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Sore Throat ? Here Are The 5 Best Natural Remedies

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Over that last few decades, the overuse of antibiotics has contributed to resistant bacterial infections and it’s becoming something that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls “one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.”

Usually, when we are having pains of any kind, we turn to antibiotics to ease them, which by now we should know that it is not the best idea as the use or more so the abuse of antibiotics may cause some long-term harm on our body.

A sore throat is often the first sign of a cold. However, a sore throat from a cold often gets better or goes away after the first day or two. Other cold symptoms such as a runny nose and congestion may follow the sore throat.

Strep throat, which is an infection due to streptococcus bacteria, is another cause of sore throats and tonsillitis. With strep throat, the sore throat is often more severe and persists.

With that being said, I have gathered five natural remedies that can help ease the soreness:

  1. Honey

Honey mixed in tea or simply taken straight up has long been a home remedy for sore throat. Scientific studies have confirmed this natural wonder works. A study of 139 children with upper respiratory infections, for example, found that honey was even more effective at taming nighttime coughs than common cough suppressants.

Studies have also shown that honey is an effective wound healer, which means it may also help speed healing for sore throats.

2. Salt Water

Your mother may have recommended gargling with salt water. If so, she was probably right. According to Student Health Services at the University of Connecticut, gargling with warm salt water can help soothe a sore throat and break down secretions. It’s also known to help kill bacteria in the throat.

The University of Puget Sound adds that a salt water solution consisting of a half teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water can help reduce swelling and keep the throat clean.

3. Peppermint
Fresh mint in closeup
Fresh mint in closeup

The main active compound in peppermint is menthol. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, menthol is soothing, numbing and calming for sore throats. Furthermore, a report published in the journal “Harefuah” in 2008 suggests that peppermint has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral activities.

Taking peppermint may therefore help to destroy the infective organisms that are causing the sore throat.

Menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint, is available in a variety of over-the-counter products for treating colds and related sore throat and cough. These include chest rubs, inhalations, lozenges and syrups. Some people inhale peppermint oil for treating symptoms of cough and colds, and as a painkiller.

4. Garlic

Yes, it sounds repulsive, and you probably don’t want to go on a dinner date right afterwards, but garlic is a natural remedy that can kick a sore throat right in it’s painfully swollen tush.

The reason lies in the garlic’s allicin, a compound that can kill the bacteria that causes strep and fight the germs causing pain and irritation.

Place 1 piece of garlic in each cheek, and suck on it like a cough drop. Occasionally crush your teeth against it to release the allicin- there’s no need to actually bite it. Try this once daily.

5. Tumeric

Turmeric

This yellow spice is a powerful antioxidant, and scientists think it has the strength to fight many serious diseases.  Turmeric works against a sore throat by inhibiting inflammation and provides relief symptoms like burning, itching (or that scratchy feeling), pain and swelling within the throat.

For a sore throat remedy, mix 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of hot water and gargle.

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Sources:

livestrong.com

healthline.com

everydayroots.com

thehealthsite.com

webmd.com

Full Ayahuasca Documentary: Metamorphosis

” Ayahuasca has been used by Shamans and those they help for hundreds if not thousands of years. Found all over the Amazon, Ayahuasca and it’s incredible ability to heal has been slowly but steadily creeping into western consciousness. Metamorphosis is a documentary that follows several westerners as they undergo five Ayahuasca ceremonies and experience the gamut of emotions – from utter fear to outright ecstasy. It also explores the shamans who work with the medicine as well as all the key elements of an Ayahuasca ceremony.

The film also tells the story of Hamilton Souther, who earlier in life had no belief of and in spirit. After having a spiritual awakening, Hamilton is led to the Amazon where he apprentices as an Ayahuascero, or person who practices medicine with Ayahuasca. Hamilton and Maestro Don Alberto (an indigenous master shaman for over thirty years that practices with Hamilton) take us through the ceremonies as well as explain the meaning behind them. “

Thank you for reading and watching,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Full Documentary: Manifesting the Mind – Footprints of the Shaman

“Bouncing Bear Films is proud to announce our first documentary film. This film is the first in a series of three films discussing various aspects of shamanism. This first film, Manifesting the Mind, is a broad look at psychedelics in general. Why are psychedelics so brutally suppressed in our culture? What exactly are some of the psychedelic plants and chemicals and how can they benefit us? With philosophy and insight from Dennis McKenna, Daniel Pinchbeck, Alex Grey, and many others, this film is not to be missed by anyone interested in psychedelics and shamanism.

Interviews include – Robert Bussinger, Mike Crowley, Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy, Alex Grey, Clark Heinrich, Nick Herbert, John Major Jenkins, Dennis McKenna, Terence McKenna, Daniel Pinchbeck, and Dr. Rick Strassman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD72W57wEJc

“Manifesting The Mind, a documentary on Psychedelics & Shamanism from ‘Bouncing Bear Films’ featuring interviews with renowned experts such as Daniel Pinchbeck, John Major Jenkins, Dennis McKenna, Nick Herbert, Alex Grey & Dr. Rick Strassman to name a few. This is the first release from Bouncing Bear Films which comprises of Andrew & Jennifer Rutajit and all other folks from Bouncing Bear Botanicals. ‘Manifesting The Mind’ gives us a broad perspective on psychedelics, how we can benefit from them and why is the use of psychedelics suppressed by the mainstream media and governments of the world.”

Thank you for reading and watching,

Love and Light,

Eddie

10 Essential Home Remedies You Need To Know About

The following natural remedies are extremely beneficial and can only help your body function organically, as it should. These are remedies you might want to have in your house.

1.Carrot sticks and apples for whiter teeth 

Apples, cauliflower, celery and carrots work to whiten because they function as an abrasive scrub for teeth. These foods are nature’s toothbrush. They also stimulate the production of saliva, which helps keep plaque from forming. Stain sticks to plaque.

2.Lavender essential oil for stress relief

The soothing properties of lavender have been known since ancient times. When feeling anxious or overwhelmed, try some aromatherapy with lavender essential oil. This oil is also great for a soothing, stress-busting massage.

3.Cardamom for freshening breath

There is a reason for the Indian tradition of offering a bowl of cardamom seeds to guests to follow their meals. These antioxidant-packed little seeds, with their strong, refreshing flavor, can cleanse your palate and leave your mouth tasting great.

4.Yogurt to fight bad breath

Another fresh breath trick: plain, organic yogurt. The live bacteria cultures in the yogurt help neutralize the odor-causing bacteria in your mouth.

5.Witch hazel for cuts, scrapes and blisters

Pour a liberal amount ofwitch hazel over the cut or sore and allow it to dry. Add a bandage and you’re set. You can also use witch hazel on bruises or skin that is blistered or cracked.

Works just as well as rubbing alcohol, but is less drying on the skin.

6.Ginger for digestion

Ginger’s ability to settle the stomach is no old wive’s tale. This powerful rhizome is your first line of defense against upset stomachs and nausea.

7.Olives to help prevent motion sickness

For your next road trip, don’t forget to pack a jar of olives. The tannins that they contain can help to dissipate the first signs of nausea by drying your mouth. However, this remedy may not work if you are already ill; eat a couple olives at the first sign of motion sickness to help prevent worsening.

8.Prune juice to ease constipation

Treating constipation may require changes to your diet, including some prunes or prune juice can also help but it should be combined with other lifestyle changes.

9.Raw honey for disinfecting wounds

For minor wounds, raw honey can’t be beat. It has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties to clean the wound, and also provides moisture and seals it in.

10.Onion for insect bites

To get rid of the itch of a bug bite, slice an onion in half and rub the juice right on the bite. The sulfur compounds contained in the onion work to neutralize the itch.

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Some information taken from:

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/44008827/ns/health-oral_health/t/eat-drink-your-way-whiter-healthier-smile/#.ViEXP_lViko

http://www.livestrong.com/article/472550-how-much-prune-juice-do-you-drink-to-relieve-constipation/

http://www.livescience.com/31977-homeopathy.html

What Is A Medicine Wheel And How Can You Create Your Own ?

Medicine wheels were constructed by laying stones in a particular pattern on the ground. Most medicine wheels follow the basic pattern of having a center cairn of stones, and surrounding that would be an outer ring of stones, then there would be “spokes”, or lines of rocks, coming out the cairn.

Almost all medicine wheels would have at least two of the three elements mentioned above (the center cairn, the outer ring, and the spokes), but beyond that there were many variations on this basic design, and every wheel found has been unique and has had its own style and eccentricities.

The most common deviation between different wheels are the spokes. There is no set number of spokes for a medicine wheel to have. The spokes within each wheel are rarely evenly spaced out, or even all the same length. Some medicine wheels will have one particular spoke that’s significantly longer than the rest, suggesting something important about the direction it points.

Another variation is whether the spokes start from the center cairn and go out only to the outer ring, or whether they go past the outer ring, or whether they start at the outer ring and go out from there.

What do they mean ? 

Medicine wheels have been built and used for so long, and each one has enough unique characteristics, that archeologists have found it nearly impossible to tell exactly what each one was for, and haven’t had much success at making broad generalizations about their function and meaning.

One of the older wheels has been dated to over 4,500 years old; it had been built up by successive generations who would add new features to the circle. Due to the long existence of such a basic structure, archeologists suspect that the function and meaning of the medicine wheel changed over time, and it is doubtful that we will ever know what the original purpose was.

It is not hard to imagine that medicine wheels, like most large stone structures, would probably have served a ceremonial or ritual purpose. There is evidence of dancing within some of the wheels. Other wheels were probably used as part of a ritual vision quest.

Astronomer John Eddy put forth the theory that some of the wheels had astronomical significance, where the longest spoke on a wheel could be pointing to a certain star at a certain time of the year, suggesting that the wheels were a way to mark certain days of the year.

The Hopi Medicine Wheel

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In the Hopi Medicine Wheel of the Hopi prophecy of the four peoples of the Earth, the cardinal direction North represents the body, plants and animals, the color white and ‘white skinned peoples’, and Childhood. (can also represent birth, and/or meeting a stranger and learning to trust as in infancy, explained in Erik Erikson’s stages of Psychosocial development).

The East is held to represent the mind, air, the color yellow and ‘yellow skinned peoples’, learning the groups to which people belong and Adolescence.

The South holds the heart, fire, the color red and ‘red skinned peoples’, and Adulthood.

Finally West holds the spirit, water, the color blue or black, and ‘black-skinned peoples’ and Elderhood. West also represents the final life stage in the wheel, being an elder and passing on knowledge to the next generation so that the wheel may start again just like the circle it takes after.

In many other tribes, however, the Northern direction corresponds to Adulthood (the White Buffalo), the South represents Childhood (the Serpent), the West represents Adolescence (the Bear) and the Eastern direction represents Death and Re-birth (Eagle). In terms of social dynamics, community building and the use of Circles in Restorative Justice work, the four quadrants of the circle correspond to Introductions.

How To Make A Medicine Wheel

The most widely used version of the Medicine Wheel comes from the Lakota tradition. At its most basic, it consists of a large or special center stone to represent Wakan-Tanka, the Great Everything, and four smaller stones to represent the cardinal directions (N, S, E, W). Sometimes four even smaller stones representing the ordinal directions (NE, SE, SW, NW) are also used.

The Medicine Wheel can be of any size. Outdoor Medicine Wheels can be made large enough for a group of people to sit within it. It can be made much smaller so that only you can sit within it. Or it can be made in a small travel-size which you sit outside of and that can be taken anywhere and set up anywhere.

To learn how to make a small, portable and powerful medicine wheel using crystals, click here.

Also I have found this video that shows how you can create a larger medicine wheel:

Conclusion

No one Medicine Wheel is the Medicine Wheel for all of Native America.  The differences as mentioned are extremely wide.   One must also remember that the Medicine Wheel is exceptionally individual.  A person can develop their own Medicine Wheel that has their own Animal/Spirit Helpers. This knowledge may happen in ceremony, visions, or dreams and other.  This type of Medicine Wheel can be so private that only the person and The Creator are aware of its existence.

Some information has been taken from:

 http://www.crystalinks.com/medicinewheel.html

https://crystal-cure.com/article-medicine-wheel.html

http://www.powwows.com/2014/04/08/native-american-medicine-wheel-comparison-in-life/

Thank you for reading and watching,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Using Ayahuasca And Other Hallucinogenics To Treat Brain Dead Patients And Other Terminal Illnesses.

“Throughout the history of medicine, including the shamanic healing traditions, the Greek tradition of Asclepius, Aristotle and Hippocrates, and the folk and religious healers, the imagination has been used to diagnose disease.”_Jeanne Achterberg

You know when you wake up in the morning and you have some sort of epiphany? Like this idea that lands in your head from nowhere. It’s almost like a whisper, and you have no clue of how it was there in the first place.

So listen to this; it’s just a thought. It’s unquestionable how the effects of hallucinogens have been used to treat mental illness, addictions, anxiety, and to cure physical illness. There are numerous cases of people who launched into the forest looking for the wisdom of the shaman to treat their evil. It is also common knowledge the powerful ayahuasca is being used in prisons in Brazil to give inmates perspective and healing on what has brought them to that place. At the same time, even children have been given the medicine in Brazil, the Santo Daime doctrine is completely legal in the country and is part of their culture, part of their religion – (or should I have said our culture, and our religion? I’m Brazilian after all).

So, the thought that came first thing in the morning was this… Has anyone ever used ayahuasca to treat patients who are considered brain dead? Or how about patients with Alzheimer’s, or any other brain degenerative disease?

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Healing With Medicine

I have no idea; that’s why I’m writing this. Maybe I felt very guided to do it because my very own sister is a neuroscientist and is now in Australia developing a work around neuroscientist treatment and cure.

But also it really got me thinking, what happens when you are brain dead? Can someone use or choose to be given hallucinogens in that condition to try and reverse it?

Let’s look at some facts and drop some research, starting with the simple use of meditation.

It’s very well accepted by the scientific community that meditation has numerous benefits to the brain and it can be used for an overall health practice. However, when you bring in medicinal plants which alter states of consciousness and put you in a deep state of meditation, the whole taboo starts.

When Science Meets Spirit

Furthermore, the limitations faced by the current scientific community, particularly neuroscientists, whom have been denied freedom to explore research on hallucinogens as an effective way of treating mental illness and other physical disorders, are a big stone block in exploring the use of medicinal plants (with thousands of years of wisdom) for the benefit of health treatment.

I can only begin to imagine such limitations being lifted. The scientific community could do intense research and use such tools for the treatment of all illnesses.

What would happen if a person considered brain dead was given such devices? Would they come back into consciousness? What would happen if someone with mental illness was treated with the plant medicines?

Care to share your views? Write your comments to us.

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

Sabrina Santos

5 Herbal Remedies For Natural Pain Relief

With all the body changes we are currently undergoing, it is quite difficult to avoid the uncomfortable part of it, which is the body pains, migraines and other uncomfortable ” ascension symptoms “.

Many of these uncomfortable symptoms can be a result of dehydration, which is why it is important for us to make sure we are well hydrated at all times. If the symptoms continue, here are a few natural herbal remedies that you can use to relief pain:

1. Feverfew – This herb is perfect to treat fever, migraines, irregular menstrual periods, arthritis, a skin disorder called psioriasis, allergies, asthma and also nausea. It can also be applied directly to the gums for toothaches or to the skin to kill germs.

2. Ginger – It is one of the best most effective natural remedies you can use for muscle pain, joint pain, chest pain, low back pain and also pain that comes from bronchitis, cough, arthritis and menstrual pain.  It has numerous therapeutic properties such as antioxidant effects and anti-inflammatory effects. It is also used to treat stomach issues such as motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea and nausea.

3. Tumeric – It is used to treat heartburns and arthritis as well as stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomachbloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders. People also use turmeric directly on the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth and infected wounds.

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Photo: Tumeric

4. Capsaicin – With all the heart activations, expansions and upgrades and solar flares we’ve been experiencing lately, capsaicin ( also called the chilli pepper) is the perfect herb to have in your house as it is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels including poor circulation, excessive blood clotting, high cholesterol and preventing heart disease. Other uses of the chilli pepper are relief of toothache, seasickness, alcoholism, malaria and fever. It is also used to help people who have difficulty swallowing. Some people put capsicum inside the nose to treat hay fever, migraine, headache, cluster headache, and sinus infections (sinusitis).

5. Devil’s Claw – This herb contains chemicals that might decrease inflammation and swelling and resulting pain. That’s why it is used for hardening of the arteries, gout, muscle pain, back pain, tendonitis, chest pain, gastrointestinal (GI) upset or heart burn, fever and headache. It is also used for difficulties in childbirth, menstrual problems, allergic reactions and loss of appetite. 

Sometimes when your body has pains, it could be that it is trying to bring something into your awareness, it is trying to show you the areas that need to be nurtured more and paid attention to. Most diseases come from an energy level, a more subtle level, so if you pay attention to the signs your body is showing you, you can transform the energy and heal yourself before it manifests as a disease in your physical body.

However, at the same time, these intense waves of light that are incoming and that we’re integrating within our beingness can be quite hard on the body, so at times all you can do is just find ways to soothe the pains until it passes, which is why I wanted to write about modalities to relief pain. Use your own intuition/guidance system/heart feeling to discern what is the reason behind your pain.

There are many more ways to relief the pain, which I am going to write about in the next few articles, so stay tuned!

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Ayahuasca And Marijuana – When Mother Nature Calls For Harmony into your life

“Many believe that the dawning Age of Light or Age of Consciousness defines itself in relation to our capacity for unconditional love, our ability to transcend enemy patterning and victim consciousness while adopting unity consciousness that sees divinity in all things. From this standpoint, it might be said humans are evolving into a “biologically conscious” species capable of holding and sharing the full light of unconditional love.” _Sol Luckman

The awakening is happening. Nature is calling us back to her so we can evolve.  In this divine process many of us have been guided and many of us have to understand that losing ourselves before finding our way is too part of the process.

I hear many people looking for a miraculous answer and they think by taking the Medicine everything will be revealed to them. That’s not so simple, nor straight forward. Every soul has their journey which will eventually lead to the same place, Unconditional Love.

Equilibrium is definitely a serious gift while this process is taking place. Graham Handcock , in The War on Conciousness , a banned TED Talk ; brings some very valid points to consider in relation to the sacred medicine and use of psychedelics in our society. If you haven’t seen this video yet here it is :

Ayahuasca And Marijuana_ The Banned TED Talk Everyone Is Talking About

Thanks for watching,

Love and Light,

Sabrina Santos

Featured Image by : Pablo Amaringo