Saturday, October 22, 2016

Remedies for Healing Naturally

Hi Sweet Friends!
Yes, it is Flu, Cold, and Sinus Infection Season, again. And I really real from the antibiotics I have had to take for some of these.

 However, there are some great Natural Healing Remedies out there that really do work, don't have the side effects or cost money! 

Last year, one of our Son's had a terrible sinus infection and his antibiotics cost $300 for this "strong antibiotic". After we purchased it, he said, " It really did not help all that much!" And for $300.00 it had better be the elixir of health!!
Just sayin!

So here is what I have used for my Sinus Infections in the past:
Taking Apple cider vinegar can be particularly helpful to exterminate the infection. Mix 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey with 8 ounce of water. Drinking this mixture, the Sinus Infection is gone in a few days. Or even simpler, if you can do it, take 1 Teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar 3x's a day. (I gag, so this is a NO GO for me!)
And recently, I got a Fever Blister that was painful. I read that I could take some of my fresh Lemon Balm Tea (dried works well, too) and the pain and blister will go down. I drank the tea and had a leaf that I crushed (fresh) to release the oils and placed it on the blister. In three minutes, the pain was gone and it was smaller!  I drank the Lemon Balm Tea 3x's a day until it was gone. (With a leaf poultice~ crushed fresh leaf on my lip and the tea, this was completely gone within 24 hours)
Here is what I use for Sore Throats: Mint Tea is always a great choice! I also use a Cough Syrup made from Borage leaves and flowers. I use this recipe from Five Remedies - Cough Home Remedies  LINK

 After I make this Borage Cough Syrup, I put it in a clean glass mason type jar with lid and keep it in the refrigerator. I keep it all winter long and make new for the Spring season when the leaves are fresh again.(3months refrigerator life) I start my Borage from seed that I gather in the Fall.

What do I use for colds & Flu? Well here is a link to an easy remedy for Bee Balm Tea (Bergamot) LINK.  I drink this Bee Balm Tea when the cold and Flu hits my house and then through the illness. I am healed faster and feel stronger much sooner. I don't do well with the alcohol based over the counter products and they make me so groggy and uckie. 

So, I do Tea! Adding a Teaspoon of Honey helps fight any infection as Honey is an antibiotic in it's own right~
 Think about safer & natural choices when you are facing any of the above. As always, I am not a Dr. nor do I claim to be. These are just my suggestions.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Children's Nature Center ~ Grand Junction Colorado

This is a large land tortes who lives at the Children's Nature Center.

 Hi Dear Friends~

Here are a few photos of the fun trip we had to the Children's Nature Center this Summer!

Children's Nature Center

 2424 Hwy 6 and 50
Grand Junction, CO 81505

The Children's Nature Center has living and inanimate exhibits that put the animals  in the most natural looking and feeling habitat for each exhibit.
 A large iguana, enjoying watching the children as they pass him by~
 Emy pets the turtle's shell. It is wet and hard.

 There are more than 150 creatures to see here. Some you can touch, and some you will just look at for your safety and the safety of the animals.
 Some of the animals & creatures could be touched, but it was better that the Guide handle the them. This lizard had scaly skin.
 Touching an empty turtle shell, an exoskeleton.
 Big Sis, Evy, lends a lift to let her Little Sis, Emy, get a closer look.

 Emy & Evy watch the Spitting Fish from below the water line. There were very cool to watch!

The large Tortus liked Evy's Pink Sneakers!

 Spitting fish
 Pig nose water turtle
 Emy watches as the turtle swims by her.
The displays were stunning and most were made of living plants and natural materials.
A look inside a Bee Hive.

 A Children's sized Bee Hive!
Climbing inside and using the puppets, the children learn about the different stages of a bees life.
Bee puppets were just the thing to teach our group about the bees!
Our Guide was so very informative that she was able to keep the groups attention with great details, questions & answers! She was wonderful with the children!
 A lizard in it's exhibit.
 These fish are amazing~ Archer Spitting Fish
 Turtles, frogs, lizards and fish are just a few creatures that live at the Children's Nature Center.
 Archer Spitting Fish
 These unique fish spit out of the water to knock down their prey into the water.
 This big Tortes walks all over the museum! I guess he is like the "guard tortes"~
 These clever fish can recognize human faces from  under the water. This is amazing!
 I found NEMO!!!  And a large horse shoe crab in a Salt Water tank.
Emy and the Sea Anemones
We had a great time with the Rosemont Baptist Church Youth Group visiting the Children's Nature Center and will be heading back with a group again next year! We know they are moving to the Mesa Mall for more room and a bigger location for the animals and creatures! See you soon!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What's In The Egg?

Hi Sweet Friends,
I came across an article on "Top Ten Edible Flowers You Chickens Will Love" by Fresh Eggs Daily LINK
I had read, long before we started raising our chickens, that what you feed your chickens ultimately goes into the egg. Made scence to me, so I made sure the Chicken Feed that we were giving the chickens was high in calcium. However, they loved eating the dandelions that grew in Spring and the weedy underbrush in the garden, which included wild violets, mallow, chickweed and bindweed. 

I also had read that giving the chickens the foods normally put into the compost would help them too. So, no meats, no greasy or fried stuff, no dairy, ok that worked great for us. Considering the Kittens love the dairy and the Pup loves the meat scraps and bones(except chicken & turkey & pork). So that about makes our kitchen scraps totally recyclable! This is in addition to their Organic Chicken Feed with Calcium (oyster shell).

As far as giving the chickens the left over egg shells, they found some old ones from winter in the compost pile, and well it led to them breaking the eggs before we could collect them. The result was to put egg shells into the herb and front gardens, to keep out the slugs & snails. This worked fine. However, there is still an occasional broken egg and we try our best to get rid of it before the chickens all get a taste. I know that in the industrial Chicken & Egg Production, eggs and egg shells are constantly given to the chickens, however, I don't like that idea, probably because I am a 60's kid who watched the 1973 movie, "Soylent Green". LINK  a film adaptation by Harry Harrison's book "Make Room! Make Room!".   "Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction thriller film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston"

Personal caution, don't eat while watching this movie!

That all being said, the article that started this blog off was edible flowers that the chickens would love. The nasturtiums did not come up this year, nor did the wild violets in the back yard (they did in the veggie garden, but were soon devoured), so there were no flowers to speak of, same goes with the dandelion and clover, which never bloomed for the same reason! LOL, so I guess the chickens knew they liked the flowers before we did! Jokes on us!

Here is a list of some of the flowers the chickens do enjoy!
Wild Violets
bee balm 
borrage flowers
lettuce flowers 
squash flowers

Here is a list of plants the chickens devoured! of which I was not so thrilled!!
wild violets

Alaskan pea pods (all plants and pulled up the roots!)
Green bean leaves, flowers & beans
Current berries all! The am I went to harvest them!!
Pumpkins, squash, tomatoes!
Inpatients (devoured them before I could plant them! leaves & flowers!)
Morning glory leaves,

Next year we are fencing off the veggies and controlling just how long they "graze" in the gardens!
 So this is my blog rant for the day! LOL