|Posted on March 27, 2018 at 8:20 AM||comments (77)|
It is officially spring (although it might not feel like it quiet yet!). That means pollen swimming through the air is around the corner and so is an increase in spending time outdoors.
If you're feeling stiff and stagnant after our long and hard winter a massage can be greatly beneficial. Spring is the perfect time to start doing more activities outside and it can be hard if your body is tight and sore.
Massage is also wonderful for seasonal allergy relief! If you have sinus problems in the spring we offer a mini cold stone facial that can be added to any massage. This will help with puffiness as well as sinus drainage and pressure relief.
Massage is also great for lifting your mood and decreasing stress! Massage increases your seratonin and dopamine levels and if the long winter has been hard on your psychologically massage is a wonderful way to start healing!
|Posted on March 20, 2018 at 8:05 AM||comments (8)|
Our homes are our sanctuaries- the place we go for relaxation and wellbeing. So, let's talk about the air quality in homes. Unfortunately the stagnant air in a home is often riddled with pollutants that have no way out. Outside of opening all the windows and letting the breeze run through your home what can you do to create more oxygen in the home? Indoor plants!
Plants absord some of the pollutants found within the home at the same time that they take in CO2. Then through photosynthesis the plants emit O2, helping to purify the stagnant air. The microbes found in the potting soil of the plant are also responsible for purifying the air. Below I will give some examples of the best plants to have in the home and what they are responsible for removing from the air.
Removes: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
Produces O2 at night and is best placed in the bedroom.
Removes: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene
Removes: benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene
Keep away from pets and small children as the leaves can be toxic is eaten.
Removes: airborne fecal matter, toxins related to smoking cigarettes in the home
Removes: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene
Best placed next to furniture or things in the home that emit formaldehyde
This last image gives you a list of NASA's recommended home plants:
|Posted on March 13, 2018 at 8:10 AM||comments (1)|
So many of us are tethered to a desk for work and posture doesn't get enough attention. If your upper back and neck are tight there are some move that can help counteract the effects of sitting for long periods.
Cat and Cow - This pose helps open up the chest and also elongate the spine.
Cobra Pose- another wonderful chest opener. If you activate your traps it can also be a great back strengthener.
Pigeon Pose - This is great for your hips and psoas. If you need support simply put a small pillow or book underneath the hip.
FIsh Pose- Heart opener and throat opener. Great for neck pain.
Crescent Moon- This can be practiced seated at your desk or standing. It's not often that our side body gets stretched but it wonder for the ribs and neck.
Camel Pose- a deep stretch for the low back and chest. It should be approached very slowly- there's no need to rush and touch your legs, the stretch is just as effective as shown in the second picture.
|Posted on March 6, 2018 at 8:50 AM||comments (4)|
Like with regular cheesecake you only need to learn one recipe in order to have the ability to come up with a million variations.
This recipe is super basic and can be manipulated in several ways. We will give you some suggestions! Enjoy!
1/2c pitted dates
1 cup walnuts (this can be substituted with any nut of choice except for cashews- pistachios, pecans, almonds or a mixture of all of them)
1.5 cups soaked cashews
Juice of one lemon (or try lime!)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil (any liquid oil works here- toasted walnut or olive oil are also very nice)
1/2 cup coconut milk (canned or homemade! homemade is simply 1 cup of coconut flakes blended with 3-4cups of water)
1/4-1/2 cup maple syrup (honey, agave, and dates are also great substitutions)
Simply blend the crust ingredients together and press in a pie tin. Place in the freezer as you blend all of the filling ingredients together and then pour the filling on top of the crust. Place the final product in the freezer for at least 2 hours before serving.
Blueberry- add 1/2 cup of freeze dried blueberries to the filling
Key lime - substitute lemon juice for key lime juice
Pumpkin- add 1 tsp pumpkin spice to crust and 1/2 cup pumpkin puree to the filling
Chocolate- add 3 tblsp of cacao nibs to the crust and 1/4-1/2 cup raw cacao to the filling
Vanilla bean- add 1 tsp vanilla to the crust and 2 scraped vanilla beans to the filing
What is your favorite cheesecake flavor? Let us help you recreate this classic into something more wholesome and healthy!
|Posted on February 20, 2018 at 9:45 AM||comments (4)|
Cupping marks cannot be called bruises simply because of the way bruises are caused. Bruises appear when the body experiences some kind of blunt injury or trauma. The impact can break the blood capillaries present under the skin, which is why you see the redness. The body responds to the injuries with a rush of healing fluids to the area that also contribute to the bruising or redness. When the proteins at the injury site begin to coagulate, blood circulation reduces and the patient feels pain.
Cupping marks are caused by suction from the cupping set instead of the pressure in case of trauma, and works to bring toxins to the surface. The most important differentiating factor is the cupping marks do not cause pain and if there is any discomfort, it is minimal and goes away quickly. It is also common to use silicone cupping sets for relaxation. These sets (like the one shown below) allow the cup to glide across the skin like a massage instead of focusing on one particular area.
The most common misunderstanding regarding one of the most powerful and beneficial after effects of Cupping, is the marks that sometimes result.
When injuries occur deep in the muscle, bleeding often occurs causing deep bruises. There will also be edema in the area involving the coagulation of sticky proteins. The combining presence of these elements usually results in stagnation of circulation to the area - resulting in pain, dysfunction, and chronic conditions.
The vacuum formed by Cupping draws up the old non-circulating stagnant blood and sticky fluids from the area, bringing them up to the surface and away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area, thus creating space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery.
Where there is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and toxins present in the body, Cupping can leave marks which indicates that the stagnation or disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface.
Usually, the practitioner will see the greatest amount of deposits being drawn to the surface in the first few treatments - this is a good thing. The deposits will lessen in intensity as the deeper issues are resolved and the stagnations and toxins have been dredged up and flushed out via the bodys' own circulatory systems, expulsion from the pores and sweat. Sweating is a great after treatment followup for your clients to help get rid of the garbage you've released.
A bruise is a common skin discoloration that results from the breakage of tiny blood vessels leaking under the skin after a traumatic injury. Blood from damaged blood vessels beneath the skin collects near the surface to appear as what we recognize as a black and blue mark. This mark is from skin discoloration by red blood cells and their contents. A bruise is also known as a contusion.
Bruising on the back of the hands and arms (called actinic purpura or solar purpura) occurs because skin there is often sun-damaged and thin.
Bruising occurs more commonly with vitamin C deficiency (ascorbic acid deficiency or scurvy).
Alcohol abuse can cause people to bruise more easily.
|Posted on February 19, 2018 at 9:10 AM||comments (2)|
THE SOAK & SPROUT GUIDE
Almonds: needs 2-12 hours for soaking. Sprout for 2-3 days if truly raw. The length you choose depends on what you want to use them for; for example, 48 hours of soaking will allow the skins to fall off.
Walnuts: 4 hours soaking, do not sprout
Brazil Nuts: 3 hours soaking, do not sprout
Cashews: 2- 3 hours soaking, do not sprout
Hazelnuts: 8 hours soaking, do not sprout
Macadamias: 2 hours soaking, do not sprout
Pecans: 6 hours soaking, do not sprout
Pistachios: 8 hours soaking, do not sprout
BEANS & LEGUMES
Chickpeas: 8-12 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting
Lentils: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting
Adzuki Beans: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting
Black Beans: 8-12 hours soaking, 3 days for sprouting
White beans: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting
Mung Beans: 24 hours soaking, 2-5 days for sprouting
Kidney Beans: 8-12 hours soaking, 5-7 days for sprouting
Navy Beans: 9-12 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting
Peas: 9-12 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting
Buckwheat Grains: 30 minutes-6 hours soaking (time varies), 2-3 days for sprouting
Amaranth Grains: 8 hours soaking, 1-3 days for sprouting
Kamut: 7 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting
Millet: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting
Oat Groats: 6 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting
Quinoa: 4 hours soaking, 1-3 days for sprouting
Wheat Berries: 7 hours soaking, 3-4 days for sprouting
Wild Rice: 9 hours soaking, 3-5 days for sprouting
Black Rice: 9 hours soaking, 3-5 days for sprouting
Radish Seeds: 8-12 hours soaking, 3-4 days for sprouting
Alfalfa Seeds: 12 hours soaking, 3-5 days for sprouting
Pumpkin Seeds: 8 hours soaking, 1-2 days for sprouting
Sesame Seeds: 8 hours soaking, 1-2 days for sprouting
Sunflower Seeds: 8 hours soaking, 2-3 days for sprouting
|Posted on February 12, 2018 at 8:45 AM||comments (5)|
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2. Boosts the Immune System- this is where astragalus really shines. It has been used for centuries as a way to boost the immune systems and studies have shown that astragalus controls the t helper cells which regulate the immune system.
3. Slows or prevents the growth of tumors- The saponins, polysaccharides, and flavonoids founds in astragalus have been successful at decreasing or eliminating tumors in the body.
4. Protects Cardiovascular system- The flavonoids found in astragalus are antioxidants which are helpful in reducing plaque build up in the arteries.
5. Alleviates symptoms of chemotherapy- Astragalus has the ability to reduce common symptoms related to chemotherapy including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
|Posted on January 22, 2018 at 8:50 AM||comments (4)|
There are many pharmacueticals that are prescribed to alleviate these symptoms but we'd like to offer some information on herbs that can be used in their place. Also, in terms of diet it is best to remove sugar and processed foods and to replace them with anti-inflammatory foods. This includes foods that are fermented: yogurt, kimchi, saurkraut, kombucha, and kefir. It also includes things like raw fruits and vegetables, legumes, seeds, and occasionally things like wild caught fish.
Kava is a root that has been used to treat anxiety for quiet some time. It is used for many things but most commonly it is taken to relieve anixety, insomnia, stress, and restlessness. It works by stimulating the dopamine receptors leading to feelings of euphoria and calmness.
Ashwaganda is an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens work by bringing the body back to balance. Ashwaganda contains alkaloids that support neurological health. It works to reduce stress levels and cortisol levels which in turn reduces anxiety.
Magnesium is not an herb but if there is a deficieny in the body it can lead to feelings of anxiety as well as loss of sleep. Magnesium deficiencies affect the central nervous system which is what leads to an increase in anxiety and sleeplessness. When taken it can help relax the muscles, improve mood, and help relieve restlessness.
Valerian Root is used most commonly as a sleep aid but it can also be beneficial for anxiety. It works by increasing GABA which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter and in large quantities can become a sedative. Pharmaceuticals that are commonly used to treat anxiety (xanax, valium) work in the same way- increasing GABA.
CBD oil is one of the many compounds found in cannabis oil (there are over 60!). Most people only know of THC as it is the compound that causes the psychoactive effects of cannabis. CBD does not have the same psychoative effects of THC and has been used to treat many things related to mental health: anxiety, depression, and insomnia to name a few.