Homemade Lotion

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When I was pregnant I was searching the Internet for holistic advice on pregnancy. I found this recipe for stretch mark cream, and although I really wasn’t concerned about stretch marks (I hear they are mainly genetic, but healthy lifestyle also helps to limit them too), I decided to try it for fun. I had never made lotion before, and I’m all about making my own everything because if I make it, then I don’t have to worry about toxins, additives, or other not-so-great ingredients. Added bonus: homemade products are usually cheaper. More

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Rowen Mae’s Birth Story

I know this is…four (almost five!) months late, but I thought I would share my birth story. A little background: For as long as I can remember, I knew I was going to birth naturally, or at least give it a try. I don’t like to take pain relievers or any regular conventional medicine, so I think this was part of the reason for not wanting pain relief during (or after) labor. And then I read a ton about it when I was pregnant, and we took birth classes from our doula, Linda, which was so so helpful. But in the weeks leading up to my due date, whenever I would think about labor I would get a little scared. Lindy recommended that I read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, written by a hippie midwife. More

Recommended Readings: Books on Alternative Health

As a follow-up to her cancer story, my Mom wanted to share a list of the books she read that helped her to understand illness and healing. She has grouped the books into four sections. Here are the sections with her descriptions:

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A Survival Story: Healing Cancer from Within

At the end of my senior year in high school, my Mom was diagnosed with stage-three melanoma. She has since fully recovered by using alternative methods of treatment. Because the conventional medicine was not working effectively (it actually seemed to be doing more harm than good), my Mom sought out other treatment options. She learned about the impact that environmental toxins and nutrition have on cancer, and she completely changed her diet. Her experience was a turning point that caused me to begin changing my diet and lifestyle, which is still evolving as I continue to research and learn. Below, my Mom shares her story. She shares her experience, followed by some advice for anyone who is currently dealing with cancer. The following is in her own words:

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Homemade Laundry Soap

Before I had my baby, I had a few days of no work and a little extra energy (because I was “nesting” as they say). I completely reorganized my kitchen and pantry, got everything ready for baby, and made laundry soap! I had been meaning to for quite some time before then, but I just hadn’t gotten around to doing it. But I am very glad that I got around to it because it is super easy, cheap, and healthy!

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Three Steps to Sprouting in a Jar

 

While I was off at college, my mom sprouted for a while to help get rid of her cancer. I wasn’t really in the house when she did that, so while she was already familiar with this, I hadn’t ever grown them. Then, about a year and a half ago, I learned about the “raw food diet”. This is, in my opinion, one of the hardest diets to follow because it means that you don’t eat anything cooked! Well mostly, most raw foodies still eat some cooked food, but the majority of their diet consists of uncooked food. More

Book Review: Brain Rules for Baby

 

When I was pregnant, I was busy preparing myself to have a natural birth. I kind of always had that goal for myself, and I made sure to read a few books about how to prepare for the birthing.  We were blessed to have an amazing doula to help us as well. So, while I did a decent job of preparing myself to birth naturally (which I did, and I am so glad everything worked out so perfectly), I did not do such a great job at preparing myself for after the baby had come. We had all the stuff we needed- a crib, clothes, etc., but I didn’t read a ton about being a mom, or parenting, or anything like that. Which I should have. More

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is one of my favorites. After I made these, I could never go back to regular mashed potatoes. Sweet potatoes are still a starch just like regular potatoes (so not the healthiest), but their redeeming value is that they are a really good source of vitamin A. More

Why Cloth Diaper?

When I was pregnant, I researched baby products – how to take care of a baby, what I need for a baby (and of course, being me, everything needed to be natural, non-toxic, etc.) – and while I was doing my research, I stumbled upon a blog about cloth diapering. At first I thought “No way. I know that I’m extreme, but I am not that extreme. That crosses a line.” More

My Experience with Essential Oils for Pregnancy

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I thought I would share my experience with essential oils during pregnancy and delivery. I started the oils around the time I got pregnant, and I loved them. I think they made pregnancy a lot easier. My doula gave me the book “Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth, & Babies” by Stephanie Fritz to read, and I used some of the ideas from this book. I also went on everythingessential.me for tips on how to use them best during pregnancy. I found both these resources very helpful. I used the oils that felt right for me, but every body is different. So I would suggest to pay attention to what feels right with your body and go with that. Here were my favorite oils during pregnancy: More