Soothing Sleep Balm Recipe

With four small children, bedtime can be a little ... challenging. Especially when they share the same room (we tried them in separate rooms - it was harder). One of my favorite ways to help them calm down and get ready for bed is with herbal remedies. Chamomile When...

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Herbal Spotlight: Marshmallow Root

I was excited when I first learned about marshmallow root. Immediately after discovering this herb, I made another batch of my diaper rash ointment and added marshmallow root to it. I was very pleased with the results and found that the addition of just one little...

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Herbal Spotlight: Peppermint

Growing up on an herb farm in central Oregon, the sweet smell of peppermint was almost always in the air. Peppermint grows abundantly here and seems to tolerate well the bipolar-like characteristics of our local weather. It has many uses and can be put to work in the...

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Oh Comfrey, How I Love Thee

I have been hard at work for the last week putting together a local class. I'm talking about herbal remedies and using natural ways to take care of your family. All from a minimalist point of view. I'm excited. And really nervous. Herbs have been on my mind non-stop...

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5 Must Haves for Creating Herbal Remedies

Using herbal remedies is a fun and effective way to improve your health. Herbs are inexpensive to buy; even cheaper if you grow them yourself. And they're a lot of fun to experiment with. There's just something awesome about taking what you know about the properties...

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How to Actually Have a Happy Period

My friend and I were leaving Bend, basking in the afterglow of a day spent talking about our favorite subject: childbirth. We'd spent ten hours learning about the midwifery management of neonatal resuscitation and thought that the perfect way to process it was with...

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