Category Archives: Colon Cleansing

7 Detox Tips for Successful Colon Cleansing

colon cleansingMany people greet the New Year with a burst of enthusiasm and a new resolve to start their health and fitness on a new footing. That's why Gyms start their year jam packed and only in February see who is there for the long run.

For some it's the Gym and for others their focus is on…the bathroom! Colon cleansing has received lots of attention over the last few years and has spread from circles of Naturopathy and herbal geeks to be much more mainstream.

Much of the writing though has been done without the benefit of expertise or experience so here I am pulling lots of useful info together – gathered from my experience of doing this stuff for 30 years and professional training in Nutritional therapy and Naturopathy.

So if Colon Cleansing is one of Your New Year Resolutions this is what you need to know

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Castor Oil Magic For Detox and Healing

organic castor oilCastor Oil has a big reputation as a home remedy and very long usage in India where the Castor plant grows and from there spread to the West. In time, healers, Naturopaths and herbalists all picked up on the power of Castor Oil to help healing along in many different ways.

All the same there are many misconceptions about the oil and I graduated from several professional level Natural Health trainings without any lessons or even mention of Castor Oil and only learned about it in an unofficial apprenticeship with an experienced Polarity Therapist who was working in Sydney at the time.

So I've condensed a lot of good advice down to these 6 points so please ask me any questions I have not covered here.

Seven Tips To Help You Make the Most of Castor Oil

 

  1. Do not swallow it and never, ever take Castor Oil by mouth!

    All of the power of Castor Oil is obtained by topical use – straight on to the skin.

    If you are silly enough – as I was once – to swallow some then you will have to spend some extra time in the bathroom. I took a sip of what I thought was water and realised quickly what I had done. It was only a sip but it still made a difference to my bowel movements over the next day or so.

    Why this happens is because there is one natural chemical in the oil which irritates the inner lining of the gut. To deal with the irritation the body moves water into the gut to dilute and expel the cause.

    This is how the body deals with parasites. Yes this does produce bowel movements but it also irritates a vital tissue and produces dehydration. Neither of these is good and so please never take Castor Oil by mouth!

    Ever!

    And to cure constipation we should take extra vitamin C – at least 1 gram a day. Many Naturopaths and Nutritionists take about 5 grams a day and have done so for decades. It is very hard to get constipated if you get the proper amount of this vital vitamin!

    Cleaning up the diet will also cure constipation. Eating more vegetables and more fruit daily does the trick. Government advice is to take 5 a day and much better advice is 9 a day.

     

  2. Castor Oil for the skin.

    Now we're talking! Castor oil is a wonderfully safe and effective skin oil. You can use it on cuts and scrapes and wounds of just about any kind. Wash the wound first of course but then Castor Oil will help the healing.

    It is also great for the hair and can be used as a massage oil with a punch!

    It has real power to increase the drainage in the area covered. So if you have painful or arthritic joints a massage once or twice a day with Castor oil is simple easy and effective. If that does not give you the relief you want then boost your vitamin C, add more veggies to your diet and get to see a Naturopath to get 1 on 1 help.
     

  3. The Castor Oil Pack This is the most powerful way to benefit from the healing power of Castor Oil. It is simple to put together and use although a little messy – you are using a skin oil after all! And although Castor Oil is wonderful for the skin it will mark cloths and towels and bedding so some people use old sheets and towels used exclusively for their Castor Oil packs.
     

  4. Now for the “How To”

    Warm Castor oil is poured onto a wool or cotton cloth. You can use any clean scrap of cloth or tea towel or buy a new one! The gentlest way to warm the oil is to stand the castor oil bottle in a dish or hot water. Do not heat the oil directly!

    The cloth with Castor Oil on it is placed on top of a sheet of “Cling film” / Plastic wrap or similar. The only purpose of this is to keep the oil where you want it.

    A big towel is the final layer of the pack. Once the warm oil has been applied to the cloth all 3 layers are picked up and wrapped around the area to be treated.

    That is usually the lower abdomen – around and below the navel or can be around a knee joint or shoulder or the neck. I know that many place the pack near the liver but this is not sensible in my view. The pack works on the lymphatics and they focus on the colon!

    A heat pad or hot water bottle is generally used to help the process along. Whatever source of heat you use, do take care not to use uncomfortable levels of heat and to use equipment safely.

    During the Castor Oil pack relaxation and snoozing or at least sitting still is advised. The packs are used for an hour or so at a time then the parts can be stored away. Only a little oil is used each time so a bottle will give several treatments.

    Very busy people who cannot find time during their day for a Castor Oil Pack go to bed with Castor Oil packs on but remember my caution about marking towels and sheets!

    It is fine to use 2 Castor Oil packs at once to treat different areas of the body at the same time.
     

  5. Lymphatic Drainage

    Half of the body's circulation gets all the limelight and that is the Cardiovascular system. The other half is largely ignored and that is the lymphatic circulation.

    The people who do pay attention to it are the Naturopaths and herbalists and doing so is one of the secrets to healing fast and fully.

    The main power of the Castor Oil Pack and all applications of Castor oil works through the lymphatic system. By encouraging drainage from inflammations and fresh blood to the inflamed area healing is accelerated.

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    Castor Oil Powers

    Whether you apply Castor Oil to the skin by hand or via a Pack you are using the fact that Castor Oil is anti-biotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal and you have a very powerful natural remedy with a very wide range of uses.

  7. Buy Organic! Whether you want to have a bottle at hand for everyday scrapes or to use in Castor Oil Packs as part of a healing or Detox Programme it is best to use Organic Castor Oil. Even though Castor Oil should not be taken internally by mouth – see point 1 above – you still want a pure oil for your skin. The photo opening this post is the Castor Oil I use and is available in local shops here in the UK. I have also used Heritage brand Castor Oil and that is distributed in the US and via Amazon.com

Heritage organic castor oilSo that is my seven point summary of the uses and benefits of Castor Oil. Please do chime in below with your experience and questions.

 

Where to Start My Detox? Part 3 – After Colon Cleansing

Detox - step b y Step Where to Start My Detox? Is such an excellent question that it has taken 2 blog posts so far to answer it.

Part One is here and Part Two is here

We start Detox by raising the quality of our diet. We do this by increasing the number of Superfoods in our diet and decreasing the number of junk foods – by choosing to exclude junk foods such as sugar, sodas, fries and burgers.

So far, so good!

Then we focus on preparing ourselves for the Detox by healing the gut with a simple combo of gut healing foods, nutrients and herbs.

Only then can we successfully get down to detox.

We started in Part 2 with detoxing or cleansing the colon. My first choice for colon cleaning is the Robert Gray Colon Cleansing Programme.

Suppose you spend 2 months or longer doing that – what's next?

After Colon Cleansing…..

After detoxing the colon or even before – you decide how thoroughly you want to detox.

If you want a simple procedure that is easy to follow then you can just use a general detoxer such as Capra cleanse which is the simplest detox formula I have found with a credible combination of detox nutrients and herbs.

But if you want a thorough detox of the colon in particular then you start your detox with a colon cleanse and then move on to a detox of the Kidneys and Liver.

So you could decide to use the Robert Gray Colon Cleanse and then use Capra cleanse to detox your kidney and Liver.

Or you could use the extremely thorough detox programme designed by Jon Barron which has a number of detox teas and tinctures which focus in turn on the colon, then the kidney and then in the liver.

You don't often see these options spelled out like this because these decisions are generally made in a 1 on 1 with a Naturopath.

There are other options too – which I have discussed in my detox books.

There are some people who just want the most thorough, deep and far reaching detox they can get and there are other people who want the simplest option they can find.

I have tried to find a way of providing the way forward for each type but it gets a little complicated sometimes that's for sure.

If you have never done a detox before I'd suggest you consider doing the Robert Gray and follow it up with Capra cleanse.

And if you have extra questions about Detox feel free to ask them in a comment at the end of this post.

And if you have a Detox method that you think I should have covered do share it!

 

Is This 3 Step Method the Best Parasite Cleanse?

wormlike parasiteParasites are those nasty things that only other people get, right? Wrong – parasites are all around us and within us too. They are very common so it makes sense on a blog about Natural Detox to discuss the topic.

Still we'd be shocked and embarrassed if we found out that we had parasites and needed a parasite cleanse. We expect to de worm our pet dogs every so often but we somehow fail to recognise that we are vulnerable too.

Since we are all vulnerable let's just take a look at the details and then move on to a 3 Step Treatment.

What exactly is a Parasite?

Parasites are organisms that live on us or in us entirely for their own benefit. Viruses and bacteria are parasites that we are used to hearing about and provoke no particular emotional response but fleas, tapeworms and flukes are another matter entirely.

How Did I get Parasites?

Some like pinworms, also called threadworms, you can get just by touching someone who has pinworms already. Others you can get from pets. And we can get them from food too, especially meat.None of this means that people who have worm are dirty or unhealthy.

How do I get rid of them?

The obvious answer is to reach for taint-helminthic herbs. Having parasites is an ancient problem and many herbs are known for their traditional use against parasites.

Whether or not you reach for the anti-parasite herbs immediately is a moot point and can only be decided with professional guidance but unless you have an emergency I'd advise a 3 step approach.

Why 3 Steps to a Parasite Cleanse?

It is the same basic reasoning described in my Detox book. I mention parasites briefly in there but they really are a special issue and rather separate from Detox. But the same logic holds, so here goes…..
 

Step 1

This takes a few days to a few weeks depending on how fast you want to clean your diet up. For intestinal worms getting your diet right is a major step to eliminating the parasites.

I'd recommend a vegetarian diet for a while and I'd include a liberal amount of garlic, pumpkin seeds and cayenne pepper.

Other obvious foods would include real yogurt –live yogurt with no fruit in it and other fermented foods such as sauerkraut too. This helps to create an environment in your body that is very kind to your stomach and guts and unfriendly to the parasites.


Step 2

Before launching into killing the parasites we need to prepare the gut at least a little. Either take a well-designed formula for healing and strengthening the gut such as Permatrol or a personal treatment protocol from your health professional.

Step 3

Now you are ready or as ready as you ever will be! The purpose of the first 2 steps is partially to protect you from the side effects of dealing with the parasites because if the treatment kills the worms or eggs then you will have dead and dying parasites in your body until they are expelled in your faeces or dealt with by your immune system.

These dead critters in your system may produce symptoms of fever as your body works to protect itself.

Why is this Method the Best Parasite Cleanse?

So let's imagine you read that the way to be rid of parasites is to take a traditional herb like Wormwood. Taking that without going through the 2 previous steps of cleaning up and optimizing your diet and healing your gut exposes you to extra toxins and risk for no good reason.

That, in a nutshell is why this 3 Step Process is the best parasite cleanse!

Other Cleaning Techniques you can use

Before we get down to herbals let's just remind you of a couple of solid cleansing techniques – enemas and minerals baths.

Each of these is a complete blog post on its own and I have described both in my book. My advice for enemas is to do 2 brief enemas with pure water and follow up with one in which you use liquid chlorophyll in the enema liquid or any mild and suitable herbal tea.

For the mineral bath popping a cupful of Epsom salts in your bath water is a super simple and effective cleanser. Half a cup of sodium bicarb is an optional extra.

So now we turn to "the big guns" the anti-helminthic herbs. Please note carefully that you cannot use these herbs during pregnancy!

As may be expected you have a decision to take. You can either go herb shopping and buy a whole slew of herbs such as Wormwood, Black walnut, Tansy and Quassia amongst others.

Or…

My advice has always been to go for a well-designed formula with a decent track record from a reliable source.

If you have a good herbal supplier near you then by all means see what they have to offer. This anti-parasite product is a good example of what to look for.

It is a Dr.Christopher product and that name carries a lot of weight amongst herbalists

The ingredients are Black Walnut Leaf, Fennel Seed, Senna Leaf, Tansy Herb, Tame Sage Leaf, Wormwood Herb, Malefern & Wild Sage Leaf. It is available on the Dr. Christopher website and at a lower price on Amazon

Other possible products are the Now Foods Black Walnut Wormwood Complex and the Parasites & Worms Remedy by Grandma's Herbs.

Good luck to you and do check back and let me know how you get on with your remedies!
 

Resources Mentioned

Dr. Christophers Formulas Herbal Parasite Syrup

Now Foods Black Walnut Wormwood Extract

Grandma's Herbs Parasites and Worms Remedy

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