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January 7, 2016   Posted by: sagepage

Honoring Growth, Change, and Transformation

After five transformative and healing years, Sage is closing.

We are ending services at this location on March 15th, 2016.

Over the years, members our original core collective have moved on to go back to school, start families, and focus on other creative endeavors.

What began as a four-person collective is now a one-person-led organization.

We are therefore closing our doors to allow a necessary reconfiguration, revisioning, and renewal.

We began with the seed of a vision and the soil of our circumstances. We planted ourselves, rooted ourselves to this work, and we grew. We flowered. We dropped seeds.

As our work in this form comes to a close, we celebrate the seeds we have shed and are eager to watch them take root, grow, and bloom.


We want to thank each of you for your support over these past 5 years.

Thank you for trusting us with your healthcare, your healing processes, your complexities, your pain, and your joys.

Thank you for being mirrors for us and thank you for being our best teachers.

We thank our generous Community Advisory Council, with whose help we have been able to navigate part of our process, from beginning to end.

We thank Jessica Palmert, our Participatory Evaluation Research Coordinator and friend.

We thank everyone who volunteered here and helped to make the space sing.

We thank everyone who held workshops, retreats, and events here, filling our space with visionary and liberatory power.

We thank our friends and families for all their love, support, and patience over the years.

We thank our ancestors for bringing us to this work and for witnessing and supporting our personal transformations as we did this work.

In facilitating healing processes for/with others, we grew and transformed in ways we could not imagine.

We are forever grateful for the immense beauty we co-created in community.

We close this final newsletter with visionary words from Octavia Butler (above) and  Ursula K. Leguin (below).

“Please bring strange things.
Please come bringing new things.
Let very old things come into your hands.
Let what you do not know come into your eyes.
Let desert sand harden your feet.
Let the arch of your feet be the mountains.
Let the paths of your fingertips be your maps
And the ways you go be the lines of your palms.
Let there be deep snow in your inbreathing
And your outbreath be the shining of ice.
May your mouth contain the shapes of strange words.
May you smell food cooking you have not eaten.
May the spring of a foreign river be your navel.
May your soul be at home where there are no houses.
Walk carefully, well-loved one,
Walk mindfully, well-loved one,
Walk fearlessly, well-loved one.
Return with us, return to us,
Be always coming home.”

—Ursula K. Leguin


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April 16, 2015   Posted by: sageadmin

Acknowledging Cultural Appropriation Within Our Practice of Traditional East Asian Medicine

Sage Community Health Collective has created a statement on cultural appropriation as part of our ongoing learning and healing process and as part of our commitment to the practice of healing justice.

We humbly offer this statement with the acknowledgement that we are a collective work in process. This represents where our collective analysis is at this moment in time. We hope that those who read this will offer feedback and ideas as we all continue on our individual and collective healing journeys.

At Sage Community Health Collective, part of our healing justice work includes but is not limited to providing individual health and healing services. Our individual and community health and healing work is rooted in Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM), a system of healing rooted in centuries-old practices from China, Tibet, India, Japan, Korea, and Thailand.

TEAM encompasses and includes the practice of acupuncture, moxibustion, gua sha, cupping, bodywork, herbal medicine, nutrition counseling and holistic lifestyle strategizing. Rooted in Taoist spirituality, shamanism, and Confucianism, TEAM also includes the practices of meditation, Tai Ji, and Qi Gong.

One of us traces her ancestry back to India, but none of us trace our ancestors back to China, Tibet, Japan, Korea, or Thailand. Because we are Americans who studied at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a private for-profit college, we acknowledge that we were taught a commodified form of TEAM known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

TCM is the form of TEAM that Chairman Mao created by distilling centuries of Chinese village-based healing practices into a product fit for export to the West. TCM, as it was sold to and often practiced in the West deemphasized practices that were considered spiritual, superstitious and “backward”. This included many of the Taoist and other kinds of spiritual practices that form the very foundation of TEAM.

We would like to acknowledge the many teachers who did their best to transmit to us the spirit of this medicine within the private for-profit walls of our alma mater.

In this statement, with great humility, we acknowledge the forms that our practice currently takes, and we commit to moving forward with greater respect for the roots of this powerful medicine.

We give thanks to Nisha Ahuja for the powerful video, “You Are Here: Exploring Yoga and the Impacts of Cultural Appropriation”. In it they reference the groundbreaking work on colonization and decolonization by Poka Laeuni and outline several strategies for addressing cultural appropriation in our practices. We have paraphrased them here:

1. Approach your practice with humbleness and humility.

2. Acknowledge where your practice comes from and from whom it comes.

3. Acknowledge the aspects of your practice that you are and are not sharing.

4. Recognize your impact in spaces, being aware of your power and privilege. Ask questions about who is in the room and who is not.
5. Build real relationships with people who are different from you without tokenizing them.

6. Acknowledge where the sacred objects in your space come from.

7. Be accountable with your use of Sanskrit and all sacred languages, acknowledging mispronunciations and what you do not know.


With gratitude and curiosity, we contemplated these strategies and would like to share some additional acknowledgements and commitments we would like to make as we continue our work as TEAM practitioners.


1. Approach your practice with humbleness and humility.

We humbly practice Traditional East Asian Medicine and acknowledge that even with our certificates and degrees, there is so much about this medicine and East Asian history and culture that we do not know. There is so much for us to learn and continue practicing. Part of what drew us to this medicine was that we knew it would challenge us to learn and grow throughout our careers and lives.

We recognize that none of us trace our ancestors back to China, Japan, or Korea, and therefore we rely on English translations of ancient textbooks, scrolls, and other records in order to learn the concepts of TEAM.

Translation is a highly political act. We acknowledge that in our educations we may have missed subtle nuances that may have been literally lost in the translation.

In our practice of TEAM at Sage Community Health Collective, we aspire to rectify some of the  power dynamics that are often unexamined within the practice and education of TCM/TEAM.

Our mission reads as follows:

    • to create a non-hierarchical worker owned collective committed to community wellness

    • to challenge systemic health disparities and the traditional patient/practitioner dynamic

    • to provide affordable, accessible, trauma-informed and harm-reductionist healing services including acupuncture, herbs, bodywork, and nutritional counseling

    • to facilitate the pursuit of community and individual wellness via workshops and skillshares in partnership with community members, activists, and freedom fighters

We hope that by practicing our mission and infusing each session with trauma sensitivity, harm reduction, and body positivity we may give this medicine back to the people and poor, working-class communities for whom this kind of medicine was originally created and by whom it was always practiced.


2. Acknowledge where your practice comes from and from whom it comes.

Most of our practices come from China and the many different cultures, locations, and practices that informed Traditional Chinese Medicine. While we are not Maoists, we consider ourselves part of the Barefoot Doctor lineage, created in Maoist China.

At the same time, our bodywork and healing modalities and systems of medicine travelled along the Silk Route, so all of the practices that were shared and exchanged as they passed from family to family and healer to healer, inevitably morphed and continued to be shared with different cultures. Therefore, in some cases, it is difficult to pinpoint the direct origin of a specific practice, and we see certain practices expressed differently in different regions of Asia today.

The bottom line is that we were all trained at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a private, for-profit Western institution teaching Eastern Medicine by mostly white, American practitioners.

It is important to state that the curriculum did not rigorously emphasize the importance of the history and lineage of these 5000 year old practices. Therefore, we recognize the necessity of learning more about the roots of our medicine and deepening the authenticity of our practices.


3. Acknowledge the aspects of your practice that you are and are not sharing.

At Sage Community Health Collective, none of us identify as Taoists, shamans, or Confucians and do not have in-depth knowledge of each of these rich traditions; therefore, we make the choice to not speak as experts about the spiritual roots of the form of TEAM that we practice.

In general, we aspire to reduce the stigma and stereotypes about TCM/TEAM as being connected to religious dogma, and this raises an important question: for whose benefit are we adapting this medicine. Whose sensibilities are we protecting in erasing entire schools of thought as we practice this medicine? In fact, are we participating in racism, white supremacy, and cultural ethnocentrism by erasing the spiritual roots of this medicine from our practices? This is something we will continue discussing and exploring as we continue to deepen and expand our analysis.

As a challenge to TCM and TEAM, we challenge the gender binaries we often see in TCM language. In general, we challenge language that is not body positive or that is rooted in white supremacy, Eurocentrism, patriarchy, homophobia, transphobia, and violence.

We try to use transformative language as much as we can to express our values and counter oppression, promoting social justice, healing justice, and liberation.


4. Recognize your impact in spaces, being aware of your power and privilege. Ask questions about who is in the room and who is not.

Since Sage Community Health Collective opened in May 2011, we have asked ourselves questions about who accesses our services and who does not. We have been continuously engaged in holding focus groups with community members and have been participating in an ongoing Participatory Evaluation Research process, asking who is coming in to Sage, who we serve beyond the walls of Sage, and what obstacles prevent folks from coming to Sage for services. As a result, we have been able to discuss and address some of the identified obstacles, but we are always in the process of learning and adapting to the needs of our communities. We do not do this work alone and in a vacuum. We need our communities to show up for us, push back on us, and lovingly hold us the way we aspire to hold our communities and each other.

We do our best to share power within our collective and with our clients and communities. We do our best to honor the wisdom and complex humanity of those within our collective and those who come for services or to our workshops.

In our individual sessions, we affirm each person’s right to consent to treatment or refuse treatment at any time. We see ourselves as facilitators of a process led by the client/patient, and we root each of our sessions in trauma sensitivity, harm reduction, and body positivity.

All of our workshops are done in popular education style. We begin them by listening, asking people about their own experiences first. We do our best to honor each person’s unique beliefs and traditions, and we do our best to not ascribe or prescribe what self and community care should look like.

The work of collective liberation requires all of our engagement. It is our work to make sure that more of us can bring more of ourselves to the table and stay in the movements we so desperately need.


5. Build real relationships with people who are different from you without tokenizing them.

As anti-capitalist business owners, we put people before profit. Our practices are rooted in relationships.

We hold a complex, thriving space that is racially, economically, and culturally diverse. With this diversity come many opportunities for healing and transformative dialogue.

When conflict happens at Sage, we utilize our grievance policy and transformative justice practices as applications of our anti-oppression values and our collective belief that no one is disposable.

Our white practitioners actively engage their whiteness as a political and cultural orientation and are actively working on addressing the impacts of white supremacy and internalized racism on their beings and practices.

Our practitioners of color are engaged in addressing their own internalized white supremacy, actively acknowledging their own power and privileges, and they have developed their own practices of addressing the impacts of colonization and racism in their lives and practices.

Collectively we dedicate our work to movements for Black, POC, trans*/gender-non-conforming, and indigenous liberation, healing justice, and prison abolition. We support and have relationships with individuals and organizations all over the city led by young people and trans*/GNC, BIPOC folks striving for collective healing and transformation.

We want to acknowledge that our Black, Indigenous, POC, and queer/trans*/GNC patients and practitioners of color do unfortunately experience various kinds of micro-aggressions at Sage. As a result, we are trying to raise awareness amongst one another and with our clients about how micro-aggressions negatively impact the individual, the collective, and the work we do here at Sage. We will be releasing literature about micro-aggressions in the clinical setting and how to address them. Stay tuned to our newsletter and our website for more information!


6. Acknowledge where the sacred objects in your space come from.

At Sage Community Health Collective, we have gifts and items in the space that come from different cultures that are connected to our own personal histories and paths. Ask us about them if you are curious!

We want to acknowledge that we are called Sage. In our opinion, the name Sage represents the intentions behind our mission, work, and organizing principles.

We see our clients and patients as Sages. We are here to support the manifestation of their bodies’ innate wisdom.

We are aware that Sage burning comes from many different indigenous practices. We burn Sage in our space to shift and clear the energy. When we burn Sage at our space, it is not done with the intention of connecting to or co-opting Native American spiritual practices.

While our ancestors used Sage for healing and in their ceremonial practices, we learned the practice of saging at in Chicago at Stone Soup Housing Cooperative. We acknowledge that we did not create this practice and that we inherited it from white people practicing appropriation of Native American spiritual practices.

To honor the spirit of Sage, we regularly acknowledge it and offer our gratitude for the tenacity, healing, and resilience it grants us on a regular basis.


7. Be accountable with your use of Sanskrit and all sacred languages, acknowledging mispronunciations and what you do not know.

As Sage Community Health Collective, we do our best to use accessible terms, but sometimes we use words from our TCM/TEAM training, which can include Latin, pin yin, anatomical terms, terms from Ayurveda, and more.

We most often use language from our training that is pin yin. Pin yin is the Westernized version of Chinese characters. Very often, with this translation, the subtle and nuanced aspects of the Chinese language is appropriated and misrepresented, and so much history and meaning is lost. We acknowledge that we may be pronouncing pin yin in ways that change the meaning of the words we intend to use. We acknowledge and mourn this erasure of history, culture, and meaning.

We ask for the patience of our clients, teachers, and ancestors as we attempt to communicate in liberatory ways about healing, a phenomenon that often exists on a plane where words are at once inadequate and limitlessly powerful.

THANK YOU for reading this statement and for all you do to further the work of healing and transformative movements for liberation. As always, we welcome your feedback, questions, and ideas!

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January 7, 2015   Posted by: sageadmin

Heal and Support your Kidneys This Winter with Nettle Seeds

Are you feeling tired? Drained to the bone? Noticing signs of dryness in your hair, teeth, nails? Then you might be a good candidate for nettle seeds.


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Nettle seeds can rebuild and restore the kidneys. They are a great source of nutrition, vitamins and minerals and are considered an adaptogen and adrenal trophorestorative.

According to Winston and Kuhn in their book, Herbal Therapy & Supplements, an adaptogen is “a substance that helps a living organism adapt to stress (environmental, physical, or psychological).”

A trophorestorative is “an herb that nourishes, strengthens, and tonifies a specific organ or function. Considered ‘food for the organ’. Hawthorn, with its specificity for the heart and circulatory system, is a cardiovascular trophorestorative. Examples: fresh oat (nervous system), nettle seed (kidney).”

To use nettle seeds, consider sprinkling them on everything you eat. For  stronger effect, grind them in a coffee or herb grinder and sprinkle on your food.

A little can go a long way, and we encourage you to start small and build your use to a level that supports your energy levels without making you feel jittery or wired.

Let us know what you think or what questions you have!


Further Reading/Resources:

January 7, 2015   Posted by: sageadmin

How to make your own herbal infusions

On the left: an infusion of cinnamon, astragalus root, burdock root, and stinging nettle leaf. On the right: nettle seeds in a spice jar. Photo credit: Tanuja JagernauthOn the left: an infusion of cinnamon, astragalus root, burdock root, and stinging nettle leaf. On the right: nettle seeds in a spice jar. Photo credit: Tanuja Jagernauth

On the left: an infusion of cinnamon, astragalus root, burdock root, and stinging nettle leaf. On the right: nettle seeds in a spice jar. Photo credit: Tanuja Jagernauth

Making herbal infusions is an easy, affordable, and fun way to infuse (get it? hehe!) your day with wellness!


1 wide-mouthed quart-sized Mason jar

boiling water

herbs of your choice!

How to do it:

Place your chosen herbs into your Mason jar. Place up to a total of 1 cup of herbs in your jar. The more herbs you include, the stronger and possibly more bitter your brew will be, so start with smaller amounts and build until you have the right flavor and strength.

Pour the boiling water into the jar, covering the herbs and taking care not to burn yourself! Screw the lid on and let it steep overnight. Strain when you are ready to drink it, and add honey and/or lemon to taste. Enjoy throughout the following day!

Some herbs to consider in your infusions during the winter:

astragalus root: builds Qi and supports immunity

burdock root: has a wide variety of uses!

cinnamon sticks: promotes circulation, regulates blood sugar, tastes awesome, and can help fight off the early stages of a cold

clove: warms the interior, promotes circulation

ginger: promotes digestion, reduces nausea, can help fight off the early stages of a cold, warms the interior

roses buds: lifts the spirits, promotes compassion and self love

stinging nettle leaves: has a wide variety of uses!

And so many more!

Additional reading/considerations:

1. Check out this blog post from Susan Weed on making herbal infusions:

2. HAVE FUN! Getting to know and live with herbs is a joyous and empowering process. Let your knowledge of herbs that work with your wellness goals build over time, like a friendship.

3. Get creative! Curious about an herb’s properties as they manifest in your body? Make an infusion! As you sip it throughout the day notice how your body responds. If you have any allergic or adverse reaction, discontinue use immediately.

4. Build community! Make and share your infusions with friends and and loved ones!

5. Source your herbs from a trusted place if you live in the city. Be very careful and consult a trusted human or written guide if you are foraging for your herbs. The folks at Sage love Mountain Rose Herbs for stuff we cannot find at the Dill Pickle or our local botanica.

6. Reach out! Email Sage if you have questions or want more suggestions and set up a herbal consultation for an in-depth strategy session.

August 2, 2014   Posted by: sageadmin

Celebrating Beauty in Other Cultures


For the month of August, Sage Community Health Collective is asking ourselves and our community some questions to start a longer dialogue about culture, cultural appropriation, and cultural exchange. How would you answer the question posed here? How do you celebrate beauty in other cultures without being appropriative? #dialogueishealing

You can write us your response at sagecommunityhealth [at] gmail [dot] com or write up your response the next time you are at our clinic!

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August 2, 2014   Posted by: sageadmin

Honoring Our Roots


For the month of August, Sage Community Health Collective is asking ourselves and our community some questions to start some dialogue about culture, cultural appropriation, and cultural exchange. How would you answer the question posed here? How might we honor our own roots while discontinuing oppressive “traditions”? #dialogueishealing

You can write us your response at sagecommunityhealth [at] gmail [dot] com or write up your response the next time you are at our clinic!



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August 2, 2014   Posted by: sageadmin

Where Are Your People From?

For the month of August, Sage Community Health Collective is asking ourselves and our community some questions to start some dialogue about culture, cultural appropriation, and cultural exchange. How would you answer the question, “Where are your people from?” #dialogueishealing

You can write us your response at sagecommunityhealth [at] gmail [dot] com or write up your response the next time you are at our clinic!


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June 11, 2014   Posted by: sageadmin

Frequently Asked Questions about Fertility

In an attempt to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about fertility, we created this FAQ!Don’t see an answer to a question you have? Please ask us! Email us at sagecommunityhealth [at] gmail [dot] com

Sage Fertility Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncturists at Sage Community Health Collective are happy to assist you with your fertility needs. Please use these Frequently Asked Questions as a guide to help you decide whether Sage is a good fit.

Can Sage help me get pregnant?

Every person’s fertility needs are unique to that individual. We can’t force anything and believe in the body’s ability to heal itself. However we can help to heal underlying factors that may be impeding fertility and support each person in finding personal balance of the mind, body and spirit. Helping the body heal and achieve as much balance as it can will best prepare the body for conception.

Can Sage help induce labor?

Yes! If your body is ready, we can use acupuncture and moxibustion to help induce labor. It usually takes two or three treatments for this process to begin working. In addition to offering acupuncture and moxibustion, we have a number of home self-care love strategies we can share with the pregnant individual to work with to stimulate labor naturally.

Can I do IVF and acupuncture together?

Yes! We can support you and help minimize any symptoms hormonal therapy may be creating in your body with herbs and acupuncture.

What can I do to get pregnant if I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

PCOS is treated with customized acupuncture points and herbs that regulate the menstrual cycle, increase circulation through the ovaries and uterus, and heal additional underlying imbalances that may be impeding fertility. Because insulin resistance is often a key component of PCOS, we can offer suggestions for dietary changes that may help get the body as balanced as it can be to support conception and a healthy pregnancy.

Can acupuncture help me get rid of my fibroids?

Yes! Fibroids are accumulations of extra tissue in the uterus and/or surrounding area. We  have herbal and acupuncture-based strategies available to help reduce the size and symptoms of fibroids, however we cannot promise that we can make all of your fibroids disappear once they are a certain size. In Chinese Medicine, through acupuncture and herbs, we assist your body in increasing circulation in the lower abdomen to help you to reduce the size and discomfort of fibroids. We can also help you to work through side effects due to surgical procedures.

March 9, 2014   Posted by: sageadmin

Call for Participation! AMC 2014 Healing Justice Practice Space

Dear healing justice community,

This call for participation and place to apply for this years’ Healing Justice Practice Space at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit happening from June 19-22nd. Please share it with your communities, networks, and people who you think would be interested in volunteering!

We look forward to hearing from you!
the 2014 HJPS coordinators

Hello Amazing Healers, Practitioners, and Organizers!

We are seeking your participation in the Healing Justice Practice Space at the 2014 Allied Media Conference (AMC), June 19-22nd. The AMC will take place on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and the HJPS will be held within the McGregor Conference Center.

Bring your and your community’s brilliance to the 2014 HJPS! Spread the word to other fabulous healers, health practitioners, and healing justice activists.

We’re cultivating space for people to receive healing, feel educated and empowered to keep healing themselves, and be inspired to share healing their communities.

Click here to apply to be part of the 2014 Healing Justice Practice Space!

Your response is due by April 18, 2014.


  • Healer/Practitioner

  • Space Keeper

  • Point Person

  • any combination of these roles

Practitioners & Healers will work in 1.5 hour shifts, working with the AMC community in experiencing healing practices and addressing health concerns. We’re excited to receive applications from all kinds of practitioners and healers. Some of the offerings at the Healing Justice Practice Space since its beginnings in 2011 have included:

  • -herbalism

  • -reiki

  • -massage

  • -acupuncture

  • -yoga

  • -energy and bodywork

  • -crisis counseling

  • -first aid

  • -nutritional counseling

  • -dance/movement

  • -somatic therapy

  • -art and sound therapy

  • -full spectrum doula support

Space Keepers will manage the sign-up schedule for people wishing to see practitioners and healers, maintain a safe space, support the practitioners and healers in their practice, ensure access to the space for attendees, and help troubleshoot other issues if they arise. They will also need to feel comfortable answering questions about healing modalities being offered in the space. We are asking space keepers to work 1.5 hour shifts. Patient, organized folks are essential in these roles, and help keep the space wonderful.

Point People are the go-to folks who help hold down the HJPS for 3-4 hour shifts. They communicate and troubleshoot with practitioners and healers, the space keepers, as well as the other volunteers and staff outside of the HJPS who are responsible for coordinating the AMC. Point people must be in or near the practice space throughout their shift, and on-call for supporting the needs of practitioners and healers.


  • Attend a conference call/online orientation this Spring, or the in-person orientation at the AMC.

  • Be on time and stay for the duration of your shift.

  • Have clear communication with the HJPS coordinators about your needs.

  • Sign up to receive one session of healing for yourself.


A very limited number of waived registrations will be available to practitioners, healers and point people who would not otherwise be able to attend. We cannot offer waived registration to all volunteers this year. Please indicate on your application whether you will need a travel scholarship (all volunteers) and/or a waived registration (practitioners, healers and point people only). All volunteers may register at the scholarship rate of $55 for the conference. All HJPS volunteers (including practitioners and healers) will be eligible for free transportation from and to the airport.


We will hold a shared space for pracitioners and healers to offer individual and group sessions. We encourage proposals for one-on-one sessions as well as for group sessions such as yoga, movement, acupuncture, meditation, and sound-based practices. We will provide some supples such as: lamps, adjustable dividers for each room that will be available for healers and practitioners to use for setting up their space for sessions, and yoga props such as mats, blankets, straps and bolsters.

Applications can be sent to: by April 18, 2014. Applications are reviewed by a national advisory committee drawn from the Disability Justice, Transformative Justice, and Healing/Health Justice communities that participate and have participated in the AMC. Please be detailed in your responses in describing how solid and amazing your practice is. You will hear back from us by the first week of May. Please let us know in your application on how much space you will need, and if there are certain supplies you need that you are unable to bring with you.

Although there will not be a Healing Justice Network Gathering this year, we are seeking planning and coordination support for organizing a healing justice gathering that will be happening onThursday, June 19th in Detroit. If you would like to be part of organizing the pre-AMC gathering, contact Peggy Hong, at: We acknowledge that past dinners, caucuses, and network gatherings have been valuable spaces to continue to build healing justice community networks during the time of the AMC, so we are looking for additional support to make the pre-AMC healing justice gathering happen!

We appreciate you, your wisdom and gifts, and look forward to collaborating.

In community,

Holly, Tanuja, Peggy, TK, Jardana, and Carmen

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February 10, 2014   Posted by: sageadmin

Make Your Own Fire Cider!


Make Your Own Fire Cider!

From the Mountain Rose Blog! “Fire Cider is a traditional cold remedy with deep roots in folk medicine. The tasty combination of vinegar infused with powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers makes this recipe especially pleasant and easy to incorporate into your daily diet to help boost the immune system, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days.”


1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root

1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root

1 medium organic onion, chopped

10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped

2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped

Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon

Several sprigs of fresh organic rosemary or 2 tbsp of dried rosemary leaves

1 tbsp organic turmeric powder

organic apple cider vinegar

raw local honey to taste


Prepare all of your cold-fighting roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart sized jar. If you’ve never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus opening experience! Use a piece of natural parchment paper or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Shake well! Store in a dark, cool place for one month and remember to shake daily.

After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid goodness as you can from the pulp while straining. Next, comes the honey! Add 1/4 cup of honey and stir until incorporated. Taste your cider and add another 1/4 cup until you reach the desired sweetness.

Ingredient Variations

These herbs and spices would make a wonderful addition to your Fire Cider creations: ThymeCayenneRosehipsGinseng, Orange, Grapefruit, Schizandra berriesAstragalusParsleyBurdockOreganoPeppercorns

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