Mind Matters

Every action and intention begins with a thought!  Our thoughts are incredibly powerful but how does one prove that? It's so hard to be able to quantify the power of our thoughts but

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Shhhhhh, the secret skin cream

I'm going to tell you about my secret to many skin aliments from acne, burns, rashes, and even fungus.  It's the perfect combination of plants that heal, soothe, and have antimicrobial properties. It's called CCC cream which stands for Calendula, Comfrey, and Cornflower.

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Stimulate The Vis: boosting your immune system from within

Stimulate the Vis

The Vis is our own healing potential within the body & soul which allows the body to heal itself.  The body possesses an inherent ability to restore health and through specific modalities we can encourage that process.

How do we stimulate our Vis?

Well, it all depends on the individual but here are the basics:

1. Get out in nature: Getting away from the hustle & bustle of city life and feeling the calming vibe and beauty of nature is healing for the mind & body.

2. Go Barefoot: The earth has a negative ionic charge and when we go barefoot are bodies are able to ground that charge.  Negative ions are proven to detoxify, calm, reduce inflammation, and even synchronise our internal clocks, hormonal cycles, and physiological rhythms.

3. Breathe fresh air: Our breathe is one of the most fundamental forms of life and yet usually taken for granted.  Embracing the brisk fresh air and taking deep breaths soothes the soul.

4. Eat foods that are grown locally and organically with love

There are also specific treatments such as...

Constitutional Hydrotherapy: Which can boost immunity through a series of hot & cold compresses applied to the chest and abdomen along with a mild electrical stimulation.

Wet Sock Treatments: This treatment acts to reflexively increase the circulation and decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head and throat which is a great treatment for the common cold.

Peat Baths: Taking a bath with peat supports the body in several ways because the peat itself retains the temperature of the water which aids the body to sweat and further release toxins from the deep within the tissues.  The warm bath, in addition to the properties of the peat, support the body by decreasing inflammation and pain while increasing circulation and sweat.

Water therapy: Hydrotherapy is essentially the use of water (hot or cold, ice or liquid) to treat and heal the body of aliments.   The use of various water temperatures is very important to treat certain aliments for example; hot and cold contrast hydrotherapy stimulates circulation by causing increased constriction and dilation of the veins which in turn provides fresh nutrients while also stimulating movement of the lymphatic system to eliminate waste from the body.

What are you going to do to stimulate your Vis today?

The Fashionista's Guide To Foraging

What an amazing summer day to go on a drive with the top down while making random stops for fresh dahlias or to forage for mushrooms in the forest.  The crisp air and the vibrant green colors makes me fall in love with Washington all over again, even enough to put up with all the rain.


Get my look: Vintage Oscar de la Renta silk blouse (similar here), H & M jeans,  and Jeffrey Campbell sandals.

Here is the Fashionistas guide to foraging:


Douglas Fir: put the branches in a vase to embrace the forest fragrance or infuse them in a syrup for that Northwest taste.


Nettles: dry the leaves out and drink it as a nutritious tea (and don't worry the stinging is eliminated by drying or cooking) but wear gloves when you are picking them!


Morels: packed with B vitamins, vitamin D, and rich in selenium these are great for overall immune support.


Dandelion Greens: a great addition to a salad and the bitterness helps with digestion.


Moss Covered Twigs: put the twigs in a fancy vase and give a whimsical and grounding feel to your home.


Salmon Berries: rich in vitamin A and potassium, this berry would add an unexpected twist to the traditional jam.


Mud: rich in minerals and great at detoxifying your body, cover yourself in a light paste and wash off when it has dried.  The most important part is to find quality mud either from a hot spring or mud that comes from a glacier for the highest purity.


Photography by Jared Duhon of J Duhon Photography