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What to Eat to Strengthen Those Arteries and Veins


What to Eat to Strengthen Those Arteries and Veins


Butcher’s Broom?

Butcher’s broom is a low-growing common evergreen shrub. It is widely distributed, from Iran to the Mediterranean and the southern United States. The plant develops edible shoots that are similar to asparagus in form. Butcher’s broom has tough, erect, striated stems with false thorny leaves. The name of this plant should not be confused with broom (Cytisus scoparius) or Spanish broom (Spartium junceum).


What is it used for?

Traditional/Ethnobotanical uses

  1. aculeatus was given its common name, butcher’s broom, because its stiff twigs were bound together and used by butchers in Europe to keep their cutting boards clean. The plant has a long history of use. More than 2000 years ago, it was noted as a laxative, diuretic, and a phlebotherapeutic (beneficial to veins) agent. Extracts, decoctions, and poultices have been used throughout the ages, but the medicinal use of this plant did not become common until the last century. Early investigations during the 1950s indicated that extracts of butcher’s broom could induce vasoconstriction and therefore might have use in the treatment of circulatory diseases. The increasing popularity of natural and herbal remedies in Europe in the 1970s reaffirmed its position in modern medicine. Novel uses for this plant have included its use as an anti-inflammatory agent and to prevent atherosclerosis.


Venous conditions

A variety of compounds have been isolated from butcher’s broom. The 2 primary active saponin compounds are ruscogenin and neoruscogenin. Butcher’s broom is the active component in several produce formulations and topical treatments for venous diseases and venous insufficiency, such as varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Limited results showing some promise from clinical trials are available. The German Commission E approves oral use for supportive therapy for discomforts of chronic venous insufficiency and complaints of hemorrhoids. Butcher’s broom also may be useful for orthostatic hypotension, although data is limited.


Other uses

Novel modern uses for this plant have included its use as an anti-inflammatory agent and to prevent atherosclerosis. The discovery of new pharmacological activity of butcher’s broom, particularly as a cytotoxic agent, demonstrate the need for continued research on butcher’s broom.


What is the recommended dosage?

Extracts have been dosed at 16 mg daily for chronic phlebopathy, while a topical cream formulation was used to apply 64 to 96 mg of extract daily.


Information regarding safety and efficacy in pregnancy and lactation is lacking. Avoid use.

Cup of tea, teapot and branch of clover on wooden background

Butchers Broom Tea

Preparation Methods & Dosage: To make a tea from chopped root, place 1 teaspoon of the herb in a cup of boiling water and allow to steep in a closed teapot for 10 minutes.


Orange Peels

Yes, add those orange peels to any tea and it will help with strengthening the veins.  Orange peels can be put into desserts and when cooking meat, and get all the same health benefits for your veins,.



If you have vein and or artery issues, or have had a heart attack, grapes with seeds is the route to go.  Try never to buy grapes without seeds, for there are too many hidden chemicals in those grapes.


Just a few things to help you out!


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Sweet Potato Pie, Paleo Style



Sweet Potato Pie     Paleo Style



(Makes 1 x 9″ pie)

1lb 3oz sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

½ c coconut cream (taken from the top of a can of coconut milk placed in the fridge overnight)

½ c applesauce

½ – ¾ coconut palm sugar, to taste

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

5 egg yolks


1x 9” Pie Crust, for your needs

1 c chopped pecans

1 Tbsp maple syrup



Preheat oven to 350º.

Steam sweet potatoes until tender, 15-20 min. Remove the sweet potatoes from the steamer and mash.

Combine all ingredients except maple syrup and pecans in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix until completely combined and well incorporated. Pour filling into prepared crust. Sprinkle pecans evenly over the pie. Drizzle with maple syrup. Bake 50-55 min. Allow the pie to cool completely before serving. Store pie in the refrigerator.


Healthy Eating!

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Black Drawing Salve Recipe


Drawing Salve Recipe


All sort of minor skin issues, such as burns and rashes, can be successfully treated with the help of this wonderful ointment. In the Amish community, it is known as “Hilla schemer” or the “healing smear,” being used for the removal of toxins and also of foreign objects, such as wooden or metal splinters, from the skin.

It is one of the best ways to remove skin tags, its strength and effectiveness depending on the chosen recipe (and clearly the ingredients used).

Drawing salve can be used to heal boils, as it draws the pus to the surface and stimulates the faster healing of the skin. It is recommended for the removal of thorns and glass shards, as well as for the treatment of cystic acne and insect/spider bites.

If you have had a nasty encounter with poison ivy or oak, you can use black healing salve with confidence. Ingrown toenails can be treated with this natural remedy as well.

In conclusion, Black healing salve is a wonderful natural remedy, one that has its roots in the Amish community but is popular all over the world nowadays. It is recommended for minor skin issues, pulling out toxins, foreign bodies and helping one deal with acne. It should never be confused with the more potent black salve, which contains zinc and bloodroot, being recommended as a controversial treatment for skin cancer.


Black Drawing Salve




If you are interested in preparing the black healing salve in the comfort of your home, these are the ingredients you are going to require:


Castor oil (1/2 c) – anti-inflammatory, skin moisturizing, reduces acne

Coconut oil (1/2 c) – anti-inflammatory, skin moisturizing, antibacterial, antiseptic, stimulates the faster healing of the skin

Activated charcoal (3 teaspoons) – pulls out toxins and foreign bodies from the level of the skin; reduces stinging sensation in case of poison ivy/insect bites

Bentonite clay (3 teaspoons) – similar benefits to activated charcoal; ensures the non-greasy consistency of the product

Beeswax (2 teaspoons) – improves the overall texture, plus it acts as binding agent

Calendula oil (10 drops) – anti-inflammatory, skin moisturizing, antibacterial, stimulates the faster healing of the skin. Make sure this is organic and not perfumed.



Take a large bowl and mix the bentonite clay with the activated charcoal and essential oils.

Melt the beeswax and mix it with the calendula oil, using a double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler, you can place a glass bowl over a pot of hot water, and it will serve the same purpose.

Mix the melted wax with the other ingredients, pour the resulting mixture into a glass jar (airtight) and allow it to cool.

Note: always store in an air-tight glass jar, for the ingredients to maintain the same level of efficiency. Keep the jar away from direct sunlight and use it for several weeks without worries.


Ingredients make the difference between the black healing salve and the controversial version (black salve for skin cancer)

Black Salve and Skin Cancer


A quick search on the Internet will reveal to you that black salve can be used to treat skin cancer. However, this should not be confused with black healing salve, which is a natural remedy recommended for minor skin issues and not serious conditions, such as skin cancer.


The black salve to which some people are referring to is, first of all, a controversial solution for skin cancer, and one that has yet to be proven effective. It is a name used to cover a group of natural corrosive agents, also known as escharotics.


One of the main ingredients belonging to this group is indeed a natural remedy, meaning bloodroot, being recommended for the treatment of basal and squamous skin cell carcinoma. However, such treatments are not backed up by scientific evidence.

As you have seen above, the black healing salve is based on a recipe that contains only natural ingredients, such as essential oils, beeswax, and activated charcoal. The choice of ingredients recommends the ointment for minor skin issues, like the ones mentioned above.


The black salve, on the other hand, recommended for the treatment of skin cancer, contains different ingredients, its formula being more potent. Among the most common ingredients chosen for this controversial version, there are chloride zinc and powdered bloodroot. So, always use the difference in ingredients, to distinguish between the natural black healing salve and the more potent version, which has highly-erosive properties.


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