Your Armor’s Too Tight: Using Thorn Medicine to Open Your Heart

If you were asked to name your favorite season, which one would you pick? For me, that’s a tough choice. I have two seasons, Autumn and Spring, but I prefer Autumn a bit more than Spring.  I like the balance of the temperatures: not too hot, not too cold, just right.  The Chinese element of Metal is Lungs/Large Intestine and …

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Finding Your Voice When Everyone is Shouting

It is with love and light that I inform you that Kathie (Holub) graduated from this life, on Sunday October 7, 2018. She has requested that there not be sorrow and not be a service. Instead, if you wish to celebrate her life, please let loose some daisies (or other flowers, or whatever plants you find) in the nearest body …

Living in Context and Nuance: It’s Never Either/Or, It’s And…

. Our minds are quite capable of holding more than one thought or perspective at a time, in addition to experiencing conflicting feelings around an experience. It’s part of being human.  Some scientists are working to smooth out those “rough” spots and make it “easier” for people to walk in the world (usually through pharmaceuticals). Easier does not always equal …

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 …