It’s good to be humble, I think. I admit all the time that I’m clueless when it comes to essential oils and fixing owies naturally. I’m very happy that I have a community of other bloggers, each an expert on something different, to support me when I’m clueless. It happens about once a week.
I have my favorites when I run into a tricky food question, but Michele Augur of Frugal Granola is the resident expert on herbal remedies. This snippet from the introduction of her new book gives me such peace:
I have spent the past ten years gleaning herbal wisdom from various sources, including midwives, natural medicine physicians, organic herb/oil vendors, books, friends, and family. This book is a compilation of our family’s favorites; the ones we regularly rely upon, stock in our homemade “natural medicine kit” box, and receive requests for by our neighbors.
As we prepare and administer natural remedies, our family savors the opportunity to participate in the miracle of God’s healing. God designed plants to miraculously use nutrients in soil, sun, and water to produce healing properties for our bodies. What a blessing!
We strive to honor our Creator in our stewardship of this incredible blessing, as we seasonally plant, harvest, store, and partake. Herbal remedies can be a natural and affordable option in the midst of a society filled with expensive, chemical-filled “medicalized” treatments.
I’m so excited to test out some home remedies, for everything from coughs and cold to cuts and scrapes, women’s health to tummy aches. Then again…maybe I shouldn’t wish for opportunities to try the remedies. These things will come, however, and our family has been prescribed unnecessary antibiotics twice in the past year, so I need to be prepared.
My only holdup is typical Katie: anything that calls for an ingredient I don’t have takes me a while to “work up to it.” I am making a list for my next trip the health foods store:
- dried elderberries
- dried rose hips
- essential oils: eucalyptus and lavender
- aloe vera gel
- The best recipe in the book, in my opinion, is the headache soother (for adults). Now I finally know what I’m going to do with the massive spearmint plant in my garden before it freezes! I have been looking and looking for any ideas of what to do with dried mint leaves…
The above ingredients plus a few things in my house will get me a natural sunburn relief, chest rub, scrape soothing rub, and immune booster syrup. I will feel like superwoman mom with those in my natural medicine cabinet!
Michelle’s book is incredibly comprehensive and even includes idea for incorporating little ones and home remedies into your homeschool curriculum, and she’s got great travel and quickie ideas (in case you’re not prepared…ahem…).
Michele is offering one KS reader a free copy of Herbal Nurturing: A Family Healing and Learning Guide eBook. You can also purchase the book HERE for 25% off using the discount code KITCHEN25.
Entering this giveaway gives you a free entry in the Fermented Cod Liver Oil Giveaway as well!
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Disclosure: I did not receive anything other than a sample copy of the eBook to run this giveaway. I work with Michele as an affiliate, which means I receive a commission if you purchase the book starting here at KS. That’s just lovely, by the way – thank you. See my full advertising disclosure here.