Celebrating Samhain

This is my favorite time of year. I was just explaining to my children how we remember those who are no longer with us.

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As October turns to November, thousands of Witches, Wiccans, Druids, and other Pagans in America, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere observe the sacred time of Samhain. Samhain is a festival of the Dead. Meaning “Summer’s End” and pronounced saah-win or saa-ween, Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the coldest half of the year. For many practitioners, myself included, Samhain also is the beginning of the spiritual new year.

Originating in ancient Europe as a Celtic Fire festival, Samhain is now celebrated worldwide. The timing of contemporary Samhain celebrations varies according to spiritual tradition and geography. Many of us celebrate Samhain over the course of several days and nights, and these extended observances usually include a series of solo rites as well as ceremonies, feasts, and gatherings with family, friends, and spiritual community. In the northern hemisphere, many Pagans celebrate Samhain from sundown…

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Fall in the forest

Love spending time outdoors with my littles as well.

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6 years ago when my little boy was only 6 months I went foraging with him. It was a great fall day in the forest. I was carrying him and we found lots of mushrooms. I couldn’t pick them up because my little one was touching everything around us: trees, flowers, etc.

The mushrooms on the tree are the ones we found this year and 6 years ago: Armillaria tabescens.

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I was with my mother in law so I called her and start showing her were to find them. She didn’t find mushrooms before so she was very happy. We were so fast that she couldn’t keep up with us.

These photos are from this year. They reminded me about that fall. I didn’t have the camera on me that day, but this year I had it. I am trying to show you how I felt in the forest.

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Adventures in Homesteading, a not-so-country girl’s perspective

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Often when we blog, it’s a joint effort, we both share our thoughts collectively. But, in this particular blog, I am going to give you the perspective of some of the adventures in homesteading from a girl who in no way, shape or form, grew up country or as a farm girl. In fact, I am a product of suburbia. I grew up in a nice house with a neatly manicured lawn on a tree-lined street, everything you might envision a suburb to be.

Fast-forward almost 27 years and here I am, on a small homestead helping to grow and raise our own food. I use the word “help” because I am definitely not the brains of the operation, I can’t even keep a house plant alive. However, I can blanch, freeze, preserve, can and cook just about anything you can imagine, often with rave reviews. Any good employer would…

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Cross-sectional Survey Studies Potential for Herb-drug Interactions in Pregnant Women

Herbs for ADHD Intensive enrolling thru October, 21st

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Herbal and natural products (HNP) are generally considered safe, and many people take them without considering the presence of active compounds that may interact with other HNPs or prescription medications. These interactions have the potential to be severe, according to the authors. Women are the majority users of HNPs, so the possibility for herb-drug interactions (HDIs) becomes doubly concerning in the case of pregnancy, where both the mother and developing fetus can be affected. This study aimed to identify concurrent HNP use in pregnant woman taking prescription medications and determine the potential for HDIs and their clinical significance.

The study was conducted at the Royal Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, Aberdeen, Scotland, from March to August 2012. Questionnaires were administered to women either receiving a mid-trimester (18-21 weeks) scan or in the postnatal unit within the first 24 hours after delivery. Details of how participants were recruited and how the questionnaire was…

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Clinical Trial Studies Effectiveness of Saffron in Treating Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Interesting read about opioid withdrawal and saffron.

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Opioid addiction has reached epidemic levels, and withdrawal from the use of drugs such as heroin or prescription opioids can cause acute physical and mental distress. Methadone is often used as replacement therapy in the treatment of opioid dependence since it is slow-acting and able to treat withdrawal symptoms while blocking the high associated with other opioids. Since methadone is itself an opioid, there is still the potential for abuse and addiction, so the search for non-addictive alternative treatments is ongoing. Saffron (Crocus sativus, Iridaceae) stigma may work similarly to methadone in preventing serotonin reuptake, while also having anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Its use, therefore, might allow patients to reduce their methadone dose.

The authors conducted a parallel, eight-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to study the effect of saffron on patients undergoing methadone treatment for opioid addiction. The study took place in Sabzevar county, Iran from 2016-2017…

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