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Shrooms any one? 🍄 It’s a hate em or love em type of situation for most people. I love em. Mushrooms are not only densely nutritious (and delicious), but they are also immune system boosting, stress relieving, and healing to the mind, body, and spirit. • Mushrooms come in such a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes with different textures, tastes, and vibrations. Each one offering a different type of medicine. They are literally wild. • I’m going to start sharing more about mushrooms. I have many favorites that I use for healing, which include Reishi, Turkey tail, Chaga and Lion’s mane (all currently in stock in my herbal dispensary). • Pictured here are gorgeous pink oyster mushrooms. 📷: @evelyndragan
You can use herbs in so many different ways. It’s really so inspiring. As I’ve been finessing my Healing with Haitian Herbs Level 2 material, I’ve felt such deep gratitude for all the ways we can experience plant medicine. • Water is the most common medium we use to enjoy herbs. Tea is often the first water method we think of, but we can use steams and baths as well. We can also use various oils, alcohols, and a plethora of compounds to extract the medicine of the plants. It’s really beautiful and quite extraordinary. Each way is unique in method, experience, and result. • Pictured here, is a little herbal bath mix I made for some skin healing. I’ll usually put some of the loose herb directly into the tub or if I’m feeling extra fancy, I’ll place a tablespoon or two in an empty teabag and let it soak in the warm water. • Never limit yourself to the ways you can use the herbs. The plants are limitless. So are the possibilities. 🌱
Today’s meditation: Don’t rush your process. Trust in your own blooming. You are becoming a fuller expression of yourself. Take your time. 🌸
Happy Friday 😊 ☁️...Some thoughts from my morning meditation: Gratitude, like love, gives everything else perspective. You are entitled to nothing and nothing belongs to you. Nothing is guaranteed, not even the next moment. So remember to give thanks for every moment, every possibility, every connection, every blessing, every lesson, every breath, every synchronicity. Every thing is a gift...☁️
I finally get why they call it a “practice” and why they say things like “studying is a life-long journey”. 🌿 The truth is that the degree is just the doorway to this magical healing journey. You’d think it’s the end, but it’s really just the beginning. Trust me. 🌿 I’m genuinely surprised at how much time I spend digging through research papers, herbal medicine texts, podcasts, videos, nutrition pamphlets, and clinical diagnosis lectures. I’m constantly learning, reinforcing, and exploring. The goal is to sharpen my brain, refine my knowledge, and be the best resource I can be to my patients, community, and world. 🌿 At my workshops, I get a TON of questions about my favorite resources to use for herbal medicine knowledge. I think that’s a great question. I believe in folks feeling empowered to take charge of their health and lives. I thought I’d hop on here to share a few of my favorite herbal medicine books with you too. • Medicinal Herbalism (the book in the back) by David Hoffman • Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth by Sharol Tilgner • Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar [The book on top is Nourish & Glow: Naturally Beautifying Foods & Elixirs by Jules Aron. I’m yet to read that one but it sounds really cool!] Happy reading! 😉
These past few weeks, it’s been so cool for me to see people rushing in for some pre and post holiday self care and pampering. • One of my most requested services for this month is Cosmetic Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Everyone’s just trying to get their glow on, and I’m very into it! • What makes Cosmetic acupuncture so popular? 1. It’s 100% natural 2. It’s non-invasive 3. It’s incredibly effective 4. It feels really yummy 5. It works! • Common benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture: ✨reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles ✨evens out the skin tone ✨enhances your natural grow ✨helps you to look and feel more vital ✨enhances your health holistically ...and so much more • As you prep for all of your holiday parties and gatherings, make sure to stop on by for some pampering!✨
🌹Notes on Rose medicine🌹 Really grateful for all the soul medicine flowers bring to my life. If you know me in real life or if you follow my IG stories, you’ll know that I buy myself flowers pretty much every single week. 🌹 Flowers are a big part of my self-love ritual and the process of buying myself flowers reminds me that I am deserving of beauty/love/abundance/sweetness AND that I don’t need to be gifted flowers by anyone AND that I am fully capable of making myself feel special without the validation of another person. 🌹 The flowers have brought me an immeasurable amount of sweetness and joy, on the good days, and especially on the bad days. 🌹 I recently made myself a heart supportive herb blend, featuring many flowers, with rose being the shining star. I also have been making my own rose water to spritz myself and my surroundings. Then the other night, I had a pretty vivid dream about roses. So, when i saw these beauties at the market the next day, I just knew I had to have them.Their rich color and scrumptious scent just pulled me right in. 🌹 Roses have a strong affinity to the heart and soul. I think of rose energy as “synchronizing”. It’s like it brings everything together. Rose lifts the spirit and delights the senses. 🌹 The other day, someone asked me if I could be a flower, what flower would I be, and I said....”a rose”....of course. ✨ 🌹 What’s your favorite flower?
CBD oil has been really healing for me these past few weeks. 🌿 CBD is a non-psychoactive constituent in cannabis that is extremely effective for a variety of health conditions including stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and so much more. The scientific research around it is really solid and promising. 🌿 The other main constituent of cannabis is THC, which is the psychoactive component that gets you “high”. I have a GREAT many thoughts on the topic of cannabis, which include: •its use for spiritual and meditative purposes •its effectiveness at healing diseases and providing palliative support for many conditions (cancer, glaucoma,etc.) •its criminalization and how that effects specific communities; thinking about POC and of course my Rasta fam •its usefulness as a natural renewable resource (think hemp, fuel, food, and land restoration) •its role as a profitable good in our society and all the implications of that But back to CBD... 🌿 My friend recently suggested CBD oil to help me work through some situational acute stress I was working through. It changed the game for me. I describe it like this to people: Before CBD, I felt like all my wires were out and I was feeling all the things to an extreme. I was just very wired and stressed. CBD helped hone that all in. After just one use, I felt a lot more grounded within myself. Over time, I just breathed through the feelings and I breathed and breathed and breathed some more. Then before I knew it, I was able to breathe through it all without the CBD. 🌿 I had no prior experience with CBD oil personally, but definitely knew about it tangentially from friends and even my patients. Fast forward to now: you can say I’m now a believer. Experience is the greatest teacher. 🌿 Where can you get CBD oil? All over! But, you really want to focus on great quality product. I highly recommend stopping by @healhaus to pick up some quality CBD oil at the wellness bar. It’s absolutely divine ✨
🌸What does your love look like? Here’s what it looks like to me these days... • Love looks like a holy, unnamable, immeasurable thing. Love looks like magic. Love looks like making sacrifices. Love is the “yes” in the sea of “no”. Love looks like creating a way out of no way. Love looks like a long, silent,warm,tight embrace. Love looks like feeling the hurt....and still choosing love. Love looks like moving through oceans and fires and peeks and valleys just to make you smile. Love looks like fighting for the ones you love and putting it all on the line because love is always worth it. Love looks like humility. Love looks like “I believe in you, even when you don’t believe in yourself”. Love looks like “you don’t need to say a word because I feel your joy and I feel your sorrow”. Love looks like “you can lean on me whenever you need me”. Love looks like “I’ll always be here for you”. Love looks like no excuses. Love looks like acting in your highest possibility. Love looks like making amends. Love looks like hope. Love looks like moving forward. Love looks like showing up, even when it’s hard and scary....especially when it’s hard...and especially when it’s scary. Love likes “I hope you’re waiting for me on the other side”. Love looks like “I’ll find you in the next lifetime and each one after that”. Love looks like “I’ll smile when I think of you. I’ll speak of you fondly and I’ll pray for you always.” Love looks like “Thank you, I’m sorry, I love you, I forgive you”. Love looks like holding each second of life sacred and moving in urgency, because you never ever ever know when it will end. • 🌸Love up on someone properly today. ✨
Healthy fats for the win. 💪🏾 • Olives are rich in heart-protective omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E, making them a great source of anti-oxidants. • There are many great reasons to implement plant-based healthy fats such as olives, avocados, and coconuts into your diet! • they’re anti-inflammatory (and part of the wonderful clinically researched Mediterranean diet) • they increase the feeling of satiation (satisfaction, taste, and sense of fullness) • they’re great for digestive health + more • You want to be careful with the over consumption of anything, because moderation is the key to balance. The high fat content of olives, no matter how good, can be a little too much for some, especially folks who struggle with lipid balance. Additionally, they are produced with a lot of salt, so you need to be mindful of the sodium intake. • However, through and through, a couple olives here and there are a great healthy addition to your diet.✨
V. into medicinal berries right now. I think it’s because I’ve been needing some extra sweetness in my life lately. 🌿 I’ve been working with schisandra berry the most these days. Schisandra comes from China, and has a whole lotta taste! In fact, this berry is commonly called “5 flavor berry” because you can supposedly taste all of the flavors in this one fruit. To me, schisandra is mostly sour, specifically tangy, with a little bit of sweet. She is intense though. You definitely have to prepare yourself for all her flavor. It’s like...WHOA. 🌿 Schisandra is one of our most beloved “adaptogens”. Adaptogens are our harmonizers. They help us recalibrate. They help bring our bodies where they need to go. Like all herbs, there are different types of adaptogens. Some are cooling, while others are warming. Some are energizing, while others are relaxing, etc. Schisandra is pretty neutral and relaxing to me. 🌿 I like to sprinkle a little Schisandra in some of my custom fertility blends because she has a sweet beautiful feminine energy that amplifies those blends. Some other benefits of Schisandra: •Increases energy •Increases blood circulation and improves heart health •Enhances the immune system •Improves cognitive function 🌿 Also. Idk if this is relevant. But I love sour patch kids. When I choose to not indulge, I grab for some dried schisandra berries and mulberries instead and omg, my cravings are totes satisfied. 😋
Until the lion tells her own story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter. - African proverb
2 chairs. One massage bed. One table. Few candles. Two cups. One teapot. You, me, and the space between where the healing happens. Come hang out with me at @healhaus some time for a private healing session. Tues and Weds 2-7. #healingisalifestyle
Making your own medicine is one of the most intentional acts of self care you can engage in. The process is meditative, reflective, and empowering all at once. It’s magical. 🌱 I’ve been working more with tinctures and elixirs as they are more potent than teas, and just deliver the medicine in a different way. This is a “nervine” mixture to soothe my nervous system, decrease tension, and promote ease. 🌱 I’m doing the slow method, where I let the plant materials soak over time, so it will be ready for consumption in about 2 weeks. I place the mix in a dark and cool place, and shake it daily to activate the medicine, while putting love, light, and good intention in it. Can’t wait to enjoy this mixture in a little over a week. 🌱 Can you name some of the herbs I put in this mixture?
🌎Big girl. Bigger dreams.🌎 I let my vision for myself and the world pull me towards creating my best reality. As I look out at the horizon of my future, I’m excited, inspired, humbled, and joyful. The acceleration is going to be breathtaking. 📷: @thuyannle
I’m having major soursop cravings these days. Can’t wait to indulge in this delicious fruit when I go to Haiti. 🌴 Soursop is known as kowosol in Haitian kreyol (and guanabana in Spanish-speaking countries). 🍈 Soursop fruit is revered for its incredible health benefits and is one of the most commonly used medicinal fruits in the Caribbean. 🍈 Caribbean folks will often eat the soursop fruit raw, which is totally delicious as is. But, soursop is also commonly consumed in ice cream, smoothies, and juices. It’s seriously so delicious with this natural creamy texture. The taste is mostly sweet with a generous touch of sour. OMG yum, must have kowosol now. 🍈 What makes soursop a hot topic fruit in the holistic health world is its proclaimed anti-cancer benefits. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I’m really into scientific research. I’m actually quite pleased with the research around soursop, though I’d like to see more. There are some great studies backing up soursop as a health supportive food for many conditions. 🍈 A few of soursop’s health benefits: •tons of vitamins B1, B2, and C •anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, etc. •can be used topically to alleviate skin eruptions •can be used as a tea to fight a variety of microbial infections We may or may not dive into this fruit more at my next Haitian Herbs workshop. 😉 🍈 Do you consume soursop in your culture? If so, what name do your people give it? 🍈 I love love love words and as you’d know if you’ve been to my herb workshops, I’m specifically interested in the social, cultural, and historical links around holistic medicine. A lot of us have been saying the same things about these plants for centuries. We’re allot more connected and in tune than we think. And language is often the glue that holds us all together. Build bridges, not walls. Let’s find the connections.
🌱 Envisioning. Vibes. Energy. Forward. 🌱 So incredibly excited about some massive projects I have coming up as we move into 2019. 2018 has been the warm up; the initial stretch. Getting ready to launch and fly even higher. ✨ I had a great meeting here with @jbscheer at @animamundiherbals ! Experienced a lot of synchronicities and affirmations here. Highly recommend this high vibe space in Greenpoint, BK. 😊