Welcome to Mama G.'s Thoughts and Ramblings. I'm not sure how often I will be posting, but feel free to check on me occassionally. I'll be posting about things I find interesting, it may be something interesting I found during a Bible study, something one of my children has taught me or something about natural health and healing.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Jesus is in the Boat

     I don't know why I have had such a hard time being able to get this posted.  It has been rolling around in my brain for over a week, and every time I sit down to write, something comes up.  This is actually my thoughts based on a couple of sermons I have heard lately. 

     Many of us are familiar with the story when Jesus was asleep in the boat during a storm.  For those who are not familiar with it and as a reminder for the rest of us, here it is.

     On that day, when evening had come, he (Jesus) said to them, "Let us go across to the other side."  And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was.  And other boats were with him.  And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.  But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.  And they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?"  And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!"  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  he said to them, "Why are you so afraid?  Have you still no faith?"  And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

     The water that Jesus and his disciples were crossing was the Sea of Galilee, which to my understanding is more like a large lake.  It is surrounded by hills and mountains which can cause violent storms to occur very rapidly, with little or no warning.  The disciples were mostly fishermen by trade and were very familiar with these types of storms and knew the great danger.  They couldn't believe that Jesus could sleep while they were in such danger.  They asked him "Do you not care that we are perishing?"

     How many of us, when faced with a storm in life (an illness, financial crisis, a broken relationship), cry out to Jesus the same concern.  "Do you not care that I am perishing?"  Like the disciples, we don't seem to understand or grasp the fact that the God of the universe, who has authority over not only the wind and the sea, but over everything that touches us, is in the storm with us.  He has not left us to weather the storm alone. 

     How can we ask Jesus, "Do you not care that I am perishing?", when he cared enough to pay the price for our sins.  The price of sin, the cost of sin, or the wages of sin is death, an eternal separation from God.  How could we even begin to pay that price?  Jesus, although he was God, took the form of a man so that he could pay the price for us.  Jesus willingly went to the cross to take on the punishment for the sins of all mankind.  While on the cross, he cried, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"  I believe that it was at that moment, just before death, God the Father turned his back on Jesus because Jesus represented the sins of the world.  If he was willing to do take the punishment for our sins, how can we ask, "Do you not care that I am perishing?"

     If you are a Christian, you have the creator of the universe living inside of you.  You have Jesus Christ on your side.  No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever  pluck you from His hand.  (In Christ Alone, Stuart Townend, Keith Getty).

     But it gets even better than that.  After he paid our debt on the cross, he was buried in a borrowed tomb and on the third day rose again.  We serve a risen Savior. 

     So whatever storm you are in, the God of the Universe cares for you and can calm the storm in your life.  He can, but as every parent knows, sometimes what is best for us is to go through the storm, so that we come out of on the other side stronger than when we went in.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More Cold Remedies

I borrowed this from another herbalist and made a couple of changes.  Pretty good info.  Mama G.
This is my cold protocol, first the generalities and then the specific symptoms:

My basic cold treatment is garlic, Vitamin C, and cayenne. Other symptom-specific treatments are used when needed.

HEALING- When you are fighting any kind of illness (cold, flu, etc.), it is best to stop
eating bulky foods so that your body can concentrate on healing and not digesting. Soups, juices, and other clear liquids will allow your body to focus on healing. If you do choose to continue eating like normal, you will probably have a more prolonged illness and possibly more severe. Also, sugar affects the body's immune system in a negative way. Eating sugar before exposure can make you more susceptible to catching an illness. Eating sugar during an illness can prevent rapid healing.

VITAMIN C: At the onset of a cold, take 1000mg of Vitamin C and repeat this dose every hour until symptoms cease. For children, I give 500mg twice a day during an illness and 1000 units od Vitamin D-3 when something is “going around.” Vitamin C should be taken any time an antibiotic is taken, either natural or man-made. The Vitamin C increases the effectiveness of the antibiotic. Too much Vitamin C causes diarrhea, so cut back on the dose if you notice the stool starting to get loose and runny.

GARLIC: We roast it with garlic oil and sprinkle the cloves with tasty herbs. We chop it and add it to soups. We eat pickled garlic. Any way we can get garlic into our bodies, we do it. Raw is best, but if you want to cook it, let your prepared garlic (chopped, sliced, crushed, etc.) sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the properties to increase. Then cook as desired.

CAYENNE: Steven H. Horne, author of The ABC Herbal (a great book on children’s remedies), says that at the first sign of a cold, he takes 2 capsules of Capsicum (cayenne pepper) every hour with a large glass of water. Instead of Cayenne capsules for children, I give them “Hot and Sour Soup” with plenty of cayenne. Mr. Horne also uses sweat baths and enemas for treating cold symptoms.

My husband came home one Fri. with a cold and these methods had him ready for work again by Monday! I think he was well on Sunday afternoon, but you admit it if you were getting waited on hand and foot?

COUGH - Coughing clears the lungs of toxins, so you really do not want to suppress a cough, especially if there is mucous to expel. You want it to be productive. The garlic treatments should help break up and expel the mucous, and adding thyme to soups will help as well. Suppressing a cough, in my opinion, just prolongs the illness and prevents healing.

SWEAT BATHs help the body to rid itself of toxins that cause illness. After taking the Cayenne capsules, sit in a tub of water as hot as you can tolerate. Add a couple of tablespoons of ginger powder, a handful of rosemary or mint leaves, or other aromatic herbs. (It is best to put these herbs in a mesh bag to keep from having to clean out your tub after the bath.) An alternative is to add a quarter teaspoon of lavender oil, tea tree oil, or some other pure essential oil. Drink plenty of water or a fragrant herbal tea before sitting in the bath. After the bath, get into bed and pile on the blankets. You want to keep sweating to help your body eliminate the toxins. Drinking “Hot and Sour Soup” will help you with the sweating as well.
FOR BABIES: Since you do not want to put the baby in really hot water, use a warm bath and using a wash cloth gently wash his body down with some natural soap (like Dr. Bonner's Peppermint soap) to make certain the pores are open. You can add a small amount of lavender oil or tea tree oil to the bath to stimulate the circulation and draw the blood to the extremities.

FEVER – Fevers are actually beneficial. The raised body temperature allows many body systems to work together in the healing process. It is the administration of medications that causes the drastic rise and fall in temperature as the body is purposefully trying to keep the temperature elevated. This interferes with healing. Try not to give medications or herbs to lower fever except naturally to make the patient more comfortable. Do your own research on this subject and you will very impressed with the way God made our bodies to heal themselves.

STUFFY NOSE-A great way to clear a stuffy nose is to eat Hot and Sour soup from a Chinese restaurant. You can make your own using Ramen Noodles. Put the ramen (I like beef) and seasoning packet in A LOT OF water and boil. Use several packs so you can make a lot of soup. Add apple cider vinegar and soy sauce to your taste (start small). Sprinkle with red pepper flakes – remember that you want this to be spicy, but tolerable. Let simmer for a while and enjoy. When I want to eliminate the seasoning packet that contains MSG, I make my own soup using poultry seasoning herbs such as sage, thyme, rosemary, chopped garlic and onion. I still use the ramen noodles to give it a bit of texture, though we make much more soup than noodles. Throw in an astragalus root or two and simmer this soup for a while and you will have a great “sick soup” to sip on all day.

RUNNY NOSE- Why try to stop it if it is carrying toxins out of the body? Trying to stop a runny nose, in my opinion, just prolongs the illness and prevents healing.

HEADACHE: Diluted Peppermint oil massaged onto temples. Use one drop of peppermint oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil. Some examples of carrier oils are olive, coconut, grapeseed, sweet almond, etc. In a pinch, vegetable oil will do. Do not get peppermint oil in the eyes or too close to them.

EARACHE/INFECTION: Peel a clove of garlic and place it into the opening of your ear (like you would a hearing aide). You could also put a couple of drops of garlic oil down into your ear and massage some oil on your neck around and below your ear. The oil is best for children, while adults might like the clove better. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and the oil is soothing.

CONGESTION: If you have chest congestion and can't seem to get it coughed up, then warm some garlic oil and have someone massage it onto your back and under your armpits. Then massage some onto your chest, being sure to get it under your rib cage. This gets it into your lymph nodes (garlic absorbs into your skin very quickly). I have used this on my girls and it didn't take more than 2 nights to see a difference. I used this on my 2-year-old when she had her first cold at 2 months. I could not suction the mucous because it was too deep. When I changed her diaper I would rub her chest with garlic oil. A few minutes later she would sneeze and the mucous would come up. To this day she has never been to the doctor, and the only illnesses she has ever had were colds that were very mild. Adults could try a garlic poultice on the foot!

SORE THROAT: Put a couple of drops of garlic oil onto the back of the throat (inside the mouth). Then massage oil onto the outside of throat area. It may take a while (20-40 minutes) to feel results, but it’s natural. You can even teach a child to treat himself. The first time I did this my sore throat was gone for 12 hours! After the second treatment it did not come back.

Other folks may have different and better remedies/treatments, but this is what we use! For prevention we take Garlic and 5,000 units of Vitamin D-3 daily (adults).

Tis the Season - For Allergies and Sinus Infections

Being a budding herbalist, several friends have asked me for help with sinus issues and infections.  Here's what I have shared with them.

Your pain is caused by the inflammation, which is caused by the sinus infection.  The sinus infection is caused by…? (this is where you have to be the detective and determine what is causing your irritaction) To treat the pain, one must first discover what is causing the pain and work your way back, until you trace the pain to its true source.  i.e. find what is causing the sinus congestion and avoid or remove the cause.  Sinus infections are caused by a build up of mucus.  The mucus is there to rid the body of toxins, so you need to find what toxins maybe building up in your system. This may be as simple as avoiding certain foods. (pasteurized dairy, refined flours, chocolate, eggs and fried and processed foods)  Until you can track that down though, here are a few things to help:

1.       Irrigate your sinuses – this is basically washing out your sinuses.  Wal-Mart carries neti pots.  A neti pot is used to pour water through the sinuses.  Yes, I know, if you’ve never tried it it is hard to imagine intentionally pouring water up your nose.  When done properly, it goes in one nostril and out the other, unless you are so plugged up it can’t make it through, but keep trying.
2.      Apple cider vinegar – take 1-2 Tbsp in water 3-4 times a day.  Look for non pasteurized ACV with the mother (floaty stuff) still in it.  Bragg makes a very good one.  This will help your body remove the toxins that the mucus is formed to remove from your body.
3.      I use an essential oil blend in hot water for steam inhalation.    It contains:  Eucalyptus, Thyme, Tea Tree, Peppermint and Hyssop essential oils.
4.      Garlic also fights infection and helps to drain sinuses.  Take 3-4 cloves 3 times a day.
5.      I also take a “Super Tonic” as well.  It contains: onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers, horseradish and fresh ginger, all juiced and added to ACV.  Put 1 Tbsp. into water and drink.  It will clear your sinuses and reduce the chance of infection.