Gift idea: Meditation bundle

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As cliche as it may be, the New Year can be a fresh start to practices you’ve either lost connection or would like to begin. Sometimes the right tools can give us the motivation and support we need. If you’re embarking on a meditation practice, a cozy cushion can help. To make it easier to settle in, we love using selenite harmonizers. Selenite is used for protection and enhancing positive energy. The weight of these harmonizers makes it easier to stay grounded and calm as you sit, breathe and clear your mind—perfect for a dark winter’s day. 

Beauty Chef + Copper Water Bottle

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Shiny, pretty things catch our eye, but copper water bottles and Beauty Chef health elixirs are more than what you see on the surface. Copper is a known purifier and a part of Ayurvedic tradition. Drinking water that’s been in a copper vessel can help heal skin problems, digestive issues and even bring relief to arthritic conditions. 

Beauty Chef strives to heal the gut and spark beauty from within and for the holiday season, they’ve bundled three of their best-sellers (Collagen, Hydration and Antioxidant) into one package. Collagen is a plant-based boost for your connective tissue and elasticity of your skin, Hydration is your winter miracle for dry and lackluster skin, and Antioxidant is a guard against cellular aging. Health and beauty always start within.  

Find these (and more) pretty things in the apothecary. 

The luxe gift you've been waiting for: Turmeric CBD

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Turmeric may not be able to fix a leaky faucet, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it added to its repertoire. Turmeric has properties of an anti-viral, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and beyond. Turmeric can be added to meals, teas or taken in more concentrated forms like tinctures. 

It couples well with so many things and Wunder Workshop has proved that a turmeric CBD collaboration may be the next big thing. CBD gets its hype from its anti-inflammatory powers and is taken by health conscious to those seeking healing to ward off even the worst joint aches. Someone you know might be deserving of this turmeric CBD as a luxe gift of freedom from pain!

Crystals and sage: the most beautiful gift

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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.

 

Need some rituals in your life? We can help!

Christmas Gift Idea Self Care

The 5 – 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 sautéed collard greens, dried cranberries and pepitas. It's a supercharged fall meal.🍂🍁

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.🤔

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.

There’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 that’s how it is. I was a tomboy growing up and since he was a farmer, I’d spend a lot of time outside on the farm. That’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. 🎃 .

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.

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