We’re making our own Organic Baby Gripe Water today. And with so many on the market, why would we bother making our own? Glad you asked. For starters, let's talk about Gripe water. It treats baby’s gas and upset tummy, cramps, and all around discomfort, and has been a nursery staple for over a hundred years. Early Gripe water contained alcohol and a few other things we don’t give babies anymore.
Keeping babies comfortable and mommies sane through the first few months of a new baby’s life, while their little body learns to digest milk - can be a difficult experience for everyone. There’s nothing quite as painful as watching your tiny baby cry from digestive gas and stomach cramps. It’s excruciating pain for the baby and can be emotionally traumatizing for parents. And so, many new moms turn to commercial Gripe Water to relieve their baby’s pain.
I took the long route to answer the first question. Why would we bother making our own?...
Little ones need the most pure and gentle ingredients in everything that touches their skin because it’s so new and delicate. Baby powder plays an important role in keeping baby’s skin dry inside a diaper, which will be wet (a lot) and irritate tender skin. Moms have been using baby powder to keep babies dry - for a very long time. In May of 2020, Johnson and Johnson removed their baby powder from the market after long legal battles over the potential dangers of their ingredients. So it’s time to revisit the baby powder that our grandmothers and their grandmothers made in their kitchens. Here’s one of several safe, effective, and natural baby powder formulas, designed to keep your baby’s delicate skin dry and protected.
Our four favorite ingredients:
Root Beer Tea
There are dozens of versions of this old recipe, and I think we’ve got one of the best. If you love root beer, you’ll probably love our naturally sweet, nostalgic old tea formula.
Our Root Beer tea contains most of the traditional Root Beer ingredients, including Sassafras and Sarsaparilla, even though the FDA required those ingredients to be removed from commercial Root Beer some years ago. In one clinical study, well-meaning researchers fed gobs of Sarsaparilla to some mice, and they developed liver cancer. The compound in both Sassafras and Sarsaparilla, called Safrole, can cause cancer in mice when consumed in very large quantities. And so, the FDA gave these two amazing herbs the axe, even though nutmeg, cinnamon, and several other herbs also contain Safrole, and were left on the market. Point is, I want to advise you to please not eat your bodyweight in Sarsaparilla - just in case.
This also means that today's commercial Root Beer...
All humans have some degree of fungal growth. (I know - ick.)
It’s simply a part of the microbial population that inhabits our bodies. There are only a handful of prominent fungi that actually infect humans, so most of us don’t ponder fungi - they typically keep to themselves and aren’t on our radar.
Problem is, fungal diseases kill more than 1.5 million and affect over A billion people every year, with nearly 3.5 million annually seeking medical help for candida overgrowth.
Our great grandparents weren’t afflicted like we are. Why?
Most of them likely started out with a balanced micro-biome, which included some fungus growth, and probably a bit of candida as well. And although they fought their share of illnesses, they weren’t tossing the loads of processed sugar, antibiotics, or hormone replacements into their bodies, which spike candida growth. Those three compounds are notorious for feeding candida and creating the...
If you’ve stopped eating sugar, complex carbs, and alcohol, you’ve set yourself up to win the battle. Over the coming weeks and months, the candida in your body will die off and the universe of microbes in your gut will once again live in peace and harmony.
But if you are living with candida overgrowth right now, and you want to get rid of it - right now?
Then it’s time for a few of Herbellum’s best formulas for crushing candida.
Our first formula is the easiest way we’ve found to get plenty of these candida-fighting herbs into your body quickly, with as much of their live enzymes as possible.
So let’s start with Herbellum’s recipe:
Our first Super-Salad candida fighter is dill! We’ve learned that dill has incredible candida crushing power. The findings in this study revealed that d...
This Week's Alltogetherb: Uva-Ursi
How can we talk about kidney cleansing without focusing some attention on the ‘ol recurring UTI’s?
Urinary tract Infections can be a seldom occurrence, or a chronic nightmare, and directly tied to kidney and urinary tract function. Uva-Ursi is an important herb in our UTI formula because of its high concentration of arbutin, which is a urinary antiseptic and astringent. Uva-Ursi leaves also contain anesthetic actions, easing some of the pain indicative of UTIs.
Regular use of Uva-Ursi when supported in a UTI formula with other synergistic herbs, will combat long-term or recurring UTIs.
This weeks Alltogetherb(s): Citronella, Clove & Thyme for an Herbal Mosquito Repellent
They’re baaaaaacckk! It’s summer and along with the warm days and umbrella drinks comes a pesky number of bugs, among them the mosquito.
Mosquito bites can range from annoying to dangerous, as mosquitos around the globe carry a host of dangerous diseases including Malaria, West Nile virus, Encephalitis, Dengue fever, Parasitic diseases, and more recently, the Zika virus.
The US Department of Agriculture shared this report, stating that Coconut Oil Compounds actually protect from mosquito bites better than DEET, which is the chemical ingredient in most over the counter mosquito repellents.
But the best mosquito repellent comes from a combination of these coconut compounds and a few key herbs that have been repelling mosquitoes and biting bugs since bugs and plants began!
We found research published in the US National Library of Medicine and the Malaria...
This weeks Alltogetherb is Bupleurum
Bupleurum has been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years to clear the liver. Ancient herbalists believed that unresolved emotions were held in the liver and could manifest as physical illness. Today, researchers have found science-based connections between Unresolved Emotions and Liver Imbalance.
Clients using Bupleurum for a liver cleansing often report having a ‘good cry’ for no apparent reason, which is a vital part of the liver cleansing process. So find some Bupleurum, grab a box of tissues and let the cleansing begin!
This weeks Alltogetherb is the California Poppy! Eschscholzia Californica
These babies are in full bloom so harvest them before they start to drop their seeds and dry out. Reminder, this is the state flower in California so no wild harvesting there without permission. They are prolific wildflowers throughout the US and Canada so most of us can find or grow these easily.
California Poppy is an important part of our Anxiety and Relaxation formulas so try not to miss this harvest time.
Although they share a few of the key alkaloids found in Opium poppies, California poppies do not contain any opium (that question comes up a lot.) Throughout the summer, and as the rest of your Herbal Medicine Garden is ready to harvest, we’ll teach you how to use these poppies in formulas for relaxation, anxiety, sleep, as a nervine, sedative and an analgesic. If you missed Herbellum's Medicine Garden, see details here.
We use the Aerial Parts of the poppy plant,...
Camellia oil is widely used in Japan for its anti-aging and emollient properties for both skin and hair. Here is Herbellum’s Camellia oil using an olive oil base, but another lightweight oil base would also work.
Gather the Camellias while they are at the peak of their bloom. In this picture, I’m using a 64 oz jar, so I didn’t fill it to the top, but you should pack it as full as possible with blossoms. Some herbalists prefer to crush the blossoms, but this way works for me.
Pour in your base oil until the blossoms are covered.
My skin loves organic olive oil, but some people prefer clear oils to avoid the golden tint. Grapeseed oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Coconut oil are also great choices.
You’ll see in my second photo, the blossoms have popped up above the oil line, so I took a sterilized utensil and packed them back down.
Because the blossoms are fresh, they contain water and...
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