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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...

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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...

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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:...

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

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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...

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Safe Dosages and Best Probiotic Brands for Kids and Adults

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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...

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

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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...

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Allergy Remedies that Work

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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...

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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

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An ongoing supplement forthe 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...

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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 Afterschool.ae 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...

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Kids Can Use Nasal Rinsing to Reduce Allergies, Asthma, Congestion and Nosebleeds

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 If your child has a runny nose or nasal congestion, doing a daily saline sinus rinse can help tremendously!   With the right nasal rinsing products, even children as young as two can do sinuses rinses. Allergies, head colds, sinus infections, and exposure to pollution or irritants can create havoc in your child's sinus cavity, but using this easy, drug-free technique can  soothe irritation, dryness and expel excess mucus (boogers)!

Saline sinus rinses can help improve:

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