Nettle Pesto Recipe

Nettle Pesto Recipe

Incorporating nettles into your diet this time of year is a wonderful way to eat in season and eat local.

Nettles contain high levels of iron, minerals, silicon, vitamins C and A and they’re a great blood purifier by primarily targeting the liver and kidneys. The combination of these benefits makes it a wonderful food for chronic skin problems and general detoxification.

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5 steps to take herbal medicine safely

5 steps to take herbal medicine safely

Herbal and natural medicine can be very helpful for so many concerns. Unfortunately, exaggerated media often plays up the potential harms of natural medicine, but herbal medicine has been used for millennia and is generally extremely safe. It’s actually one of the safest forms of medicine we’ve ever had and herbs are the number one type of medicine people still use around the globe today. 

That doesn’t mean all herbs are safe. Some do have side effects and some are very toxic. There are a few simple safety precautions you’ll want to think about when using herbs and natural remedies. Watch the video to learn more:

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Yin Yoga Practice Video : Wall Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga Practice Video : Wall Yin Yoga

Using the wall is a great way to support the body if you’re feeling fatigued, or if you’re looking for a very gentle practice. Using the wall is also helpful if you or your students have some physical barriers that limit mobility in seated yin yoga poses.

Parts of this practice could be considered more “restorative” due to the very supported nature of the poses. But if you’re feeling a “stretch”, or feeling gentle pressure in the body, that means you’re still activating the connective tissues which is a central tenant in the yin yoga style of practice.

In any case, you can use this practice to slow down and calm the nervous system, or to support tired legs and feet. Check out the video to practice along:

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Join Seasonal Support and Self Care for Spring

Join Seasonal Support and Self Care for Spring

Spring is on its way here in the Pacific Northwest, so I'm opening my super low commitment Self Care for Spring Online Course for enrolment once again.

Spring is a time when we can start again in many ways. As the natural world starts to awaken after hibernation, we also have the opportunity to shake off the heaviness of winter.

You can use Self Care for Spring as a little guide for seasonal support during this season.

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Natural Remedies for Pain and Inflammation

Natural Remedies for Pain and Inflammation

Whether its shoulder or knee pain, headaches, joint pain, menstrual cramps, back pain, or IBS gut pain, chronic pain can be very difficult to live with.

In todays video I discuss pain, the bodies inflammatory response, and some natural remedies we can use to get some relief. Unfortunately, many people live with chronic pain. Listen in to learn what you can do.

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Yin Yoga Toe Squat pose and Yin Yoga Ankle Stretch pose with modifications

Yin Yoga Toe Squat pose and Yin Yoga Ankle Stretch pose with modifications

Yin yoga toe squat and yin yoga ankle stretch are great to open the bottom of the feet (the plantar fascia), they create more space in the toes and they open the ankles.

These yin poses also target all of the lower meridians that run through the feet. The meridians targeted are the Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Liver, Gallbladder, Spleen, and Stomach meridians.

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Boost Memory and Brain Health with These Remedies

 Boost Memory and Brain Health with These Remedies

Supporting overall brain health is always a good idea considering how much the brain does for us every day! Good memory is connected to many complex systems so it's important to say that there are many different reasons for memory loss. But for the purposes of this video, I discuss overall brain health and a few really important and impactful things you can do if you’ve been experiencing brain fog or just general poor memory.

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Yin Yoga Dragonfly Pose or Straddle Pose with modifications - Lateral Dragonfly Pose, Dragonfly Pose with a Twist

Yin Yoga Dragonfly Pose or Straddle Pose with modifications - Lateral Dragonfly Pose, Dragonfly Pose with a Twist

Yin yoga dragonfly posture or straddle pose is a forward fold with the legs wide. From a seated position a forward fold, a side bend or a twist can be practiced.

A yin yoga dragonfly pose targets the backs of the thighs (hamstrings), hips, inner groin, and inner knees. It also activates the Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Liver, and Spleen meridians.

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