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…

Why are they ESSENTIAL Fatty Acids?

You have probably heard the term essential fatty acids, or EFAs before. Everyone says you need them but why? Are they really that important. Consider this: we know that supplementing and eating EFAs helps to tread a number of diseases and disease symptoms. If we then maintain a diet that has EFAs in correct proportion…

Melatonin Sleep Support

Most of us have probably heard of melatonin. Probably a good number have also used it to help with sleep support as well. I know I have and like most I don’t think I used it correctly at first. Melatonin can be great to set up a healthy sleep rhythm but there are some problems…

Herbal Bingo!!!

Every May we do some special things to celebrate National Herb Day (May 5th, 2018). This year, in addition to our Free Interview with an Herbalist live class series we are having a fun competition. Every day an herbal photograph and an herbal riddle will be posted on one of our social media accounts. Discover…

Are you healthy? Part 2

Check out our last post to see if you are meeting the very basic health descriptors listed and get some brief tips to help you achieve those first steps of health and wellness. Urine color is a combination of two things, your hydration level and your bodies detoxification ability. Most people are detoxifying just fine…

Are you healthy? Part 1

Probably most people would say no and not do anything about it. Some people might say yes and might actually be healthy. I know I am not healthy by my own standards but the average person would look at me and my lifestyle and probably say I am healthy. Look over some of these questions…

Let’s Run Amok: Cambodian Cooking

Amok is a delicious traditional Cambodian dish an it is so full of flavor and wonderful medicinal herbs I wanted to make sure I could share it with you after my trip to Cambodia a few months back. Unlike many South East Asian cuisines, Cambodian food is not quite as spicy but is still very…

Yoga for Beginners: Mountain Pose

Yoga can provide many benefits to the mind and soul by teaching you how to both be more grounded and calm yourself. Physically, Yoga strengthens your muscles with frequent practice. When you practice, like any other movement you should warm up your body. You warm up by starting with easy poses such as mountain pose…

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…

Demulcent Herbs

Demulcent herbs are the sticky, the ooie, the gooie ones that make your throat feel great when you are sick. Demulcent herbs are most often taken as powders or cold infusions. When made with hot water, a demulcent herb tea may be too gooie to handle so best to use a cold infusion. Demulcents are not…