The Powder Room: Superfoods

Powders made of exotic berries, roots, and leaves, are of increasing interest in the health realm.  The beauty of these soft portable creations is that they contain vital nutrients, preserved in the powdered form of the plant through a process of freeze-drying, cold temperature pressing, or other careful processing. The appeal of these powders is … Continue reading

Time without Sugar

Sugar. A compelling, potentially even addictive substance. Treasured and prized for thousands of years, the name sugar comes originally from the Arabic “sukkar”, then Italian “zucchero”, then Old French “sukere”, until it evolved to the present day “sugar”. One of the earliest historical references comes from 8th Century BC Chinese manuscripts that refer to sugarcane … Continue reading

Shinrin-yoku: Forest Bathing

In Japan, a known health practice is to walk through a forest, otherwise known as forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku. Forest scents, sounds, and light, have a healing effect that has been measured scientifically. Essential wood oils, named phytoncides, are emitted by plants and enhance the human immune system. Specific cells of the immune system, natural … Continue reading