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The Top 3 Crystals You Should Be Using To Bring In Love

Ah, Valentine’s Day is this Saturday. What does that mean to you? For many, it is a time when we are saturated with media hype, Godiva confections, and presented with cultural expectations of what it means to perform optimally in relationships, existing, or otherwise. For me, it is just another opportunity to tap into the love that tops all […]

Skin Conditions And The Process of Ascension

Since January 1st, we have all been moving forward full steam. 2014 was preparation, and 2015 is “game time”. What does that exactly mean? It means that all the things we painstakingly set up last year, from the major release work we’ve done around triggering issues in our lives, to addressing lingering shadows that have […]

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 […]

A sampling from the author's herbal apothecary.
Copyright © 2015 by Alcantara Acupuncture & Healing Arts. All rights reserved.

My Top 5 Fave Herbs For Healthy Living

Long before I became a Licensed Acupuncturist and Reiki Master/Teacher, I was a punk rocker/zinester who was delving into all things healing (do the two coincide? Sure, why not!) I was also exploring my roots, which is a melting pot of sorts – Filipino, Spanish, Irish, and Chinese. I was driven to learn more about all […]

The Art Of Surrender: Letting Go In The New Year

It has been all kinds of New Years recently: the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah was in September, Hindus celebrated the Diwali “Festival Of Lights”, and Muslims observed Muharram, in October. The Celtic and Pagan New Year, Samhain, was also in October, on Halloween. Chinese New Year is coming up this February. On January 1st, in […]

"Lil' Heart Just For You" by Kasia, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Why Disconnection From Self And Others Can Be Hazardous To Your Health (The Heart Chakra)

We return to our chakra series! Before you think that I’ve forgotten to write about something relevant for the holidays, I’m exploring a very appropriate topic for this triggering time of social unrest and holiday zest, the Heart Chakra. This chakra is so central to a lot of the work that I do in my […]

"McGill Vigil for Ferguson" by Gerry Lauzon, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Cultivating Peace Within When There is Unrest Without

We interrupt our regularly scheduled chakra series blog with some guerrilla self care this week. Saying that the energies have been intense, as of late, would be an understatement. The energies of social unrest have been culminating, as a result of systemic violence being no longer tolerated. We, as the energetic collective, have not only […]

"154/365 They're Coming To Get You." (cropped) by martinak15, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Why Fear Of Survival Can Be Hazardous To Your Health (The Root Chakra)

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it! I went on holiday and spent time with family in Pittsburgh for the week. It was nourishing, somewhat relaxing, and a wonderful break from the concrete jungle of New York City! I say it was somewhat relaxing, because much of it entailed helping my […]

"Talk 2 the Hand" by Maryam Abdulghaffar مريم عبدالغفار., used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Why Repressing Your Anger May Be Harmful To Your Health (The Sacral Chakra)

This week, I continue with my chakra series, which explores each chakra, as well as the physical imbalances that can manifest when it’s blocked. In previous posts, I’d covered: Why Not Stepping Into Your Power May Be Hazardous To Your Health (Solar Plexus/Third Chakra) Why Not Trusting Your Intuition Can Be Hazardous To Your Health (Third Eye/Sixth […]