Pura Botanica Blog

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

Summertime is for the Family

When you think back on your childhood, you are sure to remember those unforgettable family vacations and adventures. Whether it was a weekend at your favorite amusement park or a trip across the country to visit family in another state, it was a time of your life that you will never forget. As great as these trips were to you as a child, they hold an entirely new set of benefits when you take these trips as an adult or … READ MORE

Why Andes Rose Salt is Great for Your Health

We’ve heard time and time again about the benefits of a relaxing soak in a tub with bath salts – and for good reason – the benefits range from skin restoration to stress relief with many in between. We love bath salts and spending some quality time in a good soak with a great book. But it’s not just about pouring some fancy smelling products for extra indulgence; our bath salts are all-natural blends of sea salts, essential oils, and … READ MORE

How & Why to Take an Epsom Salt Bath

It’s the middle of summer and we’ve all been working hard on maintaining our bikini bodies, staying healthy with exercise, and pursuing our fitness goals. But with working out comes sore muscles and tired limbs. What’s a girl (or guy) to do? Take an Epsom salt bath! They’ve been shown to relieve sore muscles so you can get to your next workout feeling fresh.   How do you take an Epsom salt bath? Epsom salt baths are the most effective … READ MORE

Why Choose Soy Candles?

The majority of today’s candles are made using paraffin wax, however, soy candles are an all-natural, alternative option. While at first glance they may look like their paraffin counterparts, they actually offer many distinct advantages. Because soy candles are made from vegetable oil and soybeans, they are always all-natural. Paraffin candles, on the other hand, are made from petroleum oil, which is terrible for you and will be discussed more shortly. Additionally, Soy wax candles do not increase the carbon … READ MORE

Must-Have Beauty Hacks to Beat the Summer Heat

While summer may be our favorite season, it is also a time when we are wearing less, leaving our skin more exposed. Welcoming sunshine, sandals and indulging in frozen margaritas on the beach sounds like the perfect vacation, however, the heat can also bring along its own set of beauty challenges. Whether it’s a sunburn, extra sweat or uncontrollable hair, summer can really put a damper on our beauty routines. Here are some of the best summer hacks you can … READ MORE

Africa Part 2: Sustainable Tourism

We all love to travel. In fact, tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and is a major source of income across several countries. However, just like other forms of development, tourism can also cause a fair share of problems, such as social dislocation, loss of cultural heritage and even economic dependence. Doing research and learning about the impacts of tourism has led to the growth of ‘sustainable tourism’, also known as nature-based or ecotourism. Sustainable tourism has … READ MORE

National Rose Month

Americans have always loved flowers, so much so, that June is actually declared National Rose Month! Roses have a long and colorful history and have been symbols of love, beauty, war and politics for hundreds of years. On November 20, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution making roses the national floral emblem of the White House Garden. In it he wrote, “The American people have long held such a special place in their hearts for roses. Let us continue … READ MORE

How To Stay Cool Without A Pool

As the temperatures slowly rise a little more each day, so does our desire to get outside and play. However, on these warm summer days, cooling down becomes a must. While jumping in the pool may seem like the easiest way, many people don’t have one. No pool, no problem! Staying cool during the summer months does not mean you have to be in the pool all day long. There are many natural ways to help you cool down easily … READ MORE

Health Benefits of Mint

Mint. The herb we have all grown to know and love. Mint chocolate chip. Mint tea. Mint chewing gum. Even mint detox water. The well-known mouth and breath freshener scientifically known as Mentha has over two dozen species and hundreds of different varieties. While it has been used for thousands of years as a natural food and drink product, its health benefits deserve some recognition as well. When it comes to digestion, mint is a great palate cleanser or appetizer. It can also soothe … READ MORE

Memorial Day Should Be Everyday

This weekend marks the observance of Memorial Day, a holiday that honors the fallen. For many, it also means that three day weekend you have been looking forward to for months. Today, as you are driving back from the campsite, catching that flight back home from your mini vacation or just sipping a cold iced tea after spending the day out in the yard, take some time to reflect on what Memorial Day truly is all about. Today is a day to remember our … READ MORE

Medicinal Plants in Africa

Africa is a treasure trove of medicinal plants that are found nowhere else in the world. Although traditional African medicine may seem outdated, it still remains as the main source of remedies throughout the continent. Even though the Western world often depicts Africa as a dry and arid landscape, it actually has a wide variety of ecosystems, from mangrove swamps and rainforests to vast savannah grasslands. Surprisingly, the drier landscapes like savannahs and deserts are where the fruit-bearing trees that … READ MORE

Pet Travel Tips

Family vacations are no longer just about two-legged children. In fact, more than half of U.S. families take their cats and dogs with them when they travel. However, planes and cars are not designed with pets in mind. Therefore you need to know what to expect before you reach your final destination. This summer, if you are looking to hit the road or hop on a plane with your favorite furry friend, here are some tips to make your trip … READ MORE