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My Interview with Bellamy Fitzpatrick:

Green Anarchy & Self-Sufficiency So last week I introduced the concepts of the Green Anarchy movement and Bellamy Fitzgerald’s, founder of the journal Backwoods, opinion of how the essence of Green Anarchy can be achieved in today’s world.  If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest you do as the topics we are talking about […]

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Green Anarchy & The Invitation to Desertion:

What is IT & What does it Provoke? I hate “politics” and the divisiveness it breeds. Therefore, it is rare that I expound on my political ideologies. especially here.  However, with everything that is going on in the world, I would feel remiss if I didn’t at least provide a glimpse into what is possible.  […]

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Herbal Action Series: Anodynes

Anodynes (Analgesics) are a class of herbs used for the treatment of pain.  It is probably one of the most important class of herbs to know how to use properly. I have talked a bit about my medical journey that I have been through to get to where I am now.  This journey started, way […]

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Herbal Actions Series

Alteratives: The Path to Balance in the Body Alteratives are both, most important but, equally vague.  Generally speaking, they help the body eliminate and detoxify different systems.  Now, most people know that the body works regularly to detoxify the body of external toxins, such as, pesticides, chemicals and other environmental toxins.  However, alteratives also eliminate […]

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The Beauty of Litha: Summer Solstice

This particular year, Litha (Summer Solstice) will be spectacular.  According to Earthsky.org, the moon will turn new merely 9 hours after the Solstice on June 20th. At that time the new moon will sweep in front of the Sun, causing what is called an annular solar eclipse – a literal ring of fire.  I’m a […]

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Herbal Actions: Adaptogens

This is probably the most popular herbal action heralded right now.  Every new herb lately is touted as an adaptogen. So, what is it and why are they being recommended for everything lately? An adaptogen is an herb that doesn’t have a SPECIFIC action. Overall, they increase the body’s resistance to stressors. How many ads […]

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How to Start Understanding Herbs as Medicine

As I revealed in my last article, I went through an extreme health journey as a doorway to natural healing and natural living.  When I began, you could say that I was practicing “allopathic” herbalism.  In and of itself, an oxymoron. I was stuck in that Western medicine thought process of searching for herbs for […]

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A Deviation from Allopathic Medicine: How Herbal Medicine Saved my Life

Most people who start looking into herbal medicine do so because modern or western medicine has failed them or someone they love in horrible ways. I started my “divorce from western medicine” almost 5 years ago. Even though I knew about the dangers of the standard American diet many years before, as a single working mother of 2 special needs children, I had neither the time nor the energy to investigate it properly.

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GAIA SPEAKS: Ritual

Awaken, beloved child of mine! Daughter of Earth, Son of the Sun. Open your eyes to the East and greet the rising light. Open your breath Expand your heart in gratitude… For you are reborn, Each day, Anew. Awaken to the throb of life within you, To the beat of your heart. Your dreams as […]

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A History of Beltane: How Modern-Day Pagans Celebrate

Beltane has a long been celebrated due to its association with fertility and the success of agrarian cultures. In the northern hemisphere it is celebrated on May 1st (October 31st in the Southern hemisphere). It marks the halfway point between the Spring Equinox (Ostara) and the Summer Solstice (Midsummer).