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Spring Rain Grows the Grain

Spring brings a different type of rain, one that nourishes the plants. In the Chinese agricultural calendar we are in the seasonal node of Grain Rain, which starts on approximately April 19th. As the weather continues its dance between sun and clouds, warmth and chill, still air and wind we continue our journey through spring.…

Herbed Nettles and Asparagus Risotto

Welcoming Spring!

The Spring Season “The months of the spring seasonbring about the revitalization of allthings in nature. It is the time of birth.”— Huangdi Neijing Suwen,The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine Welcoming spring is that wondrous time of year when the earth reawakens and the energy that has been deeply stored in the earth begins to…


Happy Lunar New Year: Prepare for Spring

Even though the Lunar New Year in the Chinese calendar harbors the emerging spring and new beginnings, the Northeast of the United States was recently blanketed with many inches of snow making folks wonder if winter would ever end. (Notice the Buddha’s head popping up from the snow in my friend’s yard!). So, how do…

Building Health in Autumn

Building Health in the Autumn Season

Building Health in the Autumn Season “The three months of autumn are in charge of withering and decelerating the movement of growth.” – Gao Lian, poet Building health as we transition from summer to autumn can be many things depending on where you live, what your quality of life is like and how you are…

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Nourishment for Menopause

Nourishing ourselves during peri-menopause and menopause           Nourishing ourselves during our “Second Spring”, as it is called in Chinese medicine, in a woman’s life is an important time of transition which can be challenging in the midst of work, family, children and elder parents. But, this is an important time to…

Eat to Beat the Heat

Eat to Beat the Heat

The heat can hurt, so let’s change what we eat! The temperatures are rising, and with longer, warmer days our bodies are going to need to adapt in more ways than one. Our normal habits of changing out our clothing, putting on more sunscreen, and seeking shade when outdoors is no longer enough. While we…