• Mindfulness

  • 5 Natural Remedies for Winter Eczema, Dermatitis + Sensitive Skin

    For those of us with sensitive skin, changes in the seasons can cause flare-ups that leave our skin red, dry itchy and raw. Eczema and dermatitis is a chronic problem for loads of people – including myself. It affects a staggering 35 million Americans: 1-3% of adults, and 10-20% of children.

    The odds are good that if you don't have eczema, you know someone that does. Until very recently, it was assumed eczema was just a topical (but highly uncomfortable) skin problem- but evidence is pointing towards an overactive immune response in the body.

    The most common form is atopic eczema, which is thought to be a genetic and immune response triggered by allergens and/or stress. I suffered for years from this type of eczema too. Unfortunately, there isn't a cure per-se, but there are a few things I’ve learned that I hope will help you, your kiddo or loved one.

    1. Try an elimination diet. Wheat, eggs, dairy, nightshades (these include eggplant and tomato) and sugar seem to really aggravate eczema. If you haven’t been allergy tested it might be a good idea to eliminate one of the above food groups for 2 weeks. (I know how hard eliminating wheat can be- it’s in Every.Single.Thing.) Keep a food diary during the two weeks and note when/if you get itchy or stressed.

    Gradually re-introduce very small amounts of the food back into your diet. If you begin having flare-ups (within 48 hours) after eating that food, you’ll have a better idea of what negatively affects your system.

    A true allergic response will begin almost immediately. Sensitivities react within a 48 hour window of time, not right away. This is why the elimination diet is so helpful to rule in or rule out foods that don’t work for your body.

    2. Keep skin hydrated internally and externally. I use a humidifier at night, drink lots of water, take an EFA (essential fatty acid) supplemet and moisturize with our Dry & Sensitive Skin Body Butter. The whipped texture is heavenly and it really soothes
  • You Are Enough

    Most of us have the feeling that we are here to accomplish something big in our lives, and if we haven't done something that fits the bill we may feel as if we are waiting. We may feel incomplete, or empty, as if our lives don't yet make sense to us, because they don't line up with our idea of major accomplishment. In some cases, this may be because we really are meant to do something that we haven't yet done. But in most cases, we can let ourselves off the hook with the realization that just being here, being ourselves, is enough.
    As we live our lives in this world, we share our energy and our spirit with the people around us in numerous ways. Our influence touches their lives and, through them, touches the lives of many more people. When we strive to live our lives to the fullest and to become our true selves, we are doing something big on an inner level, and that is more than enough to make sense of our being here on this planet at this time. There is no need to hold ourselves to an old idea in the back of our minds that we need to make headlines or single-handedly save the world in order to validate our existence.
  • Is Your Food a Trigger for Eczema?

    Nuts, dairy, eggs, gluten and sugar. What do these foods have in common? They tend to top the “do not eat” list among people with atopic dermatitis, who swear that certain foods can trigger an eczema rash.

    But is there really a correlation between eczema and food allergies? According to Dr. Peter Lio, assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at Northwestern University in Chicago, founding director of Chicago Integrative Eczema Center, the answer is yes.

    Food allergies are considered related health condition of atopic dermatitis alongside asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and depression. Researchers have found that up to 30 percent of people with AD also have food allergies, Lio said.

    For some people, exposure to a single peanut becomes a life-threatening emergency that can lead to anaphylaxis and death without the intervention of an EpiPen. For others, eating certain foods like sugar, eggs or dairy won’t necessarily kill them, but causes their skin to erupt in a raging eczema flare.

    As a result, they believe that if they could just cut certain foods from their diet, such as gluten or dairy, their eczema will go away. Unfortunately, said Lio, it’s not that simple. “The No. 1 question my patients ask is ‘Could this be related to food?’ And my response is generally this: ‘I wish it were!’

    “For patients who have dermatitis herpetiformis (the specific skin condition related to Celiac disease caused by a specific reaction to gluten), it’s often very straightforward. If they avoid the gluten, the skin generally stays clear. But we’re not that lucky for eczema patients as they, by definition, don’t have this condition.” Lio said.
  • :: Mantra of the Day ::

  • Living with Intent

    When we live with intent, we own our actions; instead of habitually performing them.

    We tend to associate the energy of intent with complicated or profoundly meaningful actions that require our full attention and effort in order to succeed.

    For example, walking a tightrope, taking a test, and taking a vow are all tasks that call us to be fully present and single-minded. However, intent can also be applied to everyday events, like eating breakfast or going to work. In fact, everything we do benefits from the presence of intent, which has the power to transform seemingly mundane tasks into profound experiences. You only have to try it to find out.

    Intent is one of the cornerstones of the Zen tradition in which monks work for years to develop the stillness and sharpness of mind to do only one thing at a time. Most of the time we are doing one thing and thinking of something else, or even doing three things at the same time, such as talking on the phone, doing dishes, and boiling water for tea.

    There is nothing inherently wrong with multitasking, which seems necessary at times, especially in the midst of family life. However, balancing this with a healthy dose of intentional activity can provide valuable insight into the benefits of doing one thing at a time, being fully present with whatever the task at hand happens to be.
  • Kindness

    Kindness expands the light within us and reaches out to touch the light in others as well.

    Kindness is an ideal that is easily accessible to all of us. We all know that a small kindness can make our journeys lighter and more enjoyable. Even bringing an instance of kindness to mind can put a smile on your face days or weeks later or perhaps even inspire you to share kindness with another. Though it may seem simple to the point of insignificance, many cultures throughout the world and history have recognized kindness as a powerful virtue. It may be the simplest way to experience and share all the grandest ideals of humanity.

    We can make the choice to act from the best place within ourselves at any time, while simultaneously recognizing the highest potential in another with the smallest of acts, nourishing the seed of hope in each soul we encounter.
  • Verde - A Sustainable Market in Miami, FL

    Our newest retail partner is Verde - a sustainable, zero waste market located in sunny Miami, FL.

    With everything from refil stations to fresh juices, bulk foods and personal care products, Verde is taking a sustainable, plastic-free way of life mainstream. As they say, small changes lead to great movements!

    If you're in the area be sure to stop in, sample our products and others and get into the zero waste movement!
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