Ginger & Lemon Balm Cold & Flu Syrup

Ginger & Lemon Balm Cold & Flu Syrup

Herbal syrups are one of the easiest (and tastiest) things you can make for your natural medicine cabinet. Basically, they’re composed of a strong herbal tea, mixed with at least an equal measure of raw honey. (The high amount of honey helps preserve it longer than a normal herbal tea would last.) Because they’re so delicious, patient compliance with taking herbal syrups is high, especially when it comes to trying to treat kids and loved ones! … Continue reading

Foraging & Using Goldenrod

Foraging & Using Goldenrod

Goldenrod blooms right around the time ragweed pollen starts causing trouble, so is often unjustly blamed for causing allergies. The fact though is that goldenrod pollen is heavy and spread by insects, instead of the wind like ragweed is, making it pretty difficult to trigger symptoms of hay fever. You would have to deeply sniff the flower to get the pollen in your nose. Anything – natural or synthetic – that you put on or in your … Continue reading

Liniment for Varicose Veins & Muscle Pains

Herbal Liniment for Varicose Veins Muscle Pains and Strains Recipe

This recipe comes from my new-favorite book, Heal Local by Dawn Combs. It’s a book centered around 20 homegrown or regionally sourced herbs that you can use to build a complete home apothecary. I can’t even begin to describe how useful I’ve found this reference to be in the past month that I’ve owned it! Besides giving detailed descriptions of each herb, the book is further broken down into sections for naturally treating emergency first … Continue reading

Violet Flower Glycerite

Lovely Violet Flower Glycerite Soothes and Cools Inflammation

Considered by some to be nothing more than a weed, the common violet actually has many health benefits to offer us. The edible flowers and leaves are: high in mucilage (a plant substance that cools and moistens) nourishing, and high in vitamins A & C excellent lymph movers a demulcent (something that forms a protective layer over irritated mucous membranes), making them a wonderful remedy for mild sore throats, coughs and the like. a mild … Continue reading

DIY Herbal Deodorant for Women’s Health

Homemade DIY Herbal Deodorant for Women's Health

This homemade deodorant is specially designed for women. It contains herbs that are used to promote lymph flow and prevent or treat issues with inflamed or cystic breast tissue. Instead of applying a chemical laden, potentially toxic-to-your-breasts product under your arms each day, try this healthy herbal alternative instead! To make this deodorant, you’ll first need to infuse coconut oil with herbs. Coconut oil is most often used because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. … Continue reading

Lemon Balm Bug Spray

lemon balm bug spray

I’ve tried a lot of homemade bug spray recipes. Some were just terrible. I remember taking one concoction camping and I’m pretty sure that I was attracting every mosquito in the county with that particular formula! On a weekly basis, readers write in to ask about homemade insect repellents, but until now, I hadn’t developed a recipe I felt comfortable recommending. This one works for me, my family and friends that tested it, at a … Continue reading

Bumps and Bruises Balm

Bumps & Bruises Balm with Printable Labels

This balm is part of a travel set I put together for my kids. They’ve spent the summer adventuring and camping across the country and I wanted them to be prepared for any first aid needs they might run into. So far, I’ve shared the recipes for Boo Boo Balm and Bug Be Gone Salve. Today, we’re making a bumps and bruises balm using arnica and comfrey infused oil. It’s also great for treating sore … Continue reading