Pura Botanica Blog

Benefits of Sunflower Oil

The vibrant and beautifully colored sunflower is recognized around the world for its elegance. However, many people don’t immediately think of sunflowers as a perfectly balanced cosmetic oil. Did you know that when applied to the skin, they can be effective against infections and diseases such as acne, eczema, scarring, redness and irritation? That’s why we are proud to use sunflower oil as a top ingredient in our Tea Garden Cleansing Soap Bars. The beauty and health benefits are endless. … READ MORE

Start a Gratitude Habit This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude. Some families have a tradition of making a “Thankful Tree” where each member writes what they are thankful for and adds their piece to the tree. Whatever your family’s tradition may be, make sure you take the time to remember what matters most. Feeling grateful is good for us, In fact, research has shown that counting your blessings can have many benefits from better sleep to reduced depression. Gratitude helps you connect to others, … READ MORE

Getting Zen

With the hectic holiday season coming to a near, it is always a great idea to give your mind a break every now and then. Could a dose of mindfulness a day really keep the doctor away? Current research studies are revealing that the practice of meditation is a valuable add-on treatment to a slew of health problems. It can help reduce stress-related medical conditions, improve your mood and even enhance your immunity. If those weren’t enough reasons to keep … READ MORE

History of Veganism

The month of November marks National Vegan Month, a celebration for both lifelong vegans and those who are beginning to make the transition. For some, veganism stops at food, but for others it even extends to clothing and everyday beauty products. Some people, whether vegan or not, may be wondering, “who the was the first vegan?” or “how did the whole movement of veganism get started?” For those who don’t know, veganism is a stronger form of vegetarianism in which … READ MORE

Tips For New Vegans

In honor of National Vegan Month, many people may consider starting a vegan lifestyle this month or even researching its benefits. Well, vegan is no longer just a buzzword. According to a 2016 survey, 10{021f9daad68019a956363b993e26935938bf8984b24acec29673767c548feca3} of American’s who were polled consider themselves vegan, more than those who considered themselves a vegetarian. If you are thinking of joining them but are unsure on where to start, here are some tips for First Time Vegans to help make a smooth transition. Play … READ MORE

Vegan Halloween Candy

It’s almost November and that means the start of National Vegan Month is right around the corner. Each year, the month of November marks the commemoration of the coining of the term ‘vegan’ as well as the founding of The Vegan Society in 1944. With Halloween coming up next week, we decided to kick off National Vegan Month a bit early with a blog that focuses on a common struggle most vegans are faced with year after year: Halloween candy. … READ MORE

How To “Fake” The Fall Season

If there’s one thing we all can agree on, it’s that there is so much to love about fall. From the changing leaves and warm designer beverages to the glorious oversized sweaters and pumpkin spiced lattes, everyone loves the authentic classics this time of year offers. But, for those who live in a warmer state, autumn can sometimes seem like a slightly tuned down summer. This version of fall doesn’t look quite like the movies and we are pretty sure … READ MORE

Don’t Miss Out on Farm Fresh Vegetables

Even though summer may be over, farm fresh produce is available all year long. In fact, late summer and early fall often provides for the greatest abundance of delicious fruits and vegetables to choose from. From pumpkins and butternut squash to sweet potatoes and apples, this is the time of year when you want to incorporate these powerhouse fruits and veggies into your meals. In addition to their great taste, these fall flavors deliver a vast array of vitamins and … READ MORE

Aloe Vera Uses Are Endless… and here’s why

One of our favorite ingredients to use in our products is Aloe Vera. The spiked green plant you see out in your yard has been used for centuries as a treatment for several skin injuries, however, studies have found it to have many other beneficial effects on your health. While Aloe Vera gel is widely known to relieve sunburn and help heal wounds, did you know that your favorite potted plant can actually be used for so much more? Keeps … READ MORE

October is the New January

When we think of setting resolutions and goals for ourselves, what often comes to mind is January 1st: New Years. However, there may be a new contender for the best goal-setting season and that month is October. As leaves start to change colors, the weather cools down and the school year gets into full swing, the tenth month of the year is full of promise. In fact, studies have shown that people often accidentally find themselves referring to October as … READ MORE

Eucalyptus Isn’t Just a Plant

Eucalyptus is an oil commonly used in aromatherapy that has become known for its unique aroma and lasting effects on the body. We are proud to use eucalyptus oil as the main ingredient in our Fulfill Mint soy candle. When burned, its soothing and aromatic fragrance will help your body relax and unwind. Since ancient times, eucalyptus has been used to treat common colds and headaches, however,  there are several more benefits to the oil that you may not even … READ MORE

The Power of Citrus

It has been well established that citrus fruits and products are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibers that are essential for normal growth, development and overall well-being. However, on top of that, it is now being discovered that biologically active, non-nutrient compounds found in citrus and other plants can also help reduce the risk of several chronic diseases. That’s why we are proud to use citrus in some of our all-natural cleansing soap bars and organic bath … READ MORE

Why You Should Try Vanilla Chai

When it comes to herbal teas, none are quite as popular as Vanilla Chai. In fact, you can even head to your local Starbucks and order this herbal concoction in a variety of different ways. But what’s the big deal about vanilla chai anyway? What makes it so popular? Unlike caffeine, chai has many beneficial properties. To start, the black tea that makes up chai is rich in antioxidants and the spices have been used for thousands of years to … READ MORE

Beat ‘End of Summer Blues’

If there’s one thing wrong with summer, it’s that it has to come to an end eventually. But when that happens, why does it seem like so many people suffer from a case of the end of summer blues? Over the years, studies have been done that suggest some ways to help you feel better about this time of year ending and Fall being just around the corner. It’s completely natural to feel sad when we end one good thing … READ MORE

Simplify Your Life

Most people are unaware that the first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week. However, rather than just focusing on it for a week, simplifying your life should be something you strive to do each and every day. We are all familiar with the idea of spring cleaning, but some late-summer simplification is a great way to keep the clutter to a minimum heading into the fall. Simplifying your life isn’t just about removing the physical clutter out … READ MORE