Herb of the Month - Meet Mistletoe! #VERVAINHOTM
Mistletoe (Viscum Album)
What is Mistletoe?
Viscum album is a leathery-leaved, evergreen parasitic plant which grows on host trees, especially apple trees and bears white berries in the winter.
Mistletoe, has a long history of folklore associated with peace, protection and ceremonies. Later on the plant was entrusted to the goddess of love, and kissing under it became mandatory.
Mistletoe is a lovely nervine, meaning it can help encourage a healthy nervous system function and calmness, without being too sedating. Which may ease anxiety. May improve cognitive function
Consent is sexy. Let’s face it, the tradition of having to kiss whoever you’re standing next to if you end up under a mistletoe is a little … outdated. This modern wooden (never dies, never crumbles, doesn’t look weird) interpretation has a nice little reminder on the package that you should only kiss people who want to be kissed. And that high fives are sometimes more appropriate. Gotta spread that pro-consent message any way we can…
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A Note from Dr. Pierce about her naturopathic private practice, which shares space with Vervain:
Winter is in full swing, signaling a new cycle for the natural world — and the perfect time to prepare our bodies for the colder months ahead. As a new season of wellness approaches, I'd like to share a few updates that will impact your healthcare experience with my practice going forward.
New and Improved Patient Portal: I’ve recently implemented Practice Better, a state-of-the-art Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. This user-friendly technology makes communication easier and helps serve patients with improved accuracy, efficiency, and security in managing your health records.
Revamped Pricing Structure: With the continued goal of providing high-quality care that is within reach for all of my patients, I have decided it is time to raise my private practice prices to maintain sustainability as a family medicine practice. My new pricing structure will begin 12/15/23. If you schedule an appt with me before that date, you can do so here or here and I will honor current prices for that visit!(Coming Soon!) Healthy Belly Classes and Programs: I'm hard at work developing a new series of workshops designed specifically to help support your gut health. I can’t wait to share more, so keep an eye out for updates from me via newsletter as well as on Instagram and Facebook.
(Coming Soon!) 30-Minute Personalized Wellness Sessions: I believe healthcare should be accessible for all, especially when acute issues arise (like UTIs, sinus infections, viral illnesses, etc.). To answer this need, I and other NMDs will be offering will be offering 30-minute personalized wellness sessions in the new year. You will be able to sit down with a licensed clinician, get answers to your health questions, and receive recommendations for specific products appropriate for your needs. You’ll leave with a personalized botanical blend from Vervain’s apothecary, made just for you! If you have an acute issue or if someone you love is curious about beginning a journey with a Naturopathic Physician but isn’t quite ready for a long-term commitment, these sessions may be just what the doctor ordered. Stay tuned for more information!
Thank you for your ongoing support and the opportunity to be a part of your health journey. If we haven't seen one another in a while, please stop into The Vervain Collective one of these mornings to say hello and join me for a cup of tea. I’d love to know how you’re doing!
*Please note: The Vervain Collective is separate from Dr. Nicole's medical practice. Vervain does not offer medical appointments or take payments from patients or maintain patient records. You need to make an appt with Dr. Pierce for that; highly recommended!
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