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Artist Zen:
Taking the time to nurture the creative self is a powerful rescue remedy for stress. Most self-destructive habits emerge because our busy schedules do not permit enough time for us to care for ourselves in positive ways. 

Artists have always known intuitively the healing powers of creativity. You don’t need to think of yourself as an artist in order to benefit from tapping into your intuition. Just embrace the creative process in any medium that feels comfortable to you whether that be drawing, painting, collage or writing. Embracing this meditative pastime, you will discover that the transformative powers of creativity not only help to clear the mind, but also heal emotional blockages that can create disease. 
- Barbara Close

Refreshing Rosemary Footbath
A cold water bath for hot, swollen feet provides a refreshing sensation after a long day. The therapeutic uses of this footbath include relieving aching feet as well as combining fatigue and exhaustion. The analgesic properties of rosemary will soothe the feet and tea tree is added for its powerful antiseptic ability to deodorize.

1 sprig of rosemary with leaves broken into pieces

6 drops tea tree essential oil

Fill large bowl or dishpan with cold water. Add rosemary leaves and tea tree essential oil along with 5 or 6 ice cubes. Swish the water to disperse the oil. Dip feet into water for 30 seconds, remove and rub entire foot vigorously with both hands. Return feet to bath and keep repeating the action until feet become red. Towel off and dry.

Mind-Body Detox

Nurture yourself more and develop simple rituals that support vibrant health. Surround yourself with books and magazines that encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Remove all processed foods from kitchen cabinets and create a new collection of healthful meal ideas. And, since sleep is the most important restorative agent, follow the following sleep tips to ensure that you get a good night’s rest every night:

  •      Make lunch, not dinner, your biggest meal of the day. Eat foods such as   salmon and turkey that are fortified with tryptophan, an amino acid that causes   production of the sleep-inducing chemicals seretonin and melatonin.
  •      Exercise regularly. This helps control cortisol levels, helping you sleep.
  •      Avoid afternoon naps longer than twenty minutes.
  •      Avoid alcohol and nicotine before bed.
  •      Develop a regular bedtime routine.
  •      Drink a cup of relaxing herbal tea or take a bath to help yourself wind down an hour before bedtime.
  •      Create an environment that is conducive to sleep - make your bedroom a dark, comfortable haven.
  •      Use scent to induce slumber: Place 3 or4 drops of a calming essential oil like lavender or vanilla on a tissue and slide it underneath the pillowcase or add the oil to a diffuser lamp.
  •      Before bed give yourself, or exchange with a partner, a relaxing foot massage.

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Ruby Grapefruit Exfoliating Paste
In the fall, skin tone becomes rough and uneven as dead skin cells are sloughed off from our summer tan. This stimulating body scrub is actually a salt glow made with coarse sea salt and invigorating essential oils. It will leave your skin feeling smooth and polished.

Glass bowl
4-ounce glass jar
1 ½ ounces almond oil
25 drops grapefruit essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lime
14 drops tangerine essential oil
3 ounces coarse sea salt

Combine almond oil and essential oils in a glass jar and shake vigorously to disperse the oils. Pour mixture into a glass bowl and add the sea salts a little at a time, stirring until you have a thick paste; let sit for 1 hour. Pour into glass jar. This paste will last for up to 6 months if covered and stored in a dark glass container.

Special precautions:
This is a very stimulating treatment and should not be used by individuals with sensitive or inflamed skin. Do not use if skin lesions are present.

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Lemon Ginger Echinacea Elixer
Drink this brew 4 times a day at the first sign of infection for sore throats, colds, and flu.

2 quarts purified water
6 organic fresh lemons
3 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2/3 cup honey
20 drops Echinacea root tincture

In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Juice the lemons using a fork and discard the seeds. Add the lemon juice and pulp to the water. Fold in the peeled, grated ginger. Let boil gently for five minutes, then turn down the heat and add the honey. Cover and simmer for an additional minute. Remove from stove, pour into a cup, add 20 drops of echinacea, and stir. Enjoy hot or cold. 

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Almond Paste Body Scrub
This sweet, luscious almond bouquet is so intoxicating that you will be tempted to eat this scrub. Sweet almond oil is rich in essential fatty acids and therefore prized for its hydrating and emollient properties.

2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup ground almonds

Place the sweet almond and coconut oils, baking soda, aloe vera gel, and vanilla extract in a blender and puree until smooth. Add the almonds and blend on low speed for 60 seconds. While skin is damp, apply liberally to areas of dry, flaky skin. Let skin absorb almond paste for several minutes, and then rinse off with warm water.

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Soothing Burdock Soup
Burdock root is indispensable for soothing hot, itchy, or inflamed skin. It is an excellent remedy to use when the skin feels fiery, such as during episodes of eczema, psoriasis, or rashes and is therefore an herbal ally for stress-reactive and environment-reactive skin personalities.

1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped fresh burdock root
1 cup peeled and sliced carrots
1 pound potatoes (russet or wax)
½ cup fresh dandelion leaves (optional)
6 cups vegetable stock or water
Salt
3 tablespoons dry white wine or sherry
3 tablespoons chopped parsley

Combine vegetables and stock in pot and bring to a boil. Add salt to taste, reduce heat, and cover, simmering for 1 hour. Remove 2 cups of soup, puree in a blender, and return to pot. Stir in sherry and parsley and simmer for 20 more minutes.

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Ylang Ylang Calming Bath Oil
This rich, exotic bath oil helps when you are overtired or overstimulated and need to unwind at the end of a long day.

4-ounce glass bottle
4 ounces carrier oil (Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil)
6 drops ylang ylang essential oil
8 drops rose otto essential oil
12 drops benzoin essential oil
 
Fill the bottle halfway with carrier oil. Add essential oils and shake well. Top off with remaining carrier oil, cover, and agitate a second time. Add 2-3 capfuls to warm bath and soak in tub for 20-30 minutes to sedate and relax the body.

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Celebrate Meatless Mondays with this refreshing recipe: 

Healing Root Salad
Rich in vitamin C, iron and an abundance of other minerals, Burdock Root has a good reputation as a blood purifier and has strong diuretic properties, helping promote the elimination of toxins via the kidneys. Nourishing burdock root will provide optimum nutrition to the immune system to keep you healthy and strong during the cooler months. As an added bonus, burdock is prized as a valuable tonic for clear skin. This delicate salad has a crisp texture and lots of added zing from the fresh ginger. Makes 2 servings. 

½ burdock root (2 cups)
1 carrot (1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
½ cup vegetable soup stock (can be made from vegetable bouillon cubes)
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons marin (Japanese rice vinegar)
1 tablespoon sake
Sesame seeds (optional)

Cut the burdock root, carrot, and ginger into thin matchstick slices and place in a pan with soup stock. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add the soy, marin, and sake and simmer for an additional minute. Remove from heat, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and let sit until cool. Serve at room temperature.

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