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Holistic Help for Uterine Fibroids

By Renata Atkinson / August 11, 2020

Uterine fibroids affect a lot of women, estimates range from 50 to 80% depending on life stage and other demographic factors. Medical treatments can relieve symptoms and reduce fibroid size, but they have concerning side effects, including bone loss, and are generally recommended only for short term use or to reduce fibroid size before surgery.…

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Tips for Finding a Qualified Herbalist

By Renata Atkinson / July 8, 2020

In my posts I sometimes recommend working with a ‘qualified herbalist’. But what does that mean? How do you find one? In today’s post I want to provide some guidance in finding and choosing a qualified herbalist. Registration with a professional organization A simple way to know if an herbalist is qualified is if they…

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Honoring the Spirit of Winter

By Renata Atkinson / February 6, 2020

Winter is a tough season for me, and I know I’m far from alone. I find the short days and darkness difficult, and because I’m out and about a lot less I can easily feel isolated and lonely. I can also tend to be hard on myself for accomplishing less in the winter than I…

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Can a nursing mom do an elimination diet?

By Renata Atkinson / December 12, 2019

Danielle, a new, nursing mom asks how to go about eliminating foods from her diet to determine what is causing constipation. She also says that she is feeling run down and asks what can help her build energy. Hi Danielle. First, congratulations on the newest member of your family! Determining food sensitivities by eliminating foods…

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Is Menopause Keeping Me Awake? What Are Some Herbal Solutions?

By Renata Atkinson / October 3, 2019

According the National Sleep Foundation 35% of American adults report regularly getting fewer than 7 hours of sleep per night and, for women, the prevalence of sleep disturbance increases approaching and during the peri-menopausal transition. Hot flashes and night sweats are significant contributors to disturbed sleep for many women at this time of life, but…

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Food and Mood – Does What I Eat Really Matter?

By Renata Atkinson / July 21, 2019

Summertime can be naturally mood boosting to many, but how does what you eat this season fit in? Today, we’ll look at the vital connection between food and mood. Inflammation & Your Brain Many of us are familiar by now with the relationship between inflammation and chronic disease, but did you know that research in recent years…

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Creativity+Herbs = Your Happy Nervous System

By Renata Atkinson / March 6, 2019

Looking to naturally support your psychological health and overall wellbeing? Today I’ll take a close look at the many health benefits of creativity and suggest some herbal favorites for relaxation and cognition.   In our culture we tend to think of creativity as a special personality trait—something we’re born with, the domain of a chosen few. But we ALL have creative potential and…

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Overwhelmed and Anxious? Find Uplift With These Natural Solutions

By Renata Atkinson / January 1, 2019

Hi, I am a 48 year old wife and Mom with a rewarding career and lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed, anxious,and disinterested. My gynecologist suggested antidepressants, but I have serious concerns about taking them. What else can I do to improve my mood? Are there herbs that can help? Andrea Charlottesville, VA This is a great…

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