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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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Before Halloween was celebrated as a holiday for dressing up as your favorite role model and collecting candy from all the neighbors, it was honored as a time for recognition of the final harvest of year. Known as Samhain by our Celtic ancestors, this was a time when our God sacrificed life in the form of our animals to ensure us all food and survival for the dark days of winter. It is for this reason many feel that the veil between the physical and etheric realms are quite thin on Samhain. Naturally, we feel closer to our ancestors during this time...

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Today is National Sweetest Day, and for most, that means celebrating with their favorite sugary delight, and I am not trying to deter you from doing so, however why not take it one step further to explore the deeper purpose of sweetness in regards to our health?  Much of the wisdom of nutrition rests on the tip of your tongue, all kidding aside! From the perspective of Ayurvedic medicine, our sense of taste is a guide map that leads us towards proper nutrition. Since the beginning of our existence, humans have relied largely upon taste to discover healthy food choices...

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 America runs on coffee, and as it turns out, there may be much more to this common beverage than just a nice energetic boost every morning. Coffee has been scrutinized in contemporary alternative and conventional medicine; even going back centuries in the history of Arabia and Islam, and more recently in Europe and North America. Before we lumped coffee with more potent and potentially dangerous compounds such as nicotine and alcohol, it was known to have many positive health benefits in its natural form.  Negative judgments about coffee mostly come from the stimulating and habit-forming aspects of caffeine, a prominent component.  Health Benefits of...

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