Herbalism. The unique field of study surrounding the use of plants for medicinal purposes. Although the actual scientific study of herbal medicine has seen an explosion of interest over the past couple of years, it has been around much longer than that, with the use of plants for anecdotal purposes dating back thousands of years.
Buds are breaking, flowers are blooming, and your sinuses are throbbing. We all look forward to spring, yet for some, the dread of uncomfortable allergies can outweigh the excitement. Those blooms sure are beautiful, but too bad they can trigger such an unattractive reaction. With increasing global temperatures, these allergens are in for the long haul. It’s predicted that with warmer temperatures, plants will have longer blooming seasons – bringing with them longer allergy seasons.
When it comes to pain, chances are you, like everyone else, are looking for a quick fix. Something to make that irritating headache or awful backache disappear for a few short hours before it resurfaces again only to send you slumping toward your bed. While the majority of the world turns to Aspirin or Ibuprofen for this relief, you may be pleasantly surprised to hear that there is a natural alternative that, although may take slightly longer to work, doesn’t pose the risk of upsetting your stomach. This alternative I speak of is, of course, willow bark!
As everyone is probably aware, there is a big essential oil (EO) movement taking place right now. These scented oils made from distillation of plant matter are popping up all over the country as their therapeutic uses become increasingly recognized. With good reason too! Essential oils are easy and pleasurable to use, and can be very beneficial for a variety of conditions.
Getting the recommended amount of vegetables into your diet can be challenging with a hectic schedule. The recommended daily amount varies based on age, sex, and physical activity, but for the average grown woman it is recommended to consume two and a half cups of vegetables a day, with 3 cups recommended for men. This may seem daunting at times, however, there are simple tricks you can utilize to pack those vegetables into your day! You shouldn’t have to go without simply because of your busy lifestyle! Or maybe you have time, but you simply don’t like vegetables! Vegetables add so many nutrients to your diet such as potassium, vitamins A, K, and C, dietary fiber, and soooo much more. You are really doing your body and health a disservice by not including them in your diet. Hopefully these tips will empower you to start incorporating more vegetables into your day!
Having an optimistic outlook on life can take you a long way. When you start transforming your way of thinking from a negative outlook to a positive one, your life opens up in ways you never would have expected, both in your relationships with others and even your physical appearance. It’s easy and natural for our minds to wander to ‘the dark side’ every once in a while when things don’t go our way or stresses are thrown at us from every direction. However, it’s important to step back, think about the situation, and realize when you have the capabilities to change something or when you should just let it go. Releasing bottled up tension is so critical to your well-being, and is the only way to truly allow yourself to free your body and mind for more important things in life such as your health, goals, love and relationships, and puppies of course.
There’s nothing quite like the appearance of a productive garden in the summer, abuzz with bees and other friendly pollinators attracted by the enticing aroma and vibrant color of the plants. Imagine walking out your front door to edible greens, flower petals and other aromatic herbs that can be used both for culinary and medicinal purposes. After all, herbs are food, and food is medicine; hence herbs are medicine! Just keep that in mind. 😉 It’s easy to imagine what you want your garden to look like, but PLANNING it? That’s a whole different story. There are so many questions you may have such as, “Which plants do what for the body? What ailments should I plan for? When and where should I plant? Can I really eat that?!” This is the perfect time of year to be thinking about this since spring is right around the corner!
Ahh, spring is in the air! As the cool, dark winter fades away to longer days and dimly lit evenings, birds are eagerly chirping and plants are awakening after the long winter slumber. Spring is a time for new beginnings, renewal of our spirits, and revival of nature. Just as everything in nature comes alive again, so do our bodies! In winter our bodies tend to get rigid.
Inflammation in the body is always uncomfortable. Sometimes you may notice inflammation when you injure yourself or are fighting an infection, and other times inflammation may be chronic and unnoticeable. When you live a high-inflammatory lifestyle for a prolonged period of time, your body stops being able to turn off the inflammatory response and as a result, your healthy tissues may become damaged. When your body is constantly inflamed, you may start to suffer from conditions such as arthritis, bowel disorders, cancer, heart disease, dementia, and so much more! The sad part is that a lot of people don’t know the warning signs that their bodies are in a state of chronic inflammation until it’s too late. Why must we torture ourselves???
If you are like many women, the time of your ‘moon’ can leave you feeling less like yourself and more like, well, a zombie. There are those women that are lucky and barely have any symptoms during their menstrual cycle, while others are buckled over with severe cramps, lower back pain, migraines… you name it, they have it! While most ladies just pop a Midol or other pain medication, it’s nice to know that there are some natural alternatives out there that can help relieve these symptoms. After all, Mother Nature has a remedy for basically everything, whether we know it or not.