Staying Healthy in the Season: Autumn

 

The leaves on the trees are turning brilliant shades of yellows, reds, oranges and yellows and we welcome the day with a crisp, cool scent, we find ourselves in autumn.  Autumn, especially in the New England where we are located, is a beautiful time of the year and a very important season in the Chinese Medicine system.  Autumn is associated with the Metal element and the time of the year when we put emphasis on organization, order and developing boundaries.  It is a time that allows for introspection and transitioning from the high energy Yang of the summer days, to the darker, colder Yin winter ahead.

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Holistically Healing Your Sleep

In the early 1900s, the average American slept 9 hours a night.  Fast forward a hundred years to today and we are finding the average American sleeps between 6-7 hours on a weeknight and 8 hours on the weekends.  In that short time, we haven’t evolved to need less sleep, so what is happening with those vital 2 to 3 hours of rest, relaxation and restoration?  And where have these hours?  We have replaced a good night’s rest with a combination of coffee and other stimulants, late nights glued to computer and televisions screens, and other unhealthy sleeping habits that can result in insomnia.

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The 101 on DIY Tick Repellents Using Essential Oils

Like our entire team at Arogya, I feel blessed to live nearby the lush forests of Connecticut. I’m grateful for the ability to enjoy well-preserved trails, forage for edible gifts such as ramps and thimbleberries, and to simply breathe in the diverse flora and fauna. At the same time, living amongst nature also means existing side by side with ticks, including Ixodes scapularis. This hard-bodied arthropod, commonly referred to as the blacklegged or deer tick, is responsible for the spread of Lyme Disease, as well as the malaria-like parasitic disease babesiosis and two rarer, potentially fatal conditions: Human granulocytic anaplasmosis (which has only been reported in Wisconsin and Minnesota) and Powassan Virus (one case has been reported in Connecticut).

You’ve probably heard (or might have noticed) that 2017 is an especially prolific year for deer ticks.

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Chinese Ritual of Foot Soaking

I always remember sitting around a circle soaking feet and chatting about our day with my family growing up. Foot soaking is a common traditional Chinese health remedy used to detoxify the body, promote circulation, relieve pain, and optimize total wellbeing. Immersing the feet and legs in a tub of herb-infused hot water for 20 – 30 minutes at the end of the day can be a very powerful and restorative ritual. Our Herbal Foot Soak Tea bag is packed with powerful ingredients such as Epsom Salts, Green Tea, Therapeutic Herbs and pure Essential Oils. Finish your soak with a foot massage – your feet will thank you!

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Chaga

Chaga Tea: a Powerfully Medicinal Mushroom Tea

Pat Lewis, a landscaper from Portland Maine, is a friend of ours who always gives us a unique gift: wild-crafted chaga mushroom. Working in the wilds of Maine, he often comes across this highly medicinal mushroom. The first time he gave us some pieces of of this dark, wood-like mushroom, we had never seen it before, and didn’t quite know what to do with it. However, after researching and experimenting, chaga tea has become a beloved medicine in our home.

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Cupping

The Ancient Art of Cupping

This year’s summer Olympics brought cupping, the traditional healing modality often used in Chinese medicine, into the limelight. Gold-medalist swimmer Michael Phelps, among other Olympians, sported the telltale circular red marks that cupping leaves on the skin. In response, dozens of articles in all the major news sources featured articles about cupping, which has helped raise public interest in this powerful and ancient healing technique.

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Herbal Tea for Women's Hormones

A Holistic Approach to Women’s Hormonal Balance, and our New Herbal Teas to Help

We are very proud to introduce a new line of medicinal herbal teas for women’s hormonal balance. The first two teas in this line are Hormonal Balance Blend– a general tonic for the female hormonal system, and Female Vitality Blend– formulated to promote energy, vitality, and libido. In collaboration with Arogya’s longtime mentor and master healer, Dr. Wang, Wei has created these blends using a synergy of Western and Chinese healing herbs. Let’s take a deeper look at the nature of hormone imbalance and how to address it.

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Tea Cleanse

Meet your Wellness Goals with an Arogya Tea Cleanse!

Tea plays an important role in everyday healing and wellness. That’s why we created a new line of Tea Cleanses to help you achieve your wellness goals, through the power of tea. These 4- and 8-week cleanses target three areas: weight-loss, anti-aging, and sugar detoxing. Each tea cleanse includes traditional teas, herbal tisanes and medicinal blends, chosen for their specific healing properties. Every day of the cleanse offers three different, individually bagged teas, and every week (or two weeks for the 8-week cleanse) the menu of daily teas changes to support the evolving phases of the healing process.

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Aromatherapy 101

Aromatherapy is integral to our products and mission at Arogya.  Essential oils are used to create the natural scents present in our soaps, candles, perfumes and bath salts.  We also sell single concentrated essential oils and a few signature blends, and often get questions from our customers, such as “What exactly are essential oils and how can I use them in my everyday life?”

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Stay Healthy and Heal Quickly with Cold & Flu Tea

Whenever I start to feel the slightest bit under the weather, I make myself an extra strong pot of Cold & Flu tea to drink throughout the day. I rarely get sick beyond one day of mild symptoms, and I credit this tea for helping to keep my body’s defenses strong, and for soothing the little tickles of sickness in my throat and sinuses. Keeping a bag of this tea on hand at home is one of my secret weapons for winter wellness.

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