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: Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery. It’s bittersweet news 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? Leave a comment and you may win a free copy of Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery! Contest open to residents of the US only. Contest ends May 19.

Order Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery from your favorite bookseller or visit www.chrystlefiedler.com.

Meet the author
Chrystle Fiedler is the author of DEATH DROPS: A NATURAL REMEDIES MYSTERY (Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster), the non-fiction title THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO NATURAL REMEDIES (Alpha, 2009), co-author of BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), currently in its fourth printing, the BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW! COOKBOOK (Fairwinds Press, 2012) and THE COUNTRY ALMANAC OF HOME REMEDIES (Fairwinds, 2011). Chrystle’s magazine articles featuring natural remedies have appeared in many national publications including Better Homes and Gardens, Natural Health, Vegetarian Times and Remedy. Visit her at www.chrystlefiedler.com and at www.killerhobbies.blogspot.com.

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