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
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
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
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
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
Burrrrr! It's time to stock your pantry full of warming herbs that give you that extra cozy feeling.
So why are these herbs warming? These spices are able to bring more blood flow to the surface of your body which creates instant warmth on chilly days. Read More
Um, people have been doing it for centuries for the amazing health benefits... are you??? Imagine a refreshing cup of white tea infused with fresh peaches and a hint of mint while reading your usual morning blog or perhaps a cup of chamomile tea with a pinch of lemon while taking an evening bath. The great thing about tea is the endless options as a delicious drink or a herbal elixir. Read More
Chamomile certainly isn't just your grandmother's evening tea anymore! This sweet smelling tea has a long history that goes way back to ancient Egypt where the crushed flowers were rubbed on the skin as a cosmetic. In Spain, it was documented that women used it in their shampoo to add some shine to their braided locks. At gatherings in Medieval times the petals were strewn about to create a pleasant aroma...just imagine... fancy dresses, gorgeous flowers, and fun! Most of us known this plant today as Roman Chamomile but funny thing, It was actually discovered by an English Botanist growing wild in the Coliseum. Read More
We're surrounded by it everyday, it has an answer for every aliment, and it's absolutely stunning! Botanical medicine is the use of plants or plant extracts for medicinal purposes, and it's the most ancient form of healing documented.
For a while, we moved away from the healing power of plants when the booming pharmaceutical model gained momentum. Now, we are coming back full circle, understanding that by isolating a single chemical within a plant destroys the inherent intelligence of the whole to work in brilliant complexity. Wooh, we just got deep! Read More
The mint family is one of the most useful medicinal and culinary herb families because of it's great taste and healing properties. Peppermint is actually a natural hybrid between the water mint and spearmint plants. Mint is even considered a symbol of wisdom and hospitality. The medicinal uses of peppermint are vast including relieving muscle spasms to soothing the stomach and improving digestion. Read More
Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world but do we really know how to optimize the flavor and the nutrients out of each brew? Black, herbal, white, green, and oolong although all from the same plant require different brewing temperatures and times. Read More
After exploring the rainforest with local "bush" doctors and shamans in Central America, I became even more amazed at how brilliantly complex nature is! It seemed that for every local aliment there was always a plant nearby to cure it. Here are some of the local plant favorites: Read More
Magnolia bark (Magnolia officialis) has been shown to lower cortisol, the stress hormone. Increased cortisol occurs from chronic stress and is also associated with weight gain Read More