This is the second of my posts on my favorite remedies. I have seen all sorts of articles on all these separately, but I wanted to put them all together for those interested in healthy, cheap and “green” health remedies. The first of which is:

  • Activated charcoal (from coconut or Bamboo)

Activated charcoal internally is commonly used in emergency treatment for  poisonings and drug overdoses to keep the poison from being absorbed from the stomach into the body. Orally administered, these fine black granules have an amazing ability to extract and neutralize many more times their own weight in gases, heavy metals, toxins, poisons and other chemicals.  Charcoal is also used to cure gas/flatulence and help an upset stomach. A natural deodorant and disinfectant, Activated Charcoal is one of the finest absorptive and adsorptive agents known.

 It is also a good external draw of poison from snake and spider bites as well as curing allergic reactions to bee or other insect stings when used as a wet poultice.

For more info I would recommend this book.

Warning: Charcoal can decrease your body’s absorption of certain nutrients and also interfere with medications, sucking them up like any other poison in your system.  Charcoal also loses its effectiveness when mixed with chocolate syrup, ice cream, or sherbet.  Frequent use is not recommended. 

  • Apple cider vinegar (Preferably raw and organic like Braggs)

    Apple Cider Vinegar, that wonderful old-timers home remedy, cures more ailments than any other folk remedy. Apple Cider Vinegar has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties, and it balances the PH. Vinegar is not technically alkaline, but quite acidic, however, it, like fresh lemons, or even pickle juice,  has a very strong alkalysing effect on the body, meaning that it helps to get rid of the extra acidity in your body.  The reported cures from drinking Apple Cider Vinegar are numerous. They include: a cure for

    •  allergies (including pet, food and environmental),
    •  sinus infections,
    •  acne,
    •  high cholesterol,
    •  flu, 
    • chronic fatigue,
    •  candida,
    •  acid reflux,
    •  UTI’s,
    •  sore throats, 
    • contact dermatitis,
    •  arthritis,
    •  gout
    • May help with joint pain and stiffness
    • Been used for centuries as a natural remedy for heartburn
    • Improves bowel irregularity and constipation.
    • Help breakdown fats, so your body can use them instead of store them.
    • Acts as a natural appetite suppressant
    • May help speed up your metabolism
    • May help lower blood glucose levels
    • Helps restore alkaline acid balance
    • Home remedy for dandruff and acne, taken externally
    •  It has also been reported that a daily dose of apple cider vinegar in water has high blood pressure under control in two weeks!

     As a wonderful side effect of drinking apple cider vinegar every day, we’ve discovered that it brings a healthy, rosy glow to one’s complexion.  

    For daily maintenance, acute sickness, weight loss and pH balancing, we now suggest the following:
    2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar
    8-16 ounces of water or apple juice, or hot water and raspberry tea
     Taken in Raspberry tea or apple juice the ACV actually tastes pretty good.It is reported to be a little hard on the teeth if taken alone every day, but they say the baking soda offsets that. 

    Used with a bit of Baking soda, it is an ideal remedy to balance your ph, when you’re sick and just overall a good remedy for health.  I would tend to be hesitant to take anything everyday for more then a few months, even though a lot of people do. So be forewarned, and cautious about any internal supplements.  Apple Cider Vinegar, or ACV is used to clean both inside and out of your body. It is helpful in many ways. Here’s a site that gives 131 uses for vinegar

    There are benefits to all vinegars, but mostly the clear white is best for cleaning, the clear brown is a lower quality one for ingesting, and the Braggs type is one of the few that is pure and whole. It has many advantages to the cheap stuff. . .as usual, you get what you pay for.

    • Food grade Hydrogen peroxide/without stabilizers.

     For years, hydrogen peroxide has been used externally as an antiseptic, and to help heal wounds. When you get the food grade stuff though, it is much more versatile! There are two methods of taking food grade hydrogen peroxide, orally and intravenously. Most medical conditions respond very well to oral ingestion of food grade hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy is also used as an alternative medical treatment for cancer. Hydrogen Peroxide is injected intravenously in very low concentrations (less than 1%) into the blood stream. The use of intravenous hydrogen peroxide was reported in 1920 during the influenza epidemic. Intravenous hydrogen peroxide infusion was used successfully used to treat pneumonia in the epidemic following World War I. Intravenous hydrogen peroxide cut the death rate of pneumonia in half. Food grade Hydrogen peroxide also purifies water in emergency situations or traveling to a foreign country. To read more about dosing for internal use, look to for a lot of helpful info on it, and a lot of other natural remedies that have been tried by people worldwide. To find a doctor who will use it intravenously, and is near you, call (405) 478-4266 or write to The International Bio-Oxidative Medicine Foundation, P.O. Box 13205, Oklahoma City, OK 73113.

    Some of the many uses for Hydrogen peroxide:

     Bathing: To oxygenate the body to help overall health, energy, and to open the pores to detox or to let in other good stuff in the bath. Use about 64 oz. (2 quarts) of the of 3%  hydrogen peroxide solution in a tub full of warm water. Do not try this before bedtime, because the absorbed oxygen energizes the body and prevents sleep. Soak in the bath for at least 1/2 hour.  All of the best stuff for sickness seems to taste lousy, so I like to soak in it instead.

    ( I will post on my favorite healing bath combinations at another time.)

    Enema: Add 1 tablespoon of 3% H2O2 to a quart of warm distilled water.

    Foot Soak
    : Soak feet in warm 3% H2O2 for fungus problems or sores.

    Mouthwash: Use 3% H2O2. Add a dash of liquid chlorophyll or spearmint oil for flavoring if desired. Use to treat gingivitis and chronic bad breath. After brushing teeth and tongue, swish H2Oin mouth for a couple of minutes and then gargle with it, then spit out and rinse.  

    Ear wax dissolver/ ear infection cure, as well as helps cure acute sickness that often starts in the ears, if nipped in the bud. Put a cap full in each ear, (one at a time) and lay on the side with it in there until it stops bubbling. 1-10 minutes, depending on the level of infection in there.

    Nasal Spray: Mix 1 Tablespoon of 3.5% hydrogen peroxide with 8 oz. (1 Cup) of distilled water. Use 2-3 squirts of nasal spray when you start experiencing congestion..

    Shower: Keep a spray bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide in the shower. Spray your body after washing. Avoid the eyes, eyebrows and hair, unless you want a gradual and natural looking bleach.

    Toothpaste: Use baking soda and add enough 3% H2O2 to make a paste or dip your brush in 3% H2O2, then dip in baking soda and brush. Hydrogen peroxide dissolves dental plaque, creates healthy gums, whitens teeth and helps eliminate chronic bad breath. 

    Vaporizor (Cool Mist): Add 12 oz. of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide or up to 4 oz. of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide to one gallon of water or mix 2 Cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1 gallon of water in a vaporizer. Emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc., usually gets better using a cool mist vaporizer filled with a hydrogen peroxide mixture. Put in essential oils for added benefits!

    Warning: Handle with care. It must be food grade for ingesting, and it must be carefully pre-diluted to specific strength, (usually 3%.) as it often comes stronger.  Convert 35% food grade Hydrogen peroxide (or H2O2) into 3% hydrogen peroxide by adding 1 tablespoon of 35% H2O2 to 11 tablespoons of distilled non-chlorinated water (1:11 ratio). To buy online or find out tests to see if  local cheap stuff from Krogers or Big lots might be safe to ingest, go to:
    For more info on the science of it, go to

    • Dry Magnesium flakes/Magnesium chloride 

    Magnesium chloride is the most readily absorbed magnesium available. (It is different then Epsom salts, and better in many ways.) There is simply nothing else that so quickly, easily and safely raises magnesium levels in the body.  It is an essential catalyst for many enzyme reactions, especially in regard to cellular energy production, for the health of the brain and nervous system and also for healthy teeth and bones.  It is necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and amino acids.

     Too little magnesium can cause muscle cramps, twitches, spasms, restless leg syndrome, constipation and in extreme situations heart attack. Too much calcium (calcium is balanced by magnesium) may result in cellular death and this imbalance may cause: osteoporosis, arthritis, senility, calcification of tissues, bones (spurs) and organs (including kidney, bladder and the joints) and heart disease. There is a body of doctors and researchers that now believe that the way to manage what appears to be a calcium deficiency, but is more often too much unabsorbed calcium, (from processed dairy most likely) is to increase magnesium.
    Benefits of Magnesium include:
    • greater energy,
    •  more relaxed muscles
    • better sleep,
    •  improved mental function,
    •  alleviate headaches,
    •  arterial health,
    •  better reproductive function,
    •  and better hormonal balance for men and women  
    • full body tonic, increasing energy strength and endurance,
    • removes toxins and heavy metals at a cellular level,
    •  Assists with the rejuvenation of sun damaged skin and sunspots,
    • encourages healthy hair 
    •  helps with wrinkle reduction
    • can help to relax and balance the nervous system to counter the stresses of modern life.
    •  improves the immune system 
    • improve arthritic joint problems.
    •  It is especially good for low back pain

     Trans-dermal (through the skin) Magnesium application is the fastest and most effective form of supplementing magnesium. Magnesium oil, liquid magnesium, and magnesium spray — all names which refer to a concentrated solution of magnesium chloride applied to the skin — are the new darlings of many holistic health professionals. Magnesium oil is a concentrated and nearly saturated solution of magnesium chloride in water. You make it from the flakes. It is called “oil” because of the smooth oily feeling when rubbed onto the skin. Magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin.Normally a good diet should provide all necessary vitamins and minerals. Presently daily supplementation is only indicated because of malabsorption, poor dietary choices, metabolic defects, and specific diseases. Also some drugs, such as diuretic and antibiotics may cause magnesium deficiency. Use when you feel symptoms of a deficiency, or for an acute issue of the muscles, monthly issues for woman, or needing better sleep. When supplementing with magnesium or other vitamins and minerals, the balance with related nutrients, such as calcium and phosphorus, and also the fluid intake, are usually more important than the intake of magnesium or any other single nutrient.

     On wounds it was commonly used in a 4% solution that is a level teaspoon in a small glass of water. For general relaxation as well as for back pain and arthritic or muscle pain and stiffness either magnesium chloride or Epsom salts may be used. Both are excellent to soak in a hot bath with the addition of up to 2 cups of magnesium Chloride Flakes to warm bath water, soaking for a minimum of 20 minutes. Also hot magnesium salt packs may be used over stiff or painful muscles and joints. Keep warm for one to two hours with a hot water bottle. 
     CAUTION: Magnesium supplementation should be avoided with severe kidney problems and also with myasthenia gravis. Be careful with severe adrenal weakness or with low blood pressure. Too much magnesium can cause muscle weakness, if this happens temporarily use more calcium. Signs of excess magnesium can be similar to magnesium deficiency and include changes in mental status, nausea, diarrhea, appetite loss, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, extremely low blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat.

    • Food grade diatomaceous Earth

    As you can see from the picture of Diatomaceous Earth – (magnified 7000 times) – it looks
    like a cylinder full of holes – kind of like Rice Chex Cereal. This cylinder has a very strong
    negative charge. As these millions of cylinders move through the stomach and digestive
    tract, they attract and absorb fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticides, and drug
    residues, E.coli, and heavy metals. These are trapped inside the cylinder and passed out of
    the body. In addition, any larger parasites that happen to be in the stomach or digestive tract
    are “cut up” and killed by the sharp edges of the Diatomaceous Earth. DE is a natural organic colon cleanser and detoxifier. This cleansing and detoxification alone has a myriad of positive effects in the human body. Some of which include:

    • lower cholesterol
    • Sore joints and ligaments feel better
    • Skin clears up (acne-age spots-psoriasis)
    • Hair and nails are stronger and grow faster
    • Stronger teeth and gums
    • Healthier respiratory tract
    • helps balance hormones
    • Healthier urinary tract
    • lowers Blood Pressure,
    • cures Osteoperosis, 
    • helps Weight Loss,
    • increases Energy,
    • kills Bacteria,
    • clears up intestinal Mucus,
    •  Anti-Aging,
    •  Headache. 

    After only a few months of taking Diatomaceous Earth, the intestine wall is no longer coated with mucus and molds but CLEAN!! 

     Diatomaceous Earth gets absorbed into the blood stream as silica because it is 89% Silica! Silica is said to be the most important trace element in human health. Silica plays an important role in many bodily functions and has a direct relationship to mineral absorption. 

     In today’s grains, there is actually a shortage of silica. Years ago, the silica found in our food was adequate, but with today’s hybrids and depleted soils, only about 1/3 of the silica needed is supplied in our food. Diatomaceous Earth is a simple and inexpensive way to get the silica your body needs.

    People usually take 1 teaspoon to 2 Tablespoons of it in food. I prefer to use it in my pancake batter, but a lot of people put it in liquids.  There is no actual flavor or taste to it, and it’s like a flour except that it does not dissolve. Some folks experience higher energy levels, so it is probably best not to take just before sleeping. Not to worry about taking too much –  any excess silica not needed by the body is naturally eliminated through the kidneys and intestines. The only cautionary side effect that we have found relating to Food Grade DE has to do with direct inhalation and is essentially the same caution that is advised when handling baby powder. DE is a very fine powder.For more info on it check out:  

    Notice: As always, this advice is not suppose to replace 

    the advise of your (ignorant) doctor. . .yada yada yada

    P.S Oh, and sorry to say, I am not quite done with this series of my favorite remedies, because I just have a few too many. Up next are Chlorophyll, honey, tea tree oil, and Himalayan salt if you get too impatient for me to spell it all out for you.