Deep Rooted is a blog about living in a simple, natural, and peaceful way, in harmony with the earth and its cycles

Month: April 2017

Beltane Greetings

Beltane Greetings

Tonight is the beginning of Beltane, the holiday that celebrates the halfway point between spring and summer and the beginning of the warmer months. The actual cross quarter day falls at 3:28 am on May 5 this year, but the holiday is customarily celebrated on May […]

Calming Herbs for Urban Dwellers

Calming Herbs for Urban Dwellers

One topic Deep Rooted readers who live in New York City have asked me to write about is calming herbs for urban dwellers. Several years ago, before I had discovered herbal medicine, I was going through a particularly stressful time, and on my birthday a […]

Self-Nourishment for Breastfeeding Women

Self-Nourishment for Breastfeeding Women

For the past five months, I have been exclusively breastfeeding my son. Being the sole source of nutritional nourishment for another person, I’ve learned during this time, is only possible if I am well-nourished myself. This has led me to explore what foods, herbs, food sadhanas, […]

Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling

A practice that is beneficial for many people to incorporate into their daily self-cleansing regimen, and that I especially enjoy, is oil pulling, swishing a small quantity of oil in the mouth. The oil commonly recommended for oil pulling is sesame, though coconut is another […]

Full Moon Rising

Full Moon Rising

The April full moon, the first full moon of spring, will be at 2:08 am on Tuesday, April 11 in New York. The full moon is a time when energy peaks. As Elton Haas writes in Staying Healthy with the Seasons, “…in each lunar cycle […]

A Conversation with Midwife Barbara Bechtel

A Conversation with Midwife Barbara Bechtel

Barbara Bechtel of has over three decades of experience caring for pregnant and laboring women. In the 1990s, at a time when there were almost no midwives in her home state of Indiana, she became a certified nurse midwife through the distance learning program at […]

Tongue Scraping

Tongue Scraping

It’s good, according to Ayurveda, to scrape your tongue before eating in the morning, and after brushing your teeth. This practice is known as jihva nirlekhanam. Toxins the body tries to eliminate during the night accumulate in the pockets on the tongue, and scraping them off […]


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