My life is rooted in nature. I only feel truly grounded with a fresh air in my lungs and warm soil under my feet. Every rustle of a leaf and chirp of a bird reminds me that the world around us is a beautiful and amazing gift. I love to watch my children lounge in the grass or swim in a cool creek. I love to sit among the vegetable rows or under the walnut trees and think of absolutely nothing – albeit those precious moments are so very few and far between.
There has never been a doubt in my mind that living a life closely connected with nature and eating food that is fresh and farm raised (or wild) helps a person to keep in good health. But there times that we need some assistance to fight an infection, overcome stress and depression, combat pain, increase fertility and so on. It has been becoming increasing easy to turn to modern medicine to alleviate our maladies. But for all the miracles that modern, conventional medicine can provide, so too comes with it a host of potential side effects and, sometimes, a tremendous financial burden. So it is with all due respect for modern medicine, that I have sought to treat my family in a holistic fashion and save the more aggressive conventional treatments for when and if they become truly needed.
This January (2015), I started academic studies for Complementary Alternative Medicine with a dual focus in herbal medicine and aromatherapy. To me, this felt like a natural extension of being an organic, sustainable farmer. My efforts as a farmer, home cook and practitioner will be the same: to support, restore and enhance health – be it with my soil, plants, livestock or clients, friends, family or self. Upon completion of my studies I plan to add Holistic Healthcare Practitioner to my “title”, to consult and write on the subject of holistic health, and practice my modalities with confidence. I will always be a farmer – it is in my blood, and my journey into the holistic healthcare field will not change that. More so, I see this as a natural evolution, a practice that I can continue long after I am no longer physically capable of sheering sheep, wrestling a hogs for measurement, milking a cows and gardening for months at a stretch…
The Nitty Gritty Life blog will always be dedicated to my experiences, and an increasing focus on holistic healthcare will be a big part of that… I look forward to providing more recipes to aid you in your wellness journey, in addition to sharing life on the farm, meals from the kitchen and tips and tricks for keeping a natural and vintage home.
And cookies… Because all this healthy stuff has to allow for a few broken rules here and there, after all! 😉