Tuesday, 01 May 2012 11:52
By Carrie Stearns, P.D. Hom.
As I write, it is a beautiful, bright spring morning. We are already in the heart of spring here in Ithaca. The daffodils are at their peak and tulips are just around the corner from blooming, with the lilacs not far behind. I have spent my morning drinking tea, reading poetry and periodically checking in (via my computer) on a pair of nesting herons at Sapsucker Woods, all while thinking of writing this article for the GreenLeaf about my work as a homeopath.
Homeopathy and spring actually have a lot in common. Spring is a time of renewal, and homeopathic medicine holds great potential for deep and lasting renewal of health. Spring is full of energy and possibility, born out of a time of darkness and stillness. Homeopathy is energetic medicine made from nature (plants, animals and minerals) that stimulates the body to transform symptoms of illness into health. The darkness and stillness of winter is a very real metaphor for illness. In my work as a homeopath I approach healing with the idea that illness offers us opportunities through which we can discover places in need of change that then can bring about greater health.
Sunday, 01 April 2012 17:37
By Sarah K. Highland
If a fundamental principle of health is that you are what you eat, then the basic premise of healthy homebuilding is that you ought to be able to eat your house. If you have kids or pets, you may know what I'm talking about. For the rest of you, imagine a door viewed through a very powerful microscope. Every time it opens and closes, particles of the door rub off and waft through the air or fall to the floor. If the door is made of real wood, with an edible finish, well and good. If, however, it's covered with paint or made of a plastic composite, those particles floating around the house won't be so good for you, especially if they land on a kitchen cutting board.
Now let's take a microscopic look at a wall. There may not be visible cracks in the surface, but anywhere there's an electrical outlet there is a hole in the wall that may connect directly to the insulation cavity. Any drafts coming through that little hole are going to carry in with them tiny particles of insulation. Therefore, you may want to consider both of these facts when you evaluate or choose the insulation in your walls: some kinds are much more effective than others (fiberglass, though cheap, is actually not a very good insulator); and some are friendlier than others to inhale. I'd sooner eat straw than cellulose, and you couldn't pay me enough to take a mouthful of fiberglass or foam.
Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:53
By Zuri Sabir
Walking into Apothekara, our new local place of herbal healing and education located on South Cayuga Street, you are greeted with a warmth that invites you to stay and ask as many questions as you want. It has a familiarity to it, evoking a memory of old-time healing not shared by many in these modern times, but truly felt and valued. Apothekara is minimally and purposefully furnished: beautiful wooden floors guide you in toward a long and sturdy hand-tiled counter flanked by stools on your left. Behind it is a wall patterned with tinctures and to your right is an impressive collection of dried herbs that unfailingly beckons your interest. And then there is Kara, with her wealth of knowledge, who patiently awaits your statement of need.
Adjacent to the main room of the apothecary is a simple lounge. We sit there now as Kara Timmons, Medical Herbalist and owner of Apothekara, tells me her journey. Kara has been learning and educating about herb-based medicine for over 15 years. She was originally introduced to the idea of wild foods and foods for health in the mountains of New Mexico, living in Carson National Forest. There, Kara and a group of friends camped for two months foraging and gathering plants to eat and use for their medicinal properties alongside a larger community of like-minded people.
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