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Learning to Balance with Parkinson’s

I awoke early to the rising crescent moon, red as the poppies in the field below the barn. A dream followed me into that first morning light – of a guru, wiry and strong, young …

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“Nectar of the Gods”: Olive Oil for a Better Brain

“Let food be your medicine” is a banner that followers of the Mediterranean diet could legitimately wave with enthusiasm. They could raise a second banner, …

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A Lesson from Mother Nature

You know that thing that people tell you, about how time goes faster and faster the older you get? It’s really true. As a child, …

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Yarrow: A Warrior Healer

A common wildflower across the United States, yarrow’s white-to-pink flowers are easy to spot in fallow fields and roadsides. The leaves of this medicinal plant …

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Finding Peace: A Personal Yoga Journey with Kerry Smith

When someone develops a regular yoga practice, even one as simple as mindful breathing, miracles can happen. For me yoga has been an incredibly personal …

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Live a Little Magic

I’ve always believed in magic.  It’s irresistible.   Still, so many days of my adult years have been occupied with the stress of responsibilities that coincide with …

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Walk the Plant Path

I remember the first time I went on an “herb walk.” This event coincided with my first herbal conference, one of the most healing and …

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Getting Hipsey with Roses

Last year I started what I hope will expand into a medicinal botanical sanctuary. Besides the classic culinary herbs, rosemary, sage and thyme, which make …

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Secrets of the Garden: The Magical World of Bacteria

In the garden, the soil at our feet is teeming with life. Beyond worms and arthropods which can be seen with the naked eye, microbia …

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Make Friends with Mullein

In the “Back 20” we have a field of uncultivated wildness. I love to wander there in the early morning. The Farmer, my hub, has …

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Turmeric Lifts Depression

Turmeric, Curcuma longa, has emerged in recent years as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent with reports that it may reduce pain and inflammation for some people on …

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Talking with Naren Udgan, Shaman from Mongolia

Naren Udgan was born and raised in the Ordos region of Inner Mongolia, and spent her early years living with her grandmother, a highly respected midwife, healer, and herbalist in the region. Naren founded the Tolin Center for Healing & Tengrism Studies to introduce people to Mongolian shamanism, or Tengrism, and to encourage shared knowledge and dialogue between shamans from all over the world, as well as to connect myriad healing traditions and practices. Naren does shamanic healing, reiki energy healing, and chakra healing, and is a certified ayurvedic nutritionist and detox specialist.

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Botanical Options for Anxiety

Anxiety is no fun. While it plays a critical role in the fight or flight mechanism, inspiring us to take action we we, or our …

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