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Each month, we explore a specific health and wellness subject. This month, we’re exploring the age of anxiety

All due respect to W.H. Auden, but the Age of Anxiety is not some bygone relic of the past — it’s now. To survive it, we’re going to need a full-on restructuring of our daily lives to keep it at bay. This month, we’ll focus on the routines and rituals you’ll need to get through it — and how Medicine Box can help.

Featured This Week

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Mental Health and the Holidays

Mental Health and the Holidays

If you’ve lived in the United States, you’ve seen a lot of subtle changes around the Winter holiday season. While some still embrace the sentiment and pageantry surrounding the celebrations, others deal with often suppressed feelings of stress, bad memories and loss.
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Exercise for mental health

Exercise for mental health

For most of my life, mental health was an afterthought. Only after I hit rock bottom did I recognize the damage I was doing to myself and others. Even now, no matter how stable I may seem to be, I know it can always come back if I let myself grow weak.
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Beating the mental health stigma

Beating the mental health stigma

No one has to fear the repercussions of someone discovering whether she’s just come down with a case of the flu. Yet for far too long, around the world, persecution against those with mental health challenges have caused far too many to deny their need for help and treatment.
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Mental health and plant medicine

Mental health and plant medicine

Wellness may reside in the body, but it begins in the mind. Like many before us, Medicine Box has noted the salutary effects plants can have on one’s well-being, whether taken as supplements or tended to in a garden. However, only now are we seeing a movement to fully reintegrate previously stigmatized natural tools into the pharmacopoeia.
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Herbalism and the sleep secret

Herbalism and the sleep secret

There’s something to be said for using and harvesting plants and herbs grown in the wild – also known as foraging or wildcrafting. Clearly, a balance must be struck if one is to do it at all. But we at Medicine Box have found that nature does the best R&D imaginable, and if done properly, wildcrafting gives one a golden opportunity to understand a plant’s full curative expression.
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Herbs, foods, and the yum factor

Herbs, foods, and the yum factor

There’s something to be said for using and harvesting plants and herbs grown in the wild – also known as foraging or wildcrafting. Clearly, a balance must be struck if one is to do it at all. But we at Medicine Box have found that nature does the best R&D imaginable, and if done properly, wildcrafting gives one a golden opportunity to understand a plant’s full curative expression.
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Wildcrafting the right way

Wildcrafting the right way

There’s something to be said for using and harvesting plants and herbs grown in the wild – also known as foraging or wildcrafting. Clearly, a balance must be struck if one is to do it at all. But we at Medicine Box have found that nature does the best R&D imaginable, and if done properly, wildcrafting gives one a golden opportunity to understand a plant’s full curative expression.
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Equanimity and witchcraft

Equanimity and witchcraft

The Vital Life Force inherent in every cell of every plant, body and even the inanimate world of rocks and the mineral kingdom can be considered “magical power,” because many people do not understand it is simply operating within the Laws of Nature, which are usually ignored by the majority of society. Modern medicine and indeed the pharmaceutical industry are quite aware of the healing power of many of these plants/herbs and have learned to synthesize them in laboratories creating some of the drugs prescribed today.
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Equanimity and the meditation mindset

Equanimity and the meditation mindset

You know it’s bad for you, but you just can’t admit it to yourself. Perhaps others around you know it, too, but they just don’t know what to say. Confrontation is difficult, but mindfulness, and yes, even cannabis’s lessons of calm and forbearance, can guide us towards the uncomfortable truths we have to face about ourselves.
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