Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Our Most Used Home Remedies

by Rabeka Joy Anast of Welltellme.com
April 2005

I have three children now, ages 4 and under. None of them have ever needed to go to the doctor. Any day I am expecting a broken limb to change that record, but until then... these are the home remedies we have used to keep us all healthy and smiling!

EARACHE- Garlic oil (crush a fresh clove in a tablespoon of warm oil, let sit 5 minutes, strain, administer two drops per ear, three times daily.

EYE INFECTION - Honey (stings!) or Colloidal silver drops four times daily (feels like water in the eye).

RESPIRATORY- Garlic press (crush a fresh clove inside a folded paper towel, pour hot water over, wring out and apply to chest for 90 seconds. Garlic in honey (half clove minced, coated with honey in a teaspoon, take orally twice daily. Echinacea tincture or The Immune Booster.

HEAD COLD - Garlic press on soles of feet (see above) and/or cinnamon essential oil smeared on soles of feet, Echinacea tincture or The Immune Booster, Eucalyptus essential oil baths.

FEVER - Warm/cool sea salt baths, Tylenol, Chamomile tincture.

SORE THROAT - Garlic press on neck and feet, Echinacea tincture or The Immune Booster, warm Garlic water gargle (pour hot water over crushed garlic, strain, and gargle water.)

NAUSEA/STOMACH VIRUS - Spearmint tea with raw honey, yogurt (stay hydrated.)

TOPICAL INFECTION - Garlic press, or Goldenseal press (tablespoon of powdered Goldenseal in paper towel, pour hot water over, steep for 30 seconds, apply to infected area 2 minutes.
DIAPER RASH - Lanoline, Aloe Vera, sea salt bath.

SKIN IRRITATIONS- Tea tree essential oil, or Neem essential oil, applied topically.

PREVENTION IS THE BEST CURE!!! The first sign of illness in our home (a whine, a warm head, a runny nose...) is treated immediately with a dose of garlic and honey, and cinnamon essential oil on soles of the feet for two days in a row minimum. As a result, most illnesses are nipped in the bud. We rarely ever actually "get sick". If cousin Billy has a cold, and shared a cup with Tommy, give Tommy a prevention treatment, and make sure he doesn't lower his immune system with any sugar-sweets for 24 hours.

This article, and many other wonderful articles, remedies, and natural solutions to common ailments are at: http://www.bulkherbstore.com/

I am frequently asked "why use herbs, and not the store bought stuff?"

I use herbs because they are natural. The are not chemicals. Synthetic chemicals are fine for my cars engine, and maybe to scrub the toilet with, but NOT to put into my kids bodies. I always try the natural method first.

Are they as effective as the "store bought stuff?"

ABSOLUTELY!!! Just yesterday, Adrian started complaining of an earache. Right away I put a few drops of warmed garlic oil into his ear, and put him down for a nap. He woke an hour later still complaining of pain, so I did give him some Tylenol. He quickly fell back to sleep, and I placed a whole, peeled garlic clove on the outside of his ear (he didn't even notice because he was sleeping). He woke up this morning with no earache. Now isn't that better that a trip to the Ped. and a prescription for an antibiotic? I have been reading a lot about how kids today have been given so many antibiotics that their bodies are becoming resistant to the common antibiotics, and so the doctors have to prescribe the strongest antibiotics available, the ones that used to be reserved for the "super bugs" Scary.

I will share my FAVORITE natural product in a couple days. The best thing ever!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Harry Potter? No thank you.

Romans 12:9 ... Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

This is excerpts from an article :
Potter books: Wicked witchcraft?
by Julie Foster

To understand the controversy surrounding the books, it is necessary to review their content.

Set in England, the books chronicle the life of young Harry Potter, whose wizard parents were killed by the evil Lord Voldemort. Because Harry escaped the death curse of Voldemort, he was given a mark on his forehead – a lightening bolt. On his 11th birthday, Harry receives an invitation to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each of the four published books represents a year at Hogwarts.

Voldemort is a non-physical "dark magic" being who inhabits the bodies of various characters in the books. Perhaps most notably, Voldemort possesses Quirrell, Hogwarts' "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher.
Voldemort taught Quirrell, "There is no good and evil; there is only power, and those too weak to seek it."

"I made a very conscious decision right at the beginning that I was writing about someone evil, and I wasn't going to tell a lie. I wasn't going to pretend that an evil person is a paper cutout and no one really gets hurt. OK, if you're writing about evil, I think generally you have a responsibility to show what that means, and that's the way I'm writing them. I think they're quite, well actually, I think they're very moral books," Rowlings (Author) told a television news program.
Many agree with the author's premise, but critics object to the use of witchcraft and wizardry in fighting evil, not to mention the book's graphic depictions of evil. Even the good wizards in Harry's world cause eyebrows to be raised in many circles. One such example is found in Headmaster Dumbledore.

There are varying degrees of opposition to the Harry Potter books, from those who choose not to allow their own children to read the series to those who would have the book banned. One woman, filmmaker and occult expert Caryl Matrisciana, focuses her efforts on explaining what she believes are the dangers of the series and how the books portray a lifestyle diametrically opposed to that of the Christian.
Matrisciana, with her husband, Patrick Matrisciana, has spent 25 years researching the occult. ...... Eventually, she became a Christian and worked through the British media to raise awareness of the dangers of the occult.
Matrisciana encourages Christians in her new hour-long documentary video to take an honest look at the world children fantasize about when reading Rowling's books.
"Through Harry Potter books and audios, children as young as kindergarten age are being introduced to human sacrifice, the sucking of blood from dead animals and possession by spirit beings," the video states.
Many parents, regardless of their faith, may not wish to have their children read about evil non-physical beings who drink the blood of animals to gain power. But the books are marketed to children ages 9-12. For Christians in particular, the acclamation given Harry Potter's world is seen as unbiblical.
"My greatest concern is that godly fear that protects mankind from dabbling in the spirit world is being taken away from children who read these Harry Potter books. The terrors and horrors of black magic and occult practice, rituals, ceremonies and demon possession are being normalized," she said. "Alarmingly, the Potter books are engaging in pagan discipleship, disciplining our children to spiritual alternatives and also turning them away from the biblical principles and God's protection."
Some children who read the books, often more than once, may find themselves attracted to the magical world Harry lives in, she said. In attempting to create their own spells and charms, kids may turn to other books that teach witchcraft.
Just as Christians find themselves increasingly attracted to Scripture and the things of God, dabblers in the occult become more deeply entrenched in the dark arts, remarked Matrisciana, who lived through the experience herself.

The bible is pretty clear on such subjects:

Galations 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

1Thess 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Deut 18:9 ¶ When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Proverbs 3:7 ¶ Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

I wonder what Jesus Christ thinks of a society that literally worships Harry Potter?


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Adrian's accident: the long version

Friday night, Adrian (he is 4 years old) has been riding his smaller 2 wheel bike for some time now. Jeremy (hubby) took the training wheels off his new bigger bike. Adrian went speeding out onto the road to show his brothers, and lost control in the loose gravel, landing directly on his chin. He pushed his 2 middle top teeth up into his gums, and scraped his chin up pretty badly. Poor little guy. So Friday night we iced his chin, and put him to bed thinking it was just a scraped up chin.

Well, Saturday morning when he woke up he could not open his mouth and was telling us his jaw was hurting. So I took him to the ER, and they did a CT and determined his jaw is in fact broken, fractured mandible. They could do nothing for him there. So we head home.

Sunday he is acting perfectly fine. Not complaining of pain or anything, he is even trying to eat the foods he likes, yet chewing carefully.

Monday we set an appointment for a consultation on his broken jaw. We are of course dreading what we believe to be the inevitable: plate and screws in his jaw bone, anesthesia, wiring his jaw shut... etc.

Tuesday we go see the doctor. She reviews his CT, and does an exam. She decides that she will leave him be, and that his jaw is already healing on it's own. She tells us that a child Adrian's age can heal a fracture in 3 weeks. She would like to see a follow up CT one month from his accident to confirm that he is healed properly. She also recommends "putting him in a box". This means: no bike, no scooter, no trampoline, no rough housing, etc... That will be the hardest part.

Today, Wednesday he is acting as if nothing has happened. He does chew his food rather carefully, but other than that, back to normal.

Thank God, for all of the answered prayers on this one. :)

Thursday, July 12, 2007


To realize the value of a sister
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly divorced couple

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn baby

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

-author unknown

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Grandma Hoffman's Honey Pie

1c. honey
3 eggs (beaten)
3T. butter
1t. vanilla
1c. pecans
dash nutmeg
1/4t. almond extract
9" pie shell
Boil honey, wisk in eggs, add rest of ingredients, pour into shell.

Bake at 325 deg. 25-35 min til center is firm.

Hot water pastry crust

3/4c. vegetable shortening
6T. boiling water
2c. AP flour
1t. salt
In a tall bowl, place shortening, add boiling water. Stir vigorously until an emulsion forms. Stir in flour and salt. Stir until dry. Pour onto wax paper. Pull up sides of wax paper, and form a ball. Open and divide ball into 2. Roll out each ball between 2 new sheets of wax paper 1/8 in. thick. This crust is always flaky and perfect. Makes 2 9" pie crusts.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Proverbs 31
10 ¶ Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. 24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. 25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

3 births in 2 days

I have a had a very busy couple of days.

Tuesday afternoon, July 3rd. a new mama gave birth to her first child, a 7# baby girl at home. Mama and baby are doing great.

Wednesday, July 4th, at 6am, a dear friend of mine gave birth to her sixth child. I have never seen anyone make childbirth look so easy. She had 11# 4oz. baby girl in a beautiful water birth. Mama and baby are doing great.

Wednesday night, also July4th, another friend of mine gave birth to her forth son, at home into his daddy's waiting hands. 7# 4oz. Mama and baby are doing great.

Thank you Lord for these beautiful, healthy babies. I felt so honored to be at each and every one of these births.

Monday, July 02, 2007

And she's off....

Savannah is officially walking. Friday morning, a few solo steps. Saturday, all the way across the living room, with the biggest smile you could ever imagine. Then she gets so excited to get to her destination that she dives...and falls. Still smiling, gets right back up, and off she goes.