Herbal Household Remedies: Do Yourself a Favor

Less is more, did you know?

Did you know that among the good things you can do for yourself is achieving something?  If you do something with your own hands, or achieve something by your own strength of will, that’s a very healthy thing for you.

Right now is the time when some religiously inclined people do the annual Lenten fast, that is, they do something, or refrain from doing something for forty days (and a week), between Ash Wednesday and Easter Saturday night.  Some do not watch TV during this time.  Some stop eating chocolate.  Some pray the Rosary or the Chaplet of Saint Michael every day.  Some work on a particular flaw they feel they have, like their volatile temper or their laziness.  Some stay away from coffee.  Some fast.  Some read a chapter of the Bible every day.  Some start visiting lonely community members.  Some do not use social media.  Some do not buy their usual morning drink at a local fast-food chain every day but save the money and donate it to a charity at the end of their fast.  The list, in fact, is endless.

What all these seemingly unrelated things have in common is this:  If you do any of them, you are doing yourself a favor.  In all of us, there is always room for improvement.  If we pick one of the constructions sites of the Self to work on for 40 days, the good we learn during this time will have become a habit.  After all, it takes only 21 days to form a habit, or so they say.  If you take your spring fast seriously, no matter which form it takes, you will come away with a definite sense of achievement that adds to your quality of life more than a cup of coffee or a piece of chocolate ever will.

Try it out!  And I sure hope you are not wondering what all this has to do with Herbal Household Remedies.

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Herbal Household Remedies: Feast and Fast

Feasts can only be significant if not every meal is a banquet.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  There is so much to be thankful for!  Enjoy your feast, enjoy your family time, enjoy the festiveness and all that happens in your family traditionally on this day.

It is good to celebrate the feasts in our lives, the special, significant meals that we share with those we love.  Thanksgiving is one of them, and so is Christmas dinner.  In between the two, there lies Advent, a time to prepare for Christmas.  Today, I would like to encourage you to follow an old tradition and fast during Advent in some way.

Feasts can only be significant if not every meal is a banquet.  Feasting as well as fasting are part and parcel of many (all?) religious traditions, and it should come as no surprise that it is good for us to not always eat as much as we can hold, and to not always abstain from most things.  It is also good to break routine every once in a while and prove to ourselves that we CAN do without coffee for four weeks, or without tea, or without chocolate, or without dessert, or without meat, or without fast food.

Simplify your dietary habits so that feasts like today stand out as significant.  Alternate feast and fast.  Enjoy the times of plenty, and the times of restraint.  It will strengthen your mind as well as your body.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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