Late spring and summer are ideal times for harvesting plants. This is because, by this time, most plants have developed to the point where their identifying characteristics are obvious — leaves are often fully grown, flowers have blossomed, and some plants are already forming seeds, each of which makes plant identification easier. While most in the herbal community encourage the wildcrafting of local plants, this practice isn’t as simple as going out and digging an identified plant out of the ground in order to use it. Just as one herbalist teaches another how to make an infused herbal oil...Read More
Author: Meagan Visser
Herbal syrups are a common herbal preparation. Not only are they easy to make and tasty to use, but they require minimal ingredients that can be found in most homes. Other than herbs, all that’s needed to make herbal syrups are water and some form of sweetener. Many herbalists prefer to use raw honey to sweeten their syrups, not only because it has a great flavor but because it adds its own health benefits to the syrup. But what about herbalists who are vegan or those who choose not to use animal products? What do they use to make...Read More
There’s a lot of talk these days about the sun, its effect on the skin, and how to go about protecting it. You see, your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it’s been said by some that your skin is the window to your health. But what does that mean exactly — “a window to your health?” It means that your overall state of health is often reflected in the appearance of your skin. So what does your skin look like? Is it oily or dry? Does it glow or is it dull? Is it smooth or bumpy?...Read More
When I first decided to pursue natural living, I started by learning from people I had grown to admire — people who were like me, only further along in their journey. These mentors of mine were so knowledgeable about all sorts of things from healthy eating to natural birthing, from cleaning their homes with non-toxic cleaners to making their own DIY skin care products, and even knowing how to use herbs and essential oils for health and wellness. Because I admired these people and desired to live the kind of healthy lifestyle they were living, I made a choice...Read More
As someone who is smack in the middle of her “childbearing” years, menopause is rarely something that crosses my mind. Puberty is almost a distant memory, and actually bearing a child is quite a ways away. So I go from cycle to cycle, perhaps taking it for granted, nearly always cursing it at some point. But the truth of the matter is that one day this will change… and nature will decide that I’m no longer useful for producing children, and a sort of reverse puberty will begin. When I started speaking with older women who had gone through...Read More
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...Read More
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 —...Read More
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,...Read More
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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