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We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the book, in which Valerie introduces the 10 essential oils (out of the 125 that she covers in detail in the book) that she recommends as a nice starting selection for most home practitioners.
That was twenty-five years ago, and since then she has remained active and healthy using nutrition and herbs. Her new book, Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking, combines the cutting-edge research demonstrating the therapeutic properties of herbs with growing information and recipes perfect for aspiring herbalists and advanced practitioners alike. We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the book.
Does the thought of wrapping presents and attending cookie-swap parties make you want to grab your sleeping bag and run for the nearest cave? 2015 has been intense for many of us. We’ve felt overscheduled and overworked, and we’ve rarely had the chance to unplug. We’ve navigated big career and life transitions — and had little time to integrate these changes. Frankly, we’re exhausted. We’re ready for rest. Not a relaxed evening by the fire, but a serious stretch of lazy days, long naps, walks in the woods, and joyful, easy connections with friends and family who feed us emotionally and spiritually. What we most need in the coming weeks is not the latest tech gizmo or one last trip to the mall, but permission to rest, relax, unplug, and do nothing.