Fall, winter, spring, summer. Fall, winter, spring, summer. In the Midwest, the seasons feel like they are constantly fluctuating. Most of the seasons come and go so quickly and then winter seems to last forever. This means that your skin can really take a beating. Summer brings long days in the sun and heat followed closely by the drying winds of autumn and winter. It seems as though your skin can never catch a break which can leave it dry, cracked, and downright inflamed and unhappy. Sometimes all your skin needs is a little pampering, and with autumn fast approaching, what’s more perfect than a skin nourishing mask that contains PUMPKIN of all things?!
The beginning of fall is always bitter sweet. With changing leaves and cooler temperatures marking the end of summer, there is such an energy shift in our bodies! While summer provided us with light and carefree attitudes, autumn brings with it more introspective energies that leave us wanting to stay snuggled in and pensive. We must be able to tune into these energies as the weather goes through this transition in order to keep us feeling at our prime this season.
The sweet dog days of summer are upon us, dropped out of the sky like an eagle on the hunt. As every lady is aware, summer means beaches, bikinis, and their best girlfriends. Unfortunately, another thing that comes along with these warm summer days? Uncomfortable PMS.
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!