Natural Healing –Granada

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The granada (punica granatum) or pomegranate is yet another import from Spain. The tree that we planted about 8 years ago is finally starting to produce fruit. It does well in drought conditions typical to La Yacata.

I don’t know about you, but getting at those juicy seeds can be troublesome so I really appreciated this little video.

Granada is the require garnish for Chiles en Nogadas often served during the patriotic month of September.

Naturally, this delicious fruit has medicinal applications.

The bark and root of the granada have antifungal properties. They have traditionally been used against intestinal parasites and to treat, dysentery, and diarrhea.

To rid a body of tapeworms, 60 grams of granada root is boiled in a liter of water. Half is drunk before bed, the other half when you wake up. This is followed up with a 45-gram dose of castor oil. If the tapeworm is not expelled, the treatment can be repeated in a week.

A second herbal remedy for tapeworm is similar. One part root bark for each 10 parts water is soaked overnight. In the morning, boil it down 2 /3. Then, strain. Drink the concoction first thing in the morning before breakfast then 3 ½ cup doses at half-hour intervals. Repeat the process for 3 days. On the third day, take a good dose of castor oil.

A word of caution: Excessive amounts of the bark and root cause nausea and vomiting.

Never fear, other parts of the granada, including the fruit, will not cause such an adverse reaction. Some of it is quite tasty!

The rind of the granada contains three times as much polyphenols as the fruit, including condensed tannins, catechins, gallocatechins and prodelphinidins. It shows promise in treating diabetic nephropathy. The rind is anti-inflammatory and suitable for treating and preventing inflammations of the gastric tract and malaria.

A tea for stomach ailments is made by boiling a handful of the rind, jamaica (hibuscus flower), canela (cinnamon) and membrillo (quince)  in a liter of water for ten minutes. Cool and strain. Divide the dose into three glasses and drink at intervals throughout the day.

Traditional Mexican medicinal use also includes a gargle or mouthwash to treat swollen tonsils, canker sores and inflamed gums that is made from the boiled rind. A piece of raw rind placed directly on a sore will help dry it up too.

The fruit is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antioxidant. This bright red delicious edible has also been shown to be antidiabetic. A glass of pomegranate juice daily lowers hypertension and reduces atherosclerosis. It has properties that protect the kidney as well.

The juice is also effective in treating diarrhea. In Mexico, a mixture of juice and sugar is boiled and given to children a tablespoon at a time for treatment.

Oil extracted from the seeds have inhibitory effects on skin and breast cancers. Pomegranate seed oil has phytoestrogenic compounds and contains punicic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, and linoleic acid.

The leaves are also antibacterial and can be used to make a poultice to treat wounds. Leaf extract contains compounds that protect the brain from injury.

The flower has been used medicinally to improve insulin resistance in diabetics and is anti-inflammatory. The flowers are antimicrobial, antioxidant, analgesic and used in the treatment of mouth and stomach ulcers.

Now you have just a little something to think about next time you are nibbling some pomegranate!

 

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Making Herbal Preparation Free Course Herbal Academy

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From Monday, July 22 to Wednesday, July 31 Herbal Academy is offering Making Herbal Preparations 101 Mini-Course for FREE! You know how much I love these courses!

In this one, we’ll learn about the way that herbs are used and prepared for everyday use and begin making our own herbal recipes at home. In the seven lessons, we’ll cover:

  • 4 basic categories of herbal preparations
  • 12 everyday safe herbs to use at home
  • 33 DIY herbal recipes, from teas and tinctures to salves and oils with chickweed, dandelion, lamb’s quarters, nettle, violet, burdock, hawthorn, oat, raspberry leaf, and red clover.

Laminated recipe and tutorial guides for the course are available as an upgrade.

I’ve already signed up and am anxiously awaiting August 1, when the class opens. Won’t you join me?

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Herbal Academy has stated that this course will be re-released in 2020 however it won’t be FREE! So why not take advantage of this amazing offer today?

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International Self-Care Day

Today, July 24, is International Self-Care Day. To that end, I thought I’d take a quick look at my own self-care actions to see how I’m doing. 

Summer

After that LONG trip home from Pennsylvania, I was behind in my writing work and spent the next two days working feverishly to meet the deadline. I did, but then promptly came down with a stellar summer cold which knocked all the gumption right out of me. 

Health

I dosed myself with bone broth and garlic tea and tucked myself into bed. About three days later, I was ready to face the world again. It was time to get my routine up and running again. 

Exercise

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I began by going for my daily walk in the morning again. The puppies loved the resumed daily walks. They certainly missed us while we were away. On days when I had classes or articles to write, I did my very light Tai Chi as a stretching break. It’s just amazing how taking 15 minutes away from the computer relaxed my muscles and cleared my head. 

Setting Aside Time To Grieve

In Memory

I thought I was well on the road to recovery, then Facebook kindly reminded me it was the anniversary of my friend’s death and I got mired in an emotional quagmire for a day or two. Daisy, my online best buddy that I actually got to meet last month, was her normal supportive self and I got through it.  Facebook–a blessing and bane!

Taking Time For Memories

7) The Bride and Groom

My grandparents on their wedding day.

Summer Savings – 70% off Photo Books with $30+ order! Use code BK70WIN30 (valid thru Jul. 31st).

Snapfish is having an amazing sale this month on photo books, so I made one with our pictures from our June trip. I’m also in the process of compiling pictures for a book for my mom that has all the old pictures she scanned of her parents and grandparents and even some great-grandparents. Some of the pictures are more than 100 years old, so I’m not sure it will be a quality photo book since they’ve yellowed and faded over time, but I’m going to try and preserve them this way.

Hobbies

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I haven’t gotten any reading done, not even the book club books, or worked on that last little bit of the puzzle this month yet, mostly because my eyes have been so tired. So I missed that, but those new glasses are set to arrive any day. I’m hoping that will help.

I’m also behind the writing of my next book. Again, my eyes have been bothering me. So let’s see what we shall see with the new lenses, shall we? 

Self-Improvement

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I signed up for the free course Herbal Academy is offering (details to follow) and am excited to begin at the beginning of next month. I also enrolled in the courses included in the Ultimate Bundles Herbs and Essential Oils packet and have been able to complete one and start another.

Cleaning

Instead, I spent the free time I normally devoted to these activities in straightening up the house. Spider webs be gone! We’ve also still are having issues with mice. Mouse-proofing the house was another priority. Better screens, herbs sprinkled here and there and some deadly traps brought the mouse issue back to reasonable levels in short order. 

Gardening

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My little patio garden also was suffering from neglect this month. Little by little, the sprouts are reviving. I also found some new additions to brighten up the bare patches.

Self-Indulgence

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I also splurged a bit. My friend Shannon had these amazing pans that I used while I was visiting. I ordered myself a set during Amazon Prime Days. After all, it’s been nearly 15 years since my last large cookware purchase. I love cooking with them in the remodeled kitchen with the new huge stove. Oh yeah, our kitchen is in the process of being redone yet again.  I’ll post an update once it’s all done 

Financials

Despite the financial generosity of friends and family last month, our month-long visit took a toll on my finances. About mid-month, I started stressing about money, but we ended up having enough to get us through.  I’ll have to rethink the budget for next month though. I am still in need of a new ride and my savings have been depleted.

Self-Care Month in Review

While I haven’t done all that I could have to take care of me this month, I was glad to see that I at least did a few things to foster my self-care and well-being. 

How do you take care of you?

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Natural Healing — Yerba Buena

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Yerba buena, (also spelled hierba buena) otherwise known as Spearmint, is yet another herb that came with the Spanish friars and was gleefully added to the indigenous medicinal herb garden. 

Curanderas (healers) add spearmint to make a concoction more palatable but it also has its own medicinal value.

To treat acid indigestion, gastritis, heartburn, and nausea steep dried or fresh yerba buena for 15 minutes. Allow the tea to cool to room temperature. Add limón and baking soda and drink as needed. Nausea caused by pregnancy tea is made from yerba buena flavored with canela (cinnamon). Nausea caused by a hangover calls for a tea made from a spoonful of yerba buena flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Intestinal inflammations are traditionally treated with an infusion of powdered root. Spearmint has a proven antispasmodic effect.

For the most part, yerba buena (good herb) is still used primarily to treat stomach ailments in Mexico, although the herb has other medicinal properties worth noting.

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) has been shown to reduce pain for people who have osteoarthritis. The antioxidant properties protect the liver. Regular ingestion improves memory. Spearmint is effective in reducing anxiety and is antimicrobial. Infusions of spearmint have been traditionally used topically as a mild wound wash to reduce the chance of bacterial infections. A poultice of spearmint leaves and a little olive oil is sometimes used to treat burns.

It is both antiproliferative and antidiabetic. It has been effective in the treatment of Polycystic ovary syndrome and hirsutism. Yerba buena has often been used medicinally particularly digestive issues. It has been shown to have anti-obesity properties.

Yerba buena is often used to reduce flem. To make a tea for colds and flu, boil 10 grams of the leaves for each 1 / 2 liter of water. Tea for a headache is made with a sprig of fresh hierbabuena and a few romero leaves (rosemary).

Babies are given teaspoons weak tea made from yerba buena then they have hiccups and are teething. If a baby is colicky, basil, cempasuchil, eneldo (dill), fennel, senna, yerba buena, brook mint, rosa de castilla (rose) are combined in equal parts. Three fingers full (a good pinch) of the mix is steeped in a liter of water.

Yerba buena is a natural food preservative and can be used as an organic insecticide. It also prohibits the growth of certain fungi on plants.

Overall, yerba buena is a good herb to have on hand.

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