Want to try an all-natural herbal infusion of Arnica? Find it here.
Arnica montana, also known as wolf’s bane, leopard’s
bane, mountain tobacco and mountain arnica, is a moderately toxic European
flowering plant in the sunflower family. Arnica grows mainly in Siberia and
central Europe, as well as temperate climates in North America. Arnica is an
alpine plant, growing in nutrient-poor soil. It can potentially reach a height
of up to 60cm, but this is unusual given the harsh conditions at high
altitudes. It grows in meadows up to 3,000 metres above sea level, where it is
exposed to strong sunlight. The higher the altitude, the more aromatic the
plant will become.
The plants are rich in inulin, a compound between sugar and starch that the plants store in their underground organs as a source of energy. It is used as a natural sweetener for diabetics. The Compositae contain selenium and arnica ash is rich in manganese. Both selenium and manganese are powerful antioxidants in the human body and in addition manganese is an essential element needed for healthy bones, wound healing, and the metabolism of proteins, cholesterol and carbohydrates. It may well be that it is this rich source of manganese that facilitates healing, acting in combination with the other plant chemicals. Manganese levels affect the levels of iron, magnesium and calcium in the body.
Generations of Swiss mountain guides chewed arnica leaves
to prevent fatigue induced by climbing. The dried leaves were used as a
substitute for tobacco, hence its common name of mountain tobacco. The dried
flowers promote sneezing, so it was also known as snuff plant. Fall kraut, fall
herb and wound herb, other eponyms, demonstrate the age-old use for the effects
The flowers are used as a compress for sprains and
bruises. Herbally, the plant has been used for traumatic injuries involving
bruising, and as a cardiac tonic for weak and weary hearts. It is also used
homeopathically to reduce emotional and physical trauma, support the heart, and
for weakness and weariness in the elderly.
Arnica is also used to stimulate the kidneys but can be
quite toxic in herbal solutions. The ingestion of large quantities can cause
irritation to the gut; a temporary stimulation is followed by a depression of
the circulation, respiration and temperature. Violent headaches ensue, the
pupils dilate and then muscular paralysis sets in. The whole nervous system is paralyzed
and death results. Arnica should be used judiciously on the skin as it can
cause nasty irritating rashes.
Mother Jai’s creates all-natural Arnica Oil in small batches in Arvada, Colorado. The herbal infusion is safe to use on the skin and works wonders on injuries and pain. When combined with St John’s Wort oil the benefits are doubled. Find it here.
With February coming to a close we are all starting to think
about Spring. Allergy season is just around the corner and we’re all dreading
it. So, what’s your plan this year? Suffer with antihistamine side effects or
try something different?
Mother Jai’s has the simple answer with her OrganicAllergy Relief Tea!
This simple combination of Stinging Nettles Leaf and Red
Clover Flowers and Herb has strong antihistamine (anti-allergy) and
anti-inflammatory properties that reduce sinus pressure and stop histamine
reactions. All of this without any side effects! No drowsiness! No foggy brain!
No painful over-drying of sinuses!
Does It Work?
This proprietary blend of Stinging Nettles, Red Clover
Flowers, and Red Clover Leaf provides a wide variety of nutrients essential for
health. The specific combination of nutrients found in these herbs are known to
reduce allergy symptoms with the first dose and to continue reducing allergic
reactions and their symptoms with continued use.
The great thing about these herbs is that they are simply
nutrient dense vegetables that you would have extreme difficulty overdosing or
getting ill from consuming them in tea multiple times daily. They provide
support without side effects for the entire season and on if you also struggle
with inside allergens.
Consuming this tea on a daily basis has been known to
reduce or eliminate indoor and pet allergies as well, with continued use and
depending on the severity of your allergies. You can get relief without feeling
drunk and dumb, that’s how drugs like Sudafed always made me feel anyway.
Either way your eliminating the horrible side effects of
antihistamines and reducing the chemicals in your body while also getting more
water and nutrients. Four very important, and yet so simple, ways to improve your
overall health and wellness.
Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica): an herbaceous perennial flowering plant originally from Europe, Africa, and Asia. It is cultivated for food, textiles, medicines, and teas worldwide now.
Cooked Nettles taste similar to spinach and is rich in
vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium. Fresh leaves contain
approximately 82.4% water, 17.6% dry matter, 5.5% protein, 0.7 to 3.3% fat, and
7.1% carbohydrates. They must be cooked or dried to be safely
handled or eaten.
Nettle has agglutinin, acetophenone,
alkaloids, acetylcholine, chlorogenic acid, butyric acid, chlorophyll, caffeic
acid, carbonic acid, choline, histamine, coumaric acid, formic acid,
pantothenic acid, kaempferol, coproporphyrin, lectin, lecithin, lignan,
linoleic and linolenic acids, palmitic acid, xanthophyll, quercetin, quinic
acid, serotonin, stigmasterol, terpenes, violaxanthin, and succinic acid in its
Nettle also contains 2,5% fatty substance,
14–17% albumins, and 18% protein in dry matter. Seeds of nettle contain 8–10%
fixed oil. 1 kg fresh plant contains 130 mg
vitamin C, 730 mg carotene, and oxalate.
Stinging hair of nettle contains formic acid,
histamine, and acetylcholine.
Leaves of nettle contain provitamin A,
vitamin B1, K, xanthophylls, and sistosterin
Ashes of nettle contain 6,3% ferric oxide,
potassium, calcium, and silicium.
Dried Nettles herb has been used in the traditional
Austrian medicine internally (as tea or fresh leaves) to treat disorders of the
kidneys and urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, locomotor system, skin,
cardiovascular system, hemorrhage, influenza, rheumatism, and gout.
Nettle stems contain a bast fiber that has been
traditionally used for the same purposes as linen and is produced by a similar
retting process. Unlike cotton, nettles grow easily without pesticides. The
fibers are coarser, however.
Historically, nettles have been used to make clothing for
2,000 years, and German Army uniforms were almost all made from nettle during
World War I due to a potential shortage of cotton. More recently, companies in
Austria, Germany, and Italy have started to produce commercial nettle textiles.
Clover (Trifolium pretense): a
short-lived herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the bean family, native to
Europe, Western Asia, and Africa. Is now naturalized in many other regions.
Red clover’s flowers and leaves are edible and can be
added as garnishes to any dish. The flowers often are used to make jelly and
tisanes and are used in essiac recipes. Their essential oil may be extracted,
and its unique scent used in aromatherapy.
Red Clover is used in traditional medicine of India as
deobstruent, antispasmodic, expectorant, sedative, anti-inflammatory and
antidermatosis agent. In alternative medicine, red clover is promoted as a
treatment for a variety of human maladies, including symptoms of menopause,
coughs, disorders of the lymphatic system and a variety of cancers.
Dietary amounts of red clover are safe, but dietary
supplement extracts may cause rash-like reactions, muscle ache, headache,
nausea, vaginal bleeding in women, and slow blood clotting. Due to its coumarin
derivatives, T. pratense should be used with caution in individuals with
coagulation disorders or currently undergoing anticoagulation therapy.
Due to our recent discovery of the lead content of bentonite clay MotherJai.com has opted for an ingredient with no known contamination, activated charcoal. Continue reading below for the latest research and information backing the use and benefits of using activated charcoal for mouth care.
Toothpowder – 2oz Jar
Easy to use and fluoride free for a healthy mouth and beautifully white teeth.
Activated charcoal, also called activated carbon, activated coal or carbo activatus, has been processed to make it very porous with an exceptionally large surface area, which makes it particularly adsorptive (electronically absorptive). According to the book “Medical Biochemistry: Human Metabolism in Health and Disease,” activated charcoal absorbs a variety of poisons and toxins, but does not bind well to alcohols, strong acids and bases, carbon monoxide, iron, lead, arsenic, fluorine, boric acid or many petroleum products such as industrial cleaners and lubricants.
Activated charcoal is used to treat poisonings, reduce
intestinal gas (flatulence), lower cholesterol levels, prevent hangover, and
treat bile flow problems (cholestasis) during pregnancy.
Activated Charcoal Works (AmazingHealth.com)
Activated charcoal works by adsorption, which is an
electrical action, rather than absorption, which is a mechanical action.
Activated charcoal adsorbs most organic and inorganic chemicals that do not
belong in the body, but no studies have been able to prove that it adsorbs
nutrients, as some people are afraid of. It will adsorb any medications
however, and, other than in the case of an overdose, activated charcoal needs
to be taken two hours before or after any medications.
Charcoal added to the diet of sheep for six months did
not cause a loss of nutrients, as compared with sheep not receiving charcoal.
Blood tests showed no significant difference between the two groups of animals,
and there were no visible signs of any nutritional deficiency. A level of 5% of
the total diet was given as charcoal. It did not affect the blood or urinary
levels of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, inorganic phosphorus, potassium,
sodium, zinc, creatinine, uric acid, urea nitrogen, alkaline phosphatase, total
protein, or urine pH.
The form of charcoal used in modern medical science is
activated charcoal USP, a pure wood charcoal carbon that has no carcinogenic
properties. Activated charcoal is an odorless, tasteless powder. One
teaspoonful of it has a surface area of more than 10,000 square feet. This
unique feature allows it to adsorbs large amounts of chemicals or poisons. The
powder must be stored in a tightly sealed container, as it readily adsorbs
impurities from the atmosphere.
Activated charcoal can be used internally and externally
for humans and pets for the following:
Antidote for food poisoning or accidental
ingestion of poisons, poisonous spider, snake, or bug bites, or poison ivy
Eliminate toxins that can contribute to
anemia in cancer patients
Filter toxins from blood, in cases of liver
or kidney disease
Deodorize colostomies and disinfect wounds
(shouldn’t be used on open wounds or you may end up with a tattoo)
Remove tartar and plaque buildup when used as
Alleviate allergy headaches, minor arthritic
symptoms, menstrual pains, diarrhea, painful urination, flatulence, sore throat
irritation, flu-like symptoms, drug overdose, cold sores, tooth abscesses, and
toxin from foods.
Activated charcoal powder will not cause someone to have
constipation, but if a person has a problem with constipation and then drinks
charcoal slurry, the activated charcoal will back up the colon due to blockages
already present in the colon. Research has shown that if a person has a problem
with constipation and does a colon cleanse and addressed the cause of
constipation, then that person can drink charcoal slurry without having the
activated charcoal build up in the colon.
Benefits & Risks of Activated Charcoal BY
Charcoal has been used in medicine since the ancient
Egyptians used it to absorb the odor of rotting wounds, Drugs.com states.
Useful for its ability to absorb impurities, charcoal plays an important role
in filtering drinking water and fish tanks and treating acute poisoning.
Activated charcoal, also known as medicinal charcoal, is a fluffy, fine, black,
odorless, tasteless powder without gritty material.
of Internal Consumption
In an emergency, activated charcoal can be used to treat
certain kinds of poisoning, according to MayoClinic.com. Being extremely
absorbent, activated charcoal helps prevent the poison from being absorbed from
the stomach and passed into the body. In the case of severe poisoning, several
doses of activated charcoal may be needed to treat the victim. Activated
charcoal is not effective against poisons that are corrosive agents like lye,
strong acids, iron, boric acid, lithium and alcohols. Furthermore, charcoal
should not be used to counteract petroleum products such as leaning fluid, coal
oil, fuel oil, gasoline, kerosene and paint thinner because charcoal will not
prevent these substances from being absorbed into the body.
Effects of Internal Consumption
Common side effects of activated charcoal include nausea,
vomiting and constipation, Drugs.com states. Other side effects include bowel
obstruction, black-colored stool and a chalk-like taste have also been
reported. About 20 percent of patients’ experience vomiting about 10 minutes
after ingesting activated charcoal. One case reports that a patient developed a
bezoar or mass in his small bowel that caused an obstruction following the
administration of 30 to 60 g of activated charcoal via nasogastric tube every
four to six hours for five days.
Internal Use in Cases of Poisoning
Activated charcoal is used only for treating some cases
of poisoning. Proper doses vary from patient to patient and you must not change
your dosage unless your doctor tells you to do so. The powder form of activated
charcoal is taken as a mixture of the powder and water with the amount of
powder dependent on the age of the patient. For adults and teenagers, a single
dose treatment is usually 25 to 100 g, MayoClinic,com states. For children from
1 to 12 years old, the dose is usually 25 to 50 g or the dose may be based on
body weight, typically 0.5 to 1 g per kg. For children up to one year old, the
dose is usually 10 to 26 g.
In addition, activated charcoal can be used in cases of
food poisoning when nausea and diarrhea are present. Adults take 25 grams at
onset of symptoms or when food poisoning is suspected, and children should be
given 10 grams. Increase dosage as necessary. Remember, it’s essential that
adequate water is consumed when activated charcoal is taken.
Associated with Internal Consumption
Do not combine activated charcoal with drugs used for
constipation (cathartics such as sorbitol or magnesium citrate). This can cause
electrolyte imbalances and other problems.
when Consumed Internally
Additionally, activated charcoal can interfere with the
absorption of nutrients, supplements and interfere with prescription
medications. Take activated charcoal 90 minutes to two hours prior to meals,
supplements and prescription medications. Potential adverse interactions with
the following drugs can occur:
Naltrexone (used for alcohol and opioid
Morphine Sulfate Liposome
Do not use activated
charcoal as a supplement if you take these medications. Activated charcoal may
also reduce absorption of certain nutrients.
Teeth – Activated charcoal helps whiten teeth while promoting
good oral health by changing the pH balance in the mouth, helping prevent
cavities, bad breath and gum disease. It works to whiten teeth by adsorbing
plaque and microscopic tidbits that stain teeth. This activated charcoal use is
cost-effective and an all-natural solution for a bright smile.
To whiten your teeth naturally, wet a toothbrush and dip
into powdered activated charcoal. Brush teeth as normal, paying special
attention to areas showing the most staining. Sip a bit of water, swish through
mouth thoroughly and spit. Rinse well, until spit is clear.
Note: Be careful, for it can (and will) stain grout and
fabrics. Protect counters, floors and clothing before using. If you have
crowns, caps or porcelain veneers, it’s possible that activated charcoal will
stain them. In addition, if your teeth become sensitive, quit using it.
Cleansing – Most people don’t think about mold living in
their bodies, but it can. Toxic mold causes depression, kidney and liver
failure, decreased brain function, heart disease, eye irritation, headaches,
vomiting, impaired immune system function and severe respiratory distress.
Homes that have flooded, or even those with small leaks
under a sub-floor or in the walls, can create an environment where mold can
thrive. Poor ventilation contributes to the problem, and bathrooms, basements
and laundry rooms are particularly prone to mold growth.
If there is visible mold in your home, it must be
mitigated properly. It’s important to wear gloves and a protective mask to keep
from inhaling toxic mold during cleanup. Activated charcoal, baking soda, apple
cider vinegar, tea tree oil and borax can be used to clean mold off hard
surfaces and keep mold from growing in the future.
If you or your family experience symptoms including
wheezing, rashes, watery eyes, coughing or headaches that aren’t explained in
other ways, your home should be evaluated for mold spore levels, even if no
visible mold is detected. It can thrive behind drywall, under floors and in
Filtration – Activated charcoal traps impurities in water
including solvents, pesticides, industrial waste and other chemicals. This is
why it’s used in water filtration systems throughout the world. However, it
doesn’t trap viruses, bacteria and hard-water minerals. According to a study
published in the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association, activated carbon filters
(activated charcoal), removes some fluoride. Avoiding fluoride and detoxing
from it is important for oral health, proper immune system functioning, and
healthy kidneys and liver.
Drinking water is essential to good health; however,
typical tap water is toxic and laden with chemicals, toxins and fluoride.
Ingestion should be limited whenever possible. Activated charcoal water filters
are available for whole-home systems, as well as countertop models. Drink 8–10
glasses of pure water per day to help soothe the digestive tract, fight
fatigue, keep organs operating, and provide lubrication for joints and tissues.
and Body Health – Activated charcoal uses extend beyond
internal applications. For external treatments, it’s effective at treating body
odor and acne and relieving discomfort from insect bites, rashes from poison
ivy or poison oak, and snake bites.
After a mosquito bite or bee sting, mix one capsule of
activated charcoal with ½ tablespoon of coconut oil, and dab on affected area.
Reapply every 30 minutes until itching and discomfort are gone. As activated
charcoal stains nearly everything it touches, wrap with a bandage.
To treat bites from snakes and spiders, including the
Brown Recluse or Black Widow, you want to cover a larger area than just a small
bandage, as the bacteria and viruses that lead to tissue damage need to be
Create a wrap out of fabric that’s big enough to go
around the affected area twice. Dab the mixture of coconut oil and activated
charcoal on the fabric, and wrap. Secure with bandages. Reapply every two to
three hours, rinsing well between applications.
To treat acne, mix one capsule of activated charcoal with
two teaspoons of aloe vera gel, and smooth over face. Let dry and rinse off
completely. The activated charcoal binds with environmental toxins and dirt
that contribute to acne. It’s also good for spot treatments.
charcoal uses include helping prevent cellular damage to kidneys and liver, as
well as supporting healthy adrenal glands. It’s imperative to cleanse toxins
and chemicals routinely from the body. Activated charcoal benefits major organs
by helping the body flush out the toxins and chemicals that cause the damage.
Aging is a natural part of life, but due to the toxic load
we are exposed to through food, our homes and workplaces, and our environment,
to prevent pre-mature aging we must get rid of them.
For this activated charcoal use, take two capsules per
day after exposure to nonorganic foods, heavy meals or after contact to other
toxins. This supports better cognitive function, a reduction in brain fog,
healthier kidney and liver function, and a healthier gastrointestinal tract.
Charcoal for First Aid – It’s recommend to have activated
charcoal as a part of first aid kits, both at home and at work. In the event of
an emergency where toxins, drugs or chemicals are ingested, it’s imperative to
call 911 immediately. If you have activated charcoal on hand, be sure to tell
the operator; the operator may advise to administer it prior to the first
responder’s arrival. Depending on the amount of toxins or chemicals ingested
and types of toxins, multiple doses may be required. At the hospital,
physicians are able to administer more as needed.
Charcoal & Good Bacteria
If activated charcoal is so great at getting rid of
toxins and bad bacteria then you may be wondering does activated charcoal
absorb beneficial bacteria as well? Well first off, remember that charcoal is
adsorbent rather than absorbent. At least one study published in The Journal of
Veterinary Medical Science demonstrates that activated charcoal may be able to
somewhat differentiate between what it should and should not adsorb.
The researchers conducting this study found that
“activated charcoal showed lower binding capacity to the normal bacterial flora
tested than that to E. coli O157:H7 strains.” So it appears as though
toxin-producing strains of E. coli were more likely to be adsorbed by the
activated charcoal while normal bacterial flora in the intestine including
Enterococcus faecium, Bifidobacterium thermophilum, and Lactobacillus
acidophilus were more likely to be left alone.
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