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Immune Boosting Green Juice Recipe

Summer is quickly approaching, and before you rip off your sweaters and trade in that Vitamin C for a Pina Colada on the beach, be sure to keep your immune system in tip top shape. It is no better time than now to prepare your body for the fall weather and cold season, as strengthening your body’s reserves now can help create more resiliency and a better defense system. After all, your body doesn’t only need immune support during the colder months - it needs it all the time!   Our solution: juicing. Juicing is one of the most beneficial ways to see improvements in your hair, skin and the overall health of your body. Described as one of the...

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This Matriarchal Herb Provides Natural Pain Relief for Women

Ah, Motherwort — proof that nature has a sense if humor. (Of course an herb for menstrual pain has the word “mother” in it!) Thankfully, this longevity herb does a lot more than make us chuckle. Motherwort is used to help soothe menstrual cramps, regulate menstrual cycles and reduce bloating. For women who experience PMS, this can be a godsend.   Called Yi Mu Cao (“benefit mother herb”) in China or Leonurus Cardiaca (“lion’s heart”) in Greek, Motherwort is the go-to herb in Eastern medicine for strengthening and slowing the heart meridian system. Master herbalists have long relied on its ability to stimulate blood flow and soothe the nervous system — which can ease sudden shifts in mood and body...

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Chinese New Year Traditions for Better Health in 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR IS A GREAT TIME TO RESET, REBUILD AND RENEW THE MIND AND BODY.   In the West, when the earth finishes a rotation around the sun, people celebrate the New Year by making a list of resolutions, the most popular of which is to lose weight. In the East, when a new moon appears between late January and late February, people celebrate the New Year by refocusing on balance and setting the stage for more prosperous, healthy future.   The West follows the Gregorian calendar, based on the rotation of the sun, while the East follows the lunar calendar, based on the cycles of the moon. This year, Chinese New Year falls on the Western January 28,...

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Help your body go with the flow, not against it with Angelica Root for Menstrual Pain

Called the “female ginseng” or the “ultimate herb for women,” Chinese Angelica Root (Dang Gui) has been used to relieve pain related to menstruation since 588 B.C. Known for its warming, restorative qualities, Angelica Root is believed to strengthen the heart, lung, spleen, kidney and liver meridian systems, the latter of which encircles the genitals.   What does this mean? In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that Qi (pronounced chē, aka energy) must flow freely through established meridian systems, or pathways, of the body. Qi moves blood through the circulatory system, so without free-flowing Qi, there is no free-flowing blood. This can result in blockage, or pain, in the body.   The liver meridian system is of great importance, as...

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