Friday Roundup - August 21

We had some more super hot days here in the Bay - record breaking temps on several days, and that has influenced what I've been reading, writing, and thinking about!

Keeping Cool: I cracked into my Chinese Medicine bookshelf and wrote an article about SummerHeat - the pathogenic factor that Chinese Medicine sees in heat stroke, sun poisoning, heat prostration etc.  It's the illness of summer!

The materia medica includes a category of herbs that treat it, and I suggest some treatments for acupuncturists and folks at home.

Ayurvedic Beauty Tips: I've been re-reading Melanie Sach's Ayurvedic Beauty Care, and toning up my agni (digestive fire) by drinking water with fresh ginger steeped in it before meals. In Chinese medicine we might understand this as the clear yang energy that rises up to the head from properly digested food. There's no argument that what happens in your gut shows on your face! I especially like this quote: "It is agni that powers the mind to be intelligently disciplined to achieve inner beauty." 

Business Boot Camp: I 'powered my mind to be intelligently disciplined' this week mainlining Diane Sanfilippo's How to Build A Badass Business podcast. I have a major brand crush on Diane, who has created a social media empire around her book, Practical Paleo and her 21 Day Sugar Detox program (both of which are awesome).

Have a great weekend!

 

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Sinus Relief: We've had another week of warm days here in the Bay, alternating with cooler ones - the cool is a relief but the changing weather can bring its own problems. When zooming air pressure starts making me feel congested, I thank heaven for my NeilMed, which I love and am embarrassed to say find much easier to use than a regular neti pot!

photo from cnn.com

photo from cnn.com

Motherhood in China: I really enjoyed this longish article about Chinese practices of postpartum confinement (based in TCM theories about the need for after birth recovery), and how the current generation of Chinese women are both adapting and abandoning them.

Cooling Soup: And I spent a bunch of time reading through the archives of the Chinese Soup Lady. I love her site and she offers wonderful seasonal recipes using herbs. I especially want to try her Sugar Cane and Imperatae Drink!

Have a great weekend!

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