San Diego Local Medicinal Herbs

San Diego Local Medicinal Herbs

Comfrey! An amazingly well known and hardy herb, Comfrey can be added to any garden and thrives in San Diego’s environment. The plant can be used from flower to root and has many medicinal uses.

For massage the practical applications are also numerous. When added to a salve or applied as an ointment Comfrey help several common ailments.

Medicinal Uses:
-Bruises / Sprains
-Cuts & Wounds
-Eczema
-Gastritis / Ulcer
-Soar Throat
-Sunburns

Applications:

Salves:
-Reduce symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis by reducing pain and increasing mobility.
-Diabetic Soars / Skin Issues

Teas (as a topical aid, not recommended to eat):
-Burns
-Skin Ulceration
-Abrasions
-Laceration
-Bug Bites

Fresh Leaves (bruised and applied directly):
-Bruises
-Fractures!
-Sprains

Comfrey is a powerful cellular re-generator and should not be used excessively. When taken internally it can be harmful to the liver (although that being said you have to eat huge amounts to reach toxic levels over a long period of time).

Those with liver issues or rapid cellular growth should consult with an herbalist.

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Healthy Lunch made easy!

A simple and yummy lunch time option is easy on the wallet, high in nutrition and simple as can be.

making a large batch of hummus can be lunch time snack or meal.

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Hummus, a simple recipe that can be dressed up:

2-4 cloves of fresh garlic

4 cups of Chickpeas

1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup of Tahini

1/4 cup of olive oil

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of cumin
paprika to taste

Blend in a food processor

Chickpeas are rich in fiber, iron and when combined with pita bread forms a complete protein.

 

Eat as a snack  or wrap up with veggies as a filling and nutritious meal.

Proper Posture for optimal health

Proper Posture for optimal health

In the digital age most spend the whole of their working day sitting at the desk and more time at home on digital devices. These habits can bring unwanted side effects of lower back pain, numbness in the lower extremities & arms. A few way to avoiding these traps are through simple tricks to keep your body fluid and functioning.

1. Proper Body Positioning
If you use a computer chair sitting all the way into the fold of the chair help the lower back feel supported and prevents hunching. Keeping both feet on the ground assures that your legs are getting circulation (preventing swelling and pain). Drawing in you abdominal wall helps keep your organs functioning properly.

2. Proper Desk Positioning
Keeping your eyes looking forward is essential for good neck positioning, keep your monitor in alignment with you eyes. You keyboard should be at level with your elbows and not far away so you avoid ‘stretching or shrugging.’

3. Get Moving!
Your legs push blood and waste through muscle contraction, on every hour you should take a few brisk walks to the water cooler or a walk up the staircase plus a good stretch for optimal health.

4.  The right Equipment

It now has been recognized that sitting for long periods of time can be detrimental to our health and longevity.  Getting a sit-stand desk will help you stand, giving your lower back its natural shock absorber!  A good chair is highly essential to good posture, an economical chair would be to using a yoga ball chair to encourage proper body positioning as well as strengthening core and back.

5.  Cross Training

A regular physical training schedule helps your body maintain good posture.  Bringing your lunch and walking on you lunch break is a great way to maintain weight and keep your heart healthy.

6. Real Down Time!

Leave your work at work!  Take care of yourself when away from the office space, let go of any lingering negative energy.  Changing out of your cloths and mentally switching to the home environment will make your home life more fulfilling and happy.  Self care is imperative and increases longevity, eating healthfully, sleeping and massage!

 

August Featured Service!

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Shiatsu is derived from Asian Body healing which is 1000’s of years old.  Shiatsu is roughly translated as finger-pressure and focuses  on pressure points to alleviate pain and stress.  Today most therapists practice ZEN-Touch massage which combines pressure points with stretching.

Shiatsu is a mat based massage in which the client wears comfortable clothing that allow the body to move freely.  Practitioners will use fingers, hands, palms, elbows, knees and feet to manipulate the body.  When receiving a shiatsu treatment make sure to let the practitioner move you around, it is better if you do not assist in the movement.

Exquisite massage has many amazing therapists that practice Shiatsu and will connect your mind-body-spirit!

Meet Kyle Winne!

Acupressure Guru!

Acupressure Guru!

Kyle Winne has been practicing massage for over 16 years, his passion for helping people has driven his practice. A well-traveled athlete, Kyle understands the aches and pains from high performance sports to everyday aches and pain. A well experienced, Chef Kyle has the expertise to make your kitchen into your medicine cabinet. Rest assured with Kyle he will place you on the pathway to feeling better.

Boosting Immunity

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Massage is a way to boost your bodies natural defenses!

Massage is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle.  Massage not only feels great and strengthens the mind-body connection but helps boost your bodies natural defenses.  Massage increases your bloods white count, increasing immune response.  

If you have ever dozed off on a massage table you have first hand experience of one of massages greatest benefits, creating more restful sleep.  Experts believe massage effects delta waves, bringing the mind to the deepest level of sleep.

Take care of yourself and get a massage.

Take full advantage of local healthy habits!

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Cowels Mountain is an amazing and healthy way to enjoy San Diego!  On a clear day you can see from Santee to Coronado!

Here are some helpful stats:

From the golf crest trail head

625 calories round trip

3 miles round trip

Peak Height 1,592 ft.

Hydration Secrets!

Water is an essential part of healthy diet and few easy tricks can give you an extra nutrient boost an easy way to get the most our of your water!

Chia Seeds

Dry Chia seed when soaked over night in drinking water has many refreshing and nutritive properties.  Chia is great for vegetarians because it contains: Iron, Omega 3 fatty Acids, Anti-oxidants, magnesium, calcium and loads of fiber.  When soaked, Chia seeds create a gel like consistency around the seed, this gel stays in the system for a longer period of time then water alone.   Soaked Chia seeds will releases water slowly throughout the day, ideal for long workouts and hikes.

Cucumber

Adding few slices of cucumber in your water has many added nutritive benefits.  Cucumber is rich in B & C vitamins, Silica and is a natural anti-inflammatory.  Silica and anti-inflammatory are a natural recipe for relief of joint pain!

Lemon / Lime

Lemon and water is a natural pairing.  Adding lemon to drinking water is a natural way to aid digestion, get vitamin C & bioflavonoids.  Lemon is a natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial and is an immune-booster!

Grade B Maple Syrup

Instead of sweetening your drinks with devoid of nutrients white sugar try a far more beneficial alternative.  Maple Syrup offers the sweetness the tongue desires with added benefits: Magnesium, B2, Zinc and is low on the glycemic index.  This makes Maple Syrup an ideal sweetener for your drinks, that will not give you the buzz or crash from other sugary drinks.

Get the most out of your water with a simple these additions!

 

Some Local distributors of the good stuff!

Full of minerals and sourced in San Diego, Solar Rain water is water 2.0!  Enjoy a drink in their biodegradable, BPA free bottle!

http://www.solarrainwatery.com/SR/4reasons.html

 

Meet Ben Clarke!

IMG_7180Benjamin Clarke has been practicing massage since 2009. His expertise lies in performing Swedish, Deep tissue, Sports, Reflexology, Pre-natal, Thai, and LomiLomi massage. His specialty is LomiLomi, the traditional Hawaiian massage, which is extremely relaxing and entrancing; utilizes long flowing strokes to move blood and energy through your body and create balance. He continues studying human anatomy to further his understanding of the body and is eager to share his knowledge to grow your understanding of your body. He is professional, friendly, and has a lot of energy.

Allergies or Tight muscles?

Help allergy symptoms with a massage

Soar throat?

Chronic Coughing?

Headaches?

Ear Aches?

All of these symptoms can be a sign of tight a scalene, sternocleidomastoid, suboccipital and levator scapulae.  When all of some of these muscles are tight they can give you symptoms similar to allergies or asthma.   Before reaching for cough medicine try getting a massage to lessen neck tension.

If you can’t get in for a massage try a few simple stretches