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 […]

Simple Soup for the Spring and Summer

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Soup is an excellent way to get a frugal and nutritious supper on the table without much effort. Often relegated to the fall and winter months, soup is still a wonderful choice for spring and summer, where it can offer a hearty meal using in-season produce. The following recipe makes good use of the vegetables available at your local Farmer’s Market or CSA. It could be served as is, or act as a base for something more complicated. Adjust […]

Cold Kicker Remedy: A Tried and True Recipe

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Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer This remedy is one of the best for warding off colds, the flu, or any kind of general feeling of ickiness. Not only is it chock full of anti-viral and anti-bacterial goodness, but it’s guaranteed to knock your socks off! Ginger and cayenne are warming to your system, while onion, horseradish and garlic help to kill any bug that is attempting to assault your body. Sage and rosemary dry up any mucus that might be tempted to drip, and […]

Simple Organic: 5 Simple Home Remedies That Really Work

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Fall is here, and with it comes the usual season of colds and flus. Many of us are searching for more natural ways to treat sickness when it arises, and the good news is that you don’t have to be a herbalist, naturopath or health kook to use home remedies that really work. There are many home remedies out there that are difficult to make, full of expensive and exotic ingredients, or that have questionable results or even safety concerns. Happily, there are also many […]

Homemade Cough and Cold Syrup

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Since mentioning and tweeting (@keeperhome) about this syrup I made, I’ve had many requests to share the recipe, so here it is! It comes from a book I mentioned briefly before called 10 Essential Herbs by Lalitha Thomas. This is a rare (I believe because it’s out of print) book from 1996 that my mother-in-law stumbled upon somewhere. It’s very interesting because Lalitha is not a “certified” anything when it comes to herbs, but it’s clear as you read through the book that they are […]