Posts Tagged ‘herbs’

Healthy starts NOW.

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to the herbs and medicinal plants workshop on Monday!  We had a great group of people, asking fantastic questions, and who shared some of their knowledge and experience with me…so we all learned something!

photo 3One of my favorite things is when I pass chamomile or ginger tea around and people respond with something like “you know, I didn’t think I liked chamomile, but now that I’ve tried it again, I really do like it!”

photo-1And when I get feedback from people who attended a workshop, and they tell me that they just got back from shopping for their new, healthier way of eating, or for some herbs that they are going to add to their life, and you can hear the excitement in their voice….well that’s really the reason I do this job.

You want to start living a healthier life?  Want to live at 120% of your potential?

Do it.

Healthy starts NOW.



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Hey all ~ While visiting family in Bullhead, I’m going to host an event at the Regency in Laughlin.  I’d love to see you if you are in the area!  I’ve taught workshops all over Japan, but this is my first time teaching in the Bullhead area, and I’m pretty stoked about it….hope you are too:)

Herbs and Medicinal Plants for Dummies

Learn how to use common herbs and medicinal plants from the grocery store and in your cupboard to address common kids’ and adults’ health problems.

Learn and taste easy, delicious medicinal recipes that will help you stay healthy without spending a lot of money on expensive herbs and supplements.

Find out how a few little (and delicious) additions to your diet can bring out a healthier, more energetic YOU.


Monday, Oct. 7

5:30 pm to 7:00pm

$10 per person

(includes lots of samples and a take home cheat sheet)

  Please register by email to autumnness@yahoo.com, by Oct. 6.


Community Wellness Q&A session.

Bring your health and wellness related questions, and get answers about how to address your health problems using diet changes, herbs and supplements.   This is your chance to get real, personalized advice on how to stay healthy on a budget, in a way that will fit your lifestyle.


Monday, Oct 7,

7:00pm to 9:00

by donation, pay what you can.

Questions will be answered on a first come, first served basis.

*This is not an attempt to diagnose illness or prescribe medicine, as I am not a licensed medical doctor.

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Tomoko took us to an organic farm in Kula where you can pick all your own veggies, and the moment we stepped out of the car, I couldn’t stop smiling.  The vegetables were all so healthy and beautiful….and there were so many bees and butterflies flutterby-ing from plant to plant. 




Mana and I were picking some spinach, and a bee landed on her leg.  It sniffed around for a minute and flew away…but not before we had a chance to say thank you for pollinating our food.



And as a huge bonus, I picked up some beeswax from the farm’s honey comb.  I use beeswax in lip balm and my Magic Green Stuff salve, and I’m stoked that I got to meet the bees that made it:)

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Chamomile tea for babies



I’ve been giving baby Mana chamomile tea since she was about a month old.  Fresh chamomile is really sweet, and she loves it.  It calms her stomach when she’s gassy, and it soothes her nervous system while she adjusts to life outside the womb.  Plus  it’s full of minerals, so it’s especially good for her on days when she sweats a lot.

Chamomile has been one of my go to herbs for a long time, because it’s strong enough to calm an adult’s upset stomach, but gentle enough for babies.  I’m so glad I get to share this special plant with Mana~~

真和ちゃんが生まれて一か月たってから、毎日くらいカモミールティーを飲ませてます。新鮮なカモミールが甘くて、真和ちゃんが大好きです。 お腹にたまってるガス痛みに良いし、新世界に慣れてる神経系を落ち着かせます。ミネラルたっぷり入ってますので汗をいっぱいかく日には特に良い。


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I went up to my favorite nettle spot at Izumi Gatake and brought back a good size load of the stingy greens.


They’re dried and packed and ready for tea~


Nettles are a little burst of energy for your liver and kidneys, and healthy liver and kidneys mean a healthy YOU.  Plus, they taste great as a tea alone, or mixed with Japanese green tea, peppermint or lemon.


元気な肝臓と腎臓=元気なあなた   :)


To see last year’s blog post about nettles, look here.


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I’ve been slowing harvesting the echinacea in my garden for almost a month now, and it’s still blooming~


Native Americans have known for ages that echinacea kick starts your immune system when you feel run down or have caught a cold.  Thanks to this cheerful looking plant, and raw garlic, I haven’t used antibiotics in about 6 or 7 years.  (Don’t let it’s appearance fool you, this is strong medicine)

エキナセアはずっと免疫力を促進するため,アメリカ先住民に使われてました。 今でもアメリカですごい信頼されている薬草です。風邪をひいてしまった時でも、体が疲れ果てて、風邪ひきやすいそうの時にもおすすめ。 私の風邪とインフルエンザはいつもエキナセアと生にんにくに任せて、6-7年間くらいで個性物質を飲んでません。


If you are going to use echinacea, keep one important point in mind~ if you don’t take enough, it won’t work.  A good rule of thumb is to take about one heaping teaspoon of powdered herb every two hours~ You can mix it with a bit of warm water and shoot it back, or put a day’s worth in a to-go bottle with some water and lemon juice and take big swigs every two hours.  If it’s good quality echinacea, it should tingle on your tongue a bit:)

エキナセアについて、一つのポイントを覚えておいて欲しいで~す: 飲む量が足りない場合には効き目がありません。 おおまかなやり方は、二時間おきにエキナセアの粉小さじ1杯水かお湯と混ぜて一気に飲みます。 一日持ち歩ける分を作りたい時、PETボトルに一日分の粉を入れ、水とレモンジュースを入れて振ります。 二時間おきにゴクゴク飲んでくださいね~

上質なエキナセアであれば、舌にちょっと気持ちよ~くひりひりしますね。。。 :)

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I spent the day gathering some beautiful, deep red clover… want to know more about it?   click here.


and transplanted some plantain for the people at the sendai honeybee project to use on their bee stings.  (plantain is unrivaled stuff for bee stings…)


all in a good day’s work….


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