Wet Sock Treatment

It’s not a very smart thing to allow your immune system to get run down – with junk food, little sleep, and over busyness – especially when there’s a “bug” in the air, and fresh air is at a premium due to the temps outside. But that’s usually what happens over the Holidays.

‘Tis the season for a lot of coughs, colds and flu, and much of it has been going around here. But I don’t have time to be sick, 🙂 so I just kept plugging along in preparations for our Celebration of the Incarnation of our Lord and Savior. I knew once I slowed down I needed to be careful or I’d catch it too. And sure enough, once I took a couple days to relax after the holiday, I started to feel a cold coming on. But I wasn’t going to let it get me.

So what’d I do? Started fighting it in all out force before it could actually get ahold of me.

Some of the natural treatment preventative remedies we use are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils from doTerra, Grandma’s Onion Syrup, GOCO, Herb Teas (not as effective as the EOs, but the sooth and feel good going down, and do have the same benefits, just not as efficient), and the Wet Sock Treatment. I’ve written about the others before, but I’ve never put the WST here before. So here it is.

I learned of the Wet Sock Treatment from a friend when our older children were little. She learned of it from her Naturopath/Homeopath Doctor. As it’s name says, it involves wet socks.

The Wet Sock Treatment is an immune stimulating treatment recommended by Naturopaths and other holistic doctors. The hydrotherapy (going from hot feet to cold socks) increases circulation and stimulates the immune system, so it’s good for cold, flu, fever, sinus, ear ache, sore throat, upper respiratory, infections, etc. I’ve even heard migraines. (But I’m not a doctor, prescribing anything to you, just telling you what we do that we’ve learned from doctors.)

WET SOCK TREATMENT


woolsockYou need a pair of very light weight Cotton Socks and a pair of heavy wool socks – cotton socks at least 90% cotton, wool socks at least 90% wool. Put cotton socks in a bowl/sink of very cold water. Soak your feet in as hot of water as you can stand for 10 minutes or more (or take a hot soaking bath). I add my EOs to my foot soak water (like OnGuard).  Immediately (after getting out) take the cold wet cotton socks out of the cold water and put them on. Then pull the dry wool ones over them. Go straight to bed and cover up. Leave the socks on all night. Keep covered. Rest well.

It’s best to do the WST at the beginning of coming down with something. As with everything, catch it fast to ward it off. But even later in the course it will be helpful. You may need to do it 3 days in a row, if the crud is already getting to you.

Try it. For your health! It may save you from the crud this winter.

 

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Holiday Scents

Tis the Season

 

ThanksGiving (as a Holiday) is over and everyone is shifting to the Christmas mood. Our son has been asking since September to sing Christmas songs and I’ve told him all along, “Not till after Thanksgiving.” Well, it’s here.

The fragrance of the holidays is one of the top things that I think make it seem like the holidays. But artificial fragrances do me in. I can’t handle too many candle brands, and no “air freshener” brands. I just don’t tolerate chemical smells well (not even perfume and cologne, and certainly not in cleaners and such.)

But I do love natural scents, such as whole food goodness baking in the kitchen, spices simmering in a pot of soup or such, and 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils diffusing throughout the home.

Holiday Joy and Christmas Spirit are favorites. In fact, another son has been diffusing it for over a month, any chance he gets. It’s obviously one of his favorite essential oil blends.

Others that will get you in the holiday mood are White Fir, Wild Orange, Cinnamon, and Clove.

Of course, we can’t forget Frankincense and Myrrh either.

 

Order your holiday essential oils now to get in the mood with natural holiday scents from 100% pure and natural, therapeutic grade essential oils. And don’t forget a Diffuser to get the scent-sational fragrances in the air. 

See our essential oil website for more info on Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils.

 

My disclaimers: Neither the FDA nor any other entity has endorsed any of my content. I make no claims for healing, and do not advise, diagnose, prescribe or any other such thing. I only share our own personal experiences and those relayed by others. It is your right and responsibility to educate yourself and make decisions for yourself in matters of health.

Bone Healing at Our House

Broken bone healing support at our House – before and after proper medical attention, setting and casting. (Not med advice, claims, or any such. Just what we do. And not everything at the same time.)

General important foods: green leafy veggies for calcium and trace minerals, bananas for potassium, easy to digest proteins-good whole foods. Sounds like a Green Smoothie to me. 🙂

Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils: Lemongrass, PanAway/ Deep Blue, (need to re-order or find quickly) Helichrysum, Peppermint (especially at the beginning, and for tummy after anesth).

Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Vita D, Vita C, chlorophyll.

Herbs: Echinacea Goldenseal (for detoxing fro anesthesia), Nettles and Oatstraw (for bone healing), Astragulus (healing support – if I can find more, we’re out.)

Homeopathic: Arnica (pain and healing support), Phosphorus (for anesth detox) (Didn’t have Nux Vomica in my purse for immediately after awakening. He didn’t get sick, but it helps for the detoxing too.)

Thankful for God’s original natural healing helps, and His design of our bodies to self-heal with proper support.

See our essential oil website for more info on Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils.

David vs. Monsanto

View the documentary FREE for a limited time, at mercola.com. I haven’t watched the documentary yet, but have seen the story in other resources.

Monsanto has long been trying to establish control over the seeds of the plants that produce food for the world. They have patented a number of genetically altered food crops, which can only be grown with proper license, and the seeds for which must be purchased anew each year.

Alas, genetically engineered (GE) crops cannot be contained. And rather than being found guilty of contaminating farmers’ property, Monsanto has successfully sued hundreds of unsuspecting farmers for patent infringement when unlicensed GE crops were found growing in their fields. Many farmers have subsequently, quite literally, lost their farms.

Percy Schmeiser of Saskatchewan, Canada, is but one of Monsanto’s victims, but contrary to so many others, he refused to quietly tolerate the injustice. In a classic case of David versus Goliath, Schmeiser fought back against one of the most powerful businesses in the world.”

by Dr. Mercola

Read the rest of the article here

GMO Interviews

Again this year, Dr. Oz interviewed both sides on GMO’s.

Dr. Oz on GMOs. Must watch!

Before interviewing Jeffrey Smith and Dr. Robin Burnhoft about the health dangers of GMOs (part 1), Dr. Oz revealed that the pro-GMO scientists invited to his show were unwilling to share the stage with Jeffrey. They would only appear after Jeffrey and Dr. Burnhoft finished their interview and walked off. The reason for this demand became immediately obvious when Martina Newell-McGloughlin spoke to Dr. Oz. So much of she said was demonstrably false or misleading. Click  to watch this episode. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/genetically-modified-foods-are-they-safe-pt-1

Chemical Soup – and bread and …

October is GMO Awareness month! How aware are you of what is in what you put in your mouth and how it was grown and processed? I believe this issue goes far beyond just GMO’s (genetically modified organisms – or GE’s, genetically engineered “foods”). But GMO produced “food”-products are certainly the new danger of our age, as these un-natural Franken-foods came on the scene in 1996 and have continued to spread like wildfire since then.

When our “foods” are produced in a chemical lab by men in white coats and patented, there is something seriously wrong with the system, and a great threat is presented to our health. And yet much of our society goes on oblivious to the facts because it “tastes good” (has been laden with strong chemical flavorings to mask the true tastelessness), “we love it and want more; eat it all the time” (because it’s been laden with addictive chemicals), and it’s “cheap” or cheapER (because the government has taken money from the people on the front end to subsidize these “foods”. People, we are paying for these “foods”, a very high cost, whether we buy the finished “food”-products or not.)

What is food? It is not whatever can be put down the gullet with relative ease that tastes good and doesn’t cause an immediate death reaction.

Food is the “herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.” These foods that God created and ordained good, the “grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind”, all yielded “seed after his kind”. Later the “moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things,” also was created “good” “after his kind”.

Food is:

Food (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary) = whatever is eaten for nourishment, something that sustains, nourishes

Nourishment (from 1828) =  1. That which serves to promote the growth of animals or plants, or to repair the waste of animal bodies; food; sustenance; nutriment. 2. Nutrition; support

Nutrition (from 1828) = 1. The act or process of promoting the growth or repairing the waste of animal bodies;  2. That which nourishes; nutriment.

Health (from 1828) = That state of an animal or living body, in which the parts are sound, well organized and disposed, and in which they all perform freely their natural functions.

These Franken-food products do not nourish, do not sustain health, do not promote growth and repair and the health of our bodies. But they “look good to our eyes, taste good (to our tricked brains), and we want them. In our pride, we think we “surely will not die”.

Man, in his attempt to be god has perverted the good food God has given us. By his patents (and unethical lawsuits) he attempts to control not only nature, but also all of mankind (through what he eats). Brethern, this ought not be so. Our society is the frog in the kettle, the drugged mass following the pied piper. We must wake up and return to the real food created by the Creator of our bodies to nourish and sustain them.

To learn more about genetically engineered foods and their effects, see other posts in this category (past and future), and check out the Institute for Responsible Technology and other science sites concerned about GMO’s. IRT has an article on 10 Reasons to Avoid GMO’s here.

31 Times More of This Chemical Found in Agent Orange?

It’s GMO Awareness month – or is that NON GMO Month! Watch for more articles this week.

A late-breaking study shows that genetically engineered (GE) crops have led to a 404 million pound increase in overall pesticide use from the time they were introduced in 1996 through 2011. This equates to an increase of about seven percent over the last 16 years.

The report, published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe,1effectively undermines the declared value of crops genetically engineered to be protected against herbicides and insects. The whole premise for GE crops was to make it easier to kill weeds and diminish crop loss to harmful pests.

But instead, these modified crops have led to resistance, both in weeds and pests, leaving farmers to struggle with an increasingly difficult situation. More than two dozen weed species are now resistant to glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup.

Dr. Mercola
read the rest of the article here
This Food May Expose You to 31 Times More of This Chemical Found in Agent Orange

Decadent 3 Layer “Raw” Brownies

I just made the yummiest “death by chocolate” type, 3 Layer brownies. The base layer is brownie. The middle layer is a cream (almost mousse like) with peppermint. The top is ganache.  I adapted a recipe I found online. Oh, and it’s a “raw food” recipe – no baking – and Good for You-Naturally!™

It’s close enough to Friday to make this a Friday Food post, especially since so many have asked for the recipe. So here goes….

 

Decadent 3 Layer “Raw” Brownies

Brownie Layer

  • 3/4+ cup raw almond flour* (see below)
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • pinch nutmeg
  • very small pinch unrefined salt

Mix together. Add:

  • 1/4 pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract (mine’s homemade)
  • approx. 2 Tbl. pure water

In food processor, add maple syrup and extract to dry ingredients, process. Gradually add water to get just wet enough to be all mixed and hold together – brownie consistency. Press into small pyrex rectangle pan.

(This is a bit different than my regular bRAWnie recipe, which would also work as a base – but the maple syrup in these is yum.)

 

Cream Layer

(This makes twice as much as needed for this small pan. But my food processor wouldn’t do the half-size recipe. I left half of this cashew cream without the cacao in it for another use.)

  • 1/4 cup fresh coconut milk (blend coconut meat with coconut water)
  • 2 Tbl coconut butter (Artisana brand is what I have)
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked
  • approx. 20-25 drops Sweet Leaf stevia drops (plain or peppermint) and
  • 4-6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil* that is safe to ingest (whatever to get the right sweetness and as pepperminty as you like – since this was my first time making this, I used a combination of these trying to get just the right mix. Next time I’ll get more precise.)
  • 2 Tbl. raw cacao powder

Process until smooth and creamy. Spread about 1/2 on top of brownies and refrigerate to set.

 

Ganache Topping

    • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
    • 1/2 cup + 1-2 Tbl. raw cacao powder (told you this was death by chocolate!) 🙂
    • 2-3 Tbl. raw extra virgin coconut oil
    • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1 Tbl  coconut butter

(Again I had to do a bit of adjusting, by adding a bit more cacao and the coconut butter to get a thicker consistency. You want a soft creamy spreadable texture. Not as stiff as frosting, but not runny.)

Process till soft and creamy. Spread on top and return to refrigerator.

(This Ganache would make a scrumptious fudge topping for ice cream, or frosting for cupcakes, or just eat it with a spoon.) 🙂

You could also double the brownie recipe, and omit the cream layer for a plain “frosted” brownie.

Mm-mm good.

* Almond flour – Get 2 for the price of one. I make almond flour from the pulp leftover from making almond milk. (Almond milk instructions in Good for You Naturally!™ Weekly Menu & Recipes – Level 1.) Dehydrate almond pulp till dry, then blend/process into flour.