Summer is all about having fun outdoors, and with adventuresome kids (and husbands) it can keep you as mom quite busy… especially when itchy rashes like poison ivy are a part of it. Where I live, poison ivy is just a part of growing up. Every kid gets it, usually more than once, and it’s no fun for the kid or for their mama! So if you, your husband, your kid, or a friend winds up with poison ivy this summer, what are you going to do? You’re going to put on you super-smart, natural mama thinking cap and...Read More
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Summer is coming, and that means spending more time outdoors with our kids. Time outdoors can be full of fun and adventure, but it can unfortunately include sunburns, rashes, and bug bites. With kids, these annoyances can be a big deal. They’re uncomfortable and they itch. That leaves kids scratching, and excessive scratching can lead to infections and scars. So what’s a natural mama to do? Certainly you want to stay away from those anti-itch hydrocortisone creams as much as possible, but what other options do you have? Well today my friend, you’re in luck because I’m going to share my...Read More
The “Dog Days” of summer are upon us in the South. The dogs and cats are lazy, the snakes are more prone to bite, the gnats, flies, and mosquitoes are more bothersome than normal, and the poison ivy is thriving. Thankfully, it isn’t all bad. These slow, hot days bring more time for family gatherings, playing in the creek, sitting on the porch swing watching the sun go down behind the mountains, and an abundance of summer herbs to forage. Today, I’m over at the Herbal Academy, sharing 9 of my favorite summer herbs to forage with you. These...Read More
What do you do when you end up with a bad case of poison oak in the middle of winter, especially when your go-to poison ivy plant, jewelweed, is no where to be found? I’ve been there, and trust me, it’s no fun. Sure there are other plants and natural products you can use to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation, but in my experience, nothing beats good ole’ jewelweed when it comes to poison oak or ivy. If you don’t want to find yourself in the above situation, then I have just the thing for you. Today, I’m...Read More
When I was pregnant with my first baby, Judah, I remember desperately wanting to use non-toxic skin care products on him. However, seeing how I’d just left my job as a registered nurse, I couldn’t afford to go out and buy all the natural baby products I wanted so, instead, I got busy making my own. I bought the books Natural Babycare by Colleen Dodt and Herbs for Children’s Health by Rosemary Gladstar and devoured them. I marked out the recipes I wanted to try and bought all the supplies I needed. As soon as they arrived, I got busy making...Read More
Hey, mama! Have you had a great July? I sure have! It’s been a busy and hot one, that’s for sure! I can’t believe school is starting up again so soon. I don’t even feel like we’ve had a summer break! Sure we’ve been busy doing lots of things, but since we homeschool, we don’t really ever have a break when it comes to learning. And, we didn’t take a family vacation this summer as we’ve been working hard on our big summer project landscaping the mountain where we live. That means we’ve decided to put off our vacation until...Read More
What happens when you forget your essential oil bug repellant and you find yourself smacking, swatting, and scratching at the bugs around you? What do you do when your kid comes to you with red, painful and itchy spots that are making them whiny? You run for your herbal first aid kit and grab your tin of herbal anti-itch salve, that’s what! What? What was that you said? You don’t have an herbal anti-itch salve in your first aid kit?! Mama! We must correct this oversight! Today, I’m sharing my herbal anti-itch salve recipe with you (as well as...Read More
When I made the decision to go to school to study herbs at The Herbal Academy, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d already been studying and using herbs for quite some time, and with my background as a registered nurse I already knew a lot about the way the body and disease worked. Of course, I had certain things in mind that I wanted to learn more about when it came to herbs… two of the most important being herbal formulation and herbal energetics. Sure I knew what herbs to use for certain illnesses, but I didn’t know...Read More
I’m Meagan, a registered nurse turned herbalist, and I want to live life naturally. Follow along as my husband and I and our four sons figure out what natural living looks like for our family. And of course, I’d love for you to join me on this journey, too! There’s nothing better than having a good hiking buddy with a compass!
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