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Dr. Bonnie Travis, DC / Herbalist
Dr. Bonnie Travis
Chiropractor /Herbalist

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The Medicinal Properties of Herbs
- This is the first of a series -


Hope you all had a nice Fall Equinox! Fall is upon us and the Earth in winding down and preparing herself for Winter. The squash is finally done producing so much that we can't eat it all. We have planted our cold weather crops and hopefully are up by now.

If you didn't do your Liver Cleanse last month, then there is still time this month to do it. And if you did do your Liver Cleanse last month and are still having allergy symptoms, then do it again this month.

Do I sound like a broken record? It is just because I think that it is really important, considering all our bodies have been through this year.

I thought I would present the herbs I use in the Liver Cleanse one by one in detail so that you may start to understand why they are useful for our bodies to ingest. The first herb and most important one is Dandelion.

Dandelion: AKA: Lion's tooth. All parts are edible, Dandelion greens are a rich source of vitamin A, the root is used for cleansing the liver and skin, the flower can be used in your salad or made into wine.

Dandelion has been used in many traditional medical systems, including Native American and traditional Arabic medicine.

Many of you have dandelions growing in your yard, if you are going to harvest any part of them you will need to make sure that there has not been any pesticides or herbicides sprayed on them! That they are not close to the road and that they are really dandelions. Many plants look like dandelions before they bloom, so it is safer to wait until they bloom, if you don't know for sure what they look like.

Dandelion and Chicory
Basal Growth
Dandelion on Left and Chicory on Right

Their distinguishing character is that the leaves are long and lance-shaped with large saw tooth shape, hence the name “Lion's tooth”. It always has a basal rosette at the ground level, all parts of the plant, when bruised exudes a white milky substance that has been know to remove warts, moles, pimples, calluses, and sores, and soothes bee stings and blisters. and it only has one flower from its hollow stock.

Each flower head contains hundreds of tiny ray flowers that have a little “v” shape on the end. The flower head, when it goes to seed is the familiar globular which puff that when you blow on it, the seeds fly everywhere.

Enjoy the leaves in the spring in your salad or sauteed with garlic and onions; they are more nutritious than anything you can buy at the store. They are higher in beta-carotene than carrots. The iron and calcium content is greater than spinach. Other vitamins and minerals include B-1, B-2, B-5, B-6, B-12, C, E, P, and D, biotin, inositol, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc and the roots in the fall boiled in your Liver Cleanse Tea, or you can cook it as a root vegetable and contains the sugar inulin, plus many of the above minerals.

Dandelions are also good for the bladder, spleen, pancreas, stomach and intestines. It ís recommended for stressed-out, internally sluggish, and sedentary people. Anyone who's a victim of excessive fat, white flour, and concentrated sweeteners could benefit from a daily cup of dandelion tea.

For some interesting recipes and more information on Dandelions you can check out this website: http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Dandelion.html

Please refer to the Fall Newsletter, or Spring Newsletter, if you don't remember what the Liver Cleanse is all about.

email me drbontravis@gmail.com for the Liver Cleanse Protocol, or download the pdf file here.


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Dedicating herself to the total health and well-being of each individual patient
, Dr. Bonnie Travis offers primary health care services through modern Chiropractic healing methods.

Techniques include: gentle and non-force according to the individual patient's needs. Services include spinal manipulation, physical therapy modalities, diet, nutritional, herbal and hormonal counseling.

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