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Tension

Tension

By Johnnie, Hedier-Kuhn, CH Tension is a force active in many aspects of our lives, yet when it becomes chronic in our emotional field and throughout the body it can usurp our ability to thrive.   Tension is an underlying pattern with various ailments (hypertension, pain, stress, insomnia, anxiety, and other mood imbalances). Many of us have experienced a tension headache during times of stress, or perhaps strained interpersonal relationships within family or workplace environments. Tension often exists between classes, racial groups, or...

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Connecting with Nature

Connecting with Nature

“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can”.” ― John Muir Do you feel disconnected from nature and natural rhythms?  In our current society, this is completely understandable and widespread.  Life seems so busy and stressful, that we may be too exhausted to make time for the medicine we crave. Although...

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Self-Care for the Holiday Season

Self-Care for the Holiday Season

Sheila Luna, CCH, CH, CSCH Clinic Manager If I asked my clients for holiday-related words I would end up with a spectrum … family, food, volunteerism, parties, travel, friends, decor, travel, shopping, excitement, joy loneliness, hunger, depression, social isolation, financial issues, anxiety, stress, sadness If you are one of those (many) people who experience stress and anxiety around the holiday season, we have some tips for you. Prepare in advance Start a self-care notebook and answer the following questions: What does my body...

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Therapeutic Hot Chocolate

Therapeutic Hot Chocolate

Lisa Ganora, CSCH Director What would the Winter holidays be without some rich, creamy hot chocolate to warm us up from the inside out? But then … all that sugar can’t be good for the immune system, which is already challenged when we’re cooped up inside with dry air, or breathing all kinds of viruses as we travel. Surprisingly, you can make an amazing hot chocolate that goes light on the sweetener and is still richly satisfying and delicious. The trick is to go ‘paleo’ with a recipe inspired by the ancient Cacao drink that was...

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The Heart of Therapy    

The Heart of Therapy    

by Joshua Paquette  A heart is roaring animal. A hearth is a heart inside the body of a home. The flames animate outwards. At the foot of the hearth is an attendant—feeding, nourishing, feeling the flames, fanning, focused, splitting wood, stacking, cooking. Above the hearth is an altar—a mantle—where small meaningful things are kept: carved figures, a letter from a loved one, a painting, an urn filled with ashes. The hearth is a place of grounding and sacrifice, filled with the “fear of missing out”— care isn’t free. “If you...

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Class: Creating Culture: Kraut, Kombucha and Cashew Cheese

Class: Creating Culture: Kraut, Kombucha and Cashew Cheese

Our ancestors utilized fermentation as a means to preserve food and to improve nutritional content, making foods easier to digest and more delicious. Often cultured nourishment was thought to come from the gods; divine intervention transformed food into matter that could last much longer and which delighted the gut and spirit.

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Calling Ritual in to Help Women Heal Menstrual Woes

Calling Ritual in to Help Women Heal Menstrual Woes

Are you feeling overwhelmed by your monthly menstrual cycle?  Do you struggle from severe PMS?  Do you feel your emotions hold you back or interfere with your relationships when menstruating? Our female bodies are dreamy – our energy levels, moods, and physical health are constantly changing.  It can feel confusing and frustrating at times. An issue we see in our culture is little support or acknowledgment of this reality. We teach women to ignore it and carry on no matter what they are feeling. Many women enter into menstruation with...

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3 Ways to Feel a Greater Sense of Ease in a World That Demands So Much From Us

3 Ways to Feel a Greater Sense of Ease in a World That Demands So Much From Us

By Meghan Pivarnik Clinical Herbalist Flower Essence Practitioner   Are you feeling exhausted from work, family life, a commute, or the news? Do you have an injury that is wearing you down? Are you finding it hard to sleep at night or communicate compassionately? Often our nervous system is frayed and overworked from the stressors of daily life and needs a little nourishing. Our nervous system takes care of us and it is important that we give it extra love, especially in times of stress. I know that adding one more thing to your plate...

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Cultivate and Make

Cultivate and Make

How many of us have grown herbs in our gardens, whether in containers or in the ground, and not known what to “do” with them? Have you ever wanted to make an herbal product from scratch using what you’ve grown, but don’t know where to begin? Or are unsure of which part of the plant to harvest? Do you think to yourself, “Where do I even begin? Oh forget it, I’ll just buy the dried herb from the apothecary” does this sound familiar?

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Vaginal Steams

Vaginal Steams

Vaginal steaming is a traditional women’s home healthcare treatment and self-care ritual. This practice nourishes connection with the power of the womb and menstrual cycles, supports female reproductive wellness, and aids uterine complaints and pathologies. It is important to know the ins and outs of how to do this practice in order to perform it properly and maximize your benefit. Learning this affordable, enjoyable, and effective feminine health practice is deeply empowering for women.

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