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 […]

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 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”. 🙂 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 […]

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, […]

Natural Remedies for Mastitis

If you’ve ever had mastitis, you know how painful and frustrating it can be. Most doctors will prescribe strong antibiotics that will pass through the milk supply to the baby. When my baby girl was struggling to learn how to breastfeed due to tongue-tie and lip-tie, I had several plugged milk ducts. One of them suddenly went from uncomfortable to painful. I had the classic symptoms of mastitis:

A hard, swollen lump Pain Redness Achy joints (common, but not always) Fever

I try hard to avoid antibiotics unless they are absolutely necessary, so I quickly researched some natural remedies and got to work on treating myself.

My mastitis treatment: Echinacea: I always start with echinacea when I suspect any kind of infection. Although echinacea has been used to stimulate the immune system, I use it because of its antibiotic properties. In the early 1900’s, it was often used to […]

Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness

 

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Herbal Teas for Colds Other Natural Cold Remedies Natural Remedies for Ear Infections Natural Remedies for Mastitis Natural Remedies for Abscesses

I was 99% certain that I was pregnant several days before I could even take the test. I walked in our favorite grocery store and it REEKED. For a few seconds I thought, “can’t everybody else smell that?!” but I quickly remembered how nasty the whole world smelled when I was pregnant the first time around. Granted, this was wonderful news. We had been trying to get pregnant again for over two years, so I was thrilled. I was also moderately concerned. With my first baby, things didn’t start smelling whiffy until about week six or seven. This couldn’t even be called “week four” yet […]

My Top 10 Favorite Herbs: Part 2

Last time I shared the first five of my top ten herbs. Here are the rest…

 

6) Eucalyptus: This is another one that we love to have essential oil of on hand. When we do get colds, I usually boil water on the stove and frequently add drops of eucalyptus essential oil. It not only helps open up stuffy noses, but it also helps prevent secondary infections since it is antibacterial. I also put several drops in a carrier oil (we like grapeseed oil, as it is not greasy like most other oils), and rub it into the chest and throat. It’s like a homemade Vicks, but without the nasty petro-chemicals! We are currently growing some small eucalyptus plants in the garden (yep, that’s my eucalyptus in the picture!) and we will dry it to use during the winter for tea. The tea can help open up congested […]

My Top 10 Favorite Herbs: Part 1

Although I had casually dabbled in a few herbal remedies over the years, my interest was piqued just after our daughter was born in March of 2008. One of the nurses in the natural birth unit told my very sleep deprived husband that he HAD to get me some comfrey. Okay… He did, and it sat on a shelf for several weeks before it occurred to either of us to figure out what to do with it. Honestly, I have no recollection of the nurse saying anything at all, so maybe she did tell us how to use it, but neither of us remembered. I looked it up and learned, with my mind a foggy haze of sleep deprivation, that I should have been making a strong tea out of it and using it in the sitz bath that nobody bothered to send home with us. What was a […]