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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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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Seasonal Cycles :: Deepen into Winter

Seasonal Cycles :: Deepen into Winter

At this time of year, water turns to ice and plants store their energy in their roots. Winter is considered a time of reflection, deep receptivity, and a time of building potency. The season of winter asks us to slow down and store up. 

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine this season is related to the water element and Kidney energy. Kidney energy can become depleted with stress, over stimulation, and overwork. And so during this time of year it’s especially important to rest and rejuvenate and nourish new seeds of potential. This is also a wonderful time of year to focus on internal practices like meditation and contemplation.

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Nutritive Herbs for Everyday Health

Nutritive Herbs for Everyday Health

Nutrient deficiencies are very common and can lead to all kinds of problems over time. So herbalists turn to tonic herbs that are nutritive as a way to provide a power-packed whole foods solution. You can think of herbal medicine of this type as a healthy foundation to all the other more specific herbs. Generally, plants in this category can be used more casually and regularly to support the bodies overall functioning.  

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Wellness Wednesday :: Remedies for Depression

Wellness Wednesday :: Remedies for Depression

Depression and low moods affect so many people so I put together a few suggestions and herbs that may help you find more emotional balance.

There are many factors that contribute to a low mood. First, its important to assess whether there could be physiological reasons why you’re feeling the way you are. Thyroid problems, lack of sleep, problems with blood sugar, and low iron or nutrition can all contribute to the symptoms and signs that look like depression. 

There are many studies that now show anti-depressant medications have very low efficacy especially in cases of low to moderate depression. In fact, we now know that mental illness is really not just a psychological or chemical issue in your brain. Depression is actually just a symptom that something else in your system is out of balance.  

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Radical Vitality with Talya Lutzker and Jennifer Raye

Radical Vitality with Talya Lutzker and Jennifer Raye

A few months ago I had the honor of being interviewed by my dear friend Talya Lutzker. Talya is an amazing human and her light shines through in this interview.

A few things we talk about:

  • How gut health directly affects your emotional wellness and positive state of mind 
  • How to protect and nourish your primary energy centers 
  • Healing tips and food therapy strategies for improving your mood and gut health 
  • Which herbs and practices naturally enhance your vitality 
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What are the five elements in Chinese Medicine?

What are the five elements in Chinese Medicine?

The five elements are used within the medical system of Traditional Chinese Medicine to describe cycles or patterns that exist in nature, in health, and in disease.

The five elements are five phases of a cycle and each element describes a point where energy changes direction. All elements are connected. Some elements nourish each other and some elements control each other. We can see these cycles clearly when we look at the movement of the seasons. Each element also has a related color, sound, smell, emotion and even internal organs.  

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Everything you ever wanted to know about juicing

Everything you ever wanted to know about juicing

I LOVE juicing. To be clear - I'm not talking about conventional store bought fruit juice which is often full of processed sugar, colors, and preservatives. I'm talking about homemade rich green veggie juice. Veggie juicing enlivens you, and your cells, and gives you an instant shot of nourishing energy and nutrition.  

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