Fruits to the Roots

April 'EMPOWER' MoonBox Botanical Tea Blend Benefits March 30 2018, 0 Comments


This tea was crafted in Venus, offering a surrendered strength of nurture and nature. Whether you work from a physical or spiritual ‘womb’ to care for and rejuvenate a powerful creative center, we generate POWER through connectivity and nourishment. I have designed this blend for you to enjoy infusing it with balance, harmony, vitality and of course EMPOWERMENT.

Raspberry Leaf: This herb had to be in this blend! A Venusian herb, of love and protection, helpful for creating strength and health in the uterus. This herb contains an alkaloid that helps to tone the muscles within the pelvis area. Drinking this tea helps to increase both spiritual and physical fertility. She is high in minerals and is often used in breastfeeding teas. Raspberry Leaf offers a delightful taste, reminiscent of black tea- but without caffeine. She reminds us to be patient and gentle with ourselves and one another.

Schisandra Berry: Sun ruled, I included this berry for its unique spicy / sweet flavor and uplifting / invigorating profile. A traditional Chinese Medicine herb and adaptogen, meaning an herb that helps us adapt to the stress in our lives, improving nervous system functions, maintaining balanced energy levels, increases sexual desires and endurance.

Shatavari Root: I wanted to include this herb because I adore the name, which translates to-
‘Woman of a Hundred Husbands’, most likely due to its traditional uses to encourage vigor and enjoyment in the bedroom. Traditionally used in Ayurvedic Medicine and an herb of India, prized for its capability to balance the reproductive and hormone systems. Also, helpful for inflammation, cooling digestion and breathing. This herb is especially helpful for those experiencing dryness throughout the body offering, nourishing and lubricating effects. This Venus ruled plant will increase the bonds of your love 100-fold.

Ginger: This Mars ruled herb is included for its incredible array of benefits and comforting personality. A rhizome that increases circulation and sensitivity within the body. Helps fight infection, relieve nausea, improve appetite, relieves muscular and joint pain, improves brain function and so much more. Inspiring success and a grounded nature, Ginger is sure to bring empowerment to your life.

Hibiscus Flower: A Mercurial plant, included for its enlivening color and uniqueness when brewed. Offering this herb in our blend allows for an added touch of whimsy. This flower is high in Vitamin C, helps to benefit immunity, hair growth, healthy glowing skin, improves metabolic health. It has also been known to relieve menstrual pain, manage blood pressure and relieve thirst! Hibiscus flowers have been used to help bring heart wisdom to your life, assisting in goals and supporting meditation.

Licorice Root: I wanted to include licorice for its capability to enhance the effectiveness of the overall blend. Another Chinese Medicine herb, licorice helps to improve digestion, increase the activeness of the liver including improving cortisol levels (a stress fighting hormone). It’s capability to improve the mood, boost immunity, soothe a sore throat and even treat PMS make this herb a versatile plant ally. This Mercurial plant helps with aiding communication, and inspiring passion to take hold.


To better enjoy your EMPOWERED Tea :
Brew covered up to 20 minutes for enhanced benefits and enjoyment.


Be Well,

Lauren
Co-Founder, Fruits To The Roots
MoonBox In-House Herbalist

 

* When using herbs please keep in mind, no two people are the same, no two plants are the same. Both ourselves and plants, have unique bodies, lives, and experiences, that can affect the nature of the relationship from tea cup to absorption within the body.

* These statements should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the use of this product. Statements have not been FDA approved. If pregnant or nursing seek medical counsel before using. Seek medical advice when using herbs for children.

OSTARA Blessings March 20 2018, 0 Comments

OSTARA

This has come to be such a special time of creation and fruition in my home. It's a spiritually celebrated time, a physically enlivening time and a time of new beginnings. This year is especially fruitful in our home as we are literally in the process of trying to buy our first home! As many of you have been watching and listening to our endeavors- moving to the East Coast in January has been hard, but well worth the effort on our journey to finding our HOMESTEAD and future landscape for Fruits to the Roots. Fingers and toes crossed all! We're got a feeling it's SO CLOSE! Now with the abundance of Ostara on our side we truly feel the connection to our path bursting to life.

 

On this first day of Spring, I am busy inviting heart medicine, hope, home and health into our lives. And as you all know, I am a sucker for special waters... so I am busy collecting snow drops and water today for a limited release SOAP to be made and cured for release on the Summer Solstice. Follow us over on our Instagram feed to see more of our stories and product development HERE

 

And now... Back to Ostara and her enchanted spring filled essence

Some thoughts on the Alchemy and Rebirth of Nature

Beautiful Spring Inspired art "Shimu" by creator Hussam Elsherif
To see more from Khushushban click HERE

 

The Vernal Equinox otherwise known as the first day of spring is a perfect split of night and day. Equinox = when day and night are of equal length, Vernal = occuring to or relating to spring. On this day the sun is located exactly above the equator shining down upon us creating momentous energy and encouragement for growth and new beginnings.

  

Throughout time there have been many ways with which one could choose to give thanks and proclaim festivities during the beginning of spring. Some called on Ishtar (Babylonian- Assyrian), Flora (Roman), Osiris (Egyptian), Freya (Norse), and Ostara or Eostre (Germanic). The different traditions surrounding the god or goddess represented a time of rebirth, renewal, the return of vegetation and celebrating fertility. A time when Mother Earth and the Green Man would join in sacred marriage. Some of these festivities were adopted, such as the name Eostre, by Christian tradition becoming a part of the common modern understanding of Easter.

 

Eostre, from the writings of 8th century Bede:

"Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated "Paschal month", and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance." Eostre = Paschal, latin for Passover.Now known as the month of April.    

 

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 Ostara by Johannes Gehrts

Like the pagan traditions of Eostre celebrated on and around the spring equinox, Easter also coincides with special celestial occurrence. As celebrated by Christians, Easter occurs on the first Sunday, after the first full moon, after the Vernal Equinox. There are arguments about the origin story of both the hare and the egg. Both elements show up in tradition for a number of pagan festivities and the Christian celebration of Easter. For Centuries decorating eggs has been a tradition for cultures all around the world to symbolize fertility and life. And the bunny, there are many stories of spring and the importance of the hare. Some of my favorite thoughts include that the Teutonic spring goddess Eostre, kept a hare as a familiar or that she was able to take form as a hare. Interestingly, hares or rabbits are also often seen as a symbol for sacrificial death. With life comes death, and often times with death comes new life. It is sad but it seems that modern practice has forgotten what the egg and hare actually represent, letting them fade to a place only visible in the back of the mind.  However, not so surprisingly, the relics of the celebration remain the same.

 

It is fascinating that so many beliefs and traditions are arranged according to astronomical occurrence. It's boggling and wonderful to ponder that the heavens shining down are encouraging us to connect in a deeply spiritual way. Throughout history different customs, traditions and religions seem to fall into alignment in appreciation for specific moments in astronomical time. The significance and energy from the planetary alignments seem to allow a clearer sense of self and intention in the world.  One can't help but feel invigorated. With the power of hope and new life seemingly waiting at each corner of the world how could you resist feeling a sense of enlivenment!?

 

The stars love to tell their story, giving guide and understanding to the otherwise mundane. During this time a few thousand years ago, travelers and wanderers would often be at the height of a journey toward the holy land. This thought inspires me to take a moment today to revel in the moonlight. Yesterday marked the first full moon after the vernal equinox, True Easter, as celebrated by many hermetic traditions. This Easter moon is the most powerful full moon of the year. Occurring at a time when the world is ready to celebrate the death of winter and the beginning of spring. All of the Earth is overflowing with energy, growth, and life. Dance in it... Breath it in... Be Still in it... Become enlivened by it... let it inspire you.

Happy Spring. Be Well... Lauren

Check out these outrageously beautiful naturally dyed eggs click HERE to DIY

Fabletics Blog, The Core, Cold Brew June 10 2016, 0 Comments

So excited to share these cold brew recipes with our clients and the readers at The Core, by Fabletics

 

to read full article click HERE


How You Glow, feature Pure Potions April 06 2016, 0 Comments

Brooke and I had so much fun at this tea party with the Ladies of How You Glow
and the incredibly talented Coco, from Coco Bakes L.A. We served up elixirs and Coco Bakes goodies and handmade marshmallows made with our powdered elixirs! Yes, we know... we pull out all the stops when it comes to tea parties :)

Click HERE for full article

 


Photography by : Emily Knecht


The Benefits of Tea for the Mind, Body and Soul -- Fabletics Blog March 18 2016, 0 Comments

Incredibly Grateful, Spring is Here!!!!
Enjoy the article I wrote for the Fabletics Team to feature in this months blog.

Share your support by reading it here :) xo and Be Well, Lauren
--click link below--

Why hello pumpkin pie! September 23 2015, 0 Comments

Why hello pumpkin pie! and happy fall equinox :)

  

With the overwhelming love and excitement I have when fall arrives there are few things I adore more than the turning of the leaves. But pumpkin pie comes close, as do pumpkin spice lattes! OH heavens above!

presenting a "latt-E-llixir"
DIY, first days of fall

Making my very own custom blend of herbs for this delicious elixir!



Step one
gather all equipment.
this includes:
2tsp elixir herbs(powdered, you can grab yours HERE): mine today is milk thistle, raspberry leaf, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, licorice root, dandelion root, maca root and ginkgo leaf!
10-12oz hot water, 1tsp agave (or other sweetener if you like ex. one date, honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup, skip ALL TOGETHER if TRYING to be EXTRA GOOD), 2TBS pumpkin puree (from cooked pumpkin, i use organic bpa free pumpkin from can), coconut oil (or manna), 1-2 tsp hemp seeds, a blender, and a 10-12oz mug.

         

Step two
put 1-2 tsp of elixir powder into your hot water, bring water just below boiling
add all other ingredients to your blender (preferably glass)


Step three
once at optimal temp, pour elixir water over other ingredients in your blender and blend for 20 seconds.

Step four
pour carefully into your mug
dust with turmeric or cinnamon powder or BOTH :)

     
ENJOY

now, remember when i said healthy and delicious...tell me I am wrong!?
umm, you can't! because it ROCKS falls leaves off!

  

be well, drink elixirs... with love and light on this first fall day!


Moonlight Alchemy Series -- Gaia Collective August 28 2015, 0 Comments

We have made a gorgeous ritual soap to share with each of you that received a Moonbox. When creating our intentional products we like to use many fields of practice and study. Between myself and my co-creator we have 15+ years of herbal connection, use, and creation. Many traditions call to our passion for herbs. One such passion is the practice of Plant Alchemy.


Within the alchemical tradition the planets hold archetypal energy. We can call these into use by aligning our practice of creation with certain days of the week and hours of the day that are associated with the planets energy we want to highlight. Many people have forgotten that even the names of the days of the week have a strong association with their planetary rulers. Our ritual soap for this month's Pieces Moon Box utilized three very specific Planetary archetypes: Moon, Venus, and Saturn.

 

To help us to focus on these energies, we worked solely on specific days and at specific hours of the day to guide us and create this Ritual Soap.

 

Monday is Moon Day (Lundi- luna day)

Friday is Freya Day (Teutonic goddess of love associated with the goddess and planet Venus)

Saturday is Saturn Day. 

 

The soap was made on the last full moon, Freya’s Day, July 31st, during the hours of Moon and Saturn. As this month’s full moon falls on Saturn’s Day we wanted to give honor and structure to this particular guide. Our soap was ‘born’ on the first Moon Day after the previous full moon.

 

The intention when working in this way, is to call upon the archetypal energy of these planets and imbue it into whatever product we are creating, so that these energies can be harnessed by you when you are bathing. We believe, and find, that there is a great source of power in all of the universal elements and that by focusing on specific energies, we are able to get more healing, nourishing and connection to all that is around us. Intention is after all a deep magic of its own making.

 

 

Venus is associated with Beauty, and passion. This is the ultimate access to our feminine prowess. While the moon is more nurturing and earth mamma energy, Venus represents a more enigmatic fire within our feminine being. Creation and sexual desire are no stranger to her power.

 

Moon is associated with creativity and wildness. In many cultures the moon represents important times of specialized plant work, for example the harvest. Full moons are times of ripe celestial enlivenment that we can harness and access all throughout the month following.

 

Saturn is associated with structure and form. How perfect, that we could create a ritual soap during Saturn hour, to be used this Saturn day, August 29th, full moon. What more could we hope for, but asking for structural balance and purity in form.


 

...Your Ritual Soap Blessing...

Walking on MoonBeams

May the goddess Freya hold &
caress you by the light of this
full Moon. May her ever loving
softness instill the wisdom of
seeing what lies within your own
beautiful being. May Saturn's
rings remind you of the delicate
nature in which you were created.
May you gain stability & honor
from this day always knowing
that your body is sacred &
full of light. May you strive
for the ability to thrive in
harmony with nature & within
your own structural balance.
May you cherish & embrace
your own Divinity & that of the
guidance within this full moon.
May you embody the wild within,
reveling in the serenity of this
ritual bath.

Alchemically Created. With passion, full of
intention & love on the July 31st full moon
falling on Freya-Day, or  Venus-Day, representing
femininity & strength. Intended for Ritual use
on the August 29, full moon,falling on Saturn-Day.
A day of balance to honor the structure of our very
natures.  Energetically charged with  fluorite,
smoky quartz, & purifying salt stones. For more
information about this soap and others see
www.FruitsToTheRoots.com
visit our blog post for
Moonlight Alchemy Series -- Gaia Collective
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Soap list ingredients

Organic Oils of
Coconut
Shea Butter
Cocoa Butter
with Oils of
Olive
Grapeseed
water and sodium hydroxide (to transmute fats to soap)

extractions of
Aloe Vera
Sweet Orange
Fennel
Calamus
Valerian Root
Spikenard
Vervain
Mugwort
Skullcap
Burdock
Damiana
Purification Salts

 

music listened to during this creation:

"Gold", Glen Hansard

"Compass", Zella Day

"Be here Now", Ray LaMontagne

"Vessel", Dan Mangan

"Cranekiss", Tamryn

 


Dandelion Root, a plant of Jupiter that Rides on the Air January 15 2015, 0 Comments

Happy Thursday, Thor's Day... yes that's right I said Thor's Day. Also known as Thunor, in Norse mythology, the god of Sky and Thunder. Closely identifying to the Roman God Jupiter, also the god of Sky and Thunder. In Japanese the word Jupiter, Mokuyōbi, translates to "wood star". Wood being strong, and deeply rooted.

Herbs have a way of translating their energy, their essential being into their physical forms.
 For example the dandelion.

So I know you are familiar with them as what you currently think are pesky, annoying, ugly, WEEDS...

The memories I have as a child of picking those glorious fuzzy flowers and blowing!!! Whether it be to make a wish or just to lay back and watch the feather light seeds dance on the wind...
and then, out of nowhere someone getting peeved and telling me, “no, you cannot do that, you’re spreading weeds!” When all along I thought I was spreading wishes.

 Well, I can tell you now I am proud of my dandelion spreading days. They have become a beloved gift in my herb cabinet. You can make the root or leaf into a glorious tea, a bold tincture, or even a wine or beer! Heck, why not try making some delightful dandelion bitters or a dandelion greens pesto while you're at it! So yummy

:Dandelion:
Taraxacum officinale
AKA
Piss-a-Bed, Blowball, Cankerwort, Common Dandelion, Dandelion Herb, Lion’s Tooth, Pissenlit, Priest’s Crown, Swine Snout, White Endive, Wild Endive.

Their very design shows the integrity of their energetic magic!

Ruled by the planet Jupiter, making Thursday, often a wonderful day to consume a delicious, wood-resembling, dandelion root brew.
The ruling element is Air, which I find curious and all the more wonderful. I so badly want to run through a field of dandelion puff balls and watch as they disperse into the air… traveling a distance until they are caught and root and become another lovely yellow puff bearing medicinal flowers, leaves of green, and bitter woody roots full of wonder and power! And the occasional fuzzy seed pod to spread more wishes!

There is mythology and folklore surrounding this nutrient rich plant. Some believe the number of blows it takes to set all the seeds to flight tells you what time of day it is. Others believe that brewing a strong roasted dandelion tea helps to promote psychic powers, and strengthen divination tools.

Modern herbalists, like myself, recommend taking a strong tea of dandelion root to help with a number of ailments.

Helpful for digestion due to their bitter taraxacins, liver de-toxification, helps increase urination (which also will lower blood pressure), works to fight off microbes and fungus, full of antioxidants which help to slow the aging process by preventing free- radical damage to cells, due to the high amounts of natural mucilage dandelion is also helpful for regulating bile production, helping to treat a buildup (Bronchitis) or lack thereof (Constipation). Dandelion also contains essential fatty acids that help to relieve pain and swelling by helping to decrease inflammation.

 What is not to love about this fantastically bold, thunderous, applause worthy plant? In a word… nothing! So go brew!

You can find it here on our website click HERE

Or at the Mar Vista Farmers Market Sunday 9am-2pm

Be well and drink tea,
Lauren

The First Year February 14 2013, 0 Comments

We are very excited to announce the first anniversary of Fruits to the Roots! Hazah!

One year ago today, I received a very special gift from someone very dear to my heart. For Valentines day, my sweetheart gave me our website! I had been trying to wrap my head around the idea of a soap business, but that was the necessary push to get the creativity flowing. We believed the name Fruits to the Roots could relay some exceptional messages. We began integrating the name into the way we developed and brainstormed. Using as much of the whole plant as we could and a lots of herbal love and knowledge, we started to create products for you.

Starting a company was not something I expected, but I can't imagine a better way to have spent the last year. We have had many opportunities to share our growing product line. I am so thankful to those that helped to make those experiences possible. I would also love to share my gratitude with our wonderful and dedicated customers. Your smiling faces and support continue to make it so much fun getting to know you. I am delighted and awed by the responses that you have voiced and hope that the future year will continue to bring forth the same enthusiasm.

Last, but certainly not least, I am super happy to have this beautiful site. I love what I do. I adore creating new products and I look forward to helping design a cohesive, intelligent, adventurous, and helpful Fruits to the Roots website for you to navigate and find products to soothe and invigorate your body, spirit, and soul.

Happy Valentines Day.

Remember to stop and smell the roses,

Lauren

"To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat."

-Beverley Nichols