Nutta’ Butta’…Body Butter


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



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

Rootin’ Tootin’ “Root” Beer…or Tea


OH how I love root beer, always have…always will! And Root Beer (or even Birch Beer) Floats…well you can’t get much better than that! BUT, I haven’t touched a soda of any kinds in at least 4 yrs. Today’s sodas aren’t what soda’s of the past were made of. In fact….some of you are too young to remember this (and some have never heard of this before) but ‘soda’ (aka: root beer) used to be sold at counter tops (soda fountains) in drug stores. I can remember my grandfather taking us to one when we were young, climbing up on the seemingly large round stools to sit at the counter and having a root beer float while he got his prescriptions. But even then, those were commercial processed sodas. But long before the commercial brands, root beer was sold in drug dispensaries as a way to take herbal remedies and mask the taste of medicines (even ‘opium’ in the 1800’s) for children!

Thats right…root beer was made from real plant ROOTS; sassafras, sarsaparilla and licorice. Hence the name… Continue reading

Luxurious Latex…has changed my life!

I have had two major surgeries in my life (other than childbirth), hip surgery to remove a cyst on the neck of the femor which included 3 long titanium screws; and one to remove ovaries which instantly threw me into meno causing night sweats. For those two reasons, I had a lot of difficulty sleeping on my (then) mattress (inner spring with 2″ memory foam. I bought an ‘air’ bed…somewhat better but couldn’t find a ‘number’ that worked for me. Went back to the inner spring and added MORE memory foam with a ‘cooling’ gel, but it still wasn’t helping.

During this same time, I developed neck and upper arm pain so I was experimenting with different pillows: memory foam, neck rolls, lamb wool, and buck wheat hulls. The later two where of some relief but also came with other issues.

So in keeping with natural, I started to research latex mattresses. And boy did I research! I spent hours and days on different sights, reading the comments, reading unbiased resource forums, etc. I also saw reports that back in the 50’s Sears company sold Dunlop latex mattress, and that some 50 some years later, those owners were only now looking to replace those mattress’s. I became quite confident that this was something worth trying, but due to the price point, I didn’t want to be stuck with another pricey mattress if it didn’t work. (More research) I checked my ‘warehouse’ club because they have a no questions asked policy on returns, but the price was pretty steep. (more research) This led me to online purchases. (more research) I found a website which listed online latex mattress companies, their years of business, BBB rating, return policies (if any), etc, etc.

Before I go any further, let me just tell you… this is my personal unbiased, unsolicited, and non-sponsored/paid/commissioned/compensated…review. Continue reading

Feverfew…Migraine, Headache, etc

Feverfew; aka: Tanacetum parthenium, is a beautiful garden herb that is easy to grow. And it looks very similar to Chrysanthemums  and Chamomile with its small white daisy like flowers (it is in the family of Chrysanthemum), but its medicinal properties distinguish it from the common potted plant. The parthenolides (a sesquiterpene lactone of the germacranolide class) which occurs naturally in the plant feverfew:

appears to inhibit the release of the hormone serotonin, which is thought to trigger migraine.

Yes, as the name refers to, it aids in reducing fevers, but Feverfew really shines when dealing with headaches and migraines! And if you have ever had a migraine or know someone who has them, you are probably jumping up and down with excitement at this point.  Continue reading