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Root Vegetable Soup

Root Vegetable Soup
Root vegetables such as Carrots, Beets, and Turnips are fortified with vitamins and minerals and are a good way to replenish your body in the winter when it may be lacking some of these essential elements. 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

Kiwi Kick Smoothie

Kiwi Kick Smoothie
This delicious smoothie provides a Vitamin C surge to boost the immune system and to ward off colds and flus as well as promote collagen production for healthy skin and hair. 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

Ingredient Sourcing Story: Lemongrass

Naturopathica partners with small farms and businesses around the world to source ingredients in a way that’s sustainable to the plants, environment and local communities. We are partnered with a cooperative in Nepal that cultivates, harvests and distills the Lemongrass Essential Oil found in our body care products.
 
The project also assists in providing microfinance for cultivation and gives assistance and technical instruction in harvesting and post-harvesting techniques.
Supporting this cooperative has allowed for these communities to expand and diversify the agricultural base while providing economic opportunities to the rural population. This gives Nepal the opportunity to develop their own economy and expand beyond dependence on Indian markets
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