Blocks, screens and bees, oh my

Having grown up in a suburban area, yet spent time in preteen and teen years on weekends in a wooded setting, I (surprisingly) have trouble connecting offspring to nature.  Husband (a former hillbilly) struggles similarly – he’d be happy living in an area,...

Dance and be joyful

Today, Dr. Pantzer and I made a yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea) flower essence because (shockingly) nobody else has done so.  We stuffed the flowers into a clean jar with spring water and are exposing it to the sun.  While we got that process started, we sat beside...

Herbs for Sleep

Sometimes, when we’re ill, the best thing is to rest.  But how do we do that when sleep escapes us?  One way is to select a specific herb that fits exactly your pattern of sleeplessness.  The other way is to use a blend that hits your most common suite of...

Going Deep

Many clients come to me first to talk about food but then we eventually get deep. Thankfully, not in the first session, or the second… more like the 4th or 5th. One client couldn’t figure out why she had booked a followup appointment until she blurted out...

Eggs and meat are good for you!

Consuming greater amounts of choline — a nutrient found in eggs and meat — during pregnancy may lower an infant’s vulnerability to stress-related illnesses, such as mental health disturbances, and chronic conditions, like hypertension, later in life. (quoted from Science Daily)

Ferment your food

Our digestive tracts house more microbial cells (mostly bacteria) than we have human cells in our entire body.  Recent scientific studies have shown that those gut microbes influence our digestive system at both the cellular and molecular levels.  Our digestive...

Eat real (local) food

We cannot expect to bring about a change in our symptoms if our body doesn’t have adequate nutrition. I recommend eating organic food as often as possible; if it is too expensive, either consider the long term cost of your illness or follow the EWG guidelines for selecting produce.

Local plants share your environment

J.R. Worsley, a British herbalist and acupuncturist, once wrote that local plants are 1000 times more effective therapeutically compared to non-local plants. I encourage the use of local food generally, but specifically local herbs when I intend to help you with a specific problem.