Herbs & Pregnancy

Herbs & Pregnancy

There is the continual debate on whether herbal medicinals are safe to consume while pregnant. As a clinical herbalist I have my extensive list of herbs contraindicated during pregnancy, pulled from the AHPA’s Botanical Safely Handbook, 2nd edition. However, I am also aware that herbs have been used as an extension of diet for time … Continue reading

My Lifelong Yoga Class

My Lifelong Yoga Class

As I reflect on my journey through the many lessons of yoga ( योग, “to join” or “to unite” in Sanskrit) I first see myself around 5 years old, flopping around and contorting my body into seemingly challenging poses with ease. It is a comical visual.  As a child of the 70′s growing up in … Continue reading

Gratitude as Medicine

Gratitude as Medicine

It is challenging at times to be grateful, especially in the midst of pain and emotional turmoil.  Yet, strangely enough it usually takes the experience of suffering to open the portal to the immense power of gratitude.  I observe my children, having a blessed simple life, grappling with the concept of having to say “thank … Continue reading

Ecological Medicine & The Tao

Ecological Medicine & The Tao

  When I first heard the term “Ecological Medicine” back in 2002, it was like a spark was lit in my mind.  Having spent the first part of my life studying ecology and then naturally transitioning into the study of Asian medicine in the second part of my life, it felt clear to me that … Continue reading

The Power in the Peel

The Power in the Peel

We have a little 3 year old friend who only prefers to eat the peel of the apple and discard the rest.  Well….he may be on to something.  Peels of fruits and vegetables, as long as they are organically grown and not waxed, can provide potent phytonutrients in our diet. For example, the peel of … Continue reading

Oil Pulling, the new health craze with old roots in Ayurveda

Oil Pulling, the new health craze with old roots in Ayurveda

For the past few weeks I kept hearing people raving about how they started “oil pulling”.  This new health craze is actually an ancient practice in Ayurveda called Gandusha or Kavala.  It is one of the many daily rituals (dinacharya) , meant to bring “happiness in life.” Dinacharya, the daily morning routine in Ayurveda includes … Continue reading