5 Real Foods to Help You Prevent a Cold or Flu and My Puchero Andaluz Recipe

5 Real Foods to Help Your Prevent the Cold and Flu Plus A Puchero Andaluz Recipe | keeperofthehome.org

By Diana, Contributing Writer One of the most important things I’ve learned over the years, especially since having children, is that optimal nutrition and care for our body’s well being is the key to staying healthy during the cold and flu season. Unfortunately, as we all know, the last few months of every year can be stressful for many families, including mine.  Couple that with many more sugary treats than we’re used to and pretty soon we’re reaching for homeopathic remedies to heal us from within. I don’t […]

Simple, Safe Cold and Cough Tea

Safe, Simple Cold and Cough Tea

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Nobody likes getting colds.  That runny nose, the pounding head, the congestion — everyone wants to get rid of these unpleasant symptoms as soon as possible! There are many commercial products on the market.  We choose not to use any of them, and, in fact, doctors have said in the last few years that they’re not even safe for kids under 6! They don’t really address the root cause of the cold.  They stop the symptoms, which may actually prolong […]

Homemade Herbal Throat Lozenges for Cough, Cold, and Flu

Herbal Throat Lozenges for Cough, Cold and Flu

Want to make your own homemade herbal throat lozenges? Today, Kresha has you covered! By Kresha, Contributing Writer For nearly two decades, I had a favorite brand of cough drops that went with me everywhere. During that time, I had a pack of cough drops in my purse or in my rehearsal bag (I’m an opera singer when I’m not blogging and mothering) pretty much constantly. Trouble is… I turned the package over a few years ago and realized what was actually IN said favorite […]

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?

Benefits of Skin Brushing

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 […]