Life & Work

I’m Off For An Extended Holiday Break

December 17, 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Growing Up Herbal!

It’s that time of the year… only this year I’m taking an extended break for the holidays.

Why extended? Because I NEED it!

Last week, while finishing up a new project I was working on for all my Letters To Natural Mamas email subscribers (as in working on putting in the very last photo), I went to clean up some files on my computer because it has been being kinda slow lately, and somehow deleted a bunch of the files that I need… included all my e-book files (5 finished books), blog photos and graphics, and who knows what else. Only I didn’t delete them so I must have deleted a file that took other files with it.

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Life & Work

2014 DIY Holiday: Herbal Bath Salts

December 10, 2014

2014 DIY Holiday: Herbal Bath Salts | | Three blends of herbal bath salts sure to make for a great handmade holiday gift!The holidays are here, and at the Visser House that means the Jesse tree is lit with new ornaments being added daily, weekly advent activities are underway, Spotify Christmas music can be heard all through the house, the wood stove is keeping us all warm and cozy, and the smells of the season fill the air as there’s more baking and essential oil diffusing going on.

Another thing that’s in full swing this time of the year is the traditional handmade gift I’m making for all the ladies in my family. This is something I’ve been doing for several years, but it seems each year it spreads to more and more people which is great (and oh so fun for me)!

You see, I love all things diy and handmade. There’s just something about taking the time, energy, and gifts a person has and creating something thoughtful for someone else. I love receiving handmade gifts, but I honestly think I like to give them more. This year I wanted to give you a sneak peak into what I’m making for my family and friends, including the resources I’m using so you can do it too if you’d like.

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Natural Health

4 Natural Methods To Cleanse The Air In Your Home With Herbs And Essential Oils

December 8, 2014

4 Natural Methods To Cleanse The Air In Your Home With Herbs And Essential Oils | | Decrease your chances of picking up a virus by cleansing the air in your home.

When you come from a family where there are 16 adults and 15 small children always spending time together, colds are spread like hugs. It’s unfortunate, but it’s just one of those things you have to accept unless you want to cut yourself off from your family… which I don’t. I love my big family!

When I think about it… it’s basically like going to church or Walmart so really there’s no getting away from it. Anytime you’re around a large group of people, you’re exposed to whatever they’ve been exposed to. Viruses specifically because they are transferred through the air… air that we all share and breathe. Don’t think into it too much. It’s really gross.

As my four little guys seem to constantly have a cold (yes I’m that mom that always has a snotty nosed kid – or two – in tow) I’ve learned a lot about viruses and how to naturally decrease my families risk for catching them, but before I share my methods for decreasing our chances of catching a virus, let me tell you a little secret first.

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Using Herbs

7 Herbal Books For Beginners

November 26, 2014

7 Herbal Books For Beginners | | New to herbs? Here are 7 books perfect for beginners.

When I first started learning about herbs, the internet was my main source of information, but as I continued to learn and grow as an herbalist, I began to find myself purchasing written books from well-known herbalists.

The reason was because I wanted all of their wisdom in one, easy to access collection. The internet and its multitude of blogs is a relatively new thing, but herbal teachers have been sharing their wisdom with others for years in person, in workshops, or in books. Sure I’ve taken a good bit of online courses from herbalists over the years, but the more I learn and increase my herbal knowledge, the more I find myself looking to books for information or to double-check myself.

Today I’m sharing 7 herbal books for beginners with you. These were some of the first books I every bough myself to learn more about using herbs for myself and my family from.

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Manly Essential Oil Beard Blends

November 21, 2014

Manly Essential Oil Beard Blends | | Today I'm sharing 2 manly essential oil beard blends that husbands, wives, and the kids will love!

Today’s guest post is from my friend Jamie who blogs at How To Just About Anything. but before the post, let me explain why I’m talking essential oils, men, and beards today.

A while back I started noticing a huge amount of traffic coming to my site from At first, I was completely unsure of what was going on. I mean, what does a beard board want with my site. Then I started getting the emails. Emails from men asking me about essential oils, therapeutic properties, combinations, and blending techniques for their beards. That’s when I got it. Continue Reading…

Using Herbs

How To Substitute Herbs In Recipes

November 18, 2014

How To Substitute Herbs In Recipes | | Missing an herb in a remedy? Here's how to substitute one herb for another.

What do you do when you have most of the herbs in a recipe, but not all of them? Does that mean you can’t make it? Can you use everything else and leave the one you don’t have out, or will that mess it up? Can you substitute an herb you have into the recipe to take the place of the one you don’t have?

Have you ever found yourself in this situation and asked yourself these same questions? If so, today I have some answers for you!

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