Welcome to Marmee's Pantry

Welcome to Marmee's Pantry

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Milk Thistle ~ Beautiful Bitter Herb

Go into any health food store, home remedy store or ask any herbalist what is good for your liver and I would be VERY surprised if MILK THISTLE was not the first thing that they recommended. 


Milk Thistle is a bitter herb (produces bile) that is world renowned for it's liver cleansing ability. Any liver cleanse, any liver tea, any liver supplement will have Milk Thistle in the ingredients OR you can just take all by itself. 

Not only does it cleanse the liver but it protects and strengthens it. A much ignored organ (like the adrenals), if your liver is working well, chances are the rest of your body is in reasonably good health. The liver takes A LOT of abuse ~ think about it ~ you cannot live without it. Nearly everything that goes into your body is processed through the liver. It processes blood sugars so that you have energy for your day, it cleanses and detoxifies your blood, it helps your blood to clot; if you are on pain killers it helps them to be processed into your system so that they may work correctly. A major function of the liver is that it breaks down fat. 

 In short, the liver is the body's detox center.

Milk Thistle also cleanses the liver of from infections such as hepatitis, helps protect the liver during chemotherapy and when someone over-does-it in the alcohol department.


Another wonderful benefit is that Milk Thistle helps with breast milk production. Any mother's milk tea or supplement will have Milk Thistle and/or Fennel

Benefit #3 ~ Milk Thistle, as a by-product of cleaning the liver, helps with lifting one out of depression and melancholy. 

Milk Thistle is available in capsules, tinctures or teas.

Once again, God stuffed all kinds of wonderful benefits into a lovely "weed."

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#126~ What Would YOU Say?

If you knew you only had days to live, what would be the THREE THINGS you would want everyone to know?

 
Mine are . . . 


1) "Jesus answered, 'I AM THE Way and THE Truth and THE Life. NO ONE comes to the FATHER except through ME.'" ~John 14:6 [emphasis, mine]

2) "Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners ~ of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life. Now to THE KING eternal, immortal, invisible, THE ONLY GOD, be h onor and glory for ever and ever. AMEN." ~1 Tim. 1:15-17 [emphasis, mine]

3) I love you enough to tell you all of the above.

Let me know your THREE THINGS.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Celery ~ Have You Ever Seen a Rabbit with Gout?



In my research of home remedies, it never fails to amaze me that the simplest, most everyday things end up being far more valuable than most of us know. 

Like . . . 


~Chia seeds ~ WHO would have thought that we were using some of the most nutritious, God-given Omega 3-rich little seeds to grow funny hair on little terra-cotta figurines?! 


~Dandelion ~ most people consider them weeds that need to be exterminated from their yard. God made them a nice, light and very effective body cleanse and one of the best, richest, non-constipating forms iron you can find.


~Plantain ~ again, to most people it's a weed that is the bane of a pretty yard. God infused it with incredible skin-soothing, wound-healing abilities. (Hmmm . . . I need to write about that and share my ointment recipe)

Which brings me to yet another common plant that has far more benefit than many of us would have ever thought . . . 

CELERY

That yummy veggie platter staple is far better for you than just a mere implement used to bring dip from your plate to your lips
The STEMS, that which we usually eat or juice, are a great source of fiber and has a light diuretic/cleansing effect. Eating celery also helps with flatulence. [good to know O:-) ]


But the SEEDS are where the real power lies. Simply chewing a few seeds can help with bronchitis and asthma symptoms. An infusion ~ strong tea* ~ or tincture of celery seeds is a gentle but powerful healer. Not only does this help with bronchitis and asthma, but the tea or tincture can help with blood pressure, bladder infections ~ or other urinary tract infections, even kidney stones; it's mild diuretic benefits flush and cleanse the kidneys and reduces acidity. 

Because the seeds have the ability to "flush" your body, it detoxifies nearly the whole body which makes it incredibly helpful for circulation . . . which makes it beneficial for reducing inflammation in your joints and muscles . . . which makes it greatly beneficial in reducing the inflammation associated with arthritis and gout. 

Because of ALL of these benefits, many people drink a glass of celery juice, tea or tincture as a daily "tonic." 

Who'd-a thunk it? All that from such a common plant. Isn't God so very good to us?

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

*For a strong tea/infusion, steep 1ts. of celery seeds in a fine mesh tea ball for 10-20 minutes. DO NOT sweeten. Depending upon your issues, drink up to 3 times per day.

**Any advice given on MARMEE'S PANTRY is NOT meant as Dr's advice, merely as what has or has not worked for our family. Use at your own risk & reward.**

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#124~ Creation with No Creator?


"God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning - the sixth day." ~Gen. 1:31 [emphasis, mine]

"Praise the LORD.
 Praise the LORD from the heavens,
praise Him in the heights above.
Praise Him, all His angels,
praise Him, all His heavenly hosts.
Praise Him, sun and moon,
praise Him, all you shining stars.
Praise Him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.
Let them praise the Name of the LORD,
for He commanded and they were 
created.
He set them in place for ever and ever;
He gave a decree that will never 
pass away.
Praise the LORD from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all 
ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do His bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
young mean and maidens,
old men and children.
Let them praise the Name of the LORD,
for His Name ALONE is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and
the heavens.
He has raised up for His people a horn,
the praise of all His saints,
of Israel, the people close to His
heart.
Praise the LORD."
~Psalm 148
[emphasis, mine] 

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse . . . They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than THE CREATOR - Who is forever praised. Amen." ~Romans 1:20, 25 [emphasis, mine]
 Our back yard in the fall.

We live in an old (c. pre-civil war era) home. Part of the "charm" of an old home is that you never know what will happen next. 

Today, DD#2 and I had a rather eventful afternoon in our old home. Shortly after noon, we heard fluttering in the floor vent in the kitchen. THAT was a little starling. We could tell it was probably a bird that SOMEHOW gotten into the cellar and then somehow got into a vent. That couldn't have been easy! It fluttered a little while and then stopped. Well, we prayed that it would find it's way out before it died because we had NO idea how we were going to get it out of there.

A few minutes later, Maggie was whining in the downstairs bathroom, about 15 feet from the kitchen register we had first heard the fluttering in. I went in to see what what wrong and out of the corner of my eye saw something moving on the floor just below a wall vent with a reproduction antique grate. Well . . . in all honesty . . . I screamed! Yes . . . I admit it . . . I thought it was a bat because it's wings were spread out in front of Maggie! lol 
 
So, when Maggie didn't follow me out, I went back in and saw that it was actually a poor little sparrow who, from fluttering around and then squeezing through the vent, had broken it's leg and possibly it's wing. Poor little thing! I quickly put on a pair of gardening gloves and picked up the little dear. DD#2 and I put it in an open shoe box with a little bit of water, but she was so hurt, panicked and exhausted that I didn't think it was going to make it to the nearby nature center. Poor little sparrow was barely hanging on by the time we got there and all they could do was keep it warm until it's little body would give out. But we were satisfied that we did all we could.

Really, I tell you all of that to get to this

As we were pulling out of the parking lot, I drove past a nature center employee's car. It had almost obligatory "Coexist" bumper sticker and equally silly Darwinian mock "ichthus" with legs, on the back fender. It ALWAYS makes me ask myself ~ WHY do those to want to believe that they care so much for creation NOT believe in THE CREATOR

How can they believe that they can even begin to understand the creation without a relationship with THE Creator? You CANNOT enjoy the creation to the fullest without a relationship with THE Creator. Without some understanding of the scope and love involved in God's beautiful creation (limited though our mortal understanding is), you only barely touch, you only barely glimpse, you only barely begin to enjoy whatever it is you get from being out in His nature, His creation

There is no PURPOSE to your pleasure . . . 
There is no One to be thankful to, to give praise and glory and honor to for allowing us the pleasure to be able to hear the divine melodies of the songbirds, to hear the eerily harmonious howls of coyotes in the woods, to feel the cool breezes that gently sweep across our faces, for the smells of falling leaves, to see the glorious colors of the autumn landscape . . . for the privilege of showing compassion to a helpless little sparrow so that it might pass in some semblance of comfort.  
If you do not believe that all of this was created by a magnificent Creator Who loves you and made a way for you to spend eternity with Him (ONE way, His Son, Jesus), then you have only begun to scratch the surface in your enjoyment of God's creation. His creative skills are evidenced all around you and Scripture says that you are without excuse. And deep inside, you know it's true.

Enjoy creation to the fullest ~ meet THE Creator. You will never be the same.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><   

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

30 Years ~ Tempus Fugit


Can it be possible that THE Man and I have been married 30 years?! 
My, how time flies.

I would do it all over again.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#123~ Are You Calling God a Liar?

"Anyone who does not believe God has made Him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about His Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life." ~1 John 5:10(b)-12 [emphasis, mine]

"God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and then not fulfill?" ~Numbers 23:19
"I'm trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must NOT say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would NOT be a great moral teacher. He would be either a lunatic ~ on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg ~ or else He would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this Man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit on Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us NOT come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has NOT left that open to us. He did NOT intend to." ~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity [emphasis, mine]

I happen to believe that we are living in the last days before Christ comes back for His church . . . that is, Bible-believing Christians and completed Jews. If you read your Bible regularly ~ and BELIEVE what it says ~ you would swear you are reading today's headlines: armies lining up against His people, Israel, and threatening them as never before, our own government abandoning Israel (Dear Lord, PLEASE, help us!); crime, sexual sin, threats to the stability of traditional marriage and families, disrespect for life ~ from conception to old age. And maybe worse of all, the PC culture is infiltrating and corrupting many churches. We are losing our salt. (Matt. 5:13)

I don't know about you, but I hope to take as many people to heaven with me as possible ~ STARTING with my own family

When people try to talk Jesus down to the level of "a way" to heaven or "just a good man" or "maybe that works for YOU  . . . ," don't let that slide by. By doing so, YOU are running the risk of making a liar out of God ~ this is a form of denial. Many of us don't think about it that way, we just want to be polite and not make waves.

But you can be polite AND frank at the same time ~ lovingly confront them with the truth of the Scripture, of documented history . . . of your own testimony! (Rev. 12:11) Scripture ~ God's Word ~ NEVER (never, ever, EVER) "returns void" (Is. 55:11), which means it WILL accomplish what it was intended to do/prove; and YOUR testimony is a powerful tool in the hands of THE Holy God

Now, the mixed blessing of God is that He gave us the gift of free will ~ we are free to choose to accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord and spend eternity with Him in heaven OR we are free to choose to deny Him as God's One and Only Son and, at our last breath, spend never-ending eternity separated from Him in unbelievable torment in hell.

Times are getting more and more desperate, as the devil knows his time is growing short. Don't be someone who denies the saving grace of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection to someone who needs to know. Even if they poo-poo you, even if they get mad, even if they walk away . . . YOU need to be faithful . . . YOUR job is the tell them, you are not responsible with what they do with the information.

"Do not be afraid of what they say or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house. You must speak My words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious" . . . "But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself." ~Ezekiel 2:6(b)-7; 3:19 [emphasis, mine]

God does not lie. Tell them.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

DEERly Beloved

Here's something very cool ~ 


A couple weeks ago, a couple were enjoying their backyard wedding reception when a herd of deer came to the edge of the woods to see what all the excitement was about. The photographer asked the couple if they were willing to see how close they could get for a photo without frightening the deer ~ looks like it worked out very well. What a fantastic keepsake! 

They call it "Deerly Beloved." :-D

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Preparing Your Own Tea Bags


If you are a hot tea drinker, how many times have you gone to a restaurant, ordered your tea and the waiter/waitress either brings you some weak, weird chamomile or an off-brand black tea that makes your heart nearly race out of your chest? Either way, it's NOT what you thought you were getting.

Wouldn't it be great if you could have the wonderful herb or medicinal teas you make at home anytime, anywhere you want? Well, guess what?! YOU CAN!
You can buy empty, fill-your-own tea bags at most health food stores and tea shops or you can order them from Frontier. They are SO easy to use . . . 
1) open the unsealed end so that it is wide enough to fill with your herbs
2) If you need some ideas, click HERE for some of my medicinal tea blends
3) use any single herb or herb mix that your heart desires and fill your tea bags

4) with a hot curling iron, press the end that had been opened, count to 10 and . . . VOILA . . . custom made tea bags!
5) depending upon how many you make, you can store them in an air tight tea canister or canning jar until you are ready to use them OR carry them in your purse, like I do, in an old mint tin or even use a simple resealable sandwich bag.

Now ~ whether it's for medicinal use OR you just want what YOU want while away from home ~ you can enjoy your favorite tea anywhere, anytime you want.  Just ask your waiter or waitress for hot water and a cup.

This is also a great option if you do not like using tea balls or infusers.

Let me know how much you like this :-) 

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#122~ A Lesson Worth Repeating

"In the morning, O LORD, You hear my 
voice;
in the morning I lay my requests
before You
and wait in expectation."
~Psalms 5:3
Today, I was reviewing my short list of devotion topics I am considering ~ none of them struck me as what needed to be posted today. So, to get a little inspiration, I started looking and praying over passages I had underlined in the Book of Psalms. I was tweaked by one of my favorite passages (above) and had thought that I had once written something that corresponded to that verse, as I don't like to repeat myself if I can help it, I wanted to make sure it wasn't already done.

Well, as I was reading a post from August of 2011, it rang SO true with me today, that I thought someone else might need to read it, too. 

So, as I VERY RARELY DO ~ I'm reposting an old post in hopes that if it spoke so dearly to me today, that it might speak dearly to you. YOU may be the reason that it is reposted.
Please enjoy reading: The Difference.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Multipurpose Oils

We all know that there are different types of cooking oils, and that there are different types of body and skin oils. I happen to be of the opinion ~ and practice ~ that you DO NOT need BOTH.

I use food-grade oils for BOTH cooking AND body care. Mind you, I sell some top quality body and carrier oils in the health and beauty department of the health food store I work in, but given the opportunity to advise, I will ALWAYS guide the customer over to the food isles and recommend that they buy the food-grade oil. By nature, a top quality food-grade oil is good for BOTH cooking and skin care. Why waste your money on another product ~ especially one that is often cut with jojoba oil as most health and beauty carrier oil are? 

Here are some of my favorite dual purpose oils ~ 
COCONUT OIL

Probably what could be called a miracle oil, if any of them could (besides olive oil). As a food product, you can cook with coconut oil at all heat levels. Do you still pop popcorn the old fashioned way? Use coconut oil and you will NEVER use any other. It's what the movie theaters used to use until the food nazis came in and told them it was terrible for your health! . . . and then . . . and few years later . . . that had to detract that statement, with their tails between their legs, because it is one of the healthiest oils in existence. 

Coconut oil has been proven to be an AMAZING help with brain function, particularly with Alzheimer's patients. I wish I had found out about this when my mom was first diagnosed, however, Dr. Newport's amazing Youtube videos on the trials she conducted on her own husband didn't come out until just after her passing. Because of this near miraculous study, I take a TB per day ~ whether in a hot cereal, in my protein shake or just from a spoon. I try to be pro-active when I can.

It also has the ability to raise good HDL cholesterol levels. This goes along with brain health, in that we NEED GOOD FATS for our brains. Starve the brain of GOOD fats and you will effectively give yourself Alzheimer's. I happen to agree with the owner of our store that Dr's OFTEN put people on meds that reduce their cholesterol TOO MUCH and they develop Alzheimer's or dementia. As a sort of experiment of my own, if someone comes in and wants something for memory or for their parent or spouse who is showing signs of poor brain health, I ask them if they are on cholesterol drugs ~ I have YET to have someone say "no." Scary stuff.

Another reason to eat about 1 TB a day ~ it cuts your appetite and breaks up fat! Woohoo! Most especially the dangerous belly fat that forms around your vital organs. 

For the skin, coconut oil is a tremendous moisturizer. Coconut oil comes in a semi-hard state, it will immediately start to liquefy at 72 degrees F, which allows it to start doing it's work as soon as it touches your skin. I use it in my homemade solid deodorant, best deodorant I've ever used. No one has complained yet ;-) Another little-known fact is that coconut oil is also a great sunscreen ~ it blocks 20%-25% of UV rays. Dry hair? Before your shower, work some coconut oil through your hair from the nape of your neck, down. Wait 10-15 minutes and then comb out as much as possible (you don't want to clog your drain) and then shampoo out what's left. Result? Soft, shiny hair. Coconut oil is my #1 oil for most of my balms and salves.

**NOTE** NEVER . . . EVER . . . keep coconut oil in the refrigerator. Store in a cool place. If it's hot and humid where you are and it starts to liquefy, don't worry, that's not a problem and it will harden again below about 72 degrees F. 


ALMOND OIL

Almond oil is very popular because of it's slightly sweet fragrance and taste. A medium-light cooking oil, many use it for stir-fries over medium-to-low heat, baking sweets and salad oils. 

Once again, this is an oil that has benefits for brain health and reducing cholesterol. It's a very good source of vitamins A, D, E and a source of magnesium and calcium.

It has it's own benefits for the skin care, too. It's a very popular carrier oil for essential oils ~ even though it has a slightly sweet odor, it doesn't over-power the fragrance or potency of your essential oils. Almond oil is a great oil to use immediately after a shower; a little goes a long way as it soaks into your skin. It is a great message oil because it warms to your touch (or your masseuse's), soaks deep into your skin and relaxes your tense muscles and reduces inflammation. 

If you like to make your own balms and salves, almond oil is good to the drier skin types. 


Avocado Oil

Mmmm . . . as much as I'd like to talk about guacamole, here, I'm going to force myself to limit this to the oil! lol. 

As a food oil, Avocado oil is recommended to anyone with poor eye health. It is rich in lutein and beta-carotene/vitamin A. Make THIS your salad oil, every time. This oil is also known to increase the health of your circulatory system, blood pressure and heart. Avocado oil is also known as an anti-inflammatory and is good for the health of your cartilage. If you are already taking hyalauronic acid/MSM/Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplements, make sure you add avocado oil to your regime. It's also a great source of B12, to boost your energy without making your heart palpitate or making you jittery and nervous.

For your skin, since it is a great source of B12, it also helps with skin rashes and psoriasis. Mix just a little with a few drops of Vitamin E oil OR cream and use on skin irritations or on your dry face or body skin. A LITTLE BIT goes a long way. For use ONLY on your body if you have an oily face.


GRAPESEED OIL

I have to say, whether for baking or stove-top cooking (if I'm not using olive oil), THIS is my favorite. Grapeseed oil is a VERY clean, light oil. 

As a food, grapeseed oil makes a lovely, light weight salad oil and will not detract from the flavor of the fruit, herbs or spices that you use. Anytime a recipe calls for vegetable oil, I go for the grapeseed oil.

Taken as a supplement or using the oil in your food, grapeseed oil is very well known for brain heath, heart health, circulation, inflammation, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol. Another benefit, which I think is directly related to the above conditions, is that it is good for eye health ~ night vision, in particular.**DO NOT use if you are already on blood thinners.**

If you have recently been in an accident or have had surgery and it has caused you to have edema, take grapeseed oil supplements, and gently message some of the food-grade oil on the swollen area and use the oil in your cooking/baking. You will be amazed at the improvements you will see. 

Many also use grapeseed oil to be proactive against cancer. Since is works as sort of a system cleanser, it may work to force out toxins.

For the skin, grapeseed oil is the most versatile of oils. It is so clean and light and even oily/acne-prone skin-types can use it! This food-grade oil can be used directly on the skin ~ especially right after you dry off after a shower or bath ~ as it absorbs right in. As with ALL oils, a LITTLE BIT goes a long way. Use this oil as a carrier oil for essential oils and as a filler oil if you make your own herbal capsules. In my humble opinion, anything you want in a skin oil, you can get from using grapeseed oil.  This is another excellent oil for medicinal oils.

I know that there are many more oils, but these are the "best selling" food-grade oils that can double as skin care that I recommend at the health food store. It would have been fun to tell you these thing in person, but I know you can't all come to the store ;-D 

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

**This is NOT meant to be medical advice. Please see the obligatory disclaimer at the bottom of this page**
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