liane-metzler-30296-unsplashOur skin is the largest organ of the body, and along with our gut and our respiratory tract, it is our physical interface with the world around us.  We absorb things through our skin (think of medication patches like hormones or narcotics as examples), and we detoxify when we sweat, releasing not just salts and water but other cofactors and waste products of physiologic processes.  And perhaps there is a metaphorical release and uptake through the skin, too, part of an ongoing dialogue with our central nervous system.  With these thoughts in mind and an interest in our overall health at The Seed House, we have stocked some select skin care products that have been made with the same values inspiring both the process and the results.

Samudra Skin & Sea is a woman-owned business that responsibly hand-harvests seaweed from the northern California coast and combines them with other plant-based ingredients to prepare organic, vegan skin care products in small batches.  Kelp is a rich source of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that nourish the skin.  Owner Shilpi Chhotray has a background in marine science and ocean conservation and continues her advocacy work organizationally and through her products.   We stock Wild Seaweed Sea Soap for Hair and Body,  Body Butter, Face Cream, and Clay Mask (that also contains charcoal).

From Marble & Milkweed, we offer tinted and simple lip balms, body butters, and bathing salts.  Briar Winters sources organic and fair-trade ingredients and handcrafts her products, packaging them in environmentally sensitive compostable paper or glass.  I love Briar’s inspiration for the business name:

The scientific name of milkweed’s genus is Asclepius, named after the Greek god of medicine and healing. In Hindu mythology it is believed that the universe was created by a god drunk on the milky white juices of the plant. Today, milkweed is the primary source of food for the monarch butterfly. It’s my hope that the precious nectars you’ll find here will likewise nourish you into winged resplendence!

We are also introducing doTERRA Essential Oils.  We chose this product line not only for their quality and responsible sourcing but also for the educational support provided by our local contact, Nancy Illman.  There is a vast body of knowledge about plant-based medicine that we want to make available for the practitioners, students, patients, and clients of The Seed House.  Nancy will be offering a themed “yogaroma” class in a 12-month cycle to pair an asana sequence with a selection of oils to amplify the theme.  In addition, one-to-one Aroma Touch, Aroma Reiki, and aromatherapy-focused wellness coaching (choosing essential oils that support your wellness goals) will be offered by Nancy.  Nancy Illman is a former poverty lawyer now living her best life devoted to sharing and promoting holistic wellness practices. She has been an advanced practitioner of Usui Reiki since 2007, is a practitioner and trainer in the AromaTouch Technique since 2014, and certified in Plant Based Nutrition in 2012.  Nancy’s first yoga class will be Foundations, a Journey through the Lower Chakras, Sunday, October 14, 2018, noon-1:15.  Sign up here.

Thanks for the photo by Liane Metzler on Unsplash