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11.18.2019

Sustainable Alternatives to Sage

Did you know that there are great alternatives to sage smudge sticks?

With sustainability at the forefront of my mind these days, I’m revisiting & adjusting certain practices to be more in alignment with the good of the planet & collective. And to me that centers around respect & responsibility.

Due to sage’s (& palo santo’s) boost in popularity as an energy-clearing medium, we are using much more sage than we need, more often than we need.
Fire is such a beautifully transformative element & the smoke from smudging is considered an ancient healing tool. What’s only a relatively recent “wellness” trend is actually a deeply rooted cultural & spiritual practice for many communities.

I wanted to touch on alternative plants to incorporate into your smudge practice, if that’s a part of your wellness regime. Here are some very brief gems that you can expand upon with your own research.

I wanted to add that many of these plants are very common & grow very easily re: sustainability. Many of them are used for culinary work & herbal medicine. Keeping deforestation in mind,I intentionally included only one tree,which happens to be very sustainable.

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•Lavender:peace & relaxation
•Vervain:balance & integration
•Mugwort:intuition & the dream world
•Rosemary:protection & purification
•Lemon balm:cleansing & calming
•Cedar:cleansing & grounding (this is my absolute favorite tree on the planet & is considered sacred by many communities)
•Thyme:mental clarity & removes blockages
•Mullein:respiratory cleansing & purification

There are a TON of wonderful plants that are not on this list, but these could serve as a launching point for further exploration.

As you discover what plant allies would support you best,I encourage you to research & connect with the various cultures who lifted up these practices in the first place.This will only amplify your experience & provide you with additional knowledge, context, & appreciation for the sacred healing these plants embody.
 Be blessed.


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!

11.08.2019

Herbs for Cold and Flu Season (Part 1)

It’s that time again, loves. Lots of autumn sickies going around as the season shifts, the temperatures drop,& we spend more time indoors. Many more people are coming in for the common cold. So, I wanted to round up my favorite immune-boosting, cold-busting herbs to help you fight your way through the season.This is only part 1 because there are so many wonderful herbs for cold & flu season, which will be covered in subsequent posts.

🌱Ginger: Honestly, is there anything ginger ISN’T good for? Such an amazing gift of nature.I’m a big fan of fresh ginger for cold/flu season, but dried ginger is fine too.Really powerful antimicrobial that gives those cold bugs a good fight.Love ginger in a tea or syrup.
🌱Echinacea: The cold herb that we all know and love.Great for boosting our body’s immunity, moving lymph, & fighting bacterial & viral infections.Love it in a tincture or syrup!
🌱Garlic: Another herbal powerhouse with so much healing to offer.Although garlic is aggressively..uh..fragrant, it is worth the smell.It does not play games as an anti-microbial (bacteria,viruses,&fungal).Garlic is an expectorant, so it EXPELS bugs, fluids, etc. I like to make a fire cider,which features garlic as a star ingredient (more on that in another post!).Most of all,I like to cook with extra garlic during this season.If I’m feeling particularly bold,I like to chew on some fresh garlic.
🌱Peppermint: Love peppermint as a decongestant, so it’s great for when you’re feeling stuffy & clogged up.Peppermint is great at promoting release through sweating, which is helpful for fevers.Lastly, peppermint is great at decreasing coughs.I’ll take peppermint as a tea! *Peppermint is a kid favorite!
🌱Lemon balm: I love lemon balm so much, not only because it is extremely calming as a nervine & tummy-relieving as a carminative, but because it is also a rockstar anti-viral.This is a great cold and flu herb to take at night because it’ll calm you right down while fighting those bugs. I love lemon balm in tea & in glycerites. *Lemon balm is a kid favorite!
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Wash your hands.Bundle up.Take some herbs.Trust your body. 🌱
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Share this with your tribe (& tag me) if you found this information useful!
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!

11.04.2019

Herbal Medicine for Sleep Workshop x Lunya 11.7.19

Hi friends! I'm excited to team up with Luxury sleepwear brand, Lunya, at their Williamsburg showroom for an herbal medicine workshop centered around sleep this Thursday. This event is free and open to the public. See flyer below for deets and hope to see you there!



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!

8.06.2019

CBD + CHILL: Cupping + Mindfulness Workshop on 8/10

Sweet friends! So thrilled to share my next event with you, happening this Saturday!

You’ve heard about the amazing health benefits of CBD. The tinctures, creams, oils, teas, etc. Now is your chance to try CBD for yourself!




CBD + Chill is a multi-sensorial experience with CBD extract. You will have the opportunity to get a mini Traditional Chinese Cupping massage, amplified with the pain-relieving anti-inflammatory properties of CBD cream.

Following your cupping massage, you are invited to delight your senses and take in the soothing medicine of CBD via an oil-based tincture. You will also be offered a high-vibrational medicinal herbal tea custom formulated for this event by yours truly.

Grab a seat in the cushion circle for a self-guided meditation where you will enjoy the sweet aromas filling the space, while taking in the ambiance and listening to soothing music.

The intention of this high value workshop is for you to really get acquainted with this powerful plant extract in several forms and to experience its beautiful health-enhancing properties.

The CBD is generously being provided by Ash Apothecary, who’s products I personally love and have been enjoying for quite some time! Can’t wait to share their amazing tincture and cream with you all. 

Can't make the event but still want to try to products? Well, I've got a special discount code for you, which gives you a whopping 20% of products. Just head to https://myashapothecary.com/, place your order, and use code "DRNAIKA20" at check out. This code is only valid from Aug 10- Sept 10!

Looking forward to vibing with you..


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!

7.19.2019

Community Acupuncture on 7.20 at Heal Haus!

The next round of my monthly community acupuncture workshop is happening on Saturday 7/19 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.

Click HERE to reserve your spot!
In health,
Dr. Naika

Schedule your session with me in Park Slope (Mondays and Thursdays) here:
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Schedule with me in Clinton Hill (Tuesdays & Wednesdays) here:



Connect with me!
___

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!