This summer we are excited to be focusing on nourishment for skin health. Our skin is our largest organ and plays a major role in immunity - so keeping skin strong, supple, and healthy is a top priority (1). We all know it is important to wear sunscreen. The sun's powerful rays can cause oxidative stress and long-term damage (1). But, did you know that there are foods that directly support skin health?
Why we LOVE Grapefruit, Avocado, & Kale Salad for skin health:
This vibrant salad is both delicious and super supportive for glowing healthy skin!
Happy Summer, dear ones!
The Summer Solstice on June 21st marked the beginning of this beautiful season of abundance, flow, heat, fire, the heart, and the small intestine!
A nourished and balanced summer body and spirit feels amazing!! Alternatively, an imbalanced summer body and spirit feels hot, tired, irritable, and dry.
Right now I am sinking so deeply into the expansive, flowing, loving, overflowing abundance of slowing down with this season.
Summer is a combination of speeding up in some areas and slowing down in others. Think about slowing down at work and speeding up on vacation or hiking as an example!
Right now I am speeding up in my gardening and activating my time doing silly kid things during the day.
At the same time, I’m slowing way down and giving myself the gift of fully catching up to my level of development so that no part of me is left behind. While winter is a time of integrating in the dark quiet, summer is a time of integrating through shining abundant light on all areas that need tending.
It is BROTH season!
The truth is, we believe that every season is broth season, but especially Winter.
Broths are a powerhouse for combating winter cold and supporting wellness throughout the season (and every season). Broths warm, nourish, cleanse, and hydrate the body. They also open the heart, and provide vitamins and minerals plus protein and collagen. Broths are comforting, soothing, and deeply nourishing making them foundational for winter health.
What an amazing time of year for healing! We've moved from the beginning contractive nature of Autumn to the deeply internal nature of Winter. This is the time to invest deeply in your healing, to grow your roots, to pause, and to strengthen.
In many healing and spiritual traditions, Winter is a time of gestation and replenishment. This season shows us how beautiful it is to slow down, relax and rest. In Chinese Medicine, Winter is associated with the Water Element and the Kidneys (plus the bladder and adrenals). This season is all about gathering energy for the growth and expansion of Spring.
What an amazing time of year for healing. We move from the expansive nature of summer to the more internal, contractive nature of Autumn.
In many healing and spiritual traditions, Autumn is a time of letting go and of new opportunities. This season shows us how beautiful it is to slow down, relax and release. In Chinese Medicine, Autumn is associated with the Metal Element and the Lungs. This season is all about protecting boundaries, setting limits, and organizing around our priorities.
This is a time to ask ourselves what we are holding onto that may not be serving our highest good. This is a time to forgive and move forward. This process of letting go is deeply connected to grief, the emotion of the lungs. When we let go, we create space for new opportunities, deeper healing, and more connected relationships. We may feel a sense of loss, grief, and opening. For some of us, grief and trauma have become stuck in our bodies and are holding us back from our healing potential. If you are suffering from grief, sadness, or chronic lung or digestive symptoms, this is your season to let it all go!
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