Immune Boosters (my personal notes from videos so I can find the info!)

Serious immune boosters (not to be used everyday) ~ Megan Stevens (Eat

Part 1:
Fighting off a virus that is just starting; it is present, but not full blown


N-Acetyl cysteine – amino acid, lung health & detox (designed for health company) à this can be used everyday!
Oregano Essential oil  - traditional cooking article “How to use oregano oil safely” à don’t use this everyday.
Dump out a little of the powder into the capsule, 4 drops into the capsule of the amino acid, take it right away; 1 for 2-4 days, 12 hours later take probiotics

Take it with fat
1/8 tsp Raw honey on a spoon and then 2 tsp of fat (coconut oil or ghee); dissolve in your mouth right after taking the fat


Herbs and pathogen killers
Plant therapy brand oregano oil

Biocult brand probiotic if you don’t have bloating
Perscript assist (look under supliments)

Throat sprays

Part 2: The Nose

Caster oil – her favorite carrier oil, good job of allowing your body to absorb the essential oils

Lavendar or

Use this when you feel like you have a cold coming on
1.     Blow your nose
2.     1/16 tsp of carrier oil and one drop of one of the oils
3.     mix together with Q-tip
4.     put Q-tip inside nose and rub around in there as high as possible
5.     redip Qtip and do other side
6.     pinch nose to push the oils up a bit

Part 3 – The Ears
Herb Pharm – mullein garlic oil
2-4 drops of warm oil into the ear for 5 minutes

Organic distilled white vinegar and rubbing alcohol 1:1 solution
4-6 drops in each ear for 5 minutes
on her website under resources and herbs there is sterile bottles with droppers

Steam tent on eat beautiful website article “steam tent”
3 drops of essential oils in boiling water, lean over steam pot and then cover head with large towel for 15 minutes
peppermint, tea tree, lavender, clove, or eucalyptus
tissues to blow nose, paper cup to spit into

Throat sprays

Spray into the throat and then lay on the side of hurt ear so the throat spray drains back into that ear.


How to cook chickpeas or garbanzo beans

Bread Machine
Everyday Whole Wheat Bread
Pizza Dough

Breads - Quick (non-yeast)
Whole Wheat Tortillas
Drop Biscuits

Preserving the Harvest
Cold Canning Tomatoes
Chia Seed Jam

Blueberry Sunrise Breakfast smoothie
Making yogurt at home
Green Smoothie
Wake Up Smoothie with pineapple and lemon
Monster Waffles
Breakfast Muffins
Protein Pancakes


Garlic Lime Coconut Chicken with Mushrooms
Jodi's Awesome Chicken
Chicken on the Grill
Barbecue Sauce

Double Chocolate Torte

Jen's Hippie Hot Chocolate

Jen's Chicken Broth or Stock
Rabbit Stew with Coconut Milk NEW version
Rabbit Stew with Coconut Milk

Company Dinner
If you ever come over to my house for dinner there is a 75% chance that this is what you will eat!
Jodi's Awesome Chicken served over quinoa.  Baby spinach salad with apples, cashews or peanuts, and craisons served with Katy's Salad Dressing and for dessert, Double Chocolate Torte!

God is always good ~ I am praising God for a broken foot today.

Lucy broke her foot jumping down some stairs at home group on Wednesday.  We have spent 8 hours in 3 different medical facilities over the past 2 days and I want to share with you the good news!!

I just have to tell you how much God cares for Lucy and the details of her special body.  I totally feel like this broken bone was divinely designed just to keep us on track.  Let me explain:  First, this is the perfect little fracture in one bone in the top of her foot!  Lucy only needs to wear a walking shoe till it heals.  It is a completely stable fracture that should heal in about TWO WEEKS!  I can’t think of an easier broken bone to have.  Second, Lucy was born with hypotonia, she didn’t walk until she was 2 and has very low muscle tone which creates all kinds of issues still to this day.  Walking at a very young age (normally around one), bone jarring exercise, and muscle tone are what develop/grow your bones and bone density.  This tiny break forced Lucy to get her first x-rays which allowed the pediatric orthopedic doctor to see that Lucy has very low bone density and needs a little “intervention”.  The doctor then spent about 30 minutes with me talking me through the changes that need to take place so that Lucy can develop bone density and avoid a lot of problems later on in life (like osteoporosis).   I just wanted to share this to say what I thought was “one more thing” to deal with, I now see as God’s constant loving kindness and provision for our family.   Thank you Jesus for Lucy’s fractured foot!

Lotion ~ Don't put anything on your skin you wouldn't put in your mouth!

Your skin is the largest organ of your body!  Skin absorption is a route by which substances can enter the body through your skin.  So, why put lotion on your skin that is full of chemicals?  Why not feed your body good things every time you use a moisturizer?

I get all my lotions and moisturizing creams from Tropical Traditions.  I prefer the unscented variety.  All natural lotions are a tiny bit runnier than other lotions and you have to give them a minute to be absorbed by your skin. Usually lotions have alcohol in them which make them dry really fast and these lotions are alcohol free.

I also like Tropical Traditions' natural deodorantscoconut oil, soap, and insect repellant.
They also have great information on How to Use Coconut Oil.

Here is what Tropical Traditions says about their lotions:

How Tropical Traditions Organic Moisturizing Lotions are Different

Filipinos are well-known for their youthful appearance and soft skin, even though they live in a climate that exposes them to the sun’s rays year round. Coconut oil is their main dietary oil, and is also the main ingredient in their skin care products.
All of the Moisturizing Creams that Tropical Traditions offers are made with organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Virgin Palm Oil. No other products on the market are made with finer oils as their base. Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil is traditionally made from fresh organic coconuts, and independent laboratory tests show that it has a higher level of antioxidants than other coconut oils.
Virgin Palm Oil contains high concentrations of a powerful form of Vitamin E called “tocotrienols” which published research has shown is 40–60 times more potent than alpha-tocopherol (the most common form of Vitamin E found as an additive in most skin care products.) In addition to these powerful Vitamin E tocotrienols, Virgin Palm Oil is also rich in natural carotenes. It is one of the richest natural plant sources of carotenes with concentrations of 500–700 ppm. It is 15 times more retinol-equivalent than carrots and 300 times more than tomatoes, for example.

Other Ingredients

In addition to using only the best oils available for the skin, all other ingredients used in Tropical Traditions Moisturizing Lotions are 100% natural. Our hand-made lotions contain no alcohols, no artificial fragrances, and no petroleum products.

**If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book about Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.**

I love tea!

I absolutely love tea, so let me tell you about some of my favorites...

First, as a mom, you need a mug that will keep your tea hot (or cold) for at least 6 hours until you actually have time to finish the cup.  So lets start here...  REI vacuum infuser mug, yup, worth every penny!  I can make a cup of tea at 6 AM, and throw it in a bag, run kids around, and sit down at 1 PM when they are in some class and have a perfectly hot cup of tea.

My favorite places to buy organic teas are the Bulk Herb Store (BHS) and Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH).  I do find some good teas at Whole Foods, especially in the bulk section.

Here is a list of some of my favorite teas:

English Breakfast  (MRH)
Earl Gray (MRH)
Assam (MRH)
Mango Ceylon (MRH)
Indian Spiced Chai

Rise & Shine Tea is a mix of Green tea with herbs and it is wonderful (BHS)
Jasmine Green Tea
Any Japanese Green Tea especially Genmai/Houji with puffed rice

Honeybush Tea (MRH)
Red Rooibos Tea (MRH)
Vanilla Rooibos Tea (MRH)

Peppermint (I really like the Whole Foods bulk peppermint although I do grow 3 different kinds myself)
Hibiscus Tea
Very Berry Tea (BHS)
Fidnemed Night Time Tea (MRH)

Herbal / Medicinal
Cough Tea (BHS)
Double E-Immune Booster (BHS)
Happy Tummy Tea (MRH)
Herban C Tea (BHS)
Forests Blend Tea (MRH)

Single Ingredients I keep on hand to add to my other teas
Burdock Root
Rose Hips

What we do for colds, coughs, and sore throats

It is cold season now and many people have asked me what I do for colds, coughs, and sore throats.  I am not a doctor, so I am not recommending you do the same things, I am just sharing what we do in our house.

For both colds and sore throats we:
- A tablespoon of elderberry syrup with orange juice once a day
- A tablespoon of fish oil with orange juice once a day
- Eat 2 oranges a day
- Vitamin C, garlic, and echinacea twice a day (for kids I have a chewable Vit C and make hummus with lots of garlic; I don't give the kids echinacea pills)
- Airborne 2-3 times a day (my family likes the Lemon/Lime flavor - I only give kids a part of a tablet)
- Drink E-immune system booster tea all day long (sometimes I add more stinging nettle, rose hips, and a tiny bit of burdock root*) or Herban-C tea
- B-complex vitamin
- Drinking LOTS of water, 1 glass of OJ, and get lots of sleep

For Cough:  Cough Tea works really well.  A friend of mine uses a mix of organic turmeric and raw honey for a bad cough.  About 3 to 1 ratio honey to turmeric, but I have not tried this.
For Sinus Pressure: I use Sinusalia by Boiron and some essential oils
For sore throats: sucking on a zinc lozenge and/or gargling with really salty water.  A warm tea with honey is always a soothing option.  For a really bad sore throat you can also add a little bit of Redmond Clay to the tea if you are not taking any other medications and take turmeric as a natural anti-inflammatory.

If you think your getting the flu:
Boiron Oscillococcinum for Flu-like Symptoms Pellets have definitely shortened cold/flu in our house.

~I get most of my vitamins from Puritan's Pride, and I try to make sure the ones I buy have no soy in them.

~*I buy most of my teas and things I add to teas from The Bulk Herb Store or Mountain Rose Herbs or Whole Foods and I try to make sure they are organic.

Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue Sauce ~ Adapted from Whole 30 Book

Sauté in sauce pan for 45 seconds – 1 minute:
1 tbsp clarified butter or coconut oil
6 clove garlic minced
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp cayenne pepper
Pinch cloves

2 cup tomato sauce
2/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
¼ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup coconut aminos ( or tamari/shoyu/soy sauce if you eat soy)
¼ cup dijon mustard
¼ cup regular mustard
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot pepper sauce
½ tsp black pepper

SIMMER 30 MIN, stirring often

Red pepper flakes or more hot pepper sauce if you want it more spicy

Ketchup (up to ½ C if it is too spicy or strong and want it milder)

** We made pulled rabbit barbecue with this sauce and the rabbit I cooked most of the day in the crock pot, but it would also be excellent on pulled chicken.

Home and Garden

Natural Laundry Soap: Charlies Laundry soap ~ I purchased most recently from Amazon for 119.99 for 1000 Loads/32 pounds.

Natural Household cleaner: Charlies soap from

Favorite Gardening book:  Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew

Air Purifier - this has made a huge difference in my daughter's asthma

Redmond Clay - I have used this both internally and externally for wounds, stomach flu, and instead of activated charcoal (yes for an animal that ate something it shouldn't have eaten).

Tick Removal - The Tick Nipper

Animals in your home? - Colvin's Animal Control

How to deal with Bee Stings or other bad insect bites!

Appliance Repair



Advanced Plumbing Services, LLC
Michael napier
711 B Henry Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903

We have had a couple of good experiences with this plumber.

Never again have Cox Construction from Stuarts Draft (Angie) out to the house.

Appliance Repair Man

We had a great appliance repair man come out to fix the dishwasher.
He name is Darren Smith
Cell: 434-981-8872
Office: 540-832-7533

Fuller's Appliance Repair fixed our washing machine and was great.
Henry was the person who came out and seemed very knowledgeable
17904 Louisa Road
Louisa, VA 23093

Bee Stings

Two of my kids have gotten bee stings in the last week and here is how I deal with them… it takes away the pain and swelling almost instantly.

1.  In a small bowl or glass dish mix about 2 Tablespoons of baking soda with just enough apple cider vinegar to make a bubbly paste (just mix it quickly with you fingers till all the baking soda is wet and it is the consistency of apple sauce).
2.  Put a large blob of this mixture right on the bee sting and the surrounding skin.  The bigger the blob the better.
3.  Wait 10-15 minutes till the blob begins to dry out.
4.  You can repeat this step if you feel it is necessary but at this point, I usually just rinse off the baking soda mixture and pat dry.
5.  Put a large blob of hydrated Redmond Clay on the bee sting and surrounding skin.  Cover with a piece of plastic wrap (mine is usually a couple of layers thick because I fold the plastic wrap to make the right size) and tape the edges down with paper tape.  Now that I am thinking about it, you could just cut a square out of a freezer ziplock bag too.
6.  Leave this blob of Redmond Clay on for a few hours or even overnight.  This clay will draw all the poison and swelling right out!  My kids say, "its like magic".

Here are pictures of the 2 most recent bee stings with the Redmond Clay on them.  The clay covers about a 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch square of the skin.
Note:  I rehydrate the Redmond Clay with water till it makes a thick paste.

John's hand was still swollen, red and hot after 18 hours with the clay on it.  I know that hands tend to swell up more (because of the small blood vessels, lack of circulation to remove the toxins out of that location, and hands tend to always stay below the heart), but I took him to the doctor anyway to see if there was anything else I should be doing.  The nurse practitioner and the doctor assured me that all was fine because their were no red streaks going up his arm and hands just tend to swell up more.  They both told me to keep the clay on it since it was doing such a good job and that for this type of sting it would be about 72 hours till things calmed down.

John's bee sting on his back was fine after having the clay on it overnight.

Lucy's bee sting on her toe last week was completely gone after 1 hour with the clay on it.

So, use your judgment about how long to keep the clay on the bee sting… it really depends on the type of bee or wasp and the location.

We finally got the bear

A bear has been visiting the farm for some time now.  Fortunately for us, it has only been eating the chicken feed and not the chickens or rabbits.  Our neighbor was not so lucky.  Two weeks ago as Brianna was doing her chores she ran into him face to face.  Thankfully she knew exactly what to do (as we have been drilling for some time) and she made it into the house safely.  We had a kill permit for the bear and we will eat him.  Thank you Cory for helping load him in the truck.

Contact Info

I went to the University of Virginia and graduated in 1997 with a BS in Mathematics and a Masters of Teaching. During graduate school (1996) I married Scott Knight, my high school sweetheart. The year after we married I sold my first business (Tutoring for Excellence) and we moved to Africa get trained to be missionaries with YWAM. We did our Discipleship Training School in Benin, West Africa aboard one of their floating hospitals called the Anastasis. Our 2 months of outreach were in the Canary Islands. In 1998-1999 we spent 8 months learning Spanish in Costa Rica. After living overseas for a while, Scott and I settled back in Charlottesville, VA and began working for Christ Community Church taking short term medical and construction missions teams to Haiti, Honduras, and England. In 2000 we had our first child, Brianna. In 2003 our family moved to Slovenia for a year as missionaries. In 2004 we moved back to the USA to MA for my husband to finish seminary (at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary) and we had our second child John. After seminary (Dec 2006) I sold my second business (Golden Apple Tutoring) and we moved back to Charlottesville, VA for Scott’s job as a pastor. In Feb 2008 we had our third child, Lucy. In October 2009 we planted Rivanna Community Church in Charlottesville, VA. Full time ministry is one of my life's greatest joys. Right now I am delighted to be a full time homeschooling mom, but it is indeed the hardest thing I have ever done. Brianna, John & Lucy keep me on my toes and are absolutely wonderful kids. You can contact me at