Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ensuring the Good Health of Our Brains

On March 18 the Wellness & Nutrition Book Club met to discuss the book Grain Brain by neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter. One of the interesting aspects of this book is its focus on keeping our brains healthy. It is easier for us to know if our physical bodies are struggling as we can feel many dis-eases, but what about our brains? Our brains are more silent and not an area we commonly think very much about. Yet, we will all agree that healthy brains are absolutely critical to our quality of life!
Interesting takeaways from the discussion included:

April Showers Bring May Flowers: Ayurvedic Spring Tips

Lentil sprouts to top a soup or salad
Heavy, wet and muddy are how we would currently describe Connecticut!
According to Ayurveda, spring is called kapha season. Kapha literally means "to stick together." It's a muddy, wet and rainy time of year in nature, where the earth is holding onto more water. This is nature's response to a long dry winter. As the Earth swells with new moisture, seeds begin to germinate, flowers bloom, and the trees begin to bud. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

An Introduction to Nervine Herbs for A Change of Season

The first glimpses of spring are upon us at last! The warm weather drew me outside yesterday, and I was compelled to literally jump for joy in the sunshine. If I ever doubt my connection to the earth, the change of seasons always reminds me of it. As a new student of herbal medicine, I find myself primed to notice the ways in which the weather can effect my eating habits, my energy, my mood, and my movements. It has been a particularly cold, and snowy winter that's had me feeling somewhat weighted down and lethargic. This rush of spring energy comes as a great relief for me, and I imagine for many of you.