"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15


Making do with what the locals have: what to do when sick away from home

Honey, Lemon, Ginger, Cinnamon, and whole raw milk Yougurt.

When you're traveling or away, what can you do when you get sick? What if it's not something you've prepared for, and don't have any of your normal remedies on hand? 

Find out what the locals have. Not only what they use for remedies--which you may know nothing about, and which could be quite harmful; i.e. do NOT eat a fingerful of petroleum based congestion rub, no matter what they say!--but also what they use in their food or have around the kitchen. If you've been studying and doing research for awhile, and you know things that are safe for you to use, you may be able to combine some things the locals have (but wouldn't necessarily offer during sickness) to help improve your health. 

Here are a few things we've been able to use as everyone started coming down sick:
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped and swallowed down with water. 
  • ginger concentrate (they use it for making ginger "tea", adding sugar, mineral water and lime) mixed with the juice of half a lemon and raw honey, cover in hot water an sip away. (I remembered reading about a hot lemonade by Lauren of Bulk Herb Store, and even though we didn't have everything in this kitchen that she used, I made do with what we had!)
  • cinnamon powder mixed liberally with yogurt* made of whole raw milk.  (*Though dairy can increase phlegm, I did not yet have any symptoms that would be aggravated by such, so dished up a small bowl without worry.) 
  • Warm water salt gargle.
For an ear problem (possibly the start of an infection) after reading this, this and this,  here's what I did (but it looked more like this):
  • 1 clove of garlic diced and heated in olive oil. Then rubbed behind the ear that had the aching and swelling, as well as down that side of the neck and over the lymph nods under the chin.  I did this in the evening of the second day; by the following morning, all pain and swelling were gone!  (As Natural Living Mamma stresses, do be careful about putting oil in your ears.)
For the children with the phlegm-cough I want to make a syrup I saw online that uses honey, lemon juice, and coconut oil. (You can see where I pinned it here.)


How to Make Good use of Leftover Rose Petals

The first post I contributed to at BHS was posted today! :D I'm so excited to to be apart of their blog!

Bulk Herb Store  (affiliate link) is my favorite place to learn about herbs, buy herbs in bulk, or get inspiration for my own herbal concoctions.  They also have a lovely blog, which I was invited to contribute to!

Also, take a look at Shoshanna's video on body cream for more ideas on how to use rose petals!
I'll be working on my next post with even more excitement, and hope you'll be *here to see it!

Pests in a far away place...

What can you use for pests when you don't have your well stocked supply of herbs at hand??

I've been away from home (far, far away), and sadly had to leave behind most all of my herbs (and books!).  The children I've been working with are mostly poor, and have been dealing with things that are a none issue were I'm from:  lice, bedbugs, scabies, and even "no see 'ems". 

We do not have access to a good source of herbs. (Once some were bought at a local store, and smelled of rat poison!) And since the mail isn't reliable, I've had to see how they adapt around here. (Instead of immediately making an order from Bulk Herb Store!)

So what do they do here? 

 (Since they have been blessed with an abundant supply of coconut oil, it's made things much easier! Plus we have a few bottles of essential oil, and a few teas...)
  •  lice: Coconut oil, tea tree essential oil, lavender essential oil. They comb and pick out the bugs and eggs, then cover scalp with oil for 24 hours. Later, a spray of apple cider vinegar (can include one of the essential oils, or just use water and essential oil if the vinegar is hard to get) can be sprayed on all the hair to help discourage more intruders, or to dissolve the glue like substance that keeps them stuck to the hair. (last Autumn I found out a few things about lice...)
  • scabies: in addition to medicine from the doctor, chamomile tea (cooled to a nice warm temperature) applied topically is soothing and healing. (Nourishing Simplicity has a post about chamomiles close cousin, pineapple weed, which grows like...well, like a weed!)
  • bug-bugs: this one is supposed to be hard. We are doing our best to get some Diatomaceous Earth to sprinkle on the floor of the room, in the corners and cracks, and to treat the mattress.
  • We've used coconut oil with a few drops of lavender essential oil to sooth bugs bites (from possible bed-bugs, mosquitoes, and no-see-ems). 
But all that said, oh how I long for some plantain and tansy!