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How To Be Unexpectedly Brave: Find The Fight Within You When Hope Is Lost

You know those times when you’ve ever felt the power sucked out of your belly, fear is suddenly triggered in your Root Chakra, joy turns to devastation, and the wind has been taken out of your sails? It’s that similar feeling you’ve had when you’ve received devastating news about a loved one. Or, when you’ve […]

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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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Why Smudging Your Body With White Sage Is A Must For Every Highly Sensitive Warrior (A Guide To Smudging)

Smudging is the ancient practice of burning medicinal, sacred herbs with the intention of clearing the energy of your home, office, an object, or yourself. It corrects and balances the energy, immediately. It cleanses negativity and even kills germs, as this article states. It’s like taking an energetic shower! White Sage is one of the more […]

How To Energetically Declutter Your Life So You Can Bring In The Good Juju

Many of you may be familiar with Spring Cleaning. You may also know about the kind of cleaning that you do when you’re up at 1:30am with nothing better to do than sit uncomfortably with your nervous thoughts about the next day’s big meeting/performance/date/event, and you might as well scrub that entire stove that’s been crusting over for a month, along […]

Margarita’s Turmeric Face Mask Recipe On Long Island Pulse Magazine

Sometime last year, Sharon Feiereisen of Long Island Pulse Magazine asked me to contribute a DIY face mask recipe for her upcoming article, which she just published! It’s called, “4 DIY Spa Recipes From the Pros“. Check it out! I jumped at the chance to talk about turmeric and honey, both of which I love […]

The Gift Of Levity And Love During Times Of Trauma

The happy notes on the piano echoed strangely throughout the church. Each note rang strongly, quickly, and lightly. It was the last song my little sister had been practicing as part of her Suzuki piano method before she’d passed, many years ago. And, her piano teacher was playing it at her funeral to honor her. At first, people were uneasy […]

My Top 5 Fave Essential Oils For Healing The Soul

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love my essential oils! I am trained in Essential Oil Therapy based on Chinese Medicine. I was also fortunate to learn the energetics of the oils, including how they relate to our energy centers, or chakras. What started off as a hobby in my early 20’s has now become something […]

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5 Ways To Get Back In Your Flow When You Feel Stuck

“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee […]

Hibernating During The Snowpocalypse

So, Snowpocalypse 2015 came and went. Rather uneventfully, I might add! New York City’s Mayor de Blasio claimed it would be one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city. People were cleaning out store shelves, and advised to stock up on batteries, water, and food goods that wouldn’t spoil. All NYC Metro […]

How To Make A Healing Herbal Infusion

Last week, I shared with you my top 5 fave herbs for healing. Thanks to the dialogue that followed, I learned of additional herbs I want to incorporate into my diet more often! As I’d mentioned in the article, the best way to take your herbs is as food. And my most-loved method of enjoying herbs […]