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Homemade Herbal Toothpaste

My husband struggles with dental health problems so a couple of years ago we set about finding a homemade toothpaste recipe to help to reduce tooth decay, gum inflammation and improve overall dental health.  I am an herbalist, so of course I look to the plants for help and dental health is an area where herbs really shine.  There are so many amazing plant allies that have been used for thousands of years to promote dental health. We have seen amazing results from our herbal toothpaste experiments, including an end to cavity formation, reducing inflammation pain & tenderness of the gums and dramatic improvement in overall dental health. Read more…

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Garlic Elder Berry Lemonade

Well, the kids are sick again. Croup!  Argh! I know, it is that time of year.  I am trying to focus on the positive and remember that they are building their immune systems, this will make them stronger, blah, blah, blah.  But honestly, I feel frustrated, quite tired and defeated every time they come down with something.  The mom guilt settles in and I wonder what I am doing wrong as a parent.  Eventually I come around, I know that this is normal, they will get better, they will grow up and this will all feel like so long ago.  And then, I get to work in my kitchen, concocting my best homemade herbal remedies that I know will help them through this one and the next…  Read more…

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Fevers are Friends

Well, we are just getting over the first sickness of the season.  Startin early this year.  I’ve got to admit, I am nervous about the winter.  With my oldest starting preschool, I know we are going to be exposed to so many new illnesses.  And, inevitably, some of them will take hold.  As parents, all we can do is be there for our kids when they are sick and help to support their developing immune systems.  I believe that one of the best ways to do that is by allowing fevers to happen.

When your kids are sick, it is common to feel anxiety about fevers.  It has been ingrained in us that the fever is the intruder, the sickness, and that we should lower it ASAP.  I would like to introduce a different way of thinking about fevers.  Fevers are friends! The fever is not the illness, but rather the body’s reaction to the illness. The fever is one of the body’s natural defenses against illness.  It is a positive sign, a sign that the immune system is strong and on the front lines fighting the infection. Read more…

Nursing Nipple Salve

Soothing Nipple Salve for Nursing Mamas

This salve was a lifesaver for me in the first couple of weeks after my son was born.  Thankfully, he was a great nurser right away, but he wanted to be at the breast ALL THE TIME! And it took my body a while to adjust.  My nipples became sore, cracked and yes, even bled a little.  Now I am not trying to scare any soon to be mamas.  This story is not true for everyone and I promise it did not last long.  Nursing can be one of the most amazing bonds you will have with your children.  There are so many special things to say about it.  But this is not the post for that.  This is a post about nipples. Read more…

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Postpartum Herbal Sitz Bath

So many of my friends are having babies soon!  Yay!  In honor of them, I have some essential postpartum recipes to share with you over the next couple of weeks.  The first is a lovely sitz bath, the perfect postpartum blend for healing the sensitive tissues of the perineum.  Whether or not you had a deep tear, minor tear, or just want to soothe the inflammation that can occur after birth, this blend is the match for all.  It is Soothing, Antiseptic, Tissue Repairing, Anti-inflammatory, Astringent and Tonifying to the tissues.   Read more…

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Homemade All-Natural Sunscreen

My kids love to be outside all day long in the summertime, so sunscreen is a daily ritual in our house.  I prefer for  them to be outside without sunscreen for the first 20-30 minutes so that they can soak up the sun and make lots of Vitamin D!  But after that, I want to protect their sensitive skin.  If I am going to be putting something on their skin daily, I want it to provide protection but also to be safe and nourishing.  And so begins my experimentation :) Read more…