Coffee Alternative: Buddha’s Hand with Cherries Tea

  My piece de resistance blend of the moment, now that I’ve quit coffee, is new crop sencha green tea, sour cherries, dried Buddha’s Hand, and fresh ginger. Sometimes I’ll add teensy bit of raw honey, just to give it a little more sweetness and body.  Other times, I’ll leave out the green tea and […]

Nourish (or Deplete) Your Blood

I’ve been turning over the idea of living life with more Blood: passion, spirit, vivacity, courage and wisdom and how what we do creatively and in connection with others can be a source of nourishment and expression of what we feel. From an emotional and spiritual perspective, we can nourish our Blood through the experiences […]

Messages, Attitude and Weight

I’ve been thinking about the messages we receive and say to ourselves, with regards to weight loss and with everything else in our lives, and the attitudes with which we approach both weight loss and life.  What do these messages and these attitudes have to do with our weight? On the one hand, “losing” weight […]

Diet: A Way of Life

Did you know that diet comes from the Greek diaita meaning “way of life”, the Latin diaeta meaning “prescribed way of life, a day’s daily food allowance”, and related to the Greek diaitasthai meaning “lead one’s life”? In other words diet is a person’s gastronomic way of life.   In the early 13th century, diet simply […]

Avoiding the Quick Fix for Weight Loss

I’ve been lacksadaisacle with writing blog posts lately, for a couple of reasons.  One being that I started a new full-time job a few months ago, the other being that I haven’t felt “up” to sending out newsletters about feeling great when I myself haven’t been feeling great. I hurt my leg, I had made some serious changes, […]

Herbalist Question and Answer Session

I thought an herbalist question and answer session would be appropriate since I, and other herbalists, get asked these questions quite frequently.  Here are my answers starting with the beginning of the process of working together (the intake) through how you know if the herbs are working. I hope you enjoy this herbalist question and […]

Internal Remedies for Menstrual Cramps (Part 7 of the PMS and Menstrual Irregularities Series)

I hope that you’ve been able to see that PMS and menstrual cramps, along with any other menstrual irregularity that may be bothering you, are all tied together.  Symptoms do not exist in a vacuum, by figuring out which pattern most resembles our current state of being, we are able to address the whole body […]

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.  […]

Causes of PMS and Menstrual Irregularities (Part Two)

In Part One, I discussed the symptoms PMS and Menstrual Irregularities and what a healthy period is considered to be.  Let’s move on to the causes of PMS and menstrual irregularities. According to Western/conventional medicine, PMS is caused by the natural swing of hormones – progesterone and estrogen.  Holistically speaking, PMS generally brings to light […]

What is PMS? Part One: PMS and Menstrual Irregularities

This is Part One of a series that I’m going to be doing on women’s health issues, specifically relating to PMS.  I would have loved to fit this into one blog post, but the thing is… PMS’s role within healthy menstruation is a big topic.  Even bigger is discussing other menstrual irregularities.  I hope that […]

Tattooing: Ways to Ease the Process (Before, During, and After-Care)

Do you get tattoos or want to get tattoos but have come to a point where your healing process isn’t quite cutting it?  Looking for new ideas to try out to ease your healing? This is not a guide for choosing a tattoo artist, there are sites that can help you find just the right […]

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 […]