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Holistic vs. Allopathic Approach to Health

What are the major differences between the holistic approach & allopathic approach? Natural/Holistic Approach to Health: The health of the individual’s internal environment is more important that the pathogen. Focus is on enhancing the immune system. Health is the state of optimal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Allopathic/Diseases Approach: Treat the disease rather than …

10 Signs You Aren’t Getting Enough Water

As herbalists and herbal-minded people, it can be tempting to turn to herbs for our every ailment. But many times, a simple adjustment to diet or sleep is all that is necessary to bring the body back into balance. Another one of these easy adjustments is water. How many times have you gone through the …

Ladies’ Virtual Fitness Club

I don’t know about you, but the shorter and colder the days get, the less I tend to get outside and move. I’ve decided that it might be fun to start a small, virtual at-home fitness club with a few other ladies. I’m hoping we’ll act as accountability partners, build friendships, get stronger and experience …

Castor Oil Packs

Castor oil has been used for centuries in different cultures and for a variety of health reasons. Castor oil packs, made popular by Edgar Cayce in the early 20th century, are a great practice to incorporate into your regimen. They help to improve circulation of the lymph system, reduce inflammation, balance the endocrine and nervous …

Building Resistance

Our bodies are created to interact with bacteria and viruses every day. When the microbe was discovered, we realized just how many of them existed around and inside us. Not all of these are deadly or even make us sick – some work in tandem with our body to help increase resistance to viruses and …

How to Make an Herbal Steam

For centuries, steam therapy has been used by traditional healing systems around the world to improve and maintain good health, wellness and beauty. Hippocrates recognized that by creating an “artificial fever” through the use of steam or hot water, he could speed recovery and even cure illness. Just a few of the many benefits of …

Making a Relaxing Herbal Bath Salt

Who doesn’t love a warm bath?? 🙋🙋🙋 I want to share one recipe that is guaranteed to ease your nerves and ensure a good night’s sleep. You’re going to want to add about 2 pounds of bath salt to your bath. The water shouldn’t be too hot, but warm – around 100 degrees is about …

How Does Stress Affect Your Immune System?

Until you start studying physiology, it can be difficult to see how organ systems interact with each other. In the western mindset, we tend to separate things as if nothing is interconnected. Have a headache or fever? Take Tylenol or Motrin. Have an ulcer or GERD? Take antacids. Anxiety? Take a Xanax. This non-holistic view …

Pain Management, Part 6

Herbal Allies Sometimes I struggle with the Western mindset of “What drug/herb can I take for [fill in the blank] condition?” Our bodies are intended to be looked at as a whole – not parts to be treated. We’ve already discussed that pain exists to signal us that something is amiss. Why then, would our …