Pregnancy is such an amazing and overwhelming time in a woman’s life. Growing another human is a huge responsibility. Many women choose pregnancy as a time to turn their lives around and eliminate bad habits, eat more nutritionally, and remove toxins from their lives, so they can create an optimally healthy environment for their baby. A benefit of having a healthy pregnancy is a lowered risk of interventions during birth. During a pregnancy support consultation, I will meet with the mother 4 times-one in each trimester, and then again for a postpartum visit. Each visit is designed specifically to each mothers’ individual needs. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation, or just want to find out more information, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
When I was taking applications for my apprenticeship program, I noticed a few things: 1- People WANT to learn about herbalism and a more natural holistic way of life. 2-Time and distance prohibited a lot of folks who were interested from applying. 3-I got a lot of great applicants and I am going to have a really hard time choosing only 2 people!
All of these things led me to realize that if I could somehow create an online interactive program, I could reach and serve all those people who really want and need herbalism in their lives.
Out of that came The Herbal Path. A comprehensive beginner’s herbalism course set in an a private Facebook group. Sort of like a classroom. I wanted it to be in a group format so students could help and learn from each other-and maybe make some friends! Other online learning programs seem so isolating with limited human interaction.
This is a 5 month program that will give you an introduction to the basics of working with herbs: methods of medicine preparation, history of herbalism, folklore, wildcrafting, beauty and skin care products, replacing chemicals in your home with natural homemade methods, how to eat a whole foods diet (both traditional foods and veganism), and more.
The group is hosted by myself and my good friend Carolyn Schreiner of The Natural Choice Apothecary. Each week a new file will be uploaded to the group. That week we will work on that particular topic. Assignments will be uploaded to the group for group discussion. Each student will receive a small sampling of herbs to work with-with the option to purchase more if desired.
Now, for the part that I am sure you are all wondering about: cost. That is always the big inhibitor, isn’t it? There are TONS of things that I have found that I would love to join and take part in, but they always cost way too much for me to be able to afford. So-with that in mind, I want to make this program available for EVERYONE who wants to participate. It is only $30 a month. That’s right! Can you believe it? This is such an amazing deal. $30 is about the cost of 1 class, typically. AND, you don’t have to leave your house. You don’t even have to put clothes on! So, you get 4 classes for the price of one, don’t have to get dressed, don’t have to spend gas money, and get a great learning experience. How can you NOT sign up? Our next series starts April 1st, so be sure to sign up soon!
Head on over to the Etsy site to receive all the savings!
We all know what is going on this weekend. Black Friday. Time to fight the mobs for those great deals! Right? Wrong.
This year, I would like to challenge everyone to avoid the Wal-Marts, Targets, etc. and find a wonderful local, handcrafted, work at home shop to do your holiday shopping. Spending $500 at Wal-Mart doesn’t really do much for Wal-Mart, but spending $500 at a small business means so much more! You are impacting an entire family in the most positive way!
I would like for you to take advantage of the sales going on this weekend and jump start your herbal medicine cabinet with these great deals (just click on Shop Online to go to the storefront)
- All day Friday, all previously non-discounted items will be 25% off this includes customized gift baskets!!! Just use the coupon code: BLACK14 at checkout.
- Saturday and Sunday, any Wellness Consultations scheduled will be 50% off IF you purchase it through the Etsy shop.
- Monday, Free shipping ALL DAY. Use coupon code SHIPFREE at checkout.
Remember, this holiday season is about love, family, and community. What better way to express that by supporting your friends, neighbors, and other families’ businesses during this crazy weekend?
If you are a small business owner, WAHM, or independent artisan, mention your store information, website, facebook page, etc. in the comments!
As promised, we are having a giveaway since we reached over 1,000 likes on Facebook.
This giveaway is going to be awesome! One free Wellness Consultation and a free Herbal First Aid Kit! The first aid kit will contain:
- Garden Salve
- Echinacea Tincture
- Yarrow Tincture
- Dried Plantain, Peppermint, and Comfrey leaves
- Wormwood Tincture
Click the link below to enter! It ends in one week, so be sure to get in on the fun!
One of the most important things a pregnant woman can do to ensure that she remains healthy during pregnancy is eat properly. My previous pregnancies were full of convenience foods and constant indulgences. Now, it’s not to say that you have to beat yourself up if you treat yourself to some ice cream or mac n’ cheese every once in a while. But, when we are faced with issues like Gestational Diabetes and Pre-eclampsia, it really is up to us to make sure we do everything we can to avoid them. This is not just for the health of our babies, but for our own health, as well.
Like I said, I didn’t really focus on my eating habits during previous pregnancy. I’ve been an off and on healthy eater for a good fifteen years. But those off years really took a toll on my health. My thyroid was shot and I’ve steadily gained weight-I’m at my ideal late term pregnancy weight right now at 4 weeks pregnant. NOT good.
My goal is to only gain a net of 10-15 pounds this pregnancy. The thought is that if I lose unhealthy weight while I’m gaining healthy weight for the baby, it should even out in the end.
HOW in the world can I do that, you ask? Well, through research and advice of a friend who went through the same thing, it really isn’t going to be that difficult (talk to me in 6 months!). If I focus on lots of protein, healthy fats, cooked greens, fermented foods, and fresh fruits and veggies, I should shed off those bread and beer pounds I’ve accumulated over the last 15 years. I will be eliminating most grains (bread, rice, pasta, corn, etc), juices, refined sugar, and a good bit of dairy (except some cheese, homemade yogurt, and raw local milk).
I have a huge sweet tooth. I love chocolate, ice cream, cookies, cakes-you name it. I have heard that eating protein when you have a sweet craving will help, but sometimes, I HAVE to have chocolate (YOU know what I mean). For those instances, i have an emergency bar of 85% dark chocolate. Just one little square is all I need to quiet those urges. AND, dark chocolate is good for you, right? Right.
Here is an example of a good protein filled breakfast: left over pork chop, 3 scrambled eggs, 1/2 an avocado (healthy fat!), and a blob of homemade homegrown salsa.
Next week, I will post an example meal plan. I find that I work so much better when I have a guide. Not only is it easier to go shopping, but there is no staring at the fridge wondering what in the world I am going to eat today.
There is a fun event going on next week! The Big Latch On 2014 is an event to promote breastfeeding awareness. Each year in August, at locations all over the world, breastfeeding mothers and babies all “latch on” simultaneously to promote and encourage normalcy in breastfeeding.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends babies to be breastfed for at least one year, and up to two years and beyond for maximum health benefits. Unfortunately, according to the CDC, in South Carolina only 16.4% of babies are breastfed to a year.
Spartanburg’s Big Latch On event will be held This Saturday, August 2 at 10am at Spartanburg Regional’s Heart Center Auditorium. Here is a link to their Facebook page to find more information.
Herb & Renewal is a sponsor of this event. As a breastfeeding mother of 3 (soon to be 4) children, I wholeheartedly believe in the benefits to both mother and child and our community at large. It truly is a public health issue.
So, whether you are a mother who would like to participate, or would like to volunteer as a counter, let Blair (heading up the Spartanburg group) know! You can message her via the Facebook event link.
A good friend of mine suggested that in conjunction with my own impending pregnancy, I should do a blog series on how to be as healthy and natural as possible during pregnancy.
As an herbalist and a doula, I am constantly answering questions on herbal or natural remedies for common pregnancy complaints and issues. While sometimes the answer is as easy as “eat more protein” or “don’t take tulsi while pregnant”, sometimes, it requires a little more in depth discussion.
I firmly believe that as a community, we are charged with helping one another through our issues. And that is what this is about. Hopefully, through my journey, others will have questions answered and a source of information to go to.
Those of you who know me personally may remember that my last pregnancy was dreadful. I gained a lot of weight, was in pain through most of my pregnancy, had blood pressure and blood sugar scares, and ended with a cesarean section due to placenta previa. While diet and herbs could do NOTHING to change the fact that I NEEDED a c-section, it very well could have prevented a lot of other issues I faced. I normally eat very well, but I fell off the wagon HARD during my last pregnancy.
This time around (which is more than likely my last) I am determined to be the healthiest I can and to avoid resorting to or needing medical interventions.
This series will include recipes on how to make your own pregnancy teas (or links to buy them *wink wink*), herbal tips on how to deal with common complaints (nausea, heartburn, hemorrhoids, etc) and also optimal nutrition so you can be nourished and grow a beautiful baby.
So, whether you are already pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, know someone who is pregnant, a birth worker, or just like learning things, welcome!
For the past two years, Herb & Renewal has been a sponsor of the the Great Cloth Diaper Change.
What is the Great Cloth Diaper Change? Glad you asked! Every year, families from around the world simultaneously change cloth diapers to attempt to break the World Record and raise awareness of the use of cloth diapers over disposable.
This year, the event will be hosted by Swamp Rabbit Cafe and also include an awesome Earth Day Festival! Music, food, vendors (including us!!), face painting, and more. Click HERE to go to the Facebook page for more information, but the basics:
- Saturday, April 26th at 10am
- Swamp Rabbit Cafe 205 Cedar Lane Road, Greenville, South Carolina 29611
- Register HERE to change a diaper
In honor of our online store launching, we have decided to give away an herbal wellness kit to one lucky person! In this kit you will receive:
- Garden Goodness Salve
- Lavender and Peppermint Bath Salts
- Echinacea Tincture
- Relaxation Tea
The raffle ends Friday night! Thank you for being you!