We can't get enough sage

Sage cleanse and sage smudge

One of our favorite rituals is sage smudging. Smudging your sacred space, your home or office, or even your body with sage is like taking an energetic shower, or doing a deep metaphysical cleansing. The smoke from dried sage actually changes the ionic composition of the air, and can have a direct effect on reducing our stress response. 

How to keep your sleep schedule on track

How to beat the winter blues

The time changes this weekend—a sign that winter ❄️ will be here soon. If you’re fearing the disruption of your sleep 😴 cycle, try the following:
1) Take melatonin 30 minutes before desired sleep time.
2) Establish consistent sleep times. 
3) Reserve your bed for sleep, not TV or devices.
4) Get at least 30 minutes outside—even if cloudy the light will reset your circadian cycles. 

If all else fails, treat yourself to a massage or a facial. A little bit of luxury goes a long way when you're adjusting to the seasonal changes.

This is nuts!

Ayurvedic nut nutrition

This is nuts! And seeds. If you were to guess which of these is best for your skin, which would you choose?

The first three things I ask about when someone presents with an inflammatory skin condition or acne is if they are eating salt with dairy (cheese among other things), fermented foods and nuts. All of these things produce heat in our body and can be responsible for pesky acne or a flare in things like psoriasis. Seeds tend to be on the safer side for these people because they are cooler in their post-digestive effect.

This isn't to say you should never consume these things, but if you have inflammatory skin concerns, try reducing them to see what happens. When you do consume nuts, choose raw and soak them for several hours first to improve their digestibility.

The best chai

Chai Recipe

The bonus to cooking seasonal food this time of year is that your house smells goooood. Cook up this chai concentrate recipe and you'll want to cozy up with a blanket and a good book!

I got this recipe from a coffee shop in Seattle, then I doctored it up to my liking. I use nut mylk rather than dairy, so I had to make it a little less spicy. Dairy is cooling and will slightly mute some of the spice--like the black pepper, clove and cinnamon. 

This makes a huge batch of chai. What I do, is make a big batch to use as concentrate. I refrigerate it and then heat with mylk when I want to have it. Most of the ingredients are in the photo, with the exception of ginger root, vanilla, and a sweetener. 

I got this recipe from a coffee shop in Seattle, then I doctored it up to my liking. I use nut mylk rather than dairy, so I had to make it a little less spicy. Dairy is cooling and will slightly mute some of the spice--like the black pepper, clove and cinnamon. Here is the recipe:

2 L filtered water
2 inch ginger root (or more), clean and sliced into coins
12 whole star anise
1 tsp black peppercorns
3 tsp cardamom (decorticated)
10 whole cloves
1 tsp orange granules
6 tsp cinnamon (I use chips/chipped)
1 tsp nutmeg (freshly grated)
3 tsp vanilla extract
sweetener of your choice, amount of your choice
10 tsp black tea or early grey tea

Bring water to boil. Grind or crush whole spices and add all ingredients except tea. Reduce heat. Let simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea. Steep 2-4 minutes. Strain. When making a cup, use equal parts concentrate and milk/mylk.

This is a huge, I say huge, batch of chai. What I do, is make a big batch to use as concentrate. I refrigerate it and then heat with mylk when I want to have it. Most of the ingredients are in the photo, with the exception of ginger root, vanilla, and a sweetener. 

Enjoy! 

Everything you need to stay healthy this cold and flu season

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We love Wunder Workshop's tumeric honey, LivOn Labs vitamin C, and some good old fashioned ginger and lemon.

This golden honey elixir is a tasty, immune-boosting and colorful addition to porridge, tea, for your toast or even as a face-mask! In times when you feel like your immune system is particularly low we recommend having a Golden spoon a day. 

LivOn Labs' liposomal vitamin C gets to your cells! Most ordinary forms of oral vitamin C - tablets, capsules, powders, liquids and even the vitamin C from your diet - are not processed and absorbed efficiently by your body. As a result, much of this vitamin C is never transferred into your bloodstream and even less of it makes it into your cells where it's needed most.

Turmeric, coconut oil and honey are three of the most powerful anti-inflammatory and immune boosting ingredients. We have combined these organically sourced superfoods and added some organic black pepper to increase turmeric's bio-availability. 

Don't let a cold slow you down! Stop by the apothecary and keep germs at bay. 

Homemade Almond Milk

Easy Homemade Almond Milk Recipe

Homemade almond milk can hardly live in the same category as boxed. If you've ever made your own, I'm sure you can agree. Homemade can be made as you please, with vanilla or without, sweet or unsweetened. Ayurveda says it builds ojas or vitality.

Boxed needs something to act as a preservative and often has thickeners to make it more to the consumer's liking. Carrageenan is commonly used, but even though this comes from seaweed, when it is made as a "food grade" ingredient, it can wreak havoc on the gut. Why put your body through that when homemade almond milk is so easy to make and it can be the base for so many delicious things? Almond milk is a staple for lattes, but unsweetened, plain almond milk can be used in savory recipes.

It's easy to shift into lazy mode and forget how simple and effortless making your own almond milk really is. Making almond milk takes some time, but most of it is inactive. It shouldn't take more than six minutes from start to finish (including soaking, blending and straining). Good reminder that it is probably worth it! 

Here's a quick and easy almond milk recipe you can make at home. Keep these ingredients on hand at all times, so there's never an almond milk emergency. 

1 cup raw almonds soaked overnight, 3 + 1/2 cup filtered water, dates or maple syrup to sweeten to liking, 1 tsp of vanilla and a pinch of sea salt. Put all ingredients into blender and strain with cheesecloth or a "nut milk bag" (which has to be in quotes or this is just me talking about nut bags).

Give it a whirl and let us know if you love it! 

Rituals and self-care

rituals and self-care

What do these things have in common?

They are all a part of an evening ritual. I have a tonic at night, which is usually a turmeric drink with some cinnamon and nutmeg. I rub some oil on my feet, then I get in bed at 9:30 to journal and to ground with selenite harmonizers. My aim with this ritual--to root and mentally process before rest. What's the centerpiece of your fall evening routine?

If you're still thinking up your own magic ritual, borrow a few of these ideas. A ritual doesn't have to be complex, only consistent, cyclical and meaningful.