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Saturday, September 7, 2013

**Herbal First Aid Kit for the Car**

Hello again!

As I search the hundreds of contacts I have related to natural health, I came across this gem of a site.

Dancing in a Field of Tansy: Updated: Herbal First Aid Kit for the Car
Dancing in a Field of Tansy has several very informative posts related to herbal/aromatherapy/botanical/natural health. Included on this site is an area for prepping for emergencies which this post relates too. Certainly I didn't start out thinking there was some big emergency looming, but we all need to consider the fact that in an emergency setting, we are much, much better off prepared. This first aid kit takes care of that.

I've put together simple kits for my home and car before but this kit REALLY covers all the basics and goes beyond. I love that herbal remedies are combined with conventional bandages and items you can buy at any CVS type of store, even a suture kit for an extreme emergency. Even better, she goes on to list a link where you can watch videos prepared by a MD on how to suture (again, for the extreme emergency that hopefully you'll never encounter).

I myself am studying herbal medicine and aromatherapy so I plan on making my own salves and tonics. Most people, however, don't know how to make these items or chose not to, so I've listed three excellent websites that carry these products. All are affordable, ship quickly and have excellent customer service.

A wonderful company to purchase high quality essential oils (also very affordable) that are in this kit is:

Use code Organic to get 10% off your order. Spark Naturals is truly a one stop shop for everything EO at affordable prices and they ship super fast.

For the herbal tinctures, Mountain Rose Herbs is fantastic-
At the top right you can 'search' for the
Plantain Tincture
Willow Tincture
Echinacea Tincture
It's easy, if you're like me and enjoy herbs and teas, to get carried away at MRH-so many unique items!

Here is another fantastic online site for everything natural-supplements, body care and health care, it's HUGE. Affordable prices, fast shipping, great customer service.
Iherb can not be beat, it has over 35,000 products.
http://www.iherb.com/?rcode=WFQ141  look for the elixirs, ginger and enzymes here.

You can customize your first aid kit with what YOU need easily through these three online companies, all of which I've dealt with many times. For most everything else, any local drugstore should have the items in this kit.

I'm going to make it my goal to make this within the next two weeks. I challenge you to try this also. Come follow me on Pinterest, I have many DIY salves and health-items pinned there: http://pinterest.com/heatherd0726/boards/

Hope this post has inspired you today, enjoy and please share this page with others-I'm still small but have big goals and dreams :).

Blessings- Heather

Dancing in a Field of Tansy: Updated: Herbal First Aid Kit for the Car

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Soap Nuts-Why I Don’t Make Laundry Detergent

Soap Nuts! Why I Don’t Make Laundry Detergent
Great time and frustration-saving tips in Coconut Mama's blog!

Honey and Lemon Cough Syrup with Coconut Oil

**Honey and Lemon Cough Syrup with Coconut Oil**
It's that time of year again-symptoms like sore throats and colds from lowered immune systems
leading to virus and bacteria susceptibility. Protect yourself! Read about a great
recipe that will help strengthen your immune system and fight the pathogens.

Moved Out of Tennessee 5 Years Ago, Now Back and Loving it!

Well....it's been a stressful, amazing, beautiful month!

Those of you who know me personally, know how much I love Knoxville, Tennessee. How much I love the vibe of the town, the friendly, outgoing people, the pride that radiates. Having family here makes it that much more awesome.
When the husband and I decided to leave it 5 years ago, it was a rough decision to say the least and it was a 'lets move but give it a year or two and decide if we want to move back' sort of decision. All due to a job. Well, we're back (at least the kids and I are, for now) and loving it.
I can not TELL you the difference it has made overall in my happiness, patience and excitement for life. Again. I've always been a very outgoing, friendly, get along with everyone type of gal but the move away from here really was hard on me.

But, I'm BACK. I wake up ready to take on the world. I go about my day with absolute joy and contentment. I go to sleep thanking God for the blessing of being back 'home'.

Enough of all that.

About my new blog...I've been told for several years now that I should blog. It's a natural 'fit' for my talky-talky personality and my love for natural health/medicine and health/parenting education. And crafts. And food. And gardening. And crafts. I adore creating cool things :). Even cool crafts that improve your health! I'm not kidding! My favs for health education-herbal medicine, aromatherapy and energy medicine ('energy' is harnessed in CAT scans and other medical equipment but the type of energy I'll present has to do with natural, God-given, everybody-has-it energy).

The fact that I'm slammed with 4 kids and their ever-expanding activities doesn't help with leading discussion groups or teaching classes anymore BUT blogging is another story :).
So many have helped educate me over the years, MUCH better education than my years in college and grad school. Especially the fantastic moms I met through Holistic Moms Network in Knoxville (you know who you are ladies, you're the greatest!).

Educate educate educate! Helping one another do the very best we can do is something we can all appreciate. Many of us don't have the desire, ability, resources or know-how to find out the important 'stuff'.

Sometimes we need 'shortcuts' and I'm here to help with that.

Let me find the great stories, articles, news outlets, information, education that will help YOU and YOUR family. I'll keep it short and sweet but VERY informative for you. And....sometimes I'll throw a cool craft idea or recipe in the mix.

Grab a nice cup of organic tea, walk outside and take a seat in a comfy chair. Take your shoes off and relax your feet in the grass (this is 'grounding' and the health benefits are fantastic, that's for another time). I hope what I have to present to you is helpful and enjoyable and somehow blesses you and your family.

Hugs :)

Organic Mom, Heather (follow me on FB-Organic Mom)

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