The Value of Alfalfa

Dr John R Christopher

Dr. Christopher greatly honored this herb, which in Arabic is called “the father of all foods”, one of the most ancient herbs known. He said that it would help in every condition of the body, whether it would be for healing or maintaining health. Dr. Christopher noticed that animals—such as dogs and cats and certainly other farm animals, seek the herb when they are sick. They are led to this and other herbs by instinct, which tells them they will heal them. Perhaps even humans have such an instinct, if they will let it lead them. When Dr. Christopher was a small and sickly child, he used to go out in the springtime to pick Alfalfa leaves to eat. It was as if some force would lead him to the leaves. He felt very grateful because with this guidance, he felt that he was given additional help to fight off some of the sicknesses with which he was born.

The Doctor liked to tell the story of a family who was in a concentration camp where the food and living conditions were far below standard. People were dying from malnutrition, but this family found a small clump of Alfalfa growing in the corner of the concentration camp grounds. Each day they would chew thoroughly a sprig or two of the plant and found that the entire family felt strong and healthy. They would beg others to do the same, but were simply ridiculed. They continued eating the Alfalfa as long as they remained imprisoned. When they were released, they walked out of the camp in good health while their friends who had refused to follow their advice had either died or were very sickly, suffering from malnutrition.

When Dr. Christopher was lecturing in one of the eastern states, a young man approached him to tell of an experience he had with Alfalfa. A black-belt instructor had trained him in the martial arts, including karate. After a period of time, black and blue welts would rise on his body wherever he had been kicked or hand-struck in his exercises. His instructor gave him a small bottle of capsules and told him to use them several times a day. He did, and was amazed with the results. When he ran out of them, he noticed that the black and blue spots on his body reappeared.

He went to the instructor and wanted to know what was in them, willing to pay any price for such a valuable remedy. He was shocked that the miraculous capsules had one ingredient only–Alfalfa. As long as he continued to take the capsules, he had no more problems. Dr. H. E. Kirschner, relating the research efforts of one of the pioneers of Alfalfa, Frank Bower, retold the story of a man who was very anemic. He was considered a borderline tuberculosis case and had no appetite at all. Bower supplied the landlady of the boarding house where both of them took their meals with a liberal amount of Alfalfa tea, to be taken at meals. All the boarders liked it, and after about two weeks, the sick man began to eat with gusto. They all ate so heartily that larger meals had to be prepared to meet their demands (Kirsch: 28).

Mr. Bower, who is regarded as the “Father of Alfalfa”, made up a slogan: “What’s good for the piggies is good for the kiddies”. Among the interesting applications that Bower suggested was as a food supplement for children. In one test, he fed 200 children in two schools a special vitamin-mineral food based on Alfalfa. These children averaged a weight gain of two to six pounds per month and a height gain of from two to four and a half inches. They were extremely resistant to diseases in the area (Ibid: 29).

N.W. Walker, the great promoter of raw vegetable juices and the vegetarian diet, highly recommended Alfalfa. He lived to an active age of over a hundred years! Lucas mentioned that the Chinese specifically recommended Alfalfa as an ulcer treatment. One woman had been suffering with ulcer pains, but when she tried the standard ulcer diet of milk foods she suffered from asthma symptoms. She decided to find a Chinese-American herbalist, and after some searching and traveling, she located one. He told her to avoid fried foods and bread, as well as alcohol and tobacco, and to take a tablespoon of Alfalfa powder once a day in water, along with a teaspoonful of olive oil before meals. Her ulcer had completely healed within a few weeks, with the pain disappearing almost immediately. This woman prescribed the same treatment to family and friends with ulcers, with the same miraculous results, everyone feeling most grateful for this simple and effective remedy (Richard Lucas : Secrets: 38).

In an ancient Chinese herbal, Alfalfa is mentioned in the year 2939 BC It was anciently known to the Arabs as well, who called it the “father of all foods”. Dioscorides employed a variety of the plant for urinary disorders in the fourth century BC Legend has it that the herb is of great antiquity, having been imported into Greece from the East after Darius had discovered it in Medes (Grieves -Modern Herbal 502). Roman writers referred to it, and it is cultivated from Persia to Peru. In the warmer climates, it is mowed all year around (Ibid.).

It was adopted in England in the 1700’s, and although it is not native to North America, it spread quickly once introduced and the Native Americans quickly adopted it for their use and for animals.

Hutchens mentions that stock farmers of South Africa improved the beauty of ostrich feathers with the use of Alfalfa feed, and that cows gave richer milk, chickens laid more often, and turkeys were healthier with the use of Alfalfa (Hut:8). Feeding the herb to our goats, we have noticed a high level of health, even though we are not able to let them run free for optimum health.

Although some herbalists consider Alfalfa so mild that it is a food rather than a medicine, the herb has to its credit some wonderful cures. As mentioned above, researcher Frank Bower (who is known as the Father of Alfalfa) discovered that the plant contained important enzymes, which assist in good digestion. Tests over a period of years revealed that in addition to enzymes, the plant contains important chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals, all of which stimulate the appetite. The enzymes are sufficiently present to help in the digestion of all four classes of foods–proteins, fats, starches and sugars. One of the important vitamins present in the food is Vitamin U, which is also present in raw cabbage and which has been used to treat peptic ulcers. This discovery of Vitamin U confirms the Chinese herbalists’ use of the herb to cure ulcers. In the Soviet Union, after years of testing Vitamin U on laboratory animals, scientists began clinical testing of the substance on human patients with gastric and duodenal ulcers, with an 80% cure rate, the other 20% being noticeably improved.

Frank Bower conducted many interesting experiments with Alfalfa. Three hundred soldiers at Sawtelle, California used the Alfalfa tea with remarkable improvement in bladder, prostate and other problems. When his friend, Dr. I. D. Bailer, was suffering from lumbago, he gave Alfalfa tea to him and he immediately got better. These results were so impressive that both Bower and Bailer quit their jobs and spent the rest of their lives studying Alfalfa. Their main problem was to produce Alfalfa products that were palatable to most people, as we generally find that the taste of the plant is very strong and green. The two most palatable preparations turned out to be Green Drink, where the green leaves are blended in pineapple juice, often with other herbs and Alfalfa sprouts. In addition to the important constituents mentioned above, the sprouts contain generous quantities of the amino acids: up to 150% more than wheat or corn. They also contain chlorophyll, which many people consider an important healing agent in many ailments, as well as being a vibrant, live, oxygen-rich food.

A doctor at the University of Indiana pointed out that Alfalfa is especially rich in iron, calcium and phosphorus, all necessary for strong, healthy teeth. Some claim that Alfalfa not only retards tooth decay but actually rebuilds the teeth (Kirsch: 35). It’s no wonder that so many interesting cures are attributed to Alfalfa. It has been acclaimed as a diuretic. In fact, one woman who was suffering extremely from dropsy began to take the tea faithfully, and with no other remedy was relieved of the problem. The high Vitamin K content of the herb helps to clot the blood properly and prevent against hemorrhages. For this reason–among lots of good reasons–it is recommended that pregnant women take the tea daily. In addition to the blood doffing properties of Vitamin K, it has been found effective in preventing and curing high blood pressure in test animals, and may turn out to be important for the same use in humans. It is important that in the plant kingdom, only Alfalfa contains a significant amount of Vitamin K; most plants are quite deficient in the vitamin.

The high Vitamin A content in the plant is excellent to prevent infection; preparations of the plant are superior to fish-oil preparations for some people as they lack the fishy odor, are of a vegetarian source, and are somewhat more assimilable. This vitamin also helps prevent night blindness. Since many of our foods are degenerated, even if we buy the best we can and prepare them fresh, it is good to know of a consistent source of vitamin A.

The many constituents of the plant make it good for toning the system in high pressure situations; race horses often run faster when taking the herb, and athletes are often encouraged to do the same.

Many people consider Alfalfa an important herb to take throughout pregnancy. If an expectant mother is suffering from morning sickness, she can eat Alfalfa sprouts in her diet and can take from eight to sixteen tablets of Alfalfa until the condition is under control, and then she can reduce the dosage (Mal: 252). Many people consider that a daily green drink consisting of Alfalfa, comfrey and fresh red-raspberry leaves is an excellent pregnancy drink; it is preferred to a tea made of the same substances. After the birth, Alfalfa is sometimes taken to prevent hemorrhages. Some women have eaten Alfalfa tablets after their births like candy in order to shorten the postpartum bleeding time. Alfalfa is also thought to dramatically help bring the milk in for the nursing mother. It certainly enriches the quality of the milk and is much preferable to other hot beverages, such as regular tea, which can pollute the breast milk. It can be flavored with mint, orange peel, and honey.

Alfalfa is one of the few vegetable sources of Vitamin D. Although the sun is generally regarded as the best source for getting this vitamin (although you shouldn’t shower or bathe for about a half-hour after sunning in order to absorb the D that collects in the skin’s oils), there are about 4740 International Units of Vitamin D per pound of Alfalfa. This is valuable knowledge if a person is unable to take the sun, such as during the wintertime. Taking Vitamin D in Alfalfa is much healthier than drinking it in pasteurized, homogenized, Vitamin-D enriched milk! Another important element in Alfalfa is vitamin Bl2. Most nutritionists claim that it is only present in animal products, diary products, or sewage. Since the 1940’s, however, other research has revealed that B12 is indeed in some vegetable sources. Many vegetarian cookbooks go to great lengths to ensure the taking of Bl2 in diet, such as buying tablets and dissolving them in homemade soymilk, or ensuring that the vegetarian take brewer’s yeast which is B12-fortified. The discussion of Bl2 is complicated by the fact that B12 deficiency can occur not only from the lack of the vitamin in the diet–unlikely in most diets, except those of vegans, which excludes milk, meat and eggs entirely–or from mal-absorption of the vitamin present in the diet. This occurs later in life and is considered genetic in origin, developing an illness called pernicious anemia, which is treated by injections of B12, which must continue for the duration of a person’s life. Interestingly, dietary deficiency of B12 may not show up even in people who take little or none of the vitamin for five or ten years. The body conserves Bl2 and can store enough of it to last two or three years, even longer in some cases. When the vitamin passes out of the body in bile salts, it can be reabsorbed in the intestine and recycled; very little actually leaves the body. Taken in conjunction with the knowledge that the RDA charts give a wide margin of safety when recommending amounts of any vitamin to be taken, it is clear that the Bl2 concern is much less an issue than it may seem for vegetarians. However, the body’s ability to absorb the vitamin can affect the levels present. B12, however, is found in Alfalfa, as well as in other foods, such as lettuce, rice polishings concentrate, mung beans, and peas. Sprouted Alfalfa seed is quite a good source. The germination of the seed increase the B12 available, and since they are eaten raw, the seeds retain their vitamin content; it has been found that cooking removes up to 85% of the vitamin under normal conditions.

Alfalfa has been used in the treatment of jaundice. Harris reports that some doctors supply their patients with fresh Alfalfa. A woman was brought into a hospital with serious jaundice. She had been well up to the onset of the disease, but had become extremely yellow in just a few days. She then began to bleed from her nose, from the bowel, and clots of blood began to form under her skin! Bile in the blood–which is what jaundice is–prevents the clotting of blood, and so doctors hesitate to do surgery for that reason. The laboratory analyses showed that the prothrombin in the woman’s blood–the element necessary for clotting–was only five percent of what it should have been. A researcher recommended that the situation be treated with Alfalfa, which it was, and the woman completely recovered (Har: Eat: 69).

Alfalfa, along with other foods, is known to help remove cholesterol from the system. Alfalfa has a significant amount of protein–18.9%, as compared with 16.5% in beef, 3.3% in milk and 13.1% in eggs. Eating the sprouts can add a significant amount of important protein in vegans who take no animal proteins at all, and whose diet may include so many grains and beans that concentrated proteins are difficult to obtain. Although we eliminate the mucus-forming proteins in the mucusless diet, this does not mean that the body doesn’t need protein. The high-quality proteins in vegetables, especially the sprouted seeds, can supply the important needs. Without proteins, which compose the muscles of the body, the muscles can break down, causing tiredness and weakness. Flabby muscles in the intestines and stomach can result in constipation when there is not enough strength to move the food along. Poor posture often results from lack of adequate protein. The hair, skin and nails may become weak if protein is inadequate, as they are composed of protein, too.

Alfalfa is used in Europe for many functional type diseases such as arthritis and rheumatism, colitis, anemia, etc. It is traditional for wasting diseases in traditional European practice (Michael Moore : 2 1). It is a good supplement when antibiotics or sulfa drugs are taken, and is also recommended for alcoholics and drug addicts who are trying to kick the habit. It is excellent for children who do not seem to be growing well enough, providing an abundance of vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes, which might not be assimilated otherwise. The chlorophyll abundant in the leaves has been found to assist in granulation of tissue after it has been damaged. The substance also helps in the strengthening of the connective tissue in the body.

Although the herb has attributed to bodybuilding characteristics, excessive use of Alfalfa is said by the Chinese to cause one to lose weight and become thin. It might therefore be good for use in weight loss programs.

There are saponins, soap-like substances, in the herb, which have been recently investigated for their suitability as cortisone and hormone precursors. However, overeating the Alfalfa sprouts could possibly damage red blood cells. It is suggested that moderation in eating the sprouts can avoid this problem as the saponins greatly increase during the sprouting process.

In China, this is one of the plants said to have been brought to the country by General Chang Chien of the Han dynasty. It is called Mu-su, and is included among the vegetables. It was formerly much more cultivated than it is today, although in some parts of China it is still grown; it has been naturalized almost everywhere, however. It is considered too cooling to be eaten very frequently and is thought to make one thin, which is always carefully avoided by the Chinese. If eaten with honey, it is said to cause dysentery. It is thought to benefit the intestines and to help in fevers. The juice is said to be emetic and is given in cases of gravel to relieve pain (Shi: 260-261). In India, the plant is an important fodder; however, the young plant is liable to case bloating in cattle or sheep and the plant is not used much in medicine (IMM: 774).

In any conditions that require cleansing and building of the body–and that includes most ailments! –Alfalfa is recommended as a basic, and mild, herbal food.

Of course, the widest application of Alfalfa in the world is as a feed crop for livestock. In almost every state of the Union, in almost every province of Canada, and throughout Central and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe, Alfalfa is featured as animal feed. In most parts of the English-speaking world, it is known as lucerne. About 27 million acres of ground are used to grow Alfalfa in the United States. Thousands of acres more are used to plant the herb for its seed, which must be grown under controlled conditions. The Alfalfa is used in various ways. Most common is the preparation of hay, where the Alfalfa is cut, allowed to sun-cure, and rolled or baled for winter storage. Sometimes farmers make Alfalfa meal by cutting and chopping the green crop in the fields, hauling the chopped herb to a dehydrator, and quick-drying the leaves and stems. These are ground and put into sacks, preventing leaf loss and ensuring a high food value. This meal is sometimes combined with grains or soybeans for a concentrated feed. Fanners sometimes let their animals graze in the Alfalfa fields, and sometimes ferment the green Alfalfa to make silage. Alfalfa is much more deep-rooted than any of the other plants. Its roots commonly go down twelve feet, as compared to very short-rooted pasture grasses which barely penetrate a few inches, or even clover, which only goes down about five or six feet. This deep rooting allows the plant to bring up important trace minerals, which are only present deep in the ground. In addition, the Alfalfa, being a legume, has the capacity, with the cooperation of nitrogen-fixing bacteria, of bringing fertility to the soil. The bacteria take nitrogen from the air and change it into a form that can be used by the roots. Alfalfa is therefore an excellent green manure, often planted to plow under to fertilize the soil.

Used in disease prevention, for black and blue welts, for anemia, ulcer treatment, urinary disorders, peptic ulcers, gastric and duodenal ulcers, for bladder and prostate problems, for lumbago, to retard tooth decay, as a diuretic, for dropsy, helps clot blood in hemorrhages, for high blood pressure, pregnancy, to increase quality of mothers milk, for jaundice, malnutrition, to lower cholesterol, for arthritis, rheumatism, colitis, wounds and to help alcoholics and drug addicts.

Alfalfa is very easy to cultivate on your home ground. Just get some seed and sow it in average garden soil. Keep it moist and weed if necessary; the plant will do the rest. It is a perennial and will provide you with abundant greens for years.

You can gather Alfalfa that has escaped from farmer’s fields if you are absolutely sure that the leaves have not been poison-treated. Most farmers do not spray their Alfalfa crops, but many are spray happy and will spray most anything they grow. Furthermore, Alfalfa growing wild in orchards is most likely contaminated, and roadside Alfalfa may have been sprayed with poison to kill weeds. You do not want to blend these deadly poisons into your green drink–it is better to start a few plants of your own. If you live in the country, you may be surprised to find plants already growing near you.

To make Alfalfa green drink, the simplest method is to place pineapple juice in a blender container in the quantity desired. Add green leaves to taste, less at first, and building up to more as you become accustomed to the flavor. Alfalfa is quite strong tasting; you might wish to begin with additional herbs such as parsley, chard, dark lettuce, lamb’s quarters, comfrey, and other mild-tasting greens. Two sprigs of Alfalfa has been a good starting point for the green drink that we feed our young children. Blend the greens into the drink until they are thoroughly pulverized. You can add a little water or a couple of ice cubes to thin the drink a bit if you like. Some people like to add an almond-date-sunflower seed emulsion, made by blending the soaked seeds and dates with pineapple juice, for a delicious and protein-filled green drink; however, we have found the pineapple juice and green combination delicious and satisfying. For a tiny infant, you can strain the fibers out of the drink, but most people can benefit from the fibers of the greens. Do not make the drink too thick at first, however, as some people might find it unpalatable. Alfalfa sprouts can also be utilized in the green drink. Sprouting Alfalfa seeds is extremely easy. When you try it, you will regret any money you spent at the store on less than-crisp Alfalfa sprouts. Homemade sprouts taste much sweeter and fresher than purchased ones. Be sure when you sprout them that you use only seeds sold for sprouting; those sold in agricultural establishments are treated with poisons for in field planting. Buy them at the health food store to be sure.

The easiest method by far is to soak a couple of tablespoons of the seeds in a wide mouth quart jar overnight. Drain the water off–some recommend drinking it but it seems rather rank for that. You can use it to water favorite plants, as it is loaded with nutrition. Cover the top of the jar with perforated lids that are sold for the purpose, or with plastic window screen held in place with the jar ring, or with cheesecloth similarly anchored. With the jar tipped at an angle to be sure that the seeds are not standing in water–they rot that way–let the seeds germinate, filling the jar with water and draining it off two or three times a day. If you are not sprouting the seeds in the light, be sure to expose the jar to sunlight when the seed sprouts have grown to a length of about two inches; they will turn a delightful, appetizing green, developing the important chlorophyll. Before you use any sprouts, be sure to rinse the batch each time. Sprouts will keep in the refrigerator, but it is better to have small batches going constantly to ensure a fresh, sweet supply. Use them with virtually any food. They are especially good in sandwiches, to mix with salads, or to eat out of hand as a low-calorie snack.

Spreading healthy mayonnaise–homemade if possible–on whole grain bread makes a favorite sandwich. Cover one slice with mashed avocado and add a nice, thick layer of sprouts. Chopped garlic or onion makes this sandwich delicious and healthy.

Some people like to mix the sprouts with mayonnaise or butter and seasonings to use over salads or in sandwiches. Some blend them with tomato juice or tomato soup in the blender and serve the nutrition of sprouts to people who might not appreciate the good nutrition if they were told. Sprouts are a nice garnish for cream soups.

They also go with almost any vegetable salad. Sometimes when they are used in the ubiquitous salads made with iceberg lettuce and hothouse tomatoes, they are the only ingredients in the salad with any nourishment at all! They are excellent to add texture and crunch to coleslaw. Many people find that if they enjoy Alfalfa sprouts in salad, they still need to mix a little dressing or mayonnaise with the sprouts to make them palatable taken alone.

The classic health restaurant dish made with sprouts is Bible bread sandwiches. You can make them yourself, inexpensively. You begin with Bible bread or pita bread, which can be made at home by mixing up a simple yeast whole wheat bread dough. Don’t let it rise first, but after it is kneaded, take golf ball size lumps, make them smooth, and roll them out about 1/4 inch thick into tortilla shapes. Put them to rise on a cornmeal-sprinkled baking sheet for about a half hour. When raised soft, place in a 450-degree F. oven in the top third of the oven until the breads puff up like balloons and their surfaces harden. Remove and cool on racks. Not all the pita breads may rise uniformly, but you should get enough to make a good batch of Bible bread sandwiches. When they are cool, they may be stored in plastic bags, but do not put into plastic while they are still hot, or they will go moldy.

After the breads have cooled, cut them in half crosswise and open up. Butter the inside with homemade mayonnaise, and fill with salad vegetables: tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, chopped lettuce, coleslaw, chopped onion, minced garlic, etc. Add grated cheese, sesame butter, and top with a generous portion of Alfalfa sprouts. Some people like to put a bit of mayonnaise on top of this and garnish with vegetarian bacon bits. These make a marvelous summertime guest meal, preceded by gazpacho soup, cold, then with each guest making up his own sandwiches. As a full sized Bible bread sandwich costs around $2.00 in a restaurant (often more in fancier places), it seems a great luxury to serve a whole meal of them, and yet they are quite an inexpensive and very healthy meal.

You can add sprouted Alfalfa seeds to tacos, use them on top of spaghetti, munch them alongside pizza–they work with almost any meal. A very good salad is made by combining the sprouts with grated carrots and mashed avocado. Dressed with an oil and vinegar or mayonnaise based dressing, it is a delicious mixture.

If you plan to use the dried Alfalfa greens, you should gather them fresh just before the plant is in flower. Dry them in a dehydrator or a warm, airy place. Being sure not to lose any of the leaves, pulverize them in a mortar and pestle or in a blender, and store in a cool, dry place. You can make tea out of the leaves or, some suggest, sprinkle them on any cold or cooked cereal. They have a definite green, grassy taste and so take a little getting used to. The commercial infant Pablum has dried Alfalfa in it, and there are a number of commercial preparations that include Alfalfa, including Alfalfa fudge, and a concentrated Alfalfa juice!

If you wish to juice Alfalfa in your juicer, be aware that it is extremely potent. The best way to take it is to make a batch of carrot juice and introduce a small amount of Alfalfa into the juicer as you do the carrots. As you become accustomed to the taste, more Alfalfa can be added, but it is never taken straight.

Some people wishing to treat arthritis or rheumatism take a tea made of the Alfalfa seeds, but we consider this a waste of the germinating power of the seeds. It is better to sprout them and eat the sprouts. Alfalfa tea made from leaves purchased in the health food stores may have an insipid taste or even taste like nothing at all. If you wish to obtain the best results from Alfalfa leaf tea, you should go and gather your own from the very common plants all around.

M. falcata, Siberian Alfalfa, is similar to M. sativa, but has yellow flowers. M. media, sand lucerne, has been considered a natural hybrid between the two species.

Because of their similar functions, the clovers, Melilotus spp. are related to the Alfalfas. M. alba and M. officinalis are important as forage plants and soil builders. They are also used for hay.

We have mentioned above some of the vitamins and minerals contained in Alfalfa. The essential amino acids in the plant are especially noteworthy, as well as the extremely high content of Vitamin A. You will notice that it is a good source of potassium as well.

The enzymes contained in Alfalfa are some of the most important elements, although they are not included below in the analysis chart. Among these are lipase, a fat-splitting enzyme; amylase, which acts upon starches; coagulase, to coagulate milk or clot blood; emulsin, which acts upon sugars; invertase, which converts cane sugar into dextrose; peroxidase, which has an oxidizing effect on the blood; pectinase, an enzyme that forms a vegetable jelly from a pectin substance, and protease, that digests proteins (Kirsch: 27-8). These enzymes indicate that Alfalfa could be profitably taken with almost any food!

Warning: None of the above statements have been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration or the American Medical Association.

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Apply Herbal Salve Pack to the Feet

Dara Dietz

Getting God’s great herbal Supports onto and into the sick area of the body is key to getting those areas healthy again. An Herbal Salve pack applied correctly can aid in bring healing to the injured or sick areas of the body. The trick is you have to apply the herbs in a way that will penetrate and also saturate the affected area.

The feet are a great place to begin learning how to best apply the salve packs. Jenivee and I did a couple videos while she was visiting this past week. Here is one on applying Salve packs to the feet.

She had what looked like it might be ringworm on the back of one heel. the black walnut salve took care of that issue in a couple of days. She had been rubbing a bit of the black walnut salve over the area and then putting on her socks this light application of even this powerful herb was unable to clear the issue. After applying a generous pack of the black walnut to her ankle overnight the issue was nearly gone.


Over the past few years the following paste has been used successfully to clear toenail fungus. The first time this suggestion was given I got a phone call about a year later. The woman shared she had followed the procedure for about three months, until she felt the fungus condition was cleared from her toenails. Her case had been very bad, the nails had all but rotted off. She shared that all her nails were dyed black and that the dye did not clear until the nails grew out. She said that as the nails grew out they were perfect, “like when I was a teenager”, she shared. It had taken her a year for the old nails to be replaced with the perfect new ones. Below are the suggestions I shared with her.

Toe Nail Fungus Paste

Here are the combining and usage instructions.

These are general instructions so you can use more for larger amounts or less if not so much paste is needed.

Combine the following in a small bowel

 2 parts slipper Elm

 1 part Black walnut powder

 1 tablespoon Black Walnut extract for each 3 table spoons of powder used

 Add Enough distilled water to make a paste

My suggestions is to do a tablespoon per part, this will make only a small amount at a time that can be easily used up in a few days. Store unused portion in cool place (fridge) for up to 5 days


For serious fungus issue: Dip cotton ball in Black Walnut extract and fasten over toe nail area. Leave in place for a few hours to allow the extract to saturate the affected area. When cotton ball has been removed apply paste as directed below.

Apply paste over affected toenails; cover with gauge to hold in place. Dress with socks for overnight sleeping. IF also able to apply during the day you may want to wear socks and sandals to keep paste in place while moving around.

Continue this procedure for 3 or 4 months. The fungus will be cleared from the area but the toenail can take up to a year to regrow. Those needing to apply the black walnut extract on a cotton ball will likely find the toe nail has been dyed black. As the toenail grows in healthy the black will be replaced with a healthy pink nail.

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The Cold Sheet Treatment

One Woman’s Hydrotherapy Story

Contrast baths and other hydrotherapy treatments for health have been used for a number of centuries in the past. Most recently, Dr. John R. Christopher added herbs to make the process into a large tea for the entire body.

In addition to greatly stimulating the circulation in the body, the Cold Sheet Treatment primarily creates an artificial fever–Dr. Christopher called it an “incubation.” This is beneficial because when the temperature of the body increases, the white blood cells move faster and faster through the body and engulf more and more bad stuff for elimination. If you could only do one thing within a very few hours, to show a very sick person that natural healing is very powerfully beneficial for them, you would always win doing a proper “Cold Sheet” on them.

Note: You don’t want to use municipal water containing chlorine, etc. If this is the water normally available for you at home, an inexpensive charcoal filter can be obtained from Home Depot type stores for about $30.00, which fits in place of your shower head.

Getting started you will need:

1 pair of large rubber gloves
4 ounces Ginger powder
4 ounces Cayenne Pepper Powder
4 ounces Mustard powder
1 bulb Fresh Garlic
1 bottle Cayenne Extract
1 bottle Lobelia Extract
4 ounces Peppermint tea leaves
4 ounces Fresh Ginger Root for tea
1 20 lb. bag of ice cubes

plastic to cover matress: 30 gal trash bags work well 

3 extra cotton sheets that can be stained
2 extra very warm blankets
1 thin dishtowel or old white sock
a bucket
small bottle of apple cider vinegar
gallon distilled water
rectal bulb syringe
large jar of Vaseline
second person to help with these instructions

This description of the steps of the Cold Sheet Treatment is told as if you were the helper, assisting someone else to do the treatment, a man in this case so we can use the word “he” instead of “he/she.” When you are undergoing this treatment, the person helping you would do as per this description of steps.

Step ONE: Making the Tea

Take the 4 ounces of peppermint

4 ounces of fresh ginger root (chopped up) and make two to three quarts of tea

Do not let the tea boil, but rather simmer for 15 minutes or better.

Step TWO: Prepare the Bed

Prepare a bed by stripping off all of the bedding and covering the mattress entirely with spread out, large plastic bags or plastic mattress cover.

The idea is to protect the mattress from staining fluids.

Next make the bed with one 100% cotton sheet down and a second as a cover between the body and the first blanket.

Lay out a few blankets so that the person doing the Cold Sheet Treatment only needs to pop into bed.

Have a bucket with a sheet in the bottom of it filled with ice and water and placed near the tub.

The instructions are continued in our Hydro Therapy Pdf file below:

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The Ten Basic Kinds of Water

1. Hard Water.  This is saturated with calcium, iron, magnesium, and many other inorganic minerals.  All water in lakes, rivers, on the ground, in deep wells, is classified as hard water. (Many city systems take water from rivers or lakes, or reservoirs supplied with mountain water; they erroneously call their supplies “soft water” but it is soft only in comparison with water which is harder.)

 2.  Boiled Water.  Boiling helps remove some of the germs, but concentrates the inorganic minerals.  Other germs are carried into a fertile element for rapid and lusty propagation of germs and viruses already in the body.

 3. Raw Water.  This has not been boiled.  Raw water may be hard (as calcium hardened water) or soft as rain water.  It contains millions of germs and viruses.  In every densely inhabited drop.  Some of these viruses and bacteria may adversely affect the thyroid gland, the liver and other vital body organs.

 4. Rain Water.  This has been condensed from the clouds.  The first drop is distilled water.  But when it falls as rain, it picks up germs, dust, smoke, minerals, strontium 90, lead and many other atmospheric chemicals.  By the time rain water reaches the earth it is so saturated with dust and pollutants it may be yellowish in color.  Water is supposed to act as an atmosphere purifier.  If we had no air pollution, we would have far less pollution in our drinking water.

  5. Snow Water.  This is frozen rain.  Freezing does not eliminate any germs.  All snowflakes have hardened mineral deposits.  Melt the cleanest snow and you will find it saturated with dirt, inorganic minerals, germs and viruses.

 6. Filtered Water.  This water has passed through a fine strainer, called a filter.  Some calcium and other solid substances are kept in the filter; there is no filter made which can prevent germs from passing through its fine meshes.  Each pore of the finest filter is large enough for a million viruses to seep through in a few moments.  A home filter usually only picks up suspended solids and is effective for the time, maybe only for hours, until it is filled up.  Then it is ineffective even for removing suspended solids, and at the same time becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.

 7. Soft Water.  This water is soft in comparison with water which is harder.  It may contain many trace minerals and chemicals, viruses and bacteria.  It is not to be confused with “softened water.”  Soft water may be classified as water which is harder than distilled water.

 8. Reverse Osmosis.  This is a system of water purification which allows pre-filtered water to be forced through a semi-permeable membrane to separate impurities from our drinking water.  However, this membrane allows only certain molecules to pass through providing the water pressure is exactly constant.  The matter of water pressure is a problem still to be solved.  Furthermore, the membrane also allows some iron and nitrate molecules to pass through.  Another problem to be solved.

But it now seems promising that we can look forward to tremendous strides in this system of water purification.  Gulf Oil, Culligan and Eastman Kodak are sponsoring vast research in this area.  High purity water between 90 and 97 percent of the dissolved mineral (and organic solutions), and over 99 percent of the suspended and colloidal particles are rejected by, the special membrane which has been developed for this process by these companies in their research. The product water, from this new research, is ultra-clear, low in dissolved solids, practically free from hardness components and essentially sterile as produced.  This makes a close second to distilled water.

 9. De-ionized Water.  A process of exchanging “hard” ions for “soft.”  The total ions are still present.  The end result is the same.  But the water has the appearance of being distilled. (Nature recognizes transformation but not extinction!)  Since water leaving the sodium-cation exchanger has little hardness, it contains sodium salts.

 10. Distilled Water.  This is water that has first been turned into steam so that all of its impurities are left behind.  Then through condensation, it is turned back into pure water.  It is the only pure water.  The only water free from all contamination.  Distilled water may well be considered the only pure water on earth.

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Hydrotherapy the Ultimate Healing Tool

Hot & Cold: Practical advice on hot and cold showers

Why is hydro (water) therapy so important to do?

Whenever there is disease or injury there is blockage. The blood is not flowing freely through the affected area. It does no good loading your blood with healing nutrients if the blood cannot get through the blockage and deliver its load of nutrients and oxygen to the affected area.

Hot water brings fresh blood to the surface.

Then the cold forces it deep.

The more dramatic the change between Hot and Cold, the deeper and harder the blood is driven through the blockage.

Think of it as though you are firing a blood bullet through the blockage. The hot water loads the blood bullet and the cold fires it. The more dramatic the change between hot and cold the deeper and harder the bullet is fired.

How long do you recommend a person stay in hot and cold showers?

When someone is dealing with a terminal illness, it is suggested they take a forty-five minute shower three times a day.

How long hot? How long cold?

A couple of minute’s cold and five minutes hot, and a couple minute’s cold and five minutes hot. Do about seven repetitions of that.

There are several ways to do your HOTS & COLDS.

  1. With a held held shower head apply hot and cold water, as hot as possible and as cold as you can get it, to the diseased area.
  2. Take hot and cold showers. Stand under the flow of an over head shower and turn the knob to be as hot as you can handle, then all the way to cold.
  3. An Ice Plunge is done as follows: Take a hot shower then jump in a bathtub of ice-cold water, or water with 20-40 pounds of ice in it.

The purpose of these techniques is not torture. It is to BLAST blood into sick areas that are not getting enough blood. Until you do that, expect to stay sick.

Simple Rules

For those who are frail, use common sense and start slowly.

For instance, on babies, use warm water and cool water. Obviously, be gentle.

If you have a heart condition, start gentle with warm and cool. You don’t want to shock the heart when it is weak.

To get the most result, work yourself up to using as hot as you can stand it — without burning your skin — and as cold as you can get it.

There are some hydro therapy procedures you can use on situations that commonly come up.

  • Ice Poultice for sore throat or swollen lymph glands in the neck area.
  • Foot soak in Hot and or Cold tubs for Neuropathy, Poor Circulation ect…
  • Cold Sheet Treatment for anyone doing the Incurables Program.


Mankind suffered greatly when the black plague struck Europe during the dark ages as well as the many times these types of flu or influenza have returned to the world, and we especially remember, with sadness, the great multitudes that died during the great flu epidemic of 1918 during World War I.

A fever is given to a person to assist in healing the body which has an over-case of toxicity which is causing a disease (lack of ease). Fever is like a fire, which can warm your body and save your life, or burn your house down and kill you. If the fever is properly controlled and skillfully handled it will clean the poisons, toxins and surplus mucus from the body and bring on a healing crisis. If not controlled properly the fever can kill the patient.

With the information we are presenting to you, at this time, many lives can be saved should another epidemic return.

Water therapy has been used for centuries to heal the sick. Rev. S. Kneipp, the great natural doctor of the old country, had published books on “water cures.” One in our library is a massive work on the subject. Many doctors and authors have volumes written on this subject, and why not? The body is made up of over 80% liquid. Much of the fluids in the body are toxic, loaded with cholesterol, mucus, etc., and with proper replacing, in a natural way, of good liquid we have a great key to better health.

An old story of the first written instances of the water cure is as follows:

Many years ago a peasant was heading home on foot, with miles to go. He was racked with fever, colds, and lumbago. While crossing a stream, over a log for a bridge, he slipped and fell into the icy cold water and was drenched to the skin. It was a bitterly cold day and the man had to walk home in the cold in sloppy wet clothes. By the time he had arrived home, his clothes were nearly dried out. The fevers and heat in his body had been raised, while hurrying miles home, to a point of healing climax and was down to nearly normal at the end of his journey. The lumbago and fever were gone and he rejoiced! The next time he got lumbago and fevers he knew the cure–he would return to the stream, fall in and walk home again.

We are going to explain a procedure that will do the job at home without “falling into the stream” and this is a life saver, when pneumonia, colds, flu and fevers hit. It is called:

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Morning Visitor

Morning Visitor

This Beautiful Lunar Moth came to visit this morning. So of course, I darted back inside, grabbed my cell phone and took a movie of him. He just sat there and let me take his picture. He is the second Lunar Moth I have seen. His great grandfather came to visit nearly 10 years ago, his picture if framed and hanging in my office.

Before moving to North Carolina I never dreamed there could be so many varieties of bugs, months and the like, and that they could grow so big! When we first moved in I evicted, in any way possible, these huge spiders that were as big as my hand and ugly as sin. I believe they are called Wolf Spiders, they are the biggest, ugliest and most aggressive creatures on eight legs I’ve ever come across.

It has been the butter flies and Moths that have dazzled me. I hope you enjoy this video.

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An Herbal Morning Routine

Dara Dietz

The morning is my favorite time of day. My energy is up and I have a whole day full of hours to work on my current projects. Consuming a heavy meal early in the day will make me feel sluggish and bog down my brain.

My main meal of the day is taken sometime between 1pm and 4 pm. This is what works for me. In the morning I get plenty of fluid down with my tonics and teas.

A bad bowel day can happen to anyone. Watch my video below on how to do a Vitamin C Flush. It is a quick easy way to clear the bowels when they have failed to empty for whatever reason.

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Cleansing the Liver

Dara Dietz

Everyone under estimates the power of the cleansing programs. Failure to do the cleansing programs rigorously and repeatedly can cause you to not get well.

I’ve spoken with members who swore they were on the Incurables program, yet they only cleansed their liver once in a while, every few months. They did not seem to regard it as critical. It is.

The Liver Cleansing Routines support the liver in the work of healing your body. It does not matter what the disease or injury, if the liver is not actively doing the work of waste removal, you will not have a healing experience.

Everyone wants a “silver bullet”, they hope H.E.A.L. will provide them some herbal remedy in a bottle to reverse all the damage, heal their diseases and fix decades of unconscious living in a weekend. This just can’t be done. Anyone who claims they can do this is lying.

My Liver Cleansing Testimony

I began liver flushing when my knee failed to respond to any of the normal healing routines I had been doing. The fire-ball of pain in my knee sent me looking for answers. While researching in Dr. Christopher’s material I happened across this simple sentence, “nervine herbs can be helpful in cases of nerve pain.” That was all I needed to read. I secured a bottle of the General Nervine Tonic and quickly applied the liquid solution right on my knee. Instantly the flames of pain were quenched. The relief lasted nearly three hours before needing a reapplication.

Even though this proved to be the turning point in my healing a rapid return to health did not occur. I seemed to be settling into a chronic condition of knee pain. Some days I felt pretty good, but there was always the awareness that my knee was not healthy. This is not an acceptable way to live. I continued to do hot and cold on my knee, BF&C packs, anything I could think of to focus the healing powers of my body on this area. Nothing helped, for unknown reasons healing had stalled.

The time had come to get serious; when nothing is working it is time to liver flush.

The first week of flushing I noticed a huge relief. The amount of pain I felt dropped about 60%. I removed the stool I had been using to keep my knee stable from beneath my desk. I also stopped using ice packs, and begin strengthening the knee by exercising with light weights.

The next week I did a light kidney flush and raw food program. By Friday of that week I was hurting again, it seemed I’d regressed a bit.

Week three, Monday morning I began another week of liver flushing. By Thursday I knew I had made tremendous progress, I was practically pain free. I had been juice fasting since Sunday night.

Friday morning I decided to end my juice fast and have a favorite dish I’d been dreaming of all week. Except for the French bread the meal could be considered raw. To make a long story short, I crashed, big time. Friday night I was in a world of hurt, again. It was a horrible set back. I had broken an important rule for coming off a juice fast. There must be at least one day of eating raw before using cooked foods again. The bread was more than my system could handle.

The next week of liver flushing provided some relief but did not bring me back to the nearly pain free place I had experienced. It took two more weeks of liver flushing, an entire month, (each week of liver flushing must be followed by a week of kidney flushing) before I regained the pain free condition I had experienced at the end of my second week of serious liver flushing work.

I found liver flushing the only herbal therapy that would move my case forward. I’ve seen this in other cases I’ve advised on.

When nothing seems to work, do a liver flush. Cleansing the liver is always a good idea, when you are ill, injured or just emotionally down, do a liver flush. If you do not like the way your life is going, do a liver flush. Clean up the inside and the outside will take care of itself.

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Get your Program Started

Dara Dietz

The confusion over moving past the basic programs continues to be a problem.  Today I want to address the main questions that seem to prevent those starting their programs from progressing into the healing cleansing routines. 

The call comes in, a referral or member with an issue needing to be cleared.  We talk about getting the bowels moving, usually an issue with most people new to natural healing.  If the bowels are not open and able to remove the waste created by the healing programs all the effort and money will be wasted. 

We discuss the basic program for getting the bowels open and moving well.  Then quite often the need to do an ELF, Emergency Liver Flush, is addressed.  I share, in strong terms, that they cannot do an ELF until the bowels are open and moving well. 

The order is taken and the items sent.  This is where the problems begin with so many who are new to the natural healing programs.  Their box arrives and they feel unsure of how to proceed. 

The ELF Party
Bowel cleansing Program

Let me see if I can provide the answers for those new Members who need a little extra coaching.

  1. Open the box and separate out the items.  You will want the Superfood, Echinacea and LBF #1 to begin that day.  Take one capsule LBF #1 with dinner that night, two capsules the next night, continue to increase by one capsule each day until you find the number of capsules that support your bowels.
  2.  If you are doing an infection program you may also begin using the echinacea and infection extracts as we discussed.  Check my blog for detailed information on doing the infection programs.  There are several blogs and videos along with pdf files with specific instructions.
  3. When dealing with eczema or hives, the quicker you can do your ELF the faster you will find relief.  There are several options for clearing the bowels quickly so an ELF can be taken.
    1. A Vit C Flush, 1 tsp of Ascorbic Acid (Vit C) Powder every 15 minutes in 4 oz of water until the bowels begin to move.  The effects of this flush will last from 4 ot 6 hours.  Begin early in the morning and you should be able to do an ELF in the evening.
    1. A Prune Juice Flush: the info sheet will provide detailed instructions on doing this flush.  The Effects will again last for 4 to 6 hours.  Often the bowels will go to liquid for a few hours as the waste is cleared and the bowels are opened.
    1. The Amazing Liver Flush which includes the Epsom Salt.  This will have the effect of flushing the bowels when you do the liver flush.  This is good for someone who thinks their bowels are open but not completely sure.  The effects are the same as above causing the bowels to become liquid though the evening and again in the morning for a few hours.
  4. Once the bowels have been cleared the ELF can be done.  The best time for doing an ELF is to begin sometime between 6PM and 10PM.  Stop eating around 2pm in the afternoon so your stomach will be cleared of any food.   You may continue to drink water, teas, Juice, and Superfood up to 30 minutes before you drink the ELF.
  5. Continue to increase your LBF #1 or take the number you have established for yourself.  The clearing of the bowels using the Vit C flush or Prune Juice flush,  will not affect the number or LBF #1 Capsules you need to take.   They each work on the bowel in a different way and do not affect the activity of each other.   
  6. Once your bowels are open and working well you can then establish the LBF #2 taking 1 tsp shaken in water every three hours.  This is the bowel vacuum that will clear the toxins from the bowel wall. 
  7. When the LBF #2 is begun you are now able to begin  your week of liver Flushing followed by a week of Kidney flushing.  There are schedules and pdf files with detailed instructions on how to do the weeks of flushing.

Once the bowels are open and working well you are free to move into any of the great detoxing or rebuilding programs.  Note: The liver is the vacuum cleaner for the body, when that organ is full of waste it is time to do another ELF.  When the program stops working as expected or fails to do the job expected it is time to do another ELF.  Keeping the liver cleared, open and able to move the waste on out of the body is the only way clear the toxic issues from our bodies.   

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Maintaining My Weight Loss after 3 years

Dara Dietz

Three years have passed since I shed the 240 lbs.  None of the weight has returned.  Maintaining the weight loss has been a lot harder for me than loosing the weight.  Learning how to feed myself properly, how it works to keep the weight off.  Today I will share with you how I eat to maintain the weight loss.

First and most important I do not eat any processed sugar, NONE.  White sugar will spike your insulin causing your body to stuff every bite of food into stored fat.  High levels of insulin force the body to store whatever is eaten as fat.  Cheap carbs, white flour, sugar ect will spike the insulin.  These foods need to be completely out of your food program.  I do not eat anything processed. I have also stepped away from all bread products.  Even whole grains don’t do well with me.  This is a personal choice, not one everyone will need to make. My seed crackers are my bread.

Honey, or Maple Syrup, are not a problem, I can sweeten with these items without the insulin spike.  Today I make a quart and one half of Strawberry jam using honey.  I had to use frozen strawberries since there were no fresh ones to be had.  To the large bag of frozen strawberries, completely thawed, I only needed to added 1 ½  cups of honey.  

My days of struggling have slowly eased to a workable routine.  I eat only one meal a day. Sometime around 1pm I put the first bits of food in my mouth for the day.  First thing each morning I drink my hot lemonade, several cups of tea, (my tonics in hot water) Weight loss Formula, Female formula, Calcium formula, Echinacea, along with a teaspoon of Vit C powder in 4 oz of water and 10 kelp Capsules.  These drinks are consumed throughout the morning. 

My food program is vegetarian.  I do eat eggs as they agree very well with me.  Superfood is an excellent source of high quality protein.

In the evening I allow myself a bit of fruit.  Sliced apple, Watermelon pieces, or grapes.

Even eating this way my weight has ticked up.  Something will cause me to pop up a few pounds. I have found an easy way to remove these pounds quickly.  I usually Fruit Fast at least one day each week.  The detox from a grape fast is huge and will remove any bit of extra weight I may have put on.  Drink all you want of your teas & water but eat only grapes.  It is a great way to clear the liver and bowels, also clears the cobwebs from the brain. 

My summer favorite is a watermelon (Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew,) fast.  Eat only melons  all day long.  Watermelon is a powerful diuretic which works well to clear any extra pounds that have slipped back on. 

The scales are checked every morning after workout and shower. Since my weight will flux up even with all these new habits I know that at least one day each week I will need to do some fruit fast.  When I really want to drop a few pounds very quicky I can do a one or two day water fast.  On my water fast I drink only Herbal Teas, along with my teaspoon of psyllium husk fiber in cold water, to keep my bowels comfortable.

This food program is a small price to pay for the knowledge that I have the ability to choose to never put the weight back on.  The power to enjoy and live well is in my hands, I have the knowledge and can choose to keep the weight off.   This is not a program I will one day end, that truth finally hit home for me, along with the truth that I’m ok with this as the rest of my life. 

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