‘Bucha by golly, WOW…Probiotic face wash

Bucha didn’t know that Kombucha was as good for your skin as it is for your digestive system! But let me tell you, the addition of bucha tea and ground scoby to my to already amazing face wash recipe has made a tremendous difference.

Let me first remind you what Kombucha does internally; and if you have never heard of it, your in for a real eye opener.

First of all, Kombucha is a fermented tea that has a living organism called a ‘S.C.O.B.Y.” (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast). And while it may look like the most disgusting thing in the world, it is crucial in the process of fermentation of the sweet tea. Kombucha has a naturally occurring probiotic effect on the body. I will not go thru the whole process of making kombucha as there are so many websites out there, but here are a few links to help you if you are interested in making it yourself (Kombucha Kamp, Cultures for Health). Continue reading

Wheels for Libby…Degenerative Myelopathy

This post could not only be one of the hardest/emotionally involved, but also chronologically longest to date. In order to document progress, and provide others with valuable resources and advice I received, this journey may be separated into 2 parts: Beginning (Diagnosis) to Mid-stage; Mid-stage to Final journey (decision day).

Before I begin, let me introduce you to our star: Liberty (aka: Libby).

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Baby It’s Cold Outside…Seasonal (hygiene) Changes you should make

Since the weather is changing, this is the perfect time of year to make a couple of big changes in your personal hygiene practices, because… we tend to sweat a lot less.

One of those changes is getting rid of those caustic deodorants & antiperspirants that are leaching aluminum and other chemicals into your body via lymph nodes located directly under your arms (and dangerously near breasts and lungs). This climate change allows us to make the transition to natural and homemade, while allowing your body to detox before ‘The Heat Is On’ again. I made the change roughly 4 yrs ago and guess what…My pits don’t stink! And with 3 versions of application (solid stick, cream and spray) surely one of these will suit your needs, in fact they are all equally as effective on odor as commercial brands of deodorant. Read more here:

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Nutta’ Butta’…Body Butter

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Just as we change our clothing for the colder months, we must also considering the changes to our skins needs. When we turn on the dry heat, it tends to suck moisture from the air leaving skin feeling dry, flaky, cracked and at times looking like an alligator hide.

In a previous post (one well oiled machine), I discussed the importance of oils on our body, and in the winter this applies two fold. The combination of nut oils and butters used in body butter acts as a barrier between the epidermis and harsh dry heat. This is best accomplished by applying after a shower (not on ‘wet; skin) to lock in the water your skin already absorbed.

I have seen so many recipes for “BB”, as well as a variety of handcrafted versions for sale on ‘Z’. Surprisingly, some of them included ‘water’ which ultimately requires the use of chemical elements to prevent bacteria growth. If I wanted chemicals, I would just go to the store!

Further surprise came from the missed opportunity of ‘crafters’ to utilize skin nurturing herbs in their products. Sure it does require a bit more time and effort, but the reward is the amplified results your skin will ever see! I mean, why not go the extra 1/2 mile if your gonna sell to a handmade product?! Continue reading

Bye Bye UTI!!!

Sometime back I posted a story about the ‘power of plants’ for a kidney infection. Well as before, I had another incredibly fast moving UTI. And I mean fast!! This thing went from 0 to 100 in a matter of a few hours! Because of the location of the pain this time, it was quite obvious that it was a urinary infection (no back pain). Thankfully, I knew what to do and had what I needed to start treatment immediately. BUT, I was curious what other herbs I could use in addition to Usnea and Echinacea tincture, and Cranberry EXTRACT (not cranberry juice). Continue reading

Immunity Boost w/ Elderberry+ Tincture

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New edition to the Medicinal arsenal this year… Elderberry+ Tincture.

Yes I still have, make and use Elderberry syrup, but since some of the herbs I use are intended to ease those awful symptoms that come with a cold/flu, it is somewhat of a waste to use the syrup for preventative purposes. (and those herbs and honey can get expensive if you take syrup everyday, vs if you take it only when sick).

So for this reason, I decided to make a preventative concoction, generally a more simplified version of the syrup but simply meant to boost the immune system: Elderberries, Echinacea and Rosehip tincture. 

Let me introduce you to a new word that marvelously describes health benefits of Elderberries! “Immunomodulator”… which means it not only stimulates our immune system, but it also aids the body to ‘self adjust’ its level of needed immunity!  Continue reading

‘Arm’ yourself with Herbs for cold/flu…not a shot!

So as I sit in the waiting room to get tires on my vehicle while listening to people already coughing and sniffling; I am reminded that cold and flu season is here or near! And, while I have already started vamping up my own arsenal, I thought it would be helpful to provide a list of natural remedies that anyone can make at home.

As you probably know, if just one member of your family gets ill…

  • it will most definitely spread to other family members, and caretakers
  • can cause loss of time at work/school
  • spread to people outside the immediate family (i.e. other children, grandparents, co-workers, people in stores and restaurants, etc)
  • and even after recovery, could leave one open to a ’round 2′ (since most likely the immune system hasn’t had time to fully recover)

So the take-home for us here is prevention first, treatment second, immune system building third! Continue reading