Natural Allergy Remedy: Local honey and Lavender

Fall allergy season is upon us. Now is the time for an Acupuncture tune up and herbal supplement 'Seasonal Allergies'. Here is another DIY natural remedy if you can't make it in for a treatment.

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Local honey and Lavender Tea

What you need:

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*Local honey Sunny Hill Farms in Marengo is my favorite. You can pick some up at the farmers market in Woodstock on Tuesdays 8-1 or Saturdays 8-1.

Young Living therapeutic grade Lavender essential oil ***not all oils are created equal. Young living lavender is a high quality oil that can be taken internally. You can order some here. 

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Tea cup of hot water

Take one teaspoon of honey and drop 2-5 drops of lavender into the honey. Stir honey/lavender mix into warm water until dissolved. Enjoy!

What is Vita Flex Acupuncture?

Vita Flex Acupuncture is a new treatment offered at NAP. Consider it a flu shot alternative!

Acupuncture has been shown to have higher concentrations of white blood cells at the acu-point sites. Stimulating these points with an acupuncture needle or pressure gives a natural boost to your immune system. 

Vita Flex means "vitality through the senses" and is a specialized foot massage. In this treatment 9 Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils are massaged into the spinal vita flex points of the feet to gently detox the system on a cellular level. These 9 oils (basil, thyme, oregano, cypress, marjoram, wintergreen, peppermint, aroma seiz, and valor) support both the respiratory and immune systems. These oils have antibacterial and antiviral properties.  

After the oils are massaged into your feet, enjoy an immune boosting acupuncture treatment and continue to inhale the benefits of the oils applied. This treatment will continue to work in your body for up to 7 days.  

Now until September 30th bring in a friend or family member that is new to NAP and get 2 vita flex acupuncture treatments for the price of one! *offer good for new patients only 

Yellow Tomato Salsa

I'm overrun with tomatoes in the garden and wanted to share how I cook because a lot of you ask. I started with the thought that a yellow tomato salsa with be a great spleen/stomach dish due to its yellow color and sweet flavor. I googled a yellow tomato salsa recipe and then adapted it based on what I had on hand. As I was cooking and grabbing new ingredients I realized I had a balanced dish full of great things to keep my family healthy this fall. We plan on enjoying this salsa with our morning eggs, enjoy!

What you need: 

A bowl of yellow tomatoes (spleen/stomach)

A handful of tomatillos (liver/gall bladder)

A small red onion (heart/small intestine and lung/large intestine)

8 cloves of garlic (lung large/intestine)

2 jalapenos (de-seeded)  (liver/gall baldder)

A handful of fresh, hand picked basil (liver/gall bladder)

olive oil and apple cider vinegar to drizzle (liver/gall bladder)  

salt and pepper (kidney/urinary bladder)

Prep: 

Preheat oven to 375. Wash your goodies. For this batch I didn't cut the tomatoes but I think next time I might halve them. I cut the tomatillos in quarters. I roughly chopped the onion, garlic, jalapenos, and basil.

I put foil on 2 cookie sheets and layed the tomatoes down first then sprinkled the rest of the ingredients on top ending with olive oil and apple cider vinegar and salt and pepper.  Cook until roasted apprx 45 minutes. Fill jars and enjoy! 

Medicine Cabinet Essentials: Travel Bag

I will be traveling with my husband and little one to Guatemala for the first time. Here's my cue for a friendly reminder that NAP will be closed Saturday Sept 14 Monday Sept 16 and Wednesday Sept 18. See you all again Saturday Sept 20th. 

Here is my list of essentials when traveling: 

Travel Formula herbal formula by Jade Dragon and DiGize Essential Oil blend by Young Living (prevention of tummy troubles i.e. montazuma's revenge)

Lavender sun screen/after sun care (super easy to make: 4oz avocado oil 20 drops lavender essential oil)

Peace and Calming essential oil blend(for the fussys when off of regular nap schedules) 

Hyland's Chamomilla (for these crazy molars coming in)

Thieves essential oil blend by Young Living to sniff on the plane so we don't get sick from breathing stale air

What can't you live without when you travel? 

Pick up some Traveler's Aid the next time you stop in for a NAP! 

Here is a link to order the oils mentioned above (if you don't want wholesale prices skip the starter kit and buy retail as a customer or send me an email and I will help you set it up! acuplace at gmail dot com 

Cauliflower Pizza

As we move into the fall season its time to focus on the lung/large intestine system. The color of the season is white and the taste is pungent so now is the time to incorporate white foods as well as pungent tastes into your diet to strengthen the lung/large intestine system.  

Cauliflower Pizza Recipe with roasted garlic yellow tomato sauce

If your garden is overflowing with tomatoes like mine is here is a simple sauce. Grab some garlic and tomatoes (I used yellow pear) and roast in the oven or grill. Then cook on a low heat until tomatoes become soft. You can puree if garlic cloves are still hard. Garlic is both white and pungent: a perfect fall food!  

Cauliflower Pizza crust: 

head of cauliflower 

1 egg

1 cup of shredded cheese

fresh Basil  

 

Rice cauliflower in blender. Mix ingredients together until well blended. Lay parchment paper down on pizza pan. (parchment paper is key to success of your crust!) Gently pat cauliflower mixture into pan.   

Bake at 425 for 10- 15 minutes until edges brown

 

Take pizza out of oven and put toppings of your choice. We like yellow tomato sauce, black olives, artichokes, spinach and a little sprinkle of cheese.  

 

Put back in oven until cheese is melted another 10-15 minutes. Enjoy! 

 

Artichoke Red Chard Lasagna

This is my go to recipe when the garden starts overflowing with red chard. I've converted quite a few people to love red chard and even the idea of a veggie lasagna. Enjoy! 

What you need: 

lasagna noodles (or raw sliced eggplant) 

marinara sauce (if you don't have homemade sauce my favorite is Trader Joe's garlic marinara sauce) 

shredded cheese (Trader Joe's quattro formaggio is best) 

fresh red chard (or spinach or both!) 

artichoke hearts (fresh is best)  

If you've never cooked fresh artichokes before read this  

Line bottom of 9x13 pan with a thin layer of sauce. Layer noodles or eggplant "noodles". sprinkle cheese lightly and half of red chard. Add another layer of noodles. Pour sauce over noodles. Layer the rest of red chard and all of artichokes. Sprinkle lightly with cheese. Add another layer of noodles. Pour rest of the sauce over noodles and sprinkle with cheese. ( I find I like to use less cheese than a regular lasagna and it helps to bring out the over flavors)

Bake at 375 for 45 minutes covered. Bake addition 15 minutes uncovered or until cheese is bubbly.  

New Injury Liniment

Injuries in Chinese Medicine are considered obstructions or blockages to proper function and circulation of the blood and energy of the body. New Injury liniment contains herbs that help to move out stagnated blood and relieve pain. This is especially helpful to use right after an injury has occurred. Think New Injury for sprains, strains, a stubbed toe, jammed finger, black eyes, fresh bruises etc.  

New Injury is a great liniment to keep in your medicine cabinet for "just in case" moments. The current batch of New Injury Liniment will be available in September at NAP.  

How to Use: Spray liniment or soak onto paper towel, gauze or an old sock and rest over affected area for at least 1 hour. You can even sleep with liniment on.  

Side note: I once jammed my wrist and cut an old sock to make a bracelet for my wrist. I soaked the sock until it was moist but not dripping and placed on my wrist while watching TV. As I was resting I noticed a sensation as if the pain was being drawn out of my wrist and the pain was completely gone the next day.   

Contains: Dang Gui (radix angelicae sinensis), Chi Shao (radix paeoniae rubrae), Hong Hua (flos carthami), Zi Cao (radix arnebiae seu lithospermi), Ru Xiang (resina olibani), Mo Yao (myrrha), Ji Xue Teng (caulis milletti), Xiang Fu (rhizome cyperia), Zhi Shi (fructus aurante immaturus), Qian Cao (radix rubiae), Yan Hu Suo (rhizoma corydalis), Bo He (herba mentha crystal) 

Old Injury liniment

Old Injury is best used for anything over 72 hours. This formula is used to eliminate cold, dispel stasis, reduce swelling and relieve pain or for treating trauma of waist and legs. Use after initial period of inflammation as subsided due to the warming nature of the herbs in this formula. Old Injury is especially great for pain that is worse in cold, rainy weather.  

How To Use: 

Spray directly to area in pain and massage in. For knees, ankles or feet I like to use an old sock to soak the liniment in until moist but not dripping and then wear over the area. For the lower back I like to put a little liniment in a small bowl and dip a papertowel into the liquid (let the excess run off so that its not dripping) and place over the area of pain. The longer the area soaks in the liniment the better. Wear while resting reading a book or watching TV or go to bed with it on.  

Old Injury contains: Dang Gui (angelica), Chaun Xiong (rhizoma ligustici wallichi), Hong Hua (flos carthami), Fu Zu (radix aconite), Cao Wu (radix aconite kusneoffii), Bai Hua She (agkistrodon seu bungaris), Xi Xin (herba asari), Jiang Huang (rhizome curcuma lonae) Xue Jie (sangius draconis), Gui Zhi (ramulus cinnamoni), Mo Yao (myrrha), Zhi Ke (fructus auranti), Bing Pain (borneolum).