Right now, my corner of the world smells like wet leaves and woodfire smoke. It smells the way that rust orange, matte gold and decaying brown would smell if you could scratch and sniff those colors. The boys and I drove to our favorite small farms to pick up our goat and cows milk, chat with the farmers and enjoy the drive through the hills. The mist hung over tree tops, a stark and haunting contrast to the warm hues of the deciduous trees, the deepening dark green of the evergreens and the naked fields. It dawned on me that I live in a remarkable region. An area of thick forest and mountains, valleys and rivers, green meadows and hillsides coated in livestock and grapevines. This is a plentiful region of roadside herbs, wild blackberries and healing plants. The valley of Oregon has etched a deep and heartfelt song into my soul.
I was still high on the beauty and mystic of my native bio-region, when I walked through my threshold, arms laden with milk jars and children. A cup of tea was quickly brewed, milk poured into the crockpot for yogurt and beef stock set to simmer. As the boys settled into their quiet time, I took advantage of the break to check my blog reader and email. My innocent bubble was popped as I read stories of cantaloupe listeria outbreak, pleads to un-bench a judge in WI for ruling a family farm be shut down for the consumption of their OWN cows milk?!!, there was a post regarding vaccine woes and sicknesses…. and then I felt disheartened.
How is it in this pristine and gracious area we are still riddled with so many illnesses and distresses? The land is giving, and supplies so much that can be used to nourish our souls and our bodies. The answer to outbreak is not to live in fear, but to guard your home with health. Your body can FIGHT. Your body is capable if given the tools. I don’t believe in vaccines (for my household). I believe in building your bodies natural defenses.
If you think eating well is not a priority, I bet it would be if you knew how much better you would withstand disease if you were prepared.
My good friends daughter recently had chicken pox. They didn’t vaccinate (I’m amazed at how popular it is to do so!) and took her to their naturopathic pediatrician for remedies when the outbreak was visible. They didn’t pump her full of over the counter drugs or slather her body in a steroid cream. They gave her the natural remedies, and her body fought valiantly and was recovered within 4 days time. Thats it. She had one hard night, and then it was no worse than a slight cold. The catch being that this girl has been and is fed produce from a local farm, fish caught by her father, rice and quinoa, filtered water, home made kombucha and very very few treats and sugar. Her body was already well equipped to fight. Her parents didn’t wait till she was already sick to start feeding her soups and vegetables. They had been since her birth.
I am always so inspired and validated when I hear victory stories such as this one. Let thy food be thy medicine. Dont be afraid of the disease and illness that runs rampant through the standard household. You wont need to sit in line at the pharmacy drive thru waiting for your antibiotic (which wont likely do much good if you’ve treated your body poorly up to the point of sickness) instead, you’ll be home in bed with your natural remedies, your cup of homemade chicken stock and the peace of mind knowing your body is fighting sickness on its own.
Keep calm and nourish on.
Here’s another article that inspired this one with lots of great advice for how to guard yourself and build your bodies natural defenses. A must read!!