Secret Ingredient Brownies

  Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer Everyone loves brownies or at least everyone that I know. There is something about that rich, chocolate-y, fudge-y taste. Most brownies are about 400+ calories per serving, loaded with unhealthy fats and are carb rich most of the time. For a while, I have been wanting to try black bean brownies but I was skeptical that they would actually taste good. After looking through several recipes, I decided to make my own batch. While making them and smelling the […]

Sunburn Soothers: Herbal Remedies for Summer’s Ailments

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 […]

Treating Depression Naturally: Supplements, Herbs and Foods for Feeling Better

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Dealing with depression is a touchy subject. When I first began to admit to people in my life that I was struggling with depression, I got a lot of different recommendations. Most were shocked that I hadn’t been to see a doctor, some supported my desire to try to deal with it naturally but expressed concern for me, and a few even confronted me and told that I was possibly being too proud in my “healthy ways” for not being willing to use prescription medication. […]

Real Food Holiday Recipe Roundup: 398 Wholesome Recipes

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I thought of this recipe roundup again as I was pondering all of the amazingly delicious and nourishing recipes that are available throughout the blogosphere for the holidays this year. It can be tough to find “real food” recipes. I know, because I’ve gone to local stores and looked around online and found little. Yes, there are books on whole foods, but rarely with traditional techniques. There are books that don’t use processed foods, but they shun animal fats and dairy. It’s not hard to […]

Using Homeopathic Solutions for the Family

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Are you enjoying this month of natural remedies and illness prevention? If you’ve missed any of the posts, you can find them all here. I was just wondering what you use for your children in place of tylenol and motrin. We typically don’t bother treating our kids fevers until they get over 101, and fortunately that rarely occurs. But we have been struggling with managing our children and infants pain for both teething and leg aches/growing pains. Do you have any natural pain killers that […]

Hormone Imbalance: Recognizing and Resolving It Naturally

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Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer Note: Because so many readers of Keeper of the Home are of childbearing age, it is important to clarify that hormonal imbalance is not exclusive to older women. Even teenagers can be affected by it, PMS being one of the symptoms. Please keep reading. Me? Imbalanced? A little over ten years ago, I encountered premenopausal problems that included, emotional ups and downs, sleepless nights, difficulties with my cycle, hot flashes and more. At one point I thought I might […]

Boost Your Immune System For the Coming Cold Season Using Real Foods

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Written by Shannon, Contributing Writer When I was a teenager I used to get several colds every winter. Along with that came the inevitable bouts of bronchitis and/or pneumonia. Every year without fail. Looking back I can’t help but laugh because now I know why I was always sick. My immune system was shot because I ate junk, never gave my body proper rest, and had destroyed my gut through many rounds of antibiotics. The good news is we can recover and build our immune […]

Cutting Down on Sugar: 21 Ways to Eat Less Sugar

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We’ve all agreed that we tend to eat too much sugar, that we crave it, and that we want to learn to eat less of it (or even none at all- don’t miss tomorrow’s post!). So here’s the really challenging part… how do we do that, practically speaking? There is a lot of information out there about the dangers of sugar, it’s effect on our bodies, and much more. For these posts, I purposefully chose not to get all educational on you, and instead, focus […]