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 daily […]

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Drooling Over Seed Catalogs

I heard a robin singing last week. Not only that, little green stinging nettle plants and brave daffodil shoots are peeking out through the mud. And the raspberry plants have fresh new buds emerging from the dry, brown canes. That means two things that make my wee heart leap: It’s almost spring, and it’s seed catalog time! […]

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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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Healing Hearts Baby Loss Comfort

The Healing Garden

I have never met any person who has not been touched by baby loss. Women who have been pregnant and have lost a baby are most often tended to only as grieving women. But their bodies experience many of the same physical discomforts as other postpartum women and these physical reminders of their lost babies further […]

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My Sunday By Melinda Olson

Spending time in the garden feels like a vacation to me. One would reasonably think, however, that in November the gardens are in hibernation mode. But while Oregon has been inundated with rain for the past few weeks and the gardens are preparing to rest, their bounty is flourishing. A thankful harvest indeed. It was a joyful […]

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