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  With allergy season descending upon us and leaving in its wake masses of runny noses, itchy eyes and sneezing fits, what’s a Portlander to do? Especially with research showing that certain antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) have anticholinergic effects that may increase the risk of dementia and other cognitive problems with long term use (1). Luckily for us it seems that nature has provided us with herbal allies against our other very enthusiastic allergen spreading friends (P.S. trees we love you, but for a few months some of you are more like frenemies). Now onto some green goodness: here...

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Learning to become healthy, balanced in mind and body, is an opportunity for growth for each and every one of us. Though it is true that we all will endure an array of natural hormone changes as a part of our life experience, men and women experience them quite differently. In honor of National Women’s Month this March, we chose to focus this blog on the hormonal changes from a woman’s perspective. Hormones play a vital role in the development of a woman, physically and emotionally, at every stage of life.  Hormones act as important chemical messengers that are produced...

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     When the days grew colder and the nights grew longer, people of ancient times would light candles and gather round fires to honor the return of the Sun in Spring, and set an energetic stage for manifestations of abundance and health. Traditionally, they would also commune to share gifts, as well as enjoy feasts and an array of festivities. Dances were danced and songs were sung and all would delight in decorating their homes and villages with garlands made from Mother Nature.       One of the most famous celebrations of Winter Solstice in the world today takes...

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With another magical holiday season just around the corner, now is a wonderful time to start planning the ways in which we would like to share a little piece of our essence with the ones we love. Homemade gifts can go a long way to spread the message of love and appreciation.  Gifts that are created by hand with trusted ingredients are personal, practical, and environmentally gentle as well. For our community, the Dragon Herbarium has a few health-conscious gift-giving suggestions to help guide us, however one may chose to celebrate their beliefs and blessings this holiday season! Aromatherapy Candles...

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Impact of Stress on Health  As a way of welcoming the New Moon today, a great opportunity for self care, we would like to bring awareness to a factor of our lives which can often make it quite difficult for us to align ourselves to our highest purpose. Stress, a very powerful energetic emotion, can have profound and complex effects on the mind and body.  There are many different ways that stress can influence our thought process, productivity and overall well being.  The hormones in the body responsible for responding to stress are serotonin and dopamine. Our brains release these two...

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