Quote of the Month:

"Dancing, singing, storytelling and silence are the four universal healing salves."

-Gabrielle Roth
Moving With The Winds of March
Written by Jean Wible
March is lion and lamb, sometimes both at once, it is calling us to wake from the deep sleep of winter and get moving again. Spring isn’t quite here yet, but we see the light staying longer and the sun warming. Nature sends her winds, sweeping winter into piles and corners to be cleared and clean in preparation for the coming life. March draws us outward to Dance with the leaves and squirrels, Sing with the birds return, hear the Stories nature shares, and to sit in reflective Silence. It is a time of healing and new growth.
Gabrielle Roth, from the beautiful quote above, was an American dancer, musician and healer. She studied Shamanic healing (nature healing) and combined it with her experiences in dance and music. She started the 5Rhythms approach to movement in the late 70’s and wrote many spiritual books. (See the links below if you’re interested in learning more!)

She once wrote- “In many Shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?”

As the month progresses, let’s sit with this quote and set our March goals. However you start, from wherever you are now, slowly begin to move, shift, and clear. Let March guide you into spring with the unfurling of its healing charms, Dance, Song, Story, and Silence.

“Energy moves in waves. Waves move in patterns. A human body is just that – energy, waves, patterns, rhythms. Nothing more. Nothing less. A dance.” “The fastest way to still the mind is to move the body."
-Gabrielle Roth

Happy March! 
The Gift of Health Resources

1. Here is a link to Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms: 5Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice—a practice of being in your body—that ignites creativity, connection, and community.

2. Books by Gabrielle Roth:

(a.) Roth, Gabrielle, Louden, John; “Maps to Ecstasy: Teachings of an Urban Shaman”, New World Library, 1989
(b.) Roth, Gabrielle, “Sweat Your Prayers: Movement as Spiritual Practice”, Tarcher-Putnam, 1997
(c.) Roth, Gabrielle, “Connections: The Five Threads of Intuition”, Tarcher, 2004
Dealing with Cold, Flu or Allergies? 
These items from our herbal blends might help! Ask your practitioner about whether these would be appropriate for you.

Treats bacterial and viral infections that cause inflammation and fever, especially upper respiratory, colds, flu, and bronchitis. Isatis Gold is a combination of Western and Chinese herbs designed as an herbal antibiotic and anti-viral. Echinacea and goldenseal are used in combination to reduce swelling and treat inflammatory conditions of the upper respiratory tract. Isatis extract (da qing ye and ban lan gen) are widely studied and used in China as a broad-spectrum antibiotic and anti-viral agent. Platycodon (jie geng) is an anti-inflammatory herb that resolves phlegm, relieves cough, moistens the throat, and helps reduce pus. Platycodon (iie geng) and ligusticum (chuan xiong) direct the formula to the upper body. Ligusticum dispels wind and treats sinus congestion, sore throat, and headache.

This formula is modified from a combination of the Chinese formulas Gan Mao Ling and Yin Qiao. It has been used successfully over 10 years in the practice of Misha Cohen, OMD, L.Ac. More recently, this formula was tested in her practice and others for efficacy in pill form. Cold Away had a very high rate of patient satisfaction and reported efficacy.

Cold Away is best used to treat the early stages of externally contracted wind-heat disease, especially the earlier stages of colds and flu, which can include fever, sinus and chest congestion, coughing, aversion to wind, headache and throat pain, but can be used at any stage. Cold Away may also be used with throat infections, cold sores, and fevers.
Essential Oil Blends
Be Restored
Everyone can benefit from some loving kindness and that is just what you can feel from this healing, soothing, restful blend. Allow yourself to accept the many benefits of Therapeutic Grade French & Bulgarian Lavender, known for its many restorative & healthful uses from sleeplessness to anxiety as well as overall rejuvenation. Frankincense - sought after and treasured for thousands of years all over the world. for its abilities to calm the mind & heal the body. Aged Indian Sandalwood brings the knowledge of the Sages giving the body and soul an opportunity to be renewed. Give yourself the chance to Be Restored.
Ask your practitioner about our other oils blends, diffusers, roll-ons and bath bombs.
Jacki’s Corner
by Jacki Szimanski
Feeling the Winds of Change   

The pessimist complains about the wind;
The optimist expects it to change;
The realist adjust the sails

~William Arthur Ward

My dad used to joke with me when I was a little kid and say, “do you see the wind outside?” I would see the trees blowing and flags dancing and I would say yes. He would reply, “you can’t see the wind, it’s invisible!” I fell for it every time. Yes, the wind is invisible, but what a powerful force it can be. We often think of big wind as destructive and often dangerous, but a blustery gust can be cleansing, a surprising puff can be creative and a relentless whirlwind can be motivating. The wind moves the chimes that tickle your ear bones. Air can erode and create. It is the barometer for aerobic exercise. It is your first breath and your last. Wind challenges you to feel, and can balance your spiritual and physical energies with Mother Nature, a true grounding force. Next time you look outside and ask yourself if you can see the wind, say “yes, I see it… I see how it can change me.”
Recipe of the Month
Cucumber Salsa
From Simple and Delicious Magazine
Light, crisp and refreshing. This dip is like springtime in your mouth. Use chips, vegetables or toasted bread. Mmmmm….