Pura Botanica Blog

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

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