Category Archives for Working With Clients

Lavender and Prepubertal Breast Growth in Boys

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A client recently emailed me the following question: “I read online that I shouldn’t use lavender essential oil or any products that contain it for A [her two year old son] because it could cause abnormal breast growth!! What do you think?” It’s true that there was an article published in the New England Journal […]

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Sunscreen Resource

Sun-drenched afternoons at the lake are fast approaching. While I am a true believer in the benefits of spending time outdoors, sometimes my desire to be outside outlasts my skin’s natural sun protection. I prefer to wear protective clothing and stay out of the sun during peak hours when possible, but if adventure calls I […]

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Food dyes

Imagine my shock when I learned that the red velvet cake often served at our family gatherings requires AN ENTIRE CONTAINER OF RED FOOD COLORING. Eep. Although I was never a huge fan of red velvet cake in the first place, I promptly added it to my “no thank you” list upon making this discovery. […]

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From the Earth

This evening I was reminded of one of my favorite witty responses of all time, courtesy of friend, herbalist and teacher extraordinaire James Snow.  The setting: James’ lecture on something to do with the liver at an American Herbalists Guild conference. The buildup: Annoying attendee repeatedly raising her hand and asking pseudo-questions designed to show […]

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Apparently it IS possible to mess up oatmeal

Mark Bittman’s article in the NYT Opinionater this week reveals the dark side of McDonalds’ “healthy” choice. I bring this up not only because the article is a valuable resource for clients – including recipes for DIY oatmeal and the eye-popping fact that McD’s oatmeal has only 10 fewer calories than an Egg McMuffin or […]

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Book Review: The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing

I’ve been reading “The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use” by J.N. Liles, and while I’m not quite finished with it I am thoroughly impressed. Liles includes very specific recipes for dyeing cotton, wool and silk with plant/mineral material. He has personally tested almost every recipe provided in the text, […]

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Phytoestrogens (soy) and hypothyroid – a new RCT

As you may recall, there is some concern that phytoestrogens – such as the daidzein and genestein found in soy – interfere with thyroid function. Specifically, some evidence (mostly in vitro) suggests that phytoestrogens may inhibit thyroid peroxidase (TPO), the enzyme found on/near the interface of the thyroid cell and the colloid matrix inside the […]

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