Dealing With a Mild Illness

I always hesitate a bit to share with people how to naturally treat illnesses from home. For a number of reasons. Some think it’s load of hooey. Some are anti anything-having-to-do-with-alternative-health (very pro doctor). Even if people are into natural healing, there are SO many differing approaches (herbs, homeopathics, essential oils, etc). And many people are quite passionate about their beliefs, to the point that some individuals turn nasty if you or someone else holds a different belief system. We seem to live in a very touchy/easily offended world. It honestly doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me why people feel personally attacked when someone has a different view point or set of beliefs. That’s just life. That’s humanity. It’s really nothing to get upset about or take personally.

Alas, because of the backlash I see so many people get when they speak up, I’ve chosen to remain quiet. šŸ˜¦
I’ve never really been a big wave-maker or pot-stirrer.

But as I grow in my faith with God, though, I’m beginning to understand a few things more clearly.

Number 1– this “remaining quiet” thing is actually rooted in a “fear of man”. And I should fear GOD more than I fear man.

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man?
If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Gal 1:10

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…
Col 3:23

The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
Prov 29:25

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Gal 2:20

Number 2– if God has entrusted me with knowledge and wisdom and spiritual gifts, He wants and expects me to share and use those gifts to bless/encourage others for His glory.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Rm 12:6-8

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God suppliesā€”in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1 Pet 4:10-11

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, …
1 Cor 12:4-11

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, …
Eph 4:11-16

Number 3– I’m now an “older woman” to several ladies. I’m nearing 36 years of age and I have lived and learned a decent amount concerning marriage, motherhood, roles of womanhood, homemaking, etc. I was trained to be a worldchanger through education and having a career– so I started this road of homemaking and mothering as a newbie. I learned (mostly through failure, unfortunately) what I know now in regards to being a godly wife and mother (still learning, always learning, love learning). It is actually a biblically based mission for me to come alongside younger ladies and teach, help, strengthen, and encourage them as they establish homes of their own.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
Titus 2:3-5

Number 4– I have gone through some pretty dark days as an adult. Frequently I battle depression… and this last year specifically: anxiety (so not fun). We had major financial issues early on in our marriage, and so, had to live with family for many years in order to get grounded. We had a miscarriage in July ’07. We also had a stillbirthed daughter born at 37 weeks (Miss Baby Rose) in April 2010. Adulthood has not been a walk in the park for me. It’s been real and it’s been tough. But God… He’s ALWAYS been there for my husband and I (and for our kids). He’s comforted me in SO many ways. I can, and most definitely should, comfort others with the comfort that I have received.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.ā€¦
2 Cor 1:3-5

Cast your burden on the LORD,Ā and he will sustain you; He will never permitĀ the righteous to be moved.
Ps 55:22

The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Ps 9:9

God is our refuge and strength,Ā a very present help in trouble.
Ps 46:1

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Pet 5:6-7

Weeping may tarry for the night,Ā but joy comes with the morning.
Ps 30:5

I could go on and on and on with all the MANY verses there are about “comfort” in the Bible!

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Ok, so wow. All that to say: I’m gonna share with you a *quick tip* on how to naturally heal mild illness in your family. LOL

I’m not going to fear man.
I *do* have knowledge and wisdom to share.
I am an older woman that can help a younger woman.
And maybe (hopefully) this post will be an encouragement and comfort to someone!

My 2 yr old daughter, Miss Pebbles, came down with a low-grade fever yesterday. Other symptoms: runny nose, lethargy, mild cough, and sneezing. She just has a little bug that’s getting her down.
Before I knew a thing or two about natural healing, I would simple “wait it out” and let the bug “run it’s course”. Or I would give over the counter (OTC) medicine that would only relieve the symptoms.
About the time we had our 3rd child, we started looking into natural/home remedies.
Now hear me out: we are NOT anti-doctor! We *do* take our children to the doctor if they are really hurt or if my home remedies aren’t working. Doctors truly have been given the gift of healing from God and if the situation warrants it, we’ll go! But… if I can treat it from home (like sniffles, chickenpox, mild cuts and wounds, vomiting, diarrhea, etc), I will.
As I learned about natural healing, I realized that the best thing you can do is *boost the immune system* when someone gets sick. As *soon* as symptoms of any kind start rearing their head, I am ON IT. I do *not* wait. I aim to boost that immune system as quickly as possible so the body can more quickly recover.
~~What I did for Miss Pebbles is the following:
1- rubbed a good lather of garlic oil on her chest, feet (put on some socks!), neck, and around (and in) her ears.
2- rubbed Baby Vicks on her back (yes, I still use OTC stuff– someday I hope to experiment with homemade baby vicks, but not today).
3- gave her 1/2 a tablet of chewable vit C (I like Puritans Pride brand).
4- gave her a bit of Tylenol for the fever (yes, I know… another OTC *wink*).
5- mixed a few drops of liquid echinacea (from Nature’s Sunshine**) with her juice and had her drink that.
6- kisses and cuddles and lots of touch.
7- prayer for healing.
8- put her down for sleep
The garlic gets into her bloodstream and starts attacking/killing the virus or bacteria or whatever’s getting her down.
The Baby Vicks opens her airways so she can breathe better.
The vit C and echinacea boost her immune system.
Touch has clinically been proven to aid in healing.
Prayer changes things. God is the Great Physician!
Sleep rejuvenates and heals the body.
I will give the garlic & herbs about 3x/day until the illness subsides… and then for a day after (or maybe 2 if it’s a tough bug) just to make sure the bug is really gone.
Guess as illness presents itself in our home, I’ll share other things that we do naturally.
It’s just so comforting to know that I can do *something* to aid in the process of healing (and not just relieve symptoms) and that I don’t have to wait for the bug to just take it’s course.
**If you open an new account with Nature’s Sunshine in order to purchase herbs, please let me know beforehand! You can “become a member” and earn 33% off retail price. I’ll share with you how!

How to make a bone broth

Today, I want to teach you how to make homemade bone broth. Broths are awesome for making soups or gravies or using in recipes or for *whatever*. Plus they are super healthy. There’s LOTS of immune-boosting goodies in bone marrow that cooks into the broth. I have steamed (or sauteed) veggies with broth rather than plain water (or oil). I’ve crockpotted meats & veggies in bone broth. I use bone broths *especially* when the kids get sick. I whip out a bag of this, heat it up, add noodles or rice, and voila, quick healthy soup for the sickie(s). Every woman has her own method (there’s a bazillion methods online), but this is what I do in my kitchen. And this is what my kids all had when they were growing up. Every broth I create is just a tad different, based on what veggies, meats, or spices/herbs I use. So as I step you through this, know that each batch varies. This is a very simple recipe that has endless possibilities. Experiment and see what you like flavor-wise. So, #1, start with a bone from a roast that still has a bit of meat on it. Add any kind of veggie you want. In this broth batch I have a ham bone and I’ve thrown in carrots, celery, onion, and spinach. Don’t worry about nicely chopping pretty pieces. They can be large. They’ll cook down. Cover with water. Add any spices you’d like. This batch has garlic salt, red pepper flakes, pepper, marjoram, dried onion, and dried garlic. I added a decent scoop of chicken bouillon, too. If you don’t have the paste kind, you can just add 3-4 cubes. If you’re using a beef type of bone/meat, just use beef bouillon. But otherwise, for chicken or ham I just use chicken bouillon.

2015-05-01 12.35.40Bring to a boil.

2015-05-01 12.36.17Drop to a very low simmer and allow to slowly simmer (uncovered) for approximately 3 hours.

2015-05-01 12.54.42Done

2015-05-01 16.10.02In a big pot, place a colander inside.

2015-05-01 17.06.15Line with cheese cloth or a thin, clean kitchen towel.

2015-05-01 17.06.48Strain the bone and veggies out from the broth.

2015-05-01 17.08.02The leftovers.

2015-05-01 17.08.11Yummy, beautiful broth.

2015-05-01 17.11.55This is when I pull all the little bits of leftover meat off the bone.

2015-05-01 17.13.56There’s enough meat here for topping a couple of baked potatoes, sprinkling on salad, adding to a sandwich, etc. Just throw away the bone and the cooked veggies. They’ve done their job. šŸ™‚

2015-05-01 17.22.40Let the broth cool down… then refrigerate. Depending on the meat, once cooled there may be a film of fat that will rise to the top and solidify. I’ll often pick that off. Yuck. (Personal preference)

So here’s my refrigerated ham broth. Surprisingly, not much fat at all. So I’ll just leave the fat alone on this one.

2015-05-03 16.38.39I didn’t measure, but I divided the broth semi-evenly into quart bags and then added them to a gallon size freezer bag. If you want to be specific, you can measure out 14 oz per bag, that equals 1 can.

Label and then put in the freezer. It’s ready for whatever meal you need.

Super easy. Super tasty.

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