using herbs & essential oils

Curious About Using Essential Oils With Your Kids? A Q&A With Plant Therapy About Their KidSafe Synergy Line

March 27, 2015

Plant Therapy Q&A About KidSafe Synergies | Growing Up Herbal | Finally a line of essential oil blends specifically for kids! Come learn more about KidSafe Synergies in today's Q&A post!

Let’s rewind back to about 5 years ago. When I first started using essential oils as a part of my natural medicine toolbox, I went about it all wrong. You see… I started using the oils before I really knew a whole lot about them.

Sure I knew which oil to use for which ailment and to put a certain number of drops in a certain amount of carrier oil, but honestly, that’s about it. I knew nothing about the different methods that can be used with essential oils, about blending the right oils together to create powerhouse synergy blends, or about safely using these concentrated oils on myself and my kids other than not using them straight on the skin.

You see, I was like many natural mamas today. I was trying to avoid toxins and meds and go with something natural, and instead of learning about this particular option myself, I blindly went along with what other people told me about it. Plus, it was natural, and natural means safe, right?

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using herbs & essential oils

Using Herbs: Herbal Salves and Creams

March 25, 2015

Using Herbs: Herbal Salves and Creams | Growing Up Herbal | Learn how to make herbal salves and creams as well as how to use them in this Using Herbs post!

If you search the internet for herbal remedy recipes, you’re sure to find many herbal salves show up in the search results. You’ll probably also notice a few creams or lotions mixed in as well.

So what exactly is an herbal salve, how does it work to bring healing to the body, and how do you make one yourself? How does a cream differ from a salve? And when should you not use an herbal salve or cream on the skin?

These are the questions I’ll be answering in today’s Using Herbs post.

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real food recipes

Chamomile Flower Tea Cookies

March 23, 2015

Chamomile Flower Tea Cookies | Growing Up Herbal | Delicious little chamomile infused tea cookies. A perfect companion to hot chamomile tea!

Nothing says spring like flowers. With the days lengthening and the weather warming, our backyard is a-buzz with daffodils, flowering trees and bees. We’ve been hard at work preparing our garden and planting the herb beds which include several bushes of new chamomile plants. German Chamomile is our favorite; easy to grow and beautifully ornate when in full bloom.

Not only does chamomile make for an excellent tea but it’s quite delicious in baked goods. As with many aromatic flowering herbs there is a fine line between achieving a delicate, flavorful taste and straight-up face cream. It’s much easier to overdo herbs like lavender or rose in baked goods but I’ve certainly been too heavy handed with chamomile before.

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diy herbal remedies

How To Nourish Dry Skin With A DIY Parched Skin Rosehip Seed Cream

March 20, 2015

How To Nourish Dry Skin With A DIY Parched Skin Rosehip Seed Cream | Growing Up Herbal | Nourish dry skin with this specially formulated rosehip seed cream.

Ezrah was around 4 months old when I noticed it. Small patches of dry, flaky skin on the outside of his thighs and calves. Just one small, roundish spot on the top and bottom of each leg. 

Was it dry skin? Was it eczema?

Seeing as how my kids didn’t have allergies and their gut was in good health (as far as I could tell) I wrote it off as dry skin, but in the back of my mind I wondered if it was baby eczema. I mean… it looked like eczema. Pink, flaky skin in round patches. At least it looked like the same thing my third little guy (Uriah) had when he was a baby. 

Of course some people will say that a bit of eczema in babies is normal and no big deal. WebMD says that eczema shows up in 10 – 15% of babies and is caused when the body makes too few ceramides (fatty cells that protect the skin). The more I looked into baby eczema, the more confused I was. It looked like eczema, but the risks of eczema didn’t fit for him. It wasn’t winter and the air wasn’t dry, I wasn’t over-bathing him, we use all natural skincare products so chemical irritants wouldn’t apply, I hadn’t introduced solids to him yet, and allergies don’t run in our family. Maybe it was just dry skin after all??

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Using Herbs: Herbal Infused Oils and Liniments

March 18, 2015

Using Herbs: Herbal Infused Oils and Liniments | Growing Up Herbal | Herbal infused oils and liniments are two easy to make preparations that have lots of great uses!

What do lotions, salves, and massages have in common? What can you use on a pulled muscle that will not only relax it, but penetrate deep down into the tissues to bring healing to that area?

Herbal infused oils and liniments… that’s what!

These two herbal preparations are very similar, and today we’ll be talking about what infused oils and liniments are, how you can use them, and of course, how to make them yourself at home.

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REAL FOOD DIET

Ten Real Food Snacks For Kids That Are Easy To Make And Have On Hand When You Need Them

March 16, 2015

Ten Real Food Snacks For Kids That Are Easy To Make And Have On Hand When You Need Them | Growing Up Herbal

“Mommy, I’m HUNGRY!” 

We’ve all heard this one before. It’s hard to get everything done and everyone fed with our busy schedules. Sure it’s easy to go pick up some McDonald’s happy meals, but we all know they are far from nutritious. Their french fries alone have 17 ingredients , including Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate and Dimethylpolysiloxane. Yummy. 

Prepackaged health food presents its own problem. It’s a healthier option, but at $4 for just one box of organic graham crackers, it can quickly get pricy. Especially if you have more than one child, that little box from the health food store isn’t going to last very long. 

I would love to be able to have the time to create time intensive, nutrient dense snacks from scratch twice a day, but I realize that’s not going to happen. Thankfully there are healthy, real food snacks for kids that are easy to make and keep your little one happy at the same time. Oh yeah, and it doesn’t just have to be carrot sticks and raisins. 

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