Emu oil

Jun. 3rd, 2009 03:45 pm
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I don't know what I'd do without this stuff. It's the neatest stuff since sliced white bread. There is a lot of hype about emu oil, and a lot of claims have been made for it. I don't know much about all the rest of what has been said about it, but it does work on sore muscles, joints and tendons.

My knees are terrible. I have a hinky shoulder joint, a leftover from a close encounter with an idiot driver and a cement culvert about five years or so ago. And my neck and back are messed up from being rear ended in traffic several times in the last decade.

Yep, I seem to be a magnet for car weirdness on the road, and none of it was due to anything I did, or didn't do, LOL. The last rear end incident was in rush hour traffic about three years ago. Some silly broad in a monster truck, I kid you not, was talking on her cell phone instead of watching what was going on, and smacked me in the rear end. The freakin' tires on the thing came up to the window on my van.The custom made iron bumper of that stupid humungo tank like truck messed up the rear end of my vehicle, like whoa. Don't ask, it was a really big bumper with some big 'ol winch thing welded to the front. And hello whiplash city for, what, the fourth time? Sigh.

The number of times I have been rear ended has also affected my back. I now have an accelerated advanced degeneration of the spinal joints thanks to idiots who can't pay attention in traffic.

The first time I was rear ended was about ten years ago, when I was sitting at a stop, at the end of an interstate exit, waiting on the traffic light to turn green. This dumb ass came speeding down the exit ramp and just smacked right into me. The second time I was sitting at a stop sign, waiting for a break in traffic, and dumbass was talking on his cell phone. The third time, five years or so ago, I was driving in rain and the Darwin Award nominee was tailgating me. I had to slow suddenly because of another car cutting across the road in front of me. He didn't. That one tore the entire bumper from the back end, and made the trunk into an accordion. You don't tailgate, in heavy rain, on a street where traffic is doing 45 mph. So, life history done now. Three of the four drivers were men, but all kinds of jokes about female drivers abound. Go figure. Anyway don't tell me about female drivers. It's the guys ya have to watch out for.

Anyway, back to emu oil. When those areas start aching I rub emu oil around the joint, above and below the joint about ohhh two inches or so. Or into my neck all around. Or rub it into my back when it's acting up, and in fifteen to twenty minutes the pain is almost totally gone! And the relief lasts for about four to eight hours, or more, depending on how much I've irritated them mostly. What little achiness is left is well covered by a couple of white willow capsules, and a couple of kava capsules, or a couple of droppers of liquid kava, to ease back muscle spasms. I've also applied it to muscles in my forehead for tension headaches. It sounds gross but it's not. It does not leave any greasy residue. It's totally absorbed. If there is a residue it's because you've used way too much.

I've used it on a sprained ankle, tendinitis, and tired sore feet. It took the swelling down tremendously in when I sprained an ankle last year. The whole ankle swelled up five times its normal size. I applied some ice for twenty minutes, then emu oil, took some white willow capsules, and went to bed. The ankle was still tender and sore, and only slightly puffy the next day. So I applied more emu oil, took some white willow capsules, wrapped it in an ace wrap for the day, and the next day the ankle was back to good. altogether less than three days. The time before when I sprained that ankle, I was on crutches for two weeks. Big difference!

I know it sounds incredible, but it works. And it works great for me. At least I know it works very well for the stuff I've mentioned.

I was so impressed with this oil I bought a quart size bottle of it. And I haven't used even half of that in a year. It only takes a small amount to be effective. But I don't want to ever run out of it before I can get the next bottle.

This stuff keeps me off cortisone, high powered pain meds, and muscle relaxants.

I know I sound like a paid commercial testimonial, LOL, but I'm not. I'm just soooo glad I found this stuff.

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The Complete Medicinal Herbal : Penelope Ody (Hardcover, 1993)

I snagged it on Half.com for 3.00 and 3.49 shipping, and it's a hard back. I did NOT buy it from Amazon.com. *sniff* It arrived via the postman today:). It is is brand new shape! I've wanted a copy of this book for ages, and couldn't find one I was willing to pay for until last week. I'm sooooo happy! I have other books on herbs and plants that are more scientifically oriented but this one has great pics, and explains for the newbie how to make decoctions, tissanes, teas, creams, salves, poultices, and tinctures, and other stuff. It's a good book for reference. And yes, I have 'The Green Pharmacy: New Discoveries in Herbal Remedies for Common Diseases and Conditions from the World's Foremost Authority on Healing Herbs' which has more of the chemical properties and sciencey stuff, because the author is a Phd botanist and created the database of the world's medicinal plants for the USDA. But THIS book is very easy to read and has such beautiful illustrations of all the plants and herbs. It truly is a classic. Now I'm on the hunt for a reasonably priced updated version. :D Book addictions never end!

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Stevia - an Alternative for Sugar? (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni)

I'm going to try some of the whole leaf stevia powder and see how it stacks up against the white bleached powder. I've been using the white powders for nearly three years, but they started adding all kinds of muckety junk to it. And yeah, I know, it's supposed to help make it easier to pour and all that, but it sure is strange that most of the junk they're adding negates the beneficial effect that stevia has of not raising blood sugar. Erythritol is one of the least offensive additives. Erythritol has a glycemic index of almost zero. For your own sake, read those labels my peeps, and look up those additives that have been added to the stevia brands that you buy.

The whole leaf powder is supposed to have all the good stuff left in it, as well as the sweet. But it's green *G* So we'll just see how it goes. It may be a week or two before I report back on it. I haven't ordered it yet, and it'll take time to get here and try it for a bit.

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Natural Antivirals

ETA: These are suggested practices just for H5N1 or Swine Flu Viruses, because of the type of flu that they are, and the physiological effects they have. Echinacea and Elderberries and the rest are still good for oter types of cold and flu viruses

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New Supplement Database Available

ARS News Service
Agricultural Research Service, USDA
Rosalie Marion Bliss, (301) 504-4318, rosalie.bliss@ars.usda.gov
April 20, 2009
--View this report online, plus photos and related stories, at www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr

More than 50 percent of adults in the United States consume dietary supplements, according to experts. Now, a newly launched resource, the Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database (DSID), will help researchers improve estimates of the U.S. population's total nutrient intakes. That's because the DSID was developed to improve estimates of the U.S population's nutrient intakes based not only on the beverages and foods people consume, but also on their dietary supplement intake.

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The Best Herbs and Supplements for Diabetes

I'm too lazy to hunt down all the links to research and double blind studies, and references that I've checked out over the last two weeks but suffice it to say that there is research to back up the particular supplements on this page. Well excpet maybe the Nopal. I haven't hunted that one down yet.

And there are a few more to add to the list after I've done some reading.

If you try any of these keep a careful eye on your blood glucose levels.

Some of these may take more than a few days to work. I know Glucosamine and Chondroitin work, but for me they took nearly a month to show an effect. Then there are differences in individuals, and some combinations may work better for one person better than another.

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