Category Archives: True Botanica Co-workers

What do you do with your banana peels?

Here at True Botanica, we give our banana peels to one of the coworkers, Heidi for her compost. Read on as Heidi shares how she and her family compost year round.Compost Bin

“‘Tis the season for composting, but in my house, compost season lasts all year long thanks to the creepie crawlies that live in my basement!  Any vegetable scraps from the kitchen (orange peels, apple cores, corn cobs, even shredded newspaper) go into our “worm bin”, and after a few weeks, all this waste is transformed into a dark, rich, odor-free compost!  This form of composting, known as “Vermicomposting”, is a great way we reduce our waste output and also make wonderful natural fertilizer for the garden.”

Compost Bin Closeup

Do you compost at home? Share your tips with us below!

True Botanica Travels!

This weekend Dr. Kamsler and the Doctors Rentea will be in New York City to attend the annual Seiner Books Spiritual Research Seminar. In addition, each of the doctors will be a featured speaker. We wish them the best of luck at this year’s seminar, titled “Medicine and Healing, Body, Soul & Spirit: New Pathways toward the Art and Science of Healing.”

Meanwhile, locally, two of the True Botanica coworkers are going to Madison to support the Wisconsin Naturopathic Physicians Association’s 2012 Midwest Regional CE Conference, focusing on Lyme Disease. It promises to be a very informative event.

We hope you all have a great weekend — Be sure to stop by to say hi if you will be at either event!

For a list of True Botanica’s upcoming and previous events, please visit the True Botanica Foundation website http://www.truebotanicafoundation.org/.

My Favorite Product – Patrick

My favorite True Botanica product to take is the Multi-Action Vitamin Mental Clarity II – Without Iron. I like this product because it helps make me feel more focused in the mornings and ready for my day. It also doesn’t hurt that I get the benefit of all essential viatmins and minerals along side the increased focus.

PatrickThe MAV Mental Clarity II – Without Iron has Guarana in it. Guarana is an energizing herb that has been shown to:

  • increase mental alertness,
  • improve attention in performance of complex tasks,
  • elevate mood and contentedness
  • and improve memory.

Tell us your favorite product and why.

Score Big Points with this Recipe

With the Superbowl right around the corner, Heidi, a True Botanica co-worker, thought she’d share one of her favorite savory recipes. Use our True Life Sea Salt and Pepper for the extra yum factor and our True Life Reservoir for an added health benefit. Consider this as a new dish to feature at your Superbowl Party!A True Botanica Employee

Cranberry-Nut Couscous Salad

1 package (10 ounces) plain couscous
1 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup chopped green onions
3/4 cup chopped sweet yellow or red pepper
3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt (Try our True Life Sea Salt)
1/8 teaspoon pepper (Try our True Life Pepper, Coarse or Fine)
** For an added benefit, include 1/2 teaspoon (0r more) of our True Life Reservoir

Prepare couscous according to package directions. Transfer to a large bowl; fluff with a fork. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until chilled.

Stir in the cranberries, onions, yellow pepper and almonds. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, oil, paprika, salt and pepper (**optional: and True Life Reservoir); pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Yield: 14 servings
Nutrition Facts: 1/2 cup equals 170 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Recipe modified from Taste of Home, February March 2007

Recipe Contest Update

***The recipe contest entry deadline has been extended until January 9th. Be sure to send your favorite holiday appetizer recipes to info@truebotanica.com for your chance to win a free True Life Sea Salt and True Life Pepper and have your recipe featured on our blog!***

Delicious Recipe Contest – Help End This True Botanica Fued!

We are excited to announce True Botanica’s recipe contest! Help us finally end a raging controversy over a question as old as time: Coarse Pepper or Fine Pepper? This passionate debate has split the True Botanica team in to those who root for True Life Coarse Pepper vs. those who stick to True Life Fine Pepper. Help us decide and finally choose a winner in this office debate.

To enter our recipe contest, send us your favorite savory holiday appetizers to info@truebotanica.com. One lucky winner will be selected and their recipe will be featured on our blog. The featured blogger will win a True Life Sea Salt and their choice of True Life Pepper (fine or coarse). Be sure to email us your recipes to enter the contest by 9am CST on Tuesday, December 20th. A winner will be selected later that day, with the featured recipe posted on Wednesday, December 21st, just in time for the holidays. True Life Peppers

Be sure to frequently check out our homepage Poll for when we post the question for you to weigh in on your preferred True Life Pepper!

My Favorite Product – Philia

My favorite True Botanica product is the Cleansing Cream (seriously, I use it every day).

This all natural facial cleanser provides a mild exfolition that leaves my skin feeling smooth without drying it out. The exfoliation is gentle enough toTrue Botanica employee holding Cleansing Cream use on a daily basis, unlike other face cleansing products with exfoliation too harsh to use every day. Even in the winter months, when my skin tends to dry out, the Cleansing Cream renews my skin without being abrasive.

This clay based cleanser leaves your face feeling refreshed and renewed without leaving behind any oily residue. This is why I tell all of my friends to use it, because the Cleansing Cream is suitable for any complexion. Another perk to it having the clay base is a small amount goes a long way. Plus, it feels great to know every ingredient in the Cleansing Cream is organic or biodynamic.

Pair it with the Face Moisturizing Cream for an all natural way to bring out your face’s natural glow and radiance. Who wouldn’t want that?

Tell us your favorite product and why.

Tips to Avoid Dry Skin this Winter

The winter season is upon us and with all of the fun holiday traditions, first snow falls and winter activities comes the dry, harsh, cold weather. Here are a few tips from the True Botanica team on ways to avoid dry skin and stay smooth all winter long:

  • Avoid dry skin by taking shorter, cooler showers. As tempting as it may be to soak up hot water on a cold winter morning, doing so can dry out your skin by washing away your body’s natural oils. It is also important to be conscious of the soaps and body scrubs you use, as some may play a role in drying out your skin. Try our Cleansing Cream for a natural face cleanser with mild exfoliation that is not drying or abrasive. 
  • Has your skin ever been so dry that you experience the static-electricity “cling” of your clothes on your body? Our salt scrubs (Rosemary and Orange) are especially good for replenishing the skin oils, leaving you feeling refreshed and “cling” free all day.
  • The next tips might sound more like summer tips, but they are still important for winter. Be sure to stay hydrated, even when the temperature drops. Also, don’t forget the sun block when spending time outdoors. I’m sure you skiers out there know just how harsh the sun can still be even when the temperatures are low. Being conscious of skin exposure can help avoid painful sun or wind burn.
  • Looking for natural moisturizing products that won’t leave you feeling oily? Try our Face Moisturizing Cream and Hand & Body Moisturizer for all  natural creams that do not leave greasy residues. Both are employee favorites because they leave your skin feeling fresh and renewed.  
  • Don’t forget your lips! Want to avoid waking up with dry, cracked lips in the morning? Try applying a thick layer of our Boswellia Lip Balm on your lips before bed. One employee does this every night and swears by it.
  • Even when you’re sleeping, dry air can draw moisture from the body. Consider investing in a humidifier. Sleeping with a humidifier during the driest winter nights will help to combat itchy/dry/flaky skin.  

 Do you have any tips or skin care secrets to avoid dry skin? Share them with us by commenting below.

All of our cosmetics (including creams, body oils, salt scrubs and lip balm) are now on sale for 10% off!

Thanksgiving Traditions

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Here are some of the traditions shared by a few True Botanica employees:

Heidi

This year my family is trying something a bit different for Thanksgiving.  This might sound blasphemous, but I personally was getting tired of the same old meal (same dishes, same recipes) year after year, and apparently several of my cousins felt the same way.  We started talking and we figured that since we are now all in our 20s and 30s, it is about time that we start chipping in.  We took over all the planning and cooking responsibilities.  We also decided that, in addition to making the Thanksgiving staples (the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc.), we would also mix it up a bit and make some of our own favorite recipes like enchiladas and stuffed mushrooms.  I can’t wait to sample all of the new recipes and to see all of my family on Thursday!    

Philia

For thanksgiving this year I am on desert duty! In addition to the classics of Apple, Pecan and Pumpkin pie I will be making Key Lime pie and Chocolate Silk pie for the first time-hopefully they turn out. I’m excited to spend the day baking and preparing for this year’s Thanksgiving which will be different from all other ones in the past because I will be joining my fiancé and his enormous family for the first time.

Patrick

This will be the first Thanksgiving without my grandparents. As the matriarch and patriarch of the family, they did all the planning to bring us all together for Thanksgiving. My cousin and I were talking about this at my grandfather’s funeral and wondered who would take the lead in planning everything for this year’s Thanksgiving. We decided that we would work together to accomplish this. While my cousin took the lead, I helped in calling all of the aunts, uncles and cousins and we will all be gathering in the same location as we have over the past years, keeping the tradition going.

Alyssa

This year my friends and I decided to have a “Friendsgiving” on the Friday after Thanksgiving. As we’ve grown older, many have moved away but still come home for the holiday. I offered to host the event and will be making my favorite Thanksgiving dish, green bean casserole. It’s been fun seeing the types of dishes my friends have signed up to bring, merging together all of our favorite family traditions. In addition to us all bringing a dish to pass, we will all bring our old clothes to donate to a local charity. I’m eager to see how everything goes and hope this turns in to a new Thanksgiving tradition.

Happy Thanksgiving from the True Botanica Team!