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I have a Morton’s Neuroma on my foot which is basically fibrous tissue that grows around nerve cells in your feet.  “They say” it’s caused by poor shoes, but I’m the QUEEN of comfortable shoes, so I don’t get how I got it.  At any rate, I have one, it’s on my left foot and it causes so much pain and often makes me limp, especially after resting for a period of time.  Mornings first thing out of bed and getting out of the car at work after my hour commute are the two most painful times.  Basically the Orthopedic Surgeon I work for diagnosed me, gave me a cortisone injection and that helped.  The cortisone is supposed to reduce the inflammation, it helped! When I came back a few weeks later and was in pain again, he gave me an odd answer, well odd for a doctor… but maybe because I work with him?  He said that they only do cortisone injections every 6 weeks because basically “we” aren’t sure what problems can arise by having it more frequently.  My first thought was, oh great! What did I have him inject into me!?  And if “they” aren’t sure what kinds of problems there could be from multiple shots “within 6 months” then how can “they” assure me that those same unknown things wouldn’t happen from correct treatment?  This is why I don’t subscribe to western medicine!  Still my problem persists, so I went to an herb group I belong to and posed the question for help with what I originally thought was a stress fracture.  I was given some suggestions for herbs to use and make a liniment (basically herbs soaked in alcohol, the alcohol is rubbed on the skin and quickly absorbed).  I instead soaked the herbs in oil and made a salve.

Comfrey is my favorite healing herb!  I plan on going to get some roots from a friends plant and planting it at our house.  This stuff is like gold in our house.  The second herb is St Johns Wart which not only can help with depression but is also an anti-inflammatory and helps muscle spasms, cramps and tension.  The third plant I used was yarrow.  Yarrow is crazy and has tons of things it helps with, it helps stop bleeding, it can be chewed for a tooth ache until you can get to the dentist, bruises and pain, inflammation…

Yarrow

Yarrow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I put these herbs (which we harvested ourselves, thank you very much 🙂 ) and I put them my glass pan and added oil to cover.  I put the stove on low and let it sit for a while.  Then I forgot about it, LOL.  I’m good at forgetting little projects I start.  So they sat in the pan with the herbs for a few days then I strained off the herbs and again the jar of oil sat another week probably.  Then my foot really started bothering me, so last weekend I made salve.  I melted my beeswax and added the oil then put it all in baby food jars.  I started applying the salve to my foot, top and bottom where it hurt.  I leave my jar of salve on my night stand and try to remember to put it on at night and in the morning.  I was consistent for two days and I noticed a CONSIDERABLE difference in my foot pain.  I applied this morning and I have no foot pain!  This stuff really works.  I have yet to use it on anything else inflamed but my foot is super happy!

Our new toy we got last night.  Juicing has been such a powerful thing for us.  We both notice such a difference in how we feel and I mentioned before I had just blurted it out to our neighbor one night.  Yesterday I went out to cut some sage for dinner and our neighbor was outside having a smoke.  She said that she wants to start juicing and proposed to us that if we buy the produce and juice it for her, not only will she pay for her produce but give us extra for our time, and even said she wanted to buy chicken eggs from us! This is a true God-send because Hubby is having a really hard time finding work.  She is just tired of being sick and tired, as were we!  We decided to upgrade our juicer!  It was a bit of money to spend, and we are not rich by any stretch of the imagination.  But we decided it was an investment in ourselves, and now that we have our neighbor on board… it’s really an investment in the community.


We bought a Hurom Slow Juicer, now I’m still a cheap girl and I LOVE a deal.  Hubby, his motto in life is “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed.”  He is never afraid to ask for a discount or a break on anything.  Back to the juicer, we were looking around at good options, watched many youtube videos and researched options.  I checked on craigslist and found a Hurom slow juicer that was only used a few times and the girl didn’t want it anymore.  She actually lived in a studio apartment and it was kind of big for her little place.  She had only had it for a bit and was selling it, new it’s $360 she had it advertised for $280.  Yesterday evening we drove into Portland and checked it out, the thing was amazing!  You hardly have to use the plunger at all, in fact the thing sucks down produce, and its whisper quiet!  Hubby handed the girl $260 and she accepted, so we basically bought a brand new juicer for $100 less than it costs in the store.  We were tickled!  We hurried home to try that baby out.  It not only produced more juice with less produce, but the juice was darker and it was more pungent, you could tell it had more in it.  The only “beef” with it is that it does produce a bit of pulp in the juice, which we remedied by straining with a fine mesh strainer, and that you have to cut down stringy veggies (think celery, and asparagus) or hard roots (carrots and beets).  It also does wheatgrass, it does leafy green veggies very well and you can also make nut milks and coconut milk with it, as well as banana ice cream.  Our JuiceMan II is great, but it sounded like a jet plane was taking off in our kitchen every morning, and if the pulp got stuck on the mesh strainer then the thing would rattle around and it felt like it was taking off! LOL  I guess we are “real” juicers now? We certainly feel blessed that is for sure!  The following video was one that really made me sure we wanted this machine… enjoy! HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

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I am blessed to work for an Orthopedic Surgeon, so when I have small issues I can ask the MA (medical assistant)  to take an X-ray (although I’m not a fan of radiation, I do take daily iodine to help protect my thyroid from radiation) and I can go to my doctor with questions and I don’t have to pay those pesky specialist copays, in fact it’s all free, but trust me I work for it. 🙂  Anyway, several weeks ago I was having all sorts of pain when I woke up in the morning, the first steps were so painful I would limp.  Getting out of the car once I got to work, again painful enough to make me limp.  I’m not a rush to a doctor kind of person, so I just dealt with it and went on.  Soon I wasn’t even noticing it, but Sunday Hubby gave me a foot massage and all of a sudden that pain was back, yikes it hurt!  So Monday I asked the MA to take an X-ray, she didn’t see any breaks but would have the doc look at it.  We talked a bit yesterday, he didn’t see any fracture but said when I had pain in the morning to come talk to him.  This morning Hubby woke me up early to work out and train with him.  He is training for a MMA fight and I am helping him, holding the mitts and such.  It’s good for us both, we both could stand to lose some weight.  After our morning workout my foot was really aching.  I came in to work and went back and asked the doctor to talk more about it.  When I described my pain (both on the bottom and on top, with pain shooting up my leg) he basically said that it’s probably a stress fracture that he can’t see on the X-ray and that I have to stay off it.  How am I gonna lose weight that way doc?  He suggested a stationary bike, which we don’t have, my trampoline is my workout of choice.  So I’m going to have to get creative, which is fine.  I am overweight and that has to change, although I’ve lost 5lb I do still have a ways to go and we are just getting going, I can’t stop now.  I talked to Hubby who said we’d modify the workouts so I don’t put pressure on that foot, but I do want to do more, so I’m gonna share my plan of action.

First off did you know there is an herb called “knitbone”?  Honestly this is one of my all time favorite herbs ever, Comfrey.  There is a bit of controversy with ingesting the herb, some say it shouldn’t be taken internally when you have liver issues, I don’t have liver issues and I have drank comfrey in many teas for many different healing needs, for many years.  I love the stuff, Hubby drinks it too.  We don’t drink it daily but when your body needs healing I think it’s a great herb.  However, it can also be used externally.  I think fresh works best external but we’re in the middle of winter, so I will use what we have dried.  Comfrey is used to heal bones (among other things).  The first time I heard of it was through an herbal website I belonged to (pay every month kind of thing) the owners son had broken his arm, above the cast the would put daily comfrey poultices on his shoulder to help heal the bone.  We are lucky to have found a huge comfrey patch behind a friend’s house and harvested a lot of this precious herb.  I think this should be growing in everyone’s garden.  So I will add water to my dried comfrey then I will blend it and put that mash on my foot and let it sit, I’ll probably do as long as I can, hopefully an hour a day, while I knit.  Here is a picture of comfrey:

Secondly I just read on Livestrong.com that arnica is a good herb for stress fractures as well.  Arnica is STRICTLY for external use, do not ingest it for whatever reason, it is POISONOUS!  Ok that out-of-the-way, it is used topically all the time for bruises and non open injuries (ie the skin is not broken, again you don’t want this inside your body for any reason).  I have an arnica gel that I purchased and used it on sore muscles, bumps, bruises etc.  But I have dried arnica as well and I will probably include some of that to my comfrey poultice.

Lastly I am going to make sure I take some supplements that strengthen bones.  I already take these things but I think I will ramp them up for a few weeks.  I take coral calcium daily, but I will increase my daily intake.  I also take food grade diatomaceous earth, which contains silica which is a big component to building strong bones.  I won’t spend a lot of time on the DE but I did do a blog post on this already (https://virtuousgracious.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/food-grade-diatomaceous-earth/) so read that if you want more information on diatomaceous earth.  Lastly I am going to also start drinking more raw milk and eat more raw butter.  We get our milk from a local lady, have also had raw goat milk.  Technically our raw milk is for “animal” consumption because Oregon has a silly law that raw cows milk can’t be sold for human consumption, but… raw goats milk can?  I know, I don’t get it either.

I will keep you updated on the healing process, the hard part is because no break is showing up on the X-ray I will only be able to tell it’s better by how it feels.  I am praying for a speedy recovery, I have wanted to get into jogging and this is putting a wrench in that plan.  God gave us all we need for healing, I am convinced of it every time I look to herbs for a remedy.

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