Within the delicate balance of human physiology, there is a fine line between feeling grateful and feeling burnt out. There have been so many times in my clinical practice when I hear a similar story: Someone living with an extremely high demand job and home life, very little self care, infrequent time off or no vacations, inability to be away from technology and emails even for a single day, caring for elderly parents, financial strain, family disharmony, (needless) drama at work, guilt for not exercising enough, the loss of a loved one with no time to grieve….often followed up with a shrug of the shoulders and something like, “Well, at least I’m not in Syria”.
I’ll smile and nod and say, “Yes, we are so very fortunate to be where we are right now”. We have so much access to what’s happening everywhere else in the world that we can easily put our own lives into perspective and know that it could always be worse. Instinctually, feeling grateful for what we have and where are are from day to day is an extremely healthy emotion. Feeling grateful for the small things in life that bring a smile to our face, feeling grateful that we have a roof over our heads, live family members and food to eat every day does put into perspective how lucky some of us are. However, we don’t always have to overload ourselves with unmanageable stress and difficult situations just because we know other people elsewhere are handling more than their […]
The older I get the more I love the adventure of traveling, and as opportunities continually come up, it gets harder and harder to stay put. So I find myself traveling more than ever now, and as much as I love the thrill and excitement of exploring and wandering and visiting and shuffling from one place to the next…traveling is also when I feel the most vulnerable and ill-prepared for the unexpected to strike. Often my body can be unpredictable when I subject it to the rigors of travel and uprooted from my stable, grounding routine of home. My sleep cycle is disrupted, my energy waxes and wanes, my digestion feels a little wonky and my immune system is in a constantly high level of alert.
Over the years I’ve found remedies and tricks to address some of my travel woes,
but none have worked so beautifully as Urban Moonshine’s traveling apothecary herbal remedies that are absolute staples in my travel bag! When I travel these days, I keep five products in my bag at all times: Immune Zoom, Hit the Hay, Calm Tummy Herbal Bitters, Energy Tonic & Simmer Down Tonic.
This collection of herbal rockstars hits every single part of my body that needs support at any given moment,
and I never feel desperately at the mercy of finding a decent remedy when my body struggles to find balance (which in remote locations can be questionable). Any herbalist or health-conscious traveler can attest to the power of their tried and true herbal allies, and without them we feel lost and desperate. Hence, my […]
In the summer, we find balance by eating foods that are bitter (cooling, moist), such as: cucumber, olives, kale, celery, corn, quinoa, and millet.
It is also important to take time to rest, sit in the shade, breathe deeply, and absorb the green color that surrounds us. Chinese Medicine explains that the hotter months are an ideal time to harmonize the heart and small intestine.
What better way to support the heart muscle and cleanse the intestines than to eat more vegetables? Produce provides fiber, antioxidant phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals support a healthy inflammatory response, support the body’s natural detoxification process, and promote longevity.
Try to include these foods and herbs in your summer cooking. They will help you cool down, nourish yourself, and appreciate summer’s vibrant energy.
- Basil– Digestive tonic and aromatic immune support. Contains water-soluble flavonoids, which support the normal growth of healthy white blood cells.
- Cilantro– Supports the secretion of insulin and supports healthy levels of total and LDL cholesterol. Its volatile oils are also useful for immune support.
- Corn– Technically a vegetable, zea mays, corn, is considered a grain because it contains amylose starch, which maximizes corn’s antioxidant value even when it’s dried or ground into flour; high in fiber and B vitamins to promote digestion and maintain balanced blood sugar.
- Millet– Gluten-free grain, alkaline enough to balance body’s pH; nutrient dense, hypo-allergenic, complex carbohydrate; offers a balance of B vitamins to support digestion and provide consistent energy.
- Peppermint– Stomachic and cooling, it soothes indigestion and colonic muscle spasms with its affinity to smooth muscle tissue. Peppermint contains rosmarinic acid, which supports a healthy bronchial passageway and sinus.
- Parsley– Digestive, stomachic, and tonic. […]
With spring and summer, comes inevitable busy-ness. Longer hours of daylight mean more time to savor and enjoy these joyous seasons, and we are usually living life to the fullest. Extra activities like gardening, family vacations and regular backyard BBQs take up much of our free time and we are often left with lingering to-do lists and an abundance of work to catch up on. During these busy seasons, time seems to speed up and the practice of personal time isn’t high on our lists. Living in a world that demands every ounce of your energy and attention requires radical self-care.
Self-care not only builds our reserves and keeps our systems healthy and well, but it also de-clutters our mind and allows for more positive thinking to take place.
We asked some of our favorite women in the botanical world to share some of their most radical self care rituals for some summer inspiration.
1. Jovial King
Founder, CEO & Creative Director of Urban Moonshine
I have a monthly New Moon circle with a wonderful group of woman and it’s the cornerstone of my self care ritual. We sit together in circle, listen to each other and share deeply about what’s happening in our lives. It’s self-care for the soul and deeply healing. We do breast massage and yoni steams as a way to love and care for our bodies. It’s powerful being with a group of women who come together to take deeper care of not only their bodies but their spirits, hopes and dreams.