DIY Gift Ideas

Now is the perfect time to start working on DIY gift ideas to share your love of holistic health with family and friends! While I definitely buy some Christmas presents, I also enjoy being able to give gifts that I made myself for several reasons: Homemade gifts seem more personal than store bought items. I …

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 …

How to Make Herbal Capsules (And Save Money!)

Herbal capsules offer so many advantages over tinctures and teas for daily use. The dosages are consistent, they’re easy to transport, and they’re quick & simple for adults to swallow. Yet the cost can really add up! That’s why I want to teach you how to make herbal capsules yourself. Why Capsules? For most people, …

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 …

Herbs for Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections can ruin your whole day (or week…) The pain and burning, the frequent need to urinate – it’s enough to drive anyone crazy. The common route is to head to the doctor for antibiotics, and there’s no denying that they work. Yet antibiotics introduce almost as many problems as they solve. Thankfully, …

Make Your Own Materia Medica

Learning about natural medicines is so much fun, and using them successfully when you or your family gets sick is incredibly empowering. If you’re like me, though, the more you learn, the more you realize how much you don’t know! Whether you’ve amassed so many books that you don’t know which one to check when …

Backyard Medicine Book Review

Welcome to my Backyard Medicine book review! Do you want to get started wildcrafting? Or are you ready to expand your knowledge to include more plants? This amazing book launched my love of wildcrafting and has a place of honor in my backpack every time I set out to harvest herbs. The Specs Backyard Medicine: …

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 …