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With the rise of new illnesses like the Coronavirus, Dr. Sebi’s advice is more valuable today than ever before. He focused on prevention as much as he focused on curing sickness and disease.
Across dozens of videos and lectures, there are a handful of herbs that Dr. Sebi recommends over and over again. These herbs are known for their ability to dry up mucus, drive toxins out of the body, and boost your immune system.
While this is not the full list, here are seven Dr Sebi herbs that will get you started. At the end, I offer some suggestions as to how to incorporate these into your everyday meal plans.
- 1. Kalawalla
- 2. Organic Elderberry
- 3. Dandelion Root
- The Many Benefits of Dandelion Root
- How Much Dandelion Root Should You Take And How Do You Take It?
- Where To Buy Real Organic Dandelion Root
- 4. Soursop
- 5. Bladderwrack / Irish Sea Moss Combo
- What Do Bladderwrack and Sea Moss Do?
- How Much Bladderwrack + Sea Moss You Should Take And How To Take It
- Where To Buy Dr. Sebi Approved Bladderwrack + Sea Moss
- 6. Organic Black Walnut Hull Powder
- What Does Black Walnut Hull Powder Do?
- How Much Black Walnut Hull Should You Take And How To Take It
- Where To Buy Black Walnut Hull Powder Capsules
- 7. Chamomile
- What Does Chamomile Do?
- How Much Chamomile Should You Take And How To Take It
- Where To Buy Good Chamomile
- How To Add All These Herbs To Your Everyday Meal Plans
Kalawalla – also known as Calaguala – is one of Dr. Sebi’s favorite herbs. The herb is extracted from a plant scientifically known as Kalawalla Polypodium leucotomos that only grows in the jungles of Honduras. You might also hear kalawalla called Difur or Samambaia.
The indigenous people of South America used Kalawalla every day as a blood purifier. They believed that the herb gave them healing properties and supported their immune system so strongly that it is still popular in South American tradition today.
What Kalawalla Does
Kalawalla herb contains three types of aminos (3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid and 4-hydroxybenzoic acid) that serve the body as antioxidants. (1)
When Dr. Sebi spoke of cleansing and feeding the body at the cellular level, he was referring to antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals that damage DNA and cause cancers, diseases, and compromise your immune system.
Kalawalla is particularly effective for those suffering from skin conditions, and has also been used to treat cancer and neurological disorders like alzheimer’s.
How Much Kalawalla Should You Take And How To Take It
You might find many Kalawalla pills and supplements on the market, but you can never really be sure what is inside the capsule. Therefore, I suggest you only consume raw Kalawalla powder.
The Kalawalla that you consume must be a 50:1 extract. Anything less than that is too weak to have a substantial effect on your body.
Take at least 360 milligrams Kalawalla every day in the form of a tea. You should start seeing improved cognition and immunity after 28 days. (2)
Where To Buy Kalawalla
2. Organic Elderberry
When Dr. Sebi created his immune support herbal tea, elderberry was one of the main ingredients. And on the most up to date Non Acidic Foods List, elderberry is one out of only seven herbs listed as herbal teas.
What Elderberry Does
Based on its many benefits, its not surprising that it was one of the cornerstones of Dr. Sebi’s program. The following research was taken from The National Institutes of Health PubMed Central:
In recent times, elderberry has gained popularity in research and the wider community due to its reported antioxidant, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating, as well as antidepressant properties. The berries are dark violet-black drupes which grow in clusters and owe their colour to the anthocyanins; a group of phenolic compounds which, amongst flavonoids, are abundant in elderberries and considered the active constituents of the fruits. However, elderberries also contain a variety of nutrients ranging from various vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, B9, C and E), trace elements such as Cu, Zn, Fe and minerals such as K, Ca and Mg to phytochemicals such as carotenoids, phytosterols and polyphenols. These additional constituents and activities make elderberries a likely candidate for beneficial nutritional and/or medical supplementation not only for respiratory, but also for cardiovascular and mental health, all of which may be affected during travel.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4848651/
Since the coronavirus is similar to the influenza virus, more people are looking at the proven benefits of elderberries. Studies have shown that common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus. (4)
And other credible studies have found that elderberry might be effective against H1N1, or swine flu.
How Much Elderberry Should You Take And How To Take It
Before you buy elderberry there are a few warnings you need to pay attention to: Do not try to consume raw elderberries – they have the poison cyanide in them. Also, elderberry is not recommended for children or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you understand the warnings above, then it is safe to take as much elderberry as you like. In the Pubmed study cited above, as little as 900 mg (about three capsules worth) per day.
In other words, a little elderberry goes a long way.
You can consume elderberry as a syrup if you are experiencing flu like symptoms. If you are taking elderberry for daily immune support, you can add capsules to your vitamin regiment, or use teas and jellies. Elderberry jelly is fairly bitter, so you have been warned!
Where To Buy Elderberry
3. Dandelion Root
Dr. Sebi once called dandelion root the ‘silent doctor’. Sometimes referred to as ‘lions tooth’, Taraxacum officinale is sadly considered a weed in many parts of the world.
Maybe if the world had listened to Dr. Sebi, we wouldn’t be killing our medicine!
The Many Benefits of Dandelion Root
Clinical studies have show that dandelions offer a host of immune boosting benefits. Here are just a few:
- Dandelion root strengthens the digestive system
- Detoxifies the liver
- Cleanses the system by working as a diuretic
- Flushes out water weight
- Destroys free radicals in the body
- Fights Diabetes
- Treats Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
- Fights Cancer
The benefits of dandelion root come from naturally occuring compounds. One such compound is chlorogenic acid (CGA). CGA is a potent anti-oxidant that suppresses disease causing free radicals in the body. If you are a science nerd you can read the detailed findings here.
How Much Dandelion Root Should You Take And How Do You Take It?
While Dr. Sebi specified dandelion root, it is also safe to eat the flowers, leaves, and stems. In fact, renowned physicians all recommend the following range of doses for dandelion:
Fresh leaves 4-10 g daily
Dried leaves 4-10 g daily
2-5 ml of leaf tincture, three times a day
Fresh leaf juice, 1 teaspoon twice daily,
Fluid extract 1-2 teaspoon daily
Fresh roots 2-8 g daily
Dried powder extract 250-1000 mg four times a day151. Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal medicines. A guide for health-care professionals. Pharm Press; 1996. pp. 296–297. [Google Scholar]
Since every part of the plant is edible, you can get creative with how you take dandelion. Use the leaves to make a salad, use the extract in smoothies, and use the root in tea. I also give you some specific recipes at the end of this article that you can add to your daily meal plan.
Where To Buy Real Organic Dandelion Root
Before you go digging up any old dandelions, be careful with plants that grow in urban environments. Due to pollution, contaminants in the ground, and other factors, these plants may be more toxic than naturally grown and harvested alternatives. You can find some of the products I recommend below.
If you live in the West you have probably never heard of the fruit of Annona muricata commonly called soursop. If you have, it may have been called something else like custard apple, cherimoya, guanabana, soursop and brazilian paw paw.
Soursop is a fruit (and yes, by definition a fruit can also be an herb(5)) that comes from a tree in the rain forests of Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. The leaves can also be consumed, making it easy to incorporate into your plant based melanin diet.
Dont let the strange look fool you – soursop fruit is delicious. If you have ever tried it, it tastes something like a strawberry-pineapple combination.
What Are The Benefits of Soursop?
According to PubMed;
Over 212 phytochemical ingredients have been reported in graviola extracts prepared from different plant parts. The specific bioactive constituents responsible for the major anticancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and other health benefits of graviolahttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6091294/
Phytochemicals are compounds found in plants. What we can decode from the research above is that soursop – like most other Dr. Sebi approved herbs – contain substances that strengthen the immune system by eliminating free radicals. And we know that free radicals can cause cancer or other illnesses that lower your health and vitality.
Some studies argue that there is no proof that soursop fights cancer, but the clinical research above has conducted extensive human trials to argue in favor of its cancer fighting abilities.
That, and the fact that indigenous groups have used soursop effectively for generations and have some of the lowest cancer rates in the world should speak for itself!
How Much Soursop To Take and How To Consume It
Indigenous groups have used the fruit, bark, leaves, seeds, and roots to treat various medical conditions for centuries.
Specifically, Graviola leaves are used in Cameroon to manage diabetes, and when western scientists studied the effects of 15 days of treatment with 100 mg/kg of extract on diabetic rats, the subjects saw a 46% reductions in blood glucose compared to diabetic controls not treated with extract (7).
Even if you dont suffer from illnesses, adding this herb to your diet can heal you before symptoms appear while also giving you healthier skin, hair, and nails.
You can take soursop as a tea, or eat the fruit and leaves raw. There are also extracts that have been shown to have the same benefits as the plant, but the preferred method of consumption is always raw and whole plant.
Where To Buy Soursop
5. Bladderwrack / Irish Sea Moss Combo
I have written extensively about the benefits of sea moss. You can check out one of our most popular articles on the subject by clicking here.
In short, sea moss is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that include:
That means you can throw away any multivitamin supplements you are taking. And since sea moss is an algae, it is appropriate for all plant based diets, including the Melanin Diet.
What we did not mention in the article is the difference between Irish sea moss and bladderwrack. Both sea moss and bladderwrack grow in the sea. Both are high in iodine – an important substance for thyroid health. Sea moss is an algae and bladderwrack is a seaweed.
The scientific name for the kind of sea moss that Dr. Sebi recommends is Chondrus crispus. You will know it when you see it because it is reddish in color and can be found all over the Atlantic and Caribbean regions.
Bladderwrack on the other hand is Fucus vesiculosus, and it is a brownish green leaf covered in pods.
What Do Bladderwrack and Sea Moss Do?
According to sources, Bladderwrack is used for thyroid disorders including underactive thyroid (myxedema), over-sized thyroid gland (goiter), and iodine deficiency. It is also used for obesity, arthritis, joint pain, “hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), digestive disorders, heartburn, “blood cleansing,” constipation, bronchitis, emphysema, urinary tract disorders, and anxiety. Other uses include boosting the immune system and increasing energy.
Bladderwrack is a demulcent herb, meaning it seems to work by decreasing inflammation and forming a barrier against irritants such as stomach acid.
And when it comes to sea moss, again – check out the extensive article I wrote on it by clicking here.
How Much Bladderwrack + Sea Moss You Should Take And How To Take It
If you want to buy sea moss in powder or capsule form, then all you need to do is take it by mouth. But if you want to use it in recipes and smoothies, you need to prepare it. You can find specific instructions by clicking here.
Bladderwrack can be consumed raw or in powdered form.
If you want the full effects of sea moss, you need to consume at least 1/4 of a cup per day. Studies have shown that just 48 grams of sea moss per day in men suffering from diabetes increases “glycemic control, lowers blood lipids (and thus cholesterol), and increases antioxidant enzyme activities.” (Source)
This should be easy for everyone. Just drink an 8 ounce smoothie made with at least 1/4 a cup of sea moss gel per day and you are good.
Where To Buy Dr. Sebi Approved Bladderwrack + Sea Moss
Mass produced farm raised trash wont work, so make sure you are buying the real deal. Here are three suppliers that I have used and like.
And if you are looking for a combination supplement, the only one I recommend is shown below.
6. Organic Black Walnut Hull Powder
There are many names for the Black walnut tree including Carya, Jupiter’s Nuts, and Noix Verte. The scientific name we are referring to here is Juglans nigra L.
Black walnuts are smaller, harder, and have a stronger scent than the English walnuts you normally find in stores stores. These hulls contains high concentrations of chemicals called tannins that can dry up mucus. That is why it is one of the most common herbs used for those practicing a Sebi diet.
What Does Black Walnut Hull Powder Do?
In addition to its mucus drying properties, there is some evidence to suggest that black walnut hull drives parasites out of the body and clears up harmful bacteria and fungus.
Walnut husk extracts have demonstrated antimicrobial effects against gram‐positive bacteria. (Oliveira et al. 2008; Fernandez‐Agullo et al. 2013) Walnut husk extracts can also inhibit xanthine oxidase, an enzyme which forms xanthine which causes hyperuricemia, a metabolic disorder causing inflammation and gout. (Wang et al. 2015) Walnut husks are also high in naphthoquinones, which have a variety of potential uses. Juglone, a naphthoquinone found in walnuts, was demonstrated to have cytotoxic effects against cultured melanoma cells. (Aithal et al. 2009) Naphthoquinones can also be used as broad‐spectrum biocides. (Wright et al. 2007)Antioxidant potential of Juglans nigra, black walnut, husks extracted using supercritical carbon dioxide with an ethanol modifier Food Sci Nutr. 2017 Mar; 5(2): 223–232.
Published online 2016 May 20. doi: 10.1002/fsn3.385
Apart from expelling parasites, fungus and bacteria there are suggestions that the herb has a positive effect on diseases like diphtheria, syphilis, and leukemia.
More research is needed, but if we rely on traditional medicine the effects are proven.
How Much Black Walnut Hull Should You Take And How To Take It
Black walnut hull powder is not an herb that you should take every day for the rest of your life. Instead, it should only be used as part of a periodic cleanse. I suggest using it as part of your monthly and seasonal fasting regiment.
The preferred method of taking Black walnut hull is capsule form. I tried it as a tea and the taste and texture were not pleasant at all.
Where To Buy Black Walnut Hull Powder Capsules
In general, capsules and tablets containing powdered black walnut are available commercially, usually in strengths of 500 mg and 1,000 mg. Based on secondary sources, a typical dose of black walnut hull is 1,000 mg, three times daily with water, not to exceed six weeks.
Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind. Chamomile history begins in ancient Egypt, where it was first mentioned as a cure for fever, often called the “ague”. The crushed flowers were also rubbed on the skin as a cosmetic. The Egyptians used its essence as the main ingredient in embalming oil for preserving deceased pharaohs (8).
There are a wide variety of chamomile botanicals out there, but the species we are looking for are Matricaria recutita and Chamaemelum nobile.
What Does Chamomile Do?
If you have ever struggled with getting a good night sleep, you have probably heard of chamomile. Thats because chamomile is well known for its ability to calm anxiety and helps you slide into deeper sleep.
What does sleep have to do with your immune system? Here is what the Sleep Foundation has to say:
Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, effectively creating an immune response. Cytokines are both produced and released during sleep, causing a double whammy if you skimp on shut-eye. Chronic sleep loss even makes the flu vaccine less effective by reducing your body’s ability to respond.https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/how-sleep-affects-your-immunity
In other words – the better the quality of your sleep, the stronger your immune system.
How Much Chamomile Should You Take And How To Take It
Chamomile is usually prepared as a tea, which is taken as an effective remedy in the reduction of muscle tension and anxiety. Chamomile tea also helps in soothing digestion, all of which helps in the enhancement of sleep quality.
Chamomile tea is an herbal infusion made from dried chamomile flowers and hot water. While there are several species of the plant, there are usually just two types of chamomile that are used to make sleepy tea: German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
Most herbalists also recommend that insomnia patients should take at least a cup of chamomile prior to bedtime since chamomile is high in flavonoid apigenin, a compound known to have a calming effect on the brain.
The best way to consume chamomile is as a tea. I pack half my mug with chamomile flowers, pour boiling water over the flowers, and let it sit for about a minute.
There are many teabag styles and brands out there, but I have had the best results with loose leaf products. Plus, I like to see what I am working with.
Where To Buy Good Chamomile
The item below is more than enough to get you started. The package is the size of a small pillow! This is the item I buy once a month and its organic.
How To Add All These Herbs To Your Everyday Meal Plans
For breakfast, Dr. Sebi was said to start each day off with a sea moss smoothie. Lucky for you, I put together some dope recipes in the article below, along with how to make each one.
You can also throw some elderberry jelly into your breakfast mix to give you an early morning immune system boost.
For lunch, a dandelion and soursop salad gives you everything you need from these two powerful plants.
You can also use dandelion root tea as your lunch beverage. And after dinner, a cup of chamomile tea ensures a great night sleep.
There are more recipes than I can add in one post, so leave a comment with some of your favorites below.