Cups, Spoons, Needles

  What method of healing uses these as tools? Chinese Medicine does. Cupping, a technique using suction, draws deeply held stagnation of blood, lymph and toxins to the surface of the skin. I use this for sore and strained muscles, painful periods, deep coughs, seasonal allergies, and early stage cold symptoms. Cups come in a variety[…]

Restart with the Chinese New Year

If you want a re-do on New Year’s resolutions start February 3 with the Chinese New Year – Year of the Rabbit. We know the Rabbit is gentler than last year’s Tiger; it’s a year to catch your breath and calm your nerves. Support and cleanse your liver and calm the sleep issues that accompany[…]

Herbal Tea Class

Learn how the tea you already drink helps your body and energy Learn how to choose teas, tisanes and combinations to treat a variety of symptoms We will focus mainly on Chinese medicinal herbal traditions Elemental Health                    2225 W. North Ave                         Chicago RSVP and prepay $25[…]

Coconut Kefir Class

Learn the basics of making coconut kefir and how to use to create other drinks Kefir is chock full of probiotics-all the good bacteria your digestive tract needs. Much of your immune system and serotonin production is housed in your gut. Reestablishing the microflora ecosystem will help you feel healthier, happier, more balanced. Promotes Healthy[…]

Bastille Day

I am a francophile. I celebrate Bastille Day. It is one of my favorite days to create food and share with others. Marinated beans, pates, fruit, cheese, crusty bread and wine. Accordion and piano cafe music. Friends.  That day’s event over 220 years ago is seen as the symbol for the uprising of the modern[…]


I do have some blogs in progress, really. I’ve been re-reading and re-watching favorite books and movies, here’s a few quotes until I post my other posts. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless. ~Paul Bowles The Sheltering Sky If no one loved,[…]

34 Billion American Dollars

A 2007 survey on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) over a 12 month period showed American spent $33.9 billion out-of-pocket on products and services. CAM encompasses the array of medical and health care systems, practices and products including herbal supplements, meditation, yoga, chiropractic, massage and acupuncture that are not part of conventional[…]

Calm amidst the Chaos

Where do I begin! I generally touch on time-for-oneself around the Winter holiday season when we are pulled in all directions – family gatherings, hosting and attending parties, thinking of gifts, finding those gifts, in addition to the regular daily routine. We are all feeling the additional stresses in this time of economic and social[…]