Summer HerbalsSome helpful tips for summer herbal detox and allergy relief. I suggest taking these as an infusion or tincture or freshly capsulized as the components are more concentrated through these methods.
Some herbs that are great for flushing the organs are;
Enchinacea which is a lymphatic cleanser
Dandelion cleanses the liver
Milk Thistle is also cleansing and works as a antioxidant for the liver.
Goldenseal is great for flushing the kidneys and bladder.
Cayenne or Turmeric Root (can be taken in capsule form, with food and can mixed with almond or coconut milk and raw honey) are both cleansing for the blood.
Nettle or Stinging Nettle with raw wildflower honey helps to combat allergies.
I suggest using the herbs in there most freshest form to get the most benefit.
Love, Peace and Healing
Embrace Your Wellness
Inspirit Studios came into being because of a desire to establish a nurturing space for individuals who are interested in embracing a wholistic (mind, body, spirit) approach to participating in their own well being. It was created for those looking for a healing environment offering complementary therapies to combine with medical treatments, desiring ways to learn relaxation techniques to reduce stress and anxiety or for those simply searching for a way to live a more balanced life filled with intention and joy.
We invite everyone to enjoy the benefits of a mind, body, spirit whoilstic experience. You may find yourself drawn to Reiki, meditation, massage, facials, yoga or all of the above. The empowerment clients receive from these modalities encourages them to take an active roll in their own healing and well being. Meet with us to design your perfect wellness plan.
Inspirit Studios also offers a variety of groups, workshops and classes to help you fully awaken to who you really are. We offer everything from personalized sessions, Reiki certification, aromatherapy workshops and meditation classes, just to name a few. We are extending an invitation to you to participate in helping us to create a community of Inspirited intention.
Celebrate Another Day of Living
written by life coach Ann Darwicki
A few days ago , I was playing a game on my phone when an add popped up. I have to admit, I was pretty annoyed with the ads now popping up on my phone. As I sat there waiting impatiently for the ad to end, I heard a message that stopped me in my tracks, and struck a cord within me on a very deep level. They were playing a song that I had heard many times before but had never truly heard . This time I did however, and, what a whole new perspective! “ I just want to celebrate another day of living, I just want to celebrate, celebrate, another day of life”. I didn’t just hear the words this time, I felt the power of the message behind them. The messages are all around us, prompting us, reminding us, yet how often do we listen? I was amazed at how simple the words were, yet truly applying them in my life would totally transform me and how I lived day to day. Living life as a celebration, not taking for granted that I would wake up each day and be here to see the day end. While I know this on an intellectual level, we all do, how different would I be if I actually lived it? I saw each day, each experience for what it is, a gift. None of us are promised tomorrow, all we really have is right now, to fully live, in this moment. Living from this new perspective, I feel a sense of gratitude for being alive, I give myself permission not to hold back, wait for a better time to do something. For there is no better time, this is the time. Use the good china, wear our favorite clothes that we are saving for a special occasion, tell the people in our life how much we love them, do the things that make us happy, now, not later. How freeing, how empowering to live from this new perspective. If this stirs something in you also, come join me on August 23 from 11-3 for my workshop to explore- are your beliefs holding you back or propelling you forward, living every day as a celebration? I just want to celebrate another day of living, celebrate another day of Life!!
Healing with Nature
By Sue Bara, Certified Naturalist, Herbalist, Reiki Master/Teacher
The smell of fresh greens, vibrant florals, and pungent roots permeate the air, wafting from baskets overflowing with plants from the garden and valley. The local “wild woman” quietly gives her thanks to the plants and the earth for her bountiful harvest, which she will turn into medicine for her community…
Herbal medicine has been around for thousands of years. It’s a tradition steeped in deep respect for the plants and the earth, for their living sacrifice in providing food and medicine. And not so very long ago, every home had someone versed in basic herbal remedies. The home medicine chest was filled with plants like chamomile or catnip to soothe upset stomachs, yarrow to stop bleeding or help break a fever, and other basic herbs to treat all those little things that life throws at us. Long before there were pharmacies, there were plants. And they’re still here, offering some amazing and simple medicine.
In our neighboring state of New Jersey, David Winston runs his Center for Herbal Studies, where he brings his 35+ years of experience, offering both onsite classes and an online live webcast. David is a world-renowned herbalist, ethnobotanist, and a founding member of the American Herbalist Guild. I have been honored to be in David’s program for the past year and a half, where he teaches an intense study of more than 300 herbs, along with the basic systems of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Cherokee, and American herbalism. Students learn not only about each herb, but how they work in the body and may interact with medications, how to understand clinical studies, and most importantly, how to treat people, not diseases. To me, that is the true beauty of herbal medicine: Herbalists treat people, not diseases. We see you as a whole person, spending time to get to know you and discover which herbs will work best to help you be well.
Herbal medicine was quietly tended in the background while pharmaceuticals took the spotlight, being practiced and taught by traditional herbalists who shared what they knew with those willing to learn. And now we can benefit from those who kept herbalism alive, learning not only from from books written by masters in the field like David Winston, Michael Moore, David Hoffman, Susun Weed, and Rosemary Gladstar (to name just a few), but we can immerse ourselves in some excellent online programs taught by experienced and reliable practitioners who are members of the American Herbalist Guild, with programs ranging from simple evening workshops to 2 or 4 year clinical programs (visit http://americanherbalistsguild.com/schools/all). And of course, there are many new community herbalists starting to offer local plant walks, classes, and consultations. Check your local health food store, co-op, and local nature societies to see what’s happening in your area.
Herbal remedies have made their way into the mainstream, with herbs available in local health food shops and even grocery stores. We are also starting to see the bridge between nature and science, with clinical studies beginning to understand and document the healing abilities of plants. Some plants have been shown to be effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, while others are helping to curb the side effects of chemotherapy. And there are many more places where herbs and western medicine can work well together.
As an herbalist, I hope to soon be introducing some of the wonderful, simple medicine that plants have to offer to our community right here in Delaware, especially for stress management, first aid, and those pesky ailments like viruses. I hope that every home will choose to have a few of our “green allies” to help treat stomach upset, insect bites, minor injuries, and stress, and that our local abundant “weeds” like stinging nettles, dandelion, chickweed, and red clover will once again be used and recognized for their healing and nutritional properties. I hope to help our community merge the benefits of western medicine and herbal medicine, enhancing wellness for us all.