Hair Analysis: Why and How

If you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you know that I have been trying for years to figure out what is causing this horrible adrenal fatigue and other symptoms that have been plaguing me for over a decade. Turns out, it’s toxic levels of copper! Crazy, right?? After all these years of trying everything to feel better, I’ve finally found the root cause and am now tailoring my diet and supplements (no synthetic vitamins, though!) to fixing it. I’m sharing my story with you today in the hopes of helping others find the sources of their chronic health problems.

Back in June (almost 4 months ago) I had a hair mineral analysis done. An acquaintance had mentioned it and I thought it might be a good idea. I knew that I had been exposed to flaking lead paint in one apartment and who knows what else. The results […]

Herbs For Lowering Fevers

Today, we’re going to talk about safe and gentle herbs to lower fevers without dangerous drugs. I’ve done three posts about why I don’t lower fevers:

Part one covered why we’re not afraid of fevers.

Part two covered how a fever works and why it’s important.

Part three covered the dangers of the most common fever reducing drugs.

After all this talk about why I don’t lower fevers, it may seem odd for me to talk about ways to do just that. πŸ˜‰ Well, I don’t lower fevers, but that doesn’t mean that I will never be in a situation where it would be good to be able to lower a fever.

Sometimes a fever will make an exhausted child so uncomfortable that he can’t get desperately needed sleep. Sometimes a high fever for an extended time can lead to dehydration. In those situations, I would want […]

Folic Acid: Is It Really Safe?

When a woman is pregnant or is trying to conceive, she is usually told to start taking a folic acid supplement to prevent birth defects. Few of us question that recommendation, but maybe we should. The more I’ve been learning about synthetic vitamins, the more concerned I am by what is in our supplements and our food supply. So, why am I concerned about folic acid? I’m so glad you asked! πŸ˜‰

What is Folic Acid?

Folic acid is the synthetic (man-made form) of the naturally-occurring vitamin called “folate”. Folate is one of the many B vitamins, specifically B9. It is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that it needs to be consumed regularly. It is needed for quite a few reasons, but the most talked about reason is proper cellular division which is necessary for preventing neural tube defects, a birth defect that occurs between about three and four weeks […]

How to Make Comfrey Salve

If I were stranded on a deserted island, this would be the herb I’d choose to have with me! Comfrey is the most amazing healing herb I know of and we never allow our supply to get too low. Although we often use comfrey as a poultice, I like to have a simple comfrey salve on hand for every day use.

What is Comfrey?

Comfrey is an herb that heals skin, muscle and even bone. We use it to heal cuts, scrapes, bruises, sprains, sore muscles and we’ve even seen it work wonders on a broken toe. It has trans-dermal healing properties, meaning that it soaks through the skin, into the tissue and bone. Whatever is injured, comfrey is our herb of choice to heal it quickly. I even used this salve to help heal things up after our second baby was born!

Although some people use […]

How to Make Magnesium Lotion

Magnesium is vitally important to over 300 processes in our bodies, but very few of us get enough of it. Even those of us with an excellent, nutrient-dense diet are probably not getting enough magnesium. The problem is that our soil is horribly depleted. When a food says that it contains x amount of magnesium, that can be very misleading. In optimal growing conditions and magnesium-rich soil, it might be an accurate number, but that is seldom the situation. On top of a lack of magnesium in the diet, many prescription drugs can actually deplete magnesium. When we’re stressed, we burn through magnesium at an accelerated rate.

Magnesium is needed for so many things, including restful sleep, digestion of food, heart health, fertility, strong bones, energy and so much more. If you’d like to learn even more about magnesium, you can do what I am going to […]

Why I Don’t Lower Fevers: Part Three

If you missed them, here are part one (why we aren’t afraid of fevers) and part two (why we think fevers are a good thing) in the fever series.

When our first daughter was born almost five years ago, we considered baby Motrin and baby Tylenol to be gifts straight from heaven! She wasn’t a bad teether, but she was always miserable after getting vaccines, so we followed the advice of the pediatricians and just kept her dosed with alternating Motrin and Tylenol for a few days. I shiver just thinking about it, now. These days, we don’t even have fever reducers in the house. Curious? Here’s what changed our minds.

Acetaminophen (The active ingredient in Tylenol)

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) has long been advertised and a safe and gentle way to lower fevers. Even obstetricians will tell pregnant mamas that it is “safe” to take during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. […]

Why I Don’t Lower Fevers: Part Two

Before I jump into the meat of the post, I would like to point out that I am talking about why I choose not to lower fevers in my generally healthy children. This series is not “Why You Should Never Lower a Fever”, because I don’t know all of your circumstances. The last two points in my first post were about reasons you might need to control your child’s fever (infants or children with chronic or severe illness or injury). Some people seemed to not read those last two points before commenting. πŸ˜‰ So, now let’s get into why I don’t lower fevers in my generally healthy children!

God Made Our Bodies This Way For a Reason

In a generally healthy person, the immune system is on alert for bacteria and viruses that may cause harm. In most cases (though not all), the immune system reacts to an invader […]

Why I Don’t Lower Fevers: Part One

It’s true. When we get sick, none of us use fever reducers. Not even for the baby. Sound crazy and dangerous? Read on, my friend! πŸ˜‰

*Note: This post is in reference to our average, generally healthy family. It is about what we choose and why- it may not apply to all people in all situations. Please read the entire post before commenting, specifically, the final point.*

Will a Fever Hurt Me/My Child?

If it’s due to a regular old illness, such as a cold or ear infection, the answer is “no”. When is the answer “yes”?

A rise in temperature requires medical attention when:

It is caused by over-heating known as “heat-stroke”. I had heat-stroke as a teen and, although no brain damage was caused, I have been unable to tolerate extremely humid and hot weather since then. If I had been treated, it is possible I wouldn’t […]

Natural Remedies For Colds: Part One

I hesitate to use the word “remedies”. People usually understand that word to mean “cure”, but there truly is no “cure for the common cold”. πŸ™‚ I do, however, have natural treatments I use to speed recovery and reduce symptoms, when needed. This post will be about everything except herbs, the next post will have all of the herbs we use (read that post here!).

Rest

I know, I know. You’ve got so much to do and the kids are sick, too. You need to get things done- no time to rest! Don’t worry. I am not saying that you should curl up under a blanket for the whole day and do nothing (though by all means, do that if you can and want to!!). When I say to rest, here’s what I mean:

Take breaks/naps: even just a 20 minute catnap or rest time can do amazing things! If […]

Real Food for Babies

Modern American tradition is to start a baby with the first food of rice cereal. Then it’s followed with vegetables, fruit and eventually meat and dairy. There is little fat, at first, and no salt. Sound familiar? That’s what we did with our eldest, but not with this baby!

Since learning about how amazing real food is, we’ve been revamping our baby-food plans! We certainly don’t want to be feeding Babykins highly processed “food” when we could be giving her fresh, nutrient-dense foods! The other change we’re making (as you can see in the picture above), is that we’re dabbling in Baby-Led Solids (aka “Infant-Led Weaning”), but that’s another post.

What Baby Needs

A baby’s body is designed to digest fat and protein, for the most part. Let’s look at some of the components of breast-milk and a baby’s nutritional needs.

Fat: Breastmilk is full of saturated […]