Favorite Winter Herbal Remedies: Colds and Coughs, Stomach Viruses, and Headaches

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer It’s winter time (already!  I’m still in denial!) and we’re in the thick of the “sick season.”  In fact, we’ve just gotten over our first round of “major” colds.  That’s no fun. We choose not to use any form of over-the-counter or other pharmaceutical products in our home — at least not without an excellent reason (and we haven’t found one in the last three years).  Certainly we don’t for the run-of-the-mill winter blahs, like colds, flu, stomach viruses, […]

Homemade Herbal Vapor Rub to Relieve Coughs and Congestion

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Seeing our children suffer from a cough is no fun at all. However, coughs have their place in healing and should usually not be suppressed. If we prevent a cough from doing its part in recovery, we can set our child up for a much more serious illness. What starts out as a simple cold could quickly turn into bronchitis or pnemonia if mucous is allowed to settle in the chest. At times, a cough can interfere with recovery when it […]

Herbs I Have and What I Do With Them

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Herbs fascinate me. These timeless plants have been used by various healers over thousands of years in order to treat symptoms, ease discomfort, improve mood or mental function, fight infection, and so much more. It seems to me that many Christians steer away from herbalism, using conventional medicine instead. I have come to appreciate herbs, though, as a gentle healing gift from God. Every time we drive down to the town of Lynden, WA, I notice that sign from the herbal supplement company Flora, that […]

Homemade Cough and Cold Syrup

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Since mentioning and tweeting (@keeperhome) about this syrup I made, I’ve had many requests to share the recipe, so here it is! It comes from a book I mentioned briefly before called 10 Essential Herbs by Lalitha Thomas. This is a rare (I believe because it’s out of print) book from 1996 that my mother-in-law stumbled upon somewhere. It’s very interesting because Lalitha is not a “certified” anything when it comes to herbs, but it’s clear as you read through the book that they are […]