17 Homemade Spice Mixes {with Recipes & Why You Should Use Them!}

17 Homemade Spice Mixes

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? We’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better. Our goal is to answer the questions you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier! Even before I started cooking from scratch, I started making my own homemade spice mixes. At first, it was out of pure laziness. I don’t like to shop. Even before I had […]

10+ Natural Cold Remedies

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By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer We’re smack in the middle of the “happiest” time of the year, but, whether we like it or not, we’re also at that time of year when illness runs rampant. And perhaps one of the most annoying–yet frequent–illnesses to battle is the common cold. Thankfully, there are a plethora of natural cold remedies that can help you beat this nasty little virus without ever having to enter a conventional drug store. I’ve never liked conventional cold medications anyway. Besides being […]

Homemade Teething Tea for Babies

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I have tried all kinds of methods for soothing teething. With my oldest two, we relied on Hyland’s teething tablets and then either chamomilla (my oldest) or belladonna (my second).  These worked.  We have also used an amber teething necklace with both my second and third.  The amber necklaces definitely seem to take the edge off for them, but when they’re just about to get a new tooth, they’re just irritable and achy enough not to sleep well and […]

DIY Organic Herbal Salve

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Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer Salves are wonderful to have on hand for everything from diaper rash to bee stings. You can purchase them pre-made from various online vendors, your local health food store, or farmer’s market. But did you know they are quite easy to make yourself? I’m going to teach you the basics of how to make a salve so that you can come up with your own creative, custom- made concoctions. I’m also going to give you the recipe that we […]

Make Your Own Herbal Vitamin and Mineral Tincture

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Herbal tinctures have been on my “learn to make” list for a long time. Just over a month ago, I got inspired and tried it for the first time. The process was far easier and more straightforward than I ever imagined it would be, and I’m only sorry I waited so long to try. What is a tincture? Shoshanna from Bulk Herb Store defines a tincture this way in her book Making Babies: Tinctures are medicinal extracts in a liquid such as alcohol, glycerin, vinegar, […]

Natural Homemade Facial Toner for Clean Skin

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Using toner (or astringent) as part of a regular skin care routine is helpful in removing dirt, tightening pores, and preparing the skin to be moisturized. Toners are also known to remove excess oil from the skin, which is helpful for those with extremely oil skin. That said, the pore-tightening effects of toner are beneficial to most skin types. Many of you may already use toner, and I expect you’ve also heard that witch hazel is an excellent, inexpensive alternative […]

Fall Giveaway Week: Making Babies Book & DVD Series ($110 value)

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If you are preparing to have children soon, or still in the midst of bearing sweet babies, Making Babies is a resource that every health-minded mama should have! I loved this series and have nothing but good things to say about it. First of all, Shoshanna Easling (the author) and I have a lot of very similar ideas when it comes to real food, alternative health, natural pregnancy and birth, and more. I have previously read plenty of books on fertility, pregnancy, and birth, but have rarely come […]

Backyard Medicinal Plants: Do You Have Herbal Remedies Right Under Your Nose?

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Last summer, my husband spent a few hours cleaning up our yard.  We had a lot of vines growing everywhere, some of which were poison ivy.  We were worried the kids would get into it, so he took care of it.  Unfortunately, he’s very sensitive to it, and despite an immediate cool shower and other precautions, he came down with a very bad case of it.  It took a couple weeks to heal, and it was even bad enough […]