Thursday, August 25, 2011


William H. Davies

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Be Strong

Be Strong
Maltbie D. Babcock

Be strong!
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift;
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift;
Shun not the struggle--face it; 'tis God's gift.

Be strong!
Say not, "The days are evil. Who's to blame?"
And fold the hands and acquiesce--oh shame!
Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God's name.

Be strong!
It matters not how deep intrenched the wrong,
How hard the battle goes, the day how long;
Faint not--fight on! To-morrow comes the song.


Rudyard Kipling

God of our fathers, known of old—
Lord of our far-flung battle line—
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies—
The Captains and the Kings depart—
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far-called our navies melt away—
On dune and headland sinks the fire—
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe—
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard—
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding calls not Thee to guard.
For frantic boast and foolish word,
Thy Mercy on Thy People, Lord!


Sgt. Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree

By Lucy Larcom

He who plants a tree
Plants a hope.
Rootlets up through fibres blindly grope;
Leaves unfold into horizons free.
So man’s life must climb
From the clods of time
Unto heavens sublime.
Canst thou prophesy, thou little tree,
What the glory of thy boughs shall be?

He who plants a tree
Plants a joy;
Plants a comfort that will never cloy;
Every day a fresh reality,
Beautiful and strong,
To whose shelter throng
Creatures blithe with song.
If thou couldst but know, thou happy tree,
Of the bliss that shall inhabit thee!

He who plants a tree,
He plants peace.
Under its green curtains jargons cease.
Leaf and zephyr murmur soothingly;
Shadows soft with sleep
Down tired eyelids creep,
Balm of slumber deep.
Never hast thou dreamed, thou blessed tree,
Of the benediction thou shalt be.
He who plants a tree,
He plants youth;
Vigor won for centuries in sooth;
Life of time, that hints eternity!

A Psalm of Life

A Psalm of Life
Henry W. Longfellow

Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou are, to dust thou returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, - act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sand of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

Keep a’ Goin’

Keep a’ Goin’
Frank L. Stanton
If you strike a thorn or rose,
Keep a-goin'!
If it hails or if it snows,
Keep a-goin'!
'Taint no use to sit an' whine
When the fish ain't on your line;
Bait your hook an' keep a-tryin'--
Keep a-goin'!

When the weather kills your crop,
Keep a-goin'!
Though 'tis work to reach the top,
Keep a-goin'!
S'pose you're out o' ev'ry dime,
Gittin' broke ain't any crime;
Tell the world you're feelin' prime--
Keep a-goin'!

When it looks like all is up,
Keep a-goin'!
Drain the sweetness from the cup,
Keep a-goin'!
See the wild birds on the wing,
Hear the bells that sweetly ring,
When you feel like singin', sing--
Keep a-goin'!

Life Sculpture

Life Sculpture
George W. Doane

Chisel in hand stood a sculptor boy
With his marble block before him,
And his eyes lit up with a smile of joy,
As an angel-dream passed o’er him.

He carved the dream on that shapeless stone,
With many a sharp incision;
With heaven’s own flight the sculpture shone,
He’d caught that angel-vision.

Children of life are we, as we stand
With our lives uncarved before us,
Waiting the hour when, at God’s command,
Our life-dream shall pass o’er us.

If we carve it then on the yielding stone,
With many a sharp incision,
Its heavenly beauty shall be our own,
Our lives, that angel-vision.

The Heart of a Tree

The Heart of a Tree
Henry C. Bunner
What does he plant who plants a tree?        
He plants a friend of sun and sky;
He plants the flag of breezes free;
The shaft of beauty, towering high.
He plants a home to heaven anigh
For song and mother-croon of bird
In hushed and happy twilight heard —
The treble of heaven's harmony —
These things he plants who plants a tree.

What does he plant who plants a tree?        
He plants cool shade and tender rain,
And seed and bud of days to be,
And years that fade and flush again;
He plants the glory of the plain;
He plants the forest's heritage;
The harvest of a coming age;
They joy that unborn eyes shall see —
These things he plants who plants a tree.

What does he plant who plants a tree?        
He plants, in sap and leaf and wood,
In love of home and loyalty
And far-cast thought of civic good —
His blessing on the neighborhood
Who in the hollow of His hand
Holds all the growth of all our land —
A nation's growth from sea to sea
Stirs in his heart who plants a tree.

The Spider and the Fly

The Spider and the Fly
Mary Howitt

Will you walk into my parlor?" said the Spider to the Fly,
'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there."
Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."

"I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?" said the Spider to the Fly.
"There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in!"
Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "for I've often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!"

Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, " Dear friend what can I do,
To prove the warm affection I 've always felt for you?
I have within my pantry, good store of all that's nice;
I'm sure you're very welcome -- will you please to take a slice?"
"Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "kind Sir, that cannot be,
I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!"

"Sweet creature!" said the Spider, "you're witty and you're wise,
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
I've a little looking-glass upon my parlor shelf,
If you'll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself."
"I thank you, gentle sir," she said, "for what you 're pleased to say,
And bidding you good morning now, I'll call another day."

The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again:
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready, to dine upon the Fly.
Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
"Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and purple -- there's a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!"

Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue --
Thinking only of her crested head -- poor foolish thing! At last,
Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlor -- but she ne'er came out again!

And now dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne'er give heed:
Unto an evil counselor, close heart and ear and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly.

She Walks in Beauty

She Walks in Beauty
By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

She walks in beauty, like the night
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
   Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
   Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
   Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
   Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
   How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
   So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
   But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
   A heart whose love is innocent!

She Was A Phantom of Delight

She Was A Phantom of Delight
William Wordsworth

She was a Phantom of delight
When first she gleamed upon my sight;
A lovely Apparition, sent
To be a moment's ornament;
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair;
Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful Dawn;
A dancing Shape, an Image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and waylay.

I saw her upon nearer view,
A Spirit, yet a Woman too!
Her household motions light and free,
And steps of virgin-liberty;
A countenance in which did meet
Sweet records, promises as sweet;
A Creature not too bright or good
For human nature's daily food,
For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles.

And now I see with eye serene
The very pulse of the machine;
A Being breathing thoughtful breath,
A Traveller between life and death;
The reason firm, the temperate will,
Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill;
A perfect Woman, nobly planned,
To warn, to comfort, and command;
And yet a Spirit still, and bright
With something of angelic light.


Alice Cary
True worth is in being, not seeming,—
In doing, each day that goes by,
Some little good—not in dreaming
Of great things to do by and by.
For whatever men say in their blindness,
And spite of the fancies of youth,
There's nothing so kingly as kindness,
And nothing so royal as truth.
We get back our mete as we measure—
We cannot do wrong and feel right,
Nor can we give pain and gain pleasure,
For justice avenges each slight.
The air for the wing of the sparrow,
The bush for the robin and wren,
But always the path that is narrow
And straight, for the children of men.
'Tis not in the pages of story
The heart of its ills to beguile,
Though he who makes courtship to glory
Gives all that he hath for her smile.
For when from her heights he has won her,
Alas! it is only to prove
That nothing's so sacred as honor,
And nothing so loyal as love!
We cannot make bargains for blisses,
Nor catch them like fishes in nets;
And sometimes the thing our life misses
Helps more than the thing which it gets.
For good lieth not in pursuing,
Nor gaining of great nor of small,
But just in the doing, and doing
As we would be done by, is all.
Through envy, through malice, through hating,
Against the world, ,early and late.
No jot of our courage abating
Our part is to work and to wait
And slight is the sting of his trouble
Whose winnings are less than his worth.
For he who is honest is noble
Whatever his fortunes or birth.


Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

The Things That Are More Excellent

The Things That Are More Excellent
William Watson

As we wax older on this earth,
Till many a toy that charmed us seems
Emptied of beauty, stripped of worth,
And mean as dust and dead as dreams,--
For gauds that perished, shows that passed,
Some recompense the Fates have sent:
Thrice lovelier shine the things that last,
The things that are more excellent.

Tired of the Senate's barren brawl,
An hour with silence we prefer,
Where statelier rise the woods than all
Yon towers of talk at Westminster.
Let this man prate and that man plot,
On fame or place or title bent:
The votes of veering crowds are not
The things that are more excellent.

Shall we perturb and vex our soul
For "wrongs" which no true freedom mar,
Which no man's upright walk control,
And from no guiltless deed debar?
What odds though tonguesters heal, or leave
Unhealed, the grievance they invent?
To things, not phantoms, let us cleave--
The things that are more excellent.

Nought nobler is, than to be free:
The stars of heaven are free because
In amplitude of liberty
Their joy is to obey the laws.
From servitude to freedom's _name_
Free thou thy mind in bondage pent;
Depose the fetich, and proclaim
The things that are more excellent.

And in appropriate dust be hurled
That dull, punctilious god, whom they
That call their tiny clan the world,
Serve and obsequiously obey:
Who con their ritual of Routine,
With minds to one dead likeness blent,
And never ev'n in dreams have seen
The things that are more excellent.

To dress, to call, to dine, to break
No canon of the social code,
The little laws that lacqueys make,
The futile decalogue of Mode,--
How many a soul for these things lives,
With pious passion, grave intent!
While Nature careless-handed gives
The things that are more excellent.

To hug the wealth ye cannot use,
And lack the riches all may gain,--
O blind and wanting wit to choose,
Who house the chaff and burn the grain!
And still doth life with starry towers
Lure to the bright, divine ascent!--
Be yours the things ye would: be ours
The things that are more excellent.

The grace of friendship--mind and heart
Linked with their fellow heart and mind;
The gains of science, gifts of art;
The sense of oneness with our kind;
The thirst to know and understand--
A large and liberal discontent:
These are the goods in life's rich hand,
The things that are more excellent.

In faultless rhythm the ocean rolls,
A rapturous silence thrills the skies;
And on this earth are lovely souls,
That softly look with aidful eyes.
Though dark, O God, Thy course and track,
I think Thou must at least have meant
That nought which lives should wholly lack
The things that are more excellent.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Vaccines that Lead to Pneumonia

 Aside from the direct risks of vaccination, yet another is now clearly documented: drug-resistant forms of the diseases.

A drug-resistant strain of pneumonia is the result of a highly-praised vaccine routinely given to infants three times in their first year of life, according to a study that will be published in tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The timing of this study is particularly interesting, as it comes shortly after the replacement of the heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-7) with an updated version, PCV-13.

The study's introduction reads:

    The rapid increase in multiresistant serotype 19A as a cause of invasive and respiratory pneumococcal disease has been associated in time with the widespread implementation of 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccination (PCV-7) inseveral countries. Because spontaneous fluctuations in time and antibiotic selective pressure may have induced this serotype 19A increase, controlled studies are needed to assess the role of PCV-7.

The goal of this study was to see if suspicions of a connection between the use of PCV-7 vaccinations has caused the increase in drug-resistant pneumonias. The results are impressive. There can be no reasonable doubt that pneumonia vaccinations are creating a new, more virulent and less treatable form of the disease. Now that it's been released, what can stop it?

The authors also point out that the full effects of PCV-7 on development of the drug-resistant bacteria may not be fully defined by the study, since it focused on only the first three PCV-7 vaccinations, ignoring that the series consists of a fourth. They note, also, that their sampling method may have minimized the real story—that more drug-resistant bacteria may have emerged than they had accounted for.

The Study

Entitled "Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccination and Nasopharyngeal Acquisition of Pneumococcal Serotype 19A Strains", the study was performed in the Netherlands and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Health. Interestingly, several authors have significant financial ties with Big Pharma. Many of them have received grants from GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth, Pfizer, Baxter, and Novartis, making the results of this study even more remarkable. However, the lead author, Elske J.M. vanGils, MD, reported no such conflicts.

 The study consisted of 1,003 healthy newborns and followed them to age 24 months. The infants were randomly assigned to groups. One group received two doses of PCV-7 at ages 2 and 4 months, the second group received three doses at ages 2, 4, and 11 months, and the third group was not vaccinated with PCV-7.

At the end of the study, 16.2% of the three-dose group had been found to harbor serotype 19A bacteria. The unvaccinated group had a 9.2% rate, and the two-dose group had a 13.2% rate.
Will the Replacement Vaccine Improve Matters?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently replaced PCV-7 with PCV-13, and those children who have already received PCV-7 are being pressed to also take the new version.

There is little reason to believe that the new vaccine will improve matters. It is, in fact, more likely to make things worse. It consists of 13 strains of pneumonia, including the ones in PCV-7. The only difference the new vaccine could make is to worsen the situation by causing even more drug-resistant bacteria to emerge.

The authors' conclusion is fairly tame:
However, we need to be aware that other serotypes with similar characteristics and disease potential may be the next in line to proliferate and therefore pneumococcal surveillance remains important after introduction of expanded pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.

It's a shame that the authors don't state the obvious: The introduction of pneumonia vaccines is resulting in far greater pneumonia risk than existed before. Even if the PCV-13 vaccine does protect against pneumonia, the fact is that, ultimately, it is producing more virulent and less treatable forms of the disease.

Doctors owe it to patients to inform them that any protection they might gain against pneumonia will ultimately come at the cost of worse disease for which there is no treatment. Parents of newborns should consider the plight of their own children as their grandchildren face virulent disease that was unknown to their grandparents, disease created by the vaccines their doctors are now pushing on them.

What is absolutely clear is that the vaccination scheme is not a carefully thought out program with testing to assure that the public's health is protected. Instead, the public is nothing but a vast testing lab, with each and every person a potential lab rat.

Cinnamon & Honey

Cinnamon and Honey

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call "crystallizing".  When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water, off the heat, and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was.

Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey.

Cinnamon and Honey

~ Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around.~

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:

It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases.

Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.

Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients.

Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, in its issue dated 17 January 1995, has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:

Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack.
Also, for those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat.
In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.

Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly, even chronic arthritis can be cured.. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University , it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one
tablespoon Honey and a half teaspoon of Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, most all patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours.
As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol. I'm going to start using a tub of Cinnamon Honey Butter a week.

Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder, the stomach is relieved of gas.

Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks.. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

A scientist in Spain has proven that honey contains a natural ' Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old
starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste.
Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body, even though the person may eat a high calorie diet..

Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month, three times a day.

Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body.
Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week..

People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!

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Properties of Herbs

Properties of Herbs

Herbal properties can be placed into 3 main categories according to the actions they produce in the body.
  1. Detoxifying Properties: These herbs are used when the body has accumulated poisons and they need to be flushed out.
  2. Building & Toning Properties: These herbs work to strengthen the body, thus improving the function of internal organs. They help to strengthen the body’s resistance to disease. You use these to help recover from injury, acute ailments, childbirth, etc. They are also used in times of emotional instability, impotence, anemia, etc.
  3. Symptom Relieving Properties: These herbs counteract or relieve specific systems. If you were treating an infection, then you would use herbs with antibiotic properties. If you were treating muscle spasms you would use an antispasmodic herb. Symptom relieving herbs are good, provided you know the cause of the ailment.

Here is a list of the 3 classifications and some of the corresponding properties. Use this list as a guideline only. Some herbs have properties that will fall into all 3 classes, but we are basically getting a feel for the PRIMARY properties first. Herbal medicine is not a pure linear science. It requires individual observation in treatments and medical intuition. No two people are exactly alike and neither is their illness. It is foolish to think the exact herb or dosage will work for every person. Each body reacts differently to drugs as well as herbs. It is your job to learn about the herbs and monitor your patients until you have found the best remedy for them. Sometimes you have to do a little experimenting; this is all part of the healing science of herbs. It always has been. We will cover dosages later but you should be aware that frailty, age, body weight and dispositions all play a part in prescribing proper dosages.

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The following terms are commonly found in reference works on herbal medicine. These are listed here for your reference.

Abortifacients: Herbs that induce or cause the premature expulsion of a fetus. I DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU TRY TO ABORT A FETUS. That is pure murder and you will be judged accordingly. I have listed these herbs for your awareness. These herbs have other healing qualities that are of great importance, just become acquainted with them so you will know to NEVER GIVE THEM TO A PREGNANT WOMAN!!!
Angelica, Blessed Thistle (large doses), Blue Cohosh (except in last month of pregnancy), Buckthorn, Juniper, Mandrake, May apple, Mistletoe, Pennyroyal, Ragwort, Shepard’s Purse, Tansy.

Acrid: An herb having a hot bitter taste or causing heat and irritation when applied to the skin.
Blue Flag, Buttercup, Celandine, Fig Stems, Wild Turnip, Nettle, Mustard.

Adjuvant: An herb added to a mixture to enhance the principle ingredient. These herbs have their own properties, but they act as a carrier and a buffer for the primary herb.
Anise, Chamomile, Ginger, Licorice, Cayenne.

Alternatives’: These are the blood purifiers. Most herbs that promote blood purification act on the spleen, liver, kidneys and bowels. These herbs can be used gradually over a long period of time, allowing a slow detoxification. This will improve the entire glandular function as well as promote good digestion and assimilation. Infections, arthritis, skin diseases and cancers are caused by impure blood. Be mindful that a proper diet must strictly be used in all blood purification therapies.
Alfalfa, Barberry, Bayberry, Black Cohosh, Blessed Thistle, Burdock, Cayenne, Chaparral, Chickweed, Cleavers, Comfrey, Dandelion, Devil’s Claw, Echinacea, Elder, Eyebright, Garlic, Ginseng, Goldenseal, Gotu Kola, Kelp, Licorice Root, Mandrake, Marshmallow, Nettles, Oregon Grape Root, Pipsissewa, Plantain, Poke Root, Prickly Ash, Raspberry, Red Clover, Rhubarb, Sarsaparillas, Sassafras, St. John’s Wort, Uva Ursi, Wood Betony, Yellow Dock.

Anodyne & Analgesic: An herb that soothes or relieves pain. They lesson the excitability of the nerves and nerve centers. They are closely allied to antispasmodics. Most of these herbs can be used externally as fomentations and internally as teas, tinctures or powders.
Chamomile, Cloves, Echinacea, Ginger, Hops, Juniper, Kava Kava, Lady’s Slipper, Lobelia, Mullen, Passion Flower, Skullcap, Valerian, Vervain, White Willow, Wild Lettuce, Wild Yam, Wood Betony.

Anthelmintics: Herbs that have the capacity to destroy and expel intestinal parasites and worms. Many people have worms to some degree. It’s a good idea to use one or two of these herbs twice a year. Parasites are well adapted to the human body and it takes careful preparation and determination to rid them of the body. Fasting is very effective when using anthelmintics.
  1. Vermicides: These herbs destroy worms without necessarily expelling them from the bowels. They should be combined with laxative herbs.
Black Walnut, Garlic,Olive Leaf, Sage, Tansy, Thyme, Wormwood.
  1. Vermifuges: These herbs expel worms from the bowels. They rapidly evacuate the upper intestines and bowels.
Cascara Sagrada, Gentian, Senna, Tansy, Wormwood.

Antacids: These herbs will correct an acid condition in the stomach, blood and bowels.
Comfrey leaves & root, Flax Seed, Mullein, Red Raspberry, Slippery Elm, Wood Betony.

Antiabortives: Herbs used to counteract abortive tendencies.
Cramp Bark, Lobelia, Red Raspberry Witch Hazel.

Antiasthmatics: Herbs used to relieve asthma.
Agrimony, Angelica, Hyssop, Lungwort, Mullein, Myrrh, Prickly Ash Bark, Skunk Cabbage.

Antibiotic: Antibiotic herbs inhibit the growth of and destroy viruses and bacteria. These herbs naturally help promote the body’s immune system.
Chaparral, Echinacea, Garlic, Goldenseal, Hops, Juniper Berries, Myrrh, Olive Leaf, Rosemary Oil, Thyme.

Anticatarrhals: These herbs eliminate mucus conditions. While they rid the body of catarrh (excess mucus) they also aid in healing. It would be useful to use laxative and/or diuretic herbs when using Anticatarrhals.
Angelic, Anise, Bayberry, Bistort, Cayenne, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Cranesbill, Elecampane, Figs, Flax Seed, Garlic, Ginger, Horseradish, Irish Moss, Lobelia, Lungwort, Marshmallow, Raisins, Wild Cherry, Yerba Santa.

Anticoagulant: An herb that prevents blood clotting. These will help in breaking up blood clots.
Yellow Melilot, White Melilot (sweet clover).

Antiemetic: These herbs counteract nausea and relieve vomiting.
Anise, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Goldenseal, Lobelia (small doses), Peach Leaves, Peppermint, Red Clover, Spearmint, Sweet Basil.

Antihydrotic: An herb that reduces or suppresses perspiration.

Antilithic or Lithotryptic: These herbs act to dissolve and discharge urinary and gall bladder stones and gravel.
Barberry, Buchu, Cascara Sagrada, Chaparral, Corn Silk, Dandelion, Devil’s Claw, Gravel Root, Horsetail, Hydrangea Root, Juniper Berries, Marshmallow, Oregon Grape Root, Parsley, Uva Ursi.

Antipyretic or Refrigerant: An herb that reduces or prevents fever, or acts as a  body temperature coolant.
Alfalfa, Boneset, Camphor, Chickweed, Cleavers, Cranberries, Elder Flowers, Gotu Kola, Lemon Balm, Lemons, Licorice, Limes, Oranges, Skullcap, Valerian.

Antiscorbutic: An herb loaded with Vitamin C in the prevention of scurvy.
Barberry berries, Black Berries, Black Currant, Burdock Root, Blueberries, Chickweed, Dandelion, Cranberries, Juniper Berries, Rosehips, Hibiscus, Poke Root, Stinging Nettle, Wood Betony, Yellow Dock.

Antiseptic: An herb that prevents the growth of putrefactive and pathogenic bacteria.
Anise oil, Barberry, Beth Root, Bistort, Black Walnut, Buchu, Chaparral, Echinacea, Garlic, Goldenseal, Juniper Berries, Myrrh, Nettles, Olive Leaf, Oregon Grape Root, Plantain, Rosemary, Saw Palmetto, Thyme, White Oak Bark, White Willow, Wormwood.

Antispasmodic: Herbs to relieve muscle spasms, cramps and convulsions.
Black Cohosh, Blue Haw, Blue Cohosh, Calendula, Cascara Sagrada, Cayenne, Cramp bark, Fennel, Garlic, Hawthorn Berries, Kava Kava, Lady’s Slipper, Lemon Balm, Lobelia, Motherwort, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Mullein, Oat, Passion Flower, Peppermint, Pleurisy Root, Prickly Ash, Raspberry, Rue, Sage, Skullcap, Skunk Cabbage, Spearmint, Thyme, Valerian, Vervain, Wild Yam.

Aperients: Herbs that promote a mild laxative effect and soften stools.
Agar-Agar, Figs, Flax Seed, Licorice Root, Olive Oil, Prunes, Raisins, Rose Hips, Senna.

Aphrodisiac: Herbs that correct impotence and increase sexual drive.
Cloves, Damiana, False Unicorn, Fennel, Fenugreek, Ginseng, Kava Kava, Sarsaparilla, Saw Palmetto.

Aromatics: Aromatics are herbs with a fragrant smell and an agreeable pungent taste. They have a stimulating effect on the gastrointestinal mucus membrane because f their essential oils. They aid in digestion and expel gas from the stomach and bowels. They are used to cover the taste of bitter herbs. When the digestive system is inflamed these herbs should be avoided.
Anise seed, Barberry, Buchu, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander seed, Fennel, Ginger, Juniper Berries, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Sassafras, Spearmint, St. Johns Wort, Wood Betony, Wormwood.

Astringent: These herbs increase the tone and firmness of the tissues. They reduce secretions and discharges from the nose, throat, intestines, vagina, and draining sores.
Bayberry, Beth Root, Bistort, Blackberry, Black Walnut, Bugleweed, Calendula, Cayenne, Cleavers, Comfrey Root, Cramp bark, Cranesbills, Dandelion, Elecampane, Ephedra, Eyebright, Fenugreek, Gravel Root, Hawthorn Berries, Horsetail, Juniper Berries, Mullein, Olive Leaf, Pipsissewa, Plantain, Prickly Ash, Raspberry, Rhubarb, Rosehips, Rosemary, Sage, Shepards Purse, Slippery Elm, Squaw Vine, St. Johns Wort, Stone root, Uva Ursi, Vervain, Wild Cherry Bark, Witch Hazel, White Oak Bark, Yarrow, Yellow Dock, Yerba Santa.

Cardiac’s: Herbs that increase the power of the heart.
Black Cohosh, Hawthorn Berries, Olive Leaf, Motherwort, Bugleweed,

Carminatives: These are herbs that contain volatile oils that stimulate the expulsion of gas from the gastrointestinal tract. Carminatives also increase the tone of the musculature and increase peristaltic action of the digestive system.
Angelic, Anise, Caraway, Cardamom, Catnip, Cayenne, Celery, Chamomile, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger, Juniper, Myrrh, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Pleurisy Root, Rosemary, Sarsaparilla, Sassafras, Spearmint, Thyme, Valerian.

Cathartics or Laxatives: An herb that causes a rapid evacuation from the upper intestines and the bowels. They clean waste matter from the liver, gall ducts and alimentary canal. They normalize the peristaltic action of the bowels when taken in moderate doses over an extended period of time. They are not habit forming.
Agar-Agar, Aloe, Boneset, Buckthorn, Cascara Sagrada, Cleavers, Flaxseed, Goldenseal, Licorice Root, Mandrake, Motherwort, Oregon Grape Root, Peach Bark, Poke Root, Psyllium Seed, Rhubarb, Safflower, Senna, Yellow Dock.

Cholagogues: These promote the flow of bile and purgation of the bowels. Barberry, Beets, Bistort, Boneset, Cascara Sagrada, Cayenne, Damiana, Dandelion, Gentian, Elecampane, Goldenseal, Hops, Hyssop, Mandrake, Olive Oil, Oregon Grape Root, Vervain, Wild Yam, Wormwood, Yellow Dock.

Condiments: These are used to season foods and increase digestive activity.
Bay Leaves, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin, Curry, Dill, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pimento, Sweet Basil.

Demulcents and Mucilage’s: They soften and relieve irritation of the mucous membranes. They have a mucilage property which aids in the soothing of the inflamed parts.
Agar-Agar, Aloe Vera, Burdock, Chickweed, Coltsfoot, Comfrey Root, Corn Silk, Fenugreek, Flax Seed, Irish Moss, Kelp, Licorice Root, Lungwort, Marshmallow, Mullein, Peach Bark, Psyllium Seed, Slippery Elm.
Deobstruents: Herbs that remove obstructions from the alimentary canal and other areas.
Barberry (liver), Culver’s Root (bowel), Goldenseal (glands), Gravel Root (kidneys), Hydrangea Root (kidneys), Plantain (blood & kidneys).

Deodorants: Herbs that eliminate foul body odors.
Blackberry, Echinacea, Lovage, Mandrake, Parsley, Spirulina (algae).

Desiccants: Herbs that dry surfaces by absorbing moisture.
Agar-gar, Bladder wrack powder, Corn Starch, Goldenseal powder, Marshmallow powder, Slippery Elm powder.

Diaphoretics: These herbs promote perspiration and increase elimination through the skin. They influence the entire circulatory system. Here are three categories:
1.      Stimulating: Angelica, Blessed Thistle, Boneset, Buchu, Elder f lowers, Ephedra, Garlic, Ginger, Horseradish, Hyssop, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Spearmint, Yarrow.
  1. Neutral: Horehound, Safflower, Sarsaparilla, Sassafras.
  2. Relaxing: Blue Vervain, Burdock, Calendula, Catnip, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Motherwort, Mugwort, Passion Flower, Pleurisy Root, Thyme, Vervain, White Willow, Wild Yam.
Discutients: Herbs that dissolve and remove tumors and abnormal growths. These are used in poultices and taken internally in teas.
Black Walnut, Bloodroot, Burdock Root, Cabbage Leaf, Chaparral, Devil’s Claw, Garlic, Sanicle, Red Clover.

Diuretics: Herbs that increase the flow of urine. They are usually combined with a demulcent herb to soothe any irritation from acids or gravel. Diuretic herbs can be used in the treatments of backache, prostatitis, sciatica, kidney stones, bladder ache, lymphatic swelling, scalding urine, gonorrhea, skin eruptions, water retention and more.
Agrimony, Black Berry, Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Buchu, Burdock Root, Celery Seed, Chaparral, Cleavers, Corn Silk, Damiana, Dandelion, Elecampane, False Unicorn, Fennel, Gotu Kola, Gravel Root, Hawthorn, Horsetail, Horseradish, Juniper Berries, Kava Kava Kelp, Marshmallow, Mistletoe, Mullein, Parsley, Pipsissewa, Plantain, Pleurisy Root, Rosemary, Sassafras, Saw Palmetto, Senna, Shepards Purse, Squaw Vine, St. Johns Wort, Stone root, Uva Ursi, White Oak Bark, White Willow.

Emetics: These are herbs used to induce vomiting and evacuation of the stomach. They are usually given in a tea or tincture form.
Bayberry, Chaparral, False Unicorn (large dose), Lobelia tincture (small drop doses).

Emmenagogues: Herbs that are female correctives to the reproductive system. They stimulate and promote normal menstrual function.
Aloe Vera, Angelica, American Pennyroyal, Bayberry, Beth Root, Black Cohosh, Black Haw, Blessed Thistle, Blue Cohosh, Chamomile, Damiana, Gentian, Goldenseal, Horsetail, American Mistletoe, Motherwort, Mugwort, Myrrh, Prickly Ash, Squaw Vine, Tansy.

Emollients: Herbs that are applied to soften soothe and protect external surfaces. They are applied as salves, fomentations, and poultices and may be taken internally for their demulcent quality.
Almond Oil, Aloe Vera, Chickweed, Coltsfoot, Comfrey Root, Flax Seed, Irish Moss, Lungwort, Marshmallow, Olive Oil, Plantain, Slippery Elm.

Expectorants: Herbs that promote the discharge of mucus from the lung and throat.
Angelica, Chaparral, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Cramp Bark, Elecampane, Ephedra, Fennel, Fenugreek, Garlic, Horehound, Horseradish, Hyssop, Licorice Root, Lobelia, Lungwort, Mullein, Myrrh, Nettles, Parsley, Plantain, Pleurisy Root, Thyme, Vervain, Wild Cherry Bark, Yerba Santa.

Febrifuges: Herbs that reduce fever.
Boneset, Catnip, Dandelion, Hyssop, Peppermint, Shepard’s Purse, White Willow, Yarrow.

Galactagogues: Herbs that increase the secretion of nursing milk in a mother. Anise Seed, Blessed Thistle, Cumin, Dandelion, Fennel, Fenugreek, Raspberry, Vervain.

Hemostatics: Herbs that arrest internal bleeding.
Bayberry (uterus), Beth Root (general), Blackberry (uterus, digestive system), Bistort, Black Cohosh (lungs), Cayenne (powerful), Goldenseal (uterus, bowels), Horsetail, Mullein (bowels, general), Nettles, Stinging Nettle Root (general), White Oak Bark (general), Witch Hazel, Yarrow (external cuts).

Hemetics: Herbs rich in Iron & Manganese and which enrich the red corpuscles of the blood.
Agrimony, Sour Apple (unpeeled), Barberry, Blackberries, Black Walnut, Comfrey, Dandelion, Fenugreek, Gentian, Red Raspberry, Watercress, Wild Apples, Yellow Dock.

Hepatics: Herbs which strengthen, tone, and stimulate the secretive functions of the liver, causing an increased flow of bile. Useful in the treatment of jaundice, hepatitis, drug and alcohol abuse to detoxify the liver.
Agrimony, Aloe Vera, Bayberry, Barberry, Blue Flag, Buckthorn, Carrot, Cascara Sagrada, Dandelion, Fennel, Garden Sage, Hyssop, Mandrake, Poke Root, Self Heal, Wild Yam, Wood Betony, Yellow Dock.

Lymphatic’s: Herbs that stimulate and cleanse the lymphatic system. This system is very important in the proper functioning of the immune system. It filters waste to the blood system.
Black Walnut, Chaparral, Dandelion, Echinacea, Garlic, Oregon Grape Root, Poke, Yellow Dock.

Nervines: Herbs that act as a tonic to the nervous system. They are used to relieve pain and regulate the nervous system.
Catnip, Wild Celery, Chamomile, Cramp Bark, Gravel Root, Hops, Lady’s Slipper, Lobelia, Mistletoe, Motherwort, Mugwort, Oat, Parsley, Passion Flower, Pleurisy Root, Skullcap, St. Johns Wort, Valerian, Vervain, Wood Betony.

Nutritives: Herbs that are nourishing and help to build good tissue throughout the body.
Agar-Agar, Alfalfa, Comfrey leaves & root, Dandelion leaves, Green Tea, Horsetail, Irish Moss, Kelp, Licorice, Marshmallow root, Mullein, Nettles, Poke Root, Red Clover, Rose Hips, Sage, Slippery Elm, Watercress, Yellow Dock, Yerba Mate’.

Ophthalmics: Herbs that is specific for healing the eyes.
Blueberries, Borage, Chamomile, Chickweed, Dandelion, Eyebright, Fennel, Goldenseal, Hyssop, Mullein.

Oxytocics: Herbs that promote and assist easy child birth.
Angelica(after birth), Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Cramp Bark (after birth), Juniper Berries, Raspberry, Squaw Vine.

Parasiticides: Herbs that kill animal and vegetable parasites from the skin.
Blackberry, Black Walnut, Cinnamon Oil, Chaparral, Cloves (very powerful), Echinacea, False Unicorn, Garlic, Gentian, Olive Leaf, Rue, Thyme, Wood Betony.

Rubifacients: Herbs that are used in external applications to stimulate and increase blood flow to the surface of the skin to help relieve congestion and inflammation.
Cayenne, Mustard Seed, Peppermint Oil, Prickly Ash, Rosemary Oil, Rue, Thyme Oil.

Sedatives: Herbs that lower the functional activity of organs to calm, moderate and tranquilize.
Black Haw, Bugleweed (arterial, nervine), Catnip, Chamomile, Garden Sage, Hawthorn Berries, Horsemint, Hops, Hyssop, Lady Slipper, Lemon Balm, Passion Flower, Peach Bark, Peppermint, Red Clover, Saw palmetto, Skullcap, Sorrel, Spearmint, St Johns Wort, Valerian, Wild Cherry Bark, Witch Hazel, Wood Betony.

Stalagogues: Herbs that promote the flow of saliva.
Black Pepper, Cayenne, Echinacea, Ginger, Licorice, Prickly Ash.

Soporifics: Herbs that induce a relaxing sleep. Black Cohosh, Catnip, Hops, Lady Slipper, Motherwort, Mullein, Passion Flower, Skullcap, Valerian, Vervain.

Stimulants: Herbs that increase functional activity and energy in the body.
Angelica, Bayberry, Black Pepper, Blessed Thistle, Boneset (powerful), Cardamom, Cayenne, Celery, Cloves, Elder Flowers, Elecampane (gentle), Ephedra, False Unicorn, Fennel, Fo-Ti, Garlic, Ginger, Ginseng, Horseradish, Juniper Berries, Oats, Onion, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Prickly Ash, Raspberry, Rosemary, Rue, Shepards Purse, Spearmint, Yarrow.

Stomachics: Herbs that strengthen the function of the stomach. They are usually bitter in flavor and this promotes digestion & appetite.
Agrimony, Barberry, Blessed Thistle, Dandelion, Elecampane, Ginseng, Goldenseal, Hops, Juniper Berries, Mugwort, Peach Bark, Rosehips, Rue, Wormwood.