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I noticed on some household plants these odd things on the leaves and stems.  Hubby and I scraped some off one day and they were strange… almost spungey (is that a word?).  I was doing some research today and found that they are called Scale Bugs.  The thing is they don’t look like bugs at all, they attach themselves to the leaves and look like brown spots.  Almost like leeches, well they technically are, they eat the sap from plants. 

Looking around online I found several ways people say to rid themselves of scale, from Neem oil, to vinegar and water spray, and Q-tips soaked in alcohol.  All these sound fine to use, but they also seem like a hit and miss solution, I want these things gone!  We use a lot of natural gardening techniques from Jerry Baker.  We originally found his videos when we subscribed to Netflix.  If you have never heard any of his tips and tricks to help garden more naturally and cheaply, he gives down home ideas, in fact he says they came from his Grandmother. Feel free to search youtube as well, we still use his tonics to get our soil started which include things like epsom salts, beer, mouth wash, dish soap…

Jerry doesn’t tell us how to take care of these bugs though, not specifically.  So today I found Garlic Fire Spray.  We use something for colds we call Fire Cider or Master tonic, it sounds very similar!

Garlic Fire Spray:

2-3 Garlic Bulbs (the whole bulb not individual cloves)

6 Large or 12 Small Hot Peppers (or you can use 1-2 Tablespoons chili powder)

1 TBSP Vegetable Oil

3 Squirts Liquid Detergent (or 1 “dessert spoonful” you know the big spoons that come with your silverware set)

7 Cups Water (use 2-3 in the blender and add the rest after blended)

Blend all ingredients and strain through a cheese cloth, coffee filter, or mesh strainer.  Add liquid to a spray bottle, pour the rest in covered jars and label them.  You squirt this on your plants and it will kill all insects.  Keep in mind it will kill the ones you want around too, so you wouldn’t want to use this if you’ve got ladybugs, bees and such.

I’m going to play around with this recipe along with some diatomaceous earth.  I plan on putting the DE on the soil to kill any bugs that might be hiding in the soil, and spraying down the plant in the Garlic Fire Spray.  If for whatever reason that doesn’t work I might try DE in water… but just like most natural things the spray needs to be reapplied.  You can also spray this mixture around your garden to keep garden “pets” (gophers, rabbits…not sure about deer?) away from your garden.

It’s worth a shot in my book, I’d rather use something natural then some Round Up! Will post my failure or successes after I give this stuff a try.

 

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I am blessed to work for an Orthopedic Surgeon, so when I have small issues I can ask the MA (medical assistant)  to take an X-ray (although I’m not a fan of radiation, I do take daily iodine to help protect my thyroid from radiation) and I can go to my doctor with questions and I don’t have to pay those pesky specialist copays, in fact it’s all free, but trust me I work for it. 🙂  Anyway, several weeks ago I was having all sorts of pain when I woke up in the morning, the first steps were so painful I would limp.  Getting out of the car once I got to work, again painful enough to make me limp.  I’m not a rush to a doctor kind of person, so I just dealt with it and went on.  Soon I wasn’t even noticing it, but Sunday Hubby gave me a foot massage and all of a sudden that pain was back, yikes it hurt!  So Monday I asked the MA to take an X-ray, she didn’t see any breaks but would have the doc look at it.  We talked a bit yesterday, he didn’t see any fracture but said when I had pain in the morning to come talk to him.  This morning Hubby woke me up early to work out and train with him.  He is training for a MMA fight and I am helping him, holding the mitts and such.  It’s good for us both, we both could stand to lose some weight.  After our morning workout my foot was really aching.  I came in to work and went back and asked the doctor to talk more about it.  When I described my pain (both on the bottom and on top, with pain shooting up my leg) he basically said that it’s probably a stress fracture that he can’t see on the X-ray and that I have to stay off it.  How am I gonna lose weight that way doc?  He suggested a stationary bike, which we don’t have, my trampoline is my workout of choice.  So I’m going to have to get creative, which is fine.  I am overweight and that has to change, although I’ve lost 5lb I do still have a ways to go and we are just getting going, I can’t stop now.  I talked to Hubby who said we’d modify the workouts so I don’t put pressure on that foot, but I do want to do more, so I’m gonna share my plan of action.

First off did you know there is an herb called “knitbone”?  Honestly this is one of my all time favorite herbs ever, Comfrey.  There is a bit of controversy with ingesting the herb, some say it shouldn’t be taken internally when you have liver issues, I don’t have liver issues and I have drank comfrey in many teas for many different healing needs, for many years.  I love the stuff, Hubby drinks it too.  We don’t drink it daily but when your body needs healing I think it’s a great herb.  However, it can also be used externally.  I think fresh works best external but we’re in the middle of winter, so I will use what we have dried.  Comfrey is used to heal bones (among other things).  The first time I heard of it was through an herbal website I belonged to (pay every month kind of thing) the owners son had broken his arm, above the cast the would put daily comfrey poultices on his shoulder to help heal the bone.  We are lucky to have found a huge comfrey patch behind a friend’s house and harvested a lot of this precious herb.  I think this should be growing in everyone’s garden.  So I will add water to my dried comfrey then I will blend it and put that mash on my foot and let it sit, I’ll probably do as long as I can, hopefully an hour a day, while I knit.  Here is a picture of comfrey:

Secondly I just read on Livestrong.com that arnica is a good herb for stress fractures as well.  Arnica is STRICTLY for external use, do not ingest it for whatever reason, it is POISONOUS!  Ok that out-of-the-way, it is used topically all the time for bruises and non open injuries (ie the skin is not broken, again you don’t want this inside your body for any reason).  I have an arnica gel that I purchased and used it on sore muscles, bumps, bruises etc.  But I have dried arnica as well and I will probably include some of that to my comfrey poultice.

Lastly I am going to make sure I take some supplements that strengthen bones.  I already take these things but I think I will ramp them up for a few weeks.  I take coral calcium daily, but I will increase my daily intake.  I also take food grade diatomaceous earth, which contains silica which is a big component to building strong bones.  I won’t spend a lot of time on the DE but I did do a blog post on this already (https://virtuousgracious.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/food-grade-diatomaceous-earth/) so read that if you want more information on diatomaceous earth.  Lastly I am going to also start drinking more raw milk and eat more raw butter.  We get our milk from a local lady, have also had raw goat milk.  Technically our raw milk is for “animal” consumption because Oregon has a silly law that raw cows milk can’t be sold for human consumption, but… raw goats milk can?  I know, I don’t get it either.

I will keep you updated on the healing process, the hard part is because no break is showing up on the X-ray I will only be able to tell it’s better by how it feels.  I am praying for a speedy recovery, I have wanted to get into jogging and this is putting a wrench in that plan.  God gave us all we need for healing, I am convinced of it every time I look to herbs for a remedy.

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Moody Institute of Science put out some really informative videos about creation in the 50’s and 60’s.  They have a video called Hidden Treasures that is probably my favorite.  In this video they talk about diatomaceous earth, you can watch it here on google http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=794219833242953957 at minute 24 they start to talk about DE (Diatomaceous Earth) the video is only 28 minutes so should be easy to watch.  Anyway, there are huge mountains of DE that were not formed millions of years ago, but they were formed because of the flood of Noah.  Well really it was God‘s flood but you get my point.  Diatoms are small creatures that live in the ocean and when they die their glass houses fall to the bottom of the ocean.  In the case of the mountains of DE this happened as the waters receded and layers started to form.  Take yourself a glass and fill it with different things, sand, clay, dirt etc now add water and shake.  Let that glass of water and contents sit until everything settles (go ahead, I’ll wait), what do you see?  Layers form because the floating contents have different weights and size.  I learned this in the 6th grade at outdoor school.  You’ll have layers of sand, dirt, clay etc, this same principle happened after the flood.  So we have these mounds of DE and I’m pretty sure God knows what he’s doing so lets look a bit more into this powder.

First off the controversy.  For the record I am ONLY talking about FOOD GRADE DE.  There are different types of DE and some are toxic and are used in pool filtration.  If your bag does not look like this next photo, do not buy, do not ingest.  If you do, I am not responsible for your ignorance, well I’m not responsible for it anyway, but don’t get all American sue happy on me if you take the wrong stuff.  That’s my “disclaimer” sad these days that we even have to put that in…

Back to the DE.  I had heard of it before but only because my Hubby does gardening and self sustainable agriculture.  If you ask most people they will probably tell you it’s toxic and you can’t eat it, well I disagree.  I belong to a yahoo group about herbal medicine.  Someone posted a question about FOOD GRADE DE, the consensus was that it is toxic and you shouldn’t eat it.  It sparked an interest in me and I googled “food grade diatomaceous earth.”  My first website was Wolf Creek Ranch located in California.  http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html I started reading what they had to say about DE and it differed from the yahoo group opinions.  They said that DE contains high amounts of silica and that without silica life is not possible.  (See God does know what he’s doing!)  Diatoms little houses that fall really is DE are shaped in a way that they will slice and kill any parasite, worm, or pest.  You can sprinkle it on your chickens to help them with bugs, or place some in their coop to roll in.  You can use it as a flea treatment on your pets.  If you place a worm in DE first the sharp edges of the DE will slice open the worm, then the powder will dry the worm out and it will die.  Same concept in your gut, although it doesn’t slice you.  What it does do is clean out your intestines, years of gunk, garbage and even mold (yes, I know it’s SO gross) start to line your intestines and your ability to absorb vitamins and mineral is drastically reduced.  I have also heard that many people are living with some type of parasite or intestinal worm without knowing it, this too will cause you not to absorb minerals that you need because the worm is getting it all.  So you mix a heaping TBSP of DE (from now on we’ll just assume every time I say DE, I’m only talking about food grade) in water and drink daily.  Some of the health benefits are healthier skin, nails and hair (or coat for your pets), lowers blood pressure, absorbs toxins (the shape of the DE is porous, and attract toxic metals and viruses, pesticides, E-Coli, heavy metals etc), lowers cholesterol, regular bowel movements, healthier teeth and gums.  I encourage you to research yourself and see.

So I ordered a bag, a 50lb bag.  Shipping cost me as much as the bag of DE did!  Honestly a 50lb bag was only $26.99.  You can learn from me on this, I just found out that our Feed and Seed store carries food grade DE!  And it’s the same price but we save on shipping, so call your local feed store and find out if they carry it, which they probably do.  If they don’t they might be able to get it, but again Food Grade only, the bag should look exactly like the one I posted above.  Hubby and I have been taking it daily since November.  I am still very much alive and well, so is hubby.  I have also been giving it daily to our dogs (two black labs) and our cats, we are all just fine and healthy.  I suspected the cats had worms and I KNEW our female lab did (yeah saw those nasty suckers).  Since giving DE there has been no more worms.

I can honestly say I don’t notice that much difference in myself, not some kind of “miracle” at least.  What I do notice is that I have regular bowel movements which never use to be the case.  I don’t get diarrhea, or constipation which I was prone to both before.  Some days I wouldn’t have any bowel movement and now I have generally two a day.  We did notice what we called “oily butt” for the first day or two as the DE was cleaning out our intestines.  I have read that people notice some pretty disturbing things coming out of them.  Some people don’t want to know and don’t look.  I was somewhere in the middle.  I’m not a stool examiner by any means, but I did watch some what.  The same time we added the DE to our diet we also added Iodine.  I believe I did a blog on Iodine, so check that out if you want more info.

What I can say for sure is that I’ve always been the type of person who gets sick when someone looks at them funny.  Since taking the DE I haven’t caught any cold or bug, and I work in a doctor’s office.  It’s almost February and we are in the cold and flu days.  I am keeping track of that, honestly if the only thing this is doing for me (which I’m sure it’s not the only thing) is keeping me from getting sick, I’m all for it.  I notice our dogs and cats have no issue eating it.  I make them a special breakfast (dog food, DE, water and some iodine) and they can’t wait for it.  They also have easy stool.  Their coats are great although I’m not sure I can say this is a DE result or not.  But I do feel great, and just the fact that toxic stool isn’t built up in my body every day I know is a health benefit.

The taste is earthy and little “dry,” but it’s pleasant.  We drink a bit in water every morning with our iodine.  We also brush our teeth with it (see wolf creek ranch website for more info on teeth health, also read their testimonial page).  I have put it on the backs of our dogs to keep some fleas down, although I should take them outside and really go to town with them (just don’t get it in their eyes, it’s drying).  I will probably do that in the summer when the fleas are worse.  It can be used in gardening, in your compost pile and even your worm bin (don’t mix it in to the worm bin just put it on top. It shouldn’t kill your worms because you aren’t putting it directly on them).  Silica is an important mineral for ALL life and we don’t get enough.  I’m a huge fan of DE and will continue to use it on myself, my family and pets and this summer it will go on our garden.

I am constantly learning about a healthy lifestyle, healthy eating and nutrition.  As I find new things I do try them, some stick and some don’t.  I can honestly say I’ll be taking DE for the rest of my life.  I think it’s an amazing testament of God’s love for us, he really did give us everything we need.

 

Update 1/27/12: I was just perusing naturalnews.com this morning and I discovered a recent article written on the benefits of silica 🙂 Check it out http://www.naturalnews.com/034756_silica_anti-aging_heavy_metals.html

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