Thursday, November 29, 2012

How To Make A Natural Cough Syrup


Ok, in the Anderson household it wouldn't be winter season without our trusty homemade onion, honey cough syrup! I have used this recipe several times, especially for my daughter who sings. She has gotten allergies in the past and, not only will she just feel yucky, but on occasion it has turned into a nasty cough. Trusty onion syrup to the rescue! 

I learned this recipe when I was studying with Dr.Christopher's School of Natural Healing. Thankfully it has been a God-send. You don't want to use cough suppressants on a cough. There are four channels of elimination (respiratory, digestive, urinary, skin) in the body and the lungs are one of those channels. The body is trying to rid itself of whatever nasty stuff is in there, therefore, coughing is a way for the sputum to come out. Cough suppressants do what the name implies - they suppress.  Don't prevent the body from doing what it naturally needs to do. You want to help speed the process of recovery and honey and onions are an excellent way to do this. 

In my last blog I talked about the healing properties of honey. Onions are a natural expectorant and they not only stimulate the immune system, but they also help combat heart disease, inhibit strokes, lower blood pressure & cholesterol! Onions have a natural flavonoid called quercetin. Quercetin has a natural anti-inflammatory action, that's why onions are so good for coughs.  How's that for a natural pharmacy? :)

Here's a video of Rosemary Gladstar making the onion/honey syrup. Rosemary is a pioneer in the herbal movement and has been working with herbal preparations for a long time. She explains the procedure very well. The video is about 5 minutes in length. 

I'll give you a few minutes to watch it.....hmm...... :)

Ok, now that you know how to make your own natural cough syrup, go buy your ingredients and make it! You'll feel great knowing that you're giving your family something completely natural without added dyes or preservatives - and it actually works. 

Please share your thoughts  comments, etc. I would love to hear how this works out for you and what your family thinks about it. 

Blessings! =D

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Natural Cold & Flu Remedies

It's been a while since I wrote here - feels great to just write again! :)

Well, it's that time of season again - cold & flu season. We recently moved out to the country - Hungerford, TX - to be exact. It was purely a GOD thing and I'm so thankful for the Hall family who opened their home to us. It's a blessing!
We're living in cotton country - when we moved out here it was the middle of cotton pickin' season and boy did allergies get ruffled! Now that the cotton has all been picked, winter season is fast approaching and with that comes other ailments.

Here's a great tea remedy using Ginger, Raw Honey and Lemon for when you feel that nasty bug of a cold coming on or if you already have a cold.  It's very comforting and soothing.
Cut up ginger slices, place in small pot, simmer for about 20 min.
Pour in tea cup
Add tablespoon honey and squeeze in about half a lemon
Stir and let steep (place a plate over your cup and let it sit there for about 5 min or so)
Drink and enjoy :)

GINGER is great for congestion, sore throats, pain relief and it also aids digestion, nausea and bloating.
RAW HONEY has so many benefits! It strengthens immune system and is a powerful antioxidant among many things.
LEMONS, apart from being natural liver cleansers, have Vitamin C & bioflavonoids which promote immunity and fight infection.

So, with all that said, if you have cold, instead of running to pharmacy section of the grocery store, visit the fruit & veggie area and you'll feel better knowing that you made a healthier choice in battling that nasty cold bug.

Stay tuned for more natural remedies for winter!
Be blessed!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper


This is definitely one of the wonder herbs that the good Lord created! It is described as a "warming" herb as it speeds up the metabolism and it has amazing effects on the circulatory system as it feeds the vital elements into the cell structure of capillaries, veins, arteries and it also helps adjust blood pressure to normal levels. It is definitely an herb you should have in your "herbal medicine cabinet" or kitchen cabinet (that's where I have it). It helps clean the arteries of the bad LDL cholesterol - considering that heart disease is the number one killer in America, that is significant. 

It's also good for the stomach and the intestinal tract. Notwithstanding its hot taste, paradoxically it is actually superb for rebuilding the tissue in the stomach, facilitating healing with stomach and intestinal ulcers.

Cayenne is useful in alleviating allergies, muscle cramp, improving digestion, gives more pep and energy, and helps wound healing with minimal scar tissue.

That's just the tip of the iceberg really. God knew exactly what He was doing when he created herbs for our benefit and I encourage you to check out this powerful, amazing herb. :)

Here is an incredible story from a Master Herbalist, Barbara Parshley MH, and her use of cayenne pepper: 

My favorite herb changes quite frequently. Today it happens to be cayenne. In the Family Herbalist course, a course I highly recommend to all, we learned how it would stop a bloody nose almost immediately. Given my grandchildren are around frequently, I had the opportunity to try this remedy. My granddaughter had a bloody nose for about 10 minutes before she came to share that information with me. I was new to the Family Herbalist course at the time, so I thought I would try putting a little cayenne into water.  She drank the water and the nose that had been profusely bleeding, stopped before the glass of cayenne water was finished.
Today, about two years after this first experiment with cayenne, I was using a rotary cutter to cut the many yards of material I use for quilting. I have done this for years, but today, for the first time, the rotary cutter came close to taking off much of my left index finger. Oh, did it bleed! I immediately ran it under water allowing it to bleed freely to clean the cut. Then it occurred to me - "I have cayenne in my Herbal First Aid Kit!" I wrapped the finger in paper towels in order to go get the kit. The towels were soaked in blood before I made it from the kitchen to the bathroom, one door away. This concerned my granddaughter and she suggested going to a hospital. I thought, "No, I need to get to the cayenne."
And so I did. I opened up the container of powdered cayenne, wondering if it was going to sting horrendously. (I had previously used too much in a nasal wash, and though it took care of the sinus infection rather quickly, I remembered to dilute it more the following time I used it.)  I sprinkled the cayenne onto the finger and it didn't sting! Sprinkling cayenne on to this open wound, felt just fine! Of course the bleeding stopped quite quickly. I was thrilled with my new experiment. Then I decided that as long as I had the opportunity, I would proceed with my second experiment. I retrieved some of my powdered BF&C (with the comfrey), added cayenne to it for good measure, and moistened it with X-ceptic. Since the gash was large enough, I put the poultice on only half of the gash on the finger and bandaged the whole finger.
It was amazing! Two days later, the section of the finger where I put the poultice has healed, there isn't even any bruising! The other section is healing, but is still a separated wound. The BF&C certainly added to the healing of the gash and is now a favorite herbal combination. However, the amazing properties of cayenne that stopped this rather excessive bleeding so quickly and without stinging, made cayenne my favorite herb for the day. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Seasons of Life & Waiting.....

Ecclesiastes 3:1
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens....

Have you ever had to wait for something and felt like you were going to pull your hair out if you had to wait much longer? I'm there now :/ What I thought was going to be a little while of waiting has turned into years! My husband has been "between jobs" on and off for about three years now. Even though it has been a difficult trial to endure, my character is daily being refined and I've learning a couple of things:

FAITH: Without faith, it is impossible to please God......In the waiting, I've had to completely let go and trust God knowing that my future is in His hands - not mine! I'm totally a control freak and this situation is completely out of my hands and drives me insane! It's a time of total surrender and even when circumstances look very bleak, I must wait for Him even when His timing doesn't match my expectations.

PERSEVERANCE: Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength......Knowing that the Lord is in control of the length and intensity of this trial, I meekly endure and run the race set before me. Is it easy? A resounding no! There have been many time that I've wanted to throw in the towel and just when I thought I couldn't go any further, the Lord sends me a beautiful glimpse of His glory and helps to press on. Charles Stanley says, "The only way to receive the full benefits God has for us is to trust Him through the delay and wait patiently for Him to act on our behalf"

Have you heard the story of how gold has to be "tried" or refined by fire in order to purify it and make it valuable? I do believe that this time of waiting, even though painful and difficult, is only for my benefit and for the glory of God. There is a time and season for everything under the sun...... If you allow the Lord to transform your character during your waiting season, your character will not only be enriched, but you will also be equipped to serve Him more effectively - no matter the circumstance or trying situation in your life.

What is the Lord trying to teach you in your season of waiting?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Balance in Wellness

Most of us have grown up with the idea of having good health and health is usually defined as the absence of disease or injury. It can also be classified as the general condition of the body and mind.
A newer concept is that of "Wellness" which refers to optimal health and vitality - not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. This is a possibility if one is willing to take responsibility or their own health instead of placing that responsibility on others.

In my quest for overall wellness, I have discovered several areas that we need to focus on to create balance in our life:
  • Spiritual Wellness/Emotional Wellness: these two, in my opinion, overlap. As a believer, the Word of God brings great comfort and gives you principles to govern yourself therefore bringing joy and purpose in life. In turn, mental wellness is achieved through these principles as you meditate on them. This leads to the ability to love, get rid of negative emotions and forgive which are all very healing....."As a man thinks in his heart so is he" Proverbs 23:7
  • Mental Wellness: gives you opportunity to challenge your mind through continuing education through life or mastering new skills. Mental stimulation improves brain function and actually protects against cognitive decline. The saying "use it or lose it" is very true!
  • Physical Wellness: includes good nutritional practices, exercise and using natural means to heal the body such as herbs when the body is sick. Even if not sick, the use of herbs for optimum physical wellness is important such as Gotu Kola, Astragalus or Ashwagandha. (look below for uses of these herbs)
  • Interpersonal Wellness: God created us for community and acquiring and upholding healthy relationships is a huge factor in our physical and emotional health. Think of when you've been upset with someone - did you even feel like eating?
  • Environmental Wellness: allows one to have a healthy environment free of toxins. One way to achieve this at home is by using non-toxic cleaners such as Shaklee's line of green cleaning products. They are very economical and work great! I love "Scour off" - works great in the bathroom and the kitchen! Shaklee's BasicH has a million uses and is a staple in our home.
Of course, I'm sure there are more areas to achieve wellness in our life but those are the ones I wanted to focus on. There are times, as I mentioned above, that you need to add herbs to help achieve your wellness goals.

Here are some herbs for everyday use -
Gotu Kola: is considered a rejuvenating herb and has been used to increase vitality, prolong life and enhance learning and memory
Astragalus: is a general immune system tonic and promotes endurance and stamina
Ashwagandha: considered an adaptogenic herb that promotes vitality and vigor

If you're having trouble sleeping, Valerian extract is a relaxing sedative and reduces stress, anxiety, nervousness and irritability.
St. John's Wort is also good as a mild sedative and antidepressant.
Believe it or not, Catnip is not just for cats. It's also mild sedative and is used as a calming formula especially for children.

Basically, wellness is more than just popping a pill and hoping for the best. We are a triune being and with so many others factors affecting our health, achieving wellness is an everyday task but with God's help, we can overcome!

Please let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions, I'd love to hear from you! =D

"Our soul waits for the Lord, He is our help and our shield...." Psalm 33:20

Monday, January 2, 2012

Six Needs You Will Have in 2012

Happy New Year!!!!

My key word for this year is HOPE and I wait with anticipation at what the Lord will have in store for us this year. We read the story of King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 of how the people of Israel were faced with a great army and they prayed, fasted and cried out to the Lord. The Lord delivered them as they sang & worshiped Him. He said "The battle is not yours but God's!" Praise God that He will deliver us in our trials!

There will be good and bad and unfortunately the year started off with a "bang" (no pun intended) as my 21 yr old son rear-ended some lady on New Year's day. Thankfully he was fine but his brand new Mitsubishi was hurt pretty bad. It's in the repair shop now and we'll have to wait for the appraiser to determine the damage.

Sigh.....then my 24 yr old daughter called me in the middle of the night saying someone stole her wallet with all her tip earnings from hostessing all weekend - $400 cash! I immediately started praying and a song came to my mind. It was Luke 14:27 "Peace I leave with not let your heart be troubled nor let it be afraid". I shared with my daughter and left it in God's hands. She just called me saying that someone found her wallet with all the money still in there! haha! Praise God again!

I'd like to also share part of the devotional I read this morning.
Six needs you are certain to have in 2012:
As you pass through the door of 2011 and enter the door of 2012, here are six of the needs you are certain to have...
1. There will be the need for prayer
2. There will be the need to trust
3. There will be the need to obey
4. There will be the need to forgive
5. There will be the need to be faithful
6. There will be the need for Jesus
One thing you can be certain about in the coming year is that you can't be certain about what is ahead. This is a great blessing, because you do not need to know. To know what is ahead and the details of what will happen would be too great a burden to carry and too great a responsibility to bear.

What you do need to know about the future is not what is ahead of you, but Who is ahead of you. It is the Lord who goes before you, is ahead of you, and is preparing the way for you. Your future is in His sure, strong, caring hands.

My prayer for you in 2012 is that you have a healthy & prosperous New Year!!! Be blessed.