I’m not sure how many of you will remember the video I did when I spoke about my pregnancy and related health issues or even how many are aware at all of what happened to me. So I will summarize below…
For most of my life I had mild stomach issues, it’s something genetic on my mothers side we’ve never been able to explain, and my mother had a tilted stomach from a childhood accident for at least 35y of her life. When I became a teen and to this day I struggle with acne, it’s moved around a lot, and even during pregnancy it never let up. Most of the time it’s been concentrated in the areas of my liver, stomach, lungs and gall bladder.
When I went to college they refused my religious and medical exemption and pretty much forcibly gave me hep-b vaccine, which only lent to aggravate my already taxed detox system. For at least 3 months I was walking around in a sick zombie-like mode with no explanation. Flash forward to 20, I was pregnant with my son, and for most of my pregnancy I was complication free, but come 34 weeks, I developed a serious issue (ICP) and my liver and gall bile (salts) were flooding my blood because they couldn’t handle the load of detoxing, causing not only uncomfortable symptoms for myself but putting my child at danger of still birth.
Even after birth, my stomach, liver and gall continued to have issues off and on, aggravated by food, environment, products etc, although I can never seem to pin point anything specific other than at some point my body becomes too taxed with detoxing and various symptoms will flare up. Most of these symptoms, I hardly notice anymore I’ve lived with them so long. I’m always on the hunt for a natural way to not only remedy the symptoms but to aid my body in healing naturally.
Among my research for other things I’ve found that cranberry, hibiscus, cinnamon and honey, all have similar properties that aid in remedying not only the areas I was in need of, but also a lot of other beneficial uses.
Stellar Roots Tonic
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Antiseptic, Expectorant, Fatigue, Headache, Pain, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, PMS/Menses/Menopause, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Stiff Muscles, Carminative, antiemetic, antimicrobial,warming, diaphoretic, circulatory stimulant, antioxidant, acne, liver protectant +more
This Tonic helps with:
- Immunity boosting
- Oral problems
- Preventing and treating UTI and kidney/bladder related conditions
- Reduces risk of cancer
- Increases bone strength
- Improves cardiovascular function
- Improves skin
- Protects liver against infection and disease as well as aids in liver detox
- Helps with weight-loss / weight regulation
- Removes Radiation from the body
- Digestive Aid, as well as protects from and treats ulcers
- Colon Health
- Reduces anxiety, depression and improves mental health
Probably best known for their jelly at Thanksgiving, or Juice/ tablets for dealing with a UTI; but this tart little berry is so much more. Many herbal practitioners also recommend it for kidney, and bladder stones, incontinence, and even prostate problems. Its also been shown to help prevent bacteria-induced stomach ulcers, lower bad cholesterol and inhibit the growth of some cancers; among everything else mentioned above.
Cranberry juice is usually pretty accessible, as well as dried or fresh cranberries depending on the year, adding these into your diet, does help to provide you with its many healing abilities. Just be cautious of any coloring additives, or added sugars.
*The Tonic I have developed is made with a concentrated decoction made from raw cranberries, as well as the below listed herbs/spices.
Known to lower blood pressure, supporting healthy cholesterol, and triglycerides. Hibiscus is full of antioxidants that fight free radical damage caused by poor diet and constant exposure to dangerous chemicals and thus can help maintain a healthy gut microbiome. It has also been used to naturally treat depression and related symptoms such as fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest in hobbies and more.
It also helps to boost the immune system, preventing colds and flu; It also aids in digestion, as well as protects the liver against infection and disease.
Hibiscus also helps to regulate menstrual flow and natural cycle. There are some concerns regarding its use for pregnant and nursing moms, but this is generally in regards to drinking a lot of hibiscus tea which can, but rarely, cause emmenagogue effects aka menstruation. Use with caution and moderation in this regard.
(This tonic uses a relatively small and safe amount, but always use your own intuition)
A commonly used household spice, holds some healing powers of its own. It is able to clear mucus from the lungs and sinus’ and can aid in breaking a fever. It stimulates blood circulation to the digestive system and to the extremities which is a common indication of a weak gut. It has powerful astringent properties as well as antimicrobial and can be used to treat gastric related conditions.
Additionally it regulates blood sugar, helps to balance hormones, helps to heal the skin clearing acne and other inflammatory skin conditions, has anti-carcinogenic properties, kills candida, and supports the immune system.
**Cinnamon should not be used in the case of severe liver issues.**
Honey helps to treat a multitude of conditions and its really a miracle food. It helps treat conditions such as: Insomnia, Indigestion, Coughs, Colds, Headache, Fatigue, Anemia, Acne, Ringworm, and Eczema.
Honey contains a number of Vitamins, Enzymes and other nutrients beneficial for your over all health. It has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, and contains powerful antioxidants. Its also great for treating and eliminating allergies, boosting immune functions and promotes digestive health; its also great for healing various skin conditions such as acne.
So as you can see adding theses simple herbal remedies into your diet, really in any form lends their magnificent healing powers to your body allowing it to support and heal itself naturally.
There are so many ways to use cranberries most of which Involves baking, and with the winter months ahead and cranberries in ready supply what a great time to throw them in all your various dishes to lend a sweet-tart flavoring and their healing properties.
Hibiscus is typically used as a tea and you can usually find it in a pre-made tea either on its own or in a blend.
Cinnamon and Honey are always readily available year round, even mixing these together in some warm water makes for a simple yet effective tonic like drink/tea.
It’s best to source your honey from a local farm or beekeeper within 10-15 miles or less from where you live so that you are being exposed to your local flora which will help with dealing with any seasonal allergies. You’ll also be supporting your local economy, and environment; most cheap honeys sold in store are not 100% honey and are often mixed/diluted with High Fructose Corn Syrup, and other additives. If you are unsure of local bee-keepers you can trust, opt to use this service provided by the National Honey Board, or ask in your local groups.
TO MAKE THIS HEALING TONIC
Bring raw cranberries about 1/2 cup to a boil together with 1/4 cup dry hibiscus/sorrel and a cinnamon stick (don’t use powdered as it will create globs as it cools.) in 16oz of water (about 1 water bottles worth or 2c)
Reduce heat and simmer for minimum of 1 hour.
using a strainer, push as much of the liquid out of the cranberries and hibiscus.
Place all liquid back into the pot and add 2 more cups of water and 2-4 cups of raw sugar (depending on if you want a syrup or more fluid elixir) , and 2 tbs of black strap molasses (added trace minerals)
Bring to a boil and let thicken over about 15 minutes, longer if you are making a syrup.
Remove from heat and let cool to near room temperature, once cooled add 1/4 cup of honey (or agave or skip this step) it is important that the mixture be cooled before adding honey so as not to loose its healing properties, if it is boiled it reduces it to a simple sugar which is why you use raw sugar during the boiling process.
Transfer into a swing top bottle, and store in the fridge for up to 3 months.
Personally I take on an empty stomach before meals. But use as you see fit for your needs.
If you would like to purchase this it is *available by request only* in 8 or 16 fl.oz sizes – Please message me via my contact page, Facebook Page, or email.
Chown, Vicky, and Kim Walker. The Handmade Apothecary: Healing Herbal Remedies. Sterling Ethos, 2018.
National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs: the World’s Most Effective Healing Plants, by Rebecca L. Johnson et al., National Geographic, 2014
McIntyre, Anne. Herbal Remedies for Everyday Living. Bounty, 2015.