mental-health magic: a testimonial

mental-health magic: a testimonial

Supporting mental health is one of the core elements of my practice. Our bodies heal better when our minds are right. I've got many tools to help folks with this, ranging from food choices and exercise to herb, supplements and flower essences. One of my longer-term...

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flower essences for shock and grief

flower essences for shock and grief

When I spoke with K, a healthcare entrepreneur building her business, she'd recently learned that her father was diagnosed with a likely terminal cancer. She felt dread in the mornings and would sometimes freeze, with feelings of grief, unresolved issues with him and...

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you’ve got the power

you’ve got the power

A few years ago, a patient came in with some unexplained symptoms. She'd been to the hospital twice, and even had a small surgery that didn't help the problem. Bad as that was, she'd also gotten some bad news on a related genetic test. You can imagine she was pretty...

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you are basically a plant with complicated feelings

you are basically a plant with complicated feelings

Gardeners know that healthy plants have certain basic requirements: they need the right temperature, the right amount of sun, the right amount of water, and the right amount and kind of nutrients in the soil. Different plants have different needs, but one that has all...

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exercise. the best medicine. (podcast!)

exercise. the best medicine. (podcast!)

Growing up, I was a kid who hid in the back corner during gym — because dodgeballs are hard and kids are mean. I never developed a sense of myself as athletic, and mostly didn't miss it. Instead, I found my physicality by carrying my life essentials on my back for...

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my top prescription for seasonal affective disorder

my top prescription for seasonal affective disorder

How do you stay sane during Cascadia's dark, wet winters? When I first moved here, I got some great advice that I completely ignored. It was logical, sure, but it went against deeply ingrained biases. When I finally started heeding it, though, everything about our...

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does summer make you SAD?

does summer make you SAD?

Most people understand SAD as a depression response to the short, dark days of winter. And indeed, that is the most common form.

But summer SAD is also truly a thing: hot days, unrelenting brightness that makes you think you have to be cheery and energetic, wildfire smoke in certain parts of the country — all of these contribute to seasonal depression in the summer.

Here’s one simple way to beat it.

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herbal drinking vinegars for digestion + joy

herbal drinking vinegars for digestion + joy

In this video you’ll see me make a drinking vinegar, commonly known as a “shrub” or technically an acetracta (vinegar extraction.) These are tasty ways to get the medicinal benefits of herbs in a palatable package.

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the forgotten garden flavor

the forgotten garden flavor

How often do you think of lavender as a flavor? It’s been largely forgotten, but it offers important healing benefits for gut and mental health.

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