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Ingredient Feature: Healing Benefits of Holy Basil

Natalia Karoway

Ingredient Feature: Healing Benefits of Holy Basil

Holy basil, or tulsi, is a deliciously fragrant relative to sweet basil. It is held incredibly sacred in India and has a long history of medicinal use. For the skin, it is an incredible healer, promoting better elasticity and less wrinkling! It has also shown potential as a skin cancer preventative.  Internally, holy basil is considered an adaptogen, a tonic to the entire body, helping us to adapt under exposure to stress. Traditionally, adaptogens balance the endocrine and immune systems.  Not every herb can boast such a vast range of benefits, encompassing nearly the entire body! Holy Basil offers the...


Reflecting on Ceremony

Reflecting on Ceremony

 As you well know, ceremony is a key tool that I return to again and again for transformation in my life. I wanted to share a few thoughts that came to me after my last ceremony. "When I’m confused. When I’m fearful. When I’m lost. When I’m sad… When I want to celebrate. When goodness has come… When I’m looking to create or awaken something new… I turn to ceremony. I make heartfelt offerings of beauty to all of spirit & pachamama. I bring my questions. I bring my prayers. I ask for clarity. I ask for openings. I...


Herbal Oxymels

Natalia Karoway

Comments 2 Tags drinks, herbalism, oxymels, recipes, sacred food

Herbal Oxymels

With summer on my mind and fresh herbs growing rapidly, I wanted to share one of my favorite warm weather beverages with you. I love creating herbal oxymels (vinegar + honey extractions) and topping them off with sparkling water for a sweet, tart + herbaceous summer mocktail. Adding in some fresh fruit puree makes it even better. Yum! So first, how to make oxymels. If you've ever had the famous (and now controversial) herbal remedy called Fire Cider, you've tasted an oxymel. I love making them both as herbal medicine and herbal pleasure. Some folks make them just as vinegar extractions and then add...


Announcing the Birthday Ceremony Kit!

Announcing the Birthday Ceremony Kit!

I'm so excited to share my first "ceremony in a box"! It's called The Birthday Ceremony Kit and to me, it's the most perfect birthday gift for those who love to mark their special day in a deeply sacred way. Birthdays are very special. I love the traditions we carry around celebrating our special day--cake, candles + wishes! But we're often celebrating these moments in public settings and our birthday wish may feel rushed or only lightly thought out. One of my favorite ways to celebrate my birthday is with an intention setting ceremony. I love to bring some sacred attention...


New Aromatherapy Blends in the Botanica

Natalia Karoway

Tags aromatherapy, botanica, herbalism

New Aromatherapy Blends in the Botanica

 Winter has me missing + longing for my plant friends! Thank goodness for the beautiful + bright essential oils that have kept me connected to the plants even when a blanket of snow seemed to be covering everything! I've had a lot of fun creating aromatherapy roll-ons with varied intentions for the botanica and I am so pleased with the results. Here's a brief intro to these new magical plant oil blends! Shamanic Day Dream This roll-on was blended to amplify the practice of dreaming your world into being. The scent features the holy woods of palo santo +...