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Ravens Nest




Quill, Writing with Ink Well


Issue 7

February 2003


Simple Living
by, Theresa Jodray
Sometimes the easiest way to peace is to just live simply. As I looked into the simple way of life it took me to a path to the past. Here are a few recipes and remedies I have come across. I am not a medical doctor so these are not to be taken as cures but just information.

Colds and Flu

Brew boneset, sage and catnip into a tea. Sweeten with honey. This causes a sweat to break up a feverish cold.

Teas made with ground ivy or feverfew, sweetened with honey, are very effective.

Garlic is very good for respiratory infections. Make a strong tea by steeping to 1 teaspoonful of ground and or dried garlic in one cup of boiling water and drink the mixture while it is still warm.


Dandelion leaf or root tea and dandelion greens cooked or served as salad are very effective against constipation.

Blood Purifiers and Cleansers

Drink one cup of warm tea made from any of the following herbs per day for three weeks. Brew 1 tsp of herb per cup of water.

Red clover blossom, Strawberry leaf, Elderberry flower, Dandelion root or leaf {may use more than one cup}, Blackberry leaf, Blueberry leaf.

Furniture Polish

1qt. warm water {rain water preferably} 2 tbsp. vinegar 2 tbsp. good cooking oil or cedar oil

Put in jar and shake well. Soak soft rag with polish and wipe furniture well. Then polish with dry rag.

Homemade Glue

2 tbsp. flour 1 tbsp. sugar 1tbsp. powdered alum 1 cup water a few drops oil of cloves or other clean-smelling spice oil

Mix flour, sugar and alum in a small portion of water. Heat the remaining water to boiling in a one quart pan. Add flour mixture at just before the boiling point. Stir with spatula until clear and thickened. Add oil and pour into a quart sized bowl to completely cool. Cover with cloth while cooling to prevent skin from forming on top. Store in covered sterilized jar.

Household Cleaner

1 cup ammonia cup vinegar cup baking soda

Mix and dissolve in pail of warm soft water, wash walls, varnished woodwork, and furniture.

Mildew Remover

cup vinegar cup liquid bleach 2qts. Water

Soak cloth. Rinse well in clear water with cup vinegar added.

Home-Made Baking Powder

8oz. tartaric acid 8oz. bicarbonate soda 1lb. rice flour

Sift 6 times and keep in an air tight container.

Poultry Seasoning

1 cup dried crumbled sage leaves 2 cups crumbled dry parsley leaves 1tsp. onion powder 2 tbsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper cup ground rosemary cup ground marjoram tsp. ground ginger

Combine all ingredients and place in small jars. Label with directions to add 1 tbsp. of herb to 1/4lb. of butter as a rubbing for fowl, hen, turkey, or goose when roosting. The same portion may be added to bread stuffing.

The road of life seems long As we travel through the years And with a heart thats broken And eyes brimful of tears

We falter in our weariness And sink beside the way But God leans down and whispers, Child, therell be another day.

And the road will grow much smoother And much easier to face So do not be disheartened This is just a resting place. Author unknown

Source of reference: Amish Recipes 7 remedies by, Emma Byler

Scroll, Spinning

by, Theresa Jodray

Coffee enemas rapidly help remove toxins from the liver. They often provide quick relief when one is fatigued, sleepy, has headaches, or is just feeling poorly. They also help against spasms, precordial (heart, throat, chest) pain and difficulties resulting from the sudden withdrawal of all intoxicating sedation. A coffee enema, when done properly, causes the liver to produce more bile, opens the bile ducts, and causes the bile to flow. In this process, a toxic liver can dump many of its toxins into the bile and get rid of them in just a few minutes. This often gives great relief to all parts of the body, and often makes the difference between lying down feeling miserable and feeling good and being active. Coffee enemas are also effective in relieving pain. Patients with cancer, for an example, may achieve relief from pain even when drugs have failed.

At the start of the treatment and during flare-ups, the bile contains poisons, produces spasms in the duodenum and small intestines, and causes some overflow into the stomach. This may cause feelings of nausea, which could result in the vomiting of bile. If this happens, drinking a good quantity of strong peppermint tea will help wash out the bile from the stomach and bring relief.

It is interesting to note that drinking a cup of coffee has an entirely different effect from that of using it as a cleansing enema. Drinking coffee causes the following problems: increases reflex response; lowers blood pressure; increases heart rate; causes insomnia and heart palpitation; over stimulates the adrenals; irritates the stomach; and leaves a toxic residue in the body. A coffee enema, when done properly, will not produce these effects.
Preparing The Coffee Enema

Add 3 heaping tablespoons of ground coffee (organically grown coffee is absolutely essential*) to 1 quart of water (preferably distilled). Let it boil lightly for 3 minutes, then simmer for a total of 20 minutes. Keep lid on. Strain and use at body temperature. Do a cleansing enema, which is 2-3 bags of distilled water used consecutively. Then place the coffee solution in the enema bag, instill the solution while lying on your right side, with both legs drawn in close to the abdomen.. Breathe deeply, in order to suck in the greatest amount of fluid into the necessary parts of the colon. It also helps to let all of the air out of the lungs and suck the gut in and out while in this position.

The fluid should be retained for 12 to 15 minutes. It helps to have a clock or watch in view. Dr. Gerson found that all the caffeine is absorbed from the fluid within 12 minutes. The caffeine goes through the hemorrhoidal veins directly into the portal veins and into the liver.

When doing intestinal cleansing, one or two coffee enemas a week should be fine if, before the cleanse, the person passed the pH tests. Otherwise, that person should drink fresh juices, especially carrot, beet and celery juices throughout the cleanse. An electrolyte supplement is even better to take. Great care should be taken if the person is water fasting. The bile that is released from coffee enemas contains many valuable mineral salts. These need to be replenished. People who do several coffee enemas a day should be on a good diet of broths and fresh juices, to assure the replenishment of mineral salts.

*The Chemicals found in commercially grown coffee could damage the liver when used as a coffee enema. Use ONLY organically grown coffee! Note: Two coffee enemas in a week during a cleansing period are good for most people - but not everyone. If coffee enemas make a person feel worse, even when using organic coffee, they should discontinue using them. Coffee enemas should be used with caution. Coffee enemas are stressful to the liver and too many of them can cause liver stress. After cleansing, coffee enemas should only be used as an emergency, not just to perk oneself up! Always consult a health provider before using this method

History of Coffee

About 1,200 years ago in Ethiopia, a goat herder named Khaldi discovered the magic of coffee. Khaldi, who was said to be a relaxed man, was missing his goats. When they were finally discovered, the goats were "on their hind legs, dancing like dervishes and bleating a Dionysian rhapsody as if accompanied by the goat-god Pan," said an Internet contributor to the Dancing Goat Society.

The goats munched on bright red berries from a nearby bush and so Khaldi tasted the berries. He became exhilarated and alert. Khaldi was so excited at his discovery that he got the attention of a local monk. The legend says the monk saw Khaldi and the dancing goats and proceeded to do a series of tests on the berries, including parching and boiling the berries. Soon, no monks fell asleep at evening prayer anymore. It stayed that way for centuries.

Legend aside, the actual cultivation of these wild plants is said to have occurred as early as A.D. 575 in Ethiopia, according to Coffee; A Guide to Buying, Brewing and Enjoying by Kenneth Davids. Arabic cultivation began much later, in the 15th century, by Yemen. The Arabs gave mass coffee consumption its start. Religious use of the beverage made wide acceptance of the beverage stronger. Eventually, Egypt, the Mahgreb, Turkey and Persia were importing substantial amounts from Arabic Yemen.

Coffee became big business. The Arabians sought to maintain their monopoly over the trade by banning the export of live coffee seedlings and sterilizing beans by boiling them before export. The Turks are said to have been behind bringing coffee to Europe throughout their Ottoman Empire. As coffee became the drink of the masses, controversy arose.

Coffee was considered both morally and physically degrading by Muslim and Christian people. The Americas got their fingers into the industry in 1723. On the Caribbean Island of Martinique, French naval officer Gabriel Mathieu de Cheu convinced confederates to help him break into the French Jardin Royale at night. They stole a coffee seedling.

That was the beginning of the coffee industry in the Americas, which now, produces over 90 percent of the coffee in the world, with Brazil and Columbia as the leaders. In 1878, another important moment in coffee history changed the industry forever. Roasted coffee was packed in sealed cans for the first time in Boston by Chase and Sanborn. Twelve years later, Hills Brothers in San Francisco began to vacuum pack roast ground coffee in tins, creating another revolution in the industry.

In the WWII years, coffee was rationed, beginning in November, 1942. The war also lead to the development of Instant Maxwell House coffee in 1943. It emerged from the soluble coffee used for troop rations, which was developed by General Foods at its Maxwell House coffee factory. The public was introduced to Instant Maxwell House after the war. Soon following that innovation, in 1945, the Chemex Corporation of New York introduced the first coffee maker, designed by Peter Schlumbohn.

Sources for reference:

Based upon Dr. Gersons work. More information is available in his book~ A Cancer Therapy, Results in Fifty Cases. Also~Legend gives coffee beans a colorful history By, Andrea LaVoy

Fun Facts About Dunkin Donuts Coffee
On an average day, Dunkin' Donuts sells more than 20 cups of freshly brewed coffee each second.

If you lined up side by side every cup of coffee sold by Dunkin' Donuts in one day, the line would stretch 85.23 miles.

Win Coffee For A Year at Dunkin Donuts

Source: Dunkin

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The Legends of la Bafana and Babushka

The legend is told of a grandmotherly old woman (la Bafana in Italy) (Babushka in Russia) who refused to go out into the cold night with the shepherds to visit the baby Jesus. In the morning, she prepared a basket of gifts for the child and visited the stable only to find it empty. Since that day, she has traveled the world, peering into each child's face seeking to find the Christ. At Christmas time she leaves gifts for every child always hoping one of them will be the Christ.


La Bafana ~*