5-4-3-2-1 Countdown to Calm

I love simple ways that help calm anxiety and bring your attention to the present moment. Stop feelings of panic in their tracks with this exercise that makes use of your 5 senses to focus on the here and now. […]

By | November 19th, 2017|Home Treatments, Mental Wellness|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

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 [...]

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

5 ways to shrink fibroids naturally

Fibroids, benign growths in the uterus, are one of the most common gynecological health issues.  According to American statistics, approximately 40-60% of women have fibroids by age 35; by age 50, up to 80% of women will have had uterine fibroids at some point in their life. African-American women are significantly more likely to develop fibroids than [...]

Abhyanga Ayurvedic self-massage

Guest post by Sairupa Krishnamurti, student intern Ayurveda Primer Ayurveda is an ancient South Asian system of healing that dates back over thousands of years. From Sanskrit, ayu = life, and veda = wisdom. Ayurveda is often translated as the “knowledge of life, or science of life”. The medicine is vast, but throughout its nature-based teachings an emphasis is placed on self-awareness and self-care. Practices that one can do at home are often taught, such as breathing exercises, meditation, yoga and self-massage. […]

By | May 25th, 2015|Ayurveda, Home Treatments|0 Comments

Golden Milk

Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory herb. Plus, you probably already have it in your kitchen cupboard. If not, you should. Turmeric, also known as yellow ginger, has been used to decrease inflammation and pain for all sorts of health conditions. In traditional Chinese medicine, turmeric is used to move stagnant blood and Qi, which can contribute to joint pain and menstrual cramps. In India where turmeric originates from, it has over 50 names and hundreds of medicinal uses. Clinical research on turmeric is ongoing for conditions as varied as menstrual cramps, arthritis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, endometriosis, fibroids, high cholesterol, and cancer. Golden milk is a traditional Ayurvedic preparation for using turmeric medicinally. […]

Making a jewelweed succus

Early one morning I went outside to admire my garden (as I often do) and I noticed how much jewelweed (Impatiens capensis is the native to Ontario species) had taken over and was choking out the lady’s mantle. My kids had clearly done a great job last year of popping the seed pods. Possibly too good a job. There was a lot of jewelweed blocking my view of the lady’s mantle plants which had just started to flower. A little thinning out was needed, so I got to work weeding out the extra jewelweed plants. Naturally, I wasn’t about to waste all that jewelweed. Thankfully, I had a little time before my first patient of the day. In the past I’ve harvested jewelweed and created a mash or juice for immediate use on rashes, stings, bug bites, and especially poison ivy. Conveniently, it often grows right next to poison ivy on riverbanks and wet ground. But since I hadn’t recently been exposed to poison ivy, I decided to make a succus. […]

Fever: to treat or not to treat, that is the question

Fever is one of the most common childhood complaints seen by pediatricians and other healthcare providers. Fever, however, isn’t the real problem. Fever is just part of our natural, and actually quite helpful, physiological response to an infection. Rather than causing harm, fever actually benefits us by slowing the growth and reproduction of viruses and bacteria while increasing the production and circulation of white blood cells. (1,2,3) In generally healthy children (and adults too!), fever stimulates a stronger, more effective immune response. Research shows that fever actually helps the body recover faster, and may result in fewer complications with certain types of infections. (1,3) […]

By | January 17th, 2013|Health Research, Home Treatments, Kids|1 Comment

Colds and flus: prevention and treatment

The days are getting colder out there, and cold and flu season has officially started. In fact, just last week I was home (and still trying to get some work done) with two kids sick with viral, croupy coughs. Thankfully, there are lots of great strategies for preventing colds and flus as well as naturopathic treatments that you can do at home to help shorten the course of an illness once you are sick. So why did my kids get sick and I didn’t? […]

By | October 17th, 2012|Home Treatments, Hydrotherapy, Kids|1 Comment