Find healing herbs right in your kitchen!

You don’t have to go very far to keep yourself healthy. Eating right (stick as close as you can to Mother Nature), and exercise (walking is free) are two of the cheapest things you can do, and when you need a boost, just open your kitchen cabinet (or look in your yard) for some of the best, natural ways to help.

Though, the FDA doesn’t make any claims to herbs healing, and you should not use this information to treat yourself when a doctor is needed, we do know that foods are necessary for survival.  The herbs listed here are foods.  Foods provide healing.  Certain foods help certain areas of the body.  They may aid in many ways.  Use at your own discretion.  I, in no way make claims to them, but offer you suggestions.  You can decide if it is for you.

Hippocrates, called The Father of Medicine, who laid the cornerstone for modern medicine (431 BC), said “Let foods be thy medicine.”

Dr. Victor G. Rocine, (circa 1930s) a Norwegian homeopath states, “If we eat wrongly, no doctor can cure us; if we eat rightly, no doctor is needed.” I do believe that doctors are needed, though, as many things can go wrong for many reasons, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take care of ourselves, naturally, too.

Cayenne can stimulate every system and cell of the body, but primarily, the digestive and circulatory systems. It can help with feeding the heart, lowering  blood pressure and  cholesterol, cleansing blood, relieving pain, inducing sweating, healing ulcers, has stopped hemorrhaging, easing congestion, and rebuilding damaged tissues.  It has been shown to inhibit cholesterol absorption.  The redder the pepper, the more vitamin A, and the mildest form, paprika, has the highest content of vitamin C. It contains beta-carotene, and is high in minerals, such as, iron, sulfur, calcium, and magnesium.  Cayenne can boost the powers of garlic, making it a fantastic home remedy antibiotic.

Cinnamon can help lower blood sugar.  I can, personally, attest to this.  I use it, daily, to keep me from being a pre-diabetic.  I have been pre-diabetic before, had gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy, and it runs in both sides of my family. I do not want diabetes.  When I take 2000 mg, daily, I can keep my sugar below 100 – it was 89.  I stopped taking it for about three months, had my sugars tested and they read 131.  Alarmed, I went back on it and tested about six weeks later, and it had dropped to 99.  I will never stop taking it, again.  The best cinnamon to use is the Ceylon variety.  It is lower in coumarin, which in high doses, may be toxic.  It is high in anti-oxidants, is an anti-inflammatory, has helped in neurodegenerative diseases, and can aid in weight loss.

Garlic has been beneficial to the immune, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and circulatory systems. It is high in iodine and sulfur, protein, and vitamins A and C. Hippocrates used it to treat infections, wounds, intestinal disorders, and toothaches, and it has been shown to have antibacterial properties.   Louis Pasteur, 1850s, first recognized this.  It can work on both internal, and external infections.  Many times, it is coupled with cayenne.  Garlic has been known to keep mucus moving through the lungs; therefore, can aid in bronchial issues and asthma. It can help with worms, and as an enema (mixed with water) can help eliminate pinworms.

Ginger/ginger root has been used in Chinese medicine for years.  It aids in digestive disorders, nausea, fever, coughs, can forestall flu, thin blood, and is used in many Chinese formulas to tell the other herbs where to go.  Externally, it can help treat dandruff, the oil can cool inflammations, ease earaches, and help in motion sickness. Studies conducted in Japan, have shown that ginger can block cell mutation that can lead to cancers.

Dandelion, though not typically an herb used in the kitchen, and many people keep trying to kill this wonderful herb, is one of my favorites.  It belongs to the sunflower family.  It furnishes large quantities of nectar and pollen, necessary for feeding young bees.  (Kill dandelions, kill bees?)  They are high in vitamin A, potassium (which makes the leaves taste bitter), aids in the flow of bile, and cleanses the liver and toxicities.  Best of all, they are everywhere, and are free.  You can eat the leaves, cooked, raw, or as tea.

Parsley is a good blood purifier. and stimulator for the bowels.  It is high in iron, copper, and manganese, vitamins A, B, and C.  When dried and used as tea, it has a diuretic action.  It builds blood and stimulates brain activity.  It can allay the kidneys, but too much can irritate them, as well.  Mixed with garlic, it can help high blood pressure.

This blog was meant to get you interested in how you can help yourself, and by no means is an all inclusive listing.  I would suggest obtaining a book on natural remedies to further your knowledge.   Doing so will make you proactive in your health, and to me, that is the first major step. You are what you eat!

Mary has a private practice in Acupuncture and other alternative practices.  She is the owner of Rapha-El Alternative Therapies, LLC, and dba BeautifyNaturally Facial Rejuvenation and BodySculpting.



Day 5, June 2 of hair treatment

Not much to say. Apply, shampoo, condition, repeat. Hair feels silky, but a bit heavy, like the oil is too much for my baby hair, daily. Think I will skip tonight…

June 1, Day 4 of hair treatment

Technically, it’s already June 2, but I was busy and couldn’t blog. So, this time, I put it in my hair for 2 hours, and not over night. It came out really soft. As I speak, I’ve now put in the June 2 treatment, and will sleep in it with my cap.  I am really liking the results.  I’ve figured out how NOT to burn my eyes, but camphor being what it is, I still feel it tingle my head with a cooling sensation.  A tad concerned about a scratch I put on my scalp from scratching too hard, as camphor can be poisonous. Literature I’ve read said not to put it on broken skin for the possibility of poisoning yourself, but it has been there the whole time, and I’m still writing to you, so HA!

May 31, 2015, day 3

Due to the fact that I was going to get up on Sunday to go to church, I decided that maybe I wouldn’t put it in my hair Saturday night. I put it in when I got home, and only left it in for an hour.  It seemed harder to shampoo out, as my hair hadn’t absorbed the oil.  My house smells of camphor, can’t even tell there is garlic in it. I’m going to wait until morning (Monday) and keep it in for about four hours.  My hair feels silky, but to be honest, I had a Brazilian blowout May 13th. I still can feel the difference, though.

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May 30, 2015, day two of hair treatment

Well, I managed to burn both eyes, this time; one got hit with a flying drop, the other must have been fumes.. I felt I didn’t mind the burn, as much, kind of like the burn of a good Scotch, only on top of my head.  I put all my hair under the cap.  Woke feeling like my hair absorbed all the oil.  It sure feels soft!

Morning of 5/29/2015, hair treatment

Eventually, the icy hot feeling dissipated and I felt nothing in the morning.  Hair felt soft – probably from the oil, and there was no noticeable odor from either the white camphor or the garlic.  So, I will continue with the treatments.  I washed my hair in the shower.

Hair Growth Treatment, Day 1 of 30.

5/29/2015 12:45 AM

Heard that if you mix a certain way, white camphor essential oil with garlic, leave it to fuse for a week in the refrigerator, then paint it into your scalp each night and cover with a knit cap, that it will aid in hair growth.  You must wash your hair each morning.

Well, tonight is my first night.  My head feels icy hot, and of course, it dropped into an eye and burned for a time… It’s been in for about 1/2 hour and the icy hot feeling is beginning to subside.  I hope I can do this for the month, suggested, but I’m not promising anything.  Still burns skin a bit… I’ll see how all feels in the morning. Stay tuned.

Nourishing the Ground, first….

Yesterday, in MN, it was a BEAUTIFUL day, with Sun, no Wind, and some FREE time.. The GROUND has had plenty of time to thaw, and I had the TOOLS TO CULTIVATE my Earth. I chose to work on two garden areas, but both on the south side of my home. I spaded, pulled out some of the new weeds that were starting to come through, mixed in some corn gluten (which does kill new sprouts, and seeds – be careful how you use it), and blood meal, for nourishing the dirt. In doors, I have the tools to START NEW plants, and when ready, I will introduce them to the ground that I just cultivated. I will SPEND TIME in my gardens, making the earth READY TO RECEIVE the plants that I will introduce, WITH GOOD INTENTIONS of coming to fruition, fruits that will continue to NOURISH MY BODY, as it will pass that ENERGY ON TO ME.

What YOU do is a MANIFESTation of what you think. Thoughts are things – they can CHANGE HOW YOU FEEL, and how you do your life. Hard to BELIEVE? Think how you felt about someone – LOVE or not love – and how YOU treated them based on your feelings, or thoughts. Did you bring a smile to something that you didn’t love? Did you bring happiness to something you loved? Keep it simple… ;-).

I have heard from some, ‘why are you doing cosmetic/REJUVENATION work – why aren’t you using your skills to HEAL PEOPLE’? Well, I AM. As stated in the first paragraph, I’m cultivating the Earth. You, your face and body, are the Earth. You may have COME TO ME because the lines and wrinkles are beginning to show, or maybe they’ve been there for quite some time. Aging is not any easy thing. It is not ENCOURAGING when you wake up and you couldn’t ‘bounce’ out of bed like it seemed you did the day before. It is not encouraging when you were really ACTIVE the past few months, working out, stretching, etc. and the scale shows a two pound weight gain, because you had two cookies, or your pants FEEL MORE snug, even though your weight didn’t CHANGE, but a pocket of stubborn fat didn’t move, in spite of YOUR EFFORTS..

What I do, works from the inside out. All that shows on YOUR FACE is all that you have gone through, plus some. The ‘plus some’, is ancestral. You came with a blueprint, but that doesn’t mean, things can’t CHANGE WITHIN that – you can change the rooms around how THEY FIT you in this lifetime. Your DNA, your cells, contain all that came before, and created a beautifully unique individual, THAT IS YOU. You’ve added to the story with your life experiences. Your face is the window to YOUR SOUL. YOUR HEART has the SPIRIT of SHEN. Shen is THE LIGHT that shines through your eyes. Make your face POP OUT! RADIATE YOU! CONTOUR! Make shifts in YOUR BODY; thus, YOUR LIFE.

I give FREE face-to-face consultations. We can MAKE A PLAN that is RIGHT FOR YOU. It may include cultivating the ground, FIRST, in conjunction with the rejuvenation work. It is a WIN, WIN. You will change, and you will notice A HIGHER YOU releasing, because it is not just about outside beauty. Your outside beauty will be manifested from the INNER BEAUTY COMING OUT. It HEALs, it CHANGEs, it TRANSFORMs. YOU have to SHOW UP. Give me a CALL TODAY. I take the time to READ BETWEEN THE unspoken LINES.

Mary E.K. Denison, M.Om, Dipl. Ac. – NCCAOM, L.Ac, CCP, Esthetician
Rapha-El Alternative Therapies, LLC
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Prosperity and Abundance

My God is unfailing in His Ways and Supplies. Money, and Abundance, and Cures will come to me, under His Grace, in Perfect ways. He is both the Giver and the Gift. All plans not of His Divine Grace will be dissolved, and the Divine Idea will now come to pass. So Be It.

All things will be new

Believe it. I do.