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Today is National Sweetest Day, and for most, that means celebrating with their favorite sugary delight, and I am not trying to deter you from doing so, however why not take it one step further to explore the deeper purpose of sweetness in regards to our health?  Much of the wisdom of nutrition rests on the tip of your tongue, all kidding aside! From the perspective of Ayurvedic medicine, our sense of taste is a guide map that leads us towards proper nutrition. Since the beginning of our existence, humans have relied largely upon taste to discover healthy food choices...

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 America runs on coffee, and as it turns out, there may be much more to this common beverage than just a nice energetic boost every morning. Coffee has been scrutinized in contemporary alternative and conventional medicine; even going back centuries in the history of Arabia and Islam, and more recently in Europe and North America. Before we lumped coffee with more potent and potentially dangerous compounds such as nicotine and alcohol, it was known to have many positive health benefits in its natural form.  Negative judgments about coffee mostly come from the stimulating and habit-forming aspects of caffeine, a prominent component.  Health Benefits of...

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Going Natural For National Women's Health Day Today is recognized as National Women's Health Day, and for all of us goddesses out there, let this holiday be a reminder of the importance of self-care. When it comes to total feminine mind, body, and spirit balance, Mother Nature is our best resource. There are many wonderful herbal blessings which she has provided for us to be supportive of women's health. The more natural and sustainably-sourced our self-care products, the healthier we will be and the better it is for Mother Nature too. We have been inspired by our divine Mother to...

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Today marks the first day of a new season, the Autumn Equinox. The leaves here in Portland are just beginning to change from a sea of green to beautiful hues of red, orange, and yellow. This is a time when our fruitful harvests from the sunnier seasons of Spring and Summer are winding down to prepare for the chillier (also cuddle-worthy ❤) days of Winter. There is a pagan harvest festival which occurs traditionally on or around September 21st, and continues through the Full Harvest Moon on the 24th, which lands this Monday, called "Mabon." Mabon is an opportunity to...

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Last week The Ocean Cleanup    (www.theoceancleanup.com) launched its System 001 from the San Francisco bay to travel 350 miles offshore to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage patch. The efforts of this group of scientists, engineers, researchers and computational modelers working together in unison to rid the world's oceans of plastic is MONUMENTAL and incredibly moving. Inspired by this organization, we move forward from this national holiday with great hope that we can clean up our horribly polluted planet. To do our part, the Dragon Herbarium has cut down our use of plastic by switching to an eco-friendly and...

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