DIY Rose and Chamomile Toner

Just made an awesome DIY toner with rose and chamomile. 🌹🌼

As a holistic practitioner, I recognize that good skin care actually comes from within (nutrition, hydration,balance), but we can definitely use external practices to assist internal processes. I recently wrote about chamomile's anti-inflammatory and tissue healing properties, which make it an important ingredient for this toner. Rose is lovely all around and is great for toning, tightening, and moistening the skin.

How to Make:


Collaboration with NYU: Mother Tongues United

Hello! If you follow me on social media, you'll know by now that I'll be speaking at NYU this coming Friday! I'll be talking about my journey into Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture, and how my Haitian identity inspired that journey/frames my current work. This will be my first speaking engagement as a Doctor and I'm really looking forward to it.

 Check out the flyer below! If you are in the New York area, definitely come on by, and make sure to say hi!

Thank you to NYU's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) for having me!

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How To Get Better Sleep Naturally!

Sleep provides the foundation for nourishing our bodies. It is the prime time for rest and restoration. During sleep, our cells literally repair so that we can start anew in the morning. Despite being one of the biggest foundations for health, sleep disorders affect upwards of 40 million Americans!

There are so many reasons why folks suffer from from poor sleep!

  • We can still be wired from a long day
  • Hormonal dysregulation
  • Emotional dis-ease
  • Over Thinking and stress
  • Chronic pain
  • Actual medical conditions affecting the heart, lungs, thyroid, etc.
  • Noise disturbance and other material barriers (light exposure, living in a busy area, etc.)

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Like for every other condition, it is so important to deal with the root cause of sleep disturbance. Sometimes that means taking medications to deal with more serious underlying issues. Sometimes that means taking supplements and herbs to help us fall and stay asleep. And sometimes that means working on actual lifestyle factors like diet and habit, to increase our chances for better sleep.

Many say that getting 7-9 hours of sleep is the key to health. While there is tremendous value in the quantity of sleep you are getting, I think there is more value in getting quality sleep. I would take 6 hours of deep uninterrupted sleep over 8 hours of interrupted and non-restorative sleep. Quality over quantity, people!

Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks for better sleep!


So....I Graduated from Medical School!

I'm just getting my magic back. It's been a wild 5 years. I graduated from medical school in June with my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (N.D) and my Masters of Science in Acupuncture (MsA). In some ways, it feels like just the other day when I started this blog in January 2012, then started medical school later that year.

Immediately after graduating, there were a ton of different changes and shifts, and on top of that I had to go into study mode IMMEDIATELY to take my N.D licensing exams in August. Then after that, I went on a really quick family trip, then packed up my life from Seattle back to New York. I literally came back to NY a few weeks ago.

I finally felt ready to write this post, 3 months after graduating, because....*drumroll*, I just found out on Saturday, that I passed my medical board exam, which allows me to have my Naturopathic medical license. Forms have been filled and applications have been sent out, and my licenses are pending. And my only job for the month of September has been to rest and rejuvenate, to gear up for the next phase.

I'm excited to be on the other side of this all, reconnecting to my vision and purpose, but with so much more knowledge and so much more awareness and love of self. I still hold all of the original intentions and visions- working with communities who need it most, implementing a holistic point of view to health and healing, a strong intersection with the arts and social justice, and of course- finding a way to work in Haiti with Haitians and the Haitian diaspora.

Here are some very tangible ideas that I'm working on: