Motherwort

Motherwort
Leonurus cardiaca

“Lion Hearted”

I pressed out my first bottle of motherwort tincture yesterday. I was surprised at the first taste. Most tinctures to me have a very strong taste from the vodka used to make them. Not motherwort….she shines threw with an almost sweet taste. I was pleasingly excited and put together another two jars to have ready in 6 weeks.

I initially made the motherwort tincture for my menopause health. It’s suppose to be a great relaxing herb; one that stills any anxiety, helps you rest better at night, helps you get back to sleep when you find yourself wide awake at 2 AM. It’s a beautiful tonic for the heart and according to Susun S. Weed it even helps blood vessels grow to the heart. It strengthens the uterus, relieves cramps, and aids in the elasticity of the vagina. It is also a great pain reliever.

Wow, what a great herb to keep in your medicine chest! Especially if you are a woman. Motherwort is a member of the mint family and can be cultivated at home easily if you live in the Northeast. I think I’ll be planting some this year so I can benefit from her in the future. Please see Susun S. Weeds full article on Motherwort for specific amounts to take for which ailment. And as we all know this information has not been backed by the FDA approval. I am not a doctor. This is only my own experience and opinion.

444

Me today, almost the big 5 0, nearly 100% recoverd and enjoying life!!!

Wow, yesterday about 11 AM, I hit 444! That’s the number of readings in 6 months on my most popular post/page….“My Journey With Lyme Disease”. I guess there really are a lot of people searching for answers to this puzzling disease.

I wanted to update you on my journey. I am now enjoying near complete recovery! That’s incredibly good news! After 37 yrs of this disease being a mystery and finally being able to find recovery. Not many can say that. Not many will find that.

First of all, I am not a doctor nor do I pretend to be one. The experiences are mine and mine alone.

I still believe with alllllllll my heart that you can’t heal from any disease UNTIL you heal your leaky gut! It cannot be a one time fix all deal. It has to be a lifetime pursuit. You have to be committed to this. It’s not easy. Nothing that’s worth having and fighting for is! But I promise you it is worth finding. Most are still looking for “the answer” to this mystery disease….as far as I’m concerned diet is the answer. Make it your pursuit to find raw dairy where ever you live. It’s there, you have to find it. I believe that the enzymes in raw milk are what our bodies need to heal and also the lacto fermented foods that are made with raw milk as well as others. Then I believe the other protocols will work. Which one? That’s for you to find. I tried many but for me Dr Zhang’s Chinese Herbal Medicine is working.

I can successfully say that Babesia is dead. I’m pretty sure now that Bartonella is also dead. That leaves Bb and Erhliciosis. I’ve finished my 6th month on Dr Zhang’s protocol and will continue for another 6 months. Nothing can compare to what I’ve obtained. Nothing. It is a gift of life I’ve been given from Jesus and I will be thankful forever.

This is why I believe this. As most experts in this field of chronic lyme disease believe now, you cannot heal from the Bb infection without first healing the other infections. That is really very good news. As far as we know, Bb is the only pleomorphic bacteria in the battle we face, so the others CAN be killed and then Bb with rifing and the right protocol. Yes, it takes time, but they can successfully be killed. Once I killed Babesia, Bartonella was uncovered and became very active…lots of bone pain and pain in my feet, specifically the bottoms of my feet. It wasn’t until the other day that I realized I was having lots of joint pain and haven’t had any bone pain for a week or so, nor any claw marks on my upper thigh. But now the joints are hurting…this is indicative of lyme (Bb). For me Bab’s was the ultimate worst of all the infections I have had. It is a cousin to Malaria. The symptoms being very similar.

With these other infections gone, I can program my rifing even more specifically toward Bb. I have been rifing religiously for 18 months. I rifed for one hour two days ago and I am doing well. As far as I can tell the only herxing I’ve had is a pretty bad head ache today….that I can live with. I know it will pass. Plus the night of and last night my joints were very swollen. One trick I have when I rife is I put my hands up to the machine and if I feel anything in them I know it’s killing the Bb in my joints. It did!!!! It hurt pretty badly for a few minutes. I’ve done that with my crowned tooth and boy does it do a number on the Bb hiding in there. I am very familiar with my body and I know where the Bb lives. I know what joints to look at. For instance I broke my left foot when I was 8. That is the foot/ ankle that always hurts. I also injured my left knee in 10th grade and that is my lyme knee. 😦 It will swell pretty badly. I broke my left elbow when I was 2….I knew before I asked my mom which arm it was because of the joint pain in that elbow! I’ve also had 8 surgeries on my hands due to a car accident and they will flare as well and I get a lump near one of the incisions. I have one crown in my mouth…it loves to hide in there. And due to the fact that my crown is on the right upper side I also seem to have issues with pain in my right eyeball as well as the side of my head hurting. And my right side of my face doesn’t sag anymore from the palsy. It used to love my gut, until I healed it. Now I don’t have indigestion issues or pain. No head aches unless it’s from a herx. My energy is back and I feel better at near 50 then I did at 30!!!!!! 🙂 That’s so cool! My vision is great. I just had my eyes examined and they are better than ever. No more episodes of deafness, no more bright flashing lights in my eyes, no more mood swings, no more muscle pain, no more craziness, no more chronic fatigue, no more feeling like a train hit me, no more tiredness, no more laying around trying to wake-up for an hour, no more lack of motivation, no more nausea, no more panic attacks and I guess the list could go on. The funny thing is I have to think really hard to remember how bad it was.

I’m telling you. This is a great place to be and I wish it for all of you! I pray you can be brave enough to fight the good fight. Changing the way we eat is not easy. But it is essential!

And probably my most prized recovery is my brain. I remember sitting in the doctors office 3 years ago crying….saying, “all I want is to be able to think again. Will I ever get my mind back?” He didn’t have any answers. Well, I’m here to tell you that your brain too will heal….it’s a miracle!!! I could never be doing any of this if it weren’t true. I didn’t know how to do anything on the computer; upload, download it was a foreign language to me….and now look at me! You know, everyone with Lyme has NO memory! But it will come back! I can even add again and think logically…well sorta…I never was good with logic! But you know what I mean. You can recover your mind! But I’m so glad the craziness is gone. You know what I mean.

And then of course I did drastic detoxing for mostly 7 yrs. I detoxed the heavy metals as well as the bio-toxins and neuro-toxins for the last three yrs. Using the infrared sauna, hydrotherapy, coffee enemas, and I relied heavily on God in times of intense Bible reading and prayer. I spent two hrs every day for 3 yrs detoxing in the mornings and drawing my strength from God. He found me in my greatest time of need. My favorite saying then was:

When God is all you have, God is all you need.

I’m starting to dream again. To believe that it’s possible for me to return to India, God willing. To continue to pursue my dream of giving women in India hope. To find the organization that I can partner with to travel and to obtain fair trade goods to sell in my own shop. To dream bigger and bigger with each new day. To remember that I was made for such a time as this. To know that God does have a plan for me. One of prosperity and good health. One of a future with hope. And so I encourage you today to pursue life….that you may live! That you may find God at this point on your journey. To believe that there is more for your life than suffering. To believe that Jesus is the only way. He alone can heal us. He is the Great Dream Giver!!!! Watch out world, here I come!




An Amazing Giant Defeated In CALIFORNIA!!!!

I just had to post again. I read my friend, Ann Marie’s blog every morning. She has some awesome news coming from California!!! We who love raw milk are indebted to them in CA for the passing of the raw milk bill! This is awesome and so I direct you to my friends blog today…..I hope you’ll put her in your RRS feed and visit her daily, she is awesome! 😀 😀 😀 😀

Kate, Ann Marie’s raw milk drinking baby girl with Mark McAfee

Photos taken by Ann Marie, posted on her Flickr page.

Facing The Giants

Did you see that movie? “Facing The Giants” Being in the midst of Giants can be terrifying. What are the Giants in your life? David faced Goliath. Moses faced Pharoah. I’ve faced death from an “incurable” disabling disease. What’s yours…..unpaid bills, health crisis, kids in rebellion?

Whatever your Giants are, you can rest and you need to learn to rest in the care of the Almighty. In Deuteronomy 1:29-31, it says, “Do Not be terrified; do not be afraid of them (your giants). The Lord your God who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

For me this brings comfort. Resting in God’s care. It’s so reassuring to know that He carries me. In Psalms it says, He carries His own, like a shepherd carries his lambs; close to His heart!!! I hope you can find comfort today, whatever your Giants is.

Father, I pray that today, we would know your comfort. Know that all the Giants we face You have already defeated!!! Give us eyes to see and ears to hear what the Holy Spirit says to us.

I Love Bird Houses

Larkspur

This spring has been a lovely time here at Peaceful Acres. I’ve seen so many varieties of birds on our property. I was just hanging the laundry out and I’m not sure what kind of bird it is, but it sings to it’s hearts content, always making me smile at it’s joy. On my mowathons, which is happening again today, I’ve seen bluebirds, purple martins, yellow finch, cardinals, sparrows, robins, hawks, and of course that ole nasty crow. I found the neighbor who put up a purple martin house. I’m going to put some up this year. The American Indians used gourds to house purple martins. They kept the crows out of the gardens! My ever gazing eyeball seems to be working for now. Beautiful it’s not, but it works.

I love birdhouses. My blind dad, built me a bunch. I’ve

painted a couple and they just sit here and there. The ones in the trees always have visitors every year.

It’s just about boom time for the garden. My mom dug her potatoes already and as you can see my potaotes are starting to wilt. My mom & dad have been gardeners my entire life. Dad just turned 79 the other day and I’m realizing that all the things I need to know, I better find answers to now. He’s not been doing well lately and I know that “it is appointed unto man to die once.” So, I’m in the asking phase of life….making sure that when our parents pass, we don’t have any unanswered questions. I think in part it’s my age. You know how young people are….they know it all. They just don’t seem to think older folks know a thing. Then when you get older you KNOW you don’t know it all and are willing to listen to those wiser. One thing that I really hate is when you are trying to give an ounce of advice/knowledge to another and all they can say is, “I KNOW”. Well, you don’t!  There’s always something someone can teach us.   Scriptures says, that “gray hair is a sign of wisdom.” That’s why I don’t color mine! 😀

My onions are doing nicely.

Potatoes starting to wilt.

The green beans are coming on slowly. I eat them as fast as they are growing when I go down to the garden for a visit.

The picked through corn is doing great, and the eyeball seems to be working.

Tomatillas are growing.

I’m going to have a bumper crop of tomatoes! They should be ready in a couple of weeks. My mom said that around here she always goes by July 4th for her time table. July 4th is the last time she feeds her tomatoes, it’s when she harvests her potatoes and it’s when she’ll plant more potatoes and it’s usually when she has her first tomato. We’re a bit colder on this side of the shore and we seem to lag a couple weeks behind my folks. I did feel under the soil and I’ve got some nice size potatoes ready. I’ll wait till the plants die off some more before I dig them up.

Nature Walk at Peaceful Acres


Bee Balm

It’s a beautiful time here at Peaceful Acres. Most if not all my plants are perennials. I did buy a couple annuals this year to add a little color in the front where I mostly have flowering bulbs and Coral Bells, but generally I prefer perennials. They are hardy and after you get them started they pretty much take care of themselves, Most of what gets planted the dogs manage to trapes on and do their business upon. I do love these pooches but they can be a real pain sometimes.

Joe Pye Weed

The fragrance is amazing, so sweet and beautiful!

I went for a little walk this morning and found a few treats. After mowing the field down last fall it’s pretty bare out their. But on my last mowathon, I found a Joe Pye Weed that I hadn’t hit, as well as some nasty thistle and my blackberries that I purposefully left. Honey has been attacking the multiflora rose which is an extremely deadly plant. It reaches out and literally rips me to pieces when I mow past it. I also saw Mullein which I’d like to move to my herb garden along with the Joe Pye Weed.

Thistle

One main reason to cut the field other than because of the neighbors who thought that it was ok to ride their ATV’s on our land, was the invasive plants. It will take two years to get the thistle and milk weed under control. And thus I didn’t get my goats as these plants are toxic to them. No sense in spending thousands of dollars on a barn and animals and then kill them. BUT they would have eaten all the poison ivy and oak that’s growing back there.

I do have lavender and larkspur with these great Magenta flowers which I don’t know the name of….anyone? and they partially line the driveway. I don’t do a lot of cutting because I really want to give the honey bees a treat so they can make someone some yummy honey! My four lavender are now two, so it’s hardly enough to harvest, instead I get it in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs for use in my herbal remedies and teas.

I think my little point and shoot “CoolPix” did a pretty amazing job capturing the bees today!!!

This is what it looks like “back there” in our field! All the trees are volunteers that are Bradford Pears..they are wild and therefore grew thorns that also rip the guts out of me when I mow past them! We also have a couple wild dogwood, a few oaks and maples and cedars…all of which are volunteers.

This is the blackberry patch I left purposefully. I tried to cut paths through them in the spring so I could get to the middle. It looks like I’m going to have a great harvest of wild blackberries this year!

The branches are loaded!

Echinacea purpurea is blooming. Also my seedlings are up.

My Chamomile is blooming. I love brushing past it, the fragrance is intoxicating.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a little peek into my life here.  We do hope to move to the mountains of NC in 4 yrs when Honey retires.  We love the mountains and that area of western NC has waterfalls galore.  We feel so much like we’ve “come home” when we are there.  But for now we have 5 acres of beauty to care for here in MD.  I try to do it with a smile, but I do tire of cutting grass!  Twenty two years of circles is a long time! 😀

Morning Has Broken!

“His mercies are new every morning, great is His faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore, I have hope in Him.”

Lamentations 3:23-24

One of the great milestones that I am grateful for in my healing is that I don’t require as much sleep as I did when I was sick. I average 7 hrs and wake completely refreshed and well at about 5:00 AM. I usually linger a little; because I can, and not because I have to from pain. The only ones waiting on me now are the dogs and they can hold it until 8 if needed.

I do love the mornings. This is what I have to look forward to. As I was standing on the deck and watching the sunrise, I was so thankful to be alive. So thankful that God in His mercy gave me this new day. It truly is a gift from Him. The songs birds were singing a chorus of praise to their creator and the rabbits were dancing in the field as they chased each other in circles. It brought a smile of pure joy to my face. A smile that resounds that I AM ALIVE!!!