Herbs for Common Ailments

Cramps? Try some cramp bark! This can be purchased from health food stores and it is absolutely amazing! It’s great for menstrual cramps, leg cramps, even tongue cramps. This stuff is pretty much liquid gold. (I’ll warn you though, it tastes awful.) Use as directed.

Usually, place several drops under your tongue and hold there for several seconds before swallowing.

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Where’s the line? | Living in the moment while preparing for the future

Obviously we all have goals, hopes, and dreams, and we should probably know things like how we are going to pay our bills and when they come due, when our car is due for an oil change, our best friend’s birthday, and have some sort of plan for retirement or at least a basic savings account… but there’s a line. So let’s talk about drawing and dancing along that line and what makes it worth the effort!

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LUSH Haul + Product Reviews

Treat yourself on Valentine’s day- and every day- with these low-impact, minimal waste, vegan beauty products!

*not sponsored, just in love*
Two years ago, I finally did it- I purchased a Lush bath bomb. Oh my gosh, they are the best! Obviously that’s not all I got though. I left Lush with so many goodies, and I want to share with you my thoughts on some of these low-waste, vegan, hand-made beauty products.

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5 Tools Every Herbalist Needs

Herbalist sounds like an intense title, but it doesn't have to be complicated. Being an herbalist can be as simple as keeping a few little herbs on the kitchen window sill and mixing dried herbs into teas or it can be as complex as creating personalized lifestyle plans accounting for diet, exercise, medicinal herbs, and exercises for mental and spiritual health. There's no list of accomplishments required before you can be a "real herbalist."

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How to Have Naturally Healthy Skin

(That’s my actual face up there, hi! ^ )

I feel like healthy skin is one of the few things in life that isn’t under- or over-rated. Healthy skin looks and feels wonderful, but it also tends to be an outer reflection of what’s going on inside. I know the times when my skin is naturally glowing and clear, I’m feeling my best inside- both physically and emotionally.

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Probiotics: The Basics

Probiotics are live bacteria! But like, the "good" kind. Consuming certain probiotic bacteria strains can provide a variety of health benefits. Since they focus on gut health by improving the gut flora (the naturally existing good bacteria in the gut), most of the benefits associated with probiotics are related to digestive health.

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Journal Entry: Confidence

I haven’t always been confident, and I didn’t even really notice that I’d gotten more confident until this kind lady pointed it out. In the past five years, my confidence has exploded. It’s been rocky at points, and the end of 2018 was an adventure in insecurity land… but overall I’m confident in who I am and who I aim to be and the decisions I make.

That feels amazing! I’m sure some of it just has to do with life experience, but I can think of a few things I’ve done or realized that probably had a lot to do with the sudden change:

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Creating a Meditation Practice You Love

Sometimes my head feels like a war-zone, but when I practice meditation that feeling of chaos and malice fades away.

I think fancypants perfection-focused meditation is overrated. Meditation can be really fun and satisfying, and you can do it without having thoughts like “I should do ____ better,” “I’m not good at this,” or “am I doing this right?”

You are doing it right. It’s your practice, so whatever you say goes. Here are some easy ways to start crafting a more playful meditation practice that helps you feel free and grounded, instead of restricted.

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DIY Herbal Hair Detangler

It's another day in paradise, especially if your hair isn't all tangled and messy, am I right? After reading a few other recipes and checking the ingredients on some of my favorite commercial herbal hair detanglers, I came up with this recipe for my very own wavy-curly hair herbal detangler.

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How to Build an Herbal FirstAid Kit

I’ve written this list as a sort of basic guideline, but I highly recommend doing a little research about the plants that grow wild in your area and what their medicinal benefits are to personalize your own natural medicine cabinet. Studies have shown that the plants native to an area tend to have healing properties correlating with the types of ailments that are common in that area.

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The Ultimate Vegan Hot Chocolate

I came up with this ultimate, amazing af, vegan hot chocolate recipe. Now I'm going to share it with you. It's been approved by friends and family time and time again, nobody even knows it's vegan- it's just rich and thick and amazing. Get ready for winter paradise.

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