Friday, 28 February 2014 15:21
By Kristie Snyder,
Bees perform a kind of alchemy, transforming pollen and nectar into that sweet, sticky substance that got Pooh Bear into so much trouble back in Rabbit's hole. Lesli Sagan, owner of Avital's Apiaries, is a bit of an alchemist herself, using beeswax, honey, and propolis to create natural bodycare products.
Lesli's balms, lotion bars, soaps, and deodorant are made in her home workshop in Cayuga Heights in a converted downstairs apartment, using all-natural, often organic, and often locally sourced ingredients. Some ingredients are very locally sourced, coming right from her beehives. She maintains two in her backyard, and around 10 to 20 more in two locations outside of town.
Lesli's love affair with bees — and she does love them — began about ten years ago, when she started keeping them as an antidote to long days in front of a computer as a systems administrator at Ithaca College. "Bees are essentially wild — you give them good digs and they stay," she explained. "Bees are a beautiful little society. They're the perfect feminist occupation — they're all women!"
Monday, 03 February 2014 01:16
By Jamie Levesque
Dr. Edward Bach was a man ahead of his time. Well before Louise Hay, he saw our mental and emotional states as the keys to happiness and health. He first studied medicine at the University College Hospital in London and obtained a Diploma of Public Health at Cambridge. After practicing Western medicine and seeing how his patients were treated according to symptoms rather than root cause, he began seeking out a new form of medicine. He then went on to work at the London Homeopathic Hospital, where his thinking was influenced by Samuel Hahnemann.
In 1930, at the age of 43, Bach began to search out new healing modalities. After spending his spring and summer hiking in the English countryside, he became inspired by flowers and began experimenting with their healing powers. He came to believe that early-morning sunlight passing through dewdrops on flower petals transferred the healing energies of the flower into the water. He then began collecting dew drops from the plants and preserving the dew with an equal amount of brandy to create a mother tincture. When he realized that this was insufficient, he began suspending the flower buds in spring water to better extract their healing powers. This was the genesis of the Bach Flower Remedies as we now know them. To this day they're still made from the Bach Centre gardens, his preserved homestead and learning center in Mount Vernon in the UK.
Bach observed in his patients that two people could be exposed to the same germ or pathogen, with one being unaffected while the other would become ill. He postulated that illness was not the result of germs or disease, but rather a conflict between one's higher soul calling and his or her personality. He saw that one's emotional imbalances and energetic blockages caused "dis-ease," later manifesting in actual physical disease. He stated, "In true healing there is no thought whatever of the disease; it is the mental state, the mental difficulty alone, to be considered: it is where we are going wrong in the Divine Plan that matters. This disharmony with our Spiritual Self may produce a hundred different failings in our bodies, but what matters that? If we put our mind right the body will soon be healed."
Sunday, 05 January 2014 12:31
By Dr. Sarah Dayon and Dr. Karen Gellman
Holistic veterinary care can be an alternative or a complement to conventional veterinary treatments. Your pet's health can become compromised through diet, stress, environmental toxins, and other lifestyle issues. Just as many of us humans use nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, chiropractic, and acupuncture to maintain our optimal health, pets may feel better and live longer with the added help of these alternative approaches.
Beloved Aging Pets, Itchy Dogs and Cats, and Scary Diseases Your Regular Vet Can't Fix
Vets commonly see aging dogs for weak hind legs, stiff backs, incontinence, and lack of energy. Some vets might prescribe pain medications for these problems, raising the dose as needed until the dog has GI upset or uncontrollable pain. But many drug-free treatment options for older animals exist that have fewer side effects and benefit their overall health: chiropractic, acupuncture, and homeopathy, to name a few. Such treatments can alleviate the cause of the pain instead of masking the symptoms, as well as working safely in conjunction with lower doses of conventional pain relievers where needed. If your old dog has difficulty rising, can't climb stairs anymore, can't jump onto the couch or into your car, it may have a postural abnormality that can easily be helped with manual therapy and a therapeutic toenail trim.
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