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 […]

Lavender-Chamomile Bath Soak Recipe

Lavender Chamomile Bath Soak

The following is a soothing herbal soak I created recently. It aims to relieve sore muscles and relax the body (and mind). This DIY bath soak recipe uses dead sea salts and Epsom salts, both containing high levels of magnesium. The magnesium in the salts is a great way to relax the body. Bathing in […]

Health Benefits of Strawberries & 45 Strawberry Recipes

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Strawberries are the favorite fruit of many. This delightfully sweet berry is not only delicious, it contains a number of health benefits. According to the Encylopedia of Healing Foods, strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, dietary fiber, and also a good source of manganese, pantothenic acid, vitamin B1, and iodine. Strawberries […]

Simple Lavender Salve

dried lavender

This lavender salve is one of my all-time favorite things to make. It smells divine, but is not over powering. Perfect for dry hands, it also relieves rough patches on elbows and knees. The best part: it is EASY to make. This recipe only contains 4 ingredients and a few simple steps. If you have been intimidated […]

Delightful Links and My Food Allergy Results!

gluten-free snickerdoodles

I hope you had a lovely week. Mine was good, except for one major discovery. . . I got my food allergy test results and I’M ALLERGIC TO COFFEE! Yes, you can feel sorry for me! It was an interesting find since in looking back, I can see that my health got worse after I […]

Are you sick and don’t know why?

gluten and thyroid dysfunction

Some time last year I noticed that I wasn’t feeling well. My ability to function on a daily basis was dwindling. I came close to tears while pushing my cart at the grocery store. I wanted to crumble in a heap when someone asked me to do the smallest thing. I gained weight and could […]

The Guilt and Shame of Chronic Illness

guilt and shame of chronic illness

Having a chronic illness is the pits. It just is. I want to tell you how I’m over-coming (and I am), but truly it is just plain hard. The most difficult aspect is the guilt and shame that washes over me. I feel guilty that I need to rest instead of playing outside with the […]

20 DIY All-Natural Face Cleanser Recipes

20 DIY Face Cleanser Recipes

Making your own facial cleanser is much easier than you might think. Often it doesn’t actually involve any making; just select the right ingredient to gently massage into your skin. A number of cleansers can be created with one ingredient! Any of the following can be used alone as a face cleanser: Honey Oil Yogurt […]

How to Make Magnesium Lotion

DIY Magnesium Lotion

This recipe for magnesium lotion comes from Healing With God’s Earthly Gifts: Natural and Herbal Remedies.  Many of us are deficient in magnesium. If you are deficient you may have headaches, loss of appetite, nausea, restless legs, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, depression, high blood sugar, muscle cramps, or vomiting (among other things). One great way to get magnesium […]

Embracing Self Care: Health and Spirituality

effect of diet

This is Week Two in the Embracing Self-Care Series. Find the introduction here and Week One here.  Our own health and spirituality are two of the largest factors determining the quality of life we enjoy and also that of our own family. Yet, these are the things that often slip by the wayside. I know […]