When asked in homeopathy class what I think is the “essence” of the case…

Ha…and I sure in hell didn’t get the homeopathic remedy right for the case either. Oh well!

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Lessons from a Naturopath: When homemade herbal medicine backfires!!

It comes as no surprise that with “burn-out” there can be sleep issues. For me, I can be utterly exhausted by the end of the day but when I try to close my eyes and sleep my brain is still full throttle. So being the little astute naturopath that I am, I decide I will make my own sleep/relaxation tincture (click here to find out what a tincture is). Here are the results:

After 15min of taking my tincture last night…

What went WRONG was the effects didn’t wear off! I spent today feeling like this…

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Lesson I learned: Do not take a double dose of herbal extracts made from very powerful botanical sedatives & relaxants. Especially if I haven’t tested the potency of the medicine yet and have school/work the next day. It will create the effects of feeling “high” and dropping my I.Q. ¬†by 30 points for at least 16-18hrs. Oops!!!

P.S. I’ll have the medicine making more mastered before you guys become my actual patients ūüôā

 

You know you’re in ND school when…

Your botanical medicine class makes herbal marshmallows in lab! Yes, using real marshmallow root (althea officinalis). This herb is a demulcent (aka slimy & mucilaginous) and acts as a great soother for coughs and sore throats (inflamed mucosa). I ate them up before I thought to take a picture. So this pic I found online will have to suffice. These look pretty close to what we made:

Might not look super appetizing but slap it on a graham cracker w/ some dark chocolate and you’ll be asking for s’mores!

Mushrooms: Unsuspected Superheroes for Saving Life On Earth!

Salutations my friends! On this glorious morning, I was directed to a TED Talk link on Paul Stamets (aka “The Mushroom Man”). Paul Stamets is a brilliant award-winning ¬†mycologist who champions for the incredible benefits of fungi and how life on earth would be nonexistent without our precious mushrooms. He firmly believes mushrooms are our ecological saviors in a future where the human species are pushing our existence closer to the brink of our own extinction and many other species too.

I’ve read many articles and book excerpts proclaiming the unbelievable healing properties of mushrooms. Mushrooms can be our solution to eradication of certain viruses, controlling invasive insect populations, preventing and curing cancer, rebuilding damaged ecological systems, creating new ecological systems from practically nothing, and many more. Check out the video link below to learn more about the powerful benefits of mushrooms. I encourage you to look up more of Paul’s lectures. As always…knowledge is power!! Namaste.

Other Informative Resources:

1.) Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, Paul Stamets (Book)

2.) Mushrooms That Fight Cancer and Boost the Immune System

3.) Mushrooms may aid rapid vaccine response 

FLOWERS TO THE RESCUE!

Courtesy Google Images from diamon-naturals.us

Flowers are not just for aesthetics and sniffing. They can pack a powerful healing punch!

Flower essences…another incredible natural modality I have learned along my naturopathic medicine journey. Flower essences have been my new lifesavers for my frequent acute anxiety and stress caused by unrelenting work, non-stop tests and quizzes, financial woes, moments of self doubt (happens to the best of us), panic when you forget to study for a quiz or turn in an assignment (trust me…it can happen to even the most organized person when you take 30+ credits)and many more! When I take a few drops of a calming flower essence, POOF…instant calm and peace. Alas, I rest my case for why this natural aid is so powerful!

Courtesy Google Images via bachflower.com

The leading brand on the current market is¬†Bach’s Rescue Remedy. Many of you might ¬†remember seeing ¬†these products located near a check out cashier if you shop at Whole Foods or New Seasons. However, I recently learned that making your own flower essence is not only super cheap but just as beneficial!

How do they work? Long story short… flowers ¬†have medicinal properties and healing energies. You can extract the healing energy and vitality from the flower. For anything that ails you…whether physical, spiritual, or emotional there is a flower whose “essence” you can use ¬†to alleviate your symptoms. This form of medicine is called “vibrational medicine.”

Have I peaked your interest? Good! Check out the article to learn more about flower essence and how they can begin helping you. Below are a few great books on the craft. Namaste!

Flower Essence Books:

1.) Flower Essence Repertory: A Comprehensive Guide to North American and English Flower Essences for Emotional and Spiritual Well-Being

2.) The Complete Book of Flower Essences: 48 Natural and Beautiful Ways to Heal Yourself and Your Life

3.) Flower Essences and Vibrational Healing