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, […]

Treating First Aid Situations Naturally

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I have used my NaturoKit natural first aid kit more than 5 times in the past two weeks. I usually think of first aid kits as getting more use during the outdoor, summer months, but our family is rapidly disproving that theory. What did I need it for?  An upset stomach due to travelling and bizarre food options. Twice. (Thank goodness for activated charcoal!) My 4 year old burned his finger on our gas fireplace. Apparently he didn’t believe me when I said it was actually hot. […]

Homemade Herbal Vapor Rub to Relieve Coughs and Congestion

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Seeing our children suffer from a cough is no fun at all. However, coughs have their place in healing and should usually not be suppressed. If we prevent a cough from doing its part in recovery, we can set our child up for a much more serious illness. What starts out as a simple cold could quickly turn into bronchitis or pnemonia if mucous is allowed to settle in the chest. At times, a cough can interfere with recovery when it […]

Treating Depression During Pregnancy, Naturally

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This post is the follow up to last month’s post on Stacey’s experience with Depression in Pregnancy. The first post was intended to bring awareness to the issue and offer hope and encouragement, and this second post takes a closer look at some of the natural and wholistic methods of treating depression while pregnancy. There is another detailed post on this site with natural remedies for treating depression, but please note that that post does not take into account the safety of various remedies during pregnancy. […]

Family Friendly and Pregnancy-Safe Liquid Herbal Products: TriLight Health Review and $100 Giveaway

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I’m a big believer in using herbs to naturally and gently treat many health concerns, as well as to nourish the body with additional nutrients. The easiest form of herbs for most amateurs is usually dry herbs, made into simple teas, poultices, baths and that sort of thing. However, the most effective form of herbs is usually a tincture, which is a powerful liquid extract made from either a single herb or a combinations of herbs. Tinctures are absorbed better and faster, and tend to provide […]

Boosting Your Immunity: Mushroom Soup with Herbs

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 Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Our Valley finally began it’s annual cooling trend last week. After several months of nearly 100 degree heat, we were able to enjoy a rainstorm, complete with chilly temperatures and a delightful nip in the air. Along with those blissful breezes come the sniffles and sneezes… when we start to feel like we’re running down, I like to put a pot of this luscious soup on to simmer.  It does a wonderful job of soothing sore throats, boosting […]

Sunburn Soothers: Herbal Remedies for Summer’s Ailments

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Written by Meg, Contributing Writer Herbal Remedies for Sunburn Once your skin is burned and there’s no turning back (or when your skin has been overexposed to hot, drying sun and wind or chlorinated swimming pools), use the same herbs, essential oils and vitamins (this link actually gives new customers a $10 credit!) recommended to treat any injured skin. My first choices are lavender, aloe vera and calendula to repair damaged skin cells. The essential oil of geranium has skin-rejuvenating properties that encourage healing. Expensive, but exquisite […]

Home Remedies Carnival: Share Your Resources for Staying Healthy Naturally

After spending an entire month focused mainly on natural home remedies, herbs, homeopathics, real food prevention and more, I still feel like we’ve only scratched the surface. Though most of it isn’t complex (in fact, often home remedies are very quick, simple and inexpensive) it does take some reading, research and trial and error to find the right remedies that suit the needs of your family. Being able to glean from other women and moms, and learn their favorite and tried-and-true remedies helps to take […]