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Horoscopes for June 2024

Horoscopes for June 2024

The planets will send a wave of energy that perfectly matches the fresh air we enjoy in June. As we go about the business of welcoming warmer weather, our cosmic guardians will make the kinds of connections that pull us along the path of forward progress. It is a great time to network and meet up with friends you can really celebrate summer with. 


What does the beautiful month of June have in store for you? Find out by looking for your sign below. If you know what your Ascendant is, read that one. If you don’t know, read the one for your birthday sign…or find out what your ascendant is from a professional astrologer. You can find one at Una this month on June 15th and June 29th, when Judi will offer Astrology and Tarot readings that will give you the whole scoop. Claim your space by signing up online, or drop in to say hello.


ARIES (March 21-April 20)

Money takes the spotlight in your life now, as Mars gets to work on your earning and spending sector. Start something new that will help you bring in an additional stream of income. Chances are you’ll be quite successful with it, which is well-timed, given that Mars may also tempt you to spend more lavishly than usual.


TAURUS (April 21-May 20)

Your assertion levels will be at a peak, so if you have something that you really want, now is the time to ask for it. A power struggle around the 11th will pit you against someone who mistakenly believes you’re not courageous enough to stand up for your beliefs. Administer a good dose of your unmovable protectiveness, and expect success.

 

 

GEMINI (May 21 - July 20)

You should expect to drink up all that birthday love this month, but you might be surprised at how much more there is coming your way. Let yourself get swept up into a beautiful pink cloud or romance around the 4th, when the sun and Venus in your sign encourage lots of kissing. Secrets revealed around the 16th could create changes on the work scene.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Even though the beginning of the month might not be the most social time for you, an upswing of activity and attention will come your way once Venus and the sun roll into your sign after the 17th. A trip near a large body of water is always likely to make you smile, but this time the friends you have with you could make it even more special. Romance comes to a head with the full moon on the 22nd.


LEO (July 23-Aug 22)

The summer crowd will begin to gather around you starting with the new moon on the 6th. Expect invitations and announcements from friends and others who want to bring life to their parties by making sure you’re there. A power struggle might make you re-evaluate the state of your work-life balance. Keeping the one you love happy will be the smart move in the long run.


VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22)

Something new is starting that creates a sensation around you and your abilities. Jupiter and Pluto inspire you to tap on your creative talents. There might be a new assignment at work, or an urge to get cooking with a business idea that you’ve had on the back burner for way too long. Celebrate the new moon by putting your interests first. 


LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22)

You never find making decisions to be the easiest thing you do, and at this time, your options could seem overwhelming. Should you roll the dice and take that trip you have on your bucket list? Or is it a better idea to save your shekels for training or education that will help make your professional future more secure? Find a Capricorn friend who can help you create the balance you seek.

 

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21)

Pluto is getting quite comfortable in your house of abode, family, and real estate. Take stock of your feelings around the way you make your home, and make decisions that fit your current needs and desires. A flash of insight on the 2nd could help you see your way out of a situation that seems too confining. Make your move and fly free!


SAGITTARIUS  (November 22-Dec 21)

Opportunities for pairing up in various ways will continue this month. A new partnership could get off to a great start, thanks to the new moon in your house of one-to-one relations. If you’re in a client-driven business, expect to be swamped! Take time out to have some fun, though. The weekend of the 29th could be a blast!


CAPRICORN (Dec 21-Jan 20)

Now that Pluto has moved out of your sign for the time being, you’re focused on earning money, and treating yourself to the nice things summer brings to life. Expect extra attention around the 22nd. The full moon is going to show off your powers of attraction, and someone enticing is going to have a hard time getting enough of you.


AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 20)

Don’t let financial concerns keep you from doing the things you want. The new moon on the 6th will inspire you to take on an activity that’s fun and creative. If you have kids, what they’re doing is going to be almost as much, or even more, fun for you. Indulge the carefree spirit of your inner child, and soon you’ll begin to believe in magic again.



PISCES (Feb 21-March 20)

If you have cravings to be with your family now, let your feelings be known. Keeping everyone guessing about what you really want isn’t a very effective way to satisfy your desires. This goes double for love and romance. Say what’s on your heart around the 17th and 18th, and a nice relationship will become even closer.

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Shine Your Light Summer Playlist

Shine Your Light Summer Playlist

Enjoy these tunes to shine bright and soak up the sun!   Listen here!
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Music for Mother's Day

Music for Mother's Day

Enjoy this playlist for Moms!  We love you! 

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Horoscopes for May 2024

Horoscopes for May 2024

You know that feeling you get after a scary amusement park ride is finally over? That’s what May will be like this year. Mercury’s not retrograde, and there aren’t any eclipses. The biggest thing to happen will be Jupiter moving into Gemini. That’s going to produce huge, positive shifts for just about everyone!. Who among us is not going to welcome the calm after all we’ve been through?


Want to find out what May will be like for you? Read on for your sign below. Remember: if you know what your ascendant is, read for that sign. If you don’t know, read for your birthday sign…or find out what your ascendant is from a professional astrologer. Una happens to have at your service! Judi will be available at Una for Astrology and Tarot readings on May 25th. Be sure to sign up to claim your space with Judi at Una!

ARIES (March 21-April 20)

You’re not exactly known for your willingness to stay in one place for long, so give into the urge to take a few little road trips to celebrate warmer weather. Your wanderlust doesn’t have to take you too far. Consider using some part of a possible windfall that comes in from generous Jupiter around the 18th on a sweet, if slight, change of scenery.

 

TAURUS (April 21-May 20)

Your birthday month will be more of a cause for celebration than usual, thanks to a parade of planets sliding by to be touched by the inspiration and electricity of planet Uranus. Make a bold move on the 13th, and turn up the heat on a romantic situation on the 23rd. Your Memorial Day weekend is bound to sizzle. Hooray!


GEMINI (May 21-July 20)

Are you feeling as though you could explode with a burst of optimism, happiness, and good will? Jupiter will give you every reason to believe in the power of all things good once it crosses into your sign on the 26th. In the period leading up to that moment, set boundaries around just how much you're willing to take on. This will let you be clearer about which of the tons of upcoming opportunities are right for you.


CANCER (June 21-July 22)

You might become more circumspect this month, as emotional energies from Venus encourage you to ask questions like “What is it that I really want?” Use the new moon on the 8th to initiate a project that involves lots of other people. This could be work-related, but it could also be a summer plan that makes you and your friends happy for many chances to dance in the sun.

 

LEO (July 23-Aug 22)

Good thing you’re not terribly shy, because you have a chance to be in the spotlight this month. A secret ambition could be realized around the 7th, when the sun brings light to a way to start a new project. The full moon on the 23rd could awaken your desire to get out and do more things for fun. Go on and do it. You have plenty of reasons to celebrate!


VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22)

Any educational pursuit you’ve been involved with could benefit your career this month. The new moon on the 8th charges up your curiosity. By the 21st, expect to apply new knowledge to a problem that makes the people around you call you names like “lifesaver” and “a blessing.” Save the 23rd for a romantic moment or two.


LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22)

There’s a lot going on in your house of intimacy this month. Are you being completely open to someone who really, truly cares about you? Don’t be standoffish because you’re afraid you might get hurt. Remember that even if your heart gets broken, it can always heal. A sudden surge of heartfelt attraction will overwhelm you on the 18th. Give in to love.

 

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21)

Take a chance on a new relationship this month, or hit the reset button on one that means a lot to you. The new moon on the 8th will give you cause to make an advance toward a friendship or romantic situation. You’ll want to make the most of this through the 23rd, before sweet Venus slips out of your house of relationships.


SAGITTARIUS  (November 22-Dec 21)

You’re one of those people who doesn’t get excited about being tied down, but don’t let that stop you from taking a chance on or renewing an important friendship or another loving relationship. The full moon in your sign could bring in a lot of admiration on the 23rd, and from there Venus will turn you on. Jupiter’s move into Gemini on the 26th will set your love life on fire…in a good way.


CAPRICORN (Dec 21-Jan 20)

Make a point of having more fun this May. Too many people think you’re the “all work and no play” type, but there’s so much more to you than that. The new moon on the 8th is in your house of diversion. This could inspire you to get out there more often. Plan a date or three for Memorial Day weekend. There’s someone who thinks you look adorable in your new bathing suit!


AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 20)

Staying close to home will bring you peace this month. A new moon in your house of family and abode could inspire you to make some changes in your living environment. It could be time to set up your grilling and chilling space. A fire ring or new barbeque tools will attract friends and family so you can celebrate the summer season together.



PISCES (Feb 21-March 20)

It’s not easy to see past life’s obstacles that stand in your way when Saturn’s in your sign, but your visionary capabilities help you to stay optimistic. Pluto’s powerful influence allows you to affirm that there’s so much more to life than the material world. Explore options for practicing your spirituality around the 17th. You’ll feel validated around the 23rd, when the full moon brings recognition for a goal you have reached.

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Navigating Grief & Mother's Day

Navigating Grief & Mother's Day

     On October 29, 2021, my mom took her last breath while I, her two other daughters, one grandchild, and one son-in-law held her hands.  One day prior, she had been rushed to the hospital while having a heart attack that landed her in the ICU; and then, she was just…gone.  I’ve experienced loss before, most notably my brother from a car accident, and my father from colon cancer.  Death visited quickly for one, and slowly drained the life from the other.  Each of these were in different stages of my own life and none was easier or harder than the others.  Death, grief, and loss is all incredibly layered and hard. 

      When these holidays that celebrate the person we’re missing arise, things become complicated.  I always think about you fellow friends out there that are also navigating these choppy waters.  The waves of grief come and go, and after years of trying to stand still and strong while they slam into my weary body, I’ve found some things that have helped.  And so, dear friend, I am sharing them with you to hopefully provide a little bit of peace, love, or a moment of breath.  Nothing is universal, so take what you need and leave the rest behind.


  1. Ride the waves, don’t try to stand up while they hit.  I mean this to say that when grief hits, don’t fight it, allow yourself to feel it.  Give yourself some time to cry, scream into a pillow, or punch your mattress.  According to Harvard Health Blog, crying, but specifically crying emotional tears, is actually healthy.  They say that it's the “emotional tears (which flush stress hormones and other toxins out of our system), that potentially offers the most health benefits. Researchers have established that crying releases oxytocin and endogenous opioids, also known as endorphins.” (Newhouse 2021)
  2. Lean in to traditions.  Keeping up a tradition that you shared with your loved one can be comforting.  If this feels too fresh, try creating a new tradition that they would have loved or something that you feel honors them.  The important thing with this is to remember that it doesn’t have to be a grand gesture.  It can be as simple as making a playlist of their favorite songs and dancing or cooking while listening to it; or writing them a letter with what has been going on with you that you would normally share with them.
  3. Share stories.  My family and I find it really cathartic to get together over zoom on my mom’s birthday (we’re all over the country) and share stories of her that make us smile, laugh, or cry.  Speaking about her helps us know she will not be forgotten and that we still love her and think of her every day.  You could even ask friends and family to share their favorite moment of your loved one either privately or over social media.  Stories heal.  
  4. Find solace in (or completely ditch) sayings you’ve heard about loss.  I have heard a LOT of different opinions and sentiments from people over the years as I lost loved ones.  Some of it was complete garbage that at some point, angered me.  For those, I decided to completely release them and not let the perceived unhelpfulness of them weigh me down.  I try to remember that these usually come from people with wonderful intentions who really are just at a loss of what they could possibly say to you.  With that being said, I have also been told some things that have hit me differently and actually helped with what I was feeling.  Here are a couple of those helpful sayings:
    1.  Grief is love with no place to go.  This made me feel like it was ok to grieve.  That it wasn’t this negative thing.  It had a purpose, and that purpose was to show the immense love I had for my people.
    2. For this blog, I asked my friend Katie (who also happens to be a Psychologist with her own practice, Stewart Psychological - shout out Dr. Katie!  Find her practice here - https://www.stewartpsychological.com/ ) if she had anything she wanted to share.  What she said resonated so hard with me and I couldn’t wait to share with you.  She said “I think it is important to acknowledge that grief is like a well…when we go to the well, all of our losses are there.  So, when we grieve, we are typically grieving everything, not just the specific loss we may have just experienced or been thinking of/reminded of.  That’s why it can feel so overwhelming and why grace and self-compassion are so important!”  Mic drop from Dr. Katie.
    3. Grief and joy can coexist.  This helped me so very much because there were times when I was experiencing something that was a joyous occasion, but I felt the stabbing pain of grief along with it.  At the time, I felt guilty over this, thinking maybe I wasn’t able to be happy anymore.  But the reality is, these feelings can share a space and coexist pretty naturally, and THAT’S OK.
  5. Find community and support.  Since I experienced my first big loss at such a young age, for several years, I felt very alone.  It was as if no one else on earth knew how I felt.  Once I found people who had shared experiences, I felt like I could breathe a little easier.  Going to therapy also helped with this as my feelings were validated by a professional; and let’s be honest, that felt pretty good! Look for resources that resonate with you and your experience.  I personally am a huge proponent of therapy.  There are a lot of different methods and resources out there for everyone.  For mothers who have lost a child, Dr. Katie recommends Mirabai Starr.  She shares her experience with Bereaved Mothers’ Day here - https://www.wildheart.space/bereavedmothersday 
  6. Give yourself Grace.  It’s hard.  Like so hard.  No one has all of the answers so be gentle with yourself as you attempt to navigate this seemingly impossible part of life.

     We’re all going through this particular life for the first time, at the same time so be patient with yourself and others.  Do what feels right for you and don’t worry about what others say.  Everyone grieves differently and this is YOUR journey, and yours alone.  My heart is with you and I wish you healing, peace, love, and light.

Xo,

Sarah


References:

Newhouse, L (2021, March 1) “Is Crying Good For You” Harvard Health Blog https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/is-crying-good-for-you-2021030122020#:~:text=It's%20the%20third%20category%2C%20emotional,opioids%2C%20also%20known%20as%20endorphins.


Stewart Psychological - https://www.stewartpsychological.com/


Bereaved Mothers Day - https://www.wildheart.space/bereavedmothersday
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Bloom & Grow Playlist

Bloom & Grow Playlist

Enjoy these songs about evolving, growing, and elevating your life!

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xo,

Sarah

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Backyard Pesto

Backyard Pesto

By: Charlie Baron

One of the earliest signs of spring is weeds popping up around yards, sidewalks, edges of parking lots, anywhere there is disturbed soil. While weeds can be an issue (like when Japanese knotweed crowds out native plants), they also bring a nice pop of color early in the season, and many of them are actually edible! 


Today we’re going to talk about pesto, which is an amazing way to use any edible weeds you find. Eating the weeds is a great idea for many reasons:

  • It’s eco-friendly– no shipping, no plastic packaging, and no need to drive, just pick what’s near you.
  • Edible weeds are usually highly nutritious.
  • If you eat the weeds instead of throwing them into a compost heap, you will reduce their spread. Picking young and tender greens will give you good flavor and prevent them from going to seed.
  • It’s one of the easiest and freshest ways to get your greens– it’ll save you money, and if you make pesto right after picking them, they’re fresher than any veggies from the grocery store.

Of course, there are things to be cautious of. Don’t eat weeds from yards that are sprayed with pesticides or herbicides. In Pittsburgh, lead in the soil is definitely a common issue, so if you want to forage from your yard, it’s a good idea to get your soil tested first. Click here for information about soil lead testing from the city of Pittsburgh, and here for resources for soil testing.


Here are some weeds that grow in the Pittsburgh area that you can use in pesto:

  • Bittercress: 
    • These greens in the mustard family pop up in very early spring, and have tons of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and antioxidants. They first grow as a basal rosette, meaning the leaves grow close to the ground in a round pattern, and then they send up flower stalks with little white flowers. The small green leaves have tiny hairs on the upper and lower surfaces of the leaves. When these go to seed, their seed pods will pop and spread, so you can pull the plant up from the root to prevent it spreading. The leaves have a mild peppery flavor. There are a few different species of bittercress, but they are all pretty similar and edible.

  • Ground ivy:
    • Also known as “creeping charlie” or “gill over the ground,” ground ivy is a rich source of vitamin C, potassium, and iron. It usually grows as a mass of ground cover, and has scalloped fan- or kidney-shaped leaves which sometimes turn purple towards their edges. When they flower, they have purple flowers that look much like other mint family flowers. Like other mint family plants, it has square stems and opposite leaves. It has a mild but aromatic flavor.
  • Purple deadnettle:
    • Purple deadnettles are identifiable by their purple flowers and purple leaves towards the top of the plant. Like ground ivy, they are in the mint family, so they have square stems and opposite leaves. Don’t worry about “nettle” in the name– unlike stinging nettle, they do not have stinging spines. If you’d like to keep them in your foraging area, you can just trim the tops of the plants, and they will keep growing back. The plants will be tastier if they have not flowered yet. There is also a similar-looking plant called henbit which is edible and nutritious as well, and fine to use in your pesto.

  • Dandelion:
    • Dandelion is completely edible, flower, leaves, roots, and all! Early in the spring, just leaves will appear, and they will have a milder flavor and more tender texture before their flower stalks appear. To help you correctly identify dandelions before they flower, remember that their leaves are smooth (as opposed to hairy, like cat’s ear leaves are) and they have pointed lobes that point back towards the center of the plant. Dandelion leaves are bitter, but many people find them quite tasty. Plus their bitterness helps stimulate your digestive system and support your liver. They are also high in vitamin K and potassium, as well as other vitamins and minerals.

  • Garlic mustard:
    • Garlic mustard is another plant in the mustard family, and as its name suggests, it has a funky, garlicky flavor. They become bitter once they flower, so it’s best to pick them before the flowers appear. Because garlic mustard is invasive and spreads wildly, it is a great one to pick freely and use in pesto. First year garlic mustard plants are low-growing rosettes with rounded, kidney-shaped leaves, scalloped on the edges. The leaves are smooth (unlike some lookalike species with hairy leaves). Upper leaves on mature plants are more triangular and coarsely toothed. Plants often smell like garlic, especially when leaves are crushed. The leaves are rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E.
  • Wild garlic:
    • Wild alliums are common, and like garlic mustard, will help add garlicky flavor to your pesto. We recommend harvesting the common wild garlic which you can find in yard, fields, and by sidewalks. They grow in clumps, looking almost like a tall grass, but when you get closer, you will realize that the mature stems are hollow, and when crushed, it smells distinctly like garlic. When they get older, the stems start to curl. If you have some of these in your yard, you can use the tops, bulbs, or both, and swap out some or all of the garlic bulbs in your recipe.
    • One of the most famous wild alliums are ramps, which are overharvested, and at risk of becoming endangered if people continue to harvest at high rates. Even when people do choose to harvest from abundant populations, they should only pick a leaf or two per plant, being sure to always leave at least 2-3 leaves on the plant, and not pulling up the root. 
  • Chickweed:
    • Chickweed is a small plant, but it often grows in big patches. Its leaves are opposite, smooth, and entire (meaning they have a smooth leaf edge, not toothed edges). Their flowers are small, white, and star-shaped with 5 petals. Chickweed is a favorite amongst herbalists because it can be eaten or used externally (at Una Biologicals, we use it in our Wound Wonder, Baby Balm, and Tattoo Salve). If you eat them, you’ll benefit from its many nutrients: vitamins A, D, C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, sodium, copper, iron and silica!


When foraging, always pay attention to detail and confirm your identification! Use a reputable website or book, and confirm your ID with a couple sources.


If you don’t have an abundant supply of any one plant, no problem! Grab a mixture of whatever you can find, and mix with any other herbs or greens you have on hand. For our base recipe, you need 3 cups of any sort of greens.


RECIPE

  • 2-3 garlic cloves
    • If you forage some wild alliums, you can reduce or replace the garlic cloves
  • ½ cup nuts or seeds
    • Hemp seeds, pine nuts, walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, almonds, or a blend
    • If desired, lightly toast before adding.
  • 3 packed cups of fresh herbs and/or greens
    • Use any combination of these or others: Basil, parsley, dill, fennel, marjoram, mint, thyme, oregano, edible weeds, vegetable greens (arugula, spinach, radish tops, carrot tops, kale)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • Start with the juice of half a lemon and add to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
    • You can start with ¼ teaspoon of each and add more to taste
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan, romano, or nutritional yeast
    • If using nutritional yeast, start with ⅛ cup (2 tablespoons), and increase to taste
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

  1. Place garlic in the food processor; pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Add the nuts, greens, salt, and pepper; pulse until nuts and greens are finely chopped. 
  3. Now, turn your food processor on to continuously blend, and slowly pour the olive oil in, until the mixture is well-combined. Stop once it is combined if you like a thicker textured pesto, or blend longer if you want it smooth.
  4. Finally, add parmesan and pulse 2 or 3 times.
  5. Now use your pesto on pasta, sandwiches, stirred into soups, or to coat your fish or chicken!

Tips for preserving pesto:

https://www.allrecipes.com/article/how-to-freeze-pesto/

https://www.theyummylife.com/How_to_make_Pesto

Written by: Charlie Baron

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Herbs for Seasonal Allergies

Herbs for Seasonal Allergies

By: Charlie Baron

While spring blooms are one of the best parts of spring, the allergies they bring are one of the worst. Runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing can make us feel crummy just when we want to play outside more.


Allergies are caused by our immune systems overreacting to pollen. Our bodies release antibodies to attack the “invader” pollens, and histamines release into our blood. Over-the-counter medications for allergies are typically antihistamines (which lower histamines in the body), decongestants (which relieve congestion and swelling), and steroid nasal sprays (which reduce inflammation but have negative side effects, especially with prolonged use). 


If you’re looking for a more natural way to manage allergies, read on for more information about herbs for allergies. Herbs can help with allergy symptoms, but they are gentler and slower-acting than over-the-counter medications, so be patient. If you can start taking your allergy herbs before your allergy season gets into full swing, you may have more success knocking back your symptoms.


While some herbal remedies for allergies work similarly to medications, they also have other approaches that medications don’t. For example, there are immunomodulating herbs, which help regulate the immune response to be supportive instead of over-reactive. Herbs are also typically free of side effects. If someone does have an unwanted side effect from an herb, adding another herb to balance it will sometimes fix the issue. For example, if one herb is overly drying, leaving you with dried out mucus membranes or constipation, adding marshmallow or licorice root to a blend will help moisten it and offset the dryness. That being said, if an herb really doesn’t agree with you, stop taking it and try something else.


Finally, this post is a great starting place, but if you have questions or need a custom formula made for your specific needs, it’s always a good idea to see a clinical herbalist.


Stinging nettle

  • Nettle is one of the most popular herbs for allergies, and for good reason. Not only is it a nutritional powerhouse, containing antioxidant compounds, minerals, and vitamin C, but it also has natural anti-inflammatory properties, and can block histamine receptors, as well as preventing immune cells from releasing chemicals that trigger allergy symptoms. You may get some benefit from dried nettles, but the most effective way to take nettles for allergies is to consume them fresh or freeze dried (which you can buy as capsules). If using them fresh, make sure to cook them to deactivate their stingers. Freeze dried nettle supplements will give you the anti-allergy benefits of nettles in a convenient pill. 

Goldenrod

  • Goldenrod often gets blamed for autumn allergies, but goldenrod isn’t actually the culprit. The allergy-triggering plant is usually ragweed, which has tiny pollen that gets dispersed by the wind, meaning it easily gets into our respiratory system. Goldenrod is insect-pollinated, so it has heavier pollens which aren’t flying around in the air, they’re being picked up by insects. While goldenrod’s showy flowers seem to give the impression that they cause allergies, goldenrod is actually a great allergy remedy. It is highly antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antihistamine. It is a great decongestant, meaning it will dry out mucus-y, dripping sinuses. 

Mullein

  • A traditional lung herb, mullein is soothing to the respiratory system, so it’s a good choice for people who have an allergic cough or other respiratory symptoms. Mullein contains tannins (also found in tea and red wine), which tighten up tissue. This can be helpful during allergy season to strengthen the barrier of your mucus membranes against the pollen-filled air. At the same time, mullein contains mucilage (a type of carbohydrate with a moistening effect), which contributes to its soothing action on irritated respiratory tracts. Mullein can make you cough, but sometimes that is helpful for moving stuck mucus and getting it out of your system. To round out mullein’s usefulness against allergies, it contains antioxidant and antiinflammatory bioflavonoids, which will help support an irritated and reactive immune system.

Lobelia

  • Lobelia is a bronchodilator, meaning it opens up the airways and relaxes the muscles of the lungs, making breathing easier if your allergies include a lot of coughing and lung congestion. Lobelia can make people nauseous, so this is one to use under the supervision of a trained herbalist, or just a few drops of tincture at a time to test how your body responds to it. If you are making a tincture formula for allergies, you could include a bit of lobelia with other helpful herbs, but make sure that each dose of the tincture will stay below the level of lobelia that you can tolerate. Cigarette smokers especially need to be cautious with this plant. Because lobelia opens up the lungs, it can make your body absorb more tar and chemicals from cigarettes. Lobelia also contains an alkaloid that is similar to nicotine, and can make you feel sick if you smoke a cigarette. So smokers should probably skip this plant unless they are under the supervision of a professional herbalist.

Tulsi (Holy basil)

  • Tulsi, also known as holy basil, has natural antihistamine effects and can prevent mast cell degranulation, which is one of the causes of acute allergic reactions. Tulsi has multiple anti-inflammatory mechanisms, plus amazing effects for the whole system, including stress management. It’s also one of the most delicious herbs in this list, so it could be blended in a tea with some local honey and other herbs for a tasty, allergy-relieving beverage.

Horseradish

  • While horseradish (or wasabi, which is in the same family) is not a long-term solution to allergies, it is one of the herbs that will have immediate effects. Horseradish is spicy and moving, and can make your nose run, clearing out stuck congestion. The feeling of relief if you haven’t breathed through your nose in days could be worth the burn!

Reishi

  • Reishi is a medicinal mushroom that helps modulate immune reactions, among its other supportive benefits. Reishi also has anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties, like many of the other herbs in this list. I love to make an herbal coffee substitute from Dandy Blend (a powdered dandelion root product) and reishi mushroom powder. Not only is it a caffeine-free way to satisfy a craving for a warm, bitter, rich tasting drink, but it is also a great way to get some anti-allergenic compounds and support your liver’s clearance, as both dandelion and reishi benefit the liver as well.

Ginger

  • Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, and is also spicy and moving, which can help clear congestion. One study found that 500mg of ginger taken daily for 6 weeks was as effective as loratadine (a common antihistamine medication) in improving allergic nasal symptoms and quality of life. Researchers found that ginger tended to have lighter side effects (such as burping), as opposed to drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness, and constipation that can occur from loratadine. Cook with ginger or add it to your tea throughout the spring season.

Vitamin C

  • While vitamin C isn’t an herb, it’s a common vitamin found in many edible and medicinal plants, and it can be very supportive for combating allergy symptoms. To get a clear allergy-reducing effect, you can take high doses of vitamin C (around 3 grams, or 3,000mg, per day). But eating vitamin C in plants and herbs will also support your immune system and the tissue of your mucous membranes, which are usually affected during allergy season. Getting your vitamin C from berries will have an added benefit of the natural antihistamine quercetin. You could also eat citruses, which contain bioflavonoids that support immune function and tissue integrity. Eat your fruits and vegetables throughout the season to give your body the best chance of recovering!

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April 2024 Horoscopes

April 2024 Horoscopes

If you liked the intensity we felt in March, you’re going to absolutely L O V E  April. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard about the April 8th New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse. On top of that, Mercury is going to be in retrograde for most of the month! There’s a powerful conjunction between Jupiter and Uranus on the 20th, too. Hold on to your hats—you’re about to climb aboard a cosmic roller coaster.


Want to see how these phenomena will rock your life? Read on for your sign below.

Remember: if you know what your ascendant is, read for that sign. If you don’t know, read for your birthday sign…or find out what your ascendant is from a professional astrologer. Una happens to have one right here! Judi will be available at Una for Astrology and Tarot readings on April 13th. Secure your space with Judi at Una!

 

ARIES (March 21-April 20)

You may discover that despite your skeptical friends’ opinions, there really are times when it’s all about YOU. This is one of them. The eclipse in your sign will make you stand out from the crowd. Make sure you’re living in your integrity, so that when the spotlight shines on you, it’s possible to hold your head high. Jupiter and Uranus could bring a sudden cash infusion. Spend it conservatively!


TAURUS (April 21-May 20)

You might surprise yourself when you discover a hidden desire that you’ve been putting on the back burner. Don’t be afraid to live your dreams, even if it means taking a few baby steps out of your comfort zone. A surge of electrical energy will supercharge your efforts to be noticed around the 20th. You need to say what you want if you want to get it.


GEMINI (May 21-July 20)

It might feel like nothing else matters more than the things you do with groups of friends. You could also become a prominent fixture in your community, known and loved for using your natural talent for bringing people together. Look out for a professional glitch around the 10th. A reminder to pay attention to your personal needs could come as a shock later in the month.


CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Change in the way you are seen in the world is sure to come with this powerful eclipse. Mercury retrograde could resurrect an opportunity you had forgotten about. A promotion, or even a new job, could be part of the package. Expect your friends to give you the congratulations you deserve, and hold tight for a surprise announcement.


LEO (July 23-Aug 22)

A snap decision to broaden your horizons is sure to make positive changes in your life. Take a class…or plan a trip you’ve always dreamed about. Don’t worry about financing your desires. Jupiter and Uranus will bring treasure and recognition your way. Even if it all seems to come out of the blue, the truth is, you are finally being rewarded for a long period of hard work.


VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22)

The eclipse will add a huge dollop of the magic ingredient that makes all your relationships magical. Any disconnects, distances, or separations that kept you apart will dissolve, as your heart opens to the joys of intimacy. A sudden urge to help someone in need will give you even more ways to spread the love.

LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22)

One to one relationships of all kinds will rock your world now. Be prepared to make your communication with others more genuine, even if it means you’re not always Ms. or Mr. “Nicey Nice.” After the 20th, expect a highly sensual experience, or a chance to truly express your desire to share your heart in a deep, intimate way.

 

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21)

Change isn’t your favorite thing in life, but you’ll probably be grateful once you see its effects. There’s a big shift coming to the way you handle your day to day life. More attention to the people around you, especially at home, as well as a focus on taking care of your own health, will make for a refreshing, rejuvenating, change of pace.


SAGITTARIUS  (November 22-Dec 21)

Your imagination, your desire for friendship, and your need for plain old fun, will be the highlights to this month’s eclipse. Mercury retrograde could bring back an old friend or flame who really gets your creative juices flowing. Someone you see every day could inspire you to revamp your workout routine.


CAPRICORN (Dec 21-Jan 20)

If you’re planning a move, or even a re-do of one of your rooms, the eclipse will draw your attention to the importance of having a solid home base. Family could play a part in giving you tips, extending a loan, or simply giving you the support that you need. A fun friend could surprise you with how much laughter can do for you life.


AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 20)

Communication will be huge in your life this month. The eclipse will bring news of some kind, and could inspire you to say what’s on your mind to someone who needs to hear it. With your sense of knowing what’s right and your determination not to let up until you prove your point, the world around you is bound to change for the better.



PISCES (Feb 21-March 20)

Money isn’t always the thing that’s foremost in your mind, but an awakening that comes now could turn out to be for your greater financial good. There could be an influx of money, or an unexpected expense. In either case, the point is, you need to put more effort into managing your assets. A message you receive toward the end of the month will bring the point home.

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Horoscopes for March 2024

Horoscopes for March 2024

Look for lots of activity in March. The Northern Hemisphere wakes up to spring, and all the planets are in “full speed ahead” mode. An eclipse will come on the 25th, so events might happen that are surprisingly important

Want to see how these things will influence you and your life? Read on for your sign below.

 

Remember: if you know what your ascending sign is, read for that one. If you don’t know, read for your birthday sign…or find out what your rising sign is from a professional astrologer. Una happens to have one right here! Judi will be available at Una for Astrology and Tarot readings on March 16th. Sign up soon - everyone wants to know what’s up for spring.

 

Pisces Season

 

PISCES (Feb 21-March 20)

The stirring energy of spring is in the air, so make sure you’re ready! The new moon on the 10th will give you ideas about where you’d like to go next, but take your time. A visit to your sun sign from Venus and Mars will help things make more sense as the month wears on. By the eclipse on the 25th, you’ll get insight into your relationships, and possibly discover something you didn’t even know about yourself.

ARIES (March 21-April 20)

This month will feel “itchy” for you. Knowing that patience isn’t your strong suit, find ways to keep yourself occupied while you wait for some things to happen. The arrival of spring on the 19th brings the sun into your sign, and the eclipse on the 25th will let your romantic tendencies shine brightly. Better pucker up.

 

TAURUS (April 21-May 20)

You won’t be the only one ready to come out of hibernation this month. Expect a flurry of activity that gets you out and about with friends, and enjoy some activities that let you benefit your community. An idea that’s brewing will get more prominent late in the month, and that eclipse on the 25th could shake up your work life in exciting ways.

 

GEMINI (May 21-July 20)

Here’s your chance to step out onto the stage and show the world what you’ve got to offer. You’ll have the right combination of kindness and assertiveness after the 22nd, and you could score a whole lot of points with the powers that be at that time. The eclipse in your house of fun and creativity could bring on lots of action that make you smile from ear to ear.

 

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

People love you right now, so take advantage of your popularity. You could meet someone who wants to make you more visible around the 13th. Let yourself be flattered, but also make sure you’re not going to be recruited into a task you don’t really have the time to do. The eclipse on the 25th brings news involving family.

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LEO (July 23-Aug 22)

Romance could ripen into closer and deeper intimacy this month, as both Venus and Mars journey into your house of physical and psychic closeness. This isn’t going to tun you into a sexpot, though, because Saturn gives you a very responsible attitude about all your liaisons. You might also ask for a more serious commitment. Your answer might come with the eclipse on the 25th.

 

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22)

Taking good care of yourself is essential now. You’re going to need all the energy you can muster to keep up with your personal and professional activities. Your love life is going to be rather spectacular now too, but your attention will turn toward money when a windfall (or an unexpected expense) surprises you toward month’s end.

 

LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22)

Oh how hard it is to make decisions! That’s usually the case for you, but now things are about to change. Someone might come into your life now that will create just the kind of stir you’ve been hoping for. The eclipse in your sign on the 25th is going to help you make a choice without the least bit of equivocation. Trust your gut, and you’ll stay on the right route.

 

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21)

Things will move fast this month, and you’re more than up to keeping the pace. The new moon on the 10th could bring some exciting new people into your social life. Venus and Mars will continue to activate your social contacts. You’ll be as selective as always about who you choose to keep close, but you’ll be intrigued by a secret someone has told to only you.

 

SAGITTARIUS  (November 22-Dec 21)

You’ll welcome spring with a huge smile on your face. The activity and energy that will pop up all around you will bring you the kind of excitement you thrive on. Consider gathering with family and friends with a party at your place. Someone might bring a guest that piques your interest, intellectually…and romantically.

 

CAPRICORN (Dec 21-Jan 20)

Even though you’re not particularly effusive about your emotions, you do have feelings, and they count more than most people seem to think. Don’t hesitate to express yourself, especially if someone needs to know how much you care for them. The eclipse on the 25th will bring you the career recognition you’ve been working toward. Roll with the changes that are afoot.

 

AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 20)

Spring brings a lot of new beginnings, and you’ll be all about creating some. One area that you might want to reinforce in your life is your money situation.. You might become agitated enough to make big changes around the 9th.Look for a new job, if that seems like a good move. The eclipse might inspire you to take a trip or a class that lets you ponder your future.

 

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Create Your Own Luck Playlist

Create Your Own Luck Playlist

Enjoy these songs to help clear energy and motivate you to start creating those intentions and living your life of abundance!

 

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Self Love Meditation

Self Love Meditation

Enjoy this 5 min meditation to remind yourself of how worthy you are.

 

Self Love Meditation You Tube by Sarah Simone

 

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