Oregano oil

Yes, Oregano oil not your standard culinary variety but (Origanum vulgare), a hardy perennial herb and a member of the mint (Lamiaceae) family, is an excellent booster for immunity. It is easy to grow in the Eastbay.

Proven to contain phenols: thymol, carvacrol, terpenes, rosmarinic acid. These antibiotic, anticeptic and analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

So it can be used for many health concerns, but I recommend it as a preventative measure taken in the morning for immunity. Because this last cold and flu season was a doozy and now allergy season is hit the Bay area hard with so many amazing blossoms and pollens.

It can be taken when higher exposure to pollens or colds/flu are around you but should not be taken indefintely ( Oregano oil is to boost not replace your own immunity).

The regular dose is 3 to 5 drops in a glass an 8 oz. glass of water. I cannot tolerate this high a dose, so I started with 1 drop in an 8 oz. glass/ mornings and now I take 2 drops every morning. The oil is highly concentrated distillation so do not exceed the recommended dosing.

I have found it to keep my health stronger ( from my patients and college students, etc.) and am happy to share this little easy wonder. You can also drop it in to your regular lemon water in the morning.

Contraindications: diabetic patients because it can interact with diabetic drugs, hemophiliacs, children or post surgery because it can cause more bleeding.

Happy Spring 2019!!!!

Tis’ the Season of renewal and new beginnings. What are your dreams for yourself this year? Are you ready to create them? Now is the time to truly focus your energies and SPRING into action!!!!!

It has been a long, rainy, deeply internal pajama and cozy clothes Winter season. Much is now blooming in the forests, gardens and within your soul. All of the dormant seeds of the past 12 years have an opportunity to sprout forth in 2019- What dormant visions and desires have you kept sleeping? What are you ready to complete? What wants to be expressed and bloom?

Nurture yourself and your personal aspirations. “Begin to weave and the Divine will provide the thread.” -Old Proverb-

Happy Year of the PIG

This year is promised to be easier and more fun, more love, cuddles and being cozy at home. Pig also likes “plenty”, so plenty of food, friends, family, community, dinners, parties, drink, large salaries… all are possible this year.

It is the final sign in the 12 zodiac signs which translates into a great year for completing big projects or emotional things that have been lingering for months or even years.

It is also a double Yin year; Yin Water and Earth in the elements. This too means a year of empowered Woman bringing leadership and changes to protecting our Mother Earth and the environment. Charitable organizations, especially those for ones less fortunate than ourselves will do very well in donations and volunteers.

It is also a year of more rain, fog, moisture, creating dampness, so be careful with your diet for proper digestion and respiratory issues. Eat plenty of sweet root vegetables, stay hydrated but add lemon or apple cider vinegar to your drinking water, the citric acid improves digestion and reduces water retention and bloating. Also, get plenty of low-impact exercise to improve your ability to naturally clear out excess fluids from the body.

Otherwise, know that last year was a huge growth year but it was difficult but now it is OVER!!! New solid lifestyle and emotional changes have been made and you will have more ease in your daily life.

ENJOY!!!!!

Vision Board Art Class- 1/27 (FULL) 1-4pm

Vision Board art class January 27, 2019, 1-4pm

It’s a New Year, with new dreams and goals to achieve and envision. Join me for my 4rd annual Vision Board art class. Set your intentions into action through visual mapping.C

Register:  With Paypal, Class is FULL!

Location: Rockridge Wellness Center, 5327 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618

A Vision Board art class is a collage technique to map your goals and aspirations in a non-verbal way. You will keep this map of visual imagery of your dreams and desires for the New Year in a place you can frequently view, so that your images will guide your daily actions.

Bring old magazines, inspirational quotes, goals and scissors to create your Vision board. Let your heart lead you in your creative process and you may discover more about yourself and your goals and aspirations, for this New Year, than you expect!

(I will supply large pieces of construction paper, magazines and glue sticks.)

Looking forward to creating with you.

Happy Holy Days and Welcome 2019!!!

I hope that your Holiday Season is full of wonder, smiles, respite and multitudes of love.

It has been a very successful and extremely rewarding year for me personally and professionally. As you all know I am one to engage with life fully and this year was truly BIG for me.  I completed many dreams from my bucket list, some of which were there since my childhood: Obtained a Doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, became a certified Yoga Teacher and traveled to Oaxaca City, Mexico for Day of the Dead!! Wow, so exhausted, happy and blessed to have had the energy and desire to make my dreams a reality.

I taught at De Anza as a Professor and of course had the privilege and honor to work with all of you at my private practice. I cannot express the gratitude in getting to work with your health/wellness. Thank you for trusting me with your body/ soul.

In love and gratitude,

Dr. RatkaMira Popovic

A swig a day of Apple Cider Vinegar

The Holidays and cold and flu season are upon us. To give your body a boost take:

one tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar (ACV) in the morning in 8 ounces of water

The ACV will help digestion, lower blood sugars, improve the immune system and some studies say, reduce high blood pressure. ACV is packed with potassium and antioxidants. You should get the ACV with “the mother” which means unfiltered and cloudy. I prefer Bragg’s brand.

So why not take your morning swig!!! It can only help you feel better.

(If you are on medications for blood pressure, diuretics or diabetes medications consult your primary care physician first.)

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Your Knees in the Fall

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The Seasons are in transition and our Indian Summer awaits, in the interim we have morning fog and dampness from our magnificent Bay. This can cause joint discomfort, pain, and swelling (aka osteoarthritis).

Here a few simple ways to help bring stability to your knees in your everyday activities.

  1. When going upstairs, mountains… (hip flexion) squeeze your buttocks tightly (this engages the gluteus medius muscle) and engage your core abdominal muscles at the same time. How do you engage the core abdominals you may ask? Think of pulling your belly button (umbilicus) towards the spine and directing the pull/energy upward towards the heart simultaneously.
  2. When sitting down or picking things up off of the floor use your thigh muscles (quadriceps) by directing your buttocks behind you (stick your butt out) as if sitting in a chair.

I assure you if you practice these simple changes to your everyday movements you will have less discomfort.

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