It’s time for questions

Hi all,

Cynthia has informed me she will be available this evening until Saturday noon. So, fire up the old computer and send those thoughts over quickly.

She will check in Sunday afternoon to see if any questions remain.

Also, I’ve misspelled her title. Begging pardon, Cynthia.

It’s Deva instead of diva.

Let’s begin by asking her to explain the term deva.

Enlighten us, Cynthia.

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26 comments on “It’s time for questions

  1. Luree says:

    Since it is flu season, I would love to know your views on the flu vaccine. Do you recommend it? What about vaccines for other diseases? And how effective do you think the vaccines are when compared to herbal remedies? I have never personally subscribed to herbs as a primary treatment, but as an adjunct, I believe they are definitely becoming more popular…in part, because they truly can be effective adjuncts when combined with more traditional medical approaches.

    • I am personally opposed to flu vaccines and have never had one. But everyone has to make that decision for themselves. I have known children who were damaged from routine vaccinations. But again, we need to be informed in order to make informed decisions. Herbal remedies are not vaccinations, nor do they treat Big D diseases. They can assist in restoring the body to balance but there are many other factors involved here. For example: the vitality of the immune system. A compromised immune system is not going to be able to respond as efficiently as a healthy immune system. So we may choose to bolster and support the immune system with herbs so that it can more efficiently deal with a illness. But the key, I think, is how we are in relationship with our bodies and the medicines that support us to heal. All healing takes place in the context of relationship and currently most people are experiencing huge disconnects, especially in the area of health care. I am a big proponent of complimentary and integrative medicine and have seen an herbal approach, when someone is in tune with their body and taking responsibility for their health, helping avoid the necessity to go the medical route. Every medical intervention pharmaceutical or otherwise carries the potential to cause yet another imbalance, that then requires another intervention to deal with the effects of the first intervention. This becomes a vicious cycle that fosters dependency, not empowerment. Herbal Medicine and being in relationship with a whole plant rather than an isolated compound or active constituent is a lifestyle choice, and one that I believe will ultimately reconnect us with our source. And this does not mean that we exclude other avenues of treatment, or scientific advances in medicine, it just means that we take responsibility for our choices and become active participants while learning to trust an inner navigation system that has previously not been supported.

  2. P.R. Mason says:

    Cool name for a book. I’m off to try the cold remedy.

  3. debutauthors says:

    What can we do to help our pets? Is there something we should be adding to their food?

  4. Hi Thea,

    I’m delighted to “meet” you here, and to learn about your book. I deeply believe in the benefits of living holistically, and herbal care is a big part of that. It’s so true, what you said about using herbs as part of a total lifestyle all the time, rather than using them to “treat” symptoms.

    As much as I agree with the philosophy, I am completely untrained, other than a bit of reading. I am hopeless at gardening, so I don’t grow many of my own supplies, but I am a natural in the kitchen. I need to find someone to grow all the food and herbs, and I’ll do the rest!

    How do you recommend the typical modern urban dweller incorporate herbal remedies into her life? If we can learn to do it at every opportunity, perhaps we can get away from the “pop a pill/herb” way of thinking.

    • Hello Marlene,
      Urban dwellers can grow plants too! Just a simple Rosemary or Lemon Balm on a window sill somewhere can invite the good medicine energy of these plants into your life and your home. A cup of chamomile tea in the evening is a wonderful healthful thing to do. It acts as an anti-inflammatory over time and a cup of Lemon Balm in the morning could be part of a longevity plan as it is know to have this effect. There are a lot of things a person can do to invite herbs into their lives. Cooking with turmeric in any variety of Indian style dishes has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and is good for the prostate if there is a male in your life.

      • debutauthors says:

        Last month I had an appointment with an orthopod spine specialist. The subject of anti-inflammatories came up and I said I took turmeric. He indicated that was a good one and to continue. Was I surprised. In the past, docs have shied from herbals. This was a nice change. Chamomile and lemon balm would be nice additions to the daily routine.

      • More docs are getting with the program. That is why I am such a big proponent of complimentary and integrative medicine.

      • debutauthors says:

        I’m so glad to see them shift!

  5. Melissa says:

    Robin will think this is a joke — but I’m serious. My daughter, who has asthma, told me recently she’d heard marijuana helped alleviate asthma. Since she can’t get a medical marijuana prescription in Texas, any other herbal remedies for her condition?

    • The only reason I can think of that someone might suggest Cannabis as a remedy for asthma is because it can relieve anxiety. That, however, does not make it a good asthma remedy and I would not recommend it. Smoke inhalation used to be the only solution in our primitive past, but that would be for herbs that act as a brochodilator. Would be much better to get to the core of the issue rather than trying to treat the symptom.

    • debutauthors says:

      Nah, I’m not laughing. After experiencing whooping cough and the attending gasping for breath, I am hoping Thea has a remedy. Besides, I’m allergic to mold and I’m a writer. Paper comes into play here. Mold lives in paper. My head is constantly stuffy. May be two different things, whatever, it may be worth a try.

      • Horehound for whooping cough and Grindellia for the lungs. But then there are lots of good herbs for acute symptoms. The problem with thinking this way is you are just treating symptoms with herbs, no different than the mechanistic model that says take this pharm for this symptom. Same approach different medicine. The strength of herbal medicine lies in its ability to restore whole systems because of their tonic ability which means taking them consistently for long periods of time. This method is known as the Wise Woman Tradition. Not a quick fix. If you would like to learn more please take one of my classes at Wise Woman University

  6. My legal name is indeed Cynthia, but I write under the name of Thea Summer Deer and most folks call me Thea. The way I look at it is “Thea” is short for Cyn-thea, only I decided to loose the Sin. That’s a joke. Anyway, call me Thea so it’s not confusing for folks. Thanks!

  7. Deva is a sanskrit word that means “body of light.” Devas are the architects of life and hold all of the blueprints in their memory.

  8. You can buy Elderberry syrup at your local health food store.

    • debutauthors says:

      It’s wonderful that you promote the recipe. My grandmother, a large-framed woman, did a good amount of the cooking since she lived with us. A pinch of this and a handful of that and magic would happen. She made all sorts of wonderful things, including ‘homemade’ remedies. After her death, I tried many of the recipes, but our hands were very different in size so the outcomes were, shall we say, undesirable. I marvel at someone who learns these recipes and passes them on.

      How did you begin? Was there someone who taught you?

      • I had Ederberries growing all around me and an herbal mentor who called me up one day and said “Let’s go harvesting.” She taught me how to make elderberry syrup and has a slightly different recipe for it in her book “Medicinal Herbs of the Southern Appalachians” by Patricia Kyritsi Howell. I highly recommend it. I just gave it my own twist. Having kids and grandkids I was well aware of the benefits of Elderberry syrup, so I thought, “why buy it, if I can harvest them fresh and make my own.” Besides, everything is better homemade.

  9. Melissa says:

    Thinking about your cold remedy — can you buy elderberry syrup (and if so, sources?) or is it strictly a make it yourself item?

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