What is “Real” Health?

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer These days, it’s hard to pinpoint what health really is.  Our country’s health is going down the tubes – there are constantly reports on how more and more people are suffering from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, chronic infections, stomach disorders, reproductive disorders/infertility, cancer, neurological disorders, learning disabilities….  And yet, if you talk to most people, they’ll claim “Yes!  My family is pretty healthy!” Something doesn’t match up.  How can individual people believe that they are “generally healthy,” yet we […]

Naturally Neutralizing Stress: Herbs that Calm

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Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer We all have those moments of random stress, moments that leave us drained, exhausted, and with a lingering feeling of depression.  This month at Keeper of the Home, we’ve been addressing ways to find a balance in our lives, both physically and mentally. On Monday, Stephanie addressed natural ways to approach depression, and she mentioned several herbs that can help to calm our senses in the midst of stress.  I’d like to elaborate further on some of them, and explain why […]

The Terrible Thirst of Depression

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Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer An Unquenchable Thirst Several weeks ago, in a conversation over lunch, a younger woman (mid-thirties) confided to me how severely depressed she has been in past months. I empathized with her, “I know what that feels like. I was depressed, until recently, for about four years.” This woman – I’ll call her Liz – responded, “YOU!? I never would have guessed it!” She and many others never knew because I had covered it up. You know, Christians are not […]

Treating Depression Naturally: Supplements, Herbs and Foods for Feeling Better

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Dealing with depression is a touchy subject. When I first began to admit to people in my life that I was struggling with depression, I got a lot of different recommendations. Most were shocked that I hadn’t been to see a doctor, some supported my desire to try to deal with it naturally but expressed concern for me, and a few even confronted me and told that I was possibly being too proud in my “healthy ways” for not being willing to use prescription medication. […]

The Benefits of Sleep: 8 Tips for Getting Quality Sleep

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Written by Stacey Taggart, Contributing Writer The importance of getting a good night’s sleep is understated in our busy society.  The expectations that we have of ourselves and others are increasing, and in an effort to do all and be all, we end up burning the candle at both ends. Being deprived of sleep is very detrimental to us physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. “Sleep isn’t a luxury… It’s a biological necessity!” – Unknown The Benefits of Sleep We know what a lack of […]

Home Remedies Carnival: Share Your Resources for Staying Healthy Naturally

After spending an entire month focused mainly on natural home remedies, herbs, homeopathics, real food prevention and more, I still feel like we’ve only scratched the surface. Though most of it isn’t complex (in fact, often home remedies are very quick, simple and inexpensive) it does take some reading, research and trial and error to find the right remedies that suit the needs of your family. Being able to glean from other women and moms, and learn their favorite and tried-and-true remedies helps to take […]

Holistic Dental Care: Looking at the Causes and Prevention of Cavities

Written by Cara, Contributing Writer Have a baby, lose a tooth. Unfortunately so far that adage has been true for me! After the removal of my second back molar, I knew that had better get on top of the real cause of tooth decay so that I could prevent further loss in myself, and take preventative measures for my children. I’ll share what I’ve decided to do in our family. In addition, you can see the other posts I’ve done on holistic dentistry on my […]

Giveaway Winners: Herbal Nurturing, A Family Healing & Learning Guide

Out of the 303 entrants, the winners of Herbal Nurturing: A Family Healing & Learning Guide are: Shyla (go2therock@) Jackie (jackiesembroidery@) Melissa (melissg@) Congratulations! For those who didn’t win, Michele is offering a coupon code for 25% off Herbal Nurturing: A Family Healing & Learning Guide.  The code is: KEEPER25.   This code expires on November 1st at midnight.