Need a lemony lift?

Need a lemony lift?

So many of us need a gentle boost to our spirits right about now. Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis, can be the perfect antidote that has stood the test of time. The lemon-y scent is uplifting to our mind & spirits while the effect, on our bodies, whether taken internally or applied topically, is soothing, calming and balancing. Aggravated skin or frazzled nerves are relieved by this member of the mint family. Our new tea line, Flying Bird Botanicals, utilizes Lemon Balm in several of their tea formulations for it’s many beneficial properties and fresh, citrus-y flavor. Start your day with Blue Bird Morning, a staff favorite, which uses lemon balm for its uplifting and balancing effects. Melissa Day Cream from Dr. Hauschka uses Lemon Balm to balance combination skin and calm & soothe...
Tips For Your Winter Hair

Tips For Your Winter Hair

Like our skin our hair needs a little extra moisture and protection in the winter. Many of us cut down on the number of times we shampoo each week in the winter to preserve our natural oils, but then find our hair looks a little flat and lack-luster. Luahn’s solution is to skip the shampoo but keep the conditioner. How to: 1. Before getting in the shower or bath give your hair and scalp a vigorous brushing to lift the dirt, dust and scalp flakiness. This cleanses without stripping and gets the blood circulating in the scalp. 2. Rinse your hair and scalp thoroughly. 3. Apply and rinse conditioner as usual. Products we love: Herbacin Care and Protection Herbal Hair Conditioner is formulated for all hair types. Nourishes and protects without weighing hair down. Mason Pearson Mixed Bristle Hair Brushes offer a good scalp massage and the natural bristles distribute our own oils throughout the...
Your beautiful feet

Your beautiful feet

The world of reflexology believes that our feet influence the health of our entire body. Keeping our feet warm & moisturized goes a long way to making the rest of our being comfortable & healthy in the winter! Follow our favorite routine to help stimulate circulation and restore hydration in the feet, while also relaxing the body and mind preparing us for a restful sleep. Tip: 1. Soak your feet in a warm, aromatherapeutic foot bath for 10 minutes. 2. After patting your feet dry, massage them with your favorite moisturizing foot cream, applying gentle pressure to toes and soles of feet. 3. Finish by tucking your feet into cozy socks. Recommended products: Kneipp’s Lavender Bath Crystals  is Luahn’s current favorite for a foot soak. Dr. Hauschka’s Hydrating Foot Cream is Joia’s top pick for a soothing foot...
Drink Your Water!

Drink Your Water!

If water makes up approximately 60-70% of our body weight in a healthy person doesn’t it make sense we need to keep hydrated? Water is key to healthy metabolic activity and function in our bodies. It detoxifies, transports water soluble nutrients like vitamin C, is key to temperature regulation and hydrates our skin from the inside out leaving it more supple and able to care for itself. That’s a short list of the benefits of drinking water! The Mayo Clinic recommends more than the familiar eight 8 ounce glasses per day but they also include juices, teas and other beverages as part of our intake. If we are dehydrated the body releases stress hormones which in turn increases inflammation, according to Jolene Hart in Eat Pretty, Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out. As always, our advice to you is listen to your own body. Look for signs of dehydration (fatigue, dry throat, flaky skin). And, take it one step at a time: drink a few ounces more each day. Morning is a great time to have a glass of water. All of us are slightly dehydrated after hours of not having water. Make it fun! Choose a special, lovely water glass. Luahn monitors her daily intake of H2O using her favorite S’well water...

ReCharge! (By Luahn)

The other morning I woke up and did a ritual scan of my devices to see which one needed charging.  iPad?  iPhone?  In fact, they’ve become such a central part of my daily life I consider them like close friends and I admit I asked out loud “which one of you needs charging?” I checked the battery icon on each one and plugged the adaptor into the one who needed it most.  Such good care! In asking the question out loud, I started to laugh, and realized that it was ME who needed recharging the most.  I asked myself if I scan myself with the same ritualistic commitment that I do my devices and then respond with the same treatment as my iFriends?  No-o-o.  It’s not that my body, mind and spirit aren’t sending plenty of messages as clearly as the depleted battery icon on my iPhone or iPad.  I’ve just been ignoring them and charge myself just enough to keep going.  I have a thin, green sliver, to continue with the same metaphor. I rarely get myself to 50% let alone 100% charge. After this realization, I can’t say I’ve made huge changes but I am more conscious of my habits.  Could I schedule “tune-ups” every 3500 miles, as I do my car, to use another analogy?   I’m taking an occasional restorative yoga class, meditating even if it’s for just a few minutes every day (see our invitation to meditate), eating the fresh produce of the season and trying to get a tad more sleep.  Start with the basics! How about you?   Luahn is a  co-founder of JoiaBeauty...

Reflexology:Relax one foot at a time by Janet Ahearn

Who Am I? My name is Janet Ahearn.  I’m a certified Foot Reflexologist and an Energy Medicine Practitioner.  I worked for 13 years in the corporate world and 10 years ago, I decided it was time to leave the heavy workload and long commute behind. Given my own personal experiences, I found myself wanting to help people find ways of managing their own stress levels and ultimately, improving their physical and emotional health in the process. What Do I Do? I’m often asked that question as a Foot Reflexologist.  Well, ok, first I’m asked, “You’re a what?” with an inquisitive, but puzzled look.  Perhaps I should address that question first.  Reflexology is one in a long list of alternative therapies that look at you as a whole person, not just as an arm, a leg, or a knee.  The theory behind reflexology is that the entire body is mapped out in our feet (hands and ears, too) via reflex areas; by applying specific thumb/finger walking techniques to these areas, a Reflexologist can have an effect on the corresponding areas of the body. Ultimately, reflexology works the part of your nervous system that helps you relax, the part that helps you say, “Ahhhhh!” as deep relaxation is achieved.  When the body is relaxed, it has a better chance of doing what it has the ability to do naturally – heal itself.  Of course, there are no guarantees in the healing process, but as with anything else alternative or conventional, it’s certainly worth a try! At a minimum, Reflexology can help rebalance the energy within your body and restore a sense...