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Sacha Inchi Pesto Sauce

December 4, 2018
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Almost every variation of pesto recipe known to man utilizes olive oil as the base of a pesto sauce. And while I get it—it’s a savory oil with a distinct taste and high antioxidant content—I’ve been wanting to try a new oil in a pesto recipe. Finding a high-quality oil with an abundant supply of omega fats and antioxidants isn’t easy with many cheap, oxidized vegetable oils such as canola on supermarket shelves. Sacha inchi oil isn’t very well-known, but…

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Shea Butter Saves Skin from Winter Woes

December 4, 2018
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Winter winds and indoor heaters are drying and damaging; dry skin worsens in winter. But even if chapped red hands and cracked heels are common for others in your climate or job, you don’t have to accept the same fate. I’ll let you in on a secret many ‘natural beauties’ already know: shea butter is an ideal natural option for very dry skin, packed with compounds proven to soothe and protect. Shea butter gets its name from its rich creamy…

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Healing Teas from Around the World

November 27, 2018
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Flora would not be complete without our herbal teas. It’s in our DNA as a company—it’s in our name even! Our herbal healing teas are sourced from around the world and from a variety of medicinal traditions spanning Ayurvedic, Chinese, European, and First Nations herbal formulas. These herbs are rigorously tested for identity, purity, and quality and every batch is taste-tested by our quality control team. Our line covers single herbs like peppermint and chamomile, formulations for immune health, digestive…

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Easy No-Bake Cheesecake Bites – Vegetarian & Gluten-Free

November 21, 2018
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These cheesecake bites have a conversation-starting WOW factor great for a holiday potluck: On-trend color Immune-boosting elderberry Everybody loves cheesecake! I love the addition of elderberry. Good cheer and holiday spirit aren’t the only ‘infectious’ things that spread at holiday parties; this way, you’ve got some protection. Print Easy No-Bake Elderberry Cheesecake Bites Ingredients Crust 1 cup pecans or other nut 6 Medjool dates 2 Tbsp salted butter, melted Filling 16 oz (2 packages) cream cheese ½ cup lemon curd,…

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Featured Health

Bitters: The Secret to a Happy Tummy

November 20, 2018
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In today’s world, digestive problems are super common. Whether it’s indigestion, heartburn, or occasional constipation, an estimated 60-70 million Americans have some kind of digestive difficulty.[1] Turns out, our ancestors knew something about how to achieve the digestive harmony we’ve forgotten. What’s their secret? Bitters! What are bitters? Bitters are alcohol-based extracts of the flowers, leaves, bark, and roots of bitter-tasting plants. You may think of them as an essential ingredient to a good cocktail, but they’ve been used medicinally…

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5 Things That Can Happen When You Take Digestive Enzymes

November 13, 2018
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Digestive enzymes seem pretty straightforward. They’re enzymes, and they help your digestion. End of story, right? Not so fast. Since all your other bodily systems depend on your digestive system to work efficiently, digestive enzymes affect your whole body. What are enzymes, exactly? If you remember the word “enzyme” from your high school biology class, but you can’t quite remember what an enzyme is, you’re not alone. Simply put, an enzyme is a substance that sets off a reaction. Enzymes…

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All Things Pumpkin

November 8, 2018
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Pumpkin has long had a health halo around it and gets tons of attention in the fall with both Halloween and Thanksgiving—and certain spiced drinks which shall remain nameless—but its use and benefits extend far beyond just the autumnal months. Flora makes two different pumpkin oils: pumpkin oil and pumpkin seed oil. Different terms for the same thing. Both are delicious and Certified Organic. The Hydro-Therm™ Pumpkin Oil (US) is a delicious, savory culinary oil. The hydro-therm method is a…

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The Real Immune Booster You’ve Been Looking For

October 23, 2018
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We all know that vitamin C is the poster child immune booster. But there’s something else you should actually be grabbing when you feel that pesky cold coming on: probiotics. Why? Because your immune system starts in your gut. Yup, your gut health and your immune system are tied together like two peas in a pod against sickness. “A huge proportion of your immune system is actually in your GI tract,” says Dan Peterson, assistant professor of pathology at the Johns…

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Why Everyone Is Going Crazy for Elderberry

October 2, 2018
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Elderberry has become super popular lately. Bottles of elderberry capsules line the health food store shelves, crafty moms are blogging about how to make your own elderberry syrup, and chefs are incorporating the dark purple berries into everything from crumbles to coulis. What’s so great about elderberries? They’re nutritious. Elderberries are packed with vitamin C, boasting a whopping 87 percent of the Daily Value (DV) in a one-cup serving of fresh fruit. They’re also full of free radical-fighting phytonutrients such…

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Gut-Loving Water Kefir with Flora Elderberry Crystals

September 27, 2018
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Why are more and more of us experiencing an imbalance in gut bacteria? The answer is complicated and very unique to the individual, but there are factors that contribute to a decreased microflora and ways to counteract this. The prevalent use of antibiotics, especially for a prolonged period of time, chronically, or starting from a young age have a huge impact on our gut bacteria. While antibiotics certainly have their place in the world of medicine and have saved many…

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