Can you feel it? The sun is bursting with yellow light, the birds are chirping and playing as they stream across the sky, the trees are budding, the grass is reaching and the summer warmth is moving in. Spring is here, and summer isn’t far behind! In my family, those are all signs that it’s time to wake up from the winter hibernation and time to celebrate outdoors
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.
In a time where many prescription drugs have been shown to cause as many side effects as they claim to cure, if not more, some natural medicines have shown promise in the replacement of harmful and addictive pharmaceuticals. One of the most exciting and versatile of these medicines is that of CBD, a once outlawed substance that is now proving to be changing lives*. CBD is one of many cannabinoids or compounds found in cannabis (also known as marijuana), each with their own healing, soothing or therapeutic effect. You may be thinking: "yikes, this article is about illegal drugs…" And I’d have to say that you’re wrong. But let me explain...
The scene was vivid, yet pale, and all around me the harshness of winter had turned the usually thriving forest into a barren landscape of nothing animate but myself. Windswept snow clung to boulders and tree trunks, and ice hung low on their heavy branches. Sweet pine and woodland scent hung in the crisp air as I made my way deeper into the wilderness. It was deeper than I had anticipated, but I was managing like a well worn donkey with a carrot dangling in front of my face. So I slogged on through the bitter cold, mustering enough in me to force another step forward. And another, and another.
Some years back, I took a good hard look at the effect our food has on us, as well as our medications, which led me to looking deeper into our effect on the environment and on all other life. Humans are having a drastic and destructive effect on all of life, but what’s more puzzling than how we did it, is how we are treating ourselves. Our food is genetically modified, filled with chemicals, toxins and additives, and our medications are often more harmful, causing more side effects that can be tremendously worse than the originally intended ailment.
You haven't experienced all that Nature has to offer until you’ve met all of her sides. That includes exploring and experiencing winter, as winter is a time when most folks choose to stay indoors, to avoid the cold weather, the snow, and to simply hibernate the season away. However, for me, it’s a mixture of extremes. I do tend to hibernate for much of 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.
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