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  • snowplank
    Jul 4, 2003
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      Many thanks Maurice. I could read this stuff all day!

      Paul

      --- In anthroposophy@yahoogroups.com, Maurice McCarthy
      <maurice.mccarthy@b...> wrote:
      > Hi Paul, you asked about Heather and books.
      >
      > I know of none. The only book I saw in her possession was the Royal
      > Horticultural Book of Plants and Herbs. Many of the things she did with
      > herbs were utterly different to the traditional uses listed there.
      She had
      > read all the traditional herbalists, from the ancient Greeks to
      Culpepper
      > etc., and like him used astrology to assist her work, which was her
      life.
      > What infuriated her most was that modern doctors do not abide by the
      > Hippocratic oath and harm their patients deliberately. "Question any
      ward
      > sister closely and you'll see that I am right. Iatrogenic genic
      diseases are
      > rife. Worse, their diagnoses are like the children's game 'pinning
      the tail
      > on the donkey'. They are blind to what is before their eyes. ... The
      most
      > damnable things are radiotherapy and chemotherapy. There is no
      natural cure
      > for the damage they cause. I've racked my brains, tried everything.
      Nothing
      > works. A natural disease or accident has a natural cure. ... The
      worst thing
      > in the home is the microwave." (Heather herself would not even have a
      > fridge.) "The microwave destroys the living goodnes in food, an
      invention of
      > the devil. Its bad enough that babies drink from bottles but to
      microwave it
      > for convenience as well is disastrous. It may even be the cause of
      rising
      > childhood asthema."
      >
      > As for preparation boil nothing. The only exception being silver
      birch twigs
      > which are just coming into leaf. The silver birch cleanses the blood
      after
      > the winter, "Red Indian medicine." This should be simmered as gently as
      > possible for half an hour. Once the leaves are out use those. In
      fact she
      > would use almost any part of a plant. "They tell you not to pick plants
      > because 'they could harm you' then shovel chemicals in your food.
      There are
      > only 8 or 9 green plants that can harm you in this country (UK)."
      She did
      > seem to have a distrust of mushrooms though. Whether that was farmed
      > mushrooms only or not I never found out.
      >
      > The only thing I ever saw her dilute was nettle tea for a dog. She
      halved it
      > with water. Children were given the same things as adults and in the
      same
      > strength, even new born babies. Nettles she tore up with her bare hands.
      > They were tough from rising early and collecting several times a week.
      > Gather a carrier bag full of nettles, I use gardening gauntlets
      myself. The
      > stinging hairs collect dust so I find it best to wash them. (You
      should have
      > seen the dirty look she gave me when I put them under the tap. "What
      are you
      > putting that filth on them for?" "But Heather, they are covered in
      dust!"
      > She shrugged her shoulders and let me get on with it.) Chop then on
      a board
      > to make the tea stronger and put them into the biggest pan you have.
      Pour on
      > boiling water or fill with water and only just bring to the boil and
      remove
      > the heat. Keep a lid on - the essential oils are very important.
      >
      > It turns a pale yellowish green after 10 mins and should have a very
      light
      > refreshing taste. Left over night it has a very dark even black green
      > colour. This is the only tea I don't put lemon in. It seems to
      curdle the
      > chlorophyll. As I've said, the nettle is the idea of cleanliness made
      > life-form and, whereas with anything else the leaves etc can usually
      be used
      > 2 or 3 times and, though weaker, some benefit is obtained but in the
      case of
      > the nettle it seems to self-clean its own leaves and I find it
      insipid if
      > used more than once. If it tastes off it is off, so put it on the
      garden or
      > on house plants and not down the sink. Return to the Earth what it
      has given
      > you.
      >
      > The first time I tasted nettle it was like a dead weight on my
      stomach. "You
      > really need it then. Drink another pint." A small ailment which I'd had
      > since childhood, "bubbles in the legs", disappeared and has never
      returned.
      > The nettle now tastes clean and refreshing to me. Light. Once they start
      > dying back after flowering they should not be used. You will see it
      because
      > they turn black and 'mouldy' looking. Once when I was feeling
      dreadful from
      > too much alcolhol the night before ("Absolutely no alcohol." But she
      > produced a bottle of sloe wine she'd made herself at Christmas time. She
      > never ever mentioned smoking. Her patients usually just did not look for
      > cigarettes if they kept to the treatment. It was keeping them too it
      which
      > was frustrating. "The body can be cured but there is no cure for the
      head!")
      > so I drank a pint of silver birch, a pint of nettle and then another
      silver
      > birch, the silver birch with a whole lemon each time, and I was
      feeling on
      > top of the world in no time. I would not recommend it as regular
      practice
      > though, there could easily have been contingent factors.
      >
      > Herbs are usually additive, you can put them in together. Her cauldron
      > (literally, she had a small cauldron perpetually on the stove) had
      holly,
      > ivy (N.B. British ivy and NOT US poison ivy) crab apples - not too
      many -
      > and heaven knows what always on the go. Elder is a panacea and very
      good at
      > balancing female hormones. Leaves, flowers or berries. The elder is the
      > tree of life found in every old church yard with its counterpart the
      yew, as
      > soft as death.
      >
      > Couch grass gives you protein. "From spring to autumn all you need
      buy is
      > porridge. You can live easily off the land as long as you have clean
      water
      > and a little carbohydrate. Hawthorn clears blood clots and
      conditions the
      > blood against thromboses. It is not recommended to tell the wife
      that you
      > are going out to look for haws though, she might take it the wrong
      way. The
      > dandelion is also the cure for warts. Put its milky juice on every
      hour or
      > two until they turn black and eventually fall off after a few days.
      The same
      > thing happens with nitrogen freezing as used in surgeries now.
      "Chamomile is
      > the best source of calcium." !! (I don't think you'll find that in
      any herb
      > book.)
      >
      > Must go to bed, I'm changing from nightshift to dayshift
      >
      > Maurice McCarthy
      > maurice.mccarthy@n...
      > maurice.mccarthy@b...
      >
      >
      >
      >
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