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A powerful remedy to dissolve kidney stonesA powerful remedy to dissolve kidney stones
NaturalNews) Many people who have had kidney stones report that passing them was the greatest pain they had ever experienced. Many women claim that it easily beats childbirth on the pain scale, and men can suffer even more due to the long length of their urethras.
Everybody hopes it won't happen to them, but the National Kidney Foundation reports that one out of every 10 Americans will develop a kidney stone during their lifetime, leading more than 500,000 people to seek emergency medical treatment each year. It is also worth noting that men are at a higher risk than women. Kidney stones sometimes form without people realizing it, but when they become lodged on their way out, they make their presence known quickly and painfully.
If you happen to be part of that unlucky 10 percent Ė or are hoping to avoid becoming a member of this group Ė a powerful remedy can help you dissolve kidney stones on your own. Doctors typically suggest waiting for the stone to pass while dosing up on analgesics to minimize pain and drinking plenty of fluids to push the stone out. Some bigger stones might require surgery, however. If you want to keep yourself out of the hospital and avoid risking the infections that hospitals are infamous for, this potent natural solution should be your first course of action.
9 ounces of organic lemons (approximately 3 lemons)
9 ounces of parsley root (cleaned and scraped)
9 ounces of raw organic honey
9 ounces of extra virgin olive oil
1 cup of pure maple syrup
Putting it together is easy:
Cut the organic lemons into chunks with the skin still on. Process in a blender or food processor.
Cut the scraped parsley root into chunks and process with the lemon.
Add the raw organic honey, extra virgin olive oil and pure maple syrup and blend thoroughly.
You'll want to take one tablespoon of this concoction each morning on an empty stomach. You can store it in an airtight glass container in your refrigerator. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids through the rest of the day.
Lemons are incredibly beneficial to kidneys
Lemons work to inhibit the growth of kidney stones because of their high content of citrates. This boosts your urine's acidity, enabling it to dissolve kidney stones naturally. Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine urology expert John Milner said: "[Real] lemonade, not the powdered variety that uses artificial flavoring, actually slows the development of kidney stones for those who are prone to the development of kidney stones."
Parsley cleanses and alkalizes
The parsley root is another crucial component of this remedy, as it serves to increase your urinary output, thereby flushing out the kidneys and creating an alkaline environment that is unfriendly to the stones. It also helps cleanse the kidneys, remove toxins and dissolve uric acid.
Honey is a soothing, natural antibiotic
The honey in this mixture will help soothe the irritation in the urethral lining and also provides antibiotic protection. Olive oil is included for its lubricating qualities, which will enable the stones to glide through your system more smoothly. The maple syrup is used to improve the taste of the liquid, making people more likely to stick with it long enough for it to dissolve the stones.
No matter what course of action you choose to take in approaching a kidney stone, you must make a point of drinking as much water as possible.
This simple remedy can also be used as a preventive measure, and even adding a squeeze of lemon juice to your water every day can help maintain kidney health. Keeping your kidneys in top shape is vital as they are responsible for filtering toxins and waste from your blood and regulating your body's fluid levels. They also keep blood minerals such as phosphorous, sodium and potassium in balance. In fact, your kidneys actually filter all of the blood in your body every half hour! With so much hard work to do, the importance of keeping your kidneys in good condition cannot be overemphasized.
The Many Ways to Harness the Power of Garlic as a Natural Antibiotic
As problems with antibiotic resistance and fear of superbugs like MRSA increase, interest in the use of natural antibiotics for routine infections continues to skyrocket. Of all the dozen or so natural antibiotics, raw garlic tends to be the most popular for several reasons.
First, garlic is easy to obtain and widely available. Whether you live in the middle of a thriving metropolis or out in the sticks, obtaining a head of garlic is not a complicated process. Healthfood stores and mega-supermarkets alike carry it all the time regardless of season.
Garlic is also one of the most inexpensive herbs on the market. I buy an entire head of high quality, organic garlic from my local healthfood store for about $1.
Thirdly, garlic is one of the simplest herbs to grow as well. Just plant a few cloves with papery covering remaining in rich soil. Water about once a week (warning; do not overwater as garlic does not grow well in overly moist soil) and fertilize regularly and watch them grow like crazy. The bulbs are ready to harvest ideally after a hot dry summer when the long green stalks, called scapes, turn yellow or brown.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that one of natureís most useful remedies for human health is not only easy to obtain and inexpensive to buy (even if organic), but also super simple to grow even for novice gardeners.
Garlic: Ancient Medicine Come Full Circle
Before the use of pharmaceutical antibiotics became all the rage post World War II, garlic was regularly used to treat infections and wounds. This herb is one of the oldest recorded remedies used by many ancient civilizations. It is specifically named in ancient texts of the Greeks, Hebrews, Babylonians, Romans and Egyptians.
Chances are, you already have a head of garlic in your pantry right now. So how to harness it as a powerful natural antibiotic when necessary?
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, author of Put Your Heart in Your Mouth and creator of The GAPS Diet gives the simplest and most effective how-to Iíve personally used over the years. Read on for all the garlic-y details!
Garlic Used Preventatively
The great thing about garlic is that it can be safely used as a preventative or to resolve an existing illness.
To use garlic preventatively, take one clove a day for as long as you like. While you can take the clove anytime during the day that suits you, Iíve found that just before bed seems to work the best.
Using a clove of garlic per day starting a few days before overseas travel and continuing until you return is a helpful tip for the prevention of food poisoning.
Incidentally, eating a clove of garlic everyday is a great way to slowly improve intestinal health. Garlic very effectively kills off a wide variety of gut pathogens including candida while simultaneously serving as food (prebiotic) to encourage the growth and survival of beneficial microbes.
Garlic Used Therapeutically
Note that pharmaceutical antibiotics only work for bacterial infections. Garlic, however, helps resolve an illness no matter what type of microbes are causing the problem Ė bacteria, virus, or fungus!
When used therapeutically to heal a bacterial infection or viral illness, Dr. Campbell-McBride recommends consuming an entire head of garlic every day until healing has occurred.
The average head of garlic contains 10 cloves! You donít consume the entire head at once, however.
You consume one clove every couple of hours from waking until bedtime.
Common Mistake Using Garlic as an Antibiotic
The most common mistake people make when using garlic is consuming cloves that have been sitting around in the pantry too long. Stale garlic may not be potent enough to resolve an infection, so be sure you use a fresh head if at all possible.
Fresh softneck (white) garlic like the kind typically sold at the supermarket has a green shoot running through the middle of the cloves. If the shoot in your garlic head has turned brown or dried out, discard and purchase a fresh head, organic if possible.
Types of Garlic to Use as Medicine
You have no doubt noticed that there are several types of garlic available at the market. All work wonderfully well for antibiotic purposes with the exception of elephant garlic (Allium ampeloprasum).
Elephant garlic heads are large, covering the entire palm of an adultís hand in some cases. However, the garlic flavor is very bland tasting more like a leek. Due to the less powerful flavor and aroma, elephant garlic has inferior healing properties to other types of garlic. Hence, bypass the elephant garlic and go for the small white, red or purple garlic heads instead when using garlic as medicine.
How to Prepare Garlic Cloves for Swallowing
When consuming a garlic clove for use either preventatively or therapeutically, you can swallow it whole just like a pill. Be sure to remove the papery covering on each clove first. Follow this approach only if the thought of tasting pure garlic is too overwhelming. If taken this way, consume the clove with a glass of milk or with food to prevent the possibility of indigestion.
If the taste of garlic doesnít bother you, the most potent method for taking a clove is to crush it with a fork or garlic press. Then, let the crushed clove sit for about 15 minutes on a small plate or cutting board. Letting it stand for a few minutes exposed to the air powers up the anti-microbial properties in the garlic. Then, scoop up the garlic bits on a spoon and swallow it down chased with water, juice or fresh milk.
The book Healing With Whole Foods suggests other ways to utilize garlic as a natural antibiotic both internally and externally.
Garlic Oil for Ear Infections
If an ear infection is the problem, prepare the garlic clove in a slightly different manner.
Crush the clove and mix with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Let the crushed garlic sit in the oil for 30 minutes. Strain out the garlic pieces and discard.
Warm the garlic oil in a cup placed in a small pan of warm water. Take care not to overheat the oil else the beneficial properties of the garlic infused oil will be destroyed!
Drizzle a few drops of the garlic oil every hour into the ear that is infected. This is an extremely safe remedy for children. It also serves the dual purpose of softening ear wax buildup for easy removal.
Garlic Tea for Use Internally or Externally
Garlic tea is easily made by simmering 4 cloves of chopped garlic in one cup of water for 20 minutes. This garlic tea can be used topically on the skin for relieving poison ivy and poison oak. †It can also be used to heal boils on the skin.
Garlic tea can also be sipped to help resolve internal infections. Please note that garlic tea will not be as strong or effective as eating whole raw, crushed garlic cloves as described above. Cooking garlic reduces its medicinal properties.
Garlic for Colds, Sore Throats or Sinus Headaches
For colds, sore throat, or sinus headaches, hold a clove of garlic with the peel removed in the mouth for at least 15 minutes. You can suck on it a bit during that time if you like. Then, chew the clove up and swallow.
Another fast acting sore throat remedy combines garlic with raw manuka honey and cayenne pepper (or turmeric) as a one-two-three punch that is very effective too.
Do you use garlic as medicine in your home? If so, what is your favorite way to harness its power?
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist