Natural Health

Healthy living, herbal remedies and DIY natural beauty.


1/29/2014

Still holding that baby Having your first child is akin to the early stages of dating someone you think you might really like. You are not sure what this is supposed to look like and you react to every word spoken … you want to make sure you look your best and say the right things, and you end up with butterflies in your stomach at each meeting. All day you think of this special person and imagine the next phase of your life together.

When I had my first child, it was frequently commented that I was holding her too much. In fact, it seemed that I would rush to pick her up whenever she would cry. And people around me thought this was a bit obsessive. They also called me selfish because they claimed I wanted to be with her all the time; it was suggested that I take a break from her, let others spend some time with her. But much like dating, my giddiness in getting to know her wouldn’t let me interact with her any other way.

As she grew taller, began to crawl, started speaking and began reasoning, this habit of mine never really changed. I continued the trend with my second child. I remember falling asleep in the same bed together and waking up in the middle of the night together. I relished the feeling of his little feet resting against my belly button as we slept, knowing that before long they would be resting against my thighs.

Then, my third child and I have earned the nickname, “Motherboy” from my husband, as we are never far from each other, if not attached at the, well, hip, breast … you name it.

Hold Them and Hold Them

While parenting is not always full of fairies and unicorns, and I will write more on that in the next post, there is magic in having my little ones close to me. Like my first date with my beloved, I still get excited and full of butterflies when I see my children after time apart. Now more than ever, I choose my words ever so carefully knowing that my kids ponder and repeat everything I say. And as they grow older and more independent, they remind me daily with their words and their actions that they are still attached to me, that they still need me and that they love me unconditionally.

Despite his explorations which take him in all directions when in public, I still nurse my baby to sleep at night and for daytime naps. Despite his preference to wrestle over giving hugs, I still pick up my little boy when he cries and rush to kiss his knees when they get hurt. Despite her desire to play with friends over doing errands with me, I still take extra time to brush my daughter’s long, golden hair if only to have her close to me for a few moments longer.

The reality is that from the moment they are born, our children become more independent and less dependent on us. So when they are little and are learning how to interact with the world around them, I attach to them, letting them know that they will always have my arms to come home to. The world will teach them to detach soon enough and they will have plenty of opportunities to cry it out when they are hurt.

For now, I think of these special people all day and imagine the next phase of our lives together. And until then, you will find me holding my babies, and holding them and holding them and holding them.



1/21/2014

Delight your taste buds while staying healthy and trim with these quick and easy healthy lunch recipes.

Chicken and Strawberry Wrap Recipe

1 gluten-free flour tortilla
½ to 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and diced
1 spoonful balsamic vinaigrette or Bragg Organic Vinaigrette
Handful of shredded lettuce
3 to 5 strawberries, sliced
1 spoonful of chopped pecans
1 spoonful of feta cheese

Combine all ingredients (except tortilla) in a bowl and stir well. Lay tortilla flat; spoon mixture into the middle of the tortilla. Roll up the wrap as tightly as you can (fold like a burrito). Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Chicken Salad Recipe

4 cups chicken, cooked and diced
1 cup seedless red or green grapes, sliced in halves
½ cup celery, chopped
¼ cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons walnuts, finely chopped
½ cup of plain yogurt
1 teaspoon agave or honey
Juice of ½ lemon
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Combine chicken, grapes, celery, parsley and walnuts in a bowl. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste. Stir yogurt, agave (or honey) and lemon in a separate bowl until mixed well. Combine chicken mixture and yogurt mixture; stir well. Enjoy with gluten-free crackers, bread or veggies.

Looking for lunch on the go? You don’t have to grab a fattening fast food meal to gratify your hunger at lunchtime. Instead, try this nutrition-packed smoothie. It’s quick, easy-to-make and will keep you feeling full and satisfied.

Tropical Smoothie Recipesmoothie

1 to 2 scoops high-quality whey protein
1 peeled and sliced orange, seeds removed
1 cup diced pineapples
½ cup frozen or fresh strawberries
¼ cup shredded coconut
1 banana
4 ounces coconut milk
Stevia or xylitol to taste
Ice cubes as desired

Combine all ingredients in a blender and add ice cubes as desired; blend until smooth. Enjoy! (If you need to make your smoothie in the morning before work, it does save in a glass container in the freezer.)

To download and save this tropical smoothie recipe and other nutritious healthy lunch recipes, get our free e-book, 30 Easy, Healthy Recipes Your Family Will Love, here.



1/16/2014

The first birth I witnessed was rather intense, especially for a 7th grader. I was 13 years old and wanted desperately to be present for the birth of my first niece. My sister-n-law and my brother agreed to my pleas to be there. Melanie, my sister-n-law, was to be induced. On the appointed day, we all packed our bags and in the evening, headed to the hospital.

We hung out a while waiting for doctors and nurses to start Melanie’s labor – boredom set in while we were waiting and I started to play with all the buttons on the bed. I leaned the head portion all the way down and discovered it wouldn’t come back up. I had broken the hospital bed moments before Melanie was to be induced; they had to find her another bed. Who brought this pesky, freckled, red-haired, 7th grader anyway?

Once Melanie’s Pitocin was started, the boredom was chased away as she became quite vocal about the factLisa Marie Morgan Kids that my brother, Rob, has done this to her. He had single-handedly flew a stork in from Spain and placed a baby in Melanie’s belly and was now forcing the baby out. In the middle of Melanie’s anguish, a needle made an appearance…the biggest needle I had ever seen. And they took the needle and slid into the spine of my sister-in-law’s back. HOLY CRAP! Did I just see that? My skiddish 7th grade mind prayed I would not relive that visual ever again.

Several hours later, Melanie was still letting everyone in the state know she was not enjoying this experience. And I couldn’t blame her…especially when I saw the scissors. Not sure how I had the privilege of this position, but from where I stood, supporting Melanie’s leg, I saw the doctor take what looked like an ordinary pair of scissors and start cutting Melanie’s perineum…just like that, he just started cutting like it was paper. Quickly after, he took a vacuum cleaner hose and sucked out my beautiful, purple and blue niece, cone head and all.

Ummm. What just happened? Needles, profanities, scissors, vacuums and babies. Something about this whole picture was very traumatizing and very confusing. Is this really how babies are born?

Developing a Birthing Philosophy: Yoga for Pregnancy

Fourteen years later and I am pregnant with my first child. All the images of my niece’s birth flood my mindA Natural Birth Baby and repeat themselves over and over again. I am absolutely terrified of labor. I do not know that there is a natural birth movement. I do not know what a doula is. I do not know about pre-natal yoga. The only thing I do know at this point is that there is no way in hell that anyone is sticking a huge needle into my spine and no one is going to be cutting anything around me unless it is an umbilical cord. And this was my birth philosophy…I am afraid of labor pains, but I am much more afraid of needles and scissors. I don’t care what kind of magic that needle and those scissors perform, they are not going to be anywhere near me.

To prepare for birth, I read a popular, albeit non-empowering, book regarding expectations about pregnancy and birth. Every morning I did a few, simple yoga poses, stretches and deep breathing exercises. And at 2 a.m. on March 18, 2006 my labor began. I walked. I breathed. I soaked. I walked more. I breathed more. I puked. I shat. I breathed. I groaned. I got lost in my head. I breathed. I pushed. I groaned. I breathed. I pushed. I groaned more. I felt the aptly named ring of fire. Finally, I pushed one last time and behold I saw my baby girl for the first time. She was beautiful.

Moments later, I looked at my husband and said, “That wasn’t so bad.” He looked confused. But really, it wasn’t so bad — and it was way better than getting a needle slipped into my spine. Which is good, because needles scare me; but my first un-medicated birth had unleashed the brave goddess that was within me.



1/15/2014

The weather here in Ohio has been up, down and all around. We’ve had the coldest temperatures seen in the last thirty years and it has changed in a matter of days to slightly above freezing to create a sloppy, slushy mess. There is a saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Ohio, just wait five minutes.”

All these ups and downs, coupled with the regular stresses of the holidays and the impending tax season, can make for a lot of stress. Stress has been shown to impair immune function, and leaves you wide open for one of Ohio’s huge pain-causers: sinus infection.

Symptoms of Sinus Infection

You know the symptoms, don’t you? WebMD.com points to these red-light symptoms:

  • pain in the cheeks, forehead, or bridge of the nose
  • dizziness, especially upon sudden movement
  • pain the gets worse upon movement or sneezing
  • nasal discharge, including post-nasal drip
  • fullness and/or pain in the ears
  • swollen face
  • at times, fever

Medical treatment for sinus infections includes over-the-counter pain killers, antibiotics (sometimes), nasal sprays, decongestants, and/or antihistamines. All of these things, when used over the long haul, can create problems. OTC pain killers have been found to damage the liver and kidney tissues when used to excess. Antibiotic use can lead to over-use, and that can lead to antibiotic resistant infections down the road. Nasal sprays can lead to severe irritation of the lining of the nose and sinus membranes when used long-term. Heavy or long-term use of decongestants, like those containing pseudoephedrine and the like, have left some concerned about possible effects on the heart or heart rate. Even antihistamines, which are super difficult to abuse, can make you sleepy and groggy upon waking.

Not going to use those medicines long, you say? You may be surprised. Many people develop theseFenugreek Plant And Fenugreek Seeds buggers over and over. According to Sinuwave (a manufacturer of an in-office disinfectant system which medical doctors can use) gives the stat of 20 percent of sinusitis patients being unresponsive to medical treatments. They, and WebMD.com, say the cost of this search for medical treatments for these non-responsive sinus infections as up to a max of $35,000 per patient! I don’t know about you, but since the economy tanked, there have been some years where $35,000 was all the money I made!

Natural Remedy: Fenugreek for Sinus Infections

What if I told you there was an herb that would help to combat these painful infections? Well, actually there are many herbs that will do that. However, one of my favorite is fenugreek. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) has a distinct smell. The smell does transmit through your perspiration, so be aware of what you may end up smelling like. I don’t think it is too bad, though. It is a regular component of teas to enhance the breast milk supply for new mothers. One new mom once told me the tea made her smell like “…Indian food mixed with maple syrup.” In my opinion, there are worse things to have your body odor resemble.

Sinus congestion is just one thing this great herb addresses. It has been used for centuries to reduce the swelling of the lining of the sinuses. This is of benefit for sinus infection and allergy sufferers alike. Just imagine a flower being able to reduce the swelling of your sinus membranes. That would mean less of a battle to blow out the mucus forming. Mucus only forms in hyper quantities when irritants or infection is present. It is, after all, one of many of the body’s own mechanisms to flush out foreign invaders. Imagine being able to blow it all out without the pain that can linger for a while afterwards. Fenugreek can do just that.

Fenugreek has been indicated in some historical texts as being used for inflammation of the stomach and digestive tract, too. It is said to be the oldest recorded herb found so far. When you couple this flower with another common flower, Thyme, there isn’t a swollen sinus passage that stands a chance!

Herbal Remedy: Thyme’s Healing PropertiesPurple Thyme Flowers

Thyme (of the genus Thymus, usually Thymus vulgaris) is highly antiseptic. Its essential oil is used in a very popular oral disinfectant, Listerine. In this product, thymol (essential oil of thyme) is combined with menthol and eucalyptol to produce a bacteria killing machine.

Thyme as a plant can do the same thing for you. Of course you can use it in your food and some people like the tea as an oral rinse or sinus irrigation. Be that as it may, I am a wuss. I really don’t like things that taste bad. I can bet you don’t either.  I find the easiest way to get a blend of these two plants down is as encapsulated supplements. The taste is then no longer a factor

Side Effects of Thyme and Fenugreek Treatments

Some side effects should be mentioned. Besides the body odor implications of fenugreek, you should know that if you take too much fenugreek, you could develop gas, bloating and diarrhea. Thyme, in excess, can be a gastric irritant. I’m not going to say that no one can over-dose in an herbal supplement, but I AM going to tell you that you would have to completely ignore a lot of “burping-up” of product and trips to the bathroom in order to over-dose on either of these two plants or a combination product. Be aware and be mindful of your body’s reaction to the supplements you use. It is suggested, in some sources, to avoid large quantities of fenugreek if you are pregnant or allergic to peanuts. I would not recommend using it for neither small children nor infants.

Both fenugreek and thyme can be found at health food stores separately and as combination products. Online store-fronts carry it as well. Make sure you look for a well-known brand. I do have it available in combination form through my online store-front, as well. It is not an expensive supplement by any means and can make such a huge difference!

Fenugreek plant and seeds photo by Fotolia/govindji

Thyme photo by Eggert Baumschulen



12/30/2013

The week before last, my husband took our dog on his regular morning run through our local Red Rock canyon. On this particular day he happened to trip and fall. Being that our dog had no desire to be the cushion for his landing, he ran on … dragging my husband behind.

When he got home I tried not to panic. He tends to injure himself often. He was pretty banged up with a deep gash on the palm of his hand and a leg that had definitely seen better days. We cleaned the wounds and pulled out the ole staples: tea tree oil and what we had left of Egyptian magic. Later that day and all through the evening he was helping out a friend in retail, handling a lot of cash and merchandise and exposing his hand wound to all sorts of invaders.

Potato Image

The next morning, we noticed the wound on his hand was tender and red with an obvious red line traveling up his arm from the wound site. I knew some folks that had blood poisoning and knew that it was serious. Immediately we started him on LDM (Lomatium dissectum extract) and did research online and in our many holistic and medical books. Everything we came across said EMERGENCY!!! We try to find an alternative healing option for most things, but according to our research, it seemed that the situation called for something more.

The first emergency clinic he went to sent him elsewhere because they didn’t have a certain antibiotic shot they said he required. So he sat at the “Urgent” care facility for almost 2 hours before anyone addressed him. It turned out they didn’t have the shot and prescribed him pills instead. I filled the script on the way home. Have you read the side effects of these things?! I wasn't quite confident about him chucking the prescribtion, but the red line had begun to fade from our immediate response with the LDM. We wanted to give Mother Nature one more chance before we pumped him full of chemical antibiotics.

Now let me state: I am in no way suggesting you ignore your doctor’s orders for such a serious condition. I am simply relaying a personal experience.

Making a Potato Poultice

We found a story online about potatoes. We decided to try it. We would monitor his condition carefully, and if any of the symptoms got worse he would immediately take the antibiotic. We had organic white potatoes on hand. We peeled and then shredded some of the pulp, and made a poultice type application for his wound. He kept it on for a few hours covered with plastic wrap and then let it dry out. He then followed it with an Epsom salt soak, followed again by drying and then more potatoes. He did this continuously for a couple of days. By the end of that first night, the line had faded dramatically. He continued with the LDM, but also took propolis, ate LOTS of garlic and drank lemon and cayenne water.

No antibiotics later, he is superb. The wound is healing wonderfully AND he didn’t get this NASTY cold/flu that I seem to have caught (probably from being in the hospital). I am confident that the propolis, vitamin C, garlic and LDM kept him from getting sick. They are helping me, too; just taking a bit longer than I’d like. We are happy, after the fact, that they didn’t have the shot. It gave us a chance to learn something new and add a new remedy to our arsenal. A few days ago I relayed the story to my grandmother and it turns out she used potato poultices all the time when she was growing up. The wisdom of our elders is awesome, folks.

We are not necessarily doctor people. We try to place our trust in Holistic medicine when we can, but we are also not opposed to using conventional methods when they are deemed necessary. I found it ironic that we ended up using our holistic arsenal anyway.

Blessed are we to have such possibilities at our fingertips! Here's to health!



12/23/2013

cowsBeef that is truly 100 percent grass-fed comes from cows that have grazed in pasture year-round rather than being fed a processed diet for much of their life. Standards and labeling laws for grass-fed beef are controversial and confusing. The terms “grass-fed” or “pasture-raised” are allowed even if your beef really came from cows that spent little or no time outdoors in a pasture setting. U.S. beef labeled as “grass-fed” but not bearing USDA certification may be the result of various combinations of grass and grain feeding including grass finishing. If the label doesn’t specifically say “100 percent grass-fed,” or carry the USDA or similar certification, there’s no guarantee.

Even under USDA certification standards, however, cows labeled “grass-fed”can be confined much of the year and fed antibiotics or hormones. The USDA’s standards are lower than those of the American Grassfed Association (AGA), an alternative organization that, like the USDA, offers certification for grass-fed beef. The AGA certification standards focus not only on what the cows eat, but also include assurance that they have never been treated with growth hormones or antibiotics, that they have been treated humanely, and that the environment has been protected. If you’re going to make the effort to buy and eat grass-fed, you might as well make sure the label includes the AGA certification stamp or get verification that the cows were 100% grass fed.

Does “Organic” Mean Grass-Fed?

Organic beef by itself doesn’t guarantee the cows were pasture raised or grass fed. The USDA’s organic regulations do little to assure cows’ pasture access or intake of grasses. However, certified organic beef is much less likely than conventional beef to expose you to unwanted pesticide, antibiotic, or hormone residues. Plus, certified organic beef cannot have been genetically modified or irradiated.

Grass-Fed Beef Is Healthier

steak

The biggest health advantage that comes from 100% grass-fed beef is the higher quality of fat. Grass-fed beef contains increased amounts of healthy omega-3 fats and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) while also having less fat overall. However, there are other health advantages to grass fed beef as well. Let’s take a closer look.

  • More carotenoids—beta carotene and lutein. Compared to grains, grasses contain a much higher content of important disease-fighting phytonutrients like carotenoids. Grass-fed cows incorporate significantly higher amounts of two important carotenoids—beta-carotene and lutein—into their muscle tissue as compared to grain-fed animals. Beta carotene concentrations, for example, are 7 times higher in grass fed beef.
  • More vitamin E. Grass fed beef has an average of three times more vitamin E than grass-fed beef. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant for defense against cancer, heart health, and vision.
  • More B vitamins. Concentrations of energy-producing B vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, and vitamin B12 have been all been found to be higher in grass fed compared to grain-fed beef.
  • Less total fat. A grass fed strip steak trimmed of all external fat contains an average of 2.8% total fat compared to 4.4% total fat in the same conventional cut trimmed of external fat. That’s nearly twice as much total fat in the conventional steak.
  • More omega-3’s—alpha linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Grass-fed beef contains considerably higher levels of ALA, the same essential fatty acid found in flax, as well as EPA and DHA, the same omega-3’s found in oily fish. These three essential fatty acids are absolutely necessary for good health, especially cardiovascular and brain health.
  • More favorable omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. To prevent excessive inflammation in the body, a healthy diet should contain only about 1 to 4 times as much omega-6 fatty acids as omega-3 fatty acids. The standard American diet, however, contains 11 to 30 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3, contributing to the epidemic of chronic inflammation-related diseases. The average omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of grass fed beef is quite healthy at 1.53, while the grain fed ratio comes in at a whopping 7.65!
  • More conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Grass-fed beef contains two to three times more CLA than what is found in non-grass-fed beef. CLA is a unique fatty acid associated with possible health promoting effects in obesity, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, diabetes, insulin resistance, inflammation, and various types of cancer, especially breast cancer.

Additional Grass-Fed Beef Benefits

Besides the health benefits, grass-fed beef offers additional advantages over conventional beef. It’s healthier for the cattle that evolved to eat grass and not much else and therefore decreases the need for treatment with antibiotics. It’s also better for the planet, especially in terms of reduced greenhouse gas production and less reliance on petrochemicals.

For all these reasons and more, it’s worth it for health-conscious and earth-conscious meat eaters to seek out 100 percent grass-fed beef! There are plenty of health-promoting diets that incorporate lean cuts of grass-fed beef. You can find articles on how to include beef into your regular meal plan at Natural Health Advisory’s website, here. Have you found a healthy way to incorporate beef into your diet? Let our readers know your thoughts and tips by commenting below.

References: [1] J Anim Sci. 2008 Dec;86(12):3575-85. [2] J Anim Sci. 2009 Sep;87(9):2961-70. [3] Nutr J. 2010 Mar 10;9:10.



12/13/2013

You say the word ‘health’ and a lot of us tend to think of the bad things that could happen. Maybe more people are thinking about co-pays, insurance and Obamacare in this current climate but besides that, we tend to think about the worst case scenarios. We could get cancer or have an organ fail, get an infection or need some major surgery. Even those who think positively about health do so for the prevention of those bad things from happening. Eliminating chemicals from our lives, eating natural food and exercising to keep our heart and body strong all go toward this goal. And though it can feel as if things are looking dark when you read about health in the news, statistics are actually on our side. We may get something serious in the future but the number of days we are fine vastly outnumber the days we are not. But with the major health scares making up most of our worries, it’s the minor stuff that takes up most of our time.

There are headaches from dehydration and tension that slow us down. We eat the wrong foods, or maybe just too much food, and we feel bloated or get painful stomach cramps. An insect bite annoys us for days. A small scratch heals a little slower than it used to. Maybe an old injury starts aching more frequently as time goes on. Ask anyone older than you are now and they’ll say ‘it’s all downhill from here’. And to help us with these issues our modern society has given us basically two options: buy something or deal with it. History however shows us that there are other choices.

If you are not yet gardening then you should. It has more benefits than I can write about here. Growing planMint Plantsts can be relatively easy if you just check on them frequently. The difference between having a green thumb and not is just the attention given to the plant. And if you are gardening then growing another kind of plant is not any different than what you are doing already, so there is no excuse there. A lot of herbs we use in food can also be used as medicine so you may already have them established, but it’s knowing how to use them for medicine that makes the difference between pain and comfort. Take peppermint for example. Peppermint is probably most well-known for its flavor. You find it in toothpaste and scented cleaning products among other things. It can also be good for indigestion. You take some leaves, fresh or dried, and put them straight into a tea. Leaving them to air dry is easy and cost zero dollars. But to get more of the medicinal properties out you really need to extract the oils within the leaves. Sound hard? Not really.

Making a Peppermint Extract

We created a double strength peppermint extract this summer. We took some leaves and kind of roughed them up a bit like a loan shark looking for his money. This squeezing, tearing and pinching releases the oils and gets it into the extract more easily. We placed the leaves into a jar and poured in 80-proof vodka until it covered them by a few inches. The jar then went in our dark pantry for about three weeks, shaking gently once a day. You can do that right? Just put it in front of the cookies you love as a reminder when you grab for them. After that we strained the leaves out and added more for another three weeks, hence the double strength part. Once that was done, we strained those leaves and put the bottle in our medicine cabinet. Now its story time!Peppermint Extract

I was having trouble sleeping one night. My stomach was not happy with something I had eaten. This wasn’t just gas but painful bloating too. I was tossing and turning, and getting further away from sleep just thinking about how little sleep I would get. Then I remembered the extract in the cabinet. This was big for me because I had grown up with the ‘tough it out’ mindset. But why would I sit there and suffer when I could try the extract? I was pretty sure it couldn’t make my stomach feel worse so I pulled off the covers and got up. I heated a small cup of water; just enough for a few gulps and just warm, not scalding hot. I grabbed the extract and added a tablespoon into the cup. I drank it, went back to bed and within five minutes the pain was less intense. So much so that the amazement of how well it worked was now keeping me from sleep instead of the pain. The longer I laid there the better I felt until all of a sudden, it was morning. I now think nothing of adding a teaspoon in my tea whenever my stomach is a little upset or if I feel congested like I have been lately.

The Many Medicinal Uses for Peppermint

Now you could reach for some Pepto-Bismol for that relief, or tough it out like I used to but think of this. On top of the wonderful flavor, revitalizing scent and indigestion relief; peppermint has also been proven to ease toothaches, itchy skin, infections, morning sickness, nausea or vomiting, painful menstruation, bacterial overgrowth in intestines, lung infections, spasms, cough and cold symptoms, inflammation, muscle or nerve pain, and so on. It’s worth having some around. And what are the side effects of peppermint? Anybody? (Bueller?) There may be some rare individuals who have an allergy to peppermint but even those side effects such as heartburn, flushing and headaches are minimal. Peppermint does seem to slow down how quickly the liver can breakdown certain medications, but you should be careful ingesting combinations of any medicine regardless, so nothing new here. The side effects for Pepto-Bismol you ask?: Anxiety, possible loss of hearing, confusion, constipation (severe), diarrhea, difficulty in speaking or slurred speech, dizziness, drowsiness (severe), fast or deep breathing, headache, increased sweating, increased thirst, mental depression, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, nausea or vomiting, ringing in ears, stomach pain, trembling, uncontrollable flapping of hands, vision problems. Sounds like you can take some peppermint to ease the discomfort brought on by that pink stuff.

A lot of our modern medicines have its chemical formula derived from the plants that we’ve been using for centuries. They manufacture it and refine the process to decrease costs and increase profits. Why don’t we cut out the middle man? Why don’t we all have a planter of peppermint for drinking, eating and medicinal use, and leave the plastic bottled pink liquid that does only a fraction of the things peppermint does at the store? It may not always work perfect and it may not always solve all of our problems, but it certainly gives us another option. It certainly gives us more control of our health in a time when healthcare is looking pretty scary.

For more: WebMD Peppermint Entry

Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar. Pg. 184

Aaron Miller lives in Olympia Washington where he grows organic vegetables and herbs. He and his wife make natural products at home in pursuit of a simpler life. They share their products and ideas at www.TheMillerCollection.org and ItsAllTheSameThing.Wordpress.com/

 

 












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