Crystals and sage: the most beautiful gift

Healing crystals gift

Crystals are so hot right now, but they're more than sparkley rocks. (But Energy Mus's crystals *are* quite beautiful.) Crystals can help you set intentions as, like attracting love, deepening your meditation, grounding yourself, and self-healing. When selecting a crystal, pick one that speaks to you - there are no wrong or bad choices when it comes to crystals. 

Burning sage (aka smudging) in your sacred space, your home or office, or even your body with sage is like taking an energetic shower. The smoke from dried sage changes the ionic composition of the air, and can have a direct effect on reducing our stress response.

Grab these beautiful gifts in the apothecary and then go home and take an energetic shower.

Make 2018 your most productive year yet!

Kansas City apothecary gift ideas

Things we love: rituals, good vibes, and staying hydrated. Get all three with these sweet gifts (Or buy them for yourself. We won't tell!)

The productivity planner will keep your to-do list at bay and help you stay focused throughout the day. The sleek water bottle fits perfectly in your pocket or purse and is made with BPA-free, durable plastic. And who doesn't need a little sage in their life? We sure do!

Find the perfect gift for the man on your list in the apothecary

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Side effects of this gift set may include: wearing flannel, camping, and the desire to build a log cabin in the woods. 

Be Gentle plant-based unscented soap is great for super sensitive skin and has soothing botanicals, leaving skin soft and smooth during the dry winter months. 

Outdoorsman cream protects the skin from the dry, harsh environments. It's great for dry, cracked hands. Organic calendula flower is traditionally used to fight bacteria and relieve inflammation.

Cascade Forest Room Spray will bring that outdoorsy smell, well, indoors. Remember the smell of Mt. Hood in late fall? Neither do we, but this room spray will get you there. It's made from 100% natural ingredients like wild harvested flowers and organic essential oils. Just two spritzes brings the scent of the forest to your home and you can level-up on the scents with fir incense for maximum hygge effects.

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Need some rituals in your life? We can help!

Christmas Gift Idea Self Care

The 5 โ€“ Minute Journal is the simplest way I've found to integrate a ritual into your day (and to potentially infuse it with an extra dose of positivity, too). It's perfect for anyone really, but I've found it especially helpful for folks like me with both a desire to journal and a tendency to become bored or creatively blocked.

Each page has a morning/night portion, complete with affirmations, writing prompts, and space to give thanks. Make a ritual of it, which we know to be beneficial, by sitting down with a cup of hot tea and lighting a candle or burning some incense each time you make time to journal. Make it an enjoyable experience, something you look forward to each day, to ensure you'll continue writing!

Seasonal eating with acorn squash

Acorn squash recipe

Oatmeal eaters: step out of your comfort zone! I like some of our standard breakfast foods but it's more common for me to have soup or steamed veggies for breakfast. I'm a savory versus sweet, so perhaps that's why. This morning I made this, which looks fancy, but secretly only takes like 10 minutes of hands on work (3 of those are gearing up to use a huge knife to cut the squash). It's baked acorn squash with sautรฉed collard greens, dried cranberries and pepitas. It's a supercharged fall meal.๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut one acorn squash in half crosswise. Slice a little of the top and bottom to make a solid surface for it to sit. Scoop out seeds. Place in a baking pan (with some oil or ghee to keep from sticking) scooped side down. Bake for 25 minutes. Flip the squash and use either ghee or a butter alternative to cover the top and to put 1 tablespoon inside. Bake for another 20-25 minutes. In the last 10 minutes of baking, heat 1/2-1 tablespoon oil over medium heat in medium pan. Cut 4-5 collard into ribbons (de-stem, stack, roll like a cigar, then cut 1/4 inch sections). Add to pan and lightly salt and pepper. After 2-3 minutes, add 1 tablespoon of pepitas and 1 tablespoon of dried cranberries. Cook another 1-2 minute. Remove squash from oven when it is tender (mine got a little too brown). Lightly salt and pepper, drizzle with maple syrup and fill with collards. Then, question if you should eat the other half or save for your boyfriend.๐Ÿค”

A scent-sational way to spice up your rituals

Scents and memories

Scents play an important role in our emotional balance. Of our senses, the sense of smell is most related to our memories and emotions. They are shown to more vividly bring back a feeling than an image can.

Thereโ€™s a muscle balm that I use in my practice that reminds me of my grandpa every time I open the container. It has wintergreen and the combination of that and other herbs smells a little like his chewing tobacco. Kind of gross, but thatโ€™s how it is. I was a tomboy growing up and since he was a farmer, Iโ€™d spend a lot of time outside on the farm. Thatโ€™s the association I make and the memories that flood in.

Pairing a scent with your rituals may make it easier for you to invoke the type of feeling state you search. Dedicate a certain candle, essential oil or incense to a practice and you might find the association helps hold you accountable!

Pumpkin Spice-ish Porridge Recipe

I'm not too into the pumpkin spice trend, but 'tis the season, so I tried my hand at a pumpkin porridge. That's more my speed. ๐ŸŽƒ .

Here's how it went down. Made buckwheat cereal with 1/4 cup buckwheat and 1 + 1/14 cup filtered water (boil water with a little salt, add buckwheat). Then I removed from heat and added 1/2 cup of homemade coconut milk and 1/4 cup pumpkin pie puree (organic, but from a can... I know). Put back on low heat and stirred constantly but not obsessively. Once mixed, poured into a bowl and let cool a bit. Sprinkled cinnamon, coconut flakes, cashews on top with some turmeric latte blend from Wunder Workshop. Then I took a picture. Then I stirred the heck out of it and made it look like a school lunch, but it tasted way better.

Pumpkin Spice Porridge

Potassium broth recipe

Season's eatings, everyone! I've been feeling a little puffy, sluggish and even a little achy the last few days. Time to make some potassium broth.

Potassium broth is often used during cleanses or at a time of rejuvenation because of all the amazing benefits it provides. It's hydrating, alkalizing, immune boosting and helps to flush your body of any retained water. Some spas in Europe provide this as a drink due to all its healing benefits. .

It is simple to make (that's how I like it) and essentially tastes like veggie broth. I'm going to sip on it the rest of the day while I do some writing. You can find lots of recipes with a good ol' Google search, but what you'll find as common ingredients is potato peels, parsley, carrots and celery. Some recipes say you can add any other veggies from there. I wanted to add kombu to mine but realized I was fresh out. Here's what I did,

Put 4 quarts of water in large stock pot. Turn heat to high and add potato peels from 2 potatoes (I'll live on the wild side and make mashed potatoes with the inners), 2 onions roughly chopped, 1 bunch of parsley roughly chopped, 4 carrots peeled and chopped, 3 stalks of celery roughly chopped. Bring all contents to boil, then reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 1 hour or more. Strain and store in refrigerator. I'm on my last 20 minutes of simmering and it is smelling good in here!

Potassium Broth

The Beauty Chef does it again. We're GLOW-ing.

We don't fully understand how The Beauty Chef does it. Their products are perfectly formulated and are seriously delicious. This is Glow which is incredible for connective tissue and skin. It has ingredients like mung beans, chickpeas and quinoa along with plums, maqui berry and lemon ๐Ÿ‹. It. Tastes. Delicious. With some water it is like a berry tea. We really don't know how they do it, but we are glad they do!

The Beauty Chef Glow Powder

The benefits of eating seasonally

Benefits of eating seasonally

Our gut's microbiome changes with the season! There is new research showing this, but researchers are still questioning why. Ayurveda has been recommending seasonal eating since inception because the food available in each season balances what nature brings and our ability to digest changes along with it. Our digestion happens to be strongest in the winter because we are amping up our protein stores with things like nuts, seeds and of you're carnivorous, meat. Pictured here are some seasonal spices. Clockwise: star anise, cinnamon (these are chips of the bark rather than a stick--cinnamon sticks are dried quickly and lose volatile oils), nutmeg and clove. All of these have a warming effect on digestion and help us to break down food and avoid things like stomach pain and gas ๐Ÿ’จ. Cinnamon and clove are good for pain and increase micro circulation making joint pain decrease. Nutmeg is a sedative and helps with sleep. Star anise, well it does those things but it also looks pretty while doing it! ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฟ Eat seasonally!