Category Archives: True Botanica Co-workers

National Chili Month!

October is National Chili Month and since we here at True Botanica love chili, we were hoping you would share your favorite recipes! One lucky winner will receive a True Life Sea Salt and Pepper combo gift! Simply send your favorite chili recipe to info@truebotanica.com. We’ll be sure to share the recipes with you next week!

You also don’t want to miss True Botanica’s very own chili cookoff! Next week all of the coworkers will bring in a pot of their finest chili and vote on who is the chili champion!

Be sure to check back for details.

Happy cooking!

True Botanica Fall Favorites

As we are now in to our first official week of Autumn, the True Botanica team thought we would share some of our Fall Favorites! 

Heidi

As much as I wish summer could last forever, I will admit that Fall does have certain advantages.  Obviously the changing colors of the surrounding Wisconsin landscape are nothing short of breathtaking and nothing compares to the feeling I get when I catch that first whiff of autumn in the air.  But there is more than that.  Around the middle of September, after a long summer hiatus, I rediscover my love for baking.  And it is exciting when those creative juices start to flow and I get to put together Halloween costumes for the kids.  Here is a photo of my son in his costume, maybe it will help to get your creative juices flowing.

Philia

Halloween is always a blast, I really love getting creative with costumes for both myself and my husband (whether he likes it or not). I also get very in to pumpkin carving, it’s such a fun Fall art project! Another perk is being able to get “fall fresh” apples and squash from the Farmer’s Market. My favorite fashion part of Fall is black sweater turtlenecks. I’m made fun of for this, but every year since college I find a black sweater turtleneck and buy 2 of the same one I like and wear them all the time!

Alyssa

Fall is hands down my favorite season! Especially living in Wisconsin and seeing how beautiful the trees look as their leaves change colors. The tree outside of the True Botanica office is still one of my favorites to watch change, as you can see in this picture from last year. This is also my ideal time to enjoy running outside because the extreme heat from the summer has tapered off and the cold has yet to set in, making it the perfect climate for a mud run! I also love fall clothes when I can finally bring out all of my scarves and my favorite boots!

 

 

True Botanica

We also have a few Fall Favorite True Botanica products, perfect to keep you healthy during all of your favorite fall activities: Lung Root and Elderberry Thyme Syrup help soothe the throat while the Throat Defense provides the immune support you need for all of your favorite Fall activities. Since many of these favorties take place outside, try the Hand & Body Cream to keep your skin smooth as the weather changes.

What are some of your Fall Favorites?

Philia’s Garden – Harvesting!

This past weekend Philia, with the help of Dr. Andrea Rentea, harvested the first 2 zucchinis from her garden! Check out the pictures below and be sure to check back as Philia keeps us updated on the progress of her garden!

Want to see where it all started? Read the original post and past update if you missed them the first time.

  

Please share your gardening tips, especially advice on how you keep your garden growing during times of extreme heat and draught.

True Botanica Coworker Travels – Wisconsin Adventure!

One True Botanica coworker traveled throughout Wisconsin this weekend and had quite the adventure. Read on to hear about her trip, including the special plant she stumbled upon.

 This past Sunday, my fiancé Luke and I had a 3 hour drive ahead of us and all day with which to do it.  Instead of taking the freeway, we bought a Wisconsin highway map and opted for a little backroads adventure.  We saw some bizarre yard decorations, beautiful scenery, and loads of cows that we wouldn’t have otherwise seen.  I also saw tons of Angelica growing along the roadsides, right at its peak in the growing season, so I couldn’t resist stopping to get a few photos.  It is truly a breathtaking plant, and I hope that you enjoy the pictures!

 Heidi standing next to Angelica - Photo Courtesy of Luke Wein Angelica - Photo courtesy of Luke Wein

Angelica - Photo courtesy of Luke Wein Angelica - Photo courtesy of Luke Wein

All photos courtesy of Luke Wein.

Do you know which True Botanica products contain Angelica?

True Botanica Travel Essentials

One True Botanica coworker is going on vacation and of course couldn’t forget to pack a few of her True Botanica Travel Essentials.

Suitecase with True Botanica products

In my suitcase you’ll find:

  • Throat Defense: Let’s be honest, crowded planes are not the most germ-free of places. Thankfully my Throat Defense Berry is small enough that I can bring it with me when I travel to give me extra immune support.
  • Clear and Calm: I’m not a fan of flying, but the Clear and Calm helps keep me relaxed before and during my flight. I’m sure my travel buddies will be relieved to hear of that!
  • AKBA Plus: The last thing I want to spend my vacation doing is sneezing and wheezing. I already take AKBA Plus daily, so why stop on vacation?
  • Face Moisturizing Cream: This is part of my morning routine so whenever I travel I make sure to bring my Face Moisturizing Cream, especially when I know I’ll be outside in the sun and need to keep my skin moisturized.
  • Relief 4x Cream: I’m sure we’ll be walking around and seeing all there is to see, so I know the Relief 4x Cream will be just what I for my aching legs at the end of the day.

What are some of your travel essentials?

Philia’s Garden — Update!

A few weeks ago we told you how one True Botanica coworker was starting to prepare her garden. If you missed that post, you can get caught up to speed here. We promised to keep you posted on her progress, so here it is!

This year I decided to take on the project of trying to grow vegetables using biodynamic seeds in organic soil! Next year I will try and expand this by using biodynamic preparations in the dirt.

Because there was no good space for our garden, we decided to build a raised vegetable bed, concept, design and inspiration came from this article http://organicgardening.about.com/od/startinganorganicgarden/a/raisedbed.htm . We ended up using Cedar for the wood, and then gave it a food safe mineral oil wash to keep it looking good throughout the year. Along the way there were various points of excitement; the ground breaking,  having to fill the bed with the dirt at 8pm at night (the dirt had mistakenly been delivered on the wrong day and left in the alley for us to move) and then finally seeing the raised bed finished and planted. Check out some pictures from start-finish of the project.

Planter box 1 Planter box 2

Planter box 3 Planter box 4

Planter box 5 Planter box 7

Spring Essentials!

Now that we are well in to spring, we thought we’d share some of our favorite must-have products for the season. Read on as a few True Botanica coworkers share some of their Spring Essentials:

Heidi’s

Wisconsin winters are so cold and I spend most of them in hibernation mode… until spring finally rolls in and I catch a severe case of Spring Fever!!  No more Couch Potato, I want to do nothing but run, ride my bike, dig up the garden, play sand volleyball and chase the kids around the yard.  The morning after a good full day, my body reminds me that, although I sometimes act like it, I am not the spry teenager I once was.  I keep the Relief 4x Cream on my nightstand (to take the edge off), and a bottle of Joint Relief Plus in the medicine cabinet (to keep my joints healthy for springs-to-come).     

Philia’s

This spring I’ve been working on my first garden using organic and biodynamic seeds. It’s been a lot of work, but a lot of fun (so far). All of the prep work has involved a lot of digging in the dirt, and in turn, washing my hands. I’ve used the Hand & Body Moisturizer to keep my skin soft and moisturized. I’ve also been outside quite a bit in the sun and wind and make sure to keep my Boswellia Lip Balm in my pocket at all times to keep my lips smooth.  I’ve been tracking the progress of my garden so be sure to check back for updates on how my garden is coming along!

Alyssa’s

My body tends to be pretty sensitive to the changing of the season and with it comes the sneezing and dreaded “clogged up” feeling in my head. I’m not one to sit still, so I make sure to have a bottle of Sinus Plus and AKBA Plus nearby. Both have helped clear up my head so I can breathe freely and go on with my day. I already take the AKBA Plus daily to help with post-workout stiffness, so adding the Sinus Plus was an easy adjustment.

Patrick’s (a new addition after Memorial Day)

This weekend I took advantage of the warm weather and fired up the grill. I made steak, crusted with our True Life Pepper (coarse). Just load it on so it soaks in before tossing it on the grill. It really adds a great flavor and is quick and easy. Right before I serve the steaks I sprinkle on the True Life Sea Salt as a final touch. The Sea Salt also goes great on grilled vegetables.

What are your Spring Essentials??

Pamper Your Mother This Year

Do you need some ideas on what to get mom this Mother’s Day? Check out the gift basket one True Botanica coworker put together to pamper her mom this Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Basket

This year I put together my version of a home spa basket for my mom, as a special way of showing my thanks for how she takes care of all of us. I included a pedicure kit, so she can get her toes ready for sandal season. I made sure to include the Orange Salt Scrub, perfect to use on the legs and feet before the pedicure, and Hand & Body Moisturizing Cream to keep the smooth skin after. I also got her a Boswellia Lip Balm, because she likes having one in every purse. Of course I couldn’t forget to throw in her favorite – chocolate.

What are you getting for mom this Mother’s Day?

Don’t forget, all True Botanica cosmetics, salt scrubs, bath oils and two women’s health specific supplements are on sale for 10% now until Mother’s Day! Click here to read more.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

One True Botanica coworker shares this photo of her backyard. Have the April showers brought your yard or garden blooming May flowers?

Philia’s Garden – Just in Time for Earth Day

One True Botanica coworker prepared her garden, just in time for Earth Day. Read on as she shares how she got started.

This year for the first time I decided to try planting a vegetable and herb garden using organic soil and biodynamic seeds! I decided to plant tomatoes, thyme, zucchini, broccoli, basil and carrots.

Biodynamic SeedsPotted seeds_side 2

Hopefully in 4-6 weeks my seedlings will be ready to plant out doors when I plant them. I’m very excited to see how my garden progresses. Stay tuned, as I will be posting updates along the way!

Philia's Seeds - Potted

What are you planting in your garden? Have you considered using biodynamic methods? Do you have any gardening tips? Let us know by commenting below!