• Herbal Oral Rinse (Mouthwash)

    So, ya…  My last dentist appt. was not good.  I have a couple cavities.  I do intend on getting them filled, but making time to do that is ridiculously hard for me right now.  The past two years of my life have been dedicated to growing a baby and caring …

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  • How To Build Your Own Prepardness Kit

    Winter Storms are Coming.  Are You Ready?   Traditionally, September is a glorious and beautiful time in the PNW.  But, this September has been different.  Super wet, stormy, windy, and all-around gross!  We have brought the generator from the garage for a tune-up and fuel-up much earlier this year.  Since …

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  • Cooling Spray For Menopause

    Menopause can be a difficult time for many women, marking the end of part of a cycle.  It is an often uncomfortable transitional period lasting many years.  Many of the women I love are currently experiencing menopause right now, and I thought I could help support their journey with a …

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  • How to Make Rosewater and Other Hydrosols

    I was recently inspired by Mama Rosemary, (one of my favorite blogger-friends), to make my own hydrosols.  In her blog post, she made it look so simple and easy, I thought, “why am I buying floral water (hydrosol)  when it is so easy to make?”  Using simple kitchen ingredients, I …

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  • Rose and Bee Balm Oxymel

    The height of summer. It is a time for play and a time for work.  It is during this time when plants and flowers are abundantly blooming that I think ahead to the long, barren winter. Why?  Because now is the very best time to plan, prepare and create herbal …

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  • Treating Fevers Naturally

    I was indoctrinated my whole life that fevers are scary and hapless occurrences that need to be managed and done away with. Now that I am grown, and in charge of the care of not only myself and my child, (and my husband too– ladies, who am I fooling here? …

    Treating Fevers Natuarlly
Kokum butter salve

Kokum Butter Salve

Kokum butter. This skin-rejuvenating, healing butter is dervived from the kokum, or mangosteen tree, indiginous to India. (Garcinia indica). Kokum oil (butter) contains 60-65% saturated fatty acid making it solid at room temperature. Kokum butter is prized for it’s skin healing properties, and is a favorite for many making their …

Oral Pain Salve

Oral Pain Salve

Oral Pain.  It’s so awful. Most of us have experienced it at some point in our lives.  If not as adults, then definitely as children, and it’s incredibly hard for parents to see their babies in pain. Thankfully, Sweet Toddler hasn’t had too rough-a-go of things… until now. Canine teeth.  …

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Nettle Soup Recipes

  One of my favorite times of year; the on-set of spring.  Coming out of a long, dark and wet winter, practically with moss growing on our backs, us Pacific Northwesterners are always grateful for the first hints of spring.  Crocuses, daffodils, burgeoning buds, and the ever-so-delicious nettle.  In a …

Butter Treats

Butter Treats

It seems like– out of the thin air– Sweet Baby became a Sweet Toddler. How does this happen? She moves fast, thinks quickly, and very decisively wants what she wants! And one of the things she really wants is…  BUTTER! So, the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree, …

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Breastfeeding: A Love Story.

On a blazing hot July day Sweet Baby joined us earthside in the greatest moment of my life.  A bit intimidated with this beautiful creature, I admit that my shock and awe may have overrode my motherly instincts at first. Sweet Baby was born in water and soon after her …

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50 DIY Gift Ideas

A Complete Guide to DIY Gift-Giving DIY Holiday 12 DIY Holiday Wreaths Make Your Own Sock Snowmen Salt Dough (Hand and Footprint) Ornaments DIY Snow Globes  (And How to Include Photos Within Them!) Holiday Themed “Tin Can Treats” Melt and Pour Peppermint Soap (for the non-lye enthusiasts)   DIY Beauty …

Herbal Infused Honey

Herbal Infused Honey

The fruit of bees is desired by all, and is equally sweet to kings and beggars and it is not only pleasing but profitable and healthful; it sweetens their mouths, cures their wounds, and conveys remedies to inward ulcers. – Saint Ambrose Raw honey is by far and wide one …

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How to Make Elderberry Elixir

Oh, magnificent elderberry!  Is there anything you can’t do? Sambucus nigra is a shrub in which the bark , flowers and berries have been used for centuries as powerful medicine.  Elderberry is effective in treating cold, flu and viruses, as well as stimulating the immune-system. It has even been used …

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Daylight Savings Time: Love It or Hate It?

“Keeping time” is a made-up idea.  We don’t own time, and in fact, it is very much the opposite.  Time owns us.  Time makes us greedy for more when we don’t have enough,  and ungrateful and anxious when we want it to pass quickly.  As a society, we seem to …