Author: Meagan Visser

5 Lessons Learned About Postpartum Hormones After Four Pregnancies (Plus 7 Herbal DIYs for Postpartum Mamas)

One of the biggest fears I had during my first pregnancy was how my postpartum hormones would affect me once my baby was born. I’d heard a variety of stories from friends about how postpartum hormones affected them. Some said that their hair fell out in clumps, more reported their energy was zapped, and some revealed that they had no interest in sex for months! In nursing school, I was taught that one of the biggest factors that influenced how one responded to postpartum hormones was genetics. While I hadn’t heard a lot of negative comments from my mom or...

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What Every Woman Ought To Know About Pregnancy Hormones (Plus Some DIY Herbal Remedies for Pregnant Mamas)

Welcome back for part 2 of the Naturally Healthy Hormones for Women blog series. If you missed part 1, you can find it here. While every woman and her experience with hormones is unique, for many post-pubescent women, hormones are rarely thought about until something causes a hormonal shift — like pregnancy for example. Growing up, I was blessed with fairly stable hormones. Sure I experienced occasional moodiness, and a lower back ache was a sure cue that my period was right around the corner. Other than that, I never had any hormonal conditions that disrupted my life —...

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Pull Yourself Together: 5 Ways To Start Taking Control of Your Hormonal Health

Hormones often get a bad reputation because when they are out of whack, we feel so powerless. While we may not be able to completely control the ups and downs of our hormones, we can start paying better attention and help them out a little. In the first installment of the naturally healthy hormone series, Caitlin shares a personal story about a time when she was a little “hormonal.” She also gives a brief overview of the endocrine system and shares 5 areas you can focus on to begin to take control of your hormonal health naturally.  As with any change,...

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Who Else Wants Naturally Balanced Hormones? [A Blog Series About Hormonal Health For Women]

We women can be mysterious (aka, hard to read). At least that’s what we’ve been told by a few honest folks. We can be super friendly one week, and the next, we hardly speak to anyone. Three weeks out of the month, we can conquer the world, but there’s at least one week when everything is coming apart at the seams. Other times, our weight fluctuates or our energy level seesaws back and forth, we have painful periods or trouble getting pregnant, and sometimes our libido is not what it once was. All of these situations can be traced...

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Independent!

I never know how to share my love for my little guys with you so these next few paragraphs will have to do. Today is Ezrah’s 4th birthday, and what can I say about this little guy other than he’s Mr. Independent himself! He’s my baby… my last child (I’m fairly certain — oh, Lord, help me!). He regularly crawls into bed with me in the early morning, snuggling his little body next to mine, soaking up my warmth. He wakes up happy later in the morning, always running into my office and asking, “Pleese mama, may I have...

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How To Make Chickweed Pesto This Spring

Chickweed is a spring herb that is abundant here in East Tennessee. Not only is it easy to identify, but it has several different uses — one of which is chickweed pesto. Chickweed pesto is one of my favorite ways to use chickweed. Not only is it healthy for you, but it’s easy to make and tastes good too! Identifying & Harvesting Chickweed Chickweed is a perennial plant that loves shady, moist areas. It’s often one of the first plants to pop up in the spring and is one of the last to die in the fall. In some...

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Is It True? There’s Lead In Bentonite Clay!

This post was originally published in July 2015. Since that time, I have received many comments, Facebook messages, and emails from people questioning why I’d promote the internal usage of bentonite clay due to its lead content, especially in the form of a children’s toothpaste. Finally, after three years and one very polite email asking me to dig a little deeper into this topic, I decided to hit the web for new information and research, and edit this post with my findings. I hope you find this helpful, no matter which side of the “lead and bentonite clay” fence...

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The Start Of A Budding Spring

Oh, friends! Spring is such an exciting time of the year! The birds have migrated back North and are chirping away every morning. The insects are buzzing around all day long. The plants are popping their heads out of the soil. Whether you’re an herbalist or not, Spring is an exciting time of the year! I can already feel the pull of beautiful weather, enticing me outside to do nothing but merely enjoy the woodlands that surround me. I’ve been keeping an eye on the plants around my house for weeks now, trying to pay attention to which ones...

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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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