homemade cleaners

How To Make Homemade Scent-Boost Crystals For Natural Laundry Care

October 7, 2015

Homemade Scent-Boost Crystals | Growing Up Herbal | Are you bummed your clothes aren't smelling as fresh as you'd like when you use natural laundry products? Try these homemade scent-boost crystals and smell the difference!

When I was little there was nothing better than my mama tucking me into my cozy bed at night with freshly washed sheets and blankets pulled up around my neck. I would snuggle my head into my pillow and breathe in the fresh scent of fabric softener.

Yes, I was raised in a home where scented clothes were the norm so you can guess my disappointment when I first switched from store-bought, chemical laundry care products to homemade, natural products and the fresh scent of essential oils didn’t transfer over to my clothes. 

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real food recipes

How To Make Authentic Indian Chai Tea Your Friends Will Love

September 30, 2015

How To Make Authentic Indian Chai Tea Your Friends Will Love | Growing Up Herbal | A delicious, made-from-scratch herbal chai tea blend sure to impress!

The smell of cardamom and ginger gently drifting through the air as the smooth tendrils of milk and honey swirl together with the spices.

Chai tea is a sweet beverage steeped in tradition. For many tea lovers, chai tea has meant a trip to the coffee shop or a simple tea bag steeped in milk. However, making your own authentic Indian chai with fragrant spices, creamy milk and syrupy honey is actually quite simple. 

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childhood ailments

Ask The Readers: How Do You Boost Your Child’s Immune System?

September 28, 2015

Ask The Readers: How Do You Boost Your Child's Immune System? | Growing Up Herbal | So tell me, how do you boost your child's immune system?

It always seems that as soon as school is back in session, I start thinking of all things fall.

You know, cool weather, leaves changing, fall baking recipes, and yes, cold and flu season. 

With thoughts of cold and flu season on my mind, I immediately start thinking of the things I need to have on hand to keep my kids healthy during this time of the year as well as things to have pre-made if we do come down with something.

Today I wanna talk about prevention and keeping kids healthy. 

You know, boosting immune systems and such.

I get emails from a lot of mamas wanting to know what they can do to boost their kids immune system so they can prevent their kids from getting sick… or at least do their best at preventing it. 

So how do we as parents go about boosting our kids immune systems?

Well, I think it’s important to understand that our kids are going to get sick, and when that happens, it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re doing a bad job at keeping our kids healthy. Kids naturally have weaker immune systems than adults because adults have had longer to build theirs up.

Now I’m not making excuses or saying not to worry about your kids immune system because they’re going to get sick no matter what you do. I’m not saying anything of the sort. Keeping our kids healthy and working to give them strong immune systems is one of the best things we can do for them. The stronger their immune system is, the more quickly it identifies pathogens and gets to work remedying the situation. Having a strong immune system also leads to an increase in antibody production which allows the body to remember particular pathogens more quickly so it acts quicker the next time you’re exposed to the same thing. 

So when it comes to boosting my kids immune systems, I start before they ever get sick feeding them healthy, real food meals, teaching them how to wash their hands so they don’t pick up unwanted germs, keeping my house clean using homemade cleaners to discourage germs from being brought in and spread, and by using herbs and essential oils for prevention as well. I talk more specifically about each of these things in my post – 5 Ways To Naturally Boost Your Child’s Immune System, but enough about me.

Now it’s your turn!

How do you boost your child’s immune system during the year? What specific things have you tried and found success with? Are you trying anything new this year? Share with me in the comment section below!
real food recipes

Carrot And Sage Muffins (With Maple Syrup Drizzle)

September 23, 2015

Carrot And Sage Muffins (With Maple Syrup Drizzle) | Growing Up Herbal | These sweet and savory muffins are a great start to your day when paired with some homemade yogurt and raw milk! Yum!

Umm! There aren’t many things that are better than just-from-the-oven-muffins. The grass-fed butter just melts right in, they taste so sweet, and they go down perfectly with a cold glass of raw milk. Just writing this makes me want to bake a batch and eat them for dessert! I’ll refrain of course, and I wouldn’t advise you to overindulge in the carb-rich goodness of muffins either… especially if you’re trying to watch your weight.

Today I wanna share a new muffin recipe with you… an experimental one that turned out great. I call it Carrot and Sage Muffins, and it’s even better with a little maple syrup drizzle over it. I’m also sharing one way I’ve simplified meal planning for myself and the new approach to cooking that I’ve been playing around with. All the details are below!

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using herbs & essential oils

Would You Like To Win Some KidSafe Essential Oils From Plant Therapy? Here’s How!

September 22, 2015

Want To Win Some KidSafe Essential Oils From Plant Therapy? Here's How! | Growing Up Herbal | Win some Plant Therapy KidSafe essential oils today!

Would you like to win some free essential oils for your kids?

These aren’t just ANY ole’ oils… they are 100% pure, high-quality essential oils that have been formulated for your child’s specific needs by a world renowned aromatherapist. Plus, they’re safe for children ages 2 and up! 

Today, Plant Therapy is giving away 3 KidSafe blends to 5 winners, and the good news is that you don’t have to jump through hoops to win. Entering this giveaway is quick and easy.

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non-toxic products

What? A Tear-Free Natural Shampoo? Yes Please!

September 21, 2015

What? A Tear-Free Natural Shampoo? Yes Please! | Growing Up Herbal | Are you looking for a tear-free natural shampoo for your kids? Today I'm sharing a funny story that involves guinea pigs, tears, and what I found that finally works for us.

Have you ever had soap in your eyes before?

If so, you’ll remember that it instantly burns, making you clamp your eyes shut tight. You’ll remember how your eyes become red and bloodshot and how the burning sensation returns each time you blink long after the soap is rinsed out of your eyes.

It’s not a fun memory, is it?

Imagine how it makes your kid feel when in happens to them? They don’t understand what’s going on. All they know is that it’s really painful.

Today I want to tell you about one of my “not-so-fine” natural mama moments. About a time when I thought I knew a whole lot about something when, in fact, I knew very little. Yes, it involves natural shampoo, lots of tears, and a “no duh” moment.

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