Hold the sugar, pass the Monk Fruit

by JuJu Bearwoman You want sweet? How about trying the extract of a fruit in the Cucurbitaceae family that is 300 times sweeter than sugar, which has been used to treat rather than induce diabetes? Does the name “the immortals’ fruit” sound appealing? Known in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as Luo Han Guo, monk fruit… [Read More]

What does a coffee craving, dependency or addiction say about your body?

How to kick a coffee habit? What is coffee doing to your body? Is drinking coffee masking an underlying concern? Rexanne Diehl, Siddha Vaidya and Ayurvedic practitioner, and Anna Werderitsch, L.Ac. and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, share their perspectives and give some tips for making a lifestyle change. Rexanne Diehl, Siddha Vaidya and Ayurvedic Practitioner… [Read More]

The Spicefulness of Homemade Chai

by Denise Reynolds HAALo’s Enchantress of Spices I’ve been drinking chai for years, but I was in for a treat when I travelled to India last year. I used to make it with commercial tea bags or occasionally with a bulk blend of dried gingerroot, cardamom seeds, and cinnamon bark chips. In the US we… [Read More]

Garlic: Gateway to Health

by Megan Blumenstein, Integrative Herbalist at HAALo Owner of Blüm & Brü Broths and Blüm Botanicals Behind the counter when recommending herbs to people at HAALo I often recommend the use of garlic for many ailments and health concerns. I LOVE garlic and find that it is very effective in the treatment of many issues. Throughout… [Read More]

Keep our Rivers Flowing: An Ayurvedic Approach to the Lymphatic System

by Monica Tomasi, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist The Yuba River has a good healthy flow to it lately; it is such a great place to visit after a long hot day to cool down. In Ayurveda, our lymphatic system is referred to as rasa dhatu, meaning “the river of life.” Our lymphatic system acts very… [Read More]

The Allure of Cardamom

by Denise Reynolds HAALo’s Enchantress of Spices Cardamom is such a treat for the senses. From the pop of opening its pod with a mortar and pestle to its elusive taste, it draws you into its ancient mystery. Originating in India and important in the spice trade for several thousand years, cardamom only grows in… [Read More]