We are all dog tired of it; disasters like Erma. But one thing disasters bring out…people for the good of each other.

IMG_1969“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
––Nelson Mandela

Turn on just about any news station, regardless of its political stance and you’ll hear reporting on the latest act of terrorism, hatred or bigotry. Our nation is fraught with prejudice and ideological division. We’ve become suspicious of those who look, sound or believe differently from what our own frames of reference have conditioned us to accept as “fact.”

We often judge people on their socioeconomic status, religious dogma, political view, and cultural or ethnic background. We stick labels on each other which are based on external appearance––not internal character. Our skin color has become the factor that separates us from other people, the variable that can undermine communities, segregate entire nations, and thrust our world into conflict and disorder. It’s tragic, but it’s turning into the climate of our country.

So how can we fight against this current of fear, mistrust, prejudice and intolerance? How can we subvert the status quo and create an environment where ALL people are embraced and accepted for who they are––not what society has branded them as? First, we need to remember our origins. We are human beings, children of Mother Earth, programmed to love and be loved. When we return to our most base-level instincts, our differences can no longer keep us apart. We see this when we have a natural disaster like the hurricane we just had an Texas and the one in Florida and just now the earthquake in Mexico.
We’re all ONE in spirit, and we find connection in our shared humanity. So lets keep at it…lets be our best self and love everyone.

Each person’s life experiences are unique to them, but we all co-exist on the same planet, so we can either live in harmony or succumb to chaos. The choice is ours. But just consider for a moment how this country––and the world––might transform if we chose peace and unity instead of giving hatred the final word. Even if you think it sounds cliché, don’t disregard the power of kindness, compassion and open-mindedness in a culture desperately needing these traits. Remember: we’re here to love. It’s really that simple.

Let there Be Peace On Earth––And Let It Begin with US.

Bulgarian Rose: a Rare & Exotic Natural Wonder

IslandRomanceFaceCreamDid you know there are only two regions on earth where the growing conditions are just right to cultivate rose essential oil? One is in Turkey, and the other is known as “Valley of the Roses” in Bulgaria. The area’s mild, but often humid, climate in late spring increases the amount of oil production because there is less evaporation on the petals than in hotter, drier temperatures. This moisture yields a fragrant, full-bodied crop of roses from which a rich and earthy oil is extracted. Once that process is complete, the result is a musky blend that’s ideal for aromatherapy, natural perfumery and a host of medicinal benefits.

These healing properties also support a healthy skincare regimen because rose essential oil contains antioxidants and astringents, both of which are known to help the complexion stay fresh, radiant and youthful. The antioxidants reduce the presence of acne, scars, stretch marks and other surface conditions, while the astringents target the skin’s cellular depth to lift and tone facial muscles for healthier aging. In addition, rose essential oils purify the bloodstream to remove toxins and correct hormone imbalances that cause rashes, breakouts, flakiness, dullness, or even chronic skin diseases like eczema and rosacea.

The floral scent of this essential oil has just a hint of spice which produces a calming effect on both the mind and body, making this ingredient the perfect addition to your self-care routine. At PHbotanical, the Bulgarian rose essential oil we source for our products is organic and therapeutic-grade to ensure the highest quality for optimum wellness and vitality. And the best part, you don’t need to trek all the way to Bulgaria to experience these health benefits. Our locally made products have you covered right here in Sarasota, or wherever you call home!

Road Trips & Re-Con Missions: The Stuff that Summer is Made of

IMG_0060 copySummer is the quintessential time of year for road trips, and I just returned from one that took me all around the Southeast. My two-week adventure began in Savannah, Georgia, then continued on to Charleston, South Carolina, and Asheville, North Carolina, before reaching the final destination of New Orleans, Louisiana. These charming Southern landmarks are known for their unique culture, inviting atmosphere and rich history that dates back to the eighteenth century during colonial America.

Exploring these cities is like turning back time and visiting a different era where a fast-paced lifestyle just doesn’t exist, and simple pleasures are not overlooked or taken for granted. Walking through the cobblestone streets of Charleston and Savannah, past horse-drawn carriages and antebellum mansions, I felt a profound sense of relaxation that’s all too often missing from this accelerated, ultra-modern world we live in. Perusing the vibrant art scene of downtown Asheville, tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains, I was filled with natural wonder and creative inspiration. Then, during my last stop in New Orleans, I couldn’t resist immersing myself in the exhilarating jazz beats and mouth-watering Cajun cuisine this festive city is known for.

This trip was a much-needed opportunity to unplug from the hectic routines of everyday life and reconnect with a slower, calmer state of being. However, sometimes you need to mix business with pleasure, and that’s part of the reason I choose to visit these specific locales. During my two-week jaunt through the Southeast, I was also scouting out potential boutiques to sell PHbotanical products in. The search was geared toward exclusive stores that share the eclectic PHbotanical vibe earthy, organic and locally-owned with a deep commitment to serving their communities and enhancing the wellness of their customers.

That’s the heart behind PHbotanical, and we’re always seeking out other likeminded businesses to partner with in that mission. Stay tuned over these next several months as we aim to expand and introduce even more people to the benefits of organic, handcrafted skincare. And here’s to the “last hurrah” of your summer travels, wherever they might take you!

Lovely Lavender: Why this Essential Oil Tops Our Ingredient List

WildSpiritSageFaceCreamOne of our favorite ingredients to use when handcrafting our skincare products is lavender essential oil. We source from organic, therapeutic-grade varieties to ensure the highest quality and gentlest touch on your skin. Lavender essential oil has a rich history, dating back to the Egyptian and Roman empires who used it for perfumes, bathing, cooking and medicinal purposes. Today, lavender is among the most popular essential oils in the world recognized for its floral, herbaceous scent which has a calming effect on both the mind and body.

When added to your skincare regimen, lavender essential oil provides multiple benefits to enhance your wellness and keep your complexion radiant. The potent antimicrobial and antioxidant properties in acne have been found to reduce the presence of acne, heal scarring and inflammation, manage eczema and psoriasis, fight toxins below the surface and even slow down the aging process. Together, these health benefits combine to leave your skin healthy, vibrant, glowing and young.

Lavender is a powerhouse of nutrients, and we’ve harnessed these soothing properties in our organic skincare products to ensure that whenever you wash your face in the morning or apply night cream at bedtime, you’re getting the natural healing touch of this ancient medicinal plant. Plus, for an added bonus, the relaxing aroma will give you a boost of positivity to embrace life to the fullest. There’s no doubt, lavender is one of our go-to essential oils, and it’s not hard to understand why!

Creating More Balance in Your Life

IMG_4072 copyIn our modern, high-tech and fast-paced world, stress can often seem unavoidable, but the physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual effects of this pressurized culture we live in can negatively impact our well being.

When you undergo stress, the body responds with tension settling into the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, nervous, musculoskeletal and reproductive organ systems, causing you to experience a lack of balance. Over time, this feeling can lead to chronic health complications such as rapid breathing, heart strain, panic attacks, high cholesterol, acid reflux, nausea, stomach ulcers, fatigue or insomnia, headaches, brain fog, hormone issues, tremors and muscle atrophy.

These long-term dangers of stress are no joke, but the good news is you can learn to manage this unpleasant fact of life and achieve inner calm despite all the chaos happening around you or the obligations competing for your attention.

The body is designed to exist in a state of homeostasis which means it functions optimally when all the parts are in balance and harmony with each other. The pressures of juggling finances, employment, child rearing, relationships, household chores, family dynamics and more can make us feel exhausted and destabilized, the exact opposite of homeostasis. But you can reclaim that sense of wellness, peace and equilibrium with the right coping tools.

At PHbotanical, we believe in a holistic approach to maintaining balance, one that engages the mind, the body and your spirit. And that’s our intention behind creating organic face mists to help you relax and refresh, breathe deeper and invigorate the senses. These products are formulated with organic, natural ingredients and 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils to pamper your skin and infuse your entire being with wellness benefits, from the inside out.

You can even choose from a variety of aromas like our floral-scented Island Romance, earthy Wild Spirit Sage, zesty Black Rose Mint, clean and fresh Gulf Coast Salt or soothing Night Blend. Keep these face mists around the house, bring them on road trips, store them in a desk drawer at work or even stash them in your purse while running errands.

Whenever you feel those tell-tale signs of tension coming on, fight back with just a spritz of this gentle formula on your face and savor the instant calm, penetrating into the pores and throughout the whole body. Stress might be an occupational hazard of our accelerated lives, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find balance in the midst of a hectic pace. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to regain some inner peace!