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Homemade Natural Vapor Rub

It’s that time of year:  back to school.  Except we don’t go to school.  The fact that we homeschool does not keep us away from germs, we do leave the house!  Audrey started coughing and became congested Friday then on Saturday it had spread to Ava.  Next, our friend few doors down was showing the …
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Colloidal Silver:  Nature's Antibiotic

Colloidal Silver is a staple in my natural medicine cabinet.  I began using colloidal silver, also known as nature’s antibiotic, after we found out that Alex is allergic to penicillin.  He suffered tremendously and I have never used antibiotics again in our home. Now, instead of running to the doctor for a prescription to a common …
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10 uses for apple cider vinegar

I am quite sure that most people have a bottle of apple cider vinegar in their home and I am equally sure that many of these people have no idea of the endless ways that apple cider vinegar can be used for the health of your body and home.  I am here to say that …
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Homemade Squeezable Remineralizing Toothpaste

I have been using homemade toothpaste for a few years.  This toothpaste works great but recently I discovered that my daughter has weak tooth enamel.  Our dentist recommended that we dab fluoride on her tooth daily and I am just not comfortable with that.  I researched remineralizing teeth and began my quest to create my …
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neem

I like so many other people have eczema.  I have been examined by a dermatologist and prescribed a steroid cream for eczema, which I will most likely never use.  I avoid chemicals in my life whenever possible and choose to treat my eczema naturally by using neem salve. When I have an eczema flare up …
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Homemade Natural Bug Spray

My family and I live in Florida.  We have beautiful beaches and rivers to explore.  We also have bugs, lots and lots of bugs.   Bug spray is often a necessity when venturing outdoors.  I seem to be a magnet for mosquitos, if there is one in the area it will bite me multiple times, …
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photo credit:  woodleywonderworks

I have three young children, ages 7, 4, and 2 and nighttime complaints of aches and pains are not uncommon.  These aches are generally due to growing  pains.  There are two periods that growing pains typically occur, ages  3 to 5 and then 8 to 12. Signs of growing pains:  My children typically complain of …
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Homemade Natural Sunburn Relief Spray

My family lives in Florida.  I am married to a surfer and we have five beach loving children.  We try to avoid sunburns but sometimes they simply happen.  I like to treat my families sunburn naturally.  I have several homemade natural sunburn remedies that help to provide relief from nasty sunburns but one of our …
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Hemp Hearts

I have been loving chia seeds for quite some time now but I am quickly falling in love with hemp hearts as well.  I started adding hemp hearts to mine and my children’s morning smoothies several months ago and have no intention of stopping.  I notice an increase in energy and feeling of well-being in …
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Homemade Electrolyte Drink For Kids

My kids have battled a few viruses in the last few months.  I feel as though sports drinks have been recommended “because they need electrolytes” on more occasions than I can count.  Two of these recommendations were from physicians.  I am somewhat surprised that so many people think that you need to consume these store-bought …
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photo credit:  Kidspot Daily

I have been putting off writing this post for some time now.  Honestly, I wasn’t sure if people wanted to know about, or if I even wanted to share, our families pinworm experience.  This morning, a few mamas in a natural parenting group that I am involved in had a discussion on pinworms and natural pinworm remedies.  I explained …
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Onion Cough Syrup: Th Healing Power Of An Onion

My family has been hit hard this week by a yucky bug.  We all had coughing, congestion, and fever.  Audrey seemed to be the most sick.  She maintained a very high fever for 5 days. I have read and been told about the healing power of the onion but I never actually tried it…until now. I …
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Audrey playing at the park

This is the second day that Audrey has had a high fever.  She has been averaging 103 degrees farenheit.  I have been holding off on giving fever reducers and letting the fever simply run its course.  This is something I would have never done with my first child, Alex. With Alex I did not trust myself …
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Garlic Mullein Ear Drops

Earaches and ear infections are a common occurrence in children.  If you take your child to a traditional doctor for an  ear infection you will most likely be handed a prescription for an antibiotic and possibly pain relieving ear drops.  Instead of a using a prescription you can easily make a home remedy using three ingredients that will both heal and soothe …
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homeopathic photo

All of my kids recently had a birthday.  Alex turned 6, Ava 3, and Audrey 1.  And of course you know what birthdays bring…cake, parties, presents and the  ‘well’ doctors visit.  It has been 4 days since this ‘well’ visit and I now have 3 sick kids.  I can tell you that I am OFFICIALLY done …
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