Natural Health and Healing – in the Real World

Health and Healing

 

I had not one, but two situations this week where most people would run to the doctor for a once-over or an antibiotic. I ran to my pantry.

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Why I Drink Herbal Teas Every Day – and the Benefits of Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Herbal Tea

As I type this, I have a quart of Tulsi tea brewing. It’s 90 degrees outside right now, so it’s definitely getting dumped over ice when it’s done, but it smells amazing. I drink some kind of herbal tea pretty much every day. I’ve been enjoying tulsi and lemon balm most frequently lately, but I often have chamomile, rooibos, hibiscus, dandelion, anise hyssop and various mints. They’re always on hand, and always in full rotation.

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Tinctures… and Why I Don’t Do What the Books Say

Simplicity

I’ve always had a hard time with authority. I’ll freely admit it. I’m stubborn. I also have a hard time following a recipe… or directions of any kind, really. Throw some unnecessary complications at me, and I’ll blow my lid. I will go straight “ain’t nobody got time for that” right up in yo’ face. What can I say? God made me how he made me.

That’s why I struggle with the most popular advice on tincture making.

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Hello Pollen, My Old Friend… A Holistic Approach to Seasonal Allergies

Hello Pollen, My Old Friend... A Holistic Approach to Seasonal Alergies

I love living in the rural South. I really do… except for the pollen. Every year, it’s the same song and dance. The weather starts to warm, daffodils bloom, followed soon thereafter by dogwoods and redbuds. Soon, everywhere you turn there are trees and shrubs covered in stunning displays of flowers. You (and by ‘you’, I mean ‘I’) get caught up in the beauty and excitement of a brand new year. The feeling of new life in the air. ‘You’ open the windows, reveling in the refreshing cool breezes of Spring… and suddenly the world is awash in yellow. Every surface in your home – yellow. Your normally black car – yellow. The brick steps – also yellow. Your head throbs, your sinuses protest and your nose drips.

Hello, Spring.

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Growing Your Own Medicinal Herbs – Why Bother?

Growing your own herbs

 

So, we already addressed what holistic health means, and the start of my own medicinal herb garden. Now I’d like to address exactly why I choose to grow my own herbs whenever I can, instead of just purchasing herbs from other sources. Right up front, my hope is to plant a seed (pardon the pun) in everyone who reads this. I want people to be curious. I want them to research, question and evaluate. I want them to want to do this, too!

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The Beginnings of a Medicinal Herb Garden

I’ve been using herbs medicinally in varying forms for several years now. I primarily rely on medicinal tinctures and teas, though I occasionally use a few other forms of herbal remedies. If you’ve ever looked into buying these things, you likely know they can put a dent in your wallet in a hurry. Ergo, my husband and I decided to install a new garden bed solely for medicinal herbs.

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