Chamomile Tea Blend with Roses and Vanilla Recipe

Although Rosalee de la Forȇt has always loved natural health, it really changed her life when she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Still's in her early 20's. By using alternative medicine, she has been able to be symptom-free for 10 years, and has become a herbalist to help others feel their best.

 

In her new book "Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal", Rosalee shares simple recipes for treating calming ailments like headaches, stress, and insomnia with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard.  In this post, Rosalee shares the benefits of chamomile as well as a recipe for Chamomile Tea with Roses and Vanilla you can make at home!

 

Chamomile is a gentle and powerful herb that is wonderful for children and adults. It seemingly does a thousand and one different things, from soothing the nervous system, relieving muscle tension, and addressing cold and flu symptoms, to promoting digestion and modulating inflammation.

Chamomile has been loved and revered by people for thousands of years…actually make that hundreds of thousands of years. Excavations at Jacob’s Bridge, an archeological site in Israel, reveal that Paleolithic humans were using chamomile as early as 800,000 years ago!1

Chamomile for Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia and Crankiness

Drinking a strong cup of chamomile tea is like getting a warm and reassuring embrace from a loved one. About halfway through a cup of chamomile tea, I notice my shoulders relaxing, my breath deepening, and my entire body unwinding. Move over apples; in today’s stress-filled world, a cup of chamomile tea a day could be what keeps the doctor away.

Researchers have taken an interest in chamomile and have conducted several human clinical trials to evaluate its ability to address both depression and anxiety. In an exploratory study, researchers found that chamomile, even at a relatively small dose (220 mg), was more effective than placebo in relieving both depression and anxiety.2 Another clinical study found that chamomile relieved mild to moderate anxiety in people diagnosed with general anxiety disorder.3

For Muscle Tension, Cramps and Pain

Chamomile is also relaxing to the musculature. I reach for it whenever there is muscle tension related to stress or simply muscle tension leading to pain. I’ve seen it relieve severe menstrual cramps, as well as headaches that are accompanied by excess tension in the upper back and neck. Since pain can often be accompanied by emotional distress, chamomile brings welcome relief on many levels.

In one clinical study, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were compared with chamomile in women with PMS. After two months, those using chamomile had a reduction in pain similar to that of the women using the NSAIDs, and those using the chamomile also had significantly fewer emotional symptoms.4 Another study looked at topical chamomile for carpal tunnel syndrome pain. In this pilot study the researchers concluded that “Chamomile oil improved symptomatic and functional status of patients with severe carpal tunnel syndrome.”5

 

 

Chamomile Tea Blend with Roses and Vanilla

This is a soothing chamomile tea blend that is a delicious after-meal beverage.

Yield: 11/2 cups

Ingredients

1 tablespoon dried chamomile

11/2 teaspoons oatstraw (Avena sativa)

11/2 teaspoons rose petals

1 inch of vanilla bean, minced

honey to taste (optional)

 

 

1. Bring 11/2 cups of water to a boil. Steep the herbs, covered, in the just-boiled water for 15 minutes. Strain.
2. Add honey if desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Citations

 

1.    Masé, Guido. "Science Update: Paleolithic Herbalism." Urban Moonshine. January 10, 2017. Accessed February 15, 2017. https://www.urbanmoonshine.com/blog/science-update-paleolithic-herbalism/.

2.    Amsterdam, Jay D, Justine Shults, Irene Soeller, Jun James Mao, Kenneth Rockwell, and Andrew B Newberg. "Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita) May Provide Antidepressant Activity in Anxious, Depressed Humans: An Exploratory Study." Alternative therapies in health and medicine 18, no. 5 (2012): 44-9.          

3.    Amsterdam, Jay D, Yimei Li, Irene Soeller, Kenneth Rockwell, Jun James Mao, and Justine Shults. "A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial of Oral Matricaria Recutita (chamomile) Extract Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder." Journal of clinical psychopharmacology 29, no. 4 (2009): doi:10.1097/JCP.0b013e3181ac935c.    

4.    Sharifi, Farangis, Masoumeh Simbar, Faraz Mojab, and Hamid Alavi Majd. "Comparison of the Effects of Matricaria Chamomila (Chamomile) Extract and Mefenamic Acid on the Intensity of Premenstrual Syndrome." Complementary therapies in clinical practice 20, no. 1 (2014): doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.09.002.          

5.    Hashempur, Mohammad Hashem, Zeinab Nasiri Lari, Parissa Sadat Ghoreishi, Babak Daneshfard, Mohammad Sadegh Ghasemi, Kaynoosh Homayouni, and Arman Zargaran. "A Pilot Randomized Double-blind Placebo-controlled Trial on Topical Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla L.) Oil for Severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome." Complementary therapies in clinical practice 21, no. 4 (2015): doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2015.08.001.          

Inside the Box: Happiness in a Box

The end of February and the beginning of March is often dark and dreary, and you're just begging for Spring to arrive!  For this reason, the box sent out at the end of February was called "Sunshine in a Box" and was intended to have items in it that would be uplifting. Here's a look at the goodies included:

 

Lumière de Sel Himalayan Salt Computer Lamp & Nightlight

Plug this lamp into a USB port and enjoy the soft, soothing light.  Pink Himalayan Salt lamps have been shown to help purify the air, improve mood, and boost concentration.

Himalayan Salt lamps have been so popular lately, and I think that they're the perfect way to bring a little light into your life!  The light is beautiful and very soft, and it's great that it can be plugged into a USB port so you can get a little peace even when you're working.

 

Tout de Sweet Organic Cotton Candy

Indulge your sweet tooth with this fun treat with a modern spin!  This cotton candy is organic, all-natural and we love the pairing of strawberry with vanilla bean.  Hand-spun in Victoria, British Columbia.

I knew I wanted to include a fun sweet treat in the box, and this organic cotton candy fit the bill!  I love that it'll likely remind you of visiting the carnival when you were a child, but it's also elevated with all-natural colouring and creative flavours.

 

Scrub Supply Co. Turmeric Scrub

Refresh and renew your skin with this facial scrub made in Ontario.  The turmeric acts as an antioxidant, helping to sooth the skin and even out skin tone.

This is such a fun product to bring some bright yellow into your life!  I love that the product is vegan and all-natural, plus it's from a completely Canadian company.  Keeping a scrub on your bathroom counter is a great way to slow down and practice a little extra self-care as you get ready for bed.

The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal

Using the power of lists, this beautiful journal is designed to help bring more joy and balance into your life.

I like to include something to do in each box, whether it's a stress-relieving activity or something more insightful like this beautiful journal. There are so many benefits to journalling, but it can often be overwhelming to start.  That's exactly why I love this book of lists from Moorea Seal - it's a great way to explore different types of journalling in more bite-sized pieces.

 

 

 

 

Wicked Good Perfume Sunshine Roll-On Perfume

Boost your mood with this natural perfume, which is both lively and discrete.  The scent has notes of lemon, lemon verbena, sage, and green tea, and is designed to energize and awaken you.

I wanted to include some feel-good aromatherapy in the box, and this natural perfume is perfect!  It's nice and light and uplifting, so you can swipe it on anytime you need a little sunshine.

Chair Yoga Poses for Self-Care

By: Kristin McGee, celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor and wellness expert.

 

Subscribers to Caring Crate may not be in a position to get out to exercise and stay physically active. I have written a new book, "Chair Yoga: Sit, Stretch and Strengthen Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You" which is exactly what it sounds like: exercises you can do sitting down. Chair yoga is the perfect solution for all of us who find ourselves in a chair for extended periods of time. Chair yoga will help you learn simple exercises you can do daily that will help strengthen and stretch your body while focusing your mind and helping you tap in to your breath. Chair Yoga is crucial for self-care in this day and age because too many of us find ourselves sitting too often; and also feeling mentally drained, anxious, depressed or overwhelmed.

 

Here are some chair yoga poses you can do to help you take care of your self: body mind and spirit.

 

Start with ujayii a calming breathing exercise to help ground you in the present moment.

  • Helps To: increase deeper, fuller, diaphragmatic breaths, feeding our muscles with extra oxygen
  • Try It: after a long stint of screen time, whenever you need to relax, focus, and renew your energy

 

  1. Sit comfortably in your chair with your feet flat on the floor.

  2. Inhale a deep breath through your nose, then exhale a silent extended “ha” sound (like Darth Vader) through the mouth. Repeat this two times.

  3. Now, try creating the silent extended “ha” on both the inhalation and the exhalation with the mouth closed the entire time by closing off the back of the throat.

 

Next perform Sun Salutation with Twists

  • Works Your: Abdominals, spine, lower and upper back, arms, hips and waist.
  • Try It: When you feel sluggish in your digestion, want to keep your back healthy, feel stuck in your mood or thinking, have a kink in your back or shoulders, want to wring it all out.

If you feel stuck in any way, twists really help get things moving. Twisting is really good for digestion, detoxification and for seeing things from a new perspective. Twists are also extremely good for the back and waist. You can tone and tighten your oblique muscles and massage the vertebrae of the spine with this flow.

 

  1. Sit tall with your feet hip-width apart firm on the floor, and your hips towards the edge of the chair with your back straight. Inhale, reaching the arms up overhead to press the palms.

 

2. As you exhale, drop your arms down and around as you twist to your right bringing the left hand on the right knee and the right arm behind you to the top of the chair.

3. Inhale, back up to center arms up.

4. Exhale twist to the left.

5.  Continue this flow for a series of eight to ten cycles. On your last set, stop        hold the twist on each side for five to eight breaths.

 

Finish with Hands Clasped Behind Head Bowing Forward:

For a major neck relief you may just want to hang your head forward and use your hands to help let it all go. It’s hard to believe how much tension we carry in the neck and this exercise lets us release it all. It’s also a nice way to go inside; and turn off all of the outer distractions, even if just for a minute.

  • Works Your: Head, neck and shoulders
  • Try It: when you’re feeling overwhelmed, want some major release in the neck, need an entire spine stretch, feel stressed, slept weird, need a mental and physical break

 

  1. Lace your hands behind your head, narrow your elbows forward, and tuck your chin to your chest.

  2. Keep your upper body neutral and focus on stretching the upper back and spine. Folding your nose towards your throat region. Hold for at least five to eight breaths.


I hope you take the time out every day to care for yourself. With Chair Yoga it is fully possible!

2 Anti-Inflammatory Dessert Recipes

While we all love a tasty dessert, knowing that your favourite cookie's ingredients can cause an autoimmune flare or a worsening mood can lead to having to make a very tricky decision.  But, maybe you don't have to make a choice between eating the foods you love and your health.  Certified holistic nutritionist Madeline Given's book "The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Cookbook" is chock full of delicious, easy recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less.

 

 Even if you don't have a problem with inflammation, many health conditions are caused by inflammation, so incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet is a great way to take care of yourself.  Madeline, who blogs at MadelineNutrition.com,  was nice enough to share her recipes for yummy chewy chocolate chip cookies and mini key lime pie bars from her book with us. 

6 Activities to Develop a Better Relationship with Yourself

February is often a month where we tend to prioritize self-love.  While loving yourself sounds simple, actually putting it into practice can be really hard and overwhelming.  Like with someone else, I believe you need to really get to know yourself before you can truly love yourself and all that you are.  Julie Reisler's new book, "Get a PhD in YOU: A Workbook to Miraculous Self-Discovery" is all about doing just that.

 

Julie was nice enough to share a selection of activities from her book that are all about getting to know yourself and investing in yourself so you can really foster that deep self-connection and self-love.  These practices are perfect for incorporating into your self-care routine or journaling practice.

 

 

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”

~Dalai Lama

  

Start your research and reflection

Here’s an even better analogy: scientists are trained to do research. In order to come up with findings to a hypothesis, they have to first do their research. As you embark on your quest of knowing and honoring yourself in order to make change, it’s going to take research, time, growth experiences, and lots of nurturing. Change takes patience, practice, pace, and persistence. It's important to start reflecting on how you really feel about yourself and the internal messages you generate. The following exercises are inspired by my own inner transformation to self-love.

I first became aware of the idea of using a mirror as part of feeling and generating self-love through personal growth teacher and author Louise Hay. Mirror work, as Louise Hay coins it, is essentially the practice of deeply looking at one’s self in the mirror and repeating personal affirmations and messages of self-love. 

How do you actually feel about yourself when you look in the mirror. We do it everyday, all the time, be it in an actual mirror or perhaps in the reflection of a store window or in someone else’s sunglasses (yup – I’ve done that too and it’s totally human). To gauge where you are on the self-love spectrum just think of your self-love capacity like a gas tank that is somewhere between empty and full. How full is your self-love tank?

Begin by looking at yourself (in the mirror or, if you're not ready for that, look at a photograph of yourself, etc.). What do you notice? What do you feel about the person looking back into your eyes? Are you feeling connected or as though you haven’t really seen your own self for years? Do you want to cry? Look away? Feeling a tad uncomfy with this practice? Just notice, while trying to do so without judgment. Most days I am able to stare at my own eyes, blow a kiss back to myself, and know that I’m a special divine creature because I’m alive, kickin’ and here to say that out loud. On good days I even feel this in my bones. On other days, I respond to myself with a less-than-kind remark. When that happens, I know I need to sit with the discomfort of not feeling enough or loving myself fully. At these moments I ask myself, “How can I love myself more today so I have more to give others?” or “How can I connect with my higher self, the internal aspect of me that has a divine right to be on the planet.” The physical mirror becomes a pathway connecting my surface self to my true inner self. This practice affirms that all healing, happiness, and peace is created out of love.

The point here is to build a relationship with yourself. I’ve found that learning to truly connect with myself has worked brilliantly with the mirror. Wherever you are along the spectrum of self-love and connection is perfectly fine. It’s information as to how you view yourself – literally – and how you feel about your reflection.

Illuminate Your Inner and Outer Self

 My intention is to strengthen your relationship between your inner and outer reflections. If you’re noticing that you want to turn away, laugh or do anything but this exercise, it’s a good idea to start with connecting to your inner self. I’ve outlined below ways to do this. Start with your gifts and what you appreciate about yourself. Nurture and acknowledge your inner self first until you feel grounded, connected and comfortable looking in the mirror while recognizing them.

Here are 3 reflection practices that help connect you to your whole glorious self:

 1.    Personal Bests Practice. List one area of interest you’re naturally good at and one personal quality you love about yourself (if this feels fun, list 2, 3 or as many as you’d like). __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Your natural interests and the natural qualities of your personality are how you develop and express your most authentic self to the world. Most of us forget the natural gifts we have and use every day to be of service to others and create a life filled with satisfaction. Focus on your gifts and qualities for at least a minute. Allow appreciation, gratitude or whatever feeling comes up to flow and circulate like golden light through your body and mind.

 2.    Strength Divining Practice. Reflect on your outer and inner strengths. Look into the mirror, embracing and acknowledging what you were born with as a strength (perhaps something like physical stamina or vocal abilities or something less obvious like your ability to laugh at yourself which makes others laugh, too). Consider what strengths you have developed over the years. This might be traits like resilience, persistence, compassion, self-honesty, or empathetic listening. Feel the beauty and power of your outer/inner strengths for 15 seconds. Build to 30 seconds, 45 seconds and eventually 1 minute. It might feel weird at first and that is ok. It’s very normal to shift back and forth from acceptance to judgment. Our minds are designed to generate chatter and to compare. Work on connecting back to your highest self, the YOU that exists and has nothing to do with appearances or what others deem important.  Notice what it feels like in your body to acknowledge your strengths. Notice anything different in your eyes or face as you consider your strengths? Maybe you don’t notice anything but you feel a warmth in your chest or uplifting in your spirit. Note what you feel. This is an indication of your increased connection to the essence of you.

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3. Loving Looks Practice. Once you feel solid in your ability to look at the mirror and focus on your self, you might decide to try holding your attention on specific parts of your body. What do you see that you can appreciate?  Start with your eyes. Notice the black of your pupil. Embrace the outer color of your eyes. What might they be saying to you? Can you appreciate your eyes as the be-holder of all your life experience? Can you find appreciation in having eyes in the first place?  Look at your lips. Focus on the shape, creases, color and outline. You took your first breath with these lips, and nourishment and speech flow through these lips. How does it feel to connect more intimately with your eyes, lips and perhaps rest of your face. 

Note what is it like to focus on your appearance with appreciation vs. judgment? What other part of your body could use else some love and attention so that you feel like the whole package? 

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Society creates false standards of beauty and success. When you break from falsely trying to identity with, or compare yourself, to these standards your open yourself to the fuller expression of your true essence.

 

Daily Magical Practices #1: YOU Declarations

It takes practice to get comfortable with really connecting to YOU and your love for your amazing self. I know this because I practice it daily.

 This is a world-changing love investment in YOU. The more we invest in loving ourselves as our unique, authentic, and incredible selves, the more goodness we can give to one another and ultimately to our family, friends, communities, nations, and planet. Making a difference and giving of ourselves to others is one of the most rewarding gifts. In order to love anyone else, we must learn first how to love ourselves. When we take any step forward towards actualizing our best selves, the Universe (God, Higher Power, Divine Goddess, Mother Earth, Source Energy, etc.) always rewards us.

 Getting comfy with reflection and declaration time

What you say to yourself impacts how you feel and what you believe. This is a practice that develops clear intention. It allows you to pay attention to the words you choose and how those words make you feel. Want to change how you talk to yourself? Try at least one of these declarations every day. Pick and choose the affirmations that resonate with you. Change it up so you are really hearing it and feeling it. Many of my declarations have been inspired by Louise Hay’s Mirror Work affirmations. If these words don’t feel good, create ones that speak to YOU.

 Declarations:

  • I love myself.
  • I am enough.
  • I am whole.
  • I am worthy.
  • I believe in myself.
  •  I believe in myself enough to follow my dreams.
  • I am learning every day.
  • I accept who I am right now.
  • I forgive myself for all my past mistakes.
  • I trust myself and my decisions.
  • My best life is unfolding before my eyes.
  • Today, I am joyful and peaceful.
  •  I am beautiful on the inside and outside.
  • I shine my inner light to others in the world.
  • I am a unique gift with greatness to share.
  •  I love all of me and am grateful for my life exactly as it is today.
  • I reflect love, joy, light, and ease.
  • I am a divine creature here to be my best self in all areas of life.
  •  I am divinely guided, inspired, and protected.
  • I honor my eyes that look back at me and all of my life.
  • I see my internal and external beauty and the beauty of everyone.
  • As I expand my ability to love myself, I am able to love others more and more.
  • I radiate strength, courage, love and peace.
  •  I am learning how to love myself more and more.
  • I appreciate the miracle that I am.

 

Your turn. Take a stab at it. Try writing your own YOU affirmative declarations.

 

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Reminder: You must master a new way to think before you can master a new way to be. ~Marianne Williamson

 

Creative Activity: Daily Mirror Magic

 I ‘m a creativity appreciator and believe in the power of affirming through action. When I work with clients, I often combine the practice of mirror declarations with the action of creating one’s own Magic Mirror!

 Yep, we’re talking about getting crafty here, friends! You are going to make your very own Self-Lovin’ Mirror Magic!

The goal here is to get creative and have fun!

Here’s what you’ll need:

•          A handheld mirror (easy to find and inexpensive at a local drug store)

•          Glue

•          Glitter

•          Scissors

•          Ribbon, feathers, beads, stickers, fabric (anything you want for decorating—as elaborate or as simple as you desire)

•          Indelible markers (such as black, various rainbow colors, and metallic colors like gold or silver)

•          Favorite statement or words related to what you’d like to be reminded of when you look in the mirror

Statement examples:

 

•    Beauty comes first from within

•    Be You; Everyone else is taken

•    I am beautiful on the inside and out

•    I radiate light, love, and peace

Affirmative word examples:

•    courage

•    strength

•    light

•    love

•    wisdom

•    beauty

•    joy

•    peace

•    truth

•    kindness

 Step 1. Arrange all your goodies on a table. Light a gorgeous candle, put on your fave chill music (some of my favorites are the Wailin’ Jennies, James Taylor, and Allison Krauss), and you’re ready to make your very own Magic Mirror.

Step 2.  Decorate the back of the mirror with fabrics, glitter, stickers, words, or whatever floats your boat. I love the idea of writing a quote around the interior (reflective side) of the mirror, and perhaps adding a word or two that inspires you. This is going to be your Self-Lovin’ mirror to use daily, so let your imagination go wild.

Step 3. Use your mirror daily to see the best in yourself by reflecting on your true whole beauty inside and out. Let your Magic Mirror be a tool that helps fill up your self-love tank when you are feeling low.

 Make it a Daily Habit

Saying the phrase "I love myself" or looking at yourself and repeating "I’m learning to love everything about me internally and externally" has enormous benefits. By doing Mirror Magic every day, you are recreating your truth to be one of self-love. This belief about yourself was not formed overnight, and it will not shift overnight. Change in habit of thought takes time.

 I also want you to start practicing saying declarations to yourself using any mirror you come across. Remember, others have no friggin’ idea what you are saying to yourself in your head. Thankfully we can’t hear one another’s inner monologue. I often wink at myself, which reminds me I have eyes to wink with and that life is meant to be joyful and fun.

Let’s say you had a rough conversation with your boss. Use your mirror to remind yourself of how loved you are. Maybe you’re feeling less-than or in a hyper-comparative mode? Go to the bathroom, lock the door and soothe yourself with loving words as you gaze into your mirror. You are learning to give yourself what you need. Yay you!

 Changing how you literally see yourself starts with being a reflection of those desired changes during mirror play. You reflect back to yourself your inner light and divinity. This is a gift to YOU and to others because you will continue to reflect that to the planet.

 “What if we could pause, take a breath, and choose to see doing the work as a voyage? This is the sweet spot of change on its way.”

~Julie Reisler

Writing prompt: If you want some help focusing on what you learned in this chapter, you can use this writing prompt to begin your journaling.

 

·      “I am beginning to take charge of creating the life I want by...”

 

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Author and Life Designer™ Julie Reisler, is the founder and CEO of Empowered Living.  Julie has a Master's Degree in  Coaching and more than 12 certifications in health and wellbeing. In Julie’s book, Get a PhD in YOUA course in miraculous self-discovery (now on Amazon), she authentically shares the extensive personal-growth wisdom that came from her own struggles with body image, relationships, and feeling "not enough."  Julie traded limited thinking and damaging habits for honoring and loving herself, and is committed to helping you do the same. Julie now coaches and works with individuals and groups looking to maximize potential and become more purposeful and passionate in their life. Julie is an international speaker, teaches courses for fortune 500 companies, is a faculty member at Georgetown University's Health Coaching program and loves helping you to uncover your best self. She is a mama of two, step-mama of one, happily remarried, and in love with her very imperfect life. For more info on Julie, go to juliereisler.com or www.getaphdinyou.com.

Inside the Box: Self-Love

We couldn't let the box before Valentine's Day go by without incorporating a little self-love!  This box was filled with goodies that were designed to help you pamper yourself and treat yourself with plenty of love and affection.

       Lemon Sweet Jewelry Lava Rock Bangle

This gorgeous, modern bracelet is perfect to add a little something bright and sparkly to your day.  In addition to being beautiful, it also functions as a diffuser bracelet. Just add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to boost your mood.

Gypsy Botanicals Love Heart Chakra Blend

This diffuser blend can be added to your bracelet or diffused in your favourite diffuser.  Handmade in Vancouver, B.C., this essential oil blend has notes of ylang-ylang, rose, amyris, and rosewood, and is designed to inspire compassion, forgiveness, and self-love.

Beth and Olivia Rose Geranium Bath Bomb Square

Relax with this skin-softening bath bomb handmade in Vancouver. This bath bomb has a lovely scent of rose and geranium, dried rose petals, and uses pink clay for natural colour and to help detoxify your skin.

              Hagensborg Chocolates Truffle Pig Assorted Chocolate Mini Box

Treat yourself to some delicious European chocolate truffles!  This adorable little box contains a variety of chocolates to sample.

Inside the Box: New Year, New Intentions

January's box was all about setting new intentions with the start of this new year.  We curated a variety of items to help you with living intentionally and to inspire you throughout the start of the year.  Here's what was in the box:

May You Know Joy Seeds of Intention Cards

This deck of cards is the perfect way to introduce intention into your daily routine, and to also inspire self-compassion and self-care.  Each card has a daily intention, which means you can easily pick one each day and focus on it throughout your day.  For more ideas about how to use your Seeds of Intention Cards, check out Adrienne, the creator's guest post: Giving Attention to Our Intentions.

Streetlights at Midnight Inspirational Print

It can be easy to get bogged down in the day to day, so we wanted to include an inspirational print to help keep you going throughout 2017.  Streetlights at Midnight is owned by Kacie, a maker who uses her experience with chronic illness to create a motivating and supportive line of prints.

Mini Wooden Easel

This mini wooden easel was included to display either your print or your Seeds of Intention cards wherever you'd like!

SoulStamps Affirmations Temporary Tattoos

Sometimes you need to have a reminder with you at all times.  These affirmation temporary tattoos from SoulStamps can be placed anywhere so you can see the message you need whenever you're looking for a little extra encouragement.

SeaLuxe Carpe Diem Exfoliating Soap Bar

We love SeaLuxe, and their Carpe Diem Soap, inspired to help you seize the day, fits perfectly in this box.  The soap exfoliates with natural loofa and contains shea butter and cambrian clay to help nourish and detoxify your skin.  We're also big fans of the invigorating scent!

Southern Culture Foods Shortstacks Pancake and Waffle Mix

Sometimes, there's not better way to start the day than with some delicious pancakes or waffles (no matter what time of day!).  We included this delicious mix in yummy flavours from Southern Culture because we love that it's all-natural and GMO-free!

Giving Attention To Our Intentions

In our New Year, New Intentions Box, we included a beautiful set of intention cards.  These Seeds of Intentions cards are designed by Adrienne Enns of May You Know Joy. In this post, Adrienne talks about the importance of intentions and how you can get the most out of your Seeds of Intentions Cards.

I believe in intentions. The energy behind them makes them powerfully transformative. But where does that energy come from? And how is it sustained?

I’ve been asking myself these questions because last year, I launched my Seeds of Intention Cards. The deck contains 42 cards, each of which proposes a daily intention.  For example: “For today, I connect with nature.” Or: “For today, I am kind to myself.”

 

Many people like to pick a card in the morning and take the chosen card as their intention for the day. But my experience with these cards has shown me that choosing a card is just the beginning.

Yes, it’s important that we identify our intentions, but it’s equally important that we give attention to our intentions.

I can pull a card and set an intention, but the energy only begins to build when I mindfully return to my purpose over and over. Paying attention to my intentions keeps me true to my purpose.  I keep coming back into alignment throughout the day.

The idea of giving attention to our intentions really resonates with me. It also raises some useful questions in my mind.

 

Going deeper with intentions

  •    What energy am I putting behind these intentions?
  •    Am I distracted from my intention by focusing on gossip, problems, and annoyances, or am I paying attention to things that truly fulfill me?
  • What can I do today to enact my intention?

My own intentions are a work in progress and will be for the rest of my life. When I ask myself these questions, something very big shifts. I approach the world in a way that feels very true and authentic.

 

Putting energy behind intentions

 Start by picking a card in the morning. Then, throughout the day, ask yourself one or more of the questions above.

If you picked the card “I connect with nature,” you will make a point of actually taking a walk in the freshly fallen snow.

If you picked the card: “I will be kind to myself,” you step away from your desk when your body tells you to take a break.
 

 

I would love to hear how you are using your Seeds of Intention Cards. How have your intentions manifested in your life? Comment below to share your experiences and ideas.