Green Summer: 3 Herbal Recipes

By |July 27th, 2015|

We find balance in summer weather by eating foods that are bitter (cooling, moist), such as: unsweetened cocoa, olives, dandelion, kale, celery, amaranth, quinoa, and millet. It is also important to take time to rest, sit in the shade, breathe deeply, and absorb the green color that surrounds us.

These are the healing properties of […]

Balancing Your Pitta Emotions This Summer

By |July 12th, 2015|

As the temperature begins to spike this summer, you may notice that your emotions can often mirror the sticky situation outside. Perhaps you find yourself getting agitated, critical and impatient during the dog days of summer. Summer is governed by pitta dosha (fire + water) which has the qualities of hot, dry and light. […]

Weedy Medicine: A Closer Look at Chickweed

By |July 6th, 2015|

If you live in an area where it grows, you are probably familiar with chickweed (Stellaria media) as one of the “weeds” in your garden.  But as is true with many of our weeds, chickweed is also excellent medicine and food.  So if you are going to pull it out, make sure to use […]

Oregon Grape Root: Golden Healer of the West

By |June 16th, 2015|

Oregon Grape’s beautiful and fragrant yellow flowers and evergreen leaves have made it a popular ornamental and it can now be found outside its native range of western North America.  In addition to its beauty, the root of Oregon Grape is also a powerful medicinal.

There are over 70 species of Oregon Grape but Mahonia […]

The Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

By |June 10th, 2015|

Summer has arrived in the Pacific Northwest and with the higher temperatures more people can be seen running and cycling outside.  As the daylight hours increase, we will be more active and will need more energy throughout the summer months.  According to many traditions, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, Solanaceae family) is a perfect herbal support […]

To Snack Or Not To Snack? An Ayurvedic Perspective

By |June 3rd, 2015|

Let’s admit it, we’re a snacking culture. If one takes a cruise through any typical American grocery store, s/he will no doubt find aisle upon aisle of various nibbles and treats. Chips, cookies, granola bars, crackers, basically anything sweet, salty, and crunchy seems to constitute a good stand-in for a meal.  But, is a […]