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Do You Know How to Avoid Antibiotics? Natural Health and Home Remedies Resources {+ a $75 GIVEAWAY – NOW CLOSED}

December 12th, 2012 · 20 Comments · Natural Health

In a world where the medical community doesn’t seem to believe that food can have any impact on one’s health, I choose to be a countercultural rebel.

I believe food is medicine.

I believe you can choose to pay for nutrient-dense, well-raised food now or pay your doctor later.

I believe that everything you put on your skin or in your mouth has an impact on your health and well-being in some way.

That’s why even at a kitchen blog, it’s not all recipes and tips about how to plan a better Christmas party.

From the beginning, there’s been a natural health component, because taking care of our bodies when we’re sick is a natural extension of our good stewardship – I do think we are called to make choices that won’t harm us further and will have a positive (or neutral) impact on the environment and people around us. (top photo source)

I’ve been wanting to provide a roundup of all the natural health and home remedies resources here at Kitchen Stewardship. Ironically, this post fell on the day after my husband, after exhausting every natural option I could throw at him,  had to succumb to antibiotics for a nasty sinus infection (so bad we were certain he had the real flu).

We’ll take them responsibly, finishing the entire prescription, and then hit hard with heavy probiotics and immune boosting herbs.

In complaining to my friend Donielle about how I was disappointed (to put it mildly) that the natural stuff hadn’t done anything at all, she reminded me that people really used to die from infections, and antibiotics have their place. The natural options for immune system support, like raw garlic, apple cider vinegar water, elderberry syrup and certain herbal tinctures, are most effective as a preventive measure and when the first signs of an illness begin to show.

That ominous scratchy throat or little bit of runny nose is the sign to hit hard, not when you’ve already been knocked on you bum by a virus and feel terrible.

Keep that in mind and grab some apple cider vinegar water – even if you don’t feel sick – while you peruse the natural health resources here at KS:

The Blendtec Winner

Over 700 people were singing, “All I want for Christmas is to win this Blendtec!” but only one lucky winner is going to get one zooming to her door:

Congrats to Rachel (scgirls4life@…)

Please email me your contact info after you’re finished doing the happy dance. Winking smile

Did you see my Blendtec review? It’s not that I am not enjoying the machine, but I definitely question if it’s worth as much as a stove or a big screen TV. (I’ll be posting the videos tomorrow if all goes as planned, for those of you who have been curious!)

TriLight Health $75 Gift Card Giveaway

TriLight Health has partnered with me to help you stock your natural health cabinet with a $75 gift certificate for one lucky winner this week. I’ve worked with Trilight many times before; here are some highlights as you explore the company:

This giveaway is being run via a Google form (we’re testing something new! Let me know if it runs smoothly by leaving a comment here on the post), which means comments on this post do not count (and will be deleted). In the long run, this is quicker for you if you go for extra entries.

There are 7 possible additional entries! Here’s what you can do to win in the form below:

  1. *Mandatory entry: What’s your favorite product from Trilight Health?
  2. Subscribe in a reader or via email to Kitchen Stewardship (or tell me if you already do).
  3. Subscribe to the Trilight Health Newsletter (or tell me if you already do). Get a free bottle of Lympha Rub, my ultimate favorite product there, just for signing up!
  4. Tell me if you “LikeKitchen Stewardship on Facebook.
  5. Tell me if you “LikeTrilight Health on Facebook.
  6. Email 5 friends about this giveaway along with the link to it. (Email subscribers can forward their message.)
  7. Follow @kitchenstew on Twitter and tweet this:
    I’m hoping to stock my natural health medicine cabinet with $75 from Trilight Health via @kitchenstew. http://bit.ly/12lnUWY

GIVEAWAY CLOSED
Remember, comments below in the comments section of the post DO NOT COUNT. You must use the survey form.

I will use random.org to choose the winner, who will be announced on the blog and will receive an email.  The giveaway is open to continental U.S. residents only.  Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, December 17th and I’ll post the winners the following week.

If you missed the last Monday Mission, click here.

Kitchen Stewardship is dedicated to balancing God’s gifts of time, health, earth and money.  If you feel called to such a mission, read more at Mission, Method, and Mary and Martha Moments.

Disclosure:  Giveaways are paid advertising and a great thing for my readers, so I’m happy to include it separately from any reviews. See my full advertising disclosure here.

Official rules and small print stuff: 1) No purchase necessary to win 2) must be 13 or older to enter and have a mailing address within the sponsor’s boundaries (see above) 3) only one survey entry per person 4) odds of winning depend on number of entries 5) employees of Kitchen Stewardship, LLC or sponsoring company not eligible for participation 6) contest sponsored by Trilight Health in FL  7) prizes must be accepted as is and are not redeemable for cash 8 ) Kitchen Stewardship, LLC and sponsoring company are not liable for any injury or damage to persons and/or things as a result of the acceptance of the prize offered. 9) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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20 Comments so far ↓

  • Jennifer

    Just so you know the form I filled out was missing the tweet entry.

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  • via Facebook

    This is one of the areas that I’ve been wanting to explore further in my own health, so that I can share it with others as well. Marking your post so I can dive in to read it later! Thanks for this great roundup!

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  • Crystal

    The “free” bottle of Lympha Rub is a bit misleading. There is still $4.99 shipping. If you were ordering already, it would be no big deal, but if not, it’s not really free.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Ah, I’ve never actually done the process, but that’s pretty normal for most companies offering a freebie. It’s still a better deal than $7.95 though, right?
    :) Katie

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  • Natalie G

    Love the idea of sinus minus– could really use it with my kiddos!

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  • Brandi

    The product that interested me the most was the morning sickness aid for new moms. My husband and I are trying for our 4th baby and with the previous three pregnancies I have suffered with hyperemesis gravidarum and had to take zofran through the pregnancies. I had wondered if there were more natural treatments and I would be curious to at try this product.

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  • Elissa

    I like this new giveaway form!

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  • Susan

    I am subscribed to you, via e-mail.
    Thanks!

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  • Joyce

    The form is a little confusing….do I send you and an email that tells I subscribe to your newsletter, like you and Trilight Health on FB and have emailed friends, post it here or just check those that apply? I just learned of Trilight through you. Their parasite cleanse product looks interesting. Thanks, Katie for a great blog!

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  • Kimberly

    I have a natural health question. I hope you don’t mind my posting it here, but I need help! I would love to start using some essential oils, but I am one overwhelmed girl! I read your review post on doTerra. My questions are: Is doTerra really the best? There are other oils on the market that claim they are the same quality or better for a lower price. Are EO’s safe to take internally? What do I search for? Organic? Wildcrafted? Any help would be SO appreciated!

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    Carmen E. Reply:

    Hi Kimberly- You might find this article about quality essential oils helpful. http://www.beeyoutiful.com/hpaoeo

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    Kimberly Reply:

    Thanks so much, Carmen. It looks like a great company!

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  • Mary

    Who in the medical community thinks that food doesn’t impact a person’s health? What are you talking about, exactly?

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    Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Mary,
    I’m speaking generally, the fact that when we’ve gone to a family doctor and asked if there were any dietary changes that could help treat, say, Crohn’s Disease, a disease of the intestines, we are told “no.” When I called to share what we thought was groundbreaking news that 2 days of a grain-free diet had cured 8 weeks of chronic diarrhea, after prescription anti-diarrheal pills had done nothing…and they didn’t care. Plus, it’s pretty common knowledge that one can get a medical degree without learning much of anything about nutrition. So…I don’t feel too badly about saying that! :) Katie

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  • Rachel

    I think it worked. I like that with Rafflecopter you can tell if you’ve already signed up for a newsletter or like someone on FB instead of having to go check. I deleted this page when I went to double check that I like Trilight on FB and it redirected instead of opening a new page. Then I had to find this page again. A true hardship, I know :)

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  • Nia Hanna

    I’d like to try the “peace treaty” calming support OR E-Z Sleep.

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  • Gina tate

    I am subscribed to both of your newsletters and seeing your announcement of the contest is like finding out that two friends are also friends already. There is so much good stuff there at Trilight Health . I have liked both of you on facebook so that I can keep up with the latest and so I can share it with my FB family. REally look into the Honeysuckle, it is good stuff and is it ever sweet!

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  • Erin Turntine

    I already subscribe to both newsletters. :)

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  • Amanda Yoder

    LOVE the google form (much better than commenting and even maybe better than Rafflecopter)

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