Foot Soak Happy Hour

by: Alex Watkins

I’ve got a new (old) way to take your herbs that is much less yucky and much more soothing: foot soaks.  Foot soaks have been used traditionally for a long time as a way to boost your health and as an easy, pleasant way to utilize the healing properties of plants.  I’ve been super impressed with a line of Tibetan Foot Soaks that we have started using at Queenpin Family Wellness.   They are basically extra large tea bags, filled with crushed herbs (to be discussed later) that you steep to make a foot soak.  The process is easy and relaxing and I’m finding the results to be great.  We even had a trial run of our new Foot Soak Happy Hour, where we had snacks, laughs, and relaxed while letting the herbs and warm water work their magic!

Starting next month, March 28th, we are hosting a Foot Soak Happy Hour the last Wednesday of the month from 5:30pm – 6:30pm in our comfortable community acupuncture room.  We will have snacks, tea, wine and (most importantly) soaks waiting to get you through the week!  Tickets are $35 and spaces are limited.  RSVP and purchase your tickets here:


To read this in it’s entirety please click here to go to Alex’s blog!

Mulled Lemonade



Cool down these hot summer days will a little twist! It’s easy and tasty, two of my favorite things. Try some Mulled Lemonade and wow your friends with your creativity:
5 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 oz mulling spices

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Stir in the sugar and mulling spices. Cover and allow the simple syrup to steep for at least 20 minutes or longer.
Pour the syrup into a large pitcher. Then pour in the remaining 3 cups of water and lemon juice. Fill the pitcher with ice and stir.

Queenpin Family Wellness is Moving

Often people ask me how I became interested in acupuncture. My simple answer is, “Pediatrics.” As a teacher I watched parents struggle with how to treat their kids’ colds, fevers, attention issues, etc. I wondered if there was an in between between no treatment, and what parents many times felt was over-treatment.”


But the long answer is that I was raised on public service. Both my parents strongly believed that in order to be a part of a community you need to actively give back to the community. As a teacher, I saw the need in Roanoke for pediatric holistic wellness services, so I moved in that direction. Yet, here I am, nine years later, and as I work with more and more people, my vision has expanded. Children are not the only population in Roanoke who need a one stop shop for their individual wellness needs. We all do.


Many of my patients know that I have been looking for a new space for years. It has taken me so long because I wasn’t looking for an ordinary spot, I have been searching for a house that can be home to larger vision of community wellness. Whole community wellness, whole person care. That takes a big house, but also a landlord that is excited about the dream as I am, and a new partner that has the same vision as I do. Next time you see me, ask me how one phone call made it all click together, for now suffice it to say I’ve found the perfect spot.


The Haven on 5th will be a collaborative house providing individualized whole person care for the Roanoke Valley through experiential education, and integrative health services. For years, Maya Ittah of Terre Vie Wellness and I have been working separately in the Roanoke Valley to help educate people on the fact that wellness is not one size fits all. Every body is different, every person unique in their constitution. Maya and I are equally dedicated to making alternative therapies and education on self-care affordable for the whole community. We decided to combine our complementary modalities and similar visions into one place. We’re all tired of having to search far and wide for what is right for us. The Haven on 5th is going to have it all in one spot! And if we don’t have it, we’ll help you easily find it.

Opening in September, The Haven on 5th will house:

  • Queenpin’s current acupuncture clinic
  • A new community style acupuncture clinic with treatments ranging from $20 – $45
  • Queenpin Herb Shop
  • Garden Song Eco-Cafe
  • Terre Vie Massage
  • Terre Vie Nutritional Counseling
  • Community outreach programs on wellness
  • Classes that will include yoga, dance, and internal martial arts

We can’t wait to get started, but in the meantime we’ll update you on all of our progress.

Relax! Good Habits Don’t Have to Be Hard

By Carrie Speck, Herbalist and Sultana of Spice

Quite often in my experience as an herbalist, I notice that when people are attempting change the element of a good diet is missing. This might be from lack of time, energy, or knowledge, etc. There’s no judgement, but giving your body the right fuel is vital. If you seek wellness from supplements or herbs, they may help, but progress is hindered if you eat junk food every day. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy the occasional fast food, or that I’m perfect and cook everything. It’s about finding balance day to day, and week to week.


Our culture leads us to believe that “good habits” will lead to rapid weight loss, and improve health and appearance. Many of these diets fail, mainly because they are conceived with no regards for the sustainability of the plan. In order for a “diet” to be a sustainable long term solution, it would need to address the individual needs for nutrition, practicality, availability, and above all, pleasure. Many “diet” plans also don’t address stress, which is a major coFullSizeRender (13)ntributor in lowering metabolism and aggravating weight gain, and in fact actually compound existing stress levels with restriction mentality, overtraining, and poor nutrition.


Don’t be discouraged! True health and effortless weight management doesn’t come from counting calories, or cutting certain foods, or even working out like a maniac in the gym. It’s about creating a lifestyle for yourself that is sustainable in the long run for you. That lifestyle might include eating one less meal at a restaurantor cooking your meals for the week all at once.


After working at a gourmet food and spice shop, I learned a great deal about all the spices that are available, and I felt inspired to approach food from a different angle. Instead of following food trends and memorizing all the different styles of cooking, I wanted to approach food and spices from the perspective of educating and inspiring people to cook at home with new enthusiasm and creaM&Ktivity, and allowing them to try new things. From a different type of chili, to a new spice rub, or an herbally enhanced healing soup, or a stress reducing and delicious daily tea blend. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just needs to taste good to you, not a tiresome, daily chore. However, I see so many people discouraged by cooking at home. That’s why we’re working together with M&K Food Shop. We needed help finding our balance too! For those who just don’t have time to cook every meal, or want to try something new, you can pick up wholesome, delicious, nourishing food, without all the preservatives and fillers often served in chain restaurants.


Cooking can be a fun outlet for creativity and health enhancement, with the right tools and knowledge, so come see us for ideas and new spices, but for those days or nights that you just can’t bear to fire up that oven, take the night off, come see Karen at M&K and let her please your palate while she feeds your soul.QueenpinLogo YinYang

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