Natural Health

Why You Need To Supplement With Vitamin D3 And Vitamin K2 This Fall (Plus… Win A Vitamin D3/K2 Supplement From Raise Them Well)

October 20, 2016

Why You Need To Supplement With Vitamin D3 And Vitamin K2 This Fall | Growing Up Herbal | Wanna keep your kid health this fall? You may need to add in a vitamin d3/k2 supplement. Here's why.

Inside: Learn why you need to supplement with vitamin d3 and vitamin k2 to keep your child’s heart and bones healthy. Plus, enter for a chance to win a vitamin d3/k2 supplement from Raise Them Well that will help you keep your child’s vitamin d level in a healthy range year round. This natural supplement not only tastes great, but it’s super easy to use and kids love it! Enter for a chance to win a bottle of vitamin d3/k2 drops at the end of this post!

When I had my first child, I felt overwhelmed with all the things I needed to learn about in order to raise him naturally. There was breastfeeding and introducing solids, there were baby skin care products and diapering choices, and of course there were choices to make about vaccines, medications, and nutritional supplements. The list could go on and on for miles!

Seeing how Judah was born in May, I had to decide fairly quickly what to do about sun exposure and whether or not to use sunscreen. 

Since he was so little, I knew I wouldn’t be exposing him to a lot of direct sunlight, but I also knew that it would be good for him to be outside a good bit, even if it was in the shade. I’d read that sunscreen wasn’t recommended for infants, mostly due to the chemicals, but what about homemade sunscreen? Would that be okay? And what about vitamin d? Would he get enough of it from the little sun he was exposed to and through breastmilk, or did I need to supplement with a vitamin d supplement?

And so, my quest for information on vitamin d began.

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Book Club, Herbal Remedies

An Easy Herbal Respiratory Syrup To Calm Your Cough Quickly

October 12, 2016

An Easy Herbal Respiratory Syrup To Calm Your Cough Quickly | Growing Up Herbal | An herbal cough syrup for dry, hacking coughs from The Healing Kitchen.

My curiosity grew as I pulled the small cardboard strip from the package I’d just received in the mail. Not that I didn’t know what was in the package. I totally did. I’d been eagerly awaiting its arrival all week! As the packaged open up, there it was. The small, hardback, white book I’d been waiting for.

I pulled it out and examined the cover. Soft and smooth. Clean in appearance with green lettering and a watercolor image of herbal greens gracing the front.

It was Holly Bellebuono’s newest book – The Healing Kitchen

My curiosity quickly turned to anticipation as I flipped through the pages of the book, scanning the endless herbal recipes just waiting to be made. 

As I flipped through the pages, scanning the recipes for what to try first, I caught glimpse of a simple looking herbal remedy. Now, I’m not sure if you’re like this or not, but I always like to check out tried and true herbal remedies from other herbalists even if I have my own favorite. I suppose it’s like a cook who’s been using her family’s secret cornbread recipe for years. No matter how great it is, she still has to see how others are making their cornbread. 

Anyway, I didn’t expect the first thing I made from this book to be an herbal remedy, but at the moment, this remedy was something I really needed.

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Herbal Remedies

Why I’ll Never Leave Home Without My Echinacea Root Tincture Again

October 5, 2016

Why I'll Never Leave Home Without My Echinacea Root Tincture Again | Growing Up Herbal | Learn how to make a homemade echinacea root tinctures (and how I used it successfully with a strep throat infection).

I recently came down with strep throat. At least, I think it was strep throat. 

No, I didn’t go to the doctor’s office and spend hundreds of dollars on a throat culture. Instead, I put my nursing degree to good use and made an educated guess. I mean, I had all the symptoms so I’m pretty certain it was strep. 

Anyway, it was just my luck that I came down with said infection just as my family and I left for Washington D.C. on vacation. Hello… walking everywhere! It was also just my luck that I didn’t bring my herbal first aid kit with me so I had none of my normal herbal allies to come to my rescue.

Once I was sure I was really sick, I didn’t know what to do. Should I go to the doctor? It would cost a fortune, and they would insist on giving me antibiotics. Did I tough it out? I was already miserable and our trip was just getting started.

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KidSafe Essential Oil Giveaway From Plant Therapy

September 30, 2016

KidSafe Essential Oil Giveaway From Plant Therapy | Growing Up Herbal | Win some oils to use safely on your kiddos, mama! Enter today!

It’s time for another KidSafe Essential Oil giveaway from Plant Therapy, y’all!!

I’m always super excited to partner with great companies like Plant Therapy and to share their products with you here. Not only do they value natural health, but they have great products, they care about their customers, and they’re honest. I love finding businesses like this one that I can trust to help me keep my family healthy, and I know you want that too. 

If you’ve been reading Growing Up Herbal for long, you will know I’m a big fan of Plant Therapy’s KidSafe synergy blend essential oil line. Not only are there a lot of blends in this line that can be used in a number of ways, but they’re safe for all my kids (ages 2+)! That is a huge relief to this mama!! 

Today, Plant Therapy and I have partnered up to offer Growing Up Herbal readers a chance to win some of the essential oil blends from this line. You won’t want to miss this giveaway! Get all the details below!!

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Things I Love

Things I Love: September 2016

September 29, 2016

Things I Love: September 2016 | Growing Up Herbal | Here are 5 things I've loved in September 2016!

Hey, friend!

Can you believe September has come and gone already? Crazy, right!

It’s definitely starting to feel like fall here in the Tennessee mountains. The mornings are crisp and cool. The evenings are darker and filled with the sounds of crickets. I just love it! It makes me want to go pick apples, eat soup every day, and pull out the cozy sweaters that are packed away in my attic. Fall is my favorite season. I just love the changing colors of the leaves, the pumpkin everything, and the family holidays! 

Today, I’m sharing another sneak peek into my life by sharing 5 things I’ve loved this past September with you. I’m also sharing some of my goals for October and telling you how I did meeting last month’s goals too. Be sure to check out the end of the post for that!

As always, thanks for letting me share bits of my life with you. Without you being here reading this blog and connecting with me in this place, this little piece of the web would be a lonely place! Thank you, mama!!

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Herbal Remedies

How To Make A Homemade Lavender Hydrosol

September 26, 2016

Homemade Lavender Hydrosol Tutorial | Growing Up Herbal | Learn how to make and use a homemade lavender hydrosol for better health!

I’ve been using herbs for 10 years now, and I’ve never made a homemade hydrosol of any kind. Can you believe it?

Sure I’ve bought hydrosols and used them in DIY skin care products before, but I’ve never actually made my own hydrosol from scratch. I suppose I had preconceived ideas about homemade hydrosols. I either thought they were too difficult to make at home or that they would be of low-quality if I made them myself. Thankfully, after doing a bit more research on hydrosols, my confidence in homemade versions has increased, and I’ve been inspired to start making my own when I need them.

BTW, have you ever priced a yarrow hydrosol? Gasp! Talk about expensive! Making your own homemade version is totally worth it!

Today, I want to show you how to make your very own homemade lavender hydrosol in the comfort of your own home. Lavender is one of the most readily available herbs there is which makes this an inexpensive hydrosol to make. Plus, it can be used in so many ways. Lavender is very versatile! 

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