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The Natural Path
If you want to rely less on chemicals for food, medicine, and cleaning and beauty supplies, don’t learn the hard way that some ‘natural’ products may be dangerous for you or your family.
Author Porche Berry dove into a deeper exploration of natural health after discovering her child’s sensitivity to pharmaceuticals and following a close call with an essential oil. However, she had begun watching nutrition shows when she was only ten. Over the years, she has seen pharmaceuticals repeatedly fail family members and friends.
You inherit genes from both parents. That’s genetics. Epigenetics is everything else that can impact how those genes carry out their jobs. Epigenetics can impact your genes for your entire life. Diet, stress level, exposure to toxins—these and other factors all can impact gene expression. The Natural Path helps you take control of many epigenetic factors. The book goes from a broad exploration of the factors affecting your health to simple techniques and recipes for making herbal medicine at home.
The book includes resources for further learning. “Believe it or not you ARE capable of learning how to read the scientific studies and becoming skilled at first-line interventions for the health of your family and yourself,” says Berry. What the book doesn’t include are recommendations on brands.
The remedies covered have been chosen because of their safety profile, says the author. “I wanted to make a resource that catered to the needs of expectant mothers and families with young children.” She had learned that popular remedies can be dangerous, so the book includes a lot of safety information.
Diet and nutrition—diet types, superfoods, macronutrients, pre- and probiotics, GMOs
Household cleaners and personal grooming products, with room-by-room alternatives
Alternative healing methods
Traditional Chinese Medicine
How they’re made, how to use, dilution ratios, purity, and ‘therapeutic grade’
Safe for pregnancy and young children
Safe for pregnancy but not young children
Safe for young children but not pregnancy
Non-herbal remedies, from colloidal silver and activated charcoal to zinc and bee pollen
Herbs—vocabulary and profiles on 25 herbs
Possible issues affecting healing
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Essential oil and herbal blend recipes.
If you’re ready to offer your family more natural alternatives while keeping them safe, buy The Natural Path today.
The Oil Apothecary
The oil apothecary was born out of a need to organize and convey important safety information about essential oils.
A personal experience with safety issues and a child created a learning frenzy that had many people messaging with questions.
Answering individual questions takes forever while handing them a book means they can become knowledgable on the topic in their own right.
Careful research using a government database, studies, and textbooks such as Robert Tisserand’s book “Essential Oil Safety” was undertaken to ensure the most accurate and complete information would be given.
The book has been written so that even a complete novice could understand it while the unique Quick Reference Data Sheet would make it useful even for trained aromatherapists.
With 128 individual oil profiles, this is the most complete book on the topic for laypeople.
No specific brands are promoted. Instead, the reader is shown how to navigate the marketplace by learning what to look for in an oil and a company.
Quick Reference Data Sheets for each oil.
These break down the information into 6 sections;
The Latin name.
The biologically active constituents that are not ubiquitous. For example, water and carbon are excluded because they can be found in every fresh herb.
The properties under their technical names.
Basic uses, divided by usage type, eg topical vs ingestion. Not an exhaustive list however.
Cautions including drug interactions and other safety info.
And any immediate first aid information that may be needed.
Easy to read lists let you know which oils to avoid for seizure disorders, what is safe to use with your pets, and common medical concerns.
The Kitchen Herbalist
A lot of books on the topic of herbalism cover fairly exotic options.
This leads to people of all skill levels in herbalism going out to buy products but never looking in their spice collections. We miss out on the opportunity to master our resources in favour of collecting more stuff.
By focusing on easily accessible options this removes the unintentional class barrier that blocks many from seeking natural health.
In this book, we will focus on technique, vocabulary, and safety before moving into the individual profiles.
Each remedy will have a Quick Reference Data Sheet or “QRDS” which lays out the information in 6 sections:
Latin or technical name
Biologically active chemicals
Uses under technical names
Route of application
By using this type of profile it makes the information easy to read no matter your skill level.
The remedies are broken down into categories so you know where in your kitchen or home you will be looking and they go as follows:
Vitamins and minerals - general use and how to use them in a more targeted manner.
Spices - easily accessible cooking spices frequently have potent medicinal profiles.
Foods - this is not approached from the nutritional standpoint, for example, pineapple is an excellent cough suppressant.
Baking ingredients - yup, some of these are useful even outside of baking.
Foraged/purchased - this rounds out everything else and helps you learn to navigate the marketplace.
Extras - common household things like hydrogen peroxide that don’t fit in the other categories.
A total of 72 profiles will leave you empowered to find what works for you based on what you already have.
Next, we will move on to some preliminary recipes you can use to get started making your own first-line interventions.
Finally, the book ends with more resources to build your knowledge base further.
Human ingenuity has built many industries, this has come with the heavy price tag of pollution. The negative impact is clearly seen in the environment, harder to see is the impact on human health.
Each generation has become less healthy than the previous one since the end of WW2.
According to Blue Cross Blue Shield's 2019 disease prevalence study (footnote to study), millennials have more chronic medical conditions than their parents or grandparents. (http://bit.ly/39JRu17)
Fortunately, as a species, we are incredibly resilient and blessed with the ability to heal from more than we realize. All we need to do is remove what is irritating our bodies and most of it will take care of itself.
“Toxins” takes you through the most common pollutants in our homes one by one, explaining what they are, where they are found, what problems they may create or contribute to and by the end of it, the simplest ways to avoid them.
Hundreds of citations help cut through all the noise found online to help readers be confident that what they learn is accurate.
None of us will succeed in removing all pollution from our homes but with a little effort, we can reduce the total load on ourselves and our families.