Forgiveness and Your Health

Recently I have struggled to forgive someone who wronged me. I have had countless emotions about the specific situation, but anger is the easiest emotion for me to "own”. It’s certainly a lot harder to admit that many mornings I woke up reliving the pain before I even put my feet on the ground. It’s exhausting to be angry, sad, hurt, exposed, broken. In this specific situation I was not going to receive an apology or reconciliation so.I..had to initiate the process of forgiving.

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Encouragement

With today’s prevalence of social media, email and texting we intersect the power of Words daily (and, often hourly). Words can express love, kindness, and encouragement; and, yet just one negative word can obliterate the strongest people. The duality of this power is documented in parables and proverbs from cultures across the globe (below) and our fight against this negativity must be to stay encouraged .....intentionally.

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Natural Enemies in Your Garden: A Homeowner's Guide to Biological Control

Enjoy a thorough report completed by MSU on garden pests and their natural enemies. Learn how to encourage the population of bugs that will eat your garden pests as a wonderful way to control pests naturally. Link to full PDF file - http://msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/files/e2719.pdf

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Be in a Community, Reduce Pain

Recently one of my favorite NPR Programs,Hidden Brain, covered one of my long-loved topics: Community. When I ponder Community I get "the feels” and want to gush about my amazing community. Thankfully Hidden Brain examined Community through the lens of the University of Oxford study which put data and facts around something that I have often experienced --- Community reduces how we feel pain.

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25 Natural Ways to Deal With Poison Ivy Rash

Below is an article from DIYNatural.com detailing 25 ways to treat a poison ivy, oak or sumac rash. Many of the recommended products are available on NaturalHealthcareStore.com including Dead Sea salt water (the most potent sea water available), Minty Mouthwash, Honey, and Aloe. We also recommend considering our Miracle II Gel and Emuaid First Aid Ointment to treat the rash.

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‘Rollie Pollies’ Remove Heavy Metals From Soil, Stabilize Growing Conditions, & More

As a kid, I used to play with rollie pollies, intrigued by their ability to curl up into little balls. As an adult, more intrigued with gardening, I found these to be an annoying pest often killing my little seedlings I'd worked tirelessly to grow! After reading this article, I'll remain intrigued not just with their "rolling" abilities, but also their abilities to greatly improve my garden and compost soil! And when I find them in an area where they may be a pest (near my seedlings), I'll simply transplant them to areas in which they'll be more useful, such as near my mature plants and compost pile!

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Homemade & Natural Dish Washing Detergent

Video Tutorial:http://youtu.be/d7vLGmNqkqY Creating your own natural cleaning products will not only help to reduce your exposure to toxins within your home environment, but it will also save you money! Here's a recipe for natural dish washing detergent. I've been using this for at least two years now and love it! It is not as strong as commercial grade cleaners so I highly suggest rinsing your dishes first (or allowing your pups to lick them clean as we do....we call them our "pre-pre-wash"), and running the rinse cycle on hot before running the full cycle. This will help to loosen and rinse away much of the food debris. If you use a french press for coffee (which tends to leave more grinds in the cup) I also suggest rinsing these out before the coffee grinds dry and stick to the sides. Natural Dishwasher Detergent ~ (Estimated Cost Savings ~ Costs $1.00 instead of $2.50 in store) o 1+ cups table salt (or purified pool salt if you want to buy in bulk) o 2 cup borax (available at Walmart and many other stores in the soap / detergent section) o 2 cup baking soda o Use ~ 2 tablespoons per dish load Video Tutorial:http://youtu.be/d7vLGmNqkqY For more homemade and natural cleaning product recipes visithttp://www.naturalhealthcarestore.com/shop/reducing-toxins-by-using-natural-cleaning-products#.VRLVzvnF-hI

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Carrot and Ginger Soup

Carrot and Ginger Soup is a favorite of mine! And its super healthy to have in the winter season!

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Purina Sued Over Death of Thousands of Dogs AND the Controversial Ingredient is Also Common In Products for Humans

Purina has recently come under fire for some questionable ingredients included their dog food believed to be linked to the death of thousands of pets. So what is this ingredient and why is such a questionable ingredient being used? And why is this controversial ingredient also VERY common in food and skincare products for human consumption.

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Leeks: Growing from Kitchen Scraps or Seeds - Cool Season Plants

We've been making soups during these cold snow days! And with spring just around the corner, we're getting ready to plant some very early spring cool weather plants...starting from our kitchen scraps! Enjoy a blog on growing leeks from kitchen scraps! More blogs to come on growing ginger, turmeric, celery, and more from kitchen scraps!

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Health Benefits of Garlic

Health Benefits of Garlic Garlic has always been a part of my diet. Although I first learned of its health benefits while volunteering in a soup kitchen one winter during college. My assignment in food preparation was to chop a very large quantity of garlic. They explained that during cold and flu season, garlic would help boost immunity so those we were serving would remain healthier. While boosting your immune system may be reason enough to add fresh garlic to your diet, the many health benefits are almost too many to name.

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Natural Cleaning: Clean Your Drains With Baking Soda and Vinegar

Check out this natural method for cleaning drains and toilets! What a great way to clean AND keep the drains flowing well!

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Review of Recent Washington Post Article ''Is organic better for your health?''

Below is an article published by the Washington Post recently. The article suggests that while there are benefits to eating organic over conventional, both in terms of nutrition provided and exposure to contaminants and toxins, that the benefit is not substantial. I would like to raise a few points in response:

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