Does the Salt You Choose Really Make a Difference?

Does the salt you choose really make a difference?

Written by Stephanie Langford Mmm, salt. I confess, I just love salty things. It’s too bad that salt has gotten such a bad rap (along with butter- one of my other favorite culinary delights). Everywhere you look in the grocery store, pretty colored packages with sleek marketing slogans proclaim that they have “no salt”, “low salt”, or are “low in sodium”. And we buy them up, oh yes we do. I see the coveted “low salt” labels in pantries and shopping carts galore, or hear […]

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, […]

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 […]

Using Herbal Powders to Supplement a Healthy Diet: An Alternative to the Daily Multivitamin

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer The foods we consume and the lifestyle we live form the foundation of our health. The nutrients in the foods we eat are the building blocks for all of the biological activity within the various systems of our bodies. Disease occurs when our bodies lack the nutrients necessary to perform these functions properly. This can be due to a poor diet, an inactive lifestyle, harmful chemicals we inhale or absorb through our skin, or undue stress from a reliance on […]

How to Make Water Kefir

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer What is water kefir? Water kefir is a lacto-fermented beverage made with water kefir grains and sugar water. It is easy (and relatively quick) to make, and provides an abundance of probiotics to improve digestive health. Water kefir grains are not grains at all, but rather “bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship” (as noted by Julie of Cultures for Health.) The term grains really just describes their appearance. Because the grains feed on sugar, the resulting beverage […]

Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: Prenatal Vitamins

  I’m interested to know which, if any, prenatals you would take or recommend. In all my past pregnancies, I’ve taken Opti-natals (aka Vita-natals), made by the Eclectic Institute, but they’re unavailable to me now, so I’d like some other suggestions. Amy About a week before delivering my first child, I had a sudden panic attack. What if there was something wrong with her? What if she hadn’t developed properly because of that one month when I didn’t take any prenatal vitamins, or because I enjoyed a few […]

Trace Minerals Make a Major Difference

Sure, we all know that it’s important to get the “biggies” (macrominerals) into our diet: calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc. Did you know, though, that there are over 30 other minerals which our bodies need in minute, trace amounts, but without them it cannot function at it’s full potential and disease may even develop? These minerals, often called “trace minerals“, include well known minerals such as iron, zinc and iodine. They also include many lesser known minerals, like selenium, silicon, manganese, boron, copper, cobalt and even […]