Pura Botanica Blog

Stay Healthy Through the Holidays

The holidays are a special time of year. There are gatherings and parties with family, friends and coworkers to celebrate the most beloved time of the year. However, amongst all the eating, shopping and partying , we often forget to take some personal time for ourselves. Did you know that the average American gains an extra 3-7 lbs between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. For just a short 40 days, that can be quite a lot of weight. If you are … READ MORE

Hug It Out

When it comes to displaying affection, there are three types of people in this world; Those who are touchy-feely and always say hello with a hug, those who are occasional huggers and those who find showing affection uncomfortable. According to recent research studies, the touchy-feely friends may actually be happier and healthier, as hugs have been identified as a viable source of both mental and physical health.      Hugs Can Reduce Stress or Conflict Before it Starts Whenever someone … READ MORE

Mindfulness: What exactly is it?

This past year, the practice of mindfulness seemed to be the cool kid on the self-improvement block. Companies like Google and Apple started hosting meditation programs for their employees and star athletes like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant use mindfulness to help them stay on top of their game. Several therapists recommend it to their patients as it has been found to be incredibly beneficial for a host of wellness related issues. It’s the new buzzword we hear floating around, … READ MORE

Kick those End of Summer Blues Away

With summer slowly coming to a close, reality starts to kick back in. School is starting, parents are out shopping for new clothes and school supplies, and college students are preparing for their annual return to campus. While the last few weeks of summer may seem dreary, there are several ways you can end the season on a happy note. Finish what you’ve started: Sometimes we find ourselves procrastinating things that are important because we simply believe, “I’ll have time … READ MORE

Give The Gift Of Healthy Living

From taking us on our first fishing trip to teaching us the answers to some of life’s most difficult questions, our fathers are important to us in several ways. As you prepare to celebrate Dad this Sunday, you may be left with the unsolved question of what to get him for Father’s Day. Often, people tend to look for gifts that provide more leisure and relaxation time for their Dads, however, the gift of healthy living can be a thoughtful … READ MORE

Beyond the Bunny

Every year people around the world gather together to celebrate Easter. It is known to most as the Sunday that marks the end of Holy Week, although to children it is a day filled with chocolate bunnies and baskets full of eggs.No matter how your family celebrates, the history of Easter is truly fascinating. Let’s go beyond the bunny and check out some fun and interesting facts about the holiday.     1. The term “Easter” gets its name from … READ MORE

Understanding Beauty Standards and Lingo

Thankfully, we live in a society that has slowly become more conscientious and aware of the environment and what surrounds us. Thus, there has been a huge surge in green cosmetics and beauty products. It is safe to say that just about everyone has a natural, organic product that they rave to all their friends about. But, next time before you buy, it is important to know the terms and regulations around products that claim to be natural, organic or … READ MORE

The Most Important Relationship You Will Ever Have

If you search online for the word “relationships”, the results will probably consist of several links to articles and websites focusing on the topic of relationships between members of the opposite sex and with others around you. However, within these results we don’t find much information on the most important relationship you will ever have; the one you have with yourself. Given that our external world tends to be a reflection of our internal world, this relationship will ultimately determine … READ MORE

Stay True To The Real You

Have you ever struggled with realizing and accepting who you are? Sometimes it can require a big change and a whole lot of courage. Since there’s no set age or time frame, everyone’s journey is different. However, learning to accept and love yourself on a day to day basis can help you live a more meaningful life. Here are some unconventional ways to stay true to the real you. 1. Don’t hate those who stumble; we all have. Being human … READ MORE

How to Keep a Calm Mind During the Holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, families and friends will come together from all over the country to celebrate the joys of the season. Decorating the house, cooking meals and gathering gifts for everyone may sound like Christmas spirit, but with this season comes a lot of added stressors. With worries such as dealing with the in-laws, anxious and energetic kids racing around the house and crazy holiday party expectations, it is easy to feel not so wonderful at … READ MORE

Reasons to Eat More Pumpkin This Fall

The fall season is quickly approaching, and with it come the classic favorites: cinnamon apple, vanilla sugar and at the top of the list, pumpkin spice. Whether it’s in a scented candle or a hot latte, pumpkin spice has become a staple of the fall season. But what’s so great about pumpkin after all? Well, one thing is for sure – pumpkin aren’t just for carving or making pies. This seasonal favorite actually offers several health boosting properties you may … READ MORE

September is the month’s that’s all about getting back into the swing of things – back to school, back to a routine and back to that cooler weather, well for some of us at least. But did you know that September is also Self-Improvement Month? It’s the perfect time to find new and innovative ways to improve your self worth and grow your self confidence. One area that is often overlooked is the workplace, seeing as that is where we … READ MORE

Escape The Gym

Remember those days when exercise didn’t seem like a chore? As a kid, running around during recess or playing street hockey with your neighbors was just for fun. However, by bringing that sense of play back into your daily workouts, you are more likely to get moving, stick to it and see those results. If you’re 2017 fitness routine got old faster than “Despacito”, try breathing some fresh air into an overtired routine, and chances are you won’t blow off … READ MORE

Find A Deeper Happiness

When it comes to personal happiness, new research shows that winning the lottery or obtaining that promotion doesn’t necessarily cut it. According to a growing number of experts, those exhilarating moments in our lives don’t permanently raise the dials on our day-to-day ‘HAPPY-ometer”. In fact, life coach and sociologist Martha Beck says that “We live in a culture that tells us we’re supposed to be euphoric all the time, but that feeling is just not sustainable. Happiness – and I … READ MORE

Squeeze More Joy Out of Life

It’s that one phrase we hear over and over again: “It’s the little things that count”. Well, it turns out that nothing speaks more truth. Research has shown that one of the most important secrets to a happy life is to relish in the small moments that bring joy and delight – ones you may not even notice. In fact, when we start calling attention to them, our minds become more inclined towards joy and happiness. Chad Meng, a research … READ MORE