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…)
Updated Recipe! As of April 2020
A fresh batch of pesto seems to be quite a crowd-pleasing condiment. Why not “kick it up a notch” and make that pesto cruelty-free, allergen-friendly with medicinal properties? This recipe delivers nutrients, parasite-killing action and has great flavor! In today’s society and environmental conditions, humans are more susceptible now than EVER before for bacterial, fungal and parasitic invasions within the gut! These invasions become hidden culprits of a wide variety of digestive and inflammatory conditions.
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 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…)
Written by Michelle Minahan Thompson, R.N. and Jessica Minahan White, CHC
Omega-3′s, 5’s, 6’s, 7’s and 9’s are called “Essential Fatty Acids”. This means that our bodies cannot produce them on its own and we must source them through our food intake. While too much fat in our bodies can contribute to a wide range of possible health complications, a proper ratio of Omega 3’s to 6’s fatty acids has a positive effect on our bodies, such as preventing arthritis, psoriasis, promoting proper eye and brain health, cardiovascular health, preventing diabetes, (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…)
This soup was inspired by my daughter’s encounter with strep throat. It was our first time dealing with strep in our household. As usual, I immediately sought out supporting remedies that Nature had to offer me. Almost every vegetable listed in this recipe contains healing properties for not only the strep bacteria, but many other common viruses and illnesses. The bonus? … it’s delicious, soothing to any irritated throat and perfect for a cold Winter’s day. A Family Favorite for sure, and a kind gesture to make for friends and neighbors who may be struggling with sickness! (more…)