Author: Lori Rose

5 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About Rose Petals

I always try to stop and smell the roses. Literally. Each afternoon, when I leave my classroom full of students, I am exhausted and craving some sort of sugary or crunchy stress reliever—even a caffeinated pick me up (even though I know these things are harmful in the long run). But then I stop and smell the roses. Despite knowing that observing college students will snicker and colleagues will think I am crazier than they already do, I stop and smell the pillowy, pink roses blooming between the instruction building and my office. More times than not, doing this...

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Herbs To Avoid During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

When I was pregnant for the first time, I knew I wanted to avoid all conventional medications, but I had no idea there were safe alternatives for common pregnancy ailments. Instead, in an effort to avoid any potential toxin, I would suffer through any discomfort I experienced. In fact, I was so opposed, I wouldn’t even use chapstick for dry lips or local pain relief for sewing a tear during labor (OUCH!). I even avoided full doses of prenatal vitamins out of fear (and ignorance) of vitamin A toxicity, which is very real. However, my superficial understanding of the...

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How To Forage For Chicory This Fall

You. Guys. I love chicory so much! I am a bitter, black coffee kinda gal, and chicory is deep, dark, and bitter—making it a perfect fit for me. This doesn’t mean that if you don’t have a black-coffee tooth that you can’t sweeten up chicory for your enjoyment. You can. In fact, everyone can enjoy chicory and reap the health benefits of this lovely plant.   Today, I’m going to tell you a bit about this herb as well as explain how to identify and forage for chicory this fall. Health Benefits of Chicory (C. intybus) Because chicory is...

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I’m Meagan, a registered nurse turned herbalist, and I want to live life naturally. Follow along as my husband and I and our four sons figure out what natural living looks like for our family. And of course, I’d love for you to join me on this journey, too! There’s nothing better than having a good hiking buddy with a compass!

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