Experiencing Our Lives From the Inside

Technology is our future, never our present. With increasing flows of information via social media outlets, our brains become tethered to the “What’s next? Where’s this going?” rocket ship. We can go from curiosity to fascination to boredom in a matter of minutes and then onto The Next Big Thing. Suddenly, we realize we have just spent 30 minutes chasing …

Digestion and Breath

You wouldn’t think these two have much in common, yet they are both about taking and releasing. They sustain us and enable us to maintain equilibrium in the face of challenges. If we can’t breathe well or digest well, all body systems function poorly. Compensation for not breathing well are, over time, an enlarged heart, over inflated lungs, increased susceptibility …

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The Heart of the Matter

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Summer is the time of the Heart and the last few posts by me have been about how Heart energy can be expressed via joy and expansiveness. We are now entering the season of Late Summer, when things are at their peak and we are “digesting” our experiences we’ve had during this time. Living in Charlottesville, …

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Bombs, Destruction and the Power of Herbs

Summer Greetings Fellow Herbies and Foodies! I recently returned from a visit to France (my first). It was a great trip on so many levels, not the least being that it got me out of my comfort zone in order to experience another culture. Barry and I took a few French lessons so we would at least be able to speak and understand a …

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An Apple a Day….

Spring Greetings Fellow Herbies and Foodies! Nutrition counseling has always been part of what I’ve done, first as a nurse practitioner and now as an herbalist. I had an “Ah-ha!” moment about 15 years ago regarding the importance of diet in influencing health vs throwing yet another drug at a problem. I was working as a nurse practitioner at a …

Spring Detox: Don’t Get Weird

There are a whole lot of ways to be perfect, and not one of them is attained through  punishment. Ursula K Le Guin Mother Earth is rousing from her Winter slumber and it’s time to get your liver and gall bladder cleansed. Or so they say. Aren’t those two organs already in the business of breaking down “stuff” and helping us …

Why Detox in the Spring?

There are so many opinions about detoxing floating around that it can be difficult to sort out what is helpful. There are some who are passionately attached to specific practices as THE way to detox. Historically, many cultures do a type of internal ‘Spring cleaning’ as a way to clear out the accumulation of the results of Winter’s heavier, fatty …

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Autumn, Sadness and Yin Deficiency

I don’t know about you, but this summer was hotter and busier than I anticipated.   Busier in that I was feeling particularly bombarded with lots of things I wanted to do but never seemed to get to.   These expectations were not met (natch) and the resulting sadness and judgement over whether I “should have been better at (fill …

Running an Apothecary in the 1800’s

“How I spent my summer vacation….” So begins many a school child’s writing assignment. When you are small, you travel at the whim of your parents. When you are older, you travel at the whim of yourself (and partner/companion). That is how we ended up at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut in June. We were headed to Springfield, MA for the National …