Handcrafted Personal Care, Natural Health

How To Manage Your Hair Loss Naturally

August 30, 2016

How To Manage Your Hair Loss Naturally | Growing Up Herbal | Have thinning hair or noticeable hair loss? There are things you can do to minimize and reverse hair loss, naturally! Get more info here!

No matter who you are or how you look at it, losing your hair is no fun, but thankfully there are things you can do to manage your hair loss naturally.

That’s right. You don’t have to opt for chemical and surgical options right off the bat. There are some basic, healthy, natural steps you can try first. 

Okay, so, I’ve actually never dealt with hair loss in a bad way. Sure, after my pregnancies, my hair seemed to fall out in globs, but that’s a normal response to fluctuating hormones which I’ll be addressing below; however, men, and women, both experience thinning hair and hair loss due to a variety of things. Some things are beyond our control while others are very much in our control.

Today, I want to talk about some common causes of hair loss as well as 5 ways you can manage your hair loss naturally. And yes, I do have some great natural remedies and resources to share with you too!

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A Day In The Life: The 2016 Appalachian Fair

August 26, 2016

A Day In The Life: The 2016 Appalachian Fair | Growing Up Herbal | Come check out another one of our yearly family traditions! This time, we're hitting the Appalachian Fair for food, fun, and farm animals!

This past week, the whole Visser family (all 34 of us) went to the Appalachian Fair in Gray, TN… one of our many yearly traditions. We always look forward to this event at the end of August, and this year makes our (my and Dean’s) 15th year of going together.

When we were in high school, we couldn’t wait to go to the fair! All of us teenagers would separate from the parents and ride the rides (especially the crazy, fast ones), eat junk food (corn dogs, blooming onions, funnel cakes, and pecan logs), play games (the guys loved showing us how strong they were), look at all the different animals (especially the babies), watch the special events (monster trucks and motocross racing), go to the concerts (The Charlie Daniel Band has been our favorite so far), and shop around the local booths (for handmade pottery, handspun and hand-dyed wool, and handmade soap).

Now that we’re older and all have kids, we do a lot of the same things only we skip the concerts, we don’t eat as much junk food, and we don’t ride as many crazy fair rides. No matter, it’s something we all look forward to every single year!

Today, I’d like to tell you a little more about this family tradition of ours (including how it all started when my father-in-law took my mother-in-law back when they were first dating) and show you some photos of this year’s trip to the fair. I hope you enjoy them!

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How To Make Homemade Coconut Milk

August 23, 2016

How To Make Homemade Coconut Milk | Growing Up Herbal | Make homemade coconut milk at home. It's easier than you think, and super healthy for you!

I grew up greatly disliking anything coconut. I hated the smell and taste of everything associated with it. At the time, I didn’t consider myself a picky eater and would eat almost everything… except coconut.

All that changed about 10 years ago when I had my first coconut honey macaroon at a local health food store. It was the first time I had eaten real coconut (compared to the overly sweetened coconut sold at most grocery stores), and I fell in love with it! Now I keep coconut on hand for things like homemade granola bars, to sprinkle on oatmeal, and to make homemade coconut milk.

Speaking of coconut milk… I recently made homemade coconut milk for the very first time and was so surprised at how simple it was to make! In fact, it was so easy that I’ll never have to buy it again! And like most homemade items, it’s healthier than store-bought versions, and it also saves money.

Today, I’d like to share some reasons why I think you should make homemade coconut milk and then show you how to make it as well.

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Common Childhood Ailments, Essential Oils, Handcrafted Personal Care

How To Make The Simplest Lice Prevention Shampoo In The World

August 16, 2016

How To Make The Simplest Lice Prevention Shampoo & Conditioner In The World | Growing Up Herbal | Worried about your kid getting lice mama? Try this easy-to-make shampoo to help prevent it from happening.

August is here and the kids are heading back to school. That means a lot of bloggers are talking about head lice and how to prevent it. These posts are some of the best, most embraced posts for mamas with kids in school because dealing with lice is a chore, and not a fun one. (Speaking of chores, are any of them really fun? I think not, but that’s beside the point.)

Unfortunately, the beginning of the school year is NOT the only time your kid is at risk for catching head lice. Anytime you have a group of kids in close contact with each other, whether they’re in school together or at a sleepover, head lice is potentially a problem.

So today, I want to share one of the simplest ways to prevent your child from getting lice in the first place, and if they already have it, it can help rid their hair of it as well. 

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Eco-Friendly Products, Toxins

9 Essential Products To Help You Go Plastic-Free In The Kitchen

August 11, 2016

9 Essential Products To Help You Go Plastic-Free In The Kitchen | Growing Up Herbal | Here are 9 products to make going plastic-free in the kitchen a bit easier on you!

One of my many 2016 goals has been to go plastic-free in the kitchen, and it’s not been an easy transition by any means.

I mean, I really love my Ziplock baggies and how convenient they are, but this has been one of those things that’s been coming for a while. It’s the next step in moving forward and living life a bit more naturally.

Not only do I want my kitchen to be more healthy, but plastic does not break down, y’all. I’m not exactly sure how they dispose of it (Do they burn it or bury it?), but in my mind, reducing the amount that I use is one step in the right direction.

No, I’m not banning all plastics from my life. I’m simply trying to get away from it as much as I possibly can. I’m starting small and trying to go plastic-free in the kitchen only, I’m only focusing on the things that I can easily switch, and I’m not trying to stress myself by being a perfectionist. A tiny bit of plastic is better than a lot of it.

Today, I’d like to tell you how this has gone for me so far. You know, what’s been easy, what’s been hard, where I’ve compromised… that sort of thing. I’d also like to share several eco-friendly products with you that can help you go plastic-free in the kitchen as well!

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Main Dish

Grilled Tandoori Shrimp Skewers

August 9, 2016

Grilled Tandoori Shrimp Skewers | Growing Up Herbal | You'll love this Indian-inspired recipe for grilled tandoori shrimp skewers!

More often than not, come dinner time, I’m feeling lazy.

After a morning of work (oh, the emails) and an afternoon of homeschooling and chores (oh, the whines), this mama is tired, and as much as I’d like to go out to eat somewhere so someone else can cook for me, in a small town, there aren’t many options for my idea of a healthy dinner. Besides, at this point in the day, I’m either feeling too tired to take four kids out to eat in any restaurant (can I get an “Amen!”) or I just want to run away somewhere to be by myself for a bit. 

But back to me cooking dinner.

So, as you can guess, seeing how I want a healthy meal that doesn’t take an hour and a half to make from start to finish, I’m a big fan of dinners that can be pulled off quickly and simply!

Enter shrimp.

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