Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health.

Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze.

People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.

As for the “Natural Cowgirl” nickname, Margaret spends all her spare time riding and loving her horses.  She has also become a pretty good natural equine healer helping one of her horses recover from EPM.

She has recently created her own line equine herbal supplements when she became frustration at the lack of products and the unreasonably high prices of those available.  Her brand is, of course, Natural Cowgirl.  If you are interested, give them a look at http://www.VitaminRanch.com and look under “Hot Deals”.

34 Responses to About

  1. Rollin Stearns says:

    I just read your article on fighting aging and your recommendation of blood type diets plus metabolic typing. Specifically, what book(s) and/or other means do you suggest for this? Do you recommend the well-known book by Dr. D’Adamo? Does it cover metabolic typing? Are there other books/sources that you also recommend or recommend more highly? Thanks for your consideration.

  2. I do love the D’Adamo books – I still reference the original one often. It does not cover metabolic typing – the 2 theories aren’t easy to put together, but I find it is worth the work.
    Dr. Mercola’s website offers a free metabolic typing quiz.
    Cheryl Townsley wrote Food Puzzle which puts the 2 theories together.
    All of these have helped me – the Townsley book helps put it all together because it is different theories / systems that come together – much like a puzzle.
    Hope you find this helpful.

  3. Frank Adams says:

    If vitamin C from ascorbic acid is not the proper kind, I am wondering what forms of vitamin C you recommend.

    Thanks for your help.

    • I like blends with different forms of C. One of my favorite ones has chlorophyll, rose hips and acerola cherry in addition to ascorbic acid. The one that tests consistently best with customers is Mega Bio C from Bluebonnet – a close 2nd is Biotics BioC 1000 – both are mineral ascorbates (buffered) with bioflavanoids.

  4. john says:

    Where can I find vitamins and herbal supplements that are NOT made in China? I just can’t trust any products made in that country.

    • I don’t know where you are looking, but good health food stores are usually particular about the brands they carry. I don’t think anything we sell here at The Green House is from China. Is there something in particular you are looking for?

  5. Steve says:


    I’m wondering if you have any advice for me. I wake up tired both from a good night’s rest and from naps. At one time I did have sleep apnea, but an operation pretty much solved that.

    Thanks, Steve

    • Steve, Your symptoms with a history of sleep apnea would lead me to believe that you might be having blood sugar issues. If so, blood sugar is one of the most important issues to work on and one of the cheapest, because it all has to be done with diet and exercise.
      Hope this is helpful, Margaret

  6. Great blog with lots of great information. Love the blog on serotonin! Do you have an RSS feed I can subscribe to? Thanks!

  7. Scott Morrow says:


    Im a 65 year old male who last year was discovered to have a significantly blocked right carotid artery detected by an ultrasound exam. I was prescribed a statin drug (even though my cholesterol is normal in the range of 145) as well as low dose chewable aspirin. I should mention that it was determined that I am presently asymptomatic to the general symptoms of carotid stenosis even though the blockage has been estimated at 70-80% and that the risk of stroke has been listed as 2% per year. As a long time believer and consumer of alternative medicine, I decided against the statin drug as well as the aspirin as my research indicated that it would interact with some of the herbal formulas I use. I also recently added Vitamin K2 to my daily regiment for which aspirin and statin drugs don’t mix well.

    My question to you is: Does Vitamin K1 have similar clotting abilities as aspirin? If so, I would prefer adding K1 to the K2 I’m currently using. I’ve known for a long time that K2 has proven artery cleansing properties and deals with rogue calcium quite well.

    Your thoughts on this matter are greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • I am not sure I understand your question, but here goes. Vitamin K of any form is a “normalizer” in terms of blood clotting. It will not over or under clot in normal circumstances. I do not consider it a blood thinner. Aspirin on the other hand, will thin the blood and will over thin it.
      If I were trying to clean my arteries, I would add a high quality lecithin to my supplements.

  8. Bret Tye says:

    Hello Margaret

    Question: Should a person take a separate chlorophyll, spirulina, and blue green algae, or is one of those three sufficient?

    Thanks and I love reading your articles

    Bret Tye

    • Yes! one or all.
      The Algae blend I like is a blend of all three. I like to muscle test or energetically match off a hair sample to determine which is best.
      Thanks for reading my articles

  9. Wendy says:

    Hi. I just found your site and am intrigued! I am looking for something that could replace a regimen of pain medicine. Without details, husband suffers from botched vascectomy and told to live with pain of scar tissue/etc. what would you suggest?

    • I have no experience with this issue. However, my favorite product for inflammation and scar tissue is Intenzyme Forte. It is a wonderful enzyme formula that must be taken on an empty stomach. It would be worth a try as it is relatively inexpensive with no side effects.
      Note that I do not recommend this for people on prescription blood thinners as it might “over thin” the blood.

  10. J. Smith says:

    I was wondering what supplements you would suggest particularly for liver that you mentioned in the march 27th article on Lew Rockwell.

    • I referred to the whole body cleanse by Renew Life – we always have this on sale. Liver cleanses that I recommend are specific to the individual. But I really like the Nature’s Sunshine Liver Cleanse – we have this at member cost every day, and I also really like the Biotics Research Beta TCP and Livotrit. There are many good liver products, but I find it best to test the individual for compatability, otherwise, you may or may not get good results.

  11. Amy says:

    Hi I read your article about the need for B vitamins and magnesium for dealing with stress. I saw that you recommend biometrics research and phosphorylated form and i am unsure what that means or what type of B vitamins are needed. Could you provide some more info? Thanks!

    • Amy -I recommend Biotics Research B vitamins because they are phosphorylated – meaning they are in a form the body can use immediately without having to convert them. Other forms of B have to be converted to be used. There are different ratios of B vitamins from Biotics depending on your stress reaction.

  12. hello Margaret.
    You are doing a wonderful job and i enjoy reading your blog. All the best.

  13. Hi again, Margaret what did you recommend for a liver cirrhosis patient. As for now i have no trust in alopathic treatment. What about Milk Thistle and Dandelion? Do You think there is any other good alternative that can cure this diseases. Kindly Suggest. Thanks!

    • Thanks for you comments.
      I recommend on a patient by patient basis. I am prohibited from diagnosing, treating, prescribing and/or curing.
      I do believe that the body can be brought into balance so it can heal itself, but there is no magic formula that works for everyone.

  14. I give you a lot of credit for finding natural remedies for your illness. It’s not easy finding good treatment with conventional medicine.

  15. Hitesh Patel says:

    Am fan of this blog all time the post is really very helpful and innovative. Keep posting .

  16. Mr james says:

    Great post by the margret health blo.

  17. Tim says:

    Hi Margaret.
    Great blog. Enjoyed.
    Your site made my Top 10 Blog List.

  18. Mike Helmrich says:

    Hi Margaret, just read your latest article on Lew Rockwell.com on the 6 steps to weight loss. Excellent and good advice. I would like to respond to your comments about stressing the “Low Fat” ideals in the latter part of your article. Low saturated fat intake does not support good health, weight loss, less heart disease or diabetes. Eating low fat is the reason for all these maladies. 1926 documented the very first recorded Miacardial Infarction (Heart Attack) in the US. Prior to that our great great grand parents cooked in pure lard, ate real butter, drank whole raw milk with all the fat, ate pork fat, chicken skin and beef tallow. Obesity was at a rate of 13% then and heart disease (athersclerosis) was unheard of, now, nearly 70% of Americans are overweight or obese because of “Low Fat” diets. In 1950 with the advent of vegetable oils and margerine and the teachings of Ancel Keys, came the onslaught and the demonization of Saturated Fat. At that time there were 500 cardiologists in the US with a population just shy of 160 million. Today there are 48,000 practicing cardiologists in the US with just a doubling of the population. Low fat does not create weight loss, low fat does not help ward off heart disease, obesity or diatetes. The best advice you could give someone would be to order a 16 0z. piece of prime ribs, eat all the fat and fatty parts of the steak and throw the meat away or trade your meat part of the prime rib for more saturated fat. Remember, the human body is made up of fat, protien, water and salt. There is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate.

    • Thanks for your comment. Please note that I am from Texas and low fat here means not eating chicken fried steak and french fries. 🙂
      I agree with most your information on fat – thanks for taking the time to write it.
      While there are some body types that can lose weight by eating fat and fatty meats – not all body types can do that.
      There are many body types that do better on a balanced diet with meat, vegetables and starches.

  19. Chang says:

    Green Super Foods – Good For You!

    Can I just cook some Tomato leaves to get what you are recommending?
    My hand is all GREEN after handling Tomato plants.
    It takes a lot of soap and water to clean all those GREEN stuff!

  20. Tom L says:

    Maggie, I recently purchased 2 bottles of CS. I since heard that when CS reaches stomach acids, the CS is rendered useless. What are your thoughts on this? Thank you, enjoy your blog, Tom in NC

    • I can’t really see that happening. Silver gets attacked by so many different people and interests. I would say that is just another attempt to make sure that you don’t use something inexpensive and effective.

  21. Really great site, thank you so much for your time in writing the text. Once again: Thanks for posting.

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