• Wellness is . . . a definition that is personally and actively created. Take a breath, take a moment, to consider how you do the following: Bring balance and vibrant health into the daily pattern of your life. Develop a brilliant inspiring and clear mind. Nourish your body into a silky smooth shape.
  • Sourcing knowledge from people, books, and recent research, "Wellness is . . ." taps into collective intelligence to highlight tools for physical and mental excellence.

Valerian / Valere

Valerian Officinalis Valerian is a known sedative.  Potentially valerian has anxiolytic properties also. The name comes from the Latin “valere”, to be strong, healthy. In 1882, B.S. Burton used an analogue of valerian to prevent seizures in laboratory experiments. This led to the development of valproic acid, now used to treat bipolar disorder. Valproic acid … Continue reading

The Powder Room: Superfoods

Powders made of exotic berries, roots, and leaves, are of increasing interest in the health realm.  The beauty of these soft portable creations is that they contain vital nutrients, preserved in the powdered form of the plant through a process of freeze-drying, cold temperature pressing, or other careful processing. The appeal of these powders is … Continue reading

Time without Sugar

Sugar. A compelling, potentially even addictive substance. Treasured and prized for thousands of years, the name sugar comes originally from the Arabic “sukkar”, then Italian “zucchero”, then Old French “sukere”, until it evolved to the present day “sugar”. One of the earliest historical references comes from 8th Century BC Chinese manuscripts that refer to sugarcane … Continue reading

Shinrin-yoku: Forest Bathing

In Japan, a known health practice is to walk through a forest, otherwise known as forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku. Forest scents, sounds, and light, have a healing effect that has been measured scientifically. Essential wood oils, named phytoncides, are emitted by plants and enhance the human immune system. Specific cells of the immune system, natural … Continue reading

Neuroscience of the Built Environment

June 23, 2011 Neuroscience of the Built Environment: Wellness includes understanding the neuroscience of how to build a work environment that nourishes health, well-being, clear thinking, and creativity. Being aware of our surroundings is the first step towards creating a healthy workplace, followed by knowledge of the various elements of the environment and the body’s physiological … Continue reading