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 […]

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 […]

Soothing Fire Element Herbs for Anxiety & Burnout

The surge of Summer energy and the Fire element seems to be rushing in quickly this year and with the world opening up again, know that it’s quite normal to be experiencing some feelings of anxiety, burnout, and the need to bring more balance into your life. ⁠The good news is if you are feeling […]

Recipe for Summer: Digestive Bitters

When you hear digestive bitters, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Something gross, right? In the Western culture, we rarely incorporate anything bitter (or even sour for that matter) into our foods because our diets are hyper-focused on salty, sweet, and a dash of pungent. In Chinese medicine, however, bitter flavors go straight […]

Support for Summer and the Fire Element

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and in many countries around the world, Summer is a beautiful time to pause and celebrate all of the hard work of the year so far – that we are seeing fruition in some of our goals set and plans made in the Springtime. We’re moving from the birth and […]