Coming down with a case of the blues? You’re not alone. It’s estimated that up to 10 percent of the population in the United States will show signs of a declining mood as the days get shorter and the temperatures drop.
A specific type of mood disorder that’s directly related to the change in seasons is commonly known as SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD symptoms usually occur in the autumn and winter months and include tiredness, feelings of hopelessness, overeating, and loss of motivation. These symptoms can be more prevalent in people who live farther away from the equator, and typically affect women more than men. As with many health issues, prevention is key. Read More
You've waited for this gorgeous weather all year long so you could finally get outside and soak up some rays. But is your skin as ready as you are?
Summer is the time to relax and experience the healing power of nature. Breathing the fresh air, connecting with the environment, and grounding yourself with the earth can be powerful medicine for the mind and body. And this includes getting friendly with the sun.
The sun brings life to the planet, and is needed for all life processes. Plants transform sunlight into energy, and, in turn, nourishment for a variety of animals-including us. But while the sunshine provides nourishment and life, too much can damage the skin. Here's your guide to promoting radiant summer skin with natural sun protection and sunburn relief.
This season of new beginnings is the perfect time to turn deeper into yourself and rejuvenate your body.
This time of year—as the cold winter winds subside and the days become longer—the world’s vibrant colors are revealed all around us. Mother Earth transforms the frozen landscape into a lush, green environment that inspires renewal, which makes it the perfect season to cleanse, nourish, and feel radiant from the inside out.
The body does an amazing job of detoxifying itself, but the amount of toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis has dramatically increased in our ever-more-plastic world—meaning that sometimes, your body might need a little help getting rid of all the garbage. Here are a few simple ways to support your main detoxification pathways and put the spring back into your step! Read More
I've often pondered this idea because many people think they're mutually exclusive. I have surely been guilty of this in the past; when life starts to get overloaded with work and responsibilities, eating healthy gets pushed to the side. The irony is that quality nutrition is needed even more when times of stress are high! So, how do we find the delicate balance of healthy eating while constantly being on the go? Read More
Who doesn’t want gorgeous, glowing skin? Many people associate a radiant complexion with good overall health, and they’re right.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, covering 22 square feet, on average. In addition to providing the body external protection, skin has a variety of functions, including removing waste through the pores, supporting vitamin D production, and giving the sense of touch.
The skin also acts as a mirror for overall health. Have you ever noticed dark circles under your eyes when you don’t get enough sleep, blemishes cropping up when you’re stressed, or dull, dry skin when you aren’t eating right? That’s the skin providing a physical manifestation of what’s happening within your body. Read More
When was the last time you smelled the subtle floral scents within the air or really tasted your food? Do you miss having fresh breath and clothes that don’t smell of smoke? Are you tired of getting short of breath when you do just a little bit of cardio exercise? Have you tried to quit smoking, but found yourself back at it? These natural stop-smoking aids can help. Read More
Sunshine, endless olive groves, healing salt water, and relaxation are the words that sum up this lifestyle. The way of life in this region encompasses a back-to-the-basics approach with ease and charm. When was the last time you picked oranges directly off the tree and juiced them for breakfast or harvested an olive tree? Many people in this region still walk to the grocery store, gather their own firewood, grow their own kale, and collect eggs from their own organic chickens. These people are the original pioneers who inspired the Farm To Table movement, without even realizing it. Read More
Did you know that the chilly winter air can deplete your skin of moisture resulting in a dull, even dry appearance? Every year right around this time I always notice that my skin tends to get drier and taking more oils is a must!
2016 has been a crazy year of transition, relocation, rejuvenation, and rediscovery for me, which has been an amazing experience, but has left little room for a consistent routine. Running out of the moisturizer I have used for decades in a foreign country or trying to keep a eating plan when different fruits and veggies are in season are just some of the things I've adapted to this year.
What I have learned from this experience is that nature always has a solution! After spending thousands of dollars on creams, lotions, and expensive elixirs, I've found that applying oils directly to my skin in the morning will give me the best glow. If I'm in Greece I will use olive oil, if I'm traveling through tropical zones I'll slather on coconut oil.
What am I obsessing over now? Mandarine Oranges!!! Read More
It’s the time of year when leaves transform into vibrant hues, sweaters come out of storage, and the air becomes refreshingly crisp. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of increased cold and flu symptoms, dry and painful skin conditions, and altered moods due to shorter days and a lack of sun. Go into this season prepared with a cupboard stocked with healing remedies for common ailments. Here are some beneficial and easy herbs to support your mind and body through the fall and winter months. Read More
Say hello to summer this year with your best body ever! Become in-tune with your body, halt sugar cravings in their tracks, improve digestion, nourish your metabolism, lose weight, and feel vibrant just in time for the sunshine. We’ve designed a complete mind and body guide to help you look more radiant, feel more confident, and get ready for swimsuit season. Just try these powerful techniques. Read More
I recently moved a magical mountain location surrounded by endless waterfalls, rivers, and forest as far as you can see but it also happens to be quite chilly here. For someone who prefers to wear a tank top while inside, this new "invigorating" environment has been slightly challenging well, until I did my research...
Did you know that lower indoor temperatures have been linked to better sleep, decreased inflammation, weight loss, improved blood flow, and even increased cognition?! This new evidence has radically changed my view and my comfort level to a lower temperature. Read More
Feeling hungry? Eat an avocado!
The Nutrition Journal recently published a study that found adults who added 1/2 of an avocado to their lunch decreased their appetite by 40% for up to 3 hours. If that wasn't enough, these delish fruits are also rich in unsaturated fats and contain the highest amount of protein in any fruit! Great motivation infuse them into your life. Read More
Mugwort, aka Artemisia vulgaris, an amazing women's herb used to tonify the reproductive system. It's name comes from the Greek Goddess of fertility and the forest named Artemisia. Commonly used to treat irregular menses by increasing the blood flow to the pelvic region, relaxing the nervous system, and easing tension to promote normal menstrual flow. Read More
It's such a beautiful time of year and the air has a subtle sweet smell but with that comes pollen and allergies. Did you know that 58 million americans suffer from allergies in the U.S each year? There's a variety of symptoms that come with allergies including a runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, and sneezing.
So how do we embrace this gorgeous time of year without suffering? Read More
Being immersed in olives for the last month, I couldn't help but write about the endless uses for this magical and nourishing food! Olives were discovered (or at least documented) in Crete around 3,000 BCE. They have roughly 15% to 35% oleic acid which is an Omega 3 fatty acid. Read More
Physical touch and pleasure are some of the best activities to improve the overall health of your body and mind. And these natural aphrodisiacs will enhance desire, improve enjoyment, and boost sensation. Try them alone or with your partner for maximum results. Read More
Medicinal mushrooms have a profound healing power, and were used thousands of years ago by the Greeks, Egyptians, and Chinese as a means to promote longevity. These beneficial fungi offer a vast range of potentially therapeutic uses including enhancing immunity, improving cardiovascular health, promoting detoxification, boosting mood, improving digestion, stimulating memory, and nourishing the body. What makes these "magic" mushrooms so unique? For one thing, fungi and humans are actually more closely related biologically than fungi and plants! Perhaps that's why they make us feel so good. Read More
This classic saying actually has quite a bit of merit! Eating raw apples regularly is great for gout and rheumatism. 2 apples a day can actually reduce cholesterol levels by 10%. You can even apply raw grated apples as a poultice on sprains. Lets not forget that all this wonderful fiber is great for weight loss by increasing fullness and regulating blood sugars throughout the day! Read More
Well, I guess I should start with "have you ever heard of a sitz bath?" first. This type of hydrotherapy has been used in Germany for centuries to tonify the pelvic region. It's such a simple yet powerful natural remedy for so many conditions that it's still as valid today as it was many years ago. Read More
Horsetail contains high amounts of silica (along with many other goodies) which has been shown to help strengthen weak brittle nails and create a shiny mane when applied topically. I love adding a handful of this dried herb to my bath! Read More