Thursday, December 31, 2009

Homemade All Natural Cough Drops

Do a little steeping and straining, boiling and stirring, rolling and cooling. Voila! Your very own cough drops at half the price and just as effective as the commercial ones. You need a candy thermometer to make these.

2 oz. dried or 6 oz. fresh horehound leaves

3.5 Cups dark brown sugar

20 drops eucalyptus essential oil

20 drops tea tree essential oil

1. In a saucepan, pour 3 cups boiling water over the horehound leaves and steep for 30 minutes over low heat. Strain into another saucepan and add the brown sugar: stir until the sugar dissolves.

2. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil until it reaches 295 F on the candy thermometer. Stir in the eucalyptus and tea tree oils. Let cool slightly, then, using buttered hands, roll into small balls and let the balls harden on wax paper. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and use as needed.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Broncos Game

Here are some pics of Charlie Sr. (Susan's husband) and their son Charlie Jr. at his first Broncos game. He is so into the Broncos and football this year, so we splurged and got tickets. We were a little bummed they lost, but the boys still had fun :)Driving to the field.

Charlie Jr. and Charlie Sr.

Friday, December 18, 2009


This time of year many people want to help others. A great site is . You can search by location and area of interest. You will find a huge selection of varied opportunities.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Got my seed catalog :)

I got my Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog today :) from I love this time of year, get my catalogs and start planning my garden, even tho it's cold out right now! I am gonna build some raised beds and have lots of fresh veggies to can at the end of harvest time.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Remedies for Dry Hair

With winter sometimes my hair gets dry-so I found these natural remedy and thought I would share it with you.

To keep your hair in top condition, try massaging a few drops of oil of rosemary into the scalp, then rinsing with an infusion of nettle.

You can also take your favorite conditioner and massage it into wet hair and wrap a plastic grocery bag around your hair for ten minutes.

For very dry hair, warm two T of olive oil in a cup placed in a pan of hot water. Massage the oil into the scalp. Steep a towel in hot water, wring it out and wrap it around your head for about two hours. Rinse with a solution of half a cupful of cider vinegar to 11 cups of water.

To make an egg shampoo for dry hair use 1 T of fresh rosemary, 2 1/2 cups of hot water and egg. Steep the rosemary for 20 minutes and allow to cool. Beat in the egg and massage into the hair and rinse well.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

PMU Mare

Here at the ranch we have adopted a former PMU (Pregnant Mare Urine) mare. These mares are used for their urine to make synthetic hormone replacement, and these mares are treated very poorly--kept in a pen all of their lives, catheterized and in a constant state of pregnancy.

The babies are soon taken away from the mom and killed.

So we have adopted "Honey" and she is very afraid of people at this time, but we will love her and work with her and keep you updated on her progress :)

She knows there are treats in that bucket :)

Okay...this isn't so bad.....

She is a little unsure. She preferred when he was sitting.She is very tentative and head shy, but does like the treats. Needs about 200-300 pounds more on her, so she is in a good place here on the ranch:)

Our natural progesterone cream is made from plant based hormones--so you can feel good about using it, and we will keep you posted on Honey's progress.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

What a beautiful, warm Colorado day. Hard to believe we were under blizzard conditions less than a week ago when it is 70 degrees out today. Here is Megan out sunning in a wagon.

and here is our Natures Light shop---no snow left :)

Laurie is going to spray her Friesian mare with some SOS-natural pain relief spray for animals...Franca has a sore hoof.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy Birthday

Yesterday my son Charlie Jr. (12) said he wanted to make his dad breakfast for his birthday. So when my husband woke up this morning my son had scrambled eggs, with hot sauce and toast with my homemade jelly on it. He was so surprised. He said his eyes filled with tears. What a sweet present from our son--one he will never forget:)
Happy Birthday Charlie Sr. :)


Friday, October 30, 2009

Snowstorm and power loss

We've been getting snow the last few days. Colorado has crazy weather can have sunny 70 degree weather one day and snow the next :) Nice thing about it is that the snow doesn't stay around long-usually just a few days. It started snowing and blowing on Wednesday we got around 8 inches, but with the blowing we get 4 and 5 foot drifts, which wouldn't be so bad, but we have 20+ horses. While some horses have big round bales out there 9 have to be fed daily, and they are all spread out in different pens :)
Now I am only 5'2" (on a good day) so climbing through the drifts to feed these horses can wear me out! LOL and to think some people have to go to the gym to work out.
So I got them fed, but we have a wood stove and of course we weren't prepared, so there I am digging out wood from under a nice large drift to put on my sled and pull back up to the house. I have an Alaskan Malamute and a German Shepard and they are just cocking their heads to the side, looking at me like "what are you doing?" Need to turn those 2 into sled dogs!
I get a nice fire going and just in time---the power goes out! What a day! and do you think our Y2K generator is hooked up? Wish I had pictures. What a riot!


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Newest member of the family

Ashley Marie was born Oct 7 weighing 7 lbs 8 oz.
Happy Birthday baby girl :)


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Natures Light Featured On National Radio Show

Friday we got a call from Darla Bardelli professional angler and host of Outdoors In America, and Outdoors Arizona. She had tried to PRO Xtreme roll-on and loved it, so she asked if I would be on her radio show. So today I was on at noon our time, and 6pm our time.

I was also featured on the Don McDowell show "Shake, Rattle, and Troll" out of Arizona--so I have had a busy weekend :)

Now we have to get ready for a "Ladies Night Out" that we will be having a booth at in Boulder, Colorado this Thursday. I will post pictures of it after the show. See you later :)


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Aromatherapy for Health and Well-Being

Have some fun with aromatherapy by selecting a favorite oil or two, and include them into your daily 'ritual' for inhalation, bathing, skincare and relaxation. Peppermint is a classic morning pick-me-up with a fresh, invigorating aroma. Use drops of peppermint oil on a damp cloth in the shower.

Japanese researchers have even designed alarm clocks that wake you up with energizing aromas!

Need to unwind at the end of your day? Use lavender to relax. Put a drop on a cloth and put it under your pillow while you sleep.

Need to freshen up your environment? Use Eucalyptus, lemon, pine, sage or tea tree.

If your in the mood for romance use oils like rose, jasmine, sandalwood, vanilla.

You can also mix 2-3 oils and make your own 'blend'.

There are many creative ways to experience the benefits of aromatherapy.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Homemade Gatoraid

I found this recipe and decided I would share it with all of you. This is a great way to save money and keep your electrolytes up :)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
2 Tablespoons sugar
add to 1 litre of water
The nice thing about this recipe is you can flavor it how you want, and make it your own.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Megan's Naturals

A couple of months ago my daughter Megan-she is 9 (pictured with her brother Charlie) asked if she could start making some products of her own. She has grown up watching all facets of Natures Light so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised by her She wanted to make lip gloss, so she asked Memere (Laurie her grandmother--Memere is French for Grandmother) and they sat down and ordered some scents and ingredients to make lip gloss.

Next thing you know Megan is asking her dad to make her a "stand" (she had drawn him design plans) so she can sit at the end of our driveway and sell her lip gloss. So the idea for Megan's Naturals by Natures Light was born :) She and I sat down and have started designing her web page, and labels for her products so look for Megan's Naturals coming soon to the Natures Light website. Her first products are Cotton Candy Lip Gloss and Wild Strawberry Lip Gloss.

Don't think Megan is done there, she already has a list of products for us to develop and believe me when I say she is persistent.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Natures Light-a bit about us

We've been busy here at Natures Light. We moved into larger offices and we are EXCITED! We needed the extra room for sure :) We are working on the last touches for our new product SOS-an all natural pain reliever for pets.

Natures Light is a small family owned company. Laurie, a master herbalist, started Natures Light in 2000 with her daughters-Susan is an RN, Jessica holds a bach. degree in Psychology, is an LPN and is working on her RN, and Wendy is studying to be an APT. We operate out of beautiful Bennett, Colorado and love to hear how our products have helped people from around the world, so follow us in our journey on this blog.

Natures Light Team