Monthly Archives: February 2012

Featured Product: UPR – Upper Respiratory Support

The UPR herbal pill was created to support the Upper Respiratory system. It nourishes and strengthens the lungs so that the blood circulates through the lungs freely. Healthy lungs increase the supply of oxygen throughout the body and strengthens internal organs. Take UPR to support your lungs and ward off Colds and Flu during the Winter Season.

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Learning to be flexible like Bamboo

We had a sudden snowfall here in Seattle, right in the middle of January. With school canceled, I spent two days playing with my kids. I walked and pulled my kids on a sled around the neighborhood. On the first day, I saw something that reminded me of Juli’s Healthy Living Corner Note in the January Newsletter. She spoke about her Father’s words of wisdom to become strong and flexible.

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What I saw was a perfect reminder of those words: Bamboo so laden with snow and ice, that they were bent over nearly touching the sidewalk. The 6-foot tall fence standing beside them held them up. I had to bend down, crouching to walk through the tunnel they created. My kids thought it was pretty fun!

The next few days, I was reminded again of those words as my sore muscles screamed at me, “Why don’t you stretch every day!?”  Playing is a fun way to get exercise, and I did more than my normal exercise routine that week of snow. My soreness reminded me that even if I don’t have time to go to a Yoga class, I could spend just 5 minutes every morning to stretch.

Hen Sen Herbs has a free little book with suggestions on how to stretch to aid alignment and digestion – working the abdominal muscles, and stretching the back, arms and legs. I have one, but I have not been very good about making it a part of my routine.

My favorite stretching exercise from the book is this one: Kung Fu Circle Arm – Here is how you do it:
– Stand in a “bow step” with one foot in front of the other, feet apart about 4 feet so that you can bend one leg down and have enough room for your thigh to be parallel to the ground.

– Place your corresponding side hand on your thigh (if right foot forward, place left hand on left thigh).

– Extend your other hand, or right in this example, and stretch up toward the sky. Keep your torso facing forward, continue to move your arm forward and around in a circle.

– Complete this stretch as many times as you can, and rotate circular arm stretches. Then, switch sides. Try it slowly to feel the stretch, then increase in speed and repetitions to keep the stretch working your body. It may help to stand in front of a mirror to check your stance alignment.

Do you exercise? Do you stretch beforehand? How do motivate yourself to stick to it? We are striving to provide useful information in the newsletter. If you have a tip that works for you, please feel free to share it with us, and will pass it on when we can. You may mail or email your suggestions to Hen Sen Herbs 13256 NE 20th St. STE 3A Bellevue, WA 98005, or – we look forward to learning from you.

Best Wishes,
Holli Margell, Editor

Juli’s Healthy Living Corner: Why Passion is Important

Juliana of Hen Sen Herbs

Recently, a patient asked me if I could give them longevity. I said, “Give me passion.”
We live, we die, that is life. It’s not how long we live, but how we live it with no regrets. It’s important to treat our body with care, love and most importantly, respect.

Passion the key. With passion in your life, you have a drive to enjoy each day. Your passion doesn’t have to big – it’s personal.  It can be as little as eating a cookie (my favorite Oatmeal Raisin, no cinnamon).  With passion in your life, stress has no room. We all need to day dream and laugh. Give your passions room to fill your life with joy, small and big. With passion, your body become strong and is able to help you enjoy the life you have.

Life is about having a balance, and sometimes not. Why? My passion is so much stronger than stress, it will take a lot to get that stress level up when passion is there.

I love you all and encourage you to live life with Passion, Juli

Recipe: Spinach Salad

This recipe was submitted by one of our readers, Eric Johnson. He lost 27 lbs. following Juli’s “Bland Diet” along with his delicious Spinach salad. Here is his comment:
“I just wanted to thank you for helping me…… Last month I was 225lbs. and out of breath to your office and 1 month later I’m a 198 pound weakling. Ha, Ha. I love it. I don’t know why but I have been craving everything on your bland food diet but here’s my Delicious Spinach Salad recipe. This is my lunch just about every day.”

•    Handful of spinach
•    Some Sprouts (the little ones that comes in a strawberry container)
•    2 chopped Mushrooms
•    3 or 4 thin slices of a Cucumber then cut in quarters
•    1 Roma Tomato
•     Chopped Onions (as many as you desire)
•    1 small handful chopped Green Peppers
•    1 slice of a Pear chopped
•    1 slice of an Apple chopped
•    6 or 7 Raspberries
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

Place all of the ingredients in bowl as you prepare them, then toss and serve!

Photo Spotlight

Reader Photo Spotlight is back! After having received NO responses from readers for several months, we were surprised when we received 3 entries in the last 2 weeks! The winner for February is Randy Johnson of Seattle with his photograph taken at the Pike Place Market.

Photo by Randy Johnson

We’d like to thank Yvonne Alvarez and Ralph Marshall for their great pictures too. Every one of you could be a winner if we had different categories, but we had to choose one. Here you can see for yourself:

Photo by Ralph Marshall


Photo by Yvonne Alvarez

Do you have a photo that you’d like to share?

Please submit your entry by the 15th of the month. If your photo is featured in “Reader Photo Spotlight,” you will receive one box of WuYi Oolong Tea!
How to submit your photo:
1. Email your images to Please make sure your image is in .jpg, .tiff, .png file format and at least 150dpi (Large file setting).
2. Include a short description of the photo.
3. Don’t forget to include your name.
Let’s have some fun and see what makes you smile!