Monthly Archives: April 2012

Juli’s Corner: How to find joy every day

Trees with sweaters are a fun reminder to let go and enjoy the moment. Photo by

I believe that my joy of life is based on two principles: Discipline and Repetition. I practice these in my role as a healer, a mother and wife. Everyday is a challenge to stay positive and happy. I live life to expect the unexpected and I do the best I can.

For Great Health and to be the best you can is possibly a great challenge for you. It is all about discipline and repetition. This is by far easier than my herbal prescription teas!

To eat properly, only eat until you are 70% full, and do not eat what you wouldn’t feed your kids. Special occasion foods – those chocolates, candies, and wine is what hurts our internal system.  Eating properly is only one part to good health. The other key  part is exercise. Mild workouts to increase stamina such as ½ hour to an hour of Yoga, light weights, Pilates, Hikes, Qigong, Sex are good for you. Sweat is a good indicator of a good workout.

Self care is another key. Try to give yourself some quite time: turn off all electronics and take an Epsom Salt Bath. Give yourself 30 minutes to let your mind rest and feel your body relax. Don’t forget to laugh at life. Learn to look in the mirror and appreciate how great you are and look around to appreciate those little things.

Last of all, do not to put any drugs or alcohol in your body, and give yourself the freedom to be at your best with a clear mind. The body needs to be cared for and at the end of the day, it is all about you. Smile for me.

Love, Juli

Recipe: Spaghetti

We here at Hen Sen recommend a Bland Diet when your health is poor and you need to take special care of yourself.  Once your body is balanced, recipes like this are healthy! Kaz created this one for us to share.
Who doesn’t love spaghetti? I love it so much that I wouldn’t mind eating it everyday, especially with tomato sauce. I’ve made tomato sauce from scratch in the past using only fresh ingredients. And it sure tastes good, but it takes all day to prepare the sauce. Most of us don’t have that kind of time. So I would like to share my secret short cut recipe for super delicious tomato sauce: a jar of pre-made sauce that you can find at any grocery store. No, I do not use Prego or other sauce made with unhealthy ingredients that would cause my mouth to itch, or a bad after taste. My favorite brand (under $4.00) is Muir Glen. Their sauces are all organic and very safe. (Some organic sauces make me itchy. It is advised to try another one if this happens to you). I particularly like “Cabernet Marinara.”

1.    1/2 Onion finely chopped
2.    2 Cloves of Garlic finely chopped
3.    1 tbs of olive oil
4.    1/3 pound of Ground Pork
5.    1/4 tsp of salt
6.    1 Medium size Tomato diced
7.    5 White mushrooms
8.    Jar of Muir Glen Marinara Sauce

How to prepare: First set a sauce pan on the stove at low heat and slowly cook the onion until it caramelizes. Then add garlic, ground pork and salt. After the pork is cooked, add a cup of water to the pan. When the water is boiled, skim off all the excess fat that came from the ground pork. This will make a light sauce but keeps all the good flavors. Pour the jar of Muir Glen Cabernet Marinara sauce into the pan, add mushrooms and diced tomatoes. Let simmer for about an hour until the sauce becomes thick and creamy. Option: add fresh basil and rosemary.

What’s Juli up to: Taxes and teeth

The deadline for 2011 Federal Tax return is quickly approaching. Have you finish up your taxes yet? I’ve just finish putting together all the necessary documents for our accountant to prepare the return. I must admit that I had to spend the whole weekend to go through the pile of paper work scattered all over the house. Had I been much more organized, it would’ve taken me less than an hour to finish it. Oh well, I will be much more organize this year (I promise!).
Anyways, I found the picture Michelle drew about a year ago when one of her teeth fell out. At the time she was so fascinated by this whole tooth incident that she just had to draw a picture of her teeth. She and her flying teeth look very happy. And it makes me forget about all the stress I have had the last couple of days. It made me laugh. I always keep kid’s drawings, of course not all of them, but ones that strongly reflect their feeling towards something at the moment. I would strongly recommend that every parent keep their children’s drawings. Not only will it remind them of a good childhood, but also help us (parents) get through tough times.
Warmly, Juli

What is a Tea Prescription?

Juli at Hen Sen Herbs prepares a "Tea Prescription" by measuring herbs.

There are several main herbs used in Traditional Chinese medicine. These key herbs help in different ways depending on their combinations with other herbs. There are hundreds of different herbs for creating a prescription.

An experienced Chinese Herbalist treats each patient as an individual. After discussing a patient’s health, the Chinese herbalist looks at the tongue. It will indicate which area in the body is out of balance. Then, the herbalist will create a prescription using specific herbs. The patient can then take the “tea prescription” home, brew it and drink according to the herbalist’s directions. Usually this is a tea that will be drunk once a day for 6 days.

Hundreds of herbs, but an experienced herbalist can identify which are right for you.

When you first see your Tea Prescription, it looks just like a bunch of dried herbs and roots. After you’ve boiled it in water and strained the tea out, it may look like something from a Compost pile! Thankfully it is not.

The herbs used are chosen with quality
and ancient wisdom in mind.

The flavor of the Tea Prescription can vary widely from ]slightly sweet to very bitter. Some people say it tastes like dirt, while others say it tastes good. The tea prescription is brewed in batches, and with each batch, the potency of flavor is diminished.

A "Tea Prescription" brewing!


The medicinal benefits of a Tea Prescription can be seen as soon as the next day or as late as the next few weeks.

It’s truly amazing what tea can do to help your health!

To consult with Hen Sen about Tea Prescriptions or to visit the online store and view herbs, visit

How can you keep yourself inspired?

What inspires you to change? What keeps you motivated to stay disciplined to exercise? Or to stick to the Bland Diet and take your herbs?

Sadly for me, it was poor health.  Many experts say that people only change when they experience pain. While I have seen that become true for my life, I also wonder about what keeps people motivated to keep up with such a change.
Reading stories about successful people or simply quotes will often helps me to stay motivated. I have a little book of quotes I love to pick up and read when I’m feeling down. Short quotes are usually the best for me, because I can read them a few times and remember them throughout the day.

Juli shared with me several quotes she likes, and this one really struck a chord with my life. Winston Churchill once said, ” We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” What that quote tells me is that life is about what we give, not how much money we make. Money isn’t evil; it is a necessary part of life. So, the thing to keep in mind is the importance of not losing sight of what matters, and remember to give.

Another way to inspire myself is to look at photographs with a quote. Sometimes having a visual image will help me remember words better. You may have seen something like this from a friend’s email or in a child’s classroom.
I’ve created one here with my favorite quote by Abraham Lincoln,”Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is; the tree is the real thing.”

I know a few other people who like to listen to inspirational audio books while commuting in traffic. No matter how you choose to inspire yourself, remember that what you feed your mind is just as important as what you feed your body. Think of mental inspiration like exercise for your brain and heart.

Best Wishes,
Holli Margell