My home state, California, is currently experiencing multiple wildfires. Additionally, at this time, there are wildfires burning in other states and even other countries. Regardless of how far you are from the actual fires, there is a possibility that some of the smoke may reach you. And you may not even see or smell smoke, but the particulate matter that is carried by the smoke can pose a health hazard. You may feel it in your eyes, sinuses or lungs.
What is alternative medicine? According to Merriam-Webster, alternative medicine is any of various systems of healing or treating disease (such as chiropractic, homeopathy, or faith healing) not included in the traditional medical curricula of the U.S. and Britain. I often write about methods that may be considered alternative modalities to enhance our well-being. This may include a plant, food, activity, or supplement. Rarely do I utilize only one method, instead, I apply the holistic approach to my life. This means that instead of viewing a symptom or an issue as needing to be “fixed” or eliminated, I view the body as a whole. The whole includes our physical, mental, and spiritual aspects.
I overheard someone at the grocery store complaining about having to weed their garden. I began to wonder about the varieties of weeds they may have growing in their yard. Also, were they aware that many plants referred to as weeds actually offer healing properties? Don’t get me wrong, I have my own fair share of plants that I remove from my garden, too. And this is only to protect the plants I am currently nurturing. However, there are many plants that I haven’t personally invited into my garden that are more than welcome to stay.
Juice detoxes are quite popular these days. From the simple do-it-yourself recipes to the more structured programs. For the most part, the end goal is the same- to detox the body. Our bodies are constantly detoxing, our bodily functions are proof of this. However, there are times where we may need to facilitate the process. For this, juice detoxes are a great way to achieve this goal. Of course, there are dietary changes, supplements and many other methods of detoxing the body. And quite often, a combination of all methods is utilized for optimal results.
They populate urban parks and forgotten fields. Their seed heads are the magic of childhood. It’s hard to resist making a wish as the seeds disperse like little fairies casting off into unknown adventures. This magical plant is Taraxacum officinale, otherwise known as dandelion. To many, they are no more than a pesky weed. Conversely, to some people’s dismay, their likeness even graces the bottle of a popular herbicide.