Herbology Invitation

Hi Ladies, 

If you are interested in learning about herbology, now is the time. The accredited School of Natural Medicine is offering their family herbalist course for $100.00 now until the 15th of April. This is the course that I paid $499.98 for 8 years ago. It is on special right now to celebrate Dr. Christophers birthday. (100 years I believe.) This is an introductory course and and is a pre-requisite for the Master Herbalist, Reflexology, Iridology, and Aromatherapy programs that you can take later if you wish.

There are several of us friends who are interested in doing this, and are going to get together to study and share while we learn.  You are welcome to join us.

On my website, http://www.aprilshowerspreparedness.com,  if you follow down the right hand side of the page until you see “partners”, there is the “School of Natural Medicine” logo. You can click on that, and it will take you right were you need to go for more information and to sign up.

I have heard rumor that soon we will not be able to buy herbs anymore if we are not Master Herbalists from an accredited school. Although this might really be a rumor, it wouldn’t surprise me if it came to pass the way things are changing so quickly in our world. It will take some time to become a Master Herbalist, so I think that I will get started now and wanted you invite you to come and learn with a group of friends.

Check it out and let me know if you are interested.

April 🙂

 

 
BULK ORDER INFORMATION

 

 
 The sprout class today was UNBELIEVABLE! Thank you Jana Kay, Linda and Cherise for sharing your talents and enthusiasm! I can’t wait to get some potting soil and more seeds! As soon as I find the best buys for bulk sprouts, I will send it out to you.

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  • Moon Cup and Keeper until we reach the minimum order.
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  • All Nuclear kits are also ready to go to your homes. 

That’s all for now friends,

Have a great Easter week-end.

April 🙂

Natural Remedies

The following statements are my opinions that I have made according to my studies and experiences. I am not a doctor or an “authority” on the subject. I invite you to do your own studying and then you can decide if natural remedies can  help you and your family. 

 

I think when you consider doing natural therapy, you also have to weigh Expence -vs- Dr. Appt./Co-pay etc. Although it does cost money to buy the herbs/oils etc. It is always more convenient and cost effective for me to stay home and treat myself and family. I know that there won’t be any side effects, and if we are away from home, I don’t have to worry about a doctor. In my book, knowing how to help yourself, is better any day.It gives me peace of mind knowing that I am not tied to my doctor. Yes, there is room in the natural medicine realm for doctors, but I think that it should go both ways. 

These are some of the natural remedies that I will not live without.

 

Natural Remedies from 

Widmer’s medicine cabinet

 

  1. The trick to natural medicine is to nip it in the bud before it gets out of hand.
  2. Knowing what to do. What are my options?
  3. If the sickness is aggressive, you have to be just as aggressive/consistent.
  4. Don’t be afraid of natural remedies. Be willing to study and to try it out on your own.

 

Herbs:

  1. Echinacea- Start taking it when you feel like you are getting sick. Keep taking it until you feel better. (Garlic and Cayenne work just as well.)
  2. Echinacea/Golden Root- Take this if you continue to get worse, or if you catch it too late. (This one acts like an anti-biotic)
  3. Grapefruit Seed Extract- Also acts like an anti-biotic. Take when you are already sick.
  4. Acidolphalis- cleans out the colon, gets rid of any bad growing bacteria etc.
  5. Kefir- like Acidolphalis, keep the colon clean and healthy. Consume double the dose if you feel you are getting sick.
  6. Coloidal Silver- acts as an antibiotic, but is I find it is better for bactrial than viral infections.

 

Essential Oils: (Young Living Essential Oils only)

  1. Purification: Bacterial infections: Strep, sore throats, sinus infections, bronchitis, mosquito/bee stings etc.
  2. Lemon: Viral infections: colds, flu, etc.
  3. Lavender: Anything skin related: Burns, allergies, hives, eximea, insomnia, restfulness etc.
  4. Peppermint: Stomach disorders, nausea, morning sickness, flu, motion sickness.
  5. Di-gize: Serious stomach disorders: gas/cramping, food poisoning etc.
  6. Peace and Calming: Panic attacks, stress, fear, feeling overwhelmed, insomnia, ADD, ADHD etc.
  7. Capsulate Theives and ingest. This will stop about anything. If it doesn’t right away, take it again!
  8. Reflexology, Acicular therapy, magnetobiology, acupuncture/acupressure, light/color therapy, visulization, stress/emotional release.

 

 

 

Chicken “Natural Medicine”

Question:

I have bought some chicks and a couple keep dying.  I know that’s normal..to a certain extent.  I usually have 1 die.  But I have a few (4,) that I’m keeping separate. Here are their symptoms..


Not social…cast outs

Barely eating

Weak

Diarrhea (sp) really watery, not just rust color.

Very unstable. like they’re dizzy

I have googled lots of illnesses…worms; I’ve given them yogurt.  Anyhoo, just wondering if you’ve had success with diagnosing.


Thank you for any help/advice you can offer.

Wendi

 

Answer:

(From my own experience- I am not a vet. and and don’t claim to be.)

 

Hi Wendy,

I put all sorts of things in my animal’s water to keep them healthy and worm free. Try colloidal silver and apple cider vinegar. I Add 1/2 teas. of apple cider vinegar to their water daily for about 4 days until they seem to be better. If they are not doing better, continue until they are. The silver is different depending on how strong it is, but very similar in application. I rotate them. Apple cider can be given daily; the colloidal silver is used when you know that they are sick. This also works on larger animals just increase the dosages. I have also given them garlic cloves to peck at for their antibiotic properties, and of course, we pray over our animals like the scriptures tell us to do. Make sure that their anuses are free of poop and that they are not too warm or cold. Make sure that you are feeing them the right “chick food” so that they are not getting too much roughage.

Hope that that helps- it has worked for us.

Homemade Sanitary Pads

I know what you are all thinking, but this is something that we have to think about ladies-OK, I must totally admit that I am one who said, “EEEeeeew, that is totally gross”. But the fact remains, that this is a natural thing that all of us girls all experience- as do our husbands and sons sooner or later. If we don’t think about it, the alternitive is really the EEEeeeew part! Fortunately, having 6 daughters, we bought all of the supplies we needed long ago! The employees at Costco followed us around with their jaws dragging on the floor, and many of them asked us if we were Polygamists, or house parents of a “girls-only dorm” when the realized, that those carts my husband and I were pushing and dragging behind us were full of pads and tampons alone! (Please do not line up at my house when the time comes, we also bought a gun that day!) 🙂

I came from a house hold of 6 daughters myself, so I saw first hand, how many cases of feminine products six girls could go through quarterly, and knew that this is something I DID NOT want to live without- ever! However, I have changed my tune after reading the information below, realizing that we could have flown to Europe as a family on the frequent flier miles alone, from the purchase of those same feminine hygiene supplies that took us 5 carts, on two separate occasions to fill! Next time, when we need to restock, I think that I will seriously consider purchasing some thread and some fun dark fabric (like big flowers, stripes or polka-dots for example,) then take that trip to Europe, with several zip lock bags in my suitcase. The trip to Europe would be a lot more fun and memorable anyway!

(Did you know that we, who live in the States, are the only ones who freak about such “personal, private” things? Everywhere I have traveled, topics such as theses are common table talk. These are the facts of life and that is just the way it is. Perhaps it is because others might be more comfortable with themselves and their sexuality? Perhaps it is a cultural thing, (a Mormonism) to be so modest about things? Regardless of the reasons, if I hadn’t already broke the bank and made a storage shed to house all of theses supplies, 🙂 I would DEFINITLY start sewing, and book my trip to the Swiss Alps to eat Swiss chocolate and fresh yogurt (what am I talking about? I make fresh yogurt twice weekly, and have a two-year supply of Swiss chocolate in the freezer?) and happily consume it while basking in the spring sun soaking up the Jung Frau!)(That is an amazing glacial Mountain 1/2 a days trip on several special mountain trains from Zurich, Switzerland, my favorite place in the world!) The funny thing is, I can soak up the spring rays sitting on my front porch, gazing directly at the beautiful Mount Timpanogos, listening to our Swiss goats bleating, while grazing with her two kids! (The grass is always greener isn’t it?) Enough of this romanticism, let’s get on with the show!

 

 

 

Homemade Sanitary Pads
Okay, but  EEEwww . . .  NEW 10-9-05

 

I learned about homemade cloth menstrual pads on a Christian Ladies’ message board in 2002.  I had just been diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS.  Some of my symptoms were heavy, irregular and painful menses which left me feeling very much like the Woman in the New Testament with the issue of blood who touched Jesus’s garment to be healed.  I even joked that I had periods of biblical proportions.  Financially, we were in a tough spot at the time.  Making decisions between groceries or sanitary pads is not a pleasant place to be so I was tickled when another mom shared a link to homemade pads.  I ran some simple ones up on my sewing machine that day and have pretty much been a convert ever since.

Before the 20th Century, most women used cloth pads or “rags” during their menstruation.  Disposable pads didn’t become common in America until after WW II.  Among rural and low-income women they didn’t catch on until the 1960’s.  As with diapers, there have always been people who prefer cloth to disposable.   Disposable pads do not biodegrade very quickly. Plastic diapers and sanitary napkins are likely to be two of the most common artifacts that future archaeologists will find when excavating landfills from the 20 and 21 Centuries.  I wonder what kind of commentary this will be on our present lifestyles?  Only time will tell.

 

Outer Pad with Wings
Cut 2 with flap extended & 1 on fold with flap closed

Inner Pad
Cut 2 of flannel and 1 or 2 of filling or more flannel

Printing Instructios:  Set Margins to 0.25 or 1/4 inch each.

 

To make your own sanitary napkins you need the following supplies:  

  • A sewing machine with a zigzag stitch.  

  • Flannel:  Old flannel shirts & baby blankets work beautifully but new flannel works fine too.  Be sure to wash it in hot water before using to prevent shrinkage.
  • Thread
  • Snaps or Safety Pins
  • Scissors 

The Outer Pad
Begin by printing both of the patterns and cutting them out. The Inner Pad is a large oval.  The Outer Pad is actually 2 patterns in 1.  With the long straight side extended, it is the topside.  You will need to cut 2 of these.  With the long straight side folded in, it is the bottom side.  Place the straight edge on a fold of fabric and cut 1 of these. Look at the pictures for examples.   

Make 1/2-inch hem down the long straight side of each of the 2 top pieces.  Straight stitch or zigzag stitch this hem, as you prefer.  Now arrange the 2 upper layers of the outer pad over the lower layer.  The front hems should overlap slightly, or by about 1/2-inch. 

Zigzag stitch around the outside twice.  If desired you may straight stitch down the dotted lines shown on the picture to the right.  This allows the inner pad to fit more securely inside the outer pad and also makes folding the wings a bit handier.  

Some women apply a snap or button to the wings at this time.  Place them at points “A” in the illustration.  Velcro is not advisable because it has a tendency to chafe.  Personally, I don’t like to go through all the work of applying snaps or buttons so I use a safety pin instead.  Large diaper safety pins work beautifully for pinning the wings together.  To the right you will see a picture of the pad pinned closed.   The wings fit around your underwear just like disposable pads with wings.  Some women wear the pad with the pocket seam facing down, next to their underwear.  Other women prefer the pad placed with the seam-side next to their skin.  Try it both ways to see which you prefer.

The Inner Pad
The inner pad is the absorbent part of the sanitary napkin.  It slips inside the pocket of the pad.  The beauty of this is that you can use as many inner pads as necessary for the rate of your flow.  During heavy times, or overnight, use 3 or 4 Inner pads.  For a lighter flow use only 1 Inner pad.  For a panty liner, use the outer pad without an inner pad.  The reason you use several layers instead of 1 very thick layer is because several thinner layers are easier to wash and have a shorter drying time.  Additionally, the many exterior surfaces of the pad layers makes them more absorbent than a single thick pad would be. 

For the inner pad you want to cut at least 3 layers, maybe 4, depending on the thickness of your fabric.  Use the same pattern for all of the layers. Use flannel for the 2 exterior layers of the inner pad.  Use 1 or 2 layers of flannel or terry cloth, cotton quilt batting or another absorbent material for the interior layers of the inner pad.  I used old flannel shirts, a flannel baby blanket and an old towel for my fabric.  The towel was ripped and had a few holes.  I used it as the interior layer of my inner pads.  The flannel baby blanket was the exterior of the inner pads, and the flannel shirt was the outer pad, the part with wings.

After cutting out your layers for the inner pad stack them neatly.  Zigzag stitch around the edges twice.  Trim the edges if desired.  I used dark thread in the picture so you could see it against the light flannel.  Make 2 of these inner pads for each outer pad.  They are very easy to cut and stitch, so you may want to make a few extras for heavy days.

After completing each part of the pad, slip the inner pad inside the pocket of the outer pad.  Pin it in place and see how it feels.  You will be surprised at how comfortable it is. 

Washing and Maintenance
When you make your own pads you have to wash them instead of tossing them into the garbage.  Keep a small bucket of water with a lid in the bathroom, preferably out of the reach of children and pets.  Add a spoonful of vinegar if desired.  Remove the inner pad from the outer pad.  Soak the used pads in the bucket of water.  Drain the water into the toilet before washing the pads.  The water can also be used to water house plants because they like all the extra vitamins and minerals. Make sure you use cold water so that the stains will come out.  I wash every morning.  Some women stash all of the used pads in a pillowcase or plastic bag and wash them all at once when their period is over.  I don’t do this because I have a washer in the house and I find it more sanitary to wash them every day.  They can drip dry or machine dry.

If you do not have a washing machine, then they may be washed by hand.  Run cold water over them in the bathtub to remove most of the blood.  Place the pads in a medium bucket or tub.  Add a little soap and cold water.  Using a clean plunger, plunge the pads until they are as clean as you can get them.  Plunge for a good 10 minutes for the best results.  Rinse the pads well and squeeze them dry.  Hang each pad by it’s own clothespin and they should dry pretty fast, even in the winter. 

If you like, you can iron the pads, but do not use starch on them.  Be careful not to use fabric softener either because it will make them less absorbent.

A No-Sew Alternative
If your sewing skills are lacking, or you simply do not want to go through the trouble of sewing your own pads you can try this instead.  Purchase absorbent terry-cloth dishtowels.  Wash them before using.  Fold them into rectangles about 3 or 4-inches by 10 or 12 inches.  Use safety pins to pin them into your underwear at both narrow ends (the front and the back).  These are a bit bulkier than home-sewn pads.  They are quite comfortable though, and are a legitimate alternative.  They may be washed the same as home-sewn pads.  I’ve also seen washcloths recommended.  Fold them into thirds, or quarters (long ways) and fit them into your underwear.  Apparently they stay in place without pinning because of the friction between the terry-cloth and underwear.  For heavier flows fold together 2 or more wash cloths.

 

About Fabrics
When I made these, I used fabrics I already had in the house.  You may purchase new fabric instead if you like.  Use a sturdy double-napped flannel if you go this route.  It will last the longest and give you the best results.  Cotton quilt batting is very nice filler, but you can also use additional flannel, which is less expensive. Wash everything before cutting or sewing.  Flannel will shrink.  After sewing, wash the pads again before using.  This helps them hold their shape better.  Men’s flannel shirts and flannel baby blankets make excellent flannel for your own menstrual pads.  They can sometimes be found for 25¢ or 50¢ a piece at yard sales, which makes pads very cheap to sew at home.   Brightly colored fabric is less likely to show stains than solid colored or light fabric is.  I prefer to use patterns and dark colors for this reason.

About the Pattern
I created this pattern free hand after measuring commercially available, disposable pads.  My pattern is a little bit wider and longer than some patterns available on the Internet.  This is to accommodate the average woman, who is a size 14 or larger.  Standard pads and liners are created for a size-6 woman.  Pads made from this pattern are less likely to leak because they are large enough to fit properly.  If you are a smaller woman, or prefer slightly smaller pads, there are several other patterns available online.  You will find them linked below.  Note:  Some of the sites may refer to ideas you do not agree with.  Please overlook anything you find offensive and focus on the useful information instead.

 

Cloth Menstrual Pads Main Page
Patterns & Instructions

Born to Love
(HM Tampon Alternative)

One Woman
Practical Information

Natural Choices
The Cloth Menstrual Pad
Many links with lots of information

Cloth Menstrual Pads 
by Debi Elrod
Patterns & Instructions

Instructions for Cloth Menstrual Pads
Patterns & Instructions

Many Moons Menstrual Pads
Patterns & Instructions

Frugal Baby Pattern
Scroll down to see information on making your own sanitary pads

Museum of Menstruation or MUM
www.mum.org
Everythign you ever wanted to know about the history of menstruation.  Fascinating!

 

Okay, But EEEwww . . .

I’ll admit, many people have this reaction the first time they consider homemade pads.  It is weird.  We never see anything about it on television so that’s the first sign that it’s NOT socially acceptable.  Sewing and using homemade pads seems like something that only weird-os and freaks do, probably off in the woods somewhere, or maybe a nice cave in the wilderness where they can commune with nature and get in touch with the moon.  Nice women would never use homemade pads.  After all, your hands get wet and you have to touch your own body fluids which is kinda gross.  Plus you have that icky bucket in the bathroom so everyone knows that you’re up to something sneaky.  The whole idea is enough to make some women vomit and make some men run for cover in a sweaty, testosterone filled locker room. 

Believe me, I sympathize.  I had to get used to the idea before I became a convert.  For some women the conversion process happens overnight.  For others of us, it takes time.  We have to go slow, talk it over with other women, learn a lot more about it, and try it secretly to see if it really does work (it does).  If we have always hated pads, then homemade ones may seem like an even more uncomfortable way of dealing with a monthly necessity.  Everyone may say cloth pads are more comfortable, but just because it works for them, doesn’t mean it will be the same for us.  Besides, the bucket in the bathroom is just tooooo gross.  And what if the husband sees them and laughs at them or thinks that we’ve lost our minds.  What if the mother in law visits and sees the bucket and we have to explain it to her, or a visiting preacher’s wife, or worse yet, the Preacher?!!!  Gee whiz, it all becomes such a statement, and honestly, this is not the type of statement that most of us want to make to the world.

Relax.  Take a deep breath.  It is less weird than it seems at first glance.  Think about women from the past.  Our hearty ancestors who pioneered this country; while they rode their covered wagons west, what did they use every month?  What did Native American women use back when they owned the continent?  What about Eve and her daughters?  What did Sarah use?  Well, Sarah was barren, so maybe she didn’t need them.  But what about other women in the bible? Give it some deep thought. Queens and peasants, Pilgrims and Puritans, they all have one thing in common.  They had to use something to catch their monthly flow.  If you visit the Museum of Menstruation, you’ll discover all types of articles that inventive women have used over the years. Absorbent sea sponges and baby socks have been used as tampons.  Animal fur, dried plant fibers, and various types of cloth have been used for pads. 

The truth of the matter is that cloth pads are not weird.  Disposable ones are.  Disposable pads and tampons have been commonplace for less than 50 years.  This means that pretty much all of the women who are currently menstruating have only been exposed to disposable choices for their monthlies.  Pads or tampons seem to be the only option.  This is very much a comment on our current society.  We use everything once and then toss it away.  Disposable feminine hygiene products are a big scam perpetrated by manufacturers who want to keep us on a leash so we have to keep buying their products.  They are making as much as TEN to TWENTY Thousand dollars per woman over her lifetime.  If you think of the millions of women in the USA alone, the profits are staggering! 

At heart, I am a rebel.  One of my goals in life is to be dependant upon as few manufactured products as possible.  My life and my money are more valuable than that.  My freedom is more valuable than that.  I will not give myself over to disposable pads if there is a free or cheap alternative that gives ME control over my budget and my body.  Modern consumerism is a crock.  It is an illusion that makes us feel like we have a semblance of power over our lives, but really it’s just newspeak for letting commercialism and it’s attending obsessions consume us. Extricating ourselves from consumerism is frightfully difficult.  The strings and layers it encompasses are sneaky little buggers that are hidden in all aspects of our lives.  One of the ways that we can achieve more personal freedom and attain genuine control over our circumstances is to snip those strings every time we find a self-sufficient alternative.  For me, this means turning to cloth pads exclusively. 

I would rather get my hands wet than give Corporate America one more ounce of control over my budget or even more importantly, my body.  There are so many things I have to buy that when I find something I can make for myself, it is reason for rejoicing. 

Which brings us back to that bucket.  An ice cream bucket with a lid works great.  I keep mine under the bathroom sink so it’s not a topic of conversation.  Most women keep their disposable products in the bathroom, and the bucket is the same thing.  Stash it in a private place and don’t give it a second thought.  When I drain the bucket in the mornings, I do it in the bathroom while I’m already in there and no one is the wiser.  As I start the first load of laundry for the day, I dump the rinsed pads in there and they wash up with whatever else is in the laundry.  The wet pads cannot contaminate the other clothes in the washer.  Dirty clothes are dirty clothes.  Mud, dust, grime, dishcloths that have been used on bloody noses, rags used to wipe up the floor, it all comes out in the wash.  The clothes in the washer are getting clean and one type of dirt will not give cooties to another type of dirt.  After the washer has run it’s cycle, all the laundry is clean and ready to start its life anew, sort of a fabric version of baptism. 

I live in a house with boys.  They are blissfully unconscious of what the bucket is for.  They don’t even ask.  When they help fold the laundry, they just put the clean pads in the “Mommy Pile” and assume it is part of the world of women that they don’t want to know about.  When the boys were younger, and I had to wash my pads by hand with a clean plunger, I did it in the bathroom as part of normal, daily chores.  They had no idea and no care what I was doing in there.  I could have been cleaning the tub or the sink or the toilet as far as they were concerned.  It was all the same thing to them.  Now that they are older, and one is a teenager, they have chosen blissful ignorance about my pads.  Sometimes I have dried them by hanging them individually on a string strung up in the shower.  I close the shower curtain and the boys ignore them completely, the same way they ignore my bras and frillies when I hang them up to dry.  Fred doesn’t even notice the pads anymore, or if he does, they are just a normal part of married life.  He is married to a woman, and therefore there are feminine details he must get used to and accommodate. 

When I must travel a lot during my period, I bring a few plastic zipper bags to store any used ones until I get a chance to wash them.  In hotels they are easily washed by hand and dried by laying them over the tub, or for the more adventurous, by laying them over the heater in the room.  Fresh pads can be stored in zipper bags and used as needed.  Once we grow accustomed to the idea of using cloth pads, it seems like such a normal part of life, that the details become irrelevant.  The details of brushing our teeth or washing our hair are mundane.  No one is interested in them and we do them without a second thought.  Cloth pads are the same way.  Once we get into the cloth pad zone, it becomes abundantly clear that they are the best solution available.  Our first thought may be “Ewww!” but our final thought is “Aaahhh!”

 

The Story Of The Woman With The Issue Of Blood
Mark 5:25-34
(25)  And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
(26)  And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
(27)  When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
(28)  For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
(29)  And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
(30)  And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
(31)  And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
(32)  And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
(33)  But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
(34)  And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

This article may be copied or linked to as desired. Please include a link back to hillbillyhousewife.com.  The patterns I made are placed firmly in the public domain.  They are not copyrighted and can be used however you see fit, even to sew and sell in your own home business.    –Maggie

Benefits of Raw Honey

This never has to be rotated! If stored properly it will last forever!


Honey is considered the food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life. History has recorded honey as the most used medicine in ancient Egypt while in the First World War, honey mixed with cod liver oil were used to treat soldier’s wounds.

 

“There are many scientific researches that show honey is a wonderful food. I would only give one as an example. In one recent study, researchers at the University of California, Davis, reported on March 2004 that daily consumption of raw honey might raise polyphenolic  antioxidant levels in blood and reduce the risk of damage by free radicals. In English this means better immune system and stronger body.”

 

Listed below are some common problems and ailments, which can easily be avoided from using honey:

 

Skin: Honey is extremely nourishing for the skin when used as a face pack and helps in rejuvenating the skin leading to the elimination of fine wrinkles. It is a good moisturizer.

 

Antibacterial and antifungal properties: Honey contains many minerals and vitamins beneficial to man. However, one of the most important properties seems to be its antibiotic action.

 

Healing wounds and grazes: Honey is of value in treating burns, infected surgical wounds and ulcers. It is very vicious in absorbing water from the surrounding inflamed tissue. Just cover the wound with honey (raw) and a bandage.

 

Stomach Ache: Take one teaspoon of honey, juice of ½ lemon with a hot glass of water first thing in the morning.

 

Coughs and Colds: Mix 6 oz. liquid honey, 2 oz. glycerin with juice of 2 lemons. Bottle and cork firmly. Use as required. For sore throats, let 1 teaspoon of honey melt in the back of the mouth and trickle down the throat. Eases inflamed raw tissues.

 

Burns: Apply freely over burns. It cools, removes pain and aids fast healing without scarring. Apart from being a sale and antibiotic, bacteria cannot live in honey.

 

Insomnia: Honey helps in nervous disorders including insomnia and acts as a tonic in recovery of any damage to the human nervous system. In case of insomnia one teaspoon full of honey mixed in luke-warm water and drunk before going to bed helps in getting sound sleep.

 

From Rebecca Lee’s 20 things I wouldn’t do without.

Nursing Tea

This is a natural remedy that will really increase the milk production of a lactating woman. I highly recommend it.

  • 1 part Blessed thistle- high in Vitamins- A, iron, calc., promotes milk production and volume.
  • 1 part Red Raspberry tea- increases quality of milk- Vit. A,E, B, female        toner, CA., phos., Iron
  • 1 part Marshmallow root- Vit. A,E, B, female toner, ca., phos., Iron
  • Optional ingred.:
  • nettle- iron, calc., vit K
  • Alphalpha- vit. A,B12, D, E, Phos.
  • Fennel

If you add any of the optional ingred., increase Marshmallow root to 1.5 parts.

God’s Pharmacy

God left us great clues as to what foods help what part of our body! God’s Pharmacy ! It’s Amazing!

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye.
The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red.
The heart has four chambers and is red. All o f the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart.
Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones.
These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body. We’re talking about the “good” sodium, not table salt.

Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this?

It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow.
Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.

Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like the body’s cells.
Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

It is best to eat these amazing foods in their raw form when at all possible. In the raw, their enzymes and other powerful nutrients are unaltered. It is in this raw form that the results above are based on.God’s Pharmacy

Aged Garlic

This formula comes from Allen Beygi, of Escondido, California, graciously contributed it as a way that he seasons garlic for a greater potency and less (if any) odor. This is offered with Allen’s permission. 

  • 5 lbs. fresh garlic
  • 1/2 gallon distilled white vinegar or organic apple cider vinegar
  • Waxed paper
  • 4-5 Tablespoons of salt
  • 1 gallon size glass jar
  1. Sterilize a 1-gallon glass jar.
  2. Cut off bottom root of each garlic bunch.
  3. Remove garlic husks (skin). Leave on the last skin areas. Vinegar will soften it.
  4. Add 5 Tbls. salt to vinegar
  5. Bring ½ gallon salted vinegar to a boil.
  6. Empty garlic into a glass jar.
  7. Slowly add vinegar to garlic in a glass jar so the jar will not crack.
  8. Wait ½ hour and put waxed paper on top of jar, and then put on the plastic lid tightly.
  9. Write a date on top of the jar.
  10. One week later, add more vinegar. (If you have left-over cold vinegar, use this.
  11. Store on a shelf for a minimum of 6 months. One to two years is much better. Perfect after three years! (It is not necessary to store this in a refrigerator.) Do not be concerned if your garlic turns blue or green. The garlic had not cured long enough before being sold. It will not affect the final products ability to do its job.

 During the bubonic plague of 1721 in the seaport of Marseilles, city officials decided to use four criminals condemned to death to bury thousands of infected bodies in the streets and, in the process, to die from exposure to them.

Day after day, the criminals carried out their work, remained in good health, and eventually, went free, because they knew something that Marseilles official’s didn’t- that crushed garlic, a folk medicine, supposedly protects against illness. Night and night, they protected themselves liberally. There were no double-blind studies to prove the value of their concoction. However, the criminals didn’t need them. They survived, and some of the officials who had condemned them didn’t.

            Now days, we have had many double-blind studies done using aged garlic, because it is the most effective type pf garlic. There are some wonderful books on garlic and I highly recommend you do your own research.

 Recipe via. Rebecca Lee

Here is the info on garlic and vinegar from that have to do with Traditional Chinese Medicine from Lily Simpson

Make Your Own Chinese Health Tonic with Garlic & Vinegar

July 2007 Articles

By Tom Fung, Dip AC, Dip TCM

Many people are now aware that vinegar and garlic are both good for health. I would like to introduce a very good recipe which combines those two ingredients. It is practical and time-saving. The theory is based on traditional Chinese medicine concepts. It can be used for health maintenance and medical use.

Recipe ingredients proportion: Vinegar 50%, garlic 50%.

In this recipe we are going to work with a one litre bottle of vinegar and 5 heads of garlic. However, the recipe can be cut by half or more for smaller portions, as long as the correct ratios are maintained.

Selection of materials and process:

Garlic – The best garlic is the one with a purple skin.

Vinegar – You may use organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar from the health food store, or rice vinegar from an Oriental grocery store. The best Chinese vinegar is called Chinkiang Vinegar which got a gold medal in 1985 in France.

1. Peel off the garlic skin and crack the garlic.

2. In a large glass bowl, add the garlic to the vinegar, mix it up, and then pour the concoction into glass jars. Store the mixture in a dark place for at least two weeks. Then it is ready to use.

If you keep this juice in a cool place in a well sealed jar, usually it is good for 20 years or longer, especially if it contains the famous dark Chinese rice vinegar. You may take out the garlic after soaking it for one month and bring the tonic with you when travelling to primitive places with a lot of contagious disease.