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.
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.
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.
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.