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Do you have A Vata Imbalance? Understanding Your Dosha.


Do you vata imbalance

Do you have a Vata Imbalance?

Rebecca flies into my office about once a month rattled and scatter-brained. I can see her Vata imbalance within seconds of her entering the room. She practically bounces into my square chair with news of workplace disruptions, boyfriend break-ups, over commitments,

…and tears.

She’s eager to try anything I suggest, and then follows through about half the time.


Rebecca has a classic Vata imbalance.


Vata is an ancient name that describes a kind of body and mind physiology. Vata is one of 3 doshas. Kapha and Pitta are sister doshas with often opposing qualities. Each of us is a blend of these 3 doshas, described in great detail in a system of medicine called Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old healing science dedicated to lengthening life and maximizing vibrancy. It offers us a time-tested method of overcoming deficient or excessive patterns. In Ayurveda, diet, herbs and lifestyle practices are considered non-negotiable components of a balanced, healthy state.


Take this quiz and find out what your dosha balance is.

As humans, we are natural categorizing machines; our brains look for patterns. Discovering patterns we have in common with other humans allows us to find our tribe. Identifying behavior patterns can help us break free of self-destructive habits.

Rebecca’s tribe is a vibrant, healthy one, when it’s in a balanced state. Like all of us, she has qualities of each Dosha type, like the soft, empathic nature of a Kapha, and the fiery, driven passion of a Pitta.

At her healthiest, the strong and predominant Vata features in Rebecca’s constitution look like this:

  • Thin, at or below normal Body Mass Index  [calculate BMI here]
  • Normal to slightly dry skin
  • Fair complexion, blonde to light brown hair
  • Small-boned and often tall
  • Sensitive to cold temperatures
  • High-energy but wears out easily
  • Excellent multi-tasker
  • Short attention span
  • Great short-term memory
  • Functions best with small meals and frequent snacks
  • Sensitive to wind and changing weather conditions

So how did Rebecca become Vata imbalanced? Stay tuned. In my next post I’ll share with you why Rebecca became imbalanced but also how I helped her return to a healthy state.




Mo Horner, Registered Herbalist

Mo Horner is a professionally trained Registered Herbalist, specializing in botanical support for women and families. From hormones problems to emotional ups and downs, you’ll feel better about plant healing. Mo co-founded a donation-based community clinic associated with Herbalists Without Borders.  She has two Omaha-area practices where she serves her clients in person or online, for those outside the area. Consultations are available by appointment.

Email Mo at or call 402-933-6444. You can read more about her story HERE. 


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Ready for Another Herbal Poll?

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March Herbal Poll

In Julius Caesar, the soothsayer warned the emperor to “beware the Ides of March.”  For those of us in the Midwest and other northern climates it’s not just March 15th we need to be aware of.

The month of “in like a lion, and out like a lamb” can bring anything from frigid temps and a foot of snow to damp, cold and wet weather.  And usually a combination of all the above.

It’s for this reason that protecting the immune system is particularly important this time of year.  And the best way to protect your self is to understand what parts of your body are directly related to the immune system, thereby making it m0re susceptible to colds, allergies and yes, even the flu.

So here’s this month’s question: Which of these body parts is NOT a major player in your Immune system health?

You’ll find this month’s poll on the lower right-hand side.  Test your knowledge.  I’ll provide the answer in a future blog post.  Stay well!



Help Me Help You. Herbally.

I want to know what you’re thinking. Really. In order to better inform and serve you, it’s important to know what you think about herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine and other forms of natural and alternative health. I think of it as a win-win. You get to share your opinion and I get a better understanding of the information I need to share!For this reason, I’ve created “Mo’s Herbal Poll,” which makes its debut this month. You can find it conveniently enough along the right sidebar, or just use the working version embedded in this post. What’s really cool is you can view the results so you can gauge how your opinion of natural and alternative health aligns with the rest of the Natural Healing Omaha community.For the immediate future, I plan on changing questions every month. Keep checking back for new questions.And the best part about it is, there won’t be a test on it later!

So take the poll for a spin. Let me know what you think.