Milkweed Balm Customer, Marcia Switzer, found relief!

As a mom of four adult children and a school secretary, Marcia Switzer decided to pursue her dreams and get her bachelor's degree, with the hopes of continuing on to law school. While working full time and enduring a hectic schedule of studying, Marcia's health problems seemed to worsen. She had been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in…

Gift Ideas to Help Manage Chronic Pain

Holiday shopping can be stressful when you don't know what to buy, especially when you want to give something thoughtful and useful. It gets even trickier when it comes to buying the perfect gift for someone who suffers from chronic pain. Instead of picking up a box of chocolates or bath products from your local…

Sciatic pain: causes and treatment options

If you experience pain in your lower back, hips, or buttocks that burns or tingles down your leg, you may have sciatica. This common type of pain affects the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of the lower body, and for some, the…

Manage Your Pain During the Holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful. The holiday season is filled with plans that include shopping, parties, traveling, and more. Most of these things are fun to look forward to, but when you struggle with chronic pain, it can impact your ability to do them….

Foods That Help Fight Inflammation

Many people believe that food is medicine. In lieu of, or in addition to, prescriptions and over-the-counter remedies, certain foods can help fight the inflammation in your body that's causing you problems. Everything from acne and allergies to autoimmune issues and joint pain has been linked to chronic inflammation. Keep these powerhouse foods in mind to help…

Yoga Poses that help Relieve Chronic Pain

Yoga is an ancient mind-body practice that combines postures, breathing, and meditation. Research suggests that by practicing certain poses, you can relieve chronic pain. Most pain has its roots in a physical injury or illness but is sustained by how the initial trauma changes the mind-body relationship. Whether you practice alone or join a class, here are…

Monarch butterflies in their overwintering grounds in Mexico.

Where Do the Monarchs Go in the Fall?

Every fall, millions of monarch butterflies embark on a journey that will take them up to 3,000 miles south to the remote mountain treetops of Central Mexico and Southern California. This great migration is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world. Unfortunately, there is reason to be concerned about the future of…

Leaves help feed the soil and gives pollinators places to overwinter.

Leave the Leaves! Richer Soil and Habitat for Pollinators.

As the cooler weather moves in and the leaves begin to change color, it's a great time to get outdoors and do yard work. You may want to trim the bushes, tend to your garden, and pull weeds before the change of season. One chore you can forego is raking the leaves. Fallen leaves actually help to…

Autoimmune-Related Diseases

Autoimmune diseases occur when there is an abnormal immune response to a normal body part. When there is over activity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues. There are at least 80 types of autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Graves' disease, among others. These diseases are characterized by…

Tracking the Monarchs with a Tracking Device!

Every year, monarch butterflies migrate more than 2,000 miles to overwinter in warmer climates in Mexico and Southern California. Sadly, these majestic creatures are plummeting toward extinction due to habit threats and global climate change. Finding out how and why monarch butterflies travel might be one way to help their decline in population. One student…

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