January 11th, 2022

Hello BxB Fam!

I hope that you are all having a great start to your New Year and are keeping cozy—it is COLD AF here in Brooklyn lol. 

I’ve been having a very transitional start to the year. I officially handed my keys in to Haus at the beginning of the month & am in the process of moving out of my apartment that I've lived in for the last 8 years! Transition is a small word to encapsulate all this energy lol.

If you caught our blog from November, I talked about my experience with trying to be more intentionally present & slowing down a bit. My whole soul and spirit had been craving this for a long while but my physical body was having a harder time—a beautiful mushroom medicine journey and a deep dream gave me some clarity on why. Oftentimes when we’re in service of others, we can lose sight of our own needs, oftentimes when we are in the motions of change, we can look for grounding outside of ourselves—I for one, have deeefinitely been moving through these patterns. The dream I had reminded me that any healing and answers I am in search of, are already within me. 

Since then, your girl has been making moooves to slow down a bit and reflect on areas of my life that need a little shedding and a little rest, just like the plant life around us in the North East right during the winter season. Working on calming my nervous system, my cortisol levels and being present with me.

In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), they believe that we should live in harmony with the seasons. Each season has its set of recommendations for keeping our health, immune systems, and energy strong. In TCM texts, folks are advised to rest in the winter months. To chill, move slowly, go to bed early and get up after sunrise. Winter is associated with water and tending to the waters of our body, being in flow & moving intentionally. This advice is so effective that today, over 2000 years later, people around the world still follow these guidelines.

Here are some suggestions for boosting energy and the immune system during the long winter months ahead:

  • Eat meals that will help deeply nourish and warm the body, including eating warm, hearty comfort food, root vegetables, soups, whole grains, and roasted nuts.
  • Stay well hydrated. Drink room-temperature water throughout the day. ( & teas!)
  • Go to sleep earlier, to help ensure you are well rested.
  • Make sure you stay warm—if you are vulnerable to the cold, keep your head, neck, belly and upper and lower back covered and warm (even indoors if you have a weaker immune system).
  • When you feel more tired and drained, make an effort to really rest and not expend much energy.

The ancient Chinese viewed the Kidneys as our deepest reservoir of energy – the Kidney Qi (especially in the Winter) plays an important role in keeping us strong and active during times of stress, it helps both in healing and in preventing illness, and increases our overall energy.

If you’ve read the Astro Forecast from our resident Astrologer Zamboni, then you know that this January, we’re in for a lot of energetic upheaval. As a part of the stars, the earth and collective consciousness—we may feel these shifts in one way or another. So I’d love to offer some herbal allies from TCM and Abuela remedios to support our Qi and Immune System:

  • Cinnamon: Invigorates circulation, and expels cold from the blood, removes excess bloat/water retention
  • Ginger: Beneficial for digestion, helps ventilate the Lungs, and treats cough, keeps our belly warm and helps ignite our metabolism
  • Elderberry: Strengthens immune system, nourishes blood and moistens the lungs, Adaptogenic, soothing our cortisol levels
  • Nettle: Energy boosting, immune system support, anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamins
  • Cacao: a stimulant and a food that enhances longevity, supports the heart energetically and helps create Qi in the physical body
  • Dandelion: fresh feeling, moving, and stimulating. Moves heavy emotional energies out of the body and assists with flow

Before I head off to Brazil for a bit, I’ve re-created a tea that I often make for my one on one clients called Adaptogenic Tea Blend. It is choc’full of these herbs and stimulates our Lymphatic system. They will assist the waters of our body to flow, helping us to produce more energy (Qi) in the cold months ahead, helping our blood to move and nourish our kidneys. I would also like to suggest self massage! Massage your body when you're out of the shower or before bed. Create actual heat with your hands on your skin and as you do so, thank your body! Massage your legs in an upward motion from the ankle up, stimulating more lymphatic movement, massage your feet and press into parts that feel fleshy or tender, sending love and gratitude—massage your belly and lower back in a downward motion or circular motion, massage your chest outward towards your shoulders, your arms and your hands! There is a kidney acupressure point right in the flesh part between your index finger and your thumbpress it and breatheeee. THen move up towards your neck, making sure to massage and activate your vagus nerve on the sides of your neck in a gentle downward motion. Massage your jaw area, your temples and honestly, anywhere and everywhere that needs some love and attention. Take care of your body, it is your temple, your altar. Give it extra love especially in these slower colder months. 

Please let me know if you folks would like to see a short video of my before-bed lymphatic ritual! Now that I am not in person at the moment, I still want to find ways to share information and techniques with you all like I would at Haus! 

But until then, ya girl is out. By the time you get this I will be en route to Brazil to take a breath, work on nourishing my Qi and getting quiet to listen to what is coming next. What I can say is, I will be sharing the steps with you all, always keeping you up to date with where BxB is headed <3 

Before I head out- Here's a little music lovin’ to keep these cold days a bit warmer and sunny:

Litto’Bitto Sunshine