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2.14.2019

The Healing Benefits of Celery Juice


Celery juice is super popular right now because we’re increasingly aware of its benefits for digestive health, metabolic function, and detoxification. Celery juice is totally having a moment in the wellness scene and I want to chat about it a little bit more, especially within the context of heart health.


Celery juice is actually one of the oldest wellness practices in Naturopathic medicine for supporting cardiovascular health. Celery is nutrient rich, low in calories and packed with fiber. It also contains a compound called phthalide, which helps to reduce blood pressure by relaxing the muscles of blood vessels. Celery juice is also helpful for lowering “bad” cholesterol levels (LDL) in the blood, while raising “good” cholesterol (HDL)

In herbal medicine, we use mostly celery seed (Apium graveolens) to calm down inflammation, heal the gut, support heart health, reduce pain caused by conditions such as gout, and so much more.

You can make your own celery juice by juicing a couple stalks of celery. Sometimes I like to mix in apples, ginger, and cucumbers to add some complexity to the flavor profile.

A lot of folks like to drink celery juice first thing in the morning, as an alternative to coffee or tea. Though it’s not totally necessary to drink celery juice exclusively in that way, it is a nice way to wake up the system in the morning and flood the body with an abundance of healthy nutrients.

Hopefully now you know a little bit more about this latest health trend and feel good about giving it a try!

In health,
Dr. Naika

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Dr. Naika, the writer of this blog, has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!

February Community Acupuncture at Heal Haus with Dr. Naika

Peace Naika in Balance family!
The next round of my monthly community acupuncture workshop is happening on Saturday 2/16 from 2:30-4:30 at Heal Haus.

Community Acupuncture makes holistic healing much more affordable and accessible.
As a Workshop participant, you will share space in Heal Haus' community room, where you will listen to relaxing music, enjoy calming scents, and receive an Acupuncture treatment from yours truly
See you there!

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In health,
Dr. Naika

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Dr. Naika, the writer of this blog, has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!


2.07.2019

Dr. Naika's Healing Room at the Museum of the City of New York on 2/9

So thrilled to share that I was invited by the Museum of the City of New York to bring some of my healing vibes to the space this coming Saturday, as part of their “Black Futures” programming.


What my healing room will entail:

  • Q & A + Discussion about my work
  • Mini Herbal Medicine Class and Tea-Making
  • Community Acupuncture
  • Meditation, Vision-boarding, and Journaling

This event is totally free and is open to the public! Hope to see you there!

In health,
Dr. Naika

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2.01.2019

Happy Heart Health Awareness Month! Herbs for Heart Health


In addition to being Black History month, February is also Heart Health Awareness Month.
Heart health has been at the forefront of my mind since the New Year. How do we nurture this precious vital organ that beats throughout the span of our lives? In Chinese Medicine, the heart is known as “The Emperor” in the kingdom that is our body. We owe it to ourselves to nurture our hearts so we can live fully and whole-heartedly.
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Throughout the month of February, I will be shining some light on the different measures we can take to improve the vitality and functionality of our hearts. Today, we’ll start with herbs!
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Hibiscus is always the first herb I talk about in my “Healing with Haitians Herbs” workshop. Hibiscus is an incredible antioxidant with very high levels of Vitamin C, making it especially helpful for addressing high cholesterol and hypertension. I like to use hibiscus in tea and powder forms.
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Rose is my favorite herb right now. Energetically, rose has an affinity to the heart chakra, which increases feelings of love, empathy, compassion, and joy. Rose is not just a strong antioxidant, but also a great stress-reducer. When our minds are stressed, our hearts respond. Studies have shown a direct correlation between stress and high blood pressure. I like to consume rose in tea or tincture forms.
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Cinnamon can do great things for those struggling with type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. It has note-worthy antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which help protect the heart and blood vessels. I like to use cinnamon powder.
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Hawthorne has been a favorite herb of mine for some time as a circulatory system tonic. I’ve seen Hawthorne be helpful for everything from anxiety and palpitations to hypertension and depression. I like to use high dose hawthorne liquid extract.
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Passionflower is a beautiful herb that has some blood pressure lower properties, but has even more energetic uses. Passionflower has an effect on the heart as well as the nervous system, so it’s an herb that’s very calming and soothing. I love using passionflower glycerites.
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Cherish your hearts loves, for it is our greatest treasure, individually and collectively. 


These are just a few of many heart-supportive herbs. Which of these are you going to explore? Don’t forget, you can always make an appointment with me to explore the right herbs for heart health, and so much more! Scheduling link is in my bio.

In health,
Dr. Naika

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Dr. Naika, the writer of this blog, has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!


1.25.2019

Top 4 Herbal Tonics for Winter

Happy Winter! Here are my top 4 herbal tonics for winter, that will support your health and vitality throughout the season.
🌿Ashwagandha: Our adaptogen ally that will support our energy and mental/emotional wellness.
🌿Lemon balm: Our anti-viral that will support our immunity and digestion.
🌿Cinnamon: Our anti-oxidant source that will keep our blood sugar levels balanced.
🌿Ginger: Our plug for all the things because ginger does *ALL* the things. But namely to raise our yang energy and get that blood circulating.

There are so many other great herbs that I’ll have in rotation in my tea kettle. But these are a great start!

Wishing you a joyous, intentional, and abundant winter. Plant those seeds now so they may flourish in the spring!

In health,
Dr. Naika

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Dr. Naika, the writer of this blog, has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!