Tuesday November 9, 2021
– Crescent Moon Phase – challenge, growth, struggle, expansion, gathering
– Moon in Capricorn – Void of Course 12:51 PM – 10:03 PM – moving to Aquarius
– Retrograde Planets – Pluto, Neptune, Chiron, Mercury
– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – November 9th – 11th – Potty Train, Wean, Paint, Cut Firewood, Kill Plant Pests, Dig Holes, Mow to Increase Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Host a Party
– Planting Calendar (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – November 9th – 11th – A good time to kill plant pests or do plowing. Poor for planting.
– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Kamala, Goddess Who Transcends Limitations, Goddess Who Leaves No One Behind
– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Elias – God of the West
– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New Moon in Libra: “an inventor performs a laboratory experiment” (& “a porter carrying heavy baggage”)
– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: –“A Woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but veiled load”
SUN –18 SCORPIO: a path through woods rich in autumn coloring
EARTH– 18 TAURUS: a woman airing an old bag through a sunny window
How to Naturally Care for your Liver
A little over a week ago, I began talking about things you can do to cleanse and protect your liver. I offered a few easy and inexpensive ideas – including drinking water, herbal teas and some natural supplements. I cam acrtoss another list of good ideas to support a healthy liver that I also wanted to share. I am pretty much copying the list and adding my comments as well as some other insights I have found. The article will be linked at the end.
Now understand. We all know that we have a liver – as do most animals. And we know that it has a bad reputation as a food that kids do not like to eat – Think Liver and Onions. Some people say it is very nutritious meat. Others say it is choc full of cholesterol. I always thought it was gross.
What it does for the body is that it filters and cleans our blood. When it does not work, your blood gets toxic and you get sick and die. So we want to do anything we can to keep our liver healthy.
Here is where we will veer away from our friends in the mainstream medicine world. Listening to them, they will say things like eat healty, get lots of sleep, drink lots of water (8 glasses a day) and avoid fried food.
So here is a list of positive things you can do that contribute to a healthy liver:
- Walnuts – and the operative thing here is Omega 3 fatty acids. You find these in Salmon as well. This is especially helpful if you have fatty liver disease.
- Olive Oil – If you are not yet a fan of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), you should work on it. From my own experience, it is not all that useful for deep frying. But lets face it, deep fried foods are not what you should be eating for your health. Olive Oil substitutes perfect in most places you would usually use Vegetable oil or Canola Oil or Corn Oil.
- Lemons – Lemons have antioxidants – most well known of which is Vitamin C. In my experience if you are looking to use it as your daily source of Vitamin C, you will have to eat a lot of them (3-4). But otherwise the smaller portions are good as part of your daily diet. Lemon in your water does more than just kill the taste (if you are drinking nasty tap water). And if you add it to nice spring water it just tastes better.
- Grapes – The study they cite is for Grape seed extract, but I like the idea. I wonder if it works for wine. Table grapes are tasty snacks. We like red grapes here. And my 12 year old more often than not will disappear with the whole bag and demolish them in one sitting.
- Switch from White to Whole Grain bread – White bread is really not that great for you. Yes it tastes good. But nutritionally it is nothing to write home about. A whole grain bread offers huge advantages. The nutrients in whole grains stabilize inflammation and insulin, which are both markers of liver cancer. The article suggests whole grain pasta too – you know that crap that Michelle Obama forced on school lunches making them all but inedible. That’s up to you. Whole wheat is healthier.
- Carrots – They are a great source for beta-carotene which helps to flush the liver.
- Coffee – Oh come on. This is too easy. They recommend 3 cups a day. They do not indicate whether this means bougie Starbucks Coffee milkshakes. For me, I drink it black, so it will work!
- Grapefruit – Grapefruit has two antioxidants; naringin, and naringenin, which can guard the liver. I always wonder about grapefruit. It seems like there are so many Big Pharma formulations that suggest you should not eat grapefruit while taking them. Hmmm. Something to pay attention to.
- Soy – Things like Soy milk and Tofu. It’s a great source of plant based protein. Also it interacts well in the body and beneficial to the liver.
- Green Tea – not the supplements, but the tea – 5 cups a day. I cannot imagine adding lots of sugar or fake sweetener is good, but just the tea.
- Turmeric – Curcumin – A spice we know little about here in the west. Its one to be careful with, because you can have too much. But its good as part of your diet.
- Legumes – Beans, Lentils and Peas
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Another thing that I have tried is Castor Oil – a Castor Oil pack. This is a little odd, because it is a mess. Castor Oil is one of those Grandmother Cures that all of us kids looked at sideways growing up. I remember watching the Little Rascal (the original 1930’s shorts) where they would be threatened with Castor Oil by their parents. But it also made its way into cartoons like Tom and Jerry.
From what I always gathered, it was was used for constipation. The packs may help that. I do not know. My reason for trying it was for the potential to help cleanse the liver.
My experience so far – mixed. First you have to find Organic, Cold Pressed Castor Oil. It took me a few weeks to find it. You can always find it on Amazon. But it was available locally as well.
Castor oil is sticky and gross. It is not clean like Olive Oil. Its messy. You prepare a pack by taking small sheets of cotton cloth (flannel) and soaking them in the oil. Then you apply them to your skin above your liver and cover it. Here is wehre the mess comes in. Because it oozes out and gets all over your clothes if you are not careful. If you do it right, you can keep it pretty clean. I used it one night for about 5 hours. I do not know if it dd anything, but will continue working with it and check back.