Heat rash

Many people will experience summer heat rash.  A great OTC natural remedy is Calendula Salve.  Ask for the green salve, not the cream.  This works great to take out the heat and stop the itching.  Additionally drink 1/4c. of cold pressed aloe vera juice 2 times/day.

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We all do what we can.

I live in the high desert of Santa Fe, NM.  As you may know, we have fires burning throughout our state.  We have not had any significant moisture in Santa Fe for many months.  The sky is often blanketed with a smokey haze, a constant reminder of the two massive fires that are surrounding our beautiful town.  The dry winds  seem endless, blowing dust and heat into our noses, eyes and homes.  It has not been an easy spring or summer.  People are on edge, the grasses are crispy and now the hiking trails are closed. We know that our precious forest is burning, that the animals are in danger. It is a lot for our souls to hold.

And yet,  as I was walking last night, I saw that the desert choya cactus is in bloom. Bright fushia flowers that shine brave and brilliant, a gorgeous sight in this dry land.  I thought about the metaphor of this plant.  It is strong and patient and embodies perseverance.  What is the lesson in this?  Perhaps in part, that even in the dryness, even when the desert seems brown and lifeless, there is life if we look close enough. If we pay attention. Can we humans, embody beauty, kindness and patience even when so much around us is out of balance?

When we look at the big picture, we can feel helpless.  We shut down to the suffering. But if we remember that we are doing the best we can, if we remember that we are capable of holding all the pain and sorrow, and joy and love,  we stay connected. Remember that it is all sacred, we are all connected, & everything is a part of us. We can  bloom in our humanity, even when it seems lifeless or empty.

What do you notice is alive in you today?

Blessings!  And pray for rain.

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Happy Summer Equinox

Happy Summer Solstice!  Today, the longest day of the year is a day of celebration for all that is alive, including ourselves.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has a Five Element Theory, that is used as metaphor to help explain the co-creation and interacting aspect of our lives and our health.  According to this five element theory, summer is the element of fire.  Summer is a yang season.  The days are long and bright, all the plants are growing and beginning to bear fruit.  It is a season of growth, expansion, outward movement, expression, and creativity.

It is a time that we are best supported by awakening with the early morning sun.  To be nourished by the sun just as the plants. This is a time of personal growth and outward expansion and expression of who we really are.  A time to celebrate our highest Self.  To connect with the divine and the extraordinary.  Express your love and your humor, be of generous spirit, move with passion.

The organ of this season is the heart.  Open your heart to all things, love and pain.  Be willing to bear witness to the suffering on our planet.  This will help you to fully open to compassion.  Be present with all that is. Express your love to others.

If you find yourself over stimulated, having trouble sleeping or feeling anxious, these can be signs that your heart yin is deficient.  This can be soothed by drinking chamomile tea, eating jujube, basil, lemon and brown rice.  Of course Chinese herbs are very helpful for this syndrome.

Meditation and mindfulness practice are essential in the summer as a means to keep us present and to balance the yang energy with yin energy.

Foods that best nourish us during this time are brightly colored fruits and vegetables.  Be creative in your meal planning and share this time with  friend and family.  If heat is an issue, eat more cooling foods such as salads, sprouts, apples, & fruit, cucumber, tofu & mint.  Keep your meals small and of course drink plenty of fluids.

Enjoy the expression of your summer!

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the beginning

Welcome to the first day of my blog.

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thoughts

Spring 9

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about ask alix

Dr. Alix. creates  individualized treatment plan designed to return your body, mind and, spirit to harmony and balance.

As you begin to heal, I will adjust your plan so that the journey to optimal health and whole life will continue.

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