What's with the name: Herbal Gifts from the Father? Some Christians are concerned about using alternative medicine because of the pagan/new age beliefs that are often prevalent among natural healers. I had similar frustrations. I chose the name, Herbal Gifts from the Father, as a reminder, to myself first, that our heavenly Father has given us these gifts. They are not the gifts of a pagan mother (Earth, Nature, Gaia, etc). I chose this name to help Christians feel more comfortable using herbs without the baggage that may be keeping them from exploring the wonderful healing gifts the Father has given us in plants. Please don’t misunderstand me; I have great respect for my mentors, many of whom are not Christians and have pagan/new age beliefs. In fact, you will see many posts that come from or are inspired by my mentors. My purpose is not to slander or abuse them. I love each of them and owe them immensely. I look forward to continuing my herbal learning at the feet of my beloved teachers.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Oil-pulling has become very popular on the web and in social media.  Todd Caldecott is a medical herbalist and Auyervedic practitioner.  Oil pulling is based on several Auyervedic therapies.  I personally have  never  tried it.  All previous information I've seen oil-pulling says to swish a mouthful of oil for 20 minutes.  As a person with chronic TMJ-related problems, this did not sound like something I should be doing.  After reading Todd's article, I might have to give this a try.

What is oil-pulling?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Michelle,

    I tried the oil pulling this morning. I know there are a few different oils that can be used, I tried coconut oil. I was worried about having a gag reflex because 20 minutes seems too long and I needed a distraction. I ended up doing it in the shower. The time went by fast and I didn't gag. I didn't notice any major immediate results and I don't think that is the idea. This seems to be an over time remedy for several ailments. My teeth seemed a little whiter but that could be wishful thinking. I will continue to do this and see what happens.

    Have you ever tried ear candling? What do you think about it?