Feeding Your Inner Light in the Dark Days of Winter by Rachael Keener, Jan 29th, 2016

with Joy Tonic + Chocolate Love Tonic

Winter is a time of slowing down and turning inward.  Rivers slow to a crawl before halting all together and freezing over. The sunlight wanes and trees abandon their bids at photosynthesis, instead storing the energy they gathered in the previous summer deep in their roots to survive the harsher season. Bears, bees and bats tuck away into hibernation. As it happens, us humans adopt many of the same seasonal behaviors. We stay in more often. We sleep later. We head straight home after work for a warm, nourishing meal and a night curled up with a book. We, too, are animals with innate seasonal wisdom that summons us to slow down, to recharge and to expend less energy during the winter months.  

The trick, however, lies in not slowing down too much. Because if we never left the comfort of our home, we would risk settling into those winter blues and losing motivation all together. We must take care to maintain our inner flame throughout the cold, dark season assuring it doesn’t extinguish all together. It’s important to keep a little light and life around—to keep things moving on some level. Maybe we commit to a dance class for the winter or motivate to pile in with friends for a monthly dinner party. Or we find a workout buddy to help inspire us to get out for that ski or run even when it’s cold and dark outside. It’s also helpful to know who our herbal allies are this time of year and call on them to help sustain our inner  glow–to help keep our life force moving, albeit […]

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Turn Your Produce Department into Your Winter Medicine Cabinet by Jovial King, January 21, 2016

We have a long, cold winter here in Vermont. While beautiful and inspiring (who doesn’t love a winter wonderland?), it definitely takes some patience and stamina to make it through to the warmer days of April. Here are some winter wellness recipes I use to help my family and friends endure the chill and boost their immunity—and this medicine comes straight from the produce department! Enjoy in good health… -Jovial

Miso Soup:

Serves 6

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large white onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 1 thumb’s worth of ginger cut into 4 chunks.
  • 8-12 shitake mushrooms
  • 2 carrots chopped*
  • Miso paste

In a large soup pot gently warm the olive oil on very low heat, then add chopped onions and ginger. Saute for 15 minutes, then add 3 of the 4 cloves of garlic, and continue cooking for 10 more minutes. Next, add the shitakes and carrots, and sautée for 3 more minutes. Add 12 cups of water. Raise heat, then simmer until the carrots are soft, 15-20 minutes. Let the soup cool a few moments and serve the broth into individual bowls. Add a large, heaping tablespoon of miso to each bowl of soup, mixing until dissolved.**  Garnish each bowl with the remaining clove of pressed garlic so there is a bit of raw garlic in each serving for an extra potent antibiotic hit.

This is a great remedy as the days get cooler and during all the winter months. It helps to support a healthy digestive and immune system.

*Can add […]

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Science Update: Moonlight by guido masé, january 8th, 2015

Life on earth would be quite different without our natural satellite. Most would agree that the daily rising and falling of the moon, along with the monthly waxing and waning cycles, have effects on our oceans and seas. The tides are crucial to life: tidal pools, sheltered and renewed in rhythm with these cycles, catalyzed some of the first stable ecologies and still represent unique niches. While it may not be as widely recognized yet, it is becoming more clear that the moon also affects the flow of water through plants: sap moves more vigorously during the waxing phase as the moon grows to full, and slows down as the moon wanes to a thin morning crescent.


Isabella Guerrini, at the University of Perugia in Italy, works in the department of agriculture studying plant and animal consciousness and its integration into ecological pattern and rhythm. Her observations of sap flow in plants confirm 1 that, indeed, fluid flows more full as the moon becomes full, slowing down as the moon wanes. This, she explains, has important consequences for plant growth and pruning: vigorous, sappy plants will suffer if cut, harvested, or pruned close to the full moon. First off, leaking sap exposes the plant to disease and pest incursion. But furthermore, sap from a cut plant, now deprived of its primary outlet, will engorge smaller channels, where new buds are developing on side branches, and potentially rupture […]

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What’s New With Energy Tonic? by rachael keener, January 6, 2016

Due to the threatened ecological status of organic American Ginseng as well as the increased difficulty of finding the herb from reliable, ethical sources, we recently made the decision to stop using it in our organic Energy Tonic. Given Ginseng’s long traditional use as an adaptogen that supports healthy energy levels, stamina and vitality, its actions made it an obvious choice for this formula. Accounting for its current status, however, it’s clear that there is no longer a way to reliably source organic American Ginseng so we feel that it’s just not right to use it anymore. We rest more than assured that the other renowned adaptogens in Energy Tonic give it all the power-packed force needed to make this formula the best at what it does–supporting you to thrive!

While American Ginseng’s ecological status has been on the brink for a while, up until now we were able to get it from reputable, sustainable sources. Unfortunately, there are several related factors that point to this no longer being the case. American Ginseng, a traditional Appalachian folk remedy, has a uniquely high market demand that’s led to incredible overharvesting of the plant in the wild. Because it grows in very specific conditions and grows very slowly, it’s difficult to meet the market’s demand for Ginseng with cultivated instead of wild plants. Not only does this mean that it continues to be overharvested in the wild, but now we’re seeing more and more adulterated American Ginseng on the market. Because of these factors, the decision to take it out of our Energy Tonic became quite clear. To learn more about American Ginseng and why it’s on the […]

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