Category Archives: Natural Healing

A Woman’s Survival Guide to Mexican Healthcare

April is a time of awakening in many parts of the world. Spring has arrived, flowers are beginning their festive fashion show, the sun is shining. What a perfect month for healing!

To that end, there are several noteworthy organizations working tirelessly to help others heal that have chosen April as the month to bloom and grow awareness.  

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April is National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month. The idea is to raise public consciousness about sexual violence and how communities can prevent it. This year, the campaign theme is I ASK with the focus on consent in everyday interactions.


The first Tuesday of April, this year on April 2, is National Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action. The awareness color is teal. The outreach events scheduled for this day are designed to teach us that sexual assault is not just a women’s issue, it’s everyone’s issue.


It breaks my heart that there even needs to be a day to raise awareness about the sexual abuse of children. The Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse is the second Sunday in April, and this year is observed on April 14. The Innocence Revolution sponsors it and it was created to launch a global crusade to protect the world’s children.


April 4 is RAINN Day (Rape Abuse Incest National Network). According to information gathered by the organization, every 92 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted and every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. RAINN focuses on changing public policy, national education and support services for survivors. (See Rape Culture)


April is also Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Month. In case you believe that this is something that doesn’t pertain to you, here’s a list of the Eight Stages of Genocide.

While genocide encompasses men, women, and children equally, femicide is the systematic elimination of a group of people based solely on their gender and is a real issue in many countries today.  (See also Ni Una Mas and Surviving Kakistocracy)


The families of victims of femicide often never receive justice. National Crime Victims Rights Week is April 7-13. The theme Honoring Our Past, Creating Hope for the Future and focuses on a future of crime victim services that is better than what has gone before.

Now that you are aware of these pressing issues, here are some events aimed at healing.

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The last Saturday of April is World Healing Day. Their mission is to encourage yoga, meditation, Reiki, art healing, music healing and healing prayer occasions. Check out their site for local events. (See also Alternative Medical Practitioners in Mexico)

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April 7 is National Girl Me Too Day. This organization was established to promote relationship stability among women and encourage healing, empowerment, and education of women of all ages.

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April 7 is also World Health Day sponsored by WHO. Many countries, including the United States, do not have universal health coverage, this year’s focus. It is the World Health Organization’s goal to increase the accessibility of health care services globally. (See also A Little About Healthcare in Mexico)


National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16. Preparing for a health emergency is no easy task and NHDD is committed to educating the public and health care providers about this issue. (See also Overview of Travel MedEvac Insurance)

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Lest we overlook simple healing methods, April 19 is National Garlic Day. Garlic really is a super healthy vegetable (or herb) and a key factor in the treatment and prevention of a variety of diseases. (See Garlic Tea)

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My contribution to April’s healing is small in comparison. A Woman’s Survival Guide to Mexican Healthcare is finally ready for release. The book covers the basics of the Mexican national healthcare system as it stands now, the reality of sexual assault, femicide, and abuse in Mexico, the role of the traditional curandera, and herbal remedies as alternative healing practices. Women living in all parts of Mexico (and Guatemala) candidly shared their health and wellness experiences so that other women will be better informed.

It is my hope that this book in some way empowers women who have moved to Mexico to have some measure control of their own healing. To that end, you can get it FREE on Amazon for the next few days.

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Digital Learning Day

Did you know that today is Digital Learning Day? With our rapidly changing technology, digital learning has become integrated into our lives even here in Mexico. Digital learning has made higher learning accessible to many who live in rural areas here in Mexico at the secondary, preparatory and even university level.

My son is currently enrolled in UVEG’s preparatory courses for his high school diploma. He’s doing well although Algebra has been giving him problems. He’s 49% through his course of study. He will finish just a little bit before his classmates who are studying in the traditional way and he doesn’t have to get up at 5 am. It works for us!

While the emphasis on technology promoted by the official Digital Learning Day in the classroom is intended for K-12 learning, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some of my favorite online courses I’ve enjoyed over the years.


The Science of Happiness by far takes the cake. It’s free. It’s just like being in a classroom with assignments and stuff. And I learned a LOT. You can read my review here.

A Life of Happiness and Fulfilment with Dr. Raj was entertaining but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as The Science of Happiness. Dr. Raj is quite a character and definitely adds to the fun aspect of this course.

I also took Oregon State University’s free course Intro to Permaculture. Even as an intro course, I think it was a little beyond me, but I did learn oodles of information about permaculture. Getting my husband to implement these “new” ideas hasn’t happened completely yet, but we are getting there.  You can read my review here.

Another class I enjoyed was The Challenges of Global Poverty at Class Central. Although most of the research was based on data collected in India, I found poverty in Mexico to be very similar. Here’s my review.
Herbalism Courses for all levelsHerbal Academy’s courses are wonderful! I’ve taken several courses which have expanded my understanding of herbs considerably.

Botany and Wildcrafting Course

Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course

The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course

And the one that started it all, the Herbal Medica Course.

I haven’t had the same quality of classes at Udemy, but then maybe I’ve just been taking different sorts of classes, practical rather than life learning in nature.

I’ve taken and completed 30 Day Blog Transformation Challenge and shared the helpful information with my SOTB Bloggers Group so that we all can improve. I’ve begun but not finished, Lifestyle Upgrades for Busy Adults, maybe because I’m too busy. I’m currently enrolled in Linked in Basics for FreelancersMarketing on Linkedin, and Pinterest Marketing. Social media still baffles me. I’m hoping to make some headway on understanding how these platforms work with these classes.

Of course, I have my own digital learning course to offer.course cover square Surviving Voluntary Exile: Overcoming Common Obstacles to Making a Successful Life Transition is available at Coursecraft. You can enroll today for 25% less in honor of Digital Learning Day here.

So that’s my contribution to Digital Learning Day #DLDay because you are never too old to learn something new!



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Herbal Academy Course Closings

The Herbal Academy just announced they will be closing course registration for the Introductory, Intermediate, and all herbalist packages on January 7th until further notice as they undergo some website improvements. No return date has been announced yet on these programs so hurry to enroll before these classes are no longer available!

2018 Holiday Sale on herbal courses!

Their annual Holiday Sale has been extended through January 6th (this weekend) so you can save up to 25% off on your registration if you sign up by then! While a return date hasn’t been announced, the Herbal Academy did say that prices will increase when the courses open again! Now is the best time to register if you are interested in their popular, well received herbal courses – but don’t delay!

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Find out more information about the Introductory Herbal Course and the Intermediate Herbal Course.

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Find out more about the Clinical, Entrepreneur, Professional, and Family Herbalist Packages.

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On Being an Herbal Academy Affiliate

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I’ve tried several affiliate programs and most have not been worth the effort. However, the Herbal Academy Affiliate program has been one that I would recommend if your niche contains herb lovers, homesteaders or tree huggers.

Commission payments are sent out the first full week of every month with an outstanding balance of $50 or more by Paypal. I make a 15% commission on every referral. I get 35% off Herbal Academy’s Online Programs and Herbalist Packages and sometimes I even get to take a course for FREE in exchange for a blog post, There are banners and images galore to make promoting easy. And finally, the courses are of the highest quality which makes it easy for me to rave about.

You can read the Affiliate Terms and Agreements here.

I’ve taken several of Herbal Academy’s courses myself.

Learn how to wildcraft and identify plants confidently in the Botany & Wildcrafting Course!My review of the Botany and Wildcrafting Course is here.Enroll in the Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course My review of the Herbal Self-care for Stress Management Course is here.The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy My review of the Herbal Fermentation is here.

The Herbarium Membership for Herbalists

Herbal Academy also sponsors the membership only herbal online library The Herbarium. There you can find articles, downloads, video, podcasts, monographs, and an herbal bookshelf designed to add to your herbal knowledge. They have also begun a new series of intensive workshops concentrating on herbal treatment for specific conditions. The first course is called Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus.
Herbs for ADHD Intensive enrolling thru October, 21st

But that’s not all! Herbal Academy also has its own store choked full of fun and useful herbal products. My personal favorites are the Materia Medica Journal and the Herbal Starter Kit.A complete Herbal Starter Kit by Herbal Academy

Goods Shop by Herbal Academy – botanically inspired products

So really, what’s not to love about being an Herbal Academy Affiliate?



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