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What is Earthing? What is Grounding?

Welcome to another installment in my “What is Nature Therapy?” series, part of my mission to create a compendium of well-researched scientific blogs on the various kinds of nature therapy out there. Nature therapy is a far more diverse and interesting field than people might realize—it’s much more than just

Organic Bone Broth for Wellness

There was a time when all soup broth was made fresh, with vegetables, herbs, meat, and the bones from the animal, be it fish, poultry, or steer. But as soup became a canned convenience food, bones were often left out of preparation. Today, bone broth has made a resurgence for

Natural Approaches to Managing Osteoarthritis

“Oh, my aching joints!” There’s good reason why we hear this so often. Osteoarthritis, known as OA, is the most common musculoskeletal disease in the world and a prevalent factor in work absences, temporary or permanent disability, hospital admissions, and use of pain-management drugs. While OA can develop in any

Mudding: An Ancient Treatment for Stress and Pain

Imagine lying on a massage table, a thick layer of mud smoothed across your skin with long deep strokes to help it sink in. For thousands of years, traditional medicine has considered “mudding” (aka a mud bath or mud wrap) therapeutic for the skin, joints, muscles, and the mind. Today,

What is Hydrotherapy?

Long-time readers of this blog know that I’m a huge advocate for nature therapy. In fact, the biggest problem I have with nature therapy? Not enough people know about it… including hydrotherapy. I’ve made it my mission to change that by writing informative deep dives on the various diverse kinds

Using Herbs in a Regenerative Way

Assessing your consumption and making choices based on actual need is essential to being a good steward of Earth’s resources. Regenerative use of herbs means researching how the plants are sourced, harvested and stored and determining what you will use in a reasonable amount of time. Choose readily available, easy-to-grow

Why Reading is Medicine

We’re all familiar with the cozy feeling of being curled up with a good book, be it a thrilling novel or a vicarious adventure through ancient history told with just enough spice to make you forget you’re reading about true events. What you may not know is that reading is

Ditch Sustainable Agriculture for Regenerative Agriculture

You’ve definitely heard about sustainable agriculture or sustainable food systems before. Sustainability is a popular idea amongst environmentally conscious folks and can be applied to food, health, nature, industry, and more. The general idea behind sustainability is to leave your little corner of the world no worse for the wear

8 Home Low Testosterone Tests and Hormone Tests: What Works? How Well?

Of the eight home low testosterone tests and hormone tests readily available online, the questions I’m asked more than any other: what works? and how well? And should I just eat two Brazil Nuts a day if I think my testosterone level and selenium levels are low? And can women

The Benefits of Beets

Any way you slice them, beets are a versatile part of a healthy diet. Beets contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, including several of the B vitamins, vitamin C zinc, selenium, manganese, phosphorus. Also rich in antioxidants (lutein, betalain, and zeaxanthin), beets support the body’s ability to eliminate toxins

What Your Gallbladder Does & How to Keep it Healthy

On the right side of your abdomen, just under the ribcage, is the gallbladder. A small pear-shaped organ, it supports the body’s detoxification process and, working with other organs, is crucial to the digestion of certain foods, particularly fatty foods. The gallbladder connects to the liver and small intestine via

Why Should You Use Turmeric?

You’ve definitely heard its name. You might have seen it on the board at your local smoothie shop, in powdered form on your spice rack, or even at the store in its original rhizomatic root form. But you might not be so sure what turmeric actually does—or why it’s so