Ten Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter

Winter is fast approaching – boo! – and with it come the sniffles, congestion, and body aches of the cold and flu. Sickness is all too common during the winter months, but I know ten ways to stay healthy this winter so you can enjoy the season without any coughing, aching, stuffy head … you …

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

When I’m sick, I want to get better fast … actually, I’d rather not get sick in the first place! The simple, all-natural ingredients in elderberry syrup strengthen the immune system and support its work in keeping me healthy. (Or in getting me well again if the crud has already hit!) With almost anything, I’d …

When to Wildcraft Bark

Since learning to make my own herbal medicines, one of my favorite activities is wildcrafting medicinal plants. Gathering herbs, turning them into tinctures & teas, and then successfully using them to treat my family’s illnesses makes me feel like I really know what I’m doing! One of the first snags I hit, though, was not …

Herbs for Natural Asthma Relief

Asthma can be a frightening conditioning – both for the sufferer and for his parents. An acute asthma attack may make someone feel like she’s “starving for air” or “a fish out of water.” Many herbs can offer natural asthma relief, especially when coupled with lifestyle changes. Let’s look at 13 herbal options that can …

The Power of a Detox Bath

Do you ever feel so run-down that you have to force yourself to get up and do things? Do you wake up feeling tired or feel like you’re ready to go back to bed just an hour or two after getting up? If the phrase, “I’m already tired tomorrow” hits home for you, a relaxing …

Outdoor Activities for the Whole Family

The warm breezes and sunny skies are calling us outside, and we … are sitting inside looking at our phones. It’s a disturbing trend that so many families spend more time indoors than they do out. Experts have called this “Nature Deficit Disorder” and predict that it will have dire consequences for both health and …

Stop Diarrhea Naturally

Diarrhea is one of those unpleasant (gross) things that no one wants to talk about but that we all suffer from at one time or another. It can range from mild to severe, yellow to green (eww), but whenever it strikes, you have three choices: 1) suffer, 2) take an over-the-counter or prescription medicine, or …

How to Choose a Probiotic

Probiotics are often in the news, and you’ve probably heard about them many times. But do you take probiotics already? Do you take them consistently? Today, I want to tell you why I take probiotics everyday and how to choose a probiotic for yourself. Why are probiotics important? Our bodies are full of bacteria – …

Horse Chestnuts: Natural Relief for Varicose Veins

No one wakes up one morning and says, “Hey, I think in another ten years, I’d like to have lots of bulging varicose veins!” It’s one of those things that creeps up on us, sometimes during pregnancy, sometimes not until later in life. Yet this doesn’t have to be an inevitable development because the beautiful …

The Problem with Fluoride

In America, fluoride is hailed as a great public health service, as the savior of countless teeth for generations. It’s added to our drinking water & toothpaste and applied directly to our teeth at the dentist’s office. The American Dental Association and other groups are very proud of this substance and frequently tout its benefits …