Mechanical Detoxing With Skin Brushing

Mechanical Detoxing With Skin Brushing

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Skin brushing is an age-old practice used to support whole body health through the skin. It supports the outer skin by helping remove dead skin cells and increase local circulation. This encourages lymph, a clear fluid, to move. Underneath the skin is an extensive network of small lymph vessels that moves fluid and immune cells throughout the body. Lymph vessels connect to lymph nodes which helps fight off microbes while supporting detoxification.

The act of brushing assists with exfoliating the skin to help leave it smooth and soft. This helps unclog pores to encourage sweating which can move toxins out of the body through the skin. In addition, the practice of skin brushing can be very relaxing. Some folks say it can help with cellulite, but there is currently no research supporting this claim. The practice of skin brushing is generally well-tolerated by most people; though,it is not recommended to skin brush over inflamed skin or open wounds due to a higher risk of infection.

Generally, skin brushing should be done over a hard floor so the removed skin cells are easier to clean up. The brush should have stiff but soft natural bristles; a long-handled brush can be helpful but is not required. We like this one and this one.

Brush movements should be in a circular motion with light pressure over thin skin and heavier pressure over thicker skin like the soles of your feet. Start at your feet and work up to your glutes, stomach, and back. Then repeat on your arms starting at the hands and working in. It’s important to always move towards the heart. Each area only needs a few strokes with the whole practice taking 5-10 minutes. It’s best to do this first thing in the morning and to wash the skin afterward.


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The Power of Earth

The Power of Earth

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Bentonite clay, also known as Montmorillonite clay, has been used by humans for thousands of years. It is named after Fort Benton, Wyoming, where some of the largest deposits of clay are located, and the Montmorillon region in France where it was first found. It has been used as a therapy to treat diarrhea and other digestive complaints. It’s also been shown to reduce high levels of lead, cadmium, and copper sometimes found in blood. Bentonite clay can be used in mud packs, mud baths, as oral detoxification support, or topically to soothe skin.

Animal studies have found bentonite clay acts like a detoxifier, especially when used internally. It can bind with aflatoxins, poisonous chemicals that can lead to a future cancer diagnosis. These toxins are caused by certain species of mold. Bentonite clay has been shown to reduce the quantity of aflatoxins in rabbits and rats. The clay can also lower organochlorine pesticides, additional proof of its capacity for detoxification. To find support for this theory, cows were poisoned with Lantana Camara. The results showed one experimental calf out of six using bentonite clay died. This was a huge improvement from the control group of cows using activated charcoal, which lost five out of six calves during the study. Bentonite clay has many external uses as well.

Topically, bentonite clay has been used to help prevent or reduce the symptoms of poison ivy and poison oak. It also has been used in sunblock to protect the skin from excessive amounts of sunlight. If using bentonite clay internally, small amounts are recommended for short periods of time. Animal studies have shown it may interfere with electrolyte balance and calcium absorption in large doses. This is why it is always recommended to consult your healthcare practitioner before using bentonite clay internally.


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Dandelion: More Than Just a Weed

Dandelion: More Than Just a Weed

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is believed to be native to Europe, but it has now spread to the entire northern hemisphere. It is known as a common weed and the bane of anyone looking to grow the perfect yard. Dandelion is tenacious and can easily spread through the landscape with its puffy white seeds. But, did you know, this plant has health-supporting properties as well?

Traditionally, it has been used for kidney, liver, and gallbladder disorders. Dandelion has been found to help prevent cholesterol build-up in the arteries; it is also anti-inflammatory. It supports the immune system, is antibacterial, and can help support a healthy blood sugar as well. The leaf has more of a diuretic action to support the kidneys while the roots are more detoxifying to support the liver and gallbladder. The entire dandelion plant is edible, though different parts of the plant have different properties.

It is a good source of vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. It is also high in potassium, providing almost 400 mg per 100 grams of dandelion leaf. This herb can be eaten raw or cooked with young raw leaves commonly added to springtime salads in Europe. Roasted dandelion root can even be used as a replacement for coffee.

Dandelion also comes in supplements which may be more palatable for some folks as dandelion has a more bitter flavor. It is recognized as safe, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t recommend consuming over twelve grams of aerial parts or three grams of the root in one day. If you tend to have allergies, use dandelion with caution. A doctor’s supervision is recommended as you may suffer adverse reactions from its use.


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  • Olas, Beata. (2022). “New Perspectives on the Effect of Dandelion, Its Food Products and Other Preparations on the Cardiovascular System and Its Diseases.” Nutrients, 14(7): 1350. doi:10.3390/nu14071350

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Caraway Rye Bread Recipe

Caraway Rye Bread Recipe

This light colored rye bread is soft, delicious, and perfect for that deli sandwich you’ve been waiting for! After all, what can possibly be better than a corned beef sandwich on your own homemade rye bread?

Prep: 10 mins Bake: 35-40 mins Total: 3 hrs 25 mins Yield: 1 large loaf or 2 smaller loaves


  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (low-fat is fine, but do not use use nonfat)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons vital wheat gluten (optional for best rise)


  1. Combine water, sugar, rye flour, and yeast together in a medium sized mixing bowl until it forms a soft batter. Leave to rest for 20 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients; sour cream, caraway seeds, salt, all-purpose flour, and vital wheat gluten to the batter. Knead the dough together but be sure to leave the dough a bit sticky. It should be mostly smooth at this point.
  3. Place the dough into a large oiled bowl, cover, and let it rise until puffy. This should take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.
  4. Next, carefully deflate the dough, briefly knead it, and shape it into two round loaves or one long oval loaf. Place the loaves onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Cover the loaves and let them rise again until puffy (approx 90 minutes). Be sure to preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit near the end of this second rise.
  6. Spray the loaves lightly with water and slash the dough about 1/2 inch deep (see notes).
  7. Allow loaves to bake for 35-40 minutes (45-50 minutes for single large loaf), or until the center temperature reads between 205 and 210 degrees.
  8. Take the bread from the oven and transfer it to a cooling rack.


  • Slashing loaves: Oval loaves are typically slashed with one good long vertical cut; whereas, the rounds seem to look best with 2 or 3 shorter slashes across the top. As you get more comfortable with the process feel free to express your creativity when slasting the tops of your loaves.
  • For a recipe substitute, try using dill pickle juice in place of water! Just be sure to cut back on the salt in the recipe to between 3/4 teaspoon or 1 teaspoon depending on how salty the pickle juice is.
  • If your bread browns too quickly; feel free to tent it with tin-foil. This slows down the browning process.
  • To keep your crust moist, brush your loaves lightly with butter. This will help keep the crust soft.


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Calming Caraway

Calming Caraway

Caraway (Carum carvi) is an aromatic plant that is native to Europe and Western Asia. The seeds, actually the dried fruit of the caraway plant, have been used for thousands of years for health and culinary purposes. Traditionally, caraway has been used for its ability to support the digestive system. It can help with flatulence, indigestion, heartburn, stomach aches, and morning sickness. Caraway is generally known to be an antioxidant, carminative herb with antispasmodic and astringent properties. Some countries have traditional uses for caraway such as for supporting breastfeeding, diuretic, or as an anti-parasitic herb.

Additionally, this spice is loaded with healthful nutrients. One tablespoon of caraway can supply approximately 4-5 percent of your daily intake of several minerals. These include copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, calcium, and zinc. It also is a good source of fiber.

Research is ongoing, but studies are showing it may be useful for weight loss. This is partly due to its ability to support healthy blood sugar levels. Animal studies have demonstrated it may help reduce symptoms of stress as well. Additionally, caraway oil has also been shown to be a potent antimicrobial.

Caraway is relatively easy to add into modern diets through baking and cooking. For example, caraway is often used in rye bread, and it can be found in other baked goods like soda bread, cookies, or other desserts. Generally, half a teaspoon to one tablespoon of caraway is well-tolerated by most folks. If you feel you are not getting enough in your diet, it can also be purchased as a supplement. Unless you are under a doctor’s supervision, do not ingest large amounts of this herb if you have liver or gallbladder problems.


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  • Mahboubi, Mohaddese. (2019). “Caraway as Important Medicinal Plants in Management of Diseases.” Natural products and bioprospecting, 9(1): 1-11. doi:10.1007/s13659-018-0190-x
  • Kazemipoor, Mahnaz et al. (2013). “Antiobesity Effect of Caraway Extract on Overweight and Obese Women: a Randomized, Triple-blind, Placebo-controlled Clinical Trial.” Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, eCAM 2013: 928582. doi:10.1155/2013/928582

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Herbal Health From the Ground Up

Herbal Health From the Ground Up

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If your mind has been thinking of spring and its promise of growing plants, you aren’t alone. Over half of the average American households do gardening activities while another 20% are planning on doing so soon. It’s also estimated that COVID created 18.3 million more American gardeners. The majority of these gardeners are growing edible foods, but how many have thought about growing medicinal plants? Here are a few things to consider for starting an herb garden before diving in.

Getting Started

Whether you are a new or experienced gardener, it’s important to start by knowing your plant hardiness zone. The United States Department of Agriculture has a website where you can quickly look this up by clicking here. Once you know, then it’s time to research which plants will grow well in your area. Next, it’s important to consider how much light your garden site gets. Is your garden sunny all day or just part of the day?

Many herbs need at least four hours of sunlight with some needing closer to six-eight hours per day. Additionally, you have to take into consideration how you are growing them. For some herbs, raised garden beds or containers work best because they will quickly spread throughout your yard. One example is mint which will spread like wildfire if you don’t keep it contained in a pot.

Gardening Herbs to Consider

Below is a short list of herbs to consider. Keep in mind, there are hundreds of different herbs around the world. Don’t feel that you have to use any of these plants if they don’t fit your growing space or health goals.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita): Chamomile is a fragrant, easy to grow herb that adapts to a wide variety of growing environments. It is helpful with stress, trouble sleeping, digestive complaints, and it is antimicrobial. The flower is the medicinal part, and it should be harvested when the flowers are fully open. It can be dried for tea, potpourri, or to make a medicinal oil or tincture.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Lavender is an aromatic plant that requires adequate sun and drainage to grow well. It is a relaxing herb which can assist with poor sleeping, anxiety, and depression. The flowers of this plant are used, and can be made into a hydrosol, tea, or even sewn into sachets and placed in your bedroom.

Garlic (Allium sativum): Garlic has many health benefits and has been used by humans for thousands of years. It is a potent antimicrobial herb which can help support the body with many common diseases including the common cold and flu. Garlic is also antifungal, can help prevent heart disease, and can help with stomach disorders. It is easy to grow in pots or in a garden bed, but garlic has to be planted in the fall for harvest during the following summer.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum): Basil is a common kitchen herb for flavoring dishes, but it has health-supportive actions too. For instance, it can help calm the nerves, especially with anxious and depressed moods. Basil can also be applied topically to help soothe insect bites, resolve diarrhea or gas, and it is great to use with respiratory infections. This peppery herb can be used in food or in tea, alone or mixed with other herbs.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis): Lemon balm is also great for beginners to try growing. This plant is a nervine, meaning it is helpful in times of stress or anxiety. It’s also antimicrobial, including against most herpes viruses, and is supportive in many inflammatory conditions. Raised beds or pots are recommended as lemon balm also spreads rapidly.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Peppermint has a cooling, sweet taste that can be a great addition to your pantry. This herb is supportive of the gastrointestinal tract and has potent antibacterial properties. This herb can easily be dried for use in baking recipes or teas. If you experience heartburn, it’s best to avoid drinking this for a night time tea as it may increase acid reflux. Again, mint is easy to grow and rapidly spreads so a raised bed or pot is best.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis): With its bright orange flowers, this bitter herb is unmistakable. This herb can be used topically to help with bruises, bumps, and surface skin wounds like scrapes. It is also antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and it’s a good herb to support the lymphatic system. A traditional use for calendula was to add color to foods such as butter or cheese. It can be used in foods like salad, as a component of a tea, or in a bath or herbal compress for skin support.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): For a lot of herbalists, this herb is one they choose over all others due to its wide variety of health-supporting effects. It’s been used since ancient times, and it’s great to have on hand for any sort of wound. It can also help with intestinal spasms and pain because it supports the gastrointestinal tract. This herb has a bitter taste, and can be added to a tea, used in a compress, or added to a bath.

Time to Harvest Those Gardening Herbs

In general, herbs should be harvested in the morning after the dew has dried. Herbs can be preserved by air drying, oven or dehydrator drying, or by freezing them. For more about harvesting your herbs, you can check out your local plant nursery, master gardener, or a trusted online resource. Grow a Good Life has a simple but comprehensive article you can use to get started. Click here to view the article. Once your herbs are prepared, the sky’s the limit on how they can be used. Often herbs are found in cooking recipes such as mint chocolate chip cookies or lavender shortbread.

Please note many of these herbs are well-tolerated, but it’s important to watch out for adverse reactions. This is especially true if you have any plant-related allergies. Before using any of these herbs with children, elders, or immune-compromised individuals, it is best to get expert advice from a holistic doctor.

Finally, the most important thing to keep in mind is your time constraints and health goals. Gardening herbs is great, but only if you have the time and energy to care for and harvest them. If you only have space to put a small pot or two on the window sill of your kitchen, that’s a great way to start. If you’d like more comprehensive information, here are a few books to consider:

  1. Grow Your Own Herbs: The 40 Best Culinary Varieties for Home Gardens, by Susan Belsinger and Arthur Tucker
  2. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use, by Rosemary Gladstar


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Winter Got You Down? What you Need to Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter Got You Down? What you Need to Know About Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Changing seasons are inevitable. For some people, the change in weather can usher in a lower mood, while others ride through the cooler months of the year with mental ease. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is not an uncommon event. It’s estimated that millions of Americans experience SAD every year, though many may not even know it. According to the American Psychiatric Association, SAD is considered a Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and impacts five percent of adults in the United States.

What is SAD?

Though first listed as a health condition in the 1980s, scientists are still actively trying to find its cause. From what we know so far, SAD seems to be hormone-related. People who are affected by SAD have trouble stabilizing serotonin, a mood-regulating hormone, and melatonin, a hormone needed for sleep. These hormones play an important role in managing the body’s internal rhythms and changes in them can really make someone feel out of balance.

As the days get shorter, your circadian rhythm, or “internal clock” adjusts. For those who are affected by SAD, this change in regulation does not happen as easily. Generally, people affected by SAD experience symptoms similar to depression including:

  • Depressed most days for 4-5 months
  • Loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed
  • Low energy
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Hopeless or depressive thoughts
  • Considering their own death or suicide

SAD is typically experienced in the winter months, but it is not uncommon for some people to experience periods of altered mood in the summer. In the winter, oversleeping, overeating, weight gain, and a preference for being alone can be included. In the summer, trouble sleeping, appetite problems leading to weight loss, anxiety, and being more agitated/violent can occur. In either case, symptoms can also begin mildly and become more severe as the season progresses.

Who is Most Affected?

Research has found women are at a higher risk of developing SAD than men. Additionally, people who are already diagnosed with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder, or those who have a relative diagnosed with a mental disease are also at high risk. We also know low vitamin D levels can contribute to a depressed mood. As SAD is more common in northern latitudes where the sun is not as bright/present during the winter months, vitamin D levels may be a major contributor.

First-Line Therapy Options

Once a doctor has diagnosed someone with SAD, there are a variety of treatment options. Some of the treatment options available include medications. One of the more common classes of antidepressant medication is called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Outside of medications, there are many available therapies. Those diagnosed with SAD may find some relief through counseling or talk therapy. Research shows cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help people learn better coping mechanisms. CBT can be done one-on-one or in group sessions with a licensed health professional.

More Natural Therapy Options

Alternatively, there are other options that can be used alone or in conjunction with medications and counseling sessions.

Exercise. Exercise in general is supportive of a healthy mental state. Research has found working out two-three times a week can be helpful in lowering depression. Any kind of movement has been found to have some benefit over no exercise at all.

Light Therapy. Light boxes can be used in the comfort of your own home. In the morning, you can sit in front of a light box with 10,000 lux of cool-white fluorescent light. It’s recommended to do this for 20-60 minutes each day. This is generally well-tolerated though side effects such as eyestrain, headaches, irritability, etc., may occur.

Vitamin D. As mentioned above, research has shown low levels of vitamin D are associated with depression. During the winter months, especially in the northern latitudes, there isn’t enough sunlight to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D. Supplementation through food or capsules can be helpful.

Herbal Therapy. Many herbs have been evaluated for their ability to help lift a depressed mood. St. John’s Wort, green tea, kava kava, and others have been evaluated for help with depression. More research is needed, but herbs generally tend to have fewer side effects for most people. Always consider seeing a qualified holistic doctor for recommendations specific to you and your symptoms.

Where to Start

If you experience any of the above symptoms for over two weeks, you should speak with your healthcare provider right away as depression can be a very serious disease. Taking care of yourself is more than taking care of your body, it is taking care of your mind too. If you or a loved one are having suicidal thoughts and are located in the United States, dialing or texting 988 will connect you to Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time day or night.


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How Manual Lymphatic Drainage Can Help You Achieve Optimal Wellness

How Manual Lymphatic Drainage Can Help You Achieve Optimal Wellness

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) uses gentle pressure and rhythmic movements to stimulate the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in maintaining the body’s immune system and eliminating waste and toxins from the body. Manual lymphatic drainage can help to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote relaxation.

MLD focuses on stimulating the lymphatic system. MLD is designed to promote the movement of lymph fluid through the lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes. This gentle, non-invasive technique uses rhythmic movements and light pressure to encourage lymphatic flow and help the body eliminate waste and toxins.

At Holistic Lakewood, we offer Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) as part of our holistic wellness services in Lakewood, Ohio. Our experienced therapists use specialized techniques to help promote lymphatic flow, reduce swelling, and enhance the body’s natural healing process. Whether you are recovering from surgery or injury, or simply seeking to improve your overall health and well-being, MLD can be a beneficial addition to your self-care routine.

What are the benefits of MLD?

The benefits are numerous and wide-ranging. By promoting lymphatic flow and eliminating waste and toxins from the body, MLD can help to:

  • Reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Improve circulation
  • Boost the immune system
  • Enhance the body’s natural healing process
  • Alleviate pain and discomfort
  • Promote relaxation and stress relief

Your therapist will use gentle, rhythmic movements to stimulate lymphatic flow and encourage the body’s natural detoxification process. This can help to reduce swelling and inflammation, improve circulation, and promote overall health and wellness.

Who can benefit from MLD?

Manual lymphatic drainage can be an excellent way to support overall health and wellness. It is particularly helpful for those who are recovering from surgery or injury, as well as those who have lymphedema, chronic swelling, or other lymphatic system disorders. It can also be helpful for athletes, pregnant women, and individuals who are looking to improve their immune function and overall health.

How do I know if I need MLD?

There are several signs and symptoms that may indicate the need for MLD, including:

  • Chronic swelling or edema
  • Inflammation or pain in the joints
  • Recurrent infections or illness
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Poor circulation
  • Reduced range of motion

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or if you are recovering from surgery or injury, you may benefit from MLD. It can also be helpful for those with autoimmune disorders, digestive issues, or skin conditions.

Is MLD painful?

Manual lymphatic drainage is generally a gentle and non-invasive technique, and most people find it to be very relaxing and soothing.

What happens to your body afterwards?

You may experience a sense of relaxation and reduced tension in the body. You may also notice a reduction in swelling and inflammation, improved circulation, and increased energy and vitality. However, it is also possible to experience some mild side effects, such as increased urination, thirst, or fatigue. These effects are generally temporary and should subside within a few hours.

Does drinking a lot of water help?

Staying hydrated is an important part of supporting lymphatic function and promoting overall health and wellness. Drinking water can help to flush toxins and waste products out of the body, and it can also help to support lymphatic flow and reduce swelling and inflammation. It is important to drink plenty of water before and after to help support the body’s natural detoxification process.

How many sessions do I need?

The frequency can vary depending on the individual’s needs and goals. For individuals with chronic lymphatic issues or inflammation, more frequent sessions may be necessary to achieve optimal results. However, for those using MLD as part of a general wellness routine, monthly or bi-monthly sessions may be sufficient.

Who should not get MLD?

Manual lymphatic drainage is generally safe and beneficial for most individuals. However, there are certain situations in which it may not be appropriate, such as:

  • Acute infections or fever
  • Active cancer or cancer treatment
  • Deep vein thrombosis or other blood clotting disorders
  • Open wounds or infections
  • Untreated hypertension

If you have any medical conditions or concerns, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider before receiving MLD.

Manual lymphatic drainage is a gentle and effective technique for supporting lymphatic function, promoting detoxification, and reducing inflammation and swelling. It is a safe and non-invasive therapy that can be beneficial for a wide range of individuals, from those with chronic lymphatic issues to those seeking to support their overall health and wellness.

At Holistic Lakewood, we offer Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) services in Lakewood, Ohio on the west side of Cleveland. Our skilled and experienced therapists are dedicated to providing personalized care and helping our clients achieve optimal results. If you are interested in trying MLD, give us a call to set up your appointment!