June 20, 2018

Recipe:

1 Teaspoon each of fresh:

St. John's Wort

Lavender

Chamomile

Lemon Balm

Steep in hot water for 4 minutes and then strain. Add local honey or agave if you desire sweetness. Drink room temperature or iced. This Tisane will uplift the spirits and calm the nerves. 

Happy Summer Solstice!

April 22, 2018

Juice: baby spinach,  apples, fennel bulb, dandelion greens and mint. This juice regulates blood pressure, lowers inflammation, strengthens bones, revitalizes skin, and aids digestion.

 Iced herbal tisane: rose, lavender, calendula and camomile: uplifting, calming and heart opening.

 Happy Spring! 

December 20, 2017

Give yourself permission to stay inwardly focused this season; this is a great time to begin an awareness practice like meditation. Hot tea, baths, soups, candles, cozy and warm space for you to rest and regenerate are essential this time of year. Use grounding, earthy essential oils like cedar, vetiver cinnamon or sage mixed with cleansing & uplifting citrus oils like grapefruit, bergamot or lemon. Stay in bed longer and keep a dream journal, paint or write poems. Keeping in step with nature means honoring the shortened days and longer nights, cultivating yin energy through acupressure, yoga, massage and other self care practices. We are taught to do the opposite in winter- to stretch, extend, be outwardly focused but the darke...

August 25, 2017

Find a quiet, comfortable space somewhere outside to meditate. Allow your awareness to drop down into your belly and notice your breath, notice the natural rise and fall as you inhale and exhale. Notice your feet on the ground, see if you can feel them let go into the support underneath you. Extend that to the rest of your body, feeling the support of the earth under you... just let go a little more with each exhale. Notice any bodily sensations that stand out, any place you have tension or even pain, see if you can just keep it company with your attention. Don’t try to force it to go away or change, just notice. Pause. Begin to notice any feelings you might have, bringing a friendly attitude of gentle curiosity to them, again,...

May 1, 2015

A depressed person's dopamine, endorphins, oxytocin and serotonin are often depleted. Dopamine motivates committed action toward goals and gives us a surge of pleasure when achieving them, so taking on a new challenge and rewarding each steps helps to produce this neurotransmitter. Serotonin releases when you feel important- most antidepressant meds boost serotonin you can help your brain release this chemical by reflecting on your accomplishments or practicing gratitude. Oxytocin creates bonding and attachment- this suffers when people are isolated or lonely. Touch releases this chemical- so 8 hugs a day can help keep depression away.  Endorphins support feeling euphoric and when they are low, people feel more pain and down. Ru...

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