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 […]

Natural Remedies for an Upset Stomach: Part One

I recently had the pleasure of a case of food poisoning. I must say, I was actually very thankful that it was food poisoning, rather than a stomach virus that my kiddos could catch. Whether it’s food poisoning or a tummy virus, an upset stomach is never fun. Rather than reaching for a bottle of the pink stuff, I turned to my all-natural medicine cabinet for some help.

There are two things I like to start with when one of us has an upset tummy.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is so fantastic for either food poisoning or stomach viruses. It has a negative ionic charge that draws the bacteria or viruses and binds them to it. Then, the whole bunch… ahem, makes it’s way through the digestive tract. 😉 As a bonus, it also elevates PH in the body (a good thing!), binds to and removes heavy metals and […]

Natural Remedies for Canker Sores

My poor hubby has suffered from horrible canker sores. It makes me cringe just to think about them. Well, it did- until I learned how to help him with natural remedies!

When a person gets canker sores, it means they are really run down. They need some rest and nourishment. For ideas, check out this post. It’s specifically about colds, but the same things apply to this.

Bentonite Clay

This is the ultimate way to stop a canker sore before it really gets going! At the first sign of the canker sore starting, use a cotton swab to gently dab on some dry bentonite clay. Do it as often as you want, but always at night and at least once more during the day.

We have discovered that if my hubby applies it the first night he feels a canker sore starting and again the next morning, it will […]

Using Garlic to Fight Infections

When we have bacterial infections (ear infections, sinus infections, mastitis, etc.) or viral infections that are leading towards secondary infections, this is one of our top go-to remedies! The garlic and raw honey have antibacterial properties and the cayenne pepper is believed to boost their effects.

Before you run screaming, you should know that my five-year-old actually requested this remedy and took it happily when she had croup. She knows it helps her and it really isn’t as bad as it sounds. Make sure to eat something, first. Now that I’ve thoroughly scared you, here’s what to do! 😉

Instructions Take one clove* of raw garlic for each person, smash it, peel it and finely chop it. Let the garlic “activate” by being exposed to the air for 10-15 minutes. Add a teaspoon of raw, unfiltered honey to each garlic clove. Add a little bit of cayenne pepper (less […]

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 […]

Natural Remedies for Colds: Herbal Teas

A couple of months ago I shared what we do for natural cold remedies, apart from herbs. In this post, I’ll be breaking out the herbs! A delicious and healthy way to treat a cold is a hot cup of tea! If you don’t care for tea, you really should give some of these a try. I was fully convinced that I didn’t like tea until I lived in England in my late teens. Until then I had only had black and green tea (which I still don’t like), but in England I was introduced to herbal teas. YUM! A good herbal tea can be so soothing when a cold is starting. Here are some of our favorites and below this list you’ll find our favorite ways to combine them.

Elderberry Tea: Okay, so berries aren’t leafy herbs, but it’s still considered an “herbal” remedy! 😉 I […]

Homemade Echinacea Tincture

I am so excited to introduce you to the lovely lady who is guest posting here, today! Her name is Paula and she has a fabulous blog called Whole Intentions. She covers so many topics that I love, including natural living, homesteading, Christian faith, parenting, real foods, homeschooling and more! Please be sure to pop on over there and get to know her!

I will be making a batch of this tincture, right away. My poor hubby has been exposed to strep throat and thinks he may have caught it. Echinacea kills the strep bacteria, so I’m really wishing we had some of this tincture to use today! As it is, I’ll get a batch brewing and we’ll sip echinacea tea for the next few days. 🙂

Echinacea is known as an important immune stimulant. It’s one of the best remedies for infections.

Scientific names: Echinacea angustifolia, Echinachea purpurea, […]

Make Your Own Herbal Capsules

As I’m sure you’ve learned in my intro to herbal remedies post, we use a ton of natural remedies around here, so I decided early on that I would need to make our remedies as economical as possible. There are some times when we pay top dollar for the very best ready-made version of things, but usually we can save a lot of money if I buy the supplies and make my own. Filling my own capsules with powdered herbs or other natural remedies is one of the ways I am able to do that. I can get hundreds of capsules made sitting cross-legged on our living room floor while my hubby and I watch a movie in the evening.

When I first got started, I just bought a bag of empty capsules from the local health food store, poured the herbal powder into a bowl and […]

Five Ways to Dry Herbs

If you’re following along with our herbal remedies series that just started (check out the intro here), you may want to grow your own herbs (learn how to grow and harvest herbs, here!). If so, you’re going to have a ton of herbs- far more than you’ll be able to use fresh. You’re going to need to preserve them to use throughout the rest of the year. One of the best ways to preserve herbs is to dry them. Here are five drying methods that you can try.

Hang-drying: This is by far the easiest! As you harvest your herbs (post coming soon!) you simply bunch together the bottoms of the stems/branches, tie them tightly with twine and hang the bunches of herbs. There are a few considerations when deciding where to hang them. ~Dry area– if you put them in a location that is often damp, such as a […]

Growing and Harvesting Herbs

Have you thought about growing your own herbs to dry? If not, I would really like to encourage you to consider it. Not only can you grow organically, you will be amazed by how much more flavor and potency your dried herbs will have when compared to store-bought ones. We love being able to use our home-grown and dried herbs in our home remedies, which I’ve started teaching about here on my blog!

Some of our favorite herbs to grow are chocolate mint, lavender, lemon balm, thyme, rosemary, parsley, sage and dill. You can learn more about each of those herbs in this post.When it comes to actually growing the herbs, you have three choices for getting started.

Starting Herbs Seeds: This is a cheap way to go, though it can be more difficult. I’d recommend finding a good website or book on starting plants from seed. I’ve found […]