Holiday Shipping

Holiday shipping announcement: There’s still time to receive your t-shirts, eye pillows and natural body care products by The Lotus Root by Christmas! Place your orders for:

* Made-to-order t-shirts by Wednesday,12/16 (tomorrow!) by 3pm central standard time

* Eye pillows + body care products by Friday, Dec 18th

* and all in-stock items by Sunday 12/20.

Items will be shipped via 2 day priority mail (within the U.S) – please contact me prior to ordering your item if you’d like expedited or first class shipping.
International shipping cut-off date has passed.

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Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thelotusroot@gmail.com

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Sacred Geometry Flower of Life Meditation Organic Cotton Tshirt by The LOtus Root

 

{DIY} Cleansing + calming bath

Feeling some bad vibes? Cleanse + protect with this soothing bath: Feeling some bad vibes and need to relax, recharge, and cleanse?

Add two cups Epsom salt and/or 2- 3 handfuls of sea salt + ten drops frankincense essential oil + white sage bath tea to your bath water, and soak for about 20 minutes.

(To make the tea, steep a small handful of sage in hot water for about 20 minutes, then strain and pour it in the tub).Feeling some bad vibes? Cleanse + protect with this soothing bath:

White sage tea can be used in the bath in the same way that you would use sage for smudging – to purify, cleanse and protect from negative energies. Sage has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, calming, and deodorizing properties, and smells amazing.

Clinical studies have proven that *frankincense deepens breathing and strengthens the immune system. It’s very calming, and helps relax and focus the mind. Like sage, frankincense is believed to cleanse and protect the body and aura.

While bathing, it’s also helpful to focus on deep breathing, while imagining everything that you no longer want to hold onto going down the drain as you exhale.

*Not recommended if pregnant or nursing

Need some more relaxation tips? Check out this post

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Good Karma Sale

Use the coupon code GOODKARMA to save 20% on your entire purchase on www.etsy.com/shop/TheLotusRoot

Coupon code expires tonight at Midnight, Central Standard Time. (Feel free to get in touch if you want to combine items from both shops into one order – I can create a custom listing for you.)*

10% of sales will be donated to I Grow Chicagos Peace house, located in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. “I Grow Chicago’s mission is to provide a safe, inter-generational haven to children and at-risk community members. Through sustainable farming and educational programs in nutrition, movement yoga and the arts, we foster creativity, wellness and empowerment for individuals in the community as a whole.”

Good Karma Sale! Save 20% on all items / 10% of sales will be donated to I Grow Chicago / Sale ends tonight! 11/30/15 www.thelotusroot.com/store/

What is a Good Karma Sale, you may ask? Started by Kim Krans of The Wild Unknown Tarot “A GOOD KARMA SALE IS A CHANCE FOR BIZ OWNERS BIG AND SMALL TO CONSCIOUSLY REDEFINE OUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE HOLIDAYS. TOGETHER, WE’RE RECLAIMING THE LANGUAGE AND PURPOSE AROUND BLACK FRIDAY/SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY/CYBER MONDAY.WE’RE MAKING THE HOLIDAYS MEANINGFUL AGAIN… TO US, OUR CUSTOMERS, AND THE WORLD. GOOD KARMA FEELS GOOD. ” Learn more about how to participate, here

*Please note: International shipping cut-off date is Tuesday, December 8th. If you’re outside of the US, make sure you get your orders for made-to-order items in by tonight in order to meet the deadline.

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Back by popular demand

Organic cotton t-shirts are back for a limited time! My t-shirt supplier is phasing out the ever popular Alternative Apparel organic cotton t-shirt. Since I’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments about these tee’s, I decided to bring them back while I still can. Check out new color & design combinations, and some one-of-a-kind items here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LizDavisonArt

Flower of Life Meditation organic cotton tshirt

Also back in stock: Organic cotton + bamboo aromatherapy eye pillows: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheLotusRoot

•Hand screen printed with uplifting designs. •Filled with organic lavender & flax seeds (or just flax for those with sensitivities to scents)

Use for relaxation, restorative yoga, meditation, to help you fall asleep, or as a cold pack • generous size and weight – blocks out light and helps relax your eye muscles. • handmade with love

Washable covers also available to purchase on their own.

Organic Lavender eye pillows washable cover
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Seven Days of Self-Love

Today I’m starting Seven Days of Self-Love. Are you in? 

Slacking on self-care a bit over the summer made me really feel the difference that The Sixty Days of Self-Care Challenge made in my life. I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use a little motivation to step it up. If seven days sounds doable, I’d love it if you’d join in!

It feels like a good time to start, to prevent the winter blues from setting in, and to get some good habits started before the holidays.
Feel free to start anytime though! Same guidelines apply as with ‪#‎sixtydaysofselfcare‬ – The term self-love is just feeling more nourishing to me at the moment – and I think we could all use a little more love. (Find more info here / basically – do at least one thing that nourishes your mind, body & soul everyday)

Continue to share what you’re up to on The Lotus Root Facebook page + instagram (‪#‎SevenDaysOfSelfLove‬), or keep emailing me your pics/stories if you don’t want to share them publicly. (TheLotusRoot@gmail.com) I’ll be cheering you on the whole time.

Remember – this is not a selfish act. When people see you giving yourself love, it makes them feel better about doing the same. It creates a ripple effect. Plus – it keeps you accountable so you won’t give up on yourself! *Added bonus: Taking part in this *will*make you more radiant. Believe me, people can feel it when you take the time to give yourself love.*

Day 1: Making sure to stay hydrated

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How to make natural toothpaste

I hope you get a chance to try this natural toothpaste recipe – It’s fluoride free, and leaves your mouth feeling very fresh and clean.How to make natural toothpaste

What you’ll need:

  •  1 tbsp Baking soda
  • 1 tbsp Organic extra virgin coconut oil (cold pressed / unrefined) – Coconut oil is better than toothpaste according to this new study. (Plus it leaves your lips nice and soft)
  • 10 – 15 drops Spearmint essential oil – You can also use peppermint – I like spearmint because it’s more mild, slightly sweeter and considered more safe. Spearmint, like many other essential oils, has anti-bacterial  and anti-microbial properties
  • 2 tsp Xylitol (optional – but makes it taste more like regular toothpaste.) Xylitol is a plant-based sweetener which is proven to reduce tooth decay, remove plaque and tartar. It’s also said to whiten teeth. Read about more of its benefits here.) Make sure the xylitol you use is extra fine powder and not crystals. After looking for this for a while I finally found Kal brand fast disolving xylitol at the Vitamin Shoppe – I’m sure it can be found easily online.)
  • Jar to mix everything in
  • Measuring spoons / spoon for mixing 

 

How to make it: 

Mix everything up in your jar and voila – you have yourself some toothpaste!

Make sure to cap the jar so that the essential oil stays fresh. This amount will last about a week or two for one person.

Let me know if you try it!

Liz

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all natural fluoride free toothpaste baking soda xylitol essential oils and coconut oil

 

essential oils 101

Today I wanted to share this great article on the basics of using essential oils. It’s such a vast topic, and there are many uses for them. There’s a lot to learn so that you can use them safely, and here’s a good place to start – Check out the yoganonymous article here:

21 Things You Need to Know About Using Essential Oils + 7 Essential Oils Everyone Should Own  

Essential Oils 101

I feel so blessed to be able to work with these magical oils for a living when creating my products. The fact that they can do & heal so many things is so exciting to me.

I can’t wait to share more of what I’ve learned in future newsletters & posts, so stay tuned.

P.S: Have you joined in on Sixty Days of Self Care? I’m so happy that people are joining in, and are giving themselves the love they deserve.

Join us! You can start anytime. Find more info here

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Repost Katie Braja of Jojoba’s Witness

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Photos © Liz Davison & Katie Braja, 2015

Last call!

Last call for two things:

1. This is the last season to purchase the t-shirts that are in my shop! Tomorrow is the last day to place custom orders for our organic cotton, hand screen printed t-shirts (Sizes Small – 3XL). After Midnight (Eastern standard time) on March 19, made-to-order shirts will be unavailable. Whatever’s left in stock will be all that’s available, and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Sign up here to get a coupon code for 10% off of your order (Code expires Thursday, 3/19 at 11:59 pm, EST )

Shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheLotusRoot

 

Meditation : Heart Chakra : Flower of Life organic cotton tshirt

2. Nick, the owner of Lucidera, offered to give you a few more days to save on his organic Schizandra extract – Sign up here to get the code for 20% off of your order on  Lucidera.com

Coupon expires March 20th at 11:59 pm, EST. *I’m not an affiliate of this company – just spreading the word about an amazing product!

Learn more about Schizandra, here: http://thelotusroot.com/schizandra-berry-for-vibrant-health-and-beauty/

xo,
Liz

Organic Schizandra

Schizandra Berry for vibrant health and beauty

Hello!

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite herbs, and one of the most powerful and beneficial around: Schizandra berry.
“If used for 100 days successively, Schizandra is said to purify the blood, sharpen the mind, improve memory, rejuvenate the Kidney energy (especially the sexual functions in both men and women), and cause the skin to become radiantly beautiful.” – Ron Teeguarden.  Sign up to save 20% on Schizandra extract from Lucidera - expires 3/18/15
I’ve been taking this herb for several years, and I’m excited that I finally got my hands on some of the highest quality Schizandra out there (and I want to share the wealth!)

It has been one of the top herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, promoting vibrant health and beauty. It’s said to “calm the heart and quiet the spirit” and to “prolong the years of life without aging”

It’s known as Wu Wei Zi, often translated as “five flavor fruit” – and is the only herb with all 5 flavors ( sweet, salty, bitter, sour and pungent ). It benefits, tonifies, and balances all organs and meridians in the body, and is an adaptogen (helping you deal with physical and mental stress.)

“If used for 100 days successively, Schizandra is said to purify the blood, sharpen the mind, improve memory, rejuvenate the Kidney energy (especially the sexual functions in both men and women), and cause the skin to become radiantly beautiful.” – Ron Teeguarden.

It also:

Improves eyesight (In Russia Schizandra is considered eye food, and is a registered medicine for vision difficulties. [Source]

Cleanses the liver

Improves alertness and concentration

Strengthens the respiratory system

Boosts energy at a cellular level

Helps skin retain moisture

Promotes beautiful eyes & hair

Safely detoxifies the body

Helps speed recovery after surgery

Normalizes blood sugar

Improves mood

etc..etc..etc.. (learn about more of Schizandras benefits, here. Yes – there are even more benefits!)

Where to find it, and how to prepare?

I’ve made schizandra berry tea & tinctures with berries from Mountain Rose Herbs* in the past ( Learn how to make your own tincture, here:
http://thelotusroot.com/making-herbal-tinctures/

Lately I’ve been mixing 1/4 of a teaspoon of schizandra powder in hot or cold spring water.

As I mentioned, I just got my hands on some really high quality Schizandra extract from Lucidera* (Organic, American grown in pristine soil, highly concentrated, freeze-dried to retain nutrients, etc..) As luck would have it, Nick, the owner of Lucidera sent out a coupon code yesterday as I was working on this post. I emailed him to find out if I could share it with you, and he generously offered to create an exclusive 20% off coupon code and extend it to March 20th at Midnight, EST. Sign up here to get the code!

*I have no affiliations with these companies. I just love supporting and spreading the word about businesses with sustainable practices, who are going above and beyond with the quality of their products. I love researching this stuff, and being able to share it with you. It hurts my heart when people think herbalism doesn’t work because they’ve only tried low quality herbs.

Let me know if you try schizandra, and what results you get!**
To your health!
Liz

You may also be interested in Triphala – an Ayurvedic herb for healthy skin, detoxing, and more

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**Disclaimer: Not recommended if you have epilepsy, or are pregnant or nursing. May cause gastrointestinal upset in some individuals, although it’s rare. If you have any health conditions, please do your research or check in with a qualified physician before using schizandra.
The information in this post is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

 

Join in on Sixty Days of Self-Care

Mudra Mirror Sixty Days of Self Care

Since the Herbal Medicine Everyday challenge was a hit, I’ve started a new challenge: Sixty Days of Self Care.

The rules are – there are no rules :) I’m keeping this really loose on purpose. Everyday I’ll be posting one thing I’m doing to care for myself on instagram (whatever I feel that I need that day) I’d love it if you’d join me.

How to participate: Share your self-care practices on Instagram, and use the hashtag #Sixtydaysofselfcare so that others can get inspired. If you don’t have the instagram app, you can follow along and get ideas via the website: www.instagram.com/TheLotusRoot. You can also share what you’ve been doing (in photos or in writing) on The Lotus Root Facebook page, on this thread

Please feel free to participate even if you don’t want to share it publicly. Start a journal dedicated to 60 days of self-care (or just self care in general). It’s nice to record what you’re doing and look back at what worked and what didn’t / to help process what you’re going through / or to see how far you’ve come.

You can start any day you’d like. The days don’t have to be consecutive. Take part in it one day or everyday. Don’t worry If you miss a day – I like to keep things pressure-free. Sometimes the best self-care you can give yourself is simply taking a break from doing anything. Doing absolutely-freakin-nothing counts just as much as self-care as making green juice would. Taking some time to relax your brain and to watch a funny movie is self-love in my book. The key is to do whatever your mind/body/soul needs that day. The less stress and pressure, the better. The key is to just get into the practice of focusing more on caring for yourself, without guilt.

If you decide to take part in the challenge, feel free to share this post so that other people can be inspired to give themselves the love and care they deserve <3

And don’t forget to let me know how it goes! Feel free to get in touch with any insights / observations / questions etc. :)
(While I may not be able to reply right away, I’ll be here cheering you on!!)

Liz

Last Season for shirts!

Only 2 more weeks left to place custom orders for our organic cotton, hand screen printed t-shirts! After March 19, made-to-order shirts will be unavailable. Whatever’s left in stock will be all that’s available, and once they’re gone, they’re gone! While I may create the occasional limited edition design if the mood strikes, I’ll be focusing more on natural body care, aromatherapy and healing. ❤️ p.s: the 33% off coupon code I sent out expires tonight (Friday 3/6) at 11:59 pm, CST! If you didn’t get the code, sign up for my list and I’ll make sure you get it!

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Only 2 more weeks left to place custom orders for our organic cotton, hand screen printed t-shirts! After March 19, made-to-order shirts will be unavailable. Whatever's left in stock will be all that's available, and once they're gone, they're gone! While I may create the occasional limited edition design if the mood strikes, I'll be focusing more on natural body care, aromatherapy and healing. ❤️ p.s: the 33% off coupon code I sent out expires tonight (Friday 3/6) at 11:59 pm, CST! If you didn't get the code, sign up for my list and I'll make sure you get it! Sign up to save 33% on your entire order! http://thelotusroot.com/free-updates/ Coupon expires Friday, 3/6 11:59 pm CST

Vegan Cherry Chocolate Shake {two awesome recipes}

I’m always looking for healthier ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. After three attempts to create the perfect vegan chocolate cherry shake, I came up with two that I loved. Both are delicious, and I kept forgetting that there was no dairy in them.

Vegan Cherry Chocolate Shake

Version 1 {The winner}

  • 1 1/4 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic cherries
  • 1 cup chocolate coconut milk ice cream ( I used the So Delicious brand )
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (or sweeten to taste)
  • a pinch of sea salt

Blend & Enjoy
I’m always looking for healthier ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. After three attempts to create the perfect Vegan Chocolate Cherry Shake, I came up with two that I loved. Both are delicious, and I kept forgetting that there was no dairy in them. Get the recipes here: http://thelotusroot.com/vegan-cherry-chocolate-shake-two-recipes/
Version 2  [The runner up}

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla coconut milk ice cream
  • 1 cup frozen organic cherries
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (or sweeten to taste)
  • 3 tsp raw cocao powder
  • a pinch of sea salt

Blend & drink it up!
I’m always looking for healthier ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. After three attempts to create the perfect Vegan Chocolate Cherry Shake, I came up with two that I loved. Both are delicious, and I kept forgetting that there was no dairy in them. Get the recipes here: http://thelotusroot.com/vegan-cherry-chocolate-shake-two-recipes/

Let me know what you think if you try one (or both!)

Liz