How to Keep a Clean Home: It’s all About Prevention

Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer We’ve been talking about a lot of different natural preventions and remedies here at Keeper of the Home over the past several weeks, but today I’m going to venture off the beaten path a little bit and talk about a different kind of prevention – around the home. We’ve all heard the saying, “An ounce of preservation is worth a pound of cure”, but I’ve come up with a little different version that I use to motivate me around […]

Prevention and Treatment of Mastitis: Natural Alternatives to Taking Antibiotics

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As any breastfeeding mama can tell you, mastitis is one of the nastiest things to deal with. These infections (which stem from a clogged milk duct) can come on quickly, bringing with them raging fevers and achy, fluish feelings, as well as acute soreness and tenderness in the breast, particularly around the area of the clogged duct. The common solution to mastitis (at least, for most doctors and even some midwives) is a strong dose of good ol’ antibiotics. Sure to clear up the angry […]

Whole Foods for the Holidays: A Real Food Progressive Dinner!

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With both Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to begin thinking about holiday menus! Serving food that is both nourishing and frugal (and still delicious!) is absolutely possible and our family and friends will thank you for it. I’ve paired up with 7 of my favorite real food bloggers and for the next 8 weeks we will be hosting Whole Foods for the Holidays– a real foods progressive dinner. A progressive dinner – real food style! Starting this coming Tuesday we’ll take turns hosting […]

Cold Kicker Remedy: A Tried and True Recipe

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Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer This remedy is one of the best for warding off colds, the flu, or any kind of general feeling of ickiness. Not only is it chock full of anti-viral and anti-bacterial goodness, but it’s guaranteed to knock your socks off! Ginger and cayenne are warming to your system, while onion, horseradish and garlic help to kill any bug that is attempting to assault your body. Sage and rosemary dry up any mucus that might be tempted to drip, and […]

Resources for Home Remedies: What to Buy, Where to Buy It

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Idyllic as it would be, most of us don’t have a wall full of dried herbs from our home gardens to draw from when we need to make up a home remedy. I am often asked where to begin… which herbs and other ingredients are the most important, the most versatile, the most accessible and affordable. For those just beginning to delve into making their own simple remedies, this post is intended to help you wrap your head around which herbs, oils and other ingredients […]

Hormone Imbalance: Recognizing and Resolving It Naturally

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Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer Note: Because so many readers of Keeper of the Home are of childbearing age, it is important to clarify that hormonal imbalance is not exclusive to older women. Even teenagers can be affected by it, PMS being one of the symptoms. Please keep reading. Me? Imbalanced? A little over ten years ago, I encountered premenopausal problems that included, emotional ups and downs, sleepless nights, difficulties with my cycle, hot flashes and more. At one point I thought I might […]

Using Sourdough in Wonderful and Unusual Ways

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I tend to be a creature of habit. I like to do things the usual or “normal” ways. I color inside the lines. I like clothes in classic styles that match easily. I prefer using tried and true recipes or simply adapting an existing recipe rather than creating my own from scratch. It shouldn’t surprise you, then, to know that I use my sourdough starter for making (what else?) bread. Just bread. How much I’ve missed by believing that sourdough is only good for bread […]

Harmful Handwashing: The Dangers of Antibacterial Soaps

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Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer I love this time of year, when the leaves start to change colors and the air turns crisp at night.  But as I enjoy the lovely colors and smells of this season, a part of me sighs deeply as I realize we are once again entering the time of year when it seems someone is always sick in my house. This is also the time that TV commercials start to heavily push the use of hand sanitizers and soaps.  […]