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Keep Your Right to Choose Homeopathy for Your Family

 homeopathic remedies with titlesHomeopathy is Protected by Law

Homeopathy is a centuries-old form of medicine.  In 1938 the US Congress enacted into law the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) classifying homeopathic medicines as drugs.  Congress established the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the US (HPUS) which is overseen by a convention of scientists and clinicians specifically trained in the medical specialty of homeopathy. For the last 80 years Americans have had access to safe, non-toxic homeopathic remedies protected by the FDCA and the HPUS.

Many Americans are largely unaware of this type of medicine, although this may be changing. Use of homeopathy grew from 2.5 million in 1990 to 4.8 in 2006. That number has likely grown again in the last ten years. The average user is

UK and Europe

In Europe homeopathy has never gone out of style. Over 90% of pharmacists in France recommend homeopathic treatments to pregnant women. 70% of French physicians consider it an effective treatment alternative, and homeopathy is taught in 7 medical schools and 24 pharmacy schools in that country.

Peter Fisher, physician to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (the oldest medical society in the world) and also a Fellow of the Faculty of Homeopathy, and sits on the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional and Complementary Medicine.  In Scotland 49% of all GP practices prescribe homeopathy. In Ireland 16% of parents use homeopathy with their children.

In Germany 10% of medical doctors specialize in homeopathy, and 38% of doctors prescribe it to their patients.

Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Russia, Denmark and many more countries use homeopathy on a regular basis.


India boasts over 100 million people who use homeopathy as their exclusive method of healthcare. Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, India and Austria all reimburse homeopathic services under the national health care. South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina, Pakistan and Brazil all boast homeopathic practitioners numbering in the thousands.

FDA and FTC Attack Homeopathy with Illegal Regulations

The FDCA law establishing homeopathic practices states in Section 211.137 that homeopathic medicines are exempt from expiration dating requirements. Section 201j of the law states the HPUS determines the standardization, eligibility and applications of homeopathic drugs.

However both the FDA and the FTC have placed new regulations on the homeopathic industry that violate these two sections of the law. Additionally, in December of 2017 the FDA has released another draft guidance for drug products labeled as homeopathic. This regulation threatens to severely restrict the access Americans have to homeopathic remedies.


Why the sudden desire to add new regulations to a medical industry that has been operating safely for the last 80 years?  The FDA’s newest draft is carefully worded to include the word “risk” at least 17 times attempting to smear the reputation of this alternative health product. Over 3,000 deaths per year are attributed to ibuprofen. Why isn’t there a campaign to reduce access to ibuprofen? Why isn’t there a giant warning label on those bottles?

The growth of the homeopathic industry in the last 20 years has challenged the supremacy of conventional pharmaceuticals. Estimated sales nearing $450 million in 2003 with a growth rate of more than 8%, and current estimates nearing $3 billion make Big Pharma sit up and take notice.  The FDA’s commissioner has open ties with several pharmaceutical companies, Big Pharma spends $277 million in lobbying alone to influence regulations in their favor.

How Can Educated Moms Fight Back?

1. Write to your Congress person and urge them to hold the FDA and the FTC accountable to the law, and to reverse the illegal regulations already in place. Use this link to find your US Representative. Use this link to find your Senator. In addition you can contact Orrin Hatch who has already been valuable in helping Americans keep their access to vitamins and other supplements.

2. Become informed about homeopathy and the truth about remedies. When people like Dr. Paul Offit get quoted by NBC saying homeopathy is snake oil it gets reposted all over social media. What we need are more educated moms sharing their wisdom and success with homeopathy instead of sensationalist smear tactics. I love podcasts and two of the best for learning homeopathy are Joette Calabrese’s Homeopathy Works, and Sue Meyer’s Homeopathy for Mommies. Cilla Whatcott, Mary Aspinwall, Wendi Combes, R.N., and the Banerji clinics are other sources for education and learning.

3. Get involved with Americans for Homeopathy Choice. This grassroots organization is raising money to advocate for the rights of consumers, professionals, manufacturers and distributors of homeopathy. You can find detailed contact information at their website for politicians who can help support this cause.

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Don’t be the frog in the pot thinking everything is fine while all around you things are heating up!

We are losing our rights. Whether you choose to use homeopathy or any other natural alternative medical treatments or not, you can support every American’s right to choose what is best for their own healthcare.

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Turkey Pot Pie with gluten-free options

turkey pot pie with titles Christmas Dinner is over and the refrigerator is full of half-empty containers of leftovers. Hopefully you have already made a big pot of broth with the turkey carcass. Everyone is tired of turkey sandwiches, but a steaming hot Turkey Pot Pie will warm everyone up and help use up those little bits of vegetables languishing in the refrigerator.

This is comfort food folks! The good news is there are no hidden unwanted ingredients like hydrogenated fats, MSG, artificial flavors or chemical preservatives!

Turkey Pot Pie (or chicken) with gluten-free options

3 cups or more of leftover turkey cut into bite-sized chunks

2-3 cups homemade turkey broth OR leftover gravy

2 cups or more of leftover cooked vegetables such as peas, carrots, green beans, broccoli, pearl onions   OR  if you are making this at another time of year when you don’t have Christmas leftovers you can dice up a couple carrots, a stalk of celery, and a leek or an onion and saute them in a little butter before proceeding with the recipe. Add a 1/2 cup of frozen peas if you like.

3 Tablespoons butter

(omit if using leftover gravy) 4 Tablespoons all-purpose unbleached flour OR for gluten-free use an all-purpose gluten-free flour mix like Bob’s Red Mill

1 cup of organic heavy cream

salt and pepper to taste

homemade pastry dough for a deep dish pie. Use the Nourishing Traditions flaky pie crust, or  a gluten-free pie crust, or I like to use a keto-friendly grain free almond flour crust.

1 egg (opt.)

Butter the inside of a deep dish pie pan, or other oven-safe dish of similar size. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (375 if you are using the almond flour crust).

Place the chopped turkey and the cooked vegetables in the prepared pie pan mixing together.

If you are using leftover gravy just warm it up now and skip this step. If you are using broth go ahead and continue here. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Whisk in the flour or GF flour blend and continue cooking for about 2 minutes as it bubbles, but don’t brown it. Continue stirring as you pour in the homemade turkey broth. Then quickly whisk in the cream and continue cooking 3 or 4 more minutes until the sauce thickens a bit more. Stir in fresh pepper and 1/2 tsp of salt. Taste and adjust with more seasoning if needed.

Pour the broth mixture over the vegetables. If you are using leftover gravy pour it over the vegetables. Stir it up to mix well.

Roll out your pastry and lay it gently across the top of the turkey filling. The pastry should generously cover the filling. Press the overlapping part into the rim of the baking dish to seal.

Optional for a golden brown crust: Crack the egg in a small bowl and beat well with a fork. Use a pastry brush to brush the egg all over the entire crust.

Use a sharp knife or the tines of a fork to make small holes or slits in the crust to allow the steam to escape.

Put the baking dish onto a cookie sheet to catch any spills and place the whole thing into the preheated oven.

Bake 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 375 and bake an additional 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling and hot.

Turkey Pot Pie with gluten-free options
Recipe type: Comfort Food
Cuisine: American
Comfort food at its best, this is also a frugal way to use up leftover turkey, vegetables and gravy.
  • 3 or more cups of leftover turkey or chicken cut into bite-size chunks
  • 2-3 cups homemade broth OR leftover gravy
  • 2 or more cups of leftover cooked vegetables such as peas, carrots, green beans, pearl onions, broccoli OR you can saute diced carrots, celery, leek or onion to equal 2 cups and add frozen peas if you don't have leftover vegetables
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 Tablespoons all-purpose unbleached flour (omit if using leftover gravy) OR use an all-purpose gluten-free flour mix like Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 cup organic heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • homemade pastry dough for a deep dish pie, see links and options above in the blog text
  • 1 egg (opt.)
  1. Butter the inside of a deep dish pie pan
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  3. Place the chopped turkey and leftover cooked vegetables in the prepared dish mixing together.
  4. If you are going to use leftover gravy then skip this next step and just warm up the gravy and pour it over the turkey and vegetables.
  5. If you are using broth then first melt the butter in a large saucepan and whisk in the flour or GF flour blend.
  6. Cook the flour and butter 2 minutes as it gets bubbly, then whisk in the turkey broth.
  7. Whisk in the cream and continue cooking 3 to 4 more minutes until the sauce thickens.
  8. Stir in pepper and salt to taste.
  9. Pour the broth mixture over the vegetables and combine it all together.
  10. Roll out your pastry and lay it gently across the top of the turkey filling generously covering the pie.
  11. Press the overlapping edges of the crust into the rim to seal.
  12. Optional for a golden brown crust you can crack the egg into a small bowl, beat it well with a fork, and use a pastry brush to brush the egg all over the crust.
  13. Use a sharp knife to make four slits in the crust to allow steam to escape.
  14. Place the dish onto a cookie sheet to catch any spills and place the whole thing into the preheated oven.
  15. Bake for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 375 and bake an additional 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling and hot.

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The Diabetes Summit 2017

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The Diabetes Summit begins very soon!

If you are like me you know at least one person, if not several people, who are struggling with diabetes. It may be you!

It is great to know there are so many options for treatment that don’t involve prescription drugs. It’s even possible to reverse your symptoms and manage your diabetes without any medication at all!

The Diabetes Summit will give you tons of information on living a full, healthy life in spite of a diabetes diagnosis. I  learned so much listening to the last summit last year and I am really looking forward to all of the great information in this year’s program!

Here is a listing of all the top-notch experts you will hear for free each day of the summit:

  • Dr Joseph Kraft – understanding decades of research on insulin
  • Dr Mark Menolascino – seeing diabetes care through a new lens
  • Robin Openshaw “Green Smoothie Girl” – detox to support your body
  • RD Dikeman (type 1) – using diabetes as a blessing to improve your family’s health
  • Dr Mark Hyman – finding the root cause and reversing type 2 diabetes
  • Dr Tom O’Bryan – exploring toxins, balance the immune response
  • Sayer Ji, founder of Green Med Info – the peer reviewed literature, and looking at supplements
  • Razi Berry- how environmental toxins disrupt metabolism
  • Dr Michael Breus – the impact of sleep on metabolism and diabetes
  • Dr Gabriel Cousens – raw foods approach, which fats help and which fats hurt
  • Kellyann Petrucci – nutritionist using bone broth, nutrition to stabilize blood sugar
  • Trudy Scott – nutritionist showing link between diabetes, anxiety and depression
  • Dr Sachin Patel – re-evaluating the healthcare model, empowering the patient
  • Dr Peter Osborne – autoimmune and blood sugar connection
  • Niki Gratrix – tapping into your internal abundance of energy with the mind-body connection
  • Dr Robert Rakowski – how the gut microbiome affects metabolism and blood sugar
  • Dr BJ Hardick – type 3 diabetes, proper detoxification, damaging foods, Alzheimer’s
  • Dr Joel Kahn – plant based foods, supplements for blood sugar
  • Dr Will Cole – testing and evaluating the root causes of “diabesity”
  • Dr Amy Berger – understanding the ketogenic diet and how to do it
  • Brett Hoebel – fitness and exercise to improve blood sugar
  • Dr Ritamarie Loscalzo – Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood
  • Dr Anna Cabeca – hormone balance to burn fat and control sugar
  • Daniele Hargenrader (type 1) – key factors to preventing complications from diabetes
  • Jonathan Bailor, author – calorie approach to weight loss is a myth, sane approach to weight
  • Dr Michael Murray – four types of blood sugar problems
  • Dr Jay Wortman – a doctor shares his own story reversing type 2 diabetes
  • Dr John Hayes – neuropathy and natural solutions
  • Dr Jody Stanislaw – type 1&2 understanding insulin
  • Daphne Olivier – nutritionist to customize eating strategies, non diet factors you may miss
  • Dr Rangan Chaterjee – from the BBC Doctor in the House program

So many great presenters! There is so much to learn!  You can register here  for free and listen each day. There is a special encore replay on day #8. 

If you want to own all this information to keep for your health library you can purchase the entire summit here. All 30 presentations plus more bonus material will be yours permanently to revisit anytime, share with friends and family, and use for deeper research.

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Happy New Year! New Year’s Resolutions for Kids and Families


Happy New Year from our family to yours!

Use this post to share the idea of New Year’s Resolutions with your whole family. It is useful for families with children of all ages. You will also find a link to a printable worksheet to use for family discussion and for each person to fill out. At the end of the year you can look back and see what you’ve accomplished! I hope this blesses your family for the whole year!

all scripture quoted is from the International Children’s Bible

The New Year

The new year is often a time when people think about new things, especially making themselves a new person.

We know that only God can truly make us a new person any time of year when we repent of our old lives and put on Jesus as our savior. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “If anyone belongs to Christ, then he is made new. The old things have gone; everything is made new!”

The start of a new year often prompts people to make New Year’s resolutions. A resolution is a kind of promise or informal vow we make to ourselves to help us improve or be a better person in some way.

Kids can make New Year’s Resolutions too! It can be fun to do and at the end of the year you can look back and see all that you have accomplished.

Making Resolutions That Work

Some resolutions are better than others. The best ones are specific. Too many people say something vague like wanting to be nicer, or to exercise more, or to be a better Christian. Those resolutions are too general. We need to word our resolution to say exactly what we are going to do.

Instead of saying we will be nicer we can say we will remember to say “please” and “thank you” and to follow the Golden Rule (Luke 6:31 Do for other people what you want them to do for you.)

Instead of saying we won’t be messy we can say we will make the bed every morning and put our dirty clothes in the hamper every night.

If you want to improve a skill you already have, like playing the piano or running track, then set specific goals for practice time, difficult pieces you want to learn, or time goals you will work toward.

The more specific you make your resolution the more likely you are to stick with it.

Resolution Ideas for All Ages

Here are some ideas if you are having trouble coming up with your own resolutions. Encourage everyone to come up with at least one. Don’t make it too hard by making too many at one time.

Print off this page year-in-review-2016 and let each child fill one out. Keep the pages and look at them at the end of the year to see how you have grown and what you have accomplished. These pages can make fun keepsakes to look at from year to year.

Make a resolution to be healthier. Decide to try new foods by resolving to have one new fruit and one new vegetable every month. Decide to exercise, walk the dog, ride bikes or play outside instead of watching TV or playing video games. Decide to stop drinking sodas and instead drink more milk or water.  Decide to go to bed by 10pm so you can get plenty of healthy sleep.

I think the #1 way to be healthier is to cook your own food instead of eating out or eating packaged processed foods. If you don’t know how to cook, now is the time to learn! Scroll down and print this simple recipe for homemade pancakes easy enough for even a kindergartner to do with some help from mom or dad.

Make a resolution to be smarter. Decide to read a book instead of watching TV or playing video games. Learn to do something new like build a birdhouse, learn a foreign language, learn to crochet or sew, take painting classes, or learn a musical instrument.

Make a resolution to share God’s love. Decide to memorize a new Bible verse every week, or read our Bibles every day. (These are short and sweet for little kids and include a coloring page for each verse.) This can be a family project where everyone encourages each other. Post verses on the refrigerator and take turns reciting them. Decide to pick someone each week to reach out to with a handwritten card or letter, or homemade cookies.

Make resolutions as a family. Decide to do things together that will help you love each other and have fun together. Spend time this month thinking back on the year that has passed and remembering a way you have been blessed, something you are thankful for. Then pray together as a family thanking God for all He has done!

Decide to go on a hike or visit a park together once a month. Decide to have a Family Game Night once a month. Our family enjoys getting together with two other families each month for a potluck dinner and games. We look forward to this fun time of fellowship every month!

Decide to have a family read-aloud time where a parent or older teen reads aloud from a family-friendly book. Educator and speaker Andrew Pudewa shares his thoughts on why this is important for kids of all ages here.

Cooking together is a great family activity! Empowering your kids with cooking skills blesses them for life. Here is an easy recipe for homemade pancakes. Make these together on a lazy winter weekend and then curl up for family read aloud time.

Easy pancakes:

1 ¼ cups unbleached all purpose flour (or use a gluten-free flour blend such as Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 baking mix)

3 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder

1 Tablespoon honey

½ teaspoon sea salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk (you can make this dairy-free by using coconut milk or other dairy alternative milk)

2 Tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil

butter or coconut oil for greasing the griddle

1. Preheat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and salt.

3. In a separate bowl beat the eggs with a fork until lemon colored, then add in the milk, honey and melted butter or oil.

4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until moistened. You want the batter to be a little runny, not thick, so add a little more milk if needed.

5. Scoop batter onto a preheated griddle using a large spoon to make individual pancakes. Bake until bubbles appear on the top then flip and bake on the other side until golden. Serve with butter and honey or real maple syrup.

Easy Pancakes
Recipe type: breakfast
Easy enough for beginning cooks of all ages, make these pancakes together as a family instead of using packaged processed box mixes or frozen waffles.
  • 1¼ cups unbleached all purpose flour (or a gluten-free flour such as Bob's Red Mill One-to-one)
  • 3 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk (or non-dairy coconut milk)
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
  • more butter or coconut oil for greasing the griddle
  1. Preheat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In another bowl beat the eggs with a fork until they are lemon colored, then add the honey, milk and melted butter and stir well.
  4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until moistened adding more milk if needed to make a slightly runny batter.
  5. Scoop the batter onto the preheated griddle using a large spoon to make individual pancakes. Bake until bubbles appear on the top and then flip and bake the other side until golden.
  6. Serve with butter and honey or real maple syrup.


Share these ideas with your friends and tell us your favorite New Year’s resolutions by leaving a comment here or on our Facebook page!


Why I Like the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2016

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It’s that time of year again – the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2016 is now available!!

I love these Ultimate Bundle deals. I’ve purchased a couple of them, such a steal for the price, and I have had fun learning so much about all kinds of topics from essential oils and herbal remedies to DIY projects for my home!

There are products in this year’s bundle for everyone from newlyweds to families to folks just wanting to learn how to get and stay healthy.

Some of the items that really caught my eye:

Essential Oils Revolution 1 from Dr Eric Z: The EOR1 was an amazing resource of interviews from top experts in the Essential Oil field. I listened to almost every one of them last year and learned so much! If you buy this separately it will cost you $97, but it is included in the low bundle price.

Nutrition Reset by Dietitian Cassie: Dietician Cassie is  one of the nutrition experts associated with one of my favorite podcasts, Livin’ La Vida Low Carb Show. She is a registered dietitian who knows all about real food, healthy fats, and how to plan meals to get and stay healthy.

Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism by Maria Emmerich at Keto AdaptedMaria Emmerich has a beautiful cookbook she wrote with Jimmy Moore from Livin La Vida Low Carb. She has amazing low carb/Paleo recipes.

Jumpstart Your Urban Farm by Greg Peterson at Urban Farm: Urban farming (I like to call it MetroFarming) is a topic near and dear to my heart. I’ve been incorporating more edible landscaping and small garden plots and want to learn more!

Planning & Designing the Family Food Garden by Isis Loran at Family Food Garden: Isis gives you printables and design ideas to get gardening at your house.

Mastering the Art of Baking with Coconut Flour by Starlene Stewart at GAPS Diet Journey: Starlene has had a super-informational podcast and website, and she has hands-on experience with healing herself and her family using GAPS and other dietary strategies.

Autism Diet Success Workshop by Julie Matthews at Nourishing Hope: I love to hear about successful strategies to reverse autism. The mainstream says it can’t be done, but we know better! Julie Matthews’ guide is another great resource for families with special needs.

3 Ways to Upgrade Your Kombucha Tea by Dave Lindenbaum at Get Kombucha: I first heard about Dave’s website from his crazy videos about kombucha back about five years ago. He has a big site with lots of information and equipment.

 The sale begins 8am Eastern on Wednesday, September 21st and runs six days to Monday, September 26th at 11:59pm Eastern.

The price for the entire bundle of 58 ebooks & printables, 25 ecourses, videos & audios, and11 bonuses is just $29.97 for PDF format or $39.97 for eReader format.

If you purchase by Thursday, September 22nd at 11.59pm you can get a free eReader upgrade.

The bonuses include some amazing products:

Bonuses – free 1oz bag of Get Kombucha’s custom tea blend, free Mrs Meyer’s laundry supplies, free eye shadow trio from Orglamix, free toothpowder, free maca powder, free muscle balm stick and lip balm, gift certificates from Bloom Naturals and Perfect Supplements, discounts from Trilight Health, and free digital packages from Meal Garden and Experience Life

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Are There Dangerous Toxins in Your Medicine Cabinet?

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Acetominophen: aka Tylenol, Little Fevers Pain Reliever, or non-aspirin pain reliever/fever reducer, or other brand names or generic.

It’s a common item in medicine cabinets and purses of lots and lots of moms. We take it ourselves for headaches and cramps. We give it to our kids for fevers. The pediatricians hand out free samples every time we visit their offices.

It is often the drug of choice all around the country.

But are we too trusting when we use it?

It turns out that maybe we do need to step back and ask a few questions before deciding to keep it in our medicine chests and here’s why:

Using acetaminophen for fever in the first year of life is associated with an increase in the incidence of asthma and other allergic symptoms later in childhood.

This is because acetaminophen severely depletes antioxidants such as glutathione in the liver and other body tissues. Glutathione is used for growth, tissue repair and immune system building.

Asthma is one of many diseases influenced greatly by antioxidants. Acetaminophen is definitely not something to use if you already have asthma.

A new study just released showed acetaminophen is definitely linked with behavior issues. Women who took acetominophin during pregnancy were 29-46% more likely to have children with a wide range of behavior problems by age 7 than moms who did not take it.

Dr. Mercola calls acetaminophen one of the most dangerous medicines on the market. Even when taken at the recommended dosage for just a few weeks it can be toxic to your liver. In fact, acetaminophen is responsible for nearly half of all cases of acute liver failure each year.

What can we do to protect ourselves and our families?

It’s super important to become knowledgeable and informed about the medications we use. The Medicine Chest Renovation e-book from Vintage Remedies is a quick-start guide to help you decide what to keep and what to toss out.

Taking courses or reading books on safe alternatives to OTC drugs is a great family project. Older children and teens can learn right alongside mom about which herbs to use for which conditions, and how to make tinctures and salves and syrups at home to stock your own medicine cabinet.

Try this recipe for elderberry syrup to keep on hand for cold and flu season.

Elderberry syrup is an effective cold and flu fighter. Elderberries and elder flowers are safe for all ages with no known contraindications. You can make it yourself with this recipe reprinted from The Handbook of Vintage Remedies. At that book link there is also an alternative recipe that adds astragalus, echinacea and wild cherry to the elderberries.


Elderberry Syrup

100 g dried elderberries
1 quart cold distilled water
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1 cup local honey

Combine berries and water in a large (cold) saucepot. If time permits, allow the berries to soak until they are soft, about 30 – 60 minutes. Place over medium heat and gradually bring to a boil. Once a rolling boil has been reached, stir frequently and continue to boil until the liquid has been reduced by half – roughly 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Strain the concentrated extract and measure the liquid. It should be roughly 2 cups. Combine with the cup and a half of honey, brown rice syrup, glycerin or simple sugar solution. (Or a blend of two or more sweeteners as I did in the ingredient list above.) Bring back to a boil and continue to boil for 10 minutes until the mixture is thoroughly combined and the syrup reaches your preferred consistency. Allow to cool slightly and pour into prepared bottles. Store in the refrigerator.

What is your favorite natural remedy? Share it with us here in the comments!

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3 Things I’ve Learned About Essential Oils

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For the last several years I’ve been learning and learning about alternative medicine choices. I’ve been feeling empowered as a mom and wife to be able to take care of a lot of our day-to-day needs without having to buy OTC cold meds, visiting the urgent care clinic, or sitting for hours in the pediatrician waiting room.

One thing that has played a part in boosting my knowledge and confidence as Dr. Mom is the material I have learned from Jessie Hawkins and Vintage Remedies.

Last year I took the Aromatic Medicine class. It was one of the bonuses from Ultimate Bundles, and it was super helpful in teaching me more about essential oils.

I’ve also learned a lot from Valerie Worwood’s book The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. I have turned down pages, highlighted sections and stuck post-it tabs all over this book!

3 Things I’ve Learned

1.  Super important to know is that essential oils are lipophilic – which means they mix with fat/oil NOT water! Why is this important? If you add oils to the bathtub or to a glass of water you are more likely to get “burned” because the oils won’t be diluted and dispersed without a lot of shaking or stirring.

Mix the oils with a little bit of milk or honey first before adding them to your bath or your water bottle or even a capsule you intend to consume. Use caution and common sense – essential oils may smell pretty, but they are powerful!

table of strength comparison for various methods of personal care resized smallerAs you can see from this chart, essential oils rank right up there with over-the-counter medications in potency. So always use them thoughtfully and carefully!

2.  Essential oils are more than just air fresheners. Scientists are doing studies with essential oils providing therapy for things like pain and depression. A study done with nursing home patients in South Korea used an essential oil blend of lavender, marjoram, eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint (2:1:2:1:1) diluted to 1.5% in a carrier oil blend. (If you aren’t sure what all that means check out that Aromatic Medicine course I mentioned!) They found the essential oils significantly decreased both the pain and depression scores for the experiment group.

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3. Essential oils can affect us physically without even rubbing them on our skin or taking them internally. Our sense of smell (the olfactory system) is part of a larger system in our brain that also includes the centers of emotion (the amygdala) and the centers for associative learning (the hippocampus).

Properly chosen essential oils are inhaled during aromatherapy and then go directly to these systems that govern behavior, mood, and memory!

cool mist diffuser 400 wide with titlesWhen we take the time to learn the different properties of all the different essential oils we can select just the right ones to help our kids focus, or help relieve a stressful family member, or any number of other situations!

Another great resource for learning about essential oils is the Essential Oils Revolution Summit coming up August 22nd-29th. You can register for free here.

EOR16_banner_order_600x150What is your favorite essential oils tip? Share it with us in the comments!



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Gluten-free Blueberry Banana Muffins

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Blueberry season started early here in Florida. By the end of April we’d already gone blueberry picking and filled the freezer with berries for smoothies, jam, ice cream and muffins.

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I have two teens now, but when the kids were little we always read Blueberries for Sal before going berry picking. I loved the Before Five In A Row lessons that included activities to make reading even more fun. I found these printables good for any little ones you might have at your house right now.

“Little Sal picked three berries and dropped them into her little tin pail…kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk!” – from Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

This year we are also getting handfuls of berries from our backyard bushes! I’ve tried converting our landscaping into as much edible landscaping as I can. Three blueberry bushes replaced some overgrown ligustrums a few years ago.

“You ought to have seen what I saw on my way To the village, through Mortenson’s pasture to-day: Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb, Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum In the cavernous pail of the first one to come! And all ripe together, not some of them green And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen!”
excerpted from “Blueberries” by Robert Frost

When we first moved in we planted bananas which have since grown into a tiny jungle by my daughter’s bedroom window. Right now we have both bananas and blueberries growing – inspiration for some seasonal baking!

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Sprouted Grains and Flours

I really like To Your Health’s Sprouted Gluten-free Baking Mix for these muffins. To Your Health, a small business in rural Alabama, is owned by Peggy Sutton whose own quest for health resulted in this answer:  “Eat a variety of all foods God made available to us in as pure form as possible.”

Sprouting grains makes their vitamins more available and makes the grains more digestible while reducing the phytic acid to nearly half.

You can find To Your Health sprouted flours and products at selected Whole Foods stores and other natural food stores, or you can order them directly from To Your Health.

Gluten-free Blueberry Banana Muffins

2 1/4 cups To Your Health Sprouted Gluten-free Baking Mix

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp non-aluminum baking soda

1 tsp non-aluminum baking powder

1 cup whole milk kefir or buttermilk

2 eggs from pastured hens

1/2 cup butter or coconut oil

1/2 cup unrefined sugar like sucanat or coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 very ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin.

In a medium bowl whisk together the gluten-free flour, sea salt, baking soda, and baking powder and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the bananas, mixing well.  Add the eggs and mix well. Add half of the dry ingredients, mix and then add half the kefir or buttermilk. Add remaining dry ingredients followed by remaining kefir/buttermilk.  Stir until incorporated. Then gently stir in the blueberries.

Evenly divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from the oven.

Allow the muffins to stay in the muffin tin for about 3 minutes. I’ve found that gluten-free baked goods are much more fragile and allowing them to set up a bit makes it less likely that you will squash or break one taking it out of the pan.

Remove from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack. These keep best if refrigerated, and they also freeze well. Just wrap in a little foil to reheat in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.

Gluten-free Blueberry Banana Muffins
Recipe type: muffin
Serves: 12
Spring and summer berries, plump and juicy, fill this moist gluten-free breakfast treat. Add a big glass of raw milk or a lovely cup of tea for the perfect snack.
  • 2¼ cups To Your Health Sprouted Gluten-free Baking Mix
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp non-aluminum baking soda
  • 1 tsp non-aluminum baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk kefir or buttermilk
  • 2 eggs from pastured hens
  • ½ cup butter or coconut oil
  • ½ cup unrefined sugar such as sucanat or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 very rip bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the gluten-free flour, sea salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the mashed bananas, mixing well. Add the eggs and mix well.
  4. Mix in half of the dry ingredients, and then add half of the buttermilk/kefir stirring well.
  5. Add the remaining dry ingredients followed by the remaining buttermilk/kefir mixing just until incorporated.
  6. Gently stir in the blueberries.
  7. Evenly divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups, then bake for about 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven but allow the muffins to sit in the muffin pan for 3 minutes before removing.
  9. After the 3 minutes rest, remove the muffins to a cooling rack to finish cooling.


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Cinco de Mayo: Real Food Recipe Round-up

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Cinco de Mayo falls on a Thursday this year. Perfect for a fun family dinner to celebrate all the fabulous tastes of Mexico! No need to go out; you can make it at home with real food ingredients and the recipes linked below!

Not a biggie holiday in Mexico, (and also NOT Mexican Independence Day) this day marks the Mexican army’s victory over a much bigger and more well-armed French army intent on claiming more territory for France.

In America, Cinco de Mayo has become a day to celebrate Mexican culture and food. If you can’t travel to LA, Chicago or Houston where the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations occur, you can have fun making delicious Mexican-inspired food at home with your family!

Here’s a Round UP of some of our own Well Fed Family Mexican-inspired favorites followed by several more from some other fantastic blogs!

If you start it by Tuesday morning you can have delicious lacto-fermented salsa ready for dinner Thursday evening!

Make your own nourishing whole grain flour tortillas with our BREADS DVD

DIY Taco Seasoning is frugal and healthy. No more MSG!

Easy Guacamole your kids can make!

Taco Stew is a family favorite at our house.

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Sauce brings a little California to your table.

Irish Nachos – just for fun, or for anyone who can’t eat corn chips!

Chipotle Spiced Meatloaf (with optional organ meats) for some major nutrient density.

Slow Cooker Mexican Corn and Potato Chowder from Don’t Waste the Crumbs is super frugal!

Nourishing Black Beans from Radiant Life

Mexican Rice from Modern Alternative Mama

Salsa Verde from Deep Roots at Home

No-rolling Required Sourdough Tortillas from Traditional Cooking School

Homemade Corn Tortillas from The Kitch’n (only two ingredients!)

Mexican Spinach Casserole from Cave Man Keto (because even people on ketogenic diets need to celebrate!)

Plantain Tortillas from Zenbelly Catering (for you grain-free/Paleo people!)

Slow-Cooker Carnitas from Paleo Foodie People

Paleo Coconut-Lime Tres Leches Cake from Bare Root Girl

And there you have it! Over a dozen real food recipes for your family’s feast!

What is your favorite Mexican food? Leave your answer in the comments!

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Are You Mary or Martha? [Plus Free Printable Lesson]

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Every month, every season, we have reasons to celebrate. Weddings, birthdays, graduations, babies, holidays…our lives can be very full.

This was also true in Jesus’ time. From Passover to Purim and the year of Jubilee, the Jewish calendar was filled with feast days, holy days and times of celebration.

While times of celebration can be joy-filled, wonderful memory-making occasions, just as often they are accompanied by meltdowns…..and not just the sugar-high kids.

Moms can get overwhelmed too…

One very special Jewish holiday  was The Feast of the Tabernacles. Similar to our modern Thanksgiving, it came at the end of harvest and was a time for thanking God for His blessings and bounty. But unlike our one day of Thanksgiving, this holiday lasted an entire week.

A significant component of this holiday was the booth or “Sukkot” each family would build. Representing the temporary structures used by Moses and the Israelites as they wandered 40 years in the wilderness, families would eat meals and even sleep outside in their shelter gazing up at the stars.

So preparing for this week of thanksgiving meant not only cooking, cleaning and decorating the house, but also building and decorating the Sukkot.

(For a fun diversion put “Sukkot” into the Pinterest search box and see how modern-day Jewish families build and decorate.)

Not only is there a lot to prepare, but this feast comes on the heels of the very serious week of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – the week of repentance and day of atonement. Only four days separated the two holidays!

It is into this extremely busy environment that we must immerse ourselves as we read the New Testament book of Luke, chapter 10, starting in verse 38. This is the brief story of Martha, Mary and Jesus.

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.

While hospitality was a serious duty, an important part of life during Bible times, Martha, and her siblings Mary and Lazarus, were good friends of Jesus. He stayed with them on more than one occasion.

39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.

A significant part of the Feast of the Tabernacles centered around having guests, spending time with friends and family. Isn’t that what we enjoy most even today during holidays and celebrations? In fact, when the Lord established this particular holiday He commanded them to rejoice for seven days! (Deuteronomy 16:14-15)

So if you were to make a “To Do” list of things to get ready for the Feast of the Tabernacles, the #1 thing on the list would be “Get Happy”.

Even though there was a lot to do, Mary took time to sit and listen, to visit with Jesus.

40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“But Martha was distracted”.  Other versions say “cumbered” or “angry”. After all there were only four days to get it all done! The law stated no chores could be done during the week of the feast. She had deadlines!

Do you think Martha sounds joyful?

 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,

Jesus didn’t think so either. Let’s see what He says next:

42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Jesus reminded Martha that Mary was doing the right thing. There will always be chores to do, but Jesus was not always going to be visiting with them. It was important to stop, to be still, and listen to Jesus.

I know I am guilty of being Martha. A lot. I have on more than one occasion told my husband “no” when he wanted to have people over. It was too overwhelming to think of all the cooking and cleaning to be done.

I actually told one of my friends that I couldn’t have her over because I knew how pretty her house was and how scrupulous of a housecleaner she was.

I was being Martha. Upset, distracted, cumbered.

When I did this lesson with my Sunday School class we made a Citrus Mint Punch together. (the recipe is in the free lesson download. See the link at the end.) Then we laid out sandwich meat, cheese, mayo, mustard and slices of a simple homemade bread. The kids made their own sandwiches and we sat down to an indoor picnic.

We had tacked some palm fronds and Christmas lights to the ceiling so we turned out the lights and pretended we were outdoors in our Sukkot looking up at the stars. The kids felt like it was a special feast!

I guess I need to take a lesson from my Sunday School kids. The meal doesn’t have to be fancy and the decorations don’t have to be expensive. When we are joyful even a simple meal is a feast when shared with friends.

Proverbs 15:17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love
    than a fattened calf with hatred.

I’d love to hear from you about what you do when you get overwhelmed. How do you show hospitality? Please join in the conversation by leaving a comment!

The people at Ultimate Bundles have a bundle of resources for most every “Martha” in this year’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.  I’m excited about the e-course from Cozy Minimalist and the Tiny Owl Guide to Hospitality. There are also 14 e-cookbooks including one just for company. There’s even a whole section devoted to holidays and celebrations.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale ends in just a week. So click here to check it out!

If you’d like to download a version of this lesson to do with your own kids click the link below.

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 Leave a comment telling me how your kids enjoyed their special feast!