New Year, New You, New Gut!

Did you know that the key to that new you, lies in the health of your gut? While we’re not huge fans of New Year's Resolutions, as they seem so temporary and often fail, we are HUGE fans of a lifestyle change. After all, that’s pretty much the only way a long lasting positive impact is going to happen.

If you’re like many, you want to get healthier in one way or another for the new year.  Did you know that having a healthy gut is the key to your weight loss, improving your mood, enhancing memory, easing your body aches and pains, eliminating brain fog, treating autoimmune diseases, boosting immunity, and pretty much any other health related New Year's goal you could have?  

In our upcoming course 'Improve Digestive Health with Herbs' we’ll talk about:

  • Why a healthy gut matters to your overall health
  • How you can get to a happy healthy gut
  • Our favorite herbs to enhance the health of your gut
  • Along the way, we’ll be sharing gut...
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Improve Respiratory Health With These 5 Herbs

"When we draw on a breath, we share that air with all other human beings and all other life on our planet. The respiration, our "oneness with trees becomes a manifest fact and our communion with the oceans has immediate impact. The reality of the planetary whole reveals itself with implications for all human life, through the circulation of the gases and the energy of the atmosphere, this vision underlies holistic healing, as much as it does ecology. The anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system is a complex and beautiful embodiment of integration and wholeness."

This is a quote from one of my absolute favorite and most referred to books, Medical Herbalism by the brilliant herbalist, David Hoffman, and I thought it would be a wonderful intro to this blog where we are going to talk about a few herbs that are really beneficial for our respiratory tract and how to think about using those herbs and the best ways for you.

I wanted to take a bit of time to share some helpful...

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8 Herbs for Gut Health

Herbs can be an incredible ally when it comes to supporting your gut health. You may know that a healthy gut leads to an overall healthy body, mind, and soul. Of course, it’s very important to get to the root problem, before we can achieve true healing. You can learn more about in-depth gut healing through the 4R program in this blog post: Four Steps To A Balanced, Healthy, & Happy Gut. When you work to truly heal your gut, and add some of these herbs into your regimen, you can achieve optimal health and balance in life!

On to a list of the best herbs to lead to a healthy gut and a healthy you!

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula, calendula! One of my personal favorites for many reasons. However, for the purpose of this post we will focus on the benefits calendula provides for the gut! Calendula can improve digestion and absorption, reduce inflammation in the gut wall, detoxify the body from pathogens, help fight amoebic infections and worms and help...

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So, Why Is Your Gut Health So Important Anyway?

The health of your gut is the underlying foundation to the health of your entire body.  Did you know that the tiny bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms that make up your body’s microbiome, outnumber your body’s cells 10-1!?  That means you’re made up of more tiny bugs than cells!  Woah, crazy, right!?!  Research has been showing that the health of your microbiome is playing a major role in your overall health, both physically and mentally.  Here are just a few examples of the way your gut health affects your overall health.

Mood Disorders, Depression, & Anxiety 

Have you ever had that “gut feeling”?  Well, it’s true, scientists have discovered that you have a “second brain” in your gut.  It’s called the Enteric Nervous System, or ENS for short. Your ENS is made of more than 100 million nerves cells, lining your entire digestive tract from your esophagus to your rectum....

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Herbs to Ease Stress & Anxiety

Have you been feeling a bit stressed, anxious, nervous, angry, or worried as all get out lately? With all that is happening in our world today, it’s no wonder you may be feeling this way. I know I have, and it makes it really hard to focus and do good work. Our world is a tough place to be right now. 

This is a time where plants and herbs can offer your nervous system some much needed support. While they can’t fix all of the suffering happening today, they can provide you a sense of peace and calm, and give you the extra strength it takes to make it through tough times. Taking care of yourself makes it so you can rise up and share the special gifts that you have to make this world a better place. We need you right now!

I’m going to share with you some of the best herbs to support your nervous system. But first I’ll give you a quick introduction to two categories of herbs and their actions that help support your nerves. They are:

Nervines

Nervines are a...

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How To Make Elderberry Popsicles

Sure, Elderberry Syrup is super yummy, but what about Elderberry Syrup Popsicles?! This is a summertime favorite around our house and a really great way to pack in some nutrition and immune-boosting elderberries. You're going to love them!

My daughter loves these popsicles so much, she wants to run around and share them with all of the neighborhood kids and set up a popsicle stand outside.  This kid is on to something, maybe she’ll be a businesswoman like her mama?

No clue what Elderberries are, and why people would make popsicles of them? It's ok! You can learn more about Elderberry's immune-boosting properties over here.

Anyway, I’ve tried to make these various ways, and I think I finally came up with a super rockin’ recipe! Check it out, try it, and let me know what you think.

Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup Popsicles

Immune Boosting Elderberry Popsicle Recipe

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