I have never been one to grow flowers purely for decorative purposes.  I like to know that I can use whatever I grow in something, whether it be a skincare or culinary recipe.  The three flowers I love to grow in Utah that are not only beautiful but can be used for other purposes are calendula, chamomile […]

I first learned about rose petal jam when I was ten years old.  I got a book about edible flowers and saw a recipe for it, but I didn’t attempt to make it until years later.  There are lots of rose petal jam recipes out there, but after going through all the recipes I’ve tried, I’ve found […]

Lilacs are known to be an edible flower, but are more well-known for their beauty and lovely fragrance.  Lilacs bloom only once a year for a very short blooming period so if you want to make something with them, you should be prepared in advance of their bloom.  In warmer states, like California, lilacs bloom generally around […]

In the spring, I like to use up any remaining dried herbs and flowers I have grown from the prior summer season. I tend to have a lot of leftover lavender so one way in which I use it is in culinary recipes.  I have made lavender caramels, which are a fun little treat.  However, one of […]

Close to one year ago, I planted some cotton seeds.  I had gotten them out of some cotton balls that I had picked from a cotton farm while visiting my cousin in Tennessee many years back.  I was doubtful that they would even grow in a pot in my home, but I wanted to give it a […]

Those who know me know how much I love sea salt.  I love to bathe with it, cook with it, and make scrubs with it.  I love sea salt so much because of the benefits it can have on your skin.  It has antibacterial properties that are pore cleansing.  Also, the magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium in sea salt, […]

Recently, I was asked what is better for really chapped lips…a lip oil or a lip balm?  I have to say they both are equally important to maintaining a healthy and moisturized pout.  Lip balm contains beeswax and oftentimes butters, which are really beneficial to protecting the skin and locking in moisture.  However, because lip oil does not […]

If you are familiar with yoga, you know how important it is to find a tranquil place to meditate.  Also, you know how meditation is really a personal practice.  Meditation does not necessarily need to take the form of sitting and closing your eyes.  You can take more energizing forms of meditation, such as running, walking or just […]

Today, I was just thinking about the little things that bring me happiness and joy.  Most who know me know how much I love flowers and the lovely vessels that hold them—vases.  I’ve been building a collection of different styles of vases throughout the years and it’s just one of those simple, random things that brings me […]

We have six USDA Organic products out at the moment and more are coming in the new year.  We have two soothing and refreshing hydrosols, two nourishing balms, a hydrating cleanser and moisturizer, and a healing oil for face and body.  Each product has been formulated by me with a lot of thought and sensitivity towards the […]

A main key to having healthy, glowing skin is to keep your anxiety and stress levels regulated in your body and mind.  Pigeon pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) is one of the yoga poses that I rely on to release stress, tension, and anxiety from my body.  For me, I generally hold my tension in my hips and […]

I’m so happy it’s finally Autumn.  With Autumn comes apple season. yay!  I’m such a huge fan of apples as they taste great and are so beneficial for the body.  “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is really a wise saying as apples are full of vitamins and nutrients that can help keep us healthy.  Having a […]

I recently wrote an article on my yoga website regarding the Ayurvedic principles of eating in balance with the seasons.  In accordance with Ayurveda, eating seasonal produce, including fruits and vegetables, can have positive impacts on your body, including your skin.  The theory is that the fresher the produce, the easier it is on your body to […]

Legs Up the Wall pose or Viparita Karani (pronounced ‘vip-par-ee-tahcar-AHN-ee’) is one of my favorite yoga poses to practice to maintain clear, glowing skin.  Some Hindu scripts say that Viparita Karani reduces wrinkles and delays the aging process.  There definitely was some wisdom in this guidance.   Viparita Karani is a mild inversion that reverses the flow of blood, […]

This summer was my first summer in the last few years where I have not had an outdoor garden. I have just been too busy with work to manage a garden this year. As I live primarily in Las Vegas, due to my attorney work, it is difficult to commute up to Utah every weekend […]

Exploring the tidepools has always been a favorite activity since I was little. The best is exploring the tidepools with my nieces and nephews. I really cherish those opportunities. In the tidepools on the west coast, there is typically a bunch of kelp that gathers. I was chatting with one of my nephews recently about […]

As this is the first post for my new monthly yoga postings, I thought I would tell you how I began practicing yoga. It definitely has been quite the journey. I remember the first time I heard of yoga was when I was in the seventh grade when a girl in my class began doing […]

Having a little creative space of your own is really important for everyone to incorporate into their lives in some way, shape or form.  I have a few creative spaces, one being my studio where I make my products, but I have another little spot where I have tended to gather some herbs and flowers, mortars […]

For those who know me well, know how important yoga is to my life. By practicing yoga for so many years, I have truly gained a greater appreciation for my body and how practicing asanas, such as inversions, can improve my overall well-being. Not discussed as often, is how inversions can improve your skin complexion. […]

Since I’ve been studying more on Ayurveda, I came across a recipe for an Ayurvedic hydrating drink in a book called “The New Ayurvedic Kitchen-What to Eat for How You Feel” by Divya Alter.  This drink recipe stuck out to me as it’s often referred to as “Ayurvedic Gatorade”.  As it’s so important to keep hydrated for […]