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The Power of Curiosity: Keep the Spark Alive

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

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Every evening, after precious time with my family, enjoying each other’s company, I have the lucky opportunity to indulge my great private passion—reading and researching surrounded by a giant pile of books.

It may not sound exciting, but those happy hours I spend in following my curiosity absolutely fuel my days, and, as recent scientific research has shown, cultivating curiosity is one of the keys to living a joy-filled life. I’m happy to share with you some of my thoughts on tuning into curiosity.

Embrace the New: When we encounter new things, our bodies naturally release dopamine, the neurotransmitter which activates the brain’s pleasure center. This is true for trying new foods, listening to new music, making new friends, and planting new seeds. Our innate capacity for adventure brings a sweet tingle through all our cells, and especially when we are enjoying the wonders of the natural world. Visiting nature with an open sense of curiosity, allows excitement and wonder and curiosity to course through us. It is incredibly healing medicine.

Change the Channels: So often in our days, when facing the unknown, we fall into worry. Curiosity—while often described as anxiety’s close cousin—meets the unexpected with joy instead of dread. Following your own sense of curiosity creates new pathways in the brain, increasing the number of neurons and neural connections. And in helping the brain remember that love of curiosity, which was certainly there in each of us as a child, we become flexible and resilient and regain our love of surprise.

Fresh Eyes: What’s incredible, however, is that we don’t have to wander far in order to cultivate curiosity. While it’s fascinating to see life from a different perspective by breaking out of our old routines, which happens so often for me when I travel, bringing curiosity into the everyday is also a thrill. I think you’ll be amazed what can happen when you set out for a short walk or even your daily commute with the intention of seeing something you have never noticed before. The world can seem to vibrate as we tune into curiosity and suddenly so much unseen beauty is revealed in our everyday lives.

Young at Heart: When we strive to learn something new every day, the heart stays active and the mind bright. We often associate the alertness and enthusiasm of curiosity with youth, but curiosity is something that we don’t have to give up as we grow older. In fact, quite the opposite, curiosity guards the mind against rigidity as we age.

Listening In: In a way, as with meditation and many mindfulness practices, practicing curiosity has an incredible ability to bring us closer to our own intuitions, and to finding our own inner guidance. We never know what we’ll find by listening in deeply and being willing to follow the heart into fascinating new realms. But that’s the point! When we stay curious, we may even discover the kind of rich happiness that breathes fresh meaning into life.

True Value

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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If your spring has been anything like mine—bustling, busy and full to bursting—entering into summer offers the perfect opportunity to re-orient towards all that matters to us most, putting aside the to-do list for a moment in order to bring delight back into our days. Surrounded by distractions, bounded by commitments, it’s so easy to lose sight of what is truly important, especially when what we value seems small. But isn’t it funny that when we take a moment to stop and think, it’s somehow the small things that matter most? This is an expression of our true wish for joy.

We often undervalue the ways in which we express our love for life, whether that might mean taking the time to walk, instead of driving, or reaching out to a friend, cooking a meal from scratch, lingering in the garden, singing in the car, letting a child plan out the afternoon, getting back into a favorite exercise routine. For myself, I love to carve out time to appreciate nature, especially the plant life all around us, which provides our living food source, as well as precious medicinal remedies, while inspiring the senses. For me, there is nothing like enjoying the simple beauty of flowers, whether in a vase or in the wild, their aroma, and their energy.  

Yet indulging in these love-filled, life-full luxuries can all too easily slip into last place. They’re not quantifiable, and they’re set aside in the name of practicality. But while a sensible diet and good sleep habits do wonders for our health, increasing vitality, strength and resilience, it’s these small and impractically beautiful gestures that fuel the fire and re-kindle our life-force, touching the deep core of who we are. To be sure, if there was a universal holistic prescription for glowing skin, it would embrace our desire for simple happiness.

There is so much potential for beauty everywhere we turn, and especially when we allow life’s small gifts back into our days, letting the truth of who we are shine.

Aging Gracefully

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

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I love how becoming conscious of aging skin has introduced so many to the vast benefits of holistic care. And yet, at the same time, I think it’s important to encourage a shift in our perception of aging, and what it means to age gracefully. Since I’m asked about this question of aging so often, I’m sharing a few of my thoughts, below, on how to age gracefully, with the hopes that it furthers our conversation and broadens our definition of what beauty means.

See aging as a gift. Aging is a refinement, a deeper way of knowing yourself, and when we honor the wisdom that comes through experience, it reveals a confidence that we all recognize as elegant and graceful. We can be grateful for that instead of fighting against nature’s cycle.

Embrace you. Instead of chasing youth, or trying to alter the outside, when we simply are authentically ourselves, strength comes from inside. When we buy into ideas of so-called perfection, we can’t feel fulfilled. And honestly, deep down we all know that this lie doesn’t work. When we love ourselves 100%, it radiates from within us and becomes a gift we give to others.
Feel at home. There’s a simple meditation where we can each remember a time of feeling utterly “at home.” You don’t have to overthink it, but sitting quietly with eyes closed for a couple moments you can let yourself soak up that feeling, whether you connect with the feeling of sitting in your grandmother’s kitchen or on the park beach. Bathing your cells in that delicious sense of “home,” savoring the joy, is just like aging gracefully. It’s the feeling of coming home.

Find a mentor. Pick out a mentor—or several! An older women who exudes that unmistakable confidence, and who can lead the way as we follow. It doesn’t need to be someone we know well, or even at all. But connecting with this vision of aging beautifully, with dignity and strength, can become a conscious touchstone.

Go deep. Aging happens on the surface, but when we recognize that a true connection with others happens on the energy level, the signs of aging on the face and body become irrelevant. And when we are comfortable with who we are, we have the capacity to share our gifts more fully with others.

Meet beauty. Looking into the eyes of an elderly person, while holding hands and connecting by heart, is a profoundly beautiful experience. Some of my dearest clients are women who are in their late 80’s, and each time I am with them, I am reminded of their exquisite beauty and grace. To me, they are ageless.

Nature’s Quiet Beauty

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

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Dear Friends,

Every day I’m amazed by the healthful discoveries—and rediscoveries—happening all around us, each supporting a different aspect of realizing a holistic lifestyle. It certainly is a different world than the one in which I began my work in holistic healing, over 25 years ago now. But there’s one aspect of holistic health that’s often overlooked, and it’s so important to us—it’s the comforting sustenance we receive when we re-connect with nature.

When we experience truly living with the land—feeling connected to the earth through the soles of your bare feet, or letting the beauty of a birdsong vibrate through your cells, or, in smelling a fresh flower, experiencing its raw healing power—in those moments we receive some of life’s biggest gifts. And yet, so often we miss the meeting, the one our souls crave, because, as you and I all know, it only happens in stillness.

Experiencing the beauty of our reconnection to this incredible, rich, joyfully astonishing planet, truly comes when we are quiet—on every level, when the distracting devices are turned off, and the inner chatter is subdued, even if it’s just for a moment. The incredible thing is that when we are silent in this way, with intention, we realize that nature is never silent. It is forever inviting us in. By listening through our own silence, nature can speak directly to the heart, no translation needed.

This month, and in celebration of Earth Day, we can give ourselves the silent gift of re-connection, allowing the energetic thrill of falling into place to reverberate inside and out. It is our peaceful, powerful truth.

Yours,

Tammy

Spring Cleansing

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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With the remarkable recent upsurge in our collective urge to joyfully de-clutter the places where we live, there’s a revolution afoot! And I love to see friends and clients make that big leap, clearing out what is no longer loved from their homes in order to make room for what’s new, and trusting life to reveal the next chapter in these newly-opened spaces. What release and power! We can bring this exuberant cleansing drive into every aspect of our lives—especially now, supporting springtime’s upwelling of new growth with some therapeutic seasonal purification.

On the physical level, that might mean choosing—even temporarily—a purifying plant-based diet that includes powerhouse foods such as artichokes, beets and avocados, all of which support the liver, our most important detoxifying organ. When the eliminatory system is overloaded, we can feel sluggish and dull, which is, in turn, reflected in the skin. But revitalizing our diets, we usher in a vibrant new energy that holds wonderful benefits for the complexion (especially when boosted by a purifying at-home facial protocol utilizing my award-winning Epi-Peel and detoxifying Purifying Luculent Masque).

In the same way, on the emotional and spiritual levels, an accumulation of day-to-day stress can develop into the sort of negative build-up that holds us back, if we don’t take the opportunity to whisk it away. Many traditional cultures rely on the cleansing and protecting capacities found in a natural body of water to wash away such blockages. Spending time by a steam, lake or ocean with the intention of releasing any energies that are no longer beneficial to you can be a great support.

Similarly, at home, you might take a purifying bath, steeping the warm water with a sachet of the detoxifying herbs we use in holistic medicine (1 to 2 cup blend of dried lavender flower, rosemary, mint and sage leaves), and then soaking while you hold an intention to release and re-energize. In your home, open the windows wide and let the spring breeze blow through, clearing away any stagnation. Cleanse the objects you use to keep you centered—stones, crystals, sacred jewelry or images—clearing their energy fields with resonating sound vibrations (as from a small bell) or with a natural water source, sunlight or moonlight.

Really, there’s no wrong way to do it. Simply allow your creativity and intuition to guide you, and let yourself get swept up in this new and old-styled spring cleaning—inviting focus, clarity, freshness and happiness to all that we do.

Connecting to the Skin’s Rhythm 

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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Our skin has a rhythm all its own, echoing the wider rhythms of life, and when we tap into that pulse, we tap into deep beauty.

On a daily basis, the skin’s natural regenerative cycle oscillates between two fundamental functions. During the daytime hours, skin actively protects us from environmental stressors, including UV light and toxins. But at night, its focus changes, and during the first half of the sleep cycle the skin works at full capacity to make cellular repairs, undoing the day’s damage.

Time and again I’ve seen that when we give the skin exactly what it needs, it performs at its best, and especially when we boost the skin’s natural capacities with formulas that harness the Pure Living Energy®of the botanical world. I love the way skin absorbs botanical remedies so effortlessly. Getting in sync with the daily rhythms of this continuous cycle, a rich supply of natural antioxidants helps combat pollutants during the day, a phase that tends to peak between 7 – 11 am. At night, however, skin needs essential nutrients to rebuild collagen, ideally between the hours of 10pm – midnight, when the body’s natural anti-inflammatory levels are often at their highest. With this in mind, It’s easy to see how skin can become extra-stressed during travel, when jet-lag sets the natural cycles topsy-turvy.

That said, healing is not an overnight affair. It takes intention and time, with our skin replenishing itself slowly over the course of about 27 to 35 days. Just as when preforming a cleanse, or joining a new exercise class, it’s useful to approach long-term skincare goals with this timeframe in mind. Some have found that linking up with the lunar cycle offers a sense of momentum. For example, according those who study our biorhythms, when the moon is waxing—that is, growing from crescent to full—it can be a great time to initiate rejuvenating and replenishing treatments. After the full moon, during the waning period, we can best tap in to the skin’s ability to detox, with exfoliating and purifying treatments.

And yet, beyond all the practical benefits of stepping in time in this way, I think you’ll find that getting more connected with the skin—the body’s largest organ—just feels right, full of wonder and surprise, but also so beautifully simple.

Forever Beginning

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning” —Meister Eckhart

I take such inspiration from this quote by the medieval Christian mystic Meister Eckhart, reminding all of us that when we join our hearts and minds with the ever-renewing rhythms of the natural cycle, amazing things can happen.

Take, for example, the way in which we care for skin. Our skin is always telling us something, whether it’s dry and in need of nourishment, or overactive and craving calm. When we are distracted by our assumptions, however, we can miss the message. Taking good care means looking at what we think we know with fresh eyes, and dropping our assumptions in order to see what’s being revealed with a beginner’s curiosity and openness. Not an easy task—but one that is so worthwhile.

Staying open to the new increases the possibilities available to each of us, offering deep access to imaginative inspiration when facing unforeseen challenges. Greeting change with flexibility is one of the most beautiful ways to relax into life. Usually, we sacrifice our beginner’s joy in exchange for a notion of progress, or control. But as meditative and mindfulness practices demonstrate, living life to the fullest means dropping into now—what’s unveiling itself at this very moment, both within and without.

And, as I think you’ll agree, seeing life in this way is a very effective anti-aging technique, dissolving stress, bringing a lightness to the eyes, and a relaxed glow to the complexion.

This season, I invite us all to take that first leap of faith, investing ourselves in the beauty of beginning all over again, and in honoring a love of life that keeps us young at heart, and in body and spirit.

From The Ground Up

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

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Skin cells regenerate completely over the course of about six weeks. I love knowing that nature’s never ending cycle gives us so many opportunities to begin again. Starting over—re-establishing skin’s holistic health from the foundation up—is a great gift to ourselves. And just think of how your complexion will glow in late February!

In sync with this season of renewal, I’m offering some of my favorite skin-reviving tips for the new year. We hope that these simple, foundational habits will help usher in a bright and hopeful new year.

The Big Picture: Take a moment to reconsider your routine—how are your habits nurturing your skin, and where is your regimen missing the mark? Perhaps you need a makeup refresher, switching to preservative-free, mineral-based products. Trust yourself to know what your skin needs most right now, whether more daytime protection (from both the sun and toxins), or nighttime replenishment. Or both!

Power Up Breakfast: While many of us eat lunch, and often dinner, away from home, breakfast offers a great chance to revive skin with the essential fatty acids it craves, especially in wintertime. For those who love juicing and smoothies, consider adding coconut water or coconut milk to your blend, or some hemp seed or flax—all so fantastically rich in omega fats. Go for eggs and avocado, or find a way to bring almonds or anti-oxidant rich pomegranate seeds into your morning meal. Reach for olive oil instead of butter. Trade green tea for coffee.

Circulate Freely: Add circulation-enhancing yoga poses to any fitness regimen—including downward dog, forward bends and inversions—flushing out toxins and bringing an instant glow to the complexion.

Mid-Day Restoration: That little window of time between one thing and the next can be a delight, if you carve even just a few minutes to refresh the complexion with a quick treatment masque. Close your eyes for a moment and put your feet up. Alternately, carry one of our take-along sized flower waters in your purse, for replenishment on-the-go.

Prettify Your Beauty Zone: The time you take to care for skin will be so much more fulfilling when blessed with your intentions. If possible, invite natural elements into the place where you care for skin—a seashell, a candle, a beautiful stone, a flower in a vase, or a potted medicinal plant, like rosemary. Dust off that shelf or your dressing table, and edit out the products that are no longer working for you.

Fresh Start: Of course, nothing supports skin’s renewal like a holistic facial. If you can, please come visit us in West Palm Beach. Otherwise, try an at-home facial treatment, exfoliating with Epi-Peel, to clear away dead skin cells, and replenishing skin with our Restorative Radiance Masque.

Nighttime Nourishment: Think of winter as a seed time of year, when things are growing out of sight, in the dark and under the surface. To foster that renewal, be sure to provide skin with ample nutrients at night (it’s not a time to skimp on your favorite crème!). Similarly, give yourself all the deep sleep you need, taking advantage of every opportunity to energize and heal.

Discovering Your Roots

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

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The more I learn about the plant world, the more I’m amazed by the knowledge it holds and the parallels and teachings nature offers in our own lives. Take, for example, the potent reality and the metaphoric magic of roots.

Autumn is a root time of year, when hearty root vegetables are harvested, and when we can best benefit from all that they hold. Right now, my garden is bursting with sweet potatoes, ginger and turmeric, and, as I well know through my work in botanical medicine, these roots are full of potency. Roots are where plants store vast concentrations of vital energy, which is why I use so many root remedies in my formulas—from Fo-Ti to Burdock to Iris.

At the same time, my appreciation of these incredible medicinal remedies helps me remember the importance of my own energetic roots. Often the clients I see at this time of year are pulling from their deep energetic reserves—their roots—and some feel close to running on empty. We’ve all been there, and sometimes we all forget to do what’s necessary to keep from getting depleted. But now is the time. Whatever it is that best feeds your own depths—whether it’s music, movement, practicing gratitude, or a connection with nature—as we transition towards a time of less light, it’s important to replenish the deepest parts of who we are. It’s a time to restore the inner resources that we draw on most.

Of course, what’s good for the soul is also good for the skin! Nourishing deeply, beyond the shallow surface, is crucial. One formula that seems to work so well at these times is Quintessential Serum, ultra-concentrated with nutrients and also deeply grounding. I hope you’ll try it and let me know whether you agree.

And, in the meantime, I am wishing you a season of beautiful bounty!

From The Ground Up

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

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What to do with all the busy, buzzy energy that swirls around us during these seasonal transitions? The feeling is light and flutter-y—which can be so delightful! But it can also translate into a distracted, edgy feeling, which, frankly, can be a little much to bear.

We like to say that getting “grounded” is the cure, and if you think about it quite literally, the analogy couldn’t be more perfect. We use ground wires to rebalance electrical systems, allowing excess current to discharge safely by connecting with the earth. And that’s quite literally what getting in touch with nature—directly with the earth—can do for us, too.

At the most primal level, that connection can be physical, literally a connection to the ground under your feet, or the tree against your back. When was the last time you lay on the grass? With pure intention, you might release the static-y, buzz of transitional energy into the deep blue sky on an out-breath. If you live near an ocean, or lake, river or pond, then let the water can carry your cares away like a sigh. It all starts with a gesture of caring for ourselves and with a true wish to ground our presence in the here-and-now with bright, fresh focus.

Of course, for me, an invaluable, grounding connection also comes directly through the Pure Living Energy of the earth’s sacred medicinal plants, which can help us so gracefully to find the still-point in a too-quickly turning world. For me, nothing counters that flighty, tapped-out feeling quite like Quintessential Serum. This remedy is ultra-concentrated, and is deeply focused with soothing, nourishing essence of Rose, and with Frankincense, which subtly smoothes the flow of chi. It’s true heart’s relief.

May autumn find you happily re-grounded and heart-full!



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