• Short Sound Session to Calm Road Rage

    The freeways in the Sacramento Valley are getting worse and worse. You put together major construction with lots of anger drivers and all kinds of scary, frustrating incidents happen on the roads. So for those who are experiencing some road rage here is a short sound byte to help recognize your anger and (hopefully) calm it down. Try drinking lavender and/or chamomile tea (wait to hit the coffee until you get to work if you can) to help soothe the nervous system even more. Pro Tip: Recordings like this or always best to listen to via headphones or earbuds. Having anger/frustration issues? If you are interested in learning more how Chinese…

  • Definitely Dill When Your Tummy is Ill

    The last herbal kitchen series post I did my partner suggested lavender – there is tons and tons of information about lavender. The next one he suggested was dill. Which I was excited about because I was taught it is wonderful for infant and nursing mother health.  Surprisingly, for an herb with such a long history of medicinal use there wasn’t a ton of information out there, even though through my education it was touted. But herbs can certainly fall in and out of fashion.   Usually when people think of dill they think of pickles, potato dishes, ranch dressing, and perhaps some ham dishes. Dill was not an herb that…

  • Lovely Lavender

    Everyone loves lavender. My partner included (he loves it in the herbs de Provence). So every time I ask him which kitchen herb I should write about next he says lavender. And I would sigh and go, “nope”. Lavender is a huge topic. I could easily have lavender be one of my herbal classes. There are books upon books just about lavender. And quite frankly, it’s easier to talk about what lavender doesn’t do than what it does do.  That being said, I would argue that all herbs do way more than we can imagine. However, people loooovvee lavender. And that love and popularity has made it so that as…

  • Sound Meditation For When Everyone Is On Your Last Nerves

    Here is a short recording with bowls and chimes to help keep you grounded when everyone is on your last nerves. Listen as often as you need to. And even better if you listen while you do some acupressure on spleen 6. Spleen 6 can help you transform your irritation and frustration as well. Pro Tip: Recordings like this or always best to listen to via headphones or earbuds. If you are interested in learning more about a session where you get to experience the bowls live and how Chinese Medicine can help you or your child’s imbalances please feel free to reach out to me here to book a free 15…

  • Add some pep to your step with Black Pepper

    Everyone has heard of black pepper, it graces pretty much every eating establishment in America. Including the tables of people who claim they don’t use herbs in their cooking. Black pepper is one of the oldest recorded herbs used, so perhaps its long history in human history has allowed it to wiggle its way into the hearts of even the most stubborn-I-do-not-like-herbs-in-my-food humans. While those humans just think of it as something to shake on to their food to add flavor there are tons of other things our ancestors used black pepper for throughout history.  But first, let’s talk about herbal stimulants. Black Pepper is considered a stimulant in the…

  • For The Love Of Cinnamon

    Who doesn’t love cinnamon? The smell of cinnamon for many brings about a sense of coziness and sweetness – since cinnamon is often used in fall desserts. And, in Western culture, it’s all over malls and airports in the form of cinnamon buns. The other day I was chatting with someone who said she can’t go to a mall without getting a cinnamon bun, she considers it sacrilegious.  I’m not a fan of going to malls, but I do love to put a generous amount of it in yogurt, pudding, cottage cheese, and smoothies. Those are all energetically (and physically) cold items which can be hard on the digestive system…

  • Cupping Out the Cold

    Here is a quick video and instructions for the homework item of helping the body move out cold I learned from my teacher Acupuncturist Heather Bruce. You will need: A glass jar, a coin that covers your navel, a tissue, a match, some oil or lotions. Instructions: – Warm the jar and the coin in the lowest setting in the oven -Take jar and coin out and put the jar against your navel to make sure it doesn’t burn (if too hot wait a couple of minutes and recheck) -Spread some oil or lotion around the belly button to help seal the jar to the skin -Put the coin in…

  • The Secret Life of Cardamom

    I loooovee cardamom – I am currently drinking it as I write this (along with some other herbs) but I also love it in my oatmeal, chai, hot chocolate, cookies, and most recently I have been putting it on top of my homemade pudding!  Cardamom is so wonderful. The footnote version of this herb is: if you have digestive issues, have a lot of mucus you need to expel, or want to spice up your love life, cardamom might be your new favorite spice and tea herb!   But here is a little bit more info you might not know about cardamom.  Fun Facts: Cardamom has been used extensively throughout history…

  • What’s in your kitchen cabinet? Cayenne!

    Every few weeks there seem to be themes that pop up in my practice and with my loved ones. So I felt cayenne would be a prudent next herb to do in my kitchen series because perhaps you might be in a similar theme and need this too!  Cayenne is one of the most loved herbs to have during an emergency/crisis (particularly of a heart emergency). Herbalist and acupuncturist Michael Tierra uses up to 1 tsp of cayenne every 15 minutes (while waiting for an emergency vehicle) to help lessen the effects and encourage a speedy recovery of heart attacks and strokes and other emergencies. Nutritionist Gary Null has mentioned…