5 Natural Remedies for Constipation

photo credit By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I’ll never forget what my doctor told me at my 2-year-old’s well baby check. There are two things as a parent you can’t control: What goes in and what goes out. Such words of wisdom! At the time we were dealing with a picky eater, so controlling the amount of fiber she was eating was impossible. This manifest itself in an unhappy, constipated toddler. We’ve dealt with constipation in our house off and on ever since. Now that she […]

Bullet Proof Coffee DIY with 4 Ingredients

By Ann Timm, Contributing Writer I rarely ever drank coffee, even as an adult. The only exception was driving by a Starbucks on a wintry day and wanting something hot to warm my frozen self. Often I would bypass the coffee and go for a hot chocolate instead. Salted caramel was addicting! I tasted those fall and winter flavors a few years ago and I began looking forward to a peppermint or eggnog latte. Even then, it was just a treat during those cold months. […]

How to Make Garlic Ear Oil to Treat an Ear Infection

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Garlic is well-known for it’s strong antibiotic properties. Useful in treating colds, flus, sore throats, and poor digestion, garlic is also antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial. As you probably know, garlic appears in many home remedies. It is one of the essential ingredients to have on hand when creating your natural home pharmacy. I especially enjoy using garlic to make a garlic poultice which is helpful in administering garlic to those who can’t stand the flavor or have an upset stomach and can’t swallow much of […]

Simple Steps for Creating a Natural Medicine Cabinet

By Tiffany Terczak, Contributing Writer When my family first started transitioning to real food, I was so overwhelmed with all the different “start here first” options that nearly gave up. I ended up writing “22 Days to a Fresh Start”– a (free) short guide to help other families transition to real food on a budget. In that eBook I shared that the easiest way to get rid of the junk was to eliminate hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. Fast forward a few years when one of my […]

What? You Want a Box of Baking Soda?

By Ann Timm, Contributing Writer “Mom, where’s the baking soda?” I got a heartfelt laugh the other night when one of my daughters bounded into my bedroom asking for baking soda. I was a bit confused as she had been getting ready for bed a short while before. “What, are you baking this time of night?” I teased. My little teenager scoffed, “No mom, I’m washing my face! I found this recipe on Pinterest!” Whoa! After a few minutes of recovery from the shock of […]

Homemade Herbal Throat Spray for Cough, Cold, and Flu

  By Kresha Faber, Contributing Editor Now that it’s autumn, cold season is just around the corner. However, having this homemade herbal throat spray on hand can help give relief to sore throats and aid healing. I love having it around! This recipe came about sort of as a cross between my homemade cough drops, homemade herbal lozenges, and homemade cough syrup, but it’s all in a convenient spray form. My daughter in particular appreciates this, because out of all my kiddos, she’s the one […]

8 Ways to Use Essential Oils Without a Diffuser (plus a way to get 3 free bottles!)

By Ann Timm, Contributing Writer Do you love essential oils, but you’re not ready to spend a whole lot of money on them yet? I hear you. When I first started using oils a number of years back, I was really intrigued by the idea of how they worked, but not so keen to fork out $40-$100 on a diffuser to go along with the already somewhat pricey oils. For those who can’t afford to (or don’t want to) buy a diffuser, but still want to experience their […]

Natural First Aid for Summer Ailments

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer It’s pretty much impossible to go through a summer and not come out the other end with a colorful array of scrapes, scars, burns, and bites. These things are just as much a part of the season as ice cream and paperback books. The welts on your legs from jellyfish stings mark the long days you spent at the beach; the rash crawling up your arm is the badge you earned picking fresh berries. But while these injuries and ailments blend […]