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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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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

Tips for Winter Blues

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10 Tips for Winter Blues

We’ve all been there before. Struggling to get out of bed, feeling lethargic and unmotivated. Here are some tips I’ve recommended to my patients over the years.

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  1. Create movement. Run. Dance. Treadmill. Walk up and down the stairs in your building. Even some light stretching or yoga at home will help clear out stagnation in your system. The physical and emotional body are interwoven. You may have noticed when you are really upset or really happy how it effects how your body feels. The principle holds true for changing your mood or mindset by moving your body.
  2. Go outside. Being outside in nature will lift your mood even if its yucky out. Look upward toward the sky and roll your shoulders back to a comfortable posture, rolling your hands/ thumbs outward. You’ll change the alignment of your body to a more open relaxed state-a much needed reprieve from the hunched forward texting pose.
  3. Eat well. Choosing leafy greens will provide nutrients and also cleanse stagnation. The bitterness of the greens improves digestion and will provide clean nutrition without a heavy feeling.
  4. Listen to vigorous uplifting music. Feel free to move or jump while listening. Avoid dismal sounding music.
  5. Treat yourself. Self care is crucial. This includes getting extra sleep if you need it.
  6. Brighten up your environment. Make sure you have adequate lighting at home and work, especially when the days are shorter. While natural sunlight is better, any light will stimulate your brain’s photoreceptors. If you are lying in bed, trying to find the motivation to get up, you can place your cell phone over your forehead/eyebrows (third eye center/Ajna chakra) and use that forbidden blue light that keeps us awake at night to help wake us up in the morning.
  7. Have a glass of water. An Ayurvedic hack to help someone feel better is to give them a glass of water. This works well whether its irritability or depression. We are all a little dehydrated and its easy to forget to drink water in the colder months. Water helps us recenter. You may also add just a pinch of sea salt to your water to help with electrolyte balance. Check with your physician first if you were told to avoid salt for any reason.
  8. Help others. Taking a moment to focus on something outside yourself will lighten your mood. Hold open doors for others, smile (see tip #9 if this bugs you), let people in during heavy traffic, send a note to someone.
  9. Smile. This is contraversial for some as being told to smile and be nice isn’t always in your best interest. In this case though, I am suggesting you smile for yourself first. There is a neurological connection between your facial expression and your mood. Smiling makes you feel and look better too.
  10. Come in for a tune-up. Acupuncture can lift your mood and boost your metabolism.

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11 Anxiety Tips

As we transition into the Fall and Winter season, I am reminded of how many people suffer from anxiety. Whether its from social pressures or the natural darker weather months, here are my top 11 anxiety tips:

Anxiety can be treated with acupuncture.
You Don’t Need To Suffer From Anxiety. Image ©  lassedesignen 

  1. Take a time-out.  This little hack shouldn’t be limited to kids.  Stepping back from a stressful situation or person will give you some perspective and allow you to think and respond more clearly.
  2. Set boundaries.  This goes for your time commitments, activities, friendships, work and health.   Establishing boundaries is a form of self-respect and self-care.
  3. Eat nutritional meals on schedule with your body’s needs.  Keep healthy snacks like nuts and avocados around for a quick fuel source when you’re under pressure. 
  4. Limit stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety. 
  5. Get proper sleep. Most people are sleep deprived. Try a calming Valerian or chamomile tea a few hours before bedtime.  Melatonin supplements can be helpful if you start with a lose dose and increase as needed.  Always ask your healthcare provider first about supplements and interactions with your current medications and health conditions.
  6. Take a warm bath.  Water can be very grounding for most people.
  7. Exercise.  Find a type of movement that is fun. Dance, walk, yoga, even walking around the block or up the stairs at work will help you rebalance.
  8. Take deep breaths.  Focus on exhaling out longer than you inhale.  This will help calm and reset your nervous system.
  9. Do the best you can and be kind to yourself.
  10. Go outside. Even If the weather is gloomy, the fresh air will help rebalance your mood and move out stagnant energy.
  11. Get Acupuncture. In a recent study, acupuncture outperformed drug for anxiety treatment.
Acupuncture helps ease anxiety
Acupuncture helps ease anxiety. Image © Antonio Guillem 

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November VIP Wellness

B12 Improves Your Health

Your November VIP Wellness has arrived!

This treatment is perfect for the winter months and may also be added on to any service.

Wishing a Happy Autumn!

See you soon,

November Self-Care!

This month I am featuring The Double Energy Boost: Enhance your energy, metabolism, and detoxification while improving your skin and mood.

Includes one B12 injection with one session of Celluma LED Light Therapy. Most people can benefit from a B12 injection, particularly those who live a busy life, are athletes, seniors, vegetarians, vegans, and those on medications or with digestive issues. The addition of LED therapy increases the production of collagen & elastin, increases blood circulation, decreases inflammation, brightening skin and mood

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October Wellness VIP Promo!

Its time to relax and restore yourself with this month’s VIP Package: Cosmetic Acupuncture + Aromatherapy Scalp Massage.

Lift & sculpt the face while revitalizing your body from within.

Promotes collagen production & reduces wrinkles & stress in the face.

Includes indulgent massage of the face + Luxuriant Scalp massage infused with organic essential oils.
Aromatherapy Scalp Massage
Cosmetic Acupuncture + Aromatherapy Scalp Massage $135 (Value $145)
Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation

Book your October VIP Wellness session right here

Package Includes Cosmetic Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation + Aromatherapy Scalp Massage.

Limited Time Offer: Purchase Between 10/1-10/31.

Not combinable with other offers or insurance.
Book Your VIP Wellness Session!

Check out this post for Cosmetic Acupuncture FAQ

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The Importance of B12 In Your Wellness Program

Your body needs B12 to ensure proper cell function and metabolism. For some individuals, B12 isn’t well absorbed through diet or in capsule form and injections can provide better absorption. After B12 injections, many patients feel a natural restoration of their energy.  This procedure, called Acu-Point Injection, places B12 into the most powerful acupuncture points so you get the added benefits of circulation through the meridian system along with activation of the acupuncture point.

Who Can Benefit?

Most people can benefit from a B12 injection, particularly those who live a busy life, are athletes, seniors, vegetarians, vegans, and those on medications or with digestive issues.

What Are The Benefits?

  • 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

Oral B12 Vs. Injection:  What’s the Difference In Benefits?

Many people have poor absorption of nutrients due to diet, medications, digestive issues and other health conditions. Injections can be absorbed more readily and can be given intramuscularly or subcutaneously.

How Long Does It Take?

B12 Injections are easy and take less than 15 minutes.  B12 is gently placed in acupuncture points on the lower leg while you are seated or resting your eyes for a moment on the table.  It’s an efficient way to boost your energy and health and easily fits into your day.  The recommended frequency will depend on your health goals. 

Your first injection includes an allergy test at no additional charge.  Please allow 30 minutes for your first injection.  Follow up injections take less than 5 minutes.

Does It Hurt?

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

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September Wellness Package!

You are invited to saunter into fall with the ultimate seasonal tune-up:

Acupuncture + 30 Minute massage

May your autumn be filled with peace and relaxation.

See you soon,


* Improves your mental focus & productivity.
* Reduces the effects of stress on your body.
* Calms your mind.
* Improves your sleep
* increases your energy

Package Includes Acupuncture Treatment + 30 Massage Therapy session.

Limited Time Offer: Purchase Online Between 9/3-9/30.

Not combinable with other offers or insurance.