Building Ojas: Through A Tonic

Ojas is expressed as vitality, endurance, fertility and patience- all of which are grounded qualities of Kapha. Ojas is the subtle essene related to health and well-being. It makes you peaceful and patient- all of which we could all use more of. Building Ojas can be a multifaceted approach, and can mostly be achieved through expressive workings of balancing your Kapha dosha.

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Honoring Our Rooted Seasons

As humans, we are also a part of nature. We are affected by the weather, the local reach of seasonal foods, and the reduced hustle of the season. However, we too come in seasons. Until we understand that we are part of earth’s ecosystem, we won’t begin to understand that us too require seasonal shifts. Just as the trees do, we too must become grounded with the earth.

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You're Not What You Eat

For the present me, food is a life force, it's energy, it's community, and it's value in every essence of it's being. For the past me, and for the me that still makes me human, food can still make me feel shameful, hurtful, and life sucking. For years I felt completely robbed of the cultural pleasure of eating.

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Cleansing Your Eyes With Herbs

Around the world there has been an increasingly growing number of people who currently suffer from strained-dry eyes, the culprit? Our screens! If it's not from our cellphones it's from our tablets, tv's, or computers. Technology has been at the forefront of our days for only the last couple of decades and while there are many contradicting arguments to be had over it, I strongly believe it has changed our lives for the better. If you are anything like me, and the rest of the world, our eyes are paying the price for this gift. My whole life revolves around screen time and it's incredibly hard for me to leave screen time at a minimum. Or, maybe for you it's not the amount of screen time you get that is bothering your eyes, perhaps it's seasonal allergies or chronic dry eye, maybe even a cold that is making them irritated and watery. No matter the case, I have been known to use herbal eye washes to calm any eye ailment I have.

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15 Minutes: All You Need For A Mindful Morning

We all have different needs, our priorities look a little different, some of us don't have weekends off, and sometimes our schedules are all over the place. Since we are all magically different not only with our schedules, but also with our bodies, it would be hard for me to list exact steps you should take the moment you awake to make your morning as mindful as possible, because again, we're all different. Instead, allow me to lead you in a direction that makes you feel as if the power is in your hands. As my grandmother would say, you can lead a horse to the water but it's the horses decision to drink. I don't know, but I like it.

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The Herbal Approach to IBS + Food Intolerances

First and foremost, the herbal approach is more than herbs and this will be important as you continue to manage your IBS and Food Intolerance symptoms. When practicing herbalism the biggest compliment to the herbs start with a healthy lifestyle practice, but that can feel confusing when you struggle with food intolerance especially because if you are in anything like me you are unable to eat avocados, quinoa, asparagus, walnuts, and pineapple.. healthy stuff!

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Herbal Support: Electuary Pastilles

Herbal pastilles are one of the easiest ways to take in the medicinal value of herbs. I'd say it's right up there with tisane infusions and tinctures. Electuary's are made up of only two ingredients. Yes, two. Well okay unless you decide to do an herbal blend but it's really just honey and your powdered herbs. Electuary in its truest form is a silky paste typically kept in a jar and used by scooping out a gollop and either consuming it directly or stirring it right into a warm drink. This type of herbal concoction has more honey than it does herbs, hince the silky consistency. On the other hand, you can create the exact same thing but instead of more honey it's more herbs and it creates a dough like consistency and you can then roll it into little pastilles. Electuary's are extremely fun, simple, delicious and popular with kids. Especially if you have a hard time getting them to take a glycerite tincture

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Understanding Our Health By Looking At Our Tongue

Our mouths are a breeding ground for bacteria from poor oral hygiene and undigested food that sits on the tongue after a meal. This is considered ama, or toxins. Most of us pay zero attention to our tongues, because why would you want to look at a slimy muscle right? The truth is, that muscle holds wisdom to our health, especially our digestive health. When we brush our teeth we don't pay any attention to our tongues or when we do, we simply brush over it with the bristles of our toothbrush and we think that we did our part in keeping our oral hygiene on track. Unfortunately, that is not enough.

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