Shelly Randall

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since Jul 04, 2012
Central Valley California
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I used to take hawthorn berry for palpitations. I don't anymore because I don't have them since I did the amazing liver gallbladder flush. Most disease originates in a congested liver. You can try shepherdss purse. as well as a heart tonic.
5 years ago
All the posts I've written here are on Google. I love this site, but this is giving me chills. Please, someone tell me how to make this stop.
Rosemary Gladstar has some very good recipes in her Medicinal Herbs beginner's guide. One is for adrenal toning using licorice root, rhodiola root, Siberian gingseng, cinnamon and making this into a tincture.
5 years ago
I've been making and selling soap for five years. The best liquid soap that you can make involves potasium hydroxide and an involved process that requires a bit of learning. I haven't tried yet although I have a pound of potasium hydroxide in my stash, and have had for several years. To get real grease cutting, you want a detergent. Not all detergents are the same; some come from natural, friendly coconut derived sources. However, they are pretty much drying to more or lesser degrees. You can do a bit of research to find some that are less so.

If you want skin friendly, I would maybe try a liquid soap with potasium (spelling, too tired to look up) hydroxide. The molecule structure makes the soap not solid like sodium hydroxide will do, but it is still, basically soap and therefore not very good with grease cutting. Adding orange oil will help.

5 years ago
We have a Golden Lace Wyondotte hen who lays well. Her eggs are a deep, rich, reddish brown. She's not too bright, but she is a decent size for eating if we were to go in that direction. Not very fussy and easy to manage.
6 years ago
It takes several weeks for the St. John's Wort to be effective. I've found it to be just fine as a preventative, although in reality my depressive episodes end when the stress that was causing it ends. Really, that is the truth. SSRIs can be less difficult to get off of if you titrate down by fooling the body's natural cycle. I can't remember exactly but it works something like this: take a full dose, the next day take half a dose the next day take a full dose and then cut your full dose in half. Repeat process until the full dose is next to nothing, a fingernail full of powder, then a few grains. You can take as long as you like to do this.
6 years ago
I heard about it and tried it twice on my cats for worms. The first time I think it worked. The second time the little worms kept coming out despite feedings every day for 25 days. They were round worms, and I had to go to the store and get the over the counter wormer to get it to stop. I've heard that it is great for farm animals, but I haven't tried it for that.
6 years ago
I posted this in another forum but it seems more appropriate here. I prefer rhassoul clay as a shampoo or "hair mask" as some call it. After giving the baking soda/vinegar method two months and only getting gooey straw textured hair for it, I had to try something else. I do believe everyone's accounts of getting good results with the baking soda, but hair texture and water alkalinity can change results I believe. I have thin hair, and I think our water is alkaline.

That being said, I wonder about the wisdom of putting something that has a very high ph (baking soda) on hair that is naturally healthy at a low ph, which, of course, explains the need for apple cider vinegar (very low ph) that brings down the ph back to a normal range. For all the bad things shampoos have: parabens (preservatives linked to breast cancer in French studies) and it's drying factor (shampoos are basically solvents), shampoos actually have a low ph, much friendlier to the hair and scalp than even the mildest form of soap or baking soda.

I shampoo once a week with my shower, and I take a handful of dry mud and place it on the top of my head and wet it under the shower head into a muddy mass and massage down the length of the hair adding water as needed. Actually, nothing more than water would probably be the best thing to do for hair, but I sure do love the silkiness of the the mud as it slithers down my body and makes me feel all wonderful and nice.

What I find ironic is that Americans spend so much money taking the oil out with shampoo, then putting it back in via hair product, just to get the look of hair that looks stiff and together like someone who never did anything to their hair to begin with.

6 years ago
Corin, thanks for sharing your pet peaves about herbalists because I've had similar feelings but couldn't express them as keenly. And Thank You for the generous amount of information. Kull, Thank You for the link to Dr. Dadamo's site. I've ascribed to his diet more or less through the years with good results, and I remember in one of his books, he suggests that hawthorn berry should be added to all breakfast cereals. Didn't know he was going into the herbals as I have not kept up with his journey.
6 years ago
I don't see much crawling around. Maybe because it's winter, they are dormant or dead? I see a few sow bugs and millipedes which they won't eat. I hadn't thought about the good bugs that they are eating as well. No worms are visible though they may be deeper in the pile.
6 years ago