Taking Back an American Classic

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It’s hard to say whether the current status quo is due to an onslaught of commercials featuring kids eating carrots while playing in valleys or whether Americans have a group-mind when it comes to dressings, but one thing is clear: Ranch is just about everybody’s favorite dressing. I love the concept, too — you can’t […]

The “Eat, Don’t Spray!” Meal Idea

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Eat, don’t spray! No need to buy fancy spring specials at the market when your lawn is full of free, fresh greens and herbs. I’m talking dandelion greens, purslane, and wood sorrel; wild alliums like chives, ramps, and scapes. Instead of spraying Roundup and contaminating our water supply — when it rains, all those herbicides, […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Spring Allergies

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In addition to beautiful weather, sunshine and flowers, Spring brings seasonal allergies. For people suffering from allergies, the congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing can be debilitating! Luckily, Chinese medicine has a treatment for seasonal allergies that treats both the “root” and “branch” of the disorder. TCM looks to the lung channel as the […]

Meet Linda, Our Holistic Natural Nutrition Advisor

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We have featured many great articles from Linda Wolschlager, CNC. She is a Certified Nutrition Counselor from Trinity College of Natural Health in Indiana. Linda’s own personal health issues led her to find that traditional medicine was not always the way to go and she was able to overcome a serious long-term virus with the right nutrition […]

Summertime Heart Openers from TCM and Yoga

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In yoga, we are often reminded to work toward “opening the heart”. Doing so opens up the chest by creating greater space in the ribcage for the lungs and the heart. It also means allowing for the sharing of love and compassion. In the same way, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) relates to both the physical […]

Herbs 101

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What are Herbs? Herbs are excellent plant sources of foods loaded with nutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes) which our body can use to achieve and maintain good health. Herbs also nourish, regulate, cleanse and help the body heal itself. Herbs are powerful natural foods. Do Herbs Cure? No. They nourish. If the body has the ability […]

Guaranteed Summer Hits: Sweet Corn & Fresh Herbs

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Sweet corn, savory herbs, juicy tomatoes – what more could you want? Summer brings out the best on our plates. (Summer also means that my refrigerator tends to be a bit bare since a lot of my future meals are anchored to my garden dirt.) And now that we’re – sniff! – at the tail […]

Need Flavor? Try DIY Herbing!

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‘Tis the season for fresh herbs! Whether you grow them or buy them, herbs are a quick and easy way to add pizzazz to your summer dishes. Just snip the leaves with a pair of kitchen shears or mince them with a sharp knife – you generally want to avoid using the stems since they […]

Suffering From Dry Or Oily Hair? We Can Help!

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Got Dry Hair? If you have dry hair, you probably also have to deal with a dry scalp, split ends and unmanageable hair. You may also have dandruff. Exposure to sun — whether from sailing, skiing or a day at the beach — can also dry out your hair and scalp: Protect them by wearing a […]

From the Herb Garden to the Cookie Jar

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Shortbread may not seem like an obvious summer dessert, but buttery shortbread cookies spiced with citrus and fresh basil are unexpectedly refreshing on a hot summer day. The light, sandy texture typical of shortbread – pecan sandies and other “sand” or “sable” (French for “sand”) cookies are essentially shortbread cookies – means that the tender […]