Archives For Natural Living

Before my son was one year old, we had him assessed by a naturopathic doctor. Among that doctor’s many recommendations was the suggestion to give him castor oil tummy massages.

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Although it sounded like an odd suggestion to me at the time, I was desperate to relieve his discomfort, and I decided to try it.

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One night while my adorable little bear was splashing in the bathtub, he released his little brown cargo into the bath water without warning. I am sure that this has happened to every parent, but the first time was still a bit of a surprise for me.

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While trying not to think about what I was doing, and restraining my laughter, I pulled the plug from the drain to let the water out of the tub. Then my husband (who didn’t even try not to laugh) and I bickered about who would catch the floating debris. Continue Reading…

One of my favourite methods of calming our stomachs is drinking this soothing tea made from marshmallow, licorice, and slippery elm. This tea is very healing and soothing to the gastrointestinal tract.

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The marshmallow and slippery elm both contain mucilage which expands in water to become thick, like syrup. This slightly gelatinous tea then coats the mucous membranes of both the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. It forms a protective lining that moistens and soothes. Continue Reading…

I was first motivated to find an alternative to conventional laundry detergent when my Little Bear’s sensitive bottom reacted to even the most gentle hypoallergenic laundry detergents. After trying several different, sometimes expensive, brands from local health food stores with varying results, I finally decided to try making my own.

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Not only did the detergent actually turn out, but it was also gentle enough to use on my little guy’s clothes and effective enough to clean even the dirtiest diapers. I immediately became obsessed with it and have continued to make my own. Continue Reading…

I grew up on a farm, and as a child, my parents, grandparents, and neighbours always hung their laundry outside to dry.

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Although I now live in a busy suburb, and it is not politically correct to display laundry outdoors, I have continued the farmland tradition for these ten reasons: Continue Reading…

Toddlers have a way of making the most simple and ordinary tasks a lot of fun.
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Because they are so excited by the little things in life, they bring so much energy and vitality to everything that they do.  When I include my little guy in my activities of daily living, then chores become adventurous and entertaining.

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I still remember changing diapers on my younger siblings. That was easy. The hard part was getting rid of those convenient, well-advertised, disposable little baseballs.

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Since we lived on a farm, and we didn’t have garbage removal, we learned to minimize waste as much as possible. We tossed our kitchen scraps into the pasture field, took our recyclables to the local dump, and we burned the remaining pieces of trash in a barrel. Continue Reading…