One of the key functions of the adrenal glands is to prepare our bodies and minds for situations in which we may need a quick and appropriate response. They accomplish this by producing certain types of hormones and sending them throughout the body. Hormones are the communication system of the endocrine glands. If our belief is that we live in a stressful or unsafe environment, the adrenal glands will be continually firing, all day long, every day. This continual work load eventually sends the adrenal glands into a state of fatigue, leaving us with symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, memory problems, food cravings, allergies, blood sugar problems, aching joints, low energy, and with a need for a couple of naps throughout the day.
The kidneys and the adrenal glands are closely connected. I have pondered the connections here. Stressed kidneys can contribute to a personality that is generally fearful; afraid to move forward but afraid not to at the same time, and afraid of many other things. Did the malfunctioning kidneys cause the fear or are the kidneys malfunctioning because of the fear? Either way, the adrenals get over worked coping with the fear.
The adrenal glands are vital to immune system function. They also produce hormones which are important in the metabolism of carbohydrates, the regulation of blood sugar, the maintenance of electrolyte and water balance in the body, and the regulation of blood pressure (to name just a few of the their many functions).
This formula is helpful, along with other remedies, for mononucleosis and chronic fatigue. There is a full program for these outlined in my book,Butterfly Miracles with Homeopathic RemediesII.
CAC has a laxative effect on the bowels, and is used for cleansing and purifying the body and the blood. CAC is particularly effective when used as a tea, rather than as a tincture.
Mix 1/2 cup of herbs with 1 quart distilled or filtered water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 45 minutes. Strain. Add the same herbs that you just strained to another quart of fresh water. Bring to a boil and simmer for another 45 minutes. Strain. Mix the two liquids.
Dosage is 4 - 12 ounces once or twice a day. I don’t know why the method is as it is, but those are the instructions I was given and which I have read for similar formulas in other herbal reference materials. This method produces a very potent brew.
Now here is confusion! Some sources claim that angustifolia has been shown in studies to be the strongest medicinally of these two plants, while other sources claim that purpurea is “arguably the most extensively studied of all species of Echinacea.” Traditional native American Indian uses are cited for both of these plants, and the properties touted are very much the same one to another. I live in Idaho in the heart of Shoshone, Bannock, and Blackfoot tribal country, and I have never come across the angustifolia variety in my area although the purpurea variety is plentiful.
Having been unable to make a clear distinction between the two species, I have opted to put equal amounts of each in the combinations that I have designed. Given a choice of only one or the other, I would have to go with purpurea, since I believe that for the most part the herbs that grow in your area, which survive or thrive on the same things you do, will be the most potent and beneficial to you from day to day.
SYSTEMS AFFECTED:Immune, Endocrine/Glandular, Lymphatic, Integumentary (wounds)
POSSIBLE USES:acne, Crohn’s disease, gingivitis, immune and glandular support, wound healing including burns, abscesses
Michael T. Murray, in his bookThe Healing Power of Herbs, does a marvelous treatise on the seven most important constituents of plants from the Echinacea group. He includes in his research both angustifolia and purpurea along with others that I have never heard of. I would highly recommend this chapter and the entire book. It describes only a small group of herbs but it is both thorough and scientific.
Murray credits Echinacea with high concentration of compounds (polysaccharides) which have significant immunostimulant and anti-inflammatory properties. He quotes a study done by Gerhard Madaus in Germany in 1932 where it was demonstrated that the fresh juice of the aerial portion of Echinacea purpurea had significant immune-enhancing properties. This study was followed by the development of commercial products and a great deal of further research and study.
Echinacea, according to modern research, has been found to contain interferon-like properties. Interferon is produced naturally in the body to prevent viral infections and to combat strep and staph bacteria. Echinacea has been used for decades by alternative medicine practitioners in fighting the spread of infectious diseases. It is nice to finally have research to support this. Echinacea is equivalent to Red Clover as a blood purifier. It should be used in the treatment of chemical toxin poisoning, candida, fungal infections, ulcers, and in clearing the lymph glands.
Michael T. Murray discusses other aspects of the healing properties of Echinacea, giving understandable scientific explanations and quoting research where applicable and where he could find it.
Murray gives Echinacea credit for tissue regeneration abilities, anti-inflammatory properties, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-cancer properties. He goes into great detail about the immunostimulant properties, and gives connections between plant components and their action in the body with explanation of their effects on white blood cells, lymphocytes, and macrophages.
We’ve created an elderberry tincture with the added benefit of herbs for calming: chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and spearmint. For times when you need more help with stress levels. Created gently by being extracted without alcohol. Intentionally made safe for use by our own children and grandchildren.
INGREDIENTS:Elderberries, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, spearmint, water, and vegetable glycerin.
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Elderberry + Digestive Support
We’ve created an elderberry tincture with the added benefit of herbs for digestion support: catnip, fennel, chamomile, peppermint, and ginger. For times when you need more help with indigestion. Created gently by being extracted without alcohol. Intentionally made safe for use by our own children and grandchildren.
INGREDIENTS:Elderberries, catnip, fennel, chamomile, peppermint, ginger, water, and vegetable glycerin
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Elderberry + Immune Support
We’ve created an elderberry tincture with the added immune boosting benefits of: echinacea angustifolia, echinacea purpurea, red raspberry leaf, and rosehips – for times when you need more help through the cold and flu season. Created gently by being extracted without alcohol. Intentionally made safe for use by our own children and grandchildren.
INGREDIENTS:Elderberries, echinacea angustifolia, echinacea purpurea, red raspberry leaf, rosehips, water, and vegetable glycerin.
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Elderberry + Inflammation Relief
We’ve created an elderberry tincture with the added benefit of herbs for inflammation relief: turmeric, ginger, mustard seed, and cayenne. For times when you need more help with inflammation and long-term aches and pains. Created gently by being extracted without alcohol. Intentionally made safe for use by our own children and grandchildren.
INGREDIENTS:Elderberries, turmeric, ginger, mustard seed, cayenne, water, and vegetable glycerin.
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Elderberry + Pain Relief
We’ve created an elderberry tincture with the added benefit of herbs for pain relief: wood betony, feverfew, nettle, oat straw, marshmallow, and cayenne. For times when you need more help with acute pains. Created gently by being extracted without alcohol. Intentionally made safe for use by our own children and grandchildren.
We’ve created an elderberry tincture with the added benefit of herbs for supporting the respiratory system: marshmallow root, mullein leaf, wild cherry bark, licorice root, ginger root, and lemon peel. For times when you need more help through the cold and flu season. Created gently by being extracted without alcohol. Intentionally made safe for use by our own children and grandchildren.
We’ve created an elderberry tincture with the added benefit of herbs for throat support: marshmallow root, licorice root, echinacea purpurea, thyme leaf, and orange peel. For times when you need more help with sore throat. Created gently by being extracted without alcohol. Intentionally made safe for use by our own children and grandchildren.
Our most concentrated and portable version of elderberry comes in a convenient 2 oz glass dropper bottle.Our Elderberry Drops are specially formulated to be sugar-free, alcohol-free, honey-free, and vegan for anyone with these dietary restrictions.RD Naturals™ Elderberry Drops are naturally sweet-tasting and perfect for travel.
Potency: Adults 160-320mg elderberry per serving /Children: 160mg per serving
SUGGESTED USE: Shake well. Standard serving is 1-2 mL (30-60 drops) for adults and 0.5-1.0 mL (15-30 drops) for children daily.
For additional support, take 4 times daily. May be taken at full strength or diluted in water.
Each bottle contains 60 adult servings and 120 child servings
The herbs is FSW aid in preparing mother and baby for the upcoming birth. Take during the last 5 or 6 weeks of pregnancy. Use 6 drops for the first week, 8 drops second week, 10 drops third week, then 12 drops until the due date. This dosage is taken twice a day. Doing so really does make a difference to the length of an otherwise normal labor, speeds recovery time, and helps the woman avoid postpartum depression.
This formula can help cleanse and strengthen the urinary tract to accomplish the important job of eliminating toxins and waste products from the body. The kidneys also regulate the liquid to solids ratio in the blood and tissues. The KB formula is made up completely of herbs that support and strengthen the kidneys and cellular tissues in general. It has no really effective bacterial fighters. Be sure to use KB with IF (formerly Infection Fighter) or RC (formerly Red Clover Combination) if a kidney infection is suspected.
This is an excellent and wonderfully strong kidney formula. Some of the herbs are liver cleansers. I prefer to use KB for a few weeks (with an infection fighter) and then switch to the milder diuretic formula, KT for a period of rebuilding and soothing of the urinary tract. If needed I will repeat this pattern—KB followed by KT—several times until the entire urinary system is operating optimally.
INGREDIENTS: Dong Quai, Licorice Root, Ginseng Root, Motherwort, St. John’s Wort, Wild Yam, Black Cohosh, Passion Flower
MW is a formula for women past childbearing age who are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance such as hot flashes, night sweats, tissue dryness, or headaches. After menopause, estrogen still needs to be produced by the body, but this production no longer occurs in the ovaries. The MW formula provides the nutrients needed for the change over to occur smoothly and symptom free. Menopause need not be a miserable experience, nor does life after menopause need to be full of unpleasant symptoms.
Make sure mineral and vitamin intake is adequate by taking KNA or MIN. AddLeBalance andLeEndoRelief essential oil blends.
Inflammation, clogging, or infection of the prostate gland is indicated by frequent urination with a decreased stream. Infection is often accompanied by pain, and/or chills, and fever. This formula is designed to be a prostate and urinary tonic, anti-inflammatory, and an infection fighter. PRT can be taken daily as a tonic and preventative. For extreme symptoms of infection and inflammation, dosages would be higher and more frequent until the symptoms subside.
SN is useful for inflammation and infection in the sinus cavities and for allergic sinusitis. It also acts to drain the lymphs, supporting the kidneys while doing so. The herbs in this formula liquefy mucous, allowing the sinuses to drain, but should be taken with an infection fighting formula for a viral or bacterial attack—RC, IF, APL, BAC, or FN. Also remember to use essential oils.
SN contains some herbs that are a little less commonly used, but it is a very effective formula for drying out and draining the sinuses.
This formula is meant for women in their childbearing years and the years preceding menopause. It will often, if taken for a month or two, straighten out irregular periods, heavy clotting, profuse flow, menstrual cramping, premenstrual headaches, and premenstrual tension. Many times, once the underlying hormone issues that are causing the above symptoms have cleared up, infertility issues also disappear.
YW is also helpful with kidney, liver, and bladder problems in women, and is essential for prolapsing uterus or bladder situations.
Consider Sepia homeopathic in addition to this formula.