Your Healing Basket

This week in The Mom Map I talk about the importance of having a healing basket. A healing basket is what you reach for when you hear that awful thump in the middle of the night or just the screams of terror when you know immediately that not everything is ok. All you moms know what I am talking about. I have too many stories to tell but I do know that every mom has gone through a stressful situation of not knowing what to do in the moment.  For me I learned early on to distract my children from the pain with something soft and something they could connect to. I would then administer the essential oils, the herbs and tinctures to make them feel ok. Sometimes it was just the time out that was needed, other times it  required more attention, and the healing basket was the grounding that was needed for both of us. I found that it grounded me as well, and gave me comfort that everything would be ok. 

I want to share what is in my healing basket because...

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It's That Time of Year Again... Fire Cider

Many years ago I got introduced to the work of Rosemary Gladstar, a pioneering herbalist who concocted a Fire Cider recipe that got really popular as a immune booster during winter months. I have made it quite a few times and am always grateful when I have it in the kitchen.  Gladstar's mission was to blend medicinal herbs for wellness and spread the word about how plants heal.  The original formula contained garlic, onions, horseradish root, ginger root, hot peppers, sometimes turmeric, and often echinacea; all powerful immune boosters that help fight off infections, colds, and flus.  The following recipe is Rosemary's recipe. (On a side note, there are now companies selling Fire Cider, which I cannot support because they have trademarked the name so small herbalists can not make their own. My solution is to get in the kitchen and make it yourself.)

 

Fire Cider

• ½ cup grated fresh horseradish root
• ½ cup or more fresh chopped...

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The Top Ten Things I Do To Support My Family's Health

 

Its that time of year… My kids have already been sick one time so far, partly due to exhausting schedules and the fires that we had up in Northern California. We are experiencing some warm weather this week, and I’m sure fall will tighten up soon, and help chill us out. So much has been going on in our world these past couple of months, and I have not been immune to feeling the stress. So in times like these I really rely on my go-to’s to keep myself and my family healthy. I wanted to share my top ten ideas to supporting and maintaining health.

1. Eat probiotic rich foods. A lot has been published lately questioning the benefits of probiotics, and in some way I agree. I am not a fan of supplements, and always try to do it with food first. So one of my non negotiable items is a spoonful of sauerkraut each day. It’s a hard sell in the first couple of days, but the palette gets used to it, and so will you and your kids. You can also do yogurt or coconut...

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Hello Again...

Hi,

It has been a while since I have blogged, and for some this  might be your first time hearing from me. I actually switched platforms in order to offer some online programs, and in doing so decided to start fresh...

Hello Again.

Welcome to Purple Beet!  I am excited to start a new chapter here, and share what I have learned along the way. I will primarily be blogging about food and nutrition, raising kids, non toxic living, good books, and I will do my best to keep it interesting.

Right now, I am luxuriating in the fact that I have time to dedicate to my practice and to my passion. For the past 15 years, I have been a stay at home mom, as well as a homeschooling mom for the past 10 years. Yesterday I dropped off my 8 year old daughter for her first day of "regular" school.  It was awesome, for me and for her. We will see what today brings, but new beginnings are good for the soul.  I have a lot of feelings about this transition, and it will take me a few days...

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