Natural Skin Protection

Natural skin protection under the summer sun

Now that beach vacations, gardening, outdoor sports and more summer sun activities are on most of our calendars, it’s time to consider ways to protect skin from damage. The medical profession has broadcast its message loud and clear: Too much sun exposure causes dryness, wrinkling, premature aging and can lead to skin cancers. Certain types … Read more

migraines

Food Is Medicine: Prescriptions from the Garden for Migraines

HEADACHE, MIGRAINE Your Garden RX: garlic, spinach, sunflower seeds, feverfew, mint, valerian Migraines are debilitating forms of headache that affect about 10 percent of us and are more common in women than in men. It has long been suggested there is a hormonal component to migraines, although the headache pattern is highly individual. Known migraine … Read more

lycopene

What would life be without home-grown tomatoes? Not much.

“Home-grown tomatoes, home-grown tomatoes, what would life be without home-grown tomatoes? Only two things that money can’t buy, that’s true love and home-grown tomatoes…” I hummed this favorite John Denver song to myself throughout the spring when I planted my seeds indoors, tenderly transplanted those little plants into my garden in May after the danger … Read more

organic food

The myth of organic food

Organic food is good for you and good for the planet. Most of my readers would agree on that point. In the U.S., organic foods are subject to federal regulations that govern how the foods can be grown, raised and processed. Definition of organic foods In general, organic foods and livestock must be grown without … Read more

TIRED

Tired of Being Tired?

Do you wake up feeling like you’ve never been asleep? Do you lie awake at night? Do you feel fuzzy-headed and you’re prone to headaches? Muscle aches and pains? These symptoms are part of a basket of maladies that might be chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). They could also describe hypothyroidism or adrenal fatigue. Unfortunately these … Read more

superfoods from the garden

Superfoods from the Garden

If you have read my latest book, Food is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden, you probably noticed a theme running through it: Certain foods are mentioned over and over, to prevent and treat diseases and maladies that are vastly different. That’s because these foods are superfoods, ones that are so dense in nutrients that … Read more