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Pumpkin Spice Herbs

Fall is just around the corner, but September first marks the beginning of pumpkin spice season for most Americans. There are the usual suspects of lattes, candles, and lotions - but these days, the list continues to expand, including things like M&Ms, chips, even pumpkin spice flavored sausage! Starbucks' signature latte was first introduced in 2003. It very quickly became their most popular seasonal beverage, and exploded into the modern craze that exists today, but pumpkin spice has been around for a lot longer than the last fifteen years.I'm sure it's not shocking to learn that while pumpkin spice may taste like a delicious homemade pumpkin pie, most products on the market have no pumpkin in them. Instead, they contain the spices that are traditionally associated...

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Product Spotlight: Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass is a beautifully fragrant herb that is commonly used to add a subtle citrus flavor to Asian cuisine. As an herb, Lemongrass has been used for centuries in ayurvedic medicine to treat illness, fevers and to boost immune system function. As an essential oil, Lemongrass has many beneficial uses that might surprise you! This blog post contains some of the most common benefits of lemongrass essential oil and some recipes for using this bright oil in your home. NATURAL DEODORIZER: Lemongrass oil can be used in homemade deodorants, room sprays and household cleaners to leave you and your home smelling delightfully fresh.  SKIN HEALTH: Lemongrass oil can be used as an effective cleanser for all skin types; its antiseptic and astringent properties can balance issues with...

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Combating Depression Naturally: part 2

So you've tried all of the tips for combating depression naturally from our first blog post, but you're still struggling... now what? We have found these supplements to be incredibly beneficial at treating depression symptoms in our clients without the negative side effects associated with pharmaceutical anti-depressants.  B VITAMINS Vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins play a role in producing brain chemicals that affect mood and other brain functions. Low levels of B-12 and other B vitamins such as vitamin B-6 and folate may be linked to depression. We recommend the methylated form of these vitamins, and the difference between methylated vitamins and non-methylated vitamins is a whole blog post in itself... lets just say that most human beings don't have the ability to...

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Combating Depression Naturally: Part 1

'Tis the season to be jolly! We find ourselves right smack dab in the middle of the holidays this week, a time of year known for family gatherings, service to our fellow human beings, and... depression? Many people report an increase in stress and depression during the holidays, despite the fact that as a society, we see the holidays as a time of joy.The constitution of the World Health Organization states that “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Here at Vickie Sorensen's NATURE WORKS, we believe that mental health is an important and often overlooked part of a well-rounded health regimen. Numerous studies have shown that...

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Integrative medicine for mental health

The use of antidepressant drugs has skyrocketed in recent years, often for off-label maladies. Doctors are now prescribing anti-depressants for everything from ADHD and eating disorders to hot flashes and irritable bowel syndrome. Working to improve mental health can be a confusing and complex journey, and we believe that journey is best made with a licensed mental health therapist. Numerous studies over the years have proven over and over that therapy or even meditation can make a much more significant difference for those suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental health disorders than medication.   But what if another part of the answer to minor depression and anxiety really is as simple as turmeric, probiotics, or essential fatty acids? This brilliant talk from holistic psychiatrist Kelly...

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