Blog ~ Good Health Grows in Nature

Welcome to the Wintergreen Botanicals blog, where I celebrate the many ways that good health grows in nature. See my most recent blog posts below and also check out the category page links in the column to browse through topics of interest.

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November 27, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

.During the holidays, I tend to put a few of my good health habits aside and indulge in a day or two of intense baking and making sweet treats to share with my loved ones. I’d tell you that the goodies I make are full of whole grains and nuts, but it’d be a lie….

November 26, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Festive cordials featuring seasonal produce like apples, pears, and cranberries are a delicious way to celebrate the holidays, both to serve at gatherings and give as gifts. Fruit and herbs combine beautifully in simple, delicious recipes with limitless possibilities. You won’t believe how easy they are to make! Here are the basic recipes to get…

November 9, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Thanksgiving will soon be here, and then comes December — the month of joyous holidays, get-togethers every week, a wee bit of stress, and all that delicious food! This is one of my favorite times of year, and being a foodie, I loooove the classics: chips (or anything) and dip, festive cocktails, eggnog, cookies, mashed…

October 30, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Viral infections begin to run rampant starting in fall and running through winter. The flu and colds sweep through communities, increasing the risk of pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus infections as well. Conventional medicine advocates the flu vaccine to prevent wintertime illness; however, many home remedies and lifestyle changes can also help to bolster your immune…

October 17, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

After a long, hot, ridiculous humid summer, most of us rejoice the crisp, drier weather of autumn and forthcoming winter. Our skin, however, does not. Autumn brings the energy of dry, wind, and air, which can irritate people who deal with dryness. Are You Dry? In Ayurveda (the ancient healing system from India), the dosha…

October 8, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

We are a nation fraught with blood sugar dysregulation. According to the CDC, more than have of Americans will develop a diagnosable blood sugar disorder in their lifetimes: two fifths with diabetes (90 to 95 percent of which is type 2), and one third with pre-diabetes. The number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has quadrupled…

September 18, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Apple season is here! In New Hampshire, U-pick farms are generally all open for business from Labor Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend. On Labor Day on the dot, I hobbled down the big hill at Apple Hill Farm hugging a bushel of fresh-picked tart McIntoshes destined for my fridge, where they’ll stay crisp for at…

August 23, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Homemade veggie burgers are a delicious way to celebrate seasonal produce and fresh herbs. Inspired by some delicious recipes, my husband and I now wing it with whatever is on hand. If you can, make extra to refrigerate or freeze and re-heat later in the toaster oven or skillet. They’re also perfect for wraps and…

August 21, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Several times a week, I field phone calls and emails from complete strangers who have become so excited about herbal medicine that they’ve looked me up and want to know: How do I become an herbalist? What classes should I take? What do I need to do? Can I make a living at it? In…

August 10, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Whether we realize it or not, most of us to don’t function with optimal mental clarity. It might be a forgotten lunch date or afternoon brain fog at work or school. As we get older, we become more aware – and fearful – about our mental wellbeing. What can we do to undo the state…