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48-Hour Giveaway: Herbal Nurturing ebook (10 Winners)

My Herb Garden!

This post was written by Michele from

Embracing natural remedies has been a two-fold journey for me, learning their benefits for both my budget and my health. Once a pre-med student, I made good use of my hospital pharmacy discount, and was always prepared for any illnesses and minor scrapes a college student might incur. (Or so I thought.)

But once I began married life — with the limited young newlyweds’ budget — the natural remedies my husband had been suggesting started looking more appealing. (It’s so much cheaper to stock up on fresh garlic than bottles of cold and flu syrup!)

And the strep throat infection that decided to join us on our short honeymoon? (oh, joy.) Those “trusty antibiotics” from an urgent care visit — which took a chunk out of our savings — didn’t work.

So, fearing a pending tonsillectomy (tell me I’m not the only one to dream up the worst case scenario when I’m sick!), I skeptically walked down to a tiny natural foods store, and picked up some capsules of a Cayenne & Garlic mixture in a “last ditch effort” for health.

My husband faithfully administered the appropriate doses of this potent remedy over the next few days, and I quickly recovered. (Thanks, hon.)

Suddenly, I began searching for every opportunity to learn more about natural remedies. Books, friends, family, local vendors and midwives have all been part of this journey.

As my family has grown, it is a blessing to be prepared for helping my family in all the sniffles & scrapes that come our way. I also want to pass along this knowledge to my children, equipping them for the future.

So, I wrote it all down in a book: .

As a “friend along the journey,” this 44-page book walks you through preparing basic herbal remedies for you and your family, from childbirth to arthritis, and everything in between!

Naturally prepare for cold/flu season, PMS, headaches, sunburns, postpartum, tummy aches, rashes and more with over 30 recipes, additional homeopathic suggestions and healthy-living tips.

Simply prepare syrups, salves, poultices, teas, and more — along with your children.

Fun “Learning at Home Options” for various ages are included along with the recipes, to assist you in teaching through everyday moments. Discover math, history, science, Bible, and more with the suggested activities, as you pursue wellness as a family!

Easy “Urgent Care Options” provide suggestions for natural solutions “on-the-go” or when you don’t have the time or energy to prepare homemade remedies.

A handy Index (in addition to the Table of Contents) equips you to look up symptoms/complaints to find appropriate remedies.

If you’re wondering how to get started using remedies that are easy on the budget (and contain recognizable ingredients that you can actually pronounce!), is a great place to begin!

Today, we’re giving away a free copy of to 10 winners. Just click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address to be entered to win. This giveaway ends Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. 10 winners will be randomly chosen and posted on Monday.

Michele and her husband Calvin live a simple and sustainable life in rural Washington with their two little ones, as innkeepers at . She takes joy in creativity, whether she’s mixing up some (really!), healthy comfort foods ( are a food group, right?) or crafting at her sewing machine. Michele loves encouraging women and equipping them for frugal, natural living through her blog, .

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  • Brooke says:

    The giveaway link doesn’t seem to be working for me. Takes me to another screen that gives me the “click here to enter giveaway” icon, which takes me to yet another screen with the same icon.

  • Lisa says:

    Same here! I won’t work for me. =(

  • Heather says:

    I’m all for herbs, but I do want to throw a word of caution in: untreated strep throat can sometimes lead to serious complications such as rheumatic fever (that’s what Beth in Little Women died of). Sometimes modern medicine isn’t ALL bad.

    • Sylvia says:

      I was JUST going to post the same thing. I am all for herbal remedies when it comes to the common cold and the like. But strep throat can be VERY serious and definitely requires antibiotics…

      • says:

        @Sylvia, Thanks for the concern, ladies! 🙂 I purposely didn’t post the dosage/treatment, as it certainly should be checked out by your practitioner. I did check in with my dr.’s office, and they were fine with our treatment- and were glad to see it working, when the antibiotics didn’t. 🙂


  • charity crawford says:

    Oh I would love this! I have just gotten in to the world of studying herbs and implementing them into our life medically,cosmetically and nutritionally and want to learn more…

  • Amy says:

    My husband recently started working for a quality vitamin/herb/supplement company and we have cabinets full of the stuff and I’m warry and don’t know what to do with it all. A copy of this book would be great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sandra H. says:

    The link worked for me so I guess it’s fixed now! I would so love to have a copy of this. The pharmacutical industy is making new drugs without really knowing the side effects fully before distributing them to the general public. I have just recently started looking into natural ways to heal!

  • Samantha says:

    Oh if I could win this how grateful and blessed I would be! My husband seems to be sick ALL THE TIME! and medicine is so expensive! I hope I win, but good luck to everyone else as well!

  • says:

    I haven’t gotten into herbs really but I am loving my essential oils which is along the same wave-length as herbs. I love being able to have the control at home that sometimes doctors can’t help me out with. I still believe, however, in going to the doctor for yearly check-ups and getting our immunizations, etc. I just love being more natural and healthy! My kids love it too!

  • Shelly W says:

    What an awesome giveaway, thanks. I’m going to keep this on my “wanted” list if I don’t win. We’re moving to a house in the woods with a minimum of a 20 minute drive to “civilization” and this would be a helpful book in keeping us healthy.

  • says:

    I also like to try natural remedies for minor illnesses before going to the doctor. I know Garlic is a great natural remedy for viruses (where there is no medicine at the moment at least for common cold viruses for my knowledge).

    In our family, when someone gets a cold, I cut a small piece of garlic clove to expose inside, and wrap it in cotton wool, and lightly fit to the outer side of ear (and make sure the piece of garlic is bigger than the ear canal, so that it would not go inside the ear canal). It works wonders, and you will get rid of colds sooner. This is really good for minor ear infections.

    Also, if you have someone sick at home with contagious diseases, cut some red onion in to pieces, and keep in each room and change them every 24 hrs. Cut red onion is great in absorbing germs (that is why we don’t get onion from salad bar).

    This is a great way to stop spreading the disease. (and you will see how rotten your cut onion would be within 24 hrs, whereas , if you keep cut onion in a normal day, they would just dry out).
    Hope these helps someone.

    Of course, in case of an emergency, please call 911 : )

  • Tanya says:

    Hmmm…this sounds interesting. I’m like many of the women above who seem to appreciate natural rememdies but also believe in a balance of conventional/alternative medicines. The Lord has blessed our family with relatively good health, and we’ve been able to keep our children away from antibiotics. However, if the need arose, I would definitely use our drs. wisdom in treating an illness or disease too. We all can probably learn a lot from a book like this, it’s a great ideas to use foods/herbs as preventitive medicine and as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Pray before choosing drs., pray before deciding on treatments, and trust the Lord to give wisdom in discerning the best course of needed action. Easier said than done, I know. However, trusting a sovreign God with our health and knowing that even when we don’t get well, He’s still in control is what truly provides peace during the illnesses of life. Blessings to all!

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