alternative medicine

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Feeling Queasy?

Ginger is the Best Remedy for Nausea
Thursday, August 21, 2014, 1:52 PM

A great article that discusses the many benefits of using ginger root to combat the feeling of nausea, upset stomach and as a digestive aide.  Fresh root is best but also having some in dried tea form works well too.  Keep in mind that organic ginger root can be planted in container pots and grown as a nice house plant.

http://readynutrition.com/resources/feeling-queasy-ginger-is-the-best-remedy-for-nausea_18082014/

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12 Home Remedies for Coughs

Natural alternatives to help this winter
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 10:15 PM

A wonderful list of recipes and ideas for making you own cough and sore throat remedies and healing aides. 

http://www.commonsensehome.com/home-remedies-for-coughs/

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Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

A cooperative board game
Friday, February 1, 2013, 8:34 PM

A fun game my kids got for the holidays that provides a lot of learning opportunities for the whole family.  Thanks to Adam's misfortune with poison oak and readers comments on cures, I actually new the best use for Jewelweed while playing the game. 

Here is the Amazon description: 

Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game is a cooperative board game that teaches edible and medicinal Plants. Wildcraft! teaches 25 important edible and medicinal plants and their uses in mostly first aid situations. (Wildcrafting is the harvesting of wild plants). Players learn about plants by connecting the icon on the challenge or "trouble" cards with the icons on the plant cards. If a player has a "burdock" card in their herb basket and draws a "hungry" card, then the player can turn the cards in and move to the next rest space. Though it is a cooperative game, there is plenty of strategy and drama as players travel up the mountain to the Huckleberry Patch and back to Grandma's before nightfall. The only way to get back safely is to help each other out. However, it's ok if you don't make it. Grandma will come and get you. :) Wildcraft! is a great introduction to the world of edible and medicinal herbs for children of ALL ages. It's a beautifully illustrated, nature based, educational, cooperative game created in the tradition of the classic board games. Kids love the "Chutes and Ladders" type of play.Wildcraft! features storytelling and fosters the imagination. It's one of the best natures games, being that it connects kids to nature. It's an herb game and an educational game. Wildcraft! includes a 20x20 inch game board, instructions, 4 player pieces, 52 plant cards, 52 trouble cards, 25 cooperative cards, and a spinner. It also comes with a downloadable story to enhance the story of the game. Wildcraft! is made in the U.S.A. and made with green materials. It was chosen one of the Top Natural Toys of 2008 by Mothering Magazine. One to four players, ages 4 to adult. No prior knowledge of plants or herbs is needed. No reading is required for younger players.

A great gift for the young people in your life: Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game, a cooperative board game

What Should I Do?

Acupuncture being performed

Five Reasons to Consider Acupuncture

An alternative medical treatment
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 12:13 PM

In recent years, Oriental medicine has been growing in popularity, forcing many in the Western medical community to sit up and take notice.  Fifteen years ago, if you asked your primary care physician about acupuncture, he or she might have laughed you out of their office. Today, their responses have changed to something more accepting.  While most will readily admit they don’t understand this ancient practice, there is a growing body of research that indicates it works for many conditions.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The practice of acupuncture originated thousands of years ago in China with the use of stones.  It operates on the theory that energy, known as “chi” in the East -- similar to bio-electricity in the West -- must flow freely in the body.  If there is a blockage, organs will not receive enough energy to function properly, leading to disease. Acupuncture seeks to open these blockages, allowing the body to heal itself.  This is done by inserting very thin needles into combinations of points along fourteen energy pathways that cover the body.  These pathways are called meridians.

Why Should You Use It?

The following five points offer compelling reasons to consider using acupuncture. » Read more