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Peppermint

Together with Frankincense, Myrrh, and Turmeric, mint is one of the most ancient and most well-known plant medicines. Although Peppermint was not described as a unique variety (it is a cross between spearmint and water mint) until 1696, it has taken over the mint...

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Chill with GABA

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an amino acid that is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. Think of it as the “brakes” that keep the brain from getting overactive. For optimal functioning, the brain must balance the excitatory and inhibitory...

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Why Turmeric?

Since the earliest known medicine practiced thousands of years ago, Turmeric root (Curcuma Longa) has been valued as a tool to repair mind, body, and emotions. It is the oil of restoration - “sacred earth” in Latin – and is best known for its effective action against...

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The Endocannabinoid Buzz

I was a teenager and young adult in the USA in the 1960s. That meant that at least some of the people I knew were experimenting with all kinds of plants, including marijuana (and others were smoking banana peels or clove cigarettes – it was pretty free-form). What we...

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No Mockers Allowed

King Solomon is famous for having been considered the wisest man of all time. He was the principal contributor to the biblical book of Proverbs, a collection of short pieces of advice that has been used across continents and generations since the sayings...

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Saying Goodbye

The icon shows St. Sisoes over the dead bones in Alexander the Great’s open tomb and with the following inscription:“SISOES, THE GREAT ASCETIC, BEFORE THE TOMB OF ALEXANDER, KING OF THE GREEKS, WHO WAS ONCE COVERED IN GLORY. ASTONISHED, HE MOURNS FOR THE VICISSITUDES...

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