Blog ~ Good Health Grows in Nature

Welcome to the Wintergreen Botanicals blog, were 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.

This is a NEW feature of my website, so check back regularly as more of my previous content moves into blog format and new content is posted here.

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…

August 3, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

I live with a pollen count barometer. He starts honking and sneezing as soon as tree pollen releases into the early spring breeze. He peaks again with the grass mid-summer, and he doesn’t end until the last of the ragweed dies back to the ground. If we have a wet fall, the mold kicks in….

August 2, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

The Science of Herbs ~ Anyone who claims that “there’s no scientific evidence to support herbal medicine” clearly hasn’t been paying attention. Scientists have conducted hundreds of thousands of scientific studies on medicinal botanicals, and this data complements our long tradition (several millennia) of using plants safely as medicine. But to the general public and…

July 27, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

To be honest, oil is not a great solvent for extracting herbs (alcohol, water, and vinegar – in that order – tend to work better). It also has a greater potential to go bad via rancidity, mold, or bacteria, including botulism. Yet, we often use herb-infused oils for topical remedies because oil feels much nicer…

July 27, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Once upon a time, I liked fewer than five vegetables, and corn on the cob was at the top of the list. Even though my taste buds have expanded to include a kaleidoscope of veggies, fresh-picked corn still holds a special place in my culinary repertoire. Though much maligned (and tinkered with), good corn is…

July 25, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

As an herbalist without a green thumb, I assure you, only weeds surpass herbs in ease of cultivation. Many thrive in spite of terrible soil, varying sun, and infrequent watering. Hungry critters lurking in your garden? Not to worry, most herbs rank low on the taste buds of bugs and other browsers, yet they’re utterly…

July 25, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Gluten – the sticky, glue-like protein in wheat and its relatives as well as barley and rye (and hidden in many other foods) – is the “in” thing to avoid right now. The number of American households seeking gluten-free foods has increased dramatically over the past ten years, with 30 percent of U.S. adults currently…

July 25, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

I adore bread, potatoes, corn, and rice as much as every other American, but let’s face it: Most of us could use some inspiration to eat fewer carbs and more veggies. One way to significantly up your veg quota is to swap all or some of your standard starch for a veggie-based pseudo-carb. I’m not…

July 24, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Forget about eating for yourself. Did you know that your body is home to trillions of beneficial bacteria, and the standard American diet is starving them out? These good bugs are part of your microbiome, a newly coined phrase that refers to your body’s ecosystem – both the human part of you and the microbial…