Schisandra

Schisandra berries are an #adaptogen (read: helps lower stress and anxiety – yes please!) and is a new- to-me ingredient. It’s been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (#TCM) for thousands of years. It’s flavor is unique to my palette, but I’m working to incorporate it as the health benefits, in addition to lowering stress and anxiety, are…

Meridians (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

What are meridians? In Traditional Chinese Medicine (#TCM), there are 12 major paired meridians, that correspond with organs in the body. They are paired as yin/yang (you can think of this more like a front/back or up/down). Yin is feminine, dark and cool and yang is masculine, sun and light. They are energy “superhighways” that…

Anger

Anger Do you walk around feeling angry, irritable? Are you so tightly wound you’re wired for sound? Are you craving sour foods like it’s your job? These are clues that your body is trying to tell you something, like perhaps you have stagnation in your liver/gallbladder. Stay with me here. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each…

Hair

Did you know that your hair comes from sufficient blood in the body, which is primarily governed by the spleen, liver & kidney function? Yeah, I didn’t either until I had two separate hair traumas. When you’re staring down the barrel of a gun (or a lady Leo who’s mane was wrecked), you go deep…

How to Love Your Liver

Who loves their liver? I do! I think about and try to care for my liver as it’s critical for maintaining optimal health. The liver boasts the title of the largest organ in the body. It sits on the right side body under the rib cage, weighs 3-4 pounds & contains about 10% of the…