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Calming Chamomile: Herbal Monograph of the Week

Chamomile in the garden

Plucking the heads off my chamomile plants this summer, I found its gentle floral scent relaxing after my long commute. Even my grandpa took a handful for after-dinner tea! This popular herb can help soothe overtired, frazzled nerves, or bring relief after a decadent meal.  Calming chamomile's profile: Matricaria Recutita is part of the Asteraceae family. … Continue reading Calming Chamomile: Herbal Monograph of the Week

Pandemic Food Shopping for Seniors

gardening with grandpa

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Although many have already adjusted to pandemic food shopping challenges, since cases keep rising, daily life will continue to be impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. It may be a good time to check-in with the seniors in your life. Do they need any help affording groceries? Last week, I posted … Continue reading Pandemic Food Shopping for Seniors

Calendula officinalis: Monograph for Easy to Grow Herb

Calendula officinalis in the garden 2020

Calendula officinalis is one of my favorite plants to grow and use. A part of the Asteraceae family this cheerful plant originated in Egypt and the Mediterranean but is now cultivated globally [1]Mills, S., The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism, p. 145. It's hard not to gush about this colorful, self-seeding annual. Calendula officinalis can grow … Continue reading Calendula officinalis: Monograph for Easy to Grow Herb

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5 Ways to Fight Senior Food Insecurity

Senior woman cooking at home

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels While food insecurity in America is not new, the coronavirus pandemic has created a heavy burden on affording and accessing food to more people than ever. In 2018, 11% of seniors in the United States, approximately 7.3 million, were considered food insecure or very low food secure {[(|fnote_stt|)]}Gundersen, C. & … Continue reading 5 Ways to Fight Senior Food Insecurity

Soothing Herb Monograph: Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/139791896@N06/34419693081 "Pale marshmallow flowers, Goldcliff Marsh, Gwent (pink on Gower), August 1983" by Mary Gillham Archive Project is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Since ancient times, the stately perennial, Althaea officinalis, has offered humans food and medicine. Recently, I've been getting to know this beautiful plant better since it's a soothing herb for an irritating case of acid reflux. … Continue reading Soothing Herb Monograph: Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow)

About My Health and Nature Blog + 1 Iced Herbal Tea Recipe

Thanks for stopping by my little health and nature corner of the internet. I blog about the natural world and share caregiving tips I’ve accumulated in my personal and professional life. This blog is a resource tool for my continuing studies of all things health and nature. However, you may find something useful or perhaps … Continue reading About My Health and Nature Blog + 1 Iced Herbal Tea Recipe

Massachusetts Parks: Lynn Woods Reservation

While I have lived near Lynn Woods for over a decade, I've only walked there a handful of times. Instead of driving far away on a day off last December, I stuck close to home. With half a bottle of water, kids sized Avengers winter gear and my charged up Fuji xH1, I told my … Continue reading Massachusetts Parks: Lynn Woods Reservation