10 Benefits of Nettle Tea + How To Make It

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“When in doubt, use nettle.” << Spoken by renowned herbalist David Hoffman, this bit of wisdom has benefitted my family more times than I can count. (1) Often called Nature’s Multivitamin because it contains so many nourish…

My Home First Aid Kit + Natural Remedy Essentials

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As a mom of three, I’ve cared for my littles through everything from bug bites to broken bones. When they’re sick or hurt, they immediately come to me with the expectation that I’ve got something in my home first aid kit + natural remedy stash to help them . . . and usually I do.  There have been […]

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8 Natural Home Remedies for Upset Stomach

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“Mommy, my tummy hurts.” << Have you ever heard those words, asked where it hurts and watched your child point to their WHOLE tummy, plus maybe an elbow and an earlobe for good measure? Same here.
Over the years I’ve put together a six-que…

Natural Home Remedies for Heartburn

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The sky is blue, racecar spelled backwards is still racecar, and in most cases heartburn is caused by low stomach acid, not high. Yes, seriously. After testing thousands of heartburn patients at his Tahoma Clinic, Jonathan Wright, M.D., concluded that excess stomach acid is not the problem in over 90% of cases. (1) In this article I covered […]

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Which Essential Oils Are Safe For Kids? 70+ Oils & How To Use Them

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Which essential oils are safe for kids? If you’ve tried to answer that question by researching online lately, you know that there is a ton of conflicting information out there. Some say everything is safe, some say nothing is safe. What’s a mama to do? A few years ago, I decided to get over my sticker […]

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Benefits of Dandelion For Detox, Digestion & Hormone Balance

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Remember the joy of closing your eyes and blowing with all your might on a dandelion puffball . . . possibly while someone nearby cringed at the thought of all those “pesky weed” seeds spreading?  Some see a weed and some see a wish, but really they’re a medicinal and culinary adventure waiting for you […]

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Roasted Dandelion Tea Recipe

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When I first heard that dandelion root is used as a coffee substitute, I immediately ruled it out as something I wanted or needed in my life. Because y’all, I. AM. NOT. breaking up with coffee. And yet, as I dug deeper into the health benefits of dandelion flowers, leaves, and roots, I realized that there’s […]

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DIY Calendula Salve Recipe

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It’s the secret ingredient in many healing balms and skincare products, and for good reason. Calendula petals are rich in compounds that nourish, hydrate, and support skin healing, which is why they’ve been used for centuries to help with everything from pinkeye and sore throats to skin irritations. But don’t think you need a cut or scrape […]

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Ginger Syrup Recipe (Video Tutorial)

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We all know about the rock stars of immune support – elderberry syrup and fire cider – but have you ever heard of their less famous band mate, ginger syrup? This member of the Zingiberaceae family (to which turmeric also belongs) has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to soothe tummy complaints such as nausea, morning […]

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How To Make Calendula Oil (And 7 Ways To Use It)

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I eat pansies for breakfast. Like, the actual flowers. Not very often, but enough to want a t-shirt that says so. Edible flowers are more than just a fun conversation starter, though. The soothing properties of calendula (Calendula officinalis), for example, have a long history of use in both folk medicine and culinary traditions. Gentle enough […]

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Easy DIY Homemade Bug Spray

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Jack Frost skipped us this winter, and you can guess what that means. Yep, instead of dying off in a deep freeze, the bugs from last season are estab Jack Frost skipped us this winter, and you can guess what that means. Yep, instead of dying off in a deep freeze, the bugs from last season are […]

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4 Benefits of Astragalus Root + Recipes

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Astragalus is a sweet, warming herb with golden roots and thousands of years of history as a therapeutic herb. It’s Chinese name, huáng qí, means “yellow leader” because the yellow root is considered one of the most important herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). So what makes it so special? For starters, it’s considered safe […]

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10 Benefits of Reishi Mushrooms + Beginner Recipes

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Sometimes referred to as the “mushroom of immortality,” reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) has traditionally been used to promote vitality, support immune function, increase stress resilience, improve mental clarity and more. It contains approximately 400 bioactive compounds that work together to deliver therapeutic benefits and is one of the most studied of the “medicinal mushrooms.” (1) One […]

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4 Benefits Of Elderberry Tea (And How To Make It)

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“For more than 1,000 years, herbalists have revered elder’s abilities, and mentions of the shrub are included in many important historical texts,” writes herbalist Rosalee De La Foret, adding that although it’s primarily used to support the body during cold and flu season there are other benefits, too. (1) What benefits, you ask? Elderberries are […]

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How To Make Mullein and Garlic Oil For Earaches

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Mullein and garlic infused olive oil is one of the most popular natural remedies for ear infections/earaches, and for good reason. In folk medicine, mullein is revered for its ability to ease discomfort, and garlic is well-known for its immune supporting qualities. Both are used to encourage circulation and lymphatic flow, which may be helpful when […]

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Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea for Pregnancy (Plus A Recipe)

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If you’ve ever found yourself googling the safety of everything from toothpaste to tuna while pregnant, you’ve probably wondered about the safety of different herbal teas and essential oils as well. You’ll find a list of pregnancy-safe essential oils here, and in this post we’ll discuss one of the most commonly recommended herbal infusions during pregnancy […]

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How To Make Banana Tea For Restful Sleep

Pierre Van ZylNatural Remedies

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I thought I had bananas all figured out. They’re delicious in banana walnut muffins, stirred into yogurt with a drizzle of honey, or dried for an on-the-go snack. But banana tea for sleep? Is that really a thing? Yep, because bananas are so much weirder than they seem. First of all, they don’t even grow on trees. Banana […]

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DIY Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe

Pierre Van ZylNatural Remedies

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April 2020 Update: Due to the shortage of conventional hand sanitizer, this DIY recipe is one of the most popular resources on the site right now. With that in mind, I’ve updated it to align with the formulation guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). I hope you find it helpful.  Certain microbes […]

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Elderberry Syrup Recipe (VIDEO)

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Hippocrates is said to have called this plant his “medicine chest,” and for thousands of years it’s been revered in folk medicine for its therapeutic properties. (1) Now studies are starting to confirm what tradition has long held: elderberries are a delicious and effective way to support immune function during cold and flu season. Unlike fire […]

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Traditional Fire Cider Recipe + 6 Ways To Use It

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It’s no secret that I believe in fairy tales, but they’re mostly of the modern day sort. Occasionally, though, I come across a recipe or ingredient that seems like it was pulled directly from one of Grimm’s stories. That’s totally how I feel about keeping unicorn root in the cupboard, and this fire cider recipe in the fridge. […]

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16 Ways To Make Herbal Remedies: Tinctures, Decoctions, Infusions & More

Pierre Van ZylNatural Remedies

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If you’ve ever practiced herbalism – and if you’ve brewed a cup of tea you have – you know that it has therapeutic properties that go beyond phytochemistry. There’s a relaxing pleasure in preparing them . . . in breathing in their aromatic compounds and savoring their bright, beautiful hues as you brew them, roll […]

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5 Natural Remedies For Growing Pains (That Start Working Right Away)

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Are achy legs waking your child up at night? If the problem disappears like a bad dream in the morning, it could be growing pains. About 25-40% of children will suffer from growing pains at one point or another, usually between the ages of three and twelve. (1) And obviously parents suffer, too, because, um, sleep […]

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Plantain Herb Benefits, Recipes & How To Identify

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False unicorn root, Balsam of Tolu, Mugwort . . . when it comes to herbs, there are so many intriguing ones on my bucket list to try. For all their exotic sounding names, though, they can’t compete with the humble plantain herb. I stand by what I wrote in this plantain salve recipe tutorial, which is […]

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Plantain Herb Benefits, Recipes & How To Identify

Pierre Van ZylNatural Remedies

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False unicorn root, Balsam of Tolu, Mugwort . . . when it comes to herbs, there are so many intriguing ones on my bucket list to try. For all their exotic sounding names, though, they can’t compete with the humble plantain herb. I stand by what I wrote in this plantain salve recipe tutorial, which is […]

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7 Causes of Diaper Rash and How to Treat Them Naturally

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Eat. Sleep. Pee. Poop. Repeat. It’s a pretty smooth system . . . for babies anyway! For new mamas and papas there are usually a **few** more things involved, like: Learning to eat everything cold with one hand Waking up from a sleep coma only to realize you left the car running in the driveway Perfecting the art of hip […]

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DIY After Sun Spray Recipe (Just 3 Ingredients!)

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I’m going to take a wild guess and say that of these 14 natural sunburn remedies – which include recommendations from Seattle Children’s Hospital, dermatologists, and respected herbalists – honey is probably not your first choice for whole body application. At least not if you need to wear clothes. Or sit on furniture. Or leave […]

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DIY After Sun Spray Recipe (Just 3 Ingredients!)

Pierre Van ZylNatural Remedies

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I’m going to take a wild guess and say that of these 14 natural sunburn remedies – which include recommendations from Seattle Children’s Hospital, dermatologists, and respected herbalists – honey is probably not your first choice for whole body application. At least not if you need to wear clothes. Or sit on furniture. Or leave […]

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Need to Relax? Catnip Calms Nerves and Aids Digestion

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Unless you happen to own the cat that was caught on video breaking into a pet store and finding bliss in the catnip aisle, you might be wondering why you should care about this little herb with heart-shaped leaves. Yes it’s beloved by cats everywhere, but it’s also amazing for people who need to relax, […]

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14 Soothing Home Remedies for Sunburn

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‘ Natural sunscreen? Check! Long-sleeved swim shirts, hats, and a shady place to sip on fruit-infused water? Check, check and check! Whether it’s a trip to the beach or just time in our backyard, I’m very conscious about finding the “sweet spot” when it comes to time in the sun. That’s because while too much sun exposure […]

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Earache: 9 Effective Home Remedies

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This may be an odd way to start a post on home remedies for earaches, but before we get into the nitty gritty of easy homemade ear drops, warm salt socks and other comfort measures, I want to take a moment to discuss one of the most common misconceptions about ear infections. And that would […]

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How To Get Rid of Lice Naturally (Advice From a Professional Nitpicker)

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Have you ever noticed how motherhood has a way of making you feel guilty about random things, like going to the bathroom by yourself? Well, here’s one thing you shouldn’t add to your list: lice. If your little one gets it, it’s not because they were dirty . . . though it’s probably a good […]

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14 Benefits of Holy Basil + Tea Recipe

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Sometimes called “The Elixir of Life,” holy basil has been revered as one of India’s most powerful and sacred plants for over 3,000 years. (1) Its Sanskrit name, Tulsi, literally means “the incomparable one,” which gives you a sense of how venerated it is.  In addition to being an adaptogen – aka an herb that helps us […]

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Natural Home Remedies For A UTI

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UTI’s are the worst. Okay, maybe getting pelted by porcupine quills is just as bad, but how many porcupines are really trying to cuddle you? So like I said – the worst. After the common cold, they’re “the second most common type of infection in the body, accounting for about 8.1 million visits to health care providers […]

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How To Make Cold & Flu Brew (Lemon Ginger Tea With A Twist)

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So, you’ve been meaning to make up a batch of fire cider, but laundry happened. And dishes. And that thing you committed to when it seemed like a good idea but wasn’t. Now someone in the house is feeling achy and awful, and even if you started today the fire cider wouldn’t be ready for […]

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How To Make Comfrey Salve & Why To Avoid Comfrey Tea

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Sometimes called knitbone or All Heal, comfrey (Symphytum officinale L.) has been used for centuries to support wound and bone healing, and at one time was recommended as a tea to soothe digestive issues. Most often found in moist grasslands, this perennial herb is rich in a bioactive compound called allantoin that plays a role in cell formation […]

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