As kids, we are told to not eat any berries or plants we encounter when outdoors. While, yes, this is valid advice for a 4 year old, as we get older, we shouldn’t be afraid to educate ourselves on the plants growing around us, because you know what I’ve realized? There are a hell of a lot of edible plants out there that offer an abundance of nutritious vitamins, minerals, and healing compounds. All of them going underutilized because everyone has it drilled into their minds that wild plants are all poisonous.
Tinctures: The alternative medicine touted for amazing health benefits without the added side effects that are associated with other forms of medicine. Tinctures have been used for hundreds of years as one of the primary forms of herbal medicine due to the simple ingredients, ease of use, and effective and natural form of relief from common ailments.
We all know far too well that uncomfortable feeling that accompanies the onset of any cold or flu. Chills, fever, lethargy, coughing, and runny noses are all too familiar as the daylight hours become shorter, school starts back up, and people become more prone to staying indoors in close quarters with their colleagues, family, and friends.
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.
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!
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.