Service Berries

By Susan Mead

Service berries were something I knew nothing about, until moving to Steamboat Springs about 11 years ago.  Since my discovery, it’s been an August goal to collect some to enjoy in a variety of ways. They look and taste a lot like a blueberry, though slightly less sweet and can…

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California Poppy – to relax and more

By Susan Mead
CaliforniaPoppy

Greetings! I’ve been fascinated lately with using relaxation to strengthen through Essentrics, which also made me think about the many medicinal properties of this beautiful plant, California Poppy, aka Eschscholizia californica L.     In addition to helping us relax, this beautiful plant is also very helpful in assistance with:…

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Remember…Rosemary and her Many Benefits!

By Susan Mead
Rosemary

Summer is a great time to remind you about the many benefits of rosemary, botanical name: Rosmarinus officinalis With Mediterranean origins, the woodsy-citrus-like fragrance of rosemary has added beauty to gardens, flavor to kitchens, and a great remedy in apothecaries throughout the world. Related to mint and resembling lavender, rosemary…

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Freedom – Essentrics Style

By Susan Mead

For Americans, freedom is what our Fourth of July holiday is all about, and today I am celebrating the freedom I feel in my body due to Essentrics. That includes being both pain-free and able to pursue any activity I enjoy. This pic was taken on my mom’s front porch…

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Essentrics for Athletes–as well as the rest of us!

By Susan Mead

This YouTube video is for all of you out there who are unaware of the power of Essentrics for athletes of all ages–in addition to those of us who just want a great workout that gives us flatter abs, leaner legs and more resistance to injury.  Check out this short…

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Santa Fe Escape – Essentrics plus Herbal Medicine Made Easy

By Susan Mead

Greetings! It’s been a great winter here in Steamboat, but I’m now getting started on travel and education season which I love!  I’m most grateful to Sharon Blomgren with ArtsandCulturalTravel.com for asking me to be the facilitator of a new workshop created just for you; Santa Fe Escape. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes”…

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Transformation

By Susan Mead

Computer issues, daughter getting married in Seattle in June, moving both house and office a few weeks ago–all add up to a long time with no blog or newsletter.  But no longer apologizing for things beyond my control is part of my … Transformation. Today I am celebrating the two…

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Wise words from Cascade Anderson Gellar

By Susan Mead

I’ve recently come across some wise words from my mentor and friend, Cascade Anderson Gellar who passed way too soon…I miss her and treasure her many lessons at many herbal medicine conferences. “Nature knows ahead what sickness there will be. What is abnormally abundant is what is coming.” “We need…

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Transitions

By Susan Mead

I leave tomorrow for my daughter’s wedding in Seattle and it seems perfect (though to some, perfectly insane) that my husband and I are moving to a ‘new to us’ home a few weeks later. Having both of these transitions land on top of each other makes for an extremely…

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Springtime – All the Time?

By Susan Mead

If you’re still not sure about global warming, you should have been in Steamboat this winter. As my husband and I were leaving the ‘Boat to join his family in San Antonio for Thanksgiving, we almost cried thinking about missing a potentially record opening day after a big dump. We…

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Making Wise Choices

By Susan Mead

I know very little about astrology, but in my experience over the last 20 years since I was introduced to the concept of Mercury being in Retrograde, I have noticed some validity to the standard advice on this issue: minimize entering into a contract, buying or firing up a new…

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Making Friends with Your Body

By Susan Mead

I’ve had many blessings in my life–none greater than learning to make friends with my own body–and it has taken decades of conscious effort!  This Q & A with my mentor and friend, Miranda Esmonde-White is excellent (as is her book, Aging Backwards), for those who are working on listening…

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Fall Transitions

By Susan Mead
End of Season Tomatoes

I love fall. My birthday is in the fall, Thanksgiving–my favorite holiday–is in the fall. I love the excessive beauty just before the frost, and end-of-season tomatoes allowed to ripen in a brown paper bag. Or cooked up as a delicious treat: Fried Green Tomatoes. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left…

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New Health-E-Booklet Series

By Susan Mead

Photo by John F. Russell Herbalist and author Susan Mead already has published a book of health tips called “Take Back Your Body.” Mead now is working on a series of a la carte health e-books for different ailments. The first in the series, “Focus on Hemorrhoids,” was released in…

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Summer shifting into Fall

By Susan Mead

I love this time of year when the Reds come out just a little bit here in Colorado, and more so in Vermont where we are looking forward to visiting later this fall. This is part of what gives our little patio in downtown Steamboat some privacy But I’m still…

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First tomato of the season!

By Susan Mead
End of Season Tomatoes

Here is my dear husband, Webb, who just plucked the season’s first tomato! Not bad for a growing season of only 59 days. ;-). I think the reason we get lucky with tomatoes is our small garden is in between two concrete driveways–We will use whatever we can to grow…

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Never miss a chance…

By Susan Mead

I’ve had a very full summer and just recently returned from Montréal where I had another week of Essentrics training.  But when I realized my mom didn’t have much going on for her birthday this past weekend, I decided I simply must find the time to make that little five-hour…

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Spring Gifts from the garden

By Susan Mead

Look what I found under the melting snow of our garden! There were several and they are delicious. But only one had this cool visual to offer-The lemon just gives you a sense of size. 😉

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First signs of spring

By Susan Mead

What a treat for me to see these first signs of spring appear in the mountains! Believe it or not, I’m not sick of ski season yet; in fact, I was bummed to miss a powder day yesterday since I had some neck pain I thought it was best not…

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When It’s Time To Let Go…of Life

By Susan Mead

As a non-fiction writer,  I have a great appreciation for those who write fiction.  It sounds overwhelmingly difficult to me!  While reading one of my favorite authors recently, Alice Hoffman, I came across a great paragraph which makes me think about what I often say to those who appear to…

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