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

Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure Keeper of the Home

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 […]

Stocking Your Summer Medicine Cabinet (Plus 23 recipes)

Stocking Your Summer Medicine Cabinet

By Jami Leigh, Contributing Writer As I scroll through my Pinterest board for home remedies, most of the things I see are flu remedies and cough medicine. While you might need these during the summer, it’s more likely that you will be hunting for bug bite spray, poison ivy salve, and sun burn relief. I decided I needed to update my board (and my medicine cabinet) with all my favorite summer home remedies and recipes. I encourage you to pin these recipes and remedies and […]

What to include in your natural first aid kit this summer

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We’re on the road again and we couldn’t be happier. For our family, pursuing adventure together is becoming part of our DNA. The past two weeks we’ve been traveling down the West coast, starting from our home outside Vancouver, Canada and making our way through Washington and Oregon all the way to the Bay area in California. The original impulse for this trip came out as a result of something called Maker Faire, a massive fair in San Mateo, CA, designed to equip, inspire and […]

Tired of Feeling Sick? Try Alternating Hot and Cold Hydrotherapy

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By Andrea, Contributing Writer It’s the time of year when its common for most people to start feeling run down and sick. Regularly detoxing our bodies can help boost our immune systems, warding off illness and contributing to our feelings of well being. For the last two years, I’ve been practicing alternating hot and cold hydrotherapy daily. This is really just a fancy way of saying that I alternate between hot and cold water in the shower each morning. If the thought of a cold […]

My Travel Medicine Kit (and How We Stay Healthy on the Road)

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Written by Stephanie Langford I’m continually grateful for this kit. Each time I pull it out to treat someone’s sickness or owie or to find something to give our systems a boost, I do so with a huge sense of relief at having something so thorough along for this ride-of-our-lives adventure we find ourselves on each day. Having the peace of mind that comes from carrying a wide array of natural remedies and medicines as we travel is worth its weight in gold. Naturally, the […]

Natural Remedies for Travel and Adventures

Natural Remedies for Travel and Adventure

Post by contributing writer, Michele of Frugal Granola It’s that time of year for autumn adventures, such as nature walks, hiking, bonfires, football on the lawn, nighttime stargazing, tailgating picnics, candlelit evenings, and jumping into freshly-raked leaf piles! Whether you’re staying close to home, or planning a trip for the upcoming holidays, make sure you are prepared for the occasional bumps, bug bites, scrapes, tummy aches, and more that tend to arise amid the fun. Preparing a small natural first aid kit for your home, […]

Nourishing Soups for Cold and Flu Season

Nourishing Soups for Cold and Flu Season-Keeper of the Home

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Fall finally arrived in North Carolina this week, and instead of short sleeved shirts and flip flops, we’re finally donning the comfortable hoodies and fur-lined slippers. And now it’s time to break out the soup recipes. I’m the type that could eat soup all year round, but my husband is a different story. So we make a compromise and eat soup about once per week from about October through March. We’ve been talking about a lot of home remedies this […]

Natural Ways to Treat Premenstrual Syndrome

Natural Ways to Treat Premenstrual Syndrome- Keeper of the Home

By Andrea, Contributing Writer Do you suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome? Achy back, bloating, cramping, tender breasts, and headaches are all unpleasant symptoms associated with menstruation. In our house, there are three menstruating women. Our symptoms, and the severity of these symptoms, varies. This has taught me there is no one good way to treat premenstrual syndrome. Our approach to naturally treating premenstrual syndrome is two pronged: preventative daily treatment and treatment of symptoms. Natural Preventative Daily Treatments for Premenstrual Syndrome Chasteberry – The best daily […]