Naturally Soothing Winter Ailments

A couple weeks ago, I knew it was time to mix up a fresh bottle of our earache-soother oil, when one of our little ones was fussing over an earache that seemed to be getting worse instead of better.  (Sometimes viral ear infections will go away on their own, so. I just kept an eye on it at first.)

We had tackled the cold/cough that had run through our home, and were especially thankful for my little jar of homemade herbal cough syrup. It seemed to do the trick of soothing those wee morning hour coughs when nothing else did. However, the earache was the final symptom.

Thankfully, I had the necessary three ingredients on hand (Mountain Rose Herbs is my favorite source for medicinal herbs). I poured some oil in the pot on the stove, added a couple ingredients, and let it simmer while I worked through our read-alouds for the day. Afterward, I let the oil cool, strained it, and poured it into a repurposed dropper bottle.

After a day or two of administering a few drops into the ear, the pain was gone! We were thrilled that it worked faster than a round of antibiotics, and we were able to work on boosting the immune system instead of hindering it with potentially depleting medications. (Our pediatrician is completely supportive of our use of herbal remedies.)  Plus, we were able to avoid an expensive and time-consuming trip out of town for a doctor/pharmacy visit.

The flu is hitting our community early this year, so next on my to-do list is mixing up a fresh batch of immune-booster syrup! (It’s tasty enough that the kids actually ask for it, so it’s not a challenge to get them to take their small spoonful in the mornings, or drizzle it over pancakes.)

You can find the complete recipes and instructions for the above-mentioned remedies in my ebook, “Herbal Nurturing.” If you’re working on pursuing some new health goals for the new year, my ebooks can be a helpful place to start. (A supplemental edition is also available with “Herbal Adventures.”) If you’re looking for resources to help you naturally promote relaxation, immunity, and healing, choose from a wide variety of suggestions in our printable versions of recipes and tips.

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What are your health goals for the new year?

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Frugal & Simple Behavior Incentives

Awhile ago, I shared about a change we made as a family to ditch the chore charts for our children, in order to refocus our efforts and establish tools that fit our family values. In case you missed it, visit Keeper of the Home to read the full post, to see what we’re doing instead!

In the midst of an overwhelming parenting season, I made one small but drastic change: I eliminated our chaos of monitoring chore charts, tallying allowance earnings per chore and restocking prize boxes.

We have incorporated some fun, relational ideas into our routine and months later, are still enjoying the benefits of improved family time.

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Festive Oatmeal Bake

Post by Contributing Writer, Katie

Cool mornings call for special treats like mugs of pumpkin pie lattes, chai tea, pumpkin cake and romps in piles of leaves. Recently I have been enjoying this festive oatmeal bake. This seasonal breakfast takes a few minutes to make the night before. All you need to do in the morning is add, the eggs, baking soda and salt, mix and bake.

I’ve made this a couple times the past two weeks. My girls love it! So do the ladies in my Bible Study, they are begging for the recipe. Now you can all have it as well!

Festive Oatmeal Bake

4 cups rolled oats
3 cups yogurt
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup raw honey
1 ½ cups pumpkin (or other squash) puree
4 eggs
½ cup chopped walnuts or peacans
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chocoalte chips (optional)
1 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

  1. The day before mix the oats, yogurt, coconut oil and honey together in a bowl. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Allow soaking for 8-24 hours.
  2. In the morning preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Add the pumpkin puree, eggs, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking soda, nuts and cranberries. Stir well until everything is well incorporated.
  3. Pour the oatmeal mixture into greased 8 x 13 baking dish.
  4. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.

Serve the oatmeal bake on its own or pour maple syrup or milk over each serving.

Katie is a dorm “mama” to 12 amazing girls ages 8 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She and her “hijas” can be frequently found in the kitchen, the garden or making friends with their new chickens. She loves to read, hike the hills near her home and spend time with her girls. In her spare time Katie blogs at Nourishing Simplicity about nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living, raising her girls and encouraging other women in their walk with Christ.


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Weekend Links {11.9}

In between midterm exams, I was able to do a bit of reading this week. Here are some of my favorite links. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

An Open Letter to the Online Community: Let Kindness Reign at Keeper of the Home

Leaf Stars- Craft from Autumn Leaves at 5 Orange Potatoes

The Happiest

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Managing a Limited Grocery Budget & Food Allergies

People regularly ask me how I feed our family affordably, while still accommodating food allergies. We’ve had various seasons of health where individuals have needed to avoid dairy, eggs, or nuts, in addition to gluten. We also have one individual that has been very sensitive to sweeteners. Right now, most of our family is

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Thoughts on Screen Time for Children

A couple months ago, a friend and I were chatting about our hearts’ musings over “screen time” for our little ones. As homeschooling mamas, we’ve discovered many helpful aspects for learning, such as educational apps, informational videos, and online teaching resources. And yet, we wonder, how do electronics fit with the wholesome, gentle, peaceful

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Resources for Healthy Family Choices

Have you been wanting to maybe get your family eating just a little healthier, feeling a little better, go a little more natural, or save a little on your expenses?

I love sharing bits of my life and resources here on the blog with you, dear readers. I don’t like the sales stuff to interrupt that

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Cranberry-Orange Muffins {Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free}

One of my favorite flavors of autumn is the tartness of fresh cranberries from our local Pacific Northwest! I followed one of the cranberry trucks while traveling down the highway last week, and it reminded me to make a batch of these muffins.

If you don’t have Teff Flour, you can probably substitute a gluten-free

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Autumn Apple Harvest

Our apple harvest wasn’t as abundant this year, as in years past, due to unusual weather this summer. However, we were still able to pick a couple boxes-full of apples.

One of our favorite recipes to make is a quick Apple Crumble. I am giving the recipe from our inn at Keeper of the Home. Join me

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Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats eBook {Look Inside and a Free Recipe}

Post by Contributing Writer, Katie

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.

~Author Unknown

Tea has been a part of my life since early childhood. There is rarely a day that goes by where I do not drink at least one

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