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 […]

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 […]

Homemade Herbal Throat Lozenges for Cough, Cold, and Flu

Herbal Throat Lozenges for Cough, Cold and Flu

Want to make your own homemade herbal throat lozenges? Today, Kresha has you covered! By Kresha, Contributing Writer For nearly two decades, I had a favorite brand of cough drops that went with me everywhere. During that time, I had a pack of cough drops in my purse or in my rehearsal bag (I’m an opera singer when I’m not blogging and mothering) pretty much constantly. Trouble is… I turned the package over a few years ago and realized what was actually IN said favorite […]

5 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

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By Stacy, Contributing Writer Need some home remedies for a sore throat? Today, Stacy is giving five! Sore throats are miserable, aren’t they? Not being able to swallow comfortably and basically feeling that your throat is on fire . . . That’s something I like to avoid. I’m sure you do, too. As we head into cooler months, it’s likely that you or one of your family members will encounter a sore throat. Next time a sore throat comes your way, try one or more of […]

How to Treat Bug Bites Naturally

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  Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Summer is a time for fun and sunshine. Unfortunately, this wonderful season often includes bites and stings from various bugs and insects. Today I’d like to share a few home remedies to help you treat bug bites naturally: Prevention The easiest way to deal with bug bites is not to get them in the first place! Most commercial insect repellants contain DEET, which is a very strong chemical I don’t care to put on  my skin or the […]

Natural Ways to Recover from Pregnancy

Me and my son, Jacob, right after birth.

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Post-pregnancy, there’s a lot going on.  You have a brand-new baby to get to know, learn to breastfeed, and care for.  You still have your home and possibly other children that need care.  And of course, there’s the physical recovery from pregnancy.  I always thought it seemed a little unfair that I was expected to be fully responsible for a tiny person when I was physically drained from pregnancy, labor, and birth!  (Although after three babies, the real drain […]

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, […]

Resources for Home Remedies: What to Buy, Where to Buy It

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Idyllic as it would be, most of us don’t have a wall full of dried herbs from our home gardens to draw from when we need to make up a home remedy. I am often asked where to begin… which herbs and other ingredients are the most important, the most versatile, the most accessible and affordable. For those just beginning to delve into making their own simple remedies, this post is intended to help you wrap your head around which herbs, oils and other ingredients […]