Living with “the Blood”

One of my favorite new TV shows, Mozart in the Jungle, is partly responsible* for my inspiration to start playing my violin after a 12+ year absence. This show brings up the notion of spirit, or Shen, and how it is expressed through music and our every day lives. Maestro Rodrigo De Souza constantly talks about […]

The Too Small Pot: Expand your Roots

  I have a plant that sits next to my computer. It is in dire need of a larger pot. In fact, it is so big it is growing up and out of the pot that it is in, yet the leaves are starting to wither.  The plant is starving and dying to grow – it […]

Emotional Waves

I’ve been thinking a lot about emotional waves lately.  Perhaps it is because of winter, when we often retreat inwards. Perhaps it is because of my ongoing, albeit less pervasive, relationship with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Perhaps it is all of the changes happening in my life. Whatever the reason, emotions, and the waves they […]

Herbal Remedies for PMS – Part Four of PMS and Menstrual Irregularities

Let’s get you on the path to a healthy menstrual cycle with simple herbal remedies for PMS! All of these suggestions are things that you can do at home, for deeper and more thorough herbal suggestions you need to speak with an herbalist.     Choose the pattern that most fits with your presenting signs […]

Lifestyle and Diet Strategies for PMS and Menstrual Irregularities (Part Three)

Lifestyle and Diet Strategies for PMS are a vital part of resolving PMS. If you aren’t moving enough, from being sedentary or from fatigue and lethargy, this can contribute to PMS symptoms.  Moving is key to keeping the blood flowing in the body. If we don’t move, our blood and energy gets stuck and stagnated.  […]

On the Winter Blues

It is February, we’ve had snow here in NYC, bitterly cold days, and some unseasonably warm ones as well.  Needless to say, we are in the deepest depths of winter and some of us are faring better than others.  Even though the days are slowly creeping towards spring, if you are struggling to get through […]

A Revealing Look at Why I Became an Herbalist (or How Herbs Found Me)

This is in part a candid disclosure of how I came to be where I am now, how I decided to become an herbalist and also a bit of a love letter to my school: East West School of Herbology. Thanks to East West, I have learned about how I’ve come to be as I […]