Herbal Spotlight: Chamomile Health Benefits | Home with Willow | Katie Emmitt

 

     Chamomile (Chamomile recutita) is an aromatic annual plant native to Europe. There are two kinds – mostly used interchangeably: Roman & German.

     Chamomile health benefits include: anti anxiety, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antispasmodic properties. Read on to discover more about this amazing herb, its health benefits, where to purchase it, and how to use it!

Herbal Spotlight: Chamomile Health Benefits | Home with Willow | Katie Emmitt

Best Eco Friendly Kitchen Products | Home with Willow | Katie Emmitt

     Over the past two years, I have been working diligently to make my kitchen more eco friendly. Some things were easy fixes – like switching from paper towels to reusable cloth rags. Other things I really struggled to find good options for – like dishwasher detergent that actually worked! In these last two years, I have tried a lot of products. I wanted to share with you my absolute favorites – so you can try them too! Here are the Best Eco Friendly Kitchen Products I’ve found and come to love!

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DIY Himalayan Salt Body Scrub | Home with Willow

     As a Vegan, and someone who has very sensitive skin, I’ve always struggled with finding skin care products that worked for me. Store bought lotions would either dry me out, or cause break outs. Trying to find cruelty free soaps, scrubs, and lotions was a constant battle. And don’t even get me started on how many store-bought products have ingredients that I really honestly wouldn’t dream about putting in my body (so why would I put them on my body?) This eventually led me to doing a lot of DIY bath & beauty products. So here is one of my favorites; my DIY Himalayan Salt Body Scrub (detoxifying, smoothing, moisturizing, plant-based, and free of harsh chemicals)!

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Letting go of responsibility for others \ Home with Willow \ meditation \ prayer

     Throughout my life, I’ve struggled with taking on too much responsibility when it comes to other people’s actions. Friendships, family relationships, romantic relationships, etc. I would tell myself that it was my ‘job’ to ‘fix’ it. To do something to ‘save’ whatever or whoever it was. Or even to protect people. And this feeling of responsibility weighed heavily on me. It became a huge burden. 

     With my last romantic relationship, I initially felt like it was my responsibility to ‘fix’ everything and make his life better. Everything seemed ‘hard’ for him and like the world worked against him (in his eyes) – and I just wanted to help. My empathic tendencies were so strong, I completely neglected myself and put all of my energy into taking responsibility for everything that happened to him. It was draining. He began to blame me for his problems. As that relationship wore on, and I realized that it was, in fact, his problem, and not mine. There is more to it than that, but for the sake of this topic, I’ll keep it brief. 

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