There’s No Substitute for Sunlight: The Essential Influence of Nature’s Sunshine Vitamin on Health | DonnieYance.com

  The distribution of community outbreaks of the current global pandemic shows seasonal patterns associated with latitude, temperature, and humidity, which is similar to the behavior of seasonal viral respiratory tract infections. The seasonality of many viral infections is associated with a lack of sunlight, which results in low 25(OH)D concentrations and an uptick in diseases such as respiratory syncytial

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Bergamot Aromatherapy May Decrease Agitation in Patients with Dementia

Dementia is a progressive disease that affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, and communication. More than 50 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with dementia. That number is expected to triple before 2050. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia and accounts for two-thirds of all cases. Quality of life of patients diagnosed with dementia is affected by

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A Search for Vanishing Dark Skies | Outside Online

From cinematographers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan, Ancestral Nights is a part of their ongoing Skyglow Project, which illuminates the effect light pollution has on our sky. In this installment, they traveled to several national parks and traditional indigenous sites to document the heavens above these protected lands. Polar explorer Eric Larsen found inspiration in Robert Service’s poem “The Call of the Wild” when he first read it. Hoping

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The Art of Gardening For Beginners – Urban Moonshine

Are you fantasizing about starting a garden this year but not sure where to begin? Not to worry! There are many ways to participate in the gardening resurgence even if you don’t know the first thing about soil science, pollinators, or the difference between the 50 tomatoes to choose from on the seed rack at your local gardening store. Here are

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Forest Botanicals Week – Sustainable Herbs Program

I’m thrilled to share with you the launch of Forest Botanicals Week (May 18–22, 2020). Forest Botanicals Week is a public awareness campaign supporting a sustainable, responsible, and equitable supply of Appalachian forest botanicals. Along with our partners, Katie Commender from the Appalachian Herb Hub and I have been hard at work creating an information-filled week to bring to life these forest botanicals and the

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HSA Webinar: The Brambles: Sorting through the Thicket of Rubus Terminology

Originally posted on The Herb Society of America Blog:
By Jen Munson, Education Chair Brambles…hmmm…Rubus: The International Herb Association’s (IHA) Herb of the Year™ 2020…hmmm, not necessarily a tactile herb you want to scratch and sniff, or roll between your fingers to enjoy. Regardless, it is one that definitely evokes vivid memories. Growing up we had a red raspberry patch,…

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Health Optimization and Adaptogens – An Effective Strategy Against Pathogens | DonnieYance.com

Now more than ever, we need more sunshine, fresh air, clean water, and to nourish our cells with powerful phytonutrients that strengthen our ability to adapt and thrive as we are exposed to stress, toxins, and virulent pathogens in our environment. Did you know that being outside, getting sunshine, and breathing fresh air (particularly humid air) is one of the best medicines

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The Sun; Overexposure to Sun, Sea, and Wind

Despite repeated warnings that skin cancer is caused at least in part by exposure to the sun, people still flock to the beach, where they lie prostrate, soaking in as much sunshine as they can. Hopefully, they are wearing a high factor sunscreen. But lying on the beach more than half-naked with nothing much to do does provide the perfect

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