Friday Roundup, June 24, 2016

What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week

Sun Tea Time: It's been warm here in the Bay this week, and I've brought my big mason jars back out to make sun tea! Current faves are lemon balm and spearmint tea, and my standby, hibiscus. More acupuncturist approved summer bevvies here in a blog article I wrote last summer.

Long Hair Care: When I was in acupuncture school I had very long hair, past my hips. That's when I first experimented with hair oils. I would oil my hair using homemade blends and laboriously plait my tresses every night to protect them. I loved having long hair, but my current pixie cut is a lot easier! For some historical insight, I enjoyed historian Mimi Matthews look at Victorian hair care - Angelica & Peony oils smell better than bear grease!

Have a great weekend: happy Summer Solstice, Happy Pride, and wishing us all peace, liberation, and sunshine.

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Friday Roundup - February 19, 2016

What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week

Image (and recipe) from  Busy in Brooklyn

Image (and recipe) from Busy in Brooklyn

Sweet treats: Purim is a Jewish holiday that's something like Hallowe'en or Carnivale - lots of dressing up in costume and eating and drinking. It's over a month away, but I'm already planning to make this delectable grain free version of hamantaschen, the traditional triangle shaped stuffed Purim cookies.

Trailblazing African American Woman Doctor: In honor of Black History/Black Futures Month, I was reading about African American pioneers in medicine. I learned about Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first African-American woman doctor, who earned her MD in 1864!  After she left practice (in part due to the racism she experienced) she wrote a book which became a staple in many American households: A Book of Medical Discourses which you can read online.

The Story of Cosmetics: I've been talking about non-toxic skin care alternatives and the dangers of conventional personal care products all month long (more over at TCMTalk) and really enjoyed this video explaining the state of the industry from Annie Leonard, creator of The Story of Stuff, and using the same charming animation.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday Roundup - February 12, 2016

What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week

This isn't Peseshet, we don't know what she looked like.

This isn't Peseshet, we don't know what she looked like.

Overseer of Female Physicians. That's the title held by a woman named Peseshet, who lived in Egypt in 2500 BCE. I learned about her and a bunch of other interesting facts about the history of medicine in this article.

Kicking out the chemicals. My colleague Denise and I declared February 'Holistic Skin Care month' and that's what we're talking about all month on TCMTalk. I spent a few hours reading through the horror show of chemicals that are found in virtually all conventional personal care products in the US (where our regulations are heinously lax compared to other countries.) If you want to know more check out The Story of Cosmetics, a great video by the Campaign for Safer Cosmetics and Annie Leonard, who created The Story of Stuff.

You are enough. Transitioning to natural, non-toxic skin care also means accepting ourselves, something dominant culture and advertising messages often work against! I got a big lift this week from this breezy but inspiring listicle on overcoming imposter syndrome.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday Roundup - October 2

What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week.

Pic from The Nourishing Gourmet

Pic from The Nourishing Gourmet

Pumpkin Spice Season: Well, it's here, the annual onslaught of 'pumpkin spice' flavoured everything. I think that our excitement over this annual appearance reveals our attunement to seasonal foods. The delight in once a year foods is one we share with our earliest ancestors. Of course, those foods used to come from the earth, not the marketing department.  The deep orange sweetness of pumpkin and other winter squashes, and warming, stimulating spices like ginger, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, are very much in tune with shortening days and cooler nights. I eat my squash in these pumpkin pancakes from Balanced Bites - bake the squash yourself to get it local, and cheaper! (and fine, here's a dairy and sugar free homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe if you must!)

This Week's Herbal History:  Healers and parfumers have been distilling essential oils for centuries. This article gives a fascinating overview.

Fall Sale Still On! My new labels are rolling out, and I still have some stock of my 'classic' labels on SALE. As of Friday morning, I still have sale prices available for Three-in-One Serum, Swimming Dragon Oil, Basic Balm and Ex Libris Balm. Other items are available with brand-new labels!

Have a great weekend!

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Friday Roundup - September 24

What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week.

Scrophularia nodosa : used for scrofula - hence the name.

Scrophularia nodosa: used for scrofula - hence the name.

Herbal History: I usually share some neat herbal history on #ThrowBackThursday. This week I lost myself in these gorgeous watercolours of herbs from a 16th century Italian materia medica, digitized by the British Museum. There's an amazing number of historic manuscripts of all kinds, including medicine, that are now available digitally. History herb nerds like me can glut ourselves!

Periscope! I'm officially hooked on Periscope! My friend Denise and I did one together, demonstrating how to use Angelica & Peony oils with moxibustion. Two of my faves to follow are Diane Sanfilippo, who scopes about paleo cooking, health, and entrepreneurial inspiration, and Jennifer Dubowsky, who scopes about acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and beautiful Chicago sunsets! The immediacy of interacting live is what is so fun about it.

Sale!! I'm getting all new labels, did I mention?! In order to clear my shelves for all-new goodies, I'm having a huge sale on current stock while it lasts. 25% off everything in my store until it sells out - you can still purchase new stock of everything at regular prices.  Regenerating and Nourishing Serums, Serenity Face Scrub, and Ginger Menthol Balm are all SOLD OUT so if you want to pick up something, do it now! Might I recommend Three-in-One Serum, or Ex Libris Balm?

Have a great weekend!

 

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