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February Health Genie: Oil Massage - the Key to Hydration and Warmth

Massage Oils

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

For many, winter is a time filled with itchy dry skin, flaking scalp, cracked finger tips, and low immunity.  There is a simple, cheap, and enjoyable solution to these common problems: oil massage.  This technique, also known as Abhyanga, has been used for centuries and has many therapeutic applications. 

It is a great practice to pick up now, in the middle of the winter, as it is very hydrating. Most soaps and body washes strip the skin of its natural oils and leave the skin bare and scaly. Performing oil massage on a daily basis keeps the skin hydrated and protected. 

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Unlock Your Lover's Heart - with Chocolate

Chocolate

By Guido Masé, RH (AHG), Chief Herbalist at Urban Moonshine

Love, death, rebirth – such is the cycle of fertility and renewal. Perhaps none knew this better than the Mesoamerican cultures that dwelled in present-day Mexico and Central America. Over one thousand years ago, in the rainforest that covers the slopes of the mountains in Western Yucatán, a Maya ruler enshrined this allegory on the lid of his tomb – in a story told by plants.

Pakal the great, who ruled Palenque for over sixty years, is pictured in a state of transition: beneath him opens the mouth of the serpent of the underworld while above him, sprouting from his belly, a tree of life fills the sky. Pakal embodies the corn god, who dies, buries himself, and is reborn as magical plants: most notably, the cacao tree[i].

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How to Eat Better in the New Year

Spicy Pork Peanut Noodles

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before making any major changes to your diet or using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

By Robert Luby, MD

“You are what you eat” is a phrase that has become the basis of many New Year’s resolutions to eat a healthy diet.  When examined more closely however, it is only the case that “you are what you eat” if you fully digest and absorb that which you consume.  In other words “You are what you assimilate.”  What you are able to digest, absorb, and assimilate depends greatly on how you eat.  Therefore, the claim which will be made in this article is that “You are HOW you eat.

January Health Genie: Winter Warming Beauty Care

Himalayan Pink Salt

Note:This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

For the holidays, a friend gifted me a lovely jar of homemade bath salts.  With the colder days, I am taking baths a few times a week and I’d like to make more bath salts before I run out.  Do you have any recipes to share?

Thank you,

Tinamarie

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December's Health Genie: Holiday Stress Relief

Nettles

Note:This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

I am a fan of the holiday season and hosting holiday parties, however, my wife stresses easily this time of year.  We prepare together, but even with my help she is frantic and tense- especially if we are hosting her family.  Do you have any advice that could help make this season more relaxed and harmonious?  

Thanks,

Rudolph R.

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