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Lemon Balm Popsicles

Lemon Balm Popsicles

Do you have little kids at home that love popsicles?

This recipe is great for kids who are:

  • teething
  • fever
  • hot summer day
  • and it soothes anxiety

The main ingredient Lemon Balm {melissa officianalis} is safe for kids and is known as the “gladdening herb”.  You may notice after these pops that your kiddos are very happy:)

Lemon Balm Benefits

  • antiviral – known to reduce viral illnesses
  • calms the mind and promotes sleep
  • improves digestion
  • fights the herpes virus
  • soothes kids with ADD and ADHD
  • reduces PMS

Echinacea Benefits

It’s optional to add a tincture of Echinacea.  I would do this in the winter months or for kids age 2-6, as they are most prone to catching viral infections.

Echinacea Benefits:

  • reduce cold & flu symptoms
  • controls blood sugar
  • increases number of white blood cells that fight infection

Homemade Popsicle Recipe

Herbal Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. of Dried Lemon Balm
  • 1 cup of Fruit- we like strawberries and banana or frozen mango
  • Small Can of Pineapple juice or raw honey if you prefer
  • 2 tbs. Echinacea (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make 2 cups of lemon balm tea (a handful of fresh or dried lemon balm leaves steep in 2 cups of water.)
  2. Strain.
  3. Add 1 cup of chopped fruit & the pineapple juice to a blender and blend.
  4. Mix in 2 TBS echinacea tincture (optional)
  5. Mix all the ingredients super well and distribute evenly into a popsicle mold.
  6. Freeze, serve. Make sure to try one yourself! Yum!!!
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DIY Popsicle Molds

Here are some popsicle molds we love!

I purchase lemon balm from mountainroseherbs.com 

xoxo

Tara

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Elderberry Syrup For Kids

Elderberry Syrup For Kids

Elderberry syrup is filled with lots of Vitamin C.  Known to reduce colds and flu, take this syrup daily during the winter months. 

Elderberry Syrup For Kids

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dried black elderberries
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup raw honey or maple syrup for children under 1 year

Instructions

  1. Pour water into a medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, and cinnamon. Do not add honey.
  2. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
  3. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.
  4. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
  5. Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
  6. When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint-sized mason jar or 16-ounce glass bottle of some kind.
  7. Store in the refrigerator.
  8. The standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
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**Please note: Do not use honey with children under one year of age.  You can substitute maple syrup.

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Salt Bath For Eczema

Salt Bath For Eczema

Herbal Bath For Baby & Toddler

Ingredients

  • 5-7 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1/4 cup of Milk
  • Plain Epsom Salts {see doses below}
  • Coconut oil or Olive oil {for children with eczema or dry skin}

Instructions

  1. Fill a bath with warm water.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salts for kids under 5, 1 cup for kids 5-12, and kids over 12 and adults up to 2cups. 
  3. Add 5-7 drops of essential oil to 1/4 cup of milk!!
  4. Add to bath and stir
  5. When essential oils are dispersed, then let the baby in the tub:)
  6. CAUTION; Essential oils can burn the skin.  Please dilute.
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*Please don’t use a bleach bath with children. Bleach can suppress their immune system, irritate breathing and affect their hormones – even in small amounts.

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Natural Bug Spray

Natural Bug Spray

Every summer, I whip up a batch of natural bug spray to use throughout the summer months.

This blend also doubles as a room freshener and helps when you do get a bug bite!

Making your own bug spray with essential oils can be easy.  All you need is a few items and blend!

Homemade bug spray ingredients

  • DIY Bug Spray

    Ingredients

    • 10 drops of Cypress Essential Oil
    • 10 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
    • 10 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil
    • 10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
    • 10 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
    • 3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
    • 1 cup of 40-50% vodka. 

    Instructions

    1. Blend and store in a dark bottle. Shake before spraying.
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Why homemade bug spray?

I like to reduce the number of chemicals my children are exposed to.  This is a safe, natural alternative.

Directions for DIY Bug Spray

Mix well and place it in a dark bottle. Shake before use.

👉Do it yourself Bug Spray Bottle

  • use a glass bottle to store it, as essential oils may break down a plastic bottle

Other ways to use this blend

  • for bug bites
  • room spray
  • perfume

What are your tricks for reducing bug bites? I’d love to know.

Skinny Tea Recipe

Skinny Tea Recipe

It’s frustrating when your bloated and constipated.

What if there was an easy tea blend to decrease your bloating, constipation and PMS symptoms with one cup of tea?

Then this skinny tea is for you.

Who is skinny tea good for?

  • If you have constipation
  • You have PMS
  • You are experiencing bloating
  • You have Urinary discomfort
  • You’re eating chocolate:) Yes, it helps balance the sugar rush.

How do you make skinny tea?

Skinny Tea Recipe

Ingredients

  • Buy 2-4 ounces of each, except for rose hips purchase half the amount.
  • Dried stinging nettles
  • Dried dandelion leaf
  • Dried peppermint leaf
  • Rose hips {2 ounces}

Instructions

  1. Step #1. Purchase your tea from high-quality sources like www.jeansgreens.com or www.mountainrosherbs.com.
  2. Step #2. Blend the herbs together and place in a sealed container. When I suggest 1 part, you can use 1 cup and 1/2 part, use 1/2 cup etc.
  3. Step #3. Use 1 tbs. of dried herbs per 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Add honey if desired.
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