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Raising Vibrations Radio...Interview with Jennifer Gilman, Master Herbalist


Reverend Raven interviews Jennifer Gilman, Master Herbalist in Saint Petersburg, Florida on Essential Oils for Natural Health Solutions

Copy and paste this link below into your web browser, sit back and enjoy!  (90-minute interview)

What is Gout?

The common gout attack is severe pain in the big toe accompanied by redness and intense pain...sounds fun right?!?!  

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Immediate Support:

It's important to rid the build-up of uric acid out of the body...which means it needs to pass through the kidneys.  Drinking a lot of good, clean water with Pure Lemon EO has helped many to break down the uric acid.  I recommend drinking (16) 8 oz. glasses of water per day at minimum.

Consider cutting down on the portion sizes of animal protein you might be eating to assist through this acute situation. 

If you have a Juicer, then drinking celery and apple juice multiple times a day has helped many break the uric acid up and move out through the kidneys. 

Highly recommended to stay away from beer can be a major trigger for gout.  Also recommended to limit or eliminate dairy, sweets, pasta, bread, starchy foods, processed foods - no junk!

Applying 1 drop each of Frankincense Pure Essential Oil and Basil Pure Essential Oil to the foot and other areas with pain may assist as well.  After applying cover with a hot, moist towel compress.  Repeating 2-3 times daily.

Many find relief in taking 2 drops of Frankincense Pure Essential Oil under the tongue twice daily.


Long-Term Prevention:

Cleanse, Detox & Repair - once the acute situation is under control, I highly recommend doing a cleanse and detox with Herbal Capsules or Extracts. Something that not only cleanses the Bowel, but detoxing the Kidney , Liver, Gall Bladder and Bloodstream.  A cleanse & detox like this will take a minimum of 6 weeks.  Doing a Heavy Mineral Cleanse might also be recommended with Herbal Capsules or Extracts.  Of course, proper nutrition is key in allowing these herbs to work properly in your body.

Sarsaparilla is just one of the many herbs which may help reduce the frequency of these attacks once you are finished with the cleanse and detox.  Also, check your supplements.  If you are taking anything with Glycine (an amino acid), it is suggested to stop taking this because Glycine can be converted into uric acid quickly for those that suffer with gout.

Lastly, water, water and more water every day.  Good, clean water is important to our daily health!

Please let me know if you have found other natural herbal remedies that work for you?  Would love to hear from you in the comments section.



What is Psoriasis?

      Are you dealing with Psoriasis?

Since Psoriasis has often been related to an impaired liver function, immune system glitch or toxins trapped in the body, I would recommend aids for the bowel, kidney, liver, gall bladder and bloodstream with herbs AND suggest a very "clean" diet.  For external use on elbows, scalp and other affected areas, I would recommend an herbal salve to be applied daily to aid these areas.  As a Master Herbalist, you’ll find that I incorporate not just herbs but nutrition, exercise and water into my education to natural healing. 

An Extended Herbal Cleanse is what I would use to aid the bowel, kidney, liver, gall bladder and bloodstream.  I like to use the Extended Herbal Cleanse listed on my website.  Dr. Christopher's Complete Tissue & Bone Formula Salve is something I like to apply externally.  Other equally important suggestions are listed below:

*Nutrition – eat 1-2 servings of cold-water fish weekly, make sure you are eating protein at every meal (preferably grass-fed, no antibiotics, free-range, humanely raised, etc.), cut down or eliminate refined carbohydrates, processed foods and sugars.  Eat LOTS of vegetables (carrots, chile peppers and beets are particularly good for you) and try to make 50% of your vegetables RAW.  Avoid alcohol, smoking, eat leaner cuts of beef or if you eat grass-fed beef you don’t have to worry about lean cuts then.  Flax seed, honey, olive oil and turmeric are all good for psoriasis.  Other things to avoid include fried and fatty foods, grapefruit juice and tomatoes including tomato-based dishes.  You may want to keep a food log to determine which foods bother you the most.

*Sun – expose affected skin to sunlight daily for about 15-20 minutes of morning or evening sun.  Never during prime times.

*Water – try to drink 10-12 glasses of good, clean water daily.

*Teas – chamomile tea and green tea have shown benefits to psoriasis.  

*Exercise – do whatever exercise you can enjoy to work up a sweat…toxins come out through the skin as well and sweating is good for you.

Have you used any other natural methods successfully?  Please comment.