Most herbs like plenty of light and should be turned from time to time.
  2. Temperature – Normal indoor temperatures are sufficient for growing herbs. Warmer temperatures will require more frequent waterings than cooler.
  3. Water & Fertilize – To decide if your plant needs water, stick your finger about 1/2″ into the soil. If the soil feels dry, it is time to water. If it is still wet, don’t. Herbs should not be over fertilized. This leads to excessive leaf growth and a reduced level of aromatic oils in the plant. If you wish to fertilize, do so only once a month using a half dilution of the recommended rate.
  4. Pruning – During the winter months, Lavender grows much slower due to lower light levels and shorter days. Only the top growth of the plant should be removed at any one time to prevent shock and setting back the plant, as they are slower to respond in the winter months.
  5. Insects & Diseases – It is advisable to use an insecticidal soap or other safe, organic methods of pest control such as neem insecticide, according to directions on the label.

Warning: Herbs may interact with certain medications. Talk with your doctor prior to taking medicinal herbs to prevent any interactions with medications or health conditions.

Suggested Links:
How To Grow Lavender From A Seed
Plants for Free – Propagating Lavender
How To Use Lavender & Peppermint Essential Oils

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Medicinal Herb Calendula And Its Therapeutic Benefits For Breast Cancer

Calendula For Breast Cancer Complementary TherapyBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Calendula blossom oil is a renowned, herbalist remedy for keeping breast tissue healthy. Using a Calendula hydrosol spray or using Calendula as a massage oil is known to excel at preventing, and with patience, possibly removing adhesions and scar tissue, even keloid scars. Keloid scars are the raised, hard scars with irregular edges which can be painful. Calendula also helps with post surgical adhesions, which differ from scar tissue and keloids. are bands of scar tissue that bind together. Calendula essential oil hydrosol spray is used to treat and lessen radiation-induced pain. It can vastly improve skin damaged by radiation. Some additional ways to use Calendula include herbal oils, salves and lip balm.

Calendula Herbal Oil
This medicinal oil is simple to prepare and has so many uses. The gentle, soothing, and healing oil is perfect for cradle cap, diaper rash, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, and sore or inflamed muscles. The oil can be used alone, or incorporated into salves, massage oils, lip balms, ointments, creams, and

Calendula Salve
A soothing and healing salve. Rub into sore or inflamed muscles, apply to minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, rashes, diaper rashes, stretch marks, chapped lips, chafed skin, bruises, and other skin irritations.

Calendula & Shea Butter Lip Balm
This nourishing lip balm is made from healing ingredients which soothe dry and chapped lips.
Calendula For Breast Cancer HealingCalendula Therapeutic Actions:

  • Circulatory specific for cleansing lymph by boosting immune resistance
  • Softens hard tumors and prevents tumors from metastasizing
  • Naturally promotes fibrin production over the surface of wounds
  • Offers emotional support
  • Lessens external bleeding, bruise or strain.
  • Aids repair from minor burns such as radiation burns
  • Helpful for insomnia
  • Dispels depression with its uplifting aromatic properties
  • Used in muscular spasms, tightness, and tension
  • Heals tissue loss from acute damage from wounds
  • Reduces irritability

Where to Find Calendula Products
If you cannot grow your own for the above uses or you prefer to purchase rather than make, consider purchasing Calendula products from Mountain Rose Herbs. Their quality and prices are unsurpassed.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange: Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Medicinal Herb Comfrey Has Many Therapeutic Benefits For Breast Cancer

Comfrey As A Complementary Therapy For Breast CancerBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Comfrey is a highly useful herb, best-known for its fast healing properties. Comfrey relieves pain and inflammation. Topically, comfrey may reduce pain in sore breasts. Comfrey strengthens tissues and helps them become resilient and flexible and is especially wonderful for breast self massage.

Breast Massage With Comfrey Oil Benefits
Infused oil of comfrey root (best) or leaves is one of the most amazing therapeutic massage oils. Regular breast massage with comfrey has many benefit such as:

  1. Stimulates lymph circulation in breast tissue.
  2. Helps eliminate abnormal cells and congestion.
  3. Become familiar with how your breasts.

Breast Pain Relief With Comfrey Cream/Poultice
Comfrey creams are helpful as topical treatments for burns, skin alterations and sore breasts. To use comfrey for breast pain, apply a comfrey poultice of the fresh, bruised leaves. It relieves pain in an hour.

Many healing effects of comfrey are attributable to allantoin, a compound shown to speed cell production both inside and outside the body. Comfrey works so quickly that many herbalists add antibacterial salves and oils to prevent sealing bacteria inside because it heals the surface faster then underneath the wound.

Comfrey Therapeutic Actions:

  • Recommended for external use
  • Acts as an antibacterial and anti- fungal treatment
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Eases pain
  • Stop swelling
  • Stimulates cell growth
  • Very soothing to the skin
  • Inhibits further damage to tissues especially for radiation burns
  • Stimulates the production of cartilage, tendons and muscles
  • Active ingredient chlorophyll rejuvenates old cells and promotes the growth of new cells
  • Leaves or roots applied as ointment or oils treat bruising, wounds, tumors, muscular pain, and dermatological conditions]
  • Aids healing of inflammation and burns

Comfrey Warning!
When taken internally, comfrey can cause severe liver damage. Several studies have shown that comfrey contains toxic compounds called pyrrolizidine alkaloids or PAs, which can cause severe liver damage. Animal studies have also shown that these chemicals lead to the development of liver tumors.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Cancer Prevention With Food, Thoughts and Botanicals

Cancer Prevention With Food Thoughts and Botanicals

By: Dr. Ellen Kamhi, The Natural Nurse.
CANCER- just hearing that word out of a doctors mouth sends fear through the listeners mind. Many people react with the thought- how could this happen to me? However, in most cases, cancer does not just HAPPEN. It can be traced to specific causes, and most of those causes are under the control of people themselves. Smoking is one behavior that directly increases the possibility of getting cancer.

Another is allowing oneself to be overweight. In fact, obesity 
increases the risk of getting three of the most common types of cancer — breast, prostate and colorectal, and also endometrial, gallbladder and kidney cancers.

Obese men are 30 to 40 percent more likely to die of cancer than their lean counterparts, while obese women are 40 to 50 percent more likely.

Researchers are not certain how being overweight increases cancer risk, but they do know that excess fat changes the way the body uses glucose, forcing the pancreas to produce extra insulin, which appears to encourage tumor growth. Also, fat changes the way estrogen acts in the body, which may stimulate some cancers, such as those of the breast, prostate and uterus. Being significantly overweight may also makes it more difficult for doctors to find tumors before they grow dangerously large.

The exact program which leads to significant body fat reduction – increasing exercise and the consumption of vegetables, along with decreased consumption of junk food – is highly cancer protective as well. In addition to vitamins and minerals, vegetables have been shown to have other vital health-promoting substances. In one recent study, researchers at the University of Washington, in Seattle, have found that vegetable consumption, particularly intake of cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli, lowers the risk of prostate cancer in men.(Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2000;92:61-68). Cruciferous vegetables in particular, may exhibit a more powerful effect against cancer than other vegetable due to their high isothiocyanate content. Isothiocyanates activate enzymes present in cells, which, in turn, neutralize carcinogens. It would be best to choose organic vegetables, because pesticide ingestion has also been linked to an increase in cancer.(Ardies, C. M.; Dees, C. Xenoestrogens significantly enhance risk for breast cancer during growth and adolescence. Medical Hypotheses, 50, 6 ,1998,457-464)

Overall detoxification aids the immune system to function at an optimum level. This is the bodys natural defense against the development of cancer. Organic fresh fruits and vegetables, raw, steamed and juiced, provide an excellent foundation. They are nourishing and easy to digest, with plenty of naturally occurring fiber. Skin brushing, jumping on a mini-trampoline, and using a sauna, are all part of the detoxification program, particularly aimed at keeping the lymphatic system flowing smoothly, which discourages the growth of cancer.
Cancer Prevention With Mind:Body Connection
A Mention of Mind/Body

It cannot be emphasized enough how important spiritual and emotional work is to the support of continued wellness. Taking some time to connect with the spiritual/emotional aspects of life is a supremely important aspect for preventing cancer. It is well known that cancer patients who attend support groups actually live longer.( Spiegel D, Bloom JR, Kraemer HC and Gottheil E. Effect of psychosocial treatment on survival of patients with metastatic breast cancer. Lancet. ii: 888-91. 1989). These results cannot yet be fully explained through science, but is well understood in the teachings of metaphysics as well as by indigenous shamanic healers throughout the ages.

Herbs Can Help
In order for the body to properly detoxify, it is necessary to clean out the natural filters; the liver and kidneys. Dandelion, a common weed, is used both as a food and medicine everywhere in the world where it grows. It is a potassium sparing diuretic,that works to cleanse and support both the liver and kidneys. Herbs which contain berberine, such as Oregon Graperoot and Goldenseal support the liver, and Milk Thistle has been scientifically proven to be liver protective.(Gupta, O. P.; Banerjee, S. K.; et al, Anti- inflammatory and anti-arthritic activities of silymarin acting through inhibition of 5- lipoxygenase. Phytomedicine 7:1, March, 2000, 21-24) Turmeric, the orange colored spice used in curry has additional benefits, and has been shown to have anti-tumor activities.( Navis I, Sriganth P, Premalatha B. Dietary curcumin with cisplatin administration modulates tumour marker indices in experimental fibrosarcoma. Pharmacol Res. 1999; 39(3):175-179). I keep some in a shaker and regularly add it to food right at the table.

Herbal combinations can be used as teas, capsules or tinctures. A well known combination which may give additional protection against cancer contains sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella), burdock root (Arctium lappa), slippery elm inner bark (Ulmus fulva), turkey rhubarb (Rheum palmatum), red clover (Trifolium pratense), and watercress (Nasturtium officinale). Most of these herbs grow wild on Long Island. Once you learn to identify them, you can grow and pick your own, use them fresh, or dry them for year round availability.

A specific kind of mushroom, Maitake mushroom(Grifolia frondosa), contains a specific polysaccharide, called beta-glucan . One component , 3-branched, B-1,6-glucan. increases white blood cell motility and overall function of the immune system. Perhaps the ancients were not so far off , when they concluded that these mushrooms increase “chi” , which is movement or energy!!

Ellen KamhiEllen Kamhi PhD RN, The Natural Nurse®,(www.naturalnurse.com) is the author of The Natural Medicine Chest, Arthritis, The Alternative Medicine Guide, and Cycles of Life, Herbs and Energy Techniques for Women. Contact: http://www.naturalnurse.com , Facebook The Natural Nurse, 800-829-0918

How To Harvest & Prepare Medicinal Roots: Dandelion, Burdock and Yellow Dock

Harvesting Medicinal Roots For HealingBy Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Spring and Fall are both times to harvest medicinal roots used for breast cancer healing. The roots will differ slightly in chemical composition, and Fall may yield larger ones. But it is important to remember that both are valid times to gather. We need to be mindful of what plants we harvest, when, where, and how much. While harvesting leaves may not be so harmful, harvesting roots and flowers threatens a plant’s potential for regeneration and establishment, which in turn shapes how our ecosystems function and thrive into the future.

Roots make up a significant portion of our more potent plant medicinals. Roots carry the life force of the plant. Medicinally, it works the same way for us. So, let’s dig these medicinal roots; dandelion, burdock and yellow dock!

Dandelion Root

Benefits
Dandelion leaves act as a diuretic, increasing the amount of urine your body makes. The leaves are used to stimulate the appetite and help digestion. Dandelion flower has antioxidant properties. Dandelion may also help improve the immune system. Siyaram Pandey, a biochemist at the University of Windsor, has been studying the anti-cancer potential of dandelion root extract for almost two years. Researchers discovered that repeated treatment with low dose dandelion root extract was effective in killing most of the cancerous cells.

How To Harvest
Before you try to pull a dandelion root, know this. You can’t. They will most often break off. Instead, we must dig down and around the whole plant to get most of the root. You’ll only need a small shovel. Or, if you have a digging fork, that can also be used.

Burdock

Benefits
Burdock root is bitter. Because of this quality, burdock is used as a “bitter” which can help with digestion and appetite. Science is beginning to support its traditionally known role as a “blood purifier”, as evidence now supports its ability to rid the liver of environmental and chemical toxins.

How To Harvest
Burdock roots grow at least 12 inches or more in length and about 1 inch thick. Preferably first year roots are dug – first year burdock will not have a seed stalk. Grieve (1996) suggests that they should be dug in July. Waiting until after the first frost will make the roots starchier and sweeter.

Burdock roots accumulate toxins so be absolutely sure you’re wildcrafting well away from roadsides, industrial sites, and areas that have been sprayed.

Yellow Dock

Benefits
The roots are quite bitter. Traditionally, yellow dock has been used as a laxative, alternative, and a mild liver tonic. Yellow dock is also used for iron deficiency anemia. Perhaps because it is a vegetable source for iron, it is better digested and tolerated by most women.

How To Harvest
Yellow dock roots are at least 8 to 12 inches long much like dandelion roots and about ½ inch thick. We have quite of few dock species. Yellow dock has the “crisp” leaves with curly edges. In fall their tall greenish inconspicuous flower stalks turn a reddish-brown. First year plants don’t make flower stalks. If in doubt, a little bit of a dig will reveal its yellow-orange roots which is confirming.

Processing Your Medicinal Roots

First step: Wash and dry. Scrub off the dirt without soap. Wipe dry or air dry your roots but don’t leave them out for many days. They will shrivel, get rubbery, and lose their quality.

Second step: Cut up or grate your roots. Cut up dandelion and yellow dock for tincture. You will have to grate and dry burdock root to add it to soups and stews. (Dry in oven, it gives a nutty taste when cooked.)

Third step: Dry roots or prepare your tincture with fresh roots. Drying roots:  cut up the long roots so you can use portions of the root later. Dry roots on a tray in your oven by turning on the oven briefly to 200F and then turning it off. Leave the oven door open to allow for air to circulate. It is much easier to cut or grate fresh root, by the way, than waiting until after they are dry. Take the time to cut or grate them up.

Store your dried roots in an air tight container. Well dried roots won’t rot. If your roots become moldy, they can only be used by the compost pile.

How To Make Tinctures

  1. Fill a glass quart jar ¾ of the way with fresh roots or half way with dried roots.
  2. Cover with a good quality 80 proof vodka.
  3. Label your jar.
  4. Shake jar every day.
  5. Some herbalists say that a tincture is ready after one full cycle of the moon. So, this is 4 to 6 weeks.
  6. To use your tincture you can strain out your roots and store your tincture in a labeled jar.

Taking medicinal herbal extract could interfere with regular chemotherapy, and we urge patients not to mix the natural remedy with other cancer drugs without speaking to a doctor first.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Medicinal Indoor Herb Garden For Breast Cancer

Indoor Herb Garden For Breast Cancer
By Dawn Bradford-Lange, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.
Herb gardens are a natural and abundant source of healing chemicals for breast cancer. A recent study revealed that many popular herbs are a great source of natural antioxidants-compounds that help neutralize free radicals-more so than those reported for berries, fruits and vegetables. Isaac Cohen, a doctor of Oriental medicine, and one of the leading authorities in the field of cancer treatment, reported in the book Breast Cancer: Beyond Convention, that several Chinese herbs show high anticancer activity against breast cancer.

So to start your medicinal breast cancer herb garden, you must have a sunny window available that receives at least five hours of sunlight per day. Most herbs hail from Mediterranean locales and need the light to thrive. Keep your home between 60º and 70º to create the ideal growing conditions.

Types of containers you can use for the plants

  • Terracotta planters are very popular.
  • Make sure your pots have drainage holes in the bottom so your herbs don’t rot.
  • Container you select should be deep 6-12 inches deep.
  • Individual 6-inch pots for each plant.
  • Take care when selecting the type of soil for your herbs, as plants are very vulnerable to soil-born diseases.

Medicinal Herbs For Breast Cancer

Don’t kill your herbs with kindness by watering too often, excess water is harmful to the roots and causes rotting. Fertilize your herbs once a month with a product labeled safe to use on edibles. Once you start to see new growth, you can begin to use your herbs for cooking. Place your pots in a sunny spot or underneath a grow light if your home doesn’t receive enough natural sunlight. Space out your herbs so that they don’t crowd each other and avoid putting your plants near a heating vent to avoid extreme temperature fluctuations.

Here are a few herbs that are particularly well suited for indoor growth:

  1. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis): This is easy to grow from seed and its fresh fragrance can be enjoyed in salads and drinks. You can also make topical applications of the tea for treating certain skin problems by steeping 2 to 4 tsp. of crushed lemon balm leaves in one cup of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, apply the tea to your skin using cotton balls. Resource
  2. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): Rosemary doesn’t always germinate well from seed; grow it from cuttings or as a complete plant from the nursery. The soil needs to be well drained, but don’t let it dry out completely. Rosemary has been found to detoxify substances that can initiate the breast-cancer process. Resource
  3. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): Many varieties of thyme are available. Cover the seed only lightly with soil or not at all if you are starting your thyme from scratch. Keep the plants moist until they are flourishing.Tthyme, possess terpenoids which are recognized for their cancer preventive properties. Rosmarinic and ursolic acids are major terpenoids in thyme that possess anti-cancer properties. Resource

Learn More
DIY Cutie Crate to Herb Garden
DIY: Build A Mason Jar Herb Garden
DIY Indoor Herb Gardens

Warning: Herbs may interact with certain medications. Talk with your doctor prior to taking medicinal herbs to prevent any interactions with medications or health conditions.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

A Look at the Complementary Treatment Options for Cancer

Complementary Treatment Options For Cancer

Bonnie Coberly is a Certified Health Counselor at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers.

Most people diagnosed with cancer are aware of the standard medicine options — chemotherapy, radiation therapy and so on — but they unfortunately don’t hear as much about the other side of complementary treatments. The thing is, cancer treatment is aggressive and powerful; it has to be, in order to successfully combat the disease. But because it is so intense, traditional cancer treatment often comes with side effects. These side effects, which range from pain and nausea to fatigue and discouragement, are tough to face, too. That’s where complementary treatments and therapies come into play. By engaging in activities like yoga or acupuncture, for example, or by making certain diet and lifestyle changes, patients often find relief and help in the midst of cancer care.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the leading complementary treatment options for cancer, along with what advantages they offer:

Traditional Chinese Medicine: A major part of Chinese medicine is Chinese herbal medicine, a discipline that focuses on restoring the natural balances of energy to the body and spirit. This treatment can help alleviate patient complaints and symptoms associated with medical care. According to most Chinese herbalists, “[H]erbal remedies can help ease the side effects of standard cancer treatments, control pain, improve quality of life, strengthen the immune system, and in some cases, stop tumor growth and spread,” says the American Cancer Society®. Herbs are available in various teas, tinctures, powders, pills, syrups, etc., and may be purchased at health food stories as well as from traditional Chinese practitioners.

Acupuncture: A form of ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture offers several benefits for cancer patients. “It’s been shown that acupuncture reduces nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy,” says Cancer Treatment Centers of America®. “In addition, research has shown that it can relieve pain, possibly by triggering the body’s pain-killing chemicals and by inducing the release of chemicals that regulate blood pressure and flow.”

Hypnosis: Because hypnotherapy moves a person into a deeply relaxed, trance-like state, it can be helpful in managing pain and stress in a patient’s life. “A report from the American National Institute for Health in 1996 stated that hypnosis can help to reduce some kinds of cancer pain,” says Cancer Research U.K. What’s more, “in 2012, researchers in Spain again reviewed studies of children with cancer and found that hypnosis appeared to help reduce pain and distress from cancer or from medical procedures.”

Yoga: Long known as a relaxing, meditative form of exercise, yoga also offers distinct advantages to cancer patients. “Research has shown that yoga can be used to control physical functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, metabolism, body temperature, brain waves, and skin resistance,” says the American Cancer Society. It can relieve stress, improve sleep and fight feelings of anxiety and/or depression.

Balanced Diet: While there are many different diets and eating plans recommended for cancer patients, if you are undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment, the most important thing to remember is to give your body support. To do this, the American Cancer Society recommends “eating a balanced diet that includes five or more servings a day of vegetables and fruit, choosing whole grains over processed and refined foods, and limiting meats and animal fats.” It goes on to suggest that it “is best to choose foods from a variety of fruits, vegetables and other plant sources such as nuts, seeds, whole grain cereals, and beans to take in all needed nutrients.” By supporting your body through a balanced diet that minimizes processed food and junk, you give it fuel to heal during treatment.

Art or Music Therapy: Designed to reduce stress, anxiety and fear in a patient, both art and music therapy can be helpful outlets for patients who are undergoing the often emotionally taxing and physically draining cancer treatment process. In music therapy, patients enjoy musical experiences that are designed to relieve pain, nausea, depression, stress, etc. In art therapy, they get a chance to creatively use materials to both express themselves and work out their feelings. In both types of therapy, sessions can be catered to the individual needs of the patient. Plus, “researchers have found that music therapy, when used with anti-nausea drugs for patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy, can help ease nausea and vomiting,” says the American Cancer Society. Likewise, “numerous case studies have reported that art therapy benefits patients with both emotional and physical illnesses,” it also states.

Wherever a patient is in his or her cancer journey, turning to complementary treatment options can be a wonderful resource. These supportive therapies offer assistance and help outside standard medical care, as well as a tangible way to move toward better quality of life.

Bonnie Coberly At Natural Horizons Wellness CenterAuthor Bio: Bonnie Coberly is a Certified Health Counselor and a holistic health counselor. Bonnie uses her knowledge and experience to educate her clients at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers to reach their wellness goals.

Healing Properties of Dandelion Tea, Tincture & Tonic

Dandelion's tea & tonics for breast cancer

By Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG) is a clinical herbalist with more than 20 years experience and the author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians.

Whether you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, are healing from breast cancer, or just want to have healthy breasts, you need to know about the healing properties of dandelion (Taraxacum officiale).

Dandelion root is one of the most detoxifying herbs we have and it is hepatic, or tonic for the liver. It improves liver and gallbladder function, which improves digestion and elimination. Most importantly, dandelion root helps the liver clear excessive estrogens and toxins from the blood and eliminate them. When used regularly after taking a round of antibiotics or other strong medications that may disrupt digestion, dandelion root helps restore the digestion. Regular use of dandelion root tea or extract protects the liver from damage caused by pharmaceutical drugs and environmental toxins.

Benefits From Dandelion

Use dandelion root and leaf to improve liver function, promote healthy digestion and elimination, and break down tumors, malignant and benign, is well supported by folk tradition as well as modern research. And because dandelion root is a food-­‐like tonic herb, it is suitable for long-­‐ term use. (In some rare cases it may cause a loose stool and it is contraindicated while taking antihypertensive or diuretic medications.)

Who Would Benefit From Dandelion?

Women who suffer from cyclic breast pain and swelling or fibrocystic breast disease and anyone being treated for or at risk for developing breast cancer would be wise to consider dandelion root part of a long-­‐term health strategy. While harvesting dandelions from urban areas is not recommended as they contain toxins generated by air and water pollution, most health food stores and on-­‐line sources have organic dandelion root in various forms. Unlike pharmaceuticals, dandelion works slowly and deeply to bring you into balance. It can, and should, be used for months or even years as part of every woman’s wellness program.

How to Use Dandelion

Dandelion root is available in three forms: as bulk dried herb for tea; as a capsule; or as an alcohol extract or tincture. If you have a source of unpolluted dandelions, spring is the time to harvest them. Get a good sturdy trowel to dig up their long roots. Clean the entire plant and use it to make tea. Or eat the greens in salad. And of course there is always dandelion flower wine!

A Recipe for Dandelion Root Tea

Bulk dried dandelion root may be purchased from mail order sources or your local herbs shop. To prepare dandelion root tea, use 1 heaping teaspoon of dried root, or 2 teaspoons for fresh root (chopped) per 8 ounces of boiling water. Measure dandelion root into a teapot or quart canning jar and cover with freshly boiled water. Cover and steep for 40 minutes. Strain the herb and discard. Drink a half a cup of tea three times a day. The taste is bitter, which many people enjoy, but if you prefer you may combine it with other teas you enjoy, especially aromatics like lemon balm, peppermint or spearmint, and little bit of honey. Store tea in the refrigerator for no longer that two days.

Patricia HowellPatricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG) is a clinical herbalist with more than 20 years experience and the author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians. A member of the Governing Council of the American Herbalists Guild, she is founder and director of the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies, located in the mountains of northeast Georgia. Learn more at www.wildhealingherbs.com. 

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