My husband and I attended a workshop this past weekend called “Healing @ Home, The Crash Course”. It was taught by Dr Kyle Christensen, who is the author of Herbal First Aid and Health Care, which is the book that covers Western Botanicals product line. This is a great book, very different from Dr Christopher’s Herbal Home Health Care, and worth getting. Dr. Christensen is a chiropractor and naturopathic physician as well a Master Herbalist from the School of Natural Healing and until recently was a co-owner of the Western Botanicals products that we carry.
I was amazed to find out that many of Western Botanical formulations are in the Herbal First Aid and Health Care book. What a bonus for anyone that buys it, because so many herbal companies will not give out their formulas. In the workshop Dr. Christensen made his Immune Boost formula found on page 230. I have made extracts using Western Botanicals bulk herbs and know how easy it is, but others were amazed that was all there was to it. He showed us the best straining cloth I have ever seen, a paint straining bag that is reusable. I went and purchased the two sizes at Home Depot and will enjoy using these for many years to come. Now I have to figure out what to do with the big box of cheesecloth I bought!
Dr. Christensen used two of the five gallon paint strainer bags and showed us how easy it is to make greek yogurt. He then used some of the fresh whey that drips out as the yogurt is hanging and taught us how to make fermented vegetables, which are a great source of good bacteria for the gut. I’m excited to start adding fermented veggies to our diet. Fresh whey keeps for a month in the fridge and can be added to green smoothies to make them full of good bacteria! We need all the good bacteria we can get to stay healthy! Eating fermented vegetables and yogurt will help keep candida under control. Food Matters just posted an article and video about making fermented veggies where you can learn more about the importance of adding this to your diet!
Dr. Christensen also shared with us the fact that so many herbal companies are using very poor quality herbs to make their products. Companies would approach them asking to buy their “spent” herbs after they were used to make extracts. Would you want to eat herbs that had the goodness already extracted from them? No wonder there are so many bad products out there. He mentioned that both Dr Christopher's and Western Botanicals use the highest quality herbs available and that is why they work. Their products are pure herbs, no fillers are ever added, so you know you are getting only the whole herb with their healing properties intact. Read Dr Christopher's Quality Statement and Western Botanicals Quality Statement and you will know why you should be using these herbal formulas for your health and healing.
I love learning how to take care of myself and my family. Herbal First Aid and Health Care would be a great book to add to your collection and will help you with your endeavors to be medically independent.