Saturday, May 23, 2009

Homeopathy 101

Homeopathy, you may have heard of it, but you may not be clear about what exactly it is.

Homeopathy ("home-ee-AH-pah-thy"), also known as homeopathic medicine is a whole medicine system, developed in Germany and practiced in North America since the early 19th century. Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself by giving very small doses of highly diluted substances that in larger doses would produce illness or symptoms (an approach called “like cures like”.)

Follow the links below, provided by Natural Foods Merchandiser, to gain a clearer understanding of the practice of homeopathy. There’s a list of basics, including history and regulations, and resources, such as a homeopathic glossary and a podcast by homeopathic expert Dana Ullman that answers frequently asked user questions. Top your understanding of homeopathy off with Natural Foods Merchandiser “editor picks” articles.

Homeopathy Basics

What is homeopathy?

A brief history of homeopathy

Single vs. combination remedies

How homeopathy is regulated

Chart: Understanding homeopathic dosages


Homeopathy glossary

Homeopathy research roundup

Homeopathy resources

Podcast: Dana Ullman, Homeopathic expert answers the top 5 consumer questions

Editors’ Picks

Spotlight on: Boiron’s remedies for cramps, PMS and hot flashes

Spotlight on: Hyland’s remedies for children’s teething and allergy problems

Spotlight on: Nelsons’ homeopathic skin care line

Spotlight on: Heel’s remedies for cold and flu symptoms

Spotlight on: KingBio’s remedies for pain and stress

Popular Homeopathy Articles

Peer-reviewed research backs homeopathy

Homeopathy helps heal little ones

Manufacturers give homeopathy more consumer appeal

Homeopathic rules and regs decoded

Treating kids with homeopathy

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Home Gardener

Tomatoes and peppers and zucchini, oh my! The sun’s warming up and now is the time to get to planting. Whether this is your first year in the garden (or at the balcony planting pot), or you’ve got a few years of sowing under your belt, Mother Earth News has a wonderful gardening blog that will help you get the most out of your endeavors.

Not sure when it’s the right time to sink your seeds into the ground? Not certain what goes best when planted side by side? Wondering if seeds or starter plants are your best option? Wonder no more . . . The Mother Earth News garden blog has the answers for your queries, and perhaps some ideas you might not have considered. These include everything from starter seed basics and ways to seed swap with locals, to expert transplanting advice and what top producing crops are in our Southwest region.

Plus, there are really groovy articles such as:

· Know When to Plant What: Find Your Average Last Spring Frost Date

· Our Indestructible Tomato Cage

· Lasagna Gardening

· A Better Way to Fertilize Your Garden - Homemade Organic Fertilizer

Pick up your spade, pop on your sunhat and get your hands busy growing your own!