Green Home Remedies Green Earth Our modern, disposable lifestyle has a toxic effect on our personal health, and the health of our planet. Herbs and other environmentally friendly household items can replace the chemical products we use to clean our homes, control pests, and care for our pets. There are ways to avoid the worst toxic offenders in our environment according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG)1, nonprofit dedicated to providing good information and levels of toxins in consumer products. Apple Cider Vinegar * Cinnamon * Grapefruit * Lemon * Orange * Tea Tree oil * Tea tree oil is indispensable as a personal care disinfectant. White vinegar is distilled from grains such as corn or malt, although some generic brands can be petroleum based. Grapefruit seed extract is easy to use, and environmentally safe, so safe in fact that you can use it to purify drinking water in cases of emergency (ten drops per gallon of clear water). Good news!
Traditional Herbs of China Ginkgo Biloba Ajwain Seed * Aloe * Andrographis * Angelica * Arjuna * Asafoetida * Ashwagandha * Asparagus (Satavari) * Bacopa * Club Moss (Wolf's Claw) * Codonopsis (Dang Shen) * Coptis (Huang Lian) * Corydalis (Yan Hu So) * Datura * Dong Quai (Dang-gui) * Eleuthero (Wu Jia Shen Jing) * Epimedium (yin yang huo) * Fo-Ti Root (He-shou-wu) * Forsythia (Lian Qiao) * Gentian * Ginger Root (Luyang Dilaw) * Forsythia (Lian Qiao) * Ginkgo biloba * Ginseng (Ren-shen) * Goji Berries * Honeysuckle ( jin yin hua) * Jasmine * Jiaogulan * Kudzu * Licorice Root (Gan-cao) * Maitake mushroom * Motherwort * Oolong Tea * Mandarin Orange * Rehmannia root (Shu Di Huang) * Reishi Mushroom (Ling-zhi) * Rhodiola * Schisandra (wu-wei-zi) * Skullcap * Snakeroot * Solomon's Seal Tea * Turkey Rhubarb * White Peony (Bai Shao Yao)* Yarrow History In China, traditional medicine is a integral part of the culture going back at least 5,000 years. Ginkgo Biloba
What Is Intuition Exactly? Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without the use of logical reasoning. It comes from the Latin word "intueri," which roughly translates, "to look inside." It's also being in tune with the energy around us. We all listen to our instincts at one time or another, whether it's having a premonition or walking into a room and knowing an argument just took place. Everyone had special intuitive gifts. They can come in the form of knowing, seeing, hearing, or feeling -- some people have prophetic dreams, others are good with numbers or dates, while others have a gut feeling that something is about to happen or just don't trust someone because they make them feel uncomfortable. Reiki and IntuitionAs a society, we believe if something can't be proven or seen, it doesn't exist. Of course, I can't help tying Reiki into this. "No more words, hear only the voice within."
Harvesting Mint for Herbal Infusions « Mind Body and Sole For the past couple of days I’ve been harvesting mint to dry and use throughout the winter in an herbal infusion that I drink as a type of “multi-vitamin.” I’ll share the recipe with you later, but first I wanted to share with you how easy it is to harvest and dry mint. Harvest in the morning after the dew has dried but before the heat of the day is able to “bake off” some of the essential oils found in the plant. You can cut mint down at the base of the plant since mint is an herb that grows from the roots. I spread the mint out on a sheet over night to loose some of the moisture in the plant and then begin to trim off the leaves (I use my thumbnail) from the stem and place on a drying screen. In my Excalibur, the drying time is about 8 hours depending on humidity and size of leaves. After the mint is dry, I store mine in an air-tight glass jar (a mason jar works well) so it’s handy when I’m ready to make my infusion. Nourishing herbs are very much like food for our bodies. 1 Tbs Nettle
The Future of Health NowThis Little Weed is one of the Most Useful Medicines on the Planet You’ve stepped on it, ignored it, and tried to eradicate it from your lawn. However, this innocuous little weed is one of the most useful medicines on the planet, just begging to be harvested. There are two major types of plantain in BC, Canada: Lance and Broadleaf. Generally, all 200-plus varieties of plantain yield the same results. It grows especially well in poor, rocky soil (such as driveways) and is often seen alongside dandelion. Plantain has often been the go-to remedy for hikers plagued by mosquitos. Plantain is renowned for its healing effect on the digestive system. Because plantain is a gentle expectorant and high in silica, an infusion can be helpful for lung problems, coughs, and colds. Plantain is almost a panacea for the human body, treating everything from all menstrual difficulties, all digestive issues, to nearly all skin complaints, and even arthritis. Resources: – Prescription for Herbal Healing: 2nd Edition – Phyllis A.
6 Steps Towards Emotional Wellness April 4, 2011 By Guest Blogger|22Comments| Facebook Tweet Google + Pinterest Email by Jennifer Reger I’ve spent the past five years on the quest for wellness, with much of my time, efforts and money devoted to better food choices. I felt a lack of direction in my career. Here are some of the steps I’ve recently taken in creating emotional wealth: Take an internal inventory: Identify emotional triggers. Practice self-care religiously. When the going gets tough, give yourself some extra lovin’. Mind the gap. Nurture and expand your perspective; exercise connectivity. And if you’re feeling particularly low or isolated and the gratitude journal just ain’t doing the trick, there’s an awesome exercise in connectivity that you can do anytime, anywhere. Receive. None of these practices is rocket science; they are quite simple. Jennifer Reger is creator of the wellness blog Holistic Health Junkie. Photo credit: Mr.
Herbal Blogroll If you see your blog below but it doesn't have a description please feel free to send a description to me. If you have sent me your blog and you don't see it on the list, please send it to me again. Be sure to include the world BLOG in your subject line. (I hope no one fell through the cracks, but I never know!) A blog covering wildcrafting, therapeutics, recipes and my health related philosophical rants! Banyan Moon Botanicals is inspired by Yogini Herbalist, Kristin Henningsen. A blog by Kiva Rose I'm a Sanctuary Apprentice with Sarah Head. CastaneaA blog by Juliet Blankespoor. Catalyst for BreakfastCatalyst for Breakfast investigates the many ways we can incorporate fun and healthy DIY practices into our daily lives, from the perspective of an acupuncturist and herbalist. Cauldrons and Crockpots is a blog about food, herbs, travel and magic. A blog by Leslie A blog by Celia LinnemannDesert Tortoise BotanicalsLiving with plants in the Sonoran desert. A blog by Sharol Tilgner
Michael Tierra - Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine (Vol I) The Reiki Digest ~The Woodwife's Journal~ Treatise on the Spleen and Stomach 5 Reiki Precepts: Precept #3 - Be True to Yourself As I've written before, the system of Reiki offers five precepts (or rules to live by). The third one is "Be true to your way and your being." This precept is about trusting your internal guidance and finding your unique way. Reiki helps engage our inner resources, the answers we so often seek already lie within: we don't need to go outside ourselves. So often clients ask me what I noticed during the session but it's more enlightening to hear what clients themselves discovered during a session -- they usually have the answers they're asking me. It's also interesting to notice how the precepts build on each other: you can't be true to your way if you're feeling angry or worried (Precepts #1 Do Not Bear Anger, and #2 Do Not Worry.) An Exercise: Take a minute or two to think about what you do or need to do to support yourself so you can be true to the light that makes you special and different from anyone else. Try writing it down. "No more words, hear only the voice within." -- Rumi
Handmade Natural Bug Repellent Spray ~ A Recipe [B]eing the outdoorsy family that we are — gardening, camping, hiking, and the like – insect repellent is a nice thing to have around, especially during the spring and summer months. And as with nearly every other household item, this all-natural bug spray can be handmade at home — in a frugal and eco-friendly way. It’s always nice to save money, protect the earth, and guard your family against toxic chemicals — in this case DEET. By making your own handmade natural bug repellent spray, you accomplish all three of these things! It’s important to note that there are many, many different natural ways to avoid the torment of mosquitoes and other biting insects…some simple and some more complex. How to Make a Natural Bug Repellent Spray My Natural Bug Repellent Spray contains a variety of essential oils and plant-based extracts that truly work to keep insects, bugs, and flies away. citronellarose geraniumclovelemongrasslemoneucalyptuscatnipcastor oilpeppermintlavendercedar The Recipe Method 1.
The Spirits of the Points: The Gall Bladder Official By Neil Gumenick, MAc (UK), LAc, Dipl. Ac The Gall Bladder is known as The Official of Decision Making and Judgment. From deciding whether to eat or shower first, to the internal mechanisms of clotting blood after a shaving cut, to intricate cellular exchanges, to deciding how we'll present our ideas and thoughts in a logical fashion, to allowing everything to be at the right place at the right time, this Official is at work constantly. The Gall Bladder judges and evaluates, determining whether our thoughts and actions are righteous – in alignment with our highest good and the well being of others – fulfilling the visions and plans made by its brother Official, the Liver (see AT Vol. 13, issues 2 and 6: The Spirits of the Points: The Liver Official). The Diagnostics In the practice of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture, points are generally chosen from the meridians diagnosed as the primary elemental imbalance, known as the Causative Factor or "CF" to achieve maximum impact. The Points