4 herbs to help you resist

It’s been a rough year so far for everyone, including those of us who work from a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive model in healthcare (and anyone with even an ounce of humanity).  I’ve added a new diagnosis to my medical charts – sociopolitical mixed anxiety-depressive disorder – to acknowledge the heightened fear, anger, and sadness that many people are now experiencing, especially so for those who are BIPOC or LGBTQ. So what to do in your day to day?  How do you find the strength and vitality to fight back against environmental destruction, racism, misogyny, and transphobia?  How do you stand up, stand in solidarity, and stay standing without falling down?  How do you go on, when you are afraid of the future, or too angry or sad to get out of bed? Here are my top four herbs to support you through the next 2-4 years, even if you are currently lying in the fetal position under multiple layers of blankets (I know I’m not the only one): […]

By | January 31st, 2017|Herbal Medicine, Nature & Culture|0 Comments

Make your own anti-inflammatory capsules

Herbal medicine doesn't have to bust your budget. Even if you don't like the idea of sipping medicinal tea or drinking your herbs, you can still craft your own herbal anti-inflammatory capsules. Here's how.  Get yourself a capsule maker. I use one that fits '00' size capsules. Follow the instructions provided with your capsule maker [...]

By | January 1st, 2017|Herbal Medicine, Home Treatments, Recipes|0 Comments

Speaking of sexual assault

This election is spinning me every day and I'm incapable of keeping up with my usual media diet that limits my exposure to misogyny, bigotry, and violence.  And I live in Canada. Yet in a way i'm grateful for what this election has forced me to reflect on. A few years ago, I did a [...]

By | October 15th, 2016|Hydrotherapy, Uncategorized, Women's Health|0 Comments

Herbal medicine for the senses, or why I love tea

It's no secret - I ❤ tea!  I love everything about it from the experience to the accessories.  Don't get me wrong, coffee and I have a serious morning relationship but I can have tea anytime of the day. Tea is versatile.  There are so many different kinds of tea, so many herbal blends to explore. [...]

By | May 31st, 2016|Herbal Medicine, Philosophy|0 Comments

Health, wellth, and intake forms

I spend a lot of time thinking about words.  Part of it is my cultural studies background.  Part of it is a personal obsession with etymology and semiotics and self-reflection. Words are power.  Health is power. Unfortunately, many people have less access to wellth, or health power, than others.  They may have less access to healthcare because [...]

By | March 21st, 2016|Philosophy|0 Comments

How I recovered from (postpartum) depression

After my second child was born, I suffered from severe postpartum depression and anxiety. I was completely overcome by my own negative self-talk.  I felt like my whole life was out of control. My thoughts would spiral endlessly through anxiety, fear, despondency, self-deprecation, and then I could top it off with shame for having any [...]

Perfect Pancakes (GF and vegan)

Stereotypically for a naturopath, my family has some specific dietary restrictions.  Between the four of us, we don't eat gluten, dairy or eggs.  For the most part, this is very easy to accommodate.  There are tons of gluten-free grains and dairy-free options out there (and a good reminder that I should post my cashew cheese lasagna [...]

By | January 6th, 2016|Recipes|0 Comments

What a naturopath eats

Last week, my Facebook newsfeed was plastered with posts and comments about this Business Insider article, featuring a day in the diet of a registered dietitian nutritionist.  Curious what all the fuss and sarcasm was about, I read in shock that her "healthy" diet included a big glass of juice, 3-4 mocha lattes, popcorn, and [...]

By | October 23rd, 2015|In My Garden, Recipes|0 Comments

Boost your shower with contrast

I love the simple things in life.  Especially if it's something that's easy to do and accessible to most everyone.  That's one of the many reasons I love contrast showers. You probably take a shower sometimes, right?  So why not make the most of your time in the shower by using this simple technique to [...]

By | October 21st, 2015|Home Treatments, Hydrotherapy|0 Comments

In praise of weeds

No, I'm not talking about marijuana or the TV show it was named after. The weeds I feel deserve accolades are the plants growing in the cracks in the sidewalk - the most forgotten or despised or ignored of all the plants. Some people spend lots of time and energy spraying weeds with chemicals or yanking them [...]