Popping in before Passover…

Hibiscus #7 ™ Kombucha from GT's Enlightened Organic Raw Kombucha line - yum!

I thought you might like to know that I’m alive; along with all four of my children. We’re not totally well, at least not the three year old, but we are on the way! The ringworm ordeal was a total doozy. Let me tell you.

We’ve had a busy bunch of weeks – in-between washing everything that stands still in our house. I’m coming to grips with the fact that this three and a half weeks plus spring break week are putting our school year into July or later. Whatever – I’m OK. It’s too hot to do much in Texas past July anyway. Might as well keep our minds fresh by finishing history, math, Physics and Chemistry, right?!

We got a power riding mower from a friend at my husband’s office (the Lord heard our prayers on that one) and an attachable trailer for it. It has been so much easier mowing at my mom’s place lately – and the next time we go out, we’ll be able to finish cutting down a tree that is dead in the back of her land without having to manually haul all the trunk to her fence, over her fence, and to the burn pile.

Outdoor chores...

So very thankful for surprise blessings to make life easier (especially on my honey who works so hard out there and is extremely allergic to grass cuttings). Now if only I had a magic wand that cleared mesquite trees.

We’ve been having great successes with our natural doctor and diet changes. My daughter’s digestion tract issues have all but disappeared along with her allergies. I wish I could get my husband to go see the “witch doctor” (as he so affectionately calls him). I’m feeling great and my knee has stopped hurting.

Kicking ringworm butt with Young Living oils.

I’ve also been wowed by all the oils I got when I signed up for Young Living. I’m always the last person to get on the band-wagon – call me a skeptic – but the Lemon oil from YL has been what cured my personal ringworm issue. Not only that, but my husband and son used the Pan Away for a debilitating pain on the knee (17 yo) and elbow (hubby) and were amazed that it actually worked better than anything they have ever tried for body pain before. Prior to using it, my son was telling me he was going to have to sit down and not put any more weight on his knee because it was swelling! Not only the oils, but the Thieves cleaner and purse sprays have become our #1 alternative “Lysol” to prevent fungus and bacteria and clean with. I spray the mattresses, couches and clothes hampers every single day with it… and we take it with us to clean off chairs and tables when we eat out. I use it to spray my hands after I go to the grocery store, too. I’m in love with it. No more hand gel for me – ever!

[I know I sound like an advertisement and you probably have heard about it from some other (more fantastic and put-together) blogger, but if you do decide to sign up or have questions, I’d love for you to join my network and get oils from me! I’m sold. Shoot me an email or use my contact form and I’d be happy to share the love.]

Tacodeli's El Picosito - Sprittibee's favorite Taco in Austin, TX

I’m getting used to living without sugar. In fact, I was in a little bit of a funk at first, but we have been getting more creative. I made a copycat recipe for my favorite Tacodeli taco last night and plan to share the recipe soon!

If you want to go sugar free (and starve the viruses, bad bacteria, and cancer cells in your body) – you can. It just takes a little creativity. You start by finding substitutes for things you know you are going to want. For me, this was CHOCOLATE.

New stevia chocolate crush - going sugar free makes you a grocery sleuth. ❤️

Morgan made her first scoby – a fungus that adds probiotics and fizz to tea called “Kombucha”. I’m still waiting for the tea.

Ok, @brewcrew95 - are you sure we aren't going to die if we drink this fungus? That's all I need is another fungal saga. #scary #motherfungus #kombucha #scobyfirsts

She flavored it and it’s due to be ready to drink any day now. Jury is out on whether it will taste anything like Synergy (my favorite brand). I love the hibiscus, lavender, citrus and passionberry.

My boys have been getting two baths a day, lots of different types of tinctures and herbs to rid them of the ringworm, and tons of sunshine. They are really enjoying the yard and helped us weed and prepare the garden last week. I may be late, but I think I’ll plant some things this weekend and try to catch up with this growing season.

Ringworm therapy: sunshine

Still haven’t let the cats in. They are moping, but I’m going to wait until the baby is totally well and they have had plenty more sulphur baths and vet testing before they live on our carpet again. Even then, I’ll not be able to let them in our rooms because the fungus spores can live up to a year and I don’t know if there are any under our beds that we may have missed – where a kitty cat might have holed up to take a warm nap. Heartbreaking, I know. I feel like even after we are well and the cats are back in, I’ll have to vacuum twice a week and change sheets twice a week (which sounds like nothing when you do it daily) to make sure the cats don’t pick up stray spores and get them on things. Also – I won’t ever be able to let them back outside… because if they got the spores in our dirt under the bushes, it could thrive there and be waiting for them.

Can’t live in fear, though. Just have to move on from here and do the next thing.

The next thing happens to be PASSOVER today. Yes, Christians sometimes celebrate it!

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We are having a guest over to celebrate with us (and it’s her birthday). I’m off to scour Pinterest for fun recipes and get the house tidy for tonight. I pray you have a wonderful Passover, Good Friday, and Easter Celebration with your family.

{ He is risen! }

In His Grip,

Heather

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Comments

  1. Brooke says

    My daughter (4) has been hit with scalp ringworm too and I’ve struggled to find any evidence/hope that natural treatments will work. We have most of the bodily treatments in check now..although my husband just got a spot, but I’m just frustrated and worried b/c there isn’t much out there about scalp ringworm. Could you contact me to discuss this and the treatments you are doing?

    • says

      Hey there — I my three year old still has the spots on his head but hasn’t gotten any new ones. We have gone through various remedies and I’ll be posting a long detailed post about it after we are completely through with it. What I have found is that nothing is one size fits all. Every person (even within our 6 person family) has different chemistry. What worked for me (lemon oil) on my body ringworm spots did not work for other kids in my house. What worked for my daughter (extreme) on some spots (freezing them with salt & ice – not pleasant!) was not something I was willing to do on the toddler. Also — scalp ringworm is much more invasive. And scarier. And more gross looking. I feel your pain – my kid has quite a few spots.

      Here’s what I know:

      1. You have to eliminate sugar from your diet to get rid of it and build your immune system.
      2. You have to keep infected animals quarantined away from your family.
      3. If you don’t want to take possibly liver or kidney damaging drugs, you have to eat well, sleep good, and be faithful with natural remedies. We doctor twice a day or more – and change up the remedy if it doesn’t seem to be working.
      4. A natural doctor can help (we are seeing a naturopath/nutritionist/chiropractor). He has given us a lot of tools and support.
      5. You have to keep things clean (we wash everything my son touches every day – including pillows/blankets/towels/hats/jackets/clothing/rugs, or spray it down with Thieves cleaner).
      6. Protect others – we keep the infected dude on his own chair or cover the couch with a blanket we wash daily.
      7. Hydrate and get sunshine. I’ve heard stories of people going to the beach and having cures from ringworm just by salt & sun for a few days (these same stories were people who conventional medicines failed).
      8. Be willing to try everything. Some of the crazy remedies do help.
      9. Change it up. I have learned first hand (unfortunately) that this stuff ADAPTS to treatment. That’s one reason we have had to try so many things. It is stubborn and evil. It must be killed. Don’t give up!

      I have a list of some 20+ things that have worked. Feel free to email me if you can’t wait until I have time to write a long blog post up about the remedies!

    • Susan says

      You should look into food grade diatomaceous earth. It’s a fine powder that’s pure silica that works to get rid of parasites. You mix a tablespoon in water once or twice a day and chug down.

  2. says

    Hi Heather,
    I just popped in to check on you and it seems you’ve been going through quite a lot lately!

    I hope everything is looking up for you and YES, I love essential oils and have an entire kitchen drawer full! I use them daily!

    The whole sugar free thing……I really should, but I don’t think I have the will power.

    Hope you have a great summer and we will be schooling down in south Texas too. Too hot and don’t want to re-visit fractions next year if we don’t have to! Keeping it fresh throughout the summer so we can move on!

    Take care :)