As we welcome in these long, warm days of summer, we simultaneously invite the elements of nature that will help keep us cool and balanced. One of the most obvious examples of this is MINT.
Did you know that there are over 600 varieties of mint? This prolific herb has an astounding spectrum of aromatic and flavor characteristics; ranging from chocolate to pineapple to orange.
Brewed as a hot or cold tea, used to flavor ice cream or chopped into salads, mint always adds a refreshing note. Read More
Rosemary. For many, the word is unspectacular; it simply calls to mind the common herb found in many a garden and at almost any market, even the most poorly stocked.
Yet I invite you to see and experience this herb with new perspective.
Rosemary stems from a warm, Mediterranean climate, yet it has adapted beautifully to the colder regions of the world. It has been utilized medicinally for hundreds of years to remove impurities and evil thoughts, to encourage remembrance, as a defense against plague and as a protection against physical harm.
Normally we smell something long before we see it. In fact, our noses often direct our eyes where to look and our feet where to walk; either toward a desirable smell or away from an undesirable one. Yet I feel we often take our sense of smell for granted.
I was just reading an amazing article on the learning capabilities of deaf-blind children. These extraordinary human beings, who are not able to rely on the typically dominant senses of sight and hearing, become quite reliant on their sense of smell.
These children use the chemical signals that come in through their noses as information for identifying the various people in their lives and for anticipating activities that they are about to experience.
This month I have been teaching a lot about the potential for healing on multiple levels. When it comes to the process of emotional healing, there are so many essential oils that can be called upon to act as a tremendous support team.
For that reason, instead of choosing a single oil to highlight, I wanted to write about 2 specific groups: Flowers & Resins.
When it comes to cleaning up old, emotional wounds, opening the heart, releasing anger and finding forgiveness, essential oils distilled from flowers and tree resins are there to love and support you on your journey. These oils not only help us to be more compassionate, empathetic and receptive to others, but they also help us to be more loving and accepting of ourselves.
The research on meditation has grown staggeringly and the health benefits that come from this daily practice have become indisputable. While meditation comes easily to some of us, I feel many others struggle to get into a meditation groove, and others still do not even understand what all the excitement is about.
If you are already meditating, that’s great for you. If you are questioning why you should even begin or are confused about how to do so, this blog is for you. There are countless health benefits that come with a daily meditation, but the short of the long is that meditation greatly reduces your stress response, creating an internal terrain that supports healing on all levels.
On the whole, it seems that modern society has a generally negative viewpoint of sleep. Similar to healthy eating and physical activity, sleep often gets clumped into the category of “I know I need to do it, but who has the time?”
Nowhere is that sentiment more apparent than in New York City, “the city that never sleeps”. New Yorkers classically wear 4 hours of sleep like a badge of honor, patting themselves on the back for their productivity, in spite of barely sleeping the night before. But imagine how much more productive they might be on 7 or 8 hours of sleep, with less reliance on nutrient-lacking stimulants that perpetuate a stress response in their bodies and wreak havoc on their health and well-being.
So many of us go through life never thinking about our breath. And why should we? Doesn’t breathing happen involuntarily?
While our brains will luckily inform our breathing whether we are consciously thinking about it or not, breathing is one instrument that we can train and utilize on a conscious level, in order to control other subconscious/involuntary functions that greatly impact our health. Read More
As we exit the hecticness and over-indulgence of the holiday season and enter this new and wonderful year (2018!), my mind, like many, wanders toward resolutions and resets. This is such a great time to set 6-month and 1-year goals and to write down concrete action steps for accomplishing them.
The first calendar month of a new year is so filled with hope and grand expectations, particularly around the areas of health and wellness. Our bodies instinctively crave a healthier, more relaxing and more nourishing way of being; a return to equilibrium after the festivities of the previous weeks.
When you cut a slice of fresh ginger, you are met with its beautiful golden yellow color and are immediately enveloped by its warm, spicy aroma.
Fresh ginger is known as one of the herbs (or rhizomes, in this case) of longevity, as it is so beneficial to your health. Ginger is an amazing anti-inflammatory agent, helping to deal with muscle and joint pain. Because of its warming quality, it is particularly helpful with varying forms of arthritis.
A number of studies on how we perceive beauty have shown that we tend to find faces of great symmetry to be the most attractive. But does that same rule apply to the entire body? And if so, what is the anthropological reasoning for that? More importantly, what does symmetry tell us about our health and what steps can we take to improve it? Read More