Snow? No?


Our weather here in eastern Kentucky has been certainly different this winter. The weather men have predicted snow several times now, and ice. On the whole so far, I think we have had maybe two inches of snow and a very tiny bit of ice. We have had these extreme temperature changes too. From a 60 degree day to 20 degrees that night. Not just once either, but quite a few times. It is crazy and painful to me.

I have my cell phone set to notify me if the national weather service issues weather bulletins. My phone has been going off like crazy, but we do not get anything. I just wish it would get cold and stay cold or get warm and stay warm.. Sorry but I am really tired of all this up and down stuff.


Oats For Health

Many people grew up eating oats for breakfast. Did you know that this simple food has many good benefits? It sure does! Oats are loaded with healthy antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and minerals.

Oats can help reduce blood pressure by aiding in removing cholesterol. They reduce the risk of heart disease as well.

They can also add valuable fiber into the daily diet. They taste great and fill you up so that you do not feel hungry for some time after eating them. They are gluten free. They can aid in weight loss and can lower your blood sugar levels.

Eating a half cup a day can provide many beneficial things such as:

  • Manganese: 191% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 41% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 34% of the RDI
  • Copper: 24% of the RDI
  • Iron: 20% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 20% of the RDI
  • Folate: 11% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 39% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 10% of the RDI
  • Smaller amounts of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B3 (niacin)

Oats contain beta-glucans, fibers good for your body, which help your body to reduce cholesterol.

The health benefits of beta-glucan fiber include:

  • Reduced LDL and total cholesterol levels
  • Reduced blood sugar and insulin response
  • Increased feeling of fullness
  • Increased growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract

Oats also benefit us because they work to combat itching skin. Oats contain a substance that can improve eczema itching. They do this when mixed up and applied directly onto the skin.

Oats also help if you are constipated. They provide much needed fiber to help move things along in your digestive tract. Bulk is added and causes your colon to react by having a bowel movement.

Bottom line is that oats have many proven benefits and to add this nutrient dense food to your daily diet can improve several areas of your health. When you are deciding what to eat for breakfast, remember this grain. It can help you get a great start on your day and can provide the health benefits above. Oats are not just for kids.

My Babies



I have three babies. Fur babies. They are a hoot! After my last kitty passed away from cancer, I waited to get another one. When I was ready, I adopted my Grayson. He is totally gray, short haired, with one white spot under his chin. He is gorgeous! His paw pads, nose and ears are dark gray but he has brilliant green eyes.

Grayson is different, personality wise, from my sweet Shelby. She was gentle, loving, intuitive and empathic. Grayson is rambunctious, energetic, and clueless. I adore him in all his craziness.

I thought Grayson was enough. He was. Until…the neighborhood feral mama kitty had kittens. I found them and raised them. I found them homes. She had a second litter. I found them and raised them. I found them homes, except for one little baby boy.

Grayson had helped me with the second litter. How? Well, he bathed them, he licked their tiny butts so they would potty, he sheltered them. He basically did everything except nurse them. When one didn’t get a home, we named him and kept him. Rufus was our baby boy now.

Rufus, bless his heart, is a little slow. He also has no clue how to be a cat. He thinks he is a people. He walks beside me all through the house. I am mommy. He is almost four now and the biggest of our bunch. He sleeps on my pillow, lays in my lap, and is by my side all the time. He is a sweetie. He is a gray short haired tabby with a little orange around his eyes. He is beautiful too.

We now had two kitties and that was enough. As time went by, we separated and the kitties went with me. My husband opened the door one day and this petite female kitty with big eyes walked into the house. He fed her and she curled up in his lap purring. He named her Betsy. She is semi feral in that she has a hard time letting you pet her or hold her unless she wants you to. Betsy is a short haired tortoise with a striped tail that has orange fur the last two inches of it. It is a striking marking and so cute!

Now, we reconciled our marriage and have three kitties. Betsy is our street wise girl who keeps the house free of varmints. Grayson is our stinker who can get into trouble a lot, and Rufus is our sweet, simple boy. Betsy was an outdoor cat but she is now indoor only. She will get outside every once in awhile but comes right back in. She knows she has it good.

All three kitties are spayed or neutered, they are chipped and healthy. They are rotten and spoiled. We love them very much.

We only wanted one kitty, but now these three are a pack and there is no way we could see life any other way. They love each other too. Despite cats being solitary creatures, these three have bonded and are such fun. They are family now and I cannot imagine life without them.

You Tube Issues

I have noticed a disturbing trend going on lately. I watch a lot of you tube channels about homesteading, gardening and many other interests. As a matter of fact, my husband and I have gone off satellite and cable and only have internet now. This means we watch TV online via Netflix, Hulu, amazon, and channels we pay for like britbox and acorn TV. You tube is such a wonderful source of information for folks no matter your interest.

*I personally have a channel but no videos uploaded. So I don’t have a dog in this fight as far as having videos for view. *

What bothers me is that the channels I am subscribed to are being censored. Oh, they don’t call it censorship, but what else could it be?

At first, these channels saw their videos being demonetized, that is, you tube saying the video is not “advertiser friendly”. The channel creators have to challenge you tube to get it monetized again. It is not clear why a video get demonetized. It can be the title or the content. Who knows? Only you tube knows.

Now you tube is rolling out new rules for these creators. Apparently, they may only be monetized after February 28th, if they do not meet the new guidelines. What are these new guidelines?

A channel on you tube has to have over 1,000 viewers who are subscribers. OK, that is reasonable. The next requirement is that they must have over 4,000 hours of content viewed. For small channels this can be difficult.

I guess it can be put this way, even if you tube demonetized their videos, when we (the viewers) watch that demonetized video we still see an advertisement. So who pockets this cash? You tube.

Another troubling issue is that each time a creator “meets” you tubes latest algorithm monetization “rules”, you tube changes the ” rules”. The line gets erased and moved further.

I know you tube is a business. I get that. However, if advertisements are still being shown on videos deemed not advertiser friendly, it becomes blatantly obvious that you tube is still making revenue on the videos, and all of the advertising goes into you tube’s pocket. The creators are being fleeced in the process.

It was this reason I bypassed you tube and went to patreon. If folks like my content, they can show it without the arbitrary line being moved and more requirements being needed.

I have noticed on you tube that this disturbing trend crosses all lines of what I watch. From travel shows to homesteading to gardening to camping, most channels I watch are being impacted. So, if these creators get tired of jumping more hoops whenever you tube rolls out a new set of rules, then you tube will see their bottom line get moved too. Bottom line is their revenue. Money. In their pockets, not the creators.

Maybe in the near future a boycott will be organized. I don’t know personally what can be done, but I hate to see good and honest people being taken to the cleaners while the you tube brand rakes in all the revenue for these channels. It just doesn’t make sense to me but that is how the greedy get greedier. These corporate people need to stop and realize that these channels were their bread and butter. If they enjoy eating that bread and butter then they will find it hard to eat when they have no flour and butter. OK, off my soapbox now.

*End of rant*

Family History

I am an historian for our family. I love history. It was a natural fit. However, I want to caution those of you doing your family history to a few facts that are essential to being accurately represented in history.
Fact 1: You only put the facts. 
Just because someone in your family wants to put their spin on the family, such as hiding an illegitimate birth, it does not make it real. I know, it happens and all that. However, even if the child is adopted by another man, if should be recorded as being adopted. It may not make you popular, but you are not doing this to put a spin on the truth. You should put the truth. Likewise, if you are the step parent of a child and you raised that child, you still need to be honest. Especially if you did not adopt the child. While you may be the child’s “father of the heart”, you are not the biological parent so be honest.  If you put these items in your family tree, it muddies the truth and makes it much harder to future generations in their search. To do genealogy, historical accuracy must be maintained. 
Fact 2: Cite your sources.
Sources are where you get the information you add to your tree. Typically, sources are things like census records, city directories, court records, death records, birth records, etc. It is vitally important to use your sources in your research. If  you add something to your tree, without a source, you could find that you were wrong and it obliterates the whole line you have researched for years. When you put your source, it shows those coming behind you that you did your research in an approved manner, and that what you have in your tree is not fantasy. I know it sounds like it is not important, but it is. Also, if the person you add is still living, please research by adding their facts. If you put what you think from memory, it becomes distorted at times and can truly lead off into the wrong path. How do I know? Because I have seen it done. Trust me, it cannot be factual if it is not found in sources. I mean, it might be factual for you, but not historically, unless it is a source that can be cited.
Fact 3: Be flexible on dates
When you are researching a person in your tree, remember that int he past, people may not have known the true dates of things. For example, if my grandfather was born on say, December 1, 1890 and I know that is true because I have his birth certificate, yet in researching I find a census that says his birthday was December 31, 1889, is it the same person? It is important to check other facts before you add this source, since I have found that sometimes it is the same person, yet other times it is not. This is especially true if you have a common surname like Jones. Try to be as diligent in your fact checking to ensure you do not add someone who is not your ancestor.
Fact 4: Be flexible on names.
My family surname is quite unique and as such, pretty easy to trace. However, you can find that even if your name is unique, it may be spelled differently on some records. For example, my maiden is is Pieratt, pronounced pier at. On researching my family, I have found it written as Perat, Pratt, Perret, etc. In historical records, many times the person writing the record, be it a clerk or census taker, may write the name phonetically. Sometimes this occurred because the family member being interviewed is illiterate and does not know how to read or write, thus, the name is spelled by the record taker. So, think of your surname, and how it could be spelled differently and expand your search. You might be surprised at what you find.
Fact 5: Keep good records.
I have records in my home of birth certificates, death certificate, and census records of my family. I also have pictures. It is easier these days to get these records. When I started gathering information, it was much harder. You had to go to the places and states. Today, a lot of states have added their records to a database that can be accessed quite easily via the internet. Your tree records can still be stored as sources online in your tree. It is fascinating to see these records and it shows those following your tree that you did your research. 
That is it for now, but if you start looking into your family history, just try to follow these five things. You can have the journey of a lifetime and learn so many things about your family. I hope you enjoy you path and find interesting characters in your tree branches!

Stink Bugs


When the warmer weather starts to arrive, large green or brown bugs known as stink bugs may appear, crawling on walls, or flying around the windows in your home. If you live in a drafty old house, you’re likely seeing them just about everywhere, now that the sun has become brighter and stronger. If you don’t know what they are, you might swat at them, or step on them, but as soon as you do, you’ll know what you’re messing with, thanks to the horribly unpleasant smell.
These pesky little creatures stay hidden throughout the winter, but when springtime arrives, they start to move around, looking for a way out, and in the process, they often come inside one’s home. They also seek out hiding places in attics, crawl spaces, and inside of wall voids. The bugs are rather big and have an oval shape – and, are quite aptly named, from the odor of the chemical that’s produced in glands that are on their abdomen – that awful smell is believed to be a defense against predators. As you probably know, it does a pretty good job.
When it comes to stink bug invasions, the most effective method for controlling them is prevention. Ideally, you should make a thorough inspection of the exterior of your home before they’re allowed to overwinter. Check doors and windows for cracks and torn screens, and consider using weather stripping to help seal any gaps underneath outside doors. Also inspect attic and crawl space vents for torn or missing screens.
Of course, if you’re past the prevention point, what do you do? Obviously, swatting and stepping on them is something best avoided, and pesticides come with their own set of, often worse, problems – after all, you don’t want harmful chemicals invading your home either. Many people decide to vacuum stink bugs away, but that may cause them to release their foul stench in the vacuum cleaner.
While you might think you’re out of luck – there are some effective, natural options you can use for getting rid of those annoying, smelly stink bugs.
1. Seal all access points now
If you haven’t already, the first thing you need to do is seal up all access points so no more stink bugs get in. Fill up all of those cracks and gaps, as mentioned previously, consider exhaust fans, ceiling lights and the backsides of baseboards too.
2. Remove obvious stink bugs
Anytime you see a stink bug, remove it by picking it up in a paper towel or plastic bag and flushing it down the toilet. Be extra careful not to squeeze it, or that bad odor will be released. If you’re worried about them wriggling around, apply some hairspray on them directly which will render them powerless. Make sure to shoot them at a close and direct angle, then you can easily pick them up with your plastic bag or paper towel to flush them down.
3. Make a garlic spray
The acidity and smell of garlic actually offends stink bugs and will keep them far away. Make a powerful stink bug-fighting solution by combining 4 teaspoons of garlic powder with 16 ounces of water in a spray bottle. Spray around doorways, windows, and any other place stink bugs might enter.
4. Mix up a peppermint spray
You can use mint just like you would garlic. While we may enjoy the scent of this fragrant herb, it repels stink bugs. All you have to do is add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to 16 ounces of water in a spray bottle, and spray it like you would the garlic solution, around doorways, windows, and other entryways.
5. Soap and water
Soap and water may be basic, but it’s a very effective remedy, especially if you’ve got stink bugs crawling on your curtains or walls. Simply fill up a half-gallon or 1-gallon straight-side container about a quarter full of water, and then add a teaspoon of dish soap or laundry soap to it. When the bugs are disturbed, they typically drop down, so you can place the bucket underneath where they are and knock them into the bucket from walls, curtains, screens, etc. with a broom or other brush type of tool. They’ll be unable to escape once they’ve dropped into the container and will ultimately drown.
6. Vacuuming
While vacuuming up stink bugs will leave your vacuum rather stinky if you suck them up into a bagless vacuum, if you’ve got a bad problem with the critters, many people who live in some of the worst-afflicted areas invest in a small wet/dry vac that they use solely for sucking up stink bugs. Right after gathering them up, you can dump the contents of the vacuum into a large garbage bag and seal it up tightly until garbage day – if you find more in the meantime, you can simply open up the bag again and add more.
Another vacuum option to try is wrapping a knee-high stocking around the outside of the vacuum tube. You’ll secure it by using a rubber band, and then you’ll stuff it into the tube. Stink bugs will get trapped inside the stocking and won’t enter the vacuum filter. When you turn off the vacuum, carefully remove the stocking, holding the end closed, and then dump the captured stink bugs into a container of soapy water, as noted previously, to kill them.
7. Neem oil
If you have a garden, and you have stink bugs in your home, you likely have stink bugs that have invaded your garden too. Using a Neem oil solution won’t harm your plants, but it will help keep stink bugs away from them, and you can use it in your home to get rid of them too. To do so, combine two tablespoons of Neem oilwith about a half cup of water in spray bottle. Be sure to spray your window panels, doorways, etc. in addition to plants in your garden and anywhere else you might find stink bugs.
8. Catnip
Catnip works similar to Neem oil in that you can use it in your yard, garden and in your home. You can buy catnip powder at your local co-op or grocery store or on Amazon here and then sprinkle it inside your house, and in your yard and garden. If you have a recurring problem, which stink bugs frequently are, consider growing your own catnip to use. You can easily dry it and crush it up to make your own catnip powder.
9. Lemon juice and vinegar
Combine an ounce of lemon juice to half an ounce of vinegar (any type although standard vinegar is cheapest and arguably the best for this purpose) in an 8-ounce container with water. Shake it well to mix thoroughly, and then directly spray it on your windows, walls, cracks, crevices and other areas stink bugs tend to appear.
10. Chili-based spray
This powerful DIY spray is remarkably effective for eliminating stink bugs. You’ll need two of the strongest variety hot peppers you can find, a clove of garlic and two large onions. Chop up the peppers, onions, and garlic and mix them together with a quarter of soapy water in a large lidded pot. Cover it up and allow the mixture to sit for 24 hours. After that period, strain it and then pour the liquid into a spray bottle. You can use the spray as you would some of the others – on any areas where stink bugs enter. The solution will be effective for as long as two weeks, provided it’s kept sealed and stored in a dark place.
11. Pyrethrum spray
The flowering plant pyrethrum, a member of the chrysanthemum family, is highly poisonous to many pests, including stink bugs, and it’s easy to grow from seed. If you have some in your garden, you’ll have your own stink bug fighter right at your fingertips. To use them, hang the flowers upside down to dry in a dark place. Once they’re dry, pulverize them into a fine powder. Combine about a third of an ounce of the powder with 3 quarts water. Allow the solution to sit for at least three hours before using, again, in a dark place. When you’re ready to use it, add a teaspoon of dish soap, and then pour all of the liquid into a sprayer. This solution will kill stink bugs upon contact with any area that’s sprayed.
12. Pheromone Traps
Another option for those who are suffering from a big stink bug problem, with the population appearing to be rather large scale, it can be well worth investing in pheromone traps. The traps don’t use any chemicals but attract the bugs by using a synthetic version of stink bugs’ naturally occurring pheromones, substances that are produced by the insects to help them find each other. The bug will be lured into the trap and will die of dehydration. While these traps are very effective, you will have to replace them frequently to keep a stink bug population under control.
#This information is from the website

Raw Milk

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Raw milk is so good for you and can be used in so many ways to make delicious foods. It is filled with the natural goodness and beneficial for our gut. So why can we not buy it from the store? Well, read on my friend.

The problem is that unless you have a goat or cow, raw milk is not available to consumers. The FDA says that this product is fraught with danger because of the harmful bacteria that is present in it in the raw form. However, the truth is that raw milk is much more suited for us than the pasteurized and homogenized product at our local grocery. Why?

First, let’s define what is raw milk? It’s milk that comes from grass-fed cows, is unpasteurized and unhomogenized. This means raw milk contains all of its natural enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals — making it what many refer to as a “complete food.” In other words, we have been lied to by the FDA about milk, raw milk that is, being bad for us. They make it better for us by removing these beneficial vitamins and minerals and all and leave us with an inferior product.

So, in looking around about this, I found that Dr. Axe had excellent information out there. I will add it here to this post because I think he explains it way better than I could. From his web site:

“But can’t raw milk cause problems due to the risk of consuming bacteria? The risk of this happening is very, very low. In fact, according to medical researcher Dr. Ted Beals, M.D., you are 35,000 times more likely to get sick from other foods than you are from raw milk. (1) The CDC reports that there are an estimated 48 million foodborne illnesses diagnosed each year. Of these 48 million illnesses, only about 42 (about 0.0005 percent!) each year are due to consumption of fresh, unprocessed (raw) milk. 

As you can see, most accusations and concerns over raw milk have been overstated, and therefore its heath benefits remain underrated. Raw milk benefits are numerous and can help address a large number of nutritional deficiencies that millions of people, especially those eating the standard American diet, are currently experiencing. For instance, raw milk benefits allergies and skin, all while containing beneficial nutrients without the processing dangers.

5 Raw Milk Benefits

1. Reduces Allergies

Studies now suggest that children who drink raw milk are 50 percent less likely to develop allergies and 41 percent less likely to develop asthmacompared to children who don’t. (3) A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology involved 8,000 children with various diets, and one of the conclusions that researchers made was that by drinking raw milk, children experienced “naturally immunizing” effects. (4)

As documented on the Real Milk website, many other studies carried out over the past century have shown that raw milk benefits and supports children’s growth and development in other ways too, including increasing immunity against infections, boosting dental health and supporting skeletal growth, for example. (5)

You might be wondering: How can raw milk reduce allergies, and isn’t dairy tied to high rates of intolerance or sensitivities? Nutrients like probiotics, vitamin D and immunoglobulins (antibodies) found in raw milk naturally boost the immune system and reduce the risk of allergies in both children and adults. Enzymes found in raw milk help with digestion but are often reduced or destroyed during pasteurization, which can contribute to lactose intolerance.

2. Helps Improve Skin Health

Dairy might have a bad reputation when it comes to causing or worsening acne and skin inflammation, but this is far from the case with raw milk. As we’ve seen, the benefits of raw milk are numerous, but surprisingly one of the most common reasons that people consume it is to benefit their skin. The success stories of people consuming raw milk to improve conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne are very widely reported.

Raw milk benefits the skin for the following reasons:

  • It contains healthy fats: Because raw milk contains large amounts of healthy saturated fats and omega-3 fats, it supports skin hydration. In fact, some people don’t only consume raw milk, but they use raw milk as a moisturizer topically.  Today, goat milk soap bars are popular around Europe and making their way to the U.S. more often, and recipes for homemade moisturizing face creams using raw milk can be found all over the Internet.
  • It supplies probiotics: Probiotics in raw milk can kill off or balance bad bacteria in your gut, which can dramatically affect the health of your skin. Research shows that inflammation and unbalanced gut flora contribute to skin issues such as acne and eczema.

3. Helps Prevent Nutrient Deficiencies 

According to the USDA, nearly 1,000 calories a day in the average American’s diet (out of a total 2,775 calories) can be attributed to added fats and added sugars or sweeteners. In comparison, nutrient-rich foods like raw dairy, fruits and vegetables only contribute about 424 calories. (6) You can see why deficiencies in nutrients like magnesium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin K are so common.

One serving of raw milk contains about 400 milligrams of calcium, 50 milligrams of magnesium and 500 milligrams of potassium. (7) These minerals are vitally important for cellular function, hydration, building bone density, blood circulation, detoxification, muscle health and metabolism. These happen to be three minerals many children and adults are deficient in, which is especially problematic considering most people have a high sodium intake.


Raw milk face cream - Dr. Axe


4. Can Be Used to Make Probiotic Foods

Probiotics are microorganisms that line your gut and support nutrient absorption. They also help protect you from foreign invaders like E. coli and parasites. The best way to include probiotics in your diet is to get them in their most natural state, which includes raw milk products, such as cheese, kefir and yogurt. Real, raw and organic probiotic yogurt, cheeses and kefir have been consumed by some of the healthiest populations living around the world for thousands of years (such as those who call the famous Blue Zones home). Some disorders probiotic foods are known to help with include:

  • Colon cancer
  • Diarrhea
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intestinal infections
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Skin infections
  • Weakened immune system
  • Urinary track infections
  • Vaginal yeast infection

5. Doesn’t Contain Added Sugar or Synthetic Ingredients

In addition to pasteurization, conventional milk also usually undergoes a homogenization process. Homogenization is a high-pressure process that breaks down fat into tiny particles — however, fat subjected to high heat and pressure becomes oxidized and rancid. Many low-fat dairy products also have thickening agents added to make up for lost texture, and some have even been tied to rising rates of inflammatory diseases like cancer. Raw milk needs no added thickeners or shelf-stabilizers and also doesn’t contain added sugar or flavors.

Most foods have some levels of natural sugar, including raw dairy, which has the type called lactose. The natural sugar in dairy is balanced with other nutrients and therefore not a concern (even healthy for you in moderation). However, many dairy products now contain multiple added ingredients, including extra sugar or artificial sweeteners, to boost taste. Added sugars come in many forms (for example, cane juice, corn sweetener, dextrose, fructose and high fructose corn syrup) and are unnecessary and harmful in excess.

Raw Milk Nutrition Facts

Raw milk is truly one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world and has a nutritional profile unlike any other food. I understand if you’ve been cautious in the past about drinking raw milk because of all the negative media it might have earned, but I’m sure you’ll change your mind once you learn why more and more people are drinking raw milk every day. Some of the main reasons that over 10 million Americans now drink raw milk on a regular basis include:

  • Healthier skin, hair and nails
  • Nutrient absorption
  • Stronger immune system
  • Reduced allergies
  • Increased bone density
  • Neurological support
  • Weight loss
  • Help building lean muscle mass
  • Better digestion

What exactly makes raw milk such an incredible superfood? Let’s take a look at its unique nutritional profile, and it will become clear.

Nutritional Profile of Raw Milk

Fat-Soluble Vitamins A, D and K2

Because raw milk comes from cows or goats grazing on grass, research studies have shown that it contains a higher level of heart-healthy, cancer-killing, fat-soluble vitamins than milk that comes from factory-farm cows. (8) Studies have shown that one of the most common deficiencies in children is a lack of fat-soluble vitamins. These vitamins support the brain and nervous system and are crucial for development, focus and brain function. Fat-soluble vitamins also support bone density and help naturally balance hormones, however they’re significantly decreased following pasteurization. (9)

Short Chain Fatty Acids, CLA and Omega-3s

In addition to being high in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, raw milk from grass-fed animals is a rich source of butyrate, a short chain fatty acid that’s widely known to control health issues related to inflammation, slow metabolism and stress resistance. (10) In fact, researchers in Japan conducted a study on mice that suggests that butyrate can be used to treat inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease. (11) Additionally, raw, grass-fed milk is packed with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which according to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Cancer has been tied to cancer prevention, healthier cholesterol levels and can even help reduce body fat. (12)

Essential Minerals and Electrolytes: Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium

Raw milk is one of the highest sources of minerals and electrolytes, which many people don’t get enough of. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of these minerals is lost during high-heat pasteurization. (13)

Whey Protein and Immunoglobulins

By far, the best-tasting curds and whey protein come from raw milk. Whey protein is fantastic for anyone who’s looking to burn fat and build or retain lean muscle. Whey is high in the following enzymes and proteins (amino acids) and the best way to get these immunity boosters is in their natural forms: alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin, bovine serum albumin and immunoglobulin.

Probiotics: Kefir, Cheese and Yogurt

Probiotics are only found in small amounts in raw milk, but when you ferment raw milk to make foods like kefir, yogurt or cheese, the good bacteria dramatically increase. In fact, there are no other foods in the world as naturally high in probiotics as cultured dairy products.

And these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to raw milk benefits. One thing to clear up here is that raw milk doesn’t just come from cows. Researchers have carried out comparative studies on the properties of goat milk compared to those of cow milk and have found reason to believe that goat milk can help prevent diseases, such as anemia and bone demineralization, sometimes better than cow milk can. Goat milk  has been linked with special benefits for digestive and metabolic utilization of minerals, such as iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. (14)

Raw Milk vs. Conventional Milk

Dairy products have gotten a bad rap over the years, but this is actually mostly due to the pasteurization process. When milk is pasteurized, it destroys many of the nutrients that make raw milk beneficial. Why is pasteurization even performed in the first place then? Because it exposes milk to very high temperatures, it can also kill harmful bacteria that are possibly able to make their way into the milk. However, as mentioned above, it’s very rare for these types of bacteria to be found in milk to begin with.

Key nutrients and enzymes are greatly reduced during the pasteurization process. If you consider the fact that many of these nutrients are not only reduced, but altered from their original states, you can understand that some of these nutrients are completely unavailable for your body to use and very difficult to digest.

Vitamin B and C levels are decreased as well. In multiple studies, it’s been found low-temperature pasteurization decreases vitamin C content by up to 25 percent, along with the content of B vitamins, iron and calcium. Further reductions in nutritional value takes place when milk sits on supermarket shelves sometimes for weeks where it’s kept until sold. (15) Some have found that following pasteurization, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is oxidized into dehydroascorbic acid, which is an inactive, degraded form of vitamin C that does not have the same benefits as natural vitamin C. Other studies have found that pasteurization in other food products reduces overall antioxidant activities by about 55 percent to 60 percent and reduces vitamin B2 concentrations by up 48 percent. (1617)

Allergies and lactose intolerance are higher with pasteurization as well. Another major negative of pasteurization is that it destroys the digestive enzymes needed to break down and absorb certain nutrients. In the previously mentioned study, researchers found lactase (the enzyme in dairy) levels are greatly reduced with pasteurization, which is one explanation as to why so many people are lactose-intolerant. A survey conducted by the Weston A. Price Foundation found that of 700 families interviewed, amazingly about 80 percent of those diagnosed with lactose intolerance stopped having symptoms when they switched to raw milk.

To put things into perspective, according to certain medical studies, the following nutrients are destroyed or altered during pasteurization include:


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How to Purchase and Use Raw Milk

Where to Buy Raw Milk

Raw dairy isn’t always easy to find, since laws differ from state to state regarding consumers’ rights to buy raw milk. There are three main places you can look for raw dairy products:

  1. Local farmers market — I go to my local farmers market and buy raw goat’s milk kefir, raw cheeses and plain raw milk. In the state I live it’s labeled “for pet consumption only,” and while I do give raw milk to my dog, my whole family enjoys the benefits of raw milk from the farmers market.
  2. Whole Foods Market — I buy a lot of “raw” cheeses at health food stores. Whole Foods has a large selection of raw cheeses, including raw sheep cheese, which is my absolute favorite. For a healthy and delicious appetizer or dessert, my family will dip our cheese in raw local honey.
  3. Online — There are certain online companies that sell raw dairy products directly to consumers, including Beyond Organic, Wise Choice Market and Real Milk. These retailers will have raw cheeses shipped right to your front door.

You will likely come to find that there are different kinds of raw milks or raw dairy products available from these retailers, including those from cows and also from sheep or goats. Raw goat milk can be a great alternative to cow milk, since for many people it’s even easier to digest. It can be beneficial to experiment with different types of raw dairy products to see which you enjoy most and benefit most from.

Raw Milk Recipe Ideas

Here are several delicious ways to enjoy raw milk at home:

Concerned about how raw milk will taste and if you will need to add a sweetener to achieve the results you want?

If you’re accustomed to eating sweetened dairy products, such as fruit-flavored yogurt or chocolate milk, then the taste of unsweetened raw dairy might not be what you’re used to. However, you’ll be happy to know that most people absolutely love the flavor of raw dairy, and many claim that it tastes much, much better than the store-bought kinds. Instead of buying sweetened dairy, try sweetening your own raw dairy when needed with small amounts of natural sweeteners, such as raw honey, coconut sugar, dates and organic stevia leaf.

How to Use Raw Milk on Your Skin

To benefit from raw milk’s skin-soothing nutrients, you can easily make your own raw milk face cream. Simply mix the ingredients below, then put the mixture onto freshly washed skin and leave for two to five minutes before rinsing off.

  • 2 tablespoons of raw cream
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice

If you can’t find raw cream, try using raw kefir instead, which is quite possibly the highest probiotic-rich food on the planet. Using kefir as a face wash and also consuming it internally can kill off bad bacteria on both your skin and within your GI tract that are the main cause of dry, flaking skin and acne.

Potential Side Effects/Cautions of Drinking Raw Milk

Although millions of people can attest that raw milk is safe to consume, delicious and beneficial in many ways, there are always still risks to be aware of. According to the CDC, past cases of foodborne illnesses associated with raw milk consumption have been due to bacteria (such as BrucellaListeriaMycobacterium bovis), salmonella, shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli), and certain parasites or viruses. The risk is highest among infants and young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems due to other medical problems.

Keep in mind that the nutritional/mineral content of milk varies depending on conditions where it was produced, soil quality, geographical location, species of cow, health of the animal, how fresh it is and more. Buy raw dairy products from a reputable distributor, read customer reviews, ask your local farmers market for recommendations, store products in the refrigerator and consume within a short period of time for the safest and best results.

Final Thoughts on Raw Milk Benefits

  • Raw milk comes from cows, goats, sheep or other animals that have usually been grass-fed and raised in humane conditions. The milk is unpasteurized and therefore retains more of its natural nutrients and benefits.
  • Raw milk benefits include improved immunity, healthier skin, reduced allergies, healthier growth and development, lower risk for nutrient deficiencies, and much more.
  • Real milk has been consumed safely for many centuries, can be found online or at farmers markets, and can also be obtained from raw cheeses, yogurt or kefir.