3 Ancient Medicines That Already Live In Your Home

April 16, 2015 159 Comments

Every week, we receive emails from folks who are eager to get ahold of the jungle medicines that were featured in the Sacred Science film. My first question to these passionate seekers is, “Have you explored the traditional herbal remedies that are available in your neck of the woods?” More often than not, the answer is no.

Yes, there is something intoxicating and mysterious about paddling down a foliage-entwined river to a remote village where there is rumored to be a powerful shaman. But similar practices exist all over the world, and many are available in or near your home. Today I’m going to focus on three natural medicines that are so easy to find that they may already live in your kitchen!

Garlic – Allium sativum

I’d like to start with Allium sativum, or garlic – not only out of respect for my Italian roots, but because it is quite possibly the most potently practical medicinal herb on the planet. We all know this strong-charactered little bulb for its delicious flavor and aroma, but I’m often baffled by how few people use it medicinally for its plethora of healing applications.

This wasn’t always the case. As recently as 60 years ago, garlic was a crucial component in the standard issue medical kits that were carried by medics in the United States military in both World War I and II to treat wounds. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties have been praised for millennia.

In terms of versatility, there are very few herbs that compare to garlic. It is an effective blood thinner, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, and immune system stimulant that promotes heart health and is also proven to lower cholesterol.

My favorite use: garlic can literally knock out a cold or flu in less than 24 hours if used in conjunction with the right dietary protocol and adequate sleep.

The best way to take it? Raw. Yes, this can be intense, but if it’s a little hard on your palette imagine how uncomfortable it is for the critters in your gut that are making you feel lousy.

If I was only allowed to keep one herb in my medicine bag, garlic would be it.

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Apple Cider Vinegar – Malus sylvestris

Talk about an ancient household remedy, Malus sylvestris, or apple cider vinegar, has been used since the beginning of recorded history. Archaeologists have found Egyptian urns dating back to 3000 B.C. that still contain remnants of the stuff! Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed apple cider vinegar for a variety of different health issues – and guess what? Both clinical and alternative medicine practitioners still recommend it as a great way to
keep the doctor away.

Because of its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties, apple cider vinegar has a number of medicinal applications.  It is often gargled to treat sore throat, applied to the skin for wart and mole removal (a dab each night can yield very positive results), applied to the face for acne care, and ingested as a cold and sinus infection treatment.

The above applications alone would make this a valuable item to have in your kitchen, but there are recent studies that indicate that apple cider vinegar may be beneficial for more serious health conditions as well.

A 2004 study published by the American Diabetes Foundation found that type 2 diabetics experienced some very promising results when taking a dose of apple cider vinegar before meals. On average the diabetics who participated experienced a 25% improvement in their blood glucose levels – which is quite a feat.

New cancer studies are also pointing to apple cider vinegar as a promising anti-cancer food, particularly in the slowing of cancerous cell growth and the prevention of the formation of new cancer cells.

A word to the wise: choose your apple cider vinegar wisely. The murkier the better. If you have a bottle of clear apple cider vinegar in your cabinet, it’s not medicine. The good stuff is brownish orange and has residue at the bottom.

Just about everyone I know uses Bragg’s apple cider vinegar because of the company’s long-standing track record of consciousness and selfless service to those in need. Patricia Bragg, daughter of the founder, Paul Bragg, is an amazing woman. 🙂


Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale

This last herb isn’t one you would necessarily find in your pantry, but just about every lawn in the United States is adorned with this bright cheery flower at some point in the year. We’ve been trained to look at these yellow sun bursts as weedy pests, but you only need to watch a child interact with one to know their true beauty.

Its common name is a corruption of the French “Dent de Lion” or “lions tooth” – a reference to its jagged, toothlike leaves.

My friend and wild food expert, Daniel Vitalis, says that the herbs that our body needs the most tend to grow within a mile of us, just another way that mother earth looks out for her children.

Given that the standard American diet is often heavy handed with processed meats, refined sugars, pesticide laden produce and little to no living food, the greatest gift that Pachamama could bestow upon us would be an incredible detoxifier right? Well, look no further than your front yard because the Taraxacum officinale is exactly that.

To put it simply, dandelions are your liver’s best friend. Yes, your liver, the second largest organ in your body, which among many other duties serves as your body’s filter. If you have been eating “naughtily” and feel as though you have gunkily guk (my own scientific term) built up inside of you, the first course of action is to a) change your diet and b) nurture your liver so that it can process the toxins you’ve ingested and safely remove them from your system.

The best liver cleanser I know of is freshly brewed dandelion root tea. And I’m not alone in this theory. Folk healers and doctors were prescribing this long before our time. Another delicious way to promote liver health is to add dandelion greens to salads or sauté them alongside your protein.

Somehow seeing that latin scientific identifier “Taraxacum officinale” gives this widely disrespected super herb a little more swagger, doesn’t it? It’s about time!

A question, just for fun:  Every family has someone who plays the “granny healer” role – who is it in your house?

In closing, I have a small confession to make. In my house, when someone is coming down with an illness, the healer in me turns on almost too eagerly, like a golden retriever leaping into action after a freshly thrown frisbee. What can I say? I love this stuff.

Un abrazo,

Nick Polizzi

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Nick Polizzi has spent his career directing and producing feature length documentaries about natural alternatives to conventional medicine. Nick’s current role as director of “The Sacred Science” stems from a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of the indigenous peoples of the world.

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  1. Antonieta says:

    Nick, thank you for what you do!, in my house i’m the granny healer, growing up in Peru exposed me to all the natural herbs. Although when I was young I never place an importance on them.
    Now I wish I had paid attention to all the knowledge my. Mother had about all the herbs she used to prepare.
    Blessings!

  2. Alexandra Telluselle says:

    Love these remedies too! Yes, who did my family members talk to about that hocus pocus stuff… One of my favorites is Peppermint tea; alleviates tummy problems and headaches. And good to drink too!

  3. Rita says:

    Thanks, Nick, for this email. I have an abundance of all three in my home and have been eating garlic and the apply cider vinegar daily. Re: the dandelion root tea. Could you give me a little direction here. Should I just dig up some roots and steep them in hot water? Thanks so much for all.

    • Jacek says:

      make sure that your neighbors are not using chemicals on their lawns. The chemicals could leach onto your lawn and contaminate your dandelions. Your liver surely doesn’t want you enjoying a cup of dandelion tea with a splash of Monsanto in it.

  4. Deb says:

    I tend to be the healer for my 90 year old mother, adult daughters, self, husband, and anyone who is interested. Am on a journey to learn about all things healing. Share by way of our county’s Aging and Disability Resource Center, local television, and local/state/national media.

    • Suzanne says:

      I have one remedy my grandmother and mother taught us, if you have a sore on your gums, crack a pinto bean in half (non-cooked) and place the inside of the bean on the sore until it adheres to your gum and leave at least a couple of hours.

  5. Perry says:

    Hi Nick,
    I seen a story from Dr. Robert Beck that garlic is poison, is there any legitamacy to that? http://youtu.be/14aZbjs0mIY

  6. Barbara says:

    Thank you for these remedies-how would you use the apple cider vinegar -just drink it if so how much? Also the dandelion -is it just the roots you boil or other parts?
    Thanks for your help!

    • Col says:

      Apple cider vinegar is just a tablespoon first thing in the morning and you can wash it down with a glass of water. If that’s not your style just mix the vinegar in some warm water and drink it like that. Not sure about the root tea though

  7. Wenda says:

    Just love your emails Nick. Always such good information. Agree totally with your selection of the
    Best three but would like to add chamomile. Such a little treasure in my life!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    That would be me!
    We have used Bragg’s ACV but we don’t like that it now comes in a plastic bottle and have since switched brands.

  9. rkymtngal says:

    Thank you for these! I will put them in my file. I have heard eat locally, but I didn’t realize many things were within a mile!

  10. Pauline says:

    Hi … this comment area keeps deleting my comments when I try to make a correction!! So I will try again for the 7th time… lol
    Thank you for the information… do you have any recommendations for quantities to consume of both garlic and especially apple cider vinegar for blood sugar control?
    Thanks

    • Sheila Murrey says:

      That happened to me too Pauline! This interface needs help! Since that is one of the things I do for a living if the Sacred Science team would like my help, let me know.

  11. Vicki Guilford RN says:

    Thankyou soooo much!!!!

  12. maggie graham says:

    Thank you. I’m the granny healer in my home. Honey, lavender oil and infusions. Rosemary or Cinnamon with honey are my favourites.

  13. Pamela Sue Parvati says:

    I have a couple of favorites…ik a bunch but I will mention two! First the papaya enzymes for an upset stomach. I have had to keep my kiddos from eating them as a candy treat so it isn’t too hard to entice them ~ even with a yucky tummy. Second is the gargle I use. Salt water, apple cider vinegar and some honey. I feel that the ACV kills what ever is lurking back there, the salt water thins it out from straight ASV and the honey soothes/coats the throat ;and makes the taste better too.

  14. Jane Pesavento says:

    First, Thanks Nick, for your blog and your site!!!! Yes, I have used these medicines for years. I take garlic everyday-Raw. It’s been in a container with some olive oil to soften it. I also use apple cider vinegar as a drink in the morning ad use it for cleaning. You always have such Great information on your site. I love getting the emails from you. This makes a Great Beginning to my day every day that i receive them. You are Very Much Appreciated!!!! Again, Many Thanks……

    Ciao,

    Jane

  15. mercy says:

    Wonderful, 100% with you. I’m from Ecuador

  16. CK Carson says:

    The granny healer would be me! Been using the backyard dandelion for many years.

  17. valarie says:

    I am the herb and tea lady.everyone but people in my family try my concoctions.my kids are happy they have a mother who can help them feel better.Thank you for helping me help others.

  18. Susanne Spring says:

    Just a delightful article. I also come from Italian heritage and was raised with some really good home cooked food. I remember something about dandelion greens being good for you. I think someone went out and gathered them…so here I go to carry on the tradition.
    thanks a bunch, Susanne

  19. Cher says:

    Hi, I have used fresh garlic for years on wounds/sores. It stings a bit at first, but I bandage it on and in no time the sore is gone – great stuff. Apple cider vinegar and a touch of honey are great pH adjusters too as well as a great hair rinse. I will have to try the dandelion root tea as presently all my dandelion leaves go next door to the neighbor’s tortoise. Thank you for sharing so that we all evolve in a positive direction.

  20. Louise says:

    My mother and aunt always used Apple cider vinegar, they lived to be 89 and 92 respectively with few ailments and clear minds. I am going to try the dandelion root tea for the liver.
    Keep the information coming-thanks and blessings for a good day.

  21. Annick Hollender says:

    I am the granny healer…and chiropractor of te family.
    Your remedies I’ve used an prescibed to my patients with much success.
    I LOVE your info!!!keep up the good work!!
    Annick

  22. shirley says:

    Wow, the garlic is really intense. Tried putting on crackers and drinking milk afterwards. Love all your remedies. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Maureen says:

    Boil an egg then eat it shell and all. Crush the shell if you wish. It is made of easily digested calcium.

  24. Walther Dalence says:

    Great info, consolidates the ones I read before.
    Ultimate morning tea: grated ginger and turmeric roots, hot water, dent de lion tea, apple cider vinegar, lemon and honey and a sliced raw garlic. Do it everyday and feel like a superman. And loose extra fatty pounds. Great alkaline anti cancer ingredients.

  25. Kim says:

    type your comment here…Great information! Thank you! Kim

  26. diane says:

    Knew about the Garlic and dandelion, and a little about the vinegar. In clearing our land (working on edible/medicinal plants/trees only. We research he tree, the Crepe Myrtle (banaba) tree. Is also know for aiding with diabetes. Making a tea of it’s leaves.

  27. Dana Yares says:

    I love you blog, it’s one of the only ones I read top to bottom when it comes out. It’s full of useful information without all the “filler”. Thank you so much and keep writing!

  28. Beverly Kendrick says:

    I agree with you! Ieat as healthy as I can. I want to do a barrel garden. I have everything but the barrel. The ones I find are quite pricey. I’m still looking.

    Peace and Joy,
    Beverly Kendrick

  29. Marilyn says:

    I’m inspired to begin investigating medicinal relationship with everything that is growing in my yard! Thank you for the idea 🙂

  30. silvia says:

    nice..i have all of these in my home and use them regularly. we make dandelion tinture every year , and also this year are trying dandelion in oil to use as a massage oil. apparently its good for sore muscles, aches, pains…::)

  31. gina says:

    I love the article. One question though. I’ve heard that you should use some caution in using garlic as it can actually wipe out some of the good bacteria. Thoughts?

  32. Suzy Holman says:

    I confess, it is me! I have not been successful at getting most of my family to try dandelion greens or even raw honey with raw garlic in it, but it is in my frig, and I use it when necessary..it works! I also have been growing herbs for teas for a number of years in Indiana. I moved to Oklahoma two summers ago and am still trying to learn the gardening ways. Have eaten the dandelion greens here in an omelet, though! Lambs quarters are just coming up!

  33. Mercy says:

    Bravo Nick,
    I am 84 years old and can still recall that we never went to the doctor, (we were too poor and it was the Depression) but my Grandmother always had “hierbas” or herbs that she used to heal anything and everything!

  34. Sarah says:

    Thank you Nick, very interesting ,you just confirmed my belief in our good garlic is for the body, plus the dandelion and cider vinegar. Thanks.

  35. Beena says:

    I’m the “granny healer” in my house! I love your ideas and tips too. So for the garlic just peel a bulb and chew it up? Willing to try this and I also heard that this keeps mosquitos away from you!

    type your comment here…

    • Carolyn says:

      When i feel the first signs of a sore throat I break off a small piece of garlic clove big enough to stay lodged in my ears. Overnight can knock those bugs right out!

  36. Beena says:

    I’m the “granny healer” in my house! I love your ideas and tips too. So for the garlic just peel a bulb and chew it up? Willing to try this and I also heard that this keeps mosquitos away from you!

    type your comment here…

  37. Jeannette says:

    Yes, anytime I start to feel congested I put a clove of garlic in my mouth. Works every time. Thanks for reminding us of what’s so close, like dandelions.

  38. Juan Trigo says:

    Your generosity in providing this quality, important information is appreciated.

  39. Maria says:

    Thanks Nick! This has inspired me to reinstate my daily warm water, raw apple cider vinegar, raw honey and crushed garlic drink and to go dandelion hunting!

  40. Surele says:

    :Nick – your posts are just awefome. Keep going strong – you’re influencing our world!

  41. Kathy says:

    Love this, always looking for alternative medicine. I was juicing, but I have messed up my juicer. I did get some raw beet juice down me along with ginger root. I think the beet juice should help my gall bladder. I have some Bragg’s vinegar, love it. Also having a positive attitude helps also. Thanks.

  42. Kathy says:

    Love this, always looking for alternative medicine. I was juicing, but I have messed up my juicer. I did get some raw beet juice down me along with ginger root. I think the beet juice should help my gall bladder. I have some Bragg’s vinegar, love it. Also having a positive attitude helps also. Thanks.

  43. Carol says:

    Enjoy reading your interesting research into the healing power of herbs.

  44. Tulip says:

    I am the healer in our home. I wonder if our neighbors might think us a little daft for letting our dandelions have free reign here in suburbia, but the bees love them and so do we.
    I love your blog and your views on plants.
    Thank you.

  45. Sylvie says:

    Nick, thank you for your good advice. I will change my CPV to the one you suggested and will buy organic dandelion to mixed in my salad (unfortunately I do not have a garden. I am looking forward to your next blog.
    question: I have high cholesterol and I am pre-diabetic. How much apple cider vinegar should I drink a day ?
    Blessing to you

  46. cristina says:

    La curandera en mi casa es mi hija Nidia y yo. She is a truly healer with M>d. license and doing some work with leeches are you familiar with them?

  47. DAVID says:

    how do we fix dandelion so we can ear it…

  48. DAVID says:

    how do we fix it.. the dandelion.

  49. Clare says:

    Thanks, Nick, for the confirmation about Garlic and for me new info about apple cider vinegar -both are in my kitchen! Wonderful! Thanks for all you do!

  50. Franny says:

    Thank you for all you do. You are a gift to all.

  51. Donna says:

    Would you consider Kombucha to have the same benefits as Apple Cider Vinegar?

  52. Rosanna says:

    Thank you for this information. I was just reading about ACV yesterday. According to what I was reading just 2 TB in 8 oz of water right before bed will reduce ones blood sugar level by 4-6 percent by morning. Wow, such power. I also read that for diabetics it is suggested that one take 2 TB ACV with 8oz water before each meal. Your information goes in alignment with this information. I am on my way to buy some Braggs right now and to tell the Pharmacist to hold off on the Metformin. Thank you again.

  53. Meredith Graff says:

    Me too, Nick! My dad was a Ph.D. botanist and in his elder years, he was interested in the healing properties of plants. He became friends with Gary Young, of Young Living Essential Oils and shared a lot of his knowledge with Gary (at no cost to Gary) which has made Gary a very rich man. My dad was unexpectedly killed in a freak accident in 2009. After he died, I retrieved his essential oils, frankincense and myrrh resins, and his Chinese wolfberries (goji) and took them home. I sense I was a healer/shaman in one of my past lives. In this life, I am a lawyer and am a Reiki Master, which is a difficult juxtaposition for my clients and my colleagues. Nevertheless, what my Reiki training adds to my law practice is immeasurable and so valuable.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I loved the movie, Sacred Science, and am enjoying your blogs!

    Best wishes,
    Meredith McKell Graff
    Vancouver, WA
    (www.mckellgraff.com)

    • Sheila Murrey says:

      Great story about your dad helping Gary Young with information! So sorry to hear that your dad has crossed over but it must be so honoring for you to know the how many people have benefitted from YLEO’s over the years! Gary stoodc on very strong shoulders, as we all do, in order to learn and progress. Blessings in ALL ways to you!

  54. Shirley says:

    I’ve used the apple cider vinegar and it truly is a miracle worker . My daughter has always praised raw garlic as the best go to herb. I will try to supplement my salads with the dandelion greens. Thanks for the info.

  55. vonda says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. I have a question about the dandelion. How do I prepare ? Do i use the root or the hold plant

  56. DStrode says:

    Excellent accurate info.

  57. allene says:

    Please show the amounts one would use in making your herbs, I would use the apple cider vinegar but how much?

  58. Rochelle says:

    I am… Thanks!

  59. Marisol says:

    Excellent info. Thank you so much. I come from a family of healers and I’m just starting this journey, fascinating and so loving. I would like to know how do you recommend drinking the vinegar, i tried 1tbs diluted in a glass of water 1st thing in the morning, but after sometime i started having pain in my stomach, it was too strong for me. Thanks again.

  60. Anna says:

    What parts of the dandelion do you use for what? and how do you use them? Like tea, or eating the leaves. The dandelions in my yard are small.

  61. Jane says:

    Nick, what do you think the best way to use Apple Cider Vinegar is?

  62. fariba says:

    Thank you Nick for the usefull information

  63. Travis Faulkner says:

    Nick, thanks for all the great information, and i share your views and the way the world
    has become perverted thru big Pharma and Government lobbied ppoliticians.
    We need to wake others up and start looking after our planet and Bodies .
    Knowledge is power.

  64. khali says:

    Hi, great article, do you know what can heal headaches i have been having one for two days and don’t want to take any medicine. Please!!!

    • Ushonah Hutchings says:

      Tapping for pain @ the tappingsolution.com could help, water with Apple Cider vinegar or lemon juice added first thing in the morning and a liver cleanse for a week or two .

  65. Roree says:

    It is spring here in Maine and soon the dandelions will be everywhere. My grandmother used to dig dandelion greens as well as give us kids all sorts of “mixtures” and tonics. One had black strap molasses. Now I know that has a lot of iron in it. We used to go down to the edge of a salt water area and she dug up some kind of grass. Looking back I can see that she did have a ton of wisdom she grew up with not having immediate access to doctors.

  66. Phyllis says:

    type your comment here..I use onion and garlic plus ACV in my salad almost every day or whenever I eat one. This enhances taste and is very healthful. Make sure your salads are
    organic.

  67. Phyllis says:

    I forgot to add to the previous message: ACV comes in a glass bottle, the Amino Acids come in plastic. Paul Bragg’s ACV is very expensive. I buy Trader Joes and it is organic and murky. Tastes delicious and reasonable. price. Thanks

  68. Cristina says:

    Thank you for the info , I did not know about the last healing plant that you mentioned . I learned something new . Thanks again ..

  69. Michael Graham says:

    How does one prepare dandelion root tea
    And how many times a day

  70. Dell says:

    Thanks Nick. I’m really enjoying your posts. I’m the healer in in my family. Will add the cider vinegar to my list of concoctions One that I recommend often when people are feeling like they’re coming down with something is a tea with sage and thyme, for it’s the herbs in the chicken soup that make us feel better, not the chicken. A bit of humour around the raw garlic. When I was pregnant I came down with a cold, someone told me about the raw garlic so I was downing quite a lot with my orange juice. There was nothing subtle about passing gas after that, everyone would have to clear the room! Perhaps it was the amount I ingested. It also drove the cold away.

  71. Roger Kolp says:

    Hi Nick , I live in Brazil where Dengue fever is prevalent and we use marigold tea to cure it . The tea rebuilds the white blood cells in a few hours and cures Dengue in a day or two. The Aztecs used it 2000 years ago. It will work for any virus and is unbelievable. Please pass this information on to your listeners and try it yourself the next time you feel a cold coming on . You can grow it in the summer and keep it in the freezer for winter use. Just put the leaves,stems , and even flowers in boiling water and boil for 3 to 5 minutes. Then drink as much as you can of the warm tea for a day or so.

  72. Consuelo says:

    Awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. edna says:

    Thanks for the reminders Nick! My family has been using remedios caseros for as long as I can remember…Thank you abuelas!…Brightest blessings to you Nick and yours…e*

  74. Maria says:

    I appreciate your highlighting these simple and accessible remedies found right within our reach! Every spring (or when needed) I make a large pot of dandelion soup. I use a full bunch of dandelions, a bulb of fennel, some carrots and celery root and spice it with cayenne, ginger root & garlic. Sometimes, I add in a shot of raw apple cider vinegar and a pureed tomato at the end while the soup is just sitting. this seems to work well to cleanse my system after a winter of heavier eating. After reading your article, I will add a bit more vinegar and raw garlic straight to the bowl!

  75. Leonor says:

    type your comment here…Hi Nick thanks for all the info you provide us with. I love taking care of myself the natural way, not that it’s easy! Most of this stuff is bitter but I rather have this than medicine that has 1001 side affects and addictions. And yes, I’m the granny healer in my family. Thanks looking forward to the next email. XOXO

  76. Ushonah Hutchings says:

    Thanks Nick, I am the granny healer in our family and love this and how mother nature provides and supports us to do this . I have just started on a garlic and lemon minced with filtered water mix , to clear plaque from the body and am looking forward to the health benefits !

  77. Matangaro says:

    Thank you Nick for the email. Keep up the good work. As a child should have paid attention when I use to collect herbs for my mothers remedies.

  78. Laura Willett says:

    Hi Nick, Thank you for your article. I thoroughly enjoy all your posts. I guess I am the granny healer in our house. My Dad is turning 85, this year – a big believer in garlic – extremely healthy, in mind and body. I tend to seek an alternative therapy or remedy before I even consider anything else. I guess he has had that influence. It is so true that we tend to seek out the exotic and strange before looking in our own backyard. Love your passion and your selfless sharing of knowledge. Un abraccio.

  79. Haydée says:

    Sorry to bother you here but I could not find out how to contact you for changing my email. For now on please use this instead the gmail : [email protected] . Once again excuse me for using may be the wrong place. Very truly yours. Haydee

  80. Leonie says:

    Naturally fresh foods are most likely how to get a flat stomach in one month help you attain. Drink plenty of water to stay
    hydrated and minimize bloating caused by water retention. This helps to improve digestion and allows your
    brain to receive the “I’m full” signal quicker before you stuff in too much food.

  81. Cindy says:

    Thanks Nick, love this email and looking forward to more .

  82. Barbara says:

    Well, I have to admit the granny healer is me. Since I was a child I paid attention to what my mom and other older adults said and did when someone was ill. As I got older I began reading and traveling to learn as much as I could from healers. I love that I can share what I have Learned and am learning with others.

  83. Melinda says:

    I agree there are medicinal plants all around us.

  84. T James says:

    I’ve found that dandelion wine is very good for fighting colds or the flu.

  85. Kirsten says:

    I am the granny healer in this house 🙂

  86. carmel callaghan says:

    firm believe in herbal remedies.

  87. Lyn says:

    Thank you for the e-book.

  88. June Nadyne says:

    Hello Nick, I am also eager to take on the role of healer in my family. Love healing others. My garden is overflowing with beautiful dandelions! Thank you for this wonderful information about these ancient medicines…..Namasté from Vancouver Island

  89. Tina says:

    Hola Nick ,un abrazo para ti tambien,I am the granny healer in my family ,but nobody listens .

  90. Maria says:

    Hi nick
    Thank you for this information. It’s always good to learn the other side of foods and flowers. Please send more. Learning in small snatches is great. Sometimes too much knowledge is overwhelming and we tend to put aside.
    Thanks for all your effort with sacred science it’s brilliant and much needed in the world.
    Maria

  91. Kai Helmich says:

    I always have grown up with the belief that garlic is a powerful healer and tastes amazing! But lately I have heard from the buddhist direction that they would not use garlic as it distorts brain functions? Do you know anything about that? I certainly agree that it makes you want more, ie. improves cravings!

  92. Rachael says:

    Nick, that was so funny about your reference to a golden retriever. I am the healer in our home – I help my huskies and horses and myself and encourage my family to use safe alternatives to medicines. There’s a combination I wanted to share with you that works wonderfully. Take a 1/2 cup of honey 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and crush 8 cloves of garlic..mix in a mason jar and take 2 teaspoons in a glass of water daily – this keeps bugs away, you can put over your pets food also. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks – possibly longer but mine doesn’t last too long – it keeps colds away and obviously boosts the immune system.

  93. holly says:

    Thank you for your information regarding ancient herbal medines…as i am in the process of becoming a medicine woman

  94. Charlene says:

    … If like to say it is me who is the granny healer.. In fact as a child a family friend nicknamed me Gran’…. I’m new to the awakenings of my surroundings and how whole, good food can heal almost every ailment. So I love learning more about the weeds, flowers and veges that are native to my surroundings!

  95. Marguerite says:

    Thanks Nick. I enjoy your posts. I use and get the benefits of these herbs. Trying to coach the family into using these and other herbs too.

  96. Kimmy Smith says:

    Thank you for this post.. I eat garlic and vinegar every day… However the dandelion is growing like crazy in my backyard and I forget to harvest and use it… I’m going to try some this weekend make tea and such.. I saw Spirit Science a few weeks ago and loved it thank you for the inspiration! Reminds me of an amazing beautiful place I co-founded in the Sonoran Desert called Windspirit Community I’ve never seen so many edible and medicinal plants ever!! windspiritcommunity.org

    • Kimmy Smith says:

      Oh and Nick if you or friends are ever in Arizona on the Eastern side you are most welcomed to some and stay!!!

  97. Sheila Murrey says:

    Nicely researched and presented article! My grandmother used to use Dandelion greens, among others, but I never knew why! I have used Garlic (both fresh and in capsules) for years to clear asthma and congestion! ACV too! I totally agree! Blogger and author of ALL things Natural health and wellness, Sheila. bravo!

  98. Joan Weed says:

    Thank you

  99. Donna says:

    I have read that dandelion is not good for gallstones. I can’t remember if it was leaves, root or both.
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  100. Zeny says:

    Nick, thanks a lot for the information

  101. Liza says:

    Honey, thyme, witch hazel, ginger, peppermint, so many everyday pantry items that have valuable healing potential! Dandelion wine is a nice way to tap it’s potential! Great information everyone! Blessings all!

  102. Mike says:

    When it comes to the root of the dandelion do you dig it up and just boil it? The rest we have in our home.

  103. Vanessa Baker says:

    Hello Nick I have a question can just pull a whole dandelion up roots and all and boil it to make my tea.

  104. Angie says:

    Interesting

  105. bingul malmberg says:

    I am the golden retriever in my family

  106. Kim Cataldo Thompson says:

    That would be me – the granny that is! I just made dandelion tincture on the new Moon
    (Saturday). Check out some of my awesome dandelion recipes
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    You may also see pictures of my love of dandelions and wild edibles on my Instagram
    Organicgardengirl3 🙂 loved your article!

  107. Mary says:

    Love the Information thank you

  108. Darla says:

    I am the resident healer and massues lol.

  109. Maricarmen says:

    type your comment here…I love your posts!! great info! I would love to have a book from my great great great grandmother with all those recipes!!! Those were the days where no GMO’s no toxins, no medicines existed, except mother nature.

  110. Lynne says:

    Just to add to the list – cider vinegar and honey – a tablespoon of both in a glass of water has helped arthritis in my hands.

  111. Joseph manuel says:

    thanks nick i love raw garlic and caint wait to grow my own.

  112. Anna says:

    Thank you So much for this info about garlic, apple cider vinegar and dandelium. Garlic is and the vinegar will be a staple in my house.

  113. Lorrie says:

    And you gave us all a gift, three simple remedies. Let us bang the drums of happiness. Thank you.

  114. Jen Parkin says:

    Thanks for these. Really helpful and good of you to share

  115. celia says:

    Always interested in herbal medicine. This is a great opportunity to gain knowledge.

  116. bev says:

    canyou eat the andelion flowers as well? I imagine they would look good in a salad or as a tea.

  117. Gloria says:

    I wish I had written down the Herbs my Great Grandmother passed down; the families still use the ones we can remember. Aren’t they awesome I love when you print your articles that are so great for our health. Thank you

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  141. Stephanie Gagnon says:

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