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Healing Benefits of Bentonite Clay

January 9, 2014
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Bentonite clay has many internal and external healing benefits for the whole family — including pets! Bentonite is composed of aged volcanic ash and has a large and varied mineral content including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium which have been used for ages by many cultures for detoxification. It has a unique ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. When it is mixed with fluid, its electrical components change and stretched open like a highly porous sponge giving it the ability to absorb…

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Healing Spiced Camu Cider

October 4, 2013
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There’s nothing like curling up by a toasty fire and sipping a hot cup of cider on a chilly night. This healing cider not only warms the body and soul, but contains the Brazilian superfood, camu camu. The buzz about this potent berry has spread around the world, earning it the nickname “nature’s vitamin pill” due to its antioxidant and anti-viral properties. The camu berry is one of the world’s most abundant sources of vitamin C—as much as 60 times more…

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Restorative & Relaxing Magnesium Salt Soaks

August 11, 2013
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Did you know magnesium is the second most abundant element in our bodies, and is used in regulating over 300 enzymes and reactions in the body? Did you also know that most people are deficient in magnesium? I occasionally drink a cup of Natural Vitality Natural Magnesium Calm an hour before bedtime, but it can be difficult for many people to absorb when taken orally, especially for those with sensitive tummies. A damaged gut can also make absorbing magnesium and…

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Motherhood

Safe & Natural Ways to Manage Pregnancy, Postpartum & Hormonal Acne

April 17, 2013
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While my friends had beautiful and radiant pregnancy glows, I had pencil eraser sized pustules taking up serious real estate on my forehead, chin and jaw line. When pregnant, hormones called androgens cause sebaceous glands to release more oil. That in addition to thousands of shedding skin cells clogs the pores and causes breakouts. If you’re one of the lucky ones that gets pregnancy acne, there’s not much you can do to get rid of it, but you can use safe and…

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Preventing & Treating Recurrent Plugged Milk Ducts

March 10, 2013
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As a Lactation Educator and Counselor, I am often asked about plugged ducts and how to handle them. I personally had a heck of a time with recurrent plugged ducts. Through my professional training, education and experimenting with different approaches, I came up with a multi-pronged plan of attack to prevent and treat these little (or not so little) buggers. Proper latch. An improper latch is the culprit for most breastfeeding issues. It can result in insufficient emptying of the…

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20 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

January 25, 2013

‘Tis the season for sniffles, sneezes and sore throats! We can’t do much about the toxins, bacteria and viruses that we’re exposed to– but we can strengthen and support our immune systems which will help prevent these invaders from doing harm in the first place. Here are 20 ways to boost your immune system naturally to help keep you healthy and feeling good year-round! 1. Garlic. Garlic is one of nature’s most powerful immune boosters. It is a natural antimicrobial and unlike most…

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DIY Elderberry Syrup

January 24, 2013
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This immune boosting botanical is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Elderberry syrup has a long history of use in traditional European medicine and is so highly regarded that it has been called the “medicine chest of country people.”  Elderberry preparations are traditionally taken early enough to ward off a viral invasion from the start but can also be used as an effective treatment. This proven remedy is known to shorten the duration of colds to 3-4 days and is also effective against 10 different strains…

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Herbal Remedies for Kids

April 28, 2012
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Herbs have been used for healing long before recorded history. The majority of childhood ailments tend to be mild and herbal remedies are considered safe, effective and are much gentler than conventional and pharmaceutical alternatives. Internationally known herbalist and educator Rosemary Gladstar says, “Administered wisely, herbs do not upset the delicate ecological balance of children’s small bodies as does much of modern medicine, but rather work in harmony with the young child’s system.” Herbal remedies along with plenty of rest,…

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