The Healthy Weight Myths Series: “Healthy” Means “Skinny”

We are working our way through a series to bust healthy weight myths and learn how to reach and maintain a healthy weight. If you haven’t read it, please be sure to start with the introduction so that we’re all on the same page. 🙂

A skinny person is not always healthy and a healthy person is not always skinny. So often, people equate the two, but they are not the same thing! Yes, a “skinny” woman may be healthy and a larger woman may be unhealthy, but that’s not always true. A very slender woman may be horribly unhealthy, while a woman with an “extra” twenty pounds may be very nourished and healthy.

Losing Weight Isn’t a Bad Goal

Please don’t panic and think I’m telling you that it’s not okay to want to lose excess weight. That’s a fantastic goal, if you truly need to lose the […]

Introduction to “The Healthy Weight Myths” Series

Are you feeling like this dried-up creek bed when it comes to trying to get to, or stay at, a “healthy” weight? Have all the negative, restrictive and demanding rules sucked the life out of you?

Since before I began blogging over two years ago, I have wanted to write about this. There is so much confusion about how to get to and maintain a healthy weight. There are so many health-damaging diets, weight-loss pills, books, magazines and even “experts” out there that women are bombarded with bad information, myths and even, sometimes, lies.

Seeing women who are struggling to get to, or stay at, a healthy weight is something that has made me passionate about helping us all get to our best level of health. For many, that would include losing weight, but for other ladies, like myself, that means getting healthy, fit and strong and maintaining something […]

Natural Moisturizing Hand Soap Recipe

I finally got tired of paying a small fortune for all-natural hand soap, so I made my own. It is moisturizing and gentle, while still getting little hands clean.

Best part? One soap bottle (1 cup) of this soap costs about 40 cents! Much better than $4-$6 for a comparable one from the store. This is not a highly foaming soap, so don’t expect a ton of bubbles. If you really, really need to have lots of bubbles, try adding a few tablespoons of liquid castile soap. 😉

What You’ll Need Two saucepans, one large and one small Whisk Jar(s) to keep the soap in, when it’s made 6 1/2 to 8 cups water (depending on how thick you want the soap) Half of a bar of Castile Soap (I like the Baby Mild and I buy the six bar packages to save money) 2 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin (this […]

Why Choose to Live More “Naturally”?

“I’m just not really into all that crunchy stuff.”

“Natural foods, personal care and cleaning products are too expensive.”

“This is how I was raised, so I’ll just stick with what I know.”

“My dad/mom/neighbor/teacher/mailman ate/used/wore/took all these things and lived to be 80/90/100.”

“We’ll all die eventually, so why bother trying to be healthier?”

“Avoiding toxins is too hard.”

These are the excuses I’ve heard and read when people are invited to learn more about natural living. I am so excited by and passionate about natural living that these responses baffle me. 😉 People seem to see natural living as restrictive and boring and stressful. But…

Autoimmune diseases Chronic Fatigue Type 2 Diabetes Obesity Heart Conditions Depression and probably the most dreaded of all, Cancer

We all know somebody with something on that list. Yes, family history can play a role (though I think that the biggest role […]

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 […]

Berkey Water Filter Review- Our Experience

Most of us in the natural living community have wondered about what is in our water. Is it safe? Is it healthy? What about bacteria? Nitrates? Fluoride? Other contaminants we’ve never even considered?? Are we drinking more than “just” water?

What about cheap water filters from the store? Do they get all those things out, or are they only able to help with some of them?

I asked myself all of these questions, and more. When we moved into a rental here in South Dakota, they had a “surface well” with the most horrible water I’ve ever tasted, smelled or bathed in. Our clothing smelled horrible from washing laundry in this water and none of us could stand to drink from the tap. I was concerned that, along with everything else, it could be dangerous to our health.

I bought a water testing kit and learned that, along with being […]

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. 😉 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 […]

Natural Sources of Vitamin C

Last week, I talked about the many wonderful benefits of natural vitamin C. I also covered why ascorbic acid isn’t the best source of vitamin C, even though it’s the most common vitamin C supplement on the shelves. If you’re ready to jump into boosting your vitamin C intake with natural sources, you might be surprised at how easy and tasty it’s going to be!

Food Sources of Vitamin C

The US recommended dietary allowance for vitamin C is 90 milligrams per day for a grown man and 75 milligrams per day for a grown woman. That means that women need at least 75 milligrams (“mg”) a day and men need at least 90. It is so easy to get more than this from a decently healthy diet!

1 papaya= 185mg (more than double what we need!) 1 mango= 122mg 1 cup raw bell pepper= 115mg 1 cup strawberries= […]

Homemade Whitening Tooth Powder Recipe

Although we really enjoyed my homemade toothpaste recipe, we love this tooth powder! It’s cheaper, easier and it can be made in much bigger batches. Not only that, but a tiny amount goes a very long way!

Why not just use toothpaste from the store? Apart from all the nasty additives that can cause irritation, there is one horrible ingredient that almost every store-bought toothpaste has. Glycerin. Now, glycerin can be a wonderful thing when it’s the base for an herbal tincture or when a little squirt is added to liquid soap or lotion. When it’s on our teeth, though, it’s terrible. When glycerin gets on our teeth, it creates a barrier. That barrier stops the natural remineralization that God intended when He designed our teeth. Teeth wear down, but God planned for minerals to be replenished and for teeth to heal, just like skin, bone and tissue heals. […]