I am happy to share that I am offering sliding scale human design readings for under 100$. The price ranges from $40+ with the average payment around $70-75.oo for a 1 hour reading and a personalized report complete with all information shared and journal questions for your own introspection.
What is Human Design?
A marriage between spirit + science 🧬 It is a phenomenal tool that has truly lifted and shifted my world and I want to share the wisdom and light with you.
Most readings are well over that cost and I want to help more people connect with their human design chart. There is a lot of information out there about Human Design and we can easily learn on our own, but it can be a lot of information and not everyone has time for that. Or is able to understand the complexities of the language.
So that’s where I come in…
Your human design reading can be tailored for a specific area of life you are seeking guidance on.
Human Design has no joke…changed the way I see my world and has given me the sweet permission to be more of myself and to realize we don’t all have to fit the same mold.
We are unique.
The way we are meant to rest is unique.
What we are inspired by is unique.
How we make decisions is unique and it’s time for us to honor that.
What goes well with Ceremonial Cacao? Cacao Recipes
Looking forward to sharing some of my favorite cacao recipes and combinations. Ceremonial cacao has been becoming more and more popular. I myself have been enjoying it well over a year or so. As an herbalist and someone genuinely curious about recipes and nourishment, it has been a lot of fun to be experimental and add more medicine to this incredible heart medicine. I also have an open spleen in Human Design so I am more open to different tastes 😋
Why would you add more ingredients to your cacao?
I believe that we can use our food and nourishment as medicine in all life situations. If we only eat a certain amount of food and drink per day…why not make it tasty and nutritious and…medicinal? Food is medicine. Many ancient cultures have long believed this and it’s something I strive to do in my daily life.
Here are a few of my favorite cacao combinations because…food is MEDICINE
I typically intuitively combine these ingredients. I will usually do 1/2 teaspoon to a teaspoon depending on the ingredient. I don’t want it to overpower the taste of cacao so I try to be conscious about that. I find that mixing in a vitamix is the best as it really melds the flavors and you end up with this really rich and frothy mixture.
💚 You can create an infusion using tea, herbs etc, instead of straight water.
Hello Friends, excited to share this love poem with you today. Learning how to usethis space to share what’s softening my heart. Lately it’s been the omnipresence of love. I hope this poem makes you smile and encourages more love to grow inside of your beautiful being.
I’ve decided to enter a contest by Cacao Lab for the Fifth Element Blend of “Aether.” I am so excited to share my recipe with you! I love creating nourishing recipes with my ceremonial cacao. I like to think of any time we ingest something as a chance to use “food as medicine.” With cacao this is especially amazing because cacao acts as a vasodilator. Which means that your body can have a greater access to the medicinal potency of your ingredients.
If you are a looking for an incredible source of ceremonial cacao, check out Cacao Lab ❤️
The Fifth Element-Cacao Recipe
So what is Aether?
Aether can be described as the invisible energy that connects all…
No big deal right?
For this blend I wanted to highlight the mushrooms Lion’s Mane and Reishi for their supernatural ability to heal and nourish the body and brain, grounding us through the mycelial network. What one could visualize as the physical manifestation of aether 🌌
Reishi calms the nervous system, supports the immune system and has long been referred to as an herb that “nourishes the spirit.”
Lions mane is another incredible mushroom for the body and brain 🧠 and supports mental clarity and nervous system health.
To access the concept of aether we must ground, nourish and then flourish into that expansive space, that deep inner knowing that all life is connected 🙏
This blend includes
🌿 An infusion using garden grown calendula + holy basil to honor the plant kingdom and flower spirits
Radiant Oil was created with a lot of LOVE. Firstly, thank you so much for your support, it really means a lot to me to support this passion of sharing natural skin health and nourishment. If you are interested, see my Etsy shop.
Our skin is radiant.
Our bodies are radiant.
We glow from the inside out.
I believe that we have spent way too much time critiquing our beautiful vessels. Now is the time to honor our brilliance, our true radiance. My approach to health, and by direct correlation, happy skin, is to nourish first from the inside out. What I found works best is good hydration, a healthy diet, and movement.
We can also nourish ourselves from the outside in by being very selective about what we put on the skin. Oil has long been a sacred tool for overall skin health and nourishment.
“The Sanskrit word for oil, sneha, means love. Being saturated with oil is believed to have a similar effect as being filled with love. Abhyanga is the Ayurvedic practice of oil massage, and is transformative and grounding as a daily self care practice.”
So…What’s Inside Radiant Oil? (Beside Love + Sweet intentions)
Radiant Body is a Proprietary Blend 🌿 using only the finest ingredients, all thoughtfully researched with the sensitivity of the skin in mind.
Organic Jojoba Oil
Organic Sweet Almond Oil
Organic Olive Oil
Organic Rosehip Oil
Organic Seabuckthorn Oil
Small Rose Quartz Crystals
trace amounts of the following essential oils 👇
Clary Sage, Lavender and Rose Geranium, Third Eye Blend
How to use
I use mine liberally at night after washing my face with water. I use this all year long. Great for sunny days to rehydrate and replenish the skin. Also incredible for when skin feels dry and needs a little love. Here are some of my favorite ways to use Radiant Oil.
My #1 way to use this oil is after washing my face with some water and patting dry with a towel, I will add about 6 drops of radiant oil to my hands, rub vigorously together, hold palms in front of my face, inhale, “I AM RADIANT,” and then gently massage the tension out of my face.
☀️ I use it to massage my hands or feet
☀️ I use it to massage my partner
☀️ I use it to refresh my skin after the sun
☀️ I use it to cleanse my skin if I wore sunscreen or makeup
☀️ When I need a pick me up, I breathe in the scent
☀️ I add it to my bath water
☀️ I add it to a foot/ hand soak
☀️ I use it on my hair when it feels dry
I have been using oil for my face and body for the past 3 years. I started doing this because I was alarmed when I learned about how many chemicals were in my old “beauty” regime. Our skin is an incredible organ that absorbs information from our environment…pretty wild right.
Our skin is so beautiful and does so much to protect us. We have to decide that it’s not in our bodies best interest to support big box beauty brands with clever marketing and gorgeous models. We can vote with our dollars and decide that we want to support small businesses instead of feeding into toxic beauty companies. When we make our life more simple and become aware of what we are ingesting, internally and externally, things start to shift.
It has been wonderful to craft my own skin nourishment to see results of health and vitality and to share that gift with others. I love getting excited by new ways of doing things in the world and to realize that self care comes in many forms and that I can take small steps to step deeper in love with my body…and you can too ❤️
For more information on Radiant Body see this blog post below ⬇️
This has been our summer go to dessert and it’s super easy and affordable to make. We have been taking advantage of berry season here in Michigan both at the local farmers market and our own back yard. Since this recipe calls for frozen berries, I simply place the freshly picked berries on parchment paper (on a baking tray) in the freezer until completely frozen. Now I want to share why we decided to switch to “nice cream.”
The Switch from Dairy to Nice Cream
When we eat dairy, we strive for organic, grass fed and local. Organic and grass fed are important because it means that the cows are able to eat exactly what nature intended them to eat, the things that grow from the earth. To ruminate in the fields and to enjoy a variety of delicious and nutritious “grasses.” Since dairy is a product that comes from another animal, it’s important to think about the lifestyle that the animal has. Is it being pumped with hormones? Is it treated fairly ? etc.
This is important not just for the humanity of the animal, but because you essentially eat what it ate…Something to think about if you consume animal products. That’s why we are choosy with dairy and it’s something that we have learned from Dr. Mark Hyman in many of his popular books such as The Pegan Diet. Milk can be inflammatory to our bodies so it’s important to be choosy about what kind of dairy you enjoy and the amount.
Mango Nice Cream
Hello Nice Cream
As the summer days continued on we found ourselves craving ice cream more and more. So after many episodes of perusing the frozen aisles at Whole Foods and spending way too much money or making compromises on ingredients, we wanted something cleaner and more affordable.
🫐 6 ounces raspberries, we used frozen and also substituted other berries such as blueberries and blackberries and currents
🌰 1/2 cup raw whole cashews, soaked in warm water at room temperature for at least 2 hours, drained
🍌 2 bananas, peeled, thickly sliced and frozen
Puree raspberries (or other frozen berries) and cashews in a blender or food processor until smooth, adding up to 1/4 water if needed to puree. Add bananas and puree again, scraping down the sides often, until very smooth. 4 Servings
You can eat on the spot and freeze the rest.
Transfer to a tightly sealed freezer-safe container. (If you make far in advance, soften at room temperature 15 minutes before)
Honoring your Unique Energy ✨ An Inquiry into Human Design
Have you ever thought about your energy?
When I think of energy, I think of the essence, the impression, the inner attitude, what’s behind the image, the shell, and the particular way it interacts in the physical world. Spirit, prana, chi, it’s the life force that animates each and everyone of us. This energy is flavored by the cosmos creating your unique personality.
We affect our Energy
I believe we are responsible for our energetic imprint based on our thoughts, actions and the words we choose to say. Our energy is unique to us and is a reflection of whether or not we are in alignment with our soul’s code. To understand something so abstract we need a system. Luckily there are many systems that have been used since time immemorial.
For me that System is Human Design
Human design has helped me to step into understanding my energy. Giving me true permission to be myself. Realizing that as a #manifestor I am here to initiate, inspire and act on my impulses. I have endless energy for the things that make my heart sing as an Ego Manifestor. My authority or how I make decisions is to listen to my heart ❤️ I am sensitive to others emotions which shows up as an undefined solar plexus.
When we are able to truly know our own energy, we can take responsibility for it and act in accordance with our soul’s dance. Knowing we each have our own energetic imprint can allow more grace in seeing others in their unique energetic dance with life, instead of expecting them to be exactly like us.
We each have a unique Human Design Chart
Over 70% of the worlds population are fueled by the Sacral center, a center which thrives on getting things done ☑️ being accomplished and has a set amount of energy that needs to be burned through each day.
If you are the other 30% (Manifestor, Projector, Reflector) you might feel like you don’t fit in with this fast paced world.
If you feel called to dive into your human design chart you can book a reading with me. I can’t wait to learn more about your energetic imprint and to help you step deeper into being yourself more fully.
I want to make Human Design available for EVERYONE. As someone who is in the realm of wellness, I feel it is my responsibility to create offerings that are available for as many people as possible. A common theme I am seeing a lot is a pay barrier. I think wellness people should get paid what they feel they deserve but often this creates a barrier for people who want access to health but are not able to afford it. It is my hope through my various offerings to help as many people as possible have access to this information so that they can continue to shine. One way I am doing this is by offering donation based Human Design Readings.
I am inspired by the Yoga with Adriene model of sharing free content on Youtube and having some offerings and membership along the way.
Why Human Design?
Human Design has really shifted the way I see myself in this world. From digging deep into human design I understand that I am truly unique and have a particular energetic imprint that is unlike anyone else’s.
For example, a very large percentage of the world’s population (close to 70%) are considered the “Generator” energy type (manifesting generators included), this particular energy type is incredible but…they really like to work and get things done, and usually from the moment they open their eyes to when they go to sleep. I see this energy type a strong masculine flavor…this way of being also happens to be the most “accepted” energy form. These generator types have endless energy from their sacral center. But guess what…not everyone is a generator, so why should we ALL try to fit in that mold?
And even generators have their sweet beautiful nuances and deserve to rest.
If we lean into our Human Design we might learn some really valuable strategies on how to best use our energy, how to make decisions appropriate to our energy, and so much more. If the shoe fits, wear it.
Why I personally love Human Design
I have seen and felt the great influence that the human design system has had on my life over the past 2 years. It has changed the way I see myself, understand myself and has give me more permission to fully be myself. That is the greatest gift. Human design is a really fun system that draws on ancient traditions like the Chinese I’ching, Jewish Kaballah, Chakra System, Astrology and modern Physics. I am an ego manifestor so I am meant to make decisions from the heart or will center and not from the mind. This has helped me tremendously. I also know as a manifestor that when I am feeling “angry” I haven’t participated in my personal strategy which is to inform. I can feel it in my body. My husband has a completely different chart and knowing his design has helped me to move into more grace with who he is and how he’s meant to interact in this world.
Any tool that helps us thrive is a good tool indeed
I know there are a lot of systems out there. And it’s good not to get too caught up in one but Human Design resonates in a very positive way for me. It has given me permission to fully be myself and to understand my unique energetic imprint in life. If you are interested in a reading please fill out this form. I am excited to dig into your chart and help guide you along this unique system.
Check out this recent video I made about honoring your Unique Energy ⬇️
The beginning stages of a solar infusion for Radiant Body Oil
Radiant Body Oil ☀️
Hello, Radiant Body Oil. A new small batch face and body oil to nourish your cells. If you are interested in purchasing, you can buy from my Etsy Shop. Discovering the use of oil on the skin has been transformative. I feel like I am actually nourishing my skin instead of drying it out and adding tons of chemicals which are often found in many conventional beauty products. If there is anything you should take away from this article, it’s that we don’t need nearly as much as we think we do.
Whatever your philosophy of life, the nervous system is your only means of connecting and interacting with your world. If you treat your nervous system like the sensitive system it is, it will play back the finest music to enrich your being. Keep it tuned and healthy, feed it well, and protect it from overuse and exploitation, and your reward will be a life of exquisite quality. Through even the most stressful events, you will feel centered and empowered.
Why use radiant body oil on your skin?
The ancients have long used oil as a sacred tool. To anoint the skin. To heal the skin. Body oiling, especially an oil infused with various herbs and organic plant matter, has been recorded in many traditions including ancient Egyptians, the Ayurvedic system and in biblical times.
The Sanskrit word for oil, sneha, means love. Being saturated with oil is believed to have a similar effect as being filled with love. Abhyanga is the Ayurvedic practice of oil massage, and is transformative and grounding as a daily self care practice.
When we use oil we are nourishing the body with fat instead of with water like many conventional beauty products. Oil is penetrating where water will eventually evaporate, causing us to continually apply our product through out the day. Oils have long been infused with the healing properties of plant wisdom
Redefining beauty or Health-filled skin
Our culture has created a commodity around “beauty” and body products to promote youthful looking skin. Aging is inevitable in the human body and there is nothing wrong with wanting beautiful skin. Youthful skin can be seen as an all encompassing label for skin that glows, has few “imperfections,” less lines, even tone and the list goes on. Skin is meant to change as our bodies age but there are things we can do naturally that promote healthy skin.
Our skin is a record of our life experiences. The lines on our faces are the expressions of joys and sorrows. Our skin can be seen as a reflection of what we eat, how we manage stress, how much we move and a little bit of genetics. It is important for us to think about our skin as an organ with pores. It needs to breathe. It needs to eliminate.
Some easy and approachable tips for healthy skin 🌞
We can often be tempted to buy products to act as bandaids for the real problem. If we approach our skin from a first principles approach, we can come to understand it’s all about the foundation…the very quality of life that we cultivate that will have a the most impact on our overall health.
Eat a diet rich in vegetables 🥕 and fruits 🍎 , these contain a host of phytonutrients including antioxidants that can help combat oxidative stress. Consider drinking a smoothie to add more soluble fiber in your diet, good for your bowels and good for your skin. I like to add cucumber, parsley, celery, blueberries, ginger and water.
Add more herbs 🌿 into your diet, enjoy parsley, cilantro, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc. Explore and get creative with different cultural foods. Try adding at least a few teaspoons or dried herbs to your meals daily. And during the growing season, plenty of fresh herbs. If you aren’t sure where to start chop fresh herbs into a salad.
Move 🏃♀️ every day
When we move we are encouraging the blood to flow, the energy to move, the lymphatic system to promote detoxification. When we break a sweat we create a space for detoxifying our skin through the pores.
Wear a hat or sunblock if you are in direct sunlight from the hours of 11am-3pm. You can typically check the UV index on your phone or use an app like D Minder. The sun is our friend, but it’s good to be mindful of your skin type and the amount of strong sun exposure that is appropriate for your skin.
Be mindful of what you use on your skin. The skin absorbs everything you put on it. Be curious about what you are putting on your skin. Chances are you don’t need nearly as many products as you think you do and you can use that money to add more nutritive substances to your diet.
Get rid of synthetic fragrances, these disrupt the endocrine system, the bodies way of regulating hormones etc.
If there are things you can’t pronounce or you don’t know what they are…question them and look them up on EWG’s Skin Deep Database
Eliminate Processed Foods from your diet You are what you eat. I like to stick to the quote by Michael Pollan, “Eat whole foods, mostly plants.” Processed foods are not the way nature intended us to use nutrients. Our evolution equipped us with the incredible ability to process whole foods. Processed foods put a lot of stress on our bodies, produce inflammation and often contain additives that can be harmful for our bodies and it’s many complex systems.
Other Benefits of Skin Oiling
Can be used as an act of self care
Calms the Central Nervous System, touch is healing. You calm your body through touch.
When we massage our skin with the added benefit of oil we are stimulating the Lymphatic system. The lymphatic system runs through our entire body and interacts with lymph centers. The cardiovascular system has the heart to plump blood through out the body, where as the lymphatic system is stimulated through movement or pressure on the skin. It is a system responsible for carrying waste to the necessary places to promote overall health and immunity.
Massage is a great way to connect intimately with a partner or platonic friend
scalp massage, hand massage, foot massage etc.
How I personally use Radiant Body Oil
Situation 1, I typically splash my face with water at night to cleans away the day, sometimes I will exfoliate with ground oats or masa harina. After I pat the skin dry I add 1/2 to a full dropper of oil into my palms, rub vigorously and then massage onto the skin. If I had been out in the sun a lot I will typically apply more liberally to allow the oil to help heal any of the oxidative stress from the sun.
Situation 2, If I have been out in the city, a weekend camping trip or somewhere with a lot of dust etc. I will use the oil for cleansing my skin. For this I wet the skin with lukewarm water, add the oil to the skin and continue to splash and massage the face. From there I will use a cloth and wipe away the oil. I am always amazed at the amount of dirt that comes off.
Radiant Body Oil Ingredients
The organic jojoba and sweet almond oils are solar infused with dehydrated garden herbs including rosemary, calendula and holy basil for one lunar cycle, integrating the powers of the Yin and Yang, Sun and Moon.
Organic Jojoba Oil (about 40%)
Biocompatible with the skin, easily absorbs into the skin
Rich in Vitamin E, B, Zinc, Iodine and many antioxidants
Acts as a humectant (protective + nurturing)
Useful for acne, eczema, cold sores, psoriasis, itching and scars
Similar to human sebum (natural skin oil)
Hydrates the skin
Balances natural oils
Great for those with dry skin or those who are prone to acne or redness
Organic Sweet Almond Oil (about 40%)
Rich in vitamins A, B + E
Helps maintain moisture levels
Soothes skin irritation
Relieves dry skin
Overall incredible skin nourishment
Organic Seabuckthorn Oil (about 10%)
High potency of Vitamin C, also known as the “beauty vitamin” because it reduces inflammation and helps boost collagen
Rich in Omega fatty acids
one of the very few sources of Omega 7’s, also contains Omega’s 3, 6 + 9
Rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants
Rich in minerals
Organic Rosehip Oil (about 10%)
High source of essential fatty acids which assists in cell regeneration
Great for all skin types
Vitamin A rich, helps even out skin tone
Very small amount of the essential oils
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Herb Roasted Tomatoes 🍅 An easy way to enjoy your Garden bounty
Herb roasted tomatoes are a new summer favorite in our home. I love to add them to our nourish bowls, a weekly staple in our home. I love it when it’s that special time of the summer months here in Michigan and I no longer have to buy tomatoes from the farmers market or grocery store. I relish in the ability to grow my own food and each year it seems to get just a little bit easier.
There comes a point in the summer where I have more tomatoes than I can possibly know what to do with so I like to get creative with how I prepare them. After an incredible trip to Greece this past summer, I have a new found love for herbs and of course, tomatoes.
The Anti-Inflammatory Power of Herbs
Herbs are a huge culinary staple in most cultures around the world, especially those with a strong connection to the land. The land is filled with herbs and medicine, especially for the seasoned forager or those deeply connected to their ancient culinary roots. The Blue Zones were one of the first avenues of learning about how cultures have been using food as medicine.
Lessons from the Blue Zones
The Blue Zones have really cultivated a curiosity about the true power of food in relation to longevity. In learning about the Blue Zones, I took a special interest in the Ikarian of Greece. So when a trip to visit Greece came up…I wasn’t just excited about the Acropolis. I was beyond thrilled to indulge in the beautiful connection to the land through food that seems inherit in the Greek culture.
If I have learned anything from my trip to Greece, it’s that Herbs are essential to really making a meal taste amazing. Asides from the rich flavor they help create in any dish, herbs are loaded with antioxidants. Herbs help combat free radicles and are one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants found in nature. We should always add herbs into our dishes, especially if we are consuming high inflammatory foods like meat and cheese. All the ancient cultures knew that slowly cooking meat with herbs was a way to combat any harmful effects of animal protein. Herbs are also on the daily dozen checklist created by Dr. Michael Gregor.
So you have a ton of delicious summer tomatoes 🍅 it’s time for Herb Roasted Tomatoes
One of my favorite ways to prepare all vegetables is by slow roasting them. They take on a really delicious rich flavor and are cooked to a really lovely degree making a great addition to any meal and meal prepping throughout the week.
How to herb roast tomatoes 🍅 (or any veggie for that matter)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Rinse, cut away any “bad” spots and chop the tomatoes into small cubes or slice in half
Place chopped tomatoes in a flat baking dish so that the surface area is covered without too much layering
Douse in olive or avocado oil
Apply a liberal amount of your favorite herbs (you can use thyme, oregano, rosemary, etc.)
Add some sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Stir to evenly distribute the goodies
Cook for 40 minutes, stirring half way
This can be a really wonderful addition to any nourish bowls, sauces etc. Please note that the roasted tomatoes will be “watery,” you can enjoy the watery texture, blend it or cook it with some canned chickpeas and herbs in a pot. Most of all enjoy the incredible benefits of tomatoes, loaded with anti-oxidants like lycopene which help support sun damage internally.
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