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Archive for June, 2015

Ode to Chamomile

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

chamomile If your summer is revved up and over-busy, Chamomile might be just the thing you crave. Dissolving stress for centuries, Chamomile was used by holistic practitioners in ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and India. Remarkably, the herbal remedy works as an anti-inflammatory and as a relaxant, healing wounds and boosting immunity, whether absorbed through the skin or taken as a tea or tincture. There’s a reason I never leave home without a take-along sized bottle of Roman Chamomile Tonic tucked away in my bag! Just the warm fresh scent alone is wonderfully grounding.

To benefit from this sweet summertime soother, you might steep a jar of Chamomile sun tea, then ice it down in the fridge, creating a refreshing drink, or you might enjoy the apple-y flavor of a pitcher of cool water bright with fresh Chamomile blossoms. And in the evening, there is nothing so peace inducing as putting together a quick bath sachet—bundling a handful of dried Chamomile flowers in a small piece of cheese cloth tied with twine to use in your hot bath.

Instant Refreshment

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Our Blueberry, Honey + Greek Yoghurt ice pops.

Our Blueberry, Honey + Greek Yoghurt ice pops.

Icy cold popsicles are an old-fashioned summertime delight. We love to make them with all our favorite juices—Watermelon or Melon, Peach, or Blueberry, or almost anything blended with Lemon or Lime. Healthy deliciousness on a stick!

When creating your own blend, remember that juice freezes hard, so you’ll want to include pureed fruit to soften the texture. Try Strawberry-Cucumber, made with pureed fresh cucumber, crushed frozen strawberries, lime juice, lime zest and honey. Mango-Coconut is a tropical treat, using Mango juice and fresh fruit puree, and, just the tiniest pinch of cinnamon for warmth. 

Of course, if your garden is overflowing with fresh herbs, you can make freezer pops using a couple strongly brewed cups of your favorite herbal teas. Chamomile-Honey is sunny and light. Lemon-Thyme is another lovely combination, or try substituting in Basil, Mint or Verbena. Experimenting is a joy—and you can always try out new flavors by making a few ice-cube testers. 

For the prettiest ice pops of all, however, set edible flower petals—or whole blossoms—adrift. Pansies, marigolds, violets, roses, nasturtiums, borage—or the smallest blossoms from your fresh herbs.

Cool off, share—and enjoy!

Tammy’s Summer Loves

Friday, June 12th, 2015

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We are happy to share a few of Tammy’s seasonally summery favorites—as well as all of our best wishes for a summer full of fun + friends and glowing good health.

Favorite Summertime Bloom: The wide array of rose bushes in my garden!

Most Peaceful Moment of the Day: Before dawn—a quiet time of stillness and meditation. And just before  sunset, enjoying being out in the yard with my family, reflecting on the fullness of the day, a walk through the garden, and checking out all of the sweet birds and little critters around us…

Energizing Exercise: A swim in the ocean

Summer-Perfect Salad: Garden-fresh arugula, fresh green peas, avocado, sliced hearts of palm, a little fresh Locatelli cheese, all tossed with olive oil and lemon juice.

Favorite Summer Formulations: Our two new treatment masques—Restorative Radiance Masque and Purifying Luculent Masque—as well as Awakening Eye Gel, and Rose Geranium & Tangerine Body Lotion.

Bedside Reading: The Wellspring of Good

Spa Indulgence: Thai Yoga Massage with Lumdaun

Ultimate Summer Juice: Watermelon with Mint or Ginger.

At-Home Facial: A double mask—Epi-Peel followed by Purifying Lucent Masque, and finished with a thin layer of Spontaneous Recovery Cremè to magnify summer’s glow.

Holistic Treat: Homemade Lemon-Lime & Basil popsicles.

Getaway Destination: Colorado mountains and dreaming of Italy!

Pre-Flight + In-Flight Skin Savers: The night before a flight use Restorative Radiance Masque, followed by Quintessential Serum. To protect skin in-flight and arrive glowing, wear Quintessential Serum under a layer of Spontaneous Recovery Cremè.

Never Leave Home Without: Roman Chamomile Tonic in a travel-sized spray—so perfectly soothing when you’re on-the-go



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