kukicha tea

LifeStyle Lessons: Feeling a little crazy, anxious or unsettled?

kukicha tea If you're like I was a couple weeks ago, or my client was the other day, and have over indulged, haven't slept well, drank too much wine or just are all around over stimulated, you could very well be feeling totally wired and need to come back to earth!

I know myself and if I don't get a good night's sleep, or have had sugar or wine, I will likely feel very 'yin', according to Macrobiotics, or a vata imbalance, according to Ayurveda ~ the extreme effects of expansion. When we feel this way, we need to ground ourselves! When we're up in the clouds, we need to come down to our root chakra. We can choose to eat root veggies to help; lots of times, eating carrot soup, or warming up a carrot juice will do the trick. But, I found myself craving Kukicha tea and dates the other week, and passed along that recommendation to my client too!


Even though dates are a natural sugar (yin effect) they have a heavy quality that can really settle the  vata imbalance of feeling ungrounded.

Kukicha tea is a twig tea from the Green tea family in Japan and is also very grounding in nature. It's also very alkalizing and tones the kidneys, which are the organs that feel the stress of over stimulation. To read more about the magical healing properties of kukicha, check out this previous post.

So, a little tried and true remedy for those times when you need to get back into your body, listen to what it needs and see if a cup of kukicha tea and a few dates will do the trick.

Be sure to get a good night's sleep, do some restorative yoga and breathe deeply.


Clear Skin, Finally!

aloe vera gel This post is for anyone who can relate to the challenges of achieving clear skin!

I went through the dreaded 'awkward' stage for longer than normal in high school, struggling with frizzy, curly hair as most of you know by now from my curly cures post, but also coupled with acne--whoa is me!! I couldn't help but compare myself to all my beautiful, thin, clear skinned friends. Why did I have to deal with this 'misfortune', is all I could think about...talk about high school insecurities!

My mom did her best to try and help me. She took me to see a dermatologist who prescribed me Retin-A, and when that didn't work well enough, tried to promote Accutane. Retin-A only left my skin red, dry and flaky, and luckily enough, my mom opted out on the Accutane recommendation due to the possibility of birth defects as a side effect.

It wasn't until I went on Birth Control at age 17 that my skin finally cleared up. Even though it balances the hormones and keeps the flare ups at bay, I've now learned that t's actually a vicious cycle because birth control creates an imbalance of healthy flora within the gut. This eventually leads to bad skin in the end because your skin is a reflection of your digestive system. There's more where that came from in this post, if you want to learn more.

Needless to say, I went off birth control at age 25 and wouldn't you know, the pimples came back to rear their ugly head! Who wants to deal with acne in their 20's?! I mean, come on, I've already dealt with this!

At that time, I had already begun living a clean and holistic lifestyle after having read Kevin Trudeau's book, "Natural Cures". This was the start of my 'cleaning house' journey, but there were many pit stops along the way before finally attaining the skin I'd always dreamed of! Granted, I still have to keep it in check, but it's amazing how your skin reflects back at you what's going on inside, and all we have to do is read the signs!

My skin finally cleared up for good after committing to a healing Macrobiotic diet of cooking for myself, eating clean foods free of dairy and sugar, and some extra tips along the way.

Here are my simple recommendations:

1. Drink Kukicha Tea everyday! It is a miraculous little Macro Secret for clearing skin! You can use it as a toner, directly on the skin, but when taken internally, it's alkalizing, anti-inflammatory agents really get the job done!

2. Drink Aloe Vera Gel daily.  O.M.G., if only I had known about this sooner! I drink 2TBS with water at breakfast and lunch. Lily of the Desert Brand is the best--the gel, not the juice!!! Flushing out your toxins with ease, by drinking this every day won't leave any room for flare ups!

3. Eat your greens daily!! Greens (kale, collards, napa cabbage, dandelion, mustard greens, etc.) reduce inflammation and alkalize the body.

The key to keeping your skin clear is all about maintaing an alkaline diet and removing toxins from your digestive tract.

Keep in mind that you may have a break-out while you're detoxing, but just keep flushing it out by drinking water and eating fiber rich foods! Your skin will be glowing in no time!

Glow on, beautiful!

Lots of love,