Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Two Foods- Two Great Medicines

We try to do things as naturally as possible, when we can. We have only been on this journey for about 4 years.  In that time I've spent a lot of time reading, researching and testing out herbs, plants and remedies. Two of the easiest and most cost effective ones have also proven to work the best.

Garlic should be one of your best friends.  Garlic kills pretty much everything you don't want in your body, while maintaining what you do want.  In clinical studies it has been shown to kill multiple forms of strep and many other bacteria. It helps shrink tumors and build the immune system.  This tiny plant is one amazing gift from God. The use of garlic can be seen even in the Bible in Numbers 11:15.  The Israelites were slaves and were given Garlic by the Egyptians to eat.  It is said that it was given to them to increase their stamina.  The more I read about garlic, the more amazed I am.  For colds, sickness and sore throats, we have minced up garlic and mixed it with honey to chew and swallow.  You can also put it in a tea, like Echinacea tea and then gargle it, I followed this natural remedy recipe minus the fig syrup, and adding the garlic.  It worked wonders.  There is also the option of buying garlic capsules and taking those, though I'm sure they are not quite as potent.
There are some interesting facts about garlic in these links.
http://www.herballegacy.com/Porritt_History.html
http://permaculturenews.org/2013/10/09/medicinal-plants/
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/alternative/medical-uses-for-garlic-ga.htm
http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/alton134.html

White Onion is the other food that should be on hand.  This one is also mentioned in the same verse in Numbers.  Onions have been talked about through out history as a "cure all".  We cut up white onions and put them in our home during a massive sickness to help cleanse and purify the air. I know some people think that's just an old wives tale and ridiculous to do, but we've seen it be very helpful.   Onion cut and put on the chest can open the lungs and kill spores including mold. We have used it for coughing sicknesses and while the smell is horrid, it works wonders. We've also placed it on the bottoms of our feet and just as the "old wives tales" say it has helped us rid ourselves of excess mucous. My kids will actually ask if we have any onions when one of them gets sick.  They expect to find them under their pillows and all around their rooms when they wake up.  As crazy as it sounds, it works, and I say if it works use it.
Here are some links about onions. The top one even has links to clinical studies of the things onion has been proven to kill.
http://permaculturenews.org/2013/04/12/layers-of-healing-realizing-the-power-of-the-ordinary-onion/
http://healthybliss.net/healing-power-of-onions-can-onions-absorb-bacteria-viruses-and-flu
http://www.herballegacy.com/Wilson_Medicinal.html

God is all knowing he gave us these plants with healing properties so that we could use them for healing purposes.  Just as it says in Ezekiel 47:12 "And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” The more I learn about the things HE made the more I stand in awe of our creator.

Do you have a favorite food that you use for medicine? Share it with us. 





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