How I’m preparing for Cold and Flu Season

How I'm preparing for Cold and Flu SeasonFall is here, winter is approaching, and already I’m hearing lots of people sniffling and coughing. We’re all spending more time indoors, and heaters are coming on more frequently. The season of colds and flu seems to be settling in.

 

While I firmly believe that a healthy diet and plenty of sleep are the best ways to keep our bodies healthy, I also keep some other natural immune system supports and remedies around our house in order to help our bodies if we’re exposed to a virus or if we feel ourselves coming down with something.… Continue reading

Natural Burn Remedies

Natural Burn Remedies
My burnt fingers along with the lavender essential oil I used to help support their recovery.

Today while I was cooking, my boys were swooping in and out of the kitchen, pretending to be bats. As they dove after mosquitoes, the timer went off, and I was busy keeping an eye on them and reminding them to stay away from the open oven.… Continue reading

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Mint Pudding

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Mint Pudding RecipeI love the combination of chocolate and mint. It’s got all of the delicious decadence of chocolate along with the refreshing hint of mint. Together they are amazing.

 

So when we were looking for a healthy, sweet treat, I decided to adapt my Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Avocado Pudding recipe to be a Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Mint Pudding instead.

 

The result was delicious.… Continue reading

Feeling the Coziness of Autumn by Diffusing Fall Scents

Cool crisp mornings tell me that fall is on its way. I love the scents and flavors of fall, so as soon as it starts, I find myself wanting to bake delicious treats, which naturally makes the house smell lovely.

Fall Scents
Thieves, Orange, and Cinnamon Bark: one of my favorite Fall Scent combinations.

When I’m not baking, I love to use the scents of essential oils to fill my home with the Smells of Fall.… Continue reading

All-Natural Insect Bite and Sting Relief

All-Natural Insect Bite and Sting Relief
Purification quickly changed my 6-year-old’s insect bites from itching and swelling to completely gone in a couple of hours.

Today my 6-year-old was sitting outside eating a fresh plum when all of a sudden he came into the house yelling that something was on him and his back was hurting. Sure enough, he had two insect bite marks on his back and one on his chest.… Continue reading

Homemade All-Natural Insect Deterrent

Homemade All-Natural Insect DeterrentIn Northern Michigan, where we’re headed soon on a road trip, there are lots and lots of little biting bugs. And when evening comes, these little biting bugs all seem to all love to feast on me.

I won’t put DEET on myself or on my family, so I’ve tried a number of natural insect repellants over the years. I found one that worked decently that utilizes various essential oils, which we’ve bought and used for the last few years.… Continue reading

Amazing Homemade Face Serum

Amazing Homemade Face Serum Recipe

High quality store-bought face creams are very expensive. Not only are they costly, they often contain parabens, phalates, and whole host of other toxic ingredients. A couple of years ago, I stopped using a store-bought formula, for even though I was buying an alternative green product, it still had a few ingredients I wasn’t thrilled about. Instead I started using plain coconut oil on my face.… Continue reading

Homemade Natural Scouring Powder

Homemade Natural Scouring PowderThe other day I was reading about the many hazardous chemicals contained in everyday cleaners. While we’ve replaced most of the cleaning products in our home with safer versions or products that I make for us, it’s rather concerning to me that trying to clean up can be linked with so many health hazards.

We’ve been using a “green” scouring powder for years.… Continue reading

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Homemade Hand SanitizerDuring the winter time when we see sick people all around us, I frequently feel the need to encourage my boys to wash their hands after touching things that seem less than sanitary. We all have sensitive skin, and the soaps in public restrooms often make us break out in rashes. Further, many places use antibacterial soaps, which are one of the sources of antibiotic resistance, in addition to being full of many unwanted toxic chemicals.… Continue reading

Handmade Fizzy Bath Bombs

Handmade Fizzy Bath Bombs
Bath bombs made by my 5-year-old

Our local markets all have a section where they sell fancy soaps. Frequently, sitting with these soaps, are a bin of bath bombs. My 5-year-old has become obsessed with them. The idea of having something that smells good and fizzes in his bath is really appealing to him. The biggest problem: they’re $5 each.

The high cost, in addition to some questionable ingredients, led me to decide that we were going to make our own bath bombs.… Continue reading