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Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick!

New Year’s allows us a time to reboot … it’s life’s do-over button. Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick It’s that time of year, the age-old tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. I personally love this tradition. To me it’s a time to look ahead and decide who I want to be in the upcoming year […]

Nutrition and Lifestyle for Heart Health

Nutrition and Lifestyle for Heart Health According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of mortality worldwide – responsible for 17 million deaths last year, it’s expected to rise by another 6 million by the year 2030. Those are staggering statistics, but don’t let the numbers scare you… a little education […]

Hawthorn Berry (Crataegus oxyacantha)

Hawthorn Berry (Crataegus oxyacantha) Hawthorn berry Crataegus oxyacantha (Latin binomial), sometimes called Maybush, is a thorny shrub found that can be found growing on hillsides and in sunlit woodsey areas throughout the world. It’s been used for centuries to prepare foods, beverages, and medicines. In folk medicine, Hawthorn was used for the treatment of diarrhea, insomnia, […]

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sage (Salvia officinalis) Clear Your Mind with Sage. Sage, with its woody stems, grayish leaves, and lovely purplish-blue flowers, is a native perennial of the Northern Mediterranean coast and an herbal member of the mint family. If you’re only familiar with Sage for seasoning savory dishes, you’re missing out on a fascinating botanical remedy. Ancient […]

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic (Allium sativum) Fun fact: Garlic is an edible bulb from the lily family. Yup, as in the flower. Garlic Allium sativum is affectionately known to herbalists as “the stinking rose.” for centuries, there has been many traditional medicine uses for garlic. Uses include treatment of skin conditions, immune support, antimicrobial, and even to reduce risk […]

Fall Favorite: Pumpkin

Fall Favorite: Pumpkin Though you might automatically think of lattes and Jack-o-lanterns, it’s in fact a seasonal favorite with more weight than just cultural tradition. Pumpkin is also also a nutritional powerhouse! The orange squash is woven into the fabric of history and cuisine. It’s mentioned in literature, including Shakespeare’s reference to “pumpion” in The Merry Wives of […]