New Product Line – Rescue Rub!

 

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Rescue Rub Line – Sore Muscle Salve, Cooling Pain Relief, Warming Pain Relief, Boo Boo Balm, and Fungus Free!

Making magic in the kitchen has been a passion of mine for many years. I don’t just mean food either. For almost 20 years I’ve been experimenting with making natural body products, salves, infused oils, you name it!

I was making some medicinal salve with a friend last week. Someone who took one of my body product classes when I had my clinic at the coast. She was encouraging me to sell my products again so the idea Rescue Rub came into fruition. Rescue Rub is for people who love animals because every purchase benefits a local animal rescue. I am starting with Green Acres Farm Sanctuary since they are having a local art and craft benefit this weekend, plus I love doing work parties there and seeing all the lovely animals!

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Our Rescue Rabbit Lemon Checking out the Rub

I am going to have a rolling list of animal rescue organizations that I will donate at least 10% of every sale to, and it will change every 25 sales. These are some of the other organizations that I plan to donate to: Out to Pasture Farm Sanctuary, Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, and Farm Sanctuary. I’m sure I’ll think of many others too, but this is my starting point.

Check out my Etsy Shop VeganOrganicLove and you can see the products I am offering! Thanks for supporting a great cause and sharing your love in the world!

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Warm and Happy this Winter

Lookout at Ecola Park

Lookout at Ecola Park

It seeems that winter is finally here with all the rain, snow and wind. With all the dark stormy days sometimes it is easy to feel the wintertime blues. There are many things we can do to stay warm and happy in the wintertime. The best thing is movement and mobility. Try going to a yoga or exercise class. This will help maintain flexability and strength, while getting you moving to stay warm. Yoga and other forms of meditation like qi gong and tai chi are important because during meditation your brain enters an alpha and theta state. This is helpful for elevating mood and balancing neurotransmittors.

In Chinese Medicine Winter is Associated with the Kidneys:
The Kidneys are seen as the original form of energy that we inherit from our parents. It is imoportant to conserve this energy by taking time to get in touch with the slower, darker months and get more sleep, meditate more and even foods can be cooked slower. Foods that are great for this time of year are stews, soups, steamed vegetables, and warming herbs (such as: cinnamon, ginger, garlic, and onion). Make sure not to have too many hot, spicy foods though because too hot can burn up the Kidney energy. When having spicy foods, it is good to balance them with astringent and sour foods (such as: vinegars, saurkraut, cherries, cranberries and sour plums).

Herbs and Supplements to Keep the Winter Blues Away:
Schisandra Berry- This is a unique herb in that it has all five flavors: sour, pungent, neutral, bitter, and sweet. The Chinese name for this herb is “wu wei zi,” meaning five flavor seed. This is a great resorative herb for the kidneys.
Vitamin D- Anyone who lives in the Northwest, especially here at the coast knows we don’t get enough sunshine to synthesize vitamin D production. It is a good idea to take vitamin D to keep our mood and immune system up this time of year.
**Mushrooms are also a great source of vitamin D**

BODYWORK to Elevate Mood and Increase Circulation
Acupuncture and Massage are great ways to uplift the spirit and keep
positive through the darker months.

Acupuncture has been shown to release serotonin and stimulate your
parasympathetic nervous system ie. rest and digest mode. Most
anti-depressants are SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors), which raise the levels of serotonin in the body. Acupuncture creates a similar effect without the detrimental side effects and can treat so much more!!

Massage releases endorphins in the body to reduce chronic or acute pain that is physical, mental, and spiritual in origin. Have you ever noticed how your posture and body mechanics change with feeling depressed? Bodywork can help to create structural support. Energizing techniques are used to aliven and awaken your well-being.