Holiday Spice Cider

It is getting cooler, might one even say colder…..okay down right fridged! Winter is ready to rear its ugly head and freeze your little tootsies off. It even snowed here yesterday evening and while we were all outside wandering the streets catching flakes our bodies metabolism was slowing down. Why do we care about our…

Cranberry Tarts

This combines two recipes that I have already shared with you and you will not be disappointed. This is a great way to use your left over cranberry sauce and to get a delicious treat with it. I love fruit filled deserts.  Last year we made a delicious cherry cranberry sauce and now that you…

Losing Weight

It has been interesting over the past two months or so. I have started to lose weight. Now, I am not trying to lose weight but it just seams to be happening. I have a new lifestyle and I am happy and one of the benefits of this is that weight loss is happening. I…

Redefining Fear

A few years ago I began immersing myself in a culture that was not quite my own. Like with all new environments, I found that words that I knew no longer meant the same thing. When I moved to Washington, DC I learned that the word ‘transparent’ does not mean the same thing to everyone….

Finding New Perspective

Now I am an idea person. I say this all the time. Often times people don’t like this and find it annoying when I share my ideas. I respect your desire to not hear my ideas and over time I have developed the skill to remember to ask someone (when it could be intrusive) if…

I Don’t Have Allergies Anymore

For nearly 6 months now I have not had an allergic reaction to any of my known allergens. I don’t believe it myself. Something happened and something changed but I don’t believe it. My list of ‘allergens’ is not a long one but it has been a unique one. By definition, an allergen is something…

Sun Salutation, part 3

Be sure to learn the first part of the Sun Salutation and then the second before continuing on to the final part of learning how to do a Sun Salutation. From downward dog, use your chair if you need balance support, and bring your right leg up between your hands for your second lunge, on…

Sun Salutation, part 2

Be sure to learn the first part of the Sun Salutation before continuing on to part 2. After you have breathed in your lunge position for a few breaths, place both hands on the ground under your shoulders. If you are strong enough, step your second foot backwards so your body is straight with your…

Sun Salutation, part 1

We all know that Yoga can be great for your mind and body but getting started can be difficult if movement is not something that you do often. The Dancing Herbalist wants to help get everyone moving and starting with this series is a great beginners way to get moving or for people who are…

It’s Barley Baby!

We interrupt your normal blog programming for a story about barley. If you have followed The Dancing Herbalist for a fair amount of time you probably have come to learn that I am a dancer and on occasion teach young children. Well I am back to teaching young children and let me tell you-those things…

Sun Breath

This is one of my favorite Yoga practices; Taking a sun breath. It is great to get you moving first thing in the morning as a way to greet the sun that does not require much movement. It is ideal for beginner movers that have low flexibility and that may be cautious about beginning Yoga….

I am healthy. I take pharmaceuticals.

Many people think they are quite healthy and they don’t need to make changes to their diet, exercise, sleep patterns, or stress levels. For the average individual, if you are taking pharmaceuticals this is your wake up call: YOU ARE NOT HEALTHY. There is a large difference between being healthy and not having symptoms. Aside…