Natural Remedies

Natural Tips to Protect Your Lungs from Smoke & Air Pollution

Those most impacted by the smoky air from the recent wild fires are adults with chronic medical conditions and children. Especially children that have a history of asthma.

Once air quality reaches unhealthy levels we’re all affected to some degree or another.

In this video, I'll share with you simple, daily things you can do to:

  1. Detoxify from smoke
  2. Protect Your lungs
  3. Relieve symptoms like cough, chest tightness

And I’m going to teach you how to do it naturally, in a way that works wit…

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Safe Sunscreens Without All the Chemicals That Can Irritate Eczema and Sensitive Skin

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If you're going to be out in the sun for a prolonged period, it's important to wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn.

It's important to help our kids avoid skin damage since even as few as 5 sunburns put us at greater risk for skin cancer later in life. 

But you're probably wondering about all the chemicals in them. 

Are they safe? Especially for babies and kids? 

The Environmental Working Group reports that at least a quarter of the sunscreens they tested would have been effective without addin…

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AcuPatching to Reduce Stress & Boost Immunity

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Stress is a part of life. 

I’m sure you’ve had a time in your life that was stressful, say an intense deadline for a project. And as soon as you finished your project, you immediately got sick!

It's a universal truth that we’re more prone to illness when life is crazy busy. 

But, we often don’t think of our kids as being stressed until they get a little older and into their teens. However, stress can even affect babies. I can’t think of a more stressful event than being born! 

Stress isn’t a…

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VIDEO: The Truth About Herb Safety for Kids with Cara Frank

Video Notes:

Q: How do we know the herbs we are giving our kids are safe?

A: We only purchase from companies who test for bacteria, pesticides and metals, molds fungus, etc. We also do a visual ID and make sure they are good quality and we purchase organic when available.  

Q: How can parents be sure they are purchasing good quality herbs?

A: Make sure you purchase herbs with a  cGMP (current good manufacturing practices) certified rating.  

Q: What about herbs and nursing?

A: I would re…

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Allergies: Now's the Time to Start Healing them from the Inside Out


I was recently watching a Daily Show segment and they did a piece on allergies called Along Came Pollen. In the segment, they showed a video in which news broadcasters from around the country warned of a "pollen tsunami" and a "pollen vortex". They went on to claim year after year that THIS year was the WORST ALLERGY SEASON EVER!


Reality Check: It's called spring

Pollen isn't going anywhere, but that doesn't mean you or your kids are destined to suffer for the rest of your life! If you hav…

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Safe Dosages and Best Probiotic Brands for Kids and Adults


Taking probiotics on a regular basis is an essential part of our overall health. Stress, antibiotics, eating poorly, and excessive sugar intake all take a toll on the good bacteria in our gut. That's why it's necessary to supplement with probiotics. Click here to learn more about the 6 Amazing Things our Gut Flora Does. While you can get probiotics from kefir, yogurt, kombucha, and fermented foods it can sometimes be difficult to eat enough of these foods to make a difference. If you don't like …

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Chinese Medicine for Sunburns, Burns, Itches, Cuts, and Injuries


Summer is in full swing at our house and we've already had to deal with mosquito bites, bruises, and some pretty scraped up knees. As my boys have gotten older (ages 9 and 11.5 at the time of this writing), they've gotten more adventurous, which inevitably leads to getting a little beat up now and then. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we call these types of issues external diseases because the injury is caused by something outside of the body rather than from internal factors such as poor …

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Allergy Remedies that Work

Our Favorite Allergy Remedies


It’s that time of year again: sniffly, itchy, sneezy allergy season! When it comes to allergies, herbal formulas can help treat the annoying symptoms and provide significant relief.

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We have a variety of herbal formulas and supplements available depending on your particular set of symptoms. Do you suffer from itchy eyes? Stuffed sinuses? Trouble breathing? Sneezing and runny nose? It's always good to get a specific recommendation for your…

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Robin's 3 Favorite Herbal Remedies for Colds

Now that we're in the middle of cold and flu season, I wanted to share with you the top three remedies I use for the prevention and management of cold symptoms. I use these herbs for myself and my family, and I recommend these most often.

Jade Windscreen / Jade Screen for Prevention


An ongoing supplement for the prevention of colds throughout the season. I recommend taking twice daily to help boost your immunity.

Pei Min Kan Wan for Sinus Congestion

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This formula is specifically for the sinuses…

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Keeping Kids Hydrated During the Summer Months

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Everyone knows water is a big part of having a happy, healthy summer. Pools, squirt guns, the beach- but many of us may be chronically dehydrated. We may need to drink water more often than we play around with it! Check out these neat tips, tricks and facts from Ruth Mendez at to keep you and your family hydrated in the summer heat.

TIP: When it comes to drinking water, acupuncturists recommend you consume room temperature water to preserve your digestive fire instead of drinking…

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