I was “blessed” this week with an opportunity to check out the effectiveness of various options for stomach flu treatments. Monday before bedtime I was hit with stomach cramps and diarrhea, and Tuesday morning I was still feeling the pain. So I did what any good blogging mom would do – turned it into a post. Let’s start with some background information on the stomach flu. (**Note – This post was originally published in fall 2011 and updated in 2015. Thankfully, I did not have the flu this week.) [Read more…]
Sage (Salvia officinalis) is a perennial, evergreen subshrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers. Salvia (sage) is the largest member of the mint family, containing over 900 species throughout the world.
Salvia has been held in high regard throughout history both for its culinary and medicinal properties. Its reputation as a panacea is even represented in its scientific name, Salvia officinalis, derived from the Latin word, salvere, which means “to be saved.”
Sage is one of my must-have herbs, definitely on my top five list. The more I explore and begin to understand herbs, the more I love and appreciate them. I realize herbs were put on this planet for a purpose. It is our responsibility to discover that purpose and apply it to our lives so it can benefit us and those we care about. [Read more…]
Colder temps often lead to dry indoor air, and with dry air often comes dry skin and chapped lips. I’ve pulled together 9 home remedies for dry skin, along with tips for avoiding dry skin year round. From coconut oil to backyard weeds, we’ll help relieve winter dry skin and eczema and sooth itching and cracking. [Read more…]
Canker sores can be a real pain, and are sometimes tough to heal. Thankfully I haven’t had one in years, although I used to get them more regularly when I was younger, and my husband had a terrible time with canker sores when he wore braces as a teenager. In this post we’ll give a quick overview of the different types of canker sores, what causes canker sores, the difference between canker sores and cold sores, and some inexpensive home remedies for canker sores. Hopefully if you’ve come here for canker sore pain relief and prevention, we’ve got on option that will get you back on track ASAP.
Cough and Sore throat remedies don’t have to come from the drugstore – quick and easy relief may be right in your pantry. Sometimes sore throat pain is just caused by winter dry air; sometimes it’s linked to a cold, flu or other virus. Whatever the cause, these home remedies can help relieve throat pain and speed healing. Remember – If pain is severe or persistent, is accompanied by high fever, bleeding or trouble breathing, please see a trained health care provider. Take care of yourself and get help if you need it. [Read more…]