Spring has finally arrived after what seems like a very long winter hibernation. Our bodies may feel sluggish and tired after a winter of eating heavy, rich, comfort foods. Now is the time to feed our bodies and souls, to awaken and quicken our senses.
We do this with spring tonics, blood and liver purifying herbs, which flush out toxins and restart our metabolism. These are the first greens that appear each Spring, giving our bodies a nutritional kick start for the new season.
These are common wild plants you have seen before but might not have known about their…
Shrubs and oxymels are delicious, easy to make, nutrient dense drinks that are made with herbs, fruit and apple cider vinegar. Yes, you read that right, vinegar! But not just any apple cider vinegar, you want to use the raw unpasteurized vinegar with the mother because of all the health benefits it has. These drinks help alkalize your body and are very beneficial for your gut health and digestion.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) has been used as medicine for thousands of years in cultures around the world. It is a prolific plant growing in sunny fields, along the roadside and in any well-draining ground. Yarrow is recognized by its feathery leaves and broad white flower heads made up of many small individual flowers.
This plant has many uses in assisting your body to better health and maintaining your health. I think this plant is truly amazing in its abilities to help us heal.
Yarrow has styptic and antimicrobial properties making it an excellent herb for first aid. Applying yarrow right…
One of the easiest ways to preserve your garden harvest for year round use is dehydrating the herbs, fruits and vegetables. Once they are dehydrated, you can store them in vacuum sealed mason jars, seal a meal bags with oxygen absorbers or air tight containers.
Buy extra fruits and vegetables at their peak of ripeness when they are on sale at the grocery store and dehydrate them. The low temperature used in dehydrating vegetables and fruits helps to preserve nutrients. Label your jars with the date and item. Stored correctly dehydrated foods have an extremely long shelf life.
Migraines aren’t your typical headaches they just don’t go away easily. Symptoms of pulsating pain, dizziness, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound can be very debilitating and normal functioning comes to a standstill.
The exact cause of migraines are unknown, but current research indicates that both genetic and environmental factors play a part.
Keeping a food journal is helpful in tracking which foods trigger a migraine and which foods don’t. Also record any changes in your diet such as following a vegetarian diet or a gluten-free diet. …
Cleaning and disinfecting your home with this natural disinfectant spray is a much safer alternative to the harsh chemicals and toxins found in commercial products. The scent in this spray is fresh and clean, you don’t mind using it!
It’s a powerful non-toxic cleaner that disinfects, deodorizes and sanitizes surfaces and can be used to freshen up fabrics. The disinfectant spray is very easy to make with only a few ingredients. Put some in a small spray bottle to take with you anywhere you need to disinfect something like a grocery cart or office phone.
Around your home you can…
Why should you make your own mouthwash and an herbal mouthwash at that? Is it really worth the effort to even bother? Well yes, yes it is! And you won’t regret your decision to make this. The herbs in this herbal mouthwash all support the health of your mouth. They reduce inflammation, swelling, kills bacteria and stops your gums from bleeding. All this without the dangerous chemicals that are found in commercial mouthwashes.
Several of these herbs you may already have in your spice cabinet. Herbs like peppermint, whole cloves, rosemary and sea salt many of us have on hand…
Well it’s that time of year again, the weather is getting colder and soon it will be cold season with sniffles, chest congestion and sore throats. Not to worry! I have 2 recipes for you to make your own vapor rub without all the harmful chemicals.
These homemade natural vapor rubs are not only calming and soothing but they also contain antiviral and anti-bacterial properties. The first vapor rub is for adults and kids over 10 years old. The second vapor rub is for kids aged 6–9 years.
For adults and kids over 10 years old
Sage (Salvia officinalis) also called common or garden sage, is a perennial evergreen in the Lamiaceae family, the mint family. Sage is part of a large family including basil, mint, rosemary, savory, marjoram, motherwort, oregano, hyssop, thyme and lavender.
The essential oil of sage contains powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The volatile oils in sage kill bacteria, making this herb useful for all types of bacterial infections. There are many health benefits of sage such as improving brain function and boosting increased concentration and focus. …
Homemade bone broth is nutritionally dense, extremely healthy and really inexpensive to make. There is more nutrition in homemade broth than store bought plus there’s no fillers. Bone broth is a savory, nutrient-dense, and collagen-rich liquid made from simmering marrow-rich animal bones (beef, chicken, turkey, pork) in water for an extended period of time.