When I was four years old, my best friend was a boy named Paul. We were inseparable, taking Gym-and-Swim classes at the YMCA, attending preschool together three mornings a week, and playing in Magic Potion Land. Situated under the spreading, canopy-like branches of a massive pine tree in my parents' backyard, Magic Potion Land was our laboratory for making, you guessed it, magic potions. Water, rose petals, dandelion heads, pine needles, bark, berries, and acorns fermented together in concoctions we dreamed would cure every illness in the world.
Fast forward to third-grade: We had to do an art project and writing assignment about an invention we dreamed up. Firmly in my dork-phase, I immediately started work on a robot, but at the last minute I scrapped it in favor of a vaccination that would be an elixir for any type of disease, from chicken pox to cancer.
As I've gotten older, I've left the science behind (Archaeoastronomy and Psych 101 were my requisite two science courses in college), yet I still search for alternatives to traditional medicine. I like Advil as much as the next mother runner, but I always hesitate before I pop a pill like that; same with Tylenol P.M. Yet with each passing year, I need more help getting to sleep (and staying asleep). I was delighted when we hooked up with Hyland's Homeopathic because they make Calms Forte, a product that slows my mind so I can drift naturally off to sleep. It allows me to wake up ready for action, whenever that may be--when my alarm clocks sounds at 5:15 for a morning run, or at 2:27 a.m. after John has a nightmare. And when I bang my shin while trail running or clock my shoulder in the weight room, I turn to arnica to lessen the bruising and swelling.
Today's giveaway is a veritable treasure chest of alternative remedies from Hyland's, everything from my trusted Calms Forte and Muscle Therapy Gel with Arnica to Bioplasma Sport, Leg Cramps, and Restful Legs. All together, there are eight 100% natural products. Everything a mother runner needs to sleep well and stay pain free. For a chance to win, post a response in the Comments section, telling us: What's your go-to alternative relief? Ice? Acupuncture? Camomile? Fish oil? Biotin? Red Vines?
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States. It begins on 6/20/12 and ends on 6/26/12; the winner will be announced on 6/28/12. One entry per person. The value of the prize is $75.42. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.