Fire Cider! Fight the Germ Onslaught this Cold and Flu Season Naturally!

What is fire cider? 

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It’s that time of year again! Sweater weather and the colds and flu that come along with it.

Prevention is truly the best medicine, bolstering our immune systems by using foods that naturally protect, detoxify and stave off pathogens. I can't express strongly enough the importance of incorporating as many vegetables and fruits into your diet as possible! And, ideally steamed or sauteed, so your stomach doesn't have to work as hard to digest what you are eating. In addition, lightly cooking vegetables is often needed to even make some of the vitamin or mineral content bioavailable to our bodies. I also find a fire cider regimen will kill just about anything trying to invade! Fire cider is an easy to make herbal remedy that is always on hand in my kitchen. Included is just one variation on this recipe, you can find hundreds online! I encourage you to use the herbs that appeal to you, and to experiment! Once the weather cools, I try to do a shot of fire cider daily, to combat what the world throws at me.

Food is medicine, everything you put in your body is helping or harming, be mindful.  

Fire Cider Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root

1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root

1 medium organic onion, chopped

10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped

2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped

Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon

Several sprigs of fresh organic rosemary or 2 tbsp of dried rosemary leaves

1 tbsp organic turmeric powder

1/4 tsp organic cayenne powder

organic apple cider vinegar

raw local honey to taste

Directions:

Prepare all of your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart sized jar. If you've never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus opening experience! Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one. Shake well! Store in a dark, cool place for one month and remember to shake daily.

After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid goodness as you can from the pulp while straining. Next, comes the honey! Add 1/4 cup of honey and stir until incorporated. Taste your cider and add another 1/4 cup until you reach the desired sweetness.

Herbal Ingredient Variations

Thyme, Horseradish Root,  Rosehips, Star Anise, Schisandra Berries, Astragalus, Burdock, Oregano, Peppercorns, Beet Root Powder, Habanero, Bird's Eye Chili, Whole Chili Peppers, Orange, grapefruit, lime peels/juice

Namaste-

Emily L Armstrong, DOM

*For those of you with what we might describe as hot, burning issues (think acid reflux, UTI’s, etc…) I would only use with great caution. Nobody wants to set you on fire.

Avoiding Burnout Naturally with Adaptagens

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Avoiding Burnout Naturally with Adaptagens

In today’s episode we are talking all about burnout — how it happens, how to recover naturally, which herbs to take and why meditation helps. I will also cover how long it takes to fully recover, and why so many of us in our culture experience a higher level of stress than ever before. As we mentioned in previous episodes, our society puts an emphasis on “doing” rather than “being” and accomplishment rather than relaxation and rejuvenation. While both are necessary for a balanced and successful life, we’ve seen more cases of burnout and adrenal fatigue than ever before, and I wanted to tackle the subject of which herbs could help those of you who are just plain burned out. Today, I'll be going through the main adaptogens and highlighting their functions when it comes to treating fertility in both men and women, along with their general functions, so you can make an informed choice for your situation.

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Retreat to the land of the Midnight Sun – Värmdö, Sweden

Retreat to the land of the Midnight Sun – Värmdö, Sweden

Are you looking for a reset? A timeout? Join us in Sweden for a one of a kind getaway, guaranteed to help you gain clarity, recharge your batteries and a unique opportunity to refocus your efforts in life. We will be staying on the well appointed, yet minimalistic, Siggesta Farm in Varmdo. Though only a 30-minute drive from Stockholm, you’ll feel worlds away from city life as you enjoy the resort’s numerous trails, farm animals including charming alpacas, delicious farm to table food, barrel baths, saunas, daily yoga with Jade Skinner and meditation lessons from Hillary Talbott. It’s time to answer those whispers from your soul and take a quiet adventure with us this summer.  Spaces are limited to ensure one on one attention and an intimate class size.

  • Thursday, July 26, 20183:30pm
    Monday, July 30, 201812:00pm

 

  • Total cost $1900
  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 due by February 1, 2018.
  • The remaining balance of $1400 is May 1, 2018
  • The total price of $1900 includes
  • accommodations
  • two beautiful meals a day farm to table
  • daily yoga
  • meditation instruction and 3 workshops
  • Personal Nakshatra Meditation Mantra

Sample Itinerary:

  • Thursday • Opening Ceremony and Introduction • Personal Mantra Ceremony • Welcome Dinner
  • Friday • Morning Meditation • Yoga • Brunch • Lecture/Workshop (Mala Making) • Time to journal and hike surrounding trails • Mindful Meditation Dinner
  • Saturday • Morning Meditation • Yoga • Brunch • Lecture/Workshop (Breath Awareness)• Time to journal and hike surrounding trails • Mindful Mediation Dinner • Burn Ceremony -releasing what no longer serves you
  • Sunday • Morning Meditation • Yoga • Brunch • Lecture/Workshop• Time to journal and hike surrounding trails • Closing Dinner • Sunset Mediation
  • Monday • Morning Meditation • Yin Yoga • Farewell Brunch Register and Get Your Questions Answered.
  • By the way, the end of the Retreat falls on the first day of Euro Pride! Check this link for all the know in Stockholm this summer.

Get Mindful in the Pyrénées

Get Mindful in the Pyrénées

July 15-20, 2018  Pyrénées, France

The practice of yoga and meditation go far beyond moving your body into shapes and forcing yourself to sit still. It's about living your yoga, being present, and observing the "Self" as we move through this world. Trekking through the Pyrénées is the perfect place to put these practices into action. Monitoring your breath, the surface that’s ahead, the feel of the earth beneath your feet, and the ambience of your surroundings requires you to drop into nature as if you’re being re-birthed into this earth. We invite you to join us for 5 days of adventure hiking and trekking high mountains of the Pyrénées full of yoga, mountain meditation.

Retreat package includes: 

  • Gite accommodations (includes home-cooked brunch and dinners)
  • Guided meditation daily with Hillary Talbott 
  • Personal Nakshatra Meditation Mantra 
  • Daily Yoga with Jade Skinner 
  • 2 Workshops 
  • Guided Hikes 
  • Refuge accommodations (includes cereal breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner) 
  • A trip to the mineral baths at Bain du Rocher (my absolute favorite part!)
  • Transportation from/to Lourdes to Blue Carin Lodge
  • *This retreat does not include airfare, train or any other leisure transportation or extra accommodation fees outside of venue).

Male & Female Energies

Male & Female Energies

Hello and welcome to a fun and juicy episode, all about male and female energies. Today we will be answering the question: what’s the difference between these energies and why does it matter when it comes to conception? Our guest on today’s show is the lovely Erin Gray, mental health counselor and licensed massage therapist extraordinaire. We also talk about balancing the male / female energies, the cultural background of how we got here in the first place, what not to do, and solid examples you can try out today. More.....

Mindful Moments & The Four Agreements

Mindful Moments & The Four Agreements

Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you for joining me for the first installment of Mindful Moments on Fertile Minds Radio. If you listened to episode 1 or you have worked with me in the past than you already know meditation is a large part of what I do to keep rising towards the best version of myself AND a big part of what I teach to my patients in order to help them have a deeper inner awareness and to achieve high mental clarity. Now, you might be asking yourself what this has to do with fertility? 

In my opinion it has everything to do with conceiving and here’s why. I think of meditation as a tool that we can use to help cultivate peace during stressful times. It’s a practice that starts to leak into the rest of our daily life, helping us to feel calm and clear even when we are in the middle of the storm with big decisions to be made. Further more, it’s a tool that we can use to calm the nervous system. 

When the nervous system is in fight or flight, it’s broadcasting the message to every single sell in our bodies that the world is not a safe place at the moment and it’s certainly not a good time to procreate. It’s telling our immunity and sex hormones to drop, our blood to clot incase we get cut and shunting our blood flow to our limbs away fro our organs so we can fight or run away. Now most of us have pretty stressful lives and end up in a low grade fight or flight most of our day. The problem is, that the reptilian part of our brain that governs our body's reaction to whether the Nervous System is broadcasting the message “fight or run” vs “it’s time to feed and breed,” doesn’t realize that normal stressors like your boss, a full email inbox, or getting your period when you were sure that you were pregnant this time, isn’t exactly the same as a saber tooth tiger ready to make us their next meal. This is why meditation is a valuable tool now more than ever. It can over-ride this very primal part of our brain that hasn’t yet caught up to the immense stimuli we come into contact with moment to moment. Life has changed at a rapid pace, but our brains are a little slow to catch up- and believe it or not the tool of mediation can help us to hack our own nervous system. 

So it can help us to stay calm not only while trying to conceive, but while we are pregnant which is super important because that baby is being bathed in a biochemical reaction you creating in reaction to every thought you have. Think about that for a second. You have a thought, an emotion occurs, neurons in your brain fire changing your biochemistry and bam, your baby absorbs it. This is why I love to teach women to meditate BEFORE they get pregnant. 

And lastly, don’t forget the ultimate test for which you will be super glad you have access to this tool called meditation- parenting. 

Your kids are going to challenge you to grow on every single level more than you could ever dream. They’re like little mirrors of self realization beaming back at you 24/7 and we all know self awareness or constructive criticism is easier to take when your calm, so why not cultivate this practice now?

At the beginning of the episode I read a quote for Ghandi that I absolutely love. It’s such a great reminder that it’s our minds that ultimately create our destiny.

There is alignment between our inner dialogue and our outer dialogue... between what we’re thinking and what we’re doing; between how we’re feeling and how we’re living life; between what our thoughts are and what we’re saying.

It’s easier to speak from the heart when there’s alignment.  It’s easier to not have to wonder, “Is this person really on my side?”  There’s passion and excitement in your alignment, there’s freedom and a code that lets you live your human expression from a more universal space.  This couldn’t be more important than when you are communicating with your partner and your health care providers during this vulnerable time of trying to conceive. 

Today’s meditation is based on a simple code that I find relevant to clarity, daily evolution, & personal transformation: the Four Agreements by the author don Miguel Ruiz. Now, my meditation teacher davidji has encouraged me to get this meditation out there because it’s so useful to so many. It’s so simple, yet so true. I used to have a print out of the four agreements hanging on the wall next to my desk during graduate school, because it seemed that every patient I had that was emotionally suffering could somehow be relieved by simply adopting one or a few of these agreements into their lives. 

It's a powerful code to integrate into every word, thought and deed, and mostly likely –these four timeless truths- are already integrated in some way into your Sacred Values.  If nothing else, they can act as a powerful opener of your heart; and that will allow you to create more love in your life, feel more love and give more love. If you are asking yourself right now, I don’t know what my sacred values are, I encourage you to check out davidji’s new book Sacred Powers launching this Winter. In it you’ll find powerful exercises to execute after you meditate to help you design your divine code. Once you decide the principles you are committed to living your life by, making decisions big and small get a whole lot easier. 

The Four Agreements are:

#1.  Be impeccable with your word. 

#2.  Don’t take anything personally

#3.  Don’t make assumptions

#4.  Always do your best

For today’s meditation I’m going to give you examples of how don Miguel Ruiz’s concept of the four agreements could pertain to a fertility journey. So Get comfy and let's meditate together. 

If you love this meditation and want to own it without this intro so you can do it anytime anyplace simply text 4Agreements to 44222. 

 

Continue the Journey

Your Brain On Meditation- What Happens?

My beloved teacher davidji

The Four Agreements- Audible

The Four Agreements- Amazon

Special Thanks to Musician

Christopher Lloyd Clark

This Meditation- text 4Agreements to 44222- if you get a message that say service access denied call T mobile and ask them to "enable short message codes."

Doing vs Being

Doing vs Being

“You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction.”

— Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 47

Herbs For Fertility

Herbs For Fertility

Herbs are amazing tools to treat infertility and have been used by most cultures on the planet to enhance fertility for thousands of years. There is historical evidence that the Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, and Indian cultures all used them in this fashion.

Believing & Trusting for Organic Conceptions

Believing & Trusting for Organic Conceptions

"Surrendering does not mean just relaxing or giving up on a dream for parenthood. Dr. Webster and Marc share stories of couples that accept the things they cannot change, let go of past disappointment and control over the future to end up finding life again and new interests and passions. A lot of times people have success even after they are significantly older than when they first started on their journey."

A Podcast is Born Fertile Minds Radio with Hillary Talbott Roland

A Podcast is Born Fertile Minds Radio with Hillary Talbott Roland

Welcome to Fertile Minds Radio! Here you will find wisdom for your fertility journey and beyond, chosen specifically to help you trust your body and elevate your spirit. Join us and see what a fertile mind feels like. I am your host, Hillary Talbott Roland. I am a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, a Certified Fellow of American Board of Reproductive Medicine, and a certified Meditation instructor. I practice at the Art of Acupuncture in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida. I am so excited to start this journey and my number one commitment is to bring you the world’s best experts in the field of fertility and mind/body medicine. This will be information you can trust and apply immediately along your fertility & pregnancy journey. You can look forward to interviews with leading experts, my own personal knowledge, and real-life stories. Fertility is about so much more than getting a positive pregnancy test and I want to teach you to embrace your journey no matter how long you have been trying, whether three months or three years or even longer.

Cultivating Gratitude Meditation Class

Cultivating Gratitude Meditation Class

11.19.17 8:30am-11am

Get ready for turkey day by flexing your gratitude muscle. Join us for a 30 minute teaching followed by the opportunity to sit and meditate for 60 minutes with your community cultivating an attitude of gratitude, peace and oneness. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or cushion to sit on. All levels welcome. Led by Hillary Talbott Roland

Learn more, ask a question, share with friends or RSVP on our facebook page for this event.