Author Archives: Sandra Long

Make Homemade Herbal Mouthwash for Better Health and Fresh Breath Too

making homemade mouthwash

Making your own mouthwash is easier than you think and in my opinion can be a great alternative to many store brands because it allows you to be more proactive in your personal healthcare. Besides, making your own mouthwash is kind of fun and you will always know exactly what has gone into it. (Don’t worry, I’ll include my Sage Herbal Mouthwash Recipe below so you can see how easy it is). Artificial … Continue Reading »

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Try a Cup of Elderberry Tea for Colds and Flu

brewing elderberry tea

Elderberries, or Sambuca/Sambucus nigra, are lovely little black, blue and purple berries with a myriad of health and healing benefits proven to help ease a cough, cold or fever. (Just don’t eat the red berries {Sambucus racemosa}, which come from another species and are toxic unless cooked). There are many ways to take your elderberry medicine Elder syrup has been a popular European upper respiratory infection fighter for years and is steadily gaining … Continue Reading »

17 Comments Posted in Cold Remedies, Healing Herbs, Natural Health

How to Make Raw Medicinal Honey with Ginger and Rosehips

making medicinal honey

After scoring a great deal on some raw wildflower honey, I decided it was time to try my hand at making Medicinal Honey by combining it with fresh ginger root and rosehips. Although I have adapted this recipe to suit my preferences, I was originally inspired after reading about how to make medicinal honey in Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World by Kelly Coyne & Erik Knutzen. Making Medicinal Ginger … Continue Reading »

19 Comments Posted in Cold Remedies, Healing Herbs, Natural Remedies

What is Oil Pulling? Benefits of Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil or Sesame Oil

oil pulling with sesame oil

Oil pulling originated as an Ayurveda practice possibly 10,000 years ago but was coined as “oil pulling” in the 1990’s by Ukranian Physician, Dr. F. Karach. Historically oil pulling has been done to improve a variety of different health ailments. Some say they have noticed health problems mysteriously clear up after just a few days of oil pulling-as though the toxins are pulled right out of them. I decided it was time to … Continue Reading »

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Benefits of Garlic: Good Medicine from Dr. Earth?

benefits of garlic

The benefits of garlic have been known for thousands of years. Garlic has many potential medicinal uses in modern times as well. Garlic has antibacterial properties so it can help combat infections. It can be useful when you are losing your voice, and it can help clear a cough. Some in vitro studies even suggest anti-tumor effects may be present. Allicin, which gives garlic it’s characteristic burning sensation when the bulbs are crushed … Continue Reading »

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How to Make Orange Vinegar a Simple Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

homemade all purpose cleaner

We all want safe cleaning products without all the nasty chemicals and that’s why green cleaning products are all the rage these days. But with this simple orange vinegar recipe you can take the Do it Yourself approach to green cleaning at a fraction of the cost. Orange Vinegar: My Super Simple Homemade All Purpose Cleaner Recipe In a pint size mason jar, I combined the peels of about 2 oranges and covered … Continue Reading »

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Dear Paco Underhill: Not Why We Buy But Should We Buy

why we buy the science of shopping

So why do we buy? Imagine this: you’ve just entered your favorite store. The aisles are wide so you don’t feel rushed, the merchandise is highly visible and comfortable to reach even with a bad back, and the words practically jump out at you, so easy to read! So pleased are you with the layout of the store, the inviting atmosphere, the signage, music, and lighting, that you decide to keep shopping, even … Continue Reading »

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How To Make Miso the Traditional Way

white chickpea miso

Perhaps the hardest thing about learning how to make miso is simply obtaining all the ingredients and equipment. Soybeans are pretty easy just load up your square foot garden and you are all set. However, if you are like me, you probably fruitlessly looked all over several local health food stores searching for koji. This is the one ingredient you will probably need to order online from a specialty website. How to make … Continue Reading »

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