Top 8 Essential Oils for Home Use

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Guest post by Nina Nelson There are some crazes I steer as far away from as possible. Beanie Baby collections? Nah. Mullets? Shudder. Any comeback of ’90s fashion? No thanks. But essential oils? I’m shouting from the rooftops how much I love them. (OK, so mostly I’m just casually talking about them from my little corner of the web – I am an introvert, after all). Why am I so in love with essential oils? First, they’re a natural alternative to so many synthetic options. […]

8 Ways to Use Clay as a Natural Remedy

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This post was originally published in August of 2012, but the tips and advice are still timely, especially in the summer months! Of all things, did you ever think that I would tell you to go eat some dirt? Well, mark your calendars. Today’s the day. Stephanie has officially gone off the deep end. Bizarre as it may sound, clay has actually become one of my favorite go-to remedies for health and healing over this past year. This summer I have been surprised to find […]

When “Natural” Isn’t Working: Hope For the Discouraged Crunchy Mother

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By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer When my son was 18 months old, I put him down for his afternoon nap. Nothing unusual, except he had a bad cold, and was feeling yucky. Thirty minutes later, I heard him wake up, uncomfortable. When I walked into the room, I was shocked at what I saw. He was coughing – not just coughing – gasping through every breath. His ribs and neck muscles were retracting. He was trying to talk, but had to gasp before every couple […]

Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure {+ A Roundup of 5 Homemade Sunscreens}

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By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer As a redhead with fair skin, sunscreen has always been a staple in my summertime skincare regimen. The few blistering sunburns and sun poisoning that inflicted me when my parents forgot to slather it on me as a kid left a lasting impression: Going without sunscreen hurts! But over the course of the past few years I’ve started to change my tune on sunscreen and sun exposure. When I became aware that many Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, which […]

Nourish Before You Drain

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Somewhere during the past year or two, my enjoyable morning cup of coffee turned into just the start of that day’s addiction. Round one, to pump me up for the day ahead. By just after lunchtime, I would find myself looking for round two, another hit of caffeine to keep me going. My husband lovingly pointed out that if I didn’t get it by mid-afternoon, I was on-the-edge and irritable (and I will confess that I did not respond well to his observations at first). […]

How to Deal with Sugar Cravings

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By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It’s 4 p.m. and you find yourself in the kitchen pantry, rummaging through the baking supplies, trying to find that half used bag of chocolate chips. You know they must be somewhere. And you must find them right now! Is this you? It’s certainly been me on more occasions than I care to admit. Sugar cravings are well known to most of us. For some they come here and there, for others it is a daily occurrence. Why do we […]

Feeling SAD? How to Beat the Wintertime Blues …

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By Kelly, Contributing Writer With all this extreme weather, it’s no wonder that some are feeling a little blue. But even mild winters can cause a legitimate condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a.k.a. the Wintertime Blues. In fact, as many as 20 percent of Americans are affected by SAD each winter. The condition is most often characterized by moodiness, depression, cravings for simple carbohydrates, weight gain, fatigue and melancholy. SAD can range from simple “wintertime blues” to full blown incapacitation. Interestingly, this condition […]

What’s in That “Healthy” Convenience Food?

What's in healthy convenience food? This post is an eye opener!

By Michele of Frugal Granola, Contributing Writer Whether you’re traveling, eating out with a friend, or picking up some convenience food for lunch boxes, do you know if you’ve made a healthy choice? At first glance, many meal options appear healthy, but some added ingredients may be a surprise. Convenience food or restaurant developers have deliberately designed scientifically-adjusted fast food flavors and textures of their foods to appeal to customers and to remain memorable and desirable. Fast food restaurants and packaged food companies typically serve foods which […]