Earth Aura Retreat - November 2018 - Costa Rica

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Do you feel like you need a deep, nourishing breath - one that can press the pause button on the busy tasks of life and open the space for deep regeneration, grounding + transformation?

Then, join me in Costa Rica this fall!

Katie Hess has designed the perfect, sacred container for change-makers, creatives and meditators to rest in deep ‘beingness’ - to sink into your own wisdom and soak up your magic.

She’ll lead the way with her decades of spiritual practice and herbal knowledge behind her, leaving us each with a greater tool kit for personal growth. I’ve never met anyone like Katie. Just being near her brings a tide of calm and a glimpse into the accessibility to realms other than what our eyes can see.

Why I’m Going

When Katie asked me to join her on this year’s Women’s Retreat to Costa Rica to offer Crystal Ear Seed Chakra Healing Therapy and Transformational Acupuncture Sessions - it was an instant ‘yes.’

…even though I’ve never left my three children for more than two nights at a time, even though I’ve got three business to run (one of which is less than a year old) and even though my husband can totally handle being on his own for a week (but never actually has) - I said ‘yes.’ There were several valid reasons to say “not this year,” but my soul needs this.

And while stepping away from my deeply rooted responsibilities for a week is daunting (and will require an immense amount of coordination and help from others), the gifts I’ll bring by taking this time to connect inward and serve other women, outweighs any doubt in my mind.

I yearn for quietude to reconnect with my inner wisdom. I yearn to be in community with other women. I yearn to learn from though leaders that embody radical change through ‘doing less.’

But what excites me most about this getaway is treating other women to a private healing session. Retreat experiences in and of themselves unlock so many blocks and stagnant energy, offering a rare opportunity to magnify results from an energy-based modality such as acupuncture.

I said ‘yes’ because I need this - body, mind and soul - just as much as you.

Why You Might Consider Going…

To be in community with other creative, wild and wonderous women.

To receive private healing sessions, of various modalities.

To soak in the sea.

To be in silence and stillness.

To meditate.

To learn about and be in ritual.

To bathe in the sunlight and wild expanse of nature

To access beautiful expressions of yourself have that been hidden.

To unravel knots and be fully yourself as you are.

To scale your impact in the world through the practice of ‘being.'

….and….

Enjoy the wisdom + magic of Flower Elixers in every beverage you sip.


Consider hitting the pause button on your life to join us. There are a few spots left and we would love to share in this with you.



Natural Relief for Seasonal Allergies

Natural Relief for Seasonal Allergies

There is nothing quite as annoying as allergy season - believe me, I know. In my teens and early 20's I suffered from debilitating allergy symptoms that plagued me all year long. When I met my husband, he was suffering as well, and when I went into clinical practice I was shocked at the number of people who are also afflicted by seasonal (or perpetual) allergies.

It's almost ubiquitous with being human, and this shouldn't be the case. We are natural beings living in a natural world, and we should  be able to do so without discomfort. After many years of trying all sorts of natural remedies, I finally found a way to understand (and heal) this condition from the root.

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Insatiable Interview with Ali Shapiro

When holistic nutritionist and integrative health coach Ali Shapiro contacted me to be on her "Insatiable" podcast - I instantly blushed. Me? You see, I've been following Ali's work for years, and continue to be inspired by not only her knowledge but her frank enthusiasm for healing ourselves from the root. She's a total powerhouse.

It is my deep-held belief that we need to collectively change the conversation about female-fertility to encompass all phases of life - NOT just baby-making. Our conversation does just that - with a strong emphasis on peri- and post menopause transitions. I've never done an interview like this - I hope you find it insightful and please pass along to women in your life who might benefit.

Listen to the full episode here.

What Your Period Is Trying to Tell You

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Katie Hess is one of my favorite people on the planet - her story, her passion, her flowers...many of you know how often I recommend her products clinically (and I use them daily). She is truly a modern alchemist. So when she asked me to join her for a second time on her Flowerlounge Podcast the only answer was an enthusiastic "yes"!

There is so much mystery in the world of women's health and physiology, and I'm passionate about women reclaiming this wisdom. If you struggle with painful periods, ever wondered what the symptoms surrounding your period really mean, or want a deeper connection with your hormonal rhythm, then please listen in and pass along to other women in your life who might benefit!

Symptom-free periods ARE possible, and not only is it important to take care of any imbalance to serve your immediate quality of life, but it will set you up for a lifetime of vibrant health and chronic disease prevention.

What you'll hear in this episode:

  • Eastern vs. Western approaches to the menstrual cycle
  • Way of working towards a symptom-free menstrual cycle: herbs, supplements, and practices!
  • The one supplement that everyone needs + why
  • What's the deal with the birth control pill?! Dangers of using it + safer, natural alternatives 
  • Noticing the Yin/Yang patterns in your cycle + how to use that information to harness your intuition, right timing + power each month
  • Erin's favorite supplements for hormonal + overall balance
  • A little bit of Western Science - the role of inflammation, blood sugar, and gut dysbiosis in hormonal imbalance (aka = PMS and painful periods)
  • Basic Foods, Herbs and Lifestyle to Support each of the phases with practical home remedies

Guest Post: How I Deal With My Rage

Guest Post: How I Deal With My Rage

It is such a pleasure to introduce Molly Caro May - author of the book 'Body Full Of Stars: Female Rage and My Passage Into Motherhood' - coming out later this month. In her personal story, she covers the important topic of post-partum emotions like anger and rage - an under-supported (and under-discussed) experience for many women.

As a mother of three (pumping milk as I write this intro) and in my work with women of all ages, I am passionate about the topic of female emotional health - to find effective ways to use strong emotions as a tool for growth and move through them.

Molly does so beautifully in her book, and has gifted us a bit of that journey below. Enjoy her prose and practical tips for navigating the uncertain waters of female rage. Whether you are a mother or not, this information is deeply vital.

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Fire Cider for Cold Pathogens and Immunity

Fire Cider for Cold Pathogens and Immunity

I remember the first time I heard about Fire Cider - about six years ago in my herbalist friend's NYC apartment. My eyes teared up while chopping all of the ingredients. I was intrigued and slightly scared...I mean, vinegar + horseradish as a tonic? That's intense! But over the years I've come to absolutely love Fire Cider - as a daily immune tonic in the winter months or as a early-treatment for cold or flu. And, I've found my favorite way to enjoy it that even my kids can handle!

Read on to learn how to make this spicy herbal "medicine" and how to integrate into your families health routine.

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Homemade Cashew Milk

Homemade Cashew Milk

There are many reasons that you might choose to use a non-dairy milk in your nutrition plan, I find them both pleasing to taste and easy to digest. And, they are also incredibly easy to make! This post features my two favorite non-dairy milks, how to make them, and why you'd want to. Enjoy!

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Flower Lounge PodCast Interview: Getting to the Root

Katie Hess of Lotuswei has started a podcast called the Flower Lounge. If you don't know her work - she is a flower alchemist, visionary, adventurer and truly bright light in this world.  In this fresh new series, she weaves beautiful storytelling with practical tips to up the vibrancy of your life.

And she chose ME as one of her guests! I am beyond grateful. In our episode, we talk about the overarching emotional themes behind physical symptoms, covering topics like:

  • Why it’s important to create a business style that’s all your own
  • How to navigate through life’s difficult transitions
  • Identifying an imbalance in your life + tapping into your own self-healing powers
  • Some of my favorite herbs
  • The Five Element Theory + your Constitutional Factors
  • Protecting your ‘Shen’ + soothing internal disruptions
  • The evolving concept of ‘time’, and how to make time a friend, instead of an enemy

Click below to listen to our chat about "Getting to the Root" and subscribe for new episodes from other healers coming weekly. Enjoy!

Brunch At My Place

Brunch At My Place

I have a deep appreciation for food, and aim to integrate the wisdom from various lineages to create the most optimal nourishment plan for myself, my family, and my clients. This post takes an honest peek into what a brunch at my place looks like (with a very special guest), links to some fabulous recipes, and the essential tricks I've found to be the most useful to uplevel nutrient density while not ignoring comfort, decadence and taste.

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Finding Yin in the Tetons: Featured Article in New Wu Magazine

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This month, on August 21st 2017, there will be a total-eclipse of the sun - the first one visible from the United States since 1979. And, Jackson WY happens to be one of the strategic locations for complete visibility of this rare celestial event. 

If you are lucky enough to be in the Jackson Hole area during this month, pick up a copy of New Wu Magazine and check out my featured article "Finding Yin in the Tetons." Or, if you won't be traveling to this neck of the woods, you can read it online here - page 49.

Herb Safety in Pregnancy

I found herbal remedies to be incredibly helpful during my pregnancies - from common complaints like digestive upset, insomnia, swollen ankles and varicose veins. But, there is a lot of conflicting information out there on herb safety and efficacy during the unique time of pregnancy. I tried to lay it all out for you so you can make an informed choice if (and when) herbs are an appropriate supportive pregnancy tool.

This article was published on Kelly Brogan MD's website, read the full text here.

My First E-Book! (free download for you)

Flower Elixers for Women's Wellness

After personal and professional experience with the lovely Lotus Wei products, I've become wildly inspired by the incredible potential of Flower Elixers on women's health. To that end, I eagerly accepted the honor to collaborate with founder Katie Hess on a super juicy, downloadable e-book: Flower Elixers for Women's Wellness.

What You'll Discover Inside:

  • 6 life-changing benefits of a healthy + dynamic endocrine system
  • Top 6 flower elixirs I recommend for women seeking support in balancing their reproductive system, enhancing fertility + adapting smoothly to our ever-changing bodies
  • A collaborative list of additional resources (books, online courses, websites, people) for you to continue your hands-on approach to your health + happiness

I hope you'll check it out! And maybe you'll even find some flowers that resonate with where you are at right now. If you have personal questions about what flowers might be right for you, please drop me a note!

Warm Winter Smoothie Recipe

Warm Winter Smoothie Recipe

Some might call this "soup" - but I like to call it my nourishing, warm winter smoothie! In my last post, we uncovered some of the hazards of regular (frozen) smoothie consumption, and how to consciously create smoothies in service of your health and hormonal goals.

This recipe is a great substitution for a raw smoothie, especially during the cold winter months. It's a pureed blend of a variety of greens and vegetables, nourishing protein, tastes great and when prepared ahead of time can provide a quick reheated meal throughout the week.

Sounds kinda like a smoothie to me, no?

But instead of taxing your system, it will bolster the digestive energy, enhance nutrient absorption, offers up cellular renewal to the tissues of the body and combats free-radical damage...full recipe below.

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How Flower Elixers Can Uplevel Your Regular Wellness Routine

How Flower Elixers Can Uplevel Your Regular Wellness Routine

About five months ago I was introduced to the wonderful world of Flower Elixers and the beautiful work and products by Lotus Wei. They have been positively impacting my life in major ways, as well as for my clients. From enhancing fertility, heightening professional goals and preparation for childbirth - these truly are potent little bottles. They are a safe way to support personal growth and herbal therapy.

So, I was thrilled when Lotus Wei founder, Katie Hess, was willing to contribute some information about the simple yet profound benefits of her flower elixers - read on below!

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Rosemary: Eight Reasons To Use It and One Delicious Recipe

Rosemary: Eight Reasons To Use It and One Delicious Recipe

A common culinary herbs - especially during the holidays - Rosemary has a lot more to offer than simply good taste. From immune health to improving brain function, it is really a superb herbal friend. In this post, you'll learn the most common culinary and therapeutic ways to use rosemary, eight reasons why you'd want to and a delicious (and super simple!) recipe for Rosemary Pulled Pork.

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Reassembling Our Hormonal Puzzle - Guest Post On Kelly Brogan MD

There is a significant disconnect today in the world of women’s health. In many traditional healing systems, women’s wisdom was passed down between grandmothers and mothers, daughters and sisters. Female fertility, menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding, post partum and menopause were spoken about, learned and embraced. Women empowered one another, allowing them to thrive in their own physiology and make appropriate choices in service of their health.

Somewhere along the way, this conversation among women vanished, leaving us confused, overwhelmed and in fear of our own cycles, fertility and bodies. Many of us turn our hormones over to prescription birth control (myself included for nearly a decade). We’ve willingly relinquished our birthright of knowledge, and I believe women are suffering because of it.

Continuing reading over at Kelly Brogan MD's informative site where I illustrate six key benefits for reconnecting to our hormonal physiology and my time-tested road map for balancing hormones naturally.

Erin Interviewed on MD For Moms

In my July 2016 Interview with Dr. Carly Snyder, I discuss the importance of Gut Health - and not just for women struggling with digestive symptoms. Our entire system, including hormone balance and mood regulation, relies on good digestion for nutrient absorption and assimilation. In my interview, I'll discuss:

  • Why Gut Health is the foundation of systemic health
  • How Chinese Medicine has known this for thousands of years
  • Six easy ways to improve your digestive balance today

I hope you'll check it out and pass it on!

In health,

Erin

 

My Favorite "SuperFood"

My Favorite "SuperFood"

I'm not really a fan of the "superfood" revolution, as I believe variety is a key to health and that no single food-source has the ability to nourish us on its own – but gelatin might just be a close contender. My family and I turn to this nutrient daily, and I recommend it to most of my clients as part of their health routine. Learn the unique benefits of this nutrient dense food, how to source it and easily incorporate it into any daily regimen - adults and kids alike!

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Wild Fermenting At Home

Wild Fermenting At Home

Learn how to make these scrumptious, savory and probiotic dill-carrots at home - and why you'd want to (hint: think lifelong vibrant health!).

Lacto-fermentation is a craft that has been used for literally centuries to not only preserve food but also to increase nutrient content and improve digestion. Recently, wild fermentation has made a comeback into the modern nutritional landscape by both the health-conscious community and in food manufacturing.

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