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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Main Dish

Easy Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

September 23, 2016

Easy Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks | Growing Up Herbal | Enjoy this quick and healthy Instant Pot recipe that the whole family is sure to love... even picky kids!

My family eats a lot of chicken, but when I think about it, I can’t remember the last time we’ve had drumsticks or even a whole roasted chicken! I guess we normally use shredded chicken or chicken breasts.

However, this week, I made Instant Pot BBQ chicken drumsticks for dinner, and they were a HUGE hit… both with the kids and my husband. Not only was our entire dinner finished in 30 minutes, start to finish, but clean up was easy too because there were no leftovers! No joke! Two pounds of chicken drumsticks… devoured.

Talk about one happy mama! I love when I cook meals and there are no complaints. I love knowing that my kids are happy and enjoying their food. I love it when dinner is quick, and I’ve not had to compromise the quality of our food to make it happen.

Seeing how positively my family responded to this recipe, I just knew I had to share it with you and tell you where you can find more like it.

If you, like me, are interested in quick, healthy dinners, in making foods that actually get eaten, and in kitchen gadgets that do more than one thing then listen up. Today, I’m sharing my recipe for Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks that are kid-friendly (and hubby approved)!

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Natural Health

My Top 10 Picks From The 2016 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

September 22, 2016

My Top 10 Picks From The 2016 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle | Growing Up Herbal | Check out how I'm using the 2016 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle + bonuses!

So yesterday, I told you all about the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle that the Ultimate Bundles team has put together this year. If you haven’t read that post yet, be sure to check it out here as it provides a lot of details about the awesome stuff in the bundle.

Today, I want to take you a little more “behind the scenes” and share my top 10 picks from this year’s bundle with you. These are the 10 products from the bundle that I will be focusing on over the course of the next year. 

You see, every year, I set some healthy living goals for myself. Most of those goals get accomplished, but not all. (Hey, I’m not perfect here!) However, many of my goals originate from this specific bundle and the products offered in it. Let me show you how I do it!

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Natural Health

Are These 5 Things Inhibiting Your Child’s Sleep (And Natural Alternatives To Help)

September 16, 2016

Are These 5 Things Inhibiting Your Child's Sleep (And Natural Alternatives To Help) | Growing Up Herbal | Learn about and address these 5 common areas that could be decreasing the quality of sleep your child is getting each night.

You may not realize it, but common things like eating before bed, watching tv, and a lack in sufficient outdoor play could be inhibiting your child’s sleep. 

You see, our bodies have a natural cycle they run on. This cycle is often affected by our environment, particularly seasons and daily routines. It’s called our “circadian rhythm,” and it tells our bodies when to wake up and when to go to sleep among other things. When our body is awake, it functions in a certain way. When our body is asleep, it continues to function, only in a different way than it did while we were awake. If the body doesn’t get quality sleep then it doesn’t function as it was designed to which can affect our health and the health of our children in a negative way (Circadian Rhythms Fact Sheet – National Institute of General Medical Sciences, n.d.). 

Today, I’m going to share 5 things with you that could be inhibiting your child’s sleep. I’m also going to share some natural alternatives that you can use in each of these 5 areas that can help your child go to sleep easier and get quality sleep during the night.

Here’s to happy, healthy, well-rested children, mama!

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Where Has My Front Yard Gone?

September 12, 2016

Where Has My Front Yard Gone? | Growing Up Herbal | Get an update on our mountain landscaping project, how our plants are holding up, and what we'll be working on next.

Oh where, oh where has my front yard gone?
Oh where, oh where can it be?
With it’s green, green grass, and it’s room to play,
Oh where, oh where can it be?

Y’all. My yard. I mean… just look at it.

It’s pitiful, I tell ya! Just plain pitiful.

Do I have a vision for what I want this mountain abode to one day be? Yes… yes I do, or at least, at the start of this project, I did. But now, in the middle of it, my vision often fades into piles of dirt, random weeds, tools scattered here and there, and half-finished projects. There’s just so much to do, and I’m an impatient person. I want it done… like yesterday. I’m also cheap and lazy so that presents a problem. Don’t ya think?

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Herbal Remedies

How To Ease Nasty Coughs With Herbal Plasters

September 9, 2016

How To Ease Nasty Coughs With Herbal Plasters | Growing Up Herbal | Got a nasty cough? These two herbal plasters may help. Learn how to make them in today's post!

I’ve written A LOT of blog posts about coughs and managing them naturally over the years, but one thing I haven’t told you about is when and how to use herbal plasters to ease nasty coughs.

Herbal plasters are one of many herbal preparations that are commonly used for coughs, but I think, with our busy lifestyles, these gems are being used less often than in the past. What a pity! Herbal plasters work really well to easy nasty coughs that seem to linger and make you worry that they may turn into some sort of serious chest infection. Not only do they work well, but they can help you feel better and they force you to slow down and rest a bit which is good any time you’re ill.

Below I’m going to share a couple easy DIY herbal plasters that will help ease nasty coughs you may end up dealing with at some point, especially during cold and flu season, and I’ll also tell you a bit about what kinds of coughs these herbal plasters work best for.

But, first things first, right?

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