Sleep. It’s such a basic and important part of life, we could fill volumes with all there is to say about it. The whys and wherefores behind sleep disorders are often highly individual and tied in to one’s own personal history. But for today, let’s keep it basic. This list of do’s and don’t’s applies to everyone and is a good place to start. Read more…
by Tyra Camille Villadiego
I was standing there, in front of our new garden patch, eyes glazed over and head starting to hurt - What if nothing grows?
What are we gonna do with all these ‘weeds’?
Are they edible?
Where to begin?
Do we know enough?
Then I remembered, I really really love nature.
Being in nature means being in the flow.
So instead of thinking about it, I decided to play instead.
And here’s how: Read more…
This ancient spice is the answer for just about anything
Famously referred to as the “Queen of Spices,” turmeric (also known as curcuma longa) is an herb that originated in India and Asia dating back to 2,000 BC., and has since been used for culinary and medicinal purposes.
Known for its pepper-like aroma and bright golden color, turmeric contains an almost otherworldly range of antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-carcinogenic, and antiviral properties.
Rich in protein, turmeric contains vitamins C, E, and K, as well as calcium, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. The health and wellness benefits of turmeric are innumerable, but here are a few that top the list:
North America is rich in native medicinal herbs. Unfortunately, due to unwise and unsustainable harvesting, a number of these plants are at risk in their own native habitats. Some are easily cultivated for medicinal use. Others, like Lady’s Slipper and Beth Root, are not cultivated at all and should be replaced with other herbs for the same condition. In this article we will look at five herbs that are considered at risk but may be available from sustainable sources. We will also suggest possible substitute herbs that are easy to find and easy to grow for cultivation. It is essential that we educate ourselves in the sources of our medicinal herbs to protect our native treasures for future generations. Read more…
In October 2011, the Washington Post reported our teeming world reached a milestone in population for the first time with 7 billion people. The World Health Organization reported in 2010 that 1.56 billion folks of the 7 billion will soon be “living with high blood pressure.” What say thee, Herbal Friends? Do 1.56 billion people being ill, which is 23% of the folks on the planet, deserve to be called an epidemic? Read more…