Monday, March 30, 2015

SPIRITUAL SMACK: PROGRESS IN THE PAUSE



don't drink coffee, but I have recently been finding myself in a caffeinated-frenzy of rushing thoughts. Ideas! Sparks of inspiration! Glimmers of visions! Beats of blood pound out that are too grand for my heart-space + swerving streams of thoughts too rapid for my mind to wade through.

Swept away + overwhelmed, I was waiting for a lifeboat in a current I chose to jump into.


In the outpour of thoughts, even in the inspired ones, we have to pause. We have to stop to observe, visualise, + drink it in. Taste the bitterness of the doubt + the sweetness of dreams. There is peace in waiting for the Universe to respond to our desires + our manifestations. Waiting for a lifeboat or a cosmic response is not a sign of defeat or lack of action. It is not helplessness. We move forward when we pause. We are able to let go of what pulls us back into our past. We stand in the now, listening, so we can be fully present in the future that we are manifesting.

This week, let's find progress in the pause . . .

photo courtesy of one of my faovurites + the incredibly talented Parker Fitzgerald

Friday, March 27, 2015

BEAUTY BITES: MORNING MORINGA ROSE LATTÉ


 have been sipping on this potion every chance I can. It is utter bliss. I want to float amongst its pillows of feather-green foam . . .


ROSE | It's balanced in palate + alchemy with the earthiness of moringa + the floral, soothing effects of rose. Although the rose is cooling, it enhances agni or the digestive fire. This unique quality makes it balancing for all three doshas. 


MORINGA | I fell in love with Moringa about two years ago when I discovered that it gave me a light buzz of energy that I needed without the drawbacks of caffeine. This miracle leaf does so much more, though. It is so packed with bio-available minerals + high levels of vitamins such as vitamin b12, c, d + e that it is used worldwide to combat malnutrition. It has all the essential amino acids as well as phenolics including quercetin + kaempferol, which are potent antioxidants that stabilize blood sugar levels, detox + protect the liver, + promote healthy lipid levels.

PINE POLLEN | A potent aphrodisiac, this adaptogenic tonic medicine is not only a rich source of minerals + vitamins—vitamins a, b, d, e, copper, calcium, + folic acid—but it also assists in whole-body function. It stabilises hormones, regulates weight through supporting metabolism, detoxifies the liver, + promotes endurance + longevity. It also contains over twenty amino acids + all the eight essential amino acids, making it a nourishing complete protein. 

LUCUMA | This is a creamy, low-glycemic sweetener in powder form derived from the lucuma fruit. It tames inflammation by soothing the tissues + muscle fibers and provides a significant dose of minerals + fiber.

MORNING MORINGA ROSE LATTÉ | vegan, paleo
1 ½ cups mylk of your choice, I use homemade hemp mylk
1 tablespoon crushed, dried organic rose petals 

1/2 teaspoon Moringa powder
1 teaspoon Lucuma powder
1 teaspoon Pine Pollen
½ teaspoon Beauty Dust
2 teaspoons raw coconut oil or ghee
A sprinkle of Himalayan Pink Salt
drops of stevia to taste [optional]

DIRECTIONS | Gently heat the mylk as you combine all the ingredients in a blender. When the mylk is heated, pout it into the blender with the rest of the ingredients, blend + 'in joy'!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MAKERS + MOVERS: THE SWEETNESS OF BEING


makers + movers is a series that feature makers of clean products of integrity, thought, + passion which then move the world towards a higher consciousness . . .

would be slightly concerned with the listless love for chocolate that I have been publicly professing on here, but then I would not be able to unashamedly gush over The Sweetness of Being. I first discovered Sarah's magical chocolate from the equally magical Moon Juice. I noshed on [and tried to make last through the Winter/Spring] the rose + white Incan bars, while I shared the love by gifting the pepita + peanut butter bars as I cannot have them. I was thanked listlessly through thankful chocolate-filled mouths.

Sarah crafts each batch of her chocolate lovingly at her home kitchen using the highest quality of wild-crafted + organic ingredients and stone-ground organic cacao. The result is a cosmic circle of chocolate that breaks apart as softly as it melts in your mouth. It equally breaks apart my little heart when the last bite is chomped away, leaving my finger squishing away at the paper to pick up chocolate crumbs. This is an accurate depiction of my end-state. I would like to shrink myself at this point to transform those crumbs into giant pieces of chocolate morsels to hold in my miniature tummy. YES!

Here is the sweet soul behind The Sweetness of Being + my listless chocolate-induced ramblings . . .



SARAH ENGELHART, THE SWEETNESS OF BEING | Venice, CA

Q: Tell us a little bit about you + how you began making chocolate.

I started making chocolate with Café Gratitude in San Francisco, where I was trained by an immaculate chocolatier named Rebecca whom I consider to be a real-life ninja.

Q: What inspired the name The Sweetness of Being?
The intention to live from the sweetness of my innermost Being and to share love with others . . .

Q: Where do you source your ingredients from + why is sustainability so important in your process? 
The wildflower honey comes from a solar powered honey farm in Filmore, Ca and is gravity extracted without being heated. The cacao I use is not considered raw, but is fermented and lightly roasted. It comes from a family-owned cacao farm in Mexico which has restored their ancestral tradition of growing and preparing cacao.

I source the organic mucuna pruriens that I use from Sun Potion, an amazing high integrity company run out of Santa Barbara. The organic food grade essential oils I use are mostly from a company in the UK, it actually takes 60 rose buds to produce a single drop of rose essential oil. I only use one drop per batch because of it’s potency. I try to find the highest quality ingredients because it is really important to me to participate in a sustainable relationship with the Earth. She is our mother and without consuming consciously, we are destroying our own bodies. 

Q: What’s the experience of crafting chocolate like for you? 
It is definitely a work of joy. I have always had a deep love of chocolate, it’s robust scent, the richness of flavor, the way it brings me into my heart. Interestingly the farmer is really the one who is responsible for the flavor of a chocolate bar. Through their process of cultivation, fermentation and roasting. 

Q: Tell us about the intricate designs on your chocolate moulds.
One is the aztec sun stone, also known as the aztec calendar. It is known to be a map of liberation for the human soul. There is a cacao shaman of sorts and a beautiful Eagle holding a snake, which to me represents victory over one’s lower aspects. 



Q: How has chocolate changed or shaped your life? 
It has increased my appreciation for the farmers' work. Each batch I get varies from season to season, it is amazing to experience the different ways that the same tree’s fruit can taste depending on how it is cultivated, harvested, fermented and ground.

Q: What keeps you going? Do you have a daily routine or a mantra? 
I have a meditation practice that never ceases to amaze me. It’s taken a long time to really make it a routine, but now I experience such joy from it that I can’t imagine my life without it. There is a quote from a philosopher that inspires my practice. “Man, know thyself and thou shalt know the universe and God.”

Q: What are some of your favourite snacks or foods that fuel your creative process?
I recently discovered a gluten free sourdough bread that have been enjoying a lot of, breadSRSLY, which is amazing. Topped with a little organic nut butter, yum. 

Q: Where do you gather inspiration for crafting new flavours? What are some other chocolates that you enjoy noshing on? 
I absolutely love the Bliss Compound in Long Beach, Zen Bunni biodynamic chocolate, Madre chocolate has a bar where they add the dried fruit of the cacao into one of their amazing bars, and I recently tasted Parliament chocolate which delighted my tastebuds in an extraordinary way. Oh yes, and the delightful artisan chocolatier Wild Omen. I do love chocolate. 

Q: What are your three staples for glowing health?
Love.
Diligence. Like flossing every night no matter what, and starting the morning off with a glass of water with a little salt or lemon in it. Staying consistent in doing the things that I know are beneficial.
Remembering to give Thanks in everything.

Q: What is your next big vision for The Sweetness of Being?
I am in the process of a collaboration with Sun Potion, the company where I source my mucuna from. Working on a bar that will contain an array of healing and potent herbs. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

SPIRITUAL SMACK: SONS + DAUGHTERS OF THE SUN





This week, may we all recognise the divinity within our children, our mothers + fathers, our sisters + brothers, and our friends. We belong to no one + everyone. Attached by the strings of our hearts to our loved ones but rooted in the milky cosmos—borne out of soft breaths of the Earth. 

We are all grand sparks of the sun, with all its warm light and occasional bursts of burning sentiments. Our states, our beings, our interactions cycle like that of life. It is through letting go + allowing that we can hold it all in love—without attachment or ownership—amidst the chaos . . . 


Photo via Amanda Chantal Bacon

Friday, March 20, 2015

MAKERS + MOVERS: SLEEPING MONK



makers + movers is a series that feature makers of clean products of integrity, thought, + passion which then move the world towards a higher consciousness . . .

Sleeping Monk found me after listless travel, a flare, + the general malaise that was creeping over every inch of my brain with the endless grey daze of a never-ending Winter. I was tired—mentally drained, physically thrown, + emotionally overcome. The shift I have experienced after including these super tonic herbal tinctures in my daily routine has me deeply grateful for the magic that Louis Lenard is crafting. His potions are synergistically formulated to build the Three Treasures within Chinese Taoist Medicine: jing [the foundational powerhouse of the body], qi [the energy or vitality generated through the metabolising of nutrients, breath, + movement], + shen [the energy of the mind + spirit].

The herbs are an incredibly potent selection that includes wild asparagus root [beautifying, hydrating, + kidney-strengthening], rehmannia [blood-building, oxygenating, + adrenal-supporting], + black reishi [immunity-boosting, blood sugar-stabilising, + promotes healthy neuron activity]
I have been taking ten drops of Immortelle [renews vitality, beautifies the skin, + supports the immune system]  under my tongue in the morning after breakfast + ten drops of Well-Rested [releases tension from the body, promotes a restful sleep, + balances mood]  in the evening before bed for a sweet slumber amongst the stars.



LOUIS LENARD, SLEEPING MONK | Los Angeles, CA
Q: Tell us a little about you + what inspired you to create Sleeping Monk

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, CA. Growing up along the coastline of SoCal, I got heavily into the surfing, skateboarding, music and partying lifestyle. I ended up burning the candle at all ends imaginable through my teens and twenties, finding myself severely physically, mentally and spiritually depleted by the time I was thirty.  
Sleeping Monk was created as part of my healing process that began shortly after I got sober and began to turn my life around.  I took my passion and sometimes obsessive behavior and refocused it into something I found to help me heal and thrive, and I believed it could do the same for others.


Q: Where do you source your ingredients from?
After extensive research, we have chosen a source of herbs that independently test at 2 separate labs for not only safety, but for efficacy as well. Most of the herbs originate in China and other regions throughout Asia.


Q: Do you have a ritual for using your products?
Absolutely. Oftentimes I’ll quietly or silently chant purification and/or protection mantras as I take the formulas. I also have my daily routines/rituals at different times of the day for the different products, i.e. Immortal and Mind Sharpener within 1 hour of awakening and again in the early afternoon. Well Rested mostly just at bedtime. I also bookend a workout with Mind Sharpener before for focus and intensity and then Immortal after to restore and recover. I use Super Immunity mostly as a proactive measure to protect from diseases. Otherwise, I’ll load up on it to help heal faster in the rare instance I do get sick.

Q: What are your current favourite herbs to use + what are their benefits?
Such a good question! I love Schizandra, Chaga, Reishi, Astragalus, Ashwaganda and so many others actually, but I’ll try to keep it simple here:

Schizandra berries for  their adaptogenic, (regulating, balancing, nourishing and protecting) qualities for the nerves and adrenals, for beautiful skin, for liver detox and regeneration and also for their astringent qualities, which helps with athletic and sexual endurance.

Chaga and Astragalus for their adaptogenic and tonifying, (strengthening to cells, organs and systems), qualities for the immune system.

Reishi  for the same reasons, but also for helping broaden spiritual perspective.

I find Ashwaganda to be a great adaptogen for the nervous system. It’s often referred to as ‘Indian Ginseng’, as it’s a real powerhouse for enhancing metabolic processes. It helps calm anxiety and overstimulation from caffeine.

Q: What would you say to the herb skeptic? What is so potent about them in the prevention + treatment of ailments?
The first thing I’d say to the herb skeptic, or anyone else, for that matter is, “Do what works for you”.  If western medicine’s pharmaceutical drugs are working to improve your health and enhance the quality of your life, why stop?

The problem tends to be that these drugs are synthesized by man and come with a cost of organ degeneration and a litany of other side effects. As well, relief is usually only temporary and these drugs often create dependency.

It’s so ridiculous—almost humorous—when I catch a drug ad on tv. I can’t believe how people succumb to this type of health care, a.k.a. ‘disease management’ after listening to the horrific possible consequences of the side effects. Perhaps it’s the tactic of telling us these things while playing soothing music and showing shots of the loving couple frolicking at the beach in the gentle breeze during sunset. Maybe these sick people just don’t know, or believe that any other options exist.

I will say that herbs are created by nature and have synergistic qualities that can never be duplicated by man. Our body has the innate ability to heal itself, all we have to do is assist it. When we employ herbs, especially the adaptogenic Tonic herbs, they discover and regulate imbalances, harmonize, nourish and strengthen. This is done in a very safe and gentle way to assist us on the path to meaningful, powerful and lasting changes with our health.

We all know that anything worthwhile in life doesn’t happen overnight. If we can work together to inspire people to invest in their longevity and quality of life, they may see the benefits of trying a different approach than the ‘quick fix’ solutions that get us nowhere but worse off in the long run. The key to be successful with herbs, like any other good habit, is to be consistent. Then the miracles happen…

Q: When you are not working on Sleeping Monk, what else do you like to do?
I love to surf, play tennis, golf, do yoga, go to the gym, meditate, read about and experiment with herbs and superfoods of all kinds, play my guitar, ride my motorcycle and spend time with family.

Q: What keeps you going? Do you have a daily routine or a mantra?
I try to be of service and help others every day.

Q: What are some of your favourite snacks or foods that fuel your creative process?
Sleeping Monk Mind Sharpener for sure, lol! Also, Lotus Blooming Herbs Shilajit, coconut water, Elemental Wizdom’s Reishi Spore Oil and I also have recently been enjoying the Sun Potion Mucuna Pruriens.
Q: What are your three staples for glowing health?
A positive mental attitude, meditation and being of service.
Q: What would be an ideal day for you?
Ideal days are the days I realize that I’m making a positive difference in people’s lives, either with Sleeping Monk, being of service in other ways, or in just seeing their smile!
Q: What are your go-to products in your holistic medicine cabinet?
Alkaline water, all Sleeping Monk formulas, Schizandra, Chaga, systemic and digestive enzymes, coconut water, vitamin C.

Q: What is your next big vision for Sleeping Monk?
I have a lot of ideas, some of which I unfortunately cannot reveal yet! Otherwise, we’ll be releasing new products this year and focusing on slow, steady, lasting growth and looking into partnering with some great causes to help others regain and build health and live the life that dreams are made of.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BEAUTY BITES: PURE 7 CHOCOLATE




I'm a firm believer of the medicinal qualities of chocolate. It's a beauty food, packed with magnesium, antioxidants, + beautifying minerals such as sulfur. When carefully-crafted with selective ingredients + raw, chocolate can take you to higher planes. Having newly re-introduced it into my healing protocol, my nose points up to the heavens as it guides me to bars fit for mythical queens. I have become an unashamed chocolate snob [not that I wasn't since that first taste of Colombian cacao had morphed me into 10-year-old chocolate connoisseur].

I often make my own raw chocolate morsels + have found myself more than once look up at the mirror as I wash my hand to find a painterly streak of cacao on my face. Also unashamed. 

So, with such a bellyful of love for chocolate, I jumped at the opportunity to try Pure7 chocolate lovingly-crafted by Carrie + Julie. These raw chocolate bars feature fair-trade raw cacao + potent additions such as mineralising pink salt + caramely anti-inflammatory raw lucuma that will shoot you to the moon!

These cacao bars are caca-free: no gluten, dairy, soy, or chemicals! It has no refined sugars, no GMOs, no GI-spiking agave—only raw, local honey. There are innumerable benefits of raw honey [for those who tolerate it or include it in their diet] ranging from antimicrobial properties to the antioxidants, unheated/destroyed enzymes, + minerals [including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, + selenium]. These bars also derive their sweetness from lucuma powder, a fiber-rich Incan super fruit that is high in skin-regenerative beta-carotene, oxygenating iron, + has wound-healing anti-inflammatory properties. 


The variety of flavours they offer are flavoured with real food—no Red this or Green that, no numbers, but real organic, freeze-dried raspberries or, one of my absolute favourite fruit, goldenberries. The cacao is so buttery precisely because it's raw, fair-trade, + pure Ecuadorian cacao. 

I'm über adventurous obviously: my favourite bar is the Pure7 dark, but I have yet to try the goldenberry or the peppermint one, so I will pick up the chocolate crumbs + quietly keep on noshing in my chocolatey haze . . .


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SPIRITUAL SMACK: OPEN AS THE SEAS


This Spiritual Smack is a more so a heartfelt manifestation to awaken the glimmering-eyed child within all of us . . .

AQUAMARINE | I'm deeply connecting to this crystal recently as my memory + heart ebb and flow back to my childhood by the sea, to moments of pure clearance + trust . . . This week, I urge yo to manifest that child-like bliss + a heart as wide open as the waters for yourself + everyone else—the ex who drowned that heart, that customer representative who gave you a hard time, your mama . . .

properties | throat chakra opener   aids in overcoming the fear of speaking one's truth enhances clarity encourages quiet courage open communication gently brings emotional patterns to the surface of recognition allows for the release of negative habits empowers + helps in the recognition that not all power comes through enforcement

Friday, March 13, 2015

FARMACY: JAPANESE TRADITIONAL SKINCARE + CHIDORIYA


Chidoriya has been my secret weapon this Winter. Slathering on their golden oils + silky balms has enveloped my skin in its nutrient-dense cocoon. The list of ingredients are legible + short. Tomomi Horikiri was inspired to craft her simple yet magnifying line of skincare when she received an herbal water made by her friend's grandmother as a gift. Her first concoction was an Azuki red bean + brown sugar soap and the rest is a sudsy little dream . . .

PURE SILK + RICE BRAN SOAP
The pure silk + rice bran soap is also a velvety delight. Handcrafted through a traditional pour + cure process, it's made in small batches and aged in a unique curing room for a month. This results in the removal of excess alkali from the soap, which is a major cause of irritation for sensitive skin. It's ideal for sensitive skin that has a tendency to also be dry, which happens to be my skin type. 

It's made in a base of oils such as Tennyoko oil, which is Chidoriya's unique blend of soothing oils such as lavender + the peppery antibacterial Chinese maychang oil. As these oils have potent antimicrobial properties, this soap also is suitable for those with acne-prone or hormonal skin. The addition of pure silk powder further prevents skin irritations + blemishes while the komenuka [rice bran] powder nourishes the skin with a dose of vitamins, minerals, + pantothenic acid. Komenuka's natural enzymes also gently dissolve dead skin + heal blemishes. This soap is so gentle that it lathers very little though, so if you prefer suds worthy for a bubbly beard, this soap is probably not the best choice. I have found, however, that it lathers more if I don't wet my face before applying it.

HINOKI BALM
This balm is the most velvety balm I have ever used [!] It's a multipurpose balm that has an earthy + woodsy scent from tension-taming hinoki essential oil that makes for a grounding nightcap facial massage. It's crafted with wild camellia oil, which is the most-treasured oil of Japanese geisha's [silken-skinned queens of beauty!]. It is rich in oleic acid and vitamins A, B, D and E; high in Omega 3, 6 and 9; and contains more naturally-occurring antioxidants than any other plant-derived oil. Combined with the nourishing powerhouse of rosehip seed oil, this balm makes for a perfect facial balm but also perfect for slathering on split ends, cuticles, or dry patches. 

SECRET DE MAIKO CREAM
Slightly similar to the hinoki balm with camellia + rosehip seed oils, this cream [or rather butter] is further enriched with shea butter which provides a deep protective layer for dry + undernourished skin. I love this during days that are especially colder + stripping, but it might be a little heavy as we move towards warmer weather.

MASSAGE + CLEANSING OIL
I am in love with the rosy scent of this oil. It's meant to be a massage + cleansing oil, but as my skin gets irritated by jojoba oil, I simply use this to wipe my eye make-up [as my eye area  does not react to it]. It's the best oil I have used to easily swipe away make-up. You could also put 5 drops into two tablespoons of a carrier oil for a body massage.

BLOTTING PAPER
This blotting paper is a Japanese face paper or aburotorigami is so high quality that it can be used for beating gold leaf. It goes through the same beating process that leads to maximum activation of its absorptive fibers that are composed of hemp, linen, + Japanese washi paper

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FARMACY: PUFFY EYES + DARK CIRCLES


I have recently been hearing so many people voice their struggles with puffy eyes. This is an expected complaint for those who are lacking in sleep, but there are also the unfortunate bemused ones who get adequate sleep only to wake up with the eyes of a puffer fish.

That's because puffy eyes have a much deeper cause. Swelling of the low lids + upper cheek, especially if it is devoid of pain or discolouration, is a sign of digestive distress + weak digestive fire. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this can be caused by a multitude of things since digestive weakness is often caused by a gradual depletion of Yang energy. However, it is predominantly due to deficiencies in Yang, Spleen, + the Kidney meridians. 

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SPLEEN
The spleen energy meridian controls the digestive system + regulated the movement of fluids. Deficient spleen energy consequently results in fluid retention, which then manifests as swelling under the eyes [or a bloated stomach]. As speed energy also rules digestion, it also affects the absorption of nutrients. Inadequate uptake of nutrients or a malnourished diet neither nourishes the body neither the skin. In treating + nurturing the spleen energy, it is therefore crucial to eating a diet that supports this meridian.

The spleen is nourished by comfort foods that taste sweet. This obviously does not mean processed sugar, which actually will further deplete spleen energy, but rather foods such as root vegetables. The spleen also is energised by warmer foods, so a cup of pumpkin soup with warming spices such as cinnamon + mineralising dash of pink salt is deeply healing for the spleen. 

KIDNEY
Shifts in the energy of the kidney meridian also can manifest in puffy eyes. It regulates fluids in the body and can lead to yang deficiency if it is weak or depleted. The kidney is also very sensitive to a regularity in schedule, so lack of sleep + poor digestion can weaken its energies. 

HEALING PROTOCOL
energy healing
The kidney meridian also filters the body's toxic energies, so it is not a surprise when it's depleted during times of extreme stress that may manifest in puffy eyes. When the meridian is nourished + energised through energy work or acupressure, it leads to a feeling of clarity + vitality in the body. A way to activate the energies of the kidney meridian is to apply pressure or massage the Wellspring of Life [k-1] points on the bottom of the foot. It relates to the water element and helps in making peace with the flow of life by providing a surge of life force. 

To heal the energies of the spleen meridian, tap right below the breasts + the first rib bone. You can locate these points by placing your fingers on your thymus, moving them down to the breasts, then right below the first rib. Tap on these points for about 15 seconds to harmonise your body's rhythm, hormones, removal of toxins, + to combat chronic fatigue.

herbal remedies
rhodiola |I love absolutely everything the magic-makers at Sun Potion create [if previous posts have not already shown my little enchantment]. This Tibetan Qi tonic herb by them is a potent agent for achieving mental clarity, unleashing creative force, building stamina, strengthening the immune system, + increasing oxygen absorption, all of which aid in combating daily tension.

polyrachis ant |this Traditional Taoist herb is a yang tonic that is considered the "herb of kings" for many reasons. Although Ginseng is the most commonly known + used Qi tonic, polyrachis ant is an even stronger + effective remedy. As it provides direct ATP, its effects are quite immediate, which makes it a great pre-workout fuel. It 'contains the highest levels of Zinc of all organisms' + is a powerful immune system strengthener, superior kidney + liver tonic, + contains Aldehyde Compounds [which is touted to give ants their strength]. And yes, this is actually ants . . .

imperial garden |there is nothing that dragon herbs makes that I do not either love, covet, or have already incorporated into my daily wellness arsenal. This tonic formula is based on the Return to Youth formula, which was developed in the eleventh century. It has the addition of cordyceps, which is a fungi that works deeply as a Jing tonic to restore both Yin + Yang as well as Qi. This formula is the queen, in my opinion, for combatting all the elements that affect puffy eyes as its ingredients also provide support for the Heart, Liver, + Spleen, which all can be affected in function by heavy stress [that people with puffy eyes are often under]. It features Rehmannia ["kidney's own food"], goji berry [yin jing + kidney yin tonic], + cistanche [one of the supreme Yang tonics + a kidney yang tonic]

buddha's yang |another formulation by dragon herbs which contains similar ingredients to imperial garden, buddha's yang is another great concoction to restore kidney yin + yang, qi, + nurture blood.

super yang jing tonic |yang tonic herbs are a great treatment option as they are warming + strengthening for the depleted energies of the bodies of those suffering from puffy eyes. This particular one has a combination of deer antler tips, epimedium, he shou wu, cordyceps [are you seeing a pattern?], red ginseng, + cistanche, which all work together to restore the kidney to its optimum level of function.

cordyceps |moon juice sources the best herbs + this is no exception. If Imperial Garden is not an option for you, I highly suggest adding this to your healing arsenal to nourish your kidney, which governs sexual function, brain power, + the adrenals. 

eucommia bark |another gem by sun potion that is a wild-crafted herb to support the kidneys, musculoskeletal system. + sexual function. It tonifies Kidney Yang + strengthens overall yang in the body while also nourishing the Yin Jing. This double support of both the Yin + Yang consequently make it a great herb for both men + women, especially to support reproductive + sexual health.