Remedy: Ringworm & A Chemical Burn

Wow!  It has been so long since I have been able to write on this blog.  So many changes have happened in our family.  A few which I will have to write about in a different post. 🙂

In a mean time, I want to speak on Ringworms and Chemical Burns…OUCH!  Both sound awful and guess what?  They are!  When we lived in Bermuda our family used to love taking walks on the old trails.  The gorgeous scenery opened up our minds and hearts to what our wonderful Creator has done for us.

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Walking on a trail in Bermuda

Well, because of sin in the world, there are issues that can arise, like getting a ringworm…yikes!  Our poor baby girl received a good size ringworm after falling face forward on the ground while walking on the trail one day.  It took a few days to fully manifest, but when it showed up it was no fun and huge.  The poor girl had a large ringworm smack dab on the tip of her nose.

We consulted some friends of ours who were nurses.  They informed us that the pharmacy will have something OTC (over the counter) we can use on her nose that required no prescription and would work rather quickly.  Being a mother of 3, that sounded ideal. We were a bit hesitant, as we prefer to use natural remedies, but since we hadn’t really dealt with ringworm by ourselves before AND it was only a topical application, we figured we could give it a try….unbeknownst to us it would prove to be a BIG mistake.

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A skin reaction began to occur.

After only using 2 applications of the OTC medicine from the pharmacy, our poor baby girl’s nose looked horrible.  (See above) The picture doesn’t do it justice for how red and inflamed her nose became.  Turns out, her skin was hypersensitive to the cream and she ended up having not only a chemical reaction, but a chemical burn.  I was devastated.  Things seem to go from bad to worse…

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Baby girl’s chemical burn

After I shed a few tears, I realized I should have used my first line of defense which was to pray for wisdom.  While praying, I was reminded that someone treated our son for ringworm about 3 years prior.  The two remedies that came to my remembrance were:  Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and Tea Tree Oil to the rescue, for the win!!! 

With topical issues like ringworm we had to put straight ACV and undiluted tea tree oil directly on the ringworm 3x’s/day to kill it.   Even though our little one had the chemical reaction, we were told the ringworm could still be alive.  So we continued the two remedies hand in hand for 3 days straight.  After the 3 days the swelling was COMPLETELY gone and her nose was on the mend, unfortunately with an unsightly ring from the chemical burn.

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A little healing on its way

Upon noticing the ringworm was completely eradicated we focused on healing her skin from the horrid chemical burn.  That’s where Aloe Vera Gel (from the plant), Neem Oil and Lavender Oil became our next big helpers.  We used the 3 together and WOW the healing was almost immediate.

Aloe Vera Gel is known to provide quick healing for cuts, scrapes, sunburns as well as help heal digestive tracts.  Our family is very familiar with the latter as we used it to heal our son’s digestive tract.  (Another remedy post for another day).  Neem Oil helps with reducing scars, inflammation, dryness and soothes itchiness, as well as promotes rapid healing.  Lavender Oil doesn’t only help improve sleep, but it is also beneficial for skin ailments such as burns, wounds, pain and complexion.

Knowing the back ground of all three natural items, there wasn’t a shadow of doubt in my mind that they could do the job of working with my daughter’s body to provide swift healing.   I applied the Aloe Vera Gel on her nose first, followed by equal amounts of Neem Oil and Lavender Oil mixed.  I used those remedies for about 7 days or so. By the 2 week mark there was no noticeable mark on her nose at all.  It was truly amazing!  We are fearfully and wonderfully made!

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Baby girl’s healed nose

REMEMBER, EVERY NATURAL REMEDY SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY PRAYER, AS GOD IS THE REAL HEALER AND THE ONE THAT HAS PROVIDED US WITH ALL THESE WAYS TO KEEP OUR BODIES HEALTHY.

 

God Bless,

Family Blueprint

Disclaimer:  If you have severe health ailments, please seek medical attention and advice before performing any natural remedy.  We are not responsible for incorrect and inappropriate use of these remedies.

Remedy:  Headache Relief (Hydrotherapy)

I used to suffer from severe headaches. After searching out the cause of them, I discovered it was due to desperately needing a change in diet and needing to increase my water intake.  I used to think the only way for relief was pressure points or taking medications.  So glad to be proven wrong!

One day while at church I was speaking to my husband and friend.  Then it hit me like a truck, one of the worse headaches I could fathom.  I was dizzy and couldn’t even open up my eyes anymore nor lift my head.  I just leaned against a wall and that was it.  I’m not exactly sure how I was looking to everyone else, but next thing I knew I was surrounded by all these people asking me was I okay, bringing me tons of water, and trying to give me medication.  Then one of the women who practiced natural remedies at our church grabbed me, my husband and friend and had us whisked away to my in laws house who lived nearby.

She then performed the BEST natural remedy treatment I could have ever received, which is what I want to share.


Headache Remedy:  Hot Foot Bath (Hydrotherapy)
WHAT’S NEEDED:

Large bucket/basin/bowl

Hot water (enough for the bucket & to refill if necessary)

Cold water (use ice if available) – for head cloth & foot rinse

1 washcloth – for head cloth

Large towel or blanket for body

Tall glass of water for drinking

It is better to perform this with two people, but possible to do it alone.  

          *Make sure all windows are closed and no cool draft is present in the room

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Sit down and place a large basin/bucket/bowl full of the hottest water you can stand at your feet.  Place your feet inside the bucket of hot water.  The water should be able to cover your ankles (make sure it’s not too scolding to burn you).  You need to keep the water hot, which is why two people is best for this treatment but possible with one.

2.  Cover your body (from bottom of your neck down to the ground, covering bucket as well) with a blanket to prevent it from catching a chill.

3.  Place a very cool cloth on your head and relax.  To maintain proper blood flow and prevent dizziness or even fainting.

4.  Make sure to drink plenty of water during this treatment to replace any water lost due to heat and possible perspiration.

5.  Once finished, when pain is gone, pointing your toes upward lift your feet out of the hot water.  Once out, quickly pour cold water over them.  Then immediately dry your feet and place socks on them.

**If the body perspired during the treatment, wipe down vigorously with a cool cloth, dry and put on clean dry clothes.

6.  Rest for about 1 hour.

That was it!  She also gave me some herbs to help me sleep, which I will discuss in a later post.  This sleep was one of the best, most relaxing, restful sleeps I had every experienced.  It felt like my blood was circulating properly throughout my entire body.  The crazy thing is, I didn’t know it wasn’t circulating properly until I experienced a change.  AMAZING!!

The reason this works?  Because the hot foot bath stimulates and resets circulation of the entire body system.  The heat on the feet dialates the blood vessels and draws the blood from everywhere else down to the feet.  Bringing the blood flow down will relieve the pressure and the increased blood flow which was building up elsewhere in the body; which could be causing issues like headaches.

Other ailments that could be alleviated with hot foot baths (hydrotherapy):

Sickness (proper circulation of blood can help shorten the duration of the sickness)

Pelvic cramps / prostrate issues

Node bleeds

Shifting of pain like toothaches & backaches

Combat fatigue & nervousness

Chilliness (hot foot bath is an effective way to warm the body up quickly and improve circulation)

PRECAUTION:  **use only mild hot water on diabetics, or others with all ready occuring decreased blood flow or numbness

REMEMBER, EVERY NATURAL REMEDY SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY PRAYER, AS GOD IS THE REAL HEALER AND THE ONE THAT HAS PROVIDED US WITH ALL THESE WAYS TO KEEP OUR BODIES HEALTHY.

God Bless,

Family Blueprint

Disclaimer:  If you have severe health ailments, please seek medical attention and advice before performing any natural remedy.  We are not responsible for incorrect and inappropriate use of these remedies.

Reasons: 8 Keys to a Healthier Life

The 8 Keys to a Healthier Life are the foundation for guiding my family and I in our life reform journey to better lives and ultimately better health.

The acronym that it goes by is N.E.W. S.T.A.R.T., for those who would like a snazzy way to remember these 8 essential points.  Following these eight guidelines aid in just that, giving your life and body a new start at being healthier and stronger day by day.

So onto the 8 principles to aid in a better you:
N – Nutrition

In 2015 you have a plethora of health crazes going on, and crash diets.  People are vegans, paleo, gluten-free, omnivores, carnivores, lacto-ovo vegetarians, and many more.  Many people like to classify their dietary life style, however they give themselves labels without understanding the background.  So if I must “label” my dietary lifestyle I will classify it as “Health Reformer”.

The idea of good nutrition is obvious to optimum health.  We must put things in our bodies that won’t only fill our bellies but feed the entire system.  When we think of cars, do we put soda or water in the gas tank?  OF COURSE NOT!  Our cars are particular about what we put in them to help them function best.   Our bodies are the same way, just because we may not see the immediate effects of our bad nutrition as quickly as we see putting soda in our gas tank, in the long run the bills will add up with medications, doctors visits, hospital visits, and the like.  My mother in law always tells me and my husband ‘It’s better to pay now eating healthy, than pay later with poor health”.  What is good nutrition?  Lets take a look at the biblically affirmed diet, Genesis 1:29:  fruits, nuts, grains, legumes, and vegetable (which was added later after sin).

Lastly, to enhance digestion eat larger breakfasts, smaller evening/dinner meals and eliminate snacks from one’s diet.  Another key to proper nutrition is to set regular times for meals, with 4 to 5 hours in between each meal (approximate time it takes to complete digestion of a typical meal).  You don’t want your body working so hard and digesting large meals or snacks all day causing it to over work and be over taxed.  That will lead to a plethora of issues later on down the road.

E -Exercise

Brisk walks, swimming, aerobics, running, weight lifting, etc, there are so many ways to fit this bill.  We all know the benefits of good excercise, strong bones and toned muscles.  Now you don’t have to go out and buy the next excercise fad, there are plenty free available on the Internet. 😉. Besides not everyone’s body needs such vigorous high intensity exercise.  At least 30 consecutive minutes/day for exercise is sufficient for your body to stay relatively healthy.  If you must know which exercise is the absolute best, walking would be considered the safest and less taxing on your bones and muscles.

Keeping fit in a nutshell means don’t lead such a sedentary life style.  Physical movement helps to reduce stress, lessen or eliminate depression, increases energy levels, improves sleep patterns, and strengthens your bones and muscles.

W – Water

Water is what your body needs to survive more than anything else.  You can last many days to weeks without food, you cannot last that long without water.  The average person, at minimum, should drink approximately half their body weight in ounces of water each day.  (Example:  If I weigh 100 lbs, I should be drinking 50 oz of water/day, or approximately 6.25 cups/day)  If you are exercising you need to increase that intake, especially if you are perspiring.  Also, if you are nursing, one should increase the amount of water even more.

Water is beneficial for washing and rinsing the inside of your body (drinking) and also washing the outside of your body (bathing).  Drinking water approximately 15 minutes before a meal improves digestion and will also significantly decrease your desire for drinking during a meal.  Drinking water also aids in your body’s metabolic functions and increases circulation.  Every person can benefit from washing their body on the outside, which is practical hygiene, washing away dead skin, dirt and grime.  Many disease and epidemics could be eliminated from simple hygiene practices, such as washing one’s hands.  Also, feeling a sickness coming on? A simple alternating hot and cold shower in the morning and evening can stimulate one’s immune system to help fight off any unwanted colds.

S – Sunshine

Sunshine isn’t only essential for vitamin D, but it also has been known to aid in getting rid of sadness literally brightening ones day, and eliminating colds (along with the warmth of the sun during the warmer months).  Approximately 3o minutes of direct sunlght a day will greatly enhance your mood, provide vitamin D, and potentially stop any sickness in its tracks.  All bedrooms should be exposed to direct sunlight throughout the day to lessen or dry up any dampness which could lead to potentially harmful sickness and disease.

T – Temperance

Everything in moderation and live a balanced life.  Even healthy food should be consumed in moderation, too much of a good thing can be bad sometimes.  You wouldn’t only eat broccoli for an entire day, would you?   That could lead to some unsightly issues such as gas or abdominal pain.  Living a balanced life simple means let their be time for work and time for play/fun/exercise, rest and hobbies.  Your mind and body both need variety.  Temperance also means, shielding one’s body from any harmful substances such as unhealthy food, drugs alcohol, unhealthy stimulants, etc.  You only want what’s best in your body, in moderation, so it can grow healthy and strong.

A – Air

Fresh air is the best air.  A constant flow of fresh air is necessary to maintain optimal health, especially while sleeping.  While air-conditioning is a nice convenience during the summer months, it has inhibited people from desiring the real fresh air that they need.  In order to keep our lungs healthy, one must take in big deep breaths from the fresh outdoor air.  If one is not able to always have a constant flow of outside air, filling one’s house with fresh green plants could help in this regard.

R – Rests

Rest doesn’t always refer to sleep, but also can mean a change of pace from a regularly scheduled list of events.  Sleep is also important.  Have you ever heard the phrase by Benjamin Franklin “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise”?  Getting adequate sleep allows for your mind and body to function properly.  It has been said a person who is sleep deprived is nearly as dangerous driving as a person who is under the influence of a harmful substance.  On average, an adult needs between 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night.  Children, actually need much more.

Trust in God

Having trust/faith in a divine power (God) also has been linked to persons making wiser choices, and being able to process information more readily and clearly.  There is a direct link in being faithful in that which is least will help one to be faithful in that which is much.  Trusting in God allows for all types of healing to take place:  physical, emotional, spiritual and mental.  When we trust in the Lord and lean not to our own understanding, He will direct our paths and make our burdens much lighter and less stressful.  Aiding in a much easier and happier life.

 

Following these 8 Keys to a Healthier Life, can not only aid in preventing and curing disease, but it will surely get you started on the right track for a healthier, and better you.

 

 

God Bless,

Family Blueprint

Reasons: Are there reasons for sickness?

God does not desire that any should be sick.  He desires that our bodies will be preserved as temples fit for the indwelling of His Holy Spirit.  He desires they be free from disease and filth.  Cleanliness and absence of sickness/disease is what the Lord desires of all who want to be apart of His service and kingdom.

What are the reasons that some may get sick?

1.  Physical reasons:
     Gluttony, not following the 8 principal laws of health, cleanliness, etc.

REFERENCE TEXTS:  Isaiah 55:2 & Proverbs 25:16

2.  Spiritual Reasons:
           Sometimes we stray away from God, which allows the door to open up for Satan to take full control and wreak havoc in our lives and on our health.

REFERENCE TEXTS:  Exodus 15:26 & John 5:14

3.  God’s Opportunity to be Glorified: 
      Sometimes God allows us to go through tests or health trials so we can and will turn to Him the Author and finisher of our faith.  Also, at times, the test is not even for us, but that those around us may know and understand the holiness, compassion, love and healing power of God.

REFERENCE TEXTS:  2 Corinthians 12:9 & John 9:1-3

Remedy: Blackstrap Molasses Facial

Blackstrap molasses has so many uses for the body.  I remember when I was diagnosed as being anemic during my second pregnancy, my mother in law started to give me blackstrap molasses as a natural remedy since I wasn’t taking too well to the iron tablets I was prescribed.  While I will admit it wasn’t the tastiest thing I have ever had, it did wonders for my numbers!!!

Today I am not going to discuss the internal uses of molasses, but a great external use, which is a molasses facial!!!  Now I love anything natural, something I can put in my belly as well as on my body.  I have suffered from bad acne since I hit puberty (around 10 years old).

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My adult acne face progression over a couple of months after a changed diet and natural products!!

I ended up trying nearly every chemical product out there, over the counter and by prescription.  I used to drown my skin in clearasil, retin-A, differin gel, products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, and proactive.  While these products helped to curve some of my severe breakouts, if I missed a dose my face became a nightmare (see the picture above).  The products also did me the favor of staining/bleaching some of my clothes and sheets (also some family members sheets and towels…sorry guys! LOL).

I knew something had to give when it came to my face.  I needed something that would work from the inside out.  While diet of course played a major part (which I will discuss in a later post), I needed something that I knew wasn’t going to cause alternative side-effects on my body and clothes.

BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES EXTERNAL INDICATIONS:  

  • Acne/Pimples
  • Nourishes the skin with vitamins & minerals
  • Skin eruptions
  • Razor bumps
  • Wrinkles

INGREDIENTS:

Blackstrap Molasses (I’m sure you could add some oils like tea tree, or vitamin e for more nourishment and healing)

blackstrap molasses

PROCEDURE:

  • Cover your chest and neck area with a towel
  • Generously apply the molasses on your face (mixed with oils if you want)
  • Leave it on for 1 hour, and it will start to tighten.
  • Rinse off with warm water

Of course nothing happens overnight, but application of this possibly 3 times a week, you will begin to see some amazing changes.

I would highly recommend trying natural remedies for your skin!!!  They will aid in complete restoration from the inside out. I have used them with my skin, along with lemon juice to reduce dark spots.  I am a firm believer!!  My skin is far from where it needs to be, but it has come a LONG WAY.   Also, its not only about what we put on our bodies, but what we put in our bodies as well.  I will discuss that in a later post!!  

For more additional positive side effects of blackstrap molasses (externally and internally) see below 🙂

POSITIVE SIDE EFFECTS OF EXTERNAL USE:

  • Makes skin nice and glow
  • Detoxifies:  draws out impurities (so your skin may be “worse” before it gets better since its drawing out impurities)
  • Nourishes the skin, while adding nutrients back into the skin that aids the skin in healing
  • Cleanses the skin
  • Tones and Firms the skin
  • Prevents and softens wrinkles

NUTRIENTS IN MOLASSES: (if taken internally)

1 tablespoon of molasses is known to contain (approximately):

  • Copper (~24% of DV)
  • Iron (20% DV)
  • Calcium (8% DV)
  • Magnesium (8% DV)
  • Vitamin B6 (10% DV)
  • Manganese (~18% DV)
  • Selenium (~25% DV)
  • Potassium (20% DV)

Molasses can also be used for:

  • Safe sweetener for diabetics
  • Improve regularity & quality of bowel movements

Whenever we do any natural remedy, we always accompany it with prayer, the only true Healer is God, who can work through the natural remedy to bring complete restoration.

Be Blessed!

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states: “19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Remedy: Activated Charcoal

Have you ever heard about activated charcoal?  Well don’t knock it unless you have tried it!

I had heard so much positive things about the medicinal charcoal and its MANY uses, I had to try it out.  After using it myself for so many different things, I am a firm believer that this stuff is as powerful and wonderful as people say.  Mind you, this is the medicinal kind that you can find at the health stores, not charcoal for a barbecue pit. (just had to clarify) 🙂

Its medicinal use:  adsorbs and removes substances such as poisonous gases, drugs, toxic chemicals, infectious bacteria, and viruses.

Sidenote:  Please do not go out and overdose on some substances or take anything harmful to see how powerful this stuff is.  It’s not worth risking your life if you aren’t able to get the medicinal charcoal in your system properly nor in time.

You can use activated charcoal two ways:  Internally & Externally

INTERNAL INDICATIONS:  Poisoning; nausea & vomiting ; diarrhea; intestinal gas; sore throat; bad breath

EXTERNAL INDICATIONS (poultice): bee, wasp, and insect stings; spider & snake bites; skin lesions; skin infections, eye and ear infections; deodorizing

EXTERNAL USE (LARGE POULTICE) – INGREDIENTS: 

2 T flaxseed/oatmeal (binding agent)

2 T activated charcoal

Paper towel/napkin

medical tape/band-aids (depending on how large or small your area is)

Add enough water to make a thick paste

PROCEDURE:

Place the poultice on a paper towel.  Fold the paper towel over (in half) so the charcoal poultice is sandwiched in between the two sides of the paper towel.  Place on affected area,  wrap or tape on (medical tape) for approximately 8 hours.

Repeat process every 8 hours or so until issue is resolved.  Do not place charcoal poultices on open wounds, as it can internally stain/dye open skin.

Charcoal uses externally

PERSONAL TESTIMONY:  I have seen these poultices bring boils to a head within a couple of hours and rupture them.  I have also seen them bring a spider bite to a head and rupture it.  I have also seen charcoal baths done and it relieve rashes and itching, however the bath is not done as described above, its a very different process and messy.

INTERNAL USE – INGREDIENTS:

1 T activated charcoal

1 cup water

PROCEDURE:

Place water in cup first then add the activated charcoal (do NOT inhale, very dangerous).  Stir it up until properly mixed, then drink.

charcoal uses internally

PERSONAL TESTIMONY:  I have seen this help in bringing relief from painful intestinal gas.  I have also seen it work wonders if someone has a cold coming on, so they take a bit and no more cold symptoms.

Whenever we do any natural remedy, we always accompany it with prayer, the only true Healer is God, who can work through the natural remedy to bring complete restoration.

Be Blessed!

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states: “19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Remedy: Nature’s Penicillin

Cold and flu season is upon us!

What better way to combat sickness than through a natural remedy that will work with your body to aid in healing itself from the inside out???

Sickness is just an outward manifestation of inward chaos.  When our bodies are experiencing imbalance or sickness, they will try to create homeostasis however possible.  Whether its heating up your body in the form of a fever to kill off any unwanted germs; giving you a stuffy nose/swelling your sinuses to block any allergens from entering; allowing you to cough to clear your throat of any excess mucus or allergens.  The body is an amazing machine, fearfully and wonderfully made.  So with all its natural capabilities, why not use them and give them the best sustenance possible for a thorough healing.

Our bodies are temples of God, should we just put anything inside our body that is not healthful or has other serious or lasting side effects?  Should we put anything in our bodies that will counteract the natural homeostasis our bodies are attempting to maintain?  Most people are not aware we can heal our bodies from the inside out naturally.  We can build up our immune system so if anything tries to attack our health, our body will engage its natural antibodies to work quickly and efficiently so much so, you may not have any noticeable signs of sickness/disease.  Isn’t this a great idea?

Nature’s Penicillin is a way to accomplish all the things I just mentioned!

Nature's Penicillin
Nature’s Penicillin

Nature's Penicillin

  • Servings: makes approximately 48 ounces
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Quick, easy and natural cold & flu remedy

Ingredients

1 grapefruit, rolled so juices can generate

1 small red onion or half large red onion

1 inch raw ginger, peeled

2 lemons, rolled so juices can generate

1 orange, rolled so juices can generate

4-6 cloves garlic, crushed and allowed to sit in open air for at least 10 minutes (minimum)

¼-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (if making it for my children I use ¼-½ tsp)

1-6 tablespoon honey (depends on how palatable you need it. I use about 4 T or ¼ C honey for my children)

1-3 drops peppermint oil


Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender, blend on high until nice and slushy.

Persons ages 12 and older:  Take 2 Tablespoons every 2-3 hours.

Persons ages 11 and under:  Take 1 Tablespoon every 2-3 hours.

You should start to feel better within 2 days.  Remember natural remedies aim to engage your natural antibodies and immune system to function the way it should.  Therefore healing may take longer, but the effect will be more beneficial in the long run.

Be Blessed!

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 state “19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”