Celebrating May With A Green Spring Tonic

By |May 15th, 2015|

May is the time to rejoice in the heart-opening beauty of spring. No wonder Mother’s Day comes at this time of year. In traditional Northern cultures, this is a time to celebrate fertility, Beltane, May Day, or Gale Day. Prevailing winds are gentler now and farmers watch seeds sprouting.

During May, take time to honor […]

The Benefits of Yerba Santa

By |April 29th, 2015|

I’ve always thought that California has a particular fragrance.  I grew up near the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California and even though it’s been well over twenty years since I lived there, I can still vividly remember the smell: a subtle aromatic cacophony of all the fragrant plants growing in the hills — […]

It’s Spring: Time To Lighten Up!

By |April 17th, 2015|

Ah yes, I feel confident in declaring that spring has finally begun to edge out winter in New England. The snow is being transformed into puddles, days are getting longer and, lo and behold, the seasonal allergies have made their dreaded appearance.

According to Ayurveda, spring is governed by kapha dosha and is comprised of […]

A Spring Food Cleanse: 3 Recipes

By |April 3rd, 2015|

Green spring tonics are a time-honored tradition to encourage gentle liver and gall bladder renewal. Leafy greens, both wild and cultivated, are some of the most nutrient dense vegetables of all. In this post we’ll discuss their nutritional and other health benefits.

This is a time when we transition from winter hibernation to summer growth. […]

Breathe Away Stress & Anxiety

By |March 23rd, 2015|

Feeling anxious, flighty, nervous or jittery? I’m sure you have all heard numerous times how you should just “take a deep breath and slow down.” Admittedly, when I used to hear this, I would just respond to the advice with a dramatic eye-roll.  However, to quote a fellow student from my yoga teacher training, […]

The Benefits Of Cinnamon For Men

By |March 11th, 2015|

During the winter months I mix cinnamon powder (C. zeylanicum) with other spices in my egg nog and put cinnamon sticks in my hot apple cider.  You also may have indulged in cinnamon cookies, cinnamon and nutmeg spiced egg nogs, and cinnamon-spiced cider with friends, co-workers during holiday parties, or with family during the […]