by Jennifer Rae Vliet

Who wants all the side effects that Big Pharma causes? Natural is always worth a try and some even warn that natural remedies are just as potent at times, if not more potent, then pharmaceuticals. That means use them instead when you can and be careful, do your research!

Sore Throat

No pills. No herbs. No drugs.

This is quite amazing. If you can get your kiddle to let you do acupressure on them…the results are pretty significant, and the comments section is full of success stories on this YouTube video of Dr. Bergs. He developed this all by himself. He believes pain and inflammation are both “stuck energy” in our bodies so if you focus on releasing them, you can be pain free. You do not need a tool, just for fingertips.


If your child can handle ginger ale with apple cider vinegar (get the kind with the mother in it) mixed in, this could be a game changer. Iced, room temp, or even a teensy bit heated, it could bring down the fever within 30 minutes.

OR says it best:

What happens if/when we feel it’s time to try to bring the fever down? Apple cider vinegar is an old remedy used by grandmothers and great-grandmothers that is thought to “draw out” the fever – people still swear by it! Soak a couple washcloths in diluted apple cider vinegar (1 part vinegar and 2 parts water), then place them on the forehead and tummy, or add a cup to a warm bath. Some people also soak a cloth in and wrap it around the soles of the patient’s feet.


Recipe’s vary. A basic pineapple juice, honey, lemon juice, and cayenne works great instantly. Here is a variation:

Homemade Cough Syrup

  1. Place the vinegar, honey, water, cayenne, and ginger in a small jar and shake to combine.
  2. Leave at room temperature for a few days or place in the refrigerator for longer storage.
  3. Shake well each time, before using. The spices will not dissolve into the liquid. It will not be a thick syrup, it should remain watery.
  4. Take as needed and have a happy and healthy new year!

From Barefeetinthekitchen

Eye Stye

When I used to listen to the late great Dr. Robert Marshall from Quantum Nutrition Labs in Santa Monica on the daily, I gathered a lot of offbeat yet true remedies. Dr. Marshall claimed that a majority of stye’s have to do with food poisoning. Mostly due to PORK. (We know here at The Plain Truth what God says about our clean diet and it does not include pork)

Dr. Marshall believed that if the stye is in the left eye, the small intestine is where the infection is coming from and if in the right, the large. You will know if it is food poisoning related if you take a probiotic and you start feeling a relief in your eye symptoms right away. I am not promoting this product just proving I am not alone out there who knows this…but talks about probiotics for eye issues.

Dr. Josh Axe says this:

Proper Eyelid Care + Coriander Seeds

It’s important to keep the eyelids clean to both treat and prevent a stye since bacteria causes a stye. It’s recommended to gently wash your eyelid with a mild soap and warm (not hot) water. You also want to avoid rubbing your eyes, especially if your hands aren’t clean, if you have a stye or want to make an effort not to get one. (12) Some sources also recommend using coriander seeds to make a tea-like liquid and then use this coriander liquid (once it has cooled down) to cleanse the eye. Coriander has antibacterial properties, so it makes sense that it could be helpful to a stye. (13)

 Black or Green Tea

Similar to remedy #1 (a warm compress), you can also use a warm teabag on a stye. What kind of teabag? Typically a black tea bag is recommended because black tea is excellent at decreasing inflammation and it also has natural antibacterial abilities. A teabag of green tea is a good choice as well.

So after you have your morning cup of tea, you can simply place that teabag on the stye. If you’re not a tea drinker then you can make a cup of black tea using boiling water, let it steep and then remove the tea bag. Once the teabag has cooled down, place it on your closed eyelid that has the stye. Similar to the warm compress, make sure the teabag is moist, but not dripping wet. Let the teabag rest over the area of your eye where you have the stye for about five to 10 minutes. Throw the teabag out after each use. (14)

Cucumbers or Potatoes

When you have a stye, putting something cool and refreshing on your eyelids can really make the stye less bothersome. Cold cucumber slices are perfect for providing cool moisture that help decrease inflammation and irritation. Simply slice a cucumber that has been in the refrigerator and put a slice on the problem eye for ten minutes or so. If you don’t have a cucumber, a slice of potato can work well too.

Nosebleeds – Cayenne Pepper

cayenne pepper

This spice helps blood clot, and it has been used medicinally in cultures around the world, says pediatrician Lillian Beard, MD, author of Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-and-True Home Remedies. Keep your child’s head upright and pinch his nostrils together for several minutes. Then sprinkle a pinch of ground cayenne pepper on a moistened cotton swab and dab inside the nose on the area of the bleeding. “It seems like it might sting but, surprisingly, it doesn’t,” says Dr. Beard.

I thought to close, this list is kind of cute and helpful!

And remember…

The Plain Truth is that God loves us. (John 14:21) He wants the best for us. He wants to bless us and make our food amazing (Isaiah 1:19) and heal our land (2Chron 7:14) and take our sickness away (Exodus 23:25) and set us high above all the nations of the earth! (Deut 28:1)

Why would we not want to respond out of obedience to God? 

God wants the best for His Family, for us, for we are His children! Why would we not want to choose obedience as this is the loving response and one that will continue to move us all in the right direction. God has said, “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”.  2Chron 7:14

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