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
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
You have probably have all the ingredients right now to have glowing gorgeous skin!
Create a super easy yet highly effective body scrub at home with 3 ingredients: Coffee + Sugar + Jojoba OilRead More
Are you confused about where to get your fish oils? Should you just simply eat fish... but what about the heavy metals? Should you just take supplements... but what about the quality control?Read More
Lately my morning smoothie is seriously green but tastes great!
It has everything you need to start the day off right. Lots of protein (including my favorite spirulina), rich in vitamins and grasses, and detoxifying with chlorella.Read More
In today's society it's now more rare to meet someone without tattoo than with them. The biggest issue now is that people are getting tattoos without knowing what is in the ink that is injected into their skin!Read More
Where to even start?... well, let's talk about foods that support healthy hormone production and metabolism. I love this awesome diet created which focuses on foods based on hormone fluctuations throughout your cycle!Read More
Water is essential to every function in our body, we can only live days without it. One of the simplest activities to improve health is to DRINK MORE WATER but first you need to know what's in your water!Read More
A quick efficient way to your greens is in a shot! Who can say no to a boost in energy, glowing skin and tons of nutrients.Read More
It's about that time to start digging in the soil and planting for the summer harvest. I could honestly spend the whole day gardening! We just moved into a new house in Ojai, Ca and the backyard needs quite a lot of work... which will be a fun project. Here's some stylish tools for any fashionistas working in the garden.Read More
Hey Guys! Sorry for my brief sabbatical. I was helping my fiancé move to Santa Barbara and picked up the cold which put me out for a couple of days.... but I learned some great tips to stay healthy while traveling.Read More
Looking for a quick way to get your morning greens? Try the green goddess smoothie!Read More
We all have hangups about our own appearance but how are you interpreting them? Are you nice to yourself? Do you focus on how amazing and beautiful you are....or hung up on that little imperfection that drives you crazy?Read More
Need a little pick-me-up? Try this nutrient rich smoothie that's packed with protein and loaded with antioxidants & enzymes to support digestion!
I included some of my favorite ingredients...
1 cup raspberries
1/3 cup papaya (sliced)
1 slice ginger
1 sprig fennel
1/4 cup spinach & kale
2 tablespoons spirulina
1 lemon wedge
1 Cup of cucumber-infused water
Blend & drink!
Photography by Jared Duhon of J. Duhon Photography
There has been so much conflicting information on how to get a good tan!
Each decade had its own take on tanning; the '70's it was baby oil & basking in the sun's natural rays, the 80's it was went indoors to tanning beds, the '90s it was cool to avoid the sun & wear sun screen, and in the early 2000's it was spray tans.
Now we know that too much sun (including tanning beds) increases the risk for skin cancer, that wearing sun screen reduces our vitamin D levels, and that spray tans can have harsh chemicals... so how does a girl get a tan these days?!
Answer: Organic self tanners + vitamin D regularly (especially if you wear sun screen daily) + natural, mineral based SPFs.
Organic Self tanners typically use beet sugar and natural oils to gradually darken the outer layer of skin leaving out icky parabens, synthetics, fragrance, colorings and dyes.
It's very important to maintain a good level of vitamin D (especially if you live above 37 degrees latitude) because vitamin D is critical for immune and mood health.
It's a good idea to get your vitamin D levels checked before you start taking a supplement to make sure it's in a adequate range.
Sunscreen can be the key to prevent wrinkles and sun damage but it is also important to get a sunscreen that is natural and mineral based. I personally love this Seattle-based company called True Naturals that require their products to be free of parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, synthetic sunscreen actives, and artificial dyes or fragrances.
Lately, I can't get enough of my propolis facial spray! Propolis is seriously my new secret to glowing skin. So what it is? ...Propolis is a strong resinous substance from plants, used by bees for sealing hives. You can find sources of Propolis in various regions including Brazil, Australia, Europe, the United States and China.
My personal favorite is the Brazilian Green Propolis, collected from Brazil Minas Gerais. This region is home to a unique plant species (Baccharis dracunculifolia) which produces the best grade of propolis with the highest level of flavonoids and Arterpillin-C. The Green Propolis extract is special and the most desirable type because it contains over 70 compounds and about 30 of them have been already patented to be used in medicine for health benefits!
Propolis is very soothing when applied to the skin and has been shown to reduce inflammation, purify the skin, encourage tissue repair & regeneration, and fight acne.
These yellow and black buzzers have a huge job to do in our eco system and they certainly don’t get the appreciation they deserve. Beans, tomatoes, onions, carrots, and hundreds of other fruits and vegetables depend upon these hard workers for pollination. Not to mention that I haven’t even begun to talk about how they help us too!
Bee Pollen: this is made from honeybees and is actually the food of a young bee. It is a very nourishing food for humans too and it contains protein, amino acids, B vitamins and folic acid. Let’s not forget that just one teaspoon of pollen takes one bee who works 8 hours a day an entire month to collect! The pollen has been shown to increase energy, boost the immune system, reduce histamine levels, and treats infertility.
Royal Jelly: this is made from a secretion of the honey bees that is used to deliver nutrition to larvae and adult queen bees. This jelly has been shown to increase collagen production, treat Graves disease, improve fertility, lower cholesterol, and even fight bacteria.
Honey: this sweet snack naturally contains 18 amino acids, plus small amounts of many vitamins and minerals. It is a great alternative to sugar since it has been shown to increase athletic performance, decrease allergies, moisturizes skin, and has antibacterial properties!
Spring in such a lovely season and the green is emerging everywhere!
Okay, so the first part of this hike gets a little vertical but the scenery is amazing... you go through forest, meadows full of wild flowers, and hike up a waterfall to reach the observation post.
- Roundtrip: 8 miles
- Elevation Gain 3800ft
- Highest Point 5629
- Location: Snoqualmie Pass
It's an easy hike but it's absolutely gorgeous! I always hike this one during the week days because the weekends get a little crowded. This is a great hike to have a good conversation and catch up with old friends.
- Roundtrip 5.5 miles
- Elevation Gain 1200ft
- Highest Point 1500ft
- Location: Gold Bar
The moss, the forest, the river... absolutely stunning! A very Loooong drive so be prepared to spend the night.
- Roundtrip 10.6 miles
- Elevation Gain 300ft
- Highest Point 800ft
- Location: Olympic National Park
Scenic route on part of the Pacific Crest Trail... and the katwalk is the perfect place for a picnic.
- Roundtrip 11 miles
- Elevation Gain 2700 ft
- Highest Point 2500ft
- Location: Snoqualmie Pass
This hike is located on the less traveled side of Mt. Rainier and isn't too far away from Seattle. The first 5 miles are relatively flat since it was a road back in 2006 then you come across an enchanting waterfall, cross a beautiful river full of glacier water, and cross a suspension bridge!
- Roundtrip 16.5 miles
- Elevation Gain 1000ft
- Highest Point 3400ft
- Location: Mt. Rainer
Whether you realize it or not, stress plays a huge role in your health! The stresses in life have changed dramatically over the centuries but our response still remains the same. Cortisol is a stress hormone that is secreted by the adrenal cortex that helps our body cope with stress by mobilizing stored energy sources and increasing the availability of substances for tissue repairs. Cortisol can be very helpful in the short-term but chronic stress (overexposure to cortisol) can disrupt many of your body's processes and increase risk for anxiety, depression, weight gain, insomnia, and digestive problems.
Below is a graph showing the normal cycle of cortisol and melatonin. (red = cortisol and blue= melatonin. Someone who is experiencing chronic stress this graph could look very different with cortisol increasing in the evening causing insomnia or decreased in the morning causing fatigue.
So, how can we get back into balance?
A very powerful way to decrease stress and improve energy is through diaphragmatic breathing exercises
Eliminate caffeine and alcohol
Adrenal Supportive Herbs (like Panax ginseng or Eleutherococcus senticosus)
The truth is we have a little bit of every goddess within us! Each female archetype represents powerful cultural stereotypes and unconscious forces that can influence our lives.
The goddess archetypes can offer insights into what is motivating us
They help us to look deeper into how our life choices are affected by our culture
It explores our relationship with sexuality
without blame or judgement
Looking at roles, motivational forces, and modes of consciousness
The archetype theory comes from Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen who is a very passionate female activist, author and psychiatrist.