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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February 6, 2019 Maria Noel Groves

In winter, it helps to cozy in with a satisfying tea like this Roasted Roots Cocoa blend. Mostly, it’s just a nice, tasty, cozy tea. But, of course, these herbs do have medicinal properties. It gently stimulates digestion, detoxification, energizes, lifts moods, and balances blood sugar (especially if sipped at the end of a meal)….

January 30, 2019 Maria Noel Groves

Winter season symbolizes rest and restoration, a time to hibernate, eat warm food, and work on creative projects. Yet the reality isn’t always so cozy. Cold temps, dry air, and indoor living can make us more susceptible to mood funks and everyday infections. Our modern lives don’t always slow down for winter, either. School, work…

January 9, 2019 Maria Noel Groves

The ability to take a deep breath is something we generally take for granted. But when this most basic need becomes threatened by acute or chronic lung issues, we’re gripped with panic. How long will it last? What can you do to break free and breathe freely again? (Prefer to listen than read? Check out…

December 27, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

In spite of the many cultures in Asia and Europe that adore mushrooms, most Americans are fungalphobes with the exception of an occasional button mushroom gravy smothered steak. This winter, I encourage you to break out of your plant-loving shell and venture into this amazing kingdom of healing creatures that are particularly useful for our…

December 17, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Insomnia is incredibly common amongst my clients and student. My own sleep issues first brought me to herbs 15 years ago. We’re not alone. At least 30 percent of American adults (worse for African Americans and young adults) and almost 70 percent of teens don’t get enough shut-eye. As a nation, with each new generation,…

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…