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SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula Officinalis

September 25, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula Officinalis

Calendula officinalis might sound like a character straight out of “Game of Thrones”, or a planet far, far away, but it’s actually a species of flowering plant in the daisy family, commonly known as pot marigold. Marigolds are more than just another cheerful flower; they’ve been used since ancient time for their skin healing properties, among other benefits. Here are a some of the best: It contains high amounts of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that protect the body against free radical cell damage.  And it’s soothing on sunburn. Antioxidant-rich: Calendula is also rich in antioxidants like carotenoids, vitamin A precursors that...

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SEPTEMBER 04, 2017

The Mind-Body Connection: Food for a Healthy Brain and Happy Mood

September 04, 2017

The Mind-Body Connection: Food for a Healthy Brain and Happy Mood

There's no doubt about it: what we eat, and how much we eat, has a direct impact on our physical health. But did you know that those same choices also influence mood, mental alertness, memory, and emotional well being? Food can act as medicine, have a neutral effect, or it can be a poison to the body and mind. When food acts as a poison, it creates inflammation, which alters the body's balance of nutrients, hormones, and neurotransmitters. This directly affects your body's ability to manage and heal from stress or illness. Below are four common culprits that can be...

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AUGUST 31, 2017

Help Us Help Houston Sale: ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Houston Food Bank

August 31, 2017

Help Us Help Houston Sale: ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Houston Food Bank

In times such as these, we need to come together bridging the political divide to help and heal those impacted by the Harvey disaster. Our heart aches for Houston, our clients, and friends. When it rains, it pours and people need our help! So this Labor Day weekend we are having a 10% off sale and ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Houston Food Bank. The Houston Food Bank has a history of providing disaster relief, but they've never seen devastation on this scale. The Food Bank will provide food and supplies in the short term and for many months to...

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AUGUST 22, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Macadamia Nut Oil + Garden Herb Couscous Recipe

August 22, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Macadamia Nut Oil + Garden Herb Couscous Recipe

Long before the days of Kari Gran the skin care company, I was known to purchase some of my favorite skin care items in the aisles of the local Co-op. I’ve always loved a good multitasker and organic coconut oil was my favorite thing (and still is) for cooking and using on my body after the shower. I was pulled aside in the TSA line and quizzed about the small $20 jar of coconut oil I had in my carry on (hey, I considered it a solid and a food). When asked what I did with it, I quickly responded:...

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AUGUST 08, 2017

3 SIMPLE STEPS TO TRANSFORM YOUR KITCHEN AND YOUR HEALTH

August 08, 2017

3 SIMPLE STEPS TO TRANSFORM YOUR KITCHEN AND YOUR HEALTH

The Tough Part -- Step 1: Pitch and Toss  If you were going to eat those last few pretzels, you would have by now. Or that last scoop of freezer-burned ice cream. Or that pumpkin pie filling from two Thanksgivings ago. Your pantry, fridge, and freezer are not repositories for forgotten foods. Start cleaning by tossing anything that’s beyond its expiration date. Next, throw away anything that’s been in a storage container all winter. And if you’re taking this time to clean up your daily diet, toss out the temptation. Remember my favorite healthy eating tip: you can’t eat it if it’s not...

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JULY 31, 2017

To All the Books I’ve Loved Before

July 31, 2017

To All the Books I’ve Loved Before

Recently, a couple of friends asked for good books to take with them on their summer trips. Where to begin? I ruled out any books with heavy themes – no mental illness, characters filled with angst, violence or murder.  So here’s a list. 9 of some of my favorite reads, in no particular order. I found each of them to be great page-turners. Brightness Falls, The Good Life, and Bright Precious Days - Jay McInerney A trilogy about a young couple, Russell and Corrine Calloway, pursuing their dreams and the good life in NYC. The books follow them from the early 80’s to present...

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JUNE 16, 2017

Hey Man! Top Tips for Men's Health

June 16, 2017

Hey Man! Top Tips for Men's Health

Most of you guys know the basics of a healthy lifestyle: eat more fresh organic foods, don't smoke, exercise, and get an annual health exam. But there's more to being a healthy, desirable dude than choosing organic beef and hitting the gym a few days a week. Below are some great tips for boosting your vitality, longevity and sex appeal. Chill Out and breathe. Breathing deeply reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, increases energy, and improves memory and immunity. A relaxed man also has better sex. Slow down for just 10-20 minutes a few days a week: try deep, belly breathing, get outside for a walk, take a yoga class, or...

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MAY 15, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: FRENCH PLUM KERNEL OIL

May 15, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: FRENCH PLUM KERNEL OIL

I was delighted to cross paths with the lovely carrier oil, French Plum Kernel Oil, when researching new materials years ago. The plant oil world is vast and I feel really lucky to get to play with those who spark my curiosity when developing a new product.    When considering a new ingredient, one of the most important things first and foremost is the smell. I know myself well enough to understand that no matter how good something is for me to eat or put on my skin, if the smell is off-putting, there’s no way I’ll come back to it. But I...

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MAY 03, 2017

POWERFUL FOODS & HERBS FOR HORMONE HEALTH

May 03, 2017

POWERFUL FOODS & HERBS FOR HORMONE HEALTH

Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) While research results are mixed around flaxseed and its ability to reduce menopausal symptoms, there are enough positive findings to support use of this nutrient-rich, high fiber seed. For many women it has made the difference between comfort and discomfort when it comes to reduction of hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings). Here are three nutrients unique to flaxseed, all of which play a role in supporting good health. 1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: beneficial for preventing or treating certain health conditions, including heart disease and depression. 2. Mucilage: refers to water-soluble, gel-forming fiber that can provide special support to...

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APRIL 03, 2017

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TURMERIC LATTE

April 03, 2017

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TURMERIC LATTE

This is a delicious, soothing beverage and one of my favorites on a cold night when I want to sip something hot and rich without caffeine. It’s also great to drink when you aren’t feeling 100% or if you’re feeling stiff and achy. This traditional version of this drink (which uses black pepper and no vanilla) is called “Golden Milk” because of the golden yellow color of the main ingredient, turmeric. Turmeric is known for its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has traditionally been used to treat colds, flu, sore throats and even depression. Give it a try and let...

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