The world is full of amazing plants, fungi and life and as I grow older and wiser with experience, I am drawn to what is more natural. And that goes beyond food. For the past few years, I’ve studied greatly the art of herbal medicine, and in my studies, nothing stands above the natural plant or fungi that a medicine or remedy is derived from, which is why when it comes to modern medicines, I will always opt for the natural remedy over the artificial pharmaceutical. Because not only are they gentler, they have less side effects, and to be real, medicine began with plants and fungi. Modern medicine has been around for 200 some years, while herbal medicine has been around since the dawn of time. And through my studies and herbalist experience, nothing is truer.
You haven't experienced Mother Nature until you've experienced all of her sides... Winter is a time where most people stay indoors, avoid the cold weather, the snow, and simply hibernate the season away, but for me, it’s a mixture of extremes. I do tend to hibernate for the holidays, spending time with family, friends and loved ones, yet I also try to always plan a trip that takes me out into the winter wilderness. No, it’s not because I’m mad, crazed or delusional, but mainly because I find it extremely peaceful.
Trends ebb and flow and they come and go, while the good stuff outlasts the test of time. Essential oils are the latter, for they are bottled plant concentrates that contain the aromatic properties and essence of a leaf, flower, root, bark or sap. Along with the aroma comes a wide range of medicinal properties, which vary per each plant, and can sometimes vary depending on which part of the plant is extracted. Essential oils are typically extracted by way of distillation, and the process works so well that the end product is so potent you typically only need a few drops, or 0.5%-2% dilution depending on the application.
With how many chemicals, toxins and harmful additives are added to our food, I began to wonder how many could be found in other things that touch my body… In my clothes, my body care products… My medicines. And so, after much studying and hundreds of hours spent researching and practicing herbal medicine, I’ve finally come to a place in my life where I’ve weeded out most of the chemicals that ever touch my body.
I’ve gotten used to using up what I had and then never going back again. I don’t use fluoride toothpaste, I don’t eat high fructose corn syrup, and I refuse to eat foods with artificial colorings, like red 40 or yellow 5. The list goes on and on, but the simple truth is that what food companies, pharmaceutical companies and what other corporations have gotten away with is nothing but an atrocity. Cheapening the production of products with chemicals and processed artificial ingredients and calling it food should be punishable by the law system. Unfortunately, it is up to us to do our own research, because the everyday consumer seems to shop blind. But for me, I don’t have that much trust in my fellow humanity. Sad, but I’m just being honest.
When one takes the time to look around, it can appear as though the world is a mess. I mean, think about it… Deforestation has our trees timbered. Our animal brothers are going extinct. Our food is toxic. Our water is poisoned. Our medicine often has worse side effects than the originally intended ailment in which it was supposed to cure. And many wonder why so many of us are dropping like flies, with bodies bloated, riddled with cancer. The truth I’ve learned and experienced firsthand throughout the rollercoaster of my life is that in this life, the farther you remove yourself from the natural world from which we were born and evolved from, the sicker you will be. That goes for mental as much as physical. But there’s a way back and it can be a self-sustaining and very fulfilling.
Our world is a mess. Our trees are timbered. Our animal brothers are going extinct. Our food is toxic. Our water is poisoned. Our medicine has worse side effects than the originally intended ailment. And many wonder why so many of us are dropping like flies, with bodies bloated and riddled with cancers… The truth I’ve learned is that in this life, the farther you remove yourself from the natural world from which we were born and evolved from, the sicker you will be. That goes for mental as much as physical. I’ve found my way through the cultural hoopla and have found my path.
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