Thanksgiving Favorites: Goat Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

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This week we’re sharing our favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the East West Essentials clinic. Second in this series is our holistic nutritionist Heather Wilson’s delicious Goat Cheese Scalloped Potatoes. She says that these go so quick at parties, she has to make two batches!  Read More »

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Thanksgiving Beauty Benefits: Cranberries

cranberriesWhen you think cranberries, you probably think of cranberry sauce, Thanksgiving and maybe even scones or juices. What you should be thinking about is your skin! Cranberries are rich in antioxidants and are not only great at helping to prevent diseases, but they are also excellent when applied topically to our skin to help ward off wrinkles, reduce redness and prevent any signs of skin damage. Let’s take a look at the top beauty benefits!

Organic unsweetened cranberry juice is a natural acne treatment due to its anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce itching and irritation acne causes. The high levels of Vitamin C in cranberries also help to improve skin tone and shrink pimples. Another benefit, due to the their acidity, cranberries help prevent oily skin, reducing a major cause of acne.

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Thanksgiving Favorites: Mini Apple Pies (gluten free)

image (14)This week we’ll share our favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the East West Essentials clinic. Starting the series is a Wilson family favorite, they make these mini apple pies for every holiday. Trust me, they are delicious! Check out the recipe and try it for yourself! Read More »

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Thanksgiving Beauty Benefits: Pumpkins

pumpkins3Nothing says Thanksgiving like a side dish loaded with pumpkin goodness and of course, a pumpkin pie. Luckily, pumpkin is loaded with vitamins and minerals that not only provide several health benefits, but also promote healthy skin and hair. Here’s a few of the goodies you can get from pumpkins:

Vitamin C: Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps to protect skin from free radical damage like wrinkles and skin cancer. Vitamin C also helps to promote collagen production, which can improve skin tone and elasticity over time.

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The Beauty Benefits of Eggplant

eggplant2Eggplant is well recognized as a low-calorie, nutritious vegetable but you may be surprised to know that eggplant carries loads of beauty benefits too. Whether eaten or used externally on your body, eggplant is a universal application for beauty and well as health. Everywhere that the eggplant has gone, from early beginnings in Asia to the Middle East and Turkey to Europe, Russia, and Australia and the United States, this vegetable has served as a natural remedy used by health practitioners as well as by our ancestors. Today we’ll talk about the skin and hair benefits of eggplant.

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White Bean Kale Soup

We’re going vegan with this one! Here’s our East West Essentials vegan take on a classic recipe. Yum!

White Bean Kale Soup 

Yield: 3 Quarts


  • 3 cups onion, diced
  • 2 cups celery (including the green tops), diced
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 TBS garlic, minced
  • 1 TBS ginger, minced
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 6 cups Kabocha Read More »
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Six Amazing Facts About Avocados

avocado-foodAvocados are an awesome food. They’re loaded with nutrients, many of which are lacking in the modern diet, they are weight loss friendly, heart healthy and… last but not least, taste incredible. Avocados are a unique type of fruit. While most fruit consists primarily of carbs, avocados are high in healthy fats which have beneficial effects on numerous aspects of health and beauty. And while the benefits are vast, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 6. Read More »

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The Top Four Benefits of Coconut Oil

beach The popularity of coconut oil pulling is on the rise, but do the benefits live up to the hype? Here in the East West Essentials office we use coconut oil for a variety of tasks (oil pulling, makeup remover, hair conditioner, etc.) and we absolutely adore it. How you use coconut oil is up to you! It can be used as a skin moisturizer wherever needed, it can fix your cracked heels or cracked lips, it’ll help to smooth out dry hair and heal split ends, or you can use it as a facial exfoliate. We’ve listed the top four benefits.
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Taking Stock of Bone Broth

bonebrothIt is always interesting when something “very old” becomes “very new or trendy”. Take the example of bone broth. SHAPE Magazine recently published an article about the newest, latest drink in your winter mug – bone broth.

I am very excited to see this get publicized because Chinese Medicine (my gig) has been using it as a TONIC for building your blood (tired, rundown, anemia, debilitating illness, elderly) and enhancing your Qi (immunity, energy, sleep, hormone balance) for hundreds, if not thousands, of years!  And they are not the only culture to use bone broths – Europeans, South Americans – almost all cultures use it medicinally.

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6 Tips for Better Beauty Rest

sleep Do you ever find yourself settling into bed, feeling tired, but your brain is still going a mile a minute? Minutes and hours go by and you’re not any closer to falling asleep at 2 a.m. than you were at 10 p.m. And when you finally do fall asleep you wake up the next morning feeling groggy and grumpy, a horrible combination for a productive day ahead. Trust me, you’re not alone! Without further ado, here are 6 ways to help your body and mind fall asleep (and stay asleep!):

  1. Sip on sleepy time tea.

Any tea without caffeine will help to calm and relax you. And, despite what you may think, adding a little honey to your tea can help too. Honey can have a sedative effect and help you fall asleep faster. You can usually find teas that are labeled for bedtime at the grocery store. Or, try our favorite recipe:

  1. Unwind with lavender.

The smell of lavender has a relaxing effect that naturally aids in sleep. You can buy a spray and spritz it onto your pillow each night. Or rub a little lavender essential oil into the palms of your hands and brush through your hair and give yourself a mini scalp massage. The smell is soothing, the scalp massage is relaxing, and and it’s a great way to your mind ready for sleep. Read More »

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