Category Archives: Herbal Medicine

Less Stress: Adapt to Life With Adaptogens!

If you asked someone what the benefits of adaptogens were, they might answer that it just depends on what you need. Adaptogens are an amazing class of botanicals that help your body cope with different types of stress in order … Continue reading

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The Rise of a Rhizome: Turmeric’s Incredible Health Benefits [+ Recipe!]

Used for over 3,000 years in Ayuredic medicine, turmeric is an ancient and powerful root. A part of the ginger family, turmeric is bitter, astringent and heating. It works on the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems – a powerhouse food … Continue reading

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Maca-Swoon: Gluten Free & Vegan Gingerbread Macaroon Recipe

We all know how fun it is to treat yourself and others during the holidays. Chocolates…pies…cookies are all delicious vehicles of cheer this time of year but it’s nice to have a treat that isn’t so heavy on the tummy. … Continue reading

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Stop & Smell The Roses: The Magic of Aromatherapy

The common saying “stop and smell the roses” contains more wisdom than just advocating that we slow down. Plants have all kinds of amazing natural attractions and defenses – whether it’s texture, color, or scent. Aromatic plants produce fragrant essences … Continue reading

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Poor Man’s Medicine: The Power of Garlic [+ Recipe!]

An ancient plant, food, herb and medicine, Garlic is a potent and delicious bulb of healing power. Whether you’re fighting off a cold, flu, infection, or vampire, garlic is your go-to for its disinfectant, anti-microbial, and expectorant properties. When diluted … Continue reading

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Nip that Cold in the Bud: Herbal Respiratory Tea

Although this late summer continues to bring warm weather, the cold & flu season is on our heels. It’s hard to imagine that sniffles and coughs find their way into our lives even when the sun is shining and it’s … Continue reading

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Put a Little Pep in Your Step: Ethiopian Style Chickpea Stew

Chinese medicine considers the importance of all of our senses when establishing harmony in the body. The fall season is an expression of the metal element and the tastes associated are spice and pungency. These types of foods are wonderful … Continue reading

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Deodorants that Stink (for our Health).

October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to write about something that most of us don’t normally think about but that can play an important factor in our risk of breast cancer.  The application of deodorant or antiperspirant … Continue reading

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TCM is for Kids too!!

Chinese Medicine can be an effective treatment for patients of all ages, even children! Continue reading

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A Botanical Herb Walk Through the Continents

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking a guided tour through the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley with Chinese Herbalist, Anastacia White.  We spent about 4 hours together on a cool, grey misty Sunday walking … Continue reading

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