Friday, April 11, 2014

Connect


We had beautiful weather, followed by a day of snow...followed by a beautiful day.

When I can choose, I choose bare feet. It helps keep my grounded, so to speak. I am aware of what my feet are doing, where I am walking, what I am walking on.

Walking on what you see in the pictures was like a light foot scratch, building up my skin for many many many more days of bare feet.

A followed me outside, also in bare feet. My little mini me.

I needed this.

Thank you Lord for this wonderful earth you created, from which you created us. Please let me not forget that you are in the dirt, you are in the grass, the trees, the wind...you put the seasons in place. What a mighty, powerful, and awesome God You are. Amen.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Natural Living Bookshelf

I read. Whenever I can, I read. I don't read a lot of fiction, my time is valuable and I want to learn about as much stuff as I can (as an example to our girls that learning is lifelong).

When I started studying essential oils and herbalism, I knew I had to find books that would satisfy my need of reading to learn.



It is still growing...any books in italics are books I hope to order here soon.

Herbalism

The Complete Herbal Tutor by Anne McIntyre
Practical Herbalism by Philip Fritchey
The Handbook of Vintage Remedies by Jesse Hawkins
The ABC Herbal by Steven Horne
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Essential Oils

Higley's Essential Oil Reference Guide
Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children by Debra Raybern
Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart
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Natural Alternatives

Natural Alternatives for You and Your Home by Casey Keller
100 Natural Remedies for Your Child by Dr Jared M Skowron
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General Natural Lifestyle and Parenting

The Baby Book by Dr William Sears
The Vaccine Book by Dr Robert Sears
I Love Dirt by Jennifer Ward
15 Minutes Outside by Rebecca Cohen
Healthy Child, Healthy World by Christopher Gavigan
National Geographics Green Guide Families by Catherine Zandonella
Vintage Remedies Guide to Real Food by Jesse Hawkins
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I have several other books on my bookshelf, and course material from the Family Herbalist course over at Vintage Remedies, but these are the ones that I tend to reference the most and/or have enjoyed reading.

I love to read so as I dig more into my course, I will probably be checking out and reading as much as I can get my hands on. The blog has changed directions over the last few years but this direction feels good. Won't you join me?

What do you have on your bookshelf that you want to add here?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Natural Pink Eye Remedies

A few weeks ago I woke up to an itchy eye which upon looking into a mirror was very red! I have had pink eye before and knew the basic treatment was antibiotic eye drops.

No sense trying to see the doctor with all 4 kids for pink eye, not to mention I am not a fan of using such harsh medicine.



Turning to my Vintage Remedies Guide, I read that for conjunctivitis to use an herb called eyebright.

Not having any of that....the next herb listed was berry leaves (either blackberry or raspberry)...wouldn't you know it...my red raspberry leaves were still on their way to me in the mail.

So I grabbed some chamomile, threw it in a tea bag, soaked it in hot warm and rest it on my eye as a warm compress. It started feeling better immediately and looked better.

Having heard about using breast milk I tried it out about an hour after the chamomile. I soaked a cotton round with breast milk and it actually worked! It felt so much better after just a few seconds and my eye looked nice and bright again.

I repeated the chamomile tea bag and breast milk combination two more times on day one.

Day 2, I just did breast milk twice.

By day ,3 my raspberry leaves have arrived and I did a tea bag with it followed later by another breast milk cotton round.

Day 4, I woke up with an itch and there was barely any redness.

Pink eye can be contagious for up to 12 days so I am taking caution about touching my eye(s) and if I do, washing my hands afterwards.

I am very happy with not having to go to the doctor, get a prescription and floor my eye with antibiotics.  Of course, I would be more aggressive with herbs if my breast milk wasn't available.

In case you were wondering, yes I would use it on my other children and my husband said he would use it.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Natural Easter Basket Ideas

Looking for some natural, open ended gifts for you children this Easter? We recently ordered ours since we will be on vacation leading up to Easter and would like to have them ready when we get back.


All these come from Nova Natural, my favorite store for natural toys, home decor and woolens (nope, not a sponsor nor am I an affiliate, just really like them). You could find similar items on Etsy.

We also include a new book or devotion for each girl. I don't think we can ever have enough of those! 

Playsilks: We LOVE playsilks and have a set of seconds from Sarah's Silks. This is Nova's Easter set, the three older girls will get one in their basket. Baby E isn't old enough for anything yet.


Doll: We have another one of these dolls and the girls love playing with dolls. Grab this one while its on sale! Dolls are great play for everyone (there are boy dolls available too). Our girls are constantly playing with their dolls so we know this purchase will be well loved.
Fairy: Our girls love fairies and they play so well with dolls that we knew a fairy doll was in order.

Gnomes: I LOVE gnomes and couldn't resist getting a set for them to play with (they have in fact developed a love of my two gnome decorations named Pico and David...yep David the Gnome!)

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Not fitting your kids? I love the royal family dolls, which seem well suited for boys as well.
They have wooden animals and natural crafts.

All of these things can last for years of play. I am fine with spending the extra on these toys because of that. We don't do all the sweet that typically accompany an Easter basket but we will probably include an organic lollipop from our local health food store for the older two (the girls love them and I get one for them whenever I stop in) .

Monday, March 31, 2014

Check Back Next Week!

I am currently on a week break from blogging to do some reading and research.

Check back with us next week for:

Natural Pink Eye Remedy

Whats In My Herb Cabinet

Whats on My Herbal Bookshelf

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God Bless!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!