Herbal Bath Soak for Cramps

Herbal Bath Soak for Cramps

You bend over writhing in pain. It’s that time of month again, one that women all over the world have been familiar with since they were teens or younger.

There is hardly a woman or girl out there that does not experience cramps when she is on her period. Do you pop a pill, wither up in bed, or grin and bare it for the day?

In the days leading up to my period and while I am on my period I try to up my magnesium intake because it has been shown to ease menstrual cramps.

Like most women, I normally can’t take the day off when “Aunt Flow” shows up. Instead, I treat myself to a few extra kindnesses as the days approach and during those first two or three especially hard days.

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One kindness that I allow myself is a bath. (Thank the Lord for a house with a bathtub again!!!) Not just any bath mind you but an herbal bath soak for cramps to relax the cramps and soothe my body.

A warm bath alone will help ease menstrual cramps but when Epsom salts which are full of magnesium are added to a bath along with soothing herbs and essential oils that are known for their helpful properties, the benefits are tenfold!

Baths, while relaxing tend to make me over heated so I like to drink a slightly warm cup of my Women’s Tea Blend (full of magnesium) or a glass of Pineapple-Carrot-Tumeric Spritzer.

Herbal Bath Soak for Cramps

1/2 to 2 cups Epsom salt
1/4 cup dried lavender flowers
1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers
1/4 cup dried rose petals
4 drops clary sage essential oil (optional)
Muslin bag or cheesecloth

Add all the dried herbs to a cheesecloth or muslin bag. Add four drops on clary sage essential oil, if choosing to use. Tie shut and add to a tube of warm water.

Add the Epsom salts to the bath, using a smaller amount if it is your first time using them. Swirl them around until dissolved.

Sink down into the tube and relax for 15 to 30 minutes.

Apple Spice Tea

 

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Sweet and spicy cinnamon and tart apple mingle in a mug to create a delicious apple spice tea.

I love this time of year! As soon as Thanksgiving ends my mind turns towards the Advent and Christmas season. I am filled with such a sense of joy and expectation as I plan my intentional celebrations to celebrate our Savior’s birth. To keep things to a minimum, I prefer to focus on simple homemade gifts for most of my list.

Each year I try to come up with a new homemade gift that allows me to bless others and let them know that I am thinking of them. This tea is a simple and frugal way to do so! I mix apples that I have dehydrated with Ceylon cinnamon sticks and rooibos tea. For an extra bit of sweetness and cinnamon stir in a teaspoon of cinnamon infused honey.

Head over to The Nourishing Gourmet to learn how to make this simple apple spice tea! 

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5 Steps to Take Towards Simplicity

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Need a bit of simplicity in your life? Me too. I write about simple living and continually find the need to simplify things in my life. We are all a work in progress!

Here are 5 tips that I have found help me as I continue in my journey towards simplicity.

5 Steps to Take Towards Simplicity

 

1. Start in one small location

Don’t set out a goal to simplify your entire home in one swoop. First of all, you will not be able to get it all done at one time. Second of all you will get burned out. One of the first places I started was in my bathroom.

2. Don’t just organize, declutter. 

An organized home may look nice, but stuff is still stuff. If you are wanting to simplify, things have to go.

3. Ask yourself, does this bring me joy or is it useful? 

Those are two things that I learned from my friend Elise of Richly Rooted in her book, “Your Simple Home Handbook”. It is also advice from the popular “Konmari Method”.

4. Remember that simple living isn’t just about things

While simple living is about getting rid of things it is also about look ing back over your schedule. We can have a simple home while living a hectic life. Is there anything that you need to cut back on? Recently I have been thinking about how I need to reevaluate how I spend my time and what I put on the schedule.

5. Bring simplicity into your kitchen

If you hang around the blog very much you know that I really enjoy cooking, talking about food, and writing about food. As much as I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen with things like egg rolls and homemade noodles on a daily basis I tend to stick with simple and nourishing meals.

What steps are you already taking towards simplicity? What should I add?

10 Tips for Small Space Homesteading

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Fields of grass tickling your bare feet as you walk to your large garden plot with the breeze running through your hair. A toddler is beside you and a baby on your back. That’s how my dream went anyway…

From the time I was little I knew that I was made to be a homesteader, only then I just called it “living in the country with all the fun extras”. My first two years were spent playing outside in a little garden plot near our double wide then life took a turn and my family packed up and moved to a city 2000 miles away.

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Aren’t we cuties? 🙂

We’d love back to the country they said, but God had other plans and in the city we stayed. When I was 19 I skipped the country (not the country side 😉 ) and moved to Mexico. I had a garden there but still my heart longer for a big, green patch of land to call it my own. I wanted to be a homesteader, not the Charle’s Ingalls kind, though, there needed to be some limits. At least I had chickens because well chickens are the gateway to homesteading, don’t you know?

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As God would have it I am sitting writing  this back in the States in the city… Nothing like where I saw myself but somewhere along the way I realized that I was already a homesteader, a small space one.

You don’t need acres of land or even a yard to be a homesteader (though a yard is a nice perk). If you long for a “bit of earth” to call your own or even if you don’t you can be a homesteader. These 10 tips for small space homesteading are what I have done or currently do.

1. Grow your own food

Did you know you can grow herbs in a window seal? Or tomatoes on your tiny patio? I grow tomatoes, basil, echinacea, and cucumbers in a flower bed. I also have a few pots for my mint, parsley, calendula, and stevia.

Do I grow enough food to last us through the year? No, but I do find joy in the fact that there are some things I don’t have to buy at the store frequently. I recently made a batch of pesto with my home grown basil. It’s the little things.

2. Start a compost bin

I recently started a worm compost bin and put it in the backyard. You can also keep it on your patio or garage. I made my own, but you can also buy a kit online.

3. Line Dry Your Cloths (or Use a Wooden Drying Wrack)

There is something beautiful about clean cloths drying in the fresh air. I remember helping my paternal grandma hang cloths on the line, dashing back and forth through lines of cloths while the grass tickled my feet. Then I moved to Mexico where you dried your cloths over concert slab with hot, dry, dusty winds… Not every day was like that. Some days there was no breeze and clothes came off the line nice and dry with not dirt. 😉

If you don’t have lines or prefer not to use them you can hang your clothes in the shower like I do sometimes or you can buying a wooden drying rack.

4. Raise Chickens

Many cities allow you to raise 5 or less chickens in your backyard. Fresh eggs daily are wonderful. Plus most kids LOVE having chickens around. I miss it so much since the city I currently live in doesn’t allow for chickens.

5. Recycle and Repurpose

I grew up in the an area of California where recycling has been a big deal for almost 30 years. I don’t remember a time when at least some of our recycling wasn’t picked up.

Recycling is great but not an option for everyone. I am a huge fan of repurposing. I add shredded paper, cardboard, and newspaper to my compost bin. The occasional glass jar is often used for storage.

6. Keep Records

Keeping records in important thing for any homesteader. You keep track of expenses, what you feed your animals, what you grew- what worked and what didn’t.

7. Preserve Your Food

I love pulling a jar of home canned peaches off my pantry shelf. There is something so satisfactory about preserving your own food. I can, dehydrate, and freeze.

8. Borrow Someone’s Land

Ask a friend or family that has a bit of land if you can borrow or lease land to grow a few raised beds.

9. Cook from Scratch

Fresh home cooked meals alway make me think of my Grandma Stanley or Ma Ingalls. I have a bit of “healthy” convenience food on hand like pasta and some canned goods, but overall I try to make simple nourishing meals from scratch.

10. Cook with “garbage”

Of course I don’t suggest cooking with actual garbage but instead I am referring to bones, a vegetable trimmings like radish tops and cilantro stems. Simple things like that often end up in the garbage or compost yet are part of creating flavorful, nutrient-dense foods.

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Small space homesteading is a journey. You can’t do it all right away, that leads to burnout and disappointment. Take baby steps. Bit by bit you will find that you are able to take more things on. Will you be able to do and raise all the things that a homesteader with multiple acres is able to? No, but that’s okay. Embrace the small homestead you have give yourself grace, and if you have a dream for a spacious homestead of your own someday don’t stop dreaming.

Organize Your Life and Keep Procrastination at Bay

Organize Your Life Giveaway

How are those plans to make your life more organized this new year?

Hum… that’s not happening? Even if your first few weeks have gotten off to a rough start it doesn’t mean it’s too late.

You know that I love simple living. One way to keep the stress down a bit is to stick to routines and get a bit more organized.

I’d be the first to admit that I can be a procrastinate. It’s true but not something to be proud of. That’s why I need help staying organized as well.

Planners are a GREAT way to stay on track and know what is happening each day. Simple steps like menu planing are one of those things that has saved my sanity a bit over the years especially when I was in Mexico raising 16 girls!

 

A few friends and I have come together to host a fun giveaway that might be just the organization motivation that you need!

We’re giving away $250 to ErinCondren.com!

You can see read Kayse’s review of Erin’s Life Planner here. She also has address books, phone cases, chore charts and family schedules! What more could you ask for? It’s just what I need and maybe you need as well to give you that start to get your life more organized! With $250 you can have all sorts of fun browsing Erin’s site! ***

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