I’m open for business!
As always I provide a safe and sterile environment to make sure you and your family stay safe and healthy.
The Ancient Art of Healing
I’m open for business!
As always I provide a safe and sterile environment to make sure you and your family stay safe and healthy.
During these stressful times acupuncture can help not only with pain, it can also improve mood, relieve stress and improve a good nights sleep, and boost your immune system!
Happy New Year 🥳
May this year be filled with many blessings!
Not my prettiest looking smoothie, but it is packed full of nutrients to build immunity and flush out toxins.
I am pleased to announce the reopening of Plum Blossom Acupuncture!
I will be officially taking appointments effective for June 8th, in order to ensure that I have all safeguards in place for everyone’s safety.
Looking forward to seeing you all again!
Get in all the colours of the rainbow with a glass of juice.
Juicing is a wonderful way to fill all your cells with the nutrients it’s craving in a glass.
Filled with antioxidants and vitamins that will also build up immunity to pathogens.
My juice today has field greens, broccoli, carrots, beets and an apple.
Essential oils are a great way to increase immunity and to decrease pathogens from your home and body.
Use a diffuser to make the house smell great and eliminate bacteria and viruses.
Cinnamon, clove, peppermint, tea tree, rosemary and eucalyptus are a few of my favourites!
To all my family and friends Happy New Year!
It Boosts Your HEALTH by increasing your immune systen and decreasing pain
It Boosts Your HAPPINESS
It Boosts Your SOCIAL LIFE
by increasing your sense of connection to others:
It Boosts Your Self-Control
Improves your ability to regulate your emotions
It Changes Your BRAIN
It Improves Your Productivity
Increases your focus & attention
Acupuncture for more than just aches and pains!
If you are getting over a cold like I am, one of the best ways to clean the air (especially in -20) is to use your diffuser made for essential oils.
Back in the early 2000’s buying a diffuser took a lot of time, mostly because they were so hard to find. Today you can go in any home store and find many varieties, shapes, colours etc...
When buying your diffuser make sure to look at the settings. How many hours is runs, are there different time settings, the square footage it covers and most importantly does it have an automatic shut off.
With using essential oils not only are you cleaning the air, you are also not using any toxic chemicals like most plug-ins have and they smell fantastic.
My blend today is sweet orange and peppermint. Both are antiviral, antibacterial, refreshing and they also helps to keep my nose unblocked!
It’s been a busy morning in my apothecary!
Been busy making creams, salves and cleaning products....
Looking For Love!
Here are some of the top oils for a romantic evening!
Essential oils can offer a wide range of support when it comes to the bedroom. You can add them to massage oils, oil-based personal lubricants, linen spray, a homemade candle, or into a diffuser for an evening of spice and intimacy. They’re the perfect place to start your journey to cleaner healthier alternatives!
Jasmine is a sultry oil that is highly regarded for its influence over s*xual troubles like impotence and frigidity.
Patchouli essential oil is often a love or hate oil due to its overuse in the 1960s but don’t let that deter you from using it in your romantic blends.
Rosewood essential oil is one of my go to oils for emotional support and empowerment. It’s an incredibly grounding oil that helps you release negativity and in its place, create peace, security, and a sense of calmness.
Ylang ylang is probably one of the most well-known aphrodisiac essential oils. Its heady aroma activates romance and intimacy and is especially beneficial for those who have lost interest in s*x.
Vanilla is a favorite scent among men and makes for an excellent addition to homemade recipes for the bedroom. It invited sensuality, dissolves negative emotions, and relaxes inhibitions.
Got the Winter Blues?
Acupuncture can help those who are suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). There is data indicating that acupuncture induces the release of norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine otherwise known as your "happy hormones" and balance your mood to reduce the effects of the winter blues.
Not only do they smell amazing, they also carry many beneficial properties that can help improve immune system, cognitive function, help decrease aches and pains and help with mood.
As a Certified Aromatherapist I am able to reccomend oils for whatever troubles you, and or create a blend, cream or oil for all your health care needs.
Now that the holidays are over and we are all getting back to our regular routines, now is a great time to get back to your health.
Acupuncture is a great way to detox the body, improve your immune system and balance your whole system.
Take action in your own health!
Eating a colourful nutrient rich diet, exercising regularly and cutting out sweets an processed food is the best medicine for a healthy life.
Health and happiness in 2018!
Wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday season!
Merry Christmas 🎄
The Chinese Medicine Clock!
Hundreds of years ago the Chinese discovered a body clock.
This clock helps us understand the way energy moves through out body and activate and nourish different organ functions.
Even I need treatments for my aches and pains. Cupping followed by acupuncture is an effective way to reduce pain and inflammation of the muscles and joints.
Reiki is a wonderful non-invasive way to naturally heal the body using the universes energy to guide and release illness, stress and promote overall well-being
How AromaTouch Technique works!
Spring has finally arrived! Now is the perfect time to not only clean our homes, but to also shake out the dust from our long winter hibernation. Spring is the time to get our bodies working at its optimum, so when summer finally arrives we can fully enjoy the warmer weather.
Here are Some Tips and Tricks to Tonify and Detox our
Liver Qi (Vital Energy)
Go to bed early and wake up early.
Walk outdoors and get as much fresh air as possible.
Stretch and exercise our muscles.
Incorporate fresh greens; sprouts, kale, lettuce, spinach, green onions.
Detox the liver with sour foods;addlemon to our water, use vinegar and olive oils, and when i having a sandwich add some dill pickles.
Acupuncture and/or cupping are both safe and effective ways to detox our liver and balance all our organs. Acupuncture is also an effective way to treat seasonal allergies. By starting treatments in the early spring means an easier time later on.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year All the best in 2017!
Juicing to Heal
Stock your kitchen and be prepared for typical winter illnesses.
Don’t let the Holidays Stress you out!
Holidays are seen in the movies as a time of idyllic serenity and joy. The truth is we have all felt the reality of Holiday Stress.
These pressures that we put upon ourselves can affect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually, leading to anxiety and depression.
Acupuncture can provide a time out to all the chaos, by bringing balance back to the body and helping to alleviate some of the extra stress that the holidays can bring into our lives.
During this Holiday Season Remember to:
Limit sweets, dairy, and alcohol
Get plenty of rest
Having aches and pains?
Basil essential oil is my number one go to for muscle spasms, aches and sprains....
Basil essential oil used topically is an analgesic and provides relief from pain. That is why this essential oil is often used in the treatment of arthritis, wounds, injuries, burns, bruises, scars, sports injuries, surgical recovery, sprains, and headaches.
My Acupuncturist Says I have Dampness?
Dampness is a concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine that basically refers to an abnormal state of the body’s energy that results in a pathological accumulation of fluid-type stuff. Dampness has obvious physical manifestations: mucus and phlegm are examples of dampness in the body, so a runny nose, coughing up phlegm, or feeling congested are all related to dampness. (This is where seasonal allergies come in.) Other obvious examples would be goopey eyes, any sort of discharge or pus, or post-nasal drip.
These examples of dampness all relate to fluid-type stuff that we can see and feel. And the above examples refer to dampness in the head or chest. But dampness can also occur in our middle and lower bodies, too, and sometimes these manifestations are not as visible to an untrained eye. Dampness is heavy, sluggish, thick, and kind of grimy. Healthy fluids are not dampness. Therefore, dampness in the middle of the body may manifest as weight gain, a slow metabolism, and, not to get too graphic (acupuncturists love graphic), chronically watery or sticky stools. Dampness can also affect our reproductive and genitourinary systems – for women, medical conditions like PCOS, ovarian cysts, fibroids, or excessive discharge are often related to dampness. For men, some prostate issues have a damp component. Cloudy urination is also a product of dampness in the bladder (remember, dampness has a kind of unhealthy and grimy quality to it.)
Overall, feelings of heaviness, sluggishness, and lethargy can be linked to dampness in our system. Dampness can settle in our emotional being and cause fuzzy-headedness, memory problems, and difficulty concentrating. Some panic disorders are related to dampness in the emotional center.
Dampness can also settle in our joints. Chronic joint pain that tends to be worse with rainy weather often has a damp component – also really any time there is edema and swelling, dampness is playing a role.
How do we become damp?
Many foods have damp qualities to them and directly produce dampness in our bodies. The biggest culprits of dampness production are dairy and refined sugar. Wheat can be another big dampness-producer.
The other way that our diet produces dampness is by weakening our digestive energy. When the digestive energy is weak, dampness ensues. Often chronic respiratory issues can be improved by strengthening the digestive function, for this reason. In general, eat hearty cooked meals, rather than raw food. If you eat a salad, follow it up with a cup of herbal tea. Stay away from fried foods, processed foods, refined sugar, and fatty meat.
Dampness has a way of seeping into our body through our surroundings. Hence why damp symptoms often are worse in rainy weather. So if you live in a really damp environment, take extra care to make sure your diet doesn’t promote excess dampness. Use a dehumidifier to rid your living space of dampness. Try to sleep on a ground floor or upper floor in your home, as opposed to a basement, if possible.
Some individuals have a natural proclivity towards developing dampness – think of it like energetic genetics. If you are someone who has had issues with dampness for your whole life, you may just have a tendency to develop this kind of pathology. This means that you need to be extra diligent in the food and lifestyle choices you make. Also, protecting your digestive energy can strengthen the underlying weakness that likely made you damp in the first place.
How do I get rid of dampness?
First off, try to make as many of the dietary changes and environmental suggestions outlined above. Diet is the number 1 cause of dampness in the body, and you can see a remarkable change in symptoms through changing your diet.
There are also ways that you can moderate the damp effects of certain foods:
Toast bread instead of eating it untoasted.
Include a pungent garlic or pesto sauce with pasta: the pungent flavor can cut through the dampness and preventing it from clumping together.
Use goat’s milk and sheep’s milk products instead of cow’s milk, if using dairy.
If you eat cheese, try to do so in conjunction with pungent and decongesting foods, such as crisp apples or onions. Cottage cheese can be flavored with garlic or chive, and pizza can be topped with garlic, anchovy, onion, or olive. (A better alternative, for damp conditions, is to ditch the pizza altogether.)
If you have a meal of heavy meat, try to eat it with something like mustard or horseradish to help resolve the dampness. Accompany the meat with a salad of bitter greens, like arugula, watercress, and chicory.
Substitute all-natural, local honey for sugar and any artificial sweeteners, if needed.
Secondly, MOVE! Dampness causes everything to slow down and become heavy and stuck. Getting your Qi moving helps the body’s natural resources break up the Dampness. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes per day, every day. If you don’t have joint problems that limit your mobility, try to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Get up from sitting at your desk at least once per hour and walk around your office.
Drink warm fluids. It may seem counter-intuitive to drink fluids when you have a problem with the way that your body processes fluids, but water can actually help A LOT. If you are suffering from an acute damp condition (like a cold with a runny nose, or seasonal allergies), drinking enough fluids helps your body flush out the toxins. If you are dealing with a more chronic pathology, being sure to get enough fluids helps to ensure that the rest of your body’s systems function optimally. Don’t drink cold beverages if you suffer from any type of damp condition – the cold shocks the digestive system and can actually make the dampness worse. Instead, drink room temperature beverages or hot herbal tea. The warm quality of the tea can often help the body to dry some of the dampness in the body.
Lastly, get balanced! Dampness is a telltale sign that your energy systems are out of whack. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can help get you back on track, and support your body’s own natural strengths. They remind your body that it innately knows how to transform and transport fluids to help you achieve optimal health, and say goodbye to that dampness once and for all!
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