A Year of Herbs: Pregnancy and the Use of Essential Oils, Part 2

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Guest Post by Kimberly of Fertility Flower Continuing on from yesterday’s post on the safe use of essential oils in pregnancy, and the first two oils, Lavender and Bergamot. Using Neroli, Chamomile and Geranium Like bergamot, Neroli is part of the family of citrus essential oils. Also known as ‘orange blossom,’ it requires 1000 blossoms to arrive at 1 pound of oil making it one of the most precious essential oils available. Neroli essential oil is fantastic for skin regeneration making it an excellent choice […]

A Year of Herbs: Pregnancy and the Use of Essential Oils

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Guest Post by Kimberly of Fertility Flower **Stephanie’s note: I had originally intended to put up a tomato canning tutorial tomorrow, but this post was long, and yet so full of good information, whether you are pregnant or simply want to learn more about the use of essential oils! So it will continue tomorrow, and you can expect the canning post on Monday… see you then!** As botanical products, essential oils smell divine but I’m not sure how much weight people place on their power […]

Exercises for Pregnancy and Beyond

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Guest Post Written by Angela While many exercises are considered to be safe during pregnancy, some are a lot more beneficial than others. Exercises that are especially important for the expectant mother are those that will help support Mom’s changing body pre- and postpartum and increase strength and flexibility to the muscles needed during labor. With increased joint laxity during pregnancy, it is more critical than ever to have well-toned, balanced muscles to increase joint stability and decrease pain. The Transversus Abominis Muscle Probably the […]

Natural Bonding with Baby During Pregnancy

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Guest Post Written by Michele When I was pregnant with my son, we chose not to do regular ultrasounds and other prenatal testing. This choice was met by surprise from many women, who assumed that an ultrasound/testing was essential for their information, “peace of mind,” and bonding with their unborn baby. I am not writing this to offend, but hope that in sharing my experiences, it will encourage you to find joy in the simple, traditional pursuits of natural pregnancy. I personally believe that ultrasounds or other tests should […]

Winner of the Naturally Knocked Up eCourse!

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The lucky winner of this fantastic eCourse is: Hannah O. Registration for the Naturally Knocked Up eCourse will be continuing only until July 16th, so if you’re thinking of signing up, do so quickly! Did you miss the first post and want to know more about what this course is all about? Read my overview of the course, or visit the eCourse info page!

Naturally Knocked Up Ecourse Giveaway!

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Are you one of the countless women who has suffered from infertility or miscarriages, and is looking for natural help with conceiving or carrying a baby to term? Or are you currently pregnant or planning for future children, and wanting to know how to best prepare your body and give your baby the very best chance of a healthy start? For women in either situation, I am so excited to announce to you that my dear blogging friend, Donielle of Naturally Knocked Up, has created […]

A Year of Herbs: Ginger

Ok, ok, candied ginger may not be medicinal either, but it's pretty, no?

Image by vieuxbandit As I went to write this next post for my Year of Herbs series, I had been thinking of doing comfrey or yarrow. However, I’ve really been enjoying learning about herbs that we all have right at our fingertips (like garlic and onion, or fennel and dill). Ginger seemed a perfect choice to study up on next! Truthfully, I had never, ever thought of ginger as a “herb” (or at least, a medicinal one) until I began studying up on herbs. Suddenly […]

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 […]