Herbal Wellness

  • 4 Herbs I Always Have on Hand

    Here are 4 herbs I always have on hand. They do so much more than described, but here is a brief overview.  Note: Fresh ginger is different energetically than dried, powdered ginger. Dried ginger is much hotter and if consumed internally could cause a little bit of bloating. Want to learn more about simple things you can do at home to take care of yourself? Sign up here for my newsletter to get tips right in your inbox.  *Disclaimer* None of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. This article is meant solely for…

  • What herbs help you fall to sleep and how to use them

    Sleep is a complicated issue. Many imbalances cause sleep issues, but anxiety and stress tend to be the most common reason.  Some herbs I recommend in my practice to help clients fall asleep/ have better quality sleep are: Passion flower, Chamomile, Valerian, Hops, Ashwagandha  One of the most common misconceptions I hear are people taking their herbs to help them sleep right before bed. Most of the time what happens before bed is not what keeps you up at night. It’s what happens during the day. So I recommend that you use the herbs during the day  when you’re most stressed out and/or anxious to train your body to be…

  • Which herbs I used before a big session of healing the next layer of my sexual trauma. 

    A few months ago I had a big session with my practitioner. Throughout the years we have worked on my sexual trauma, but it’s never been the primary focus of the session since I did so much solo work on it. Little things would pop up and we would work on it along with everything else that had popped up during the month. But at the end of one of my sessions my practitioner told me the next session she thought we needed to have the main focus of the session be on the trauma, that it was time. And I knew it was true – even if I didn’t…

  • Herbs to help you when traveling: for both adults and children

    7/13/23 Brand recommendations are at the bottom of the article (with extra attention for formulas for kids). Here are the top three herbal products I like to bring with me when traveling.  Brand Recommendations: I have no affiliation with any herbal or supplement companies. All the brands listed here are ones I personally buy from and recommend clients in my practice to buy from. If you’re in Sacramento, the Co-op will have all of these there. Otherwise I have recommended brands/websites. Kids in general: Your local co-op will most likely have glycerin extracts (tinctures) if you’re not comfortable using alcohol based tinctures. Avena Botanicals is online and has great glycerin…

  • How to make the most out of herbal tea for your health

    6/19/23 There are many different ways to make tea and none of them are wrong. If you are looking to get the most medicinally out of your herbs here are some recommended tips: – Toss the tea bags and buy in bulk – lots of herbalists love to joke that tea bags killed the herbalist. It gets a good chuckle because the amount of herbs in a tea bag is usually very small (aka not as heavy on the medicinal side). Opt for tea strainers which can hold larger amounts of herbs.  -Using roots or hard berries? Bring those to a boil and then turn down to a simmer for…

  • How much of an herb do you take? Observations on herbal dosages.

    6/20/23 The amount of herbs you need to take can be a tricky thing and is very much dependent on the person taking them.  A lot of herbalists say 3 cups of herbal tea a day or 3 ml of tincture is a medicinal dose. After 7 years of clinical practice I politely disagree with this statement. I think of it more as a tonifying dose. When someone has had a severe health imbalance for years you need to overwhelm the imbalanced energy, starting with a greater quantity of herbs and then slowly reducing the amount as the person is coming into balance.  That being said, I do always recommend…

  • What is the best way to get to know an herb?

    6/12/23 The best way to get to know an herb is to grow it! You’ll develop a deep relationship with the plant seeing it in every stage. Being able to harvest your own herbs and then use them at home as medicine is a magical experience.  However, if you don’t have the space to grow every herb then immerse yourself in them! Take one herb a month and drink it in tea, have a tincture of it, try the flower and/or herbal essence, can you use it as a beauty treatment!? Have fun incorporating the herb into your life and understanding how this herb operates.  If you want to do…