Best of The Blog In 2018

Heather Dessinger

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Hey, you’re blurry! Wait, you’re actually fine, that’s just the month of December moving way. too. fast.

Before we close out this year I thought it would be fun to look back at the top ten most popular posts from this year – thank you so much for being part of this community! I’d love to hear what you want me to write about in 2019 – if you have a request please let me know in the comments below.

In order of LEAST to MOST popular . . .

red light therapy

#10 – Eight Science-Backed Benefits of Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy has been shown to be helpful for collagen production, improving skin clarity, optimizing hormone levels, facilitating muscle recovery and more.

In this post I explain why it works, plus what to look for in a red light therapy device.

Click To Read: 8 Science-Backed Benefits of Red Light Therapy

sleep dust recipe

#9 – How To Make Sleep Dust With Evidence-Based Herbs

Ever wake up wishing you’d gone to bed earlier, but couldn’t because you felt too wired? This sleep dust recipe makes an instant cup of powerful sleep promoting herbs. Just add water!

Click To Get The Recipe: How To Make Sleep Dust

histamine intolerance

#8 – The Beginner’s Guide To Histamine Intolerance

Do you sometimes experience headaches, flushing, or hives after eating a meal? Maybe also stomach aches and/or anxiety? Have you ever tried removing foods to see if your symptoms would improve, only to find that the foods you replace them with seem to cause similar issues?

Although seemingly unrelated, the symptoms above – and others like nausea, a racing heart, and digestive problems – can be an indication of histamine intolerance. In this post we’ll cover what histamine intolerance is, plus key strategies that may help.

Click To Get The Beginner’s Guide To Histamine Intolerance

valerian root

#7 – Six Benefits of Valerian Root (Plus How To Make Valerian Tincture & Tea)

Valerian is amazing for relaxation and sleep, but is it safe for children and pregnant/breastfeeding mamas? Also, why is it sometimes better to use a tincture instead of capsule supplements?

In this post I dive into those questions, and share a recipe for making valerian root tincture at home.

Click To Get The Recipe: 6 Benefits of Valerian Root (Plus How To Make Valerian Tincture & Tea)

DIY Makeup Remover

#6 – DIY Makeup Remover With Just Two Ingredients

This gentle, natural and inexpensive diy makeup remover works just as well as store brands, which often contain parabens, formaldehyde releasers, and other problematic ingredients.

It’s quick and easy to make, too!

Click To Read: DIY Makeup Remover With Just Two Ingredients

Natural Cold And Flu Remedies: If you're looking for ways to support recovery naturally, here are some easy recipes to use next time something's going around!

#5 – Natural Remedies For Cold & Flu Season (That Really Help)

The cold and flu remedies in this post are supported by research and incorporate common kitchen ingredients you probably already have on hand, like dried culinary herbs, spices, honey, etc.

Click To Read: 14 Natural Remedies For Cold & Flu Season (That Really Help)

lemon bread recipe

#4 – Lemon Bread With Vanilla Glaze (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

This sweet and tangy lemon bread with vanilla glaze is made with wholesome ingredients, and I’ve been told by one Starbucks Lemon Loaf lover that’s it’s just as satisfying as store-bought.

Click For The Recipe: Lemon Bread With Vanilla Glaze

Dandelion Oil Recipe

#3 – How To Make Dandelion Oil (And 5 Ways To Use It)

These sunny yellow flowers are full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids and minerals that support and protect your cells, soothe skin irritations and nourish dry skin.

For example, one study found that both dandelion flower and leaf extracts protect against UVB-related photoaging and senescence (aging at the cellular level).

This dandelion-infused oil can be as a:

* face moisturizer
*chapped-lip balm
*baby bottom balm
*owie salve, burn salve
*bug bite balm
* and more

Click To Read: How To Make Dandelion Oil (And 5 Ways To Use It)

healthy chocolate chip cookies

#2 – Easy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

These ooey-gooey paleo chocolate chip cookies are one of my family’s tried-and-true favorite recipes. Ready in about 20 minutes.

Click To Get The Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

what happened to mommypotamus

#1 – The End of Mommypotamus?

There’s a big, exciting change coming soon, but (spoiler alert!) it’s not the end. Click below for the juicy details.

Click To Read: The End of Mommypotamus

What almost made the list?

Here are the top five runners-up:

Your Turn!

What do YOU want to talk about in 2019? What kinds of posts would you like to see more of? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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9 thoughts on “Best of The Blog In 2018”

    • Third that. Appreciate and enjoy this blog so very much but much of it is unrealistic or unattainable on many budgets. I dream… and that’s fun but sometimes I unfortunately have to “go elsewhere” for my budget…and that makes me sad because I would much rather be here! That said, I enjoy and gain so much knowledge here that I appreciate!

  1. Hello!
    I would love to see some articles on foraging for edible and medicinal plants along with recipes for using them. Having stored foods is one of the 1st requirements in our ability to survive but if I can forage most of the year for fresh vitamin-rich edibles they could help round out nutrients missing from stored foods. Being able to distinguish healing plants and knowing how to use them could also make all the difference when doctors are no longer readily available.
    I appreciate all the recipes for natural products you already provide, but I’d like to be able to find more and varied ingredients myself. I know some of the easiest to find and even grow, are Plantain, Calendula, Purple clover and Dandelion. I love to know of more of these.
    Thank you for listening!

  2. I’m interested in posts concerning breastfeeding; mama’s stress and it’s affect on the contents of breastmilk, mama detoxing/exercising and it’s affect on the contents of breastmilk and whether or not lip/tongue ties ALWAYS need revised or not (especially concerning the mamas and babies who have absolutely zero problems breastfeeding despite having confirmed ties. You get 2 completely opposite answers while researching; some say there are chronic health problems caused by ties)

    Another interesting set of posts could be written on pregnancy; mama’s stress and it’s affect on the baby in the womb, breastfeeding while pregnant (I was admonished many times not to continue breastfeeding during pregnancy because it was “bad” for the nutritional health of my baby in womb and the toddler should “not be allowed to continue comfort-nursing”) and child spacing (this is of particular importance to me as there aren’t very many healthy options for planning pregnancy, maybe a how-to on the fertility tracking? )


  3. These are some topics that would be of interest to me: cloth diapering, type II diabetes and a real food diet, how to respond to questions/comments in regards to natural parenting, planting an herb garden and uses for herbs, and planting a garden for beginners. Just some topics that quickly come to mind. Look forward to a new year:)