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With the devastating cold and flu season on the horizon, I thought it would be helpful to share some herbs and tips about how to support our lungs during this time. Our Respiratory system is responsible for the amazing process of BREATHING, through which our bodies take in oxygen to feed our cells and our blood. It is through our breath that we see the obvious reciprocity that human beings have with the plant world. As plants turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, we turn oxygen into carbon dioxide.  Not only do our lungs carry oxygen into our body, they also help us to filter out toxins....

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      Summer’s here— it’s a time of warm sunny days, naked bike rides (you wild Portlanders), and a whole host of outdoor shenanigans. But what do you do if the sun is beaming and you feel the sweat dripping down like you ate some gnarly hot peppers? Rather than hiding indoors like your trying to get a lead role in the next twilight movie, you can use some herbs that’ll cool you down and chill you out. Today, we’ll be going through an herbal iced tea recipe so you can be the coolest cat this summer.     Since ancient times the medicinal effects of herbs have been...

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  With allergy season descending upon us and leaving in its wake masses of runny noses, itchy eyes and sneezing fits, what’s a Portlander to do? Especially with research showing that certain antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) have anticholinergic effects that may increase the risk of dementia and other cognitive problems with long term use (1). Luckily for us it seems that nature has provided us with herbal allies against our other very enthusiastic allergen spreading friends (P.S. trees we love you, but for a few months some of you are more like frenemies). Now onto some green goodness: here...

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Learning to become healthy, balanced in mind and body, is an opportunity for growth for each and every one of us. Though it is true that we all will endure an array of natural hormone changes as a part of our life experience, men and women experience them quite differently. In honor of National Women’s Month this March, we chose to focus this blog on the hormonal changes from a woman’s perspective. Hormones play a vital role in the development of a woman, physically and emotionally, at every stage of life.  Hormones act as important chemical messengers that are produced...

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     When the days grew colder and the nights grew longer, people of ancient times would light candles and gather round fires to honor the return of the Sun in Spring, and set an energetic stage for manifestations of abundance and health. Traditionally, they would also commune to share gifts, as well as enjoy feasts and an array of festivities. Dances were danced and songs were sung and all would delight in decorating their homes and villages with garlands made from Mother Nature.       One of the most famous celebrations of Winter Solstice in the world today takes...

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