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The demons that possess us: wood betony and mental health

by: Stacie Wolfe, ND In the darkest corners of the brain lurks a being capable of growing beyond the confines of the skull. Dormant it sits, waiting patiently for the exact moment that stress, anxiety and exhaustion render us susceptible. The whispers begin, a tiny voice planting doubt, convincing you that even the most minute of mistakes are enormous life failings. You crawl under the blankets, feet tucked in so perhaps that brain monster can’t get you, at least not all the way. “Everything you do is pointless.” “It will only ever get worse.” “Your whole life is one giant mistake.” There are many plants we can look toward to soothe our minds and emotional hearts. When sitting down to write this post, I felt drawn to write of wood...

Hawthorn: an herb for the ages

Picture the year 40 in 1st century AD. Caligula is in charge of the Roman empire, failing to invade Britain.  Germanic tribes are beginning to settle in eastern Europe. The codex is beginning to replace the scroll.  There is an average age of thirty-five, though people of that time could and did live into their sixties, provided that they survived infancy, childbirth, and war. Approximately around then, Dioscorides was born. While Hippocrates is considered the father of modern medicine, Dioscorides of the first century is considered by both western European and Islamic medicine to be the father of drugs. Though, of course drugs as we think of them now didn’t exist back then- what he really did was develop a system for cataloguing reactions and...

Do You Have Postpartum Depression?

This is the story I see most often. Mom comes in and she’s tired. She feels like any attempt to take care of herself is either blocked by a screaming child or would be implausible because of other life factors. Eating has been a struggle. When kiddo (or kiddos) are sleeping, laying down would be nice but falling asleep is hard plus there’s all of this work that should be caught up on. The thought is actually overwhelming so what gets done is not a nap or the work, but mostly the repeated thought that if she could somehow just do more, “things” would be better. That’s why the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale has a question asking whether you blame yourself for things going wrong, and...

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