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Cough & Congestion Essential Oil Mix

April 8, 2016
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This unique blend of essential oils was created to help reduce the signs and symptoms of a cough and cold. To prepare, gather and mix equal parts of the below essential oils: Eucalyptus – breaks up mucous, opens up the airways and fights viral and bacterial infections. Cypress – stimulates the immune system and prevents viruses from entering cells in the airways. It also breaks up mucous and opens up the airways. Lavender – reduces airway spasms and breaks up mucous. It also has…

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Natural Remedy for Bug Bites

December 11, 2015
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Judah got three very itchy bug bites and I remembered a natural remedy that works like a charm! I also use the same remedy as a weekly facial mask to eliminate toxins and it leaves my skin smooth and glowy. All you need are two things: a good Bentonite Clay and Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. Here’s what to do: Mix equal amounts of bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar into a paste.* Draw a circle around the redness of the bite to measure…

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Fire Cider: Immune Boosting Remedy for Cold & Flu Season

September 10, 2015
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With deep roots in folk medicine, this natural remedy has been passed down through the generations. The term Fire Cider was given to this legendary tonic by renowned herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar. Apple cider vinegar is infused with powerful anti-viral, anti-microbial, decongestant, and warming herbs that boost the circulatory and immune systems, stimulate digestion and warms you up on chilly days. It needs to be made in advance and with cold and flu season just around the corner, I made a batch…

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The Old-Fashioned Hot Water Bottle

October 24, 2013
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It’s the simple things in life that bring comfort, a sense of joy and well-being. Behold, the old-fashioned hot water bottle. Cuddling up with a “hottie” is like sipping a big mug of hot cocoa, snuggling by a toasty fire, or eating a bowl of Bubbie’s matzah ball soup. It means someone is taking good care of you—even if that person is you. Economical and eco-friendly, the hot water bottle will keep warm all night making it easier to turn down the…

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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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Healing Benefits of Palo Santo

September 12, 2013
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During a recent stay in Ojai, I discovered the magical and mystical Palo Santo. It’s warm, delicately sweet and woodsy aroma filled me with a sense of peace and tranquility. Intrigued, I learned that Palo Santo grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, Palo Santo literally means “Holy Wood.” The magic is in the alchemical process that happens after the death of a limb or tree. In order for the Palo Santo to gain…

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Immunity Boosting Tea

January 25, 2013
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The healing combination of immune boosting garlic, digestion aiding ginger, pH balancing citrus and circulation boosting cayenne warms you up from the inside out and helps you stay strong! Gather 1 clove of garlic* 1 inch freshly chopped ginger root 1/2 lemon cayenne pepper purified water raw mānuka honey Method Peel and crush garlic.* Peel and chop ginger into chunks. In a small saucepan, bring ginger and water to a boil for 20 minutes. Pour hot ginger water into a large…

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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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Garlic-Mullein Oil Remedy for Ear Aches

December 13, 2012
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Antibiotics are a commonly prescribed conventional treatment for ear infections but can actually contribute to recurring ear infections by wiping out good bacteria, which helps keep the body healthy and immune system strong. Additionally, antibiotics are not always effective. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that children who were given antibiotics for ear infections fared no differently than children given a placebo. In fact, the AAP just rolled out new guidelines which will result in less antibiotic prescriptions, so if you want…

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