Growing and Using Moringa, Comfrey, and Healing Herbs

Learn how to grow and use Moringa Trees, Comfrey, medicinal herbs, adaptogen herbs such as Jiaogulan, and herbal medicine to create vibrant health and an enriched life style. There are a number of herbs you can grown at home which is fun and great for your health. Learn Tips on feeding your pets and livestock naturally with organic greens such as Comfrey, Kudzu, plantain, and Moringa. Get back to your roots in a healthy way.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Can Shingles Occur on Both Sides of the Body? Can Shingles Reoccur.

The Case of the Mysterious Rash: contact dermatitis, shingles, or staph?




About two weeks ago, I put up a fence of chicken wire. It had been laying on the ground. While putting it up, I got both wrists torn up with small puncture wounds. It didn't really hurt.  I put goldenseal ointment on it.  The wounds did not completely heal. I am frequently getting nicks and cuts while in the yard. I didn't think much about them. The next week, I weeded for two days without gloves.  Gloves don't fit me well so I avoid using them.  About two days later, there were nasty red welts all over the lower part of my wrists.  These large angry welts began to spread slowly up the wrist over nerves paths.  

First I thought it was chiggers, forgetting the wire damage days ago, since I was weeding.  The itching, tingling, burning areas were sore to the touch. The area felt like a burn.  The skin was so sensitive that even touching it was painful. I used everything on the welts in my medicine bag. I then tried less traditional remedies as well. Nothing had any effect on the itch or the spreading of the welts.  I got worried.  

The rash kept spreading in small patches and in a line.  Then welts appeared on my stomach and the back part of my leg, again spreading in a line. At this point, I went to a clinic.  It was diagnosed 'contact dermatitis.' I was convinced she was wrong. I knew it had all started with wrist wounds from dirty wire. She reluctantly agreed to test it for staph, even though it did not look like a 'classic staph rash'. I went ahead and got two shots.  The shots had no effect on the itching or burning.  

I rarely go the doctor or use standard medicine.  I have been using alternative therapies for over 30 years. I have always found an answer in alternative medicine for everything. 

I went back to the clinic so that I could get a referral  to a dermatologist.  At that point, this clinic doctor reluctantly prescribed me a antibiotic for 10 days.  Since nothing was working, I reluctantly am taking it.  She still stated she did not think it was staph.  I said what about shingles after researching rashes for several days. No, impossible she stated. Shingles only occurs on one side of the body. The symptoms matched Shingles but is on both sides.  I started taking Lysine which helps prevent and slow down the shingles virus progress. I also took Vitamin C, garlic and oregano in massive doses. A nagging inner voice just wouldn't let go of the shingles possibility. 

Yesterday, the rash stopped spreading. The itch and burning has lessened a few degrees. I got the first night's sleep in a week.  I have never had a rash where the skin burned and itched without relief.  Since using natural healing therapies,  I had never experienced a rash that my medicine bag could not deal with quickly. This is a first.   Over and over, I ruled out shingles because I thought it only occurred on one side. Every  shingles symptom matched other than that fact.   

This morning I researched shingles in a different fashion. I inputted 'can shingles appear on both sides of the body.' Now if you go to most standard medicine sites, it is stated that shingles only appears on one side.  

Those sites will tell you that shingles is not recurring.  

That is not true either.  Shingles commonly occurs on only one side of the body but occurs on both in some patients. This form of shingles  is not seen in the doctors offices frequently.


Article below is from Harvard on the subject of recurring shingles.


One of the main sites that came up in my search was an article by the Stanford University Medical Group.   Here is what they state in their patient education flyer. 


"Signs and Symptoms Herpes zoster lesions (sores or lesions) usually appear in clusters or patches and can be red spots or blisters. They may form a line and can occur on one or both sides of the body. If the lesions are on both sides, the herpes is called disseminated zoster. This condition is more concerning. Let your doctor or nurse know if you have lesions on both sides before you come to the hospital or clinic. Watch for these danger signals; contact your doctor or nurse if you have: Fever and itching that can be associated with skin that is sensitive to touch or painful. Red spots appearing in clusters or in a line. Fluid or pus-filled blisters Skin sores of any kind"

This is from Mayo Clinic,"Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso.

  • This Web MD article first states that shingles occurs on one side of the body. Then you read further and it tells you about Disseminated Zoster, which is basically a rash that spreads over both sides.
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/shingles-what-happens.

Shingles on both sides is given a different name, 

  • "Disseminated zoster, which is a blistery rash that spreads over a large portion of the body and can affect the heartlungsliver,pancreas, joints, and intestinal tract. Infection may spread to nerves that control movement, which may cause temporary weakness"

Patient forum on shingles here! 

Staph and Shingles are misdiagnosed frequently by doctors!

I went on several blogs where it took several doctors to correctly diagnose it. It was ruled allergic dermatitis. They would not test for shingles.  So this happens quite frequently once you read the forums.  In every case, they were diagnosed incorrectly by several different doctors.

Staph is another infection for which doctors will not test for.  In their mind, if the rash does not meet the classic criteria for staph, they will not test it. I went through this with my husband. He got a wound on his forearm from the bag racks in Walmart. He works as a checker there.  One nasty gouge in the skin slowly increased in a line up his arm. We packed the wound with tea tree oil and goldenseal powder. The herbs slowed the rash spreading but did not stamp it out. Nothing worked on the itch. He wanted to scratch his arm to pieces.  

He called his doctor and was seen the next day.  His doctor said ,"looks like the wound is healing, probably contact dermatitis." I felt strongly that it needed further treatment. I wanted them to test for staph. He refused to test it.  I was very concerned we could not stop the rash completely and the herbs did not stop the itch. It was his arm and he decided to try what the doctor had suggested....no treatment.

A week later the rash had  advanced rapidly up his arm. It was nasty looking. He went to urgent care next.  Dr. diagnosed it as dermatitis there as well.  It couldn't be staph. I argued with his diagnosis and lost. He came home with a new ointment that did not work. The rash got nastier and the itch was debilitating.

It happened that he was scheduled for a dermatology appointment two days later.  The doctor immediately took a scraping. He thought it was staph, even though it didn't look quite like ' classic staph'. It was so advanced by then, he had to go into the hospital for IV Meds. He ended up suffering for two months because of misdiagnosis. 

I might add we were doing well packing the wound with goldenseal powder but the itching was making him crazy. It was his primary doctor who told us that it looked like the wound was healing so leave it open without any treatment. 

While we were waiting in one of the doctor visits, we talked to several people sitting there with us. One was a mom with a young child.  She relayed that her daughter nearly died from a staph infection that was misdiagnosed. Another patient sitting there has endured a similar experience.  This tells me that a majority of doctors are missing staph and shingles infections.  

Shingles can also be reoccurring. Most doctors will tell you, shingles does not reoccur. The real truth is that most people do not get shingles a second time. There is a low percentage of patients who do get shingles several times a year.  Most doctors do not seem to know that.  I went to a forum where there were over a hundred patient reviews who stated after seeing at least three doctors, their rash was finally tested for shingles.  The test came back positive for shingles. These people suffered needlessly because the doctors were not up to date on the subject. They had a closed mind. They refused to approve the tests for shingles.  They refused to test for staph.

   
I will find out the results of the staph test next week.  If it isn't staph, most likely is it shingles. Neither one is great news. Shingles is the only other rash that looks like the pictures and where the symptoms match.

I am not going back to the clinic.  Oregano, and kyolic garlic will be the regimen, along with high doses of Vitamin C, Lysine, and Olive leaf extract.   

After trying every topical ointment in the medicine cabinet such as neosporin, hydrocortisone cream, A and D, and caladryl, I took apple cider, and epsom salts baths.Nothing reduced the incessant itching. I looked through our  bathroom supplies for any other ointments to try, only  finding a tube of Preparation-H for hemorrhoids. The tube is years old. It states that it reduces inflammation and swelling. It also heals the skin.   It has been more effective than any other remedy. My sister told me they use it for cuts on their cattle and for other first aid problems.

I don't often use standard medicine ointments but I was really suffering. I had tried several natural ointments such as aloe, colloidal silver, goldenseal ointment and tea tree ointment already.  After several sleepless nights and painful days, I just wanted relief.

So the answer is not in yet on the cause.   I did not find the answer through the doctors either.  I will get about $400 in bills for the doctor visits.  I wouldn't mind that if they had solved anything. The one doctor did take a culture while maintaining that she did not think it was staph and it couldn't be shingles. She would not have tested it, if I had not pressed her. 

You must stand up to doctors and be proactive. You must fight them at times, when they do not listen or take you seriously. You must research your illness on your own.  You need to know more than the doctors on the subject.  I will let you know the results of the staph test, although she stated that since the blisters did not have pus in them, it would be more difficult to culture. So a false negative could be the result.  There is only one dermatology clinic in this area.  I was not impressed with them period.  They did not use gloves when looking at the rash.  The staff took my blood pressure, putting the cuff over the rash area.   If it is staph or a bacterial infection, their method of taking my blood pressure would contaminate the cuff. Then this same blood pressure cuff would be placed on the next patient.  They found years ago in the hospitals that staph was being spread from one patient to another by the stethoscope.  Now many doctors use throw away covers. When my husband was in the hospital for his retina surgery, all the staff used gloves and masks.  He was not being seen for a contagious disease.  They took great measures to protect their patients.

Staph infections are one of the most frequent infections spread from patient to patient.  You have a heart problem and end up with a staph infection. Resistant staph is a major problem today.  You need to be aware of that. I will keep you updated on this.  I felt it was important to share my experience on this blog. There may be readers who are being misdiagnosed. I hope this will help a few people going through this painful rash process.   Finding a doctor who will listen to you is the problem.  Finding a doctor who is current in the research concerning staph and shingles is even harder. They are using 'old training and research'' on these health problems. This is resulting in patients suffering for months longer than needed. I will discuss what happens on this rash so that others reading this blog might be helped. I would suggest that you visit the links above. Print out the articles and take them with you to the doctor's visit. When they tell you shingles only occurs on one side, give them the articles. The articles will prove they are using old school teaching.  

Note: Tea tree oil topically slows down a MRSA infection but does not seem to be enough. Goldenseal combined with tea tree oil  packed over  a infected cut is effective but it takes several days to do the job.  You must take goldenseal, oregano, or garlic internally as well. You must treat the sore and the bloodstream with the herbs. 

In my case, goldenseal didn't seem to be enough.  It is hard to treat large areas on the body. I have added Esseac which is a blood cleaner and olive leaf extract to the regimen.  I began the Esseac regimen yesterday and the rashes seem to be better today for the most part. They are not spreading at this point. The skin sensitivity is less severe. The itching over the first welts hurt and itch less today. The first ones seem to be healing slowly.  The ones on the upper forearm are still severe but have not spread further into the shoulder. Both arms look burned at this point with blisters in places.  So I feel I am on the right tract. The lab test results should be interesting. Rashes are very hard to diagnose even at a dermatology clinic.

I hope that this column will help someone who is suffering from a painful rash. There are over a hundred different rashes including allergic rashes, paracitic rashes, insect bite rashes, staph, strep, bacterial, and shingles.  The different kinds of rashes are daunting. Some of them are more easily diagnosed than others. There are several that look similar.

Important Note:

It is important to take herbs at least four hours apart from other medications.  Don't take them all at the same time. Herbs can have an impact on how the medicine works. It can either make is more or less effective.  There might be more side effects depending on the prescription.  I don't take standard medicine usually but many of you do.  

Some herbs such as St John's Wort cannot be taken with depression drugs at all. Combining blood thinning herbs and medicine is also dangerous. There are many prescriptions that could turn lethal if combined with herbs. I suggest you always go to an holistic doctor to supervise going off drugs and trying herbs. Never go off your medicine without supervision from a doctor.  

I will update you as I know more.       

This is all for today folks.  Have a great weekend and blessings!

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Moringa? Why don't more people know about it?


If Moringa can help stop starvation, why is it so unknown to many native populations?


I will give you an example here in TN.  TN is lush and green with 51 inches of rain. Many areas are a dense jungle. There is a plant called May Apple that grows everywhere in the shade of the larger trees.  I looked it up to find out more about it. You can eat the fruit on it and make a pie.  Both my brother-in-law and sister, living in TN all this time, did not know that the May Apple can be eaten.   I was very surprised.  I have plantain growing all over my yard which is a great medicinal plant. They had no idea of its medicinal value. To them it was just a weed. There are hundreds of plants in this area. It is dangerous to pick plants unless you are sure of their identity.  We have a number of plants that have 3 leaves including my beans, that are not poison ivy. If you pick the wrong plant, you could get very sick.

So you can live in TN or any other area, not realizing the natural foods around you. I for one don't go into the brush exploring because of the ticks.

Moringa grows wild in some areas. It is one of hundreds of trees with green leaves. If no one ever tried eating the leaves, it goes undiscovered as a food source.  I certainly don't pick leaves off our many native trees, having no idea what the plant is or if is safe to eat.

Moringa is new to US consumers. You don't find it fresh, as in the Philippines.  In those countries, it is part of the native food sources. They eat and use Moringa leaves fresh from the tree.  They use in dishes and salads.  Here you only find fresh Moringa in a few areas. It is a tropical plant that cannot take cold.  So Florida, CA, Parts of TX, and other isolated areas with mild climates in winter.

Moringa leaves are not generally found in chain stores. It is found in Asian markets.  If you visit an Asian market, you will find many items not seen in the other stores such as duck eggs with baby ducks inside, odd fish, and unique veggies particular to their culture and country.

So why are some starving where Moringa grows wild? They just never knew that their leaves were a good food source.  It is pretty simple, how willing are you to go into your back yard and pick leaves off your tree for dinner?  Most would not.  Without knowledge of the Native plants, you could pick one that would make you sick or even cause death.






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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Does Moringa really heal over 300 diseases? Learn How











You may ask how this could be. I am not sure that 300 is completely accurate but there are more diseases than that whose base cause is starvation or poor nutrition. Moringa is used in ayurvedic medicine both to provide quality nutrition and to prevent diseases.I hope to explain this in a way that will show you the benefit of adding Moringa to your diet.


You must first understand how disease takes place, before you can understand how Moringa can benefit in the prevention and correction of disease or imbalance.  The examples below of vitamin deficiencies and the diseases associated with them is not complete. I am just giving you examples of how poor nutrition is the basis of disease.


1.  Disease  requires days, months or years to reach disease status. That is why doctors fail in healthcare.  They most often treat disease rather than prevent disease. Most imbalances do not show up on lab tests, until the deficiency or imbalance gets to a severe point that compromises immunity and health. Your body is compromised if you have diabetes, heart disease, and other problems.  That disease is first a nutritional imbalance; malfunction of organs; malfunction of tissues; or imbalance generally.  That imbalance or nutritional deficiency may go on for years before it ends up in a disease state.



2: Factors that contribute to disease:  nutrition, exercise, stress, age, lifestyle factors such as drinking, smoking, drugs, environment issues, and  heredity.  This is not all of them, just some of the main ones.



3: Attitude in Life: A positive outlook on life supports healthy organs and health in general.  That does not mean you are immune to disease but it certainly goes on the side of prevention. Hate, jealousy, anger, unforgiveness, and all negative feelings contribute to problems in your health, which leads to disease.  Hate and anger lead to health issues.



4:  Immune System Dysfunction:   Hypofunction or Hyperfunction of the immune system needs to be present for disease to take hold.  This means either our immune function is working below optimal function or working overtime. This creates imbalance in the system.We all have strep germs in our throat, as an example. The reason that strep does not cause a sore throat is because our immune system keeps the strep from taking hold in the body.


The immune system is a beautiful process including thyroid function, white blood cells, lymph, T-Cells.  They all work together to combat bacteria, viruses, and other bad guys. If it is working properly, you would not get sick, even with those sick around you.  All of us know people who either never get sick or are always sick. The ones with the great immune function, stay well, despite family members who are sick. 

If the immune system is overcome with a new bad guy such as Ebola, you die before the body can respond to stamp it out. The immune system needs time to fight the bad guys. An example is smallpox  that killed so many American Indians.  The Indians had herbs they used to fight the health problems they were familiar with. When smallpox was introduced into their world, they were taken quickly. They had no time to experiment to see what would work and what didn't. It overtook them rapidly. Many cultures have nearly been destroyed by foreigners bringing in new illnesses where the native people had no immunity built up.

So to have a long healthy life, you must help your immune system to be healthy.

Since disease is often an imbalance or nutritional deficiency to begin with, you need to correct that. Each vitamin alone and together with other vitamins are needed by organs, tissues, bone, and every function in the body.


Examples of Vitamin Deficiencies  and the diseases they cause:

Vitamin A Deficiency:   People in many third world countries suffer from a poor diet.  Supply the Vitamin A and you correct many problems and health conditions. Moringa is high in Vitamin A.


Diseases caused by Vitamin A Deficiency: 

"Vitamin A deficiency has a plethora of clinical manifestations, ranging from xerophthalmia (practically pathognomonic) to disturbances in growth and susceptibility to severe infection (far more protean). blindness"


"Vitamin A (retinol) is required for the formation of rhodopsin, a photoreceptor pigment in the retina. Vitamin A helps maintain epithelial tissues. "  http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/nutritional-disorders/vitamin-deficiency-dependency-and-toxicity/vitamin-a



Vitamin C Deficiency: Scurvy, rickets, beriberi, pellagra, immune dysfunction, just to name five.  Give Vitamin C to that person and you correct the problem and prevent scurvy. Moringa is high is Vitamin C.




Iron Deficiency:   Moringa is one food that contains Iron. Iron supplements are hard on the stomach and digestive system. They cause constipation. The iron content in Moringa is easily absorbed and utilized by the body. If you hold too much iron in your system, Moringa is not a good food for you.  Most plant food sources do not contain Iron.  Moringa is a good source of iron.


Diseases caused by Iron Deficiency:

"Iron deficiency is a condition resulting from too little iron in the body. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency and the leading cause of anemia in the world. In the USA, despite food fortification, iron deficiency is on the rise in certain populations. "


Iron deficiency at critical times of growth and development can result in premature births, low birth weight babies, delayed growth and development, delayed normal infant activity and movement. Iron deficiency can result in poor memory or poor cognitive skills (mental function) and can result in poor performance in school, work,and in military or recreational activities. Lower IQs have been linked to iron deficiency occurring during critical periods of growth."  http://www.irondisorders.org/iron-deficiency-anemia




B6 Deficiency:  A lack of B6 also can cause depression, confusion, or a susceptibility to infection


Susceptibility to infection then could influence all disease states. Nervous and mental health conditions are two big ones that has hundreds of different diagnoses.


All vitamin deficiencies can lead to imbalance resulting is a disease at some point.  Our diet today consists for a majority full of junk food, fast foods, empty food, sugar, processed white flour, compromised foods due to all the artificial chemicals and additives.  That is why obesity and diabetes are out of control here in the US.  Lack of exercise and poor nutrition are a huge factor in those diseases. Poor nutrition is a major factor in all illnesses. That does not mean it is the only factor.


Lung Cancer:  smoking, work environment such as a gardener or pest control occupation, If you have a hereditary weakness in your lungs, don't smoke or hang out with smokers.. You would not want to pick a job that subjected you to chemicals such as asbestos or paint chemicals.  We had a friend who died from lung cancer.  He had a very healthy lifestyle. The doctors kept ruling out lung cancer because of the lack of risk factors.  He got sicker and sicker. They put him in the hospital and finally the tests for lung cancer but it was too late. He had 4th stage lung cancer and died several weeks later. His job was computers. There has been research that shows the connection between cancer of the lung and printer ink. He had 3 printers in his office. When you print, small particles of ink are released into the room. These ink particles end up in your lungs.  Gardeners work with pesticides and other chemicals. They do not wear masks for the most part.  They do not do much to protect their lungs and skin from the chemicals they work with. The job list is long that can cause diseases.



Cancer prevention is general includes optimal nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices.  There are hundreds of different cancer states.


Cancer:  Lifestyle, nutrition, environment,  your job, and heredity all play important parts in the creation of cancer. Improving nutrition alone does not always work but in all cases helps the body to fight the battle.



So you have now learned how nutritional deficiencies are one of the main causes for disease.



Moringa's main function in your diet is to correct vitamin deficiencies and imbalances! It is a super-food.


Moringa is a superfood with everything needed by the body is a high quality form. The high quality nutrients in this plant food fills in the gaps that are deficient in the body. Moringa leaves both prevents and helps balance those unhealthy systems.

Moringa is meant to be one part of a nutritional program to bring your health up to optimal condition. You still need to eat lots of veggies, fruit, and quality protein.  Moringa contains protein too. 

Moringa is a good food to add to a vegetarian diet to make sure you get enough of all the vitamins for great health.  It is an excellent source for Iron and protein.

Moringa can help the elderly who are not eating properly.  A majority of the elderly are deficient in one or more vitamins. Drugs also cause imbalances in the body. Most people take at least one drug and some take numerous prescriptions causing damage to the balance of the body.  Many elderly do not have teeth or have swallowing problems. Moringa goes into juice or a smoothly for easy nutrition.

Stress: Moringa helps fill in the nutritional gaps.  Filling in nutritional gaps prevents disease and illnesses. Filling in nutritional gaps helps to balance out the different body systems.  

Moringa also has been shown in research to contain other benefits for health and healing, We will get into that in a future blog.

All for Today!






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Monday, June 29, 2015

Can You Grow Moringa Trees in Tennesse?

Containers of Test Moringa Seedlings in TN


Yes, you can grow them here but not year around.

After 5 months here in TN, we have not gone through all the seasons here.  Winter is too severe here for them to be planted outdoors. We had ice for almost two weeks and many days of freezing temps. So even though this area of TN is milder than other areas, it is still too severe. You could plant them in a heated greenhouse but otherwise, NO. Mine are just starting to take off and grow. The trees love the heat and humidity right now so that is good for them.  We get some heavy summer thunderstorms here with severe winds. I have mine on the porch and still must bring them in close to the house wall to keep them safe. If nothing else grow them with your other seasonal veggies, then either let them die or bring them into the basement or house for the winter. I will keep you updated on how they do this first year in Tennessee.

I will note also, I bought these trees into the back room of our house that gets very warm but they kept getting spider mites. So I took them back outdoors and they are fine. I think the air circulation and constant moisture here this Spring and Summer are needed for the trees to be happy. We get rain every three or four days. You mow the lawn and your clothes are drenched from the humidity. No saunas needed here.

I have had trouble sprouting the seeds. They either dry out or mold from the humidity in the house. I am still working to find which is the best method here in Tennessee for germination. I will keep you posted.

I do have seeds to sell in my shop. The seeds test germinate well from Paisley Farms here at this linkhttp://astore.amazon.com/morinandayurv-20/detail/B00EKF1VD6


The main problem I am having now is Japanese beetles eating my beans and other plants. I go out in the early am and at nightfall and hand collect them.  I am trying a homemade trap consisting on yeast, water, sugar, and ripe bananas.  At least they are large and slow moving. They are easy to flick into a container off the tops of the bean leaves. They also attack the blackberries and Aronia berries as well.  I would state at this point, the only plants not doing well are my goji transplants. I know they do grow in this area, because they are sold locally on Craig's list.  I think the soil may have to be amended further. It may be too acid.   The comfrey, the aronia berries, blackberries, and elderberries are growing great. I have grown these same plants in Nevada and San Diego, where they did not do well in either area.  I almost didn't bring them this move but changed my mind at the last of the move. I am glad I went to the trouble of bringing them.

Well I will update you on the progress of the trees and the plantings in general. I will not sell trees here locally until next year after some experience with these first ones. So far, we have not had any destruction from the local deer or the resident ground hog.  I bought whirligigs that spin around in the wind at the dollar store as an experiment.  I am not sure if that is what is keeping them safe but it can't hurt.  I have them as a border for the plants in the unprotected area of the garden.

All for Today!

Thanks for supporting my blog and business!  Kate Freer

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