Eco-tourism in Merida and the Yucatan

Our week in Merida

My family and I just got back from being in Merida for a six days, and we are so excited to come back and tell you all the stories ranging from places we visited to how we stayed healthy while away.

Staying healthy

Traveling with food allergies is no easy task. When my family and I travel, we either stay in eco-friendly hotels or rental homes. For this trip, we opted to stay at Casa Limonero, featured in Conde Nast. This gave us the ability to cook our own meals to ensure we did not get sick. A trick that my mom and I have learned is to pack both Hum and Vital Protein to make smoothies or add to water, and a lunch for the air plane. Since we were traveling into another country, we had to eat our food before entering, but this food helped satisfy our stomachs until we got settled at the house.

The first thing we did in Merida was go to Eco Sana located in the Plaza City Center to grab something to eat. Here they served healthy salads, smoothies, vegetarian and vegan options along with clean sources of protein. We also found the cutest kiosk selling organic coconut products called A-ku-a. There we bought organic coconut meat and water which we would use for our smoothies throughout the week. After that we headed to pick up groceries, essential for the meals we would make.

Most stores in Merida carry organic coconut and almond milk. All stores carry stevia which is a healthy alternative to sugar, a wise choice since it is actually grown in Mexico. There is always good produce there, but you have to learn how to wash your fruits and vegetables. Our house had special drops to clean the produce with, so you do not get sick. My family and I personally opted for more of the traditional grocery stories versus the local market located in the center of town which was a bit like sensory overload.

Stores we Visited

Although we did not go to Merida to shop, we definitely stumbled upon some great places. My mom found a few boutiques before our trip like the natural perfumery, Coqui Coqui. It was so beautiful we ended up going every day. It is a perfumery, tea salon, a beautiful artisanal shop with residence above it. We will be doing a separate green beauty review on Coqui Coqui and other eco beauty in the Yucatan.

Merida

Some of the perfume at Coqui Coqui

Another place which we fell in love with was the concept house, Casa T’HO. This colonial house had around 7 stores which all contained hand made luxury products, all made from Mexican artists. By the time this post goes up, they will also have a restaurant. We fell in love with one designer in particular, Daniela Bustos Maya whose work is all made from crochet and uses vintage coins. While we were there, Casa T’HO had a wonderful Zona Rosa exhibit featuring all pink images.

Merida

One of the local artist who’s work was displayed at Casa T’Ho was Daniela Bustos Maya

Eating out

On the occasion which we did eat out, we ended up finding great places.

I celebrated my 20th birthday in Mexico and during the day, stumbled upon Pola Gelato Shop which served sorbet. I ended up getting the banana hibiscus and pineapple with tamarind. It also happens to be right down the street from Coqui Coqui!

Later that night, my family and I went to Rosas y Xocolate, a local hotel, spa and restaurant in Merida. In fact, it won “The Best Urban Hotel” in all of Mexico by Food & Travel Magazine in both 2015 AND 2016! Then Caniras, a culinary organization awarded it with  “The Best Hotel Restaurant in Mexico” in 2016. Eating out anywhere with allergies is challenging, but everyone as Rosas y Xocolate was incredibly accommodating and of course, made delicious food. We even got to meet the owner, Sr. Carol who was the nicest man and helped us with out order, which was perfect and delicious. We even got a bonus tour of the hotel afterwards by him.

Merida

How beautiful is the residence? Visiting Rosas is a MUST in Merida

After our wonderful meal, my family and I walked a couple doors down and found a Chocolate museum. You can walk right in and learn about how chocolate is made. They had artisinal chocolate that was for sale which went back to support the museum. There was even sampling so I highly suggest you go after dinner.

Places we Went

One of the places I have been dreaming of going, and one of the main reasons my family went to Mexico was to visit the Pink Lagoons in Las Coloradas. This is about a three hour drive from Merida. For about $15 per person, a special guide will take you through. The water is so pink, it looks magical. For those who want to get into the bright colored water, it needs to be pre-arranged by a guide in order to talk to the owners of the salt factory. There are micro-organisms that live in the water, which makes it pink so you are not allowed to swim in it, but the drive is still totally worth it. Many people opt to stay in Valladolid or Rio Largartos to break the trip in half.

Merida

Message us @hauteandholistic for questions about the pink lagoon.

Afterwards, we went to see flamingos and clay beds. This clay is used for facials and body scrubs, but more on that in a separate post.

The following day, we had the most incredible guide, Rodolfo. He is Mayan and speaks perfect English, Spanish and french. He took us to the magical ruin of Uxmal which on March 25th (their equinox) the sun shines through the main window of the ruin.

MeridaAfterwards we went to see a Mayan shaman and his botanical garden. Our last stop for the day was Mayapan. We happen to visit this lesser known ruin on the Winter Solstice. On this day and during the Summer Solstice, a symbolic snake will appear alone the side of the ruin. The ruins in the Yucatan are full of symbolism and sacred geometry, but there will be a separate post about coming up.

Merida

Mayapan on the Winter Solstice with the serpent

Casa Limonero

MeridaOur hosts for this award winning home were two of the most resourceful, kind and warm individuals. Throughout our time there, they were able to provide us will guides, restaurant suggestions, food and just about everything you can image.

This was truly a trip of a lifetime. Make sure to check back soon for a full review of the Green Beauty and Eco we experienced while in the Yucatan.

Love and Light

H&H

Must try pH Balancing Lip Balm by Ryor Cosmetics

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Must Try pH Lip Balm

I am so excited to share a review of the recently released Chameleon Color Adapting pH Lip Balm by Ryor Cosmetics. When I first tried this product, I was driving from Orlando to Naples (about a 4 hour drive) and my lips were feeling incredibly chapped. Knowing I wanted to try this product, I grabbed for it versus my everyday Chap-stick. Not only did I experience a relief from the pain I was experiencing, my lips were moist, protected and the color ended up lasting until I went to bed that evening. When I woke up the next morning, my lips were almost completely healed, but I continued to use it throughout the day because I loved how supple my lips felt.

pH lip balmThe lip balm is made from all-natural ingredients, so if you are like me, that is a key feature making this product even more desirable. The ingredients include:

  • Squalene
  • Vitamin E
  • Macadamia Oil

I do not recommend applying this balm on the highways since you really do have to squeeze the tube hard. However, within minutes, I noticed the balm nourishing my lips and taking on a natural color, a deep shade of pink. This is the perfect product to use, especially these upcoming winter months.

This product is truly lovely, and a great alternative to everyday lip balms which may not have the cleanest ingredients. Thank you so much to @ourhappybox for allowing me to try this product. I highly recommend it and encourage all readers to check it out for yourself here.

Love and light,

H & H

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

The Holidays are Coming

It is that time of year again, The Holidays. Time to bundle up and sit by a fire, take a break from work or school and see your family. We know shopping can be a bit hectic, so we create a Holiday Gift Guide full of some of our favorite green holiday goodies to share with you.This is our first holiday list so thanks for joining us and wishing you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and holistic holiday.

Holiday Gift Guide:

Masks:

Bed time ritual: 

Body Care:

Self Tanners:

Facial Care

Eye care

Exfoliators

Bathtime

Food

Make up

Clothing and Accessories

We hope you enjoy our Holiday Gift Guide.

Happy Holidays Everyone

Love and Light

*Some of the links included are affiliate links, meaning if you purchase a product, we may receive a small commission. That money however goes to the maintenance of this website. *

Oxygen Treatment Cream

Ajai Alchemy Grace

Sandalwood Body Oil by Kindred

C brightening by Synthesis

Olverum

Holiday Cocomels

These gluten free, dairy free chocolates are the perfect sweet to satisfy that craving.

Winky Lux are the perfect stocking stuffers.

Budha Girl Bracelets

Luxe Botanics: From Nature to Nurture

Luxe Botanics

Today we are sitting down with Jené Rosetorf, the creator of Luxe Botanics, an organic, luxury, ethically-sourced skincare line. I met Jené several months ago at the Indie Beauty Expo in New York City. A mutual friend insisted I meet Jené and I immediately fell in love with her line of products. I was so impressed with her deep working knowledge of botanicals from a scientific perspective, and how she gives back to the communities where her botanicals are sourced. This lovely luxurious yet uncomplicated line consists of three core botanicals to treat various skin issues. Luxe Botanics is elegant, simplistic, certified organic and so much more.

 

Meet Jené Rosetorf

Luxe Botanics

Meet Jené: the scientist behind this new must try skincare line.

HH: Jené, can you tell Haute and Holistic what motivated you to create Luxe Botanics?

JR: Growing up in South Africa, I was lucky to be surrounded by the most stunning natural environment. It made me understand from an early age how powerful nature’s healing abilities could be. I also had an insight into the harm inequality and social injustice could do to society which is why after a decade as a biotechnologist exploring my fascination with science, I knew I had to find a way to combine all my loves in life. Luxe Botanics is a blend of my African roots, scientific knowledge and passion for socially conscious innovation.

 

HH; That’s fascinating. What past experience do you have in the beauty/medical field and how did this help with the creation of your line?

JR:  While I’m a biotechnologist and have a masters in nano-technology, I am self-taught in the world of skincare ingredients and formulations. My background means I’m skeptical of anything that doesn’t have peer-reviewed scientific literature to back it up, so when researching botanicals for Luxe Botanics, I painstakingly looked for proof of the most potent, skin-transforming active botanicals out there. Reviewing scientific papers comes familiar to me and as a scientist, I never get tired of the pursuit of discovery. So, not only does Luxe Botanics use the finest, most nutrient rich core botanicals, we then carefully formulate these with pure botanical ingredients and high-tech plant powered compounds synthesized from natural and organic bases. Each and every element has to serve a beneficial purpose and is hand-crafted in the lab on our urban farm. By pushing the boundaries of science, it has allowed us to create high-tech natural beauty like never before; where perishable, delicate, botanical ingredients are not compromised, but enhanced.

 

HH:  We could not agree more with your emphasis on evidence-based research. What improvements do you hope to see in the beauty industry?

JR: I hope to see regulation updated. It hasn’t been for 80 years in the US and it’s about time! But until then, we’d like to see more brands be honest and transparent with consumers about the ingredients they use. I also hope to see more equality in the supply chain, where everyone can benefit from a beautifully made product, from the sourcing of the finest quality ingredients in a way that allows the land to continually flourish, to the results the consumer sees and feels.

 

HH: We are part of a campaign to unite millennials and mid-lifers. How do you bridge the gap between millennials and other generations?

JR:  Sustainability and having a socially conscious ethos is non-negotiable for us. Luxe Botanics looks after the earth by sourcing only wild harvested and certified organic core botanicals through fair-trade alliances that support local communities while safeguarding the environment. Millennials are a segment that all marketers are going after, but there was never a conscious decision on our part to target them. Our focus has always been on making something we know people will love and changing the way it makes them feel when they use our beautiful botanics because they know they are doing right by others. I think these are humanistic and intrinsic values that span across all generations.

 

HH: Every line has a “hero” product. Can you tell us about yours?

JR: Our Marula pre-cleanser. Honestly, it’s a game changer. Soft, silky textures of Marula enriched with jojoba and rosehip oil literally melt make-up, pollution and dirt off your face with the most energizing aromatherapeutic scent. It’s hard not to feel more positive and energized after using.

Luxe Botanics

Image featured: Marula, the “hero product’

HH:  Tell us a bit about Luxe Botanics and what makes it so special.

JR:  Our Guiding Philosophy at Luxe Botanics is Nature to Nature, where we’re inspired by nature’s most time-honored, visibly proven botanical ingredients. We harness the skin-transforming powers of active, exotic botanicals, which are selected based on scientific performance and sustainability that allow skin to thrive naturally. Our potent, regenerative beauty elixirs are conscientiously crafted with plant-powered innovation deeply nourishing and caring for skin.

 

HH: Many companies are demonstrating their philanthropic commitments. How does Luxe Botanics give back to its community?

JR: We believe conscious luxury has the potential to combat social inequality because of the rarity of ingredients, skilled artisanship, precision, and respect in production methods. At Luxe Botanics we believe in giving back to  the communities that harvest and process our core botanicals and are proud to be a part of a global business community that’s creating inspiring, positive change in our world through a philosophy of Buy1Give1. This means that every time you purchase a product from Luxe Botanics, you help us support communities in Africa with a focus on supporting disadvantaged women and children. When you purchase one of our Marula range, a school child in Kenya will receive books, a school uniform, and shoes.  Our Camu line supports nursery school children in Ethiopia with nutritious meals. When you choose an item from our Kigelia range, a woman in Malawi will receive 1 day of business training. And when you select a Discovery Kit a school child in Kenya will receive textbooks. To date our Luxe Botanics tribe has made a total of 300 positive impacts to others.

Luxe Botanics

Products featured: Camu

 

HH:  What is your message that you want to spread with Luxe Botanics?

JR:  That women do not have to choose between efficacy, helping the environment and being socially conscious. For those who want to allow their skin to thrive naturally, there are brands out there that truly align beauty with health from within.

 

HH:  You write about the wellness conscious woman. Tell me a little more about this and mindful skincare?

JR:  The wellness conscious woman nurtures both well-being for body and mind. She believes in small indulgences and takes the time to take care of herself, making meditative, mindful decisions to embrace life more fully. Luxe Botanics is the definitive Mindful Skincare Ritual for the wellness conscious woman, which means we deliver luxurious and effective skincare that enriches both skin health, nature and the community, instilling wellness as part of a holistic daily ritual.

Visit their Eco Luxe Brand

I can’t give this line enough praise. Even their FAQ page https://luxebotanics.com/pages/faqs  is so comprehensive. Luxe Botanics provides instructions on how to recycle every component of its packaging. Once you enjoy how beautiful their website is, I highly suggest you check out the FAQ page to understand more about how to use each product, how it is sourced and any question or concern you could fathom including whether the line is vegan, what the shelf life of each product is and if it is cruelty free (it is of course!) I am so glad I am able to share this beautiful green beauty line with you. Luxe Botanics is currently available at Neiman Marcus within the Indie Beauty Expo Brand Exhibit. Right now if you spend $100 on Luxe Botanics products they are including a free Camu Mist exclusively to Neiman Marcus customers. http://bit.ly/2zkj4Dc  or visit their website www.luxebotanics.com . Thank you, Jené, for taking the time to sit down with us and share your story. I really enjoyed learning more and I hope our readers take the opportunity to get to experience Nature to Nurture. Stay tuned for our giveaway with Luxe Botanics coming up next week. We can’t tell you what it is but you we know you will love it!

Please visit Luxe Botanics to learn more about their beautiful products. You can follow them on Instagram @luxebotanics, and on their Website. Remember to stay tuned to receive information about an incredible Giveaway to come.

Love and Light,

Elizabeth and Charlotte 

 

 

 

Bridging the Gap: Haute and Holistic

“Like Mother Like Daughter”

Never was a truer sentiment spoken than this, which perfectly describes the relationship between my mother and me, the creators of Haute and Holistic, a women’s website determined to bridging the generational gap between women today. My mom, Elizabeth Trattner, has always been my role model. My admiration for her is endless. Not only does she have this charismatic and luminescent personality, but she was an international model and women’s rights advocate. Facing a life-threatening auto-immune condition thirty years ago, she was determined to regain and take control of her health. Not only did she accomplish this, she went on to become a doctor of Integrative and Chinese Medicine, forging a unique career path more than twenty years ago. She even appeared on Oprah with her mentor and our dear friend, Dr. Andrew Weil, to share her story. When I was born, she committed to raising me in a mindful way, in a holistic household. Like I said before, she is pretty great.

From a young age, I knew my mom was way cool and unlike other moms. As I got older, I realized just how versatile my mom truly was. So, when other adults would say “Wow, she is so much like you,” I wasn’t offended or put off like other teenagers might be. In fact, I prided myself on being similar to her. Imagine, a 13 year-old being compared to someone she viewed as Wonder Woman, it doesn’t get much better.

Fast forward to my senior year of high school, I started writing for an anti-bullying and women’s motivational blog, The Lady Code Blog. It was this experience where I developed a love for Journalism. Although I previously considered a career in medicine, I did not necessarily want to follow in my mother’s exact footsteps. Despite this decision, my mom continues to support me in all my endeavors, ranging from my state and national pageant titles, reporting for pageant blogs and every one of my speech and theater performances. Her never-ending support really shone when I applied for colleges all over the country, yet decided to accept a full scholarship to the University of Central Florida, where I am currently studying Broadcast Journalism and able to continue working as a model (sound familiar?).

Bridging the Gap

For years, my mom and I have bounced around the idea of working together to merge our love of our fellow sisterhood. We were encouraged by others who told us how great we are together as a team and that we possess a certain “marketing appeal.” This past Spring while attending the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas, we realized the impact that working together could have. People expressed respect for my mom’s medical knowledge and loved that I am a millennial with extensive knowledge of health and wellness, the consequence of growing up in an holistic household immersed in Chinese and integrative medicine. We have always eaten organic food, we shun products with toxic chemicals and strive to minimize our carbon footprint because these things are all vital to the health of our bodies and the earth. It all came together earlier this year when we officially launched Haute and Holistic. 

 

Haute and Holistic

Today, whether you are a woman in your fifties or a twenty-something young woman, you most likely are reading magazines, blogs and books about how to eat healthy, lose weight, take care of your skin or pick the right makeup for yourself. However, it is a challenge for experienced “mid-lifers” to appeal to someone from a younger demographic and vice versa. This is where the idea of Haute and Holistic came from, drawing from the perspectives of two generations – millennials and mid-lifers, who focus on green products.  Uniting medical facts with the lifestyle experience of a millennial, we present balanced information for women of all ages to create broad appeal and education for everyone.

Elizabeth’s Words

Having been in the Health and Wellness field for almost thirty years has given me great perspective regarding women’s bodies, their wellbeing and healthy aging. When I began, actively seeking a healthy lifestyle was deemed crunchy, bohemian and counter-culture. Now people will grab onto almost anything if they think it will make them young, healthy and strong. It is important to educate women of all ages regarding regimens that work and which is supported by medical evidence, whether it be a modality of health, nutrition or a beauty product. There is a tremendous amount of noise in the media right now because the beauty and wellness industry is growing exponentially. The truth offers the best medicine of all and my goal is to help educate women in leading healthy, happy and spiritual lives.  I am considered an expert source in health, wellness and green beauty. I have been fortunate to be cited as a medical source in national magazines and publications. My advice has been featured in hundreds of magazines and online publications. I serve on the Beauty Meets Wellness Initiative within the Global Wellness Institute. This group connects beauty, wellness and medical leaders redefine standards in the beauty industry and create aesthetic responsibility worldwide. It is my honor to educate women of all ages truly bridging the gap. Women have the power to change the world and when our body, mind and spirit are aligned we can do anything!!!

 

Charlotte’s Life Experience

As mentioned earlier in this post, my mom almost died 30 years ago. She has an autoimmune disorder which put her in a medically induced come and on a ventilator. She spent over 180 days in the hospital right out of college. I, unfortunately, inhered similar health issues and must be very careful of the foods I eat and medications I take.  I have had the good fortune of growing up in a household which values self-care and care for the environment. One of my mom’s many goals in life is to ensure I avoid the consequences of our toxic environment. As a devoted mother and doctor, she offers practical, methodical and medically-backed guidance for maintaining good health. Furthermore, I was diagnosed with a learning disability, apraxia at a young age which led me to create my service program, Just Like Me 2,   sharing my story of perseverance with the public.

We now share our collective message with you. I would not change my situation for the world. My experience allows me to inspire other young women to live a healthy lifestyle in a manner that is more relatable than conventional women’s magazines, while my mom appeals to other mothers and an older generation of women seeking a deeper perspective. We truly are bridging that gap between mothers and daughters.

This is an image of Elizabeth and Charlotte in the Salt Flats of the Chilean Atacama Desert.

Together we want to work on bridging the generational gap in a life well-lived for everyone and provide good evidence-based straight-forward advice and encouragement for women of all ages to be the best they possibly can be, a concept that defies age stereotyping. We are honored to be part of this wonderful campaign of Bridging the Gap.

To learn more about this campaign, please click here.

Love and light!

 

Bloom Mineral Beauty: Skincare from the Dead Sea

Bloom Mineral Beauty

Bloom Mineral Beauty

Once in a while, you stumble across a product which is everything you could ask for and more. That is the case with Bloom Mineral Beauty, a skincare and beauty line utilizing minerals from the Dead Sea, an area that has been providing skin and health benefits for thousands of years.

Not only do their products use the highest quality ingredients available, but they have been clinically testing to work for all types of skin, whether that be sensitive skin, oily, combination or dry skin. Something special about Bloom is that their products to do not disrupt you skin’s PH, but balances it instead.

Their Story

Bloom Mineral Beauty was created by scientist, Ms. Elham Ziadat, a Jordanian women. Despite the social and political obstacles she faced as a women in a Muslim run country, Zaidat founded Bloom in 1993. Her mission was to create a skincare line that would help minimize skin inflammation, wrinkles and roughness that was paraben free, non-GMO and without petroleum-based ingredients. Furthermore, 90% of the indivduals working for Zeadat are women as her goal is to empower women in the Jordanian country.  She is a board member of the Jordanian Business and Professional Women’s Forum and a member of the Business Professional Women and the Arab International Women’s Forum while being an avid supporter of charitable organizations which support women. (Click here for more Women’s Empowerment)

Their Products

Bloom was kind enough to send some products to Haute and Holistic and we have to say the we love them. They sent the Shielding Body Lotion, Deep Moisture Shield, Shielding Eye Cream and our favorite, what we are calling the hero product, the Purifying Mud Mask. Click here to shop

Bloom Mineral Beauty

The Medical Side: written by Dr. Trattner

A 2005 study (Int J Dermatol.) showed that bathing in magnesium rich dead sea salt improves skin barrier function, hydration and helps reduces inflammation in dry sky. Dead sea salt also reduced roughness and red skin. Magnesium salts are known to bind water and help keep the epidermis barrier stronger. Magnesium rich lotion and oil  are an excellent way to relax the body.Topical preparations of magnesium lotion and oil help with sore and aching muscles. Using dead sea salt has also helped with psoriasis and atopic dermatitis when in some cases traditional western medication has failed a patient. (Dermatol Ther.) Dead seas salt is also very high in trace minerals. Magnesium and Lithium  specifically have been shown to help patients with psoriasis as well.( Isr Med Assoc J.)

In cosmetic formulations honey used as a moisturizer, it is soothing, it keeps skin youthful and helps in the prevention and reduction of wrinkles. It like dead sea salt  too helps regulate pH. Honey also helps  to reduce pathogenic infections. (J Cosmet Dermatol.) Honey has hundreds of studies showing positive effects with wound healing and antimicrobial effects.

Aloe Vera has been used for thousands of years in skin care. Recent studies just this year have shown some promising data with helping improve burns from radiation and wound regeneration. (Medicines (Basel).( J Biomater Appl.)

All in all

Bloom Mineral Beauty uses some of Mother Nature’s favorites as a base for all of their skincare products that we tried. Both of us at H and H tried these products and neither one of us had any negative reaction (e.g. itching, redness) and that is close to a miracle. Keep your eyes posted for a Giveaway to come in the future. We hope some of your take the opportunity to try their products.  We recommend the Mud Mask!

To enter our giveaway, watch the video below:

Love and Light,

H and H

Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway with Little Moon Essentials.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Little Moon Essentials is helping us raise Awareness   

As we continue to create awareness about this disease that affects 1 out of 8 women (click here for more information.) One way to help cope with stress hormones is to have a nightly ritual. Rituals help the body ground down and produce oxytocin, the feel good hormone.  Taking a bath or using lotion or aromatherapy before bedtime is the perfect prescription. Little Moon Essentials is an organic bath and body company from Colorado. They produce beautiful aromatherapy sprays, lotions, sugar scrubs and bath salts. We have teamed up with Little Moon Essentials to give away one full size gift box a week to raise awareness for breast cancer awareness month. We love them because their products contain essential oils that are nature’s perfect prescription for making you feel better.

Little Moon Essentials

Here are some of my favorite essential oils for relaxation that are in Little Moon Essentials products:

Lavender is the superstar in the essential oil world. It too has anti-microbial, fungal and viral activity to it. It also in an analgesic, sedative, antiaxiolitic, it helps with headaches, lice, cysts, muscle pain, digestive issues, depression, nervousness and many other mood disorders. It can also help with PMS as wellbeing. Lavender is a wonderful first aid remedy, especially for burns; it is among the safest and most widely used essential oils. Lavender was used during the Victorian times for fainting. There are over 350 studies on lavender  demonstrating everything from mood enhancement and balance to pain relief. It brings balance both physically and emotionally. I like many uses for lavender. For relaxation my favorite aromatherapy scent is Clear skies Ahead by Little Moon Essentials.

Rosemary:

Rosemary was burned in French hospitals to purify the air up until the 20th century. This essential oil is also an excellent anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It is an excellent antiseptic as well and why is was used in hospitals a long time ago. It is an excellent tonic and is very similar to lavender as far as uses but rosemary is more of a stimulant and lavender is more of a sedative or has a calming nature to it. Research has demonstrated that it helps with memory and cognition. Rosemary can be used in cooking. I have used the essential oil diffused to help in memory and recall for test taking. A great mixture to help with cognition is to use a few drops of rosemary, lemon, orange and lavender in a spray bottle with distilled water to lift mood.

Rose  Rose is a beauty favorite, It is used in many perfumes body oils and face creams. Egyptian rose, Rose helps ground and center you before bedtime. A recent study demonstrated aromatherapy with rose oil can reduce anxiety

Euclayptus: when we think of cough drops we think of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is used for treating the common cold and all its side effects like coughing, mucous, sinus infections sore throat. Other uses are for insect bites and itching. Eucalyptus oil also has anti viral, fugal and bacterial effects. My favorite use for eucalyptus is during a cold. I like to take a bowl of hot water and create a tent with a towel over my head draped around the bowl. I will put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in inhale the steam. It works wonders for any cold, or virus and opens my repository passages.

For our Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway please follow both Haute and Holistic and Little Moon Essentials on Instagram.  Please tag three friends and comment with your favorite essential oil. We double check to ensure honesty.

If you would like to shop and receive a special discount for beautiful products please use the code; Elizabeth10 for 10 percent off your order. https://littlemoonessentials.com/

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Did you know that 1 in 8 women are affected this type of cancer and environmental exposure is responsible for almost 90 percent of cases! Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in women.

Today, H and H wanted to share some quick ways to help decrease your risk from getting cancer.

  1. Eat organic animal products. I cannot stress how important this is. If cancers run in your family, limit the amount of grilled meat since it has heterocyclic amines which are linked to many types of cancer. Additionally, if you have breast cancer in your family try to lower or avoid red meat.
  2. Drink clean water. Invest in a filter like Britta which reduces the amount of chemicals in your water.  Make sure you are not only drinking  filtered, clean water but that you are drinking enough water. Remember that water in glass bottles is the safest, do not leave plastic water bottles in hot cars where the chemicals in the plastic can leach into the water from the heat. Consume at least 64 ounces of clean water a day.
  3. Eat organic fruits and vegetables. This can be pricey but if you are on a budget, please refer to The Environmental Working Group’s clean fifteen and dirty dozen. The phytochemicals in vegetables and fruit are some of the best way to protect yourself from cancer.
  4. Eat 25-40 grams of fiber a day. Fiber can be found in vegetables, fruits, grains, roots and beans. Fiber has been proven to decrease cancers and cardiovascular disease, another increasing health issue with women.
  5. Do not smoke. Smoking increases the risks of cancer.
  6. Use sunscreen!
  7. Avoid chemical exposure. The dirty dozen is a list released by the Environmental Working Group which contains food you should by organic. They contain endocrine disruptors. These are paramount to avoid because there is a direct link with these and increased risks of cancer.
  8. Use organic or healthy cleaning products for your home.  Just like eating organic food, you want to use organic cleaning products and cosmetics. Just like food, what we breathe and what touches our skin goes directly into our bodies and bloodstream.
  9. Exercise! Sitting is the new smoking, it has been proven that exercising can decrease the risk of getting cancer.
  10. Keep your cell phone away from your bra! Today, many women tend to keep their phones in their bras, a dangerous move since the radiation from cellphones have been linked to many types of cancers. Instead, opt for a Bluetooth device or headphones. Try and keep your cell phone away from your body at all possible times.

Breast CancerThank you to my mom, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner for allowing me to interview her on this very important subject.

Remember to wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness  and stay tuned for some Giveaways this Month.

Love and Light,

H and H

What is Crisis Text Line with Jen James

Crisis Text Line

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and before the end of the month, I wanted to share Crisis Text Line. During the Summer, I had the honor to interview Jen James, the creator of the volunteer curriculum and trainer of the original supervision team of Crisis Text Line.

Crisis Text Line was developed as part of DoSomething.Org when one of the workers, Stephanie Shih received a text that read “He won’t stop raping me” “it’s my Dad.”  Shih showed the message correspondence to her boss Nancy Lublin. Over the next two years, these women would develop what is now known as Crisis Text Line, the only 24/7 crisis-intervention hotline conducted via text message. Lublin recognized the high volume of people who were using text messaging as their primary mode of communication.

Crisis Text Line

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James’ role was to create a remote training program for volunteers all over the world. The requirements:

  1. A social security number for a background check
  2. 18 and over
  3. A good heart “We are not there to teach you to be kind, you should be kind. We don’t want dicks” -Jen James

Launched in March of 2014 with 20 people, today Crisis Text Line has over 4,000 volunteers and anyone can text “Hello” to 741741 if they are in crisis.

Crisis Text Line

Image courtesy of Marjan Grabowski

Jen’s Story

Jen has lived and personal experience dealing with crisis. Twenty-two years ago when Jen tried to take her life, there weren’t the resources available like there are today. Additionally, people did not talk about their problems, they were “swept under the rug.” Since then, Jen graduated as a film maker and continues to be both passionate and creative. She recognized her desire to help others who are faced with that moment of crisis. You can learn more about Jen here. 

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

You will learn the skills to help anyone with any issue they are facing. You do not need to be an expert in eating disorders, be Social Worker or Psychologist to volunteer. The conversation and the training which you go through will cover the issues which Crisis Text Line deals with.

The volunteers are not there to judge a crisis, because every crisis is different. They want to be there for anyone during their time of crisis.

Go to their website: click here which will bring you to their volunteer page. You complete a 34 hour training and once that is completed, dedicate 4 hours a week to helping others. In Jen’s words

“It’s such a wonderful way of giving back to the world, you don’t need a cape to save a life.”

Watch the video below to learn more

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbqYJxbkDWc

Love,

H and H

Quinoa: Superfood Grain for your Skin and Body.

History of Quinoa

Quinoa has been around for thousands of years and consumed by the native people of Peru, Chile and Bolivia. In recent decades quinoa has made it into health food stores as a new superfood because of its high protein content for a grain. Quinoa consumed is high in amino acids, vitamin E and Lysine. These all help make collagen, elastin and contain anti-oxidants, all of which help to rebuild and repair the skin.

QuinoaRecently, quinoa is being used in cosmetics. Like with anything new in the cosmetics world, a plant must undergo studies to support any claims. There are two Quinoa studies cited in this article that show its promise for hair and particularly skin. This superfood is promising for diminishing fine lines, brightening the skin, and helping heal acne scars.

A study in the Int J Cosmet Sci. in 2015 demonstrated that quinoa contains tyrosinase inhibitors, an enzyme that decreases pigmentation and therefore brightens the skin and has been shown to be effective in reducing brown spots and hyperpigmentation keeping skin bright. Being rich in Riboflavin, a B vitamin, Quinoa helps with the production and regulation of melanin. The physical symptoms of aging skin are lessened through the reduction of intracellular oxidative stress and MMP (matrix metalloproteinases) enzymatic activity, and tyrosinase enzymatic activity.

Quinoa has the ability to help recover damaged skin and reduce aging of the skin and skin damage. Ecdysteroid is another compound in quinoa (J Biochem Mol Toxicol) that helps reduce damage and oxidative stress, helping to recycle skin matrix, particularly the structural proteins, collagen and elastin in the skin and aids acne scarring.  Its antioxidant properties help reduce the aging process by rebuilding skin from matrix metalloproteinase) enzymatic activity.

QuinoaQuinoa grounded like other scrubs made from grains, has a gentle husk or outside covering. Many women from Andean countries like Peru, Bolivia and Northern Chile have been using Quinoa to gently exfoliate their face for centuries. Make sure to use quinoa that is gently ground. Mix with an organic skin oil or water and gently rub into the face. Rinse with a damp cloth and make sure the quinoa doesn’t block the drain. If you don’t want to make your own there are several new products on the market using quinoa as a main ingredient.

When consumed as food, Quinoa is extremely high in antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals, and can help fight aging and several diseases. In a 2009 study, researchers found that among five grains, three grasses, and two legumes, quinoa had the highest antioxidant content of all. Compared to other foods, quinoa demonstrated superiority in disease reduction.

Quinoa protects against oxidative stress, which can damage and age skin and hair. It is important for readers to realize using quinoa alone will not cure their skin and hair issues. It is, however, another wonderful botanical that has demonstrated efficacy in treating hyperpigmentation and reducing oxidative stress.

Dr. Elizabeth Trattner

Excerpts of the above, have been used for an interview for Newsweek magazine.