Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Ways of My Household: 1/28/2018

The flu is rampant where we live and what time I wasn’t keeping an eye out for the bank robbers on the run in our area (read about that here),  I was researching how to treat the flu as well as some things to do to hopefully avoid it.   It has been an interesting week, for sure!

Here’s what else I’ve been up to …

I gratefully received this stack of flannel fabric from a reader along with several other sewing related items.  (Thank you again, Cheri!)  I’ve already used a couple of the pieces and have plans for more of it.

I dehydrated more garlic this week as well as got more garlic tincture started.  I also planted 14 cloves in a pot outside … yes, I did!!!  I still have a few bulbs from last year's harvest to preserve and then I'll be done.

I made more gummy bears … this time I left out the sugar.

I made these cute little oil pulling hearts.  I’m a big fan of oil pulling and having these made ahead ready to pop in my mouth each morning is so convenient.  I also added a drop of Onguard essential oil to each heart.   All I did was let the coconut oil come to a liquid state by sitting it somewhat close to a heater, filled each heart to ¾ full, added 1 drop of Onguard essential oil, laid a piece of cling wrap on top of the mold, set it in the refrigerator and let it sit until it was a solid state again.  They are in the shape of hearts because that’s the mold that I had that was closest to a half tablespoon in size per heart.   Use what you have!  When they were completely solid, I popped them out, put them in a pint jar and returned them to the refrigerator.

I canned 7 quarts pinto beans.  

I made up more essential oil roller bottles and in so doing emptied out the last of a few bottles.  I wasn’t willing to let what remained in each bottle go to waste so I filled each half full of Epsom salts to absorb the rest of the oils in each.   I gave and will continue to give each bottle a good shake every time I think about it until I use their contents.  How will I use them, I’ll use them in foot soaks … waste not, want not!

We continue to cook from scratch, feed the compost bin and do all our normal money saving things that are second nature to us.

That's it for me this week, what did your week look like?
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  1. I treated an entire family for the flu last week. They were pretty pitiful and sick. Interestingly enough I never get what I go out to treat or even when sick ones come into my home. I think the exposures I get to it build up my immunity because the alternative practitioner who trained me never gets sick either. I recommend keeping Plague Defense from Hopewell Oils . com. It is the best blend for viruses we have found. And it inexpensive compared to any of the other brands of oils. If you get the common cold you can put one drop on the bottoms of your feet and put on socks and you will be well in usually 6 hours. It is also working for this flu. Every person is different and the strains vary so I cannot tell you how best to use it for what is going around in your area but it will always help to use it on the bottoms of the feet at bedtime with socks for anything viral. On Guard does not have a very good track record of killing viruses and it is expensive. A homeopathic product called Boiron Oscillococcinum has been very effective for the flu symptoms. Don't over use it though as it can raise the blood pressure for some. No need to publish this if it is not in line with your blog but I wanted to pass on this information.

    1. Lana, thank you for the information. It is very much 'inline' with my blog.

  2. I love the fabric! You will have so much fun deciding what to make. We have both been blessed by our readers this week. Have a great night

    1. Vickie, I'm planning and plotting already!!!

  3. Hi Patsy, can you tell me what is your source for the rollers and also for your empty gel capsules?
    The flannel is fantastic! How nice!
    Now the flu... I guess it would have changed since it was here.... but it was the worst in many years and truly frightening how bad... I would avoid public places at all cost. Thats how bad. xxx

    1. Annabel, the flu is bad here too! I added a link for the rollers and gel capsules that I use to the post. Scroll all the way to the bottom and you will see them. I have not had good luck with the rollers that use a plastic ball, but these have a metal ball and have worked much better for me.

  4. If you do get the dreaded flu lurgy at least you have a lot of flannel (we call it flannelette) to cut up into soft hankies(handkerchiefs).
    I am going to look up the ball rollers as well. Thank you for the link.
    You can use some of the epsom salts with essential oil in your final rinse in your washing machine. Just be careful, especially when washing whites. I use epsom salts with a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the final rinse of my towels.
    Coconut oil only hardens in the fridge here. In the pantry it is always in liquid form. It just doesnt get cool enough here to harde up. I am going to go and look up oil pulling as I have no idea what this is.
    Have a great week.

    1. Jane, I haven't thought about using epsom salts/essential oils in the wash, thanks for the tip! Yes, I do indeed have enough flannel to cut up and make soft hankies, let's just hope I don't need too!

  5. Dear Patsy,
    Good thinking to take preventative measures against the flu. I need to look into some natural methods for this. Thank you, too, Lana, for the helpful information.
    Our oil pulls are in rose shapes, Patsy :)
    I hope you will show what you do with the flannel. I have quite a few small scraps from when I made so many baby things. I don't want to throw them out! I will see if any are big enough for hankies, maybe even reusable wipes. Have a good week!
    Love, Kelsey

    1. Kelsey, I will be sure to post and share as I use the flannel. Hankies and reusable wipes would definitely be two things to use the smaller pieces for.


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