Cellulitis from Hell: Foot Infection Update

So you know that case I talked about the other day? Well, it got worse again the next day. In fact, it got downright scary again, the swelling didn’t reoccur much but the red rash (cellulitis) started to spread up the ankle. And then I smacked myself in the head in disbelief at my own stupidity. I know this (I’ve even seen it before) and you should know this: do NOT, do NOT put salves (especially those that contain beeswax in any amount) even if they are extremely antibacterial on suspected staph, strep or other such infections on the skin. It holds the bacteria in and keeps the area too moist, allowing the infection to rapidly spread. The reason the foot got worse is because the client and I were so incredibly diligent about keeping the salve on the...

Old Fashioned Medicine – Herbs and Hot Water

Old Fashioned Medicine – Herbs and Hot Water

Note: If you read this post, please be sure to read the followup post as well which give further important information on the treatment of cellulitis and other infections of the skin. I have recently attended to a great number of acute injuries to the hands and feet of various family, clients, students and assorted other people. Several of these issues required fairly prolonged treatment over period of days to weeks, with several applications/treatments a day. In quickie cases, I like to use tinctures or other ready made preparations I have on hand, but with something like this it’s much more useful to make water based herbal preparations as needed, and usually cheaper too. In every case I resorted to using a strong infusion as a soak for the affected body...

Nutritional Notes: Obesity as a Form of Malnutrition

An overview of some of the evidence pointing to obesity as a direct result of malnutrition, especially associated with certain minerals and vitamins. This is a post from Regina Wilshire’s Weight of the Evidence blog. She also has a really interesting post on the lack of difference in results between a low GI diet and a high GI diet with overall high carb intake. Which brings us back, once again, to the importance of traditional, nutrient dense foods.

Kiss Your Plantain, Again

The other day I was planting berry bushes in the riverbank. It was cold, and my hands were numb and covered in dirt and sand, so when the palm of my right hand started to itch I just scratched absentmindedly at it and went back to work. It kept on itching , so I looked down at it and notice a few white raised bumps. Hmmm, that’s weird, and went back to planting the nearest blackberry bush. Five minutes later when I stood up from planting I tried to wipe the dirt off my hand and noticed I couldn’t close it and that the upper right quadrant of my hand was very very swollen. After I washed my hand off in the river, I was able to sit there and watch it continue to swell, moving from one section of my hand to my whole hand and then to my wrist. I stuck my...

Herbal Treatment of Acute Excessive Uterine Bleeding

The guidelines below are rather general but can be helpful when used in context. I’m mostly referring to excessive menstrual bleeding, miscarriage or abortion aftercare. Post-partum is a bit different, and I’m not as familiar with it. Perhaps the most important aspect to examine here, is what defines excessive. It’s perfectly natural for some women to have heavy menstrual periods, and also normal and healthy for there to be a significant amount of blood associated with abortion, and especially miscarriage. The uterus really needs that cleansing, healing flow to repair and rebuild internally, so we want to be careful to not prevent that important part of the process. But when an individual loses their color, has rapid heartbeat, gets dizzy, feels...

Diet Dogma vs. Real Nourishment

In a culture caught up in brand name diets, and “detoxifying” lifestyles, it’s quite easy to get sucked into the latest low-fat diet or sugar-free fad. All of us want to be healthier, and all of us want to feed our families the optimal, nutritive foods. So how do we sort through the mind-numbing array of choices, and how do we know what’s best for us individually? Rebecca is already doing a series on Common Sense Eating and I don’t plant to overlap her too much, but this issue has come up SO much for me lately in conversations, consultations and my personal life that I just need to take this moment to say a few things. As Rebecca pointed out in a recent post, we’re all different, and so we most likely all need somewhat...