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The Seasons of Life - Autumn

Are you currently in your Autumn years, the years spanning the 40 - 60 age group? If so, you may be experiencing many changes, both inside and out, that can be difficult to understand and navigate. This blog acknowledges many changing circumstances that a person in this season of life, myself included, often encounters, and offers suggestions and herbal recommendations that may be helpful for adapting to change.

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Herbal References for Beginners

My cat pounces on my lap gently kneading her paws and purring. I am engrossed in a book and absently detach her from my lap. She pounces again, her warm furry body balancing precariously on my lap. She lifts her paw and tries to knock the book out of my hand. “Luna de buho” I groan (using her full name whilst she is in trouble) and gently place her off my lap. She pounces again, I sigh and give into her persistence. We settle in a comfortable rhythm, I pet her with one hand and hold the book in the other while she curls in my lap purring contently and gets busy kneading her biscuits. Her nemesis, the book, forgotten...

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Garden Refresh During the Earth Element Season of Late Summer

Are you interested in starting a late summer or early fall garden? This blog explores what vegetables are compatible to grow after a hot summer, what native plants and perennials you might consider planting now, how to plant fall roots, establishing a wildflower garden area before winter, and pollinator-friendly habits anyone can adopt all year.

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Earth Season - The 5th Season

  Elemental Flow-Chart, photo credit to Paige Hill, CH   Have you heard of the Earth season before? What about the Earth Element? No, you haven’t? Well neither did I, not until I started working for Prairie Star Botanicals and began my herbal education.   Prior to herbal education, I have heard about the different elements of nature (Fire, Water, Earth, Wind, Ether), but I have never explored them to understand their meaning. Now, I have an association and appreciation with all of the different elements that govern not only the universe, but our bodies. My teachings are a blend of multiple traditional practices, but what has stuck with me most, is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).   Today, I have...

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