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start date July 20, 2011

todays date May 2, 2014

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19 Different Trees You Can Use As Medicine


5-2-14  TREE DREAM  I dreamt the names and appearance and to whom every tree I've ever seen on my favorite TV shows.

NOTE: I woke up wondering why I dreamt about all those trees and why are they so important to remember.

So I looked on our website about all the pages I've done about trees:

TREE:  1570  https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=site:greatdreams.com++tree&btnG=Search

TREES:  1420:  https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=site:greatdreams.com++tree&btnG=Search#hl=en&q=site:greatdreams.com++trees

TREES AND BUSHES OF THE BIBLE  http://www.greatdreams.com/trees.htm


5-2-14 - NAP DREAM  - Because of a synchronicity  and another TREE DREAM   it has bcome apparent that the topic is MEDICINE THAT COME FROM TREES.

SEE: http://www.greatdreams.com/blog-2014-2/dee-blog675.html


The Coconut Palm or coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is the only species in the cocos family.
The scientific name cocos nucifera was derived from the Portuguese language. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means “monkey face” because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey.

Plant Description of Coconut

It grows to 30 meters or almost 100 feet tall. The coconut tree can live to over 60 years.

Coconut Trunk

The coconut trunk can be used for lumber. The old coconut trunk can be so tough that a 4″ nail would bend as it is hammered in. In most of the countries where coconut trees are grown, the coconut tree is protected by the government due to rampant harvesting even of young coconut trees for coco lumber.

Coconut Flower

The coconut flower starts off as a pod or bud shaped like a torpedo. When the coconut bud opens it will have several pistils. The pistils are connected to the stem of the flower and they are staggered. The stem where the pistils come out can be 10 to 12 inches long. Each pistil that extends out from the stem is about 10 to 16 inches long. The coconut flower looks like an oak tree without leaves.

Coconut Sap

The tip of the coconut bud is cut with a sharp blade before it opens to flower. The coconut bud is then secured with strings around it from the top to bottom so that it may not open and flower. The sap of the coconut is gathered from the unopened coconut bud. A container is then positioned to receive the dripping coconut sap from the cut bud. The sap is collected daily and the bud is cut again or “bled”. The cut is usually about an eighth of an inch per day. A mature coconut tree can yield up to a gallon of sap daily. Some people like to drink the coconut sap fresh from the coconut tree. Others prefer to drink it after it ferments for a few hours thereby raising the alcoholic content of the sap. The coconut sap is used to produce coconut wine, coconut vinegar and coconut gel.


The term coconut refers to the fruit of the coconut tree. From the coconut fruit derives the coconut meat, coconut husk (coir), coconut shell and coconut water or juice.

Coconut water

is the clear liquid that pools inside whole green coconuts. It’s different from coconut milk, which is pressed from the fatty “meat” of the fruit. An 11 oz serving of pure coconut water contains about 60 calories, no fat, a gram of protein and 15 grams of carbohydrates. It’s often promoted as nature’s sports drink because it’s rich in the electrolyte potassium (lost in sweat), and packs twice as much as a banana. A recent study found that coconut water was just as effective as a statin drug (Statins are a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol levels) for lowering cholesterol in rats, and numerous studies have pegged potassium as a key nutrient for controlling blood pressure.

The coconut is a natural water filter. It takes almost 9 months for a coconut to filter every quart of water stored within its shell. This makes the resulting coconut water completely pure and sterile, which is one reason why it can be used for blood transfusions.

Health Benefits of Coconut

Tree of life

The coconut palm is so highly valued as both a source of food and medicine that it is called “The Tree of Life.”


The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations.

Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

It is an excellent source of manganese, and contains 60 percent of the recommended daily intake of that mineral. It also contains 11 percent of the recommended intake for iron, 9 percent of phosphorus and 8 percent of potassium. There are trace amounts of other nutrients in coconut, including zinc, calcium and magnesium.

Coconut milk is rich in phosphorus. Phosphorus is an essential nutrient that the body needs for strengthening bones. It is a must to take phosphorus with calcium particularly to prevent bone loss because it supplies phosphate to the body.

It has calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as plenty of electrolytes. In fact, coconut water is known to have the same electrolyte levels as human plasma, and has even been used for plasma transfusions.

Glucose intolerance may cause manganese deficiency in your body. Coconut milk is a rich source of manganese. Whole grains, legumes and nuts are some other excellent sources of manganese.

Coconut is fibrous

High in Dietary Fiber rivaling other fiber sources such as psyllium, wheat bran, oat bran, and rice bran. Coconut supplies an impressive 61% dietary fiber.

Coconut is a source of quick energy

It provides a nutritional source of quick energy that provides a super nutritious source of extra energy. Coconut is utilized by the body to actually produce energy, rather than to store it as body fat. It supports improved endurance during physical and athletic performance. It helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Coconut avoids Hypoglycemia

People who consistently use coconut products, report a stronger ability to go without eating for several hours with no affects of hypoglycemia.

Coconut improves digestion

Improves digestion and many of the symptoms and inflammatory conditions associated with digestive and bowel disorders, by supporting absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids while also providing beneficial dietary fiber.
Coconut improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose. Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes. It reduces Sweet Cravings.

Coconut does not raise blood sugar level

Foods contain two types of carbohydrates – digestible and non-digestible. Digestible carbohydrates (soluble fiber) consists of starch and sugar and promote calories. Non-digestible carbohydrates (insoluble fiber) contains no calories. Since the body cannot digest the dietary fiber in coconut, no calories are derived from it, and it has no effect on blood sugar. Low Glycemic Index (GI) measures how fast available carbohydrates in food raise blood sugar levels. Coconut fiber slows down the release of glucose, therefore requiring less insulin to utilize the glucose and transport it into the cell where it is converted into energy. Coconut Nectar and Crystals have a very low GI of only 35 (compared to honey with a GI of 55-83, and sugar with a GI of 65-100.)

Coconut relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body, reducing the risks associated with diabetes and pancreatitis. Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.

Coconut for strong bones and teeth

Eating coconuts also supports the development of strong, healthy bones and teeth. It does this by improving the body’s ability to absorb calcium and magnesium. This makes coconuts a good, healthy alternative for those who are lactose intolerant, but still want to have strong bones and teeth. Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay. Coconut oil protects the teeth from bacteria that can cause cavities and disease. Simply rubbing a little fresh coconut oil on your gums and teeth can keep them stronger and healthier than virtually any other dental treatment.

Oil Swishing has been recommended for many years as a natural cure for gum irritation and minor infections. Simply swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes and spit out. The oil becomes cloudy as it pulls toxins out of your mouth. It will also have a whitening effect on the teeth.

Coconut against osteoporosis

It helps protect against osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease of bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture.

Coconut helps to prevent anemia

Lack of iron is the most common nutrient deficiency among the people throughout the world. Iron deficiency in body does not allow the body to develop enough hemoglobin for keeping sufficient oxygen levels in red blood cells, resulting in anemia. Each cup of coconut milk supplies the body with nearly a quarter of daily value of iron.

Coconut relaxes muscles and nerves

Whenever you feel muscle cramps or muscle soreness, have some food along with coconut milk. It is rich in magnesium and can help you in relieving the problem. Magnesium acts as a gate block in many nerve cells. If magnesium is not present in body, nerve cells become very active because of calcium that activates nerves. Excess contraction of muscles is caused by over-active nerve cells.

Coconut decreases the risk of joint inflammation

Coconut milk contains selenium which is an important antioxidant. It controls the free radicals and thereby helps in relieving the symptoms of arthritis. It is observed that people with low levels of selenium may suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.

Coconut keeps the heart healthy

Coconut contains potassium. People who are concerned about their blood pressure will not face any problem consuming foods containing potassium. Potassium helps in lowering blood pressure levels in the body. It improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease. Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease. It functions as a protective antioxidant. Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do. Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.

Coconut against kidney diseases

It helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections. Dissolves kidney stones.

Coconut for liver disease

It helps prevent liver disease.

Coconut for gall bladder disease

It helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.

Coconut relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.

Coconut against prostatic hyperplasia

Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement). Coconut contains Zinc. Zinc plays a vital role in promoting the health of prostate gland. A preliminary study showed that it slows down the activities of cancer cells.

Coconut supports and aids immune system function. Coconut contains No Trans-Fats, is Gluten-Free, Non-Toxic, Hypoallergenic, and also contains Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, and Anti-parasitic healing properties. It helps to aid and support overall Immune System functions. It also helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.

Coconut against Free radicals

It helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.

Supports thyroid function

It promotes healthy thyroid function and helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic fatigue.

Coconut against seizures

Coconut reduces epileptic seizures.

Health benefits of Coconut Oil

The most common product of the coconut meat is coconut oil. RBD (Refined, Bleached & Deodorized) coconut oil is produced from dried coconut meat known as copra. Making copra is accomplished by drying the meat either by sun or by fire. Nearly one third of the world’s population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history.

Coconut Oil is a Traditional Medicine

While coconut possesses many health benefits due to its fiber and nutritional content, it’s the oil that makes it a truly remarkable food and medicine. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations.


Oils and fats are composed of molecules known as fatty acids. They are classified either according to saturation or based on molecular length and size of the carbon chain within each fatty acid. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are an example of the first class.

Chain Length

The second classification is based on molecular size or length of the fatty acid’s carbon chain. Long chains of carbon atoms consist of each fatty acid with an attached hydrogen atom. There are short chain fatty acids known as SCFA, medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) such as coconut oil, and long chain fatty acids (LCFA). Whether unsaturated or saturated, the majority of fats and oils in our diet are composed of long chain fatty acids. In fact, a majority of the fatty acids commonly consumed are LCFA.

How Coconut oil differs

Coconut oil is predominantly medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) and the effects of the MCFA in coconut oil are distinctly different from the LCFA found in other foods. In fact, the saturated and unsaturated fat in milk, eggs, meat and even in plants and most vegetable oils are made of LCFA. Our bodies respond and metabolize each fatty acid differently. It is the MCFA found in coconut oil that makes it special because these fatty acids do not have a negative effect on cholesterol. In fact, they are known to lower the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis. There are only few dietary sources of MCFA, and one of the best sources by far is coconut oil.

The liver and gall bladder do not need to digest and emulsify MCFA, resulting in instant energy, increased metabolic rate and subsequently more heat production as well as increased circulation. Anyone with an impaired fat digestion or removed gallbladder will benefit from coconut oil as this oil is easily digested.

Lauric Acid in coconut oil

Coconut oil has many health benefits which are attributed to the presence of lauric acid. When it is present in the body, lauric acid is converted into monolaurin, a compound that is highly toxic to viruses, bacteria, funguses and other microorganisms because of its ability to disrupt their lipid membranes and virtually destroy them.

Monolaurin is effective for treating candida albicans (Candida albicans is a diploid fungus that grows both as yeast and filamentous cells and a causal agent of opportunistic oral and genital infections in humans), fungal infections and athlete’s foot. It also targets bacterial infections and viruses like measles, influenza, hepatitis C and even HIV. In fact, researchers from the Philippines are studying the effectiveness of lauric acid against HIV/AIDS due to its strong anti-viral properties. Moreover, lauric acid is non-toxic, making it a better alternative to modern drugs that are typically prescribed for viruses as well as fungal and bacterial infections.

Resembles Breast Milk

Without lauric acid, monolaurin cannot be produced by the body. Breast milk is the only other source of lauric acid, which must explain the lesser incidents of infections with breast-fed infants. It has also been observed that regular consumption of coconut oil boosts immunity and reduces incidences of sickness.

Coconut Oil for Skin care

Coconut oil is an excellent skin conditioner containing medium-chain triglycerides, naturally occurring fats which deeply penetrate, moisturize and acts as a protective barrier against environmental and free radical damage. The oil also provides sun protection by screening 20 percent of ultraviolet exposure.

Coconut oil is rich in anti-oxidants and bursting with the natural microbial and antibacterial agents caphrylic and capric acids. Its ability to smooth the skin while infusing with anti-oxidants makes it a perfect anti-aging moisturizer. Moreover, it contains vitamin E, another antioxidant popular for hastening the recovery of skin abrasions, burns and other trauma.

Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection. Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin. Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking. Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.

Coconut Oil for Obesity

Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is thought to be a most effective weight loss supplement. It helps prevent obesity by speeding up metabolism, providing an immediate source of energy with fewer calories than other fats. The difference of VCO from diet pills is that as you take it, it basically feeds your cells immediately. The fats are instantly converted into energy, so no fats deposited in your body. It promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate. Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.

Foods taken everyday, such as pork or hamburger, usually contain bad fats, which are deposited and accumulated in the body – usually in the mid-torso section, or locally known as “bilbil.” Unsaturated fats found in canola, corn and other vegetable oils, as well as margarine suppress the metabolism, which makes it harder to lose weight — and easier to gain it. Over time, this metabolism suppression may result in 20-30 pounds of excess weight that your body cannot get rid of. Coconut oil, on the other hand, helps to increase thyroid function and boost your metabolism — 2 important components to shedding unwanted pounds.

VCO’s medium chain triglyceride is the good kind of fat, set highly apart from all the other fats found in our everyday food. Once we actually swallow the VCO, it immediately goes to the liver and it will be redistributed immediately into the cell. It repels attraction with fats ¦after it is absorbed by the cell, it is immediately converted to energy. VCO has a thermogenic effects on the body, that slowly, but effectively increases the body’s metabolic rate making it easier for the body to burn fats and perform better.

Some recommend taking 1 to 2 tablespoons of VCO at least half an hour before meals. Anyone who’ve just been introduced to VCO may start with a lower dosage of ½ teaspoon. A person needs to take the required dose twice a day to achieve the desired results.

Coconut Oil for hair care

The unique fatty acids in coconut oil have a small molecular structure and pass freely into the hair’s cell membrane, allowing for the oil to penetrate the hair’s shaft; this literally brings out the deep conditioning from within compared to other conditioners that work from the outside in. Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion. It also helps hair to become more healthy and lustrous. Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Coconut Oil for Dandruff

Massaging the oil into the scalp can offer relief from dandruff. Dandruff is caused by dry skin or an internal fungal condition that reached the scalp. With regular use, coconut oil can kill the fungus and eliminate dandruff issues. For deep hair conditioning, a teaspoon or two on damp hair left for as long as possible can give an ultra-nice shine. Leave it on overnight and see startling results.

Coconut Oil as a remedy for pneumonia

In a study presented before The American College of Chest Physicians on October 29, 2008, coconut oil was found to offer pneumonia patients faster and more complete relief from symptoms. This could be a welcome development for many as this means a reduced stay in the hospital, lower medical expenses and lower exposure for the patient to a hospital environment. Moreover, it is an inexpensive addition to traditional antibiotics and has no known side effects.

Coconut Oil kills parasites

It expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia (a genus of anaerobic flagellated protozoan parasites causing giardiasis, popularly known as beaver fever), and other parasites.

Coconut Oil cleanses clogged arteries

Though it has no claims of any therapeutic effects, VCO’s potential to cleanse clogged arteries out of the bad fats had been proven effective not only here.

Coconut Oil for psoriasis

Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.

Drawbacks of coconut

Coconut contains a high amount of saturated fat, which tends to be less healthy than other types of fat. However, over 50 percent of the fatty acids in coconut come from lauric acid, which is antiviral and antibacterial and is extremely beneficial in fighting off infection. For that reason, coconut is generally considered healthy in its natural form, but has serious drawbacks when it is processed in unnatural ways. For example, hydrogenated coconut oil is altered in a way that removes the lauric acid and has been proven to clog arteries and decrease heart health.

Side effects of coconut

Coconut oil has no known side effects. However, if you are used to a low-fat diet, a common adverse reaction would be diarrhea. It is probably not advisable to start with a large amount right away. Spreading the recommended amount over the course of one day and building up to a larger dose can help to avoid unwanted effects.

In coconut-producing countries, it is considered beneficial for pregnant and lactating women to enjoy coconut oil; Westerners used to a low-fat diet, however, are cautioned not to experiment with coconut oil while pregnant if the body is not used to it. If you have been consuming coconut oil regularly with no adverse reactions, there is no reason to discontinue consumption.

- See more at: http://www.greenchedy.com/common-herbs/countless-coconut-health-benefits-medicinal/#sthash.Zddx1juk.dpuf



Inside olive leaves are contained many phenolic substances, most important of which eleoeuropaene and hydroxytorosoly. The qualities of the olive leaves are credited to these 2 substances.

The benefits from the consumption of olive leaves (juice, tea, olive oil), synoptically are reported as the following:

1. Boosting of the immune system. It is the main benefit, from the consumption of juice or olive leaves beverage, because of its drastic ingredient, eleoeuropaene. The effectiveness against many pathogenics, can help the confrontal against viruses like, flue, herpes, fungus (overdevelopment yeast – Yeast Syndrome), bacteria (11 kinds). There have, also, been recorded spectacular results against AIDS symptoms with the prescribing of olive leaves.

2. Antioxidant action. The inhibition of the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, a result of the olive leaves eleoeuropaeny, reduces the hazard of developing cardiovascular diseases. The simultaneous presence of the “antioxidant” vitamin E, which exists in abundance in olive leaves, enforces even more the above action.

3. Antihypertensive action. Since the 1950’s, there have been clinical data concerning the use of olive leaves in the treatment of hypertension, through their vasodilating action.

4. Inhibition of blood platelet cementation. This quality transforms olive leaves into a powerful weapon against cardiovascular attacks and helps avoid fatal fibrins.

5. Increment of vigorousness – Chronic fatigue confrontation. The consumption of olive leaves has been reported from many patients, as well as from healthy individuals, to give greater vigorousness. This vigorousness can potentially increase effectiveness at work or sports performance. There have also been many reports concerning incidents of fast recovery from chronic fatigue, with the frequent and systematic use of olive leaves. In conclusion, olive leaves are an important tool for the modern and stressful individual, in his need for euphoria and longevity.

One can easily realize the richness of olive leaves in micronutrient, minerals and vitamins, making them a valuable nutrition tool for man. At the same time, their analogy in fat acids (saturated, monoinsatiable, multyinsatiable), is unique and indicate their heart protective qualities. The presence of vitamin E, is twice as much as in the same quantity in sesame oil (4,1 mg/100gr), making olive leaves , a vitamin E rich food. As for iron, its presence is greater than the corresponding presence in breakfast cereals (8,2mg/100gr), that are so much advertised as full and quality food for the modern man. Finally, special report should be made for the dietetics fibers of olive leaves. Dietetics fibers are in abundance in this food, making it a great help in the multifactor confrontation of constipation.

RDC : Recommended Daily Consumption ( Beside the above, inside olive leaves there have been detected remarkable quantities of other vitamins as well, like “antioxidant vitamins” C & A, vitamins of B group, niacin. For more, press here)


Ingredients: Fresh olive leaves Water

Implementation: Exsiccate the olive leaves in the sun or in temperature not exceeding 65 C. The procedure of the beverage is like the other teas, meaning, for one cup of tea , use 4-5 steeped olive leaves and boil them for 15-20 minute in low-medium fire. As mentioned before, twice a day for a period of 6 months can help patients overcome many diseases that we mentioned above; always following the right diet with plenty of antioxidant (such as fruit, red peppers, garlic, parsley , onion, oregano and other vegetables..) μαιτανό, for more, see 1st page, 2nd page, 3rd page, Live Nutrition.

Recipe for Juice made from Olive Leaves Against CANCER

«Food should be your medicine and if you need medicine, take it from food »
- Hippocrates -

Dr. Lampropoulos instructions to make treatment juice:
1. Choose an olive tree (Mediterranean type) that has not been sprayed with chemicals.
2. Cut the upper 30-40cm of a branch.
3. Choose mainly, leaves that are attached to the main stalk and fresh leaves from the branches of the smaller boughs, not bigger than 3cm per leaf.
4. Rinse the leaves 10 minutes inside the water carefully with salt and some white vinegar.
5. Melt them in a blender and then strain the mash taking the clean juice of the olive leaves. (more later).

Dr. Lampropoulos recommended that this treatment is effective if taking the following dosage:

Cancer Patients:
Mix 1 full glass of olive leaves and 2 glasses of water (clean without chlorine) in a blender. You must take 1 wine glass (1/2 a glass) of olive leaves juice, 3 times a day (morning-noon-evening), daily and without interruption, before or after eating for a minimum of 4 months period.

For better taste

You can drink the olive juice pure or mixed with other fresh antioxidant fruit such as fresh orange, actinide, mango, aloe vera (boosting nutrition with 75 useful essences) also bananas, peaches, apples, vegetables, a pinch of saffron plant from Kozani(not necessarily) for the juice to be more tasty and beneficial.
Non Cancer People:
Mix 1 full glass of olive leaves and 3 glasses of water (clean without chlorine) in a blender. Take ¼ of a glass of pure olive leaves juice, 1- 3 times a day before or after eating for a period of 1-4 months a year. Drink it plain or mixed with other fresh antioxidant fruit such as fresh orange, actinide, mango, aloe vera (boosting nutrition with 75 useful essences) also bananas, peaches, apples, vegetables for the juice to be more tasty and beneficial.

Or even tea, see below.

6. In case you prepare extra quantity of juice:
Α. Store it in the fridge. Be sure the juice is completely sealed and that no air enters, otherwise the juice will be oxidised hence loosing all of its nutrition values, no more than 2-3 days in the fridge.

Β. Let not be used immediately after taken from the fridge, best leave it about one hour so it is not to cold. It can be drinken at once or gradually within an hour.

C. Shake the bottle well and the patient should drink it just before eating (about half an hour) when it stimulates the appetite. It can also be consumed after eating in case it causes sickness to the patient if consumed before eating. It is totally harmless and patients that have been using it for a period of 26 months didn’t exhibited any side effects. The time of its consuming is not still stated. It is more wisely for the patient to avoid taking medicines WITH CORTISONE and if this is possible, meaning that the patient does not suffer from pain and does not sicken with a disease that would need some medication to be confronted.

In about 2 months, the first results will be noticed, with gradual revival of the organism, visible euphoria, good mood, healthy appetite etc. The results are spectacular. Hundreds of cancer patients, reaching the last state of the disease, condemned to death, according to the scientific data of the ongoing medicine, are enjoying their lives, completely healthy.

Note: Anyone wishing to drink the juice, should first consult his doctor and should NOT stop medication by himself and that the olive leaves juice is prescribed as a nutrition supplement and not as a medicine (since the necessary research for prescribing the juice for medicine has not taken place yet).


Preparing Tree Medicines for Use

Here are several rules to ensure you are mindful in gathering tree medicines. First never cut the bark off of the trunk of a living tree. Especially avoid girdling the tree by removing the bark as this will kill the tree. To gather bark use that found on a twig or a root of felled tree. In these cases, it is a simple matter of striping the bark off the twig or root with a sharpe knife. Medicinal agents are found in the cambium-the living green or greenish yellow layer just under the outer bark.

Once you have gathered the bark of a tree you can use it immediately or dry it for later use. To dry the bark, carefully lay it to dry in the shade, making sure that the strips do not overlap. Leaves can be tied together and hung in bunches from a string or rope in a dry, shady area.

To use the bark, simmer two teaspoons of bark per cup of water for twenty minutes in a nonaluminum pot with a tight lid. Strain and drink. The dose is one-quarter cup, taken four times a day with meals. This assumes a 150-pound adult. A child weighing 75-pounds should take half as much, and a child weighing 40-pounds should take half as much again. The tea may be stored in a glass jar with a tight lid, in the refrigerator, for up to week.

When using the leaves they should be picked in the early spring no later than Summer Solsitice. Steep two teaspoons of fresh or dried leaves per cup of freshly boiled water for about twenty minutes, in a nonaluminum pot with a tight lid. The dose is the same as above. Add lemon and honey to the medicines as desired.
If you are making a tea to use as a wound wash or to add to the bath it may be much stronger. Use more of the tree parts and less water, and simmer or steep for longer periods.
To make a tree leaf poultice, use fresh leaves, or dry ones that have been soaked in enough boiling water to make them soft. Place the leaves in a blender with just enough water to make a mush. Pour into a glass or ceramic bowl and then add powdered slippery elm bark, a little at a time, until a pie dough consistency is acheived. Spread the poultice onto a cotton cloth and apply to the affected area. Leave on for one hour, and then discard the poultice material. Repeat daily.

A fomentation may be made of the bark or leaf tea by soaking clean cotton cloth in the tea and then applying it to an affected area. Tree leaves, bark, and nuts may also be used in healing salves. To make a salve simply place the plant material in a large nonaluminum pot, and just barely cover with cold-pressed virgin olive oil. Simmer with a lid for about twenty minutes.

In a seperate pot melt beeswax, and bring to a simmer. After oil mixture has simmered for twenty minutes add three tablespoons of melted beeswax for everycup of olive oil used. Stir and then strain into very clean glass jars. Allow to cool and harden before putting on the lid.

Some tree parts are used to make massage oils or oils for other purposes. Take the fresh tree parts, and put them in a shallow nonaluminum baking dish. Cover with a light oil such as almond, cover, and bake in a slow oven at 110 degrees for several hours until the plant material wilts.

To tinture buds, barks, or roots, place the chopped plant material in a clean glass jar. Cover with vodka or other alcohol {80 proof or higher}, cover tightly, and allow the tinture to sit for eight days. Shake occasionally. Add 10% spring water and a teaspoon of vegetable glycerine. Strain and bottle for later use. Store in cool, dark place. For leaves and flowers; pack the plant material into a clean glass jar, barely cover with alcohol, and allow the tinture to extract until the plant material begins to wilt. Add spring water and vegetable glycerine, and strain and bottle as above. The dose is about 10 drops, three times a day, taken with water.

Green Etiquette

It is only polite to thank a tree when you have used its parts for medicine. Make a habit of giving back to the trees. A meal of fertilizer, a drink during a hot spell, or offering of herbs such as sage or tobacco are always correct. In ancinet European tradition, vervain, honey, or apple cider were often given. Or a simple prayer was spoken, that the tree and its relations always have abundant sunshine, pure water to drink, healthy winds, and the companionship of birds and other friendly spirits. In this time of global warming it is wise to plant trees wherever possible and to nurture living ones. Trees are cooling. They prevent evaporation of rainwater, hold back water to prevent floods and erosion, purify stagnant and polluted water, and maintain the balance of oxygen and carbon in a world increasingly polluted by greenhouse gases. Ancient trees especially should be honored and protected.


 Is a small tree that thrives in damp areas such as wetlands and river banks. It usually has several grayish trunks, and its female catkins develop into what look like tiny brown pine cones. Alder bark is simmered in water to make a healing wash for deep wounds. It is astringent and will help to pull the edges of a wound together. The leaves and bark can be made into a tea that will benefit tonsillitis and fever. The leaves are also used in poultices to dry up breast milk. Alder bark tea can be used as a douche or for hemorrhoids. Fresh alder sap can be applied to any area to relieve itching.


 The bark of the root of apple trees is used for fevers. Apples are rich in magnesium, iron, potassium, and Vitamins C, B and B2. When peeled, they relieve diarrhea. Stewed unpeeled apples are a laxative. Eating apples regularly promotes restful sleep. Baked apples can be applied warm as a poultice for sore throats and fevers. Apple cider is important in this time of antibotics, which destroy the intestinal flora. Raw, unpasteurized apple cider will restore the correct bacteria to the bowels after a course of antibotics. Apples reduce acidity in the stomach and help to clean the liver. Add garlic and horseradish to apple cider to clear the skin. Use the mixture as a wash externally and take it internally as a drink.


 Ash is a tall tree whose compound leaves are composed of five to nine, or seven to eleven leaflets. Its bark is very tightly and regularly furrowed, and its winged, canoe-paddle-shaped seeds, called keys, hang in clusters until they are brown and drop off in the fall. The tender new spring growth of the twig tips and leaves can be simmered to make a laxative tea that will benefit gout, jaundice, and rheumatism.


 Beech trees have a distinctive, smooth gray bark that resembles the skin of an elephant. The bark is used as a tea for lung problems, including tuberculosis. It is also cleansing to the blood, through pregnant women should avoid it. Beech bark tea make a good wash for poison ivy. Beech leaves are used in poultices for burns and for frostbite.


 Birch trees have thin papery bark that peels easily -- so easily that birds actually use it to build their nests. It can range in color from chalky white and reddish brown to golden gray and yellow. The sweet birch {black birch} and yellow birch both have a nice wintergreen flavor in their twigs and bark. Birch leaf or twig tea is a laxative, and healing to mouth sores, kidney and bladder sediments, and gout. The tea also help rheumatic pains. Make a strong decoction of the twigs, bark and leaves and add it to the bath for relief of eczema, psoriasis, and other moist skin eruptions. Modern medicine has recently confirmed that betulinic acid, formed in birch sap, has anti-tumor properties that help fight cancer.


 The northern white cedar is an evergreen with a branched trunk, conical shape, and flat scalelike leaves. It has reddish brown bark that hangs in hairy shreds. Another name for the tree is Arborvitae, or "tree of life," a name given to it by the French explorer Jacques Cartier after it saved his crew from scurvy. A tea is made from the leaves and twigs, and is very high in Vitamin C. Among the Algonquin it is considered a sacred tree, and they will not perform a ceremony without it. Its branches are used on the floor of sweat lodges, and it is dried and burned as an incense because it harmonizes the emotions and put one in the proper state of mind for prayer. The tea of the twigs and branches is simmered until the water in the pot begins to turn brown. It is then used for fevers, rheumatic complaints, chest colds and flu.


 Elder trees are quite small. They have clusters of white flowers in spring and black or deep purple berries in fall. They thrive in damp, moist areas. Elderberries are used to make preserves, pies, and wine. Taken as a tea, either fresh or dried, the berries benefit the lungs and nourish the blook. The young leaves of elder are used in salves and poultices for skin healing. A root bark tea clears conjestion, eases headaches, and is used in poultices for mastitis. A tinture of the flowers lowers fever by promoting perspiration. Elderflowers water is a traditional remedy for skin blemishes and sunburn. Cold elderflower tea is placed on the eyes as a soothing compress for inflammation. Elderflower oil makes a soothing balm for sore nipples of nursing mothers.


 Slippery elm is a medium-sized tree with grayish bark, usually found near streams. Unlike the American elm its crown does not droop. It leaves are also larger than the American elm's with coarsely toothed margins. The inner bark of the slippery elm, which is sticky and fragrant when fresh, is used medicinally. Slippery Elm bark is available in dried and powdered forms from herbalists. It is made into paste with water and then applied as a poultice to injuries of flesh and bone, on gunshot wounds, ulcers, tumors, swellings, chilblains, and on the adomen to draw fever out. Slippery elm is very high in calcium, and a pudding or tea of the bark can be ingested to help speed bone healing. The powdered bark in water makes a jelly that soothes bowel and urinary problems, sore throats, and diarrhea. It makes a perfect substitute milk for babies who are allergic to cow's milk. Try adding a little lemon and honey for flavor.


 Hawthorne is a small, broad, round, and dense tree with thorns and edible red fruits. The fall berries and spring new leaves and flowers make a cardiac tonic that benefits virtually all heart conditions. Be aware, however: Prolonged used does cause the blood pressure to drop. Use it for a few weeks and then take a week off to prevent a precipitious decrease in blood pressure. Use caution when combining this herb with other heart medications to prevent a sudden drop in blood pressure. For maxiumum benefit eat fresh raw garlic as you undergo a hawthorn regime. {Garlic provides extra cleansing of plaque in the blood vessels}.


 Is a small tree with small rounded nuts that grow tow to four in a cluster. Hazel twigs are traditionally used by dowers to find hidden sources of water. Hazel nuts are said to benefit the kidneys. Huron herbalists used the bark in poultices for tumors and ulcers. The Iroquois mixed the nut oil with bear's grease to make mosquito repellent. The Chippewa used a decoction of hazel root, white oak root, chokecherry bark, and the heartwood of ironwood for bleeding from the lungs. 


 Mountain Holly is a small tree with ovarte, fine saw-toothed leaves and large orange berrie. The buds were twigs that were used by Native Amercian herbalists in decoctions and as an external wash for ulcers, herpetic eruptions, jaundice, fever and diarrhea. The leaves alone were used as beverage tea. English holly of European holly is a familiar evergreen usually seen as decoration at Yuletide. It has spiny, elliptical leaves and shiny red berries. The leaves can be used as a tea substitute and in infusions for coughs, colds and flu. Be aware: The berries of all holly varieties are strongly purgative.

Linden and Basswood:

 Linden is a large tree found in moist, rich soils near other hardwoods. It has a heart-shaped leaves with toothed margins. The bark is dark gray, and its fruit is nutlike, downy, and peasized. It has clusters of yellowish-white fragrant flowers in the spring. Basswood, or American linden, is a close relative. Linden flower tea is a popular beverage in Europe for nervous headaches and upset digestion, hysteria, nervous vomiting, and heart pappitations. Linden flower tea can also be added to baths to calm the nerves. Linden flower honey is prized for medicinal use. Native Amercian herbalists used the roots and bark of basswood for burns and the flower tea for epilepsy, headache, spasm, spasmodic cough, and general pain. The buds were eaten as famine food, and the bark was pounded and added to soups.


 Maples are large trees with deeply lobed, toothed leaves. The bark of the younger tress is gray and smooth, on older trees it breaks into ridges and fissures. Maples have winged seeds that hang in cluster of two. The Ojibwa and the Cherokee made a decoration of the inner bark or red maple to use as a wash for sore eyes. The leaves of striped maple, or moosehead, were used to poultice sour breasts. A decoration of inner bark of sugar maple was used for diarrhea. The Penobscot used striped maple bark in poultices for swollen limbs, and as a tea for kidney infections, coughs, colds, and bronchitis. Young maple leaves can be made into massage oil that will be soothing to sore muscles.


 Oaks are large trees with lobed leaves and acorns topped by bowl-shaped caps. The best oak for internal use is white oak, though all oaks are valuable as external washes. The tannins in oak bark and leaves are helpful in pulling the edges of a wound together and is antiseptic and antiviral. White oak bark tea is used for chronic diarrhea, cronic mucus discharges, and piles. It makes a nice gargle for sore throats and wash for skin problems such as poison ivy, burn and wounds. The tea of the leaf of the bark may be used by women as a douche for vaginitis. Use caution: Prolonged ingestion of oak is potentially harmful.


 All pines are evergreens, with needles that grow in soft, flexable clusters. Pine trees are revered worldwide as healing agents. Any pine, or other evergreen such as spruce, larch, and ceder, will have antiseptic properties useful as a wound wash. The most palatable pine for internal use is the white pine. Its needles and twigs are simmered into a tea that is rich in Vitamin C. The tea is used for sore throats, coughs, and colds. Chinese herbalists boil the knot of the wood because of the concentrated resins found there. Pine baths aid kidney ailments, improve circulation, and are relaxing to sore muscles. The aroma of pine is soothing to the nerves and lungs. Pine tea make a wonderful foot bath.


 Poplars are distinguished by their drooping catkins and rounded leaves with pointed tips. Balsam poplar was used by Native American herbalists who scored the bark and applied the resinous gum to toothaches and swellings. The sticky spring buds were gathered in May and used in salves for skin problems, sprains, sore muscles, wounds, headaches, tumores, eczemia, bruises, gout, and on the chest for lung ailments and coughs. The buds were decorated and used internally for phlegm, kidney and bladder ailments, coughs, scurvy, and rheumatic pains. The root was combined with the root of white poplar in a decoction to stop premature bleeding in pregnancy. The warmed juice of white poplar was dropped into sore ears. Poplar barks are high in salicin, making them useful in treating deep wounds, gangrene, eczema, cancer, burns, and strong body odor. The inner bark of a young poplar tree is edible in the spring and can be simmered into a tea for liver and kidney ailments.

Rowan, or Mountain Ash:

 The American mountain ash and the European mountain ash have identical uses. The former has bunches of orange berries that look like tiny apples, and the latter one has red ones. Both are small, sturdy trees with compound leaves of nine to seventeen leaflets. Their clusters of white flowers, composed of five petals each, appear in spring. Rowan berries are bitter, astringent, and very high in Vitaman C. They should be picked just after the first frost when their color has deepened . The fresh juice of the berries is added to sore throut gargles, and jelly is made from the berries will treat diarrhea in adults and children. Rowan berries are added to ales and cordials. In ancient Scotland, a syrup for coughs and colds was made from rowan berries, apples, and honey.


 Walnut trees are tall and have compound, alternative leaflets. Their spring flowers are drooping green catkins that mature into large, round nuts covered in green, spongy husks that stain the hands brown when cut open with a knife. Walnut husks are medicinally active. They are antifungal and rich in manganese, a skin-healing agent. Gather them when fresh, and rub directly onto ringworm. The tea of the hull may be used as a douche for vaginitis. For stubborn old ulcers apply the dried , powdered leaf, and then poultice with fresh green leaves. Do this for about twenty days, daily. The leaf tea increases circulation, digestion, and energy. The fresh bark may be applied to the temples for headache or to teeth to relieve pain. The dried and powdered bark, or pounded fresh bark, can be applied to wounds to stop swelling and to hasten healing.


There are more than forty varieties of willow growing in the US. They are water-loving trees, a good indicator species if your looking for a regular water source, either above or below ground. Willows have slender flexable twigs and long, narrow, simple leaves. In early spring, willows bloom with golden catkins that mature into small seed capsules in late summer. All willow barks have salicylic acid, which is a natural form of aspirin. Willow bark tea treats muscle pain and inflammation, diarrhea, fever, arthritc pain, and headache. Used externally it makes a wash for cuts, ulcers, and poison ivy. Willow bark in teas and capsules is sedative and eases insomina. It reduces the risd of heart disease and may delay cataract formation.




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