Thursday, February 23, 2012

Yours Naturally

Willow McQuade, ND from Death Drops, the first in the Natural Remedies Mystery series (RELEASED Feb. 21st) by Chrystle Fiedler

I am so excited! I just went to my mailbox and found the new book that my friend Chrystle Fiedler wrote about my adventures last year. It’s a bittersweet moment because the book chronicles my adventures in June playing amateur sleuth after my dear Aunt Claire was murdered. I’d come home to visit Claire from LA where I was practicing holistic medicine after I broke up with my boyfriend, looking for some rest and relaxation. Looking back, I can see now that Claire seemed distracted but I didn’t really notice something was wrong. That is, until I found her body on the floor of her store Nature’s Way Market & Café, a bottle of flower essences by her side. My life hasn’t been the same since.

The cops thought it was an accident but I knew it was murder. She’d just been given a clean bill of health the day before! I knew in my gut that something was wrong so I enlisted the help of one of her customers, Jackson Spade, a hunky ex-cop on disability who loved Claire almost as much as I did. I won’t tell you too many details of the story or it would ruin it if you want to read the book but let’s just say it was a harrowing time but good prevailed in the end.

Now, I’m back to doing what I love best and that’s natural remedies! I sell plenty of natural cures at Nature’s Way Market & Café which is located on Front Street in the idyllic village of Greenport on Long Island’s East End in New York State.

At Nature’s Way we have everything from herbs and supplements to homeopathic medicines, along with a wide variety of organic fruit and veggies (I plan to put Death Drops right on the counter at the check-out so I can autograph them!) When you visit you’ll also meet Gingko and Ginger, my two tabby cats and Qigong, my rescue. Animals are very important to me. They are my furry family and my customers love them too!

I help people who come to the store and also readers who submit their questions about natural health on the Nature’s Remedy website. I’m their go-to holistic doc, that means I take into account a client’s body, mind and spirit. I just got an e-mail that my editor forwarded to me. Here’s what it says and my reply:

Dear Dr. McQuade,

Help! I’ve been feeling anxious and stressed to the max ever since I started my new job. Is there anything natural I can take to help me chill out?


Stressed Out

Dear Stressed Out,

Have no fear. One of the best natural remedies for stress is flower essences, which help to correct emotional imbalances. There are thirty-eight flower essences, developed by Dr. Edward Bach in 1934. Just put a few drops of Bach Rescue Remedy—a combination of rockrose for terror and panic, impatiens for irritation and impatience, clematis for inattentiveness, star-of-Bethlehem for shock, and cherry plum for irrational thoughts—under your tongue and you’ll begin to chill big-time. You’ll find it at your local health-food store.


Willow McQuade, ND

I know from my own experience that Rescue Remedy lives up to its name (and no, I'm not a paid spokesperson - don't worry!). If I'm feeling stressed or a little anxious about say, a deadline, it really helps. You can take Rescue Remedy as drops, spray, cream, pastilles, and gum. You can even use it or kids and animals to calm them down! It's all natural and safe. Best of all you can take it with you wherever you go! I like to tuck a bottle of the drops in my pocketbook so it's there when I need it. You can buy it in your local health food store.

What is your favorite natural remedy? Post it in the comments section and you may win a free copy of Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery!

Until next time, I’m yours naturally,

Willow McQuade, ND

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  1. Can't say I "like" this one, but I use a natural saline solution made with kosher salt and baking soda - it really helps clear out the nasal passages and reduce swelling when you have a cold. I love cozies and can't wait to try your new book. thanks.

  2. A cup of tea and a novel... that's my natural remedy for stress! LOL.

  3. A natural remedy for me when you have an upset stomach is warm mint tea.

    Thank you for the chance to win.

    Angela - griperang at embarqmail dot com

  4. Like Kuzlin, I use the netti pot. I'm a huge fan of herbal teas. Not only do they soothe, they also taste good and have no calories.

    Someone once told me that soy would help with my migraines. Whether it's true or not, adding a little soy to my diet has seemed to help.

    And naturally, reading always makes me feel better!

    Congratulations on the new release. It sounds like a fun series!!!

  5. I use a netti pot for my allergies to clear my sinuses. I also love green tea and so many flavors to chose from and sleepy time tea is great for relaxing before bed time. If my stomach is upset I like mint tea and if I am on the go and when at work (before I retired) use peppermint candy to soothe.
    If you have a sore throat gargle with warm salt water. If I have a cut on my finger I will soak in warm salt water and it seems to heal faster.

    Congratulations on your new release and I already have on my wish list.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  6. I'm totally with Victoria. A cup of black tea does wonders for me when I'm stressed. A little milk, a little sugar, ahhhhhh.

    ~ Krista

  7. My favorite natural remedy is hot lemonade for a cold--it really helps break it up---plus it tastes really good. My grandpa used to add a little whiskey to it and that wasn't half bad either!!

  8. So glad you could join us. Your book sounds fabulous!

  9. Hot tea and a good book (preferably a mystery).

  10. Thanks for having me Janet and Kari! Thanks to everyone for stopping by! I hope you enjoy Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery too. The winner of the giveaway is: Angela! Can you please send your address to! Keep using those natural remedies everyone!