Throughout history, women have used nature to heal. I first learned of natural healing through my late, great mother, Georgia R. Daniels. My mom introduced us as children to a book entitled, "Back to Eden" by Jethro Kloss - a book I still possess today. My mom would create concoctions all through my childhood for various ailments. I remember drinking peppermint tea when "my tummy was hurting." I remember her mixing Vitamin E in hair products. She restricted our soda intake and fast food was a treat, not a daily "meal". We fasted, allowing our digestive systems to have a break. We drank lots of water and loved going out to play in the sun - not understanding until later, the vital importance of getting daily, natural vitamin D. My mom used the art of listening to heal our mental health when we needed a break from life or needed to vent about something going on in our lives. As children, my brothers, sisters and I had to tell each other we loved each other every night after we apologized for all the wrong we did to each other that day. We also had to hug, kiss, and tell each other we loved the other. This kept the family structure strong, tight knit, and balanced. She helped us with our homework. That help was everything during my life as I struggled in math, but she would stay up with me to help me and one time she did my homework for me when I just couldn't get it. When I got to school the next day, I miraculously had a new math tutor. We ate meals at the dinner table each day after my mom cooked meals for breakfast and dinner. My siblings and I never knew when she would pop up at the school to check on us to see how her children were doing in school. When life happened, she was our doctor, our caregiver, and our therapist. Now that she is gone, her memory lives on. Hopefully, someone reading this blog will take some of her examples and implement them in your own home.
There are so many ways to pamper oneself and others. Natural remedies, attention, active listening, communication, physical movement, healthy eating and drinking, time in sunlight, spending time, and showing concern are a few ways you can pamper yourself, your children and significant other. Below, I will share a recipe my mom shared with her children to pamper your internal body.
My mom introduced us to the "Master Cleanser" by Stanley Burroughs when we became adults. My mom's version of the cleanse included the following:
- 10 organic lemons
- 1 gallon of spring water
- 3 TBS of genuine Grade B Maple Syrup or Blackstrap Molasses for those with pre- or full blown diabetes
- 2 tsp of cayenne pepper
Directions: Pour some of the water in another container. Juice the lemons and pour the juice in the gallon of water. Add the other ingredients and shake well. Pour a glass and enjoy!
My mom would make us this cleanse as adults and it would do wonders. I remember a time I had pharyngitis and was taking prescribed cough syrup and other medicines prescribed to me by my doctor. I was regurgitating during the day and couldn't sleep at night, because I was essentially prescribed uppers and downers, so my body was constantly confused. It seemed I was getting worse. I called my mom and she made me two gallons of the Master Cleanser and she prayed for me. I fasted and only drank the cleanser. The coughing that had been going on for weeks finally stopped after one half day of nothing but the cleanse and I was relieved. Today I periodically drink the Master Cleanser and I juice other fruits and vegetables daily. I'll talk about my daily juicing in another blog.
Take care of yourself!