Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin

Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin - combine anti-viral and antibacterial herbs with fruit juice and honey for a healthier sweet treat.

If you’ve been watching the reports about an unusually strong respiratory virus sweeping across the U.S. and looking for more ideas to give your family’s immune system a boost, you may want to give this recipe a try – or make your own variation.

I made “jello flu shots” by infusing immune boosting herbs in finger gelatin made with fruit juice.  Call them what you like, and enjoy some extra anti-oxidants and cold and flu fighting herbs. 

These are not made from the prepackaged gelatin dessert.  The color comes from fruit and vegetable juices. They are thickened with plain gelatin, or agar agar can be used if you need a vegan alternative. [Read more...]

10 Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

Home Remedies for Acid Reflux -10 quick fixes and long term solutions for GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Use the pantry instead of the pharmacy.

Recently, some friends asked me for home remedies for acid reflux, so it seemed like a great topic to add to the Home Remedies Collection.  Whether you call it acid reflux, GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, it doesn’t feel good.  Symptoms include upset stomach, regurgitation, and the classic mid-chest burning sensation known as heartburn.  Many folks resort to proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as esomeprazole (Nexium®), lansoprazole (Prevacid®), and omeprazole (Prilosec®).   The thing is, long term use of PPIs has been linked to problems such as life-threatening diarrhea, respiratory illness and osteoporosis. (See “Do PPIs have long-term side effects?” for more information.)  So what can you do to feel better? [Read more...]

16 Home Remedies for Arthritis

16 Home Remedies for Arthritis - foods to eat and foods to avoid, supplements and lifestyle changes, alternative and herbal therapies for arthritis.

Both my mother and my grandmother dealt with arthritis pain.  When I was a little girl, my grandmother Catherine held up her gnarled hand with crooked fingers and told me, “This is what happens when you crack your knuckles.  Never crack your knuckles.”  While most studies seem to have found no correlation between knuckle cracking and arthritis, the image of grandma’s hand has stuck with me, and I know arthritis caused her pain.  Mom never said much about it, but I’d see her rubbing her joints, and she always wore copper bracelets for the last several decades of her life.  Just recently, I was talking to my neighbor, Betty.  She told me that a friend of hers was on arthritis medication that knocked out her immune system so badly that she couldn’t kick a simple cold.  Her story inspired me to write this post and assemble a list of home remedies for arthritis to provide her with some natural treatment alternatives. [Read more...]

9 Home Remedies for Dry Skin

9 Home Remedies for Dry Skin - Help relieve winter dry skin and eczema, relieve itching and cracking. Tips for avoiding dry skin year round.

This winter has been cold, cold, cold here in the upper Midwest!  Along with cold temps comes dry 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...]

12 Home Remedies for Earaches

12 Home Remedies for Earaches @ Common Sense Homesteading

Winter weather and the accompanying coughs and sniffles can all too often lead to ear pain and ear infections.  Thankfully, most ear infections get better without treatment, i.e., antibiotics are not required.  In fact, clinical studies have noted that the most commonly prescribed antibiotic, amoxicillin, is no more effective than a placebo. That said, they can still be pretty uncomfortable.  I’ve put together a list of home remedies for earaches to help soothe aching ears.

*Note:  Never use eardrops or oils inside the ear if a child has ear tubes or there is a chance of eardrum perforation.  Please see your healthcare practitioner if pain is extreme or persists for several days. [Read more...]