Party Herbs for the Fire Element

Summertime and the energy of the Fire element are all about stimulating growth for all sentient beings on our planet. If we get too much of this sunshine fueled energy, we can burn (and easily burnout.) If we don’t get enough, we can find ourselves more prone to getting really sick. Fire element energy also […]

Summer Solstice – Celebrating Litha and Midsummer

Summer Solstice, June 20th or 21st (also referred to as Litha or Midsummer) is a powerful window for letting go of the old and bringing in the new and where our spiritual dedication and internal fire gets its own fiery cleanse. This time of year marks the height of Summertime and happens when the axial […]

Expanding the Heart Space

There are many quotes, idioms, and song lyrics that revolve around the heart. Emily Dickenson, in 1862 stated “the heart wants what it wants, or else it does not care” and from a spiritual and traditional Chinese medicine lens – this happens to be true. Our heart is one of the most powerful organs in the […]

The Fire Element: On The Edge of Burnout

The season of Summer and the Fire element is quite an exciting and warm-welcomed one. Coming out of our hibernation stations of Winter – we begin to see the changes of nature around us and feel the shifts from the Spring energy within us, too. The sunshine hits differently and the blooms begin to make […]

Recipe for Autumn: Pumpkin Spice Latte

I know, I know – you’re probably rolling your eyes right now at the thought of another Pumpkin Spice Latte. I get it, the hype has taken over with the fancy cups and picture-worthy documentation of the change of season. But what if we chose to reframe and reclaim the #PSL with a healthy, gut-friendly, […]

Organs of the Earth Element and How They Support Us

We’re entering the middle ground where the yang energy of Summer meets the yin energy of Fall. Late Summer and the Earth element constitution is the prime time to pause, reflect, and look inward from your internal organs to the outside of your body. Your body in the Earth element begins with digestion which governs […]

Late Summer: Nature’s Fifth Season

Golden sunsets, abundantly sweet fruit, warm beverages, and feeling of closeness with the Earth and her rhythms.  Yes, we are entering that fifth season of Late Summer. The seasonal limbo of where the energy of Summer meets the slow motion start to Autumn is known as Late Summer in traditional Chinese medicine. While it doesn’t […]

Recipe for Late Summer: Basic Soup and Stew

Welcome to the season of Late Summer and the Earth element – where our digestive system is at the forefront of support and soups and stews are often found on the stovetops! This season calls in centering, grounding, and finding balance between the yang energy of summer and the yin energy of fall, and is […]

Summertime Foods to Focus On

You know what they say – ‘you are what you eat!’ But what they don’t often tell you is you are what you eat based on what’s most nourishing and freshly grown during each season. For example – during the summer, lots of ice cream and cool drinks are leaned on in our society to […]

Organs of the Fire Element and How They Support Us

With the seasonal transition to a new Element, a great way to keep up with nature and what our bodies need is to take a closer look at the organs associated with the element and how to best support them (while learning how they support us on all levels!)  The organs of the Fire element […]

How Trauma Impacts the Fire Element

The Fire element is unique as it has not two, but four organs associated with it. The Heart, being one of the Fire element’s organs, is referred to as the “Supreme Controller” in Chinese medicine, and is the Empress/Emperor presiding over the rest of the body, mind, and spirit. So, when the events of life […]

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