Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Whats "goot" about today?

Man-cub is sick.  Sore throat, cough, congestion, tired watery eyes, feverish, not sleeping well, and general crankiness.  No fun for any of us!

I'm a firm believer in letting the body fight its own way through most things, and give it the support it needs with good food, herbs, homeopathics, lots of liquids, and rest.  I try to avoid OTC "remedies" as much as possible, and doctors even more!

Yesterday I made GOOT.  "What is that?" you ask.  It's a blend of garlic, olive oil, and coconut oil, and it's a very effective way to get the garlic into little bodies without trying to make them eat it.  The original links where I found the recipe years ago seem to be gone now, except for this one at a health forum.  (It's a great forum, by the way, with a LOT of information!)

Here's the basic recipe:

  • 3 Tbs Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbs fresh, minced garlic

(As you can see, it's equal parts of all three ingredients.  If you find that you don't need this much, then next time simply downsize the recipe.  Or, make more!)

You will need to warm the coconut oil until it is melted.  I put the jar into a pot of very hot water until I had enough.  Mix all three ingredients together in a blender (I used my Magic Bullet) until it's pretty well pureed.  You can strain it if you like (I did this time, and I'll tell you later what I did with the garlic stuff) which gives a nice smooth consistency for application, or leave it all in (which I have also done) in which case it will probably get more potent.  I put it in a glass jar and store in the fridge.  It will be like a paste that melts quickly when you put it on.

GOOT in a 1/2-pint jar
GOOT, easy to spread

What do you do with it?  The CO and OO are great carrier oils and will help the skin absorb the garlic without worrying about the garlic oil burning the skin.  It's really great for rubbing into the soles of your feet; you might want to designate a single pair of socks as GOOT socks for a while!  It is also good for rubbing into the chest.  Both are areas where the skin more readily absorbs stuff.

From this blog (and I'm pretty sure she copied this information from one of those broken links I was telling you about):

GOOT, rubbed into the skin, transfers raw garlic oil directly into the blood stream. Raw garlic is a natural antibiotic that does not carry the bad flora that a Rx antibiotic will put into your intestines.
Apply on the feet of children or infants to fight infections. Rub on chest for chest colds, pneumonia or rub into nostrils for sinus infections. Place on cotton swab for ear infections. Apply directly to sores inside the mouth. Rub on Athlete’s foot or genital area for jock itch. Insert GOOT into affected area for yeast or other related infections. Apply on rashes any place. GOOT kills Candida, parasites, bad bacteria and virus by direct application.
In addition, it treats systemic infections by absorption through the skin into the blood supply and travels throughout the body. After two weeks, make a new batch of GOOT.

One trick I have learned when dealing with small children is to have their sock partially on, over the toes, so it's ready to be pulled onto the foot as soon as you apply the GOOT.

So what did I do with  the garlic that I strained?  I added it to butter, melted it in a hot skillet, and put in some homemade bread to "toast", liberally sprinkling it with sea salt.  Now THAT is some "GOOT" garlic bread!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thankful Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today I am thankful for sunshine in the middle of winter.  I grew up with mostly grey skies from November through March, with very few blue skies in between, which leads a great many people into depression.  But having sunshine, even in the cold, at least every 2-3 days, makes winter bearable.

Friday, January 6, 2012

And So I Begin Again

Life has been crazy.  Fun, wonderful, frustrating, sad, joyful...everything life usually is, I guess.  I just haven't been focused on blogging.  But I think I'm ready to begin again.  I hope. 

So what has happened since I last posted?  The best thing is My Man finally joined me and we have been enjoying being a family again!  We're a full-time family, and we love it this way.  What does that mean?  Nobody goes off for hours at a time, day after day, using up their life energy working for someone else.  We work, yes, but at "home" (wherever that may be), together whenever possible.  And NO, I am not sick of being with him night and day :)

The Man Cub is now a toddler, getting into all sorts of mischief, like every mud puddle he can find.  He took his first steps barefooted in the barn.  He is nearly weaned, but I'm not going to force it.  Mornings are his crawl-into-bed-and-take-over-Mommy's-body time.  Of course, Daddy would prefer that to be HIS time to do the same... ;)  ANYWAY, back to the boy.  He isn't talking much yet, in OUR language, but knows several signs and has just the past couple of weeks been attempting to say some words.  He got his first haircut (by ME, naturally) on the New Year, and of course I saved a fuzzy blond curl.  The Man has been so good about setting up a routine for bedtime, and so the Man Cub is usually in bed by 8pm, which is great!  Although, he seems to have a built-in alarm clock for midnight.  And sometimes 2:30 and 4:30 as well, but he's getting better about going back to sleep.  But once he's up after 5, it's into bed for snuggles and milk. 

I have finally been able to use my sewing machine!  Whoohoo!  I haven't made anything for ME yet, too busy making gifts for others, but I'll get around to it eventually.  I also started crocheting again.  I haven't done that in YEARS.  Now I'm temped to buy pretty, soft yarn in all my favorite colors.

We stayed at the farm through the harvest, and then moved on, intending to head somewhere much warmer, thus avoiding "winter".  Well, we weren't too successful at that!  But we are in a good place for the winter, trying to learn new things while working here.  It's cold most days, and there has been snow, but we also get a lot of sunshine, which is a huge blessing!  I grew up where it's pretty much grey cloudy skies from November to May.  I don't know where we'll go after this, but we're not in a hurry; we want to enjoy this.  It is wonderful to be able to see different parts of the country. 

Hope to make it back here soon!