Banyan Tree Fruit – The Kansas City Shuffle – Breaking out of a Stalemate Situation

All you can see in the picture, is ONE Banyan tree that spreading out.

The fruit of the banyan tree is as much a wonder and a miracle as the rest of the tree. It develops according to the biorhythms of the tree and can be found around the year depending on how the tree has acclimatized to where it is.

This tree’s virility of rooting, growth and spreading – so much so one tree can cover acres and acres of land, are legendary.

Naturally the fruit has been used as support for sexual energy deficiencies and fertility in both men and women.

This is a young Banyan Tree putting out its first aerial roots about fifteen feet up from the ground.

However it isn’t exactly an aphrodisiac. Rather, it works on a very basic level providing all the basic nutrition a person needs, much like baby food does, repairing a person on a very basic level so fertility and everything it needs all come in one big package.

Nutritionally, the more popular fig – Ficus Carica – beats it as a food. But when it comes to trace minerals, the banyan fruit – Ficus Benghalensis is on a whole other level.

While it doesn’t have the sugars of the popular fig, essential food for sustenance, especially in the warm climate the common fig is native to, what the banyan fruit does have is those trace substances that address a person’s vital requirements for growth and repair.

In situations where a person is unable for some reason to work up the mojo to get past a plateau in healing or progress; when there’s a wound that simply won’t heal, when the person seems to be going around in circles getting ill, becoming alright, falling ill, getting well – really well, before relapsing – and this isn’t because of an obvious condition in the environment that’s causing the problem, the fruit of the Banyan helps breakthrough.

It is my medicine of choice to break a stalemate situation especially those that have an element of lack or deficiency in them. Where the person cannot seem to RETAIN or SUSTAIN energy long enough to break through.  

If someone says they’ve been in the same situation a long long while with ups and downs but always keep coming back to square one or ground zero – whatever you call it – I put banyan fruit in their medicine. It simply cannot hurt anyone – human or animal of any age.

In unnecessarily high doses it can cause vertigo in those who have been nutritionally deprived as the body spins into action to absorb the trace minerals it offers.

Have you heard of the Kansas City Shuffle? It’s this sort of method of bringing out a hidden enemy, or tricking one, by pretending to be one of the preys of the predator. The enemy reveals their location and becomes vulnerable as they come out to get the prey and have basically walked into a trap.

That’s how the banyan fruit works. It provides all the basic nutrition that makes predatory illnesses – ie. energy patterns not natural to the human body and the cells that carry them, lurking around the body like vampires, go dizzy with delight and think, “Yay, this is good stuff.” They go into overdrive, feasting on the nutrition and realize too late – this is not the common fig – this is the fruit of the banyan tree. “We should’ve googled it before feasting on it. We cannot really digest this stuff. We’re not natural. We only eat sugar. Oh no, oh no…. ”

Before long the unnatural cell is a dead cell and being thrown out.

I often combine banyan fruit with Milk Thistle and other support for the liver and for the lymphatic system to help throw out the dead cells and finish the job.

Now this is not something that happens overnight and it is quite draining and not advisable to use big doses of Banyan Fruit on its own. A better course of action is a smaller dose spread over six months to a year along with other herbs to help the body adjust to the changes brought about by the Banyan Fruit.

When the body changes, the consciousness changes. When the consciousness changes, our life changes. Every natural herb you make part of your life changes your consciousness and your life, whether you can see it or not.

The fruit of the banyan changes a life in very basic ways as it provides basic nutrition you might’ve been lacking for years or decades, changes on levels that might not be obvious but which as time goes is the equivalent of a paradigm shift.

Slow and steady wins the race, they say. The banyan fruit totally expresses that proverb into physical reality.

Banyan Fruit just before I cut them up to make tincture of them in vinegar. I prefer vinegar in this case because it retains the trace minerals that alcohol does not retain.

Ceanothus – New Jersey Tea – Recovery From Shock

Today I came across on a gardening show, the stunning ethereal Ceanothus.

Ceanothus Americana - New Jersey Tea or Red Root
Ceanothus Americana – New Jersey Tea or Red Root

Why it is called New Jersey Tea is because during the war of the American Revolution ie. the war which resulted in the USA forming as a country independent from Britain, American dependence on tea, which was at the time mostly imported through the British commercial networks, had to be stopped.

The leaves of this wild shrub were used instead of Camellia Sinensis – which is the usual tea plant.

Now if you have your teas right, you know it’s actually rather difficult to find something to replace the usual tea leaf. There’s something about Camellia Sinensis that’s just right. It doesn’t push you over the top in any way. It’s uplifting and calming and holding together in a very balanced way.

To find a replacement for such a balanced herb was no mean achievement, especially back then when tea was so much more than one choice of beverage among several others.

Ceanothus IS in fact a perfect replacement because like Camellia Sinensis, it ‘holds together’ the system. And not just in subtle ways but in very powerful direct ways.

In severe hemorrhage such as after childbirth, huge cuts with heavy bleeding, hemophilia and any other condition where the body needs urgent clot forming support, Ceanothus is a powerful medicine for first aid.

All sorts of reactions to stress or shock, where the person (or pet for that matter) experiences hemorrhage, diarhhea, or incontinence are helped immensely both for first aid and for later recovery from such episodes.

The loss of mental concentration and focus because of a shock is helped by taking Ceanothus.

Conditions that involve nervous trembling or twitching benefit from Ceanothus taken regularly as it supports building up the damaged parts of the nervous system, that were damaged due to bad recovery or lack of recovery from shock caused by sudden energy loss.

Radiation or other damage to the inner linings of the body whether in the ENT canal, the throat, the digestive lining or the bowels can be dealt with with the simple addition of a few drops of Ceanothus tincture.

To summarize it, imagine the body as a water body. Recovery from any shock to the water body, destabilizing the water and liquid movements, pooling and function, can be helped in a big way by Ceanothus.

I could go on and on writing about how Ceanothus can help every single organ in the body. It even is good for the teeth!

But I will end this post with – Ceanothus is powerful first aid for recovery from shock that has had a physical impact and physical symptoms. It is also a pain killer and helps long term recovery from the lingering effects of shock and trauma to the system.


Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus or Californian Lilac

Thevetia Peruviana – Yellow Oleander

Some beautiful pictures of Yellow Oleander from when they were flowering on the 5th of November 2019.

Thevetia Peruviana Herbal Medicine

Thevetia Peruviana or Yellow Oleander has reported by the fake media as terribly poisonous. Of course as some wise man said, “The difference between a medicine and a poison is the dose.”

I have found the oleander family to be incredibly powerful as a nervous frequency balancing agent in the worst kinds of situations, one of which is drug poisoning of the central nervous system.

People treat poisoning as a physical problem – something to do with the gut. That’s there too, but it’s the after effects on the nervous system that do the most damage as far as I’ve seen and there’s very little done to address that.

A drop of oleander tincture taken every few hours and then continued twice a day for several weeks will help recovery like few other things can.

It’s about getting back into life again.

This one’s called Thevetia Peruviana and has been known to make cancerous cells kill themselves while not affecting whole cells.

Yes, it’s good for all the things it reminds you of.



The fruit goes straight from green to black, which means black is when it’s ripe. I’ve heard of all sorts of horror stories where people commit suicide eating just ONE seed of Yellow Oleander. I cannot be sure of those as I’ve never come across anyone taking this route to suicide.

What I do know is that most normal animals don’t take a shine to chomping on these fruit naturally. They don’t draw you in like apples or strawberries. However, if you do need a purging of the system, one way or another, a tiny tiny tiny tiny tiny bit would do nothing but good, as several dogs and cats have demonstrated.

So very very very beautiful.

I love the transparency of purpose this flower reminds me of.

Simple is best.

More about Thevetia Peruviana or Yellow Oleander in Herbal Medicine for Holistic Healing




Do not try to control Spikenard – Energy Releasing Deep Healer

Spikenard Root
Dried Spikenard root ready for extraction.

This amazing herb is called ‘Spikenard’ or ‘True Nard’ in English. Its from the Valerian family and is called ‘Nardostachys Jatamansi’. Once growing all over the earth, in recent centuries it almost went into extinction – found wild only in the higher mountains of asia.

It’s the stuff of legend – a lucky charm, a sacred symbol associated with love (the Song of Solomon in the Bible) and regeneration of dying and lost causes.

I have found it all absolutely true.

There are a handful of herbs that can cure anything given some time – a heal-all, whether the problem is with body or mind, or gut or soul. One of them is Spikenard. When everything else fails, try Spikenard.

It is one of those herbs that affects people differently.

For example, given to children it helps them stay calm in stressful times – like exam-time, and gets their digestive system going. In teenagers it stimulates the production of the sexual hormones so their reproductive system develops properly, a great help for those teens who are stressed out about not developing physically like their peers.

In adults Spikenard supports hormonal re-adjustment to new environments – imagine what that means for people who move house to climates they are not accustomed to!  No matter where you lack energy in your body, Spikenard will cause energy to go just there.

This is also perhaps why it is one of the most difficult herbs to understand. What do you do if a herb that’s supposed to make someone sleep better, actually causes the person to feel more awake?

Spikenard and the Valerian family in general  are unpredictable because it surrenders its energy and lets itself be directed by the person’s body and energy field itself. This is so relaxing, our deep abdomen and gut release pent up tension. 

What happens next is totally dependent on how your body wants to use the energy. Just like wind moves from an area of high pressure – where there’s lots of air – to an area of low pressure – where there is less air – so energy in  the body moves to where its needed. Spikenard just makes that possible.

How beautiful is that!

I was taught about it by my great great grandfather John Waltham this way:

‘No matter what you want to do, Spikenard helps you do that. If you need to cry, you will cry. If you want to sleep, you will sleep. If you want to dance, you will dance, if you want to love, you will love. Do not try to control Spikenard, it follows divine paths through the body.’

Some of the amazing applications of Spikenard;

1) Melatonin Balance in the Pineal Gland

Spikenard is the vital herb I use to treat imbalance and enlargements of the Pineal Gland. It balances the amount of melatonin in an overactive Pineal Gland. It itself is a source of melatonin – the hormone that makes a person feel sleepy, but will also reduce melatonin in those who have too much. This is an invaluable aid to sleep cycle correction, treatment of chronic clinical depression and all manner of sleep and nervous system disorders. The chain reaction set off in the body by the Pineal Gland balancing its function (and even size over time) are just as amazing.

When the Pineal Gland rejuvenates itself it slowly stops piling on the grey ash-like deposit of calcium that settles over it with age – this is one of the foremost triggers of ‘ageing’ in the body as the light reaching the Pineal Gland gets blocked off by the calcium. Slowing or stopping this depository activity means ageing in the body itself slows down as the Pineal Gland continues to direct the body’s energy to flow just as in youth. This means proper Vitamin D synthesis because of the light exposure and this leads to great sleep, mental and nervous balance, weight balance, skin health, bone health, robust immunity, hormonal balance, balanced sexual energy flow and so on.

2) Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome – from Babies to Adults

IBS is caused by a long term imbalance in the chemicals in the bowels making our tummies hyper sensitive and unable to deal with various substances. Spikenard’s energy property of simply sending energy where it is needed ends up balancing the chemical reactions in the stomach as a secondary effect. 

A whole lot of chronic problems with the gut are more than just an irritated gut lining. Chamomile or Slippery Elm Powder can soothe those. For those whose gut problems have energetic, emotional and hormonal triggers as well, for who disturbed sleep and lack of enough sleep has affected the digestion, Spikenard’s the solution. It has a bit of an appetite suppressing effect sometimes, and that can be a very good thing if you’re trying to heal the stomach.

3) Treating Chronic Bad Breath

Chronic Bad breath is simply staleness or infection somewhere in the digestive tract (mouth to intestines) or ear-nose-throat canal. If you know where the infection is, its easy enough to treat. But chronic bad breath is usually difficult to place. There doesn’t seem to be any one particular place, and the person is otherwise in completely good health, so what do you then? The solution here is Spikenard.

4) Rejuvenating Voice Function

Spikenard helping those with blocks around the vocal cords and breathing pipe- an area otherwise not very easy to treat. A ‘voice’ is a combination of healthy flexible vocal cords and a clean passage for air from the lungs right out the mouth. Keeping this area stress free and relaxed helps us have clear voices, and aids in getting control over the vocal cords. This is the only herb I know that works with those incredibly sensitive nerves and muscle fibers that make ‘voice’ happen.

5) Preventing Cancer anywhere in the Body

Those who have cancer prevention on their minds most are usually those who have fought with cancer once and do not want to go into remission. This can be difficult for a body that has just been bombarded with radiotherapy and chemotherapy as these therapies drastically alter cell health in the body. Herbs and natural foods that promote overall cell vitality help.

Spikenard is for those who don’t respond to most other ‘vitality’ supporting herbs and foods. It gets energy flowing to wherever it is needed and that ends up solving whatever is the problem with the person’s energy flow.

Spikenard specifically helps those men and women who have family members who have or have had cancers of the reproductive or endocrine systems (breast cancer, testicular cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, thyroid cancer etc). Any cancer to do with the endocrine system can be prevented only if the hormonal balance is really robust and stable.

6) Healing Bone Injuries, and boosting Bone Health, Joint Health

The energy the body requires to heal bones and keep them functioning and growing normally is not the same energy that is available – for example – in the stomach to digest food. This energy is produced in the body only in the second and third stages of sleep, when the Brain judges the body free of any other demands for the moment.

By promoting energy balance in the body during waking moments, Spikenard promotes energy balance in the sleeping hours. This is because when enough waking-time activities are finished within the waking time, the body has the time to work on the other areas needing replenishment in the sleep areas. Otherwise these activities overlap each other making us have restless sleep digesting our food while sleeping (which should be done when we are awake) and feeling sleepy, cramped and heavy in the limbs when we are awake (energy is still moving to areas it should be moving to only during deep sleep when we are motionless).

Spikenard balances this energy sharing activity when it is taken regularly and this means relief from various bone, joint and skeletal system related problems, from osteosarcoma to arthritis (even rheumatoid arthritis) and bone repair.

7) Resolving infections and conditions whose cause is unknown

Spikenard’s top of the list of heal-all herbs and hasn’t disappointed me so far in its ability to heal or bring out lurking hidden causes of conditions. It makes the body able to manifest the real problem so that can be addressed and the person put on the road to healing finally.


Using Spikenard for Healing

To enjoy Spikenard’s healing properties on an energy level put a drop or two of its essential oil onto your wrists, between your eyebrows, or on your belly button or where you instinctively feel you need it at bed-time or in the evenings. For those who don’t like the strong scent, you could dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil like olive or coconut oil.

For a strong sleeping aid and deep healing, extract Spikenard root by slow heating the dried root in a good quality carrier oil for a few hours.

Stove-top extraction of herbs into oil.
Stove-top extraction of herbs into oil.

A few tablespoons of crushed dried root will do for 100ml of a carrier oil. I put the herbs and oil in a covered glass jar, and the jar in a pot with a towel or old t-shirt lining the bottom and holding the jar in place (so the bottom of the jar doesn’t sit directly on the bottom of the pot and doesn’t move around). Then surround it with water, then keep it on the lowest level of heat possible and turn it off every now and then so it never gets too hot.You could have it on your kitchen counter to have it going on the side every time you’re cooking. That way in a day or two, you’ll see the oil change color. When the oil becomes dark brown (the darker the better) that’s the herb gotten extracted.

I almost never strain out the dried root. It continues to get extracted into the oil for months just sitting at the back of a cupboard, making a very potent extract. Even then I take out the root, and boil it in water to make a tea. And even after that I can’t make myself throw it away. It’s such treasure.

For adults, a tablespoon of the oil around an hour or two before bedtime is a good dose. For children, a t-spoon will do usually – more for hyperactive kids who’ve had sugar too close to bedtime.

This is a great help to get over jet lag and travel related hormonal and digestive disorders, especially when you need to get sleep before a meeting but you’re too high-strung and tense to relax and go to sleep in a new place.

You can also extract Spikenard into vinegar or alcohol – you have to cover the dried root in organic apple cider vinegar and leave in a dark cupboard, shaking it every now and then, for a few weeks at least. This can be taken 5-10 drops in water every night.