I can’t thank you enough for facilitating this for me ❤❤❤ I am truly blessed

Denise

Herb of the Month – Question about Insomnia

Question from Janet

I have chronic insomnia. Working nights is my profession, so sleep during the day is critical to me. I wake up every hour. Sometimes the total sleep without interruption is about 3-4 hours. I don’t want to take the narcotic types of medicines. Please Dr. Vicki what can I take that is natural and give me the sleep I need??

Response from Vicki

Hi Janet,

I’m assuming that you watch your diet in as far as you are not ingesting any stimulants such as caffeine (tea, coffee, chocolate), or colas, and that you are eating small fat free, non spicy meals for your evening meal.

Chamomile, valerian, passionflowers are all good relaxants, are available in liquid format, and can be mixed. Particularly good sedatives are Valerian and Hoops. Hops are known to be so sedating that it must not be taken in depression, as is can lower the mood. Watching your dosage so that you do not exceed the recommended daily dosage on the tinctures you purchase, you are best to take a dose an hour before bedtime, one as you are getting into bed, and another if you wake up a few hours later. Once your body has settled into the routine, you will probably be able to decrease the dosage. Lavender is also very relaxing. You could try bathing an hour before bedtime with a few drops of the essential oil.

Note: This is in no way to replace a doctor’s advice. Please see your health care provider before trying any herbal remedy. We are not responsible for any effects or injuries that may come from this advice.

Happy Healing!
Dr. Vicki Monroe

July’s Inspirational Thoughts & Quotes

Summer is moving so fast, and I love this wonderful time of year. After a long and very cold winter, the windows can be opened, the porch is ready to be used, my garden is filling with fresh veggies and herbs, and my farm continues to grow.

I am forever thankful for the wonderful clients that return yearly for their sessions and to the many that I now call friends. To you all that have been following me all these 20 something years I thank you.My schedule was constantly being cancelled and rescheduled this year, many times for reasons beyond my control – power outages, snow filled driveways, sick grandchildren, and taking care of my family when they all came down with flues and viruses. I wish to thank all who had to change their dates and time sometimes more than once for your understanding and compassion. You are just the best people in the world.

I hope that you are all enjoying these warmer months and taking time to care for yourselves, both physically and spiritually. My messages this month follow. Through meditation I am working on another book, “Heaven Hears You”. These quotes are in the new book and I will continue to share them each month. I love feedback and if you have an inspirational quote you would like to share please send it our way!

These two quotes I just love and I hope you will too!

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May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon. And when you play like this long enough, may you hear them whisper back, Heaven Hears You.

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To me being Spiritual means whispering to trees, laughing with the flowers, falling in love with sunsets, consulting with the water and worshipping the stars.
One hand to my heart.
One hand to the Earth.
And Pixie Dust, as much as you can carry. Sprinkle it as far as your mind can carry you!

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Happy July everyone!
Love and light,
Vicki

Herbs of the Month – Dealing with Burns

This Summer, as in most, we are all aware of sun burns and the dangers they can cause, as well as the risk factors for developing Skin Cancer. But other burns as well occur due to our love of grilling out, fireworks, and one of my favorites, my fire pit. Even the most careful of individuals can develop a burn or be subjected to one.

Here are some remedies to ease your pain and help in healing. If the burn is severe, please call your doctor immediately or head to your closest emergency room. These remedies are in no way to be used without a doctor’s supervision and are not intended to take the place of a doctor’s advice and treatment. Always seek the advice of your medical professional before using any herbal remedies as they can interfere with medications that your presently take. I am a doctor of Natural Remedies, however I cannot prescribe, I can only suggest, and my suggestions are in no way to replace that of a Medical Doctor.

My husband is not a fan of herbal medicine. Often times he would rather see his doctor and take what they prescribe then what I may suggest. My common suggestions and medicines being herbal concoctions and healing with soups and vegetables that I make. However, he never lets me get low on my aloe vera plant that I have had for years, and still uses it’s soothing jell when he gets a burn from the woodstove. My daughter is also a fan of aloe for burns, but uses a jell that is bottled and from our local pharmacy. It is a great soother of sunburns on feet and ankles and the pads of your pets feet from hot pavement.

Burns Come in 3 Degrees of Severity

First degree burns injure only the outermost layer of skin. An ordinary sunburn, for example, is a first degree burn. When a burn develops blisters, the injury has penetrated deeper into the skin, and you have a very painful second degree burn. The third degree is the worst type of burn. Oddly it is not painful at all. It’s due to the injury penetrating so deeply that it destroys the nerves that transmit pain signals to the brain. Third degree burns are medical emergencies that always require professional care, and in most cases, a stay in the hospital. Also any second degree burn that covers an area larger than a quarter should be seen by your doctor.

For first and second degree burns, smaller than a quarter treatment at home is possible. As stated above, aloe vera is one of the best remedies and has been used since ancient times. But it’s not just a folk remedy. Studies have now shown that aloe helps in relieving the burns acquired by radiation in the treatment of cancer, other types of wounds and frostbite. Aloe increases the amount of blood flowing to the areas burned which brings more of the body’s healing resources to the area where they are needed. In addition, aloe reduces redness and swelling, as well as has antibacterial properties and anti-fungal which may help in preventing infection.

Aloe belongs in every kitchen, the place where most burns happen. That is my own personal opinion, and has been used for ailments since biblical times.

A few other options for burns are echinacea, many people who know herbs know this is also referred to as Purple Cone Flower. If I get a burn, I take out my tincture, or make myself a tea and drink one to two teaspoons. It can stimulate your immune response, reducing inflammation. Remember, this herb can cause your tongue to go numb temporarily, which is why it is good for sore throats, but it’s harmless. Take a few drops on the burn daily to keep from infection. Garlic is also helpful when applied directly to the burn, to help keep infection at bay. Lavender is excellent as well at easing the pain of a burn. All of these are wonderful in treating a mild burn and soothing the pain. If you have questions on treating a burn, you can always give us a call, and if the burn is severe – do not wait, but call your doctor or seek medical attention without delay.

Here’s to your health for a Happy Fourth of July, and to a burn free summer!
Vicki

Hey Vicki,

I know you get this all the time so I apologize but I just have to say talking with you was such a great experience.

I loved it… absolutely loved it. Thanks again Vicki!

Patrick