I’ve been more active on my author website lately since my first mystery Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery was released in February. To find out more about natural remedies and my natural remedies mystery series please visit: www.chrystlefiedler.com!
About a week ago I was watching The Big Bang Theory when I checked my e-mail. I was delighted to find an invitation to join Killer Hobbies (http://www.killerhobbies.blogspot.com) as a new blogger. I’ll be writing about natural remedies and pet rescue since these topics are featured in Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery (Gallery Books Feb. 21) but I thought you would like to meet my blogger sisters. Here they are:
MONDAY – Scrapbooking – Joanna Campbell Slan
TUESDAY – Needlework – Monica Ferris
WEDNESDAY – Pets – Linda O. Johnston
THURSDAY – Scrapbooking – Molly Cox Bryan
FRIDAY – Crocheting – Betty Hechtman
SATURDAY – Natural Remedies/Pet Rescue – Chrystle Fiedler
Please stop by and be part of the conversation! I look forward to seeing you there! http://www.killerhobbies.blogspot.com/
Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery features Willow McQuade, ND, a naturopathic doctor who specializes in natural cures. When her aunt Claire is murdered, Willow takes over her health food store Nature’s Way Market & Cafe and sets out to solve the crime with a hunky ex-cop. Death Drops also features over two dozen natural remedies you can try at home. Here’s the remedy from Chapter 1:
Dear Dr. McQuade,
Help! I’ve been feeling anxious and stressed to the max ever since I started my new job. Is there anything natural I can take to help me chill out?
Dear Stressed Out,
Have no fear. One of the best natural remedies for stress is flower essences, which help to correct emotional imbalances. There are thirty-eight flower essences, developed by Dr. Edward Bach in 1934. Just put a few drops of Bach Rescue Remedy—a combination of rockrose for terror and panic, impatiens for irritation and impatience, clematis for inattentiveness, star-of-Bethlehem for shock, and cherry plum for irrational thoughts—under your tongue and you’ll begin to chill big-time. You’ll find it at your local health-food store.
Willow McQuade, ND
You can pre-order Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery on Amazon. It will be published on Feb. 21st by Gallery Books.
My new mystery novel Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster) will be in stores on Feb. 21st! It’s also available for pre-order on Amazon etc.
Death Drops is the first book in the natural remedies series. Not only is it a fun cozy mystery but it’s has over 2 dozen natural remedies you can try at home. You’ll find everything from yoga to meditation, from vitamins to herbs and homeopathic medicines.
To celebrate the publication of Death Drops, I’ll be posting paragraphs from this mystery each week. To start, here’s a sneak peek at what the book is all about:
A Natural Remedies Mystery
Dr. Willow McQuade, N.D., a twenty-eight-year-old naturopathic doctor specializing in natural remedies, has decided to take sabbatical and visit her Aunt Claire, the owner of Nature’s Way Market and Cafe in idyllic Greenport, Long Island. But tThe idea of rest and relaxation is quickly forgotten when Willow arrives from a morning meditative walk to discover her Aunt Claire dead in the store, a strange almond-like smell emanating from her mouth and a bottle of flower essences by her side.
Despite her Zen nature and penchant for yoga, Aunt Claire had a knack for getting into confrontations with folks. An activist, she held weekly meetings for different causes every week in the store. The police want to believe the death is accidental—but Willow thinks she may have been poisoned.
Things get worse when Aunt Claire’s valuable recipe for a new natural age-defying formula, Fresh Face, is stolen during a store break-in, and an attempt is made on Willow’s life. Desperate for a way out of the mess, she turns to a handsome young cop Jackson Spade. Together the two set about solving the case the natural way—through a combination of hard work, common sense, and a dose of luck.
I’m the author of the non- fiction title THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO NATURAL REMEDIES (Alpha, 2009), and co-author of THE BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), currently in its fourth printing, the BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW! COOKBOOK (Fairwinds Press, 2012) and THE COUNTRY ALMANAC OF HOME REMEDIES (Fairwinds, 2011). My magazine articles featuring on natural remedies have appeared in such national publications as Better Homes and Gardens, Natural Health, Vegetarian Times and Remedy. I’m a native of the North Fork on Long Island. You can reach me at www.chrystlefiedler.com.
‘Tis the holiday season and if you’re like most people you’re running 24-7. Remembering to breathe slowly and deeply and consciously can make a big difference whether you are shopping, wrapping, sending holiday cards or decorating your house.
Deep breathing is important because on average we’re only using 60% of our lung capacity. This cuts our optimum oxygen intake by 40% and means we aren’t as relaxed as we could be.
Energy breathing from the ancient Chinese practice of Qigong can change all that. The benefits of energy breathing include increased oxygenation of the blood, tissues, muscles, and organs, enhanced mental focus and stress reduction.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Smile to relax your mind and body.
2.Place the tip of your tongue gently against the roof of your mouth and breathe through your nose in slow, gentle, deep breaths. Imagine you are using your entire body to breathe. Feel the air flowing into every part of your body.
3. As you breathe out, visualize any tiredness or stress, pain or sickness, any doubt or worries changing into smoke. Do this for as long as you like.
4. To end your energy breathing session, take one final, slow, gentle, deep breath. Slowly open your eyes.
You can find many more natural remedies in my new novel, Death Drops: A Natural Remedy Mystery on sale Feb. 21st. You can pre-order if you like on Amazon. Thanks! Happy Holidays!
Gardening is one of the best natural remedies I’ve found. Just digging in the earth makes stress melt away. It also has other health benefits. “Plants reduce your blood pressure, increase concentration and productivity and help recovery from illness,” says Andy Kaufman, Ph.D. an Assist. Prof../Landscape Specialist in the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences at the College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii.
According to a 2004 study done at Utsunomiya University in Japan working with plants also help calm us down.
Subjects were assigned to one of three groups: filling pots with soil, transplanting non-flowering pansy plants or transplanting flowering plants.
The results suggested that activities with plants significantly lowered fatigue and promoted physiological relaxation.
Another interesting fact? Working with flowering plants appeared to have a stronger positive effect than working with non-flowering plants.
If you want to benefit from having plants in your life, you can start by just looking at plants outside your window. You can move on to having a few house plants and then actually gardening outside if you like.
If you live in an apartment or don’t have much room to garden, you can still enjoy the benefits of plants. The Earth Box, (www.earthbox.com) a self-watering patio container garden is an easy way to grow flowers or vegetables. It’s extremely user friendly even if you have a brown thumb! It’s great if you don’t have the time or space for full-scale gardening or in the winter time.
Visit the American Horticulture Society’s website at www.ahs.org for more information about how to find community garden in your area.
Why Green Tea?
Green tea is a much better pick-me-up than your regular latte. It does have some energizing caffeine, but it also contains theanine, an amino acid that has a stress-reducing effect on your brain. It calms you while giving you mental clarity, leaving your mind clear and sharp and alert. Throughout Asia, a special form of theanine, sun-theanine, is added to coffee, chocolate and sodas for an energy boost. The FDA has just approved it for foods in the U.S. You can find it in the health food store. You can also take 15-200 mg. capsules of sun-theanine each day.
The word arthritis comes from a Greek word, arthron, meaning “joint” and itis, meaning “inflammation.” Osteoarthritis, affects the weight bearing joints (knees, hips and spine).
Here’s how to ease pain and discomfort:
1. Ginger compresses can be very comforting. Just dip a clean washcloth into a cup of hot (but not scalding) ginger tea, and apply to the aching joint in question. Cover with a dry cloth to help hold the heat in until it’s cool. Replace as needed. You can also use cayenne pepper cream (available at health food stores) to decrease the amount of a neurotransmitter, called substance P, which relays pain messages to the brain. The key ingredient in cayenne pepper is Capsaicin. A study published in the Journal of Rheumatology in 1992 showed that Capsaicin is effective in reliving the tenderness and pain associated with OA.
2. Calcium is a key player in arthritis. Take 1000 mg. for healthy bones but you’ll also need to take magnesium (400 mg) and Vitamin D (1000 mg.) so it’s properly assimilated into the body. Magnesium also relaxes tight muscles and inhibits the action of hyaluronidase which can destroy synovial fluid and joints.
3. Omega 3 essential fatty acids found in a good quality fish oil like Nordic Naturals can reduce inflammation lubricating the joints. Include at least a couple of servings weekly of fatty fish like salmon; mackerel, herring, sardines and halibut. Chia seeds, hemp seeds and flax seeds can be used on a daily basis for their quality lubricating oils.
4. Glucosamine sulphate is essential for the formation of mucopolysaccharides, necessary for connective tissue. This nutrient reduces inflammation, helps to repair traumatized tissue and cushions joints so it is particularly helpful in osteoarthritis. Glucosamine also thickens synovial fluid and stimulates the production of new cartilage and connective tissue. Take 250 to 500 mg. three times daily. Bromelain, an enzyme that comes from the pineapple, also reduces inflammatory prostaglandins. 500 mg. can be taken daily.
5. Beneficial foods for arthritis include nutritive and anti-inflammatory almonds, barley, brown rice, kamut, quinoa, millet, oatmeal, black beans, artichokes, beets, burdock root, endive, kale, okra, parsley, parsnips, sweet potatoes, watercress, winter squash, yams and pecans.
Raw string beans have long been considered a therapeutic food for arthritis for their ability to eliminate uric acid which can contribute to joint pain. Celery seed as a condiment helps eliminate uric acid in the body too.
Cherries as well as hawthorn berries and blueberries are rich sources of anthhocyanidins and proanthocyanidins and help prevent collagen breakdown. Use lots of turmeric in the food for its anti-inflammatory properties. A shot glass of aloe vera ten minutes before each meal will also reduce inflammation.
NOTE: Minimize foods rich in oxalic acid such as beet greens, rhubarb, Swiss chard, and spinach, which can contribute to irritating crystals forming in the joints. Nix foods in the Nightshade Family like tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, green pepper, paprika and tobacco because they contain solanine, a neuromuscular toxin.
6. Bathe in warm water to which a pound of Epsom salts has been added is very pain relieving. Add five to ten drops essential oils of coriander, eucalyptus, fir, ginger, lavender, pine, rosemary, or wintergreen. All of these herbs help improve circulation, and wintergreen even contains salicin, a pain relieving compound. If you are feeling bold, practice dry brush skin massage and alternate hot and cold showers (ending with cold).
You’ll find more natural remedies in my new book Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery (Gallery Books 2/21/12). Available for pre-order on Amazon!
I’ve had anxiety on and off for most of my life. It can feel like you’ve had 10 cups of coffee! Anxiety is fear and it can happen when you’re stressed and the “flight or fight” mechanism is triggered or by fear of the people, places and things. Anxiety can cause shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest tightness, trembling, sweating, dizziness, numbness, shaking, and muscular tension.
Here’s how you can calm down naturally:
Relaxing Herbs: Choose nervine mineral rich herbal teas such as California poppy, catnip, chamomile, hops, lemon balm, oatstraw and passionflower. Drink 3 cups daily. Or you can put 4 drops of hops or valerian tincture in water and sip. Kava Kava can help too. A study in the German medical journal Arzneimittel Forschung in 1991 showed that this herb significantly reduced anxiety levels. Take 100 mg. 3 times daily.
Relaxing Vitamins: Taking calcium (1000 mg) and magnesium (500 mg) can also help ease anxiety. So can taking a good B complex vitamin (50 mg). GABA (gamma aminobutric acid), helps protect the brain from excitory messages so one is less likely to feel overwhelmed. 250 mg. can be taken up to three times daily. 5-HTP (5- hydroxytrytophan) is a precursor to serotonin, which has a calming effect and effective against anxiety. No more than 50 mg. twice daily.
Relaxing Flower Essences: Have Rescue Remedy with you wherever you go. You can use a tincture, pastilles or spray. It really helps take the edge off.
Relaxing Aromatherapy: My next book Scent to Kill features aromatherapy. It’s a wonderful way to calm down. Take ten deep inhalations from an opened bottle of pure essential oils to change neural pathways in a moment. The brain is in very close proximity to the nasal passages. Inhale the anxiety relieving essential oils of basil, bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, cypress, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, marjoram, melissa, neroli, petigrain, rose, rosemary, or ylang ylang. You can find these in your health food store.
If you continue to have anxiety please see your doctor.
Did you know that you can find natural remedies to combat the common cold and flu in your kitchen, bathroom and health food store? Many Americans are doing just that. In fact, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, more than 42 percent of Americans are turning to integrative medicine (a combination of natural and conventional medicine. Used correctly natural cures can be as effective choice for many common ailments.
Natural cures are also usually less expensive than over the counter drugs and that’s important in this economy. It’s D.I.Y. (do it yourself) medicine.
Try these natural remedies for colds n’ flu:
1. Vitamin C and zinc. Vitamin C stimulates your immune system to fight that cold. Take 1000 mg. (to bowel tolerance) up to three times daily to shorten the duration of a cold. This is confirmed by over 30 studies that were analyzed by the Cochrane Database Systematic Review in 2004. Zinc, especially in the form of lozenges helps prevent viral replication of the cold virus in the throat by stimulating T-cell response. Stay under 50 mg. daily.
2. Elderberry can minimize the duration of flu symptoms including chills, headache and respiratory infection. According to a 2004 study published in The Journal of International Medical Research, when people were given elderberry syrup, (the brand name is Sambucol), 90% felt better after just three days! Elderberry syrup is also delicious! Take a dose every couple of hours you are awake when fighting something off. Decrease as you improve.
3. Drink two teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and honey in a cup of hot water three times daily to break up mucus congestion. Diluted lemon in hot water or berry juices can help relieve fever.
4. Soothe a sore throat with a nice cup of licorice root tea. It eases irritated mucus membranes and stimulates the immune system.
5. Soaking in a hot bath is good for colds and flu. Draw a bath and add a cup of Epsom salts and 7 drops of essential oil of eucalyptus or ginger to promote sweating release of toxins. You can also sip some diaphoretic herbs in the tub such as elder flower and ginger. Afterwards dress warm and rest. Feel better!
If you have a medical condition check with your doctor before using these natural remedies.
You’ll find over 25 natural cures in my NEW cozy mystery: Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery available for pre-order now on Amazon.com!