Getting Sick= Good Practice with Herbs!

Wouldn’t you know it, that within days of posting on garlic and all of its healing properties, we would come home from a weekend away with several sickies (including myself)? I’ve spent the last 4 days on a computer fast, as suggested by my wise and loving husband. He knew that I was a bit burnt out and needed some screen-free time to just regroup and rest. I thoroughly enjoyed taking a break and was eager to come back from the weekend with lots of […]

A Year of Herbs: Garlic

Image by Muffet In light of flu/cold season, garlic with all it’s wondrous antibacterial properties seemed like the perfect herb for kicking off the real, official start of A Year of Herbs! (Okay, I sort of started it already with Herbs for the New Mama and Herbs for the Fussy Baby. But this time, I’m actually studying individual herbs… my original goal!) History It seems that almost every ancient culture had a place for garlic in their traditional healing remedies. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians […]

One Mom’s Guide to Avoiding Swine Flu Naturally

I say one mom’s, because we’re all different. We each have different ideas of what natural prevention even looks like. I’m not trying to tell you that I totally understand everything about swine flu and that I know exactly what you should do to prevent it. I don’t. What I do know is that I’ve been looking into it for the sake of my own family, wanting to make sure that we all stay healthy, especially with a new baby and young ones in the […]

Diary of Nursing a Low Milk Supply

Struggling with a low milk supply can be tough. It’s disheartening to know that you’re not making enough milk to satisfy your baby and it takes real work to bring that milk supply back up to where it needs to be. The encouraging thing is that it can be done! Since this is exactly where I’ve been at the past two weeks, I decided to journal my efforts and the results of those efforts. After 8 days of supplementing 2 month old Johanna while being […]

Cleansing and Detoxing: A Few Simple Ways to Do It

One of the things about living in a polluted world, full of toxic chemicals in the water, air, food supply, etc. is that they don’t just stay on the outside but many of them end up on the inside, too. Our bodies can become burdened by these toxins over time, and this can affect a whole host of bodily functions, sometimes seen through illness and symptoms and sometimes just silently wearing our bodies down and causing gradual and subtle effects. Either way, they are a […]

A Trip to the ER

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments, your prayers and your patience with me as I recover and get back to normal! It has meant so much to come on to my blog and read through each of your comments. :) I promised to fill in more of the gaps of what's been going on so here goes… Last Wednesday (a little over a week ago), I came down with a throat infection. It was pretty severe and painful right from the start, […]

Herbs for the Fussy Baby

  Johanna at about 1 month old, during the worst of her colic and baby acne Colic and fussiness in young babies just isn't fun for anyone. Not for the baby. Certainly not for the parents. It can be downright exhausting, and it's difficult to see your baby in such pain and discomfort and to feel that you can't do anything about it. There are a lot of products out on the market for colic in babies. Unfortunately, most of them use substances that only […]

Herbs for the New Mama