Saturday, March 31, 2012

Big News!

Ok, so in case you don't already know...I have a really, Really big announcement!

(no I'm not preggers, lol)

We're moving to ALASKA! (from TN)
I know, big move, right?

Rather than make this big long post about why we're moving (for happiness, of course) and how this came about and all that jazz, which I'm sure you've either heard already or don't care all that much about...I'm gonna share some raw food, natural, health travel vids!!!

More information, videos and articles on healthy travel to come!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Busy Spring Day

Such a busy day. I'm making a bunch of stuff for the bathroom and burning up as we are trying to only use the air conditioning in the hottest part of the day and simply leave the windows open and fans on during the morning and afternoon. To refresh I've been drinking an infusion from one of the herbs in the garden!

This stuff grows rampant in my husband's grandmother's garden and is trying to take over the space where her ferns are at. Normally she just has my hubs or his step-dad mow it down (they come in smelling like grass and mint and it smells great but they're not big fans of it) OR I come down and pick a ton of it and whatever I don't drink in the next day or so I can dehydrate it for later. This tea (below) was so refreshing! Just what I needed after being so hot today. My fingers smelled like mint for hours after I got done picking too, which was an added bonus ^_^

For the bathroom I've been making my witch hazel and tea tree oil combo that I use on everything from piercings to acne to bug bites. I love it and it makes a great toner as well when its diluted with fresh water or hydrosol. I've also been making my shampoo...I actually made enough for me and my darling friend Fen and a sampler for my friend Alysheba. Fun stuff!

Hungry For Change

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Libido Tonic and Weightloss Formula?

I know, I know, its not Valentines Day anymore but this tonic sounds amazing and I love David Wolf ^_^
Honestly, this video made me giggle lots. I love the take 2000 and e-mail me next month and the sastanch in your pants.
Tho I may not grab all of this stuff I do plan on getting some maca and maybe those capsules.

Let me know if you try this! Email me at aethelvyne at yahoo dot come! I wanna know what you think and I may post your email here on my blog.

Thanks and Love
Happy Chick

Sunday, March 18, 2012


I came across this article in Susun Weed's e-zine and wanted to share it with you all.

Homeopathy - A Powerful Ally 
by Ellen Lanham-Dart

By the time I became a teenager I already had a deep and loving connection with herbs as medicine and as friends. I also had a deep kinship with wildcrafted and organic foods and used my herbal and food allies with great love and joy through my teens and college years. As a young mother of daughters and the caretaker of many animals my vision of these being my only needed healing allies began to crumble.

Ancestral health issues and emergencies began to emerge and it was clear that something more was needed. Knowing all too well that our culture’s predominant medical system was not for me, I began searching for an additional medicine path that was non-toxic, truly curative, and that I could practice myself as the healer in the family.

I first met homeopathy in 1985 and began practicing and working with the remedies and philosophy in my own style. I saw it do what it said it would and rejoiced that I had found the path to take when something stronger and more was needed and when at the same time using supplements, stimulants, prescription drugs and the like rubbed against the very grain of my being.

Since those early days I have chosen to engage in six years of formal professional study and have found real meaning and purpose in helping others all around the world who are in a place of desiring to stay well or who live with profound symptoms of imbalance yet who chose not to dance with mainstream philosophies and substances.

As in the world of herbalists and herbs, homeopaths see homeopathy in many different ways. I embody it as a feminine, nourishing, more intuitive form of inspiring a being’s life energy and thus allowing one’s own natural vitality to nourish and to cure. My expression in using homeopathic remedies is one that embodies and complements the Wise Woman Tradition.
The knowledge of homeopathic principles and a sense of how to use homeopathically prepared substances can be a path that (in conjunction with good foods, herbal infusions, and other nourishing and creative practices) leads to empowerment, a deep sense of the interconnectedness of all life, deep transformation, and true nourishment.

Homeopathy is vast in its scope and can be used with many intentions. The remedies can be used to strengthen and inspire underlying vitality. Homeopathics are excellent first aid allies. They are also helpful as a powerful alternative to curing potentially terminal illnesses when it seems that it would otherwise be necessary to employ means outside the natural/holistic world.
Homeopathics are frequently used to safely satisfy the propensity towards chronic disease so that someone with, for example, a strong family history of cancer, can have yet another strong ally with which to alleviate via nourishment the inherited root situation that may cause cancer. I came to love homeopathy for these reasons and it certainly helps strengthen my affection that is also such an inexpensive and portable style of medicine.

Homeopathy first emerged on this planet in the 1800’s thanks to an English physician named Samuel Hahnemann. A popular doctor, he also had a strong conscience. He abhorred the methods being used in medicine and saw them as so harmful that he quit the practice of medicine. He began to make his living translating medical texts from German into English.
One day, puzzled by what he was trying to translate; Hahnemann decided to take some of the substance he was writing about to see if the experience of it would give him more information. He quickly realized through this experiment that a substance taken by a relatively healthy person will cause the exact same symptoms in that healthy person that it will cure in a person with those same symptoms, thus indicating a need for that substance. This is the first important thing to know about homeopathy and is the experience that “like cures like”, the foundation upon which homeopathy arises from.

Let’s imagine this via a meditative visualization. Go inward and know that you are feeling quite fine. It is one of those glorious days when your body just feels yummy, alive and comfortable. Now, you try an experiment and imagine that you have taken a dose of homeopathic arnica in a strong, 1M, potency.

Soon, your body aches. You feel as if you are bruised, sore, hurting all over. Perhaps you are now remembering how it felt the day you fell off that rock, or right after rearranging all the furniture. Ouch.

You are experiencing what Hahnemann experienced as he came to the realization of homeopathic action and the idea that “like cures like”. The arnica has caused the exact symptoms in you, a healthy person; that it would help to cure in someone who does feel sore, bruised, in pain. OK, time to stop the meditation and come back to your yummy comfortable feeling body!

Hahnemann’s next step was in recognition of the fact that that many of the substances being widely used in his day for healing (lead, mercury, arsenic, massive amounts herbs, etc.) were also poisoning people. He made a tincture in alcohol of whatever substance he was working with, took one drop of this tincture, mixed it with 99 drops of water, and potentized or vitalized it by holding it in one hand and hitting it on a firm surface 100 times. In doing this a homeopathic preparation was born. Repeating this process over and over leads to higher and stronger potencies.

Now we have the complement to the foundation of “like cures like” which is “a highly diluted substance, when potentized, contains all of the curative values of the substance and will not cause harm”. Now, as you experienced a few moments ago in the meditation on arnica, it may cause discomfort if improperly taken. But there are no lasting or harmful side effects (except possibly in the grossest of repeated misuses).

Homeopathic preparation is a way of accessing the life force, or chi, of any substance. Homeopathy works because it makes the information available, at the most transcendent level, to our life force and thus gives our inherently intelligent life force the needed reminder so that it becomes more awakened, or more vital, and allows the being to cure itself.

Along with proper nourishing herbs, foods, and lifestyle habits, it is my experience that we now have all we need to embody our basic vitality and to help others whom we might wish to help achieve that as well.

In my own life, except for a child’s fall from a tree that required surgery, the addition of homeopathic knowledge to my medicine bag has meant that every creature in my family has had all that is needed for true well-being, come what may. This includes the cure of deep ancestral chronic disease, cancer or heart disease should it occur (but with the addition of homeopathic preventatives I don’t expect it will), and so on. Humans, four leggeds, feathered, and buzzing friends have all been helped through even the most dire of circumstances with homeopathy in combination with nourishing herbs and foods.

Any and every thing in the universe can be made into a homeopathic remedy. All plants; all minerals and combinations of them; every element on the Periodic Table of the Elements; all animals and parts therein (feathers, milk, saliva, etc); what homeopathy calls imponderables such as color, sound, the rays of the moon, the Berlin Wall, and so on; and nosodes or disease tissue can all be useful medicines.

Ewww…. You may be feeling at this point. Disease tissue??!! Animals??!! I know the feeling. Consider this: One of the most time honored (based on experience, no money to be made in a scientific study of it so none done) methods of direct cancer prevention and treatment in the world utilizes cancer tissues homeopathically prepared.

Based on hospital statistics the killer flu in the early 1900’s most successful and lifesaving treatment was a homeopathic remedy using the tissue from a chicken with TB. The homeopathic remedy made from the saliva of a dog with rabies is an excellent, time tested cure for rabies.

Remember, you are not taking any of the substance when using a potency of 12c or higher. It is the transcendent information that is being taken. And for those animals who did give their lives for homeopathy, we offer gratitude, and recall that it only takes one animal one time to make enough of that homeopathic remedy for the rest of the world for all time.

As homeopathy touches such transcendent levels of our being, so it also is able to touch all symptoms of something that need to come to balance: mental, emotional, physical, spiritual. The symptoms are our beings best way of giving voice to what has gone awry. Here we come to the third pillar of wisdom in homeopathy: “all symptoms are an expression of a deeper imbalance, we honor and thank them for giving us information.”

In homeopathy as I use it, we are experienced as inherently healthy, good, intelligent beings and as such we do not suppress or shut symptoms up, we use them as guideposts for the return to our basic whole state.

The fourth piece of wisdom it is important to call upon when working with homeopathy as an ally is that “anything that goes on in the mind also goes on in the body, and anything that goes on in the body also is reflected in the mind.”

For example, emotional agitation and overwhelm is often expressed also in an agitated and overwhelmed digestive system, or a red, hot, angry blister may often be reflected by a red, hot, angry mood. This is helpful to remember when making a choice between remedies: am I hot or cold? Angry or sad? All of this is reflected even in a simple case of pimples.

I find it important to remind newcomers to homeopathy that, profound as the remedies are as medicine, they are also about truth. The process of working with homeopathic remedies is a process of becoming more connected to yourself, your voice, your own vision.

Homeopathy cannot make you become anything that you are not; it does not act as a drug that can force a state of consciousness upon you. As we become more ourselves and have less need for symptoms (messengers of imbalance) we also become more able to embody our inherent wisdom and more able to nourish ourselves.

Over the next months I will be offering articles which will be speaking of the many profound and simple ways you can call on homeopathic medicine as an ally. Building bone, emergency help, mineral depletion, flu and cold prevention, and grief are some of the conditions that can be easily addressed by even the wee beginner to homeopathy.

Teaching how to treat or prevent more life threatening and chronic diseases with homeopathy is outside the scope what can be transmitted in a newsletter, it may be best in the beginning to walk with a knowledgeable guide if you desire to use homeopathy as an ally in that quest.
When using homeopathic remedies put nothing in your mouth ten minutes before or after taking the remedy. Do your best to avoid strong camphor, mint and eucalyptus as it may antidote the remedy. Personally I enjoy drinking mint tea and hanging out with the occasional eucalyptus tree, I find this does not interfere. However, an essential oil or dosage of camphor filled cream for aching muscles certainly would.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

New Herb/Organic Stickers

Mountain Rose Herbs has come out with 2 new vinyl stickers to add to their collection. I received an e-mail today about them and thought they were pretty darn cool and wanted to share them with you all.

"The new “I Dig Herbs” sticker measures 4” X 4”. A clever shovel-with-herbs graphic shows the double meaning of the statement."
 "The new ;Support Organic Agriculture” sticker is a fresh take on a slogan we already use on another sticker. This one is square-shaped, measures 2.75” x 2.87”, and features a powerful fist clutching a handful of herbs."
"Our stickers are waterproof and sturdy, and can be adhered to just about anything you can think of. Vehicles, bikes, water bottles, notebooks… and the list goes on! At $1 or less per sticker, it’s an easy and inexpensive way to show your organic and herbal pride. They also make great little gifts, so be sure to add a few to your next Mountain Rose order to share with friends!"

Be sure to check out their other stickers too ^_^
Thanks for the e-mail Jessie ^_^

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I hope today fills your life with the Luck o' the Irish!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Problems with Foraging

Susun Weed is an amazing woman and herbal healer. I wan'ted to share her words from her e-zine about Foraging. Spring is here and I know a few of you are seeing so many wild plants growing such as the dandelion, clover, plantain and more. Keep Susun's tips in mind before you do:

"Are you concerned about contamination of wild plants with lead, chemicals, and dog doo?

Avoid harvesting herbs from roadsides where lead concentration is high; plants growing by busy roads will accumulate more lead. The nearer the plant is to the road, the higher the level of lead concentration.
If you can't find a particular herb anywhere except by a road, pick at least eight feet from the road edge; lead levels drop sharply in the first few feet. In cities, pick from parks and other out-of-the-way places. Be wary of vacant lots which may be contaminated with lead paint.

Avoid picking under powerlines and along roads where the weeds are controlled by spraying instead of cutting. Suburban lawns that have been doused with weed killers rarely grow medicinal weeds, but if you support chemical warfare (distorted, mutated, sparse weeds are good clues), avoid that area.

Avoid gathering herbs where canines gather. Dogs can pass parasites to humans.

Allow yourself to be guided by your intuition, as well as your senses and your intelligence, and you will know which areas to avoid when picking wild plants. Given the amount of chemical contamination on commercial herbs (and fruits and vegetables, for that matter), I honestly feel safer taking risks in the wild.

Open your eyes and observe the green abundance. Open your heart and feel the green joy. Come with respect for green power. The devas of the plant kingdom welcome you."

by Susun Weed