Well, finally, I have started to compile my homemade concoctions from household cleaners to aromatherapy and put them all in one spot. I hope this helps you when you need one of my recipes and can't remember just what it was and/or how much of this or that to add. These are things you can make straight from your pantry. Well, you might have to shop for an item or two. I love doing this for you. Please, have a look around and feel free to leave your questions and/or comments. I appreciate every one of them. Thanks for stopping by!

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Mar 29, 2012

Chickweed A Healing Herb

Chickweed (Stellaria media) 
I always thought of it as a very annoying weed that, in the spring invaded my yard and garden.  I despised it for it’s rapid growth until I learn of it’s healing properties. Actually it’s an herb. Having long sprawling branches that trail over the ground. It has very tiny light green leaves with small star shaped flowers. You can use every bit of this plant stems, leaves and roots. The Latin name is Stellaria media. Also having common names as Star weed, Starwort and Winter weed.

Externally applied it is good for boils, mosquito and insect bites, itchy rashes, scalp conditions, eczema and psoriasis, conjunctivitis (redness of the eye) and skin ulcers. Internally used for stomach ulcers, colds and coughs, sore throat, nasal congestion, rheumatism and bronchitis.

Even though it grows from summer to winter.  I find it best to harvest in the spring. Using it to make teas infusions and tinctures. However, it can be harvested all year long. Next time you’re at your local heath food store most likely you can find it in capsule form.

Here are some ways I use chickweed. . .

Tea ~ 1 cup boiling water poured over 2 t. of dried or 4 t. fresh herb. Let steep 5 minuets.

Infusion ~ To be used as a skin wash or bath additive to soothe inflamed or itchy skin.

A Cool Drink ~ Cures your thirst and relieves skin irritations and helps with rheumatism. Combine 2 cups pineapple juice with a handful of fresh herb in blender, strain. Pour over ice.

The voluntary properties of the herb are also most useful in treating wounds. It also has cell-proliferating properties, useful in speeding-up the healing process.

***There are no serious side effects. Taken properly it is generally safe. Used in excess can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

Lets Talk Goats Milk . . .

Lets Talk Goats Milk . . .
Goats milk contains vitamins A, E, C, along with some of the B vitamins, amino and citric acids, unsaturated fatty acids and zinc. Goats milk has essential elements that can be very beneficial to your skin. The pH level is closer to that of a humans skin. Allowing nutrients to be easily absorbed through your skin. Reducing the possibility of skin irritation and allergic reactions. Preventing dryness that causes irritations and itching. Goats milk soaps and lotions have all the milk proteins of milk products. These proteins are used to kill acne. The natural cream in goats milk is excellent to moisturize skin. As for commercial brands they do not contain the glycerin found in all natural soaps. Typically glycerin is removed due to the luxurious moisturizing properties. Thus being of great value to the sellers. Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid good for rejuvenating skin cells. Leaving skin smooth and soft. Safe, natural components are all it contains. Good news benefits of goats milk are that it contains no petroleum, alcohol or preservatives. Many people with sensitive skin are finding relief with goats milk products. Including myself.

I love this pic!

I love this pic!

Summer Fun In The Sun Or Not ???

Summer Fun In The Sun Or Not ???
We can all relate to the pain associated with sunburn. But did you know you most likely have relief in your kitchen. Water, vinegar, milk, Aloe Vera, ect. all help aid to help ease the burn and healing of skin cells.

"All I Can Say Is..."YUMMY!"

"All I Can Say Is..."YUMMY!"
"I can't wait for Strawberry Season!"

Health Benefits of Strawberries

Nutrients found in strawberries are an excellent source of dietary fiber and vitamins C & K. Containing manganese, vitamin B1 and iodine. They are a good source of folic acid, biotin, and vitamin B6. Strawberries contain high levels of antioxidants, which can and do decrease the risk of chronic disease.
Ellagic acid is found in many red fruits and berries. There are studies to show consumption can increase anti-cancer activity on cancer cells. For cardiovascular health, strawberries have also been linked with effecting blood vessels, platelets and lipoproteins positively, which can reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases. Health Benefits of Strawberries

A Benefit Of Rose Hip Seed Oil

Rose Hip Seed Oil is believed to be the best oil available for anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation. Numerous scientific studies have also taken place, which have yielded astounding evidence to support the use of Rosehip Seed oil.

Here's What The Hips Look Like

Here's What The Hips Look Like
You should pick these from the wild roses in the fall. You will need to figure out how much you need to last for the year. The best ones are grown in Chille. Specialty spice shops mostly carry these. The hips in the wild where you live will do just fine.

Rose Hip Tea

To ward off colds in the winter they add a little extra dose of vitamin C. Rose hips make a nice, comforting herbal tea and the health benefits you gain by having a cup are great. Rose hip tea has a tangy flavor, not at all like the flowery scent of the rose blossom, as I had expected. Drinking this tea helps with the anti-aging from the inside.

Olive Tree Branches

Olive Tree Branches

A Benefit Of Olive Oil

Another answer revelant of the calcium puzzle is olive oil. By helping our bodies with the absorption of calcium. Unfortunately calcium is one of the hardest minerals for our bodies to absorb. Cooking with olive oil and using it as a face and body oil helps to strengthen our immune systems.

Crystal And Spice Shoppe

Crystal And Spice Shoppe
"This quaint little shop is nestled in among the historic buildings as you stroll along East Main Street in Belleville, Illinois. I've added a link to thier website, by clicking on the picture above. Shelves are lined from floor to ceiling. An amazing display of hundreds of herbs and spices, teas and coffees and more. You'll be sure to find what you are looking for here. If not they are quite accommadating to order it for you."

Legend has it....

That aromatherapy was born when a Persian princess was engaged to be married. Her father, the King, put rose petals into the canals, and as her lover rowed she touched the water only to find tiny droplets of rose oil on her hands.

Honey Used in Wound Care

Honey Used in  Wound Care
Significant research is being carried out to study the benefits of honey in treating wounds. Honey possesses antimicrobial properties. It speeds up the healing process by stimulating wound tissues. It helps in initiating the healing process in dormant wounds. Honey also helps in promoting moist wound healing.

Vintage Medicine Bottles Courtesy of Early Vermont Medicines

Beauty Tips for Everyone!

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers
through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed ... never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover you have two hands:
one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.
For a beautiful Heart, let Jehovah God into it.

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I enjoy all of the simple pleasures and delights of life, Jehovah God, has put here for our human enjoyment. For he is most sovereign. I am very grateful to have him in my life. First on my list is my family. They are my heart. My love. My passion. My reason. Forever and always. Dearly are the memories locked deep in my heart. So cherished and beloved. True love holding the keys to dreams that have come true, and dreams to come. Beautiful and strong. A bond not to be broken.