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Kitchen Medicine: Colds and Flus Part 1

This blog post is part of a series on home remedies for symptom relief found right in our very own kitchens. There are so many remedies for the discomfort caused by colds and flus sitting right in our homes and gardens! All we have to do is know how to use them. Some of them…

Natural Treatments for Spring Allergies

The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and ah…ah…ah… choo! Environmental allergies are also back. When a person is having an allergic response to pollen, it means the cells of their immune system have identified pollen as a pathogen and are releasing antibodies and histamine to help deal with the invader. This makes us…

Mental Health: A Whole Person Approach

Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD… these are very common mental health concerns. In naturopathic medicine, we take a whole person approach when helping someone, and this includes your mental health. Feeling valued and appreciated, having meaning and purpose in life, cultivating a sense of community connection: all of these are important for mental health. Sometimes, therapy…

Cold day? Warm spice.

Brrrr! These winter days can be very chilly! There are plenty of warming spices to help ward off winter’s chill, and you likely already have many of them in with your other kitchen spices. Keep reading for some home remedies for warming up on cold days! But first, what do I mean when I say…

Protect Your Lungs From Wildfire Smoke

As our summer heat arrives it’s a good time to begin preparing for wildfire smoke. The last two years have seen an increase of forest fires in our region, and forecasters are predicting a similar summer this year. We can all benefit from protecting our lungs when smoke is in the air, but preparation is…

Musings from the forest

Happy spring! It’s officially May and I haven’t posted in quite some time so I thought I would do a little check in. As many of you know, I spend my free time in the spring and summer cultivating my mini-homestead and wildcrafting herbs in the mountains. This spring has been no different. I live…

Green Cleaning

Many commonly sold cleaning products contain ingredients that cause allergic reactions, poison the nervous system, disrupt endocrine function and damage vision. These are not things you want to use in places you spend a lot of time! Fortunately there are many products that can be used to clean your home and don’t harm your health.…

Essential Oils Safety

I love, love, love essential oils. They smell wonderful and are a great tool for supporting wellness. The most common methods for using them include topical application, inhalation, and internal use. What is an essential oil? Essential oils are the volatile oil distillates of plants. They are extremely concentrated, potent extractions of the oil soluble…

Home Remedies for Sports Injuries

At a speaking event I was asked if I ever get sick. It happens rarely, but it does happen! Even naturopathic doctors are vulnerable to all the same ailments and injuries as everyone else. One of the foundations of naturopathic medicine is that health doesn’t happen accidentally. It is the cumulative effect of many habits…