Did you know that bitterness, agitation, and anger in Chinese Medicine go hand in hand with weak digestion and overall liver/gallbladder function? Some terms come to mind that I’ve heard before: “Being emotionally constipated” or “Diahrrea of the Mouth” …. (Can I hear an amen?) Dealing with this normal human emotion healthfully includes supporting and addressing our body, not just our mind, soul, and spirit. An often-neglected balancing measure for nutritionally addressing anger/bitterness is coincidentally with BITTER herbs … how serendipitous! (more…)
My recent dive into learning the art and practice of colon hydrotherapy has been quite the journey (and I’m just getting started!). The opportunity fell on my lap during somewhat of a stall in my own life, holistically speaking. Since I’m on the topic of colon health… and stalling in life, let me explain how they correlate: stalling in life is like constipation is it not?… An emotional stall in life AND/OR physical constipation can create these symptoms: (more…)
In today’s world it’s not easy for the fungus not to be among us! This junk will linger dormant in our bodies, waiting to show its gnarly little face when we encounter times of chronic stress, emotional struggles, or if we decide to improve our health and eliminate toxins from our body. The big question is, how and where is this yucky stuff gonna come out? The most simplistic and common way the body tries to purge itself of fungus is through the largest eliminative organ in our body: THE SKIN! (Ewe!). Rashes, hives, athletes foot, yeast infections, thrush, acne, kerotis pilaris… and even canker sores can be placed under the vast umbrella of fungus and candida. (more…)
I really love the taste of Fall: you know… caramel apples, cinnamon rolls, warm apple cider, soothing chai teas, calming soups, not to mention Pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! As I write this blog post I reminisce on the cooling gusts of breeze from remnants of Hurricane Florence to my home shoreline of the Carolina low country. And with the Autumnal Equinox (more…)
I recently did a liver & gallbladder flush while exclusively breastfeeding my 4-month old infant. While heavily detoxifying the body during pregnancy and breastfeeding can harm a baby or mother’s health, there are health benefits to the mother & child when liver and gallbladder congestion is cleared with a flush. (more…)
One common concern when following a plant based diet, free of dairy, is CALCIUM. Of course my calcium concern arose with my entrance into childbearing years, but should be a point of thought for every American. America after all rates top in the world for osteoporosis!
We need calcium for more than just building and maintaining healthy bones… calcium is used in the body to contract and dilate blood vessels, and is vital in the process of muscle contraction. Lack of adequate calcium INTAKE, ASSIMILATION, or ABSORPTION overtime will force your body to pull calcium from your bones to keep your blood vessels and muscles working properly…. [with a side effect of fragile bones and increased osteoporosis risk… yikes!]. (more…)
Mastitis is one of those infections that you just don’t want to have as a breastfeeding mother. I’m pleading with you new moms: DON’T GET IT! IT SUCKS… (literally). Preventing mastitis can be as simple as general breastfeeding “maintenance” staples; nursing (or pumping) regularly, ensuring proper latch, proper bras, checking for clogged ducts… the basics really. But keeping up with that gets harder to remember with each new member of the family! I got swooped with my first case of it with my 3rd born. Below I am sharing a simple, budget-friendly methods to help take care of that mastitis quickly, effectively, and without the use of allopathic antibiotics. It worked for me! (more…)