I don’t want to care.

healthy living is not about wanting to live forver

When it comes to health, I don’t want to care.

I don’t want to appear neurotic or spend too much time preparing special food or too much money buying special things.

I wrestle over the greater problems of the word and think about how small mine really are.

“Just live,” people say.

Yes. I’d like to.

If you are reasonably healthy, this might sound crazy to you. (I’m not sure.)

If you are suffering with chronic illness, it probably makes sense.

We find ourselves making choices that go against the grain and maybe even strain a relationship or two.

A people-pleaser at heart (I’m working on that), I’d rather eat what you have prepared for me. Even if it means being sick for the next three days.

What kind of logic is that?

I might spare your feelings, but it’s at the expense of my family. What kind of mother do my children have when I’m sick in bed? All from my own doing? Or not doing?

It’s true that the internet is constantly throwing do’s and don’ts in our face. A bombardment of fear-mongering and sometimes useless information. I won’t follow pages of Facebook that appear to thrive on scare tactics. Websites that deliver more of the same are far from my browser. I’m not into sensationalism.


These things find their way to me. At least some of them.

I’d rather not pay attention. But there are times I have to.

Can’t I go around with blinders on? Ignorance is bliss, right?

Except when it isn’t.

I’m angry that multitudes are suffering due to the chemical concoction that is our world today.

I’m angry that we find lead in baby bibs and BPA on receipts.

I’m angry that many of the ingredients in household goods and make up are hazardous to our health.

I’m angry that the label “natural” or “organic” can’t be trusted.

I’m angry that so many doctors won’t listen to basic concerns. (Not all. But many.)

Ten years ago I said, “I don’t feel like I’m absorbing the nutrients from my food.” I told one person because I didn’t want to sound crazy.

Twelve months ago I finally saw a naturopath who looked at my  blood work and said, “You’re not absorbing the nutrients from your food.”

Oh, really?

Maybe we should trust our judgement a little more.

What is my point here?

It’s not about living forever. . .

I want you to know that I try not to deal in scare tactics or doom-and-gloom. My goal is to provide tips and information that focus on the positive side of healthy living.

When I do share something, it’s with the goal of educating and providing a little more information to those who might need it. Not so we can live forever. We all have to die some day.

As someone living with chronic illness and with members of my family having some serious health concerns, I want to improve our quality of life while here on earth.

Sometimes that means we need to pack a special lunch.

It means we have to say no when we want to say yes.

It means spending more on groceries than the average family (when we can swing it).

And hey, sometimes it means choosing something bad for us because we just can’t do it anymore.

We can’t live in a bubble. Nor do we want to.

The eyes of judgment and the advice to just get over it sting deep.

We want to get over it. Really we do.

I’m vowing to not look down my nose at those who live differently. We don’t know the circumstances behind someone’s choices.

Yes, we can all go overboard. But we may not be in the position of saying what someone else has reached their overboard.

An extra cookie might do nothing to your child, it may cause someone else’s to bounce off the walls to 2 am.

I’m asking for grace and striving to extend it to you.

Let’s be kind to each other. Even when we don’t understand.


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All about Plantain

all about plantain

Today I’d like to tell you about one of my favorite herbs: Plantain.

While the word, plantain, may bring to mind a banana-like fruit, this plantain is actually a plant, often thought of as a weed. It is found all over the United States, and may even be in your own backyard.

Plantain is also known as: ripple grass, white man’s foot, and ribwort.

Plantain is useful for treating:

  • bee stings
  • snake bites
  • inflammation
  • infections
  • cuts and scrapes
  • poison oak & ivy
  • coughs

Plantain can be consumed as a tea, cooked as greens, or sprinkled in a salad.

Plantain really shines as a healing agent for inflamed or wounded skin. It can be used internally as well as externally, but I find myself using in externally most often. Along with calendula, it is my go-to herb for most skin ailments.

A few ways to use plantain:

Make Plantain Salve


Plantain SalvePlantain salve is very simple to prepare and can be used to treat scrapes, cuts, and other external wounds.

Step-by-step instructions for making plantain salve can be found here.

Plantain Vinegar Tincture for Acne

Creating a simple treatment for acne and other skin conditions is very easy. All you need to do is steep plantain in apple cider vinegar for a few weeks. To see more details and further instructions, visit Jill’s Home Remedies’ post: Natural Remedy for Acne.

Plantain Poultice

Mix plantain powder with a little water or steam dried leaves for a few minutes and apply to skin. Cover with a cloth or a bandage and let sit for on the skin for a few hours. Can be re-applied as needed.

 Use a Plantain Leaf as a Bandage

Plantain leaves on knee outdoors

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Plantain leaves will actually stick to the skin. They provide protection against dirt and germs, while soothing the skin. A poultice is usually the best method for administering plantain, but a leaf that has been beat a few times (to release the juices) will help in soothing irritated skin. Plus, it’s kind of fun.

Treat Poison Oak and Poison Ivy

Plantain can be an effective method in treating poison oak and poison ivy. Drink plantain tea a few times a day and also wash the affected areas with plantain. To wash with plantain, make an herbal infusion or strong tea by steeping plantain leaves in hot water. Strain out the herbs and dip a wash cloth in the infused water, using this cloth to wash the affected areas.

Don’t wash the tea/infusion off, but let it air dry. Repeat multiple times a day (5 or 6), for a few days.

A plantain poultice could also be used over the area and changed a few times a day.

Treat Bee Stings

Plantain can stop the pain that accompanies a bee sting. The best method is to apply a plantain poultice to the sting. A poultice can be prepared using fresh or dry leaves. A cotton ball steeped in plantain tea and taped over the area, can also do the trick. (I learned this method in A Kid’s Herb Book.)

Where to find Plantain

Plantain can be found in many backyards, vacant lots, and parks. I don’t recommend gathering wild plantain unless you are absolutely certain that you are picking the correct plant (of course, there may also be laws against it, depending on where you live).

I generally purchase dried plantain from Mountain Rose Herbs.

It is also available from the Bulk Herb Store.

Have you used plantain to treat any type of skin ailment? I’d love to hear about it.

This post contains affiliate links.

I am not a doctor or certified herbalist. This post is intended for informational purposes only. Information has not been approved by the FDA. Use caution when treating with herbs.

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