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

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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 […]

DIY Organic Herbal Salve

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Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer Salves are wonderful to have on hand for everything from diaper rash to bee stings. You can purchase them pre-made from various online vendors, your local health food store, or farmer’s market. But did you know they are quite easy to make yourself? I’m going to teach you the basics of how to make a salve so that you can come up with your own creative, custom- made concoctions. I’m also going to give you the recipe that we […]

Make Your Own Herbal Vitamin and Mineral Tincture

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Herbal tinctures have been on my “learn to make” list for a long time. Just over a month ago, I got inspired and tried it for the first time. The process was far easier and more straightforward than I ever imagined it would be, and I’m only sorry I waited so long to try. What is a tincture? Shoshanna from Bulk Herb Store defines a tincture this way in her book Making Babies: Tinctures are medicinal extracts in a liquid such as alcohol, glycerin, vinegar, […]

Natural Homemade Facial Toner for Clean Skin

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Using toner (or astringent) as part of a regular skin care routine is helpful in removing dirt, tightening pores, and preparing the skin to be moisturized. Toners are also known to remove excess oil from the skin, which is helpful for those with extremely oil skin. That said, the pore-tightening effects of toner are beneficial to most skin types. Many of you may already use toner, and I expect you’ve also heard that witch hazel is an excellent, inexpensive alternative […]

Backyard Medicinal Plants: Do You Have Herbal Remedies Right Under Your Nose?

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Last summer, my husband spent a few hours cleaning up our yard.  We had a lot of vines growing everywhere, some of which were poison ivy.  We were worried the kids would get into it, so he took care of it.  Unfortunately, he’s very sensitive to it, and despite an immediate cool shower and other precautions, he came down with a very bad case of it.  It took a couple weeks to heal, and it was even bad enough […]

How to Treat Bug Bites Naturally

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  Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Summer is a time for fun and sunshine. Unfortunately, this wonderful season often includes bites and stings from various bugs and insects. Today I’d like to share a few home remedies to help you treat bug bites naturally: Prevention The easiest way to deal with bug bites is not to get them in the first place! Most commercial insect repellants contain DEET, which is a very strong chemical I don’t care to put on  my skin or the […]