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A Small Miracle- Summer 2007 Catalog

by Maranatha Owens

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I have a good friend who has five kids, the youngest of which is still a baby. One day I left a small sample of Miracle Salve balanced precariously on her doorknob since nobody answered when I knocked. (It didn’t have it’s name at that time and was simply known as propolis salve.) I had pretty much forgotten all about it until I ran into her two months later. “It’s a miracle!” she exclaimed. “Uhhh…. What’s a miracle?” I was clueless until she told me the story. It went something like this:

One summer day she had her baby in the backpack and was walking in her backyard. Her twelve-year-old son who was a few steps in front of her pulled back the metal clothesline to duck under it, not thinking that mama and baby were behind him. He let go of the line which immediately flew back and struck the six-month-old across the cheek. It lacerated the skin which instantly grew inflamed and bright red, swelling before their eyes. There was a thick welt in the shape of the clothesline and bruises were forming rapidly. Mama didn’t know what to do and was in quite a panic (so was the screaming baby). She then thought of the little salve container that I had left without much explanation as to its usage. She packed the green goo generously on the little one’s cheek not thinking it could possibly help this horrible sight. But as she watched the wound over the next day, the healing power of the salve became more evident. The bruising disappeared. The inflammation subsided. The clothesline mark was still there, but faint. Healing was well underway-with no sign of infection. She related to me her awe that the bruising seemed to just disappear. It was a small miracle.

Another friend of mine who has two older sons is one of my very best product testers. She is the one person I can trust to try my products on every imaginable ailment-even problems that I wouldn’t have suggested using the product for. Even so, she discovers new practical uses for various herbal concoctions all the time. She says that Miracle Salve works great on chigger bites, mosquito bites, kitchen burns, rashes (although not those that are a side-effect of prescription drugs) and certain face blemishes, but not acne.

From my own experience with my four children, I can say that I’ve observed it to work great on scrapes, bruises, burns, sliver sites (sometimes they get little embedded slivers which they don’t want removed with a needle), dry wind-chapped skin and lips, diaper rash, and mosquito bites. My two-month-old had a horrible face rash that I think might have been yeast related, which seemed like it would never go away. Yeast can’t thrive without moisture, so I experimented by lightly coating her face with Miracle Salve. Now I can’t prove that she had a yeast infection, but after applying the salve for two days, the rash went away and did not return. It is my theory that the oil and beeswax formed a vapor barrier which starved the “yeasties”, while the propolis inhibited infection from spreading. The comfrey and plantain nourished the skin and sped healing–as they are both famous for doing.

Miracle Salve is excellent for hemorrhoids because of plantain’s cooling action. It has also been observed to reduce scarring after extreme staph. infection (applied daily for approx. 2 months) and after skin cancer surgery (applied daily for 3 months).

The beauty of this product is that you will probably find new uses for this salve that I’ve never even thought of. Does Miracle Salve really work miracles? You’ll have to see for yourself.

 

A note of caution: Although I have never heard of any adverse reactions to this product, it is always wise to test any product on a small patch of skin before going hog wild. This will let you know if you have any sort of allergic reaction to any of the ingredients.

 

So how does Miracle Salve work?

There is so much to know about the incredible ingredients in its formulation, but a brief explanation will have to suffice. Read more about any of these ingredients at the library or online-the sheer volume of beneficial properties is staggering.

 

Extra virgin olive oil: If you’ve done your research on olive oils, you know that unless it says “extra virgin” it has been chemically extracted. Light, dark green, the word “pure,” these all mean nothing-only the words “extra virgin.”

Coconut oil: Is known for its skin-softening qualities. Coconut oil strengthens connective tissue, reduces free radical production, and contains high levels of special fatty acids that boost the immune system.

Beeswax: Our beeswax is bright yellow, sweet smelling, and collected by local beekeepers. It is the natural alternative to all petroleum-based waxes which have numerous toxic elements known to be harmful to humans.

Certified organically grown comfrey root: This herb has a long, rich history and is also known as “bone-knit,” as it well should be. Comfrey speeds healing to skin abrasions as well as bruises, bone breaks and fractures. The leaves can be used to make poultices. My knee was once hit by a heavy weight. It turned every shade of green, yellow, purple and blue you could imagine. I pounded fresh comfrey leaves until they were damp and packed them around my knee, securing them with an elastic bandage. Within a day, the knee hardly hurt and had no bruising…a truly amazing herb.

Certified organically grown plantain leaf: Plantain spells relief. My four children will agree. All but the newborn can identify it wherever we go, and they have many times served their brother or sister who was stung by a bee or wasp by running to the nearest plantain plant, ripping a leaf off, chewing it up, and smacking it onto the sting. It usually only takes a minute to feel the relief that plantain brings. Plantain is an astringent and works by drawing out infection, venom, or sting from burns. It also works wonders on diaper rash. You can even apply the masticated leaves directly to baby’s bottom for relief you will be sure to notice!

Calendula: Gentle, healing and emollient, calendula is wonderful for rashes, skin inflammation, and dry, sensitive skin.

Propolis: Also known as bee glue, propolis has strong antibiotic, antioxidant, and antiviral properties. It promotes wound healing, fights bacteria, and is useful on various skin infections.

Lavender essential oil: Lavender is known as the Swiss Army knife of the herbs. Few match its abilities. It is an antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, sedative, diuretic, and calmative. It is very useful in treating minor burns.

Rosemary essential oil: We have included rosemary in this formula because of its power as a natural preservative and for its pain relieving qualities.

 

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Winter Breeze Natural Vapor Rub- Winter 07-08 Catalog

By Maranatha Owens

I can remember many times as a little girl being laid up in bed feeling horrible.  You know the routine-aching body, stuffed-up nose, so congested I could barely breathe, let alone sleep.  Then, in would come my mama with soothing words, a hot water bottle, and the relief that only Mentholatum® or Vicks® Vaporub® could bring.  She would slather it on my chest, throat, back, and under my nose and then tie an old paisley handkerchief loosely around my neck to hold in the warm sensation and vapors.  My body relaxed, and my nose cleared just enough to drift off to sleep.

As I aged, I continued to use Vicks®  when I was in need, but the more I learned about the awful side-effects of petroleum on the body, the worse I felt about continuing to use it and a multitude of other “body products” and topical medications.  Most cosmetics, like Vicks® , are either petroleum-based or contain some petroleum by-product.

 

So, what’s so bad about petroleum, anyhow?

For starters, petroleum-based cosmetics and skin care products have been found to contain the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane.  Products ranging from body lotion to lip balms, hair-relaxers, baby soap, and Vicks® contain this and a multitude of other cancer-causing impurities.winterbreezeweb

So instead of continuing to slather myself and my family with petroleum-based vapor rubs, I decided to create an all natural alternative that I could feel good about using.  Every ingredient is simple, safe, and effective.  Instead of using petroleum as a base, Winter Breeze vapor rub uses beeswax, extra virgin olive oil, and coconut oil. This all natural base will soothe, nourish and heal your skin. Eucalyptus, menthol, tea tree, camphor, and wintergreen essential oils work synergistically to help clear the head and sinuses, thereby relieving congestion, headaches, and pain around the eyes and face.  They also have amazing antiseptic properties that help prevent infection from occurring.  In addition, tea tree and eucalyptus contain immuno-stimulant properties to boost the body’s natural defenses.

With all this, who needs the toxic chemicals found in Vicks®?  Winter Breeze has all of the good stuff and none of the bad.  Use it liberally, and do remember to use an old paisley handkerchief or other soft, dry cloth to hold in the vapors.  Winter Breeze can be rubbed on the soles of feet and is safe enough to use a small amount on babies.  It also makes a great rub for mild aches.

I hope none of us need it this winter, but when the inevitable cold comes, it’s nice to know that there is a safe, effective alternative to reach for.

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How Goot Changed our Lives- Winter 2006-2007 Catalog

by Wanda Hughes

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My strong, hardworking husband came in from toiling in the summer heat. Sweat was pouring down his face. He went straight for the refrigerator, yanked on the handle and pulled out an ice cold canning jar with yellow liquid inside. He smacked his lips and grabbed the lid. Just before he unscrewed the top, he hesitated. “Is this stu? okay to drink?” he asked. “Well,” I replied, “It would be good for you, but I don’t think you’d like it.” In his hand, he held a quart of whey. I quickly got him a tall glass of red raspberry tea and sent him on his way. I guess he didn’t want to repeat the time that I told him to take some sleep tincture and he accidentally got into the herbal rub for muscle aches. Who knew wintergreen rubbing alcohol could taste so bad?

My kitchen wasn’t always a laboratory. We used to eat fast food, chips, ice cream, milk shakes, you name it. Sure, we had allergies, got colds, sleep disturbances, etc. But you can just take a pill for that and move on, right? That was our mindset until we saw close family members start su?ering. When we visited the doctor, the little boxes that you mark for family history of illnesses were starting to ?ll up. More and more, medicines were starting to cause side e?ects that required yet another prescription to deal with those e?ects.

I had always been interested in natural health, but didn’t know quite where to begin. I had tinkered with supplements, but not yet ventured into herbs. I didn’t know where to start. Then goot happened. We had decided not to immunize our youngest children. One had gone through the trauma (well it was more OUR trauma) of surgery. We were ready to ?nd other ways to build up their immune systems. A kind, dear, wonderful man showed us how to make goot – garlic oil ointment.

To be honest, the recipe looked like something you’d smear on your toast. The ingredients were:

3 tablespoons of fine-ly chopped fresh organic garlic cloves,

3 tablespoons of olive oil,

3 tablespoons of organic extra virgin coconut oil.

Once the oils were made liquid (by gentle warming) they were blended with a hand wand mixer along with the garlic cloves. Any large pieces of garlic were then strained out of the mixture which was sealed in a small jar and refrigerated. After about 1 hour, you had a paste.

I knew garlic had a lot of healing properties and was a versatile herb, but I was still skeptical when I blended my ?rst batch. The information said that this stu? could be used directly on the skin. It could be used on the feet of infants and children to transfer the garlic oil into their bloodstream to ?ght infections. It could be placed in the nose for sinus congestion, behind the ear for ear infections, on the chest or back for colds or pneumonia.

This stu? was even supposed to help athlete’s foot and jock itch. You could even insert it into other areas if it was needed for yeast, parasites or other maladies. I looked at my little jar. It would only last two weeks before I’d have to make another batch. I smelled my garlicky ?ngers and thought, “Well, if nothing else, MY sinuses are open.”

It wasn’t long before goot was put to the test. Someone stepped into a ?re ant bed.

“Mama! Mama! The ants bit me!” I put the little guy in a chair and took a look at his feet. I could already see the red welts starting to form. If nature were allowed to take its course, he would have white bumps and a very red, swollen foot by the next day. “Well, goot, here’s your chance.” I pulled out the little jar and put the cool salve on each mark. For good measure, I rubbed it over the foot and put socks on my little guy. I noted with interest that he immediately stopped complaining of the pain. I watched him the rest of the day and also noticed that he didn’t scratch at the bites. Before bed, I checked his foot. “Come over here to the light,” I said. I looked closer. There weren’t any welts. There were some red spots that were very slightly raised. “Do these hurt?” I asked. He said no and that they didn’t itch either.

The next day, I pulled the sock back and found only pink dots. They weren’t even raised. The dots themselves were hard to see if you weren’t looking for them. That’s when I was convinced. This herbal stu? really works. If just three ingredients from my kitchen shelf could do that with ant bites, I was going to learn more.

I started collecting recommended books on herbal medicine and nutrition. I learned more than I could implement, but I kept on learning anyway. I wanted to know all I could so that I would be able to discern what was most important and how best to invest our few dollars. I already knew that it was very easy to spend a lot of money on the chance that something might work. I wanted to know what would work and why. One little salve. Three little ingredients. One huge success. Now my husband has to look twice before he gets a drink from the refrigerator. We wouldn’t have it any other way.