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Tea Tree Oil As A Natural Acne Preventer and Curative




      Historically the drug with the trade name Accutane has been a prescription medication given to teens to help control the outbreak of acne.  Especially for teens, where appearance takes on a much stronger theme in their lives, there is concern on how one looks. Unfortunately some of the side effects of the prescribed medications can cause adverse reactions such as:


  •    signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Accutane and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
  •    depressed mood, trouble concentrating, sleep problems, crying spells, aggression or agitation, changes in behavior, hallucinations, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
  •    sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
  •    blurred vision, sudden and severe headache or pain behind your eyes, sometimes with vomiting;
  •    hearing problems, hearing loss, or ringing in your ears;
  •    seizure (convulsions);
  •    severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate;
  •    loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  •    severe diarrhea, rectal bleeding, black, bloody, or tarry stools;
  •    fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, purple spots under your skin, easy bruising or bleeding; or
  •    joint stiffness, bone pain or fracture.

 
Less serious Accutane side effects may include:
  •    discomfort with contact lenses;
  •    joint pain, back pain;
  •    feeling dizzy, drowsy, or nervous;
  •    dryness of the lips, mouth, nose, or skin; or
  •    cracking or peeling skin, itching, rash, changes in your fingernails or toenails.

   Note that all of these are the recorded potential adverse reactions.

   One natural product to use for the teen, and less expensive with few adverse side effects is Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia). Tea Tree was originally used in Australia by the Aborigines as a topical antiseptic for the treatment of cuts, abrasions, athlete's foot, burns and insect bites.  It was obtained by steaming the leaves of the tree which resulted in the release of the terpenes which are responsible for it's antiseptic properties.

   Over the last two decades it has become a recommended treatment for acne vulgaris and continues to expand world wide as an effective, natural low cost medication for acne treatments, without the use of harmful pharmaceuticals and their associated high costs.
 

Healing with Reiki and Gemstones Is Free Seminar At HerbFest, 2009



Sunday, April 19 @ HerbFest 2009

 

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm     Healing with Reiki and Gemstones - Marilyn Grolitzer, Ph.D. and Vickie Penninger

  Energy healing has been practiced for thousands of years.  Marilyn and Vickie will speak on Reiki, a form of laying-on of hands, which has been performed by cultures throughout the world and is best known in the west by mention in the Bible. Today, this energy from the universe is routinely utilized to assist in healing through therapeutic touch and other hands-on techniques.




Video from HerbFest 2009 On Use of Reiki, Chakra and Gemstones As Alternative When Traditional Medicine Has Failed The Patient

The natural properties of gemstones have been employed throughout history. Each has a unique vibration that has been known to affect the mental, emotional and physical body as well as the surrounding environment.




Marilyn Grolitzer, Ph.D.

   Marilyn Grolitzer worked for over 20 years as a research scientist leading research and development organizations at Monsanto, Solutia and Dow Reichhold. She was known worldwide for her scientific research on specialty chemical additives and has numerous patents and publications.  After leaving Solutia she focused her attention on helping start-up companies on medical products including medical devices and drug delivery systems and alternative health care for women. Marilyn is currently CEO of Reiki Creations, Inc, a company focused on producing products for healing of body, mind and spirit with Reiki and gemstones. www.reikicreations.com

 

Marilyn began her work using hands-on healing in 2005 and went on to study Reiki with Vicki Penninger, 2006-2007, receiving Master’s certification in May 2007. She continued her studies to specialize in working with gemstones and crystal energy therapy. This practice of healing of body, mind and spirit with nature’s energy has been known and used by healers throughout history as each gemstone has a unique vibration that may affect the mental, emotional and physical body as well as the surrounding environment.

 

Marilyn is also actively involved in clean water advocacy.  She is a Master Gardener for Wake County and contributes many articles on aquatic plants and environmental conservation.

 

Vickie Penninger
 

  Vickie is a healing facilitator offering Quantum Clearing, Reiki, Arcing Radial Light and Crystal Energy Therapy. She is a Healing Touch practitioner, has completed Medical Intuitive Training and is a certified practitioner of ThetaHealing.   Vickie utilizes many modalities in her work including flower essences, aromatherapy, chakra balancing and repair, cord cuttings, past life regression, spirit release work, & energetic clearing of property.  Vickie performs Illuminations, Extractions, death rites and soul retrieval in the tradition of Inkan shamanism.

Vickie offers classes in Reiki, Arcing Radial Light, Munay-Ki Rites, Past Life Regression and Crystal Energy Therapy.  www.thereikichannel.com
 
 
   

Carol Randaci's HerbFest Seminars on Oriental Medicine and Feng Shui Garden Design

Carol Randuci Introduces HerbFest Attendees to Oriental Medicine and Feng Shui Garden Design With Her Two Free Classes


 WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE

    Have you heard of Oriental Medicine, but not sure what it is?  Are you wondering if Acupuncture needles hurt? Are you curious about all those teas you hear about?
And how does this health care system mix with other health care systems?

    Here is an opportunity for your questions to be answered. Carol Wentz Randaci has her degree in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture and has been involved with alternative medicine for 25 years, and she is excited to share her knowledge and experience.
 

Read more: Carol Randaci's HerbFest Seminars on Oriental Medicine and Feng Shui Garden Design

   

The Need For Cleansing Herbs or Blood Purifiers In Today's Society

   "Cleansing Herbs"
 
 
 

    I want to tell you a short story about how I learned of the "cleansing herbs" or what are referred to as "blood purifiers".  


   We owned an herb shop and carried a line of medicinal herbs.  One of the more popular uses was for "blood cleansing" which prompted me to call the owner of the company,  who was a M.D. as well as a pharmacist.  
 
   Dr. Brown explained to me the history of "cleansing herbs".  My first question was the name implied there was something wrong with us that we needed to be "cleansed" so my inquiry was the assumption might not be correct.  Here's his answer which I've always remembered and my twist to why maybe we still do need "cleansing herbs". 
 
   During the medieval times, especially in most of Europe,  folks did not have a healthy diet in the winter months.  There were no fresh vegetables, no fresh fruits, and many meat/fish products were preserved by salting.  Unlike today you lived only on what you could grow and if it was cold winter that severely limited what one could eat.  People were deprived on nutrients due to what was available.
 
    When spring came many  "benefical weeds" would  sprout and immediately the locals would find a way to prepare those "green weeds" and incorporate them into the meals.  Basically the body had been deprived of so many good vitamins and minerals that more were needed so they found a way to make the weeds/herbs palatable.  This is one of the early beginnings of the term that herbs are "benefical weeds".
 
    The other problem was over the course of months of eating only salted meat/fish there had been an assumed accumulation of toxic type substances and it was felt the toxins needed to be removed.  The way to remove the toxins was to eat some "cleansing herbs". 
 
    Certain herbs, beneficial weeds, would be eaten and actually acted as mild diuretics and would encourage elimination.  It was this group of herbs that became known as the "cleansing herbs".  
 
     Do we need cleansing herbs now?  Certainly most of us have access to vegetables, fruits etc. from all over the world so "local content" is no longer as strong as it used to be so that does not appear to be the answer.  In this time of many healthy foods what do many people do? 
 
   Simple, we do not eat well.  It's a fast food culture dominated by ease of use, cheap cost, eating on the run and the fresh healthy fruits and vegetables are left out of our diet not due to lack of them but because of our hectic lifestyles. 
 
   One could question if the diet of old is not better than the diet of now.  
 
   Now you know something about the history of the "cleansing herbs" or the need for "blood purifiers". 
 
   

Kudzu - Two Sides and Many Roots To The Story



       
  

    Kudzu, Pueraria lobata, is known in the U.S. as a harmful exotic plant that wreaks havoc on highway landscaping and farms.  The plant is native to China and Japan and is a coarse growing perennial that can average growing a foot per day, or up to 60 feet per growing season. It was originally introduced to the U.S. in 1876.   It has been known to destroy some wildlife habitat and is regarded by many as a very harmful plant to the U.S. landscape. Kudzu is easily identified by it's aggressive growth form overtaking trees with it's dense mat of vines covering anything in it's path.  It is a perennial and goes dormant in the cold months but springs to life when the weather warms up.  

 

    But that is only partial truth for Kudzu.  Here's the "rest of the story".

 

    Kudzu has become an important source of hay and forage for livestock and can provide an outstanding control for soil erosion due to it's long root system.  It is high in protein and vitamins A and D which makes it competitive with other livestock food sources such as alfalfa and clover.  Kudzu is palatable to all types of livestock and contains 14 - 20% crude protein, 2 - 3.5% fat, 30+% crude fiber and 8% ash.  If you raise goats this is a wonderful forage plant since it grows so abundantly and the enormous root system is packed with nutrients which the goats will find.

 

    Environmentally it is one of the wonderful plants that can be organically grown simply because it resists our popular herbicides such as Roundup or other generic competitors.  The basic rule is leave it alone and it will flourish naturally. Of course it is not a "companion plant" to anyone but itself unless one has a very non desirable neighboring plant that should be destroyed. 

 

    Kudzu is herb like, being used medicinally for menopause, myalgia, measles, dysentery, fever and other ailments of mankind.  In different cultures it is highly prized as a medicinal herb for many illnesses.  Kudzu is a unique source of the isoflavone puerarin .  Kudzu root compounds can affect neurotransmitters (including serotonin , GABA , and glutamate ) and it has shown value in treating migraine and cluster headache .    Chinese herbal medicines including kudzu have long been used to reduce intoxication from alcohol consumption. 

    Patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancers should discuss with their physicians before using kudzu as isoflavones can promote the growth of certain breast cancer cells.

 

    So the next time you see this species think twice before classifying it as foe, it could be a friend for your specific circumstances.

   

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