Natural Remedies for Travel and Adventures

Natural Remedies for Travel and Adventure

Post by contributing writer, Michele of Frugal Granola It’s that time of year for autumn adventures, such as nature walks, hiking, bonfires, football on the lawn, nighttime stargazing, tailgating picnics, candlelit evenings, and jumping into freshly-raked leaf piles! Whether you’re staying close to home, or planning a trip for the upcoming holidays, make sure you are prepared for the occasional bumps, bug bites, scrapes, tummy aches, and more that tend to arise amid the fun. Preparing a small natural first aid kit for your home, […]

Natural Ways to Treat Premenstrual Syndrome

Natural Ways to Treat Premenstrual Syndrome- Keeper of the Home

By Andrea, Contributing Writer Do you suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome? Achy back, bloating, cramping, tender breasts, and headaches are all unpleasant symptoms associated with menstruation. In our house, there are three menstruating women. Our symptoms, and the severity of these symptoms, varies. This has taught me there is no one good way to treat premenstrual syndrome. Our approach to naturally treating premenstrual syndrome is two pronged: preventative daily treatment and treatment of symptoms. Natural Preventative Daily Treatments for Premenstrual Syndrome Chasteberry – The best daily […]

Simple, Safe Cold and Cough Tea

Safe, Simple Cold and Cough Tea

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Nobody likes getting colds.  That runny nose, the pounding head, the congestion — everyone wants to get rid of these unpleasant symptoms as soon as possible! There are many commercial products on the market.  We choose not to use any of them, and, in fact, doctors have said in the last few years that they’re not even safe for kids under 6! They don’t really address the root cause of the cold.  They stop the symptoms, which may actually prolong […]

Homemade Herbal Throat Lozenges for Cough, Cold, and Flu

Herbal Throat Lozenges for Cough, Cold and Flu

Want to make your own homemade herbal throat lozenges? Today, Kresha has you covered! By Kresha, Contributing Writer For nearly two decades, I had a favorite brand of cough drops that went with me everywhere. During that time, I had a pack of cough drops in my purse or in my rehearsal bag (I’m an opera singer when I’m not blogging and mothering) pretty much constantly. Trouble is… I turned the package over a few years ago and realized what was actually IN said favorite […]

5 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

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By Stacy, Contributing Writer Need some home remedies for a sore throat? Today, Stacy is giving five! Sore throats are miserable, aren’t they? Not being able to swallow comfortably and basically feeling that your throat is on fire . . . That’s something I like to avoid. I’m sure you do, too. As we head into cooler months, it’s likely that you or one of your family members will encounter a sore throat. Next time a sore throat comes your way, try one or more of […]

Herbs I Have and What I Do With Them

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This post was originally published on August 18, 2011. Although our traveling “medicine” kit is big enough to sink a ship and full of things like herbal tinctures, essential oils, clay, arnica cream, and all sorts of other goodies, I am sorely missing my drawer full of dried herbs back home. Using them for homemade medicinal teas, baths, tinctures, steams, and poultices always made me feel that I had almost everything I needed for treating sicknesses or ailments right at my fingertips. Of course, I can still […]

17 Homemade Spice Mixes {with Recipes & Why You Should Use Them!}

17 Homemade Spice Mixes

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? We’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! Even before I started cooking from scratch, I started making my own homemade spice mixes. At first, it was out of pure laziness. I don’t like to shop. Even before I had […]

Homemade Teething Tea for Babies

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I have tried all kinds of methods for soothing teething. With my oldest two, we relied on Hyland’s teething tablets and then either chamomilla (my oldest) or belladonna (my second).  These worked.  We have also used an amber teething necklace with both my second and third.  The amber necklaces definitely seem to take the edge off for them, but when they’re just about to get a new tooth, they’re just irritable and achy enough not to sleep well and […]