Herbal medicines have been around since the dawn of time. Plants are the original medicines and humans have evolved with the substances they create. Only recently in the past two hundred years have things changed with how we approach healing ourselves. Pharmaceuticals are a new invention, and one that many of us are learning come with a price. Many modern medications have seem to cause more side effects than the originally intended ailment caused. Others cause much worse and sometimes irreversible damage to the body and mind of the patient.
As an herbalist, I work with many medicinal plants, oils and extracts, many of which have astounding health benefits. Out of 80-100 different herbs that I work with on a regular basis, cannabis is among the finest of medicinal plants, not only because of its ability to affect mood, mind and body, but because there are aspects of the plant that can heal without the high.
For years, I’ve had growing concerns about what our food and modern medicines are doing to our bodies, because not only do most ready-made foods in the grocery make you fat, sick and overall unhealthy in many ways, our medicines are doing much of the same. For how a medicine is to help an intended illness, ailment or disease, many pharmaceuticals are proving to have much worse side effects than the originally intended ailment. I’d often hear myself saying, “What the hell?” So, I decided to delve deep into learning more…
What’s better: rock or hip hop? Jazz or reggae? Who’s to say? As many genres of music there are, as many or maybe more preferences you can find. If you are planning to visit Miami, you might be able to find out what makes your bones shake and lifts your spirit.
First, here are some quick tips to enjoy your experience. B.Y.O.W. “bring your own water”. Water at the venues is very expensive, so try to bring at least a bottle from home. Make sure you take into account all the transit options, if you are going with friends and want to arrive together, you might want to rent a van to pack your friends and a cooler full of goodies, but remember where you parked, it will save you a lot of trouble. Bring clear zip-lock bags with your favorite snacks, apples, string cheese and trail mix just to give you some ideas. Last but not least, get one of those portable phone chargers.
A movement has been brewing over the past couple of decades and is only snowballing faster with each day around the sun, and that movement is the positive life choice of choosing natural over synthetic. In the USA and in Europe, there is a growing momentum of conscious choices happening, and with that change in people’s minds and lifestyles comes a world of exciting options. For awhile, big corporations gained traction by selling cheap products that help all income levels survive, but not without a cost to ones health and overall wellness.
When one considers the words ‘summer fun,’ a myriad of visions come to mind, like basking in the hot sun beneath an umbrella on a sandy beach, or swimming, or surfing, or camping, or simply being surrounded by loved ones beneath the glorious summer sun. Nothing beats an amazing summer vacation, but when funds or timing doesn’t work out, that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside and sulk with the air conditioner blaring in your face. It means that you may not be able to have the ultimate pleasure of your wildest desires this season. But that’s not all it means...
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