Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XX and XXI

Friends, this post is a long one. So much happened between 1920 and 1940 to change our country from a democratically-elected Republic to a socialist, controlled economy that I can only scratch the surface here. If you have been following this series, you will recognize that the changes made under the New Deal were like… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XX and XXI

Love

Even in this dark and hurting world, the bright light of love can always prevail. The author of the following words says that we have tremendous human limitations in this life but that the undimmed light of love is always present and available for us. Further, he assures us that love even overcomes the grave… Continue reading Love

Light and Ozone Therapies

The recent CoVid-19 pandemic has led to much interest in alternative medicine since no vaccines or widely proven therapies are yet available. This week’s topic is covered by guest writer Emily Ulrey, R.N. (nea.ulrey@gmail.com). She welcomes correspondence on this topic. She also suggests that those who desire to know more about ozone therapy can follow… Continue reading Light and Ozone Therapies

Rosemary

Spring is in the air in western Pennsylvania! One of the very happy surprises I have experienced this spring is to see my rosemary bush alive and well after the winter season. Although a rosemary bush always thrives during the regular growing season in the spot where I plant it, it usually dies in the… Continue reading Rosemary

Yarrow, the Warrior Plant

I first came to know yarrow because I was looking for a pretty plant for my front yard that would act as a natural pest repellent and would attract pollinators. When I started to grow it, I was completely entranced by its aroma, by the beauty of its leaves and flower heads, and by its… Continue reading Yarrow, the Warrior Plant

Chill with GABA

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an amino acid that is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. Think of it as the “brakes” that keep the brain from getting overactive. For optimal functioning, the brain must balance the excitatory and inhibitory influences: excessive excitation can lead to seizures, insomnia, anxiety, and many other clinical conditions; excessive… Continue reading Chill with GABA

Deep Breathing

As life and technology seem to drive us to move at warp speed, how can we remain calm, confident, and capable even as we complete to-do lists, reach for goals, and show ourselves present in relationships? There are many answers to this question, but the most simple and immediate is to slow down and take… Continue reading Deep Breathing

Myrrh

Myrrh is the “mother earth” oil, known and used by the ancients as a medicine and perfume, traded along the spice routes, five times more valuable than frankincense in Roman times, used by queens in beauty preparations. Is it still useful in our times? YES! Myrrh is one of my favorite oils, and I use… Continue reading Myrrh

Lemon

I have never met anyone of any age who dislikes the aroma of lemon. Period. It is fresh, bright, uplifting, clean, and as rich as a very sunny day. When we say that we smell the aroma of a lemon, we are in fact smelling the aroma of lemon essential oil. Citrus trees produce essential… Continue reading Lemon

Lavender

Lavender angustifolia is doTERRA’s top selling oil in terms of sheer number of bottles. It is probably also the DIY plant “solution” that is best known and most used among the general public. Why is that? Lavender is the most complex of all known essential oils, with more than 100 chemical constituents and an extremely… Continue reading Lavender