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Soothing Colds With Lemon And Honey

Soothe sore throats and aching bodies with the age-old remedies of honey and lemon. ::

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Honey has been used in health care for hundreds of generations. It is mentioned in historical writings as far back as the Sumerian gets from the 21st century, B.C.

Honey is a humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture, and an anti-irritant. Medicinally, honey sweetens and smoothes the swallowing of bitter herbs, as well as providing its own healing powers. Honey salve was historically applied to cuts and wounds. Recent studies have proven that the high sugar concentration prevents bacteria growth and that wounds treated with honey heal faster.

My family uses two honey-based treatments to take care of a cold, one a simple lemon tea and one a treatment for sore throats.

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Mom’s Magic Throat Coat

When I was little and had a sore throat, my mother would heat up this thick and sticky throat treatment in a small bowl and give it to me with a tiny sugar spoon. The high acid content of the lemon (sometimes she used cider vinegar), means it can only be consumed in tiny sips The honey coats the throat to ease discomfort and also reduces bacteria.…

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10 DIY Gifts You Still Have Time To Make

Welcome to the December 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have suggested go-to gifts and gifting experiences for the holiday season for all your loved ones.

Do you want to make some handmade gifts this year but think you don't have time? Here are 10 easy and fast ideas for DIY. ::

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Do you want to make some handmade gifts this year but think you don't have time? Here are 10 easy and fast ideas for DIY. ::

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Coffee Cozy

For the coffee-drink lover in your life, give the gift of warmer coffee! This cozy is knit or crocheted, but you could also cut one out of beautifully dyed wool felt and some funky buttons.

Fleece Slippers

If you have a little sewing skill, kid-sized fleece slippers come together really fast. I’m making a pair of these to go in a box with special Christmas jammies. I love these bunny ones (though my girl would want them to be cats),  but the best instructions are at this site.

Do you want to make some handmade gifts this year but think you don't have time? Here are 10 easy and fast ideas for DIY. ::

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Clay Pendants

Polymer clay is great because it is easy to find, easy to work with and simple to cure (though I’d recommend opening a window while it bakes!).…

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5 Homemade Gifts For Dad

Father’s Day gifts are always a struggle around here. June is BUSY. I want my daughter to be involved in any gifts for dad that are happening, but how to make time for that?

Also, my man is the least traditionally dude guy I’ve ever met. When I look through those lists of recommended gifts for dads, they are almost always a total miss for him. BBQ stuff? No, I do the barbecuing in this house. Golf? No, thanks. He’s not into sports or fishing or yard work.

He has interests, to be sure, but they are all kind of specialized. I’m not brave enough to try to buy any bits of climbing gear because I know I’d get that wrong!

5 handmade gifts for dad easy enough you can get the kids involved! ::

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I also hate to go for any gift that’s just going to end up in the donate pile in a few months. Why bother?

I love handmade gifts and these are always well received. With a small child, projects have to be simple enough for her to help.

Here are 5 handmade – but pretty simple – gifts for Dad that you can make with only basic crafting skills and also get little or big kids involved.…

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DIY Vegetable Dyed Easter Eggs

DIY Vegetable Dyed Easter Eggs ::

Over on Liz Lamoreux’s blog this week, I’m sharing another project for her Pinned It, Did It series.

This spring I wanted to try making naturally dyed Easter eggs, as I’m forever disappointed in the limp colors from the drug store egg-dying kits. And wow, was I happy with the way these came out! They were much easier to make than I expected, too. You can read all about what vegetables I used and see more of the gorgeous colors at Liz’s blog.

I’m going to be filling in for Meg, the regular writer of this series, for the next few months while she bonds with her new baby. Keep an eye out, because I have some good stuff planned! A couple of sewing projects, yummy treats from the kitchen and even an educational craft to make with little ones.

And if you need even more yummy color? Catch me on Instagram to see the yarn I dyed with the leftover color when I was done with the eggs. I’m swooning!

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Make Your Own Herbal Healing Salves

Make Your Own Healing Salves ::

This article was originally posted on Modern Alternative Mama.

As part of my ongoing quest to green the products in my bathroom, I tossed out a bag of commercial ointments and skin treatments and replaced them with home-made healing salves.

My initial motivation was to replace a diaper rash cream that I realized was petroleum based. Not only that, but it didn’t work to heal my daughter’s rash. I found a company making small batch lotions and salves from organic herbs and oils for that first diaper cream replacement, but after doing some further research I realized it would be really easy to just make my own. These three recipes are ones I have developed and use at home on my family.

These recipes are simple and don’t require any special equipment and I’ve included links to help you find the specific ingredients (some of these are affiliate links). You can do this!

A salve is simply an ointment used to promote healing or to protect the skin. The three salves I’m sharing below are based on herbal infusions, lending the healing properties of particular herbs to the concoction. I have chosen calendula, plantain and lavender because they are powerful, but gentle enough for babies and children, and unlikely to bother people with sensitive skin.…

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3 DIY Beauty Supplies Made With Organic Coconut Oil

The popularity of coconut oil is not overrated - you can do so much with it! here are three easy beauty products you can make for your self (or for gifts), using simple ingredients including coconut oil. ::

This post was originally published on Modern Alternative Mama.

Our skin in our largest organ and it is porous. Chemicals rubbed onto the skin can enter the bloodstream quickly, sometimes faster than if we were to ingest them.

Conventional beauty products often include harsh chemicals, artificial colors and fragrances, paragons designed to prolong shelf life, and other ingredients that you probably don’t want in your body. Between cosmetics, cleansing and skincare products, we might be putting 20 or more products onto our skin each day, with however many chemicals each of them happens to include.

Last year, I decided I wanted detoxify my cleaning and beauty routines. I was already buying products marketed as “natural’, but reading through the list of ingredients didn’t convince me that they were any less chemical-laden than the mainstream stuff.

I had been struggling with both acne and dry patches on my face and the collection of products I had amassed to help deal with those conflicting issues were hard on my wallet and also not effective. It was time for a change.

I wanted my morning regimen to set the tone, not just for my day but my life. It needed to be as natural and simple as possible.…

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Brown Sugar Foot Scrub

Brown Sugar Foot Scrub :: nurturedmama.netThis time of year my skin is so parched. My lips are dry, my hands are scratchy, and my heels are cracking. This little jar in my shower has been a lifesaver.

It is so easy to make and feels so luxurious. If you need a last minute gift for someone or if you just need a little pampering in your shower every day, look no further.

Brown Sugar Foot Scrub

Makes 1/2 cup

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1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1/4 cup softened organic coconut oil
1 T aloe vera gel
1/2 tsp tea tree oil
15 drops peppermint essential oil
1 Vitamin E oil capsule, opened (optional)

Mix together all ingredients and store in a small jar. I like these small Weck jars.

To use, massage a dime-sized amount onto each foot. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so whatever is not absorbed by your skin will wash away pretty easily. But still, be careful getting out of the shower!

Want more ideas for from-scratch body products? Check out my DIY Beauty Products board on Pinterest.…

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DIY Chai Tea Concentrate

DIY Chai Tea Concentrate |

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One of my favorite hot drinks is masala chai tea, sweetened with milk and honey.

But I’m particular. It has to be spicy, but not overpowering. A touch of sweet, but not super sweet. I’ve tried buying those cartons of chai concentrate, but not only do none of them taste quite right to me (and all are too sweet) but also they are expensive!

One day when I was ordering chai at the bagel shop in town that makes, in my opinion, the perfect chai, my eyes landed on the sign next to the register. It said, “We brew our own chai.”

Oh, right. I could make my OWN chai!

I swear, I’m a little slow to realize the obvious sometimes.

If I could brew my own tea, I figured, I could also make my own chai concentrate, sweetened just the way I like. And so I did. Here is the recipe for you. Two recipes, actually. One uses a pre-made masala chai blend from Adiago Tea.…

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