There is a new social media trend going around, the premise being to post "makeup-free selfies" to raise awareness and money for Cancer Research UK. Headlines all over the web express excitement (and some dismay) that women, especially celebrities, are willing to go bare-faced for all to see. It is considered noble and heroic in the name of curing cancer. I think it's a neat idea, and I think everyone should advocate for what they believe in however they feel is best. But this campaign … [Read more...] about Makeup-Free Selfies and the Fight Against Cancer
Written by wise mama Crystal of Owl Heart Teething has begun. That lovely sleeping schedule may be thrown off; wakings from wimpers or crying may occur. Every child teethes differently; some very peacefully while others' life can become completely tossed upside down as these little pokey teeth arise through the gum line. Since we are in the midst of this ourselves, I have decided to put together a list of options during those intense teething times. Chew Toys: Silicone, … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Natural Options for Teething Pain
Written by wise mama Amanda of Hippie Tree As mothers, hindsight makes it easy to look back on our choices and see what we would do differently. Mothering is such a learning journey, and I have gained so much knowledge along the way. I am now 23 weeks pregnant and I am able to put that knowledge to use in preparation for my next child. Making informed choices is an incredibly empowering part of parenting, so with that in mind, here is a list of things I know now that I wish I knew … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Pregnant
Yeast infections. Most women have had at least one, especially during pregnancy. I experienced that terribly itching feeling during my pregnancy, and it led me to researching natural treatments, since I generally don't trust drugstore-variety products. Note: using essential oils internally is a controversial topic. With that in mind, I'm not advising you on what to do. I'm simply telling you what worked for me when I was desperate. Essential oils during pregnancy are controversial. Talk to … [Read more...] about Possibly the Most Effective Yeast Infection Treatment Ever
Written by wise mama Amanda of Hippie Tree Hello, I’m Amanda Tyson and I had my son circumcised. I did it because it was “healthier.” I did it because my husband and brothers are all circumcised. I did it because it is what I knew and was comfortable with. I did it because my doctor did not tell me about the risks and complications. What I did is better called uninformed consent. Consent is a very important part of medical practice. It is something that we discuss often on MotherWise. … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Circumcision Part 1: Uninformed Consent– The REAL Dangers That Doctors Don’t Tell You About
Whether you celebrate Easter, Ostara, Spring Equinox, all or none of the above, dyeing eggs is a fun, crafty tradition that children love to be involved in. However, using toxic food coloring is something most natural living families probably want to avoid. Thankfully there are many options for eco-friendly egg dyeing! Some all natural options for dyeing eggs include: red, purple, or yellow onion skins, red cabbage, blueberries, yellow apples peels, paprika, carrots, and grape juice. … [Read more...] about Natural Egg Dyeing for Easter/Ostara/Spring Equinox!
Vaccination. No other topic is quite as contentious these days. There are numerous debates about breastfeeding and formula, circumcision, cry-it-out, carseats, and more, yet nothing gets so viciously attacked as the choice to refuse or even question vaccines. It is a very bad sign when people are expected to unquestioningly participate in one-size-fits-all mass medicine, and daring to wonder about the safety of this approach is met with often brutal ridicule. Some people say the angry … [Read more...] about The Origin of My Doubt In Vaccination
Among the many medicinal food choices out there, garlic is one of the best. It is a highly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory food. I often turn to garlic during cold and flu season, because it fights infection and protects the immune system so well. GOOT (Garlic Olive Oil Treatment) is a powerful medicine traditionally made with garlic and olive oil. I prefer to use coconut oil, because unrefined organic coconut oil has soothing and healing properties of its own. GOOT is … [Read more...] about GOOT: Garlic Olive Oil Treatment — Antiviral Home Remedy!
Vitamins. There are so many options available today that it can be overwhelming. What types of vitamins are out there? What kind of supplement is best? Do people even need to take vitamins? The truth is that not all vitamins are created equal, and knowing the difference is essential. My experience with vitamins began when I worked at an organic foods co-op in St. Paul, MN. I had seen drug-store variety synthetic vitamins before, but working at the co-op introduced me to food-based … [Read more...] about Vitamins and Supplements: What You Need to Know