Since winter is still firmly upon us, it’s a wonderful time to think about thyme. Not only is it a great flavoring in all of the warm soups, stews, and roasts we’re busy cooking, but it’s a natural healer of colds, coughs, and sore throats. Thyme is an important addition to any kitchen or medicinal herb garden! [by Andrea Sabean]
One of the reasons I love herbs so much is because of their ability to take care of every day symptoms. Did you sprain your wrist? Yep, there’s a plant that can help. Need something to soothe the baby’s bug bites? Check — that one’s covered too. Here are five seemingly common plants that happen to be anything but common when it comes to reducing inflammation and relieving swelling and pain. [by Paula Miller]
Baby, it’s cold outside! Old Man Winter sure has made his presence known in the U.S. this year. I can’t remember the last time we’ve had such extremely cold temperatures and these subzero windchills. As the thermometer dips lower and lower — and stays there for several days in a row — my family and I concentrate on keeping our animals warm and healthy throughout the cold spell with these strategies. Plus, I add my signature Winter Boost Herbal Infusion to their water buckets. [by Lindsey Proctor]
Media nowadays teaches parents that they can help their child by giving aspirin or other fever-reducing medicines in order to “break” a fever. For a mild fever, this can do more harm than good; it suppresses the production of antibodies, which makes the body more hospitable to invaders. But, if your little one’s fever is just too high, consider… egg whites. [by Paula Miller]
The humble bay leaf — cultivated since the beginning of recorded history, used as a symbol of honor in Ancient Greek and Roman culture, and one of the most widely used culinary herbs in both Europe and North America. Living in a cold northern climate where bay laurel trees must be grown indoors, it took me two years to find one to add to my indoor garden, and (thankfully) it was one of the few plants that survived our recent move and continues to thrive with nothing but a sunny window for light! [by Andrea Sabean]
2013 was a rough year for me. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue. I struggled with my gallbladder for half of the year. We moved and remodeled a home between March and July. In a perfect world… I could do everything for myself and still maintain a smooth, easy schedule for cooking, homeschooling, and homekeeping. But the world isn’t perfect, and I’m going to choose a few highly regarded supplements to give my body a good nudge in the healing direction. It’s time for some outside help! [by Lindsey Dietz]
In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, you’ll meet Amanda Rose. She authored the book Rebuild From Depression: A Nutrient Guide after her experience of severe postpartum depression in her first pregnancy. In the book, she argues that food nutrients are a key cause of depression and provides tools for correcting them. Notably, Amanda had a second baby after writing the book and managed to stay depression-free. I’ve invited Amanda here to talk about the best depression-fighting foods. Get to know Amanda, her family, and her work through the links and information below, and of course through this podcast. Plus… the tip of the week! [by Wardee Harmon]
In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, my guest is Julie Behling-Hovdal, a reflexologist and essential oil expert. Through her site, Essential Survival, Julie teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death during crisis — lack of access to medicines. Julie herself has an incredible story of getting off prescription medicines and healing from chronic disease using essential oils and other holistic healing methods. Julie is the author of (the-book-everyone-should-own-in-hard-copy) The Essential Survival Guide to Medical Preparedness. Plus… the tip of the week (elderberry tincture)!