Slippery When Wet

God, Mother Earth or the committee of dolphins who started this symphony of surprises, delights, heartbreak, drudgery, shittery and grand experiments, have sent many of a thinking homo sapien to ponder what could possibly have been the initial spark of creativity that led the cosmic gods to create such a beautiful planet, only to also set upon it such a variety of nutjobs, freaks and other assorted a-holes who seek to ruin it.

Ah!…pondering such weighty issues as to why in the hell we are here, can lead to mental calisthenics that our brains weren’t programmed to figure out sufficiently that a drink or good romp in the hay wouldn’t satisfy just as well.

And there are other ways to deal…when the brain begins to reel…

“I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.”
― John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

My 86-year-old Mum called me today, all in a lather over the new blood pressure meds her doctors have her on, complaining they’re “just messin’ with my system”, to the point where she’s spending more time on the commode rather than watching her favorite religious programs. Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Having abandoned the western medical system years ago, and studying herbs during this time, I knew of the tree that might provide relief…yes, a tree.

Slippery Elm is a spreading tree native to North America.  The fissured bark has a gummy texture and a slight odor.  The dried and powdered inner bark is the part of the tree used for medicinal purposes.  Slippery Elm is available in capsules, tablets or lozenges.  The finely powdered bark is used as a tea.  Poulices are made from coarsely powdered bark.  It is generally regarded to be a safe natural treatment when properly used. – via earthclinic.com

Wow! A tree that is native to North America, the richest country in the world for now, yet few have heard of…how can this be?  What could be the benefits from a damn tree?

One of the most common uses for slippery elm is to relieve coughs and soothe sore throats.  This is because the gummy-feeling bark contains mucilage that soothes and coats the throat, stomach and intestines.  The bark also contains antioxidants that are helpful for diarrhea and other stomach issues by reducing inflammation.  Slippery Elm may also help to prevent ulcers and reduce excess stomach acid.  Many have found it useful for GERD, Crohn’s disease, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.  Used externally as a poultice, Slippery Elm is used to treat small wounds and burns, boils, psoriasis and other skin problems. Slippery elm should not be taken if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. via earthclinic.com

The joke is on us.  For we continue to believe in the chemical goo that folks in white lab coats tell us we should take, when Mother Nature has provided us with thousands of ways to deal with the side effects of living in the modern era of goo.  (electromagnetic goo, corporate f**kery of goo, corporate media of goo, government propaganda of goo – the goo is endless)

And it’s not just one tree that can provide healing to all in need. Mother Earth saw fit to provide such a variety of ways to keep us healthy, that it boggles the simplest of minds…like the one I have.

We’ll let Doug & Stacy tell us of just a few of the miracles of Mother Earth, provided for us all.

“Gardening for Health” – OFF GRID with DOUG & STACY

And if this doesn’t twist your bonnet, then maybe you can find someone to dance with together till morning…

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Tonight’s musical offering:

(as if Myrna and William weren’t enough…)

Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1, in C Major, 3  (Allegro molto)

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra ~ Steven Isserlis, cello ~  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra ~ Anthony Marwood, leader

Photo credit: http://www.unsplash.com/@buzojesus

Medical Disclaimer:

The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be used in place of the advice of a healthcare professional. Always consult a doctor or your trusted health guru if you have health concerns.

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