When discussing where to buy essential oils for therapeutic/medicinal use, there is an inevitable list of companies that get recommended. The three top ones that I typically hear are doTERRA, Young Living, and From Nature With Love. While all three are solid choices for quality in my opinion, there tends to be a marked difference … Continue reading
Despite no shortage of people talking about the “good ole days,” there is an idea that “modern” equates better. “Modern medicine,” for example, brings to mind doctors in white coats and countless lives being saved because of the technology we now have. And while it can be true that modern medicine cures things that in years past would have been incurable, we seem to be forgetting a lot of good knowledge too. Antibiotics don’t have to be the first thing we reach for when dealing with minor infection, pain killers like Aleve and Tylenol don’t have to be our first choice when our body aches, and formula is not “just as good” as breastmilk for babies.
Throughout history the human race has made use of herbs and similar remedies to cure their ailments. Some worked, some didn’t, but people passed down what knowledge they had from generation to generation. There is record of ancient Druids performing successful brain surgeries, and that is just the beginning of the ancient knowledge many do not appreciate.
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When I was pregnant, starting around 37 or 38 weeks, I started hearing the line “I wouldn’t be surprised if you go into labor before your next appointment” from my OB/GYN. By 40 weeks I had gotten to about 3cm dilated, 80% effaced, and -1 station and I was sitting there wondering to myself why … Continue reading
Orange Spotted Jewelweed, or Impatiens capensis, is one of many plants that can easily be mistaken for a weed (though there is really no such thing — just helpful or attractive plants vs. unhelpful or ugly plants). It flourishes in damp areas, so often is found in swampy bits of forest, along side creeks, or in … Continue reading
It’s been a bit of an adjustment getting used to fresh whole wheat flour again. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the taste and wouldn’t trade that. And I love baking, so that’s not it either. What’s the problem? The lack of recipes! So many recipes out there use white flours or store bought wheat … Continue reading
We use the term weeds for those irritating plants that grow where you don’t want them to grow, are an eye sore, or cause other problems like the allergic rash many get from Poison Ivy. Yet the negative association is, as often as not, something we apply to it because it chose to grow of … Continue reading
“The womb lasts eighteen months: Nine months inside mother, and nine months outside.” – Dr. Sears [i] It is a sad day when keeping our babies close to our hearts is met by comments that we should put our babies down and let them cry. Rather than keeping them close, where they are safest, and … Continue reading
A lot of people love the smell of lavender — my husband hates it. Either way, lavender is an effective treatment for many ailments. I typically use it in essential oil form, and that is what my experiences are based on. It is suggested that pregnant and breastfeeding women avoid lavender. I have also read … Continue reading
Witch Hazel, or Hammamelis virginiana (among other varieties), is among one of my favorite plants and I would have to describe as a small tree. Not only does it have rather interesting looking flowers (which bloom in autumn and linger through winter), but the liquid you can distill from this tree is an astringent with a variety of … Continue reading