Welcome to Our Healing Roots, a blog exploring natural medicine that returns us to the roots of health and wellbeing. Our Healing Roots, LLC, is a private natural healthcare practice and experiential learning center that advocates the safe use of integrated, natural medicine. Many healing ways have gone by the wayside with the advent of conventional medicine. While it is important to receive professional medical advice for serious conditions, there are many things we can do at home to prevent disease and maintain our health. The Latin word for doctor is docere, which means to be a teacher. Our Healing Roots wholehearted embraces the importance of teaching in healthcare, so that people feel empowered about their health and wellbeing. More information about this business can be found at www.ourhealingroots.net.

Sunday, December 22, 2013


The Monthly Natural Health Gathering at the 306 Phoenix House is cancelled for today. The National Weather Service is predicting more downed power lines and falling limbs today. Please stay inside and be safe.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!
May your holidays be safe, peaceful, and surrounded with love.
We are still intending to host our monthly natural health gathering at 306 Phoenix House tomorrow (Sunday) at 2 p.m. with special guest Russ Doden.  It looks as if road conditions should improve by that time. If that changes, an announcement will be posted on my blog and Facebook. 

I will be taking a holiday break from regularly writing until Monday, January 6th. Appointments are available at my office during the holidays on a limited basis...

Thursday, December 26th-- 8-12; 1-3; 5:30-7:30
Friday, December 27th--7-1
Thursday, January 2nd--8-12; 1-3; 5:30-7:30

Have a sweet holiday...
Katrina Bogdon, ND, FABNO

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


This was a good morning for a pot of tea. I pulled a canister of organic green tea out of my cabinet. Perhaps it's all the studies I've been reading on l-theanine in green tea, but I truly did feel relaxed and alert after sipping my tea this morning.

Theanine is able to cross the blood-brain-barrier and support alpha-wave formation in the brain. What is an alpha wave? It is a brain state of being relaxed, yet awake, such as sitting peacefully with eyes closed.  It is thought to help improve focus and reduce the body's stress response. A 2012 journal article reported that it helped reduce blood pressure increases during challenging mental tasks. (1) While a 2011 article reported that may also decrease cognitive decline in the elderly. (2) 

The effects of theanine are very quick. It only takes about 50 minutes for theanine to reach peak concentration in the blood plasma after consuming it. (3)

Theanine can even support sleep in certain situations. A double-blind, placebo controlled study gave 400 mg of theanine to 8-12 year old boys diagnosed with ADHD and found that it improved the quality of their sleep. (4)

Are you trying to find some calm, mental focus this month? If so, try an organic cup of green tea and join me for an upcoming gathering.  I'll be speaking on restorative sleep at Green Acres on Thursday at 700 p.m., and I'll be at the 306 Phoenix House at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday to explore the benefits of meditation with Russ Doden. Please join us...

(1) PMID: 23107346
(2) PMID: 21477654
(3) PMID: 23096008
(4) PMID: 22214254

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Free Class on Restorative Sleep Thursday Night--Please RSVP

Are the holidays wearing you out? Do you need help getting some restorative sleep? If so, please join me at Green Acres Market this Thursday, December 19th night at 7:00 p.m.
I will be at Green Acres to introduce to you natural solutions for restorative sleep! I will show you how to enjoy the benefits of living an energized life without the side affects of conventional sleep aids. 
Green Acres will be giving out samples of some great immune boosters to anyone who attends the class as well!

Please RSVP when you are at the store, or give Green Acres a call! (918) 209-5900. See you there!

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Fresh Start to 2014: A Detox and Body Purification Program

Are you looking to detox in the new year, but want a professionally supervised program designed to meet your needs?  A Fresh Start to 2014 is waiting for you!

We now live in a world of highly processed food, harmful chemicals, and less active lifestyles. This modern life overburdens our bodies, resulting in fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, poor concentration, emotional stress, and many other symptoms. Detoxification gives your body a break. It supports the natural function of your body to clear the toxic burden.
Here's what the program consists of...

ü  Four individual sessions with a natural health care provider

ü  Review of lab work from a natural health perspective before and after the program (**cannot provide diagnosis in the state of Oklahoma)

ü  A program guide

ü  Individualized detox nutrition plan

ü  Individualized supplement recommendations

ü  Supportive care to help you feel good throughout the program
Ø  Castor oil pack
Ø  Hydrotherapy
Ø  Option of colonics

ü  Supportive oversight and care throughout the program

ü  Health education to transition to a healthy lifestyle after the program.


Week One

Initial consult, recommendations, and preparation 

Week Two-Three

Detox with consultations and supportive care

Week Four

Transition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Wrap-up visit and education with natural health care provider.

E-mail office@ourhealingroots.net or call 918-813-1874 for more information or to sign up. This is a great time to plan for the new year!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Connection Between Food Cravings and Serotonin

Are you struggling with food cravings around the holidays? Know that you are not alone and this is a very common occurrence.  Imbalances in your neurotransmitter levels (such as serotonin) can contribute to food cravings.

One of the medical theories behind food cravings is a low serotonin level. Low serotonin may lead to irritability, anxiousness, fatigue and low mood. (Does this sound like a common time for you to crave those holiday cookies?)

The theory goes that inflammatory foods (such as sugar) can cause your digestive tract to release serotonin. Imagine feeling tired and anxious at work due to low serotonin. You grab one of those cookies on the counter. Serotonin gets released, and for a short period you feel better.  In essence, food cravings can be a way of self-medicating for low serotonin levels.

If you struggle with food cravings and corresponding weight gain, the good news is that we can test and balance serotonin levels using natural supplements. Of course, it is also a good idea to pair this with mindful eating practices to shift the habit.  If you need further support, please feel free to contact my office for a consult.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Announcing 2014 Workshops--A Great Gift Option for the Holidays

I'm thrilled to announce our 2014 Our Healing Roots Workshops!  Gift certificates are available for the holidays upon request (e-mail me at office@ourhealingroots.net).  The registration form can be found at my website www.ourhealingroots.net under "Classes and Events"

Here's what we have to look forward to...

Getting Started with Sourdough
Saturday, February 8th; 1-5 p.m.

Beer--The First Round
Saturday, March 8th; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Root Beer
Saturday, April 26th; 12-5 p.m.

Fermented Vegetables 101
Thursday, May 8th; 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Pressure Canning
Saturday, June 14th; 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Jam It!
Tuesday, July 15th; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Putting Up Summer Tomatoes
Saturday, July 26th; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Herbal Baby Gifts
Wednesday, August 13th; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Herbal Cough Syrups
Saturday, September 20th; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Soap Making
Sunday, October 12; 1-5 p.m.

Each class is limited to 6 people. Pre-register early!

Friday, December 6, 2013

A Time to Rest

As the day darkens and the weather becomes cold, it is a natural time to rest and go inward. I laugh a little writing this because I know that is the last thing many people are doing right now. The holidays are approaching, and it is a time of parties, baking, shopping, travelling, being with other people. In truth, this week has been quite busy for me as well.

Now the snow and sleet has come. My clients have cancelled for today. Many of my weekend plans are no more. I have no plans to travel on the roads. The snow has brought its own form of rest for me.

This month I am focusing on the topic of rest and turning inward. I have two local events planned, so mark your calendars for these restorative events. Please share with your friends and family in the Tulsa area...

"Natural Strategies for Restorative Sleep"
Thursday, December 19th
7:00 p.m.
Green Acres Market in Jenks

"Nurturing the Inner Self"Sunday, December 22nd
2:00 p.m.
306 Phoenix House

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Where's Katrina?

Apologies for the missed posting yesterday. I've been busy helping prepare for the major Tulsa Herb Society event of the year--Carols & Crumpets!  If it is safe for you to travel on Saturday, please consider joining us for this spectacular event at the Tulsa Garden Center.
"Save the Date"
8:00 A.M. – 3:00 p.m.
  Tulsa Garden Center
2435 South Peoria Avenue
11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
A portion of the proceeds from Carols & Crumpets benefits
the Tulsa Garden Center
the Linnaeus Teaching Garden

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Introducing New Hours Starting December 10th!

I'm excited to announce new and expanded clinic hours for Our Healing Roots, LLC! These hours of appointment availability will become effective on December 10, 2013.

Monday-Wednesday       8:00-12:00 & 1:00-5:00
Thursday                         8:00-12:00, 1:00-3:00, & 5:30-7:30
Friday                              7:00-1:00
Every second Saturday  12:00-4:00 

These hours were selected on the most popular and requested times this past year.  I hope the early morning, evening hours and Saturday hours will accommodate those who work a regular schedule. As always, please continue to make an appointment before coming.

Holiday Hours
For the 2013 Winter Holiday, the office will be closed

Monday, December 23--Wednesday, December 25th
Monday, December 30--Wednesday, January 1st
Friday, January 3rd

As always, thank you for your patronage!