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Herbal Spotlight: Plantain Bug Bite Remedy

Herbal Spotlight: Plantain Bug Bite Remedy

An incredibly versatile herb meets an incredibly pervasive, pesky problem in this spotlight. Plantain is a remedy of old that has countless uses, including a fantastic bug bite remedy. In the thick of summer, we reach for plantain frequently in this herbal home. For skin irritation of all kinds, but especially bug bites, plantain is indispensable (and plentiful, too!).

Our Healing Salve is made with plantain, and other wonderful skin care herbs calendula, and yarrow.

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After Birth Recovery Products New Moms Need

After Birth Recovery Products New Moms Need

The Sudden Shift from Pregnancy to Postpartum

After you’ve done the work and have pushed a new little human out of your body and into the world, your body knows it’s done something incredible. Every muscle screams it. Your organs seem to fall back into place with every step, every inch of your bottom aches, feeling bruised, swollen, heavy, and in shock.

 

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Self Care Must Haves for New Moms

Self Care Must Haves for New Moms

Your postpartum time with your new baby can be a magical time of bonding, snuggles, sweet baby sounds, breastfeeding, healing, and rest. It can also be exhausting, frustrating, physically uncomfortable, and challenging. Focusing on your own care means you will more easily be able to care for your newborn. For many of us, it is hard to put our own needs first - as women we often focus on what is best for the whole group, and put our individual needs behind others. However, when you have just given birth and are caring for a newborn, your needs and the baby’s needs work together in a special way. When you are taken care of, it is easier for you to take care of your baby. Now is the time to focus on what is best for you and your newborn.

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Breastfeeding While Pregnant

Breastfeeding While Pregnant

Sometimes, the first sign that you are pregnant is sore nipples. If you are still nursing your infant or toddler, those sore nipples may be extra sensitive and may cause you to question whether or not you want to continue nursing throughout your pregnancy. If you are nearing the end of your breastfeeding relationship with your current child, a pregnancy may push you to finalize weaning. However, if you want to continue nursing, there are things you can do to make the experience more comfortable for you and your baby.

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How to Use the Rest of Your Cord Care Powder

How to Use the Rest of Your Cord Care Powder

You've hardly used any Cord Care Powder before baby's cord is gone and you are left wondering what to do with the rest of it. Not to worry! Because it is a dry powder and not a salve, the ingredients provide healing actions when drying is also necessary. Here are a few ideas for you.

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Using Herbs for Easy Umbilical Cord Care

Using Herbs for Easy Umbilical Cord Care

Cutting the cord is such a momentous occasion that it’s become a metaphor for a transition into independence. But after the ceremonial cut is over and the beautiful moment has passed, what you’re left with is anything but beautiful. Umbilical cord care can be annoying at best and an infection risk at worst. Learn here how to use herbs to help the cord stump heal better, faster, and safer.

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Healing Foods for Toddlers

Healing Foods for Toddlers

Even before remedies are needed and herbs are used as medicine, healing foods are a front line of defense to keep our families healthy. Toddlers are targeted with all kinds of junk and convenience food, so we don’t always associate them with healing foods and rich nutrition. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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Padsicles: DIY Postpartum Ice Packs

Padsicles: DIY Postpartum Ice Packs

Your amazing body is made to give birth and to recover completely.  Having said that, after birth, your perineum is (at the very least) tender and sore. It might be torn or “scuffed.” Even without tears, it will be swollen, sometimes in strange ways. Walking around and sitting will both be uncomfortable at times, especially right after birth. When another part of your body is swollen and inflamed, you reach for an ice pack. Though that will work in a pinch, it’s not the most accessible area to place a bag of ice. That’s where padsicles for perineal relief come in.

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Healing or Helping After Miscarriage

Healing or Helping After Miscarriage

Miscarriage is intense for your body and can leave you feeling fragile physically and emotionally. Taking care of your body, or knowing how to help someone who is trying to heal after miscarriage, can ease some of the physical symptoms.

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