Meet Claire Loving the Natural Life in Minnesota.

I grew up in Minnesota, spending my summers and winters up in a little cabin in the boundary waters. The time spent in those incredible forests gave me a deep love of nature and all of the creatures we share the world with. In truth, it is probably a large part of why I try to live a lifestyle that benefits me, and the environment.

It was in 2009 that I was inspired to start figuring out alternative ways to be healthy after my experiences with over-the-counter and prescription medication. After many years of many medications and many side effects and various complications with them, I realized that there were other ways to heal and maintain a healthy life. I began to see more and more that our world is becoming dependent on these medications that, in all reality, can end up doing more harm than good.

I am not a doctor by any means, but I hope to share my own experiences and what I’ve learned from them with other people. I want to spread knowledge on natural remedies, and restore faith in our roots. While it is true not all natural or home remedies will work, they aren’t the lump of useless folk lore many people pass them off to be.

I love getting feedback, hearing how one thing worked (or didn’t work) for somebody, and passing on their knowledge and experience. Do leave a comment if you have something to share, and ask me a question anytime! You can also send an email at claire(at)everydayroots.com

– Claire (planted her roots in 2009, and has been growing ever since)


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457 Comments

  1. Barbara says:

    I take a lot of prescription medicine due to a lot of health issues. My husband and I worry every day how they are affecting me. All my family doctor wants to do when I have to go see him is try and keep adding more drugs. I don’t go to the doctor unless I’m really, really sick. I would like to find alternative to prescription medicine. Any suggestion? I would be glad to hear from you.

    Thank you,
    Barbara

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Barbara,

      Ah, I can relate. There are so many medications casually prescribed these days that are so scary! Here are some thoughts based off of what I’ve dealt with previously…

      Talk to your doctor: This may seem like a silly question, but have you flat out told your doctor you would like to be on fewer medications? Sometimes they just need some more communication.

      Find a new doctor: Again this may sound obvious, but if you aren’t happy with your current doctor or feel as though they are not listening to your concerns, its vital to have the right one working with you. If possible, I would see a doctor that specializes in your conditions instead of a general practice doctor.

      Cut out the little stuff: I always avoid things like aspirin or other OTC medications for minor things like bumps, bruises, headaches, runny noses, and the like. It’s one less dose of chemicals you are putting in your body, and I find many natural remedies work just as well for me. Getting a book or two on the matter can be a huge help for day-to-day ailments.

      The classic diet and exercise: Perhaps you’ve already got this down, but when I started feeling like I was on too many medications, I had to change my lifestyle first. Without a good healthy base to balance on, there would be no chance of weaning off any medication. Its not instant, and it takes work, but it is a huge part of the battle. We underestimate the importance of those two things but put shortly-what we eat is first and foremost our bodies fuel, what you put in is what you will get out (literally and figuratively :P) and we simply aren’t designed to live sedentary lives.

      I hope this was able to help some-I totally get where you’re at with all of this. Let me know if you have anymore questions πŸ™‚

      *keep in mind that I am not a doctor, and you should discuss making any changes with them first.

      • Cathy says:

        Claire! Hopefully this site will be a great help to me! My mother is a dr and has been prescribing anti acids for me but they are not working, I suffer from severe acid reflux and anxiety (which don’t go well together in the mornings). I feel as though I’ve tried everything and I’ve been throwing up for two days now and I wanna know what to start eating and drinking on such an empty and fragile tummy.

        • Anya says:

          Hey Cathy, I can relate to your issue. I will say that there are few simple things you can do for your stomach as well as anxiety. I always start out my day with chamomile tea and ouatmeal with honey. Chamilime is great for digestion. Oatmeal is amazing as well. For anxiety, end your evening with a cup of herbal tea that has valerian root, passiflower, and chamomile. Or you can buy valerian as drops. I have felt so much better! Remeber that nothing happens overnight, it’s not an instant cute but it doesn’t take long. Feel better. Anya.

        • Patricia says:

          I seen your problem with heartburn or acid reflux. Vinegar has work great for myself. You just put a few drops on your tongue and it sends a message to your brain to stop producing acid. Try it only drops 3 or 4. Don’t do what I did I took about a TBsp NOT good but it worked for months, then I just did drops if it tried to come back works get for months. I read about it in a book the government has been trying to ban.

          • Irfan ul haq says:

            Dear Dear Patricia,
            I dont know how to thank you and claire,I am cured by your vinegar Therapy.Best wishes for you.

          • Alan says:

            Could you tell me the name of the book you are speaking of? I would like to read it.

          • Pam says:

            Hi Alan, the book she may be referring to is:
            “Natural cures they don’t want you to know about” by Michael Trudeau.

        • Heather says:

          I suffered from this when I ws younger and stressing out over exam results. Apart from changing what you eat, the other option is to change your life and try and remove the stressor. I went to college and told someone ( a doctor) all my worries in confidence. He said I could try an antianxiety tablet, but just having talked to him and realising I could do what I was trying to do meant that I stopped being so worried. My weight improved, and my diet returned to normal as I stopped having the morning nausea,

          It has returned once, when I was very stressed at weork at the same time as a relationship went west, but again, by dealing with the stressors, and changing my job and life, I got rid of the anxiety, and the stomach problems.

          Now I’m a middleaged woman, married with two grown up kids and fat, wishing sometimes for that aversion to foods which made me lose weight!!!

        • alex says:

          Cathy,

          You may not want to hear this, but depending on your age, you may want to have your heart checked. Often times, angina (heart pain) can be confused for acid reflux. My father used to pop Tums like they were candy, and we later discovered it was his heart. If you keep taking more and more anti-acid pills and can’t get any relief, change your diet to remove processed foods – especially carbs and starches – and have your heart checked out.

          Alex

          • Maria says:

            Alex and Cathy,
            I agree with alex. Heart issues may be what is causing heartburn and severe acid reflux. You should go to your doctor and see if he/she can check your heart. And also no processed foods. Some things I find that helped were drinking smoothies- not the Jamba juice kind, but homemade ones. It’s a healthy, and filling way to get all of your nutrients. If you have been throwing up though, I suggest you rest and drink little sips at a time. That way your stomach can get used to having stuff in it.

            Maria

          • Sherry says:

            Hi Claire. I enjoyed reading your ideas for fighting fleas on our fur babies with all natural methods! I’m so afraid of all the chemicals and pesticides in the store bought products. My question is this: why is only 1 out of my 4 dogs suffering from these persistent pests?

        • John says:

          I had horrible acid reflux. I decided to eat two pickles a day…for the first 2 weeks, then 1 pick every other day for another 2 weeks. It worked for me…now my heartburn only happens once every other month, instead of everyday…I’m talking about those heartburn’s that make you clinch your chest and kick like a mule and drink a half gallon of milk. All’s good now πŸ˜‰

          • Susan says:

            I had acid reflux for years, many years. I was on medication for years with no end in sight. Recently I found out I had a B12 deficiency. My stomic issues were symptoms of my B12 deficiency. Once I was receiving B12 injections, my acid reflux was no longer on issue, and I no longer required medication for acid reflux.
            My point is I’m not saying that B12 deficiency is your challenge. Sometimes our medical issues are very complex. It may take time to work through your medical puzzle, it’s not always what we think it is, just don’t give up..

        • Aran says:

          Hello Claire! Hello All! Cathy, with the acid reflux, from what I’ve read, can as said, be a result from too much acid in your food -search acid/alkaline foods- fresh greens are generally good, milk is slightly acidic once digested, do you live in an urban area? your tap water might be quite acidic if so, might be worth testing. also with the vinegar, apple cider vinegar can work well, I had a small shot of the stuff when needed and it worked great, or perhaps try Fennel (tea/whole)
          I have found Meditation works really well for anxiety, plus saint john’s Wort can work but check if you’r taking other meds as it can have adverse reactions. get a good 30 mins in nature per day if possible too ::) fresh air and good surroundings could help ease both, plus foraging is always good, nettle tea is a good antioxidant. best wishes

        • Deborah says:

          Crying helps. It releases the tension in the diaphragm muscle which is a major breathing muscle. Eliminate caffeine. Sleeping with your upper body elevated on a stack of pillows that are layered so they form a wedge shape with the narrow end approximately down to your waist.

        • RT says:

          Cathy – I agree with Alex. Remove processed foods and white sugar! To be brief: vegan lifestyle + lots of water + moderate exercise + prayer = miracles πŸ™‚

        • Grace says:

          I know what its like to have anxiety. It sucks. I usually get rly nauseous so I try to be rly still and take a tums, it usually works. As I am TERRIFIED of throw up.

      • Elaine says:

        Hi Claire,

        Can you recommend something for topical eczema? I have a bit of it on my hands and feet mostly in the winter . Also have you ever tried or heard of eating coconut oil to cure some internal ailment’s like eczema? Just curious about you expertise in this area..I know you are not a Doctor, I read the information..just want to have more information than less.

        Thank you for your time,
        Elaine

        • Patricia says:

          Yes you can eat it

        • Taniya says:

          I have had a few friends with eczema and when they changed their diet, it went away. They went on an anti-candida diet and had great success! This would mean cutting out many foods that feed candida and cause it to grow out of control, like all sugars. It’s not easy but it’s better than suffering with the symptoms of candida overgrowth. Look up anti-candida diets on line. The good news is you can still sweeten things with stevia so you don’t feel too horribly deprived. Ha ha! And coconut oil is SO good for you! I take some almost every day. It’s anti-bacterial and so good for your gums and your internal organs. Some people have discovered that it can reverse alzheimers. There are videos on youtube about it. It’s quite exciting. Start with a small amount, a teaspoon, and work your way up to more, as a large amount can give you loose bowels. I hope this helps Elaine! πŸ™‚

          • Cruzer says:

            Hi,

            I was reading your post. My daughter has Eczema Ugh, she’s 11. If I may ask a few questions please. What is the name of the coconut you are referring? I would do anything to make her more comfortable I try not to put her Rx. I do more lotions it helps t times it can get bad so I put her Rx. to getting back in control. Do you know if eczema is a trigger for dandruff, if yes do you know what I can do to control it for her.

            Thank you for any advise you can give me.

            Cruzer

        • Britney says:

          Yes u can eat it…….

        • Secret Santa Helper says:

          Eczema can Let me help. Basically put on any body or hand lotion (non-scented) at night and cover your hands and feet with socks right before you go to bed! In the morning just peel the socks off and enjoy the day. After 2 nights it will go away but you have to repeat every 2 weeks until winter is over. Sorry about that, though that is the only idea I can think of.

      • Joanne says:

        I have Hashomotos Syndrome and its been a domino effect to all my other health problems as demylination disease now and arthritis ecperience lots of pain. I have anxiety and depression that goes like a rollercoaster.please help me in what foods I should eliminate and include in my diet.Also if you are aware of resources I can look into to help me better cope or possibly cure my health problems please provide this to me.Thankyou for your time. Usually I am so tired to do anything and have felt like this is it for me, but your determination and care have been a positive influence and encouragement to keep determined myself to bring myself back to a healthy status. I feel loke my system needs a good detoxification and getting the proper nutrients. I have pretty much become a vegan begause my health and weaning off meat to just herbs and vegetables and fruits and beans oat barley the like. Again thankyou. My name is JoAnne and I am closeing in on 50 years old.

        • Joanna says:

          JoAnne:

          I too have Hashimotos. I know how the panic attacks feel and what it feels like to be exausted all day long. For the last few weeks I have been eating cultured kraut and drinking both milk and water kefir. These foods have given me energy and stamina that I haven’t felt in years. You don’t want to over do on these foods so start out slow. I purchase my products at Whole Foods and other local health foods stores. A good web site for more information on cultured foods is: culturesforlife.com
          I hope this helps.

        • Terry says:

          Joanne, have you done any research on the connection between Hashimoto’s and gluten sensitivity? I have a niece who has Hashimoto’s and since she cut gluten out of her diet her intestinal symptoms are under control. I wish you well.

        • Shannon says:

          18 months ago, I had all my metal fillings removed, along with 4 infected wisdom teeth. Within a week, it felt like an electronic straight jacket had been taken off my body. Improvements were quite noticeable – more energy, improved thyroid function, slow but steady weight loss, elimination of heart burn, elimination of heart palpitations, reduction from 7 prescriptions to 1, clearer thinking, etc. These dental procedures started a journey that, along with a profound shift from junk to whole foods in my diet, also eliminated chronic pain. Key sources of information for me were GreenMedInfo.com, anything from Dr. Mercola, anything from the Weston A Price Foundation, and Nutritionfacts.org. I hope you find the answers you are looking for!

      • Mercy says:

        Hey clarie I want to loes a few pounds what should I do or eat because a diet dosent work for me

        • Tamsin says:

          Peppermint tea does wonders for my heartburn/acid reflux. Vinegar, ginger/chamomile tea, and bicarbonate work too, but peppermint and ginger/chamomile teas taste better. I lost the heartburn and weight when I cut out all processed foods. I eat fish, poultry, grass fed beef, or beans with fresh vegetables and fruits, and drink lots of water. Eating “clean” and organic changed my body for the best. Added 30 minutes of yoga twice a week, 30 mins of pilates twice a week, and 30 mins of running on a mini trampoline (no back pain running on the trampoline). I had gained 25 pounds after a back injury. I’ve lost 20 lbs in 3 months and never starve. Snack on nuts, organic greek yogurt, fruits, vegies.

      • Lisa says:

        How often do I do the egg white mask

      • joel says:

        I’m pretty sure that I love you…how should we remedy that?

      • Clement says:

        This was very helpful. Thank you πŸ™‚

      • nawang says:

        Hi clarie,im 28years guy having a constipation problems and some annoying noises from my tummy 24/7before or after meal anytime which is very irrtating

        • Amanda says:

          Try eliminating some known irritants from your diet: dairy and gluten. Stick to eating whole grains (brown rice and quinoa), lightly cooked vegetables (raw veggies can be difficult to digest), small amounts of lean protein, fresh fruits, and nuts and seeds. Up your water intake to at least 80 ounces/ day. Start your day with a glass of warm lemon water. Try adding kefir and raw sauerkraut to your diet. Take a good probiotic every day and follow each meal with papaya enzymes. I’m easily constipated and all of those things, especially the water and probiotics, have helped me tremendously. Also, do some reading up on Triphala, an Ayurvedic formula that helps with digestion.

      • Stephanie says:

        What should i use for a natural flea killer in the house if I have a baby?

        • Josyah says:

          Stephanie,
          If you have pets that have fleas, don’t bathe them with other soaps, only Dawn Dish soap. The others are toxic

      • Dhiva says:

        Hey Claire. I work on wall street. Lately, I’ve been experiencing severe sleep deprivation. Could you give me a herbal fix? I’ve tried the prescription medications, and honestly they scare me side effects and all .

        • Amanda says:

          I also have a high stress career and find it difficult to sleep. Diet wise- eliminate processed sugar from your diet and all sodas (especially diet sodas). Eliminate caffeine. If you must have coffee, stick to one cup in the morning, but no coffee after 12pm. If you find you need pick-me-ups throughout the day, keep cold lemon water on you and try to drink at least 80 ounces a day. It’s amazing how staying hydrated clears the mind! Make a goal to get 30 minutes of exercise a day, even if it’s just a brisk walk. Next, begin to work on your body’s natural melatonin production. Very important- go to bed at the same time every night. At least one hour before bed, avoid “screen time”: tv, browsing the Internet, computer work, phone scrolling, etc. Lower the lights in your house and make a conscious effort to create at atmosphere of relaxation, even if you don’t feel tired. Practice meditation at this time. Start with 5 minutes a night and focus on your breath. Visualize your thoughts and worries simply floating by. You can experiment with herbal teas before bed: valerian, chamomile, “sleepy time”, etc. keep your bedroom cool- 63 F or lower, crack a window if possible. Use a white noise app while you sleep. Keep the same ritual every night. You need to train your mind to quiet down and having a routine will help. If you still have difficulty getting to sleep, try a Melatonin supplement 30 min before bed. I find the sublingual tablets in a low dose work best for me. I also really like a product called Natural Calm. It’s just powdered magnesium you mix with warm water. It helps calm your nerves and promotes relaxation. Finally, make time for yoga! Even a weekend class will help you eliminate the build up of stress and get you to start focusing on breathing. I hope this helps- it works for me!

      • ravi says:

        many thanks for the detox water amongst other things i found the site very refreshingly down to earth and natural

    • Kathy A. says:

      would find a homeoapathic doctor , their out there . One who use natural ways only. limit all drugs doctor would prescribe .

    • Annette says:

      My 18 year old daughter is a counselor at camp this summer. This past week one of the parents came in the cabin and put Essential peppermint oil around their little girl’s bed. My daughter couldn’t sleep that night as it made her nauseated and gave her a headache. She felt truly ill. She had to go in a different room to sleep and had to have another counselor watch her kids. This is the 3rd time my daughter has had a reaction to being exposed to Essential Oils.

      • Amanda says:

        Essential oils can be really amazing, but in high doses, irritating. Peppermint is a stimulant, not sure why they would put it around the bed- for me it helps with concentration and focus and “wakes me up”. Every body is different, but it makes sense that a relatively large amount of peppermint oil would irritate her. Many people are very sensitive to fragrance, and your daughter might be one of them. Keep in mind that essential oils can be intense and there are varying degrees of quality. An excellent quality oil used properly can be wonderful and has cured many ailments.

      • Windy Wolf says:

        Peppermint essential is also a natural deterrent for spiders. Probably why they put it there!

    • joy says:

      If you can find an integrative MD or naturopath…to keep piling drugs into our bodies is not a good thing in my mind…. There are some drugs you may really need….but I’ve always said for every drug there is an alternative….but conventional medicine is lab drugs….

    • Bonnie says:

      I was recently told that I have diverticulosis for quite awhile. I started taking probiotics thinking it will help my digestion and constipation. I was also on ducolax and stool softness every few days. My doctor is now telling me to get off them and has given me across the counter clear lax laxative. But now I’m experiencing a lot of gas and more bloating then before. Do you think probiotics are part of the problem?

    • Rick says:

      It’s no secret the financial relationship, between doctors and the pharmaceutical companies. While some medications might be the only true remedy for a particular health issue, how often do doctors suggest natural cures to their patients? It’s nice to see people like Claire sharing her knowledge with others, and I can attest to many of her home remedies. My advice is to inform your doctor of your knowledge of natural methods for your health issues, and if they tell you prescription meds are the “only” way, then find yourself a new doctor. Good luck, and stay strong!

    • Mark says:

      It’s late here and I’m tired, but I want to share a story.

      When I was 19 years old, I hitchhiked to Oregon from southern Minnesota with my sweet 7-year-old dog named Susie. She had all the symptoms of chronic degenerative disease from leading a modern unnatural lifestyle. her hair was graying she was overweight she had cataracts in her eyes, and fatty fatty tumors on her body. my family told me I was cruel for taking her out on the road because she was old and needed to stay home or she was comfortable and die.

      I’ve learned a lot since then about natural health. studying and practicing; experimenting. I was hip enough to grok that whole wheat tortillas were better and I tried to eat the best I could.

      Longer story shorter :

      Over the following couple of years, like Claire, I spent most of my time out in the cascade Mountains drinking pure Springwater and cooking food on a campfire. as I said, I didn’t know then what I know now, about things like oil and unrefined sunrefine

    • Jeff K. says:

      Hi Barbara,

      Apple cider vinegar is great and I use every day in salad dressing. For the reflux problem, and to improve the body PH number, I take one teaspoon regular baking soda, twice a day, dissolved in a glass of water. No more TUMS for me!

  2. Nikki says:

    Dr. Patricia Bragg was very grateful that you featured Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in your blog. She would like to send you some product in gratitude. Please send me info on where we can send product to. Thank you, again, for featuring Bragg in your blog!

    • euronda says:

      Hi my name is euronda and i have been using braggs organic apple cider vinegar. I would like to know if i can lose weight by drinking this.
      Please let me know.

  3. Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

    Hi Nikki,

    That’s fabulous! I am so glad that you all liked the post-I will send you an email here shortly with details on where you can send the product too. Thank you so much!

  4. Steven says:

    I just got a new puppy and plan on trying your remedies for fleas, any other tips or plan on doing any other pet articles? I have 4 dogs and a cat, ranging from 3lbs to 36lbs, three chihuahuas (one minpin mix) and a black lab. The cat is… A cat, haha. Great reads all around, regardless, namaste!

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Congrats on the new addition! Your house sounds like mine…4 legged buddies everywhere :p

      I do plan on doing more pet articles- there will be a cat one in the future πŸ˜‰ glad you enjoy the site!

      • Michelle says:

        Dr Bronners lavender castile soap does the trick!! I haven’t had fleas in years and I don’t even remember the last time I used any flea stuff on my dogs. I even live in So. Cal where the fleas rule. It makes white dogs super pretty!! It also helps disinfect and heal any boo boo’s your furbaby might have. If that doesn’t float your boat well….fleas also do not like the combination of peppermint and cloves together. So happy to be completely flea free!!

    • Duane says:

      Eucalyptus leaves in their bedding and play area outside. then diatomaceous earth in their food to kill all internal parasites and powder them with DE to kill fleas.

  5. Debbie Gerdanc says:

    I read your article on flea repellents for dogs. What can you suggest for cats. I have a 7 week old kitten with fleas. Thanks so much.

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Debbie,

      I will be writing an article on natural flea repellent for cats/kittens here soon-it should be posted within the week! I’ll hurry up for your little ones.

    • Terri says:

      Thank you for this helpful info about constipation. About a year ago I had part of my colon and part of my small intestine removed. This has changed a lot in me as now I am having to learn how to handle things like constipation and other lovelies I did have to before. I feel really good that your suggestions are natural it eases my mind.

    • Josyah says:

      Dawn dish soap is a nontoxic soap for all animals!! Like it shows a duckling covered in oil. And they bathe him in dawn dish soap. The other soaps are toxic

  6. Evelyn Ford says:

    How do you get fleas off elderly out door cats?

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Evelyn,

      I will be posting an article on flea remedies for cats/kittens soon, it should be up within the week πŸ™‚

  7. Charles Giltner says:

    thanks Claire for the headache remedies, the cayene up the nose one may be a little much to bear but effective I’m sure. I wonder if wasabi has the same effect?
    @Barbara, I recommend finding an Osteopathic doctor or D.O. instead of an M.D. They are trained in a holistic forms of healing that treats the entire body and not just to suppress symptoms. Also try acupuncture for help, it can be very effective for many common ailments. Many people do not realize that doctors receive kickback payments for the number of prescriptions that are filled for many certain medicines at the pharmacies. So M.D.s, especially, are trained in med school to be beholden to Big Pharma for a good portion of their incomes. Don’t get caught in this payola game of money for suffering patients hooked on prescription meds. It is despicable and sounds unreal, but my father was a pharmacist and the pharmaceutical companies have many ways of keeping doctors loyal to writing unnecessary scripts. If your doctor is like this and it sounds like he is, I would bow out and find somebody new and quick…Also consider naturopathy and other alternative forms of medicine. There are many cures out there, for things like diabetes, cancers, neurological disease and others that are suppressed by the “powers that be” so the money mill doesn’t die off. It is hard to believe humans can put money over another person’s health and comfort but that is the nature of things, but not all things, like Claire…Good work, keep it coming!

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hmm that’s an interesting thought…I know its the capsaicin in cayenne that is what relieves the pain, I am not sure if its in wasabi? And I am glad you’re enjoying the site! πŸ™‚

  8. Judy smith says:

    I would love to keep up with u and ur remedies, can u tell me how? Thanks

  9. Jacqui says:

    Hello Claire.
    I was reading your post on the 6 Ways to Naturally Prevent & Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs and was wondering if you have to rinse the dog after you bathe the dog according to Number 6.

  10. Joan says:

    Claire,

    I just now found you… love you + your natural common sense approach!
    Do you put a newsletter out that I can sign up to receive with more info?

  11. mary says:

    The natural softner with the lemon n Epsom salt. Can that be used in an HE washer?

  12. nonie morrell says:

    my dog has a open sore on his side it starts to heal an then he gets it raw again what should i put on it.

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Poor guy, do you know what caused the sore? Is it a bug bite, a scratch, allergies? Has he had one before? If it is truly a sore and not a wound it sounds like a hot spot to me (Pyotraumatic Dermatitis-pyo meaning pus, traumatic relates to the self inflicting damage caused by biting licking or scratching, and dermatitis is inflammation of the skin) which can be caused by a number of things. If this is the case, its important to break the cycle of whatever is causing the itchiness (food allergies, fleas, mites, ringworm, etc.) otherwise it will just continue and get worse. If he has a lot of fur, shave the area because it needs to breathe. You can gently cleanse the area with a cool wet washcloth and, I hate to say it, he might need the ‘cone of shame’ if he absolutely wont let it be and is opening it by means of licking or biting. Apply a cool wet wash cloth to the area 2-3 times a day and make sure it stays clean and dries out.

      I would hesitate telling you what else to put on it until you know what caused it-for example some people use wet black tea bags because the tannic acid can help dry out the sore, but if its ringworm or something less straightforward, tea bags wont do a darn thing and would quite possibly make it worse. A mild antiseptic like bedatine can work to stave off bacterial infection, but it wont do anything for one that already exists, or for anything other than a minor wound really.

      You really don’t want a secondary infection setting in, which is quite likely if he keeps it open and raw. If it doesn’t seem to be clearing up or gets worse, a trip to the vet is probably in order. They can help you properly identify it and then you can decide how you wish to go about treating it. Whether you choose to follow the vets advice or not you will at least know what caused it, and that is a vital part of any treatment. Let me know if you have anymore questions-I hope he feels better soon. I have a pup with atopic dermatitis and I know how frustrating skin stuff can be!

      • Annie says:

        Hi Claire,

        Thank you for educating people to help themselves! Re the woman who wrote about her dog’s sore not healing: it could also be skin cancer or another kind of cancer: hard to face but good to know. I think compulsive licking comes from lack of exercise and attention during the day (pretty common since most of us can’t take our 4-foots to work) which causes boredom/frustration/tension. Or I’ve read food allergies can cause it. Kibble that contains grain can cause allergies and they can show up as skin problemsβ€”same with humans. Licking is an attempt to heal it. If it’s pyroderma it can take a long time to heal, but my experience is it’s more effective in the long run to use herbs than the vet’s cures which mostly don’t work. I love Stephen Buhner’s book, Herbal Antibiotics, written for people, but look around online for an appropriate dose and give a few (3 – 5) of the ones he recommends (minus anything with potential toxicity) to your dog. My holistic vet says to pro-rate according to the dog’s weight but to add a bit more, since their metabolism is much faster than ours. I gave both topical and internal herb tinctures, alcohol and all, after a few months, it healed fully and hasn’t returned. I gave astragalus and ashwagandha throughout for immune protection, echinacea/goldenseal at the beginning for an immune boost. (It didn’t work, since you’re only supposed to give it for a week or so, and the infection was taking its sweet time.) I also gave yarrow daily throughout the 3 months–great for immunityβ€” and tiny amounts of minced garlic daily with food. Also ginger to reduce inflammation. It got better after 6 weeks and was gone after 12. Go herbs!!

  13. Wildchildwandering says:

    Hi Claire, I just came across you formula for Hot Pepper Cream. It sounds wonderful, however, in my training under one of Maine’s few licensed, Master Herbalists I was taught that you should not combine any capsaicin with beeswax (except in a very minute quantity with other ingredients) due to the probability of burning your skin as the beeswax “coats” the skin more than an oil based formula. I am wondering how often you have used this formula and if you, or anyone else, have had any experience with burns, (not the normal “burning sensation” you would get when it is working). I am not asking these questions in criticism, I am asking them genuinely to see if perhaps what I was taught is correct, and others out there are finding better ways for pain relief. I once applied an otc brand of capsaicin on my feet (neuropathy), then put my socks and shoes on and proceeded to mow the lawn on an 80 degree day. I didn’t see the little part that says do not cover. My feet burned for about 2 days, lol!!! Blessings

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi there,

      Thanks for your questions, it’s always good to hear about what different people know/experience-we wouldn’t learn much if we didn’t share! I honestly cannot say if your mentor is correct in their teachings or not, but I have used the original cream on sore joints enough to know that it doesn’t ‘burn’ me (my fingers tend to get sore the most, thanks to all my typing.) The other two I have used less, but still never experienced any adverse side effects (unless you count the color the turmeric can leave behind!) Nor has anyone else I know who has used these particular recipes. I am not sure how you define the base in a formula, but there is a decently greater ratio of oil to beeswax in the recipes, which would lead me to think that it is oil based, rather than wax based. The creams still absorb into the skin as well, at least in my experience.

      Again I’ve never had formal enough training to say if my thinking is 100% correct, and I certainly don’t want to seem like I am doubting a master herbalist! But, in short, I have never heard of beeswax being risky with capsaicin, most any recipe you look up will include beeswax (if making a cream or salve, and not a liniment) and unless a person has sensitive skin that gets irritated by the spice itself, I haven’t head of a higher incident of ‘burns’ with beeswax being used in conjunction with capsaicin.

      Also…yikes to the part about burning your feet! It sound like they should have typed that warning in a bigger font to me :p

  14. Claire Grant says:

    Hi Claire , this is another Claire that was born and lived in Minnesota till age 8, went with parents to South Dakota.

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      It’s nice to meet you Claire! It’s funny how people end up connecting isn’t it? I do love MN…even though we all complain about the frigid cold and the monster mosquitoes, I don’t think I could bear to leave :p

  15. Anna says:

    Hi

    I have just been reading your topical headache remedy and it started me thinking. A colleague at work has gout and recently purchased Cudweed Tea at a high cost – AUD$40 for ten tea bags. She only used one or two however because she said it is unpalatable. I wondered if a topical balm can be made like your headache remedy – but don’t know how to incorporate the plant – or if such a product would have any benefit. Could she mix the contents of the tea bags (ground first maybe) into a mix similar to the above balm – and would the properties of the Cudweed she needs be absorbed through the skin?

    Regards

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Anna,

      For a balm you’re going to want to avoid solid plant material so that it can properly be absorbed (and so you don’t have leaf chunks on your head) so I would use the contents of the tea bags and make an infused oil. Below is a link to our lotion recipe, which explains how to do this under “infuse you oil.” Just substitute the herbs we use with the cudweed. I am not sure how the benefits of cudweed impart themselves into oil, as I am not terribly familiar with the herb itself, or if it will do the same thing topically applied, but I think its worth trying! Let me know how it goes.

      http://everydayroots.com/how-to-make-homemade-lotion

  16. Susn says:

    Hi, I love making my own lotion but I never tried your recipe before. it looks very good but I am confused with the oz. on the recipe. is it fluid oz. or weight oz.? the recipe I am talking about is the Homemade Lavender-Chamomile Sleepy-Time Lotion Recipe.
    please help me out. thanks

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi there,

      For the oil and water it is fluid ounces and for the beeswax/coconut oil it is weight ounces. I hope you enjoy it!

      • Noor Shaikh says:

        Hi claire
        This is Noor from India. Though im so very particular about my diet my stomach is the main problem. I’m not overweight n don’t hv any weight issue. But somehow my stomach always seems bulgy. I have started with green smoothie in the mornings. I do yoga. I don’t eat fatty foods. Also in my smoothie I put ginger n lemon. Now wot should I further do to stop bloating in the tummy. Thanks

  17. Randi Hearne says:

    Hi Claire,

    I am interested in any/all information regarding psoriatic arthritis, which is totally different from psoriasis. I have both, along with MANY other health issues. I just know in my heart and head there HAS to be something natural to use. Or something natural to try. I will be seeing an accupuncturist soon as well. I am so very appreciative, grateful for any light you could shed.

    Thank you!!

    Randi

    • Betty says:

      Randi, have you learned anything more regarding treatment of your Psoriatic arthritis? My husband has to take Enbrel injected once weekly so that he can use his hands and feet. It’s a serious and expensive drug. If we don’t qualify for it (financially) this year, he will be back to that painful square one. I would much rather have some natural treatment. Thanks and I wish you well.

      • Judy Fenush says:

        Hi Betty, My grandmother was an RN and was born in 1916, she believed in natural cures and healing. She was plagued with arthritis and had to have a hip replacement in her 30’s. She was reading one of her mothers cookbooks one day and found an insert that said to take Raw honey and Apple Cider vinegar so she started taking it and within a cpl weeks was back to knitting and crocheting which she had to give up years before because her fingers were so bad with arthritis. I also take it and I am 55 with no arthritic conditions at all. I take a small juice glass add 1 Tablespoon of Raw honey then add a couple Tablespoons of hot water to dissolve the honey, then add 2 Tablespoons of the Apple cider vinegar and drink. Granny drank this 3 times per day, morning, afternoon and evening. I use Vitacost organic apple cider vinegar and raw honey. The great thing about it for me is once the pain in my knees goes away I can quit taking it and can go sometimes over a year before it starts up again πŸ™‚

  18. Patsy says:

    Hi Claire, I’m enjoying reading these posts. It’s all so very interesting. I was interested in trying the Sleepy Time Lotion of yours that was referenced elsewhere on your site and you mentioned needing an immersion blender or a food processor, which unfortunately I have neither one. If I were going to make an investment of just one of the items (blender vs processor) for making homemade creams, lotions, and other healthy goodies, which one would you suggest as being the most useful overall? I’d really appreciate your input and thank you so much!

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Patsy,

      So glad that you’re enjoying the site!! For making things like creams or lotions, the immersion blender my go-to device. I have found that it emulsifies the mixtures better than my food processor, which is vital to anything in which you are blending an oil and water together. it’s also faster, and makes less mess. Mine has a great whisk attachment as well that works a treat, and I think there are a few more various attachments you can get that make it very versatile πŸ™‚ let me know if you have anymore questions!

  19. Louie says:

    Claire,
    I was wondering what is the “best” honey to buy other than from a real beekeeper ?

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Ah, the intricacies of honey. I could go on for awhile about this, but I’ll spare you :p
      Brand/company and type of honey (clover, manuka, etc.) are up to you, the most important thing is to just make sure its 100% raw and organic. Not heated, pasteurized, or anything of the like. Commercial honey that looks all pretty sitting on the shelves has just been filtered and sucked of nutrients/enzymes to help it keep and make it look appealing and “clean”, versus raw honey which is going to be cloudy, possibly even crystallized. Your best bet on finding raw honey if you can’t get it straight from a bee farm would be to check a co-op (if you have one) or a farmers market (also if you have one.) There are some grocery stores that sell it, but not many. It’s worth the hunt though. If that fails, you can try ordering online. Doing some research on different brands/companies will help you determine which one stays truest to the honey and preserves all its natural benefits (I don’t personally know enough about them to give much guidance, since I get mine locally.) Let me know if you have anymore questions!

  20. mary merritt says:

    what do I need to worry about supplementing in my diet if I don’t eat meat?

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Mary,

      Protein, iron, and vitamin B-12 are found in high concentrations in meat, so I would focus on other sources to supplement those with. Nuts, seeds, whole grains, soy, and eggs contain plenty of protein. I would suggest dark, leafy green veggies and legumes for your iron. To clarify, are you pescetarian? If you are, fish like salmon is a good way to get vitamin B-12, if not, I would find a high quality supplement in capsule or tablet form to get what you need. Of course I am just scratching the surface, the options of a vegetarian diet stretch far beyond what I’ve listed here. If you haven’t yet, there are quite a few interesting books on being vegetarian out there to check out πŸ™‚

  21. Griffin says:

    Claire is there any natural bug repellent that doesn’t smell awful and i can actually wear all the time that won’t make me have a skin reaction to. We have been fighting with fleas and are actually starting to win thanks to your 6 steps..the only problem is they really like to eat me….now they’re fleeing the pups onto my legs.. any ideas?

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Oh that’s no fun! I am glad the remedies are helping your dogs, but it stinks they’re turning to you now. The good news is fleas can’t actually live on people, only bite them. This means you need to focus hard on the source, which is most likely your carpets, beds, curtains, etc. (and of course keep up with the pups.) If you have one, your vacuum is your best friend now, use it multiple times a day to suck up eggs and fleas and make sure to empty the bags right away and take out the trash. Wash all your bedding in hot water, wash yourself in hot water (but not too hot) and try mixing some lemon juice with water and spraying it on your legs. Again though, you’ll want to focus more on the source to keep them from coming back. There’s also something called Diatomeceous Earth that you can use to kill them off, which is a fine powder that basically absorbs fats from the fleas exoskeleton and dehydrates them. If you use DE, make sure it is food grade and uncalcinated (not heat treated.) I hope this helps!

  22. Dr James says:

    I got the right stuff I need. thanks Claire.

  23. Jeuris Ledesma says:

    Hi. Claire
    I was surfing the web and came across your site. I have a 5 year old Labrador and I can’t get rid of fleas, I need help ???? Thank you

  24. Beckie says:

    Hi Clalre, A Facebook friend of mine posted on my timeline your drinks for helping to sleep. I’ve never heard of or seen sweet tart cherry juice before. You probably don’t recommend store bought, only organic. I’ll have to check local grocery and health food stores for this. For 16 yrs I have been on prescription meds (now just 2) for sleep.

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Beckie,

      Man oh man I can sympathize with that-sleeping meds, especially long-term, are just dreadful. I just get my tart cherry juice at my local grocery store, it’s not sweetened but it still tastes lovely πŸ™‚ I hope the drinks help.

  25. Stace says:

    Hi, u can call me stac. I gave birth to a healthy baby boy 6 months ago. My tummy is still high. Someone told me its gas in my womb and i need to band my tummy. But i would like to know if u can recommend something that would add some speed to th process. Its becoming a bit frustrating. Bear in mind that i am still nursing. Thank you.

  26. Stace says:

    Hi claire, i gave birth to a healthy baby 6 months ago. I still have a high tummy. A friend told me my womb has gas in it so i therefore need to wear a belly band for a while. I would like to kno if there’s any advise u can give me to help speed up th process. Thank you

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Stacy,

      Congrats on your baby! As far as your tummy goes, the uterus does not, at any point, contain gas. If you are bloated all the time due to gas it’s in your stomach and GI system, which can “push” your abdomen outwards.
      Is your belly still somewhat hard, or is it soft? I have heard of something called Diastasis Recti, which you could ask your doctor about if it sounds like what you’re experiencing. It is basically the walls of the abdomen stretching apart, which sometimes causes a bulge that can last awhile. I really don’t have a wide base of knowledge on it though. If you’ve ruled this out, or any other underlying condition, I would look into core routines to help ‘lower’ your stomach and tone your muscles. Its well worth your time to look into specific exercises that cater to changes post-pregnancy.
      In short, strengthening your core and relieving regular gas/bloating (if you have it) would be solid routes to follow. Those are just ideas though-before trying anything, check in with your OB/GYN or doctor πŸ™‚

  27. joe says:

    Hello. I was wondering besides dog food….what other foods can I feed my small adult dogs for there meals.
    Right now I do white rice with carrots. And sometimes boiled chicken without the skin and bones.
    Thank you in advance.

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Joe,

      Are you currently feeding kibble mixed in with the rice and carrots? For my dogs I mix it up fairly often, adding a little bit of scrambled eggs (a small amount), cottage cheese, flax seed, carrots, apples, bananas, plain yogurt, sweet potatoes and green beans (to name a few) to a rotational dry food that is grain-free. Of course its always trial and elimination if she’ll be ok with certain foods or not. Some dogs don’t do well with eggs while some do, one might react to apples but another doesn’t, so its all about what works for her. No matter what, always start with small amounts and work up from there. If you want to do a raw diet (no kibble) than you need to make sure your pup is getting full balanced nutrition from her meals, and that you know where your meat comes from, otherwise it often contains what the animals were pumped full of, like various growth hormones etc.

      Avocado, onions, garlic, raisins/grapes, macadamia nuts and peaches/plums/persimmons are some raw foods you should steer clear of. Let me know if you have anymore questions, and good for you for branching out on what you feed your pup!

  28. M.J. says:

    Claire, I am enjoying reading your posts . Thanks for sharing . One of the best books I have ever read on natural remedies is , Back To Eden by Jethro Kloss. Written in 1939 Jethro Kloss wanted everyone to know how to enjoy healthy living by using what God had placed on this earth for healing our bodies and minds. I have found that most natural remedies do work , not overnight , but gradually , allowing the body time to heal .

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Thank you for sharing! I’ll have to check it out πŸ™‚ and yes, that is very true about how natural remedies work…its sad that we’ve just developed a society where everyone wants an instant cure at their fingertips, even if it means sacrifices health in the long run.

  29. Laura says:

    Hi Claire – Love your wisdom and the many ways you share it! I was reading most recently about companion planting, and as much as I love the concept I’m frustrated by all the gophers in my yard – can’t plant lettuce, strawberries, squash, etc. in the ground (only containers.) We have lots of wildlife in our yard and we love that – the birds, raccoons, oppossums, coyotes, etc. were here before we were, after all – so we don’t want to kill the gophers, but it sure makes growing a garden difficult! Do you have any suggestions? I have tried the in-ground, battery operated gopher repellant stakes with limited success, but I’m not happy about using all those batteries! Any ideas will be most appreciated!

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Laura,

      I am so glad you’re enjoying the site! Yikes to the gopher problem though, they’re tough little buggers, but I agree with you on the whole wiping them thing. So many people go straight to pouring things like ammonia in their holes-that doesn’t even keep them away forever though- and who knows what else you’re harming. When gophers get poisoned, they can harm the creatures that eat them (bobcats, dogs, etc.) and that’s a whole other mess. Not to mention they really are vital to the ecology of the land. There are a few ways I know to try getting rid of them, none are fool-proof, but vigilance and a combination of techniques seems to be fairly successful.

      -Euphorbia lathyris also known as “gopher plant” or caper surge, exudes a noxious smell/is poisonous to gophers. One handy thing about the plant is that its roots give off the smell as well, so gophers are discouraged from simply tunneling around them. They are annual, but pretty hardy. The gophers are generally smart enough to not eat them, therefore it doesn’t really poison them. They just know to stay away.

      -Raising your garden beds (if possible) is a good deterrent. They don’t like venturing far from their burrows, and don’t seem to have the tenacity to crawl up one or try to tunnel around the underground wire. I myself have never built one, but I think its a great idea. I am sure a local nursery or gardening store could help you get started πŸ™‚

      -Natural “predators” will be a strong deterrent for gophers. If possible, try getting a cat that can be outdoors at least some times, or a dog that you can let romp in the yard. They will not want to be building their homes where they get hunted. When I come home from vacation rabbits have usually overrun my yard…a few days with my dogs marching around and they don’t come near it.

      -Planting poppies or sunflowers a ways away from your main garden is one way to lessen the problem, but it wont get rid of the creatures. A lot of times they get so distracted stuffing the seeds in their mouth they ignore the other, harder to reach plants. In conjunction with this, using a strong “gopher mesh” to line your garden can help steer them away.

      It’s such a bummer when garden problems like this crop up (no pun intended) but it’s great you’re going about it this way. Waging “war” on them does nothing but harm. We share the land πŸ™‚ i hope some of these ideas helped!

  30. suzanne p says:

    I have made a version of your detox water using cucumber, I have not tried watermelon yet. I add a teaspoon or so of ginger, about 2 tablespoons of vinegar and if you want about 1/8 cup of maple syrup. As a young person on the farm we had ginger water on hot days, just ginger, vinegar and maple. All are great to drink

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Ohh that sounds wonderful! I’ll have to try that variation…thank you for sharing it. Also, that ginger water sounds amazing.

  31. Beth says:

    How often do you spray dogs with the flea spray. Both of my dogs are over 50lbs.

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Beth,

      You can use the flea spray once a day consecutively, assuming neither of your pups is sensitive to it πŸ™‚

  32. Nancy D says:

    Im getting a puppy , but he has fleas and is being bathed once a day and they’re putting pea tree oil or something on him so that the fleas will go away. I was wondering if I could use the natural remedies even if he’s only going to be about .6 weeks old when I get him?

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Yes, but I would actually avoid the ones with essential oils (I believe they are 1 & 4 are the page.) I don’t know the situation surrounding the pup, but 6 weeks is awfully young. If possible, take him home at 8 weeks at the earliest-its shocking how much they learn from their mama and litter-mates in those 2 weeks. Congrats on your new family member πŸ™‚

  33. Kelly B says:

    Hi Claire,
    I stumbled upon your site when searching essential oils as a possibility for the fruit flies I have and hate, and came across your site.
    I’m just starting looking at your site, but you seem pretty great and I really like your site, I also am from here in MN, and also spent summers up north, but not as far as the boundary waters, and really am grateful I had nature around me.
    I am in the twin cities now, and have had some hard experiences with mediciations also, which led me to learning about herbs and alternatives too. It’s so interesting , isn’t it?
    Anyway, I don’t usually write so much or write on people’s boards, but I couldn’t resist commenting. Just want to say go girl : ), keep doing what you are doing- it’s great.

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Thank you so much! That’s fabulous that you’re in MN and have also enjoyed being up North-there’s really no place quite like it (I actually just got back from being up there.) Natural remedies are fascinating, I love finding out the facts but also the stories and lore behind them tool. They’ve been enormously helpful to me during my struggles with medication as well. I am so happy to hear you’re enjoying the site, and thanks again for posting and giving your encouragement πŸ™‚

  34. Monica says:

    Hi Claire,

    Monica from Australia here.
    Could you give me a suggestion about itchy ears please?
    My ears have been very itchy on and off over the years, and I ended up to the doctors with infections every now and then due to the fact that i can’t stop scratching the inside of my ears, even wake up during the night from my own scratching!
    I use cotton sticks and sometimes even harder objects to reach better and scratch the insidem as it is too itchy. I know there is no wax left in it. I know it’s wrong, the doctor told me no to enter the ear at all, but I can’t help it.

    Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks
    Monica

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Monica,

      That sounds awful! I can definitely relate to itchy ears, I have to sleep with ear plugs some nights and they can wake me and make my ears irritated. Its true that continuing to scratch them will make them worse-the skin inside the ears is so thin and sensitive if you scratch them it perpetuates the cycle. It will take a bit of self control (I know it can drive you crazy) but it will be worth it in the end. You can try tilting your head and dripping a few drops of olive oil in there to coat the irritated skin and ease the itch, and infusing it with garlic (not actually having any pieces of garlic in the oil) can help fight off a mild fungal infection. After letting it settle in your ear for a few minutes, tilt your head and let the excess drain back out onto a paper towel. Using olive oil will also be less likely to dry out your ears, and dryness can cause itchiness. Do that daily until the itchiness is relieved and then do a weekly follow up if it helps.Try to avoid getting irritants in there like a bunch of shampoo if you think you have extra sensitive ears. Diluting a small drop of tea tree oil in a drop of olive or almond oil helps as well, since tea tree works as an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.

      I hope some of this helped-nobody really knows just how crazy itchy ears can drive you until they experience it themselves. Feel better!

  35. Katie says:

    Claire,

    I am a type 2 diabetic and have managed to maintain a weight loss of 30-ish pounds since I was diagnosed 5 years ago. I still have another 50-ish pounds to lose before I can cut down on some of my medicine. I am not insulin dependent; I take an oral medication twice a day. However, I am also receiving treatment for depression. The two seem to go hand-in-hand – my job is mentally draining, making me feel down, causing me insomnia, which in turn makes it difficult for me to find the energy to exercise and eat right. I am tired of being on so many prescription medicines, and would love some pointers and encouragement on how to combat the negative emotions/physical effects and live a healthier life. Suggestions?

    • Cheri says:

      Hi Claire I came looking for ant, spider, scorpion, and earwig remedies, and found help for my gopher problems, thank you so much. Both your website and knowledge are awesome.
      For Monica with itchy ears….. could be a food allergy. Perhaps somebody in the oriental medicine community could help. They’ve helped me immensely.
      For Katie: Honey, it takes 4 hugs per day to Maintain mental balance. We actually Need a good hard belly-laugh all the way to our toes each day. Several Cheshire grins a day cause happy chemicals to be released do to some specific nerve stimulation….. sorry I don’t remember the number or the nerves, but try it, and if the number you pick does not improve things for you, try more at a few seconds each what have you to lose other than some negative chemicals? I wish you all the best success in your endeavors.

  36. Terri Cesare Arnold says:

    Hi Claire,
    I have come upon your site here while looking for a remedy for my terrible (and chronic) heartburn/acid indigestion. I have tried about every single recipe you wrote about, to no avail πŸ™
    I am burning so bad right now that I really can barely stand it. I am currently on prescription Protonix due to a medium sized hiatal hernia and two ulcers. I have tried adding Zantac and Tums. Nothing is helping. I feel like holes are being burned through my mouth, esophagus, chest and stomach. Oh, and I also have Burning Tongue Syndrome.
    Anyway, my mother-in-law was from Minnesota and we have visited there. I was born, raised and still live in Florida and I can tell you honestly, that I have never, ever been so cold in my entire life as the week I spent in Minnesota between Christmas and New Year’s, 1999 (Minneapolis/Twin Cities/Brainerd). I have heard of your monster mosquitoes but fortunately, never saw them! We have our own mosquitoes here in Florida and those of us who have been here forever, are called Mosquito Beaters and we have an annual reunion πŸ™‚

    • Razzle says:

      Hi Terri,

      Burning tongue may be caused by Vitamin B12 deficiency. I find my own heartburn responds well to Vitamin B12 and Molybdenum supplements, as my heartburn was caused by sulfites (preservatives) in foods, and the body uses molybdenum and Vitamin B12 to process sulfites.

      And ulcers are usually caused by h. pylori infection. Myrrh gum and Mastic gum (check a health food store or online iherb.com or vitacost.com) can help with this.

      I hope this helps…take care,

  37. Betty says:

    Hi Claire.I read toyr article and I think u can help me.Allmost every year this period i have a flew and I cough very badly but the liquid inside my lungs wont get out.I tried antibiotics and some herb syrups but none of those helped me.Can you help me?

  38. Irma Duarte says:

    Hi Claire,
    Love your website. However I was wondering if you have any remedies for diaper rash. I hate using over-the-counter stuff and I’d be interested in what you would recommend or if you have a great concoction up your sleeve.
    Thank you so much xoxo

  39. Renee says:

    Hi…i love your sight so many answers i didnt know i could find. However my 1st large issue is your pet remedies. We fostered a female pup with 3 fixed (mixed too) males. I cant even describe to smell. The female is gone to her new home and your recipes are on my shopping list. My question is i have a whole large carpeted house to de-stink. I know i cannot put the ingredients in my shampooer. Fizzing thing….do you have a recipe to use in my machine ?
    Thanks and i will keep reading daily im a full blown fan now.

  40. Jasmine says:

    hello there. ……I ve a white pom he is 3 months old…..n often got fleas n ticks though I give him regular baths but I not last long uptown 3 days n he get all d stuff back. …..pls suggest any easy way…..as lavender oil n cedar oil is not easily available here…..any thing can be made from neem leaves.etc

  41. AILYN PAZON says:

    Hi Claire, how are you? I was searching some information about my problem through google. And i found your name. All i wanna know is… What causes my Abdomen for getting harder and makes me not to burp normally? i already been from doctors, taking medicines but nothing happens. all the time, desame situation is not being solve.
    My stomach area is bloating most of the time, And my Abdomen is really hard. Ive been from massage, sometimes i feel bettr, but not totally cured.
    i feel Nausea sometimes cause of this,,

    Since there are lots of feedback i saw in your site, Can you advice me of what im gonna do about this matter? I would surely appreciate your reply. Above is my e-mail.

    Thanks And looking forward with your help.:)

  42. Sanaa says:

    Hi Claire, I have been having problems with un-controlable acne, usually my face doesn’t break out this bad as it has been doing for the last few weeks, I need some help, I read your article on 22 remedies for clearing up acne/ blemishes. It was helpful!! But do you have any remedies for if I am going to bed? Do you think olive oil would work? Should i just rub that into my face then go to sleep? I also have a problem with picking at/ popping my pimples. I can’t help it though, I want my blemishes to whine down for awhile. My peers at school always talk about how “jacked” up my face is (referring to my blemishes/acne) do you have any advice for keeping myself under-control form touching and picking at my acne? I left my mom’s email so you can get back to me if i’m not around, P.S You sound like an INSPIRING soul! πŸ™‚ Sanaa 11 yrs. old M.O

  43. Michelle says:

    Hi Claire! I too am from MN and LOVE dogs!!! I have 3. They are getting older now. 11, 9 and 6 and I am trying to get them off chemicals if possible. I feed them Merrick Grain free, give digestive enzymes and probiotics. I just hate having them on Trifexis/advantage, etc. Thing is I now live in Florida and Heartworm is very prevalent here. Many dogs picked up by animal control test positive. Also, have warm weather all year round with big fiesty fleas. I have never had a flea problem. I had them on Advantage multi and then swithced to Trifexis Oral due to dog to dog exposure of topical treatment getting one of my dogs ill, even after as much as 12 hours after application. Trifexis works on heart worms and fleas. How effective are these flea treatments in places like Florida and is there natural heartguard prevention out there?

    Thanks for your blog. Glad that I stumbled across it.

    • Claire Goodall says:

      Yay for MN dog lovers! I can’t say for sure how they’d work in FL as I’ve never taken my dogs there, but I can’t imagine it would be much different-although I suppose you have to deal with the buggers year round since you don’t get the deathly cold winters. In terms of natural heartworm preventative, unfortunately, there really isn’t one. Using the medication is the lesser of two evils in this case-heartworm can and will kill a dog, and that’s just not a risk worth taking. I hope the flea remedies help!

  44. ranjit says:

    hi claire,this is very intersting and useful site ,i love to use u r reccomendation..and its really helpful…i hav a problem of dandruff and u r one of baking soda remedies is really useful…nw i am livivg with confidence and wear all my black cloths….
    Thanks a lot ………for this site and u r natural suggestions……

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  46. Tina Anchondo says:

    Claire , thank you so much for taking your time to share so much of your knowledge with us Readers.
    I have a few questions for you. when fresh fruits are so very expensive can you substitute them with frozen fruit and get the same nutritional benefits? also , I see a lot of people buying powders that you mix up with water saying they have all the same content in them as fresh fruits and veggies. and that your daily dose of is in them. there are a couple of different ones I have seen people trying to sell . have you heard of these? I have been making smoothies with spinach , kale, banana, frozen strawberry, blueberry, yogurt and whey protein. these are yummy and healthy..

  47. Teri Dent says:

    Question about your flea prevention remedy. Put 1 teas. apple cider vinegar in 1 qt. of water how often? Everyday?

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      However often you re-fill their water dish. Put a teaspoon in 1 qt (for every 40 pounds) every time they get fresh water. You probably want to avoid just adding more ACV to old water because you won’t know the exact liquid measurements. Hope this helped clear your question up for you!

  48. kim burnette says:

    I am trying to live a greener life. I am trying to cut out all gluten. I have also stopped using poisonous deodorant. I am eating more fruits and veggies. No processed meats. And no dairy products. Processed foods are gone. I did have Blue Diamond Nut Crackers. More nuts. Local grapes have been a treat. I am now getting little itchy red bumps, mostly forearms, a patch on my thigh, couple on cheek. My arm pits have gotten cyst like bumps under the skin that are swollen and painful. One will come and go away. I have one under there now. Do you think this could possible be detox symptoms?

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Kim,

      Good for you for cutting all that stuff out of your diet! That is not an easy thing to do. It’s quite possible that what you’re experiencing is a symptom of your body adjusting to the sudden exclusion of all the processed foods. If I had to narrow it down to one culprit I would say its the removal of gluten, but it sounds like you still have some in your diet, so its more likely a combination of everything. Sugar and other constituents of processed food are almost like a drug to our bodies, and its not uncommon for there to be what you could call “withdrawal symptoms” when you stop eating them. Like any abrupt change in lifestyle, switching to a healthier diet can make you “worse” before you get better (just consider what a large part of our lives gluten/processed food is to our daily lives) but if the bumps don’t clear up I would talk to a nutritionist or professional that really knows this stuff-it gets pretty complex.
      Do keep in mind that it could be something other detox symptoms, in which case a doctor or a dermatologist would be your best bet. Remember that your body is going through a major change, and keep up the awesome job!

  49. Lucy says:

    Claire, you are a God send, i was just telling my friend that i grew up Holistic, my Grandmother was an Idian native of the island Vieques outside Puerto Rico, she never went to Doctors (Cuacks As she called them) and refused to take medication, (Drugs) she grew all her medicine in her yard and had a cure for ebverything hat ail us, she died when i was 16 at the age of 105 yrs old, i wish i ahd her knowledge, i would love to pass it on to my children and grand children.

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Thank you so much Lucy! And WOW to your Grandma living to be 105! She sounds like an amazing woman. Regardless of whether or not you remember everything she did, I am sure you will garner much holistic knowledge over the years to come, and have plenty of wisdom to pass onto your children and grand-children πŸ™‚ Thanks again for sharing your story-it’s always wonderful to hear from people who are keeping the spirit of natural living alive.

    • aisha says:

      Nature has all the cures
      True

    • Annie says:

      HI Lucy,

      I was just reading your post about your grandmother being a curandera or knowledgeable about herbs and living to 105. Amazing! You might like the book, Back Yard Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies, by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal. It’s got beautiful photos plus what an herb is used for, cautions, parts of herb to use, how to make teas, poultices, tincutres, herbal liquers and jams, everything! You can identify the herbs from the photos. And if you have a garden or if there’s a community garden near you, you can join and grow your own. You’ll be keeping up a family tradition for your children and grandchildren.

  50. Yashaswi says:

    Hi Claire,
    I read your page on 15 natural remedies for acid reflux.
    I have been experiencing acid reflux for about a month now and my doctor says I am suffering from GERD. He prescribed me Rabeprazole once daily for 15 days. I did not recover in that period so I consulted another doctor and he says I have to take it twice daily for 2 months. Some people say that so much of medication is very dangerous for the body. I do not know what to do. I have this strange feeling in my throat after eating that I feel that something is struck there and sometimes I feel like I am choking on my food. Swallowing food is easy. Swallowing spit or liquids or water is somewhat difficult and there is a sharp cutting sensation in the throat.
    I read your remedies and I am trying a few out. Hopefully I am thinking of cutting down on medication partly and seeing if these help me or not.
    I just wanted to ask if you have any advice for me which I can follow.
    Thank you.

    • Yashaswi says:

      Also, apart from the problems in my throat which is making it difficult for me to live peacefully, my stomach feels unusually tight sometimes and it is very irritating.

      • Betty says:

        Last year I decided to lose a few pounds and I chose a diet somewhat like the Atkins diet. I ate only 20 gr of carbs daily, those coming from leafy greens and no-starch veggies. I ate lots and lots of protein. I didn’t limit my eggs, fish, meat intake. I found that as long as I adhered to that diet, I didn’t have any acid reflux at all. When I stopped the high protein diet, the acid reflux returned. Needless to say, I no longer doubt what works for me and about four days a week, I follow the high protein diet that did indeed help me lose weight and eliminated my acid reflux. I know how important it is to control this condition, since a close friend is suffering from esophageal cancer from his acid reflux. Not trying to alarm you….just saying.

  51. Becky says:

    Hi Claire I love your page. I was wondering, your five honey infused recipes… Could you combine them all?? I give my kids honey when they are sick. Those five reciepes sound like a miracle if in one jar πŸ™‚
    Becky

  52. Becky says:

    Hi Claire I love your page. I was wondering, your five honey infused recipes… Could you combine them all?? I give my kids honey when they are sick. Those five reciepes sound like a miracle if in one jar
    Becky

  53. akshat says:

    i probably suffer from acid reflux.i have these small swellings at the back of my throat (pharyngitis). i have this burning ,itching, pinching feelings at the back of my throat upto my abdomen which rives me out of my mind ..what should i do??

  54. Annette Bugeja says:

    Hi Clare
    Is there any recipes, or herbs I can use to lower my cholestorol
    Thank you.

  55. Darrin says:

    My neighbor has ten cats that have fleas. He won’t treat them and my two dogs can’t get rid of the fleas. Is their a safe solution that I can spray on or around them to help them and me. Thanks for ur time

  56. Elizabeth says:

    Please I’ve tried everything for severe toe nail fungus any help with that

    • Betty says:

      I don’t know if you have had any replies to your comment, but my aunt works in a care facility says that white vinegar can be useful in many instances. She says that if you will soak your feet in straight vinegar for about ten minutes twice a day for about a week, the fungus will go away. I tried this when I contracted a nail fungus at a pedicure salon and it worked for me. Good luck.

  57. Deb Hall says:

    Hi Claire – I have a large garden as do most of the people in my neighborhood. For about 3 years, we have all suffered loss due to squash bugs. We all garden organically and have tried the natural remedies like warm soapy water and trying to remove the eggs from the leaves of our plants, but it is a losing battle. Do you know if their eggs lie dormant in the dirt or perhaps why we keep getting them? I’m wondering if there is a natural way to treat the dirt over the winter or something we can do in the spring to ensure that we don’t get them again? Thanks for any help you can give me. I’m starting a neighborhood gardening club and would love to have some solutions for this.

  58. Mandy says:

    Claire, my son has been having warts for 3yrs now. The Dr. burns them off but, what can he take naturally to keep from getting them? Please email me

    • Betty says:

      An older farmer who lives in our town told me to use salicylic acid on an increasingly larger wart that was on the back of my hand. I did and it worked. I ordered a solution of salicylic acid meant to treat my husband’s psoriasis. I applied it directly to the wart three times daily and covered it with a bandaid. After about two weeks, the wart was gone. It hasn’t returned after almost a year. Hope it will work for you.

    • Razzle says:

      Warts are usually caused by a virus. Try L-Lysine and Vitamin C supplements orally. Can also apply L-Lysine topically to the warts.

    • Marilyn says:

      Many years ago Ann Landers, (or was it her sister, Dear Abby?) in her advice column, said to rub the inside of a banana peel on a wart many times a day to remove the wart. My sister used castor oil many times a day on a wart on her leg when she was a child. In 2 or 3 weeks one day she realized that her wart was gone. My son got rid of warts on his hand by using a homeopathic remedy for Warts .. should be one in your local health food store.

  59. IBRAHIM TOFA says:

    I do have enlargement of the gallbladder which I do treat by the help of doctor whenever it arises.

    Please what do I have to do as to avoid this happening again.Pls let know steps to quit this out from my life.Cause is dangerous and may happen when I don’t have money for the treatment ok

    Waiting for your advise mrs CLAIRE.

  60. Betty says:

    Claire, thanks for such helpful information. I am curious regarding the shelf life of the natural honey mouthwash. Should it be refrigerated? Thanks.

  61. Sandy says:

    Hi,
    I have started to juice fruits and veggies. The question I have is; when juicing takes all the pulp out, does that mean you don’t get enough Fiber in your diet now?

    Thanks!
    Sandy

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Sandy,

      Juicing does remove alot of the fiber that you would normally be getting in your fruits and veggies, especially if you remove the pulp. However, as long as you are still getting fiber in other areas of your diet (grains, legumes, etc,) you should be fine. I still recommend eating fruit/vegetables whole as well just to stay balanced πŸ™‚

  62. Phil says:

    Thanks for the DIY Detox directions. Can’t wait to let you know how it works out. I would love to send you pictures of my product if you are interest!

  63. Connie says:

    Dear Claire I read your article on how to cure nausea and I have tried everything but I have a disease called GASTROPARESIS and it involves the stomach. I am either nauseous or vomiting…diarrhea or constipation…there is no happy medium. Do you know anything about this? I also have many other ailments and they all tend to work against one another. Anything would be helpful. Thank you sincerely… Patiently awaiting your advise.

  64. Gilman Martin says:

    Hi Claire, I was wondering if you have something for bee stings like hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, even spider bites.

  65. Dianna says:

    Hi Claire, love your site and all the information from it. May I ask, how did you get started in using herbs and other natural remedies? I’m sure you’ve read more than a few good books on the subject, what would you suggest I read first? I would love to learn. Thanks for all you do.

  66. Pam says:

    Can you tell me where I might purchase the little glass jars with the glass lids and wire bales .. Like the honeys are in.

  67. Naeem olhamid says:

    Hello you Lovely Miss Claire,Thanks a lot for running this site and providing valueable information for mankind, GOD has its reward for you, pleeeeease continue for looooooong time, sure it is very benifical for the humans, I love to read everything you post here.

  68. Laura says:

    I read your article about natural remedies for nail fungus. I got fungus under my big toenail after I fell off my bike and the nail got a small hole in it. I don’t take any medications and I tried EVERY natural remedy known, including the ones you list. (probably 100’s…) After a year, it had gotten so much worse that the nail was only attached by the skin around it and I was certain I would lose the nail. And then I stumbled on a phrase in an article about something else: fungus can’t grow on salt. Here is what finally worked for me: Scrub with baking soda and warm water to get the crusty stuff out from under the nail, dry it and pack it with himilayan pink salt and dab some coconut oil on the nail/skin to keep it soft and to work more of the salt as deep into the gap as possible. It stings a little at first, but it works. Within a week, the nail was growing back at the root pink and healthy! I was so desperate and discouraged and this really worked. And of course I don’t tell anyone because who wants to talk about their nail fungus! I have never seen it written anywhere before or since – pretty sure I invented this cure. Haha.

  69. Suzy Persechino-Phillips says:

    My 6 year old suffers with ADHD and has been on medication but I would prefer that she was not can you suggest something I’m a try in place of Redlands. Also she suffers from constipation I have to give her miralax daily and I would like to take her off of that as well please suggest and thank you for your time and your knowledge

  70. Nancy says:

    I was reading your recipes for arthritis was thinking about the molasses which I use in cooking. They used to have sulfates black strap molasses on the market and I would bet that it was more effective than now. Just a thought that combining the molasses tea and gin soaked golden raisins might produce an even more effective remedy. I don’t have the funds to experiment right now, but please let me know if you like my idea and if it worked.

  71. Aupdraft says:

    Hi Claire, My day off from work and found you as I was seeking a stain remover. Ha!! I have a light colored carpet and the stains come back after I use the store cleaner in about 2 months. SO, I’m going to use the recipe you posted of vinegar and baking soda. Good to find you. Here I Go!!!

    A….updraft

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Good luck! I know the struggle of trying to keep those light-colored carpets clean…it was not my brightest moment when I decided to keep mine when I have so many *muddy* dogs πŸ˜‰

  72. Teresa says:

    Hi Claire, I have a question and wondering what I could use. I have a 2yr old Pekigense/Shitzu that has severe allergies and scratches and bites her skin. The vet has use doing a series of shots for her. She and her sister a Shitzu have had lice three times this summer. It has costed us about $200.00 for treatment that doesn’t seen to be working. They keep getting them and the shampoo we use on the 2 yr old really bother her skin. I don’t know if cats or other animals like birds can spread them to my dogs. PLEASE HELP ME THEY ARE MY BABIES!!!! I could not have children.

  73. Deanna says:

    Hi Claire, I found you after looking for any all natural ways to prevent fleas. I just gave my two girls baths and I have some all natural
    spray but I had stopped using the spray and all of a sudden, the fleas came…the itching was awful before I found out that they were
    still around… We haven’t had a hard frost yet her in New England.]
    I will try some of your remedies and I had another question for you.
    I have an older australian shepherd girl 14 1/2 years young and a 5 year old little sister.
    After three fights and the older one Tipsoo getting wounded I had to give up keeping them together.
    they love each other but after each fight they wanted to be friends again but I got bruised once and
    it’s Tipsoo that always gets bitten. The only solution I came up with was to keep them apart by a tall gate.
    I feel so sad but what else can you suggest or is it the only thing I can do?
    I trust your advice since you are so familiar with dogs…. thanks they never bite me by the way it’s one
    wanting to be boss especially the younger one Cinette-Rose has always been super sweet but also
    the one who bites and wants to take Tipsoo’s place….

  74. Pat Gonzales says:

    Hi Claire, I have four dogs and I am excited to try your flea recipes natural is best if it works. I also have 4 cats looking forward to information for them for fleas. Thank you for all you do it is very helpful.
    God bless,

  75. MARINA says:

    Greetings from India!
    We have 4 Alsatian breed dogs, TICKS have been always a problem and we have been treating them with “ADVANTIX” but lately the dogs do not stop from scratching and we think that the medicine has become less effective. Do you have any natural suggestion to help them?
    Kind regards
    MARINA

  76. Olivia says:

    Hi Claire,
    I am a seventh grade student and I was wondering if there was any products that I could use to help reduce oil during a school day.

  77. Rhonda Tenderholt says:

    Hi Claire, I’m a follower on FB and here. I plan on making your lavender-sleepy time lotion and headache relief salve. I was wondering, would 1 lb of beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs be enough for both recipes? I wish I had the headache relief made already as I’ve got a painful headache/neck ache right now! Thank you for sharing these remedies.

  78. David Fehring says:

    Hello Clair how are you I’m David from Australia and I am suffering from a disease that is hurting me every day and I can’t figure out what is and what to take for my condition.
    The condition is call Crohn’s Disease and It has been diagnosed only last week I have turned in to my late 40 (49) is my age and wondering is there alternative ways to control the flare ups from this dreaded illness that I am faced with all my life there is no cure for it and the medication that I have been on I have been taken off of as I had a lot of side effects from it.
    I would love any in put from you lovely person that you are helping so many with so many things wrong with them you are a blessing from Mother Nature indeed,
    peace, Love and Mung Beans
    David Fehring
    Brisbane Queensland Australia

  79. aisha says:

    Well done, this z amazing, never find any site so informative regarding honey uses. Thank u

  80. Kathy says:

    hi I just wanted to say thank you for the flea remedy. I’m going to try it on my dog and see what happens thanks again I’ll get back with you.

  81. Robin says:

    Hi Claire I am going to try to make the lip balm, and got all the ingredients to do this and just notice that the vitamin e is a softgel can I still use these?

  82. Eskinder says:

    Hi Claire thank you for sharing the natural remedies for us, i have been suffering from bacterial halitosis for many years and i still did not find any cure to it, i am also suffering from nasal bad smell because of sinus infection. i visited many doctors with out any success, if you can share me some tips i will be happy.

    Many Thanks
    Eskinder

  83. ROLANDO MUNOZ VILLA says:

    HELLO. MISS CLAIRE
    I DO APPRECIATE YOUR WISDOM AND I WANT TO BELIEVE ON THE NATURAL WAY IN THIS WORLD.
    IT IS JUST THAT… PEOPLE THAT LOOKS YOUNGER MAY NOT HAVE THE CREEDABILITY THAN OLDER SHAMS DO.
    BUT IT IS JUST THAT I LOVE MY DOGS MORE THAN OTHER THINGS. SO THATS THE ONLY REASON I SEE YOUR –
    NATURAL APROACH TO FLEAS TREATMENT WORTH TO GIVE IT A SHOT. WILL LET YOU KNOW . AND
    MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN ALL YOUR ENTERPRISSE.

  84. Vanny says:

    Hi Claire,

    I usually keep two glasses of water right beside my bed so I can drink them first thing upon waking up without getting out of bed (takes me half an hour just to even THINK about moving!)

    You mentioned a good start to the day would be warm water with lemon and apple cider vinegar. Do you think I could squeeze the lemon into my glass of water and let it sit on my nightstand overnight and still get the same effect? Should I add the apple cider vinegar in the morning, or the night before? And the water will be room temperature by the morning, that’s ok right?

    I’m asking because I’m not sure about how the fermentation process works with vinegar and lemons, and I’ve heard that squeezing a lemon into your water too soon could mean it has turned to sugar by the time you consume it (?)

    Your thoughts would be GREATLY appreciated!!!

    Vanny from Victoria, BC

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Vanny,

      Good for you for keeping up your water intake! It should be fine to squeeze the lemon into your water at night and drink it in the morning, although it may not taste as “fresh” as if you did it the morning of, you should still get the same benefits. I haven’t heard of lemon turning into sugar after being put in water, nor have I ever experienced anything that would indicate it does so. As far as leaving the vinegar sit overnight I don’t think that would be problematic either, but again, it might not taste as fresh. Personally, I would add it the morning of just to be on the safe side. Apple cider vinegar does not need to be refrigerated, so you could keep a bottle by your bedside and add it before you have to drag yourself out of bed πŸ˜‰

  85. Gloria says:

    Howdy Claire,
    I had an upset stomach that seemed to get a bit better while laying doen. I was surfing the internet for some helpful tips on dealing with nause, when I came upon your amazing site. I put several of your remedies to use and lo & behold, they worked. πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for your research and timely info. Keep up the awesome work.
    Gratefully your,
    Gloria

  86. Gale says:

    My Dog Missy Has Cataracts. And I Was Hoping You Know of A Way I Can Help Her Please I Need Help Any would be grateful She is only 7yr old and she is my Severus Dog like you I Had So Many doc. that gave me med. And I Was so misted Up Then I Got Her And She Help Me Stop All My Med. To Take Cary Of Her She Was Only 6 Mouths Old And I Got Her At The Pound She Would Get In My Face And Let Me Know When I Was Depress And I Would Take Her For A Walk And In Time I Got Bather Day By Day Just Because of A Dog That Loved Me And Need Me And It Was For Me She Loved No Strings Just Love And A Companion For Life Thank You
    Gale

    • Claire (Everyday Roots) says:

      Hi Gale,

      Your dog sounds like a gem! I can certainly relate to how you feel-after making it through a particularly severe bout of depression I got my dog to give me a reason to get out of bed in the morning and get me out of the house. I don’t know what I would do without him, he’s done more for me than any medication ever has!
      As far as dealing with cataracts, your best bet is probably to get her checked out by a vet. Whether or not you opt to follow through with the suggested treatment, they can evaluate the stage that the cataracts are in and see if they are causing her any pain or discomfort (which is probably the most important thing to you.) They’ll also check for tear production to make sure that the cataracts aren’t “hypermature” (the cataract dries and shrivels and can cause more damage to the eye than just a mature cataract can.) It’s possible that your dog is experiencing nuclear sclerosis, which is a hardening of the lens that happens as a natural part of a dogs aging process. It looks similar to cataracts (the eye will turn blue) but doesn’t impede vision or require treatment, but its always good to get it checked to make sure.

      If it turns out she has lost vision, or she will, there are a few things to do. While there aren’t natural treatments to get rid of cataracts, you can still help her stay comfortable in her environment. First, remember that dogs rely on sight less than humans can. Their vision is not as good as ours to begin with, and they rely strongly on things like their acute sense of smell and hearing to figure out surroundings. Make sure that you keep clear paths for her to follow in the house (ie moving furniture out of the way) and you can try placing different textured rugs or carpets throughout the house to solidify her sense of which room she is in. Keep any sharp corners on coffee tables and the like padded in case she bumps into them. She will quickly “map” the house and yard and know where she is, so avoid moving furniture around a lot. Setting up scent markers to different rooms can help, and also warn of a “danger zone” such as stairs.

      I hope this helped some, its always tough when our companions start to age, but it sounds like you are a wonderful pet parent πŸ™‚

  87. Juli says:

    Hi,
    I just wanted to send some positive thoughts your way πŸ™‚ I love what your doing and I look at your Facebook page daily. I was looking or remedies for ear infections, can you recommend some to me?
    You’re doing great things in our lives (my kids and I). I look forward to more and one day having the same knowledge and passion as you do.
    I think if you were in my area we’d be great friends πŸ™‚
    Juli

  88. jose says:

    thank you claire for you 15 tips about acid ; )

  89. Helen says:

    I read all your recommendations on fleas for dogs and am going shopping tommorrow. What do you know about getting rid of the egss they lay in the house? Does using your recommdations and then vacumming every day for two weeks work? Do you also have to wash all blankets or anything they have touched? Does it also help to feed the dog garlic?

  90. Finita says:

    Hello Claire,
    Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. While trying to take a natural approach I started drinking hot water with lemon in the morning, I continued this for several days until I started breaking out not just on my face but all over my body. I don’t understand if this is a way my body getting rid of toxins or if I’m just allergic to lemons?

    • Claire Goodall says:

      That’s no fun! Do you have a reaction when you come in contact with any other lemon products like lemonade or the fruit itself? If not, than I think it would be almost impossible for it to be a reaction to the juice. Was it like acne or a rash? Diet doesn’t usually affect acne, but if you were indeed allergic than a rash or hives would be quite possible. Hope this helps some!

  91. raynor says:

    Hi claire i have a brindle female boxer dog megan she is four years old ,only had her for about 5 months now but this is my second boxer dog in all .my problem is megans coat is very dry and on her back like dandruff can you recommend me something for her please shes my darling baby i will be using your flee danbanner

  92. Daryl says:

    Hi,

    I have tried several of your flea remedies for my 2 Golden Retrievers and it seems to be working. I really like the idea of the bandana and I put the lemon juice in a small spray bottle and that works well. The problem now is the itching, particularly at night. Any ideas for spot treatments?

  93. Carol Ward says:

    I have a wart on the tip of my nose. It started when I was sick and from blowing my nose so much it had gotten a split and then a wart came about. I hate it!! Any suggestions you could give me would be greatly appreciated. THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE!!!! GOD BLESS!!!

  94. Lora P says:

    Saw your honey and onion for sore throats. My grandmother always had a jar of honey and onions sitting on the back of the wood stove. She cooked the honey and onions until the onions were transparent. When we went to visit Gramma we always got a big tablespoon full of honey and onions. Very rarely did we ever get colds. The one person talked about molasses. My mother used to send us down to the place that has horse feed as they always had a 45 gallon drum of molasses there that was mixed with the horse feed. We could bring back a large jar – we called it black strap molasses-and consumed a tablespoon daily. I was great and I will take molasses to this day. I am 70 years young and don’t get colds or the flue and am never sick – touch wood. Thanks for your blog, it brings back memories. The old home remedies are always better than drugs.

  95. Maura Shahar says:

    Hi Claire, I read about using coconut oil to help against Alzheimer. Do you know something about that?

  96. navid ansari says:

    hi claire … I am suffering from high intensity dandruff problem. i am 25 from india . suggest me a home remedy. thanking you

  97. carly says:

    Hi Claire
    I just adopted a 10 week old lab retriever and he has fleas,I wanted to know if instead of using freshly squeezed lemon juice can I use store bought lemon juice?

    • Claire Goodall says:

      Yes, although I prefer fresh store bought should work fine-just double check to make sure there aren’t weird preservatives or sugar added πŸ™‚

  98. chelsea says:

    My husband has the worse stomach issues. I have finally balanced our families diet with goo grains, high protein, lean meats, excessive use of flax and chia seeds, coconut oil along with several other things that I have changed to get my kids and my husbands stomach aligned (my kids are my step kids and they came from a very nutritionally deprived home). But we just moved and I was able to keep on top of my kids diet but not my husbands and he is all out of whack now. Basically he has extreme diarrhea like painful and frequent issues in that department! I have tried everything and nothing is working. Any suggestions??

  99. CC says:

    Hi Claire, I drink coffee daily…sometimes twice even, but I’m trying to whiten my teeth.What do you suggest I do witwithout having to give up one of my favorite parts of my day? Thanks in advance!

  100. Londa Craven says:

    I hope you send this to my email, I have a few questions, first about the dogs, I have tried everything for these fleas, I think they are getting them for the cats outside and I am trying to get rid of them My dog has sores on him from biting, I do not know if its from the fleas or allergies, I know he has both, I go to the Vet once a month to get them a shot for their allergies, but now it does not seem to be helping that much I also give them a fish oil tablet everynight and a benedryl. I had a flea collar on them and that did not work, I have used those flea ointments you put on them every 3 months nope. I have tried a couple sprays….I hate seeing them scratch our lab has sores above his tail from biting himself cause he itches. My pug goes around in circles to scratch her rear. I bath them with flea shampoo every week. So I will try some of your ideas. Now I glanced that someone has headaches. I have suffered from chronic migraines since the age of 6. I have just started Botox injections. You have any ideas. I cannot seem to find a pillow that I do not wake up with a stiff neck and migraine. I do not want to spend $60.00 on that one you see on TV. I am on disability that is how severe my migraines are. Anyways, I hope to see a few suggestions from you and maybe to help me sleep and heck while I am at it Fibromyalgia and I also have alergies…So sorry to bug you, I could keep going, but you might get to bored….

  101. Rebecca says:

    Do you think I could use your dog shampoo recipe to get rid of fleas in carpet?

  102. ANNIE says:

    Wow! Thank You. I came online for heartburn problems (which I rarely have). All your suggestions were helpful–maybe one of two or three websites I felt I could trust. I took lemon balm , calcium and apple cider vinegar. It was funny, because I googled that I need help with heartburn, and all these commercial things came up (yeah we have noticed those yellow commercial things from google—not evil exactly—it is just we don’t need it. Pharmaceutical BS is not where its at. (Well there might be some good there–but I’m not sure–probably comes from the rain forests).

    Us nature girls. I”ve never had experienced anything unhealthy . I am 50 yrs. young. And I’ve been watching this awesome documentary. It is called “Growing up in the Universe”. Richard Dawkins (from 23 yrs; ago) . I know he claims himself an atheist. I dunno–I guess I’m kind of a Existentialist, Christian, Buddhist, Pagan. What I love about this doc is his teachings about teaches us being biological and connected–BASICALLY NATURE.

    I loved your introduction about Minnesota–especially about the cabin, your beautiful pic. I grew up in SF Bay Area and my escape as a teen was Tahoe (Desolation Wilderness) and Yosemite and the Sierra Club on Donner Summit. Awesome back country. Carrying 35 lbs. on my back and celebrating the end of the day with an icy plunge.
    Take Care, I wish you the best of luck with your website and trying to help folk.
    Annie

    • Claire Goodall says:

      Annie, thank you for your kind message! I’ll have to check out that documentary. And it sounds like you had some pretty amazing retreats to go to. Being close to nature like that can’t be replaced by staring at a screen -or any other modern day activity really-and I sure hope more kids these days will discover the wonders of it as well. Having those special places to go to is also so healing, for both the body and the soul πŸ™‚

  103. Tom says:

    Claire, my name is Tom, and I have been interested in natural remedies for about a year now. I live in NE Georgia on 25 acres with my wife of 30 years. We are both still working pretty much full time. I have had my own business for 28 years. I am in the transportation industry. I drive for a living. I have to follow a lot of federal guidelines, and more every year. Last year my blood pressure creeped up on me and my doctor would not pass my DOT physical. I got a 30 day permit to drive since my blood pressure really wasn’t that high. When I went back I passed and was given a 1 year health card. My doctor recommended I go on blood pressure medicine, I told him “no way”. I was just curious if you knew of any natural remedies for my problem. I don’t do pharmaceuticals. I am 60 years old and have never had any health issues. I will retire from my current business before I have to start taking BP medicine, and I’m not ready to retire. Thanks for any suggestions you may have, Tom

  104. Edna says:

    I’m so gonna make this!… Do you have anything for an ear ache ?..also have hbp..tried getting off it & have tried natural stuff but no luck…exercise an eat healthier for the past 4 years( lost like 80 lbs yay)?

  105. Joyce Davis says:

    Hi Claira i love to read ur site.I HAVE A QUESTION PLS HELP?Iget raw under my boobs n any where skin touches other skin .Ihave been to the dr. but what tell me dont work. Can you help me

  106. Nagendra Bharadwaz says:

    Hello Claire,
    I have social anxiety problem. Whenever I express my views openly or be myself. I feel like nauseating when I come back to home. This is one such incidence when I am having extreme discomfort and my entire body aches.
    Help me overcome this.

  107. Daisye says:

    Hi Claire,
    I was wondering if you have any tips on how to satisfy my stomach after each meal without eating more than I should. The thing is I still feel hungry after a couple of hours I had a meal, and I’m trying to stay in a strict diet since I’m trying to lose weight, my goal is to be toned with a bit of muscle. Can you please help me?

    • Claire Goodall says:

      If your goal is help reduce overeating, try a tablespoon of coconut oil-before dinner if you struggle with portions, or after if you find yourself craving something once the meal is over. It truly suppresses appetite, almost to the point of being unnerving!

  108. Anoir says:

    I am a veterinary student, in my final years of study, I’m so interested in phytotherapy and medicinal herbs, I intend to make them in my doctorate degree research. I would like to share my knowledge and learn yours. you have my e-mail attached with this comment, it will be very interesting to talk and exchange expertise with you.

  109. Elizabeth O'Polka says:

    Hey Claire,
    I’ve been reading some of your stuff here and there because it comes up on my news feed in Facebook. I was just reading about gas or bloat, and I was actually amazed you didn’t have to one I love, I know of most the ones you have but the one I swear by for gas is, a shot of olive oil (works for altitude sickness too), it doesn’t taste the best so I normal have apple juice as a before and after, but it works great and super super quick!!
    Hugs

  110. William Harper says:

    Love your posts. There’s a lot of good common sense there.

  111. Tress says:

    I appreciate someone who can grow there own garden and not rely on prescription medication . After all we did not always have medication .

    • Claire Goodall says:

      No we certainly did not always have the medication we have now, and look how long we’ve managed to stick around πŸ˜‰

  112. Abby says:

    Thank you so much for the acne treatment tips! I’m trying out the cinnamon and honey mixture right now. I’m glad to see that you are posting this kind of medicinal information online, it’s normally pretty hard to come by. I actually hope to become a doctor one day but use natural remedies for patients rather than harmful medicines. Do you know of any colleges that offer up classes where I could learn more about this stuff and how to use it?

    • Claire Goodall says:

      Hooray Abby! I think it’s awesome that you want to pursue alternative/integrated medicine, and more and more universities are embracing it. University of Arizona, for example, has a solid program for integrative medicine, as does the University of Maryland. There are schools just for this holistic medicine and lots of courses online as well. You will figure out as you go on if you want to specialize in something like aromatherapy or herbalism, or tackle the whole of alternative/integrative medicine. Just to clarify-integrative medicine is different than alternative as it incorporates alternative health practices with conventional medicine, however this is what most “true”-for lack of a better word-universities are offering. You can get a master herbalist degree, but I like the idea of integrative medicine. You get to work with patients on a holistic level, but you also understand other methods as well, which makes you quite the force! Understanding modern day medicine and how it works can also only strengthen your knowledge of how and why a natural alternative works or is preferable. I hope this helped some, best of luck on your journey!

  113. rich says:

    Hello all,

    Claire I like this website! and all natural ways of healing. makes me want to go to D.O instead my current healing of mind and body pyschology doctoral school :)…its natural remedies that i like. Nagendra by the way im not licensed but can give you only an opinion because it sounds like your are experiencing physical symtpoms with your anxiety…is there someone you can talk to about this and if not a trained therapist..that some believe in natural ways than medication like myself in the future…

  114. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for posting those remedies I’m sure they will help my skin become healthier than before. Claire, thank you

    Yours Truly,
    Elizabeth

  115. ruhida says:

    hi,

    just want to know for Pineapple, Turmeric, Ginger & Cherry Drink to Help with Gout …..if don;t have cherry juice can we replace with others?

  116. Arnab says:

    I donot eat much,and i am verymuch concern about my food.but sometime i can not get away from bed due to gas problem.i can not made my breakfast before 10,due to my college hurry.please help what should i do?

  117. Barbara says:

    Hi Claire,
    I just stumbled upon your site as I am looking for some good home remedy for my flat wart problem on my legs.
    All if the remedies I have found (including yours) appear to be for treatment of individual warts or small areas.
    My problem is I have these small white flat warts all over both my legs so I need some sort of cream or something I can lather on overnight.
    I’ve tried to find a ‘recipe’ to make an apple cider vinegar cream but haven’t found anything.
    Unfortunately I chose the ignore them and they will go away route a few years ago but all they have done is spread. Shaving I guess !
    Now I am on a mission to clear this problem so please help if you can !!
    Many thanks
    Barbara

  118. sandy says:

    Hey everyone,
    Hello claire, how r u ! I m 26 Actually 2 of the main problems I m facing these days first is slip disc on LS SPINE, and the second one is the pinkish glow on my face that I lost from last 2 years. Please help me out
    Thankx

  119. Susan says:

    Can you PLEASE suggest a brand of coconut water that actually tastes good. The limited ones I have access to in the grocery stores, taste like cardboard. I know everyone’s tastes buds are different, but any suggestions & if they are local to you, or if I need to order them would be extremely helpful.
    Thank you for your time! πŸ™‚

  120. Moon says:

    Can you tell me why the hot pepper cream only lasts a week and a half? Is there something I can do to tweak the recipe to make it last longer?

  121. Mike says:

    Claire,
    This is my first time trying any of your recipes. I have made the detox and electolite drinks. I’m a marathoner. My question is; how mush of the detox should I drink daily? And what about he electolite drink after a run?

    • Claire Goodall says:

      Assuming you don’t have any negative reactions to the ingredients, you can really drink as much as you like. I suggest starting 1-2 large glasses a day-there’s always too much of a good thing! And the electrolyte drink is wonderful after exercise πŸ™‚

  122. Upasana Singh says:

    Dear Claire
    I had been looking for some homemade shampoos for my dandruff this morning and caught up in your wonderful website which offers everything , head to toe. And to be honest, this is what people need now. We want natural things now. I have decided to completely put a ban on using any chemical shampoo or conditioner in my hair.
    Love reading your posts!
    Regards from India
    Upasana

  123. Michelle says:

    Hi!
    I suffer from Humidity Headaches, as soon as the weather warms up and the humidity rises I’m in trouble! Over the counter pain relief helps a little but not enough to warrant the amount I have to take to get any kind of effective relief. Pressure on the temples and bridge of the nose helps and I’m wondering if there is anything you can suggest I can rub on my temples as walking around with my fingers on them isn’t very useful!
    I have tried the peppermint oil you suggested in your headache blog but this made my eyes sting like crazy. I can see it might be effective if you can lay down and close your eyes but these are so frequent and regular I need to find a way to function everyday.
    Thanks for any advise you can give!

  124. Janet says:

    Hi Claire,
    two things I would like to add. caprylic acid for arthritis and B vitamins for warts.
    I read once there is a connection between yeast overgrowth and arthritis so I took 2 capsules of caprylic acid for 3 days to kill off yeast overgrowth and still do it when I need to and my joints have been fine ever since. I can tell when I need to take them by the fact that hunger will become very urgent and demanding, usually after I have had sugary foods. then I know the yeast is taking over and I treat. you MUST drink a LOT of water to flush the toxins while you do this. if you get headaches then you have been foolish and not flushed the toxins and must stop taking the capsules until you are better.
    I had plantar warts starting to grow on my neck and under my eyes. I started taking B vitamin pills for something else and a month later I noticed the warts were gone. they came back if I stopped taking supplements for any length of time so I take them almost regularly.

  125. Todd says:

    I’ve been doing some research on Huntington’s Disease!! I have this disease and there is no cure as of yet. There are some ways of relieving symptoms such as Trehelose sugar, and/or Creatine. Yet these help with the neurological breakdown of the disease, and muscle fatigue etc. There are many other cognitive issues with this disease that can sometimes cause spurts of insanity, or feeling really anxious or really tired and drained. Also very irritable or depressed, and have a misunderstanding of many conversations, events, and everyday life thoughts… what if any can I take to help with all these symptoms that will get worse and worse before finally death within 10-20 years.

  126. Dina says:

    Claire,

    What are your thoughts on over-the-counter melatonin as a sleep-aid? My new doctor is attempting to wean me off certain prescription medications (purportedly to help me sleep and otherwise), and recommended taking 5 mg of melatonin an hour before bedtime. Don’t get me wrong – I am excited about this new doctor’s approach to getting rid of unnecessary medications and her outlook on alternative ways to maintain overall health and well-being – many of the same ideas you have. Of course, melatonin is something our brain naturally produces to maintain regular sleep and wake cycles, and stress (and other factors) can inhibit the production of such, but I am just not sure about replacing it with another pill, even if it is a supplement rather than a prescription. Thanks in advance for any advice/information you may be able to provide.

    Dina

  127. Stephanie says:

    Hi!…I have 5 dogs. Currently 4 pitbulls and 1 Pomeranian/yorkie. In the last few months we have noticed an increase in ticks. My dogs are getting them on there feet and necks. Above all they made it inside my house. I have young children so we are very vigilant about checking our dogs more than once a day. Do you know of any natural remedies to prevent ticks?….I would greatly appreciate any advice….thanks!

  128. Tony Hernandez says:

    Hi Claire,

    Thank you and your followers/readers, for all of this good information. I/we really appreciate it! Take care and God bless.

  129. Dani says:

    I have a lot do dandruff in my hair. I have used a lot of stuff but it won’t come out! Is there anything I can try? And it get a little bit of pimples up on my forehead am my mom says it’s cause it’s greaser there and I really don’t know what I should try. Anything you can recommend?

    • Sasha says:

      Hi Dani, I myself have a lot of dandruff. What I recommend would be to rub slices of lemon to your scalp. Let this rest for bout 30 min and take a good wash.

  130. Julia says:

    Hi Claire,
    I love your thoughts and ideas on the use of naturals . I’m a clinical research nurse so I see the other side.
    I believe that our environment provides all we need if we use
    It correctly. My question πŸ™‚ with the hair tonics I am having difficulty with my horses tail. He tends to have a habit of itching and rubbing so I’m losing his tail

  131. Emilia says:

    Hello! Right now im in Bangkok and im feeling sick to My stomach…. I am swedish and I have been to Thailand before but that was when I was little…Now im 14. Today I didnt almost eat anything for breakfast , I wasnt hungry… and I love food! Thats not the problem though… I need to get rid off this sickness now… Its probably because I didnt eat Much breakfast , but what can I do about it? I read Your artikel about feeling sick to Your stomach but I need more tips <3 Hugs

  132. Stacie Judd says:

    Hi Claire how are you? My name is Stacie and for the last few years I have not been feeling myself & as time goes on i notice more & more symptoms are adding up while the doctors are saying that all is well basically calling me a hypochondriac, indirectly! Here are some of my symptoms, I am sincerely hoping that you can help. Thanks
    body rashes, fatigue, joint pain, back pain, stomach pain, food sensitivity, severe sinus issues, dry mouth, athletes foot, weight loss, appetite loss, brain fog, headaches, memory loss, shortness of breath, I’m always so cold yet my skin is extremely warm & temp. is normal…

    • Claire Goodall says:

      I am sorry to hear you have not been well! Have you tried visiting a different doctor? It’s not ok if your current doc isn’t listening to you. I myself am not a doctor and because you have so many symptoms (and I can’t see you in person) I really think your best bet is to see another health care provider. Don’t rule out anything psychological yet-the mind is the most powerful tool we have, and it can effect the body in so many ways. This does NOT mean you are a hypochondriac-the problems are not in your head, but real, regardless of whats causing them. If you suffered from panic attacks or anxiety, for example, that can have a huge impact on your health in a variety of ways. Keep an open mind to possibilities and solutions and find a doctor who will as well πŸ™‚ I hope you figure something out, and let me know if you have anymore questions!

  133. Sasha says:

    Hi, I have two puppies and I give them a wash once a week, however, really tiny flies roam around them no matter what. This really annoys them. What natural products do you recommend?

  134. tracey says:

    I am 46 yrs old and Im presently on b.c.I tried to come off them cause of things I’ve read.I have allergies and on Alegra.When I came off the b.c., my headaches turn to migraines so went back to b.c
    I have tried things for moods(I think im premenopausal)that are for menopause,and they have helped w the allergies. The only issue is the side effects are I bleed or spot all the time!!! I assume I need something to help w estrogen but the side effects. I cant bleed all the time!!!Do u have any suggestions? I dont want to pay for woman prescription drugs. I cant afford.

  135. Steve says:

    Great info and excellent site too. Lost my precious Amstaff to the the dreaded IMHA auto-immune disease contracted by the poisons of heart worm and flea and tick meds.I hope none of you have to go thru that. Most conventional vets dont know a lot about it, most that I used during my nightmare were clueless and one even missed the very low hemecrit level.The disease has an 80% mortality rate.After all said and done 4k in the hole and my baby died in 4 days and when her time came she was at an animal hosp. and she died in the middle of the night 40 miles from me with out me holding her,I never got closure and for a complete year was a mess and lost 40lbs due to her death.It came out of no where and just knocked me on my butt.
    I wanted to know if you know of any herbs or holistic measures for heart worm. A new joy is in my life now and as always I dont rescue them, THEY RESCUE ME!!I

    Would love to let her be my 1st all natural treated dog other than the rabies vac. Im not going with the cocktail of vacs these murderers try to sell you only the state regulated rabies.She is 3.5 yrs old and has all of her vacs previously before me so Im not buying the garbage of “Well your making her life worse by not protecting her”…..YEAH RIGHT!!
    Another concern I have is ,shouldnt we be using essential oils that can be ingested? there are only 1 or 2 that claim you can ingest, but most tell you external only,so what happens when furry baby licks her self when I apply my home made flea and tick repellant/killer?.I use Theives cleaner to bathe her in and lemon grass/orange oil for her flea/tick spray and boy does that stop them dead.My only down side is I have to buy Young oils and Im not a distributor nor do I want to be one, but their oils can be ingested, that is their claim to fame,all others NO WAY..One might want to consider that with the essential oils route.BTW Young oils are EXPENSIVE but as I mentioned they can be ingested.

    Have you known any one who might have encountered a problem of an animal ingesting the oils by licking their coat.I would love to know if any one who doesnt use the higher end oils and have not encountered any problems with them especially if their animals do lick their coats.
    I see you use NOW products ,which I LOVE !! but they say for external use only ,which makes no sense to me because transdermally they are being ingested,any info on this would be very helpful.

    Any info anyone might know on the HW holistic remedy and the oils question is very appreciated. Thank you all and especially Claire. πŸ™‚

  136. Sayma says:

    Hi Clare ! Recently I had represent my school for volleyball comp and I practiced everyday under the sun and now my skin is totally burn its too dark and I want my fair skin back . I don’t trust at lotions and all that .Please help me πŸ™‚

  137. Lisa says:

    Hi Claire! I just found you in my search of more natural therapies for myself, my friends and loved ones, my horses, and, well, anyone else who is wanting to try to gain more “self-help-ability” ; )

    I’m looking forward to learning more, and getting to know a kindred spirit ” ) Thankyou for putting forth the effort to share.

    • Claire Goodall says:

      So happy you found the site Lisa, I hope you enjoy it! It certainly sounds like we are kindred spirits πŸ™‚

  138. Richard says:

    Great work Claire, much appreciated.

    Gratitude arises spontaneously, and more so , in that it comes from a Minnesota woman – for personal reasons.

    Be well, be Alert
    Cheerful Love, grizzly-bear hug
    R

  139. ARI says:

    hey thanks for all the hard work you have put into your research and dedication to your roots page πŸ™‚ its very appreciated and will be put to work also i will share consciousness with fellow dog lovers> have an amazing healthy day

  140. alisha says:

    Hello, a few days ago a nervous habit I bit the skin off my lip a day or two afterwards I a painful blister pop up on my lip. Why would that be?Also within the last year I noticed boil type lesions between the back of my legs closer to buttocks. I have a very active job so I tend to sweat quite frequently. Any ideas? Thank you

  141. Kimberly Kulcsar says:

    One I would like to know how or where can I get horsetail? Second has fruit ever been used in the hair tonics? I am as natural as you can get. If not in the hair tonic has fruit been used to clean the hair? What kind? I just love the information I get and you go Claire. Keep up what you’re doing. Hopefully this will go on my face page.

    • Claire Goodall says:

      I order from Mountain Rose Herbs, but if you live in the right climate (temperate, moist) you could collect your own, assuming the source is safe and free from any chemical treatment. I am so glad you enjoy the site, feel free to ask anymore questions!

  142. Maiv says:

    Hi Claire!

    I just recently followed you and I’m also just starting on looking at herbal medicine. Where do you purchase your seeds or do you forage in the wild and grow them in your own backyard? Also, I’m interested in your parsley and rosemary hair tonic but am finding it difficult to find parsley seeds. Do you happen to know where I might be able to find parsley seeds in the Midwest or even online?

    Thanks!

    • Claire Goodall says:

      I am all about the backyard herb gardens! If you can grow it-do it! If that’s not possible, and I can’t get something from a local, trusted source, I tend to order from Mountain Rose Herbs online. When I am in the wild, I LOVE to poke around for anything useful, assuming it’s not detrimental to the species to harvest it. Best of luck in your learning!

  143. sivareddy says:

    Hi Clarie..
    First of all thanks to u, for introducing natural healthy , i had some teeths are yellow stains but i need to remove through naturally can you give any suggestion?

  144. Krystopf says:

    Hey Claire thanks alot for this site. Totally forgot about ginger. Need something to stop this annoying gurgling in what I believe is the large intestine. High caloric intake with a metabolism kept on supercharged for working out means eat alot but there’s few options for breakfast if you’re eating Paleo.

  145. kat781 says:

    Hi Claire,
    I have been feeling dizzy and have been having nausea. I don’t know what to do. Please help!

  146. melissa eudy says:

    Hi Claire, I was researching “how to alleviate air in the intestines” when I came across your page. I’ve had an epiphany of sorts just now. I have had very strong, sharp pains when I eat when I’m on my monthly period for years now. Ive been in bed all day with severe pain all day & at midnight it hit me, Duh it’s AIR!! I don’t know how it gets in there or why It only happens on my monthly, but at least I have identified the problem. Now I need a cure, or better yet a preventative. It’s a pretty rare problem, believe me Ive asked friends about this pain, & only one other lady that i’ve asked has this. However, I’ve found message boards about it, with noone with an answer. Help, please.

  147. Juana says:

    Claire is it true that ginger is bad for a person with heart probles, I like the taste od ginger but has a heart attack just wondering thanks

    • Claire Goodall says:

      That’s an issue I would address with your doctor to be on the safe side. On one hand, ginger can be great for cardiovascular health. However, I would be wary of it if you have experienced cardiac arrest, as it can lower blood pressure, and may potentially result in an irregular heartbeat if you already have heart problems. Best of luck, and let me know if you have any other questions!

  148. Faisal says:

    I am gluten intolerant and have high uric acid (had gout once) so my diet is pretty limited. I read your article about drinking juices specially pineapple juice. I am going to get a juicer soon and give it a try.

  149. Ajay Panwar says:

    Hey Claire, greetings from India πŸ™‚

    I found it really interesting when i was just surfing for a problem on net, am having for the last 4-5 years. Whenever i have to go out of town or may be for any long drive in my car, after some time,may be like 30 minutes, it starts feeling hot in my chest and i got vomiting, maximum time it happened in the morning, lot of people has told me that you might be start travelling with empty stomach in the morning so that may be a reason but it’s not like that i generally take my breakfast and then start travelling, it happens only in car and not in train or bus etc., this might be funny for you but am really concerned for it since i have to go out on long travelling once or twice in a week for my meetings, so i need your help to let me have any best possible natural solution here !!! Thank you – Ajay Panwar

  150. Jasmine says:

    Hey Claire! I know this is crazy but there’s a spider on my door frame. I’m scared to open the door and exit my room because I’m scared it’s going to fall. The spider is roughly the size of a quarter. Will it fall if I open the door? What can I do to get rid of it? Btw I’m only 13 so I have not yet gotten over my fear of spiders. πŸ˜›

  151. Janet Kenney says:

    I just found this site and was wondering if you might have a remedy for ticks? I have several dogs and hate the chemicals. If you have an all natural remedy i would sure appreciate it also how about getting rid of mosquitoes? they are horrible this year!

  152. Walter says:

    I really enjoy your website and am trying your recipe for cucumber water after I write this email. I am in the medical field, and I appreciate your views immensely. Like Hippocrates said: “Let food by thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”.

    Keep up the good work!

    Walter

    (PS. I would like to purchase the hardcopy of your book. If you can let me know how I could get a copy, I would be most grateful.

  153. christina says:

    I used to do these drinks alittle over a year ago until I got pregnant. I am currently breast feeding, are these safe while doing so? I have heard that the peppermint can decrease milk supply. Thanks!

  154. Abhinav Sharma says:

    Hey i am having a lot of constipation , i saw one of your remedies about lemon in warm water , should i try that? Or should i ask my doctor first lol

    • Claire Goodall says:

      I think you’d be just fine using the warm lemon water, but it’s always a good idea to check with your doc if you have concerns πŸ™‚

  155. kim says:

    Hi, Claire! Just found your site & signed up for your email letter. Just a quick question. Is there a way to pin your recipes that you send through email? I can find other things like share on facebook, but not pinterest…
    Thanks for your time!

  156. Pacis says:

    Most of the common laxatives have Epsom salt in them, but you can buy a carton of epsom salt cheaper than the chocolate bars.

  157. radd says:

    hello i just saw you’re home remedies for acne should i put honey mask cinnamon in my face everyday and how many times?

  158. Jill says:

    Hi Claire. I love your site and am a big fan of natural approaches to health and well-being. However, I notice that many recipes and instructions require the use of honey. As an ethical vegan, I don’t use honey or any other animal products, so I’m wondering if you might be able to suggest alternatives to honey in your instructions for the readers who are vegan? Thanks very much.

  159. apurva says:

    Hi Claire,

    I read your article on home remedies for acne and scars and absolutely loved it!
    I had a major breakout after using an oil named regen oil. I had to visit a dermatologist who gave me some oral medicines and a gel for my acne problem. I have been using them from past 2-3 weeks but not satisfied with the results. I started applying rose water and sandalwood paste for my acne and then tomato juice for the scars that my acne has left behind on my face. This has really helped me but I need some quick results; can you suggest me some home remedy for treating acne and scars on oily skin? My work also involves wearing make up everyday and little bit of sun exposure..I would really appreciate if you could take this into consideration and suggest me a solution.
    Thanks
    Apurva

  160. Monique Cannell says:

    Hi Claire

    I recently came across your website when I was looking for recipes for dog food. I found your healing mash. I have a one year old male boxer named Norwood. I was wondering what you regularly fed your boxer dogs?

    Kind regards
    Monique (moniquecannell@me.com)

    • Claire Goodall says:

      Oh my goodness, Norwood! What a fantastic name! Fawn? Brindle? White? I feed my boys a limited ingredient dry food that I have been extremely happy with. I love that you asked this question- dog food is a favorite topic of mine, as I feel many people don’t think to look into what they feed their pets! I am quite picky, and after a long time searching for a high quality, well-balanced, LIT food, I finally found the kind I use now about two years ago. I will also sometimes add raw foods (namely fruits and veggies like chopped up carrot or apple, sometimes a bit of plain scrambled eggs) to mix it up and keep it interesting for them. I dabbled with rotational feeding, but never had much luck with it. I have to say again how much I love the name Norwood. I just want to kiss his squishy boxer face!

  161. Phon says:

    Hello Claire,
    I have problem with urination, I go to bathroom a lot comparing to normal person. sometimes I go to bathroom every 15 minutes. but lab test show kidney normal. don’t why what wrong. Could you please advice me some home remedies for my frequent urination. Thank you very much Claire.

  162. Jack Hulbert says:

    Hello Claire, I don’t know if you are able to answer this because it has nothing to do with medications or facial problems. I was just wondering why I get really dizzy and light headed sometimes that I stand up.

  163. Clare says:

    I am noticing I want and need to care more for my joints…knees ..my body in general. What is the quickest improving choice to build better conditioned knees..I have heard shoes …I hope not. I would go barefoot if acceptable.

  164. Daniel Neal says:

    I have a boxer mix puppy and she has red skin irritation and she scratchers a lot.I don’t think she has files so what can I use to help her?

  165. Risa Noel says:

    Hi Claire: Great advice all around on the sore throat remedies! I was wondering if you have any natural remedies for maintaining vaginal health. I have been suffering with recurrent BV (bacterial vaginitis) for months and I am sick and tired of the antibiotics and antifungals. Seemingly, my body’s (and subsequently vagina’s) PH level is way off. I eat yogurt daily, put a bit of ACV in my drinking water and sometimes a probiotic pill. I’m off to the doctor again today, sigh…. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  166. Patti says:

    Hi! I found your article on “make your own calamine lotion” and it shows how to make it with the bentonite clay and such, but it doesn’t say how long to leave it on. It doesn’t seem like something you can have on under clothes, or like something that would be able to be applied before bed or something if you’re itching, so how long can/should you leave it on?

    Thanks for the great idea πŸ™‚

  167. Jaggs says:

    Hi Claire,

    I have just subscribed to newsletter of everydayroots. Simply loved it.
    Wondering if you have any topics of getting a fair skin, some home remedies for it. Please share.

    Thanks,
    Jagdish

  168. John says:

    thanks for posting the headache cure information, some of the things you mention in the post actually helped and I was surprise. I thank you once again for helping other people in need.Keep up the good work charming lady in the garden!

  169. Gerald says:

    Trials and Tribulation shall come your way but be of good chear for I have overcome the world…
    As i was reading through the comments I was reminded of this scripture and realizing that God is there in our trials to help and teach us ways to survive… I prefer the natural ways but at times we need the Doctors help…
    Thanks Claire…
    I want some wild blueberries…..
    Gerald

  170. Angela says:

    Help! I can’t get rid of this poison ivy!

  171. Ron says:

    Claire,

    My grandma (born 1898) used a whiskey bottle filled half and half with whiskey, and camphor, to tell the weather. The camphor would form a cloud bank above the whiskey, similar to thunder heads. She could forecast weather by the way the clouds formed in the bottle. Have you ever heard of this?

  172. madiha says:

    i have lots of dark spot on my face because of pimples and acne. Can you advise me what to use, am already using a mixture of olive oil, vinegar and turmeric powder but it don’t helps

  173. kathy says:

    Just wondering what a natural remedy for our horses to repel the flies and mosquitos would be?

    • natasha says:

      This can be due to arthritis of the neck, or your neck not being stretched enough. It could also be due to poor diet and nutrition. Speak to your doctor.

    • natasha says:

      Try rubbing them with fresh rosemary or use rosemary or lavendar essential oil, dilute with water and spray on to keep insects away.

  174. Jane says:

    Hi Claire

    Your site is lovely, lots of fantastic ideas. I’ll always try natural remedies before reaching for the pills!

    I have a specific issue that you may be able to help with. I’ve just been reading your headache remedy page and will be trying some of these ideas. I’m actually pregnant and believe my headaches are caused by hormones. (This current one has been hanging around for weeks!)

    Do you have any advice as to which remedy is most likely to work/not work in my situation? I’m also nervous about using some things as there’s so much you’re meant to avoid in pregnancy!

    Many thanks in advance for your time.

    Jane

  175. Autumn says:

    Hi awkward question but I have been having a very upset stomach for about a week now.. I feel slightly like I’m going to throw up but it mostly feels very uneasy and upset and hurts a little also I’m constipated and nothing is working I tried baking soda and warm water and squatting and a few other things but they just won’t work.. I’m 14 years old if that helps… Please help me!!

  176. Emma says:

    Hi Claire, I’ve just found your website while looking for natural headache cures (I’ll be trying a few of yout tips!). I was wondering if you had written any articles on chronic fatigue cures?

  177. Tracy says:

    Hi Claire:
    I have been using honey to wash my hair for a couple weeks with great results. I would like to use your honey mouthwash but am wondering if you make it each time you use it or in advance. I read that I can not make my honey shampoo in advance because honey and water mold very quickly – even within a day or two. Do the other ingredients stop this molding process or should I make it daily?

    Thanks for your great articles.

  178. nico says:

    Hi Claire, thanks for your tips, and for not only living healtyly and earth-friendly, but for spreading the word too and making people realize that something different REALLY is possible! πŸ™‚
    cheers, nico

  179. sujay hp says:

    Hi Claire
    i was taking drug druggs like marijuna,corex cough syrup,and anastetia injection from contineously 6 years,i use marijuna from wake up to till night at bed,but from last 2 years i gave up all those habbit now just smoke cigatette only,my problem is my nerves system is too week and am always moody and i have social phobia pls suggest some remedies ….and am also sufferring from chronic constipation from 3 yrs i met doctors but no use ,pls advise any natural remedies

  180. Alexa says:

    Hi, I just read your article on repelling ants and I am so happy!! I’m vegan and I hate the thought of killing ants and bugs just because they are trying to survive and don’t realize that we don’t want them in our food. I am going to try some of your proposed methods, but I had a question. For the methods that involve spraying/wiping white vinegar or essential oils, should I wipe the area down afterwards? I don’t obviously want to clean away what I just put down to repel the ants, but is it okay to leave just as is (no pets or kids to worry about getting into it!)? Thanks so much, I’m really excited to try this!

  181. Prem says:

    Hi Clare,
    I would like to ask I’m drinking Detox its there any limit to drink or I can drink whole day inset of the water please let me know.
    Thank you!

  182. Dianne says:

    Hi Claire
    I have a question. I work nights from 11pm – 7am I try and sleep for a few hours in the morning and evening. im having trouble losing weight I’m not sure if I should be eating during the night or day. Do you have any advice you can give me on this.
    Thank you

  183. kristy says:

    Hi Clare,
    I think it’s pretty awesome how you do all this! First question what is the name of your book and how can I get a copy of it? Second of all do you know a way to relieve chronic pain in knee, i just had surgery about a month ago and the doctors keep passing me back and forth like a bottle of wine with no help for comfort, so i was wonder if you had anything to suggest to use to relieve the pain. I would highly appreciate it. Thank you so much and have a great day.

  184. Salman says:

    Hi,
    Clare First of all I thank you for writing an awesome article for making Homemade Hot Pepper Cream for Arthritis & Joint Pain,
    I want to ask one thing, What If I can’t find beeswax? What will be alternate for it? Can I use Honey instead of it?
    I am from Pakistan and its difficult to find beeswax in my city.
    Regards

  185. Sandra says:

    Clare: I seldom have constipation except during the dry heat of our summers. It finally dawned on me what was happening. Our skin sweats all the time and our bowels serve to retain or release the water as needed. When its hot we naturally sweat even more, but in this dry heat it evaporates so quickly we may not notice the sweating. Bottom line: I was becoming dehydrated without realizing it. Solution is simple: more water!

  186. Dhanya says:

    Hi Claire,

    Could you suggest something natural for managing sweaty hands and feet? I am so tired of seeing dermatologists about it and the medications I have to take.

    Thanks very much!

  187. micha says:

    thank you, claire, for sharing your naturopathic knowledge.
    it is ever so helpful in the wee hours of the morning
    to find out a remedy is awaiting in my own kitchen.

    sending love and light!
    micha

  188. Andrea Kittell says:

    Dear Claire,

    I have a black and tan German Shepherd, two actually, my best friends. My boy is my actual service dog and helps me with PTSD, anxiety and panic. I have been going through exposure therapy to help me start going out in the world again, at 45, that is wierd, but, I am excited. I have 13 years behind me finally from a Traumatic Brain Injury and I have survived much pain that never would end and finally a second surgery that was massive, but decreased the pain enough for me to get out of bed again.
    I am very good at taking care of my body, and both my dogs are on cooked meats and broth and grain free foods, but my boy is really connected to me and has also become very anxious and with that, has gotten severe heartburn. I am using DGL, Mastic Gum, apple cider vinegar, but I cannot find a root for him or herb that has seemed to help yet? Have you used anything with dogs that they would find in nature and use in this case? I was thinking maybe Peppermint leaf? I do see them eat a mint type of grass out when we hike. Thank you for your webpage.

  189. JoAnne says:

    Is there any substitute for Coconut water/ oil? I’m very allergic to all things coconut. Can you help Claire?

  190. Emily says:

    Hi Clare
    I just wanted to say a big thank you ! I’ve been suffering with some awful knee pain ( too much sitting badly for hours at a time at work) and had been to see my gp who (without touching my knee ) had prescribed some anti inflamatories !) it went away but more recently reoccurred I saw a different gp who assessed my knee thoroughly and suggested quad exercises ice and heat ! No medication. I made some of your ginger and turmeric tea and had an Epsom salts bath and voila it’s gone! Brilliant !
    Do you have any recipies for an itchy scalp as this is another small problem I would like to address without resorting to nasty chemicals on my head!
    Brilliant website thank you Emily

  191. barb says:

    HELLO!
    have just noticed my inside cat has fleas and wanted to know if there are any essential oils i can use for cats? I also feed ferrel cats outside and I have started feeding them food grade diatomaceous earth on their food and I wanted to know if you have ever used this before?I have read this helps with fleas and also healthy for humans to take if it is food grade… I have noticed a few fleas jumping up on me and wanted to know if you have ever used flea traps that you plug in and they are attracted to the light at night. Any other suggestions to rid of these fleas and I also gave her a bath last night also..
    thanks!
    barb

  192. Schemica says:

    Hi Clare,

    I have a 2 year old chihuahua that keeps bitting his self a lot I am going to one of your home remedies on him to see if they work but I don’t know how much to use for his size because he only weigh 5 pounds and the remedies I was going to use is the one that says
    -One Half cup of fresh lemon juice
    -1/2 or 2 cups of fresh water
    -1/4 or 1/2 cup of pet friendly shampoo
    This is one I need help on how to use for his size and what’s the first step on how to start get back to me soon please thank you

  193. TQ says:

    Claire:
    I just want to commend you for the knowledge that you provide to the public. I’m currently getting my MA in Health & Wellness and my field of study is naturopathic healing. I believe that the body has the ability to heal itself with proper nutrition and treatment. I will soon be purchasing a new home with 2 acres of land and hoping to start a garden of herbs. Any advice on which herbs I should start with?

  194. Amanda says:

    Hi Care,
    I really need your help I have 2 adorable little Guinea pigs and have discovered that I have an infestation of fruit flies in my up stairs hallway. I have tried the traditional rotting fruit with apple cider vinegar and dish soup in a shallow dowl. I walk up there tonight and there is more, they have the entire upper ceiling covered. I don’t want my guinea pigs to die so how can I get rid of them quickly. If you could reply to me asap that would be great you could help me protect my little guinea pigs. Thank you

  195. Luiz Renato says:

    hi how are you? I loved to know your site, I am Brazilian and lover by the search for natural health and alternative, organic agriculture and herbal medicine and always maximal preservation of nature, and surfing the internet found your site. Just wonderful. Very thanking you for sharing all your experience.

  196. Karin Reeser says:

    Quick question. I’m going to be trying out your flea remedies on my dog, but am wondering if you have any suggestions of ointments I can use on her irritated spots that are showing?

    We moved to Seattle from Minnesota last year and this is the first time in her 4 years she has ever had fleas – which have been added to hot spots she has been dealing with. She has been so miserable that she’s pulling patches of hair off to get to the irritating spots. :0(. She is the sweetest dog ( mix of golden lab & Australian shepherd) with a deep black coat and just looks at me with eyes that ask me WHAT is going on and please make it stop!!!

    Any further advice you can give on something to put on the sores that have developed because of the combo of Hot Spots and fleas would be very much appreciated.

  197. Janine :-) says:

    Hey Claire
    I’m 31year old about 20 kilo’s overweight and I’m just over the whole diet thing. I realise the best remedy is a sustained lifestyle change. Quiting breads, red meats, exercise more and drinking way more water than what I do. I constantly feel sluggish, but am such a procrastinator. I work and am also studying. Where do you recommend for me to start at, and do you know of a lifestyle plan I could follow?
    Thank you so much! I love your blog.
    Janine

  198. lance says:

    Claire,
    Weird- almost everyone I know, have known, ppl that have ended up in my family (close and extended) folks I grew up wit) well, any one of them could have written that page..
    oh yeah, we’re all certified too πŸ™‚

  199. Sean says:

    You a very intelligible and beautiful woman. Keep up the good work!

  200. Denise Fernandes says:

    I would like to know if I can use your book to teach a natural remedy class and print out some of the pages for handouts.

  201. nicci says:

    Claire I just started using cloth wipes and read other moms put tea tree oil and water to soak the wipes in. Your book says not to mix essential oils in water and not to use on kids under 5..now I’m freaking out. Please advise.

  202. Debra says:

    Hello. I am thrilled to have stumbled upon Everyday Roots. Always heading to a more natural approach to staying healthy or healing from what ails your website has been most informative and helpful. Thanks for the time and effort you out in to it. Simple and to the point. Thank you, thank you.

  203. Krista says:

    I read your article on the spider spray. I could not find a “citrus” and bought lemon- will that work as well? Thanks!

  204. Boo says:

    Hi Clare,
    Sorry I know your busy just wondered if there was anything you could recommend as I have just found out I have anxiety disorder and where I am still trying to figure out how to deal with it. I am being offered all these tablets but I don’t really want to take anymore tablets.
    Can you suggest anything?

  205. Cindy says:

    Hello Claire
    My husband Bobby has had 2 major back surgeries last year and now has to have another, because the surgeon cut some major nerves and he has no feeling in his manhood and can’t hardly stand. we haven’t even been married for 2 years yet. Is there something that we can do to help with our depression over this serious problems. We love one another and now can’t share that special time together like we use to. Believe me it has taken a toll on us over loosing the feeling in his manhood and not able to walk hardly. He stays very down and depressed, he goes to see a doctor and all he does is gives him depression medicine. I pray this doesn’t sound to odd for your advice. We love to explore the woods and see all kinds of animals. We use to teach hunter ed course, but had to quite because Bobby can not stand for long. Please give us some advice. Thank you

  206. Sheila says:

    Claire,
    Thanks so much for your website you are a wealth of information. Constipation is the problem (right now) so we goggled and found you. PTL. We will try your remedies and let you know how it works. We are retired and don’t get the exercise we were used to getting. We’re going to change that too! We’ve found a website that has freejigsawpuzzles.com that is enjoyable and keeps the mind working with this fun. God bless you for sharing your life. Have a wonderful day

  207. Debee says:

    I have a front load washer and can’t really open it to add the softener. My question is this. Since the dispenser for the softener was designed for liquid softener, should I just add some water to the mixture once it’s all been blended, and place in a couple of tablespoones of the liquid instead of the powder?

  208. Laura says:

    Hi!
    I would love to buy the book, but was wondering if not only can I do these natural products on my own but sell them too ?

  209. Ashhar says:

    hi claire.
    its nice to read your post about treating pimples and acnes.
    from the last 6 months i m having pimples on my face.
    and it has made my self going on back foot.
    i really feel ashamed mostly in college when i m out.
    fortunately pimples have reduced and it has left scars all over my chick and my face seems reddish with scars all over.
    need your personnel advisory on this as soon it can be possible for you.
    by the way i m reading your post from india.
    you should feel glad you have got readers all abroad too.

  210. Victoria says:

    Hi Claire,
    I have been following you’re weight loss teas and other weight loss remedies. I have successfully lost 10 pounds in two months. Now I grow sage, peppermint, and dandelions. Thank you so much for this site.

  211. Hannah says:

    Hi! I saw your homemade fabric softener recipe and I would love to try it!! I see it takes epsom salts, essential oil, and baking powder. Is this recipe safe to use in an HE washing machine? If so, how do I use it with this type of machine?
    Thanks!
    Hannah

  212. Crystal says:

    Hi, Claire

    My name is Crystal I was recently exsposed to black mold in my home in 2012 and after being diagnosed with a rare disease called Pseudotumor Cerebri I was thinking about doing natural remedies because I’m on tons of medication and now they want me to do lumbar puncture because of my headache and all other side effects can you suggest anything for me please I will greatly appreciate it.

    THANKS

    Crystal

  213. loveli says:

    hi
    i am constipated if im going to try baking soda it is ok if im going to drink before breakfast?

  214. Erry says:

    Hello, Claire! Thank you for all the home remedies information, it is so helpful!
    Please keep sharing more about the natural beauty and health secrets!^^

  215. Kim says:

    hey Claire I was wondering with your remedy for spiders can it be used around the screens of my windows outside too. I’ve been unable to open my front windows at night cause of the huge spiders I get on them. please let me know. thanks KIM

  216. Sharon says:

    Hello Claire,
    I have a issue regarding my bloating stomach and I would like to hear your opinion πŸ™‚

    Everyday my stomach will bloat to the point where there is no room left, pushing the air out of my stomach. Sometimes this air creates a foul smell, and since I’m a student, this is troublesome. Today is my first day of school and I woke up drinking a warm cup of water, but it happens again 2 hours later.

    This really is nerve wrecking and it makes me side track from my studies.
    Do you have any advice in which I can use?

  217. Sharon says:

    Hi Claire… Read your fantastic article on 7 ways of natural flea protection for your pet. I will be trying most of them but since I already have tea tree oil I wondered if that could be used in place of the lavender or cedar oil used as main ingredient in most of the remedies? Great article! Thank you…Sharon

  218. Chip says:

    Hi Claire. Love the site, thanks for what you are doing. Is there a way to add a ‘search’ tool on here? Would sure make finding things a lot easier:=}. Thank you.

  219. Michelle says:

    Hello,
    I am wondering if you have any remedies for dry scalp. My hair is not the problem and I don’t have dandruff, just a really dry & flaky scalp.
    Look forward to hearing from you.

  220. Candace says:

    Thank you for offering such a wonderful resource to the public.

    It’s very encouraging to see now so many online sources and resources available to those who are searching. Almost 30 years ago I began my search for natural solutions and learning about the causes of dis-eases. Back then we didn’t have the internet at our fingertips, but did have wise sages who had spent their lifetime learning and teaching.

    It can be very frustrating trying to help someone who insists on “asking my doctor if these supplements will help me” ….. now I can simply say “Google it” πŸ™‚ They don’t always take the time to do that, but for those who do and thank me later for directing them on a path to self-health, I am grateful. This blog is now 1 of my resources …. thanks again.

  221. Serephina says:

    Hi Claire,

    Sorry to bother you but my friend is on A LOT of medication and she has been having insomnia for years now is there a natural remedy that could help with her insomnia? She is on too many medications and I’m scared its too much for her.

    • Bryan Nupp says:

      Valerian root extract, chamomile tea, lavender oil works wonders for relaxation and a Settled mind. All of these above mentioned remedies and supplements are calming, soothing and right from Nature. Above all, a well balanced yoga or a meditation practice is probably the best way for your friend to begin gaining back her restful nights.. And you could take a few yoga classes together, people love to feel supported during times of change and challenge.

  222. Sanjay solanki says:

    Hi Claire,

    It is nice to see a person giving some time to other. I was going through your article/post on dog flies and found really interesting facts that i wasn’t aware of.

    But i have some serious problem with dog flies because it is all over my house. These flies are coming from stray dog. My mom likes dog allot and she serve food on daily basis to them, because of this, they sit beside my home. That was the whole story behind the dog flies at my home.

    it would be nice if you could help me out πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  223. Mark says:

    Hi, I suffer from acid reflux and you have mentioned that Apple cider vinegar will cure it if used every day. My question is can you use ordinary cider vinegar that you can buy from health food shops and herbalists. Thank you, Mark.

  224. Jacqui says:

    Hi Claire
    Do your flea remedies also work to protect against mange?
    Many thanks
    Jacqui

  225. cindy t says:

    claire what can cause you to have such severe gas that its in your chest and even radiates pain in your jaw? Im taking alka seltzer and oh my the gas that comes out both ends is soooo much.This has been this severe for 2 weeks everyday sometimes 2-3 times aday. I have acid reflux for years, could this have become far more serious? Thank You so much. cindy

  226. Mindy says:

    Hi Claire,
    My husband had a recent life threatnening surgery back in february do to bleeding ulcers.. My husband has to take Acid pills for the rest of his life so he doesnt get any ulcers back.. Sometimes he runs out of his medication.. Is there any home remedies that he can take just for back up?

  227. Christine says:

    Hi Claire,
    I was looking for a natural flea deterrent for my dog
    and came across your site. I have used the commercial
    medications, but it is so expensive. I love my little dog Rosebud
    to pieces and want the best for her. I am going to try your
    suggestions for natural remedies. I think it makes sense to
    make use of what is found in nature to the best that we can.
    I am book marking your site for future information.
    Thank you for taking time to do what you do.
    Sincerely, Christine

  228. Archana says:

    Hi Claire,
    Your work is awesome,
    It is always better to use natural remedies. Nature helps us in many ways.
    Keep growing πŸ™‚

  229. An says:

    GDay Claire~
    I am NOT a computer person…. however when in a quagmire with my critters, I suddenly start researching online.

    I stumbled upon your home flea remedies,immediately after I found “a” flea on my dog!! Yeah, I know there are must be a million more.. but my heart stopped at the sight of one!

    I LOVE your remedies, however I would like to know which of your treatments kill existing fleas versus the preventatives~ THE horse has left the barn, so I need to kill those beasts!!!

    I have two boxers, both rescues, and of course both came to be with “special needs”. I hope to be able to look at your website more thoroughly instead of emailing knee jerk concerns! HAHA

    Blessed to know that you are there..Thank you Claire Goodall (like Jane)
    Peace, An

  230. Maria says:

    Hi Claire! I’d like to congratulate you on promoting natural remedies. I use home remedies all the time and I find them extremely helpful. I’d like to ask a few things. My mum suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and she is also a thrombophilic. She has an extended severe and complex medical record. She takes a zillion different medicine for each illness she suffers from and obviously each one interacts with the other. She seems to be finding no comfort and since she suffers of severe insomnia everything is magnified. She takes wolfarin for the thrombosid, she takes pills for the insomnia, she takes anti-inflammatories and pain killers of all sorts. This has caused a severe bowel problem. She has nearly no bowel movement so her discomfort is to the maximum. Her mood and her psychology in general is bad and there is times that i feel she is even losing it. Too much on one’s shoulder to carry! What can she do to ease her pain? Secondly, what can help with insomnia and bowel obstruction? And what should she do in order to stop taking all these different pills and finally find some peace? Please anything you can advise us would be extremely appreciated.

  231. Amber says:

    Hi Claire,
    i love your work,
    i helped me in different types of ways natural remedies are really good and helps alot, thank you and i hope i can see more things to help us!!!!!!!

  232. Carol carter says:

    Hi Clair, I have lung disease and use oxygen daily. I find pepermint oil and eucalyptus oil with a little water over heat in my room it greatly helps me to breath calmly and sleep better… I will try it with coconut oil..which I use on my skin and hair…
    I would like to know if there are specific coconut oils to be used for different ailments.?

    Regards carol

    • Claire Goodall says:

      I am glad you’ve found relief with the essential oils-they truly are incredible in how healing they are. As for the coconut oil, any organic, raw, extra virgin coconut oil from a sustainable source should do the trick πŸ˜‰ I hope it helps!

  233. Jamie Borland says:

    Hi Claire, I just purchased your ebook and I was also looking for a stain remover recipe for laundry in your ebook and didn’t find one. I wondered if you might have a recipe for this. Thanks!

  234. Jamie Borland says:

    also I tried the lotion bar but my beexwas pastilles didn’t melt down, any suggestions? Thanks!

  235. Gordon J Smith Senior says:

    Hi Clare. Your advice on constipation. Warm Milk , Honey and Nutmeg seems to have done the trick. Your Health and Wellness . Gordon UK

  236. Tammy says:

    My son has perioral dermatitis, wondering if you have any recommendations? We have been applying coconut oil with lavender, he uses a fluoride free toothpaste already & California baby sheer gel. He had this in 2nd grade (he’s now 13) severely and was on a long course of antibiotics, I would like to try to avoid that route. Any suggestions would be really appreciated. Thanks!

  237. Meme says:

    Hi Claire,

    I know this is not a excuse, but I hope you can help. I walk for an hour probably each day going to uni and back. I have classes everyday except for the weekends where I am studying or resting. I usually walk when I am out on the weekends too. Anyway, I was wondering if you can give me advice in losing a little weight before I go home for christmas. I know there is many ways to lose weight without exercising, but what do you suggest is the best to do with great outcomes. I am trying to cut of the junk food and I drink lemon with water throughout the day, which helps me.

    Looking forward to your reply.

  238. lynn says:

    I’m newly diagnosed Celiac. Major troublesome inflammation and constipation makes me look 8 months pregnant. I hate eating pills. Any suggestions on how to shrink my stomach ? I’m not overweight.

  239. Chris Wayne says:

    Hi Clair,am having a very serious problem with my stomach pain due to gastric and i guess it also has a lot of acids inside and i also have a lot of pain near the chest so can you please suggest me something am sure you can do something.
    Sincerely Chris.

  240. Savannah says:

    Hi Claire! I was wondering if you could make a post on the foods that fill your cupboards and refrigerator. Along with trying to phase out unnecessary medications and replacing them with natural home remedies, I have been trying to change the way I eat focusing on an all natural diet. Since I do not have any close friends or relatives doing the same it would be nice to have an example to grow from. Would you be interested in making such a post?

    Much appreciated,
    Savannah

  241. Sandra says:

    Hi Claire – really appreciate your thorough and clear article about lowering high blood pressure, nice to see some references to the studies supporting them too! GREAT JOB!! I’ll add these wonderful suggestions and recipes to my current efforts with exercise and hibiscus tea! Have you seen anything specific for lowering the bottom number ? Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ Wishing you health and happiness <3 Sandra

  242. Bri says:

    Hi Claire,
    my mom has had migranes all her life, like really bad ones, and now she’s dealing with crazy stomach pain. I belive in natural healing through foods, but she’s a believer of medecine. I was wondering even if there was something that can help her would it even work because she has a negative outlook? I guess what I’m trying to ask is will these methods work for someone who doesn’t believe it can help?

  243. Randy says:

    Good morning,

    I work 8 to 14 hours shifts and when I come home my feet hurt and body hurts to a point where I don’t want to take another step. Is there anything I can do about the pain I don’t want to use pills to avoid the pain and I tried all the ways to heal a cold sore on your site and nothing worked for me what else can I do for the cold sore also please and thank you

    Firefighter Randy

  244. Jerry Alexander says:

    Hello Claire,
    I have a case of Shingles.I was just wondering if you know of any natural way of curing it or at least getting rid of the Rash….You look and sound like a very nice person….:)

  245. Jasmine says:

    Hey x. Claire
    I have a few spots on my face which i would like to get rid of.if you have any simple ways of doing this plz let me know.Also i have dry and red lips ,i do apply moisturizer for chapped lips but it is not helping.i dont know if it might be the other lip care products that i use so plz can u let me know if it is

  246. Gurmohan says:

    Hi clare
    I have high level of triglecride.what is natural way to control it

  247. piyush mishra says:

    Thank you, your home remedies was extremely helpful to my mother .

  248. Elizabeth Medina says:

    I came to this site while I was researching toenail fungus which I had been treating with hydrogen peroxide. It’s not getting worse but I am going to try the apple cider vinegar recipe. As I was reading the posts, I read about a woman suffering from acid reflux. I don’t get it very often but a few years ago, my sister-in-law recommended celery. Since I like celery, I don’t have a problem eating it whenever, and I don’t know if it will help any one out there with acid reflux, but if I know I’m going to eat something that might give me heartburn or something similar, I eat half a stalk before I eat and then another after. Although, I would recommend eating more before and/or after and throughout the day. I wonder if the people at Wing Stop or its customers realize that the celery they serve actually helps some of them to prevent heartburn from the spices they use on their wings? By the way, I even put celery stalks in an pickle jar with the pickle juice. I love pickle juice and I’ve also read that drinking pickle juice occasionally helps prevent or relieve problems with sore throats. I’m pretty sure it probably helps with other health issues as well. Eat more celery!

  249. Beth Jones says:

    Hello Claire. I was reading your list of items 11 Natural Remedies to Lower High Blood Pressure and had a question about the 5. Heart Healthy Hawthorn. You list a recipe making Hawthorn balls , which sound yummy, BUT not instruction on the usage of them. How many should you use a day?
    Thank you.

  250. Randy Jackson says:

    I am currently trying the coconut oil and tea tree oil toenail fungus treatment. I am wondering how long I should continue use? Do you keep applying until it is completely gone? Also, what recipe do you recommend to be the best treatment for the toenail fungus?
    Thank you for your time!

  251. Shivani Chaudhary says:

    Hi Claire,
    I am new to your blog but after reading some of your blogs, I am feeling very thankful to you for sharing these informative stuff.
    Well, I am suffering from migraine for last 9 years and I am now 26 years old. I want to know if migraine pain will start when I am at work or somewhere out, what remedy will help??

  252. Penelope says:

    Hey so I have been diagnosed with strep throat and I am in a lot a pain. I’m also getting mouth sores and its really painful especially since I have one on my tongue. What do I do to soothe the pain? Please help

  253. vinit says:

    Hi I was reading your article on natural teeth cleansing.
    I want to know of the three what is supposed to be follwed or is there is a plan to follow all the three things?

    • Lorraine says:

      Hi Claire, I need to quit smoking but have read the side effects on what has been prescribed and prefer not to go that .route. Would you suggest some natural herbs that would be effective prior to actually quitting as well as after? Thank you for any suggestions. I have gone cold turkey years ago. Currently however I will be 65 soon and the situation entails a host of other considerations that have effected my decision, fortunately my general health is very good. I take not prescription meds. My biggest concern is being moody by nature I prefer to like me once I quit! smiles!!!

  254. Amanda says:

    Hi Claire!
    I just made a large batch of your shaving cream recipe for the first time (to hand out as christmas gifts for my family) and I’m finding that after an hour or so, the oil is separating and the mix is turning a bit liquidy. Any suggestions on what went wrong? Can I save this batch?

    Thanks for your help!
    Amanda

  255. Michael Tumwesigye says:

    Hi Claire, A big hug for this good work.
    I recently went through radiography and the Dr. told me that i have Kidney stones, the Dr. told me to drink a lot of water on daily basis. I have done that but pain is increasing. My neighbor told me to take a concoction of honey and apple cider vinegar. Pain has reduced, any healing abilities of honey and vinegar mixture for kidney stones?

  256. Piper says:

    I’m not sure if anyone has asked you this before, but you probably do get asked this from time to time I’d imagine but…..
    Are you related to Jane Goodall? (no pun intended, I just love her).
    God bless. β™₯

  257. Hugo Herrea says:

    Hey there Claire,
    I had a question concerning my puppy. I had recently read an article on this website suggesting how to remove fleas on our dogs. I thought they had great ways to handle fleas but I was unsure which to use on my dog. My dog is quite small (5-8lbs), he’s a Maltese. I agree that over-the-counter medication is not the ideal way to cure as it is overpriced and can cause side-affects. So my question was which natural technique should I use on my small puppy? Thank you very much for your time! I look forward to your response.

  258. Carla says:

    Hi Claire, in you decongestant/expectorant recipe, you give good reasoning for using honey; if I want to use something else, however, would rice malt syrup, maple syrup or coconut nectar (or something else) be a good substitute? (Fructose malabsorption causes me to choose low-fructose foods over high ones, and honey is a high one. ) Thanks for your guidance, Carla

  259. Ashley says:

    Hey Claire,

    My husband was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma and was given less than 6 mo. from doctors. He’s currently undergoing radiation and chemo drug therapy. I fear what all the treatments are doing to him but I will do whatever it takes to prolong his life and hopefully save him. Do you have any thoughts or natural remedy ideas that could help him?

    Thank you for your time!

  260. Jonathan says:

    Hi, Claire. Gee, you’re popular. I’ve not read all the comments to find an answer to my question. I suffer from Gerd and notice you told someone way at the top of this list to read some good books. What general health supplemental resources would you suggest, not just for one ailment, but that are essential for natural well-living and being? Please share some of your favorites. Thanks!

  261. Shirelle says:

    Hi Claire, I wondered if you could help me. In my last pregnancy I suffered severe hyperemesis and in my most recent pregnancy I suffered the same sickness again and had to terminate my pregnancy, a decision which broke my heart into two. Me and my husband want another baby and know the hyperemesis is inevitable, do you have any advice whatsoever that might make my next pregnancy bearable?

  262. Cindy says:

    dog flea infestation. Can grapefruit and juice Be exchange for lemon juice in the remedies recommended.

  263. Lessther says:

    Hey Claire,

    I tried that honey & cinnamon mask you recommended and it works like a charm my acne went from a 10 down to a 3 !!!!!

  264. Marsha says:

    I have a tiny amount of fingernail fungus on 3 fingers of one hand. I have been treating it for months, with all the claimed cures with no avail. Seriously, is there anyone out there that got rid of it with coconut oil?

  265. The Brand Fam says:

    Hi Claire,

    We love your blog and just wanted to let you know that people like you have inspired us to start our own blog to continue the healthy food/lifestyle movement. Excellent work! We look forward to reading all of your future posts.

    My brother is moving to Minnesota this year. I hope he finds as much joy there as you did.

    Much love from The Brand Fam!

  266. Denee says:

    Claire, I think you are an awesome individual to take time out to help others with your home remedies. I currently suffer from stomach ulcers and acid problems. Im hoping some of your suggestions help me out. Do you have any other suggestions besides the posts that I’ve been reading, pertaining to ulcers, acid and gas?

  267. CHARLENE GRECO says:

    Please let me know about the natural teeth cleansing. I have caps on some of my teeth. I see bleeding frequently. if I had known they were going to be a hindrance and not a solution to my soft teeth I wouldn’t have gotten them. I want to keep my teeth healthy, and I work long hours at the hospital. A quick cleansing and protectant of my gums would be great. I am a homeopathic and enjoy all natural products.
    thanks!
    Charlene

  268. Matt Plush says:

    Hi Claire,

    Big fan of the site, I took your advice and chewed some gum, it solved all of my problems. It even saved my marriage! Thanks again. I love you!

    Matt

  269. Jelliqal says:

    Hello – I am a Claire too. I wonder if it is in the nature of all Claire’s to be inquisitive and love nature. I am from the Appalachian mountain change in Georgia. I have learned that the world and its medicines and chemicals – esp in foods – are just unhealthy for people. It is hard to swim upstream – but oh so worth it.

    You have my email if you would like to chat further. Not to many Claire’s in the world. Neat to meet one with such similar interests.

    Namaste

    Claire

  270. Charmaine Squires says:

    Hi Claire.. I’ve had a relentless flu since Boxing Day – 9 days in. Just did the steam tip with eucalyptus oil, and feel such relief already. Thank-you! I’m going to try most of these tips. They all sound so sensible, and far better than prescription meds or over counter meds. πŸ™‚

  271. Ecilef says:

    Hi Claire!

    I am almost a month pregnant and i’m experiencing an intense morning sickness. I can’t get out of bed in the morning. I usually vomit all the food that i ate. I am starting to feel hopeless πŸ™ My morning sickness lasts through out the day and i find it hard to sleep at night because i feel so dizzy. I don’t know what to do anymore. I’m taking my iron supplement but i didn’t feel any better. Hope you can help me.
    Thanks and God bless!

    Ecilef

    • shontel says:

      HI Claire
      your morning sickness may have gone by now (it often does by the 3rd month…but not always!)
      If its still a problem…make a meal of chicken giblets (the chickens organs that are contained within the plastic bag inside a cooking chicken) Some people just cook it up by frying or baking as is. If this idea is not for you I suggest you cook up the giblets with a meal of chicken & vegetables & rice etc…which will disguise it completely. The minerals in the organ meats will provide your body with the minerals it is lacking (hence the morning sickness). And you will find within one or two of these meals morning sickness is no longer an issue
      Re the Iron Supplement. my guess is you are probably taking Ferrous Sulphate Iron tabs. They are very well absorbed, but cause very uncomfortable constipation. A good solution is
      a. Vegetable Juices: 1/3 carrot, 1/3 any dark green non sulphur vegies (spinach, parsley, celery…NOT..cabbage, brocolli) & a large green apple to sweeten it up…Lots of iron in the dark green vegies, easy for the body to absorb.
      b. Ferrous Gluconate Tabs: Only 30% of the iron is absorbed, however they are not only non-constipating…they help with easier bowel movements.. The pharm will have a bottle of ferrous gluconate iron tabs tucked away on the back shelf if you ask.
      No side effects at all.
      Good luck

  272. Liz says:

    Hi Claire, I have been reading on the internet that lemons are toxic to cats, I really want to try your remediy for fleas but I am worried about the lemons. I want to try the holistic route for my fur babes, can you advise me please it is really important that I use holistic remedies, for I have tried all the vets flea treatments, and Frontline does not work, the fleas are getting immune to it. I think we are getting a new breed of fleas and ticks that are immune to the commercial treatments.

  273. Julie Henry says:

    Love the home remedies. We’ve been homesteading for about 7 years and 90% off grid. I’ve been studying medicinals for the last couple of years and I was pleased to find some new things I hadn’t tried on your page. I would add one thing that has been a Godsend for us during this cold and flu season to your list of remedies. Onion poultice. Saute a chopped up yellow onion in olive oil. Wrap it in a cloth and place it on the chest of the person with the congestion. It is important to place an additional cloth barrier between the onion poultice wrap and the skin as it will be quite hot to begin with. The longer you can keep it on the chest, the greater the benefit. I got bronchitis between paychecks and couldn’t get into the doctor. I was well on the way to pneumonia. I tried the onion poultice and it worked wonders. Hope this helps someone else.

  274. Tris says:

    Hi Claire,
    I was hoping you could provide some ideas for detox and recovery? I’m working with an MD to release my physical dependency from opiates and am interested in natrually boosting my seretonin and dopamine as both have been compromised with long term pharmaceutical use. Any thoughts you might have as I embark upon this journey would be appreciated. Take care!

  275. Danielle says:

    Claire,
    I am so excited to have stumbled across your site! It was 4th site down when I googled “flea medicine for dogs”…I hadn’t added natural yet! I’m 30 years young and just now really getting into the natural living. I am using essential oils, Himalayan salt lamp, coconut oil, raw honey, sea salts and vitamin e oil so far! I am purchasing your book as soon as I can financially. I am curious about tx for anxiety/panic disorder. I have done a lot of research on natural things to do and I have instructional cd’s etc. my concern is getting OFF the medication I am on. I have been able to wean myself off of the anti depressants I have been prescribed…but during a bad episode of transitioning from an expensive anti depressant to a cheaper one (many years ago) my doctor added klonopin. Of course it worked. Unfortunately I was very unaware of the long term effects of trying to get off of it. I’ve tried twice. I read water titration is the best route to take but I don’t really understand it and have yet to find a breakdown on how to do it. Oddly, klonopin treats seizures but also causes brain tremors if you try to wean off of it too quickly, I can literally feel this effect if I miss one day. I am in an extremely low dose and have maintained that lowest dosage for more than 5 years. I am really over it. I can’t go anywhere or do anything without knowing the medication is with me. Do you have any suggestions or references or anything that might help?? Thank you so much in advance for reading all this πŸ™‚ I think your site is amazing and I can’t wait to explore the book!!

  276. Anjhna says:

    I am trying the baking soda on black heads. Lets see how this will work. Will update you on the results! Toothpaste didn’t work for me πŸ™‚

  277. Gayle says:

    Thank you for this information. I have found that Greek yogurt with fruit also helps me. My reason for writing is that there are several instances of wrong words used in the article, and I can’t stand that, so I’d like to share with you what they are, but not in this comment. If you will write me back, I will do that privately.

  278. Prisca says:

    Hi, does eating raw ginger help to cure cough? Secondly, can adding honey to warm water lemon juice reduce d efficacy off lemon juice, especially, when taken with d aim of burning belly fat? Thanks in anticipation.

    • Susan says:

      Hello, Raw ginger is supposedly good for digestion and tummy problems (though not super for our issues), but I’ve never heard for cough. Elderberry syrup can work very well for coughs (4 Tbls per day? but after meals to avoid stomach upset), as does saline in a nebulizer, regularly while healing.

  279. Josephine says:

    Yes Claire,
    I was just wondering if I could boil my fruits/veggies that I plan on using for detoxification, in spring water, in something other than anything metallic, strain it, cool it,than pour it over then same type of fruits/veggies, in a drinking vessel, would I get a good result/benefit from that? I am trying to get back on the health trail again and I want some thing different and new. I’ve tried it all, so now I just want to get back to the simple basics of things. Like just walking to enjoy the scenery, which will help me to exercise without me ‘realizing it’s exercise, eating healthy, without realizing it’s healthy, etc. You understand right? Thank you.

    Josie

  280. scott says:

    Had problems with my dogs having fleas.I read and followed your simple instructions.its worked great and I’m confident that they will not return.just wanted to thank you for your post.

  281. Teresa Thomas says:

    Dear Clarie,
    My name is Teresa. I am currently, reading your article and would like to have some answers. In May of 2013, I have been diagnosed with Arthritis. I have it in both of my knees. I have been taking Diclofenac for the pain. I also, have incontinence and am taking Oxybutynin for an overactive bladder problem that I have been having for the past few years now. I am 52 years old. If that’s not enough, I’ve been also, diagnosed with having thyroid problems and am taking Levothyroxin for it. Then, there’s this thought of taking prescribed medication for fiber,. Yes, at times, I find myself, not being regulated and am having to take the fiber pills. My sister and I both, take the Levothyroxin for thyroids. We’d both would love to be off of it if there is another way of taking better care of our thyroids. If you have any other alternatives, I”m all ears and will pass on any information to her. I have been fighting with trying to stay on my medications because, I have been told that once we are on it, there’s no going off of it. Is this true? If so, please, do enlighten me on this matter. If not, then, I have been told that I must do whatever it takes to get back on my medication and to stay on it. Please, your assistance on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
    Teresa

  282. Fatimaeliza says:

    Hi Claire!

    I recently tried the honey and cinnamon mask for acne, and it’s already had an effect. It brought down some of the swelling that I had from my acne. After I washed it off it did leave my face a little red, but it cleared up right away. Loved it. Looking into buying your book and finding out more natural remedies and things you have! πŸ™‚

  283. Clark says:

    Hi Claire,

    Despite the deep woods of northern Wisconsin being my home, I grew up in a “strictly science” environment and was always taught to be skeptical of traditional remedies. Not being a big fan of pharmaceuticals/artificial compunds and their numerous side effects I found myself seeking other solutions as I encountered maladies. Armed with a solid education of basic scientific principles I was able to determine WHY some traditional remedies worked and why others were basically just old wives’ tales. While I haven’t viewed your ENTIRE site, what I have seen gives solid advice and isn’t just a bunch of garbage like “stand in light of the moon for three days with a clove of garlic tied to your knee” or somesuch nonsense.

    I don’t claim to be a scientist by any means, merely a lover of the scientific method and knowledgeable of basic physical principles – among them, an understanding of the conditions in which viruses, bacteria, and fungi thrive. I’m impressed by the veracity of your treatments… that might not seem like much, but in this day and age of pseudoscience, misleading media, and sponsored solutions it’s nice to see a “natural solution” site which actually offers scientifically sound advice and isn’t just trying to sell homeopathic snake oils.

    You are a beautiful person and what you are doing is wonderful; I sincerely hope that you maintain your fantastic dedication to advising others in accordance with natural remedies whose means of affect actually have a basis in reality. Please, please, PLEASE don’t fold under pressure to compromise your integrity for the purpose of fame or fortune… it may seem like a thankless job at times, but be aware that there are those of us who have boundless appreciation for what you’re doing.

  284. J says:

    hi claire appreciate the great work , ive had a same story like yours but now everything has changed for me all I can say is GO GREEN !! hope this year nature gives you all its healing touch

  285. Jenn says:

    Hi Claire,

    I was just wondering… are there any natural cures for depression that pregnant women can take? My mom used to take St. John’s Wort, and it seemed like it helped for her… but I’ve been advised that’s not good to take when nursing or pregnant. I heard that bananas can help lift mood (I don’t remember what’s in there, but some kind of vitamin that’s supposed to help). Are there any other natural foods that help with depression or anxiety? I haven’t been struggling with it lately, but just in case I start struggling with it this pregnancy, I wanted to have a plan ready. πŸ™‚

    Thanks,

    Jenn

  286. diane brown says:

    Hi, thanks very much for the information you have provided. Giving out lots of useful and helpful information to help us sufferers of heartburn and GERD. I have been suffering with GERD for some time. Some nights are horrible. Waking up choking because food seemed to work its way back up into my throat/mouth. Very scary and also exhausting as it will take me a good 4 to 5 hours for everything to “calm” down so to speak.. enough time I suppose for the food to digest and leave the stomach. I try to be very careful of what I eat, and when.. the wen is the most relevant..I eat too late last evening and then went to bed maybe 2 hours later.. lying down is the culprit of course. I knew I was taking a chance eating later but it was a crazy type of day and I finally was able to sit down and have a proper meal around 8pm.. that being said, I thought, well, maybe I will be OK as I was not eating anything that would be a “trigger food/beverage” for me.. like chocolate, wine, spicy or greasy foods..but that thinking proved me wrong.. I woke up in a jolt as food what choking me out of my sleep.. very strange.. there was no ACID but there was alot of discomfort (bloating and discomfort) including pain in chest area.. not something new for me when I do have an attack of GERD. This time was different however, no acid burning but plenty of disgesting and discomfort.. took a Zantac straight away, and Gaviscon.. It took some time for the combination of the two to kick in and was left feeling so very discouraged.. My only lesson I have learned (at 53 years of age) is the WHEN you eat/how much before bedtime and not always WHAT you eat is crucial in avoiding GERD.. still learning….

    Thank you again for the useful information you have provided.. I like the mustard idea and Ginger Root iremedy and Chamomille tea πŸ™‚

  287. Gabriela says:

    Hi Claire,

    Do you know any remedies for nail fungus? I have it on my thumb nail. I saw four doctors for it. My primary dr, a dermatologist, a hand surgeon and an infectious disease dr. I ended up on a treatment that was supposed to last for four month. The side effects were horrendous, so I stopped taking it.

    I tried Tea Tree Oil, but I had an allergic reaction to it. I’m terribly frustrated. I don’t know what else to try.

    Any suggestions?

  288. Lisa says:

    Hello Claire, I came across your website while searching for at home remedies for my cold. I feel like I’m popping a pill for one thing or another on a daily basis and I’m thinking that can’t be good for me. I have to say, I’m a skeptic when it comes to natural health and have mostly turned to medicines to feel better. When I take something for my cold OTC, like Alka Selzer Cold, I’m feeling better rather quickly and can go about my day. So I’m just wondering how quickly and effective the natural cold remedies work? Thanks!

  289. Daisy says:

    I’m in my first year of high school, and have been dealing with knee pain for 4 years 8 months. Though the doctors have found nothing wrong with it, I’ve done physical therapy twice(each time for over ten weeks) had 4 to 5 X-rays and a MRI. Not to count all the doctor visits. The pain is unbearable, and many a times, I have found myself in tears, and once had an anxiety attack due to the pain. Is there any home remedies, that are sure to help? I’ve tried, heating, icing, exercise, espon salt, but have found no cure for the pain. Everything I have looked at costs money or I don’t have it.
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  290. Janna says:

    How come chapped lips peels your skin off? My skin doesn’t.

  291. gaby says:

    I was wondering .. I am 8 weeks preg and my acid is killing me , I don’t want to take over the counter meds for obvious reasons….. Is there anything that would help me? And before I conceived I used a few of you natural remedies they were great !

  292. Scott Luu says:

    My gf is having a bad cough for almost a week. Hopefully your natural ways will take care of the cough. I was never a big fan of medicines. Medicines just suppress the problem and never taken care the root of the problem. I will update about the solution. Thanks!

    • Ann says:

      I have been suffering with fibromyalgia for 16 months straight with not let up on it…I was diagnosed with it in 2012 but had it 4 years before but did not know what it was..it went in remission for 12 months..I don’t mean it went away ..but it was easier to deal with for that 1 year…I have lost of allergies and I also have celiac bad..is there something I can take natural that might easy my pain…I also can’t take the meds they have prescribed for me….

  293. Mahrukh says:

    Hi Claire, I’m really impressed by your amazing and cool remedies for most of our common problems…hats off!!
    Could u please suggest the best diet to keep stomach and other GIT ailments away…especially bloating and inflatulence…Thanks:)

  294. Cruzer says:

    Hi Claire,

    This is my first time here. Thank you for posting the info on flees for dogs. I’ve had a very stressful day today, I think my dog has flees well she has something. I saw her biting like the base of her tale, so I said let me take a look. She’s a Westie and I see like dirt on her so I grab her to figure out what it is. I asked my daughter to help me Ugh, I see something crawling on her now I’m freaking out. I grabbed her an drove to my groomer for a flee bath, I don’t even know what she has I’m devastated. I’m over reacting right????? Well they couldn’t fit her in so they suggested I put frontline and give her a bath tomorrow with a flee shampoo. She’s so great, I have her in the bathroom (I have carpet) she’s been napping all afternoon she has to know something is not right. From your post I already did the bandana and tomorrow when I bathe her I will give her the last shampoo with the lemon juice from your post as well. Please help I don’t want her to be uncomfortable but I need to take care of her. Please help I’ll take all the advise I can get I’ve never had any of these issues dogs or cats.

    Thanking you in advance
    Cruzer

  295. Greg says:

    Hi Claire,
    A cabin in the north woods… sounds great to me. Anyway, I was wondering what you know about the benefits of olive oil. An older gentleman i know drinks a shot of olive oil a day as a preventive measure. Any thoughts good or bad?

  296. Sheila says:

    Hi Claire
    I have high blood pressure and my doctor was me to high blood medicine and l want to natural medicine. Please help me

  297. kier says:

    hi Claire, I could really use some help fast. My husband and I just got a min pin puppy he is very hyper and hard headed. I have been trying for a few weeks Now to train him to potty outside but no matter what I do I can’t get him to poop outside for anything. I’ve tried catching him in the act taking what he did do outside to show him he goes outside but nothing works please help. I’m running on fumes here and out of options. Thank you

  298. Daisy Wawrzonek says:

    Can the remedies for dog fleas also be used on cats? Or are they different? If they are different, can you provide.

    Thank you.

  299. Anne says:

    Hi! I was diagnosed with narcolepsy. It’s not as bad as other people where they fall asleep out of nowhere. I am just constantly tired and sleepy with no energy whatsoever. I used to take meds but I stopped taking them bc I am totally against all that poison. Do you have any advice to what I can do for more energy? I have also been diagnosed with PCOS and I been having a hard time getting pregnant. I have done 3 insemenations and I am now going to start Invitro bc the insemeniations were not a success. Any advice on infertility?

  300. nabeel ahamed says:

    Hi claire
    Your thoughts are so good . By seeing your website the world exists till now because good people like you are there. Iam so thankful to you… may god bless you my friend

  301. Haley says:

    Have you heard any feedback on if the honey & cinnamon mask really works? I’ve tried countless acne solutions & chemicals to get rid of my acne and nothing has ever worked or even helped for that matter. I understand acne is not the end of the world but boy am I tired of it! I just want to find a good, healthy solution for my skin!

    • john says:

      I use raw honey and baking soda. 2 table spoons of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of honey and scrub it on leave sit for 30 minutes and wash it off and it pulls the oils out and you might get more acne for the first week as it pulls the oils out but after they are out you should be able to do this twice a week and it’ll keep you good.

  302. Kylie says:

    I have had a sore throat and a runny nose and it feel like it is going down the back of my throat. I have this illness for a few days this being the second. Is there anything I can do to keep the snot from going down my throat? Is there anything that you can recommend me using as fast as you can please.
    Thank you.

  303. darrel says:

    I have just been diagnosed with Parkinsons disease, i do not want to take prescription drugs , so i am going down the vitamin route could you tell me if you have any experience of any natural therapy tablet i could take ? what are your thoughts on NADH COENZYMES .

  304. Raghu says:

    Hi Claire,

    Thanks for this site. It really helped me a lot. Well, I’m having severe hair loss. The top part of my hair has become thinner and thinner. Day-by-day it became worse.
    I’ve also approached several clinics and tried several natural remedies. Along with Hair, Money got lost. So could you suggest any best best treatment tat could grow my hair and become thick.
    I hope natural cure is best for this problem.
    Kindly suggest

  305. Jay says:

    Hi Claire,
    I always did put more stock in natural and herbal remedies then modern medicine. Lately however I’ve had this persistent cough and for a while I was getting rid of phlegm but eventually it stopped coming up and was left with a dry cough that would not go away. Started looking into it and found this page with the 7 suggestions you have for natural remedies for my problem and wanted to say thank you for the tips.

  306. Chai says:

    Hi Claire,

    Just wanted to let you I absolutely love your website. Found some very helpful home remedies for UTI’s. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise.

    Sincerely,
    Chai πŸ™‚

  307. anonymous says:

    Hey Claire I love cheese but I am sad to say that it causes me constipation. Do you know any good substitutes that doesn’t cause constipation thanks

  308. Marcus says:

    My local health food/herbalist shop advised me to take enzymes for acid reflux and my questions are is this tablet version the same as the enzymes in pineapple? Is the tablet version of enzymes actually healthy or is it just another money making scheme devised by my government?

  309. Christina says:

    I am so thrilled to find your site! I am a mom of two. We just had my son in the ER last night for severe pain caused by constipation. As I was researching natural remedies, I came across your site. I have been very interested in living natural lifestyle. I realize that God has given so many resources to take care of ourselves. I am so excited to see such a comprehensive site that is so easy to navigate. Thank you!!!

  310. Emma says:

    Claire,
    I love your blog, especially the 107 things to do with coconut oil! Can’t wait to try some of them out πŸ™‚

  311. Debbie says:

    Hi Claire

    I’m not sure how I ended up on your site, actually, but you seem wonderful and knowledgeable and there’s a comment section… Would you be able to make some recommendations for learning more about herbs and their healing/natural remedy properties? I work in a spice shop, around a lot of herbs, so I’m trying to start there, but really I’m interested in learning anything and everything about growing my own plants and about the ancient medicine behind things juxtaposed with the scientific information the era has to offer, and how all of that can combine into a fulfilling lifestyle as a pretty rad hermit witch with a huge garden.
    I’m sharing my dreams, here, dude.
    But yeah, I just want to learn everything. So if you have any personal suggestions on good ways to go about learning everything there is to currently know about natural healing, OR if you know ways to discover knowledge that isn’t already known about natural healing… it’d be appreciated.

    In any case, stumbling across this site and your page gave me a lot of hope and greatly improved my worldview and certainty of my life’s path. All without knowing how I got here! The strangeness of the universe at work. I literally live for it.

    Hope you’re doing well! πŸ™‚

  312. ANIRBAN says:

    Hey Hi there Claire ! πŸ™‚ I I am from INDIA and I love your website allot .. it’s a great thing you are doing here ! πŸ™‚ You helped me in curing my sleeping problems .. Hope to meet u someday in person ! Will always be Thankful to you . πŸ™‚

    • Claire Goodall says:

      So glad that you were able to improve your sleeping patterns, it makes me so happy to hear when I’ve been helpful in some way to somebody! πŸ˜€

  313. lori says:

    I’d love it if you’d add a search function to your website…
    You have so much good stuff here, but sometimes it’s hard to find.

    • Claire Goodall says:

      Hi Lori,

      Thanks! the sidebar there is a search bar which you can use to look for specific topics. Hope this helps!

  314. Maggie says:

    Hi Claire. My question is how do I best treat my constant COLD SORE situation which seems to be biweekly now, painful and upsetting both. Is there perhaps something in my diet that promotes these sores or anything nutritionally that may assist in preventing reoccurrence’s? Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Maggie

  315. Jenny says:

    Eager to try some of your home remedies for my ‘common ailments’ without prescriptions. I’ll let you know how it works out. Thanks for the info & have a great day!

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