Healing Power of Saunas (5 in series of 5)

loyli, temaxcalli, inipi, sauna . . . These are all words for the universal use of heat for ceremonial healing and cleansing: the steam that bursts forth when the water hits the rocks, the house of heat, the earth womb, to strengthen the WILL in a sacred way, the spirit.... These are all expressions of the sacred gift of heat and cold, of human homeostasis, and of community that rises from the rocks in the sacred sauna steam. "Sweat bathing--be it in the form of the Finnish sauna, the Russian [...]


Castor Oil Pack (4 in series of 5)

Whether it's the old black and white photos of a mother holding a giant spoon out to a cringing child or the horror story from your friend who, in a moment of pregnancy induced hysteria, would try anything to get labor going, castor oil tends to have a pretty bad reputation. Your grandmother might recommend taking a teaspoon of castor oil as a general cure all – from a healthy dose of run of the mill nastiness for unruly children to taking it yourself to help loosen up your bowels [...]


Dry Skin Brushing (3 in series of 5)

Now that we're on the topic of detoxification I want to talk a bit about dry skin brushing. I encourage all my clients to begin their Coffee Enema rituals with dry skin brushing. Here is why. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for 1/4 of the body's detoxification via the lymph. Our lymphatic system primarily relies on our movement for its functioning. Skin brushing helps move lymph fluid. Dry skin brushing also cleanses the lymph system. Under normal circumstances the skin eliminates more than [...]


Why Coffee Enemas Work (2 in series of 5)

I want to talk about your liver. Well, first I'm going to talk about sheep's livers, a particular sheep's liver in fact. I promise it's relevant. The Liver of Piacenza is an Etruscan artifact and dates back to the late 2nd century BC. It was used in its time for the practice of hepatoscopy, or the reading of omens. "The outer rim of the Piacenza liver is divided into 16 sections; since according to the testimony of Pliny and Cicero, the Etruscan divided the heavens into 16 astrological houses, it [...]


How to do a Coffee Enema (1 in series of 5)

I admit it. I haven't completely quit coffee. In fact I still use it regularly.... but not in the way you might think. I have discovered a whole new way to consume coffee that doesn't jangle my nervous system, mess with my sleep or cause me to be a type A freak. The truth is I am recovering . . . ...recovering from a decade of coffee abuse. Sure I only drank one cup a day (sometimes 2), but it really messed me up. You see I had my first [...]


Sacred Foods for Fertility

In traditional cultures around the world certain fertility foods have been revered as sacred due to their important place in fertility and reproduction. Traditional peoples were not just concerned about the basic health of their offspring. They knew that the degeneration of health happens progressively over generations. Thus, a man and woman realized that they had to eat not only for their health and the health of their children, but also for the health of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Woman regularly bore over 10 healthy children well into their forties [...]


Drinking Unpasteurized Milk

My family has been drinking unpasteurized milk for more than 5 years. I weaned my first child on raw milk and drank it throughout my second pregnancy. We have never been slightly sick from the milk we got while we lived in Oregon including our own fresh backyard goat milk. On the other hand, in these last five years, I have had a strong reaction to pasteurized/homogenized organic milk while on vacation in Canada. In the mid Fall of 2011 we moved to Mexico. At first we lived without milk [...]


Homemade Baby “Formula”

Just like you would feed yourself and your family foods that truly nourish and sustain them, so too you can feed you precious newborn, infant, or toddler hand crafted real food. If you want, or need, to supplement your breastmilk (a little or completely) this homemade baby formula is an excellent, well researched, and far superior alternative to commercial formula. Oh, and no, Sally Fallon and I are NOT against breast-feeding! We're against COMMERCIAL FORMULA feeding and mother guilt! All mothers can feed their babies well - even if it's [...]