Friday, August 8, 2014

Finding Raven's Edge

     This past week has been a whirlwind of activity.  I've made soaps and lotions, dropped off samples of my soaps to go out with CSA deliveries from Dinesbergs Farm, and I met with amazing people about selling my products.  One of those is Dawn at Dawn Hill Designs.  You will now find my products tucked lovingly among her beautiful jewelry. So, if you are anywhere near Torrington, CT ( 40 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 3) check out her studio - it will be well worth the trip.

Antiqued Gold silver Dragonfly Locket brown pink green Necklace by Dawn Hill DesignsLovely Moon Dream Fairy Believe Swarovski by DawnHillDesignsEmbossed dragonfly earrings w/gold filled ear wires By Dawn Hill Designs
Just a few samples of Dawn's handiwork.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Yoga Mat Cleaner

Introducing my newest product - Yoga Mat Cleaner

Born from a need to clean my own yoga mat.  This spray combines water, witch hazel and organic essential oils.  It cleans the mat and the essential oils are anti-bacterial and smell yummy.   Simply spray on and wipe with a damp cloth and let air dry for a few minutes before flipping the mat over and repeating the process.

Friday, August 1, 2014


     This past week end I was in Vermont studying Ayurveda with the lovely Kate Gilday at the White Dove Herbal Farm & Sanctuary.  Twenty five of us gathered together.  Saturday lead us outside to learn gathered on the grass among the gorgeous and abundant gardens.  Breathing exercises, information, poetry writing and lunch were shared before moving into the kitchen to make ghee in preparation for the next days activities.
     Sunday started inside as the rains fell heavy at times.  The sun to burst forth by lunch time.  We gathered once again around the kitchen island.  We shared in the process of making medicated ghee and kitchari.  
     This week end was the first of three.  We covered the basics and the doshas (the three types of constitutions).  We concentrated on Pitta and  how to keep the fire of summer balanced.   Though we have all three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) one usually dominates.  Each dosha has its own characteristics.  Pitta is the principle of heat, digestion and all that transforms the body. It is represented by the acid secretion from the stomach, bile from the liver, the pancreas and inflammation.  Pitta sweat is sour causing body odor. Pitta people have an athletic build, bright, colorful eyes and rosy cheeks.  They often loose their hair early or go prematurely gray.  The sense they are associated with is vision and they are often nearsighted or sensitive to light. If out of balance they tend towards ulcers, acid reflux, inflammation or sharp pain, migraines and high blood pressure.
     To keep in balance people with a high Pitta dosha should keep cool avoiding heat, steam and high humidity.  They should spend as much time outdoors as possible.  The fresh air does them well.  They should try and get to sleep before 10 PM.  They should concentrate on eating foods that emphasize, bitter, astringent and sweet tastes.  Fresh fruits and vegetables are great.  Milk. cottage cheese and soft cheeses are cooling.  Sour dairy aggravates the fire therefore yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream and hard cheeses should be limited.  Heating foods, caffeine, red meat and pungent spices tend to aggravate Pitta.
     The key idea is that like increases like so if you are over heated eat cooling foods.  I am considered Pitta Kapha.  Pitta is my dominate dosha and summer tends to throw me for a loop.  A hot personality combined with the heat of the summer is a problematic mix.  Taking in these basic principles has made this summer one of the best in a long time.
     I dress to be cool and comfortable.  I have surrounded my self with cooling colors - we just painted my kitchen blue this spring.  I eat seasonally taking in all the fruits and vegetables of the season into my diet.  I have reduced the caffeine and increased nourishing teas.  I practice yoga and get regular massages.  And I have become more aware of the things in my life that cause me to go out of balance and take steps to reduce them.
My poem for fire
Flames lick the sky
the cauldron
of my life

Heating up
the passions that drive
motivate, sustain

Burning me up
and out
expanding what was

The contents of the cauldron
from the heat of the flames
and smoldering coals

Becoming something more
beautiful, giving
than before