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 […]

Homemade Calendula Oil

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Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer  Calendula is such an easy and fun flower to grow.  Besides being beautiful to look at, it offers a wealth of beneficial healing properties for your skin.  It is an herb that will definitely earn it’s spot in your garden! Homemade Calendula Oil What you will need: dried calendula petals carrier oil (olive oil, almond oil, or sunflower oil are all great choices) a clean, glass jar with a lid How to infuse the oil: There are two different methods […]

Spring Giveaway Week: Win $100 of Liquid Herbal Products from TriLight Health

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Every once in a while, I find a new product that I truly love and find myself recommending to others over and over again. TriLight Health liquid herbal remedies have been one of those products. Last fall, I did a review of their products with 5 other moms. I decided to try using their pregnancy-safe mineral supplement, as well as their Tri-Iron supplement. After only a short while on both products, I was sold. I seemed to absorb the iron well, without side effects, and […]

How I Stock My Natural Medicine Cabinet

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If you were to come over to my home and complain of an ailment, or your child got an injury while visiting, you may be surprised to see me open up my “medicine cabinet” and proceed to pull out various natural remedies to treat what ails you. I’m no expert, but I have a love for alternative, natural treatments and have been studying them casually for the past 7 years or so. A friend was asking me what I would use for such-and-such a while […]