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Mother's Day—Without Mom

Mother's Day—Without Mom
A Note from Barbara on spending Mother’s Day without her mom.
Our corporate offices are in the flower district of New York City and judging by sumptuous displays of roses, tulips, lilies, daffodils and irises in the windows, it’s obvious that Mother’s Day is upon us. And while everyone from Amazon to Starbucks has ideas on how to thank Mom for all she does, I often wonder about the people like me who live outside this orbit, a little tribe that no longer has a Mother for whom to express the perfect sentiment. Continue reading

Scents of the Season

Scents of the Season
Diffusing seasonal aromatherapy blends is a special way to enrich your ambiance, and can provide mood-enhancing benefits you and your guests will love. Try adding a few of our favorite wintertime blends to your holiday repertoire. Continue reading

Barbara's Simple Meditation Ritual

Barbara's Simple Meditation Ritual
Meditation is simply a tool for connecting with your true self and does not have to be a rigid practice for you to benefit. Learning to focus your attention is rigorous work and you have to be ready to listen to your intuition. Posture and breath are important building blocks to assist you in disciplining the mind, but don’t let them discourage you at the outset. Once you learn to focus your mind, meditation can be done while preparing a meal, doing the dishes or walking the dog. 
 
Begin your meditation practice by keeping it simple. All you have to do is be present. Sit still and be aware of your breath. Breathe and let go. In and out. The involuntary rhythm of breathing acts like a metronome with which to focus our attention. Just feel the breath coming in and going out.

Next, be an observer. Don’t try to think or feel anything. Most important, don’t try to achieve results. The beauty of meditation is that it is the one place in our lives where we can allow ourselves not to have an outcome. Just fully experience the moment. You can only do that by simply being present and observing what comes up inside of you.

When you begin a meditation, the process can feel like a press conference. Thoughts and feelings come rushing forward for attention. Acknowledge them and try to let go. The mind is used to jumping from one idea to the next; it is humbling to realize how scattered and fragmented one’s mind is most of the time. If you can wait it out long enough for the mind to settle down, gradually you will develop increased periods of awareness. Finally, a calm emerges and you can relax in just being present, nothing more, and fully savor the moment. Crossing this gateway empowers you to reconnect with your inner resources of creativity and intuition, transforming your outer world in healthy and compassionate ways.
 
There is no right way to meditate. Try to set aside thirty minutes a day for your practice. This is usually enough time to get through your random thoughts and ease into stillness. But certainly twenty minutes, or ten or five will reward you. If you cannot sit erect like a mountain, then use pillows or lie down and get comfortable. The most important thing is that you try with the best of your intention. Feel good about your endeavor and feel the pulse of each and every moment.
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Take a Break with Barbara: An Interview with our Founder on Wellness

Take a Break with Barbara: An Interview with our Founder on Wellness
"For me, wellness means having the energy and the mental and physical ability to pursue my dreams. 50 years ago, we defined health as the absence of disease, but this wasn’t really correct, as you could technically be disease-free, without feeling mentally or emotionally well. Wellness to me is a holistic approach to my health, taking care of my body, mind and emotions so that I can sustain the energy, passion and joy I need to pursue what I really love." Continue reading

The Basics of Holistic Skin Care

The Basics of Holistic Skin Care
Ever wondered why you’re breaking out before a big meeting, after eating too much dairy, or during your period? Your skin is a reflection of all that’s going on inside, including your diet, stress level and hormones. Drawing from our founder’s knowledge as an herbalist, esthetician and aromatherapist, we look at the bigger picture to understand the root cause of skin imbalances, not just the symptoms. This is the essence of holistic skin care. Continue reading

Adaptogens for Anxiety Relief and Stress Reduction

Adaptogens for Anxiety Relief and Stress Reduction
Getting enough sleep but feeling perpetually tired? Grabbing a coffee every couple of hours to stay focused? Feeling stressed out by just about everything? Sustained stress can zap your energy levels, leaving you feeling completely depleted. When this happens, it can be hard to get yourself out of the slump. Too often, we reach for caffeine or sugar to give us the jolt we need. But these remedies are only good for an immediate lift, and usually leave you feeling worse off than you were before. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to look for a healthy long-term alternative. This is where adaptogens come in. Continue reading

Eating for Healthy Skin: The Top 5 Nutrition Tips

Eating for Healthy Skin: The Top 5 Nutrition Tips
Nutrition plays a pivotal role in supporting skin health from the inside out. Inflammation, a driving factor behind many chronic diseases, can be especially damaging to the skin. To combat this, consume the following Beauty Foods, foods rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, which can dramatically alter the biochemistry of our cells to help reduce inflammation in the body. Continue reading
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