Clay As a Natural Home Remedy (Yes, Really)

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Of all things, did you ever think that I would tell you to go eat some dirt? Well, mark your calendars. Today’s the day. Stephanie has officially gone off the deep end. Bizarre as it may sound, clay has actually become one of my favorite go-to remedies for health and healing over this past year. This summer I have been surprised to find myself reaching for clay more and more frequently, as I realize just how useful this “dirt” can be.  Mind you, this isn’t […]

Healing Ear Infections Holistically

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Last year this time, I prided myself on the fact that my 2 year old had never had a full-blown ear infection. A strong proponent of breastfeeding and having nursed her until she was almost 2, I just knew my milk had protected her from ever really getting sick. And I just knew it would protect my newborn as well. I never imagined how sick my new baby would be most of the winter and into the spring. And […]

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. […]

Depression During Pregnancy: My Experience

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This post is not intended to diagnose or treat any symptoms.  If you feel this is something you are dealing with, it’s very important that you talk to your doctor or midwife about it as soon as possible. Typically when women find out they are pregnant, there is excitement and anticipation for their upcoming bundle of joy. But what happens when those feelings of excitement are masked by feelings of overwhelmedness, anxiety and depression? My Experience I found myself in that situation recently when my […]

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. […]

Questions to Ask Before Choosing Between Natural and Conventional Treatments

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Going to the doctor just isn’t something that we usually do in our family. Our journey of learning to treat many of the sicknesses or symptoms that we experience (and realizing just how simple, affordable and effective these natural treatments really are) was a big motivation behind this month of home remedies and natural illness prevention that’s been happening here this month. However, although I do not have a high degree of trust in doctors and conventional medicine, there are the odd times when we […]

Prevention and Treatment of Mastitis: Natural Alternatives to Taking Antibiotics

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As any breastfeeding mama can tell you, mastitis is one of the nastiest things to deal with. These infections (which stem from a clogged milk duct) can come on quickly, bringing with them raging fevers and achy, fluish feelings, as well as acute soreness and tenderness in the breast, particularly around the area of the clogged duct. The common solution to mastitis (at least, for most doctors and even some midwives) is a strong dose of good ol’ antibiotics. Sure to clear up the angry […]