The Wonderful World of Herbs (Herbal Academy Review & Giveaway!)

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I’ve loved herbs ever since I first started learning about them. We try to avoid pharmaceuticals as much as possible in our family, and beyond eating real, whole, nourishing foods and avoiding toxins and chemicals as much as possible, we use herbs (and other supplements) to boost our health and treat illnesses, as much as possible. My study and love of herbs began about 5 or 6 years ago, and since that time, I have gradually built a small library of herbal resources, read about […]

How Does Coffee Affect Your Health? {plus 6 Coffee Alternatives!}

6 coffee alternatives you should try

Guest Post by Leigh Ann Dutton at Intentional By Grace I love coffee. It’s not so much the actual cup of coffee that I love as the experience of coffee. I grew up sharing Saturday morning conversations with my grandmother over coffee. Coffee is cozy, comforting, and carries such wonderful memories for me. A couple of years ago I began to experience extreme fatigue. I tried everything I knew to try. I started taking more cod liver oil and increased my intake of B vitamins. […]

Natural Remedies for Travel and Adventures

Natural Remedies for Travel and Adventure

Post by contributing writer, Michele of Frugal Granola It’s that time of year for autumn adventures, such as nature walks, hiking, bonfires, football on the lawn, nighttime stargazing, tailgating picnics, candlelit evenings, and jumping into freshly-raked leaf piles! Whether you’re staying close to home, or planning a trip for the upcoming holidays, make sure you are prepared for the occasional bumps, bug bites, scrapes, tummy aches, and more that tend to arise amid the fun. Preparing a small natural first aid kit for your home, […]

Natural Ways to Treat Premenstrual Syndrome

Natural Ways to Treat Premenstrual Syndrome- Keeper of the Home

By Andrea, Contributing Writer Do you suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome? Achy back, bloating, cramping, tender breasts, and headaches are all unpleasant symptoms associated with menstruation. In our house, there are three menstruating women. Our symptoms, and the severity of these symptoms, varies. This has taught me there is no one good way to treat premenstrual syndrome. Our approach to naturally treating premenstrual syndrome is two pronged: preventative daily treatment and treatment of symptoms. Natural Preventative Daily Treatments for Premenstrual Syndrome Chasteberry – The best daily […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Make an Herbal Wreath

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer My mother-in-law is very talented when it comes to arranging flowers and making wreaths. I’ve admired her skills for years, but never ventured into wreath-making myself because I thought it was too difficult or time consuming. Recently, I asked my mother-in-law to help me make an herbal wreath and was surprised to find it quite easy. We took pictures along the way and recorded the instructions so you could make an herbal wreath, too. I hope you will because […]

Can’t Garden? Grow Herbs!

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By Diana, Contributing Writer A great kitchen garden begins with herbs. Fresh herbs add flavor and freshness to a dish – they add color and vibrance.  Fresh herbs can turn the ordinary into something spectacular – like this eggplant bechamel. Besides their wonderful flavoring to dishes, one of my favorite things about fresh herbs is how incredibly easy they are to grow at home.  Even if you’ve never started a garden before, or lack the space, growing herbs will make you feel like a master gardener! […]