Use Mercury-Ruled Herbs to Support Your Mind and Nervous System

In my most recent newsletter, I discussed the relationship between Gemini and Mercury, being that Mercury is the planet that rules Gemini, the masculine air sign. Since Geminis are often related to socialization, speaking, communication, and curiosity — it makes sense that Mercury is its ruler.

Mercury is actually quite the powerhouse of a planet; it creates systems for communications and rules our nervous system, which is our body’s own communication highway. This planet’s energy is about mental capabilities — quick wit, thinking, opinions, logic; along with commerce, and transportation. That’s why when Mercury goes retrograde, we have to be extra cognizant of the way we handle our daily tasks.  

Support Mercurian Energies Through Nutrition

Work with herbs such as rosemary, fenugreek, and mullein to infuse more Mercury energy into your life. Foods ruled by Mercury include carrots, quinoa, and mushrooms; they are helpful in keeping us energetically light. 

Mercury deficiency can lead to brain fog, confusion, anxiety, and even physical weariness.

Remember that good health also means you need to keep your mind sharp and maintain enriching relationships in your life. 

🌱 3 Herbs Ruled by Mercury

Marjoram: is a part of the mint family and a sub-species of oregano, so you can easily cook with it. This Mercury-ruled herb is a nervine, which helps strengthen the nervous system and calm anxiety. It’s a calming herb for overstimulation. Marjoram has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and can be used to help regulate menstrual cycles and hormonal imbalances in women.

Parsley: another herb most of us have used in cooking, parsley is rich in vitamin C and vitamin K. With continued use, parsley can also help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Parsley is also believed to be used as an aid for fertility, luck, strength, and even protection.

Fenugreek: is a hypoglycemic herb – it can be used to help lower blood sugar, which is helpful for supporting pre-diabetes + diabetes, or insulin-resistance illnesses. Reach for fenugreek to soothe mucus membranes and the digestive tract. This helps heal and soothe leaky gut syndrome, ulcers, and other lining-based intestinal issues.

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Flower Blooms Bring Bees

I’m loving all of the blooms that I’m surrounded by this spring! The end of May and June has brought an abundance of floral, arboreal, and herbal blooms here in Brooklyn. Thanks to gardens and green spaces at parks, parkways, the beach, and people’s yards — we’ve got so much of nature’s beauty to appreciate on almost every block.

There have been plenty of buzzing visitors, and it’s always such a pleasure to watch the bees hoover in and about the pollen. When you look at them close enough, you can usually see pollen on their little fuzzy legs (especially the bumblebees). It’s such a delight!

Thank you, to the bees. You are loved 🐝💚

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Keep it Light During this Warm, Airy, Season

Gemini season is here! That means we’re getting closer to summer and this has been a major boost to my vibe after a lonnnggg winter in Brooklyn. Gemini brings the heat and is a quick-witted, talkative, and movement-oriented air sign.

Ruled by Mercury, this sign enjoys communicating, knows how to stay busy, and likes to DO things because of its masculine nature.

Gemini and its dual nature are also prone to change like the wind. Though this may label their energy as somewhat flighty and unpredictable, they can also be quite adaptable. This is actually a common trait among mutable signs. Mutable signs bring the end of a season, therefore they’re familiar with change and have the ability to “wrap things up,” so to speak. Gemini is the in-between sign that prepares our spirits and bodies for the summer (mutable signs are placed in-between seasons).

Eat Light Foods During Gemini Season

With all of this buzzing about in the air — it’s important to stay mindful of our health and nutrition during this transition. Gemini season calls for us to chomp on the greens and light animal protein; I’m thinking — nutritious salads with grilled shrimp or chicken kind of meal. Definitely indulge in fruits and vegetables of the season; I’m already seeing plenty of watermelon on the market around Brooklyn.

To work with the flowy energy of Gemini, I suggest eating foods that allow you to move with more ease and not feel as heavy. Substitute some of your snacks for blackberries, oranges, grapes, veggies with hummus, and the likes! Drink water and maybe even substitute a meal for a nutritious smoothie. Tap into Gemini’s curious energies and try some new smoothie or juice recipes.

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Call in Love and Self-Healing with These 3 Herbs for Taurus Season

Taurus season is coming to an end and I reviewed its energy in my monthly newsletter (where I discuss astrology, wellness insights, seasonal herbs, and more) — and I also shared a few herbs of the season. SO – before we fully jump into Gemini season, I want to review the herbs of Taurus I shared in my newsletter.

The herbs I felt called to highlight were violets, cleavers, and marshmallow (root). I have personally seen violets and cleavers in bloom here in Brooklyn, and I happened to start incorporating marshmallow root powder in my coffee during Taurus season. I actually found out that it’s an herb ruled by Venus — which is the planet that rules Taurus, so I decided to include it in the round-up!

In general, Venusian elixirs/herbs promote balance and harmony within ourselves and how we relate to others. Given the Taurean nature to appreciate the beauty and the finer things in life, working with the right herbs can help someone who’s looking to refine their charm, create love oils/spells, improve their relationships, and even their sense of fashion.

Here are 3 Taurus Season Herbs to Become Familiar With:

Violets: a Venus-ruled plant that is in full bloom during Taurus season. It’s a wild herb that can easily be found like dandelions. Violets are helpful for lymphatic drainage and dry mucus membranes. Violets have a moistening property to them. They can be used for love or compassion workings — when looking to attract something without forcing it.

Cleavers: also in full bloom during Taurus season are cleavers, herbs that grow amongst lush greenery. Known for its tendency to stick to hair, clothes, people — it can be used for those looking to balance their attachments in relationships. It also acts as a diuretic to cleanse the system, serving as a great ally for kidney health.  

Marshmallow Root: due to its moistening properties, this Venus-ruled herb is good for dry coughs and colds. It’s also helpful for gut health: leaky gut syndrome, IBS, and autoimmune disorders (which can also be due to gut issues). Marshmallow is often used in fertility and attraction spells and associated with Venusian deities of love and beauty.

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Enjoy the Blooms of Taurus Season

We’re in the heart of spring while in Taurus season and one of the themes connected to this earthly, Venus-ruled zodiac is that of connecting to the physical pleasures around us.

Dig your toes in the lush green grass, smell the beautiful flowers in bloom, feel the warmth of the sun on your exposed skin (though to be honest, that’s been kind of difficult in Brooklyn this Spring 😒).

Here’s a visual reminder to reconnect with nature and pour into yourself. Seems like the current times of the world are calling for us to go deeper into ourselves to create peace. I love to enjoy solitude while outdoors, so below, I’ve shared some of my nature shots during my excursions.

Enjoy the Venusian energy!

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Have You Seen These Three Medicinal Herbs (“Weeds”) in the Northeast?

When I say New York City — what do you envision? Skyscrapers, lots of people, stores, crowds, concrete. I’m so sure. My hometown of NYC certainly has plenty of bright lights and activities to keep you busy, but did you know that there are so many parks and lots of designated green spaces as well?

With all of the nature spots and the vacant lots of land across the boroughs, there is actually an abundance of healing herbs that can be found in New York City. In my own personal experiences throughout Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn — I’ve seen a range of herbal medicine growing uncared for, and this includes common weeds like dandelion, shepherd’s purse, and plantain, which grow along concrete cracks.

Today, I want to explore 3 weeds that may be overlooked but are common in New York City (and they’re good for you!)

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel in Prospect Park, Brooklyn (captured by me).

Did you know that this is actually witch hazel? As in, the stuff that’s used for skin toners. Yup! When I first took this picture in Prospect Park, I didn’t know that. I just happened to stumble across the connection during research one day! Witch hazel is an incredibly powerful plant with numerous medicinal properties.

Both the leaves and bark are made into teas, ointments, and more. As an herbal drink, it can help with respiratory illnesses, sore throats, and can soothe inflammation in various parts of the body, including the skin. Of course, you can also apply witch hazel directly onto your skin to soothe inflammation and cleanse.

This unique-looking plant is known to be an astringent; it does a great job of easing inflammation and soothing sensitive skin. It’s also great for acne-prone skin.

Red Clover

Red Clover in Central Park (captured by me)

Red clover can most likely be spotted in a field of grass. I tend to see them more in the summer, here in NYC (I shot this photo the first week of October in Central Park). Historically, red clover was used for asthma, whooping cough, cancer, and gout. But you can also find it as a recommended herb for women’s supportive health. Red clover has plant-based chemicals (phytoestrogens) that act like estrogen, so many women may turn to this herb for hormonal balance and support.

Like many other herbs, red clover is also rich in antioxidants to help reduce inflammation and help eradicate free radicals from the bloodstream; these free radicals cause oxidative stress in our bodies (so it’s great for anti-aging benefits). ANDDD not to mention, red clover is useful for heart health because it has blood-thinning properties which can help improve circulation and blood flow. In addition, it’s great for helping to reduce high cholesterol levels.

Goldenrod

Goldenrod in Central Park, NYC (captured by me).

Now, if you’re looking for a diuretic herb to help fight off urinary tract infections and to get rid of kidney stones, I’d suggest working with goldenrod. Goldenrod is usually found alongside roads, in empty lots, and basically wherever wild weeds are growing. You can find Goldenrod in bloom during the late summer into the fall. Here, I took this photo of goldenrod at Central Park in the first week of October.

Goldenrod is known to increase urine flow and thus, is often used to wash out bacteria from the urinary tract while also soothing the inflamed tissues and calming muscle spasms. Additionally, goldenrod can be used for respiratory issues, similar to red clover above. Folks may reach for goldenrod tea to fight the common cold, flu, and even bronchitis.

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I look forward to sharing more common “weeds” that are popping up this spring and have medicinal benefits such as blue grape hyacinth, shepherd’s purse, and more!

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3 Herbs Ruled by Mars for Health Benefits

Happy New Year!

Aries season is here! With Spring comes a new zodiac cycle, initiated by Aries — which is ready to usher us into new energies.

NOWW is time to embrace the gung-ho energy of the new year! Not during January, when nature is barren… that just doesn’t make sense. It’s during the Spring equinox when we embody forward-moving energy.

Aries, the ruler of the “I am” concept, is a fiery masculine sign that’s all about self, exploration, and leadership. It also harnesses the Mars energy to embody the traits of being ambitious, courageous, and driven. Mars will stimulate that INNER FIRE!

If you need a little extra oomph through this transition into spring, infuse some Mars-ruled herbal teas. The three plants below work with Mars’s principle of action — which is something I need a little more of after this sleepy winter!

*Combine a with a Solar ruled herb like calendula or St Johns’s wort for even more fiery stimulation.

3 Martian Herbs for Health Benefits

(Stinging) Nettles: Nettle is a plant that’s ruled by Mars and it has little furry hairs that sting (sort of like Aries). This herb flourishes during Aries season and can help cool the constitution of those who are prone to anger and quick tempers. Nettle can be a rich source of antioxidants and Vitamin C, which are great for supporting the immune system.  

Coriander: The leaves of coriander are known as cilantro and the seeds can be used for incense burning, curries, pickling spices, and even in sausages. Also ruled by Mars, this herb has antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be used to treat digestive issues and relieve joint pain.

Barberry: Another antifungal, antibacterial, and antioxidant herb ruled by Mars, barberry can be an aid with digestion and colon cleansing. It has been shown to help smooth the muscles in your intestine lining which helps to reduce gastrointestinal pains. 

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You can find St. John’s wort to help improve your mood and assist with feelings of mild depression in my Brain Boost + Mood Elevation Herbal Tea.

Improve cognitive function and enhance your mood without reaching for coffee with the help of Chaga and dandelion root.

*St. John’s wort is known to interfere with depression and other medications

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Keep the Faith This Pisces Season

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
– Albert Einstein

It’s an interesting time that we’re living in. And being that we’re currently in Pisces season, the ability to tap into the collective consciousness is amplified. Pisces the feminine water sign, is ruled by Neptune and the 12th house. So this sign’s energy and house are about spirituality, transcendence, and faith.

During challenging times it’s important to keep our faith, and Pisces can be good at this. They’re actually so good at carrying their beliefs that sometimes they lack objectivity and fall into traps of delusion (which is why Neptune is a planet that can sometimes be a struggle to work with, because it may place a bit of a dreamy/out-of-touch view on a situation).

It seems that as the days and months go by, we’re presented with more information that challenges our concepts of reality on an individual and societal level. What’s really happening? Who are we? Why are we here? How should we be feeling? Dealing with such an other-worldly vibe can be overwhelming.

Connect with the Spiritual Realm if You Feel Called, but Protect Your Energy and Find Grounding.

It’s important to stay grounded during this time and do your best to understand your feelings so that you don’t confuse others’ energies for your own. It’s also worth noting that Pisces rules the feet — which in itself, indicates that it’s important to not get too caught up with our desires to escape, and slip into the ethereal.

You can work with smoky quartz during this time to transmute negative energies and protect from psychic attacks — in addition, it can help transform your dreams into reality (and this is a wonderful time to work with dreams).

If you’re willing to lean into the Piscean vibe — take note of your dreams, find herbal teas that enhance your visions, spend more time meditating, and work with a crystal like amethyst to increase your intuition, your connection to the Divine Feminine, and inner wisdom.

Fortify yourself, be creative, sit with yourself, and remember… discernment is key!

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6 Simple Ways to Connect With Your Divine Feminine

The world is in chaos and disarray. How have we gotten here?

I’d guess it’s because of a multitude of factors, right? It seems like many of us have become disconnected from who we are at our true essence. As human beings, a lot of us are out of touch with nature, we’re living in a world that’s run by powerful people with whom we have no connection, we’re working more than we’re resting, and our systems prevent us from nurturing our divine essence; the Divine Feminine that lives in us all.

There’s so much competition, a lot of masculine-based behaviors; there’s the need to always “do” and “be on,” like that annoying refrigerator that won’t stop humming. I think many of us aren’t living in alignment with who we truly are, and thus we lose some of our dreams, we rely less on our own intuitions, and focus too much on logic and reason while also neglecting the heart’s desires.

I’m here to remind you that it isn’t a bad thing to listen to your heart; it’s a pretty big organ with an important job to keep us alive.

Have You Fed Your Divine Feminine?

I believe we are cosmic beings, that we’re souls who are here on earth to learn how to transcend experiences and other important lessons for growth. I believe our life on Earth is perhaps one pit stop before moving on to another. And as we navigate this life and all of its unseen energies and forces, it’s helpful to remember that we all have masculine and feminine energies within us. The goal is to find a balance between the two.

We experience burnout because we’ve let the masculine take over. We get stuck in our heads because we’re trying to be so logical and make sense out of things. I’m starting to learn that a lot of life is about learning how to let go, how to receive, how to be still … and then know when to take action.

Don’t feel guilty for taking time for yourself. If we’re so busy working all the time, we aren’t our best selves and our cup is probably running on empty. Then we don’t have much of ourselves to pour into others: our family, friends, colleagues, community, etc. So, I encourage you to take time to develop a healthy relationship with your Divine Feminine; if you’re not already doing so.

Become your own best friend. Learn how to feel into your emotions without letting them run the show. Take time to reflect, connect with your inner wisdom, be more present, and care for yourself. When our Divine Feminine is balanced, we don’t feel guilty for enjoying leisure, sensual activities, and saying no to the things that don’t serve our highest good.

You can connect more with your divine feminine by:

🌿 Spending time in nature

🌹 Surrounding yourself with high vibrational flowers (like roses!)

🎨 Creating art or going to a museum/gallery to view

🧖🏽‍♀️Nourishing your body with high-quality lotions, oils, and butters

🧘🏽‍♀️Meditating, journaling, and spending some time with yourself in a calming environment.

⭐️ Working with crystals:

Rhodonite: known for its ability to aid while working through emotional wounds and traumas. As a stone of compassion, it’s great to use while healing issues from the past but also bringing in nurturing love. (Shop my Rhodonite healing bracelet)

Rose Quartz: known as the “love stone” it helps balance anger and helps assist with issues of love, emotions, and mental health. (Shop my Rose Quartz healing bracelet)

Amethyst: helps to connect to your intuition and develop insight. It’s great for third eye support, especially during meditation. (Shop my Amethyst healing bracelet)

Unakite: contains green and pink for heart chakra support. A beautiful stone for seeking healing and balance.

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How’s That Heart of Yours “Beeting?”

Did you know that heart disease is still the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States? Yepp. Unfortunately, it’s way too common that Americans are experiencing chest pain, strokes, atherosclerosis, and heart attack. The more common risk factors of heart disease are often experienced as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

And, as I’ve shared in a previous post, navigating heart disease risks is something I’ve dealt with before. In my twenties, I was diagnosed with high cholesterol. Though I wasn’t overweight or diabetic, I didn’t always eat the healthiest and I wasn’t as active as I should have been. Heart health became a big concern for me after I found out that my LDL levels were high, while also knowing that heart disease runs in my family. I wanted to take care of this issue before it became a problem.

Your Health is Impacted by More Than Just Your Genetic Predispositions

My Beetroot smoothie for heart health

Just because we have predispositions for a disease doesn’t mean we’ll automatically “get it.” We have to do our best to reduce events that would trigger the onset of these illnesses. Through our lifestyle and environmental factors, we can greatly impact the outcome of our health, despite our genetic predispositions.

SO––as I was studying to become a holistic nutritionist, sections around heart health were especially interesting to me. At some point, I stumbled upon the power of beets. Beets are vegetable roots that are incredibly nutritious and add a beautiful vibrant red color to any dish. They can be eaten raw in a salad or smoothie or roasted and sauteed in a heart-warming meal. When I learned about beets and their relationship to nitric oxide––I was intrigued!

Interested in Improving Your Stamina? Beetroot Juice!

Beets have a high concentration of nitrates, and in the body, the nitrates are converted to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a compound that dilates blood vessels, helps to regulate blood pressure, and improves circulation. When you increase your nitric oxide intake, you can have better quality sleep and even enhance athletic performance!

Since beetroot juice is known for its ability to improve stamina and energy, I tried a beetroot smoothie before working out one day and noticeably felt the difference! I drank my smoothie for about an hour and some change before working out, and I felt almost unstoppable in the gym. I legitimately noticed the difference in my endurance and energy levels. It felt too good to be true, and I’ve been in love with them ever since.

root vegetables I captures at a grocery store: beets and carrots

Here are some other great benefits of beets:

  • Rich in folate, a vitamin that’s crucial for growth, development, and heart health (which is why it’s recommended for pregnant women, especially in the early stages)
  • Beets contain phytonutrients known as betalains, which have an incredible amount of anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants (can be lost if you cook beets too long, though).
  • Great source of fiber, which helps to improve digestive health and promotes regular bowel movements. This is a good vegetable for those who deal with constipation or diverticulitis.

Beets are like a wonder root/vegetable! And perhaps the word is getting around, as I have seen more beet-based supplements and snacks in grocery stores … but are beets ever going to have a moment like kale? Funny how some vegetables seem to have their moment right?

Delicious Beet Smoothie Ingredients:

  • (1 medium beet) Beet
  • 1 tangerine
  • ½ peeled carrot
  • 1 whole or ½ Green Apple
  • A few chunks of Pineapple
  • Small slice of Ginger 
  • Squirt of some lime
  • Irish seamoss

Do you know where you stand when it comes to your heart health? I encourage you to take THIS TEST from the Mayo Clinic to calculate your Heart Disease Risk (it’s good if you have your cholesterol levels + blood pressure info on hand. But try it!)

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Eat for your heart health and work with crystals to open your heart chakra.  One of the most important stones for Heart Chakra work is Rose Quartz, which opens the heart to all types of love – love of self, love of family, love of friends, romantic love. Because it is a type of quartz, Rose Quartz does have a high energy, but its vibe is also calming and soothing. Shop Rose Quartz bracelets here.


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Can You Feel the Change of Seasons Upon Us?

Winter is the barren season. It’s when we nurture ourselves, reflect, and slow down. Our patriarchal society wants us to constantly be one way when the matriarchal flow of nature is about cycles. Though I still understand the need to take things easy during this time (because it’s still hella cold), I can sense change coming in the air.

We just had a snowstorm in Brooklyn and it’s been rather cold the past week or two. BUT I recall that a few days ago, I shared with my partner that I could smell spring in the distance. I said … there might still be some snow because it can snow in March, but it just feels and smells different.

What’s interesting is that I JUST saw that February 1st (end of Jan thru early Feb) is the time when the Gaelic festival of Imbolc is celebrated. From what I gathered, Imbolc is about honoring the flame of Brigid, the Irish goddess of fertility, healing, poetry, midwifery, and even silversmithing.

Apparently, Brigid is associated with the beacon of light for the spring, and the keeper of the flame that warms the hearth. She brings the spark of life. This celebration is about the anticipation of the life to come; the bountiful energy simmering beneath the surface. I’ve been able to become more connected to the life and environment around me. I feel more in tune with the circle of life and it’s beautiful!

With this post, I want to honor some of the different views of the winter. The raw, yet moist view of this season, and the wintry landscapes in which snow makes even the most ordinary scene look magical.

I also want to honor this time which allows us to hone our connection to nature in a deeper way. Perhaps your sense of smell or hearing becomes enhanced because you’re less distracted by the beautiful sites of flowers and trees in bloom. Have you noticed any differences in your perceptions?

Winter isn’t as fun for me to observe but it brings its own benefits and beauty. It allows me to appreciate stillness, structure, and the bare necessities.

female cardinal in Brooklyn

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Let’s Talk Health Care and Herbs: I’m a Holistic Nutritionist!

Hey y’all!

Let me ask you something…

How seriously do you take your health?
How seriously do you take your wellness?
Do you carve out time to move your body?
To drink fruit/veggies juices or smoothies? To take your supplements or drink nourishing herbs?

Taking care of our bodies and mental wellness should always be a priority. Your body is your temple.

Captured by me at Union Square Market

On this blog, I speak a lot about health and wellness, astrology, energy, and herbs. I recently became an AFPA Certified Holistic Nutritionist because I wanted to learn more about how to heal the body through improved eating habits and lifestyle changes. Through consistent dedication to eating better, shifting thoughts/mindsets, and intentionally including more herbal infusions into your day, you can absolutely change your overall wellbeing. I have experienced it myself.

I previously spoke on how being more physically active, doing cardio-based exercises, drinking heart-focused herbal teas, and modifying my diet vastly improved my heart health and health in general. With the consistent intake of Vitamin D supplements, my blood tests indicated that I was no longer Vitamin D deficient, and that was an issue I struggled with for years. It wasn’t until I fully understood the role that Vitamin D deficiency plays in our overall health and nutrition did I take my supplemental intake seriously.

Do Your “Healthcare” Providers Actually CARE About Your HEALTH?

My lifestyle changes also contributed to lowering my LDL cholesterol, an issue that plagued me for at least two years. And the thing is, my doctors asked general questions about my health, but no one actually guided me in a way that would improve these conditions.

Old picture of me diving into a pool — staying active by swimming

They didn’t ask if I went to the gym, though they asked about my diet — they didn’t tell me that in general, the Standard American Diety (SAD) was a contributing factor to my conditions. I know that many of my poor breakfast decisions like bagels toasted with cream cheese, cereal with cow’s milk, and bacon egg and cheeses on a roll certainly weren’t helpful. [I’m from NYC, guys. Bagels were LIFE].

But I never had REAL conversations about nutrition. About being physically active, about herbs to include in my diet, and about stress-reducing techniques to also help ease the body into homeostasis.

We didn’t discuss reducing milk and dairy, and sugar. These are all commonly known factors of increased inflammation in the body, but it certainly hadn’t been openly discussed with me; I had to do my own research in understanding what worked for me. And I want to stress that improving health and wellness starts with the compounding of LITTLE things. It’s the small decisions along the way.

Small Decisions can Lead to Greater Health Results

YOU can decide to:

– stop adding sugar to your coffee (or to cut caffeine completely),
– switch from dairy to plant-based milk,
– reduce or eliminate cheese,
– introduce a meatless meal into your day,
– consciously incorporate fruit or vegetables,
– make an effort to drink more water.

These are the realistic goals I want to help people reach through my nutrition consultation sessions! I look forward to adding this option to start working with folks in the coming spring. I’m so excited to help people find daily practices and herbs that work for them 💚

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Rebuilding the Body with Burdock Root and Broth!

After all of the holiday season eating I did in December, I noticed my body’s need for increased intentional care in January. With the cold weather settling in here in Brooklyn, I have become more deliberate in nourishing my body with herbs, broths, and vegetables. I’m slowly re-centering and recalibrating my body (in both nutrition and ways of movement/yoga, fitness, etc.)  I want to assist my body during its process of eliminating toxins, improving blood flow, and metabolizing minerals and vitamins.

I had way too many sweetbreads, carbs, and other foods that I love and typically enjoy in moderation. I gave myself permission to indulge with the knowledge that January would be time to rebuild.

Bone Broth for Gut Health

So, I’ve been drinking warm bone broth to invite more vitamins, collagen, amino acids, and anti-inflammatory benefits into my body and gut. There are claims that bone broth is great for gut health, which also improves your overall health and mood because when your gut’s microbiome (second brain) is healthy, it sends positive signals to your brain which also helps improve your mood and overall well being. This is critical, especially considering the changes in mood that occur due to lack of sunlight during the winter. 

Burdock Root for Cleansing

Additionally, I’ve increased my intake of detox-promoting herbs to help cleanse my liver and blood. I have been drinking more burdock root and stinging nettles tea. Burdock is a wild herb, and the whole plant itself is edible, but the root is the most beneficial part of the herb. I love burdock because it helps to detox the liver, cleanse the blood, and balance hormones. Burdock and dandelion root were two herbs that I first started using when trying to figure out how to win my battle with adult acne. I’ve continued to honor these herbs ever since.

Burdock root + Burdock root herbal tea

Burdock root is very earthy and has a bitter taste, but it can also be used in a base for making broths and soups and can serve as a nice coffee substitute for those who want a little boost without the caffeine.

Go ahead and find some burdock root so you can introduce more fatty acids, inulin (a prebiotic fiber), and antioxidants into your body!

What herbs and remedies do you like to incorporate in your healing and rebuilding process?

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3 Weekend Rituals to Get Closer to Self and Spirit

Feed your soul by connecting with the divine in whatever way works for you––this could be meditation, prayer, gratitude practice or other spiritual practice, connecting with nature, or simply affirming the benevolent nature of the universe.

Pip Walker, Deeply Holistic: A Guide to Intuitive Self-Care

During the weekends, I like to spend more dedicated time indulging in my spiritual rituals. This is when I’m able to be more focused and intentional with honoring myself and conducting ancestor veneration work. These moments tend to occur in the rising and allow me to set a peaceful tone to my day.

I don’t spend wasteless time scrolling through social media, I arise with a feeling of gratitude and become much more present in the moment. I feel so uplifted after smoke cleansing, communing with my altar, and pulling cards/journaling.

Smoke Cleansing + Vibe Setting

My spiritual rituals usually consist of burning incense or resin. I’ll go for resin if I feel I’m going to have a particularly lengthy session with my altar and ancestor meditations. I like to burn either frankincense or myyrh to purify the energy of the space but also call in spiritual medicine and healing.

Myrrh is one of my favorite resins because it’s so delicate, slightly sweet, and also very distinct; it certainly carries an ancient scent and I love working with it. Myrrh is a great resin to burn for those looking to incorporate more magical aromatherapy and fire rituals into their lives.

Altar Time + Ancestor Veneration

When I spend time at my altar in the risings, I like to be receptive to any messages I might receive while also sipping my coffee. So as I prepare my drink, I also pour some black coffee as an offering to my ancestors (along with a cup of water, and I’ll typically have flowers on the altar). I use my ancestor altar to strengthen my connection to the spiritual world. As we navigate this earthly realm, I think it’s important to develop a personal connection to the other side. When you communicate with your ancestors and spirit guides, you’re able to form spiritual allies, ask for protection, and even potentially gain wisdom.

Journaling

Additionally, I like to use the morning time to do a deep dive journal session. Sometimes, I’ll journal after I’ve meditated and spent some time clearing my head. Sometimes, I’ll pull tarot or oracle cards and sit with the messages that I receive. I’ve always found journaling to be useful when sorting through my thoughts, to keep a record of things happening in life, and jot down any patterns in my life that I’ve been noticing.

How do you connect to yourself or the world around you in a way that feels truly beneficial? Share with me in the comments!

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Ancestor Healing Crystal Kit

Are you on a path of healing ancestral traumas and wounds? Looking to open up your heart chakra and connect more deeply with yourself? The pairing of desert rose, rhodonite, and unakite are great stones to work with on this journey; this is especially great for beginners!

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An Observation of the Skies: I Miss the Sun!

Unfortunately, we’ve had a string of cloudy days here in Brooklyn, NY. If the sun does manage to make an appearance, it’s often behind these hazy, mist-like clouds, which is simply becoming tiring.

We need the sun; it is our life force. The sun gives us energy, it brightens our days, and it provides us with vitamin D, an important hormone* that we need to support our brain function, hormonal balances, musculoskeletal system, and more. [*studies show that vitamin D functions more like a hormone].

For many of us who live in colder climates, it can be harder to get adequate access to the sun, and thus, we have less vitamin D, so it’s important to find some good Vitamin D supplements to incorporate into your daily routine. A deficiency in this important hormone can lead to a plethora of illnesses. And in 2022, we need to be very intentional about cultivating health and wellness in our lives!

As I finish this draft about the sun, it must’ve heard my pleas to come out, as we finally have a clear day today! So I’m going to head out and enjoy some of the rays on my face even though it’s 27 degrees F lol.

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Interested in elevating your mood and increasing positive brain activity this winter? Check out my Brain Boost + Mood Elevation herbal infusion. Contains Chaga, St. John’s wort, dandelion root, and oat straw to bring nutrients and uplifting energies to your day!

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A Time to Reflect Before Moving Forward

Happy New Year!

TBH, I don’t really recognize a new year until the Spring Equinox in March. That’s when we enter a completely new season (spring), and we enter the first zodiac sign of the wheel, Aries. But, as a collective, we’re officially in 2022. And it seems like many of us are just taking things day by day because we don’t know what to expect! Though I have seen some folks share what they’re manifesting this year, the energy as a whole still reeks of uncertainty.

THAT’s reality though, right? These past two years have shown us just how little control we have over the larger society and how our lives can be changed by someone else’s orders, mandates, etc., in an instant. Given this realization about the state of our being, I just hope that myself and others around me can continue to:

⭐ strengthen the mind and body
⭐ connect more deeply with the inner world
⭐ connect more deeply with nature
⭐ open the heart chakra
⭐ conduct continuous shadow work

With all of that said, when it comes to spirituality, and inferring energies through numbers and symbolism, I enjoy digging into numerology to get a feel for the year’s energy. Below, I look back at the numerology of 2020 and 2021 while introducing 2022’s numerology insights.

A Review of the Years in Numerology 

2020 was a #4 year [2+0+2+0]. 4 is about foundations, family, and getting on solid ground. In 2020, our foundation was literally shaken up. As we made our way through the pandemic, we saw a lot of things for what they truly were. We saw how corrupt our systems are, and the disparities between class and race were on full display; it was a lot. In 2020, the foundation of what we thought we knew was dismantled. But with destruction comes the opportunity to rebuild, and I think 2021 had us thinking about what that would look like. It had us learning lessons about family, friendship, and community. 

Given that 2021 ushered in the Age of Aquarius, so much of what we thought we knew about the world continued to be shattered. Many illusions were revealed. I know that I witnessed a lot of people struggle with relationships across the board this year.

2021 was a #5 year [2+0+2+1]. 5 indicates the relationship between humanity, life, and control. 4 brings together the totality of father, mother, and child + home. 5 is something new, and inherently presents challenges. It’s a bit of a revolutionary and forces you to confront change and the unknown. 5 asks you to be adaptable.

This is where many people struggled––because so much of an old paradigm was falling, while we were simultaneously expected to go back to “normal.”

You may have found some difficulties integrating new energies into your life during 2021. I don’t know about you, but I learned a lot of lessons about what I want out of life and the various roles I play in my relationships. There were certainly trying times, but many moments for growth as well. If you were able to grow from difficult times in 2021, you may be able to ride a wave into 2022, which encourages you to find balance and harmony. 

2022 is a #6 year [2+0+2+2]. Something has been completed; it’s time to welcome the start of a new cycle. As you cleared out the old, you have to make way for the new. This year is one of realization, and it would behoove you to pay close attention to the positive energies in your life. 6 is about harmony, relationships, moving forward, and leaving the struggles behind. Once you’re able to sort through the challenges that came from 2021, you can move ahead with some clarity.

Continue to work towards creating a better future for yourself and focus on BALANCE and maintaining your health and wellness. 2022 brings encouraging energy to look ahead and work on manifesting your true life’s goals and desires!

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Let’s Be Grateful for Growth and the Journey

So often when we look back at our lives, we think of the BIG moments that we’re grateful for. Perhaps it was when you had your first child, landed a dream job, or finally healed yourself of a malady that was troubling you for a while … now all that you remember is that “MOMENT” happened, and it was impactful.

While these specific moments can certainly have profound effects on us, we can’t forget about all of the moments along the journey that got us to that point. We should be grateful for the fact that we create visions for ourselves and see things through.

Maybe you don’t know where your business is headed but you started that LLC process. You don’t know what the book will look like but you’re editing down your writings. You don’t know how your art show will come together but you know you’ve got a few solid pieces that you can’t wait to show off. These small decisions culminate into the bigger picture that you’re looking to step into. Don’t lose sight of the vision because follow-through is important. But be grateful for the baby steps you’ve taken.

When you go to bed, state aloud how grateful you are for all of the tools that help you attain your dreams: your laptop, internet connection, mentor, pen, notebook, couch, desk… all of the things that help facilitate your growth on this journey.

Can You See Your Evolution?

Here I am at my first-ever vendor pop-up in 2019. All I knew was that I wanted to sell my photography and handmade cards. I even brought along some of my handmade bracelets in case I could move a few.

I didn’t really have a plan and I wasn’t sure how to best merchandise my items but luckily enough, I made more sales than I expected. This experience gave me the boost I needed to do it again. It also helped me think about how to refine the process. What was my end goal? Ultimately, I decided I wanted to share beautiful handcrafted items with people that could help them cultivate memories and good vibes in their homes and lives. Thus, OBSRVNC was born (out of my own passion for observing the world around me and within me).

✨ ✨ ✨

Here I am in 2021 with my OBSRVNC pop-up table. After a continued dedication to my craft and allowing time to see my vision, I was able to birth this brand.

OBSRVNC now serves as the focused umbrella for my work of photography, crafting, herbal tea curations, and more. I am opening up the world of items and content that I create and becoming more focused on the direction of my work. I’m still in the beginning stages of this process but I’m so grateful for the journey I’ve taken along the way. I get to look back and say, YES — this is where I wanted to go but didn’t know at the time.

This is the result of my photography hobby, my love of working with my hands, my professional knowledge of marketing, my dedication to becoming a certified holistic nutritionist, my desire to heal myself, my lifelong love of occult knowledge, and so much more.

Thank you to all who have read my content this year, purchased from my Etsy, and sent words of support! I look forward to all that’s to come in the new year 💗

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Immunity-Boosting with Herbs: Ginger Root, Lemongrass & More

Ok, now that we’re heading into winter here in Brooklyn, it’s definitely time to focus on immunity boosting. Since it’s cold & flu season, I’m being more intentional with the herbs I ingest to help fortify my system. Overall, I care for my well-being by staying active, getting enough sleep and fresh air, and through healthy eating, but I believe that consuming herbal teas are just another great way to add nutrients into my body.

Plus, since it’s colder out, the urge to drink something warm is amplified and I find myself drinking more infusions/teas throughout the day.

An herbal remedy that I’m really digging right now is a blend of lemongrass, ginger root, dandelion leaf, and oat straw.

My Love Affair with Dandelion Persists!

Honestly, I can smell the healing in the loose herbs alone. Ginger root and lemongrass are no joke! Since those herbs are so distinct, I added dandelion leaf and oat straw to help balance out the flavor, and this is yummyyy. And if you don’t already know, I’m like, obsessed with the herbal benefits of dandelion and even wrote about in my post: Detox and Reduce Inflammation with Dandelion Root. In this immunity blend, I used dandelion leaf rather than root for a softer approach as the root is bitter and bit stronger to taste. YES, you can work with all parts of the dandelion.

As I mentioned, I added oat straw to bring a calming essence to this blend, but don’t sleep on oat straw’s nutritional benefits! This is a beautiful herb that I find myself adding to numerous blends.

Anti-Inflammatory and Immunity Boost Herbal Blend

I want people to think about reducing inflammation in their bodies because all diseases start with inflammation. As I mentioned, herbal infusions are always a great support, but please consider the other ways you may be contributing to inflammation in your body through: excess sugar, overly-processed foods, simplex carbs, and trans fats, to name a few. This winter, think about how you can eliminate some of the items listed above to help you on your journey to reducing inflammation.

I crafted this herbal blend with intention to help support your overall immune system, but the herbs also come with additional benefits such as reducing cholesterol and improving heart health. So be sure to check with your doctor if you have any concerns AND/OR you’re taking medication (or pregnant).

Ginger root:
Ginger root has incredible anti-inflammatory properties and is known to reduce pain, stimulate circulation, and inhibit rhinovirus, which can cause the common cold. It may help ease digestive discomfort.

Lemongrass:
Lemongrass has antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. It has traditionally been used as a pain reliever and fever reducer. Lemongrass also contains iron, calcium, and vitamin C.

Dandelion Leaf:
Dandelion is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, for detoxing the liver, regulating blood sugar levels and reducing cholesterol.

Oat straw:
Oat straw helps strengthen bones, soothes the nervous system, stabilizes blood sugar, and relieves stress. It’s a great source of calcium, fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidants.

So, what herbs do you find yourself reaching for this winter? I know it’s time for me to dig into some Elderberry as well! Share with me in the comments.

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Transformation & Tears This Scorpio Season

Scorpio season is steeped in all things deep and otherworldly. Has this transformative time stirred anything within your soul?

Frida Kahlo, Dia De Los Muertos Celebration in Rockefeller Center NYC, October 2021

Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, All Souls’ Day, and Diwali fall within this zodiac, when the veil between our physical world and the spiritual world is at its thinnest. We think about our connections to the spirit world, death, and the unknown. In general, it’s also a time where things that were once hidden become more apparent and visible to us.

This Scorpio season feels a bit more intense for me (like everything in 2021, let’s be honest!). Though I’ve certainly embraced the fun and spooky side of things like watching Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus replays (some things I’m super sentimental about…), I’ve been forced to dig deeper into the real spookiness of life, and of myself.

Yes, it’s Time to Confront Yourself.

As you grow and take on more responsibility for your decisions and lifestyle, there’s real accountability that comes with increased awareness (makes you think that sometimes, ignorance really is bliss!).

Traditionally ruled by Mars and now also Pluto, Scorpio can be difficult to pin down because of its drive to accomplish (Mars) while also being comfortable in the shadows, the underbelly (Pluto). This is the sign that wants us to confront ourselves and the things that don’t sit well with us. Our triggers… our fears … our insecurities.

Pluto is where things go to die, to transform. It houses the depths, sorrow, and secrets. Scorpio wants you to look at it! Confront your own shadows and see yourself for who you are behind the mask. It wants you to squirm at your own discomfort and to open the closet to your own monsters. And let me tell you, this shit is uncomfortableee, and it HURTS 😦

Tears will be shed. But they must.

Look Your Fears in the Eyes.

Scorpio reminds you about the monsters in your closet. YOUR monsters, actually. And let’s be real, life isn’t all sunshine and roses. There’s plenty of muck that we keep hidden from the public .. from friends, families, and most likely, even ourselves. Sometimes, a dark thought, a raw moment, a brutal truth, can hit you out of nowhere. Or maybe a loved one tells you some uncomfortable truths about yourself (that you acknowledge being true). What do you do with that? 

Like the artist, Scorpio wants you to turn that pain, darkness, and negativity into art, into your own personal masterpieces.

What discomfort are you sitting with? If you were to just reflect and be real with yourself, what would you put work in, to transform?

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Do You Change Your Diet with the Seasonal Transitions?

Figs, pomegranates, and apples, oh my!
Do you notice the change in market offerings with the shifting of the seasons? 

I remember the curiosity I felt while seeing a range of new fruits (and vegetables) out in the markets in Brooklyn this September. In the Pagan tradition, Mabon (which I previously wrote about) is celebrated during the Autumn Equinox. This is a time where people enjoy the fruits and labor of the harvest season. Though you may not ritualize or celebrate this harvest time, it is truly a time to be treasured!

Around late August through October, I notice the change in supply at the markets, and I also start to see plenty of houses with blossoming pear, apple, and fig trees. It’s always such a pleasure! Since my apartment life reduces me to house plants, I’m always excited to see abundant fruit trees growing on the properties of my neighbors. 

As the summer comes to an end, nature gifts us with beautiful fruits that bloomed thanks to hugs and kisses from the sun, soil, and rain. Of course, once October rolls in, we’ve got an abundance of nutritious gourds to choose from. 

Below, are some of my favorite fruits from the summer/fall harvest and a few of their benefits. I love how they do a great job of prepping our immune system for the season ahead. Also, our guts need diversity in order to best support our overall health, so it’s important to switch things up and eat according to nature’s cycles.

4 Common Fruits in Abundance During the Fall

Apples: they’re high in water and fiber content; to get most of the fiber benefits from apples, eat them with the skin on. Their fiber content aids in reducing cholesterol, so they’re great for heart health. They also contain polyphenols, which have antioxidant effects. We could always use more antioxidant support!

Pomegranates: Filled with little ruby-like seeds, pomegranates are also packed with fiber and antioxidants. They have powerful anti-inflammatory effects which are helpful in reducing heart disease and gut illnesses. This nutritious fruit is also great for those looking to lower blood pressure and fight arthritis and joint pain (due to inflammation).

Persimmons: these particularly seasonal fruits are rich in vitamin C, which is exactly what’s needed as the weather transitions into the fall. Vitamin C aids in boosting immunity and even helps with reproductive health. Given our bodies don’t produce vitamin C, it’s important that we increase our intake of this critical nutrient! ALSO – persimmons offer more than HALF your daily needed intake of vitamin A, so go and get your hands on these bad boys while you can!

Pears: Similar to apples, pears pack a lot of fiber content and include essential nutrients such as folate, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Their lutein and vitamin A components also introduce antioxidant effects into the body and help you fight/eliminate free radicals.

These are just a few of the extremely beneficial fruits you can find in the markets to help prepare your body for rest and retreat during the fall. Nature provides the medicine to help us prepare for upcoming challenges and to also fight them off when they arrive!

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