Sara Buttanshaw

Sara Buttanshaw

—Holistic Facialist & Ear Seeds Enthusiast

Sara has focused on treating anxiety, insomnia, and migraines with her latest 24k Gold/Silver Plated Ear Seed Kits. As a holistic facialist, one of her favorite techniques is Gua Sha, “scraping” the skin along the muscles with a flat tool to release tension and improve circulation. We’d love to take a break to massage our face with you!

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Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.

I am Irish, living in London, and studying acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As a holistic facialist, I get to use my knowledge of TCM nutrition, Gua Sha, massage and skin-care products to heal the skin from the inside out!

What was your first encounter with Traditional Chinese Medicine or medicinal food of your culture?

After years of chasing an endometriosis diagnosis, suffering with debilitating pain, my mum recommended I try acupuncture. I was skeptical; I felt like nothing would be able to ease the pain. After just 3 sessions the improvement was huge - I was in shock! Especially seeing as the acupuncturist just put needles in my hands and feet, and not my area of pain. I started reading up about acupuncture and TCM, trying to understand its concepts, and pretty soon I was completely obsessed! It was a bit of a lightbulb moment, I quit my job and enrolled in a TCM Acupuncture Licentiate!

What are your must-haves in your kitchen?

I have overflowing spice cupboards at home, but if I had to narrow it down to 3 must-haves it would be black pepper, cinnamon, and honey. I love these flavours, and their uses are so versatile. Black pepper and cinnamon for warming, drying dampness and circulating Qi. Honey circulates blood in TCM, and I often use it in face masks for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and humectant properties.

Could you share two health-conscious recipes with us, in which you used ingredients inspired by traditional medicine or nature? 

Below are 3 of my favourite simple recipes, inspired by TCM. A spiced porridge for a warming Winter breakfast, a kale soup for blood nourishment and liver support, and a mushroom broth for an immune system boost!

In an effort to make TCM cooking accessible, I‘ve kept these recipes super simple. In my opinion, it’s not about having all the right ingredients, it’s a different way of approaching each meal. Each body is different and so the current diet trends may not work for you. The TCM approach is about the individual - understanding what your body needs and using simple, uncomplicated food pairings to nourish it.

 

  

What's your opinion on "food as medicine"? What is a food-based item that you take/consume for wellness?

I completely agree with this idea. It inspires you to think about what your food is doing for you, and consider what your body needs from your food. I also like the phrase “every time you eat, you’re receiving treatment” - as another way of thinking about using different foods, herbs, and spices for your health, not just adding them for taste. For myself, I have ginger tea every morning throughout Autumn and Winter to balance the cooler weather.

Which body constitution do you have and how will your daily ritual change after finding out?

According to your body constitution quiz, I tend towards Yang Deficiency. I suspected this as I am always cold! The lifestyle advice was interesting and thorough, and I am going to incorporate hot foot baths into my routine, especially as the days get colder now!

 

Find out your body constitution here

Written by Five Seasons TCM

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