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Blue Heron Acupuncture & Apothecary

Providing Classical Chinese Medicine to Charleston, SC

Bieler’s Broth (also called Trace Mineral Broth)

An effective, gentle cleanse for anytime of the year, including spring!  Cooling vegetables reduce inflammation in the digestive tract and ease the workload on the liver.  In contrast to a cleanse that focuses on raw foods and juices, the cooked nature of this broth makes it tonifying and grounding, helpful for those who want to strengthen their systems.  Bieler’s Broth also tastes good!  So, it’s an excellent addition to one’s diet even if one is not participating in a cleanse.

(Recipe from Jeffrey Yuen)

Ingredients

·       2 zucchini

·       2-3 stalks of celery with leaves

·       a handful of green beans or 2 cups of dark leafy greens

·       1-2 cloves of garlic,

·       1-2 tbsp of chopped onion. 

Directions

1.     Steam the vegetables for 10-15 minutes.

2.     Blend vegetables, steaming water, and a handful of chopped parsley or watercress for 1-2 minutes. 

3.     Dilute if needed and drink warm.

Posted 8 weeks ago

Points & Poses: Spring & the Wood Element

Taught by Ashlee Dixon of Blue Heron Acupuncture & Apothecary 

Date: April 1st
Time: 2-4pm
Cost: $35
Limited to: 25 participants
Register here

Join Acupuncturist and Yoga Teacher, Ashlee Dixon for a unique experience where she will guide you through a Spring themed ‘Flow and Yin Yoga’ class followed by a community style mini acupuncture treatment while relaxing in savasana. In Chinese Medicine, Spring is the season of the Wood element and the associated organ systems are the Liver and Gallbladder. In this workshop, we will discuss how the change in seasons can affect our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. This season encourages a time for growth, abundance, and vitality like we see reflected in nature. With a heightened awareness of this, we can direct the inspiration and renewed energy that we may feel toward positive life transformations. This is a great time to cleanse and create new healthy habits.

You will also be provided with a Wood element essential oil blend and a medicinal herbal tea to encourage a healthy seasonal transition. 

Chinese Medicine and Yoga are ancient systems that each bring harmony to the body, mind, and spirit in their own unique ways. Let’s explore a deep level of collective healing as we combine the two.

Posted 9 weeks ago
<p>

We are very happy to announce that Blue Heron’s own Ashlee Dixon has co-founded and is leading adventure retreats with <a href="https://www.maharetreats.com/" target="_blank">MAHA Retreats</a>.  </p><p><br/>The five day, four night retreat in September will be a quest to pursue wholeness through immersion into the ancient wisdoms of Yoga, Meditation, Thai Massage and Chinese Medicine - including acupuncture, herbs, nutrition and essential oils.  Exploring and combining these practices with adventure, playfulness and live music while reconnecting with nature will guide us toward a deeper level of healing.  Acroyoga practice will awaken our playful nature and foster effective communication as well as trust with others.  Together, we will reflect on the power of the natural world while rediscovering joy and inspiration, grounding and connection, healing and renewal, gratitude and compassion.  We will celebrate the new moon and fall equinox and the coinciding transition of elements in Chinese Medicine.  From the Earth element, associated with Late Summer, we will move into the Metal element, associated with Autumn.</p><p><br/>Crestone Mountain Zen Center is a Buddhist monastery set at 8,400 feet in southern Colorado.  It is nestled among the rugged 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and surrounded by 240 acres of pinon pines and juniper forest.  The beauty and seclusion of the center’s location paired with the simple, concentrated and nourishing atmosphere of the Zen monastic setting provide a special environment for contemplation, inquiry and reflection.  <a href="https://www.maharetreats.com/" target="_blank">Reserve your spot</a> for the next MAHA Retreat: September 18-22, 2017.

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We are very happy to announce that Blue Heron’s own Ashlee Dixon has co-founded and is leading adventure retreats with MAHA Retreats.  


The five day, four night retreat in September will be a quest to pursue wholeness through immersion into the ancient wisdoms of Yoga, Meditation, Thai Massage and Chinese Medicine - including acupuncture, herbs, nutrition and essential oils.  Exploring and combining these practices with adventure, playfulness and live music while reconnecting with nature will guide us toward a deeper level of healing.  Acroyoga practice will awaken our playful nature and foster effective communication as well as trust with others.  Together, we will reflect on the power of the natural world while rediscovering joy and inspiration, grounding and connection, healing and renewal, gratitude and compassion.  We will celebrate the new moon and fall equinox and the coinciding transition of elements in Chinese Medicine.  From the Earth element, associated with Late Summer, we will move into the Metal element, associated with Autumn.


Crestone Mountain Zen Center is a Buddhist monastery set at 8,400 feet in southern Colorado.  It is nestled among the rugged 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and surrounded by 240 acres of pinon pines and juniper forest.  The beauty and seclusion of the center’s location paired with the simple, concentrated and nourishing atmosphere of the Zen monastic setting provide a special environment for contemplation, inquiry and reflection.  Reserve your spot for the next MAHA Retreat: September 18-22, 2017.

Posted 13 weeks ago

Therapeutic Essential Oils at Candlefish

Where: Candlefish, 71 Wentworth St, Charleston
Date: Tuesday, May 2
Time: 6 pm
Cost: $45

Essential oils are a powerful and easy-to-use aid for physical and emotional health.  Join us in the beautiful setting of Candlefish to learn how to make and use essential oil blends therapeutically in topical blends and sprays.  You will discover how the properties of essential oils make them applicable for particular conditions.  We will cover essential oils that are great for colds, headaches, digestive issues, aches and pains, sleep, anxiety, relaxation and more.  You will leave with the knowledge to confidently begin using essential oils to support your own health and happiness.  In the latter half of this workshop, participants will make and take home two topical blends and one spray that can be used in a room or on the body.  Contact Candlefish to register: (843) 371-1434.  (Registration page will be up on April 1st.)

Posted 13 weeks ago

Essential Oil First Aid Kit for Seniors

Where: Lowcountry Senior Center, 865 Riverland Dr, Charleston
Date: Friday, April 21
Time: 11:30 am 
Cost: Free

Learn how to put together your own essential oil first aid kit to address a myriad of physical, mental and emotional ailments.  Essential oils are a fast, safe, effective and user-friendly way to improve your health and that of loved ones.  They can be used palliatively as well as preventatively, making them an excellent choice for keeping you healthy and happy.  You’ll discover how to choose essential oils based on their properties and learn about numerous oils that are helpful for conditions many seniors face, such as insomnia, body aches and pains, anxiety, brain health, immune support and digestive health.

Posted 13 weeks ago

The Wood Element: Self-Care for Spring

Where: Wildcraft, 38 Windermere Blvd, Charleston
Date: Monday, April 3
Time:  6-8 pm
Cost: $40

Dive in to an exhilarating exploration of the Wood element of Chinese Medicine!  As we embrace the yang energy of Spring, representing growth, vitality, creativity and vision, we’ll explore the ways in which these themes take place in our own lives – particularly during this refreshing and energizing season.  Discover how to harness this vibrant energy and make the most of this season – as well as how to boost your Wood element throughout the year.  We’ll spend the latter part of this workshop discussing essential oils that are supportive of this Wood dynamic.  Each participant will make her or his own essential oil spray, to be used in a room or on the body.  The night will conclude with a private shopping opportunity.  Reserve your spot by contacting Wildcraft: (843) 619-7914.

Posted 13 weeks ago
<p>Blue Heron is excited to be sponsoring the EMERGE SUMMIT -<br/>happening this Saturday!

<br/></p><p>Where: Coleman Hall // 222 West Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant<br/></p><p>When: this Saturday, February 25 // 9 am - 6 pm<br/><br/>Get your tickets <a href="http://www.hatchtribe.com/emergesummit" target="_blank">here</a>!</p><p>Emerge Summit is an energizing full day event for ambitious & aspiring women of all ages & backgrounds.  Through workshops, breakout sessions, and curated connection with other passionate women, you’ll gain the tools + resources you need to enliven your mind, body, and spirit.</p><p>Emerge Summit is designed for ambitious & aspiring women of all ages & backgrounds. This one-day experience is most powerful for the:</p><ul><li>Passionate dreamer who longs to turn her ideas into reality<br/></li><li>Driven doer who craves less overwhelm and greater balance in life<br/></li><li>Trailblazer seeking a community of like-minded friends<br/></li><li>Rebel/Misfit who challenges the status quo<br/></li><li>Pioneer who is driven by a mission & purpose beyond herself<br/></li><li>Leader who is lighting the way for others and needs to refill her own cup<br/></li><li>#GirlBoss who is launching & growing a business of her own<br/></li><li>Go-getter who crushes her to-do list, but often puts the rest of her life on hold<br/></li><li>Woman at a turning point in her life or experiencing epic change<br/></li></ul>

Blue Heron is excited to be sponsoring the EMERGE SUMMIT -
happening this Saturday!

Where: Coleman Hall // 222 West Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant

When: this Saturday, February 25 // 9 am - 6 pm

Get your tickets here!

Emerge Summit is an energizing full day event for ambitious & aspiring women of all ages & backgrounds.  Through workshops, breakout sessions, and curated connection with other passionate women, you’ll gain the tools + resources you need to enliven your mind, body, and spirit.

Emerge Summit is designed for ambitious & aspiring women of all ages & backgrounds. This one-day experience is most powerful for the:

  • Passionate dreamer who longs to turn her ideas into reality
  • Driven doer who craves less overwhelm and greater balance in life
  • Trailblazer seeking a community of like-minded friends
  • Rebel/Misfit who challenges the status quo
  • Pioneer who is driven by a mission & purpose beyond herself
  • Leader who is lighting the way for others and needs to refill her own cup
  • #GirlBoss who is launching & growing a business of her own
  • Go-getter who crushes her to-do list, but often puts the rest of her life on hold
  • Woman at a turning point in her life or experiencing epic change
Posted 13 weeks ago
<p><b>Points & Poses: 
Acupuncture & Yoga to Balance Autumn & the Metal Element</b></p><p><b>Saturday, October 22, 2016</b></p><p><b>3-5 pm @ Community Yoga</b></p><p>In this workshop, Blue Heron’s Ashlee Dixon, L.Ac., L.M.T.,
will guide you through health tips and yoga poses to enhance your health during
Fall.  In Chinese Medicine, Autumn is the
season of the Metal element.  The Lungs
and Large Intestine are the organs associated with this element, and we need to
make sure they are functioning properly to stay healthy during this transitional
season.  </p><p>Ashlee will lead you through yoga poses while linking them
to your breath.  The Lungs will expand
with pranayama and deep twists will support the function of the Large
Intestine.  As you surrender in savasana,
you will enjoy a seasonal acupuncture tune-up to balance these organ
systems.  </p><p>You will be provided with tools to stay healthy, such as an
essential oil blend, medicinal tea to build your immune system, and handouts
with health tips for Autumn.  Register
online with Community Yoga to reserve your spot.  Cost: $35.</p>

Points & Poses: Acupuncture & Yoga to Balance Autumn & the Metal Element

Saturday, October 22, 2016

3-5 pm @ Community Yoga

In this workshop, Blue Heron’s Ashlee Dixon, L.Ac., L.M.T., will guide you through health tips and yoga poses to enhance your health during Fall.  In Chinese Medicine, Autumn is the season of the Metal element.  The Lungs and Large Intestine are the organs associated with this element, and we need to make sure they are functioning properly to stay healthy during this transitional season.  

Ashlee will lead you through yoga poses while linking them to your breath.  The Lungs will expand with pranayama and deep twists will support the function of the Large Intestine.  As you surrender in savasana, you will enjoy a seasonal acupuncture tune-up to balance these organ systems.  

You will be provided with tools to stay healthy, such as an essential oil blend, medicinal tea to build your immune system, and handouts with health tips for Autumn.  Register online with Community Yoga to reserve your spot.  Cost: $35.

Posted 31 weeks ago
<p><i>Art: “Eclipse” by <a href="http://www.kristensolecki.com/" target="_blank">Kristen Solecki</a></i><br/></p><p>

The sun has come out.  The waters have receded.  It is our greatest wish that this finds you all safe and sound.<br/><br/>Events like Hurricane Matthew can easily throw us off course.  We get tossed from our normal routines, turned out of our homes, thrown into a muck of confusion and uncertainty.  At times like this, we are likely to feel our smallness within the vast world.  Our security and ability to “know” are replaced by vulnerability, reliance on the community around us and appreciation of what is most important in our lives.  After the storm, while stress is certainly part of the picture, there also exists within us gratitude, caring for our loved ones, and awe at the power and grandeur of the natural world.<br/><br/>Such emotions and experiences are quite fitting and reflective of the Metal season we find ourselves transitioning into at the moment.  In Chinese Medicine, Fall relates to the Metal organs of the Lungs and Large Intestine.  This pair is responsible for our most basic physical functioning - breathing and excretion.  Yet, in their symbolic correlation to inspiration and letting go, they become a mirror for the most sacred aspects of our lives.  This season of cooling temperatures and falling leaves can evoke a stillness within us - a pause, a time to reflect on the year as it begins to wind down and on our lives in general.  We may find that within the quiet moments of Autumn, we connect more truly with our Selves, we experience gratitude for the love and beauty in our lives, and we touch on the poignancy of being so small yet caring so much within such a big, big world.<br/><br/>We hope you are able to ease back into your normal routines as peacefully as possible.  This month, we would like to share some opportunities to experience beauty, community and wellbeing to uplift you during this process.  We thank you for being part of our lives and community!

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Art: “Eclipse” by Kristen Solecki

The sun has come out.  The waters have receded.  It is our greatest wish that this finds you all safe and sound.

Events like Hurricane Matthew can easily throw us off course.  We get tossed from our normal routines, turned out of our homes, thrown into a muck of confusion and uncertainty.  At times like this, we are likely to feel our smallness within the vast world.  Our security and ability to “know” are replaced by vulnerability, reliance on the community around us and appreciation of what is most important in our lives.  After the storm, while stress is certainly part of the picture, there also exists within us gratitude, caring for our loved ones, and awe at the power and grandeur of the natural world.

Such emotions and experiences are quite fitting and reflective of the Metal season we find ourselves transitioning into at the moment.  In Chinese Medicine, Fall relates to the Metal organs of the Lungs and Large Intestine.  This pair is responsible for our most basic physical functioning - breathing and excretion.  Yet, in their symbolic correlation to inspiration and letting go, they become a mirror for the most sacred aspects of our lives.  This season of cooling temperatures and falling leaves can evoke a stillness within us - a pause, a time to reflect on the year as it begins to wind down and on our lives in general.  We may find that within the quiet moments of Autumn, we connect more truly with our Selves, we experience gratitude for the love and beauty in our lives, and we touch on the poignancy of being so small yet caring so much within such a big, big world.

We hope you are able to ease back into your normal routines as peacefully as possible.  This month, we would like to share some opportunities to experience beauty, community and wellbeing to uplift you during this process.  We thank you for being part of our lives and community!

Posted 31 weeks ago
<p><a href="http://www.shimkoart.com/" target="_blank">

Lisa Shimko’s</a> <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-lowcountry-artist-of-the-year-reception-honoring-lisa-shimko-tickets-28011401857?aff=es2" target="_blank">solo show </a>at Redux Contemporary Art Studio is this Thursday from 6-8 pm.  Lisa’s art has been a huge part of Blue Heron from day 1.  Not only does her art line our walls and contribute significantly to creating a healing and inspiring space for our patients, she also created our logo, designs most of our print materials, and is a wonderful friend.  What a wonderful way to enjoy some beauty and community after the storm - stop by Redux to see Lisa’s beautiful abstracts and say hello!

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Lisa Shimko’s solo show at Redux Contemporary Art Studio is this Thursday from 6-8 pm.  Lisa’s art has been a huge part of Blue Heron from day 1.  Not only does her art line our walls and contribute significantly to creating a healing and inspiring space for our patients, she also created our logo, designs most of our print materials, and is a wonderful friend.  What a wonderful way to enjoy some beauty and community after the storm - stop by Redux to see Lisa’s beautiful abstracts and say hello!

Posted 32 weeks ago