Natural Health

Over 50 Natural Health and Home Remedy posts from Common Sense Homesteading.  Easy, inexpensive.  Cold and Flu Remedies, Women's Health, General Wellness.

Home Remedies

Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings

Home Remedies for Sunburn

Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

Home Remedies for Upset Stomach

Home Remedies for Headaches

Home Remedies for Coughs

Home Remedies for Earaches

Home Remedies for Congestion

Home Remedies for Dry Skin

Home Remedies for Warts

Home Remedies for Sore Muscles

Home Remedies for Arthritis

9 Home Remedies for Canker Sores

Cold and Flu Remedies

The Best Cold and Flu Fighters – summary of all our cold and flu related posts

Thieves Vinegar – Immune Booster and Germ Killer

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season:  Step 1 – Probiotics

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season with Essential Oils

The Best Vitamins and Minerals for Fighting Colds and Flus

The Best Herbs and Spices for Colds and Flus – Plus a “Secret Weapon”

Coping with Stomach Flu Symptoms (Why the BRAT diet may not be your best choice)

Home Remedies for Coughs

Home Remedies for Congestion

7 Easy Sore Throat Remedies

Home Remedies for Earaches

Elderberries:  How to Make Syrups and Jellies

Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin

Cold and Cough Care from Mountain Rose Herbs

Women’s Health

Breast Health – Healing with Foods and Detoxification

Lumpy Breasts?  Cure Breast Cysts

Herbal Remedies for PMS

Natural Breast Health for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Food, Diet and Farming

Switching On a Healthier You

Book Review – Deep Nutrition:  Why Your Genes Need Traditional Foods

New Year’s Resolution – Eat More Fat

The Coconut Oil, Bacon Grease and Sugar Cookie Diet

MSG – Making You Sicker and Fatter?

Is What We Eat and Drink  Making Us Sicker and Dumber?

Would You Feed Your Kids Pesticide Chips?

Better Butter?

Protect Yourself from Salmonella and E Coli Naturally

Natural Health and Wellness

15 Ways to Naturally Reduce Cholesterol and Reduce the Risk of Heart Attack

Honey as Medicine – Prevent Infection, Kill Bacteria, Promote Healing

Learn About Oil Pulling

Natural Back Pain Relief

Best Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

8 Health Benefits of Gardening

Non-toxic Home Pest Control – Avoid the Risk of Neurotoxic Pesticides

Deep Breathing for Better Health

Health Benefits of Cold Showers (Yep- I’m not kidding!)

The Autoimmune Epidemic – Can Detox Treatments Help?

Barefoot Therapy – “Naked Time” for Happy Feet

My Thyroid Journey – Part One

Things We’re Embarrassed to Talk About – What’s a Healthy Bowel Movement?

Practice Gratitude to Improve Your Health Naturally

Learn About Common Sense Health e-book

Personal Hygiene

Super Easy Hard Lotion Bar Recipe

Easy, Non-toxic Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Herbalix Deodorants – Heal, Detoxify, Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

The SCOBY Cure for Cradle Cap

Common Sense Home Book Review: No More Dirty Looks

Armpits Don’t Smell Like Roses

Made-On Skin Care

Homemade toothpaste recipes

Emergency Healthcare

Preparedness – Homegrown Medicinals

Preparedness – First Aid Kit and Medical Supplies

Emergency Preparedness – Radiation Exposure

Live Culture Foods

Beet Kvass and the Purple Bull

Healthy Homebrew – How to Brew Kombucha

Water Kefir Versus Kombucha – What’s the difference between water kefir and kombucha?

Flavoring Kombucha and Kombucha Testimonials – Tips for flavoring kombucha and stories about how people I know have been helped by kombucha

Kombucha Q and A and More Flavoring Ideas – More flavoring ideas and all the Q and A from the comments in a more readable format

How to Flavor Kombucha – Holiday Flavors – Fun seasonal flavor ideas.

How to Brew Coffee Kombucha

The Dark Side of Water Kefir

Water Kefir – How to Brew It and Favorite Flavors

Probiotic Breakfast Smoothie

Lacto-fermented Asparagus

The Magic Fermenting Sock

How to Make Sauerkraut

Herbal Remedies

Herbal Antibiotics

Please see also the “Herbs and Wildcrafting” page.





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  1. Henreitta says

    does any one know of a good natural cure for flees. they are really bad here in texas, and eating my dogs alive. i have tried ever thing i can find and nothing is working.

  2. Debi says

    I appreciate your natural health writings, i.e., on MSG, etc.

    It’s challenging to reach people that the primary cause of their chronic health conditions is the food that they eat. Unfortunately most of Americans are not homesteading or living in a rural life but part of the big city buzz. And there is a price that they pay for that.

    We’re on the same team, trying to reach people at where they are. Keep plowing away! Hopefully what I term as “turning on more light bulbs” will turn on. I hate to think where this nation will be 20 years from now if we don’t start improving our eating habits.

    Debi J

  3. Dona Landrum says

    Hi, I’m new to your site and have read almost on your Natural Remedies that you have posted. I love them, and have used a few of them already!!! I’m hoping that you might be able to help me with a problem that I have. I am 57 and have already gone through menopause (hot flashes, etc). Now, I’m experiencing a problem with my fingernails. They are very thin, easy to tear, and actually have a ripple look and feel. They are not discolored, and I don’t wear nail polish at all (never have). I also take a Calcium (1,000mg) Magnesium (500mg) supplement and have for years. I also have been eating as much natural, no sugar, raw milk, water kefir, homemade yogurt, etc as much as possible. In fact, my DH and I went to Easter lunch with friends and decided to eat a piece of fruit pie. What a mistake……….way to sugary and yuck!!! I am very thankful that the pie didn’t taste good because that means we have made the transition off white sugar. We really never consumed very much sugar unless it was in baked sweets. But now since we have consumed any since Christmas we see how much it doesn’t really taste good or feel good!!! Now, back to the reason I’m posting this question. I would really appreciate some help if anyone know what the problem could be with my fingernails. The problem has only been in the last year to year in a half. I have asked 2 doctors……..they had no idea what would cause this………just chalk it up to menopause was their response.

    • says

      It’s a shame that standard medical practitioners have so very little to do with nutrition. There are a few things I can think of off the top of my head. One, make sure your thyroid is doing what it should be doing, as low thyroid function is commonly linked to brittle nails.

      Two, consider your K2 levels. Vitamin K2 (not vitamin K) is very important, especially for post-menopausal women, to help the calcium get where it needs to be in our systems, instead of it building up in our arteries where it should not be. The book “Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life” was a real eye opener for me. Natto is the best natural source of K2, but Gouda and Brie cheese are also fairly high in it. Supplements are also available.

      Another thing to check is zinc levels. Brittle/ribbed fingernails and stretchmarks are often linked to zinc deficiency.

      Finally, gelatin. collagen peptides, and bone broth are great for gut health and strong hair and nails.

      I hope these ideas help!

      • Barbara says

        Where do you find vitamin K2? Is it only obtained in food?
        Thank you for all the info and research you do to help others.

        • says

          You’re welcome. You can get K2 from food, but the highest concentrations are in foods most people don’t eat regularly. Natto (a fermented soybean product) has far and away the highest amount per serving. Other top sources are goose liver pate and Gouda and Brie cheeses. Most of the sources of K2 are animal products. More are listed at “K2: The Missing Nutrient“. Grassfed and wild animal products, especially organ meats, will have higher amounts of K2.

          You can also find it in supplements. The one I am currently taking is the Swanson Ultra Natural Vitamin K2 with Nattokinase.

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