Bedtime should be an event to look forward to after a long day. There can be something so comforting about going through a methodical nightly routine that ends with cozying in under the covers and flicking off the lights. However, if you are one of the millions of Americans struggling with insomnia or related sleep disturbances, the evening hours can be a dreaded part of the day. Restless nights of tossing and turning can leave you feeling drained and distant rather than renewed come morning. This DIY Sleepy Time Balm offers a gentle solution; it uses a calming blend of essential oils designed to soothe the nervous system so that a deeper sleep can occur naturally.Read More
As far as cosmologists can tell, there were only three elements present when the universe was first formed some 13.8 billion years ago: hydrogen, helium, and lithium. As one of the three original elements, lithium is found throughout our atmosphere. The sun, stars, and meteorites burn brightly with the flame of this highly reactive element. On earth, lithium remains a major mineral component of granite rock, and also lingers in significant amounts in sea water, mineral springs, and soils. Every organ and tissue in the human body contains the mineral lithium, with particular importance in brain health.
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If you are looking to add more fermented foods to your diet, then it may be time to give switchel a try. This simple colonial farmer's drink is made with tangy apple cider vinegar, warming ginger, fresh lemon and a drizzle of honey for sweetness. Switchel packs a punch of beneficial enzymes, detoxifiers and anti-inflammatory compounds, all in one sweet and refreshing gulp. Best of all this DIY fermented beverage can be mixed up at home and savored within minutes.
Have you ever taken a stroll down the skin care aisle of a pharmacy or health food store? The shelves are stocked with bottles of all shapes, colors and sizes; all stamped with a promise to deliver soft, youthful skin to purchasers. But how do you know what the right solution is for you? And can you actually be confident that the skin care products you purchase contain safe ingredients? Skin care can certainly be overwhelming. That's why I am sharing this interview with Mira Herman, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Herbalist and founder/formulator at Rosemira. Rosemira is a skin care company dedicated to providing artisanal, handcrafted, organic skin solutions. Mira recently sat down to answer some questions about navigating skincare, specifically in the winter months. Read on for some very good advice.Read More
The mineral iron is vital to the proper function of every cell in the human body. Its primary role is to aid in the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Along the way, this superstar nutrient also helps to regulate cell growth, metabolism, and hormone synthesis. Yet despite its essentiality, iron deficiency remains the most common nutrient deficiency worldwide. Suboptimal iron intake has been associated with poor concentration, mood changes, fatigue, digestive problems, and immune system malfunction. The good news is that eating whole foods rich in iron can go a long way in both treating and preventing these problems.Read More
One of the most popular questions I receive both from readers of this blog, as well as friends and family members is: what is the best antioxidant available? While I usually shy away from silver bullet solutions, when it comes to antioxidants, there really is one that stands out above the rest. The amazingly powerful marine antioxidant called astaxanthin (pronounced asta-zan-thin) is at the top of the list. It’s a front runner in the world of antioxidants - 550 times the antioxidant strength of Vitamin E and 6000 times that of Vitamin C! While astaxanthin has been available for years, recent research has highlighted the properties of this remarkable, naturally-occurring carotenoid and brought it out into the mainstream. Astaxanthin is now gaining clout as a powerful therapeutic tool for vision, skin, pain, inflammation and other chronic ailments.Read More
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As our ancestors discovered years ago, beef livers are nutrient-rich storage depots. Many of us are now re-learning the value of this potent superfood, which is loaded with iron, zinc, B12 and vitamin A. The only problem is that some will just never get past that taste...that texture....that smell. That's why we've worked hard to craft Desiccated Liver products that offer all of the benefits of beef liver in a convenient (and tasteless) supplemental form. As the grass-fed meat movement continues to rise in our country, we have also felt the need to support local farmers and find a premier, US source of beef liver to deliver to our community. We've worked hard to source, research and test a 100% grass-fed beef liver from cattle raised on the pristine pastures of the USA! One of the world's most sacred foods, this liver is offered without artificial iron or other additives. Our Desiccated Liver Gold is from free-range, healthy cattle, completely free of pesticides and antibiotics. Check out how we make each bottle!Read More
Please welcome my sister Kelsey to the blog. She put together this guest post on how she healed her own acne using real foods!
At the beginning of the year I wrote about my struggles with acne and the whole food solutions that finally worked to heal it. I am back again to share one of my favorite facial cleansers with you. Unlike some of the products you find at the store, this simple homemade cleanser actually does its job; it removes all of that yucky stuff from the skin without harming it.Read More
I’ve always been a life-long learner in my quest for optimal health and wellness. The importance of being able to assimilate nutrients being digested in our stomach and intestines was what I thought was needed to be healthy. That famous expression “heal the gut” was branded into my brain and justifiably so! Yet, while in my sixth decade, it amazes me that I can still discover tidbits of knowledge that I never knew, or if I did know, didn’t make the right “connections”. Although gut health is necessary, it is only part of the story when it comes to digestion.Read More
There is something about the simple act of holding a mug of tea that is healing. From the steam whisking up off the surface to the herbal aromas and warmth created between the hands, the experience of tea time is inherently comforting to the soul. Add to this the health benefits of ingredients like ginger, and tea can be a very powerful medicine for the body as well. This fresh ginger tea can be used to soothe an upset tummy and ease the symptoms of a cold, allergies or the flu. It is also the ideal thing to cozy up with at the end of a long day, especially as the temperatures start to drop and dusk falls earlier with each passing evening.