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How I Make Raw Liver Pills

Wonder what the rave is about with these red pills? They’re a no-fuss, flavorless way to eat liver! Easy as taking a multi-vitamin; hardest part is just getting in the kitchen to make them. See here for how my family eats liver.

It’s very important to source pasture-raised liver for this recipe. Even better, raise the animal yourself or buy from local farmer who freezes the liver immediately after slaughtering.

Do NOT use conventional supermarket liver. You are consuming these raw, and conventional liver can’t be trusted and is a health risk.

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Home Remedies The Body Ecology Diet

How I Do Castor Packs

Castor oil is both gentle and potent and has the ability to absorb into your skin and various other organs to relieve pain, increase circulation, decrease inflammation, and bring healing to specific parts of the body. One easy way to get all these benefits is with a ‘castor pack’.

My first time doing a pack was after my youngest was born in 2007. I did one every day that first week home from the hospital to get my uterus back in shape. Heavenly! Year later, I used it again for chronic bloating and constipation I was having from yeast overgrowth. A saving grace providing tremendous relief (my castor pack + B.E.D., digestive enzymes, minerals, boluses, and unsalted probiotic food got my health back on track). ❤️

I no longer reach for my pack much these days, but when I do I’m glad to have it. Each member of my family has one as it’s not recommended to share. My husband puts his on his gallbladder when flares. My kids use one on belly for an immunity boost. Mine goes over my liver and lower back when tight. 

My personal favorite is to use the castor pack over my belly or under my lower back while I do a colonic; which typically takes me about 45 minutes to an hour, the perfect time for a pack 😉 If one of us gets a cough, we lay the pack right over the lungs.

Sprains

I recently sprained my ankle and was in horrendous pain. I put a wool sock on, drizzled with castor oil, and slipped this on my foot with plastic bag over to prevent my bed sheets from getting oily. I did this for 2 nights and healed so quick from an injury that typically would have taken days to bounce back from.

Lymphatic Cleanser

Beauty of a castor pack is it stimulates/cleanses lymphatic system of fluid; which is basically the body’s sewer system where dead cells and debris absorb. The lymphatic system brings this fluid and waste to the liver and spleen for filtering. If lymph system is slow to circulate, lymph fluid can stagnant and you may notice digestive or immune issues (i.e. allergies, constipation). Using castor oil topically gets the lymphatic system moving to clean things up.

How I make a castor pack:

Materials Needed

Castor Oil (high-quality, cold-pressed, preferably organic)
Cotton flannel “pack” (36” x 10”)
Chuck pad, folded in half or cut to size
Old towel
Heating pad or 11”x 18” FAR infrared blanket

Method

  1. Pour 1-2 tablespoon of castor oil onto the cotton flannel.
  2. Apply to upper right abdomen, under rib-cage/liver OR any area needing treatment.
  3. Cover with a chuck pad and top that with an old towel.
  4. Place heat source on top of towel (high enough to feel warmth on skin without burning).
  5. Relax for 30-90 minutes while the skin absorbs the oil.
  6. Remove pack and rinse off area with 2 tsp baking soda/1 pint water and paper towels.

Tips & Tricks

  • Once you’re comfortable using a pack, consider investing in a castor pack holder.
  • Lay a chuck pad under you while doing a pack to protect the surface (castor oil stains).
  • Wait a few hours after eating to do a pack to loosen toxicity and obstructions in tract.
  • Castor packs are good before bed while reading. Keep a bag next to bed, so when ready to fall asleep, you can drop materials into bag without getting up.
  • For max benefit for non-acute issue, use pack 3 consecutive nights/week with 4th week off. Repeat 2 cycles, take week off, continue 1x/week until symptoms subsides.
  • Acute situations: 30″ for 5 nights, 2 nights off, repeat cycle for 2 weeks until feel better.
  • Individual response differ depending on symptoms; please consult with your doctor.
  • Castor packs can be used many times; you don’t need to rinse or clean between uses.
  • Store pack in glass jar in fridge; add fresh castor oil before each use, discard after 6-12 months.

*A castor pack works for general aches and decrease inflammation, especially for flu, eye infections, abscesses, hair loss, headaches, epilepsy, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, constipation, intestinal obstructions and hyperactivity. Women benefit during fibroids, mastitis, c-section healing, cramps, ovarian cysts, and menses. Use caution if breastfeeding, as castor oil will create a lot of movement which can cause detox through breast-milk. Not for using during pregnancy.

Precautions: Castor oil is broken down by the small intestine into ricinoleic acid; which acts as an irritant to intestinal lining. This is what gives castor oil the ability to reverse constipation. It’s also what can cause digestive discomfort and gastrointestinal effects. Use castor oil with caution with IBS, ulcers, diverticulitis, colitis, hemorrhoids, prolapse, or if you recently had surgery. Do not use pack if you have cancer or open infections without talking to doctor. It’s good to test castor oil on a small part of your arm before use to see if you react negatively.

References
Step-By-Step Castor Oil Pack Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVaCT80TzlY
https://rootnaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/castor-oil-packs-are-good-for-liver-detoxification-and-lymphatic-circulation/
https://shininghealth.com/blog/2012/04/detox-your-body-the-amazing-healing-benefits-of-castor-oil

How to Do Enemas & Why

Food Combining 101

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Placenta Encapsulation

How to Lotus Birth & Encapsulate Placenta

Tara, PBi-Certified Placenta Encapsulationist

If you want to have a lotus birth AND encapsulate, here are three ways to do so:

#1 Way) Keep baby connected to umbilical cord and the placenta for up to 4 hours. This is the easiest way to keep the placenta fit for

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Recipe The Body Ecology Diet

Benefits of Young Coconut Kefir & Pudding

Young green coconut kefir is made from the lightly sweet ‘water’ found inside a Thai baby coconut. You can also make a coconut pudding from the tender meat found in a Thai baby coconut. I have found best success with making both with Body Ecology’s starter*. 

The kefir and the pudding are digestive aids that are rich in magnesium, calcium, essential fatty acids, and beneficial flora (aka probiotics). They are also much cheaper, and effective, than a probiotic supplement

Benefits

  • Rich in enzymes and probiotics
  • Increases energy
  • Eliminates heavy metals
  • Decreases sugar cravings
  • Ease joint pain
  • Calms nerves
  • Clears skin
  • Reverses Candida
  • Rebuilds intestinal flora
  • Helps those with autoimmune issues or going through chemo who are susceptible to yeast overgrowth
  • Regulates hormones
  • Soothes baby’s colic, diaper rash, cradle cap (give to babies young as 2 days old)
  • Discourages GBS overgrowth in birth canal so you can have an antibiotic-free birth
  • Controls cravings
  • Enhances fertility
  • Easier menstrual periods
  • Counteracts side-effects from corticosteroids, birth control pill, and antibiotics
  • Shiny hair (My husband had grey hair. After eating cultured food for a few months, it turned black and soft.)
  • Helpful for anyone on Body Ecology or GAPS Diet

Benefits for Women 

Coconut kefir and pudding cleanses the endocrine system (adrenals, thyroid, pituitary, ovaries). Many women find their menstrual period becomes more clean and healthy after eating these unsalted cultured foods. If you’re prone to pms, you might find that goes away. If you’re experiencing early menopause, you may find your monthly cleansing return again. Breast-milk can become more probiotic-rich with the addition of these foods!

Digestive Issues

When the gut is inflamed or permeable (leaky gut), as is often the case with digestive issues like IBS, Crohn’s, or gluten intolerance then young green coconut kefir and pudding can help because they have anti-inflammatory and cooling properties. These foods soothe and repair the digestive lining.

Yeast Infections

Coconut kefir and pudding are alkalizing and anti-fungal in nature. They are ideal for anyone with a yeast or bacterial infection (i.e. Candida, GBS+) because they keep the gut environment in a correct pH which make pathogenic yeast, like Candida Albicans and Group B Strep bacterium die-off and give good flora an opportunity to thrive again.     

*This is my favorite kefir starter to make both the yck and pudding (recipes below). This starter contains potent strains of probiotics that have been shown to survive the long journey from mouth to gut; where they remain intact, wake up, and keep us strong and healthy in so many ways. Most probiotics get destroyed by antibiotics, fluoride, stomach acid, and chlorinated water before they even reach the gut. 

“I like my mom’s young green coconut kefir better than cookies!” – B.C., age 9, Barre, VT. read more

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Recipe

Benefits of Eating Liver for Women

Women have been eating liver for thousands of years for its revitalizing properties (i.e. replacing iron lost in menstruation, balancing hormones, boosting libido). Traditionally, liver, and other organs, were reserved for women during the childbearing years to promote fertility.

As a Holistic Nutritionist, I consider liver to be the

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Cultured Foods The Body Ecology Diet The Digestive System

Get Cultured: The Benefit of Unsalted, Probiotic Food

The cultured food I am talking about here does not contain salt …. cultured buttercreme fraichecoconut kefir, cultured vegetables; all living foods made with probiotic starter*. NO salt. See more about that bit here.

When you eat unsalted, cultured food, the probiotics in them will go into your gut/inner ecosystem and set up shop where they make babies, grow in population, and essentially build micro-cities the size of New York City in a matter of hours. No joke. Once they settle into your gut lining they are in a position to support you in various beneficial ways.

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