There are a few sayings that come to mind as I write this, but the one that resonates most is as old fashioned and simple as it gets…

 

Timing is everything.

Thank you

To all who supported and cheered on the launch of this small business idea that wellness benefits are more than doctors offices and pharmacy prescriptions. That there is a holistic and natural well-being industry that is not represented and offered to employees that could increase productivity, morale, innovation, creativity, retention and recruitment by adding it to the traditional benefits plan.

It is a concept that I hope will find it’s way into the standard benefits plan over time. However, now does not seem to be the time for me to purse this dream and vision, so I am setting it aside at the moment.

Moving on

Life is not linear, and as I wander down my next path taking my years of experience, my values and my search to be of service in this world with me I am excited to see what will unfold. With every experience we learn, and founding The Alt Care Collective allowed me to grow professionally and personally and I am grateful for the people met and lessons learned along the way. Thank you to all who supported and played a part in this business- may your path continue to be blessed with wellness, love and success in all you do.

 

Cheers & Be Well,

HS

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO

 

THE ALT CARE COLLECTIVE is just one of the thousands of small businesses formed at a time where unbeknownst to the founders, CEO’s, sole proprietors, creators, dreamers and believers- things were about to change massively and impact the launch of their business, their finances, and their personal lives. But good can and will come from this and it is just another challenge…

 

This too shall pass. And in it’s wake, if we choose to allow ourselves to be vulnerable and present, we will all be braver, more authentic, grounded, centered, resilient, kind, empathetic and compassionate.

How is The Alt Care Collective pivoting amidst the Corona virus?

While I believe wholeheartedly in the mission and goals of the foundation of The Alt Care Collective as a potentially game changing concept in employee benefits as a discount wellness program fully focused on living well and being healthy through non-traditional health care services and products; I am pivoting the business focus over to my other passion- customer service. Specifically, serving from the heart when we are serving others and applying this to the health care and home care giver industries.

Service from the heart

There are four key aspects to serving from the heart- Connection, Respect, Kindness, Empathy. And four phases to serving every patient and person- Greet, Connect, Treat, Closure. These all come naturally when we serve from the heart and from a place of peace and love within ourselves. But they fall off to the wayside when we are stressed, busy, and overburdened and off balance.

Healthcare and care giving are inherently wrought with exhaustion, long hours, not enough resources, shutdown, burnout, sleep deprivation, and selflessness. There is a side to it that is science, solutions, facts, and numbers.

But where the essence of care lies is in the heart. It is emotions, connection, respect, honor, trust, compassion, love, gentleness, presence and thoughtfulness. That is what means the most to the patient and their families- that they are cared for as a person, not a number. Humor, love, sunshine, fresh air, touch, sound, a smile, looking someone in the eyes and being truly  present with them, listening- these are some of the most powerful healers and they are all found in serving from the heart.

Thank you

To all the doctors, nurses, assistants, traditional and alternative medicine professionals, clinical and at home care givers- thank you for making the world a better place every single day through your work and your heart.

Thank you for choosing the field you are in, it is hard, unforgiving, stressful, and selfless. It is also necessary, rewarding, and important. What you do matters. And not everyone can do what you do, and for those of us that cannot, we are eternally grateful for our health care professionals and care-givers.

You will see a mix of gratitude, inspiration,and  information take over The Alt Care Collective blog and social media as we wind our way through this pandemic and try to find the space we can best fit and add something of value to.

We are still building our network and I hope that if anything, this encourages our small business alternative health care providers to SIGN UP FOR FREE with us! Employers are waiting for our network to be built, so the more product and service providers we have, the sooner we can implement this with our employers that want to be able to offer this to their employees- and that is good for everyone’s business and health!

Cheers & Be Well,

HS

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO

 

 

“To be a good parent you need to take care of yourself so that you can have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family.”

~Michelle Obama

 

What is HWH?

The Alt Care Collective is a lifestyle brand started with the philosophy that we can all be healthier, happier, more vibrant and productive given the right tools and resources. And that’s the goal of my weekly HWH post- to share whatever I have learned throughout the week so that maybe in some way it will be helpful to you as well. It could be a workout, a product, a service, something cool I saw online, a new supplement I am trying, a fabulous meal I had or recipe I tried. HWH is the weekly round up of anything that influenced my well-being this week that I thought was worth sharing. This week it’s addressing the corona virus that is impacting everyone in some way.

Focus on the good news

If you follow Dave Ramsey or Paul Revelia on Instagram you have already been seeing their good news about the Corona Virus posts and stories- if they are not on your list of folks you follow you might want to check out their feed as of late.  I am grateful to people that are keeping things in perspective and sharing any tidbits of good news.

Another reason to check out Dave- great financial and life advice and always great stories that he tells in his podcast. He has a great bit right now about what to do with your money if you are freaking out about the economy and speaks to the balance of some people being fear based and others anger based.

And Paul is focusing on keeping people healthy and fit while away from the gym so you can go to his YouTube channel for tons of great videos to watch that are short, fun, and full of useful information if you are into weightlifting.

Prayer and perspective

I love Kerri Walsh Jennings for a lot of reasons- she is a kick butt Olympic medalist beach volleyball player, mom, wife, and advocate of living your best life mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually (and I really wish I could have her fabulous mane of hair!). This week she shared the most authentic and beautiful post speaking from the heart about everything going on with Covid19 and re-posting a humbling lovely prayer I would suggest you check out that will remind you to keep things in perspective.

The Corona Virus is affecting all of us. And it is a different experience for everyone based on so many factors including:

  • kids/ no kids
  • income/ no income
  • savings/ no savings
  • job/ no job
  • able to work remote/ not able to work remote
  • good health/ compromised health
  • availability of supplies/ no availability to supplies
  • support system/ no support system and isolated
  • strong mental health/ weakened mental health
  • where we live, how mobile we are, access to technology and internet, etc..

This is hard for some and harder for others. Just be kind, be helpful, and be safe. We are all going through this together and we all have something to give that can make it better for someone else.  And don’t forget our animal friends, they need our help just as much now as ever.

Make the best of it

We don’t have control over a lot of things in our life right now, but we do have control over how we choose to react.  Whether you are home alone or with a herd of children try to make the best of it. Keep your sense of humor- whether that’s talking to people on the phone or Facetime, reading cartoons or a funny book, or watching a comedy it’s important to keep laughter going for your mind and soul.

Be mindful. Maybe the house needs a deep clean- this is the perfect time to do it. Closets, desks and storage areas need sorted out and gone through? Now’s a great time. Kids or pets need extra love and attention? Maybe you have some extra time now to dedicate to them- or anyone in your family.

We live at warp speed and this is a forced different pace. Not necessarily slower for some people- just different so we have to figure out how to best navigate the change and make the best of it. Find what works for you and enjoy what you can.


Stay well, stay healthy and STAY home my friends. And thank those that do not get to – your doctors, nurses, police, military, fire, EMT,  and other workers on the front lines of this mess. They are true heroes and deserve love, respect and admiration. 

I hope you enjoyed this edition of HWH and that each week there is some kernel of goodness and usefulness in it for you!  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Instagram to stay connected.


Cheers & Be Well,

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Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective

 

 

 

 

 

“Each client has their own journey and what lifestyle works for one client might not work with another client… We will look at all the aspects of your life and see what steps can be made to improve your journey.”

~Sammi Boerner

Welcome to The Collective: Sage Mind and Body!

Sammi is the owner of Sage Mind and Body and is an aromatherapist as well as a health and lifestyle guide who can help you create balance in your life, so you can feel as happy and healthy as possible.

With a NAHA Level 1 Aromatherapy Certification from the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies (with Level 2 in process), a Health Coach Certification from Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Liberty University Sammi brings not only her passion for holistic wellness and care, but also a wealth of knowledge and resources to her clients helping them create and maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet and create custom blends and find products that effectively help with things like digestion, sleep, anxiety, acne, and muscle aches/pains. Book an appointment with her online for aromatherapy or health and lifestyle guidance, follow her on Instagram and check out her website to learn more.

Aromatherapy

As Sammi explains on her website, aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to enhance and balance emotional and physical aspects of your life. Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts that are products of distillation or expression of aromatic plant material such as flowers, woods, grasses, leaves and roots.

Aromatherapy can help concerns and goals including anxiety, depression, sleep, stress, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, PMS, menstrual cramps, heavy menstruation, pain management, headaches, migraines, fight infections, improve immunity, eczema, acne and so much more.

In your consultation with Sammi, she will review your medical history and go over any concerns and goals you have with your health and create a custom product for you to use to address your unique needs. This may be in the form of essential oil blends, body oils, facial oils, creams, cleansers, scrubs, gels, salves, room spritzers and more.

The other very cool thing about Aromatherapy with Sage Mind and Body is that she works with Stillpoint Aromatics, a small company in Arizona who has close relationships with all of their farmers/distillers and all of their products are organic, wild harvest or unsprayed.

You can shop on the Sage Mind and Body website for pre-made blends for calming, anxiety relief, chakra balancing and more too!

Health and Lifestyle Guidance

Customized health and lifestyle guidance can incorporate a range of things. Sammi will work with you one-on-one to create balance in your that works for you. It isn’t just about the food we eat, it is also about our mentality, our relationships, our self-care, our finances, our career, our health, our stress levels and so much more.

Since each client has their own journey, Sammi will look at all the aspects of your life and see what steps can be made to improve your journey. Some of the things she may suggest include meditation, crystals, affirmations, journaling, essential oils, diet,  yoga and other exercises.

Book an appointment with her online to learn more!

 


Thank you to Sammi at Sage Mind and Body. for joining The Collective, we are grateful for your vision, passion, knowledge and partnership. Please visit her website to learn more about her services and products that can help you life a healthier and happier life!


Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective

 

 

 

 

 

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”

~Kofi Annan

 

What is HWH?

The Alt Care Collective is a lifestyle brand started with the philosophy that we can all be healthier, happier, more vibrant and productive given the right tools and resources. And that’s the goal of my weekly HWH post- to share whatever I have learned throughout the week so that maybe in some way it will be helpful to you as well. It could be a workout, a product, a service, something cool I saw online, a new supplement I am trying, a fabulous meal I had or recipe I tried. HWH is the weekly round up of anything that influenced my well-being this week that I thought was worth sharing.

Well + Good

Well + Good is a plethora of health and well-being lifestyle information- fitness, beauty, travel, food, home and everything in between- they have it covered! Their blogs are amazing and the newsletter is definitely worth signing up. Every single issue I find something useful or interesting, making it well worth adding one more email to my inbox.

If you click around a little on their site you will find they have a Wellness Collective sponsored by Athleta, a section dedicated strictly to video posts,  a Well + Good Cookbook for the foodies out there, and Well + Good Talks (think Ted/ TedX) and Well + Good Retreats. Worth a visit!

Goop

Anyone that has been reading my blogs is going to already know I am a fan of Gwynnie and her Goop. But there’s a reason and it’s not just because it’s Gwyneth and she’s pretty, cool, and fun. She has created a fabulous lifestyle blog that sends out an equally fabulous newsletter. Again, you will be very likely to find something of interest in every issue because as a lifestyle brand they cover fashion, beauty, food, wellness, travel, work, and even have a mens feature.

You will also want to buy things if you go to the site. You can shop your heart out and get just about anything you ever dreamed you might want and certainly need, but hey that’s okay- a girl’s gotta look good! And if Gwynnies Goop Glow really will make my skin look like hers I am in!

mindbodygreen

MBG is all about connecting life and science and making ours better, which is why I added this to list. As a lifestyle brand they cover food, health, beauty, relationships, parenting, home and movement but they take it up a notch with a few more categories including mindfulness, social good, and the planet. They offer wellness resources and products including programs, vitamins, supplements, and revitalize events that you can watch videos of if you can’t attend. Their newsletter always delivers useful, engaging and interesting content that you can use on the daily to improve your life in some way, shape or form.

Sakara Life

If you have never heard of Sakara, first of all you will want to be prepared to have an overwhelming desire to buy their food delivery service when you see the drool worthy food they are going to deliver to you! But in addition to the food service, they put out a fantastic newsletter/online  magazine that is brimming with recipes, tips, and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Check out their organic plant based food service plans and also their bars, powders, supplements, snacks, and chocolate.

Spring Forest Qiqong

Introduced to ChunYi Lin and his beautiful meditations by my acupuncturist years ago, I have been a long time fan of Spring Forest Qigong. In addition to healing resources like meditations, recipes, supplements, articles, special events and more; Spring Forest Qigong offers training and certification for those interested in becoming a practitioner or deepening their knowledge of qigong. Their newsletter is an amazing resource filled with love, healing, and wisdom that you can use in your life on a daily basis.


I hope you enjoyed this edition of HWH and that each week there is some kernel of goodness and usefulness in it for you!  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Instagram to stay connected.


Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective

 

 

 

 

“The versatility of Siren Shrubs is their greatest asset. They are the life of every party, providing endless enjoyment with their diverse and exemplary flavor profiles. Try them and you’ll be immediately hooked.”

~Siren Shrub Co.

Welcome to The Collective: Siren Shrub Co.!

What on earth are Siren Shrubs you might be wondering? Siren Shrubs are flavorful concentrates made from tangy, raw, organic apple cider vinegar, fresh fruits, roots, and herbs, and sweetened with just the right amount of organic cane sugar or maple syrup.

Fundamentally, a shrub is a non-alcoholic syrup made of a combination of concentrated fruits, aromatics, sugar, and vinegar and typically used as a mixer.

If you’re not a mixologist, you may have never heard of a cocktail shrub ( also called drinking vinegar)- I certainly had not. But it turns out that shrubs are gaining in popularity due to their multitude of uses and ability to please a variety of palettes in cocktails, mocktails and cooking. And I can personally vouch for how incredible Siren Shrub Co. flavors are- I have the Tart Cherry and Basil and I absolutely love them for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks!

Layne and Mindy are long time friends and the founding partners of Siren Shrub Co., creating their own local version of this awesome product.

Siren Shrubs come in five unique flavors: Door County Tart Cherry, Rhubarb, Basil, Maple Ginger and Currant, and each one is a special collaboration with a Wisconsin farmer.

Check out the website for recipes for all of the key uses below and to purchase your shrubs today!

N/ A Drinks

Just because it is non alcoholic, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t taste fabulous! Siren Shrubs offer a uniquely complex flavor profile to any drink. Whether you’re batching up a pitcher for your next party or crafting a evening refresher, Siren shrubs make mixing a N/A drink as simple or complicated as you would like it to be with endless possibilities for flavor combinations.

Try one of their recipes like The Spicy Grapefruit or create something completely your own.

Cocktails

The bright, acidity of Siren Shrubs lend themselves well to the very best distilled spirits. Siren Shrubs have a way of making their counterparts stand out; providing a subtle complexity that every drink needs. Whether you are a mixologist in the making, or just enjoy a refreshing and unique cocktail or mocktail at the end of the workday, Siren Shrubs has a flavor that will compliment your preferred mixer.

Go to the website to try out a few of their suggested cocktails like the Mescal Siren Sour.

Cooking

Siren Shrubs can be used in a variety of delicious ways, positively affecting the flavors in every course of your meal.  Whether using them in marinades, dressings or for pickling, you will be impressed with the unique flavor kick them impart. To get started, check out their recipes and then go ahead and get creative and try them in any of your favorite recipes. On their website it says that someone even made Siren Shrub Gummies!

Try the Cherry Coconut Milk Overnight Oats recipe for a delicious breakfast option.


Thank you to Siren Shrub Co. for joining The Collective, we are grateful for your vision, passion, knowledge and partnership. Please visit their website and find your new favorite shrub flavors


Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective

 

 

 

 

“I’m not your typical dietitian. Consider me your new favorite non-diet dietitian who listens to your individual needs and concerns, who supports you as you create a new, positive relationship with food, and who may even give you a piece of chocolate to savor and enjoy..”

~Kara Hoerr

Welcome to The Collective: Kara Hoerr Nutrition!

If you are looking for someone authentic, kind, helpful, and knowledgeable to partner with you to re-vamp your eating habits, you have found her! Kara’s approach is grounded in reality- the reality that there are a lot of delicious foods out there for us to enjoy and maybe not all of them are the healthiest of choices, but that doesn’t mean we can find balance.

In fact, that is her goal is to help you enjoy food again- no shame, no guilt, no judgement- just assistance with creating a realistic and approachable plan that works specifically for you and brings back a love and enjoyment of eating and nourishing yourself and your family.

Kara offers healthy lifestyle nutrition coaching, family and childhood nutrition coaching, and nutrition consulting services as well as helpful specialty programs including a refrigerator reset, nutrition store tours, and in-home family cooking experiences.

You can find out more about her professional background, personality, approach, and her customized programs on her website at Kara Hoerr Nutrition (I have outlined the process of working with her below), follow her on Instagram, and be sure to sign up for her newsletter at the bottom of her home page!

Step 1: Free 30 minute call to connect.

Start with a complimentary 30-minute discovery call with Kara!  There is no commitment to any package or program with the call. During the call, you will have an opportunity to talk to her about your challenges and goals, and she will share with you how she can help turn those goals into a lifelong reality.

Step 2: Initial session.

This is the kick off! During this first session, you will meet either in person or virtually through a secure video chat. Kara will do a full nutrition and health assessment to really get to know where you’re at – whether that’s individually or as a family. From there, you will talk through realistic goals that will get you started to a healthier lifestyle.

Step 3: Between visit support.

Behaviors and habits don’t change overnight, and Kara understands this. That’s why packages include 30-minute follow-up coaching sessions to touch base and hear about your successes and challenges. In between sessions, you’ll have unlimited between visit support with real time advice and encouragement – you’ll literally have access to a nutrition expert right at your fingertips!

Just a few reasons to schedule a call with Kara…

In the words of clients who love and adore her and appreciate how she has helped them. You can read more testimonials on Kara’s website.

“As a busy professional middle-aged woman, I found it time to learn more about eating healthy while on the go. Kara was an excellent resource with a creative and collaborative approach to my unique needs, no cookie cutter approach. I am meeting my goals of eating on the go, not starving myself, and watching my health improve.” ~ Jill

“I reached out to Kara to improve energy levels during athletic training. During our first session together, she clearly explained the weak and strong points of my diet and gave me some advice for simple but impactful changes. After 3 weeks of making these changes, I definitely have more energy while training, get fatigued less quickly, and in general feel less tired throughout the week. I’m very happy I decided to work with Kara and can’t wait to share my future sports achievements with her.” ~ Diego


Thank you to Kara Hoerr Nutrition for joining The Collective, we are grateful for your vision, passion, knowledge and partnership. Please reach out to her for more information or to schedule an appointment!


Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective

 

 

 

 

 

“Do something today, that your future self will be thankful for.”

~Unknown

 

HWH #4: This weeks round up- Consistency, Meal Prepping, and an Alternative Statin

The Alt Care Collective is a lifestyle brand started with the philosophy that we can all be healthier, happier, more vibrant and productive given the right tools and resources. And that’s the goal of my weekly HWH post- to share whatever I have learned throughout the week so that maybe in some way it will be helpful to you as well. It could be a workout, a product, a service, something cool I saw online, a new supplement I am trying, a fabulous meal I had or recipe I tried. HWH is the weekly round up of anything that influenced my well-being this week that I thought was worth sharing.

Consistency

I have been on a new workout program for 4 weeks and am feeling amazing, yet very tired- partly due to not getting enough sleep (four kids, a husband on a very different schedule than you, and two crazy dogs will do that), and partly due to my body acclimating to the new physical stress being put on it.

But every day, I make myself get up and before I do anything else, as soon as the kids are out the door I am on my way to the gym. I am one of those people that struggles with putting myself first, so this is a major accomplishment to prioritize myself and my health as number one and letting all else fall in after. And it is so worth it.  By carving out this space just for me and my wellness, I am slowly returning to myself mentally, emotionally and physically after a very long hiatus due to a long term caregiver role with my mom, grieving her death, an insane schedule for too many years, and my own health taking a toll from all of it.

The old me would have wanted far more progress in four weeks, and would have been very disappointed at this stage.  Current me has finally maybe learned the lesson of consistency and taking it little by little. I realize this is a long term comeback not an overnight one- as most comeback’s are.  In the interest of not getting injured and being derailed as usually happened in the past, I am going much lighter with the weights and cardio intensity than I would have normally. And the beauty is- it’s working. Six days a week I show up at the gym, put in the work at an appropriate level for where my fitness is at and I am making progress without injury.

Most of all what consistency is teaching me is that regardless of the quality of my workout or mood, showing up counts. And really- this is true of anything in life- consistency is the magic ticket. Money and savings- be consistent. Relationships and friendships- be consistent. Food and diet- be consistent. No matter what it is, progress and results come from putting in the work consistently.

Meal Prepping

Whether you are busy, on a very specific diet and need to bring your food with you, or lazy meal prepping is the answer. At one point in my life I got really good at it then fell off the wagon and am now going to put it back in place in our life. Meal prepping is simply making multiple meals at once and packaging them up into grab and go containers for the week.

My husband has transitioned to a plant based diet which is so amazing and I am so excited for him because he is feeling great and having improvements in blood pressure. So, I decided this week after getting up at 5 am to prep lunch for him each morning (because otherwise he will eat a banana and call it good but be ridiculously hangry), that I needed to get back on the meal prep bandwagon so I can do it all on Sunday and sleep in a little!  And it will benefit me too because I am very guilty of missing lunch because I am too busy to cook something and PB&J’s get old at some point.

So I am spending Thursday- Saturday picking menu items and making a grocery list so we can shop, chop, cook, cool, and place into containers all of our lunch meals for the week. There are so many great resources and ideas for meal prepping on YouTube and Pinterest. Whether you are Plant Based, Keto, Paleo, Whole 30 or any other type of diet you can find loads of recipes and meals.

Some of my favorites meal prep/ what I eat in a day for vegans that you may want to check out on YouTube are Fit Vegan Chef Natalie Matthews (Vegan Bodybuilding)Bianca Taylor (Vegan Bodybuilding), Ruth May (Vegan Keto), Lauren Henry (Medical Medium Protocol), Fully Raw Kristina (Raw Vegan).

A Natural Alternative to Statins

Clearly heart health has been a topic in my life lately. All is great with my ticker (thank you for the tests to be sure Dr. Haugan and Dr. Klodas!), but in the interest of preventative health my acupuncturist at Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine and doctors decided that taking an herbal statin alternative to address slightly elevated cholesterol was a good idea to try, so I am now taking an herbal supplement called Cholisma that is, as it was explained to me in Traditional Chinese Medicine terms, designed to address cholesterol by addressing digestion. I will be re-tested in six months to see how it works!

If you have any cholesterol issues, you might want to talk to your Traditional Chinese Medicine provider or find one on our network to learn more and see if it is a good option for you.


I hope you enjoyed this edition of HWH and that each week there is some kernel of goodness and usefulness in it for you!  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Instagram to stay connected.


Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective

 

 

 

 

“Chinese medicine offers another way of understanding our bodies and our lives. In this medicine, we look at everything in context and every part is interdependent within the whole. This perspective is helpful in understanding the interplay of diet, exercise, stress, the environment, and our relationships on our well-being. Well-being is achieved, then, not by fighting against a disease but by cultivating harmony in our lives.”

~Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine

Welcome to The Collective: Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine!

Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine is located on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, MN and comprised of five fabulous providers- Susan Gillette, Denise Lewis, Jessica French, Lawrence Waechter, and Jennifer Labelstra. Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine offers a full array of Chinese medicine therapies including: acupuncture, herbal therapy, cupping, dietary therapy, and tui na (Chinese medical massage). Their practitioners have diverse experience and specialties, treating a full range of conditions as well as promoting overall health and wellness, including a Reiki master to provide healing through energy work. You can follow them on  Facebook @crocushillclinic.

If you have never tried acupuncture, read on to find out more about this ancient practice and what to expect at an appointment with Crocus Hill.  To make an appointment or ask further questions, you can contact them at contact@crocushillacupuncture.com or call 651-227-6865.

How does acupuncture work?

Special needles are inserted at certain points on the body to stimulate energy, or Qi, along pathways called meridians. The meridians are linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. The needles, which are pre-sterilized and disposable, are extremely thin and cause little or no pain when inserted.

What is Qi?

Qi (pronounced “chee”) is energy in the very broadest sense. It is part of everything you are doing right at this moment: reading, thinking, moving your hand, drinking your tea, listening to your heart beating. It is also the material aspects of all that you have in front of you: your computer, your tea, your feet.

Chinese medicine seeks to restore and maintain health by balancing Qi, the vital energy of life, in order to promote the body’s natural ability to heal itself. When Qi is balanced and flowing, that is, in harmony with the internal and external environment, the body is in good health. Symptoms of illness occur when the energy is either obstructed, deficient, or in any way out of balance.

What is Food Therapy?

One of the most important aspects of Chinese medicine is food. It is what we do for (and to ourselves) any number of times each day and which has an enormous impact on our well-being. This is why an ancient master said ‘Treat with food first. What you can’t heal with food, use acupuncture and herbs.”

This medicine has a way of understanding food that is related to its energy, its Qi. We will give you advice based on the pattern of your body and on the food that is most appropriate to support you, tailoring our suggestions to what you can and want to achieve in your health. We’ll ease you into changes that you can make. We’ll also help you think or rethink how to eat—with mindfulness. As Seneca said, “We kill ourselves daily with knives and forks.”

What is a Medicinal Herbal Foot Soak?

“When a tree dies, it is the roots that die first. When a person ages, it is the feet that age first.” ~ Ancient Chinese proverb

We eagerly look to our devices to see how many steps we’ve taken, but do we take care of the feet that take those steps? Our feet carry the weight of our bodies some 1,500 times for every mile we walk. Each foot contains over 7,000 nerve endings, 107 ligaments, nineteen muscles and twenty-six bones (one fourth of all the bones in the body). For many people, feet are a low priority when it comes to the care and attention we give our bodies. And yet, they are our connection to the Earth.  They are our foundation.  All it takes is an irritation on the tiniest toe to give discomfort to our total being.

The herbs are heated in water that you then soak your feet in for 20-30minutes daily.  The warmth activates the herbs to increase blood circulation in your feet and up your legs.  The herbs in the formula also help to eliminate dampness and phlegm.

So if you have been suffering from cold feet, neuropathy, arthritic pain or any of many foot conditions, regular foot soak therapy will reduce these problems.  Because the feet have so many nerves and connections to the rest of the body, regular foot soaks have also reduced knee, hip, and low back pain, and, perhaps surprisingly, upper body pain as well.  Because they help increase circulation, they have also been useful in eliminating many gynecological problems.

This is not the same as soaking your feet in Epsom salts (which can be great) or detoxing with ionic foot baths.  Our soaks are formulated by a longtime practitioner of Chinese medicine and do much more than other brands you might find on the internet.

The foot soak therapy in conjunction with herbs taken internally, dietary changes, meditation, rest, and other lifestyle considerations can be the best thing that you do for yourself and your hard working feet.

Do I have to be sick to get acupuncture? Can I use this medicine for wellness?

This medicine is based on strengthening the body to prevent illness, and historically has been used to prevent illness. Many people use Chinese medicine as part of their health maintenance plan. Some come in once a month, while others come in with each change of season.

How many times will I need to come in for treatments??

That depends on your ailment and your general health. Some people will respond to treatment more quickly than others. Our goal is to affect your body’s energy so that your body will begin to take over the healing process. At your initial visit, we will let you know how many times we recommend for you treatment plan. Near the end of a treatment plan, we will assess your progress and make changes in our plans if necessary.

What are your certifications?

Our acupuncturists have Master’s degrees in Oriental Medicine, are licensed by the State of Minnesota Medical Board, and are certified through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

 


Thank you to Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine for joining The Collective, we are grateful for your vision, passion, knowledge and partnership. Please reach out to them for more information or to schedule an appointment!


Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective

 

 

 

 

 

“A healthy life means a happy life, a happy life means a healthy life.”

~Melanie M. Koulouris

 

HWH #3: This weeks round up- CBD, The Game Changers, and EFT

The Alt Care Collective is a lifestyle brand started with the philosophy that we can all be healthier, happier, more vibrant and productive given the right tools and resources. And that’s the goal of my weekly HWH post- to share whatever I have learned throughout the week so that maybe in some way it will be helpful to you as well. It could be a workout, a product, a service, something cool I saw online, a new supplement I am trying, a fabulous meal I had or recipe I tried. HWH is the weekly round up of anything that influenced my well-being this week that I thought was worth sharing.

CBD for Pets.

I have three adorable pets- my cat that was a stray in the woods 20 years ago, and two dogs from rescue groups- one that is getting to be a senior. I stopped into The Healthy Place in Middleton, WI to see what they had for pets and walked out with some CBD oil as a trial for my very old and probably a little achy cat and to see if it would chill out my two high anxiety dogs.

The staff was super friendly and helpful- shout out to Ross for his awesome customer service. He recommended trying Wild Theory full spectrum cannabinoid for pets. I liked that they were a local company based out of Verona, WI so took his advice and brought some home.

We have not been consistent with the dosing yet (goal for next week)- but I do think it is making a difference for my elderly cat so I will see how it goes next week.  The dogs I did not notice so much of an effect with, but in fairness they have not been given it regularly and I don’t think I gave them enough because I wanted to err on the side of caution.

The other cool thing is they make it in bacon flavor for the pets! I got the original flavor and they don’t seem to mind it, but if it works, I will get bacon next time.

The Game Changers

It’s winter in WI, so that means more inside time, which means more Netflix. If you haven’t seen The Game Changers, I highly recommend putting it on your watch list if you are interested in improving athletic performance, creating longevity, nutritional science, or just like an interesting documentary.

Presented by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Chris Paul — it is a revolutionary new film about meat, protein and strength. Whether you are for, against, or just curious about a plant based diet, the science presented in the documentary is interesting and the interviews with elite level athletes are engaging.

In addition to the movie, the website is filled with information and resources on how to start a plant based meal lifestyle including a newsletter with tips and recipes and more and is definitely worth checking out whether you are already plant based or are considering going to a more plant based diet.

EFT

I visited my acupuncturist this week and we were discussing anxiety, fear, and the big emotions that surround significant changes in our life’s and she suggested that I should check out Nick Ortner : The Tapping Solution. I had seen tapping in the Netflix documentary Heal (another must watch!) and thought it looked interesting and powerful, but just hadn’t taken the time to learn more, so I guess now is the time! I feel like it is going to be extremely helpful to me and looking forward to experiencing it.

EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques is a form of counseling intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy. There are some further explanations of the value of EFT under the research section on his website from a host of well known medical professionals.

Nick’s website is filled with information- there are books, programs, DVD’s, a blog, meditations and more- it’s a little overwhelming honestly. My acupuncturist had suggested starting with the movie and the book for the basics, so I think I will take that advice and then expand from there into all the other resources available.

There are also EFT practitioners that you can go see if you prefer not to DIY it, and there is certainly value in having someone walk you through this technique whether because you are new to it, or because you are dealing with very significant therapy issues that would benefit from having a professional involved.


I hope you enjoyed this edition of HWH and that each week there is some kernel of goodness and usefulness in it for you!  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Instagram to stay connected.


Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective