how to survive the holiday blues

November 18, 2018

Photo by Nihan Aydin.

It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” — and depression is rampant. Between the darkness (if you live in the northern hemisphere), family drama and financial stresses, it’s a time when many people find their mood going in an unhappy direction. Here are some tangible tips for feeling better. (more…)

To maintain your brain, eat like a Greek

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The Mediterranean diet, touted for its ability to protect the heart aid longevity, now has another great outcome to recommend it: reducing the effects of aging on the brain. Researchers followed nearly 3,800 men and women in their 60s or older, asking them to report what they ate and then measuring mental function. Those who ate closest to the traditional Mediterranean diet — lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, fish, olive oil and moderate amounts of wine — scored highest on their brain tests. How this works isn’t clear, although researchers suspect it may be related to the diet’s known effects on the heart and circulation. Better circulation would mean more oxygen and nutrients to the brain, helping it stay limber longer. (Via WebMD).

Thyme for flavor and health

photo by orna izakson.

photo by orna izakson.

New Year’s day was as one of those perfect Pacific Northwest winter days — 45 degrees, misty and soft. The kind of day that smells and feels like earth.


My garden is pretty much hibernating. A long spell of deep cold knocked back the last of my greens. There’s a fairly even layer of deciduous leaves covering the ground, punctuated by bare limbs and decomposing stalks.


Still, it was a day to survey. And one of the bright points was indefatigable thyme, sprightly in the day’s gloom at the base of a fig tree.


Herbalists often like to play around with favorite herbs lists: If you only had three (or five, or ten) herbs to work with, which would you choose? On my lists, thyme always shows up. It’s incredibly easy to grow, tastes fantastic and makes powerful medicine. (more…)

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