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Menstrual Comfort Salve: Roman Chamomile, Sweet Orange, Clary Sage and Sandalwood

 

Here’s another easy remedy for simple comfort in everyday life. Make this salve for use in your home and to give to friends, too! Making salves with plant essences is a lot like cooking. So, if you like to cook as a hobby this is also a fun way to pass a rainy day at home!

First, get your stuff together to get ready to cook!

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Depression, Prevalence, Stigma

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

As of 2017, the  World Health Organization lists depression as the top cause of ill health and disability worldwide.

 Just a few years ago, it was number four on the list.

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Holistic Sleep: CBT-I is a Natural Treatment for Insomnia

Can insomnia be treated without medication?

Are you having trouble sleeping? Are you so tired that it’s interfering with your work? With your life? Are you feeling anxious and depressed and it seems linked to your lack of sleep?

Has your insomnia taken on a life of its own?

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Medications, pregnancy and breastfeeding

 

Did you know that 99% of women who stop breastfeeding due to medications can actually continue?

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As a new mother 22 (short?) years ago, I suffered postpartum depression. I was breastfeeding and refused to take any medications for it. I think I would’ve come out of the depression sooner if I had opted for medication. But, I was afraid. There weren’t many studies back then. Now there are a lot of studies on this topic and there’s a lot of information available about medications and pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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Happy New Year 2016 – 50 Things You Don’t Know About Me

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  • I love to bird watch. I used to walk to a patch of woods in a park near my house and sit with binoculars to see if I could see bittern. I never did see one. Even until this day.

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For Mamas, the Gift of Self-Care – Free Lovingkindness Meditation

Deep relaxation is holistic care during pregnancy (istock/kzenon)

Deep relaxation is holistic care during pregnancy (istock/kzenon)

The Lovingkindness Meditation is about developing the mental habit of self-love and expansive love.

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What To Look For On Skin Care Product Labels For Vegan Or Organic

Rigid Plastic makeup BottleMost people will agree that organic products are safer, both for the consumer and the environment. If you have certain skin conditions that are irritated by synthetic ingredients, using organic products may also help you to control the symptoms. However, determining whether a product is truly organic and/or vegan-friendly can be challenging. Product labels are often misleading and even products that aren’t organic may be described as all-natural or even use the word organic on the label. To accurately identify organic skin care products, use the guide below.

Misleading Statements

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Deer Aroma-way! Peppermint & Lavendar Essential Oil Recipe

I'm trying to protect my bright flowers from becoming deer food, in an affordable and natural manner!  (Hope that's not When Pigs Fly!)

I’m trying to protect my bright flowers from becoming deer food, in an affordable and natural manner! (Hope that’s not When Pigs Fly!)

I’m trying to protect my garden from becoming deer appetizers! A seasoned gardener in deer country, I’ve used many commercial preparations, including Deer Out and Liquid Fence and Deer Scram Repellent. I’ve found that all are effective, all take persistence in remembering to take the time to re-apply during the season, all are kinda hard on the pocketbook plus I always had to make sure I had some on hand!

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Organic Golden Beet Salad

Completed Salad! Enjoy!

Completed Salad! Enjoy!

I purchased an organic  vegetable share this past week from Ebb and Flow Farm hosted at Taste of Dawn natural food store in Butler NJ.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Tuscany and What’s in Our Markets?

Podere Patrignone EVOO delivered to our home!

Podere Patrignone EVOO delivered to our home!

The issue about the adulteration of extra virgin olive oil in our food supply has been bugging me for some time.

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