Pesto offers a concentrated source of nutrition - micro and macro-nutrients. Plus, it will soothe inflammation, cleanse via the inclusion of fresh lemon and garlic and offer comprehensive nourishment for hormone balance. This baseline recipe will give you a template for creating delicious pesto with whatever ingredients you have on hand. Please report back on any creations you fall in love with!Read More
I consider liver to be one of the most nutritious foods for women and recommend it at some point to most of my clients. This suggestion often comes as a shock to many - who have either understood liver as an unhealthy (maybe even toxic?) food or just plain don't like the idea (or taste). In this post, I'll share a little bit about my journey with this traditional food, the myriad of ways you can begin to include it in your wellness routine and why you'd want to.Read More
The Fire Element in Chinese Medicine has always eluded me. The obvious aspects - like warmth and energy - made sense, but there was a deeper meaning that I just couldn't seem to connect with...ironic since a big part of the fire element is about internal/external connection.Read More
Sleep is such a crucial part of our health and well-being. Not only do we generally feel better when we've had sufficient sleep, it lays the foundation of health for various systems in the body. For these reasons, my family and I enjoy a lovely brew most evenings as part of our sleep-ritual. It's safe for children, during pregnancy and while breast feeding! Learn my recipe and more about the benefits of sleep below.Read More
Asparagus is abundant this time of year, offering a delicious and nutritious addition to various dishes. Additionally, it offers a multitude of potent health benefits for women - from hormone balance to potent anti-cancer qualities. But my favorite reason to love asparagus during the seasonal shift from spring to summer is its affinity for both the liver/gallbladder and heart/small intestine energies within the body - offering a true bridge between the wood (spring) and fire (summer) elements, respectively.Read More
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.Read More
I LOVE Pumpkin! And fall is the perfect time of year for enjoying pumpkin in so many different ways. Click through to get the recipe for my favorite spicy pumpkin-ginger muffins, plus links to some of my other go-to pumpkin recipes.Read More
This is an auspicious time of year - for both our physical and spiritual health. Autumn is ruled by the Metal Element, bringing clarity and inspiration, along with grief and vulnerability. It is both cutting and tender, often manifesting in emotional turmoil or decreased immunity. The Metal Element relates to the Lung and Large Intestine organs, making these areas particularly susceptible to ailments this time of year (think of that pesky cough that just won't quit, or chronic digestive symptoms).
Let's dive in to understand a bit more about the Metal Element as it relates to our health, finishing with one of my favorite Metal Element Recipes: Roasted Pears with Honey.Read More
Every October the world turns its focus to breast cancer treatment and prevention, which has done amazing things for women's health - especially in bringing awareness to an often overlooked, but important, part of female anatomy. In the spirit of preventative health and self-care, I've put together a post on simple techniques that any woman can do at home to maintain healthy circulation and detoxification in breast tissue.
A favorite herb that has specific affinity for breast tissue is Lavender, which is easy to source and is most commonly used as an essential oil or in its dried flower form (pictured above). It smells heavenly and has minimal contraindications or side effects in adult women. Lavender can be used topically through the skin, directly access the nervous system through our sense of smell and internally circulate via the Liver Meridian - learn my three favorite ways to use lavender for therapeutic benefit below.Read More
The nature of being alive means we are in constant motion, down to the molecular level. It also means our boundary with the outside world isn't as severe as we might like to think. Our entire digestive tract is filled with multi-strain living bacterial organisms - most of which are there to keep us healthy.
In "Part 1" of my Gut Health Series, we'll explore the good guys, the bad guys and why our Gut Flora matters more than almost any other “health treatment” out there.Read More