Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tulsi, The Incomparable One

[Article from Banyan Botanicials]

As you come home from a hard day at work, imagine being greeting by a divine aromatic scent from your garden, offering to relax you and melt your stress away. It cleanses and purifies the air in and around your home, allowing you to take a deep breath. The next time you want to support your immune system, this friend is there to comfort you and return you to health. And when you’re feeling sluggish and fatigued, she’s willing to cleanse the lymph of all the ama so you can get a fresh start.
 Who is this ever-ready companion, offering her healing powers for thousands of years? Tulsi, or holy basil, the mythological divine goddess that takes her earthly form as the beautiful and respected plant found in most traditional Indian homes. 
The Ayurvedic properties of tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) are heating and pungent, making it best for kapha reducing effects and also balancing for vata. Though its heating nature can aggravate pitta in excess, tulsi has been shown to support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response (1), making it beneficial for all three doshas.   
Tulsi, translated as “the incomparable one”, has a long list of home remedies for which it has been used for centuries, making it a panacea of sorts. As it graced the entrance of homes in India, it provided both a physical and metaphysical cleansing effect. It is traditionally known to be an air purifier, removing unwanted toxins from the air, and providing life-giving oxygen in exchange. It is also said to have repellant activity, keeping mosquitos and other bugs away from the home. Continue Reading

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Allergies: The Ayurvedic Picture

[Article from Banyan Botanicals]

Why is it that the blossoming of spring means freshness and beauty for some but spells misery and allergy nightmares for others? The sneezing, hay fever, coughing, wheezing, red and itchy eyes, and skin rashes, hives and eczema can be enough to drive a person mad, often leaving them feeling imprisoned indoors. But allergies don’t affect everyone equally, and Ayurveda shows us a few simple principles to help us understand this disparity.
Ayurveda relates allergies to the concept of asaatmya, or intolerance of an unfavorable substance (1). Exposure to the substance can happen in a variety of ways: inhalation, ingestion, injection, and topical contact. These exposures cause the immune system to start reacting, forming antibodies which lead to a cascade of events eventually manifesting as the symptoms of allergies: congestion, itchy eyes, wheezing, hives and skin rashes. This involvement of the immune system is related to a disturbance in ojas and can even affect less visible systems such as the gastrointestinal system. The quality and quantity of ojas can be affected by vitiated doshas, leading to an overactive immune response.
But why does this happen in some people and not others? As Ayurveda explains it, the agni, or digestive fire, is also affected in those who have allergy manifestations. When the agni becomes suboptimal, it is unable to appropriately process what comes into the system, and the undigested materials become toxic residue, or ama. This ama clogs the channels and disturbs the immune system, affecting its natural intelligence. As the disturbed immune system responds to allergens, by producing histamines, it further clogs the channels, creating more ama. This vicious cycle keeps the person experiencing allergic symptoms, including heaviness, congestion and sinus infections. And if the vitiated doshas, particularly pitta, and ama circulate throughout the system, the person will experience skin manifestations such as hives, urticaria, eczema and rashes. The accumulation of pitta and ama in the respiratory system can cause wheezing and asthma-like symptoms, and can lead to diarrhea, malabsorption, inflammation, and other irritable bowel-type manifestations. Continue reading

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Optimize Your Metabolism by Supporting Thyroid Function

[Article from Organic India]
We know that metabolism is possibly the most important factor that determines the state of our wellness, energy and beauty. We also know the thyroid is vital in controlling metabolism. Therefore, supporting thyroid function is a key element in optimizing metabolism.

Our Body/mind is in a Continual Process of Cooking

On the surface it may seem that the only “digesting” we do is after meals. However, every organ, tissue and cell in our body is “eating” its nourishment in a remarkably complex process of deep digestion. Our conscious awareness of “eating” may come and go but digestion is actually a full time job for our physiology at every level of our body mind, and includes the constant breaking down and building up of every structure within us, from our bones to our brains. This systemic fire of non-stop digestion at all levels has a name: Metabolism.

The Chef, the Stove, and the Flame

So if there is a digestive cooking process happening at all times in all places of our body, then who is the chef and where is the stove?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Moving... yes... again.

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André and SchaOn are VERY happy to announce that we will be moving BOTH the Greener Computer Repair side and Holistic Health sides of our businesses on May 1st!

This will help to better streamline both sides of our business as well as giving us a LOT more space (2,000 square feet to be exact!).

The New Address... or should we say addresses (this location offers 2) are:

  • 1553 Como Ave, St Paul, and
  • 1543 Como Ave. Ste. 104, St Paul
The kewlest part, at least for me, is the numerological and elemental (Feng Shui) aspects of this property. In the Numerology sense, 1553 Como converts to a 33/6 number, which is one of the Master Numbers in Numerology... and happens to be a number in both SchaOn's Birth and New Name charts. The 1543 Como at Ste 104 also converts to the very nice number of 1. The number 1 is a leader and has a drive while also talking about focus, being a self-starter, progressive, and courageous. In Astrology, the 1 associates with the planet of Mercury, which is all about Communication and the border of the conscious and subconscious, and in the tarot, The Magician.

In Feng Shui, we have all the great towers, or elements in the proper directions. To the East we find Como Park and the element of Wood, to the South we find many fantastic restaurants, great for the digestive fire or Agni, as well as our parking lot which helps to hold the energy of the sun - the greatest symbolism of fire. To the West we find the element of Metal... the State Fair Grounds, and just to the North, a massive Water Tower.

Who are our new neighbors?

We are very excited that in this neighborhood there are some very awesome businesses. One of the most famous is Nelson Cheese and Deli, offering some very delicious food and cheese from Wisconsin Farmers. Also, the neighborhood offers Yoga at Bliss Yoga, and Tattoos (or removal) at Beloved Studios. There is also the new restaurant, Cafe 99 which André and SchaOn are excited to try soon, as well as the neighborhood grocery store that has been there for many years, Shanghai Market.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

My Spring Cleanse Kitchari

This is the Spring Cleansing Kitchari that I came up with. It is fairly balanced between all the doshas, with focus on reducing Vata (Air/Wind and Ether/Space) and Kapha (Earth/Fat and Water). I personally eat Kitchari as a side dish (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup) with 1 to 2 meals a day, and accompany it with either a Chicken Breast (often seasoned with the same seasonings below, or a combination of some of them), as well as a side of peas done in Ghee, Turmeric, Lemon and Pepper. For breakfast, I use a different Kitchari recipe that is more bright and upbeat (which I will post later)


  • 1 T Safflower Oil (best oil for Kapha)
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seed
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Seed
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seed
  • 1/4 tsp Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Flax Seed
  • 1/4 tsp Celery Seed
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Ashwagandha
  • 1/2 tsp Triphala powder
  • 2 pinches Asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated Ginger (for more Kapha reducing, use Dry Ginger)
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cup White Basmati Rice
  • 1/4 Cup Quinoa
  • 1/4 Garbanzo Beans
  • 1/2 Cup Mung Dahl Beans
  • 4 Cups Filtered Water


Soak Rice, Quinoa, and both Beans in Water overnight (minimum 3 hours), then drain.


Put Oil into a big pot and turn to a Medium Low to Low heat and think about Pure Love while making this entire dish. Add Mustard, Fennel, Cumin, Coriander, Sesame, Flax and Celery Seeds. Wait for them to sizzle or start popping. Add fresh grated Ginger (wait on the dry) and Rice/Bean mixture and turn to Medium Heat. Stir and allow the oil and herb mixture to start penetrating into the rice and beans. After between 3 to 5 minutes, add the powder herbs; Turmeric, Ashwagandha, Asafoetida, Black Pepper, Lemon Juice (and dry ginger if that is what you are using). Allow to incorporate (stirring occasionally) for another 3 to 5 minutes, then add 4 cups of water, cover and turn to High heat until it begins to Boil then reduce to a medium-low/low heat for about 45 minutes while still covered, or until rice and beans are tender. You may need to add another 2 cups of water depending an altitude and humidity in your home.


  • If Congested: Skip the Ashwagandha
  • Stronger Kapha Reduction: add 1/2 tsp of Guggulu (as long as you don't have concerns with your kidneys), 1/2 tsp Fenugreek and 1/2 tsp Musta/Nutgrass and 1/4 Cup Barly instead of Quinoa.
  • For Meat Eaters: Replace the Water with 4 Cups of Organic Free-Range Chicken Broth, and increase Turmeric to 3/4 tsp and Black Pepper to 1/2 tsp (this helps with digesting the animal proteins easier).
  • High Pitta People: Use Ghee instead of Safflower Oil, 1/2 tsp Mustard Seed and No Ashwagandha, and increase Garbanzo Beans to 1/2 cup.

Some Ayurvedic Notes/Highlights

  • Triphala: Balancing for all doshas, cleaning and detoxing for the colon, issues with gas, Kapha conditions, balances constipation and diarrhea, good for the eyes, diabetes and parasites.
  • Safflower Oil: one of the better oils during Kapha season. Good for circulation, the heart, immune boosting, contains Vitamin E. It is considered a laxative and great for difficult or delayed menstruation.
  • Asafotetida/Hing: Nice herb, but can be very stinky - though one of the best Vata spices! Great for abdominal issues (distention, pain, cramping, gas), issues with menstruation, anxiety, nervousness, vertigo, anxiety, hysteria, worry, depression, lethargy, cough, asthma, arthritis, headaches, nerve pain, paralysis, circulation; strengthens the heart... and also used for exorcism.
  • Ashwagandha: see previous post on Ashwagandha
  • Garbanzo Beans/Chick Peas: Strengthening, increases reproductive tissues, helps the brain. Is a diuretic. Contains Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Vitamin A. Great during the summer (as hummus) as it helps to reduce Pitta/Fire/heat.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Counting down to February, a nice drink to increase Love... Vacation Time & more

January 30, 2014 - Volume 5, Edition 4

Clinic Hours:

@Holistic Gateway
Sun - 11 AM to 5 PM
Wed - 10 AM to 10 PM*
Fri - 10 AM to 8 PM

@The Wellness Circle
Mon - 4 PM to 8 PM

*2nd Wednesday & 4th Friday of each month our hours are:

     10 AM to 5 PM

Purification & Wisdom

The month of February is represented by the 2nd sephira in the Tree of Life. Hochma is located on the left side of the head. Hochma talks about the Divine Masculine and is directly connected to Kether (the crown), and so Hochma is the gateway to the higher worlds. Hochma is the "Eye of Enlightenment", originating the perceptions, feelings, sensations and observations from inside of us, and talks with us without words. Our "Individual Program" begins to play out within Hochma. Flashes of Insight, sudden images and intuition are brought forth thru the interplay between Kether and Hochma.

Meditate on this symbol for 5 minutes a day through the month of February to help release the blockages between you and the enlightenment of your own individual program. Alternately, you could also print off this symbol (make it about 2.5 inches) and place to the left of your head just above the ear for the 5 minutes with your eyes closed.

Schedule In-Office Tree of Life Session
(This is deeper than the meditation)


SchaOn & André will be on Vacation from 
Feb 21st - Feb 26th

If you need an urgentappointment during this time, please contact:

Connie with Shen-Men in the Holistic Gateway Center at

Counting Down to February...

Healthy tips to start 2014 our right!

In this update:
  • Counting Down to February: Are you Excited or Apprehensive?
  • Tree of Life: February is for Hochma
  • Congrats: Cameron Williams was interviewed by the Pioneer Press!
  • Article from Natural Awakenings TC: Whole Food: Greater than the Sum of its Parts
  • February's 1st Herb Highlight: Ashwaganda & Shatavari
  • Computer Healing: Importance of a Good Anti-Virus during Tax Season
  • Upcoming Events & Vacation!!!!!
  • Local Business Highlight:
    Arts District Chiropractic: the Graston Technique
  • Therapy Highlight: Abhyanga's
  • Past Popular Articles
February everyone is talking about Love... and for some this is an exciting and fantastic time... for others it's a dreaded time of year. From my experience, Love from others only comes after "Loving Oneself First"... though,what the heck does that even mean?

I spent years trying to figure this out (and in many ways, still learning this). This is one of the reasons that I really enjoy the Esogetics Love Disk. Loving one's self isn't really something that can be taught or learned... though it is something that can be worked on from the symbolic languages contained within light (color/frequency) and holographic symbols. Releasing the conflict with the traumas of your past, letting go of judgments and emotional baggage goes a long way to having a new perspective and relationship with the concept of lovingoneself.

As many of my clients know, I am not shy about talking with couples about having a healthier love life with their partners. In this newsletter & through February you will also find some recipes and teas to help give energy and strength for "activities" on Valentines Day (and every day in-between).
Remember to Schedule your Monthly Apppointment...

Congrats to Cameron Williams!

For those of you that have been to our recent Open Houses at the Holistic Gateway Center for the Healing Arts, you have probably met the very talented Palmist and Psychic, Cameron withEssence of Fate :) and he was recently interviewed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press!

Whole Food

Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Western science is obsessed with deconstructing food, researching and analyzing its component parts, isolating the active ingredients, repackaging them in pills or powders and prescribing them in daily doses. But according to Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., author of Food and Healing, this chemistry-based theory of nutrition is upside-down.  [Full Article]
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Ashwagandha & Shatavari

Two of my favorite Ayurvedic Herbs, especially for this time of year, are Ashwagandha and Shatavari. Often times, Ashwagandha is thought of as being an herb for males and Shatavari as being an herb for females.

Ashwagandha translates into "Vitality of a Horse" and is thought of giving a man the ability to be a stallion, while Shatavari translates to "she who has a 1,000 husbands" or more realistically as "to have the energy to have 1,000 husbands"... though both are great herbs for both sexes.

[Learn more about Ashwagandha & Shatavari, as well as get a recipe for a very tasty drink to help build strength and endurance]

The Busy Computer Seasons: a Virus Writer’s dream!
by André Thomas

In the world of computers, there are two primary busy seasons – the holiday shopping season of November and December as well as Tax Time, though not in the ways you might expect. Viruses, malware and spyware have an ebb & flow. From years of experience, we have seen this pattern over and over again. This is not to say that viruses are not a concern all year round, they are, though there are times when you should make doubly sure that you are browsing safely.
[Read Full Article]

Upcoming Events

...You're Invited!


Thursday, January 30
@ 3:39 PM CST
New Moon in Aquarius

Wednesday, February 12
7 to 9 PM
Twin Cities Holistic Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting

thru Friday, February 14th
Open Yourself to Love Special

February 15th & 16th
@ MPLS Convention Center
Twin Cities Women's Expo
(we'll be there with Natural Awakenings)

February 21st thru 26th
Andre and SchaOn will be
going on a mini-vacation!

Local Business Hightlight:
Art District Chiro & the Graston Technique

As many of you know, SchaOn has had many car accidents over the past year, and he had the pleasure the other day to experience a new modality to help in this healing process called the "Graston Technique".

Graston is an innovative soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions to achieve quicker and better outcomes in Chiropractic Care. Find out more on Art District Chiropractic's website at:

Therapy Highlight: Abhyangas

Abhyanga's are a great way to help bring and maintain optimal health. Often, Sesame Seed, or a Sesame Seed based oil is used, which helps to thin heavier people, and bulk up thinner people, decreases the signs of aging, helps to make the skin softer and more supple, helps to nourish the body, and so much more!

This is also a great therapy for couples to share with each other (wink), and the sesame seed oil can go anywhere in or out of the body...

Past Popular Articles

Thank you!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Happy Valentines Day with Ashwagandha & Shatavari

Ashwagandha & Shatavari

...a Great Valentines Day Treat

Two of my favorite Ayurvedic Herbs, especially for this time of year, are Ashwagandha and Shatavari. Often times, Ashwagandha is thought of as being an herb for males and Shatavari as being an herb for females.

Ashwagandha translates into "Vitality of a Horse" and is thought of giving a man the ability to be a stallion, while Shatavari translates to "she who has a 1,000 husbands" or more realistically as "to have the energy to have 1,000 husbands"... though both are great herbs for both sexes.

Ashwagandha helps to reduce both Vata and Kapha (helps to clear the mind, relax the nerves as well as decreasing fat, and brings vitality while also helping to regenerate the self). It is a fantastic immune-boosting herb, helps people who are over-worked and burnt-out, and increases nitric oxide (something many body builders take to increase muscle mass and endurance - and is also found to have positive effects on the male genital region), as well as a host of many other things.

Shatavari, which is the roots of wild Indian asparagus, is also another great immune boosting herb which helps to build strength, great for the female (and male) organs, helps in issues of infertility, increases breast milk and semen, cleanses the blood... just to name a few benefits. It is a Vata and Pitta reducing herb, but in large doses can increase Kapha as it helps to nurture the mucous membranes of the body. It is also said to increase the feeling of Love & Devotion ;-)

Try this nice drink this February. It is best to drink this several days in a row in the evening for best results:
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Ashwagandha
  • 1/4 tsp Shatavari
  • 1 Tbspn Raw Unheated Honey
Directions: Heat Milk, Ashwagandha and Shatavari in a pot on Medium/Medium-Low Heat until hot. Place the Raw Unheated Honey into a cup, then pour the heated mixture into the cup. Stir, sip and enjoy!

Variation: You could also add 1/8 tsp of Cinnamon, a pinch of Clove and 1/2 tsp of Cacao if you'd like as well.

*Note: the Raw Unheated Honey helps to move any stuck, excess mucous.... also Honey should never be directly heated.