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3 Natural Solutions to Anxiety

That pounding heart, sick-feeling gut, quickened pulse: anyone’s who has ever suffered from anxiety knows those awful feelings. (And I’d venture to say that those of us who hadn’t suffered from anxiety previously might have gotten a taste of it this past year during the coronavirus pandemic!). But there are

Walk to Wellness Challenge | Walking for your Health

Overview The Walk to Wellness Challenge will get you in shape physically and mentally for the best summer yet. With predictions that the world could start opening up as more people are vaccinated, it’s time to ensure you have the mindset and physical stamina to enjoy the start of the

The Health Benefits of Green Peas

We often think of green peas as a last-minute addition to stews, rice dishes, and warm salads. So you may be surprised to hear that the green pea is actually one of the most sustainable food crops offering many health benefits! This member of the legume family contains essential vitamins

What is Surf Therapy?

What if I told you that catching a tasty wave isn’t just a great way to hang loose—it’s also a bonafide therapeutic technique that can help reduce symptoms of depression, stress, PTSD, and more? Welcome to another installment in my “What is Ecomedicine?” series, part of my goal to create

Holy Basil: An Herbal Stress Remedy

In a recent blog on medicinal herbs, we touched briefly on the power of holy basil or Tulsi basil. This plant indigenous to India has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries and claims a whole slew of benefits such as being anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, hypolipidemic, antistress, and

What is Sound or Music Therapy? What are Soundscapes? 

What if I told you that the right kind of sound or music could reduce pain and stress, help with symptoms of depression and schizophrenia, improve the social skills of children with autism, and even aid folks with dementia? Welcome to another installment in my “What is EcoMedicine?” series, part

The Many Health Benefits of Spearmint

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