No one enjoys worrying about Lyme’s disease but in the State of Wisconsin, it is an always present thing. What if you knew five different chemicals or even one herb that would knock it out of the box?
Ok, we are getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s start with The Merck Manuel which tells us that it is causes by a bacteria that is transmitted by deer ticks. This bacteria is called Spirochete Borrelia Burgdorferi. Now we know the enemy.
Merck also tells us that between three days and 32 days this bacteria can travel in our bodies and create symptoms such as red spots on the skin, fatigue, chills and fevers, headaches, stiff neck and sore muscles. It is my personal opinion that just about everyone who has ever lived in Wisconsin has at one time or another encountered this bacteria. Merck mentioned that “about 10 percent of people with Lyme arthritis develop persistent knee problems.”
The next source that I wanted to check was my mentor, Rev Hanna Kroeger; the nationally known herbalist to see what she suggested for Spirochete. She has an herbal combination called Spiro Kete that includes: Nettle, Yerba Santa, Golderrod, Organic Tobacco and Monlaurin.
Just knowing what some of these plants are capable of doing, this looks like a great combination.
Next I decided to check in with Dr. James A. Duke in his Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Database. Dr. Duke headed the FDA’s Herbal Department until his retirement.
Dr. Duke shows five chemicals that contain antilyme activity. They were Ascorbic –Acid 500- 2,000 mg., Magnesium 400-1,000 mg., Niacin 50 mg./day, Riboflavin50 mg./day, and Thiamin 50 mg.
Now let’s find out what foods contain these qualities.
Ascorbin –Acid Green Pepper goes from 230 – 20,982
Hot Pepper goes from 350 - 19,992
Cashews have 252- 17,5000
English Walnuts 8,000 -13,000
Rose Hips 1,000 -12,500
Magnesium Green Beans are at 18,000 ppm
Oats 14,800 ppm
Spinach 11,000 ppm
Peanuts 8,700 ppm
Asparagus 7,000 ppm
Niacin Asparagus 366 ppm
Sprouted Beans of all kinds 312 ppm
Peanuts 182 ppm
Ginger 135 ppm
Barley 115 ppm
Riboflavin Thyme 53 ppm
Spirulina 46 ppm
Wheat 40 ppm
Peppermint 38.9 ppm
Celery 34 ppm
Thiamin Spirulina 51 ppm
Sprouted Beans 40 ppm
Sunflower Seeds 24 ppm
Okra 20 ppm
Watercress 18 ppm
We now have many arrows in our quiver to attack this problem and fear can be left behind.
I have to tell you how I bumped into this area of interest. I was researching the properties of Stinging Nettle and found that within its about 75 different properties, it contained all of the chemicals above. They were all listed as antiLyme properties. It would make a lot of sense to go to the health food store and have a box of Nettle tea bags in your home and if this were all that Nettle was capable of doing, why not have a cup of Nettle tea once a week.
If people only knew how valuable this herb was, they would rip out their tomato plants and plant Nettle. I have a secret to tell about this, the deer do not eat my nettle.
Enjoy living everywhere in Beautiful Wisconsin and take a wonderful walk through the woods then come back to a cup of tea.
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