Herbal Nurturing: A Family Healing & Learning Guide (A Giveaway)

lavender field

Guest Post Written by Michele of Frugal Granola Have you been inspired by this “Month of Natural Home Remedies & Illness Prevention” on Keeper of the Home? I love the wealth of wisdom all the writers have contributed, to assist us in blessing our families! If you are wondering where to start, and how to incorporate natural remedies into your homemaking routines, I would love to invite you into my kitchen with a glimpse into my new book, “Herbal Nurturing: A Family Healing & Learning […]

Prevention and Treatment of Mastitis: Natural Alternatives to Taking Antibiotics

new mom and baby sleeping

As any breastfeeding mama can tell you, mastitis is one of the nastiest things to deal with. These infections (which stem from a clogged milk duct) can come on quickly, bringing with them raging fevers and achy, fluish feelings, as well as acute soreness and tenderness in the breast, particularly around the area of the clogged duct. The common solution to mastitis (at least, for most doctors and even some midwives) is a strong dose of good ol’ antibiotics. Sure to clear up the angry […]

Cold Kicker Remedy: A Tried and True Recipe

meg-cough-syrup-on-table

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

hanging dried herbs

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 […]

Hormone Imbalance: Recognizing and Resolving It Naturally

couple-biking

Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer Note: Because so many readers of Keeper of the Home are of childbearing age, it is important to clarify that hormonal imbalance is not exclusive to older women. Even teenagers can be affected by it, PMS being one of the symptoms. Please keep reading. Me? Imbalanced? A little over ten years ago, I encountered premenopausal problems that included, emotional ups and downs, sleepless nights, difficulties with my cycle, hot flashes and more. At one point I thought I might […]

Harmful Handwashing: The Dangers of Antibacterial Soaps

clean hands

Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer I love this time of year, when the leaves start to change colors and the air turns crisp at night.  But as I enjoy the lovely colors and smells of this season, a part of me sighs deeply as I realize we are once again entering the time of year when it seems someone is always sick in my house. This is also the time that TV commercials start to heavily push the use of hand sanitizers and soaps.  […]

Simple Organic: 5 Simple Home Remedies That Really Work

box-of-tissue

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)

kudzupowder

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). […]