PAU D'ARCO TEA
NEED: Pau D'Arco tea in bulk (Monterey Bay Spice Company – www.herbco.com )
Bottle of white wine (can be as little as 1 quart)
Large kettle (not aluminum unless it is Teflon lined (needs to hold 1 gallon of fluid)
In a large kettle, mix wine and enough water to equal 1 gallon of fluid. Add about 3 ounces of Pau D'Arco tea (shredded inner bark NOT powder).
Simmer, uncovered, over low heat for 12 hours – DO NOT BOIL. Continue to add water to maintain 1 gallon of fluid.
After 12 hours, strain through cheese cloth to remove bark.
Pour strained tea into empty wine bottle and other glass container which can be capped.
To drink: Heat 2/3 cup water until very hot (DO NOT USE MICROWAVE). Add 1/3 cup Pau D'Arco tea concentrate.
Drink 1 cup daily as a preventative.
Drink 2 to 3 cups daily as a healing tea.
Flavor is very earthy – you can add honey if desired.
VINEGAR TREATMENT/BODY ACHE BATH TREATMENT
Read directions carefully before beginning treatment
1/4 to 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (5% acidity) white vinegar WILL NOT work.
Pan for top of stove (not aluminum) DO NOT MICROWAVE.
Washcloth or hand towel (it may stain from the vinegar)
Soft ice pack or bowl of ice water (package of frozen peas can replace soft ice pack)
Plastic wrap and heating pad (hot water bottle DOES NOT work well).
Turn on heating pad to LOWEST setting - DO NOT RAISE TEMPERATURE!
Heat vinegar until just starting to simmer.
Fold washcloth or hand towel lengthwise in thirds or to a size that will cover area to be treated.
Dip center of cloth in hot vinegar until completely absorbed.
Place hot compress, very briefly, on area to be treated (it will burn if left on too long).
Immediately apply ice pack (or dip in ice water for hands or elbows) for about 5 seconds.
Alternate hot compress and ice pack or ice water until you can leave the compress on area without discomfort.
Cover vinegar compress with plastic wrap (to protect heating pad from moisture).
Cover area with heating pad.
Leave covered for 1 hour.
Remove vinegar compress and apply ice pack or dip in ice water for about 20-25 seconds.
Repeat treatment for 7 days. You can miss a day and then go back and finish treatment if necessary. For treatment over 7 days - beginning on 8th day; mix 1/2 cup salt in 2 cups distilled or purified water, then use as follows: use a mixture of 1 part salt water and 2 parts vinegar to equal the 1/4 to 1/3 cup solution.
This can be use to treat tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, shin splints, or bone spurs.
If you have bone spurs, on the 8th day start using the saltwater/vinegar mixture. After you remove the compress, use a "J" stroke to remove calcium away from the area. "J" stroke = starting at center of treated area and at top of "J" apply a medium pressure out to the hook in the "J". Repeat all around the area for about 1 minute after each treatment. Repeat compress and "J" stroke routine until all pain is gone.
BODY ACHE BATH TREATMENT
To relieve body aches caused by over exercise or general strain do the following:
Run a bath of warm water (enough to cover areas requiring relief) and add:1/2 cup Epsom salts and 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (you can also add scented bath salts or bubble bath.)
Soak in this bath for about 15 minutes. Any odor from the vinegar will disappear when it dries.