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Spearmint’s Many Health Benefits

We all know the refreshing, lively scent of spearmint. The best part is, it’s good for mind and body too! Whether you steep it for tea, add it to a salad or a stir-fry entrée, or diffuse it in a relaxing essential oil blend, spearmint (Mentha spicata) has many surprising

What are Care Farm Best Practices?

You may have heard of care farms before, especially if you read last year’s popular blog on care farms. It’s a fantastically innovative idea bridging health and nature that I think we’ll see a lot more of in the coming years. But when a farm environment is also offering therapeutic

7 Health Benefits of Dancing

Whether you shut the door and close the blinds to move to the beat of your favorite tunes, participate in a formal dance class, or simply “get jiggy” with your kids, dance isn’t just fun — there are health benefits for the mind and body too! The beneficial effects of

10 Culinary Medicinal Spices to Include in your Diet

What if I told you that your favorite kitchen spices like cinnamon, black pepper, and ginger are more than just mouthwatering flavor-boosters—they might actually help you lose weight, have better sex, fight cancer, and even live longer? These 10 culinary medicinal spices could be a significant form of ecomedicine in

How to Reduce Stress Naturally with the California Poppy

I think it’s fair to say that stress is a problem for almost everyone these days! And if you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for natural ways to reduce stress and bolster your health. One surprising natural stress reliever you might not know about? The California poppy. (And no,

What is Healing Breathwork in Nature?

What if I told you that a specific kind of healing breathwork could boost your immunity, help you process pain and trauma, reduce your anxiety and stress levels, help you overcome your addictions, improve lung functioning, and generally improve your joy, happiness, confidence, and self-esteem? Today, we’ll be asking and

10 Ways to Find Your Peace in 2021

Finally, 2020 is behind us! The New Year brings a sense of hope, but even as we move into 2021, “normal” still has new meaning when it comes to how we work, live, and interact with the people in our lives. So how can we find our peace in 2021?

10 Types of Medicinal Herbs

What if I told you that those medicinal herbs you toss into your dish at the last minute for a burst of flavor might actually be antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial secret weapons that can lower your cholesterol and glucose, improve your cognition and mood, and even guard against cancer?  Today, we’ll

Reduce Anxiety with the Benefits of Passionflower

For centuries, the unusual looking violet and white passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) has been used as a calming botanical treatment. Passionflower is an ecomedicine option to reduce anxiety and stress. Its use dates back to the Aztecs in Central America who used parts of the vine to treat insomnia. Native Americans

4 Easy Ways to Green the Indoors with EcoMedicine

What if I told you that the right plant inside your home or office can reduce stress, improve productivity, and save you a bundle in medical expenses? Greening the indoors is an ecomedicine practice which can be integrated into almost any lifestyle.  Welcome to another installment in my “What is

Find Out What You Really Want Before 2021 with Shadow Journaling

As the year comes to a close, a lot of people are taking this time to take stock and make plans for the future. But how can you set yourself up for success in the new year if you don’t really know yourself or what you desire? The best way

How Vegan Persimmon Cookies can Improve Health

Persimmon is an Asian specialty or “rare” fruit, available in several varieties, classified broadly by sweetness or astringency. Two of the most common are Fuyu and Hachiya. This might just be your new favorite winter fruit and with our vegan persimmon cookie recipe, you can improve your health and have