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Cured Olive Rosemary Biscotti

Savory Cured Olive Rosemary Biscotti

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Savory biscotti perfect anytime of day. Plant Paradox Friendly, Lectin Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Paleo.

I created these Cured Olive Rosemary Biscotti during the beautiful sunny peak of last summer. Today it is cold outside and many of my patients are stressed right now. These biscotti are easy to make and an excellent prebiotic treat to build your gut biome and help restore your mood and wellness. Invite your kids or spouse to help you. Its kind of fun to play with the dough.

Dry Ingredients:

Liquid Ingredients:

  • 4 Pasture Raised Organic Eggs
  • ½ Cup Organic Olive Oil
  • 10 Drops Organic Lemon Essential Oil
  • Lemon Zest From 1 Organic Lemon


  • 1 cup Oil Cured Black Olives, pits removed
  • 1-2 T Ground Fresh Rosemary (use Vitamix or food processor to grind into powder or chop finely with knife)
  • 1-2 Handfuls Pine Nuts – Trader Joes or Whole Foods has the best value.
Bojita Oil Cured Olives Biscotti
Bojita Oil Cured Olives. An Aromatic Delight.
Fresh Ground Rosemary For Biscotti
Fresh Ground Rosemary. The Fragrance Is Intoxicating. Buy a plant from Trader Joes for $9 and plant it in your yard or re-pot in your home. Brush your had along the leaves every day to release the magic aroma.
First biscotti baked
2 Loaves First Bake Completed
Second bake, ready to cool
Sliced, Second Bake Completed.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Use an oven thermometer to check actual temperature.  Most ovens vary from what the setting displays.
  2. Mix dry ingredients into a large bowl. 
  3. Mix liquids in a separate bowl then combine the two.  Add the Cured black olives, rosemary and pine nuts and mix. I use a hand mixer or stand mixer.  Feel free to use your hands to mix the dough if you prefer. This will break up the olives a bit and distribute their aroma. 
  4. Divide the mixture in half to create 2 rectangular loaves.  Shape each loaf onto a silicon baking mat or a parchment lined cookie sheet.  I use disposable medical gloves dusted in cassava flour; this makes is much easier.  You may also coat your hands in cassava flour to shape the loaves. Make the loves about ¾ to 1 inch thick.   Bake for 25 minutes.  
  5. Remove loaves from the oven and cool for 15 minutes.  Reduce oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Slice the loaves 1 inch thick on an angle into biscotti.  Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes until lightly golden on a baking rack. 
  6. Cool for 10 minutes and serve.


Serve these cured olive rosemary biscotti with olive oil in dipping bowls with a side of room temperature goat cheese or Manchego.

Trader Joe’s carries high quality goat and manchego cheeses and a variety of organic olive oils. These biscotti are also amazing dipped in espresso or red wine. The umami flavor of olives compliment everything. Enjoy!

*To make DIY baking powder aluminum free, GMO free, and lectin free, mix 2 parts cream of tartar with 1 part baking soda. I make this in larger batches to have on hand.

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Car Accident Recovery Faster With Acupuncture

Recovery Quickly From Injuries With Acupuncture
Acupuncturists Are Here To Provide Speedy Recovery From Your Auto Injuries

The Problem

Did you know, car accident recovery is faster with acupuncture? People are hurt frequently in Car Accidents. Whether you are inside the car during impact or struck in the crosswalk by a car, the injuries can be devastating, traumatizing and cost you time away from your normal life.

What To Expect

Acupuncture helps with both the physical pain and the stressful anxiety caused by the accident. Acupuncture decreases inflammation and increases circulation through your injured tissues. I also focus on your central nervous system to ease anxiety so the body can heal. If you are on pain pills, don’t worry we can help you taper off them as we restore your body.

Getting Started-Your First Visit

During your first visit we will review your health history and injuries, discuss a treatment plan and you will have your first treatment so you can start feeling better. The first step is to book your appointment online or call 206-388-3349. Here are the forms for your first visit:

New Patient Forms

Auto Accident Form

Your appointment will start on time. You are welcome to arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment and complete the forms. Just let us know what works for you.

The Billing, Insurance, Attorneys, And Doctor Stuff

Most injuries are covered by your PIP insurance or the other person’s PIP/ Auto insurance. We will handle all the billing, coordination of documents for your car accident recovery with your primary care physician and attorney so you can focus on healing.

All patient records are in electronic format and provided to whom you designate at no additional cost to you.

If you are ready to start feeling better please book your appointment online or call 206-388-3349.

Merulli Acupuncture & Wellness is open Tuesday through Friday 9:30-6:30 and Saturdays 10-4 for your convenience. Feel free to call with any questions.

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B Complex Injections

B Complex Injections Available With Desiree

I’m offering B Complex injections formulated to boost your immune system, mood and skin. This formula works well with the B12 Injections for maintaining your health and wellness.

B Complex Injection Benefits B1, B2, B3, B5 B6

Vitamin B1, thiamin helps prevent complications in the nervous system, brain, muscles, heart, stomach, and intestines. It is also involved in the flow of electrolytes into and out of muscle and nerve cells.

Vitamin B2, riboflavin is one of eight B vitamins that are essential for human health. It can be found in grains, plants, and dairy products. It is crucial for breaking down food components, absorbing other nutrients, and maintaining tissues.

Vitamin B3, Niacin is a vitamin that acts as an antioxidant and plays a role in cell signaling and DNA repair. Helps to lower cholesterol. Niacin is essential for the body to convert carbohydrates, fat and alcohol into energy. It helps maintain skin health and supports the nervous and digestive systems.

Vitamin B5, Pantothenic acid metabolizes carbohydrates, proteins, fats and alcohol as well as produces red blood cells and steroid hormones.

Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine decreases homocysteine levels that have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease and memory impairments. Pyridoxine is needed for protein and carbohydrate metabolism, the formation of red blood cells and certain brain chemicals. It influences brain processes and development, immune function and steroid hormone activity.

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Easy Healing Soup

This easy healing soup can be used for anything, whether you’re trying to eat less and lose weight, recover from the cold or flu, or if you’re just feeling tired or stressed. Have a cup before meals to warm up your digestion.

Bring to a quick boil and call it a day.
Bring to a quick boil and you’re done.

If you can boil water, you can make this soup. Its even a common starter in Asian restaurants. Its just cabbage, onions, sea salt and water. If you need an extra boost, throw in some grated ginger. Today I used Brussels sprouts because they were organic and available at my local Trader Joes. Brussels sprouts are just baby cabbages grown on a stem.

They have many vitamins including B6, magnesium, iron and potassium. Onions are great for immune boosting and contain sulfur compounds, zinc, selenium, and vitamin C.

The main benefit for your health is the prebiotic fiber that replenishes your gut biome. Prebiotic fiber is what feeds your probiotic gut environment.

Just thinly chop your cabbage or Brussels sprouts with the onion and bring to a boil to soften, but not long enough for the green color to fade. Its quick to prepare. Toss in some sea salt to taste. This is a great basic. You can always add ginger, green onion, and any other veggies if you have time.

Its Paleo, Plant Paradox, Lectin Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, AIP, and Weight loss friendly.


Easy Healing Soup
Easy Healing Soup

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Your March VIP Promo!

Happy March! Your March VIP Promo features a B12 injection with a luxuriant essential oil scalp massage. Get a jump on Spring with an energy boost and pamper yourself with deep relaxation.

your-march-vip-promo-has-arrived!  B12 Injection + Aromatherapy scalp massage

What Are The Benefits? 
• Boosts Energy & Reduces Fatigue 
• Decreases Anxiety & Depression 
• Improves Sleep & Metabolism 
• May Improve Heart Health By Decreasing Homocysteine Levels 
• Supports Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails 
• Helps Anemia 
• Reduces PMS & Menopause Symptoms 
• Improves Mental Fogginess 
• More Efficient Workouts

How Long Does It Take? 
B12 Injections are easy and take less than 15 minutes. If this is your first B12 Injection, I will include an allergy test at no charge.

Does It Hurt? 
I use a very tiny gauge needle and most of my patients barely feel the injection.

Micro Needling by Desiree Merulli

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Microneedling By Desiree Merulli, L.Ac., EAMP, RYT

Micro Needling by Desiree Merulli
Microneedling by Desiree Merulli

As a acupuncturist specializing in holistic rejuvenation and wellness, I am excited to offer a new service to help my patients feel their best. Microneedling is one of the earlier forms of acupuncture. The 7 Star Hammer or Plum Blossom Needle was used since ancient times for healing, rejuvenation and even hair loss.

Dermal pens are a modern version of these tools. I use a medical grade, professional use only pen for my patients. This pen penetrates the skin to the ideal depth to create collagen induction and tighten and lift the skin.

How Does Microneedling Work?

Microneedling Therapy also called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), and Percutaneous (through the skin) Collagen Induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of the Microneedle Pen.

The mechanical action of the pen allows the needles to puncture the skin and create a controlled injury at a specific depth. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body’s natural healing process to fill these micro wounds by producing new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed for improved blood supply. 

With Microneedling, the top layer of the skin is parted without being damaged, leaving the skin intact. It does not “burn” your skin like peels or more invasive lasers. The needle penetration depth can be adjusted from 0.25mm to 2.50mm into the skin depending on the area of the body and the skin condition being treated. Using skin needling consistently will trigger the body’s repair process until the desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved.

Microneedling results in the production of new collagen and elastin, improvement in skin tone and texture, firmness as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.

Micro Needling by Desiree Merulli
Reclaim Your Best Skin

How Is Professional Microneedling Different Than At Home Treatments?

The mechanism of action differs between the professional grade devices and home devices. The professional device, AcuMicro, uses a vertical action at 18,000rpm, versus a rolling action or vibrating action that can cause excess damage to the skin.

Microneedling Combined With Plant Stem Cell Serums

Microneedling can be used in combination with Hyaluronic Acid and other serums to hydrate and heal the skin.  Plant stem cell serums are available and may be added on to your treatment to address specific issues such as dark circles, pigmentation, and sagging skin.

The micro-channels created by the needles allow for deeper penetration of topical serums for more effective results. This procedure can increase the skin’s ability to utilize the nutrients by up to 3,000 %.

What Is Nano Needling?

Both the Nano and microneedling treatments use a pen like device that oscillates a tip up and down to stimulate a skin reaction. They both induce cell turnover, serum infusion and provoke the healing process that results in skin transformation.

Nano needling on the other hand works a little different. It does use the same type of oscillating motion to treat the skin but the cartridge encompasses 81 silicone tips. Nanoneedling does not puncture the skin and is used in specific cases, or in the more sensitive eye areas to help significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles with each treatment.

These microscopic hair-like cones separate the cells within the epidermis to allow active products to be pushed into the skin. Nano needling only affects the epidermis, treating within the upper .15 mm of the skin. The benefits of this serum infusion treatment include pigmentation reduction, increased cell turnover, skin rejuvenation and an immediate glow with no downtime. This treatment can be done weekly to exfoliate the skin. 

What Can Microneedling Treat?

  • Acne Scars
  • Fins Lines & Moderate Wrinkles
  • Pore Size
  • Texture
  • Tone
  • Scars
  • Photo Aging & Sun Damage
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Hiar Loss
  • Dry Skin 

What is included with each session?

With every session, medical grade hyaluronic serum is applied to your skin to increase hydration and skin healing. I also include a numbing cream soothing facial mask.

You may upgrade your treatment with Plant stem cell serums to address specific concerns such as under eye discoloration and bags, pigmentation imbalances, & skin sagging for additional fee.

Can I Have Microneedling If I’ve Had Cosmetic Surgery, Botox Or Injectable Fillers?

Yes.  Microneedling helps to speed healing and stimulates your natural collagen production and cell metabolism.  We will work together to optimize your results and other procedures.

In General:

Botox: I recommend waiting 2 weeks after Botox before microneedling on the face.

Cosmetic Fillers: The cosmetic-type injectable fillers take about 14-28 days to integrate into your skin’s collagen structure.

Cosmetic Surgery: If you are having a surgical procedure, I recommend non-cosmetic acupuncture treatments before and after your surgery, as this will increase your body’s healing mechanisms.  Acupuncture before surgery will boost your immunity, and acupuncture post surgery will help speed your recovery while reducing swelling and bruising.

Do I Need To Take Time Off Work?

The treatments don’t require any downtime, however you will be red for 24 hours.  If you are planning a special occasion, I recommend completing your sessions 2-4 weeks ahead of your event.  For individuals who are on blood thinners or bruise easily, Arnica gel/cream and pellets can help minimize bruising.  Limiting sugar, processed foods and alcohol before and during treatment will lower inflammation systemically while reducing any chances of bruising.

You will be given a sheet with aftercare instructions.

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Acupuncture Relieves Headaches

Acupuncture Relieves Headaches
Stop suffering from headaches

Acupuncture Relieves Headaches. Painful headaches are inconvenient, debilitating, and consuming. A Harvard Medical School article shows Acupuncture Relieves Headaches.

Get help now with acupuncture at Merulli Acupuncture & Wellness. Start feeling better after your first session and reduce intensity and frequency of headaches with your treatment plan.

Insurance accepted.

Desiree’s office hours are Tues-Fri 9:30-6:30 and Sat 10-3.

Easy appointment booking online:

Get that spring back in your step. ⁠

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B12 Special Event Friday 2/21 1-3 PM

B12 Special Event 2/21 1-3 PM

Hi Everyone!

I’m so excited to offer you a special B12 + Chocolate event!

Enhance your energy, metabolism, and detoxification while improving your skin.

Special promo $15.

On Friday 2/21, Saunter in between 1-3 pm and receive a B12 Injection for only $15 (Regularly $25). Treat yourself to Rooibos-Rose-Caramel infused tea and lavish chocolates during your visit.

If this is your first B12 at my clinic, I will include an allergy test free of charge. Please allow 15 minutes for your first injection & allergy test. B12 Consent Form and New Patient Forms required.

See you soon,


First Come, First Served. Reserve Your Spot Here

What are the benefits of B12 Injections?
* Boosts Energy & Reduces Fatigue
* May Improve Your Mood
* Decreases Anxiety & Depression
* Improves Sleep
* May Improve Heart Health By Decreasing Homocysteine Levels
* Supports Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails
* Improves Metabolism
* Helps Anemia
* Reduces PMS & Menopause Symptoms
* Reduces & Clear Acne
* Improves Mental Fogginess
* More Efficient Workouts

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Dry Skin Brushing For Immune Health

Dry Brushing

It is well known that the skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for one-fourth of the body’s detoxification each day, also making it one of the most important elimination organs. Toxicity can gather beneath the skin’s surface from such common influences such as improper pH levels in soaps, skin creams, antiperspirants, and foods.  Plus synthetic fibers worn next to the skin with any of them may contribute to a variety of skin problems and conditions.

When you do dry skin brushing, you help your lymph system to clean itself of the toxins that collect in the lymph glands. You use a simple technique to improve the surface circulation on the skin and keep the pores of the skin open, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, resulting in an improved ability to combat bacteria, while helping your skin to look and feel healthier and more resilient.  Skin brushing is a perfect self-care treatment.  You may use either a body brush or spa gloves. For best results, always wash the brush or gloves after each use. This is an excellent treatment to do right before an epsom salt bath.


  • Tightens skin
  • Helps digestion
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Increases cell renewal
  • Cleans lymphatic system
  • Removes dead skin layers
  • Strengthens immune system

How to dry skin brush:

  • Begin with your feet and brush vigorously in circular motions.
  • Continue brushing up your legs.
  • Proceed to your hands and arms.
  • Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck.
  • Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.
  • Lightly brush the breasts, avoiding the nipples.
  • Brush upwards on the back and down from the neck. Better yet, have a friend, spouse or family member brush your back.

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January Wellness Promo: Shirodhara

Shirodhara, this month’s self care promo is both grounding and luxurious. Shiro in Sanskrit means head, and Dhara means flow. Shirodhara is the pouring of a luxurious stream of warm infused oil over the forehead.

Most people deeply relax and fall asleep during their session.

Wishing a Happy Winter!

  • Shirodhara
  • Collagen Eye Treatment

What are the benefits of Shirodhara?
▪ Reduces headaches, fatigue, stress, anxiety, and irritability
▪ Leaves your hair soft and silky
▪ Regulates the endocrine system
▪ Softens facial lines and refreshes your complexion
▪ Improves sleep
▪ Engages your parasympathetic nervous system, providing deep relaxation and mental clarity
▪ Enhances other therapies, such as yoga, acupuncture, massage and meditation

Promo includes one Shirodhara session + Collagen eye treatment.

Offer Ends 1.31.20