I don’t know how it is where you are, dear reader, but it is officially hot where I am. Really hot…and humid. We’ve all heard about the importance of staying hydrated, and in this kind of weather it is even harder to do. Yes, the heat is a problem, because it causes us to sweat and therefore we can quickly lose a lot of water…but heat combined with humidity causes our sweat glands to go into
Illness & Natural Remedies
If you are a regular reader of mine, you might notice the conspicuous lack of posts about vaccines (lots of you email me asking my opinion, so I know some of you wish I would be vocal about this!). Admittedly, one of the reasons I haven't gone there with vaccines is that it's such a loaded issue, and I have close friends, customers, and clients on both sides of the debate who believe with utter
By Suzanne, AKA "Nana"Here it is again, that time of year when kids seem to be sick more often than they are well. Maia's baby, Wolf, is only 4 months old, and the poor guy has already had at least four colds, courtesy of his big brother, Felix. Maia asked me to share, from my perspective as a Health Coach (as well as mother and grandmother!) the most effective ways to treat a cold or flu.
I know two things for sure about sugar. One is that it is toxic (I'm not being hyperbolic--that's really the word health experts are using these days), and two is that I love it and need it after every meal (until recently, anyway). My parents, both of whom are certified Holistic Health Coaches, just returned from Montpelier, Vermont, where they conducted what they call a “Sugar Blues”
This blog entry is part of our “What’s Wrong With” series, which profiles a different product each week and gives you the bottom line on its safety. Think of these as cheat sheets for our more comprehensive Safe Product Guides.Felix has perpetually skinned-knees, busted lips, and various gashes on his face and body during a summer of scootering, biking, rock climbing, and lots of running on
We were pretty lucky in the diaper rash department, but if your baby is afflicted, you’ll want to find an organic diaper cream without chemicals (common culprits are parabens and BHA). Do Cloth Diapers Prevent Diaper Rash? My hunch is that cloth diapers are less likely to cause diaper rash than are disposables because cotton is more breathable than plastic, but I haven’t found studies to support
Felix recently started preschool and while I am mostly excited about this transition, it has not been without some stress and a certain sense of loss. I can't believe his first three years are really over (and that I’ve spent the bulk of them waiting for bedtime...waiting for the weekend...waiting for him to be old enough to go to school!). Because I know that many moms are going through the
Gimme the Good Stuff's guest blogger Valerie Bennis is a certified aromatherapist and the founder of Essence of Vali aromatherapy products. Her most popular blend is one that promotes better sleep. Obviously, having young kids pretty much puts getting enough sleep out of the question, but ideally the sleep we do get is of the highest quality. We asked Vali to share some of her tips to prevent all
Felix never had cradle cap, but I did as a baby, and my mom employed a bunch of different natural remedies to try to get rid of it. As we all know, natural treatments aren't always as effective as the harsh, synthetic ones (I still cannot find a natural dish soap that really works as well as Dawn--can you?). So, I was stuck with a gross crusty head until I eventually outgrew it on my own.And
By Suzanne ("Nana")NOTE: Nothing written below should take the place of advice from your doctor. We are not medically trained, and are not qualified to diagnose or recommend treatment for any illness.Here in the northeastern U.S., cold and flu season is upon us, and many of us are sick. Throughout the winter, most children experience runny noses, coughs, earaches, and sometimes fevers.