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 […]

Anger, the Wood Element & Discovering Your Personal Bandwidth

Our Wood element is getting a run for its money this last year…from the Black Lives Matter movement to the most recent mass shootings, if you aren’t impacted – then we’ve got some work to do together. Me? I’m angry. I’m angry at the systems we have kept in place to perpetuate this kind of […]

Support for Spring and the Wood Element

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and about a gazillion other nature-based systems of healing, Spring is the optimal time for birthing/rebirthing, creativity, cleansing, and nurturing growth. But what does that mean, exactly? It means that this season provides us with the upward rising, forward moving energy we need to face challenge and opportunity – […]

Recipe for Spring: Ginger Lemon Tea with Mint

Spring brings with it vibrant awakening energy and flourishing blooms beginning all around us. With the increased energy surging through nature and the air, we tend to forget about the lingering reminder of Winter when the chillier mornings and evenings are amongst us. What better way to support your system (and specifically your liver!) during […]

Recipe for Autumn: Immune Boosting Chaga Chai

The synchronicity of the seasons with nature and our daily lives is pure magic (and a little bit of mystery, too). Through the changing of the temperatures, the slowing down of our lives, and courage to let go of what is no longer serving us – it’s important to tend to our lungs, large intestine, […]

The Art of Letting Go: Autumn and the Metal Element

For me, this has been a year of letting go. Letting go of the way I want/hope/wish things would be, of the way I sometimes feel they should be. Letting go of the visions I hold for my life and my attachment to them. Even letting go of once-important friendships that were — in truth […]

Finding Ground In Late Summer

Can you feel it? The heat and energy of summer is slowly coming to a close, transitioning us into what we traditional Chinese medicine practitioners refer to as Late Summer. Late Summer is considered the fifth season and it has completely different energy than Summer or Fall. What do you notice? That yellow-orange sunset, all […]