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Yarrow To The Rescue

While washing dishes a few nights ago I accidentally bounced my best Rachel Ray knife off my index finger. Since my hands were warm from the dishwater, the cut bled like I’d just opened the valve to Old Faithful. This isn’t the first time this has happened. Like all cooks busy hacking and chopping, I’ve […]

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Nine Things Your Nipples Wish You Knew About Them

  1. When breastfeeding, don’t wash your nipples with soap! They have special ducts that secrete naturally lubricating, bacteria fighting oil. “What,” you say, “don’t wash?” No, of course hygiene is important, especially since bacteria and fungus thrive in dark, moist places like behind a breast pad. But rinsing and air drying with your regular […]

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One for the Ladies: Lady's Mantle

It’s winter time, and the perennial herbs lie dormant, gathering their strength to burst forth in all their glory come spring. Lady’s Mantle is one of those herbs, collecting itself to dependably reappear, to be used as a powerful protector for women during all stages of their adult lives, from menarche to menopause. Alchemilla vulgaris, […]

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An Expert's Thoughts on Baby Skin…..

by Pina LoGiudice, ND, LAC During my own pregnancy last year, thoughts of my baby were mostly of “is the baby growing ok” or, “is it a boy or a girl”, rather than any consideration of what his or her skin might look like. It wasn’t until about 2 weeks after giving birth to […]

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Stretch Marks And Itchy Skin During Pregnancy

by Pina LoGiudice, ND, LAC Why is my skin so itchy? Is there anything I can do about it? And what about stretch marks? Are they really preventable? As part of the miraculous journey of pregnancy, the skin of a mother-to-be will go through many changes. These are a result of increased circulation and […]

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To Nettle

To Nettle net·tle (ntl) n. tr.v. net·tled, net·tling, net·tles 1. To sting with or as if with a nettle. 2. To irritate; vex. If you’re planning on hiking, camping or being out in the Great Outdoors this summer, you would do well knowing how to identify our nettlesome, herbal friend, Stinging nettle, Urtica dioica. Nettles […]

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St. John's Wort

One of my dearest new friends recently asked me to name my favorite herbs and I had to think fast. It felt like choosing my favorite child because I love so many for their own unique gifts. St. John’s wort, or Hypericum perforatum, was one of the plants I named. Sunday was summer solstice — […]

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Skin Care Products – How Much Gets In?

by Karin Parramore, LAc, CH In our increasingly polluted modern world, it is important to do all we can to avoid increasing the toxin load in our bodies. More and more people are choosing to eat organically grown foods and drink clean water, and many people choose to use all natural skin care products as […]

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