The Sweet Life: Sugar in the Age of Youth

by Catie Pazandak With school cycling back around, the busy days and holidays will soon find their way into our homes once again. If you are like most in this country, you know what these kinds of days bring. Along with fun, laughter and family gatherings comes another guest, who has had quite an over-extended… [Read More]

We asked our Herbalists: Are you a sugar junkie? How do you deal with sugar cravings and/or what sweet treats do you reach for?

Yes! I notice that my sugar cravings can sometimes come up when I am stressed, so exercise, meditation and yoga can sometimes help me. I love Medjool Dates stuffed with chevre, apples, fruit. And honestly, I love cookies. —Kristen I usually get sugar cravings in the late afternoon when I will sometimes reach for a… [Read More]

5 Immune Boosting Tips for Back To School

by Jahwei Chen-Graf, Naturopath and Herbalist at HAALo The end of summer and shift into the back to school routine is bittersweet… the days get shorter and crispness creeps into the night air. Both kids and adults need to be well rested and well nourished to ensure a strong immune system in order to stay… [Read More]

The Power of a Well-Balanced Formula

by JuJu Bearwoman Simply Being Botanicals is a fine line of tinctures that HAALo offers to the community in our showcase of locally-made herbal remedies. They consist of both single herb (aka “simples”) and formulated extractions. Raya Cole, an herbalist and mother here in Nevada City, is the owner and formulator of Simply Being. She… [Read More]

Hormonal Imbalances: Understanding Environmental Factors in Estrogen Ecology

by Juliet Blankespoor Women today live in a very different world than our foremothers. Our female predecessors began menstruating later in life, had more children, breastfed longer, underwent menopause earlier, ate whole foods, and lived in a cleaner environment. Women today have approximately ten times as many menstrual cycles as their great-great-grandmothers. Our bodies did… [Read More]

Harvesting Sustainable Health Care

by Rachel Berry Four years ago, a small group of determined women began meeting to discuss what sustainable health care could look like in Nevada City. We all had been personally transformed and empowered by herbal medicine, and were passionate about making this sustainable, earth-based medicine more accessible in Nevada County. Quickly, we learned that… [Read More]