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herbalism

Herbalism is an ancient healing art which has been practiced for centuries around the world—Europe, America, Africa, China, Tibet, and India.

Herbalism is a modern healing art exploring the inner secrets of herbs and how they react to the body and with prescription medications.

Blending knowledge from healing traditions and modern research is the heart of my practice—Medicinal Herbalism.

Using non-invasive traditional diagnostic methods, along with listening to the needs of the client, I share knowledge to help the client make better decisions about their health and well-being. Together we seek out a healthy practice to improve well-being, addressing both immediate concerns and long range health issues.

Blending traditional uses from many cultures and modern clinical information, the client and the herbalist will arrive at an herb or a blend of herbs right for helping to heal the body and mind. The herbs can be taken in a variety of ways—teas, capsules, or tinctures—best suited to their needs and lifestyle.

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reiki

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. It is a process of using healing energy that is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us. This energy is the reason we are all alive, and why we want health and happiness. When this energy is low, we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki is Japanese for “spiritually guided life energy.” It was discovered, or codified, by Dr. Mikao Usui. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of energetic healing and that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and it creates a beneficial, healing effect. Reiki works with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. There are no negative interactions between Reiki and any other healing techniques.

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candling

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moxibustion

Moxibustion is a healing technique where an herb, dried moxa or mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris) is burned above the skin at acupuncture points.  The heat warms and activates what are known in Chinese Medicine as the Qi and Blood of the body for the treatments of disease or health maintenance.  Americans might think of Qi and Blood as nerve impulses, hormonal balances, and blood; in other words, the things in the body that make us feel, think, sleep, digest, and do many, many other things.

What Conditions is Moxibustion Used For?

Moxa can be used for a wide variety of conditions such as:

Pain: One of moxa's active components, borneol, is used in this and other topical therapies for its antiseptic and analgesic effects.

  • Arthritis and other painful joint conditions

  • Tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or repetitive strain injuries

  • Sprains and Strains: Speeds healing of damaged tissue

  • Muscle tension or stiffness: moxa relaxes tension and increases circulation

  • Decrease swelling and inflammation

Reproductive: Research has shown that moxa increases blood circulation to the pelvic area and uterus and regulates menstruation.

  • Menstrual cramps and pelvic inflammatory disease

  • Enhance fertility via increased circulation of blood to uterus

  • Turn breech babies to a normal position

  • Reduce the intensity and duration of labor pains

  • Labor induction

General:

  • Reduce the appearance of old scars

  • Boost immune system

  • Chronic autoimmune-related illness

  • Open bronchial airways for asthma

  • Digestive disorders such as IBS and diarrhea

  • Gastric, abdominal, or intestinal pains

  • Fatigue

How is Moxa Applied?
Using only indirect methods, moxa sticks are most often used. These sticks are held one to two inches above the point being stimulated. Occasionally moxa may be packed onto a slice of ginger or garlic, in salt or on a piece of aconite. This is set on the skin and the moxa, sitting on the slice of root, is lit.

Is Moxibustion Painful?
Clients experience a warming sensation and report feeling very comfortable and relaxed during the treatment. When lit, moxa burns slowly and provides a penetrating heat that can enter the channels, or meridians to influence qi and blood flow.

Is moxibustion safe for children?
Moxibustion is ideal for treating children or those who are severely needle-phobic. This is an effective and gentle way to stimulate acupuncture points and assist the body in healing itself.

In my personal clinical experience I have seen first-hand how moxibustion creates a more relaxed state of rest for the client. Within the first few minutes of moxibustion, breathing becomes much deeper and slower and both body and mind let go of tension. With relaxation all treatments become more effective.
Aside from being a wonderful was to heal the body and work in preventing illness, moxa has been known since ancient times as a treatment that can prolong life!

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wellness

Wellness care is about achieving and maintaining optimal health. Many people go through life, sometimes for a day, or a week, sometimes for years, feeling “out of it”, or lacking vitality. The stresses we have in our lives everyday can wear us down, making it harder and harder to recharge at the end of the day. It becomes all too easy to become unbalanced and drained of energy. There may not be anything “really wrong”, we might just be too run down to truly live out best lives.

Wellness care is the remedy for our busy, stressed out lifestyles. This is not primarily care that happens in the clinic, although that plays a role in wellness care, too. Rather, wellness care is primarily focused on little changes in habits and activities that can be done everyday. Experiencing ways to maximize health first hand, on a daily basis, the client becomes more pro-active in their own health. We create a better environment for the client to understand their own health, and make easy choices geared to making life happier and healthier.

As a healer, I use a variety of methods to aid and instruct during this process. Herbs, nutrition, moxibustion, exercise, hydrotherapies, flower essences, essential oils, and many other modalities may be used to bring the body back into a better balance. Bringing the body back into a healthy balance allows us to heal more quickly from setbacks, be they illness, injury, emotional issues, or other issues. This is a great way to work toward reaching that vital person living in each of us.

Information and strategies are a cornerstone of wellness care. Learning to communicate with one’s body is key to a healthier life. Understanding basics, such as the difference between hunger and thirst, as well as more intense information, like the body crying out for a particular nutrient and how to get that needed nutrition in a healthy way. In learning to read our bodies better, we can make healthier choices that lead to a happier experience.

From learning what our bodies want regarding food, drink, and exercise, we can move to strategies regarding better ways to approach people and situations, familiar and unfamiliar. This all comes from learning to listen to that inner voice we each have in a healthy way. All of this information improve our well being in many ways and act as a foundation upon which to build ourselves towards our full potential.

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remedy creation

Herbal remedies can be taken in a variety of ways. Many can be taken interchangeably, if they are taken in the correct dosage. After all, one teaspoon of an herb is not the same as one teaspoon of the same herb made into a tincture!

In general, one teaspoon of an herb (or herbal blend) can be made into a nice cup of tea.

That cup of tea may be a rough equivalent to one to two capsules that are “00” in size. We also offer a smaller option, size “0”.

The one to two capsules, or a cup of tea, is roughly equivalent to ten to twenty-five drops of tincture, depending on the tincture. Infused oils, lotions, creams, and ointments are applied topically, to the skin or hair. Syrups, sweet remedy, and oxymels, a sweet and sour remedy, are generally taken internally by the spoonful.

FEES
All costs do not include the cost of the herbs or any essential oils, as this cost will vary, depending on the herbs/oils used.
 

Hand blended herbs, ideal for infusions $3.00
Filled Tea Bags (40 bags) $21.83
Filled Bath Bags (40 bags) $24.72
Capsules (50 capsules)  
       “0” size $15.09
       “00” size $15.65
Vegetarian Capsules (50 capsules)  
       “0” size 15.65
       “00” size $16.60
Tinctures, 1/2 oz. bottle $14.75
Non-alcoholic Tinctures, 1/2 oz. bottle $13.95
Infused Oils, 1 oz. bottle
Made with grapeseed oil, other oils available upon request, pricing may vary
$14.95
Infused Oils using Organic Oils
Made with organic Jojoba oil, other oils available upon request, pricing may vary
$18.25
Lotions, over 3/4 cup
May be made with essential oils, infused oils, grapeseed, cocoa butter, other oils and shea butter available upon request, pricing may vary
$21.34
Creams & Ointments, over 1 cup
In addition to the ingredients listed in the lotions section, beeswax may be used
$21.50
Syrups, over 1 1/2 cups
An infusion and sugar combination
$16.48
Oxymels
Similar to a syrup, includes vinegar
$15.79
Pastillles
Small remedies of herbs, a solid form
$12.00

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