Essential Oils, Outdoor Adventures

How To Make An Incredible Sore Muscle Ointment For Pain Relief

July 26, 2016

How To Make An Incredible Sore Muscle Ointment For Pain Relief | Growing Up Herbal | Get the recipe for this simple and effective DIY sore muscle ointment for sore muscle pain in kids and adults!

Have you ever gone hiking on a whim and wound up with crazy sore leg muscles the next day?

I’m not necessarily talking about a hard hike, either, although those will contribute to sore muscles. I’m talking about easy ones too. 

Unfortunately, no matter how easy your hike is, if you don’t walk or hike a lot, your leg muscles (the ones located beside of your shins) will most likely be unhappy later. 

Have you been there? I know I have! Recently, in fact.

Today, I wanna share a bit about our annual hike on the Virgina Creeper Trial (with lots of photos) and give you a recipe for a DIY sore muscle ointment that was a lifesaver for me 24-48 hours after the hike!

If you and your family don’t walk or hike much, let me encourage you to set aside some time to get outside and make a go of it. You’ll love it. Just be sure you have some of this sore muscle ointment handy afterward! Your muscles will thank you!

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Common Childhood Ailments, Tonics

3 Homemade Electrolyte Drink Recipes Your Kids Will Love

July 19, 2016

3 Homemade Electrolyte Drink Recipes Your Kids Will Love | Growing Up Herbal | Try these homemade electrolyte drink recipes the next time your kiddo needs to stay hydrated naturally! They taste great!

I don’t know about your kids, but when my kids are sick, convincing them to drink a homemade electrolyte drink isn’t easy. Depending on their age and how they’re feeling, getting them to drink anything is difficult.

The unfortunate thing about many homemade electrolyte drinks is that they lack flavor. Many are made out of straight coconut water. Sure, coconut water is great for you and it provides a good bit of minerals, but when it’s combined with a small amount of sweetener and extra minerals (usually in the form of sea salt), it simply tastes like coconut flavored salt water. I mean, I’m not all that excited about drinking it when I’m not sick so I can’t expect my feverish child who’s vomiting to drink salty tasting water when he is sick. Right? 

So what’s a natural mama to do when their kiddo is sick and needs to stay hydrated? Store-bought electrolyte drinks are full of sugar, dye, and other unhealthy ingredients, and while the idea behind a homemade electrolyte drink is a great one… if your kids won’t drink it, what good is it?

So, I decided to tweak some traditional homemade electrolyte drink recipes to make them taste better. That way, my kid will actually drink them and benefit from them when they’re sick. Not only will these drinks help to keep my child hydrated, but they contain healthy ingredients and actually taste decent.

Today, I’d like to share them with you in case you are like me, and you’ve struggled to get your kids to drink a homemade electrolyte drink when they’ve been sick in the past.

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Herbal First Aid, Natural Health

Electrolyte Salts For Your Travel First Aid Kit

July 13, 2016

Electrolyte Salts For Your Travel First Aid Kit | Growing Up Herbal | Be prepared for stomach viruses when you're on the road. These electrolyte salts make homemade electrolyte drinks quick and easy!

One of the worst things I can think of would be to come down with a stomach bug while traveling.

I mean, you’re on the road, you have this great trip planned, you’re looking forward to all the delicious foods you’re gonna eat and the beautiful places you’re going to see, and BAM! It hits you right in the gut. 

Vomiting. Diarrhea. It doesn’t matter. They both suck, and they can both wreck your trip. 

Unfortunately, it happens to the best of us, and oftentimes, there’s no predicting it. Thankfully, though, if you do come down with some sort of stomach bug or food poisoning, there is one thing that will make you feel better.

Yes, it’s your travel first-aid kit. Remember that little bag you packed full of natural remedies to help you in case sickness came in some form or another on your trip. Yep, that one. Aren’t you so glad you have it now?

Okay, so hopefully that NEVER happens to you on a trip, but it’s always nice to be prepared in case it does. Today, I want to share a quick and easy recipe for electrolyte salts that you can take with you on the go in your travel first aid kit. That way, if you do find yourself sticking close to the toilet for whatever unfortunate reason, you will at least be prepared to keep yourself properly hydrated and hopefully out of the ER with an IV in your arm.

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It’s Cousin’s Party Time!!

July 12, 2016

It's Cousin's Party Time!! | Growing Up Herbal | It's time for the annual Cousin's Party! Come along and check out the fun!

It’s that time of the year! The time for the annual Cousin’s Party! 

It’s THE event of the summer for our big family. The adults plan for it months in advance, the kids look forward to it all year, and once all is said and done, we all sleep really well!

Today, I’d like to share a bit about our family, how this party came to be, and of course, a lot of fun party photos and videos with you too! 

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Herbal Remedies

How To Use Herbs To Cleanse Your Child’s Liver Safely

July 7, 2016

How To Use Herbs To Cleanse Your Child's Liver Safely | Growing Up Herbal | Children's bodies can use gentle detoxing from time to time just like an adults. Here's how to do it safely using herbs!

As parents, we instinctively want to protect our children from anything dangerous. Many of us choose foods that will strengthen their bodies, avoid synthetic chemicals, and turn to natural remedies and herbs instead of prescription medications. Even with these precautions, though, is it possible that our children’s systems still need to be detoxed? Is a detox necessary, or even safe for children, and at what age? Can you use herbs to cleanse your child’s liver safely?

Maybe your kids have been eating a standard American diet and using conventional skincare products, and you’re looking to make some positive changes through the use of natural remedies and lifestyle changes.

Today, we’re going to delve into the subject of using herbs to cleanse your child’s liver safely. Wherever you’re at in your parenting journey, hopefully, you’ll find this information useful for helping your kids be as healthy as possible.

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Fourth of July Herbal Patriotic Popsicles (Sugar-Free)

July 4, 2016

Fourth of July Herbal Patriotic Popsicles (Sugar-Free) | Growing Up Herbal | Make these delicious, healthy, sugar-free herbal patriotic popsicles for your 4th of July celebration!

Happy 4th of July my American friends! I hope this year finds you healthy, happy, and grateful for the freedoms we have here in America!

In honor of Independence Day (and my sweet tooth), I’d like to combine holiday festivity with health by introducing you to my herbal patriotic popsicles! These popsicles are not only sugar-free and delicious, but they contain herbs which make them even better for your body!

If you have these ingredients on hand and some sort of mold, whip up a batch of these popsicles for your 4th of July celebration! You won’t regret it!

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