Tips for Managing Morning Sickness

German Chamomile, Bottle of Morning Soothe, Pregnant Woman and Cup of Ginger Tea

Morning sickness and nausea are two components of pregnancy that many women struggle with.  The intensity often varies from virtually none of throwing up almost daily the entire pregnancy.  Typically occurring during the first trimester, the exact reason behind why women experience nausea during pregnancy is still up for debate. … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Honeysuckle

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A plant known either as a loved decoration or annoying weed for American gardens, honeysuckle is highly valued as an herb in Chinese medicine.  It is described as one of the most beneficial plants by Bach Flower Remedies, one of the 50 most prized plants in Chinese medicine and a … Continue reading

Essential Oil of the Day: Lavender

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Many a herbalist and aromatherapist have said: “if you have no other essential oil, have lavender.”  This is one of the most well-known and widely used oils in the world.  Lavender happens to be one of the only oils that can be used undiluted and is often referred to as … Continue reading

How Mama Knew She Needed Worm Out

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Learning about parasites can turn into the proverbial “wormhole” where you just keep researching and researching.  I honestly find it all fascinating and hope that more widespread studies are conducted on parasites and their health implications.   Last week I shared my 5-year-olds symptoms with you and a bit about … Continue reading

Symptoms You May Experience With Parasites

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Welcome back everyone.  I hope you’ve been learning about, and becoming less intimidated by, parasites.  Now that you know what they are and where they come from.  Let’s take a look at what parasites can do to our bodies.   As the parasite makes itself comfortable in the host it uses … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a popular ingredient in many Indian and Mediterranean dishes.  However, breastfeeding Mamas know it best as the herb which helps with milk supply while leaving mama smelling like Maple Syrup!  This is perhaps the best-known herb for breastmilk production in spite of this bizarre side effect.  In celebration of … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Ginger

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It seems like the period of time from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day is full of food, sweets, and full bellies!  Fortunately, ginger is an excellent and easy herb to have on hand to help combat any digestive discomforts that might come into your home this time of year.  Widely available … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Peppermint

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Mint is perhaps the flavor most commonly associated with the Holiday season.  The aroma of mint is everywhere this time of year.  A couple weeks ago we mentioned that typically spearmint, not peppermint is used in culinary preparations.  Herbalists tend to use peppermint more frequently than spearmint for a number … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Cinnamon

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Cinnamomum verum or Ceylon cinnamon is most likely not what you’ll find in your home spice cabinet.  Cassia cinnamon, is what is typically used as cinnamon although the Ceylon cinnamon is actually “real” cinnamon.  Ceylon is quite a bit more expensive and difficult to harvest so it has been replaced … Continue reading

Herb of the Day: Spearmint

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Most people don’t realize their favorite mint-flavored treats are most likely flavored by spearmint and not peppermint.  Peppermint contains significant cooling properties and is a much more intense flavor, so spearmint is typically chosen for culinary preparations.  Use of spearmint has been documented back to the ancient Egyptians both medically … Continue reading