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Natural Awakenings Healthy Living Magazine

To Feel Nurtured is to Feel Loved

In honor of Mother’s Day, we celebrate the nurturing qualities that a mother’s love gives by dedicating our May editorial to empowering all women. Diane Mariechild’s quote expresses it perfectly: “A woman is a full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”

            Women’s health is an ever-changing topic, and trying to maintain a balanced life with the myriad demands of family and work is an art unto itself. Mothers have had to reimagine what it means to be a parent, employee and wife while still finding time for themselves. Our feature story, “Resilient Mothering, How Moms Are Forging Ahead in a Changing World,” offers some insights.

            Once largely a religious practice, fasting has become a most popular dietary strategy among Americans, outpacing low-fat keto diets and “clean eating”. By refraining from eating for hours or days, intermittent fasting improves cholesterol markers and insulin levels. Learn more in our Conscious Eating department, “Intermittent Fasting Basics, How to Improve Health by Eating Less Often.”

            To tap into nature’s healing power naturally, everyone from beginners to green thumbs can enjoy growing vegetables, flowers and herbs in pots, which is a healthy and cost-effective approach that also beautifies a balcony or patio. Pots can be terra cotta favorites or repurposed kitchenware. Find out more in our Green Living department, “Easy Container Gardening, How to Grow Edibles in Pots and Planters.”

            This special edition also includes a nourishing salt scrub recipe to make for yourself or to give as a gift to someone you love. This simple DIY recipe includes not only sea salt, but Himalayan pink salt, which contains 84 trace minerals and nutrients, almond oil and jojoba oil. Essential oils add heavenly fragrances and healing qualities, too.

            The quality of nurturing permeates both our human and the natural world—tending to what we love can yield great rewards, especially over a lifetime.

Happy Mother’s Day to all who mother our world,

Trina and John