Sage Wellness

Fire Support: Herbs for Lungs and Trauma

Posted by Laura Ash on

My heart is heavy for all of those affected by the current Northern California Fires. Heavy. Close friends have lost their homes, many have evacuated. Many are still scared. There is so much trauma around losing a home, losing a community, a piece of land you knew and understood, animals that you witnessed or cared for daily. Essentially people are losing a sense of security and deep peace. Stress and smoke have a major affect on our wellbeing. Breathing in particulate matter from smoke can exacerbate asthma and heart disease,  and cause respiratory irritation and shortness of breath. Children, the elderly, and animals...

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Self-Love Bath Salt for the Empowered Woman

Posted by Laura Ash on

We live in uncertain times. Uncertainty can invite stress we do not need in our already busy lives. We have children to nurture, careers to hone, and inner well-being to support. These tasks are not easy, but they can be fulfilling if we allow ourselves to relax in what we have accomplished, and that we can be healthy in the moment of now. Bathing (Hydrotherapy) is a ancient remedy for rejuvenation, immune support, and beauty. Adding essential oils and salt to a bath increases it's efficacy by reducing cellular stress and decreasing water retention. Yes please. Here's a bath salt...

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How to Make A Herbal Tea

Posted by Laura Ash on

Tea is not for the light-hearted.  Making tea should be easy, but making herbal tea if you are using herbs as medicine is a different story. The tea plant, Camilia sinensis, is what all "tea" is made from. Tea includes white tea, green tea, oolong tea, black tea, and puerh. These are all made from the same plant, just processed different.  Herbal teas are technically not tea at all, they are tisanes. Tisanes are herbs that drank and steeped like tea, but not made from Camilia sinensis.  Herbal teas have a long tradition in Western Herbalism, and Traditional Chinese Medicine....

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Fertility is Fun with Ashwagandha Hot Chocolate

Posted by Laura Ash on

(edited from the original post by The Urban Herbalist on 10/10/2012) For those of you who are trying to conceive, or thinking at some point it may want to, then I advise you to begin preparing your body and your mind for the daunting task of taking care of a child while in the womb, and out of it. Raising a child ain’t easy. But raising ourselves isn’t easy either. Finding a partner to conceive with, WHOA! is enough work as it is. Choosing to have a child without a partner is an adventure only the truly brave with a higher calling...

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Bones + Herbs = Beauty

Posted by Laura Ash on

There are numerous health trends that are coming into fad from antiquity: turmeric, bitters, a paleo diet, farm-to-table dining, to name a few. Bone broth is one of the best health fads we have today. But why? Bone broth has so many health benefits it's hard to point to just one reason (heals leaky gut, increases metabolism, decreases inflammation, high protein content...). But, I know one of the main reasons it has stuck is the anti-aging benefits of collagen and gelatin. Yup, it'll keep you looking young, folks. Now, I consider myself age-positive; happy to be going grey and encourage all...

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