Pura Botanica Blog

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

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