Herbal recipe

PLANT REMEDIES

Rose + Rosemary Smudge

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Hurricane Lane is close to hitting - so we all have a couple days off at home. It's a bit stressful when everyone is freaking out, buying an entire Costco worth of water and bread... We just bunkered down at home with candles, movies and tons of snacks.

To calm myself I decided to get creative and make some rose petal and rosemary smudge sticks.

I love getting flowers, but I really love reusing flowers and making them into pretty bundles, bath salts or tinctures. A "smudge" is typically a tied bundle of plant material that you would hang to dry and then burn for ceremonial or sacred purposes. There are a ton of different blends for smudges, but I'm a fan of using what you have on hand - for smudges, pick any herb that’s safe to burn or smoke.

What does a smudge do? Like other ceremonial practices, this isn't a hard fact based cure or fix - this is a physical and visually beautiful way to draw attention to something you are trying to accomplish.

As with anything in life, what you put attention on is what you will receive - that is nearly a fact, because it's your perception. Physically working with plants brings energy, and if you can plan what your intention is - you can help redirect energy to that place
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I chose Rose + Rosemary to open myself up for healing, strength, energy and to start a new path. After struggling a couple of weeks with a bit of depression, leading to lack of exercise and a bad diet - I'm ready to revitalize my self-love and respect. It's something I used to put myself down for - having an unhealthy couple of weeks, instead understand that you needed that time, and now my intention is to focus on self-love more.

Here's a pretty basic list of my favorites for smudging (and if you know any native Hawaiian plants that can be used please comment them below!!!): 

  • Mugwort: this plant used to grow invasively everywhere around where I grew up in Staten Island New York (I know, it's a strange association, Staten island and wild growing medicinal plants). It brings on lucid dreams that can be used as a way to direct thoughts or meditations, or to bring an intention to fruition - it also helps to push you to listen to your intuition - a great smudge or smoke blend for full moon ceremony or intention setting.
    *** warning - if you choose to keep the mugwort close to where you sleep to induce lucid informative dreams, they can sometimes be very vivid dreams so just be aware :) ***

  • Mint: smells soooooo good and it's energizing.

  • Lavender: for calming, setting a calm mood, reducing anxiety.

  • Sage: for clearly the energy in a space and more.

  • Rosemary: smoothes the mind and prepares a space for creativity by helping to remove bad energy.

  • Lemongrass: purifying and cleansing - also helps to keep mosquitos and flies out of a space for a little while.

  • Rose: healing, grief, acceptance, for heart strength.

 

PLANT REMEDIES, WELLNESS

Raw Kava Hot Chocolate + A Little Self Love

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Sometimes we run ourselves to the ground and need a little recovery. The past couple of weeks I’ve truly overworked myself. Mostly I’ve been hard on myself and being emotionally burnt out is sometimes harder to deal with than physical exhaustion.

Ive always dealt with minor depression and anxiety, so I find myself burning out quicker than I should. I know that when I feel this way I should start taking supportive adaptogenic herbs and eating regularly.

One of my favorite recipes to calm down at night is this raw cacao drink- a version of hot chocolate that had essential fats for the brain, magnesium to calm your nerves and kava for anxiety and overthinking.

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 Recipe

1 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder 

1/2 cup coconut cream

3 tbs maple syrup or coconut sugar

1/4 cup water (or strained kava water)

2 full droppers of kava kava tincture (I love herb pharm brand) 

 

how to

- heat the coconut cream + water + maple syrup and whip to froth

- add the cacao powder and whip some more

- take off heat and add kava, stir and enjoy

 

** if you prefer to make kava water, use that in place of the 1/4 cup water! 

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I like to enjoy this with a nice face mask and a movie. 

enjoy 💗 

WELLNESS

My Morning Skin Routine for February

What a month it has been!!! I had my baby brother visit me in Hawai'i, and a LOT of work - so needless to say my skin reacted to stress and overall exhaustion.

When I get a small breakout, I usually go for a gentle toner, like Heritage Store's Rose Spray and a gentle clay cleanser like the Magic Clay Cleanser or Detox Charcoal Cleanser and cleansing dry oil like the Cannabis Serum - which has immense anti-inflammatory powers!

In the beginning of the month I got a massive pimple directly in the middle of my face and it swelled up after I slept directly on it.... which, is a solid reminder to just stick to your skin care routine morning and night - and do not sleep in makeup (even if youre collapsing from exhaustion and fully believe the ocean removed everything from your face). I mean, LOOK AT THAT THING! It resolved in three days - my emergency protocol:

  • Turmeric Balm - put a little bit directly onto the pimple (I'll blog a recipe for this, and it will be live on the site tomorrow afternoon to buy!)

  • Clay - bentonite, french green, earths fuller or rhassoul - use as a spot treatment and layer onto the turmeric balm.

  • ....... leave it on 15 minutes, wash off with a charcoal cleanser and spray on a toner.

  • Then use a eucalyptus based dry oil, or our Cannabis Serum to follow up.

Crisis semi-averted. I go for menthol based essential oils in a roller bottle as a spot treatment on the go, if it's realllllly bad.

So - this incident led to me strictly following a cleansing - but gentle - routine for the rest of the month. I have some pretty terrible skin allergies to fragrance oils and harsh herbal blends, so the soap-less cleansers work for me. I'll add in a soap based cleanser every once in a while if I've used a lot of makeup a couple days in a row.

Here's a quick video of my normal morning skin care routine. (don't mind the red/pink light, i use it in the morning instead of a bright white/blue light). 

For my face: Dextox Charcoal Cleanser + Cannabis Serum + Coffee Under Eye Serum (for puffy bags that the pink light is hiding)

For my teeth: Flouride Free Dr. Bronners Toothpaste + Activated Charcoal (2-3z per week) and Oregano Oil Rinse (2x per week).