A poultice is a layer of mashed, moistened or heated herbs applied to the skin. The herbs may be in direct contact with the skin, or there may be a layer of cloth in between. Poultices are used to treat a wide variety of ailments both external and internal, from antiseptic onion poultices to a pain-relieving cayenne plaster (the terms plaster and poultice are often used interchangeably).
- Handful of bay leaves
- Oil or water
- Cloth dressing
- Plastic wrap
- Grind bay leaves in a mortar and pestle.
- Mix the ground bay leaves with a bit of oil or water until a moist paste is formed.
- Spread a thin layer of the poultice preparation on a clean piece of cloth, then apply to the affected area of the skin.
- Apply a layer of plastic wrap over the poultice to hold it in place and to retain heat.
- Leave the poultice in place until it has dried or cooled, or until the symptoms have subsided.
[Extract from wikihow]
Ginseng is a perennial herb with a fleshy root. It may be taken as dried root, tincture, fluid extract, powder or tablet. Ginseng acts as a tonic for the nervous system and is a potent pick-me-up. To get the most out of ginseng, it should be used for a period of two to three weeks.
Ginseng has a wide variety of medicinal uses, namely:
- increases energy levels
- regulates metabolism
- protects against stress
- alleviates periods of moodiness and depression
- reduces mental and nervous exhaustion in times of great stress
- assists if you are depressed or feeling ‘flat’ and run-down
- improves a poor memory or insomnia
- boosts the immune system
- strengthens the adrenal glands and stimulates the T-cells of the immune system (which help to eliminate toxins)
- balances hormones
- relieves fatigue, and lethargy
- restores memory
- enhances concentration and cognitive abilities
There are a number of plants referred to as ginsengs, but they are either from a different family or genus. I have listed below four of the most commonly known and used:
- Siberian Ginseng
- North American White Ginseng
- Korean Red Ginseng
- Korean White Ginseng
Siberian Ginseng medicinal uses:
- an excellent tonic to negate the effects of travel
- combats the physical effects of disturbed biorhythms
- increases stamina, helping the body to cope with the exhaustion brought on by travel
- restores vigour
- increases longevity
- enhances overall health
- stimulates both a healthy appetite and a good memory
- helps the body adapt to stressful conditions and to enhance productivity
- increases energy, stamina, and helps the body resist viral infections and environmental toxins
- supports the central nervous system, liver function, lung function and circulatory system
North American White Ginseng medicinal uses:
- provides a cooling effect to the body
Korean Red Ginseng medicinal uses::
- used as a natural preventive, restorative remedy and valued for its adaptogenic properties
- believed to be an anti-aging herb
- used to lower cholesterol, balance the metabolism, increase energy levels, and stimulate the immune system
Korean White Ginseng medicinal uses:
- stimulates metabolic effect on the central nervous system, brain, head, and blood vessels
- blood sugar levels
- histamine levels
- stress levels
- mental and physical abilities
- artery hardening
- immune and lung function
- increases appetite
- balances libido
- may offer protection against radiation exposure
- easement of cocaine withdrawal
Avoid using other stimulants such as coffee while you are taking ginseng, as these can overload your system.
[Extracts from Mind, Body and Spirit; and http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/3447/1/Ginseng-and-Its-Many-Uses.html]
At approximately 11.00 am on Wednesday, 6 April 1966, a class of students and a teacher from Westall High School (now Westall Secondary College) were just completing sport on the main oval when an object, described as being a grey saucer-shaped craft with a slight purple hue and being about twice the size of a family car, was alleged to have been seen. According to witnesses the object was descending and then crossed and overflew the high school’s south-west corner, going in a south-easterly direction, before disappearing from sight as it descended behind a strip of trees and into a paddock at The Grange in front of the Westall State School (primary students). After a short period (approximately 20 minutes), the object – with witnesses now numbering over 200 – then climbed at speed and departed towards the north-west. As the object gained altitude some accounts describe it as having been pursued from the scene by five unidentified aircraft which circled the object.
“It was silvery-grey and seemed to thicken at times…the thickening was similar to when a disc is turned a little to show the underside.“
- Andrew Greenwood (Teacher)
“About the size of ‘two family cars’…passed him at a distance of about ‘four football fields’…it was silvery, but it had a sort-of purple hue to it, very bright, but not bright enough that you couldn’t look at it…I saw that it dropped down behind the trees, and I thought, ‘hello, hang on’. A minute or so later, it went straight up, just gone…The way this thing moved there is no way it could have been a weather balloon or a light aircraft…A helicopter? No way no noise, wrong shape, and it didn’t move like it. It came out of the distance, stopped, and then just dropped.”
-Shaun Matthews (on the object), The Sunday Age
The Dandenong Journal covered the encounter in detail and ran two front-page stories. The first was on 14 April and the next was on 21 April. Broadsheet newspaper, The Age ran a very small article about the Westall incident on 7 April 1966, on page 6:
“Object Perhaps Balloon – An unidentified flying object seen over the Clayton-Moorabbin area yesterday morning might have been a weather balloon. Hundreds of children and a number of teachers at Westall School, Clayton, watched the object during morning break.”
Witnesses and researchers were surprised when The Sun News-Pictorial (a tabloid) ran no story, yet The Age (a broadsheet) did. The Sun and The Herald newspapers, while not mentioning the Westall incident, both published cartoons in the following day’s editions that made light of the flying saucer phenomena. GTV Channel 9 television also ran a news report about the encounter. A student, Joy Tighe, described the event for the reporter. However, a copy of this film is not available. Channel 9 reports that it was removed from their archive and not returned.
“I couldn’t tell you what it was. It certainly wasn’t a light aircraft or anything of the like …I saw the thing drop down behind the pine trees and saw it leave again. I couldn’t tell you how long it was there for, it was such a long time ago…went up and off very very rapidly. I went over and there was a circle in the clearing. It looked like it had been cooked or boiled, not burnt as I remember. A heap of kids from Westall primary and high school came charging through to see what had happened ‘look at this, look at that, we saw it as well’, that sort of thing. It was a bit of a talking point for a couple of days.”
-Shaun Matthews (on holidays in Westall at the time), The Sunday Age
Did anyone investigate this event?
The alleged sighting was investigated by two groups:
- The Victorian Flying Saucer Research Society (VFSRS)
- Phenomena Research Australia (PRA).
Both groups described it as being one of Australia’s major unexplained UFO cases. The VFSRS team arrived on the site on 8 April and spoke to students and viewed the marked ground. The VFSRS printed an image and a small report in their magazine ‘Australian UFO Bulletin’ in December 2000. An investigator, Brian Boyle (PRA), arrived at the site on 9 April with four army investigators. Boyle did a number of interviews, which he recorded on tape, over a number of days and took samples from the marked ground. These investigators were able to speak to many of the witnesses as it was over the Easter holiday period (8–11 April).
What happened post the event?
It was reported by many of the students and teachers that witnessed the event that pressure was put upon them to not speak of the event with any other persons, including their close family members.
“Students and staff have been instructed to ‘talk to no-one’ about the incident.”
-The Dandenong Journal (front-page news two weeks in a row)
How was the event debunked?
- Although some witnesses reported five Cessna-type aircraft around the object, investigators were unable to find any record of such aircraft. Moorabbin Airport, which is 4.76 km (south-west) from the location, was checked but no aircraft from that airport entered the airspace. The RAAF also reported no military activity in that area.
- The Australian Skeptics described the object as potentially having been an experimental military aircraft. They suggest that it may have been a nylon target drogue, like a windsock, towed by one plane for the others to chase and known to be in use by the local RAAF at the time.
- Witness video recordings taken at the time have been misplaced (removed).
- The Sun and The Herald newspapers both published cartoons in the following day’s editions that made light of the flying saucer phenomena.
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Sharon Ann Rowland
[Extracts from Wikipedia and YouTube]
Idocrase is also known as Vesuvianite since it was discovered on Mt Vesuvius. It is a high energy stone which can help in all kinds of problems in all chakras. However, different colored Idocrases help in different functions. For example the yellow-green versions of this stone aid in the stimulation and integration of all the chakras particularly the heart and the solar plexus and heart chakras which aids in the alignment of thoughts and the intuitive guidance of the heart. This alignment is essential for enhancing the will while suppressing the over egoistic instincts of a person.
What does it physically need?
Idocrase is beneficial in:
- enhancing the strength of the teeth enamel
- enhancing the creative side of the brain
- healing skin related ruptures and eruptions – such as acne
- the proper and complete absorption and assimilation of all the nutrients present in food
- treating diverticilosis
Vesuvianite is mainly used for support at all levels. Hence, at the physical level, this stone can aid in strengthening:
- the legs and feet which helps in alleviating conditions like varicose veins and spider veins
- all the body tissues as well
Samantha the Shaman
[Extract from essence]
Hop, is a small genus of flowering plant native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The hop is part of the family Cannabaceae, which also includes the genera Cannabis (Hemp), and Celtis (Hackberries). The female flowers (often called “cones”) are used as a culinary flavouring and stabilizer, especially in the brewing of beer.
What do they heal…
- fix insomnia
- ease anxiety and depression
- relax the central nervous system
- aid digestion
- alleviate intestinal cramps
- reduce flatulence
- relieve pain from skin inflammations
How is it used…
- stuff a herbal pillow with hops to aid sleep and anxiety
- carry a sachet of hops
- add some hops to natural incense prior to burning
- take an infusion or tincture of the flowers (strobiles)
- use a hops compress
[Extracts from Wikipedia and Mind, Body and Spirit]