Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Herbal Remedies for PMS

An evening-primrose flower, showing the cross-...Image via Wikipedia

I don't know about you, but when I have PMS I don't like to reach for the standard over the counter medicines like Midol. For one, they don't really do anything to help the problem itself - they're really just designed to make you feel better.

As an herbalist, I believe that eating right, exercising, and balancing your hormones gently with herbs is a better approach. In other words, I like to use natural herbs for PMS instead of relying on medication to just numb the pain, relieve the anxiety, or to give me energy.

The link I shared above is for an article I wrote that talks about some top herbs for PMS. In the article I listed
  • Chaste tree berry
  • Licorice root
  • Dandelion
  • Evening Primrose Oil
All of these are considered wonderful herbal remedies for PMS.

In the herbal tradition that I follow (the wise woman tradition) we don't believe in shocking our body with harsh herbal medicines and complicated blends. We believe in nourishing our bodies with the right nutrients and using herbs that also fit the "nourishment" purpose.

In looking at the list, the first two natural remedies I'd try are dandelion (especially fresh spring greens right from the lawn) and evening primrose oil. And bear in mind that it may take several months for your hormones to balance out so you may not notice that much of a difference right away.

Do you have success treating your PMS naturally?

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Natural Living, Weight Loss, Herbal Remedies - My Big Welcome!

Ayahuasca being prepared in the Napo region of...Image via Wikipedia

Living naturally is the first blog I ever started. I never did shut this blog down when I stopped writing here and I must say, I miss it! I thought I'd move on to starting a blog on its own domain but you know what? I just started a blog on making money online and I essentially didn't even have a space where I could share my herbal knowledge with all of you aside from my eHow articles.

But I've decided to come back.

My Weight Loss Journey

I've recently started getting reacquainted with living a healthy life. I haven't been in shape for some time (well, I'm in shape - but I just don't look that great in a bikini at the moment). So part of the reason I decided to start posting here again is to share with you all my progress.

I haven't weight myself in a few months - not because I'm scared - I know what the scale will say - but because my scale has been packed in a box for a very long time. But if I do this weight loss thing right, I won't need a scale. I'll be able to tell by the way I look and the way my clothes fit when progress is made.

And Yes, I'll Share Herbal Stuff Too

It's simply too fun not to share, don't you agree? Herbal remedies are accessible and fun. I love wildcrafting when I can, blending my own tea blends, and in general living as healthy of a lifestyle as possible.

You see, I got away from this for a while - that's why I gained weight. But I'm putting a stop to it. The same time I'm getting in touch with my Herbalist self, I suspect I'll lose weight. The two are definitely related.

Anyway, just thought I'd write an update. I don't quite no what my plan is yet... other than eating right and exercising. If I try to have too many rules, it has the opposite affect for me.

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