Summer has been flying by and I have been trying my best to balance my work and our summertime play. I haven't been doing a great job at working this summer. There's too much fun to be had during the summertime! I don't feel guilty though because I worked my butt off during the Spring to write my newest book; The Complete Book of Essential Oils for Mama & Baby – Safe and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Children.
Last week the kiddo came home from school more tired than usual. Within an hour of being home, he started complaining that his whole body ached and suddenly without warning his temperature shot up through the roof. With the news constantly talking about all the flu cases in my area, and my personal social media page full of friends and family members that are down for the count, I knew immediately that he had come down with the flu. Continue reading “DIY Elderberry Orange Immune Support Gummy Snacks”
Tis' the season of detoxes, workout programs, and juice fasts and I'm over here wishing all my detox options weren't so intense. I've tried the teatoxes that made my intestines cry, the juice fasts that made me realize I can't handle the feeling of an empty stomach, and even the intense diet changes that had me craving whatever it was I'd given up for the week. While I have found helpful lessons in all of my health-seeking adventures, I can be a bit lazy and prefer much gentler methods of detoxing. Which is why I was excited to discover charcoal lemonade, or as I like to call it; dirty lemonade!
It's that time of year when the kiddo is bringing home all sorts of viruses from school and I am trying my best to keep him healthy through it all. The problem is, even at my best, he is so picky that it's nearly impossible for me to find a healthy version of things that he's willing to try. One of my favorite ways to get him his vitamins and minerals while he is under the weather is with my Flowerchild Immune Support* Electrolyte pops! I combine my Flowerchild Refreshment punch, electrolyte-rich coconut water, and citrus juice, along with mineral-rich salts to make popsicles that help replenish electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals when your kiddo needs them the most!*
I have a secret ingredient that I prefer to use in place of the water in ALL of my DIY beauty products and toiletries. Hydrosols, aka flower waters! I first came across hydrosols in my essential oil studies. I had learned that they were a result of making essential oils, essentially a byproduct. I was fascinated by these gentle essential oil infused waters. Along the way, I learned a lot more about them and their many uses and varieties. I wanted to purchase every hydrosol that I came across but was sorely disappointed when I realized that I couldn't afford to purchase all of the hydrosols that I wanted. What is a DIY loving hippy to do? Make it myself, of course! Now you can too!
Recently we've been dealing with all sorts of eye issues in my home. Everything from conjunctivitis to infection, and not just in the humans in our home. When Syfy became ill with pneumonia and strep throat, he also managed to spread the strep to his eyes, getting conjunctivitis too. Our pediatrician prescribed $60 eye drops, saying that they likely wouldn't work because most of the time conjunctivitis is viral, but just in case we should use the eye drops. I am not one to overuse antibiotics and am not willing to use them unless they are absolutely needed. Out of desperation, I began investigating all my herbal books, looking for the best herbs to use to help soothe Syfy's eyes and get rid of the infection. That's when I realized that I already had everything that I needed to help my family and pets with all their eye irritations!
Hiking out in nature is pretty much one of my favorite activities in the world. I love a good adventure outdoors, but sometimes that means coming back far itchier than you left. Whether you know what to look for and avoid (with poison ivy, oak, and sumac) or not, anyone can end up with a rash before their hike is over! Continue reading “Soothe Itchy Rashes & Bug Bites DIY Anti-Itch Calamine Lotion”
We can all agree that bugs have their purpose in this world, especially our favorites; the pollinators, but getting rid of the pesky ones naturally can sometimes be a bit of a conundrum. What to use that will actually work, is natural, and if eaten won't kill us people, our little ones, and our pets…but still kills pests? The answer is not as tricky as you think! There are a couple fantastic natural options for use against insects and bugs of all kinds, but the one I am sharing with you today is a fantastic All-Purpose bug spray because it can work outside, inside, and on any bug you like! Continue reading “Using Essential Oils in Your Home & Garden to Kill Pests + DIY Bugs-B-Gone Home & Garden Spray”
Teething babies are no fun for anyone. As they start to cut their first teeth, many babies will experience a myriad of symptoms that will make them range from minorly uncomfortable to extremely uncomfortable. A slight fever, extra drool, irritability, swollen gums, and even not wanting to eat are all symptoms that your baby is starting to cut their first teeth. No two babies are alike and each one can experience a slightly different set of symptoms. No matter the symptoms, we all share the same feelings. We want our babies to feel better and to take away their pain! The question on the Hippy mama's mind, is “What natural methods can I use to ease my baby's teething discomfort?” You are not alone, that's the same question I asked myself when my baby started teething (he's 6 now, so we're going through a whole new round of teething lol!)
In the middle of winter, my skin starts to dry out hardcore, and I start looking for more ways to get moisture into it. After a particularly terrible bout of poison ivy a couple years back, I didn't have any money on hand and really wanted something soothing like an Aveeno oatmeal bath. I decided that it couldn't be hard to make and in the end made mine way better than Aveeno's by upgrading the ingredients in my recipe!