For some time I have been thinking of compiling a list of 
special "home remedies", natural helps, and herbal and other wisdom...
tidbits I have picked up through the years, 
through trial and error.

I thought I would share them here, 
in case anyone takes an interest in them as much as I have.

Please note...
I am not a doctor.
I intend only to help, 
not hinder.
Please use and proceed according to the understanding God provides to you,
and in accordance to His will for you, personally.
With all due kindness,
I assume no personal responsibility for individual results
or repercussions!

Please check back often...
as I will be adding more remedies,
as I come across them and/or they come to mind.

Thieves - Young Living Brand

Please note that I only recommend Young Living Brand.
It is not that there may not be other great essential oil brands out there,
but it is the only brand I can personally recommend, because my family and I use it consistently and often, and we have found it to be of excellent quality.

I cannot say enough good things about Thieves.
For years, I was plagued with throat infections and chronic illness.
After my bout with pneumonia a few years back,
I finally made the decision to give essential oils a try.
Several of our friends and acquaintances were using them and seeing great results,
so I figured I had nothing to lose by trying.

We ordered a Young Living Starter Pack, and I decided to begin using one oil at a time
and sort of working my way through them one by one, as I became educated as to what each oil will do for the body.
Thieves was the first one I decided to zone in on.
I am SO grateful I did!

Believe me, I have tried many, many natural things through the years to try to ward off the steady flow of throat issues and infections and colds I was dealing with, and nothing, other than prayer, and I do mean NOTHING ELSE has ever helped me with these problems like Thieves.

So, how do I use it?

At the very first sign of an oncoming cold or infection or sore throat,
I reach for the bottle of Thieves, and this is what I do.

I begin this process:

Put a drop of Thieves on the end of finger and rub it on the inside of cheek.
Allow the oil to sink in to the inside cheek tissue and gradually swallow,
allowing the oil to pass over the sore part of the throat.

Do this TEN TIMES in a row...once per minute for ten minutes.
After the tenth time, slow down to once per hour, until symptoms are alleviated.

Usually, my sore throat is gone way before the tenth time, and I don't find it necessary to do this the whole ten times.

I also inhale Thieves straight from the bottle any time I feel a scratchy throat or cold symptoms.

I cannot tell you how much this application of Thieves has helped my family and me over the course of the past few years.
We are not trying to sell the product, but I can tell you that it absolutely works.
Again, I would not recommend the ingestion of essential oils other than Young Living,
only because I have never personally used them, and I cannot vouch for their purity or effectiveness.
Use your own judgment.
But, after a few years of steadily applying Young Living Thieves,
I can tell you that we have had amazing results.
I know God led us to this remedy to help us in this area.

I know of a doctor who drops one drop of Young Living Thieves on her tongue each day,
and she testifies that she has not been sick for fifteen years.
I believe her.

Please note that Thieves will cause a burning sensation if it happens to come into contact with your lips or skin.  I do not recommend applying it topically, unless it is diluted.
It also burns the tongue, but I have often used it by dropping a drop straight on my tongue,
and the burning only lasts a short time.

This stuff is amazing and absolutely works.
To read about why it is called Thieves, click HERE.

Nagging Nighttime Cough

 If you have a nagging cough at night, due to sinus drainage or phlegm,
rubbing Vick's salve on the bottom of the feet does wonders.
Just rub it in real good,
then put on tight-fitting socks.
It is amazing how much it helps soothe a cough.

Also, mix one cup of grape juice with one teaspoon of honey and drink.

All Natural Antibiotic

 Colloidal silver is a wonderful, natural antibiotic/probiotic.
My family and I have used it for years to fight sinus infections, 
ear infections, 
and throat infections.


  Stinging Nettle ROOT is great for gout.
It can be hard to find, because you want to look for the actual root
(not stinging nettle capsules.)
Once you have the root in your hands,
hold it about an inch above the painful area.
IF you have gout, 
the stinging nettle root will draw it out.
If you do not have gout,
you will feel a stinging sensation.
I know it sounds absurd, 
but it works!

Sore Throat

 If you have a sore throat, this provides AMAZING relief!
Okay, so it may look a bit odd...
I would not recommend doing this in public.  :~)

Sit on the floor on your knees, with the bottoms of your legs tucked under you.
 Put your hands on your knees.  Spread your fingers apart.
 Tilt your head backward.
 Stick your tongue out as far as you possibly can...try to touch your chin with your tongue.
 Breathe DEEPLY through your open mouth. 
Allow the air to hit the sore part of your throat.
 Do this for 10 times consecutively,
then repeat the whole exercise in 30 minute intervals 
until the throat is healed and no longer sore.

It may take several hours.  It is not an immediate fix.
But, if you stick with it, and diligently repeat it...
it works!
Your sore throat will disappear!


 Cinnamon absolutely helps to stabilize sugar levels in people with diabetes.
I know of one case in which a person was on diabetic medication.
She lost 25 pounds and began to take cinnamon capsules regularly.
She ended up getting completely OFF her meds!

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon a day is enough to reduce blood sugar levels.
Take 1/4 tsp. twice a day.
The arnica reduces blood sugar immediately.

Great Alternative to Hydrogenated Margarine

  Smart Balance is an excellent brand of margarine.
It tastes like real butter,
and it contains NO hydrogenated oil.
Smart Balance also makes great-tasting peanut butter
and a wonderfully healthy line of cooking oil.


A saltwater flush is great to relieve the most stubborn constipation
and to cleanse the entire digestive and intestinal tract....
top to bottom.
Place 1 tsp. of salt in 32 ounces of lukewarm water.
Drink it QUICKLY through a straw FIRST thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
Lie on your right side and don't move for 20 minutes.
You need to be near a bathroom.
When you will feel the first sign of pressure,
head to the bathroom...quickly.
Your cleansing has begun!

This one is really going to sound strange, but it absolutely works!
We have tried it numerous times, and it always brings down a fever.
Okay, here goes...
take a pair of socks,
hold them under very cold tap water until they are saturated,
wring them as dry as you can,
then put them on the feet of the person with the fever.
After they are in place,
add a second pair of socks (preferably wool ones, but cotton will also work).
You will be amazed at how quickly the socks will dry.
As they dry, the fever is pulled from the body through the feet.
The temperature actually dries the socks.
Re-wet them and repeat the process, as needed.

To stop a bleeding wound

Cayenne pepper will cause an immediate clot to form in a bleeding wound.
We have tried and proven this theory.
Take a small amount of cayenne in the palm of your hand
and gently place it over the bleeding area.
The bleeding will stop immediately.
If there is one essential ingredient to every vehicle glove box first aid kit,
it should be cayenne.
Everyone should have cayenne pepper in the glove box of their vehicle,
in case of accidents.

To halt a heart attack

Again, the answer is Cayenne.
When experiencing heart attack symptoms,
heat one cup of water in microwave,
add one teaspoon of cayenne,
stir to mix thoroughly, and drink as soon as possible.
Dr. Christopher said in 35 years of doing house calls,
he never lost a patient to a heart attack,
if he could get the water/cayenne mixture in them.

It is just a good idea to take a cayenne capsule once a day
to help with breathing and alleviate heart problems.

Cayenne is like pure nutrition for the heart.

When I am having breathing difficulties,
I sometimes put 1 tsp. of cayenne in a cup of orange juice and drink it.
It is amazing how it opens up your breathing capacity.
You will feel better in a mere few moments.
I will warn you, you will feel like you are on fire.
Just sit still and remain calm.
The benefits will come!

Acid Reflux

Drink pure Apple Cider Vinegar,
preferably the kind that includes the mother.
I keep a big bottle of Bragg's brand on hand at all times.
I know it makes no sense, but acid reflux is caused because
there is not enough acid being produced.
It sounds absurd, since you feel like you have too much acid
while suffering the symptoms.
Contrary to what makes sense, you need acid.
Taking a gulp of apple cider vinegar will actually add the acid you need,
and it gives very quick relief.

Again, you will feel like you are on fire for a few moments as it descends
through your esophagus.
Sit still.
Stay calm.
The fiery feeling will pass,
and your reflux will be gone.

For preventive measures,
you can always drink the vinegar ahead of time.
Just take a small amount of apple cider vinegar,
a drop or so of honey,
and enough water to make it bearable to drink.
This will put you ahead of the game and prevent reflux episodes.


1 tsp. Nutmeg,
1/8 tsp. Cinnamon,
and Honey, to taste,
mixed together in a cup of warm milk.
Repeat this every 4 hours or so, as diarrhea symptoms persist.
This works!

Add Nutmeg to a cup of hot tea for relief.

Take nutmeg plain, about the size of a dime, and swallow it.

Chop 1 lb. of carrots & cook in 5 ounces of water until soft.
Eat in small amounts every half hour.

Eat only the B-R-A-T diet...
Bananas, Rice, Apples (or applesauce), and Toast.

Mix 1 tsp. Flour, 1 tsp. Nutmeg, 1 tsp. Sugar, and a pinch of salt.
Add enough water to make easy to drink.
Take every 4 hours, as diarrhea symptoms persist.

Buttermilk, with a pinch of salt, 3-4 times a day.

Ginger is also good to curb diarrhea.

Blend handful of red radishes, 1 cup cold milk, & 1/2 tsp. corn starch.
Drink mixture slowly.  Should stop diarrhea within an hour.
Repeat every 4 hours, if necessary.

Place some corn meal into hot skillet.
Stir until it is completely parched (medium brown color).
Let it cool, then eat 2 Tbsp. of it (drinking as little water as you can).
It tastes horrible, but stops diarrhea in 2-3 hours.

Other neat things to know...

1 Tbsp. flax seed, plus 3 Tbsp. water = 1 egg

Concerning honey -
The darker the color of the honey, the better.
Eat the comb - it is so good for you.

Niacin - Vitamin B3 helps one sleep and relax

To make fluffy meringue, beat 3 egg whites with 1 tsp. vinegar.

Colloidal silver & cayenne are good for lung infections.

When it comes to quilting....

If you are making a quilt, this is a good gauge in knowing
how many blocks you will need.

If you are using 4 inch squares, you will need the following:
Crib Size - 30"x54" - 528
Twin Size - 69"x90" - 2016
Full Size - 84"x90" - 2448
Queen Size - 90"x95" - 2736
King Size - 108"x108" - 3872

If you are using 6 inch squares, you will need the following:
Crib Size - 30"x54" - 168
Twin Size - 69"x90" - 600
Full Size - 84"x90" - 760
Queen Size - 90"x95" - 840
King Size - 108"x108" - 1152

If you are using 10 inch squares, you will need the following:
Crib Size - 30"x54" - 48
Twin Size - 69"x90" - 176
Full Size - 84"x90" - 220
Queen Size - 90"x95" - 242
King Size - 108"x108" - 338

Bee Sting

Put ammonia on a bee sting to relieve the pain.

Acid Burn

If someone is burned by an acid burn,
mix baking soda and water and wash the burned area.
It will make sure all of the acid has been completely neutralized.


  1. Wonderful information. Thank you so much. Will print this out and keep it in my home folder for reference.
    Blessings Gail

    1. Thank you SO much for stopping by, Gail, and for leaving encouragement behind! I trust the information will prove to be a blessing to you. God bless you and keep you and your loved ones in His care! Love, Cheryl

  2. Awesome information. I brew Kombucha tea (a formented detox that tastes a bit like apple cider vinegar.) It causes the swelling in my legs and ankles to flow out of my body.

    1. Wow, that sounds wonderful! I, too, am bothered with swelling. I will definitely have to check out this tea! Thanks so much! God's blessings to you.

  3. This is all so interesting!! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

    1. You are so welcome! I hope it helps in some way!