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How Dry Salt Therapy Improved My Lung Qi (And Why I’m Going Back For More!)

“I’m inhaling WHAT???” was my initial response after being told that pharmaceutical grade salt would be blown into the salt room by a halogenerator. When Marta from Breathe Salt Rooms first reached out to me about their Dry Salt Therapy, and I hopped on their website, as soon as I saw the wall-to-wall Himalayan salt slabs on the wall, […]

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DIY: How To Make Your Own Chinese Herbal First Aid Kit

Did you know that Myrrh is considered a Chinese Medicinal herb/substance (in Chinese pin yin it’s called Mo Yao) that heals wounds? And, that wingless cockroaches are a necessary ingredient to a favorite plaster of mine that helps to penetrate the muscles to relieve pain? Chinese Herbs have so many uses, and can be prepared in […]

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10 Ways To Stabilize Yourself When You Feel Unsafe

How do you move forward after being hit with traumatic news that triggers your survival instincts because it is WAY too close to home? For many of us, the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual shock can take a toll on our sweet system. How do you know when trauma is showing up in your being? Some […]

Are You Experiencing One of the Top 10 Symptoms Of Ascension?

Have you noticed that your ears are starting to ring? A lot? Or, are you suddenly getting lots of aches and pains in your body, and it isn’t because you just finished a month-long binge of CrossFit, or experienced sudden physical trauma? If you are, you just may be experiencing symptoms of ascension! Many of […]

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5 Ways To Energetically Take Up Space When You’re Feeling Small

We all have our good days, when we’re feeling on top of the world, our vibrations are high, our manifesting mojo is top notch, we feel comfortable in our skin, our self-love is at its peak, and we’re practically exuding awesomeness. These are days when we might as well have a large “S” emblazoned on our […]

7 Habits That Help Highly Sensitive Warriors Shine

Do you feel like an “Energy Sponge”? Does being stuck with a gigantic crowd of people sound as exciting as sticking a fork in your eye? Does some intentional solitude rejuvenate you? If you’re a Highly Sensitive Warrior (HSW) or Empath, chances are that you may identify with the above questions. Here’s the secret about thriving as an […]

7 Things You Will Not Be Able To Tolerate As You Start To Awaken

Some people think that once you start awakening into greater consciousness, that you will instantly be imbued with a super-magnetic purple hue of kickassedness, suddenly impervious to all pain and being enveloped by past triggers ever again. Some people think that once you begin to own your power, that your hair flows perfectly, as if […]

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5 Slightly Obsessive Things We Acupuncturists Do To Stay Healthy

Today, I am going to let you in on a secret – we acupuncturists are often a feisty bunch. Many of us entered this field because we were attracted to whole healing, often looking to heal our own health issues (or the health issues of someone we love), and to resolve our own inner demons […]

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How To Heal Your Frozen Shoulder Naturally

They call it “frozen shoulder” (also known as adhesive capsulitis) for a reason. At first, the shoulder feels like it’s in the “freezing stage”, where it’s getting tighter and restricted in mobility, and the pain is increasing. In addition, any arm movement away or towards your body is little bit like shooting a stream of […]

Night-time Rituals For The Highly Sensitive Insomniac

Insomniacs have heard all the suggestions before: Turn off the TV and get off laptops and mobile devices 2-3 hours before bedtime so your body’s melatonin is not suppressed by the blue light they give off Don’t eat a heavy meal right before bedtime Don’t eat any sugar before bedtime Stop caffeine intake by 7pm Try […]