15 Ways To Heal Yourself With Stinging Nettle!

Why is Stinging Nettle this Holistic Housewife’s favorite wild green?  The entire plant is full of amazing healing properties.  The roots, stem and leaves are full of goodness.  Once you are fully aware of the benefits of stinging nettle, I’m sure you will want to put on some boots, jeans, long sleeves and gloves and go harvest some up for yourself!  This is a perfect ingredient for all Holistic Housewives Healing Tricks!

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Stinging Nettle is rich in vitamins, such as A, C, D, E, and K as well as the B vitamin varieties of thiamine (B1) and riboflavin (B2). It also has phenolic tannins. It is loaded with calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sulfur, and zinc.  Stinging nettle is also high in chlorophyll and β-carotene content.

One of my favorite books on Holistic Healing and Living is Susun S. Weed’s book Wise Woman Herbal Healing Wise.  It is fantastic.  This is what she has to say about Sister Spinster (Stinging Nettle).

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Nettle leaves and stalks are an everyday nourisher ~ Fresh young leaves is an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and amino acids.

  1. Nettle leaves and stalks are an energetic changer
  2. Nettle leaves and stalks are a marvelous kidney/adrenal ally ~ Nettle has an amazing ability to heal kidney cells.  The usual curative dose is one or two cups of infusion daily for 10 – 12 weeks or longer.
  3. Nettle leaves and stalks are a digestive restorative ~ Nettle improves digestion and prevents stomach ache.  Try a nettle sitz bath to heal hemorrhoids.
  4. Nettle leaves and stalks are a respiratory strengthener ~ Make nettle juice and blend with water and honey to heal bronchial and respiratory issues, stop internal bleeding and curb excess mucus.  Use this nettle honey and Holistic Housewives’ ways when healing those with colds, flu, asthma, bloody coughs, bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory disease.
  5. Nettle leaves and stalks are an ally for women ~ Two cups  of nettle infusion daily will nourish and stabilize energy in the reproductive/hormonal systems, build nutrient-rich blood and expand the cells’ capacity to metabolize nutrients.  Nettle can help with night sweats, exhaustion, anemia, chronic profuse menstrual flow, as well as menstrual cramps.
  6. Nettle leaves are a hair and skin nourisher ~ Add nettle juice to your hair rinse and drink daily.  You will see your hair glossy, thick and vibrant!
  7. Nettle leaves and stalks are a prompt homeostatic (stopping bleeding)
  8. Nettle seeds are a thyroid helper
  9. Nettle seeds are a poison antidote
  10. Nettle seeds are a skin and scalp tonic
  11. Nettle seeds make a curative wine (I’ve made delicious Nettle Beer for joint health)
  12. Nettle root is a urinary system strengthener & stimulant
  13. Nettle root is an immune system & lymphatic strengthener
  14. Nettle root is a bit of first aid ~ Sipping nettle root decoction helps stop dysentery, loose bowels and diarrhea.
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What Is Holistic Living?

ho·lis·tic  ~ /hōˈlistik/ adjective

  1. incorporating the concept of holism, or the idea that the whole is more than merely the sum of its parts, in theory or practice: holistic psychology.
  1. Medicine/Medical. identifying with principles of holism in a system of therapeutics, especially one considered outside the mainstream of scientific medicine, as naturopathy or chiropractic, and often involving nutritional measures: holistic medicine.

I like what holisticmoms.org has to say about what Holistic Living is:

Holistic living is the art of living in balance with ourselves and our environment. Understanding and respecting that all things are interconnected is at the heart of a holistic lifestyle.

Holistic living is about taking responsibility for our actions and choices in the knowledge that these choices have consequences for all living things on the planet.

It’s under these guidelines that we are searching high and low, from East to West, for or creating from scratch, the best products for your family, their bodies and their homes.  We believe we can live in harmony with all the wonderful life on our planet.  We can have clean, chemical free homes.  We can have radiant skin, using the simple, natural ingredients our Creator made for us.  We can smell great and look beautiful, be relaxed and calm, and have children and husbands that also are. 

introducing Medieval MagicWe are in the process of sourcing out some amazing products.  We will have an essential oil blend called Medieval Blend coming soon!  This is so exciting!  It is a centuries-old, legendary blend of Thieves that was used in the Middle Ages to ward off diseases, specifically the Plague.  It is made of Clove Oil, Lemon Oil, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary Oil and Eucalyptus.  This will be a must have for HEALTHY HOLISTIC HOUSEWIVES!

Medieval Magic Thief Oil is a blend of five essential oils that are scientifically documented to be highly anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. Medieval Magic essential oil blend is a safe and natural way to care for your family’s health. With the concern over the flu, contagious diseases, global pandemics, and other infectious disease, this potent oil blend is a powerful way to support your family’s health and wellness.

This healing oil is a blend of five different therapeutic grade essential oils, including cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. This combination of healing oils covers a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity and contains properties that strengthen the immune system. Due to its effectiveness against highly infectious germs, including viruses and bacteria, it is one of nature’s most powerful natural home remedies.

Medieval Magic Thief Oil is one of our favorite oils. We use Medieval Magic for flu, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throat, strep, toothache, cuts, poison ivy, and as an immune stimulant. We use it to eliminate odors, disinfect around the house, and so much more.

We can’t wait to make this effective, economical, essential oil blend available to you!  Coming Soon!

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Holistic Housewives Heal With Lavender!

Before using toxic chemicals to treat you and your family, try using Lavender Oil!  A Holistic Housewife loves using natural remedies FIRST, before turning to stronger chemicals.  Here are some of our favorite ways to Heal With Lavender!

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1.  Calm your nerves! All Housewives feel crazy sometimes.  Why not turn to Lavender: A Soothing Scent.  Sniffing lavender is an instant antidote to anxiety, according to a Japanese study. Put a few drops in your bath or how about in your diffuser?  This will help an overall calming effect to envelope your whole family!

2.  Sleep better, you and your babies!  In folklore, pillows were filled with lavender flowers to help restless people fall sleep. Scientific evidence suggests that aromatherapy with lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote relaxation, and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders.

3.  Keep the bugs away!  Lavender oil has been used as a bug repellent for many centuries. Lavender was used in the past to protect clothes and linens from the infestation of moths and other insects. Try using lavender oil to prevent bites from mosquitoes and other biting insects.

4.  Treat eczema and skin rashes! Lavender Oil, due to its antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and circulatory stimulating properties has been used as a treatment for Eczema.  It is also an immune booster and powerful anti-inflammatory for the skin.

5.  Grow healthy hair! In one study of 86 people with alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that causes hair to fall out, often in patches), those who massaged their scalps with lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant hair regrowth compared to those who massaged their scalps without the essential oils.

6.  Treat itchy scalp and dandruff!  Mixed with a bit of tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar, Lavender makes a wonderful treatment for dry itchy scalp and dandruff.  No more of that yucky blue stuff!  Often times, it’s the men in our life who need this.  Mix some up and keep it in the shower for your whole family to use.

7.  Get rid of lice!  Again, mixed with tea tree oil, Lavender can do a great job killing lice.  Say ‘no’ to those toxic chemicals and try tea tree oil and lavender first!

8.  No more indigestion! Drinking lavender tea may help relieve nervous intestinal disorders and indigestion. This is because it contains essential oils that have a soothing effect on the stomach. A study by the University of Parma and published in November 2004 in “Life Sciences” found that lavender oils protected against gastric ulcers and relieved indigestion in rats.  Try lavender tea with a bit of lemon and honey for a real treat.

9.  Headache Relief! Although we’ve been using it for over a decade, we now have proof! In 2012, a placebo-controlled clinical trial confirmed that therapeutic grade lavender essential oil aromatherapy is effective in relieving migraine headaches.   Try rubbing just a bit of lavender oil, mixed with a carrier oil, on your temples at the onset of a headache.

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Benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil

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What a wonderful plant Tea Tree is! The plant’s botanical name is Melaleuca Alternifolia.  The essential oil has many properties including being antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific substance.  The tea tree is native to Southeast Queensland and New South Wales, in Australia, which is why it is such a common and popular essential oil in that country. However, its impressive qualities have spread to other parts of the world, so it can no be found internationally.  So, Tea Tree Oil does not, infact, have anything to do with what we usually associate with tea, green, black or herbal.

We absolutely believe that Tea Tree Oil should be in every Holistic Housewife’s bag of tricks.  Here are 11 of our favorite ways to use Tea Tree Oil.

  1. Use as an antiseptic for small cuts and scrapes.
  2. Dab daily on an infected tooth or gums. (We’ve had luck curing an abscessed tooth by using Tea Tree Oil 2 or 3 times daily.)
  3. Mix a bit of baking soda with hot water and add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil and use as a shampoo to help an itchy scalp.  This works great!
  4. It works great as a remedy for Ringworm.  Pictures coming soon.
  5. Use it as a mouthwash by adding a drop or two to water and swishing.
  6. Mix a little bit of Tea Tree Oil with warm olive oil and use to treat earaches.
  7. Dab on pimples to quicken (by a lot) healing time.
  8. Add a few drops to your hot tub water to keep it fresh.  Plus it smells like you’re at the spa!
  9. Cures athletes foot.
  10. Add a few drops to your load of laundry to freshen rags and/or diapers.
  11. Use with water and vinegar in a spray bottle to disinfect all areas of your home.  Especially kid stuff: high chairs, toys, car seats etc.

Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree. The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree growing on the swampy southeast Australian coast. Do not confuse the tea tree with the unrelated common tea plant that is used to make black and green teas.

Tea tree oil is applied to the skin (used topically) for infections such as acne, fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis), lice, scabies, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), and ringworm. It is also used topically as a local antiseptic for cuts and abrasions, for burns, insect bites and stings, boils, vaginal infections, recurrent herpes labialis, toothache, infections of the mouth and nose, sore throat, and for ear infections such as otitis media and otitis externa.

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Healthy Living, Healthy Families

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Thanks for stopping by our little spot on the World Wide Web!  We are Cari & Linae, sisters, friends.  We each have 3 children and have been married for 16+ years each!  Cari is a full time homeschooling, homemaking, home business mama and Linae is not only a homemaker and supportive mama but also juggles a big job as an accounts manager at a major store.  Whatever we do, our families come first.  We know we need to stay healthy and as chemical-free as possible, and keep our homes that way, also.  So we’ve been working really, really hard at developing these great products!  Our goal is to provide 100% pure and natural, organic if possible, products to help you live healthy.  Healthy Living brings Healthy Families which brings Healthy Societies!

Whether you are a housewife or not (we just wanted to bring that back to it’s positive state, no desperate ones here!), you will love using our products on your body and your home!  These aren’t gender specific, either, so share them with the men in your life!  You can feel great about putting these products on your children as well.  What about spraying down your child’s high chair, or the island where everyone eats, or the kitchen table, with a truly natural yet extremely effective cleaner?  Isn’t it wonderful!  We are excited about what we offer and hope you are, too!

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