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Apothekara Brings Herbal Healing Downtown

Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:53

 By Zuri Sabir

apothekara 300Walking into Apothekara, our new local place of herbal healing and education located on South Cayuga Street, you are greeted with a warmth that invites you to stay and ask as many questions as you want. It has a familiarity to it, evoking a memory of old-time healing not shared by many in these modern times, but truly felt and valued. Apothekara is minimally and purposefully furnished: beautiful wooden floors guide you in toward a long and sturdy hand-tiled counter flanked by stools on your left. Behind it is a wall patterned with tinctures and to your right is an impressive collection of dried herbs that unfailingly beckons your interest. And then there is Kara, with her wealth of knowledge, who patiently awaits your statement of need.

Adjacent to the main room of the apothecary is a simple lounge. We sit there now as Kara Timmons, Medical Herbalist and owner of Apothekara, tells me her journey. Kara has been learning and educating about herb-based medicine for over 15 years. She was originally introduced to the idea of wild foods and foods for health in the mountains of New Mexico, living in Carson National Forest. There, Kara and a group of friends camped for two months foraging and gathering plants to eat and use for their medicinal properties alongside a larger community of like-minded people.

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It's February: Got Self-Love?

Friday, 03 February 2012 21:58

 

By Jayalalita

bigstock love_yourselfFebruary is the month we're bombarded with the joy of romantic love: sweetness and candles, chocolate and wine. If you're single, it's easy to drift into the illusion that all loneliness and frustration would be resolved by the relationship thing. If you're in a couple, it's easy to imagine you should be with someone else who's better at, or more, or less — something.

Why not take this month to get serious about your relationship with yourself? Have you committed yet? I'm not talking about taking yourself out to eat or treating yourself to a bubble bath (check out the magazines at the other stores for that). I mean self-love that involves consistent kindness to yourself. I mean self-forgiveness applied not only in big moments of cutting loose some monster from the past, but through ongoing, daily, moment-to-moment practice. I mean refusing to tolerate self-talk that puts you down, refusing to lie in bed at night obsessing over what's not done, what wasn't done right, what you shouldn't have said, what you'll never catch up to or make happen. By self-love, I mean supreme self-honoring.

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The Natural Healing Power of Salt Therapy

Thursday, 03 November 2011 02:34

 By Juliet Aizen Turback

300px-Bad Soden_SalzgrotteSettle into a chair and breathe in the salty air -— very soon you'll feel relaxed and invigorated. It might sound like a visit to the beach with breaking waves sweeping salt particles into the atmosphere, but you are actually in a uniquely healthful space called a Salt Room.

For those of us without close proximity to the ocean, a Salt Room offers a way to benefit from a therapy that dates back to ancient Greece. The Greeks placed great faith in the healing powers of the salt-rich Mediterranean. Plato wrote, "The sea cures all ailments of man." Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine," made frequent use of salt in his practice, including the inhalation of steam from salt water for the relief of respiratory ailments.

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Local Body Care is Blooming

Anna Stratton,
Wellness Manager

norabloomWe're stocked with great new products —new organic, non-GMO protein powders, natural facial care, and nail polishes.

We've got lots of amazing new products in the Wellness Department to keep spirits up as the winter drags on. Garden of Life has introduced a brand-new protein powder that is 
USDA-certified organic, non-GMO verified, and grain-free (that means no gritty rice protein!), in four new "smooth" varieties: vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and energy (the latter enhanced with Guayaki Yerba Mate). Are you a devotee of Garden of Life's Raw Fit? Try their new chocolate and vanilla flavors — deliciously classic! In face care, we've added some luxurious products from local Norabloom Botanicals: Chamomile Foamy Gel and Aloe & Shea Crème cleansers; velvety moisturizers in Dandelion or Hibiscus. Remember Hugo Naturals? They're back by popular demand! We're happy to be once again stocking this body-care company's ultra-clean, chemical-free, and gluten-free shower gels and body lotions. Do keep an eye out for their new nail polishes — coming soon!

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