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Archive for February, 2015

Free & Clear

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Just as you might enjoy the easy feeling of stepping into a room that’s tidy and clutter-free, energetic space-clearing invites a fresh, bright energy into the spaces where we work and live, and, ultimately, into our lives.

For thousands of years, different forms of space-clearing, including the Chinese harmonic system feng shui, have been preformed by various traditional cultures. Every day, people generate the kind of etheric debris that can build up, leaving behind an energetic residue. The art of space-clearing revitalizes the flow of vibrant energy, clearing out stagnancy in the places where we spend our days.

Naturally, physically de-cluttering your living or working space is a wonderful start. Then, with a simple sound instrument, such as a bell, chime or gong, you might take a walk through your space, using sound vibrations to loosen up any stagnant, burdensome or stuck energy you find, leaving a window slightly cracked as an outlet for the staleness. Most Western architecture doesn’t accommodate a natural sense of energetic flow, and most Western-designed buildings contain plenty of areas where energy can get trapped. In the spirit of out with the old and in with the new, this simple, symbolic cleansing helps us let go of what’s no longer useful.

Next, set an intention, calling in the energy you wish to receive in your cleared space, recirculating through with a soothing invitation, perhaps lighting a candle, setting out fresh flowers, or enlivening the air with a drop or two of a favorite scent. (Bulgarian Rose perfectly welcomes beautiful new beginnings.)

Maintaining our living and working spaces in this way is essential to the free movement of our creative life force, and to our wellbeing. In this way, with loving attention and clear intention, we make room on every level for a fantastically fresh new wave of creativity and openness to enter our living spaces and our lives.

Collagen Boosting Super Foods

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

When we talk about a eating foods that best support skin health, prime among those choices are foods that the body needs in order to build and to maintain collagen. Collagen serves as skin’s substructure, found throughout all three layers of the dermis, giving skin strength, elasticity and resiliency. As we age, we produce less collagen, while environmental stresses, sun, and free-radicals can also break it down. In order to repair damaged collagen, which also gives skin its beautiful look of fullness, our bodies need a healthy supply of specific nutrients.

Here are a handful of favorite collagen boosting super-foods.

Dark leafy greens. You know spinach and kale are good for you! But, specifically, the dark leafy greens boast a pro-collagen antioxidant called lutein. Researchers say eating just 2 oz. kale improves skin elasticity and hydration.

Garlic. Small and mighty, garlic contains sulfur, which is absolutely essential in healing damaged collagen. Sulfur helps hold collagen fibers together, maintaining skin’s strength and flexibility.

Yoghurt. High in protein, but also offering the amino-acid lysine, yoghurt support natural collagen production wonderfully, as do egg whites, which are big on protein but also and contain the amino acid proline.

Citrus. Aging causes a decline in skin’s natural levels of Vitamin C, which functions as an antioxidant and helps regulate the body’s collagen synthesis. In Florida, we know there’s no better source of Vitamin C than fresh citrus.

Eating with healing intention is one of the foundations of holistic living. When we feed ourselves well, we feed our skin and our soul—and it shows in healthful radiance.

There’s Nothing Sweeter

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

It is truly good news when indulgence, delight and good health all come into harmony!

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’re happy to report that English researchers have recently discovered that eating cacao—found in cocoa beans, and the key ingredient in chocolate—is beneficial to skin, boasting many anti-aging effects.

Dark chocolate, like tea, is rich in flavonoids, natural anti-oxidants that help skin resist the sun’s harmful rays and can reduce oxidative stress from daily environmental factors, which, in turn, protects precious collagen. Scientific researchers say that, when eaten in moderation, highest quality, low-sugar dark chocolate made with over 70% cocoa offers the biggest benefits.

Glorious chocolate is now guilt free—it doesn’t get much better than that!

Caring for the Man in Your Life

Friday, February 6th, 2015

men 1 copyA question I’m asked often is, which Tammy Fender formulations best serve men’s skin? In honor of Valentine’s Day—and sharing what you love—I’m happy to offer this protocol for holistically caring for the men’s skin.

Of course, each person’s path to perfect balance is unique, but in general men’s skin is different from women’s skin in significant ways. Besides facial hair, hormonal differences mean that men’s skin is slightly thicker, boasts a little more collagen, and tends to be better hydrated, thanks to elevated sebum production. We’ve got all that covered.

Before shaving, I like to recommend men use our Cleansing Milk, which softens the beard and whisks away excess oils. Shaving itself acts as an exfoliant, but following with antioxidant-rich Essential C Tonic not only re-energizes the complexion, it soothes and purifies. Our Antioxidant Crème provides a wonderful finish, bursting with bright citrus aroma, though it’s not too thick in texture. It’s a great nourisher and a protector against free radicals and environmental stresses, while also acting as a natural anti-depressant, uplifting the senses.

On the deepest level, however, our formulas, blending only the most powerfully pure and ancient holistic remedies, are also created to encourage the kind of energetic movement and momentum that builds inner strength, removing blockages and fostering the growth of true connection. In that way, when someone takes the loving time to care for himself or herself with holistic intention, it is a gift to all.

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