Cold and Flu Season: What to Do When You Are Getting Sick

Rest is to let the body focus on overcoming the virus and to recover its energy from overwork or stress.  We usually get sick because we are run down, not because we were exposed to the virus. Getting sick forces us to interrupt our normal routine. Rather than be annoyed by this, take the opportunity […]

Fevers and Why We Need to Embrace Them

I had the privilege a couple of years ago to meet a really well-respected Anthroposophical doctor named Philip Incao. He’s written many articles over the years, but the one that caught my eye is entitled How to Treat Childhood Diseases. I found it most interesting that in Dr. Incao’s experience, suppressing fevers increases the tendency for […]

The Festival of Martinmas

On November 10, the Waldorf community will celebrate the festival of St. Martin (the date of his death was November 11, 397 AD.).  The festival of Martinmas dates back to the fourth century when Martin was a young soldier.  He journeyed to the city of Amiens in France. 

My Personal Journey of Meditation and 5 Things That Help Me Stick With It

Ever since I could remember, whenever I would sit down to meditate, I would last no more than 10 minutes.  Why just 10 minutes? Well, one of two things would happen…either my mind would over-function or it would under-function.  In the over-function mode, it would rattle off a to-do list that could fill an 8 […]

Allergies and The Elements: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can help

Sometimes a different way of thinking of things can broaden our understanding of the way things work.  In western medicine, we think of specific allergens that aggravate our allergies, such as pollens, grasses, cat dander.  In Chinese medicine, we look at the elements.  This can be more information for us to reduce our exposure to […]

How Do Essential Oils Work?

Using essential oils for their benefit to the body or mind is called aromatherapy. From essential oils for deep sleep and calming to essential oils for sinus and congestion, aromatherapy is a powerful way to promote wellness without using pharmaceuticals.

Treating Anxiety – the Natural Way

Anxiety is a very common issue; it is in fact the most common of all mental health disorders and as many as one in four of us will be affected by an anxiety disorder at some point during life. Medication isn’t necessarily the answer, and natural treatment methods like using essential oils for anxiety can […]

Microcosmic Orbit Breathing Meditation for Sinus Relief

This simple Taoist meditation can immediately alleviate sinus congestion, start to regulate blood pressure, and balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. In traditional practice, it is used for qi regulation, organ health, and syncing the body systems with the natural energy and rhythm of the macrocosmic orbit, for health and harmonious living.