DIY Neti Pot Sinus Rinse Refills

Have you ever used a Neti pot? It looks like a teapot used for kids tea parties, but in fact,it's actually made for you to stick up your nose and pour salt water through your nasal passages. The Neti pot helps to cleanse and clear the nasal passages, helping to relieve sinusitis, allergies, cold symptoms, and hay fever. The warm flow of slightly salty water helps to remove trapped old mucus, dirt, and germs from your nasal passageways.  This may sound like a crazy voodoo remedy to most, but in fact, it's highly recommended by many Doctors,to those who have consistent sinus infections year-round.  Continue reading “DIY Neti Pot Sinus Rinse Refills”

Homemade Herbal Cough Drops

I can tell that it is fall already because everywhere that I turn I am seeing pumpkin everything! With pumpkin season in full swing already (and it's not even my birthday month yet!), I am working hard to fill my natural medicine cabinet for this coming cold & flu season. We have already learned how to make our own herbal cough syrup and sore throat spray, so it's only natural that the next thing we learn to make is homemade cough drops! Continue reading “Homemade Herbal Cough Drops”

Relieve a Sore Throat With a Homemade Soothing Sore Throat Spray & Gargle

Waking up in the morning with that tell-tale tickle in the back of your throat is enough to make you want to take a sick day with a Popsicle and some Jello. I absolutely hate having a sore throat. You can't effectively swallow, you can't eat, you can't drink anything without being constantly reminded that your throat is raw and reddened. Continue reading “Relieve a Sore Throat With a Homemade Soothing Sore Throat Spray & Gargle”

Soothe a Nasty Cough With Homemade Cough Syrup

It is that time of year that coughs, colds, congestion, and runny noses are running rampant! With school back in session and the fall weather just around the corner, it's only a matter of time before you find yourself or your family with a nasty incessant cough causing everyone to lose sleep. This month, September, I have dubbed the month of natural medicine. To prepare for this upcoming cold and flu season, I will be sharing with you all sorts of homemade natural remedies for the ailments you might experience this coming season. Today's post is on coughs! Continue reading “Soothe a Nasty Cough With Homemade Cough Syrup”

Cool Vibes Vapor Rub Jr – A Eucalyptus-Free Child-Safe Vapor Rub

Last year, when Robert Tisserand's newest edition of Essential Oil Safety  hit the shelves, everyone was surprised that it was now advised not to use ANY form of eucalyptus and rosemary on children under the age of 10 and peppermint on children under the age of 6 years old because of the menthol and cineol content in those essential oils. My first thought was, well now I have to re-think my vapor rub! This vapor rub is my eucalyptus-free child-safe version! Using the gentler woodsy essential oils, such as fir needle and cypress, you can effectively create a vapor rub that will help break up mucus, open up the lungs for easier breathing, and help soothe a cough. Continue reading “Cool Vibes Vapor Rub Jr – A Eucalyptus-Free Child-Safe Vapor Rub”

Homemade Remineralizing Herbal Tooth Powder – choose your flavor

Last week we talked about DIY Peppermint Mouthwash, and in that post, I mentioned that we love to use a tooth powder here in our house. As promised, I am sharing our tooth powder recipe with you today! When I made my first batch of tooth powder, about 6 months back, I was looking to try something new and herbal. After reading through one of my Rosemary Gladstar books, I decided I wanted to try out a tooth powder. The idea sounded fairly easy to make and use. I must admit, going from a toothpaste to a tooth powder, I was a little apprehensive about brushing my teeth…with mud. The first time that I used my tooth powder, I was most definitely weirded out. It even LOOKS like you are brushing your teeth with mud…but please don't let that detour you! Seriously, once you get passed the fact that you no longer need foaming soapy bubbles in your mouth, and realize how fresh and clean your mouth is, you will be hooked on tooth powder! Continue reading “Homemade Remineralizing Herbal Tooth Powder – choose your flavor”

DIY Natural Peppermint Antiseptic Mouthwash

We have been using my homemade toothpaste and tooth powder in the Hippy Household for quite awhile (I will share my tooth powder recipe next for those who are wondering!), but we were still in need of a good mouthwash that wasn't too harsh and still was highly antiseptic. After all of my research and bugging my friend who's going to school to be a dental hygienist, I came up with this recipe for a gentle alcohol-free antiseptic mouthwash that tastes great while cleansing your mouth and freshening your breath! Continue reading “DIY Natural Peppermint Antiseptic Mouthwash”

Homemade Natural Sunscreen – Sol Protection for Your Skin

We are nearing summer and with that comes numerous outdoor activities and lots of sun exposure. For the most part, we don't ever use sunscreen in our house. It's a known fact that we need a lot more vitamin D than we are getting in these days, with people staying indoors more often than not. In the Hippy household, we choose to get our sun exposure smartly. We go out during the morning and evening hours rather than at high noon when the sun is at its strongest. We wear sun appropriate clothing and hats when needed and even choose to hang out in the shade when the sun is starting to get too intense. Trees are my most often sought after sunscreen. When we don't have these luxuries around or it's the beginning of the sun season and my skin needs some time to ready itself, I usually keep my own homemade sunscreen handy just in case. I love knowing exactly what is in my products, especially since I use them on our son too. Continue reading “Homemade Natural Sunscreen – Sol Protection for Your Skin”

Naturally Treat Ear Infections With Garlic Mullein Oil

When Syfy was only one-year-old, we switched him to whole milk as we were advised to do by our, at the time, pediatrician. Up until that point, he had not been sick before. After switching to whole milk, we began to see Silas get sick very consistently.The ear infections started rolling in along with the continuous rounds of antibiotics until finally three months later the ear infections had not gone away, and suddenly it had turned into pneumonia. I was fed up and took a step back for a moment to ponder when they had begun. Maybe, I thought to myself, they had come because of a change in his diet. I realized when taking a closer look, that all of our troubles had begun the moment we started giving him cow's milk. When we took the milk out of his diet, the illness also went away. It's always important to first think about the cure, rather than just the relief of symptoms when treating illness. Most of the time, healing from the inside out is the BEST cure. As the father of medicine, Hippocrates used to say, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” It's true, when our nutrition is spot on, so is our health. Our family hasn't been sick in a LONG time! Continue reading “Naturally Treat Ear Infections With Garlic Mullein Oil”