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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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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Seasonal Cycles :: Release into Fall

Seasonal Cycles :: Release into Fall

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine this season is related to the metal element and the Lung and Large Intestine. The Lung is considered the most sensitive organ and is very closely connected to immunity so this time of year is a great time to boost the immunity to protect the lung. The Large Intestine is also important this time of year so doing a colon cleanse or a cleanse that has a focus on fiber which will help to clean out the intestines can also be beneficial.

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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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How to Improve Your Sleep Naturally

How to Improve Your Sleep Naturally

Of course we all occasionally have a night where we can’t sleep very well. But when a lack of sleep becomes a more regular occurrence it can create all kinds of issues with your mood, immunity and hormonal system. If you can’t lose those extra pounds, if you tend towards anxiety, or depression or if you wish your skin would clear up you’ll want to watch this.

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Wellness Wednesday :: Seasonal Practices for Spring

Wellness Wednesday :: Seasonal Practices for Spring

Did you know this is the best time of year to get the heaviness of winter moving again? Right now in the northern hemisphere its spring. New green leaves are popping up around us and everywhere there’s new growth.  During the spring there is a gradual moving up and out. Spring is a time when we move from the internal focus of winter to the expansiveness of summer.

In the Chinese system this is the time of the wood element - its a time to find clarity around our direction and vision. A time when we can invite more creativity into our lives, and a time we can release stuck emotional patterns.

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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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Wellness Wednesday :: Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar

Wellness Wednesday :: Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar

If you’ve been experiencing symptoms like roller coster moods, an extra roll of fat tissue around the mid section, sugar cravings, trouble sleeping, or lowered immune function this video is for you. In todays video I’ll discuss maintaining a healthy blood sugar balance and some herbal medicine that can help. Even if you’re not experiencing readily apparent blood sugar issues integrating these suggestions will help keep you on the road to health and longevity.

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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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