Things I Love

Things I Love: May 2016

May 27, 2016

Things I Love: May 2016 | Growing Up Herbal | Here are some of my favorite things from this past month!

Hey, mama!

I hope May has been a great month for you. Summer is almost here, and we’ve been enjoying 80-90 degree weather here in East Tennessee. 

I’m back today with another sneak peek into my life by sharing 5 things I’ve loved this past month with you, and as usual, I’d love to know what you’ve been up to this month too!

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Handcrafted Art Supplies

How To Make Homemade Glue Using Natural Ingredients

May 20, 2016

How To Make Homemade Glue Using Natural Ingredients | Growing Up Herbal | Your kiddo will have even more fun making art projects when the use homemade glue! Get the tutorial here!

I don’t know about you, mama, but my kids love getting messy making art! Construction paper, markers, glue, paint… you name it… they’re into it!

Unfortunately, art and craft supplies, depending on what they’re for, can oftentimes be fairly toxic, and I’m the kind of mama that is trying to do what I can to minimize the toxins my kids are exposed to. 

Because of this, my kids and I make a lot of our own art supplies. Sometimes this can feel overwhelming, but most times, these homemade art supplies are simple and quick to make.

Today, I’d like to share a tutorial with you on how to make homemade glue using natural ingredients that’s simple and easy to make, and the best part is that it actually works to hold things together.

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Why I Switched From Regular Kombucha To Jun Kombucha (+ How To Make It)

May 17, 2016

Why I Switched From Regular Kombucha To Jun Kombucha (+ How To Make It) | Growing Up Herbal | Have you heard of "jun kombucha?" Here's why I'm drinking it now + a tutorial for how to make it!

Yum! There’s something about the flavor of home-brewed kombucha! It really hits the spot, especially during the warmer months. And I’m not talking about any ole’ kombucha either. I’m talking about jun kombucha. Have you heard of it? It’s fizzy, sweet, and full of good stuff for your gut.

A friend recently introduced me to jun kombucha, and I’m so glad she did! I’d never heard of it before, but after listening to her talk about it and trying some, I was hooked and knew that I wanted to switch over from regular kombucha to this delicious variety.

Today, I want tell you a bit about this kind of kombucha as well as why I chose to make the switch. And, I’m even gonna show you how to make it it case you wanna try this deliciously healthy fermented drink too!

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Herbal First Aid

Mangled Fingers, ER Visits, And Herbal Wound Care

May 13, 2016

Mangled Fingers, ER Visits, And Herbal Wound Care | Growing Up Herbal | Today I'm sharing how my kiddo cut his finger off and how we're managing the wound with herbs.

I thought giving birth was hard work. And it was. Don’t get me wrong.

Passing 7 and 8-pound babies through your, well, you know, without any pain meds is a big accomplishment. At least I think so. Heck, having babies period, no matter where they come out or if you felt anything or not, is hard work!  

But the work of childbirth doesn’t even come close to the work it takes to actually raise kids to adulthood. Oh no. I’m learning this first hand. 

You see, when I was a new mom, I had all the answers. I had this raising kids thing all planned out. I knew exactly what it would look like for our little family. 

Then, Isaiah was born. He broke the mold… and all my well-laid plans.

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Herbal Education

Are Alcohol Tinctures Bad For Children?

May 11, 2016

Are Alcohol Tinctures Bad For Kids? | Growing Up Herbal | Ever wondered if alcohol-based herbal tinctures were bad for your kiddos? Today, we're exploring the truth behind this confusing topic.

Many parents want to use herbs to better their child’s health, but questions about safety come to mind, especially when it comes to giving their child an herbal tincture that’s been extracted in alcohol.  

Most parents new to herbs wonder whether alcohol tinctures are bad for children. I mean, alcohol is bad for anyone if too much is used, too often, right? And, because children are much smaller in weight and their bodies don’t metabolize toxins the way an adult’s body does, wouldn’t it make sense that there should be some worry around giving alcohol to them… even if it’s in the form of a natural, herbal medicine? 

So here’s the big question.

“Are alcohol tinctures bad for children?”

Will the amount of alcohol a child would receive in several doses of an alcohol-based herbal tincture several times a day harm them? Are these forms of herbal medicine okay for children to take when needed? 

Now, I’m not here to convince you one way or the other. This decision is up to you as the parent of your child, but I do want to share some basic information I’ve found in order to help you come to a better decision… or at least an easier one. We all want to sleep well at night knowing that we’ve done what’s best for our child, right? 

Below, you’ll find some reasons why alcohol is a great solvent for herbs as well as a few innocent, everyday places one might consume alcohol without even realizing it. I’ll also be showing you just how much alcohol your kiddo is actually ingesting from that tincture they’re taking, and we’ll look at how much alcohol is required to have a negative impact on their body. We’ll hear what Dr. Aviva Romm, an experienced herbalist, midwife, and medical doctor, thinks about giving alcohol tinctures to children, and lastly, I’ll share some alternatives to alcohol tinctures that you can use with your children if you choose to skip alcohol extracts entirely.

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Handcrafted Personal Care

3 Ingredient DIY Shaving Cream For Lazy Shavers

May 4, 2016

3 Ingredient DIY Shaving Cream For Lazy Shavers | Growing Up Herbal | Don't be a lazy shaver. Here's an easy DIY shaving cream recipe to make quick work of it.

Have you ever had one of those weird days when something keeps coming up over and over again? It’s like everywhere you turn or random things you see or what people say just keep reminding you of it. 

I had one of those days recently that revolved around shaving your legs. Weird I know!

Below I’m gonna tell you about how this shaving topic wouldn’t leave me alone and then share a recipe for a simple 3 ingredient DIY shave cream that you and your legs are gonna love. Trust me mama. Mine are singing its praises!

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