When summer temps rise above 100°F, drinking a cup of hot tea sounds like a crazy idea, right?
I don’t know about you, but when I get hot, I get cranky with a monster tension headache.
(Not a good place to be, especially for an acupuncturist!)
That’s when I take a few deep breaths and enjoy a cup of organic Peppermint tea.
Peppermint is an aromatic, pungent Chinese herb called Bo He that is known to release wind-heat from the body’s exterior. It enters the Liver and Lung meridians where it
Peppermint’s cooling sensation is produced by the organic compound menthol. A factoid is that menthol chemically triggers cold-sensitive receptors, which results in a cooling sensation when ingested. It actually relaxes the “smooth” muscles in the walls of the intestine which is helpful for relieving indigestion, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and menstrual cramps.
As amazing as Peppermint tea is, there are some people who shouldn’t drink it:
These are my favorite loose and bagged organic Peppermint teas. Enjoy!
The most important thing to wear during air travel is a lightweight scarf around your neck. Summer or winter, it doesn’t matter and here’s why…
In Chinese Medicine, the Foot Taiyang meridian descends parallel to the spine and the Governing Vessel runs up the back of the spine. Several points on these channels are located on the back of the neck.
These points are susceptible to external conditions, like Wind.
Wind, in Chinese Medicine, is a pathogen that attacks the exterior of the body. If the body’s defenses are not strong enough to deflect it, Wind will penetrate the points and can cause disease ranging from the common cold to influenza or even pneumonia.
Wearing a scarf to keep your neck covered supplements the body’s Defensive Qi and can keep you from contracting an illness while traveling.
To further enhance immunity, add a few drops of essential oil to the scarf before wearing it. My favorites are:
These essential oils are great choices because they smell good and have antiviral properties.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Exercise. We all need it. Getting in 10,000 steps today is better than the 9,999 steps you took yesterday.
It keeps the qi moving… in other words, it keeps life-energy circulating.
As many of you know, when it comes to health or wellness, I try something out myself before recommending it to patients/friends/family/the guy sitting next to me on the plane/everybody&anybody.
For the past 8 months, I've been testing Beachbody on Demand.
Now before you stop reading, I am NOT affiliated with the Beachbody corporation in any way. I’m not a coach, I don’t get any kickbacks. I’m just a customer who works out at home in front of my computer on a daily basis.
After 6 rounds of 21 Day Fix, I’m 35 pounds lighter and a whole lot stronger. It’s absolutely true that the pounds measured on a scale is just a number. In my case, I am 35 pounds more fit and it feels great. That is why I’m sharing my experience with you.
If you’ve never heard of it, 21 Day Fix is one of many Beachbody on Demand programs. It requires moving (aka exercising) 7 days a week for 30 minutes using a combination of cardio and weights. It also has an accompanying meal plan that is simple and makes a lot of sense nutritionally.
Yesterday, to mix things up, I tried another workout called YOUv2. It was a hilariously awesome way to sweat for 30 minutes. There were spirit fingers, shimmies, and rainbow prances. Via the magic of pre-recorded video, Leandro told me I was a beautiful dancer, which I have never heard from anyone before. I honestly couldn't stop smiling during our 30 minutes together. If you are new to exercising, this workout is a safe and fun place to start.
The most important thing you can do for your health is to stand up and get moving.
Go for a walk, let some guy from Beachbody teach you spirit fingers while performing a walking squat, take the bike out for a leisurely ride, swim some laps across the pool.
It all counts, one step at a time.
Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac., DACM
Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac., DACM practices Oriental & Chinese Medicine in Hawaii and Texas.