Can you mix different types of meat bones to make broth?

Yes!  Mixing different types of bones creates a richer broth. In his book Brodo, Michael Canora calls this type of broth a hearth broth.  You can pick up a copy of Canora’s book at your local bookstore, or on Amazon.


Will antibiotics help my cold?

The following is a post from the Franklin Institute of Wellness. I have posted it here for informational purposes. Please note that we, I, understand that there are times in which bronchitis, or a sinus infection, or a cold, can be bacterial. We sometimes call this “piggy-backing.” It is when a bacterial infection piggy-backs onto a virus. The information below is not to say that you should not use antibiotics, but to create a pause in our first gut reaction of grabbing an antibiotic. Please make the best decision for you and your family.


Antibiotics are often used to treat viral infections such as the flu, common cold, and bronchitis. In fact, a recent study found that 80% of bronchitis cases result in an antibiotic prescription, despite repeated educational programs to teach doctors about effective ways to manage bronchitis. Not only does antibiotic misuse lead to the risky side effects and potential reactions, it does nothing to treat a viral infection, nothing to reduce the symptoms, and nothing to protect those around you from getting sick–in fact, some studies indicate it could even worsen a viral condition! It also leads to the increased risk of resistance, which is something that affects all of us.
Here are some tips to help avoid unnecessary antibiotics:

Pumpkin Pie

There is nothing like a slice of pumpkin pie to welcome in Fall. This wonderful holiday dessert is filled with tons of wonderful vitamins, minerals, and so so much more!
The pumpkin alone contains zinc, selenium, vitamins A, C, and E, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium! Not only is it loaded with antioxidants, but it also contains beta-carotene which gives it that beautiful orange color.

The spices in pumpkin pie are warming to the body and helps stimulates appetite. The combination of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger provide antibacterial and antiviral benefits to this delicious dessert, not to mention the anti-inflammatory benefits of ginger.

These wonderful nourishing properties of pumpkin pie makes it a dessert a child of any age can indulge in!

If you love pumpkin pie, check out Vintage Remedies Pumpkin Spice Latte! If you are not comfortable using essential oils in food, substitute for a pinch of ground or fresh spices! If you choose to use essential oils, please make sure they are organic and the best quality.  This drink is for adults only, please do not give essential oil to children. For children, please use ground spices instead of oils.

Vegetable Broth

Did you know vegetable broths contain lots of rich minerals that can aid in replenishing vital nutrients and rehydrating the body?

It’s true! Vegetable broths contain minerals like potassium, magnesium, sodium, and iodine! It is also rich in vitamins such as vitamin C, A and B complex!

What a great way to help the body heal during an ailment!

MMMM Blackberries!

Freshly picked blackberries for dessert tonight! Blackberries are rich with antioxidants and contain Vitamin A, C, E, Copper and so much more!

Did you know that while eating too many blackberries may cause diarrhea, the astringent properties in it’s leaves help stop it? It’s true! So the next time you see blackberries grab a couple of leaves for later!

Stomach Flu – Treatment & Prevention

On February 9th at 11am CT Franklin Institute of Wellness is hosting a webinar  discussing how to prevent & treat the stomach flu! Come and get great tips on how to take care of you and your family!

Click here to register for this free webinar!


EO Cough Syrup by Vintage Remedies


Our household has never tried this, but the source is trusted.

If you have never taken EO’s internally, or one of these EO’s are new to you, take a smaller dose first to see how your body will react. It is better to take smaller amounts first, when trying something new. Remember when in doubt don’t!

Do not take while pregnant or breastfeeding. For children ages 7+. Do not substitute a different Eucalyptus (E.) for E. Radiata.

For more information on using essential oils to treat ailments, check out  Vintage Remedies Aromatic Medicine Course.

*This formula was provided by Vintage Remedies.

Facial Massages

Ear pressure and facial pain seem to go hand in hand with any respiratory infection. Facial massages can aid in relieving the pressure and draining the lymph nodes and glands, helping relieve some of the discomfort associated with being sick.

To see my how-to videos follow me on Instagram at naturalpreggomomma.

Please note that while these massages can be done on newborns, they require very little pressure! Please be gentle.

To learn more about facial massages and how they can help, check out Dr. Mary Ann Block’s book No More Amoxicillin.