Decoctions and Infusions

by Theo Cranston

Hi Rick,

I recently watched your videos on youtube and have since favorited your website to my computer. I've always been into herbs and nature. I have a question I am hoping you can answer regarding some specific herbs I am currently using. They are "cascara sagrada", "plantain leaf" (which I have already seen your youtube video on) and "barkerry bark". These are apparently good for colon cleansing, however I have seen online that cascara sagrada needs to be aged as younger bark can cause problems if consumed over a long time.

How can I tell the age of a bark and the strength?

Also, would you advise making a tincture for these?

I also came across some liver cleansing herbs, "chanca piedra" (also for the kidneys and gallbladder), "milk thistle", "dandelion root" and "globe artichoke". I am interested in making a tea to heal 2 lesions in my liver but I am unsure of a few things.

Firstly, what part of the milk thistle would you advise using for the liver? Some online articles say the seed has the healing property for the liver, others say the leaves are just as good. I have found a UK based outlet which supplies both but I am unsure which to use or if it is ok to use both?

Second, which part of the globe artichoke can I use? I have recently purchased dried leaves and am unsure of how to identify it for myself.

Thirdly, do you know of any reputable and trusted UK based outlets for herbs and also any reputable sources of knowledge and information?

Finally, would you recommend making a tincture with the above herbs?

Finally, on tinctures, can you make a tincture with more than one herb together or would you advise separate tinctures for separate herbs?

God bless and kindest regards


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Mar 16, 2015
Herbs and Lemons for great health NEW
by: Glenn Roberts

Hi there Theo,
I wanted to ask you Theo, have you found taking herbs too toxic for some ailments?
I know everyone is different and some things work for some and not others. I too have tried many herbs to cure many ailments that I and the family have been challenged with over the years. The achievements have been few and long coming, but a positive outcome none the less.
I find that some herbs can leave the body with a very toxic and acidy condition ending in sometimes a dangerous detox. There are benefits from a detox, but if the body goes through too many of them the benefits are short lived, and the body is over taxed all at one time.
Of late I have found a big benefit from using two table spoons of Virgin coconut oil mixed with half an organic lemon. It’s also great sprinkled over a salad if you find it hard to just drink mixed with water.
These two components have made my body feel great with some very good achievements along the way.

I think we can underestimate the abilities of the common lemon in our daily diet. The benefits are huge.
• Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
• Lemons contain pectin fibre which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial
• It balances maintain the pH levels in the body
• Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins
• It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile
• It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium
• It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases
• It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid
• It helps cure the common cold
• The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells
• It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute
• It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief
• It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne
• It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems
• Aids in the production of digestive juices
• Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session

There is much a common backyard lemon can do for the health of one’s family.
"Hope this info has been as helpful as the benefits we have achieved from our humble backyard lemons."

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