There are many reasons as to why Chinese Medicine has stuck around for over 3,000 years- before the renaissance and yes even before the English language. One of the many reasons is due to the elegance and sophistication of its herbal medicine. While there are over 450 herbs included in a Chinese pharmacy, around 300 of them are most common. Being a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, let me tell you- experiencing such a pharmacy is inexplicably captivating. Wafting smells of dried flowers, plants, minerals, shells, bones, roots, stems, leaves and berries stimulate the senses in the most surreal of ways. It’s as if one were inhaling the test of time. From deep browns of earth and ash to the golden musk of forest and resin, it is almost impossible to inhale these treasures and not feel their powers. Perhaps it is because I am an herbalist by nature……but I swear these things have a life of their own.
The oh-so controversial subject on soil based probiotics.
Maltodextrin has become one of the most popular thickening agents on the market. It (along with many other toxic fillers), finds itself in everything from canned coconut milk, so-called ‘almond milk,’ yogurts, soups, creamer substitutes, sauces, salad dressings, protein bars/protein drinks, even cereals- basically anything and everything that is not produce or protein. Most people think nothing of it when they read it on a label- but for those struggling with digestive malfunctions it is very important to become aware of this ingredient.