Turmeric: a Must Know Healing Spice

When my family and I lived in Colorado, several years ago, I had the privilege to be introduced  to Ayurvedic Medicine and its amazing healing spices and herbs.

 One spice that I didn’t use in my Colorado years is now my favorite Healing Spice : TurmericDr. Nita Desai was my holly messenger and became my family’s doctor. I got to learn a little more about what India, one of the world’s oldest civilizations, had known, for thousands of years, about natural healing.

I was introduced to herbs and spices that help to relieve common problems in today’s world: digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, depression among many others.

My work can be very demanding physically, as you can imagine. Therefore it is critical that my physical condition, as well as my energy are in balance.

However, in the past year I had noticed that every morning my body was achy, since I don’t buy the idea that pain and discomfort are natural as we age (way too many people have proven that with proper care, the temple of our souls will stay strong and can be pain free), I started to observe my body more closely. As soon as I did my yoga or Qigong routine the aches would go away, but the fact that right after getting up I was in pain, bothered me.

It was after I started drinking warm water, turmeric(with a pinch of black pepper) and lemon in the morning that a shift happened. Maybe within a couple of weeks the body aches were completely gone.

Turmeric, traditionally used in all kinds of curry, contains curcumin.

Curcumin is the compound that makes turmeric yellow and also is the most researched constituent of the herb. Besides not having any known toxicity, curcumin is mainly responsible for turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties.

It has been used successfully to treat: digestive issues, skin diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, cholesterol imbalance, asthma, wounds and so many more.

The main reason I decided to write about turmeric and its amazing health benefits is the increasing number of clients that are currently experiencing arthritis’s symptoms. It called my attention that numerous clients have been in so much pain and discomfort that in most cases the traditional medical approach has used all it knows and the only thing left to be used is the Cortizone injections. Besides not having any guarantees on the results of the injections, they have been just a palliative care, never a cure of the condition.

I believe that is important for each one of us as individuals,  sole possessors of our bodies to, whenever possible, take charge of our own health.

When Western medicine cannot help us without creating more energetic and physical imbalances in our system we can always look deeper within and maybe find answers in the wisdom of the sages and healers that came before us, using Nature as the most potent medicine there is.

Once again my intention with my articles is to instigate curiosity and thinking and maybe together find alternative ways to relieve any suffering, be it physical, mental or spiritual. That being said, please consult with your doctor or health care practitioner before taking any new herb or natural supplements.

You can take a look at Dr. Nita Desai’s work if you are interested to know how this ancient wisdom can help us  bring back harmony and health into our lives.



In health and peace,

Maria Helena Anderson



When the World Has Gone Crazy

If the world has gone crazy, we don’t need to.
And there we are, all together, all(most of us) wanting the same: peace, happiness, love, abundance, health and joy…if all human beings can have that, safety is a given.
How can we keep ourselves grounded in our utmost values? How can we not sway in many directions contributing to the chaos around us?

We must remember who we are! We must rescue deep within our hearts our inner power and use it for good.

 I remember when after my training to be an energy healer, several years ago in Sedona, I came home fired up to share with my family, friends and with the world, all that I had learned about our energy body. I learned and experienced first hand the incredible power we all hold within ourselves. It was amazing! And I was just getting in touch with a tiny little part of this vast world of energy.

Emmanuel Dagher

A couple years after my Sedona experience I started working as an energy healer at a Spa in Westlake Village, here in Southern California. I had the opportunity to have “disguised” as clients, some of my greatest teachers. A privilege and honor that I cherish until today, especially because at that time, my personal life was about to go through a long and painful period of great turmoil.

During my darkest and challenging times I was rescued and supported by all those that were embodying love. Especially my yoga masters, that literally fed me, treated my vulnerable emotional and physical bodies, loved me unconditionally and pushed me to train more, to be stronger, to be in silence, to not duel in my past, to focus all my energy in each and every moment I was living, to act out of wisdom and love. One of the most important lessons I have learned is: if I want to experience true power, I have to open my heart to love, to love myself unconditionally so I can love others.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word” (Martin Luther King Jr)
A little story(real one) to illustrate it:

One of my clients/teacher was a ballerina. Her feet were very hurt, so was her heart. She was struggling with her divorce and the fact that her children had chosen to stay with their father. Her anger was great and I could feel it intensely. She wasn’t dancing much at that time, even though dancing was her passion. She was mostly trying to regroup and find peace within.

After a few weeks as I walked by the resting area in the spa I spotted my client. Her face, her body and her whole being were different. Everything was glowing, being in her presence felt wonderful. I said ” You look great! Where are you coming from?”. Smiling she said ” I was dancing!”.

Oh my! She was dancing! And all of the sudden the whole space in and around her vibrated love, simply because she loves dancing. I never saw that client again, but I do hope she kept dancing as much as possible so she could find the answers she was looking for. By doing so, she would elevate not only herself, but all those around her.

           And that’s the way we can go about in a world that has gone crazy!

Sometimes we may feel discouraged, we may feel that it is hard to keep up the optimism, the positivity and the hope. If that is the case, let’s make a simple list of coping tools that can be used:  a silent walk in nature is very healing, speaking our truth lightens up the heart, standing up for what we believe in is liberating and lifts  our spirits, giving a donation or volunteering. You can think of many little things that might have helped you in the past and add to your list.

“When we do good deeds, we’re rewarded by a dopamine pulse. It’s clear that helping others, even if it is just volunteering for several hours every week, makes people’s moods improve.” (bioethicist Stephen G. Post, PhD)

Receive a massage so you can push the pause button of your mind, at least momentarily, increase dopamine and serotonin(our happy, feel good hormones) and  show up for the Earth. Together we can magnify the love our loving Mother needs so desperately now, so she can survive.

Peace and Love to all,

Maria Helena Anderson

If the stress is too intense, remember that we are here for one another, so reach out. I share some links you may find helpful:





Caring for the Kidneys to Preserve Life Force


In Traditional Chinese Medicine the kidneys are the fountain of youth, the foundation of vital life and longevity,  they store the Essence of Life Force, inherited from our parents.kidneys

The Energy in our bodies flow when we are relaxed, when we are mindful, conscious of our actions and present at each moment ( not necessarily an easy thing to do).

I have learned about the importance of flow of Energy within the body, through yoga, mindful breathing and meditation. I also have learned ( and experienced it) that when the emotions take control of our lives, there is very little we can do to find clarity and focus in our actions. If that happens our defense and healing mechanism became hacked, the Energy Flow is compromised , so is our ability to be healthy.

Those of us that exercise too much, work too much; abuse of caffeine, alcohol (among other unhealthy life styles)and live a stressful life are depleting the essence of life in the kidneys before its time. The kidneys are the seat of courage and willpower, therefore any impairment in the kidney meridian, results in feelings of fear and paranoia.

When the kidney meridian is in balance there is wisdom, rationality, clear perception, gentleness in our lives. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle with healthy food, physical exercise, plenty of sleep and  low stress will preserve our kidney essence.

A good massage session  can help us relax the muscles and gain more awareness of our body’s needs. Some yoga poses can help us open up the kidney meridian and let the Life Force flow with more ease within the body, keeping us younger longer and more confident.


I encourage you to look for a training to help you gain more awareness of the flow of Energy in your body and experience the amazing improvement of your well being. I add here two links and hope you explore the Energy work you feel fit for your needs.

Health and peace,

Maria Helena



Healing Wounds in the Heart for Expansion of the Soul


As energy beings, we cannot expand if our hearts are not open. The wounded heart learns to shield itself for protection blocking the natural flow of energy within the body.

Several years ago I  went to Sedona, in Arizona, to be part of an Energy Healing training program. The journey for my personal healing started there.

During the training I became aware of the wounds in my heart. Those wounds were causing havoc to my emotional and physical health and well being. My soul wanted to fly, however the weight within was holding me back.

Your heart energy center is the key to your connection to the symphony of the Universe and the I AM PRESENCE Open your door ...
The path for the self healing  journey leads us directly to our hearts. There we will find our true power and the most powerful medicine there is…LOVE.

The secret to tap into such a well of goodness and miraculous healing within ourselves is through awareness and energy work. It’s in the energy body where we find the imprints of past traumatic experiences that have left in us a strong emotional charge. The emotional baggage, when not addressed and healed,  can manifest on the physical ( and mental) body in the form or various illnesses.

Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation are some active forms of healing that can help to free the heart from emotional pain. Massage, Acupuncture and Energy Healing also have a great impact to open the heart center in the body to the free flow of energy and love we are all meant to experience while in the physical body.

Before our souls take on another journey on other dimensions out of these physical bodies, let’s make sure we do everything possible to release ourselves and our planet from what binds us to suffering so we all can soar, feeling love, becoming LOVE.

You may find very helpful information, for your journey to your heart, on these websites:












Singing Bowls- Healing through Sounds

The singing bowls’ combination of harmonic sounds is used as a vibrational tool to help us relieve stress, balance the energy centers of the body (known as chakras), and trigger spontaneous healing in many levels, physical, emotional, spiritual and energetic.

The sound vibrations deeply impact our nervous system reducing brain wave activity, slow the respiratory and heart rates allowing the body to release blocked energy.

Singing bowls change consciousness into a peaceful state, help clear the mind, improve well being and enhance creativity.
Native American shamans, Australian aboriginals, and Asian cultures have used sound to heal for generations.

Singing bowls produce the primordial sound of ’AUM’, the sound of universal perfection, they reawaken in us our connection to the universe.

“If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.”

Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine,
the Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York