Being a caretaker for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also bring feelings of loneliness. We spent the month of February talking about loneliness and the Think Caregiver™ Simple ‘Self-Care’ Suggestions helped with those feelings. We also talked about being alone versus loneliness and then the word, solitude entered the…

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Reflections from the Iris Respite House Healing Gardens – January 2023

The past month at Hope Grows has been one of new beginnings. The December ribbon cuttingmarked a new era as the Iris Respite House is finally poised to welcome its first guests. HopeGrows now has a brand new (big!) sign that is actually readable from the road. And, the wintersolstice heralded the return of the…

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Rest, Relax, Restore

The impact of providing care takes a toll on the mind, body, and spiritual wellness of the caregiver. The Hope Grows Care Model is about helping the caregiver to find ways to take time for self, which is the main reason the #ThinkCaregiver™ program and the Simple ‘Self-Care’ Suggestions, which are popular among those reaching…

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Botanical of the Month: December

December Healing Herb: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) doterra Essential Oil: Peppermint Rishi Tea: Moroccan Mint Does peppermint make you think of candy canes and Christmas? It does for me. In the language of plants, peppermint stands for cordiality and warmth of feeling, sentiments that definitely exemplify the spirit of the holiday season. After researching it…

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Botanical of the Month: November

November Healing Plant:  Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) Doterra Essential Oil:  Clove Rishi Tea:  Masala Chai In the language of flowers, clove stands for dignity, being worthy of honor and self-respect. This makes me want to keep a steady supply of fresh cut clove flowers in every room.  This would be quite a challenge in Pittsburgh though,…

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Botanicals of the Month: July

July Healing Plant of the Month: Garlic (Allium sativum) Doterra Essential Oil of the Month: Cassia Rishi Tea of the Month: Fuding Silver Needles Vintage 2022 Garlic, our healing plant for July, represents courage of mind, body and spirit. Not only has it been turned to for thousands of years, in cultures throughout the world,…

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