Reduce Stress with Forest Bathing

Guest Author: Kimberly Johnson Forest bathing is a great way to reduce stress and connect with nature at the same time. The technique is based in Japanese culture and includes taking time to sit next to a tree while breathing deeply and focusing on all of one’s senses. Forest bathing will help you develop a mental…

Meditation Basics

If you have already started practicing breathing you are already on your way to learning meditation. The basics of meditation are simple in idea but challenging in practice. The key that I have found most helpful, in learning meditation, is practice. The more frequent you do it, the more successful you will be and the…

Grounding and Centering Basics

When first learning to meditate, after learning basic breathing practices, grounding and centering comes next. This practice is less of a physical one but more of a mental one. Personally, I use a variety of visualization techniques to ground and center myself and we will look at a few of them. But what is grounding…

Some Like It Hot!

Most of the time when I talk about water I am talking about making tea. Hot water is ideal for most herbs because the heat helps to break down the herb material so the good stuff can get into the water. Not all herbs are best made into tea with hot water. But what about…

Staying Hydrated: Techniques to Remember

All the time… yes we should all be remembering to drink water all the time but with our busy lives it is hard to remember. When sitting at the computer all day writing for you all, putting together classes, and making herbal products I forget so often. I wanted to share some of my favorite…

Flavored Waters

A lot of times in stores we will see vitamin waters and other flavored waters. These can be alright but look at the labels. A lot of times these will also be high in sugars and other things your body may be sensitive to. That is alright. You can make your own flavored waters at…

Carminative Herbs

If you remember a few weeks back we had a post on bitter herbs. Carminative herbs like to hang out with the bitters to support the digestive system. They work to relieve gas through a variety of different methods. Much of this action is thought to be from the terpene molecules, the volatile oil components….

Going Bubbly!

When I first started changing my fluid habits I found that lowering soda was my hardest challenge. It wasn’t so much the sugar for me but I really enjoyed drinking carbonated beverages. I knew that the sugar was not doing me any good, neither were the flavorings, corn syrup, and all of the other things…

The Healing Powers Hidden In Your Kitchen

Many years ago I started exploring what my kitchen had to offer for medicine. It is not just the herbs on my spice rack either. Fruits, vegetables, meats, and just about anything you eat can be used as medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine does an excellent job of bringing the medicine of your kitchen right into…

Lifting Up A Friend

It is so hard to get exercising. Why not try it with a friend? When you are starting to change any behavior it is always best to have someone reliable to encourage you. Whether this is a partner or a friend, someone who can send you reminders or even go for walks with you can…

Daiya Review

I don’t normally write product reviews but I thought it was time that I do so. I am always on the hunt for new gluten free products and when I stumbled across this new product from Daiya I was ecstatic! Daiya, for those of you who do not know, is a dairy free brand. While…

Stretching Out The Kinks

When most people think about exercise they do not think of stretching first. Exercise consists of three different activities-cardio (running), strengthening (think weight lifting or push-ups), and stretching. Stretching is super simple and is the easiest of these but is so often passed over because the benefits are not always quickly apparent. I think of…