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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…

Wet Sock Therapy

Bookmark this post for the upcoming cold and flu season! Wet socks, yay! Everyone loves wet socks! Ok, sarcasm aside, I am about to blow your mind with the usefulness of wet socks. They are an amazing therapy for any kind of upper respiratory infection, but especially ones with a fever or congestion. Wet sock therapy…

Five Tips for Healthy Eating

There is a lot of confusing information about what and how to eat. Some people think eating all plants is the way to go. Other people are promoting a diet heavy in animal fats and proteins. And to confound things, there seems to be research both for and against all these different ways. My goal…

Lions, and Tigers, and … Ticks?

Lately, Lyme disease and other tick borne infections have been getting a lot of attention in the press. Tick populations and tick borne infections are on the rise, and while it used to be mainly a concern in the NE United States, ticks carrying harmful infections are now present on the West side of the…

Digest Your Best

Last week we talked about the importance of healthy bowel function, and how to set your system up for consistent, regular movements. How we set ourselves up at the other end of our digestive tract is equally important! Digestion is the gateway for our body’s fuel. If you aren’t digesting your food well, your body…