Facial Friday = Fresh, Fabulous, Faces!

Every Friday evening I love to give myself a facial.  It has become such a self-care ritual, that I am always looking for ways to improve either the atmosphere I create to enjoy my facial, or trying out a new facial product. It’s a great way to end the week, detoxify your skin from all the free radicals we are constantly exposed to that are so damaging to our skin.

When I was first learning about the possible toxins in skin care, I made my own facials from whatever I could find in my kitchen!  This is a fun way to experiment and can even include the kids!  I have sons and taught them early on about the importance of self care and taking care of your skin. Now that they are older they often come to me asking for me to whip them up something to help with either winter dry skin, sun stressed skin or occasional breakouts.  I now of course have access to ready to use facial masks that offer amazing benefits and make “Facial Friday’s” that much easier!

Naked Skincare Apothecary: 

Locally made, Naked Skincare Apothecary currently offers two types of facial masks.  Detox Mask & Radiance Mask.

Photo Courtesy of Naked Skincare

I lovvvve both of them! They are my go to’s and available at Generation Green!

Detox Mask will help neutralize oily skin and prevent or clear up breakouts.  Thanks to the activated charcoal & kaolin in this mask, it will basically pull out dirt & toxins.  Super easy to use, simply add a small amount of  liquid to a teaspoon of the mask powder.  Play around with different liquids to add like a toner, facial oil, or even hit up the kitchen for honey or yogurt!

Ingredients: Activated Bamboo Charcoal, Kaolin Clay, Fuller Earth Clay, Papaya Extract, Turmeric Powder.

Radiance Mask will do just that! Make your face radiate!  Offering up some magical ingredients like Australian and French Pink Clay that not only detoxify and do away with dead skin, but also leave you with a refreshed look!  This one really is great for mature skin too thanks to the addition of  Mango Extract which helps prevent the decline of elasticity in the skin.

Ingredients: Australian Pink Clay, French Pink Clay, Mango Extract.

Mama Pacha : 

Another locally made favourite that we stock at Generation Green and is offered in refill is Mama Pacha’s  Daily Face Wash & Super Scrubby Face Wash.  These face washes can also be used as a face mask just by leaving on longer. They are gentle enough for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Both offer the benefits of kaolin clay (the mildest of clays). Kaolin clay contains a high content of silica that not only can remove dead skin but also regenerate skin. Also offers purification by removing toxins and oils without drying out skin.

Both masks contain oats that offer a gentle scrub as well as the soothing benefits of chamomile.  The only difference in the two is the Super Scrubby contains jojoba meal as an exfoliator (really good scrub) without dangerous microbeads (little pieces of plastic that are not only bad for your skin but also the environment) that can be found in some conventional face scrubs.

Orgaid Sheet Masks : 

This is a new stock item that I’m anxious to try out!  

Orgaid masks are not made like other sheet masks. Not only because of the serum combination in the masks but the delivery system they use!  The unique fibre, (called Ecoderma) Orgaid uses is not only breathable and adheres well but more importantly the fibre helps absorb the serum deeper into skin, helping you to get all the benefits those ingredients offer.  The masks are made with certified organic ingredients,  all safe ingredients with no chemical preservatives.  I also love the rating they get on EWG’s Skindeep Database!

Yes, you might look a little scary wearing one (think Jason from Halloween), but makes for great selfie pics! (before & after).

Available in 3 types: (information taken from Orgaid Website)

VITAMIN C 
 Reduces the appearance of brown spots and sun damage 
 Provides potent antioxidant protection to keep firm and youthful skin 
 Improves skin’s natural healing response, resulting in skin revitalization 
+ Orange peel and pomegranate boost healthy collagen synthesis
ANTI-AGING & MOISTURIZING
+ Vitamin B3  reduces skin aging
+ Aloe Vera  helps moisturize and calm skin
+ Witch hazel  reduces swelling and blemish
+ Hyaluronic Acid hydrates skin
GREEK YOGURT
+ Organic Greek Yogurt supplements essential nutrition on skin
+ Organic Botanicals soothe  skin smoother
+ Pro-Vitamin B5  and Allantoin tightens skin
+ Beta Glucan and Vegetable Proteins condition skin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Ways To Find Your Zen

Whether you need a moment to de-stress, want more quiet moments in your life, or want some health benefits – taking time to find your zen is easier than you think.  Not only is it easy, but it’s necessary!

Life is so busy. In order to appreciate and enjoy it, or even to get through the rough patches, we need to find the moments that take us away from it all.  Moments that nurture our spirit and quiet the chattering in our minds.

The first step is to make yourself a priority!  Let go of any guilt you have for taking moments of self-care.  Remind yourself it’s important for your well-being.  Start minimally if needed and work your way up to a daily practice.  It doesn’t take long before it becomes a habit, and even better, something to look forward to.

There are so many ways to find “zen” or create it.  Here are my personal top ten!

1) Go for a walk, alone! No partner, no kids, no dog! Just you! Stop along the route to take notice of simple things. Maybe it’s the birds flying, trees blowing, or the warmth of the sun on your face.  While you take notice place your hand to your heart and breathe deeply.  Enjoy how it makes you feel and say thank you.

2) This leads to practicing gratitude.  Feeling grateful and saying you are grateful opens up a whole new world. When you take time to send out that grateful energy into the world, it returns to you tenfold.  Learn to be grateful for all moments, not just the good ones. The bumps in life are also lessons to be grateful for.

3) It can be really tough to quiet the mind but regular meditation practice can help.  Find the best way to meditate, for you! I sometimes like to lay down with headphones and follow a guided meditation. Other times I enjoy the mediation space I created in my room, or I will simply sit on my swing in the backyard and pat my dog.  However you can find ways to quiet your thoughts. It is natural that our minds will wander while we meditate but just recognize it and go back to your focussed place.

4) I recently discovered the benefits of burning resin.  The smoke of frankincense is used to quiet a racing mind, making it useful for meditation. Myrrh can also be used to still the mind and align the energy centers of the body. These can burn anytime in your home.  I am currently burning some as I type this!

5) Creativity helps!  I love to crotchet.  I don’t make much more than a scarf or a blanket but it’s the simple act of taking time to do something you can focus on in quiet.  Something that you can enjoy, that isn’t stressful. I am also an artist, and because of the type of art I do, I can actually delve into a form of meditation while drawing that requires no effort. For others – I can imagine dance being amazing for this, or a potter becoming one with the clay.  Try something new, something that can take you to that place of complete zen.

6) Exercise.  Yoga would be the first thing that comes to mind as it encompasses the body, mind, and spirit.  Tai Chi would also be great for this. Even a bike ride or a run. When we move our bodies we allow energy to move and flow through us. We also can release that “feel good” dopamine or “happy” serotonin from our brain.

7) Tune up your energy centers!  Otherwise known as chakra balancing.  There are seven energy centers that start at the base of the spine and run to the top of your head. When these centers are blocked it can stop us from living fully, and can even cause illness.  Each energy center has a specific function that is related to a specific emotion.  I once asked my energy worker how often I should have this tuneup done and she replied “you will just know.”  The more time you take for yourself, the more in tune you will become with your body and what it needs.

8) Massage or reflexology are more than helpful with pain or discomfort, they also can produce feelings of caring, comfort, and connection. How nice does it feel to have someone care for you?! Sometimes we are so busy caring for others that we forget how much we also need to be cared for.

9) My other all time favourite thing to do that makes me feel completely grounded and grateful is the simplicity of rocking a baby to sleep.  Watching them doze off while you offer warmth, connection, and a hypnotic rocking motion. Then to enjoy the complete peace on their face and the slow, quiet breaths they take.

10) Lastly, sometimes we just need a break from everyday life and this is when travel can give us that take me away moment.  I have heard it said sometimes you need to go away to miss home but I also think going away helps you find a safe, sacred home in yourself.

I’m sure there are a thousand other ways to find and add zen moments into your life. No matter what you choose to do or practice, doing so with an intention of caring for yourself will make all those moments (big or small) zen.

 

Article written by Sherry Sobey

 

 

DIY Pumpkin Spice Lattes

As soon as the leaves start falling I begin craving anything warm, spicy, and comforting!  As convenient as it may be to stop off at Starbucks on the way home, it’s so much nicer to stay in pajamas on a Sunday morning and whip up some homemade pumpkin spice lattes. –It’s easy, trust me!

 Pumpkin Spice Lattes (Makes enough for 2)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of milk of choice (I used soy)
  • 2-4 tbsp of pumpkin puree
  • sweetener of choice to taste (I used 2 tbsp maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (because more cinnamon is always better)

¼ cup espresso or 1 cup strong coffee (I used a ratio of 4 tsbp of coffee grounds to 1 cup of boiled water in my french press)


Directions

Combine milk, pumpkin puree, and sweetener in a saucepan.

Cook on medium heat while stirring, until steaming.

Bring to a boil and add spices.

Whisk well.

Pour in espresso or strong coffee.

Divide into two mugs and top with cinnamon.

~Enjoy!

Article & photo’s by Lily Thrift

 

Zero-Waste Pumpkin Carving

Photo Credit: Schwabe Pumpkins

‘Tis the season of… PUMPKINS! I don’t know about you, but fall foods is one of my favorite parts of the season. Fresh pumpkins, apples, squash, cider,…

With Halloween at the end of the month, pumpkin carving is likely to be on the mind! Here’s a little guide to making your yearly ritual a little more eco-friendly!

Source local!

Manitoba’s climate doesn’t always allow for the widest selection of fresh produce, but fall is where we thrive! Skip the big chain store, and line-up and go local! Manitoba has tons of produce farms where you can pick up your Photosoon-to-be jack-o-lantern! Stop by a farmers market before the cold weather, or make a whole day out of visiting a pumpkin patch. There are so many activity-filled farms close to home. A quick google search provided me with tons and tons of Manitoba richness!

Steinbach, Corn Maze and Adventures

Saint Adolphe, A Maze In Corn

St. Andrews, Schwabe Pumpkins

Springfield, Dear Meadow Farms

That isn’t even all of them! Search for one closer to ya!

Carve!

Carve you favorite face, design, or eco-friendly message! Here is a site for free template designs .

Skip the “carving kit” from the store. More likely than not, you already have everything you need at home! It seems mostly like a marketing scheme, it comes with pretty basic tools!

Stencil – print one off from home, or draw your own!

Carving tools – more likely than not you can use an array of kitchen tools for this

Scoop – spoons and spatulas if you need them. But who doesn’t love to clean out their pumpkin with bare hands???

Marker – any marker will do just fine!

And for cleanliness, just use some recycled or recyclable paper or cardboard!

From ecocajun.com

Eat!

Seeds

I really hope everyone is already onto this! I love roasted pumpkin seeds! Sort those seeds out of the goop, add in some oil and salt. Roast them for 45 minutes at 300 degrees!

Guts

I have always just thrown this part out. Turns out you can throw it in a food processor to make your own pumpkin puree! This is gonna be way better than the canned pumpkin from a store! How to make puree link here!

The pumpkin puree can be used in recipes, like soup or your own homemade pumpkin spice latte! You could even incorporate it into some homemade cosmetics such as a body scrub or lotion!

Flesh

You can cook up the rest of the pumpkin just like any other root vegetable! Roast it in the oven and serve it as a main dish! Likewise, you could chop it up for soup and salads. Or if you just can’t get enough of the puree, you can use it for that as well!

Compost

To finish up this pumpkin making zero-waste, be sure to compost, rather than trash, the leftover scraps!

Stress Effects & Solutions

I’ve always thought of myself as someone who deals well with stress.  I try to be aware of what triggers my stress levels, take time to practice self-care, and live in the moment. I try not worry about what tomorrow might bring.  Regardless of this awareness, it’s unrealistic to believe that I will never experience stress. It’s a natural reaction to life experiences.

I believe it’s important to reduce the stress triggers where you can, especially the repeating ones (the ones you can DO something about!) Understanding what stress does to your body helps you be able to manage the recovery of it better.

Recently I have been experiencing some stressful moments in my life, as we plan for our store relocation. I am very aware of how it is affecting my body.  Stress induced eczema, sleeping trouble, muscle tension, and headaches are a few of my bodily reactions.

When we are having a stressful experience, our brain tells our body to release hormones that trigger your body’s “fight or flight” response.  This release is supposed to assist us in processing the stress and help us react to it.  Unfortunately, when those hormones keep firing out, it can start to really have an affect on our health.  Above are some of the responses my body has had to my stress, but there can be even more serious conditions like weakened immune system, high blood pressure, digestive trouble and it could even affect the reproductive system.

So let’s talk about some simple ways to manage stress as it’s happening, so we don’t tax our bodies to the point of a serious health issue.

One of the simplest ways start calming our nervous system is by taking nice, deep cleansing breaths –  really deep (down to your belly) slow breaths!  Practice doing this throughout the day (it takes seconds and feels so good!) Close your eyes as you do, and if it helps-add in a mental image of a beautiful beach, trees blowing, or whatever helps you experience calmness.  I find listening to ocean sounds so soothing and can immediately feel those “good”/happy hormones being released.  For others, exercise really gets the serotonin flowing. Try dancing away that stress, move your body and shake it out! What about a good belly laugh? I think we can all recall a laughing fit and how amazing that felt! It makes me smile just thinking about it! All of these release endorphins (a natural pain-killer and stress eraser).

A couple other things that I have been using to get me through my stressful period are Bach Remedies, Four Sigmatic Reishi, and my very favourite-OM Shantea from Hollow Reed Holistic.

The Bach Rescue Remedies are available in spray, drops that you add to water, or candy-like pastilles. It is a mixture of 5 different Bach flower remedies created by Dr. Bach to deal with emergencies and crises. They help us get through any stressful situation. From last-minute exam or interview nerves, to the aftermath of an accident or bad news. The response this remedy creates is an emotional one, not a physical one. You just all of a sudden realize you’re not feeling that stress.

Reishi mushroom is probably the most researched of medicinal mushrooms, and is considered a longevity herb. Reishi is an adaptogen (assists the body in adapting to stressful conditions).  It basically tells your body to relax and calm down.  It is beneficial for our cardiovascular system and keeping our immunity strong.  I love that Four Sigmatic has created some amazing mushroom elixirs, including reishi, that you simply add hot water to and enjoy the benefits they offer.

Om Shantea tea is made locally in Winnipeg by Hollow Reed Holistic. It has been my personal favourite since master herbalist, Chad Cornell, first served me a cup!  A combination of skullcap, gotu kola, holy basil, and oatstraw create a blend that leaves your body and mind with an overall feeling of calm.

Life can be busy, stressful, and challenging at times so the need for self-care, self-love with a splash of fun and laughter are most important!  Find what works for you and do lots of that!

 

Matcha Madness!

Only recently discovering Matcha, I was amazed at the health benefits that this green tea offers, so much in fact that we are all kinda going mad for matcha!

Here are just some of the health benefits matcha offers:

  • Packed with antioxidants including EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate) which provides potent cancer-fighting properties
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies naturally
  • Calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
  • Enhances mood and helps with concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Prevents disease
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

My personal discovery of matcha was while I was searching for an alternative for coffee. I loved the boost coffee gave me in the morning, and then again around 3:00 in the afternoon, but I couldn’t enjoy it unless I sweetened it up (lots) and added in cream.  Having decided that I needed to eliminate processed sugar and dairy from my diet, coffee had to go.

I tried drinking the matcha just mixed with hot water and while it was okay like that, I found I preferred it with soy milk either steamed or over ice. The most wonderful thing though (that I can’t tell people enough) is the energy boost it gave me with no crash!

Not only can you enjoy matcha as a beverage but you can add it into so many recipes and smoothies! At a recent staff team building party we gathered some recipes and experimented!  The results were amaaazing! So delicious and so simple! Especially want to share the recipe for the matcha peanut butter cups from our friends over at Matcha Ninja, we all loved these!  You can find Matcha Ninja cold brew packets instore as well we offer Matcha from Hollow Reed Holistic.

Matcha Peanut Butter Cups:

Ingredients:
1 cup cocoa butter

1/4 cup agave nectar

2 teaspoons matcha powder

1/4 cup cashew or macadamia nut butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

8 cupcake liners

  1. Melt cocoa butter in a double boiler, transfer to a medium sized bowl and whisk in matcha powder.
  2. Stir in nut butter and agave nectar.
  3. Divide cocoa butter mixture in half. Spoon 2 tablespoons into the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  4. Place liners on a tray and let set in freezer for 10 minutes.
  5. Spoon 1 tablespoon peanut butter into each cup and top with an additional tablespoon of the cocoa butter mixture to create a top layer.
  6. Return to freezer for about 15 minutes to set. Enjoy!

Recipe by the amazing ASHLEYSAUVÉ

 

Vitamin D, Not Just Another Vitamin

Ahhh, the “Sunshine Vitamin”, the “Feel Good Vitamin”, the “Essential Vitamin!”  Yes, Vitamin D is all of those and more!

“Sunshine” because when we are exposed to the sun, vitamin D is then amazingly created in our skin. (Stop covering up and slathering on the sunblock constantly when you go in the sun! Don’t be afraid, we NEED it! It’s all about moderation.)

“Feel Good” because Vitamin D is said to have a great influence on our brain and helping us just plain feel good!  Scientists are still trying to figure out exactly how that connection works but they have seen how it can help those with depression and seasonal affective disorder.  I personally notice the difference in my mood and energy levels when I am exposed to that glorious fire ball! Maybe also because our winters are so long and we anticipate the sunshiny, warm days that much more.

“Essential” for the development of bones and teeth basically by helping us absorb and use calcium and phosphorous.

I had always been told that we get enough Vitamin D from our food so I had no need to worry. But actually there are very few foods that have therapeutic levels of naturally occurring vitamin D, and even fortified foods do not contain enough vitamin D to support our needs. (No, not even in milk! You would have to drink like 100 glasses a day!) Vitamin D can refer to different forms of this vitamin. Two forms are important in humans: vitamin D2, which is made by plants, and vitamin D3, which is made by human skin when exposed to sunlight.

I was reading a naturopathic article that suggests adequate amounts of vitamin D can significantly reduce the threats of  diseases. Such as a wide range of cancers (breast, ovarian, colon, lymphoma, kidney, endometrial), type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, high blood pressure, seasonal affective disorder, and heart attacks.  So why are we not being told this? Prevention is key!

As important as this is, most of us are deficient and don’t even know it. Researchers estimate that more than 50 percent of the general population is at risk of vitamin D deficiency. Personally, I think that estimate is modest and would guess that almost all Canadians are deficient! Because there are few obvious symptoms before things are problematic, it might be a good idea to get a vitamin D serum test done to see what your levels are and  how well you are absorbing it.  Also important to know, if you have any gastrointestinal issues (like celiac, chrohn’s, or irritable bowel) you will probably have difficulty absorbing Vitamin D. As it is a fat-soluble vitamin and those mentioned can’t absorb fat.  This one I learnt after a visit to my naturopath!  Unfortunately, Manitoba health does not cover this test anymore so you will have to pay to have it done.

Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency range but one that doctors routinely will check for with babies is a sweaty head. Apparently a classic symptom! Other symptoms range from chronic fatigue, to achy bones, to more serious issues like immune deficiency.

Vitamin D is available in capsule form but I personally like the Vitamin D oral spray that Innotech Nutrition offers.  Offering 1000 IU’s in each spray with no sugar, salt, wheat, yeast, milk derivatives, artificial preservatives, artificial flavors or colours. The spray form is not only convenient (and tastes good) but it is also more readily absorbed by the body.  How much you take really depends on how much you are needing/absorbing.

Vitamin D Fast Facts:

  • SPF 15 sunscreen blocks production of vitamin D by 99%
  • A UV index greater than 4 is necessary to make vitamin D
  • A light skinned person in a bathing suit makes up to 15,000 IU vitamin D in 15-20 minutes in July at midday
  • Darker skin requires up to 7x more sunlight exposure to make the same amount as lighter skin
  • You can get vitamin D from reflected light while sitting in the shade but not through a glass window
  • Rickets and osteomalacia are classic vitamin D deficiency diseases. *Rickets is a softening or weakening of the bones. *In adults, vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteomalacia, which causes weak bones and muscles.

Interested in knowing about the discovery of Vitamin D? Read on here:  The Contribution of Adolf Windaus

 

 

Do Summer Naturally!

Sunny summer skies and evening campfires mean it’s the time of year to talk about natural alternatives to stay safe outdoors. As information is surfacing, it’s becoming more and more mainstream to look for natural alternatives to sunscreen and bug spray. If that’s what you’re looking for, stop by the shop, we would love to show you and talk all about our safe and natural methods to keep yourself safely bug and sunburnt free!

Conventional sunscreens may contain chemical fillers and ingredients that can cause not only skin irritations but even hormone disruption. Zinc and titanium oxide provide a mineral alternative to UVA protection. Sometimes people question the safety of these ingredients, but they only become dangerous when aerosolized, like most things aerosol! Check out zinc oxide’s rating on EWG’s skin care database to see for yourself!  While many of us enjoy a little “golden glow” and the vitamin D we get from the sun, no one enjoys a sunburn! Sunscreen & blocks are important but don’t rely just on them! Try to avoid those peak period times of the day, find or make shade, wear a hat & sunglasses and check the UV rating.

Bug spray is another important one to switch over from the conventional stuff. If you weren’t already aware, the active ingredient in bug spray is deet which is very literally a pesticide. It certainly poisons the mosquitoes but all the while absorbing into your skin and body. We feel incredibly passionate about oil-based alternatives to repelling the bugs! Luckily bugs hate lemon, citronella, eucalyptus, and many other entirely natural oils!  No bug repellent (even those with Deet) are 100% effective so take precautions.  Wear long pants/sleeves, socks/shoes, especially when going into woodsy areas.  For infants be sure to add netting to strollers and carriers.

DEET is a registered pesticide. DEET is short for N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (also known as N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide). It is a member of the toluene chemical family. Toluene is an organic solvent used in rubber and plastic cements and paint removers. DEET is absorbed through the skin and passes into the blood.

There are many controversial reports about the effectiveness of these natural alternatives, but personally I feel when comparing to a conventional product and the potential health risks those ingredients may offer, I am going with the natural choice.

Summer is short for us Winnipeggers so let’s enjoy it, safely and naturally!

 

Beautiful You, Naturally.

I love makeup! It’s my favorite part about getting ready and it’s my favorite section at Generation Green! Maybe you’ve seen me at the shop sporting colorful glittery eyes with an extra shiny lip or a pure glitter highlight (I like to have a lot of fun with my looks), either way, I always get so excited to help with any makeup-related questions. I’ll talk more about what exactly we can help you with later on.

I consider my own makeup practice as a habitual process of celebrating creativity and exercising self-care and self-love. It’s what makes me happy, and I want to have as much fun with makeup as I possibly can! I wish everything about makeup was fun-related… but unfortunately there are so many unspoken rules and standards that dictate how to “properly” wear makeup. Wearing ‘too much’ is a no, wearing none at all welcomes the wonderfully uplifting comments like “You look so tired today!”, and being 30+ should rule out wearing fun colors on your eyes/lips, obviously… I’m sick of it! Makeup should not be policed by unrealistic standards of beauty and age restrictions! I strongly believe that you should wear whatever you’re most comfortable in and select makeup that makes you feel happy!

I have found it incredibly helpful to take time to understand what makeup means to me. I have become grounded in my own self and secure with my decisions when it comes to makeup (this is why it’s so easy for me to rock a wild glittery look for a 9 am shift). Take a minute out of your morning routine to consider what wearing makeup means to you. Remember, the reasons you come up with are valid. It truly does not matter whether you are doing it for yourself, for someone else, to better deal with peoples’ ignorant comments about the state of your skin (people suck sometimes…), whatever! Understand why you choose to wear makeup and ground yourself in your ability to actively participate in your own body’s autonomy.

Now, when it comes to natural makeup… I have truly tried it all. Considering this, I can confidently say that the makeup line from Pure Anada is actually SO AMAZING. I’m going to take you through some of my favorite products. Maybe some will become your own favorites, maybe they won’t, but these are the products that fuel my love for naturally made, beautiful makeup.

Their mascara is #1 in my heart. It stays on all day, does not smudge, pumps up your lashes, and even holds up pretty well to tears/other liquids (it’s not totally waterproof, but it is definitely water resistant).

I swear by the pressed mineral foundation. It can give you very heavy coverage (if you apply heavily/apply in layers) but I have also used it for a finishing powder/ light foundation. It never looks powdery AND the colors blend beautifully with natural skin tones. A++++

Last, but by no means least is their lip gloss. My absolute favorite color to wear is Sheer Opal, it’s a transparent gloss with a hint of baby pink that wears with a wet, dewy look. It’s incredibly moisturizing and it smells very yummy. I have also used this to apply loose glitter to my eyes/cheeks… it’s the right amount of sticky that works better than any glitter adhesive I have used before. WONDERFUL!!!

Finally, let me briefly explain what we can help you with here at Generation Green. We are by no means makeup artists.. but we have been told that we are quite the superstars when it comes to color matching. Finding the perfect shade of foundation can be overwhelming, but we are always happy to try however many colors it takes to find something that will work best for you! If you have questions regarding the ingredients/production/how something so pretty and pink can be naturally made, we can also help you out there! Pure Anada’s website is an excellent resource if you’re ever searching for more information! If you’re ever in the store when I’m working… ask me about what colors compliment each other or how to do a fun shimmery eye, I LOVE talking about makeup… if you haven’t already noticed.

-Article written by Dallas Gillingham

Ah..ah..Aromatherapy for ah..ah..Allergy Season

Yes, it’s time again to behold the beauty of spring. While the sight of bright green leaves ready to unfurl can awaken the heart and excite the mind, the suggestion of pollens in the air can cause stress to the allergy prone.

Aromatherapy is a safe and effective way to take the edge off of the body’s hyper reaction to the plants in bloom around us. Using essential oils by simply smelling them out of the bottle or mixed in a diffuser will provide the body will an aromatic stream of botanical chemistry that can be used to soothe the mind and relax the body. Here are two blends that may be helpful to the allergy sufferer in the house, and certainly pleasurable to everyone else, sneezers and breathers alike.

For Daytime Use –  

This stimulating blend will liquefy mucous and soothe tension. With its anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory action, one can expect relief from sneezing, wheezing and headaches. There is also the added bonus of an anti-fungal action here, from the lemongrass, that can really help to clean the air.

2 drops peppermint 

4 drops rosemary

6 drops lemongrass

 

For Night time Use –

Often times people think they are congested when in fact they are swollen. The anti inflammatory effect of the frankincense in this blend can do wonders for relieving the pressure in the sinuses and help to relax the whole being. Useful day or night, this blend will not interfere with a good night’s sleep.

2 drops eucalyptus

4 drops lavender

6 drops frankincense

Diluted in a good quality carrier oil can make these diffuser blends useful as a rub, either on dry or in the shower or bath. And you could try sitting with a towel over head, while the oils evaporate from a bowl of steaming water.

Try the above proportions in 15 ml (a tablespoon) of coconut oil. If you are new to aromatherapy, test a small patch on the  skin first, for safety and comfort. Never use essential oils undiluted on the skin, they are highly concentrated and more effective in dilution. And always always always keep them well out of reach of children.

Every year in May, the phone at Hollow Reed starts to ring with questions of allergy relief.  Of course, one must take responsibility to reduce the amount of mucous in the body by eliminating mucous forming foods such as dairy and gluten. However, many people need to make an extra effort to stay on top of the environmental impositions to their human form.

I am always excited to share with people the benefits of adaptogens, such as Chaga Mushroom. In assisting the natural inclination to adaptation, we can support our bodies while they go about their business in a world beyond our control.

We can also get great relief and pleasure from taking a few cups of Hollow Reed’s Nettle Nourishment Tea several times a day when the lovely trees and flowers of concern are in bloom. Nettle is a natural anti-histamine, and the nourishing quality of this tea adds strength and support to get through the weeks ahead.

Nancy Hall III is co-owner and operator of the Hollow Reed Holistic Centre. She is available for private consultations, and to teach at house parties and wellness events.