Grow a Healing Garden with Medicinal Plants

Plants for Your Medicinal Garden |

I’m a lazy gardener. This means I plant crops that can thrive with very little attention, which is why our veggie garden typically consists of tomatoes, peas, beans, basil and lettuce. When I discovered herbs a few years ago, I was particularly fond of their perennial properties—plant once and they come back year after year. A lazy gardener’s dream! I love that herbs have multiple uses; not only do they add flavor to meals, many offer medicinal properties. Sage, for example, works in stews and also provides relief for sore throats or laryngitis when used in a tea. Since moving beyond food gardening to other plants, I try to choose those with multiple uses. Yarrow in the front yard gives us fern-like leaves and pretty pink blooms. It also stops my daughter’s nosebleeds. Lemon balm on our patio naturally deters mosquitoes, yet can also add flavor to drinks and salads. As … Continue reading

DIY Solutions for a Natural Summer

DIY Solutions for a Natural Summer |

Summer is a carefree time of sunshine, vacations, picnics and outdoor living. For the eco-conscious person, that outdoor living can bring up questions from “How do I make my own tiki torches?” to  “What natural product will keep bugs out of my garden?” Other times, the casualties of summer (sunburn, bug bites) leave us hunting last-minute for natural remedies. Be prepared for anything summer dishes out with these DIY solutions for your body, home and garden. DIY for Health and Body DIY Herbal First Aid Kit for Summer from Delicious Obsessions  Easy Sunscreen Recipe from Scratch Mommy Homemade Sunscreen for SPF Allergies from Life Currents Bug Repellant with Coconut and Essential Oils from Delicious Obsessions Treating Bug Bites with Essential Oils from Mix Wellness Healing Garden Salve from Nourishing Simplicity Strawberry Lemonade Foot Scrub from Richly Rooted Medicinal Yarrow Salve for Cuts, Rashes and Stings from Montana Homesteader DIY Non-Toxic … Continue reading

12 Ways to Treat Bug Bites Naturally

Natural Remedies for Bug Bites |

This is a guest post by Aradhana Pandey. Watching the ugly red swelling of a bug bite is not something you want to witness on your child’s body. Those nasty, itchy bites require immediate relief, and you’d prefer to do it without chemicals. Fortunately, there are natural remedies easily accessible at home that do not have the side effects of market drugs and ointments. Here are a few natural treatments to aid your family in recovery from seasonal bug bites. Ice An immediate cooling of the inflamed area is a good first step. Ice numbs the area, reducing itchiness and easing the skin into normalcy. Tea Tree and Lavender Essential Oils The antimicrobial properties of tea tree and lavender make them natural healers of various skin ailments. Whereas chemical ointments may burn the skin, essential oils — especially lavender — soothe it. Tea tree also fights cuts, burns and infections. … Continue reading

Uses and Benefits of Yarrow

Uses for Yarrow |

We added a few new plants to our Zen garden this year; one of them my daughter picked out was the yarrow plant or Achillea millefolium. She liked its feathery green leaves, and it has since grown rather quickly (probably because yarrow is often found growing wild in North America) and bloomed pretty pink-orange flowers that she can see from her bedroom window. It wasn’t until I looked the plant up online that I discovered what a highly beneficial plant Sofie chose. Staunching Wounds Sometimes known as “nosebleed,” the yarrow plant has a long history in wound treatment. Sources vary on whether the Greeks, the Romans or the Neanderthals used it first; however, yarrow was often employed by soldiers in battle to staunch bleeding. I was intrigued by this. A few weeks ago, when I cut myself with a paring knife (a small cut), it stopped bleeding almost instantly once … Continue reading

Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Natural Cold and Flu Remedies |

It’s cold and flu season again. And while I’ve known many people who’ve been beaten down this winter with some sort of nasty bug, nothing has hit the DeForbes household. I think it’s a combination of Law of Attraction thinking and turning to natural remedies at the first sign of problems. Below, I’ve compiled a roundup of natural cold, cough and flu remedies from my fellow bloggers. Some I’ve tried, others I plan to try. Bookmark this page and use it as a resource for your wintertime medicine cabinet. Preventative Measures Apple Green Tea Tumeric Tonic from A Harmony Healing Avoid Sugar from Eco-Mothering DIY Elderberry Syrup from Happy Healthnut Immunity Mushroom Broth from Real Food Outlaws Keeping Warm from Hybrid Rasta Mama For Coughs and Sore Throat Cayenne Sore Throat Remedy from Pickle Me Too DIY Herbal Cough Drops from The Nerdy Farm Wife Herbal Honey Cough Syrup from Homegrown … Continue reading

Natural Remedies for Earache Symptoms and Infection Prevention

Natural Remedies for Earaches |

This is a guest post by Michelle Ramone. During the winter, a mom’s number one enemy is the cold and flu. Germs from a single, unprotected sneeze from your child’s classroom can easily infect your home and make your little one sick with an agonizing earache and cold symptoms. Despite meticulous cold prevention efforts, kids still get sick. You can heal your child back to health and cure throbbing ear pain with natural home remedies. What Causes an Ear Infection? An earache can be caused by a legitimate infection or fluid buildup that causes pressure and irritation on the ear drum. Untreated fluid buildup could cause an actual infection. An acute ear infection can also be caused by a viral or bacterial infection in the middle ear as an individual recovers from an upper respiratory tract infection or cold. You can gather more ear infection and earache info on symptoms and … Continue reading

Natural Remedies for Postpartum Hair Loss

Natural Remedies for Hair Loss |

Hair loss after giving birth is quite common. The high levels of estrogen that kept your hair thick and luxurious throughout pregnancy suddenly take a nosedive, which triggers your body’s normal process of hair shedding. What’s normal? An average woman sheds about 100 hairs per day. During pregnancy, your body holds onto all that hair, so it seems like you’re losing a lot when they begin to fall out after the baby is born. Relax. It’s the extra hair falling out—in addition to your daily shedding—as the body returns to its pre-pregnancy hair growth and shedding rates. The hair loss tapers off to its normal rate between 6-12 months after giving birth. While the hair loss process is normal, it can seem scary. To learn about a few natural remedies, read my full post on MammaBaby.  This post is featured on Thank Your Body Thursday and Natural Living Monday.