A round up of our favorite things for this season of change
September can be such a scattered month; cold and brisk one morning, making us yearn for slippers and cozy blankets, and then the next, a sweltering 80 degree day that has us ready to head to the swimming hole.
That's what this month is all about--change and transition, and how to weather it gracefully.
Here are a few things we love this time of year:
1. Urban Moonshine Joy Tonic: An aromatic blend of herbs traditionally used to promote a joyful spirit and positive mental attitude. * It's been perfect for easing any occasional seasonal blues and woes that come with the end of summer and the start of fall. I've been putting it in my water bottle daily, and love the gentle support it provides.
2. Sanctuary Spray By Scarlet Sage Herb Co: A few weeks ago, when I was in San Francisco, I popped into Scarlet Sage, one of our favorite accounts, and herb shops! They have a fantastic line of their own products, and I picked up this spray, and have found myself using it throughout the day to cleanse and protect my energy.
3. Six Seasons Cookbook: Written by a farmer and chef, Joshua McFadden highlights the evolving attributes of vegetables throughout their growing season--from spring to early summer to midsummer to the bursting harvest of late summer, then ebbing into autumn and the earthy, mellow sweetness of winter. It's been a delight to read and cook from as the season of harvest is upon us!
4. Radici Studios' art and prints: I have been loving her art, and think that it's so applicable for the time that we live in currently. Being able to support small independent artists is so important, and we are excited to pair up with her for a giveaway later this month, stay tuned for that!
5. Salt and more salt: We can't live without salt. Not only is it vital to flavor our meals, but also to our body's ability to function. Electrolytes are an essential part of how our cells work. We've been adding about ½ a teaspoon into our water bottles every time we refill them. Pure Sea Salt is best as it is a sustainable source. Unfortunately, Himalayan Pink salt is mined, and its production is unsustainable, we encourage you to learn more about this if you are a lover of pink salt.
6. The Plant Path podcast by Evolutionary Herbalism: A fantastic new podcast about herbal medicine, with perspectives gleaned from traditional western herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemy, Medical Astrology, and traditional cultures from around the world.
7. Dandelion Probiotic Chai by Traditional Medicinals: Warm, aromatic and mildly spiced this tea has been the perfect thing to sip daily as its caffeine free, and supports healthy digestion. I have been loving it with some warm frothed oat milk and raw local honey--such a treat!
8. Healthy Liver Digestive Bitters by Urban Moonshine: A rich and herbaceous bitters blend specifically formulated to support healthy liver function.* We up our liver support this year as we are just coming off of all the summer fun, and heading into the season of heavier foods to keep us warm. And almost all of us could use a little liver love.
9. Wildflower bouquets: The colors of the plants are so different this time of year. We've transitioned from the bright, bold colors of summer to golden hues of goldenrod and deep rusty pinks or joy pie weed and echinacea. Add in some lacy wild carrot, and this bouquet becomes something like the golden hour time of day. It's important to notice these less showy plants and appreciate them as well- they have a whole different set of offerings.