Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lord I'm Amazed By You

I hope the words to this song touch you as much as they touched me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Prayer For Guidance

Great quote!

“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person's seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.”

- Elisabeth Elliot

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Boosting Your Immune System With Herbs

Please take a few minutes to read the article I copied and pasted below, and help build your immune system.  Personally, I would rather take preventative measures, so I do not end up sick.

"Seven Herbs to Support Immunity

If you haven’t yet been sick this winter, you probably know someone who has. Take heart, because cold and flu can be avoided. In addition to healthy lifestyle practices — including a sensible diet, exercise, enough sleep and low stress — many common herbs can keep our immunity strong through the cold and flu season.

1. Elder (Sambucus): Elder helps the body form powerful mucosal surfaces, strengthening our first line of defense against cold and flu. “Elder strengthens that tissue and helps make it more resistant, so the virus can’t attach and replicate as easily,” says Dr. Brammer. Elder is also diaphoretic, she explains, “which means it induces sweating, it increases white blood cell activity and actually increases your body temperature just a little bit, which means the virus has more difficulty reproducing.” Elderberry is often taken as syrup or in capsules, while elderflower is often infused in a tea to ease congestion.

2. Yarrow (Achillea): Like Elder, yarrow is diaphoretic. Yarrow is also anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, and its bitter quality aids in digestion. It is astringent, meaning it retains water in the body and tightens the gaps between cells to slow virus mobility across tissues. Yarrow can also help alleviate symptoms once you’ve caught an illness. “If you have congestion, I love this in a tea,” says Dr. Brammer.

3. Mint (Mentha): “Mint is such a great medicine; it does everything,” says Dr. Brammer. Mint has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It can be used to relax tight muscles and reduce gas or bloating, and its analgesic properties help reduce pain. Mint can be taken as a tea, or by adding the essential oil to hot water and inhaling the steam, using a towel over your head to create a steam tent.

4. Boneset (Eupatorium): “This one is great for flu, when you get that deep ache and you can’t even go to sleep because your body aches so much,” says Dr. Brammer. In addition to alleviating aches, boneset is diaphoretic and stimulates the immune system. It has astringent qualities in small doses and laxative qualities at higher doses. It is typically taken in either a tincture or tea.

5. Yerba Sante (Eriodictyon): “Yerba Sante is incredibly medicinal — great for your lungs and your respiratory system,” says Dr. Brammer. Yerba Santa may be used as a bronchodilator to help alleviate cough and is sometimes prescribed by naturopathic physicians for asthma relief. Yerba Sante is a “drying herb” and is recommended for wet rather than dry cough. It is typically taken as a tincture or a tea.

6. Thyme (Thymus): Thyme is ubiquitous in the kitchen but less well-known for its medicinal qualities. “If you’re ever at home and coming down with the flu and you don’t know what to do, make some thyme tea,” says Dr. Brammer. Thyme has anti-inflammatory and calming effects. With its mild scent and flavor, thyme is great for kids or adults when used in a steam tent to help with cough and congestion.

7. Chamomile (Matricaria): “Chamomile does everything. It’s a tonic to the nervous system; it is anti-viral, antimicrobial, great for the respiratory system, and it tastes good. This is one herb I think everyone should have in their cabinet,” says Dr. Brammer. Chamomile may be taken as a tea, as a tincture in a vapor tent or may be applied topically."

- Debra Brammer, ND

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Peace Be With You

Wishing everyone peace this New Year!

If you do not feel a sense of peace, please take a minute to read the prayer below, and ask God to give you peace.  And be a blessing and example to others by being a peacemaker--being a peacemaker was something that stuck with me from one of the sermons we heard at our church before Christmas!

"Father in heaven, thank You for filling me with Your peace and joy. Have Your way in my heart and remove anything that displeases You. Help me to clearly hear Your voice so I can walk in all of Your ways in Jesus’ name. Amen."