5 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

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By Stacy, Contributing Writer Need some home remedies for a sore throat? Today, Stacy is giving five! Sore throats are miserable, aren’t they? Not being able to swallow comfortably and basically feeling that your throat is on fire . . . That’s something I like to avoid. I’m sure you do, too. As we head into cooler months, it’s likely that you or one of your family members will encounter a sore throat. Next time a sore throat comes your way, try one or more of […]

What To Feed Kids With Asthma: An Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plan for Kids

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By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Looking for an anti-inflammatory meal plan? Today, Jessica has you covered! A few times a year, my husband and I go to bed with a lump in our throats. We listen over the monitor for one of the coughing spells to hit and then crouch by our son’s bed to administer albuterol in the darkness of night. My husband and I both had asthma as children, and our united genes produced an unlucky jackpot of sorts for our little son […]

Herbs I Have and What I Do With Them

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This post was originally published on August 18, 2011. Although our traveling “medicine” kit is big enough to sink a ship and full of things like herbal tinctures, essential oils, clay, arnica cream, and all sorts of other goodies, I am sorely missing my drawer full of dried herbs back home. Using them for homemade medicinal teas, baths, tinctures, steams, and poultices always made me feel that I had almost everything I needed for treating sicknesses or ailments right at my fingertips. Of course, I can still […]

7 Homemade Recipes I Always Make (and 7 I Don’t)

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer There are homemade recipes out there for just about anything.  I have tried many of them over the last few years. I consider myself a big “DIY-er” and I love to try anything I run across, or create my own recipe for anything I can.  Sometimes, it doesn’t last past that initial experiment — I really only do it that one time.  Other times, it becomes part of my normal routine and I do it over and over again. Some […]

What are the Benefits of Skin Brushing?

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Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer When I first read about skin brushing several years ago, it took me a while to grasp the concept. I didn’t really understand what it was or why anyone would want to do it. The idea did intrigue me however, so I continued to research and soon found out that the practice of skin brushing had so many benefits that I had to give it a try. So try it I did, and I have been hooked ever since. It […]

25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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By Rachel, Contributing Writer Today we’re talking about an essential oil that you’ve probably heard of before or have even seen in recipes for homemade cleaners here at Keeper of the Home: tea tree oil. Tea tree has such a diversity of usefulness that’s both practical and convenient that you’ll never want to live without it again! And the good news is that it is very inexpensive in comparison to other essential oils. photo credit What is Tea Tree Oil? Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifoliais, is an […]

5 Spring Super Foods and Spring Sun Safety

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited that spring is finally here!  In the last few weeks, my kids have been obsessed with playing outside and have spent several hours out each day.  We’re lucky to have a fenced-in backyard, so I can send them out and watch from the kitchen window.  They dig in the dirt, run, kick balls, and come up with lots of creative games. The shifting of the seasons means that it’s time to start thinking differently: local, fresh, […]

Can a Cavity Be Healed With Nutrition?

Can a cavitiy be healed with nutrition?

I’ve probably had 15-20 cavities filled in my 32 years. Up until a few years ago, I always thought that cavities were just an annoying thing that happened, and there wasn’t a whole lot we could do to avoid getting at least a few. Lower your sugar intake, brush and floss well, and you’ll get less, right? When they do happen, simply get it drilled, and if you’re health conscious you can choose the white fillings over the silvery ones containing mercury. End of story. […]