It is the end of a new week and there is so much to share! I have been super busy trying and loving new things, so here is my very best summary of all the wonderful things I have been eating, reading, wearing and taking. I hope you enjoy all these favorite things including bach flower remedies and healing berries…
I have really missed Mexican inspired food, because its seems as though I always come to a culinary roadblock when it comes to cooking Mexican without cheese and meat… so when I found this recipe I was DYING to try it. Not to mention, Shiitake mushrooms are one of my favorite things to cook with, because they are extremely high in protein and full of nutrients – I believe that they are most certainly one of the healthiest foods – but, they are not always the easiest to incorporate. This recipe was relatively simple to make and it turned out amazing. A MUST on your list. BTW: if you have not been to Sprouted Kitchen you have to go… and you MUST buy their cookbook: “The Sprouted Kitchen” – a go-to for whole food cooking (note: this is not a vegan cookbook, but can be modified to your tastes).
I have loved Dragon Herbs for the past year and this is just another one of my favorites that I have been using for the past 2 months. While not the most well known herb in the Western world, Schizandra is widely used to beautify the skin and to protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun and wind. Due to the astringent quality of Schizandra, the skin tends to hold its moisture and becomes full and beautiful. It has always been very popular with the wealthy men and women of China, especially the women of the imperial court, because of its youth preserving and rejuvenating effects. It is said that those who use Schizandra consistently will remain youthful in both appearance and physiology.
While I am typically pretty skeptical about overt claims regarding nutrients, I will say that this one has lived up to its name. I most certainly noticed that within 2 weeks my skin color evened out, and there was a new radiance about it. This seems to be my answer to living a beach lifestyle, always out in the sun, and I will mention that it acts like an internal skin foundation… it creates an even, flawless tone in the skin. Love it! You can find it here. I take 3 daily.
Tiny Devotions is a hip, fresh and inspired company that creates mala beads and accessories for the bohemian girl. Their mala beads represent the free spirited lifestyle of living your dreams, following your passions and looking good as you do it. If you are an avid Instagramer like I am, then you must follow them… that is actually how I found them and fell in LOVE with their jewelry. Easy to wear, beautiful and radiates our true spiritual self.
This business was just started by a dear friend of mine, Nicolle Sullivan who is a full-time Naturopathic Doctor, mother and now soap maker! She started this company as way to take control of her children’s health, especially after her first was diagnosed with Autism. She makes all the soaps by hand out of her home and it most certainly shows! I have had the pleasure of enjoying her Chamomint, Honey/Almond/Oatmeal and Coffee blends. All natural clays, oils and even botanicals that she grows in her own very garden, you do not have to worry about harmful additives, animal products, chemicals or preservatives. Not to mention, they don’t leave that drying residue and they are perfect for anyone, even babies! You can find her beautiful soaps here.
The moment you pick up this book and start reading the first page, all that comes to mind is… this is it!! That book that you have been waiting for to give you that confidence that you need to follow your true passion and dreams. If you are an entrepreneur, soul-seeker at heart, but have been looking for that shining light to let tell you “it is okay, GO FOR IT!” This is it. Even if you have no clue where your true passion or calling lies, pick up this book and allow it to guide you just there. A MUST must must… get this now.
I am always on the lookout for a fabulous facial cleanser, and while I have a few standby’s that I love… I feel as though I always need to have a minimum of three on hand in order to have the perfect option for my mood that day. Sometimes I need more cleansing, sometimes more moisturizing, and sometimes something gentle and sensitive. This oil is just in the middle of all three. It is in fact an oil, yet you use it as a face wash, so it cleanses and exfoliates the skin, but then leaves it super soft and glowing. It is made from all organic and/or wild crafted ingredients and nothing else. It includes: super-critical Sea buckthorn oil, golden jojoba oil, virgin coconut oil, tamanu oil, lavender, vetiver, grapefruit, and palmarosa essential oils. It has a very soft, warm and light fragrance so it is perfect for everyday use. In case you are worried about its affects on oily, acne-prone skin, it has over numerous testimonies showing that it even has helped to clear those issues up. Clean and effective. Love! Learn more about the healing qualities of seabuckthorn by reading more here.
If you have been following my posts, facebook and twitter lately, you most likely have noticed that I have been going through an emotionally challenging time that has actually left me quite physically and mentally fatigued. The good news is that I am coming out of it a stronger and more enlightened person than when I got into it, and that is a lot due to my yoga and meditation practices, empowering networks I am tapped into, and last, but not least… my Bach Flower Remedy – Elm.
For those who have never heard about Bach flower remedies, they are in fact flower essences that have been determined to contain special healing attributes to the emotional body, and through those attributes are able influences the health of the physical body. I have used these quite frequently throughout my own life and with my clients, and they continue to amaze me. Like other natural treatments, they take effect by treating the whole individual, not the disease or symptom of the disease. You simply place a few drops in your water daily and watch as your emotional state radically changes. I can typically feel them just after 1 dose. So the Bach Flower that I had chosen for this particular round of emotional challenges was ELM, which states “restores your normal strength and optimism when you are temporarily overwhelmed or burdened by responsibility.” My secret weapon now shared 🙂 If you are feeling as though you are in a similar state or would like to explore the other remedies, check them out here.