Pura Botanica Blog

The History and Health Benefits of the Shamrock

With today being Saint. Patrick’s Day, it seems appropriate to spend this blog talking about the popular holiday symbol: The Shamrock.   Shamrocks have been symbolic of several things over the years. According to urban legend, the shamrock was a sacred plant to the Druids of Ireland because its leaves formed a triad shape, which coincided with their belief that 3 was a mystical number in the Celtic region. As a plant, shamrocks are small annual herbs with leaves that … READ MORE

Ingredient of the Month: Shea Butter

With its somewhat smoky aroma and silky feel on the skin, shea butter is extracted from the seeds of the Paradoxa tree, native to West Africa. For the people of this region, its cosmetic, nutritional and medicinal purposes have been used for thousands of years. In fact, the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, said she owed her legendary beauty to the use of shea butter. Today, it has become one of the most versatile natural beauty ingredients on the market. From everything … READ MORE

Collagen Boosting Beauty

If your wish is to look in the mirror each morning and have your face appear younger and more vibrant, then you are not alone. Most of our beauty woes are due to the fact that after the age of 35, our body starts producing less and less collagen (the main structural protein found in skin and connective tissues). A loss of collagen means that our skin loses firmness and gradually begins to wrinkle and sag. As a result, too … READ MORE

Skincare Through The Years

No matter your age, the ingredients for radiant and glowing skin always remain the same: eat a nutritious diet, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. Once these basics are put into place, the next step is to evaluate your skincare regimen to be sure you are doing what is appropriate for your skin type and age. Here are some tips from skincare experts that will help you maintain healthy, great-looking skin at any age. In your 20’s: At this … READ MORE

A Beginner’s Guide To Aromatherapy

Essential oils carry the physical properties of plants and flowers in a highly concentrated form. In short, they are the extracts and essences of plants. The particles inside essential oils, which come from various parts of plants, such as the flowers, twigs, leaves or even bark, can be inhaled and absorbed into the skin and have been used for thousands of years as a natural antibiotic. In fact, essential oils were even used in ancient Egyptian times and were originally … READ MORE

Learn To Love Yourself

Valentine’s Day, which is coming up next week, is celebrated in many countries around the world and has been for years. The first references to this holiday began as a celebration to one of the early Christian saints named Valentinus. The earliest associations with love and romance came from the Middle Ages when the tradition of courtly love started to flourish. Over time, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for one another by presenting flowers, … READ MORE

Let’s Have a Heart to Heart

February is more than just a month filled with chocolates, flowers, candy hearts and Valentine’s Day cards. In fact, since 1963, the month of February has been declared and celebrated as Healthy Heart Month, in order to urge Americans to join in the battle against heart disease.  Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the United States? This month, you can give you and your loved ones the gift of a healthy … READ MORE

Benefits of Peppermint

Did you know that one of the most versatile essential oils in the world is peppermint? In fact, it is actually more difficult to find an issue peppermint CAN’T help, rather than what it CAN do for you. Not only is it one of the oldest medicinal herbs used by Europeans, but historical accounts even claim that it may have been used in Asian folk medicine as early as 1,000 B.C. Because peppermint oil leaves a cooling sensation on the … READ MORE

Disconnect To Reconnect

“We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much – if at all.” – Steve Jobs In today’s digital era, we are so connected to our electronic devices that it seems all too easy to get lost in the digital world that takes place behind our screens. In fact, statistics show that Americans spend more than 11 hours per day using electronic media, which makes … READ MORE

A Selfie A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

I’m sure you have all heard the popular expression, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’. Well, new research studies have come up with a new and improved version of the phrase that is more up to date with today’s times, ‘A selfie a day makes for a happier life’. That’s right, for a word that didn’t even exist a decade ago, ‘selfies’ have made their way into our everyday lives. Humans love telling stories, love connecting, and love … READ MORE

Make Good Habits Stick

How nice would it be if our lives could continuously run on autopilot? If chores, exercise, eating healthy, and getting your work done would just happen automatically? Unfortunately, until robot servants are invented I’m afraid that’s just not the case. We all know the familiar saying, “Out with the old, in with the new.” Well, with the start of the new year, this is the time when everyone makes their long list of resolutions and goals for 2017. We begin … READ MORE

Become Your Own Best Friend

With all the stress of holiday shopping, prepping for in laws and planning get-togethers, this is the time of year when we are often too hard on ourselves, as we feel as though we are being pulled in several different directions. However, constantly feeling guilty about not doing enough can take a huge toll on our bodies. In fact, experts say that most of our inner guilt comes from within. “Most of the time, we manufacture guilt in our minds … READ MORE

Christmas Around The Globe

People say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. From hanging stockings above the fireplace, to picking out the perfect Christmas tree, there’s so much happiness to celebrate. But the fun part about the holidays that makes them extra special are the smaller family traditions that carry over from generation to generation. Whether your family celebrates a religious festival, like Christmas or Hanukkah, or a more secular occasion, every family is sure to have their own set of … READ MORE

What is Ayurveda, Anyway?

Through my studies and research of topics for these blogs, time and time again I have come across the term ‘ayurveda’. At first I assumed it was a spice or herb, since I have seen it used in the title of many food and medicinal products. However, seeing it on anything from White Ayurvedic Chai Tea to Ayurveda Yoga Studios, I never really took the time to stop and think about the meaning behind the term, which has driven me … READ MORE

Your Survival Guide To Winter Skin and Hair

Whether or not we want to accept it, winter is here and that calls for colder temperatures and more snow days. However, weather advisories should not be the only issues we are forewarned about. This time of year, our skin and hair deserve even more than just daily apprehension. With the changing of the seasons and the arrival of winter, the main culprits are cold air, low humidity and central heating systems, as they can leave our already dry hair … READ MORE