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 […]

Simple Organic: 5 Simple Home Remedies That Really Work

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Fall is here, and with it comes the usual season of colds and flus. Many of us are searching for more natural ways to treat sickness when it arises, and the good news is that you don’t have to be a herbalist, naturopath or health kook to use home remedies that really work. There are many home remedies out there that are difficult to make, full of expensive and exotic ingredients, or that have questionable results or even safety concerns. Happily, there are also many […]

Using Kudzu to Fight a Cold (A Simple Remedy for Children)

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I first heard the word Kudzu in a small seminar given by a local herbalist. Its funny name caught my attention, which quickly turned to interest, as she discussed how to prepare it as a cold remedy. Today I want to share how easily you can use Kudzu to support your family through illness. But first, let’s address the question: What is Kudzu? The Kudzu (or Kuzu) plant is a climbing, woody vine which belongs to the pea family (or more technically, the leguminous family). […]

A Year of Herbs: Pregnancy and the Use of Essential Oils, Part 2

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Guest Post by Kimberly of Fertility Flower Continuing on from yesterday’s post on the safe use of essential oils in pregnancy, and the first two oils, Lavender and Bergamot. Using Neroli, Chamomile and Geranium Like bergamot, Neroli is part of the family of citrus essential oils. Also known as ‘orange blossom,’ it requires 1000 blossoms to arrive at 1 pound of oil making it one of the most precious essential oils available. Neroli essential oil is fantastic for skin regeneration making it an excellent choice […]

A Year of Herbs: Pregnancy and the Use of Essential Oils

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Guest Post by Kimberly of Fertility Flower **Stephanie’s note: I had originally intended to put up a tomato canning tutorial tomorrow, but this post was long, and yet so full of good information, whether you are pregnant or simply want to learn more about the use of essential oils! So it will continue tomorrow, and you can expect the canning post on Monday… see you then!** As botanical products, essential oils smell divine but I’m not sure how much weight people place on their power […]

A Year of Herbs: Dandelions

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**Have you been following A Year of Herbs? Learn more about common herbs and ways that you can use them as simple remedies in your own home.** I joked last year about how my husband was trying to convince me to view the yearly explosion of dandelions in our yard as a “harvest season”. Ahem. Last week the members of our church small group came over to our home and my dehydrator was busily whirring away in the background. A friend asked what I had […]

The Handbook of Vintage Remedies: Review and Giveaway

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This year I’ve committed myself to studying up on herbs in greater detail, learning how to use them for treating sicknesses, discomforts and other ailments, as well as for boosting our overall health. It’s been fascinating so far and I just love the in-depth learning that I am doing. However, in-depth personal study on the topics of herbology and natural remedies certainly isn’t for everyone. I know that many moms are looking instead for some sort of easy reference for natural and herbal remedies. The […]