Winter Wellness Tips & Small Business Saturday 2020

One of the most important aspects of staying well in the winter is being in tune with your body enough to know when you’re feeling run down and on the verge of catching a cold/flu … because how you care for yourself in the first 24-72 hours determines how you will fare during the course of your illness. If you do the right things, you can often swiftly turn around a viral upper respiratory tract infection. While you may not be able to entirely stave off a flu, you can certainly reduce the severity and duration of it.
We can support our powerful and robust innate immune response in the early stages of any illness to minimize symptoms. Check out these comprehensive *Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment Tips*that I frequently share with my private clients- these are way more empowering than the flu shot because they work *with* your body.
 These tips are also why I’m not afraid to catch an illness – colds and flus exercise your immune muscle, after all! (When you order productsfrom me, I am happy to support you over email as you get started.)
Check out this recipe for an immune supportive broth you can sip on during the winter months.  Medicinal mushrooms pack a powerful immune punch -their cell walls are rich in ergosterol (an important vitamin D precursor), and beta-glucans (polysaccharides that activate the complement system, and enhance neutrophil and macrophage activity).  Please note, that when you make a reishi mushroom broth, it should be dark and taste bitter due to it’s active terpene constituents.  This recipe recommends simmering on low for 2-3 hours, but if you were to make a broth solely of mushrooms, you could simmer it for 8-10 hours.  

IMMUNE SUPPORTIVE BROTH
Ingredients:
Medicinal mushrooms: 5-6 slices of reishi, 7-10 shitake, 1 large maitake (could also add in turkey tail)
½ bunch of celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 red or yellow onion, chopped
5-6 garlic cloves, minced
3 quarts of water – adding a little more as needed while it simmers
7-10 sprigs parsley
1 TBSP turmeric powder
1 inch fresh ginger, minced
3-5 sprigs of sage
Salt and black pepper to taste

Method:Combine everything in a large pot and bring to a boil. Cover, and let simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours. Keep an eye on the water levels; you may want to add a bit more. Once the time is up, remove from heat and strain through a strainer or cheesecloth. Use as a base for other soups or sip a cup daily as an immune tonic.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY SPECIALS
We all could use some added self-care right about now – I’m excited to offer you two opportunities to work with me at a special rate. Please note: This rate is good for Small Biz Saturday only and will end at 12:59pm EST on November 28th. 

10% off Distance Energy Healing Sessions

Visits are 90-minutes. (Regularly $295 // Sale: $236)Virtual Energy Healing Sessions are great for dissolving and letting go of heavy stuck patterns that you have long outgrown. I use all my skills in a distance energy healing session: shamanic energy healing, family constellation work, chakra repair, and hypnosis.

We set a powerful intention together to guide our work, I spend time deeply anchoring and resourcing you so that you feel safe, connected, and empowered. At the end of our sessions, clients report feeling deeply rested, restored, and able to re-engage in their life from a place of balance and flow. 
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If you know you’d like more than one session, I’m offering a bundle of three 60-minute sessions for 20% off. (Regularly $588 // Sale: $470) To redeem, please reply to this email.

 $300 off Yoga & Energy Healing Retreat | April 3-10, 2021 in Haramara, MexicoItching to GET AWAY and be in the warm sun? UNPLUG, TUNE INTO NATURE, and RECEIVE SUPPORT on your journey in beautiful Haramara, Mexico. You will be guided through yoga and energy healing sessions designed to clear past energies and support optimal alignment with your present so that you may flow into your future goals with greater ease and awareness. Click here to learn more. If this is a full body YES! and you have questions, book a free Retreat Call with me.
“It is health that is the real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The Warming Socks Treatment

The warming socks treatment is my favorite old-school hydrotherapy treatment. I recommend it at the first sign of any congestion in the ears, eyes, sinuses, throat, and/or lungs.  This treatment is helpful for speeding up the recovery from sore throats, ear infections, headaches, migraines, upper respiratory infections, coughs, bronchitis, and sinus infections. It’s even helpful to mitigate the brain fog that results from a night of over-indulgence!

The warming socks also have a grounding effect by helping to draw the body’s energy down, this ensures a deeper, more restorative sleep.

The warming socks treatment works best if it repeated for 3 nights in a row.

Supplies:

  • 1 pair white cotton socks
  • 1 pair thick wool or heavy weight winter/hiking socks
  • Towel
  • Warm bath or warm foot bath

Directions:

  • Warm feet first.  Warming can be accomplished by soaking in warm water for 5-10 minutes or by taking a warm bath or shower.
  • Take the pair of cotton socks and get them wet with cold water only up to the ankle of the sock.  Be sure to wring the socks out thoroughly so that they do not drip.  Place in the freezer for 3-5 minutes.
  • Place cold wet socks on feet.  Cover with thick dry wool socks.  Go to bed.  Avoid getting chilled.
  • Keep the socks on overnight.  The wet cotton socks will be dry in the morning.

Effects of the Warming Socks Treatment:

This treatment works to reflexively increase the circulation and decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head, and throat.  It has a sedating action and many patients report that they sleep much better during the treatment.  This treatment is also effective for pain relief and increases the healing response during acute infections. I usually recommend taking a night off after performing the warming socks 3 nights in a row.

Cultivating Superior Sleep – Part 6 – What Does Energy Clearing Have To Do With It?

I imagine your sleep may be impacted by all the stressful events of 2020 and the suspenseful weeks surrounding the election. I am hearing more people suffering from middle of the night wakings and a general sense of unrest. As a former insomniac myself, these symptoms are not unfamiliar for me.
I worked with a variety of practitioners for years to overcome my sleep difficulties, yet I only experienced minimal improvement. I would unwind from acupuncture or bodywork only to sleep for a short period and then be wide awake for hours. Herbs and supplements would support me in relaxing, but were never enough to help me fall into a deep and lasting restful sleep. 

The one thing that continues to help me sleep well was something that I discovered on accident. I noticed one day I had slept unexpectedly well the night before, and I tried to recall what was different – I had showered with a salt scrub before going to bed. I realized that I had essentially ‘washed off the day’ and in doing so, I had cleared my energy – which allowed me to rest more safely and spaciously into sleep.  Then the remedies I was using were able to work the way they were supposed to.

I then made this clearing ritual a part of my routine – every. single. night. I visualize the salt scrub becoming filled with healing light as I rub it between my hands and when I use it over my skin, I intend that the water from the shower is washing everything that’s not helpful down the drain.
I make a special energy clearing salt scrub that I use in my showers most nights, and definitely nights that I have a busy day with clients. (I will be making this available soon!) I am guaranteed to fall asleep when I make a practice of clearing my own energy.
I now think of this practice as essential as flossing my teeth. Living in the DC metro area, the energy here, well – is DENSE – and if you are an empath, like me, you may tend to absorb it. We empaths can be like air purifiers. Know how you have to change the filter on your HVAC? It’s the same thing with our energy.

If clearing your energy isn’t something you are doing, you may consider a new practice. There is one key ingredient that makes it most effective: INTENTION. The other is REPETITION. When you do this regularly, the intention builds, and it will begin to work more and more effectively for you. It’s like building a new pathway – we tend to think of our bodies as mainly physical, but that’s extremely limited. When we expand our viewpoint of the human system, we open ourselves to a wider potential for healing.

I make a special energy clearing salt scrub that I use in my showers most nights, and definitely nights that I have a busy day with clients. (I will be making this available soon!) I am guaranteed to fall asleep when I make a practice of clearing my own energy. 

I now think of this practice as essential as flossing my teeth. Living in the DC metro area, the energy here, well – is DENSE – and if you are an empath, like me, you may tend to absorb it. We empaths can be like air purifiers. Know how you have to change the filter on your HVAC? It’s the same thing with our energy.  The days I wasn’t sleeping, I also had black gunk manifesting under my fingernails – I couldn’t understand where it was coming from – I wasn’t gardening in the middle of the day in downtown DC, and I know this sounds crazy –  but this was another manifestation of picking up heavy energy. When I started to regularly clear my energy, this also went away.

If clearing your energy isn’t something you are doing, you may consider a new practice. There is one key ingredient that makes it most effective: INTENTION. The other is REPETITION. When you do this regularly, the intention builds, and it will begin to work more and more effectively for you. It’s like building a new pathway – we tend to think of our bodies as mainly physical, but that’s extremely limited. When we expand our viewpoint of the human system, we open ourselves to a wider potential for healing.

Here is my favorite home clearing spray – it cleans surfaces and clears energy simultaneously.
Ingredients:Small, 10 oz mason jar Peel 5 lemonsInstructions:Put lemons in jar.Fill with white vinegar.Store with lid on for at least 2 days.Pour lemon infused vinegar into a spray bottle. The lemon scented surface cleanser breaks up heavy energy and also repels – it’s great to use when your space needs a boost!
DO YOU SUPPORT HEALTHCARE REFORM?

Are you aware of the role medically-trained naturopathic doctors currently play in the healthcare system?
•   ND’s are licensed in 22 states and 3 jurisdictions, and with licensure, we can order diagnostic labs.
•   ND’s can prescribe necessary medications in 13 states.
•   ND’s are recognized as primary care providers in 12 states, and are even credentialed by health insurance companies in 7 states.

Did you know that we are currently unable to offer any of these health care services in Virginia?
I’m currently serving as the Vice President of the VAANP (VA Assoc. of Naturopathic Physicians) and currently working with our bill patrons and legislative consultant to introduce another bill for licensure in the 2020-21 legislative session. Now, more than ever, patients need access to naturopathic medicine. The global coronavirus pandemic has further highlighted this need in Virginia. Medically-trained ND’s are experts in prevention, and we are well poised to fill the current gap in provider shortages and to assist with the chronic disease crisis.

Do you believe the preventative services a naturopathic doctor provides is a critical part of health care? 
Do you support reform in healthcare and increased access to naturopathic medicine?Would you like to help ensure patient choice when it comes to health care?
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Cultivating Superior Sleep – Part 4: Sleep Impacts Mental Health

Did you know that we evolved from ancestors who slept in shifts? 

Our ancestors retired at sunset and slept for a few hours, only to wake up again for a couple of hours to stoke the fire, feed the livestock, or do other caretaking. They then ultimately retired for another 4 hours or so of sleep before waking again at dawn. Our 8 hour night of solid sleep is a newer pattern that is a byproduct of industrialization.
 
Humans have always had a range of sleep clocks, and this has been an important benefit for the perpetuation of the species – we needed someone to be awake to defend and alert if there was a threat. Today the average midpoint of sleep is 4 am, indicating we are a society made of more night owls than morning larks.
 
Here are some other interesting facts around sleep  – in true/false format – see how many get right, we’ll explore more next time as well 🙂

Sleep and mental health are inextricably linked.
TRUE!
The correlation between poor quality sleep and mental health is staggering:
People are 10x more likely to suffer from depression and 17x more likely to suffer from anxiety with poor quality sleep.
 
SSRIs (antidepressants) are approved for insomnia.
FALSE
While widely used to assist sleep, not only are SSRIs not licensed for this use, SSRIs also inhibit REM sleep by 84%. (!!!)
 
Daylight Savings time is a really bad idea.
TRUE!
Daylight savings is a bad idea with poor health consequences. There is an increased association with depression when we ‘fall back,’ and an increased association with heart attacks when we ‘spring forward.’
 
It’s beneficial to catch up on sleep on the weekends.
FALSE 
The discrepancy in sleep patterns between the weekday and the weekend can have a similar effect to switching time zones. It’s been called ‘social jet lag’ for this reason. Getting into the pattern of going to bed later and getting up later on the weekends can cause us to feel tired and fatigued when we return to working hours, and it can take 3 weekdays to get back on track.
 
The more you filter blue light on your screens, the better!
FALSE
You only want to filter about 30% of blue light during the day, after sunset, it’s safe to filter 100% of blue light. Blue light as a part of the UV spectrum is very important for signaling the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus – our circadian rhythm regulator. So too much filtering could negatively impact sleep.
 
Poorer sleep is connected to climate change.
TRUE!
A 2002-2011 survey done on 765,000 individuals (who simultaneously tracked night time temperature) linked poor sleep with climate change. Quality sleep is connected with a lowering of body temperature, and nighttime temperatures are hotter now. Global temperature elevation has the most negative impact on sleep in the summer
 
Does all this make you want to optimize your sleep? Check out my first post for sleep suggestions and consider the following if you aren’t doing this already:Connect with the natural world regularly, regular and frequent exposure to natural light is the most powerful support of our circadian rhythm.Dim your lights to mimic the light outside.Take technology breaks on the weekends.Consider a 20-minute mindfulness meditation practice to unwind from the day.Make a list for tomorrow so you leave your worries on the shelf for the night.Sleep in a cool, dark room.Consider ambient, white noise.Source: Dr. Krista Anderson-Ross’ lecture on sleep @Mid Atlantic Regional Conference 9.2020
This Saturday is Halloween and I’m leading one of my last 3 Full Moon Healing Meditations of 2020, and it will be an hour of energy clearing. In these truly unprecedented times, regular energy clearing has become as essential to me as brushing my teeth. I’m calling it energy hygiene for this reason. You’d be surprised
by how much better you feel with free and clear energy.
We are 90% energy, and when it flows properly – it’s a huge support to our physical and emotional health.

I offer a guided full moon healing journey each month to help you clear negative energy, transform your belief in what’s possible, reclaim lost energy. I often incorporate the sound of a rattle, so we can enter a meditative alpha brain wave state. We set our intentions as a group and I guide us into sacred space. Some people go into deep rest and others receive guidance through images or experience physical sensations associated with healing. All are welcome. Zoom link below, and here is a link for donations.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94113946951?pwd=T3AyN285aHpISFRxY21IbmJMN2VrZz09
Meeting ID: 941 1394 6951
Passcode: peacecalm
A TRUE AND COMPASSIONATE HEALER
Dr. Rodriguez allies naturopathy and energy medicine rooted in ancestral tradition to understand medical and psychological problems at the deepest. I’ve seen improvement immediately after the second session. Each time I see her, something new opens in my life and I regain hope and faith. I strongly recommend her. The only thing is that she is so good that it is very hard to get an appointment, and this is the downside. – A.G.

Yoga & Energy Healing Retreat
April 3-10, 2021 at Haramara, Mexico 

It has been a dream of mine to create a yoga and energy healing retreat for quite some time now. I found the perfect spot over a year ago when I did a personal retreat at Haramara, and I reserved this beautiful spot April 3-10, 2021.  I’m very excited to be offering my first Yoga & Energy Healing Retreat in collaboration with a local yoga instructor –  we that hope some of you will be able to join us! The retreat center is set in a spacious open-air setting overlooking the ocean. To learn more, click here.


To your health~
Marie

Naturopathic Doctor
Energy Healer
Artist
Future Herbalist

Cultivating Superior Sleep – Part 3: The Mystery Of Dreamtime

Dreaming is one of my favorite aspects of life as a human being on planet earth, so I felt like exploring this while we’re on the topic of sleep.

So what are dreams, anyway? I used to think dreams were merely a reflection of what I’d experienced in my waking reality, and while partially true—this is such a limited point of view. 

We have a tendency to focus on the content of our dreams. There are numerous dream interpretation books out there, yet the very nature of dreaming still remains a mystery.
In Jungian ideology, dreams are stories that emanate from our subconscious mind and clue us into personal themes of which we are unaware of in our waking reality. Dreams may also subtly point to ways in which we can heal or solve problems. When we dream, the thick veil over our subconscious mind (that exists in our waking reality) gets temporarily lifted – giving us access to hidden insights and information.

There are disciplined Buddhist practices that help to cultivate awareness during sleep. In these practices, dreams are a means of purifying accumulated karma, and lucid dreaming is an enlightenment practice. When we become lucid in a dream, we are aware that we are dreaming, and when we become advanced dreamers, we may be able to choose how we engage in the plot — which has the potential to make lasting changes in our everyday life.

It was such a mind-bender when I first learned the concept that our dreams are as real as our waking reality. While this is not a widely accepted belief today, ancient spiritual traditions knew otherwise – they greatly valued information gleaned in dreams, and even used dreams to make important decisions that affected the collective.

The Toltecs knew that for something to exist in the material world, we first have to dream it into being. We live in a world where the prevailing view of consensus reality is ‘agreed upon,’ and I believe this is in part what keeps us repeating destructive cycles.

In the dreamtime, there is an opportunity for us to be liberated from the confines of ordinary reality. When we sleep, we are detached from the matrix of the material world and our consciousness is able to access higher dimensions of awareness. We are no longer trapped by limiting concepts or societal programs, if you will.

We frequently use dream language to refer to the person, career, vacation, or even the home of our dreams. We also talk about dreaming and visioning something to make it a reality. What if we were to explore the art of dreaming as a means of supporting human growth and advancement? After all, we do spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping, so it might be wise to make good use of this time. 🙂 

Imagine if many of us became adept dreamers, we could co-create a very different existence. After all, the world reflects our beliefs to us (matter follows energy), it does not create them. The collective change will happen when we change ourselves – following the guidance of our dreams.