Island Medicine

the blog of Donna Spencer

Mint to Be

The arrival of July puts us smack dab in the middle of summer. Although the thermostat reads way above ninety degrees, it’s time to “chill”; taking each day as it comes, relaxing, and having fun in the process. I love this time of year, when the temperature of the water exceeds eighty degrees, and I […]

Survivors and Thrivors

Last month all across the country, we as a nation of people (not just a nation of women) honored Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We paid tribute to those who are presently fighting cancer, those who are in recovery, and sadly to those who have succumbed to this disease. Fundraising events of all kinds were conducted […]

Honey, Honey, Honey Child

The above verbiage is not only the title of this article, these are the lyrics of a song recorded by “The Ohio Players”. Whenever I open a jar of honey I can’t help but sing its’ praises – especially Manuka honey. It’s medicinal, chock full of nutrients and sweet, to boot! I’m not alone in […]


Mother Earth is waking up after her winter nap.  The days are getting longer, flowers are blooming, and wildlife is mating. Spring has sprung – it’s now time for renewal.  What will you renew this season: your sense of fun and adventure, an old hobby that you’ve put aside, a project that has been collecting […]

Cleanliness is next to…..

In just a few weeks, we will usher in the Spring Equinox. Cultures all over the globe celebrate its arrival with various rituals to mark the occasion. Here in the U.S.A., another ritual performed during this time is known as “Spring Cleaning”. It’s that time of year when the house, garage, and/or the entire property […]

Teeth & Tongue

As a massage therapist and aromatherapist I constantly have my hands and mind on oil. Whether it’s essential oils, carrier oils, oils for custom-blending, oils which are edible, or oils that you cook with I utilize them frequently on a daily basis. When composing this article I thought it might be fun to write about […]