Books for the Herbalist

It’s no secret that I love books! In my life, I’ve spent countless hours browsing libraries and bookstores, enjoying the quiet solitude and the hunt. Discovering a new treasure on the shelves is like a delightful game for me. Here are ten of my favorite natural health related books. All of these have impacted me …

All Natural Cough Syrup Safe for Kids

When a child has a bad cough, parents can feel helpless. You want so badly to be able to help, to give him some relief and help him sleep. There’s just nothing quite as upsetting as watching your little one’s eyes water as she coughs until she has to gasp for breath. What if there …

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 – …