Coming down with a case of the blues? You’re not alone. It’s estimated that up to 10 percent of the population in the United States will show signs of a declining mood as the days get shorter and the temperatures drop.
A specific type of mood disorder that’s directly related to the change in seasons is commonly known as SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD symptoms usually occur in the autumn and winter months and include tiredness, feelings of hopelessness, overeating, and loss of motivation. These symptoms can be more prevalent in people who live farther away from the equator, and typically affect women more than men. As with many health issues, prevention is key. Read More
You've waited for this gorgeous weather all year long so you could finally get outside and soak up some rays. But is your skin as ready as you are?
Summer is the time to relax and experience the healing power of nature. Breathing the fresh air, connecting with the environment, and grounding yourself with the earth can be powerful medicine for the mind and body. And this includes getting friendly with the sun.
The sun brings life to the planet, and is needed for all life processes. Plants transform sunlight into energy, and, in turn, nourishment for a variety of animals-including us. But while the sunshine provides nourishment and life, too much can damage the skin. Here's your guide to promoting radiant summer skin with natural sun protection and sunburn relief.
I've often pondered this idea because many people think they're mutually exclusive. I have surely been guilty of this in the past; when life starts to get overloaded with work and responsibilities, eating healthy gets pushed to the side. The irony is that quality nutrition is needed even more when times of stress are high! So, how do we find the delicate balance of healthy eating while constantly being on the go? Read More
When was the last time you smelled the subtle floral scents within the air or really tasted your food? Do you miss having fresh breath and clothes that don’t smell of smoke? Are you tired of getting short of breath when you do just a little bit of cardio exercise? Have you tried to quit smoking, but found yourself back at it? These natural stop-smoking aids can help. Read More
Say hello to summer this year with your best body ever! Become in-tune with your body, halt sugar cravings in their tracks, improve digestion, nourish your metabolism, lose weight, and feel vibrant just in time for the sunshine. We’ve designed a complete mind and body guide to help you look more radiant, feel more confident, and get ready for swimsuit season. Just try these powerful techniques. Read More
I recently moved a magical mountain location surrounded by endless waterfalls, rivers, and forest as far as you can see but it also happens to be quite chilly here. For someone who prefers to wear a tank top while inside, this new "invigorating" environment has been slightly challenging well, until I did my research...
Did you know that lower indoor temperatures have been linked to better sleep, decreased inflammation, weight loss, improved blood flow, and even increased cognition?! This new evidence has radically changed my view and my comfort level to a lower temperature. Read More
Mugwort, aka Artemisia vulgaris, an amazing women's herb used to tonify the reproductive system. It's name comes from the Greek Goddess of fertility and the forest named Artemisia. Commonly used to treat irregular menses by increasing the blood flow to the pelvic region, relaxing the nervous system, and easing tension to promote normal menstrual flow. Read More
It's such a beautiful time of year and the air has a subtle sweet smell but with that comes pollen and allergies. Did you know that 58 million americans suffer from allergies in the U.S each year? There's a variety of symptoms that come with allergies including a runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, and sneezing.
So how do we embrace this gorgeous time of year without suffering? Read More
Medicinal mushrooms have a profound healing power, and were used thousands of years ago by the Greeks, Egyptians, and Chinese as a means to promote longevity. These beneficial fungi offer a vast range of potentially therapeutic uses including enhancing immunity, improving cardiovascular health, promoting detoxification, boosting mood, improving digestion, stimulating memory, and nourishing the body. What makes these "magic" mushrooms so unique? For one thing, fungi and humans are actually more closely related biologically than fungi and plants! Perhaps that's why they make us feel so good. Read More
Well, I guess I should start with "have you ever heard of a sitz bath?" first. This type of hydrotherapy has been used in Germany for centuries to tonify the pelvic region. It's such a simple yet powerful natural remedy for so many conditions that it's still as valid today as it was many years ago. Read More
I hate to break it to you but those white marks on nails are not caused by an excess of calcium or a deficiency of zinc but most likely from a minor injury while the nail is growing! Read More
Let's first talk about the basics....
How long are you brushing? The American Dental Association recommends at least brushing for 2 minutes two or more times a day.
How hard is your brush? Did you know that harder brushes can act like sandpaper and slowly strip away the enamel. Softer and longer is better! Read More
Napping is a very controversial subject with parties supporting both ends of the spectrum. Some people swear by naps while others believe it disrupts their sleeping cycle. Companies like Google and Apple even supply sleep pods for employees to catch some zzzzzzzzz's, so what's the answer? Read More
What is real food anymore? Does it mean natural? Does it mean organic? Does it just mean from the earth?
There's so much confusion on what to eat, where to buy, and most companies don't help by trying to secretly disguise products that contain sugar with the 57 aliases they use. Read More
So, you really want to be healthy, you love to cook, and you value organic, non-GMO, local food....but, how can you possibly afford it on a budget?! Just because your monetarily challenged doesn't mean you have to shop in the canned food isles and eat fast food. Read More
Want to start fresh in the new year? The most gentle way to rid yourself of toxins is as simple as heat and sweat! By eliminating toxins through your skin you are able to avoid integrating the toxins into your blood stream and increasing the burden to your kidneys and live Read More
We're surrounded by it everyday, it has an answer for every aliment, and it's absolutely stunning! Botanical medicine is the use of plants or plant extracts for medicinal purposes, and it's the most ancient form of healing documented.
For a while, we moved away from the healing power of plants when the booming pharmaceutical model gained momentum. Now, we are coming back full circle, understanding that by isolating a single chemical within a plant destroys the inherent intelligence of the whole to work in brilliant complexity. Wooh, we just got deep! Read More
The mint family is one of the most useful medicinal and culinary herb families because of it's great taste and healing properties. Peppermint is actually a natural hybrid between the water mint and spearmint plants. Mint is even considered a symbol of wisdom and hospitality. The medicinal uses of peppermint are vast including relieving muscle spasms to soothing the stomach and improving digestion. Read More
Channel your inner botanical alchemist! It's that time of year again to start using herbs to support the immune system and prevent colds. Here are some of creative ways to sneak in the medicine throughout the day. Read More