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What the heck is a seasonal cleanse?

You might be like me.  I had heard enough about cleansing to know that I might benefit.  However, I was still confused.  There are many types of cleanses available, just google away in your spare time.  Liver cleanse, colon cleanse, detox, colonics… are they all the same?  I was very confused by these terms before I began to study herbalism.  My first cleanse (prescribed by an MD) was very restrictive, with only certain types of food allowed, along with various supplements, the best part was a cool calendar that I used as a journal of my experience.  While I was initially intrigued, the whole process exhausted me – I felt good for a period of time, but it wasn’t life-changing...

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The Flower Essence Experience

  At Prairie Star Botanicals we have on going projects and research. One of those research projects and part of my continued learning is taking a flower essence and journal the experience. I decided to take Wild Bergamot to help me deal and heal with childhood trauma and grieve properly.  Wild Bergamot is my favorite plant. I have spent many hours hiking  prairie lands, gazing in awe and the beautiful purple flowers and capturing pictures of bees buzzing around it. This particular flower essence was made from local prairie so I felt a close connection. Wild Bergamot flower essence surprised me with her gentle subtle energy, that sneaked up reaching a crescendo, then gently laying down in peace and tranquility. ...

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An Introduction to Prairie Star Botanicals Seasonal Cleansing

  Cleansing is a traditional practice that allows our body to reset through the use of gentle herbs, healthy seasonal foods, and restorative lifestyle practices.   For many, this is related to eliminating metabolic toxins that accumulate as a result of the hectic pace and irregular eating of our modern lives.    Based on Ayurvedic, European and Chinese traditions, cleansing allows us to adjust how, when, and especially what we eat, with special attention to the function of specific organ systems related to each season.  Cleansing helps us work with our body’s natural resources to prepare for the challenges of each season, and to treat our bodies, emotions and spirit with love.   While many cleanse protocols focus on the liver...

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A Prairie Winter

Winter begins on December 21, with the celebration of the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the yearly calendar.  On the prairie, winter often means wind + snow + cold...

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A prairie education

  Summer is already waning here on the prairie.  For me, like many others, it has been a fast-paced blur of activity, even though I tell myself that it’s a time to relax and be still.  My inner compass also tells me that summer is a time of education, although, even at my age, it rarely follows the path that I’ve planned.  Perhaps it’s like that for you, too; so let me share a little about my summer.   I just returned a few days ago from a weeklong bicycle ride across the state of Iowa.  I sometimes have difficulty explaining to the uninitiated why I would choose to spend my vacation riding 60-70 miles a day for 7 days. ...

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