Mar Michelle
Botanical Skincare

August 30, 2023
YOUR SKINCARE


BOTANICAL CLEANSING OIL is nourishing skin cleanser handcrafted with a blend of cold-pressed botanical oil infusions.

YOUR INGREDIENTS: Organic cold-pressed Olive oil, biodynamic Calendula flowers, wildcrafted Rosemary, organic Chamomile flowers, wildcrafted Lavender, pure essential oils of Lemongrass, Geranium, Bergamot, Lemon, and Turkish Damask Rose.

SUGGESTED USE: Gently massage onto your face with clean hands. Remove the oil with a warm, moist cotton pad or washcloth. Works well to remove dirt and makeup.


PROPER CARE: Best stored in a cool, dry area to preserve shelf life. Do not touch the glass dropper piece and be sure to seal the lid tightly.


Best used within 8 months of batch date.

Batch date: 26.08.23
50 ml


BEAUTY BALM is a deeply hydrating skin nourisher, handcrafted with a bespoke selection of cold-pressed botanical oil infusions then blended with a bit of local, artisanal beeswax.

YOUR INGREDIENTS: Organic cold-pressed Olive oil, biodynamic Calendula flowers, biodynamic Lavender flowers, biodynamic Rose petals, artisanal beeswax.

SUGGESTED USE: Apply as a day or night moisturizer to clean face, neck and hands.


PROPER CARE: Best stored in a cool, dry area to preserve shelf life. Use clean, dry hands before touching the balm and be sure to seal the lid tightly.


Best used within 8 months of batch date.
Batch date: 11.07.23
60 ml


Dietary Recommendations

Suggested Elimination

  • Caffeine (exceptions for special teas and ceremony. Ideally don't drink after lunchtime)
  • Refined sugar
  • GMOs, pesticides, synthetic ingredients/chemicals of any kind
  • Dairy - ghee is ok, good for high heat cooking
  • Seed oils - stick to cold-pressed oils such as olive, avocado, cold-pressed black sesame oil (seed exception), or coconut (coconut oil is good for high heat cooking , the others are best raw)
  • Wheat gluten
  • Nut and grain milk

Food Suggestions

  • Quality proteins (grass fed/organic meat, fish and eggs from reliable farmers)
  • Organic vegetables (steamed is best for nutrients - use good water and drink the water from the steamed veggies)
  • Root vegetables (beets, sweet potato, yams, etc)
  • Dark leafy greens (spinach, chard, beet greens, etc)
  • Bitters (wild lettuce, dandelion greens, etc)
  • Purple and black foods for kidneys (black sesame seeds, miso, figs, blueberries, plums, black beans, etc)
  • Seaweed
  • Celery
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Bone broth
  • Meat stew
  • Buckwheat (bread, pasta, etc)
  • Mung beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Aduki beans
  • Millet
  • Amaranth
  • Fermented foods
  • Sprouted seeds and grains
  • Local, organic, seasonal fruits
  • Chlorella
  • Ume Su (Japenese plum vinegar)
  • Tamari (only organic - no GMO)
  • Oat straw infusions (kidney support)

Overall think fresh, whole foods that are local and in season. Keep it simple. Mainly eating protein and enough veggies to help balance and digest the protein. Think equal parts protein to veggies. Eat seasonal fruits in whole form instead of juices for the most part. Fruit is best eaten on an empty stomach. Carbs are best eaten separate from protein. Also water/fluids are best consumed separate from food. Give yourself about 30 minutes after drinking to eat (unless it's something light and watery like fruit), then wait about 2 hours after eating a meal to drink again (depends on how heavy the meal was, the idea is not to dilute stomach acid while digesting - work with the body)

Meal Suggestions

Breakfast
High protein and nutrient dense breakfast eaten while stomach qi is the highest between about 2-4 hours after dawn (ideally before 9am)

  • Eggs and steamed veggies with buckwheat bread
  • Meat stew
  • Bone broth with millet and veggies
  • Black sesame hummus (recipe below) with avocado, steamed spinach and buckwheat bread.

Lunch
Have lunch when the sun is at it's peak (high digestive fire). This is a good time for your heaviest meal.

Dinner
Keep dinner on the light side and eat around sunset. You'll have to feel it out so that your not still digesting food when you sleep, and not feeling hungry either.


Kidney Recipes

Hummus
(if you have a blender)

1 can/jar of organic beans (black, kidney, aduki are good)
Heaping scoop of black sesame tahini (black sesame is great for the kidneys, regular is fine if you can't find the black)
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
Lemon to taste
Sea salt (or miso paste) and pepper to taste.
Optional additions (handful of fresh cilantro or parsley, steamed spinach, avocado, tomato or any steamed veggies you fancy)

Toss everything in a blender and good to go.

Seaweed Soup
Buckwheat or rice noodles
Miso paste or bone broth
Root veggies (sweet potato, carrot, beets, etc)
Dark leafy veggies (spinach, beet greens, nettles, etc)
Goji berries
Fish of choice or tempeh
Squeeze of lemon
Ginger to taste

Adrenal Cocktail
(kidney and adrenal support)

1/2 fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice (1 orange or grapefruit)
1/2 coconut water
1 scoop of high quality Chlorella
A pinch of sea salt

Drink on an empty stomach.

Suggested Practices

  • Synch your sleep cycle with the sun - waking up at sunrise.
  • Daily movement between around 9-11h when spleen qi is most active.
  • Take some time each day to pause and rest - to unplug and do absolutely nothing. The kidneys need quiet and calm to replenish.
  • Eat while seated and take your time to chew well. Avoid eating when feeling anxious or upset.
  • Avoid screens and work at night.
  • Take magnesium salt baths with candle light and essential oils (these oils have an affinity for the kidneys: Bergamot, Mandarin Red, Chamomile Roman, Rosemary, Juniper, Jasmine).
  • Warm foot baths and foot massage with magnesium salts and essential oils


Inner Smile - Nourishing the Organs


KIDNEYS


Energetics: Deep wisdom, connection, serenity, trust, gentleness | Fear, anxiety

Color: Deep blue

Sound: Tchwaay (like a strong whisper)


  • Rub your palms together quickly to generate heat.
  • Place your palms over your kidneys, located on either side of the lower ribcage/the small of the back.
  • Take a moment to attune to the kidneys, bathing them with an inner smile of acknowledgment and appreciation. It helps to understand how they serve your body.
  • Imagine permeating your kidneys with a serene blue light - use your inner eye to connect with them. Follow your energy as it moves deeper into the kidneys and keep your awareness there.
  • Breathe in through your nose, taking in the essence of wisdom and tranquility, while channeling that feeling through your hands and into the kidneys. After awhile the words don't matter so much, it's more about cultivating the essence of these words and flooding that energy into the kidneys.
  • Exhale out the mouth making the "Tchwaay" sound, while releasing feelings of fear and worry.
  • Maintain the inner smile for the whole practice.
  • Repeat a few cycles until you feel complete.


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