Natural First Aid for Summer Ailments

Build your natural first aid arsenal now, and when someone in your family has a need you'll be ready with the remedy. Here are some common summer ailments, with DIY remedies and tips for treating each one naturally!

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer

It’s pretty much impossible to go through a summer and not come out the other end with a colorful array of scrapes, scars, burns, and bites. These things are just as much a part of the season as ice cream and paperback books. The welts on your legs from jellyfish stings mark the long days you spent at the beach; the rash crawling up your arm is the badge you earned picking fresh berries.

But while these injuries and ailments blend into the fabric of a fully-lived, deeply-felt summer come September, in the moment they’re not too pleasant!

Build your natural first aid arsenal now, and when someone in your family has a need you’ll be ready with the remedy.

Here are some common summer ailments, with DIY remedies and tips for treating each one naturally:

Build your natural first aid arsenal now, and when someone in your family has a need you'll be ready with the remedy. Here are some common summer ailments, with DIY remedies and tips for treating each one naturally!

Ant, Mosquito, and Other Bug Bites

I learned from this post that lavender essential oil can be very effective for relieving painful mosquito bites! Check out this post for many more tips on treating bug bites, or make this homemade bug repellent to prevent bites in the first place!

Cuts and Scrapes

Keep a tin of this Skin Soother Salve handy to throw into your first aid kit when you go camping or have a picnic.

Dry Skin

Soften up your callouses and exfoliate dead skin with a moisturizing body polish, or make a batch of this strawberry lemonade foot scrub for an extra treat!

Build your natural first aid arsenal now, and when someone in your family has a need you'll be ready with the remedy. Here are some common summer ailments, with DIY remedies and tips for treating each one naturally!

Jellyfish Stings

Contrary to what you might’ve heard, you should not rub a jellyfish sting with sand! This can spread the stingers around on your skin and make the injury worse! Instead, rinse the area with seawater and apply a paste made with seawater and baking soda. (You’ll have to remember to bring a jar of baking soda to the beach with you!)

Build your natural first aid arsenal now, and when someone in your family has a need you'll be ready with the remedy. Here are some common summer ailments, with DIY remedies and tips for treating each one naturally!

Poison Ivy

You can prepare in advance by making your own DIY remedy for poison ivy using foraged plants. Or, if you need something quick, try one of these remedies straight from your kitchen pantry! A simple paste of hydrated bentonite clay also works well.

Sore Muscles

If you’ve strained a muscle playing Ultimate Frisbee or working in the garden, nothing beats a warm, relaxing soak in an Epsom salt bath!

Build your natural first aid arsenal now, and when someone in your family has a need you'll be ready with the remedy. Here are some common summer ailments, with DIY remedies and tips for treating each one naturally!

Sunburn

For sunburn, use pure aloe vera gel. You can order plain gel online, or grow your own aloe at home. My grandmother grew aloe vera in big planters on her patio, and it came in handy many times for sunburn as well as cuts, ant bites, and a host of other little injuries.

Wasp and Bee Stings

Growing up, we always used moistened chewing tobacco to soothe bee stings! If you don’t want to be the mom asking for tobacco in the check-out lane, though, here are 15 other remedies to try!

What are your favorite natural first aid remedies for summer ailments?

Disclaimer: I am not a certified medical professional of any kind and am not qualified to give you medical advice. My goal is to help to educate and inspire you to take responsibility for your own family’s health and make informed choices of your own, not to consult you on medical treatment. 

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Links for this week:

The Loss of Life Beneath Your Skin & How to Revive It @ Hands Free Mama

Why I Marched My 12 Year Old Into the Police Station @ The Chaos and the Clutter

Tuna Casserole @ The Domestic Man

Kale is not the Problem, Pollution is @ The Nourishing Gourmet

The most severe type of Spina Bifida @ What Do You Do, Dear?

Grain-Free Mini Pizzas @ Mommypotamus

The End Of My Rope, The Beginning Of Something Good @ The Better Mom

A Homemade House @ Nourishing Days

Caring for the Unemployed Family @ a humble place

What are your favorite recipes these days?

Hidden Veggie Popsicles

Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat their vegetables? Try these delicious hidden veggie popsicles!

Guest Post by Whitney Cornelison of Beauty in the Mess

Veggies in a popsicle?!

Really?!

I promise they aren’t as bad as they sound. While I am sure you think I have lost my mind, let me tell you that my kids gobbled these up and asked for more. They did!

Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat their vegetables?

For the most part, my kids are great about eating at least one bite of something they don’t like. Usually they do find that they like it. There are those vegetables though that are hard to get them to even eat one bite. Then there are those weeks when we are super busy. We find ourselves making poor food choices. It is then that our attitudes and how we feel reflects those poor choices.

In an effort to eat more veggies while enjoying a cool treat {since we were without air conditioning for a week during the heat wave in North Carolina} I added about one cup of mashed sweet potato to our favorite smoothie recipe and added more liquid to help with the consistency.

They were delicious!!

Are you ready to try them?

Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat their vegetables? Try these delicious hidden veggie popsicles!

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Hidden Veggie Popsicles
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • about 1 cup of mashed sweet potato
  • 20 ounces {or one can} of pineapple chunks {reserve the juice}
  • Pineapple Juice or Orange Juice {or both!}
Instructions
  1. Dump everything in your blender and blend until smooth {our Blendtec made this SO easy!} add more liquid if you need to.
  2. Pour this deliciousness into popsicle molds. {We used the Zoku Quick Pop Maker, which is SO FUN!}
  3. FREEZE!
  4. The Zoku froze the Hidden Veggie Popsicles super fast, but if you are using molds, wait several hours until the popsicles are frozen.
  5. Pull them out and ENJOY!!

Aren’t they YUMMY?!

Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat their vegetables? Try these delicious hidden veggie popsicles!

Not sure about Hidden Veggie Popsicles? Try these!

Homemade Iced Tea Popsicles

Chocolate Avocado Popsicles

Limeade Popsicles

Raspberry Coconut Popsicles

Strawberry Coconut Popsicles

How do you sneak hidden veggies in your family’s meals?

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Whitney Headshot 4Whitney is the creator of Beauty in the Mess, a wife, mommy of 4, Jesus lover, blogger, crafter, chai drinker, lover of antiques, and all things vintage. She dreams of one day renovating an Airstream trailer and traveling around the country with her family of six. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and her favorite, Instagram.

DIY Peaches and Cream Gummies

Not only do homemade gummies taste good, they provide wonderful health benefits! They're free of all the sugars and additives store bought fruit snacks and candies have, plus homemade gummies include grass-fed gelatin – which is a great super food! These peaches and cream gummies are a hit with everyone.

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer

Do you like fruit snacks or gummy candy, but don’t want the yucky food dyes or preservatives that go with them?

If so, you need to try these homemade gummies!

Not only do homemade gummies taste good, they provide wonderful health benefits! The reason these gummies are so good for you is that they include gelatin.

The gelatin used in this recipe is made from grass-fed beef. It comes in powdered form and is high in protein. It’s also gluten-free.

You might think that sounds awful. Don’t worry, I did too. But I promise that you cannot taste anything remotely strange. Truly. The beef gelatin has no flavor.

Gelatin has many benefits including:

  • improving digestion,
  • gut healing,
  • joint recovery,
  • improving condition of hair, skin, and nails, and
  • balancing hormones.

These gummies are great for those wanting to consume extra gelatin for gut-healing purposes and they make a refreshing snack on a hot summer afternoon too.

My kids love these peaches and cream gummies and I think yours will too!

Homemade gummies and Jello helped me when I was trying to give up sugary treats. Obviously these still have some form of sugar in them, but they are much better than junky store-bought candy.

Do you like fruit snacks or gummy candy, but don’t want the dyes or preservatives that go with them? If so, you need to try these Peaches and Cream Gummies!

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DIY Peaches and Cream Gummies
 
The recipe is adapted and modified from one found in The Gelatin Secret.
Author:
Ingredients
  • Peach layer:
  • 4 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 7 tablespoons gelatin
  • Cream layer:
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons gelatin
  • You will also need:
  • Whisk or immersion blender
  • Blender
  • Silicone mold
  • Cookie sheet
  • Medium pot/saucepan
  • Space in the freezer for cookie sheet
Instructions
  1. Place sliced peaches in a blender, add lemon, maple syrup, and honey. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour blended mixture into a saucepan and warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Prepare to add gelatin by measuring 7 tablespoons into a small bowl. This makes it easier to work fast, which is necessary so that clumps don't form.
  4. Gradually sprinkle gelatin into warm mixture and blend with immersion blender immeditaley. If you don't have an immersion blender, a whisk works too. Just sprinkle in a little gelatin and whisk in quickly. Repeat until all of the gelatin has been incorporated into the peach mixture.
  5. Don't be discouraged in some clumps form. The first time I made homemade gummies, I struggled to get them smooth. But, with practice, I rarely have any lumps to speak of.
  6. Place silicone mold onto a cookie sheet and pour peach mixture into the individual cavities of the mold, to about half way full (you may go to ¾ full if you prefer less of the cream layer).
  7. Place tray (with silicone mold on it) into the freezer.
  8. While the peach layer is cooling in the freezer, prepare the cream layer.
  9. Place coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla into a medium pot, stir to combine. Warm mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  10. Once warm, add gelatin gradually (as directed above) and immediately blend with an immersion blender or whisk.
  11. Remove peach layer from freezer (keep it on the cookie sheet). If the peach layer is firm, pour cream mixture over the top and place back in freezer for 20-30 minutes (until firm).
  12. Once firm, remove from freezer and take each gummie out of the silicone mold.
  13. Gummies can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  14. If you don't enjoy the cream layer, these would work perfectly with the peach layer alone. Peaches could also be substituted with strawberries or nectaries.
  15. If you enjoy these gummies, you may like my other favorite gummie recipe: Strawberry-Lime Gummies.

Not only do homemade gummies taste good, they provide wonderful health benefits! They're free of all the sugars and additives store bought fruit snacks and candies have, plus homemade gummies include grass-fed gelatin – which is a great super food! These peaches and cream gummies are a hit with everyone.

Have you tried making your own gummies? If so, what’s your favorite flavor?

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Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

Do you avoid baked grain free goods because they don't come near your old favorites? That's no longer a problem with this technique! These grain free chocolate chip cake bars will have you satisfied as fast as you can whip up a batch :)

Stephanie’s note: In a week, our family will be embarking on yet another “free” diet. You know the kind – free from gluten and grain, free from dairy, free from sugar, free from our usual favorites and convenience and ease.

And I know that so many of you have also turned to diets like this, be they GAPS or SCD or a version of WAPF or paleo or whatever it is, because you’re dealing with gut problems, Candida, auto-immune issues, dental decay, etc. It’s so hard. It’s hard because you feel limited in what you can eat, and doubly hard because you don’t know where to turn to find recipes that actually taste good.

That’s why I’m so excited to introduce to you Megan of Eat Beautiful. She and her family have experienced the same struggles, and had to work hard to find delicious alternatives to eat. She writes about it on her blog, but more recently has launched a fabulous cookbook full of grain free, sugar free recipes with options for almost any restricted diet. You’ll find waffles and pancakes, muffins and loaves, cakes and cookies, and all sorts of other delectable foods to satisfy your sweet tooth without getting in the way of your healing.

So please give her a warm welcome and then go check out her book!

Guest Post by Megan Stevens of Eat Beautiful

My family loves Chocolate Chip Cake Bars for so many reasons. They’re yummy! They satisfy a longing in each of us to eat cake. The bar shape makes them welcoming, easy to grab at a 4th of July picnic or for a quick pick-me-up treat. And, well, chocolate chips are forever friends. Who doesn’t like them?

This recipe is really special, too, because it utilizes a new grain-free baking method that makes grain-free baking not only really easy and fast, but also easier to digest. So while baking with almond butter, almond meal and coconut flour are good options, I think you’ll enjoy this option even more. Why? The technique also yields an awesome texture in baked goods. And that’s why it was developed, because baked goods that use this method are healthier, just as easy and delicious.

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I’m excited to share my cookbook with you as well: EAT BEAUTIFUL: Grain-free, Sugar-free and Loving It. The Kindle version is available today or you can wait until July 6 to get the eBook + free bonus videos (or the softcover version). You can purchase the book here to receive these bonus videos: one, of me sharing this new grain-free baking technique, including how it originated, as well as four videos with bonus recipes not included in the cookbook!

Grain-free baked goods that taste like old favorites are better than baked goods that taste “healthy,” right? You’ll feel proud to share this recipe at any potluck or family gathering, even among friends who don’t eat a grain-free diet.

(If you’re new to grain-free, sugar-free baking, it’s a great dietary choice for healing many health conditions, especially for putting autoimmune diseases into remission; and grain-free baking also tends to be a wink easier, as recipes often are assembled in a blender.)

These Chocolate Chip Cake Bars are a perfect place to start. If you love them, you’re sure to love the 100+ additional grain-free, sugar-free recipes that this cookbook offers. With beautiful photographs, enjoy recipes for waffles, pancakes, scones, cakes, pies, cookies, smoothies, savory casseroles, loaf bread and rolls, as well as a whole chapter of fun treats, with quick prep times, to make for kids. (Many recipes are also nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free etc., to help various food intolerances.)

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A New Grain-free Baking Technique

So what is this new grain-free baking technique?

Basically, it’s popular to use nuts in grain-free baking. They can be in the form of butter, meal or flour, and sometimes they are sprouted to aid in digestion and the assimilation of nutrients. So where’s the trouble?

  • Nut butters, meals and flours are usually rancid. And they are usually not sprouted. So even though we think of them as healthy, they really can be improved upon.
  • Sprouted nuts (soaked overnight and then dehydrated and ground into flour) are expensive to buy or time-consuming to create at home.

This new method, while using nuts, solves both of these shortcomings. The method uses nuts soaked in saltwater; but they are neither dehydrated nor ground into flour.

It looks like this: the cook puts raw nuts, salt and water into a bowl in the evening. In the morning she rinses them off in a colander; and they are now ready to use! That’s it. We call this, “soaked and wet.” There is almost no labor, less than 5 minutes. And the nuts are much healthier than store-bought butters or flours.

As I mentioned above, this method also yields a great texture in baked goods. That’s because the batter is moist, and it stays moist after being baked. In EAT BEAUTIFUL: Grain-free, Sugar-free and Loving It I share recipes for every kind of baked good utilizing this technique. Moist muffins are made quickly: just pop the wet nuts in the blender with eggs, butter or coconut oil, honey and a few other ingredients and you have a wonderfully easy, delicious baked goods!

Do you avoid baked grain free goods because they don't come near your old favorites? That's no longer a problem with this technique! These grain free chocolate chip cake bars will have you satisfied as fast as you can whip up a batch :)

Here’s the chocolate chip cake bar recipe I hope you love. I hope it comes in handy for all those summer events when you want a homemade treat but you don’t want to hang out in the kitchen for hours to get it.

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Chocolate Chip Cake Bars
 
Recipe type: Desserts and Sweets
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9-inch square pan with coconut oil or sustainably sourced lard.
  3. In a food processor or high-powered blender, combine the first 5 ingredients: cashews, coconut oil, sweetener, eggs and sea salt.
  4. Puree until smooth, stopping the motor once or twice to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.
  5. In a separate small bowl, sift together the coconut flour and baking soda.
  6. Sprinkle the sifted mixture and the shaved chocolate over the top of the wet ingredients, and process briefly but thoroughly once more, being careful not to over-mix.
  7. Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake until the center is puffed, the edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with tiny small crumbs adhering.
  8. Allow it to cool on a drying rack before slicing into squares and removing with an offset spatula.
Notes
*Soaking and Sprouting Nuts

For every 4 cups raw seeds or nuts, cover by two inches with room-temperature filtered water and 2 teaspoons sea salt. Stir well to dissolve the salt. Leave uncovered at room temperature overnight, then drain and rinse well in the morning. They are now ready to be used in their wet form.

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Apple Valley Natural Soap Giveaway!

We’re having an awesome giveaway of high-quality, luxurious, natural skin care products from Apple Valley Natural Soap! See our post this week with details about the giveaway of their wonderful products (that Stephanie has written rave reviews about in the past!) as well as a special 15% discount just for KOTH readers (as well as FREEBIES!)! The giveaway ends next Wednesday, so be sure to check it out soon!

Links for this week:

this is the day @ This Life I Live

Sold Into Sex Slavery: The Plight Of African Women Migrating To Europe @ NPR

Pan-Fried Thai Chicken with Carrot and Ginger Salad @ The Nourishing Gourmet

when you want to find hidden graces in the dark places @ A Holy Experience

Keeping Phil’s Promise @ Shaun Groves

25 Fermented Fruit & Chutney Recipes @ GNOWFGLINS

Let Go. Say No. Be Awestruck. @ Be More With Less

Life lessons from a covered wagon @ The Art of Simple

We’re halfway through the year! How’s 2015 going for you?

Giveaway: Win 1 of 3 $50 Gift Certificates to Apple Valley Natural Soaps!

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Stephanie’s note: Today’s giveaway is from Apple Valley Natural Soap, whose soaps and skin care products I’ve been using myself for years. And let me tell you… whoever wins these gift certificates is in for a treat, but even if you don’t win, check out their site anyways! You will be hard pressed to find more pure, natural or luxurious soaps. Since Natalie is the genius soap maker behind it all, I’m going to let her tell you all about these lovelies and why they fit in so well with the standards that I know KOTH readers have for what they put onto their family’s skin.

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We sell individual sample sizes of all of our bar soaps as well as sampler packs of our Shampoo Bars and Face & Body Bars.

I love your soaps! I’ve been experimenting with several different companies shampoo bars/soaps and I’ll have to say every single one of those other companies’ soaps dried my hair and flaked my skin. But not yours. It baffles me because the ingredients are so similar. I don’t know what you guys do to make your shampoo/soaps so good and different from the other companies, but I’m glad to have discovered them. I really love the intoxicating aroma of your Rhassoul Avocado shampoo bar. Today after I shampooed my hair with it, I thought I would use it on my body too because it smelled so good! I’ve been using the Calendula Castile bar for my face and I am really liking the results. It’s great for my mature skin. Thanks again for such fantastic products.

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I will keep this bar stocked in my kitchen as long as AVNS keeps making it. It works great on getting all those icky scents off your fingers after you’ve been chopping onions or mincing garlic. The scent is amazing and it is even more moisturizing to my hands than I expected it to be.

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2. Your Family Needs HEALTHY Skin

The way to keep your skin healthy is to regularly exfoliate and moisturize. You might want to cash in your $50 prize for one of these luxurious necessities:

Sweet Rosehips Sugar Body Polish by Apple Valley Natural Soap

Try an exfoliating soap like Grapefruit Peppermint Luffa and Lemon Blueberry. We’ve also got deliciously divine sugar scrubs for your body that will not only exfoliate dead skin cells, but they’ll leave your skin moisturized and softly scented as you exit the shower. Try Sweet Rosehips, Vanilla Sugar, Matcha Mint, and Citrus Sugar.

Organic Moroccan Argan Oil by Apple Valley Natural Soap

Your $50 prize will be well spent on one of our organic moisturizers. Try our #1 selling Organic Moroccan Argan oil on your face and hair, Organic Jojoba all over your body, or one of our solid organic lotion bars like Lavender Chamomile on extra dry patches of eczema-prone skin.

I have always had hair that wasn’t quite curly, or straight, or anything. Just there. With frizz. This argan oil is amazing. My hair actually looks fantastic. Gorgeous curls, just a rub in and shake head. Neat straight coif, comb through. Not oily, not clumpy, doesn’t look wet all day. FANTASTIC! Thank you for finally making me happy with my own hair.

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I had done some reading about Argan Oil and had been really wanting to try it. I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase. The price was right, the service was awesome, and the oil is everything I expected it to be. My son even uses it to keep his acne at bay, and his skin is looking so much better.

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3. Your Family Needs SAFE Skin

So many of the products we use on our skin every day, like deodorant, bug repellent, topical medications, and perfume, have dangerous ingredients in them. Here are some natural alternatives that are effective, yet safe for your skin to absorb:

Natural Deodorant Creme by Apple Valley Natural Soap

Our all natural deodorant creme really works, and we’ve got loads of raving customer reviews on our website to prove it.

Let me tell you, this stuff works! I’ve survived entire days of warmer weather and moderate outdoor activity, with little to no stink. I was hesitant to use the cream as opposed to the stick form, but I like that you can control the amount, and it absorbs very well without leaving residue. The combination of essential oils also smells great without being too obtrusive. With this awesomeness, it may be a while before I go back to making my own deodorant again. :)

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All Natural Bug Repellent by Apple Valley Natural Soap

Our Natural Bug Repellent is available during the summer months. Made with alcohol-free witch hazel and essential oils bugs hate, this spray will keep your skin safe from bugs and toxins all summer.

But if you do get a bug bite, bee sting, burn, or scratch, we’ve got a multi-purpose Organic Herbal Salve chock full of eight organic herbs historically used for pain relief and healing.

Organic Herbal Salve by Apple Valley Natural Soap

BEST PRODUCT EVER! Been using it for over 8 years I think. Started using it for bleeding diaper rash on a baby. We now keep one on each house level, in each car, a small one in my purse – any skin “condition” my family knows to immediately ask for the salve.

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All Natural Perfume Oil by Apple Valley Natural Soap

If you love to wear a scent but hate fake fragrances, you’ll want to try our natural perfume oils made with costly plant absolutes. You can buy full sized bottles HERE and samples HERE.

Fossilized Texas Limestone Soap Rocks

Now it’s time to shop, because I’ve only scratched the surface of what we’ve got for your family. I didn’t mention our hair rinses, dry shampoo, organic lip balms, and therapeutic salt soaks. Plus I’ve got free gifts just for KOTH readers who place an order this week!

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Save 15% this week!

Use coupon code KOTH15 to get 15% off all our delectable soaps until midnight July 23!

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Double Soap Samples

We always tuck in a free sliver sample of a soap with every single order, BUT if you place any size order this week during the giveaway, and make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter, I’ll give you TWO free sliver samples! Just let me know you found us through KOTH when you check out.

Free Facial Care Samples

If you place an order of $30 or greater (before shipping and after any coupon codes have been applied) I will ALSO give you a sample of our Pineapple Strawberry Yogurt Facial Scrub OR a sample of our Coconut Milk and Honey Facial Masque! You pick and let me know when you check out!

And if your order comes to $50 or greater (before shipping and after any coupon codes have been applied) you’ll also get a free sample of our best selling, rich, organic Moroccan Argan oil.

Free Lip Balm

If you place an order of $75 or greater (before shipping and after any coupon codes have been applied), you’ll also get to pick your choice of organic lip balm. Three kinds to choose from! FREE ($4.00 value)! Again – be sure to let me know what you want when you check out!

All you need to do to get all of these free items is make sure your order qualifies, you’ve signed up for our newsletter, and you’ve let me know in the “instructions to seller” portion of the check out page that you saw this offer on KOTH. I can’t wait to help you make it Christmas in July!

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How to Make Honey Sweetened Summer Berry Preserves

 

It’s no secret that we get a little excited about fresh berries around here. And rightly so! They’re not only absolutely delicious, but they’re chock full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants too! Here's how you can make your own berry preserves with HONEY instead of sugar!

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer

Summertime is filled with a bounty of the most amazing fresh produce. But by far, one of our favorites is berry season! First to appear are red and delicious strawberries, followed by sweet-n-tangy raspberries, plump blueberries and one of my personal favorites – blackberries.

It’s no secret that we get a little excited about fresh berries around here. And rightly so! They’re not only absolutely delicious, but they’re chock full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants too! That’s why they’re a favorite for enjoying in fruit salads and adding to grain-free granola, homemade yogurt and some of our favorite summertime desserts.

You'll love this simple method for making your own healthier homemade summer berry preserves using your favorite seasonal berries and pure honey.

Of course, ripe summer berries also make amazing jams and preserves, which is why I’m sharing a simple method for making your own healthier homemade fruit preserves using your favorite seasonal berries and pure honey. A key part of this method is a little secret that allows you to skip the powdered pectin mixes, yet still produce a deliciously thick jam.

The secret? Cranberries! By using a small amount of whole cranberries, you can avoid using powdered pectins to set your preserves. That’s because cranberries are high in natural pectin. So by including them in the recipe, your preserves will set-up nicely with just a little touch of fresh-squeezed lemon.

You'll love this simple method for making your own healthier homemade summer berry preserves using your favorite seasonal berries and pure honey.

Plus, this simple refrigerator jam recipe enables you to create virtually any jam of your choice, such as delicious raspberry preserves, strawberry jam or my personal favorite – blackberry preserves. You can also combine berries to create a delicious “jumbleberry” jam. Yum!

More than just a sandwich spread!

Of course, homemade jam is perfect for spreading on toast, or making the ultimate PB&J sandwich. But it can be used to create lots of delightful treats too! Our favorite way to use homemade jam is to bake-up these incredibly easy and delicious grain-free Raspberry Crumble Bars. And, fresh preserves are also perfect for making your own healthier Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt and Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies.

You'll love this simple method for making your own healthier homemade summer berry preserves using your favorite seasonal berries and pure honey.

Money-Saving Tip

Overripe berries make the best jam! So as you’re enjoying fresh berries this summer, don’t toss those overripe berries out. Instead, be sure to freeze them, since this honey-sweetened fruit preserves recipe works great with frozen berries too!

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Honey-Sweetened Summer Berry Preserves
 
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Serves: Four 8-ounce jars
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of your favorite fresh berries, such as raspberries, strawberries or blackberries (or use thawed frozen berries)
  • 1 cup whole cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 to 1¼ cups mild honey, such as clove (depending on how sweet you prefer your jam)
  • 1 tbsp of fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about ½ of a lemon)
Instructions
  1. If making strawberry preserves, remove the stems and quarter the strawberries before measuring out 4 cups. For raspberry or blackberry jam, simply cut the berries in half before measuring. If making blueberry jam, no need to cut the blueberries.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium/medium-high heat, bring the berries and honey to a boil while stirring. Then, reduce the temperature until the mixture remains at a constant simmer. Allow berries to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once you reach the 20-minute mark, use the back of a wooden spoon to mash the cranberries against the side of the saucepan. This helps to release all of their natural pectin.
  4. Maintain a gentle simmer, making sure to stir the mixture frequently, so it does not scorch. While stirring, use the "back-of-spoon" method to break up any large pieces of fruit into smaller pieces. Or if you prefer less chunky preserves, thoroughly mash all of the berries.
  5. After 10 minutes, if the mixture is somewhat thick and no longer runny, turn off the heat. It will thicken more as it cools. If it is not thick enough, continue cooking at a gentle simmer, while stirring constantly until it thickens a bit more, then turn off the heat. (Keep in mind, preserves are looser than jellies, so once the mixture is chilled, it will be thick, but not gelatin-like.)
  6. Pour the fresh-squeezed lemon juice over the warm preserves, stir well and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  7. Evenly distribute the cooled preserves among four 8 oz. glass jars making sure to leave about an inch of space between the top of the jam and the jar lid to accommodate for expansion. Then, cover and refrigerate or freeze. (Or you can preserve the jam by following the classic hot water bath canning method.)
  8. Because homemade jam/preserves do not contain any preservatives, I recommend placing one jar in the fridge to enjoy now, and freeze the three remaining jars for future use. Enjoy!

 

It’s no secret that we get a little excited about fresh berries around here. And rightly so! They’re not only absolutely delicious, but they’re chock full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants too! Here's how you can make your own berry preserves with HONEY instead of sugar!

What are your favorite ways to enjoy healthier homemade summer berry preserves?