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Spring Forward with Grace & Ease

Posted by earthygirl81 on March 20, 2019 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome First Day of Spring!!

Spring is the time for growth, movement, and coming back out into the world. We unfreeze from the stillness of the Winter Season- Kidney Organ & Water Element ready to Spring forward. For this blog entry I hope to provide some helpful suggestions for the Seasons start and how to bring balance into it this year.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, they look at the rhythms of nature and its cycles on how we should live, eat, and move through our lives. This observation of nature applied to daily living is True/Pure Wisdom of how the Divine/God/Universe intended for us to function.

As today is the first day of Spring lets take a look at the Liver & Gallbladder Organs and the Element of Wood as these rule the Spring season. The Liver is the Organ in the body that is in charge of the movement of Qi/Prana, which is the life force energy in the body. When this flow of energy gets disrupted imbalances can occur such as: feeling stuck, irritability, stiff neck and shoulders, PMS, alternating bowels (IBS like symptoms), gas, bloating, hormone issues, depression, anger, and so on.

A pathogenic influence to be mindful of as we enter into Spring is Wind, which is ruled by the Wood element, think of trees getting knocked over by storms/Wind. The Liver dislikes the Windy Climate and this is often increased in the season of Spring in most areas. Wind can create issues for many of us & manifest as colds, seasonal allergies, headaches, stiffness in neck, feeling dizzy, vertigo, off balance/bummping into things, itchy skin conditions, and tics (you know those pesky eye & muscle twitches, yep thats wind).  In Ayurvedic healing traditions this would be excess Vata Dosha that needs to be pacified/decreased. If these are affecting you consult a Certified Herbalist or Holistic Health Practitioner for guidance on getting back into balance.

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Our dietary needs are shifting during this time as well as we start to transition from our winter diets of root veggies, warming foods, and soups to the lighter foods of Spring. Below are suggesting on foods to eat this season to support your Liver.

Suggestions for Mind, Body, Spirit for this Springs Season and bringing it in with Grace & Ease:


  • Eat these Yums~ Greens of all kinds- dandelion, collard, kale, mustard, turnips, beets, lemons, lemon, asparagus, squash, artichokes, parsnips, black beans, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, black beans, aduki beans, eggplant, papayas, apples, seaweed, bitter melon, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, banana, oranges, grapefruit, apple cider vinegar as dressing and flavoring, lettuce, bok choy, hummus, celery, burdock root, whole grains- millet, brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa, legumes & lentils.

  • Local honey for allergies (remember to get the one harvested during the Spring season)

  • If your prone to Liver Imbalance symptoms then limit the following foods: spicy foods, large amounts of raw foods and smoothies, fried and fatty foods/fast food, nuts and nut butters (large amounts can stagnant liver), too many avocados, cheese, dairy, coffee, sugar, cokes/sodas (these are full of sugar), caffeinated foods and drinks, iced drinks and cold foods, sugar, soy products, lamb, beef, fried foods, turkey, drugs and stimulates.

  • Teas~ Peppermint, Rose Petals, Chamomile

  • Essential Oils~ Peppermint, Rose, Eucalyptus, Chamomile, Rosemary, Camphor. Lemon

  • Movement 30-60 minutes daily is ideal. yoga, walks in nature, gardening, dance, kayaking/canoeing, biking, tai chi, or whatever you enjoy

  • Get a massage or do a self-massage with warm Sesame Oil (your feet would love some attention)


  • More green time and less screen time ~ The color of the Wood Element is Green, can you see why? IF not, get outside and look around

  • Play, Create, & Express~ The Liver needs expression and creativity to have a nice smooth flow of Qi. These are great outlets for anger, depression, and feelings of depression.

  • Acupuncture

  • Take a Vacation

  • Journal

  • Focus on Goals & new projects- Now is the time for action and movement


  • Start a Gratitude daily practice

  • Practice Meditation, prayer, & other spiritual practices daily

  • Reiki/Energy Healing

  • Journal

  • Let go of past hurts & anger

  • Use appropriate crystals to help bring in balance and healing

As Spring is the season of the seedlings to burst through the ground so must we.

With Gratitude,


Herbal Medicine, What's That?

Posted by earthygirl81 on December 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Herbal Medicine, What's That?

Today lots of words and information get thrown around in the healing world. My hopes for this blog is to share what I really do as a Herbalist. I hope to help you gain clarity and answer common questions I get asked as a Herbalist and also my personal approach to healing.

What is a Herbal Medicine?

Common names this field gets called is Herbology, Herbalism, Herbal Medicine, Plant Medicine, and Botanical Medicine. A Herbalist is trained in Herbal Medicine meaning they study and/or practice in the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants and botanicals as a means of alternative medicine. Essentially what this means is that a Herbalist is educated and trained to use what grows from the earth to heal our bodies. Herbalist are trained in several different views from, but not limited to, Western Herbalism/ Folk Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurvedic Medicine. This includes our foods and actually are the most important aspect of what I personally focus on. Herbalist also use other modalities depending on their personal trainings.

How long have plants been used for healing?

The use of plants for healing is the oldest form of medicine. The Ancient wisdom of plant medicine has been passed down through many cultures. This is scared healing wisdom of how the Divine intended for us to heal ourselves. Many of today's pharmaceuticals have been originally derived from plants. For example, aspirin was originally created by isolating the constitution salicylic acid found in the herb Meadowsweet. The problem here is that this leaves out many of the other healing constitutions of that plant that are meant to work synergistically together with your body for healing.

What do you do?

I educate, educate, educate. The herbal work I do is primarily food based education and healing as I see that nutrition can be a huge factor of the underlying issues manifesting in the mind and body. The foods we eat possess energy and can shift our minds and moods. My view is Holistic and based on the energetics of you and the foods and/or herbs I suggest for your body, mind, & spirit. What I do is at its core energy healing. I recommend food, other modalities, & herbs as needed to bring the disharmonies and dis-eases (by dis-eases I mean a body not at ease) of your body back into balance. I am not physician and do not treat or cure any diseases or diagnosis.

I walk with you making nutritional, supplemental, and lifestyle recommendations specifically created for you. Each body is different and I treat them as such. This is meant to help you see what needs you really have to care and heal yourself.

Your body holds the trauma and always wins. Meaning I have a Holistic view of the mind and body. I look at the connections between the manifestations in your body and how this relates to mind and spirit, it is all connected as you are a spirit with a mind in a body. These are not separate in and of themselves so I can’t treat them as such. I may use other modalities such as: cupping, moxi, ear seeding, reiki, aromatherapy, and so on during sessions. The training I received was specifically in TCM, Western Herbalism, and Ayurvedic Medicine.

What do you not do?

I do not have a miracle cure or magic herb or pill to heal you. I am not a doctor and do not claim to heal or cure any disorders or diseases. I do not have formulas that are standard for everyone to use. This depends on your personal constitution and the constitution of the plant(s) an formula(s) needed.

So you use pot/cbd in your practice right?

No, I do not and nor am I against it. Though there are several practitioners who utilize the healing power of Cannabidiol in practice.

What can herbal medicine help with?

The list is endless really.

Here are some common issues that I work with:

Digestive issues- diarrhea, constipation, IBS symptoms






General Pain

Back Pain



Preventative and Strength Building

And much more...

*Note~Some clients only need short term use of herbs and can maintain with food and lifestyle changes. Other clients may need to adjust or continue formulas. This really depends on a few things such as your willingness to follow the recommendations provided. In order for healing to happen doing your part is key.

Is herbal medicine the right approach for me?

I view this as the medicine the Divine/Source provided for use for healing our bodies. So at the heart of it I think yes, yes it is. However, this is really a question you need to ask yourself. If you are in search of a ‘fix it’ pill or a quick easy solution then this method of healing is not for you. This is a different way of viewing medicine. Its slower, more gentle, and about getting in tune with yourself. It has works on the underlying root of your issue as this is where the true healing happens. You did not get to where you are in one day so healing takes time and comes in layers. 

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Aromatherapy Healing Properties and Uses

Posted by earthygirl81 on November 26, 2018 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Aromatherapy has become a big hit over the last few years. You may still be unsure what Essential oils are and how to use them. As a Herbalist and former Natural product business owner and maker for over 12 years I hope to answer a few of the FAQ’s here.

I also consider and find through my personal experience the Energetics of the plant materials are important. Energetics are simply the energy of the plant itself. Meaning does this plant have heating properties increasing Yang in the body or are the properties cooling and increase Yin in the body. The list provided below has the propriety listed next to the oil. This is important to consider (esp. for topical applications) when selecting your oils.

The process is easy- think about how you are feeling and your intentions for the oils use. If you are feeling warm/hot, irritable, angry, & so on you may want to select cooling oils such as peppermint or Ylang Ylang to help reduce and soothe this excess Yang your body has. The same is true the other way as well. If you tend towards depression, slow moving, low energy, feeling cold, and etc. you may find warming, circulating, uplifting oils stimulating and helpful such as cinnamon and sweet orange. Ideally you are trying to achieve a balance between to warm or to cold, like Goldie Locks porridge, finding that just right temperature, so mixing warming and cooling oils may be ideal for you. Listening intuitively to what your body needs is key here. Some plants are neutral in energy meaning they are helpful for both excess heat or excess coldness.

What are Essential oils?

Essential oils are 300x concentrated oils/extracts of plant materials. These contain Constituents including Volatile Oil, which is what gives them their beautiful smell and magic. They are divided into the type of note they have. Top (light and evaporate quickly, ½ hour, smell first), Middle (last 4-5 hours), and Base (deep and staying power 8-12 hours, smell last underneath) notes are used to create your formula.

What are Notes in Essential Oils?

Each Essential Oils is classified in Notes. Meaning how long do they linger for during use. Top (light and evaporate quickly, ½ hour, smell first), Middle (last 4-5 hours), and Base (deep and staying power 8-12 hours, smell last underneath) notes are used to create your formula.

What brand do I use?

I recommend- Mountain Rose Herbs & Aura Cacia as they are undiluted, available organic, and easily attainable. If the Essential contains other ingredients it is not at the full strength and as already been dilated.

Should I use Therapeutic grade Essential Oils?

Essentials oils can not be graded therapeutically. They are already ‘therapeutic’ as the plants contain the healing powers. I focus more on organic and undiluted as the raw plant materials, source, and treatment/process of extraction is what is important.

How can I use them?

This medicine can be absorbed into the body through inhaling and topical applications. Since these oils are highly concentrated they need to be diluted in order to be used. I never support Essentials to be taken internally. If you have to dilate something in order to apply it to your skin, doesn't sound smart to take them internally. If you do, however, decide to take these internally please consult an Aromatherapist, Herbalist, and your Physician before doing so.

Diffusers - electric and tea lights are available almost everywhere now.

Add them into a carrier oil to apply to skin ~ ratios for dilution are 12 drops per fl. oz. of carrier oil or 2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil. (Carrier oils are oils such as Olive oil, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut oils, etc.)

Add to creams, lotions, soaps, and other skin care for therapeutic values and smell

On Clay room diffusers for cars

Plug in room air fresheners

Inhale on a cotton ball or simply out of the bottle for a quick use

What do specific oils do? How can they help me?

Here is a list of some common Essential Oils and their healing properties and notes:

Bergamot- warming fresh, uplifting, citrus, lift sadness & depression (may discolor skin-sun) Top

Lavender- neutral, middle, floral/herbal, calming, antidepressant, harmonizing/balancing, anti-bacterial, anxiety, insomnia, acne, skin irritations (burns, rashes, etc.

Sweet Orange- warming, uplifting, citrus, top, bright, sunny, refreshing, balancing, depression, uplifting toning skin

Cinnamon Sticks - warming, Base/Middle, spicy, increases circulation, sore muscle

Lemon- cooling, bright, sunny, toning for skin, antiseptic, astringent, anxiety, depression, digestive issues

Cedarwood- neutral to warming, Base, grief, increase hair growth, depression, skin support, insomnia, insect repellant, relaxing

Peppermint- cooling, uplifting, top, rejuvenating, headaches, refreshing, sinus congestion, sore muscle, fatigue, antiseptic, mental stimulant

Eucalyptus- Top, cooling, sinus congestion, sore muscles, insect repellant, antiseptic, chest congestion

Ginger- Middle, nausea, sore muscles, warming, digestive issues, earthy

Grapefruit- bright uplifting, clean, cleansing, balance appetite and emotions,

Patchouli- warming, Base, earthy, deep, need very little, depression, antiseptic, deodorant, anti-fungal

Ylang Ylang- cooling, Base, floral, sweet, strong, calming, relaxing, depression, antiseptic

Rosemary- warming, great for muscle aches and pains topically, and memory issues.

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