Pantry Living: Herbal Remedies at your Fingertips |

May 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM | herb day Pantry Living: Herbal Remedies at your Fingertips |

Join ACHS every Thursday in May for fun and informative live webinars in honor of Herb Day!

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Despite what is going on in the world, we are all aware that boosting our health for everyday living is essential for overall wellness. As health practitioners and herbalists, we know that nourishment comes from many things including nutrition, movement and our breath.

In celebration of Herb Day on May 2, 2020, there is no time better than now to highlight the power of herbs and their role in everyday health. This year, instead of celebrating herbs for one day, we want to celebrate it for one month, together, as a community. We welcome you into our homes so we can cook with you, laugh with you and share common herbal remedies that can be found right in our pantry.

Below is our online schedule to celebrate Pantry Living: Herbal Remedies at your Fingertips.

May 7 and May 14: Sourdough Making: From Starter – to Finish

In week 1, we will walk you through how to make a sourdough starter and discuss the benefits of sourdough for overall gut health. In week 2, we will talk about herbs you can find in your pantry to add to your dough and bake some delicious bread for you and your family to enjoy. It’s that easy!

We will follow this recipe for making your sourdough starter.

For week 1, all you need is whole wheat flour (preferable vs. all purpose flour), filtered water and a mason jar with a lid.

For week 2, herbs available to you (fresh or dried) a round pan to bake in with a cover (or foil), salt, glass bowl, filtered water, scale (bread measurements are in grams), patience and love.

Anisa Kassim sourdough starter 2Webinar presenter and ACHS professor Anisa Kassim pictured with sourdough starter and bread

May 21: The power of Herbs and your Breath for Wellness

In Week 3, we will discuss the correlation of our nervous system and our Immune System. We will discuss herbs, acupressure points to relieve anxiety/stress, and the power of Qi Gong for overall health.

May 28: Aromatherapy to cleanse your homes and hands  

We will bring our blog post from March 31, 2020 into action and discuss essential oils and some DIY recipes for making hand cleanser and cleansing wipes for surfaces with ACHS Aromatherapy program chair Amanda Lattin (pictured below). We’ve seen the grocery shelves empty and our supplies might be running low so let’s get together and make some essential home items, together.


We look forward to seeing you in our kitchen!


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Anisa Kassim, LAc, MPH, CHES

Written By: Anisa Kassim, LAc, MPH, CHES

Anisa Kassim is a licensed acupuncturist and public health educator. She has been working professionally in the field of health for the last 14 years. She started her career in the area of worksite wellness. After this she worked with the North Carolina Department of Public Health with school administrators on improving policies to encourage physical activity and nutrition in the school environment. For eight years, she worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in various capacities. In the area of global health, she worked with the Sustainable Management Development Program, which involved helping to build management training capacity for public health workers in developing countries. She also worked in the area of evaluation and training. After working in the area of training and health education, she pursued a degree in the area of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She currently owns a health institute in California that has various integrative modalities, including a tai chi, qi gong, and yoga therapy school. She has been teaching online for the last five years in the areas of public and integrative health. She utilizes her Eastern and Western background when working with patients and with her students in the online classroom. Anisa’s degrees include a BA in Health Psychology, her MPH from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and her Masters in Oriental Medicine from Emperors College. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and studied ayurvedic medicine in Kerala, India. Anisa enjoys the outdoors including hiking, swimming and traveling to new and unusual places. She is happy to be part of the ACHS faculty and part of the movement related to educating and empowering individuals to make better choices related to their health.