There is a vast array of little-known, hidden treasures in the AOMA Herbal Medicine (AHM) Store that many AOMA students, staff and patients are not aware of. To highlight the magic that abounds within this little shop of healing, we asked AHM staff to choose their favorite products and explain why they love each particular product so much. Of the many goodies available, we compiled a list of the best of the best, so the AOMA community can reap the benefits.
Sennenkyu Taiyo Self-Heating Moxa
Staff name: Jane Riti
AHM Employee since: 2012
What is it used for? Moxa on acupuncture points
Why do you recommend it and/or who do you recommend it for? This is great for use in clinics without worrying about strong aromas bothering your neighbors. It is also easy to use at home.
Loquat & Fritillary Jelly
Staff name: Dan Knight
AHM Employee since: 2011
What is it used for? Cough Syrup
Why do you recommend it and/or who do you recommend it for? This is a great OTC product to have in your medicine cabinet. It can be used for acute and chronic cough with or without phlegm as well as helping with a sore throat. The jelly can be taken directly to help coat the throat or dissolved in water to make a soothing tea. Safe for both children and adults.
Ching Wan Hung
Staff name: Alishia Baxter
AHM Employee since: 2012
What is it used for? Minor burns and sunburn
Why do you recommend it and/or who do you recommend it for? This product can be used to heal minor scrapes and bruises as well. I have recommended it to someone that cut off the tip of their finger cooking and the injury healed in record time. Most importantly it is also an analgesic and helped with the pain. I also have personally monitored its use on a necrosing spider bite, along with internal raw herbs, whereby the injury healed within a couple of weeks instead of the month or two this type of injury usually requires.
Blue Poppy Spirit Quieting Massage Oil
Staff name: Jeannie Evans
AHM Employee since: 1995
What is it used for? Massage, Tuina, Cupping, Bath Oil, Moisturizing
Why do you recommend it and/or who do you recommend it for? This oil is a thoughtful blend of apricot oil, canola oil, olive oil plus Chinese herbs traditionally used to calm and quiet the spirits: He Huan Hua, Bai He, Shi Chang Pu, Chen Xiang, Yuan Zhi, and sweet orange essential oil. It’s especially wonderful for cupping when all that’s needed is a light, relaxing oil. The aroma is subtle and unobtrusive and works very well when used for calming the shen.
Himalayan salt lamps
Staff name: Mary Zaloga
AHM Employee since: 2007
What is it used for? The lamps are made from salt crystal rocks formed hundreds of million years ago in the Himalayas. The warm glow beautifies any room in the house or office while the crystal produces negative ions. Because dust and dirt are positively charged, they are attracted to the negatively charged lamp and the ions it emits. The lamps are also used to neutralize the positive ions emitted by electronics.
Why do you recommend it and/or who do you recommend it for? The lamps provide a beautiful soft glow, while helping to reduce pollution in the indoor environment. They are a great gift idea.
Staff name: Chris Zaloga
AHM Employee since: 2008
What it is used for? For centuries, white sage has been considered a sacred, cleansing, purifying, and protective plant. Traditionally, it is burned and the smoke helps to clear any negative or heavy energy from a space.
Why do you recommend it and/or who do you recommend it for? Cleansing with white sage is helpful anytime the energy in a space becomes heavy, but it is also used when moving to a new home to remove old energies and "start fresh."