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DIY Lavender Cardamom Bath Salts

Raise your hand if you love steaming hot baths with delicious essential oils and mineral-rich salts. Yeah, my hand just shot straight up. I love baths. In fact, that's the main reason I'm now a huge fan of cold weather - as soon as the temperature drops, I head...

How To Filter Beeswax

Today's post comes from our newest contributor - Emalee of Tree Huggin' Homemaker. I love DIY projects, don't you? I usually opt for homemade things because I enjoy the process of creating and also as a way to save money. I've found that sourcing affordable and good...

Homemade Natural Mouthwash

I was making out the grocery list recently and noticed that my oversized bottle of store-bought mouthwash (begins with Sc…) was nearly empty. Now, I buy this particular brand because I know for sure it is gluten-free. Photo credit: Meagan of Growing Up Herbal (please...

3 Reasons to DIY Personal Care Products

Word on the street is that I'm crunchy. Or, as my mom likes to call me, a hippie. While I'm still not sure if that's how I'd describe myself, I know it all started when I decided I was going to DIY my personal care products. It started out innocently enough - I was...

Homemade Natural Mouthwash

I was making out the grocery list recently and noticed that my oversized bottle of store-bought mouthwash (begins with Sc…) was nearly empty. Now, I buy this particular brand because I know for sure it is gluten-free. Photo credit: Meagan of Growing Up Herbal (please...

How to Declutter Your Home: The Bathroom

When I first started decluttering, the bathroom was one of the scariest spaces for me to attack. Why? Because it’s so easy to accumulate a whole lot of stuff in there. And so much tiny stuff at that: bobby pins, hair ties, cotton balls, travel size thingies. The...

Simplify Your Home, Room-by-Room

Please welcome Shalom Mama's new contributor, April from Holistic Homemaking! Clutter stresses me out. I get cranky and easily irritated if things aren’t where they need to be. I used to think this was me being Type-A, but research is showing distinct links between...

Simple Meal Planning: Reducing Overwhelm

I sometimes often dread meal planning. I can think of so many things I'd rather do than try to fill in a calendar with meals my family will eat that won't cost a ton of money. (The meal planner pictured comes from here) Yet when I don’t do it, I find myself in the...

5 Essential Tips for the Budding Herbalist

When I decided to start using herbs in my home, I was totally overwhelmed and had no idea where to start. Which is funny because I come from a long line of natural healers and my dad has been running an organic herb farm since I was 5-years-old ... (I have to come to...

How to Become Your Family Herbalist

My history with herbal remedies began when I was pretty young. You see, I grew up on an herb farm, where my dad managed the growing and processing of herbs for a world-wide herbal wholesale company. (He still does, in fact, and we lived there on our bus.) The summers...

7 Sustainable Ways to Take Back Your Health

You're sick and tired of being sick and tired and all that. If you could take a pill to make it all better, you would. But you know that it doesn't exist. And so you're determined to take back your health by making the changes necessary to do so. But what can you do...

7 Simple Ways to Improve Sleep

At the end of my ideal day, I take my super-relaxed self back to my bed, pull back the covers, crawl between a set of smooth, clean sheets and lay my head on a lavender-scented pillow. With a smile on my face, I ease into a great night's sleep. Does this always...

12 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

You know the saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" It's true. The best way to stay healthy and protected against illness is to boost your immune system. So today, I wanted to share with you some of the ways I boost my immune system naturally (and,...