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It’s that time of year again when our thoughts turn to with new resolve towards our IMG_7315health. Many will opt for diet and lifestyle changes, some of which are too harsh for this time of the year. Juice cleanses, smoothies, and fasting can injury the digestive functions if done incorrectly. We solve this problem with the following 10 steps.

 

1.) Work to consciously warm your body by taking warm baths, or try our infrared sauna to ramp up your detox game.

2.) Bundle up! Wear warm clothes that cover your neck both inside and out. East Asian tradition holds that colds and flu are more likely is the back of the neck is vulnerable to wind and cold. -Make sure to keep your feet warm as well.

3.) Cook with warming spices like ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon. Great for circulation and to revitalize the body they are also antiviral.

4.) Try our Elemental Detox! Recipes, daily mantras, and more. 3 weeks of yummy food and transformative supplements

5.) Revive your body with tea. There are a myriad of teas that support cleansing. Experiment with trying a new blend. Nettles, dandelion, and cinnamon are great choices.

6.) Book yourself a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage. Gently moves toxins out and benefits the immune system. It’s also so relaxing and gentle.

7.) Calm your mind with mediation. Just 10 min a day can detox all the media and screen time in our lives. Add incense to your practice with one of our mediation blends. Choose from Awareness, Power, Balance,

8.) Spend time outside. When it’s cold out it can be easy to stay inside but the benefits of fresh air and light exercise cannot be overemphasized for a fresh perspective.

9.) Set an intention. Remember your thoughts shape your life. The winter is a great time to go deep, find what really nourishes you and set your mind on it.

10.) Focus on hearty and nourishing soups. Great for improving digestion, soups are a mainstay of winter cleanses. Try our Replenishing Soup Herbs for a potent and warming tonic.

Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncture. She is passionate about healthy, happy living. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545

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Time to stoke the fires within as we approach the coldest, darkest point of the year. The Winter Solstice isFire Cider Seattle WA the perfect time for an invigorating, warming, tonic beverage. Fire cider is a traditional beverage that we think is perfect for invigorating health in the Pacific Northwest. Ours is made with a base of apple cider vinegar with warming herbs and spices added. We like garlic, ginger, onions, and hot peppers but you can adjust the ratio to your own taste or to use what you have fresh. Conveniently, I had one jalapeno pepper plant that I moved inside at the end of the summer that had fresh hot peppers ready for use. Combine all the ingredients and let them sit for at least a month. The flavor is intense but leaves you feeling that your internal fire is stoked. Add a shot to honey and fresh lemon for an immune system boost. Add to soups for added flavor and health benefits. Enjoy!

 

2 cups apple cider vinegar

1 jalepeno sliced thinly

½ cup garlic (cut into halves)

½ cup ginger

½ cup onion

1 tablespoon turmeric

½ orange

1 lemon

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

 

Makes 32 oz

Over 1400 years ago, a piece of unusually fragrance driftwood washed ashore on the tiny island of Awaji.  Island locals, realizing its unique properties, presented the log to the Empress Suiko. An era of appreciation of scent began.

 

At Glow, we appreciate the benefits of incense on the Shen or Spirit. It has calming, uplifting and a powerful space clearing effects. It’s perfect as daily ritual and a moment to reflect.

 

The Ten Virtues of Koh were compiled in the 16th century and continue to capture the spirit of incense appreciation.

 

Ten virtues of Incense:

  • It refreshes the mind and body
  • It removes impurity
  • It brings alertness
  • It is a companion in solitude
  • In the midst of busy affairs it offers a moment of peace
  • It enhances the meditative environment
  • When it is plentiful one never tires of it
  • When there is little one is still satisfied
  • Age does not change it’s efficacy
  • Used everyday it does no harm

We also carry a lovely selection of burners and bowls!

incense burners and bowls

Did you now we offer aromatherapy at Glow? You can select a scent that suits you or your massage Aromatherapy Seattletherapist can make you a custom blend to suit your health needs. These powerful oils penetrate through the skin directly into your system to heal and regulate. Gentle and pleasant in their effects they also have a profound effect on the mind and spirit. If you are using aromatherapy for fertility it should be done in the first half of your cycle until day 14 ovulation. If you do not ovulate it can be done until the cycle becomes regular.

All of our oils are therapeutic grade and tested for purity. We use Snow Lotus brand which is not a mutli-level marketing company. From Snow Lotus “ we sell products harvested from small producers worldwide who ethically wild harvest or sustainably cultivate the plants and distill the oils in small batches. As a result of working directly with artisan – and not commercial – producers, quality is never compromised – the oils remain genuine, authentic and as unadulterated as when they were first distilled.” Most Snow Lotus oils are certified organic by trusted agencies (Ecocert, Ceres, Qualite-France, etc.) in their country of origin, as well as certified NOP organic by the USDA. We love the Bergamont for the delightful orange smell.  It is perfect for promoting relaxation and aiding digestion.

Are you getting headaches with the change of season? Is your digestion upset? The answer might be waiting for you in your garden like mine is!  Chinese medicine has a long history of using food as medicine. It is thought to be the most important aspect of treating disease.

Foods are thought to have an inherent nature that can be either hot or cold. As Westerners we understand that foods you eat can have therapeutic properties. We drink lemon and honey for colds,  and chicken soup cures everything! Foods having energetic properties is a little harder to grasp.

Let break down basil in this context. Imagine you left your window open during the night and the air got unexpectedly cold. The next day your head feels tight and achy. The warm nature of the basil plant can relax and warm the body to relieve the discomfort. It’s also great for indigestion. Perhaps you were eating on the run and then felt your food just sat in your belly. The effects of the herbs will encourage normal digestion and ease your symptoms.

It’s warming, removes toxicity, actives the blood, encourages the qi to flow and dispels wind. In western terms it is an antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral and anti-microbial. It is useful to treat diarrhea, indigestion, excema, headaches, colds and flus. So go make that pesto and enjoy the healing effects of basil.

Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncture. She is passionate about healthy, happy living. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545

Nourishing Fish Soup

Nourishing Fish Soup

Herbs and foods may be taken to nourish the Qi and Blood, support uterine health and help women regain health and vitality. Below is a simple soup that is commonly given to women in China after childbirth but can be eaten anytime as a nourishing tonic. Eat 1 cup daily for 1 month.

2 large white fish fillet, (cod, sole, flounder, snapper etc)

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Fish soup veggies

6 cups fish stock, see recipe below (use less if you add coconut milk)

2 cans full fat coconut milk

4T white miso paste (optional)

4 green onions chopped

4 carrots sliced

3 baby bok choy chopped into 1/2 pieces

Fresh Ginger root- (good quality should be firm) 5 slices (remove before eating,) browned on both sides

Chinese rice wine 1 cup (can substitute any white wine you like)

4 T toasted sesame oil

Salt to taste

Optional Soup Herbs Available at our Clinic: Shan Yao (Chinese Yam root) 30 g, Huang Qi (Astragalus) 30 g, Gou Qi Zi (Lycii Berries) 10 g, Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica) 10 g (boil in broth for 20 min, remove before eating.) These can also just be taken as a tea and not added to soup. They will have a strong herby taste.

Ginger getting ready to be browned. Use medium heat until both sides of ginger are light brown.

Ginger getting ready to be browned. Use medium heat until both sides of ginger are light brown.

Saute ginger and carrots until ginger is brown. Heat broth (pick one from below) until boiling and then reduce to a simmer. Add coconut milk, rice wine (if you are using) and fish. Cook for 5 min. Add bok choy and miso (if you are using). Stir until miso is dissolved. Shut heat off and cover for 2 min. Add salt and sesame oil and serve.

Fish Stock

6 quarts of filtered water
1 lb of fish heads and bones (fish heads alone will suffice)*
1/8 cup raw, organic apple cider vinegar
Himalayan or Celtic sea salt to taste

*Do not use oily fish such as salmon for fish stock or you will stink up the whole house!   Only use non-oily fish such as sole, turbot, rockfish or snapper.

 

Quick and Easy Fish Stock with Bonito Flakes- though low in protein this broth is high in selenium and B vitamins.

Bring 6 cups of filtered water to a boil.

bonito flakes in water

Bonito flakes in water

Remove pan from heat and add 1 cup bonito flakes

Cover and allow the bonito flakes to sink to the bottom of the pot.  This will take a few minutes.

Strain out the bonito flakes and discard.

Add 4 TBL of miso paste (omit if adding to Replenishing Fish Soup)

The broth has a smoky, hearty flavor similar to that of beef stock.

Drink bonito broth by itself, mix with miso or use as a base for seafood gumbo, clam chowder or other similar soups.

You can find the dried flakes at health food stores, Asian groceries, and online.

Simmer on low for 20 min.

(Both broth recipes are from the www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com. More information about fish broth and sourcing products available here.)

lindsey-2017Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncture. She is passionate about healthy, happy living and a regular blogger. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

Hello, dear ones!  I hope spring is treating you well thus far.

Today, I want to talk about Yoga Nidra and explore some of the ways this powerful practice can help you cultivate joy, body awareness, well being, pain reduction, and relieve (and ultimately cure!) PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking “Woah, Katie, those are some strong claims.  Back that up with data!”.  Not a problem.  Yoga Nidra, specifically the iRest modality, is an approved treatment (adjunctive or on its own) for military veterans across the US, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom and more research results can be found here, here, and here.  In short, this mindfulness meditation practice is powerful stuff and all it takes is a willingness to try and a helpful guide…like me!

A SINGLE HOUR OF YOGA NIDRA IS EQUAL TO 4 HOURS OF CONVENTIONAL SLEEP!!

Yoga Nidra translates to ‘Yoga Sleep’ but the ultimate goal is to increase self-awareness so we can have more control over our thoughts and feelings rather than be controlled by them.  It’s rooted in tantric philosophy and is many thousands of years old.  But practically speaking, you’ll feel a deep sense of rest and rejuvenation after just 1 session.

What does a Yoga Nidra session look like?  

First, we’ll start by making you as comfortable as possible.  You will lay on the floor and I’ll place bolsters under your legs and arms, a pillow under your head, an eye mask on your face, and tuck you in with a nice warm blanket.  Prepare for bliss!  From there, I will lead you through a series of guided meditations and body sensing exercises that will help you relax deeper and deeper.  You may fall asleep.  This is normal!  When the session concludes, I’ll gently bring you back to the present moment by making a tone with a singing bowl.  A full session take about an hour.

You'll probably look alot like this guy

You’ll probably look alot like this guy

You’ll find the 10 components of Yoga Nidra below.  Feel free to read them over and ask me any questions you may have.  Then, schedule a session with me!  No matter your dosha, you’ll benefit from Yoga Nidra and I look forward to joining you on your journey to bliss.

Much love,

Katie

Katie Meyer

Welcome

10 Steps of Yoga Nidra  (Retrieved from Yoga Journal)

  1. Connect to Your Heartfelt Desire. Bring to mind your heart’s deepest desire—something that you want more than anything else in life. Perhaps it is a desire for health, well-being, or awakening. Feel this heartfelt desire with your entire body while imagining and experiencing it in this moment as if it were true.
  1. Set an Intention. Reflect on your intention for your practice today. It might be to relax and rest, or to inquire into a particular sensation, emotion, or belief. Whatever your intention, welcome and affirm it with your entire body and mind.
  1. Find Your Inner Resource. Bring attention to your Inner Resource, a safe haven within your body where you experience feelings of security, well-being, and calm. You may imagine a place, person, or experience that helps you feel secure and at ease and that helps you feel within your body the sense of well-being. Re-experience your Inner Resource at any time during your practice or in daily life when you feel overwhelmed by an emotion, thought, or life circumstance and wish to feel secure and at ease.
  1. Scan Your Body. Gradually move your awareness through your body. Sense your jaw, mouth, ears, nose, and eyes. Sense your forehead, scalp, neck, and the inside of your throat. Scan your attention through your left arm and left palm, your right arm and right palm, and then both arms and hands simultaneously. Sense your torso, pelvis, and sacrum. Experience sensation in your left hip, leg, and foot, and then in your right hip, leg, and foot. Sense your entire body as a field of radiant sensation.
  1. Become Aware of Your Breath. Sense the body breathing by itself. Observe the natural flow of air in the nostrils, throat, and rib cage as well as the rise and fall of the abdomen with each breath. Feel each breath as flowing energy coursing throughout your entire body.
  1. Welcome Your Feelings. Without judging or trying to change anything, welcome the sensations (such as heaviness, tension, or warmth) and emotions (such as sadness, anger, or worry) that are present in your body and mind. Also notice opposite sensations and emotions: If you feel worry, call up feelings of serenity; if you feel tense, experience ease. Sense each feeling and its opposite within your body.
  1. Witness Your Thoughts. Notice and welcome the thoughts, memories, and images that are present in your mind. Observe your thoughts without judging them or trying to change them. As you come upon beliefs that you hold about yourself, also bring to mind and experience their opposites, welcoming your experience just as it is.
  1. Experience Joy. Welcome sensations of joy, well-being, or bliss emanating from your heart or belly and spreading throughout your body and into the space around you. With every exhalation, experience sensations of warmth, joy, and well-being radiating throughout your body.
  1. Observe Your Self. Be aware of your sense of “I-ness,” or personality. Notice this sense of identity when you say “I’m hungry,” “I’m angry,” or “I’m happy.” Then, experience yourself as an observing witness or Awareness that is cognizant of these feelings. Set aside thinking and dissolve into Awareness, awake and conscious of the self.
  1. Reflect on Your Practice. As you complete your practice, reflect on the journey you’ve just taken. Affirm how the feeling of pure Being, or pure Awareness, is always present as a deep, unchanging peace that underlies every changing circumstance. Imagine integrating that feeling into your everyday life, in both pleasant and difficult moments, and always reconnecting to that sense of equanimity.

To Finish: At your own pace, transition back to your waking life, reorienting to your surroundings. Come back slowly, and pause for a moment to feel grateful for taking this time for yourself.

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