Bonjour mes amis! Welcome to this week's link roundup.
February tomorrow! In honour of this month's association with love and lovers, may I present a Mountain Rose Herbs' DIY massage oils. Get tips on formulating an essential oil blend that'll hit all the right notes for you and yours.
My supervisor Dr. Louise McCrindle from the Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome focus shift was featured in a Huffington Post article this week on managing chronic pain. The FM/CFS shift runs Fridays from 8am-2pm at the RSNC at CCNM and provides a complementary and dedicated approach to helping manage both fibro and chronic fatigue. If you or someone you know could benefit from seeing an intern on the FM/CFS shift, please don't hesitate to contact me with your questions.
On the topic of pain, here's herbalist Kiva Rose's recommendations for herbs that can be used topically to help relieve muscle aches and tension. Although we get significant training in botanical medicine as naturopaths, I find that reviewing and supplementing with herbalists' experience gives me a better and nuanced understanding of a lot of the herbs I regularly work with.
Calling all quinoa lovers: as tends to be the case with 'superfoods' that take off in wild fads, areas of the world where quinoa was once a staple food are suffering the consequences of producing a coveted export as prices are being driven up by demand. Check out what The Guardian reported this week.
Mmm...some recipes I saw this week:
- Kind of unusual for me but I think these crab-stuffed mushrooms from Against All Grain sound delicious
- Make perfect guacamole with Heidi from 101 Cookbooks
- Seafood risotto from my friend Anna and her sister Molly's blog Tupp Ups
- I've been snacking on raw cashew pieces all week so paleOMG's smoking and spicy candied cashews would fit nicely with my current habits
- oh MAN pressure cooker carnitas a.k.a. massively delicious pulled pork from hip pressure cooking, so good and so EASY!
Have a good weekend :)
I learned something new last week - Hamamelis spp. a.k.a. witch hazel is actually a winter-blooming shrub! What a welcome bit of bright colour in what can be a very grey season in my part of the world. And what a special kind of tree that puts out flowers during such a cold time of the year.
I was shown this video last night and it's worth sharing. It takes two minutes to watch Michael Pollan sum up why cooking your meals at home is the most basic thing you can do to improve your health through diet. I'm on board 100%
Hi! Another Friday, another round of links for you to browse on this last day of your work week.
So many very interesting health related topics in the news this week.
- A vote for fevers! Fevers can be scary, especially in a child, especially as a new parent - but they are an essential part of the healing process, an innate response from your immune system in the interest of killing that bug! The Globe and Mail reported this week on how "Fighting flu fever with pills making death toll worse...", check it out.
Feeling good has to do with a lot of things. Eating well. Not being in pain. Having strong and secure relationships with your family, friends and partners. Working a job that feels worth it. Being in control of your debts and financially stable. But sometimes it's the case that we have all of these things in place but still feel dissatisfied.
The more time I spend working with others at the naturopathic clinic and through my own personal issues, the more evident it becomes to
Is it Friday again? Hurrah! It is. Time for another bunch of sweet health related links I came across this week.
- Got plans this weekend? How about a kraut party? I'm talking sauerkraut. A great guest post on Nourished Kitchen on how to have fun making sauerkraut, yeah I said fun, with links to some of her great and easy recipes included
- Something for the herb lovers out there. I posted a really great video from Michigan herbalist Jim MacDonald in my spring nettles post back in April, and the Mountain Rose blog has released another video from that same conference this time on the cardiotonic or in his words, tropho-restorative hawthorne or Crataegus spp. He's v. v. passionate, knows a lot and this video is like memorizing a monograph without even realizing that's what you're doing.