Category Archives: Health

Posts relating to healthcare, first aide, supplements, and alternative medicine.


DIY Ice Packs

A few years ago I bought two first aide gel packs to keep in the freezer for injuries. At first, this seemed like a great idea to just keep them around. However, both have burst over time and stained clothing and furniture with the colored dye that is added to the mixture. Not fun to have a ruined couch cushion!

We’ve had several injuries in our home, teens seem to get injured often with twisted ankles, an occasional broken bone, and the incidental bruise that happens every now and then. Things like sports and just trying to get used to their growing body naturally bring some injuries.

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A frequent complaint in our home is headaches. Some are stress related, some are due to allergies and illness. We have two people who also frequently get migraines. The trick is really to catch it early and not let it get too strong.

Peppermint Oil
Probably the easiest remedy we have come across is Peppermint essential oil from Native American Nutritionals. This oil has a variety of uses, but we’ll focus on headaches in this post. Use it as a topical rub on the base of your neck and across your forehead to relieve headaches. Be very careful to keep away from your eyes! I barely dab it on to make sure the vapors don’t burn my eyes. Continue reading


ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, Etc.

One of the most difficult things as a parent to hear is that your child has a learning set-back, whether it is medical or simply genetic, it doesn’t really matter. It is a heart wrenching thing to be told. Years ago my son was told he was ADD, not ADHD because he was not hyper. He just couldn’t stay on task. Personally, I think that most boys are like that at the age he was (4 years old).

Over the years, we discovered that my son did have some trouble paying attention. Although, I never took the diagnosis too seriously because I do not believe in labeling children, I watched and adapted to help him learn. As he grew older, he began to express frustration with not being able to concentrate despite all of his efforts to do so. Continue reading