10 Natural Uses for Witch Hazel

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Witch hazel is a small bush native to Asia and North America. Although the strange yellow stringy flowers don't look like much, this plant was used medicinally by Native Americans and later by European settlers. It also enjoyed use in parts of Asia. The witch hazel used medicinally shouldn't be confused with the English wych elm, which is also sometimes called witch hazel. Regardless, witch hazel is one of those things that should be in every old fashioned medicine cabinet due to its varied ... [ Read More ]

8 Natural Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Great

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Unfortunately, a lot of store bought candles and air fresheners are made with artificial scents that contain damaging chemicals, which can aggravate your skin and lungs. Not to mention they are expensive! Not to worry, though, there are plenty of all natural ways to keep your house smelling amazing all of the time! Here are 8 of my favorites: 1) Homemade Air Freshener Making your own homemade air freshener is super simple and only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have! ... [ Read More ]

Use Elderberries to Combat the Flu

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Cold and flu season is officially here and, judging by the coughing fits and empty chairs of my coworkers who had to stay home, this year is going to be a bad one. So, of course, I've been turning quite a bit to my favorite natural flu fighting tea: Elderberry. Elderberries come from the elder plant, which grows naturally in Europe and a few other parts of the globe. Historically, elderberries have been used to fight inflammation, diseases, relieve skin conditions, help heal burns, and boost ... [ Read More ]

11 Tips for Getting out of Debt

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Debt is something that a lot of Americans struggle with, so there is definitely no reason to be ashamed. In fact, as of 2015, eight out of every ten Americans were in some sort of debt— and at least 38% of us have credit card debt. Getting out of debt is a lot easier said than done, and people often struggle for years with payments and interest rates! This is something you'll want to take care of before starting a homestead, as its a very frugal lifestyle that doesn't leave you with a lot of ... [ Read More ]

10 Best Foods for Power Outages and Emergencies

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Whether you consider yourself a prepper or not, power outages happen in the winter, and preparing for an emergency situation is never a bad idea. I remember we had a huge snowstorm here in the Midwest in 2007 or so, and some places lost power for almost two weeks during that time. We lived in the country and so, while we lost power for just under a week, we were perfectly fine. Our stove was gas, and we could melt snow for water so things were just fine, if not a little boring. So, with ... [ Read More ]

How to Make Your Own Bath Salts

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Who doesn't love a nice spa experience? Getting one at home is probably easier than you expected— at least with a relaxing, aroma-therapeutic, candlelit bath. Bath salts are a great way to take your bath to the next level and can help you unwind, exfoliate your skin, and relieve sore muscles. Bath salts are easily purchased, but a lot of the store bought products are highly processed rather than all natural. The all natural salts are full of nutrients like magnesium, calcium, and potassium ... [ Read More ]

10 Natural Benefits of Using Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is often called a "super food" and is considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet with over 1,500 studies to back it up. Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which include caprylic acid, lauric acid, and capric acid. More than 60% of of coconut oil is composed of those three healthy fatty acids, and more than 90% of coconut oil is healthy saturated fat. The issue with consuming a lot of fatty foods is most fats go through a 26 ... [ Read More ]

10 Natural Antibiotics and How to Use Them

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Don't get me wrong, modern medicine has discovered many amazing things that help us out, but it seems like we are all starting to forget that most of the ingredients that go into creating things like antibiotics actually come from the Earth! Recently, there has even been some evidence sprouting up about negative effects of pharmaceutical antibiotics, such as bacterial residence in the stomach. There are tons of illnesses and even diseases that still respond to natural antibiotics, so before you ... [ Read More ]

A Fall Guide for Essential Oil Blends

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Fall is in full swing here. Leaves have already turned colors and fallen to the ground, mornings are cool and frosty, and Thanksgiving is days away! Call me crazy, but one of my favorite things about the holiday season is the smells! Rather than overspending on candles and scentsy's like I have in years past, now my essential oil diffusers help keep my house smelling great and like fall! I know it sounds weird, but you know what I'm talking about— pumpkin, apple pie, cinnamon, etc! So, I ... [ Read More ]