You're Invited...

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to a special gathering...


in celebration of our launch of 


In celebration of our LUMINOUS MOON Essence Oil launch, my beautiful sister, shamanic healer & womb awakener, Andrea Takacs-Carvalho (aka The Gaia Healer) will be conducting a Full Moon Ceremony at the beautiful AQUA Studio in Tribeca.  You are invited to join us for this transformative experience.  *We will be offering a sample vial of the LUMINOUS MOON Essence Oil to all attendees.

Pictured above, the beautiful and gifted healer, Andrea Takacs-Carvalho.  

•  Event Details   

Time: Friday, Dec. 1, 2017  6-8:30PM
Location: AQUA Studio, 78 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013

RSVP HERE  Space is limited, reservations are highly recommended.

•  About Our Full Moon Ceremony   

Full Moon Ceremonies bring forth the opportunity to harvest dreams and projects as well as access to the energy of abundance. During this Full Moon Ceremony, participants will venture into a sacred space through journeys, guided meditation, and healing sounds. This inner awakening event will also offer empowering conversations about women's inner cycle and Mother Earth's cycles.

•  About LUMINOUS MOON Essence Oil  

This beautiful oil is created during the New Moon and infused with the intention of guiding us deeply into ourselves and transforming us for the higher good. The scent is effervescent, with a cool open bloom of lavender accompanied by warming earthy nutmeg and clove spices. This special blend is intended to be found by those who are pulled to align with it's unique vibration. The proprietary essential oil blend is used as a tool to enhance the meditative or journey state during Full Moon Ceremonies, sadhana, or private meditation practices.
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Ultra Hydration Mask & Holistic Living Wisdom

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Greetings Dears,

This is the first post I've done in quite some time. I have had some pretty severe posting paralysis. My apologies. I had to visit my business coach, to be shaken out of it...! (If you are also in need of a lil shaky shake from a really good intuitive coach, here is her contact: Marina.)  
I also want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such wonderful clients. We feel so blessed to have such a loving group of people to serve.  You make our work even more magical, and offer up the spirit of oneness in ways that I had not imagined. Much much love to you.

Sooo...I've been talking about Fall/Winter nourishment to many of you at our events and feel the need to extend a tidbit of it to those of you who haven't been able to make it to them.

•  Ayurvedic tips for Fall/Winter  •

In Ayurveda, the Fall season holds the qualities of Vata Dosha. Cool, dry, light, erratic in nature, the Vata in us often needs tending to during Fall when it is amplified by the weather. Believe it or not, the wisping winds outside your window actually can effect the degree to which you feel the same internally. Inside of us, it might become racing thoughts or an overly active gassy belly.  We are inextricably connected to Mother Earth's ever shifting seasons and weather patterns. So, essentially, we want to strike a balance in counteracting the elements by nourishing ourselves with opposite qualities we are experiencing. During cool and dry weather favor warm and moist foods such as root vegetable soups and stews, sunbathe when possible, partake in a steam sauna if you are chilled, or take a warm bath with grounding essential oils like sandalwood, frankincense, and vetiver.  Try to avoid stimulants like black tea and coffee which can increase the Vata tendency to feel panicky (big time). Opt for calming, adrenal balancing herbal teas such as ginger, holy basil, lemon balm, licorice and nettle or if you want something dark and nutty, try making a brew of immune boosting chaga mushroom powder.  If you are having smoothies or juices, add warming ginger and turmeric to them, and try not to drink them frozen, or freezing cold.  (And, you guessed it, come summer, we will do the opposite.)  Remember too, that we are not only prone to the dry and cold weather, but also to drying indoor heat cranking.  And, cold weather also has a diuretic effect, causing us to urinate more often, increasing the need for extra internal hydration. Keep your refillable water bottle or tea canister with you at all times. *Sipping your herbal tea or water warm is more hydrating than sipping cold.  

•  Beyond the Physical  •

The full scope of beauty has many layers to address beyond the physical.  And for that we need to carve out time in which to allow stillness of mind and body through which an excavation of internal space will allow us to access and hear our own guidance and inner wisdom.  This is essential for radiant health (internally and externally).  It is in quiet stillness that we truly evolve, heal and grow...and within that internal spaciousness we return to ourselves.  The beauty in this act is astounding as it opens us to a profound love and acceptance of ourselves.  There is an noticeable outer radiance that comes with this internal shift.
Consider adopting your own daily ritual of quiet time if you don't have one.  If this feels daunting and esoteric, my simple routine may help as an example. I steal time first thing in the morning (the earlier the better --before the world wakes)... I stumble out of bed, start my tea kettle, then splash water over my face and eyes, I choose to care for my skin at this time since I will be sitting -- massage face with KOMALA Cleanser and apply SOMA Mask, light up a beeswax candle, smudge myself and my space with palo santo, grab my tea and then sit for 10 - 30 minutes with a guided meditation, recorded music or mantra, or simply in silence.  (feel free to use some or none of my routine, waking up and going straight to sit may work best for you).  Laurie Goldstein has an online immersion called Root & Bloom specifically created for this -- I cannot recommend it highly enough, I listen to her every morning. It is because of her that I have a practice!

•   Dry Skin Remedy  •


One of the most loving things we can do for our skin is to treat it to an pure organic raw honey mask or better yet an amped up version -- the SOMA Mask which includes a potent extraction of skin renewing, Royal Jelly & Propolis, and also Shea Butter & Argan Oil for their regenerative qualities and hydration.  The SOMA Raw Honey Mask was formulated to use especially during this time of year or anytime you are feeling the need to increase hydration, repair and plumpness to your skin. It can also be used for all skin types to reduce inflammation, heal scaring, cuts, picked skin, eczema, rosacea and acne. SOMA is meant to be blended with our line to suit your needs. For dry Fall/Winter skin, blend SOMA with Jasmine Sandalwood Mist, IMMORTAL Serum, and IMMORTAL Oil to increase moisture to the degree to which your specific skin needs it.  If used alone, the SOMA needs only to be mixed with just enough water to make it into a thick soup. Below is a guide to mixing this magical mask for hydrated, plump, glowing skin--this is the recipe I use before sitting for meditation. *Increase IMMORTALS for more hydration, decrease for less hydration. Add a 1/2 pea sized drop of balm if you are crazy dry.  Post mask, do not allow the skin to completely dry before applying your hydrators, i.e.: Mist, Oil, Serum, Balm.  Keeping the skin damp before application of hydrators helps move the nutrients and hydration more deeply into the skin.

* Note that we have formulated the SOMA without water (aloe, hydrosols, teas etc) to prevent the use of heavy preservatives and also to prevent contamination to the jar from hands dipping into it.  Your jar will also last longer in this concentrated form. 

Many Blessings,







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Rejuvenate, Rebalance, Rebirth

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S P R I N G  C L E A N S E   &   N O U R I S H M E N T

~   Radiant skin requires internal and external regeneration ~ 

During Spring, the Ayurvedic body/mind type, Kapha, can be seen in our natural surround as climate changes to damp, wet and cool, undertaking a period of renewing itself.  As our outer world goes through this process, our internal world does as well.  With the onset of Spring we often feel sluggish and heavy. Our mucus membranes tend to produce more fluid, and our skin tends to experience occasional breakouts as waste moves out of our bodies.  While our bodies are working hard to cleanse themselves, focusing on exfoliation and cleansing will help our skin to be clear and radiant.  Regular herbal steaming, exfoliation, and warm oil massage aids our lymphatic system in releasing waste buildup over the winter months.  

Let's first talk about internal cleansing...

Internal Cleansing

  • Before eating, begin your day with 16 ounces of warm water with a squeeze of lemon to awaken digestive fire, increase vitamin C intake (which helps us to produce collagen), and hydrate our bodies from in the inside out. *Lemon juice’s structure is similar to our digestive juices.  It tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through the body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly. 
  • Favor a diet rich in (preferably organic) cooked leafy greens and vegetables, legumes, whole grains and juicy fruits. Cooked vegetables are easier to digest which means they are also more easily assimilated by the body.  Fully digesting our food is extremely important. All unprocessed foods and (even thoughts) become waste that sits in the body and are the seeds of imbalance.  More on importance of digestion in a future post.
  • Eat your last meal of the day before sundown.  Digestive fire is highest mid-day and reduces significantly after sunset.
  • Eat fruits alone. When fruits are eaten with other food groups (especially dairy!), they tend to become putrid in our digestive tract acidifying the body rather than alkalizing it.  When fruits are eaten alone, they alkalize our system.
  • Add detoxifying spices to your food such as coriander, cumin, fennel and turmeric.  
  • Drink plenty of warm water or better yet, drink detoxifying teas throughout the day that include Dandelion and Milk Thistle for liver detoxification, Chickweed to help expel fats and flush excess water, and Amla, Rosehip or Hibiscus for their rich Vitamin C content.  
  • Avoid dairy, fatty meat, deep fried, oily and cold foods.  Always avoid processed foods.
  • Spend time in nature.  **Studies show that 20 minutes per day increases vitality, and energy, and boosts our immune systems.
  • Exercise at least 20-30 minutes per day.  Moving your body burns excess waste, boosts our immune systems and rids of heaviness and stiffness, improves flexibility, lightness and ease.

The Spring Skin Care Guide

~  Spring is the perfect time to deep cleanse and nourish our largest organ  ~  

Herbal Facial Steaming

Steaming with herbs is a beautiful and meditative way to detoxify the skin, sinuses and spirit. Start with a cleansed face.  Add a few tablespoons of herbs such as holy basil, comfrey, lavender, calendula and rose to a mixing bowl or better yet use a special beautiful bowl.  Then add approximately 4-6 cups of boiled water to the bowl. Add 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil.  Create a steam tent over your head with a towel or favorite shawl.  Steam for 5-10 minutes inhale deeply and release all burdensome thoughts.  Follow with a splash of lukewarm water, then apply a clay mask mixed with raw honey and water, or move directly to your moisturizing routine with facial mist, oil, and balm.
pAra organic and wild harvested facial steams:  Holy Basil Steam ,  Flora Facial Steam



Exfoliation for the Face
Exfoliate the face 1-3 times per week depending on your needs.  For all skin types, use a clay mask mixed the Argan and Raw Honey Mask and water or aloe.  This is the perfect marriage of skin cleansing, repair and hydration and is gentle enough to be used every day.  For skin in need of a more vigorous exfoliation, use the Hibiscus Amla Facial Exfoliator 1-2x per week.  

 Cleanser/Exfoliator/Mask Mixing Guidelines

Gather your materials:
To your small bowl, add 3/4 tsp of clay mask to 1/4 tsp Argan and Raw Honey Mask, plus 1/2 tsp pure water, or aloe.
Mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined into a paste.  Apply a thin layer to the skin (avoiding delicate eye area) massaging for 20-30 seconds to buff dead skin cells, then rinse thoroughly; as a mask, apply a thin layer then rest with your feet up for 15- 20 minutes which helps increase blood flow to your face.  Gently rinse off using circular motions to buff away dead cells. Follow with appropriate facial mist, oil and balm.  Use as a daily cleanser/exfoliator or 2x per week as a mask.
If you are taking time to rest with the mask on, consider lighting palo santo to enhance your healing experience.


Exfoliation for the Body

Massaging the skin with sea salts, sugar, coffee, cinnamon and ginger rev the body’s circulation which in turns helps to drain the lymphatic system riding us of our winter wastes.

Coffee tightens the skin temporarily, which decreases the visibility of cellulite. Exfoliate the body with an invigorating organic body scrub a few times per week.  I recommend JAVA Magic Exfoliator or Lemongrass Cedar Exfoliator. Massage into the skin then leave on for 5-10 minutes.  Rinse away thoroughly. Post scrub, drink a large cup of warm water to aid in moving waste out of the body. 


Self Massage with Warming Oil

The way in which we love ourselves will unfold upon all who surround us.  Performing a warm oil massage or abayangha over your entire body before bathing is nourishing and detoxifying as it liquefies toxins in the body which helps us expel them through our lymphatic system.  This can take as little as 3 minutes or as long as you like.  Choose a body oil that speaks to you and then thoroughly enjoy the scent and self care massage while focusing on the gift that your body is to you.   Note: Before your massage, consider warming your bathroom up enough so as not to catch a chill.





Taking time to nourish yourself inside and out is one of the most profound things you can do.  When you are cared for, only then can you care for others.


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Holiday Market Calendar

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Join us for a sampling of our healthful living products and giveaways at our next holiday markets.

November 30th,  4PM - 8PM:  Jersey City Grove Street ARTIST AND MAKER Market 

Located at the Grove Street PATH Station in Downtown Jersey City.   

December 5th and 6th,  11AM - 6PM:  JC PROJECT:  HOLIDAY Market  (this is a heated market!)
Directions:  Via PATH:  take the path to the Grove St. stop, walk 1 block to City Hall.  The market will be in big heated tents behind City Hall.  280 Grove Street in the Historic Downtown section of Jersey City, NJ. 

December 10th, 14th, 17th, and 21st 4PM - 8PM:   Jersey City Grove Street ARTIST AND MAKER Market.  Located at the Grove Street PATH Station in Downtown Jersey City.  
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pAra Apothecary Opens It's Virtual Door Today!

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It's with the utmost gratitude for the power of Mother Nature and the outpouring of love I'm surrounded by, that I open the virtual door to pAra Apothecary today.  Our new line of ethically made organic skin care is finally here and I can't wait for you to try it.  Your skin is your largest organ, it deserves to be fed with unadulterated whole food and nutrients from the source. 

A few things about us:

  • We use raw, organic or wildcrafted botanicals, (you could practically eat most of our products!)
  • We enlist plant based organic preservatives when a recipe calls for it.
  • Our line is non-toxic, cruelty free, and vegan.
  • We source our ingredients from the most reputable, ethical, earth loving companies, like Mountain Rose Herbs and Organic Infusions.
  • Each batch is hand made with loving abandon and is infused with healing energy right in Jersey City.
  • We carefully package our goods in (100% recyclable forever) glass and metal wherever possible to avoid adding more plastic to our oceans.
  • We have a very soft spot for horses, especially those who have been forgotten, and there are many.  A portion of our proceeds go toward horse rescue and recovery at one of the shelters in the Unwanted Project Exhibition.

Our world functions as a whole. The daily decisions we make effect all creatures, the planet and their energies.  If our outer world is unwell, we too, are unwell.  And so, we are committed to shining our brightest light on you, knowing that in return our world will be a balanced, happy and healthy place for all beings.

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