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 […]

My Travel Medicine Kit (and How We Stay Healthy on the Road)

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Written by Stephanie Langford I’m continually grateful for this kit. Each time I pull it out to treat someone’s sickness or owie or to find something to give our systems a boost, I do so with a huge sense of relief at having something so thorough along for this ride-of-our-lives adventure we find ourselves on each day. Having the peace of mind that comes from carrying a wide array of natural remedies and medicines as we travel is worth its weight in gold. Naturally, the […]

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 […]

Winter Giveaway Week: Natural Skincare Products from Essential Lotions {5 winners!}

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Here at Keeper of the Home, we love promoting small businesses that offer quality natural care products at an affordable price to our readers. And Essential Lotions does just that. Going above and beyond in the natural skincare realm, Essential Lotions actually adds therapeutic grade essential oils to their already high quality natural lotions. Each product is formulated to give quick, effective results. Products include: Facial Lotions–including formulas for cleansing, hydrating, fighting blemishes and combating wrinkles! Lotions–with specific formulas to aid in sleep, energy and pain […]

My Review of doTERRA Essential Oils (and how much of a difference does quality really make?)

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Written by Stephanie Langford, Creator of Keeper of the Home Although I am in love with using natural remedies, including herbs and essential oils, I have remained skeptical about just how much of a difference the particular brand of oils that you use really makes. Perhaps you, like me, have heard what you deem to be “hype” about this brand or that one, and wonder if it’s there’s really anything to it or if it makes no difference. If I’m being honest, that’s how I […]

How I Stock My Natural Medicine Cabinet

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If you were to come over to my home and complain of an ailment, or your child got an injury while visiting, you may be surprised to see me open up my “medicine cabinet” and proceed to pull out various natural remedies to treat what ails you. I’m no expert, but I have a love for alternative, natural treatments and have been studying them casually for the past 7 years or so. A friend was asking me what I would use for such-and-such a while […]

Two Recipes for Odor Eliminating, Air Freshening Sprays

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I love the concept of Febreze and other products that are intended to remove odors and freshen things up. Goodness knows that our home has lots of places that can use just such a spray– the kitchen garbage can, the diaper pail, the downstairs bathroom, the minivan. When I began to switch over my household cleaning supplies to gentler versions that cleaned minus the toxic chemicals, I thought that my air-freshener days were over. Though it smells great, when you start researching the ingredients in […]

Non-Toxic Cleaners You Can Make at Home

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Advertisers everywhere proclaim the germ fighting power of chemical-filled cleaners. Many would have us believe that there is no way to clean and disinfect without a chemical product. And doesn’t every good mother want to rid her home of germs and dirt? May I encourage you not to buy into these messages? A little dirt won’t kill you or your children. While it is true that some germs can be dangerous, so are the chemicals in the cleaners that […]