I finally started sowing my seeds! So many seeds, so little space! I ordered the Lifeline Medicinal Herb Garden through Mountain Rose Herbs and didn't realize until it arrived that I might've gone a little overboard. There are 18 different kinds of seeds in the kit, plus all of the other things we already planned... Continue Reading →
The Appeal of Herbalism
For thousands of years, humans have utilized nature's resources for the treatment of a variety of ailments. As we progressed in scientific thought and knowledge, we began to focus primarily on treatment of disease, rather than prevention of disease or maintaining wellness. Modern medicine was born. The medical and pharmaceutical industries are what we tend... Continue Reading →
Why Did I Wait So Long to See My Doctor?!?
Despite being a nurse, I am one of those people who rarely sees my doctor. I go when I have to, like for work physicals, but I really have to be hurting to seek medical care for something like a cold or sinus infection. I'm lucky to be in good health, and my immune system usually... Continue Reading →
Calendula – a Magic Flower
Here I sit on this lovely fall afternoon, sipping tea made from the petals of my very own calendula plants. Calendula officinalis, also known as pot marigold, is a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family which includes daisies and ragweed. Calendula is native to the Mediterranean region, but grows worldwide...and very easily might I add! The... Continue Reading →
What is Wellness?
Wellness is such a buzzword these days, and it's something I've been pursuing for some time now, but what is it exactly? Obviously, it must refer to physical health...one cannot be "well" and be ill at the same time. I think most people would agree that mental health would fall into the same category. So is "wellness"... Continue Reading →
A New Day
I can't begin to describe how happy I am that spring is finally here. For me, it is really a time of planting seeds now that will bloom later...literally and metaphorically. This winter has not been unproductive, I've done a bit of self reflection and reshaped my goals to better align with who I am and... Continue Reading →
Green Smoothies and Back Pain
Yes, green smoothies and back pain are what I've been up to these past few days. I pulled a lower back muscle at work last Monday, and I've been unable to do much more than walking and careful stretching. I can't say that I've been the most positive person this past week - it just... Continue Reading →
I tend to be the type of person who is full of ideas. I'm like a kid in the sense that I want to do everything and try everything and go everywhere. The world is my oyster and life is meant for living. The problem I find is that there is never any time. I... Continue Reading →