January 16, 2020

Here we are, deep into cold and flu season. I want to share one of my favorite recipes for boosting the immune system both before you and your family are sick, and while you may be symptomatic. This specific recipe comes from my dear friends at herbFOLK community medicine, and I think it's fantastic, so I'm excited to share it with you all. 

ELDERBERRY ELIXIR is a classic remedy that is most effective when taken regularly...

December 15, 2017

As I watch a hazy sunrise from Northern California, I want to check in with you. At this point, my clinic remains closed until the air quality is no longer hazardous, especially to young children (fingers crossed, sometime next week!!)

I deeply apologize for the inconvenience. Please let me know if you need a re-fill of herbal prescriptions, and I will have herbs shipped to you ASAP, or guide you where to pick them up wherever...

May 27, 2017

A lot of mamas come to me in their third trimester. While I treat women throughout their entire pregnancies, the third trimester can come along with the added bonus of exacerbated symptoms such as insomnia, heart burn, swollen ankles, and carpal tunnel-- all symptoms that will bring them in to my office. Yet regardless of why they are coming into my office, there is one questions that I always ask: “Is your baby head down?”


February 23, 2017

It’s been a few weeks now, and the change in the Chinese zodiac is palpable. Just like the change of the seasons bringing about a predictable new energy—winter is introspective, spring is new and energized, summer is vibrant, and fall is abundant – the Chinese zodiac is a rotating calendar cycling through 12 different animals, each bringing a different energy to that year. Every two years is associated with a different element...

August 26, 2016

Herbal Salves are awesome. From cuts, to bruises, to rashes, and everything in between, I use them almost daily. A salve with higher beeswax content will create a nice lip balm, while adding more oil makes it perfect for massage. Salves are easy and effective medicine to keep around the home, and make great gifts too!

Though there are many on the market that are incredibly effective (one of my favorites is this healing salve fr...

May 7, 2016

I was first introduced to this glorious herb while working at Windsong Orchards in New Zealand. Every day at tea time, Jennie, the owner of the farm, would go out to her garden and break a few stems off her glorious lemon verbena plant, gently break them up, put the in the teapot and fill it with boiling water. Within seconds the intoxicating lemon aroma would fill the room. It was my first herbal love affair.

When I moved to S...

March 7, 2016

What a flu that's going around this season!! Eyes, ears, nose and throat all getting inflammed! Since I've been passing this remedy along to so many folks this season, thought I would post it on my blog. 


Here is the easiest and most natural way to combat an ear infection, or ear pain associated with the flu. This recepe has both anti-biotic and anti-viral properties:


Garlic-Olive Oil Ear drops


peel two cloves of garlic

place w...

February 9, 2016



Castor oil packs are something that I regularly recommend to people for a variety of health issues.  Castor oil is derived from the Castor bean (Ricinus communis) and has a long medicinal history dating back to ancient Egypt.   Castor oil packs are wonderfully healing, and one of my favorite self-care practices.


The oil is anti-inflammatory for the skin, and as our skin is an organ capable of absorbing whatever we...

January 12, 2016

Most people that choose to try acupuncture are looking for an alternative to the treatment available to them through their western doctors. Whether their issues are chronic (long standing) or acute (a more recent injury or issue) acupuncture can help! But before jumping in to treatment, it’s important to understand a few fundamentals of the medicine.

Growing up in this western world, our expectations from our doctors tend to be...

January 5, 2016

With a kiddo just starting pre-school this month, germs have been coming through my house constantly. I’ve noticed a funny flu hanging around this winter that includes eye irritation. For some there may be slight yellowish discharge, and for others, it manifests as just incredibly itchy and red eyes. So before you jump to harsh treatments and possibly unnecessary anti-biotic eye drops, there is a simple natural remedy that wor...

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