Self-care treat (ment)
A dear friend has recently introduced a new line of skincare, which I simply love. Not only do they treat my (aging) skin with much loved nourishment, but they also create a sense of surrender to care because of the scent (not fragrance) that is slightly noticeable. It is one of those self-care treats that make you feel soooooo cared for …because you are. You can find out more by going to Taylor Foster’s website Heaven on Main Street.
BOWLS BY CLAY BY DF
I love these bowls by Daphne Farganis. They are wonderful to eat out of, wonderful to serve in, or even just to have on your table.
About Clay by DF: clay by df works with organic shapes, emphasizing the places they are slightly off balance. Lately, the pieces are slip-cast porcelain using mostly natural objects like fruits, stones, plants, wood and bone.
About Daphne Farganis: She has worked with clay for over 15 years. Her pieces have been collected by individuals and galleries. She makes well-crafted objects that she hopes people will use in their everyday.
Daphne has made bowls and tea-cups for me over the years. You will see them in the online program and here on the blog as well. What is more nourishing than a nice bowl of oatmeal… in a nice bowl.
BYOB – bring your own bag
If you want a healthy nourished lifestyle – then include taking good care of our eco-system with choices that support environmental issues. One thing you can easily do is to avoid plastic bags; they become garbage and they are a major part of our environmental challenges today. So what can you do? You can bring you own bag to the store and the market. You can purchase food and produce without the extra packaging and wrappers and stick it right into your own bag.
Apart from that, you will probably feel so much more nourished when you hold and carry something that is this yummy.
I love these eco-sustainable bags from Bee, Bark & Moss. They are hand-made and use organic cotton and hemp as well as recycled and locally (CA) sourced materials. Prices for the bags range from $55-$70 and can be purchased from Bee, Bark & Moss with many variations of colors, stripes and shapes to choose from.
TEA IS MY FAVORITE BEVERAGE.
It used to be coffee but I kicked the addiction and even though I am pretty addicted to a good cup of tea, it is not that same “gotta have it or I will die” kind of feeling – it is just a nice self-nourishing moment that I enjoy either on my own, with friends, and with clients in my office. Often someone comes in and says; “can we make a pot?” And yes we can.
Why tea and not coffee?
Because the way coffee affects the body it can feel like you are having an anxiety attack after drinking it. It increases your focus yes, but that is because it kicks your adrenal juice up a notch and with that your fight and flight mode, which also means it spikes your cortisol levels. That is why you crash when you come down off it again.
If you are one of those who drink it all the time you might not even notice. I was that way too when I was used to drinking several cups per day; it felt more like I did not exist unless I was high on coffee. That was in my old days in the fashion industry.
My favorites are:
- Puerh for the morning
- Green jasmine pearl for day-time and a blended tea.
- Rooibos for the evening and sometimes mixed with flower petals or other fragrant delights. I also love mixing it with cut licorice root or another blended herbal tea.
In my online program I teach a lot more about why tea and not coffee, but this is just to share some favorite choices.
I get my bulk tea from Rae at Holy Mountain Trading Company. They have a lot of organic teas and the quality is amazing.
For blended teas I like Nini’s Tay Tea. With names like “Better than Sex” and “Lover’s Tea” who would not enjoy a cup.
ESSENTIAL OILS – NOURISHMENT FOR MIND, BODY & SOUL
DRINK YOUR GREENS
GET YOUR SUPPLEMENTS FROM A RELIABLE SOURCE