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 […]

Homemade Clay Toothpaste

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Cleaning your teeth with dirt sounds pretty oxymoronic, right? You might be surprised to know that clay toothpaste actually leaves your teeth feeling very clean. One of the things I like best about it is that it doesn’t contain glycerin, which doesn’t clean but actually coats your teeth. This coating, while it may sound like a good thing, prevents teeth from being able to remineralize and can actually weaken teeth over time. Many of us have gotten off of conventional brands of toothpaste and switched […]

Fall Giveaway Week: Win 1 of 3 Clay Packages from Redmond ($50 value each)

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I have a new natural health obsession lately… clay. Strange as it sounds, this oh-so-natural product of the earth also possesses amazing healing qualities. Just the other week, I shared how clay has become a go-to item in my natural medicine cabinet (along with 8 ways that our family uses it). Whether you use it for cuts and scrapes, burns, detoxifying, insect stings and bites, stomach ailments, or any other number of ways, it is a very handy item to have on hand for first […]

Clay As a Natural Home Remedy (Yes, Really)

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Of all things, did you ever think that I would tell you to go eat some dirt? Well, mark your calendars. Today’s the day. Stephanie has officially gone off the deep end. Bizarre as it may sound, clay has actually become one of my favorite go-to remedies for health and healing over this past year. This summer I have been surprised to find myself reaching for clay more and more frequently, as I realize just how useful this “dirt” can be.  Mind you, this isn’t […]

Summer Giveaway Week: Win 1 of 2 Packages of Redmond Real Salt and Healing Clay ($85+ Value)

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All has been fixed and you can now enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter (scroll down to the bottom of the post)… sorry about the issues before! I promised there would be a Redmond product giveaway, but I bet you didn’t expect that it would be so soon! This is the kick-off to the summer (ok, the almost-summer) giveaway week here at Keeper of the Home, and this is a great giveaway to start off with! For those who haven’t heard of Redmond Trading Company and […]

I Found the Toothpaste I’ve Been Searching For (A Review of Earthpaste)

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Finding a toothpaste that met all of my requirements hasn’t been easy. I wanted something that: had no fluoride had no toxic ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate had no glycerin (which can coat teeth and interfere with the work that saliva is meant to do to help protect teeth from decay) wasn’t homemade (I know it works very well for many people, and there’s even a popular recipe on this website, but my family hasn’t loved it to this point) aided the remineralization process, actually […]

Trace Minerals Make a Major Difference

Sure, we all know that it’s important to get the “biggies” (macrominerals) into our diet: calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc. Did you know, though, that there are over 30 other minerals which our bodies need in minute, trace amounts, but without them it cannot function at it’s full potential and disease may even develop? These minerals, often called “trace minerals“, include well known minerals such as iron, zinc and iodine. They also include many lesser known minerals, like selenium, silicon, manganese, boron, copper, cobalt and even […]