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Steam Inhalation Basics

Clear your head! Steam inhalation for sinus congestion coughs, or stuffy nose is very effective. To get great results, all you need is: Hot water A bowl A towel One drop of essential oil. Watch the video below for simple steam inhalation instructions:   Steam Inhalation is Simple! This is a great way to stay…

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Herbal tea to relieve dry throat

Best herbs to soothe your throat   There are many herbs to relieve a dry throat. This list of three favorite herbs to ease a dry throat is a place for beginners to begin. I have used each of these herbs at different times. Slippery Elm – (Ulmaus fulva) – slippery elm tea is made…

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Meridian Massage, Opening Pathways to Vitality

Meridian Massage Book Review

Mark Vrooland is a Shiatsu Practitioner in Rotterdam. He has a wonderful blog, “Happy Hara.” – I am honored that he reviewed my book, Meridian Massage, Opening Pathways to Vitality. Below is the interview, copied by permission: Cindy Black, author or Meridian Massage: “Find your own unique expression of Qi” by Mark Vroonland Cindy Black, a…

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Kidney Acupressure points on the ankle

4 Kidney points on the ankle These four Kidney acupressure points are close together on the inner (medial) ankle. Each point can be used for local ankle pain, additionally, each point has specific uses. Let’s explore both the location and uses of each of these Kidney acupressure points. Kidney 3 Location: On the medial (inside)…

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5 Elements of Self-care

Self-care redefined The 5 Elements of Chinese medicine express themselves in our body-mind-emotion-spirit. Imbalances within ourselves are eased by taking a little time to care for ourselves. Using the wisdom of the 5 Elements, we have access to innovative possibilities for self-care. Below is a short list to get you started: Earth -Nourishing, giving and receiving…

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Free Trials at Big Tree

Experience is the best teacher Now you can try any course at Big Tree for free before enrolling! Sample my teaching style for yourself, have a look inside the course, double check that content is what you are expecting, and feel sure about your choice to enroll. It’s easy – follow the directions below: Click…

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Sauerkraut, Self-care, and a Sale

Simple and Easy A few days ago a friend told me that making sauerkraut was easy. Just mix salt with cabbage – that’s it! Sauerkraut I have been obsessed with sauerkraut recently. The possibility of making my own burst open my imagination – I saw images of crock pots full of fabulous home-made sauerkraut. Maybe…

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Move Qi, relieve pain

Relieving pain can be that simple. Qi (energy) is the basis of the physical structures of the body. When the Qi is plentiful and flowing, we experience ease of movement. Abundant and flowing Qi manifests as supple and toned muscles and flexible joints. Qi flows through pathways called meridians. Because Qi is energy, it is…

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Guiding and Yielding – the Art of Meridian Massage

Responding is the key Chinese medical theory is the science of Meridian Massage. But how do we actually “do Meridian Massage?” That is the art, and it will be unique to every practitioner. Guiding and Yielding This simple principle has become the basis of all that I do within my self-care practices, and my work…

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Gallbladder removal and Gallbladder Meridian

Remove the Gallbladder, keep the meridian The gallbladder itself is a physical organ that can be surgically removed. The Gallbladder meridian is one of 12 energetic pathways, called meridians, in Chinese medicine. Meridians are not removed by surgery because they are purely energetic pathways. Joint pain and the Gallbladder Meridian Qi (“chee“) is the energy…

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