Our inner landscape

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

I spent much of this last weekend in nature with loved ones and deeply believe there is no greater medicine. With our lives the way they are, it’s so easy to forget that we do not simply exist IN our environment - instead we consist entirely OF it. Our bodies themselves are fully functioning ecosystems that abide by the same laws of nature that we witness in the world around us - so it makes good sense that getting ourselves outside can be profoundly healing.

Take a moment to consider what natural landscape you love the most. For me, it’s both a sun dappled old growth forest and a coastal cliff (making Point Reyes National Seashore an effective remedy if I’m feeling drained or out of sorts). The landscape you most crave tells us a great deal about what your body needs to function most optimally. If you’d like, describe for me your favorite natural habitat (give me all the details: is it dry and sunny? damp and cool?) and I’ll share a little about how you can use that information to support yourself with specific lifestyle shifts. Either reply below or send me an email and we’ll be in conversation. xo

Herb Spotlight : Red Raspberry Leaf

High in magnesium, potassium, iron and vitamins A, B, C and E, Raspberry Leaf Tea is a nourishing mineral-rich tonic. 

I recommend it to all of my pregnant patients during their second and third trimesters for its remarkable ability to both relax and tone the uterus in preparation for birth. It can also be used effectively for menstrual issues, morning sickness and fertility support. Use it as a strong tea or tincture on canker sores or inflamed gums. Externally, it can also east the symptoms of eczema, sunburn or other skin rash. 

The taste is similar to a fruity black tea but without the caffeine (making it a perfect substitute for those trying to cut down on coffee). I love mixing it with nettles and rose hips to boost my energy and immunity.