Monday, November 17, 2014

Getting the Yuckies Out

Every year around the time the first cold snap comes, usually someone in the family comes home with that dreaded comment..."my throat is getting a little sore".  Which usually means some sort of sickness is beginning and 'the yuckies" have come into our home.

 In my early years as a mom, these comments would come and I would just sit back and wait for the inevitable to come...more sickness, sleepless nights, usually a doctor visit and a week worth of sickness misery.  Through the years I've learned a few things that help out when the yuckies come.  Rest, fluids and comfort. 

Recently I've become interested in learning and applying natural remedies when the yuckies come.  Through some research, I've learned that many household items can boost immunity and help ward off sickness as they assist the body to fight and work toward healing.

One of our favourite remedies to get the yuckies to move on out it garlic.   Garlic is a triple threat against infections, offering antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.  Boiling garlic in water to make 'garlic tea' and chopping it fresh and mixing it into butter are our favourite ways to get the healing properties of garlic into our bodies.

Here are the ingredients...fresh chopped garlic, fresh ginger root, lots of sliced lemon and cayenne pepper.  Boil the garlic and ginger for about 10 minutes, add lemon and let steep.  Put into mug and add honey to taste and as much cayenne pepper as tolerated. 

Also, garlic butter is easy and delicious way to get that garlic in.  Simply soften butter, grate garlic into it, add some seasoning, I used parsley and Italian seasoning and a teaspoon of coconut oil.  Mix it up and spread it on crackers or bread. 

This weekend after that initial complaint of a scratchy throat, quickly getting our home remedies in us worked!  No more sore throat, no more waiting for the yuckies to ruin our week! 

Sometimes some spiritual yuckies try to invade our hearts and homes.  Bad attitudes, fear, dismay, anger can begin small and if left unchecked, can create a spiritual sickness that can cause lots of damage.  I've also learned through the years not to sit by and let these things invade our home.  God's Word is the most powerful line of defense to ward of these kind of yuckies. Some of my favorite verses to pray out loud are found in Psalms.

"Our soul waits on the Lord, He is our help and our shield." Psalms 33:20
"You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance." Psalms 32:7
:But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble." Psalms 37:39
"Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord."  Psalms 31:24

Trusting in and believing God's Word nourishes our soul, brings us strength to fight off things meant to harm us and keeps us strong.  A daily dose builds up our spiritual immunity and keeps us on guard.  Let's be encouraged to keep those yuckies out of our heart, homes and bodies!

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