My name is Carol.
Using self-care and home remedies is a way of life for me, and for many in my family, going back generations.
Much of what I know was passed down from my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles.
We use home remedies for everything from injury and illness to irritability and insomnia.
We don't go to the doctor unless we need to get stitched up or need a diagnosis.
Once that's taken care of, we usually manage all our ailments without spending tons of time and money in the doctors' offices.
We even take care of our pets and livestock this way.
I’m not anyone special – I love to horseback ride, go camping, travel, and read old pioneer journals (where I get many of my ideas for self-care home remedies!).
I spent many years as a certificated classroom teacher, from pre-school through high school, including more than a decade as a high school Health teacher (where I taught many of the self-care concepts I have put on this site).
I believe the human body has an amazing ability to maintain or heal itself when given what it needs, and those needs are fairly simple.
When treated badly over time, however, the body will finally succumb.
There is no way to prevent death, but there are lots of ways to help (or hurt) yourself before the end.
I hate the devastation I've seen from the overuse of prescription medications, fad diet tips, and just-plain-wrong self-care information.
I hate the lack of facts about health and medicine in our modern culture.
Everyone seems to be more concerned with not “offending” someone than with telling the truth.
To me, spreading lies about health care is the ultimate sin.
My people perish for lack of knowledge.
I know people who have developed endless health problems because they believe there is a “magic pill” for whatever ails them.
I know people who became addicted to harder drugs because their doctors kept them on pain killers for too long.
The news is full of horrific stories about people who took "anti-depressants," then killed their loved ones and/or themselves.
Unfortunately, I knew a couple of those people personally.
I have watched friends slowly killing themselves with raw-food, whole-grain, low-fat, and other so-called “healthy” diets.
I have watched the deterioration of intelligent, otherwise well-educated people who buy in to the vegetarian and vegan belief that humans can get all the nutrients they need from plants.
I have watched robust, vibrant people become frail and sickly from following even their own doctor’s “nutrition” advice to avoid meat, fat, and salt.
Most people are malnourished and overfed at the same time.
I have listened to countless stories from teenagers (and their parents) who’ve suffered the health consequences of the lies that using alcohol, drugs, marijuana, and casual sex are safe and acceptable “recreation.”
I’ve spent years helping those kids who discovered the hard way that the people who warn them of awful consequences are not just trying to spoil their “fun.”
Silence implies consent. I can not be silent while people kill themselves with drugs and sex.
I have witnessed bright, promising people stumble through their lives looking for that thing we’re all missing, and not finding it, because talking about God is not “cool.”
So much of what needs “fixing” in all of us can’t be found in a doctor’s office, a bottle, or an infomercial, yet is closer than most realize.
God believes in you, even if you don't believe in Him.
Some of these tragedies I have seen in my own family and circle of friends, some are acquaintances, some are students and their families, and some I have just heard about from others.
I have not been able to help everyone I've seen destroying their own health, but I've tried.
The ones who have come back from the brink have thanked me for my help.
The ones who didn’t, I still grieve.
I didn’t plan on starting a website to talk about Self Care and Home Remedies – it just came into my life.
I asked God what I should do with it, and He said, “The best you can.”
So here I am.
I hope you enjoy browsing through my website. Let me know if I can help with something you need. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, contact me here, and I’ll try to get back to you right away.
Take care of yourself,