Ugh! Nature! Like how is this design even possible? Always in complete awe of creation. Every thing is unique. Everything is precious. • This is star anise, known simply as “anis” in Haitian Kreyol. It’s commonly used for flavoring in various dishes and sweet beverages like akasan and kremas. • Flavor wise, I like to think of star anise as a blend of clove with a hint of licorice or anise seed. Mostly spicy but with a punch of sweetness and a pleasant aroma. • Some medicinal uses: Star anise improves gastrointestinal problems, stimulates lactation, and even alleviates menstrual cramps just to name a few! • Excited to share the knowledge and joy of herbal medicine, specifically from a Haitian cultural lens, with tons of clinical research thrown in there too. See you on Sunday at my herbal medicine workshop! 🌿🌿🌿
How cool is the reciprocal relationship between plant and person? They take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, while we take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. It’s meant to be a beautiful symbiosis. We’ve gotta find ways to be good to this earth, for the sake of all beings. Happy Earth Day fam. 🌏
What my mindful afternoons often look like. Taking some time to ground down energetically. I’ve been absolutely LOVING the quick meditations by @mindfulmagazine . Setting aside 5-10 minutes of my day to meditate has really shifted things for me, especially when I do them first thing in the morning. Calm that mental chatter, go within, feel the vibe. ✨ You should check out Mindful and let me know what you think of their meditations! 💜
🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿 I’m so glad that you all are feeling my Spring tea blend! It’s great to hear that it’s helping you tame your allergic symptoms and bring some positive vibes to your day. Two things to say about this. 1. Just putting it out there that I love community and I love collaboration. We are always stronger and better together. I’m happy to create custom herbal blends for you/your event/your giveaway, and team up in countless other ways. I’m down to join forces in a creative capacity and support eachother’s work. Ultimately, it’s about bringing the healing to the world and that could look so many different ways! 2. I’ll bring about one dozen batches of my Spring tea blend to my upcoming herbal medicine workshop so you can scoop one up in person. See you April 29th, Brooklyn! (You can always order a batch using the link in my bio, which will take you to my online herb shop.) Bless up❣️ 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
Hi all! We're back at it again. You are invited to my next herbal medicine workshop on April 29th! We'll be exploring and experimenting with herbal medicine! If you missed the sold out December workshop, this is your chance to engage with the same material! Come by to learn and to play in community! 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿 Will you help me spread the word? Share this workshop with a friend and I’ll see you there! 😃 Link to purchase tickets is in my bio!
May you realize your inner beauty, power, and goodness. May you tap into the infinite abundance and possibility all around you. May you be at peace with the present. May you love yourself. 🌸🌸🌸
Showing up for myself and daring greatly every single day. ✨ How are you showing up today? • Amazing earrings c/o @lupieaccessory 😍
These flower essences were my allies during a very special and transformational weekend I just had. I love how flower essences dwell in the realm of the mental, emotional, and metaphysical. 🌸 They work somewhere in between herbs and homeopathy, so I love to use them with folks who need a gentle and consistent boost. Flower essences are super easy to use. You can just put a couple drops in your water bottle and sip throughout the day. 🌸 I use flower essences in my practice all the time, and I am happy to formulate one for you either in person or digitally! We all need a boost! You know how to find me. 😊
🌿🌿🌿In my element 🌿🌿🌿🌿 I loved every minute of my corporate herbal medicine consultation with @elisashankle and @darian.d.hall this week ! It was a real joy to bring my experience and knowledge of herbs to give their BEAUTIFUL botanical blends a medicinal touch (as Elisa said ❤️). I had a lovely time co-creating herbal bliss for the public to enjoy! Building community and creating herbal medicine are two of my favorite things. Excited for what’s to come. Herbal medicine to the people!
Spice up your life ❤️🌼🌾🌿There’s so much to experience out there.
One of my favorite feelings is the feeling of getting totally lost in a book. I love how I can access different narratives, cultures, experiences, even universes embedded in these pages. 📚✨
“Gratitude turns what we have into more than enough.”- @mikiash Woke up filled with gratitude. Bless up. ✨
Starting my Tuesday off right. 🔆 I’ve been having a ton of fun formulating herbal mixtures beyond tea and I love my ginger turmeric herbal tonic. I like to drink this tonic as a shot a few times per week. Your skin, your gut, your immune system, etc. will thank you for it. Super anti-inflammatory and health boosting, with a nice kick to it.🍋🍯💛
This past weekend, I had the immense pleasure of studying cosmetic acupuncture with the lovely @shellie_goldstein , a pioneer in the field. We spent the weekend reviewing Chinese medical theory, intensive anatomy and physical diagnosis, while learning a great variety of techniques related to facial rejuvenation. • To be honest with you, as I shared with my class this weekend, I assumed that cosmetic acupuncture was just about enhancing beauty and focusing on the face. That was something I had a problem with because I think Western society is quite ageist and our stance on the natural aging process tends to be quite negative, demoralizing, and self-destructive. But I was wrong. • To my surprise (and relief), cosmetic acupuncture is primarily about internal health first, THEN outer beauty. It's also shockingly precise when it comes to facial anatomy, and actually understanding how the skin/muscle/fascia of the face and neck work. We practitioners focus more on balancing the internal organs (from a Chinese medicine perspective) and promoting health with a mixture of herbs, diet, acupuncture, etc. It's not just about sticking needles in our patients faces or applying exotic creams on their skin to look younger. The idea is that by working on the root cause of imbalance, while performing effective facial techniques, we will help our patients feel better and that beauty will radiate from the inside--->out. Cosmetic acupuncture is such a fantastic alternative to those icky invasive and expensive procedures that just focus on fixing external appearance. • I'm looking forward to rolling out some new cosmetic acupuncture offerings in my practice right away, in combination with herbal medicine and of course naturopathic medicine techniques! • Grateful to Shellie and my fellow colleagues for making this weekend one of very fun continued education and some good pampering! :)
Y’all! One of my very first clients just shared with me that their cholesterol levels are now normal after just a few months of working together. Very pumped! I put the person on a herbal formula (similar to the one pictured here) filled with herbs that lower cholesterol, promote heart health, and decrease inflammation. I also put the person on a diet scientifically proven to lower triglyceride levels, a simple aerobic movement routine, and I recommended a great natural supplement to top it off. • Cholesterol is tricky, and it’s all about finding the right balance between HDL (“happy cholesterol”), LDL (“bad cholesterol”), VLDL, etc. There are some great pharmaceutical drugs out there with high levels of success in treating high cholesterol. But, treating naturally IS an option too, and a GREAT one at that, without the side effects. 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
Ultimately, how you treat people speaks volumes about who you are. Integrity, kindness, and compassion are everything.🙏🏾
Yo tribe! I just did an IG live where I talked about spring energetics and herbs. 🌿🌿🌿Its only about 25 minutes, and I saved it on IG so you can access it for the next 24 hours! Enjoy the information and my video awkwardness. 😂 • Also let me know if you want MORE IG lives and if you’re interested in weekly IG videos where I answer your Health and wellness questions! 😀
So thrilled to share that I'm featured in @kreyolicious , an online magazine that highlights all things Haitian. I've been following their incredible work for years, so I'm humbled by this opportunity to share my story, alongside some of my own personal role models and icons in the Haitian community. Truly an honor. In this interview, I talk about my path, my inspiration, my lessons learned, and my plans for the future. • Kreyolicious generously made our interview a two part series, so make sure to check out both articles. You can read the features at Kreyolicious.com • Hope you enjoy! Thanks for all the love always! It takes a village. ❤️