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Celebrating the Summer Solstice 2022

This year, summer arrives on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. The summer equinox is especially poignant here on the prairie, where the sun rises early, and sets after 9PM.  In modern times, our area has been known for agriculture, and a short but aggressive growing season that supports mono-cropping of corn and soybeans.  I like to think of it in more historical times, where local indigenous people set their rhythms to that of the sun, enjoying the long days of summer as a balance to the short days of winter. The cycle of seasons allows us to experience our true connection to the natural world.  Disconnection that comes through our modern lives leaves us feeling unsettled at best, and stressed, or...

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Herbs For The Heart

Summer is the time for the Heart, the Fire Element. The sun reaches its peak at the Summer Solstice as our Fire element burns stronger during the Summer season.   The heart processes all of our emotions, every thought and feeling that goes through your mind also travels through the heart. When we are emotionally/mentally strained, our heart feels the same stress. When we are excited and full of joy, our heart is elated and light – ready to pump blood for revitalizing the body, filling us with energy. To experience radiating heart fire is equivalent to listening to a song that just makes you want to dance. You don’t try to fight it; with no resistance your hips start...

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A Reaction To Stress

Stress - We all encounter it Stress /stres/ noun pressure or tension exerted on a material object.   a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.   We do not need to be asking “What is stress?”, what we need to ask is “How do we react to stress?”. When put under pressure, slapped in the face by something sudden, stuck in between a rock and a hard place, how do you react to the situation? Arguably, one can react to each unique situation differently, but generally, we all have our fallback reaction to stressful situations. Do you have circling thoughts with a worried mind, upset digestion, and tension in the stomach? Do...

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What is Your Story?

“Tell me what you plan to do with your one wild precious life?” – Mary Oliver.  I end all my emails with this thought-provoking quote. My hope is to encourage folks to contemplate how they are living out their lives. Are they doing what they love or dreamed to do? What is their story? My Octogenarian father is a gifted story teller. He is a quiet modest man but once he leans forward in his chair, eye alight we know a story is coming and wait with anticipation. My father lives his life a poem by finding joy and laughter in the most ordinary encounters in life. As a child, he was my personal alarm clock. He would pop his...

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Herbal Hair Care for Men & Women

A Look at Herbal Hair Care While many of us happily refrain from using chemicals in our gardens, eating organically grown foods, cleaning our homes with natural products, etc., what about our self-care habits while caring for our hair and skin?   We may be so accustomed to shopping for hair and skin care products made by big commercial companies because they are convenient, plus it’s what we’re expected to do in a consumer-oriented culture.  But if you really look into the ingredients in most of those products, you will understand how toxic many of them really can be.  At the very least, our skin’s natural oils are often stripped, leaving our skin and hair too dried out and requiring...

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