You may know of hawthorn as the “heart herb”, and for good reason. It strengthens the heart muscle, regulates the heartbeat, and raises or lowers blood pressure depending on the need. Clinically it is used with heart problems such as angina, mild congestive heart failure, and recovery from/prevention of cardiac arrest.
But hawthorn has another gift to offer the heart, and this is as a powerful, effective nervine. Read more…
Our eyes take in a great deal of information from the world around us, and sometimes they may become overwhelmed with what they see. There is a great deal to digest in the form of light and images, since most of us get our news and entertainment from digital screens.
Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to protect your eyes and yourself from this information overload. Ayurveda, the ancient “science of life” from India, has some great self-care techniques for overwhelmed eyes.
Patience in the New Year
January marks the beginning of a new year, and for most of us it brings on thoughts of new beginnings, new resolutions, new plans. We promise ourselves we’re going to eat better, exercise more, be more organized, more efficient, more fabulous. It is tempting, at this time, to start a diet or weight-loss plan, or to want to cleanse from all the excesses of the holidays. The trouble is, the heart of winter is not the best time to try to cleanse, reduce, or lose weight. To try to do those things now is to fight against nature, get frustrated, maybe even depressed about it, and give up until next year, when we start the same cycle all over again.
There’s nothing wrong with January being a clean slate, but how about we consider January to be a quiet time to rest and to plan what we’d like to begin when Spring comes and the seasonal energies are with us for creating change?
There are many ways to take your herbal supplements, but in the Winter time, one of my favorite ways is in hot drinks. Not just herbal teas, which are wonderful, but also herbal powders cooked into milk for a rich, frothy, rejuvenative treat. Here are a few of my favorites!
When the dry winter air comes rolling in, sometimes drinking more water isn’t enough to stay hydrated. If you’re like me and lack a humidifier, these simple therapies can make a big difference in making the winter months more enjoyable. Here are a few easy ideas to soothe the senses and stay supple this season, inside and out.
1. Coconut Oil Eye Treatment
Oiling the eyes is a soothing, time-honored treatment for dry, tired, or inflamed eyes. It also happens to be great for wrinkles! Before sleep, lie on your back and put a dab of coconut oil in the inner corner of each eye. Blink several times to spread the oil around. Gently massage any excess oil into the eyelids and surrounding area. For best results (and better sleep, for some), cover your eyes with a breathable cloth or eye mask when you sleep to retain the moisture.
Ghee is very good for the eyes and can be used as a substitute for coconut oil. You can also make medicated oils and ghees with eye-friendly herbs such as triphala, eyebright, and chamomile.