So...I'm Opening Up My Practice!

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You've been rocking with me since day 1, when I started this blog in January 2012. About 6 years later, after 5 years of Naturopathic medical school and an Acupuncture masters program, I'm thrilled to announce that I'm opening up my first office location for my practice right here in NYC, in January 2018! 

The focus of course will be Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, and Herbalism!

This first office location is situated near Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, smack dab in the middle of Park Slope, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Crown Heights, etc. There’s plenty of street parking available and NYC subway and bus stations all around! 

I'm thrilled to be bringing my heart and soul to my New York community. 2017 has been an incredible year and I'm excited for what the future holds!

Thank you to my friends, family, and online community for all of your love and support. Stay tuned for more updates these next few weeks! I'll be sharing my office address, price list, my scheduling site, etc.

To celebrate this news, I’ll be offering yummy treats and refreshments at my upcoming herbalism workshop on Dec. 17th!  RSVP for my Herbal medicine-making workshop HERE. [Update: My event is SOLD OUT]

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A Haitian Treasure Tea: Ginger/Gingembre

I’ve been craving ginger tea like crazy these past few weeks. I think it’s because it’s getting super chilly here in New York. In my Acupuncture program, we were taught that ginger root, Gan Jiang in Chinese, warms the interior” since it’s a heating herb. There’s so much evidence-based clinical research out there, which details the amazing health benefits of ginger. Ginger is amazing for fighting colds and flus, it’s super effective for treating digestive upset (especially nausea), it readily reduces pain and inflammation, and so much more.
Ginger is called "Gingembre" in Haitian Kreyol, and is often consumed in a delicious tea in combination with other herbs. I wanted to share with you a delicious formula that I've been working with this season. This tea is packed with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and immune-boosting constituents. I've talked about several of these healing ingredients on my blog before, so I'll link them below!


Healing with Haitian Herbs: Herbal Medicine-Making Workshop (Level 1)!

[Update: As of 1 pm, December 12th, this event is SOLD OUT].

Hello friends!
You spoke and I listened! I'm excited and delighted to finally announce that I’ll be hosting my first herbal medicine-making workshop to bring in the holidays! This has been the NUMBER ONE most highly requested workshop since launching my blog almost 6 years ago, so I'm so happy to make it happen for you all.
We'll be vibing and learning about herbal-medicine on Sunday, December 17th, 2-4pm at AP Cafe in Brooklyn, NY.
This event will be part informational and part hands on, giving you the opportunity to learn about the herbs we're using, then play with them.
There’ll be music, there’ll be incense, there’ll be sweet vibes.
Come through for some self-care, gift-making,
Come as you are. 
Tickets can be purchased right HERE.
But hurry up though! Space is limited intentionally to create an intimate environment. 
Looking forward to connecting!

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Hypertension Management Strategies Using Integrative Medicine

In light of the new Hypertension guidelines released this month, I wanted to write a post about Naturopathic approaches for blood pressure management. Hypertension, commonly referred to as, High Blood Pressure is a common health condition worldwide. There a variety of causes of hypertension, having to do with the heart, kidneys, liver, endocrine organs and the mind (stress and anxiety). Hypertension can cause symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, fatigue, and vision changes, depending on how severe it is. Over the past few decades, we have come up with marvelous drugs that manage hypertension quite well. But did you know that most cases of primary essential hypertension are actually due to diet and lifestyle? Similar to many other non-communicable diseases, hypertension can be managed beautifully instead of or in addition to pharmaceutical medications!
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