\ˈa-pō\ ter·ra : from the earth
NATURAL WAYS OF TREATING ACNE - PART 4 (THE SKIN BARRIER)

NATURAL WAYS OF TREATING ACNE - PART 4 (THE SKIN BARRIER)

The skin barrier is the outermost part of the skin, and is composed of lipids (oils) and cells.  This layer is permeable and regulates which organism and substances can enter and/or leave your skin.  It acts as both an antimicrobial system but also as a water regulating barrier.   Simply put the skin barrier is important because it keeps water in and bad microbes out. So how does it do it?
DOING AN HERBAL STEAM AS A COLD REMEDY

DOING AN HERBAL STEAM AS A COLD REMEDY

Winter is upon us which also means cold season is here. I have many tricks I like to use to get over a cold quickly, which includes drinking homemade elderberry tea and eating tons of cooked mushrooms.  These forms of nourishment help my body fight off infection, but they don't do much to ease the symptoms. For the stuffy nose and sore throat, I love to do a daily steam.  

BOTANICAL RECIPE: ICED TULSI CHAI TEA

BOTANICAL RECIPE: ICED TULSI CHAI TEA

I absolutely love iced coffees, but sometimes it’s nice to have a cold drink that’s not so caffeinated. My sister Dominique tuned me in to Tulsi, which has a nice earthy body to it and holds its own as an iced drink.

It turns out that the Tulsi herb (also known as Holy Basil) is also pretty good for you.Tulsi is a good source of magnesium, which is an important mineral for heart health. Tulsi is also known as a stress fighter since it could help your body to maintain normal level of cortisol and help lower inflammation.

SKINCARE TIP: WHY A TONER IS A GAME CHANGER

SKINCARE TIP: WHY A TONER IS A GAME CHANGER

"What's the purpose of a toner" is a question I get asked a lot, and for good reason.  A toner is a must of my personal skincare routine but most  people think of them as synonymous with oil-stripping alcohol.  Dry skin diminishes the skin barrier function, leaving skin more vulnerable to bacteria, premature aging, sun damage and more. All things to avoid! So why use a toner? 
July 11, 2016 by Dominique Caron
HOLISTIC HEALING:  GOLDEN TURMERIC TEA

HOLISTIC HEALING: GOLDEN TURMERIC TEA

Since eating an anti-inflammatory diet is key to overall good health and achieving that healthy glow, I figured it couldn't hurt to try and get more turmeric into my diet.  I have become creative at incorporating it into various recipes.

My favorite at the moment is this soothing Golden Turmeric Tea that I adapted from Heidi Swanson's recipe. It's important that the recipe includes both fat and the black pepper because both of these help your body to better absorb the curcuminoids. I have it at night a few times a week and love it so much that I wanted to share!