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635 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

Scents of Childhood

By Laurie Chance SmithWeb Exclusive - June 27, 2008 My five-year-old son Joshua was crying inconsolably, his look-mom-no-hands bike ride interrupted by a jolting wasp sting. Slinging Joshua onto my hip, I headed to the medicine cabinet and grabbed a blended bottle of lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) massage oil. With one drop of this miracle-working oil on the sting, Joshua's tear-streaked face transformed. Not only did the lavender's analgesic qualities deaden the pain on his arm, its spring-blossom smell calmed his anxiety. Aromatherapy is a form of natural... read more

Grief His Way

Accepting the Gift: Grief and Loss His Way By Ginger CarlsonA Web Exclusive There doesn't seem to be anything as clearing as Himalayan air. If you're lucky enough, the clouds part and grant you a moment's glance at Everest's peak. True clarity, the stuff of poetry, settles on your whole being. For a day or so, you look at the whole world like a three-year-old. I smelt it once, that lucidity. With baby on back, we stepped out early one June morning in Nepal to be greeted by this glimpse. On the same day, the entire Royal family was massacred by Nepal's Crown Prince. I... read more


By Kathleen WiebeWeb Exclusive You know that moment when the baby is born—that relief, that release, that moment of indescribable bliss when time stands still and we experience the mystery of life? Intuitively, you know that moment is perfect. That moment is yoga. What about that other moment? The one when your crying baby wakes in the middle of the night— again. Your milk leaks and you are sweaty, sleep deprived, feeling slightly insane, in pain, and afraid of what you may do to your baby (not to mention your partner) to make the crying stop? Truth is, this is yoga... read more

Natural Parenting Toolbox: Healthy School Lunches and Snacks

Ten Tasty Recipes for More Creative Lunches Lunchtime doesn't have to be all about sandwiches and packaged snacks. Here are some deliciously simple lunchbox suggestions that are fast and fun to make. These foods can be placed in small reusable containers inside of a larger lunch sack, or you can use a bento-style lunchbox.  1. Sliced Fresh Veggies with Humus Dip: you can make humus at home or buy it premade at most grocery stores 2. Whole Wheat Crackers with Favorite Toppings: salmon spread, sliced cheese, soft cream cheese or goat cheese, healthy sliced meat and nut... read more

biz knocks + being human: plan for loss and you'll gain faster

If you get into business you’re going to experience loss at some point. You’ll lose the account, the inventory, your best player, or serious bucks. If you’re giving it all you’ve got, eventually, you’re going to lose. Loss is part being innovative, progressive, human. FLOGGING DEAD HORSES It’s not the losses in business and life that will keep us down for so long, it’s clinging to them. When we allow regret to grip us, we will value money more than we value freedom, we will choose ego over growth, and we will settle for less than amazing in order to... read more

11 things to do (and not do) when you're burned out

Life balance? It doesn’t exist. (Proportion, however does.) Burn out? It’s just a given for mad scientists and artists (and so very many of us are artists. MuWahahaaaa!) How to meet your burn out with an open heart and mind: 1. Cease keeping a to-do list. It’s critical in burnout phases that you restore your connection to your instincts and natural rhythm–those same instincts that you likely had to override in part to achieve your goal. Not having a to do list does a few important things for your psyche: it immediately puts you in holiday-lite... read more

Natural Relief from the Flu

Your Child Has the Flu: What's a Mother to Do?By Lauren FederIssue 128 - January/February 2005 Let the gentle healing of homeopathy ease your family's suffering.By Lauren Feder, MD Every fall and winter, many children and adults suffer from the familiar symptoms of cold and flu. Because of concerns about mercury in flu vaccines and the side effects of antibiotics, many parents are now turning to homeopathy and other forms of natural medicine to prevent and treat those nagging symptoms. “When my boys are sick, I’ll usually give them a homeopathic remedy,” says one of my... read more

The grand pep talk: decide to rise (refer to this when in doubt, or sick & tired.)

I’m all for mental health days. And gentleness. And I think the world should take the month of December off. And for the love of God, a 4 day work week would revolutionize the collective human spirit and thusly, healthcare. But this pep talk isn’t about taking it easy, this is about another form of self care: doing whatever it takes. Just got dumped? Lace up your runners and move your body. Under the weather? Go in to work any way, wearing your favorite sweater. Up to your earrings in deadlines? Go cheer on your friend. Show up at the bake sale.... read more

Free Teleclass on Co-Parenting with Licensed Marriage-Family Therapist!

Hosted by Jessica Williams, www.LoveParentingLA.com, creator of www.UltimateParentingCourse.com Hi Friends! I know how challenging co-parenting can be when you add the stress of the daily demands of young children, work, financial stresses, health concerns, and the rest of it! I am hosting this teleclass with the lovely Catherine DeMonte on the topic of co-parenting to hopefully, bring relief, inspiration and support to you! Read on for the details. Register Here. This teleclass requires a phoneline; you dial into a conference call and after the... read more

You can change: a sweeping affirmation

seemingly impossible; they can, but you can’t; not in this lifetime, light years away, inconceivable. the stuff of dreams. luck. ha. instead, take this into your cells: miracles, proof, evolution and revolutions, breakthroughs, dawnings, devotion, in time, in the realm of possibility, with the power of love, come hell or high water, positively conceivable… you can : laugh again after unspeakable loss. joy will wind its way around scars that will never unknot within you – like smiling ivy warming tree roots. : triple... read more

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